Thursday, January 19, 2017

OPEN THREAD THURSDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERSThis is open thread Thursday y'all, tell me what's on your mind.

Oh, and don't forget to set your clock back 50 years tonight.

Holla.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

More problems for the swamp people.

Image result for reed cordish images      Tonight my racism chase takes me to Trump Tower in New York, where the president-elect has shown his true colors (pun intended) once again.

I mean just when we thought that the president-elect couldn't get any more clueless on matters of race he does something like this:

"Donald Trump’s newest staff pick is a lot like the rest of them. According to news reports and lawsuits, Reed Cordish, Trump’s incoming White House adviser, hired white men to start trouble with black patrons of his family’s properties so that they could kick them out.

According to a scathing report in the Daily Beast, Cordish, who was picked to be an assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives, “is an executive of the Cordish Companies, his family’s Baltimore, Md.-based real estate business, and the president of Entertainment Concepts Investors, a subsidiary that owns and manages bars, restaurants, and clubs throughout the country.”

Lawsuits viewed by the Daily Beast claim that ECI’s biggest holdings are clubs and bars in Kansas City, Mo.’s “Power and Light District,” which black residents have nicknamed “Power and White District.”' [Source]

Of course he will fit right in with team trump, because the president-elect did something similar to black folks back in the day.

"Dante Combs and Adam Williams sued Cordish in 2014 in a $5 million class-action racial-discrimination case, claiming that Cordish-run establishments harassed and beat them in an effort to keep their clubs free of blacks. Cordish’s business won an initial ruling in a federal district court, but Combs and Williams are appealing the decision, the Daily Beast reports.

Christina Martinez, a floor manager at one of Cordish’s clubs, testified in the 2014 case that Reed Cordish used “urbans” or “Canadians” as code words for black patrons.

She also claimed that the club’s manager, Jake Miller, grabbed the DJ’s microphone and yelled, “Get that fucking nigger music off here.”'

Meanwhile, down in Washington today, trump's cabinet picks were making fools of themselves for all the world to see.

We can all laugh at Betsy DeVos and her grizzly bear gun speak, but for those of us who were paying attention to what these people was saying, it was actually all quite scary.

They all, for instance, admitted that they have not spoken to their leader, Comrade trump, about policies and issues concerning their areas of expertise -----and the direction that they plan to take ---once they assume their positions.

Just imagine that for a minute. How can we expect team trump to move forward with a cohesive and effective policy if they are not communicating with each other?  Does trump even know what these people believe? And if he doesn't,  how can he select them to serve in his cabinet?

Sadly, they will all be confirmed; every clueless one of them.

 And, as far as I am concerned, it is as poor a reflection on us as it is on them.

*Pic from thedailybeast.com                          

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Explaining Toni Morrison as she explains Donald trump.

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The Field Negro education series continues.

The following article was written by Brianna Cox for Atlanta Black Star :

"Pulitzer prize-winning and prolific author Toni Morrison has penned an important essay in response to Donald Trump being elected president — as well as to the vile beliefs and violent actions of his supporters — in an effort to explain exactly why he won in the first place.

In her essay, “Mourning for Whiteness,” which was published in The New YorkerMorrison’s central thesis is simple: Trump won because privileged white people, white men especially, feel threatened by a “rapidly” diversifying United States of America.

“Unlike any nation in Europe, the United States holds whiteness as the unifying force. Here, for many people, the definition of “Americanness” is color,” she begins.

She continues: “Under slave laws, the necessity for color rankings was obvious, but in America today, post-civil rights legislation, white people’s conviction of their natural superiority is being lost. Rapidly lost. There are ‘people of color’ everywhere, threatening to erase this long-understood definition of America. And what then? Another black President? A predominantly black Senate? Three black Supreme Court Justices? The threat is frightening.”

Morrison goes on to explain that white people, whether consciously or subconsciously, fear Black people and otherwise non-white people fighting for and obtaining equality, as this ultimately means losing their superiority. Equality for all is a loss for white people.

Because of this fear, white Americans, “[i]n order to limit the possibility of this untenable change and restore whiteness to its former status as a marker of national identity, a number of white Americans are sacrificing themselves. They have begun to do things they clearly don’t really want to be doing,” Morrison writes. “[T]hey are (1) abandoning their sense of human dignity and (2) risking the appearance of cowardice.”

