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Hazing Girls Takes a Public Turn for the Worse re Violence

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The footage below appalled, frightened, saddened and made me more than a little hot under the collar. Hazing has gone from good fun to felonies.

From CNN:

"Nobody brings a baseball bat or a paint pellet gun to a powder puff football game."

"This was a vicious attack," Soskin said. "This was a lynching."

The tape shows several students huddled together on the ground while others threw objects at them, including large plastic buckets.

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One girl walks behind the seated girls and slaps them on the back of the head. Another girl holds up what appears to be an intestine. At least one girl reported having a pig's intestine wrapped around her neck.

Witnesses also reported that urine, feces and fish guts were thrown and others said they had been forced to eat mud.

"Basically it started out as a fun hazing like our initiation into our senior year," said a junior girl who had been injured. "About 10 minutes into it everything changed -- buckets were flying ... people were bleeding. Girls were unconscious."

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Here's the kicker: the story was filed in 2003. Eleven years later hazing has escalated. There's a component of fear, violence and criminal activity had not diminished. Au contraire ...

This is some sick shite, and a warning about actual footage, the violence is tragic and scarifying, mind your minors and environment.

 

 

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Voter Suppression Continues to Confound and Infuriate non-Republicans

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Once in a while old Tweety, aka Chris Matthews, knocks one toward the cheap seats, and Wednesday was one of those episodes of 'Hardball'.

I have the biggest crush on Fugelsang, full disclosure. I married for humor, but hotness was also included.

Here he and Joy Reid helped Matthews with a large and thorny issue,

Then to compliment the Tweety goodness, Ezra Klein subbing for Chris Hayes got the actual author, the hard hitting fellow who did the Voter ID Study that's sweeping to great acclaim. And horror.

From MSNBC:

What are voter ID laws even for?
A new investigation finds just 31 credible incidents of voter impersonation over 14 years and one billion ballot

Well that's post-Tea Party DefCon Amurrika, right thar' … we didn't think we as a country could Go Dumber than we did in 2000 for an endless, ubër-mockable, embarrassing, humiliating, eight years o' Dubbayhah.

We are SO better than this as a country. A democratic country. We supposedly monitor less worthy cow entries elections with a spyglass, but our own citizens face voter impression.

Humiliating, is what these efforts are - embarrassing and shameful also come to mind. It seems our GOP, The Tea Years, is bent on having only old white men and their Stepford Spouses count at the polls. Truly heart-sickening.

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I'm in a New York State of Mind

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NY Governor Mario Cuomo, a very young Nicole Sandler,
and WMCA Program Director Jeanne Straus - circa 1984

 

I was born in New York City, and lived in Queens until my family moved to Florida on the day I finished 6th grade. After graduating from the University of South Florida, I moved back to New York, working in radio there for five years (until a relationship brought me to Los Angeles- a story for another day).

I love New York, and will always consider it, in some sense, home.

I also adored Governor Mario Cuomo. The picture above was taken in 1984 or 1985, when I produced a monthly statewide "Ask the Governor" radio show. (Another aside: always sitting next to me in the control room while I screened the phone calls was Cuomo aide Tim Russert!)

Gov. Cuomo was not only a really great governor for the state of New York, he was a genuinely nice, caring person. He always remembered my name and would even comment on a haircut or something else that made me realize he actually paid attention to me (unlike his opponent in his first gubernatorial primary, then-Mayor Ed Koch who, although I had met him numerous times, always introduced himself as if it was our first time meeting).

My life could be very different now had I accepted Gov. Cuomo's job offer back then. Unfortunately, he wanted me to work in his Albany press office. I may love New York, but it was New York City, not Albany where I wanted to remain, so I turned it down!

That said, to quote Howie Klein,

Don't ever mix Andrew Cuomo up with his dad.

Howie explained why in a post titled, "Andrew Cuomo -- The Richard M. Nixon of the Democratic Party?".

Over the past week or so, we've learned that the younger Cuomo is embroiled in an ethics scandal, nothing new for New York politics, but something he had promised to stamp out. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...

Thankfully, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and her name is Zephyr Teachout,

Zephyr Teachout, a constitutional law professor and former national Director of the anti-corruption group the Sunlight Foundation, running as the progressive alternative to Cuomo.

I first spoke with Zephyr back in my Air America days, and was thrilled to see her name emerge in June as a potential Working Families Party challenger to Gov. Cuomo. We spoke back then, after politics got in the way, and she was still deciding whether or not to challenge Cuomo in a Democratic Party primary. Thankfully, she decided to do just that, and she chose a great running mate too!

Her selection for Lt. Governor, Tim Wu, is is a law professor at Columbia University and is most well-known for being the father of Net Neutrality. He's also the son of two immigrants.... Zephyr framed the differences between Hochul and Wu very succinctly: "In the Hochul-Wu contest, Hochul represents conservative and fear-based politics, and Wu represents progressive and democracy-based politics."

The primary is just a month away, so visit TeachoutWu.com and help if you can!

Today happens to be the 69th anniversary of the US dropping a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. You'd think the world would learn from our mistakes...  It's worth remembering what we did on that day.

Sadly, as I discussed with Susie Madrak in the first hour of the show today, it won't take something as drastic as another atomic bomb to devastate life on the planet. We're killing ourselves a little bit more each day, as she tells us in this article about recent revelations of methane leaking from the Arctic.

Tomorrow, if we're still standing, I'll be back with a busy show- Congressman Alan Grayson, economist Stephanie Kelton, cultural HERstorian Amy Simon and the No-More-Bullshit man himself, Stephen Goldstein. Talk to you then, Radio or Not!

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Senator Bernie Sanders Happy Face Preceded a Likely VA Reform Miracle!

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He was SO pre-celebrating on Andrea Mitchell on her noon hour, Our Bernie. [By which I mean that we Vermont progressive peeps willingly share him with all libs; maybe particularly the truly unfortunate ones trapped in rabidly red states.]

By tea time, the tick tock on Veterans Administration reform legislation will be poured over by historians to come; being perhaps the most shameful casualty of the Tea Party Do Nothing Congress we witness doing everything BUT their jobs with self-defeating regularity.

His Mitchell footage was joyous.

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Rachel Maddow has done stellar coverage of the whole V.A. reform debacle, including this clip which added optimism to the mix.

Shame ought to be deployed on the Do Nothings.

In every single shade that shame comes in.

The Little Train That Couldn't ought to beware Jon Meacham and Doris Kearns Goodwin's collaborative stab at -- anthropologically as well as historically -- making lasting sense of the Lipton Brigade and their collator damage to all Americans.

Bush himself tried to reform the V.A., blew it, and left one more stretch of quicksand for the next guy on duty.

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