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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Countries the U.S. has invaded since World War II

Vietnam
Cambodia
Dominican Rep.
Grenada
Libya
Panama
Iraq
Somalia
Haiti
Bosnia
Kosovo
Afghanistan
Iraq
Libya
Syria?
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Chris Matthews On Racism Against Obama MLK 50th

Hardball: Where was the GOP at MLK commemoration?

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Hardball: Where was the GOP at MLK commemoration?

Black brokers settle racist claim with Merrill Lynch — MSNBC

Merrill Lynch, the behemoth brokerage firm, has agreed to fork over $160 million to settle a racial bias lawsuit brought by a longtime broker who accused the company of providing better opportunities, as well as more compensation, for white employees.
The settlement was confirmed to MSNBC.com by Suzanne Bish, a lawyer with Stowell & Friedman, for the plaintiffs

Black brokers settle racist claim with Merrill Lynch — MSNBC

The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama’s mind on Syria

The White House walk-and-talk that changed Obama’s mind on Syria

FULL: President Obama Speech at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington,...



On Wednesday the President gave an eloquent speech meant to touch all Americans but he failed to go beyond lip service to the twin themes of the original March, freedom and jobs. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the freedom issue last week in his promise to use the Courts to attack the illegal voting laws enacted by the renegade states of Texas and North Carolina but the jobs issue requires a programmatic approach to attack America's structural inequality which has not appreciably changed since 1963. Inspite of an obstructionist, Republican controlled House of Representatives the President could have called on the American people to put pressure on those representatives to enact a public works bill to repair our crumbling infrastructure and create jobs. We need policies that address inequalities. As Karl Marx said better than anyone else "the philosophers have analyzed the world in various ways, the problem however is to change it.

Obama on 50th anniversary of 'dream' speech: King's 'words belong to the ages' - King thought his dream had turned into a nightmare.

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Obama decides to strike Syria, will seek authorization from Congress

A truly excellent speech and stance by an American President. Whether you disagree or agree with military action against Syria you have to respect the President respecting the Constitution and the American people asking their consent to go to war. This is a high mark in the Obama Presidency that historians will remember.

Obama decides to strike Syria, will seek authorization from Congress

War Weariness

It would seem that Americans are conflicted about that role, at least in this case.

An NBC News poll released Friday found that while 58 percent of Americans believe that the use of chemical weapons by any country is a “red line” requiring a significant United States response, including military action, only 42 percent believe that we should take such action in Syria and only 21 percent are convinced that such action is in our national interest. Fifty percent of Americans believe that we should take no significant military action.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The Witnesses - By David Kenner | Foreign Policy

Syrian activists took the YouTube videos that dragged America to the brink of war -- and then paid with their lives.

An open letter on Syria to Western narcissists | the human province

Obama won’t wait for Congress to protect voting rights — MSNBC

The Race-Baiting of America | The Nation

No, Martin Luther King Jr. Was Not A Republican -- But Here's What He Had To Say About Them | ThinkProgress

The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right.

All In : Cory Booker: ‘Lots of steps before decriminalization’

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All In : Cory Booker: ‘Lots of steps before decriminalization’

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All In : The largest fast-food strike to date

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All In : Obama faces big push back on military intervention in Syria

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Two Minutes - #OurMarch

BREAKING: Justice Department Won't Challenge State Marijuana Laws, Announces Major Shift In Law Enforcement Policy | ThinkProgress

Reforming America's Criminal Justice System: Refocusing on Delivering Results, Aligning with Our Values, and Reducing the Burden on Taxpayers

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Reforming America's Criminal Justice System: Refocusing on Delivering Results, Aligning with Our Values, and Reducing the Burden on Taxpayers

Cory Booker Unveils Plan For Criminal Justice Reform: 'The Stakes Are High'





Cory Booker Unveils Plan For Criminal Justice Reform: 'The Stakes Are High'

Happy Birthday Bird (Charlie Parker - Ko-Ko (1948 live version)



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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bill de Blasio widens lead in NYC mayor’s race — MSNBC

What Obama Didn’t Say in His March on Washington Speech - The Daily Beast

Civil Rights Roundtable 1963



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Do Not Ignore The Orhanizers Of The March On Washington In 1963

Please do not forget A Phillip Randolph and Bayard Rustin who organized the March on Washington August 28, 1963.  

