I have often asked: When, oh when will white people put a stop to this shit?! Pat Robertson and I may be on common ground here.
Why did American policing get so big, so fast? The answer, mainly, is slavery.
Art thou more afeared of side effects than of death?
see attached clip from Ben-Hur
It’s a one sentence post. There’s no sense in reading an excerpt, particularly given that this excerpt contains one more sentence than the post does.
The poll — which was conducted July 9-12, before the death of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis — found that a majority of voters, 56 percent, say that American society is racist, while 40 percent disagree.
A Democratic president from Texas--a Democratic president who had been a segregationist for most of his career--finally and firmly embraced civil rights.
In a 'whites only' America, the votes of nonwhite citizens are fraudulent by definition.
“Because it puts us at a disadvantage relative to Democrats.”
You’d think that with all that weather-related power grid crap that the Texas government wouldn’t do anything else stupid. You’d think.
On August 29, 2011, I published a post on Open Salon called “Governor Perry’s Flirtation With Secession.” I’m reprinting it here, with an epilogue.
Domestic terrorism is a national problem. It should also be a federal crime.
Without accountability, there can be no decency. Without decency, there can be no democracy.
Seeing it was jarring. I’ve never had a negative reaction to it before. It means something different now.
a) (1) A person commits the offense of criminal solicitation to commit election fraud in the first degree when, with intent that another person engage in conduct constituting a felony under this article, he or she solicits, requests, commands, importunes, or otherwise attempts to cause the other person to engage in such conduct.
What if Farrakhan and the event organizers had chosen to ignore and violate the terms and parameters of the permits issued and march up Pennsylvania Avenue with the expressed intention to storm the Capitol?
Resolved, the Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following article of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:
The idea of bipartisanship is exactly what we all know it to be...unless it isn’t. To the point, I think this recent Tango with the GOP over governance, and the desire to do so in a bipartisan manner, is a litmus test for how committed they are to the United States
U.S. Billionaires Could Give $3,400 Stimulus Checks To 331 Million Americans Using Only Their Increase In Wealth Since March 2020...
We ran the table and won the government in a clean sweep...
If this ripoff tells us anything, it is telling us that the people who support Donald Trump believe that other people who support Donald Trump are so stupid that they will believe this drivel, and they might be right.
"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; ... if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle." ------Sun Tzu
Sure enough, the zombie rose again. Watching this process repeat with this concept and others over the past couple of decades, I began to wonder about the capacities of human intellect broadly.
He was gone at 6AM on Inauguration Day!
You do not trust the God you claim to worship in ANYTHING and it is painfully obvious.
In honoring his legacy, it should be noted that his method and approach to making an accusatory case for equality and justice, ensconced in the effectiveness of rhetorical lamentation, is sorely missed...
The fascist ideology of Trumpism and the minions of Trump must be crushed and eradicated from American public life...
The thing we need to address right now is that it appears that people within government are at least sympathetic to the insurrectionist’s position, if not totally aligned.
Unless all or most of these conditions are met, there can be no National unity or healing, and we can look forward to nationwide repetitions of what took place in the Nation's Capitol last week...
She buys up teeth for a pittance, then sells them on the lucrative International Tooth Market.
McConnell was one of the establishment Republicans who didn't want Trump to win the Republican nomination at the outset....
Fake News is what cowards say when they’re afraid of facing something.
Hawley does not fit the profile of an insurgent, a rebel, or an insurrectionist. Why in the world would Hawley sacrifice a comfortable future within the establishment to raise a fist in front of an angry mob
Now that the Democrats have somehow managed to grab onto the reins of power by their fingernails, some of us are already writing off the Biden administration by declaring that they will blow this chance to remake reality. Shame on US.
Once the news showed the attempt at breaching the Speaker’s suite of offices, I began to think of the riots in Los Angeles when I was a police officer. Back then, I was closer to Nately’s age, but had a dual perspective between Nately’s and the old man’s. Not only was it my job to keep the peace, but I was also a young Black man.
And now I read Guiliani and Dershowitz repping tr-mp in impeachment
While it is true that BLM would have been met with a different response, the comparison is not apt. What results from such comparisons is that movements like BLM are considered to be complementary opposites of groups like Q-anon, or even broad, enthusiastic Trump support
According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics' 2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, the District has six local law enforcement agencies employing 4,262 sworn police officers, about 722 for each 100,000 residents. This is the highest proportion of police officers to citizens of any state or territory.
And now I’ll say something I never expected to say in my lifetime: How the police have treated Black protesters would have been more appropriate yesterday than how they treated those White protestors. They are terrorists and traitors.
The double defeat of the Republican incumbents in deep red Georgia is the political miracle upset of the era.
There’s nothing I can add to this explanation of why there was little or no fear of a police presence or a police response to this seditious riot at the capitol today…
Doors and windows were smashed and shots were fired resulting in the death of a woman caught in the melee...
“I’m not gonna get Catholics to become Baptists. I’m gonna get Baptists to go to church.” –Stacey Abrams
You can't make this stuff up...
