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Daily Kos Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:18:45 GMT  

Open thread for night owls: At Stone Mountain, confederacy supporters rally for their flag
Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial
Originally conceived in 1916 by the landowner, a prominent Ku Klux Klan supporter, as monument to the Confederacy and the revived Klan, the Stone Mountain carvings languished before the project was revived in 1958 by Georgia's pro-segregation governor and legislature.
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Last Saturday, supporters of "Southern heritage" rallied at Stone Mountain in defense of the symbols of and monuments to the Confederacy. Their primary goal: to convince onlookers that this indeed was about heritage, not hate.
“This is about erasing us,” said Jimmy, a representative of the League of the South who refused to give his last name. “This is about our First Amendment rights, our Second Amendment rights — every amendment you’ve got.” [...]

“We’re not racists. We’re not out here fighting for slavery,” said Steve Cook, a Sons of Confederate Veterans member from Atlanta. [...]

Across the parking lot, Allan Croft, a bearded Dalton resident, debated Southern history with a group of young black men.

“Yeah, we didn’t want our daughters to marry you and we didn’t want our children to go to school with you,” he said. “But you’ve got to realize something, your parents didn’t want it, either.”

Croft blamed integration and the civil rights movement on “Communist Jews” and said accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof “should have went to the synagogue, because that’s the enemy of all of us.”



Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2004Gay marriage victory in Washington state:

This morning, a King County Superior Court judge ruled Washington's ban on same sex marriage in violation of the state constitution.

"The Court concludes that the exclusion of same-sex partners from civil marriage and the privileges attendant thereto is not rationally related to any legitimate or compelling state interest and is certainly not narrowly tailored toward such an interest."

This will end up in the state Supreme Court, but still is wonderful news!


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Pensito Review Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:18:45 GMT  

Trump Details His Foreign-Policy Approach

But we have to negotiate great trade deals. I would get the best guys — Carl Icahn is a friend of mine. I’d say Carl, congratulations, handle China. I’d get other guys like Carl. I’d say, good luck, here’s Japan. Believe me, we will do so well. We will make so much.

— Donald Trump, in an interview on Morning Joe.

But we have to negotiate great trade deals. I would get the best guys — Carl Icahn is a friend of mine. I’d say Carl, congratulations, handle China. I’d get other guys like Carl. I’d say, good luck, here’s Japan. Believe me, we will do so well. We will make so much.

— Donald Trump, in an interview on Morning Joe.


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ThinkProgress Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:18:46 GMT  

Samsung Creates $86 Million Fund For Workers Who Develop Cancer And Preventive Safety Measures

Mobile device titan Samsung will set aside $86 million to support workers, and their families, who develop cancer and other diseases from working at the company's chip and display factories.

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Mobile device titan Samsung will set aside $86 million to support workers who develop cancer and other diseases from working at the company’s chip and display factories.

In a statement to Reuters, which first reported the story, Samsung said it would make payments to sick plant workers, contractors, and their families. The money will also fund research and improve worker safety.

Two hundred Samsung employees have become ill since the 1990s after working at the company’s South Korean factories. At least 70 of whom died from lymphoma, leukemia and other diseases caused by extended radiation and chemical exposure, according to the SHARPS activist group, which focuses on health and safety rights of Samsung employees.

Samsung publicly apologized in 2014 for its working conditions in the semiconductor plants, where one 32-year-old worker died of brain cancer in 2012. The worker, Lee Yun-jeong previously asked the Korean government to intervene and compensate her, but it denied her request because of insufficient evidence of what caused her cancer.

Similar to other industries, tech companies have struggled to maintain healthy working conditions internationally. The BBC investigated Chinese factories making Apple products last year, uncovering exhausted, hungry, and overworked employees. In Indonesia, BBC found, Apple was accused of using conflict minerals, a practice the company has vowed to stop.

Amazon has been repeatedly criticized for its working conditions. Before the holiday rush last year, 500 of the company’s unionized, German warehouse workers went on strike to protest wages and unsafe working conditions. Past labor reports found that Amazon workers had to endure 100 degree temperatures, conceal injuries, and walk up to 15 miles a day.

Contractors for other companies such as Google and Facebook have also pushed back against low wages and grueling hours with some results. After protests, Google hired hundreds of security guard contractors as full-time employees with benefits. Facebook’s shuttle bus drivers unionized last year to combat long hours and low wages.

The social network also announced a new employee benefit program in May that would raise contract and staff employees’ minimum wage to $15 a hour.

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Jeb Bush Isn’t Sure If We Should Spend Half A Billion On ‘Women’s Health Issues’

The former Florida governor says the next president should defund Planned Parenthood.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said at the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if the government should be spending half a billion dollars on “women’s health issues.”

“The next president should defund Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The argument against this is, well women’s health issues, you’re attacking, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking women’s health issues. You could take dollar for dollar, although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues, but if you took dollar for dollar there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist to provide quality care for women on wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government, in my mind.”

The remarks come on the heels of a series of heavily edited videos released by an anti-abortion group that conservatives have used to attack Planned Parenthood, saying the organization is “selling aborted baby parts” illegally. However, the nonprofit has made clear they are legally donating fetal tissue for medical research and money exchanged is to reimburse the organization for its costs. This hasn’t stopped the Senate from pushing for a vote to stop all federal funding from flowing to the women’s health organization.

