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What Nikki Haley gets wrong about the Confederate flag
It was the fight against civil rights that brought the flag back.

By Logan Strother, Thomas Ogorzalek and Spencer Piston
Dec. 7, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. EST

On Friday, Nikki Haley made headlines by suggesting that Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in 2015, “hijacked” the Confederate battle flag in service of his white-supremacist ideology. Haley, who was governor of South Carolina at the time of the massacre, stated that “people saw [the flag] as service and sacrifice and heritage.”

Haley’s remarks are part of a long debate about the meaning of Confederate icons — a supposed tension between “hatred” and “heritage.” People who favor removal often say Confederate icons symbolize white supremacy, while people who favor displaying these icons tend to portray them as racially innocuous reminders of history.


Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, calm down Jerry!  Take it easy!

 :lol: :lol: :lol:


Jerry Jones swore so much that the Cowboys’ radio station cut him off

Matt Bonesteel

Jerry Jones is not having a good day.

On Friday morning, around 12 hours after his Dallas Cowboys suffered a humiliating 31-24 defeat to the Chicago Bears, Jones called into the team’s official radio home, 103.5 the Fan in Dallas. And, well, Jerry gonna Jerry.

“Get your damn act together yourself, okay? Now, we’re gonna have a good visit this morning, but settle down just a little bit,” Jones said when asked at the start of the interview if he was embarrassed by the loss.




The General Government, as the common agent, passed laws to carry into effect these stipulations of the States. For many years these laws were executed. But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution. The States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them. In many of these States the fugitive is discharged from service or labor claimed, and in none of them has the State Government complied with the stipulation made in the Constitution. The State of New Jersey, at an early day, passed a law in conformity with her constitutional obligation; but the current of anti-slavery feeling has led her more recently to enact laws which render inoperative the remedies provided by her own law and by the laws of Congress. In the State of New York even the right of transit for a slave has been denied by her tribunals; and the States of Ohio and Iowa have refused to surrender to justice fugitives charged with murder, and with inciting servile insurrection in the State of Virginia. Thus the constituted compact has been deliberately broken and disregarded by the non-slaveholding States, and the consequence follows that South Carolina is released from her obligation.


Politics / Mike Bloomberg apologizes for calling Cory Booker "well spoken"
« on: December 06, 2019, 04:47:42 PM »
First, there was the stop and frisk apology.  Now, there is this.

Remember that the last democratic presidential candidate to win the Black vote was Lyndon Johnson.  The democrats will need the Black vote to win the White House.


Mike Bloomberg apologizes for calling Cory Booker "well spoken"

Adam Brewster

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is apologizing for referring to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker as "well spoken" during an interview with CBS This Morning Anchor Gayle King.

"Cory Booker endorsed me a number of times and I endorsed Cory Booker a number of times," Bloomberg told King. "He's very well-spoken. He's got some good ideas. It would be better the more diverse any group is. But the public is out there picking and choosing and narrowing down this field."


What is her heritage?  She should understand that South Carolina was the first state to secede.  She may want to read the Declarations of Secession for each Confederate State.  She may not want to read about slavery's effect on the American Revolution.

4 dead in shooting incident at Pensacola naval base; suspect was Saudi national, officials say
ABC News  December 6, 2019

Four people are dead including the suspect after an active shooting incident at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, police said.

The shooter was identified as Mohammed Alshamrani, a Saudi national and member of the country's air force who was in the U.S. for flight training, law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation told ABC News. Investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting was terror-related or not, the officials said.


I will not wish death on him but will not shed any tears for him being miserable or broke.


Some others need to be demolished.


Many of the poorest Whites do not vote because they and other groups do not see either party interested in their economic interests.  Other poor and working class Whites who vote republican are too far gone to see the light.  Sanders and Warren have gone in front of them.

With the demographic changes, I would not cater too much to the these White voters (suburban included) though I would campaign in front of those groups.  I would concentrate in getting out people of color to the polls.  I would campaign on issues like Medicare, trade, social security, good paying jobs and education for all groups.  Some of them are smart enough to see the light.  I say that as someone who grew up around quite a few poor and working class Whites.

Texas A&M, Roland Martin's Alma Mater, is very conservative as he said.  It probably has the top two or three conservative student bodies.

Politics / Why Have No Republicans Turned on Trump?
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:17:07 PM »
DEC 03, 2019   OPINION
Why Have No Republicans Turned on Trump?

Thom Hartmann / Independent Media Institute

There is a very simple reason why some Republicans voted for the impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon, but none have so far broken ranks against Trump.

That reason is a corrupted U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1976 (Buckley v. Valeo) and 1978 (First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti), the Supreme Court ruled that when corporations and billionaires purchase their very own politicians, it is constitutionally protected “free speech” rather than “bribery,” which is how we defined it from the beginning of our republic until 1976. In 2010, the Supreme Court doubled down on its betrayal of American democracy with its Citizens United decision.


One Iowa City Where Redlining’s Legacy Still Haunts
Posted December 5th, 2019 at 8:42am by Isabella Murray

After Waterloo, Iowa, retiree Rosetta Robinson’s daughter had a baby, the two moved out of the small apartment they shared together, expecting to get a more spacious home within a few months.

That was last year, and the women are still living in temporary living conditions — Rosetta with her mother in a one-bedroom apartment and her daughter and new grandchild with a friend.

“It’s hard for me to even find a place,” she said. “The house and apartment is too high for low-class people like me, it’s just too much. It’s too expensive.”


The effects of climate change are real.  It is time to isolate the deniers.

There was a similar story near the Louisiana coast.


Florida Keys Deliver a Hard Message: As Seas Rise, Some Places Can't Be Saved
The New York Times   
Christopher Flavelle and Patricia Mazzei, The New York Times•December 5, 2019

KEY WEST, Fla. — Officials in the Florida Keys announced what many coastal governments nationwide have long feared, but few have been willing to admit: As seas rise and flooding gets worse, not everyone can be saved.

And in some places, it doesn’t even make sense to try.

On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Haag, the county’s sustainability director, released the first results of the county’s yearslong effort to calculate how high its 300 miles of roads must be elevated to stay dry, and at what cost. Those costs were far higher than her team expected — and those numbers, she said, show that some places can’t be protected, at least at a price that taxpayers can be expected to pay.


This came from across the pond.


London Mayor says Trump appears to care only about white America
By Bianca Nobilo and Zamira Rahim, CNN

Updated 2:41 PM ET, Wed December 4, 2019

London (CNN) - The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric gives the impression the US President cares only about white Americans.

Speaking to CNN's The Brief, Khan, a long-time critic of the President, said he felt "the long shadow of Donald Trump's agenda" in the UK.

"The concern that we have is ... when President Trump talks about America First -- does he really mean white America first?" he said. "That's a big concern for many of us."


What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas: Could famous slogan be replaced?
Ed Komenda
Reno Gazette Journal

LAS VEGAS – "What happens here, stays here."

For almost two decades, those five words have served as this city's mantra of excess. Rarely has an official tourism slogan been so widely recognized, with Las Vegas travelers often reciting the familiar "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" mantra.

The catchy and controversial one-liner encouraged and empowered tourists to behave in ways they would have never dared back home – a wink to the naughty.


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