Friday, June 23, 2017

THE NEW REPUBLICAN PLAN TO REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMACARE AND HALF OF MEDICAID TOO

Well, maybe not half of medicaid. But the part of medicaid that has zero to do with Obamacare is on the chopping block too.

I don't know why republicans don't just come out and say it: "We, the CEO class, making 300x more in than you per year want you to die ten seconds after your value as a worker bee is done. No medicaid for you."



feeling rebloggy


A SHORT BREAKDOWN OF THE SENATE PLAN, TRUMPCARE #3  FROM BUSINESSINSIDER.COM

REPEAL OBAMACARE TAX INCREASES ON THE WELL TO DO: Much like the House version, the Senate would do away with things like Obamacare 3.8% tax on investment income on people earning an annual income above $200,000...For instance, Republican megadonor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson could have his 2017 tax bill cut by roughly $44 million.


MAKE FEWER PEOPLE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID:   Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which extended the program to those making 100% to 138% of the federal poverty limit, would be phased out over four years. 90%...millions now on medicaid would be gradually become ineligble for medicaid.


PUT SPENDING CAPS ON MEDICAID: The Senate bill retains the House's per capita cap for federal Medicaid spending. After 2025, however, growth in spending would shift from the consumer price index for medical care TO the CPI for all goods [--an LESS related index that was chosen simply because it goes up a lot slower than healthcare costs. The gap between healthcare costs and healthcare coverage by medicaid would get bigger and bigger every year....until medicaid doesn't cover anything health insurers are willing to pay for --effectively destroying medicaid?] 

STATES CAN ADD MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS:  A state can demand that people maintain employment in order for a person to receive Medicaid... it also gives a significant amount of leeway to states to define what counts as work and for how long someone has to hold a job. 

TAX CREDITS Anyone earning up to 350% of the poverty level eligible for credits; Obamacare caps that at 400%.  It would, however, adjust the credits so they were less generous as a person aged.
FEDERAL MONEY FOR SUBSIDIES: The bill would allocate money for cost-sharing subsidies through 2019. These payments offset the costs for insurers to offer low-income Americans plans with smaller out-of-pocket costs. The uncertainty around these payments has led to instability in the individual insurance market ---This should reassure insurers desperate for guidance ahead of the 2018 plan year and could bring down premium increases for next year's individual insurance market.
STATES CAN OPT OUT OF OBAMACARE ESSENTIAL BENEFITS which mandate that all plans must cover 10 basic types of care....The Senate bill, [as compared to the House Bill,] would not allow states to repeal community rating, the provision mandating that all people of the same age in the same area be charged the same amount. 
A FUND SET ASIDE FOR THE [ VISUALLY WHITE] OPIOD CRISIS
NO FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR ABORTIONS

Read More  http://www.businessinsider.com/senate-healthcare-bill-trumpcare-ahca-details-2017-6




SOME VERY WHITE STATES 
THAT TURNED VERY RED 
DURING THE ELECTION 
NEED FEDERAL MEDICAID DOLLARS VERY BADLY

http://www.businessinsider.com/states-hit-by-medicaid-cuts-in-senate-healthcare-bill-2017-6

Dean Heller Becomes the Fifth GOP Senator to Oppose Health Care Bill



Heller is the only Republican senator up for re-election in 2018 in a state that Trump lost, making him one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the next election. More than 600,000 people in Nevada are on Medicaid, including disabled and low-income children.

Remember, Senate Republicans can only lose two Senators and still get the 50 votes they need to pass the latest REPEAL AND REPLACE abomination
http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/dean-heller-becomes-fifth-gop-senator-oppose-health-care-bill-n776091

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MATHEMATICIANS AT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE TO CALCULATE THE DAMAGE THIS SENATE BILL WILL DO. 

BLACKCHICKROCKED.BLOGSPOT.COM

A Quote On Blacks And Patriotism

I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism. The fact is, we essentially were the abused child. We still love the parent, but you can’t overlook the fact that we have a very convoluted relationship with the parent.

...The Oscar-winning actor got real about his experience as an African-American in America. An experience that has included racial profiling since he was as young as 10 years old to being celebrated by white America after starring in Moonlight.

 “When suddenly you go from being followed in Barneys to being fawned over, it will mess with your head.”


