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  • What would federal prosecutors have to prove in the Michael Brown shooting?

    08/20/2014 2:38:20 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 28 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | August 19, 2014 | Paul Cassell
    On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson, Mo. to assess the progress being made in the FBI’s investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown. With that visit in mind, it may be useful to consider what federal prosecutors would have to prove to obtain a federal civil rights conviction. It wouldn’t be easy. The elements required to prove a federal criminal civil rights violation are quite demanding. Here are jury instructions describing the elements of a federal civil right offense, taken from the leading federal jury instruction form book: First: That the defendant deprived the victim...
  • Ferguson’s Old Grievances

    08/19/2014 9:43:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/19/14 | Alan Caruba
    This is not the 1950s or 1960s. It is 2014 and this is getting very old. Ferguson, Missouri, and its re-run of 1950s civil rights grievances has now achieved national stature with the dispatch of our black Attorney General, Eric Holder, by our black President, Barack Obama, to address the unhappiness of blacks in the community over the shooting of a 6’4”, nearly 300 pound, black teenager, Michael Brown, who we are repeatedly told was “unarmed.” According to witnesses, Brown had accosted a police officer, Darren Wilson, after being told not to walk down the middle of the street. After...
  • A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption: Activists & journalists are stuck in the 1960s

    08/18/2014 5:11:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | August 18, 2014 | Fred Siegel
    The American understanding of riots and racial violence was shaped a half-century ago, during the insurrections of the 1960s. To judge by the responses to the current rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, little has changed since then. After riots have wrought their physical and psychic damage, some invariably declare that the unrest was constructive. Patricia Bynes, a Democratic committeewoman for Ferguson, rationalized that the events in Ferguson would benefit the entire metropolitan area because, she said, “St. Louis never has had its true race moment, where they had to confront this.” She was topped by Missouri...
  • Lockport Police List Black Suspect as "Dark Negro"

    08/09/2014 4:36:10 PM PDT · by Robwin · 35 replies
    WGRZ ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jeff Preval
    LOCKPORT, NY - Last week, 2 On Your Side reported on the spike of shootings in the City of Lockport this year. While we were in Lockport, police gave us a mug shot of a man suspected of some of the shootings. And, on the mug shot appeared a phrase that can be offensive to many people. The mug shot was of 19-year-old Shamir Allen. He's a suspect in several shootings in the city. We looked further on the mug shot and found next to line labeled "complexion," that Allen is listed as a "negro." Next to negro it reads...
  • 5 human rights abuses America commits at home (Hurl-worthy! Beyond bizarre!)

    08/09/2014 2:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Salon ^ | August 9, 2014 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    From voter ID laws to broken immigration detention centers, the U.S. is not the model democracy it fancies itself. Watching Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians in Gaza over our TV screens makes it easy to forget about the human rights abuses taking place right here on American soil. Sybrina Fulton and Ron Davis, whose sons were killed in what many believe were racially motivated attacks, are using their children’s deaths to remind Americans that human rights are being violated right here in the United States. More than a year after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, Fulton felt the humiliating pendulum...
  • Pelosi adviser admits college students too dumb to have free speech but not to vote Democrat

    08/08/2014 10:04:23 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/8/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Michael Yaki, a Democrat who has worked for Nancy Pelosi and is now a United States Civil Rights Commissioner, believes that college students are too stupid to be allowed to exercise freedom of speech. His remarks were made in regard to whether there should be campus speech codes. In fact he thinks these codes should be tightened. With breathtaking hubris and not even a single ounce of self-consciousness, this classic Democrat saboteur said, “Certain factors in how the juvenile or adolescent or young adult brain processes information is vastly different from the way that we adults do.” Yaki went on...
  • Women’s fund seeks share of prosperity for female-focused firms (video)

    08/07/2014 10:57:36 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    pbs ^ | 8-5-2014
    One of the major causes of the financial crash of 2008 was the insularity of the “good old boys” network on Wall Street, says Sallie Krawcheck. The former Citigroup CFO has started a socially responsibly stock mutual fund that promotes the world’s 400 most female-focused firms. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
  • Obama’s monsters ball: How the White House opened its doors to some of Africa’s most evil dictators

