It is less than comforting to know that one of the two major political parties in this country is willing to let the funding to secure our homeland go begging at the end of this month.
Their leader, John Boehner, told us so.
"BOEHNER: Chris, Chris, one more time -- the House has done its job under the Constitution. It's time for the Senate to do their job.
Listen, I've got a tough job here. So does Senator McConnell. But Senate Democrats are the ones standing in the way; they're the ones jeopardizing funding. Why don't they get on the bill and offer amendment, offer their ideas? Let's see what the Senate can do.
WALLACE: And what if the Department of Homeland Security funding runs out?
BOEHNER: Well, then, Senate Democrats should to be blame. Very simply.
WALLACE: And you're prepared to let that happen?
BOEHNER: Certainly. The House has acted. We've done our job."
No you haven't done your job. There. Is. Still. No. Money. For. DHS.
And yes, I blame the dems as well. You all need to lock yourselves in a room and don't come out until you have a deal on this very important issue.
It never ceased to amaze me how all these politicians can get on television and pontificate about how weak Obama is when it comes to fighting terror and how we need to double down on terrorist at home and abroad, and yet they won't come together to pass legislation to fund the very agency that is charged with protecting us.
Speaking of not coming together, tonight my racism chase takes me to Idaho; not for potatoes or blue football fields, but to see how our "post -racial' country is doing in a state that is not exactly known for its love for the Negro.
What we have learned is that it's very tough to prosecute someone for a hate crime in Idaho.
"Beau Hansen, 31, and Jonathan Henery, 29, are not guilty of hate crimes under a federal law passed in 2009, a jury announced Friday morning.
The two men were involved in a beating at the Torch 2 club early on the morning of Oct. 20, 2013. Prosecutors alleged that they attacked Derrick Lewis simply because he was black, screaming racial epithets. Hansen and Henery questioned the veracity of some of the witnesses and acknowledged being in the fight, but said race was not a factor.
If convicted, the defendants had each faced up to 10 years in prison. The all-white jury of seven women and five men began deliberations Thursday afternoon.
The two men responsible for a beating at the Torch 2 club targeted the victim simply because he was black, a prosecutor told a jury Thursday as he asked them to convict the men of a federal hate crime.
Beau Hansen, 31, and Jonathan Henery, 29, hit Derrick Lewis repeatedly in what Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Lucoff described as an unprovoked attack. Hansen and Henery are white, Lewis is black. All three are from Boise.
Eight people who were at the club in the early morning hours of Oct. 20, 2013, testified that they heard Hansen and Henery yell racial slurs at Lewis, Lucoff said.
"They called this man (a racial epithet) many times. There is no better evidence of why these men beat Derrick Lewis," Lucoff said.
Defense attorneys in their closing statements following seven days of testimony said there was no evidence Hansen or Henery were racists, and they denied their clients yelled any slurs. They each had black friends since childhood and served time with other blacks in prison without incident, attorneys Mark Ackley and Thomas Dominick said.
"When I think of a racist, I think that intolerance goes across the board," Ackley told jurors.
Dominick agreed: "Is racism something you just turn on and off? Use your common sense."
If convicted, the defendants face up to 10 years each in prison. The all-white jury of seven women and five men began deliberations Thursday afternoon. Jurors must reach a unanimous decision to acquit or convict."[Source] (h/t to Robin for this story)
An all white jury in Idaho convict a white man for a hate crime? That was never going to happen. I don't care what the facts were. Still, these two angels will get theirs one day. It's just a matter of time.
Finally, look at this video and tell me that if this was a black man talking to the police this way he would still be alive. Shout out to my twitter fam, Son of Baldwin, for the link.