Read More:  

https://www.buzzfeed.com/morganmurrell/mahershala-ali-gq-magazine-cover-story?utm_term=.jv1Gby37R&bffbceleb#.fbepkRB3q
Mahershala Ali in
MOONLIGHT


Thursday, June 22, 2017

HOW WHITE OBAMA VOTERS BECAME TRUMP VOTERS AND WHY WHITE DEMOCRATS CAN'T GET THEM BACK

AND WHY THEY WOULD
not VOTE OBAMA AGAIN
EVEN IF THAT WAS AN OPTION

"What changed was the importance of identity. Attitudes toward immigration, toward black Americans, and toward Muslims were more correlated with voting Republican in 2016 than in 2012.
Put a little differently, Barack Obama won re-election with the support of voters who held negative views toward blacks, Muslims, and immigrants.
Sides notes that “37 percent of white Obama voters had a less favorable attitude toward Muslims” while 33 percent said “illegal immigrants” were “mostly a drain.” A separate analysis made late last year by political scientist Michael Tesler (and unrelated to the Voter Study Group) finds that 20 to 25 percent of white Obama voters opposed interracial dating, a decent enough proxy for racial prejudice.
Not all of this occurred during the 2016 campaign—a number of white Obama voters shifted to the GOP in the years following his re-election. Nonetheless, writes Sides, “the political consequences in 2016 were the same: a segment of white Democrats with less favorable attitudes toward these ethnic and religious minorities were potential or actual Trump voters.” "
~SLATE.COM


Like a friend of mine recently said,

A white person marrying a person of race X
does not make them free of bigotry toward race X
That's like expecting men to be free of sexism
just because they have daughters they love. The same, for damn sure, holds true for white voters who voted for Barack Obama.
I never, for even one minute, thought the white folks that voted for President Obama were free of anti-black racism

NOT EVEN
FOR ONE MINUTE DID I BELIEVE THIS
I think most people of color --of the darker persuasion-- think this idea is laughable.

Nice to see the racism in Obama voters explained along side a study though. Maybe white folks will come to see how obvious this should have been from the start.
Trust me. It's a problem that white democrats don't see this. White democrats are only focused on moving white voters to the left when that is not where the power is. Waking up people of color voters is how you get your candidates in office.
This is rather important because the white voters, like most voters, have made up their minds long before any political advertising gets to them. In the Trump age of successful race-baiting, white folks (and some pale POCs) are either for or against white supremacy AND/OR for or against one-percenter supremacy. To me this means there is nothing to be lost in a candidate's going hard for black and brown votes -- which I haven't seen a democratic candidate do this year. Have you? Since white folks can't seem to grasp this concept, it means we need a change in leadership. Our leadership needs to be two decades younger for sure, but I say what we need most is a black and brown led party with 1/3 of white folks bringing up the rear. White folks cannot lead the left because they cannot see, hear, or think clearly when it comes to white supremacy in their family, friends, and neighbors.

So all is not lost. As I recall 37% of white people voted for Trump. If we can keep a third (33%) of white people while solidifying the people of color vote we can keep the republicans out of office and form a better party on the left. Decreasing black men who voted for Trump (13%) to near where black women were (4%) is important. But fixing the Latino vote, especially the Latino male vote for Trump (33%) is critical and kinda...well...scary. That latter number has to be fixed. I don't give a crap who feels what about whom either. Black women couldn't half-stand freaking Hillary. We got over our feels and, to the tune of 94%, voted to keep Cheeto Satan out of office ANYWAY. Everybody else needs to step up.

headline

Obama won lots of votes 

from racially prejudiced whites 

(and some of them supported Trump)


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Whiteness is Bulletproof



"One of the greatest advantages of being white in America (besides walking, driving and living anywhere you want without the threat of being stopped, harassed, cast out or noticed because you don’t belong) is that whiteness gets to exist in the singular tense.... 
Being white means you don’t have to automatically bear the weight of a skin color, a religion or an ethnicity. White people aren’t automatically assumed to be gangbangers, hood niggas or jihadists. They always get the benefit of the doubt; therefore, when white people do something heinous, the world begins a frantic, desperate search for a valid explanation of [that individuals singular] actions....
When whiteness shoots up a school, it must have been the violent video games. When whiteness opens fire in a movie theater, it must mean the person was off his medication. When whiteness goes ballistic on a college campus, they will discover how many days since the shooter saw his therapist, because it must be something that causes whiteness to explode.

