About 1,000 expected to be in attendance
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A pair of protests Friday night will put a voice to concerns over law enforcement issues in North Texas. However, with about 1,000 people expected to be in attendance, the demonstrations bring up questions about safety.
Mothers Against Police Brutality said that this will be a peaceful protest. And they plan on having their own security on hand to make sure that it stays that way.
In the past, outside groups have shown up to their protests and taken them onto North Texas freeways. Hopefully, that will not happen on Friday night.
The protest in Dallas is a call for justice, similar to those seen in New York, Baltimore and other cities across the nation.
Freddie Gray suffered a severed spinal cord and died in police custody in Baltimore last week. The organizers of Friday night’s rally said that there are cases here in Dallas involving police killings that need the same kind of attention. Their rally begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Frank Crowley Courts Building.
Meanwhile, at the same time, protesters will meet at Dallas City Hall for a second rally. They are against legislation that would let police officers question people about their immigration status during traffic stops. They are also begging Gov. Greg Abbott to drop his lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, which would shield millions of people living in the United States illegally from deportation.
When the separate rallies are over, they will meet up at the Belo Gardens for one combined show of support. While the thread of law enforcement unites them, organizers from the two groups said that the overall message is about dignity.
McConnell’s Perfidy: Israel Under the Bus
BY JEFFREY LORD
The degree of outright treachery on behalf of the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate — this time throwing Israel under the bus to please President Obama’s desire not to offend Iran — raises the obvious question.
What was the point of electing a GOP Senate? Can someone please remind?
Coming on the heels of the realization that the Senate Republicans were terrified to even oppose the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general – with McConnell himself, along with nine other Republicans – actually supporting her nomination? Which in turn followed the refusal of Senate Republicans to defund the Obama executive order on amnesty? And the earlier, 2013, refusal to stop funding Obamacare?
Again: What was the point of electing a GOP Senate?
This latest sell-out revolves around an attempt by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) to do exactly what they promised to do: amend the bill co-sponsored by Republican Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) and Democrat Ben Cardin (R-MD) that would allow Senate review of a nuclear deal with Iran. Senator Rubio, who had earlier promised and then backed away from a plan to introduce an amendment to the bill in committee that demanded Iran recognize Israel has now joined with Cotton to have the Israel amendment voted on the Senate floor.
To upset Iran with even a non-binding amendment that supports the idea of an Iranian recognition of Israel is something Obama, and McConnell, refuse to do.
The response from Senator McConnell? He will move to cut off debate — thus short –circuiting the amendment procedure. Why? While the Rubio/Cotton move would be merely symbolic because of the procedure they are using to offer it — in fact President Obama wants nothing attached to this bill that would even come close to ruffling the feathers of the Iranian mullahs. Iran hates Israel and in fact wants it wiped off the face of the earth. To upset Iran with even a non-binding amendment that supports the idea of an Iranian recognition of Israel is something Obama, and McConnell, refuse to do.
In other words? The spirit of Neville Chamberlain lives. And the Senate Republican Leadership is cheering it on.
Without getting too far in the weeds, let’s recount where we are.
As headlined here in Politico:
Iran bill in jeopardy after Cotton, Rubio try to force votes
The story began this way:
After being blocked by Democrats for several days, Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rubio (R-Fla.) used a parliamentary procedure to try to compel votes on amendments that would make Iran relinquish its nuclear facilities before getting economic sanctions relief and require that Iran recognize Israel’s statehood as a condition of any nuclear deal. The move blindsided Democrats who had been working with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to pass the bipartisan bill. Afterwards, Corker offered a grim assessment of the state of play. “We have been working very constructively with the other side of the aisle to bring up both very controversial amendments and amendments that will make the bill much stronger,” Corker told reporters. “With the actions that just occurred on the floor that may have changed the dynamic significantly.”
“Changed the dynamic significantly? Finally. Republican senators doing exactly what they were elected to do.
And how is this described? You have to love this. As mentioned, the co-sponsor of this betrayal of Israel is the Democrats’ Maryland Senator Ben Cardin. When Cardin realized that Rubio and Cotton had a serious chance of throwing a monkey wrench into the passage of the Iran bill with their amendment demanding Iranian recognition of Israel? As reported by CNN “Cardin’s voice rose with emotion as he pointed his finger” at Cotton and Rubio, accusing them of introducing “poison pill” amendments that would derail the bill’s approval. In reality, as Cotton himself explained with perfect reasonableness:
I would say these are not poison pills. These are vitamin pills….We have been consistently blocked from bringing up these amendments for a vote. It’s fine if you want to vote no. But we need to vote. We need to vote now.
