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Black Lives Matter protests
Rally at African-American Museum
Juneteenth at Malcolm X Park
BLM March 13 June
BLM Marches 6-8 June
Between marches in downtown Philly
Protest against Israel's proposed annexation of parts of the West Bank
Protest method where we adapt to the pandemic
Memorial Day Car Caravan
May Day Car Caravan
Opposition to war on Iran
Jan 25th Demonstration against Iran War
Jan 11th Demonstration against Iran War
Jan 4th Demonstration against Iran War
Demonstration in support of impeachment and removal from
Info, articles, etc.
Oh yeah. Gee. This is definitely the sign of a totally innocent group of people! No one needs to hear about foreigners assisting a presidential campaigns!
GOP senators who were at the WH this morning are defending Trump against claims that he didn’t read the PDB. “How thick is that?” Sen. Johnson quipped, referring to the PDB. “It was not to the level of verification that it was highlighted in the president’s daily briefing.”
Wow! That is just...wow! That's an amazingly weak excuse! Let's try this: If it's in the President's Daily Brief (PDB), it has been verified! The PDB is the Intelligence Community's best judgement and most conclusive, verified information they have! The blogger develops several likely scenarios going forward. We can expect AG Barr to be brought in to find the leaker.
Sanders: More People Could Have Died from Coronavirus 'If Donald
Trump Hadn't Been President'"
The Trump Administration supports taking down the ACA/Obamacre
under the apparent presumption that they can easily replace it. But
y'know, it would sure be nice if they understood the ACA in the first
McEnany went on to argue that the Affordable Care Act represents a "government takeover of health care" (that's not true), that the White House has "put forward solutions" (that's not true), and that Democrats are moving toward "eliminating Medicare" (that's not true).
Democratic leaders were briefed by members of the Trump Administration on bounties to the Taliban for dead Americans, not by any members of the Intelligence Community! All spin, no substance.
Texas Blew It"
No question that Iran is right to seek justice under international law for the aerial assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. They'd of course need to hire someone like Boba Fett or Django Freeman or the lead character from La Femme Nikita in order to enforce it.
a surprise, Court smacks down Louisiana abortion restrictions"
Just Floored It’: Detroit Police SUV Plows Through Protesters"
Now that there are big spikes in COVID cases in Red (Republican) states, all of the sudden, masks aren't seen as wimpy anymore. As Speaker Pelosi puts it, this realization is long overdue. More on mask-wearing and masculinity and "owning the libs," etc.:
So, the Trump Administration has held a briefing on Russians paying a bounty for dead American soldiers to the Taliban. Problem is, the briefing was for Republicans only. There will now be a briefing for Democrats today. This has rather obvious problems as far as presenting information that both sides deem to be credible. If you give two separate briefings, how do the Ds know they're getting the same information as the Rs?
One of the problems with living in a land with really ancient ancestors is that Poland was in the middle of building a road when they discovered a cematary from the late 1600s-early 1700s. Christianity wasn't firmly established yet, so many of their mouths contain a coin for Charon to take them across the River Styx.
Okay, so someone very clearly shouts "white power" 10 seconds into the video in question, but the President didn't hear that and feels that, gee, for some reason (can't imagine what that reason could be), the people who shout "white power" are "demonized." Hmm. Yes. Quite a mystery.
Speaker Pelosi calls for an all-House briefing on the bounty that Russia allegedly placed on American troops. The White House claims to have set up a briefing, but as Pelosi was not invited to that, that was clearly a meeting of co-conspirators rather than an attempt to inform lawmakers.
VP Pence produces a lot of nice words about respecting Civil Rights figures of the past, but if he can't even get behind taking down Civil War statues, what new Civil Rights measures can he possibly get behind? Where is he willing to push for any sort of progress if he can't even support taking down some of the statues that were erected during the later Jim Crow period (1900-1960)?
