"Public-carry advocates like to cite historical court opinions to support their constitutional vision, but those opinions are, to put it mildly, highly problematic. The supportive precedent they rely on comes from the antebellum South and represented less a national consensus than a regional exception rooted in the unique culture of slavery and honor. By focusing only on sympathetic precedent, and ignoring the national picture, gun-rights advocates find themselves venerating a moment at which slavery, honor, violence, and the public carrying of weapons were intertwined.
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.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
"New York City’s longstanding failure to curb brutality by guards at the
Rikers Island jail complex fell under a spotlight last year when the
United States attorney in Manhattan joined a class-action lawsuit and
then the city agreed in June to sweeping policy changes.
Now charges of gratuitous beatings and even torture by
corrections officers in the New York State prison system are attracting
federal scrutiny. Though it is hard to fathom, the state system for
disciplining officers who batter inmates without cause is even worse
than in the city jails. To begin to fix this problem, state officials will
need to win stronger disciplinary provisions in the next round of
contract negotiations with the corrections union and generally take a
much more aggressive approach to getting abusive officers off the job."
"A visit by David Cameron to Jamaica began awkwardly as the island’s prime minister pressed him to enter talks on reparations for slavery and campaigners called for him to personally atone for the slave-owning wealth of a relative in the 1800s."
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Transcript: Pope Francis’s comments to bishops in Washington. He speaks directly about immigration. - The Washington Post
Transcript: Pope Francis’s comments to bishops in Washington - The Washington Post
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Lunch with the FT: Ta-Nehisi Coates - FT.com
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pope Francis gives voice to immigrants' plight Congressman Xavier Bacerra talks with Rachel Maddow about the message of support Pope Francis brings for immigrants and their families, and the uplifting feeling that comes when someone with such a powerful global voice speaks on your behalf.
Pope Francis speaks out on immigration, climate change Pope Francis speaks for the first time on U.S. soil, and weighs in on climate change and immigration. Meanwhile, a little girl meets the Pope and makes a plea for her undocumented parents.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
This travesty could and should have ended years ago. But Congress has gone to great lengths to keep the prison open. Within the executive branch, agencies have sometimes worked at cross-purposes and at times dragged their feet. In the end, however, the buck stops with the president.
President Obama made closing Guantánamo a central promise of his first campaign for the White House. But it remains unfulfilled because of his team’s political misjudgments, dogged opposition in Congress and his failure to use his authority more aggressively. Mr. Obama has just over a year left to fulfill his pledge. The goal remains daunting, but it is not impossible.
The White House and the Pentagon will soon present to Congress a detailed plan for closing the prison. It will involve a ramping up of releases of those who have been cleared to leave and the transfer of the rest to prisons or military facilities in the United States. This proposal represents the best chance of breaking the political and bureaucratic logjams that have kept Guantánamo open.
As of Friday, 115 detainees remain. Nearly half — 53 men — have been cleared for release. The remaining prisoners include 10 who have been convicted in military tribunals or have cases before them, and 52 who have never been charged with a crime but for whom there is currently no path to freedom or due process.
“And it’s not sustainable,” as Mr. Obama said of the prison camp in 2013, in a nice bit of understatement. “The idea that we would still maintain forever a group of individuals who have not been tried — that is contrary to who we are, it is contrary to our interests, and it needs to stop.”
How to Close Guantánamo - The New York Times
Friday, September 18, 2015
August 28th Arrest - This video shows the level of anger and hostility felt by citizens of NYC towards the New York City Police. This is sad. The officers thankfully showed restraint even though they clearly were making a trivial stop which they had to back down from later.
She said: they didn't think he had a bomb.
I said: yes, they thought he made a bomb and even called the police.
She said: They just wanted to humiliate a little Muslim boy. They didn't think he had a bomb.
I said: Don't be a conspiracy theorist. They might be a little prejudiced, but I'm sure they thought he had a bomb.
She said: OK.
But they didn't evacuate the school, like you do when there's a bomb.
They didn't call a bomb squad - like you do when there's a bomb.
They didn't get as far away from him as possible, like you do when there's a bomb.
Then they put him and the clock in an office: not like you do when there's a bomb
Then they waited with him for the police to arrive, and then they put the clock in the same car as the police.
Then they took pictures of it.
The Irving PD, & the School Admin will be rightfully sued.
They can now pay Ahmed's way to MIT.
"They never thought he had a bomb"
"They didn't think he had a bomb."
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Yes, they can start by firing him.
