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Donald Trump denied that an image of Hillary Clinton containing a Star of David and the Democratic presidential candidate’s face on a pile of money was anti-Semitic.

The picture, which Trump tweeted Saturday but later deleted, originated on a white supremacist website.

Trump included the hashtag “#AmericaFirst” with the image. The phrase, which he has adopted as a campaign slogan, was first used in the 1940s by those who thought the U.S. shouldn’t go to war against Nazi Germany.

Trump adviser Ed Brookover claimed the image was harmless, telling CNN there’s “nothing to see here.”

“There was never any intention of anti-Semitism,” he said. “Not every six-pointed star is a Star of David.”

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who now works for CNN, also denied the image was meant to attack Jews. He called the backlash over the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s tweet “political correctness run amok.”

The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League on Sunday criticized Trump’s tweet and his campaign’s denial reaction.

“We’ve been troubled by the anti-Semites and racists during this political season, and we’ve seen a number of so-called Trump supporters peddling some of the worst stereotypes all through this year,”
Jonathan Greenblatt told The Daily Beast. “For those people who say that you can write this off, and that calling it out is simply political correctness, it’s crazy.”

The tweet was sent out the same day that author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel died. During the Holocaust, Nazis forced Jewish people to wear the six-pointed star to identify them as lesser humans.

Trump later praised Wiesel.

“The world is a better place because of him and his belief that good can triumph over evil!” he tweeted on Sunday.

One can only hope that track record continues.

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As if North Carolina’s legislation wasn’t idiotic enough, lawmakers are toying with a provision that would give only a few more trans people access to public restrooms.

North Carolina lawmakers may try to create a new type of government documentation called a “certificate of sex reassignment” to allow a tiny minority of otherwise-banned transgender people to pee in public restrooms. What could possibly go wrong?

Facing backlash over the notorious anti-LGBT law they passed this March, which requires transgender people to use the restroom matches their birth certificate, legislators in the Republican-controlled House are working on a new draft of House Bill 2 (HB 2) in an effort to keep the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, WBTV reported Tuesday.

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OP: This is what happens when stupid, ignorant, bigoted, uninformed lawmakers try to make laws about something they have absolutely no knowledge or understanding of. Nagl doesn't even scratch the surface!
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On Thursday, I too participated in an act of national insanity and voted to leave the European Union. This is how the next 24 hours unfolded for me.

I’d checked the polls again in the morning, and Remain was ahead, just as it had been for the majority of the campaign. Sensible people were going to vote in, and I could have my protest vote. For me, the polls reflected reality: I live in London, and I'm in my mid-twenties. I barely knew anyone else who was considering voting to leave.

I wanted to give the establishment a kicking. I was disappointed at the result of the general election last year and wanted something to change. After working for five years in graduate-level jobs, I’m still living in a pretty grim flat share, with more than £20,000 of student debt.

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I feel about 5% sympathetic towards him... the rest I'm just like fuckyouandyoureyebrows.gif
MILPITAS, Calif. - A former Stanford University swimmer whose six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman ignited widespread outrage is scheduled to leave jail early.

Online inmate records show 20-year-old Brock Turner is expected to be released from the Santa Clara County jail on Sept. 2. He was booked June 2.

County jail inmates serve 50 percent of their sentences if they keep a clean disciplinary record. Calls to the county Department of Correction weren't immediately returned Thursday.

Brock was convicted of attacking the woman he met at a fraternity party in January 2015 and was sentenced last week to six months in jail and three years' probation.

The sentence triggered criticism that a star athlete from a privileged background had gotten special treatment. Prosecutors had asked for six years in prison.


There is no justice.
“You’re not providing for [your family], I am.”

Video posted on YouTube shows a woman at a Walmart store loudly berating a man who was paying for his groceries with food stamps.

As a child sits in the man’s shopping cart looking on, the woman complains about how she is paying for his food with her tax money.

