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    Wow, they really brought the hammer down on Penn State.

    early-onset-of-night:

    60 million dollar fine—who gets that, I wonder? Took away a bunch of Joe Pa’s wins, making him no longer the winningest coach. Banned from bowl games for years.

    I’m not really into college sports, except a little basketball. It all seems kind of dumb to me, especially college football. I always thought the athletes should get paid openly. After all, how much money do they rake in for the university? Both metric and standard shitloads, that’s how much.

    And yet we maintain this fiction that it’s some sort wholesome, amateur sport or that these guys are there for the education. Whatever.

    Seriously, though. Who gets the 60 million bucks?

    I won’t lie.  I wanted them to ban football at Penn State for a decade, which I fully understand is an overly extreme punishment.  However, in my mind, if a school risked losing football and all of the money to be made off of football for ten years, they’d be much more proactive rooting out bastards like Sandusky.

    23 07.23.12
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    azspot:

Christopher Weyant

The CBO estimates that a majority of our debt would disappear by the end of 2014 if we let the Bush Tax Cuts expire.  The question is, do Democrats have the balls to do it?
Doubtful.

    azspot:

    Christopher Weyant

    The CBO estimates that a majority of our debt would disappear by the end of 2014 if we let the Bush Tax Cuts expire.  The question is, do Democrats have the balls to do it?

    Doubtful.

    100 05.22.12
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    "Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday criticized President Obama’s support of gay marriage, accusing the President of leading a ‘war on traditional marriage.’ And Limbaugh wants it to mean something if he ever gets traditional married for the fifth time."

    SETH MEYERS, Weekend Update (via inothernews)

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    Enjoying the hell out of SNL tonight.

    724 05.12.12
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    It’s the 2 year anniversary of BP oil spill

    think-progress:

    The facts:

    1. Congress STILL hasn’t enacted a single piece of legislation responding to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

    2.  It took 9,700 vessels, 127 aircraft, 47,829 people, nearly 2 million gallons of toxic dispersants, and 89 days to stop the gush of oil. 

    3. Its legacy on sea life: Eyeless shrimp, crabs without claws, and fish with open lesions

    4. 60 percent of the oil from the spill remains unaccounted for, according to a Florida State University study.

    5. 3,000 miles of beaches and wetlands along the Gulf Coast were contaminated and damaged by oil. 

    Source: Center for American Progress

    And you’ve got millions of dumb bastards in this country begging the government to allow energy companies to finish a pipeline that has already sprung more than a dozen leaks because they erroneously think it’ll lower the gas price by a few cents.  (Never mind the fact that all the pipeline does is allow energy companies to export oil faster.)

    456 04.20.12
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    The bill is believed to have stalled primarily due to both the concerns of local constituents and the national attention that the bill received from across the country.

    In other words, thank you to all of you who called, emailed, tweeted or posted messages on Facebook about the Idaho forced ultrasound bill. You really did make a difference.

    "

    Robin Marty, from her RH Reality Check piece, “Idaho Forced Ultrasound Bill Dead for 2012 — Thanks to You!” (via rhrealitycheck)

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    It’s about time we won one.  Hooray!

    6 03.27.12
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    motherjones:

    Judith Miller defends Mother Jones’ Trayvon Martin coverage to Fox News

    Yes, that Judy Miller. While her conservative colleagues were busy arguing Trayvon’s death wasn’t a national story, and the media had done a poor job of reporting, Miller shot back Saturday:

    ELLEN RATNER: …and the journalists didn’t do their jobs in terms of the racial composition of the community, were there other racially motivated crimes in that community — ‘cause they’re all just talking about racism — and the history of this guy, Zimmerman, and whether he in fact on his other calls — which, he made thirtysome calls over the last ten years to 911, or the cops, did they have a racial component. Nobody really looked at that…

    …The press has been terrible on Zimmerman’s family. We don’t have any profiles of the guy, we don’t know his family life —

    JUDITH MILLER: —I’m sorry, Mother Jones did a very piece on this that has a lot of the elements that you say haven’t been covered. in fact, it has been covered.

    RATNER: OK, missed it.

    Thanks, Judith. And here’s some of the work she was talking about.

