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Politics / How the Authoritarians are Conning White Bois
« on: April 12, 2021, 10:20:46 PM »
The democrats were the White nationalist party of the 1800s.  The republicans are the White nationalist party of today.  However, note that the pro big business policies of today's GOP had its roots in the Federalist Party, which is a forerunner of the GOP of today and the 1800s.

The CON is conservative has been there for a very longtime.


Masterless Men:  Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South
by Keri Leigh Merritt

Politics / Knoxville high school shooting
« on: April 12, 2021, 08:22:01 PM »
Authorities say one male is dead following shooting at a Knoxville, Tennessee, high school
Knoxville police said multiple people were shot at Austin-East Magnet High School in the east Tennessee city of Knoxville, including a police officer, on Monday. One person was pronounced dead and one police officer was shot and has non-life threatening injuries. Authorities said the scene has been secured and a person has been detained for questioning.

The picture of the 19 Black women in Harris County got the GOP scared.  Democrats did not just make gains to win the House.  They made gains in state legislatures (some slight) and locally in 2017 and 2018.

Democrats made gains, largely thanks to people of color, during those years and in 2020.  Now, republicans want to change the rules.


With big business backing, GOP revamps appellate courts in Southern states
By Billy Corriher     April 8, 2021

After a slate of 19 Black women swept judicial elections in Houston in 2018, some Republicans called for a constitutional amendment to end judicial elections. That effort has failed so far, but a new bill in the Texas legislature could slash the number of appellate courts, which include more Democrats now than they have in decades. The state's 14 appellate courts have jurisdiction — sometimes overlapping — in civil and criminal cases appealed from trial courts.

State Sen. Joan Huffman (R) introduced a bill, S.B. 11, that makes small changes to appellate court districts. But voting rights advocates say the bill is a "shell" that will soon be packed with much bigger changes. Lawmakers are expected to include suggestions from Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR), a group funded by big business that spends big to back Republican candidates. TLR recently proposed a consolidation plan for the state's appellate judiciary.



Island of St. Vincent wakes to ​a layer of volcanic ash
La Soufrière, a long-dormant volcano located on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, erupted on Friday, blasting a pillar of smoke and ash 20,000 feet high. Officials say more than ​30% of the population has been displaced due to evacuation orders. Locals have woken up to ​ash and the smell of sulfur.

Politics / Student Debt is a Racial Justice Issue. .....
« on: April 10, 2021, 01:27:10 PM »
Student Debt is a Racial Justice Issue. Here’s What President Biden Can Do to Help.
Canceling student debt is a critical step to closing the racial wealth gap and securing financial stability and economic mobility for Black and Brown borrowers.
A black man receiving his diploma and giving a handshake.

Rakim Brooks, Senior Campaign Strategist & Systemic Equality Campaign Manager
Ashley C. Harrington, Federal Advocacy Director and Senior Counsel, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL)

March 30, 2021

Student loan debt burdens more than 44 million Americans, and prevents millions from buying homes, starting businesses, saving for retirement, or even starting families. This debt is disproportionately affecting Black families, and Black women in particular. 

Higher education has long been held as a critical gateway to getting a job and achieving economic stability and mobility. But because of long-standing systemic racial discrimination, Black families have far less wealth to draw on to pay for college, creating barriers for Black communities to access higher education and build wealth. Black families are more likely to borrow, to borrow more, and to have trouble in repayment. Two decades after taking out their student loans, the median Black borrower still owes 95 percent of their debt, whereas the median white borrower has paid off 94 percent of their debt.

Students of color pursue higher education in a social and economic system built on racist ideologies that is set up to work against them and perpetuate racial wealth and income and achievement gaps. To redress this systemic inequality, the ACLU, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), and more than 300 other organizations are calling on the Biden-Harris administration and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to use their authority under the Higher Education Act to cancel $50,000 of student debt per borrower, and Congress must act as well.


How an arcane budget provision could let Democrats advance their agenda

Senate parliamentarian’s decision widens path for Democrats to enact Joe Biden’s sprawling infrastructure plan

Lauren Gambino in Washington
Sat 10 Apr 2021 06.00 EDT

Last modified on Sat 10 Apr 2021 11.32 EDT

A novel interpretation of an arcane parliamentary procedure has presented congressional Democrats with an unexpected – and tantalizing – new opportunity to advance some of their most ambitious legislative goals despite their slim majorities and fierce Republican opposition.

