Friday, October 31, 2014

Deputy was on phone with girlfriend during Las Cruces shooting, police say

By James Staley
Las Cruces Sun-News

Posted: 10/31/2014 10:53:59 AM MDT

LAS CRUCES >> The Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy in a Las Cruces hotel was on the phone with his girlfriend when he fired the fatal shots, according to court documents.

What the deputies were arguing about and other key details, however, is still unclear.

Tai Chan, 27, remains in custody at the Doña Ana County Detention Center. He appeared via video at Doña Ana Magistrate Court on Wednesday afternoon for arraignment. Chan pleaded not guilty.

At Wednesday's proceeding, a judge denied bail for Chan, his Santa Fe-based attorney Jon Day said. Such a ruling was expected, Day added, and is common for open counts of murder — that preliminary designation means the ultimate charge could range from first-degree murder to manslaughter.

Las Cruces police charged Chan with an open count of murder and booked him into detention center on Tuesday evening, several hours after he allegedly shot 29-year-old deputy Jeremy Martin on the seventh floor of Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces.

Police said the two had been arguing and Martin was fleeing their shared room, running toward an elevator, when Chan fired an unspecified number of rounds at him. Police found Martin bleeding near the elevator in the hotel lobby. He died from gunshot wounds to the back and arms at a local hospital.

A criminal complaint filed in court Wednesday revealed more details about the episode, including Chan telling a police officer he had shot Martin.

A friend who had been out with the off-duty deputies as they drank Monday night told police he received a call from Chan's girlfriend at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday, the complaint states. She wanted him to check on Chan because she had been talking to him on the phone moments earlier when she heard somebody say, "please don't, please don't," followed by gunshots.
According to the complaint, Chan's friend told police he saw Chan and Martin get into a "heated" argument at Dublin's Street Pub, one of three restaurants the deputies visited Monday night. At one point, Chan and Martin were pointing fingers at each other and had to be separated by a bartender.

Chan's friend said he never before had seen Chan that hostile, the complaint states.

A manager at Dublin's declined Tuesday to comment on the incident.

Chan and Martin reportedly caught a cab back to Hotel Encanto, just before midnight.

After the shooting, police found Chan on the seventh-floor landing to the hotel's roof. An officer said Chan smelled of alcohol and slurred his words, according to the complaint. Chan allegedly said, "I shot the guy," referring to Martin.

He also told the officer he was missing his cell phone — an iPhone with a red case. The complaint notes Martin had a phone on him when he arrived at the hospital.
Chan's friend told police that Chan had called him about 8 p.m. Monday to invite him to go out for drinks. But Chan didn't want to drive because he only had his duty vehicle, a gray 2014 Ford Explorer, the complaint states. Chan and Martin had stopped in Las Cruces on their way back to Santa Fe from Safford, Arizona, where they dropped off a prisoner Monday.

During a search in the Hotel Encanto parking lot, police found "law enforcement equipment" in the Ford Explorer, including an empty handgun holster, the complaint states.

Day said Wednesday afternoon that he was "surprised" to learn what details of the incident weren't included in the criminal complaint.

"The facts of this case seem to be significantly different than what's being portrayed," Day said, adding that rushing to judge Chan would be a mistake.

Day declined Wednesday to elaborate on what the criminal complaint omitted. Criminal complaints generally include only information that police deem critical to the investigation; they are not a complete summary of the investigation.

Chan, who is from Santa Fe, was enrolled at New Mexico State University from 2005 to 2010, when he received a criminal justice degree, a school spokeswoman said.

James Staley writes for the Las Cruces Sun-News.

 Deputy charged in murder of fellow deputy
Sheriff speaks on deputy killed in shooting by fellow deputy
'Sad news to share, I do wish the best for Martin's wife and children....'

Edward Snowden: A ‘Nation’ Interview

In a wide-ranging conversation, he discusses the surveillance state, the American political system and the price he’s paid for his understanding of patriotism.

by Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Consent of The Governed - Why You Should Vote

by guest blogger, Veri1138

Democracy. One person, one vote. A concept that millions have died for, in revolutions and war. Democracy, a concept that has its modern roots in Ancient Greece, written about and then codified in Athenian law. Rule of the people. As opposed to aristocracy, rule of the elite. Increasingly, the lines between democracy and aristocracy, are blurred by modern government. We elect people who, in ideal circumstances, represent the majority of voters who cast their ballots for political candidates. We call our 'democracy', a representative republic.

