Just last week, Opposing Views told you about the Detroit man who was brutally beaten by a mob after he accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy while driving through a busy intersection. The man, Steve Utash, is currently in critical condition from the beating, but reports now say that in just days, his family has managed to raise more than $111,000 to help him recover.
According to reports, Utash was driving through a busy Detroit intersection when he accidentally struck 10-year-old David Harris with his pickup truck. Utash immediately got out of the car and ran to help Harris, who suffered a broken leg, but an angry crowd of nearly 100 people formed around the scene of the accident, and the group began to viciously attack the 54-year-old.
“This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated," read a joint statement from Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones. “We are asking all Metro Detroiters to demonstrate our true character by exercising calm and patience during this emotionally charged time. Most important, we must all keep Mr. Utash, David Harris and their families in our prayers. We also are calling on members of our community who know the individuals involved in this brutal attack to step forward so that justice can be served and healing can begin."
As of Saturday, two teenagers were arrested for the beating, and police are currently searching for more people involved in the incident. Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse who happened to be there at the scene of the accident when it occurred, sprung into action and stopped the group from killing Utash.
"I got over there and I told them don't nobody hit him anymore," said Hughes. "I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to. Somebody had to stand up. It was maybe 100 people out here. Were you the only one who said stop? I was the only one. I said don't kick him anymore, don't hit him anymore, get back. I got on the ground with him and I started tending to his wounds, and I told them do not hurt him again.”
Thankfully, Utash is alive, but his family says he is still in critical condition. They set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to pay his medical bills, and as of Monday morning, the campaign had raised over $111,000.
Wyoming Republican Senate candidate Liz Cheney released an ad Monday detailing her family’s roots in the state, after she was criticized for moving to the state simply to run for the empty seat.
The ad, titled “Daughters”, features Cheney and her three daughters discussing their family history. It mentions that the Cheney ancestors first moved to Wyoming in 1852 and that former Vice President Dick Cheney served as a representative for the state.
“We’re proud of our family’s deep roots in Wyoming,” one daughter said.
Some speculate that the ad was also an attempt to remove attention from her increasingly public and national feud with her sister, who is openly lesbian and married to her partner. The two are apparently no longer on speaking terms because Liz Cheney staunchly opposes marriage equality.
Dick Cheney reported that he was pained by the fractured relationship between his daughters, and added that Liz Cheney has always believed in the traditional definition of marriage.
“This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years,” the former vice president said.
He added that Liz Cheney’s many kindnesses shouldn’t be used to distort her position.
In response to a claim that President Barack Obama and his closest advisers considered switching Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said the possibility was never seriously considered.
While Carney admitted that the idea had been tested, he insisted that all issues in a campaign are considered.
“I know for a fact that President Obama never considered this,” Carney said.
Bill Daley, Obama’s former chief of staff, said the chance wasn’t necessary. He added that no one thought it would be a good idea or that it needed to be done.
Daley was pinpointed as the man behind the decision in “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” an already controversial and somewhat gossipy book reviewed by the New York Times. The book claimed that extensive group sessions and polling were conducted in 2011 to gauge the advantages of Clinton over Biden.
Daley denied the claim Friday on CBS, insisting that a serious discussion of replacement was never considered for a moment.
White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe took denying the accusations to an extreme, tweeting that there had never even been a consideration of switching Biden with Clinton.
The move was “not ever entertained by the only person who mattered,” he tweeted. “Back to Halloween.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s allegation that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in a decade came from Jon Hunstman Sr., a new book on the 2012 presidential campaign claims.
“Double Down: Game Change 2012” is a behind-the-scenes account of the election by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. In a section of the book, long time Romney backer Huntsman is attributed as Reid’s source.
Huntsman is the father of one of Romney’s rivals, former Utah governer Jon Huntsman Jr. He was suspected by some to be Reid’s source, though he denied being the source when questioned by the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent.
In a July 2012 interview, Reid claimed a Bain Capital investor had tipped him off to the governor’s negligent tax paying. He stood by the claim throughout the entire campaign.
Both Reid and Huntsman pressed Romney to release his tax information to the public.
“I feel very badly that Mitt won’t release his taxes and won’t be fair with the American people,” Huntsman said.
The book also includes how the Obama campaign secretly considered replacing Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket. According to some White House staffers, Joe Biden was too consumed with his own political future.