    08/07/2014 7:01:25 AM PDT · by safetysign · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/06/2014 | COREY CHARLTON and TED THORNHILL
    President Barack Obama drew a diplomatic line at the first ever U.S-Africa summit at the White House this week by not inviting Zimbabwe’s brutal dictator Robert Mugabe. But the guest list still included several other African leaders with only slightly better human rights records. The White House promoted the summit as the largest-ever gathering of African leaders in the United States, with more than 50 countries represented. The red carpet was rolled out for Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who shot or jailed virtually all his political opponents, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, who threatened to ‘cut off the head’ of...
  • Colorado gay bar found guilty of discrimination after refusing to let in a man dressed in drag.

    08/05/2014 7:13:29 AM PDT · by massmike · 17 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 08/05/2014 | ASSOCIATED PRESS and MAIL ONLINE REPORTER
    Colorado regulators say a Denver gay bar discriminated against a man when a bouncer denied him entry last year because he was dressed in drag. The civil rights division of the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies has ordered the Denver Wrangler to resolve the dispute with Vito Marzano, a gay man who was wearing a dress, wig and light make-up when he went to the bar August 31, 2013. The order obtained Monday says the bouncer turned Marzano away because his appearance didn't match the one on his driver's license. But regulators determined that the bar wrongly favors those with...
  • Angry black woman eloquently smacks down Students for Justice in Palestine

    07/31/2014 8:28:11 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    Alan B. West ^ | 7/30/14 | Allen West
    They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. If that’s the case, the American black community should be highly flattered that everybody wants to lay claim to a “civil rights struggle” just like the black civil rights movement. We see that coming from the radical gay agenda, and some in the black community provide credibility in attributing the “civil rights” mantra to that push. You even have folks here in America illegally claiming they have “civil rights.” One thing missing from all these other struggles is the central root of the black civil rights movement, the black church....
  • 5 Reasons Black Men Havent Advanced Over The Last 40 Years.

    07/27/2014 8:24:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | July 21, 2014 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    According to a recent study conducted at The University of Chicago, African American males haven’t advanced in American society one bit since 1971. The researchers used a variety of socio-economic indicators to arrive at their conclusions, and their work has credibility, since U. Chicago is among the world’s leaders in both Sociological and Economic research. The year 1971 is meaningful to me, since that was the year I was born. When I think about the fact that it’s our job as men to carry the torch and improve upon the achievements of the previous generation, these results seem to imply...
  • Trayvon Martin: Slain Teen Becoming One Of Most Important Figures Of Modern Civil Rights

    07/26/2014 10:50:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Nathan Francis
    Trayvon Martin never lived to see his 18th birthday, but the slain Florida teenager is slowly becoming one of the most important figures in the modern civil rights era. Martin was walking to his home in a gated Florida neighborhood in 2012 when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman mistook him for a burglar. After a brief struggle, Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, an act that a jury later deemed justified. The case aroused racial tensions and immediately became a cause celebre among activists who believed that police did not follow through on charging Zimmerman simply because Martin was a...
  • Liberals Hate Civil Rights - Especially When Conservatives Exercise Them

    07/21/2014 5:08:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    Liberals never met a civil right they didn't dislike. As with everything about liberal ideology, liberals’ great concern for civil rights is a scam, a lie, a fraud designed to sucker in the weak-minded and disguise their goosesteppy inclinations. They care about civil rights like Michael Bay cares about Oscar night. Sure, liberals pose as advocates of civil liberties, but only when they don’t have the power to squash them. In my new book, Conservative Insurgency, a speculative future history of the struggle to restore our system and culture, the left’s coordinated attack on our Constitutional rights is one of...
  • Homosexuality remains rare, but bisexuality rising among youth and correlated w dysfunction

