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“I have never, ever seen a person running for president come through here. Not one time.”


Bernie Sanders Visits Site Of Freddie Gray’s Murder While Officer Stands Trial


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — Until Tuesday, 49-year-old Mike Williams had never seen a presidential candidate visit Sandtown-Winchester — the impoverished Baltimore neighborhood where police killed 25-year-old Freddie Gray this past April. As Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders passed by, surrounded by local African American pastors and tailed by dozens of reporters, Williams told ThinkProgress he was impressed.

“I have never, ever seen a person running for president come through here. Not one time,” he said. “At first, I wondered if he is just trying to get the black voter. But I did some research and found out he fought a lot for civil rights, and even marched at one time with Martin Luther King. I never knew that. And in his speeches, he says, ‘Yes, black lives do matter.'”

Williams, a neighbor and friend of Freddie Gray, said he wanted Sanders to see the exact spot where the young man suffered a fatal spine injury in police custody. “That was some foul stuff they did to my man,” he said. “But I was always taught that everything happens for a reason. So it’s sad he had such a short life but the good side is that he made a big impact, not only in Baltimore but all over the country.”

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Pausing before the mural, Sanders said he found the depth of poverty he witnessed “stunning.” “We are less than an hour away from the White House and the United States Congress,” he said. “It is stunning to understand that we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world, and every year we are seeing more and more millionaires and billionaires, but in communities like this, we are seeing kids dropping out of school, living in dilapidated housing. It is time to transform our national priorities.”

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“A few blocks from where Jane and I live, there’s a very nice grocery store. We buy good quality food at a reasonable price. You don’t have that here. The prices people in this community are paying are substantially higher. And I can put my money in a bank, where I earn interest. I can cash a check without paying 15, 20 or 50 percent. There aren’t any banks in this community. So it seems like it’s very expensive to be poor.”

The data back up Sanders’ observation. A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that stores in lower-income neighborhoods charge higher prices for food, driving families to purchase lower quality items. Food purchased at convenience and corner stores — which are more common in poor neighborhoods — can be 20 percent more expensive than the same item in a grocery store.


Bernie Sanders Just Now on Facebook: "I'll Tell You What Does Worry Me..."

I'll tell you what does worry me. Ever since Trump has been opening his mouth, you're seeing all these bitter people, latent racists who are becoming emboldened. You're seeing some ugly stuff happening around this country.

What we have got to do immediately is to say that racism and xenophobia are totally unacceptable and we will stand with Muslims and undocumented people in this country. We can't allow racism and xenophobia to gain traction.

On NBC Nightly News, Tom Brokaw Blasts Trump's "Dangerous Proposal" To Ban Muslims


NBC Veteran Journalist Tom Brokaw Blasts Trump's "Dangerous Proposal" To Ban Muslims

Brokaw: "In My Lifetime Alone, We Have Been Witness To The Consequences Of Paranoia Overriding Reason": Japanese Interment, Nazi Germany, And McCarthy's Anti-Communist Witch Hunt


››› December 8, 2015 8:25 PM EST ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

From the December 8 edition of NBC's NBC Nightly News:

LESTER HOLT (HOST): Finally tonight, we return to our lead story, the uproar over Donald Trump's proposal to ban all Muslims from entering this country. In the heat of the political moment,replete with examples of fear and intolerance take hold and an entire category of people is marginalized. Tom Brokaw offers reflections now on the hard lessons of the past.

TOM BROKAW: Donald Trump's promise to ban all Muslims from coming to America is more, much more than a shouted campaign provocation. Trump's statement, even in this season of extremes, is a dangerous proposal that overrides history, the law and the foundation of America itself. In my lifetime alone, we have been witness to the consequences of paranoia overriding reason. During WWII, law-abiding Japanese-American citizens were herded into remote internment camps, losing their jobs, businesses, and social standing, while all Japanese-American division fought heroically in Europe. At the same time in Germany, a regime that declared war on its own citizens if they were Jewish. And Germany paid the ultimate price. Defeat and history's condemnation. But after the war, America still had to learn about demagoguery the hard way. Senator Joe McCarthy's reckless anti-communist witch hunt, making ever more outrageous claims, damaging reputations, until one day--

All of that while African-Americans whose ancestors came here as slaves were treated as second or even third class citizens in uniform and out. Yes, the jihadists are radical Muslims, but they are a minority in a world with a billion and a half Muslims. Even so, defeating ISIS will be long, hard, and expensive. Perhaps even more so now, because ISIS is likely to use Donald Trump's statements as a recruiting tool. Kareem Khan, a Muslim, responded to a different kind of recruiting, 9/11. An American citizen, he joined the American army to show that not all Muslims are fanatics. He was killed in Iraq in 2007 by an IED, just 20 years old. Mr. Trump cannot exclude him from America. He has a permanent home here, in section 60, at Arlington National Cemetery.

