XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data
• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches
• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The most interesting lunch in the political world took place Monday at the White House, though officials said the chat between President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton was more personal than professional.
The president and his former secretary of state “have developed not just a strong working relationship, but also a genuine friendship,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
“So,” he added, “it’s largely friendship that’s on the agenda for the lunch today.”
Obama invited the former rival-turned-top-aide to a private lunch that took place on an outside patio near the Oval Office.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Gawker editor: ‘White-on-white crime scourge’ — MSNBC
Rioting Breaks Out in Huntington Beach After Surfing Open - Many people don't want to hear this kind of tough love, of course. They'd like to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that all white children are as sweet and harmless as Taylor Swift. But the reality is that the statistics tell a different story. For instance, according to research from the Department of Justice, 84 percent of white murder victims are killed by other white people [PDF]. Similarly, white rape victims tend to be raped by other whites [PDF]. White-on-white violence is a menace to white communities across the country, and yet you never hear white leaders like Pastor Joel Osteen, Bill O'Reilly, or Hillary Clinton take a firm stance against the scourge.
Cumulus Media is expected to drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity’s radio shows at the end of the year, according to an industry source who told POLITICO‘s Dylan Byers. Cumulus, the second largest radio network in the country, will no longer distribute the top two highest-rated talk radio shows that are broadcasted in 40 major markets
Well, now we know. The Dayton Daily News has hidden the story behind a paywall, but the paper reported yesterday on groups like the "Citizens' Council for Health Freedom," which is rallying behind the "Refuse to Enroll" campaign.
The Maddow Blog
Monday, July 29, 2013
A discussion of just about the worst interview I have ever seen on T.V.
" “The philosophical backbone of [Green's] question is that it would be impossible for someone to write about Jesus without some kind of faith-based prejudice,” Aslan said Monday. “It’s weird to all of a sudden talk about it, that only practitioners of a faith can talk about that faith. If that were true, there would be a lot fewer books about Islam in America.”
Most countries have foundational myths that underlie the ethos of the national character. Much of our national myth involves freedom and Enlightenment liberalism: property rights, religious freedom, and the dignity of the individual are among the core values which under-gird our national identity. This narrative leads to national cliches like "If you work hard enough, you can do anything" and 'pulling oneself up by the bootstraps' is the key to success. The accompanying narrative overlooks what that actually looked like for much of our history including, inter alia, discriminatory legal regimes. This is important not, as many think, to enable a "victimhood" mentality among descendants. This is important to reaffirm that this country has only recently recognized that the "inalienable rights" explicitly assigned to all of mankind in our founding document apply to women and many people of color. This recognition is to understand that, since our country's inception, there have been parallel sets of rules and laws for marginalized people that are distinct from and harsher than those for the majority. It also means "dignity of the individual" doesn't apply equally.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
White people are still largely the beneficiaries of racism, whether they know it or not. As The Nation’s Mychal Denzel Smith explains, “Not every white person is a racist, but the genius of racism is that you don’t have to participate to enjoy the spoils. If you’re white, you can be completely oblivious, passively accepting the status quo, and reap the rewards.” - See more at: http://blackpoliticsontheweb.com/2013/07/28/how-black-families-are-destroyed-in-two-simple-charts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BlackPoliticsontheWeb+%28Headlines+from+BlackPoliticsontheWeb.com%29#sthash.7ezkPJ2Z.dpuf
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OXFORD, England — SIXTY years ago I went to Manhattan for the very first time, on the ocean liner Mauretania from Liverpool, and annually since then, without a break, I have returned. This year is my Diamond Jubilee visit, and everyone, New Yorkers and outsiders alike, asks me how much the place has changed.
It has certainly changed me, I can tell you that! Look around the library at my home in Wales and you will see New York books impenetrably cluttering its shelves, including a couple I have impertinently written myself, file after file of articles, street plans and prints, and a Crumpled City map of contemporary Manhattan, printed on scrunchable fabric, which Twm, one of my three sons, has just given me as a Diamond Jubilee memento. Since 1953 New York has implanted itself irrevocably in my being and altered me forever.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Inside Groundswell: Read the Memos of the New Right-Wing Strategy Group Planning a "30 Front War" | Mother Jones
Inside Groundswell: Read the Memos of the New Right-Wing Strategy Group Planning a "30 Front War" | Mother Jones
My Parents and Grandparents Could not vote. On my Fathers Side i florida and on my mothers side in Texas. Never again!
