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Rand Paul’s Bizarre College Fraternity

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  • Sure, they were idiots. But they also liked to make fun of blacks and Hispanics.
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  • Rand Paul's college group mocked Christians
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Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone<>

Last week (Oct 17-23) Ben Smith at Politico did a story about some material that's been dug up about Rand Paul's college pseudo-fraternity, the "NoZe Brotherhood" - I have a few things to add to the same story today.

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First, some background. The "NoZe" was like a fifth-rate Southern wannabe version of George Bush and John Kerry's secret "Skull and Bones" society, a group of wiseass kids from Baylor University (from whence Paul, incidentally, never graduated before heading off to medical school) who got together and smoked herb, pulled dumb pranks and published a very strange newsletter.

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Race, Racism, Xenophobia, and Migration

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The struggle for justice for migrant workers is directly connected to the struggle against neo-liberal globalization. The destruction of the earth's resources and the massive accumulation of wealth by a minority of the planet to the disadvantage of the majority means that billions find themselves in a struggle for survival.

Bill Fletcher, Jr., Black Commentator

"From October 8-11 in Quito, Ecuador, the 4th World Social Forum on Migration was held.  Hundreds of activists and scholars from around the world participated in some of the most interesting plenary sessions and workshops of any conference I have attended.  

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"The conference was an eye-opening experience.  Migration was examined on various levels, including global economic, political, military and environmental factors, all of which influence migration.  The International Labor Organization estimates that at least 83 million people are currently migrating, a figure that is bound to grow for many reasons, particularly climate change.  Yet in the face of this mass migration of human beings, there are political forces that have taken advantage of the fear that is often produced through demographic changes in order to advance right-wing, irrationalist and xenophobic politics.  This, too, was addressed at the conference.

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Migrant Massacre in Mexico, Progress Report, Think Progress
The massacre has unleashed a wave of outrage and criticism towards Mexico.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio: A Modern-Day Bull Connor

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  • Maricopa County stands to lose $113 million in federal funds if Arpaio doesn't produce proof that he's not engaging in racial profiling.
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  • Arpaio's Abuse Of Power
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Marc Morial, Other Words

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In April 1963, while confined to jail in Birmingham, Alabama for leading peaceful civil rights demonstrations in what was then considered to be the most segregated city in America, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote an open letter challenging a group of local ministers and the nation to speak out against the brutal, segregationist tactics of the infamous Birmingham police commissioner, Bull Connor. Forty-seven years later, in Maricopa County, Arizona, there's another police official who seems bent on defying the Constitutional rights of non-white, law-abiding citizens.

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For more than a decade, Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio has been the subject of numerous investigations and lawsuits for his inhumane treatment of prisoners and overzealous enforcement of immigration laws, including Arizona statues that amount to outright racial profiling.

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Arpaio's Abuse Of Power,  Andrea Nill and others, Think Progress
Arpaio does enjoy a 61 percent job approval rating and has cemented Arizona's neo-Nazi and nativist votes

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Paladino's intolerance par for the course on campaign trail

A black man becomes president, and white conservatives just lose their minds, or what little minds they had to begin with...

David A. Love, Black Commentator/The Grio

This week (Oct 10-16), Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino showed us exactly how despicable he can be when he unleashed his bigotry and intolerance against the gay community. On Monday (Oct 11), which was National Coming Out Day, this Tea Party favorite told NBC's Today that he stood by his controversial remarks against homosexuality and gay marriage the day before at a Brooklyn synagogue. And these statements should tell the voters of New York that this man is not suitable for public office.

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On Sunday (Oct 10), Paladino spoke before a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders, decrying the ways in which people are "brainwashed" about gay issues. "That's not how God created us," Paladino said of being gay, "and that's not the example that we should be showing our children." He criticized his opponent, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, for taking his daughter to a gay pride parade, saying "that's not the example we should be showing our children."

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Black Leaders Oppose New Rules on Access to Career Colleges

The so-called "Gainful Employment" rule would make entire programs ineligible for federal loans and grants if they fail to meet a broad new standard that has little to do with academic quality.

Michael K. Frisby, Los Angeles Sentinel/New America Media

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African American civil rights, business and political leaders are opposing U.S. Department of Education regulations that would limit access to career colleges for many minorities by cutting off federal loans and grants at some of the for-profit learning institutions.

Among those voicing concerns about the regulations are Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, founder/CEO of Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Willie Gary, one the nation's leading trial lawyers; Harry Alford , President and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners; and 12 of the 39 voting members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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