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Saturday, June 13, 2015

AFDI's Mohammed Cartoon Billboards Depicting Muhammad Now Covered Over With Blue Paper


From Local Memphis:
SUMMIT, AR (localmemphis.com) – Pictures depicting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad were recently posted on billboards in Marion County, Arkansas. 
The billboard shows an angry, sword-wielding, Muhammad that is being drawn by a hand. The text coming from the Islamic Prophet says, “You Can’t Draw Me,” with the response of “That’s Why I Draw You.” 
The signs also features the seal of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) with “Support Free Speech” written above it. 
The AFDI website says the picture was the winning entry of a Muhammad drawing contest in Texas, in May --the same contest where two Muslim extremists were shot and killed after they opened fire on a security officer. 
Many Muslims consider drawings of Muhammad to be blasphemous and are banned in the Islamic Faith, which is why Local 24 chose to blur the pictures. 
The Baxter Bulletin and Answer Dude, Thomas Garrett, took photos of the signs while they were still visible and shared them with our sister station KOLR10. 
People who live in Summit, Arkansas say they were posted for days but are now covered with blue paper. 
The owner of the billboards said he never gave permission to anyone to use his billboards.
The owner's assertion that he never gave permission sounds like a crude lie meant to deflect unwanted Fatwas.

He may have never specifically authorized the sales organization he employes to sell advertisements depicting a Mohammed Cartoon, but almost certainly he authorized them to sell Billboards dealing with Political and Social issues.

If this is true, then it would seem he is slandering the sales organization.

That's probably a pretty easy thing to get away with, though it would be completely unethical, if true.

Meanwhile, a muslim group put up some billboards telling outright lies about islam and of course, they will be perfectly safe.

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Waco Biker Massacre: Police Say They Only Fired 12 Rounds


If the cops only fired 12 rounds, and all other rounds were fired by bikers, then the massacre was more the fault of the bikers than it was the Police.

This report, from the Police, contradicts the information that writer Donald Charles Davis (The Aging Rebel) has been posting, which has claimed that eye/ear-witness testimony claims only 2 or 3 shots were fired on the side of the Police, followed by a volley of hundreds of rounds from high-powered weapons.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Three officers opened fire during the deadly Twin Peaks biker melee last month, firing a total of 12 shots _ details released by Waco police on Friday, almost a month after the altercation. 
The statement, made public by Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, is the most in-depth information authorities have provided since the May 17 incident that left nine dead, 18 wounded and 177 jailed on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. 
The department, however, still has not said who fired the deadly shots. Stroman said the officers fired only after being shot at during the melee. 
"We did not fire indiscriminately into the crowd. Our officers were restrained," Stroman said during a news conference Friday in Waco.
Waco police had 16 uniformed officers at the scene, which included supervisors and Special Weapons and Tactics team members. 
Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety were also there. "No shots were fired by DPS officers," said Tom Vinger, a spokesman for the agency. 
So far, 44 shell casings have been found at the scene, according to police, and 32 of those recovered casings came from weapons from the suspects. 
The casings don't include those from suspects' revolvers, from which casings must be manually ejected. 
"As we get into examining all of the weapons, we may find even more empty shell casings, to show there were more than 32 rounds fired by suspects," police spokesman Steve Anderson said Friday.  
Police have said they knew in advance of a gathering of motorcycle gangs, and possible trouble between two gangs ­­- the Bandidos Motorcycle Club and the Cossacks Motorcycle Club - as well as smaller groups of riders who support those clubs. Authorities classify the Bandidos and Cossacks and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, saying there are numerous felons among their ranks and that they have long had their hands in drug dealing and other crimes. 
The Bandidos are among the largest biker gangs in the United States and pride themselves on being "one percenters," meaning they are among the estimated 1 percent of motorcycle riders who are not law abiding citizens. 
Members of the Bandidos, Cossacks and other groups who gathered at the Twin Peaks restaurant were supposedly participating in a regional meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents, in which bikers discuss news and issues within the motorcycling community. 
But just prior to the meeting, violence broke out among the bikers and touched off a clash that drew fire from police who say they were protecting themselves or other officers. 
Waco Police officers were in their cars in parking lots adjacent to the restaurant when the shooting starting, according to the statement, and were not pre-positioned in sniper posts. 
Houston Lawyer Paul Looney, whose clients are among those arrested, said he's spoken with several eyewitnesses who said police took up sniper positions and fired at bikers. 
"He can say what he wants to say," Looney said of the chief. "The evidence is ultimately going to be available to us all." 
SWAT team members had silencers on their rifles that fired .223 caliber ammunition, weapons which are capable of fully automatic fire, but were kept in the semi-automatic mode, meaning one bullet for each time the trigger is squeezed.  
The number of weapons found at the scene has varied. Police now put the number at 475, including 151 guns. They also include "knives, brass knuckles, batons, tomahawks, weighted weapons, a hatchet, stun guns, bats, clubs, a machete, a pipe, an ax, pepper spray, and a chain." " 
Many of these were hastily hidden and some were found using metal detectors as they were buried beneath the grass in the dirt," the statement said. Firearms have been given to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for review and surveillance videos of the incident have been given to the FBI. 
"Full autopsy and ballistics analysis is being conducted by outside labs and the completed and final results have not been returned to us as of this release," the statement continues. 
In related matters, police initially impounded 130 motorcycles and 91 other vehicles, including cars and trucks. As of this week, 52 motorcycles and 47 vehicles have been released to the owners.
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Uh, Yeah, About That Slippery Slope ... We Won't Even Ask What Made It So Slippery

