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"It's Embarrassing" Macon-Area Students Fight: "There's a white prom and there's an integrated prom"


"We're embarrassed, it's embarrassing," exclaimed Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace, and Keela Bloodworth.


"We are all friends," said Stephanie. "That's just kind of not right that we can't go to prom together."

Stephanie and Keela are white and Mareshia and Quanesha are black. They're seniors at Wilcox County High School, a school that has never held an integrated prom during its existence.

"There's a white prom and there's an integrated prom," said Keela.

the rest:

and this is what they are doing about it:

Wilcox County H.S. Students to Host First Integrated Prom


Carville Joins Up With Hillary Clinton Group

Carville Joins Up With Hillary Clinton Group
Luke Johnson | April 4, 2013 8:18 AM ET

James Carville, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton and a media commentator, has joined the Ready For Hillary PAC.

The Washington Post first reported the news Thursday, and The Huffington Post confirmed it.

In an email to be blasted out to the group's supporters later Thursday, Carville will say, "I’m not going to waste my time writing you about how great Hillary is or how formidable she’d be – you know it all already," according to the Post. "But it isn’t worth squat to have the fastest car at the racetrack if there ain’t any gas in the tank — and that’s why the work that Ready for Hillary PAC is doing is absolutely critical. We need to convert the hunger that’s out there for Hillary’s candidacy into a real grassroots organization."


Pathetic/Ignorant-Tweety: Is 'Wife Beating' Something 'Women Really Worry About?'

Chris Matthews wondered aloud on Wednesday whether or not "wife beating" was something that women "really worry about."


"Joe Biden has street cred with these women," Mitchell said. "Is that close to the bone, the idea of wife beating, or beaters?" Matthews said.

"Well, that was part of it," Mitchell replied.

"Yeah, but is that something that women really worry about, men being brutal?" Matthews wondered. "Yes!" Mitchell said.

"At home?" Matthews continued. "In the home?"



"In the home?"he asks....
sent him this:


grrrrrrrrrrrrrr, kp


Leaks reveal secrets of the rich who hide cash offshore
Exclusive: Offshore financial industry leak exposes identities of 1,000s of holders of anonymous wealth from around the world


Millions of internal records have leaked from Britain's offshore financial industry, exposing for the first time the identities of thousands of holders of anonymous wealth from around the world, from presidents to plutocrats, the daughter of a notorious dictator and a British millionaire accused of concealing assets from his ex-wife.

The leak of 2m emails and other documents, mainly from the offshore haven of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), has the potential to cause a seismic shock worldwide to the booming offshore trade, with a former chief economist at McKinsey estimating that wealthy individuals may have as much as $32tn (£21tn) stashed in overseas havens.


The names have been unearthed in a novel project by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists , in collaboration with the Guardian and other international media, who are jointly publishing their research results this week.

The naming project may be extremely damaging for confidence among the world's wealthiest people, no longer certain that the size of their fortunes remains hidden from governments and from their neighbour


Sample Rich People Here:

Hannity defends Rutgers coach: ‘My father hit me with a belt, I turned out okay!’ (I beg to differ)

Hannity defends Rutgers coach: ‘My father hit me with a belt, I turned out okay!’

Hannity: “I’m watching this and I’m thinking, ‘I don’t like it’ — he kicked one player there — but on the other hand, I kind of like old-fashioned discipline,” the Fox News host explained. “I mean, have we become that politically incorrect? These are adults, they don’t want to play for that team, they can leave.”

As the segment closed, it devolved into a discussion of Hannity and Malkin’s personal experiences with giving and receiving spankings.

“My father hit me with a belt, I turned out okay!” the Fox News host exclaimed. “Except in the minds of liberals.”

“Same here!” Malkin said. “Oh, I certainly did. And with more than a belt. I’m sure the left thinks we are warped minds.”



WTF!?! - Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?