So what do we have here?
What we have is conservative frustration with the GOP Senate starting to boil over. Before the little kerfuffle cited above there was the introduction of this amendment, described at PJ Media as follows:
To require a certification that Iran has not directly supported or carried out an act of terrorism against the United States or a United States person anywhere in the world
Simple enough, yes? Iran, as we write, is involved in supporting terrorism everywhere from Palestine to Iraq to Yemen and more. So now that the GOP has control of the Senate, how hard is it to get that amendment to the Iran deal passed? Actually it turned out to be impossible. Why?
No one answered this better than Mark Levin. Mark took to the airwaves to say this:
We have eight Republicans who voted ‘no’ on this amendment. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Just got reelected. Had gone back to Tennessee promising Tea Party groups he’s a real conservative… He’s a lying, no good for nothing. Dan Coats of Indiana who has announced he’s not running for reelection. So this man feels he’s as free to be as irresponsible as he chooses. The preposterous, pathetic egomaniac Corker, of Tennessee… The absolutely absurd Jeff Flake of Arizona. Lindsey Graham, who has the nerve to attack Rand Paul – he has the nerve to attack Rand Paul on foreign policy, when Lindsey Graham is helping to lead the way against this amendment! Orrin Hatch, an absolute unmitigated fraud. John McCain, who is up for reelection Arizona! – but you have an open primary system and he’s relying on non-conservatives and non-Republicans to get him the nomination the way Lindsey Graham did in South Carolina. And Senator Perdue from Georgia; I don’t get it, hopefully he’ll put out a statement and explain himself.
And there was more. The other day we mentioned in this space that Senator Rubio had decided to propose that aforementioned amendment to the Iran deal that would be offered as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee shaped the Corker-Cardin bill. That amendment would demand that Iran recognize the State of Israel. Of a sudden, Rubio disturbingly backtracked. The amendment vanished, Corker’s bill emerging from the Committee without not only the Rubio amendment attached but with the amendment never even offered. When word got out that Rubio was back, wanting to offer his Israel amendment on the floor of the Senate? Maryland Democrat Cardin, reported Mark Levin, sidled up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and told him that he, Cardin, would not allow a vote on Rubio’s amendment. What to do? Why, but of course, McConnell gave in. There would be no Rubio amendment. No showdown on the GOP-controlled Senate floor demanding Iran recognize Israel’s right to exist. Just silence.
Or so McConnell must have thought. Perhaps stung over his treatment in the committee process, Rubio came back again for another try. Along with Tom Cotton and what Politico describes as “the guidance of top conservative policy aides” the two used a procedural move to make a serious attempt to get this amendment voted on by the full Senate. Thus putting the Senate on record as to its support of Israel – or not – in this “deal” with Iran. Iran – a country that to this minute has pledged to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
President Obama wants none of this demand. So the word has gone forth to kill any ability to amend the Corker-Cardin bill. And Senator McConnell and the Senate GOP Leadership are bowing the Senate GOP knee.
The meaning was clear: nothing could be accomplished until the GOP controls the Senate, and beyond that the presidency.
If it has been said once, it has been said dozens of times by GOP officials, consultants and others. “We (only) control one-half of one-third of the federal government,” complained a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner way back there in 2011 when conservatives were demanding the Speaker use the power of the purse to get things done — or in the case of ObamaCare, undone. The meaning was clear: nothing could be accomplished until the GOP controls the Senate, and beyond that the presidency. So — partial wish granted. As of election night in 2014, the first problem was solved. Republicans now have the Senate. And what happens? What happens is the kind of performance discussed above.
Make no mistake. Whether the issue is Ted Cruz’s attempt to defund ObamaCare in 2013, or the recent fight over defunding the Obama amnesty executive order or defeating Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general or now the Cotton and Rubio “vitamin pill” amendments to the Corker Iran bill, they all have the same source: conservative principle. Taking a stand on conservative principle and staying with it – win or lose.
Suffice to say, in a GOP Senate run by Mitch McConnell — he who just finished voting for Lynch’s nomination — there is only one thing for certain. Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio will now be pressured to, as the Old Bulls of yester-year used to say of the Congress, “go along to get along.” That philosophy is exactly what the conservative base of the GOP believes has gotten the country, not to mention the GOP itself, is so much trouble.
So as this is written? The U.S. Senate — the Republican-controlled US Senate – is about to throw Israel under the bus to appease Senate Democrats, President Obama – and ultimately the mullahs of Iran.