Texas and North Carolina Republicans must pay a price for their voter suppression efforts. This is the only way they will learn to stop this behavior.
The Last Word: Feds target Texas voter restrictions. Is North Carolina next? Voter Suppression must be stopped!
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Rachel Maddow Show: New voting rules insulate NC Republicans from voter reprisal - The zombie apocalypse has occurred in the North Carolina State House.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
All In : Foxs Bill OReilly loses it when talking about race - This is the enemy within that all good Americans should be fighting.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
A top-secret federal court has renewed the authority of the U.S. government to collect telephone records as part of its surveillance program. In other words: Let the federal spying keep on rolling.
The Court’s heavy reliance on the importance of a “fundamental principle of equal sovereignty among the States,” while supported by language in an earlier opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, ignored the fact that Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution created a serious inequality among the states. That clause counted “three fifths” of a state’s slaves for the purpose of measuring the size of its congressional delegation and its representation in the Electoral College. That provision was offensive because it treated African-Americans as though each of them was equal to only three fifths of a white person, but it was even more offensive because it increased the power of the southern states by counting three fifths of their slaves even though those slaves were not allowed to vote. The northern states would have been politically better off if the slave population had been simply omitted from the number used to measure the voting power of the slave states.
It's about time. Rand Paul is running scared but he cannot run from his racist record.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Is this the right way to respond to Bush Administration incompetence? I think not. Soon after President Obama appointed him director of national intelligence in 2009, Dennis C. Blair called for a tally of the number of government officials or employees who had been prosecuted for leaking national security secrets. He was dismayed by what he found.
Court Tells Reporter to Testify in Case of Leaked C.I.A. Data (July 20, 2013)
Guardian, via Reuters
The charges filed last month against Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, are the seventh leak-related prosecution brought by the
In the previous four years, the record showed, 153 cases had been referred to the Justice Department. Not one had led to an indictment.
That scorecard “was pretty shocking to all of us,” Mr. Blair said. So in a series of phone calls and meetings, he and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. fashioned a more aggressive strategy to punish anyone who leaked national security information that endangered intelligence-gathering methods and sources.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Court Tells Reporter to Testify in Case of Leaked C.I.A. Data - NYTimes.com
There’s nothing about abortion in the Bible - Salon.com
Friday, July 19, 2013
The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime - The Daily Beast
Martin Bashir: President Obama’s surprise speech on Trayvon Martin, race in America - It was not the conversation I heard among African American men this week. It was far to weak.
Obama Takes Over White House Press Briefing To Speak On Trayvon Martin - It was Far To Weak And Timid.
Approximately the same percentage of White folks kill White folks as Black folks kill Black folks. White folks are far more likely to own guns than Black folks. White folks are the problem. White folks need to deal with the bigotry among themselves. We, as Black folks need to find ways to raise the decision costs when White folks act out on racism. There must be a price for this behavior. Unless their is a price there is no incentive to change.
Obama Takes Over White House Press Briefing To Speak On Trayvon Martin (VIDEO)
Rick Scott Refuses To Budge On 'Stand Your Ground' After Meeting With Protesters. It is time for massive, civil disobedience in Tallahassee. Fill the jails and shut the city down. Never Again!
Rachel Maddow Show: Gun lobbys power in Florida an obstacle to Stand your ground reform
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Daily Show makes fun of Texas Governor Rick Perry's tour to lure jobs to Texas from other states and particularly NYC
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Political Comedy - Fake News | Comedy Central
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
All In : In North Carolina, a strategy to disenfranchise voters - Enough is enough. We must raise the decision costs for America. This turning back of the clock must be stopped.
All In : NY Congressman: Ray Kelly should not be Homeland Security chief - This nomination of Ray Kelly is totally unacceptable. President Obama must be opposed relentlessly on this issue Kelly has been a perpetrator of the unconstitutional "stop and frisk" policies in NYC and the unconstitutional privacy and 4th Amendment violations against Muslims in both NYC and New Jersey.
Last night Black Twitter killed a George Zimmerman trial juror’s book deal. But that’s not a surprise: The hive has become a swarm. It’s diffuse, powerful, and all around you.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
In a way, the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for his killing of Trayvon Martin was more powerful than a guilty verdict could ever have been. It was the perfect wrenching coda to a story that illustrates just how utterly and completely our system of justice — both moral and legal — failed Martin and his family.
The Whole System Failed Trayvon Martin
Disembodied Racism and the Search for Racist Intent: The Trayvon Martin Case » Sociology Lens