Five Things: September 19, 2013

I thought I’d put my Feedly reader to good use and point out some of the more outrageous/interesting/heinous/gnarly/silly, etc. stories cruising around out there.

1) Apparently, Stand Your Ground REALLY only applies to white folks when they shoot black and brown folks, not the other way around. How dare you think that the law is applied evenly and fairly? You think it is? Then, it’s time to take off your fucking rose-colored specs because they’re blinders smeared with shit. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Check this out.

H/t to politicalblindspot.com

ANOTHER Jailed African American In Florida Is Told ‘Stand Your Ground’ Doesn’t Apply To Him

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Michael Giles (courtesy of PoliticalBlindspot.com)

Funny thing about laws, they gotta apply to everyone. Oh wait, this is Florida so there’s the rub. While I am not a fan of online petitions, this one might be worth signing.

2) It’s deja-vu–1991 style–all over again.

Why?

Gennifer Flowers is back in the news. She’s now yammering about how that if it weren’t for Chelsea, she and Bill would be all married up n’ shit by now. Oh, and Hillary’s a bi-seck-shul, by the way according to Gennifer via Bill. AND, Hill’s eaten more pussy than Bill. Just sit with that one for a minute. Let it absorb in your being and ooze in and out of your  ….

I know what you’re trying to do now–you’re trying to get that image of Hillary muff diving out of your mental Rolodex. You know what? IT CANNOT BE DONE. I’m sure some of my Sapphic Sisters can relate though.

(courtesy of monstersandcritics.com)

(courtesy of monstersandcritics.com)

You get what’s going on here, yes? Well, Hillary will probably run for POTUS in 2016, so the Right Wing is starting early with the rumor mill. HOWEVER, what they probably don’t realize is that by saying that Hillary swings both ways, she’s collected all of the gay money and has shored up the gay vote. Gays have lots of cash and lots to say, and unfortunately for our brothers and sisters on the right, lots and lots of influence. Nice try, RWNJ, better put a call into Monica to see what she’s been up to lately, you know, as a ‘just in case.’ If Monica is busy, there’s always her.

3) Good luck, Felony. You’re gonna need it.

(via imgur.com)

(via imgur.com)

4) Bring up your dead. I know you saw what I did there.

This case is still very much alive in Boulder these days.

Here’s what I’m talking about. Apparently, some folks just can’t let dead baby beauty queens stay dead. This was a horrible case–not just the actual crime, but how it was handled and screwed up by the Boulder Police Department and the Boulder DA.

(via KTLA)

(via KTLA)

But, what’s extremely important here is the indictment against the Ramseys was never made available to the public. It was presented to a grand jury, they voted to prosecute the Ramseys for the murder of their daughter, JonBenet, but the prosecutor never signed it. Why? This is what Charlie Brennan, a reporter for the Daily Camera and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press would like to know. Simply put, in a so-called free society, there has to be transparency. As journalists, this is our main job–to be watchdogs for and of society. We uncover the corruption, the crap–the bad behavior if you will–that so many of our esteemed elected officials would rather you not know about. I know I’ll be following this story because I don’t think it’s over yet. Stay tuned.

5) Finally, a song for today. Tis a grand one too. Enjoy.

The Blame Game: Carol Moseley Braun Style

The big news in Chicago today is how Carol Moseley Braun failed to show how $315,000 was spent during her 2011 mayoral campaign. State law requires that all candidates file the proper documentation showing how their campaign finances were spent. Rahm Emmanuel, Gery Chico, Miguel del Valle and Patricia Van Pelt Watkins all filed the proper paper work–even Rahm documented his Starbuck’s purchases.

Back in April, Moseley Braun showed that she raised $323,000 and spending $315,000. And that’s where the trail stops–sort of. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Moseley Braun’s campaign listed expenditures over $150 as “Vendors Multiple.” This action is considered a big no-no in Illinois.

When I heard this earlier, I was really hoping that Moseley Braun would finally show some class and professionalism, and admit to screwing up royally. Instead, she shoves the blame toward her long-time friend and former-Braun campaign treasurer, Billie Paige.

Back to the Sun-Times: 

” ‘If Billie Paige neglected to do so, it doesn’t surprise; she is elderly and overwhelmed,’ Braun said in a brief telephone interview.”

Read on, please:

“Paige, who has been a friend for 34 years, introduced Braun when she announced she was running for mayor in November 2010. “I introduce to you the serene, courageous, wise person, the next mayor of the city of Chicago, my friend, Carol Moseley Braun,” she said before the two embraced.

Paige, a Springfield lobbyist at Shea, Paige and Rogal, whose clients include General Motors, METRA and AT&T, said in a written statement she resigned from the campaign the day the disclosure form was filed, April 15.”

Ok..let me get this straight. Braun, a former US Senator (the first Black woman to ever be elected to that office), as well as the former US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, isn’t on top of her campaign finances? Seriously? Considering her history with the whole pesky world of campaign finances, she would’ve learned something. You’d think that in this day and age, candidates would be a scosch more savvy about such things now that anyone can research that type of information on the Internets. Yes, it’s good to hire smart accounting folks but it’s also necessary for the candidate to double-, even triple-check every financial document that will be examined by the public.

Instead, she blames an old friend. Klassy.

Nothing legal will probably come out of this fiasco, but it would be nice to see Moseley Braun own up to it, take her lumps and move on never to run for public office again. However, it appears she doesn’t have either the guts or the smarts to do just that. Too bad because I kind of liked her moxy once upon a time.

No wonder the public mistrusts politicians so much. But at least she’s out of politics now.

Too bad we’re not dealing with Lloyd Braun.