It must be the cable news. It must be “affluenza.” It must be trouble at home. It must be political rhetoric. It must be gun laws. It must be the National Rifle Association. It must be the mental-health system. It must be a lack of attention. It must be the divorce. It must be his childhood. It must be bullying. Because whiteness is logical. Whiteness is never evil. 
Whiteness is never just plain crazy [for no reason]
Whiteness is bulletproof"
http://www.theroot.com/james-hodgkinson-proves-white-men-are-bulletproof-1796137659 


White people don't think of black and brown individuals taking singular action. They are pieces of a group acting out that group's pathology.



"That’s why it’s believable to white people that 17-year old Trayvon Martin would [attack someone sans provocation] who weighed 50 pounds more than he did and was carrying a gun.
It’s why virtually [no-white-body finds it damn near impossible to believe] that Michael Brown just willy-nilly decided to reach inside a squad car and grab a police officer’s gun. .. " 
http://www.theroot.com/james-hodgkinson-proves-white-men-are-bulletproof-1796137659 

I don't know what's wrong with me sometimes. 


I honestly thought I was going to find some main stream news information on the radicalization of James T Hodgkinson, a white man who was volunteer for Bernie Sanders once. But there's virtually nothing online about the twisted reasoning that led Hodgkinson to create a hit list full of republicans that were members of the ??House Freedom Caucus of the republican party.

Not only has the predominantly white press failed to be curious about his motivations --not nearly as curious as they've been about Omar Mateen, the Pulse Nightclub Shooter. There isn't even any decent speculation in mainstream news. White people in the press are simply aghast that Hodgkinson seemed "so normal"

...or 'so just like white me.' They want there to be some signal that a person is likely to just pop off and start shooting people. Me thinks the liberal white press is almost as comfortable with racial profiling as the right. They just like coming off as sympathetic to those they think of as coming from a broken culture.  


The "so normal" comments coming from the white media reveals an ugly truth in itself though. 



Hodgkinson had domestic violence problems. The only reason he didn't go to jail is because a foster daughter refused to testify. 
So white people saying he's "so normal" means domestic violence leaves a white man in the "normal" category, right?  
Is that white people have failed to connect those police officers who have domestic violence issues at home as the ones likely to fail to control violent tendencies on the street too?
Believe it or not, I was thinking the white dominated press was going to be curious enough to find out what Bill Euille, a black former mayor Alexandria found to talk about every day for a month before he tried to kill  Congressman Steve Scalise.
 
But the investigation into what made Hodgkinson tick have been superficial at best. 



James T Hodgkinson and Mayor Bill Euille

Hodgkinson's beliefs have been expressed as anti-Trump posts and once worked for Bernie Sanders and that's it. I mean, think of how much more we THINK we know about each Muslim terrorist as opposed to this white terrorist?
I mean, it has not been made exceptionally obvious that Hodgkinson was a bible thumping Christian, atheist or agnostic. Mainstream news haven't even taken a little bit of information over here and little bit of information over that made up layered theories about his "twisted" beliefs.

When one of your own has his cheese slide of the cracker, you label him as just one individual 


But what if one of the things burning inside Hodgkinson's unbalanced brain and heart had to do with being humiliated by other white people being so racist?

Not that I've heard anything like this about Hodgkinson. But I've met white people, especially young white people, that are humiliated to the point of wanting to be violent when they find out the parents, friends, and lovers they though of as "good people" harbor deep feelings of white supremacy. 



This very white behavior is lightly touched on in the movie GET OUT. Director Jordan Peele shows the white woman getting worked up and excited about some non-deadly white supremacy exhibited by a police officer.  Her outrage is muted by the black boyfriend's amusement.   
In real life this humiliated-outraged that white folks let erupt in the shadow of a newfound knowledge that white racism exists and exists nearby makes a lot of black folks itch. Black folks know that this almost violent anti-racism display means "I'm not like that. I'm one of the good white people."
There were multiple mainstream (white) reports on this man's problems that indicate that his business, his ability to make money, his world was falling apart.

In America that can tear a man psychologically asunder because he feels his fellow man looking down on him. 


