Dem Rep. Karen Bass Accuses Ferguson Cop Of “Executing” Michael Brown Over Stolen Swisher Sweets…

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Talk about misleading, Wilson didn’t kill him over a pack of Swisher Sweets, he shot him because Michael Brown was trying to kill him with his own gun.

Via PJ Media:

A California Democrat said a lesson in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting is a need to look at police acting as “jury and executioner” when confronting suspects.

Rep. Karen Bass, a House Judiciary Committee member, said in a statement after the grand jury opted to not issue an indictment this week that it “continues a trend of injustice that has rightfully created an environment of anger and concern in Ferguson, Missouri and across the United States.” […]

“…And Ferguson, they most definitely need to diversify the leadership of that city, the police department, the city council, and so we need to look at things both in the short-term and the long-term.”

Bass addressed Brown taking cigarillos from a convenience store before the attack.

“Since when do we not have trials? Since when do we execute people?” she said. “I mean, the way that the information was leaked from Day One of this case, intentionally leaking the information about the video. It’s terrible if he committed a crime before this happened, but even if he did commit a crime, is a police officer supposed to be the jury and the executioner on the spot? So, you know, it’s that kind of mentality that we really need to begin to look at.”

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Miserable Feminist Declares A Man Asking A Woman To Marry Him “Latent Sexism”…

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The self-parody continues.

The latent sexism of the male marriage proposal – The Week

When I got engaged earlier this year, well-meaning friends excitedly asked “how he proposed” — and then immediately looked at my left hand.

I’ve been told I can thank the Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring in 1477, for such instincts. But maybe I should thank the originators: the prehistoric men who demonstrated their control over women by tying braided grass around their wrists and ankles.

You’d think the obvious sexism of the modern proposal would rankle my progressive friends. Yes, plenty of brides have men in their bridal parties, more and more women are ditching the “virginal” white dress, and guys aren’t running to ask their fiancees’ fathers for “permission” to marry them anymore. But our culture still, overwhelmingly, pushes the traditional male proposal: down on one knee, with a sparkly diamond (and often a flash mob) in tow.

Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon argues that the male proposal is “a culturally sanctioned time for a man to show his tenderness.” But the tradition pushes stereotypical gender roles: The “tender” man is still in control of the situation, while the woman is forced to take a passive role. And if a woman proposes to a man, it’s seen as emasculating.

The engagement ring is a sort of 21st-century dowry in the Western world, too. The traditional two-month salary rule not only signals a man’s interest in spending a life with his partner, it inadvertently sets the relationship up for a lifetime of inequality. It’s vestigial sexism at which no one seems to blink.

If anything, women are more to blame for the sexism of the male proposal. Instagram and Facebook posts of sparkly rings — complete with the obligatory “oohs” and “aahs” — perpetuate the idea that women’s affections can be purchased.

Black Residents Armed With Rifles Stand Guard Outside White-Owned Business During Ferguson Riots

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How dare they break from the hands up, don’t shoot, let us loot crowd.

Via Inquisitr

A group of black Ferguson residents armed with high-powered rifles stood outside a white-owned business in the city during recent riots, protecting it from rioters that looted and burned other businesses.

After a grand jury returned no indictment against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown, protesters took to the streets and the demonstrations quickly turned into rioting. Several buildings were set ablaze, but a group of heavily armed black men stood outside a Conoco gas station.

One of the residents, a 6-foot-8 man named Derrick Johnson, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near that store’s entrance. Three other black Ferguson residents joined Johnson in front of the store, each of them armed with pistols.

In a city torn apart by racial tensions, the fact that black residents took up arms to defend a white-owned store made headlines.

The men said they felt indebted to the store’s owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years.

The men said Merello always treated them with respect.

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HT Doug Ross

Protest Action In Oakland Shuts Down BART Trains Stranding Commuters

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A Protest action in Oakland California has successfully shut down a part of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (“BART”) in Oakland California today.

Forming a human chain from the train to the platform passing through a train protesters prevented the train from leaving the platform while chanting slogans such as “Shut it down!”

The actions today are aimed at targeting holiday shoppers venturing out for Black Friday deals.

RI Cathedral May Become Museum To The Northern States Slave Trade

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The North didn’t have slaves, they had “servants”.

Via Worcester Telegram

A plan to open what would be the nation’s only museum centered on the trans-Atlantic slave trade would focus on the Episcopal Church’s role in its history and the sometimes-buried legacy of slavery in northern states like Rhode Island.

