Sen. Rand Paul Slams GOP on Black, Latino Voter Suppression Tactics

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Sen. Rand Paul Slams GOP on Black, Latino Voter Suppression Tactics (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is slamming the Republican Party for making harder for blacks and Hispanics to vote. In other words, he’s saying, Republicans who support voter ID laws are engaging in racist behavior. Um, I never thought I would say it, but I share comedian Bill Maher’s sentiments on Rand Paul, I could vote for him, if he put together a great platform.

Paul blasted Republicans over the drug laws that “disproportionately affect minorities and has also championed restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons,” Politico reports. He made the comments during a speech at the Liberty PAC conference.

“So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat, we don’t want Hispanic people to vote because they’re voting Democrat,’” he said. “We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”

“The bottom line is, we’re not winning,” he said. “…We’re not winning because, it’s pretty simple, we don’t have enough people in the group yet. The liberty movement has been more open to receiving people of all walks of life… I think we have been much more open, sometimes, than the Republican Party in general.”

He also skewered what he characterized as excessive use of force by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, an incident that kicked off weeks of protests fueled by racial tensions.

For what it’s worth, he was associated with a nationalist, but Obama was associated with Bill Ayers at one point and many people didn’t really hold it against him. He went on to win in big numbers in 2008 and then won reelection in 2012. As I stated before, Rand Paul is rough around the edges, but if he packages himself right, and really believes what he’s saying, then he’s a far more credible Republican presidential candidate than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

Wisconsin GOPer Jacob Dorsey Apologizes for “N*ggers” and “F*gs” Tweets

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Wisconsin GOPer Jacob Dorsey Apologizes for “N*ggers” and “F*gs” Tweets

Wisconsin Republican state assembly candidate Jacob Dorsey, 19, is totally sorry for disparaging blacks and gays on social media by referring to them as “n*ggers” and “f*gs, The Gazette reports.  He dropped out of the race after admitting he made offensive comments on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s more from Talking Points Memo:

In December 2013, Dorsey tweeted “fags need 2 leave my favorite state alone” after a judge decided not to stay the ruling that struck down Utah’s gay marriage ban, according to the NOManiancs blog.

Now, Dorsey admitted that he made other offensive comments on Twitter and YouTube, which were discovered by the NOManiacs blog.

In comments on YouTube videos, he used the words “fags” and “niggers.” In one comment he said “Niggers trash cars. I’m not selling my town car to one…” according to NOManiac’s screenshots, which were also posted on the Janesville Community Facebook page.

Seems to me that Jacob Dorsey is apologizing because he got caught. He isn’t apologizing because his behavior is offensive and plain racist. Get ready, the election cycle is heating up and more venom will be spewed by the haters. Gee, I wonder if failed vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan knows him? Isn’t Janesville in his district?

“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts Handcuffed by Cops After Kissing White Boyfriend

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Django Unchained Actress Daniele Watts Handcuffed for Kissing White Boyfriend (Photo credit: Facebook)

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL:  Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was left in tears after she was handcuffed by cops because they mistook her for a prostitute because she kissed her white boyfriend, Brian James Lucas.

Watts, who played slave CoCo in the Oscar Award-winning film, posted the news of the incident on her Facebook page on Sept. 2. She said her arm was cut when she was handcuffed.

Watts claims she was ‘handcuffed and detained’ by police after being mistaken for a prostitute as she kissed her Lucas. The couple say they were kissing on a Hollywood street when police were called and they were asked to show their identification card but she refused.

Daniele Watts wrote on her Facebook page:  “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.”

