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If an H-1b has an American accent, they are probably not an H-1b. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

Joe Biden delivers statement on Kenosha riots

D.C. police, protesters clash again near Black Lives Matter Plaza


Police moved in on dozens of protesters in the District early Monday, deploying a chemical irritant in the crowd and tackling some demonstrators as officers moved quickly to clear Black Lives Matter Plaza.

It is unclear why police moved in on the crowd.

The irritant, which was deployed shortly after midnight Sunday night, sent dozens of protesters dispersing from the corner of 16th and H streets NW. Police in helmets and riot gear were deployed along H Street outside of Lafayette Square.

The large sound of the deployment could be heard for blocks. Smoke from the police munitions could be seen wafting in the air.


Two units of bike officers had pedaled into Black Lives Matter Plaza to descend on demonstrators, and clear the intersection at I Street. Officers were seen tackling fleeing demonstrators and swinging their bikes at people as they appeared to take several protesters into custody and shove others away from the plaza.

Officers were seen slamming people against parked vehicles and pinning others against the sidewalk. Other officers formed a line with bicycles and continued to shout orders to clear the area.

After the March on Washington on Friday some protesters decided to stick around for some reason on Saturday, Sunday, and into this morning. These unorganized protests in many cities have gotten out of control and it doesn't seem productive for these people to continue.

Sneak Peek of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

2020 isn't all bad if MLK library is reopening soon after renovations. A lot of good construction work has been done all over DC during quarantine.

Hurricane Laura forecast: northern Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic next in storm's path


After bombarding coastal areas of southern Louisiana with wind gusts up to 130 mph and a storm surge over nine feet, Hurricane Laura is sweeping northward through the state while also spreading over Arkansas. The storm will then dash through the Tennessee Valley and the Mid-Atlantic from Friday into Saturday.

Damaging winds and flash flooding are likely even as the hurricane weakens into a tropical storm by Thursday night and eventually to a depression on Friday.

As of 11 a.m. Eastern time, the storm was centered about 55 miles southeast of Shreveport, La., briskly headed north at 16 mph. It still contained maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Alexandria International Airport had recently recorded a wind gust of 86 mph.

More images at link. It should be in the DC area Saturday.

"State Fair" Lemonade - Best Lemonade Ever - Food Wishes

I always loved the lemonade at fairs and wondered how it was so much better than what I make at home. I was today years old when I found out why.

DCers can check voter registration here


Links to all states' election sites are here: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/

Always check. Make sure everything is spelled correctly. They mysteriously lost my voter registration in 2016 but thankfully we have same day registration in DC.

'The virus is over': Fox & Friends visits diners where customers don't wear masks

These people's attitudes are the virus

Trump Just Claimed Biden 'Wasn't Born' In His Literal Birthplace Because He Moved Away As A Child


Number 45 is already doing everything he can to try and de-legitimize election results come November.

Now following in the footsteps of his racist birther theories against both Barack Obama and Kamala Harris, Donald Trump has now claimed that Joe Biden is not from Scranton, Pennsylvania.


Because Biden moved away from his birthplace as a child.

Trump's rally happened to be in Montoursville, Pennsylvania which is about 80 miles from Scranton—aka, where Joe Biden was born.

"You know, he left like 70 years ago," Trump said.

"He wasn't born — I view it differently. He'd say he was born here. But he left when he was like 8, 9 or 10. So he left 68 years ago, he left. Long time ago. So I view it differently. He wasn't born here. He abandoned Scranton!"

Trump lives in Florida and DC, so he wasn't born in NYC. Sound logic. Maybe Trump was born in Russia since Putin is his daddy.

55 Things You Need to Know About Kamala Harris


Kamala Harris has spent the better part of two decades in public life notching up a long list of things she was the first to achieve: the first Black woman to be elected district attorney in California history, first woman to be California’s attorney general, first Indian American senator, and now, the first Black woman and first Asian American to be picked as a vice presidential running mate on a major-party ticket.

What do voters need to know about the woman who sits on the cusp of breaking one of the highest glass ceilings in American life? Here, culled from books, extensive media coverage and the archives of POLITICO, is a quick primer on the life of Kamala Devi Harris, the trailblazing prosecutor-turned-senator who in just a few months’ time could be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

There are plenty of policy positions and law cases for people to argue about if you feel that's productive, including whether Oakland, California is an overseas territory of the Republic of India or Jamaica or both. And how did she get that nice tan instead of looking orange like Trump?

I've selected some facts I like:

3. Her mother chose Kamala’s name as a nod both to her Indian roots—Kamala means “lotus” and is another name for the Hindu goddess Lakshmi—and the empowerment of women.

6. As a child, Harris went to both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple—embracing both her South Asian and Black identities. “My mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters,” Harris later wrote in her autobiography, “and she was determined to make sure we would grow into confident, proud black women.”

7. She visited India as a child and was heavily influenced by her grandfather, a high-ranking government official who fought for Indian independence, and grandmother, an activist who traveled the countryside teaching impoverished women about birth control.

46. She’s an enthusiastic cook who bookmarks recipes from the New York Times’ cooking section and has tried almost all the recipes from Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food. Her go-to dinner entree is a simple roast chicken.

47. She collects Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, which are her go-to travel shoes.

48. Her favorite books include Native Son by Richard Wright, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

49. She typically wakes up around 6 a.m. and works out for half an hour on the elliptical or SoulCycle. She’ll start the day with a bowl of Raisin Bran with almond milk and tea with honey and lemon before leaving for work.

55. Her motto comes from her mom: “You may be the first, but make sure you’re not the last.”

When and how to vote in all 50 states


Millions of Americans who normally vote in person on election day will turn to early voting or mail-in ballots this fall — but that only works if you understand your state's election rules, deadlines and how to ensure your vote is counted.

Driving the news: Axios is launching an interactive resource, built on research by RepresentUs, a nonpartisan election reform group, to help voters across the country to get the information they need.

"This election year, voters need to take more time and effort to navigate the challenges of a pandemic," U.S. Elections Assistance Commissioner Donald Palmer tells Axios.
It will be critical for voters to have updated information on their options "to make sure that this election is a true reflection of the will of the people," said Matt Strabone, senior counsel for RepresentUs.

Links in the article on where to verify registration and register for mail in votes. Early voting is an option in many states. Polling places have changed this year because of the pandemic and staffing shortages so always check.

Of course, it's easier to vote in blue states for some reason...
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