    07/17/2014 8:13:48 PM PDT · by dangus · 35 replies
    Analysis of CDC Report ^ | 7-17-14 | Dangus
    Fascinating data released from the Center for Disease Control about homosexuality. Homosexuality is not becoming more common. Out of 300 million Americans, only 2 million are homosexual men. 98% of men are heterosexual. And the share of the young-adult (18-45) public which is homosexual (1.9%) is almost the same as that of the middle-aged (45-64) public (1.8%), despite AIDS having ravaged the gay population which is now largely middle-aged. Bisexuality may well be another matter. Young adults are three times more likely than middle-aged adults to be bisexual, although that's still just over 1% of the total population. (Women are...
  • 50 years ago Today

    07/02/2014 9:06:37 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 6 replies
    7-2-14
    This day in history..LBJ signed civil rights law.
  • 50 years of landmark Civil Rights Act reshaped U.S.; Time to pay its slave debt

    07/01/2014 2:06:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | July 1, 2014 | William Marsden
    'Reparations are long overdue'Ed Dorn, 69, dates back to the Class of ’64. He is a member of the last generation of African Americans to have completed their entire primary and secondary education in segregated schools. He graduated from his Houston high school just before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave him and the U.S. an entirely new future. So when he headed to the University of Texas it was his first experience of integration. Blacks may have numbered only about 300 in a student body of 25,000 whites, but that didn’t matter. A new world beckoned. “I didn’t...
  • Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement

    06/30/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Burnt Orange Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Omar Araiza
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad." Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine): "Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is...
  • Why liberals should stop trying to ‘help’ black Americans

    06/28/2014 2:00:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 28, 2014 | Jason L. Riley
    The civil-rights struggles of the mid-20th century were liberalism at its best. The efforts culminated in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed racial discrimination in employment and education and ensured the ability of blacks to register and vote. But what about the social policy and thinking that arose from the ruins of Jim Crow? Good intentions aside, which efforts have facilitated black advancement, and which efforts have impeded it? Many liberals today don’t seem particularly interested in asking this question, even though 50 years into the war on...
  • Are All Black Americans Aware that The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Exist?

    06/27/2014 6:21:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/27/2014 | Patricia L. Dickson
    When I learned of the deceitful campaign tactics used in securing Thad Cochran’s victory over Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, I became enraged to the point of losing a good night’s sleep. My first reaction was disappointment and disbelief that a Republican senator would stoop to that level against another Republican. My anger soon turned to the black citizens of Mississippi.
  • Armed Resistance in the Civil Rights Movement: Charles Cobb & Danielle McGuire on Forgotten History

    06/15/2014 7:23:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | June 11, 2014 | Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    Cobb, author of This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, and Danielle McGuire, a historian at Wayne State University, discuss the fundamental role of armed resistance in the civil rights movement.**********On his first visit to Martin Luther King Jr.’s house in Montgomery, Alabama, the journalist William Worthy began to sink into an armchair. He snapped up again when nonviolent activist Bayard Rustin yelled, “Bill, wait, wait! Couple of guns on that chair!” Worthy looked behind him and saw two loaded pistols nestled on the cushion. “Just for self-defense,” King said. In his new...
  • Blame in Oscar Grant BART death may shift

    08/17/2013 12:31:55 PM PDT · by thecodont · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 9:36 am, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Bob Egelko
    Until now, the courts and the public have placed the responsibility for Oscar Grant's death entirely on the BART police officer who shot the unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform. But a federal appeals court ruling could shift some of the blame to the officer's supervisor and perhaps the transit system itself. Former Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fired the shot that killed Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, served 11 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter, and is also a defendant in the damage suit by Grant's father and four of his friends. While allowing claims against Mehserle to go...
  • Ex-Transit Cop Cries as He Recalls Fatal Shooting

    06/13/2014 7:49:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    ap ^ | PAUL ELIAS
    A former Northern California transit officer cried on the witness stand Friday while describing how he shot and killed an unarmed man on a train station platform more than five years ago. Johannes Mehserle testified in federal court in San Francisco that he meant to use his Taser rather than his gun to subdue an already handcuffed Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in 2009. Mehserle was testifying in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Grant's father against Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and other defendants. The shooting occurred as authorities were responding to a chaotic scene on...
  • Mehserle Cries As He Recalls Fatally Shooting Oscar Grant

