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All Rifled Up: Extremely Militant Militia On the Move at the Borders

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José Díaz-Balart hit another home run of stories the GOP would just love to keep ignoring, the cream of the blissfully  ignorant. This time with coverage of extreme militia types all riled and rifled up that their worksites were flooded with opportunities to bask again in the warm light of conservative love.

Seems like after Fvx News sent Hannity to the border to jimmy up some buzz with Governor Goodhair Rick Perry, so they could do aghast in stereo for the entertainment of their prime neocon herds.

Have a gander.

And speaking of the crisis on our borders, some mighty fine discussion below of the Cockamamie Congressional inability to function … never mind the urgency President Obama and activist groups have tried to convey.

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José Díaz-Balart has a great convo with the San Antonio Express’ Kolten Parker, a veteran of this coverage, about the Extreme Militant border militia:

Image courtesy Cagle Cartoons

Image courtesy Cagle Cartoons

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Yes, Virginia … Governor McDonnell Found His Santa Claus

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Who obviously kicked him to the curb this year in a very un-Clausy move.

The curb had cameras (2014 here). 

I've been enjoying the footage of the Fall of McDonnell, aka Governor Vagina Police,  all day. I did not know that Virginia encourages the antiquated, sexist 'crush' defense that incriminates your wife.

Idiots.
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Maddow had superb coverage, early. She always had a soft spot for Old McDonnell, Gov'nuh Invasive Ultrasound,  aggressively anathema to women in the other 49 states.

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Morning media today totally enjoyed divulging more and more dirt for Old McDonnell to bury himself in. Chuck Todd updated an eager audience on MSNBC, and continued to compare this bit of greed with a House of Cards season, video below.

McDonnell was rescued by the Falwell family, good ole' political religionists teaching their worst traits to generations of extreme religiosity  … shaping the Regressive Right Christian way.

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"Gov. McDonnell will add another dimension to the educational experience of Liberty students by teaching leadership,” bragged  Liberty President and Chief Christian on Campus, Jerry Falwell Jr., son of Jerry Sr.

 He achieved great success as governor in making Virginia one of the nation’s most business-friendly and fiscally sound states while getting people to work together for the common good. These experiences uniquely qualify him to teach our students about every aspect of serving in public office.

McDonnell was well received at Liberty, as you might expect!

Morning Joe Schmoe, absent Joe, and featuring Morning Mika, gave the McDonnell clan some early bird mockery with details that needed divulging.

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By now most Virginians should sensibly note that McAuliffe is a vast improvement over Old McDonnell. He's probably got that Vitamin Lothario, Jimmie Williams, banned from the region. The Washington Post ran this:

The federal government’s decision to use these deceitful tactics in order to prosecute a popular and successful Republican Governor immediately upon his leaving office is disgraceful, violates basic principles of justice, and is contemptuous of the citizens of Virginia who elected him,” McDonnell’s attorneys wrote.

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Sergeant Dennis Cabanting, a Wounded Warrior You Need to Know

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This fine fellow, Army National Guard Sergeant Dennis Cabanting, was not a young pup when he was injured in Iraq -- which meant his recovery started when he was a bit older, a tad more set in his military ways, and more susceptible to complications by virtue of age. He also quite literally couldn't imagine his life without the military.

See if you don't also find this wounded warrior's story remarkable. Particularly at this shameful juncture when Congress can't even pull VA funding and reform out of their Out of Order sausage-making machine. Gaah. This is a vet you won't soon forget.

There is a terrific moment when Dennis is asked, "What does independence mean moving forward, for you ... because one of the first things you said to me was 'I don't want to live with my Mom!' [laughter]" and his 'old' personality clearly shines through.

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I've mentioned it before, traumatic brain injury is something the husband and I have worked with for nearly a dozen years here in our small Vermont town, and it is one complex human condition to be in. But if you like a job where you can leave your own life complaints at the coat check, I highly recommend, and in this rather self-absorbed century that is a startlingly terrific benefit.

Rather than drills and being in command, Sarge is now spending his days fighting the battle-related Multiple Sclerosis that he came back from Iraq with the seeds of, as well as severe PTSD and the TBI that has the potential to take a returned hero from wounded soldier to tragic figure.

MSNBC weekender Patrick Murphy was wise enough to include this Hawaii native in his four part series on Taking the Hill heroes, indeed it was the final installment.

"I don't want a Mamas boy ... and he doesn't want to BE a Mama's Boy!" laughingly sputtered Cabanting's own Mama. He's a bit old at newly 40, with a son nearly 17 of his own living with his ex-wife in his home state of Hawaii.

