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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Hip Hump Day Wednesdays"

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Hip Hump Day Wednesday" on The After Show, where we put the hip back in your hump.

Taking a page from the George Zimmerman playbook, a local chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has set up a neighborhood watch in a Pennsylvania neighborhood; U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas, a Democrat whose district includes much of the San Fernando Valley, wants to lure the maker of the Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district after residents in its current Irwindale location complained about the smell; Audio tapes by the husband of Dinesh D’Souza's mistress proves D'Souza knew he was breaking campaign finance laws.

We will also be joined on The Last Half with Daily Kos Staff member and really, really low user ID number, Tim Lange/ Meteor Blades for a discussion about the events of the day.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.

Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.

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Netroots Radio Presents: "Think Of Something You Love"

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:45pm

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 21 April 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Think Of Something You Love" ~~

1 - Animal Collective -- "Leaf House"
2 - Wye Oak -- "Holy Holy"
3 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
4 - The Rosebuds -- "Woods"
5 - Starflyer 59 -- "Red Tide"
6 - Woods -- "Rain On"
7 - Alcoholic Faith Mission -- "Escapism"

Station Break

8 -  Indian Handcrafts -- "Red Action"
9 - Odds -- "Breakthrough"
10 - The Napolean Collective -- "Purple Mountains"
11 - Blue Rodeo -- "Fools Like You"
12 - Nick Sherman --"Winterdark"
13 - Kate Rogers Band -- "Up Country"
14 - Hannah Georgas -- "Ode To Mom"
15 - Oh Susanna -- "Pueblo"

Station Break

16 - Richie Havens -- "There Is A Hole In the Future"
17 - Grateful Dead -- "Sugar Magnola"
18 - Van Morrison -- "Tupelo Honey"
19 - Jethro Tull -- "Cross Eyed Mary"
20 - Buffalo Springfield -- "I Am A Child"
21 - The Beach Boys -- "Please Let Me Wonder"
22 - The Clash -- "Charlie Don't Surf"
23 - Midnight Oil -- "Beds Are Burning"

Station Break

24 - Buffy Sainte Maire -- "My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying"
25 - Cisco Houston -- "Deportee"
26 - Yatu -- "La Luna"
27 - Ojos de Brujo -- "Tiempo de Solea"
28 - Rodrigo y Gabriela -- "Orion"
29 - Iron and Wine -- "Resurrection Fern"

Station Break

30 - Robbie Robertson -- "The Sound is Fading"
31 - Tosca -- "Rosa"
32 - Kroke -- "The Sounds of a Vanishing World"
33 - Loop Guru -- "5 AM Sunrise"
34 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Lost in the Stars"
35 - Vangelis -- "Sirens Whispering"

Station Break

36 - Sacred Earth -- "Divine Mother"
37 - Ah Nee Mah -- "Firefall"
38 - Tinariwen -- "Ere Tasfata Adounia"
39 - Colour Haze -- "Aquamaria"

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Metaphor Mondays"

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Metaphor Monday" on The After Show. This is the day when we call things what they are. No Similes allowed. Nope. Not today.

Cardinal Dolan defends Hobby Lobby by insisting to a women reporter she can get birth control at 7-11 because that's where he goes to buy rubbers for the toga parties; Virginia white supremacists sneak Easter eggs filled with racist notes into kids’ celebration; and NBC hired a psychological consultant to interview David Gregory's wife and friends on why his ratings have tanked.

Joining us for The Last Half, will be our Netroots Radio Government and World Affairs correspondent, Will McLeod.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.

Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.