    06/14/2014 11:54:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Jun 13, 2014
    A former Northern California transit officer cried on the witness stand Friday while describing how he shot and killed an unarmed man on a train station platform more than five years ago. Johannes Mehserle testified in federal court in San Francisco that he meant to use his Taser rather than his gun to subdue Oscar Grant on New Year's Day in 2009. Mehserle was testifying in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Grant's father against Mehserle, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and other defendants.
  • A Shocker From NPR: ‘Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible’

    06/10/2014 7:10:14 AM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 7, 2014 | Tim Graham
    The liberals at National Public Radio can’t really imagine guns being necessary for anything...unless perhaps it’s to keep Southern segregationists at bay. On Thursday afternoon’s Tell Me More talk show, host Michel Martin brought on Charles Cobb, who wrote the book This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible. She called it a “hiding in plain sight story” and asked why he wrote the book: COBB: I'm very conscious of the gaps in the history, and one important gap in the history and the portrayal of the movement is the role of guns in...
  • The Night I was Nearly Beaten to Death

    06/06/2014 12:54:01 PM PDT · by LibertyGirl14
    Tavern Keepers ^ | 6/6/2014 | Guest Contributor
    Like Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Martha Coakley also has a book coming out. And by sheer coincidence both books have the same title -- "Hard Choices." Who would have thought that possible? Yet, when you think about it, both women have a lot in common. Actually Coakley really does not have a book coming out -- we just said that. But she could have, given how much the two are alike. They even dress alike.
  • Author: 2nd Amendment Made Civil Rights Movement Possible

    06/06/2014 8:12:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 6,2014 | Awr Hawkins
    In his new book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible, journalist Charles Cobb shows how important guns were not only to leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. but also to many black Southerners who "believed in both nonviolence and self-defense."
  • U.S. revives group to fight homegrown extremists: officials

    06/03/2014 9:59:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/3/14 | Julia Edwards - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is re-establishing a law enforcement group to fight those it designates as domestic terrorists, with an announcement expected on Tuesday, Department of Justice officials said. Following hate-motivated shootings such as the one at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, Missouri in April, federal prosecutors have pressed the need to coordinate intelligence of such criminals on a national level, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The group will coordinate cases that involve Americans who may be spurred to violence for political or prejudicial reasons.
  • Canada On Verge of Banning Christians from Professional Life

    05/30/2014 6:29:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 30, 2014 | Lea Singh
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Canada On Verge of Banning Christians from Professional LifePosted By Lea Singh On May 30, 2014 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments An intense struggle is happening in the realm of professional licensing in Canada. The religious freedom of Christians and others is colliding on a grand scale with the “equality rights” of the LGBTQ identity group, and as the tide turns in favor of equality rights, we are starting to witness socially accepted ostracism of Christians by professional bodies.On April 24th, the law society of Canada’s largest province voted against...
  • Civil Rights: Not Just for Black People Anymore

    05/29/2014 2:12:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Author's Note: The subject matter of my columns about academia is factual. However, names are occasionally changed in order to shield tenured (but nonetheless cowardly) professors from the consequences of their misguided speech. Dear Professor Black; Just a few weeks ago, one of my students, who is also one of your students, informed me that you have formed and expressed a very strong and negative opinion about the outcome of a civil rights case I was recently involved in with the university. I want to start by saying that I strongly support your right to criticize me by name in...
  • Christians need not apply

    05/27/2014 9:55:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    One News Now ^ | 5-27-14 | Bryan Fischer
    The number of careers and professions available to practicing Christians is shrinking by the day. You can add a career in public health to that list. Dr. Brendan Bain, one of the leading AIDS experts in the Caribbean, has been unceremoniously cashiered from his post for having the temerity to tell the truth about the cause of AIDS. A long-time and highly respected professor at the University of West Indies until his retirement in 2012, Dr. Bain was praised by all as a "pioneer” in the effort to combat HIV/AIDS, which is at epidemic proportions in Caribbean nations. Since his...
  • Homeland Security may reduce deportations of nonviolent immigrants

