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  • Remove the Statue of Thomas Jefferson from Campus

    08/19/2017 10:38:23 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    The need to project a progressive environment is just as important as food and shelter to survive. A welcoming environment does not stop at the feet of individuals in particular spaces. A welcoming environment is also determined by its physical environment e.g., the use of artifacts in designated spaces. Some individuals may not see Thomas Jefferson’s statue in the quad as a form of oppression, but in higher education settings where highly conscious students are present, it is relatively easy to see and read such nonverbal messages. Burgoon, Guerrero, and Floyd (2010) suggested that “facial expressions, gestures, vocal behaviors, and...
  • Trump Exploits Gap Between Elite and Public Opinion

    08/19/2017 9:52:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 18, 2017 | Josh Kraushaar
    The president’s job approval has inched upwards since Charlottesville, and a surprisingly high number of voters agree with his provocative rhetoric. The reaction after President Trump’s tepid response to the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville was swift and severe. One broadcast network devoted its entire nightly newscast to Trump’s chaotic press conference on Tuesday. The next day, The Economist portrayed the president screaming into a bullhorn shaped as a Ku Klux Klan hood on its cover—with other news magazines following suit. Many Republican officials have denounced the president in the sharpest terms since his election. Business leaders resigned from the president’s...
  • Five centuries on, Martin Luther should be feted as hero of liberty and free speech

    08/19/2017 9:38:22 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 7 replies
    Theguardian.commartinluther ^ | 18 March 2017 | Pete Stanford
    The story of the German reformer who challenged the Catholic church has resonance todayn the English version of the Reformation, Martin Luther’s role amounts to little more than noises off. First, he attracted the hostility of Henry VIII, aided and abetted by Thomas More, as they flung barbs at “this venomous serpent” challenging the Catholic church’s stranglehold over Europe. Then, just over a decade later, the king exploited the breach in Rome’s defences that Luther had created to launch a national church. But Henry was always keen to stress that he was no Lutheran, and the German reformer’s new take...
  • Prosecutor who opposes death penalty won't handle Kissimmee (cop killer) case, Florida governor says

    08/19/2017 9:24:13 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 2 replies
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday evening issued an executive order removing the case of two police officers slain in Kissimmee, Fla., from a prosecutor who had previously stated she opposes the death penalty. “Today, I am using my executive authority to reassign this case to State Attorney Brad King to ensure the victims of last night’s attack and their families receive the justice they deserve,” Scott said in the order. Ann and I are praying and mourning with the Howards, Baxters and the entire @kissimmeepolice family. (2/2) — Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) August 19, 2017 King will replace State...
  • Man Stabbed After Haircut Gets Him Mistaken for a Neo-Nazi

    08/19/2017 9:18:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 19, 2017 | Stephanie Pagones
    This Colorado man is avowedly not a neo-Nazi. But he believes his long-on-top, buzzed-on-the-sides haircut got him mistaken for one — and nearly stabbed to death by a confused anti-fascist. Joshua Witt, 26, escaped his brush with hairdo-doom with a defensive slice to the hand and three stitches. “Apparently, my haircut is considered a neo-Nazi statement,” he told The Post Saturday, as his account on Facebook garnered 20,000 shares.
  • Dick Gregory Has Passed

    08/19/2017 7:29:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 87 replies
    instagram ^ | August 19, 2017 | Dick Gregory instagram
    therealdickgregory It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days - Christian Gregory
  • CNN Highlights Police Beating Video, But Ignored Video of Officer Being Shot

    08/19/2017 7:12:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | August 19, 2017 | Brad Wilmouth
    Several times since yesterday, CNN has presented viewers with dash cam video showing a police officer beating a black motorist because the motorist allegedly resisted arrest. But, just over a week ago, CNN showed no interest when video was released of a black police officer being shot and seriously injured by a suspect who was just recently convicted of attempted murder. CBS Highlights Video of Police Officer Being Shot by SuspectWhile CNN was ignoring the report, ABC, CBS, and NBC all gave some level attention to the attack on the officer. On Thursday, August 11, ABC's World News Tonight ran...
  • Is It Time to Ban the Democratic Party?

    08/19/2017 6:54:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 08/17/17 | Jeffrery Lord
    All of a sudden America is confronted with American leftists abruptly striking out at their own history — pulling down statues of those who were the military leaders of a philosophical belief that is historically recorded and enshrined as the building block of the Democratic Party. In a 2016 commencement address to City College in New York graduates, then-First Lady Michelle Obama said that “every single day” as First Lady “I wake up in a house that was built by slaves.” True enough.   Back there in the stone age of 2008 I authored a piece in The American Spectator which was...
  • NYPD Officers Rally to Help Get Colin Kaepernick an NFL Job

    08/19/2017 6:53:40 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 68 replies ^ | 8/19/17 | Alec Nathan
    Current and former members of the New York City Police Department rallied in Brooklyn Saturday in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. According to the Associated Press (via, approximately 75 "mostly minority" officers attended the rally and wore T-shirts featuring the hashtag "#imwithkap." Frank Serpico, who was played by Al Pacino in the 1973 film Serpico that depicted police corruption, was also in attendance. "He's trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers," Serpico told the AP. Kaepernick, 29, has been an unrestricted free agent since he parted ways with the 49ers in...
  • Rallying againt racism in Salinas

