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Tuesday, January 31, 2017


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from Jan 20 2017

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the state of Alabama engaged in unconstitutional racial gerrymandering in at least 12 districts in order to preserve a Republican supermajority. The ruling is a victory for the state’s [legislative section of the Congressional] Black Caucus, which has been fighting in court for years against voting maps that intentionally limit the voting power of African Americans by packing them into as few oddly-shaped districts as possible.

The decision, which came down on the day Donald Trump took the presidential oath of office, calls on Alabama to re-draw 12 districts that were drawn “predominantly” based on race. These districts are all currently represented by Democrats, and 10 out of 12 by Black Democrats.


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Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart below -- adapted from one posted to Reddit -- and wonder no more.
Suppose we have a very tiny state of fifty people. Thirty of them belong to the Blue Party, and 20 belong to the Red Party. And just our luck, they all live in a nice even grid with the Blues on one side of the state and the Reds on the other.
Now, let's say we need to divide this state into five districts. Each district will send one representative to the House to represent the people. Ideally, we want the representation to be proportional: if 60 percent of our residents are Blue and 40 percent are Red, those five seats should be divvied up the same way.

Fortunately, because our citizens live in a neatly ordered grid, it's easy to draw five lengthy districts -- two for the Reds , and three for the Blues. Voila! Perfectly proportional representation, just as the Founders intended. That's grid 1 above, "perfect representation."

Now, let's say instead that the Blue Party controls the state government, and they get...


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"There are some positive aspects to the notoriety, as Olivia Pope would surely point out, the main one being power.

Washington has used her elevated profile to support causes she believes in. A staunch Democrat, she stumped for Obama and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

She's been highly active in two charities that help victims of domestic violence, V-Day and the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse.

And she has gone on record to praise Scandal's forays into hot-button topics like police shootings and abortion rights. "I am a person who has always been politically active and passionate about people's rights," she tells me. "I marched against the [2004] Republican Convention. And as my career has expanded, it's been important for me to not stifle that voice. Because you want to be popular, you want people to hire you, and I have to make sure I don't do it less because I'm an actor." "


And she's also used her money and power to make sure a story about Anita Hill, "Confirmation," got made. 

"I remember my parents and their friends having a very deep reaction to the lynching statement and thinking, This is the public destruction of an African American man," says Washington, sitting at a corner table at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. "There was something really devastating to the black community to be watching that happen, and watching that happen at the hands of a black woman.

At the same time, I remember my mother and her friends feeling so aligned and empathetic and in defense of her."
Twenty-five years later, everyone remembers how it all played out: Thomas got his seat on the Supreme Court, although he will be forever associated with the imagery of pubic hair on a Coke can and the distasteful nature of the proceedings that left the country with a moral hangover, which led to federal protections against sexual harassment and an increase in the number of female political candidates.
Since that time, Kerry Washington has transformed from a scrunchie-wearing, a capella–singing kid into a glamorous Hollywood star, one whose power and talent affords her the ability to make a movie about the events she witnessed as a teenager. "This moment was so important because it created a language around women being able to protect themselves," says Washington, who is executive producer on this month's HBO movie Confirmation, a dramatic retelling of the proceedings in which she also stars as Hill.

"The behavior that Anita Hill described was going on in a lot of offices throughout the country, and most people didn't think they were doing anything wrong. But this created awareness around that and around the need for women's voices to be heard in our public spaces, both testifying before Congress and sitting on the committee. It really was such a huge cultural shift."

ALSO ON HBO NOW, last I checked
  • Nina Simone Documentary
  • The Grim Sleeper Documentary: For me this explains how a community helped a serial killer of black women escape justice for 20+ years
  • Issa Rae's INSECURE 
  • Problematic but I'm addicted: GAME OF THRONES 

Monday, January 30, 2017


The AP points out that Phillips only voted in Alabama in 2016 election. His status was “inactive” and suspended in Missisppi and Texas, respectively; however, officials in both states said he could’ve easily voted [multiple times?] by providing an ID and updated information.
Despite what Trump is leading many people to believe, being registered to vote in multiple states is not a form of voter fraud; however, casting multiple votes is. The fact that Phillips is part of the group that Trump wants to investigate is both unexecuted and delightful. Twitter couldn't get enough.

