Much of Virginia shooter Vester Flanagan’s demented justification for murdering former WBDJ7 colleagues Alison Parker and Adam Ward on live TV became clear very quickly because Flanagan had set up a Twitter account to claim he’d been discriminated against and sent a 23-page fax/manifesto to ABC News less than two hours after his attack. A tweet Thursday from NBC reporter Tom Winter indicates that Flanagan may have had plans for even more of a media blitz when he was caught by police later Wednesday and (apparently) committed suicide.
So Flanagan was carrying correspondence he seemingly intended to mail, material to disguise himself, some sort of plan for further activity when he was caught four hours away from the site of the shooting (after reportedly switching vehicles). Assuming the multiple magazines were loaded, he also had a substantial amount of ammo and was prepared to use it quickly.
FERGUSON • Police have arrested a man they believe murdered 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden as the girl did her homework at her home.
Police sources tell the Post-Dispatch that officers are now seeking charges against the suspect at St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch’s office.
Jamyla and her mother, who was injured in the shooting, were not the shooter’s intended targets, according to a source.
Ferguson police identified the suspect, and St. Louis County police with the assistance of U.S. marshals arrested him on their behalf at a hospital late Wednesday, according to sources. The suspect was not a patient there.
Jamyla’s father James Bolden, said he had yet to be contacted by police about the arrest.
The girl was killed while doing homework in her mother’s bed on the night of Aug. 18.
Children as young as three months old have been found to have a bias towards women who are the same race as themselves.
Now, a University of Delaware scientist has discovered a simple exercise that he claims can undo this unconscious racial biases in young children.
Using the technique of measuring how much time the babies spend looking at pictures of faces, Paul Quinn has spent a decade studying how infants classify race and gender. […]
In their latest study, published in July in the journal Developmental Science, Quinn and his collaborators in China used photos of African and Asian faces and morphed them together to create ambiguous images that looked equally African and Asian.
Some of the faces had pleasant expressions, while others looked more severe.
When researchers showed the images to four- to six-year-olds in China, the children identified the happy faces as Asian – the category they were used to seeing – and the angry faces as African, a group they rarely saw in daily life.
The scientists’ wanted to see whether the children’s unconscious racial biases could be disrupted.
They showed the youngsters five different African faces and gave each of the individuals a name, repeating the process until the children could identify each of the five faces by name.
When the children then looked at the happy and angry ambiguous-race photos again, their bias in favour of their own racial group had dropped dramatically.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday that fellow candidate Donald Trump has tapped into the “dark side” of the GOP.
Graham was explaining how his rival has managed to dominate the Republican presidential race, polling as high as 35 percent depending on the survey. Graham said the support still represented a minority of the GOP.
“Twenty-five percent of our party that probably thinks Obama was born in Kenya or wants to believe that. There’s 25 percent of our party wants him to be a Muslim because they hate him so much,” Graham said. “So, there’s a dark side of politics that Mr. Trump is appealing to.”
Graham initially used the interview to defend his dismal poll numbers in his home state, South Carolina, but pivoted into a more specific attack on the GOP frontrunner. He said a Trump nomination would “kill” the GOP.
“The leader of our party has come up with a deportation plan that is Joseph McCarthy-like and he is saying things about Megyn Kelly and other women that are digging a big hole. And the chairman of our party said Trump was a net positive. Let me tell you, I think he’s hurting our party.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton will only appear on MSNBC on Sunday mornings as part of a programming shakeup, according to a new report.
Variety reported on Wednesday that Sharpton’s daily “PoliticsNation” program is ending its run on Sept. 4 after four years on MSNBC.
He begins his new show during the cable channel’s 8 a.m. timeslot on Sundays on Oct. 4, it added.
Twitter Cards“I want to congratulate Al and his team,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a memo sent to staff Wednesday evening. “For four years they have done a terrific job bringing his voice and a big spotlight to issues of racial justice, civil rights and equality.”
“And, as many of you know, the Rev. has never missed a show,” he added. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with a Sunday morning newsmaker program.”
Griffin said on Wednesday evening that MSNBC plans on temporarily filling Sharpton’s former 6 p.m. weeknight slot with breaking news coverage.
CLINTON: “Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the President of the United States. Yet, they espouse out of date and out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We’re going forward. We’re not going back.”
Ayatollah Khamenei thumbing his nose at Obama… again.
VIENNA – Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday delving into a major part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions to Tehran’s past atomic activity.
A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Parchin file, which includes a demand for IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran’s July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers.
The confidential IAEA report, obtained by Reuters, said: “Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials. In addition, a small extension to an existing building appears to have [been] constructed.”
