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June 28, 2013  

Justice and the Justices: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Mixed Bag of Edicts

The U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, affirmative action and voting rights will have far-reaching impact on society as a whole, but specifically on communities that have had to wage protracted struggles to win, as civil protections, what the larger society routinely enjoys as its natural rights.

Legal experts discuss the court’s rulings on these matters from this perspective in  explaining the mixed—and ideologically tinged—bag of edicts.

June 27, 2013  

Snowden Looks to Ecuador for Asylum, But Is His Petition Insane?

Said by President Vladimir Putin to be holed up for a week in the diplomatic no-man’s-land of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport with no place yet to go, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is coming to terms with how lonely covert operations can sometimes be. Still, he’s managed to put the squeeze on Ecuador (already sheltering Wikileaks’ Julian Assange at its embassy in London) to hurry things up—thereby causing a faceoff between his hoped-for asylum country and the United States over “consequences” for taking him in. President Rafael Correa has terminated a trade agreement with the U.S., saying he will not be bullied.

Leid Stories poses the question to listeners: Is it fair of Snowden, who voluntarily chose to do what he did, to create such havoc that could adversely affect 15 million people?

June 26, 2013  

Obama In Africa—A Bicontinental Disappointment; The Zimmerman Case Warrants Probe of Prosecutor When he went to Africa in 2009, President Obama was embraced as a son. This time around, he’s more like the prodigal son—and late to the feast even so. China, India and Brazil have been far more enthusiastic about doing business in the second-fastest-growing region in the world. The Zimmerman case, only in its third full day, has already proven that Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s second-degree-murder charge against Trayvon Martin’s killer is a compromise – the result of something other than available or obtainable evidence to support a capital-murder charge.

June 25, 2013  

Lay Your Burden Down! Get It Said on Open Forum!

It’s Open Forum! You know how it goes. You’ve been walking around with heavy thoughts that have weighed you down. Unburden yourself. Bring them to the gathering place for the exchange of information, opinions and ideas, and lay them before us all. You’ll feel much, much better—even if you’re asked to explain yourself. All done with love and respect, of course!

June 24, 2013  

The Zimmerman Trial: The Prosecutor As Co-Defendant

As opening statements begin today in the trial of George Zimmerman for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin, “Attorney-at-War” Alton H. Maddox Jr.—who set legal precedence in 1986 by forcing the appoint of a special prosecutor in a hate-crime case—itemizes a bill of particulars against Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. Several of Corey’s legal actions raise serious questions about her competency and understanding of the law, Maddox says, and several other actions that she failed to take suggest a deliberate effort to avoid political blowback that could end her career. Either way, says Maddox, Corey is the chief reason that the trial of George Zimmerman is a compromised case from the start. To date, Maddox, as a self-appointed legal observer, is the only private citizen who continuously has notified both Corey and the supervising judge of her judicial district of alleged legal infractions committed by the special prosecutor’s office. These missives and associated issues are the bill of particulars discussed on Leid Stories today.

June 21, 2013  

Immigration ‘Reform’: The Great Mexican Standstill; Zimmerman’s Major Legal Victory

Behind the congressional theatrics of immigration reform is a rogues’ agreement between Republicans and Democrats: Promise but delay the benefits of citizenship to undocumented Mexicans for as long as possible while ruthlessly exploiting them for every political advantage that can be gained.

The trial of George Zimmerman for the Feb. 26, 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin begins next week in Sanford, Fla., but Zimmerman already has won a major legal victory—a gift from the prosecutor. Leid Stories explains.

June 20, 2013  

Brazilians Protest and Win; Californians Cross Borders and Wail; Obama Continues to Wobble Mass protests by hundreds of thousands in Brazil force a rollback on public transportation hikes, but the battle’s only just begun, says the student-led movement. The right-leaning Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), an anti-immigration-reform group, has mounted a media campaign in Florida targeting U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. As one of the “Gang of Eight” driving immigration-reform legislation, he’s supporting an influx of foreigners who will take jobs away from American workers, CAPS says. Meanwhile, President Obama continues to wobble on critical issues, chief among them the economy.

June 19, 2013  

So, Say It Already! It’s Open Forum!

The conversation goes wherever listeners direct it. It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories. Share your brilliant ideas, state your considered opinions, pose thought-provoking questions. But as usual, be prepared to be challenged—with love and respect, of course!

June 18, 2013  

The Media, the Messenger and the Message: The NSA Story In Black and White (Part 2)

The conversation continues about media coverage of a highly touted series of stories alleging wholesale abuses of Americans’ privacy rights by the Obama administration’s National Security Agency.
The story broke on June 5 in The Guardian (London), with additional related “exposés” in The Washington Post and The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), and all reports so far are based on purportedly classified documents leaked to the media outlets by Edward Snowden, a systems analyst hired by the NSA to do contract work. Leid Stories proceeds with its assertion that the stories – and Snowden -- are rife with inconsistencies, fall far short of journalistic standards (especially for investigative pieces), and clearly illustrate a racist mind-set that permeates both the industry and society: Even if delusional and just plain wrong, a white person still will be accorded a level of respect, credibility and legitimacy that his black “target” will not. Snowden is the people’s champion; Obama, the usurper of rights and violator of the people’s trust.
June 17, 2013  

The Media, the Messenger and the Message: The NSA Story In Black and White The media’s ongoing coverage of the alleged unbridled abuses of power by the Obama administration’s National Security Agency is a case study in black and white. Since the story broke on June 5 in The Guardian (London)—with additional exposés in The Washington Post and The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)—coverage betrays adherence to age-old prejudices. And so, a white 29-year-old hired hand with a personal history that suggests a need for psychiatric counseling is far more credible, far more authoritative, far more knowledgeable, and far more respected than the black president whose administration he infiltrated. It’s a media-literacy lesson you shouldn’t miss!

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