Toxic masculinity and Hyper-masculinity in America and Europe say a man is nothing if he can't make money. People, including male people, search for something new to feel strongly about when the basics of life are falling apart.

Maybe he started feeling strongly about politics and working for Bernie Sanders as way to feel like he was contributing to something important.

Maybe he started feeling some kind of way about republicans who seem to hate poor people (a group he'd joined)

Maybe Euille  didn't have to be talking about anything in particular.  


Maybe Euille helping Hodgkinson when his own tribe wasn't might have --in a warped desperate mind-- inspired him to go after the most powerful anti-poor white racists he could think of....

Steve Scalise would have fit the bill



In 2002, Scalise gave a speech to the EURO a.k.a the European American Unity and Rights Organization. And if the name doesn't tell you that this is a premier white supremacist hate group of Louisiana, that should have been identified as such long before 2015 it's links to a certain person should. EURO was created by David Duke, a former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.  

When this thrown up in Scalise's face sometime later, he said he didn't remember speaking at EURO and implied that he was confused about the nature of this club. His *I'm confused* claim sounds a lot like cops saying "I was afraid for my life" when they shoot an unarmed somebody that was black.
Last week I kept reading and reading and reading, thinking I would find some clue as to whether or not Hodgkinson un-hinge-ed-ness was linked to Scalise's  one-percenter and white supremacist tendencies. But now I understand that I'm not going to find a thing

Like the author of the article quoted said, white men belong to a demographic that is seen as a group of individuals without a group pathology. Therefore white run news agencies aren't going to look for a pattern or radicalization like they do when someone black or Muslim kills someone. 


Hodgkinson's domestic violence isn't part of a pattern either. In the patriarchal capitalistic society, his brush with the law over violence of the domestic variety is looked at with mild curiosity instead of a sign of someone with violent tendencies.*  


Hodgkinson, as an individual white man who's life was falling apart has been written down as a one-off in less than a week's time. There really aren't going to be any deep think pieces on Chrisitan violence, white violence, atheist violence or anything else.

James T Hodgkinson is one white man who did one bad thing, end of story.

Yeah, whiteness is bulletproof. But it's not the only thing that's bulletproof though. Maleness is too when it combines with enough money

...but not when it's not compromised race in the good ole U.S.A. 

If moneyed maleness weren't sociologically bulletproof as compared to everything else Martha Stewart never would have seen the inside of a jail cell and blackness would have taken Bill Cosby to jail directly to jail without passing go last week.




*Statistics say one in four or five or six women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives, depending on which study you read. I wonder what the number would be if the statistic focused on the perpetrators instead of the victims.

I wonder what the numbers would be if the statistic read one in six/seven/eight men will be domestically violent at some point in their lives. If we focused on the perpetrator end of things instead of the victim end of things, I wonder if that information could be linked to unprovoked violence by police officers? I wonder if then we'd move on to noticing that most police officers are white? After we re-figure out that domestic violence has no color, I wonder if we'd move on to figuring out that white police officers aren't born in bread boxes marked "police officers" but in white communities where other white people are born.

I wonder if that could bring the negatives of white culture into as much focus as the positives always are? 



  

Monday, June 19, 2017

WHEN WHITE SUPREMACY COMES BOOMERANGING BACK


You may not have noticed. But White Supremacy went nuts last week. Some things don't look like they were related to white supremacy. But I'm pretty sure they were.

Let's start with Otto Warmbier 

I was not gonna talk about him because this young man may be dying over stealing a poster. But my shrinking sympathies aside, we need to talk about him because we need to talk about white abdication of responsibility

-- especially since his father decided to chose Fox News' Tucker Carlson to give an exclusive interview to.

But before we talk male Warmbiers, lets talk London.



When London was attacked the first time, a Muslim man that had been in Britain for years ran people down with his car. 
Britain's leader  Teresa May--who is closer to Donald Trump in sentiment than Bernie Sanders-- suggested that maybe the attacker was trying to make his attack coincide with some other attack a year earlier -- in Brussels as I recall 

Me? I'm thinking someone who has lived IN THE COUNTRY FOR YEARS is responding to things happening IN THE COUNTRY...like BREXIT which was scheduled to start the very next week. And BREXIT is Britain's MUSLIM BAN.   
White people keep asking what is radicalizing young Muslim men.

