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shortformblog:

Ancestry.com has discovered that John Punch, the first African enslaved for life in America, was the 11th great-grandfather of President Obama.

CNNnotes researchers “found the new connection to the president’s African roots through an unlikely link, that of Obama’s Caucasian mother. President Obama’s African American roots had previously been tied to his father’s Kenyan birth. But as genealogists were pouring through documents tracing Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors, they found a connection to the Bunch family which had recently published DNA evidence that they had roots in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Interesting bit of genealogy here.

ceasesilence:

cognitivedissonance:

Ten Republican-controlled state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood since the 2010 midterm elections, but the clinics affected by the cuts will not have to shut their doors any time soon. The Obama administration so far has awarded hefty new federal family planning grants to Planned Parenthood clinics in three states that have cut the providers’ funding: New Jersey, Tennessee and North Carolina.

While Obama supports Planned Parenthood, the direct Title X grants are not exactly unusual: HHS has contracted directly with Planned Parenthood providers for years, including under former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. But the Planned Parenthood clinics that are receiving new federal grants this year are applying for those grants for the first time after defunding in their states created a need for federal money.

Paige Johnson, a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood clinic in Durham, said that clinic has never appealed to HHS for Title X grants because it was always able to partner with the state. But after the state stopped contracting with Planned Parenthood, the clinic made the case to HHS that it is the primary provider of family planning to low-income women in the area. Under federal law, HHS is required to award grant funds in a manner that expands women’s access to care in the most cost-effective way possible in areas of the greatest need.

Trust me, they mad.

A huge thank you to the Obama administration for putting women’s health above the GOP’s hissy fits.

Not all women. Not only women. But thank you, President Obama.

sinidentidades:

thepeoplesrecord:

MUST WATCH: Video shows NYPD officer assault during Stop & Frisk
July 27, 2012

The video shows a police officer striding toward a young man standing on a platform at the 45th Street subway station in Brooklyn. A few seconds later, the officer pats him down. Shortly afterward, the young man appears to fidget against a wall and the officer slams him to the ground, ripping a subway ad from the wall in the process. The officer does it again, then puts the young man in a headlock and handcuffs him.

That scene was captured by David Galarza, a local activist, who said he recorded it last Thursday night. At a news conference on Thursday in Brooklyn, Mr. Galarza and other local activists said the officer’s confrontation with the young man, Sean Pagan, 19, was another example of the police’s mistreatment of the predominantly Hispanic and Asian residents of Sunset Park.

This time, however, they say they have a video to support their contention.

“These are young people of color who are victimized many times, and this kind of excessive force, sometimes it’s captured, sometimes not,” Mr. Galarza said before screening the video for reporters at a Latino community center in Sunset Park. “There was an arrest of a young man, but not of the officer who did the groping, and who did the choking.”

Source

What a shocking video that shows the horror people of color in NYC endure if they are stopped & frisked. 

According to NYCLU, in 2011 New Yorkers were stopped by police 685,724 times.  

- 605,328 were totally innocent (88 percent).
- 350,743 were black (53 percent).
- 223,740 were Latino (34 percent).
- 61,805 were white (9 percent).
- 341,581 were aged 14-24 (51 percent).

Spread this around, and if you have the software, create mirrors and distribute download links. I’m sure this video won’t be up for long. 

stfuconservatives:

sinidentidades:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has debated, sniped and voted on the politically fraught issue of tax cuts, and next week the House is likely to do it all over again. Still, Americans won’t know until after the November elections how much more of their paychecks will go to the government next year.

House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that his Republican-led chamber is “more than willing” to make Democrats vote on the President Barack Obama’s plan to extend former president George W. Bush’s tax cuts for all but the wealthiest Americans. He also is bringing up the GOP’s proposal to extend the tax cuts for everyone.

The outcome is almost certainly stalemated until the November elections, so leaders of both houses of Congress are turning the House and Senate into campaign stages on one of the defining issues of the presidential and congressional races.

Obama signaled on Thursday he’s ready to do his part to light a fire under lawmakers. “I would urge the House of Representatives to do the right thing,” he told reporters during a Cabinet meeting. He said he and top aides will “amplify that message” in the days to come.

