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After Florida lawmakers passed #StandYourGround, justifiable homicides spiked. Are the two related?

We explored that question last night on the show:

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I don’t trust Angela Corey. It is clear that Florida prosecutors are fairly unclear about how to defend black life against an onslaught of white murder. 

Yes, I know that Jordan’s killer may spend the rest of his life in prison. But this is not about jail time. This case, like the case of Trayvon Martin, hinges on whether white fear legally outweighs and is therefore more legally defensible than black life.  The day before Jordan Davis would have turned 19 years old, a court failed to affirm the value of his life, his right to exist in space enjoying music with his friends, his right not to be harassed by someone while doing something as mundane as sitting in a parking lot at a gas station. 

Professor Angela Ards said of this decision, “The chilling social logic of this illogical legal verdict is that Dunn has been found guilty of missing the other black boys in the car, of failing to kill them all.” 

I think it we can safely and fairly assume that it is open season on black teenagers, if the murders of Trayvon, Jordan and Renisha McBride are any indication. 
How much more are Black people in this country supposed to take?  Open Season On Black Teenagers and The Onslaught of White Murder



Because elections matter and I want to stop the next George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn from using SYG as a justifiable reason for murdering Black people in cold blood, and because I’m sick and tired of elected Republicans actively not caring about the value of Black lives


I seriously want to hear from the juror(s) who held out in favor for not finding Dunn guilty on all charges. because those jurors obviously either believed his fake story about feeling “threatened” and afraid (guess Black people aren’t allowed to be afraid of an armed agressor tho, right?), or they were just straight up racist and supporting a fellow racist…really, I cannot wait to hear their “logic” explaining how Dunn is guilty of committing attempted murder, while simultaneously being not guilty of murdering Jordan Davis

s2g if it’s any bs variant of, “well those other three weren’t a threat, but Dunn said that he believed Jordan was” I am gonna need to flip all the tables


also, major s/o to the juror(s) who didn’t roll over and pull a “Maddy”…bc of them not letting Dunn slide on the main charge, that may give Eric Holder and the DoJ a crack at him for a federal hate crime or civil rights violations, and a change of venue -I have absolutely zero faith in Angela Corey, the same ELECTED Republican who sees no prob with the SYG law and who prosecuted (and is still planning to re-prosecute) Marissa Alexander for firing a warning shot that harmed no one

the Dunn verdict and the racist, unequal application of “justice” with the SYG law still has me heated

they may as well call it the, “make sure you kill ALL the witnesses” law

Or, the, “who can really say what’s in a man’s heart?” law, because apparently, once an armed White person claims they felt threatened by the mere presence of a completely unarmed Black person, juries are compelled to take their word for it

The jury’s logic seems to be: “Well, Mr. Dunn said right there on the stand that he was afraid and he thought that he might have seen a gun. Maybe. Possibly. Therefore we have absolutely no other choice but to take the White man’s word for everything” -no matter WHAT evidence to the contrary was presented demonstrating that he very obviously was lying

Think about it for a sec…about how the entire script ʇoƃ pǝddıןɟ in both trials, and how what passed for “reasonable fear” was, in fact, an angry, *armed* and grown ass man, initiating a confrontation—with an *unarmed* minor—then escalating that confrontation, and then being murderously violent, and then after all of that, still saying with a straight face, “well, I thought they were about to become as violent as I already was. And they were Black. So I had to kill them”


Eventually it’ll be something as trite as, “he even dared to look me directly in the eyes”…oh wait, never mind

Stand Your Ground: where “reasonable fear” really means I got mad at a Black person Reasonable fear is the new 21st century shorthand for, “you know what I mean, they were Black”

FACT: if the choice is to believe the wild, improbable imaginings of a drunk, racist White man vs. considering that maybe, just maybe, a Black person was innocently minding their own business…well then, someone on the jury’s gonna side with the former and not the latter

and no; it isn’t just a “confused jury” or not even solely a “poorly written law” either, because if it were, there wouldn’t be such a lopsided, asynchronous application of the SYG law. SYG is only an acceptable defense based on race, and the ever-present presumed guilt of Black victims

for every self defense verdict where SYG is used against innocent Black victims; verdicts that let racists off the hook for the cold blooded murder of Black men, women and children…all such verdicts codify racism into our already heavily racially biased Criminal “Justice” System

