Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Charlie Crist wins Democratic primary, will face Rick Scott in Florida governor’s race

By Reuters

[Image: Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist waves after meeting supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in Miami, Florida on Aug. 24, 2014. By Gaston De Cardenas for Reuters]

By Letitia Stein

TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – Charlie Crist won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor on Tuesday, defeating his primary challenger with almost 75 percent of the vote and setting the stage for a nationally watched governor’s race.

Republican Governor Rick Scott easily cruised toward victory with more than 87 percent of the vote over two little-known primary opponents.

Voter turnout was low – under 17.5 percent – in an election lacking tight races at the top of the tickets to help draw voters.

With Scott and Crist virtually tied in polls, the race is shaping up as one of the most expensive gubernatorial contests, with both parties seeking a major bully pulpit going into the 2016 presidential elections in the nation’s most populous swing state.

Primary vote results provide an initial gauge of Democratic enthusiasm for Crist, who governed Florida as a Republican from 2007 to 2011 and now wants the job back under a different party label.

In accepting the party’s nomination, Crist stressed his moderate track record as a Republican on issues including public education, women’s reproductive rights and U.S. President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan.

“When I was governor, serving the public was never about right versus left, it was always about right versus wrong,” Crist said.

Crist largely ignored a primary challenge from Nan Rich, a former state legislator from south Florida who in conceding called on her supporters to help vote out Scott.

“I entered this race to defeat Rick Scott and to get Florida back on the right track,” Rich said at an election night event. “That is the goal that I remain committed to.”

General election themes have been the focus of an already blistering televised ad campaign, with Scott and Crist bashing each other’s records on everything from taxes to jobs, education and energy policy.

“The next few months are about talk versus action,” Scott said in a statement. “Florida will have a choice between a governor who sent our state into a tailspin and a governor who gets results.”

Votes cast against Crist will be scrutinized to reveal his ability to galvanize the base of a party he only recently joined after spending most of his political life as a Republican, said Daniel Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

“He has not played to the base as he has to the middle,” Smith said. “In doing so, he risks alienating those core Democrats he is going to need in the general election.”

Early voting results indicated low voter turnout, especially in the Democratic stronghold in south Florida, which could be crucial to the party’s chances in November.

Florida Democratic leaders, seeking to move quickly past the primary, have plans for unity rallies featuring both candidates on Thursday in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

“With Charlie Crist as our nominee, Democrats are fired up, ready to work hard, and ready to win in November,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Barbara Liston in Orlando, Bill Cotterell in Tallahassee, David Adams, Daniel Wallis and Zachary Fagenson in Miami.; Editing by Bill Trott, Andre Grenon and Eric Walsh)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Which States Permit Open Carry of Handguns?

By Taegan Goddard

Wall Street Journal: “As people on both sides of the debate regarding open carry—the practice of carrying firearms in plain view—have been turning up the heat, more companies are being forced to take a side.”

Carrying a firearm in a concealed manner is legal in all states, but open carry has more restrictions, especially for handguns. Though federal law doesn’t restrict the open carrying of handguns in public, several states—including California, Florida, Illinois, New York, South Carolina and Texas—ban the practice, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Thirteen states require a special permit or license to open carry. The remaining 31 states don’t require one. The laws are different for long guns, which are commonly associated with hunting.”

“Why is open carry causing so much of a stir when concealed carry is so widespread?”
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Paul Ryan runs from DREAMers

Rep. Paul Ryan tries to distance himself from discussing immigration reform, refusing to answer questions from Dreamers from a book signing. Ed Schultz, Ray Jose from United We Dream, Mitch Caesar and Ana Rivas Logan discuss.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wisconsin's Walker confronted with damaging new details

