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Republican Judge Affirms New Jim Crow Voting

The New Jim Crow was just validated in North Carolina by a Republican Bush appointed Judge. Is it any wonder they are so desperate to maintain their 5 Thugs in Robes majority on the Supreme Court?

Why a Judge Ruled North Carolina’s Voter-ID Law Constitutional

Thomas Schroeder said the state’s strict new voting law did not unfairly prevent black voters from casting ballots.

A judge in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ruled Monday night that the state’s strict new voting law is constitutional, delivering a major win for conservatives who have sought to tighten laws across the country, and dealing a blow to efforts to stop those laws.

Judge Thomas Schroeder’s opinion—included in a massive, 485-page ruling—upheld the full swath of HB 589. Passed by the Republican-dominated General Assembly in 2013, the law changed a slew of North Carolina’s voting rules, including reducing early voting, eliminating same-day registration, banning out-of-precinct voting, and ending pre-registration for 16-year-olds. Perhaps most prominently, the bill instituted a requirement that voters show photo ID to cast a ballot.

Legislators and other proponents of the bill argued that the voter-ID law was a commonsense measure, and that it and other changes were needed to prevent fraudulent voting. The law’s opponents, meanwhile, pointed that there were practically no documented cases of voter fraud in the state, and argued that the changes would disproportionately affect poor and minority voters in the Old North State—voters who are more likely to vote Democratic, which they argued was not a coincidence. Much of the trial focused on whether there was real evidence of fraud, and whether the law actually disadvantages minorities. Both sides brought a barrage of experts to back their view.

Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled that while North Carolina had been on the progressive end of the spectrum of voting, the new rules were simply retrenchment and were constitutional. He said the plaintiff—a group that included the North Carolina NAACP, the Justice Department, and others—“failed to show that such disparities will have materially adverse effects on the ability of minority voters to cast a ballot and effectively exercise the electoral franchise.”

Schroeder’s decision to uphold the law was not unexpected. The plaintiffs have already vowed to appeal the decision to a federal appeals court….

The voting law was passed shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down a crucial section of the Voting Rights Act that required certain states and jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination to receive “pre-clearance” from the Justice Department before changing their voting laws. While Republicans had been considering changes already, the ruling allowed them to expand their ambition. “Now we can go with the full bill,” Senator Tom Apodaca, chairman of the rules committee, said at the time.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in The New Jim Crow

 

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Why Conservative Racists Hate Political Correctness

How do you know when you have destroyed a right wing racist’s argument? They start squealing about PC. Right wing bigots are constantly trying to come up with replacements for the N-word. As each of these terms, words, or concepts is outed for what it is, the haters become more frustrated.

Welcome to The New Jim Crow racism…

Why Republicans Cry Political Correctness

Dressing up bigotry and authoritarianism as truth-telling is the right’s favorite talking point.
 

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Toni Morrison…A Pornographer?

More on conservatives getting stupid. The Republican majority house and senate in Virginia has passed a law banning Morrison’s books because there are sexual scenes in the books.

The right wing christian Taliban is at it again.

Virginia’s Governor is trying to decide whether Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is a pornographer

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is currently deciding whether Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison is a pornographer.

Last month, both houses of the Virginia Legislature passed a bill requiring schools to warn parents if teachers are planning to read books with explicit content. The bill was prompted by a concerned parent, Laura Murphy, who learned that one of her sons was reading Morrison’s novel “Beloved,” which includes graphic depictions of rape and infanticide. Murphy and sympathetic lawmakers cited similarly explicit material in books such as “The Bluest Eye,” also by Morrison, “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison and “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.

“I don’t shelter my kids, but I have to be a responsible parent. I want to make sure every kid in the county is protected,” Murphy told the Washington Post.

McAuliffe has not yet said whether he will support the bill. As a teacher, parent and avid book reader, I believe he should not. This bill simply doesn’t go far enough. In fact, New Jersey lawmakers should go further than their Virginia counterparts and draft a law that takes us back to the days of banned books. After all, this may be the last chance we have to actually make books interesting to students.

