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  • Bill Maher: “Obama Couldn’t Be Less Threatening if He Was Walking Home With Iced Tea and Skittles”

    05/28/2012 10:49:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | May 28, 2012 | Kirsten West Savali
    Normally, I’m a huge fan of comedian and political pundit Bill Maher. So much so, that I never miss one of his shows and I bought his book, “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer,” for my family as gifts. His straight talk about the dangers of religious indoctrination, the awkward, disingenuous idiocy of most GOP politics and timid stagnation of the Democratic Party are usually spot-on. But on his HBO show, “Real Time” Friday night, I found myself, for the first time, staring at my screen in distaste. He began his closing bit as razor-sharp as normal: “How...
  • What If Trayvon's Case Had Been About Rape?

    05/27/2012 10:01:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Root ^ | May 28, 2012 | Les Payne
    The blame-the-victim treatment isn't right in sexual assault. It's not right in killings, either. Consider this scenario: Aroused by an attractive teenager in a halter top walking through his neighborhood, a Sanford, Fla., man was instructed to stand down by police, but instead he provoked an encounter that ended tragically with the assault and rape of the 17-year-old girl. After showing authorities scratches on his face and arms that he claimed were inflicted by the rape victim, the pursuer was promptly released by the local police chief that night after discussions with the detained man's father, who is a retired...
  • Does the GOP's Demographic Death Spiral End in a Texas Graveyard?

    05/27/2012 8:10:04 AM PDT · by Road Glide · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | May 22, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    If Democratic voters were rapidly increasing in number and Republican voters rapidly decreasing, it should be pretty big news, shouldn’t it? Not when at issue is a third rail of American social commentary: race. Recently I wrote a piece on race and voting patterns, using as a lede the story about how white births now account for less than 50 percent of the U.S. total for the first time in history. And while most respondents agreed with my analysis, some reacted predictably: Uncomfortable even hearing about race and/or frightened by what lies ahead, they rationalized away obvious facts. And here...
  • Trust me: You believe in gun control (Agitprop Alert)

    05/24/2012 2:03:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Ironton Tribune ^ | May 24, 2012 | Tina Dupuy, editor of Crooks and Liars
    If you ask the typical hyper-political gun owner (and I have … at Thanksgiving dinner), why it’s important to own a gun, they’ll bark about the Constitution. Yes, the Second Amendment: “The Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed!” This of course is the slogan the National Rifle Association adopted in the 1970s. It was then that owning a gun became an absolute right endowed by God and the Constitution. A blessing passed down by our forefathers to obliterate game and protect our property. The NRA was founded in 1870 and for its first...
  • Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman: What if the Tables Were Turned? (Photoshopped)

    05/23/2012 10:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Your Black World Coalition ^ | May 23, 2012 | Yvette Carnell
    When Geralda Rivera said that Trayvon Martin was partially responsible for his own murder because he wore “thug” clothes, he was saying what only saying what most Zimmerman supporters have been thinking all along, but refuse to say aloud. It is awfully sad, and unfair, that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and white boys and men who look like him, can dawn a hoodie whenever they like, and never be considered a threat. This is not about hoodies or “thug” clothes, but the color of the men wearing the clothes. It’s about freedom. Everything else is excuse making. To the Zimmerman...
  • Targeting Right-Wing Extremism, Citizens Challenge Corporate Ties (Know-your-enemy thread)

    05/23/2012 9:43:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Inter Press Service ^ | May 23, 2012 | Matthew Cardinale
    ATLANTA, Georgia, May 23, 2012 (IPS) - A coalition of advocacy groups is targeting corporate support for the right-wing Heartland Institute after the organisation took out a controversial billboard in Chicago comparing people who believe in global warming to a serial killer and mass murderer. On Tuesday, the group protested outside the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change, a conference for climate change deniers being held at the Hilton hotel in Chicago. Heartland's billboard featured a photograph of Ted Kaczinski, the mass murderer known as the Unabomber, with text, "I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?" Heartland...
  • The Most Outrageous Aspect of the Trayvon Martin Case (Ultra Barf Alert)

