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Dear Mr. President, Make Israel Stop Arresting Kids. Thank you, Faris Abbas


Abbas' grandchildren gave letters to Obama

Published yesterday (updated) 24/03/2013 22:19

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Two of President Mahmoud Abbas' grandchildren gave letters to the US president during his visit to Ramallah on Thursday.

Firas wrote that 168 Palestinian children were in Israeli prison, including 15 of Malia's age and 20 of Sasha's age, referring to Barack Obama's children.

"Please get them out. Make Israel stop arresting kids," the 10-year-old wrote.



MORE:
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=578456

Whites are far more likely to shoot themselves & African Americans are far more likely to be shot at


Gun deaths are shaped by race in America. Whites are far more likely to shoot themselves, and African Americans are far more likely to be shot by someone else.



The statistical difference is dramatic, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A white person is five times as likely to commit suicide with a gun as to be shot with a gun; for each African American who uses a gun to commit suicide, five are killed by other people with guns.




Really interesting info/graphs:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/feature/wp/2013/03/22/gun-deaths-shaped-by-race-in-america/

Picturing Inequality



http://truth-out.org/art/item/15301-picturing-inequality

George Zimmerman’s Brother: ‘Black Teens’ Are Killers

George Zimmerman’s Brother: ‘Black Teens’ Are Killers
By Aviva Shen on Mar 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

Since he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, George Zimmerman has been trying to convince the public that he was not acting simply out of racist aggression but because Martin attacked him. Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr, is not helping his cause. On Saturday, Zimmerman went on a Twitter tirade against “black teens,” equating the boy killed by his brother with De’Marquise Elkins, the 17-year-old suspect in the murder of a Georgia infant.

As highlighted by Mediaite, Zimmerman tweeted a photo comparison between Elkins and Martin flipping their middle fingers with the caption, “A picture speaks a thousand words…Any questions?”



Zimmerman tweeted the photo at Michael Moore, the NAACP, the NRA, and a Breitbart.com editor. He followed it up with another comparison between the two, tweeting

“Teen to West:
“Do you want me to shoot your baby?” #TrayvonMartin to #GeorgeZimmerman: You’re gonna die tonight Motherf**ker.”


In case the reason for his comparison of the two young black men was unclear, Zimmerman later tweeted:
Robert Zimmerman Jr @rzimmermanjr

.@TheRealPest @michaelskolnik - Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB risky
4:42 PM - 24 Mar 13


MORE:
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/03/25/1768541/george-zimmermans-brother-black-teens-are-killers/

Former SC GOP Director Kincannon to Iraq War Vet: “Shame You Didn’t Come Home in a Body Bag” Sick

Former SC GOP Director Kincannon to Iraq War Vet: “Shame You Didn’t Come Home in a Body Bag”

Former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon shows his support for the US military in a tweet about Iraq War veteran and anti-war activist Mike Prysner, demonstrating once again that special mean-spirited hatefulness so beloved of the American right wing:

Todd Kincannon @ToddKincannon

.@MikePrysner You are an Iraq veteran? Shame you didn't come home in a body bag.
5:14 AM - 24 Mar 13


http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/41774_Former_SC_GOP_Director_Kincannon_to_Iraq_War_Vet-_Shame_You_Didnt_Come_Home_in_a_Body_Bag









The Day That TV News Died - By Chris Hedges

The Day That TV News Died


Posted on Mar 24, 2013

Phil Donahue was fired from MSNBC for espousing anti-war views before the start of the conflict in March of 2003.

By Chris Hedges

I am not sure exactly when the death of television news took place. The descent was gradual—a slide into the tawdry, the trivial and the inane, into the charade on cable news channels such as Fox and MSNBC in which hosts hold up corporate political puppets to laud or ridicule, and treat celebrity foibles as legitimate news. But if I had to pick a date when commercial television decided amassing corporate money and providing entertainment were its central mission, when it consciously chose to become a carnival act, it would probably be Feb. 25, 2003, when MSNBC took Phil Donahue off the air because of his opposition to the calls for war in Iraq.

Donahue and Bill Moyers, the last honest men on national television, were the only two major TV news personalities who presented the viewpoints of those of us who challenged the rush to war in Iraq. General Electric and Microsoft—MSNBC’s founders and defense contractors that went on to make tremendous profits from the war—were not about to tolerate a dissenting voice. Donahue was fired, and at PBS Moyers was subjected to tremendous pressure. An internal MSNBC memo leaked to the press stated that Donahue was hurting the image of the network. He would be a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war,” the memo read. Donahue never returned to the airwaves.

