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With A GOP This Dishonest, Who Needs Putin?

I stumbled across this GOP attack on Tim Kane on the Internet Archives.

It’s a variation on the Willie Horton ad.

There is no attempt to discuss the serious problems that face
the citizens of the United States.

There’s no mention of healthcare, income inequality, Social Security or
job loss.

Released October 4, 2016

The ad says that Kaine “consistently protected the worst kinds of people.”

What the ad doesn’t say is that as a Civil Rights Lawyer who often worked
pro-bono, Tim Kane was fulfilling his Constitutional Duty as required by the 6th Amendment:

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

In the mid in the mid-20th century the Supreme Court ruled that defendants who couldn’t afford to hire lawyers had the right to public defenders. But the basic fact of it is pretty inviolable. There is no crime so heinous in the US court system that a lawyer is not permitted — even obligated — to speak in its defense. Vox

It’s noteworthy that the GOP attacks Hillary Clinton for doing the same thing:

Screenshot from an attack ad against Hillary Clinton for doing her job as a public defender.
Hillary Clinton was a public defender. Defending people who could not afford counsel was her job and duty under the U.S. Constitution.

For the truth behind the lie that Hillary Clinton freed a child rapist please read Snopes.com.

With the RNC using disinformation campaigns to subvert the political process, who needs Vladimir Putin?

A 2011 Occupy Poster that says that the Republicans are more guilty of lying than the Democrats
2011 Occupy Poster

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The Man Who Would Be … King?

Filosofa's Word

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

“Dictatorships lock up the opposition, not democracies.” – Stanford University Professor Michael McFaul

“It smacks of what we read about tin-pot dictators in other parts of the world, where when they win an election their first move is to imprison opponents.” – Michael Chertoff, a former federal appeals court judge who also served as the secretary of Homeland Security and head of the Justice Department’s criminal division

“You would like a president with some idea about constitutional limits on presidential powers, on congressional powers, on federal powers.” – Randy E. Barnett, Georgetown University Law Professor

From the outset, the Republican National Convention in July was more about Hillary Clinton than it was about Donald Trump. T-shirts reading “Hillary for Prison” were sold outside the venue, Governor Chris Christie led a crowd in a ‘trial by…

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Beavis and Butthead (Trump and Stern)

from musingsofanoldfart

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The largest story of the Presidential election has been the release of an audio where Donald Trump spoke of using his star power to sexually assault and harass women. This audio should not be a surprise as it is not inconsistent with the man’s history of misogyny and sexual harassment which continues to this day. For Republicans who are only now realizing what the Trump Pandora’s Box looks like, they are likely very concerned about what other stories may come out of the woodwork.

Earlier today CNN broke the story about an audio which was made available of yet more conversation between Trump and Howard Stern, who has made a career with sexual jokes and creepy behavior with his radio show. On Stern’s show about the same time as the released audio, Trump revealed his penchant for barging into the Miss Universe dressing room as the contestants changed clothes. He said to…

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