Santa Clara police may boycott working 49ers stadium if Colin Kaepernick protests continue

Santa Clara police may boycott working 49ers stadium if Colin Kaepernick protests continue

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Why does this feel like a bullying tactic? (ks)

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After Colin Kaepernick made national news for taking a seat during the U.S. national anthem, Santa Clara police may join him — by sitting out their duties at 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium.

In a letter obtained by KNTV from the Santa Clara police union to Jed York, the San Francisco 49ers’ CEO, members of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association warned that if the organization does not take action to “stop or prevent” Kaepernick’s “inappropriate workplace behavior,” it could “result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”

After Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem, he wore socks depicting a cartoon pig wearing a police officer’s hat, and has vowed tocontinue protesting until he sees a positive change for people of color in the United States.

Twitter was quick to react to the news that Kaepernick’s actions, seen by many as an act of constructive patriotism, would prompt police officers to refuse to work the stadium.

Santa Clara police officers are not the only ones denouncing Kaepernick’s actions. In a letter addressed to both the 49ers CEO and Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, the San Francisco Police Officers Association requested that the NFL denounce Kaepernick’s comments about police officers.

“We hope your organizations choose to do the right thing and at least apologize to the many police officers Mr. Kaepernick has disrespected for no apparent reason,” the letter reads.

The letter requested that Kaepernick also speak out against the 40 police officers whose lives have been lost this year and the thousands of black Americans who have been killed by other black Americans.

The letter did not address the litany of racist texts that San Francisco police have sent to each other, which include racial slurs and calls for violence against black Americans.

Though Kaepernick has garnered hefty criticism, he has also gained immense support. Aside from the support of singer John Legend, U.S. military veterans also started a #VeteransforKaepernick hashtag to show support for the footballers’ right to exercise his first amendment rights.

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Donald Trump Explains When Exactly America Was Great

Donald Trump Explains When Exactly America Was Great

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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump‘s campaign slogan “make America great again” has become as ubiquitous as his personal brand (or, say, widespread violence at his rallies). But until now, Trump’s remained frustratingly vague about just when the U.S. was actually winning.

Now he’s finally given the public a clue of just what era he wants to take the U.S. back to. In an interview with the New York Times, the billionaire business mogul pointed to the onset of the 19th century and era during and after World War II as times when the U.S. was truly great.

“If you look back, it really was, there was a period of time when we were developing at the turn of the century which was a pretty wild time for this country and pretty wild in terms of building that machine, that machine was really based on entrepreneurship,” Trump told the paper.

“And then I would say, yeah, prior to, I would say during the 1940s and the late ’40s and ’50s we started getting, we were not pushed around, we were respected by everybody, we had just won a war, we were pretty much doing what we had to do, yeah around that period,” he added.

Perhaps by sheer coincidence (though likely not), this happens to be the era before extensive civil rights legislation was passed by Congress.

As CNN notes, Trump also did something few other Republicans might be able to get away with— criticizing the presidency of conservative icon Ronald Reagan, who he blamed in part for the “disaster” of the NAFTA trade deal.

“As much as I liked Ronald Reagan, he started NAFTA,” Trump told the Times. “Now Clinton really was the one that — NAFTA has been a disaster for our country, O.K., and Clinton is the one as you know that got it done, but it was conceived even before Clinton, but you could say that maybe those people didn’t want done what was ultimately signed because it was changed a lot by the time it got finalized. But NAFTA has been a disaster for our country.”

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Elizabeth Warren Goes After Trump: He ‘Knows He’s A Loser’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s tweets about Trump are wonderfully refreshing.  No holds  barred for this outspoken Senator.  ks

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A shorter version of Warren’s eight-post tweetstorm? Trump’s a “loser”:

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The One Difference Between Democrat and GOP Responses to the Planned Parenthood Shooting

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After a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, three people were confirmed dead — including one police officer — and many more injured. In the wake of the attack, people tweeted messages of grief, hope and solidarity to Colorado Springs. People who utilized Planned Parenthood, those who believe in the nonprofit’s mission (including model Chrissy Teigen) and many prominent politicians joined in the outpouring of messages. Except, that is, 13 of the 14 Republican presidential candidates.