    Oh, and Ellen, if you read our reporting, you’ll find that George Zimmerman made 46 calls between January 2011 and Trayvon’s death. Not “thirtysome.” Add in the previous years’ totals, and there are many more.

    Fox News’ blatant disregard for this horrific murder is expected, but no less appalling.  Thank you Mother Jones for calling them out on their bullshit.  Someone has to hold these bastards accountable.

    81 03.25.12
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    thepoliticalfreakshow:

Three Men Plead Guilty to Federal Hates Crimes in Senseless Mississippi Killing
Editor’s note: This story contains language that some readers may consider offensive. 
(CNN) — Three white Mississippi men pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes Thursday in connection with the 2011 beating death of an African-American man in Jackson, the Justice Department announced.Deryl Dedmon, John Aaron Rice and Dylan Butler each admitted to conspiracy and violating the 2009 federal hate-crimes law in last June’s killing of James Craig Anderson. They face sentences of up to life in prison and $250,000 in fines, federal prosecutors said.
The 19-year-old Dedmon had already pleaded guilty to state murder and hate-crime charges Wednesday in a state court and was sentenced to life in prison. Rice, 19, and Butler, 20, made their initial appearances with Dedmon in federal court Thursday morning.
The men are among the first defendants to be prosecuted under the federal hate-crime statute that President Barack Obama signed in 2009 and the first to be prosecuted in a fatal attack, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a statement on Thursday’s pleas.
“The Department of Justice will vigorously pursue those who commit racially motivated assaults and will use every tool at our disposal to ensure that those who commit such acts are brought to justice,” Perez said. “And I note that our investigation in this matter is ongoing.”
In court Thursday, all three admitted to harassing and assaulting African-Americans on several occasions in the weeks before Anderson’s death, hurling beer bottles, firing slingshots and driving at them with cars, prosecutors said. They targeted people they believed to be drunk or homeless, believing them less likely to report the attacks.
They are also expected to testify against other teens implicated in Anderson’s killing, two sources close to the proceedings told CNN.
They admitted to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, named for the victims of two 1998 killings that shocked the country. Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming teenager, died after being kidnapped, beaten and left tied to a fence, while Byrd was a black man dragged to death in Texas by white supremacists.
Anderson’s death prompted several large marches and prayer vigils in Jackson, a city of about 537,000 people. At his state plea hearing, Dedmon told the court that his crimes were the result of being “young and dumb, ignorant and full of hatred.”
But Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill told him, “Whatever excuse you offer, forget that. There is no excuse.”
Anderson, 47, died after he was beaten and run over by a truck driven by Dedmon, who was part of a group of seven white youths from largely white Rankin County who decided to “go f**k with some niggers” after a night of partying and drinking, law enforcement officials have said, quoting some of the suspects in the case.
Authorities have said they believe Dedmon led and instigated the attack. They said the youths climbed into Dedmon’s green truck and a white SUV and drove to the western edge of Jackson, where Anderson was standing in a hotel parking lot just beyond a highway exit ramp.
On a videotape obtained exclusively by CNN, the group pulls into the parking lot and stops where Anderson is standing, although he is just off camera and not visible. The young men can then be seen going back and forth between their cars and Anderson.
Witnesses told authorities this is when Anderson’s beating took place, as the white youths yelled racial epithets, including “white power.” After the beating, Dedmon drove his Ford F-250 truck over him, leaving him to die, according to what some of the teens cooperating with police have told authorities.
Rice initially faced state murder charges as well, but a judge reduced the charges to simple assault because he was not believed to be driving the vehicle used to kill Anderson.
At Dedmon’s sentencing Wednesday, Anderson’s sister, Barbara Anderson Young, said her family was praying for “racial conciliation.”
“These last months have been very difficult,” Young said. “We cried. We wept. We reminisced about our beloved brother, Craig, a loss I cannot even explain. Craig was a big-hearted person who loved his fellow man.”
[CNN]

    thepoliticalfreakshow:

    Three Men Plead Guilty to Federal Hates Crimes in Senseless Mississippi Killing

    Editor’s note: This story contains language that some readers may consider offensive.

