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Fast-spreading Ebola Virus in West Africa Has Killed 725 + Victims


lobotomy Presumably Fvx Nation and its cadré of pompous sports casters and Hate Radio sheeple will not give a bloody damned damn until the American death toll begins to mount. Which could be

In the meantime, the Fvxers blew up each other's phones in a massive push to hype their Idjit science-fiction that President Obama has soshalistic roots sown so deep that his propensity toward income redistribution (SO old and SO Whiny-Grum).

And My Gawd, how about those filthy immigrant children Obama snuck into foster care without any input to Governor Mike Pence. [As always apologies for the Fox Noise]

Ronan Farrow Daily did an informative look at the growing number of victims with … and no immunization in sight.

And a harsh look at the reasons for no available med to protect infection and ward off ebola.


Ebola-related travel warnings have already been issued, and many are quarantined. From José Díaz-Balart.

Chris Hayes had an interesting guest-expert on All In, Dr. Stephen Morse, contagion specialist, to to illuminate us on the reason there’s not yet an Ebola vaccine.

Chris Hayes talks to Dr. Stephen Morse, an expert in infectious diseases, about what’s preventing U.S. drug companies from developing an Ebola vaccine.



Young Master Chef Lost to Guns and Mental Illness, Melissa Harris-Perry Notes



Master Chef finalist, fan favorite and troubled Chicago student Josh Marks lost his life and dreams to suicide, in the tragic intersection of mental illness and the shockingly normal high availability of guns.

It's probably more difficult to get good weed in Chicago than a firearm, if anything in that cute Ted movie can be believed.

MasterChef Finale Image Courtesy

MasterChef Finale Image Courtesy

Melissa Harris-Perry did an amazing piece on Josh Marks … the charismatic African American contestant from Chicago that won American hearts with his chaffy chops and fighting spirit. The hubs and I watched, and rooted for him. [We're oddly Gordon Ramsey fans but it Twas before Chef Graham lost like half of himself if you've caught Master Chef.]

The easy access to guns in the street … Chicago has so much gun violence … there are so many gun loopholes that the supply is always there … or they can go over the [state] border."

Tragically, this gun availability here led to suicide. CNN highlights from reporting on Marks (last and successful try) late 2013 suicide.

It is overwhelming to think that with proper, intensive treatment, Joshua may still be with us," his lawyer, Lisa Butler, said Sunday. "He was a jewel with so much talent to offer this world. But, in his state of mind, he turned to the streets for a gun and easily got it."

Marks, 26, died from a gunshot wound to his head. His death has been ruled a suicide, a spokesman for the Cook County, Illinois, medical examiner said Sunday.

The NRA has framed the question as one about 'strangers' said expert Eugene O'Donnell, and he showed why that gun-fondling fantasy is balderdash.

"Do we not care about suicide?," pled Melissa.

Bryan Smith who wrote a great piece on the story for Chicago Magazine, was there to discuss, below, as was 'Law and Order of the Mind' segment expert Eugene O'Donnell joined the discussion following revelations that Marks had both prior attempts at suicide and time at Cook's County Jail - from his nearby troubled term at college. And guns were no problem at all to obtain.

The 'vacuum of fear' theme was spot on, especially when this discussion is framed in politics, social stigma and racism.

Ironically, the writers of Law and Order and House of Cards add more to the human dignity questions at the heart of this conversation than the Know Nothing Do Nothing Congress and gridlocked D.C. with SCROTUS and Open Carry gun nuts running amok.

Maybe 'Scandal' can take a stab in Season 4. No doubt Ms. Shonda Rhimes would give the pitiable Congress a hand in common sense, reality and dignity of purpose. Calling Olivia Pope!

scandal-memes-olivia-pope-6In the meantime we have Melissa Harris-Perry's coverage to the sad story of one more life lost too young to mental illness, and over-availabilty of guns for either homicide or suicide tragedies … and where those volatile and violent issues intersect.



