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Jamaican AG Malahoo Forte under fire over tweet denouncing gay-rights flag at US Embassy

he Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte is facing mounting criticism on social media following a post she made on Facebook and Twitter denouncing the decision of the United States Embassy in Kingston to fly a rainbow flag in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting.

Forty-nine people were shot dead in the attack early Saturday morning by a man who the police later shot and killed.

"I strongly condemn the #OrlandoNightClubShooting but I find it disrespectful of Jamaican laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte posted.


Just when you think it's safe to take people off ignore

someone says something so fricking stupid that you add them to the list

Sanders' New York delegation is threatening to sow chaos on the convention floor

Call them Hillary’s home-state haters.

A group of rabble-rousing Bernie Sanders supporters from New York is headed for the Democratic National Convention next month as hand-picked, at-large delegates -- and they’re threatening to make trouble for Hillary Clinton at the very moment she hopes to make history as the first female nominee of either party and unite Democrats for the coming battle with Donald Trump.

The disgruntled Sanders delegation, heading to Philadelphia with deep reservations about Clinton’s brand of center-left pragmatism, serves as a reminder of how contentious the four-day meeting could become, and a warning to Democrats of the importance of bringing Sanders happily into the fold.

Some 20,000 protesters are reportedly planning anti-Clinton protests outside of the convention hall. But interviews with members of Sanders’ New York delegation reveal that supporters of the Vermont senator are also considering bringing some of those protests inside the Wells Fargo Center itself — raising the prospect of an embarrassing spectacle on prime-time TV.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/bernie-sanders-convention-delegates-223848#ixzz4AXDdrE4J
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Light-skinned vs. dark-skinned


It was a brisk May night in Oakland, California, when the Golden State Warriors vanquished the Portland Trailblazers to snag a second consecutive berth in the 2016 Western Conference finals.

Before the game, reigning MVP Stephen Curry once again hoisted the Maurice Podoloff Trophy recognizing him as the league’s most-heralded player. As the glee gently took hold in the locker room and spilled into the hallway outside, I spoke to Curry and most of his family — his father, the 16-year NBA veteran Dell, his enchanting mother Sonya, his brother and current NBA player Seth, and his resourceful wife Ayesha. I discussed with them a wide range of issues — faith, fatherhood, feminism, and family values — seeking to gauge how they affect Curry and his loved ones.

Now that the Warriors are entering the NBA Finals to play the Cleveland Cavaliers, Curry’s profile as the league’s best player will be further elevated.

But there is a vexing issue I didn’t raise with Curry and his family — an issue that his celebrity has shined new light on: the difference one’s visibility makes to the race, and to the larger world, if one is light-skinned or dark-skinned.

I'm curious as to people's opinions on this. The whole light skinned is soft thing makes sense because it's my understanding that the light skinned meant higher social status. But being darker skinned is more desirable because it makes you more real or authentic like the hood comment in the article? I didn't know that.

(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online


In the early days of the social web, putting someone's name in multiple parentheses was meant to give that person a cute virtual hug. Today, it's something far more sinister.

Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white nationalists have begun using three sets of parentheses encasing a Jewish surname — for instance, (((Fleishman))) — to identify and target Jews for harassment on blogs and major social media sites like Twitter. As one white supremacist tweeted, "It's closed captioning for the Jew-blind."

Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor for the New York Times, wrote about his experience as a victim of this harassment in a May 26 story.

"Hello ((Weisman))" it began after Weisman tweeted a Washington Post article about Donald Trump titled "This Is How Fascism Comes to America."

Survey: More than half of corporate CEOs prefer Clinton over Trump

More than half of Fortune 500 CEOs say they would prefer Hillary Clinton to win the White House instead of Donald Trump, according to a new survey.

Fifty-eight percent of the CEOs said they would support Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, while 42 percent would support Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, according to a survey conducted last month by Fortune and released on Wednesday.

“Big company CEOs tend to lean heavily Republican," the survey said.

"But most of the 500 operate on a global scale, and many disagree with Trump’s proposals for raising trade barriers. Some also have been rattled by his stance on immigration, or by his comments showing little understanding of public finance."


Sanders Plays a Dangerous Game-Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts

Bernie Sanders is playing a selfish, dangerous game.

He has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination -- none, zero, zilch. Yet he persists in attacking Hillary Clinton, and his supporters threaten to disrupt the Democratic convention in a way that can have only one effect: helping elect Donald Trump president.

