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Senate Democrats Vote Down Obama's Nominee For DOJ Civil Rights Division Head

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Moments ago, the Senate was supposed to vote through Debo Adegbile, Obama's nominee for the civil rights division at the Department of Justice and who represented cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. It failed, when the Democrats in the Senate couldn't get enough votes to pass a simple majority with 8 Democrats voted against Adegbile: Casey, Coons, Donnelly, Manchin, Walsh, Heitkamp, Pryor. Reid voted no in order to reconsider nom later.

WaPo reports:

Opponents of President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division prevailed in blocking his confirmation Wednesday, as he failed to clear a procedural hurdle.

Eight Senate Democrats joined with Republicans in voting against Debo Adegbile, whose nomination was adamantly and vocally opposed by conservatives due to his participation in an appeal filed on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal -- an internationally-known prisoner convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

The vote was expected to be close -- with Vice President Biden on hand to potentially cast a tie-breaking vote -- but the final tally was 47-52 in opposition to the appointment.


Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) initially voted for Adegbile, but switched his vote to no, giving him the right as Senate leader to bring up the nomination again at a later date.


Adegbile becomes the first Obama nominee rejected under the new Senate procedures approved in November that require just a majority of senators present to agree to proceed to a vote on most presidential nominees.


Other Democrats who voted against the Obama nominee were Chris Coons (Del.),Bob Casey (Pa.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.V.), Joe Donnolly (Ind.), John Walsh (Montana).


Adegbile, 47, spent more than a decade working for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, where he served as the group’s in-house voting rights expert. The legal defense fund began its work on Abu-Jamal's behalf well before Adegbile began working for it, however he did contribute to the filing of a 2009 court brief that argued that Abu-Jamal faced a discriminatory jury -- an appeal later found to have merit by a judge.


But, that participation in Abu-Jamal's appeals, opponents including Faulkner's widow have argued, should disqualify him from holding any publicly appointed position in the justice system.


Several prominent Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), took the floor Wednesday to speak in opposition to the nomination and in hopes of swaying vulnerable Democrats facing re-election in red states.

So while it is widely known that the GOP's position in Congress is in shambles courtesy of the endless and by now pathetic, flipflopping of one John Boehner, are schisms starting to appear within the Democrats when not even a simple populist vote by the president was unable to pass the Senate?

In the meantime, without a person defending their "civil rights", we fully expect Obama to continue growing the authority of the NSA and promoting even more boundless spying on Americans.


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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:48 | 4512473 ebworthen
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The Department of what?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:50 | 4512484 pods
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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:00 | 4512543 NotApplicable
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For the record, Officer Daniel Faulkner was murdered by an assassin (which was not Mumia) for being an FBI informant against his own corrupt police force.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:07 | 4512575 monad
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Dorner? Dorner? 


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:52 | 4512794 johnQpublic
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no americans available for this post?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:57 | 4514260 maskone909
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His name is tom, and he is your uncle. Uncle tom.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:46 | 4513365 MrTown3
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Thank you for actually studying history and not being a dim bulb trying to feign light as most observers on ZH.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:47 | 4513367 MrTown3
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An assassin that was later found in a fucking dumpster hand-cuffed for christ's sake.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:45 | 4513357 MrTown3
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Just-us white folks. Fixed it for you.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:16 | 4512615 KickIce
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Probably makes more sense in an Orwell context.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:33 | 4512700 lordylord
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Government and justice don't mix.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:35 | 4512983 Harbanger
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How did the Democrats who worked together with the Ku Klux Klan for generations, become the party of "Civil rights"?  KKK grand wizards were honored at past Democratic National Conventions yet there's no mention of it in Academia or the MSM.  Not a single Democrat voted for the 14th Amendment to grant citizenship to slaves.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:51 | 4513067 lordylord
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Becuase the dems are handing out a bunch of "free" shit.  Don't you know that Obama promised to pay their mortgage and fill up their gas tanks? 

