Posts Tagged ‘oklahoma

16
Jul
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks from the Oval Office on the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, vowing to conduct a prompt and thorough probe of the shooting

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US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015. Obama is the first sitting US President to visit a federal prison, in a push to reform one of the most expensive and crowded prison systems in the world. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks after touring the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma. President Obama is the first sitting US President to visit a federal prison, in a push to reform one of the most expensive and crowded prison systems in the world

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U.S. President Barack Obama visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution outside Oklahoma City July 16, 2015. With Obama are Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels (R) and correctional officer Ronald Warwick. Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.      REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, President Barack Obama will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City

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President Barack Obama is led on a tour by correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama speaks during a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick, Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama leaves after speaking at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

15
Jul
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in response to the Iran Nuclear Deal. The landmark deal will limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions. The agreement, which comes after almost two years of diplomacy, has also been praised by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

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President Barack Obama says goodbye to Vice President Joe Biden’s granddaughter Finnegan Biden before departing the White House. It’s so beautiful to see how close the Obamas and Bidens are

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at Durant High School in Durant, Okla., Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit to the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma July 15, 2015.  The Choctaw Nation is the country's third-largest Native American tribe. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama speaks on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit to the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma. The Choctaw Nation is the country’s third-largest Native American tribe

Choctaw Nation member Kelsey Janway wipes tears from her eyes as U.S. President Barack Obama tells her story about her efforts trying to get an internet signal as he visits with the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma July 15, 2015. Obama was in Durant speaking about  expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Choctaw Nation member Kelsey Janway wipes tears from her eyes as President Barack Obama tells her story about her efforts trying to get an internet signal as he visits with the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit to a high school in the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma July 15, 2015.  The Choctaw Nation is the country's third-largest Native American tribe. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Spectators applaud as President Barack Obama speaks in the Choctaw Nation on economic opportunities for underprivileged communities across the nation, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Durant, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Spectators watch as President Barack Obama arrives to speak in the Choctaw Nation on economic opportunities for underprivileged communities across the nation, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Durant, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama shakes hands after speaking in the Choctaw Nation on economic opportunities for underprivileged communities across the nation, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Durant, Okla. Obama unveiled a program to bring faster Internet connections to more low-income households, particularly to help students living in public and assisted housing stay ahead in school. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A Choctaw girl waits to take a photo as U.S. President Barack Obama works a rope line after speaking on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit with the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma, July 15, 2015. The Choctaw Nation is the country's third-largest Native American tribe. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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A young Choctaw girl listens and looks up at U.S. President Barack Obama as he shakes hands after speaking on expanding economic opportunity for communities across the country during a visit with the Choctaw Nation in Durant, Oklahoma July 15, 2015.  The Choctaw Nation is the country's third-largest Native American tribe. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama greets members of the audience after speaking at Durant High School in Durant, Okla., Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

15
Jul
15

A Warm Welcome

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16
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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This should make any decent human being want to vomit. Murder a Black child, get applauded

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A MUST read

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14
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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EricFive’s on point commentary about cops in Ferguson

No one knows who shot those cops, all we have is speculation and attempts to deflect blame from the epidemic of cops killing unarmed Black males. The “tension” between cops and minority communities is a decades old problem (police as occupying force instead of public servants). The recent spike in police killings of unarmed Black males is a symptom of the larger issue of White racial anxiety which is reaching dangerous levels. The cop in Atlanta who murdered the unarmed, naked veteran who had mental problems should open up a lot of eyes to what is going on, i.e., Black lives don’t matter to these folks. Being Black is becoming a capital offense in this country. How the response to an obviously mental ill naked man is to use deadly force (not a baton, not a taser, not calling for backup) tells me that they are looking for an excuse to murder Black people (more restrain is shown toward a fucking alligator walking through a golf course than a Black man walking down the street). By the “logic” displayed by the Atlanta cop, the proper police response to a Black man threatening to jump from a rooftop would be to call in the snipers to shoot the man. There will never be any semblance of “equality” in this country until a Black life is deemed by society to be of equal value to a White life. This has never been the case in this country and it most certainly is not the case today. All of this racial shit stems from the mental gymnastics that the institution of slavery required of a White society that had/has an almost pathological need to see itself as “good people” no matter what horrible shit they did. You cannot enslave folks you view as your equals. You cannot enslave a race of people you view as human and still see yourself as “good person”. Instead, to maintain a positive self image, the slaveholder has to convince both himself (and the slave) that the slave is “inferior” and DESERVES the horrible treatment he/she is forced to endure. That the slave is not HUMAN. This inability to see Black people as fellow human beings, the inability to understand the grief of a Black parent mourning for a child needlessly killed by the police is the same strain of racist/White supremacy that allowed for the enslavement of Black people in the “land of the free”.

