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Friday, 1 June 2018

Blame It on the Ambien

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Actress, comedian, and former US presidential candidate Roseanne Barr claims the prescription sedative Ambien was the true culprit behind her describing Valerie Jarrett, a former White House senior adviser, as a child of the “Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes”. While some were debating whether Barr’s tweet was likening Jarrett to apes or speaking from a place of Islamophobia, the former ABC star returned from her hours-long Twitter hiatus to proclaim in a now-deleted tweet that her 0200 “Ambien tweeting” was “indefensible”. Not to be used as a scapegoat, Ambien maker Sanofi’s US branch shot back at Barr without even mentioning her name:

People of all races, religions, and nationalities, work at Sanofi every day to improve the lives of people around the world. While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a side effect of any Sanofi medication.

Anxiety, depression, nervousness, strange behaviour, thoughts of self-harm, memory loss, hallucinations, and severe confusion are reported side effects… especially in women. Naturally, US President Donald Trump, who received vocal support from Barr during the 2016 presidential election, also joined in on the Roseanne cancellation “party” by calling out Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, which owns ABC:

Bob Iger of ABC called Valerie Jarrett to let her know that “ABC doesn’t tolerate comments like those” made by Roseanne Barr. Gee, he never called President Donald J Trump to apologise for the HORRIBLE statements made and said about me on ABC. Maybe, I just didn’t get the call?

While the ultimate fate of the leading lady’s show is unknown for the cast and crew, it seems certain that the actress is won’t be backing away from the Twitter app anytime soon.

31 May 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/cartoons/201805311064958615-roseanne-blames-tweet-sanofi-ambien/

Editor:

I think that ABC came down especially hard on Roseanne as she attracts the “wrong” kind of people… proles. Do bear in mind that Upper Middles look down their long noses at us and treat us with either condescension or contempt. I spit on them and everything that they stand for and hold dear.

BMD

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Pardon Me, Buddy

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On Thursday, following his recent pardon of conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, US President Donald Trump informed reporters aboard Air Force One that he’s “seriously thinking” of exercising his power to benefit both lifestyle mogul Martha Stewart and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Critics believe Trump’s motivation for pardoning these particular public figures is to send a message to the US Department of Justice and the FBI amid as Robert Mueller continues his special counsel investigation. Considering that former FBI Director James Comey had ties to both Stewart and Blagojevich’s past cases in some way, suspicions were raised even further when it became clear Trump knew little about the individuals he’s thinking of pardoning. Trump claimed on Thursday:

[Martha Stewart] used to be my biggest fan in the world… before I became a politician.

While Trump is correct about her not being a fan of his politics (as evidenced by her vocal support for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election), to claim that she was even a fan prior to 2016 appears to be a stretch, considering this 2007 video. In the case of Blagojevich, Trump concocted his own facts related to the former governor in the same 31 May remarks. Possibly mixing up years with actual corruption charges, Trump added four years to Blagojevich’s actual 14-year sentence saying:

Eighteen years is, I think, really unfair.

Either Trump is doing his former Celebrity Apprentice stars a solid, or there’s something strange behind his pardon party.

1 June 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/cartoons/201806011064993299-trump-pardon-party-stewart-blagojevich/

Monday, 5 January 2015

Aicha Bascaró: Please, Grant Clemency to My Father, Antonio Bascaró

01 behind bars in jail

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My father, Antonio Bascaró, has been in prison for over 34 years, he had no earlier criminal record, serving time for a nonviolent first-time marijuana-only offense… all for helping supply a product that’s legal in a growing number of states. He’s the longest-serving marijuana prisoner in the history of the USA. Today, he’s 80 years old. I lost him to the legal system when I was 12 years old. I hardly remember him outside of that environment. My children barely know him. This gentle grandfather of eight spends his days in a wheelchair, mostly by himself, reading newspapers and listening to the news in his cell at a federal prison south of Miami. He calls me two to three times a week to see how I’m doing and staying in touch. I check on his health, we talk about plans for when he gets out, hoping that on the next Christmas, birthday, or summer we can be together. My father paid with his life (and ours) for that one marijuana offense. I think that the time he’s already been in prison is more than enough punishment. He isn’t a threat to society; he has a large family waiting for him and ready to help him re-enter it. That’s why I’m asking President Obama to grant him clemency, please.

Please, sign my petition asking President Obama to grant my father Antonio Bascaró clemency.

9 December 2014

Aicha Bascaró

Lawrenceville GA

Sign Aicha’s Petition

Change.org

https://www.change.org/p/eric-h-holder-please-grant-clemency-to-my-father-antonio-bascaro?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=211546&alert_id=vrZNeWwTGC_l9qE8xsW%2Bb8xvSpMR13IbfOjd2SM%2FaxZ8%2BhIVLWN0GuE7u%2FOK7xySrAoaZ9vukR2

Editor:

The USA is the “Prison House of all the Nations”… not only do we have the festering enormity of the Gitmo Gulag on our conscience as a nation, we have more prisoners, both in absolute and per capita terms, than any other nation on earth. Some states in the USA are worse than others are… the worst, hands-down, is Texas… that’s because the Anglos have never felt comfortable in their possession of the territory since the Texas Anglo Coup of 1836. Remember WHY the Anglos did it… the Mexicans insisted that they free their slaves! It wasn’t a war FOR liberty… it was a war RESTRICTING liberty. It’s no surprise that Texas is also the leader in capital punishment. Following not far behind are the southeastern states of the Old Confederacy. There, the law does its best to victimise black folks… all one has to do is to look at the rates of white and black imprisonment and execution in those states.