For all the current and former Republican governors facing serious scandals – Rick Perry, Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie, et al – let’s not forget about Gov. Scott Walker. The Wisconsin chief executive is in the middle of a tough re-election fight – which he’ll have to win to move forward with his presidential plans – and a lingering controversy is making his task more difficult.
To briefly recap, Wisconsin election laws prohibit officials from coordinating campaign activities with outside political groups. When Walker faced a recall campaign, however, he and his team may have directly overseen how outside groups – including some allegedly non-partisan non-profits – spent their campaign resources.
Late Friday night, the allegations surrounding the governor’s office appear to have grown far more serious. Consider this report from Madison’s Wisconsin State Journal.
Gov. Scott Walker personally solicited millions of dollars in contributions for a conservative group during the 2011 and 2012 recalls, which prosecutors cited as evidence the governor and his campaign violated state campaign finance laws, records made public on Friday show.
Among the groups that donated money to Wisconsin Club for Growth during that time was Gogebic Taconite, which contributed $700,000, according to the records. The company later won approval from the Legislature and Walker to streamline regulations for a massive iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.
In an April court filing unsealed briefly on Friday, a lawyer wrote, “Because Wisconsin Club for Growth’s fundraising and expenditures were being coordinated with Scott Walker’s agents at the time of Gogebic’s donation, there is certainly an appearance of corruption in light of the resulting legislation from which it benefited.”
I think it’s safe to say these revelations do not cast Walker and his team in a positive light. On the contrary, Friday’s night’s evidence appears quite damning.
As additional reporting from the weekend makes clear, Team Walker, with the governor’s direct involvement, is accused of raising money for Wisconsin Club for Growth, which in turn ran ads to support the governor and helped disperse campaign funds to conservative allies.
In one especially damaging detail, Walker was dispatched to Las Vegas with talking points on the importance of unregulated contributions for the supposedly independent nonprofit group.
“Stress that donations to [Wisconsin Club for Growth] are not disclosed and can accept corporate donations without limits,” an aide told Walker via email. “Let [potential donors] know that you can accept corporate contributions and it is not reported.”
Wisconsin Club for Growth allegedly funneled these unregulated contributions to allies, all to help Walker prevail in his recall election. Indeed, the reports suggest the governor insisted on Wisconsin Club for Growth maintaining a leadership role in order to “ensure correct messaging.” A fundraising consultant for Walker to one of the governor’s campaign consultants, “We had some past problems with multiple groups doing work on ‘behalf’ of Gov. Walker and it caused some issues.”
The coordination aspect is clearly problematic under campaign-finance laws, but the scandal may also include a possible quid-pro-quo angle.
Other Wisconsin Club for Growth donors included Gogebic Taconite LLC, which has proposed opening a 4 1/2-mile long iron mine in northern Wisconsin. The company gave $700,000 to Club for Growth in 2011 and 2012. Walker signed legislation last year streamlining state mining requirements and paving the way for the project. The documents don’t show whether Walker directly solicited donations from that company. A spokesman for the company did not return a message seeking comment.
There are 71 days until Election Day in Wisconsin. These are probably not the kind of headlines the Republican governor was hoping for as the campaign cycle approaches Labor Day.
Postscript: If you’re new to Walker’s scandal or need a refresher, this Q&A is helpful (thanks to my colleague Nazanin Rafsanjani for the heads-up).

Self-Certified Rand Paul Went To Guatemala To Play Doctor While Bashing Obama

By Vegasjessie

 After denouncing any immigration from Central American countries, the GOP's self-certified ophthalmologist uses his trip to Guatemala for presidential campaign photo ops. The trip wouldn't be complete without deriding his own president.

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Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul recently ventured to Guatemala on a medical mission to help the impoverished citizens with much needed ophthalmologic care. Chris Jansing, hosting Meet The Press before Chuck Todd arrives as the new host, accompanied the diminutive Senator Paul to the Central American country. Paul was one of 28 American volunteers organized by the Moran Eye Center in Utah.

Oddly enough, he is not certified by the highly respected American Board of Ophthalmology. He was "certified " by the National Board of Ophthalmology which has existed since 1999, when Paul “founded” it. Rand's board lists no more than seven doctors, and its address is a post-office box in Bowling Green, Ky. You can find the requirements of the American Board of Ophthalmology at, while Paul’s group maintains no such website. The legitimate ABO has over 16,000 doctors who are members.

