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Texas Judge Suggests Lynching Black Suspect, Denies It’s About Race

“Time for a tree and a rope,” Burnet County Judge James Oakley wrote on Facebook.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley has apologized after suggesting that a suspect should be lynched.

A Texas judge is under fire over a comment he posted to Facebook suggesting that a black man suspected of killing a local police officer should be lynched.

“Time for a tree and a rope,” he posted on Monday to the San Antonio Police Department’s Facebook page
, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Burnet County Judge James Oakley took responsibility for the rash words on Wednesday. He apologized and called his language “unfortunate,” but denied that it contained any racial undertones.

“I never made that connection but I do see how somebody could make that connection and be offended towards that. That was not my intent,” he told The Huffington Post on the phone. “Maybe I watched too many Westerns when I was little.”

The article he posted contained news of an arrest made in Sunday’s shooting death of San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi. Otis Tyrone McKane, who is black, was arrested on suspicion of murdering Marconi one day after the detective, who was white, was fatally shot inside his patrol car.

In an emailed statement, Oakley called his response “curt and harsh.”

“What I should have posted, if anything, is a comment that more clearly reflects my opinion on the cowardly crime of the senseless murder of a law enforcement officer. My view of the ‘suspect,’ whom has admitted to the murder, is the same regardless of ethnicity or gender,” he said. (The suspect had told police when he was arrested that he “lashed out at somebody,” adding “I’m sorry.”)

Oakley added that he was an advocate of due process and doesn’t preside over criminal court.

“I also support the death penalty in cases where the ultimate crime has been committed and there is clear and complete evidence and where all steps of the judicial process have been respected,” he said.

A group that monitors Texas’ Pedernales Electric Cooperative, where Oakley is a board officer, was among those enraged by his words.

“What Mr. Oakley suggested was racist,” PEC Truth Watch wrote in a blog post.

“A sitting County Judge in Texas has suggested that a black man accused of a crime in Houston, TX should be lynched. Do the members and employees of PEC agree with Mr. Oakley’s statement? Do the people of Burnet County? I trust they do not agree,” it continues. “I hope they believe America to be a nation of laws and due process. The accused is entitled to a defense before a jury, however heinous the accusations against him may be.”

A post on Burnet County’s Facebook page also called the comment “despicable” and questioned Oakley’s ability to be a judge.

Sherry Bellamy
on Wednesday.
County Judge Oakley just advocated that a black man accused of a crime should be lynched.
This is 2016 and one of your judges is advocating lynching? This is despicable. A man like that should not be a judge.

Burnet County, Government Organization

By Nina Golgowski. 11/23/2016 02:11 pm ET.

America Was Always Trump, but without the Orange Human Face.

"America deserves Trump," says one protester fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. "America is Trump."

Back in September, many of the protesters at the Standing Rock camp cared little who won the presidential election. "Whoever wins, we're still going to have to live with these fuckers," Chas Jewett told Rolling Stone, gesturing to the Dakota prairie, which would soon go in a landslide for Trump.

Indian country, by contrast, broke hard for Bernie Sanders, and Jewett's sedan, like many of the vehicles parked in the camp, sported Bernie stickers. Many Native Americans at the camp had cast their first primary votes for Sanders, who took a strong position against the 1,172-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, which is intended to move oil from the shale fields of North Dakota to Illinois. Protesters – though they prefer the term "protectors" – fear the consequences of a spill where the pipeline crosses under the Missouri River. There's also a larger political question: The pipeline crosses through territory ceded to the Great Sioux Nation by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie, and the Sioux say they weren't properly consulted for construction on their land.

When Hillary Clinton got the nomination, the protesters had largely lost interest in the election. (Clinton's campaign released a tepid statement in late October reminding both sides to "respect demonstrators' rights to protest peacefully, and workers' rights to do their jobs safely.") Jewett, a Lakota from Cheyenne River and a longtime progressive organizer, had fallen into a deep depression after Sanders lost. She had dealt her entire life with both the casual racism of Dakota ranchers and the paternalism of federal Indian policy, having grown up on a ranch watching white neighbors get easy credit while her father had to go, hat in hand, to the Bureau of Indian Affairs every time he needed a loan for equipment. Things weren't much better now.In 2015, a federal court found that South Dakota's child welfare services department had been taking Native children from their families and tribes and placing them in white homes, in violation of federal law. And there were smaller indignities: Earlier this year, in Rapid City, where Jewett lives, white men threw beer on some Native teens who were on a class trip to a hockey game, demanding they go back to the reservation; local headlines asked if the Native kids had stood for the Pledge of Allegiance at the game. (They had.) "For once," Jewett said of Sanders' run, "we'd had an actual alternative – someone who wasn't just, frack shit, bomb shit." It was September, and no one thought yet that Trump could actually win. But "America deserves Trump," she said, poking the fire with black satisfaction. "America is Trump."
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Standing Rock Protesters React to Life Under Trump
OP: The first article below is an editorial, but I thought it was a good introduction to events in my neck of the woods which many on this comm may not have heard about.