James Frascatore, the New York City police officer who jumped and assaulted an innocent man, James Blake, in Manhattan last Wednesday, has disgraced the department. Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio should make an example of him. They should make it clear that his unprovoked aggression — caught by a security camera, so there is no doubt about what he did — reflects everything that causes people to distrust and hate the N.Y.P.D. The officer’s further transgressions — not identifying himself to Mr. Blake, not apologizing, failing to void the arrest in follow-up paperwork — speak to an appalling lack of judgment by someone unfit for the job.
The mayor and Mr. Bratton need to acknowledge all this, and they should explain a few other things.
Like: Why shouldn’t Officer Frascatore be arrested for assault? Why was he still loose on the street despite his long history of excessive-force complaints, first reported by WNYC, including punching a driver in the mouth (after stopping him for a broken taillight) and another man in the stomach (while calling him a racial slur)? That those victims were both black and Mr. Blake, is biracial deserves attention. Why is no action taken when multiple complaints are filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board?
After the death of Eric Garner on Staten Island at the hands of the police in July 2014, Mr. Bratton promised to retrain all of his officers in professional, nonlethal arrest procedures. How could Officer Frascatore not have gotten the message?
Mr. Bratton fiercely defends his department’s aggressive policing of small infractions, so that “quality of life” in the city is preserved. But “quality of life” should also mean the freedom to stand on the sidewalk without worrying that a plainclothes officer will attack you.
There is a public job, too, for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which said in a statement that Officer Frascatore’s assignment to desk duty had been “premature and unwarranted.” What will it take for the union boss Patrick Lynch to stop reflexively defending excessive force and admit that Officer Frascatore and Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who led the group tackle that smothered the life out of Mr. Garner, reflect a larger problem?
Mr. Blake, a big name in pro tennis, has lots of media attention and is willing to use it, for which the city should be grateful. Too many people who should know better have been trying to derail the debate over police misconduct.
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Raymond Kelly, a former police commissioner, have lately been making self-serving attacks on Mr. de Blasio and his Constitution-based approach to law enforcement. Mr. Kelly, flacking his new memoir, has argued for a return to the lawless “stop and frisk” tactic that flourished on his watch, on the grounds that violating the rights of hundreds of thousands of innocent people is smart policing.
New Yorkers deserve policing carried out with “Courtesy, professionalism, respect,” painted on the sides of patrol cars. Officers Frascatore and Pantaleo make those words a farce.
Correction: September 16, 2015
An editorial about the police attack on James Blake misidentified Raymond Kelly, the former New York City police commissioner. He served under Mayors David Dinkins and Michael Bloomberg, not Rudolph Giuliani.
Questions on the Blake Assault - The New York Times
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Over the course of nearly a year, the alliance reports, black and white testers posing as home buyers had drastically different experiences when they contacted a real estate company near Jackson, Miss. Agents often declined to show properties to black customers who were better qualified than whites, with higher incomes, better credit scores and more savings for down payments. Meanwhile, white testers who had expressed interest in properties in the majority-black city of Jackson were steered into majority-white communities elsewhere.
These problems are not limited to the South. Indeed, another alliance investigation covering a dozen metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dayton, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, San Antonio and the District of Columbia, suggests that housing market discrimination is universal.
Despite being better qualified financially, black and Latino testers were shown fewer homes than their white peers, were often denied information about special incentives that would have made the purchase easier, and were required to produce loan pre-approval letters and other documents when whites were not.
How Segregation Destroys Black Wealth - The New York Times
Monday, September 14, 2015
"A commission appointed by Missouri’s governor after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer is calling for sweeping changes across the St. Louis region on matters of policing, the courts, education, health care, housing and more.
In a 198-page report to be made public in Ferguson, Mo., on Monday afternoon, the commission lays out goals that are ambitious, wide ranging and, in many cases, politically delicate. Among 47 top priorities, the group calls for increasing the minimum wage, expanding eligibility for Medicaid and consolidating the patchwork of 60 police forces and 81 municipal courts that cover St. Louis and its suburbs."
Sunday, September 13, 2015
THIS IS HOW THEY KILL US (Natasha McKenna Video - NSFW) Published on Sep 11, 2015 On Feb. 3, McKenna was shocked four times while she was restrained by several officers at Fairfax County Adult Detention Center in Virginia. She stopped breathing minutes later and was transported to an area hospital, where she died after five days. No charges will be filed against the officers. Her death was ruled as accidental. The Virginia jail has since banned the user of tasers.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
"WASHINGTON — When the Justice Department arrested the chairman of Temple University’s physics department this spring and accused him of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China, prosecutors had what seemed like a damning piece of evidence: schematics of sophisticated laboratory equipment sent by the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, to scientists in China."
