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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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The Holocaust’s Forgotten Roma Victims

It’s almost too horrifying to envision. However, this was exactly the situation at the end of World War II for hundreds of thousands of Romani survivors of the Holocaust who were targeted for extermination by the Nazis, because of who they were or to whom they were related—because of their ethnicity. (Romani people, also called “Gypsies,” a term considered derogatory by Romani activists, are part of a diaspora that began in India in the eleventh century.)

Between 500,000 to 1.5 million Roma and Sinti were victims of the Holocaust in various camps and in mass killings carried out across Europe. This year, August 2, International Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day marked the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the so-called zigeunerlager or Gypsy Camp, at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Notably, Romani activists increased their efforts to organize memorial ceremonies across Europe and were supported by international organizations, including bringing together more than 1,000 Romani people from across Europe for commemorations in Auschwitz and Krakow; respected journals and newspapers recounted the tragedy to their readers as well.

It is important for the world to recognize that Romani people who were killed by the Nazis and their allies were part of the Holocaust—its logic and its aim of a so-called “final solution”—and not a separate instance of genocide. Generations of school children have learned to call the results of the Nazis’ attempts at race-based exterminations by that name, “Holocaust,” and to infer that the Roma were not part of the same horrible policy enactments is not only historically inaccurate, but also implies that there was a different experience for Roma.

Not only were similar policy statements and pseudo-scholarship used to justify the killing of Jews and Roma on the grounds of “racial inferiority,” but all the Holocaust victims faced the same elite troops, were held in the same or similar camps, died in the same crematoria, and experienced gruesome medical experiments, mass starvation, and other violence. When we talk about the Romani victims of the Holocaust, it is without compromise that we refer to them as Holocaust victims, first and foremost.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/13/the-holocaust-s-forgotten-roma-victims.html

WTF! High school football star arraigned on 3 charges related to assault on girlfriend.

Jayru Campbell, the Cass Tech quarterback who was jailed after body slamming a school security guard on video, was arrested again Friday for another alleged assault, hours after his release. This time it was reportedly against his girlfriend.

Campbell, 17, was video-arraigned Saturday in the 34th District Court in Romulus on three charges related to an alleged assault on a 17-year-old female student at Cass Tech during school hours Friday. Campbell allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in front of other students over a dispute over a phone.

He was picked up by Detroit Public Schools police and taken to the Detroit Detention Center.

The girl did not require any medical attention after the alleged assault.

The charges are Robbery Not Armed, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in jail, Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm, a felony worth up to 10 years in jail or a $5,000 fine and misdemeanor Domestic Violence Assault and Battery charge that comes with up to 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.


http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140913/METRO01/309130034#ixzz3DDrkxrOC

Alaska is the rape capitol of the United States

In its short history as a state, Alaska has earned an unnerving epithet: It is the rape capital of the U.S. At nearly 80 rapes per 100,000, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Alaska’s rape rate is almost three times the national average; for child sexual assault, it’s nearly six times. And, according to the 2010 Alaska Victimization Survey, the most comprehensive data to date, 59 percent of Alaskan women have been victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or both.

But those numbers, say researchers, just skim the surface, since sex crimes are generally underreported, and may be particularly underreported in Alaska for cultural reasons. “Those numbers are conservative,” says Ann Rausch, a program coordinator at Alaska’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “They’re still staggering.”

The causes of the violence are complex and entrenched. Government officials, law enforcement personnel, and victim advocates note the state’s surfeit of risk factors, from an abundance of male-dominated industries, like oil drilling and the military, to the state’s vast geography, with many communities that have no roads and little law enforcement. “There are so many factors that tip the scale for Alaska,” says Linda Chamberlain, executive director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project. Not the least among them: the lack of strong law enforcement presence, or support services of any kind, in remote towns like Tanana. “It’s easier for perpetrators to isolate their victims and not get caught. And for people not to get help.”

Some believe that this fact both attracts and encourages criminals. The suspect for a recent rape in southwest hub community of Dillingham, for instance, was a white man who’d just arrived from somewhere in the Lower 48 to take a job at the Wells Fargo in town. “Because it happens in rural Alaska,” one victim advocate cautions, “doesn’t mean it’s only rural Alaskans who are a part of it.”


http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/09/rape-culture-in-the-alaskan-wilderness/379976/

Senate Update: Democrats In Purple States Are Beating The National Mood

If feels a little like déjà vu. In the summer of 2012, the national polls and state surveys were telling us very different things about the presidential race. And we’re seeing something similar now. The latest FiveThirtyEight forecast gives Republicans a 59 percent chance of taking back the Senate, but the national data suggests state-level polls may be too optimistic for Democrats — or vice-versa.

On Friday, CNN/Opinion Research released a survey in Iowa giving Democrat Bruce Braley a small lead over Republican Joni Ernst, 49 percent to 48 percent. We have Braley with a 55 percent chance of winning; he’s led in three of the last five surveys and was tied in one.

Iowa is part of a pattern: Democratic candidates hold small leads in other purple states. We have Colorado Senator Mark Udall with a 68 percent chance of winning, and North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan with a 61 percent chance of holding her seat.

So the polling in Iowa, North Carolina and Colorado implies a national political environment that slightly favors Democrats. But our best measure of the national mood favors Republicans. A newly released Pew Research poll found a generic Republican ahead of a generic Democrat on the congressional ballot 47 percent to 44 percent. That gap is in line with other generic ballot polls over the past few weeks; Republicans have led by an average of 4 percentage points among likely voters.


http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/senate-update-democrats-in-purple-states-are-beating-the-national-mood/

Iowa: Hillary helps Hilary while O'Malley helps the Democratic ticket.