It is true, as critics have charged, that the Virginia proposal puts the state on a slippery slope to censorship. It also makes the good folks of Virginia look a tad provincial.

“Toni Morrison has won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and she’s the last American author to win the Nobel Prize for literature,” noted state Sen. Janet D. Howell, who opposed the Virginia bill. “So let’s just make ourselves look ridiculous.”

But what’s really ridiculous is that we are bypassing a golden opportunity to remind kids that great books contain sex, love, comedy, sex, drama, violence and — finally — sex. You know, all the stuff they think the Internet invented.

Indeed, supporters of the Virginia book bill are right about one thing: We are facing a crisis. But it has nothing to do with books. The prevalence of visual media in the lives of both adults and children is so overwhelming that it threatens basic things that make us human: contemplation, solitude, sustained thought. One doesn’t have to spend much time on Vine or YouTube to realize that if young minds are being damaged, it ain’t a poetic 300-page Toni Morrison novel we have to worry about.

Obviously, there are distinctions to be made here between third-graders and high school seniors. Nevertheless, the fact that anyone believes more harm than good can come out of reading a book with challenging ideas and language is ignorance in its purest form: a sad yet disturbing lack of knowledge.

On the other hand, if word gets out that classics written by the likes of James Joyce, Philip Roth or Morrison have naughty bits, maybe kids will be tempted to put down their phones for a minute or two. Or maybe they’ll pick their phones up and spread the word that literature actually pulses with stuff that’s interesting and important.

Plus, the Virginia bill, as currently written, might not even work. Notify parents that Jane or Johnny is reading smutty books? That would require Mom to remove her steamed-up glasses and stop reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” for the 50th time. And that would require Dad to … pause the video game he is playing. Because, as is well-known, adult men have pretty much given up on reading.

And by the way: Shouldn’t parents already know what their kids are reading in class? Aren’t they supposed to speak to their children about school from time to time? I know most kids offer grunts in lieu of coherent responses. But if you can’t get the title of a book out of your child — and perhaps read and judge the entire book for yourself — then you just might have bigger parental problems.

It’s worth mentioning here that there’s a tendency to sneer at the conservative Republican leanings of those who support the Virginia book bill. But overly sensitive liberal types have their own problems in this area. Some believe college professors should stay away from books with racist or sexist elements, which might traumatize fragile minds.

If the good Virginia legislators are so worried about kids seeing pornography…

Then they better ban the Internet…Where they can see the naked Women for Trump.

 

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The Child Soldiers…Of Iowa

Welcome to the Third World of children carrying high powered weapons.

Iowa Lawmakers Approve Bill That Would Let Kids Have Handguns

Children of all ages in Iowa would be able to lay down their toy guns and pick up the real thing under a bill that passed the state House of Representatives.

The measure approved Tuesday by 62-36 vote would allow children 14 or younger to possess “a pistol, revolver or the ammunition” under parental supervision. It now heads for the state Senate.

“We do not need a militia of toddlers,” state Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D) said on the House floor. Running-Marquardt, joined by other statehouse Democrats, said she balked at a bill that “allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns.”

Statehouse Republicans, including the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jake Highfill, said the the legislation was an issue of parents’ rights designed to correct “an injustice in Iowa code” that now forbids children 14 and younger from handling pistols.

Highfill said his measure would bring the law on children’s use of handguns in line with regulations for shotguns and rifles, which don’t restrict the age of children using them under parental supervision. Current Iowa law makes it a felony for a parent or guardian to allow a child younger than 14 to handle a pistol. Older children may do so with supervision.

“Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a gun commands is one of the most important things you can do,” Highfill told The Washington Post on Wednesday. The alternative, he said, is “turning 18 with no experience.”

Parents, Highfill noted, must be at least 21 years old and would have to maintain “visual and verbal contact” with the armed child.

