This is exactly why the forefathers installed a separation between church and state into our Constitution. Nice article Erin!
Well yeah, but when he asked why more third party candidates didn't run & I got into NC's crazy ballot laws & campaign finance issues he just tuned out & watched Pokemon instead of listening. I think a lot of people do that.
Did you tell your second grader that there's a third candidate on the ballot, Libertarian Sean Haugh, who hasn't run any negative ads?
Turn the other cheek is political suicide. When slime balls like the Koch brothers set out to buy an election using the unlimited funds that the SCOTUS, in their partisan fog, have authorized, the other team HAS to fight back.
As long as we function under the delusion that unlimited political donations are freedom of speech, this type of campaigning will be the norm. So get used to it. It also guarantees that 3rd parties will never be able to raise enough money to compete.
Don't be afraid to exercise your RIGHT to vote - if you live in the 9th Congressional District remember to WRITE IN Shawn Eckles for Congress and give Pittenger the boot!
I don't imagine it would show him with his hands up, surrendering. One doesn't normally surrender when seeking help for a car accident.
The Ferrell supporters should be careful what they ask for.
This video is NOT going to show Ferrell with his hands up and surrendering.
I believe people are going to be very surprised when the full truth of that night are known and the supporters of Ferrell are not going to be happy at all.
Not at all.
"Jews don't exist here" because Creative Loafing had a party on a Friday night?
@History Decides facts have their place but you are right that good reasoning can uncover basic truths when we look at the historical patterns of violence as it relates to marginalized communities. Thank you for viewing and sharing your opinions on this issue. Also thank you for the high praise!
It is critical to understand that what is right in a situation is not determinable solely by "facts;" purely descriptive accounts will never tell you what should be done. That 95% of securities frauds are perpetrated by white men may or may not be a fact. Let's say it is--now what? Should we send white men to boot camps to teach them self-respect and discipline? Should we blame their parents for modeling selfish values? Knowing what "is" will never tell you whether it should or should not exist--this is a well-known fallacy. Moreover, facts are not "reason." They do not arrange themselves neatly into persuasive arguments. That is what logic is for, and those who seek only facts will always assume, wrongly, that there is no difference between opinion and well-reasoned assertions. The complaint that we can't judge until all the "facts" are in is, rather, a common strategy to infinitely defer the ethical and rational assessment of events, especially in matters of race.
Did civil rights activists do what they did only because a mass of data analysis told them that second-class citizenship was wrong? Statistics will alway serve as a potential refuge for the weak and cowardly, for those who fear passion and reason.
Finally, do you think those people who opposed civil rights for African Americans fifty years ago knew that history would so quickly expose them as yet another generation of perpetrators and supporters of racial violence? What makes you think that fifty years from now you will not be included as a member of this long list of national shame? It is a list populated by people famous, wealthy, educated, and religious, all of whom arrogantly appealed to the "facts" of racial difference as well.
This video blog is the best thing I've seen come out of CL in many years. I look forward to many more in the future.
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We sure don't need "A" leader....but having a visionary would be helpful.
@Truth you are consistent I will give you that
The facts are actually that Trayvon Martin confronted Zimmerman and assaulted him. Zimmerman killed Martin in self defense, that's what the facts show. You make up things to fit an agenda when you post that type of drivel above and it's why no one can take you and others like you seriously.
If young men of color don't want to be viewed as predators or thugs, then the black community needs to start raising children in dual parent households and teach their youth to respect the law and quit committing such a high percent of the violent crimes in this country in comparison to the population numbers.
@truth Trayvon Martin was walking home in a gated community and was profiled and assaulted by an overzealous neighborhood watch person. His killer was trained not to approach anyone even if they were suspicious. Trayvon Martin was not a threat!
You are correct that the killing of young black males is not restricted to authority figures as the same images and propaganda plague members of that community who also unfortunately fall for the hype.
The sad truth "truth" is that for every Martin or Brown there are countless other young folks many of which are very innocent but fall prey to being victimized by the prevalent image of young men of color as predator or thug.
Thank you for sharing your views on this topic!
Trayvon Martin was justifiably killed by a man defending himself. That is not debatable. It is fact.
All signs point to Michael Brown being justifiably killed by a man defending himself. Facts: Michael Brown is on video robbing a store. An officer's face was beaten. Shots were fired and entered in the front----sign pointing to an aggressive assailant. Nothing is for sure---but Michael Brown as no innocent soul---it appears he was assaulting an officer and an officer has a right to defend his life.
African Americans need to ask themselves why do their youth continue to commit so many crimes that puts them in situations like the above, that is why they are losing their life. African Americans also need to ask why they kill so many of their own, which is a much bigger problem than some imagined police threat. There will always be bad apples in populations, cops included, but for the most part they do their jobs and only fire when their life is in danger. Young black males need to act responsibly, not commit crimes, and they will keep themselves out of any danger.
Tina my heart weeps for your loss and I understand your pain. My son committed suicide 2 years ago and I lost my other son to an illness when he was just 21. Ours is a tribe I hoped never to be a part of.
@Todd Houser You are right that nothing will be sure until all the facts are revealed but some folks are anxious because historically even when the facts are presented it seems justice is not dispensed. Case in point Trayvon Martin a young man who was stalked, accosted and ultimately killed within his gated community just walking home by an overzealous security guard who had been warned repeatedly to not intercept anyone.
For every Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown that gets national attention there are hordes of other youth who are in similar situations who do not make a blip onto the mainstream press. That also fuels the frustration of certain communities.
I also agree with you that it would be very unfortunate that Michael Brown would become the "it" story and we do not see any activism beyond that point.
Thank you again man for being aware and willing to have open discussion!
the sources the reports come from only change how the reports are given. our personal opinions absolutely influence how we process the information. neither of those things change the facts. facts are facts because they are true, no matter how you feel about them, or how they were reported. and at this moment, we don't have all the facts. the eye witness reports, will they all line up together when those people have to sit down with officials and give statements? those are reports I want to hear, not just what they said when interviewed on TV. and as of right now, with what we know, it sure seems like this kid was murdered. the only point I'm trying to make, is we don't know yet. we don't have all the information, therefor it is impossible to know for sure what happened. in my opinion, jumping to conclusions does a serious disservice to both sides of the situation. just as you say you're certain it was unjustified, there are others who say for certain it was justified, both sides having heard all the same reports. my only point being neither side knows for certain. we will have the facts soon, and then we will know for certain one way or the other. I don't see what we gain by jumping to conclusions before that. but even if it does turn out this shooting was justified, the issue of cops mistreatment of minorities still needs to be addressed, which I know is the point you are making here. I just hope we as a country and society don't forget about it as soon as this story is no longer the "it" story of day.
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