Also, just a slight correction: a journalist's name is given as Legasse in the first source when it is actually Lagacé.
Journalism under surveillance in Canada

Canada might have a strong tradition of free press, but that has not stopped Canadian police spying on journalists
Both the US and Canada have constitutional guarantees for the freedom of speech

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OP: I agree with the first source. I don't think it's surprising that police spy on journalists, but rather that it has come to light at all...
The strangers allegedly argued about the election. Then he hit her.

A man punched a woman in the face at a popular French restaurant in Brooklyn after she expressed disappointment about the election of President-elect Donald Trump, according to reports from restaurant staff and witnesses.

On Saturday night, a 49-year-old woman who has not been publicly identified was at Bar Tabac in Boerum Hill with a female friend. According to Jonas Leon, the manager who was working that night, the two women were discussing the outcome of the election when a man at a nearby table got into an argument with them.

The man asked the manager to kick the women out of the restaurant. Instead, Leon moved the man and his dining companion to another table. The man paid for his meal and left the restaurant, Leon said, before sprinting back in and punching one of the women square in the face.

“The guy came back almost running, and he started pushing some customer and the high-chair next to him with the baby because he couldn’t reach the girl,” Leon said. “Then he punched the girl.”

Leon told DNAInfo that the assault was because of politics.

“The guy who punched the girl was pro-Trump for sure,” he said.

One witness, Katie Nave Freeman, told DNAInfo that she was dining at the eatery when she heard people yelling “call 911.” She saw a woman in the back of the restaurant with her hands over her face.

“The woman was extremely (and understandably) shaken,” Freeman said. “She grabbed me, sobbed and held the left side of her face in her hand.”

An NYPD spokesman confirmed to Gothamist that an assault occurred at the bar. The woman did not suffer any visible injuries and refused medical attention. No arrests have been made in the case.

On Monday, Bar Tabac posted a statement about the incident on Facebook:

"We at Bar Tabac do not condone violence of any type or manner, especially in our own establishment; to the tough guy who assaulted a female patron of ours on Saturday night over a political conversation: Once the law is done with you, do not come back to Bar Tabac (this includes your partner). At a point in this nation when tensions are highest we need to come together now more than ever, we apologize to any customers who had to witness this vulgar outburst."

In the aftermath of Trump’s surprise election, there has been a slew of reports of racist, anti-Semitic and anti-women attacks by Trump supporters.

“Since the election, we’ve seen a big uptick in incidents of vandalism, threats, intimidation spurred by the rhetoric surrounding Mr. Trump’s election,”
Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, told USA TODAY.

Advocates working to end violence against women have warned about a possible increase in violence under a Trump presidency.

By Melissa Jeltsen. 11/15/2016 11:38 am ET.

Omarosa: Trump already has an enemies list

Omarosa Manigault, a former contestant on The Apprentice, and Donald Trump advocate, says those who vote against Trump will be placed on a special “list.”

“It’s so great our enemies are making themselves clear so that when we get into the White House, we know where we stand,” Omarosa told the Independent Journal Review at Trump’s election night party in New York City.

Omarosa specifically mentioned Sen. Lindsey Graham, who announced on Twitter that he voted for another candidate.

“If [Graham] felt his interests was with that candidate, God bless him. I would never judge anybody for exercising their right to and the freedom to choose who they want, but let me just tell you, Mr. Trump has a long memory and we’re keeping a list,” Omarosa told the Journal Review.

Graham tweeted that he couldn't bring himself to vote for Trump and Hillary Clinton wasn't an option, so he voted for a friend.

In the prez race, voting for Hillary Clinton was always a non-starter and I couldn’t go where Donald Trump wanted to take the USA & GOP. #2
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 8, 2016

I voted @Evan_McMullin for President. I appreciate his views on a strong America and the need to rebuild our military. #3
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 8, 2016

And if political enemy lists seem more akin to House of Cards than real life, think again. Politico reports that Clinton aides compiled a "hit list" in 2008 after she lost to Barack Obama.


Hillary's Hit List
Donald Trump openly bragged about using his celebrity status to sexually assault women. And multiple women accused him of actually doing so.

He said he was in favor of banning people from entering the United States based on their religion.

He believes that women he finds physically unattractive or overweight are lesser people.

He thinks that many Mexican immigrants are rapists.

He mocked people with disabilities.

He encouraged violence against protesters at his political rallies.

For years, he was the most notable person pushing the conspiracy theory that the first black president was illegitimate because he was supposedly not born in the United States.

And now, he will be America’s 45th president ― a position of power and prestige, meant to be the role model for children all over the country and offer the best of the best to the rest of the world.Read more...Collapse )


Mods and everyone: I hope we can all try to remember that this is a very deeply felt loss for at least some of us here. Some people in this comm are genuinely suffering, devastated, and worried sick about REAL SHIT like health care and deportations and people losing rights they've fought long and hard for (not to mention fucking WWIII). Among other things, it would be awesome if we could all please try to play nice for a while, so some of us can have a chance to fucking heal from this debacle, instead of plunging this comm back into Hillary v. Bernie hell. Thank you.
The New Hillary Library?