    05/21/2012 6:20:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Ostroy Report ^ | May 19, 2012 | Andy Ostroy
    So now we know, through evidence released by prosecutors this past week, that George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old superhero-wannabe who shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL on February 26th, had wounds on his head and a broken nose. And as expected, ignorant racists nationwide rushed forward with disingenuous cries of "See!?...that proves the kid had attacked him!" But Zimmerman's wounds suggest one thing: that Trayvon fought like an animal to save his life. Ever since this story hit the press I've been mortified about how Trayvon has been vilified as the aggressor when all evidence points...
  • In Conservative Media, A “Race War” Rages (We're all racist for believing our own two eyes)

    05/21/2012 6:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 20, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    It was near midnight on April 14 when the Chevy Cavalier carrying Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami rolled to a stop at a red light in Norfolk, Va. As the pair waited, one of a crowd of teenagers on the sidewalk threw a rock at the passenger seat window, prompting Forster to get out of the car and confront the aggressor. That's when the beating began. Forster later said the crowd swarmed, taking turns punching and kicking him in the ribs and face. When Rostami got out to help, the attackers moved on to her, pulling her hair and dealing...
  • Justice for Trayvon Martin Also Means Joining the Int'l Struggle Against U.S. Lawlessness

    05/20/2012 12:17:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Black Agenda Report ^ | April 4, 2012 | Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
    “If the number of persons murdered by the police were included in the sum of executions, America would rank third in executions globally – just behind Iran.” The Trayvon Martin horror reminds us that U.S. foreign policy mirrors its domestic behavior towards Blacks and browns. “If leadership inside the U.S. will do this to their own citizens, what is done to others outside the U.S. should come as no surprise.” “The United States Department of Justice, according to the ACLU 2009 report, has done virtually nothing to combat the clear evidence of systemic racism the nation.” As a mother of...
  • GOP war on Obama: Lighting the fire of racism in America

    05/19/2012 11:02:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    AllVoices ^ | May 19, 2012 | Maryann Tobin, professional journalist
    It has been suggested that the Republican war against President Obama is not being waged because of political ideological differences, but instead, is a thinly veiled disguise for racism against the first black president of the United States. If this is true, no one should expect anyone on the Republican side of the aisle to actually admit it. But actions do speak louder than words. There has been a rebellious trend in government since Obama took office that has brought both governing and Americans' view of Congress to historic lows. Compromise has surrendered to hardline conservative views and deliberate Republican...
  • The Death of Trayvon Martin: Sanford Clash (Translated (badly) from German)[Blitzkreig of BS alert]

    05/19/2012 1:59:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Frankfurter Rundschau ^ | May 21, 2012 | Daniel Haufler
    The murder of Trayvon Martin will not be cleared because the police have a sloppy job with the investigation. One reason is, as so often in the U.S.: racism. Especially in this case: the victim is black and the perpetrator a "white" Latino. And now? The special investigator for the death of young black Trayvon Martin have released new information - and we are as smart as before. Yes, there to be a tussle between Martin and the self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman has given you in that gated community in Sanford (Florida). Zimmerman was Trayvon, who was on his...
  • Zimmerman is no victim (The "wisdom" of the young)

    05/17/2012 11:53:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Albany Times-Union High School Blog ^ | May 17, 2012 | Devin Wallace
    Frankly, I can’t be bothered to shed many tears for George Zimmerman. While apparently having two black eyes, a fractured nose, and an injured back in the scuffle with Trayon Martin, there is a little fact some people seem to be overlooked: George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin. Does no one remember how, because Travyon was a black kid in a nice neighborhood, wearing a hoodie, Zimmerman stalked him against the orders of 911 operators and killed him. How he did it doesn’t matter. Did Trayvon eventually confront Zimmerman, causing a scuffle? It’s possible. But when you’re being followed by a...
  • Suze Orman: If You Know A Gay Person, Vote For Obama [VIDEO]

    05/15/2012 10:22:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Jane Dough ^ | May 14, 2012 | Amy Tennery
    Suze Orman, personal finance guru and Chancellor Of Extremely Tough Love, stopped by The View today for a wide-ranging discussion that included, unsurprisingly, a conversation about President Obama’s recent announcement in support of gay marriage. Orman, herself openly gay and happily married, shared her reaction to Obama’s statement — and gave an emotional plea for more support for gay marriage. The segment, of course, was not without some awkward moments. The worst of which, perhaps, was when Barbara Walters choked out the sentence “you are married to your [insert 5-second pause here] wife?” with the same tone with which someone...
  • DOI: Millions of Offshore, Onshore Lands Leased for O&G Activity Idle