After the attack, all three Democratic presidential candidates shared messages of support to Planned Parenthood.

The first tweet to appear was former from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at 5:36 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders showed support for those in Colorado Springs late Friday night, as well.

By Saturday morning, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had also sent a message of solidarity to the people in Colorado.

On Saturday, President Obama released a statement on the attacks, saying “This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal.”

As of press time, only one Republican candidate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has issued a statement on Friday’s shooting. However, his tweet made no specific mention of Planned Parenthood and instead focused on those who were killed, their families and the first responders.

As recently as August, Cruz had led a rally in opposition to Planned Parenthood. His campaign website has a whole page dedicated to defunding the organization.

While Cruz at least mentioned the shooting, since Friday morning most GOP candidates have only tweetedboilerplate campaign videos, attacked Obama’s foreign policy or hawked Black Friday campaign deals on sunglasses and cold weather bundles. After an incident in which he seemed to be mocking a reporter with disabilities, Donald Trump spent his time on Twitter reminding followers that he’s spent more money than anyone in America helping people living with disabilities.

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Raven-Symoné Admits To Discrimination Against ‘Black’ Names, Twitter Eviscerates Her

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Raven-Symoné is generally a cool chick, but on more than one occasion, she has said some very problematic things. For instance, there was the time when she said she isn’t African-American, and another time she said she didn’t want to be referred to as gay, even though she exclusively dates women. Okay, fine. That’s her personal identity, and she can identify how she wishes. However, her latest on-air gaffe on The View has her co-hosts and the rest of America going all, “WTF?”, and rightfully so.

It appears that the hosts of the popular daytime talk show were discussing racism when Raven-Symoné essentially admitted she wouldn’t hire someone with a traditionally “black” sounding name:

“Can we take back racist and say discriminatory? Because I think that’s a better word, and I’m very discriminatory against the words like the ones they were saying in those names. I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelon-Andrea. That’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”

Understandably, Symoné’s co-hosts were none too happy with this viewpoint. They seemed confused, if not outright offended. Here’s a clip of the remarks:

Of course, the watermelon reference sealed the deal, as anyone who grew up black in America (or, for that matter, anyone who knows a racist dog whistle when they hear one), knows that this is the sort of thing white “not-racists” have been saying for a very long time. And yes, they use the same misguided logic that Raven-Symoné is using here to even deny jobs to black people.

Well, thank goodness for Twitter at times like this. They have absolutely destroyed Symoné’s remarks, and did an even better job of it than her co-hosts did. Here are just a few choice responses to her ignorance:

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And they keep on rolling in. The thing is, Raven-Symoné is discriminating against her own people. She might not want to be black, but, like it or not, she is. I mean, she got her career started as Olivia on The Cosby Show FFS. The self-hatred here is obvious, and very sad. However, the deeper implication is that this happens all the time. In fact, my name, Shannon, as well as the names of my sisters, are a product of my mother knowing that we could have many opportunities denied to us if people could figure out what race we were, simply by reading our names on a piece of paper. She has told us this repeatedly over the years, and I am forever grateful that she had such foresight.

That is the reality of racism in America. It’s sad that Raven-Symoné can’t see that she is perpetuating it.

5 Indefensible Tweets From The NRA Since The Oregon Gun Massacre

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After a mass shooting, the NRA traditionally goes silent for a period of time. In the case of the gun massacre in Oregon, the NRA stopped tweeting on Thursday, October 1 at 1:44 p.m., shortly after the news broke. The account resumed tweeting at 12:07 p.m. on Friday, October 2 with an innocuous tweet about gun safety.

By Monday, the NRA twitter account was aggressively tweeting out information intended to head off any efforts to increase gun control in the wake of the massacre at Umpqua Community College. Much of this information, however, was wildly misleading or just plain inaccurate.

Here are five of the NRA’s most egregious recent tweets:

1. There is no gun show loophole.

There is a gun show loophole. At gun shows, unlicensed sellers can sell guns without any background check, waiting period, or paperwork. These are referred to as “private sales.” There are thousands of gun shows in the United States each year.