UPDATE: It seems that Daniele Watts and her boyfriend were making out. Witnesses said the two were having sex with the car door wide open. They beg to differ. It seems that we are getting closer to the truth. Here’s the transcript of Watts’ encounter with police:

Watts: (sobbing) I don’t understand how we live in a free country where I’m at a parking lot making out with my boyfriend and I get arrested just because somebody called the cops. I don’t understand how we live in a free country where cops can put you in handcuffs… for nothing.
Sgt. Parker: (speaking to someone in background) Stay here, I’d be careful… A little emotional.
Sgt. Parker (to Watts): What’s your first name? Why do you think you’re in handcuffs? Do you think we put you in handcuffs or you did?
Watts: I put myself in handcuffs?
Sgt. Parker: Who do you think put yourself in handcuffs? Who do you think put you in handcuffs?
Watts: I think that this officer right here put me handcuffs because…
Sgt. Parker No, I think you did the minute you left the scene.
Watts: Yes, because I was being treated as a criminal before I even did anything.
Sgt. Parker: I’m sorry, do you… do you see the gentleman here in handcuffs? Is the gentleman here in handcuffs before you? No, he’s not.
Watts: Do you think that I’m stupid?
Sgt. Parker: I don’t think you’re stupid at all
Watts: What’s your first name Officer Parker?
Sgt. Parker: My name is Sergeant Parker and that’s all you need to know.
Watts: Why do you need to know my first name but I don’t need to know your first name?
Sgt. Parker Because I need to identify you as a source of a radio call
Watts: So I think I’d like to identify you to my publicist, what’s your first name?
Sgt. Parker: Now you see why you’re in handcuffs?
Watts: Why because you’re afraid of the news getting out about you arresting someone who’s innocent, who was making out with her boyfriend?
Sgt. Parker: I’ve been on the news many times.
Watts: Awesome.
Second officer: Ma’am, I explained to you over there why you’re in handcuffs
Watrts: Because you asked me to turn around and face the wall and I did.
Second officer: When you left my supervisor when he told you stay…
Watts: Did he tell me to stay or did I say I am walking away and I was talking to my dad? Did you hear him tell me to stay here?
Sgt. Parker: You can’t walk away ma’am
Second officer: He didn’t say anything to you as you walked away…
Watts: You didn’t say anything to me as I was walking away.

Daniele Watts’ Facebook post:

Michael Dunn Retrial to Proceed for Jordan Davis’ Murder Over Loud Music

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Michael Dunn Retrial to Proceed for Jordan Davis’ Murder Over Loud Rap Music

Michael Dunn’s retrial for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis will commence September 22, despite calls from the defense for a change of venue due to prior widespread media coverage, a Circuit Judge Russell Healy ruled on Thursday.

Dunn, 47, claimed he was acting in self defense when he shot the teen during a dispute over loud rap music.

Judge Healy said at a hearing on Thursday that he would attempt to seat an impartial jury before ruling on the defense’s request for a venue change, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Michael Dunn testified at his original trial that he started shooting after he felt scared for his life, after he thought he saw the barrel of a gun in the back window as the teen started getting out of the car. No gun was ever found in the SUV.

Dunn faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder convictions.

2 White Witnesses to Michael Brown Shooting Say He Had Hands in Air

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2 White Witnesses to Michael Brown Shooting Say He Had Hands Up in Air

Two new witnesses have come forward in the Michael Brown shooting and they corroborate with the other witnesses told investigators and the media. The two men, who are white, can be seen on video reacting to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shooting the unarmed teen, CNN reports. The video was shot by a bystander on a cellphone.

One of the men can be heard shouting, “He had his f*cking hands in the air,” in the moments after Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown.

Michael Moore: History Will Only Remember Obama as a Black President

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Michael Moore: History Will Only Remember Obama as a Black President (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)


Filmmaker Michael Moore slammed President Obama, saying “when the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: he was the first black president, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Moore made the comments about Obama’s legacy while speaking at the Toronto Film Festival. He said being remembered as the black president isn’t bad, he’s sure Obama wishes he would be remembered for accomplishing a few other things.

Moore said he’s not confident President Obama will achieve any milestones during the rest of his term in office.

Michael Moore, who was a staunch Obama supporter during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, has become disillusioned with the president over NSA spying scandal, drone strikes and campaign financing.

This comes as Bill Maher said he may support Rand Paul in the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton.

