NBC/WSJ Poll Finds Number of Americans Who Think Race Relations Are “Good” Nosediving…

U.S. President Barack Obama greets Reverend Al Sharpton before addressing the audience at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York

Or as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson call it, mission accomplished.

Via NBC:

A majority of Americans now say that race relations in the United States are bad, according to the latest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll, which showed the most pessimistic assessment of racial issues in almost two decades.

In the wake of protests over the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police, just four in ten Americans told pollsters that they believe race relations in the United States are “good,” while 57 percent disagreed. And nearly a quarter – 23 percent – classified the current state of the country’s racial issues as “very bad.”

The data showed a dramatic slide from just 18 months ago, when a July 2013 poll indicated that a majority – 52 percent – offered an optimistic view of race relations. And throughout President Barack Obama’s first term in the White House, more than seven in ten Americans said race relations were good, with a record 77 percent giving a positive assessment shortly after Obama’s election as the first black president.

Picture of Che Guevara Hangs Behind Alan Gross As He Prepares His Remarks After Arriving In America…

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Oberlin Students Upset School Will Not Cancel “F” Marks For Blacks Students Who Didn’t Study Because They Were Protesting Ferguson

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HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA …. *breathe* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Via Inside Higher Red:

“I would really like to see the normal grading system suspended for this semester and replaced with a no-fail mercy period. Administrators should require professors to exercise complete flexibility in what students are saying they can produce academically.

Require that every professor listen to what their students are saying and if that means rather than writing a paper students instead meet with their professor to simply discuss in groups their paper topics or if tests are taken collectively with professors there are ways to make sure we are learning what we are supposed to be learning in ways that are not so taxing in times like this. Students in this moment should have complete access to alternative modes of learning while we process what’s happening.

Basically, no student especially black students and students of color should be failing a class this semester. A ‘C’ should be the lowest grade students can receive this semester. Professors should be required to work with students, who would otherwise be at risk of failing, to create alternate means of accessing knowledge.”

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Holder: I’ve “Bonded” With Obama Over The Years Talking About Racist Cops Targeting Blacks…

Holder announcing today his new race-based rules for police officers.

Obama Trashes America For Using Sanctions To “Deny Cubans Access To Technology”…

“I know, it’s so unlike Obama to blame America” – said nobody.

I believe in the free flow of information. Unfortunately, our sanctions on Cuba have denied Cubans access to technology that has empowered individuals around the globe.

Report: Raul Castro Urges Obama To Illegally Lift Embargo Using An “Executive Action”…

Castro knows only Congress can lift the embargo, but he also knows Obama thinks laws don’t apply to him.

Via USA Today WH correspondent:

Barack Obama Assures America He’s Personally Taking Part In Cuba Deal With A Picture Of . . . Barack Obama…

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Hillary Clinton Takes Bold Position In Her First Comments On Ferguson/Garner Protests: “Yes, Black Lives Matter”…

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Obama calls this “leading from behind.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she’s proud to have been part of an administration that “banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations” and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world.

Clinton spoke about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values after receiving an award from The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a gala in New York.

“Today we can say again in a loud and clear voice that the United States should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world,” Clinton told the audience. “That should be absolutely clear as a matter of both policy and law, including our international treaty obligations.” […]

Clinton also addressed the recent protests that have raged across the country, and drew links between violence at home and abroad.

She declared, “yes, black lives matter,” a mantra of demonstrators around the country who have been protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York.

Baltimore Police Chief Ripped By NAACP And Ferguson Protest Leaders For Asking If They Would Show Support For Cop Shot By Black Man…

If the Police Commissioner wasn’t black, he would have been called a racist hundreds of times by now.

Update to this story.

Via Baltimore Sun:

Officer Andrew Groman stood outside the car and ordered passenger Donte Jones to show his hands, police say, but the 19-year-old passenger wouldn’t.

Groman warned Jones he would be hit with a Taser. Finally, police say, the officer fired the shock gun at him.

At the same time, police say, Jones withdrew a black revolver and squeezed off three rounds. A bullet slipped under Groman’s bulletproof vest, police say, wounding him in the abdomen. […]

Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts did not appear at the news conference. Batts drew criticism from activists after he wondered aloud Sunday whether the demonstrators who have protested the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Eric Garner in New York and others at the hands of police in recent months would show similar concern for Groman.

“Although I certainly understand the pain and frustration expressed by Commissioner Batts, I believe his questioning of the community’s response to the shooting is misplaced and not helpful to the dialogue between the police and the community we’re trying to build,” Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP, said Monday. […]

“Baltimore Bloc condemns the insensitive and deliberately provocative comments made by Anthony Batts last night,” the group said on its Facebook page. “Police officers are sworn to protect and serve the community. They are aware this is a dangerous job, as is the community who pays them for this service, arms them with several weapons at a time, and provides them with bulletproof vests and other protective gear that in some cases we are not legally permitted to own ourselves.