    05/15/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    "These lands and waters belong to the American people, and they expect those energy supplies to be developed in a timely and responsible manner and with a fair return to taxpayers," said DOI Secretary Ken Salazar in a statement Tuesday. API, WEA Call Report 'Absurd', Rehash of 'Tired Rhetoric' The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Western Energy Alliance (WEA) both criticized the report. API President and CEO Jack Gerard called it "a political ploy designed to distract American voters from the administration's failed energy policy."
  • Viewpoints: Arguments against same-sex marriage sound too familiar ("homophobia" = racism)

    05/15/2012 12:47:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May. 15, 2012 | Bruce Maiman, Special to the Bee
    The marriage arguments are these: • It's "unnatural." • It's contrary to God's will. • It's about illicit sex, not committed relationships. • The majority of Americans oppose such marriages. Sound familiar? They should. They were the arguments posited in 1948 when Andrea Perez, a Mexican American woman, and Sylvester Davis, an African American man, challenged California's interracial marriage ban in the state Supreme Court. The arguments reappeared when miscegenation went to the U.S. Supreme Court 19 years later in Loving v. Virginia. In each case the plaintiffs won. Today, the arguments continue, but the target is different: gay people....
  • Breaking News: JR is using a language analyzer to zot trolls!

    05/14/2012 11:42:53 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 137 replies
    Shhhh! It's a secret. | 5/14/2012
    "I was zotted and came back, then zotted again and came back, then hit again and came back and finally just got bored with the constantly hypocritical stances and didn't return after my last zot. The interesting thing is that JR tipped his hand in zotting me. I know for a fact that he's using a language analyzer program, as my IP was continually changing thanks to a few perks I have from my employer."
  • Round and round we go without any progress despite the passage of time (Lib sees thru Bam's s#*+)

    05/14/2012 5:56:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | May 4, 2012 | Marc Pascal
    President Obama recently announced he was in favor of “Gay Marriage” but added that it was up to the 50 states to decide. He simultaneously did not mention his position on the repeal of the 1996 Federal law called “The Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA – Codified in 1 USC Sec. 7 & 28 USC Sec. 1738C). DOMA permits each state to ignore the acts and laws of other states when it comes to recognizing “Gay Marriages” in other states. It also states with respect to all Federal laws and statutes that “marriage” would be defined as only between a...
  • Captains Courageous: We the people want our leaders to lead (She loves Bam's gay move)

    05/13/2012 6:54:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 14, 2012 | Tina Brown, editor-in-chief, Newsweek and Daily Beast
    I’m told that Obama seemed “almost giddy” after coming out with his milestone pronouncement in favor of gay marriage. The sheer relief of not being suffocated by hairsplitting political calculus and gamed-out spin control was a moment of moral liberation—not just for Obama but for America. On a less exalted level, it hasn’t hurt Obama’s campaign war chest either. “Yes we can” supporters who’d long lost hope of seeing any audacity from this hyperrational president are opening their checkbooks with fresh abandon. (Let’s raise a cheer here for perennially ridiculed Joe Biden. Some flubs are self-defining, and this one was...
  • Elvis impersonator charged with assault following dispute over board game rules at birthday party

    05/10/2012 12:39:06 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 21 replies
    Sun News ^ | today | Root
    Officers learned the two men work together at Legends in Concert and that Credille is an Elvis impersonator, according to the report. Party attendees told officers that Credille left with men who work as Blues Brothers impersonators in the show before officers arrived at the home. The report did not list the occupation of the victim.
  • The Continuing Killing of Trayvon Martin

    05/10/2012 8:24:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Open Salon ^ | May 10, 2012 | Allan Goldstein
    Eighteen. That’s how many black people are murdered per day in America.. If you don’t have the misfortune to live near one of those eighteen, you didn’t hear about any of them. There are nearly 7,000 African American homicides a year, but only one has grabbed us by our eyeballs and won’t let go. The Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman killing has propelled itself to the front of our national consciousness, while the others go virtually unnoticed. Why all the attention? What so different about this case? Nothing. It’s not about the case; it’s about the cast. It doesn’t even matter...
  • Interior Approves Anadarko's Uinta Basin Project

