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Archive for August 19th, 2014

Howard Dean: I Hope Hillary Wins

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Howard Dean: I Hope Hillary Wins
Though he hinted a year ago that he might run for president in the 2016 Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean is now speaking out in support of her candidacy. “I am a huge Hillary Clinton fan,” Dean told CNN. “Not because I hope to get a job. I know her; I’ve known her for a long time. I think she has an enormous mental capacity to do analysis and let the chips fall where they may. If she is president, which I hope she is, I think she is going to be a terrific president.”


MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

MAC Commissioner: ESPN deal brings stability
Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says the league’s new 13-year media rights agreement with ESPN provides long-term stability to the conference at uncertain time for college athletics.

Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you
LONDON (AP) — Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want to have a word with you.

US won’t reveal records on health website security
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government’s signature health care website because doing so could “potentially” allow hackers to break in. Earlier, the administration had promised not to withhold government information over “speculative” fears.


Defense points to Bob McDonnell’s wife as source of loans

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Defense points to Bob McDonnell’s wife as source of loans
The former Virginia governor is battling accusations that the traded $165,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for promoting a donor’s company

Obama urges Ferguson authorities, protesters: Don’t “simply holler at each other”
The president during a news conference called for “understanding” after more than a week of public outrage at the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in Missouri.


CNN’s Rosemary Church Asks “Why Not Perhaps Use Water Cannon” In Ferguson

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

CNN’s Rosemary Church Asks “Why Not Perhaps Use Water Cannon” In Ferguson

From the August 19 edition of CNN’s CNN Newsroom:

Related

After Peaceful Start, More Tear Gas and Gunfire During Ferguson Protests

h/t Deadspin 


Fair Is Good, but Should a City Decide Which Startups Are OK?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fair Is Good, but Should a City Decide Which Startups Are OK?
Debra Saunders, RealClearPolitics
I’ve never used Airbnb. I’m not proud of my failure to dive into the sharing economy. I know it’s largely a function of middle age — I don’t want to sleep in a stranger’s spare bedroom, even if it’s cheap — and of years of parlaying hotel rewards programs to my advantage. My first reaction when I heard about ride service startups Uber and Lyft was that they enjoy an unfair advantage over cabbies, who have to jump through hoops and pay huge fees to do what “sharing” kids do on the fly. I mention the above to establish that I understand cities’ impulse to use their clout to instill in startup…


Police question Galloway over speech

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Police question Galloway over speech
MP George Galloway was interviewed by police after saying Bradford had been “declared an Israel-free zone”, the BBC understands

UK department denies ‘No’ vote advice
A Whitehall department denies advising its staff to vote “No” in the Scottish independence referendum.

Week on benefits call to ministers
Sinn Féin challenges DUP, UUP and Alliance ministers who have backed the implementation of welfare reform to spend a week living on benefits.


Reports: ISIS beheads American journalist

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Reports: ISIS beheads American journalist
Freelance journalist James Foley went missing in 2012 while covering the war in Syria.


In Russia, Scenes From Ferguson Are Played as Nothing Shocking: It’s America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

In Russia, Scenes From Ferguson Are Played as Nothing Shocking: It’s America
Events in Missouri are the latest opportunity for news media and the government to portray the United States as a hypocritical critic of speech restrictions.



Sinosphere Blog: Pope Francis Says He Would Visit China ‘Tomorrow’
Pope Francis also sent radio greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people during a historic flight over mainland China, the first by a pope during Communist rule.



Rockets From Gaza and Israeli Response Break Cease-Fire
Three rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel, breaking a cease-fire, drawing Israeli retaliation and prompting Israel to recall its delegation from talks aimed at ending the latest conflict.




Washington Fans Wear Headdresses To Game Against Cleveland Browns

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Washington Fans Wear Headdresses To Game Against Cleveland Browns

Even as Native Americans argue that wearing headdresses perpetuates damaging stereotypes and other organizations take steps to ban headdresses, the tradition lives on into a new football season in Washington.

The post Washington Fans Wear Headdresses To Game Against Cleveland Browns appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Washington fans in headdresses at Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

Washington fans in headdresses at Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

CREDIT: AP

While Washington football players entered their preseason game against the Cleveland Browns with a touching tribute to Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, several of the team’s fans attempted to conduct a tribute of their own to the people the team’s “Redskins” name represents.

Outside the stadium before the game, WTOP’s Michelle Basch found two fans who went beyond the normal gameday attire to don full Native American garb, including headdresses and war paint, to FedEx Field on Monday night:



The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg noticed other fans in the stands wearing headdresses:



This is hardly a new occurrence at Washington games — in fact, it’s a long tradition — but it naturally attracts more attention at a time when the team’s name is under increasing scrutiny. During a recent media tour to defend the name, Washington owner Daniel Snyder reiterated that to him and the team’s fans the name and everything that comes with it “represents honor, represents respect, represents pride.” Native Americans who oppose the name, however, have said the opposite, arguing that mascots that use Native American names and imagery make it easier for fans like these to appropriate cultural markers in a way that has damaging social and psychological consequences for their communities (the American Sociological and American Psychological associations have both passed resolutions calling for the elimination of such names and mascots for this reason).

Last year, an official from the National Congress of American Indians told ThinkProgress that wearing headdresses and face paint — – sacred religious aspects of Native American culture — amounts to “making fun of religion and our culture.” A Native American high school student echoed those concerns in a recent speech on the effects of mascots and imagery in sports.

While Washington doesn’t want to change its name, it and the NFL (which also supports the name) could meet its opponents halfway on headdresses with relative ease. Teams across sports have policies banning signs they have deemed offensive from their stadiums, and Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants have considered banning headdresses after two fans complained about others wearing them during a Native American Heritage Night game in July. A popular Canadian music festival instituted a similar policy this summer.

But the tradition of wearing headdresses lives on in Washington (and other places with similar mascots) even as Native Americans continue to argue against it. And to Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter, who has emerged as one of the biggest opponents of keeping “Redskins” as the name of Washington’s football team, that only makes it clearer that the name needs to change.

“This is proof that for all of Dan Snyder’s claims that he wants to honor Native Americans, his pathological desire to slur Native Americans does exactly the opposite: it encourages millions of people to see our culture as nothing more than a mascot or a costume,” Halbritter said in a statement. “Mr. Snyder is actively and deliberately dehumanizing people by continuing to promote, market and profit off of this slur, and this shows his efforts are having the intended effect. Because of Mr. Snyder’s refusal to change his team’s name, Washington fans are now proudly lampooning Native American culture at Washington games. This shows exactly why this name must finally be changed.”

The post Washington Fans Wear Headdresses To Game Against Cleveland Browns appeared first on ThinkProgress.


Police Arrest Two Protesters Demanding a Special Investigator in Michael Brown Shooting Case

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 19th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Police Arrest Two Protesters Demanding a Special Investigator in Michael Brown Shooting Case
From: Steven Hsieh

Protesters share many residents’ opinion that St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch harbors a pro-police bias.

Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?
From: Michelle Goldberg

If the anti-abortion movement could rouse itself to oppose spraying a civilian population with miscarriage-causing chemicals, it might actually make a difference.

Why Are You Dressed Like Darth Vader?
From: Tom Tomorrow

Officer Friendly, is it Halloween already?

Why Protesters in Ferguson Can’t Stay Home at Night
From: Zoë Carpenter

The mistrust in Ferguson is being deepened in real time by local officials’ selective release of information.