The refusal by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to stand for the Star Spangled Banner and the resulting scandal has got me thinking.
It occurred to me that racism is actually the least interesting, important and controversial part of this scandal.
From just a glimpse at their name, one would have no reason to doubt the authenticity of an organization calling itself The American College of Pediatricians. Sounds legit, right?
But in your mind, what you are most likely confusing this organization with is the medical organization The American Academy of Pediatrics.
How does Wikipedia describe The American College of Pediatricians?
The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a small, socially conservative advocacy group of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals in the United States.
The group was founded in 2002 by a group of pediatricians, including Joseph Zanga, a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as a protest against the AAP's support for adoption by gay couples.
We didn't start this war, Assad did, when he bombed his own people.
That was President Barack Obama at a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande back in November of 2015. If that didn't ring a bell, it should have. The claim that "Saddam gassed the Kurds" was one of the propaganda points that the Bush team hammered repeatedly in 2002 during the run-up to the Iraq war. US Senator Hillary Clinton made the same claim during her speech supporting the AUMF on October 10, 2002. If it seems like the Neocons in both political parties are using the same playbook, it's because they are.
When the topic of inequality comes up you don't normally think about business inequality, but that has potentially as much impact as wealth inequality.
For instance, there hardly goes a day without the financial media mentioning the huge piles of cash that corporate America is sitting on. Why don't they spend it?
You've probably seen the weekly hit pieces on Jill Stein.
You can spot them by their 1) slanderous half-truths based on taking things out of context, and 2) drawing hyperbolic conclusions from that slander.
What you haven't seen is the same treatment for Libertarian Gary Johnson.
At the end of last week a US District Judge Thomas Schroeder issued a preliminary injunction that says two students and an employee at University of North Carolina campuses must be allowed to use restrooms matching their gender identity.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the November presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe.
War is a Racket said General Smedley Butler. I'd amend that to say ALL War is a Racket. Some might argue there are exceptions, like WWII or maybe the Civil War, but no, in the end those wars were about power and wealth among the ruling clite. They would not have happened except at the whims of those at the very top. Butler told it like it is when he said he was nothing more than a "gangster for capitalism" during his highly decorated Marine career.
Yes, yes, it all looks bad, the whole HRC selling State Department access to Clinton Foundation donors thing. But that's how the game is played, you poor pathetic fool! What kind of a naif thinks this isn't the dynamics of interactions between politicians and their funders and which has been such since time immemorial? (SPOILER: the Smoking QPQ starts at Paragraph 9)
So says Neera Tanden, 'a longtime Clinton confidante and influential policy-politics-communications adviser' who leads Center for American Progress.
I have no idea how many of you are
Comic Book Graphic Novel Nerds like I am (the very term "Graphic Novel" leads me to suspect it was invented by a Geek, not that there's anything wrong with that) so indulge me in a brief examination of the Kirbyverse.
Without investing in too many details the big bad is a guy named Darkseid, who uses his nigh unlimited power (Superman is no match without allies) to search for the "Anti-Life Equation"- a formula that renders sentient beings, possessed of self identity and free will, into mindless slaves.
Ok, now you have the metaphor.
All over the world people are in universal agreement that the solution to the endless, horrible wars in the middle east is to escalate the levels of violence. All the Republican presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, leaders from both political parties, foreign leaders such as Putin, Presidents Cameron and Hollande, news media pundits and former generals are speaking in one voice.
What's in a name?
A lot it seems.
Reports coming out of the Virginia Green Party say that the state has verified enough signatures to get Jill Stein on the ballot there. The announcement will come Monday.
This provides direct access to another 13 electoral college votes, bringing her ballot (non-write-in) access to 451 electoral votes nationwide--she is on the ballot now in 38 states plus Washington D.C.
Also, two days ago the Geen Party of Wyoming submitted signatures to get Stein on the ballot there.
Hillary, thy name is Hypocrisy. And Double Standards and Holier Than Thou. Among many others.
Dollar General Corp. and Dollar Tree Inc., the retailer of the working poor, reported disappointing earning this week. That isn't interesting. What was interesting was the reason they gave for the big miss.
John Howie is chef and owner of Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar in Seattle and a few other restaurants, including a concession at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks play.
After it was disclosed on Monday that Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and his fiance, the singer Ciara had moved their wedding out of North Carolina because of HB2, a reporter uncovered the fact that the Chef had donated $1000 to the Washington transgender hate group Just Want Privacy, which failed to qualify a similar law for the November ballot.
Dr. Jill Stein was interviewed on PBS the other day...sort of.
A key chunk of the Green Party presidential candidate’s recent 15-minute interview with anchor Judy Woodruff on the PBS News Hour was apparently left on the cutting room floor. The section of the interview contained Stein’s criticism of Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
I propose the following:
I get to write about this one because TMC doesn't think the headline is strong enough. While we are not prudes here, her proposal would make a sailor blush and I'm not sure how to transcribe the scream of rage that punctuates the end.
Also I have EpiPens, at her suggestion. I have a pretty serious allergy to Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow, Green, and otherwise. I happened to tell her the story of how I was DJing at one of my club's social functions and they served Potatoes O'Brien. What makes them O'Brien and not just greasy chunks of crunchy fried potato is that they add some diced Red and Green Bell Peppers. The entree was 2 paper thin slices of Roast Beef smothered in gravy to disguise the fact that it was mostly gristle and fat and the sides were an over boiled Broccoli/Cauliflower medly and the aforementioned Potatoes O'Brien.
I worked through lunch (I had other duties you know) and I was starving. Even though I knew it was probably a bad idea I scraped off the Peppers and ate the potatoes.
Soon enough I had a raging headache and my partner said, "ek, you don't look so good. Your face is as red as a radish. You'd better lie down for a while." So I did. I passed out for about 3 hours and when I woke up I didn't feel great but I could function. My poor friend had been single handing it the whole time which is not as easy as it sounds so I helped him finish up and break down the system.
Bernie inspired millions of Americans with the enlightenment about the corruptocracy. People got enthused like never before. He seemed to be steering the Ship of State away from the giant iceberg, which Hillary's Titanic was sailing toward. Well, TPTB punched many holes in the S.S. Sanders so that it began to sink--even though it was heading away from the iceberg. What happened to Bernie caused by his near-drowning experience?
A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released yesterday has found that 72% of Americans favor passing legal protections from discrimination for LGBT people.
A couple of diarists reported about the poll yesterday but buried the lede in favor of the information of the presidential numbers.