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The liberal protest that would shock the right: Moral Monday

The liberal protest that would shock the right: Moral Monday | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
A left-wing protest that seeks to reclaim the banner of prayer and morality. The Tea Party would be confounded
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Dear Gov Corbett: Time to Support Same-Sex Marriage in PA

Dear Gov Corbett: Time to Support Same-Sex Marriage in PA | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Dear Governor Corbett: Please support the rights of all gay citizens in Pennsylvania to equal treatment under the law by supporting same-sex marriage. I realize this isn’t a simple or straightforwa...
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No one remembers that Governor George Wallace eventually renounced segregation. He’s remembered only as a racist segregationist standing in a doorway. Politicians today who oppose gay marriage will suffer the same judgment, now and for all time.

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Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt

Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch-hunt | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

“We must not falsely teach American history in our schools,” said <former GOP Indiana governor and current president of Purdue University, Mitch> Daniels to the Associated Press, implying that the true history is to be found in the officially adopted textbooks.


As the Zinn Education Project reveals regularly in its If We Knew Our History column, the version of U.S. history taught in the textbooks produced by giant corporations is anything but “true.” The corporate textbooks hide the breadth of U.S. military and economic interventions throughout the world; they ignore the roots of today’s environmental crises; they refuse to explore the origins of the vast wealth inequality in the United States; and the textbooks neglect the role of social movements throughout U.S. history, instead focusing on famous individuals; thus, they fail to nurture an activist sensibility—a recognition that if we want the world to be better, then it’s up to us to make it better.


- Bill Bigelow, taught high school social studies in Portland, Ore. for almost 30 years. He is the curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools and the co-director of the Zinn Education Project. 

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One year ago, Stephen Barton was shot in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater.

 

In the year since, Congress hasn’t passed comprehensive reforms that would prevent gun violence and save lives.

 

Share this message with your friends and family, and ask them to  join the campaign to Demand Action from Congress.

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It's Rare That The Daily Show Slips Out Of Satire And Into Anger. This Is One Of Those Times.

It's Rare That The Daily Show Slips Out Of Satire And Into Anger. This Is One Of Those Times. | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
"The Daily Show" wants to rename Florida. I think their name rings far, far truer.
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Sums it up rather well, I think.

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Do Americans Believe Capitalism & Government Are Working?: Findings from the 2013 Economic Values Survey

Do Americans Believe Capitalism & Government Are Working?: Findings from the 2013 Economic Values Survey | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
This survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and Governance Studies at Brookings examines Americans' views on capitalism, government, economic policy, and financial well-being,
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The survey also developed a new religious orientation scale in order to explore differences and similarities among Americans of faith and to better understand the constituencies that make up the political parties. 

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Keeping the NSA in Perspective

Keeping the NSA in Perspective | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Programs such as PRISM begin modestly but turn dangerous when left unchecked.
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"The threat posed by PRISM and other programs is not what has been done with them but rather what could happen if they are permitted to survive. But this is not simply about the United States ending this program. The United States certainly is not the only country with such a program. But a reasonable start is for the country that claims to be most dedicated to its Constitution to adhere to it meticulously above and beyond the narrowest interpretation." - George Friedman, Stratfor

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Snowden Backlash: US Media Get Personal - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Snowden Backlash: US Media Get Personal - SPIEGEL ONLINE | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
As the mainstream American press goes after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, the leakers' revelations are becoming an afterthought.
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Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Gets Its Day In Court : NPR

Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Gets Its Day In Court : NPR | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
On Monday a judge will rule on the constitutionality of requiring all Pennsylvania voters to show state-issued photo identification.
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When your party's policies and ideology suck so bad that you can't win elections fairly, here's what you do.

 

First, out-and-out lie about in-person voter impersonation being a problem and a threat.

 

Second, try to ram-rod legislation through to suppress voters who oppose you.

 

Last, keep lying to your dwindling base as you cling to the offices you're going to lose in the next election anyway.

 

Adios, GOP. Congratulations on yet another self-inflicted wound sure to spell your doom.