    05/24/2014 7:34:59 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 24, 2014 | CHRISTI PARSONS, BRIAN BENNETT
    As city and county jails across the country increasingly refuse federal requests to hold foreigners who have overstayed their visas or slipped across the border, the Obama administration is moving toward a new policy that would limit deportations chiefly to immigrants who have been convicted of violent crimes.Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is expected to recommend small but significant changes to Secure Communities, a controversial program that now ranks repeat immigration violators alongside violent criminals on the priority list for deportation.The change would slow the pace of deportations and potentially ease concerns of immigrants who now fear any contact with...
  • Man is Punching People on Houston Metro Rail Platform

    05/20/2014 11:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    KBXX-FM ^ | May 20, 2014 | Maria Todd
    Houston METRO police need your help apprehending a man who is punching people on a rail platform. According to surveillance video, a man walked up to a passenger who had just exited a train onto the platform at Main Street near Preston downtown and punched him in the face. The video then shows the same man punching another man as he gets onto the train from the same platform. METRO Police Chief Victor Rodriguez says he doesn’t think the attacks are related to the so-called “knockout game.” “A review of the tape does not indicate that anybody else is involved,”...
  • 100 Black Pastors: Gay Rights Don't Compare to Civil Rights...

    05/19/2014 5:42:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Gospel Herald ^ | 5/13/14 | By Leah Marianne Klett
    Detroit Black Pastors are speaking out against Judge Bernard Friedman's overruling of the 2004 voter approved amendment to the Michigan Constitution that defines marriages as between one man and one woman. Despite the votes of 2.7 million voters who voted in favor of marriage protection, Friedman called the amendment "unconstitutional" and "irrational."
  • Opposing Gay Marriage Is a Waste of Your Time

    05/15/2014 1:31:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2014 | Ron Fournier, Senior Political Columnist & Editorial Director
    <p>Like those who stood against civil rights for African-Americans, gay-marriage foes are fighting a battle they can't win.</p> <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Nine slender statues stand beneath a window to the Arkansas governor's office – bronzed, life-sized images of the black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School on Sept. 25, 1957 and helped ignite the Civil Rights era. "They defied prejudice," says Gregory Donaldson, an African-American Baptist minister from St. Louis visiting the display with his wife Nanette. "They defied bigotry."</p>
  • Homeschoolers Need Not Apply: Will This Be the Face of Common Core?

    05/07/2014 9:43:59 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/07/2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    An Indiana-based energy distribution group that operates in Ohio has informed the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) that the company will not hire homeschool graduates, a situation that may not only reflect discrimination, but also the possibility that, with a nationalized set of standards such as Common Core, homeschoolers could be shown the door when they apply for jobs in the future.
  • Funeral For Man Killed By BLM Agents [Innocent black man stopped, harassed, shot by BLM JB thugs]

    04/25/2014 3:51:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 107 replies
    CBS Las Vegas ^ | March 31, 2014 [last month]
    KXNT photo illustration (shooting scene image courtesy Las Vegas Review-Journal) (LAS VEGAS, KXNT, ASSOCIATED PRESS)–A funeral service was held in NOrth Las Vegas for the man who died at the hands of BLM agents during a skirmish in Red Rock Canyon in February. The service for D’Andre Berghardt Jr. took place at Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church. Berghardt was moving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to begin working with his brother when he was shot and killed Feb. 14. Jacob Hafter, a lawyer representing the family says that various delays, including the forensic examination of Berghardt’s body, contributed to...
  • Woman shot dead by 2 burglars after recording their crimes on cell phone' (Reverse Trayvons)

    04/28/2014 4:52:06 PM PDT · by equalator · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 4-24-2014 | James Nye
    The two men allegedly fired shots at true-crime enthusiast Salamon, after a heated argument over her cellphone and then made their getaway, leaving the dog-lover fatally wounded. The two men are well known to police said Sgt. Gantt and both belonged to a local gang he said. Sgt. Gantt said that Salamon, who had advocated her neighborhood hiring a private security firm only days before the shooting, was a 'brave lady.'
  • Mayor Parker Announces Timeline For Adoption of "Human Rights Protection" (LGBT Ordinance)

