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Blacks Who Stand Their Ground Often Imprisoned

The recent acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old unarmed Trayvon Martin has led to intense scrutiny of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, which hung over the Zimmerman trial along with similar “no retreat” self-defense laws, and their impact on people of color.

“I think the Trayvon Martin case highlighted the racial inequalities that exist in American society,” said Brendan Fischer, general counsel of the Center for Media and Democracy. “It is a symbol of how the American justice system devalues the lives of people of color. , ‘Stand Your Ground’ has embedded a lot of these injustices into the system. Statistics have shown its application has been anything but equitable.”

Supported by the National Rifle Association, “Stand Your Ground” was passed by the Florida legislature in 2005. The measure turned age-old self-defense principle on its head by allowing persons to use deadly force to defend themselves, without first trying to retreat, if they have a reasonable belief that they face a threat.

The law’s template was then adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit organization made up of corporations, foundations and legislators that advance federalist and conservative public policies, authorities said. Since Florida passed the law, similar measures have been introduced in one form or another in about 30 states, usually those with state legislatures dominated by Republicans.


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How a Libertarian Used Ayn Rand's Crazy Philosophy to Drive Sears Into the Ground

July 17, 2013 |

Eddie Lampert, the legendary hedge fund manager, was once hailed as the “ Steve Jobs of the investment world” and the second coming of Warren Buffett. These days, he claims the number 2 spot on Forbes’ list of America’s worst CEOs. He has destroyed Sears, the iconic retail giant founded in 1886, which used to be known as the place “Where America Shops.”

America now avoids Sears at all costs, thanks largely to Mr. Lampert and his love of twisted economic logic.

A bit of background: Lampert cut his teeth on Wall Street at the risk-arbitrage desk of Goldman Sachs under Robert Rubin, who later became U.S. Treasury Secretary and now serves as vice chairman at Citigroup. In 1988, Lampert founded ESL Investments and joined the billionaire's club at age 41. He rose to fame in the early 2000s for seizing control of Kmart during bankruptcy and then using it to take over Sears. Along the way he was kidnapped and deposited on a motel toilet in handcuffs for nearly 40 hours, and lived to tell the tale. Lampert is known for his touchiness and odd habits, such as conducting meetings from a bare bones room to Sears executives forced to tune in by videoconference. He hates flying.

You might say that Lampert is the distillation of the fervent market worship and wrong-headed economic approaches that came to dominate the U.S. in the 1980s and have yet to run their fatal course. He adores Ayn Rand, and is reported to have given out copies of Atlas Shrugged during an ESL annual dinner. Lampert is also a fan of Friedrich von Hayek, the Austrian economist beloved by conservatives and libertarians. As a Robert Rubin protégé, he absorbed the lessons of a man whose discredited economic focus on budget deficits ended up starving the country’s infrastructure, education and alternative energy.

Looking at what Lampert has done to Sears, we can see what happens when the lessons of his mentors are actually applied in the real world. It isn’t pretty.


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Make sure to take notice of the inside joke with the "Mr. Simone" character

I think that they're trying to tell us something...

And never forget it...

Oh yeah, drool...

An example of how a fight starts between socialized pit bulls...

I could write a particularly critical essay aimed at the left right now, or do it later

The thing is that I've been up all night, working on my show... And when I don't have enough sleep, my level of tact goes through the floor.

Or I can sleep and write it later and it'll be a bit more tactful. Or even not at all.

The subject is: Lefties, stop being so co-dependent to bad Right Wing ideas...

This isn't meant to be aimed at anyone here in particular, but as something that we, as so-called liberals and progressives do in general.

The choice of the tone is all yours, I've give you five minutes to vote.

After that, if you don't vote for tactless, I'm hitting the sack until I'm rested.

Vote, Gawd dammit.

Detroit, right now, is like RoboCop 2, without Peter Weller...

In RoboCop 3, Omni Consumer Products sent in a mercenary army to clean out Detroit's residents...

I wouldn't put it past the Nerd to do the same thing eventually.
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