Several sources have told The Daily Beast that the Maryland governor, a War of 1812 aficionado, has placed staffers through the Iowa Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, the umbrella organization that runs field efforts for all the Democratic candidates. That’s in addition to the campaigns of the Democratic nominee for governor, Jack Hatch, and Democratic nominee for secretary of state, Brad Anderson, as previously reported by the Des Moines Register. The staffers are focused on either field efforts or political outreach.

O’Malley, who was the first Democratic presidential hopeful to appear in the Hawkeye State is the only Democrat with staff on the ground in Iowa. He also has sent staffers through his political action committee, the O’Say Can You See PAC, to New Hampshire and South Carolina. In Iowa, O’Malley is mirroring former Indiana senator Evan Bayh, who in 2006 sent a number of paid staff to help Hawkeye State Democrats before eventually deciding not to run for president.....

But O’Malley doesn’t have the Hawkeye State all to himself. Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear Sunday at the Harkin Steak Fry, the premier Democratic fundraising event in the state. It is Clinton’s first visit to Iowa since the 2008 caucuses, but her super PAC, Ready for Hillary, has been organizing in the state in recent months and has bought access to the Iowa Democratic Party’s voter file. And while Clinton likely won’t have any staff on the ground in Iowa this cycle, she did have quite a few people campaigning on her behalf there just six years ago.



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/12/2016-overachiever-martin-o-malley-now-has-11-staffers-working-in-iowa.html

Batman vs. Superman Batmobile stolen in Detroit

It's being reported that one of the Batmobiles that are currently in Detroit for Batman Vs. Superman has been stolen.

Details are slim as Bleeding Cool mentions they heard it, but not from whom, and they state WB hasn't responded to inquires.

It's known that there are at two versions of the Batmobile in Detroit as two were spotted recently under a tarp.

Cosmic Book News will update when more becomes available.

This isn't the first time the film has had issues in Detroit as reportedly Henry Cavill almost got into a fight with a bunch of Detroit locals at a bar that dub themselves the "Deaf Wolfpack."


http://movies.cosmicbooknews.com/content/batman-vs-superman-batmobile-stolen

Track Palin got into another fight after the party.

The police chief, Mark T. Mew, said Friday that even if the victims did not decide to press charges, the municipal prosecutor could still file charges if the facts warranted it.

Well from what I hear they are more than warranted.

By the way I have just learned that Track actually got into another at a local bar, and apparently got his second beating of the night.

Kind of makes you wonder just what kind of military training this kid received? Not hand to hand combat, that's for damn sure.



http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2014/09/witness-to-palin-brawl-who-went-public.html

Bristol Palin faces legal trouble on two fronts.

It's looking pretty clear that, by numerous accounts, Bristol Palin assaulted a man because he was about to stop sister Willow from assaulting his wife. She didn't just punch him, she did so six times and charges MIGHT yet be filed. In the meantime, Palin is involved in a nasty custody dispute with young Tripp's father, Levi Johnston.

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/05/bristol-palin-levi-johnston-tripp-child-support-custody-battle-court/

Now, if reports are correct that she took her son to a party at 11pm, where there were drugs (based on some reports), alcohol and violent outburst that included the "born again virgin", Mr. Johnston may decide to bring that to the court's attention andMs. Palin and family may have to testify under oath about what happened that night. Now, what I don't know is whether testismony is public in custody fights? if so, and it plays out the way I think it plays out, the Wasilla Hillbillies will have to admit what a group of thugs they all are.

My doctor treated me like a junkie over a spider bite.

It started late Wednesday afternoon near quitting time at lush, wooded California campus. I don't remember the exact moment the spider bit me, but at some point I noticed pain in my thumb and smashed the little creature as soon as I saw it. Thursday morning, it itched, and oddly enough, that sensation shot like like electricity into my forefinger as if traveling a nerve. By the time I got home from work, I was just miserable. It swelled on one side and ached and itched at the same time. I popped as much ibuprofen as I felt safe and iced it down but I knew it had to be looked at, or a least it seemed like a good idea.

I make an appointment and saw the doctor this morning. By this point my my self-treatment brought the swelling down to a bump. So when he looked at it, his first response was "Sorry, I don't think antibiotics are necessary." I was too annoyed to say that I just wanted the pain and itching to go away. "I'm not a junkie. I barely touch alcohol. I'm your patient." He hadn't yet asked me how I was feeling at that moment. Did he ask about the degree of pain, the itching? No. So I spent the next few minutes giving him the answers to the questions he didn't ask. He eventually prescribed an ointment, after again making the point that antibiotics were going to work. Maybe I should have worn a suit to the appointment.

Ohio woman raped after bus driver boots her onto street at 1 a.m. over a broken flip-flop

An Ohio woman who was raped over the weekend said that she was kicked off of a bus because the flip-flop she was wearing had broken.

According to Ohio State University newspaper The Lantern, the woman said that she had taken off her flip-flops after one of them broke early Saturday morning, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus driver informed her that she was in violation of the rules.

“The bus driver said, ‘Hey, you have to have shoes on,’ so she got off to try and find a cheap pair of flip-flops,” detective James Ashenhurst explained.

A press release from the Columbus Police Department (CPD) stated that three bike patrol officers spotted Randy Graham Jr., a homeless man, sexually assaulting the woman in a parking garage at around 1:50 a.m. Saturday morning.



http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/11/ohio-woman-raped-after-bus-driver-boots-her-onto-street-at-1-a-m-over-a-broken-flip-flop/
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