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Democrats in congress oughta jump up and say, YES THERE WAS VOTER FRAUD and a RUSSIAN HACK. It's time for DO-OVER of the 2016 election!


"Acting Attorney General Sally Yates wrote that, as the leader of the Justice Department, she must ensure that the department’s position is “legally defensible” and “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”

  • “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful,” Yates wrote. She wrote that “for as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.” "

This Obama holdover said this on Monday morning. 
Chump fired her Monday night.
Chump replaced Sally Yates with someone (Dana Boente) who will do his bidding.



I thought he'd wait until Sessions is confirmed (as the Democrats don't have the votes to stop it or even the will to even fight as hard as they possibly can) But he's moving like King Chump, not even pretending to respect the balance of power in the other branches of government.

This makes him look even more unstable. I wonder if the masters of universe that make the stock market go up and down will think the same thing. I guess we'll see.


Impeachment is gaining ground because it is the only way to get him out, and because Republicans are already deserting this president in droves, and because the man is psychiatrically incapable of checking whether something is legal before he does it.
Impeachment is gaining ground because it’s so horribly clear that Trump is unfit for office. The grownups around Trump, even the most slavishly loyal ones, spend half their time trying to rein him in, but it can’t be done.
They spend the other half fielding frantic calls from Republican chieftains, business elites and foreign leaders. Trump did what

I don't know if impeachment is inevitable. I think it almost has to be. But I've been wrong before.
I was certain two dozen dead white children in Sandy Hook would be the death knell to the gun lobby; black and brown people I talk to about Sandy Hook are 10 times as upset about the death of those babies then dang near any white republican you talk to. 

But I think American greed for money and power are on my side this time. Like I said before, Trump is hitting at the one-percenters on both sides of the aisle. If anybody will come together and bring the congressman they own together (through campaign contributions) it's the one percent.

Trump's cronies have to be starting to see him as unstable. Republican moderates certainly have. McCain and Graham, both republicans have made statements against Trump in the last 48 hours. Still, the wheels haven't come off the republican cart yet.  Not yet. Again, you'll know when the stock market starts to tumble.

I think Trump's an idiot that was too big to fail in civilian life as a rich white man because he had business dealings with other rich people who made sure they didn't lose their OWN money when working with him. (Chump's strategic bankruptcies don't count as him failing-- Chump is still rich.) I don't know that too-big-to-fail will work while he's president. The republicans around him are not going to be able to prop him up like his business associates likely did. 

Don The Con's seeking power and money this time. And part of the power Don The Con likes is applause from the Cheeto Satan-ettes. He loves their applause like a heroine addict loves heroine. So if Cheeto's inner circle is going to have to get smarter than Flynn, Bannon, and Kelly Ann Conning-Us-All-The-Way if he's going to stay President. 

And then Chump would have to get smart enough to listen to a smarter inner circle.


As of today, I hear Cheeto and the Upper Level Satan-ettes finally figured out they needed to life the green card ban.  I think the one-percenters described yesterday probably settled right down.

But Chump is dumb. He's planning strike three for the one-percenters as we speak. I can feel it.

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The thing that's scaring me most right now are the precedents being set. 

I don't think we've seen anything like what's happening right now. 

We have a president who is making up things and signing illegal (?) executive orders, illegal(?) because they weren't even close to constitutional (He had to double back and allow green card holders in) 

Trump accidentally(?) created a situation where federal and state agencies were saying we're not going to follow this illegal law. 

Let me say it again: Various state and federal organizations have said, "We're not doing" X. 

And while I applaud them not doing things that are immoral and creating sanctuary cities, there's somebody smarter and more devious than Trump or Pence sitting in shadows figuring out just how far they can go toward getting various pieces of our state and federal governments to turn on each other. 

I don't think the United States is going to break today or tomorrow. But Trump just proved that it CAN. And it will eventually, all world powers that think they are invincible eventually do. The thing I know now is that it'll be sudden. 

