US Voters Should Break Free From Republican-Democrat Bipolarity
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Skeptical American voters who dislike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump need to break free of the Republicans and Democrats and organize new political movements, VotePact.org founder and director Sam Husseini told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — VotePact.org encourages disenchanted Democrats and Republicans to pair up and each vote for the candidates they genuinely want.

“It is clear that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have incredibly high negatives. Most Americans do not agree with, like or trust either of them,” Husseini stated on Thursday.

Husseini suggested an alternative to the two major political parties with broad support would soon appear in reaction to the now-likely selection of Clinton and Trump as presidential candidates, and such a development would be truly responsive to the US public.

“Unfortunately our system is locked into the dominance of the two establishment parties. So the negative aspects of Clinton and Trump perversely expand the base of support for the other. As a result, voters end up being trapped between the unpopularity of the two candidates.”

The main forces that still held the bipolar and dysfunctional US political system together were fear and hate — even as the candidates chosen through the selection processes have falsely proclaimed that they have brought people together, Husseini noted.

“We see that most of the people supporting Clinton are not doing so because they view her as upstanding, wise or just. They support her because they fear and despise Trump and his misogyny, racism and temperament. The same dynamic works in reverse for Trump.”

Trump’s supporters back him because they detest the establishment of the Republican Party and they also hate Clinton, as she had so much in common with the Republican establishment even though she tries to present herself as a new-born progressive, Husseini observed.

“However, if voters could break free of the guillotine pendulum of the two party system and gather around other candidates offering more constructive alternatives, they could finally break out of the two party trap.”

The Greens, Libertarians, Socialists and Independents could all offer more hopeful and creative alternatives, Husseini suggested.

“It is time the American public learned to vote strategically instead of continuing to be the perpetual play thing of the old and corrupt duopoly.”

However, schisms were finally emerging in both the old major establishment parties, he observed.

“Bernie Sanders has exposed the real schisms in the Democratic Party, especially in his outspoken attacks on the current, inadequate healthcare system, the continued dominant role of Wall Street and the growing economic inequality between the super-rich and everyone else,” Husseini said.

Trump among the Republicans had taken some stands on foreign policy that broke away from the long-established party orthodoxy demanding the waging of perpetual war, and he had also adopted some populist rhetoric, Husseini assessed.

Sam Husseini also serves as communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.

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Satanists Deny Boehner’s Claim That Ted Cruz is Lucifer
| April 29, 2016 | 8:26 pm | Analysis, political struggle | No comments
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Satanists Deny Boehner’s Claim That Ted Cruz is Lucifer

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During a speech at Stanford University on Wednesday evening, former Speaker of the House John Boehner asserted that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is “Lucifer in the flesh,” but members of the Satanic Temple adamantly disagree.

Boehner did not hold back when asked about his opinion of Cruz, referring to him as a “son of a bitch.”

“Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”

The comments did not only offend Cruz and his supporters. Members of the Satanic Temple declared that they do not want to be associated with a man that the internet suggests may be the Zodiac Killer.

“Adherents of the Christian faith continue to bolster a false and simplistic narrative of defining what is good and evil. Without any analysis or introspection, they use labels such as ‘Lucifer’ to describe that which they do not like. This hypocritical and childish standard creates stagnation in personal thought and apologists for those in their own ranks who commit atrocities,” Satanic Temple member and criminal lawyer Stu de Haan told Sputnik News.

“There is nothing Satanic about the ignorance and lack of critical thought shown by Ted Cruz. In fact, those traits have become a cornerstone for the faith-deranged, who continue to use their political offices as pulpits,” he stated.

The Temple points out that Cruz’s lack of human decency disqualifies him from keeping company with true Satanists.

“Boehner’s comment is illustrative of how well-past-time it is to adjust our mythologies to reflect our realities. Cruz’s failures of reason, compassion, decency, and humanity are products of his Christian pandering, if not an actual Christian faith. It grows tedious when pedophile priests and loathsome politicians are conveniently dismissed as Satanic, even as they spew biblical verse and prostrate themselves before the cross, recruiting the Christian faithful. Satanists will have nothing to do with any of them,” said spokesman for the church, Lucien Greaves, in a statement to the Friendly Atheist.

Followers of the Satanic Temple are generally agnostic or atheist, and don’t believe Satan actually exists, using the concept of an anti-Christ symbolically. Members of the group are fierce proponents of freedom, “including the freedom to offend.”

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Cher Accuses Donald Trump’s Son of Killing Her ‘Friend’
| April 29, 2016 | 8:21 pm | Analysis, political struggle | No comments
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Cher, internet-famous for her amusingly obtuse all-caps tweets, shocked the twitterverse on Thursday evening by accusing Donald Trump’s son of murder.

The tweet began with a joke about the Republican frontrunner having a small penis, a regular topic in this election season, a few silly emojis, a photo of the candidate, and ended with the showstopping: “PS HIS SON KILLED MY FRIEND.”