A typical white male, "law & order", Republican is now suggesting that street violence is a legitimate response to failure at the polls and in the courts....
The judge said Gohmert’s argument relied on entirely speculative circumstances.
This farce of a lawsuit hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding...
In light of the recent spate of presidential pardons, it should be apparent to most conscientious Americans that something must be done about excessive and/or abusive use of the Presidential power to pardon.
If we don’t straighten this wealth and income disparity shit out, American Democracy won’t be worth shit, and it will be gone by the end of the century….
"It is difficult to get a man (or woman) to understand something, when his or her) salary depends on his (or her) not understanding it." Upton Sinclair
Trump won't be satisfied unless and until somehow, some way, some where he precipitates and armed confrontation...
Quite a few people are questioning whether the continued refusal of the Republican party to accept the results of the recent election might not constitute sedition. I did some extensive research on this subject some years ago and I do not believe that anything has changed since then but, No, it is NOT sedition.
Searching for the perfect holiday gift for our former President? Let's give him a Christmas to remember!
The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections.
Despite the Court packing efforts of Trump and McConnell, the Supreme Court is likely to unanimously vote against the Texas suit, thus snuffing out the last remaining chance of a favorable legal outcome for Trump and his supporters...
Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is a public–private partnership initiated by the U.S. government to facilitate and accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
Was feeling about half past dead. Just need some place where I could lay my head. Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed. He just grinned and shook my hand, “genocide” was all he said...
This occurred in North Dakota however the reality is that it can, and most likely will, occur in any state where there are large rural areas without street addresses designated by 911 administrators. Interestingly, the entire problem goes back to 911 enabling legislation.
Now that the Republican party has lost the presidency and failed to recapture the House of Representatives, Republicans and the more stupid Democrats in Congress, along with the chattering classes, will immediately resume their "National Debt" hawkishness.
There is an editorial currently running on the National Review's website that begins with the following statement: “There are legitimate issues to consider after the 2020 vote about the security of mail-in ballots and the process of counting votes..."
I need a damn vacation.
With all of the speculation about the illegal things Donald Trump may have done, he did this right out in the open and we never even blinked: he voted illegally in the 2020 presidential election.
Black and Brown people must not be permitted to overturn the will of White people, and determine who should be president of this country....
I find this interesting because I am not entirely sure what their angle is. There is already a 10pm closing time for bars and restaurants. Maybe this is to avoid closing other businesses, and allow citizens to make essential errands without necessarily weighing on businesses directly.
No excerpt necessary for a one sentence post.
During the Women's Suffrage Convention In 1851 white women were expected to choose between the Abolitionist movement and the Women's Rights Movement..... Racism was on the ballot in 2020, but the majority of white women chose Trump anyway.
Emily W. Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, has yet to recognize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. for the transfer of power to begin.
White supremacist and white nationalist ideology holds that only votes cast by white people are legitimate and legal.
This isn't over yet...and it won't be over until the fate of the two Senate seats from Georgia are decided when Georgians go back to the polls on January 5, 2021. Joe Biden's very slender margin of victory in Georgia should not encourage us to expect these races to go in our favor.
The assumption being made here, and it’s a surprisingly common one, is that in the workplace the choice is between Merit hiring and Affirmative Action hiring.
From Ron Powell's 'Sunday Funnies'.
Pennsylvania, the state of his birth, has given Joe Biden and Kamala Harris their moment in history.
What? You didn’t think that all college admissions policies favored women and minorities, did you?
After all that has been revealed and all that has occurred, nearly half of the electorate remains solidly in support of the individual who appears to be hell-bent on the ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’, the dismantling of the democratic process, and the outright destruction of American Democracy.
"We should have been listening to Black people..." ----Tim Wise
As Nelson Mandela said: “There is nobody more dangerous than one who has been humiliated.”
At a time when a would-be dictator must be defeated by an overwhelming margin, most polls show the race for the presidency is within the statistical margin of error or simply too close to call.
What’s phony about colorblindness is that it involves consciousness of discrimination in only one direction." ----Koshersalaami
A while ago I thought of a way to illustrate the difference between injecting money into an economy at the bottom and at the top.
In his mind, he determined that since the virus would do the most harm to people of color who lived in 'blue state' cities, there was no real need to declare a national emergency and react and respond accordingly...
Not necessary for this short a post
So what he was actually saying was: You cannot be elected to public office in South Carolina if you’re a liberal young African-American or immigrant.
Under review. Context of this post may be wrong. ks Answer: “If you are a young African-American, an immigrant, you can go anywhere in this state. You just need to be conservative, not liberal. Sen. Lindsey Graham, 10/9/20
I don’t understand the Republican calculation here. The math doesn’t work.
Donald Trump is at the epicenter of a severe outbreak and cluster of COVID19 infection at the White House.
What white Privilege Looks and Sounds Like
I understood that he wouldn’t care if people he didn’t know got sick with COVID-19. I didn’t know that not caring would extend to people he interacts with all the time personally.
