Those who lie(d) for Trump should be held accountable

Don’t let the chronic liars cash in on their dishonesty. Press secretaries like Joe Lockhart, Ari Fleischer and Jay Carney, who left the White House with their reputations in various stages of intact, made millions taking their skills — and credibility — to corporate America. Trump’s liars don’t merit that same golden parachute. Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.

I second that emotion!

U.S. coppers 3X more likely to use force on leftwing demonstrators


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Cop pepper sprays kneeling, non-violent demonstrator

Police in the United States are three times more likely to use force against leftwing protesters than rightwing protesters, according to new data from a non-profit that monitors political violence around the world.

In the past 10 months, US law enforcement agencies have used teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and beatings at a much higher percentage at Black Lives Matter demonstrations than at pro-Trump or other rightwing protests.

Law enforcement officers were also more likely to use force against leftwing demonstrators, whether the protests remained peaceful or not.

The statistics, based on law enforcement responses to more than 13,000 protests across the United States since April 2020, show a clear disparity in how agencies have responded to the historic wave of Black Lives Matter protests against police violence, compared with demonstrations organized by Trump supporters.

Numbers don’t lie. The source is the U.S. Crisis Monitor. RTFA. You can do the same thing THE GUARDIAN did. Sort the data. Do the math.

I don’t need to duplicate what a lifetime of demonstrating against racism, injustice, bigotry and bombs dropped on civilians has taught me.

Before Roe vs Wade

Janet Gotkin remembers a time when young women had unsafe abortions…

“I was 37. I had two children and I found myself pregnant. There was no question in my mind I did not want to have another baby. My husband did not want another baby,” Gotkin said.

She said “it’s time to say the word ‘abortion…’”

Gotkin, a retired librarian and research entrepreneur, said whether legal or not, abortion has always been with us and will continue to be.

“Abortion has been available in home remedies for a millennia. The first recorded abortion came from ancient Egypt thousands of years ago. When people talk about ending abortion, they really talk about banning legal abortion with safe practitioners,” she said.

Just as an aside, before you think this was a problem for women alone…jive laws like Roe vs Wade were applied to men as well. As a young man in New England, when I had a vasectomy it was just as illegal as an abortion. My urologist swore me to secrecy. All the religious dogma applied to the law-writers in my home state’s legislature. They lived up to every piece of the non-science pie, perfectly willing to ignore any citizen’s rights.