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Monday, October 31, 2016

E-MAILGATE, THE FBI DIRECTOR, THE ELECTION, AND IGNORING THE OBVIOUS


I read an article on RollingStone.com a few hours after FBI Director James Comey made an announcement that SOUNDED LIKE there was more damning evidence against Hillary Clinton in E-mailgate 

It got pretty clear, pretty quick within the article I skimmed that Comey wasn't really re-opening anything. Clinton's case wasn't actually "closed" per se. Comey just decided not to charge her back in July.

But 11 days before our presidential election Comey phrased his announcement of a side probe into the sleezy Anthony Weiner, who used Clinton's server, in such a way that it SOUNDED like Clinton was "in trouble" again.

I mean why mention Clinton at all? Does Comey think one of the under age girls Weiner sent pictures of his penis hacked Clinton's server. And even the 15 year old did, I thought we'd established there wasn't anything super secret that went anywhere back in July? 

This is why people think FBI Director Comey, being a republican, straight tried to affect the election in Trump's favor with this b.s. And that's why there's been a Department of Justice complaint filed

DOJ Complaint Filed Against FBI Director James Comey For Interfering In Presidential Election
http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/28/doj-complaint-filed-fbi-director-james-comey-interfering-presidential-election.html


But t not the big picture. E-mailgate shouldn't have happened in the first place.

I'd be willing to be a lot of money Clinton asked her I.T. person, *Can you set up X Y Z so I can use one phone and my server so I can just use one device.* Then he or she started working on it. And it's not like she didn't have precedent for making such a request.  Colin Powell appears to have told her that he (and other Secretaries of State before him from what I understand) have mixed personal and business on their devices.

But Powell, nor any of the rest since the invention of the internet, should have been able to do any of this.

None of this would have happened in the first place the Government I.T. Department just gave each Congressman, Senator, Secretary the secure phones and gadgets that are preset up for whatever level of security they need. Why is each person making their own decision when hackers get more sophisticated ever day?  There is a night and day difference between technology security between 2005 and 2010 then between 2010 and 2015 etc.

Clinton, Powell, nor anybody else who handles secure information should have been able to make a personal decision that affected e-mails or any other electronic security in the first place -- not unless they have an 8 year software engineering degree with a specialization in hacking.

I don't get the individual decision on how to handle your electronic gadgets at all. Who thought that made sense? Did Obama make a personal decision where to put the nuclear launch codes too?

Damn.

I can't believe E-mail-gate hasn't spawned the bigger conversation about how stupid our electronic security is, especially since 22.1 million government employees had their information hacked in 2015. It's time for some standardized computer security in federal government.  It's time for the Federal Government I.T. Department to come into existence.

Not only would our information be more secure. You wouldn't get a political candidate that's treading the swamp water he created with sexist and racist comments (allegedly) being assisted by an FBI Director that's investigating a person (Hillary Clinton) instead of a system that's broke.


It sounds to me, and others, like Comey went waaay out of his way to create E-mailgate in the first place. His resurrecting E-mailgate is outrageous 11 days before the election especially since the Justice Department appears to have let him know he was drawing outside the lines.   
HEADLINE

Can FBI Director James Comey be Fired? 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know


"There’s a longstanding policy of not doing anything that could influence an election,” George J. Terwilliger III, who was deputy attorney general in the George Bush administration told The New York Times on Saturday. “Those guidelines exist for a reason. Sometimes, that makes for hard decisions. But bypassing them has consequences.”
“There’s a difference between being independent and flying solo,” the former Bush administration official added.


Comey also directly defied the wishes of Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her deputy, Sally Yates, who wanted the FBI director to stick to long-established tradition and keep his comments about matters that could have a bearing on the presidential election to himself, CNN reported...
“Director Comey understood our position. He heard it from Justice leadership. It was conveyed to the FBI, and Comey made an independent decision to alert the Hill,” one current Justice Department official told The Washington Post, also in a Saturday story. “He is operating independently of the Justice Department. And he knows it.” "

Read More: http://heavy.com/news/2016/10/james-comey-fired-fbi-director-hillary-clinton-email-private-server-influence-election/

Sunday, October 30, 2016

WHEN YOU ARE A PROTESTER, SKIN COLOR IS ALL THAT MATTERS

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"Yes, there is a cruel, stupid irony about living in a country when, on the same day, a bunch of gun-toting rubes who have less understanding of the Constitution than a wombat does of nuclear fusion get acquitted after an armed takeover of federal property in Oregon while, half a country away, peaceful protesters doing nothing but praying on land to which they have a right guaranteed by treaty get rousted, roughed up, and hauled away by a militarized police force acting largely at the behest of a private company."