Nothing is further from the truth. Our politicians are elected by a minority of voters, with an even larger population of eligible voters who have only, silently, given tacit consent. Tacit consent by eligible voters who did not directly consent to party rule by either majority party. Yet, those who remained silent by not casting a ballot, have consented - in some way - to the policies of both parties, that govern America.
"The people lay down the conditions which the king is bound to fulfill. Hence they are bound to obedience only conditionally, namely, upon receiving the protection of just and lawful government…the power of the ruler is delegated by the people and continues only with their consent." -George Sabine, A History of Political Theory, p381, paraphrasing Theodore Beza from 1579 A.D.
A government's legitimacy and moral right are obtained by "consent of the governed" who, by voting or not, confer that legitimacy and moral right upon whichever politician is elected by the majority of eligible voters, of whom are comprised of voters and non-voters. If an eligible voter does not vote then he or she still consents to be governed, even if that non-voter does not agree with his rulers. Silence confers legitimacy and moral right upon whichever politician of whichever party manages to garner the majority, thereby winning the election of those who do vote.

Dissent is only registered by those who actively participate in the electoral process, by voting. Voting is an active voice against those who would rule. Not voting is tacit consent, a passive voice of those who may not agree with the policies of their political leaders, yet by the very act of not voting, provides tacit consent by their silence.

In the US 2012 presidential elections,  President Obama was re-elected with fifty-one percent of the popular vote. Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney managed to persuade forty-seven percent of voters that he should be President, yet failed. Roughly one to two percent of voters registered their dissent with both candidates by voting for neither, instead choosing to vote for third-party candidates, or by marking 'none of the above', or writing in a candidate for President.
President Obama obtained consent of the governed. The Democratic Party, as opposed to Democratic voters, retained control of the Senate, while Republicans gained seats in The House of Representatives. All politicians obtained consent of the governed - both those so governed, who voted, and by those who did not vote.

Both parties are minority parties. Both parties and their politicians obtained consent of the governed with a minority of votes. The reality is that, President Obama was re-elected with twenty-nine percent of eligible voters while twenty seven percent of eligible voters registered dissent with President Obama's leadership, by voting for Mitt Romney. Two percent of voters registered dissent with both candidates. Furthermore, dissenting votes by Republican voters returned The House to Republican rule while Democratic Party candidates retained consent of the governed, to remain the majority in The Senate.

The reported results of The 2012 Presidential Primary:
  • Obama - 51%, 
  • Romney - 47%
  • Other - 2%
Now, for the real results:
  • Obama - 29.7%
  • Romney - 27%
  • Other - 2%
  • Not Voting - 41%
The reported results conferred psychological value upon President Obama's win. The Democratic Party portrayed President Obama's win as a vindication of his rule. Consent of the governed - both voting and the non-voters - stands at over sixty-nine percent (69%). By remaining silent, eligible voters who do not vote, give tacit consent. Even if they do not agree with the President's actions. Those non-voters did not actively dissent, deciding to remain passive.

By the reported results, President Obama obtained an overwhelming mandate, which was reported as such by The Democratic Party. This mandate he obtained has allowed him to conduct himself as he has, pursuing policies against traditional Democratic values. Because he has consent of the governed.
In reality, President Obama and the Democratic Party obtained consent of the governed, yet - by using the real results of the 2012 elections - are in effect, a minority government elected by a minority of eligible voters - who retain majority rule in the Senate and control the administration. Republicans achieved the same in the House of Representatives. Both parties are elected by the minority and are minority parties, in light of the real results of the elections of 2012. Both have consent of the governed. Non-voters approved their retaining of their respective positions simply by not voting. In effect, non-voters vote for both parties in the same proportion as do the actual voters.

There are those who argue that voting does not matter. That voting is useless. That nothing will change in government. And those that advocate or believe so, are correct. By not voting, those non-voters are effectively consenting to be governed by both parties; parties who are free to pursue interests inimical to the well-being of those who are non-voters.

Silence is consent. Not voting, is silence. Not voting conveys legitimacy and moral authority upon those who are elected.

