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NFL player Colin Kaepernick sits during national anthem; 49ers defend move

This is coming from an “oppressed” black guy who is worth $16 million.

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

From MSN: Colin Kaepernick, who has been mired in a quarterback controversy with Blaine Gabbert to see who will lead the 49ers this season, may have sparked a real controversy Friday night.

Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem before the 49ers preseason game at Levi’s Stadium, although the move went unnoticed by most at the time. ProFootballTalk.com reported the story more than an hour after the game, and no reporters asked Kaepernick about it following the 49ers 21-10 loss to the Packers.

Kaepernick explained his stance during an interview with NFL.com: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” he said after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

But Kaepernick’s action prompted the 49ers to issue a statement acknowledging that he sat during the anthem, and defending his right to do so.

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” reads the statement. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

That stance will not sit well with many fans, however, and Kaepernick is sure to hear the boos in opposing stadiums as the media shines the spotlight on his decision. Was Kaepernick, who has been outspoken on his Twitter account about racial issues in the U.S., making a political statement? Expect to hear much more on this story in the coming days.

By the way, neither Kaepernick nor Gabbert did anything to win the starter’s role Friday night, each finishing with 14 yards passing.

Some of Kaepernick’s latest tweets:

“Folks always want to make it seem like White Supremacy is whiteness gone wild. No. It’s a standard 🇺🇸 practice.”

“., you have to do more than just say .

“(Covert) Redlining White Supremacy Vs. (Overt) Segregation White Supremacy”

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Devilry at Hillary Clinton’s Reno speech

Yesterday, August 25, Hillary Clinton delivered a speech at a rally in Reno, NV, in which she portrayed Donald Trump — and, by extension, Trump’s supporters — as racist.

But there’s much more to Hillary’s speech that’s even more troubling than her playing the racist card.

Here’s the ABC News live video of her speech. I’ve fast-forwarded the video to begin at 31:40 mark. I suggest you watch the video in slow-motion by clicking on the wheel-shaped “Settings” icon in the bottom of the video — the third icon from the right. Once you’ve clicked on the wheel-shaped icon, click the “Speed” arrow, then click 0.50 or 0.25 to slow down the video.

(1) Satanist in audience makes devil’s horns hand-sign

At the 31:45 mark in the video, someone seated at the front of the audience threw the Baphomet or devil’s horns hand-sign with both hands. Below is a screenshot I took of the satanist’s hands. I painted the yellow arrows pointing at the hands.

Devil hand-sign at Hillary Clinton's Reno speech, Aug. 25, 2016

(2) Background behind Hillary is not as portrayed?

Beginning at the 31:48 mark, someone in the audience raised his/her smart phone to take a video of Hillary. But the phone seems to show an entirely different background behind Hillary than the colorful one we see in the ABC News live video, prompting speculations in the Alternative Media that she was standing in front of a green screen. (I painted a yellow circle around the smart phone in the screenshot below.)

smart phone image of Hillary's Reno speech, Aug. 25, 2016

As Hillary turns to her right and moves away from the podium, the screen goes black at the 31:54 mark, and stayed black for 6 seconds until the 32:00 mark. What happened in those 6 seconds which was edited out?

Beginning at the 32:00 mark, several smart phones can be seen in the audience, all showing what appears to be a different background than the one we see in the video.

Here’s a better view of devil hand-sign and the smart phone screens from DITRH (DeepInsideTheRabbitHole):

According to an article on Hillary’s speech by reporter Seth A. Richardson for Reno’s local newspaper, the Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ), Hillary gave that speech at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC).

RGJ has 81 photos of that rally in TMCC (go here). Below is photo no. 4. Behind Hillary is a backdrop of flags, behind which is a wall of windows and some of the ceiling’s steel beams — all of which is vaguely reminiscent of the images on the smart phone screens.

RGJ photo of Hillary speaking in Reno, Aug. 25, 2016.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the RGJ photo with the smart phone image:

Photo & smart phone image of Hillary in Reno, NV, 8-25-2016

Based on the side-by-side comparison above, my conclusion is that Hillary Clinton did deliver her speech in an auditorium at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV, instead of what some allege — that she was standing in front of a green screen.

H/t “Barry Soetoro Esq.”