~Esquire.com

Read More

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a50106/oregon-militia-verdict/

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Happy Halloween Weekend!

Happy Friday from this super cute mini Prince!💜

Photo via: Stacey McCall



from BecauseOfThemWeCan

A SUMMARYON THE BATTLE BETWEEN STANDING ROCK TRIBE, DAPL, AND NORTH DAKOTA

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Answer to the question:

What's happening between North Dakota & #STANDING ROCK?




by Andrea Morisette Grazzini


A 1980 ruling by US federal courts found that land Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is building on was illegally taken from First Nation/Native Americans in the 1862 "Dakota War" aka: the Sioux Uprising and the subsequent Treaty of 1877.

THE PLAYERS: 

1. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe [that lives on/near this land] has registered a complaint (lawsuit), part of which the federal government is still reviewing.

In response the feds have already halted DAPL construction near and under a large key watershed on First Nation/Native American land and have further, asked them to voluntarily stop. But the fed has not made a final decision on the entire complaint. Their complaints are oriented primarily around
a. the health of the watershed/drinking water, and, to a lesser but related extent: the environment in general.  
b. the destruction of architectural antiquities related to the land.

c. interference with holy burial grounds.

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2. Energy Transfer Crude Oil Company, LLC is proceeding with construction.
Likely to preserve the value of sunk costs already put into the project, and, willing to risk greater losses in hopes that a "once it's built" exception will kick in by the time the feds make their final call.

3. North Dakota is supporting the company, likely to retain jobs and revenues it produces for their state.
They sought to bring in the National Guard before they got approval from the feds. The feds sided instead with the First Nation/Native Americans and refused the request.
So North Dakota reached out to neighboring states for support. Some, including the Anoka, Washington and Hennepin County Sheriff's Offices in Minnesota have responded, even against their constituents/communities and leaders' complaints. One state went to help but then withdrew due to the accountability conflicts.

4. The federal government's first response was positive for the tribes. And, in general they tend to favor tribal sovereignty in cases like this.
States have a different relationship with tribes, and, in some cases this includes asserting jurisdictional power over tribes in public safety and civil matters, though this tends to be frowned on except in extreme cases.

It's likely the feds were hoping that DAPL would pull out and/or that they'd negotiate or amend their plans to accommodate the tribes, rather than force the feds to make a call that will create a major outcry whichever way they decide.
SOVEREIGNTY & LAW NUANCES
1. First Nation/Native Americans and the US have "dual sovereignty."

2. First Nation/Native American land is sovereign. (The federal government does not govern First Nation/Native American land.)


3. The federal government is Constitutionally mandated to a "Trust Relationship" that includes a "duty to protect" tribal rights.


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From [here,] there are two somewhat tricky parts:
Part ONE

1. In the 1980 decision, SCOTUS ordered the government to pay the tribes a multi-million dollar sum.


2. Though it doesn't control tribes' land, the federal government does reserve some 'power over' tribes around economic/commerce matters in exchange for relative supports for tribes.


Namely trade and taxes.



3. Since the tribes never gave up the land they are asserting their original rights, which the U.S. government acknowledged in its ruling, so they see the governments payoff as an unilateral payout as "trade," which they never agreed to.


So they never took the money. It remains in escrow in the Treasury, still.
Part TWO

1. The second tricky part is that some states presume public safety and civil court jurisdiction over tribes and their people, and this is not outside federal law.


2. However, states cannot make rules and agreements over and/or with tribes independent of related federal laws, all contained in Treaties either, so it gets murky.


3. In many cases, when they've tried to and been called on it, the federal government has ruled in favor of tribal sovereignty.


4. Hence, the lawsuit that the tribes have in front of the Justice department as we speak.

If I were betting, I'd put my money on the tribes to win. Since there's precedent for that, and clear language about land ownership and the responsibility of the government to sustain their commitments to First Nation/Native American tribes who our country has abused since we were founded, I also side with them.
by Andrea Morisette Grazzini


Related
Headline

Dakota Access Pipeline: More Than 100 Arrested as Protesters Ousted From Camp



http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/dakota-access-pipeline-authorities-start-arresting-protesters-new-camp-n674066

Friday, October 28, 2016

Y'ALL QAEDA FOUND NOT GUILTY OF FEDERAL CHARGES

And in more 
must be nice to be white news, 
this just came in...