The visit seemed to be philanthropic in nature, but what good is a humanitarian trip if you can't use it to bash President Obama in front of the whole world? The Kentucky republican, in a meeting with Guatemalan President Molina said,

the mess we’ve got at the border is frankly because of the White House’s policies... nothing good has happened because Sen. Reid has decided that he’s not going to allow any votes on any bills this year because he’s protecting his members who are vulnerable in the election—he’s protecting them from any kind of votes.
Rand was once seen as too liberal with his slightly more tolerant stance regarding immigration, except he never presents an alternative solution. Perhaps he used the trip to show his kind side despite his country's inability to "secure the border" (which is rather secure).Michael Czin, national press secretary for the DNC, reminds us of the lack of action by Senator Paul who

voted against Democratic immigration reform legislation and opposed an emergency supplemental package to address the border crisis.
Rand Paul is vying for the nomination as the GOP candidate in less than two years. After the party's "autopsy," Reince Priebus called for sweeping changes in 2013, yet no immigration proposals other than securing the border have been presented. It's funny that Rand would be slamming the president on an issue his party deems "not that important" while facing a leader of a nation whose people are desperate to emigrate to the USA.

Republicans are far too busy legislating the uterus, denying climate science, trying to outlaw the teaching of evolution and kowtowing to the NRA to deal with such trivia. Ironically, many Republicans feel ISIS is sending people through the "unsecured" southern border yet they don't find the immigration crisis all that significant Either way, it's President Obama's fault, all of it.

Darren Wilson's Former Police Force Was Disbanded for Excessive Force and Corruption

The Washington Post gives additional insight into the background of the officer who killed Michael Brown.

By Prachi Gupta,

While news outlets and commentators have attempted analyze every action of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen shot to death six times in Ferguson, Missouri two weeks ago, we seem to know very little about his shooter, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson, who just months ago won a commendation in a Town Council ceremony, now remains under the police’s protection and hasn’t spoken about the incident.

But as the public continues to search for answers, the  Washington Post has published a report on Wilson’s career, including a brief biography, that offers some insight into Wilson’s past.

According to officials interviewed by the Post, Wilson maintained a clean record, but the Post reports that his first job “was not an ideal place to learn how to police.” He entered the police force in 2009, joining a nearly all-white, 45-member task force that patrolled Jennings, Missouri, a small, impoverished city of 14,000 where the residents were 89 percent African-American. The racial tension was high, and the police were accused of using excessive force against its residents:
Racial tension was endemic in Jennings, said Rodney Epps, an African American city council member.
“You’re dealing with white cops, and they don’t know how to address black people,” Epps said. “The straw that broke the camel’s back, an officer shot at a female. She was stopped for a traffic violation. She had a child in the back [of the] car and was probably worried about getting locked up. And this officer chased her down Highway 70, past city limits, and took a shot at her. Just ridiculous.”
Police faced a series of lawsuits for using unnecessary force, Stichnote said. One black resident, Cassandra Fuller, sued the department claiming a white Jennings police officer beat her in June 2009 on her own porch after she made a joke. A car had smashed into her van, which was parked in front of her home, and she called police. The responding officer asked her to move the van. “It don’t run. You can take it home with you if you want,” she answered. She said the officer became enraged, threw her off the porch, knocked her to the ground and kicked her in the stomach.
The department paid Fuller a confidential sum to settle the case, she said.
The department also endured a corruption scandal. In 2011, city council members voted 6-1 to shut down the force and start over, bringing in a new set of officers. Everyone was let go, including Wilson, but he soon found a job at the Ferguson police department, where he has been since.
Lt. Jeff Fuesting, who took over command of the Jennings force, assessed the problems of the former task force like this:
“There was a disconnect between the community and the police department. There were just too many instances of police tactics which put the credibility of the police department in jeopardy. Complaints against officers. There was a communication breakdown between the police and the community. There were allegations involving use of force that raised questions.”
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Al Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year.

David Boies, Gore's attorney, said in a statement that Al Jazeera America "wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago." He said the suit was filed in Delaware Court of Chancery on Friday.

Al Jazeera America didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Qatar-owned news channel took over Current TV's signal last August and hired a slew of U.S. TV news veterans like Soledad O'Brien and John Seigenthaler. It is available in nearly 60 million U.S. homes.

Gore and co-founder and former Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt each had 20 percent stakes in Current, while Comcast Corp. had less than a 10 percent stake. Another major investor in Current TV was supermarket magnate and entertainment industry investor Ron Burkle.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power

James Moore joins Steve Kornacki to discuss the breaking news out of Texas that Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power.