With or without SYG, it IS about race…race simply becomes even more of a get-out-of-jail-free card for White (or non-Black) people who murder Black people. Again: racism is ALWAYS at play; is always a factor in the Criminal ‘Justice’ System


1) only moments prior to Zimmerman’s fatal attack, he was so full of anger that he told the police, “these n*ggers always get away” (and no, I don’t buy that he said punks)

2) moments before Dunn’s lethal attack, he was also angry, telling his gf how much he hated “thug music”

the mere presence of Black people who were not behaving in a manner that they approved of (whether passively walking away or just listening to music) was sufficient to make them see red. Both Zimmerman and Dunn were out looking to initiate trouble, and turn even the most innocuous of situations into an opportunity to show “them” who was the boss   

both Zimmerman and Dunn were the armed aggressors who were going to MAKE those uppity Black boys obey them. So we cannot overlook the underlying truth that Dunn and Zimmerman were sent into a homicidal rage, to a very large extent, because two young Black minors—Trayvon and Jordan—didn’t “know their place” (certainly not in north Florida) and neither teen submitted to Zimmerman or Dunn’s wishes; they weren’t sufficiently docile, and they didn’t say “yessa massa”

and that was all it took to make grown men want to murder them


the really troubling thing? Dunn thought that because of Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict that he would also be acquitted of all charges…and he was nearly right, but right now, somewhere in Florida, there’s another seething, angry White guy with a gun, who also hates “thugs” and “thug music” (but probably doesn’t think he’s a racist either) and who thinks he’s smarter than Dunn…who thinks he’s “learned” from Dunn’s “mistakes” and has SYG all figured out…don’t make the error of not killing everyone, and don’t pause once you’ve started shooting. Not until you’re completely out of bullets or till all the witnesses are dead

this needs to become a midterm election issue in Florida (and any other state with SYG laws) because the best way to prevent the next Zimmerman or Dunn from successfully hiding behind SYG…and the best way to get rid of both Angela Corey and SYG is to get rid of Rick Scott and the Republicans (or anyone else) who values ALEC and their precious NRA ratings more than they do Black lives


Immigrants built this country. But ALEC bills make life harder for immigrants—just so a few large corporations can pad their profits.
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Immigrants built this country. But ALEC bills make life harder for immigrants—just so a few large corporations can pad their profits.

The only way to stop ALEC is to de-fund ALEC. Tell Google to stop funding ALEC and their extremist agenda:


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Florida man who shot unarmed black teen over loud music dispute will face murder trial this week

Since the death of Trayvon Martin, reports of individuals who shot and killed others in the street claiming self-defense have proliferated. But one of the most prominent of all goes to trial this week, in a case involving a then-45-year-old man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after complaining about his loud music.

Defendant Michael Dunn claims he felt threatened after he pulled up next to victim Jordan Davis and his friends at a Jacksonville convenience store parking lot. After Dunn asked Davis and his friends to turn the music down they were playing in their sport utility vehicle, a dispute emerged between them. One witness heard Dunn say, “You are not going to talk to me like that,” according to the police. Dunn then allegedly pulled his gun out of his glove compartment and fired several shots into the SUV where Davis was sitting with three friends. Several witnesses to the shooting say they saw no physical altercation. Dunn then fled the scene and was apprehended by police a day later. Davis died in the arms of his friend in the car, unarmed, according to his father. No guns were found inside the car.

In a letter to local television station WJXX, Dunn said, “After multiple threats of death by Jordan Davis and his brandishing of a weapon, I was convinced that my life was in danger … I had no choice but to defend myself, I am NOT a murderer. I am a survivor.”

Letters by Dunn from jail released this week by the State’s Attorney’s Office reveal disturbing racial animus. In a letter to an unknown recipient highlighted by Jacksonville’s WTEV, he writes:

"It’s spooky how racist everyone is up here and how biased toward blacks the courts are. This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs. … This may sound a bit radical but if more people would arm themselves and kill these **** idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior."

