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November 25, 2014
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Digest for November 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 25th from 12:57 to 13:12:

  • ‘Fanciful and not credible’: CNN legal analyst destroys Darren Wilson’s testimony – CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin ripped St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch for asking Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson “softball” questions during the cross examination of his testimony, which she called “fanciful and not credible.”
  • Taking Note: How Darren Wilson Saw Michael Brown in Ferguson – In his testimony, he said the unarmed teenager “looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots.”
  • Ferguson and American Racism After the Killer of Michael Brown Goes Free – This is a sad day. The grand jury’s decision is yet another sign that all of America’s sons’ lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America’s fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged
  • Being Black, the Real Indictment in Ferguson and the USA – Now that the grand jury has returned with their decision on the extrajudicial killing of Michael Brown, we should be reminded that even though Darren Wilson was not indicted, Blackness was certainly indicted by the grand jury. Black Americans have been reminded again that their lives are regarded as of little worth. However, the burden of what needs to be done to change this issue is not a Black problem.
  • Most White People in America Are Completely Oblivious – Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. White people just don't get that.
  • A Sad Night for America – Many black families woke up this morning knowing that the lives of their children are worth less than the lives of white children in America. The deep distrust of law enforcement in their own communities that so many African Americans feel just got deeper last night — 108 days since the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown — when the prosecuting attorney announced the decision not to subject the police officer who killed Brown to a trial where all the facts could be publicly known and examined.

November 25, 2014
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Digest for November 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 25th from 10:34 to 10:36:

  • As a White, Teenage Girl I Experienced a Kind of Privilege Michael Brown Could Never Imagine – Please don't tell me this isn't about race. Of course it's not just about race — it's also about socioeconomic status, it's about the unchecked abuse of power — but it is, definitely and without question, also about race. It is about deeply inherent, institutional racism. It is about a fear of young black men. It is, arguably, about just how dark Michael Brown's skin happened to be.
  • Ferguson: No Shortcuts to Justice – Shortcuts almost always end up creating more problems than they solve. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch took a shortcut through Ferguson. The results have been catastrophic.
  • What It Takes To Convict A Killer Cop – More often than not, when an officer kills a person they suspect of committing a crime, it's difficult to get that cop indicted, let alone convicted. Officer-involved killings are hard to track, and if any punishments are meted out, the information often gets "buried in police department bureaucracies," American Civil Liberties Union spokeswoman Alexandra Ringe told The Huffington Post.
  • On the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision – The grand jury's decision is yet another sign that all of America's sons' lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America's fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged and in motion for progress until we are finally what we say we are: One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.
  • No Indictment for Darren Wilson, No Justice for Black Lives – Protesters in Ferguson should not be calm, as they have been admonished by everyone from the president on down. Michael Brown doesn’t need calm. Black boys and girls who grow up in America need their lives to be respected. They need justice.

November 25, 2014
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Digest for November 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 25th from 10:22 to 10:33:

November 25, 2014
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Digest for November 21st through November 25th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 21st through November 25th:

November 20, 2014
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Preparing For Injustice vs. Preparing for Justice in Ferguson

In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs?

As it waits to hear whether the grand jury will indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson is preparing for the worst: that the grand jury will decide not to indict Wilson, leading to more outrage and unrest in the streets of Ferguson. Continue Reading →

November 19, 2014
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Digest for November 19th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 19th from 11:05 to 12:34:

November 19, 2014
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Forward From Ferguson

The goals of the post-Ferguson movement for justice must reach beyond whether the grand jury indicts officer Daren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Too much depends upon its success.

Over 100 days ago officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. In the aftermath, the streets of Ferguson resembled a war zone. Today, Ferguson is preparing for war again. As the city awaits the grand jury’s decision, citizens and law enforcement are arming and preparing for the worst.

In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the Ferguson grand jury makes its decision. Continue Reading →

November 17, 2014
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Digest for November 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 17th from 14:00 to 14:04:

November 17, 2014
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Digest for November 13th through November 17th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th through November 17th:

  • The Two Types of “Black Church” and Why I Left the First One – … despite the differences in beliefs, bank statements and interpretations of the bible, all the black churches I encountered during my tenure as a resident musician were either severely disconnected from the political systems that surrounded it, traditionalist to the point of oppressive, devaluing women in the way their leadership structure was organized, obsessed with demonizing and degrading homosexuality or just way to deep and prophetic, speaking more words in tongues than English.
  • Every Child is Equal – Do you know by looking at a child who they will turn out to be?
  • Gay Marriage Issue Squarely Before High Court – Appeal by lesbian couple from Michigan puts gay marriage issue squarely before high court.
  • People Want Flexible Work Hours – In the November/December issue of the Washington Monthly, Judith Warner of the Center for American Progress has a piece on the importance of passing national paid family leave legislation. Parents are more involved in their children's lives than ever but they've never had less time to tend to their families. The resulting stress is reducing female participation in the economy and is now reportedly becoming a big problem for men, as well.
  • Op-Ed Columnist: Race, to the Finish – Let’s review how we got to this point where African-Americans vote so overwhelmingly Democratic and are suspicious of Republican motives.

November 13, 2014
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Digest for November 13th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th from 12:28 to 12:42:

November 12, 2014
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Digest for November 12th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 12th from 11:32 to 11:41:

November 11, 2014
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Digest for November 11th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 11th from 12:45 to 13:05:

November 10, 2014
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Digest for November 10th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 10th from 14:01 to 14:12:

November 10, 2014
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Digest for November 5th through November 10th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 5th through November 10th:

November 7, 2014
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Inmates Take Over The Asylum

The 2014 mid-term elections are over, and the inmates have taken over the asylum. Prepare for wingnuttery like you’ve never seen before.

Last Friday, I had a lot of fun poking at the nuttiest candidates on the ballot. Wednesday morning I woke up to a mind-numbing reality: they all won.

Never mind that soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the same thing earlier the same day.

Wingnuts spewed outrage all over Twitter that President didn’t just resign and hand in the White House keys.

Plus, wingnut media has a message for Republicans: “You weren’t elected to govern!”

November 5, 2014
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Digest for November 5th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 5th from 13:54 to 14:28:

November 5, 2014
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Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives Deliver Progressive Populist Victories

In an otherwise dismal election, progressive populist victories on state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage reveal a way forward for Democrats who are paying attention.

Going into the 2014 mid-term election, the odds — and deep-pocketed billionaire donors — favored Republicans. Yet, one issue defied trends and conventional wisdom: increasing the minimum wage. After efforts to raise the federal minimum wage stalled, voters went over the heads of their own elected officials, and voted to raise wages themselves. Continue Reading →