    05/09/2012 7:22:08 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Rigzone ^ | Tuesday, May 08, 2012 | Karen Boman
    Secretary of the Interior Salazar, on Tuesday signed the Record of Decision, for Anadarko Petroleum Corp.'s proposed Greater Natural Buttes project, in which up to 3,675 new gas wells could be developed in the existing gas producing area of Uintah County, Utah over a 10-year period. "The President is (after 3 years is) focused on expanding production of natural gas as ... cheaper and full of new jobs," said Salazar. Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, praised the agreement. "We appreciate Anadarko's willingness to meet with us, listen to our concerns, and adjust its project to eliminate and mitigate impacts,"
  • Coolest bra ever?

    05/09/2012 4:46:48 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 5/9/12 | FoxNews
    I post, you decide.
  • Racist atrocities & class consciousness (Did you think the communists would side w/Zimmerman?)

    05/07/2012 7:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Workers World ^ | May 7, 2012 | Larry Hales
    It took a month and a half after George Zimmerman executed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before an arrest was made. Though special prosecutor Angela Corey asserts that an investigation had been ongoing, all the evidence and statements made by the police chief and others involved with the case make it very clear that, had it not been for a massive outpouring, especially from the Black community, George Zimmerman would still be walking free. It was fear of a rebellion that led to the state responding and to Zimmerman’s arrest. And not to be forgotten or glossed over were the resilience and...
  • Can We Garner Soros Funds?

    05/07/2012 5:27:42 PM PDT · by GregNH · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/7/2012 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing to inject up to $100 million into independent groups to aid Democrats’ chances this fall. But instead of going head to head with the conservative “super PACs” and outside groups that have flooded the presidential and Congressional campaigns with negative advertising, the donors are focusing on grass-roots organizing, voter registration and Democratic turnout. The departure from the conservatives’ approach, which helped Republicans wrest control of the House in 2010, partly reflects liberal donors’ objections to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which paved the way...
  • [Exclusive] F-15K jets fly blind to enemy attacks

    05/05/2012 9:31:57 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 03-01-2012 16:47 | Lee Tae-hoon
    At least 7 percent of F-15Ks, the most advanced fighter jets that Korea has ever purchased, have been flying with a malfunctioning electronic countermeasures (ECM) system over the past few years...
  • Black School Board Member Calls Trayvon Martin A “Fa**ot” [VIDEO]

    05/05/2012 12:36:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hip Hop Wired ^ | May 4, 2012 | Latifah Muhammad
    A member of the Compton Unified School District has been recorded calling Trayvon Martin a “fa---t black dude,” during a podcast interview. Skyy D. Fisher, who commented on the case via Southern California news station, KTLA, called in to a separate interview and unleashed a reprehensible rant with no apparent prodding. He also the targeted local Superintendent Karen Frison, calling her a “b---h.” Fisher's comments are obviously drawing outrage from community members, all of whom have been touched by the slaying of the unarmed teen back in February. In the interview posted on YouTube, Fisher brags about how wearing a...
  • Trayvon Martin and race: Humans can't make progress until we move past stereotypes and prejudice

    04/30/2012 12:05:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 30, 2012 | Cole Thorna, H.S. Sophomore
    Trayvon Martin did not deserve to die. Everyone has heard the story of the 17-year-old black kid who was walking home from a Florida gas station, when he was shot dead by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman. Zimmerman wasn’t arrested until recently, since he was protected by Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law, which states that it’s all right to kill someone if they confront you. George Zimmerman claims that Martin attacked him. I’m a white kid, so some may argue that the gravity of the situation is somewhat lost on me, but it’s not. I’m a firm believer in the fact...
  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior Visits San Diego Brothel in Push to Promote American Sex Tourism

    04/27/2012 8:30:17 PM PDT · by Delta 21 · 17 replies
    The San Diego Reader ^ | April 5, 2012 | Walter Mencken
    SAN DIEGO — At the San Diego Petting Zoo, a North County brothel wherein both the rooms and the girls are decorated in wild animal themes, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar stroked a "cheetah," patted a "snake", and shared a platform with a "peacock." After that, he met with local sex tourism and adult business leaders to get some feedback on the Obama Administration's push to create jobs by growing American sex tourism. Salazar wants more foreign visitors to come to the Petting Zoo, as well as the rest of America's sexual playgrounds. He was in San Diego yesterday...
  • More N.Korean Workers to Earn Valuta for Kim Jong-un

    04/27/2012 8:17:41 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    April 28, 2012 ^ | April 28, 2012 | Staff
    Room 39 manages Kim's funds and directs businesses earning foreign currency through 17 overseas offices and 100 trade firms under its roof. During Kim Jong-il's reign, it made an average of $300-400 million a year. About $100 million came from workers' salaries, $100-200 million from export of weapons, trade in forged currency and drugs, and another $100 million from economic cooperation with South Korea.
  • Post-Election Follow-Through: What Then?