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Opponents of Voter ID Rally Before Monday Trial

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Groups opposed to the state's voter ID law are gearing up for Monday's trial of the law in Commonwealth Court. The full panoply of liberal political
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Gretchen Morgenson - The New York Times

"Over the next two months, the regulators proposing this rule will no doubt encounter a lobbying buzz saw. Mr. Hoenig (vice chairman of the F.D.I.C.) said he and his colleagues were bracing for that. Bankers, after all, prefer things just the way they are. They can load up on leverage to take risks and reap the rewards. But when losses abound? Well, they’re the taxpayers’ problem." - Gretchen Morgenson, assistant business and financial editor and a columnist at the New York Times.

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Letting banks regulate themselves with what is called 'risk-weighting' didn't work out so well in the past. 

 

"This so-called risk-weighting approach was an abject failure. For example, the assumptions characterized the sovereign debt of Greece as risk-free, requiring that banks set aside no capital against those holdings for possible losses. The risk-weight system also determined, incorrectly, that highly rated mortgage securities fell low on the risk scale."


Why shouldn't banks be regulated up to their eye-balls? How can we think bankers can be trusted now?

 

Either they are horrible at analyzing risk and need lots and lots of oversight or, more likely, they know that in an under-regulated environment they can privatize any gains and socialize all their losses back to us through future federal bailouts.

 

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How Big Money Created the Most Polarized Congress in a Century: 5 Charts

How Big Money Created the Most Polarized Congress in a Century: 5 Charts | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
The incredible growth of PACs, the death of vote splitting, and the demise of America's cushiest retirement home
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An article with charts worth keeping at the ready, especially when the discussion turns to union versus corporate and trade group money.

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Jim Hightower | Texas GOP unleashes political quackery on women’s reproductive rights

Jim Hightower | Texas GOP unleashes political quackery on women’s reproductive rights | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

In 2007, a Texas school superintendent rejected any need for sex education classes. Noting that many students in his district live on farms, he said: “They get a pretty good sex education from their animals.”

 

Guess which state is Number 1 in teen pregnancies? Yes, Texas.

- Jim Hightower

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Sean Hannity and Yellow Journalism

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by JOHN CASHON

 

Sean Hannity will do whatever it takes to advance his specific point of view and agenda. On his radio show that aired on July 19th, he enlightened his audience as to the real nature of the President.

 

“Now the president’s saying Trayvon could’ve been me 35 years ago,” Hannity declared, “This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting that I guess because what, he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow.  I’m not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.”

 

Hannity’s comments show one area where the problem with race relations in our country rests, in the news organizations, where responsibility is not a requirement and where ‘yellow journalism‘ is alive and well.

 

To Sean Hannity and others that model their success to unprofessional and irresponsible punditry, the message is, “forget about the facts, folks, it’s how you feel that is important.” Their job is to push the right buttons to tug at their listener’s heartstrings, and in history, they would have been the ones inciting the mobs to get out their pitchforks.

 

Yellow Journalism is defined as the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers, and this appears to be exactly the model being used by many news organizations today.

 

With many news organization’s, their modus operandi is to spread their bombastic, non-intellectual opinions to rile up only their targeted base to stand and defend them, leading to an ‘it’s us versus them’ culture, and to show such a lack of empathy, regarding the President’s speech and the Treyvon Martin case, on a subject that is keenly felt by so many Americans, is beyond the pale for any news organization, whether it is coming from a pundit, or a real news journalist.

 

Hannity knows exactly what he is doing, and when he gets the horrified reaction from the rational and sane, his base supporters rally to his defense, which helps his numbers rise. It’s a win, win, for him, and dollar signs for those that follow the example.

 

It’s not very civilized though. The conversations that we should be having in our country today are being drowned out by scared people living in a changing world that is leaving them behind.

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Do non-white Americans pay a 'respectability tax'?

Much was made of the way Trayvon Martin was dressed as a factor in his being perceived as dangerous.
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"Respectability tax" is a term we invented. It refers to the extra lengths that some African-Americans, and other people of color go to, in order to telegraph that they are middle-class, successful, and respectable. Historians say the notion of "racial respectability" took root in U.S. culture after slavery ended. - Noel King, Marketplace.org

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Florida's 'stand your ground' law was born of 2004 case, but story has been distorted

Florida's 'stand your ground' law was born of 2004 case, but story has been distorted | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
PENSACOLAIn 2005, as lawmakers pushed to pass sweeping self-defense legislation that would become known as the "stand your ground" law, critics had one challenge: Show us a case in which someone had been treated unjustly.
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Lawmakers continue to misconstrue the case.