    Dear White People,
Um....White Supremacy makes people hate-cha back. And when young men soaked in hyper masculinity feel like their masculinity has been impugned, they look for someone to tell them how to get their masculinity back.     
Dialing back the white supremacy values and your hyper-masculinity values, both will stop the radicalization of young Muslim men in European countries. And here in the United States it will stop the radicalization of young white men into mass shooters. 


The United States is sort of doing the very same abdication of white responsibility with the super smart white frat boy that went to North Korea and stole a poster of "the Supreme Leader" --when North Koreans at least BEHAVE LIKE that man is one step from God.

Only a white boy would go to another country KNOWING that the regime is incredibly oppressive and steal a poster and think nothing of it. Only a white boy thinks he's entitled to a slap on the wrist for theft no matter where he goes.

I have to admit it. I would not have expected fifteen years hard labor. But in North Korea? I damn would have expected 2 or 3 years hard labor. And I wouldn't have expected to survive 1 year intact.

Maybe a lot of people don't know how deep the do-do gets in North Korea. But a white frat boy -- that's reportedly so smart-- should have. And he probably did. He simply over estimated the power of whiteness in another country.

And his timing was bad. A lot of negative things happened about the same time he went there But the thing the white run press refuses to discuss is the impact a white supremacy motivated movie might have had on the North Koreans sense of humor --over what truly was a petty theft.

A year before Otto got to North Korea a major movie studio put a movie together called THE INTERVIEW which made a joke about the assassination of another country's leader.

Wanna guess which country? 
Don't bother to guess. I'll tell you. 
North Korea.  


Okay. So Let's Review

1) Otto Warmbier went to North Korea looking like  a young version of every single white man in Congress that has ever  spit in North Korea's face as they hinted at their own superiority, 2) And he did so one year after THE INTERVIEW was released in the U.S. 3) Then he steals a poster of a the Supreme Leader in a country known to be "oppressive" and 4) is surprised when the North Koreans make an example out of him 

This could only happen to a white frat boy who comes from a country where other white frat boys think the word "oppression" is a joke.But I can't really blame him. He's too young to blame yet -- if he survives to get older.

This is on his Daddy who tried to lay what happened to his son at the feet of President Obama. If I was Otto Warmbier's mother or father, anybody who didn't move heaven and earth to get my son back "wouldn't have done enough." And I get that. But I also get that Otto Warmbier is the son of a white man who went to a news station that thrives on making the word "oppression" a joke.


I think values born of white supremacy just chewed Otto Warmbier up and spit him out. 

If Philando Castile's murderer hadn't just been released for looking nothing like Otto I might be able to work up some sympathy for his parents. But I got nuthin 

As for the boy himself, I 'll try to hope the boy survives and becomes something a hell of a lot more valuable than his Daddy who decided to link himself to Tucker Carlson and therefore Carlson's race baiting The Daily Caller.

Dear White People,

Racist stereotypes and race baiting kills. Ask Philando Castile's mother and his fiance and the hundreds of students that loved him where he worked. 
When you mock other people -- because ya hate them, they hate you back. And since The Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un doesn't seem like he's wrapped any tighter than our own Grand Dragon, you probably shouldn't pour gasoline on the crazy fire (by creating a movie like THE INTERVIEW) when people of your own tribe are planning to visit the country in question.    
Daddy Warmbier said his son was in China and decided to North Korea at the last minute. I'm not sure but I thought I heard Daddy Warmbier implied he thought maybe the Chinese travel agent enticed his son to go some place hostile (North Korea) on purpose

  So did Daddy Warmbier mean to say:
A) All the mean-spirited people of color are out to get us purely nice innocent white people?
B) We as white people know that non-white people hate us back?

Before you answer,remember he gave an exclusive interview to Fox News Tucker Carlson.


   Dear 57% of white voters.

You voted Cheeto Satan McTwitter Wit and his white nationalist minions into office. So, some of us gots no mo sympathy for white supremacists or white supremacist adjacent folk. And my sympathy should be seen as in short supply EVEN IF the White House white supremacy and misogyny turn out to be the least of our problems -- and it just might be. 
That empty headed jackal you voted for is out for money-- mostly yours. And if he doesn't cause an international incident that causes your sons and daughters to have to go to war, it'll be a small miracle.