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Netroots Radio Presents: "Crow Blood Blues"

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 9:45pm

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Sunday 20 April 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Crow Blood Blues" ~~

1 - Minutemen -- "One Reporter's Opinion"
2 - Gang of Four -- "To Hell with Poverty"
3 - Dead Kennedys -- "The Terror Of Tinytown"
4 - MC5 -- "Over and Over"
5 - Mission of Burma -- "That's When I Reach For My Revolver"
6 - The White Stripes -- "Seven Nation Army"
7 - Tom Waits -- "Gun Street Girl"

Station Break

8 - Thievery Corporation -- "Lebanese Blonde"
9 - Edie Brickell -- "What Would You Do?"
10 - Tinariwen -- "Imidiwan Matanam"
11 - Zero 7 -- "Give It  Away"
12 - Radiohead -- "Reckoner"
13 - Bill Frisell -- "Where Do We Go?"

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OUR HISTORIC POST OFFICES SHOULD NOT BE FOR SALE, PERIOD!

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 9:19am

The Berkeley Post Office still stands, unsold and unprivatized, one year after the United States Postal service announced its "final decision" to sell it.  How much longer it will remain that way is impossible to know - things are coming to a head.

On Thursday, April 17th, 2014 the Federal Government's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation issued a stinging report, criticizing the United States Postal Service for the way it has dealt with (or rather, not dealt with) the issues surrounding the sale of its historic properties such as the Berkeley Post Office, and recommended to Congress that all such sales be halted until the Postal Service meet its obligations in this regard.

Further reports, one on this issue and at least one on other questionable sales practices the USPS has in place, are due to be issued by the Office of the Inspector General, United States Postal Service in the near future. Congress had "requested" that the Postal Service refrain from selling historic Post Offices until these reports had been issued, and that moratorium period is coming to an end.

Unfortunately, the Postal Service is free to ignore all these reports and studies, as they have ignored all other pleas to stop selling historic Post Offices. Only Congress can force the Post Office to change it ways, and Congress can't even do anything but generate faux outrage when it, itself, is spied on by the CIA - let alone deal with actual legislation.

Nonetheless, Berkeley Post Office Defenders continues its efforts to prevent the sale of our Post Office in conjunction with other local activist groups while lending what support we can to organizers elsewhere in the country trying to save their own Post Offices.



The downtown Berkeley Post Office, in itself an architectural gem, also contains a priceless mural commissioned during the New Deal.

Here is our statement in response to the recent report issued by the Advisory Council.

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This Court Is In Contempt Of You

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:20pm

Just over two years ago, Cecily McMillan was beaten and arrested during a police raid at Liberty Plaza on the evening of Occupy Wall Street's six-month anniversary.  Her injuries were so severe that she suffered a broken rib and had a seizure while in handcuffs... a seizure that police just stood and watched, refusing her access to medical care until finally EMTs arriving on the scene forced their way to her side, began treatment and were able to take her to the hospital.  In a just world, you would think the case being tried in Manhattan's criminal court system would see her as the witness and her attacker as the defendant, but instead Ms. McMillan, 25, is on trial for felony assault of a police officer and her attacker, Officer Grantley Bovell, was on the stand as witness to the assault he alleges was perpetrated against him, not the assault he committed.

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New ✰Cecily McMillan Defense✰ Occupy Wall Street

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 7:31pm
The Truth, Is The Truth, Even If You Are A Minority Of One. Gandhi I'm not a Lawyer; but I've been around for 64 years, experienced a lot.

IMO; anyone could see, that Cecily is innocent.

Let's Examine The Facts:

Officer bovell has some serious problems in his history as a police officer, including police abuse. As a result, his credibility is in doubt.

The NYPD has confirmed in court filings in the trial that bovell was previously subject to at least two other inquiries by the internal affairs bureau, and was disciplined over a 2010 case in which a 17-year-old boy claimed to have been injured after being run off the road on his dirt bike by police.

Reginald Wakefield, alleges the police maliciously used an unmarked police car as a weapon to knock him off his dirt bike in the course of a pursuit.