The museum at the shuttered Cathedral of St. John, a church where slaves once worshipped, would explore how the church benefited from the trade and helped bring it to an end, said Bishop Nicholas Knisely of the Diocese of Rhode Island.

”Our story’s mixed,” he said. ”We haven’t talked in the country about the role of religion and religious voices in abolition and the slave trade.”[…]

A Brown report issued in 2006 found that about 60 percent of all slave-trading voyages launched from North America came from Rhode Island. More than 1,000 slave-trading voyages were launched from Rhode Island, the report says, and 80 of those came from one family, the DeWolfs of Bristol.

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James DeWolf Perry, executive director of the Massachusetts-based Tracing Center, which works to promote greater awareness of the legacy of slavery, is a descendent who is working with the diocese. His great-grandfather was bishop of Rhode Island, chose St. John’s as the diocese’s cathedral and served as the denomination’s presiding bishop — its leader in the United States.

”What’s dropped out of our public memory, largely as a result of the Civil War, is that the North had a great deal of slavery,” he said. ”We like to talk about as if most Northerners were anti-slavery and abolitionists.”

In fact, the North benefited economically from slavery, and the Episcopal Church ”institutionally was deeply complicit in slavery, benefited from it,” he said.

Several museums in the U.S. address slavery, but hardly any are specifically devoted to it, Perry said. One, the Whitney Plantation, is opening in Louisiana next month; its focus is plantation history and slavery in the South.

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CBC Members Oppose Federal Recognition Of Native American Tribe For Lack Of Diversity

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CBC is against the construction of another Tribal casino.

Via CNS News

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

In January, the Interior Department proposed recognizing the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia, which would make members eligible for special benefits in education, housing and medical care — and allow the tribe to pursue a casino. A decision on recognition, which would be the first for a Virginia tribe, is due by March 30.

The Congressional Black Caucus members urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Attorney General Eric Holder to hold off until the Justice Department investigates any discriminatory practices by the tribe. Neither department has responded to the request, made in a Sept. 23 letter, according to a spokeswoman for Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, who signed the letter.[…]

Brown told the CBC that the intermarriage ban was rooted in Virginia’s culture of racism. “Racial intermixture was raised repeatedly as a rationale to divest us of our reservation and our Indian status,” he said.

Brown cited Dr. Walter Plecker, registrar of the Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics in the first half of the 20th century, who ordered that Indians be classified as “colored” on birth and marriage certificates.

“His rationale was, of course, racial intermixture among the Indians,” Brown wrote, adding that the “antiquated and now repealed” tribal law was an attempt to protect Indian identity. “It was never an attack on, or reflective of, ill will toward African-Americans.”

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Legendary British Comedian John Cleese: You Can’t Make Fun Of Muslims Because “They’ll Kill You”…

Indeed they will.

Via Daily Mail:

John Cleese has argued that political correctness is ‘condescending’ as it only allows jokes to be made about certain groups while implying others need to be protected.

Speaking to Bill Maher on HBO, the legendary comedian said he used to make race jokes about nationalities such as the French and Australians – but if he mentioned Mexicans it was deemed unacceptable.

‘It’s so awful isn’t it? he said. ‘It starts out as a halfway decent idea, and then it goes completely wrong.

The British comedian then goes on to say suggest that the reason you can’t make jokes about Muslims is because ‘they’ll kill you’.

‘Who are the people you can’t make jokes about?’ he asks Maher who instantly responds: ‘Muslims’

‘Try that,’ he adds. ‘See what your Twitter feed says.’

A laughing Cleese responds: ‘That’s not saying that you can’t, it just means that they’ll kill you. Theoretically you could.’

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Let the Black Friday brawls begin!

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Update: New Star Wars trailer: Return of the Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing fighter.

Reporter Describes How He Was Carjacked By Ferguson Thugs Next To Michael Brown’s Memorial…

If I remember correctly, there were no carjackings at Tea Party protests.

More on this story.

Austin Police Chief: Man Who Shot Up Downtown Buildings “Likely” Driven By Conservative Political Rhetoric…

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No, nothing to do with mental illness.

Via USA Today:

A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration, fired more than a hundred rounds at buildings in downtown Austin early Friday and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate before he died of a gunshot wound.

The unidentified suspect was described as white male in his 50s with a criminal record.

Police were investigating whether the gunman was killed by a police officer who fired at him in front of police headquarters or died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The police chief said the suspect’s targets indicated that he might have had anti-government motives linked to immigration.