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~Eowyn

Crazy gibberish names Americans give their babies

An email from FOTM‘s maziel:

These are real baby names:

Atiba, Porsha, Quentarius, Ashayla, Lajquan, Deonsyn, Azelia, Dayquan, Christer, Jantezio, Kasman, Nyjerika, dezman, Arentheeus, Jermaeria, DeShawn, Kadarius, Dimitric, Teona, Tytieana, Jhiquarius, Piera, Jamaya, Keyona, Londell, Majical, Juwan, Taeauora, Tatiteus, Lenair, Cabria, Jakera, Jamia, Javylon, Tariq, Akira, Jakovia, Padra, D’Cavion, Keishauna, Taheza, Tasavion, Ye’Cenia, Somya, Shatrella, Sawson, Keyel, Ziykies, Teyah, Dashanna, Maliek, Tenijah, Railee, Royquez, Quetarius.

The craziest baby names were told to me by a nurse, whose patients were the parents.

One named her baby Vagina, pronounced Vajinna (like Virginia).

Another woman named her baby Syphilarius because she was in the public health office and saw a poster on sexually transmitted diseases. She thought “syphilis” sounded pretty and named her baby after the STD.

crazy baby names
Lest you think only Americans inflict ridiculous names on their children, they have them in other countries as well.

As reported by CNN, in 1982, Sweden enacted a Naming law that says: “First names shall not be approved if they can cause offense or can be supposed to cause discomfort for the one using it, or names which for some obvious reason are not suitable as a first name.”

Among the first names rejected by the Swedish government is Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb111163 (pronounced Albin), which had been submitted by a couple in protest of the Naming law. The parents then submitted “A” (also pronounced Albin) as the child’s name. It, too, was rejected.

In New Zealand, the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act of 1995 doesn’t allow people to name their children anything that “might cause offence to a reasonable person; or […] is unreasonably long; or without adequate justification, […] is, includes, or resembles, an official title or rank.”

Among the names rejected by New Zealand’s registrar of births are Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy, Sex Fruit, Satan and Adolf Hitler.

Denmark has a very strict Law on Personal Names to protect children from having odd names that suit their parents’ fancy. Parents who want to name their child something that isn’t on the government-approved list of 7,000 names, have to get special permission from their local church, and the name is then reviewed by governmental officials. Rejected names include Anus, Pluto and Monkey.

According to BBC News, increasingly parents are giving unusual and even unique names to their children. In the US, in 1950, 5% of parents chose a name for their child that wasn’t in the top 1,000 names. By 2012, that figure had increased to 27%.

As baby names become more a matter of choice rather than tradition, they reveal more about the people doing the choosing, especially their race.

A 2003 study, “Are Emily And Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal?,” sent nearly 5,000 CVs in response to job advertisements in Chicago and Boston newspapers. The CVs were the same, but half were given fake names that sounded like they belonged to white people, like Emily Walsh or Greg Baker, and the other half were given names that sounded African American, like Lakisha Washington or Jamal Jones. The call-back rate from employers was 50% higher on the “white” names then the “black” names. The effects were noted even for federal contractors with “affirmative action” policies, and companies boasting they were “equal opportunities” employers.

Another study that analysed the scores of some 55,000 children in a school district of Florida found that children with black-sounding and low-income-sounding names tended to have worse school test scores and were less likely to be recommended for the schools’ programme for “gifted” students.

~Eowyn

Gun Control, Chiraq Style: 4 dead, 35 wounded in weekend shootings

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From MyFoxChicago: Four men were killed and at least 35 more people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, according to Chicago Police.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The 25-year-old got in an argument with another male at 2:49 a.m. at a house party in the 7000 block of South Artesian, police said. Shots rang out, and he was found with a gunshot wound to the head on the front lawn of the residence. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Friends and family at the scene identified him as Darius Brownlee.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, another man was shot to the death in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side. Officers responding to a call of a person shot at 12:05 a.m. in the 3700 block of West Grenshaw found the 21-year-old on a porch with a gunshot wound to the chest, police said. He was shot at a different location before walking back home to tell his family what happened. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. His name has not yet been released.

On Saturday night, a man was shot to death in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood on the Northwest Side. About 8:15 p.m., officers responding to a call of a person down in the 2700 block of North Harding found a 20-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. He was dead at the scene, police said. His name has not yet been released.

About 5:30 p.m. Friday, a man was shot to death in the West Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. Christopher Kent, 25, was shot multiple times in the 7700 block of South Lafayette Avenue and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 6:33 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Kent lived a block north of where he was shot. Police have not released more details on the circumstances of the attack.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. About 6:45 a.m., a male was shot in the head in the 3600 block of West Lexington, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Additional details, including his age and condition, weren’t immediately available.