These unregulated “private sales” of guns also take place on the internet or other physical locations. The NRA disingenuously claims that these additional loopholes mean that there isn’t a specific gun show loophole.

2. The Australian gun buyback didn’t work.

After a gun massacre in Australia in 1996, the government “instituted a temporary gun buyback program that took some 650,000 assault weapons (about one-sixth of the national stock) out of public circulation.” At the same time, the government banned semi-automatic rifles and tightened licensing requirements.

A 2011 Harvard University study concluded that the buyback program was “incredibly successful in terms of lives saved.” There have been no gun massacres — defined as the killing of four or more people at once — in the 17 years since the buyback took place. There were 13 gun massacres in the 18 years prior to the program.

Additionally, the number of firearm suicides and homicides was reduced dramatically. This reduction was directly tied to the buyback program. The Harvard study found that “the drop in firearm deaths was largest among the type of firearms most affected by the buyback” and “firearm deaths in states with higher buyback rates per capita fell proportionately more than in states with lower buyback rates.”

The article cited by the NRA does not dispute the reduction in firearm deaths after the buyback program but simply asserts, without much analysis, that the drop was a coincidence. It relies almost exclusively on a deeply flawed study produced by the Australian gun lobby.

3. Gun free zones are magnets for murderers.

86 percent of mass shootings occur outside of gun-free zones. Studies have found no evidencethat people purposely choose gun-free zones for mass shootings. Rather, there is usually another clear motive for the choice of location. In most school shootings, for example, “the killers had personal ties to the school they struck.”

4. Over the last 5 years, twice as many people were killed with someone’s bare hands than with a rifle.

This is misleading to the point of parody. The statistic comes from this chart from the FBI that looks at murder victims from 2010 to 2014. The data found no more than 769 homicides each year with a “personal weapon” — a category that includes hands, feet and any other part of the body. Meanwhile, there were over 8000 homicides by firearms each year.

The NRA isolates the category “rifles” to make guns seem relatively safe — there are around 250-350 homicides with rifles each year — but this just reflects the popularity of handguns over rifles. Additionally, there are between 1600-1900 firearm homicides each year where the type of firearm could not be identified by the FBI. So the NRA’s claim, in addition to being highly misleading, also might not be true.

5. Fewer than 1 percent of criminals get guns at gun shows.

This statistic vastly understates the nexis between gun shows and criminal activity by focusing only on the proximate source of the gun. The same study found that “sixty-nine percent of criminals surveyed reported acquiring guns from a friend, family member, or street seller.” And where did those people acquire their guns? In many cases, at a gun show. Overall, “3 out of 10 guns that criminals use in crimes changed hands at a gun show somewhere in their chain of custody.”

JUDD LEGUM

Racist Jokes About This Photo Got People Fired and Sparked the Hashtag #HisNameIsCayden

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 There is a man who goes by the name of Geris Hilton on Facebook (reportedly not his real name) who used to have a job.

“Hilton” used to work at Polaris Marketing Group, according to AtlantaBlackStar, but his employment status changed after he posted a photo on Facebook Sept. 16.

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In the photo, Hilton was taking a selfie at work, alongside a little cute black boy who is the son of one of his now-former co-workers—a dandy woman by the name of Sydney.

All was seemingly fine, until Hilton and his friends started making racist jokes about the photo in the comments section on Facebook, insinuating that the little boy, whose name is Cayden, was a slave, and Hilton the slave master.

The photo has made its way around the Internet. As you guessed it, pink slips are flying and heads are rolling because of the racist shenanigans afoot in the photo’s comments section.

“I didn’t know you were a slave owner,” a poster by the name of Emily Irene Red reportedly said. According to the tweet below, she has since been fired. Casualty No. 1.

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“Send him back dude those f–kers are expensive,” another Facebook user, by the name of Dylan Kleeman, reportedly wrote.

“But Massah I dindu nuffin,” Baron O’Malley wrote, according to AtlantaBlackStar.

The president of Polaris Marketing Group posted a note on Facebook announcing that an employee—the man behind the Hilton Facebook profile, according to AtlantaBlackStar—had been terminated and denouncing the disgusting comments he and his friends made about the little boy.

