Thursday, December 4, 2014

In A New York State Of Mindlessness

Rep. Peter King of New York doesn't see what the big deal is in the Eric Garner case.

As protesters hit the streets in New York City and around the country Wednesday night, Congressman Peter King (R-NY) appeared on CNN and delivered an extended defense of the police killing of Eric Garner. King said that the officer, who employed an illegal chokehold to bring Garner down, was just doing his job. Ultimately, King pins says Garner was actually responsible for his own death: “If he had not had asthma, and a heart condition, and was so obese, he would not have died from this.

It was okay to chokehold the guy to death while on video (and the man who recorded this monstrous abuse was in fact indicted by a grand jury) because he was fat.  Sure.

If it's possible for black lives to matter less than the zero they do now to some people, it's because they are overweight and black, or sick and black (or female and black too).

And remember, this guy is a sitting member of Congress.

Silly People, Laws Don't Apply To Rand Paul

Bonus point for Sen. Rand Paul to accuse President Obama of "lawlessness" while declaring that Kentucky's law that he can't run for two offices at the same time simply doesn't apply to him.

The junior senator from Kentucky has repeatedly said he plans to run for re-election in 2016, including while visiting Iowa, where the presidential nomination process will start in early 2016 with that state's caucuses. “In all likelihood, I will be on the ballot for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, though, and we haven’t really looked beyond that," he told reporters in Cedar Rapids in May 2013.

What complicates the situation for Paul is a Kentucky law states that "no candidate's name shall appear on any voting machine or absentee ballot more than once."

One possibility for bypassing the law is to convince state party leaders to shift Kentucky's presidential primary in May 2016 to a caucus in March. That would offer the added benefit of helping him potentially win some home-state delegates during an early phase of a potential nomination race.

Another would be to challenge the law in court and argue the statute is unconstitutional when applied to federal races. "We believe that it cannot apply to federal offices," Stafford said.

Paul's camp has also previously encouraged state lawmakers to change the multiple-office limitation, although that effort has hit a roadblock in the Democratic-controlled House.

So Rand Paul is just going to ignore state law to run for Senator and President at the same time.  He'll find a way to do it, too.  Laws don't apply to Rand Paul, you see.  He's special.

And speaking of how awful Rand Paul is...


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