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What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White

Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.


This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens - NYTimes.com

Utterly Crucial Fact About Obamacare Unknown To Most People

NYTimes: Have-Nots Squeezed and Stacked in Hong Kong

NYTimes: Michael Ward, Survivor of ’85 Bombing by Philadelphia Police, Is Dead at 41

NYTimes: Rights Groups and Clinics Sue Texas Over Provisions in Its New Abortion Law

Plutocrats Feeling Persecuted - NYTimes.com

For those who don’t recall, A.I.G. is a giant insurance company that played a crucial role in creating the global economic crisis, exploiting loopholes in financial regulation to sell vast numbers of debt guarantees that it had no way to honor. Five years ago, U.S. authorities, fearing that A.I.G.’s collapse might destabilize the whole financial system, stepped in with a huge bailout. But even the policy makers felt ill used — for example, Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, later testified that no other episode in the crisis made him so angry.

And it got worse. For a time, A.I.G. was essentially a ward of the federal government, which owned the bulk of its stock, yet it continued paying large executive bonuses. There was, understandably, much public furor.

So here’s what Mr. Benmosche did in an interview with The Wall Street Journal: He compared the uproar over bonuses to lynchings in the Deep South — the real kind, involving murder — and declared that the bonus backlash was “just as bad and just as wrong.”

Plutocrats Feeling Persecuted - NYTimes.com

Narrow Escapes and Questions on Emergency Response in Attack at Kenya Mall - NYTimes.com

NAIROBI, Kenya — One man showed the militants his voting card, very gingerly placing his thumb over his first name and pretending he was Muslim.

Narrow Escapes and Questions on Emergency Response in Attack at Kenya Mall - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Deeper Than God: Ronald Dworkin's Religious Atheism - NYTimes.com

Dworkin had some influence on my jurisprudential thinking in law school but ultimately even though I was fond of his attitudes and goals I found him less than satisfyingly.

"Ronald Dworkin, a professor of law and philosophy at New York University, was arguably the most influential legal philosopher of the past 50 years. Dworkin, who died in February, was (and will continue to be) known for his critique of positivism, a view of law that locates its authority in what is “on the books” — what has been enacted by those who are in a position to back up their pronouncements with sanctions and penalties, including the loss of property and life. Dworkin argued that here must be more than that; there must be an underlying or overarching set of values in relation to which legal particulars are intelligible and have meaning."

Judge appears to back Google's defense of digital books project | Internet & Media - CNET News

A U.S. judge made comments Monday that suggest favor for Google's defense of its digital books project, which could hobble an authors group's effort to stop it.
The Authors Guild, which represents the interests of authors, says the project constitutes massive copyright infringement. Google, which has scanned more than 20 million books since forming partnerships with several major universities to digitize their research libraries in 2004, argues that the project is exempt under the "fair use" provision of copyright law because it shows only short "snippets" of text online.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Depressingly Familiar Post-Tragedy Analysis - A Homicide Pact When it comes to guns the Constitution is ironclad, but with terrorism it's more a list of suggestions






The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central

Exclusive: Lee Atwater's Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case | theGrio

The medical examiner who testified in the George Zimmerman trial says his office, state prosecutors and police had no interest in convicting the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin and set him up to take the blame for a failed prosecution. (Updated with new remarks from The Sanford, FL police department.)

Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case | theGrio

Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case | theGrio

The medical examiner who testified in the George Zimmerman trial says his office, state prosecutors and police had no interest in convicting the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin and set him up to take the blame for a failed prosecution. (Updated with new remarks from The Sanford, FL police department.)

Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case | theGrio

In New York, Having a Job, or 2, Doesn’t Mean Having a Home - NYTimes.com

On many days, Alpha Manzueta gets off from one job at 7 a.m., only to start her second at noon. In between she goes to a place she’s called home for the last three years — a homeless shelter.

Thousands of People With Criminal Records Try to Buy Guns Online

Thousands of people with criminal backgrounds attempt to buy guns online each year — and that's just from one site, according to a new report.