The cowardice that Morrison writes of is specifically the racism that white Americans allow — and commit — every day: “Much as they may hate their behavior, and know full well how craven it is, they are willing to kill small children attending Sunday school and slaughter churchgoers who invite a white boy to pray. Embarrassing as the obvious display of cowardice must be, they are willing to set fire to churches and to start firing in them while the members are at prayer. And, shameful as such demonstrations of weakness are, they are willing to shoot black children in the street.”

In this particular paragraph Toni Morrison alternates between racially motivated happenings both old and new, from the church bombing in 1963 that killed four young Black girls to Dylann Roof‘s slaughter of nine Black church goers in 2015. Morrison articulates easily just how eerie it is that things have not changed in that time frame.

Morrison continues, saying, “These sacrifices, made by supposedly tough white men who are prepared to abandon their humanity out of fear of black men and women, suggest the true horror of lost status.”

And it is for these reasons — the imminent “collapse of white privilege,” as Morrison calls it — “that many Americans have flocked to a political platform that supports and translates violence against the defenseless as strength. These people are not so much angry as terrified, with the kind of terror that makes knees tremble.”

Morrison skillfully illustrates that all white Americans did this, not just rich, not just poor, not just men and not just women — ALL of them:

“On Election Day, how eagerly so many white voters, both the poorly educated and the well educated, embraced the shame and fear sowed by Donald Trump. The candidate whose company has been sued by the Justice Department for not renting apartments to black people. The candidate who questioned whether Barack Obama was born in the United States, and who seemed to condone the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester at a campaign rally. The candidate who kept black workers off the floors of his casinos. The candidate who is beloved by David Duke and endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.”

She concludes her essay by recalling an old novel by William Faulkner titled “Absalom, Absalom!” and how even in 1936, there were people who understood how serious whiteness was to white Americans: “William Faulkner understood this better than almost any other American writer. In “Absalom, Absalom,” incest is less of a taboo for an upper-class Southern family than acknowledging the one drop of black blood that would clearly soil the family line. Rather than lose its “whiteness” [once again], the family chooses murder.”' [Source]

As of this post, there are over 50 lawmakers (mostly people of color) who have decided to boycott the trump inauguration.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"~ Martin Luther King Jr

Image result for king jailhouse images It's MLK Day here in America, but I would like to remind you Negroes (I see you Steve Harvey) who believe that we are now "post-racial",  that three states (Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi) celebrated Robert E. Lee Day, today. And in some towns across America, folks are upset because they have to give up their Lee parade for that King fellow.

Anywhoo, the following incident took place in October of 2015, but the police department involved is just releasing the video because of a previous lawsuit that was filed by the victim.

"Pinned to the ground by officers who kneed and struck him, Lawrence Crosby screamed whatever he could think of to convince them that he was a law-abiding PhD student, not a violent car thief.

“This is my vehicle, sir,” he said, his voice captured by the dashboard-camera video. “I have evidence. . . . I purchased this vehicle Jan. 23, 2015, from Libertyville Chevrolet.”

It wasn’t enough. The officers placed him in handcuffs in the driveway of a church, two blocks from the police station in Evanston, Ill.

Police released the dash-cam video earlier this week, detailing the half-hour encounter that sparked a civil lawsuit from Crosby and a discussion about race and policing in this city of 75,000, just north of Chicago.

The video includes footage from the dash cam of one of the officers involved in the altercation. But it’s also synced with video of a personal dash cam Crosby kept running in his car.

On that night in October 2015, Crosby was headed to Northwestern University, where he was studying for his doctoral degree in civil engineering.

But something was wrong with the molding on his car, so he pulled out a metal bar to try to fix the strip on the roof, he says on the video.

A woman passing by saw him — a black man, wearing a hoodie, with some kind of bar pressed up against a car.

She picked up the phone and called 911, telling the dispatcher she thought she was witnessing a car break-in.

“He had a bar in his hand, and it looked like he was jimmying the door open,” she told the dispatcher.
When Crosby drove off, the woman followed his Chevrolet and relayed information about his location to police.

Crosby was on the phone as he drove, and communicated his growing unease. He realized the situation could look suspicious to a passerby and hoped it didn’t escalate.

