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"Have a lovely day. I'll just get down on my knees and put my hands up now so there's no confusion."

WED JUL 17, 2013 AT 08:31 AM PDT
"Curious" George (Zimmerman)
byIan ReifowitzFollow


Imagine how you'd feel if every time you went out, some non-black person treated you like a possible or even probable criminal (and that's how "curious George" treated Trayvon Martin), even if you were the law abiding person you are? After all, if it's ok for Zimmerman to have done it, why wouldn't it be ok for it to happen all the time? Would that be sustainable as a society?

Would you, in response to this kind of treatment, say to yourself?:

"Well, people who have the same skin color as I do commit crimes at a higher percentage than other people -- even though of course the overwhelming majority of black people and even young black men don't commit any violent crimes at all, and comparatively few of those are committed against random strangers of another race -- but despite those details of course you're justified in assuming I'm likely about to commit a crime no matter what I really am. I totally understand your fears and take no personal offense. Have a lovely day. I'll just get down on my knees and put my hands up now so there's no confusion."


I understand what it's like to be white, to think about crime and want to do what I can to protect my family and neighbors. Of course, every American of every race thinks about these things. But the answer cannot be -- on the basis of one's curiosity -- to treat every black person, or every young black male as a probable criminal.

It's counterproductive, immoral, and, oh yeah, the Constitution gives them the same rights and freedoms it does me.


Other Zimmerman Jurors Remind Everyone that B37 Doesn't Speak For Them

Juror B37 dominated her fair share of the post-verdict news cycle earlier this week with her since-aborted plans to write a book and her sit-down interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, the first public (albeit anonymous) comment from any member of the six-woman jury who found George Zimmerman not guilty in Trayvon Martin's death. Late Tuesday, four of the other five women spoke out to say they won't be speaking out—and to make it clear that Juror B37 doesn't speak for them. Their full statement:

We, the undersigned jurors, understand there is a great deal of interest in this case. But we ask you to remember that we are not public officials and we did not invite this type of attention into our lives. We also wish to point out that the opinions of Juror B-37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show, were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.

Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us. The death of a teenager weighted heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do.

We appeal to the highest standards of your profession and ask the media to respect our privacy and give us time to process what we have been though.

Thank you,

Juror B-51
Juror B-76
Juror E-6
Juror E-40

Their effort to distance themselves from their fellow juror comes after B37 told Cooper that she thought Zimmerman's "heart was in the right place," and that she had no doubt that he feared for his life when he shot and kill Martin.

She also shared a few details about what went on behind closed doors, including that a preliminary vote at the very start of the deliberations was split with three jurors—including B37—in favor of acquittal, two supporting a manslaughter conviction, and the other believing Zimmerman was guilty of second-degree murder. Given the numbers, that means at least one of the jurors who signed Tuesday's statement was on the same side as Juror B37 during the preliminary vote—although she obviously may have taken a very different path to reach that conclusion.


Fed Chief Calls Congress Biggest Obstacle to Growth

Source: New York TImes

Fed Chief Calls Congress Biggest Obstacle to Growth
Published: July 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, said Wednesday that Congress is the largest obstacle to faster economic growth, and he warned that upcoming decisions about fiscal policy could once again undermine the nation’s recovery.

“The economic recovery has continued at a moderate pace in recent quarters despite the strong headwinds created by federal fiscal policy,” Mr. Bernanke said in the opening line of his prepared remarks to a Congressional committee.

Moreover, he said, Congress could make things worse later this year.

“The risks remain that tight federal fiscal policy will restrain economic growth over the next few quarters by more than we currently expect, or that the debate concerning other fiscal policy issues, such as the status of the debt ceiling, will evolve in a way that could hamper the recovery,” he said.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/18/business/economy/fed-chairman-points-finger-at-congress.html?hp&_r=0

"I would NEVER Racially Profile..."

"Current military spending is lapping at historic highs, not lows."


Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education

Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education
"Let’s let them choose it, let’s not force them to do it," he said. "I think that’s when you start seeing the shift."
By Benjamin Wood, Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, July 16 2013 10:47 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Compulsory education laws have resulted in parents disengaging themselves from the responsibility to oversee the education of their children and have caused schools to falter under the burden of being all things to all people.

Those points are among the arguments made by Sen. Aaron Osmond, R-South Jordan, in an article posted Friday on the blog of the Utah State Senate, in which Osmond called for the end of compulsory education in the state.

"Some parents act as if the responsibility to educate, and even care for their child, is primarily the responsibility of the public school system," Osmond wrote. "As a result, our teachers and schools have been forced to become surrogate parents, expected to do everything from behavioral counseling, to providing adequate nutrition, to teaching sex education, as well as ensuring full college and career readiness."

Osmond wrote further that in the current state of public education, teachers do not receive meaningful support from parents, while at the same time parents become frustrated that schools are not able to meet the individual needs of their children. Osmond told the Deseret News that there is a need to shift the public mindset to viewing learning as an opportunity as opposed to an obligation, while also reinforcing the idea of liberty and choice.



Thanks To ObamaCare: Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%

Health Plan Cost for New Yorkers Set to Fall 50%
Published: July 16, 2013 107 Comments

Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect, state officials are to announce on Wednesday.

State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York. Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop for health insurance for as little as $308 monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower.

Supporters of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, credited the drop in rates to the online purchasing exchanges the law created, which they say are spurring competition among insurers that are anticipating an influx of new customers. The law requires that an exchange be started in every state.

“Health insurance has suddenly become affordable in New York,” said Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president for health initiatives with the Community Service Society of New York. “It’s not bargain-basement prices, but we’re going from Bergdorf’s to Filene’s here.”


This Filmmaker Will Make You Think Differently About the Trayvon Martin Case

“High on the list on what killed Trayvon and what allowed his murderer to go free is the white privilege system of racism and oppression that this country was built upon and executes, pun intended, with full force in a slightly more nuance form today.

Before we go any further, I am aware that I am white and in many ways benefit from these systems of oppression that I am condemning. However I am not, to preempt the comments that will take up space on this topic, suffering for what you call white guilt. I see the world as it is. It is not an opinion.”

Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/07/16/filmmaker-dennis-trainor-white-privilege-innocent-trayvon-martin-guilty-video/#ixzz2ZGVStCK1

The Cheney States Of America

The Cheney States Of America

Liz Cheney is going to primary Mike Enzi in Wyoming.


and an appropriate reaction found out there in the tubes:

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Texas Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Block Abortion Restrictions Until The Death Penalty Is Abolished

Source: Think Progress

State Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr. (D) has introduced HB 45, which would prevent Texas from enforcing any of the abortion restrictions passed during this year’s special session until 60 days after Texas abolishes the death penalty:

LIMITATION ON ADDITIONAL ABORTION RESTRICTIONS. Notwithstanding any other law, a law enacted on or after June 1, 2013, that restricts access to abortion or the availability of abortion does not take effect until 60 days after publication in the Texas Register of a finding of fact made by the attorney general that the state has abolished the use of the death penalty as a punishment available on final conviction of a criminal offense.

At the end of June — right before the extra lawmaking sessions began — Texas executed its 500th person. The state has led the country in death penalty executions, contributing to one-third of the total number of Death Row inmates executed in the United States over the past several years.

“In Texas, we’re going to support protecting life,” Perry recently said in reference to his commitment to enacting the harsh abortion restrictions. But that sentiment may not apply to all lives in the Lone Star State. 261 executions, over half of the total number of since Texas reinstated the death penalty in 1977, took place under Perry’s leadership.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/16/2312051/texas-democrats-death-penalty-abortion/
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