Bush is right to say about the amount that Planned Parenthood receives from government funds, as the Washington Post and the organization’s annual report says. The women’s health organization receives about $528.4 million through a combination of state, federal and sometimes local government dollars. Very little of what the organization spends is on abortion, and much of it goes toward routine women’s health care like contraception, regular checkups, and breast cancer screenings.

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But what is unclear is whether Bush knows that federal funding for abortion is already prohibited through the Hyde amendment, a policy that’s been in place since the 1970s and that has been disastrous for low-income women. Some have argued that defunding Planned Parenthood would actually increase the number of abortions, as the organization provides so many crucial women’s health services to prevent pregnancy.

It is also unclear how much Bush thinks is appropriate for the government to spend on “women’s health issues.”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has robustly defended Planned Parenthood, even while she called the videos “disturbing” fired back at Bush on Tuesday.


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Anti-Choice Activist To Face Jury For Threatening Abortion Provider

"This decision sends a critical message to extremists across the country."

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Prominent anti-abortion activist Angel Dillard will stand trial for the contents of a 2011 letter which threatened the life of Kansas doctor, Mila Means, who was planning to offer abortion procedures.

“Thousands of people are already looking into your background, not just in Wichita, but from all over the U.S.,” read Dillard’s letter to Means. “They will know your habits and routines. They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live. You will be checking under your car because everyday-because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.”

The Tenth Circuit Court overturned a 2013 federal ruling in Dillard’s favor last week, meaning the influential Kansas activist will now face a jury of her peers to decide if the letter contained “true means” of threat against Means in violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinical Entrance Act. FACE protects those seeking to provide or receive reproductive health opportunities against “the use or threat of force and physical obstruction that injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services.”

The court originally sided with Dillard on grounds of First Amendment free speech rights, stating that the letter did not clearly prove that violence against Means was probably or imminent, despite the text of the letter that threatened Mean’s safety and professional wellbeing.

According to the court, the language was not specific enough to warrant full prosecution. “To be a true threat, a communication must reasonably suggest that the sender is a participant in the proposed violence. The court also concluded that, in this case, the letter did not satisfy that standard because the letter does not refer to any violent action by Dillard,” stated the appeal brief.

Now, with the above ruling overturned and Dillard heading to trial, pro-choice and FACE Act advocates are hopeful for a crackdown on violence and proposed violence against abortion providers.

“This decision sends a critical message to extremists across the country,” said duVergne Gaines, Feminist Majority Foundation National Clinic Access Project director, in a statement to Ms. Magazine. “The law is clear: threatening abortion providers with stalking, car bombs and murder is not protected speech under the First Amendment. The decision strongly reinforces the integrity of FACE and its use to stop threats and other conduct designed to terrorize and intimidate providers and patients.”

Threats, harassment, and acts of violence are concerningly commonplace for abortion facilities and staff, with one in four clinics experiencing anti-abortion activity on a daily basis and nearly 14 percent experiencing severe, high-levels of violence and harassment according to the 2014 National Clinic Violence Survey.

Eight clinic workers have been murdered in the U.S. in the last 21 years, including Dr. George Tiller, who was killed while handing out service bulletins at his Wichita church in 2009. Dillard has publicly praised Tiller’s killer, Scott Roeder for his “conviction” and has since visited him in prison multiple times — a relationship which Means reportedly said, “magnifies the concern of the threat” when she testified in 2011.

While Dillard still has the ability to appeal the Tenth Court’s decision, the likelihood of Dillard receiving trial-by-jury is a promising step towards greater prosecution of FACE Act violations and greater threats against reproductive health providers.

Katelyn Harrop is an intern with ThinkProgress.

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PoliticusUSA Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:18:46 GMT  

The Progressive Unvarnished Facts About the Planned Parenthood Issue
Here's what you will never know about PPFA if Republicans are your only source of information. By the organization's own statistical measure, PPFA has been around over 97 years. It's the go-to national source for poorer women and a growing number of men.

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Three More Polls Show Donald Trump Crushing The Rest Of The GOP Field
Two national polls and a New Hampshire poll find Trump way ahead of the rest of the Republican field.

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30% of The Participants In Fox News’ Sham Debate Are Former Fox Employees
Fox News announced the ten Republicans who will be participating in the network's first debate, and the hypocrisy of the entire situation was illustrated by the fact that 30% of the GOP field used to work at Fox News.

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Paul Krugman Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:18:46 GMT  

Sarcasm and Science
Did humor drive economists into intellectual failure?
Corbyn and the Cringe Caucus
Maybe Labour supporters don't feel as beaten as the elite.
No Sanity Clause
Yes, there is none.

Media Matters for America - Latest Items Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:18:46 GMT  

Fox's Megyn Kelly Pushes Flawed Comparison Between Hillary Clinton And David Petraeus

From the August 4 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:

Previously:

Conservative Media's Fact-Challenged Comparison Between David Petraeus And Hillary Clinton

A Megyn Moment: Kelly Fabricates Felony Charges To Help Fox's Deceptive Campaign To Disqualify Clinton

Media's Baseless Speculation That Clinton May Have Broken Laws With Email Use


Right Wing Watch Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:18:46 GMT  

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/4/15
  • Eric Hananoki @ Media Matters: GOP 2016 Contenders Are Courting Erick Erickson, The Anti-Gay Pundit With A “Pattern Of Being Disrespectful To Women.”
  • Alan Colmes: Colmes vs. David Horowitz: Is Obama a ‘Jew-hater’?

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