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White-nationalist group that influenced alleged Charleston shooter is subsidized by American taxpayers. The Council of Conservative Citizens has had tax exempt status since 1985. In its most recent tax filing in 2013, the group reported revenues of $67,000. Owens said the small amounts of money involved may also deter the IRS from taking action. “The ability of the IRS to deal with organizations that are not a significant revenue drain is very limited these days,” he said. A spokesman for the IRS did not respond to requests for comment.

The Council of Conservative Citizens said in a statement that it “unequivocally condemns Roof’s murderous actions.” Its spokesperson, Jared Taylor, said, “I think it would be a big mistake to say that he was inspired (by the group’s website.) He was informed.” Taylor said the group is not racist, does not promote hate and educates the public about a variety of issues. That’s a theme pushed by the website. Taylor runs his own white-nationalist organization and website called American Renaissance. Scott Walker's Wisconsin jobs agency gave out $124 million without review. More than two dozen awards worth more than $124 million were made to companies without a formal staff review by the underwriting department of Gov. Scott Walker's economic development agency, it reported Friday. Documents detailing the awards were made public late Friday afternoon in advance of a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board meeting on July 20 to discuss one troubled unsecured loan that went to a failing company owned by a Walker donor.

The Republican Walker, who is expected to formally launch a presidential campaign in mid-July, has been hounded by troubles with the quasi-private jobs agency he created shortly after taking office in 2011. An internal review released Friday showed that WEDC gave out 27 award contracts to 24 companies between July 2011 and June 2013 without staff review, which WEDC said was not required at the time. Those were discovered during a review of 371 awards WEDC made in its first two years of operation. Rep. Kenneth C. Associated Press. Brock: What's Behind The House Select Committee On Media Matters?

During his deposition last week before a congressional panel investigating the 2012 tragedy in Benghazi, Libya, Sidney Blumenthal -- a former journalist and Clinton White House adviser and my long-time friend -- was asked more than 45 questions by the Republicans about his relationships with me, Media Matters, and a pair of super PACs I founded, American Bridge and Correct The Record. By comparison, Blumenthal was asked by those same Republicans fewer than 20 questions about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, only four questions about U.S. security there, and zero questions about the U.S. presence in Benghazi, according to a fact sheet circulated by Democratic committee staff. The chairman of the House Select Committee, Rep.

Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, was especially animated in quizzing Blumenthal, who, as the press reported weeks ago, is a paid consultant to my aforementioned groups. Not only is there nothing amiss here; we're proud of the good work we do. Well, not us. The hipster is dead, and you might not like who comes next. What do we call me? I’m a 26-year-old writer who lives in a gentrifying neighborhood in Brooklyn. I’m a straight white man with a single-speed bike and a mustache. I studied liberal arts in college, and I have ideas about stuff, you guys. Millennial? Hipster? Let's consider something new: Yuccies. I am the yuccie. More money is good, but more creative money is better. Yuccies are hardly mythical creatures. Getting rich quick would be great. Getting rich quick and preserving creative autonomy? Getting rich quick and preserving creative autonomy? When they graduated college — unless they completed XYZ Start Up Bootcamp instead — many didn’t bother attempting a traditional career path.

That sounds like me. From board room to drawing board: Unrequited yuccies Not all yuccies follow such a direct path. That same Deloitte study found that as many as 28% of millennials believe their talents aren’t being tapped at their current jobs. Win-lose-pivot. And those are just yuccies I’ve met. US Mass Shootings, 1982-2012: Data From Mother Jones' Investigation. Editor's note: This dataset originally covered 1982-2012 and has since been expanded through 2016. For more context and analysis, see our Guide to Mass Shootings in America.

You can also download this data in CSV, XLS, or TXT formats, or click here for the full Google spreadsheet view. (The embedded version below does not support expanding the cells to see the full text in some places, but you can access it these other ways.) It’s not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings... I get really really tired of hearing the phrase “mental illness” thrown around as a way to avoid saying other terms like “toxic masculinity,” “white supremacy,” “misogyny” or “racism.” We barely know anything about the suspect in the Charleston, South Carolina, atrocity. We certainly don’t have testimony from a mental health professional responsible for his care that he suffered from any specific mental illness, or that he suffered from a mental illness at all. We do have statistics showing that the vast majority of people who commit acts of violence do not have a diagnosis of mental illness and, conversely, people who have mental illness are far more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators.

