Somewhen near 4:15 local time in Baltimore this morning, witnesses heard someone screaming for help. Then they heard gunshots.
Two black men were seen running from the scene. They climbed into a dark colored car and took off.
It started in Seattle. Divestment has now spread to San Francisco, Santa Monica and Davis, CA. And is pending in Albuquerque and Raleigh, N.C. Who would have thought this movement would go to NC?
This is an open discussion to ask:
What were your own biggest lessons/ takeaways from this last election? I'll kick off with a few of my own:
1. Who could have ever predicted that we would have an election that culminated in the selection of two candidates from both major Parties that subsequently found themselves in the center of FBI investigations? Good job, Democrats and Republicans!
After a year in which everyone is moaning Democrats unadulterated stupidity, intransigence and just plain greed, Republicans are showing that they can also be quite stupid. We already knew they could be heartless, but also incredibly stupid.
I am somewhat frequently asked to react to articles that other people have encountered somewhere. Today's instance of this is Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders, which was published in The Indigenous American.
This may be ancient history to some, or even unknown history to others, but in 1948, after the deadliest war in world history, the United States of America, led by Eleanor Roosevelt, delegate to the UN appointed by President Truman, was the driving force behind the draft of a document unanimously adopted by all members of the United Nations General Assembly.
In a recent diary I suggested that the way out of our current political dilemma can be found through the ongoing use of our collective political imagination, and that our main problem of our era was the mobilization of this imagination.
The ongoing farce
Hair Trump watches a lot of TV, we know that from his twitter account.
Hair Trump then goes on twitter and has a meltdown over what he saw on TV.
Hair Trump then gets Sean Spicer to try and clean up his mess, Sean then makes it worse but a whole lot funnier than the original rant.
By the simple fact of geography, the United States is the world's most isolated superpower. It is logistically impossible to invade for it is surrounded by oceans and there is nowhere to stage an opposing army. Yet the American people are not consciously aware of their isolated and protected status. They are easily frightened and heavily armed. They reach adulthood with almost no understanding of geopolitics and global economics, or of their unique and privileged place in these systems. These practical matters are not part of their public education.
The United States is not part of the rich and varied interconnected nations and land masses of the historic civilized world, which are concentrated entirely in the Eastern hemisphere. Americans can live a lifetime and never fully understand where they are in the world and what that truly means.
The first I had heard about this Montenegrin Coup was when Senator McCain accused Senator Paul of "working for Vladimir Putin.” Naturally the questions from Democrats and the news media was a) when did Paul become a traitor, and b) how high should we hang him?
No on asked the more obvious question: what Montenegrin Coup?
1] The FBI are investigating possible Russian interference whether there is/is not.
2] Hair Trump is full of bullshit.
3] Many people are making stuff up [Dead wrong/pants on fire] as they go along.
4] Voting machines were not tampered with anywhere [with respect to this investigation].
5] Government doesn't like leaks/leakers especially when it is soooo transparent already.
It's something one doesn't see every day. Well, the hate is often visible, but labeling an attack of a transgender person as a hate crime just doesn't happen all that much. Even when a trans woman, usually a trans woman of color, is murdered, investigators have this way of looking for other reasons as to why it happened. Often there is a blame-the-victim mentality.
Last Friday a New York man beat two transgender women in Jackson Heights, Queens as they attempted to enter a McDonald's.
It's ironic that Alligator Ed asked the question just this morning Democrats: are they finally realizing they are on the Titanic?
I say it's ironic because Bernie Sanders answered that very question a couple days ago.
Rep. Carl Glimm (R-Kila) has introduced a bill written by the Montana Family Association which defines sex as "a person's immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics existing at the time of birth." As such it would restrict transgender people to public restrooms and locker rooms designated for the sex assigned to them at birth.
The healthcare bill presented by the Republicans, AHCP, is a monstrosity. The facts in this article by the AARP should be enough to make it DOA:
Should I give you the short answer, or will you have to read through this, or do you already know? A considerable constituency of our community believe that the Blue Party is beyond resuscitation, to which faction I also belong. Why? They are the party of Hillary Clinton. They are the party of No Changes Needed Nancy. They are the party of NotTrump. They are the party of no issues, other than to get re-elected, even if it means to lie, cheat and steal. I could go on but won't.
When I write about the plight of transgender kids, it is not unusual to encounter a comment or two from people who think it necessary to share their opinion that it is impossible for a child younger than 5 to know his gender.
It is also not unusual to encounter articles by people with little to no experience working with transgender kids expressing the same or similar opinion.
Is it wrong of me to confess that I have enjoyed the countless articles reliving the shock and horror of the election, with everyone recalling exactly when they became personally aware that the Clinton campaign bus had stalled on the tracks with the Trump train bearing down on it at full speed?
I said it before, that the battle between the Trump Administration and the political establishment was simply a battle of oligarchs, like the House of York versus the House of Lancaster. It's a real battle, but it's largely meaningless to us peasants.
However, I've come to realize that there are two idealogical differences between the two political camps.
How much more can we endure?
That should perhaps be the ultimate question that is cemented into America's conscious, and yet it is nothing but a fleeting thought.
As Trump continues with his evisceration of the government, attacking Meals on Wheels to dump 50 extra billion into our corpulent defense budget, we would hope that there would be more concern, more outrage. And yet, the current reality also fixates on the numbing agent of outrage itself.