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Showing posts with label Justice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Justice. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Attorney General Barr

Isn't a facilitating Justice Department common to all dictators and despots?

If you have just arrived back on Earth from the International Space Station or recently re-emerged from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean via a deep sea explore you may not be aware of a matter related to Trump's facilitating Attorney General. Yes, Barr solicited the appointment via a 14-page memo regarding his thoughts on Constitutional rights of the "executive." And, Trump is being rewarded with Justice Department rulings and interpretations which seem written on his own iPhone.

On the eve of the much-anticipated release of the "Mueller Report" and the prospect the document will be redacted to the point few words with lots of blacked out text, CNN just ran an intriguing segment regarding Barr.

Let's assume you didn't just arrive from deep Space nor emerged from 10,000 fathoms below the surface of the sea. Let's assume you know Barr quotes regarding Trump and the Mueller Report. If that is the case the following CNN segment is very much a critical watch.


By the way, we cannot get over what follows.  after watching the Fox News Bernie Sanders interview 45 took to twitter like a child and did this:

“So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews,” the president tweeted in the morning. “Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the ‘audience’ was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?”

Did you notice the "we"? "We" regarding supposed or alleged news network as if the network was the defense (or offense) on a football team.

"We"....... how juvenile and shallow?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

50th Anniversary March On Washington DC, August 24th, 2013

50 years ago

A few weeks ago I published the following post regarding the August 24th March on Washington DC. The march is in commemoration of the March on DC 50 years. A march that was critical to the social development of the United States  as the nation moved to rid itself of Jim Crow Laws, unequal rights based in race, and other horror reaped upon a people for no reason beyond simply being black in American.

Fifty years ago people prepared to march on Washington DC with in the week. People who prepared were not of one race although predominately black.  Fortunately for the nation, noted white activist joined in the march and joined the movement to eradicate bigotry and racism (at least visibly) from the face of America.  The marchers and overwhelming violence all across the US South and in US major cities put enough light on the problem to push our nation forward.  

In the early, 1970s and especially in the early 1980s under Ronald Reagan) the nation started to slip back into the darkness. Today's GOP and many American conservatives have blown out the candles for  illuminating the darkness. We are slipping deeper into civil unrest and we are seeing weekly exhibition of overt racism, sexism and homophobia.

The march in one week is not about black issues only.  

I posted the following post a few weeks back. I am reposing it with glee as I am following  our post with an email from Robert Reich, former Secretary Of Labor, in the Clinton Administration.  As we developed the following posting, we decided to suggest other progressive websites do same. We have seen nothing from the progressive websites we view most. Enough said! 
Joan Baez   Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr "I Have A Dream" March in DC at Lincoln Memorial 1963 
If you only attend one march in your lifetime, let it be this one. Was the killing of Trayvon enough to motivate you? How about the "not guilty" verdict? Or the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by our highest court in the land, which prevents us from voting to CHANGE things!!! 

Listen, this is it!! Our last chance to stand together. To stand strong, to stand for justice and freedom for all. 

Be in DC, August 24! Make plans now. Let's make this the biggest even the nation's capital has ever seen so we can send a powerful message to the 1% POWER Elite who are destroying our lives, our nation and our planet. We demand and end to this oppression of our people and suppression of our vote. We're not mad any more. We're insane about getting our freedoms back, and restoring the middle class that made America great. Be in DC. Aug. 24th. 

No turning back!

March while we still can. Before they take that right away. Let's march arm in arm and ONCE AND FOR ALL be the powerful force for change we know we can be, that we must be. TOGETHER, there's no stopping us. 

Stand and be counted. Stand for Freedom. Stand For Justice. Now!!

Dear ........

In 1963, hundreds of thousands marched on the National Mall, demanding equal treatment for all Americans. Within two years, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were signed into law. When the people spoke, Washington listened.
Fifty years later, special interests have captured our democracy and used it to pass extremist laws like “Stand Your Ground”, while the Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act has opened the door to unprecedented partisan assaults on voting rights.

