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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Op/Ed - Please Don't Let the Door Hit You in the Derrière: LGBTQ Marriage is the Law

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Op/Ed Written by "FlaGatorJD" of Democratic Underground - Republished with Permission

I know some of you are terribly upset about all this equality and marriage stuff, and you're so fed up, you're ready to just leave this country. 

First, let's remember that you said you'd leave if President Obama were elected. He was, and you didn't, and except for the problems in your head, and our inability to stop killing one another, America is doing fine, or at least a whole lot better than when he took office.

Although a few are currently suffering from Exploding Head Syndrome, or EHS, the economy has improved, more Americans are back to work, and millions of Americans have insurance for the first time, which means they go to sleep without the fear of getting sick and losing everything.

I know, that last part really bothers a lot of you, especially our GOP leaders, like the criminals in Tallahassee. So let's talk about Wall Street. I don't know about you, but I'm thinking Obama is the worst socialist ever! I sure hope Bernie Sanders will do better. 


Ok, but all this doesn't matter and you're ready to leave, because now that America is "gay friendly", the whole damn country will be adorned in rainbows, and the whole world will be coming here. Just FYI, if you're interested in any facts, the U.S. doesn't even make the top ten in least homophobic countries. It comes in at twelve, but that doesn't matter, and let's get you packed up and ready. 

Now if you're shopping for houses already, and the Riviera is enticing,you might like to know Spain is the least homophobic, with only 6% of Spaniards saying it is "morally unacceptable", compared to 37% in the U.S. Then fine, living in the French or Italian Riviera might be a little more expensive, but screw Spain, right? Sorry, France and Italy come in at third and eighth on the least homophobic list. Collectively, it's like a huge frigging rainbow sitting on top of the Mediterranean!  

Let's try another approach, let's just look at the most homophobic countries and pick one of those. That would be great, living with all those like-minded individual, wouldn't it?

Ok, let's check your options: While Ghana got the top spot, with 98% saying it was "morally unacceptable", the unofficial "most homophobic country" is the small Asian country of Brunei! 

While not polled like the others, the fact that the government recently voted to stone gays to death gave it special attention. You'll be pleased to know Bruneian citizens pay no taxes, and the government provides for all medical services and free education through university. 

I know, again, that last part doesn't sit well with a lot of you, giving people Free Stuff, but NO TAXES. Another part you might like is that they have a King, and the same family has been in power for around 500 years. 

However, it is 80% Muslim, but I'm sure the 8% minority Christians are treated fairly and with due respect. If Ghana or Brunei don't suit your fancy, your other options in the top 10 most homophobic nations include: Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian, Indonesia, Uganda, Tunisia, Kenya, Malaysia, and Nigeria.

So gentlemen, pack your Summer clothes and sunscreen. I'm sorry ladies, but you'll have to leave your bathing suits here with the heathens, but since all of these are Muslim countries, I believe, you will likely need a burka.


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About The Author:
Craig "Red" Holland studied politics and law at the University of Florida, B.A. '83, J.D. '86. He calls himself a "recovering attorney" who left the stress world of law to travel the world, live a better life, and fight for a progressive America.

He has worked on presidential campaigns  
and served as executive director for a non-profit cycling advocacy group where he lives in Naples, FL. 



He is available to provide copy or articles on progressive causes. He can be reached at NaplesCanRide@aol.com. 




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Saturday, June 27, 2015

(Video) The Bravery of Bree Newsome: Activist Takes Down Confederate Flag at South Carolina Capitol

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Activist Bree Newsome on June 27, 2015, climbed atop the pole
at Columbia, South Carolina capitol building and removed
the Confederate Flag.
UPDATE: 2:15 pm ET - The Associated Press reports 45 minutes after activist Bree Newsome climbed atop of a pole in front of Columbia, South Carolina Capitol Building and removed the Confederate Flag, Governor Nikki Haley ordered the flag back up based on a questionable provision of State Law.
"The flag, which is protected by state law, was raised about 45 minutes later, well ahead of a rally later Saturday by supporters of keeping the flag where it is," AP reporters Emily Masters and Bruce Smith cited.
Michigan Filmmaker Michael Moore has offered to pay legal fees for Bree Newsome, and issued the statement in a Tweet on Saturday morning. 
Newsome and fellow activist James Ian Dyson have been charged by the State of South Carolina with criminal charges for defacing a "monument".