Calling on our leaders to take a stance

The public calls on our nation’s leaders to take a strong stance against the violence that occurred in Ferguson.  Michael Eric Dyson, John Fugelsang and James Peterson discuss.

Police identify Darren Wilson as cop who shot, killed 18-year-old Michael Brown

Let's Be Clear About Michael Brown

Posted By Rude One

Here's a nice picture for your Thursday night:

This is the desperate attempt by Matt Drudge to show that Michael Brown, who was shot down, unarmed, and, from multiple witness accounts, with his hands up and moving away from a police car in Ferguson, Missouri, was some kind of thug. How him flipping off the camera (in a jokey, "I'm-just-scratching" way) accomplishes this only the terrier-fucking Drudge would know. Drudge and other shit-eaters of the right just have to gangsta Brown up in order to protect the power of the cop-soldiers who, until tonight, were acting like total, deranged, over-armed, roided-up cockholes with protesters, reporters, and people at home in Ferguson.

And to what end do Drudge and the cop's water carriers need to show this? To say that it was okay to gun the 18 year-old down?

Let's be fucking clear about Michael Brown:

It doesn't matter if he was the biggest drug dealer in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

It doesn't matter if he was the baddest gangsta in the Ferguson 'hood.

It doesn't matter if he was the biggest pimp in the state.

It doesn't matter if he had committed robberies or purse snatchings.

It doesn't matter how many gang signs he flashed with his hands.

It doesn't matter if he said, "Fuck tha police" every chance he got.

It doesn't matter if he flipped off cops or grabbed his junk while looking at them.

None of that justifies being gunned down by a police officer. None of it.

Of course, Michael Brown wasn't any of the above.

What does matter is what the cop did and what the cops have done and will do. You can bet that the officer who shot Brown didn't ask if he was a future college student.  

He was just another nigger, indistinguishable from the niggers around him, and that was enough.

Standing up to post office privatizers

Posted by Jim Hightower

"Boss," spelled backwards, is double-S-O-B, and that's how most of the employees of the US Postal Service feel about their top boss.

America's postal employees –from mail clerks to letter carriers – take great pride in moving millions of pieces of mail to us every day, whether we live in inner cities or way down at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where mail is delivered by mule-riding letter carriers to a Native American tribe living there.

But USPS bossman, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe, definitely does not make postal workers proud, for he's been deliberately monkey-wrenching our mail system by slowing delivery, reducing staff and hours of service, closing neighborhood and historic post offices, shutting processing centers, trying to end Saturday delivery, badmouthing his own agency's performance, steadily corporatizing public functions, and transforming decent, union-scale jobs into the low-wage retail economy.

One portentous example of Donahoe's determination to bust the wages and undermine the performance of USPS is the sweetheart privatization scam he's set up with Staples. He's letting this big box retailer place official postal kiosks in its 1,500 stores – only they're not being staffed by highly trained, publically-accountable postal workers, but by Staple's own poverty-wage, high-turnover floor staff. In at least one case, Donahoe even cut the hours of service at post offices around a Staples store, then put up a sign directing postal customers to the Staples outlet.

Mark Dimondstein – the feisty president of the American Postal Workers Union – calls Donahoe "Wall Street's Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within." But, says Dimondstein, "We intend to stop him." His union has launched a Dump Donahoe campaign as well as a national boycott of Staples stores. For information and support, go to

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Anonymous’ Twitter account suspended in conjunction with Ferguson protests

Anonymous had threatened to reveal private information about a man they claimed to be Michael Brown's shooter

Anonymous' Twitter account suspended in conjunction with Ferguson protests (Credit: Reuters/Nacho Doce)

Hacking group Anonymous’ Twitter account (@TheAnonMessage) was suspended on Thursday. The group claimed to reveal the name of Michael Brown’s shooter via the social media website and threatened to publish his home address and photo if the Ferguson Police Department did not confirm the allegation.

According to NBC News, Chief Angel Jimenez of the St. Ann Police Department in Missouri said that the person accused by Anonymous is actually a dispatcher, not a police officer. “At no time has he ever been involved in a shooting in Ferguson or elsewhere,” said Jimenez.