“This is quite different from the circumstances surrounding the in-custody murders of unarmed civilians by those same extremely armed and protected agents of the state.”

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No Taxpayer Funded Sex Change For Inmate Convicted Of Murdering His Wife, Court Rules

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He errr her must have been missed by the Obamacare navigators.

Via AL Com

A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.

Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is serving a life sentence for killing spouse Cheryl Kosilek in 1990. Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is necessary to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder.

In 2012, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf became the first judge in the country to order sex-reassignment surgery as a remedy for an inmate’s gender-identity disorder. Courts around the country have found that prisons must evaluate transgender inmates to determine their health care needs, but most have ordered hormone treatments and psychotherapy, not surgery.

Wolf’s decision was upheld by a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but prison officials appealed and won a rehearing before the full appeals court.

In a 3-2 ruling Tuesday, the full 1st Circuit found that Kosilek failed to demonstrate that prison officials violated the Eight Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment by not providing the surgery.

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Obama: Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner All Victims of Racist Cops…

Obama has no problem smearing America’s police officers if it excites his dwindling base.

Via Inquisitr:

[B]eing a first hand victim of Racism, even as president, Barack Obama is determined to stop the trend and usher in a new and accepting America. He shared his concern with BET:

“If you look at after what happened with Michael Brown, if you looked at what happened after Trayvon, if you looked at the decision after Eric Garner, I’m being pretty explicit about my concern, and being pretty explicit about the fact that this is a systemic problem, that black folks and Latinos and others are not just making this up,”

Obama Praises Aussie Libs #Illridewithyou Campaign Offering To Protect Muslims From Islamophobia On Public Transportation…

Update to this story.

Via The Hill:

President Obama called Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott late Tuesday to offer assistance in the aftermath of the hostage crisis in downtown Sydney.

The White House said the president also complimented the Australian people for their embrace of a social media campaign to support the country’s Muslim population. […]

Two hostages and a gunman were killed early Tuesday as authorities stormed a downtown Sydney cafe. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee with a history of violent crime and mental instability, had taken a large group hostage inside the restaurant 16 hours earlier. Two other people were injured.

During the prolonged standoff, an anti-Islamaphobia effort known by the hashtag #Illridewithyou went viral in the country, earning praise from Obama. Social media users posted that they would share cars and public transportation with Muslims in a show of solidarity

“Noting the Australian public’s embrace of #Illridewithyou and the Muslim leaders who have disavowed the actions of the hostage taker, the President also praised Australia’s rejection of any violence taken in the name of religion and the fear this violence seeks to stoke,” the White House said.

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GWU Students Agree To Deport Americans In Exchange For Illegal Immigrants…

Dems suggest the Americans deported be tea party supporters.

Via Campus Reform:

Students at George Washington University (GWU) willingly signed a petition supporting the deportation of one American citizen in exchange for one illegal immigrant.

“Please sign our petition for President Obama to deport one American citizen, in exchange for one undocumented immigrant,” read the petition. “Everyone must be allowed a shot at the ‘American Dream.’ Americans should not be greedy. Let us right the wrongs of our past and make another’s dreams come true.”

“It makes sense,” one student told Campus Reform. “Like, I’ve noticed that there is a lot of like hatred against undocumented immigrants and it’s not necessarily their fault.”

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Hagel: Pakistani Taliban Attack On School Shows They Have A “Lack Of respect For The Islamic Faith”…

Hagel vying for John Kerry’s role as top Islam apologist in the Obama regime.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today strongly condemned the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, that news reports say left more than 140 people dead, including more than 130 children.

“On behalf of all the men and women of the U.S. Defense Department, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Pakistan following today’s ruthless attack on the army public school in Peshawar,” the secretary said in a statement. “This heartless slaughter of over 100 innocent students and teachers was an act of pure cowardice. The United States remains committed to supporting Pakistan in its efforts to combat extremism and ensure stability in the region.

“As we stand firm with the Pakistani people and military in their fight against terrorists,” he continued, “we also honor their sacrifices, and join the victims’ families and loved ones in their mourning.”

Officials of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan also issued a statement condemning the attack.

“The barbaric actions of the Taliban illustrate their lack of value for human life and lack of respect for the Islamic faith,” the ISAF statement said. “These attacks only prove their selfish desire for power and willingness to murder to reach their self-serving goals.”

BREAKING: Obama To Start Talks With Cuba To Establish Full Diplomatic Relations, Open Embassy…

U.S. President Obama greets Cuban President Castro at the memorial service for Mandela in Johannesburg

You knew this would happen at some point in his second term.

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Michelle Obama: It Was Racist When A “Woman At Target Asked Me To Help Get Something Off A Shelf”…

How is that racist?