“Logically, this bill is completely ridiculous,” said Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D).

“We can’t legislate good parenting … but we can protect our children,” said Rep. Mary Mascher (D).

“While most parents would not allow their 2-year-old to wield a revolver, we pass laws for those parents who lack the parenting skills needed to protect their own children,” Mascher said, citing seat belt, smoking and car seat laws.

Mascher cited the case of a 9-year-old Arizona girl who in 2014 accidentally killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi. The girl said she felt the weapon was too much for her and hurt her shoulder, according to the police report.

Rep. Art Staed (D), who said he’s a hunter who supports the Second Amendment, said the legislation is a public health threat and not gun rights issue.

“I would not allow my children to have access to guns,” Staed said.

 

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Queen Bey and Old White Republicans

Queen Bey’s Superbowl appearance and dropping a new song has apparently set off the conservative Viagra set… Mere mention of blackness, the original Black Panthers, police, and BLM will do that.

Rudy Giuliani rips Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime as an “outrageous … attack on police officers”

Beyoncé anticipated this. She knew the backlash was coming as she sings in her new single “Formation,” “You know you that b**ch when you cause all this conversation.” With her imagery of police officers lined in riot gear with their arms in the air in her music video and her background dancers dressed as Black Panthers during her halftime performance at Super Bowl 50, Beyoncé is undoubtedly making a bold political statement and as she surely expected, people are talking.

“I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive,” former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday on “Fox & Friends,” ripping the performance as “ridiculous.”

Cuz nothing brings us all together better than angry @Beyonceshaking her ass & shouting “Negro” repeatedly.

“The vast majority of police officers risk their lives to keep us safe,”Giuliani explained, taking issue with what he deemed an inappropriate “political position” at the Super Bowl. “What we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers,” he offered. “You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl,” Giuliani reminded the co-hosts. “Let’s have, you know, decent wholesome entertainment, and not use it as a platform to attack the people who, you know, put their lives at risk to save us.”
Bobbye Bogart Orona

I don’t usually hashtag but the fact that they invited Beyoncé to perform an anti-police song during the Super Bowl is infuriating & inflammatory. They should be ashamed of themselves.
‪#‎NFL‬‪#‎Beyonce‬
‪#‎BoycottBeyonce‬
‪#‎BoycottNFL‬
‪#‎BoycottPepsi‬

According to the Washington Examiner, Members of the National Sheriffs’ Association meeting in Washington, D.C. collectively turned their backs during the halftime performance to protest Beyoncé. The group’s president, Sheriff Danny Glick of Laramie County, Wyoming, “called on the NFL to choose less controversial half time entertainment in the future.”

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Giant Negros, Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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If She Were Black…

Hmmm… Unwed mother of two, by two different men. Right about now, if she were black the racist right would be singing the “personal responsibility”, “welfare queen” chorus. The other Sno’ Ho’…Indeed.

Bristol Palin’s hateful hypocrisy: She’s now a mother of two, but still the biggest child in the family

It must be very strange to be a former highly-compensated abstinence spokeswoman who is now the never-married mother of two children by two different fathers. It must take a fair degree of mental reconciling to be closely aligned with a political party that is so consistently and so vehemently disparaging of single mothers — well, at least when they’re not the daughters of their own former governors. But Bristol Palin somehow makes it look easy.

On December 24, the 25-year-old “Dancing With the Stars” veteran announced she’d given birth the day before to daughter Sailor Grace, and that “my heart just doubled.” Saying that “our family couldn’t be more complete,” she also shared a photo of her Tripp — who turned seven this week — meeting his baby sister.

The whole family seems delighted at the new arrival — Palin’s mother Sarah took time out of her burgeoning comedy career to share a message declaring Sailor “The best gift ever!” and saying, “Thank you, Bristol, for your strength and good heart and your love of life. The most important people in Bristol’s life were there to witness the miracle of Sailor Grace Palin’s arrival last night. Thank you for sharing the miracle with Piper, Marina, and me, Bri! And we thank Todd for taking care of the rest of the family during this most precious beginning of a great new chapter!”

