Tampa Bay Times: Five years since Florida enacted "stand-your-ground" law, justifiable homicides are up

-By Ben Montgomery and Colleen Jenkins

October 17, 2010- TAMPA — Two men meet at a park one Sunday afternoon in September. One is playing basketball with his daughter. The other has a gun tucked in his pants.

The two men argue about a kid who's skateboarding. The man with the gun tries to enforce the rules. The other man lunges.

The unarmed man takes his last breath in front of his 8-year-old daughter. Two days later, authorities charge the gun owner with manslaughter.

Case closed? Maybe not.

If history serves, the gunman stands a very good chance in court. The case may not even make it to trial.

Huffington Post: Yvette Clarke, New York Rep., Notifies Police After Video Of Her Surfaces On Breitbart, Beck Sites

-By Luke Johnson

April 27, 2012- Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) notified the Capitol Police Thursday after receiving threatening phone calls, after a video of her appearing to criticize the Tea Party was posted on several conservative websites, according to a release from her office.

The video was first posted to Breitbart TV, created by the late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, and then picked up by Glenn Beck's website, The Blaze.

YES! Weekly: Racialized remark about marriage amendment attributed to state senator's wife

-by Jordan Green

May 1, 2012- Chad Nance, a Winston-Salem freelance journalist who is currently active in electoral campaigning, says poll workers outside the early voting site at the Forsyth County Government Center in downtown Winston-Salem reported to him that the wife of NC Sen. Peter Brunstetter remarked today that her husband sponsored legislation to put the marriage amendment on the primary ballot “to protect the Caucasian race.”

Nance said he recorded a conversation with the woman, whose name is Jodie Brunstetter, on video, and that she confirmed that she used the term “Caucasian” in a discussion about the marriage amendment, but insisted that otherwise her comments had been taken out of context by other poll workers.

Huffington Post: Sandra Fluke Says Monica Crowley Insult Was 'Blatant Homophobia'

April 27, 2012- Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke responded to Fox News pundit Monica Crowley's tweet on Thursday, saying she was disturbed by the conservative commentator's "blatant homophobia."

RAW Story: Pat Robertson: Bullying ‘terrible’ — but gay sex still an ‘abomination’

-By David Edwards

April 24, 2012- Anti-LGBT rights televangelist Pat Robertson on Tuesday told Christian students that bullying their gay and lesbian classmates was wrong even if they “think that these practices are an abomination.”

A CBN viewer named Douglas posed this question to the TV preacher: “What would you say to a school that has gay and LGBT students being bullied by the Christian kids?”

“Well I think that’s terrible and Christians shouldn’t do that,” Robertson explained. “I mean, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, blah, blah, blah. You know, Christians shouldn’t do that. They ought to act in love.”


The Daily Beast: New Account: Zimmerman Told Cops Trayvon’s Last Words Were ‘Okay, You Got It’

In exclusive reporting from Sanford, Fla., Aram Roston offers a new inside account of what Zimmerman told police after the shooting. Plus, read Jelani Cobb on what got Zimmerman charged.

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the court's decision on Friday, Apr. 20, to release Zimmerman on $150,000 bail.

-by Aram Roston

April 19, 2012- Last December, George Zimmerman hosted a small gathering at a clubhouse in Lake Mary, Fla. He invited family members and some close friends, and he made a brief speech. He wanted to share with them, he said, the news that he’d earned his associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Huffington Post: Kenneth Weishuhn Suicide: Details In Gay Iowa Teen's Death After Allegedly Enduring Threats Emerge

April 18, 2012- Poignant details about Kenneth Weishuhn, the gay Iowa teen who took his own life after friends and family say his classmates sent him death threats on his cell phone and made him the subject of a Facebook hate group, are continuing to emerge.

Numerous media outlets are pointing to the 14-year-old's Pinterest page. One section, titled "When I get married," features photos of vintage menswear, candle centerpieces and wedding cake toppers depicting two grooms. Another section, titled "Inspiration," includes a number of anti-bullying sentiments, along with a quote attributed to "Glee" actor Chris Colfer: "There's nothing wrong with you, there's a lot wrong with the world you live in."

AlterNet: Guns, Paranoia and Obama Assassination Jokes: Inside the NRA's Annual Convention

In recent years, the NRA's leadership has expertly cultivated a very profitable hatred and paranoia among its membership.

-By Alexander Zaitchik

April 18, 2012- ST. LOUIS -- The hotel minibus had barely left the airport when the guy to my left dropped the Obama assassination joke.


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