August 2017

Legislative Response to Charlottesville & Trump

Aloha, There is no moral leadership from the President so legislators have to fill the moral void. Apparently the USA Patriot Act will not cover the act of the white nationalist who plowed into the protestors in Charlottesville. It needs to be amended to cover such acts.

At a time like this...

A short paragraph from a speech by a great man, contained in:

The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Volume II
Pre-Civil War Decade 1850-1860
Philip S. Foner
International Publishers Co., Inc., New York, 1950

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html

"The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro"

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Can we stop the Traitor label against Gen. Robert E. Lee?

I have heard this claim on many talk shows, including Thom. No, he was not a traitor. Be careful how you label same.

Washington and the signers of the Declaration of Independence were declared Traitors of the Crown by King George as well, but is forgotten in History

Health Care's "Sacrifiscal Lambs"

We are already paying roughly $600 BILLION more than it would cost to completely cover everyone in our country for 100% of the cost of every medical necessity (even RXs) for life, under HR 676 National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA).

But Republican and Neoliberal Democratic politicians continue to advocate that we should instead, continue to subsidize either the ACA or some other system of mostly for-profit health insurance companies (which have proven to be incapable of covering everyone while remaining profitable).

Teachers may be our best hope for preventing extremists

My wife and I were both high school teachers. As we looked at the mug shot of James Alex Fields and listened about his fascination with Hitler from his former teacher, we both thought, “I had my share of kids like that”.

Protesting Alt-Right Demonstrations

The question of whether to respond to alt-right demonstrations or to ignore them is a difficult one. A number of years ago, the Aryan Nations group established a compound in Hayden, Idaho, and their members applied for permits to hold parades in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. My recollection is that the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, who were horrified by this movement, debated their response at length. For one parade, protesters showed up and, I think, outnumbered the marchers. For another parade, I believe they decided to ignore these people.

muslim man killing white woman

Hi Thom, I just wanted to point out that here in Minneapolis, a muslim man did just kill a white woman (Mohamed Noor murdered Justine Damond) and trump didn't mention anything about that - but that's 'cause the murderer was a cop, and that seems to be ok. Nor did trump mention the bombing of the mosque here a few days ago. sad

We need a State Bigotry Index now: YOU can help.

We need another measuring stick that identifies states that display or facilitate bigoted, discriminatory behavior. States could be ranked from 1 to 50. I suspect that this may be an incentive to do something about it. What are the criteria by which the rankings would be determined? Here are a few suggestions to start with. Feel free to add your own

Trump lifts his leg on another defector: Breaking up is hard to do……..

You don’t leave him without getting insulted on the way out the door. Like a jilted lover, he will be sure to try to hit you in the ass with the screen door on your way out. So goes the story with Ken Frazier, the Merk CEO who decided to abandon ship on the*president’s manufacturing council, after the latest fumble of Charlottesville.

Take this Ken, from the Tweetie in Chief:

“Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

Right to Vote

Freedom of Speech includes the Right to Vote without obstacles or TAMPERING.

Organized Money Is Dangerous To Democracy

The question that is constantly being asked, particularly on the talking heads on television, is "what do the Democrats have to do to regain political power?" What does it take?