Voting for Trump was one big GO-TO-HELL from white folks to people of color. But it's gonna bite you hardest if he doesn't get bored and go home. 


By the way, yet another study came out saying that white working class angst was complete bullsh** a few weeks back. It was the white racism that got Trump elected. And anybody who refuses to see that (Bernie) ain't no friend of mine.

next up-- Steve Scalise
Update 6 19 17 Evening:  Otto Warmbier died today. I've suspected for a while that the North Koreans sent that boy back here when his vitals started dropping; They got him back here just in time to die on American soil. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

SO EASY TO DIE WHEN BLACK IN AMERICA

I'm writing at a coffee shop. Not twenty minutes ago, a neighbor I only see in passing comes in with his kid. He doesn't see me in the corner.

I've never been sure if he's Latino or white. He walks up to two police officers with his son, who looks to be 5 to 7 years old. My neighbor says, "Can I introduce him to you? I just don't want him to be scared. He's gotten the idea that you're bad."

Cops are NOT surprised in the slightest by this request or by this characterization of cops as "bad." The two pale cops, only one of which I am sure is white, are magnanimous and gentle with the boy as they say, "Oh no. We're the good guys." It's a short intro and convo. The man and his son leave. No looks are exchanged between the cops as far as I can see. Business as usual.

It occurs to me that I don't think of these two cops as bad guys either. I know I'd feel perfectly safe with these two white officers if I had ask them for help in a calm situation. I'd feel safe right up until it occurred to me that I might have to do something (like dig in my trunk) that could remind them of some black- hostile stereotype, which in turn might prompt them to kill me.

I have a convertible. Three or four years back, somebody's kid (I think) was breaking into my car and opportunistically taking crap like loose change, a phone unfortunately, and then finally some official papers. As a result, I PUT everything in my trunk and locked the inside lever so the trunk cannot be opened with anything but the key fob.

I instinctively felt trust for those officers I saw this afternoon in the coffee shop. But I wonder if those same two cops could shoot me if I get pulled over for my tail light being out and I have to explain that my car registration and insurance are locked in the trunk. If I'm digging in my crammed trunk while not white, I could be digging for a gun, right?

Those cops? They'll be nice to me. They won't kill me. For so long as I don't do anything to trigger a racist stereotype they are carrying in their heads.

Philando Castile is not dead because of his tail light but because his wide-set nose brought to mind a cowardly fear of a racist stereotype -- a stereotype the cop brought with him to the scene of his own crime, murder. It's so damn easy to die, if you're black, in America. I wonder if that kid I just saw is picking up on the ambient fear of those 5 to 7 year old's around him who are black and brown at school. I wonder if that kid's father is lying to him because I wonder if that child is indeed latino and also gets a lot darker at the height of summer. I wonder if that kid is going to have good reason to fear cops in another 5 years. I wonder if he's going to see somebody Tamir Rice's age lying dead on the ground for nothing. I wonder if he has the ability to see on the internet that Aiyana Stanley Jones was his age when police gunned her down trying to get to somebody who wasn't even in the same room as the child. I wonder if that kid will remain pale enough to be accepted as white enough (or just not-black enough) to be able to become a cop who gets away with murder himself one day --- just like Officer Jeronimo Yanez did. Forty years from now, I wonder if that kid will be an adult telling some other child, sans any signs of having a heavy heart, "We're the good guys" the day after cop murderer (at least a cop manslaughter-er) is set free as if nothing heinously wrong has been done by one of his brothers in blue. This country is sick.

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I cried when I read the caption under the headline. I like to think I still would have even if I wasn't a person that could die if I screw up and eat something I'm allergic to if I'm too far from a hospital.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

HOW THE WIDE-SET NOSE OF PHILANDO CASTILE EXCUSED HIS COP MURDERER

Minneapolis NAACP: “The Minneapolis NAACP unequivocally and in the strongest possible terms condemns the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez on all charges related to his killing Philando Castile during a traffic stop.
This decision clearly illustrates the implicit bias and systemic racism that permeates our legal system. It should be unthinkable that Yanez would entirely escape accountability for his reckless and unjustified homicide, but this is what we have come to expect. This is how our system works. This verdict cannot and will not produce justice. 
Bias and shoddy decision-making have saturated this case from the beginning.
Castile was stopped in the first place because Yanez saw his “wide-set nose,” [that looked like the wide-set nose of another criminal suspect] or in the words of expert witness Jeffrey Noble, “because he was a black man.” Though Castile’s brake light was merely a pretext, defense attorneys repeatedly blamed Castile for his own death by saying he would still be alive if his light hadn’t been broken.
A juror who lied about sharing police advocacy posts was allowed to remain on the jury in spite of concerns expressed by prosecutors and the judge.
The defense relied on an expert witness who not only omitted crucial information on the stand, but also has an extensive track record of saying any and all police force is reasonable in numerous trials.


