The victim here had no prior record. Calling him a “thug” because he is a large Black man who MAY have shoplifted a pack of Swishers is racism refined to its purest form.
Fifteen years ago I hired two Black men who had just gotten out of prison. They did a lot worse than anything this kid could possibly have done, and they paid with several years of their lives. One of my DEAR FRIENDS has done two stretches totaling eight years. After working for me for nearly a decade, he did three years on a weapons charge. He describes himself as a former “drug dealing thug.” He has a bullet still in him from losing a gunfight with another dealer.
Trust me, I know real thugs, and Brown was not a thug.
Two months ago I sold my business to my former employees. Black, ex-cons. With a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, they have already done better with it than I did in the last few years.
It turns out that being a successful drug dealer in a competitive environment is good training for any business.
RepackRider commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Not sure whether everyone knows this, but “Ain’t nobody here but us chickens,” is the punch line of a racist joke.
I have four old Webers in my back yard. All of them have lost the little closures on the bottom, but I always cook with the lid on. I put the fire on one side, not in the middle, because you can move things farther away when they are done. I use mesquite charcoal. I [...]
RepackRider commented on the blog post Another Member Of Governor Christie’s Staff Resigns Amid Bridgegate Probe
I hope Christie settles in for a long siege. All the farmers in Iowa should plant extra popcorn for the spectacle.
RepackRider commented on the blog post National Review’s Future At Risk Over Climate Change Smear
Since the magazine has run at a loss for its entire 50 years of publication, perhaps the editors should pay some attention to the result of their attempt to participate in the “free market of ideas.”
This is great news for the McCain campaign.
RepackRider commented on the blog post Alaskans Likely to Vote on Marijuana Legalization this August
Wonder what the Quitter Queen of Matanuska-Susitna will have to say on the subject.
RepackRider commented on the blog post Dear Mr. Brooks, Let’s Talk About the Morality of Marijuana Prohibition
Our Mr. Brooks is getting an earful in the comments, and as far as I can tell he is absolutely alone in his view of the “morality’ his position. Jesus may love him, but everyone else thinks he’s an asshole.
How does anyone vote for a sleaze like the Cooch? McAuliffe isn’t a gem, but he won’t be insanely anti-abortion.
RepackRider commented on the diary post Boston’s Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Help Heal the Hub by solartopia.
As a non-shaver myself I was rooting heavily for the Beards. A note on the derivation of the term Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. The late David Sheridan , the artist who created the original Furry Freak Brothers characters for Rip_off Press comics, lived in my town. Many of the characters and locations in the comix were easily [...]
RepackRider commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Segal, David Moon, and Patrick Ruffini, Hacking Politics: How Geeks, Progressives, the Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed Up to Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet
I was a participant in The Next Right, which is now logging fewer visits than my own, static website. I’m so liberal that I would have been prosecuted in the ‘fifties. I am also an Army vet (E-5, Honorable Discharge, ETS 15-FEB-1968). You can look up my posts on your old site under the same handle. I tried to represent without trolling.
That said, I found the same hysteria on your site that led us to say,
Sarah Palin being taken seriously.
Seriously. Sarah Palin? And the Pizza guy? Bachmann? I’m glad you’re here to explain these mystifying political phenomena to us.
Hopefully you will find that we deal with ideas on their merits, not on their origin.
My service in a military medical capacity has convinced me that we should be offering similar tax-paid medical services to any person who walks into any medical facility in the country. Doing so would save billions of dollars and put the insurance company death panels out of business. You probably don’t have any experience with military medicine, which is designed around large-scale treatment and multiple traumas.
The only people who say government can’t work are those with a stake in not making it work. The only people who want wars are those who don’t fight them. I would rather take my chances with Al Qaeda than allow my own government to monitor every thought I care to communicate.
Tell me where I’m wrong.
RepackRider commented on the blog post Media Shield Law, Which Aims to Protect Only ‘Real Reporters,’ Moves Onward to the Senate
Just called Feinstein’s office and expressed my displeasure with her attempt to limit First Amendment rights by allowing the government to decide who is “press.”
The only people who would oppose MORE transparency are those with something to hide.
RepackRider commented on the diary post Restore the Fourth at “NSA Oversight” Rep Mike Thompson’s office by davidl.
Called that very office today. The staffer I spoke to was interested to hear that the event had been posted on the Internet, and he asked me to spell firedoglake for him.
It was actually a reasonable and polite discussion, even though I was geared for confrontation.
RepackRider commented on the blog post Tim Pawlenty Has Finally Found Someone He Can Beat
I coulda been a pretender.
RepackRider commented on the blog post Judge Rules that NYC’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy Violates 4th and 14th Amendments
“…(V)iolates the 4th and 14th Amendments…”
At the risk of sounding like, “No, DUH!”
No, DUH! What was the first clue?
RepackRider commented on the blog post Filner Pulls All Nighter, No Longer Wants To Bone Anything With Boobs
He would be well served by a session at Regular Guy Camp.
But back to the subject, can anyone imagine a Black artist performing in FLA? Wait until that spreads to NFL players. This could be the boycott that makes an impact.
if you’re laying on your back getting hit in the head, there’s no “stand your anything”.
If only Trayvon had been armed, he would not have been lying on his back getting beaten, and then shot.
I hope all young Black men in Florida start packing hog leg pistols openly in leg holsters strapped for a quick draw.
RepackRider commented on the blog post Liz Cheney Tired Of Waiting For Real Housewives Of Laramie To Happen
It’s definitely good news for Orville Redenbacher.
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