At this point, her Twitter followers lost their minds, and journalists begged for someone who could explain what she was talking about.It seems, however, that the music legend was referring to her animal friends, and the fact that Trump’s sons are big game trophy hunters, judging by the photos she subsequently tweeted.

“Animal rights activists are revolted by a series of trophy photos that have emerged showing Eric and Donald Trump Jr. posing with a dead elephant, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck while on a big game safari in Zimbabwe last year. In one photo, Donald Jr. proudly holds a dead elephant’s tail in one hand and a knife in the other. In another, the brothers are seen standing beside a 12′ 8″ crocodile hanging from a noose off a tree. Activists obtained the photos and created [a] video montage of the Trumps’ big hunt,” the Gothamist wrote in a 2012 article titled ‘Photos: Donald Trump’s Sons Awesome At Killing Elephants And Other Wildlife.

Last year, another trophy hunter made global headlines, becoming for a moment the most hated man in the United States, after killing Cecil the Lion, a protected black maned lion in Zimbabwe.

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Donald Trump Endorsed by KKK Grand Imperial Wizard
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The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a hate group attempting to rebrand itself as a political group, has endorsed Donald Trump for president.

The KKK hate group is one of many active in the state of Virginia, according to a study from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that tracks extremists.

In an interview with Chris Thomas of the local NBC affiliate, the group’s boss, who styles himself as a Grand Imperial Wizard, stated that “society today is more racial [sic] than we are,” and complained that the ‘hate group’ label is unfair to his organization.

“This flag right here is the Confederate Battle Flag. This is not the flag of the Ku Klux Klan,” said the self-styled Wizard, who then pointed to an American flag hanging behind him. “That is the flag of the Ku Klux Klan. This all started over a little punk thug who went in a church and murdered a bunch of innocent people. That was wrong,” the KKK boss told Thomas, speaking of Dylann Roof, a young unemployed white man who entered a Charleston church and killed nine black community members. He was later shown in photos waving a Confederate flag.

“He was a Nazi skinhead,” claimed the hate group spokesman. “Neo-Nazis and skinheads are socialist. We are not socialist. We are patriotic American citizens standing up for our God, family and country. We are not white supremacists. We are white separatists. We choose to stay within our own race. We are not the big bad hate group that everybody thinks we are. A lot of people, as soon as they hear the words Ku Klux Klan, their mind automatically goes back to the 50s and 60s. It was a pretty bad time, but that was the 1950s and 60s. We are living in a different century now.”

The interview turned to the current election.

“I think Donald Trump would be best for the job,” said the KKK boss. “The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe.”

The spokesman also asserted that he will not support Ted Cruz, even if he agrees with his policies, because he is “not an American citizen.”

“If Donald Trump dropped out tomorrow I would support Kasich before I would Ted Cruz because he is not an American citizen,” said the KKK spokesman. “Even if I agree with some of the things that Ted Cruz says, I would not support him because he was born in Canada. He is not an American citizen.”

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Native-American Tribe Left Without Emergency Room Sue Federal Government

Native-American Tribe Left Without Emergency Room Sue Federal Government

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The Rosebud Sioux Tribe on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the federal government to force it to re-open an emergency room on a reservation in South Dakota.

It was the only emergency room at the hospital administered by the Indian Health Service (IHS) and it has been closed for five months after an unannounced visit by federal inspectors revealed serious deficiencies threatening patient lives.

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The report stated that in some cases infection-control measures had been neglected and that the treatment wasn’t always provided in due time because of staffing shortages and outdated equipment.

The tribal members accuse the IHS (an arm of the US Department of Health and Human Services) of breaking the law by failing to submit an evaluation of the impact of the closure to Congress at least a year before the shutdown, as required by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

The government is required to take into consideration certain factors, such as the quality of healthcare that would remain, and how far reservation residents would have to travel to get care.

Since the ER closure in December 2015, five people have reportedly died and two babies have been born in ambulances on the way to hospitals located some 50 miles away in Valentine, Nebraska, and Winner, South Dakota.

The lawsuit, obtained by The Associated Press, states that the IHS decision resulted in “the Tribe and its members’ immediate and irreparable injury.”

The Department of Health and Human Services — one of the listed defendants — refused to comment on pending litigation.

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The IHS, known to be underfunded and understaffed, provides free health care to enrolled tribal members, which is guaranteed by treaties that tribes signed with the United States.

The IHS aims to privatize the closed ER, along with another two in the Nebraska and South Dakota reservations.

Lawyers argue that there is no basis for the federal government to provide “inadequate health care to members of the Tribe” and are asking the US District Court in Rapid City to require the IHS to “take sufficient measures” to ensure that proper health services are provided.
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Sikh community furious at Texas authorities after detention on false terrorism accusations

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A Sikh man and a Pakistani-American man were arrested at gunpoint after fellow bus passengers claimed they were discussing a bomb threat in Arabic – even though they were speaking Punjabi. The Sikh Coalition has filed a complaint against the accusers.

