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Just two days after the muted relief of a measure of justice in the murder of Renisha McBride, another young black life has been cut short, a life lived on the same razor’s edge of suspicion and fear that has become all too familiar. Details are still somewhat murky, but according to several witnesses, police in Ferguson, Missouri, shot down 18 year-old Michael Brown in the street as he held his hands up, unarmed, then shot him up to nine more times after he fell. Here’s how one witness described it:More here:  http://thedailybanter.com/2014/08/protests-follow-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-teenager-michael-brown/

Just two days after the muted relief of a measure of justice in the murder of Renisha McBride, another young black life has been cut short, a life lived on the same razor’s edge of suspicion and fear that has become all too familiar. Details are still somewhat murky, but according to several witnesses, police in Ferguson, Missouri, shot down 18 year-old Michael Brown in the street as he held his hands up, unarmed, then shot him up to nine more times after he fell. Here’s how one witness described it:

More here:  
http://thedailybanter.com/2014/08/protests-follow-police-shooting-of-unarmed-black-teenager-michael-brown/

Hey, Paul Ryan.I fixed your book cover.You’re welcome.

Hey, Paul Ryan.

I fixed your book cover.

You’re welcome.

I’m just saying if we’re going to hint that the kids in the border crisis might have Ebola - which is RIDICULOUS I might add - we might be better served checking this kid every time she comes back from Africa with blood on her hands.Can’t be too safe, am I right folks?

I’m just saying if we’re going to hint that the kids in the border crisis might have Ebola - which is RIDICULOUS I might add - we might be better served checking this kid every time she comes back from Africa with blood on her hands.

Can’t be too safe, am I right folks?

.@SenRandPaul flees a conversation like his association with racists and his self-certification. #Coward

.@SenRandPaul flees a conversation like his association with racists and his self-certification. #Coward

Here are 40 examples of the right talking “impeachment” as of 2009.

For full list:  http://www.pensitoreview.com/2014/08/02/gop-leaders-try-to-rewrite-history-on-calls-for-impeachment-heres-a-list/

I repeat: TWO. THOUSAND. NINE.

Feel free to share this on the wall of your GOP talking point friend saying impeachment talk is coming from the Democrats.

Via REDDIT:

"December 9, 2009: Less than 11 months after Pres. Obama was inaugurated, a Public Policy Polling survey finds that 35 percent of Republicans want to impeach the president for “his actions so far.”

February 21, 2010: An “Impeach Obama” billboard appears in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

May 2010: After Rep. Joe Sestak, a Pennsylvania Democrat, says Obama officials had offered him a job in the administration if he would forgo challenging incumbent Sen. Arlen Spector, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa calls for an investigation into the matter, and suggests it could be Obama’s Watergate.

July 2010: GOP Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas suggests Obama’s record on immigration comes “awfully close” to violating the oath of office, which can be a predicate for impeachment.

July 23, 2010: Republican Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo writes an op-ed in the Washington Times calling for Obama’s impeachment.

August 2010: The GOP/Birther organization World Net Daily publishes its first book on impeaching Obama, “The Case for Impeachment: Why Barack Hussein Obama Should be Impeached to Save America.” Ad copy for the book warns that, “This is the beginning of the end for the United States unless the people exercise their precious remaining liberties and stand and demand that their elected representatives impeach this president before further mortal damage is inflicted upon America.”

October 2010: A group with Republican Party ties called the National Campaign for an Impeachment Inquiry launches a direct mail campaign calling for Obama’s impeachment. According to the mailers, late Venezuela leader Hugo Chavez referred to the president as “Comrade Obama,” and that Obamacare “builds an enormousness Soviet-style bureaucratic government administrative apparatus.”

March 2011: Rep. Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, calls for impeachment over the president’s decision not to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in court.

For the rest:

http://www.pensitoreview.com/2014/08/02/gop-leaders-try-to-rewrite-history-on-calls-for-impeachment-heres-a-list/

Okay, straight white guy festival: Dazzle me.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Goodale Park is the home to an ever growing number of festivals, including the Gay Pride Parade and ComFest.

But a flyer that’s gone up around Clintonville is sending a less inclusive message. 

It’s promoting the Straight White Guy Festival. It claims the festival will be held in Goodale Park in September.

Several pictures of the flyers tacked on telephone poles were posted on Twitter.

In a community where the push for equality is on full display, not everyone appreciates the message. 

“This kind of thing implies there’s some kind of struggle going on for being a straight white person in Ohio. Straight white people are doing just fine,” said Michael Premo.

Premo heads an organization pushing same-sex marriage. He says the flyer is not productive. 

“I think it detracts from the real problems of Ohio that need to be solved, that are being denied their constitutional rights because of who they are, or who the love. And that’s what we really need to work on and this is just kind of a distraction,” he added.

Well, distraction at best and the typical dimwitted fear and/or homophobia at worst.

I mean… chances are it’s somebody’s idea of a joke - a way to poke groups of diversity for their pride days, parades or rallies.

But I wonder:

Can it be done in a way that isn’t terrible?  

