This blog turns nine today and shows no sign of going away.

I’m old and I’m outraged and I’m not planning on going anywhere.

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Eugene McCarthy:

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.

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Listen to the conservatives try to explain away racism and its effects.

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If cops treated bankers the way Ferguson cops treat black people:  Cop to drunk bankers leaving bar:

Via Kos.

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The Virginia Beach NAACP and the Virginia Beach African-American Leadership Forum are hosting a Keep Our Children Alive prayer vigil at Mount Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach, at 7:00 p. m., Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Click for more information (PDF).

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Fat Cat holding giant doughnut:  If taxes were doughtnut, corporate taxes would be this big.  Bystander turns doughnut and reveals a hollow center labeled

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

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Part One:

Part Two:

Also, please read Der Spiegel’s report from Ferguson.

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Here comes the judge.

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In the Seattle Times, Ace Robinson explains why he left St. Louis and plans not to move back. A nugget:

As a teenager, I never drove without a tape recorder in the car. When I experienced my weekly — often biweekly — police pullover, I would place it on the dashboard and hit record.

When the officer walked up to the car, I would say: “Good afternoon, Officer (Insert name),” announce the date and time, and ask why I was being stopped. This script might have saved my life more than once. After Rodney King, black men learned police may be held responsible when their actions are recorded. And even in Los Angeles, that was not guaranteed.

I used academics to get away by attending college on the East Coast, in the same way that my mother used education to flee the Jim Crow South 35 years prior to my birth.

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Teach the children well.

Police said a 9-year-old Arizona girl accidentally shot her shooting instructor in the head Monday morning at an outdoor range.

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Voltaire:

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy, the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.

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It is not polite to lie.

A man who tried to blame a St. Francis shooting on a “short Hispanic man” has been charged with obstructing police and with the shooting.

His false claim led police from several agencies to swarm an area of St. Francis last week looking for the supposedly armed suspect.

The real story was that Lloyd R. Robinson, 24, of St. Francis was playing with his handgun at an E. Tesch Ave. apartment Thursday when he accidentally shot his girlfriend, police say.

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American Exceptionalism, n.: The propensity of the United States of America and its citizens to except themselves from accountability for their actions. See Viet Nam, Nicaragua, Granada, slavery, Jim Crow, asbestos, tar sands, fly ash, Halliburton, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, NSA, CIA, Ferguson, Birmingham, British Petroleum, Monsanto, DDT, honey bees . . . . .

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Please just make big-time football go away.

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“Legal intervention” is a lawyers’ term for someone’s being killed by police while committing (or assumed to be committing) a crime.

Chart showing rate at which white and black persons are killed by law enforcement by state.   Many more black persons suffer that fate,

er, yeah.

From the Sunlight Foundation, which has much more.

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I did not realize this. Did you? (Emphasis added.)

On any given day, Immigration and Customs Enforcement keeps at least 34,000 immigrants locked up while they wait for their cases to be heard in immigration court. Many of these detainees are incarcerated not because they are dangerous or likely to skip their court dates, but because ICE must meet an arbitrary quota set by Congress. This quota, which is often referred to as the “detention-bed mandate,” is a disgrace and should be eliminated.

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The quota is unprecedented. No other federal or state agency is required by law to detain a specific number of people without any regard to whether the quota makes sense from a law-enforcement perspective. Indeed, the quota is so excessive that it has been criticized by the very immigration authorities charged with enforcing it.

This is what cruelty looks like when it’s made routine by force of law.

Read the rest.

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Willa Cather:

Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.

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Akismet has caught well over 200 spam comments in the last 24 hours. The bottom-dwellers have been restless.

Not one of the spam comments has made it to the front page.

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Ravel’s Bolero a la jazz trio. It is delightful.

Via Classic Arts Showcase.

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Be polite to your life partner.

A Winslow man is in the hospital after his wife accidentally shot him with a handgun on Saturday night, according to police.

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“We found Jane hysterical, stating she had shot her husband,” Winslow Police Chief Shawn O’Leary said Sunday morning about the officers’ arrival at the house. Winslow EMS and Delta Ambulance also responded to the emergency 911 call.

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