Obama said the one-year extension would provide “certainty and security to families who are already feeling pinched” and reassure businesses by taking “a whole bunch of uncertainty out of the economy” at a time of global economic worries.

The Senate opened the drama Wednesday with surprise debates and passage of a Democratic bill fashioned on President Barack Obama’s proposal to extend the income tax cuts to all but the wealthiest Americans through 2013. It passed even though the measure stands no chance of surviving the Republican-led House. Meanwhile, the Senate rejected a GOP amendment to extend the cuts to all taxpayers. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, intends to bring up that measure in his chamber next week.

Yay! They finally did something right.

sinidentidades:

The country is facing a HIV epidemic, with sex between men making up nearly 90 per cent of all new cases, according to the health department and the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP).

The UNDP says ten new infections are being detected every day, three times the rate of just a few years ago.

Although the total of 9,669 confirmed cases is relatively small in a population of nearly 100 million people, authorities acknowledge many more cases likely remain undetected and point to the concerning upward trend.

The Philippines is one of only seven countries globally where HIV cases have risen by 25 per cent or more since 2001, according to the UNDP.

“This is a worrying explosion of HIV cases marked by a shift in the way the virus is transmitted,” said Philip Castro, the UNDP’s HIV/AIDS programme officer in the Philippines.

He said 87 per cent of new infections were attributed to unprotected men-to-men sex (MSM), in a country where condom use overall is one of the lowest in Asia.

“What’s more alarming is that more than 60 per cent of (those engaging in) MSM had reported having unsafe sex in their last contact,” Castro said.

Health experts say the lack of public education about HIV, the virus which causes AIDS, as well as the shame of living with the disease also prevent many from acknowledging infections and seeking help.

They lay a lot of the blame on the powerful Catholic Church, of which 80 per cent of the population are followers, for spreading a conservative message they say has led to a lack of understanding and tolerance about condoms.

sinidentidades:

SEATTLE (AP) — An initiative to legalize and tax marijuana in Washington state has received $1.25 million in new donations.

Initiative 502 raised the money over the weekend from just four donors, including $450,000 donations from Progressive Insurance founder Peter Lewisand an arm of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, The Seattle Times reported (http://tinyurl.com/cxhgh3x ).

Campaign manager Alison Holcomb said the donations will pay for a $1 million TV-ad blitz in August.

I-502 is on the November ballot. It would legalize possession and sale of up to 1 ounce of marijuana. It also would impose a steep excise tax on marijuana and cannabis-infused products at new state-licensed marijuana stores, and would allow state-regulated grow farms.

The tax-and-regulate approach to marijuana legalization has drawn strong support from such longtime drug-reform advocates as Lewis, of Ohio. Before the weekend’s contributions, I-502 had raised $1.7 million.

"“Slavery in America was clearly harmful and wrong to the people who lived under it, but it proved to be the unintended transmission belt that brought Africans into the orbit of Western freedom,” he wrote.”"
- Texas congressional candidate Wes Riddle (R). More on Riddle here. (via motherjones)

sinidentidades:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Sunday the Aurora shooter is a “terrorist.”

“I think the political will come, but at this point, you know, in a funny way this guy is a terrorist, right,” Hickenlooper said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He wasn’t a terrorist in the sense of politics, but for whatever twisted reasons that we can barely even imagine, he wanted to create terror, he wanted to put fear in people’s lives.”

“For so many of us, movies are one of the places we find solace,” Hickenlooper added. “… We can’t let him take that away from us.”

The governor told host Candy Crowley “there is no easy answer” as those in the state ask how they could prevent something like this.

“How do we preserve our freedoms, right, and all those things that define this country and yet try and prevent something like this from happening? There is no easy answer,” he said.

sinidentidades:

Geraldo Rivera still thinks he was absolutely correct when he blamed Trayvon Martin’s killing on the teenager’s hoodie over four months ago.

