MHP to GWB: Try Going in a Library

But as a resident of post-Katrina New Orleans, the one decision point that really has me fired up is how your library represents the choices you faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. According to your exhibit the main problem you faced was how to restore law and order. The big issue that visitors are asked to resolve, is whether or not you should have invoked the Insurrection Act to control the looters. …

And you were trying to figure out whether or not to quell an insurrection? These people were Americans, Mr. President. Homeowners, taxpayers, voters. Your people and you were vacationing while they drowned. The decision you should have been making, sir, wasn’t on how to quell them. It was how to save them.

Anytime you get a letter from Dr. Harris-Perry, that says “Dear *blank*, It’s me, Melissa … ,” just pack your things and leave.

Also on #TWiB!Radio, Dr. Boyce Watkins teaches us about the “Most Racist Commercial in History” and the movement to #FreeTheTwerkTeam.

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And this morning on #amTWiB:

L. Joy forgets how to start the show, regulating 3-D printed guns, and LGBTQ folks need to wash the stain of sin before entering the Catholic Church.

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Discrimination Is Apparently Awesome

Listen folks–I don’t know if you knew this but…

“The school discriminated against this teacher, yes they absolutely did and they should have,” Fischer said, “they were absolutely right to do it…. It is right to discriminate against people who engage in aberrant sexual behavior, we should discriminate against people like that.”

Logical. So logical! Gays are icky hence we have the right to be mean to them. Case closed.

On today’s #TWiBRadio we tackle this bowl of magical nutty goodness plus an open letter to Michelle Obama about Beyonce’s wayward nipples, and the amazing choose your own adventure and then get told why if you didn’t agree with Dubya you’re wrong game at the Bush Presidential Center. Take a listen here:

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And this morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew discusses ALEC’s Mad Lib legislation being subsidized in South Dakota and Iowa, Oxford University releases research on human extinction and Jimmy McMillan is back and the rent is still too damn high.

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So Trayvon Martin & the Boston Marathon Bomber…

What’s that you say? Those 2 people couldn’t possibly be in the same sentence? Well then you must not understand how the radical right wing mind works…

This is real life: Limbaugh compared media coverage of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the media coverage of the murdered unarmed 17 year old Trayvon Martin–since they’re described as kids and younger pictures were posted. Obviously this is some sort of huge attempt to show the innocents of these 2 criminals!

Except for that pesky being stalked & killed for no reason thing that happened to one of them.

On today’s #TWiBRadio I drop this little tidbit on the rest of the team with out warning–they weren’t ready. Also, we remember the ‘Four Little Girls’ of Birmingham 50 years later, Dr. Norma J. Goodwin of discusses Minority Health Awareness Month, and more. Listen here:

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And this morning on #amTWiB, the morning crew discusses which meat is most likely to make us sick, Pres. Obama delivering the keynote address at a Planned Parenthood gala  and a local Republican mailer that was really, really white. On purpose.

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Also I’d like to invite you over to check out some of the new posts that we’ve been publishing at This Week in Blackness.  With the addition of Jack and Jill Politics and Balloon Juice’s own Imani Gandy and the Angry Black Lady Chronicles we’re throwing a lot of great content out there. Plus we’ve created forums, a social sharing space and more magic. Swing by and check out what’s going on at TWiB! 


Rand Paul Lies, America is Being Problematic, and Ice Cream is Delicious

Remember when Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) led that heroic, morally-fueled filibuster against drones targeting Americans on U.S. soil?

Good, because Sen. Paul seems to have forgotten. At this point someone in his camp should remind him that speech recording technology is a thing.

And on TWiB!two unique takes on the effects of terror:

First, TWiB! staff writer David von Ebers examines a history of bombings on American soil and its legal consequences:

Today it’s controversial for the president of the United States to even suggest that a homegrown bomber like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a naturalized American citizen who’s lived more than half his life here, should be charged with federal crimes and processed through the civilian criminal justice system… What the hell happened to us?

— America & Terrorism: What a Difference 100 Years Makes by David Von Ebers

And #TWiBRadio co-host and TWiB! managing editor Dacia Mitchell asks if the way we digest media affects how we value tragedy:

The way violence is portrayed in the news media values the spectacular over the everyday … with endless speculative chatter and misinformation, the devastating calculus made by the media and understood in society is that the body subjected to quotidian violence is less valuable than the body subjected to spectacular violence.

Things Like This Don’t Happen in Watertown by Dacia Mitchell

Also, on today’s #TWiBRadio Okla. Rep. Dennis Johnson apologizes to the Jews, Rand Paul has a change of heart about drones, and Fatima Gossgraves of National Women’s Law Center speaks on holding schools accountable for the harassment of students who report rape.

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And this morning on #amTWiB, #TheMorningCrew discusses the race to patent “Boston Strong,” the search for missing teen and misidentified bombing suspect Sunil Tripathi, and no refund for a woman deemed too fat to tan.

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Ray Kelly: [Citizen] Privacy Issue Has Been Taken Off The Table

When you left your home today, did you feel like someone was watching you? Well, if you didn’t, Commissioner Ray Kelly thinks you should and he’s preaching the gospel of algorithmic smart cameras to watch you and everyone else in cities everywhere.

On today’s #TWiBRadio, we talk about our hopes for the Carla Hale Institute for Gifted Youngsters (who are lesbians), NYPD Commissioner Ray “Stop and Frisk” Kelly thinks we could use more eyes watching us, and are Hispanics the new Italians?

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And this morning on #amTWiB, #TheMorningCrew discusses the $20 billion lost on marijuana prohibition, Donald Trump race baiting — again, and Rep. Peter King wanting to cut the politically correct act and get back to racial profiling.

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