Another company, YourEDM, caught wind that one of its employees had participated in the foolishness, and reportedly posted this message saying that it had fired that person, too.

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Sydney Jade, Cayden’s mother, got on social media to thank all of the people who spread the news about the inappropriate photo. She created the hashtag #HisNameIsCayden to make the statement that her little boy is a person and shouldn’t be objectified or trivialized as the butt of a racist joke.

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“When people hear about him, these are the picture I want them to know about. Not that disturbing image and its comments,” Sydney wrote.

This’ll teach people to keep their lack of home training to themselves and not bring it out into the public sphere.

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Anonymous Says It Hijacked KKK Twitter Accounts Over Ferguson Threats

On Sunday evening, the hacker collective known as Anonymous said it broke into two of the Ku Klux Klan’s Twitter accounts, @KuKluxKlanUSA and @YourKKKCentral, after a Missouri chapter of the hate group threatened protestors in Ferguson, Mo. ZDNet reported Monday.

The chapter recently distributed fliers threatening “lethal force” against what it described as “the terrorists masquerading as ‘peaceful protesters.'”

In response, hackers took over two KKK Twitter accounts, and soon those accounts sported the Anonymous logo. Inaugurating the hashtag, #OpKKK, the @KuKluxKlanUSA account promised to release a statement on Monday “regarding the seizing of this account.”

The compromised account also tweeted an image of a hooded Klansman hanging from a noose.

By Monday morning, the stakes were higher: A Twitter account associated with the hackers, @AnonCopWatch, began tweeting photos, and in some cases names, of people it said were KKK members.

Those tweets spawned another hashtag: #HoodsOff.

ZDNet says it received two unconfirmed statements from Anonymous affirming the takeover. The second message said that the hacker group was in possession of KKK members’ personal information:

Also…. we have compromised personal accounts (which give us more faces), tied up their phone lines and filled every voicemail and inbox with love. We have barely scratched the surface, keep that pencil out….

Twitter Conspiracy Theory Alleges Ferguson Robbery Footage Is Months Old

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I was checking out Twitter when this unfolded…

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Ferguson police released a report Friday that stated Brown was the “primary suspect” in the robbery of some cigars from a convenience store that occurred minutes before he was shot. It included a number of stills taken from the store’s security camera.

The Twitter theory alleges that the timestamp on the footage is from June 9, 2014 — not August 9, 2014, when the robbery allegedly occurred. In TPM’s own review of online postings of the images, it appears that the timestamp could be simply an “8” instead of the “6” that the theory alleges.

Below are some examples of the theory being advanced on Twitter.

There are even some variations of the theory.

You can view the footage, as posted by CBS, below.

GOP Lawmaker Finds Dana Loesch’s Private Number to Complain About Tweet

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What the hell is this guy’s problem?

It appears the GOP relishes their ability to display double standards.  Had she done the same to him he wouldn’t overlook the INVASION OF PRIVACY.

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The rules of Twitter are simple: you have 140 characters to connect, debate, and communicate with people you’ve never even met. But someone needs to explain to Ohio State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) that the rules of Twitter doesnot mean you can call someone’s private phone number to complain about a tweet.

Talk show host Dana Loesch and her husband Chris were in the middle of vacation, and, like most people on vacation, found it hard to stay off Twitter. Chris soon found himself in a heated debate with Brenner and his wife over Glenn Beck’s announcement that he would deliver trucks of supplies and toys to 60,000 migrant children on the border. (For the record, the Brenners equated Beck’s act with amnesty towards illegal immigrants, while Chris simply said that the pundit was acting charitably as a private citizen.)

Yep; normal, run-of-the-mill Twitter debating. And then this happened:

 

 

It turned out that Brenner’s wife/smalltime conservative radio host Sara Marie Brenner, gave her husband the Loeschs’ number, and apparently saw nothing wrong with doing so:

 

 

It’s unclear how Brenner got Chris’s number, or whether the two of them were on close terms before this went down. Nor is it clear whether the Brenners realize how insane it is to call people they barely know on a private number because they didn’t like a tweet of theirs, as an observer pointed out:

 

We think that 99.8% of society would agree with him on that, vacation or no.

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