National Rifle Assn: Summary | OpenSecrets

The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends a huge sum of money) to defend the right to bear arms. It is opposed to virtually every form of gun regulation, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, retention of databases of gun purchases, background checks on purchasers at gun shows and changes in the registration of firearms.

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Bess Kalb, a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live! has thrown a fresh spotlight on NRA’s political spending this week, responding to lawmakers who are offering “thoughts” and “prayers” to the victims of Wednesday’s February 14, 2018 shooting in Florida, with tweets showing how much members of Congress have benefited from the group’s political spending.

Sen. Joni Ernst- Please join me in praying for the students, faculty, and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as their loved ones. Let us also show our gratitude to the courageous first responders.

Bess Kalb -$3,124,273 from the NRA

The NRA’s use of independent spending — on ads, mailers and emails — to mobilize voters has made it “one of the most powerful political organizations in America,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and author of 2011 book, Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.

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In Venezuela, they were teachers and doctors. To buy food, they became prostitutes. From miamiherald.com

As in much of the world the women of Venezuela have been more significantly impacted by the economic decline and proverty of the once oil rich country. There’s no doubt that the countries financial woes has affected the populations different ethnic classes in different ways to different degrees but women still face the majority of the challenges. Without any solutions being offered by the government nor the Venezuelian billionaire class as well as international humanitarian aid these educated women are left without a choice but to subject themselves to the trauma associated with prostitution. While these women are choosing this lifestyle is this really much different from sex trafficking.

At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour.

“We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” he yelled over the din

of vallenato music. “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.”

And all of them came from Venezuela.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article174808061.html

Grandmother of slain Sacramento man calls for police changes

Grandmother of slain Sacramento man calls for police changes:

The question that America needs to answer is, would deadly force have been used chasing a white male in a white neighborhood. The question is at the heart of the institutional racism people of color and of the African Diaspora but especially black men experience in America. It seems that the same aspects that made black males so valued when enslaved are the same things that white society fears about black males today. Their strength, stamina, and ability to procreate to name just three. So to the above question, history has already demonstrated by the fact that the mass murderes from Charleston and Parkland were captured without using deadly force that the answer is no.

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Man who killed his family as a teen is ordered to adult jail

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Racist, Corrupt – and Sheriff Fort Lauderdale Magazine

Sheriff Walter Clark was a liar, a friend to organized crime and a lawman who helped terrorize Broward’s black community.
Sheriff Walter Clark, who held the office of Broward County Sheriff almost continuously from 1931 to 1950, personified the seedy underbelly of law in Broward County as no one has before or since. He and his chief deputy, his brother Bob, were an insidious team. Among the indignities they inflicted on local black citizens was their practice of rounding up black men for vagrancy, then giving them a choice. The men could pay a $35 ticket (which most could not afford) or work it off picking vegetables until the fine was paid. The farmers working with the Clarks would credit the black workers a fraction of what was paid to whites, thus extending their sentences. Then the farmers would pay the Clarks $35.

A side note to Clark’s corruption is the lynching of Rubin Stacy: #RubinStacy was a homeless tenant farmer living in Florida. He was down on his luck and hungry when he approached the home of Marion Jones to ask for some food. But he was met with the screams and shrieks when Mrs. Jones answered the door. Jones’ family rushed to the sound of hearing the screams and grabbed and subdued Stacy. Jones claimed that Stacy had assaulted her with a knife. Stacy was turned over to the Dade County deputies.

While Stacy was being transported to jail by six Dade County deputies, a group of masked men overpowered the group and kidnapped him. It was later revealed that the kidnapping was merely a ruse; Chief Deputy Bob Clark and other deputies had staged the kidnapping so that the mob could take possession of their prisoner.

It should not surprise anyone that neither Clark brother was ever charged with crimes against Rubin Stacy. The thing that ultimately led to Walter Clark’s downfall as well as his brothers was not his treatment of blacks but his ties to organized crime.

http://flmag.com/city-life/racist-corrupt-%E2%80%93-and-sheriff