"It's a whole new rebirth," Mama said of her courageous son's turning 40, leis everywhere and candles a' blazin'. Dennis' tremors and peculiar gait were endearingly exaggerated as he made his way up to blow them out.

Image courtesy Mark Koning

Image courtesy Mark Koning

My legs may not work all that well ... but they work!" he said with pride toward the end of the filmed thank you he wanted to do as an appreciative, powerful message and gesture of gratitude to the many that helped him on his road to recovery with TBI. That long list included The Wounded Warrior Project. Under the Radar Military online, who had this to say of Dennis on their website, also offered video, further below.

It is unaccountably important to feel one of many, to love and to be loved and to know that you have something, something unique, to contribute. The possibilities are endless when that kind of reconnection to humanity finally clicks in.

Powerfully wonderful to see Sgt. Cabanting reach forty and have a long and uplifting road ahead, with the kind of life he has reestablished for himself.

The 'Old Dennis' would absolutely be proud.

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Contributing Impressively to the GOP War On Women, Domestic Violence in Arkansas

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The great state of Arkansas. Most known politically perhaps for producing President Bill Clinton and Fvx Nation star and famed squirrel-hunter, Mike Huckabee.

Recently on MSNBC's NewsNation with Tamron Hall, it also became fully known for the depths of its domestic violence problem, did Arkansas.

Violence against women has been getting press for all the wrong reasons, both an uptick in incidence and a general defunding and denial of it as an epidemic by the Regressive Right. Civilian, military, southern and northern, all economic classes and ethnicities included. It's a nondiscriminatory epidemic.

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Even prior to the #YesAllWomen outcry, we had seen the media make efforts to report on both sexual and other violence against women, and girls, to spread awareness. It was heartening to see a politician tackle it head on, as Mike Ross has done in Arkansas.

A short time ago we saw the heroine Malala dedicate her birthday wish and the energies associated with acknowledging her own significance globally, to the Nigerian girls still kidnapped and ripped apart from their families. [Video below from Time Magazine.]

 

 

Now bring that awareness of Global Girlpower to Tamron's coverage of the inadequate attention to the plight of women and violence in the all too close to home great state of Arkansas.

Mike Ross' plan calls for boozing funding for the sort of shelter that Laura might have found sanctuary within, as opposed to being in the grave, one more victim of domestic violence in Arkansas that might have been saved were dangers better managed.

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Domestic violence is particularly difficult to reach. It certainly needs as much boosting in law enforcement and awareness in the state of Arkansas as can be raised to tackle it. Laura Aceves is one horribly tragic story.

There are daily cases across the country that parallel hers, a horrific modern reality that the GOP continually chooses to deny and defund.

The candidate for the Arkansas governor's mansion behind this plan, Mike Ross, is a Democrat who feels this is an under-discussed and under-funded issue, and not a partisan issue. He is running for office on a number of platforms, and this appears one of the strongest. Have a look, from MSNBC.

Arkansas has some of the worst domestic violence realities in the country. May this election cycle see some healing light and public funding come to helping the victims and treating the roots of this endemic problem.

Wife beaters maybe aren't just standard apparel in Arkansas? That term has always bothered me - but so does this story.

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Elizabeth Warren Has Divined and Deployed Her Life's Work

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We all get grrrreat liberal email, amidst the junk, but it's especially exciting when something new about our amazing Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is waiting to be opened.

This morning it was Howard Dean in tandem, a good pairing for progressives. The active and admirable group, Democracy for America, is turning ten.

Hi Sherry -- I just wanted to make sure you had a chance to read the inspiring email that Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to DFA members below. I'm so thrilled with what we've built together over the last 10 years. With your critical support now, we can super-charge our people-powered legacy and elect more "Elizabeth Warren Democrats" to Congress -- the kind of leaders who will take our country back from the banks and billionaires.
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DFA has perhaps not embraced the absolute most progressive candidate for every round of their online grassroots inspired 'Dean Dozen' ... but they've come mightily close and have helped elect 801 Dems besides Elizabeth Warren who would collectively and individually freak the be-jeebus out of Sarah Palin and her Lipton Brigadiers.

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An arugula munching crowd that in toto would send Rush Limpbaugh dashing for enough manufactured hysteria to keep him in leather ass-less chaps for years. [Long running Free Range joke, The Rushbot has a purported fondness for frolicking in asslesss leather chaps while high. ;) ]

Warren's own message was typically optimistic and energizing.

DFA fought shoulder-to-shoulder with me to defeat Scott Brown in 2012, but that's not the only way they've had my back. Over the past year, they've made my fight for the middle class their fight -- and they have doubled down on leveling the playing field for working Americans, fighting with energy and passion.