All these funny little Cal-Exit in 2017 and Texas leaving the Union during President Obama's tenure may be seen a precursors of the end in history books written 100 years from now.

For now, we need to figure out who is going to replace Chump or who is going to be running the country instead of Chump if they can: 

1) tape his mouth shut, 2) take away his executive order signing pen, 3) and close his twitter account.  

I guess 1, 2, and 3 are impossible. So maybe impeachment is the only path left available to us?

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Oprah has been an awesome role model in so many ways. Yet, I think the time when an individual black person's personal success should be looked upon as uplifting the entire race is 20 or 30 years in the past.

As Ava DuVernay has said, 
"If your dream only includes yourself, it's too small." 

I say that we have to look at how Oprah's dreams manifested themselves for black and female others at this point.

She made Iyanla Vanzant famous. Her best friend Gail can be seen on a network near you. There used to be a couple of black regulars on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, like psychologists and relationship experts. 

Tyler Perry and Daniel Uncle Ruckus Lee, whom she also supported to superstar status, are mixed bags at best; their stories I've already told more than once. 

So now I am pretty much focused on how Oprah will move for black women in the next decade or two

Oprah Winfrey came along too early in this country's racial history to move like Shonda Rhimes, to be able to give every black woman she can a show and/or a chance at directing episodes etc. She's had success after success because she's a hard worker while not being much of a risk taker within white supremacy. She even toned down her enthusiasm for Senator Obama when he was running for President in 2007 and 2008 in order to keep her predominantly white audience from whining at her.

As rich and influential as she is, her not being more of a risk taker has probably been a double edged sword for dozens more black people she could have given their first shot. 

Still, Shonda Rhimes and Ava DuVernay have been able to take affirmative action toward being unapologetically pro-black woman in the age of Obama precisely because Oprah broke through certain doors first. 
Oprah is a ceiling breaker by any measure. And her OWN network is now becoming what it always should have been thanks to Ava DuVernay. If you haven't seen QUEEN SUGAR on OWN yet, you're missing something special. 

May she live long and seek out and support more more black and brown women and their creative content as the years continue. 



Her magazine could stand quite a bit more color too. Even the ads should be 1/3 people of color, so it looks more like America. 

Wouldn't it be something if she stopped with the 'let's be hopeful' nonsense and started tearing at Mean Tangerine like she meant business too?


I am so glad Mean Tangerine is every bit as brain dead as I thought. When he makes a decision and thinks of the future, he must imagine the cheers from his damn near all white base and not much else.

I knew the Deranged Cheeto had the ability to implode his own presidency. But I did not think he would jump into second gear so fast.  The #MuslimBan is paying dividends quick, fast and and in a hurry

Silicon Valley titans, who had gone all in for Clinton before clamming up after Trump’s victory, rallied to the immigrants’ cause. Apple, Facebook and Google, who employ thousands of foreign software engineers, spoke out against its impact on their business; Elon Musk condemned it in moral terms; AirBnB offered free housing to those caught up in the maelstrom. Chris Sacca, an early investor in Twitter, matched his followers and donated $150,000 to the ACLU. Even the NBA got into the act: The Milwaukee Bucks made a point of starting center Thon Maker, a Sudanese immigrant, and the league said it had raised concerns about the executive order with State Department officials.
And this NINE-DAY-PRESIDENT managed to make himself look extremely unAmerican as well.

Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was an Iraqi interpreter who served the U.S. military for over a decade. (“What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on,” a tearful Darweesh told reporters at JFK after his release.) One Iranian woman barred from the United States, Samira Asgari, was coming to Harvard Medical School to work on a cure for tuberculosis. (“I was pretty excited to join @soumya_boston's lab but denied boarding due to my Iranian nationality,” she tweeted. “Feeling safer?”) The media was flooded all day with tales of shocked families finding themselves locked out of the United States; if any of them were terrorists, they were awfully well-disguised.

I can't believe it didn't occur to Chump to make sure he did not get anywhere near striking at the one-percent.  And he did with his Muslim Ban. 

