July 28, 2013 at 9:06 am #93694
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, speaks at the National Urban League.
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Sybrina Fulton Delivers a Powerful Message To GOP Racists Like Fox’s Bill O’ReillyJuly 28, 2013 at 9:08 am #93695
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 28, 2013 at 9:12 am #93696
Italy’s first black minister has a banana thrown at her during party rally speech
Italy’s first black minister has condemned a spectator who threw bananas towards her while she was making a speech at a party rally.
Integration minister Cecile Kyenge, who was born in Democratic Republic of Congo, has angered far-right groups with her campaign to make it easier for immigrants to gain Italian citizenship.
She has been a target of racist slurs since her appointment in April.
Insulted: Cecile Kyenge, 48, who was born in Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to Italy when she was 18, said Dolores Valandro’s words were an ‘insult to all Italians’
Integration minister Cecile Kyenge has angered far-right groups with her campaign to make it easier for immigrants to gain Italian citizenship
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2380033/Banana-thrown-Italys-black-minister-banana-thrown-party-rally-speech.html#ixzz2aLTVQXa3
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Marchers in Sanford demanding Angela Corey’s resignation after George Zimmerman verdict
After a six-day march from Jacksonville, roughly 50 protesters spent Saturday in Sanford, calling attention to what they say is an unjust verdict in the George Zimmerman trial and a racially based criminal-justice system.
The diverse group of protesters came from across the South, upset with the July 13 not-guilty verdict in Zimmerman’s trial and about the outcome of a different case in North Florida — a black woman in Jacksonville who was sent to prison for a shooting that injured no one.
State Attorney Angela Corey’s Jacksonville-based office handled both cases.July 28, 2013 at 9:15 am #93698
Tweetnado: MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor Calls Don Lemon A ‘Turn Coat Mofo’
by Tommy Christopher | 8:57 pm, July 27th, 2013
CNN anchor Don Lemon is getting a flurry of reactions on Twitter for his remarks in support ofFox News host Bill O’Reilly‘s repetitive demonization of black people, but perhaps none more tersely devastating than that of MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor, who is more through with Lemon than a Country Time taster with a citrus allergy. While Lemon has retweeted some positive reactions, and a very negative reaction from a CNN guest, there’s little sympathy to be found in a Twitter search for Don Lemon right now.
Here’s what MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor had to say:
“Just saw Fruitvale Station. Heard Lemon remarks. There is nothing I can say. Yet.
I just have to wonder. Exactly which America does he live in?
But if I had a dollar for every turn coat mofo who made it up and out, then cut the rope ladder behind him…
…they get to thinking that good money, good suits and good manners will make them see you differently…I’ll tell you what though. If you step to the plate, your behind better be ready to take a pitch…”July 28, 2013 at 9:16 am #93699
from POTUS’ interview with the NYTimes:
“And if Congress thinks that what I’ve done is inappropriate or wrong in some fashion, they’re free to make that case. But there’s not an action that I take that you don’t have some folks in Congress who say that I’m usurping my authority. Some of those folks think I usurp my authority by having the gall to win the presidency. And I don’t think that’s a secret. But ultimately, I’m not concerned about their opinions — very few of them, by the way, are lawyers, much less constitutional lawyers.”
I do believe that The President has confirmed……
HE IS OUT OF FUCKS TO GIVE.July 28, 2013 at 9:18 am #93700
Black Canseco @BlackCanseco7m
Can we Stop falsely pathologizing Black Poverty as proof Black Culture is bad while blaming White Poverty on Obama & Wall Street?July 28, 2013 at 9:19 am #93701
Star Jones Gives Her Take on Zimmerman VerdictJuly 28, 2013 at 9:22 am #93702
Woman wins $18.6 million for two-year battle over credit report
Associated Press (CM)
PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal jury in Oregon has awarded $18.6 million to a woman who spent two years unsuccessfully trying to get Equifax Information Services to fix major mistakes on her credit report.
Julie Miller of Marion County was awarded $18.4 million in punitive damages and $180,000 in compensatory damages, though Friday’s award against one of the nation’s major credit bureaus is likely to be appealed, The Oregonian reported.July 28, 2013 at 9:22 am #93703
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S NYTIMES INTERVIEW
“Racial tensions won’t get better; they may get worse, because people will feel as if they’ve got to compete with some other group to get scraps from a shrinking pot,” Mr. Obama said. “If the economy is growing, everybody feels invested. Everybody feels as if we’re rolling in the same direction.”