You Know, Caitlyn Ain't a Bad-Looking Babe, After All

From Kira Davis:
Dear Slippery-Slope Deniers: 
You know who you are. You’re the ones who tell everyone else that the slippery slope is a made up thing, dreamed up by bigots and conspiracy theorists who fear change and don’t want to taste the rainbow. You scoffed at Americans who worried that making gay marriage a constitutionally protected right would begin a slide down the slope of denying religious freedoms. 
“No such thing!” you scowled. “Two people who are in love and want to spend their lives together in matrimony have no bearing on how you practice your faith. There IS NO SLIPPERY SLOPE!” 
Fast-forward to 2015 when bakeries are being closed and florists being fined their life savings and then some for exercising their religious freedoms by refusing to participate in gay marriage events. 
Gosh, that level playing field dropped off pretty quick there, huh? When pro-life types objected to the idea of a constitutional right to abort a baby you all were the ones who said, “Just stop freaking out. We want abortion to be safe, legal and rare.” 
“But there’s that slippery slope!” cried the pro-lifers. “It’ll just become easier and more incentivized.” 
“SAFE, LEGAL AND RARE! There is no slippery slope, idiots!” 
Fast-forward to present-day America where abortion is still legal, definitely not safe (Dr. Kermit Gosnell, anyone?) and so frequent that it is now considered a form of birth control. We don’t even refer to it as abortion anymore. It’s so common we simply label the death of a baby in the womb an issue of “reproductive rights” instead of what it is…life. 
That non-existence slippery slope left quite a burn mark. 
So here we are, once again my fine but obtuse friends – standing on the precipice of another slippery slope that shouldn’t exist (in your world, anyway) and yet somehow inexplicably does. I know you’ve read my letter to Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. I’ve received your kind and heartfelt wishes for my death, torture or general discomfort and I want you to know I appreciate every single one. 
If you recall, part of my concern about Jenner’s (and others like him) “transition” is what it says about the meaning of identity. Being a woman is more than simply thinking you are and then getting the genitalia to match. It’s an experience that starts at birth. It’s not a skin one can put on. 
If any man can claim womanhood simply by saying he feels like a woman, what’s to stop a white person from claiming they feel like a black person? Or a black person from claiming they feel like a Chinese person? 
One could almost see slippery slope starting to form on the horizon. Yet again you screamed, “There is no slippery slope!” 
Well, friends I regret to inform you that the slippery slope does indeed exist, and her name is Rachel Dolezal – a white woman from Spokane who just decided she was really black and voila! Some tanning sessions, makeup and some mad voodoo hairdressing skills (seriously, is that a wig? Because if not that is one KILLER perm) and she’s heading up an NAACP Chapter and teaching African-American Studies to future unemployed college graduates. 
I know what you’re saying. You’re saying it’s not the same thing. Caitlyn Jenner is transgendered. Rachel is just a poser. Except it is the same thing. Caitlyn was born Bruce, and lived as Bruce his whole life. He fathered children and won Olympic gold as Bruce. But Bruce always knew he felt different. He knew he wanted to be different. He knew he should be a woman, and when he had the chance to make that dream happen, he went for it. 
Rachel Dolezal was born white. She grew up white. She spent her whole life as a white woman. But something inside her told her she’d be happier as a black woman, so when she finally had the chance to make that dream come true she went for it. 
I might add, she’s a whole lot more convincing as a black woman than Caitlyn Jenner is as a white woman. 
GO READ THE WHOLE THING.
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The Failed Trade Deal?

Who here at IBA can explain to me what the free-trade initiative entailed?

I keep hearing the phrase "displaced workers." To whom does that term refer? Which displaced workers?

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Joey Alexander - Giant Steps

Get ready to have your brain blown right through your skull into the stratosphere.

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Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day

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The Faces, Live at the Marquee Club, 1970

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Stone Temple Pilots
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England Seems To Fight Back ... With Fascism

Let the Scuzlims do whatever the fuck they want, as long as they are not hurting people, or plotting to hurt people, for Fuck's sake.

God damn it, what is it with Europeans loving to tell others what to do?

I'm so glad we Americans got the fuck out of there and completely separated from them.

Three Muslim A level students are threatening to sue their sixth form college after they were suspended shortly before sitting their exams for sending an email to students and staff complaining of Islamophobia.
The trio of 19-year-olds were barred last month from the premises of the NewVIc college in Newham, east London, following a disagreement with senior staff over the cancellation of a discussion about anti-Muslim attitudes in society by a panel of invited guests.
The girls, who are still allowed to attend the college to sit their exam papers, are alleged to have flouted college rules by sending a round-robin email to hundreds of students and staff which was highly critical of the decision to cancel the talk and the principal, as well as criticising the Government’s “Prevent” counter-radicalisation strategy.
A primary school trust has banned Muslim pupils from fasting during Ramadan, claiming the tradition can be harmful to the health of young children.
Barclay Primary School in Leyton, east London, issued a letter to parents informing them that it would not allow children attending school to fast in order to ‘safeguard the health and education of the child’.
The move has been slammed by members of the Muslim community who said schools should seek to support parents instead of ‘blanket enforce’ their own rules when it comes to religion.
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UK: Elections Have Taken On a Third-World Edge


TOWER HAMLETS, London, United Kingdom – Riot vans cruise menacingly through the streets and uniformed officers guard the entrances to polling booths. These are familiar sights at elections in any politically turbulent third world country, but they were quite alien to British democracy until now.
Thursday the 11th June was an historic day for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Residents had the opportunity, today, to elect a new Mayor in the wake of the much publicised High Court action against former Mayor Lutfur Rahman and his aide, the ex-Councillor of Stepney Alibor Chowdhury.
And this is no small, local role. The Mayor of Tower Hamlets controls a budget of over £1bn a year, in an area of widespread social deprivation, and where mass immigration has turned White British people into a minority of only 30 per cent of the population.

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South Carolina passes legislation against BDS

South Carolina's become the first American state to pass legislation combatting the BDS movement:
[...] The state law now bars public entities from contracting with companies that boycott “based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin.” While Israel is not mentioned in the text, the premise of the law is that the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement discriminates against Israel and damages South Carolina’s economy.
They've done the right thing. And nobody with common sense should associate with businesses in Muslim regimes that engage in those monstrosities.
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Informed Opinion:Paul Ryan turned out to be as BIG a liar as Obama

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And Ryan’s remark yesterday making him a talking elitist mannequin of Pelosi like reasoning was a new low in nausea.

Just stop talking at this point Mr. Ryan

I called our congressman, Bruce Poloquin this morning in DC.

Unless, HE IS TURNED TODAY, which will affect my donations, volunteering and work in 2016, ALL SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN FROM THIS STATE VOTED AGAINST TPA.

I want to congratulate them.

SERIOUSLY
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Ornette Coleman, Dead - Here's What His Peers Had to Say About Him


I really liked some of Ornette's music. And I did not like much of his music. I did not hate it. I just wasn't in to a lot of it.

I felt the same way about Ornette as I did about much of the oeuvre of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. I think both Ornette and the AEoC were about putting people on, as much as they were about creating beauty, or good music.

