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Received on 21.06.17: 21.06.17: Disgusted at the absurd charade that is ‘Refugee Week’, a week of hypocrisy that has even been endorsed by the DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection), we visited the Wilson car park in Cremorne and sabotaged 3 of their ticket machines with expanding insulation foam. The Wilson group profiteer from […]
By: Bob Bryan
Senate Democrats plan to go all out in their protest against the GOP healthcare bill starting Monday night.
Lawmakers in the party plan to use a series of stall tactics to try to draw attention to the way Republicans are writing their version of the American Health Care Act and to protest the policy changes that are expected to be in the bill.
A Democratic Senate aide told Business Insider the move would consist of four measures:
- Objecting to nearly all unanimous-consent requests, which are used to more quickly act on requests or resolutions that have bipartisan support. While this will not prevent any measure from passing, it can slow down proceedings significantly. The Democratic aide said some resolutions would be allowed through, such as a resolution honoring the victims of last week’s congressional baseball shooting.
- Submitting a series of unanimous-consent requests designed “to attempt to force the House-passed healthcare bill to committee,” delay a series of votes on the legislation, “and increase transparency, forcing Republicans to publicly defend their ‘no hearings strategy.'”
- Using a series of parliamentary procedures “to highlight the difference between the open process used to pass the Affordable Care Act and the process Republicans are pursuing now.”
- Highlighting healthcare issues “late into the evening in a series of speeches.”
While none of these measures can hold up the bill indefinitely, the Democratic protests would slow down the Senate business and most likely bring more attention to the issue.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and top Republicans are writing the bill in private to avoid intense publicly scrutiny.
Despite reports suggesting McConnell intends to bring the bill to the floor for a vote by the weeklong July 4 recess, there is no public text, no Congressional Budget Office score, and scant details on what the bill will contain.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that the moves were designed to shed a light on the bill and that the secretive process showed Republicans to be “ashamed of it, plain and simple.”
“These are merely the first steps we’re prepared to take in order to shine a light on this shameful Trumpcare bill and reveal to the public the GOP’s true intentions: to give the uber-wealthy a tax break while making middle class Americans pay more for less healthcare coverage,” Schumer said. “If Republicans won’t relent and debate their health care bill in the open for the American people to see, then they shouldn’t expect business as usual in the Senate.”
While a good number of Senate GOP members have also expressed frustration about the closed-door process being used to create the bill, none have publicly rejected the tactic. In a statement, the Republican National Committee called the move a “pure partisan game aimed at placating the far-left.”
By Ken Patterson
The close people of Philando Castile condemn racist American justice system.
The Friday acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez was a slap in the face of all Black America. But the family and friends of Philando Castile were hurt most of all.
Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car with him at the time of the incident and live-streamed the shooting incident posted a statement in which she expressed her sorrow and anger.
Philando Castile’s mother, Valerie, didn’t hesitate to speak out immediately after the verdict was announced.
On Friday night the protest erupted in Minnesota. According to PBS, approximately 2,000 people marched peacefully to the Minnesota State Capitol. A large canvas of Castile wearing a crown that read “Long Live the King” was surrounded by signs that read “Justice is dead” and “On Trial: The System. Verdict: Guilty!” Chants of “No justice, no peace” filled the air.
Huffington Post reports that at least 82 officers across the country have faced murder or manslaughter charges for on-duty shootings since the beginning of 2005, according to research from Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminology at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. Just 29 of those cases have ended in conviction, although a number are still pending. No officer has been convicted so far this year.
Juries have shown time and time again that they’re “not willing to second-guess officers who get on the stand and testify at their own trial in their own defense that he or she thought that they were gonna get killed and that’s why they used deadly force,” Stinson said.
Stinson said police kill around 1,000 civilians each year, and that verdicts like the one in Yanez’s case suggest the legal system may be willing to accept that these casualties are “just the cost of doing business.”
“Even when the prosecution has gone to great lengths to put on expert testimony and other police officers to show that a reasonable officer on the objective standard would not have perceived that threat,” he added, “when the officer gets on the stand and subjectively says, ‘I thought my life was in danger,’ it’s almost as if the jury at that point can’t process what the prosecution has spent so much time and effort into getting across at the trial.”
St. Antony PD announced that “the City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city. The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer.”
One is gone but the system remains and it will continue to fail Black people by not sending their killers to prison.
Anarcho-Capitalists are like that guy you had a crush on in high school. Your friends all hated him, and even you knew he was kind of a douche, but every so often he would drop some tiny morsel of affection and you would overlook the glaring red flags. You marry him hoping he will change, […]