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In a stunning loss for federal prosecutors, the leaders of a 41-day armed standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon last year were acquitted of federal charges Thursday...


  • The Malheur occupation began as a protest of the imprisonment of two Oregon ranchers who had been convicted of setting fire to federal land. The occupation eventually drew right-wing anti-government protesters from across the U.S. to protest the federal government’s control of public land across the West. 
  • The occupation, which starkly divided members of the rural towns outside the refuge, was eventually ended after federal and state law enforcement arrested the protesters’ leaders on a nearby highway. One of the occupiers, LaVoy Finicum, was shot and killed after he tried to escape law enforcement and reached for a gun, officials said.
Brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others had been charged with conspiracy to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs by occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon’s sparsely populated high desert early this year.
I think the jury saw through this and saw these were well-meaning, well-intentioned individuals," occupier David Fry's attorney...


MEANWHILE IN BLACK AMERICA...


Black Man is Arrested After Punching Child Molester on a Bus


"In a video that has gone viral, a New York City bus rider was arrested after defending a 15-year-old girl against a molester on a bus. Although the man’s name isn’t known, you can see him in the video above he punched the sexual predator. Apparently the man not only touched the girls neck, but also tried to kiss on her...

Read More, See Videohttp://www.clutchmagonline.com/2016/10/black-man-is-arrested-after-punching-child-molester-on-a-bus/



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton Seems Very Serious About Thumping Big Business

But it has largely been Washington gossip. In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine gave a public airing of the Clinton campaign’s views.
When asked about whether the administration would support telecom giant AT&T’s bid to acquire media conglomerate Time Warner, Kaine didn’t close the door on supporting the deal. But he did throw far more shade at the arrangement than political campaigns typically do.
“Some Democrats, including Al Franken, are very skeptical of the merger, includingDonald Trump as well,” NBC host Chuck Todd said. “But Al Franken said, ‘I’m skeptical of huge media mergers because they can lead to higher costs, fewer choices, and even worse service for consumers.’ Are you a skeptic of this merger as well?”

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A PRINCE AMONG SLAVES

A prince in Africa, a slave in America



For the first 26 years of Ibrahima’s life, he lived as a prince in his father’s kingdom of Fouta Djallon, a district of Guinea, in western Africa.  He was married with several children. He received a university education at the prestigious Islamic Sankore University in Timbuktu. He also became a mighty warrior in his father’s army.  But, Ibrahima’s life took a down turn in 1788 when he was defeated in battle by a rival tribe, captured, and eventually sold into slavery. He never saw his father, or his family, again.
He first came to Natchez in 1809 and was bought by local plantation owner Thomas Foster. Foster knew he had a true leader and an exceptional slave.
Ibrahima was a slave under Foster for nearly 20 years.  But, miraculously, a visiting doctor named John Cox, whose life had been saved by Ibrahima’s father when Cox had visited Guinea, recognized Ibrahima and tried to buy his freedom.  Foster wouldn’t sell.  Ibrahima was too valuable.
Read More 




Or 

See The Story-Form Documentary, narrated by Mos Def, on Amazon Prime
"PRINCE AMONG SLAVES" is the title to search for

Monday, October 24, 2016

TRUMP ADVOCATE FLAMES OUT ON CNN

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The cause of all the mirth was Trump backer Gina Loudon who denied the GOP nominee had ever engaged in racism — including taking out ads calling for the death penalty for the Central Park Five who were later exonerated.




Maybe because it was Friday night– or because everyone is punch drunk from a presidential campaign that has gone on far too long — but CNN host Don Lemon and his panel couldn’t keep from laughing as a Donald Trump advocate repeatedly denied instances of racism and misogyny by the GOP candidate in the face of overwhelming evidence.
After one memorable exchange, host Lemon told the home audience: “People in the studio are even laughing.”
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/people-in-the-studio-are-even-laughing-cnn-panel-loses-it-as-trump-advocate-spectacularly-flames-out/ 

The stupidity of the white racist isn't always funny. I'm not even sure it was this time. However, it was amusing to watch this idiot flame out (see video below). 
And, let this you remind you of the basic facts. 


For most of the people supporting Donald Trump, the ones that aren't strict Hillary Haters, the word "racism" means white men with a pillowcase hood and a gun shooting a black person while on camera --and that's all it is. Nothing else counts as "racism" for the white racist.

