Enthusiastic Democratic voters delivered Doug Jones a victory in Alabama

More than 1.3 million people cast ballots in the U.S. Senate election Tuesday, or just over 40 percent of the electorate. Even the county with the lowest turnout — Russell — saw turnout on Tuesday (29 percent) that was far higher than the state average for the Au. 15 primary (18 percent) or the Sept. 26 GOP runoff (14 percent.)

…While Moore won most of rural Alabama outside the Black Belt — often by large margins — turnout was generally lower in his strongest counties than it was statewide.

…African-American voters, who were solid for Jones, also came out. In counties with black populations of 40 percent or higher, turnout was 43.47 percent. In counties where the African-American population was less than 20 percent, turnout was 36.44 percent.

…The former U.S. Attorney took 69 percent of Jefferson County’s vote (47 percent turnout) and 72 percent of Montgomery’s (44 percent turnout). Jones also took GOP-leaning Madison County with 56 percent of the vote (45 percent turnout in total) and 56 percent of the vote in Mobile (38 percent turnout).

…[McCrary]said Jones’ coalition was not dissimilar to the one Democrats put together to secure major wins in elections in Virginia last month.

“Donald Trump serves as an accelerant to Democratic voters,” he said. “That’s anywhere, Alabama included.”

…“At a minimum, it shows a prototype,” said Zac McCrary, a Democratic pollster for the Montgomery firm of Anzalone Liszt Grove. “It shows a path for Democrats to be successful. Nothing is harder for a Democrat in Alabama than a US Senate race.”

Enthusiastic Democratic voters delivered Doug Jones a victory



Walter Scott’s killer is going to prison. But his case is an anomaly.

Juries just don’t like to convict cops.

…A former Arizona police officer was acquitted after shooting and killing unarmed Daniel Shaver. Those who have seen the body-cam footage describe the shooting as an execution. Also this week, NYPD officers shot and killed a 69-year-old man during a 4 a.m. raid. The police were looking for a 30-year-old man on drug and gun charges. A 90-year-old man who was also in the apartment said the two thought they were being robbed. And in Los Angeles, we learned this week that more than 300 sheriff’s deputies are on a secret misconduct list for offenses ranging from lying under oath to domestic violence to possible sexual assault. But thanks to union-negotiated rules, that list is kept secret from the public, from defense attorneys and even from prosecutors. ….Deputies on the list never criminally charged.

…Officers severely wounded the man and nearly killed him. He lost the use of several organs and is paralyzed. Ballistics testing showed that police claims that the man had fired a gun at them were wrong — the gun hadn’t been fired. Surveillance video then emerged that contradicted police claims to have knocked and announced multiple times before battering down the man’s door. None of the officers associated with the raid were ever disciplined.

…In another incident, a police officer stopped a man after claiming the man activated his turn signal too late. Dash-cam footage shows that this was false. After a few minutes, the officer beat the man, then arrested him. The man was then subjected to numerous medical procedures without his consent. A prosecutor later dismissed all charges against the man. Not only were the officers involved never disciplined, but one was later promoted.

A South Carolina police officer shot and killed a 70-year-old man after mistaking his gun for a cane. The officer was never charged.

…In the police shooting of Lori Jean Ellis, forensic evidence directly contradicted police accounts of events leading up to the shooting. Yet investigators from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) — the agency that investigates such shootings — never looked into the discrepancies. One supervising agent said he didn’t need to, “because they’re police officers and I believe what they’re telling me.” …[Another] admitted under oath that he doesn’t even always read the full forensics reports from officer-involved shootings.

Walter Scott’s killer is going to prison. But his case is an anomaly. – The Washington Post

Until officers of the law face consequences for the violent and cold-blooded crimes they commit there will never be peace or “rule of law” in this country.

Alabama Has the Worst Poverty in the Developed World, U.N. Official Says

A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world.

“I think it’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I’d have to say that I haven’t seen this,” Philip Alston, the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, told Connor Sheets of AL.com earlier this week as they toured a community in Butler County where “raw sewage flows from homes through exposed PVC pipes and into open trenches and pits.”

Economic inequality and racial discrimination have also been linked with civil rights abuses, particularly in Alabama and other states across the South. Police shootings of unarmed black men and women are also of deep concern to the U.N.

…the U.S. “has been very keen” on other countries being investigated by the U.N. for civil and human rights issues.

“Now, it’s the turn to look at what’s going on in the U.S.,” Alston said.

…“Politicians who say, ‘There’s nothing I can do about that’ are simply wrong,”

Alabama Has the Worst Poverty in the Developed World, U.N. Official Says


Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Movie Theaters After 35 Years

Conservative Saudis and the country’s Islamic clerical establishment have typically frowned upon non-religious forms of entertainment, including cinema and music. Religious police still patrol shopping malls and gender segregation is enforced across the kingdom.

The government didn’t say whether the cinemas would have family-only sections, or different show times for men. Movies would be edited according to the “standards of the Kingdom” and would not “contradict with Sharia Laws and moral values,” according to a ministry statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Movie Theaters After 35 Years – Bloomberg


Moore in 2011 interview: Scrapping amendments after 10th would ‘eliminate many problems’


Moore in 2011 interview: Scrapping amendments after 10th would ‘eliminate many problems’ | TheHill

It was thoughtful of his campaign staff to lie on his behalf but the man specifically said that getting rid of the constitutional amendments after the Bill of Rights, “would eliminate many problems,” and then he doubled down and said that these amendments – again, that’s everything after the first ten – and one would imagine the people who support them, “have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended.”