George Zimmerman: "I certainly was a victim," Obama administration's "scapegoat"


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Via TPM, video of CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewing Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman:

Cuomo: If you could go back and do it again, you had said you would have stayed home that night.

Zimmerman: I would stay home.

Cuomo: So that both of you would still be alive today.

Zimmerman: That’s a presumption I can’t make, I don’t know what would have happened. I could have gotten in a car accident when I left, you know?

Cuomo: But you wouldn't have wound up killing Trayvon Martin if you had your way?

Zimmerman: He probably wouldn’t have ended up attacking me either if I would have stayed home.

In other words, had he stayed home-- or even stayed in his car-- Martin wouldn't have had to defend himself against a stalker carrying a loaded gun.

George Zimmerman also seemed to have trouble articulating exactly what he might say to Trayvon Martin's family, given the opportunity. When  asked, he was literally tongue-tied.

He did say this, however:

"No, I certainly was a victim when I was having my head bashed into the concrete and my nose broken and beaten, I wouldn’t say I was not a victim."

Zimmerman went on to talk about "the miscarriage of justice that happened to me." Yes, him, because, you see, Georgie's the real victim here. Not the unarmed teenager who was gunned down, nor the dead teen's grieving family. You, you, you, it's all about you:

it's not all about youCuomo: What was the miscarriage of justice?

Zimmerman: The fact that two law enforcement entities stated that I had acted within the laws of our nation, in self defense.

Cuomo: You don't think it was about the law?

Zimmerman: I know it wasn’t, yes.

Cuomo: And what does that make you?

Zimmerman: Like a scapegoat.

Cuomo: A scapegoat for?

Zimmerman: The government, the President, the attorney general.

Cuomo: They would be scapegoating you, why? Just to show that they're taking a position on something that matters to a lot of people?

Zimmerman: I don’t know what they’re thinking or why they’re thinking it, all I know is that is that they’re doing it. I don’t know what agenda they have.

They're after me because, Benghazi!!!!!

Here's one comment I noticed under the TPM post:

7 Minutes Ago:




VIDEO: New trial for Marissa Alexander, a Florida mom serving 20-year term for shooting at wall


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Back in July, I posted "Judge would've had more flexibility in sentencing Marissa Alexander if she'd killed her husband rather than shoot into a wall."

In that post, I covered the Stand Your Ground law, Trayvon Martin's death, the denial of Marissa Alexander of a Stand Your Ground defense, and an L.A. Times piece titled, "Marissa Alexander case emerges as symbol after Zimmerman verdict":

Under these laws, it’s in a person's interest to preserve the appearance of self-defense rather than mitigate the violence of his act, Newburn said. In theory, that could lead a person to kill in order to eliminate eyewitnesses.

Yours is the only story being told if the other person is dead,” Newburn said.

Even a judge’s sentencing discretion expands in cases involving death because manslaughter doesn’t automatically trigger Florida’s “10-20-Life” provision. Newburn said the judge would have had more flexibility in sentencing Alexander if she had killed her husband, rather than shoot into a wall.

I ended the post with, "A young man (Trayvon Martin) is basically convicted of his own murder..." And a young woman in fear for her life is sentenced to twenty years for shooting a wall.

As you can see, controversy and discrimination are not limited to race; gender is right up there, too.

But today, there is new hope for Marissa Alexander, who was clearly overcharged and has already served 16 months of her original sentence. Remember, nobody was hurt. She did not shoot anyone.

Via The Raw Story:

A Florida woman will get a new trial after she was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot in the wall during a dispute with her ex-husband.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ordered the retrial after ruling a judge had not properly instructed the jury that convicted Marissa Alexander.

But the appeals court decided the judge properly blocked Alexander from using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law in her defense.

It's mystifying that Alexander still can't use SYG for her defense, but at least she's getting another chance to make her case. Per her attorney, Faith Gay who is speaking on MSNBC's Politics Nation as I write this, Marissa is "ecstatic."