Often, it seems to me, they gave voice to their deep anger at living in a world to which they were denied a real sense of belonging, and I could relate to that. Personally, I have felt like that much of my life. It is a common human feeling.

I think Ornette was a guy who often attempted to play random but scatterings of notes and rhythms. But human beings are not really capable of being random. We are creatures who crave meaning. We crave connection, and we crave a sense of wonder and praise directed to an outward which we feel inwardly.

There was a constant tension in the music of Ornette Coleman, a tension between the struggle to play random vs. the inevitable vertigo at the precipice of meaning and connection. This struggle said something of his humanity, yes. But because it was a demonstration of the natural impulse (dare I say, reflex) of humanity towards meaning, it spoke clearly of the human condition in the 20th century.

It spoke by default. Not through intention.

Ornette's music was "Modern Art", in the sense that the 20th Century was called "Modernist". It was akin to Stravinsky, or later stabs in the field of Serialist music. His music was not Postmodern. And, Ornette's music certainly was not of the Neo-Classical form that Midnight Rider and I love so much. Neo-Classical is the style of Composers such as Arvo Part, John Tavener, and Olivier Messaien. The music of Jazz Musicians such as Jan Garbarek, Keith Jarrett, Eberhard Weber, or Joe Zawinul is the Jazz equivalent of Neo-Classical.

Ornette's music mired in the 20th Century. It was not prophetic, as is the music of Jarrett, or Part. Ornette's music was music of his time and place.

Ornette Coleman spoke of creating a new musical system, called "Harmolodics". Sometimes he referred to it as a Philosophy. Here's what Coleman said of Harmolodics. It is:
"the use of the physical and the mental of one's own logic made into an expression of sound to bring about the musical sensation of unison executed by a single person or with a group." Applied to the particulars of music, this means that "harmony, melody, speed, rhythm, time and phrases all have equal position in the results that come from the placing and spacing of ideas."
Ornette had a brain that veered off the road toward big ideas he believed he saw hidden behind the billboards of the culture he hated.

Alas, there were no big ideas. They were hallucinations.

His concept of Harmolodics was empty. It was words in the air, signifying nothing. In short, it was bullshit.

(You think I'm being harsh? Here's a whole article, quoting guys who loved Coleman, attempting to define "Harmolodics".)

This is not to say Ornette's music was not worth listening to. It was, and I did, and will continue to do so, for the reasons outlined above.

However, while Ornette's music has it's place. He is not nearly on the same plane as John Coltrance, Miles Davis, or Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Joe Zawinul, or other giants.

Ornette Coleman was a second-tier Jazz man who attempted to be first-tier, and failed. But in the trying, he did create some very worthwhile music.

The Los Angeles published an article this morning entitled, "Why Was Ornette Coleman So Important? Jazz Masters both living and dead chime in". This article is an attempt to get at the "greatness" of Ornette. The greatness which, in my opinion, was not there.

When someone dies ,we are supposed to say nice things about him. But I'm being honest in my assessment of Ornette, because I respect his music enough to spend time on it, attempt to feel with it, and to discuss it. Ornette's music was worthwhile.

But, yes, my opinion of Ornette's music is generally not real positive. Let's see if I am alone in this.

Let's look at what these "Jazz Masters living and dead" had to say about Ornette:
Those less familiar with out-there jazz of the 1950s and '60s might not have a clue as to why Ornette Coleman, who died Thursday morning, was such a transformative American musician at that time, and well beyond. 
The saxophonist’s music was so far removed from the smooth, easy Dave Brubeck tones then popular with the mainstream as to sound like an utterly alien art form. 
Somebody once described his music as sounding like a ragtime band — whose members are each playing a different song. 
He continued to experiment throughout his life, a testament to his willful creative spirit, but his early work for Atlantic Records is the stuff that upended the jazz world. In 1993, that music was collected in an essential CD box set called “Beauty is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings.” A profound exploration, “Beauty ...” is a loving ode to Coleman; and its liner notes, part of a package produced by Yves Beauvais, offer further evidence of Coleman’s influence. 
Specifically, peppered throughout the box's booklet are the gathered quotes from jazz luminaries both living and dead, each reacting to early encounters with Coleman’s music. 
Below are some of the best, taken from those notes: 
“I don’t know what he’s playing, but it’s not jazz.” -- Dizzy Gillespie to Time magazine, June, 1960 
“[The day I met Ornette], it was 90 degrees and he had on an overcoat. I was scared of him.” -- Don Cherry, Jazz magazine, 1963 
“I listened to him all kinds of ways. I listened to him high, I listened to him stone cold sober. I even played with him. I think he’s jiving, baby.” -- Roy Eldridge to Esquire magazine, 1961 
“Are you cats serious?” -- attributed to Dizzy Gillespie, at one of the Ornette Coleman Quartet’s Five Spot shows in New York City 
“His playing has a deep inner logic, based on subtleties of reaction, subtleties of timing and color that are, I think, quite new to jazz. At least they have never appeared in so pure and direct a form.” -- Gunther Schuller, reported by Martin Williams, Jazz, 1963 
“Man, that cat is nuts!” -- Thelonius Monk 
(Ed note: Thelonius Monk calling someone else "nuts" really says it all.
"He’s got bad intonation, bad technique. He’s trying new things, but he hasn’t mastered his instrument yet.” -- Maynard Ferguson 
 “This guy came up on stage and asked the musicians if he could play, and started to sit in. He played three or four phrases, and it was so brilliant, I couldn’t believe it -- I had never heard any sound like that before. Immediately the musicians told him to stop playing, and he packed up his horn, but before I could reach him he’d already left through the back entrance.” -- Charlie Haden, told to John Litweiler in “Ornette Coleman: A Harmolodic Life” 
“The only really new thing since the mid-‘40s innovations of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk.” -- The Modern Jazz Quartet’s John Lewis, 1960 
“Hell, I just listen to what he writes and how he plays. If you’re talking psychologically, the man is all screwed up inside.” -- Miles Davis, reported to Joe Goldberg, 
Ed note: Again, Miles is a guy who had a run-in or two with "screwed-up psychologically". The man whereof what he spoke.
“It doesn’t matter the key he’s playing in -- he’s got a percussional sound, like a cat with a whole lot of bongos. He’s brought a thing in -- it’s not new. I won’t say who started it, but whoever started it, people overlooked it. It’s not like having anything to do with what’s around you, and being right in your own world. You can’t put your finger on what he’s doing.” -- Charles Mingus, Downbeat magazine, 1960 
“When I worked with Ornette, somehow I became more of a person in my own playing.” -- Shelley Manne, reported by Jazz magazine, 1963 
“Coltrane used to come hear us every night. He would grab Ornette by the arm as soon as we got off and they would go off into the night talking about music.” -- Charlie Haden to Robert Palmer, Downbeat magazine, 1972 
“He is a man of great conviction, a pioneer always moving forward down the path he has chosen, a can opener who opens all of us up as musicians. I could not play what I play had it not been for Ornette Coleman.” -- Herbie Hancock, New York Times, 1990 
“The new breed has inspired me all over again. The search is on. Let freedom ring.” -- Jackie McLean, in his own liner notes to “Let Freedom Ring” 
“It’s like organized disorganization, or playing wrong right. And it gets to you emotionally, like a drummer. That’s what Coleman means to me.” -- Charles Mingus, Downbeat, 1960
Oh yeah?

