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Texas man busted for falsely accusing #BlackLivesMatter supporters of vandalizing his truck
18 Sep 2015 at 20:43 ET
Scott Lattin is arrested outside his home in Whitney, Texas on Sept. 18, 2015. [KDFW-TV]
A Texas man who raised almost $6,000 in funds online to repair his truck was arrested on Friday after authorities determined that he vandalized the vehicle himself and tried to blame supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement for the damage, KDFW-TV reported.
Police charged 45-year-old Scott Lattin with making a false report after arresting him at his home in Whitney, Texas. While the suspect denied the accusation during a brief on-camera interview, his arrest warrant stated that he admitted to damaging the truck for insurance reasons.
Lattin organized the fundraiser after claiming last week that vandals spray-painted Black Lives Matter across his truck as well as F*ck the police because he had decorated the vehicle with the phrase Police Lives Matter in support of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a gas station last month. Both authorities and conservatives have attempted to connect Goforths death with the movement, seemingly without any evidence.
Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley told KDFW that when his department took Lattins initial statement, there was no damage to the inside of the truck. But footage aired on the station showed that the suspect then claimed that the vehicles seats were slashed and its glove compartment ripped open.
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No, governor. This is Rosh Hashanah.
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WATCH: Cornel West gives rousing introduction for Bernie Sanders at historically black college
12 Sep 2015 at 15:05 ET
Cornel West introducing Bernie Sanders at Benedict College - screenshot
Activist and academic Cornel West, who recently endorsed the upstart candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT-I), put his boots on the ground for the progressive candidate by appearing with him at historically black Benedict College in South Carolina.
While Sanders has had his difficulties with Black Lives Matter activists, he has the full-throated support of West who calls him Brother Bernie.
What I love about Brother Bernie is hes a brother of integrity and honesty and decency, said West, stating Hes not just on the move. Hes going to win!
Referring to polls showing Sanders surging, particularly among younger voters, West said, Oh, if the election could be held right now, and only those who voted had to be 25 and younger, hed be president at the moment.
After his introduction, West sat with the students and led them in a standing ovation as Sanders mentioned the names of black Americans who have died at the hands of police officers.
Watch video of Wests introduction, uploaded to YouTube by Bernie 2016:
Donald Trump & white Americas anxiety: The political throes of a forgotten country
Liberals, don't kid yourselves: "The Donald" is not just a media creation. He's a tribune of our past and future
Elias Isquith Follow
The New York Times Charles Blow is a fine columnist. But if you want to understand why Donald Trump has become the mad king of American politics, the thundering attack on The Donald that Blow wrote last week, entitled Enough Is Enough, could hardly serve you worse.
The basic theory of Blows column, which soon went viral, is that the Trump campaign is a shallow farce, sustained by a drooling and naïve media. Yes, the Republican Party created this Frankenstein [sic] of hatred, hubris, narcissism and nativism, Blow grants, but the media is giving it life. Hes not alone in this conviction: Political scientist John Sides maintains that Trump is fundamentally no different from other short-lived bizarro presidential candidates, such as Newt Gingrich or Michele Bachmann.
Well, sorry not sorry, but this is all wrong. Donald Trump is not running a Potemkin presidential campaign. He is not simply the beneficiary of a restless and vapid press corps. He is not the Herman Cain of 2016. He is not some carnivalesque distraction, seducing us into avoiding the real issues. Ignoring him, as Blow has vowed to do, may be good for ones blood pressure. But as a recent in-depth look at Trumps support from the New York Times found, no amount of wishful thinking will make him disappear.
Although their complaints are often unsympathetic and their solutions are frequently barbarous, they are not exactly wrong. Republicans are, on the whole, older and whiter than Democrats. Theyre also more religious, more discriminatory in their sexual mores (or at least their professed ones) and more likely to live in rural areas. For the vast majority of their lives, the American mainstream has been white, Christian and at least suburban, if not rural.
Like Long and Wallace before him, what Trump offers these people is not only a return to a glorious past, but also a reassurance. Specifically, Trumps vision of a nation purged of immigrants both documented and otherwise and cleansed of political correctness suggests to these voters that America-as-they-knew-it is not historically contingent. And that the transformation of the country was not an inevitability. He promises them, in effect, that they will not be so easily swept aside.
These are forces decades in the making. But theres no doubt that nearly seven years of an African-American president one named Barack Hussein Obama, no less has had an impact. In the America they knew, an African-American does not become president, full stop. But he certainly doesnt do it if hes an intellectual cosmopolitan who does not hide his affection for LGBTQ people or his fundamental belief in the welfare state. And he is not reelected after using big government to help moochers.
Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith.
NRA to Alison Parker's family: Don't be 'so emotional'
August 31, 2015 3:24 PM MST
The NRA and their spokesman Colion Noir are telling the parents of slain journalist Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward to stop being "so emotional" when fighting for gun control.
After journalist Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were murdered on live TV last week, the entire country mourned their deaths. Parker's father, Andy Parker, has been an outspoken advocate for gun control since his daughter's death, but the National Rifle Association (NRA) thinks he should just calm down.
The family of slain journalist Alison Parker is pleading for stricter gun laws following the murder of their daughter.
Just in their mid-twenties, Parker and Ward were living their dream of delivering the news to their viewers. That dream quickly turned into a nightmare at the hands of former network employee Vester Flanagan, otherwise known as Bryce Williams. After pleas for stricter action on gun control by the Parker family, the NRA released a video on August 31, with spokesman Colion Noir telling the Parker and Ward family to stop letting their emotions cloud their judgement.
Grief-inspired advocacy can be extremely effective and powerful, Noir said, saying he understands he has "no right" telling them how to grieve, but hopes they understand who the real enemies are. "Sometimes in a fight we can become so emotional everyone and thing starts looking like the enemy, even if theyre there to help us."
"Turning this murder into a gun control dog-and-pony show minutes after the shooting because you cant make sense of what just happened is ridiculous."
Noir then went on to attack President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, referring to them as the "gun control Wu-Tang Clan" who are using average American "ignorance" to win votes. The United States currently has the highest rate of gun related deaths compared to any other industrialized country in the world. While stricter gun control might not stop every mass shooting, it's a positive step in the right direction regardless of what some at the NRA might be preaching.
To me this less about gun control than it is about a total lack of sensitivity.
I own firearms and the NRA does not speak for me.
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