That legitimacy and moral authority is of enormous psychological value, once conveyed to those who are elected. Those elected by the majority of voters and non-voters, use legitimacy and moral authority to pursue their own or party interests. They have both. The non-voter, despite what he or she may think, disagree with, or object to; has already consented through their silence. Other governments recognize the legitimacy and moral authority of an elected government as obtained through the consent of the governed.

Silence is not dissent. It is merely being silent. Voting against an elected official or party, is dissent. Active dissent instead as opposed to passive acceptance, where one may speak out against their rulers' policies; yet have consented through their silence to a ruling party's policies.

Reconsider the 2012 Presidential Elections with the participation of all voters, as a theoretical, if one hundred percent of voters, had voted. By using the same numbers above, as to the real results:
  • Obama: 29.7%
  • Romney: 27%
  • All Others: 56.3%
Consider that 'All Others' would have been split between various third parties, or voters casting ballots marked 'none of the above', or by voters casting ballots with write-in candidates. Consider that this would have left fifty-six point three percent of all votes divided among third parties, where no third party would have won any seats in Congress. That the Republican Party and Democratic Party would have retained their respective seats in Congress.

That fifty-six-point-three percent of voters did not consent to be governed if such would have been the case.

The psychological impact upon both parties, in such an outcome, would have dramatically weakened both parties. They would, in effect, by minority-elected representatives. These results would scare them as they know that the majority of voters had voted against their rule. That the political landscape of America could be changed if enough voters among those fifty-six-point-three percent, could only find a common cause and candidates.

The reality of the number of those who actually cast votes for President Obama, stands at twenty-nine-point-seven percent. The Republican Party knows this. The psychological value of the real number is invaluable to blocking President Obama's initiatives. Simply because The Republican leadership knows, without a doubt, that President Obama was elected with such a low number of ballots cast. That President Obama only has consent of the governed due to those who remained silent, by not voting. That those voters will most likely remain silent in future elections.

Paul Weyrich, considered by many to be the Founding Father of Modern Conservatism, through The Moral Majority and other conservative institutions, openly advocated that the less people who vote, the better off the Republican Party is in winning elections. In a speech before Conservatives in Dallas, Texas, in the Fall of 1980, Paul Weyrich remarked, "Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don't want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."

Paul Weyrich, as a conservative Republican, railed against good government. Good government that can come about by increasing voter participation. The consent of the governed. By registering dissent through the voting process - even if you do not win - sends a powerful message to those who govern in our stead. Legitimacy and moral authority are stripped from politicians and ruling parties when the majority actively dissent through active participation in the election of officials.

Governments fall because of dissent. Societal transformation is achieved, eventually, when the majority actively dissent, thus stripping elected officials of the majority of legitimacy and moral authority, conferred upon them, by voters. Such results are not instantaneous. There is no short-cut to change. Electing one person will not provide that change.

As long as those who do not vote, believing in the fallacy that by not voting that they are actively dissenting; fail to actively register their dissent. Silence is consent to both The Democratic and Republican Parties, that they have the legitimacy and moral authority, to act upon the behalf of our population. By  not voting, you do not speak to power.

Those who believe they dissent by not voting, the politicians have nothing to fear from those who do not voice their opinion through the ballot box. The ballot box is what elects them. The ballot box is where they obtain their legitimacy and moral authority. The results of the ballot box are only registered by those who vote. The remaining of eligible voters who fail to vote; remain silent, thus conferring tacit consent upon those who would govern.

For those who protest against the ruling party(ies), for those who advocate policies to their liking; for those who fail to vote? The only protest that matters is the protest cast at the ballot box. Politicians will still be elected. Non-voters are simply absent.

What possible effects do non-voters have upon the electoral process? American politics, as measured through polls, is seen as about evenly split between the policies of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Polls show this. The casting of ballots reflect this. Yet, a significant minority of voters are missing from the results used to prove such an almost even split between voters. Poll results are simply that. We can not know what the real gap between the polls that show an almost even split is; if the polls are real. Without the participation of the majority of voters. A meme is established that America is an almost evenly divided nation, between liberals and conservatives. Polls show this. The ballot box - through the popular vote with the participation of the majority of voters - does not and can not show the reality.