On February 7, 2020, Donald J. Trump told reporter Bob Woodward that COVID-19 could be transmitted through the air, that it was very dangerous and that it would be difficult to contain, saying, “This is deadly stuff,” Why, then, did Donald Trump - having admitted to knowing this - launch an anti-mask crusade that is largely responsible for the spread of the epidemic throughout the United States.
Now that DJT has contracted COVID-19, reality has taken some strange twists. If DJT becomes incapacitated, he would have to turn the presidency over to Pence, who would become acting president,...unless or until Pence comes down with it. At that point, Nancy Pelosi becomes Acting President.
The 'official' narrative is that the Trump's got the virus from Hope Hicks.
When you think about renouncing cannibalism, I can’t believe they have not renounced it already
A poll was just conducted by the Yale School of Management. They polled attendees at Yale's Chief Executive Leadership Institute CEO Caucus. These guys like Trump because of his tax and regulatory policies, right? Wrong.
Last night, though, I found myself quite surprised. Donald Trump shocked me. You might think this is a criticism of Trump’s conduct. It isn’t. Trump’s conduct did not shock me in the slightest. The thing I can not get my head around was what Trump did not do.
If Trump isn't beaten by landslide proportions, on the ground at the polls, on election day, we may well lose the fight to retain and secure our democracy....
His words are already a white supremacist call to violence meme.
The NY Times has reported that Donald Trump paid $750 in taxes in 2017. Well, that’s how most people are reading it but, strictly speaking, that’s not what the Times reported. They reported that he paid $318,672 in taxes in 2017. That’s a pretty big difference. Why isn’t Trump calling anyone on this? Why isn’t he talking about the other $317.922?
His tax returns dispel all his pretensions to wealth and sacrifice, and his reelection campaign is running out of time.
" ’Tis impossible to be sure of any thing but Death and Taxes."
If you don't do anything else online today, it is absolutely essential that you watch and absorb the information and insight of this extremely enlightening video...
Kentucky didn't get the BLM memo. The grand jury report may be shocking, but it shouldn't be surprising.
The winner is promised $1 million and headlining a show in Las Vegas. The show turns out to be two performances of a variety show, and the million is paid out over forty years.
Trump must be beaten AT THE POLLS by insurmountable margins or our democracy will face demise and ruin...
"A lot of it is about the genes, isn’t it, don't you believe? The racehorse theory. You think we’re so different?"
So, you might ask, what’s so bad about that? Isn’t art to be interpreted? Yes. Art should be interpreted. It is fluid and flexible, and if interpretations help one to enjoy, then do so.
"An apex predator, also known as an alpha predator or top predator, is a predator at the top of a food chain, without natural predators."
Packing the Court is a violation of tradition, but so is refusing to vet the Supreme Court nominee of a sitting President. Both are technically legal. The fuss will be asymmetrical. That will be the height of hypocrisy and we should treat it as such.
Should the Trump-McConnell-Barr cabal succeed in getting a Ginsberg replacement installed before January of 2021, the proverbial rock shall fall through the bottom of the legal, political, and social fabric of this country toward a depth of hell that even Dante would have been hard put describe...
Donald Trump wants to take control of the curricula of the American public school system and is trying to give that control to members of organizations with ties to conservative think-tanks in an attempt to subvert the educational system to suit his belief systems.
Anyone who believes that a Trump 'win' in November can't or won't signal the end of American Democracy doesn't have sufficient intellectual wherewithal to pay attention...
Donald Trump should be held criminally liable for the deaths of more than 190,000 Americans...
Silence in the face of injustice is complicity in the perpetuation and perpetration of injustice...
It wouldn't be a bad idea if it weren't for the fact that it is illegal to mail in a ballot and then vote in person.
Can you imagine the Kenosha police waving past a seventeen year old Black kid with that kind of weapon?
No Democratic president has gotten a majority of the white vote since since LBJ ....
Evidently, the white cops in Kenosha, Wisconsin didn't get the 'world is changing' memo...
The GOP was now the White Man’s Party — courtesy of Goldwater, Buckley, and National Review.
Hogan was a remarkable creature to behold. I fully accept that hearing this description is like hearing about a mythical creature like the Loch Ness monster or a “compassionate conservative”, but Hogan is real and the Hogan Constant is valid.
'No drama Obama' delivers sharp attack and dire warning...
DNC Keynote speaker, Michelle Obama slices and dices the Trump administration and policies as she soars in her address...
Another incident from the Trump Department of 'You Can't Make This Stuff Up'...
"A peaceful transfer of power is necessary for American democracy to survive."
From an international standpoint, [the Chinese] are basically shooting themselves in both feet. It isn’t prudent, it isn’t playing the long game, it isn’t anything that we normally expect from China.
Though Black students at Yale are not surprised at this attack on affirmative action, we are outraged nonetheless.
There was a time when Blackness in America involved an internal psychological struggle with personal connections to the condition of slavery. Some felt shame. I am not judging that, but I don’t agree with it.