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
First Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel (who represented Davis in court) very offensively compared Kim Davis to a Jew living in Nazi Germany.
From Right Wing Watch:
Yesterday, Davis’ attorney, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, appeared on “Crosstalk” to defend Davis, claiming that she is simply trying to do her job, or at least, her job as she sees it. He even likened her to a Jewish person living under Nazi rule.
When host Jim Schneider of VCY America asked why Davis won’t resign, he said that the county’s residents support her and “she’d probably be able to win the governor’s seat right now rather than just the clerk of Rowan County. She’s there to do a duty, a job and the job duty was changed.”
“Does that mean that if you’re Christian, don’t apply here; if you’re a Jew, you gotta get — what happened in Nazi Germany, what happened there first, they removed the Jews from government public employment, then they stopped patronizing them in their private businesses, then they continued to stigmatize them, then they were the ‘problems,’ then they killed them,” Staver said. “The fact of the matter is, she has a right to this employment and you don’t lose your constitutional liberties just because you are employed by the government.”
Todd Starnes says that soon jails will fill up with (religious right) Christians.
“I warned people of faith that this kind of stuff is coming,” Starnes told “AFA Today” host Crane Durham. “Now we know that it is here and this is a very dangerous and very disturbing development. But quite frankly, you know what, we all knew, Crane, those of us who read our Bibles, we all knew that there was a time coming in this country where the persecution would happen and it seems as though, at least in the case of Mrs. Davis, that time is right now.”
While discussing his interview with Davis, where she said that she wouldn’t resign her position because she plans to use the county office to spread “God’s word” and act as “a vessel God,” Starnes said that Kentucky lawmakers failed to even meet with Davis about legislative remedies for her supposed plight. He added: “I hope that the folks listening to this program in Kentucky will call their state legislators and their representatives right now and demand that they take action to protect other Christians in the state of Kentucky, otherwise I suspect the jails are going to start filling up pretty quickly.”
via Right Wing Watch
According to Rick Wiles, the "homosexual gaystapa" will murder Christians like Kim Davis in a "reign of terror."
Kim Davis’ imprisonment is only the beginning of the reign of terror by the Obamanista communist regime’s gaystapo. If I am right about America being Mystery Babylon, eventually the blood of the saints must be spilled in the streets, martyrdom of Christian saints is one of the attributes of Mystery Babylon in the Last Days. When Babylon’s economy collapses, so too will its old constitutional republic framework. What will ensue in the aftermath of a massive economic collapse will be bloody and brutal tyrannical repression of Christianity by the Jesus-hating homosexual gaystapo. Just like the militant homosexuals who terrorized Germany in the 1930s through the Nazis, the National Socialist Party, the Democratic Party is the new National Socialist Party, the Nazis.
The “Trunews” host later added that America may soon face a military attack from China and Russia over its treatment of Davis, along with federal funding towards Planned Parenthood.
As Wiles explained, the U.S. government has effectively turned into Sodom and Gomorrah and will consequently be punished."
Religious Right In Meltdown Mode Over Jailing Of Kim Davis
Monday, September 07, 2015
Black Employees at a Trump Casino Were Reportedly Removed Whenever the Donald Arrived | Mother Jones
I met a bus driver named Kip Brown, who worked the Port Authority route, up and back each morning, for Academy Bus Lines. He had been at Academy for fifteen years and was No. 3 in seniority, out of seventy drivers in the region. As ridership has fallen, Academy has been cutting back on its schedule. The number of visitors arriving by bus is an eighth of what it was a quarter century ago. In the spring, Brown, just forty-seven, retired.
Black Employees at a Trump Casino Were Reportedly Removed Whenever the Donald Arrived | Mother JonesNow he was looking for work as a livery driver. Brown also used to work in the casinos, at the Showboat, bussing tables, and at Trump’s Castle, stripping and waxing floors. "When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor," he said. "It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back."
Sunday, September 06, 2015
"Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk refusing to issue marriage licenses, on Sunday appealed the order putting her in jail.
Davis' attorneys filed the appeal three days after the Rowan County clerk was held in contempt of court for defying a Supreme Court ruling that legalizes gay marriage. Davis cited her religious beliefs in her refusal to issue marriage licenses.
The three page motion did not include arguments as to why Davis should be released, but amended Davis' earlier appeal. U.S. District Judge David Bunning had ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses, but she refused to do it, saying she could not betray her conscience.
Bunning sent Davis to jail on Thursday for disobeying his order. Her deputy clerks then issued marriage licenses to gay couples on Friday."
The Architecture of Segregation - The New York Times