    04/26/2012 7:54:22 AM PDT · by jaydee770 · 39 replies
    4/26/2012 | jaydee770
    I hear freepers commenting on various voting strategies which include (but are not limited to): - Not voting for the GOP candidate (presumably Romney at this point) - Voting for the GOP candidate whoever it is (either *for* GOP or *against* Obama) - Sitting this one out - Writing in someone (based on principles or protest) - That it would somehow be better if Obama is re-elected so conservatives won't be blamed for the inevitable collapse/implosion. So as difficult as it may be for some, forget about your voting decision for the moment. My question is, "looking ahead to Wednesday,...
  • Salazar: Congress Should Ratify Mexico Offshore Oil Pact This Year

    04/25/2012 7:27:22 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Ryan Tracy
    The agreement, which would open up an area the size of Delaware to (Mexico's) exploration, has already been confirmed by Mexico's legislature, Salazar said in a speech calling for action on U.S. energy policy. "We shouldn't have to wait to act on the agreement either," he said. "Congress should act."
  • Jamaica Talks Reparations, So What About Us? (Ruined keyboard warning)

    04/25/2012 4:18:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | April 25, 2012 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    A few Jamaican lawmakers recently announced a quest to explore reparations for the transatlantic slave trade. This is the second effort to discuss reparations, after the first one failed in 2010 due to financial difficulties. The effort involves the restoration of a commission that will investigate the issue and possibly ask for compensation from Britain or repatriation of some Jamaicans to Africa. Most people of color might agree that Jamaica is not the only country where its citizens deserve reparations for slavery. African Americans continue to endure the consequences of the slave trade to this day: Whites have a wealth...
  • Bye Bye GOP-E been NOT NICE "knowing" you.

    04/25/2012 8:06:02 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 416 replies
    25 Apr 2012 | US Navy Vet
    I am "Divorcing" the GOP-E and "Republican Party" effective TODAY!
  • [Al Sharpton] From Rodney King to Trayvon Martin: Let's Not Miss Another Opportunity to Progress

    04/24/2012 1:57:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post | April 24, 2012 | Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Al Sharpton. President, National Action Network
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-al-sharpton/from-rodney-king-to-trayv_b_1449843.html
  • ‘Stand your ground’ laws recall the Wild West

    04/21/2012 10:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Southtown Star ^ | April 20, 2012 | Professor David McGrath
    The so-called “stand your ground” law that allowed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman to shoot and kill Treyvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., without an initial arrest once was a principle that nearly every American believed in. And we were reminded of its key provision every Saturday night in prime time when watching “Gunsmoke,” among the nation’s longest-running and most popular TV programs. Each episode began with the same scene on Main Street in Dodge City, Kan., with Marshal Matt Dillon, played by James Arness, in a gun duel, staring at another man who stood 60 yards away. After several seconds...
  • ‘I’m Not a Perve,’ Says Weirdo Who Proposed to Girl, 8

    04/21/2012 2:20:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Sun ^ | Sat, 21 Apr 2012 | Owen Conlon
    A FRENCH loon who proposed to an eight-year-old Irish girl has whined: I’m no pervert. Weirdo Hubert Noditza, 35, was booted out of Ireland for ten years after camping on a mountain so he could watch the child via her bedroom window. He had initially been invited to stay with the family but was kicked out because of his behaviour — before pitching a tent on Carrauntoohill, Co Kerry, in January 2010. His trial that year heard he was caught peering in the girl’s window while her parents were out and when confronted, he assaulted her father. He had sent...
  • Burning Man Appeals Probation over Crowd Size