“If you look at the targets, it doesn’t take a genius (to suggest) that that is the potential,” Acevedo said.

“I would venture that political rhetoric might have fed into some of this, but that is speculation on my part,” he added.

HT: John Ekdahl

Black Friday Mayhem: Cops Forced To Pry Shopper Off TV…

With the amount of violence on Black Friday you’d think they were giving the stuff away free.

HT: Drudge

White House Uses Black Friday To Try And Sell Obamacare…

HUSBAND: Honey, I bought you Obamcare for Christmas!

WIFE: I want a divorce.

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Video: Black Friday Shoppers Beat The Crap Out Of Each Other Over Underwear…

If Obama had another daughter, she’d look like the woman with orange hair.

Al Nusra Front Executes Syrian Man For “Insulting The Prophet” Mohammed…

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Different name, same brutality.

BEIRUT (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch Wednesday executed a man it accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammad, in a summary killing mirroring those by ISIS, activists said Wednesday.

Nusra Front militants shot dead the civilian, identified as Mohammad al-Mir, in the town of Irbin, just northeast of the capital Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The man had been accused of “insulting the Prophet Mohammad and his family,” said the Britain-based monitoring group.

Nusra has regularly executed members of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, but has rarely been accused of carrying out such killings on religious grounds.

It pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in April, distancing itself from the Sunni extremist ISIS notorious for summarily executing those it accuses of apostasy.

Michael Brown Parents Still Milking Son’s Death, Posts Pic Of Empty Chair At Thanksgiving Table…

If these two really valued their son then why is he lying in an unmarked grave? Also, why is the mom celebrating Thanksgiving with her ex-husband and not her current husband (guy who screamed ‘burn this bitch down)?

UN Accuses American Police Of Torture And Killing Unarmed Black Youths…

Out of all the countries that torture their citizens, the U.N. is focusing on America.

(Reuters) – The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used only in life-threatening situations.

The panel’s first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 came in the wake of racially-tinged unrest in cities across the United States this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The committee decried “excruciating pain and prolonged suffering” endured by prisoners during “botched executions” as well as frequent rapes of inmates, shackling of pregnant women in some prisons, and extensive use of solitary confinement.

The review cited deep concern about “numerous reports” of police brutality and excessive use of force against people from minority groups, immigrants and homosexuals as well as racial profiling and militarization of policing work.

It referred to the “frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal purusits of unarmed black individuals.”

A Woman In London Has Been Charged With Encouraging Terrorism On Twitter…

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Via London Evening Standard:

A woman has been charged with encouraging terrorism on Twitter, police have said.

Alaa Abdullah Esayed, 22, of Kennington, south London, will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on December 10.

She has been charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act – encouraging terrorism, and the dissemination of terrorist publications and released on bail.

Police said one of the charges related to posts on Esayed’s Twitter account, along with photographs and video links.

The charge states “she intended, or was reckless as to whether, members of the public would be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terrorism or convention offences”.

She is also accused of providing a service that enabled others “to obtain, read, listen to or look at a terrorist publication, by providing links to speeches and other propaganda, and at the time of doing so intended an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.

Obama And His Queen Of The Food Police Wife Celebrate Thanksgiving With Six Kinds Of Pie…

Because they’re the Obamas, that’s why.

Via Breitbart:

The White House released the menu of President Obama’s Thanksgiving menu as he dined with his family at the White House.

The dessert menu included six kinds of pie: banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, and cherry pie.

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British Royals Refuse To Visit Israel…

The royal family are the Kim Kardashians of Britain, famous for doing nothing.

Via Weekly Standard:

You won’t find the British royals in the holy land. Elliott Abrams calls it, “The bizarre story of the refusal of British royals to visit Israel, while they are constantly in the Arab world, continues.”

“[T]he Queen has never set foot in Israel and Prince Charles set foot there briefly only once, for the Rabin funeral,” Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration,observes.

“By contrast, in just the month of November 2014 we found Prince Andrew and Prince Harry at what the Foreign Office must have considered a diplomatic necessity: the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Prince Andrew also visited Saudi Arabia (at the request of the Foreign Office, it was announced).

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Michael Brown’s Mom: Looting And Rioting “Weren’t Done in My Son’s Name “…

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I get the feeling St. Swisher’s mom isn’t being honest with us.

Via Grabien:

HOSTIN: “what do you say to those people that did loot and riot in your son’s name?”

McSPADDEN: “I say that they didn’t do it in my son’s name, because that’s not what we’re — that we are about. Some people are out there now angry for their own reasons.