Parody Group Does Political Version Of NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Comedian Ross Everett released his political parody of NWA’s Straight Outta Compton called Straight Outta Options, according to Huffington Post.

Parodied presidential candidates take turns rapping on why they are (or are not) a great fit for the Presidency in true NWA fashion.

Alongside Everett, the video also features other prominent YouTubers as cast members.

Credits:

Tay Zonday: http://youtube.com/TayZonday
Ted Cruz – Chris Teregis: http://twitter.com/ChrisTeregis
Chris Christie – G. Maximilian Zarou: http://twitter.com/MaxZarou
Ben Carson – Derek Reid: https://twitter.com/blackspid3rman
Carly Fiorina – Bree Essrig: http://twitter.com/BreeEssrig
Jeb Bush – Owen Robinson: http://www.owenrobinsonisfunny.com/
Marco Rubio – Ryan Pratton: https://twitter.com/ryanpratton
Donald Trump – Phillip Wilburn: https://twitter.com/phillipwilburn
Hillary Clinton – Michelle Glavan: https://twitter.com/MichelleGlavan
Bernie Sanders – Ross Everett: http://twitter.com/TheRossEverett

The Dynamics Of A Three-Way War

Secular Talk

The U.S. is attempting to get mixed up in a three-way war in Syria and Iraq.

What are the sides?

The leader of the Syrian government – Bashar Assad – is fighting Muslim rebel groups. This includes radical groups such as ISIS and al-Nusra. However, it also includes more moderate groups, such as the Free Syrian Army (or what's left of it).

Russia is on the side of Assad.

Where does the U.S. fit in? The U.S. is attempting to support moderate Muslims in their fight against both Assad and ISIS (who are also fighting each other).

At the last Republican presidential debate, presidential candidate Chris Christie said he would shoot down Russian planes in the Middle East if they didn't adhere to a no-fly zone.

Is he aware that Russia is fighting ISIS? Is this the best way to go about it? Is he aware that ISIS doesn't have an Air Force to speak of?

Governor Christie wrapped up his segment by calling President Obama a "feckless weakling."

Kyle Kulinski discusses it.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/12/christie_blasts_obama_as_feckless_weakling.html

https://reasonablyliberal.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/moderate-rebels-are-the-ones-people-havent-heard-of/

Who Has The Most Money In The Race For President?


Secular Talk

Below is some interesting information by opensecrets.org.  It shows how much money each candidate for president has raised so far.

The numbers reportedly come from Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Friday, October 16, 2015.

The top line represents outside money (PACs), and the bottom figure represents candidate committee money.

Jeb Bush (R) $103,222,384
$24,814,730
Hillary Clinton (D) $20,291,679
$77,471,604
Ted Cruz (R) $38,634,164
$26,567,298
Bernie Sanders (D) $25,044
$41,463,784
Ben Carson (R) $6,844,987
$31,409,509
Marco Rubio (R) $17,315,782
$15,515,638
Chris Christie (R) $14,359,145
$4,208,984
Rand Paul (R) $5,781,867
$9,442,031
Carly Fiorina (R) $3,492,728
$8,496,013
Lindsey Graham (R) $3,016,701
$4,762,211
Mike Huckabee (R) $4,492,421
$3,246,200
Donald Trump (R) $0
$5,828,922
Bobby Jindal (R) $3,730,537
$1,158,197
John Kasich (R) $0
$4,388,168
Martin O’Malley (D) $588,865
$3,289,726
Rick Santorum (R) $310,962
$1,054,336
George Pataki (R) $859,244
$409,309
Jim Gilmore (R) $193,094
$105,807
Jill Stein (3rd Party Candidate) $0
$176,272

 

(Updated to add link below)

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres16/

Rachel Maddow / Bernie Sanders Interview


MSNBC

Last month, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interviewed Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.

They discussed the large audiences he gets, grassroots volunteers, the opposition, VA hospitals, whether he can get Republican votes, and other issues.