    08/19/2017 6:51:37 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    KION ^ | Aug 18, 2017 | Amanda Gomez
    Several Salinas organizations held a rally against racism Friday. People gathered at the corner of Boronda and North Main for the rally to stand with Charlottesville after the recent violence there.
  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Issues Executive Order That Violates First Amendment

    08/19/2017 6:50:55 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Aug 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order late Friday halting demonstrations at Lee Monument in Richmond for the next 90 days. That order violates the First Amendment. “In spite of weeks of preparation, the city of Charlottesville was the target of an act of domestic terrorism that cost one woman her life, and had a helicopter accident lead to the deaths of two state troopers,” McAuliffe said in a statement that accompanied the executive order:
  • RNC raises millions more than DNC in July

    08/19/2017 6:33:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8-19-17 | BEN KAMISAR
    The Republican National Committee (RNC) expanded its massive fundraising lead over the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in July as the Democrats posted their worst July haul in a decade. The DNC raised just $3.8 million in July, compared to the $10.2 million raised by the RNC in the same month. While the GOP has no debt, the DNC added slightly to its debt in July, which now sits at $3.4 million. The Democrats haven't raised that little money in a July since 2007; the party raised $3.4 million in that month. The Hill obtained the RNC's fundraising numbers ahead of...
  • 60 illegal immigrants locked in a frigid trailer rescued by Border Patrol

    08/19/2017 6:16:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 19, 2017
    Sixty illegal immigrants who were comingled within a tractor holding produce were rescued by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Agents on Saturday. Agents referred a tractor trailer driver to secondary inspection after a dog alerted officials to the people who were laying on and within pallets of broccoli. The trailer's doors were secured with a padlock and the subjects had no means of escape. The trailer's temperature was 49 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Medicated Kids (A short vanity)

    08/19/2017 6:04:17 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 19 replies
    I remember a LOT of discussion during the '80s and '90s about what was going to happen in the future to the kids whose parents were feeding them mood-altering drugs like Ritalin to calm the little hellions down. Are we seeing the results right now?
  • Demonstrators rally at City Hall to bring down Christopher Columbus statue

    08/19/2017 5:19:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    Christopher Columbus was a villain of history and his statue should be removed, according to demonstrators who gathered today before one of several statues of the man in this city that bears his name. The hastily scheduled event at City Hall — drawing more than 100 people and no apparent counterprotestors — was in response to the clashes last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of one woman. The protest there started in response to the city’s decision to take down statues of Confederate leaders. Organizers of the Columbus rally said they are trying to stand up...
  • The Impending Entertainment News Realignment (worth a re-post now)

    08/19/2017 5:16:42 PM PDT · by LS · 23 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | June 5, 2017 | LS
    With the firing, then death, of Roger Ailes, the departure of Bill O’Reilly, and the swirling rumors about Sean Hannity either leaving or being fired at Fox News, many conservatives flippantly insist that any one (or combination) of these and other conservative entertainers/news people could “start their own network.” It’s certainly possible that the right combination of entertainers and capitalists could buy an existing structure and form it into a network—itself a mammoth undertaking, but not impossible—but start one from scratch? It’s worth the time to recall how Fox News got to where it is today. In 1986 20th Century...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ MAKING ASSUMPTIONS ~ 20 August 2017

    08/19/2017 5:06:25 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 37 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The Whole World !! | The Canteen Crew
          MAKING ASSUMPTIONS A story making the rounds this past week told of a policeman who was heading home after a long, hard day on patrol. He had dealt with a whole succession of difficult people, and a mountain of frustrating paperwork. All he wanted at this point was to kick back, unwind, enjoy some peace and quiet, and maybe watch a few innings of baseball on TV. But, as he neared home, he was startled by a vehicle that came careening around a sharp curve and narrowly missed his squad car. As the car passed within...
  • “Correcting” History

    08/19/2017 4:45:13 PM PDT · by Baynative · 53 replies
    AMAC Opinion Page ^ | 8/16/17 | Diana Erbio
    The scenario George Orwell created in his novel “1984”, seems less and less like fiction. Winston Smith, the main character, worked at the Truth Ministry where he “corrected” records. The internet was not yet the route where information flowed. It was newspapers, books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound tracks, cartoons, photographs and every kind of literature or documentation which might contain any political or ideological significance that were subject to “correction”. As soon as Winston’s “correction” was made, the original was destroyed. Day by day, and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. All written...
  • Vanity: Charlottesville "Nazi" Outed as Leftist Activist

    08/19/2017 4:36:23 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
  • Frank Serpico, NYPD cops raise their fists,

    08/19/2017 4:14:56 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    NYDaily Skews ^ | 8/19/17 | Dale W. Eisinger Larry Mcshane
    take a knee for team-less Colin Kaepernick at Brooklyn rally Because Colin Kaepernick took a knee, these cops have his back. Law enforcers past and present turned out Saturday in a show of support for the controversial NFL quarterback — whose public stance against racism and police violence preceded his current unemployment. “What Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation unfortunately has ignored for far too long,” said NYPD Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who helped organize the Brooklyn event. “And that's the issue of racism in America and policing in America. We decided to gather here...