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Ferguson and #BlackPanic

Two hours from now the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown will be announced.  That said, I was just alerted to the Twitter hashtag #BlackPanic.  As usual, there are some really looney tweets there and some that are way off-topic but this caught my eye as it pretty much sums up what has been happening since Day One:

#BlackPanic

 

 

 

November 24, 2014 at 7:03 PM Leave a comment

Great Public Relations Going on Down in St. Louis County (Not)

 

Geezus, I wonder how much time, effort and money the St. Louis PD has put into actually meeting with and talking to the people of Ferguson; they look to be all set in the us-versus-them department:

St. Louis PD Military via ABC World News Tonight

(Via ABC World News Tonight)

 

 

November 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM 1 comment

The United States Shows the World’s Countries How to Oppress Their Citizens

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It’s my belief that when the United States, in the hysteria after 9/11 and continuing until today, implemented the “security state” measures it did, it gave the green light to every other country in the world to do the same:

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had some “regrettable” news. It was late last month, Australia had just thwarted an Islamic State plot to behead random Australians, and the prime minister’s tone was somber. “Regrettably, for some time to come, Australians will have to endure more security than we’re used to, and more inconvenience than we would like,” he told the country’s parliament. “Regrettably for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift.”

Consider the balanced shifted. Since those remarks, Australia has endowed its nation’s intelligence agencies with their most significant expansion of powers in 35 years, legalized the surveillance of the entire Australian Internet with one warrant, threatened whistleblowers and journalists with 10-year prison terms if they publicize classified information, and is mulling a new law that makes it easier to detain Australians without charge and subject them to “coercive questioning.”

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October 8, 2014 at 3:08 PM Leave a comment

Al Jazeera’s Headline Much More Honest Than the Washington Post’s

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You probably heard about this yesterday:

The Supreme Court is Allowing Ohio to Cut Back on Early Voting. Now What?

On Monday, the Supreme Court decided to uphold a proposal from Ohio’s Republican legislature to scale back early voting hours in the state. The issue has been a flashpoint in state politics for a decade. But the net effect in 2014 is very hard to judge.

In short, the new early voting regimen would cut a week from the total amount of time that Ohioans can visit local polling places and cast a vote before election day on Nov. 4. It makes two key changes: 1) eliminating a week during which people could both register to vote and then vote, which offered campaigns a chance to easily expand their voter bases and 2) eliminating voting on the Sunday before election day, which makes it harder for churches to organize efforts to go to the polls. In fact, black churches were the plaintiffs represented by the ACLU in the suit that ended up before the Court, recognizing that “Souls to the Polls” programs would be disproportionately affected.

Race, population and early voting overlap heavily in Ohio. In 2012, counties with higher densities of black residents were also the ones that cast more early votes

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In other words, Ohio Republicans, with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court, have just made it harder for people who tend to vote Democratic to vote in Ohio. That’s how Republicans win, by gerrymandering districts, my “miscounting” ballots and by putting restrictions on the right to vote so the poor, those working three jobs, seniors who might need help getting to a polling place, etc., can’t vote.

Here’s the way USAToday worded its headline:

A Divided Supreme Court Delays Early Voting in Ohio

Here’s MSNBC’s headline:

Supreme Court Orders Cuts to Early Voting in Ohio

Here’s Fox:

Supreme Court Rules to Put Off Start of Early Voting in Ohio

But, by far and away my favorite is Al Jazeera’s headline.  It’s the most honest:

Supreme Court Helps Ohio GOP Limit Early Voting

October 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM Leave a comment

Vivian and Alice Get Married…After 72 Years Together

Thomas Geyer, Quad City Times (AP)

(Image: Thomas Geyer, Quad City Times (AP))

DAVENPORT, Iowa — More than seven decades after beginning their relationship, Vivian Boyack and Alice “Nonie” Dubes have gotten married.

Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, sat next to each other during Saturday’s ceremony, reports the Quad City Times.

“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago,” the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the small group of close friends and family who attended.

The women met in their hometown of Yale, Iowa, while growing up. Then they moved to Davenport in 1947 where Boyack taught school and Dubes did payroll work.

Dubes said the two have enjoyed their life together and over the years they have traveled to all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and to England twice.

“We’ve had a good time,” Dubes said.

Boyack said it takes a lot of love and work to keep a relationship going for 72 years.

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“This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.”  What an understatement.  Anyway, congratulations Vivian and Alice!

September 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM Leave a comment

“Some of My Best Friends Are Black”

A note to American by #Ferguson kids:

 

(Via.)

September 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM Leave a comment

Happy Labor Day to Us!

Labor unions have done a lot:

Labor Day 2014

But we’ve still got work to do:

Vacation Day tweet 9-1-14

Larger version here.

September 1, 2014 at 12:16 PM 1 comment

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