Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Yes, the System Is Rigged

Debbie Wasserman Schultz asked to explain how Hillary lost NH primary by 22% but came away with same number of delegates.

Tre Goins-Phillips of TheBlaze summarizes the evasive yet unintentionally revealing answer:

The DNC chairwoman explained to Tapper that the unpledged delegates, or the superdelegates, are a completely separate category from the pledged delegates, which Clinton and Sanders were competing for in the Granite State.

So far, so good.  But then:

“Unpledged delegates exist, really, to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists,” Wasserman Shultz said, adding that the Democratic Party “highlights inclusiveness and diversity at our convention” and wants to give activists “every opportunity” to participate, which she says it what the superdelegates are for.

Wait a minute!  If grassroots activists turn out for a candidate the way they did for Sanders, the superdelegates nullify the resulting margin of victory.  I guess by saying they “don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists,” DWS means they don’t even have to go to the voters to get their way.

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ONLY IN AMERICA: Cops Shoot Up Innocent Family’s House Because They Got The ‘Wrong Address’

A Florida man says police shot up his house like a gang shooting, and it was all because they got the wrong address.

The man asked to not be identified, due to fear of retribution.

He said that he awoke to someone banging on the front door just before 1 a.m. He came to the door and asked who it was, but he got no response.

He was worried that it might be a burglar – since no one identified themselves – so he retrieved his own legally-owned firearm.

But when he got back to the door, bullets began flying through his front door.

Two bullets flew sailed past his head, with more bullets piercing through walls and shattered glass windows.

The man never broke the law. He didn’t even return fire when the trigger-happy cops shot at him. But his family was nonetheless handcuffed and humiliated by being sat on a curb outside.

Neighbors who saw the whole thing said that Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators stayed at the home until noon Saturday.

The family was not allowed back into their own home until 10 hours after the police shot up their house for no legal reason.

“Upon arrival, a person was confronted and shots were fired,” Ocoee police Sgt. Bob Rivera said. “The investigation is ongoing by The Florida Department of Law enforcement.”

RAW STORY reports:

Police identified the officers as Carlos Anglero and Stephanie Roberts, who were both described as experienced officers.

None of the family members were injured, but their walls are riddled with bullet holes, their windows are shattered and some of their furniture was destroyed.

Now, even though the police admit they got the wrong house, an FDLE spokeswoman said their agency is opening a new investigation into an “incident” at the home, but she refused elaborate.


The department has not apologized for destruction of the house and a threat to people’s life. What was described as “confrontation” was the only reasonable reaction on unknown people acting like a criminal gang. Officers should identify themselves as police. The situation is crazy! As in many other cases with police shootings. They could kill innocent people. We need proper investigation. Cops shouldn’t get away with such a dangerous and hostile assault! If they get away, we all be in danger!

“It was very clear to me that India was not part of the police investigation based on the responses I got from police. She had nothing to do with it. She was totally innocent,” Best said. “Did they find any weapons on India? Did she pose a threat? Why did [police] shoot into a car with a baby and woman who had nothing to do with their investigation?” Kager’s mother, Gina N. Best. #Hate it!

Bold, black and brilliant  - Unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement

Murray wrote. A prolific poet and author, she penned influential works like Dark Testament and Negroes Are Fed Up. History books don’t often value the stories of people of color, favoring a whitewashed version of the past over the harsh honesty of historical racism. This spin makes history more comfortable, especially for those who don’t want to confront their role in the oppression of people of color.

A direct challenge to this sanitized version of the past is Black History Month - a time to explicitly honor the struggles, triumphs and excellence of the black community.

There are countless heroes of the racial justice movement who are often denied the platform to be celebrated. Though the impact of their work is still felt, their names and contributions aren’t widely known.

It’s time for that to change.

Nannie Helen Burroughs

In 1907, Burroughs, with support of the National Baptist Convention, began creating a trade school for black high school- and junior college-aged girls. The school was called the National Training School for Women and Girls, with themotto “We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible” — a testament to Burrough’s belief in educating those whom others thought were unworthy. The students were trained industrially, also learning about the liberal arts and Christianity. Burroughs was well-known for speaking publicly about harsh truths of racial inequality.

Pauli Murray

A prolific poet and author, she penned influential works like Dark Testament and Negroes Are Fed Up. Her dedication to racial justice law and activism was recognized in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy appointed her to the President’s Commission on the Status of Women Committee on Civil and Political Rights. In 1977, she became the first black woman to be ordained as a priest within the Episcopal Church.Though deeply passionate about racial justice, Murray was critical of the Civil Rights Movement. She often challenged dominant male leaders, coining the phrase “Jane Crow” to hint at the overlooked intersection of gender and race. Throughout her life, however, Murray struggled to find a label that honored her gender and sexuality. Her name switch — from Anna Pauline to Pauli — was a nod to this complexity.

