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“The Young Turks”: Police CHOKE 14-Year Old Holding Puppy for ‘Dehumanizing Stares’

This story has perplexed me from day one.  I don’t recall reading any response from the Dade County police officials on this issue…

Democratic Undergorund

“The mother of a 14-year-old arrested over Memorial Day weekend on a Miami beach is accusing police of brutality, after officers forced her son to the ground and put him in a choke hold. Police accuse the teen of “clenching his fists” and giving officers “dehumanizing stares.”*

Miami police slammed and choked 14-year old Tremaine McMillian. Why? Was it the threat he posed by walking away? The puppy he was holding? The lack of being armed? The “dehumanizing stares” he made at them?

Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Ben Mankiewicz break it down.

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Gun Owners Of America Chief Defends George Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin Was ‘Assailant’

Why am I not surprised?

Think Progress

Larry Pratt, the executive director of Second Amendment group Gun Owners of America, offered a rare defense of the man who killed Trayvon Martin, saying George Zimmerman was acting in self defense when he shot the Florida teen. As the facts of the case have emerged, everyone from President Obama to RIck Santorum and Rep. Allen West (R-FL) have condemned the killing.

But appearing on Current TV’s “The Young Turks” with Cenk Uygur Friday, Pratt said Zimmerman and the police acted properly. “Martin passed from becoming a victim to becoming an aggressor” during an alleged altercation, he said. Pratt’s said his view of the facts are based on a single eye witness interviewed by an Orlando news station. “[Martin] should have run away,” Pratt explained, saying Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws are irrelevant, because “we’re talking about fighting off an assailant.”

“Once Martin had neutralized the threat, that’s when he should have taken off to get out of there. He doubled down, and he started to really beat the tar out of the guy,” Pratt said. Martin “gave up his rights,” Pratt added.

See video here…

Gun Owners of America is a major firearms group several clicks to the right of the NRA, but nonetheless attracts significant support from mainstream conservatives.


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Al Sharpton Officially Named MSNBC Host Of ‘PoliticsNation’

Al Sharpton

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This is surely good news for the Rev. Al.   I, personally thought that the previous host in that time slot,  Cenk Uygur was doing a fine job.

We’ll see how long Reverend Al Sharpton lasts in his new MSNBC role.  Here’s wishing him well.

Huffington Post

Al Sharpton has been officially named the host of the 6 PM hour on MSNBC. The network announced Tuesday that Sharpton will host “PoliticsNation” on weeknights starting August 29.

Sharpton has been the de facto host of the hour for many weeks, but no official announcement had been made until Tuesday. He replaced Cenk Uygur as the all-but-official 6 PM host after Uygur’s acrimonious exit from MSNBC in July.

The choice of Sharpton to host the hour has been marked by some controversy. MSNBC was criticized for not hiring a black journalist as a host, and there were charges that Sharpton’s close ties to Comcast and the Obama White House helped him get the role. For his part, Sharpton dimissed these concerns, saying he was becoming the host because of his career in activism.

“I am very happy and honored to join the MSNBC team as we collectively try to get America to ’Lean Forward,’” Sharpton said in a statement. “It is a natural extension of my life work and growth. We all learn from our pain and stand up from our stumbling and one must either learn to lean forward or fall backwards. I’m glad they have given me the opportunity to continue my forward lean.”

See MSNBC’s full statement here…

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Former FL Congressman Alan Grayson: Republicans Show True Colors About Medicare

I heard the audio of Alan Grayson’s appearance on Cenk Uygur’s MSNBC show recently and had to share the video.

Grayson nails it when he talks about the GOP motives in dismantling Medicare.

Here is the video…

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Assange calls for criminal charges against ‘shock jock’ Fox hosts

Raw Story

WikiLeaks founder calls Bradley Manning ‘political prisoner’; says Fox hosts, politicians committing ‘terrorism’

Julian Assange has accused Fox personalities Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, among others, of committing terrorism through their calls to hunt down and kill the WikiLeaks founder.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur, Assange referred to the politicians-turned-Fox-personalities as “shock jocks” who should be charged for inciting violence against him and his organization.

He also referred to Huckabee as “just another idiot trying to make a name for himself.”

Asked what he thought of the accusation — made by Vice President Joe Biden and others — that he is a “high-tech terrorist,” Assange said his organization’s actions didn’t meet the definition of terrorism — but those of Fox personalities and other TV pundits did.

“We see constant threats from people, the Republican Senate trying to make a name for themselves, people like Sarah Palin to shock jocks on Fox and, unfortunately, some members also of the Democratic Party, calling for my assassination, calling for the illegal kidnapping of my staff,” Assange said.

“What sort of message does that send about the rule of law in the United States? That is conducing violence in order to achieve a political end. The elimination of this organization or the threat of violence to achieve a political end, the elimination of a publisher. And that is the definition of terrorism.”     More…

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TYT with Cenk: ‘Slavery Reparations’ Claim By Rep. (Steve) King

Cenk Uygur of  The Young Turks  discusses Rep. King’s racist rants:


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Cenk Uygur: The Rich Get Richer…Concenration of Wealth in America

Are we really a “Banana Republic”?  

This is an important video.   I suggest that if all possible, please view it.

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The New Republican “Welfare Queens?”

Cenk Uygur (host of The Young Turks) on MSNBC Live on Republican hypocrisy on government spending.   

h/t DU

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TYT: Cenk’s Rant After 2010 Election Results

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks rants about the election results.  He is quite passionate about what just happened to the Democratic Party.

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Cenk Uygur: If the Democrats Have Any Sense They’ll Make Social Security a Defining Issue for 2010

Crooks & Liars

Cenk filled in for Dylan Ratigan again and wrapped up Friday’s show with a spot praising the Democrats for finally looking like they’re striking the right chord with their latest political ad going after Republicans for their views on privatizing Social Security and handing the funds over to Wall Street with a few very huge qualifiers following that praise that I could not agree with more.

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