“You know, I put in 50-60 hour weeks... trying to provide for my family,” the man says, although some of his words are unclear.

“You’re not providing for it, I am,” the woman snaps back. “The government is.”

“You’re not,” the man says.

“They take it out of my check,” the woman says. “Bullshit they don’t.”

The man suggests she complain to her lawmaker or vote Republican.

“Oh, trust me, I am not a bleeding heart fucking liberal,” the woman answers.

The rest of the clip contains a similar back-and-forth, punctuated with expletives. Both appear to be shopping with children.

“Deal with it, bitch,” the man says at one point.

At another point, the woman claims the man must be a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

“That’s exactly what you vote for, they give it to you so that you vote that way,” the woman says. “I’m not stupid. I have a degree. I’m pretty damn smart.

The footage picks up mid-argument. It’s not clear when or where it was filmed, or even if it was staged, as it was in a viral incident that took place in a Walmart parking lot late last year.

However, this argument has been going viral since being posted on YouTube last week, with more than 130,000 views to date, and there have been a number of reports of other shoppers being confronted in stores over their use of food stamps.

Ironically, the woman in the new video who is complaining about food stamps is shopping at Walmart — a retail chain where wages are so low that many workers qualify for public assistance.

A 2014 report found that Walmart costs U.S. taxpayers $6.2 billion per year in food stamps, Medicaid, subsidized housing and other forms of public assistance for its employees.

Much of that money eventually goes to the company: A 2013 report found nearly $1 out of every $5 in food stamp money is spent at Walmart.

By Ed Mazza, Overnight Editor, Huffington Post. 05/02/2016 11:57 pm ET.

By David Wasserman

If Donald Trump somehow falls three delegates short of reaching the magic 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican nomination, he may be haunted by an obscure outcome from the primary voting in Illinois on Tuesday. There’s clear evidence that Trump supporters in Illinois gave fewer votes to Trump-pledged delegate candidates who have minority or foreign-sounding names like “Sadiq,” “Fakroddin” and “Uribe,” potentially costing him three of the state’s 69 delegates.

This pattern appears to be a phenomenon unique to Trump’s supporters.

Illinois Republicans hold a convoluted “loophole” primary: The statewide primary winner earns 15 delegates, but the state’s other 54 delegates are elected directly on the ballot, with three at stake in each of the state’s 18 congressional districts. Each campaign files slates of relatively unknown supporters to run for delegate slots, and each would-be delegate’s presidential preference is listed beside his or her name. As a result, the top presidential candidate in each congressional district usually claims all three of the district’s delegates.

Except on Tuesday, a handful of congressional districts split their delegates in ways that cast doubt on voters’ racial motivations. Did voters have genuine personal preferences for the mostly anonymous individuals running for these slots, or was it a case of “what’s in a name?”
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When you run for president with a shit campaign and play yourself.
The article also notes that this could really only happen in Illinois. But still, lmao.

Dr. Ben Carson, who endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy on Friday, appears less than enthusiastic about that decision. And the real reason the unsuccessful GOP presidential hopeful endorsed his former rival could be a violation of federal law.

Carson told the conservative online site NewsMax TV on Monday that he backed Trump based on a practical calculus.

“I didn’t see a path for [John] Kasich, who I like, or for [Marco] Rubio, who I like. As far as [Ted] Cruz is concerned, I don’t think he’s gonna be able to draw independents and Democrats unless has has some kind of miraculous change… Is there another scenario that I would have preferred? Yes. But that scenario isn’t available.” Pressed to clarify, Carson said he meant he’d prefer to have backed one of the other candidates.

Carson then said that Trump had promised him a role in his administration, “certainly in an advisory capacity.” Asked by NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg whether this meant a cabinet position, Carson declined to “reveal any details about it right now, because all of this is still very liquid.”