In court filings, Wakefield said his nose was broken, two teeth were knocked out and his forehead lacerated following the encounter with bovell and other officers on March 21, 2010. According to court records, Reginald Wakefield's lawsuit was finally settled this year on undisclosed terms.

bovell is also being sued in a civil lawsuit by an Occupy activist who claims the officer intentionally banged his head against the seats of a bus while removing him from the same protest as the one Cecily was at, on March 17th.

In addition, bovell had been disciplined by Police Chiefs, for having five parking and speeding tickets fixed by his union representative as part of the so-called “Bronx ticketing scandal” that became public in 2011.

The New York University School of Law and Fordham Law School, issued a detailed report that found that the NYPD consistently wielded excessive, aggressive force with batons, pepper spray, scooters and horses. In addition there were mass arrests that were often arbitrary, gratuitous and illegal, with most charges later dismissed.  

NYPD has been sued by Occupy protesters resulting in settlements of $50,000, $82,000 with more still pending. Kevin Zeese, Attorney This is pretty much, a no-brainer.

There's Cecily; an educated young woman (23), who is intelligent enough to be a Graduate Student at New York City's, prestigious, New School for Social Research. Who is so responsible that she works as a Nanny. People trust her with their children.

Too bad we can't trust some rogue, police with ours!

Then there's a cop; with an extensive history of not, being so smart, plus other abuse allegations and proven disciplinary actions for abuse. It's not just Cecily who's saying he assaulted her.

Tell NY District Attorney Cyrus Vance, To Drop The Charges Against Cecily.
Sign The Petition Only takes 2 minutes.

Check it out, it's bovell! He's carrying/dragging; an obviously, injured girl (Cecily), without a back-board! These cops are so incompetent. By that point, an ambulance should have been called.

bovell's testimony: April 16, 2014

bovell's description of what is happening on the very poor quality tape, does not look accurate to me.

I see on this tape, that it looks like Cecily is trying to break away from whomever is grabbing her from behind.

In the few self-defense lessons I've had. I was taught that if someone put me in a bear hug, etc. I was to quickly drop down and slip out of the hold from the bottom.

The video image is also consistent with, if Cecily was pulling her arm away from bovill's grasp and stumbled in the process. That's what it looks like to me and I have 20/20 20/40 vision.

If Cecily was; your, Sister, Daughter, Cousin, Friend, Etc. How would you feel?

The Facts, Speak For Themselves.

Cecily's supporters are calling on activists and friends to #PackTheCourts and serve as witnesses each day of the proceeding.

#Pack The Courts Everyday

9:00 am (Court ends at 4:30)

Manhattan Criminal Court
Room 1116, Part 41 @ 100 Centre Street
New York, New York 10013

Please Come And Show Your Support For Cecily
Dress Attire, Business/Casual

For any questions, email CecilysTrial@gmail.com

Tentative Schedule Of Events

April 7th-Admissions of Evidence And Jury Selection

April 8th-Jury Selection Continued Day-Two

April 9th-Jury Selection Continued/Opening Arguments Day-Three

April 10th-No Court

April 11th- Jury Selection Continued Opening Arguments Continued Prosecution Case Day-Four

April 14th Day-Five

April 14th-Prosecution Case Continued

April 15th-No Court

April 16th-Defense Case

April17th-Defense/Witnesses

April 21st

April 22nd-No Court

April 23rd

April 25th

April 28th

April 29th

April 30th

May 2nd

Closing Arguments-Jury Deliberation

How to Detect Lies-Body Language, Reactions, Speech Patterns

Psychological Manipulation-(A type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics.)

Occupy Wall Street

Please do not leave any negative comments or opinions about Cecily's case. If you're not on Cecily's side; go read a different diary, or write your own. Thank You.

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Angle of Repose Friday

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:46am

It's "Angle of Repose Friday" on The After Show. You know, the angle in which a granular substance stays in place on a slope. Makes sense to us.

