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Black Republicans, I don't get it

this thread for reference: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5267123

Do they not understand the fundamental racism of conservatives and Republicans ? Please educate me, DU'ers. Thank you.


Krugman: Always Inflation Somewhere


Whenever you point out that the hyperinflation the usual suspects have been predicting for the past 6 years hasn’t materialized, you get a rash of comments declaring that yes it has, the government is just lying about the statistics. One answer — aside from come on, how do you think that works? — is that independent measures, like the Billion Price Index, aren’t very different from the official index. Still, people will point to the price of something that has gone up as evidence that we have lots of inflation.

Not that I think such people can be budged, but it is important to realize that relative prices are always shifting around, and that some prices inevitably go up more than the average. As the figure shows, if you go back to the beginning of the Great Recession, food prices have risen more than the overall CPI (although hyperinflation it isn’t), but car prices have risen more slowly (and high-tech stuff has, of course, gotten much cheaper).

And what about Shadowstats, which claims that inflation is much higher than the government lets on? A subscription costs $175 — the same as 8 years ago.

"...Roosevelt called President Hoover a 'fat, timid capon' "


Hoover called Roosevelt a "chameleon in plaid" and Roosevelt called President Hoover a "fat, timid capon". In the last days of campaigning, Hoover criticized Roosevelt's nonsense tirades and glittering generalizations as ignorance and defamation.

The good old days of politics, eh ? Nonetheless, I'm very glad FDR won.

Typhoon Matmo moves towards Taiwan, Tropical Storm Wali goes ‘poof', Rammasun dissipates

Last Updated 7/19/2014, 2:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 12.1N 230.1E Movement NW at 9 mph
Wind 80 MPH

U.S. Senator (Sessions) blasts Microsoft's H-1B push as it lays off 18,000 workers


Computerworld - WASHINGTON -- On the floor of U.S. Senate Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) delivered a scalding and sarcastic attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft, a chief supporter of the practice.

Sessions' speech began as a rebuttal to a recent New York Times op-ed column by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, investor Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson, a casino owner that has chastised Congress for failing to take action on immigration reform.

But the senator's attack on "three of our greatest masters of the universe," and "super billionaires," was clearly primed by Microsoft's announcement, also on Thursday, that it was laying off18,000 employees.

"What did we see in the newspaper today?" said Sessions, "News from Microsoft. Was it that they are having to raise wages to try to get enough good, quality engineers to do the work? Are they expanding or are they hiring? No, that is not what the news was, unfortunately. Not at all."

I'm a bit surprised that Sessions, a Republican Senator, is doing this. Anyone know why ?

Court Finds Oklahoma Cannot Ban Gay Nuptials


DENVER — A federal appeals court here on Friday struck down a second conservative-leaning state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that Oklahoma could not deny gay couples their “fundamental right” to wed.

The 2-to-1 decision came less than a month after the same panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit decided that Utah’s ban was unconstitutional. It was another legal victory for gay couples as a range of legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage edges toward the United States Supreme Court.

In a related development Friday, the Supreme Court said Utah is not required to recognize the marriages of about 1,000 same-sex couples there while state officials pursue appeals.

Lawyers for the Tulsa County court clerk, who was the lead defendant in the Oklahoma case, argued that limiting marriage to one man and one woman sought to reinforce traditional family bonds and encourage the raising of children by their biological parents. The majority rejected that view.

Dell Now Accepts Bitcoin For All Online U.S. Purchases


Dell now accepts bitcoin in the United States for online purchases of its products. The move is a win for CoinBase, which today on its blog announced that it was the integration partner for the personal computing company.

Overstock.com and online technology marketplace TigerDirect also accept the cryptocurrency.

The price of bitcoin, long a driver of media and public interest in the stuff, has been quieter lately, leading to less commotion regarding the currency. (In fact, there is strong correlation between media interest and the price of bitcoin.)

To spur interest, Dell will sell its gaming-focused Alienware products for a period of time at a 10 percent discount, provided that users make their purchases in bitcoin.

O.C.G.A. § 16-5-25 (2014): "...any opprobrious or abusive language used by the person..."

In reference to: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5258397

I got to thinking of this Georgia law, that I learned about in 1981. Here's the citation:

§ 16-5-25. Opprobrious or abusive language as justification for simple assault or simple battery

A person charged with the offense of simple assault or simple battery may introduce in evidence any opprobrious or abusive language used by the person against whom force was threatened or used; and the trier of facts may, in its discretion, find that the words used were justification for simple assault or simple battery.

HISTORY: Laws 1833, Cobb's 1851 Digest, p. 786; Code 1863, § 4576; Code 1868, § 4597; Code 1873, § 4694; Code 1882, § 4694; Penal Code 1895, § 103; Penal Code 1910, § 103; Code 1933, § 26-1409; Code 1933, § 26-1306, enacted by Ga. L. 1968, p. 1249, § 1.


Of course, the father beating up the accused rapist is not directly analogous to this, but I thought of this law.

Police: Fla. father beats accused child abuser


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Daytona Beach father beat an 18-year-old man unconscious after finding him sexually abusing his 11-year-old son early Friday morning, police said.

The father called 911 around 1 a.m. after he walked in on the alleged abuse, police said. When officers arrived, they found Raymond Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth.

"He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you," the father told the 911 dispatcher. "I drug him out to the living room."

more at link above

Obama Connects with New York City like Few Before Him

Marine One, with President Barack Obama onboard, prepares to land in New York City on Thursday; in the foreground, the presidential limousine is ready to take Mr. Obama to a fundraiser on the Upper West Side. Associated Press


Among the more than 50 million annual tourists in New York City, one frequent visitor stands out: President Barack Obama.

On Thursday, Mr. Obama made his third trip to the city in two months, to attend a private Democratic National Committee fundraiser on the Upper West Side.

In June, the president traveled to Manhattan to headline the DNC's LGBT Leadership Council gala at Gotham Hall. And in May, Mr. Obama took a two-day trip to the city, attending fundraising events and speaking at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

His visits aren't all business.

more at link above

I enjoy NYC too !

Go Obama ! Go Dems ! GOTV 2014 !
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