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Remember the two black teens who killed the baby?

THU JUL 25, 2013 AT 04:58 AM PDT
Remember the two black teens who killed the baby?
by estamm
You know, the story of the mom and her baby in the stroller in a Atlanta suburb, who were confronted by two African American teens playing hookey who wanted money, then shot the kid? You know, the story that the right wing has been flogging, pointing to this as why Zimmerman was justified in killing another black teen? You know.

Well, turn out that perhaps we don't know all of the story. Or, maybe we know it all too well:

New evidence....

Two key quotes from the story:

In spite of the social media “outrage” and the right-wing media narrative, however, the Baby Santiago case only illustrates just how prevalent racism really is in the United States. Just days after Sherry West told police her 13 month old was shot and killed by two black teens, West’s 21 year old daughter went to police to tell them that she suspected her mother may have killed her infant brother. Ashley Glassey told CBS News in March, that her mother has serious mental health issues. These include a diagnosis of bi-polar with accompanying schizophrenic tendencies.

On July 16th further evidence was released to the public that implicates the parents involvement in the child’s death. Police tests immediately following the shooting revealed gun powder on the hands of both Sherry West and the baby’s father, Louis Santiago. Santiago claimed that he was nowhere near the scene of the shooting. This evidence too, was withheld for months, until the defense attorney in the case demanded that it be released in mid July.


The New York Times

Canadian Man Sorry for Chugging Eight Beers and Swimming to Detroit

tell me that is NOT my best post title EVAH!!!

John Morillo, a 47-year-old Canadian man, apologized today for causing an international incident last night when he drank eight beers and then swam across the Detroit River, just to prove to his friends he could.

Speaking to the Windsor Star after being released from jail this morning, Morillo said in retrospect it was "really stupid" of him to drunkenly swim across the river, but not without adding that he wanted his incredulous buddies to know he'd pulled it off:

If I’m going to be in the paper, I’d at least like them to say I actually made it, even though I got in trouble and everything. I gotta pay fines and stuff. But I don’t want it to sound like I didn’t make it, because then my buddies are going to say 'ha, ha, you didn’t make it.' Because that was the whole thing, to show them I could do it.

Morillo's stunt launched a joint search mission between the Canadian and U.S. coast guards when his neighbor called the police after losing sight of him in the water. Rescue efforts included three boats and a helicopter. Morillo, who calls himself a "strong swimmer," had made it across the river and was on his way back when the U.S. Coast Guard found him floating on the Canadian side at around 1 AM, two hours after he'd initially entered the water.

Windsor authorities have banned Morillo from all waterfront city property and will fine him $5,000 for swimming in a shipping channel. Exacerbating everything, Morillo, who was ultimately charged with being intoxicated in public, says his mom is very mad at him. "She just hung up on me," Morillo told the Star. "She said 'you’re just so stupid.'"http://gawker.com/canadian-man-sorry-for-chugging-eight-beers-and-swimmin-888283225

The Boehner Reminds Us To Be Polite When We Are Hateful (must be some kind of GOP commandment)

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement late Tuesday that comments from King, an Iowa Republican, likening so-called DREAMers to drug mules was “wrong.”

“There can be honest disagreements about policy without using hateful language,” Boehner said in his statement. “Everyone needs to remember that.”


Why Did the U.S. Department of Education Abandon Student Privacy Rights?

Why Did the U.S. Department of Education Abandon Student Privacy Rights?

In 2009 and again in 2011, the U.S. Department of Education changed the regulations in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), making it easier for third parties to gain access to private information about students.

The DOE is being sued by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on behalf of student privacy. Arguments will be presented on July 24 in federal district court.

“EPIC is challenging recent changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that allow the release of student records for non-academic purposes and undercut parental consent provisions.”

At bottom, this is about Arne Duncan’s desire to clear the way for inBloom, the $100 million Gates-Carnegie-Murdoch project to collect personal student data and make it available to vendors for commercial uses.



TWISTED: NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails

NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails
by Justin Elliott
ProPublica, July 23, 2013, 12:39 p.m.

The NSA is a "supercomputing powerhouse" with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.

But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees' email? The agency says it doesn’t have the technology.

"There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately," NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week.

The system is “a little antiquated and archaic," she added...

I am laughing so hard, I am choking myself...
but, peace anyway, kpete

Harry Reid: McConnell ‘Tried To Make Love To The Tea Party’ ("& they didn't like it")

Source: Talking Points Memo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Monday that his Republican counterpart's overtures to the tea party have backfired.

Speaking at an event held by Organizing for Action, Reid seemed to gloat that Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had drawn a Republican challenger in next year's race.

“He tried to make love to the tea party and they didn’t like it,” Reid said, as quoted by the Washington Post.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/harry-reid-mcconnell-tried-to-make-love-to?ref=fpb

Broken shackles

I had not noticed that axe before....
peace, kpete

The Violence of Organized Forgetting

The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Henry Giroux

by Henry Giroux

. . . Until educators, individuals, artists, intellectuals and various social movements address how the metaphysics of casino capitalism, war and violence have taken hold on American society (and in other parts of the world) along with the savage social costs they have enacted, the forms of social, political, and economic violence that young people are protesting against, as well as the violence waged in response to their protests, will become impossible to recognize and act on.

the rest:

Terminally ill man and his husband fight to force Ohio to recognize their marriage, and judge agrees

Terminally ill man and his husband fight to force Ohio to recognize their marriage, and judge agrees
byLaura Clawson

USA flag in the form of a gay rainbow flag The Supreme Court's decision striking down part, but not all, of the Defense of Marriage Act is starting to make itself felt in challenges to the other parts of DOMA. In Ohio, that's happening in an immediate and personal way, with a married couple pressing to have their marriage recognized by the state of Ohio after the death of one, which is expected soon due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And they have a federal judge backing them up:

“The end result here and now is that the local Ohio Registrar of death certificates is hereby ORDERED not to accept for recording a death certificate for John Arthur that does not record Mr. Arthur’s status at death as ‘married’ and James Obergefell as his ‘surviving spouse,’” Judge Timothy Black wrote in granting the couple a temporary restraining order Monday. The order is in effect until 5 p.m. Aug. 5, unless the court extends the order at a later date.

“By treating lawful same sex marriages differently than it treats lawful opposite sex
marriages,” the judge concluded, Ohio’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex
couples’ marriages and Ohio’s statute addressing the same issue “likely violate the United States Constitution.”
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