Well, THIS:

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WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?!?!?

This could bring real trouble. A real fight. This is not the government's business. This is the equivalent of quotas for neighborhoods.

The Hill:

Obama making bid to diversify wealthy neighborhoods

The Obama administration is moving forward with regulations designed to help diversify America’s wealthier neighborhoods, drawing fire from critics who decry the proposal as executive overreach in search of an “unrealistic utopia.”
A final Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule due out this month is aimed at ending decades of deep-rooted segregation around the country.
The regulations would use grant money as an incentive for communities to build affordable housing in more affluent areas while also taking steps to upgrade poorer areas with better schools, parks, libraries, grocery stores and transportation routes as part of a gentrification of those communities.
“HUD is working with communities across the country to fulfill the promise of equal opportunity for all,” a HUD spokeswoman said. “The proposed policy seeks to break down barriers to access to opportunity in communities supported by HUD funds.”
It’s a tough sell for some conservatives. Among them is Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), who argued that the administration “shouldn’t be holding hostage grant monies aimed at community improvement based on its unrealistic utopian ideas of what every community should resemble.”
“American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government,” said Gosar, who is leading an effort in the House to block the regulations.
Civil rights advocates, meanwhile, are praising the plan, arguing that it is needed to break through decades-old barriers that keep poor and minority families trapped in hardscrabble neighborhoods.
“We have a history of putting affordable housing in poor communities,” said Debby Goldberg, vice president at the National Fair Housing Alliance.
HUD says it is obligated to take the action under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which prohibited direct and intentional housing discrimination, such as a real estate agent not showing a home in a wealthy neighborhood to a black family or a bank not providing a loan based on someone’s race.
The agency is also looking to root out more subtle forms of discrimination that take shape in local government policies that unintentionally harm minority communities, known as “disparate impact.”
“This rule is not about forcing anyone to live anywhere they don’t want to,” said Margery Turner, senior vice president at the left-leaning Urban Institute. “It’s really about addressing long-standing practices that prevent people from living where they want to.”
“In our country, decades of public policies and institutional practices have built deeply segregated and unequal neighborhoods,” Turner said.
Children growing up in poor communities have less of a chance of succeeding in life, because they face greater exposure to violence and crime, and less access to quality education and health facilities, Turner suggested.
“Segregation is clearly a problem that is blocking upward mobility for children growing up today,” she said.
To qualify for certain funds under the regulations, cities would be required to examine patterns of segregation in neighborhoods and develop plans to address it. Those that don’t could see the funds they use to improve blighted neighborhoods disappear, critics of the rule say.
The regulations would apply to roughly 1,250 local governments.
Hans von Spakovsky, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, called the Obama administration “too race conscious.”
“It’s a sign that this administration seems to take race into account on everything,” Spakovsky said.
Republicans are trying to block the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. Before passing HUD’s funding bill this week, the GOP-led House approved Gosar’s amendment prohibiting the agency from following through with the rule.
Though segregationist policies were outlawed long ago, civil rights advocates say housing discrimination persists.
HUD is looking to break down many barriers, but Gosar suggested the regulation would have negative repercussions.
“Instead of living with neighbors you like and choose, this breaks up the core fabric of how we start to look at communities,” Gosar said. “That just brings unease to everyone in that area.”
“People have to feel comfortable where they live,” he added. “If I don’t feel comfortable in my own backyard, where do I feel comfortable?”
Critics of the rule say it would allow HUD to assert authority over local zoning laws. The agency could dictate what types of homes are built where and who can live in those homes, said Gosar, who believes local communities should make those decisions for themselves rather than relying on the federal government.
If enacted, the rule could depress property values as cheaper homes crop up in wealthy neighborhoods and raise taxes, Gosar warned.
It could also tilt the balance of political power as more minorities are funneled into Republican-leaning neighborhoods, he suggested.
The Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on housing discrimination in a related case in the coming weeks. At issue is whether government policies that unintentionally create a disparate impact for minority communities violate federal laws against segregation.
The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is facing accusations that it makes low-income housing funds more readily available in minority neighborhoods than in white neighborhoods. This promotes segregation, critics argue, by encouraging minorities to continue living in poor communities where government assistance is available.
Court observers say the case could have a profound impact on HUD’s rule.

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Rest In Peace

Ornette Coleman

Ramblin'



Buddha Blues



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Jonny Hepbir Quartet
Stompin' At Decca



(Trio)
Nuages



Cheek To Cheek



Take The A Train



All Of Me


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Mideast’s worst case: A ‘big war’ pitting Shia Muslims against Sunni

McClatchey:

— The Middle East crisis that peaked one year ago Wednesday when the Islamic State captured Mosul may result in the breakup of Iraq and an indefinite continuation of a war in Syria that’s already out of control, analysts say.
Yet still worse things could happen.
“The conditions are very much like 1914,” says Michael Stephens of the Royal United Service Institute in London. “All it will take is one little spark, and Iran and Saudi Arabia will go at each other, believing they are fighting a defensive war.”
Hiwa Osman, an Iraqi Kurdish commentator, was even more blunt: “The whole region is braced for the big war, the war that has not yet happened, the Shiite-Sunni war.”
U.S. and foreign experts say the U.S still has not developed a strategy for dealing with the Sunni extremists who now hold more territory Iraq and Syria than one year ago. President Barack Obama on Monday acknowledged that the U.S. strategy in Iraq was a work in progress. “We don’t have, yet, a complete strategy, because it requires commitments on the part of Iraqis as well,” Obama said at the close of the G-7 summit in Germany. “The details are not worked out.”
The experts criticize America’s detachment from the four wars now under way in the region. And they say the Obama administration is banking on Iran to stabilize the region, a very dubious course.
“We really don’t have a strategy at all. We’re basically playing this day by day,” Robert Gates, a former secretary of defense, told MSNBC last month.
The one conflict where the U.S. has poured money, weapons and military advisers is Iraq, but the outlook after the Sunni city of Ramadi fell to the Sunni extremists is for a long, drawn-out conflict.
John Allen, the former retired Marine Corps general who serves as U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State, told an audience in Qatar last week that it “will be a long campaign” and defeating its ideology will take “a generation or more.”
Allen laid out five areas for cooperation against the Islamic State – denying “safe haven” to its forces, disrupting the flow of foreign fighters, curbing access to foreign finances, providing humanitarian relief and responding to group’s propaganda.
But he made no mention of addressing the political causes that allowed the Islamic State to take root in Iraq – disaffection by Sunnis with their treatment by the Shiite-led central government.
“IS cannot be ended by Kurds, Shiites, Americans or Iran. It has to be done by Sunni Arabs,” said Osman. “You need to present them with a deal for the day after IS is defeated. And no one has managed to articulate that vision for them,” he said.
Conceivably, that would be a federal system that ends Shiite domination of the security services, but most importantly secures reconciliation with Baathists, members of the party that ruled Iraq under the late dictator Saddam Hussein. Baathists are said to comprise a great many of the top positions in the Islamic State military apparatus.
“I am extremely pessimistic” about the future of Iraq, said Toby Dodge, a leading scholar on Iraq who teaches at the London School of Economics. He said he doubted that Prime Minister Haider al Abadi, “a very decent man, a smart man,” could save Iraq. But “he’s hostage to his own constituency, radical Shiite Islamism. What he needs is to appeal to the disenfranchised Sunnis of the northwest.”
He said an Iraqi civil war “is almost unavoidable.”
Some Iraq scholars argue that the country can be saved. Decentralization of power, reconciliation with Baathists and other concessions that would motivate Sunnis to oust the Islamic State are “feasible, absolutely,” says Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
But he said the administration is not making the effort.
“I believe it is negligence,” he said. “They continue to insist we can’t want this more than the Iraqis. . . . This is historical nonsense. If you leave it to the Iraqis, they won’t do the right thing even if they want to.”
The other big issue left out of Allen’s presentation was a strategy for Syria, where the Islamic State has its headquarters. Pro-Western rebel forces are willing to fight the Islamic State but insist on also taking on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which has permitted the Islamic State to seize and hold territory, mostly without a fight.
Last week, when Islamic State forces advanced on the country’s biggest city, Aleppo, the regime bombed rebels, not Islamic State forces. In response to rebel pleas, the U.S. mounted one airstrike Sunday against the Islamic State, but it didn’t coordinate it with fighters on the ground. This has raised suspicions that U.S. won’t block the Islamic State from advancing on Aleppo.
“I just don’t think they care,” said Pollack.
What worries scholars and expert observers the most is the seeming U.S. detachment from the region’s wars – in Syria and Iraq, from Yemen, where Saudi forces are bombing pro-Iranian insurgents, and from Libya, where Egypt has mounted airstrikes against Islamic State -linked insurgents.
Everyone agrees that the international system is very different from 1914, when the two competing European alliances went to war. But there are similarities.
That was “a crisis nobody wanted to have. When it came, it would be over in a few months’ time. It would end all wars. Everybody knows what happened,” said Thorbjorn Jagland, a Norwegian politician and secretary general of the Council of Europe, a human rights watchdog body.
“I don’t want to call the leaders today sleepwalkers, but maybe they have entered into a situation that nobody intended or wanted,” he said.
“There are too many actors and too many unknowns. Everyone seems to be stuck in his own way,” said Altay Cengizer, director of policy planning at the Turkish Foreign Ministry. He warned of the dangers of a prolonged crisis. “We are playing with fire,” he said. “You cannot all day long play with fire. A fire will start.”
 

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Count me with the Democrats

Any bill which must remain a secret from the people has NO BUSINESS REACHING VOTE
The experience we have had since ‘free trade’ was sold to us DEMANDS we change the way things are done.

Too much of the gained profit pf product manufacturing, and NOW engineering and design as well went into the profits of people at the very top, and too little to lowered costs, and R&D for new industries for displaced workers (why bother costs of labor are too low overseas).
This has strengthened those nations INIMICAL to our way of life as the huge profits from manufacturing, and the growing middle classes overseas are ICONS of what underpins their economic and military power.

Free Trade has STRENGTHENED those nations INIMICAL TO US.

We need to ensure EQUAL WORKING CONDITIONS OVERSEAS.

Fair trade.

SHAME ON:

McConnell

Boehner

Ryan (ESPECIALLY AFTER THIS MORNING)

Reid

Pelosi


KUDOS especially for Jeff Sessions, Liz Warren, and those in the house standing against this abomination which must be kept secret from the people, and we ALL UNDERSTAND WHY.

I am ready for a 3rd party and a 4th party.
R and D are not serving the nation.
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The Guardian:

Al-Qaida 'cut off and ripped apart by Isis'