President gives an interesting talk on statues. Problem is that people like John C. Calhoun, Braxton Bragg and Robert E. Lee are the ones at issue. Trump defends George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who aren't really the issue. Other people should "learn history?!?!?" $%#@!!!
100% behind the Speaker on this!
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Sunday said that it’s “definitely long overdue” for a federal mandate on wearing masks.
A vaccine looks promising. A test with 30k people will take place. If all goes well, we might have a vaccine next year.
Legislature passes bill to eliminate Confederate symbol from state
Heh! The Fox News host asks why the President's poll numbers are
so poor. The Trade Adviser won't answer the question and instead
talks about all sorts of other things. The President is NOT running a
winning reelection campaign!
The AG puts out a policy on Antifa. Slight problem is that there's
no such organized group.
Ridiculous side-by-side comparison. Everything was fine, according to the VP on the 16th, but disastrously bad on the 27th.
stalls on police reform"
Heh! Fox News host Lou Dobbs says poor, poor, Roger Stone (I kid,
of course) is now suffering “Soviet-style justice.” Erm, Stone
was tried under the standard judge and jury system and found guilty
on all seven of the charges that he was tried on!
Vice-President engages in idiotic-sounding happy talk: “We have made truly remarkable progress in moving our nation
degrees in Siberia? Top 5 ways burning Coal, Gasoline is causing
Astonishing Transformation of Arctic"
court: Trump can't raid Pentagon budget for 'wall' funds"
Aww! The President is realizing he might lose in November. Giving
a rambling, focus-less answer to the question as to what he might do
in a second term was certainly not a help.
...Trump took to Twitter just before midnight to reignite a losing PR battle over his failures to manage the coronavirus pandemic. He declared that only "embers" remain...
This is simply not true. New York State may be "on the other side of the mountain" as Governor Cuomo put it, but the US as a whole most definitely is still climbing the mountain. No, we're not dealing with "embers," the blazing forest fire is still consuming hundreds of acres at a time!
This is pretty shocking. Several months ago (March), we discovered that Russians were paying bounties to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan to kill Americans and their allies in that country. As we know, less than a month ago, the President had a phone conversation with Vladimir Putin about Russia rejoining the G7, long after he was informed that Russia was essentially at war with the US. Our blogger details the steps that the US should have taken back in March.
Press Secretary says neither POTUS no VPOTUS were briefed on
Russia offering bounty for dead American soldiers in Afghanistan.
This is, of course, not the slightest bit credible and adds yet
another obvious lie to the Press Secretary's list. Comment:
Why on earth would the WH wait 24 hours to respond with this given how damning the story is?
Blogger examines some possible reasons as to why Russia would have put a bounty on American soldiers in Afghanistan.
One of the issues Rachel Maddow brought up last night was this
Republican Never-Trumper ad by the Lincoln Project that slams the
President over his handling of the coronavirus. She says that if
Trump loses the 2020 election over this, that's a reasonably good
issue over which to decide a presidential election.
Hmm. So the VP thinks the wearing of masks to make the coronavirus less deadly should be a call for local authorities to make. So masks are good for Maine but not Vermont? Good for Colorado but not Idaho? What a #$@&ing idiot!
Video comes with warning as last few seconds show corpses. A look at Tulsa, OK, before the 1921 massacre.
What are the President's goals for a second term? Essentially, to not do anything as stupid as hiring John Bolton. That is, to not do anything that stupid again!!! Everyone around Trump knew that hiring Bolton was a really stupid move, He basically said "[eff] y'all, I'm hiring Bolton anyway." Years later, he realized what a stupid decision that was.
A piece that explains what the case on the ACA/Obamacre is all
about. The reasoning on why Republicans want to blow away the entire structure
of the ACA is that it's like a Jenga tower where one of the bottom
blocks has been removed. Therefore, the logic goes, the whole
structure is crippled and must be demolished down to the last brick.
