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Journal Archives

Breaking news: "Maniac hurls 100 knives a second from hotel room into crowd, kills 59 & wounds 500+

before turning a knife on himself."

The story to fit this headline has not turned up yet. Nor has the one about the baseball bat mass murderer.

"We're American Citizens. We Can't Be Left to Die."

Puerto Ricans Call for Aid Amidst Catastrophe: "We're American Citizens. We Can't Be Left to Die"
Sept. 26, 2017 - democracynow.org

Six days after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the territory remain without adequate food, water and fuel. But as the massive crisis became clear over the weekend, President Trump failed to weigh in, instead lashing out at sports players who joined in protest against racial injustice. It took the president five full days to respond, with comments that appeared to blame the island for its own misfortune. We examine the dire situation in Puerto Rico with Yarimar Bonilla, Puerto Rican scholar, who wrote in The Washington Post, "Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich." And we speak with Puerto Ricans in New York who have been unable to reach loved ones after nearly a week.
- more: https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/26/puerto_ricans_call_for_aid_amid

This is a good report about what's going on on the ground in Puerto Rico, including interviews with people from the Puerto Rican Family Institute, who are helping Puerto Ricans on the mainland connect with family members back home.

More Democracy Now coverage of Puerto Rico: https://www.democracynow.org/topics/puerto_rico

Also see: Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich by By Yarimar Bonilla, Washington Post, 9/22.

Good points.

It was a tragic miscalculation to ignore big chunks of the upper Midwest and shift the campaign's focus to Utah, Arizona, and Georgia.

I sincerely hope Democratic Party leaders are learning from such mistakes.

He's very much appreciated by the Republicans,

who continue to undo gains made during the Obama years. While everybody's focused on the latest tantrum, blunder, or outrage coming from the Trump sideshow, they're consolidating control over state legislatures, voting processes, law enforcement, environmental regulations, the judiciary, and -- soon -- the 2020 census.

Their only real regret (and it's a big one) is that they haven't yet been able to give billionaires and multinational corporations the superfluous tax breaks they expect. Since this is the true purpose of the Republican Party, they'll keep working on that while we obsess over the careening toddler's reality show.

"...oil and gas drilling, mining, logging and other industries"

That's who these assholes work for, not the public interest -- and sure as hell not anybody who cares about wilderness or the environment.

While we're busy chasing various shiny objects, engaging in circular firing squads, etc., the Trump administration is moving swiftly to strip these national monuments (and others to come, no doubt, as we'll as national parks, I predict) of monetizable national resources.

The damage could take generations to reverse. DO NOT trust these bastards.

Just myself.

Actually, several. I used to go "Ignore Free," because I was pure of heart, took the high road, and danced like nobody was watching.

But that all changed in early 2017 when a whole phalanx of obsessive primary revisitors started making my blood simmer on a regular basis. So I decided to cave in and start blocking them. (Most of them are also on my jury blacklist.)

What a refreshing change! The difference is a lot like blocking the stupid religious and home shopping channels from my TV service.

I also have quite a few keywords on my Trash Can list, because they signal a discussion that's almost always either a circular firing squad, a bait-and-hide gambit, or some other pointless exercise that I'd prefer to avoid.

And, to complete my true confessions, I've trashed several groups -- one of which is also on my Subscriptions list, I see!

I'm actually a pretty open and agreeable person in real life. But I find online life without DU Road Rage to be much more enjoyable.


And for millions of Americans, the wolf is pushed back just a little farther from the door.

We take a short break to celebrate this rejection of disaster. Then we get back to work. There are many battle fronts in this war we've been thrust into. This humiliation of Trump, McConnell, Ryan, and their confederates gives us strength and inspiration to continue.

Karen Handel's neighbors get threatening letter with white powder

Karen Handel’s neighbors told to take a ‘whiff of white powder’ in threatening letter
by Steve Burns Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
10:07 p.m Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Neighborhoods

"Roswell police and the FBI are investigating after envelopes with 'white powder' were found in congressional candidate Karen Handel’s mailbox and at four others in her subdivision.

The call came in about 1 p.m. for Roxburgh Drive off Old Alabama Road in the Willow Springs neighborhood, police said.

'This afternoon we had some suspicious packages delivered to our house and to our neighbors,' Handel said in a statement. 'The packages contained threatening letters and a suspicious substance. The police were quickly notified and the street is now being blocked off. We will continue to coordinate with law enforcement as necessary.'"
"Ossoff campaign manager Keenan Pontoni told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his campaign has also received multiple threats of violence in recent days, which he said have been reported to police. The Ossoff campaign hired a security detail on Thursday as well as a result of the escalating tensions."

Local TV station WAGA Fox-5 received a similar letter, postmarked Greenville, SC. The envelope contained baking powder.

Color me suspicious. This close to voting day, I'm not sure this episode passes the smell test.

What I want for Republicans is political defeat and utter humiliation,

not murder and martyrdom.

One of my worst fears

is that I'll end up in an old folks' home for people born in the 1950s like me, and the entertainment director will lead group sing-alongs featuring the greatest hits of Seals & Crofts, America, Bread, and so on.

There is so much great music in a wide variety of genres, I feel like I'm living in the greatest era for musical exploration ever! To me it's a miracle that with very little effort I can hear Roma songs from Eastern Europe, Indian Carnatic music, 1920s hot jazz from the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, the latest funk from Booker T. Jones, hard-to-pigeonhole artists like Jun Miyake (his music on the soundtrack to the Wim Wenders film, Pina, OMG!), groundbreaking new jazz from people like Jason Moran and Cassandra Wilson (not to mention the beautiful hymn-like tunes of Abdullah Ibrahim), fascinating electronic music from people like Paul Lansky, or how about the all-female saxophone group The Tiptons?... and so much more, all in the same day.

I suggest plunging yourself into unfamiliar waters and seeing what you find. Try letting the Pandora app turn you on to new sounds. Watch some of the NPR Tiny Desk Concerts for incredible variety and virtuosity.

I love much of the music of my youth. I will never get tired of the greatest Beatles songs, or my favorite R&B tracks (Martha & the Vandellas -- my lifelong crush!). But there is an amazing world of music out there, just waiting to titillate your eardrums and take you to new places. Give it a try.
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