Hawks GM Danny Ferry Made Offensive Comments About Free Agent Luol Deng

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Hawks GM Danny Ferry Made Offensive Comments About Free Agent Luol Deng

There’s more to Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson self-reporting his offensive comments about blacks. WSB-TV reports that there is a “smoking gun,” after it obtained a 2-page letter sent from Hawks minority owner Michael Gearon to Bruce Levenson calling for the termination of general manager Danny Ferry.

WSB-TV reports during a conference call with management and the owners, Danny Ferry referred to Luol Deng, a free agent target, in a derogatory manner, saying “he has a little African in him, not in a bad way, but he’s a guy who would have a nice store out front, but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.” Wow, really?

Gearon’s letter started the series of events, leading up to Levenson’s announcement that he would sell the team. Here’s the letter from WSB-TV: “Smoking gun” letter in Hawks email scandal.

Danny Ferry issued a statement Tuesday morning following the release of Gearon’s letter:

“In regards to the insensitive remarks that were used during our due diligence process, I was repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources during background conversations and scouting about different players.   I repeated those comments during a telephone conversation reviewing the draft and free agency process.  Those words do not reflect my views, or words that I would use to describe an individual and I certainly regret it. I apologize to those I offended and to Luol, who I reached out to Monday morning.

In terms of the email that Bruce sent, the situation is disturbing and disappointing on many levels and I understand Bruce’s words were offensive.

I am committed to learning from this and deeply regret this situation. I fully understand we have work to do in order to help us create a better organization; one that our players and fans will be proud of, on and off the court, and that is where my focus is moving forward.”

Sounds a little like Donald Sterling, doesn’t it. It makes one wonder how many more NBA owners have similarly dim views of black players and blacks in general.

The #Economist Apologizes for Book Review Saying Slavery Wasn’t All Bad

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Economist Apologizes for Book Review Saying Slavery Wasn’t All Bad (Photo Credit: Attribution Unknown)

The Economist is under fire after it published a review of Edward Baptist’s book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Makinng of American Capitalism,” on Thursday, claiming the book unfairly portrayed slave owners. Wow, I don’t think the slaves were lazing around on plantations like they were on vacation at a Sandals resort in the Caribbean. Give me a break….unfair portrayal of slave owners?

The line that irked many:  “Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites are villains. This is not history; it’s advocacy.” Um, the last time I checked, the word “slave” doesn’t mean privileged.

The Economist issued an apology Friday morning.:”There has been widespread criticism of this, and rightly so. Slavery was an evil system, in which the great majority of victims were blacks, and the great majority of whites involved in slavery were willing participants and beneficiaries of that evil.”

The outrage against The Economist sparked the hashtag “#economistbookreviews.” One person tweeted: “Had Ms Stowe properly described the abode as ‘Uncle Tom’s Mansion,’ so much civil disruption might have been avoided.”

Too bad we don’t know the name of the genius who wrote the article, since like many articles in The Economist, it was unsigned.

Here are some of the tweets slamming The Economist:

RNC Member Randy Evans Blames Obama for Ferguson Turmoil Over Michael Brown Shooting

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RNC Member Randy Evans Blames Obama for Ferguson Turmoil Over Michael Brown Shooting

Randy Evans, a Republican National Committee member and Gov. Nathan Deal’s attorney, blames President Obama for the racial tensions and unrest that erupted over unarmed black teen Michael Brown being shot by a white cop, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo.

During an interview on Australian TV program “Contrarians,” Randy Evans said America’s first black president squandered his chance to help improve the lot of black Americans, choosing instead to use them as “nothing more than a political tool.”

Evans said, “Well that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities.” “And I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward,” Evans added.

He also contends that the Democrats view the black community as a “convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues” such as education and unemployment.

Evans said, “What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president.”

You know, he may have a point, but I don’t see where the Republican Party has stepped up and showed the black community it is a viable alternative. Instead, we have Congressional Republicans cutting programs that benefit the black community. Where’s their solution to the high unemployment rate in the black community? How many Republicans have called for increased oversight of our police departments, particularly in the area of police brutality and civil rights violations? It’s nice to preach to the choir, but the facts speak for themselves. I have yet to see Gov. Nathan Deal embrace Georgia’s black community. In fact, a recent poll shows that his Democratic rival, Jason Carter, is shellacking him with black voters.