Earlier Sunday, a 14-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting in the West Side Austin neighborhood. He was standing at the corner of North and Luna avenues about 4 a.m. when he was shot in the head, police said. He was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where he was listed in critical condition.

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

At least 33 more people have been wounded in more shootings across the city since 10 p.m. Friday.

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Seattle offers classes on ‘white fragility,’ to explain roots of guilt

white guilt

From Fox News: A city-run cultural program in Seattle is offering residents classes on “white fragility” to white folks understand why they can’t seem to handle matters involving race, and tickets have sold out.

Lecturer Robin DiAngelo, who coined the term, is teaching the taxpayer-funded class for the city Office of Arts and Culture. She defines white fragility as “a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves.”

Critics say it is just the latest attempt at spreading white guilt, following in the footsteps of concepts such as “white privilege.”

Lecturer Robin DiAngelo

Lecturer Robin DiAngelo

“By the way, DiAngelo is white,” noted Todd Herman, of MyNorthwest.com. “But she doesn’t have any bias or fragility. And we’re going to pay her a bunch of money to teach a class on white fragility!”

The Office of Arts and Culture, which has a budget of $8.3 million, is holding two 4-hour classes, Aug. 17 and Sept. 7. Tickets are $60 and both lectures are sold out. Erika Lindsay, a city spokesperson, says staffers have been working on the event, but she could not pinpoint how much taxpayers are shelling out for the program.

“A primary role of our office is to provide programs and resources to help the arts and culture sector flourish and many arts and cultural organizations see the ability to become more inclusive as a major step towards their ability to thrive,” she said.

DiAngelo, who is white, has made a career out of studying whiteness. She earned her doctorate in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in 2004. Ten years later she became a tenured professor in whiteness studies at Westfield State University. Now she is back in Seattle working as a lecturer at the University of Washington. She’s also director of equity for Sound Generations, Seattle/King County and was recently appointed to co-design Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Anti-Racism Training program.

Seattle is not alone in spending tax dollars on educating white people about their purported fragility. Portland Community College held a series of lectures in April under the heading: “Whiteness History Month Project.”

Melinda Bullen, Diversity Resource Center coordinator at Mt. Hood Community College, lectured on “white fragility.” Bullen, who is white, told attendees, “because of their position of privilege and accustomed racial comfort, whites will often display racial arrogance by denying, debating, trivializing racism or critical thought regarding racial conflict.”

Bullen also says white people need to be much harder on themselves. “Seeing yourself as well-meaning,” she said, “removes responsibility for your actions…good intentions are one of the great hindrances to honest conversations about race.”

h/t Hot Air

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Federal judge declares ‘black lives matter’ during hearing over Seattle police reform

Judge Robart

Judge Robart

Via Seattle Times: U.S. District Judge James Robart, pointedly reacting to the Seattle police union’s rejection of a tentative contract, said Monday he would not let the powerful labor group hold the city “hostage” by linking wages to constitutional policing.

“To hide behind a collective- bargaining agreement is not going to work,” Robart said during a dramatic court hearing he opened by laying out a path for police-accountability reform and closed with an emotional declaration that “black lives matter.”

Robart, who is presiding over a 2012 consent decree requiring the city to adopt reforms to address Department of Justice allegations of excessive force and biased policing, called for major changes that would directly affect the union’s membership: streamlined appeals of officer discipline and internal investigations conducted by civilians rather than sworn officers.

Kevin Stuckey

SPOG President Kevin Stuckey

Kevin Stuckey, who recently became president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) in a power shake-up and listened in court to the judge’s blistering remarks, said the union is prepared to sit down with the city and reach a deal.  “The judge has given us our marching orders,” Stuckey said, insisting the union’s vote this summer to reject the deal was not tied to money but to the leak of confidential contract details to The Stranger newspaper.

Guild members — officers and sergeants — voted 823 to 156 this summer to reject a contract containing a mix of wage hikes and reforms, an outcome one source attributed to too many giveaways without enough in return.

Other sources previously said former SPOG President Rich O’Neill, who in 2008 won big pay raises in exchange for reforms, led the campaign against the package.  O’Neill’s effort indirectly led to Robart’s tongue lashing, during which he said he might formally intervene if he concludes the guild is interfering with reform.