Though Bristol’s ex-fiancé wasn’t included in Sarah Palin’s litany of her daughter’s “most important people” or given a last name credit, Dakota Meyer seemed to confirm his paternity on Christmas Eve with a tweet saying, “Best Christmas present ever!! I couldn’t be more proud of this little blessing.”

Bristol Palin is likely going to have her hands full for some time now, raising her two young children. But wouldn’t it terrific if now that’s got a daughter of her own, she could spend a little time to finally get more realistic about the world our girls and women live in?

I know it’s a long shot. When she announced, back in June, that she was expecting, Palin knew she was in for a heap of accusations of hypocrisy, and she stated firmly, “I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy.” She also admitted, “I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you….Tripp, this new baby, and I will all be fine, because God is merciful.” It was a plea for compassion — but one undermined when she abruptly turned around and lashed out at “these giddy a$$holes” and insisted, “I have never been a paid ‘abstinence spokesperson.’”

That’s a claim that seems to ignore her gig with the Candie’s Foundation and her speaker’s bureau listing, which put “abstinence” as her primary topic. Palin then soon after wrote a straight up ignorant, facts-challenged blog post about a Washington state birth control program. In August, she unsurprisingly jumped on the anti Planned Parenthood juggernaut, with a post about “dead babies.” And just earlier this month, she listed “Eleven selfish excuses women give to justify ending their pregnancies.” Her Instagram, meanwhile, contains jokey retweets imploring poor people, “Instead of burning the American flag, why don’t you burn your welfare checks?”

How does she have time to pick so many fights and spew so many half truths while raising a family? On Monday morning, she found time to post a video on Facebook mocking Kwanzaa. Talk about leaning in.

In spite of the obstacles she’s faced, in spite of the unjust shaming for her private life, Palin seems resolutely determined to demand she not be judged while judging others. She seems fine with ignoring how unsustainable the abstinence she built a tidy side-career preaching is. She is no longer the teen America first met when her mother was on the campaign trail. She is a woman and a mother of two. Maybe now it’s time for her to grow up.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in The Definition of Racism

 

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Another one of Those Political Things Obama Doesn’t “Get”

The “no-fly-list” was created by the Bushit Administration. It was at least in part a political tool to punish those who spoke out against the illegitimate presidency, illegitimate invasion of Iraq, and political suppression of the Bushit regime. The real reason Republicans won’t support a ban on guns to people on this list has to do with the possibility it may be used on their provocateurs and Domestic Terrorists..

Obama: It’s ‘Insane’ That People On A No-Fly List Can Legally Buy A Gun In The U.S.

“If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun.”

President Barack Obama honored the victims of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 dead and 21 injured and renewed his call for tougher gun restrictions in his weekly address on Saturday.

Obama has called for similar action many times before during his presidency, but Congress has failed to act. On Thursday, Congress failed yet again, when an amendment that would have required background checks for all gun sales did not pass the Senate.

“This tragedy reminds us of our obligation to do everything in our power, together, to keep our communities safe,” Obama said in his address. “We know that the killers in San Bernardino used military-style assault weapons — weapons of war — to kill as many people as they could. It’s another tragic reminder that here in America it’s way too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun.”

Obama, who has said that failing to pass comprehensive gun reform is the “greatest frustration” of his time in office, said it was ridiculous that people on a no-fly list in the United States could legally purchase a gun.

“That is insane. If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous, by definition, to buy a gun. And so I’m calling on Congress to close this loophole, now,” he said. “We may not be able to prevent every tragedy, but — at a bare minimum — we shouldn’t be making it so easy for potential terrorists or criminals to get their hands on a gun that they could use against Americans.”

Two of the assault-style rifles used in the San Bernardino attack were bought legally in California because of a loophole in state law.

 

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