1. 19:32 19th Sep 2014

    Notes: 8

    It’s not that journalism has to flatter, but it has some responsibility to facts and reality, and a misjudgment of this magnitude suggests you are not aware of what it means, right now, to call someone an “Angry Black Woman” in the pages of a national newspaper. If you’re going to write about the explosion of a stereotype your piece should at least display some understanding of how that stereotype has been wielded in the past.
     
  2. 18:23

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    cartoonpolitics:

"As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems." .. (Pope Francis)

    cartoonpolitics:

    "As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems." .. (Pope Francis)

     
  3. 11:08 18th Sep 2014

    Notes: 43

    Reblogged from andybrwn

    Tags: wow911bush

    On the bottom floor of the United States Capitol’s new underground visitors’ center, there is a secure room where the House Intelligence Committee maintains highly classified files. One of those files is titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.” It is twenty-eight pages long. In 2002, the Administration of George W. Bush excised those pages from the report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. President Bush said then that publication of that section of the report would damage American intelligence operations, revealing “sources and methods that would make it harder for us to win the war on terror.”

    “There’s nothing in it about national security,” Walter Jones, a Republican congressman from North Carolina who has read the missing pages, contends. “It’s about the Bush Administration and its relationship with the Saudis.” Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, told me that the document is “stunning in its clarity,” and that it offers direct evidence of complicity on the part of certain Saudi individuals and entities in Al Qaeda’s attack on America. “Those twenty-eight pages tell a story that has been completely removed from the 9/11 Report,” Lynch maintains. Another congressman who has read the document said that the evidence of Saudi government support for the 9/11 hijacking is “very disturbing,” and that “the real question is whether it was sanctioned at the royal-family level or beneath that, and whether these leads were followed through.” Now, in a rare example of bipartisanship, Jones and Lynch have co-sponsored a resolution requesting that the Obama Administration declassify the pages.

    (Source: azspot)

     
  4. 11:33 12th Sep 2014

    Notes: 5715

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    BAM

    BAM

    (Source: shenanaguns)

     
  5. 21:13 11th Sep 2014

    Notes: 75

    Reblogged from andybrwn

    Saying that Dinesh D’Souza had not yet accepted responsibility for his crime, prosecutors asked a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday to sentence the best-selling conservative author and filmmaker to 10 to 16 months in prison for violating campaign finance laws.

    The request by the office of Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, comes before Mr. D’Souza’s scheduled Sept. 23 sentencing for illegally making donations through straw donors to the 2012 United States Senate campaign of Wendy E. Long, a Republican candidate who was challenging Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a Democrat.

    In seeking a prison term for Mr. D’Souza, 53, the government disputed his lawyer’s contention in recent court papers that his client had “unequivocally accepted responsibility” for his crime.

    “The defendant pled guilty at the last possible moment before trial began,” prosecutors wrote, “not because he actually accepted responsibility for his conduct, but because he was in fact guilty and he had no defense or excuse for his criminal conduct.”

    “The defendant’s crime is serious and strikes at the heart of our federal election system,” prosecutors added.

     
  6. 09:32 10th Sep 2014

    Notes: 1

    To each his reach
    And if I don’t cop, it ain’t mine to have
    — 

    Parliament – Chocolate City Lyrics | Genius

    A fairly “Republican” sentiment when you think about it.

     
  7. 16:53 4th Sep 2014

    Notes: 589

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    assangistan:

MUST Read & Outrageous:
Human Rights Lawyer Arrested For Standing On NYC Sidewalk While Waiting For Children To Use Bathroom
via http://gothamist.com/
A human rights lawyer who was formerly the top attorney for Public Advocate Tish James was arrested for blocking the sidewalk following a pro-Palestinian rally in Times Square while waiting for her children to use the bathroom.
Chaumtoli Huq, 42, was standing outside of Ruby Tuesday on July 19th when her husband and children went into the restaurant to use the restroom. Police officers told her to keep moving down the sidewalk.
"I’m not in anybody’s way. Why do I have to move? What’s the problem?" Huq told police, according to the criminal complaint obtained by DNAinfo.
Police officer Ryan Lathrop and his partner then pinned her against a wall and arrested her.
“At that point I didn’t know what was happening. I was just thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ and all of a sudden the officer flips me [around]…he [turns] my body and presses me against the wall of the restaurant,” Huq told DNAinfo. “He shoved my left arm all the way and kept pushing it and handcuffed me. At that point I just like instinctively yelled, ‘Help!’ because I was alone. I screamed, ‘Help!’”
In her lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court, Huq claims the NYPD acted with “unreasonable and wholly unprovoked force” and that their behavior was “characteristic of a pattern and practice of the NYPD in aggressive overpolicing of people of color and persons lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”
Huq, who is Muslim, says the officers searched through her purse without probable cause, and took her to the precinct before her husband and children had even returned from the restaurant. When her husband went to go find his wife at the Midtown South Precinct, officers became suspicious of him because he had a last name different than his wife’s. “In America wives take the names of their husbands,” an officer allegedly told Huq.
Huq was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and took an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal to the charges.
The day before her arrest, Huq had taken a leave of absence from the Public Advocate’s office so she could focus her attention on human rights abuses against garment workers in her native Bangladesh.
“I was hesitant to bring a case. My job is to be behind the scenes, and help all New Yorkers,” she told the Daily News. But, upon reflection, she decided she could use her experience to “raise awareness about overpolicing in communities of color. I want there to be a dialogue on policing and community relations.”

I really am speechless.

    assangistan:

    MUST Read & Outrageous:

    Human Rights Lawyer Arrested For Standing On NYC Sidewalk While Waiting For Children To Use Bathroom

    via http://gothamist.com/

    A human rights lawyer who was formerly the top attorney for Public Advocate Tish James was arrested for blocking the sidewalk following a pro-Palestinian rally in Times Square while waiting for her children to use the bathroom.

    Chaumtoli Huq, 42, was standing outside of Ruby Tuesday on July 19th when her husband and children went into the restaurant to use the restroom. Police officers told her to keep moving down the sidewalk.

    "I’m not in anybody’s way. Why do I have to move? What’s the problem?" Huq told police, according to the criminal complaint obtained by DNAinfo.

    Police officer Ryan Lathrop and his partner then pinned her against a wall and arrested her.

    “At that point I didn’t know what was happening. I was just thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ and all of a sudden the officer flips me [around]…he [turns] my body and presses me against the wall of the restaurant,” Huq told DNAinfo. “He shoved my left arm all the way and kept pushing it and handcuffed me. At that point I just like instinctively yelled, ‘Help!’ because I was alone. I screamed, ‘Help!’”

    In her lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan Federal Court, Huq claims the NYPD acted with “unreasonable and wholly unprovoked force” and that their behavior was “characteristic of a pattern and practice of the NYPD in aggressive overpolicing of people of color and persons lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”

    Huq, who is Muslim, says the officers searched through her purse without probable cause, and took her to the precinct before her husband and children had even returned from the restaurant. When her husband went to go find his wife at the Midtown South Precinct, officers became suspicious of him because he had a last name different than his wife’s. “In America wives take the names of their husbands,” an officer allegedly told Huq.

    Huq was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and took an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal to the charges.

    The day before her arrest, Huq had taken a leave of absence from the Public Advocate’s office so she could focus her attention on human rights abuses against garment workers in her native Bangladesh.

    “I was hesitant to bring a case. My job is to be behind the scenes, and help all New Yorkers,” she told the Daily News. But, upon reflection, she decided she could use her experience to “raise awareness about overpolicing in communities of color. I want there to be a dialogue on policing and community relations.”

    I really am speechless.

     
  8. 16:29 3rd Sep 2014

    Notes: 6

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    I do not mean to say that all our opponents have deliberately chosen to give to organized wealth a predominating influence in the affairs of the Government, but I do assert that on the important issues of the day the Republican party is dominated by those influences which constantly tend to substitute the worship of mammon for the protection of the rights of man.