If Don The Con hadn't touched people with green cards, he probably wouldn't have. If he'd left those with green cards alone, his hate would have poured over brown and/or Muslim people with less money and less influence. 

His white supremacy base
the cheeto satan-ettes with work-a-day-jobs or no jobs
along the rich ones, who despise anything not white or ostensibly Christian
would have been happy
the rich white left
would have been tsk-tsk-ing all over the place
but not actually DOING anything to fight him.
But the way Trump went about distributing the hate this week, he took a baseball bat to those most likely to have serious jobs with serious impact at major companies -- owned by liberals and republicans alike.

Trump ticked off or frightened a significant sector of the one-percent.  He's affecting the one-percent's money.  If the left and  right sides of the one-percent  come together over preserving their profit and they want to impeach Trump, then the congressmen they give "contributions" to will impeach Trump.

I'm not implying Trump is almost gone. But I think Cheeto's learning curve is flat. And, I really wonder if he had the ability to just stay in whatever alternate reality he lives in where he's always winning. So I figure we might as well look forward. The thing that worries me is Pence.

Whether Cheeto physically goes (impeachment by 2018) or he physically stays as a figure head, Pence is probably the one to worry about. Pence has the same or worse "values" as Cheeto with actual conviction and thrice as much political saavy.

I don't know much about Pence but I doubt a career politician, or even a relatively intelligent newbie politician, would have made the green card mistake -- no matter how he felt about "those people." Pence probably wouldn't have made the one-percent swing around on him, angry on the left and extremely nervous on the right.

Pence really running the country with Trump as figurehead could do major and lasting damage to this country and all its citizens.

By the way, this is Chump's first swing at the one-percent. Remember that Twit-In-Chief made stockholder's nervous twice in the past couple of months women talking about airplane manufacturers. 

Now Apple, Google, and Facebook are worried he's keeping their tech talent from entering the country. 

This was a major strike 2 for him even without the Obama Nominated District Judge letting Trump know he's not King Trump. 

The ACLU is already trash talking over their win in court. 

I can't wait to see what strike three looks like.

Saturday, January 28, 2017



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"The White House statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day didn't mention Jews or anti-Semitism because "despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered," administration spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN on Saturday. 
Hicks provided a link to a Huffington Post UK story noting that while 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis, 5 million others were also slaughtered during Adolf Hitler's genocide, including "priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah's Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters."

With the new administration, it doesn't matter that Jewish people were targeted and their demographic was dis proportionally represented among the dead.
This is exactly the argument to undermine Black Lives Matter.
Sounds like All Lives Matter Rhetoric to me.

Cheeto Satan and the Satan-ettes are nothing if not consistent.

OBAMA NOMINATED FEDERAL JUDGE Issues A Stay Against Donald Trump's "Muslim Ban"

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The federal court for the Eastern District of New York has reportedly issued an emergency stay temporarily halting the removal of individuals detained after President Trump's order banned immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
The court ruled on a habeas corpus petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday after Trump's ban, The Verge reported Saturday night.
Since then both men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshaw, have reportedly been granted entry to the U.S.

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The move marks the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration, reportedly dealing with a portion of Trump's order handed down Friday to ban many refugees and people from majority-Muslim countries.

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President Obama stacked those lower courts as best he could for years. I'm not sure this was one of them. But this is going to come into play again and again. He knew the republicans refusing to seat his Supreme Court Justice wasn't the only way to maneuver.

U.S. District Court Judge Ann Donnelly ruled in favor of a habeas corpus petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday after Trump signed his order.
 Donnelly, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama and confirmed to her judgeship in 2015, ruled in the Eastern District of New York that "there is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals from nations subject" to Trump's order. 