Exxon's Unfriendly Skies: Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had a "no fly zone" in place in Mayflower, Arkansas since April 1 at 2:12 PM and will be in place "until further notice," according to the FAA website and it's being overseen by ExxonMobil itself. In other words, any media or independent observers who want to witness the tar sands spill disaster have to ask Exxon's permission.

Mayflower is the site of the recent major March 29 ExxonMobil Pegagus tar sands pipeline spill, which belched out an estimated 5,000 barrels of tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") into the small town's neighborhoods, causing the evacuation of 22 homes.

The rules of engagement for the no fly zone dictate that no aircraft can fly within 1,000 feet of the ground in the five-mile radius surrounding the ExxonMobil Pegasus tar sands pipeline spill. The area located within this radius includes the nearby Pine Village Airport.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette revealed that the FAA site noted earlier today that "only relief aircraft operations under direction of Tom Suhrhoff" were allowed within the designated no fly zone.


US Embassy in Cairo deletes Jon Stewart tweet that offended Egyptian leader

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Oh, the perils of digital diplomacy!

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo temporarily shut down its Twitter feed on Wednesday and deleted a tweet linking to a video of “The Daily Show,” in which host Jon Stewart mocked Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The monologue about the arrest of an Egyptian satirist offended the Egyptian government and sparked an unusual diplomatic incident.

The embassy’s Twitter account was deleted — and then restored minus the Stewart post — after Egyptian authorities objected to a tweet that contained a link to Stewart’s Monday show in which he joked about the arrest of a high-profile satirist, Bassam Youssef, who has poked fun at Morsi, U.S. officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

In the clip tweeted by the embassy, Stewart came to the defense of Youssef and criticized Morsi for his arrest and interrogation as being undemocratic and petty. Youssef has been a guest on Stewart’s program.

Replying to the embassy on Twitter, Morsi’s office wrote, “It’s inappropriate for a diplomatic mission to engage in such negative political propaganda.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-shuts-down-cairo-embassy-twitter-feed-after-jon-stewart-tweet-offends-egyptian-leader/2013/04/03/ce933fb4-9c79-11e2-9219-51eb8387e8f1_story.html

Senator Bernie Sanders: "If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist."

WED APR 03, 2013 AT 08:06 AM PDT
Too Big to Jail?
by Senator Bernie Sanders
We are supposed to be a country of laws. The laws should apply to Wall Street as well as everybody else. So I was stunned when our country's top law enforcement official recently suggested it might be difficult to prosecute financial institutions that commit crimes because it may destabilize the financial system of our country and the world.

"I am concerned," Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee, "that the size of some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if we do prosecute -- if we do bring a criminal charge -- it will have a negative impact on the national economy, perhaps even the world economy."

The attorney general was talking about some of the same financial institutions that received billions, and in some cases trillions, of dollars in taxpayer bailouts after their greed, recklessness and illegal behavior plunged the country into a terrible recession. Over my opposition, Congress approved a $700 billion taxpayer bailout of financial institutions that were on the brink of collapse which some in Congress considered "too big to fail."

In addition, the Federal Reserve provided over $16 trillion in total financial assistance to these same institutions during the financial crisis (which only became public after an amendment I inserted into the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requiring the Fed to disclose this information).

The attorney general's view seems to be that if you are just a regular person and you commit a crime, you go to jail. But if you are the head of a Wall Street company, your power is so great that a prosecution could have destabilizing consequences with national or even worldwide implications.

In other words, we have a situation now where Wall Street banks are not only too big to fail, they are too big to jail. That view is unacceptable.

The attorney general's troubling acknowledgement has revived interest in an idea that is drawing more and more support. It is time to break up too big to fail financial institutions.

The 10 largest banks in the United States are bigger today than they were before a taxpayer bailout following the 2008 financial crisis.