Does he want that to be his legacy? Apparently he doesn't care. Sanders' ego has swelled to Trumpian proportions, and he has rejected numerous and increasingly desperate appeals from senior Democrats to recognize reality and back off.

Sanders and his wife, Jane, we are told, feel "disrespected" by party leaders and have somehow decided that Clinton and the Democrats are his real enemy, not Trump and the Republicans.


A Message to the #BernieorBust Movement-Amanda Kerri


There once was a village named Ben Tre. It lay along a sleepy branch of a river a few dozen miles from the city of Saigon. When the Vietcong, in their attempt to overwhelm and defeat the combined forces of the South Vietnamese government and their American allies, launched a surprise attack during the ceasefire declared to celebrate the festival of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, they attempted to overwhelm and capture the sleepy little town. The Americans, in their attempt to keep their South Vietnamese allies from being overrun, used massive artillery and air strikes to indiscriminately bomb the town. Eventually the Americans won that day, killing 300 communist Viet Cong guerillas. However, in the process of this victory, half the village was destroyed and almost 1,000 innocent civilians were killed. At one point a truce was even called so they could throw the bodies of the dead villagers in the river so they wouldn’t spread disease among the soldiers. Later, when reporters asked how the military could wreck the town and kill some many innocent civilians, an American officer reportedly said, “It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it.”

It’s easy to morally justify things when we do them in the name of the righteousness of our beliefs. Sometimes they are epic in scale such as when religious crusaders slaughter the non-believers; sometimes they are seemingly petty, like when a person steals from another so they can eat. The problem with this is that while it may seem right to us and those who agree with us, it always comes at a cost to someone else. The more we are assured in the righteousness of our cause, the easier it is to become dogmatic in our beliefs and hurt anyone who may stand in our way — the reality of the situation and circumstances be damned.

When I hear those people shout at the top of their lungs or type in all caps #BernieorBust and #Never Hillary, I wonder how they can claim that they actually care about the people they say Bernie would be the best at helping. Some have even said that if Hillary gets the nomination, they would vote for Donald Trump just to keep her from winning. A few have even said they welcome Trump winning because the damage he would cause would further justify and empower the revolution Bernie has promised them. They’re ready to burn the village in order to save it.

I fully appreciate the loyalty and ideology of Bernie supporters; he’s inspired many to vote for the first time and given hope to many that someone in Washington still cares about the little man/woman. However, Bernie will not win. Sanders has so thoroughly insulted the Democratic Party that he has begun to burn any bridges he might have had the chance to build. He is behind by 3 million popular votes and over 250 pledged delegates. There will be no miracle on June 7 to close a gap like that unless a political upset the likes of which haven’t been seen since Truman beat Dewey in 1948. The superdelegates Bernie will not flip to his side, especially after he has called them corrupt and rigged against him. That bridge has been not merely burned but carpet bombed. Clinton is the uncrowned winner; her victory in the Democratic primary all but inevitable. If through a cosmic miracle Bernie is the presidential nominee in November, I will vote for him though, because it’s the right thing to do.

Activist Peter Staley Slams Bernie Sanders For Misleading Statement About Meeting On HIV/AIDS


From the Facebook page of noted HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley:

“Feeling used and abused by the Sanders campaign right now. They just issued a press release making it sound like our meeting was about his endorsement of AHF’s drug pricing ballot initiative in CA. Senator Sanders never brought the issue up during our meeting. WE brought it up near the end, only to tell him that we had been flooded with messages from all the leading AIDS organizations in CA with deep concerns about AHF’s initiative — they are worried it could actually negatively impact access to AIDS drugs.

“Those groups have tried to reach the campaign with these concerns but had hit a brick wall. We asked Sanders to designate someone in his campaign to talk with these groups, and he agreed to this. WE DID NOT ENDORSE AHF’S INITIATIVE. His campaign should not have issued a press release implying this was a major topic of discussion at the meeting, and that there was general agreement on the Senator’s position on this. Anything but.”

State Department Report On Email Vindicates Clinton Rather Than Nails Her

The report released Wednesday by the State Department Inspector General on its email records management is being reported as heavy-duty criticism of former Secretary Hillary Clinton. However, the report has more in it that vindicates Clinton than nails her.

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