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NAACP Sues Trump and Giuliani


NAACP Sues Trump and Giuliani
February 16, 2021 at 10:24 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“The NAACP on Tuesday morning filed a federal lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, claiming that they violated a 19th century statute when they tried to prevent the certification of the election on Jan. 6,” the New York Times reports.

“The civil rights organization brought the suit on behalf of Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS). Other Democrats in Congress — including Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) — are expected to join as plaintiffs in the coming weeks.”

Politico: “The lawsuit, filed Tuesday morning in Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that Trump and Giuliani, in collaboration with the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, conspired to incite the riots to keep Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. It claims they did so in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act, a Reconstruction-era statute designed to protect both formerly enslaved African Americans and lawmakers in Congress from white supremacist violence.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 16, 2021, 01:31 PM (6 replies)

"...we did not send him there to do the right thing..."

Says so much...


Quote of the Day
February 16, 2021 at 12:19 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

“We did not send him there to vote his conscience, we did not send him there to do the right thing, whatever he said he was doing. We sent him there to represent us, and we feel very strongly that he did not represent us.”

— Dave Ball, Washington County Pennsylvania GOP chair, on voting to censure Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) for his impeachment vote to convict Donald Trump.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 16, 2021, 01:27 PM (5 replies)

Vigorous Preparation Returns to White House

As it should be; makes me happy!!


Vigorous Preparation Returns to White House
February 16, 2021 at 6:58 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“A new-old ritual is taking shape in the Biden White House, one that starts with bulky briefing packages, war-gaming the ‘what-ifs,’ and Oval Office discussions about how to talk to this or that particular U.S. ally or adversary,” the AP reports.

“Twelve times since he took office, President Joe Biden has dialed up a world leader after reinstituting what was a long-held White House standard mothballed by Donald Trump: vigorous preparation. Gone are unnecessary digressions and over-the-top cajoling or haranguing of fellow heads of state.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Feb 16, 2021, 08:38 AM (8 replies)

If You're a Liberal, You Should Know Who Jamie Raskin's Father Was; It Explains A Lot

If You're a Liberal, You Should Know Who Jamie Raskin's Father Was; It Explains A Lot
Charles Jay
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Monday February 15, 2021 · 3:02 PM EST

Were any of you wondering why Jamie Raskin was quoting his father in his opening remarks at the Senate impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump? Raskin actually condensed the original quote from his father, Marcus Raskin, who some have called “the dean of the American left.” Here is the original quote:

“Democracy and its operative principle, the rule of law, require a ground on which to stand. That ground is the truth. When the government lies, or is structured like our national security state to promote lies and self-deception, then our official structures have broken faith with the essential precondition for constitutional government in democracy.”

Marcus Raskin died on Dec. 24, 2017, of a heart ailment. Here’s the lead of the New York Times obituary:

Marcus Raskin, who channeled his discontent as a young aide in the Kennedy administration into helping to found the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank that became an abundant source of research about nuclear disarmament, the Vietnam War, economic inequality, civil rights and national security, died on Dec. 24 in Washington. He was 83.

Here is a link to the eulogy that Jamie Raskin delivered at the memorial and celebration of his father’s life at the Sixth & I Synagogue on February 12, 2018. These are the nine lessons he said his father taught him, but I recommend reading the full eulogy for more details about Marcus Raskin’s remarkable life story.

Lesson One: My father taught us that, when a situation seems hopeless, then you are the hope. When everything looks dark, you must be the light.

Lesson Two: Spoil children with love and wisdom, not with things.

Lesson Three: Whatever the background noise, follow the music in your head and the dreams in your heart.

Lesson Four: Go to school to teach as well as to learn and never let your schooling interfere with your education.

Lesson Five: Bring your full intelligence and ethics to work every day and if you can’t, you may need to find a new job.

Lesson Six: Hate war and work as citizens for peace and justice.

Lesson Seven: Act pragmatically, not in the degraded sense of doing what powerful people want you to do, but in the Deweyean sense of promoting experiments to advance the ideals of freedom and the common good.

