Congress Hands President Obama His First Veto Override

the House voted 348-77, and the Senate voted 97-1, well over the two-thirds majority needed to overcome the president’s objection to a bill which would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for aiding or financing the attacks. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was the only ‘no’ vote, and neither Tim Kaine (D-Va) nor Barry Sanders (I-VT) participated in the vote. In the House, 59 Democrats and 18 Republicans voted against the veto.

Source: Congress Hands President Obama His First Veto Override

No Disciplinary Action for Law Professor’s ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet

“In short, no disciplinary action will be taken against Professor Reynolds. The tweet was an exercise of his First Amendment rights,” College of Law dean Melanie D. Wilson said in a statement. “Nevertheless, the tweet offended many members of our community and beyond, and I understand the hurt and frustration they feel.”

Source: No Disciplinary Action for Law Professor’s ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet

UT sees it one way, USA Today sees it another. Kudos to the paper for handling it the right way.

Reynolds claims people “misunderstood” his tweet, but i’m thinking his message was pretty fucking clear.

U.N. Panel Says the U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

Colonial history, a legacy of enslavement, and segregation are among the chief reasons reparations are owed to African Americans, according to a report put out by a U.N. group. The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which reports to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, presented its finding to…

Source: U.N. Panel Says the U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

Georgetown takes steps to correct a slave owning past

In 1838, a debt-ridden Jesuit university sold off 272 slaves in order to remain financially solvent. That institution, now known as Georgetown University, is seeking to make amends for its historical ties to slavery.

The New York Times reports that in a speech given on Thursday, Georgetown’s president John J. DeGioia outlined the university’s plans to do penance for its past sins, including a public apology, and preferential admissions for descendants of the slaves that were sold for profit.

John J. DeGioia, president, Georgetown University
John J. DeGioia, president, Georgetown University

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Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his – The Washington Post

What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities. Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American here.

Source: Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his – The Washington Post

It’s my birthday weekend!

I’m feeling love from so many places right now. People genuinely want to spend time with me for my birthday, and that is so amazingly humbling. It is always good to be reminded that you are loved, and people value you. I’m on my way to the beach to be a mermaid with a group of friends. Enjoy your Saturday.

‘Everyday’ vs ‘Every day’

Grammatically Correct

I see people get this confused all the time, and I want to help you out a little bit.

‘Everyday’ and ‘Every day’ do not mean the same thing, and they are not interchangeable.

Everyday is a one-word modifier. It is used as an adjective to describe a noun. For instance, She was wearing her everyday house dress.  

Every day is two words; one is an adjective, and one is a noun. In this case, every is the adjective that is describing the noun day. The confusion between these two phrases is something that happens every day. 

And now, for my final act, I will use these phrases in a sentence together.

Being late is an everyday occurrence for him; he is late every day.

The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime – The Daily Beast

But there’s a huge problem with attempt to shift the conversation: There’s no such thing as “black-on-black” crime. Yes, from 1976 to 2005, 94 percent of black victims were killed by black offenders, but that racial exclusivity was also true for white victims of violent crime—86 percent were killed by white offenders. Indeed, for the large majority of crimes, you’ll find that victims and offenders share a racial identity, or have some prior relationship to each other.What Shapiro and others miss about crime, in general, is that it’s driven by opportunism and proximity; If African-Americans are more likely to be robbed, or injured, or killed by other African-Americans, it’s because they tend to live in the same neighborhoods as each other. Residential statistics bear this out (PDF); blacks are still more likely to live near each other or other minority groups than they are to whites. And of course, the reverse holds as well—whites are much more likely to live near other whites than they are to minorities and African-Americans in particular.

Source: The Trayvon Martin Killing and the Myth of Black-on-Black Crime – The Daily Beast

‘Black on Black Crime’ is a myth

I get tired of having to explain this to people. Black on black crime is a myth that y’all refuse to let go of. It is a media created narrative that leads to the thinking that black people deserve whatever happens to them ‘since they kill themselves anyway.’

Have you ever heard people say ‘white on white crime’ or ‘Chinese on Chinese crime’? Nope. You know why? Because people tend to live in areas heavily populated by other people who look like them. When you live in an area and you commit crimes, you generally commit crimes in that area as well. Therefore, everyone you commit a crime against is going to look like you.

There is no ‘black on black crime.’ There is just crime. Please disabuse yourselves of this disgusting rhetoric the media has taught you and that you continue to shame yourselves with.

Do better.

North Miami police shoot unarmed man lying on the ground with his hands up

Kinsey’s lawyer said his client did everything police asked of him, yet they still fired at him.”He threw his hands in the air as high as he possibly could and he told them, ‘There is no need for that. Nobody has a gun. I am a behavioral therapist and I am trying to help this guy,'” Napoleon said.Police said the autistic man had something in his hand, but Kinsey’s lawyer said it was a toy fire truck and could not be mistaken for a gun.

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Android Users Beware: There’s A Malware Version Of Pokémon GO

The malicious app would would ‘virtually give an attacker full control over a victim’s phone’.

Source: Android Users Beware: There’s A Malware Version Of Pokémon GO

Although I downloaded it earlier to try it out, I have not opened the app yet, and I am probably not going to. I felt suspicious about it for some reason I could not explain, and now I know why. I don’t want malware on my phone that would allow someone to remotely control it.

Judge Orders Macy’s to Quit Fining, Detaining Suspected Shoplifters in In-Store Jail

A judge has ordered Macy’s to immediately quit detaining and fining people suspected of shoplifting. A class action lawsuit claims that Macy’s detained at least two women suspected of shoplifting in holding cells for hours in the basement of the chain’s flagship in New York. Both women were forced to pay the store while in detention, a practice known as “civil recovery,” then turned over the NYPD and criminally charged.

Source: Judge Orders Macy’s to Quit Fining, Detaining Suspected Shoplifters in In-Store Jail

Stanford rape case: Sex offender’s dad says 6 months is too harsh for ’20 minutes of action’ – Trending – CBC News

“As it stands now, Brock’s life has been deeply altered forever by the events of Jan 17 and 18,” reads the statement, in which the elder Turner argues that his son shouldn’t be sent to jail. “He will never be his happy-go-lucky self with that easygoing personality and welcoming smile.”And then, in what has become perhaps the most contentious part of the letter, the father attempts to explain why jail time isn’t a fair punishment for his son.”These verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways,” he writes of the convicted sex offender. “His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve.””That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20-plus years of life.”

Source: Stanford rape case: Sex offender’s dad says 6 months is too harsh for ’20 minutes of action’ – Trending – CBC News