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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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To my white friends, the time for talk has passed. Now is the time for work.

To my white friends, the time for talk has passed. Now is the time for work.


By Brian S. Lowery
June 12, 2020 at 3:25 p.m. CDT

(Brian Lowery is a professor of organizational behavior and senior associate dean for academic affairs at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.)


The question I would pose to my white friends: Are you okay? Are you okay after seeing a Minneapolis police officer casually pressing the life out of George Floyd? Are you okay after learning that police rushed in and shot Breonna Taylor, a woman not accused of wrongdoing, in her apartment? Are you okay after watching three white men chase and kill Ahmaud Arbery? Are you okay after watching an apparently liberal woman functionally weaponize her whiteness in Central Park? I know that many feel terrible that such atrocities continue to happen. I don’t know whether people understand that, because they are white, they are subject to the same forces that produced Derek Chauvin, the officers in Kentucky, those men in Georgia and Amy Cooper in New York.

Maybe you believe you have nothing in common with those people, that good intentions, tolerant upbringings or enlightened parenting will protect against such corruption. Maybe you believe the diverse activism on display nationwide will make things right. But sincere concern and time have not fixed our problems. They are not enough to protect any of us from the influence of the malignant system we all live in.


The question going forward is whether people suppress the desire to deny this problem or distance themselves from it. The forces that created the monsters so many now decry also help to generate white privileges. Talk alone will not dismantle a system that has torn at all Americans — body, mind and soul — since this country’s inception. It’s time to educate friends and family, and demand more of leaders. It is time to be more than a cheerleader or ally and find ways to make permanent change.

This will not be easy. The price of justice — the loss of privilege — will be a painful shock. But the privileges of dominance come at a steep moral and psychological price for whites and cause others significant harm. As Frederick Douglass said, without struggle, there is no progress. Let’s struggle together for our collective soul.

Eight black transit workers got promoted. Thousands of white workers walked off the job.

Eight black transit workers got promoted. Thousands of white workers walked off the job.

By Dustin Waters


June 13, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. CDT


The black transit workers’ promotions to motormen quickly triggered a mass walkout by some 4,500 of their white counterparts. For six days that August, trolleys and buses sat idle. The subway stopped. So did one of the country’s leading wartime manufacturing centers.

Fearing an outbreak of violence, local officials summoned state police, forbade the sale of liquor and canceled a doubleheader between the Phillies and the Cubs. Even so, fights broke out across the city — resulting in 200 arrests and numerous injuries.


“Liberty Bell? Liberty Bell? That’s a lot of bunk,” shouted Charles White as he hurled a one-pound stone paperweight at the national icon. “There is no justice.”

Guards quickly arrested him, and the huge bronze bell had minor damage. But White made national headlines. His attack was both personal and patriotic, he explained after being taken into custody.


Udder Failure: Devin Nunes Can't ID Critics Behind Cow Tweets, So Suit Appears Moot

Udder Failure: Devin Nunes Can’t ID Critics Behind Cow Tweets, So Suit Appears Moot

The conservative congressman’s attorney says the case against snarky Devin Nunes’ Cow has hit a “dead end.”

By Mary Papenfuss



His attorney complained in a court in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday that he and the congressman have hit a “dead end” in their bid to identify the scathing Nunes critics behind “Devin Nunes’ Cow” — and “Devin Nunes’ Mom,” The Fresno Bee reported.


Twitter argued early this year that Nunes can’t sue the social media company for remarks in the parody accounts because federal law gives them “broad immunity” from liability for the comments of their users.

Twitter also refused to reveal the identities of the account holders. Virginia Judge John Marshall has not ordered the company to do so — making suing those people virtually impossible, complained Nunes’s attorney Steven Biss.


Marshall has not yet ruled on the case, but he didn’t appear particularly sympathetic to Nunes’s suit. “I don’t know of any requirement in the law that says these sites have to be neutral,” Marshall said in court Friday. “Just because you don’t like it and asked to have them take it down, doesn’t mean they’re liable if they don’t take it down.”


I understand Devin Nunes’ Mom and the cow were not available for comment.

