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Well then, Hillary Clinton gets my vote.

Media Matters ✔ @mmfa
NRA's Wayne LaPierre:
Hillary Clinton "Will Bring A Permanent Darkness Of Deceit And Despair" To America


I admit, she scares me a bit....

Chart: why black people fear being killed by the police

Police were 21 times more likely to shoot and kill black teens than white teens between 2010 and 2012, according to a ProPublica analysis of the FBI data. ProPublica reported: "One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica's analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring — 185, more than one per week."



Sean Hannity said there's no justification for the police shooting of Walter Scott

Fox News host Sean Hannity is a vocal defender of police, as he demonstrated when he stood by the officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. But he drew the line Thursday, arguing in a testy exchange on his show that there's no justification for the grisly shooting of Walter Scott.

Hannity said.

The Scott shooting has drawn national attention following the release of a video recording that allegedly shows North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager shooting Scott eight times as the unarmed black 50-year-old was fleeing from the officer. Slager has been fired from the police department and charged with murder.

One of Hannity's guests, Rev. Jesse Peterson, head of the religious organization Bond, said the shooting initially upset him, but he later "calmed down" and questioned what led to the events. "I started to question things," Peterson said. "What happened before these shots?"


pigs are flying, Hannity called Walter Scott a man, not a black man

This times eleventy billion.

Slager did the planting of the evidence so non-chalantly that I have to believe he’s done it before. I’m sorry, but if I was trying to cover up a major screw up at work, I would be acting very nervous, certainly not the way Slager was acting.


The Five Worst Supreme Court Justices In American History, Ranked

5) Justice Clarence Thomas

Justice Clarence Thomas is the only current member of the Supreme Court who has explicitly embraced the reasoning of Lochner Era decisions striking down nationwide child labor laws and making similar attacks on federal power. Indeed, under the logic Thomas first laid out in a concurring opinion in United States v. Lopez, the federal minimum wage, overtime rules, anti-discrimination protections for workers, and even the national ban on whites-only lunch counters are all unconstitutional.

Though Thomas’s views are rare today, they have, sadly, not been the least bit uncommon during the Supreme Court’s history. He makes this list because, frankly, he should know better than his predecessors. As I explain in Injustices, many of the justices who resisted progressive legislation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were, like Field, motivated by ideology. Many others, however, were motivated by fear of the rapid changes state and federal lawmakers implemented in the wake of the even more rapid changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution. It was possible to believe, in a world where factories, railroads, and the laws required to regulate factories and railroads were all very new things, that these laws would, as Herbert Hoover once said about the New Deal, “destroy the very foundations of our American system” by extending “government into our economic and social life.”
But Thomas has the benefit of eighty years of American history that Hoover had not witnessed when he warned of an overreaching government. In that time, the Supreme Court largely abandoned the values embraced by Justice Field, and the United States became the mightiest nation in the history of politics and the wealthiest nation in the history of money.


White America’s racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

FRIDAY, APR 10, 2015 01:15 AM PDT

The author of "What Does It Mean to Be White?" examines the ways white people implode when they talk about race


I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources—schools, textbooks, media—don’t provide us with the multiple perspectives we need.

Yes, we will develop strong emotionally laden opinions, but they will not be informed opinions. Our socialization renders us racially illiterate. When you add a lack of humility to that illiteracy (because we don’t know what we don’t know), you get the break-down we so often see when trying to engage white people in meaningful conversations about race.


Social scientists understand racism as a multidimensional and highly adaptive system—a system that ensures an unequal distribution of resources between racial groups. Because whites built and dominate all significant institutions, (often at the expense of and on the uncompensated labor of other groups), their interests are embedded in the foundation of U.S. society.

While individual whites may be against racism, they still benefit from the distribution of resources controlled by their group. Yes, an individual person of color can sit at the tables of power, but the overwhelming majority of decision-makers will be white. Yes, white people can have problems and face barriers, but systematic racism won’t be one of them. This distinction—between individual prejudice and a system of unequal institutionalized racial power—is fundamental. One cannot understand how racism functions in the U.S. today if one ignores group power relations.


Geraldo Rivera Has A Very Sick Outlook Regarding The Walter Scott Murder

"I'm extremely glad that they released the dash cam video because it gives context to the event. However horrific and tragic and outrageous the shooting in the back is, it shows that it started as a righteous traffic stop," Rivera said on "Fox and Friends."

Rivera said that Scott "was acting very hinky, very edgy" and that he allegedly struggled with Slager after the officer used his stun gun.

"So, up until that point the cop, with his adrenaline pumping, now he's been in a physical tussle, now the perpetrator has reached for the taser, allegedly. Now it gives you the context of his blood boiling," Rivera said. "He has done everything professional and now ... this civilian has dared to physically have this altercation with the officer."

"Put that in the officer's head now. I think it saves him from the murder rap," Rivera said.

So Slager deserves a medal or something?


sorry about the rather stark error,

"To Protect And Serve"

KRUGMAN: No To Privatization- Social Security works very well. And we should build on that success.

Where Government Excels
APRIL 10, 2015


Maybe we wouldn’t need Social Security if ordinary people really were the perfectly rational, farsighted agents economists like to assume in their models (and right-wingers like to assume in their propaganda). In an idealized world, 25-year-old workers would base their decisions about how much to save on a realistic assessment of what they will need to live comfortably when they’re in their 70s. They’d also be smart and sophisticated in how they invested those savings, carefully seeking the best trade-offs between risk and return.


And in the real world of retirement, Social Security is a shining example of a system that works. It’s simple and clean, with low operating costs and minimal bureaucracy. It provides older Americans who worked hard all their lives with a chance of living decently in retirement, without requiring that they show an inhuman ability to think decades ahead and be investment whizzes as well. The only problem is that the decline of private pensions, and their replacement with inadequate 401(k)-type plans, has left a gap that Social Security isn’t currently big enough to fill. So why not make it bigger?

Needless to say, suggestions along these lines are already provoking near-hysterical reactions, not just from the right, but from self-proclaimed centrists. As I wrote some years ago, calling for cuts to Social Security has long been seen inside the Beltway as a “badge of seriousness, a way of showing how statesmanlike and tough-minded you are.” And it’s only a decade since former President George W. Bush tried to privatize the program, with a lot of centrist support.

But true seriousness means looking at what works and what doesn’t. Privatized retirement schemes work very badly; Social Security works very well. And we should build on that success.


Walter Scott: The 5 Lies Police Told

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