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Activist Bree Newsome climbed a flagpole in front of the Columbia, South Carolina capitol building early on Saturday, June 27, 2015 and removed the Confederate flag flying in front of the building.




Newsome's action came a day after President Barack Obama gave the eulogy for the late State Senator and Rev. Clementa Pincket who was murdered by confessed murderer and white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof, along with eight other people in Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church last week.

Newsome a 30-year-old African-American youth organizer from Charlotte, North Carolina, climbed the flagpole before 6am and took down the controversial emblem of the antebellum, slaveholding south, with the assistance of James Ian Dyson, a Caucasian activist.

The activist was halfway up the 30ft pole when three South Carolina Capitol police officers, two of whom were African-American, demanded that she climb back down, but Newsome continued upward and removed the flag.


South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference on June 22, 2015, with Republican and Democratic Members of the State Legislator, Congressman James Clyburn (D) and Senator Tim Scott (R), both of whom are African-American, calling for the flag to be removed.

Since Haley's announcement, neither the South Carolina Assembly or the Governor herself have made any concrete movements to actually remove the Confederate Flag from State Capitol grounds.

CNN has reported Newsome and Dyson had been charged with defacing a monument.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Op/Ed: What's Really Going On In Detroit - The Paid Media Won't Tell: A Lifetime Detroiter Perspective

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What's Really Occurring in the Great Urban American
City named Detroit, Michigan? A lifetime Detroit resident
narrates a "on-the-ground" perspective.

Written By: Kenneth Reed - A Lifetime Detroit, Michigan Resident


I've watched the events unfold in this City over the weekend, and watched the Police Chief posture in front of the various media outlet cameras. In all of this, it occurred to me that Chief Craig in spite of what he has said repeatedly does not have any answers. He doesn't have a handle on the crime problem in Detroit.



I was at a 13th Congressional District Meeting Saturday where he appeared to make a presentation. In the process of addressing the Precinct Delegates he really didn't come across as someone who had a plan to deal with criminal activity. As you can probably determine at this point, he doesn't excite me at all.

After the meeting the events unfolded on Dexter & Webb, and people are asking why are these things happening, then later that evening the 1st shooting in Greektown happened. This is a culmination of 20 yrs. of stripping the City of Detroit of it's pride, self determination, and drive to succeed against all odds.

First there was the elimination of "Revenue Share Money" From the State of Michigan, then the elimination of the residency requirements for city workers that further stripped the tax base. Then came the 1st Takeover of (Detroit Public Schools) DPS in 1999.

The next action was when the people fought to return the management of Public Education to the People, the elected board hired an incompetent Superintendent Connie K. Calloway.

Next the neighborhood school closings were accelerated, thus causing the emptying of those neighborhoods. Then the same School Board surrendered their oversight of the School District to a Democratic Governor who appointed an emergency manager.

Then Rick Sniper became Governor and started picking us off even quicker, and established the (Educational Achievement Authority) EAA called our Children the dumbest 5% in the state.

The people were then coerced by some black coons who at one time attended the (PAOCC) Shrine of The Black Madonna the most progressive Black Church in Detroit into buying into the 'Declaration of Black Inferiority" by working overtime to convince people to write in a white man as Mayor.

This is the ultimate act of Self-Hatred to give away Black Political Power. So what happened next?
 

Black People for all intent are excluded from Belle Isle, frowned upon from taking part in activities downtown, and on the riverfront. Water is being cut off from poor black residents by the thousands daily

P
roperties being stolen by tax foreclosure in some instances, because of bogus "Blight Tickets". People are being duped into supporting this Fraud "D" Insurance that is being pushed by the White Mayor. The problem with the insurance is that if you're in an accident and get injured, the medical cap is $250,000, and that's lifetime.