The investigation, conducted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, focused on the popular online gun vendor Armslist. In what the group called the first-ever national investigation of its type, it concluded "an estimated 25,000 guns could be transferred to individuals with criminal records on one website alone –- just a corner of a sprawling online market place for firearms."

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Vigilance And Victory: How The Birmingham Church Bombing Revealed America's Ugly Truths

Another innocent African American man killed by a racist cop.

Unarmed Ex-Football Player Shot, Killed By Police Officer

Angola 3 Political Prisoner Herman Wallace Given 2 Months to Live - Hip-Hop and Politics

With so much going on in the world, where we are running around demanding that everyone conforms to rest of the world conform to our so-called standards of governing and we often forget that here at home we mistreat and abuse far too many of our citizens. For all the talk of us being the beacon of freedom and the world’s number one super power that all should emulate, where we fall short the most is the cruelty and torture we put upon those who are incarcerated, in particular political prisoners and those who have partook in the Prison Reform

Black teen who was at police station when robbery took place held for 15 hours as a suspect - Birmingham Mail

Police have launched an internal investigation after an innocent black teenager was held for FIFTEEN HOURS on suspicion of robbery – despite having a cast-iron alibi.

Talented musician Shakeil Jackson, 19, was inside Thornhill Road police station reporting the theft of his own motorcycle at the time the phone robber struck.

Yet despite protesting his innocence the teenager, from Handsworth, was arrested, locked up overnight and only released when officers finally confirmed his alibi with colleagues.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The online spread of rumors deemed too dangerous for China | Security & Privacy - CNET News

What is in about rumors on internet that scare certain Asian nations to the point of prosecuting people for speech which a particular speech is not liked by the government. Our ally, The ROK (South Korea) has engaged in similar prosecutions.

How Slavery Changed the US South — The Monkey Cage

Drawing on a sample of more than 39,000 southern whites, we show that whites who currently live in counties that had high concentrations of slaves in 1860 are on average more conservative and express colder feelings towards African Americans than whites who live elsewhere in the South. That is, the larger the number of slaves in his or her county of residence in 1860, the greater the probability that a white Southerner today will identify as a Republican, express opposition to race-coded policies such as affirmative action, and express greater racial resentment towards African Americans. We show that these differences are robust to a variety of factors, including geography and mid-19th century economic conditions and political attitudes. We also show that our results strengthen when we instrument for the prevalence of slavery using local measures of the agricultural suitability to grow cotton. In fact, our findings indicate that in the counterfactual world where the South had no slaves in 1860, the political views of white Southerners today would be indistinguishable from those of similarly situated white Northerners.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

California Bill Gives Electronic License Plates the Green Light

While forward-thinking drivers are considering the implications of supercharging stations for their Tesla vehicles and the impending arrival of Google’s driverless cars, another, far more personal technological development is coming to roads in California. A bill allowing the use of electronic license plates passed the state’s assembly last week, and is slated to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Jamelle Bouie

On this day, 127 years ago, Apache leader Geronimo surrendered to United States General Nelson Miles in Arizona. This was at the end of the ethnic cleansing of America.  We should remember this genocide when we judge the Syrian government and other nations.

Naval Academy sexual assault hearing underscores flaws in system — MSNBC

The hearing into whether three former Naval Academy football players will face a court martial for allegedly sexually assaulting a female midshipman at a party in 2012 has finally ended after eight days and a barrage of questions that would not be allowed in a civilian court.
The Naval Academy case is one of the most high profile examples of the Pentagon’s current system for investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases, a system that could undergo major changes thanks to a number of Democratic women Senators. A Defense Department report found that an estimated 26,000 soldiers experienced unwanted sexual contact, but of the 3,000 incidents that were even reported, only 302 went to trial.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

24 Life Lessons from 'Orange Is the New Black'

Jordan Davis Day: Parents Prep For Legal Battle On What Would Have Been Slain Teen's 18th Birthday

Dunn claims he demanded that Jordan and his friends, who were riding inside an SUV, turn down the car's music. They argued and Dunn fired his weapon eight or nine times. He said he had been frightened by the barrel of a shotgun he saw emerging from the rear window of the SUV, and the sense that he was facing down a group of dangerous thugs.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has determined that no one inside the SUV was armed at the time of the shooting.