"The cupboards were bare when we entered office!" has been the cry of the Trump Administration. Not true.. Never was true. And now, they want to give ventilators to other countries! Generosity is nice, but the pandemic is reaching new heights here!
*Sigh!* So, US coronavirus cases hit a high back in late April, then went through a trough. The new peak is higher than the late April one.
pandemic, Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overturn
The decision on Michael Flynn's case by Judge Neomi Rao seems really, really partisan. It's "an exercise in outcome-driven sophistry that barely pretends to be a judicial opinion."
Meet a young, upcoming star of the right-wing media noise machine who says that Aunt Jemima is a symbol of the American Dream.
Is the President ignorant
or does his think his audience is? He apparently doesn't know what the
"19" in COVID-19 stands for, but his question may just be a way to get
the term "Kung-flu" in.
Opera Reopens With An Audience Of Plants"
#$@%#@!!!! NOW Texas decides to take appropriate precautions against the coronavirus!!!
Celebration of Juneteenth with summaries of past several days of news.
After getting about a million requests for tickts, only 6,100 people showed up for the Tulsa rally. The arena holds 19k people and there was an outdoor venue reserved as well. This probably cost the Trump campaign from $550k to $600k. What happened? Hundreds of TikTok users and KPop fans flooded the Trmp campaign phone lines with requests for free tickets.
The really awesome news is that the data that the Trump campaign gained over the past 10 days is completely worthless. They might as well throw it all out,
Bad News For Trump: Federal Judge Rules To Bolton’s Book Can Be
Saw on TV that Bolton did reveal information he shouldn't have. He reveal the decision-making process for responding to a military threat. This is information that's useful to a foreign adversary. And yes, Bolton's a mercenary who put profit ahead of patriotism. He should have volunteered his testimony. If the Senate didn't want to hear from him, the House would have been happy to have provided him with a forum.
Trump Calls Black Lives Matter Protesters ‘Animals’ at Tulsa
& Friends hosts defend Trump's remarks about slowing down
COVID-19 testing: 'That's part of his delivery'"
When you test, when you do testing to that extent, you're going to find more people, you're going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down, please.
Erm, diseases came many milennia before testing did as the germ theory only goes back to about the mid-1800s.
Press Secretary goes into detail about what the Trump Admiistraton considers "fake news." Her first example is one that I remember. Nathan Phillips, a Native American man, came up to a confrontation and tried to
break it up by playing some of his music. One of the Covington Roman Catholc high school students
him a really amused, challenging look. People reached all sorts of
conclusions about the students appearing to challenge Phillips, but the
incident was by no means "fake" or in any way misrespresented.
Update (26 Jul): Lengthy Twitter rhread explaining how the case was settled for peanuts.
The Covington students simply didn't have a case, but they "won"
because it was easier to pay them off than it was to drag out the case.
Late on Friday evening, Attorney General William Barr issued a press release indicating that Geoffrey Berman, the U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York had resigned and was being replaced by Barr’s hand-picked alternative.
Berman hadn't actually resigned. Good! The attempt to fire the head of the SDNY has blown up in the AGs face.
The President just can't seem to explain why he keeps hiring "wackos and liars" to help run his administration.
Abraham Lincoln had a "team of rivals." Does Trump have any such team? Well, no. He's never hired anyone that's to his political left. Everyone on his team has been a hard-line political right-winger.
*Sigh!* Europe vs the US on the coronavirus. A belief in facts and science vs magical thinking.
on China' has been key to Trump's campaign, but Bolton's book has
made that idea hilarious"
After admitting that he had not read the book, Pompeo wrote, 'It is both sad and...'
Think I was around college-aged when people first
started criticizing books and movies without having first read or
Black Lives Matter, must ‘Gone with the Wind’ be gone?"
The President keeps trying to compare the government responses to H1N1 to that of COVID-19. No. There's absolutely no comparison whatsoever.