    04/21/2012 11:00:19 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    kolotv.com ^ | 4/21/2012 | Associated Press
    Organizers of the Burning Man festival are challenging the federal government's decision to place them on probation for exceeding the crowd cap last year.
  • Is mass incarceration the new caste system? (Yes, they mean just what you think they do)

    04/19/2012 1:07:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Bay State Banner ^ | April 19, 2012 | Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
    After the dismantling of segregation nearly a half-century ago, African Americans have made tremendous strides: winning the right to vote, upward economic mobility and even the presidency. But alongside these achievements, something else happened — the prison population exploded. In just 30 years, between 1980 and 2000, the number of U.S. prisoners skyrocketed from 300,000 to more than 2 million, most of them poor people of color. The United States now has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and imprisons a higher percentage of black people than South Africa did under apartheid. This phenomenon, says law professor Michelle Alexander,...
  • Dionne: Isn't it time to end fecklessness about guns? (Classic gun-grabbing screed)

    04/18/2012 2:34:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Erie Times-News / The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2012 | E.J. Dionne
    It's understandable if unfortunate that the controversy surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin has polarized the country along both racial and ideological lines. But there is one issue that should not have any racial connotations: the urgency of repealing "Stand Your Ground" laws. And leave it to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak the blunt truth about why these laws are dangerous -- and why the National Rifle Association keeps pushing them anyway. "In reality," Bloomberg said in a speech before the National Press Club last week, "the NRA's leaders weren't interested in public safety. They were interested in...
  • Why vigilantes make lousy cops (Nauseatingly awful)

    04/17/2012 10:31:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    When I heard about George Zimmerman killing Trayvon Martin in Florida, I thought about the 1992 Clint Eastwood film, Unforgiven. I wondered if Zimmerman had ever killed a man before. I wondered how he was feeling about it. "It's a hell of a thing, killing a man," says Eastwood's character, Will Munny, who has killed more than his share. "You take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have." The Schofield Kid (after killing someone for the first time) had just finished telling Munny, "It don't seem real ... how he ain't gonna never breathe again, ever ......
  • Res Publica (A solid conservative reboot)

    04/17/2012 5:20:28 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    tea party tribune ^ | 4/17/12 | jim funkhouser
    A guilty pleasure, that I surrender to occasionally, involves quizzing my fellow conservative compatriots about the core historical knowledge that is often taken for granted. Long before the Tea Party came along there was a burgeoning conservative movement in America that sought to rediscover and recover ancient principles and ideals of man’s relationship with government. From Goldwater to Reagan, Limbaugh to Levin, and talk radio to the limitless font of internet information, historical truth is making a comeback. Let’s start at the beginning. Before Caesar came the Republic. Res Publica, correctly translated, means “the public thing.” In a Republic the...
  • Shock Video: Swedish Politician Eating From Screaming..trunc (Graphic Depcition Warning)

    04/17/2012 1:35:04 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-17-12 | Unknown
    "A macabre scene with racist undertones took place on Saturday when Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth attended a tax funded party for the powerful Stockholm cultural elite. The self proclamed "anti-racist" Liljeroth, who is currently in the process of removing press subsidy for the only nationalist newspaper in Sweden, declared the party officially started by slicing a piece of a cake depicting a stereotypical African woman."
  • Bill O’Reilly & Trayvon Martin family interview should have never happen (Unintentional Laff Riot)

    04/17/2012 11:39:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    ThyBlackMan ^ | April 17, 2012 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    Earlier this week, I stated that it might make sense for the family of Trayvon Martin to get off of the media circuit. I saw no meaningful value in all of the television and radio appearances, since George Zimmerman has now been arrested and charged. At this stage in the game, the only individuals who benefit from additional media coverage are those who make a living by highlighting (and at times exploiting) grief-stricken mothers like Sybrina Fulton (the mother of Trayvon Martin). After seeing that Fulton was somehow advised to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor,” I’ve become deeply concerned that...
  • Florida State Attorney Should Prosecute Zimmerman Like She Does Black Kids (Oh, brother!)

