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False Rumors That Activists Set Wildfires Exasperate Officials

Source: New York Times

Officials dealing with catastrophic fires on the West Coast have had to counter social media rumors that the blazes were set by antifascist activists, publicly pleading that people verify information before sharing it.

Despite their efforts, misinformation about the origin of the fires — which have killed at least 15 people and consumed millions of acres — continues to spread on Facebook and Twitter.

Several law enforcement agencies in Oregon said they had been flooded with inquiries about rumors that activists were responsible. On Thursday, several journalists reporting on fires near the city of Molalla, Ore., said they had been confronted by a group of armed people who were worried about unverified reports of arsonists in the area.

The rumors appear to have started on Wednesday night, after the Portland Police Bureau warned people on Twitter about the risk of fire during demonstrations. But there is no evidence that activists have deliberately set fires.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/10/us/antifa-wildfires.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

So, starting these rumors make America great again?

I guess my question is why isn't Trump doing all he can to send aid to the West Coast to take care of these fires?

Why is Trump doing nothing about the pandemic?

Why is Trump doing everything he can to cast doubt on the results of the upcoming election?

I think Trump is a traitor.

Trump bars 'propaganda' training sessions on race in latest overture to his base

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday night banned federal agencies from conducting racial sensitivity training related to "white privilege" and "critical race theory" that his administration says amounts to "divisive, anti-American propaganda," the latest overture to his political base two months before the presidential election.

Citing "press reports," Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, decried the "millions of taxpayer dollars" spent on such programs "across the Executive Branch" in a two-page memo.

Vought directed federal agencies to identify contracts and agency spending related to training programs that suggest the US "is an inherently racist or evil country" or "that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil." He urged agencies to seek out legal courses of action "to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these unAmerican propaganda training sessions."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/04/politics/trump-administration-memo-race-training-ban/index.html

So, there you have it. Yet more proof Trump is a disgusting racist. As if we needed more.

Let's hear it for Kamala Harris. She tore into Trump just now like no one's business.

What a GREAT speech.

Boy, did Biden choose a VP well!

I was literally blown away. Let's hope Trump gets so mad about what she said he destroys himself politically in his own speech tonight.

I like Harris more each day.

New Ebola Outbreak in Congo Raises Alarm

Source: The Hill

The WHO has committed about $2.3 million to the battle against Ebola, and Congo’s health ministry has said it will need $40 million to control the outbreak. But the world is consumed by the coronavirus pandemic, and international partners have not committed the funding necessary to stop Ebola.

“The virus is spreading across a wide and rugged terrain which requires costly interventions, and with Covid-19 draining resources and attention, it is hard to scale up operations,” said Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s Africa regional director.

This is the second major Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province in the last two years. A previous outbreak that began in May 2018 was contained in just three months, after 54 people were infected and 33 died.

The latest outbreak came just as Congo ended its worst Ebola epidemic ever recorded, in eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces. That incident, unconnected to the current conflagration, lasted for almost two years and killed more than 2,200 people.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/513106-new-ebola-outbreak-in-congo-raises-alarm

Ordinarily, I would not be as concerned about this as I am now, because I'd feel like American scientists and doctors were helping WHO and would get it contained.


Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Black man's life sentence for stealing hedge clippers more than 20 y

Source: CNN

A Black Louisiana man will spend the rest of his life in prison for stealing hedge clippers, after the Louisiana Supreme Court denied his request to have his sentence overturned last week.

Fair Wayne Bryant, 62, was convicted in 1997 on one count of attempted simple burglary. In his appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Louisiana in 2018, his attorney, Peggy Sullivan, wrote that Bryant "contends that his life sentence is unconstitutionally harsh and excessive." Last week, though, the state Supreme Court disagreed -- with five justices choosing to uphold the life sentence.

The lone dissenter in the decision was Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, who wrote that "the sentence imposed is excessive and disproportionate to the offense the defendant committed." Johnson is the only female and Black person on the court. The rest of the justices are White men.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/06/us/louisiana-supreme-court-trnd/index.html

So there you have it. Johnson pointed out the people of LA have already spent $500K housing Bryant, and that if he lives 20 more years it would double. So, the people of Louisiana will have spent a million dollars on a guy that stole a pair of hedgeclippers.

Racism sure is costly.

I'd say the Butthole of America award now passes to Louisiana.

What Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming says about our republic

This is a bit different that the posts I usually make. But this article and its surrounding history made me sad inside.

It made me sad because I believe this republic could be very noble - a light on the hill providing world leadership in things like mitigating climate change, human rights, social justice, hunger, education. But here, in the treatment of the United States towards the Arapaho tribe, which once lived in Colorado and was forced onto the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming in 1868, we get painful insight into who we really are.

It is hard as someone who believes as I do to come to direct grips with the fact - and it is a fact - that this republic was built on conquest, genocide and slavery.

It was. And that knowledge is painful to bear. We need to figure out a way to redress the grievances, come to terms with the past, talk about it, and create policies that allow for the playing field to be leveled so all people have a real chance to make a good life. Because in truth, most people don't care much for ideology - they just want to have enough. Enough food, shelter, clothing, safety, opportunity, belonging - all that Maslow stuff. But it is true. People need those things. All of us do.