While Twitter does not comment on individual accounts, when asked for comment, a representative pointed to the social media website’s rules, which states that Twitter does not permit users to  ”publish or post other people’s private and confidential information” or “publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.” Anonymous had done both.

Anonymous has since switched to a backup account.

Joanna Rothkopf Joanna Rothkopf is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on sustainability. Follow @JoannaRothkopf or email

Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory on Meet the Press

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NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of "Meet the Press" as early as Thursday afternoon, according to people with direct knowledge of the network's plans.

The sources confirmed widespread speculation that David Gregory, the moderator of the iconic Sunday morning public affairs program for the past six years, will be replaced by Todd.

One of the sources said the transition will be swift - so swift that Gregory will not even host "Meet the Press" this weekend.

Gregory seemed to confirm that in a series of Twitter messages on Thursday afternoon, hours after this story was originally published.

"I leave NBC as I came - humbled and grateful," he wrote. "I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is."

He added, "I have great respect for my colleagues at NBC News and wish them all well. To the viewers, I say thank you."

Todd, for whom the term "political junkie" seems invented, is currently the NBC News political director and the host of "The Daily Rundown," which airs at 9 a.m. ET on NBC's cable news channel MSNBC.

He will be the twelfth moderator in "Meet the Press" history. Born on radio in 1945 and reborn for television in 1947, "Meet the Press" is the longest-running show on TV.

Within NBC, it is a cherished brand, but it's also one that has fallen on hard times. With Todd in the anchor chair, NBC hopes to reinvigorate the program and its weekly ratings.

An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment.

Negotiations with Gregory and Todd were still underway Thursday.

An announcement about Todd's promotion would end an ugly period of public conjecture about Gregory's fate, made worse by the network's tepid statement of support for him earlier this summer.

When the New York Post's Page Six column said in July that Gregory could be replaced "soon after the November midterm elections," a network representative was quoted as saying, "We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did."

Tepid support, indeed.

Mike Allen of Politico reported earlier this week that Todd was the "likely successor" to Gregory and that the change was "expected to be announced in coming weeks."

That report may have accelerated the network's timetable. If not Thursday, the anchor change will be announced no later than Friday, the sources said.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the record.

On Thursday, Gregory was in New Hampshire, far from his Washington, D.C., office. NBC News president Deborah Turness was in New York, having canceled a long-planned trip to London, to oversee the transition.

Questions about Gregory's future on "Meet the Press" surfaced shortly after Turness took over the news division in the summer of 2013.

She has discussed any number of changes to the program, including, at one point, the possibility of a studio audience.

The best-known "Meet the Press" moderator is Tim Russert, who was appointed to the job in 1991 and died suddenly in June 2008 while preparing for an edition of the program. Under Russert, "Meet the Press" was solidly No. 1 in the ratings race among the broadcast networks.

After Russert's death, Tom Brokaw filled in until December 2008, when Gregory took over. The program now routinely ranks No. 3 behind "Face the Nation" on CBS and "This Week" on ABC.

XBox One is about to become movie pirates best friend

By GaryOPA

Microsoft continues to outpace Sony with another huge Xbox One update

Microsoft announced a huge new update to the Xbox One on Tuesday and it included a full-scale video player capable of supporting just about any kind of file you can think of including, MKV containers!

At Gamescom, Sony only teased that new 'user interface' is coming this fall with their PS4 updates, but Microsoft turned up the heat by announcing their Xbox One is getting a ton of more 'features' in series of updates thru-out the rest of year.

With the big one that they going to allow you to basically throw at it any media file you can think of, in their dream of making Xbox One the 'all-in-one' thingie attached your big screen living room TV, to compete against the battle of small little streaming xmbc-type boxes that people have now wired up to their connected household to watch all those 'pirated' movies, tv shows you always deny you have until you figure out that your new friends that you invited over to house are cool like you are, and not going slap you down with lawsuit for watching 'Expendables 3'.

Gamescom only just began, but Microsoft has already made a splash with a couple of huge Xbox One bundles, some exclusive game announcements and a software update that Xbox One (and PS4) owners have been waiting for since the consoles launched last fall. Major Nelson took to the Xbox Wire shortly before the media briefing kicked off to announce that a full-scale media player would finally be coming to the Xbox One.