What:March on Washington
When:  Saturday, August 24, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where:Lincoln Memorial
2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW
Washington DC

Half a century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out his vision of an America that treated all citizens with dignity. We've made some important progress, but there's still more work to be done to fully realize his dream.

Once again, it is time for all Americans to converge on Washington and demand justice. We want you and all our members to take an active role in this historic march.

Thanks for all you do,

Robert Reich, board chair
and the rest of the team at Common Cause

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Critcal Census Survey Languishes Under GOP Attacks

Some in America do not like "Facts". Rhetoric and emotion are their drivers.

In May 2012, the Tea Party House of Representatives passed H.R. 5326.  The bill included an amendment Right-wing media and far Right Neo Cons (like Michelle Bachmann) have sought for years: the elimination of a critical Census Annual Survey. Their contemptuous rationale against the American Community Survey (ACS)?  "It is intrusive."  Allow me to repeat, "it is intrusive."  A short description of the survey: gives communities the information they need to plan investments and services.

The House of Oz attacked last May.
H.R. 5326 includes an amendment that would prohibit the Department of Commerce from funding the American Community Survey (ACS), a yearly household survey conducted by the Census Bureau. ACS data is used by numerous organizations (including NPP) to track demographic indicators and plan policy and services. (See Infographics below).
" plan investments and plan services."   
Two words that are instant 'skin-crawlers' for the GOP, especially the Tea Party House of Oz.

The Daily Kos May 15, 2102
In a CNN story on health care and poverty implications of killing the survey, Jonathan Gruber of MIT summed it up perfectly:
"If you're opposed to the survey, you're opposed to understanding what's going on in America," said MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, director of the Program on Health Care Research at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The first 2013 congressional escape (recess) left all federal legislative initiatives second the to golf carts and vacation homes.  The Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill (S. 2323) awaits congressional return and languishes like other critical legislation on the obstructionist mood of the GOP. It seems the 15 days the 113th congress worked since the end of the last session was a bit much. 

We can only hope sanity reigns and the Tea Party influence in the House is countered in the Senate.  The ACS feeds information to many government agencies, assists in funding critical human services programs and supports efforts to make life better for our returning veterans.   I may have answered any curiosity about why the Tea Party (and the House Republicans) would find the Survey reprehensible. It facilitates critical programs that the Tea Party alleges are unnecessary and wasteful. We know the GOP has longstanding aversion to programs that help to make life comfortable for millions (children, mothers, the unemployed, the disabled and the elderly). GOP disdain for our veterans was readily apparent as there was no mention of our troops, foreign wars, nor veterans at the 2012 RNC Conference and no mention in Mitt Romney's primary victory acceptance  speech. 

There was a time when the GOP seemed to care more about the well-being of our troops and veterans. The really sad reality is, if Right-wing demagogues cared one iota about our troops and veterans, the GOP would follow in tight formation. Sound preposterous?

If you think the poli/social Right doesn't listen to ultra-conservative media demagogues, think just a bit. Republicans follow the insane tomfoolery and cognitive manifestations of paranoia from the likes of Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly and Fox News et al, as surely as they ignore their own constituents.

Media Matters 2009 

Media conservatives target the 2010 census, encourage audience not to complete forms

The ACS has been a target of the Right since before the 2010 elections. It became an outright target of attack and elimination after the mid-term elections. Of special noted the Census, in general, is a target of the Right now that the House has been gerrymandered into districts that electorally benefit the Right. The 2010 gerrymandering facilitated GOP retaining the House when Democrats received 1.5 million more votes in 2012.

If you are only somewhat informed on the American Community Survey, take a quick look at the survey's usefulness across the nation, and two infographics related to survey respondent data.

About the American Community Survey

What is the American Community Survey?

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.To help communities, state governments, and federal programs, we ask about:
  • age
  • sex
  • race
  • family and relationships
  • income and benefits
  • health insurance
  • education
  • veteran status
  • disabilities
  • where you work and how you get there
  • where you live and how much you pay for some essentials
All this detail is combined into statistics that are used to help decide everything from school lunch programs to new hospitals.
More after the break below