POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Judge Orders Neo-Nazi’s Face Tattoos Covered for a ‘Fair Trial'” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

A Nevada man with a swastika and the phrases “Baby Nazi” and “most wanted” tattooed across his neck and forehead, respectively, won’t have to face a jury of his peers with those symbols visible after a judge ordered they be covered in an effort to give him a fair trial, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Monday.

POLITICAL RESISTANCE: “The 1 Percent’s Useful Idiots” / Chris Hedges 07.26.2016 ☮

Chris HedgesPHILADELPHIA—The parade of useful idiots, the bankrupt liberal class that long ago sold its soul to corporate power, is now led by Sen. Bernie Sanders. His final capitulation, symbolized by his pathetic motion to suspend the roll call, giving Hillary Clinton the Democratic nomination by acclamation, is an abject betrayal of millions of his supporters and his call for a political revolution.

No doubt the Democrats will continue to let Sanders be a member of the Democratic Caucus. No doubt the Democrats will continue to agree not to run a serious candidate against him in Vermont. No doubt Sanders will be given an ample platform and media opportunities to shill for Clinton and the corporate machine. No doubt he will remain a member of the political establishment.

Sanders squandered his most important historical moment. He had a chance, one chance, to take the energy, anger and momentum, walk out the doors of the Wells Fargo Center and into the streets to help build a third-party movement. His call to his delegates to face “reality” and support Clinton was an insulting repudiation of the reality his supporters, mostly young men and young women, had overcome by lifting him from an obscure candidate polling at 12 percent into a serious contender for the nomination. Sanders not only sold out his base, he mocked it. This was a spiritual wound, not a political one. For this he must ask forgiveness.

Whatever resistance happens will happen without him. Whatever political revolution happens will happen without him. Whatever hope we have for a sustainable future will happen without him. Sanders, who once lifted up the yearnings of millions, has become an impediment to change. He took his 30 pieces of silver and joined with a bankrupt liberal establishment on behalf of a candidate who is a tool of Wall Street, a proponent of endless war and an enemy of the working class.

Sanders, like all of the self-identified liberals who are whoring themselves out for the Democrats, will use fear as the primary reason to remain enslaved by the neoliberal assault. And, in return, the corporate state will allow him and the other useful idiots among the 1 percent to have their careers and construct pathetic monuments to themselves.

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POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Bernie Sanders on the Green Party and Jill Stein” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday warned his supporters against flocking to the Green Party in protest of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has repeatedly called on Sanders supporters to join her movement in the hopes of framing herself, not Clinton, as the leader who will carry the Sanders “revolution” to the finish line.

POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXECUTIONS: “Is Blue Lives Matter a Hate Group?” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Max Blumenthal, Grayzone Project-Alternet/The 51 Day War joins Thom. When Black Lives Matter protests first made their appearance on the national scene – the line from conservatives was “No, black lives don’t matter – ALL lives matter.” Right-wingers have kept up this kind of thinking for most of the past year – but lately they’ve come out with a new slogan to demonize anti-police violence protesters. You might have heard Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke say it at the Republican National Convention. Here’s the thing – though – Blue Lives Matter is more than just a slogan. It’s a hate movement.

POLICE BRUTALITY AND EXECUTIONS: “ROF Exclusive: Abby Martin Discusses Her Arrest at the DNC” / The Ring of Fire / Farron Cousins ☮

The official line from the police is that “no one has been arrested” at the Democratic National Convention, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Protestors and journalists are being rounded up, handcuffed, booked, and cited all over the city of Philadelphia, and Empire Files host Abby Martin was one of the victims.  We were lucky enough to speak with her about her experience.