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Hank Aaron Flooded with Racist Hate Mail After Remarks on Racism in America

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Please note: This is a repost via repost.us of an article on FreakOutNation. Thanks, Anomaly!

Hank Aaron flooded with racist hate mail after remarks on racism in America (via FreakOutNation)

The Atlanta Braves have been inundated with racist hate mail after baseball legend Hank Aaron’s recent comments about racism in America and President Obama’s critics. USA Today reports on the hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls since Aaron…


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Right Wing Boycott Backfires as Stephen Colbert Gets Promoted to CBS

Astounding: David Koch's 1980 VP Run: Kill Medicare, Social Security, Minimum Wage, Public Schools

Adviser to Texas GOP’s Greg Abbott: No ‘evidence’ that women are ‘significant thinkers’

U.Va. student's $40 million suit moved to federal court

Free Health Clinic in Arkansas to Close Doors Due to Lack of Customers Thanks to 'Obamacare'

The Human Consequences of Refusing to Expand Medicaid

Our Sex Education (or Lack of It) is Failing Our Youth

GOP senator attacks Obama for not ‘taking action’ against states that decriminalize weed

The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real

GM CEO Mary Barra in the Spotlight

Fox guest: If a black guy happens to be walking by my car, I lock it every time

Check Out These Amazing Towers In Ethiopia That Harvest Clean Water From Thin Air

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Letter compares "Illegal immigration" to Kevorkian's "second-degree murder"

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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor include opposing views on "illegal immigration." If you can get through the first one, kudos; then please proceed to the second, because our voices matter:

Re "The GOP's 2016 handicap," Opinion, April 9 and "Jeb Bush calls immigration an 'act of love,'" April 8

Illegal immigration is an "act of love," says Jeb Bush. My foot it is.

Bush should tell that to those who obeyed the law to come to the United States, and to those around the world waiting to enter legally. They waited (or are waiting) patiently for years, even decades, to get their green cards, adhering to the much-maligned and supposedly "broken" immigration system.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, notorious for assisting more than 100 people with ending their lives, probably thought he was committing an "act of love" each time he helped someone commit suicide. But a jury of his peers convicted him of second-degree murder and sent him to prison.

As an independent voter, I respected Bush's political views and opinions, and would have considered voting for him had he not uttered those melodramatic words about immigration.

Rogelio Peña

Montebello

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When I served in the state's National Guard, I had the honor and privilege of commanding a unit. We had several soldiers who were not citizens of this country. They were every bit as dedicated and reliable as the others.

I never once saw or heard any behavior by them that led me to believe their national loyalties lay elsewhere. In fact, I actually had been around citizen soldiers who weren't bashful about displaying Confederate symbols.

So I was disappointed to read about House Republicans who had harsh words for undocumented immigrants who have lived here since childhood and wanted to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) should be ashamed for telling the undocumented who want to serve their country that "we have a bus for you to Tijuana."

Anyone willing to put on the uniform and risk dying for this country deserves a chance at citizenship. King and others in Congress who think like him demonstrate why there should be term limits in Washington.

Kimberlyn Hearns

San Bernardino

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Oil spill is impacting economy in Texas City with a ripple effect across the coast

Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

Turkey Twitter ban is 'a losing battle', expert claims

The divisions behind the Ukraine crisis

Fox News Host: When Will Missing Plane Be Found If It 'Took Us 2,000 Years To Find Noah's Ark'?

Billionaire leaves Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign after racist incident

Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?

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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott campaign staff made racist jokes (allegedly)

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Psst! Rick Scott! Outreach means exactly that: reaching out. Outreach is also what the Republican Autopsy called for. Yes, they referred to their own post-2012 election report as an autopsy, because... suicide. They admitted that they needed "to do things differently."

The GOP not only needs a reinvention, they need an intervention.

Via Think Progress:

On late Thursday, billionaire Mike Fernandez abruptly resigned his post as the finance co-chair of Governor Rick Scott’s (R-FL) reelection campaign. The prominent Cuban-American health care mogul’s departure has fueled rumors of racism among Scott’s campaign staff.

Tensions between Scott’s campaign staff and Fernandez had been building for weeks. And the last straw, according to people within the campaign who spoke with the Miami Herald this weekend, was an incident in which several of Scott’s campaign staffers allegedly began joking around in a cartoonish, over-the-top Mexican accent while on the way to a Mexican restaurant.

They just can't help themselves.

Think Progress has more.

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White Nationalist Charles Murray is shaping American policy, and it ain't pretty!

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This post is by our guest contributor Dee. a freelance writer and passionate political junkie, living in the Central Plains with her husband and three furry puppies. She is a prolific tweeter as @DAbitty, and occasional blogger at MyLittleBits

You may not know who he is, but Paul Ryan sure does. Ryan has so much respect for him; he used information gleaned from his writings to demonize large segments of American society during a recent radio interview. With the fallout from that interview ongoing, I decided to dig a bit into the thinking of unknown to me, Charles Murray. A man responsible for helping shape some of Ryan’s bizarre opinions, and some of our public policies.

