‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’ - The New York Times: "I asked another friend what it’s like being the mother of a black son. “The condition of black life is one of mourning,” she said bluntly. For her, mourning lived in real time inside her and her son’s reality: At any moment she might lose her reason for living. Though the white liberal imagination likes to feel temporarily bad about black suffering, there really is no mode of empathy that can replicate the daily strain of knowing that as a black person you can be killed for simply being black: no hands in your pockets, no playing music, no sudden movements, no driving your car, no walking at night, no walking in the day, no turning onto this street, no entering this building, no standing your ground, no standing here, no standing there, no talking back, no playing with toy guns, no living while black."
The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission.""
Scott Walker to give donation money from supremacist to charity: " The leader of a group that influenced the man accused of killing nine people in a South Carolina church last week has donated $3,500 to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and thousands more to other Republicans running for the presidency, campaign finance records show.
Walker, who could announce his presidential bid as early as July 13, will give to charity the donations he received from Earl P. Holt III, the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens. Others who have gotten money from Holt are taking similar steps."
Documents detailing the awards were made public late Friday afternoon in advance of a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board meeting on July 20 to discuss one troubled unsecured loan that went to a failing company owned by a Walker donor." 'via Blog this'
“I know you guys don’t want to admit that racial stuff isn’t going on, but how can there be any doubt when it came out of the gunman’s mouth? He told his victims, ‘I want to shoot black people,’” Wilmore said. “I think when he says black people, he means black people – and not Christians.”"
East Texas firefighter terminated after comment praising Charles - KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News: "As of 1123 hrs, after an investigation in the allegations being made of Firefighter Kurtis Cook, the Mabank Fire Department Command Staff has terminated Kurtis Cook as a volunteer firefighter permanently and has trespassed him from all Mabank Fire Department property. The Mabank Fire Department does not condone nor promote these type of actions or thoughts. On behalf of all members, the Mabank Fire Department offers our deepest apologies to all that were offended by his actions and comments."
Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while inflammatory remarks – including that black people were “the laziest, stupidest and most criminally-inclined race in the history of the world” – were posted online in his name." 'via Blog this'
Campaign Donations Linked to White Supremacist - The New York Times: "The leader of a white supremacist group that has been linked to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns, including those of 2016 presidential contenders such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul, records show." 'via Blog this'
Prayer vigils will be held in memory of the victims in the Charleston church shooting Friday at the Israel Metropolitan CME Church in Greenville, Monks Grove Baptist Church in Spartanburg, Furman University in Travelers Rest, and Allen Temple AME Church in Greenville. The Spartanburg NAACP chapter said the community was invited to attend vigil would be held at Macedonia Baptist Church on Saturday. Israel Metropolitan CME Church is located at 307 North Calhoun Street. The vigil there is expected to begin at noon.
Monk's Grove Baptist Church is located at 718 Monks Grove Church Road. The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The vigil at Furman will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the university's chapel.
The community is invited to gather at Allen Temple AME Church at 109 Green Avenue at 7 p.m. Allen Temple hosted a vigil on Thursday at the neighboring Westside Community Center that was evacuated due to a bomb threat. Read more here.
Saturday's vigil at Macedonia Baptist Church, located at 502 South Daniel Morgan Avenue, will begin at 9 a.m.
Nine people were killed after a man opened fire inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston Wednesday night.
Everything Known About Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof - The Daily Beast: "Roof created a website this year called the Last Rhodesian, a reference to the white-ruled African country, which fought a bitter civil war against black majority rule before it became Zimbabwe. In photos posted to the website, Roof is seen wearing a jacket with the flags of Rhodesia and apartheid-era South Africa on the breast of his jacket."
Dylann Roof Photos and a Manifesto Are Posted on Website - The New York Times: "A website discovered Saturday appears to offer the first serious look at Mr. Roof’s thinking, including how the case of Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teenager shot to death in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, triggered his racist rage. The site shows a stash of 60 photographs, many of them of Mr. Roof at Confederate heritage sites or slavery museums, and includes a nearly 2,500-word manifesto in which the author criticized blacks as being inferior while lamenting the cowardice of white flight.
“I have no choice,” it reads. “I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”" 'via Blog this'
After the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in 2012, Roof claimed he was “awakened.” In the manifesto he published to his personal website, LastRhodesian.com, Roof wrote that Martin’s murder prompted him to search for “black on White crime [sic],” on Google, which led him to the Council of Conservative Citizens.
“I have never been the same since that day,” Roof wrote.
This innocuous-sounding organization has a dark lineage, descending from the White Citizens Councils that sprang up throughout the deep South as part of the “massive resistance” to desegregation, spurred by the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954."
In a tweet Saturday, former Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney called for the Confederate Flag flying above the South Carolina Capitol to be taken down, describing it a “symbol of racial hatred.”
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush in a statement said the flag belongs in a museum. As Florida Governor in 2001, he had the flagquietly removedfrom the state Capitol.
He added: “I don’t think I would change anything. I stayed within the constitutional responsibilities, or authority, that I had.”
However, Mr. Bush said, “In hindsight, the one thing that I would have loved to have seen was an advance directive where the family would have sorted this out” before courts became involved.
“I think if we’re going to mandate anything from government, it might be that if you’re going to take Medicare, you also sign up for an advance directive where you talk about this before you’re so disabled,” Mr. Bush said."
Jeb Bush endorses "death panels" — and he's right to do so - Vox: "n New Hampshire on Friday, Jeb Bush made a startlingly sensible proposal. "I think if we’re going to mandate anything from government, it might be that if you’re going to take Medicare, you also sign up for an advance directive," the New York Times reports Bush saying.