    (CNN) — Three white Mississippi men pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes Thursday in connection with the 2011 beating death of an African-American man in Jackson, the Justice Department announced.
    Deryl Dedmon, John Aaron Rice and Dylan Butler each admitted to conspiracy and violating the 2009 federal hate-crimes law in last June’s killing of James Craig Anderson. They face sentences of up to life in prison and $250,000 in fines, federal prosecutors said.

    The 19-year-old Dedmon had already pleaded guilty to state murder and hate-crime charges Wednesday in a state court and was sentenced to life in prison. Rice, 19, and Butler, 20, made their initial appearances with Dedmon in federal court Thursday morning.

    The men are among the first defendants to be prosecuted under the federal hate-crime statute that President Barack Obama signed in 2009 and the first to be prosecuted in a fatal attack, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, said in a statement on Thursday’s pleas.

    “The Department of Justice will vigorously pursue those who commit racially motivated assaults and will use every tool at our disposal to ensure that those who commit such acts are brought to justice,” Perez said. “And I note that our investigation in this matter is ongoing.”

    In court Thursday, all three admitted to harassing and assaulting African-Americans on several occasions in the weeks before Anderson’s death, hurling beer bottles, firing slingshots and driving at them with cars, prosecutors said. They targeted people they believed to be drunk or homeless, believing them less likely to report the attacks.

    They are also expected to testify against other teens implicated in Anderson’s killing, two sources close to the proceedings told CNN.

    They admitted to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, named for the victims of two 1998 killings that shocked the country. Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming teenager, died after being kidnapped, beaten and left tied to a fence, while Byrd was a black man dragged to death in Texas by white supremacists.

    Anderson’s death prompted several large marches and prayer vigils in Jackson, a city of about 537,000 people. At his state plea hearing, Dedmon told the court that his crimes were the result of being “young and dumb, ignorant and full of hatred.”

    But Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill told him, “Whatever excuse you offer, forget that. There is no excuse.”

    Anderson, 47, died after he was beaten and run over by a truck driven by Dedmon, who was part of a group of seven white youths from largely white Rankin County who decided to “go f**k with some niggers” after a night of partying and drinking, law enforcement officials have said, quoting some of the suspects in the case.

    Authorities have said they believe Dedmon led and instigated the attack. They said the youths climbed into Dedmon’s green truck and a white SUV and drove to the western edge of Jackson, where Anderson was standing in a hotel parking lot just beyond a highway exit ramp.

    On a videotape obtained exclusively by CNN, the group pulls into the parking lot and stops where Anderson is standing, although he is just off camera and not visible. The young men can then be seen going back and forth between their cars and Anderson.

    Witnesses told authorities this is when Anderson’s beating took place, as the white youths yelled racial epithets, including “white power.” After the beating, Dedmon drove his Ford F-250 truck over him, leaving him to die, according to what some of the teens cooperating with police have told authorities.

    Rice initially faced state murder charges as well, but a judge reduced the charges to simple assault because he was not believed to be driving the vehicle used to kill Anderson.

    At Dedmon’s sentencing Wednesday, Anderson’s sister, Barbara Anderson Young, said her family was praying for “racial conciliation.”

    “These last months have been very difficult,” Young said. “We cried. We wept. We reminisced about our beloved brother, Craig, a loss I cannot even explain. Craig was a big-hearted person who loved his fellow man.”

    [CNN]

    137 03.23.12
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    I guess to the U.S. military, four deployments -- three to Iraq and one to Afghanistan -- over more than a decade doesn't sound like a lot. Until a soldier kills 16 people.

    Our culture with regards to our military is so incredibly hypocritical.  On the one hand we essentially worship the military as a civic religion, and on the other we treat our troops as if they are mindless automatons or plastic game pieces on a chess board. 

    65 03.16.12
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    ericmortensen:


A mourner cries over the bodies of Afghan civilians, allegedly shot by a rogue US soldier, seen loaded into the back of a truck in Alkozai village of Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012.

via Jangir/AFP/Getty Images

It’s past time to end the farce and give the Afghan people what they want: a complete withdrawal of US forces.

    ericmortensen:

    A mourner cries over the bodies of Afghan civilians, allegedly shot by a rogue US soldier, seen loaded into the back of a truck in Alkozai village of Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012.

    via Jangir/AFP/Getty Images

    It’s past time to end the farce and give the Afghan people what they want: a complete withdrawal of US forces.

    91 03.14.12
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