“It was a little bit dark,” he says to someone while on the phone, captured on video. “You know how it is with black people — they think we’re always trying to do something wrong.”

He noticed the car following him, and told the person on the other end of the phone that he’s going to head to a place where he’ll be safe.

“I think this person is still following me,” he says. “I think they’re trying to play some games. I’m about to go to the police station now.”

He never makes it. Two blocks from the police station, an officer pulls behind his car and puts on his blue lights.

Crosby stops the car in the driveway of a church, and slowly gets out facing the officers, hands in the air.

He begins to explain, but the officers order him to keep his hands up. Others scream at him to get on the ground.

He turns and, in an instant, five officers sprint toward him. They drive him back several feet, kneeing him to force him to the ground and striking him with open hands to make him comply, a police spokesman said later.

“Stop resisting,” an officer yells as another strikes Crosby’s thigh.
“I’m cooperating. I’m cooperating,” Crosby replies.

He continues to explain that the car is his, where he got it from and when. He attends Northwestern and is a civil engineering PhD, he says. He was just trying to fix his car.

He asks the officers why he’s being handcuffed; they say they have to figure out
 who the car belongs to.

They determine it’s his, but he was still arrested and charged with disobeying officers and resisting arrest. A judge later threw out the charges, Crosby’s attorney Tim Touhy, told the Chicago Tribune.

The officers were never charged or disciplined. The Evanston Police Department has defended their actions.

Crosby, who couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday, filed a civil lawsuit in 2016.

Evanston Alderman Brian Miller, who is running for mayor, told The Washington Post he’s been outraged about the incident ever since he saw the video months ago with the rest of the city council.

“There’s underlying problems in our town that we’re not admitting,” he said. “There’s a true desire that people have — they want to want to address these problems and actually solve them. But we don’t want to necessarily admit that we have these problems.[Source]

Nope, because we are "post-racial" now, and having a day dedicated to MLK proves it, right?




Sunday, January 15, 2017

Memo to the president-elect: Georgia's 5th congressional district is not "falling apart".

Image result for images from georgia's fifth district I was reading president-elect trump's tweet to John Lewis, and I couldn't help but laugh at the man's ignorance and naivety born of prejudice when it comes to people of color in this country.

A couple of months ago I drove down I-95 to the Bowie/ Mitchellville, Maryland area, in order to visit an old high school friend from Jamaica. We try to link up every couple of years to shoot the breeze and catch up on old times.

I recently found myself reflecting on that visit after reading what president-elect trump had to tweet about the congressional district of John Lewis.

There I was in a neighborhood with million dollar homes inhabited by doctors, lawyers, and business owners, and the majority, if not all of them, were black. (My friend happens to be a college professor and his wife is a physician.)  Now granted, this particular part of Maryland is not a part of the inner city per say, but we all know what trump meant with his tweet. "Inner-city" means black people, and so if it's black people there has to be all these issues with their quality of life, etc.

He assumed, because John Lewis is black, his congressional district had to be "horrible" and full of "burning" buildings, crime, and poverty.

Of course trump is wrong about that. Lewis's 5th congressional district is in fact one of the most affluent in Georgia.  And good for the paper of record in Atlanta for calling him out for his ignorance.

Ironically, the poverty that trump describes is becoming more and more of a suburban and rural issue.

If the incoming president wants to really help America he would do well to stop disparaging blacks and the neighborhoods they live in, and start making an effort to help all Americans---- including the poor rural voters who supported him.

There are now over 22 members of congress who will be skipping trump's inauguration, and they have districts as well. Will trump, with his think skin, now take time out of what should be a busy schedule to trash each of them and the people they represent as well? I certainly hope not. But if he does, none of us will be surprised.

*Pic from ajc.com



Saturday, January 14, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.

Example: How can they call me a racist? I mean look at us. Steve, don't I laugh at all of your jokes?  

*Pic from nola.com  

Friday, January 13, 2017

An icon takes a stance.

Image result for john lewis images    John Lewis, the civil rights icon who literally bled so that America could  become a more perfect union, is coming under fire from people in the majority population for daring to speak his mind when it comes to Мистер trump.

Mr Lewis, when pressed by Chuck Todd of NBC, declared that he believed that Donald trump was an illegitimate president, and, as a result, he would not be attending his inauguration.