Sexism and misogyny and sexual assault must be limited to meaning you've seen a woman being attacked on a hidden camera too. 

These peaceful looking lower-than-the-low people are raising children and pretending to be civilized human beings. Walking around next to them without knowing who they are until you start talking about certain subjects is like walking around with alien lizards from Jupiter in human suits. Isn't it? 



By the way I have a question: Is Trump deliberately using blond, white women to look stupid while defending him? I'm really trying to figure out if he's trying to prove the dumb blond stereotype at the same time as he defends himself -- killing two birds with one stone. This Gina Louden is not the first blond idiot on parade I've seen from the Trump camp. And, Trump holds women is such low esteem that I wouldn't put it past him. 


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Saturday Night LIve: The Third Presidential Debate

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A week after drawing an unhappy response from Donald Trump for its portrayal of him in its spoof of the second presidential debate, "Saturday Night Live” didn't back down on the third one.

Featuring the debate again in its cold open — this time with Tom Hanks playing moderator Chris Wallace — Alec Baldwin's Trump was as brutish and offensive as ever.
~Washington Post 


Tom Hanks plays moderator



ON REDUCING THE MYSTICAL PATH TO MORALITY

If we reduce the mystical Path ([Christian...]Kabbalistic, Taoist, etc) to nothing more then a way of becoming a more moral person, then we spit on the thousands of Sages and the millions of texts they spent their lives preparing for us. We wouldn't need all of these teachings for something so trivial to understand as building better moral and civic values, this only requires common sense.

The Path of Illumination is not a mere process of becoming a better thinker, a more ethical person or a civic leader, these things are side effects; the Path is about revealing the spiritual worlds concealed from us, to expand awareness and connection and grow to new degree of conscious evolution beyond the mere five senses, in fact it is to reveal a new higher sense of reality entirely.




If you're not aiming yourself toward this kind of illumination, you haven't understood what the [s]ages of the past are clearly telling us.


The All is not limited, It is infinite - so don't limit yourself or your experience. Demand more, push, grow, expand.
For those that scuff at this, and they are many, remember that their philosophies are produced by the very same limited mind that we're trying to move beyond. They have refused to Exodus from their ego thinking so now in their laziness they must also pull you down in fear and envy.


Don't fall for this - you are eternal and life is simply a game where you can learn to expand beyond the temporal, this is the only purpose of your life - to know (experience) more with each breath without limit.


You will become what you agree is possible; infinity is possible ?

~ Ty Raz Iyahu
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Mark 12:30 -31
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Start your heart and thoughts in this place and move forward. See what's out there in the world for you!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

EMMETT TILL REMEMBERANCE SIGN RIDDLED WITH BULLETS FOR YEARS

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"A sign marking the spot where Emmett Till’s mangled body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River has been riddled with bullets — while a similar sign marking the home of his killer is adorned with flowers.
Sign Marking where 14 year old Emmett Till's body was found
Photo: Facebook User Kevin Wilson Jr


The 14-year-old Till was kidnapped, brutally beaten and shot execution-style by J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant on Aug. 28, 1955, after the teenager whistled at [a woman at Bryant's Grocery, a woman who turned out to be the owner's wife] to impress his cousins and some other boys....
The Emmett Till Interpretive Center is trying to raise money to replace the sign at the river and the signs near Bryant's Grocery Store again. You can donate if you'd like to. See  http://www.emmett-till.org/emmett-till-challenge for more information.



Read More on Emmet Till and his Killer

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/memorial-to-emmitt-till-blasted-with-bullets-but-sign-marking-killers-home-adorned-with-flowers/ 


Marking A Murderer's Home
A MURDERER'S QUOTE
“I didn’t intend to kill the n****r when we went and got him – just whip him and chase him back up yonder,” Milam told Look magazine in 1957. “But what the hell! He showed me the white gal’s picture! Bragged o’ what he’d done to her! I counted pictures o’ three white gals in his pocketbook before I burned it. What else could I do? No use lettin’ him get no bigger."
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THE STORY OF THE THREE THAT GOT AWAY: EMMETT TILL'S MURDERERS
(Roy Bryant, Carolyn Bryant and J.W. Milam)
Carolyn [Bryant], the daughter of a plantation manager and a nurse, hailed from Indianola, Mississippi, the nucleus of the segregationist and supremacist white Citizens' Councils. A high school dropout, she won two beauty contests and married Roy Bryant, an ex-soldier.