In another letter to his girlfriend highlighted by HLNtv, he writes:

"I just got off the phone with you and we were talking about how racist the blacks are up here. The more time I am exposed to these people, the more prejudiced against them I become."

And in another to his grandmother, he says:

"I’m not really prejudiced against race, but I have no use for certain cultures. This gangster-rap, ghetto talking thug ‘culture’ that certain segments of society flock to is intolerable."

Since the incident, Davis’ mother Lucia McBath has joined Trayvon Martin’s mother as one of the most vocal advocates for reforming the state Stand Your Ground laws that became famous after Martin’s death. McBath testified at a hearing to repeal Florida’s law, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” But after receiving this and other testimony at a packed and emotional hearing, the Florida House’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted to kill a repeal bill, and instead advanced another bill that would expand the Stand Your Ground defense to warning shots.

Stand Your Ground laws, backed by ALEC and the NRA, grant immunity from all civil and criminal charges to individuals who can show a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm anywhere they had a legal right to be. While the law is inherently broad, it leaves room for discretion among judges and juries, and statistics show that it has been applied to favor immunity for whites who kill blacks. Unlike some other Florida shootings involving the Stand Your Ground law, police did not refrain from prosecuting Dunn for first-degree murder, and Dunn did not request a hearing to seek immunity before trial. But Dunn could still raise the Stand Your Ground defense at trial. And even if he doesn’t, the law could come into play in the jury instructions, as it did in the George Zimmerman acquittal.

The facts of Dunn’s case are seemingly even more damning, particularly because there are several witnesses, and even his girlfriend has agreed to testify against him. But in the time since Zimmerman’s acquittal, Florida courts have used the Stand Your Ground law to immunize a shooter who killed two men outside a Chili’s after going to his car to retrieve his gun, and another who killed an acquaintance for threatening to beat him up.

Dunn apparently did not seek civil immunity; he settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Davis’ family for an undisclosed amount in early January. Jury selection began Monday.

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Was Arizona’s “papers please” SB1070 law racially motivated and in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution? A federal judge says the only way to find out is to look at the emails and letters exchanged between the Arizona GOP and groups such as ALEC that were advocating passage of the law.

The Arizona GOP is fighting to avoid disclosure even though, as Judge Susan Bolton pointed out, communications to public officials are public records under Arizona law. What do Republicans have to hide? Could it be that terms such as “illegals,” “wetbacks,” “undocumented,” and “Mexicans” were used in the correspondence, and would thus show a racial intent behind the law?
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It’s worse than you thought.

As you may have seen earlier this week, The Guardian published internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that provide an unprecedented and disturbing view into how the über-secretive corporate bill factory really operates. This new evidence makes it clear what many have suspected all along - ALEC has misled reporters, the public, its members, and even the Internal Revenue Service.

ALEC’s primary purpose is to influence legislation at the state level, yet for years it has claimed on its tax returns spending a penny on lobbying. This is silly, and that’s why Common Cause, the Voters Legislative Transparency Project, and Clergy Voice, Center for Media and Democracy, and other watchdogs have all called bull on ALEC’s claims. You can add your name to the list here — sign this MoveOn petition requesting that the IRS investigate whether ALEC  has violated federal tax law by making substantial misrepresentations on its sworn tax returns.

Beyond the small matter (read: not a small matter) of ALEC’s dishonest about its lobbying activities, here’s what you need to know about these new documents and additional research we’ve done at Progress Missouri on ALEC’s influence in Missouri.

Attacking the rights of Missouri workers remains a top priority for House leaders. In the very first hours of pre-filing for the 2014 legislative session, ALEC Task Force Member Donna Lichtenegger (R-146) filed ALEC’s so-called ‘right to work’ bill with ALEC members Tim Jones and John Diehl, continuing the sad Jefferson City tradition of outsourcing legislative work to the corporate front group.

In ALEC board documents published by The Guardian, ALEC proposed that state chairs – and possibly other legislators – to take an oath to ALEC. The oath would require legislators to “put the interests of the organization [ALEC] first” and to be “morally responsible for the health and well being” of ALEC.  It also demanded legislators “inform ALEC of any public records/FOIA requests that include ALEC documents,” which underscores ALEC’s pattern of trying to hide communications with lawmakers from long-standing state transparency laws.

