July 15th, 2013
Reblogged from Ari Kohen's Blog
July 12th, 2013
Seeing it, for all the tabloid coverage and endless CNN cable news coverage of the case, a big part of me feels like the real story here has been glossed over. Whatever the ins and outs of the legalities here, the odds of this happening to a white kid are just very slim. I knew that an hour ago. But I’m confronting it in a different way now.
TPM Editor Josh Marshall, discussing seeing the photo of deceased Trayvon Martin for the first time. More careful reflection here.
July 12th, 2013

Another letter-writer on the Trayvon photo. This one… well, it speaks for itself.

SUBJECT:

your gawker article

TEXT:

…is a complete and total joke.  Your Columbia University education obviously didn’t teach you that in America a defendant is innocent until proven guilty.  You wouldn’t know journalism if it smacked you in the face…this was a blatant partisan left wing smear, full of falsehoods and grounds for a lawsuit.

Let’s discuss a few facts - concrete, undeniable facts.  Trayvon Martin had THC in his system while in the confrontation with Zimmerman, numerous texts discussed his propensity for fighting and starting fights, getting suspended from school, and making inquiries about illegally acquiring a gun.  He then in a phone conversation with a friend called Zimmerman a “crazy ass cracker”  - a ignorant, racist term for a white person.

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July 12th, 2013

An important letter I got in response to the Trayvon photo post.

Dear Adam,

I added the fact that I never email writers in the subject in the hopes that you understand how much your article moved me.  But probably not in the way that you think.

I am absolutely filled with sorrow that you put Trayvon’s murdered body on a big website the way you did, and for the REASONS you did.  Please don’t get me wrong.  I’m glad you’d like to incite anger.  As a Black woman, I am angry. livid. distraught.  BUT, you should have asked permission from Trayvon’s parents.  They should have had that right.  Trayvon and his parents had no respect/hand in how he was portrayed in the mind of his ignorant murderer.  That decision cost him his life.  He was killed because Zimmerman saw him as a dangerous Black body.  He was not human.  Not a person with a family.

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July 12th, 2013

Additional thoughts on that photo of Trayvon Martin.

This morning, I posted a postmortem police photograph of the Miami teen. It is, unfortunately, difficult to avoid on the webpage where it’s posted. Opinion seems divided — and virulent — on whether its publication is clickbait (not my intention) or a critical part of the narrative around his life and death (my view).

But to me, that debate is part of the point. And it’s a debate that is not possible unless the image is accessible. 

Consider an interesting inversion: So often in American culture, we marvel how trial juries are not privy to information that we, as news consumers, can access about the issue at hand. In this case, the photograph was evidence, entered into jury consideration… and today’s debate centers on whether we, as news consumers, should be privy to the same information that is under consideration by this Seminole County jury, which deliberates in the name of The People of Florida.

We were not meant to see this, of course. A decision was made — in part by the court, in part by the simulcasting networks, in part by us — that some of the jury’s information is not for public consumption.

That puts immense pressure on a video shooter someplace in the courtroom, following the action, and in a split second, he makes a judgment error.

People come up short all the time, after all. Occasionally with cameras, occasionally with double-action 9-millimeter pistols.

July 12th, 2013
July 11th, 2013

stfuconservatives:

mobilesuitgoatse:

mrbutts:

goodbye everyone, it’s been real

oh my god

in case you didn’t feel manly enough with your weaponized penis stand-in

Interestingly, their website (www.gun-nutz.com) is defunct. Oh, balls.

Reblogged from STFU, Conservatives
July 11th, 2013
The only contact they have is with law enforcement, and in order to interact with them they have to fight…When they end up in their cell all beat up, they did it to have contact with humans.

Former solitary-confinement inmate Alex Sanchez on the deranging isolation his fellow prisoners experience. Sanchez is part of a coalition supporting 29,000 California inmates currently on hunger strike to protest draconian conditions. Sources say scores of inmates there have been in solitary confinement for more than a decade. 

"After a month I was schizophrenic. I didn’t know who to trust and I was talking to myself," Sanchez says. "Imagine someone that’s been in there for 30 years."

(Source: ABC News-Univision)

July 10th, 2013

Pop culture, you suck so, so bad.

Adam Weinstein.
Gawker staff writer.
I started the Mother Jones Tumblr and finished your mother's pot roast.

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