Consider, also, that the less eligible voters that vote, the easier it may be to manipulate the results of an election, thereby enabling the theft of elections through vote-count fraud. Anomalies in American political races have been reported through the use of one of the most reliable methods to detect fraud: exit polls. When such anomalies have been encountered, the most reliable indicator of fraud - exit polls - has been discounted. One factor that may influence such a conclusion of unreliability with exit polls is that the so few vote in the local races.

Passive consent by non-voters is key to the Democratic and Republican parties, to continue to pursue policies inimical to America's interests. To your interests. The the interests of the public good and well being. To America's Common-Weal. Common Wealth. Common Well-Being.

Both parties are crudely represented by social divisions, who pursue roughly the same economic policies of neoliberal economics, and who pursue the foreign policy of the neoconservative movement that dictates America's actions around the world, in relation to other nations. With both active and passive consent, of those who vote and non-voters respectively, legitimacy and moral authority to pursue such policies, is granted.

In one sense, active voters who elect their leaders only provide a minority consent. Thus, a rule by the minority. Coupled with passive consent by those non-voters, both parties are able to realize a consent of the governed. Non-voters, are in effect, voting for the policies of both parties, irregardless of the non-voters' personal beliefs and actions. Dissent at the ballot box is the only dissent that matters to a politician. It is only through the ballot box that a politician is elected. A politician has nothing to fear from those who do not vote, who do not register their dissent.

Register your dissent. Vote. Even if you do not win, you will be counted. Or forever, remain silent with the politicians knowing, that they have nothing to fear from you since you refuse, as a non-voter, to be heard where it counts: at the ballot box.

For those of you who say, that the elections are stolen? Remember Paul Weyrich. He is right. You are not. Elections are easier to steal, the fewer that vote.

Don't vote? Well, non-voters are only signaling, "Bye Bye, Democracy!"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Volbeat Taking Anthrax + Crobot on 2015 Tour

Mary Ouellette, / Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

by Chad Childers October 27, 2014 5:19 PM

Volbeat appeared to be winding down their support of their ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’ album, but the band just booked another leg of dates for the spring featuring support from metal icons Anthrax and red hot rising rockers Crobot opening the run.

The tour launches April 24 in Denver with shows booked through a June 2 tour finale in New York City. There will be a pre-sale that goes live this Wednesday (Oct. 29) at 10AM local time in all markets. Visit the band’s website for pre-sale details. Meanwhile, the general on-sale date for all markets is Halloween (Oct. 31), with all markets going on sale at 10AM local time with the exception of Grand Forks (9AM) and Oshawa and Ottawa in Canada (Noon).

Volbeat have been touring the U.S. on one of the fall’s biggest tours, sharing stages with Five Finger Death Punch, Hellyeah and Nothing More. They’ve recently discussed winding down their support of ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies,’ with talk of starting work on their next album in the new year. With that being said, the spring run could be a transitional trek for Volbeat depending on how far along they are with their new album.

Anthrax, meanwhile, have been working on a new album after winding down support of their ‘Worship Music’ disc in 2013. Of course, current Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano used to be a member of Anthrax.

As for Crobot, they just released their full-length ‘Something Supernatural’ album after breaking out earlier in 2014 with their self-titled EP.

Volbeat / Anthrax / Crobot Spring 2015 Tour

4/24 — Denver, Colo. — 1STBANK Center
4/25 — Rapid City, S.D. — Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
4/27 — Spokane, Wash. — Spokane Arena
4/28 — Missoula, Mont. — Adams Center
4/29 — Seattle, Wash. — WaMu Theatre
5/1 — Grande Prairie, Alberta — Revolution Place
5/2 — Edmonton, Alberta — Rexall Place
5/3 — Calgary, Alberta — Calgary Stampede Corral
5/4 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — SaskTel Centre
5/6 — Regina, Saskatchewan — Brandt Centre
5/7 — Grand Forks, N.D. — Ralph Englestad Arena
5/12 — Oshawa, Ontario — General Motors Centre
5/13 — Ottawa, Ontario — TD Place
5/14 — Quebec City, Quebec — Quebec Colisee Pepsi
5/15 — Montreal, Quebec — CEPSUM Montreal
5/18 — Saginaw, Mich. — Dow Events Center
5/19 — Evansville, Ind. — Ford Center
5/20 — Chicago, Ill. — Aragon Ballroom
5/22 — Sioux City, Iowa — Tyson IBF Events Center
5/27 — Dallas, Texas — Verizon Grand Prairie
5/28 — Houston, Texas — Bayou Music Center
5/31 — St. Louis, Mo. — Outdoors at Pop’s
6/2 — New York, N.Y. — Hammerstein Ballroom 