U.S. banks have become so big that the six largest financial institutions in this country (J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley) today have assets of nearly $9.6 trillion, a figure equal to about two-thirds of the nation's gross domestic product. These six financial institutions issue more than two-thirds of all credit cards, over half of all mortgages, control 95 percent of all derivatives held in financial institutions and hold more than 40 percent of all bank deposits in the United States.

I will soon introduce legislation that would give the Treasury secretary 90 days to compile a list of commercial banks, investment banks, hedge funds and insurance companies that the Treasury Department determines are too big to fail. The affected financial institutions would include "any entity that has grown so large that its failure would have a catastrophic effect on the stability of either the financial system or the United States economy without substantial government assistance." Within one year after the legislation becomes law, the Treasury Department would be required to break up those banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions identified by the secretary.

Breaking up the too big to fail financial institutions is a notion that has drawn support from some leading figures in the financial community. Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, wrote this: "The safer the individual banks, the safer the financial system. The ultimate destination -- an economy relatively free from financial crises -- won't be reached until we have the fortitude to break up the giant banks." James Bullard, the head of the St. Louis Fed, also weighed in. "I do kind of agree that 'too big to fail' is 'too big to exist.'" Thomas Hoenig, the former Kansas City Fed president, was an early supporter of the idea of breaking up big U.S. banks. "I think should be broken up. And in doing so, I think you'll make the financial system itself more stable. I think you will make it more competitive, and I think you will have long-run benefits over our current system, which leads to bailouts when crises occur."

In my view, no single financial institution should be so large that its failure would cause catastrophic risk to millions of American jobs or to our nation's economic wellbeing. No single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure could send the world economy into crisis. And, perhaps most importantly, no institution in America should be above the law. We need to break up these institutions because of the tremendous damage they have done to our economy.

If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.

At What Point in Pregnancy Does a Woman's Personhood End?

At What Point in Pregnancy Does a Woman's Personhood End?
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 12:20
By Laura Flanders, Truthout | Interview

"I think the effort to restrict abortion has been a backlash, not just to the decision to end a pregnancy but the decision to treat women like full and equal participants in our society."

That's the conclusion drawn by Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, after years of working with women who've been incarcerated on charges of feticide or fetal homicide

At work while pregnant? Driving? Working with chemicals or heavy loads? You better know the legal code, says Paltrow. In many states, if something were to happen to your pregnancy that could be traced to your behavior, you could find yourself dragged into jail under fetal protection or personhood laws.

Even progressive interviewers will talk about personhood measures as if their only impact is going to be on abortion, says Paltrow. In fact, "We are talking about the status of women and whether you can add fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses to the Constitution without subtracting pregnant women from it. You cannot."


From the way we see it (the question is) at what point in pregnancy does a woman's personhood end? In Arkansas, they are saying that after 12 weeks, you can't get an abortion. What people forget is that an abortion is a procedure that helps a woman who has an ectopic pregnancy, who has something wrong with her pregnancy where she might have a severe infection (like the woman in Ireland who was allowed to die because they wouldn't treat her for an infection as her doctors were saying that there was still a (fetal) heartbeat). You're really saying that after 12 weeks, women are not entitled to the fundamental health care that they need.

much more:

Rutgers Coach Mike Rice Fired for Video of His Kicking, Berating Players

Source: abc

April 3, 2013

Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice has been fired by the New Jersey school after ESPN aired video of his shoving and kicking players while berating them with gay slurs.

"Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice," Rutgers athletics tweeted this morning.

Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti also released a statement:

"I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice," he said. "Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community."

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/rutgers-coach-mike-rice-fire-video-kicking-berating/story?id=18868329#.UVxCTKJzGpA

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams · 128,787 like this
31 minutes ago ·
Breaking update: Statement from Rutgers on firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice:

Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice.

"I am responsible for the decision to attempt a rehabilitation of Coach Rice," said Rutgers Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tim Pernetti. "Dismissal and corrective action were debated in December and I thought it was in the best interest of everyone to rehabilitate, but I was wrong. Moving forward, I will work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community."
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