This goes much further than the provision in Obamacare. All that did was allow Medicare to pay for "voluntary advance care planning." Bush appears to be suggesting something much more radical, and much more sensible: that Medicare mandates an advance directive as a condition of receiving insurance."
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The NRA's self-defense argument is untrue: Here is why - Business Insider: "On the other side of the issue, powerful gun-advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) continue to fight for Americans' right to own guns, arguing that firearms are necessary as they are frequently used in self defense — at least 760,000 times in a year, gun-rights advocates claim.
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," NRA President Wayne LaPierre said in response to the shootings in 2012 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut."
Well, now conservatives have a reason to dislike him now!
Why Clarence Thomas Joined Liberals to Shoot Down the Confederate Flag - Bloomberg Business: "As we wait breathlessly for the Supreme Court’s rulings in the marquee Obamacare and gay-marriage cases, let’s pause to note a fascinating illustration of how ideology doesn’t always divide the nine jurisprudes-in-chief along predictable lines.
The high court’s four liberal justices declared that Texas acted legally when it refused to issue a license plate decorated by the Confederate flag. Clarence Thomas, the court’s only black member and arguably its most conservative, joined the liberal wing in backing a majority opinion written by Stephen Breyer. The other four members of the court’s conservative faction backed a strongly worded dissent written by Samuel Alito."
Rand Paul's First Two Books Are Full Of Fake Founding Fathers Quotes - BuzzFeed News: "Many of the quotes attributed to the Founding Fathers in two of Rand Paul’s books are either fake, misquoted, or taken entirely out of context, BuzzFeed News has found.
Paul’s first two books — Government Bullies, which was an e-book best-seller, and The Tea Party Goes to Washington — lay out the conservative manifesto he hoped to bring to Washington following the tea party wave in 2010."
Nine Are Killed in Charleston Church Shooting; Gunman Is Sought - The New York Times: The church is one of the nation’s oldest black congregations. The Gothic Revival building dates from 1891 and is considered a historically significant building, according to the National Park Service. The congregation was formed by black members of Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal Church who broke away “over disputed burial ground,” according to the website of the National Park Service. In 1822, one of the church’s co-founders, Denmark Vesey, tried to foment a slave rebellion in Charleston, the church’s website says. The plot was foiled by the authorities and 35 people were executed, including Mr. Vesey.
At a news conference with Charleston’s mayor early Thursday, the police chief, Greg Mullen, called the shooting a hate crime.
“This is a tragedy that no community should have to experience,” he said. “It is senseless and unfathomable that someone would go into a church where people were having a prayer meeting and take their lives.”
The police said the gunman walked into the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church around 9 p.m. and began shooting."
Obama Called Himself ‘Closest Thing to a Jewish President’, Claims Axelrod | Mediaite: "Former presidential advisor David Axelrod gave an interview on Monday where he described Barack Obama‘s frustration with accusations of being anti-Israel. Axelrod told JPupdates.com that the president once vented “I think I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office. For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.”"
West Baltimore’s Police Presence Drops, and Murders Soar - NYTimes.com: "A month and a half after six officers were charged in Mr. Gray’s death, policing has dwindled in some of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods, and murders have risen to levels not seen in four decades. The totals include a 29-year-old man fatally shot on this drug corner last month. Police union officials say that officers are still coming to work, but that some feel a newfound reluctance and are stepping back, questioning whether they will be prosecuted for actions they take on the job." 'via Blog this'
US adds 280,000 jobs - Vox: "The US economy added 280,000 jobs in May, with the unemployment rate rising slightly to 5.5 percent on higher labor force participation.
That's high relative to the 226,000 expected by economists in a survey by Bloomberg.
Revisions to the earlier data for April and March added an additional 32,000 jobs
All in all, the report paints a picture of an economy that continues on a steady path of recovery, albeit not a spectacular one.
Average hourly wages rose 0.3 percent, a bit ahead of expectations of 0.2 percent growth."
Warren Buffett's mobile home empire preys on the poor | Center for Public Integrity: "The families’ dealers and lenders went by different names — Luv Homes, Clayton Homes, Vanderbilt, 21st Mortgage. Yet the disastrous loans that threaten them with homelessness or the loss of family land stem from a single company: Clayton Homes, the nation’s biggest homebuilder, which is controlled by its second-richest man — Warren Buffett.
Buffett’s mobile home empire promises low-income Americans the dream of homeownership. But Clayton relies on predatory sales practices, exorbitant fees, and interest rates that can exceed 15 percent, trapping many buyers in loans they can’t afford and in homes that are almost impossible to sell or refinance, an investigation by The Center for Public Integrity and The Seattle Times has found."
Police officials said no officers or bystanders had been killed or injured in the attack, which began outside headquarters and spread to the parking lot of a restaurant in a suburb after the gunman fled. Officers fired at the vehicle with .50-caliber rifles and disabled it." 'via Blog this'
Barack Obama poised to hike wages for millions - POLITICO: "The Obama administration is on the verge of possibly doubling the salary levels that would require employers to pay overtime in the most ambitious government intervention on wages in a decade. And it doesn’t need Congress’s permission.
As early as this week, the Labor Department could propose a rule that would raise the current overtime threshold — $23,660 – to as much as $52,000, extending time and a half overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule has already come under fire from business and Republican opponents who say it will kill jobs and force employers to cut hours for salaried employees."
All In with Chris Hayes on msnbc: "Studies: Police kill unarmed black people at disproportionate rate
Amid a lack of government data on people killed in encounters with police, studies by the Washington Post and the Guardian shed light on long-suspected racial disparities.
"Generally as we age, the connections (in the brain) deteriorate. But with those people with blast exposure it appears as though it's happening faster," said Benjamin Trotter, a bio-medical engineer with the Department of Veterans Affairs and lead author of the study."