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Today is my final day in the office at The Sun News after almost 16 years.
I'll be away for a year doing something a bit different - background here - but will return next July.
It's been fun jousting and learning - and everything else - with readers, but for the next year, I will not be blogging or writing columns for the paper. I'll be studying and participating in seminars and a whole host of other things I'm not even quite sure of yet.
So, until next July ... that is if I can get all of our bags packed.
If they targeted this man in this alleged robbery because the man was white then, yes, it is a hate crime. So far what we know about what happened between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin is that was not a hate crime - because Zimmerman did not go about killing Martin because he was black.
What Zimmerman did was manslaughter. What these two robbers allegedly did was also criminal.
"Sharknato" is an awful - awful acting, awful special events, awful storyline (if it's fair to call it a storyline), awful science fiction - movie that has become so awesomely awful it is now invading actual movie theaters, jumping its way out of the SyFy channel.
Stunning. Then again, maybe not so much.
Oh, and the folks who brought us "Jersey Shore" are planning a reality TV show in Murrells Inlet.
I would. Of course the conservative economist would ask just what that 68 extra cents would do to the families already living at the margins who depend a lot on McDonald's currently low prices?
But, of course, many of those families living on the margins would no longer be living there if other corporations would also double the salaries of their minimum-wage workers ...
Who am I to disagree?
However, I still say Greenwald should have passed the Snowden tips to his colleagues and let them write straight-news story while he continued his advocacy and reporting in his partisan column.
Yes, I've done that several times when I've been provided hard news tips.
From the piece:
Judith and William Serrin’s anthology, Muckraking: The Journalism That Changed America, establishes the primacy of partisan, activist journalism from the revolutionary period through the modern era. Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison battled slavery in the 1830s with his newspaper, the Liberator. Elijah Lovejoy performed similar service in the Alton Observer, and in 1837 an Illinois mob attacked and killed him for his anti-slavery journalism. Beginning in the 1840s, Frederick Douglass used the press to fight for the freedom of his people, later writing, “It did not entirely satisfy me to narrate wrongs; I felt like denouncing them.” Imagine the Sorkins, Gregorys, Todds, Pincuses, and Farhis of those days telling Douglass he was doing journalism wrong!
No politically contentious issue has ever escaped the eye and the pen of partisan and activists journalists. Labor journalist John Swinton used his press to campaign for working people in 1884; Helen Hunt Jackson confronted the treatment of American Indians in 1885; John Muir defended the Yosemite Valley from the timber industry in 1890; Jacob Riis recorded tenement poverty in How the Other Half Lives in 1890; and Ida B. Wells exposed the South’s casual lynching practices in 1892.
The Christians who seem to be upset about this book's author - who said he found Jesus at the age of 15 though was born into a Muslim family - usually don't have a problem with a Christian writing or talking about Islam.
From the piece:
'Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth' by Reza Aslan has surged to No. 2 on Amazon's bestselling list. The book explores the earthly life of Jesus of Nazareth, as opposed to Jesus Christ, the son of God.
As Aslan made the rounds this week to publicize his book in interviews with NPR, Huffington Post, MSNBC and others, he has become the target of anti-Muslim rhetoric online.
Author and pastor John S. Dickerson blasted media outlets for conveying Aslan as a religion scholar while 'fail[ing]to mention that he is a devout Muslim.'
'"Zealot" is not new work from a historian,' Dickerson writes in a column on FoxNews.com. 'It is a sophisticated presentation of views that Muslims have held about Jesus for more than 1,000 years.'
Calling the book a 'fast-paced demolition of the core beliefs that Christianity has taught about Jesus for 2,000 years,' Dickerson says 'Pouring praise onto “Zealot” as new information about Jesus, without explaining its author’s devotion to a combating religion, is blatant bias.'
As more people dissect President Barack Obama's words about the George Zimmerman case - The profiling of Obama - they need to not ignore a pretty clear fact:
Zimmerman did not kill Trayvon Martin because Martin was black, even though race played a significant role in Zimmerman's pursuit of Martin. It's the kind of important nuance many people miss during discussions of race, and this one has been no different.
Zimmerman may have spent the months before the shooting calling the cops on suspicious people, almost all of whom happened to be young black men - including one as young as 7 years old.
He may have found Martin suspicious during the night in question in part because Martin was black - which Zimmerman's lead attorney, Mark O'Mara has acknowledged.
But he did not set out that night to specifically kill a black person, or at least there is no evidence he did. That's the standard that has to be met if it is to be considered a true federal hate crime.
From the piece:
Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers.
Similar proposals that could shift public sector retirees into the new insurance markets, called exchanges, are already being planned or contemplated in places like Chicago; Sheboygan County, Wis.; and Stockton, Calif. While large employers that eliminate health benefits for full-time workers can be penalized under the health care law, retirees are a different matter.