Oh the outrage!

Anderson Cooper spoke for most white Americans when he said the following:

 "I get he doesn’t like Donald Trump,” Coopersaid, “I get he doesn’t accept the results of the election, but is this helpful in any way?… If a Republican had said this about President-elect Hillary Clinton, Democrats would be up in arms.” [Source]

The president-elect has been saying for years that the president is an illegitimate president by questioning where he was born, but there was no outrage from the right, and no real outrage from the left. In fact, Мистер trump built his political career on that lie.

So now John Lewis is some kind of radical whose hatred for whitey is such that it is causing him to disrespect the presidency and the  traditions in our country.

This, of course, is the same John Lewis who forgave the racist klansman who beat his brains in and tried to kill him in South Carolina back in 1961. There is not a racist bone in the man's body, and I am sure that it has never occurred to America that his position about trump is coming from a place of principle.

So it has come to this. Democratic and republican leaders are trying to encourage Lewis to change his mind.

"Republican Senator Ben Sasse, who took a principled anti-Trump stance during the election last year, publicly reached out to Lewis on Twitter tonight encouraging him to attend the inauguration a week from today:

 To John Lewis, one of my heroes:

Please come to the Inauguration. It isn't about a man. It is a celebration of peaceful transfer of power.
 
With all due respect to the senator, it is about "a man",  a very bad one. 

And thank you John Lewis for having the courage to speak up for what you believe in; just like you did back in the fifties and sixties. 

You know, like I do, that history has a way of repeating itself.    

*Pic from johnlewisforcongress.com

 



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Open thread Thursday.

MORE DISCLAIMERSMy lord! Yet another lie from Füh·rer trump.

It seems that he was briefed about that dossier with all the salacious stuff in it. And yet, he along with Kellyanne Goebbels, would  have us believe that he was not.

Anyway, this is open thread Thursday, so I want to read your opinion about the state of the presidential transition, and the hearings going on in Washington to confirm trump's band of merry men.  




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Failing pile of garbage"?

  Image result for buzzfeed image Isn't it ironic that the guy who built his entire political career on lies about the current president is outraged about this Buzzfeed story? 

Herr trump was in rare form today. This was his first press conference since July, and he was particularly combative with some members of the press. (He actually called Buzzfeed a "failing pile of garbage.") 

Of course, as is always the case with Mr Orangehair, there were lies upon lies during his presser:

 "In his first press conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump repeated some false and misleading claims on jobs, health care and his tax returns:

• Trump falsely claimed that there are “96 million really wanting a job and they can’t get [one].” There are roughly 96 million people not in the labor force, but that includes retirees, students and others who don’t want jobs. Only 5.5 million of them want work.

• Trump said that “you learn very little” from a tax return. But experts told us there’s plenty of information to be gleaned from tax returns — such as potential conflicts of interest, charitable giving habits and effective tax rates.

• Trump claimed that “some states” have seen health insurance coverage on the Affordable Care Act exchanges increase by 100%. Only Arizona has an average increase that high, and 84% with marketplace coverage in 2016 received tax credits to purchase insurance.

• Trump continues to oversimplify the rise of the Islamic State by blaming President Obama for “leaving at the wrong time” from Iraq. President George W. Bush set the withdrawal date. More important, there were numerous factors in the rise of the terrorist group.

 Trump claimed that “nobody even talked about it” when hacked emails showed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign got debate questions in advance. Actually, there was plenty of press coverage when it was revealed that former CNN contributor Donna Brazile shared questions with Clinton’s campaign.
Trump hasn’t held a press conference since July 27, 2016, during the Democratic National Convention. The purpose was to discuss how he would arrange to handle his business affairs while he is president. Trump will take the oath of office on Jan. 20.


But the Republican president-elect was asked a variety of questions on a host of issues, including Russian hacking, the Affordable Care Act and his Cabinet appointments. In several cases, Trump repeated some of the same claims that he had made during the campaign." [Source]

Just trump being trump.

And yet, he is accusing CNN of spreading fake news (CNN denies it), and he is trying to blur the lines between truth and reality, and run a divide and conquer game on the American press.

Sadly, so far, it seems to be working.