I mean, not every straight white guy is a confederate flag waving everything-o-phobe.  I know some pretty cool straight white guys that have marched with Moms Demand Action, fought for marriage equality and are furious about the border crisis.

What a pleasant surprise it would be if THAT’S what this was about.  I doubt it, but what if?

What if it’s a group of straight white guys who will be coming to a park, speaking out for gay marriage? Women’s rights? An immigration solution?

What if this is a bunch of straight while males who are coming to speak out for those who haven’t had a lifetime of entitlement and/or a leg up because of the straight-white-i-tude?

Stop laughing.  If you’ve ever plunked down a couple bucks on a lottery ticket, you’ve bet against the odds. Wouldn’t it be great to be surprised?

So come on out, straight-y!  Strut your stuff, but let’s see you do it in a non-misogynistic, non-homophobic, non-xenophobic, all-inclusive way.  I dare you.

I’ll call your bluff, and believe - just for the sake of the debate - that this isn’t going to be a gathering of people holding poorly spelled tea party signs, blasting Ted Nugent “music.”

Know this: If it happens, and it ends up being horrible, prepare to be mocked as the scared little dinosaur you are.

But if not, kudos!

Dazzle me, dude.

- Steve

Politifact rates the idea that the people who want the President impeached are all “Old, white and far right wing” as “mostly true.”
Sometimes pointing out the obvious is unintentionally hilarious.

"Our ruling
Williams said that the people who want to impeach Obama are all white and all older and all are in the right wing of the Republican Party. “All” is going too far. 
But the publicly available polling shows that the people who support impeachment are more likely to be white, conservative and older. In one poll, about a third of the public supported impeachment, while about two-thirds of tea partiers said they did. In another, 40 percent of whites supported impeachment compared to 10 percent of African-Americans. 
The polling data bears out the general thrust of Williams’ claim. We rate the statement Mostly True.”

The full hilarity is here:  http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/aug/03/juan-williams/juan-williams-people-who-want-impeachment-are-whit/

Politifact rates the idea that the people who want the President impeached are all “Old, white and far right wing” as “mostly true.”

Sometimes pointing out the obvious is unintentionally hilarious.

"Our ruling

Williams said that the people who want to impeach Obama are all white and all older and all are in the right wing of the Republican Party. “All” is going too far. 

But the publicly available polling shows that the people who support impeachment are more likely to be white, conservative and older. In one poll, about a third of the public supported impeachment, while about two-thirds of tea partiers said they did. In another, 40 percent of whites supported impeachment compared to 10 percent of African-Americans. 

The polling data bears out the general thrust of Williams’ claim. We rate the statement Mostly True.”

The full hilarity is here:  http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/aug/03/juan-williams/juan-williams-people-who-want-impeachment-are-whit/

You only say these things when you think you can get away with these things, folks.
That’s privilege. 
"A Louisville, Kentucky judge up for reelection is being criticized for controversial comments about African-American defendants, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KYCIR) claims.
According to courtroom video obtained by KYCIR (below), Judge Sandra McLaughlin said of an African-American defendant being arraigned on drug charges that “he’s lucky to get out of here alive,” before adding, “did you see his shirt? Barack Obama, ‘Let’s Do It Again.’ That was a double whammy.”

You only say these things when you think you can get away with these things, folks.

That’s privilege. 

"A Louisville, Kentucky judge up for reelection is being criticized for controversial comments about African-American defendants, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KYCIR) claims.

According to courtroom video obtained by KYCIR (below), Judge Sandra McLaughlin said of an African-American defendant being arraigned on drug charges that “he’s lucky to get out of here alive,” before adding, “did you see his shirt? Barack Obama, ‘Let’s Do It Again.’ That was a double whammy.”

Yes.  Politicians taking responsibility for this nations actions.  I can imagine that this would baffle you.

"“You know Monica, this president is an utter disgrace. He’s got a situation where, as your last two reports showed, you’ve got crises erupting around the world, ” a fired-up Cheney complained. “And he is expending more time, more energy, more passion, more aggressive activity in targeting and going after patriots, heroes. CIA officers and others who kept is safe after 9/11. He’s lying about what they did, he’s slandering them, he went to Cairo and did it in 2009.”
Cheney added, “Today he did it from the podium of the Oval Office. It’s a disgrace. It’s despicable.”

And in a hundred years, nobody will care that you even existed.Via Http://rawstory.com

Yes.  Politicians taking responsibility for this nations actions.  I can imagine that this would baffle you.

"“You know Monica, this president is an utter disgrace. He’s got a situation where, as your last two reports showed, you’ve got crises erupting around the world, ” a fired-up Cheney complained. “And he is expending more time, more energy, more passion, more aggressive activity in targeting and going after patriots, heroes. CIA officers and others who kept is safe after 9/11. He’s lying about what they did, he’s slandering them, he went to Cairo and did it in 2009.”

Cheney added, “Today he did it from the podium of the Oval Office. It’s a disgrace. It’s despicable.”

And in a hundred years, nobody will care that you even existed.

Via Http://rawstory.com