“The court and the citizens of Seattle will not be held hostage for increased payments and benefits … ,” Robart said, adding, “I’m sure the entire city of Seattle would march behind me.” (Oddly enough, no one ever holds the teachers accountable for “holding the kids hostage” when they routinely go on strike [illegally] in Washington State.)

Robart, at the same time, praised the city’s overall reform effort, saying the Police Department had adopted sweeping changes. It has become a national model for de-escalation tactics, he said, and put in place successful crisis intervention techniques, use-of-force reviews and added training on bias-free policing.

Seattle Police Chief O’Toole

Seattle Police Chief O’Toole

He said that the work is not done and that strong leadership is required. “I think we have the right person to do that in Chief O’Toole,” Robart said of Kathleen O’Toole, who listened from the audience.

Last week, Robart issued an order allowing the city to draft police-accountability legislation, as long as he reviews it before it is submitted to the City Council to make sure it does not conflict with the consent decree.

During Monday’s hearing, he provided a blueprint for what he would like to see in the legislation, based on various proposals produced by city officials, the Community Police Commission (CPC) and the court-appointed federal monitor, Merrick Bobb.

Beyond changes to appeals and internal investigations, Robart said he wants the position of civilian director of the Office of Professional Accountability, which handles internal investigations, to be strengthened. He said the city should create the position of inspector general, to be held by a civilian with broad oversight powers. O’Toole, Robart said, should retain the final word on disciplinary decisions.

City Attorney Pete Holmes, speaking for the city, pledged to complete legislation for Robart’s review by Labor Day. Holmes said the city would have to reconcile legislation prepared by Mayor Ed Murray with proposals submitted by the CPC, a temporary citizen-advocacy body created as part of the consent decree.

Robart has clashed in the past with the CPC over its attempt to become a permanent body and expand its powers, saying that can’t be done without the court’s approval. On Monday, Robart said he would not find the CPC in “contempt” over its release last week of a proposed police-accountability ordinance. But he said it went too far. “Some of your provisions cross the line,” he said, citing legitimate input versus management of the department.

Murray is expected to submit a framework for a community oversight panel, but it might be different from the body envisioned by the CPC.

In comments after the hearing, CPC member Isaac Ruiz said the commission was glad Robart established a path forward. “We’ll definitely take the judge’s words … to heart,” Ruiz said, explaining the proposed ordinance was only meant to be recommendations.

The Rev. Harriett Walden, the CPC’s co-chair, said the commission would work with the mayor’s office on drafting a package, with the hope Murray will recommend the CPC be made permanent.

Robart ended the hearing with deeply personal remarks, in which he noted a statistic that showed, nationally, 41 percent of the shootings by police were of blacks, when they represented 20 percent of the population.

“Black lives matter,” he said, drawing a startled, audible reaction in a courtroom listening to the words coming from a federal judge sitting on the bench.

He also said the recent shootings of police officers, including in Dallas, Baton Rouge and, in 2009, of four Lakewood, Pierce County, officers, reflected the importance of the work being done to heal police and community relations.

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Ellen DeGeneres defends herself against racism allegations over Usain Bolt photo

Some people have no sense of humor.

The offensive image...

The offensive image…

From MSN: Ellen DeGeneres is responding to accusations of racism she’s received since posting an edited photo of herself and Usain Bolt to her Twitter account.

“I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country,” DeGeneres wrote on Tuesday. “It is the furthest thing from who I am.”

The image that sparked the controversy depicts DeGeneres on the back of the Jamaican sprinter as he finished first in the men’s 100m event at the Rio Olympics on Sunday. “This is how I’m running errands from now on,” DeGeneres captioned the photo.

The original photograph, which shows Bolt looking back and smiling as he is well ahead of his competitors in the semifinals, went viral following the race.

Though DeGeneres is known to use her Twitter account to jokingly insert herself in popular images, a number of people found this instance to be a step too far. People on Twitter quickly responded to the edited photograph with disdain, writing that the image has “ugly connotations” and lamenting that the edited photo seems to equate Bolt with “a common mule.”

Some of the Twitter replies:

  • @TheEllenShow so the first thing that pops in your head when looking at this pic is “oh let me jump onto his back like he’s a common mule”?”
  • @TheEllenShow @usainbolt So riding on his back like a mule, a horse as some form of property is fun to you…”
  • @TheEllenShow despite its intentions this pic has ugly connotations comin from a rich white lady”

Everything is raaaaaaaaacist these days. Sigh…

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