But on a serious note, real history isn't taught in schools.  Just propoganda.  Lincoln freed the slaves and FDR saved the country from the great depression...what a bunch of bullshit.  Blacks and whites don't know their history.  They probably also don't care to know their history.     

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:23 | 4513212 sgorem
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so, let me see, we have barack hussein obama, nominating debo adegbile, who defended mumia abu-jamal, for the position of WHAT? and what fucking country did someone say we were in again? i've also decided that it's NOT too early for a 'Putin For President' bumper sticker. wtf

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:49 | 4513362 lordylord
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I don't care who you are, what your name is, or where you are from.  All I care about is if you love liberty and the Constitution.  However, these assholes are as anti-constitution as you can get.  Putin would probably be a step up from Obummer. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:48 | 4512474 negative rates
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Down vote city.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:48 | 4512475 krispkritter
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Color me shocked!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:44 | 4513036 BorisTheBlade
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That's racist!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:49 | 4512478 Stoploss
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What are "civil rights" ???

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:48 | 4513053 Harbanger
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Special rights, priveleges and protections for certain

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:52 | 4513377 MrTown3
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in response to other groups who write pretty words that don't mean shit and intend to treat every other group as a stepping stone to their ego-oriented sense of entitlement.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:06 | 4513476 MrTown3
MrTown3's picture it down because somewhere in that well-documented historical FACT is something to disagree with right? Or maybe I'm wrong and group politics and group economics weren't practiced as a matter of LAW right on up through Jim Crow until 1965...I mean its not like that last school school district was desegregated in 19 fucking 70 right? Lol

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:16 | 4513522 DFCtomm
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43 years ago right?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:23 | 4513558 MrTown3
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Yes. Now how old is this freedom loving, equal opportunity, benevolent to its core country again?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:30 | 4513593 DFCtomm
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Tell me who before the West ended slavery, other than Persia? Hell it's still practiced in Africa! You're looking at it the wrong way. Slavery of some type had been, nearly, universal before the West, and you've just been fortune enough to live in a time when humanity as a whole finally pulled it's head out of it's collective ass. Like so many people you just don't realize when you've got it good. You think the good ol U.S.A. invented slavery, but Western culture has finally ended it, and what culture before has done that, other than Cyrus the Great?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:49 | 4513664 MrTown3
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Deflection. That wasn't predictable. Nor was not receiving an answer to my question. Thanks. Oh...and I'd have to be a fucking idiot to think the US invented slavery. I am a product Euro-centric public indoctrination after all. At least give me the benefit of the doubt on Western civilization and it stolen history. Slavery continues today. I just want the truth of this country's history and its purposeful failure to not provide equal opportunity or legal remedies to all to be as clear as it was to those who lived under it.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:58 | 4513714 DFCtomm
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Stolen history? Come on now, tell us about what was stolen and from who.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:01 | 4513725 MrTown3
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Stolen may be too harsh. Told from the "victors' perspective may be more accurate. Like picking up on a game left off after someone else beat the first 5 levels.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:07 | 4513759 DFCtomm
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That's not very specific. You seem evasive on the subject. What society did the West piggy back and then deny them their proper place in history.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:51 | 4513677 MrTown3
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And I know I have it good my friend. I'm writing this in my office shaking my head at you. 60 years ago I would've had to act like I agreed with you while showing you all of my teeth or suffer the consequnces of your fragile ego.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:49 | 4512481 kilshaw
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Totally radical. Dude. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:49 | 4512482 pods
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Good, one less racist in government.

WTF is it with these people?  NAACP?  Voting rights expert?

NAACP has made race pimping a cottage industry.


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:51 | 4512492 superflex
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If you want to vote in NAACP elections, you have to provide photo ID.