Here’s a partial transcript of Randy Evans’ interview (entire clip):

Ross Cameron: … I want to talk about Mike Brown, a young African-American who has been shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Tell us, give us your take. Is this just a random tragedy or are we touching a wider nerve in relation to the U.S.’s macro political settings?

Evans: Well, unfortunately I think that we’re at a scenario where we had a president who had, as the first African-American president, an opportunity to really advance race relations in the United States. You know, we’ve had a tortured history in that regard.

And as a result, to have an African-American president, you would have the opportunity for every young African-American to think to themselves, “One day I too can grow up to be President.” Well, that enormous opportunity kind of got squandered, because literally what happened once President Obama took office, African-Americans became nothing more than a political tool – a way to drive up votes among African-American communities and I would say that over the course of his six years we probably have taken more steps backward than we have forward.

So, obviously, Mike Brown is the second. We had Trayvon Martin, which is a similar story — its similar unrest—and I think for the most part you’d have to say that what’s happened is the net effect, is the actual, open discussion of race has gone underground and it means that when these eruptions occur, they are far more violent, they’re far more intense and they end up getting nationalized in a way that we’ve never seen before. So you end up with…

Female participant: That’s not entirely fair. I mean, American history is littered with examples of race relations and riots and uprisings that have been quite nationalized.

Evans: Well, can you give me one during the Bush Administration? Where President Bush…

Female participant: Well, you said that we hadn’t seen before.

Evans: No, no, no. What I was saying is that in modern history you would have thought that having the first African-American president would have been a great moment of healing where every child – remember the focal point in America is everybody have the American dream and the American dream is…

Second female participant: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Bill Clinton, poor, white child from the South. Single mother. Grows up to become president.

Evans: Grow up to be whatever you want to be.

First female participant: Isn’t this an example of where there is advancement at some levels but in the community, for example, in Ferguson you’ve got 67% black population and 95 percent white policemen. Is that not sort of – do you think that there are grassroots problems that haven’t been solved? That can’t be the fault of the president, surely.

Evans: No, I think it is because they’ve become a political voting bloc which is a convenient mechanism where every election rolls around, you hit the hot-button issues rather than actually ever resolving the core issues.

Second female participant: But how is that taking them backwards? How is that taking the relationship backwards?

Evans: Well because the net effect is rather than solve the core problems that result in a higher incidence of African-American youth being unemployed, being imprisoned, otherwise having not the opportunities – which is that they don’t have the education, they don’t have the support structures, they don’t have the family structures.

Rather than address any of those core issues, which in fact lead to the problem. What you have instead is, a kind of self-imposed unit here that is an available unit that every time an election rolls around, we push the button, we make sure… we know 92 percent of African-Americans are going to vote with the president. [H/T Political Insider]

DOJ to Launch Civil Rights Investigation Into Ferguson Police Department

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Justice Dept. to Launch Probe of Ferguson, St. Louis County Police Departments

The Justice Department will launch a “broad civil rights investigation” into the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments, the Washington Post reports. The investigation comes after unarmed black teen Michael Brown was gunned down by a white officer, Darren Wilson, as he and a friend walked in the middle of the street in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.

More from the Washington Post:

Holder’s decision will represent the Obama administration’s most aggressive step to address the Ferguson shooting, which set off days of often-violent clashes between police and demonstrators in the streets of the St. Louis suburb.

The federal officials said the probe will look at not only Ferguson, but other police departments in St. Louis County. Some, like Ferguson, are predominantly white departments serving majority African-American communities and at least one department invited the Justice Department to look at its practices. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a pending investigation.

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The new probe will look more broadly at whether the department employed policies and practices that resulted in a pattern of civil rights violations.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that five current and one former member of the police force face pending federal lawsuits claiming they used excessive force. The lawsuits, as well as more than a half-dozen internal investigations, include claims that individual officers separately hog-tied a 12-year-old boy who was checking his family mailbox, pistol-whipped children, and used a Taser on a mentally-ill man who died as a result.