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I Am A Black Man, And This Is My Story About The Police

I am the product of a white Jewish father from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and a mother from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.  I have always considered myself black; that is how I am treated. We grew in...

Bad News For A Bad Man

I have a problem. I am dumbfounded by this president. I sit here and watch him in action and it just goes over my head. He’s talking about how he’s going to fix things...
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Kyle Rittenhouse, #Fightback Foundation Inc. & The Pierce Bainbridge Law Firm

The media was abuzz this week about #Fightback Foundation Inc. which has been reported as a “collecting donations for Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense.” The involvement of a lawyer named John M. Pierce, founder of Pierce...
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The Republican Convention Failed to Convince Us Trump’s Failures Weren’t Failures

I have been watching both political parties and I have seen the Democrats convey a message of hope and lifting up all Americans.  And in contrast, I have seen the Republicans week headed by...
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Guilfoyle Touts The ‘Law-And-Order’ Candidate…Say What??

I clicked on the RNC convention and got to see Kimberly something - you know, Donald Trump Jrs girlfriend. She has some stupid title which I don’t know and could care less about what...

Great President? I Didn’t Know We Had One…

I was asked if I could comment on our "great" president. My first thought was when did we get one? Now, I have been around for a while and I have seen many presidents....

We Lost John Lewis

We lost John Lewis (D-Ga) tonight. I have no words to describe my sorrow or the loss we suffered. So this article will be short. Lewis passed after a short but intense battle with pancreatic cancer. He stepped up to join other civil rights leaders in 1961, when he was one of the first Freedom Riders. In 1963, he spoke at the March on Washington. In 1965, he was savagely beaten by racists during a march in Selma, Alabama. His SNCC colleague, Courtland Cox, said of Rep. Lewis: In the face of what John considered the evils of segregation, he was fearless. He served in Congress for decades, consistently fighting for the rights of African-Americans and for democracy as a whole. He fought for right and justice for every human being everywhere. He was among the best America has to offer. I lack the heart to write more. Let some of our best speak instead. Speaker Pelosi: "All of us were humbled to call Congressman Lewis a colleague, and are heartbroken by his passing. May his memory be an inspiration that moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make 'good trouble, necessary trouble.'" — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 18, 2020 I simply have no words to express the magnitude of this loss. This is just too much. Rest in peace and power #JohnLewis. pic.twitter.com/Jrp0JX005w — Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) July 18, 2020 John Lewis was an American treasure. He gave a voice to the voiceless, and he reminded each of us that the most powerful nonviolent tool is the vote. Our hearts feel empty without our friend, but we find comfort knowing that he is free at last. — Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) July 18, 2020 We learned from civil rights giant Congressman John Lewis that we have “a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate, to speak up, speak out and get in good trouble.” In honor of his legacy, we will continue on this path of good trouble. Rest in power, Congressman. — Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 18, 2020 From 2015: .@RepJohnLewis never stops. Arrested for a Freedom Ride in 1961. Arrested for immigration reform in 2013. #Selma50 pic.twitter.com/EKtztTzwsf — Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) March 7, 2015 And from Rep. Lewis himself: Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. #goodtrouble — John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 27, 2018 Godspeed, sir. You have all the love in our hearts and your family and friends have our prayers and our well wishes.  

Numbnut Corporate Media Bosses Think They Will Be Immune From Trump

In the Green Side Out series of paperbacks (it’s a jarhead thing) the glossary of one defines “Numbnut” as “a person who’s circulation to their testicles has been cut off due to their having their head shoved up their ass.”   Seems about right to me when it comes to the honchos (almost all guys) that own/run major print and media outlets.   Trump has been systematically dismantling institutions since he took Office.   He’s routinely attacked the media including Fox News lately when the handful of folks who try to do some actual journalism have offered up criticism.   He’s shouted and tweeted “Fake news!” so often and KellyAnne Conjob has spent so much time selling the concept of “alternative facts” that mainstream media has taken a big hit in credibility.   While I think their complicity in sticking us with Trump in the first place means they deserve to get slammed if they’d truly do their jobs day in & day out, 24/7 and tell the truth on Trump and stop this “both siderism” bullshit I’d be willing to give them a pass.   They won’t of course.   Trump made them a boatload of money when his candidacy took off and like the major bankers that gave us the 2008 financial crash because they got so addicted to easy money from transaction none of the bosses really understood major media outlets are too addicted to money now to try and fix the mess they created. – There’s a bigger problem however.   One of our cherished institutions has been a free press.   More to the point a free press that could criticize anyone including a President.   Harshly criticize in fact, including pointing out wrongdoing up to and including crimes.   So here’s my question:  Just what makes these corporate media types think (in the face of all Trump’s attacks to date) that he won’t now directly use his “spirit of Roy Cohn” AG William Barr to start rounding up not just journalists but their bosses/owners?   Hell, he had no problem with allowing a dictator that has bailed out a family member to hack to pieces (literally) an American based Washington Post journalist to death while he was alive!   If that particular shot across the bow didn’t provide the much needed wake-up call I don’t know what would.   That’s why I say these corporate media masters have their heads shoved up their asses.   Okay, so I could have used a gentler term like burying their heads in the sand but this is too serious and I fear too imminent a threat to be gentle and cautious with my warning. These corporate media types are used to Trump talking trash about them.   Hell, it helps their bottom lines!   So far.   And since ratings/sales are up they are raking in money hand over fist and it’s blinding them to a threat that’s increasingly real.    It’s now (I believe) increasingly possible if not likely that Trump will decide it’s time to instead of wound, to instead destroy yet another American institution which is our free press.    It’s not like the Constitution matters to Trump, Barr or the GOP in general anymore.    I have no doubt that Trump’s rantings against “the totally unfair media” have in private included demands to start locking up reporters, editors and owners.   So […]

Antonio Basco’s Wife of 22 Years Was Murdered In El Paso. We’re All invited...

Go Fund Me Flowers for Margie to El Paso. Sounds like a good idea to me. A local El Paso journalist has started a Go Fund Me account if you want to help Antonio with expenses. (Link at top) ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati

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