July 16, 2013 at 8:28 am #92794
Joy Reid on Freedom
As you go through your day, don’t forget JJP at TWiB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.July 16, 2013 at 8:31 am #92795
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 16, 2013 at 8:31 am #92796
How @MoreAndAgain Got Juror B-37′s Literary Agent to Drop Her
July 16, 2013
This has been a beautiful day. No less than ten minutes after I finished writing my Open Letter to Juror B-37 to help cure my rage and disappointment after watching her disgusting interview on Anderson Cooper’s AC360, I went back on Twitter and learned from @LoveMySkip that Juror B-37 needed to look for a new agent!
How did this happen? Genie Lauren aka @MoreAndAgain did it! She created a Change.org petition online and then advertised it on Twitter. The rest is history!July 16, 2013 at 8:40 am #92797
Tom Joyner sent Genarlow Wilson to Morehouse on a full scholarship & now he’s going to look out for Rachel’s education.
— Shugah (@Shugah) July 16, 2013July 16, 2013 at 8:47 am #92798
Here’s The Story Of The Twitter Hero Who Single-Handedly Killed Zimmerman Juror B-37′s Book Deal
A lot has been made about the controversial Zimmerman Trial Juror B37. First she appeared on Anderson Cooper and made comments expressing sympathy and support for Zimmerman. But she really sparked an outrage by announcing — fewer than 48 hours after George Zimmerman was declared Not Guilty — that she’d signed a book deal.
Well, one passionate person on Twitter who goes by @MoreandAgain took things into her own hands. First, she sought out the publishing company that signed the juror…
Then she spread the publisher’s information across Twitter so people could call and email, telling them to stop the book deal from coming to fruition…
She quickly whipped up a Change.org petition calling for literary agent Sharlene Martin to drop Juror B37. Within minutes, the petition had more than a thousand supporters. Martin eventually caved and released this statement:
“After careful consideration regarding the proposed book project with Zimmerman Juror B37, I have decided to rescind my offer of representation in the exploration of a book based upon this case.”July 16, 2013 at 8:50 am #92799
The Dog That Didn’t Bark
Mon Jul 15th, 2013 at 02:42:00 PM EST
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was born in Kenya Calgary, is visiting New Hampshire to do a fundraiser for the state’s Republican Party. He is also scheduled to visit Iowa and Florida, and has already been to South Carolina. In other words, this lunatic is planning on running for president. Do you hear anyone on the right asking whether or not someone born in Kenya Calgary can be a natural born citizen?
Unlike Honolulu, the city of Calgary is not in the United States of America. Unlike the Panama Canal, at the time of John McCain’s birth, Calgary is not administered by the U.S. Government or occupied by U.S. Armed Forces. The only argument Senator Cruz can make for being a natural born citizen is that his mom was born in Delaware. That’s sufficient, but it was exactly the same situation Obama would have been in if it had been true that he was born in Kenya. If Obama needed to show his birth certificate to prove his eligibility to be president, then Ted Cruz is ineligible. The Tea Party and Donald Trump should be saying that Ted Cruz cannot be president because he isn’t a natural born citizen. But they aren’t saying it.
Why is that?July 16, 2013 at 8:54 am #92800
Getting another ‘gang’ together
By Steve Benen
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:47 PM EDT.
Senators will meet tonight in the Old Senate Chamber, and while no formal business will take place, members will use the gathering to see if they can still work something out on executive-branch filibusters. If not, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) insists he has the votes in place to execute the nuclear option.
(Note Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell objected to tonight’s meeting, saying Reid was trying to sabotage the get-together by scheduling it for a Monday night, when senators don’t usually have to work.)
Since there’s only one obvious way out of this showdown — Republicans can agree to allow the Senate to vote up or down on executive-branch nominees — and the GOP minority refuses to consider it, the nuclear option appears increasingly likely. There is, however, a “gang” emerging.July 16, 2013 at 9:08 am #92801
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan answered perhaps the most anticipated question in Illinois politics on Monday, ducking out of the race for governor, saying the state would not be “well served” if she were elected and her father remained the powerful Speaker of the Illinois House.
Instead, Lisa Madigan, who would have made history if she were elected as the state’s first female governor, will run for a fourth term as attorney general. It is an unexpected career choice for the popular politician who even without an official announcement has $5 million in her campaign fund — nearly twice as much as any other gubernatorial contender in either party.July 16, 2013 at 9:09 am #92802
Poll highlights Democratic advantage on immigration
By Steve Benen
Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:26 PM EDT.
Gallup reports today on results the typical person probably could have guessed without looking: when it comes to Americans’ views on immigration, the public agrees with Democrats by a wide margin over Republicans. But the closer one looks, the more interesting the results become.