Daljeet Singh, an asylum-seeker from India, began chatting with Mohammed Chotri, a Pakistani-American man, while the two were traveling on a Greyhound bus from Arizona to India in February. The two conversed in Punjabi.

When a woman on the bus claimed she heard the word “bomb” mentioned in their conversation, she urged the bus driver to pull onto the side of the road. The bus was passing through Amarillo, Texas, at the time.

The driver dialed 911 and two other passengers restrained the men in their seats until police arrived and arrested them at gunpoint, the Hindustan Times reported.

The men were detained for 30 hours and eventually released after being cleared of criminal wrongdoing by the FBI and the Potter County Attorney’s Office.

The Sikh Coalition has filed a complaint against the woman, identified as Tianna Lynn Decamp, which urges her prosecution due to the fact that she “knowingly reported a false and baseless bomb threat.”

The complaint also urges for criminal charges to be filed against passengers Anthony Lamar Lillie and Kelly Michael Morris, for “unlawfully restraining Mr. Singh on the bus.”

“By filing this complaint, we hope to bring attention to the crisis facing minority communities today. The list of things brown people can’t do on public transportation is growing — we can’t get a can of Diet Coke, we can’t switch seats on a bus or a plane, we can’t speak in a language other than English, really we can’t be human beings,” Gurjot Kaur, senior staff attorney for the Sikh Coalition, told NBC News.

Singh said in a statement that the only crime he committed was “wearing a turban, having a beard, and speaking in a different language to another brown man on a bus.”

“I still cannot believe that this happened to me in America,” he said.

Potter County Attorney Scott Brumley told the Globe-News that he will review the complaint before deciding if any charges should be filed.

The February incident occurred the same month that a Sikh actor, model and designer was barred from taking a flight to New York after refusing to take off his turban. Just two months prior, a passenger on a Delta flight falsely believed a breastfeeding Sikh mother posed a terror threat.

Will Bernie’s Burnout Lead To A New Movement? Maybe, Maybe Not.

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By Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report
April 20, 2016

Will there be a new movement born from the ashes of Bernie Sanders’ failed campaign? Some think so, citing the broad popularity of his issues and the growing numbers of his core demographic. But few of those imagining new political formations outside the two capitalist parties talk much about how such movements and parties will be financed or led.

What’s going to happen when Bernie endorses Hillary Clinton? A springtime blizzard of articles and internet postings says some big fraction of Bernie’s activists and voters won’t work or vote for Hillary. But we all know what happens after springtime blizzards. The snow stops, the white stuff melts and the landscape changes.

When it does Bernie will hand over his volunteer lists, fundraising, email and social media assets to Hillary. Most of Bernie’s activists will get out the vote for the Democratic nominee against the greater evil that is President Trump, and most of Bernie’s voters will follow. But a minority, a significant number will be disposed to do something else election day, or to help build something afterward. What about them?

Most discussions of putting together a force outside and to the left of the Democratic party dwell on the issues and the demographics but fail to credibly explain how such a thing could be funded or to whom its leaders would be responsible. Democrat and Republican parties, politicians and all but a tiny number of campaigns are funded by the generous and more and more often the anonymous donations of wealthy corporations and individuals. Take the big easy money and your donors will, directly or indirectly determine your leadership. Don’t take the money and you’re broke, looking for new models of funding maybe leadership too.

What about the hot new funding model: lots of small donations, reaped over the internet? To tell the truth except for the internet part this is an old model, not a new one — religious congregations have long supported ministries and pastors, sometimes in opulent style, off the small donations of mostly poor people. But it’s the leaders and big donors if they have any, who call the shots in these organizations, not the small donors.

Moveon.org used to bill itself as an example of an outfit supported by tens of thousands of small donations, presumably from people of modest means. But MoveOn’s leadership, like that of many organizations sustained by small donors are a self-selected and self-perpetuating crew. Its thousands of small donors cannot choose or un-choose the leaders, cannot determine or change its policies, any more than small donors to the NAACP or the Sierra Club both examples of places happy to take both large and small contributions.

When people discuss the formation of political movements outside the Democratic party in this or any other season they like to talk about ideas and policies, but not so much about how to guarantee some semblance of small d democratic leadership of these movements, leadership responsible to members. The answer pretty much suggests itself. If your funders will inevitably choose your movement’s leadership, and you need your leadership to be responsible to your rank and file members, then you need to have dues paying members as your principal funders.

Membership funding, with organization structured so that leaders are directly accountable to, selected and un-selected by members. That’s the model we should be exploring. This is the way genuine left and socialist parties and movements for the last hundred years have funded their operations all over world, a fact not much taught to so-called community organizers here.

Until these old lessons about choosing internal democracy and membership funding over s big donors and self-perpetuating leaders are re-learned, it’s hard to see how a new political movement left of the Democratic party will ever take hold and grow.