As we all know, poor white folks have always been duped and told it was “others” that were keeping them from arriving. Every bit of history in this country points to the utter stupidity and ignorance by poor white folks who would do every bit of bidding for wealthy robber barons in the hopes that maybe some day they too could be rich enough to never get their hands dirty. They will relish in their exploitation as long as they can believe they are better than darkies.July 28, 2013 at 9:24 am #93704
Mikki Kendall @Karnythia19m
Surveillance Video Catches Police Informant Planting Crack On Black Business Owner http://tmblr.co/ZyzNGyqloNWU
Scotia business owner cleared of drug charges by surveillance video, informant missing
By Anya Tucker – email
SCOTIA, N.Y. — Supporters of a head-shop owner vindicated on drug charges are now demanding a second look at old cases involving a bad informant.
Donald Andrews, Jr.’s attorney, Kevin Luisbrand, showed the in-store surveillance video taken from the Dapp City Smoke Shop in Scotia last March that shows the informant planting drugs.
Luisbrand said it proves that an unnamed police informant set up Andrews by planting crack cocaine in his Scotia shop.
It was only after Andrews requested the Grand Jury watch the surveillance video that investigators realized they had a bad informant. The video shows the informant event takes a cell phone picture of the drugs, which was used as “proof” of a drug by detectives who were waiting outside.
The felony charges we’re dropped, but Andrews supporters are now demanding that seven old cases involving the same informant get a second look.July 28, 2013 at 9:31 am #93705
Why Republicans Really Love Budget Deficits
By BRUCE BARTLETT, The Fiscal Times
May 10, 2013
Contrary to popular belief, Republicans don’t hate budget deficits. On the contrary, they love them. When they occur on the Democrats’ watch, they provide Republicans with endless talking points on how they are bankrupting the country and will inevitably lead to high inflation and interest rates. This is good for Republicans, politically, because rich people, the elderly and other core elements of the Republican coalition get scared and give lots of money to Republican candidates.
In office, of course, Republicans care nothing about the deficit. They cut taxes willy-nilly, sharply raise defense spending and start wars if necessary to justify it, create huge numbers of pork barrel projects, and enact massive new entitlement programs such as Medicare Part D, all while asserting that they are the party of fiscal responsibility.
When a Democratic administration such as that of Bill Clinton comes along that actually is fiscally responsible, Republicans change the subject and talk about something else. As at least some of us remember, Clinton inherited a budget deficit of 4.7 percent of the gross domestic product from the George H.W. Bush administration in 1992. By the year 2000, Clinton had turned that deficit into a budget surplus of 2.4 percent of GDP.
I don’t recall a single Republican ever congratulating Clinton for his amazing fiscal achievement. All I remember are the pathetic attempts by Republicans to take credit for something they had absolutely nothing to do with. Every single Republican in Congress voted against the 1993 budget deal, which raised taxes, imposed severe caps on spending, and laid the foundation of the surpluses.
During the 2000 campaign, Republican George W. Bush ran against the budget surplus. He said it was dangerous because Congress might spend it. As Bush’s principal budget adviser, Hoover Institution economist John Cogan, put it during the campaign, “Anyone familiar with history has to be dubious about Congress’s ability to keep its mitts off the surplus and put it to debt reduction.”
This was a ludicrous argument because Bush could have simply vetoed any effort to spend the surplus. The argument became even more ludicrous when Bush brought in Republican control of the House and Senate with his election. The only way the surplus could be spent is if Republicans allowed it.
After talking office, Bush shifted the argument away from the danger of the surplus being spent to the idea that it represented unnecessary taxation. As he told a joint session of Congress on February 27, 2001, “You see, the growing surplus exists because taxes are too high and government is charging more than it needs. The people of America have been overcharged, and on their behalf, I am here asking for a refund.”
As we know, Republicans quickly enacted a large tax cut, including a gimmicky tax rebate that even Bush’s own economic advisers told him was economically worthless. And it was; subsequent research showed that it had no stimulative effect whatsoever. So they did another rebate in 2008 that was also a failure.
Despite Republican promises of faster economic growth, the economy languished, requiring—you guessed it—more tax cuts. There were 7 major tax cuts during Bush’s presidency that collectively reduced revenues by 2.3 percent of GDP; that is, they increased the budget deficit by 2.3 percent of GDP.
Republicans simply ignore the effects of tax cuts on the deficit; they just pretend that they have no effect or use magical thinking to assert that revenues didn’t actually go down. But in fact, federal revenues fell from 20.6 percent of GDP in 2000 to 17.6 percent of GDP by 2008. There is no evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts did anything except reduce revenues and increase the deficit dollar-for-dollar.
And because the Bush tax cuts continued well after he left office, they were responsible for much of the deficits that Republicans have blamed 100 percent on the Democrats since noon on January 20, 2009. The Republican-sponsored Medicare Part D program will add about one percent of GDP to spending forever and Republican wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost at least $1 trillion thus far, with as much more that will need to be spent for decades on veterans’ benefits.