Diplomats say any activities Iran has undertaken at Parchin since 2012 are likely to have undermined the agency’s ability to verify intelligence suggesting Tehran previously conducted tests there relevant to nuclear bomb detonations.
WASHINGTON – Real estate mogul Donald Trump is dominating polls and capturing headlines in the Republican presidential race, but rival Jeb Bush is still the favorite of traders in political prediction markets.
While Bush has been eclipsed by Trump in opinion polls, the former Florida governor is riding high with online traders who give him a 40 percent chance to capture the party’s presidential nomination, according to prediction market aggregator PredictWise.com.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is a distant second with a 15 percent chance, and Trump has risen to third in recent weeks with 14 percent, according to PredictWise, which aggregates about a half-dozen political prediction markets.
President Obama has revealed he was heartbroken when he learned a TV news reporter and a cameraman were shot dead during a live broadcast in Virginia.
He also slammed the number of gun-related homicides in the United States, adding that it ‘dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism’.
Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were gunned down by former employee of the CBS affiliate Vester Flanagan while filming an on-air, early morning segment.
The 41-year-old shot and wounded himself several hours later as police pursued him on a Virginia highway. He died later at the hospital, police said.
Speaking to ABC, Obama said: ‘It breaks my heart every time you read or hear about these kinds of incidents.
A piece of coal has more journalistic smarts than does Dan Rather. And speaking of ‘phony’, can we say fake George Bush story, Dan?
Hilarious also with Rachel Maddow suggesting that Fox is somehow uniquely political. Yes, what’s unique is that it didn’t completely tow the Democratic party line like Maddow’s MSDNC. Hence why it has had high viewership.
David Duke is biding his time before he announces his all-important endorsement in the 2016 election.
Contrary to previous reports, the former Ku Klux Klan leader was adamant in a conversation with The Daily Beast that he has yet to throw his support behind Donald Trump for president, despite calling the billionaire “the best of the lot” on his radio program.
Duke, who first asked whether I was Jewish to assess my level of objectivity before answering my questions, said he thinks Trump’s vow to address the cause of illegal immigration is vital to the country’s survival but wonders whether he is trustworthy, especially given his support of Israel.
“I’m not endorsing Donald Trump,” Duke said. “I believe that the discussion on the immigration issue is a legitimate discussion. It’s a good thing.” […]
“There is a replacement of the American elite from the people who have founded America and now it’s a Jewish elite,” Duke said. “And it’s pretty ironic that you think about this Jewish elite and they’re only 2 percent of the United States of America. There’s something wrong with this picture. That’s not diversity.”
And Duke is not certain that a President Trump would do anything to alleviate the situation.
“Trump has made it very clear that he’s 1,000 percent dedicated to Israel, so how much is left over for America?” Duke asked.
The candidate’s daughter Ivanka Trump has publicly discussed her conversion to Judaism before her marriage, and her father has been billed as the most Israel-friendly GOP candidate in this election. All this makes Trump a little too untrustworthy for Duke to come out swinging on his behalf.
“This is the reason why I have not endorsed Donald Trump, because I really have to evaluate these things,” Duke said. “But I really think the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are completely under the sway of the Zionists who are ultimately damaging America and damaging the world.”
In the past, my dating life was a mix of Frank Ocean’s Bad Religion and the sadder Mary J Blige songs that you can somehow still dance to. And yet, things have slowly but surely gotten better – a direct result of me making important changes. As I’ve gotten older, I have been more vigilant about noticing the signs that a man might be a loser and promptly taking the exit ramp.
This includes things like never dating a man who doesn’t know how to use “your” and “you’re” correctly. I don’t want to be a snooty writer, but I also don’t want to invest in flirting with a person who didn’t pay attention in third grade. Similarly, though it may be a struggle, I will try my best to avoid checking a guy’s social media feeds before actually getting to know him. It’s like looking at a person through a filter that’s not as favorable as he thinks it is.
But the one I most adamant about sticking to – and I have encouraged everyone I know to act accordingly: I will never date another person who does not like Beyoncé.
If there is one mistake I made repeatedly in the past, it was looking past this fatal flaw. Of all the men I’ve dated, the worst have all disliked Queen Bey.
I am a gay black man from Houston, Texas. Beyoncé is my Lord and gyrator. She is the beginning, end and body roll to me. I should have known better than to ever bother with such haters.
Before I started rejecting Beyoncé haters, I first tried dating some men with the fatal flaw by avoiding the subject. More than once, one tried to pick a fight with me about Beyoncé. They knew I bow down to Queen Bey, but they tried, still, to coerce me into standing on the wrong side of history. Remember that New York Times review of her debut album entitled: “The Solo Beyoncé: She’s No Ashanti?” Who wants to end up sounding that ridiculous?