The jury was prevented from hearing most of Yanez’s BCA interview that contradicted his crafted witness stand narrative. 
In any system that values equity and justice, this should have been the most clear-cut guilty verdict possible. Yanez racially profiled Castile, failed to follow protocol, panicked, and shot to kill. Minnesota had a chance to deliver #Justice4Philando and instead Minnesota showed that black lives, in fact, do not matter here, and that police have free rein to kill us.
~Fox9 

Read The Other Opinions and B.S. Condolences Here:

http://www.fox9.com/news/262014267-story


I wish I'd kept track of when I began to change my mind on gun control. It's days like this that I start thinking that every black person should walk around like they are on their way to O K Corral, a gun on each hip. That way nobody is surprised right. Everybody knows THE OTHER is armed.
Philando Castile might still be alive because there would have been no reason to announce he had a gun.
Alton Sterling might still be alive because there wouldn't have been any surprise about him having a gun. The cops would have already known
Sam DuBose's murderer would have had something to be scared of and maybe DuBose would have gotten a shot off instead of trying to get away from deaf nut job in a uniform.
  • Re: The DuBose Case: The judge just decided the confederate flag t-shirt the cop, Ray Tensing, was wearing under his uniform is too inflammatory to be disclosed to the second jury that will hear this trial. And the judge knows this because it was a sticking point during the first trial where the jury couldn't come to a decision. Now that there is no motive --thanks to the judge removing the t-shirt as evidence-- getting Officer Ray Tensing acquitted ought to be a breeze.
I'm tired of our bodies being the only ones on the ground. Unarmed; Armed and announcing you are armed; Armed and not mentioning that you are armed as you lay on the ground helpless.

I'm sick of these mofos. But they are starting to chew one another up too.

Just this morning, I heard a news anchor say that the thing that's scary about GOP Congressman shooter Hodgkinson is that he's just like everybody else. There weren't any signs that he was violent. I was like, "Really?" That ass beat some woman bad enough that she filed charges -- and women don't usually do that the first, 5th or 10th time a man beats them if they stay married to him. HE WAS VIOLENT. There just wasn't any sign that he had enough stones to go up against the subset of white men he hated.

If Hodgkinson --the man who shot a Grand Ole Party Congressman with a gun the GOP insured he could get his hands on-- had been a black man, his domestic violence beefs would have been evidence of his being a degenerate man from a degenerate race. 


Instead, Hodgkinson's violent ass is called "normal." Newscasters said as he was a "normal" man with no signs of being violent its almost impossible for authorities to stop people like him before they act. And I guess he is "normal." I guess that domestic violence rap doesn't count as violence ---after all it's only a woman he was beating. 

And we have abundant proof that white folks are violent without provocation, especially when they are in uniform. And they for damn sure indoctrinate others into their institutions and make sure they behave the same violent ways.

Police are the leading edge of white supremacy in this country. And don't you forget it. Don't forget it even if the cop that walks up on you is black, much less brown or white.



And if you're having problems with this concept of white supremacy inside a black or brown body, then watch Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING.There's a perfect example of what that looks like in that movie.

I know people can't go to jail for unacknowledged racism -- not until the country is being run by black people from top to bottom. And I don't see that happening. 


Sooo... 

Until cops go to jail for incompetently firing their weapons, we're all in danger. 

I've said this before. Let me say it again. Every cop that gets to  walk on a murder rap, while the entire nations watches, makes an entire nation's worth of cops bolder. Human beings like the sensation of being bolder, of feeling like they have more personal power. It's a matter of time before shooting black and brown people isn't enough. In the current climate,it's a matter of time before cops start shooting more white people.