But the media insists on trotting out “mental illness” and blaring out that phrase nonstop in the wake of any mass killing. “The real issue is mental illness” is a goddamn cop-out. What’s interesting is to watch who the mentally ill people are being thrown under the bus to defend. So The Confederacy Didn't Go To War Over Slavery? Dylann Roof's Violent, Racist Beliefs Are Hiding in Plain Sight on the Internet. On Wednesday night, a gunman opened fire at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine, including the church's pastor, South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. A suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, was captured after a 14-hour manhunt.

When the gunman let a witness go free, he allegedly said, according to a cousin of a victim, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country," referring to the black community. In a photo on his Facebook profile, which has since been removed, Roof wears a jacket adorned with white-pride symbols. After Roof was captured, the Washington Post reported quotes from acquaintances that made Roof's agenda clearer. Inevitably, less than two hours after the shooting, a thread about the event popped up on Stormfront. The myth of black men taking over America and raping white women is widespread. Elsewhere, you'll find rants like this, from the white supremacist Vanguard News Network: Why the GOP Hates Talking About Hate: Conservatives Don’t Want to Confront Racism in Charleston Shooting. The queer rapper has made his HIV positive status public.

Will the world of rap embrace or turn on him? “Oh this fag can rap? Yeah, they saying that. They listening.” Three years ago, this line from Mykki Blanco’s hit single “Wavvy” became something of a rallying cry for an emerging LGBT rap and hip-hop scene populated by figures like Le1f, Angel Haze, Zebra Katz, and Big Freedia. For Blanco, born Michael Quattlebaum Jr., the lyric was an assertion of artistic relevance beyond the confines of identity—a claim to a place not just in queer rap, but in rap unmodified. But Blanco’s Facebook post last weekend might prove to be even more influential: “Ive been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life.” This announcement comes just over twenty years after rap star Eazy-E revealed that he had AIDS, becoming one of the first musicians to do so. “Much of the history of HIV activism is also the history of artists,” says Stephens.

Hate Crimes Are an American Problem, Not an Aberration | Alexandros Orphanides. No decent human being would attempt to rationalize the vicious murder of 9 Black parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston. But we are seeing a dangerous narrative put forth by many that underestimates the prevalent racist attitudes that fosters terror attacks against the Black community. Just as news of the tragedy unfolded, South Carolina's governor Nikki Haley released a statement that said "we do know that we'll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another.

" Until recently, the national press infrequently reported racially-motivated violence. The advent of social media has made that kind of self censorship impossible. According to a witness, just moments before the shooting, Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old white male shooter, remarked, "I have to do it. It is the zeitgeist of a country that passes off racist sophistry as political discourse. That zeitgeist is racism. The racist flags on Dylann Roof's jacket, explained. Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old man suspected of walking into a historically black church and massacring nine parishioners, is in all likelihood a white supremacist. We know that not just from his actions: the above photo of Roof, identified by the Charleston Post and Courier, shows him wearing a jacket with the flags of two avowedly racist nations. That would be apartheid South Africa, which you might be aware of, and Rhodesia, which is a little less known.

Here's a guide to what those flags mean — and why a man who appears to have committed a vicious hate crime would sport them on his jacket. Rhodesia Rhodesia's flag. Rhodesia used to be where today's Zimbabwe is. After the area was colonized by the British in the late 1890s, a racial caste system quickly emerged in what would become Rhodesia, where white people controlled the commanding political heights, as well as most of the land, while black people served as peasants. South Africa WATCH: President Obama on South Carolina. In climate change encyclical, Pope Francis shows his political chops. Vatican leaders released Pope Francis's environmental encyclical June 18 in Vatican City.