The Republicans smile at imprisoning black and Latino men as it removes them from the voting rolls. Therefore, I make the following suggestion. We should legalise marijuana… grant total and unconditional pardons to those whose only offences were marijuana busts. We should restore their voting rights… we should wipe their slates clean. Of course, optimally, we’d couple that with throwing rightwing filth like Rick Perry in the slam for misusing drug laws to disenfranchise coloured men… but that isn’t going to happen. I predict that lawlessness wouldn’t break out. All that would happen is that crooked pols, judges, and cops would forego their dirty money and drug dealers would lose their lucrative situations. Wanna know who the crooked pols, judges, and coppers are? Look at those who defend the “War on Drugs” most strenuously… those are your culprits. It’s just like the loudest and most strident opponents of open homosexuals… why, they’re often closeted gays themselves!

Set the drug prisoners free and legalise marijuana. Drug addiction is a medical problem… not a criminal justice problem. In any case, marijuana use doesn’t lead to hard drug use. Keep it focused. Look at the BILLIONS we’d save on prisons… note well that the amoral moneygrubbing Republican rightwing filth DOESN’T want to save that money. I wonder why… so should you…

BMD

Friday, 20 December 2013

Khodorkovsky Says He Asked for Pardon for Family Reasons

get out of jail free chance

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Former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, released from prison on Friday on a presidential pardon, said that he’d asked Vladimir Putin for clemency due to family circumstances. In a statement posted on his website, he said, “I turned to the Russian President on 12 November with a request for a pardon because of family circumstances, and I’m happy with the positive decision. The issue of admission of guilt wasn’t raised”. Khodorkovsky flew to Germany after his release. On Thursday, Putin told reporters that he decided to sign the pardon after receiving a request for clemency from Khodorkovsky, citing his mother’s deteriorating health. Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest person, said in that he was looking forward to a meeting with his parents, wife, and children, saying, “I’m looking forward for an opportunity to celebrate the approaching holidays within my family”. He also expressed thanks to all those who had supported him throughout his legal troubles, noting, “I’m very much waiting for the minute when I can hug those close to me and personally shake hands with all my friends and colleagues”.

On Friday, the Kremlin stated that it granted a pardon for Khodorkovsky, 50, on humanitarian grounds and would implement it immediately. Khodorkovsky never hid his concern over the health of his parents, and he wrote in a New York Times article last month detailing his mother’s battle with cancer since the age of 45, “My mother is now nearly 80 years old and again facing cancer and more surgeries”. Khodorkovsky’s mother’s location wasn’t immediately clear, but Dozhd reported that she was at a school for orphans in Moscow Oblast built with money from Khodorkovsky’s former oil company, Yukos. Khodorkovsky’s father, Boris, speaking on the phone from the Moscow Oblast, told the AP that he and his wife intended to fly to Germany on Saturday.

Khodorkovsky spent more than a decade in prison following his arrest on a Siberian runway in 2003 and two later convictions for fraud, tax evasion, and embezzlement. He drew attention from the authorities early on in Putin’s first presidential term by his political activities. Khodorkovsky always maintained his innocence, claiming that the cases against him were Kremlin retribution for political and business ambitions. The government maintains that the matter was purely criminal.

20 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131220/185780075/Khodorkovsky-Says-He-Asked-for-Pardon-for-Family-Reasons.html

Editor’s Note:

Note well that Khodorkovsky left the country right after his pardon. I believe that Putin cut a deal with him… “You won’t have to admit guilt, but you’ll have to leave the country, stay out, and play ball with me”. Mikhail Borisovich jumped at it. In any case, Vladimir Vladimirovich has consolidated power and has nothing to fear from his former rival, who has no more allies left at the Centre and no way of influencing politics. To be frank, he saw a way out of his personal hell, and he took it. He’ll no longer be useful to the West as a “martyr”… he’ll end as a moderately-rich man (he did sock some of his ill-gotten gains away in Western hidey-holes), but no longer a factor in Russian politics. CNN is wrong… this isn’t going to bite VVP… how can it? Khodorkovsky’s out of the country, never to return. After all, it was all arranged prior to the release… including the visa with Germany. Good riddance to bad rubbish…

Oh, one last thing… Khodorkovsky’s business methods were bloody-near-identical to those of Willard Romney. Putin (rightfully) labelled Khodorkovsky a criminal and put him in the slammer… the Republican Party lionised Wet Willy. It tells you much about their respective characters (or lack of same), doesn’t it?

BMD

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