So with all of these shootings going on, where is the "White Mayor?" 
What's his position concerning it? What is his solution(s)? None of these people have answers.

Not
the white mayor, the Police Chief; he's too immersed into himself. Not Malik Shabazz, Not Ernest Johnson, not Lisa L. Howze Page II, not Alexis Wiley, not Tom Lewand, or David Katz. Not even the Livonia Mafia. Sure they'll send some of these surrogates (Water carriers) to community organization meetings to spew out the party line, but if you press them really hard, none of the aforementioned has any answers. 

Remember it was the Police Chief who said on many occasions to the citizens that they should arm themselves,
and shoot first when confronted. That's his solution. BLACK EXTERMINATION, but they discovered this weekend that no curfew will work.
They better be glad that the people haven't fully awakened, and organized.

They should be also consider themselves lucky that the real hood G's from the 1970's and '80's aren't around, if they were they would be running the city by now, dealing with this lack of vision, and tone deaf leadership that works @ 2 Woodward Ave.



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Monday, June 22, 2015

She Did It: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag



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Governor Nikki Haley surrounded by State and Federal Republican
& Democrat State Officials calls for the removal of the Confederate
Flag at the South Carolina Capitol Grounds.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in a Monday, June 22 afternoon press conference says the Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of the state capitol. Haley by calling for the divisive symbol removal, reverses her initial position to keep the flag, amid growing calls for it to be removed.
“Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds,” Haley said to applause. “My hope is that by removing a symbol that divides us, we can move forward in harmony and honor the nine blessed souls that are now in heaven,” she said. 
Governor Haley change on the Confederate Flag comes after nine African-American affiliated African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church members were gunned down by confessed murderer 21 year old Dylann Roof. One of the AME church members killed included South Carolina State Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

Read Our Article: Op/Ed: Governor Nikki Haley Can Take Down South Carolina's Confederate Flag


Roof a self proclaimed white supremacist, embraced the flag as a symbol of white supremacy.

Haley surrounded by South Carolina Republicans and Democrats received a loud applause and cheering when the announcement was made. The flag has flown in front of the state capitol on a pole with a padlock keeping the divisive symbol in place for 15 years after being moved from Statehouse dome.


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Charleston and the Politics of Evasion

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E.L. Dionne, Jr. - Washington Post Columnist
WASHINGTON - We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns. Nonsense, you say. Have we not been talking about race and racism for our entire history? Our conversations have been especially intense in recent…
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MSNBC's Alex Witt Calls BS When Ron Christie Says Too Soon To Talk Guns

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Finally! MSNBC's Alex Witt Calls BS When Ron Christie Says Too Soon To Talk Guns

After a years-long pattern of mass shootings followed by conservatives who always say that it's too soon after the tragedy to talk about gun control, MSNBC Alex Witt finally hit her breaking point on Saturday. President Barack Obama noted last week that there had been nine mass shooting during his presidency significant enough that he was…
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Majority of Republican voters won't back Christie for president, poll says

English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie
English: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Majority of Republican voters won't back Christie for president, poll says

WASHINGTON — A majority of likely Republican primary voters say they couldn't see themselves backing Gov. Chris Christie for president, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday. Only businessman Donald Trump, who announced for president last week, had a greater percentage of Republican voters opposed to his candidacy. According to the June 12-14…
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Op/Ed: Governor Nikki Haley Can Take Down South Carolina's Confederate Flag


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Independent Underground News & Talk Op/Ed

By Monica RW - Editor & Chief of IU News & Talk

How can South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley remove the State's Symbol of Hate, the Confederate Flag from its' Capitol Grounds immediately? By Issuing an Executive Order. 