(The Vatican English) Pope Francis and President Obama smile as they exchange gifts at the Vatican on March 27, 2014. (Gabriel Bouys/Associated Press) The long-awaited encyclical from Pope Francis was released early Thursday, a 184-page document that exhaustively walks through the pontiff's moral case for addressing climate change. What's interesting, though, is Francis's obvious grasp of the political obstacles to solving the problem. In paragraph 178, he summarizes: A politics concerned with immediate results, supported by consumerist sectors of the population, is driven to produce short-term growth. It's immediately apparent in the excerpt above that his argument for action on climate change is interlaced with his long-standing objection to consumer culture.

Politics is largely concerned with immediate results; in the United States, often driven by election cycles. Francis notes this, too. NRA Board Member Blames Murdered Reverend For Death Of His Congregants In Cha... National Rifle Association board member Charles L. Cotton wrote that the victims of a mass shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina church died because of Reverend Clementa Pinckney's advocacy for gun safety laws. Pinckney, along with eight others, was killed by a gunman during a June 17 attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 2013, Pinckney, who was also a South Carolina State Senator, introduced legislation to require more comprehensive background checks on gun sales and supported several other gun safety measures during his career as a legislator.

In a post on an online forum for Texas supporters of the concealed carry of handguns, Cotton wrote, "he [Rev. Pinckney] voted against concealed-carry. At the bottom of Cotton's post was an image that promoted NRA membership: "I'm sick of this woman and her 'don't touch my kid regardless what he/she did or will do again' attitude," Cotton wrote in a thread titled "HB567: Corporal punishment in schools. "" Why the Confederate flag started trending after the Charleston shooting. UPDATE: It was reported later that suspect Dylann Roof drove a car with Confederate flag licence plates. In the wake of the mass shooting in South Carolina, the image of the Confederate flag started trending online - driven by liberals who blame it for stoking racism in America.

As news broke of a mass shooting which killed nine in a church in Charleston in the state of South Carolina, a mostly predictable reaction developed online. But alongside trending phrases such as "Charleston shooting" and "Black lives matter", another term became a top US trend on Twitter: "Confederate". It's a reference to the red and blue Confederate battle flag, which 150 years after the American Civil War is still flown outside South Carolina's state house. In a matter of hours after the attack, more than 30,000 tweets were sent including the word "confederate" - the vast majority referring to events in South Carolina. "Maybe when y'all start asking 'why' tomorrow. Blog by Mike Wendling. With anger, sadness, Obama says church shooting shows need for reckoning on access to guns. WASHINGTON — Giving voice to intense heartache, anger and sadness, President Barack Obama said Thursday the South Carolina church shooting that left nine people dead shows the need for a national reckoning on gun violence.

He acknowledged, though, that there's no appetite in Congress for tighter gun laws. Obama, who knew the pastor killed in the Charleston attack, said he has been called upon too often to mourn the deaths of innocents killed by those "who had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. " "Now is the time for mourning and for healing," the president said. "But let's be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. Those killed in Wednesday night's shooting by a white man at the historic black Emanuel AME church included pastor and state Sen. But Obama held out hope for an eventual shift in attitudes. The Creepy Fundamentalist Homeschool Cult That Trained the Duggars.

Police Report Reveals the Duggar Discipline Method: "They Have a Rod" The J-curve – James C. Davies’ Theory of Revolutions. By Tor G. Jakobsen In 1962, Davies presented his J-curve theory. He stated that revolutions are most likely to occur when periods of prolonged improvements concerning economic and social development are supplanted by a period of sharp reversal. He used evidence from the Dorr’s rebellion, the Russian revolution, and the Egyptian revolution to support his argument. After a reversal of fortunes, people will subjectively fear that what they have earned will be lost, and thus their mood becomes revolutionary. Need satisfaction and revolution Revolutions do not usually occur in impoverished societies.

The main factor is rather the fear that ground gained over a time period will be quickly lost. He thus chose three different cases, where revolts had occurred, and found the common explanatory variable to be the presence of a sharp reversal of fortunes after a period of prolonged growth. The Dorr Rebellion (1841–1842) The Russian Revolution (1917) The Egyptian Revolution (1952)

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