"Trump banned Muslim refugees from the U.S. on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Think about that fact. Something else to think about: white men account for a disproportionate percentage of mass shooters and domestic terrorists. Hmmmm, why aren't they being banned from entering the U.S., monitored, rounded up, subjected to Trump's police state?"
~Chauncey DeVega

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"The Trump administration is framing the executive order as a security measure: It is titled “Protecting the Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.” But the restrictions it poses on refugees in particular are much broader than the actual security reforms it introduces.
In the midst of a global refugee crisis (with more people living as refugees than ever before and staying refugees for longer) the order will, both by design and due to predictable consequences, result in the US taking a fraction of the refugees it’s taken in the past couple of years. It will also fundamentally alter the composition of who is able to come to the United States for humanitarian reasons — showing, in many cases, the greatest skepticism and least openness to people facing the most immediate harm abroad.
Trump is cutting US refugee admissions to a fraction of previous levels
Since World War II, the United States has been the world’s leader in resettling refugees; half of all refugees who are permanently resettled in a third country (somewhere that isn’t the refugee’s country of origin or the place she initially flees to) resettle in the US.
The Trump administration has ended that era."

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To tell you the Gawd's honest truth, I have mixed emotions about taking in refugees lighter than the average black person. I feel that's an ugly truth to tell. But it IS true. 

I was completely and totally thinking we had to take the Syrian refugees in -- right up until somebody said Steve Jobs was Syrian.

"See Steve was Syrian! He was productive! See! Accepting refugees is good for America!"

I couldn't help but think that passing-for-white refugees will be accepted into whiteness or at least accepted as white-adjacent and become part of our white oppressor group. 

And I don't think that's true. I know it is.  Did you know Steve Jobs was anything but white before he died? I didn't. I'm reading he was proactively working at affirmative action. Still that's not the point. The point is he-and-his could pass for white.

People who pass for white do not do well by me and mind generally speaking. 


When people are running and in trouble and scared and being killed, you have to think about who is in the most danger in the immediate moment. You have to. Don't you? I think you have to. 

As a black person and a person trying to be a decent human being I have to help people who are in dire straits, even when I know they will become part of the oppressor group. 


I know the Native Americans made the same decision when white people showed up on their shores not knowing what the hell they were doing and promptly started starving and freezing to death. 

I wonder how long it took for First Nations people to regret not letting them die. I know some of them did, no matter how good hearted they were at the outset. That's a human thing.

And I know some of me and mine will probably live to regret supporting the acceptance of Syrian refugees - the ones already here. 

But most of me and mine will make the same decision that the Native Americans did anyway.

And this is a huge part of what just freaking burns me about these cheeto satan-ettes on this particular subject. 

They are screaming about their own white fears of not being able to make a middle class living with rubber stamped high school diploma because jobs are going overseas WHEN their parents and grandparents orchestrated the same thing happening to black left behind in our cities --only when it happened to blacks, instead of the jobs going from the U.S. to China, the jobs went from the cities to the white suburbs. 

These Trumpthuglicans and their parents didn't have an ounce of empathy for black people when black people were being left behind in the inner cities with middle class jobs. But they want sympathy from us.

White Trumpthuglicans want people of color to see them as human beings suffering and angsty over their financial futures instead of white racists who voted for an overt white racist endorsed by the KKK. 
These Trumpthuglicans and their parents and and grandparents don't have an ounce of sympathy for refugees who look more like them than not -- who will most likely be one with them one day (when Trump is gone and the white-ish refugee saving starts up again.) 

But ME and mine?  In the here, and now, we have to wrestle with knowing the paler refugees will likely oppress me and mine one day. We have to wrestle with knowing white people will point to them and say, "Well they made it what's wrong with you and yours?" while pretending not to notice those refugees were saved by being closer to whiteness --and therefore eligible for neighborly behavior, benefit of the doubt when there is crime, and assistance. 

Yet we, darker-skinned people of color, still have to find a way to not have our hearts harden against lighter-skinned refugees who will be white or white-adjacent one day because they are running for their lives.



If Gawd left me in charge of the world 
for an hour every single year, 
on my worst day every year, 
during my most pessimistic hour every year, 
immediately after someone stained my favorite dress 
that I had saved all year to buy, 
I really do not think I could do what 

Bleached Cheeto Satan and the Satan-ettes did yesterday.

I hope you can't either.