And you wonder why the conservative base is so furious with the GOP Establishment? Again, the obvious question:
Why bother electing — or in the case of the 2016 elections, re-electing — a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate?
BY MICHAEL MINKOFF
What is it with liberal hypocrisy? Are they immune from seeing it, or what? I mean, sure, conservatives regularly live lives contrary to their stated ideals, but they at least have the modicum of shame necessary to try to hide their duplicity. Liberals? It’s like they don’t even see it. Another case in point: George Soros is one of the most outspoken lobbyists for higher taxes for the rich. Yet Soros apparently amassed his prodigious fortune by deferring taxes. What?
While building a record as one of the world’s greatest investors, the 84-year-old billionaire used a loophole that allowed him to defer taxes on fees paid by clients and reinvest them in his fund, where they continued to grow tax-free. At the end of 2013, Soros—through Soros Fund Management—had amassed $13.3 billion through the use of deferrals, according to Irish regulatory filings by Soros.
Congress closed the loophole in 2008 and ordered hedge fund managers who used it to pay the accumulated taxes by 2017. A New York-based money manager such as Soros would be subject to a federal rate of 39.6 percent, combined state and city levies totaling 12 percent, and an additional 3.8 percent tax on investment income to pay for Obamacare, according to Andrew Needham, a tax partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Applying those rates to Soros’s deferred income would create a tax bill of $6.7 billion. . . .
And it’s not just that Soros deferred taxes to amass his fortune. That would be bad enough given his purported beliefs on taxing the rich. What’s worse is that he then attempted to dodge the 2008 closing of the deferral loophole by transferring his billions to Ireland. That’s just pathetic.
But it’s just par for the course with these people. Higher taxes for the rich (as long as you leave me alone)! More charity for the poor (as long as you take it from someone else)! More government spending (as long as it’s someone else’s money)! And the whole time, no one stops for a moment to think, “You know, maybe I should live the way I want others to live.”
BY SCOTT HOUNSELL
As if we needed to justify the violence in Baltimore, a Salon writer is suggesting that the violence and destruction are A-OKAY!
So let me get this straight. Racism, bad. Double Standards, Bad. Suggesting that a people of a certain ethnic background are justified in their rioting simply because of race, good?
About one in five people sock away enough to cover less than three months of expenses
Sterling Raskie, AdviceIQ 7:32 a.m. EDT May 2, 2015
Any good financial planner will generally tell you to set aside at least three to six months’ living expenses for a rainy day. If you ever need this money, you’ll need it fast, but isn’t there somewhere better to keep it than your mattress? Here are a couple of options.
An emergency fund helps you pay bills such as your mortgage, utilities and groceries in the event you lose your job or become disabled, or to pay for an unexpected car or home repair, to name a few examples. You may need more than six months’ expenses if you lose a hard-to-find job or your household relies on one income.
If you put off this financial necessity, you’re not alone. More than one in four Americans save no money for emergencies, according to a recent Bankrate survey. About one in five people sock away enough to cover less than three months of expenses.
Yet more than a third (34%) of respondents reported a recent unexpected event such as a medical problem or a home-related expense that stung financially, according to Pew Research national survey.
The ideal size of your fund depends on such factors as the number of incomes in your household, your earnings from such other sources as pensions or investments, your access to a home equity line of credit and your overall cost of living. Many people also underestimate expenses or only consider fixed expenses such as a mortgage or car payments. Examine your whole budget.
With the disappearance of savings accounts paying much more than miserly interest (if any at all), one big question becomes where to invest your emergency fund. Your fund needs to be liquid; you need easy access to the money without having to wait days, weeks or months.
One suggestion: Put your emergency fund in a checking or savings account. Many banks and credit unions still offer these accounts. Though the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) insures you up to $250,000, don’t expect to earn big interest; a general savings or checking account pays about 0.10% to 0.25% yearly.
Your other major choice is a money market account from a bank, discount brokerage house or other financial institution. These accounts are liquid and stable – usually invested in bonds and other low-yielding paper. As seems a trend among such assets these days, money markets also pay little interest, usually around 1% or less.
The point is not high rates of return, which generally means more exposure to risk. Don’t risk your emergency fund at all.
For example, putting your disaster money in an aggressive stock mutual fund (which I don’t recommend) may get you better returns. Your safety net for a dire situation can also shrivel – even vanish – in a market crash or correction. You can be left with a fraction of the money you originally used to fund the account.
That’s bad news indeed in a financial emergency.