'Fucking Amazing, I wonder why Volbeat always seems to choose Denver as the first leg of a new Tour, as I saw them last April 3rd on the beginning of their new leg Tour for Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies, oh well, I don't Care, this will be my fourth time seeing them and looking forward to a new release!!!'    =)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

33 Years Ago: Iron Maiden’s First Concert With Bruce Dickinson

Paul Natkin, Getty Images

by Eduardo Rivadavia October 26, 2014 12:52 PM
On October 26, 1981, New Wave of British Heavy Metal standard bearers Iron Maiden performed their first concert with new lead singer, Bruce Dickinson at the Palasport of Bologna, Italy— a daring personnel change for a band that was already enjoying great success with two fine albums recorded behind well-liked frontman Paul Di’Anno.

But, in retrospect, there’s little doubt that Dickinson’s recruitment provided the final ingredient needed to accelerate Maiden’s inexorable march towards global dominance, beginning with the following year’s watershed third album, ‘The Number of the Beast.’
And, regardless of that happy outcome, the stark reality was that, for band leader, chief songwriter, and bass player Steve Harris, the situation with Di’Anno had basically become untenable, regardless of Paul’s worthy contributions to the cause up to that point in time.

Indeed, since 1978 Di’Anno’s gruff melodic vocals and even gruffer bad boy charisma had capably shepherded Harris’ musical vision — from the self-recorded ‘Soundhouse Tapes’ to the major label release of 1980’s ‘Iron Maiden’ and ’81’s sophomore effort ‘Killers’ — but the grueling tours and punishing press tasks that ensued had steadily taken a toll on the fun-loving singer’s mood.

To Di’Anno, Iron Maiden now seemed more like a tightly run corporation than a rock and roll band, and he would later mince no words in comparing Harris and Iron Maiden’s ambitious manager, Rod Smallwood, to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, based on the ruthless, military precision with which they ran the ship.
Be that as it may, this was Harris’ band — always had been, always would be — so once the decision to dump Paul had been made, he and Smallwood applied that same businesslike discipline to identifying his replacement, who, as fate would have it, had already shared many stages with his future employers.

That replacement was of course Bruce Dickinson, who had been laboring with Iron Maiden’s New Wave of British Heavy Metal rivals, Samson (under the questionable stage name of Bruce Bruce!) since 1980, and had reportedly long secretly coveted Di’Anno’s job, along with the more professional ambitions that his present band clearly lacked.

Harris, for his part, had long admired Dickinson’s powerful air raid siren of a voice and saw no reason to change his opinion after Bruce’s successful audition for the band in September of 1981, mere days after Di’Anno’s dismissal. Dickinson was offered the job on the spot and told “Oh, by the way, we’re touring Italy next month!”

And this was how Bruce Dickinson suddenly found himself on stage that night in Bologna: facing the daunting prospect of fronting Iron Maiden’s well-oiled touring machine as they ripped through a seventeen-song set bursting with Di’Anno-era staples like ‘Sanctuary,’ ‘Wrathchild,’ ‘Running Free,’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera.'
The band was called back for an amazing three encores that night (the last consisting of Montrose’s ‘I Got the Fire’) and, understandable nerves notwithstanding, it was abundantly clear to Harris, Dickinson, guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, and drummer Clive Burr, that everything was going to be just fine for Iron Maiden.

And as the newly fortified quintet set off towards incredible new heights that are obviously well documented elsewhere, the musical marriage between Iron Maiden and Bruce Dickinson seemed all the more ideal and inevitable — as though it had been destined to be consecrated by the very gods of heavy metal from the dawn of time!

 You Think You Know Iron Maiden?
'Coool as HELL, Up The Irons MoFo's!!!!'

US creates terrorist groups to justify wars: American journalist

Sunday Oct 26, 201405:15 PM GMT

The United States is creating terrorist groups to justify its wars on foreign lands, an American journalist says.
“It is becoming very obvious…that the US intelligence community is involved in funding ISIS if you look at the military support that ISIS receives,” Mike Harris, an editor at the Veterans Today online journal, told Press TV in an interview on Thursday.

