11 U.S. Products That Are Banned In Other Countries

What do ketchup, baby walkers and mullets all have in common? All are traditionally “American” goods, and all are banned in various parts of the world.

How War Changed Abraham Lincoln

First And Last Portrait Abraham Lincoln President

Beginning his term as president three months after South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union, it is impossible to know if Abraham Lincoln could foresee the pure carnage that awaited him and the nation. Over 600,000 deaths later, the war’s effects are plainly seen on Lincoln’s face.

Innocent Mentally Handicapped Man Released From Prison After 31 Years

Yesterday morning Henry Lee McCollum was released from prison in Raleigh, North Carolina after spending 31 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Henry McCollum Released From Prison

McCollum hugging his step mother, Priscilla McCollum, upon his release from Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C.
Source: New York Times

In 1983 Mr. McCollum and his half-brother, Leon Brown, were coerced by police into confessing to the rape and murder of an 11-year old girl. They quickly recanted, but the conviction stuck. It took 31 years for DNA evidence to exonerate the mentally disabled brothers. In the United States, an estimated 5% of all black adult males are currently incarcerated, while less than 1% of white adult males are locked up.

Had the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, a nonprofit legal group in North Carolina, failed to take his case, Mr. McCollum would have been executed. Many argue that executing a person with a mental disability violates the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution which states that a court cannot inflict “cruel and unusual punishment.” Mentally handicapped people in the United States are regularly subjected to the death penalty, often for crimes they’re not guilty of.

Henry McCollum Released From Prison Capital Punishment

According to Amnesty International 140 countries worldwide have abolished the death penalty.
Source: Wikipedia

Understand American Values In This Single Graph

Income Tax Percentage In US Chart

Over the past several decades, the United States has seen the following trend: corporations paying lower effective taxes while individuals–making up for that revenue loss–have paid more. Add to that the fact that between 2008 and 2010, a dozen US corporations paid negative taxes while Congress cut food stamps for vulnerable Americans, and you have to wonder which “people” our politicians really seek to serve.

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