Two of al-Qaida’s most important spiritual leaders have told the Guardian that the terror group is no longer a functioning organisation after being ripped apart by Isis. In a wide-ranging interview, Abu Qatada, a Jordanian preacher who was based in London before being deported in 2013, and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, regarded as the most influential jihadi scholar alive, say the al-Qaida leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is cut off from his commanders and keeping the group afloat through little more than appeals to loyalty.
Senior insiders in Jordan add that al-Qaida around the Middle East has been drained of recruits and money after losing territory and prestige to its former subordinate division. The ongoing war between al-Qaida and Isis has left the US struggling to catch up with the tectonic shifts within the global jihadi movement, intelligence insiders told the Guardian.
Maqdisi, who Zawahiri counts as a close friend, is frank about the 63-year-old Egyptian’s situation. “He operates solely based on the allegiance. There is no organisational structure. There is only communication channels and loyalty,” Maqdisi said.
Qatada, who was born Omar Mahmoud Othman and has been described by the British government as a “truly dangerous individual”, also says Zawahiri is “isolated” and admits that Isis have been winning the propaganda and ground war against al-Qaida.
Qatada was deported from the UK to Jordan to face terror charges after a court battle lasting nearly 10 years with a series of British home secretaries. Last summer he was released from custody after being acquitted of all charges. Since his release, he has become an increasingly vocal critic of Isis. He told the Guardian its members were extremists and a “cancer” growing within the jihadi movement following their assault on al-Qaida over the last two years. “[Isis] don’t respect anyone,” he said.
Isis was al-Qaida’s branch in the heart of the Middle East until the group was excommunicated from the network in 2014 after disobeying commands from Zawahiri and starting an internecine war with fellow jihadists in Syria which left thousands dead on both sides. Today that fight continues and has expanded across Eurasia and the Mediterranean. Since declaring the establishment of its so-called Islamic State a year ago, Isis has gone on to build a global network of affiliates and branches that now stretches from Afghanistan to west Africa and competes with al-Qaida in its scale.
Isis leaders, who described al-Qaida as a “drowned entity” in issue six of their official English-language publication, Dabiq, have declared that they will not tolerate any other jihadi group in territory where they are operating. They have readily delivered on that statement. Last week, Isis fighters in Afghanistan were reported to have beheaded 10 members of the Taliban, and on Wednesday al-Qaida in Libya vowed retaliation after blaming Isis for the death of one of its leaders.
But the US has been slow to grasp the implications of al-Qaida’s decline and possible collapse despite extensive study of Isis, according to intelligence community insiders. “There’s such a cadre of people so closely tied to the al-Qaida brand within the IC [intelligence community] that I think they don’t see what else is going on outside the organisation,” said Derek Harvey, a former intelligence analyst who predicted how resilient the Iraq insurgency would be.
Over the past year, a group of junior and mid-level analysts have concluded that Isis advances have pushed al-Qaida to the margins of global jihad. A former senior intelligence official who did not want to speak on the record said they had been tracking the split between the two groups with great attention. Against them is what Harvey described as “the overwhelming majority of senior intelligence officials looking at this” who he said considered the enmity between Isis and al-Qaida as little more than “a squabble within”.
That prevailing view has found expression in repeated public statements by Barack Obama and his senior advisers conflating Isis and al-Qaida or denying that any split between the two organisations is meaningful. That raises questions about whether a US counter-terrorism bureaucracy long focused on al-Qaida as a prime threat can grapple with the group’s decline and a different one’s ascent.
In a typical comment, Barack Obama in March told Vice that Isis “is the direct outgrowth of al-Qaida in Iraq”. Although factually correct, this is substantively misleading: al-Qaida in Iraq was for 10 years al-Qaida’s most fractious and disloyal franchise, even before it began waging its violent campaign against the old guard.
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has depicted the rivalry between the two jihadi groups as cosmetic, and his top Iraq policy official, Brett McGurk, has repeatedly stated: “Isis is al-Qaida.” Kerry’s new spokesman, John Kirby, said in his old job at the Pentagon that Isis, al-Qaida and al-Qaida’s Syrian proxy the Nusra Front “in our minds, from our military perspective, are very much one and the same”.
“We’ve got counter-terrorist guys who are focused on counter-terrorism and they grew up fighting the al-Qaida networks, but Isis is a different kind of network,” Harvey said. “It’s basing itself on skills and organisational capabilities and objectives that are much more accelerated and capable than what al-Qaida’s ever had.”
However misleading, the conflation of the two groups has political and legal benefits for Obama. He launched military action against Isis without congressional approval 10 months ago and a push for retroactive legislative blessing is all but dead in Washington. Portraying al-Qaida and Isis as the same thing has allowed the president to claim that the 2001 and 2002 congressional authorisations for attacks on al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein provide the legal foundations for the current campaign.
Meanwhile, the US continues to target al-Qaida. So far this year, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Americans have launched 11 drone strikes in Yemen – the most recent came Tuesday night – and 11 more in Pakistan, killing between 82 and 122 people.
US officials have warned that al-Qaida’s presence in Yemen, which al-Qaida’s scholars consider to be its most loyal branch, has benefited from the January coup that displaced the US client government and the Saudi-led war to roll it back.

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Paul Ryan Channeling Nancy Pelosi

More and more Republicans are showing they do not care about WE THE PEOPLE

Hot Air:

Paul Ryan on trade bill: “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to”

He also made a gaffe in his House Rules Committee testimony on par with former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)’s push to pass Obamacare, in which she said infamously said: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
“It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to,” Ryan said of Obamatrade in Rules Committee testimony on Wednesday during questioning from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)79%
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What Ryan is trying to convince House Republicans to do is vote for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) which would fast-track at least three highly secretive trade deals—specifically the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)—and potentially more deals.

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If everything else we buy is labeled where it was made, so should the food we eat.

Personally, I'd rather NOT eat meat from certain countries.

More and more the Republicans show us they really don't care about WE THE PEOPLE.

My Way:

House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

By MARY CLARE JALONICK
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under threat of trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry.
The World Trade Organization rejected a U.S. appeal last month, ruling the labels that say where animals were born, raised and slaughtered are discriminatory against the two U.S. border countries. Both have said they plan to ask the WTO for permission to impose billions of dollars in tariffs on American goods.
The House voted 300-131 to repeal labels that tell consumers what countries the meat is from — for example, "born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States" or "born, raised and slaughtered in the United States."
The WTO ruled against the labels last year. The Obama administration has already revised the labels once to try to comply with previous WTO rulings. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has said it's up to Congress to change the law to avoid retaliation from the two countries.
The law was initially written at the behest of northern U.S. ranchers who compete with the Canadian cattle industry. It also was backed by consumer advocates who say it helps shoppers know where their food comes from. Supporters have called on the U.S. government to negotiate with Canada and Mexico to find labels acceptable to all countries.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, said repeal would be premature, adding, "Our people deserve a right to know where their food is produced and where it comes from."
Meat processors who buy animals from abroad as well as many others in the U.S. meat industry have called for a repeal of the law they have fought for years, including unsuccessfully in federal court. They say it's burdensome and costly for producers and retailers.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, has long backed the meat industry's call for repeal.
"Although some consumers desire (country-of-origin labeling) information, there is no evidence to conclude that this mandatory labeling translates into market-measurable increases in consumer demand for beef, pork or chicken," Conaway said on the House floor.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said after the vote that the last thing American farmers need "is for Congress to sit idly by as international bureaucrats seek to punish them through retaliatory trade policies that could devastate agriculture as well as other industries."
The bill would go beyond just the muscle cuts of red meat that were covered under the WTO case, repealing country-of-origin labeling for poultry, ground beef and ground pork. The chicken industry has said the labeling doesn't make much sense for poultry farmers because the majority of chicken consumed in the United States is hatched, raised and processed domestically.
The legislation would leave in place country-of-origin labeling requirements for several other commodities, including lamb, venison, seafood, fruits and vegetables and some nuts.
Canada and Mexico have opposed the labeling because it causes their animals to be segregated from those of U.S. origin — a costly process that has led some U.S. companies to stop buying exports.
The two countries have said that if they are allowed by the WTO, they may impose retaliatory measures such as tariffs against a variety of U.S. imports. Their list includes food items like beef, pork, cheese, corn, cherries, maple syrup, chocolate and pasta, plus non-agricultural goods such as mattresses, wooden furniture and jewelry. The retaliatory measures could total more than $3 billion, the countries said.
Congress required the labels in 2002 and 2008 farm laws. The original labels created by USDA were less specific, saying a product was a "product of U.S." or "product of U.S. and Canada." The WTO rejected those labels in 2012, and USDA tried again with the more detailed labels a year later. The WTO rejected those revised rules last year, and the United States filed one last appeal, rejected in May by the WTO.
On the Senate side, Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has said he will move quickly to respond to the WTO ruling, though he has yet to introduce a bill.
After the House vote, Roberts said repeal "remains the surest way to protect the American economy" from retaliatory tariffs.

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Hundreds of Billboards, Featuring Bosch Fawstin's "You Can't Draw Me" Mohammed Cartoon, To Be Posted Around the United States


From AFDI:

NEW YORK, June 5, 2015: The human rights advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has announced a new billboard campaign to defend the freedom of speech and stand up to violent intimidation.

AFDI President Pamela Geller said in a statement: “Because the media and the cultural and political elites continue to impose the Sharia without the consent of the American people by refusing to show any depictions of Muhammad or showing what it was in Texas that had jihadists opening fire, or a devout  Muslim in Boston plotting to behead me before he tried to slaughter Boston cops, we are running a billboard ad featuring the winning cartoon by former Muslim Bosch Fawstin from our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.”

The new free speech campaign went up on 100 billboards yesterday in St. Louis, 'gateway to the West'. Today they hit Arkansas. Tomorrow another state.


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Univ. Of California’s List Of “Microaggressions” Includes Saying The Phrase “America Is The Land Of Opportunity”

From a University of California faculty seminar on “diversity in the classroom” comes this worksheet on microagressions: Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send




Other phrases recognized as microaggressions:

 “America is a melting pot.”

 “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”

 “Everyone can succeed in this society, if they work hard enough.”



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Hipster Barista Accidentally Draws Mohammed On Latte Foam, Beheading At Eleven


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Jihadi Witnesses: "Have You Heard The Bad News Of Allah Today?"

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The Agenda To Erase America

New American Immigrants in Minneapolis 
These Gentlemen Used To Be Somali, 
But Now They Love America 

From Gates of Vienna:
New Report Heralds Existential Threat to America  
The Center for Security Policy today released a new report by the investigative journalist James Simpson: The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America. This report extensively details the networks of radical left non-profits, foundations, government agencies and the personalities behind them. Unbeknownst to most Americans they are using refugee resettlement as a pretext to import waves of immigrants from third-world nations as a key front in Obama’s strategy of “fundamentally transforming” America. 
These refugees have little interest in assimilating. Many are from Muslim countries, view immigration as “Hijra” i.e. a subversive means to invade a foreign nation, and have demonstrated a willingness to either support or engage in terrorism both in America and abroad. 
These groups are coached by leftist non-profits to capitalize on our generous welfare programs and shown how to maneuver around legal impediments — all at our expense — but are not being taught how to assimilate. 
The report conservatively estimates welfare costs at $10 billion per year. 
Additionally, government resettlement contractors receive $1 billion annually in federal tax dollars and non-profits supporting the agenda are provided billions of dollars from non-profits like George Soros’ Open Society Institute. 
The President has launched a “Welcoming America” initiative, which seeks to “seed” refugees throughout our communities and weed out “pockets of resistance” with a full-throated effort vilifying anyone opposing his radical agenda. 
It is literally an offensive to erase American laws, traditions and culture, and replace them with a pliable, multi-cultural society that will vote the Left into the “permanent progressive majority” it seeks.
GO READ THE WHOLE THING.
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PAUL RYAN’S PELOSI-ESQUE OBAMATRADE MOMENT: ‘IT’S DECLASSIFIED AND MADE PUBLIC ONCE IT’S AGREED TO’


Paul Ryan goes on the list of traitors.

Who will rid me of this turbulent Priest?

From Breitbart:
Chief Obamatrade proponent House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted during Congressional testimony on Wednesday evening that despite tons of claims from him and other Obamatrade supporters to the contrary, the process is highly secretive. 
He also made a gaffe in his House Rules Committee testimony on par with former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s push to pass Obamacare, in which she said infamously said: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” “It’s declassified and made public once it’s agreed to,” Ryan said of Obamatrade in Rules Committee testimony on Wednesday during questioning from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) .
What an obnoxious cunt he is.

He needs to go by whatever means necessary.

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Dejablues

One Way Out
Sonny Boy Williamson 2
 

the same w/ Buddy Guy
 
 
Elmore James



G.L. Crockett
(released as It's A Man Down There)



Mike Bloomfield

 
The Allman Brothers


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John Adams
Grand Pianola Music


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State Department Says, ISIS “Violates Islamic Teachings”



THEY REALLY NEED TO TELL THE MUSLIMS OF THE WORLD:

GAME OVER XI: Al Jazeera Poll Shows 80% of Muslims Support ISIS
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Bikers Jailed After Waco Shootout Say Court System Failed Them

Of course if this were Ferguson or Baltimore there would be riots and looting pillaging burning and so on.