He was commenting on the Pentagon’s admission on Wednesday that ISIL terrorists captured a bundle of US weapons airdropped in the Syrian border town of Kobani earlier this week.

“The Pentagon confirmation that ISIS recently intercepted a weapons airdrop is very troubling,” Harris said, using an alternative acronym for the terrorist group, which is operating in Syria and Iraq.
“There have been a number of anomalous things, that ISIS has captured a number of ground vehicles that were conveniently prepositioned. All of this gives me the implication that perhaps we have treasonous elements within our government,” he noted.

He went on to say that “terrorists don’t put themselves on the ground for free; it takes money to be able to arm them, to equip them, to get them trained and they have to be paid; where's this money coming from.”
According to reports, ISIL terrorists were trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government. They now control large parts of Syria and Iraq.

According to the Pentagon, US warplanes have conducted more than 260 airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq since mid-August. Some Western states have also participated in some of the strikes in Iraq.

Since late September, the US and some of its Arab allies -- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates -- have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
Harris, of the Veterans Today, said, “We had a series of whistleblowers come forward and tell us about the 90,000 bank accounts that have been discovered and detected through the Union Bank of Switzerland, but there has been no action on this.”

“Our own Congress has been notified of this and they’re still taking no action on this. Significant members of armed services got familiar [with it]…and yet they are doing nothing to track down where the martial support for ISIS is coming from. This is embarrassment,” he added.

He stated that this implies treason at “the highest levels within the US government. The implication is that the US is creating terrorism around the world in order to justify military adventurism.”


Related Post: The Jihadis Return 

 Hillary Clinton: 'We Created al-Qaeda'
 'Ya' know I gotta tell Ya' it sure gets old trying to figure out who is our True enemy!!! I am always Amazed when the Democrats cry about the right always moving the 'Goal Posts' on them, as I see no 'Change' no Progress and no Jobs for Americans or returning Veterans... So what is it??? Why do we seek endless war and for whom???'
'Is it for Oil, if so, Why??? Whatever happened to 'American Ingenuity' surely that has not yet been shipped overseas as well!!!'

'Perhaps I have answered my question, to my recollection 'We are the Enemy' this probably makes sense since we are all being 'Spied' on by our own country, not to mention there has been no reinstatement of
Habeas Corpus, and we all just seem to move along day to day as though all of this will suddenly come to a Happy Ending... Now I am reading Jeb Bush will be running for POTUS, are you serious, I don't know about you folks but I have had enough of the 'Family Regimes' be it Bush or Clinton... At times, I tire of reading about all of it, I tire of going out of my way to post so others can read and come to their own conclusions, I tire of all the rhetoric and hope in 'False Prophets' we ourselves have 'Elected'!!!'

'Tell Ya' what, perhaps I am in need of a 'Cold Beer'
and some 'American Idol' or whatever the new distraction is these days... I think I will just follow one of my Favorite quotes of all time, Best of Luck folks, I will catch you at the voting booth....'

Sheldon Wolin interviewed by Chris Hedges: Can capitalism and democracy coexist? (Parts 1-3)

Courtesy of the Real News Network

Read it! Don't watch it! Transcripts can be found here:
Also see: The Imperative of Revolt

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Elizabeth Warren Quoting Cenk Uygur?

Posted by: KB723

Published on Oct 25, 2014

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) brought her populist message Saturday to this small college town to rev up the final weeks of Sen. Al Franken's reelection campaign, but also to claim the mantle of the modern liberal movement's political godfather.

Speaking before more than 400 people at Carleton College, Warren repeatedly invoked the spirit of the late Paul Wellstone, the fiery liberal senator who died 12 years ago this month in a plane crash during his reelection campaign.
Wellstone remains a revered figure in Minnesota politics, and his brand of populism -- out of step in the Clintonian Democratic Party of the 1990s -- is now mainstream among leading liberal activists. Warren has become the most prominent public face of that movement, and the Wellstone disciples in this town 40 miles south of Minneapolis gave their approval Saturday.

"The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it," Warren said to loud cheers."* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Paul Kane / The Washington Post:

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'Preferably I prefer Elizabeth, but many say leave it alone and let Hillary handle it, as there is too much at stake, what do you folks think???'