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Video Essay: Living Under the Gun | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com

Video Essay: Living Under the Gun | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
In this essay, posted the day after the Colorado theater shooting a year ago, Bill talks about the price we pay for our pro-gun culture.
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"We’ve become so gun-loving, so blasé about homegrown violence, that in my lifetime alone far more Americans have been casualties of domestic gunfire than have died in all our wars combined." Bill Moyers

 

I wonder if there's another country - democratic or otherwise - that even comes close.

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And Now, the Backlash to the Backlash to the Rolling Stone Boston Bomber Cover

And Now, the Backlash to the Backlash to the Rolling Stone Boston Bomber Cover | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
slate, new yorker and usa today writers defend rolling stone's controversial decision to put boston bomber on its cover.
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Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial: Bill Blum

Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial: Bill Blum | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
How did George Zimmerman and his lawyers secure a not-guilty verdict on both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin?
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The appalling GOP

House Republicans are in need of common sense.
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"...the legislation they choose to pass is a statement of their own <House Republican> values. It is simply designed to proclaim, “This is where we stand.” And for the vast majority of Americans, what they proudly proclaim is simply beyond the pale." - Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post

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I Didn't F*ck It Up. You Didn't F*ck It Up.

I Didn't F*ck It Up. You Didn't F*ck It Up. | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdn3O6aaMNc But it's f*cked up! Now you can help to unf*ck it up by supporting the American Anti-Corruption Act! If you see this before Wednesday, July 15th, at noon,...
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Open season on black boys after a verdict like this

Open season on black boys after a verdict like this | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Gary Younge: Calls for calm after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin are empty words for black families
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Zimmerman Has Been Found Not Guilty. Now What?

Zimmerman Has Been Found Not Guilty. Now What? | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

(MOTHER JONES)

 

Now that the verdict is in, here’s what could happen next.

 

Federal charges: The Department of Justice launched an investigation last March to investigate whether Martin’s shooting amounted to a federal hate crime—that is, if Zimmerman followed and killed Martin because he was black. In July 2012, the FBI released a statement saying that investigators had found no evidence that Zimmerman was motivated by racism. The July statement indicates that federal charges are highly unlikely, but the DOJ has not announced that the case is closed. It’s still being brought up as a post-trial possibility. NAACP president Benjamin Jealous, for instance, said Saturday on MSNBC that "there are still additional legal avenues. He could still be charged with federal civil rights charges."

 

Civil lawsuit: Martin’s family reached a settlement in April with the homeowners’ association of the subdivision where the killing occurred. The details of the settlement were not made public, but the Orlando Sentinel reported that the family was "said to" have been awarded at least $1 million. The suit did not include Zimmerman, but the family’s attorney Benjamin Crump has said that the family intends to sue their son’s killer at some point in the future. It’s not uncommon for families to seek a form of justice through civil courts, even when a the defendant is acquitted in criminal court. And the standards for judgments are different in such civil cases.

 

The public’s reaction: In the week leading to the verdict, speculation that people—specifically black people—would riot if Zimmerman were acquitted spread through the mainstream media, after taking off in the conservative press and cable news. What’s more likely, based on how Martin supporters have reacted initially...

 

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/07/verdict-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-not-guilty


