So you think Ray Kelly should head up the Department of Homeland Security?
Under Ray Kelly, the NYPD infiltrated Muslim communities and spied on hundreds or perhaps thousands of totally innocent Americans at mosques, colleges, and elsewhere. Officers "put American citizens under surveillance and scrutinized where they ate, prayed and worked, not because of charges of wrongdoing but because of their ethnicity," AP reported, citing NYPD documents. Informants were paid to bait Muslims into making inflammatory statements. The NYPD even conducted surveillance on Muslim Americans outside its jurisdiction, drawing a rebuke from an FBI field office, where a top official charged that "the department's surveillance of Muslims in the state has hindered investigations and created 'additional risks' in counterterrorism."
Moreover, "In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques," the Associated Pressreported, "the New York Police Department's secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation." The horrifying effects on innocent Americans are documented here. But despite the high costs and lack of counterterrorism benefits, Kelly stands behind the surveillance on Muslims.
On its own, Kelly's treatment of Muslims ought to disqualify him from the position, and even from being praised by the president of the United States. On its own, his treatment of blacks and Hispanics ought to disqualify him from being promoted, too. But his tenure has also been characterized by a dearth of transparency that has exacerbated his abuses. As Murray Weiss explains, "The lack of transparency during the Kelly administration played a pivotal role in keeping the public -- and by extension the NYPD -- from recognizing years earlier that the number of stop-and-frisks in New York was escalating to troubling levels. Kelly failed to disclose the stop-and-frisk numbers for seven years despite being required by law to do so. When he was finally forced to release them, the numbers were stunning, and caused critics to ask why stop-and-frisks escalated from 100,000 during Bloomberg's first year in office to 500,000 seven years later."
Yet New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer is lobbying for him, and on Wednesday President Obama said Kelly's "obviously done an extraordinary job" and would be "very well qualified for the job" of Homeland Security secretary.
Sadly, this isn't at all surprising, though it is to the immense discredit of both men.
(I'll pause while you let out a hearty laugh.)
I look forward to hearing him explain his rabid anti-Muslim bigotry and his enthusiastic support for the terrorist Irish Republican Army on the campaign trail.
Doesn't stand a chance, you say? I thought so, too, at first.
But consider how well anti-Muslim bigotry and the right (i.e., right-wing, or at least white) sort of
They lap that shit up.
It's still a long shot, but stranger things have happened.
If only they were a bank: Judge Rules Detroit's Bankruptcy Illegal, Leaving Process In Limbo
What is not to love about Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen? He's a fun guy! He hits on Cyndi Lauper, because YOLO. He dances to rap! He will sweat through that shirt and give exactly zero fucks! Steve Cohen is fuckin' feelin' it, y'all!
And then there was that time he was caught publicly twittersmooching some fresh young babe, and he was like OH. Think I'm a dirty old poonhound? Well guess what, she is my SECRET DAUGHTER BOOM!
Politico: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Friday he will strongly oppose an attempt by President Obama to bailout the city of Detroit.Has the White House said they were going to bail out the City of Detroit? Not in so many word, but if you read between the lines, the oh-so subtle word from the White House is "NO!!"
"I basically say he is bailing them out over my dead body because we don't have any money in Washington," Paul said in an interview with Breitbart.com.
Detroit News: The White House reiterated Friday that no federal bailout for Detroit is in the works, but said the adminstration wants to be helpful as the Motor City restructures in bankruptcy.And this isn't the first time it's come up — Detroit's been inching toward bankruptcy since the Republican Governor took control of the city's finances away from city government and placed it in the hands of an "emergency manager," who applied the super-awesome Republican economic policies that totally failed to save the city. This guy and Detroit's mayor had already gone to the White House to discuss the city's problems and this was the result, according to the same Detroit News piece (emphasis mine):
White House spokesman Jay Carney said on the issue of Detroit's insolvency that is "something local leaders and creditors are going to have resolve, but we will be partners in an effort to assist the city and the state as they move forward." Asked for specifics on what type of assistance might be available, Carney declined to elaborate.
"The issue here of the insolvency and dealing with that is one that Detroit and Detroit's creditors will have to resolve. We will be of assistance in general, both in terms of policy as well as just being a partner with Detroit as Detroit finds its way and moves forward in the coming weeks, months and years," Carney said.
White House officials including Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and National Economic Council director Gene Sperling have been in talks with city and state leaders. In April, Jarrett made it clear to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr at a White House meeting that no federal bailout was forthcoming.So the White House keeps saying over and over — for months — that they aren't going to bail out Detroit, which Rand Paul takes as his cue to stand boldly and proudly against any bailout for Detroit.
And that's why I say I will oppose any attempt by Rand Paul to father a moose-baby. Rand Paul has never actually said he wouldn't father a moose-baby, which makes my opposition to the attempt more rational than his stand against a Detroit bailout.