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







     





     

    Sunday, January 08, 2017

    An "illegitimate democracy"?

    MORE DISCLAIMERSAs we await the inauguration of Führer trump, I think that the following article is apropos.  

    *Shout out to Egberto Willies writing for Daily Kos.* 

    "As the Senate and House of Representatives begin a new session, it’s worth noting the fact that America was never a democracy at its founding, and is not a democracy now.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan has been talking about a peaceful transfer of power. The problem is that while the transfer has been peaceful, how we got here has nothing to do with peace and democracy. What we have is a Republican Party that worked very hard to win, and a weak Democratic Party whose leadership betrayed many of their constituents through its silence and inaction.

    Republicans used the court system to aid voter suppression and deny Americans health care coverage through the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare. They used economic angst to promote racial, xenophobic, ethnic, and gender polarization in order to divide and conquer. They effectively stole a Supreme Court seat.

    Meanwhile, Democrats saved the economy and provided health care (and many other good programs). However, they did it timidly. They refused—and continue to refuse—to play hardball. Why didn't Obama appoint a Supreme Court justice during a recess, when he could? It was his appointment to give.

    When Democrats had the opportunity to show what full progressivism could deliver, they punted. The titans of finance threw the country into a financial crisis, and the country was ready for bold action. But Democrats, specifically Blue Dog Democrats, half-stepped. They did not deliver enough to cauterize the change in the psyche of a more sizable portion of the population.

    Americans needed a single-payer health care system, or at minimum a public option to Obamacare. Americans needed a much bigger stimulus that reached all corners of the country. And yes, we could have afforded it—just like we paid for wars, and bailouts for the military industrial complex and the titans of finance, respectively. Somehow we can always find the money to help the plutocracy, but not the poor and the middle-class.

    Hillary Clinton vowed to provide many programs to aid the poor and the middle class. But while most believed she meant it, many behind the blue wall didn't. Forget about the racist and xenophobic components: This race should not have been close enough for that to play the effect that it likely did. Establishment Democrats are viewed as weak, not willing to fight, and too darn close to the plutocracy, as well.

    The bottom line is that even as Democrats could have done more, they did enough to win the presidency and the Senate in the popular vote. They lost the House in the popular vote by less than 1.4 million votes.

    Paul Ryan is claiming that Americans gave Republicans a unified government: an all-Republican government. Technically speaking, they did not. More people voted for the progressive ideology than the conservative ideology, and here are the numbers to prove it.
    Democrats won the popular vote for the presidency. Hillary Clinton received 2,865,075 more votes than Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the popular vote 48 percent to 46 percent.

    The popular vote in the Senate is even more lopsided. Some will say that the map favored Democrats but that is immaterial, given this spread. Democrats won the popular vote in the Senate by more than 11 million votes.
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    Republicans barely won the House of Representatives popular vote. They won by just 1,377,169 votes. That is a 1 percent difference—and yet they hold a 10 percent advantage in the House.
    House-of-Representative-Popular-Vote_1_.jpg
    There is now a unified government in the United States of America, but America did not vote for it. Republicans orchestrated it using a defective Constitution, because real democracy was never its principal tenet. Given the indoctrination by enough Americans of our forefather's virtual infallibility, it’s unlikely any amendment to mitigate this failure will be coming anytime soon." [Source]




    Saturday, January 07, 2017

    CAPTION SATURDAY.

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    I need a caption for this pic.

    Example: Your move, Barrack. And remember,  the pawn can't move backwards. 

    *Pic from nbcnews.com. 


    Friday, January 06, 2017

    When they go low......

    TWEET MEI am going to do a cut and paste job on a right-winger's article for a totally different reason than what I am sure she wrote it for in the first place.

    I am quite sure that she smugly wrote her hit piece to rip apart his Oness to her conservative friends, but I am going to post it word for word because I can find nothing but good in every bad thing that she said president Obama did.