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:41 | 4512749 lordylord
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“I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years." -LBJ
Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:19 | 4513544 DFCtomm
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What's so funny is that most don't blacks don't even realize the roles that were played by Republicans and Democrats during the Civil War era and later the Civil Rights era. I love the look on  their face when you tell them that the GOP practically started the Civil War to stop slavery, and how they, later, supported Civil Rights, and how the Democrats opposed it.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:42 | 4513643 lordylord
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I've tried to use historical facts to change the minds of a few democrats and other Statists.  Believe me, it doesn't get you very far. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:09 | 4512585 forwardho
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Negros Are Actually Colored People.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:19 | 4513190 tenpanhandle
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Soylent Green is colored people too.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:40 | 4513895 Kirk2NCC1701
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What about two-tone people:  Pink & Tan?

I object to their discrimination, and try to do my part(ing).

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:11 | 4512590 ShrNfr
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Anybody for forming the National Association for the Advancement of Caucasian People?? They seem to be discirminated against of late.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:38 | 4512724 lordylord
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I hate the word "african american".  I don't call myself "italian american" and my family has only been in the US for a little over 100 years.  On the other hand, I woudn't call blacks "american" either.  They just don't act like it.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:47 | 4512775 ShrNfr
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Some like Allen West and Hermain Cain might object to the overly broad characterization. It is the people who are being kept in slavery on Unka Sam's plantation that do not act like it.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:58 | 4512816 pods
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We all on the plantation due to the 14th amendment.  And the 16th, and the FED reserve act, etc.


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:42 | 4513028 stacking12321
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what do americans act like?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:00 | 4513376 lordylord
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Hard working and freedom loving VS  lazy and looking for a handout while blaming everyone else.  Can you guess which a real American acts like?  Do you fit either of these desciptions?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 02:49 | 4515663 stacking12321
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americans are hard working and freedom loving?

coulda fooled me!

so how did things get so crappy if that's what americans are really like?

the notions of countries existing are an illusion, they have no basis in reality, a country is where one violent gang calling themselves government claims is their turf and extorts "protection" money from local citizens and shop owners, it's where a dog pisses on a tree to mark what it thinks its territory is, but it has no real basis.



Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:49 | 4513381 MrTown3
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Should we?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 18:46 | 4513925 DFCtomm
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Then leave for those perfect green shores, of a perfect country filled with perfect men. It seems to be what you demand.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:51 | 4512488 drink or die
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Civil rights, like the right to bear arms, and free speech?  Or is civil rights a code word for "making sure white ppl don't get away with shooting black people".

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:52 | 4512494 skwid vacuous
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Hail to the Queef!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:52 | 4512496 SheepDog-One
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No worries, I'm sure this ultra radical lawyer will be ensconsed under the cover of mid nite session anyway.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:54 | 4512505 GolfHatesMe
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Or some freaking Czar of whatever

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:24 | 4512658 KickIce
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The Czar of Color, ensuring white ppl can't protect themselves or their property.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:53 | 4512499 buzzsaw99
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that nomination was rayciss

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:56 | 4512514 q99x2
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It is time to get some normal fucking white guys into political positions  These weirdos with names that sound like terrorists got everything all fucked up.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:57 | 4512525 Motorhead
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Obama is half white.  Doesn't that count for something?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:58 | 4512534 buzzsaw99
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no, that half is dormant

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:59 | 4512537 jcaz
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Nope- wrong half....

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:12 | 4512595 Toolshed
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Obama's race has no bearing on the fact that his being a complete POS is his finest quality.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:16 | 4512613 Comte d'herblay
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So's a Zebra? Good and Plenty? Oreos? See's Famous vanilla cream filled dark Chocolates? 

I don't know why.


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 22:29 | 4515012 Promethus
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Old joke, new answer: What's black and white and red all over?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:58 | 4512531 buzzsaw99
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gotta get as many illegal alien kenyans into gubbermint positions as possible

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:20 | 4512636 arby63
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Which reminds me: why are all the commercials 75% black, Latino and Asian? Strike anyone as odd?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:00 | 4512818 pods
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Aren't you forgetting the emasculated, buffoonish white guy led around by a woman?



Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:34 | 4513275 PoliticalRefuge...
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Oh.. you mean Issa.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:41 | 4512674 KickIce
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To be fair, the white guys with the Ivy league educations aren't doing so hot either.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:53 | 4513415 MrTown3
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bu bu but they're white?? That counts for something in my bubbled up world of low cross-cultural interaction and fragile self esteem right??