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12
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Good question

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So sad that they have to respond. (Same with Travyon Martin’s parents). Their son was horrifically murdered. There shouldn’t be a burden placed on them to respond to anything. Unfortunately, we all know why they have to

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Don’t forget to tune in tonight

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11
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Some cops truly are sick and twisted people

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Joe and Mika could watch a Black person get murdered, be provided with evidence that the person was innocent, and they would still side with the murderer and blame black culture. The racist frat boys said they were taught that song by their white alumni and current brothers, SAE has a history of racism, but somehow it’s Black people’s fault. It’s not just the use of the n-word. They were singing about lynching and hanging Black people from trees. White people lynched Black people, they took pictures of the lynchings, they had lynching parties, they cut off chunks of dead Black people’s bodies; but somehow it’s Black people and black culture’s fault. Congratulations on excusing racism, Mika and Joe. Douchebags

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10
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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You are sent into a situation where a naked man is acting weird. He is clearly unarmed. It should be apparent to you that he might be mentally ill. You have a taser. You don’t use it. Instead you use your gun and kill him. You kill a man who served his country and just needed some help

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09
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

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The GOP truly is the party of the dumb

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09
Mar
15

How Hate Can Lead To Destruction

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They were chanting about hanging Black students from trees. They were chanting about lynching Black students. This is 2015 and they were proud to sing about lynching Black people. They will cheer when their Black student athletes are busting their guts to win trophy after trophy for the school. But off the field? They’ll joyfully hang them from trees. People ask why racism hasn’t died? Here is your answer. Their great-great-grandparents, their great grandparents, their parents, all passed it down to them and they are simply carrying on tradition. Some people refuse to acknowledge that institutional racism exists. Here is institutional racism for you. These people are going to be the cops, lawyers, judges, bankers, university officials, teachers, realtors, city council members, etc., who make sure they harass Black residents like it was seen in Ferguson, who make sure they profit from the school to prison pipeline that destroys Black lives.

Who make sure that they provide bad loans to Black families as was revealed post 2007/2008 financial crisis. Who make sure that when showing Black families new homes, they show them way less than they show white families; even though their credit is stellar. This is not just about the University of Oklahoma. This just happened to be recorded and went viral this time. These are the racists who will interact with our Black children in all walks of life. This is the rot that is festering under the foundation of this country. It’s not just one isolated incident. We’ve made progress no doubt, and we will continue to make more. But for Black people, this is scary. This is hate. If they hadn’t been caught, what further dangerous steps would they have taken? This is how hate can lead to destruction. All because you don’t like the color of someone’s skin.

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Thank you again, Mr. Yardarm for this. Relevant yesterday, today, and tomorrow

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30
Apr
14

On the death penalty

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I will start by saying this.

There are times I read or hear about a case. Someone who, for example, rapes and murders a child. And my gut reaction is to say, “Kill him”. He doesn’t merely deserve to be removed from society, but to be denied of life for his abomination. It is a gut reaction, a cry of the heart, a revulsion at a crime so heinous that it defies understanding. And as humans, often what we don’t understand must be excised, like a cancer. I know if someone murdered a person I loved, my thirst for vengeance would be nigh unquenchable, sated only by the ending of his or her own life.

In Iran a few weeks ago, a young life was about to be extinguished in punishment for murder. The noose was around his neck. He was begging and pleading for his life. Then, the mother of the boy he killed ascended to the hangman’s platform. She slapped the convicted’s face. And then she told the executioner to remove the noose.

This happened in what many Americans consider to be a barbaric, retrograde state, a terrorist state, opposed to all we hold dear. A mother climbed onto the platform where her son’s murderer was about to be executed, and forgave him. No more blood would be spilled. The cycle would end then and there.

Yesterday, an execution in Oklahoma was botched due to an incorrect mixing of the lethal cocktail. This was an execution pushed for by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. She suspended the second—SECOND—execution scheduled for that day “pending further review”.

But we have much to learn from that courageous Iranian mother.

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