    04/27/2014 3:56:12 PM PDT · by magna carta · 7 replies
    City of Houston-Press Release ^ | April 3,2014 | Mayor Annise Parker
    The mayor’s timeline envisions presentation of the draft ordinance to public stakeholders and City Council committee on April 30, 2014 and placement on the council agenda for May 7, 2014. Although the exact language is still being finalized, the ordinance will prohibit discrimination in city employment and contracting, housing and public accommodations. This would include bars, restaurants, retail stores and businesses that provide services to the public. Complaints about violations of the ordinance would be reviewed by the City’s Office of Inspector General and a new seven member board known as the Human Rights Commission. “A young African American should...
  • South Africa celebrates 20 years of end of apartheid

    04/26/2014 11:37:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    NST ^ | 27 April 2014
    South Africa on Sunday celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first ever all-race, democratic election that ended decades of sanctioned racial oppression under the apartheid system. The day will be marked by street parades, speeches, prayers, music and military salutes and displays. President Jacob Zuma leads the main festivities at the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria, where generations of apartheid leaders penned many of the racial laws that South Africa’s first black leader Nelson Mandela fought most of his life. After the historic April 27, 1994, the day has been retained as a holiday and named Freedom...
  • Rand Paul: “Not Changing Any Laws on Abortion,” Life at Conception a “Personal” Belief

    04/23/2014 5:41:16 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 122 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Rand Paul is a pro-life Senator from Kentucky who appears poised to become one of the candidates for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Although he has a strong pro-life voting record, Paul is making comments about abortion that are concerning pro-lifers. randpaul3As LifeNews reported earlier this year, Paul said in an interview that Republicans should agree to disagree on social issues. Now, in a new interview, Paul says he doesn’t anticipate changing the laws on abortion and added that his belief that life begins at conception is a personal and religious one, not a scientific viewpoint.
  • Trayvon Martin's father wants son's death to renew civil rights movement(New "Emmett Till")

    04/23/2014 8:38:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Long Island Newsday ^ | April 23, 2014 | Joan Gralla
    Tracy Martin wants his son, Trayvon, to be remembered as this century's Emmett Till, and have his death reawaken the nation's lagging civil rights movement. "We want him to be known as that child of central Florida who galvanized the country," said Martin, who was a guest speaker at Nassau Community College on Wednesday. "We would like to see his name in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till [though] Emmett Till has a legacy I don't think any African-American child will surpass." Till, 14, was killed in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of...
  • AL Democrat Congressman 'Fine' with Men Marrying Mules, Calls Clarence Thomas 'Uncle Tom'

    04/14/2014 9:28:44 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Apr 2014, 12:52 PM PDT | Tony Lee
    Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D) who said Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is an "Uncle Tom" for being married to a white woman believes men should be allowed to marry mules. As Yellowhammer News, a go-to site for Alabama politics, noted, Holmes has come under fire recently for making comments about Thomas, interracial adoptions, and black Republicans. And when asked about interracial marriage, he revealed he was in favor of men marrying animals. “Now, I’m for interracial marriage,” Holmes said on a local radio show, according to Yellowhammer News. He continued: I’m for same-sex marriage. I’m the one that...
  • Doblin: 50 years later, 'The Great Society' is under attack

    04/14/2014 12:19:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | April 14, 2014 | Alfred P. Doblin, editorial page editor
    WHEN I WAS young, public service television commercials were not uncommon. One of the more famous ones featured an American Indian looking at a polluted landscape. At the commercial's close, there was a tear in his eye. Less iconic was a commercial about fair housing. A superintendent is showing a substandard apartment — it needs a lot of work. If I recall, he shows the bathroom and how getting a nickel washer from the hardware store would fix the plumbing. The commercial's goal was to educate people of color that there were laws protecting them against housing discrimination. I was...
  • Public Opinion on Civil Rights 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    04/10/2014 11:58:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Gallup ^ | April 10, 2014 | Frank Newport, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
    Four of the five living U.S. presidents -- Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter -- are in Austin, Texas, this week commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. They are in Austin because of the major role of President Lyndon Johnson in pushing the legislation through in the first months of his presidential administration in 1964. This legislation is still marked as one of the most significant developments in our nation's long history of race relations. Herewith are eight important points about public opinion and civil rights based on a...
  • Florida man asks judge for atheist lawyer following alleged attack on Jesus-looking roomate

