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The Southern tradition of kicking blacks off juries

Chief Justice Roberts calls bs, vacates Georgia death sentence:

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that prosecutors in Georgia violated the Constitution by striking every black prospective juror in a death penalty case against a black defendant. The vote was 7 to 1, with Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting.

In notes that did not surface until decades later, prosecutors marked the names of black prospective jurors with a B and highlighted those names in green. They circled the word “black” where potential jurors had noted their race on questionnaires. After Mr. Foster was convicted, Stephen Lanier, the lead prosecutor, urged the all-white jury to impose a death sentence to “deter other people out there in the projects.” The jury did so.

First of all, what the fracking frack? Second of all, Clarence Thomas is not just an idiot, his hatred for his own race has made him delusional:

UNC Board of Governors vows to listen, do nothing

Or at least some of them will listen:

A handful of the 32-member governing board's members will listen to up to an hour of public comments following each regular meeting, starting Friday. Speakers will be required to sign in.

"I think it would be an outlet for those people who have been protesting and want to come and have a reasoned comment for us," UNC Board of Governors Chairman Louis Bissette said in a conference call with reporters. "The session is for us to hear from the public, not to respond to demands or engage in any sort of debate. So you will see we will be in full listening mode."

Bolding mine, pretty much all you need to know. It appears logic and reasoning aren't included in Chairman Bissette's repertoire of rhetoric. If they were, he would realize "full listening mode" would require the attendance of all voting members of the Board. Being the top dog in an academic setting is hard work, especially if you'd rather be cooking up ways to entice investors into turning over their cash. Also, isn't he supposed to be skilled at dispute resolution? Apparently those are hidden skills, only to be brought out when profit$ are available.

Tuesday News: Show me your papers!

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GETTING A PHOTO ID SO YOU CAN VOTE IS EASY. UNLESS YOU'RE POOR, BLACK, LATINO OR ELDERLY (Washington Post) -- In November, 17 states will have voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election. Eleven of those states will require their residents to show a photo ID. They include swing states such as Wisconsin and states with large African American and Latino populations, such as North Carolina and Texas. On Tuesday, the entire 15-judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans is to begin hearing a case regarding the legality of the Texas law, considered to be the most stringent in the country.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/getting-a-photo-id-so-you-can-vote-is-easy-unless...

Discussion of Charlotte's Nondiscrimination Ordinance Pulled from Agenda

The LGBT community won yet another battle in the war for equal rights today when Charlotte Mayor, Jennifer Roberts, pulled a discussion of the impact of HB2 from the agenda for tonight's Charlotte City Council meeting.

This doesn't mean there won't be other attempts to repeal the ordinance, which after the passage of HB2 actually no longer exists since state law supersedes the ordinance.

Trump's Inadvertent Warning

In his recent interview with FOX's Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump responded as follows to her question about whether or not he has regrets:

"Uh, absolutely I have regrets. I don't think I want to discuss what the regrets are, but absolutely. ... But overall, I have to be very happy with the outcome [of my conduct]. And I think if I didn't conduct myself in the way I've done it, I don't think I would have been successful, actually. If I were soft, if I were, you know, 'presidential'."

Roy Cooper attends, speaks at reception in Raleigh

On Wednesday, May 18th, a reception was held at the home of Christine and George Reddin in support of Roy Cooper's gubernatorial campaign. Cooper, North Carolina's current Attorney General, was in attendance and even gave a short speech to a room full of around 40-50 supporters, donors, legislators, and more.

CBS's Chicken-shit Interview of Obama Aide, Valerie Jarrett

Dear Ms. O'Donnell (of CBS's 60 Minutes):

Thank you for at least letting Valerie Jarrett speak without being constantly interrupted.

Despite Ms. Jarrett's explanations and clarification, however, you kept rudely returning to a favorite MSM meme--i.e., that President Obama is equally, if not mostly or entirely, at fault for the dysfunction caused by the GOP-controlled Congress.

Rip van Holding's election-year attack on IRS

A desperate hail-mary pass to save his gerrymandered Congressional career:

The IRS is understaffed and woefully so. That’s the work of congressional Republicans, who remain suspicious that the IRS targeted conservative nonprofits for investigation some time back.

But Holding’s idea, to move the IRS’ criminal investigation units to the Department of the Treasury, which would create an organization called the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, is just unnecessary. (And, hey, isn’t Holding one of those small-government Republicans? So what’s this new agency business?)

This is plainly an effort to appeal to extremist Teapublicans, by "disarming government agents" and eroding the ranks of the IRS. If you're trying to figure out the benefits that might be gleaned by pandering policy moves, you'll be at it for a long time before coming up empty-handed.

Monday News: Opportunity = Crisis edition

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CHARLOTTE CHAMBER: THE CITY COUNCIL HAS AN OPPORTUNITY ON HB2 (Charlotte Observer column) -- Chamber CEO Bob Morgan: We agree that only acceptable outcome is policies on local and state level that prohibit discrimination against all people, but not all deals are bad; City Council can make a first move to help begin rebuilding trust with N.C. lawmakers; Economic suffering is at stake
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article79167747.html

HB 2 BATTLE BACK IN FRONT OF CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL? (Charlotte Business Journal) -- The latest front to open in the fight over HB 2 — how and whether the city might repeal its anti-discrimination ordinance passed in February in exchange for possible moves by the General Assembly to make the state law more palatable for businesses and others who have called for it to be undone.
http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/morning-edition/2016/05/hb-2-battle-back-in-front-of-charl...

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