Seemingly, in favor of dismantling every ounce of progress made over the past 40 plus years, Charles Murray plows forward with opinions so far out of the mainstream, it would seem a near impossibility that any self-respecting politician would ever seek his council, and yet…

So, who is Mr. Charles Murray? Murray is a man of 71years, born and raised in working class, very white, Newton, Iowa. Educated by the Ivy League, he is an author, and DC Think Tanker. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) considers his ideology as that of “White Nationalist.” SPLC says “using racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics,” Murray argues that social inequality is caused by genetic inferiority. (I tend to agree with SPLC.)

Best known for his authorship of The Bell Curve, and Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980, Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010, as well as his contribution to numerous conservative publications, Murray is a Senior Fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Using his own brand of social science Murray’s writings are more eugenics than actual social studies, at least the social studies I remember. He believes the disadvantaged are so because, on average, they are unable to compete with white men, who are in all ways superior.

Murray is a proponent of eliminating what he terms the “welfare state”, including affirmative action, and the Department of Education – as well as other more progressive policies. He argues that innate deficiencies are the cause for unequal social and educational outcomes, and those cannot be overcome by public policy, aka Government.

“You want to have a job training program for welfare mothers? You think that’s going to cure the welfare problem? Well, when you construct that job training program and try to decide what jobs they might qualify for, you had better keep in mind that the mean IQ of welfare mothers is somewhere in the 80s, which means that you have certain limitations in what you're going to accomplish.” 
—Interview on race and IQ, “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg,” PBS, 1994

It seems his views are in part responsible for the welfare restructuring done during the Clinton Administration. After a decade of advocating against welfare for single mothers, President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, ending traditional welfare programs. Of Murray Clinton said, “He did the country a great service. I mean, he and I often disagree, but I think his analysis is essentially right. … There is no question that it would work,” referring to policies he (Murray) viewed as incentivizing out of wedlock births.

In a 2012 New York Times (NYT) article Jennifer Schuessler quotes President Obama from a 1994 NPR commentary saying, Murray and his co-author have calculated that “white America is ready for a return to good old-fashioned racism as long as it’s artfully packaged.” How prophetic that seems, here in 2014.

This is just the tip of Charlie’s very large iceberg… for fear of losing you I will provide links to more information, and leave you with this tidbit from Murray himself:

“Try to imagine a presidential candidate saying in front of the cameras, ‘One reason that we still have poverty in the United States is that a lot of poor people are born lazy.’ You cannot imagine it because that kind of thing cannot be said. And yet, this unimaginable statement merely implies that when we know the complete genetic story, it will turn out that the population below the poverty line in the United States has a configuration of the relevant genetic makeup that is significantly different from the configuration of the population above the poverty line. This is not unimaginable. It is almost certainly true.” 
—“Deeper Into the Brain,” National Review, 2000

Charles Murray is wrong-headed in so many ways, the fact that a presidential candidate could not say, “in front of the cameras” what Paul Ryan just said, “in front of the cameras” is proof of the influence Murray is having upon public policy, aka Government.

http://shameproject.com/profile/charles-murray/

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/Charles-Murray

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Todd Akin Changes Name, Not Stripes, In N.C. Senate Race

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Todd Akin, of 'rape victims have a way to shut down pregnancy' fame is alive and well -- and guess what, tied for the lead as Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina.

Okay, that's not exactly true -- the part about it being Todd Akin. But it is true that his political clone, Greg Brannon, is tied for the GOP nomination according to the Public Policy Polling:

Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Thom Tillis' support has declined after a month defined by his gaffes on the campaign trail, and that he's now tied for the Republican Senate nomination with Greg Brannon. Tillis and Brannon are both at 14%

Here's a little background on Dr. Greg Brannon. First off, he's a physician. If elected, he would join other medical stalwarts of stupidity in the upper chamber, Dr. Tom Coburn (R-Ok.), Dr. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) and Dr. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). And certainly none of those three practice medicine or even common sense. So that's not an automatic plus.

Moving to Brannon's politics. This is the true eye opener. TPM:

In November Brannon said Planned Parenthood had a secret plan to kill newborn babies. He also once compared food stamps to slavery and reportedly helped sponsor and speak at a rally supporting nullification. During the campaign Brannon also admitted to reviewing parts of his campaign website which appeared to have been plagiarized from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.) (Brannon styles himself as a sort of heir apparent of Paul's).

So Brannon is accused of plagiarizing from the Senate's plagiarizer-in-chief, Rand Paul. I guess if you're going to copy from someone, why not one of the best?

But look at his stands on Planned Parenthood, food stamps and nullification. If this guy isn't a right-wing, white racist with a medical license, who is? Yet he's tied for the lead for his party's nomination. Is there something wrong with him, his state or both?

In a way this may turn out to be good news for the Democrats. Ask Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) who ran against the original Todd Akin. North Carolina's Democratic nominee is likely to be incumbent Kay Hagan. Though she's low in the popularity polls, she can only be helped by running against a Todd Akin/Christine O'Donnell type of candidate. There might just be enough sanity left in the state for her (even after tight voter suppression laws go into effect) to hold onto her job for another six years.

As Americans, we can only hope.

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