    In 1859 Lincoln said that the Republican Party believed in the man and the dollar, but that in case of conflict it believed in the man before the dollar. This is the proper relation which should exist between the two. Man, the handiwork of God, comes first; money, the handiwork of man, is of inferior importance. Man is the master, money the servant, but upon all important questions today Republican legislation tends to make money the master and man the servant.

    — 

    William Jennings Bryan

    This was is from his speech “Against Imperialism” and was given in 1900 when he was the Democratic Presidential Nominee.

    What is sad is that these same words could be said today, 114 years later.

    -Tony

    (via theliberaltony)

     
  9. 11:57 2nd Sep 2014

    Notes: 100

    Reblogged from andybrwn

    Back in March, Chris’s son was caught selling $40 worth of drugs outside of the home. With no previous arrests or a prior record, a court ordered him to attend rehab. But the very day Sourovelis was driving his son to begin treatment, he got a frantic call from his wife. Without any prior notice, police evicted the Sourovelises and seized the house, using a little-known law known as “civil forfeiture.”

    Under civil forfeiture, property owners do not have to be convicted of a crime, or even charged with one, to permanently lose their property. Instead, the government can forfeit a property if it’s found to “facilitate” a crime, no matter how tenuous the connection. So rather than sue the owner, in civil forfeiture proceedings, the government sues the property itself, leading to surreal case names like Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. The Real Property and Improvements Known as 2544 N. Colorado St.

    In other words, thanks to civil forfeiture, the government punishes innocent people for the crimes other people might have committed. Sadly, the Sourovelis family is not alone. Doila Welch faces civil forfeiture of her home, which has been in her family for 17 years, because her estranged husband, unbeknownst to her, was dealing small amounts of marijuana. Norys Hernandez and her sister co-own a rowhouse, but her sister is still barred from living there because Hernandez’s nephew was arrested for selling drugs outside her rowhouse. Welch and Hernandez have not been charged with any crime and both have joined Sourovelis as named plaintiffs in IJ’s class action against the Philadelphia forfeiture machine.
     
  10. 16:14 27th Aug 2014

    Notes: 70869

    Reblogged from pacificnorthwestdoodles

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    dreadpiratekhan:

A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985]

Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor [c. 1941 - 1945]

A 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. [1990]

Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917]

Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. [October 1956]

Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936]

Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961]  
(freakin’ immaculate)
Source with more wonderful photos

Making a stand.

    dreadpiratekhan:


    A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. [1985]

    Volunteers learn how to fight fires at Pearl Harbor [c. 1941 - 1945]

    A 106-year old Armenian woman protecting her home with an AK-47. [1990]

    Komako Kimura, a prominent Japanese suffragist at a march in New York. [October 23, 1917]

    Erika, a 15-year-old Hungarian fighter who fought for freedom against the Soviet Union. [October 1956]

    Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. [1936]

    Voting activist Annie Lumpkins at the Little Rock city jail. [1961]  

    (freakin’ immaculate)

    Source with more wonderful photos

    Making a stand.

     
  11. 15:57

    Notes: 1234

    Reblogged from azspot

    Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.

     
  12. 15:13 26th Aug 2014

    Notes: 239832

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    caramelblackness:

Oooop.

    caramelblackness:

    Oooop.

    (Source: katara)

     
  13. 09:34 22nd Aug 2014

    Notes: 308

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    odinsblog:

ourtimeorg:

This is brilliant! #Ferguson

IMPORTANT: Ferguson is two-thirds Black, but most of it’s elected law enforcement, police, school board members and other local elected officials are overwhelmingly White

Yep.
     
  14. 09:20

    Notes: 22956

    Reblogged from sway33

    wocinsolidarity:

    Melissa Harris-Perry, Black Female Voices: Who Is Listening?

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In the third gif, MHP is my spirit animal.

    (Source: exgynocraticgrrl)

     
  15. 07:05 21st Aug 2014

    Notes: 186172

    Reblogged from tkot

    lostbetweenthepages:

    Seriously, this whole episode of Last Week Tonight is worth watching! Thank you, John Oliver!!!

    (Source: sandandglass)