Federal law expressly prohibits candidates from directly or indirectly promising “the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy.” The penalty for violations could include fines or a year in jail — two years if the violation was willful.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a ThinkProgress inquiry about whether such an illegal offer was made to Carson. Prior to Carson’s departure from the race, Trump suggested that Carson might be “pathological,” like a “child molester.”

Video at the source (he says this at around 6:40)

The major news outlets aren't reporting this yet, but I did verify that he actually said it in the video before posting the article

Almost one-third of Republican primary voters would support bombing the fictional kingdom of Agrabah, according to a report released by Public Policy Polling on Friday.

More than 530 Republican primary voters were polled this week on their support for Republican candidates and foreign policy issues including banning Muslims from entering the US, Japanese internment camps from the second world war and bombing Agrabah, the kingdom from Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin.

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In what is a perceived legal blow for prosecutors, the jury was hung and the judge declared a mistrial in the trial of Baltimore police officer William Porter in the case of Freddie Gray's death after sustaining injuries while in custody.

Over the past two days, the jury of four black women, three black men, three white women and two white men gave signals that they were locked in tense discussions. On Tuesday they told Judge Barry Williams that they were deadlocked and he sent them back to deliberate.

There will be an administrative hearing on Thursday to determine a new court date. The judge gave Porter the option to appear tomorrow, and Porter declined.

"You've been diligent," Williams told the jury, "thank you for your diligence." Williams dismissed the jury saying he will have more information for them in a bit.

As the first of six trials, experts say the outcome of Porter's case could have broader implications for the remaining trials.

Porter faces a maximum penalty of about 25 years.

Via NBC news

This is awful news. I was hoping for a verdict, as I think we all were.
edit: I'm giving up on embedding the video.
A 17-year-old high schooler from Virginia says she was kicked out of her prombecause the parental chaperones were worried she was inspiring “impure thoughts” among the boys in attendance. Even though her dress adhered to the “fingertip length” dress code requirement, she was asked to leave.

Clare recounts her experience in a guest post on her sister’s blog. After Clare and her boyfriend bought tickets to the Richmond Homeschool Prom, she bought a new dress that she made sure was long enough according to the event’s “fingertip length” rule. But Clare is 5’9″, and even though the hem of her dress was within the guidelines, she says her long legs led some chaperones to assume she was breaking the dress code.

After Clare and her friends hung out a little bit on the dance floor — she writes that they weren’t even dancing, just “swaying with the music and talking and enjoying ourselves” — Clare was pulled away by one of the dance’s organizers, who told her that some of the fathers chaperoning the event had complained about her. They reportedly said that her dancing was too “provocative” and she was going to “cause the young men at the prom to think impure thoughts.”Read more...Collapse )

Clare's guest blog post, which is worth reading because it contains additional details, including a comment about being "a little grossed out by all the dads on the balcony above the dance floor, ogling and talking amongst themselves."

Let's cut the crap and call this what it is: Slut shaming, with a capital S L U T. Served up with an extra dollop of "ewwww" on the side, due to those horny dads checking out the girls and complaining about one girl's dress because they were too turned on by it didn't approve of it.

P.S. Since when do teenage boys need any help to think "impure thoughts"? I didn't think even the presence of an attractive person was necessary, much less an attractive person dressed in a certain kind of attire. From what I know, most teenage boys are quite capable of generating their own (endless supply of) "impure thoughts," without any additional help at all!

P.P.S. It's been pointed out that this story is old, and I acknowledge that. I didn't realize it at the time I posted it. I was surfing around at ThinkProgress and somehow ended up on this story, after clicking from one story to another that was linked on the same page a few times. I'm not sure how I stumbled on the prom story, but I did and I didn't think to check the date before I posted it to the mod queue.

I realized the date problem shortly after posting and debated whether to asked the mods to kill the post; but before I made up my mind, the post showed up and started getting comments. In view of the comments, it seems appropriate to just leave well enough alone. Even though this story is old, it's still pertinent, and with "prom season" coming up in the next couple of months, it's even somewhat timely (in an outdated sort of way, lol).
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