John Lewis wasn’t cynical about change


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Q. Ever been beaten by “the law’ in a demonstration like this?

A. Yes

Q. In recent years?

A. I’m a retired old geezer. Don’t make it to demos much, anymore. The digital world helps me get my thoughts out, nowadays.

Q. Is the United States as racist, now, as it was BITD?

A. Pretty much. Yes. Politicians try to be more slick about disguising it – while letting the average voter know how they really feel.

Q. Think it will ever change?

A. Maybe. Not in my lifetime. I hold no brief for legislating understanding, good sense or progressive thought. It would be satisfaction enough if our politics graduated to protecting everyone who believes in equal rights, equal opportunity, building a society structured to provide education sufficient to open all these doors. Someone once said to me, “I don’t care if they don’t love me, I just don’t want them to get away with spending time trying to kill me.”

Trump will rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth…Of course!


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The remains of Greenwood, the African American section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 1921, after a white mob slaughtered residents

President Donald Trump was hit with strong backlash Thursday over his decision to hold a campaign rally next week on Juneteenth, a holiday marking the end of slavery, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of one of the deadliest race riots in American history, in 1921.

Rep. Karen Bass…chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said…”This was a massacre of innocent Black inhabitants by White supremacists in a span of 24 hours”…”This was the worst act of racial violence to date,” she added, “and yet this is the place that the president, who has pursued nothing but a hostile and oppressive agenda for black people since his inauguration, has chosen to celebrate.”

It gets harder, day-by-day, to find anything other than curse words to characterize this Fake President. Elected by fools and collective ignorance – with a dollop of men afraid of women added for good measure, Trump and the GOP used an outdated electoral system to win control of our government after losing the popular vote.

Yes, there’s no shortage of collusion between the two old parties maintaining an election system older than dirt. Still, at least the Democrats had the courage – finally – to walk away from voters stuck into the official racism mandated by Confederate traitors to the American Constitution. Today’s Republican Party wallows in that stink.

The moment citizens in scrubs confronted fools


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People protesting against the stay-at-home orders in Colorado were confronted by a man and woman dressed in medical uniforms – apparently issuing a silent rebuke to participants…

Now the photojournalist behind the images tells the BBC what happened that day when “two worlds collided”…

They “stood their ground“, Ms McClaran said, even as some demonstrators shouted and hurled racist comments at the pair.

“It was honestly heartbreaking to see,” she said…

Yes, I’m aware the ignoranus brigade that fronts for Trump’s idiocy represents a small percentage of Americans. That doesn’t make their mob mentality any less dangerous.

A couple of brave folks.

Returning from Spain, Italy – no screening – Americans only asked if they visited China


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Trump crosses out “corona” in briefing notes – adds “Chinese”

When Pam Mundus and a friend landed in Milan for a weeklong vacation on Feb. 23, uniformed airport workers in face masks, attempting to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, took their temperatures.

But when Ms. Mundus returned home on a direct flight from Rome to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on March 1, no one questioned her about her time in Italy or whether she might have been exposed to the illness. At that stage, the State Department had already urged Americans to reconsider travel to Italy; there were at least 1,500 cases there and 34 deaths related to the coronavirus by then.

“The only question we were asked was, ‘Have you been to China?’” Ms. Mundus, 62, said in a phone interview from her home on eastern Long Island, where she has been in self-quarantine since her return…

But several experts say the experience of Ms. Mundus shows the limited effectiveness of the administration’s travel restrictions, which followed outbreaks in affected countries by days or weeks. The administration never even imposed restrictions on passengers who had been to South Korea, which also faced a large outbreak.

And the restrictions applied only to foreign citizens, despite the fact that the virus could be transmitted just as easily by the many Americans returning home in droves, who were getting confusing and inconsistent messages on how to protect themselves and their communities — or in many cases, no advice at all…

“The policy makes no sense,” said Danielle Ompad, an epidemiologist at the N.Y.U. School of Public Health. “It was based on nationality, not risk of infectiousness, and the two are not synonymous.”

The Fake President’s policies often make no sense. Some of them, like these creepy incidents, stink of the bigotry and racism that characterizes the leadership of today’s Republican Party.

White Supremacists, foreign and domestic, are a terrorist threat…

The Fake President and his governing Republican Party don’t think so!


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Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) and former FBI agent Ali Soufan warned on Tuesday that U.S. law enforcement has not kept pace with the threat posed by international white supremacist extremism in an op-ed published in The New York Times.

The two claimed that the enemy the United States currently faces is white supremacy and that these kinds of groups are organizing in ways similar to jihadist organizations in the past…

Soufan and Rose, a U.S. Army veteran, cited global organizations such as the American militant group The Base, the Scandinavia-based Nordic Resistance Movement and the Ukrainian Azov Battalion, all of which have allegedly threatened or targeted both men.

Rose and Soufan said these groups are interconnected, prompting individuals in different countries — such as the Australian man accused of killing 51 people at two New Zealand mosques last year — to commit acts of violence…

The problem, the lawmaker and former FBI agent asserted, is that the U.S. government has yet to designate these groups as foreign terrorist organizations, thus prohibiting law enforcement’s efforts to curb the threat the groups represent.

Terrorism is terrorism, however its perpetrators justify it inside their twisted minds. If these peddlers of hate hoped to silence us by attacking us online, they have failed. They’ve only hardened our resolve,” the op-ed concluded.

Not that there’s anything new or surprising about racism in the GOUSA. That includes terrorist acts of violence and murder. The question to be resolved is will the American electorate do anything about it?

SCOTUS says coppers need warrants to track your cellphone — so, Trump just buys locations online


ICE arrest in Los Angeles

Companies that sell your cellphone location data to marketers are also selling that information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the government body known for detaining children in cages. According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, ICE and its affiliated organizations at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been using location information for “millions” of cellphones bought from marketers to track down and arrest undocumented immigrants at the US-Mexico border…

Experts told the Journal that these are the “largest known troves of bulk data being deployed by law enforcement in the US.” Venntel, a company that licenses location data and is affiliated with the mobile ad company Gravy Analytics, has received $250,000 in contracts in the past few years from DHS, which operates ICE. Public records show that Venntel has also received a contract from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

“This shows the overlap of immigrant rights and data privacy rights,” Adam Schwartz, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Recode. “Our society has failed to protect consumers from companies that harvest and monetize their personal information, including their sensitive location data. Now, reportedly, the federal government has purchased access to that data, and is using it to locate and deport immigrants.”

Not that the Fake President’s base of voters cares a rat’s ass about what happens to immigrants. Or, what should be important to everyone – he’s using taxpayer dollar$ to buy location info from the creepy online traders who profit from tracking data lifted from the Web. SCOTUS rulings be damned! Trump’s War on Brown People is much more important to the quasi-fascist tool this Republican administration has become.