*Pic from yahoo.com






Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I suspect that these years will not be "golden" for the American presidency.

Image result for trump images       I am getting ready to watch president Obama's farewell speech.

Regardless of what you thought of the man's policies, you have to admit that he carried himself with dignity and grace while in office, and that he, along with his family, was scandal free.

Which leads me, once again, to our president-elect and the following story:

"A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.

The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump.

Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.

The document was prepared for political opponents of Trump by a person who is understood to be a former British intelligence agent. It is not just unconfirmed: It includes some clear errors. The report misspells the name of one company, “Alpha Group,” throughout. It is Alfa Group. The report says the settlement of Barvikha, outside Moscow, is “reserved for the residences of the top leadership and their close associates.” It is not reserved for anyone, and it is also populated by the very wealthy.

The Trump administration’s transition team did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment. However, the president-elect’s attorney, Michael Cohen, told Mic that the allegations were absolutely false.

“It’s so ridiculous on so many levels,” he said. “Clearly, the person who created this did so from their imagination or did so hoping that the liberal media would run with this fake story for whatever rationale they might have.”[Story]

Of course the most interesting part of the whole story is this little tidbit:


  • "Now details of classified documents presented to president-elect have emerged in a report by CNN - including memos given to the FBI 
  • The memos claim the Russian secret services had a file on Trump of 'kompromat' - damaging material Kremlin could use to blackmail him
  • Dossier included claims he ordered prostitutes to commit degrading sex acts in the presidential suite of a Moscow hotel - because the Obamas stayed there

  • John McCain was given a copy months before election which he handed to James Comey, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said.

  • Disclosure FBI sat on damaging allegations will enrage Democrats after Comey went public with Anthony Weiner material just before election." [Source]  



  • I am not sure what those alleged "degrading sex acts" were, but let's just say that #GoldenShowers is trending on twitter.   

    *Pic from slate.com

    Monday, January 09, 2017

    He even lies about dresses.

    Image result for inauguration dresses images     What would make a person lie about something as innocuous as the amount of dresses that are available for his inauguration?

    If that person is Donald trump, I am sure that we could think of a million things, all of them starting with a myriad of personality disorders. 


    "Don’t let Donald Trump give you the slip: There are plenty of dresses in Washington, D.C.

    The media’s assignment-editor-in-chief made a bizarre comment to the New York Times this morning, claiming that his coming inauguration is so “unbelievable” and “record-setting” that “all of the dress shops are sold out in Washington.”

    “It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration,” he concluded.
    As Trump himself might say, “Wrong!”

    I spent about an hour calling dress shops in Washington — something Mr. Trump apparently didn’t have the inclination to do because facts don’t really matter — and found that there are plenty of dresses to suit all tastes and price ranges in the D.C. metro area.

    Even a shop just a few steps from the White House is full of party-worthy garments." [Source]

    The guy just lies for lying sake. And while it might seem like a big joke to most of us who follow this clown, we are talking about a man who will have access to the nuclear codes, and the one who will be in charge of the most powerful country on earth.

    With all due respect to Kellyanne Conway, we have no choice but to judge him based on what is coming out of his mouth. It's kind of hard to "look what's in his heart" as she is suggesting. First of all, I doubt if the guy has one. And second, why should we have to play trump translator to this deranged and unhinged buffoon?

    Now he is going after Meryl Streep for crying out loud. And all because she had the nerve to call him out for his boorish behavior towards a disabled reporter. He called her "overrated" and a "Hillary flunky".

    Now he might be right about her being a Hilary flunky. But Overrated as an actress? Come on, Donald; that's like calling Aaron Rodgers an overrated quarterback. You lack all kinds of credibility when you do that. Not that you had any to begin with. Especially when just a year and a half ago you were singing her  praises and saying how great she is.

    "When asked by The Hollywood Reporter in August 2015 if there are any actresses that he loves, Trump praised the Florence Foster Jenkins star. “Julia Roberts is terrific, and many others. Meryl Streep is excellent; she’s a fine person, too,” he said." [Source]

    But now she hurt his feelings, and like a certain little leader in North Korea, when his feelings are hurt he lashes out. (RIP Jang Sung-Taek) Fortunately for us, unlike the other little leader, all he can do for now is tweet.

    For now. 

    *Pic and image from salon.com