As Obama Commutes the Sentences of Drug Offenders, Incarceration of Minorities is Examined

President Obama hasn’t been the greatest at handling America’s race issues, or even addressing them for that matter. But he took an admirable step in that direction recently:

President Obama announced on Monday [July 13th]  that he was commuting the sentences of 46 drug offenders, intensifying a campaign to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system as he more than doubled the number of nonviolent criminals granted clemency during his time in office.”

– NYTimes.com

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Obama Announces New Plan to Combat Housing Discrimination, While Almost a Third of Whites Think It Should Be Legal

Originally posted on TheConfirmationFiles:

As Obama Reveals New Rules to Fight Housing Discrimination, Nearly One-Third of Whites Would Legalize It

 It’s been nearly fifty years since the enactment of the Fair Housing Act, but discrimination in housing remains a sobering reality of life in America. Despite the belief among some people that the first Black president has brought about an end to racism, public attitudes and practices show otherwise. A new survey found that many whites still prefer not to sell or rent to Blacks.

As was reported in The Washington Post, the General Social Survey, which has been conducted since 1973, gives whites two options. One choice says a homeowner “can decide for himself whom to sell his house to, even if he prefers not to sell it to blacks,” while the other says a homeowner “cannot refuse to sell to someone because of their race or color.” The second choice is part…

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Elizabeth Warren’s call for a new Glass-Steagall Act, and the blatant hypocrisy from Bill Clinton

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:

By Robert A. Vella

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) renewed her call for a new Glass-Steagall Act this week that would reinstate the 66-year long banking regulations which were undone by President Bill Clinton and Republicans in 1999.  The move by the popular progressive senator obviously puts 2016 presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the hot-seat, for the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State has been rightly criticized as being a corporatist and as being way too close to Wall Street.

Bill Clinton has asserted that his repeal of the Depression-era law had nothing to do with the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Great Recession.  From The HillWarren bill could create headache for Hillary:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has thrust anti-big bank policy into the 2016 presidential Democratic primary, presenting a new political challenge for front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Warren’s re-introduction on Tuesday of Glass-Steagall, which…

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Pope Francis Criticizes Capitalism

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“Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.”

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Exxon Knew About Global Warming in 1981 – And Denied It For 27 Years

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“ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.”

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Justice For All

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Izilwane Zasendle~

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This Zulu phrase means wild animals. There are about 12,000 white, and 627 black rhinos in Kruger National Park. This one is looking at you for protection!
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Leopards in Kruger are rare and rarely seen.
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We were very lucky to see this one! The Kruger population is estimated at approximately 1000, although they are hard to count, because they are hard to find.
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1,700 lions are thought to live in Kruger.
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There are about 37,000 cape buffalo, and yes this one is sleeping. They do that a lot in water holes!
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There are only around 300 nyala. This is a male and two females. Quite a sighting of beautiful, shy, creatures! (Late addition: My blogging friend Quiall, see comments, found a baby nyala’s legs in this photo that I didn’t see. Count the legs and you’ll find the baby!)
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2000 warthogs,
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5000 waterbuck,
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over 127,000 impala,
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and more than 8,000…

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Hillary Clinton Predictably Uses 4th of July to Defend Her “Progressive” Record

“As 2016 presidential candidates flocked to spend Independence Day in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton found herself defending her record on policy and the size of crowds at her events.”

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Inside the mind of Charleston Massacre shooter Dylann Roof and the culture of White Supremacy

Originally posted on League of Bloggers For a Better World:

By Robert A. Vella

Charleston Massacre shooter Dylann Roof

I stumbled upon this fine exposé by David Nir of the Daily Kos which delves deep into the white supremacist psyche of Charleston Massacre shooter Dylann Roof.  It reveals not only Roof’s hatred of blacks and other ethnic minorities, but also his disturbingly confused attitude towards Jews.

Although I won’t cite the text and quotations here (they’re very offensive), I strongly urge everyone to read the article for yourself.  Keep in mind that the racist views of Roof are not limited to the lunatic fringe of right-wing extremism, and that they are indicative of a far more extensive problem in America regarding racial attitudes.

See:  Dylann Roof: ‘If we could turn every jew blue for 24 hours, I think there would be a mass awakening’

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Democrats Who Voted for Fast Track Legislation

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Barack Obama was given the authority he has long sought to expedite negotiations for a massive trade deal with countries on the Pacific rim, propelling the US toward a landmark agreement that, both proponents and critics agree, will reshape the global economy.”

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