TOM TOMORROW: Well, Here We Are Again...

DAILY KOS LINK: https://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/12/7/1457294/-Cartoon-Here-we-are-again

ISIS Speaks Out on San Bernardino Shooting (Calls Them 'Supporters')

Source: CBS News

ISIS Speaks Out on San Bernardino Shooting

Dec 5, 2015 7:00 AM EST

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's official radio station has aired a statement saying the mass shooting in California was carried out by two "supporters" of the extremist group.

While praising the attack, the group stopped short of claiming responsibility for it. The Al-Bayan report Saturday echoed a claim carried Friday by the ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency.

The radio report did not refer to Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik as actual members of ISIS. Militants affiliated with ISIS who carry out attacks are commonly referred to in the group's propaganda as "lions," ''fighters" or "mujahedeen."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/san-bernardino-shooting-isis-tashfeen-malik-pledge-allegiance/

Female San Bernardino shooting suspect ID'd as Tashfeen Malik, officials confirm

Source: CBS News

@CBSNews: NEW: Female #SanBernardino shooting suspect ID'd as Tashfeen Malik, officials confirm https://t.co/rT69aVLfyH/s/XI7z https://t.co/gtMXKkQGUG/s/enpT

@CBSNews: RT @CBSNLive: 2 suspects killed in officer shootout were married, had 6-month-old, @DavidBegnaud reports https://t.co/HZ3UYtYG95/s/LHba https://t.co/8H32WrzVrC/s/rZDs

@sbcountysheriff: Syed Rizwan Farook was a San Bernardino County employee. The relationship between the two susp. not confirmed. Could be wife, gf etc.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/live/

Former U.S. national security adviser Sandy Berger dies

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: Former U.S. national security adviser Sandy Berger dies https://t.co/QK36GCx4bN/s/Eonf

Dec 2, 2015 | 11:03 PM EST

Former U.S. national security adviser Sandy Berger dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Samuel "Sandy" Berger, a U.S. national security adviser to President Bill Clinton whose reputation was later marred by his theft of classified documents after leaving office, died early on Wednesday.

Berger, who was 70, had been suffering from cancer, according to a statement from Albright Stonebridge Group, the consulting firm where he worked.

"Sandy was a consummate national security adviser because he embraced our common humanity and advanced our national interests," Clinton said in a statement.

"He was a terrific public servant and a world class human being. We will miss him," he said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0TL1OL20151203

TOON: Planned Parenthood and the Deadly Hypocrite Demagogues

Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee

The Best Political Cartooning Calls for Demagogues to Be Held Ascountable for The Damage They Do...

Frustrated Gunman Can’t Believe How Far He Has To Drive To Find Nearest Planned Parenthood Clinic


Frustrated Gunman Can’t Believe How Far He Has To Drive To Find Nearest Planned Parenthood Clinic

NEWS IN BRIEF November 30, 2015
VOL 51 ISSUE 48 · News · Violence · Abortion

AMARILLO, TX—Expressing frustration with the lack of convenient locations in his area, deranged gunman and anti-abortion fanatic Jared Broussard reported Monday that he could not believe how far he would have to drive to find the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic. “You have to be kidding me; I figured I’d need to go 10, maybe 15 miles, tops, but the closest one is almost 250 miles away,” said a visibly exasperated Broussard, adding that he would have to scrap his plans for the entire day and leave right now if he wanted to reach the health care provider before it closed this evening. “God, the nearest one isn’t even in this state. It’s actually faster for me to drive across the border to Santa Fe, and even then it’s still a four-hour trip. That barely leaves me enough time to buy ammo.” Broussard added that, given the length of the drive, he was thankful that he would likely not have to make a round trip.

Note: This is the first Onion article not to make me laugh but to cry.

TOM TOMORROW: 'Tis the War on Christmas Season!

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/11/30/1455106/-Cartoon-Tis-the-War-on-Christmas-season
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