A new campaign launched in New York City aims to boost the self-esteem of young girls and help avoid unhealthy body image problems.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is helping to spearhead the campaign, called NYC Girls Project, in an effort to let girls as young as 6 or 7 know that they don’t have to look like what they see in the magazines or on television to be considered beautiful.
The $330,000 initiative mostly consists of bus and subway ads featuring young girls of all shapes and sizes saying great things about themselves, with the unifying message that reads, “I’m beautiful the way I am.”
One ad features 12-year-old DeVoray Wigfall of the Bronx with the quote, “I’m a girl. I’m funny, playful, daring, strong, curious, smart, brave, healthy, friendly and caring.”
In addition to the ads around the city, the campaign will also consist of physical fitness classes for girls, a program addressing self-esteem issues for girls at 75 afterschool programs, and an active Twitter account.
Samantha Levine, a 38-year-old aide to Mayor Bloomberg, first thought of the idea. She is currently the deputy press secretary for the mayor, as well as a project director, and says she was moved to take action after hearing stories of young girls getting plastic surgery to alter their appearance.
“I think being a woman in this society,” said Levine, “it’s sort of impossible to not be aware of the pressures there are around appearance, around weight, around trying to always look a certain way.”
The campaign sets out to be the opposite of what many other campaigns are doing to try and end obesity. Instead of “fat shaming,” they say, they are trying to encourage healthy lifestyle choices while make sure girls know that they don’t have to be stick thin in order to be beautiful.
According to an Obama adviser present during the 2008 election campaign, Obamacare only happened because they “needed something to say.”
Politico is reporting that at the time that then Presidential candidate Barack Obama promised he would enact Universal Health Care by the end of his first term, there was no actual plan in place of what it would all entail. Apparently, President Obama was pressured to make a big statement while at the Families USA Conference back in 2007 in order to compete with then frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
“We needed something to say,” said the campaign adviser to Politico. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given to that thought other than it sounded good. So they just kind of hatched it on their own. It just happened. It wasn’t like a deep strategic conversation.”
Jon Favreau, who was an aide in the campaign at that time, along with Robert Gibbes, pushed the idea on Obama before the speech at the Families USA Conference. They reportedly said he needed to say something “bold and ambitious about health care,” and this was the thing to say.
“He had previously talked about how every year and every election we keep talking about health care and nothing ever happens,” said Favreau. “So we came up with that promise, really one of the first.”
The promise of Universal Health Care by Obama may have been what won him the Presidency, but there has been a lot of backlash against what most call Obamacare. Senator Lindsay Graham recently said that the Affordable Care Act “sucks” and that it is “beginning to collapse economically.”
With a major landmark for Obamacare only a week away, and with a looming government shutdown should Congress vote to defund the health care legislation, questions still remain as to what exactly will change once the ACA starts up on October 1st.
11D.C. Businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson Accused of Secretly Funding Efforts to Elect Hillary Clinton in 2008 Campaign
Former Washington D.C. city contractor Jeffrey E. Thompson, who is currently being investigated for possible corruption, reportedly spent more than half a million dollars in secret aid to Hilary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
According to reports, Thompson independently financed efforts to reach voters in four states, including Texas. Thompson reportedly paid Troy White, a New York-based marketing executive, over $600,000 to “distribute posters, stickers and yard signs beginning in February 2008 to help raise Clinton’s profile during her primary battle with then-Sen. Barack Obama.”
The revelation came about when White plead guilty to tax charges earlier this week and court documents revealed the information regarding Thompson’s secret funding to support the Clinton campaign.
Officials who worked for Clinton during her presidential campaign maintain that they had no knowledge of what went on with White. Reports show that they were at one point approached by White, who pitched his ability to organize voters in urban areas, but they ultimately turned him down.
A statement from Lyn Utrecht, a lawyer for Clinton’s campaign, claims that the former First Lady and presidential candidate was not involved in any of this, and that the campaign officials have aided in efforts to uncover what went on between White and Thompson five years ago
“Hillary Clinton for President has cooperated fully in the matter involving Troy White,” said Utrecht. “As the court document filed in this matter clearly states, the Committee turned down Mr. White’s services. The Committee will not have any further comment in an ongoing investigation.”
The allegations against Thompson regarding the Clinton campaign go along with other allegations that he independently financed a secret campaign for then-candidate, now-D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Mayor Gray has denied any wrongdoing on his part, and Thompson has yet to be charged for either incident. White was allegedly involved in both cases with Thompson.