We'd have a state's attorney calling for the heads of all the SWAT and police in Waco. Barack Obama saying if he had a biker he would look like these bikers.

I mean we have 9 dead. Not 1 but 9 dead, by some (not all) accounts all by police bullets.

But it's not. It's bikers. Some of whom were no doubt bad actors. But by and large I'm betting most weren't and were not expecting what ensued.

Of course if all the bikers decided to act like those in Ferguson or Baltimore did protesting for fair treatment of their fellow bikers etc. then there would be real problems.

New York Times:

Matthew A. Clendennen, 30, was one of nearly 180 bikers jailed after a deadly shootout in Waco, Tex., on May 17. "So much for innocent until proven guilty," he said of the events. © Cooper Neill for The New York Times Matthew A. Clendennen, 30, was one of nearly 180 bikers jailed after a deadly shootout in Waco, Tex., on May 17. "So much for innocent until proven guilty," he said 
WACO, Tex. — Matthew A. Clendennen, one of the nearly 180 bikers who were jailed after the deadly shootout here last month between rival biker gangs and the police, said he had one weapon on him during the melee — a pocketknife with a two-inch blade that was a Christmas gift from his parents and that he uses as a screwdriver and box cutter at work.
Mr. Clendennen, 30, said he never pulled it out. When gunfire broke out in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant where hundreds of bikers had gathered, Mr. Clendennen said, he rushed from the restaurant’s patio area to a hallway inside. He said that he crouched as gunshots echoed and that he never left the hallway.
“They just collectively labeled everybody there as a vicious gang member,” Mr. Clendennen, a Baylor University graduate who owns a landscaping business in the Waco area, said on Monday, days after his release from jail. “They arrested us because of what we were wearing and where we were at. Because I was wearing a certain color vest, automatically in their eyes I was guilty. So much for innocent until proven guilty.”
Three weeks after the shootout on May 17 that left nine bikers dead and 18 wounded, much remains unclear, including who was responsible for the deaths and the exact composition of the crowd, which included self-described outlaw bikers as well as others who were more hobbyists than gang members.
What is clear is that some of the men and women caught up in the largest mass arrest of bikers in recent decades believe the justice system broke down in Waco and officials delayed and mishandled their cases. The authorities have defended their response but have declined to discuss the details of individual cases or when there would be an accounting of how the nine people were killed.
Police officials say there is no doubt that the gathering attracted many armed, dangerous gang members. The officials recovered more than 300 weapons in and around the restaurant, including more than 100 handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle, and some of them were so well hidden that investigators only found them with metal detectors.
“We don’t have a reaction to the opinion of people who we believe we have probable cause to arrest,” said Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, a spokesman for the Waco Police Department. “It’s commonplace for arrestees to complain about being arrested. Our investigation is ongoing and continuing, and the justice system is working in the way that it should.”
A former volunteer firefighter with no criminal record, Mr. Clendennen was arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. His bond was set at $1 million, as it was for dozens of other bikers, until his lawyer helped lower it to $100,000 and got him released.
He said he was arrested because of his clothes and his membership in a biker club — the Scimitars Motorcycle Club. He was wearing bluejeans, a black T-shirt and a leather vest with the group’s insignia on the back.
Mr. Clendennen’s lawyer, F. Clinton Broden, filed a lawsuit in federal court against officials in Waco and McLennan County, one of several suits filed in the case. They say the Waco Police Department used a “fill in the blank” criminal complaint to charge all 177 suspects, arrested several unarmed men and women who were “recreational motorcyclists,” and determined whom to take into custody based on whether they were wearing motorcycle-club jackets or had ties to any biker groups.
And they said judicial officials had been slow to hear the cases, forcing defendants to remain in jail for weeks while waiting for bond-reduction hearings, routine proceedings that are typically heard within seven to 10 days of an arrest.
More than three weeks after their arrest, dozens of the 177 bikers remain in jail, many of them unable to afford even a small percentage of their $1 million bonds to get out of jail. As of Saturday, 75 had been released. Many of those who are still in jail do not have lawyers, and many of those who have been released were freed only because their lawyers negotiated a lower bond.
Paul Looney, a lawyer for three of those arrested, said that two of them — a couple, William and Morgan Jane English — were close enough to the shooting to only hear it, but that they had seen, and done, nothing illegal.
“They had barely gotten onto the property,” Mr. Looney said. “In this country, we have constitutional protections against that kind of a sweep. It’s the most un-American activity I’ve seen on American soil.”
Seargent Swanton said that although the restaurant was no longer considered a crime scene, the autopsies of the nine dead were not yet complete and the investigation was continuing.
He played down the significance of the complaints from the arrested bikers and their supporters, a few hundred of whom rode their motorcycles around the jail and parked outside the courthouse in a protest on Sunday.
A spokeswoman for Abel Reyna, the McLennan County district attorney, declined to comment.
In recent days, the 177 cases have been handled primarily by two judges. Leaders of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association sent a letter to judicial officials last week, calling for additional judges to assist those two.
Two defense lawyers, Keith S. Hampton and Walter M. Reaves Jr., filed a petition with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, asking it to order that additional judges be assigned to hold bond-reduction hearings. They said that at the current pace, scores of people could wait weeks or months for their bond hearings.
In response, the presiding judge of the state judicial administrative district that includes McLennan County, Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield, was scheduled to meet with the two judges handling the bikers’ cases on Tuesday to determine ways to move the cases through the court system faster.
Police officials have described a chaotic, bloody scene inside and outside the Twin Peaks restaurant, where a regional coalition of motorcycle clubs had planned to hold a meeting.
Members of two biker gangs that have had continuing conflicts — the Bandidos and the Cossacks — got into an altercation. The authorities said that members and associates of the two groups had assaulted one another with firearms, knives and other weapons, and that they had fired on police officers who were posted outside the restaurant in anticipation of problems.
The authorities have said the arsenal the bikers took to the meeting illustrated their expectation of violence and showed they were part of “a gang-oriented criminal element” at the gathering.
“We don’t know what their intentions were when they were hiding weapons between bags of flour, hiding them under the dirt,” Sergeant Swanton said. “We don’t know what their intentions were, but we can tell you they went to some pretty elaborate lengths to hide numerous weapons.”

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Humpday Blues

Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters
Baby Doll Blues



& Duke Robillard
My Tears



& Ana Popovic
One Room Country Shack


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