The couple ran a small grocery, Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market, that sold provisions to black sharecroppers and their children. The store was located at one end of the main street in the tiny town of Money, the heart of the cotton-growing Mississippi Delta. They had two sons and lived in two small rooms in the back of the store.
To earn extra cash, Roy worked as a trucker with his half-brother J. W. Milam, an imposing man of six feet two inches, weighing 235 pounds. Milam prided himself on knowing how to "handle" blacks. He had served in World War II and received combat medals.

Read More:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_defendants.html 







PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTES DEATH IN PRISON SENTENCE


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From 2011:  "The Equal Justice Initiative has documented 73 cases where children 14 years of age or younger have been condemned to death in prison with no possibility of parole after being prosecuted as adults.....Almost all of these kids currently lack legal representation and in most of these cases the propriety and constitutionality of their extreme sentences has never been reviewed"

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In August of 2016, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people incarcerated in federal prisons, including Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) client Ronald Evans, who was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for nonviolent drug offenses when he was a juvenile.
Mr. Evans (pictured, with his mother) was sentenced to die in prison after he was recruited into a drug dealing operation at age 16. Despite having no hope for release, Mr. Evans worked hard to educate himself. He overcame severe learning disabilities to earn a GED and completed extensive job training. He received only five disciplinary write-ups during 23 years in prison, and served as a counselor for troubled juveniles in the community.
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Friday, October 21, 2016

WILDLIFE CAMERA MAN RETURNS TO HIS AFRICAN EDEN HOMELAND IN "MY CONGO"

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Vianet D'jenguet
"Despite the number of years living and working as a wildlife cameraman in Europe, Vianet D’jenguet always carried fond childhood memories of the Congo wherever he traveled. In his job, D’jenguet filmed in many locations across Africa, but never in his homeland. 


My Congo represents his first opportunity to film in his native country and to be in front of the camera as he takes viewers to his favorite places to witness the diversity of wildlife, stunning landscapes, and friendly people.
...D’jenguet visits sites that evoke happy family memories, tours a famous chimpanzee sanctuary, films a variety of animals and birds in vast national parks, and makes his way through a remote jungle in search of his roots. “My Congo” premier[ed] on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016."
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/oct/18/nature-my-congo/


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“My Congo” is still available to watch online at this link:  http://www.pbs.org/video/2365867904/

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This is one of the first nature videos I've seen where there is a black guide in a predominantly black country who talks about the land, animal, the country, and its people like they are something other than specimens under glass.

I think this is great Sunday afternoon fare. And I think seeing a slice nature explained by a black person has to be great for kids. I don't remember seeing something this long and this detailed with a black narrator and black crew before.


The other reason I think this might be good for older kids is that this show is, in small part, a good rebuttal to a book  called The Heart Of Darkness --if she or he has been forced to read this "classic" in school.

Not that anything is discussed in depth about race or the white man's interaction nature and black people in Africa. But simply hearing speak about different people that belong to different classes(?) and different tribes makes the people of the Congo what they are -- real people with different approaches to life rather than the exotic foreigner in his own land as drawn by white authors.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter helped police target black activists

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Facebook and Twitter both release annual transparency reports detailing how often they release information directly to either local police or federal authorities. However, proprietary data sourced via a third party [like Geofeedia] seemingly falls outside of official requests, thus leaving a blindspot in terms of the “transparency” that both companies have said they value... 


As uncovered by the ACLU, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have all provided Geofeedia with varying levels of access to this data, which it then used as a bargaining chip when negotiating with law enforcement.

There are no exact numbers on how many people were targeted, but as discussed in a Geofeedia “case study,” they were directly involved in the Baltimore Police Department’s response to the Freddie Gray protests. Calling it a “stroke of luck” that the BPD renewed their Geofeedia contract only days before the protests, the study reveals that law enforcement used facial recognition software to identify specific protestors from social media photos. They then matched that information to outstanding warrants and arrested protestors “directly from the crowd.”

~Fusion.net


http://fusion.net/story/356808/facebook-twitter-instagram-geofeedia-tracking/?

DONALD TRUMP'S CONTEMPT FOR DEMOCRACY


ON THIRD PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
Hillary Clinton answered coherently. She ducked a question when she should have. I don't think she said anything grossly inaccurate. 
 