Slam Roberts After Ruling To Uphold DACA Protections"
President has a pretty wacky theory as to why people wear masks.
...some Americans wore facial coverings not as a preventative measure but as a way to signal disapproval of him.
DOJ is trying to argue that for the court to contest its decision to drop charges against Mike Flynn is an “unreviewable exercise of prosecutorial discretion” and that the appointment of former US District Judge John Gleeson to review the Flynn case was unconstitutional. Problem is that Flynn is very closely tied to the President and AG Barr has shown himself to be the Presidents loyal servant, so there's a real conflict of interest there.
Blog post repirints an Onion piece from 1999. Horrifyingly relevant in light of Alabama's refusal to require masks.
GOOD!!! The President's Bible photo-op in Lafayette Square was disastrous for him politically!
If He'd Attend Trump Campaign Rally, Fauci Says "Of Course Not,"
Citing COVID Risks"
‘Karen’ Went From Popular Baby Name To Stand-In For White
Our latest BLM march in Philadelphia.
Good news on the protests. As I've mentioned on my own attendance, I've noticed that just about all of the protesters are wearing masks (and doing so properly, with the nose covered). The result is that only around 1% of protesters are getting the coronavirus. The three critical factors are: 1. Mask-wearing is universal, 2. Protests are held outdoors and 3. People move around a lot.
Seattle suffers imaginary invasion.
Corporations Fear: Best Recovery from Covid-19 Depression is
Universal Income and Federal School Funding"
Completely unmarked officers in riot gear holding protesters blocks away from the White House. No badges. No insignias. No name tags. Nothing. Refused to tell us who they’re with
Accuses House Dems of 'Impeachment Malpractice' In Forthcoming Book"
"Attorney For Elderly Buffalo Man Pushed By Police Says His ‘Brain Is Injured’"
reschedules Tulsa rally 'out of respect' for Juneteenth"
Trump used newfound leverage to redo prenup after election win, new
words Trump needs to stop using: 'easily' and 'quickly'"
The President wants to kick off his "post-pandemic" campaign (the pandemic is far from even halfway over) in Tulsa, OK. The jury's still out on whether the President fully realizes that Tulsa was the site of a major massacre or what June 19th means to African-Americans (We all know that Stephen Miller know), but it's still a major "eff y'all" to our black brothers and sisters.
Womp! Tucker Carlson Lost Five Advertisers In A Day"
Tucker Carlson has been stoking a
race war since the death of George Floyd prompted major Black Lives
Matters protests in all fifty states.
I've seen a few random right-wing posts that say keeping everyone at home somehow weakens us. Nonsense. Michigan is doing well with the coronavirus precisely because everyone is staying isolated and at home.
Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Apologizes For Being Part Of 'Biblegate'"
Huh! The RNC has decided that, as nothing meaningful has changed since 2016, they won't bother to produce an updated 2020 platform. They'll just keep using the 2016 one.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims he didn't know there was an active, ongoing investigation into his conduct when he recommended that an Inspector General be fired. Kind of a problem with that is that all of his close associates had already been interviewed.
Bans Confederate Flags At Its Races"
The recommendation on Flynn's trial is that the judge overseeing
the trial should render a judgment anyway, despite the DOJ changing
John Gleeson, who was appointed by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan as a friend of the court, said Flynn had engaged in “self-serving gamesmanship” that challenged the “integrity of the judicial system.”
It's an absolute disgrace that such a system would be needed, but Lord bless Chef José Andrés for what he plans to do for America!
I’m announcing that On election
date I will set up a water, food and restrooms support system to help
people standing long hours on a line, on the different States that may
have a problem handling voters!
Georgia voting debacle is on John Roberts' and Mitch McConnell's
Numerous pro-Black Lives Matter protests in Philadelphia and in the suburbs.