This week, the Senate parliamentarian determined that Democrats can employ a fast-track process known as budget reconciliation more times than previously understood, potentially allowing them to pass multiple legislative packages without any Republican support before next year’s midterm elections – if they can keep their own members in line.

Democrats insist they have yet to make a decision about whether – or how – to use the newly expanded set of procedural keys, unlocking additional opportunities to circumvent Republicans and the Senate filibuster, which requires 60 votes to overcome.


Politics / White Supremacy and the GOP
« on: April 10, 2021, 06:14:29 AM »
How Will the White Supremacy Brand of Today’s Republican Party End?
Fear of the “Great Replacement“ is now the major driving force in the GOP
Thom Hartmann

So, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who does not much participate in the legislative process other than occasionally trying to stop it, and has lost all her committee assignments, raised over 3 million bucks in the last quarter.

A really good first-quarter haul for a freshman member of Congress who’s actually getting things done would be $250,000 to a half million dollars. Greene blew the doors out.

But why?

There was a time in America when “conservative” meant, “In favor of moving toward a better country, but doing it slowly and cautiously.”

We use the word “conservative,” in fact, to generically mean “cautiously.”

But the last five years have irrefutably shown that when American politicians use the word conservative these days, what they really mean is white supremacist.

White supremacy has become the central brand of today’s Republican Party, and, in retrospect, has been at the core of that Party’s explicit efforts ever since Richard Nixon’s 1968 Southern Strategy.


Now they’re reviving a modern-day version of William Rhenquist’s old “Operation Eagle Eye” that sent white lawyers to Black, Hispanic and Native American polling places in Arizona to challenge, threaten and intimidate voters.

As Jessica Corbett wrote for Common Dreams about Texas Republicans:

“Common Cause Texas on Thursday shared a leaked of a Harris County GOP official discussing plans to ‘build an army’ of 10,000 election workers and poll watchers, including some who ‘will have the confidence and courage’ to go into Black and Brown communities to address alleged voter fraud that analyses show does not actually exist.”


Politics / Organizing voters and fighting voter suppression
« on: April 09, 2021, 09:15:54 AM »

Tennessee Legislative Report: State Withheld $544 Million in Land-Grant Funding from Tennessee State
Jarrett Carter Sr.

A bipartisan legislative committee studying funding disparities between Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee Knoxville in the state reported today that the flagship historically Black land-grant university could be owed more than $540 million in withheld matching agriculture funding over 70 years.

From News Channel 5 in Nashville:


General Discussion Forum / Dionne Warwick in Brussels in 1964
« on: April 04, 2021, 08:40:43 AM »

Politics / Kayleigh McEnany's new job
« on: April 03, 2021, 08:43:43 AM »

Politics / Boehner on republicans
« on: April 03, 2021, 08:42:10 AM »
Republican "crazy caucus" in new book excerpt


Former House Speaker John Boehner tore into right-wing media and what he called the GOP's "crazy caucus" in a book excerpt published by Politico Friday, targeting Sen. Ted Cruz, Fox News' Sean Hannity and the late Roger Ailes, and former Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The big picture: Boehner seeks to cast himself in his new memoir, titled “On the House: A Washington Memoir," as one of the last leaders of the GOP's sensible conservative movement, before the party was co-opted by Donald Trump and other members who dedicated themselves to "wedge issues and conspiracies and crusades."


Gwinnett County clerk's office will offer free copies of ID cards for voters requesting absentee ballots

    By Curt Yeomans Mar 31, 2021

Gwinnett County Clerk of Court Tiana Garner announced that her office will offer free paper copies of identification cards to residents who need them to comply with newly enacted rules that require voters show identification when they request an absentee ballot.


Sports Forum / Forcing the sale of the Chargers?
« on: April 02, 2021, 08:54:22 AM »
Dean Spanos' sister asks L.A. court to force sale of Chargers
A legal filing by Dea Spanos Berberian seeking to force the sale of the Chargers cites $353 million in family trust debt. This doesn't guarantee a change in ownership but it’s another setback for a franchise struggling to find its footing in L.A.

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