Trump?  He dodged most questions completely, talked about what he wanted to talk about. The moderator only tried to drag him back on course a few crucial times. I don't think Trump answered one question in detail about what he would do in the future  He chose, instead, to talk about how badly Hillary (woman) and Obama (black man) have done with the Middle East.*


And there was one rather outrageous response Trump gave. 

The moderator, Chris Wallace from Fox News, gave Trump a hint as to how he should respond to the question: "Will you accept the election results?" Wallace even told him, as part of the question, that his daughter and his VP pick, Pence, said that Donald would accept the results. Then Wallace just asked him to confirm that he would. 

And that tangerine twit still found a way screw it up. He just had to find a way to be contrary. He found a way to express, 'I dunno. I'll see how I feel that day.'

And most news outlets I saw jumped on that as "UN-AMERICAN" or not believing in Democracy.

I think Trump put his foot in the final trap. 

"From the Associated Press, a take that will appear in hundreds of papers on Thursday morning, the bottom line:"

  • Threatening to upend a basic pillar of American democracy, Donald Trump refused Wednesday night to say he would accept the results of the November election if he loses to Hillary Clinton.
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See the headlines already out right here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/10/19/1584741/--Donald-Trump-s-Contempt-for-Democracy 


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SSDD WHITE CASTING OF IRON FIST

I hear the next superhero to come to movie theaters is Iron Fist.

Maybe you've heard some people object.

Let me explain why




About 1000 years ago on television there was this television series called "Kung Fu."  It was about this Asian guy who wanders the land. I can't remember if the time period was 1700s or 1800s or what, but he was wandering around helping and protecting befuddled white people ala the time period covered by a bunch of television westerns.
Kane or Caine, the Asian guy, was played by a white actor, David Carridine who would eventually die during a sex accident called auto-erotic asphyxiation  (Yeah...This has nuthin' to do with nuthin' but....OMG)



When white people figured out that putting Asian make up on white people (the equivalent of black face) was taboo, they moved onto having white people become super-students of an Asian master in China. While in China this white male student would become greater than his teacher (or leave his teacher back in China) to become most stunning, most powerful white hero in the United States.

In the 1980s Chuck Norris did another version of Kung Fu but sans the Asian-face, in modern times as a cop. 

I know there was some goofy-looking white teenager in a movie that was a super martial arts person in the last 5 years too. I just can't remember the title of the movie 

In any case, Iron Fist is the superhero cartoon version of the same character.

This is what you should see as putting on a culture like a costume. This is the cultural appropriation that matters. Marvel has created dozens and dozens of white superheroes. And they've made a bunch of movies with a dozen white superheroes in a single movie, where a couple of black sidekicks, that you've never heard of, damn near got cameo appearances. And there haven't been any significant Asian or Latino superheroes at all.



Instead of casting white guy 1001 as an Asian-based superhero, this would have been a great opportunity for Marvel to undo the original white-biased decision making and white cultural appropriation of the past and have an Asian actor play what is essentially an Asian character


In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s (except for Cosby) white people simply wouldn't watch anything that starred something other than white people. If that's not so anymore, why continue on this same path?

Could it be these post-racial-claiming white folk still can't stand to see much of anything on screen except white people?

I'll guess we'll find out when the Black Panther hits the big screen next year


  




DONALD TRUMP JR: WOMEN WHO CAN'T 'HANDLE' HARASSMENT 'DON'T BELONG IN THE WORK FORCE'

“If you can’t handle some of the basic stuff that’s become a problem in the workforce today, then you don’t belong in the workforce,” Donald Trump’s son told The Opie and Anthony Show in a 2013 interview that BuzzFeed just unearthed.
“You should go maybe teach kindergarten,” he said, apparently suggesting that teachers aren’t part of the workforce. “You can’t be negotiating billion-dollar deals if you can’t handle, like, you know.”
This was the prevailing attitudesof the 1980s and 1990s. This is why Anita Hill didn't say anything about Clarence Thomas's harassment the first time. It's also exactly why she went to work for Clarence Thomas a second time. Thomas's sexual harassment on a scale of 1 to 10 was probably a 5. Anita Hill knew the 10s, like Donald Trump and his son were out there and if she dared complain about somebody who was a 5 on my sexual harassment scale the men 1 to 10 on the sexual harassment scale wouldn't hire her because she's a wimp.

I'm glad he said this out loud. Because a lot of men STILL think this way and will be the first one to doubt a woman when she says she kept quiet at the time the harassment was happening.