Commissioners of Orange County, Texas voted unanimously to make April Confederate History and Heritage Month; Did Reagan officials protect neo-Nazi, KKK Grand Dragon, Frazier Glenn Miller in a triple homicide at a gay book store in 1987? Lawyers on that case say it is so; and The Southern Poverty Law center says nearly 100 murders in the last five years are linked to users of the Stormfront white supremacist site.

We will also be joined today on The Last Half with our Netroots Radio Government and World Affairs Correspondent, Will McLeod.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Hip Hump Day Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Thank God It's Giovedì"

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:45am

If it's Thursday on The After Show with Wink & Justice; then Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it)!

In the wake of the Millionaire Welfare Rancher standoff, Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) asked the Department of the Interior to investigate whether legislation pushed by the Koch brothers-linked American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been aimed at undermining the agency’s work; ABC News flexes it's corporate muscles bullying the non-profit, Center for Public Integrity, for not sharing their Pulitzer Prize win; and A Michigan Mayor bans an Atheist display in City Hall because it might upset the Christian Prayer Station there.

Our guest today on The Last Half is Wonkette, Kaili Joy Gray, who will be joining us to address the War on Women, rape culture and how we might stop it.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Hip Hump Day Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Hip Hump Day Wednesdays"

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Hip Hump Day Wednesday" on The After Show, where we put the hip back in your hump.

An Oklahoma school district is set to beta test the Bible Curriculum created by Hobby Lobby’s President Steve Green; SCOTUS will hear a case about whether it is constitutional to lie in campaign ads; and Louisiana lawmakers refuse to overturn the ban on oral sex because it is a crime against nature but leaves necrophilia legal because it isn't.

We will also be joined on The Last Half with Daily Kos Front Pager and Justice's fellow editor on Black Kos, Denise Oliver-Velez.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.

Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.

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Netroots Radio Presents: "A Piece of Broken Ribbon"

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:45pm

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 14 April 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "A Broken Piece of Ribbon" ~~

1 - The Smiths -- "I Started Something I Could Not Finish"
2 - The Replacements -- "Unsatisfied"
3 - Echo and The Bunnymen -- "Evergreen"
4 - The Psychedelic Furs -- "The Ghost In You"
5 - The Jam -- "Going Underground"
6 - Pet Shop Boys -- "West End Girls"
7 - Siouxsie and the Banshees -- "Christine"
8 - L7 -- "Andres"

Station Break

9 - The Stranglers -- "No More Heroes"
10 - U2 -- "Where The Streets Have No Name"
11 - Midnight Oil -- "Blue Sky Mine"
12 - Depeche Mode -- "Personal Jesus"
13 - The English Beat -- "Mirror In The Bathroom"
14 - The Specials -- "Ghost Town"
15 - The B-52's -- "Planet Claire"
16 - The Clash - "Police On My Back"

Station Break

17 - Tom Waits -- "16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six"
18 - Halfhead Special -- "Quiet Gun"
19 - The Sugarcubes -- "Cold Sweat"
20 - Band of Susans -- "The Last Temptation of Susan"
21 - Beck -- "Loser"
22 - Cake -- "Nugget"
23 - The White Stripes -- "Seven Nation Army"
24 - Chumbawamba -- "Jacob's Ladder"
25 - Porno For Pyros -- "Bali Eyes"

Station Break

26 - Nouvelle Vague -- "This Is Not A Love Song"
27 - De Phazz -- "Slums of Monte Carlo"
28 - Frances Livings -- "Candy's Caravan"
29 - Kate Bush -- "The Red Shoes"
30 - Massive Attack -- "Black Milk"
31 - Serge Gainsbourg -- "Ballade de Melody Nelson"

Station Break

32 - 13th Floor Elevators - "Thru The Rhythm"
33 - Tripswitch -- "Stereogram"
34 - Quantic -- "Westbound Train"
35 - Hidden Orchestra -- "Strange"
36 - The Sound Defects -- "Peace"
37 - Yo La Tengo - "Don't Have To Be So Sad"