Broken down by race and ethnicity, African Americans (70% to 14%) and Hispanics (60% to 26%) heavily favor Democrats over the GOP, while among non-Hispanic whites, the parties are effectively tied, with the GOP enjoying a slight edge (42% to 41%). Then consider the same breakdown with age groups factored in
Note that in every group, younger Americans side with Democrats, and this includes non-Hispanic whites under the age of 50. There’s only one group of folks that sides with Republicans: older white people.July 16, 2013 at 9:12 am #92803
Cuccinelli struggles to steer clear of Virginia scandal
By Steve Benen
Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:38 AM EDT
Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial hopeful, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, hosted a town-hall meeting last night with a friendly crowd eager to help their candidate. But it wasn’t long before someone raised the specter of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) possible indictment.
Cuccinelli conceded that the governor’s scandal is affecting this year’s statewide race, but added, “It is personal to the governor.”
This is, of course, the line Virginia Republicans are heavily invested in. Unable to think of a defense for their ally, GOP officials are stuck with a straightforward defense: this is a McDonnell scandal, not a GOP one.
But for Cuccinelli, putting distance between himself and the controversy isn’t as easy as it sounds. As the New York Times reports this morning, Cuccinelli has his own ties to the executive who showered McDonnell and his family with extravagant gifts.July 16, 2013 at 9:17 am #92804
Top Senate liberals: We support changing rules no matter who controls Senate
By Greg Sargent, Published: July 15 at 2:49 pm
Now that former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is not running for Senate, Nate Silver and others are predicting the GOP’s odds of taking back the Senate have improved markedly. Does that weaken the case for doing away with the filibuster on executive nominations, if necessary, on the theory that Dems will regret the move once Republicans are in control?
Not at all. This is about making the Senate functional — whoever is in charge. Indeed, that is the very premise driving those who would reform the Senate — such as leading Senate progressives Jeff Merkley and Tom Udall.
“This is about going to a simple majority on executive nominations,” Merkely, a leading proponent of Senate reform, told me today. “I support that whether I’m in the majority or in the minority.”
There’s been a fair amount of chortling on the right today about the confluence of two things: first, the mounting signs that Republicans could take back the Senate; and second, that Harry Reid really may make good on his threat to change the rules. But for would-be Senate reformers, much of this is beside the point. Reform is about rendering the Senate more democratic, which means that the question of who the voters put in charge of the Senate is irrelevant to the question of whether to pursue reform.
“It’s very important that we not have a situation where a minority of the Senate can essentially impair the functioning of the other two branches of government,” Merkley says. “That’s not advise and consent. It’s obstruct and destroy. Those who care about good government — about making government work better — should want to make these sorts of changes.”July 16, 2013 at 9:18 am #92805
For the Hispanic media, it’s all about John Boehner
By Greg Sargent, Published: July 15 at 5:41 pm
“Like it or not, the Hispanic media perceives that approving or rejecting immigration reform is in the hands of John Boehner. When you listen to local radio stations and even national media, most of us are concentrated on John Boehner. We don’t even have a problem pronouncing his name.”
That’s from Jorge Ramos, the widely influential anchor for Univision who has been described as the “Walter Cronkite of Hispanic media,” in an interview with me today. Ramos left little doubt that Boehner and fellow House Republicans will get absolutely crucified by the Hispanic media if Republicans fail to support comprehensive reform.
The views of Ramos and others in the Hispanic media are mostly overlooked inside the Beltway. But Obama is set to take his case to that media directly: The White House just announced he will do a round of interviews with Hispanic media tomorrow.
By the way, there’s no dismissing Ramos’s criticism of Boehner as partisanship. He was a relentless critic of Obama during his first term for breaking what was widely known in Latino media as “the promise” — the vow to pursue immigration reform.
Indeed, Republicans are plainly looking to minimize the damage they will sustain among Latinos by debating a “piecemeal” approach designed to make them look as if they see the need to act on reform. But right now, Ramos says, the bulk of the coverage in Hispanic media strongly suggests it will be hard for Republicans to avoid most or all the blame if it fails.
“In the end, you just have to follow Hispanic media,” Ramos says. “The question is, who is responsible for failure? So far, the answer is Republicans.”July 16, 2013 at 9:23 am #92806
Black boys denied the right to be young
By Eugene Robinson
Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night, with a verdict setting his killer free.
Our society considers young black men to be dangerous, interchangeable, expendable, guilty until proven innocent. This is the conversation about race that we desperately need to have — but probably, as in the past, will try our best to avoid.