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 06:35 | 4520439 Kobe Beef
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That's because they're drinking from the same Marxist Multikult cup.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:06 | 4512546 Dr. Engali
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Now that the dems look "reasonable" and "bi-partisan", it's time to bring in the real nomination. More than likely it will be a black, gay woman in a wheel chair. Who can vote against that?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:12 | 4512594 Comte d'herblay
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To be Bi-partisan the next candidate has to be a pedophilic Bi-Sexual. Other than that I think you've got it. 


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:18 | 4512623 arby63
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Doc, you forgot transgendered and blind. 

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:26 | 4512667 Dr. Engali
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Some things are better off forgotten.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:02 | 4512552 ArgentDawn
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Throw in the easy to block nominee first, then after rejection, nominate the real person Obama wanted. Then the Democrats can say we helped you reject the first, work with us on this one.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:04 | 4512557 Tsar Pointless
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I noticed some Republicrats on that list of 'nay' voters: Casey (of course, from the southern state of Pennsylvania) and Manchin (of course, from the state formerly known as West Virginia, as it has reverted back to its Virginian roots).

NotApplicable, your comment above about the real killer of that officer is intriguing. I'll have to do some looking-into that.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:10 | 4512589 Comte d'herblay
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Casey a Republicrat??

On what basis????


Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:32 | 4512693 Tsar Pointless
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Many. Pick your favorites here.

Pro-gun (i.e., anti-life). Anti-abortion (i.e., pro-hypocrite). War hawk (though, interestingly, he won't be in line to sign-up for any war).

As I said, many.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:09 | 4512584 youngman
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NAACP says it all to me...that is pretty one sided...and its not the consertative side...nor the constitutional side

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 06:37 | 4520441 Kobe Beef
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You'll never believe which ethnic group founded it...

“We must realize that our party’s most powerful weapon is racial tension. By pounding into the consciousness of the dark races, that for centuries they have been oppressed by
whites, we can mold them into the program of the Communist Party. In America, we aim for several victories. While inflaming the Negro minorities against the whites, we will
instill in the whites a guilt complex for their supposed exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Blacks to rise to prominence in every walk of life and in the world of sports and
entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and will begin the process which will deliver America to our cause.” -Jewish Playwright Israel
A Radical Program For The Twentieth Century, 1912. Also in Congressional Record , Vol. 103, p. 8559, June 7, 1957, by Rep. Thomas Abernathy.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:16 | 4512614 tucano
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agree with ebworthen:

"Justice Department's Civil Rights Division"

Does the country really need this? Feds totally out of fckin control.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:24 | 4512657 RevRex
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Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:55 | 4512718 Blazed
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(Un)Civil Rights, making sure freedom of association/assembly doesn't apply to whites, as well as making sure minorities are not held accountable for their massively disproportional violent crimes and academic, economic, and social failures. Another reason the lunatic leftists attack the Second Amendment, to disarm the law abiding citizens, ensuring they won't be able to defend themselves. No one will escape the third world, it will be forced upon you, flight will no longer be an option.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:45 | 4512768 Itchy and Scratchy
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The scarey part is that he was the most impartial candiate on the Kenyan's list!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:21 | 4512906 ChanceIs
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Edit: Deleted by self.  Had civil division confused with criminal.

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:49 | 4512984 Itchy and Scratchy
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Looks like 'da bro is gunna haveta take a job at da' IRS taxin' dem crackas!

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:37 | 4512998 RaceToTheBottom
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Who said "First, we kill all the lawyers"?


Wouldn't it be better if we had people that worked for a living doing these tasks?

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:58 | 4513105 TrustbutVerify
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But look at the numbers.  Notice how many DEMOCRATS voted for him.  

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:51 | 4513394 MrTown3
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Always the biggest bunch of fucking crybabies on this site at times I swear. I wish i could be around to see the whining in another 100 years smh.

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