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Three Muslims killed in shooting near UNC; police, family argue over motive
Three University of North Carolina students were murdered, execution style, at their Chapel Hill apartment complex. Days went by before most news outlets acknowledged the slain trio as actual human beings. There is currently a battle between the police and family members as to whether second-year Dentistry student, Deah Barakat, 23; his 21 year-old wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha; and her 19-year-old sister, Razan, were victims or martyrs. Their family, friends and associates want their murders to be designated as a hate crime, although, I can't think o f anything more hateful than cold bloodily murdering someone. Chances are pretty good that the findings of the official inquiry will not render them less deceased once they ascribe a motive to their killer.
Michigan Republican official fatally shoots self in eye while adjusting gun in her bra holster
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Dallas Morning News "White Power" Coverage is Example of What's Wrong with Race Relations in America
The headline on dallasnews.com stated:
Signs at Flower Mound-Plano East game seen as racist
The lead was, “Lewisville ISD is investigating signs displayed during a Flower Mound High School basketball game last week that some considered racist.”
Well, hell, who the heck are the presumable “most” who didn’t consider the “White Power” signs racist?
Actually, I'm pretty reticent about calling people racists. I think movements can be racist. Systems can be racist. Traditions can be racists, etc. But people -- Most of us are too busy trying to maintain a warm, safe place to eat and sleep and take care of our families and loved ones. Most of us don't have the time or inclination to actively pursue the detriment of someone else.
In my own experience, I have found that people who are a part of a racist bureaucracy, system or institution like, say, The Republican Party, are really amenable... MORE >>>
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Explains to Rachel Maddow What kind of Cowardly Bully Fox's Bill O'Reilly Is
"The guys who were really scary in my neighborhood never threatened anybody. They just did it.” — Lawrence O’Donnell
In case you didn't know, it seems Bill O'Reilly makes Brian Williams look like Honest Abe, what with all his reportorial tall tales. The Fox News reporter has since taken to leveling threats against a variety of real reporters covering the story.
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