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson of the United Methodist Church (She's in charge of Eastern PA, my section):
I don’t often take to the streets and participate in peaceful protest marches. However, recently I joined with faithful people in a number of communities to physically show support for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Wildly uneven voting experiences in Georgia. For white people, voting was a breeze. For black people? Ehh, not so much.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proves that he's simply not up to the job as American diplomats worldwide wonder what the US policy as to George Floyd's murder and the aftermath is or should be.
Woo hoo! The President does not appear to have played any role in
this, but the military has proposed taking the names of Confederate leaders off
of US military bases. Congress passed a bill with that prosal in it.
Update (19 July): The President is not on board with the idea!
Miller is preparing Trump’s speech on race relations in America:
It's good to hear the AG admit that the President went to an underground bunker because yes, #BunkerBoy feared for his safety. But the AG's repetition of the word "perimeter" really bothered me because this is a term used in guerrilla warfare. There is no such warfare taking place. Nobody was planning an assault on the White House. Everybody knows that getting over the White House fence and to the actual building would cost many, many lives!
accuses 75-year-old peace advocate assaulted by Buffalo police of
being 'antifa provocateur'"
Yep, it's all a plot! All those demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd are simply designed to deny the President his re-election this November. Yup. That's the reason!
Examining the complete and utter failure of the US-Iran policy.
This conversation is why I think the idea behind "Defund the Police" is a great one while the rhetoric of it is open to being misunderstood/misinterpreted. Senator Kamala Harris does a very good job of explaining it, but it takes a while to get her points across.
I completely agree with AG Barr's statement, that the President should be able to walk a block to go to a church. Problem is, it was not necessary for the clearing of his path to be as violent as it was.
"Judge dismisses lawsuit against Michigan governor over coronavirus orders"
The picture on re-opening remains very uneven. Some states are ready for limited re-opening, some states really aren't for any sort of it.
Sen. Jim Risch gives a master class on how Republicans built Trump
into a monster"
At first, there was no one reporting that any warnings were given
when troops started invading Lafayette Square from the White House.
AG Barr started claiming a few days ago that three warnings were
given. Press Secretary McEnany has now repeated that assertion. No
one who was on the other side from the troops has agreed that any
warnings were given. Hagerstown Airport (Reprinted from WaPo piece):
None of the witnesses heard verbal warnings issued, they testified.
Admin Officials Continue Denying Systemic Racism In Law Enforcement"
And yeah, that was a pretty partisan problem:
So many people are dying from the pandemic in India that crematorium furnaces in New Delhi are running 24 hours a day and still, they have to bring in funeral pyres to keep up with the demand.
White House economic adviser Peter Navarro claimed that China was responsible for the deaths of over 100k Americans. First, this fails my WWDDD theory (if Doctor Doom had created the coronavirus, he would have released it in Chicago and not Wuhan, etc.), but second, note the very different experiences that different countries have had with the same problem. You simply can't explain them by saying it's all the fault of a bad actor. The death rates are different because of deliberate decisions taken in each country.
York Times editorial page head resigns after publishing fascist Tom
Senator Cotton goes "Nyah, nyah" at the NY Times because, as I said, the Times accepted and printed his op-ed, the newsroom quite properly objected, the top editors attempted unsuccessfully to defend it (it was indefensible) and they then agreed that it never should have been published. A classic lose-lose situation.
tear down statue amid anti-racism demos"
Update (15 July): "Edward Colston statue replaced with sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester"
Mayor of Bristol has called for a vote on the new statue, which was put up secretly, at night.
The Punisher is a Marvel Comics character who is an ultra-violent vigilante. His symbol has been showing up on police during the George Floyd demonstrations. Marvel is not pleased to be associated with police violence.
Mercedes Schlapp, who works in the White House, retweeted a viral video of a man chasing away anti-racism protesters while screaming obscenities and swinging a chain saw. Apparently, this guy is a hero to people on the right.
Chiefs Of Staff Chairman Privately Reached Out To Dem Leadership This
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