So here's a link to an article in, of all places, Business Insider, about the Wind River Reservation. The prose is so-so, but the pictures - well, you'll see.


It's funny, because coming out with stuff like this causes right wingers to say we 'hate America.' So, I'd like to address that. I don't hate America, because of what this republic could be. But I hate what we have done, and the horrors of our past. It makes me hurt inside.

Equally funny - sometimes prose that I think is my very best and most pithy doesn't get one single response on here. Here I didn't even try. I'm speaking from the heart. You can't look at these photos and think about the history of Native Americans without feeling just sick.

Sen. Tom Cotton Calls Slavery Nation's 'Necessary Evil' In Shocking Interview

Source: Huffington Post

The senator told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that slavery was the evil ”upon which the union was built.”

He made the stunning comment while discussing how slavery should be taught in schools.

“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.”

Instead of portraying America as “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country,” the nation should be viewed “as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind,” he added.

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tom-cotton-interview-slavery-necessary-evil_n_5f1e4101c5b69fd4730e31ad

Well, there you have it. This is why we need the massive civil rights movement that has developed.

Put your US Representative and your two US Senators on speed dial.

I just got done calling mine, and I'm calling them every single day until Trump ceases and desists on these 'snatch squads' - the federal agents in full military gear with unmarked cars that are kidnapping protesters.

Trump doesn't get to do that. It is a violation of Amendments 1, 4 and 5 of the Bill of Rights, and I'm calling my US Congressman (he is male), and my two US Senators every day to protest that. They need to hear about this AND they need to take action against Trump for doing this because our founders created coequal branches of government to make sure stuff like this doesn't happen.

Secondly, I'm urging them not to support any Social Security payroll tax cut as part of the upcoming stimulus. I'm 61 and have paid full boat into Social Security for over 40 years now, and I'm going to depend on that income when I retire. Cutting revenue to the Social Security Trust Fund is bad fiscal policy. In fact it is both mean and stupid.

Please join me and boost the number of regular calls to these people. I'll tell you, we must be getting to them, because Cory Gardner, one of my US Senators hasn't answered his phone in ANY of his offices for weeks. Keep it going. If they have the guts to answer, be polite, be firm and state your case. If they are too cowardly to answer, do like I do and start off with, "Who do you think you're trying to fool...you're not with other constituents. No. You haven't answered your office phone in weeks and it makes me sick. I'm calling for two reasons..."

Anyway, for what it is worth, please join me in calling these people daily. They need to hear it, and I'm sick of a Congress that does not pay attention to the opinions of the American public. It's past time to end that.

Last thing: VOTE in November. Vote Biden, and vote straight blue. Let's send the Republicans the way of the Whigs.

This is pretty sick. These people can't be representative of the people in Palm Beach. They just

can't. Can they?


Just a couple of quick thoughts.

When November comes and goes, and we hopefully have a bunch of newly elected people who actually want to run the country instead of tearing it apart like Trump has done, we're all going to have to pull together.

The soul of this country is built on vigorous debate and compromise to move forward. But the Republican party decided back in Reagan's day that winning was more important than governing, and we have to get rid of that cancer.

A conservative party is necessary, as is a liberal one, because most progress happens within the middle two-thirds of the Bell curve. Our system cannot work without compromise. When one party decides never to compromise, as the GOP has, it rips at the very fabric that holds the republic together. If there's imbalance, we can go the wrong direction very quickly, and our founders set it up to require vigorous debate and compromise to move forward. I suspect that is part of what Biden means when he speaks of the soul of this republic.

Remember Grover Norquist saying we need to starve the federal government until it is small enough to drown in a bathtub, and that ideally the Republicans could get America to elect a stupid president that will merely sign laws that come to him from a Republican Congress? That is what we have now, at least in the Senate. These are mean-spirited, hard-hearted, greedy people who are intent on stealing as much from the treasury as they can to give to the billionaires and corporations that have bought them.

Thank God the House is Democratic Party controlled, or we'd really be screwed. Nonetheless, we are on our knees with 95,000 Americans dead and the solid economy Trump inherited from the Democrats who laid the foundations of recovery in 2009 in utter shambles, the laughingstock of the world. Do you know I read an editorial in the Irish times that expresses pity for us?

I supported Warren in the primary and Biden was my last choice, but you know what? When we elect Biden, he's actually going to go to DC with the intent to do his best to govern this nation, and that's exactly what we need. Some say he may pick Klobuchar to carry independent votes in the mid-west, and if he does that, fine. Klobuchar wasn't my first choice either but like Biden, she does care about this country and its people, and will go to DC with the intent to do her best to govern the country as well.

I'm deeply concerned about this republic. Just saw a Harris poll on the Hill that gives Trump a 51% approval rate for how he's handling the pandemic. Fifty-one percent? Really? 538 has him at 43% at this writing, which to my mind is unbelievably high. He's a simpering imbecile.

Well...now I'm going outside, in the sun, to help my daughter build a sandbox for my grandkids. I'm going to forget about the news for the next few hours and dip my feet into the blessed, pure, cool waters of sanity. Regards to all of you.
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