Via Politico:

Barack and Michelle Obama are sharing their own personal experiences with racial prejudice, saying they’ve been mistaken for valet drivers and Target employees—the latter even occurring during their time at the White House.

“The only person who came up to me in the [Target] store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her,” Michelle Obama told People magazine, recalling a trip she made to Target, according to excerpts released Wednesday.

Three Post-9/11 Veterans Named To Senate Armed Services Committee

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Their service was never questioned unlike some Democrat politicians past and present.

Via Defense One

A lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard and the first female combat veteran in the Senate. A former Army Ranger and captain educated in the Ivy League. A lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves who worked on former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s national security staff. These are the three newly elected senators who will serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republicans announced Monday.

Senators-elect Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, all post-9/11 veterans who served in either Iraq, Afghanistan or both wars, will serve on the Senate’s defense committee, according to incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Republican conference and full Senate will ratify the picks.

The three veterans are likely to serve under Vietnam veterans Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., as ranking member. Committee chairmanships are expected to be announced in January, after the committees vote on their new leaders.

Ernst is the first servicewoman to both fight in combat and also be elected to the Senate. She served in Iraq in 2003, commanding a company that ran convoys through Kuwait into southern Iraq. She will also serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee.[…]

Cotton comes to the Senate from the House, where he served on the Foreign Affairs committee. He is also a decorated infantry officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He graduated from Harvard University and Law School and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals before joining the military. Cotton will also serve on the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Dan Sullivan, Alaska’s former attorney general, has spent some time in Washington, working as an Assistant Secretary of State and a member of Rice’s National Security Council team. Sullivan, who deployed to Afghanistan three times, will also serve on the Veterans’ Affairs committee.

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HT Theo Spark

Mooch: Barack Was Victim Of Racism, “He Wore A Tuxedo To A Black-Tie Dinner And Someone Asked Him To Get Coffee”…

Yeah, of course it had nothing to do with Barack dressing like a waiter.

Via Politico:

President Barack Obama shared that he has been mistaken for staff as well on numerous occasions during his life.

“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” said the president.

Michelle Obama also recalled, “He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”

However, the Obamas, who sat down with the magazine for the 30-minute interview, said what they’ve experienced does not compare to what others have gone through in past generations and in other communities.

“It’s one thing for me to be mistaken for a waiter at a gala. It’s another thing for my son to be mistaken for a robber and to be handcuffed, or worse, if he happens to be walking down the street and is dressed the way teenagers dress,” the president said.

Fearing They’re Not Wasting Enough Taxpayer Dollars, NIH Awards $524K To Examine Links Between Lesbians And Diabetes…

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Via CNS News:

The National Institutes of Health through its National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded $524,403 in taxpayer dollars to San Diego University to study diabetes and sexual orientation in women.

“Type 2 diabetes (T2D) contributes to substantial morbidity, disability, and premature mortality in the U.S.,” the grant said.

“Lesbian and Bisexual (LB) women may be at elevated risk for developing T2D because they are more likely than heterosexual women to experience Obesity and other risk factors linked with T2D such as cigarette smoking, Violence victimization, and depressive distress,” the grant added.

The study involves data collected for more than 20 years from nearly 100,000 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study II.

Salon: “America Has Always Been Garbage,” Founding Fathers “Sadistic Slave Owners”…

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think this guy likes America.

Via Salon:

[W]hile founded on the ethnic cleansing of the continent’s original inhabitants and the enslavement of its African workforce, the news – or rather, confirmation – that the CIA employed a revolting range of “enhanced” torture techniques in the wake of 9/11 is being portrayed by some as a vile exception to the United States’ otherwise exceptional history; a “stain on our values and history,” in the words of Senator Dianne Feinstein, whose committee released the report detailing the agency’s use of near-drownings and mock executions and sexual abuse to humiliate and demoralize a foreign “other” under the guise of gathering intelligence. These practices, the terrible things this country has again and again been shown to do, “are not who we are,” added Secretary of State John Kerry. Indeed, “the awful facts of this report” do not even “represent who they are,” he said of those awful people described in that report (“its important that this period not define the intelligence community in anyone’s mind,” he continued).

As a rhetorical ploy, it’s understandable: Saying the United States has always been garbage is not going to be terribly popular in a nation that still fondly refers to a group of sadistic slave-owners as its “founding fathers” — so politicians savvy enough to know that openly embracing torture is not a good look for the world’s leading state-sponsor of holier-than-thou rhetoric, appeal to a history and set of values that never was and never were in practice, as a way to give political cover to their middling, public relations-minded critiques of the national-security state’s least defensible excesses. It’s entirely false, this narrative of extreme goodness marked by occasional self-correcting imperfection, but it satisfies our national ego to think the American phoenix rises from a store of ethically traded gold, not a pile of rotting trash.