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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...