Fifty-seven percent of white voters just elected a man who told them he cheats on his taxes during a debate....because they are greedy too, greedy for money and greedy for power through whiteness. People greedy for power or going to produce cops greedy for power. And killing black and brown folks will not be enough for cops very soon.

These jackasses have already set their own houses on fire. They just don't know it yet.


The drug abuse epidemic came to get black people in poor neighborhoods first but now it has white folks by the short hairs. And they are dying in much higher numbers. That's how I know the Cops-Shoot-First-And-Think-Later epidemic is going to come to get white folks too.  And I think that time is coming sooner rather than later.


The ambient white supremacy run amok is really ambient greed. They are going to destroy themselves. The only thing we have to do now is figure out how to not go down with them.

So what do we do in the meantime?

Gun up?

Do we change our minds about gun control?

More guns equal more death. But maybe the deaths will be spread more evenly through all demographics....even if there are more deaths. 


Besides, I might look cute with a western gun belt low on my hips. I'll just call it a retro look.


A white senator just got shot by a man with a record. Have you really heard a full court press on gun control rise again? I haven't.

What I've heard is democrats joining republicans in saying "We need to tone down the rhetoric." All of a sudden the old white reptiles (on both sides of the aisle) know that VIOLENT WORDS CREATE VIOLENCE.  


Funny how they don't seem to understand that --even Bernie- an-'em-- when it comes to white racist words and white supremacy rhetoric. 

Really funny.

Can't you hear me laughing.


The ambient white racism and ambient white supremacy is what created enough fear to get Officer Yanez to believe all black people are dangerous. And he believed it so deeply that he killed Philando Castile for nothing.

And for this he should have gone to jail. Even though he's one of the few officers where you can see he was NOT lying about being frightened...what he was afraid of was black skin.  


But the racism and racial profiling is beside the point. No matter how scared you are, if your incompetence kills someone else, you should go to jail.

But we're not going to see that happen until a bunch of white people are dead...and not just any white people either. It has to be white men that are dying at the hands of police. When Sandy Hook came and went without any serious gun control legislation being passed, I understood ?????? to be correct.

It's not who does the killing that determines the seriousness of a crime. It's who wound up dead that matters.


Examples: 

If a black man kills a black man. He's back on the street before  you can say zip-ah-dee-doo-dah.  If a black man kills a white man, he'll be in jail for life.
If a white man kills a white woman -- it's damn near nothing unless it's get a lot of press. (That's how a white male college student can get caught raping a woman and get out in 6 months because the judge is worried about his white male future)

If a white boy kills 26 children in Sandy Hook, that's just sad. It's an isolated incident among 100s of other isolated incidents that doesn't mean anything about how out of control gun proliferation is here.

Let 26 old powerful white men get killed. NRA's bullsh** will be shut down the next day.

White men are the only ones that really matter. So white men getting killed by white cops is the only thing that's really going to make people sit up and say, "Oh hell no"

Since, I don't see white male cops doing that to other white males with power --- I guess white cops are going to be running rampant until they are outnumbered OR overpowered.

And we can overpower them by voting in a black or brown person with a black and brown led coalition of voters along with about 1/3 of white people.

Pay attention to your local elections, mid-term elections (2018), and presidential elections (2020). What happened to Ferguson and Mike Brown, I'm sorry to say, is what happens when you get caught napping. The black voters there had the power to stop the white bullsh**ers in charge from running them to ground (made up fines and crap) by simply voting and running for office. They didn't DO IT until Mike Brown was dead and things were revealed as out of control.


Those who don't learn from their history are doomed to repeat it. 

We did not learn. 

We did not vote in large numbers

We did not out vote white people and keep Trump out of office.

We cannot get caught sleeping again.

We need to vote everyone involved in Philando Castile's trial out where we can. We need to vote those Grand Ole Party jackals out of congress where we can in 2018. And we need to run Trump out of town on a rail OR get him to quit before that if we can.

Good News: The heat is being turned way up on Trump this week.


Nearly 200 Congressman filed suit against Trump on his financially profiting from being President (Emoluments Clause)



The lead senator filing the complaint in federal district court, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Tuesday that the lawsuit has already drawn more congressional plaintiffs — 196 — than any legal action previously taken against a president. No Republicans have yet joined in the lawsuit, although they will be invited to do so, Blumenthal said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-democrats-trump-emoluments-lawsuit-20170613-story.html


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