American mythology focuses on MLK's speech.  It was a great one but there were many other speakers and the message was freedom and jobs.  That message still rings loudly today.

All In : Measles outbreak linked to anti-vaccination mega-church

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All In : Measles outbreak linked to anti-vaccination mega-church

All In : Military action against Syria imminent?

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All In : Military action against Syria imminent?

Federal Reserve Employees Afraid To Speak Put Financial System At Risk

The shaky morale is a legacy of Alan Greenspan’s 19-year term as Fed chairman. From 1987 to 2006, the Greenspan Fed pushed for a hands-off approach by regulators, who then found themselves blamed for the financial crisis that led to the most punishing economic downturn since the Great Depression.

“Supervisors during the Greenspan years were beaten down pretty regularly,” Phil Angelides, former chairman of the congressionally appointed Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, told HuffPost. “It doesn’t surprise me that you would still have some dysfunction, a lack of morale and something less than a highly energized and well-coordinated arm of the Federal Reserve, where for so long the regulators and bank supervisors were held back by the leadership of the Fed.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cory Booker Opens Stop-And-Frisk Data To The Public. Here’s Why It Might Help. | TechCrunch

Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker has just begun testing an innovative solution to the racial problems plaguing law enforcement’s use of stop-and-frisk: hold officers accountable by making details of every stop accessible to the public. The controversial practice of “stop-and-frisk” allows police officers to pat down any citizens for looking mildly suspicious; law enforcement claims it’s a vital tool against crime in overcrowded cities, while civil liberties groups claim that it unfairly targets minorities (In New York, minorities make up 90 percent of all stop-and-frisk incidents).

Obama Weighs ‘Limited’ Strikes Against Syrian Forces - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama is considering military action against Syria that is intended to “deter and degrade” President Bashar al-Assad’s government’s ability to launch chemical weapons, but is not aimed at ousting Mr. Assad from power or forcing him to the negotiating table, administration officials said Tuesday.

Racial Disparities in Health Care: The New Frontier for Civil Rights | Black Politics on the Web

On the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, the evolution of civil rights in the U.S. has vaulted healthcare to the forefront of issues enveloped in this nation’s persistent racial disparities. Among the empirically verifiable indicators of healthcare disparities one finds evidence that doctors consistently refer black patients to lower-quality hospitals, that black men are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than white men, that blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to have diabetes, that infant mortality rates for blacks are 1.5 to three times as high as for whites, that there are significantly higher rates of advanced breast cancer diagnoses among blacks -

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Daily Kos: Facebook received 38,000 requests from governments for user data

In only a six month period, Facebook has received 38,000 requests from governments around the world, with half of those coming from U.S. agencies:
Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.

The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation | Wired Design | Wired.com

50 Days Without Food: The California Prison Hunger Strike Explained | Mother Jones

The state's reliance on long-term solitary confinement is at the heart of a fast that could leave prisoners dead

Rick Lowery, Ph.D.: Abortion: What the Bible Says (and Doesn't Say)

The Bible doesn't talk about abortion, but it does say when a human being's life begins.
Genesis 2:7 is clearest. The first human became a "living being" (nefesh hayah, "a living breath") when God blew into its nostrils and it started to breathe. Human life begins when you start breathing, biblical writers thought. It ends when you stop. That's why the Hebrew word often translated "spirit" (ruah) -- "life force" might be a better translation -- literally means "wind" or "breath."