The celebrity trolls who currently reign on commercial television, who bill themselves as liberal or conservative, read from the same corporate script. They spin the same court gossip. They ignore what the corporate state wants ignored. They champion what the corporate state wants championed. They do not challenge or acknowledge the structures of corporate power. Their role is to funnel viewer energy back into our dead political system—to make us believe that Democrats or Republicans are not corporate pawns. The cable shows, whose hyperbolic hosts work to make us afraid self-identified liberals or self-identified conservatives, are part of a rigged political system, one in which it is impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, General Electric or ExxonMobil. These corporations, in return for the fear-based propaganda, pay the lavish salaries of celebrity news people, usually in the millions of dollars. They make their shows profitable. And when there is war these news personalities assume their “patriotic” roles as cheerleaders, as Chris Matthews—who makes an estimated $5 million a year—did, along with the other MSNBC and Fox hosts.

It does not matter that these celebrities and their guests, usually retired generals or government officials, got the war terribly wrong. Just as it does not matter that Francis Fukuyama and Thomas Friedman were wrong on the wonders of unfettered corporate capitalism and globalization. What mattered then and what matters now is likability—known in television and advertising as the Q score—not honesty and truth. Television news celebrities are in the business of sales, not journalism. They peddle the ideology of the corporate state. And too many of us are buying.

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more:
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_day_that_tv_news_died_20130324//

"We were trying to kill a snake with fire… It done caught the house--"

Woman Burns Down Home Setting Snake On Fire
Posted: 03/22/2013 2:32 pm EDT | Updated: 03/23/2013 10:45 am EDT

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"She saw the snake, threw gasoline on the snake, lit the snake on fire," Bowie County Sheriff's Deputy Randall Baggett told KSLA. "The snake went into the brush pile and the brush pile caught the home on fire."

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"We were trying to kill a snake with fire… It done caught the house--"

"Caught the house?" the dispatcher interjects.

"Yes, the house is on fire. Could you hurry up please?"



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/22/woman-burns-down-home-set_n_2933888.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news

One Nation Under The Gun: Thousands Of Gun Deaths Since Newtown



On the morning of his murder, Feb. 11, Devin Aryal, 9, dressed to the ticking of his race car clock. His collection of stuffed animals, won from those arcade claw games, stared back at him from their perch on his top bunk.

"I love you,” Aryal told her son. “I love you more," he replied.

“He would always win that game,” Aryal said. “It always gave me a good feeling.”

After a 34-year-old stranger with a 9 mm pistol and a backpack full of bullets shot Devin in the head for no apparent reason, Aryal only hears her son in her dreams. She is wrecked by the world she wakes up to, a world without Devin. He has become, for her, a composite of memories, conversation and images.




Interactive map:
http://data.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/gun-deaths

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/22/gun-deaths-us-newtown_n_2935686.html

Acceptance by Example, on the Field and at Home - By SCOTT FUJITA

Acceptance by Example, on the Field and at Home
By SCOTT FUJITA
Published: March 23, 2013

My three young daughters, like most kids, are curious and ask a lot of questions. My wife and I are as open and honest with them as possible. But there’s one question I’m not prepared to answer: “Why aren’t Clare and Lesa married?”

Scott Fujita said his father’s experience in an internment camp helped inform his views.
I don’t know how to explain to them what “inferior” means or why their country treats our friends as such. I don’t want to tell them that “Yes, our friends love each other just like Mommy and Daddy love each other, but that their love is considered ‘less than.’ ”


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I don’t ever want to explain to my daughters that some “versions” of love are viewed as “less than” others. I’m not prepared to answer that kind of question.

Instead, in just a few short years, and in the same way we now sometimes ask the previous generation, I hope my daughters will ask me: “What was all the fuss about back then?” I’m looking forward to hearing that question.


MORE:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/sports/football/scott-fujita-acceptance-by-example-in-locker-room-and-at-home.html?pagewanted=2&smid=tw-nytimes&partner=rss&emc=rss

BOB DOLE: GOP "Needs A Timeout" To Tone Down The Antigovernment rhetoric.

Dole was right " “I thought when I was elected I was supposed to do something"

As Dole sat in his Washington law office in February, still stunned by the outcome, he blamed his own party and suggested a headline: “Republican Party closes its doors to make repairs.” The GOP, added Dole, one of the party’s most revered figures, “needs a timeout” to tone down the antigovernment rhetoric.

WAY more:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/24/1196592/-Bob-Dole-Calls-out-Current-Republicans
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