Station Break

38 - Seu Jorge -- "Carolina"
39 - Nando Reis -- "Pra Voce Guardei O Amor"
40 - Zeca Baleiro -- "Telegrama"
41 - Vanessa da Mata -- "Boa Sorte"
42 - Bebel Gilberto -- "Aganju"
43 - Rosalia de Souza -- "Bossa 31"

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You Know What's Stupid

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:38pm

Caring so much about tags. Tags exist here for one purpose, to help users search for diaries on a topic. They are not for making some point, that is what the fucking diary is for.
If you get so bent out of shape because the software doesn't display your tag the way you want it to that you call people an idiot, well maybe you need a different hobby.

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How do you form a movement that actually causes real change?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:33pm

I see OWS as a great success, for what it was. I say for what it was because it succeeded where it could and failed where it had no chance of success anyway.

The question is how do you make a movement that has a chance of success on all fronts?

Follow me and i'll explain what I see were OWSs weaknesses and hopefully we can figure out how to fix them.

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Metaphor Mondays"

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Metaphor Monday" on The After Show. This is the day when we call things what they are. No Similes allowed. Nope. Not today.

There are three ways that White Welfare Rancher, along with his seditious army of Oath Keepers and White Militias can be frog marched to jail; A learning disabled High School student in Pennsylvania is convicted of disorderly conduct for using an iPad to record the bullies tormenting him; and A North Carolina woman called the police on a "Homeless Jesus" statue installed at a church in an upscale neighborhood.

Today The After Show visits with our regular guest on Metaphor Mondays' The Last Half, Will McLeod, for some astute analyses of World Events.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Netroots Radio.

Metaphor Monday, Hip Hump Day Wednesday, Thank God It's Giovedì! (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Friday.

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Netroots Radio Presents: "The Face of Her Sister Whose Cheek is Buried in Wildflowers"

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 9:45pm

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Sunday 13 April 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "The Face of Her Sister Whose Cheek is Buried in Wildflowers" ~~

1 - Skatalites -- "Simmer Down"
2 - Dennis Brown --  "Man Next Door"
3 - Peter Tosh -- "Downpressor Man"
4 - Black Uhuru -- "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?"
5 - Baby Huey -- "Hard Times"
6 - Nina Simone -- "Rags and Old Iron"
7 - The Charmels -- "Dear Uncle Sam"

Station Break

8 - Robbie Robertson -- "The Sound is Fading"
9 - Tinariwen -- "Afours Afours"
10 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Alle Psallite"
11 - Ojos de Brujo -- "Tiempo de Solea"
12 - Caribou -- "The Barn"
13 - Cafe Americaine -- "L' amour"
14 - Burning Hearts -- "Iris"

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Angle of Repose Friday

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:45am

It's "Angle of Repose Friday" on The After Show. You know, the angle in which a granular substance stays in place on a slope. Makes sense to us.

A new rule will prohibit voters in Miami-Dade County from using the restroom, no matter how long the line; In another example of Right Wing projection, a Virginia GOP candidate says that there should be no abortion exception for incest because incest is sometimes voluntary; and Drug sentences for low level drug offenders could be shortened, if the GOP doesn't derail the measure.

We will also be joined today on The Last Half with Lynne Lyman, State Director of California for the Drug Policy Alliance, to discuss the onerous police practice of undercover operations in the state's high schools with particular emphasis on the travesty perpetuated on Daily Kos Diarist, dsnodgrass' son, now wending its way through civil court.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Hip Hump Day Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays

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Netroots Radio Presents The After Show with Wink & Justice: "Thank God It's Giovedì"

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:45am

(Netroots Radio is suffering an attack by internet monsters. Our crack tech staff are fighting diligently, but we are off the air currently. We will have a PodCast of The After Show posted as soon as possible.)

If it's Thursday on The After Show with Wink & Justice; then Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it)!