Any Governor in America's 50 States has the Right to Issue an Executive Order, regardless to what the state law says. In fact, in clear defiance of South Carolina's Complied State Laws to be exact. 
"Executive orders as issued by the governor are not laws, but do have the same binding nature. Executive orders are usually based on existing constitutional or statutory powers of the Governor and do not require any action by the state legislature to take effect. 
Executive orders are numbered sequentially for a calendar year and may address agency closings due to inclement weather, may call the legislature into special session, may address county or city officials who have violated their elected positions."
http://dc.statelibrary.sc.gov/handle/10827/22
Furthermore, Section 15, Article VI - Executive Department of the South Carolina Constitution States: 
SECTION 15. Faithful execution of laws. 
The Governor shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed. To this end, the Attorney General shall assist and represent the Governor, but such power shall not be construed to authorize any action or proceeding against the General Assembly or the Supreme Court. (1972 (57) 3171; 1973 (58) 48.)
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/scconstitution/a04.php 
The key term here is "Take Care". That does not mean the Executive Authority in South Carolina must COMPLY. That is a different word all together. 

Now let's review what the South Carolina Constitution says about Executive Orders: 

It does not say anything in the exact words of "Executive Order"

Instead, what the South Carolina Constitution does say is the following in Section 1, Article VI - Chief Magistrate: 
SECTION 1. Chief Magistrate.
The supreme executive authority of this State shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate, who shall be styled "The Governor of the State of South Carolina." (1972 (57) 3171; 1973 (58) 48.)
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/scconstitution/a04.php
What is a Chief Magistrate? 
"The head of the executive department of government of a nation, state, or municipal corporation. Mclntire v. Ward. 3 Yeates (Pa.) 424."
http://thelawdictionary.org/chief-magistrate/
Nikki Haley has issued 86 Executive Orders in her Duty as Chief Magistrate of the State of South Carolina since 2011. Nikki Haley has the authority needed, necessary and required to order a removal of South Carolina's Confederate Flag, in light of the Tragic Deaths of Nine Emanuel African Episodical Methodist deaths by the Hands of Domestic "Hate Crime" Terrorist Dylann Roof on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. 




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Thursday, June 18, 2015

BREAKING: Shooting at Historical African Methodist Church in South Carolina, White Suspect at Large

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Scene on street outside a historical AME Affiliated Church after up to 8 individuals have
been reported shot and multiple fatalities reported.


UPDATE: The Rev. of this church, Rev & South Carolina State Senator Camenta Pinkney has been CONFIRMED by Rev. Al Sharpton to be dead along with 8 other individuals, per MSNBC. . The suspect is still on the loose. The bomb threat is still unsubstantiated. 

Gregory Mullen, the Charleston, South Carolina Police Chief at a 12:57 pm ET Press Conference has described this incident as a Hate Crime. 

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A gunman has opened fire on Wednesday evening at a historic African-American church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and is still at large. Reuters reported as many as eight people may have been shot along with multiple fatalities inside the church.

CNN International at Midnight has cited that several individuals are deceased inside the church, and there is a unspecified bomb threat in the local area surrounding the church.


Police described the suspect as a 21-year-old white man in a sweatshirt or hoodie and jeans, according to a Charleston local newspaper resource. 

Charleston Police Department spokesman Charles Francis said the shooting occurred at the Emanuel African Methodist Church around 9 p.m. local time.

At the time of this report, local Charleston law enforcement officials are still searching for a suspect. Local Fox Affiliate Channel 8 reported that the FBI is on the scene. The FBI could not be immediately reached to comment.
Heavily-armed police have surrounded the area around as they search for the suspect. The FBI, State Law Enforcement Division, the coroner's office and multiple police agencies are on the scene.


Photo Credit - IUNewsTalk
Members of the Charleston, South Carolina community gather in prayer
outside a historical AME Affiliated Church after up to 8 individuals have
been reported shot and multiple fatalities reported. 
Local Charleston ABC Channel 4 Affiliate reported at 11:25 p.m. police pushed reporters back because of an "immediate threat." Officers said they are investigating a possible bomb threat.
Members of the Emanuel AME Church are praying in a parking lot near the scene of the shooting. The church is the oldest AME Church in the south. 

The church was built in 1891 and is considered a historically significant building, according to the National Park Service.



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