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Party Recon's comment, July 18, 2013 12:13 AM
We do agree Greg. But I find that the only vigilantes are those who wanted George Zimmerman's head on a plate, not Zimmerman himself. That's why I won't justify your question about dress with an answer until you prove that Zimmerman went out looking to shoot a an African American kid. As to you equating me to Rush or Beck, I'll simply let that insult roll off my back, but will remind that like a broken watch is right twice a day. So if I find myslef agreeing with them periodically, I don't think anyone should hold that against me. And finally I will close with this. The system worked. If you don't like the result, hate the game, not the player. In the meantime, what I find insulting are articles like truthdigs.com entitled, "Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial" that cast dispersion on our system of justice based on nothing more than conjecture. If I was George Zimmerman, I'd file a lawsuit immediately.
Party Recon's comment, July 18, 2013 12:13 AM
We do agree Greg. But I find that the only vigilantes are those who wanted George Zimmerman's head on a plate, not Zimmerman himself. That's why I won't justify your question about dress with an answer until you prove that Zimmerman went out looking to shoot a an African American kid. As to you equating me to Rush or Beck, I'll simply let that insult roll off my back, but will remind that like a broken watch is right twice a day. So if I find myslef agreeing with them periodically, I don't think anyone should hold that against me. And finally I will close with this. The system worked. If you don't like the result, hate the game, not the player. In the meantime, what I find insulting are articles like truthdigs.com entitled, "Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial" that cast dispersion on our system of justice based on nothing more than conjecture. If I was George Zimmerman, I'd file a lawsuit immediately.
Greg Russak's comment, July 18, 2013 9:11 AM
I apologize, Dan, for any remarks you took as an insult. I admit to being a little confused by that sentiment if you do, in fact, find yourself periodically agreeing with Limbaugh and Beck. I can't help thinking it would be like you telling me that I sound like Maddow, Mahr, or Reich. I'd consider that a compliment. Anyway, I'm sorry for the unintended insult. We both know that I cannot prove anything about what Zimmerman was thinking or intending, but I also have to point out that I wasn't the one who brought up the hoodie or how Trayvon should have behaved. I hate Zimmerman for having initiated the confrontation that ended in the killing of another human being. I hate the Stand Your Ground law for what it appears to me to be doing to our culture, but I don't hate the "game" if you mean our judicial system. Despite its faults and need for reforms, it tends to work. I don't think you mean it literally, but I don't know of anyone calling for Zimmerman's head. Lots of us believe he got away with murder. Lots of us felt the same way about OJ. If the "game" allows for it, I hope that we see Zimmerman back in court very soon and with a very different outcome this time. Again, I'm not a lawyer, judge, or Constitutional scholar, so I won't pretend to know how that would work or what the possibilities would look like. Since I didn't write it, I can't take any credit or blame for the TruthDig article; therefore, I won't apologize if you were insulted by it. I may go back and reread it just to see if I can determine what it is that you find insulting in it, and why you think George Zimmerman should pursue a lawsuit, not that I'm qualified to judge such matters. Thanks for the dialog. I'm glad we agree on some things.
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Reefer Madness, an Unfortunate Redux

Reefer Madness, an Unfortunate Redux | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Scientifically, it is very unlikely that marijuana use caused aggression in the Trayvon Martin case.
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"Was Trayvon Martin aggressive and paranoid from smoking marijuana, and did that lead him to attack George Zimmerman? That’s what lawyers for Mr. Zimmerman are arguing. He is on trial for killing Mr. Martin, but claims he acted in self-defense, and the judge in the racially charged, nationally followed case decided earlier this week that the jury could be presented with Mr. Martin’s toxicology report, which shows that he had marijuana in his system. As a neuropsychopharmacologist who has spent 15 years studying the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana, I find this line of reasoning laughable." - Carl L. Hart, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University


Who doesn't find that laughable?

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BREAKING: NC GOP Turns Motorcycle Safety Bill Into Abortion Bill With No Public Notice

BREAKING: NC GOP Turns Motorcycle Safety Bill Into Abortion Bill With No Public Notice | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- North Carolina House Republicans are pushing legislation that would restrict abortion access, attaching the measure to an unrelated motorcycle safety bill on Wednesday and giving neither the public nor Democratic legislators any advance notice.

 

On Wednesday morning, state Rep. Joe Sam Queen (D) wrote on Twitter, "New abortion bill being heard in the committee I am on. The public didn't know. I didn't even know."

 

"I wish I had more time to look at this new bill before I had to ask questions about it or debate it," he added.

 

The bill then passed the state House Judiciary Committee in a 10-5 party-line vote.

 

The stealth maneuver came after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) threatened to veto a similar Senate bill on Wednesday morning. The Senate legislation would require abortion providers to meet strict licensing standards and would mandate that a doctor is present for the entire procedure.


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Michael Charney's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:12 PM

Yet another act in the ongoing drama in NC. It would be funny if it weren't so serious. Once again, it's up to the public to make the necessary noise... M. Charney

J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:17 PM

This smarty pants political gaming made possible by gerrymandering, voter suppression, and the elected who suck up to big money. #FreeTheElected.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, July 10, 2013 3:34 PM

This patern is insane