When I introduced my very first bill, the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act,more than 50,000 DFA members signed a petition supporting it. Together, we fought back against cuts to Social Security, helping President Obama decide to drop "chained CPI" from his budget completely.

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For sheer enjoyment, plus the splendid edification(!)some great audio of Warren from a recent discussion of where the middle class is headed in the Twenty Teens … 'to hell in a highly gussied hand basket' would be the Jeopardy answer. The Young Turks get the sincere tip of the hat, for Roaring Warren!

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Josè Díaz-Balart Meets With President Obama and Reports to All In

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You can almost hear Morgan Freeman, the voice of God, intoning over the National Guard that Governor Good Hair Perry saw fit to deploy on women and children, "This is NOT what Jesus Would Do, Governor Perry!!"

With a few lightning bolts and a suitable coda of thunder to punctuate.

Chris Hayes really went All In Friday evening, when he got the early scoop on colleague Josè Díaz-Balart's enviable interview with President Obama on the day of his historic meetings with Central American rulers on the other end of the humanitarian crisis on the borders.

Díaz-Balart went there, thoroughly, about the complicity of the United States' recreational drug habit in the traffic, and the trafficking, that lie at the heart of this current disaster. He is not wrong, in saying that every line of cocaine done in the U.S. impacts cultures in Central and Southern America.

His MSNBC morning program will offer more interview footage next week. Here is the first look.

Then the promised footage with Chris Hayes in the evening lineup.

Prior to that, Hayes had done a powerful segment on the actual face of the ongoing deportations, with some fascinating facts on the Obama administration's quieter policies.

Do you suppose we could trade the Statue of Liberty back to France for a working guillotine? It would take care of immigration reform and the death penalty glitches in one fell swoop.

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For contrast, perennially thirsty Senator Marco Rubio and Pundette Megyn Kelly are cozying up at Fox Noise, hyping their unique, peculiar brand of 'immigration reform assassination' that works so well over at Fvx Nation.

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Breaking: Buh Bye Benny Johnson from BuzzFeed - Plagiarism Doesn't Pay

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Breaking this morning, early, early, early this morning … popular online news and whimsy site, BuzzFeed (you may know the tattooed John Stanton the best), has let a longtime writer/editor go for the chic white collar crime dispensing with a lot of bad apple bloggers: plagiarism. Benny Johnson had his last byline … there.

Big bowl of wrong.

Benny Johnson's credibility should have been suspect from his resumè of shame, he wrote/edited for both Breitbart and Glenn Beck?!?

There's 'yer sign.

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From a slightly and understandably smug piece over at HuffPo, a few juicy yet truly insulting and kinda' disgusting details. Johnson didn't borrow a phrase or two … BuzzFeed had to correct then annotate and re-publish, with the formal Plagiarism Confession, Acknowledgement and Apology article that every 'paper' lives in fear of, more than 40 of his pieces for them.

Ben Smith did the mea culpa.

Smith apologized, adding, "We are deeply embarrassed and sorry to have misled you. Benny’s editors -- I, Katherine Miller, John Stanton, Shani Hilton, and McKay Coppins -- bear real responsibility."

The plagiarism charges first surfaced after a pair of Twitter users began pointing out examples where Johnson appeared to have copied or reworded text from the work of others. Gawker then wrote about the allegations, bringing them to the attention of a much wider audience.

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Benny Benny Benny ... honestly? You did 523 posts at BuzzFeed (prolific you have down, but then it goes a lot quicker when you cheat and don't actually write, the graphics go in surprisingly quickly), and had to have 41 of them pulled and whitewashed? That's an average of 1 out of 12, Dude.

You had best hie thee to Fvx Nation toot sweet, before they re-sign La Palin for a new Putin Watch section in their faux global edition.

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Each article had to get the Scarlet P. You can go to each article and see what journalists are trained to avoid, the evidence of whole passages lifted, in multiples, in over 40 of Johnson's posts.

Reprehensible.

EDITORS' NOTE
This post has been corrected to properly source quotes and phrasing that was copied from The New Yorker and Reid’s autobiography.
BuzzFeed takes its responsibility to readers very seriously, and plagiarism is a major breach of that responsibility. Please read our apology to readers here. JULY 26, 2014, 1:05 a.m.

The list of links to his 41 plagiarized posts was sickening. Whether it was laziness or stupidity, this fellow deserved the firing.

Let's hope he's slightly more careful at Fvx Noise, we think they only tolerate plagiarism in 25% of their content.

 

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