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49 Years Ago

In 1965, future Senator and then Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan issued a seminal and notorious report on what he termed the pathologies of the black family, arguing that one solution was more service in the military for black men. A year later, the Johnson administration instituted "Project One Hundred Thousand."

If There Was No Donald Trump ...

If there was no Donald Trump, Democrats would desperately need to find a way to create him. Maybe they wouldn't need to. Maybe Mike Huckabee or someone else would be picking up the Crazy slack. But it's difficult to see how anyone could be managing it in quite the way Donald Trump is or with quite as much collateral damage. Tonight the candidates - or rather the top 10 out of the dozens who are running - will meet in Cleveland. And the debate will be dominated by a preening billionaire buffoon who has spent recent weeks marching around the country spouting off borderline racist comments, attacking the very real foibles and weaknesses of opposing candidates, calling on Congress to shut down the government over women's health funding and so much more. Will he do well in a debate? Of course, he will! He's a master of media and television.

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It's About the Culture

Can we separate right-wing 'Patriot' movement terrorists from the white rural subculture from which they emerge? Let's not be naive. In case you missed the story today, many in the 'Patriot' community have been concerned that the Jade Helm 15 military exercises currently being conducted in the Southwest were actually a cover for a military takeover of several states that are already part of America. The problem for three guys from North Carolina was that, while their state wasn't in the takeover zone, they still didn't want to just sit around like losers while President Obama took away their liberties. So they set about stockpiling weapons and explosives with a plan to lure soldiers from Jade Helm over to their state - or actually next door to South Carolina for some reason - where they could ambush and kill a lot of them. If that didn't pan out, ringleader Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, also had a plan to booby-trap his house so when the feds showed up there as part of the federal crackdown he'd blown them up to. Said Litteral: "Lemme tell you something I gunna have my fucking house rigged up these mother fuckers come try to come in my house its going off we gonna look here we’re partying." Alas, someone ratted them out to the Feds and now they are looking at hard time in a federal slammer, an ironic end to their heroic, balls-to-the-wall quest for liberty. Here is the rest of the story.

Uh-Oh

From The Capital Times ...

Gov. Scott Walker was under criminal investigation as part of a John Doe investigation into his aides and associates during his time as Milwaukee County Executive, according to a court filing made Wednesday.

Walker has consistently maintained he was not a target of the probe.

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Convicted Felon in Custody Over Jade Helm Shooting

We've got more news on the two shooting incidents at a military training facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi which is part of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises.

Police have taken into custody 61-year-old Alfred Baria, a convicted felon. He's been charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four counts of disturbing the peace. Baria admits he's the man authorities are looking for. But in a twist, he says it's all a big misunderstanding.

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