In the midst of the widespread public criticism of ALEC over its undisclosed corporate influence and its destructive agenda — including “Stand Your Ground” gun laws and “Voter ID” laws that make it harder for Americans to vote — at least fify corporations have left ALEC in the last two years. The new documents published by The Guardian reveal that even more corporations stopped funding ALEC, so they set up a “prodigal son” program to get the corporations that left to rejoin. Included in ALEC’s targets are Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, McDonalds, MillerCoors, Bank of America, Walmart and Express-Scripts.  Missouri-based Peabody Energy has never severed ties with ALEC.

An investigation by People For the American Way released this week shows that ALEC played a key role in pushing anti-LGBT policies throughout the 1980s.  One of their internal memos was even titled,“Homosexuals: Just Another Minority Group”. Read all about it here.

Like we said — it’s worse than you thought.

If you’re looking for more information on ALEC and its influence in state Capitols across the country, check out these recent stories:

And if you haven’t already, please sign the petition to ask the IRS to review ALEC’s tax records and claims that they never lobby.  

Sean, Pamela and Matt


Because of its role as the media arm of the Arizona Republican Party, the Republic is reluctant to report that the Arizona Republican Party operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of the “Kochtopus.” The current chair of the Arizona Republican Party, Robert Graham, was the founder of Phoenix-based Americans for Responsible Leadership. It’s president is the former Arizona House Speaker and failed congressional candidate, Kirk Adams. GOP political consultant Sean Noble, whose DC London firm is a major player in GOP politics, is the bag man for the “Kochtopus” money laundering conduit, the Phoenix-based Center To Protect Patient Rights.
And of course, our Tea-Publican controlled Arizona legislature frequently advances model legislation from “Kochtopus” organizations such as the American Legisaltive Exchange Council (ALEC), the Goldwater Institute, Americans For Prosperity, the Institute for Justice, and a host of other far-right political organizations. This is why Arizona has deservedly earned its reputation as the “meth lab of democracy.”
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Inside Groundswell: Read the Memos of the New Right-Wing Strategy Group

David Corn & Kate Sheppard | Mother Jones »

Groundswell has set itself up as the theme lab for the true-red activists of the conservative movement. Fearing that some hydra of the left has long been running wild, vanquishing the right, and bringing the nation closer to utter ruin, the members of Groundswell have birthed a hydra of their own.  >continue<

Ever wonder how right wing mouths are always spouting the same jingles and memes so damned fast?   Been going on for ever, basically reflecting the style of Newt Gingrich, who was invited to speak to Groundswell. Of course, the focus on the sorcery of language, of subverting rationality, thinking and argument by means of cute definitions and buzzwords has been a staple since the 80’s. Now, however, the sync between GOP wordsmiths and the “press” has veered into a schism of sorts, with a new Tea Bagger faction trying to create their own special collusion zone, Groundswell. But, like Romney’s ass-tacular remarks got recorded… now their workings have been exposed.

A must read, especially since Clarence Thomas’ wife is involved at a high level. Quite starkly, you can see a focus on sheer sophistry, marketing, “a grand parade of lifeless packaging ready to use”, all intent on bypassing rational consciousness and inquiry for the sake of hypnotic manipulation. This is what they think is at issue both in making and winning an argument.

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Some of the topics ALEC [American Legislative Exchange Council] will press Republicans to pass are the benefits of fracking to the oil industry, how to block GMO labeling, tactics to undermine renewable energy initiatives, maintain reliance on coal and fossil fuels, block minimum wage hikes, privatize schools and public toll roads, and how to eliminate occupational licensing requirements to allow any layperson to take teachers’ jobs for minimum wage. Attendees will also learn how to break unions by following the ALEC tactics Wisconsin governor Scott Walker put in place last year, as well as schemes to deny global climate change such as promoting “the many benefits of increased atmospheric CO2” ALEC funders the Koch brothers champion. All of the topics for discussion benefit ALEC’s corporate donors by giving them access and opportunity to write template legislation for and with Republicans so they can take them back to their home state legislatures and pass them into law.
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