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Gender: Male
Hometown: Detroit Area, MI
Home country: USA
Current location: San Francisco, CA
Member since: Wed Oct 29, 2008, 02:53 PM
Number of posts: 36,707

About Me

Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

Journal Archives

LA-02: Troy Carter wins D vs. D runoff to succeed Cedric Richmond.


Biden Set to Unveil $1.8 Trillion 'Families Plan'

“The White House is preparing to unveil a roughly $1.8 trillion spending and tax plan this coming week that includes many of President Biden’s campaign promises but also reflects the daunting challenges facing the administration as it tries to transform the U.S. economy,” the Washington Post reports.

“The American Families Plan, set to be released ahead of the president’s joint address to Congress on Wednesday, calls for devoting hundreds of billions of dollars to national child care, prekindergarten, paid family leave and tuition-free community college, among other domestic priorities. It will be at least partially funded by about a half-dozen tax hikes on high-income Americans and investors, proposed changes that are already provoking fierce opposition in Congress and on Wall Street.”


Marvel Announces Captain America 4 Movie With Black Lead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Malcolm Spellman, the showrunner of Falcon and Winter Soldier, will pen the script for Captain America 4 with Dalan Musson, one of the writers from the Disney+ series.

MCU fans began speculating early Friday morning on the possibility of Falcon and Winter Soldier receiving a second season on Disney+, especially in regards to the Captain America and the Winter Soldier title reveal in the finale. "Captain America" and #FalconandWinterSoldierFinale were both top trending topics on Twitter Friday morning.


Biden to recognize Armenian Genocide

Breaking on my phone.

Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Official Teaser

Five people shot in Shreveport tonight


Happy Birthday, Superman


Sikh advocacy group calls for investigation into racial bias in Indianapolis shooting

A prominent Sikh advocacy group is calling for an investigation into the Indianapolis shooting to determine if racial bias played a role in the attack.

The New York-based Sikh Coalition said in a statement Saturday that it was calling for the role after police revealed no motives yet for this week’s shooting, which killed eight, including four members of the Sikh community.

“No further information about his possible motive has been released at this time, but we fully expect that authorities should and will conduct a full investigation--including the possibility of bias as a factor,” the group said.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the victims of this horrific violence,” added Satjeet Kaur, Sikh Coalition Executive Director. “While we don’t yet know the motive of the shooter, he targeted a facility known to be heavily populated by Sikh employees, and the attack is traumatic for our community as we continue to face senseless violence. Further traumatizing is the reality that many of these community members, like Sikhs we have worked with in the past, will eventually have to return to the place where their lives were almost taken from them.”

The victims of the Thursday shooting were identified as 32-year-old Matthew R. Alexander, 19-year-old Samaria Blackwell, 66-year-old Amarjeet Johal, 64-year-old Jaswinder Kaur, 68-year-old Jaswinder Singh, 48-year-old Amarjit Sekhon, 19-year-old Karlie Smith and 74-year-old John Weisert.


CNN: Four Indianapolis shooting victims were members of the local Sikh community

So this may have been a hate crime after all.

VOTING LOCAL: Xander Orenstein for Pittcbugh, PA District Magistrate

I’m a queer housing organizer and scientist running for Magisterial District Judge in Pittsburgh’s Magisterial District 05-03-10 which covers parts of Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and Polish Hill.

As Magistrate Judge, I will seek fairness, compassion and above all, impartiality for the community I hope to represent.

The public health crisis presented by Covid-19 demands our judiciary place the well-being of the community first and foremost in a way that challenges a justice-as-usual approach. As a rising number of people fall below the poverty line, our community faces a deterioration of the already existing housing crisis by the devastating impact of evictions. The families affected most are often the most vulnerable to begin with. As a front line advocate advising these families of their rights going into court, I have seen first hand and profoundly been affected by the unique role the Judiciary can play in protecting the community’s basic right to shelter.

The social and institutional injustices highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement are intimately linked to housing and financial insecurity, and so bail reform and careful review of issuance of warrants are similarly central to my vision of fair, compassionate and merciful adjudicating.

I have trained as a scientist, and practice sword fighting as a passion. While this sort of background may be atypical, it is by no means a hindrance to judging fairly and in a manner that strengthens the community. Central to my training in both these fields is the power of discipline, patience and anticipating how the smallest of actions can have a massive effect.

Important decisions should only be undertaken with great care, and I hope you will join me in building a better community together.

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