Anti-Abortion Group: If ‘Black Lives Matter,’ What About the 16 Million Black Babies Killed in Abortions?

Do these types of comments go too far?

Wesley J. Smith writes in lifenews.com:

“…(I)f you really want to find the source of missing African-American voters, it is estimated that more than 16 million African-American babies weren’t born because of abortion.

“If you really want to find missing black voters, that’s where I think the finger should be pointed. Because of Roe v. Wade, and what some believe to be the targeting of African-Americans by the abortion industry, there are millions of black voters who never had a chance to cast a ballot.”

(Updated report)

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/15/if-black-lives-matter-what-about-the-16-million-black-babies-killed-in-abortions/

Did Tories ‘Play Dirty’ With Media Tricks?

Recently, BBC journalists and executives told a Labour Party adviser that the BBC was threatened by Conservative (Tory) Leaders about “what would happen” if they didn’t fall into line over the election coverage.

The BBC gets funding from the government and other sources, something like PBS in the United States.

In related news, the British newspaper The Independent wrote that media owner Rupert Murdoch berated journalists at his papers for not doing enough to “stop the (left-of-center) Labour Party from winning the election.”

Liam Byrne

Murdoch “warned them that the future of the company depended on stopping Labour from getting elected,” writes The Independent.

Murdoch’s news outlets – including Fox News in the U.S. – tend to lean right-wing or have a conservative outlook.

After Mr. Murdoch paid a visit to his company’s The Sun newspaper, they devoted a two-page spread to the election – with the left-hand page containing a 10-point “pledge” to voters written by David Cameron.

Britain’s The Mirror published an article by Lucy Powell that gives examples of the Tory assault on the British media.

“The first was when John Major gave a speech on ‘The chaos of Labour with SNP pulling the strings,'” writes Powell.

“This marked the fourth day in a row of the BBC leading with that story even though Ed had already ruled out a deal with the SNP,” she writes.

“I could understand the Tory press parroting the Central Office line but I couldn’t understand why the BBC was pushing the story so hard,” she went on.  Was the BBC pushing the story because of implied threats from the government?

The Mirror article claims that scaring voters about the SNP was clearly designed as a “squeeze” message for UKIP and Lib Dem voters to encourage them to vote for the conservative Tories because they didn’t want a Labour government.

The second moment came The Tories took out huge wraparound (front page and back page) adverts in the weekly free papers in each seat.

The attack ads featured a famous note from a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury that implied that a Labour government would run the country to ruin by not controlling the budget.

Ads put out on Facebook, including some allowing users to hand over their email addresses, are costing the Tory party a “whopping £100,000 a month,” according to The Guardian.  That would mean one in every £17 pounds the Tories spent on the last general election campaign goes towards drumming up support on Facebook.

The budget is “a long-term issue dating back to the crash, which the Tories succeeded very early in blaming on Labour’s economic policies, despite the fact they were signed up to them themselves,”  writes Powell in The Mirror.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lucy-powell-how-tried-reassure-5699489

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/09/liam-byrne-apology-letter-there-is-no-money-labour-general-election

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/06/tories-pumping-facebook-advertising-email-ukip

Party Leaders Resign In Britain

Russell Brand

Three political party leaders in Britain resigned after the British election on May 7th.

Ed Miliband resigned as the Leader of the (left-of-center) Labour Party after the worst Labour result since 1987.

After huge losses for the centrist Liberal Democratic party, the Leader of that party, Nick Clegg, resigned.

The Liberal Democrats were hit particularly hard, and the party has been reduced from 57 seats in Parliament in 2010 down to just eight now.

Nigel Farage, the leader of the smaller right-wing nationalist party UKIP (U.K. Independence Party) also reportedly will resign. The party only got one Member of Parliament into the House of Commons.  Farage has “wavered” on resigning and has not yet technically left his post.

Here, Russell Brand examines the resignation speeches of Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage (who has now un-resigned) after last week’s election result.

(Updated article)