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Independent Ideas: Ferguson, Police Brutality

by Jason Lightner August 22nd, 2014 Independent Ideas
There's a story to be told here. One about racism, one about abuse of power, and one about the almost inevitable conclusion in which the citizenry of the nation become the de-facto enemy of the state.

Since childhood we are told that the police are there to protect and serve. Indeed, as the motto of the Los Angeles Police Department, it's a notion which hasIndependent-Ideas persisted in our culture through generations. The idea of "officer friendly" is one of folklore — created by the early years of T.V. dinners and sitcoms. The truth, unfortunately, is that the police have been the blunt object
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Poli Talk

  • Let's seek to heal rather than wound each another.
    --President Barack Obama on violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri

  • I did the right thing. I'm going to enter this courthouse with my head held high.--Texas Governor Rick Perry responding to two felony indictments

  • Our intelligence services will be looking very carefully on both sides of the Atlantic at this video to establish its authenticity, to try to identify the individual concerned and then we will work together to try to locate him.--British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on beheading of US journalist, James Foley

  • It’s pretty apparent that the Common Core has become a polarizing term--Terry Holliday, education commissioner of Kentucky

President Obama Fails Iraq Again

by T Akery August 19th, 2014 Republican Reflections
Republican-Reflections While it was President Bush who started the war in Iraq, it was up to President Obama to finish it. What was clear from the beginning was that he was going the wrong way about it. Now, Iraq is paying the ultimate price for his mistakes on the battlefield.

Frankly, it started the first day he was in office. There was no comprehensive plan on dealing with Iraq. Instead, he seemed to turn a blind eye to it for awhile until the news decided it was once again the top story in the region. While everyone was demanding he pull
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Off to the Movies with Winners and Losers

by Ronald A. Rowe August 21st, 2014 Winners & Losers
Winners-Losers Politics used to be more fun.  In days long gone we could have discussions about political issues.  Actual discussions where ideas where exchanged and both sides came away with a better understanding.  Sometimes – younger readers may not believe this but it is true – minds were even changed as a result of these discussions.  Back in the day you were allowed to be Liberal on environmental issues but Conservative on abortion and still be accepted into society.  There was a time before the complete polarization of the two
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False Narratives: “Suppression” & “Enemy-Making”

by Eric M. Blake August 18th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
Conservative-Considerations This weekend, for Flick Rev, I reviewed The Expendables 3. There’s a moment in that film Conservatives can cherish: the scene where Antonio Banderas explains to Sylvester Stallone why he left his previous career (implied to be CIA or some other national security agency). Growing serious for the only time in the film, he begins with one word: "Benghazi." Banderas’s character was stationed at the embassy for security when the terrorists attacked. He notes that "we" did not get any backup—they were alone against the siege.

Andrew Breitbart’s motto was "Culture is upstream from politics." He repeatedly pointed
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Independent Ideas: Voter Suppression, NSA, Snowden

by Jason Lightner August 15th, 2014 Independent Ideas
Independent-Ideas I don't know if I'm becoming more cynical, less affected, or what, but l don't seem to be as bothered by most of what I'm reading lately. Yeah, sure, it's pretty terrible, and we continue to behave as petulant children in our worldly affairs, but I just can't seem to get as angry as I used to.

Maybe I'm just getting too old for this s***.

NC Judge Allows Voter Suppression Law to Take Effect for 2014

From ThinkProgress:

Almost a year ago today, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a comprehensive voter suppression bill incorporating numerous different

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