    04/09/2014 8:37:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | April 9, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.,A Florida man had a very specific request when he asked a judge to switch up his public defender. Gustav Potthoff, who is accused of attacking his roommate with a butter knife because he thought he looked like Jesus, told an Orange County judge that he deserves to “be with someone of my own kind." Potthoff is an atheist. "It's just my human rights and everything else," said Potthoff. "I'm allowed to be with someone of my own kind." The judge told the 51-year-old that if he wants an atheist attorney, he’s going to have to pay for...
  • Jimmy Carter on civil rights: Still work to do [B. Clinton, Obama, G.W. Bush at LBJ Library]

    04/09/2014 2:36:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 8, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    Former President Jimmy Carter championed racial equality Tuesday evening, saying "there's no difference with people in the eyes of God" during a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act. Carter, 89, hailed the landmark 1964 law that outlawed discrimination against minorities and women as a stepping stone, but insisted there's still more work to do. "We're pretty much dormant now. We accept self-congratulations about the wonderful 50th anniversary — which is wonderful — but we feel like Lyndon Johnson did it and we don't have to do anything anymore," said Carter, the first president to speak at the three-day...
  • Pink Brick Award [Homo-fascist smear campaign]

    04/08/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by fwdude · 14 replies
    Scott Lively Ministries ^ | April 7, 2014 | Dr. Scott Lively
    Pink Brick Award Posted on April 7, 2014 by Pastor Scott Tonight I was informed by a writer at the Bay Area Reporter that I have been “awarded” the Pink Brick Award by the San Francisco LGBT Pride organization.From their website: “The Pink Brick is a symbol of the first brick hurled at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. This faux award is an opportunity to highlight an individual or organization that has done significant harm to the LGBT community. It is also an opportunity to educate the community and the Pink Brick recipient about relevant issues.” http://www.sfpride.org/pink-brick/Here is his...
  • Can you say “busing” boys and girls?

    04/08/2014 9:00:30 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/8/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Will this lead to busing so liberals can feel good about themselves? A new report from the UCLA Civil Rights Project has named New York’s schools the most segregated in America. Other deep blue Democrat controlled states like Illinois, Michigan, Maryland and New Jersey were cited just behind New York for maintaining the most segregated schools in the nation. While the absence of both Detroit and Washington DC from the top of this list makes its conclusions suspect, the fact remains: New York and the rest of these Oh so Blue states are very segregated. In the latest period for...
  • Owner's anti-gay views cause furor over soon-to-open Sellwood grocery store (OR)

    04/04/2014 6:12:36 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 04/03/2014 | Harry Esteve
    Another controversy has erupted over a Sellwood-Moreland business, this one over the owner’s views on gays and same-sex marriage. Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now backing away. “They’re choosing to open a business in a very open-minded neighborhood,” said Tom Brown, owner of Brown Properties and president of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. “I think their personal views are going to hurt.”
  • Mozilla speaks, sort of

    04/04/2014 6:26:53 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 72 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 4, 2014 | Scott Johnson
    Under the heading “Brendan Eich steps down as CEO,” Mozilla has posted the following statement in the name of executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker. Eich has “stepped down” from his position at Mozilla days after his appointment, following the revelation that he contributed $1,000 to the campaign supporting the passage of Prop 8 in California six years ago. The Wall Street Journal covers the story here. Baker’s statement is must reading, though it requires some translation. It is not exactly straightforward. Using the mandatory shibboleths, the statement refers to a corporate culture of “diversity and inclusiveness.” If you’ve read 1984, you...