George Zimmerman’s acquittal was set in motion on Feb. 26, 2012, before Martin’s body was cold. When Sanford, Fla., police arrived on the scene, they encountered a grown man who acknowledged killing an unarmed 17-year-old boy. They did not arrest the man or test him for drug or alcohol use. They conducted a less-than-energetic search for forensic evidence. They hardly bothered to look for witnesses.
Only a national outcry forced authorities to investigate the killing seriously. Even after six weeks, evidence was found to justify arresting Zimmerman, charging him with second-degree murder and putting him on trial. But the chance of dispassionately and definitively establishing what happened that night was probably lost. The only complete narrative of what transpired was Zimmerman’s.July 16, 2013 at 10:06 am #92807
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The Zimmerman Jury Told Young Black Men What We Already Knew
Tonight a Florida man’s acquittal for hunting and killing a black teenager who was armed with only a bag of candy serves as a Rorschach test for the American public. For conservatives, it’s a triumph of permissive gun laws and a victory over the liberal media, which had been unfairly rooting for the dead kid all along. For liberals, it’s a tragic and glaring example of the gaps that plague our criminal justice system. For people of color, it’s a vivid reminder that we must always be deferential to white people, or face the very real chance of getting killed.
When I was junior in college in Virginia, my then-girlfriend and I decided one night to meet up for a quick snack while studying for midterms. We bought some sandwiches at a 24-hour deli and, rather than waste time going to either of our homes, which were in opposite directions, we decided to eat in her car in a parking lot near a fancy hotel off-campus. We were listening to music and laughing about something when I saw a security guard’s headlights in the rear view mirror, and I stopped laughing as I watched him—a white man in his mid-40s—walk up to my girlfriend’s door and ask her to step out of the car. “Uh, OK,” she said, clearly as confused as I was about what we’d done to warrant his attention.
He walked her away from her car toward his, but they were close enough that I could hear their conversation. He asked her her name, a slight southern lilt lengthening his vowels. She told him. Then he said, “Are you OK? “
“What do you mean?” she said.
“Are you safe right now?” he asked again.
My girlfriend was white. I am not.
I leapt out of the car and screamed, “What the hell did you just ask her?” I wanted to see if he had the resolve to say it again, to me this time.July 16, 2013 at 10:08 am #92808
The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime
Crime is driven by proximity and opportunity, writes Jamelle Bouie—which is why 86 percent of white victims were killed by white offenders.
by Jamelle Bouie Jul 15, 2013 4:45 AM EDT
Last week, in Chicago, 16-year-old Darryl Green was found dead in the yard of an abandoned home. He was killed, relatives reported, because he refused to join a gang. Unlike most tragedies, however—which remain local news—this one caught the attention of conservative activist Ben Shapiro, an editor for Breitbart News. Using the hashtag “#justicefordarryl,” Shaprio tweeted and publicized the details of Green’s murder. But this wasn’t a call for help and assistance for Green’s family, rather, it was his response to wide outrage over Saturday’s decision in the case of George Zimmerman, where a Florida jury judged him “not guilty” of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Shapiro, echoing many other conservatives, is angry over the perceived politicization of the Zimmerman trial, and believes that activists have ”injected” race into the discussion, as if there’s nothing racial already within the criminal-justice system. Indeed, he echoes many conservatives when he complains that media attention had everything to do with Zimmerman’s race. If he were black, the argument goes, no one would care. And so, Shapiro found the sad story of Darryl Green, and promoted it as an example of the “black-on-black” crime that, he believes, goes ignored. Or, as he tweets, “49% of murder victims are black men. 93% of those are killed by other blacks. Media don’t care. Obama doesn’t care. #JusticeForDarryl.”
The idea that “black-on-black” crime is the real story in Martin’s killing isn’t a novel one. In addition to Shapiro, you’ll hear the argument from conservative African-American activists like Crystal White, as well as people outside the media, like Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O’Mara, who said that his client “never would have been charged with a crime” if he were black.
(It’s worth noting, here, that Zimmerman wasn’t charged with a crime. At least, not at first. It took six weeks of protest and pressure for Sanford police to revisit the killing and bring charges against him. Indeed, in the beginning, Martin’s cause had less to do with the identity of the shooter and everything to do with the appalling disinterest of the local police department.)
But there’s a huge problem with attempt to shift the conversation: There’s no such thing as “black-on-black” crime. Yes, from 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by black offenders, but that racial exclusivity was also true for white victims of violent crime—86 percent were killed by white offenders. Indeed, for the large majority of crimes, you’ll find that victims and offenders share a racial identity, or have some prior relationship to each other.
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