Jordan Davis Day: Parents Prep For Legal Battle On What Would Have Been Slain Teen's 18th Birthday

MHP: Jordan Davis’ parents fight for justice


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MHP: Jordan Davis’ parents fight for justice

MHP: Why changing sentencing laws is the first step for equal justice

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MHP: Why changing sentencing laws is the first step for equal justice

Monday, September 02, 2013

Muslim Teens Allegedly Beaten By NYPD In Bronx Park; Claims Made That Hijabs Ripped Off

A disturbing story emerged out of the Bronx on Thursday. Two Muslim sisters, Lamis Chapman and Khalia Wilson, aged 12 and 14 respectively, told the New York Daily News that they were thrown to the ground, put in chokeholds, and had their hijabs violently torn off by members of the NYPD, for a reason that remains unclear.

Chapman and Wilson said they were playing handball around 9:30 pm in the park near their home in the Lester Patterson Houses in Mott Haven, the Bronx, when police approached them and asked them to leave, as the park was closed.

The girls recounted that the cops followed them out of the park, and one grabbed Wilson from behind, putting her in a chokehold and wrestling her to the ground. "They said they asked for ID. I didn't hear them," reported Wilson. When her sister protested, she was also thrown to the ground, and both sisters' headscarves were ripped off.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

San Francisco - News - The Snitch

Hastings, who makes 130,437.78 annually as a cop, was one of the officers involved in the shooting death of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding in the Bayview in 2011. Harding was allegedly trying to dodge his Muni fare when police confronted him; Harding ran away and reportedly started firing at the cops. During the gunfire exchange, Harding was shot and killed, however, police say Harding shot himself as he was turning to shoot at the officers pursuing him.

A rebuttal to Obama's war against Syria: a point by point refutation - What Would Muhammad Do?

The President said he wanted to have a debate.   Let’s give him one.  Let us start by reminding him of the real teachings of the same Dr. King on peace and justice that he and others have so thoroughly sought to appropriate.   What is at stake is both the fate of the suffering citizens of Syria and the fate of our own democracy.   We are, as King told us, caught in this inescapable network of mutuality.

Let me end on a practical note:  Yes, I partially agree with President Obama.  We as a world community can not stand by and allow the usage of chemical weapons to go without consequence.   The question is what kind of response, on whose behalf, and in what way.  The question is given the United States’ politics vis-a-vis the Middle East, given the United States’ own usage and manufacturing of chemical weapons, if we in the United States are in any moral position to be leading this effort.   The question is whether it will be an international response or an American response.  The question is whether it is a humanitarian intervention or American bombing.   The question is whether it will alleviate suffering.   The question is whether there will also be consistent responses to America’s own violations of sanctity of human life.  Questioning the moral consistency, sanity and compassion of Obama’s statement should in no way be taken as a support for the blood-thirsty tyrant dictator Bashar al-Assad.  Given the unfathomable suffering of the Syrian people, the dilemma is whether Obama’s steps will actually alleviate suffering, or whether they will only further deepen America succumbing to the Military-Industrial virus.
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A rebuttal to Obama's war against Syria: a point by point refutation - What Would Muhammad Do?

Plan B for Voting Rights

Plan B for Voting Rights

Welcome to the United States: Discriminated, detained, searched, interrogated (special report) | ZDNet

Summary: America may be the land of the free, but upon arrival millions of visitors cross a legal purgatory at the U.S. border. We explore the worst case scenarios — what happens to thousands of travelers at U.S. airports each year, and what rights (or lack of) they have.