For reasons unknown to me, Democrats have always seemed reluctant to take credit for the budget surpluses under Clinton or to call out Republicans for their hypocrisy and endless lies about the cause of the deficits and utter disingenuousness about dealing with the problem seriously. They routinely torpedo any deficit reduction plan with so much as a penny of higher taxes and always include huge tax cuts for the rich in their own budget plans.July 28, 2013 at 9:38 am #93706
Blood sacrifice: The wages of white supremacy
‘So far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.’
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2013 11:09
The prosecution in the trial of George Zimmerman said repeatedly that the trial was not about race. Zimmerman’s defence disagreed: It was about race, they argued repeatedly, and Trayvon Martin was guilty…of being black. He caused his own death, didn’t he? That’s what Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara urged his own mother to admit on the stand. And it wasn’t just a bizarre aberration. It was the heart of Zimmerman’s defence to put Trayvon Martin on trial instead – and to do it, essentially, for the same reason that Zimmerman targeted him in the first place: because he was black.
Of course, murder defences often try to put the victim on trial, regardless of who they are. But when they are black in America, their race inevitably plays a role – it just requires a bit more subtlety than it used to…but not a whole lot. And so we got a neighbor called to testify that a black man burgled her house. Why was that relevant? What was she doing there, testifying in a totally unrelated trial?
A tweet from The Nation magazine explained it perfectly: “White supremacy: the idea that some black men must be killed with impunity to keep society at large safe.”
The logic of white supremacy perfectly explained why that neighbor was allowed to testify. The logic of white supremacy perfectly explained why Trayvon Martin had to die. And the logic of white supremacy perfectly explained why Zimmerman had to get away with it.
Americans talk a good deal about race and racism, but not so much about white supremacy.. One reason is that getting rid of the worst forms of old-fashioned white racism has made it easy for most white people to think racism has nothing to do with them. “I’m not a racist,” they’ll say, without even thinking about it. “I treat everyone the same.” However, research into implicit bias shows that most people have unconscious biases they know nothing about: bias doesn’t have to mean either animus, or intent.
What’s more, field surveys have repeatedly shown that blacks are rejected far more than equally-qualified whites, whether for job interviews or apartment rentals. In one study, whites were offered jobs at about twice the rate of blacks, and whites with a prison record were treated as well as blacks with a clean record.
Zimmerman found not guilty of killing 17 year old
Beyond that level of discrimination, we encounter more dire impacts. Black and white drug use is virtually identical, for example, but the war on drugs is disproportionately a war on blacks, with more blacks stopped for random searches, more arrested for possession, more arrestees sent to trial, and more of those tried sent to prison.
At every single step of the way, blacks are treated more harshly than whites. And in many states, they lose the right to vote as well – long after they’ve paid the price of years in prison and on parole.
What’s happening in America is not just some random mish-mash of racial and post-racial attitudes. There are massive historical and structural forces at work. Individual attitudes matter, of course, but they are only one facet of a much more complicated story – a story whose scope and essence is much more readily grasped through the lens of white supremacy, a system of racial group dominance, rather than racism, which most folks conceive of primarily or entirely in terms of conscious individual attitudes.July 28, 2013 at 9:53 am #93707
‘Stand your ground’ protects criminals
Saturday, July 28, 2012 4:30am
Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law should be titled the Criminals Relief Act. When the controversial law was enacted in 2005, law enforcement officials warned it would be invoked by people prone to violence and mayhem. Seven years later, it’s clear those fears have been realized. Gang members, drug dealers, domestic abusers and other criminals have walked away from killings thanks to “stand your ground,” and it’s clearer than ever that the law should be repealed. Lawmakers who suggest a tweak can fix the problems are putting politics over sound public policy and the safety of Floridians.
The most recent analysis of more than 100 fatal “stand your ground” cases by Tampa Bay Times staff writers Kameel Stanley and Connie Humburg found that nearly 60 percent of people claiming the self-defense legal protection had been previously arrested, and one in three were accused of a violent crime. All told, 119 people who invoked “stand your ground” after killing someone had been arrested 327 times, not counting traffic violations or other minor arrests.
This is a far cry from the scenario lawmakers envisioned when passing the most expansive self-defense law in the country at the urging of the National Rifle Association. The law expands the “castle doctrine” to give people the right to use lethal force without the duty to retreat whenever they feel at great bodily harm. The thinking was that law-abiding people should be able to defend themselves against an unprovoked assault.July 28, 2013 at 9:55 am #93708
TCA: NBC Unveils Hillary Clinton Mini to Star Diane Lane
NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt opened his Television Critics Assn. exec session by talking up the Peacock’s “year of improvement” and unveiling four high-profile longform projects in the works.
Greenblatt said the Peacock is working on a miniseries about Hillary Clinton to star Diane Lane; a reboot of “Rosemary’s Baby”; a new version of Stephen King’s “Tommyknockers”; and a historical project with Mark Burnett about the pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth Rock.
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