    04/17/2012 9:20:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | April 17, 2012 | Michael Coard, esquire
    <p>In America (which obviously includes Florida), “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” W.E.B. Du Bois was correct when he wrote that in 1903. And he’d be just as correct 109 years later by replacing the 20th century with the 21st century. That’s why I always say I’m not a lawyer who happens to be a black man. Instead, I’m a black man who just happens to be a lawyer. Accordingly, I view the February 26th shooting death of the stalked and confronted unarmed kid, Trayvon Martin, by the stalking and confronting armed adult, George Zimmerman, as an intentional and racist criminal homicide, not a mere happenstance and spontaneous killing. Therefore, Zimmerman should have been—and still should be—charged with first, not second, degree murder. When asked by the police dispatcher if the business-minding, non-crime-committing person was white, black, or Hispanic, Zimmerman responded “black.” Lucky guess, I guess. When he said “These assholes … always get away,” who were the “these” he was talking about? Certainly not black people. No way. He probably simply meant innocent unarmed kids. I misunderstood. My bad.</p>
  • The Tribune's View: Zimmerman, Standing his ground

    04/16/2012 12:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | April 16, 2012 | Henry J. Waters III, Editor and Publisher Emeritus
    The state of Florida has charged neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman will defend himself by claiming Florida law allowed him to "stand his ground" against Martin's threatening behavior. Evidence of what really happened is scant. Martin is dead, and no eye witnesses saw the encounter. A 911 recording casts doubt on Zimmerman's account, but the Florida law will make it hard to get a conviction. It's hard to believe under the circumstances that a large armed adult had to shoot an unarmed teenager in self-defense, but the extra layer of justification...
  • Woman Wants 'Too Much Sex' - Man Calls Cops

    04/14/2012 11:08:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    The Local ^ | 12 Apr 12
    A desperate man in Munich fled onto a balcony and called police for protection after his insatiable companion on a one-night stand refused to let him leave her flat, police said on Thursday. The 43-year-old man had met a woman four years his senior in a bar in the southern German city on Monday and she took him back to her apartment for sex, a police spokesman said in a statement. "There they had sexual intercourse several times," the spokesman said. "When the 47-year-old wanted even more, her partner said no." The man then tried to leave the apartment but...
  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Even Zimmerman of All People Restirs Racial Divide (Now fact free!)

    04/14/2012 2:06:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    EURWeb ^ | April 13, 2012 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    *George Zimmerman should be one of the least likely picks on the planet to re stir the racial divide. But Trayvon Martin’s accused killer did. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that the overwhelming majority of whites did not feel that Martin was “unjustly killed.” Of course, the overwhelming majority of blacks felt just the opposite. Hispanics were caught somewhere in the middle. A majority felt Martin was “unjustly killed.” But a significant minority did not. The odd wording of the response “unjustly killed,” leaves one to wonder if that meant he was justly killed, or simply that there were so many...
  • Trayvon Martin shooting: Shame on the NRA and its newest poster child, George Zimmerman (Blech!)

    04/13/2012 5:44:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | April 13, 2012 | Mike Lupica
    Officially the National Rifle Association convention is not supposed to begin until Friday, at the America’s Center of St. Louis, Mo. But really the NRA convention began Thursday in a courtroom in Sanford, Fla., its keynote speech delivered by a man in a jail jumpsuit who barely said a word. His name is George Zimmerman and he is not just the face of the NRA in this country, he is the face of gun laws built on the fears and paranoia of the gun lovers in the NRA, the ones who have made a mockery of the Second Amendment. His...
  • Five reasons Romney should pick Hillary as his VP (Vanity)

    04/11/2012 7:18:35 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 106 replies
    FreeRepublic - Vanity | April 11, 2012 | NorthernCrunchyCon
    5. It would shore up Romney's popularity with women voters. 4. A Romney/Hillary ticket would increase GOP appeal among moderates and independents in blue states and swing states, as well as minority voters concerned with Romney's Mormonism. 3. A Romney/Hillary ticket would distance the GOP from GW Bush, the Tea Party and the religious right in the minds of voters. 2. Hillary was born into and raised in an Republican establishment family. 1. The most important thing this election is to stop Obama before he can do four more years of damage.
  • Nude Maid Service Draws Police Scrutiny in Texas City

    04/11/2012 10:00:02 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 33 replies
    ABC Morning America ^ | April 11, 2012 | Suzan Clark
    A West Texas entrepreneur has taken maid service to the next level. Patrons who are willing to pony up $100 an hour can have their houses cleaned by a scantily clad, topless or totally naked woman. And for an extra $50 per hour, clients of Fantasy Maid Service of Lubbock will have two women clean house.