The media player will be capable of playing just about any file you can throw at it, including .avi, .jpg, .gif, .mov, .mp3, .mpeg, .wma and .wmv.

Other additions to the console include a new "Friends" section, Snap Center and threaded messages with the full conversation history. Microsoft is also planning to release a digital TV tuner for the Xbox One in Europe, and those with the TV tuner will be the first to gain the ability to stream live TV on their SmartGlass devices. Xbox One owners will also be able to boot straight to TV and those with OneGuide will see a new mini guide at the bottom of the screen.

Those that have been invited to the Xbox One early access Preview program will get a chance to toy with all the new features later this month. The rest of us will have to wait until September for what looks to be one of the biggest updates yet for the Xbox One.
Well, Microsoft had to do something as there is no good 'games' coming out until the next Holiday 2015 year, so you will need to do something with your new XB1 console this holiday season, even if it is just watching 'pirated' shit. -- Welcome to the Dark Side!

NEWS SOURCE #1: The Xbox One is about to become movie pirates’ best friend (via) BGR
NEWS SOURCE #2: Microsoft continues to outpace Sony with another huge Xbox One update (via) BGR

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We're Lucky There Aren't More Riots

Posted By Rude One

That photo is of police patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of a night of riots and looting in the wake of the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white cop. In that suburb of St. Louis, the population is 67% black, but there are only 3 black cops on the 53 person police force, with 2 other non-whites). What's fascinating about the picture is that the front line of five officers (two from other areas, no doubt) is all black while behind them are roughly a dozen and a half white cops and not a single other non-white one.  (Side note: Has anyone written about GOP opposition to Obama as a symbolic castration and its effect on blacks in this country?)

And that's the problem, isn't it? It's that no matter where black men turn, there are always white men with guns right behind them, whether it's asshole cops or asshole gun owners. No matter if there's a black man in the White House; there's always a power structure founded on and fostered by whiteness that exists with little challenge.

What is there to say about the riots, about the looting, about the burning of businesses in Ferguson?

Yeah, it's wrong to steal shit and fuck up buildings. It's more wrong to gun down a kid who, according to many witnesses, had his hands up and, according to official reports, was 35 feet away from the police car. If you believe the law is no longer on your side - indeed, if you believe its enforcers are using it to harm you - why the fuck wouldn't you riot? Tea Party assholes march around with their guns out right after mass shootings, and no one shoots them down. Maybe it's time for some Black Panther action.

Frankly, it's a shock that there aren't more riots, in Staten Island and in Dayton, in just the last few weeks of cops killing black men. As Brittney Cooper writes in Salon, "To be black in this country is to be subject to routine forms of miscalculated risk each and every day.  Black people have every right to be angry as hell about being mistaken for predators when really we are prey."

The median income in Ferguson is $37,000, ten grand lower than the state average.  The state has refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  92% of people arrested in Ferguson are black, taken in by, as mentioned before, the over 90% white police force. Of course, poverty combined with racism combined with the endless stream of whites killing unarmed blacks for no reason is going to add up to an explosion.

We as a nation have fucked over black Americans in so many ways. We've isolated many in neighborhoods with shitty housing, shitty schools, shitty businesses, and shitty health care. We've demonized affirmative action. We've gutted welfare programs, work programs, and other poverty programs. We've given prisons over to private corporations that demand to be filled with any kind of petty criminal under minimum sentencing laws and the worthless drug war. 

So we've filled the shitty streets with cops who have been given the right to harass blacks into hatred of the authority they should be able to turn to to stop the crimes that matter. We have made it so that, even if you're not from one of these shitty neighborhoods, you are forever framed by them, forever framed as a thug or a bitch, forever suspect.

Then we've said, "You're an American. You have opportunity. You can pull yourself up by your bootstraps and live the American dream." Goddamnit, the Rude Pundit wants to fuck shit up just writing that. He can't imagine living it.

So, sure, it's a shame that others now suffer economically (mostly) in the wake of the Michael Brown killing. But when when the plants in the ground finally grow, you don't blame the leaves. You blame the people who put the seeds in the dirt and watered them, decade after decade.