The Fox News host caused uproar in March when he claimed that Martin, an unarmed teenager, was shot and killed because he was wearing a hoodie. On Friday, the co-hosts of “Fox and Friends” were discussing the surging number of shootings in Chicago, when Rivera broke in to repeat his incendiary comments about Martin.

“I was right about the hoodie, wasn’t I?” he insisted. “I hate to brag, but I got criticized by every pundit in America when I said that Trayvon Martin would be alive today but for the fact that he was wearing thug wear. He was wearing the hoodie. Turns out now that we look at George Zimmerman’s interviews with the police. He didn’t profile Trayvon Martin because he was black, he profiled him because he was wearing a hoodie.”

Rivera continued, “The headline is: Zimmerman is not a racist. Trayvon Martin would be alive today if he wasn’t wearing thug wear, if he wasn’t wearing that hoodie.”

Later, he alleged that civil rights leaders protested the “purported racism” behind Martin’s killing in full force while ignoring the violence in Chicago. “Where is that same feeling of concern in Chicago where 275 African-American kids have killed each other this year alone?” he asked.

I am so angry right now.

shiracoffee:

tinfoilandtea:

Republicans are responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act by setting a date for its repeal. “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare is a crushing blow to patients throughout the country,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said in a statement. “During the week of July 9th, the House will once again repeal ObamaCare, clearing the way for patient-centered reforms that lower costs and increase choice.” Millions of Americans have already benefited from the law, and many more are expected to gain coverage in 2014 and beyond.

Tell Congress that you stand with Obamacare by adding your name HERE.

Signal boost.

sinidentidades:

Wildfire worries in Colorado surged Wednesday, as fires threatened heavily populated areas of the state in and around Colorado Springs and Boulder – and a dangerous combination of high winds, heat, and drought conditions compounded firefighters’ difficulties. With three major fires burning within its borders, the state scrambled to allocate resources, and President Obama on Wednesday announced he would visit Colorado Springs at the end of this week to view the damage.

Near Colorado Springs, the Waldo Canyon fire ballooned Tuesday night, as high winds caused the fire to double in size to more than 15,000 acres. The city evacuated about 26,000 more people overnight, and on Wednesday, additional families in parts of Woodland Park – to the Northwest side of the fire – and Crystola were given the evacuation order.

More than 32,000 people have been evacuated so far, including residents of the US Air Force Academy. By Wednesday, the fire had encroached 10 miles onto Academy grounds, and firefighters were doing their best to hold the flames back. “We’re facing a potentially devastating disaster right here,” Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould told reporters in a press conference. Conditions improved enough Wednesday afternoon that the Academy briefly allowed some evacuees back into their base housing to collect more belongings.

sinidentidades:

In a victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court decided to uphold his signature health care law’s individual mandate in a split decision, upending speculation after hostile-seeming oral arguments in March that the justices would overturn the law. The mandate has been upheld as a tax, according to SCOTUSblog, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberal wing of the court.

Twenty six states sued over the law, arguing that the individual mandate, which requires people to buy health insurance or face a fine starting in 2014, was unconstitutional. Opponents cast the individual mandate as the government forcing Americans to enter a market and buy a product against their will, while the government countered that the law was actually only regulating a market that everyone is already in, since almost everyone will seek health care at some point in his or her life.

House Republicans have vowed to repeal the entire law, though it’s unlikely the Democratic-controlled Senate would let that happen.

Though the sweeping, 1,000-page plus law passed more than two years ago, much of it will not go into effect until 2014. That’s when states will have to set up their own health insurance exchanges, Medicaid will be expanded by 16 million low-income people, and Americans will have to buy health insurance (for many, with a government subsidy) or pay a penalty of 1 percent of their income to the IRS. Employers who have more than 50 employees and don’t offer insurance will also begin to face a penalty. Insurers will no longer be able to turn away people with preexisting conditions, or charge people higher premiums based on their gender or health.

Only about 6 percent of the population will actually be required to buy health insurance or face a tax under the mandate, since most people already have coverage or will get it through Medicare, according to the Urban Institute.

I have mixed feelings on the mandate, since it’s essentially a Republican idea in the first place, but overall this is a great thing.