Lesson Eight: Never give up on anyone, never hate anyone, and act with love whenever you can.

Lesson Nine: No good act in life is ever wasted.

And now for some background. Marcus Raskin came to Washington in 1958 to serve as legislative counsel to several liberal Democratic House members.

He was one of the “best and the brightest” and three years later he was tapped to serve as a deputy to McGeorge Bundy, the National Security Advisor to President John F. Kennedy.

He took the job on April 17, 1961, which just happened to be the first day of the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by anti-Castro Cuban emigres. His outspoken criticism of that fiasco led to a rift with Bundy, and his growing disagreement with the U.S. military escalation in South Vietnam led him to resign from the NSA staff.

In 1963, Raskin left the Kennedy administration and, with former State Department attorney Richard Barnet, founded the Institute for Policy Studies, so they could more freely “speak truth to power.” The IPS’ stated missions have grown to include Peace and Just Foreign Policy, Economic and Racial Justice, and Climate Justice.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 15, 2021, 11:52 PM (13 replies)

Kentucky Newspaper Says McConnell "Won't Save His Beloved Legacy" After Voting to Acquit Trump

Posted on Mon, Feb 15th, 2021 by Alan Ryland
Kentucky Newspaper Says McConnell “Won’t Save His Beloved Legacy” After Voting to Acquit Trump

In a piece for The Lexington Herald-Leader, op-ed columnist Linda Blackford criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for voting to acquit former President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection against Congress, writing that his speeches “won’t save his beloved legacy.”

“McConnell gave a pass to white supremacy, a pass on attacking the U.S. Capitol. He gave so many passes to Trump that we are left with a country that is sick in mind and body,” she wrote. “His beloved Republican party has turned into a death cult in thrall to a pathetic and pathological egotist. There will be some poetic justice in watching him try to unravel it over the next five years.”

“Let him try, along with whatever machinations he’s got up his sleeve as the new minority leader, while President Biden and Congress work toward healing the country, both literally and figuratively with vaccinations, COVID relief, a minimum wage increase and a bold plan to ease child poverty,” she continued. “It’s the kind of action that Mitch McConnell has upended, diluted and blocked his entire career in his quest for personal power. The good of the country has always come in second to the good of Mitch McConnell.”


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 15, 2021, 01:56 PM (29 replies)

The Betrayal of America


The Betrayal of America
February 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Tom Nichols: “The Republicans have repeatedly betrayed both Lincoln and the Union. The party whose first president died as a martyr at the hands of an insurrectionist is now controlled by empty, hollow people who rolled their eyes and lazed their way through the trial of a president who was manifestly guilty of inciting an insurrection.”
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 15, 2021, 01:22 PM (0 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Washington Post editor finally admits Trump should've been called a "liar"

Washington Post editor finally admits Trump should've been called a "liar"
Defining press failure
Eric Boehlert
2 hr ago

Better late than never? At this point it's hard to tell.

For four years news outlets helped normalize Trump's mendacious behavior by refusing to hold the commander-in-chief accountable with clear language that called his lies for what they were. Afraid that calling Trump a "liar" in straight news coverage would anger him and spark cries of "liberal media bias," the press capitulated. In the process, they helped turn lying into an unequivocal hallmark of the Republican Party — as witnessed during the recent impeachment trial, where Trump's lawyers lied repeatedly and without concern to Senate jurors.

Now that Trump is out of office, some news executives are having second thoughts.

From a lengthy interview retiring Washington Post editor Marty Baron recently gave to the Germany's Der Spiegel:

We had to be much more forthright about Trump’s mendacity, his lies over the course of the administration. We needed to call them that from the very beginning. We were very much operating on good principle; and let’s be fair, he was president, he was duly elected. But he was exploiting that. He was exploiting our principles. That said, I don’t think it would have made any great difference.