The Last Word: Two Republicans supporting voting rights drowned out by louder GOP

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The Last Word: Two Republicans supporting voting rights drowned out by louder GOP

Military strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday,' US officials say - World News

Military strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday,' US officials say - World News

Rachel Maddow: Landmark ruling for marriage equality in New Mexico

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Rachel Maddow: Landmark ruling for marriage equality in New Mexico

Rachel Maddow: US preps military rebuke to Syria chemical weapons

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Rachel Maddow: Defense of voting rights spreads nationally

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Rachel Maddow: Defense of voting rights spreads nationally

All In : What a Trump U education buys you

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All In : What a Trump U education buys you

Sunday, August 25, 2013

▶ Gay man in the Civil Rights Movement.



▶ Gay man in the Civil Rights Movement.

Meet the Press: Doris Kearns Goodwin remembers civil rights movement

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Syria to let UN inspectors visit site of alleged chemical weapons attack - World News

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Syria to let UN inspectors visit site of alleged chemical weapons attack - World News

MHP: Workers inspired by Dr. King’s dream – then and now

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▶ REV AL SHARPTON: March on Washington 50th Anniversary Speakers



▶ REV AL SHARPTON: March on Washington 50th Anniversary Speakers

MHP: Students take up the banner for voting rights

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MHP: Fulton: ‘It helps to know that I’m not standing by myself’

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MHP: March architects have passed, but their struggle continues

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ken Auletta: What Kind of City is the Mayor Leaving to His Successor?

Michael Bloomberg, whose third and final term as mayor of New York expires at midnight on December 31st, keeps a digital clock running in reverse in his City Hall office, counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds left in his term. He remains one of the wealthiest men in the city—his fortune is estimated at twenty-seven billion dollars—but this seems of limited comfort to him. In 2008 and 2012, he considered running for President, as a moderate Republican or as a self-financed third-party candidate, but he was eventually persuaded that he couldn’t win. Now he is clearly vexed by the challenges of envisaging his own future and a City Hall without him.

Ken Auletta: What Kind of City is the Mayor Leaving to His Successor?

50 Years Later. Charles Blow New York Times

I’m absolutely convinced that enormous steps have been made in race relations. That’s not debatable. Most laws that explicitly codified discrimination have been stricken from the books. Overt, articulated racial animus has become more socially unacceptable. And diversity has become a cause to be championed in many quarters, even if efforts to achieve it have taken some hits of late.

But my worry is that we have hit a ceiling of sorts. As we get closer to a society where explicit bias is virtually eradicated, we no longer have the stomach to deal with the more sinister issues of implicit biases and of structural and systematic racial inequality.
I worry that centuries of majority privilege and minority disenfranchisement are being overlooked in puddle-deep discussions about race and inequality, personal responsibility and societal inhibitors.
I wonder if we, as a society of increasing diversity but also drastic inequality, even agree on what constitutes equality. When we hear that word, do we think of equal opportunity, or equal treatment under the law, or equal outcomes, or some combination of those factors?
And I worry that there is a distinct and ever-more-vocal weariness — and in some cases, outright hostility — about the continued focus on racial equality.



50 Years Later

MHP: Thousands gather for March on Washington 50th anniversary

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MHP: Thousands gather for March on Washington 50th anniversary

Mayor Bloomberg Responds to Kendrick Lamar's Control Verse



▶ Mayor Bloomberg Responds to Kendrick Lamar's Control Verse - YouTube

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Last Word: The divide over health care reform

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The Last Word: The divide over health care reform

The Last Word: The butlers son on his father and the new film

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The Last Word: The butlers son on his father and the new film

The Last Word: Colin Powell: There is no voter fraud

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The Last Word: Colin Powell: There is no voter fraud

The Last Word: Massacre control: The heroism of Antoinette Tuff

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The Last Word: Massacre control: The heroism of Antoinette Tuff

The Last Word: Massacre control: The heroism of Antoinette Tuff

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The Last Word: Massacre control: The heroism of Antoinette Tuff

Powell slams NC Republicans for new restrictive voting law — MSNBC

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Powell slams NC Republicans for new restrictive voting law — MSNBC

All In : Hayes: Fox News ghastly undertaking on race and crime

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All In : Hayes: Fox News ghastly undertaking on race and crime

Powell slams NC Republicans for new restrictive voting law — MSNBC

The Target: Stop-and-Frisk's Damaging Toll on Families and Communities



The Target: Stop-and-Frisk's Damaging Toll on Families and Communities - YouTube

All In : Hayes: Fox News ghastly undertaking on race and crime

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All In : Hayes: Fox News ghastly undertaking on race and crime

All In : DOJ sues Texas in Voting Rights battle

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All In : DOJ sues Texas in Voting Rights battle

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

All In : Teslas Model S: The best car ever made?

