Dealing a blow to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's fondness for fighting crime by stopping every black and Latino kid in New York City, a federal judge has ruled that the NYPD's "Stop-And-Frisk" violates the fourth Amendment of the Constitution. That's the one that deals with illegal search and seizures without a warrant. The judge also "called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms."
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Nancy Ditomaso on The New York Times Opinotator blog writes how "Black" Twitter and your Facebook friends who put extra sayings in their names like Natasha Ohsofine Washington, are not helping you get a job. This is because they don't know anyone. This is unlike your friends on "White" Twitter and their Facebook friends who don't have clever handles because they might know someone who has a job connection and everyone knows fancy job places don't hire people with elaborate nicknames as googleable public record.
Once a symbol of "making it," the suburbs continued their slide into growing older and poorer. The New York Times reports today that poverty level in America's suburbs has jumped by more than half since 2000, compared to the cities, which saw an increase of 26 percent. And the limping economy has only hastened the 'burb's poverty rate, with two-thirds of of that growth happening between 2007 and 2010.
After looking at this graphic I had a strong urge to just completely give it up and pack in it. Nothing like seeing hourly wages and compensation stagnate (and even go down) while American productivity continues to rise. In a world where you're constantly told that somehow everything done from 1947 through 1979 was all some fluke and that our country prospered in spite of the creation of entitlement programs, government spending, regulations and worker's rights, the chart hurts. It hurts so bad.
My Twitter timeline went up in flames this morning over a recently column by Henry Louis Gates published in The New York Times. While he deals with the familiar (that African leaders sold other Africans into slavery), he takes it to an unfamiliar place -- the very American reparations debate. Gates seems to think various Gold coast African nations are getting off easy in the debate over who should pay retribution to African Americans.
Thanks, Mo'Nique! Me, you and your hairy legs made the New York Times! Wheeeeeee! (New York Times)
So The New York Times "expose" on embattled Gov. David L. Paterson finally came out and instead of being Hot!Haute!Hot! it was Not!Nyet!Not! Apparently he has this aide, you see, who is a "scary black man." After all that hype! I read through the thing waiting for the other shoe to drop ("Is he a freak?" "Did he take bribes?" "Are they lovers?") But nada. All we got was some dude with a criminal record of some sorts and may or may not be an asshole. Ooooo. On a scale of political scandals with the perennial "dead hooker/live boy" being a 10 and Hillary Clinton making shizz up (Re: Sarajevo) being an annoying, but not career ending one, this one scored a -11 on the Political Terrorism scale. People thought Paterson was going to exit, stage right, over this? An aide who went through the system and as far as I can tell, has paid his debts to society, started over and now has a iffy background when it comes to maybe or maybe not girlfriend abuse? Again, if aide David W. Johnson is a beater, that's awful. But what's that got to do with Paterson?
Gawker is reporting that this was not the Big! Important! Bombshell! story we were looking for. That there really is a spicier story coming out soon profiling the Governor. I'm not going to hold my breath, but unless that MFer ISN'T REALLY BLIND I don't care. They're predicting he's a drunk in a loveless marriage. Well, welcome to the club, Pattycakes. Does this mean the expose will be full of stories about Gov. Pattycakes getting all tipsy and sad, wandering the halls of the governor's mansion pretending to accidentally grope people just so he can FEEL SOMETHING?!?!?!
Booooo! Hissssss! This is turning into a bull shitty Vickie Iseman redux.
Contrary to what the New York Times (and Glenn Greenwald) sez, MSNBC's #1 yakker doesn't have any muzzle on him and he was more than happy to prove it Monday night while dolling out his "Worst Persons" awards. He cracked on Bill, he cracked on the Times. Everybody gotta taste. Even Rupert.
Frank Rich penned a revealing column about the "silent enablers" who help stoke the fires of crackpots and zealots through incendiary rhetoric.
Due to an unprecedented degree of fear mongering (Obama is an anti-American, secret Muslim, Jew-controlled, socialist, fascist, Marxist, pinko, baby-killing Antichrist!) and a historic, sea-changing election, the number of fanatical Fruit Loops has sky-rocketed.
What are they mad at? Everyone. What are they afraid of? Everything. What's their answer to that anger and fear? Kill something. Fun times.