There's a lot there, and unfortunately much of it cannot be defended. What's most exasperating is that Baron, who's one of the best in the business, waits until Trump is out of office to make this sweeping concession about the central error that the media made covering the congenital liar. "We had to be much more forthright about Trump's mendacity, his lies," stressed Baron, which raises the obvious question: What was stopping him and the Post from doing that?


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 15, 2021, 10:45 AM (12 replies)

Obamacare Enrollment Period Open Again


Obamacare Enrollment Period Open Again
February 15, 2021 at 7:09 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“Uninsured Americans who want to buy Affordable Care Act coverage have another three months to do so, thanks to an executive order President Joe Biden signed last month,” CNN reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Feb 15, 2021, 08:26 AM (0 replies)

Hug your little superheroes today

A friend posted this on FB.

"I’ve lost a year with my kids battling over school and I’m done.

My seven year old and I were in the midst of our usual asynchronous day battle. I had his writing homework in my hand from school. He’d written several full, well-thought-out sentences. But he won’t do the same for me, at least not without a fight.

I told him he didn’t have to write about his best day like his teacher asked, he could write about his worst. He could write about whatever he wanted as long as he wrote a few sentences.

He said he’d get in trouble. He said he was doing a bad job in first grade. He was on the brink of tears but didn’t know why.

And it hit me.

Instead of getting frustrated and pushing the assignment, I sat down with him at his desk in his superhero bedroom. I said “you won’t get in trouble and you can’t fail first grade. In fact, you’re kind of a superhero yourself.” He sat up in his chair just a little and looked at me with disbelief.

I said, “Do you know that no kids in the history of kids have ever had to do what you’re doing right now? No kids in the history of kids have ever had to do school at home, sitting in their bedroom, watching their teacher on a computer. You and your friends are making history.”

A visible weight lifted from his seven year old shoulders, “What does that mean?”

I told him it means I haven’t given him nearly enough credit for rolling with the punches. I told him how proud I am of him and his friends. That kids this year are doing the impossible and they’re doing a really great job.
I apologized for not saying it sooner and more often. A little tear fell down his cheek.

We’ve thanked everyone from healthcare workers to grocery store employees but we haven’t thanked the kids enough for bearing the burden of what we’ve put on their shoulders this year.

We’ve said kids are resilient, and they are. But they are the real superheroes in this whole scenario for having ZERO say in their lives but doing their best to adjust every day.

We closed his school-issued laptop and spent the rest of the day playing. This was supposed to be temporary and here we are a year later still trying to hold our head above water.

This is our home and I won’t turn it into a battle ground anymore over something we can’t control. Something that no longer makes sense.

Hug your little superheroes today and don’t forget to cut them the slack we’ve given everyone else."
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Feb 14, 2021, 05:45 PM (7 replies)

Convicted or not, Trump is history - it's Biden who's changing America: Robert Reich

Convicted or not, Trump is history – it's Biden who's changing America
Robert Reich
Republican infighting has created a political void into which Democrats are stepping with far-reaching reforms
Last modified on Sun 14 Feb 2021 12.04 EST

While most of official Washington has been focused on the Senate impeachment trial, another part of Washington is preparing the most far-ranging changes in American social policy in a generation.

Congress is moving ahead with Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which expands healthcare and unemployment benefits and contains one of the most ambitious efforts to reduce child poverty since the New Deal. Right behind it is Biden’s plan for infrastructure and jobs.

The juxtaposition of Trump’s impeachment trial and Biden’s ambitious plans is no coincidence.

Trump has left Republicans badly fractured and on the defensive. The party is imploding. Since the Capitol attack on 6 January, growing numbers of voters have deserted it. State and county committees are becoming wackier by the day. Big business no longer has a home in the crackpot GOP.

This political void is allowing Biden and the Democrats, who control the White House and both houses of Congress, to respond boldly to the largest social and economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Importantly, they are now free to disregard conservative canards that have hobbled America’s ability to respond to public needs ever since Ronald Reagan convinced the nation big government was the problem.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Feb 14, 2021, 03:42 PM (2 replies)
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