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All In : Teslas Model S: The best car ever made?

Rusbridger: destroying hard drives allowed us to continue NSA coverage | Media | theguardian.com

Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian editor-in-chief, has said that the destruction of computer hard drives containing information provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden allowed the paper to continue reporting on the revelations instead of surrendering the material to UK courts.

Rusbridger told BBC Radio 4's The World at One on Tuesday that he agreed to the "slightly pointless" task of destroying the devices – which was overseen by two GCHQ officials at the Guardian's headquarters in London – because the newspaper is in possession of digital copies outside Britain.

The move followed weeks of private discussions with Whitehall officials who eventually threatened legal action over the material "unless we handed it back or destroyed it", he said.

Rusbridger: destroying hard drives allowed us to continue NSA coverage | Media | theguardian.com

All In : Guardian newspaper reveals destroying hard drives at behest of UK govt

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All In : Guardian newspaper reveals destroying hard drives at behest of UK govt

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NAACP president vows backlash if Ray Kelly is nominated for Secy. of Homeland Security — MSNBC

Food Stamp Cuts Would Deny Benefits To At Least 4 Million: CBPP

Food Stamp Cuts Would Deny Benefits To At Least 4 Million: CBPP




Lawrence O’Donnell remembers legendary reporter Jack Germond — MSNBC

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Lawrence O’Donnell remembers legendary reporter Jack Germond — MSNBC

Rachel Maddow: NC senator quits to work against GOP war on voting

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Rachel Maddow: NC senator quits to work against GOP war on voting

Rachel Maddow: Maddow: Journalism is not terrorism

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Rachel Maddow: Maddow: Journalism is not terrorism

All In : CIA reveals its role in 1953 Iranian coup

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All In : CIA reveals its role in 1953 Iranian coup

All In : Chris Christies three card monte

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All In : Chris Christies three card monte

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Egypt Security Kills 36 Held in Its Custody - NYTimes.com

Egypt Security Kills 36 Held in Its Custody - NYTimes.com

Meet the Press: Universal suspicion and the impact on communities

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Meet the Press: How racial profiling informs policing in America - This idiot police chief misstated the Terry v. Ohio Supreme Court reasonable suspicion standard. He represents everything that is wrong in American policing. He does not understand the law and he is full of racial animus. He is the problem in NYC along with it's elists mayor.


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NYTimes: War on the Border

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Who's Illegal? - Jasiri X Ft Rhymefest



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NAACP Legal Defense Fund is Appalled at Mayor Bloomberg’s Comment that People Should be “Fingerprinted” Before Entering NYC Public Housing Residences | Black Politics on the Web
On John Gambling radio show, Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized Davis v. City of New York, a putative class action lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (“LDF”) and co-counsel the Legal Aid Society on behalf of plaintiffs challenging the NYPD’s policy and practice of unlawfully stopping and arresting public housing residents and their guests for trespassing. Rather than addressing the overwhelming evidence that thousands of innocent people have been stopped—and sometimes arrested—for trespassing in public housing apartments, however, Mayor Bloomberg instead suggested that residents and guests should be “fingerprinted” before entering their own homes.

MHP: NY Police Commissioner makes his case for ‘stop-and-frisk’

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MHP: NY Police Commissioner makes his case for ‘stop-and-frisk’

MHP: NY Police Commissioner makes his case for ‘stop-and-frisk’

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MHP: NY Police Commissioner makes his case for ‘stop-and-frisk’