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Ryan Deports Dreamers From Book Signing

"A couple weeks ago you voted for defunding DACA," one Dreamer asked Ryan, who was signing copies of his new book, The Way Forward. "It would put me and my sister up for deportation. We just had a question -- do you want to deport me and my sister?"

Ryan largely ignored the question, pressing the activists to "read the position in the book." The activists were escorted away from the congressman.

He was later confronted again by Ray Jose, an organizer with immigrant youth organization United We Dream. Jose was escorted out of the book store by a security guard.

Ryan's office did not immediately return The Huffington Post's request for comment.

See VIDEO Here:

"I'm Sorry Son, But That's Just America..."


"Every 28 Hours"

Does a Black person really get killed by police, security guard or vigilante every
28 hours?

........ After more than three months of marathon
internet searching, we are sure that the actual number is closer to one state‐sanctioned
killing of a Black person every 24 hours. We found the names of more than 70 additional
people killed by police whose race we could not confirm and countless others who the
press never bothered to identify after police departments refused or delayed releasing
their names. And, there were others who were in critical condition from police shootings,
but the press never reported on whether they survived.


How do these numbers compare with the killing of white people?

 Sample data: Since there is no national database that keeps track of state sanctioned
these killings let alone one that analyzes the data by race, it is impossible to give a
comprehensive answer. The partial studies that do exist consistently find that Black people
are killed by police, security guards and vigilantes in numbers dramatically out of
proportion to their share in the population.17 But we do have sample data that give a
strong indication of how extreme the disparity is. In both large cities like Chicago and small
towns like Saginaw, Michigan, nearly all the people who are killed extrajudicially are Black,
although they are not even the majority of the population of those cities.

2012 Comparison of Black, Latino and White Extrajudicial Killings in Five Cities


MUCH MORE (not kidding):

Nyuck, Nyuck, Nyuck

"I have a dream..."

And as mind is to body, so is humanity to Earth...


“Is it not possible that rocks, hills and mountains, and the great physical body of the Earth itself may enjoy a sentience, a form of consciousness which we humans cannot perceive only because of the vastly different time scales involved? For example the mind of a mountain may be as powerful and profound as that of a Buddha, Plato, Spinoza, Whitehead and Einstein. Say that a mountain takes 5,000,000 of our human or solar years to complete a single thought. But what a grand thought that single thought must be. If only we could tune in on it. The classic philosophers of both east and west have tried for 5,000 years more or less to convince us that Mind is the basic reality, maybe the only reality and that our bodies, the Earth and the entire universe is no more than a thought in the mind of God. But consider an alternative hypothesis. That Buddha, Plato, Einstein and we are all thoughts in the minds of mountains, or that humanity is a long, long thought in the mind of the Earth. That we are the means by which the Earth, and perhaps the universe becomes conscious of itself. I tell you that God, if there is a god, may be the end, not the origin of this process. If so, then our relationship to Earth is something like that of our minds to our bodies. They are interdependent. We cannot exploit or abuse our bodies without peril to our mental health and our survival. We have definitely seen some mindless bodies dancing around us, but we have yet to observe a disembodied mind. At least I haven’t seen any. And as mind is to body, so is humanity to Earth. We cannot dishonor one without dishonoring and destroying ourselves.” – Edward Abbey, from his 1975 lecture “In Defense of Wilderness” given at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and later transcribed and published by Jack Loeffler in his book, Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey.


Ferguson's global giant, and those left behind

Emerson employs a lot of less-skilled people to make a lot of different stuff, but not in Ferguson. In Mexico, Central America, South America, Germany, France, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, China, India, Japan, the Philippines and other nations, in 230 manufacturing centers, Emerson employs 130,000 people, including 33,000 at 80 locations in the U.S. and Canada.


In 2009, David Farr, then as now Emerson’s chairman and CEO, told analysts in Chicago that President Barack Obama’s ideas for the environment, health care reform and labor could “destroy” U.S. manufacturing.

“What do you think I’m going to do?” Farr asked his audience. “I’m not going to hire anybody in the United States. I’m moving.”

Last year, David Farr was paid $25.3 million, placing him No. 5 on Equilar’s list of America’s best-paid executives.


Uh Far Side kind of question - but who put that sign there?

Get Over It? NEVER.


Our Supreme Court seems to think that, racism and bigotry, if they still exist, are just minor problems:

The majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, stated that “things have changed dramatically” in the South and that the "country has changed" since the Voting Rights Act was passed. The court argued the law had successfully defended against discrimination, but was no longer needed. Racism, the court majority appeared to suggest, was over, and laws created during a time when such hatred was in its heyday served now to place unjust "burdens" on certain states and jurisdictions that wished to pass new voting laws -- laws, of course, that had nothing to do with trying to suppress minority votes.

Ferguson protesters chanted, "Hands up, don't shoot!" Darren Wilson supporters replied, "Shoot!"

Sometimes, there are moments so stark that they have the power to encapsulate an ugly truth in a single frame. This is one such moment:

Today in Saint Louis, around 100 people demonstrated in support of Darren Wilson, the officer who gunned down Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The mostly white crowd gathered at a local watering hole popular with police, held signs and raised money for Wilson. Many suggested Wilson was the victim of a rush to judgement, and some insisted the episode had nothing to do with race, but rather with a police officer doing his job, as evidenced by this gem:

They are saying it’s murder because a white officer killed a black man,” said Karen Kennedy, who attended the rally with her daughter Katie. “I don’t know where that comes from."

Despite the troubling implications of supporting a police officer who gunned down an unarmed teenager with six bullets, all was relatively peaceful.

And then came the moment. A counter protest developed in response to the gathering of Wilson supporters, and many of them began chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot," a reference to the fact that, according to both witnesses and an autopsy, Brown had his hand raised in the air when he was shot.

In response? Wilson's supporters began chanting, "Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!"

Here is The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery, who captured the moment on Twitter:

WesleyLowery ✔ @WesleyLowery
At one point tonight, Michael Brown protesters chanted "hands up, don't shoot!"
Darren Wilson supporters responded: "Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!"

7:05 PM - 23 Aug 2014


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