Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
White Reference: Defending The West: American Renaissance Announces Their 2011 Conference To Be Held February 4-6 In Charlotte, North Carolina
This is great news! Folks reading this thread know that the February 2010 regularly-scheduled AmRen was disrupted and only partially conducted. I was there and this 2010 event was quite a success, all things considered."
January 10, 2011 2:33 pm ET by Terry Krepel
Accuracy in Media’s Cliff Kincaid devoted his January 9 column to defending the publication American Renaissance from accusations made about it in a law enforcement memo cited by Fox News regarding Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner. According to Kincaid, American Renaissance is merely a “conservative” group that is “politically incorrect because of its criticism of racial preference and ‘diversity’ programs and immigration policies that weaken the strength of a country.” Kincaid added that “there is no evidence that American Renaissance by any objective standard is a racist organization. It does deal with racial issues. But so does the Congressional Black Caucus.”"
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
CBS News polls 673 adults and asks whether our current political tone and rhetoric were to blame for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The answer: Largely "nope."
Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did. Republicans were more likely to feel the two were unrelated - 69 percent said rhetoric was not to blame; 19 percent said it played a part. Democrats were more split on the issue - 49 percent saw no connection; 42 percent said there was.
Friday, January 07, 2011
The surprise vote — the first of the new Congress — surrounded a provision of the Republicans’ proposed rules package that would prevent the six House delegates from presiding over, or voting as part of, the Committee of the Whole — a mechanism used to expedite legislation by effectively turning the entire chamber into a committee.
Under the rules of the last Congress, the six delegates — representing the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands — were allowed to cast votes and preside over the Committee of the Whole. The Republican rules proposal would strip that power.
Delegates may not vote when the House is in regular order.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Psychologist Organization Protests to Gates on Bradley Manning’s Solitary Confinement
Jeff Kaye, FireDogLake, January 3, 2011
Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR), a non-profit organization of psychologists committed to social change and social justice, has written a letter
to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, protesting "the needless
brutality of the conditions to which 23-year-old PFC Bradley Manning is
being subjected" at the Marine Corps brig at Quantico, Virginia. He has
been accused of unauthorized access to classified material, some of
which he allegedly downloaded to his computer, as well as other computer
and security-related charges.
It is widely speculated that these charges relate to materials turned over to the Wikileaks website, including a video of an Apache helicopter attack civilians in Baghdad, the Iraq War logs, and thousands of State Department diplomatic cables. The military charge sheet
accuses Manning of "wrongfully introducing more than 50 classified
United States Department of State cables onto his personal computer, a
non-secure information system." It also alleges he downloaded a
Powerpoint presentation, and "a classified video of a military operation
filmed at or near Baghdad, Iraq, on or about 12 July 2007."
Manning was held for
approximately three weeks at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait before being
transferred to Quantico, where he has remained in solitary confinement
since late last July. In an article
last month, I reported on PFC Manning’s current psychological state, as
best as I could determine from speaking to David House, who had just
visited him, and on the deleterious effects of solitary confinement in
general. PsySR’s letter speaks at length also about the harsh conditions
of solitary, and notes "no such putative risk can justify keeping
someone not convicted of a crime in conditions likely to cause serious
harm to his mental health."
Isolation is truly a form of
torture, and one often practiced in the so-called civilized world. A
vicious form of solitary confinement known as "Special Administrative
Measures" or SAMs were imposed by the Bush Administration Department of
Justice on Syed Fahad Hashmi,
and renewed by Attorney General Holder under President Obama. The SAMs
meant Hashmi was kept in 23-hour lockdown and isolation before trial for
three long years.
While it is used to break and
control prisoners in America’s Supermax prisons, when used on accused
prisoners, such as the detainees at Guantanamo, it can be used to
"exploit" the prisoner. Such "exploitation" is a key component of
torture programs, as the torture regime seeks not just information, but
ways to manipulate prisoners for political benefit, or for use by
intelligence agencies. Recently, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange told
Sir David Frost on Frost’s interview program that airs on English
Al-Jazeera that he believes the tortuous conditions of Manning’s
solitary confinement are meant to force Manning to implicate him in
supposed crimes against the American government. (See video of the
Assange-Frost interview here.)
Monday, January 03, 2011
After 16 Years Behind Bars for an $11 Robbery, the Scott Sisters Will Be Free at Last | Mother Jones
The following announcement was issued today by Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi, regarding Jamie and Gladys Scott. Mother Jones was among the first non-local media sources to report on the Scott sisters case, back in March. (The story was later covered by the AP, New York Times, and others.) The full story of their arrest and incarceration, and Jamie Scott's struggle to stay alive in prison, can be found here, with follow-ups here and here.
Dec. 29, 2010
GOV. BARBOUR’S STATEMENT REGARDING RELEASE OF SCOTT SISTERS
"Today, I have issued two orders indefinitely suspending the sentences of Jamie and Gladys Scott. In 1994, a Scott County jury convicted the sisters of armed robbery and imposed two life sentences for the crime. Their convictions and their sentences were affirmed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals in 1996.
"To date, the sisters have served 16 years of their sentences and are eligible for parole in 2014. Jamie Scott requires regular dialysis, and her sister has offered to donate one of her kidneys to her. The Mississippi Department of Corrections believes the sisters no longer pose a threat to society. Their incarceration is no longer necessary for public safety or rehabilitation, and Jamie Scott's medical condition creates a substantial cost to the State of Mississippi.
"The Mississippi Parole Board reviewed the sisters' request for a pardon and recommended that I neither pardon them, nor commute their sentence. At my request, the Parole Board subsequently reviewed whether the sisters should be granted an indefinite suspension of sentence, which is tantamount to parole, and have concurred with my decision to suspend their sentences indefinitely.
"Gladys Scott's release is conditioned on her donating one of her kidneys to her sister, a procedure which should be scheduled with urgency. The release date for Jamie and Gladys Scott is a matter for the Department of Corrections.
"I would like to thank Representative George Flaggs, Senator John Horne, Senator Willie Simmons, and Representative Credell Calhoun for their leadership on this issue. These legislators, along with former Mayor Charles Evers, have been in regular contact with me and my staff while the sisters' petition has been under review."
A group of prominent Republicans may have actually committed a crime
last month when they traveled to Paris to speak to an Iranian opposition
group that the US has deemed to be terrorists.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge, former national security adviser Fran Townsend and
former Attorney General Michael Mukasey all attended a forum organized by supporters of Mujaheddin-e Khalq (MEK).
The MEK is a communist group that helped Saddam Hussein
carry out attacks against Iraq's Shiite population in the 1990s. The
group attacked Americans in Iran in the 1980s and helped with the 1979
takeover of the US embassy in Tehran.
The US designated the MEK a foreign terrorist organization in January 2009.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Do we need a body count to count?: Notes on the serial murders of Black women « The Crunk Feminist Collective
“Number 47 looks like my second-grade teacher. Number 83 resembles one of my daughters. Number 66 calls to mind my children’s grandmother. And although some faces were cropped from near-naked bodies, others were shot outdoors, wearing boots and jackets,” said LA Times Reporter, Sandy Banks, commenting on photos of unidentified Black females."