Also, John Roberts—way to go, sir.

followingyourbliss:

Ron Paul admits he collects Social Security, which he compared to slavery in the past

stfuconservatives:

Like Ayn Rand before him, Ron Paul publicly rails against social welfare programs while quietly collecting his monthly checks from the government.

And before an Libertarians can jump in and say, “Well he paid into the system so he deserves to participate!!!”: you keep calling Ron Paul the “principles” candidate. Principles involve not taking checks from a system you’re trying to wipe out for the next generation.

To be fair, he paid into it so he has to collect it—I mean, this isn’t really as hypocritical as it seems.

I COMPLETELY disagree with his view of SS, but it’s not like he can choose not to pay into SS.

sinidentidades:

Fame is a double-edge sword. Just ask actor J.D. Williams, who played drug dealer Preston “Bodie” Broadus on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series “The Wire.” Williams says that because of the notoriety of the series, he is often stopped by police who recognize him, and mistakenly believe him to be someone they’ve arrested before.

Capital New York spoke with Williams on Sunday while he was protesting the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy in Manhattan. That policy has been getting a lot of attention, of late.

“I’m from New Jersey but I’m in Manhattan almost every day auditioning when I’m working so there’s a very real possibility that I will always be stopped and frisked. I’m from New Jersey and we don’t necessarily have this kind of policy, but we have similar racial profiling practices so, you know, a stand up here is a stand for anywhere else.”

cognitivedissonance:

coketalk:

Some of you may be catching wind of a story about some state level Michigan Republicans huffing and puffing because a female representative said the word “vagina” on the floor of the House.
Ignore this story. It is a sideshow.
Instead, please turn your attention to this guy. His name is Bruce Rendon, and he is a state representative from a tiny little backwater town in northwest bumble-fuck Michigan with a population of less than 1000.
Bruce Rendon is not an evil man, just a simple one. He has an associates degree in how to draw a straight line. He’s in the construction business just like his daddy used to be, and his idea of a god-fearing good time is judging dairy cows at county fairs. That’s fine. The world needs men who pin prize ribbons on cattle, but those men should not be given the power to legislate complex bioethical issues, because that’s how wars on women get started.
You see, this pointy-headed numnard recently introduced House Bill 5711, a ham-fisted piece of legislation that’s being called the nation’s worst anti-abortion bill. All the ridiculousness on the floor of the Michigan House is a direct result of this ignorant piece of draconian drivel.
It’s unsophisticated men like Bruce Rendon who in their righteousness are fucking things up for the rest of us, and though he may not be an evil man, that doesn’t make him any less an enemy, and I personally believe it’s always a good thing to know your enemy’s name.
Go fuck yourself, Bruce Rendon.

I enjoy the sideshow. But… TRUTH ^

cognitivedissonance:

coketalk:

Some of you may be catching wind of a story about some state level Michigan Republicans huffing and puffing because a female representative said the word “vagina” on the floor of the House.

Ignore this story. It is a sideshow.

Instead, please turn your attention to this guy. His name is Bruce Rendon, and he is a state representative from a tiny little backwater town in northwest bumble-fuck Michigan with a population of less than 1000.

Bruce Rendon is not an evil man, just a simple one. He has an associates degree in how to draw a straight line. He’s in the construction business just like his daddy used to be, and his idea of a god-fearing good time is judging dairy cows at county fairs. That’s fine. The world needs men who pin prize ribbons on cattle, but those men should not be given the power to legislate complex bioethical issues, because that’s how wars on women get started.

You see, this pointy-headed numnard recently introduced House Bill 5711, a ham-fisted piece of legislation that’s being called the nation’s worst anti-abortion bill. All the ridiculousness on the floor of the Michigan House is a direct result of this ignorant piece of draconian drivel.

It’s unsophisticated men like Bruce Rendon who in their righteousness are fucking things up for the rest of us, and though he may not be an evil man, that doesn’t make him any less an enemy, and I personally believe it’s always a good thing to know your enemy’s name.

Go fuck yourself, Bruce Rendon.

I enjoy the sideshow. But… TRUTH ^