Sean Hannity inflames a brewing Range War out of Nevada; A study from Northwestern University shows the fear of becoming a racial minority makes Whites more conservative; and the Right Wing noise machine explodes over the IRS doing its job.

Our guest today on The Last Half is journalist Dara Lind of Vox.com, we'll be speaking about her recent articles on excessive force and brutality by the Border Patrol and other immigration issues.

All that, plus the Connect! Unite! Act! Daily Kos Community Calendar and more on The After Show with Wink & Justice.

Player and other info below the Orange Flourish.

The After Show with Wink and Justice broadcasts 9am to 10am Pacific on Metaphor Mondays, Hip Hump Day Wednesdays, Thank God It's Giovedì (that's what we call it) and Angle of Repose Fridays

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Dragged Over The Rubicon of Sanity by a Newtown Truther

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:56pm

At this point, I think it's pretty safe to say that the pioneering physical presence behind the creation of Occupy Wall Street is dead. The movement that it spawned is very much well and alive, but the locus of it the movement's beginning has been arrested and truncheoned into oblivion, as is evident to anyone who drops by what used to be Occupy's headquarters in Zuccotti Park. On the August afternoon that I visited, the only thing occupying the park were about a hundred folks in suits and business casual dress who were all sitting around with their caramel macchiatos and Chop't salads, discussing whatever it is stockbrokers and investment bankers discuss when they're on lunch break. It actually took me a good five minutes before I was able to locate the extinguished embers of the original Occupy Wall Street encampment over in the northeast corner of the park.

There were maybe a dozen people sitting in and around a few benches on which Occupy had set up shop for the day, although—truth be told—there wasn't much shop there to be set up. The most prominent feature of the mini-camp was the famed “People's Library,” which at that point consisted of a random assortment of about 20 books of the anti-capitalist, anarcho-communist persuasion. Other than that, all there was to signify that this gathering of people was part of any sort of ideological movement were a couple people who had small sharpied signs attacking corporate greed and the like by their sides.

The Occupy contingent in Zucotti Park in August 2013

After walking around for a few minutes and talking to some of the folks who self-identified as being part of Occupy, it became very clear that whatever wheat was here two years ago has long since gone, and all that's left is a little bit of winnowed chaff. For the most part, the Occupiers I met in Zuccotti Park could be categorized as pleasant, harmless members of the societal fringe, many of whom were associating themselves with Occupy Wall Street out of necessity and not shared ideology. Many of the Occupy members with whom I spoke were unemployed and several of them were homeless, crashing with friends when they could and sleeping in churches and shelters when they could not. The group that was gathered there when I visited included a number of folks who could be identified as belonging to the popular conception of contemporary American Far Left; people who, without having enough time to know them well, can only be remembered in one's mind unfairly as an amalgamation of similarly constituted people one has interacted with before. In many respects, they seemed to be a sort of human equivalent of The Island of Misfit Toys; a group of predominantly kind souls who, for one reason or another, just weren't cut out for the world in which they'd been born.

And then there was Trent. If anything, Trent is living testament to the theory that says ideologies exist in a circular continuum rather than a linear one and that fanaticism does not discriminate based on the stated belief system of the fanatic in question. I honestly could not tell you whether or not Trent is a right-wing or left-wing extremist—I can only tell you that he is an extremist with a very nebulous grip on reality and a propensity for embracing conspiracy theories and having homicidal ideations. I can't pin an exact age on Trent, but if I were to guess, I'd say that he was in his late twenties. He hid his buzz-cut, dunnish red hair underneath a baseball cap and had two of those pointed metal studs sticking out from the center of his chin. Trent was wearing a pair of jean shorts and a t-shirt with the iconic picture of John, Paul, George and Ringo walking across the street in single file for the cover of Abbey Road. Figuring we had some sort of musical common ground between us, I tried to strike up a Fab Four-related conversation while he bummed a cigarette from me, but soon found out that he wasn't exactly wearing the shirt as a sign of affection for the band.

