Racist Journalists, Minimum Wage, and Civil Asset Forfeiture

Mark Halperin used to be a respected journalist, or at least he pretended to be. But his interview with Ted Cruz was a deplorable bit of racism and hackery – he basically challenged Cruz to prove that he was genuinely Cuban. Really really disgusting and further proof that when we take old media seriously, we give THEM credit that they no longer deserve.

The great news is that Ted Cruz handled it quite well, and our team seems to really be handling the opposition media much better this go round than last.

We also discussed James Franco’s article about the positive influence that working at McDonald’s was in his life, and how we must focus on talking about “starting points”  and the first rung of the ladder.

Then we shared some stories about the horrors of civil asset forfeiture. This is a topic that needs to be addressed, by government, and that we can reach beyond our traditional groups to bring in allies. We should all learn more about it.

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Halperin’s Racist Interview of Cruz – http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/05/11/3657223/prize-racist-interview-2016-candidate-goes-bloombergs-mark-halperin/

Halperin ‘Apology’ – http://www.scribd.com/doc/264961797/Statement-From-Mark-Halperin

Franco Criticized on Support of McDonalds – http://freebeacon.com/blog/james-franco-reveals-the-dirty-little-secret-of-fast-food-labor-its-not-worth-15-per-hour/

Franco – McDonalds Was There for Me – http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/05/07/mcdonalds-was-there-for-me-when-no-one-else-was/?tid=sm_tw

The Next Labor Fight Is over When You Work – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/08/the-next-labor-fight-is-over-when-you-work-not-how-much-you-make/

HuffPo on Amtrak Passenger DEA Cash Seizure http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/07/dea-asset-forfeiture-joseph-rivers_n_7231744.html

Young Black Man Cash Seized by DEA – http://freebeacon.com/issues/dea-seizes-amtrak-passengers-life-savings-without-charging-him-with-crime/

Nebraska Veteran’s Cash Seized – http://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2015/04/16/veteran-forfeiture-nebraska/

Veteran’s $63k Seized Because He kept It in Grocery Bags – http://www.offthegridnews.com/current-events/police-seize-63530-from-veteran-because-he-kept-it-in-grocery-bags/

IRS Seizes Convenience Store Owner’s Life Savings – http://personalliberty.com/irs-seizes-rural-convenience-store-owners-career-savings-in-another-horrible-abuse-of-civil-forfeiture/

Vox on IRS Asset Forfeiture – http://www.vox.com/2015/5/2/8528845/irs-structuring-civil-forfeiture

John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

The 7 Most Egregious Examples Of Civil Asset Forfeiture – http://dailycaller.com/2015/01/30/the-7-most-egregious-examples-of-civil-asset-forfeiture/

The Civil Asset Forfeiture Racket – http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/24/the-civil-asset-forfeiture-racket

Leslie’s Share of Jeb Bush on Religious Freedom – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LeslieP/posts/UW6UpDr83HR 

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