Watch: Constitutional Lawyer Explains the Real Motivation Behind the Second Amendment—and It’s Bad News for the NRA

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Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

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Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color blindness shares  her thoughts on Hillary Clinton and the black vote.  Very interesting.

Here is an excerpt:

The love affair between black folks and the Clintons has been going on for a long time. It began back in 1992, when Bill Clinton was running for president. He threw on some shades and played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show. It seems silly in retrospect, but many of us fell for that. At a time when a popular slogan was “It’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand,” Bill Clinton seemed to get us. When Toni Morrison dubbed him our first black president, we nodded our heads. We had our boy in the White House. Or at least we thought we did.

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It should be noted that, and I discovered this in reading Ian Haney Lopez’s excellent book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism & Wrecked The Middle Class, Toni Morrison did not mean “first black president” in the sense that has been portrayed in the media for years. Lopez explains that she argued that many aspects of Clinton’s biography connected to stereotypes of blackness such as single-parent, born poor, working-class, and, yes, saxophone playing.

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Maya Angelou, Poet And Author, Dead At 86

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Author and poet Maya Angelou. who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.

Wake Forest University announced Angelou’s death in a news release Wednesday.

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Bill O’Reilly Isn’t Comparing Himself To Jesus — Oh Wait, Yes He Is

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The “Killing Jesus” author spoke at length about his Catholic faith with the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn in an interview published Friday, in which he criticized those in the “secular-progressive movement,” like liberal comedian Bill Maher, for ridiculing religion because “they don’t want to be judged.” Quinn noted that O’Reilly dedicated his book to “those who love their neighbors as themselves” and said she thought the “O’Reilly haters” would be surprised to see that dedication. “They’ll never read it, though,” he responded. “The O’Reilly haters are pretty much the people that have no idea what I do. And I like that — I mean, I don’t have any problem with people disliking me, and I’ll tell you why. I’m not comparing myself, but who was the most hated person in Judea 2,000 years ago?”

“Many, many loved him, but just as many despised him,” he added. “They’re always going to do that. If you speak your mind, you’re going to have some who like you and some who hate you.”

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International Blackness vs. Homegrown Negroes: Lupita, Chimamanda, Thandie and me

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“She is very white!” Revered Swedish film critic Jannike Ahlund watches a clip of actress Thandie Newton playing Olanna, one of the Nigerian twin sisters in the film adaptation of the award-winning novel Half of a Yellow Sun by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In January, the Goteborg International Film Festival and International Writers’ Stage Gothenburg co-hosted a conversation between Jannike and Chimamanda in Sweden. The audience laughed awkwardly at Jannike’s assertion. Chimamanda frowned at the description. Critiques of Thandie Newton in this leading role gathered force. Chimamanda was called upon to respond to them.

Half of a Yellow Sun is one of Chimamanda Adichie’s three novels. Chimamanda’s name exploded in popular circles recently when Beyonce included a quote from her TEDx talk, “We Should All Be Feminists, “Flaweless” from her latest album. Half of a Yellow Sun also stars award-winning Nigerian-British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years a Slave fame and African American actress Anika Noni Rose. Rose stars as Olanna’s fraternal twin, Kainene.

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JFK conspiracy theorist points finger at LBJ

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LBJ did it.

He didn’t pull the trigger, but he was in the thick of the conspiracy, according to a Scottsdale attorney who has written two books on the subject.

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Image: Robert Markow, The Arizona Republic

President John F. Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas 50 years ago Friday, and the attorney is certain that Lee Harvey Oswald’s only involvement was as the fall guy.

On a recent morning, Craig Zirbel is sitting at a nondescript office in the Scottsdale Airpark, behind a desk that he says once belonged to Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin senator famous for his claims that Communists had infiltrated the government.

Zirbel has written two books on the Kennedy assassination, and, McCarthyesque government conspiracies aside, he says the public has but two choices on deciding what to believe about that November day: Either Lee Harvey Oswald, a man with no motive did it, or another theory must be devised.

A majority of people, according to polls, believe the conspiracy idea and have for a long time.

Zirbel delivers his conclusions with enthusiasm, waving his arms and raising his voice.

“I don’t believe Oswald pulled the trigger,” Zirbel says.

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Author claims Robert Kennedy stole John F. Kennedy’s brain from National Archives

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Author claims Robert Kennedy stole John F. Kennedy’s brain from National Archives (via Raw Story )

In End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, set to be released on November 12, author James Swanson writes that “[n]ot all the evidence from the assassination is at the National Archives. One unique, macabre item from the collection is missing…


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