Four creative members from the group Goodby, Silverstein, & Partners teamed up to create a tongue-in-cheek "Bribe the Senate" gun control campaign that would encourage on-the-fence politicians to vote in favor on gun control bills. Their plan was simple: use crowdfunding to raise donation money that they could use to bribe politicians.
The problem? The whole idea is illegal. Not a little bit illegal, either – going through with their plan would likely earn jail time for everybody involved.
"Honestly, we started this whole thing with the intent to fundraise for the bribes," said Simon Bruyn, one of four founders. "But the lawyers were very adamant that this was go-to-jail illegal. Not just for us, but for anybody who donated. So we had to change our approach late in the game."
Emil Tiismann, another founder, blasted the current political system.
"We get it. Bribes are bad," Tiismann said. "You can't pay a politician to change their vote. Next time we will form a proper political lobbying organization so that we can collect unlimited cash in order to have a meaningful political conversation with our elected officials where we strongly express our opinions. Please don't send us to jail for this. We'd hate to have to share a cell with a mentally ill killer who bought his murder weapon at a gun show without a background check."
It is a rather ironic turn of events for these gun control supporters. On the one hand, bribing senators in order to get them to vote a certain way is clearly illegal. On the other hand, that is pretty much what lobbyists do all of the time anyway. So, why can’t the one group that is actually being honest about what is going on get away with it?
What are your thoughts? Do you think that this legal snag highlights the hypocrisy of the current political system and the corruption of U.S. politicians? Do you think that these creatives have overstepped their bounds by attempting to break the law?
Stephen Nodine, the former County Commissioner from Mobile, Al., is a convicted felon. He is also considering running for Alabama’s first congressional district.
Nodine has been on trial for three years for the murder of his mistress. The married commissioner had been having an affair with Angel Downs for six years when in 2010 he was indicted for her murder. Though the jury never reached a final verdict on whether Downs had been murdered or committed suicide, Nodine accepted a plea bargain for the lesser charges of felony perjury and a gun offense.
The 50-year-old Republican public servant spends his nights in prison and his days on work release, pleading his innocence over social media.
Earlier today, Nodine announced in an email his intent to fill Alabama’s first congressional district seat in the House of Representatives, now vacant following Rep. Jo Bonner’s resignation. “I know some will be skeptical of my interest in this congressional race after wrongfully being accused of crimes, drug abuse and personal mistakes,” the email states. “All I ask is for a second chance to serve the citizens of South Alabama.”
Unfortunately, cases like those of Stephen Nodine are far from rare. The former Mayor of Washington D.C., Marion Berry, was videotaped smoking crack with a prostitute and sentenced to two years in federal prison. While in prison, he ran for city council, won in a landslide, and was reelected as mayor just two years later. His campaign slogan went, “He may not be perfect, but he’s perfect for D.C.” What this says about politics in D.C. is one thing, but it is up to voters of Alabama to decide if the same may be said of Stephen Nodine.
Sources: Daily Caller
Father’s Day is normally a time for celebration and family bonding, but for some fathers it’s a time of sadness and regret. The recent No Father’s Day campaign focused on grieving fathers who have lost their children due to gun violence.
Initiated by the PICO National Network's Lifelines to Healing Campaign, the movement urges people who have lost sons and daughters to gun violence to contact their representatives and tell them that, because of guns, they don’t get to have a happy Father’s Day.
Activists send cards aimed at stirring up strong emotions. One shows a father reading a book alone on a little boy’s bed. Another shows a bride walking down an aisle with her arm extended, but with her father conspicuously absent.
The cards read, "Don't let another family miss out on the joy of celebrating Father's Day because gun violence has taken a loved one away from them."
Neil Heslin, who lost his son during the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, participated in the campaign. This was the first year that Heslin was unable to continue his long-standing tradition of taking his son to a car show on Father’s Day.
"I'm certain another bill may come up on the universal background checks," Heslin said. "What happened in December in Sandy Hook clearly touched everybody."
Rev. Michael McBride, the director of Lifelines to Healing, argued that the cards will have a powerful emotional impact on legislators. "These cards tell the story very powerfully that there are many fathers who will not be able to celebrate Father's Day because their children have been taken by gun violence.”
This emotionally charged campaign highlights one of the reasons why the gun control debate will never go away. Despite all of the pro-gun supporters rallying in defense of gun rights, there will always be grief-stricken fathers, mothers, and orphans asking politicians to fight against the guns that took their family members.
Source: USA Today