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Watch: Groundskeeper Willie From ‘The Simpsons’ Comes Out In Favor Of Scottish Indpendence

"I would like to say a few things to those who are skeptical of Scottish independence"
Aye or Die!

On September 18, Scotland will vote to decide if they wish to remain a part of the United Kingdom or wish to break off and become an independent country of their own. And while the matter is a very serious one, I would like to share a humorous video that pokes a bit of fun at the ballot initiative. Groundskeeper Willie, one of the beloved minor characters on The Simpsons, has come out in support of voting for Scottish independence and he explains his reasons why in the video embedded above. I would never presume to suggest that I, personally, have an opinion on how the people of Scotland should vote but I can appreciate that it is a very serious matter. On September 18, the people of Scotland might decide that for the first time in over 300 years, they no longer want to be connected politically to rule by the United Kingdom. I’m very anxious to see which way the vote will go but I have every confidence that the Scottish people will make the right decision for them. Any Scots out there have an opinion on the matter that they would like to share?

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Yes, Please: The Feds Will Investigate Ferguson’s Police Department

I’ve been trying to keep up with the ongoing reports about Ferguson, Missouri, and I’m actually pleased with this bit of news. I don’t how far this investigation will go, or what good it will ultimately do, but the feds have announced that they will launch an investigation into the Ferguson police department. I think one of the most sickening things I’ve seen since we learned that Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson cop was that video with different clips of the cops leaving Brown’s body from the middle of the street, only to eventually load it into a SUV. So yes, please do investigate the bejeezus out of this police department now. Click inside for more.
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The NRA And The Albuquerque Police Will Hold A Police Shooting Tournament Next Month

That Ish Cray Of-The-Day

Now this is interesting. The Mike Brown case is really brining to light some disturbing details about the way individual police forces in America are run. When I think of police brutality and the rampant shooting of unarmed men, the cities that come to my mind are the more obvious ones—New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. But I just learned that Albuquerque, New Mexico—despite being much smaller in population— has a police shooting rate that is higher than New York City’s. And—along with the National Rifle Association—they’ve decided to hold a police shooting competition this year. Protestors (many of whom have lost children at the hands of these officers) are obviously furious. Click inside for more.

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Ferguson Police Officer Threatens To Kill Protestors, Resigns After Video Goes Viral

They call him 'Officer Go F- Yourself'

Michael Brown was laid to rest earlier this week, after being killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. It’s so important for us to continue thinking and talking about what happened to Brown and what’s happening in America and why things like this keep happening to unarmed black men. I’m writing to update you all about a couple of Ferguson police officers who have resigned after their foul, despicable behavior went public. One cop is being dubbed ‘Officer Go F- Yourself‘ in response to a video that went viral. Click inside for more.

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Scarlett Johansson Teams Up With Planned Parenthood For A New Women’s Rights Campaign

'Hey politicians, the 1950s called....'

One of my favorite moments from the Beyoncé show MTV Video Music Awards the other night, was the FEMINIST sign that flashed on stage behind her (which may or may not now be my Facebook cover photo). I am all about The Feminism, and I am all about celebrities who are not afraid to speak up and say Women Are Watching. I always knew I liked that Scarlett Johansson, and now that I’m hearing she’s teaming up with Planned Parenthood on some new T-shirt designs, I’m officially on Team ScarJo. The mom-to-be is not interested in a political climate that so strongly resembles the 1950s, for women. I’m with it. Click inside for more!

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White Men Make Up The Majority Of The Grand Jury For The Michael Brown Shooting Case

I'm *shocked*

In betwixt the celebrity gossip and pop stuff, I’ve been trying to bring you all bits and pieces about what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri. I can’t cover it all, so I hope you all are following the updates (like this horrific story about the fundraising campaign/racism free-for-all for Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown). But I did think it important to share news about the grand jury that has been selected for the case. Click inside for more.

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A Kansas City Cop Posts Racist Photos To Facebook, Suggests Michael Brown Got What He Deserved

No race issues in #Ferguson, clearly.

In trying to keep up with some of the news about Ferguson, Missouri I had to share a really interesting story about a police officer in Kansas City, Missouri who is now coming under scrutiny for some troubling Facebook posts. As you all know, I don’t throw around the word “racist” lightly and I thought about whether or not these posts fall under that definition for me. Because of what’s happening in Ferguson right now as a direct result of the killing of yet another young, unarmed black man, Michael Brown, I feel like sending a particular message like this one is indeed racist. Please click inside for more.
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As The National Guard Heads To Ferguson, A Reporter Gives A Powerful Tribute To Victims Of Police Brutality

We all need to watch this. And then watch it again. And then watch it again.
The deaths of unarmed black men in America, by police.

There’s so much wrong with what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri right now, I don’t know where to begin. I stayed up following Twitter, just retweeting and posting on Facebook some of the horrors I was seeing—like kids getting tear gassed, and reporters being threatened by cops. The National Guard has been called in, and I have no idea what’s going to happen next. I’m just grateful that we have people like Melissa Harris-Perry who are not going to let the trend of killing black men go unnoticed. For anyone who does not understand the relationship between the black community and the police, this sums it up.

It’s also interesting to note that the KKK—which still exists—is now raising money for the cop who killed Michael Brown. Of course, the cop and his family have nothing to do with this.

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Missouri Governor Declares A State Of Emergency And Enforces A Curfew In Ferguson

So far 7 arrests have been made, one victim shot

I wanted to continue the conversation we started earlier this week, as news of things in Ferguson, Missouri remains troubling. We have a few readers in the area, so please feel free to correct me if any of this information is incorrect or if you have some thing to add. One thing is very clear— the Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed an order declaring a state of emergency, and he’s also enforcing a curfew. It all sounds very surreal, but residents must be indoors from 12AM – 5AM. He also admitted that the cops who used tear gas against protesters early Saturday morning did so without his orders. He said they’d be kind enough to stop using tear gas from now on, but we already have footage that may prove otherwise. Click inside for more.

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#Ferguson And The Truth About Our American War Zone

Social Media At Its Best

This morning I wrote a piece about Twitter at its worst. The death of Robin Williams was and is a tragedy, and some (certainly not most) of the responses from social media are also a tragic reflection of the worst of our kind, and the worst things our technology has to offer. In light of another tragedy—the murder of Michael Brown an unarmed 18 year-old in Ferguson, Missouri by police—we can see social media at its best. A couple of years ago I interviewed the director of the Occupy Wall Street documentary #whilewewatch, and he spoke about being inspired by social media activism, which developed in direct response to the lack of real (and accurate) news coverage. I had a very similar conversation with Oscar-nominee Jehane Noujaim, who made a film about the Egyptian revolution. This happens every time there is organized protest that the authorities then turn into a “war zone.” Click inside for more.
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