A refresher course on all of the amendments the man was referring to:
11th – lays the foundation for soveriegn immunity
12th – revises presidential election procedures
13th – abolishes slavery and makes (non-penal system related) involuntary servitude illegal
14th – establishes US citizens as having the right to due process and equal protection
15th – prohibits the denying people the right to vote based on race
16th – allows for a federal income tax
17th – establishes that US Senators are eleted by popular votes – as opposed to being chosen by other elected officials
18th – no booze
19th – gives women the right to vote
20th – establishes the current calander for congress and presidential terms
21st- just kidding abou tthe 18th, booze is back
22nd – limits the President to two terms
23rd – allows DC to particpate in the electoral college
24th – makes poll taxes illegal
25th – clarifies the order of succession.
26th – establishes the voting age as 18 (down from 21)
27th – makes it so US PResentatives can’t give themselves a raise for the current term they are serving

Did you get all that? Moore thinks ending slavery; giving 18-20 year olds, women, black people and other minorities the vote; ending poll taxes; and protecting due process and equal protection for all citizens are “problematic.”

Champion of civil rights, my ass! What a fucking prize this pedophile guy is….

Why the Majority of White Women Voted for Trump

Misogyny often involves distinguishing between “good” and “bad” women, by the lights of their conformity to patriarchal norms and values. So, at the highest level of generality, it’s not surprising that women who aspire to be “good” have social incentives to distance themselves from a woman deemed “bad,” as Clinton often was, and to publicly participate when she was ostracized and punished for supposed moral crimes and misdemeanors.

…Researchers had male and female participants rate a newly appointed female vice president, described in a personnel file, on measures of hostility, antisocial traits, and overall likability. Both male and female participants were prone to punish her, socially, by inferring norm violations—for example, manipulativeness, coldness, aggression—unless given specific information about her feminine virtues and good behavior.

…Women are supposed to give everyone around them personal care and attention, or else they risk seeming nasty, mean, unfair, and callous. But, of course, that’s an impossible mandate when you’re running for president. And, in general, the larger and more diverse a woman’s audience or constituency, the more she will tend to be perceived as cold, distant, “out of touch,” negligent, careless, and selfish, in view of these norms of feminine attentiveness. No such listening skills need be demonstrated by her male counterparts, however. Indeed, when it came to Trump, they could hardly have been less so.

…Now consider prejudice against women in certain social positions—those aspiring to masculine-coded power positions, as in politics. Part of what this may involve is moral prejudgment in line with widely disavowed, but not yet defunct, gendered social mores. Someone like Hillary Clinton is frequently cast in the moral role of usurper. And unsurprisingly so (which is of course not to say justifiably); she threatens to take men’s historical place or steal their thunder. If she wins, the game is rigged. She could not have won it fairly. And her behavior and she herself seems to be careless, shady, and crooked (so the thought continues).

Women in positions of unprecedented political power, or right on its cusp, are also prone to be perceived as rule-breakers generally. They are not to be trusted to stay in line, or respect law and order. These perceptions are understandable, because they’re not baseless so much as defunct: these women are breaking the rules of an unjust patriarchal system that is still in the process of being dismantled. Someone like Clinton was breaking rank; she was out of order relative to nominally passé, but entrenched, social hierarchies wherein only men could aspire to highest political office. And women were expected to defer to and support, not compete with, them. Her defection from this role may hence seem like treason or betrayal—and reacted to in ways both bewildered and bewildering, both threatened and threatening.

In view of this, a woman who has done nothing wrong in moral and social reality (i.e., relative to fair and egalitarian standards) may be subject to moral suspicion and consternation for violating edicts of the patriarchal rulebook. And her behavior may then be cast as dangerous, suspicious, risky, or deceptive, in line with moral verdicts already rendered. The latter judgments drive the former, rather than the reverse. It just seems like she’s up to something; what being a matter for discovery—or invention.

…Consider then FBI director James Comey’s remark that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of her emails, and that she exposed the American people to serious risks from “hostile actors” while traveling overseas. Both the description itself and its subsequent uptake were clearly inflated. The idea that Clinton was so careless as compared to other politicians seems driven by a tacit moral judgment, a prior conviction that she was guilty, rather than an unbiased assessment of the evidence.

…Donald Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, also voted for the war in Iraq. But according to Trump, Pence was entitled to make such mistakes “every once in a while.” “She’s not?” CBS’s Lesley Stahl asked Trump, of Clinton. “No. She’s not,” was Trump’s full answer. “Got it,” Stahl blinked, and proceeded with the interview.

… more inclined to see women in positions of authority as posers and imposters compared with their male counterparts.

Suppose that this is true: that so-called imposter syndrome is sometimes in the eye of the beholder of female as compared with male professors, in their positions as moral and intellectual authority figures. This hypothesis could help to explain why Bernie Sanders was preferred by many millennials to Hillary Clinton by such a large margin, in no small part due to differential perceptions of their integrity, sincerity, and authenticity, and seemingly in excess of the political and moral differences between the two of them—especially after it was clear that the insinuations about Clinton’s dishonesty and untrustworthiness came to essentially nothing (Abramson 2016).

Why the Majority of White Women Voted for Trump | Alternet