“I'm just into metal man” he told me while motioning with his hand for me to let him use my lighter. “That's the only real type of music. Fuckin' Slayer and Anthrax and Motorhead...”

“Do you ever listen to classic rock?”

“Nah,” he said, clearly revulsed by the thought. “I can't stand that shit. Skynard and Allman Brothers and all that? That's some redneck, hillbilly shit. All those fuckers like is country.”

I had touched a nerve. It was time to backtrack and get away from Southern Fried Rock. “Well, do you like Led Zeppelin or The Who or The Stones...”

“I fucking hate hillbillies!” Trent screeched, completely ignoring my new line of inquiry. “My step-dad was a hillbilly and he was a giant dick, and my mom was a hillbilly and she was slut. I hate 'em.”

“Alright man. No hillbillies. Got it.” I said, not wanting to disagree with a man so volatile that the mere mention of Lynard Skynard would make his hackles stand on end.  

“I'm telling you, we need to fight back!” he told me. “The time for teaching's over, man. They had their time. It's time to start executing people.”

“You mean, like, metaphorically executing people?”

“No, I'm talking, like, firing squads and machetes and shit. All the politicians man. They all gotta go.”

“But, what about due process?” I asked, in a vain attempt to drag the conversation back across the rubicon of sanity.

“Fuck due process!” Trent told me. “These motherfuckers gotta go. We need to all rise up and, you know, when the revolution comes, we're just gonna mow all them bitches down. That's how its gonna happen man. They're gonna come for our guns and we're gonna fight back! They're already trying to do it. Like, that assault weapons ban? Total bullshit.”

“How is it bullshit, Trent?”

“The government just wants to take all our guns! They're gonna open up a national gun registry and everything. That's why I make sure all my guns are unregistered.”

“That's reassuring.” I mumbled to myself as Trent kept on talking.

“You know the government was behind those shootings up in Sandy Hook, right? No kids died man...it was all a front! I heard this one guy who has a house right next to Sandy Hook say he didn't hear a goddamn shot. Not one.”

“That's...uhhh...” I was at a complete loss for words. Trent was not.

“It's all made up. Those kids never really existed...and the parents? They're all actors. Two of 'em got caught down in Florida. Their name was actually Goldberg or something. I forget what name they used for the cameras, but they were actors. The government just wants an excuse to take your guns from you.”

“So, the government is coming to take away all of our guns?”

“Nah, they're only really concerned with the assault weapons. They're fine with pistols and rifles because you have to keep pulling the trigger and reloading,” Trent said, pantomiming some sort of reloading action as he spoke.

“What about shotguns?”

“Yeah, shotguns are cool too, but not SWAT shotguns. Those are the ones with the hole in the back extra handle so you can just—'pop, pop, pop'—right in a row. They're also going after hollow point rounds. They don't want people having ammo that can actually do any damage. That's why I've been stocking up on ammo. You know all the bullet manufacturers stopped making bullets?”

“They did what now?” I asked, the incredulity in my voice escaping before I had a chance to mask it.

“Yeah, they stopped around Christmas. I mean, they still have some inventory left, but they're not making any new rounds. Why? Because all of the ammo companies are owned by the government. They're all in it together because they don't want people to be able to defend themselves.”

“So,” I said, thinking out loud, “the bullet manufacturers are in cahoots with US government to try and make the American people defenseless. What about the gun manufacturers?”

“No, the gun manufacturers aren't in on it. Remington and Smith & Wesson and all them are legitimate businesses, like, they all started out small back in the day and grew.”

“Okay, but if the gun companies are still operating but the bullet companies aren't, won't you eventually just run out of bullets?”

 “I've been stockpiling 'em,” Trent told me. “I've got enough saved up to protect myself. If the federal government wants to take my guns away, I say, go ahead. Try it and see what happens.”

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