Bayard Rustin

If Martin Luther King Jr. was the star of the Civil Rights Movement, Bayard Rustin was the director. Most notable of his activist work was the organization of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Organizing the march was an uphill battle for Rustin, though, as many objected his leadership because Rustin was a gay man. King, however, stood firm in his belief that Rustin was the right man for the job. Rustin had been one of his early mentors and continued to work with him as a “proofreader, ghostwriter, philosophy teacher and non-violence strategist.”

He was involved in human rights locally and internationally, including advocacy for black labor unions, economic justice and the protest of the Vietnam War. He also became more outspoken on the rights of gay and lesbian individuals starting in the early 1980s.

Claudette Colvin

Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin. Born Sept. 5, 1939, Colvin made a name for herself at just 15 years old when she took a stand against bus segregation in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. In 1955, she boarded a crowded bus with her school friends in Montgomery, and when she refused to give up her seat to a white woman who boarded after her, Colvin was removed from the bus and arrested.

Despite being a pioneer for bus protests, the NAACP didn’t publicize Colvin’s resistance because she was dark-skinned and became pregnant by a married man soon after. But Colvin continued to be an activist, and testified in the federal court caseBrowder v. Gayle in 1956, which determined bus segregation laws to be unconstitutional.

Fred Hampton

Hampton’s extensive knowledge, leadership and oratory skills accelerated his rise within the BPP — he was chairman of the Illinois chapter and deputy chairman of the national chapter by 1969. In his time with the BPP, he helped facilitate creation of a number of free initiatives, including a children’s breakfast program, health clinics, political education classes, transportation to jails and day care centers. He encouraged the pursuit of education for all black people, especially Black Panthers. To become a member of his chapter, prospects had to go through six weeks of education so they knew what they were fighting for. While leading the Chicago chapter of the BPP, Hampton created the Rainbow Coalition, a multi-ethnic revolutionary group composed of organizations and street gangs. 

 In June 1969, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover described the Black Panther Party as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.” As the deputy chairman of the national chapter, Hampton was one of the FBI’s major targets in efforts to “neutralize” the BPP, and he was put under high surveillance. On Dec. 4, 1969, the FBI conducted a raid in the home where Hampton, his pregnant girlfriend, and other members were sleeping. Hampton along with fellow Panther, Mark Clark, were killed in the raid. Hampton was only 21 years old.

Angela Davis

Angela Davis is a major force in the fight for racial justice, using her radical — and sometimes controversial — activism to build upon the solid framework of the Civil Rights Movement. 

 Her activist work first caught mass attention in 1969 when she was removedfrom a philosophy teaching position at UCLA for her affiliation with the Communist Party and the Black Panther Party. A year later, she was placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List after being accused of aiding in a deadly prison escape attempt. The manhunt forced her underground, where she was eventually caught by officials, tried and found guilty. She served 16 months in prison, until an activist fought back with the Free Angela Davis campaign, which successfully led to her acquittal in 1972.

Though passionate about prison reform before her own incarceration, Davis’ experience with law enforcement propelled her to become a central, critical voice toward police, prisons and law. She became a founding member ofCritical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to radical prison reform. She is also notable for popularizing the idea of the prison industrial complex, coining the phrase to critique prisons as inherently corrupt, advocating for their abolition.

Davis brought her activism to paper, authoring nine books, including Women, Race and Class, Are Prisons Obsolete? and several works on historical black leaders. She was a professor of feminism and the history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, until her retirement in 2008. Her current work and advocacy focus on gender equality, prison reform and the realities of systemic racism.

Fannie Lou Hamer

Hamer began to work tirelessly for the Civil Rights Movement, not only helping other black individuals vote in elections, but also working for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which participated in acts of civil disobedience in protest of segregation and racial injustice.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Hamer remained dedicated to her activism by helping set up organizations for black people to find more business opportunities, quality health care and family services

Ella Baker

Though Ella Baker wasn’t as visible as others involved, many activists agree there would not have been a Civil Rights Movement without her.

Baker didn’t believe there should be a sole leader of civil rights. Instead, she believed in grassroots political action and collective activism. This pushed her to fringes of the movement, as activists were so eager to champion leaders like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X as representatives.

Seeing young people take up interest in racial justice throughout her time as an activist, Baker realized the new generation of young activists were going to be assets to the movement because of their new ideas and eagerness for change. This led her to focus her attention on students for the later part of her activist career, creating the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which organized the Freedom Rides.

Here’s your history lesson for the day.

White Cop Under Investigation After Comparing Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance To the KKK

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday that his department is looking into the officer, whose tone-deaf post featured a photo of white-hooded Klansmen beneath a picture of Queen Bey’s dance crew. The officer, whose name was not provided, is being reassigned to a different precinct, according to Detroit’s WXYZ-TV. He issued an apology on his Facebook page after receiving backlash for the post before deleting his account altogether.

Did Beyoncé’s dancers (or the Black Panthers) hang white people, burn down their houses, etc? I don’t recall hearing about that. What an ignorant comparison. #Hate it!