Carla Hayden, the new head of the Library of Congress, at a confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, April 2016

When the new president, if she is Hillary Clinton, moves into the White House, will she unpack her library in the spirit of Walter Benjamin—releasing memories of adventures attached to books? Not likely. Will she think of books and libraries at all? Probably not. She has more important things to do. But the arrival of a new president at this moment, not long after the dawn of the digital age, could open an opportunity to reorient literature and learning in a way that was envisioned by the Founders of our country, one that would bring books within the reach of the entire citizenry.
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OP: I just thought I'd post about this because I really feel that scholarly research (to address only one topic in this rather long article :) should be freely available to all, including the average layperson.

Another important point which the article I posted doesn't make is that access to scholarly publications doesn't just affect the U.S.: many non American researchers will aim to publish in American journals because of their relative importance and prestige. And the same business model exists in other countries: as a test, I attempted to determine how much it would cost to have access to ONE article of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and apparently it would cost me 25 U.S.$ to have access to ONE (two page) article for ONE day. Yikes!

These fake $1 million bills warn of all the different things that could send you to Hell —and one evangelical group wants you to give them out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Anti- Halloweencreationists have some ideas about the holiday that could turn your home into the least popular trick-or-treat stop in the neighborhood.

Instead of handing out candy, Answers in Genesis wants you to give trick-or-treaters fake $1 million bills that warn children of the fiery hell that awaits them.

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Source: HuffPost

Afaic, giving this crap out to unsuspecting children is downright sick. I remember my daughter once getting a religious tract in her trick-or-treat bag,and I was offended as hell, but the rhetoric in it was extremely mild compared to this. This shit could give a kid nightmares.

Btw, for those who don't know, Answers in Genesisare the same wonderful people who gave the world the Creation Museumand Ark Encounter. It figures, doesn't it?

Philippine president says he wants to slaughter millions of drug addicts, comparing it to Hitler's massacre of Jews.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appeared to compare himself to Adolf Hitler, saying he would be "happy to slaughter" millions of drug addicts just like Nazi Germany killed three million Jews.

"Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there's three million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them," Duterte said early on Friday on his arrival in Davao City after a visit to Vietnam.

"If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have...," he said, pausing and pointing to himself, according to AFP news agency.

While Hitler's victims were innocent people, Duterte said his targets were "all criminals" and that getting rid of them would "finish the (drug) problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition".

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Other gems spoken by this psychopath include "I don't care about human rights," and that drug addicts are "no longer viable as human beings on this planet". Seriously, I have no words....
Snow added that he pays his own employees above the minimum wage, and many are working their first jobs and drive nice cars, because you know, they're not drug addicts, like poor people.

The Maine Heritage Policy Center launched a campaign this week against a November referendum to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 per hour to $12 per hour by 2020.

It’s off to a rocky start.

The Center, which is connected to billionaires Charles and David Koch, announced its opposition during a press conference in the capital Augusta, where business owner Rick Snow, who is running for office in Maine, suggested that raising the wage would only provide more drug money to poorly paid workers.

“Where would that money be spent? We’ve heard about the opiate issues in the state of Maine. Are we going to add more income to individuals so they can spend it on illegal activities? I’m very concerned about that,” said Snow, Republican candidate for District 47 in the Maine House of Representatives and former director of Maine’s Bureau of Labor Standards
, according to The Maine Beacon.

Blowback has been intense. Proponents of the referendum, along with people hurt by the heroin epidemic, were outraged by Snow’s comments.

“Workers in Maine and across the country will use these raises to make ends meet, pay the rent and put food on the table for their families,” Ryan Johnson, executive director of The Fairness Project, told The Huffington Post. “Comments like these prove how out of touch these opposition groups are with the rest of America.”

Single mothers raising their children in poverty and senior citizens who can’t afford to retire are desperate for better pay, Amy Halsted, campaign manager for Mainers for Fair Wages, said in response to Snow’s comments. By blaming this on drug users, he is punishing honest
, hard-working Mainers, Halsted said.

Snow, however, is now ready to move on from the minimum wage campaign. “I think this referendum is not something we should be focusing a lot of money and attention toward when we should be focusing on more significant concerns, like the heavy overdoses and the heroin epidemic in our state,” he told HuffPost Friday. He added that he pays his own employees above the minimum wage, and many are working their first jobs and drive nice cars.

Officials at the Maine Heritage Policy Center claim that raising the minimum wage would lead to prices hikes and higher unemployment, though research in the state indicates otherwise.

The referendum to raise the minimum wage will be on the ballot in the November general election, as will similar initiatives in several other U.S. states, including Arizona and Colorado.

If the referendum passes, as a recent poll out of the University of New Hampshire predicts, the minimum wage will increase to $9 an hour in 2017 and by an additional dollar each year until 2020, when it will cap at $12 an hour.

By Emily Tate. 09/30/2016 06:38 pm ET.

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