    "In November, after Donald Trump won the election, President Barack Obama met the president-elect in the Oval Office and told him: “If you succeed, then the country succeeds.”
    What a bunch of hooey.
    Since the Nov. 8 results, Mr. Obama has taken a blow torch to the Oval Office, ensuring through his last minute executive actions and agency rulings, that Mr. Trump will have anything but a smooth transition into office.
    Mr. Obama — looking to protect his legacy — has unilaterally made several moves to undermine and undercut Mr. Trump’s ability to deliver on his campaign promises. Succeed, is something Mr. Obama definitely doesn’t want Mr. Trump to do.
    Last week, Mr. Obama decided to wave his middle finger at Israel — our closest ally in the Middle East — by having the U.S. abstain from a United Nations vote which said Israel was in violation of international law by allowing Jewish settlements anywhere in the West Bank, including Jerusalem. Mr. Trump has vowed to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
    In regards to Russia, Mr. Obama sanctioned it for its meddling in the U.S. election, with the mind-set to make the sanctions as difficult as possible for Mr. Trump to roll back. It’s unlikely any punishment will be delivered in Mr. Obama’s term — it’s something Mr. Trump will inherit.
    Part of the goal here is to make sure that we have as much of the record public or communicated to Congress in a form that would be difficult to simply walk back,” an unnamed administration official told The Washington Post of their goal in crafting Russia’s reprisal.
    Domestically, Mr. Obama is also burying land mines for Mr. Trump to face.
    On Wednesday, the president grabbed 1.6 million acres of Western land in Utah and Nevada, declaring it national monuments. It’s really just a move to cordon off the massive area from energy development.
    A similar stroke was made last week, when the Interior Department adopted a controversial last-minute rule aimed at making the coal industry cleaner. The regulations overhauled rules that have been in place for more than three decades, and even the agency admitted more coal jobs would be lost because of it.
    A day later, Mr. Obama invoked what even The New York Times called an “obscure provision” in the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to unilaterally ban offshore oil and gas drilling along large swaths of the Artic and Atlantic sea borders.
    Mr. Trump has aptly described Mr. Obama’s environmental regulations as “job killers” and has mocked the left’s unassailable belief in man-made climate change — to the detriment of the American economy and energy independence.
    Mr. Trump pledged to coal country he’d help turn around their industry, which has been decimated by Mr. Obama’s environmental policies. Mr. Obama’s desperate 11th-hour rule making will make that pledge more difficult to deliver.
    In an effort to help protect Planned Parenthood, last week the Obama administration issued a final rule that bars states from withholding federal money from the abortion-providers affiliates, which will take effect two days before Mr. Trump takes office.
    The rule hinders the GOP’s ability to defund Planned Parenthood, requiring a time-consuming process to undo, according to the Times.
    Mr. Obama’s team also canceled a Muslim registry run out of the Department of Homeland Security aimed at foiling Mr. Trump’s plans to impose “extreme vetting” on Muslim visitors.
    The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System had been dormant for years, but activists demanded that the Obama administration take it off the books entirely. They feared Mr. Trump could have used the program as a shortcut to starting his own vetting.
    Rescinding the NSEERS doesn’t stop Mr. Trump, but it does mean he would have to set up a new program rather than renew an existing one — a higher hurdle and a longer process.
    What else does Mr. Obama have up his sleeve to try to deride a Trump presidency? Who knows — but we’re likely to see more executive action and agency rulings in the coming weeks aimed directly at Mr. Trump’s agenda.
    Jan. 20 can’t come soon enough." [Source]
    Good for you Mr. President! And here I thought that you were just rolling over and playing dead.
    Unlike your wife, you now know that when they go low you must go lower.   
    I am not quite sure why those on the right would want you to be graceful and leave your ball for them to play with when you leave the playing field. 
    Remember how they treated you when you took office? They vowed to make your presidency a failure and obstructed you at every turn from day one. Remember that?
     I do. And because I do, I say give them all a big middle finger as you go out the door and pray for them to fail. Just like they did with you.