Officer charged with killing George Floyd still eligible for pension worth more than $1 million

Officer charged with killing George Floyd still eligible for pension worth more than $1 million

By Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken, CNN


Updated 7:11 AM ET, Fri June 12, 2020
All four ex-officers charged in Floyd's death amid protests



Derek Chauvin, 44


While a number of factors are used to calculate pension benefits, Chauvin would likely be eligible for annual payments in the ballpark of $50,000 a year or more if he chose to start receiving them at age 55, according to a CNN analysis based on Chauvin's tenure, 2019 payroll data, contract details, pension plan guidance and Minneapolis Police Department salary schedules. The benefits could stretch to $1.5 million or more over a 30-year period, not including any cost of living increases. Chauvin's annual payments could be even higher if he received significant amounts of overtime in prior years.


Public pensions are paid for through a combination of contributions from taxpayer-funded local governments and workers themselves, as well as investment returns. Public safety pensions are typically some of the most generous and have caused local and state budgets to balloon around the country.

But they are almost impossible to reduce or take away from workers who have been promised them in public employment contracts, and police unions have fought hard to protect worker pensions. Officers also usually pay some of their own salaries into the funds and typically receive their pensions in lieu of Social Security.


The laws governing whether pensions can be stripped from police accused of misconduct vary depending on the state. Less than half of states have laws that allow for pensions to be taken away from police who were convicted of any kind of felony, while some other states allow pensions to be taken away for specific crimes like corruption or sexual crimes against minors but not for the conviction of an officer for using excessive force, according to 2017 research published in the Journal of Law, Economics and Policy.


About those historical Confederate monuments ...

To all the morons who think Confederate memorials are about "history", then put them into museums and see how many racist rednecks will show up to see them.

The big dirty secret about all these out of historical context so called monuments is that biggest number of them were erected out of historical context between 1900 and 1920 when Jim Crow was being established. These are not monuments to a mere five five years of history they are sticks in the eye monuments to racism, reminders for black folks to know to stay in their place.

No baby. Not anymore!

First sign a crime is going to be committed ...

End this Ugly President

Jebus. Just when you've thought you've seen it all ....

Corrections officer suspended over video mocking George Floyd’s death

Video shows a man kneeling on the neck of another man shouting unintelligibly back at protesters in New Jersey

Associated Press

Wed 10 Jun 2020 09.27 EDT

A corrections officer who participated in a counterprotest to a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New Jersey in which people re-enacted the death of George Floyd was suspended after the video was widely shared on social media.


The New Jersey Department of Corrections put out a statement Tuesday afternoon that said they were made aware that one of its officers participated in the filming of a hateful and disappointing video that mocked the killing of George Floyd.


A statement from Police Chief Brian Zimmer and Mayor John Bruno said they were appalled and saddened by the revolting actions of certain individuals.

Governor Phil Murphy condemned the stunt Tuesday night on Twitter, saying the state won’t let the actions of a few distract from our progress toward dismantling systemic racism.


Another participant, a FedEx employee, been suspended, "a company spokesman told The Courier Post".

What I told a German friend who found this:

I'd like to tell you, Walter, we're not all like that, but its hard to believe myself when theres several here on XXXX that if they wouldn't join in they have no problem whatsoever defending it, even telling you that wasn't racism, it was "freedom of speech". I say they had their freedom of speech, and that part and parcel to that freedom is the obligation to stand up like free men/women and accept the consequences - which is what truly free men/women do.

They like all the benefits of the sacrifices made for freedom, especially the wrapping themselves with the flag part but they don't want a thing to do with the sacrifice part. They have nowhere the courage the protesters have in facing murder and mayhem at the hands of those who allegedly swear to protect and defend our rights as citizens, to make free speech. The protesters are patriots who really defend our freedom of speech. They march knowing the consequences - just like those at Concord and at the Boston Commons.

'Cops,' Long-Running Reality Show That Glorified Police, Is Canceled

‘Cops,’ Long-Running Reality Show That Glorified Police, Is Canceled


By Nicole Sperling

June 9, 2020
Updated 9:21 p.m. ET

“Cops” is no longer.


Spike TV, the predecessor to the Paramount Network, picked up “Cops” in 2013 after the show was canceled by Fox, its network home for 25 years. The show’s 33rd season was expected to premiere on Paramount on June 15.


The civil rights group Color of Change began a campaign in 2013 urging Fox not to renew the unscripted law-enforcement show and called on advertisers to withdraw support. Since “Cops” made its debut in 1989, the group said, the network, the show’s producers and the advertisers “have built a profit model around distorted and dehumanizing portrayals of black Americans and the criminal justice system.”

The organization argued that although “Cops” was marketed as unbiased, the show “offers a highly filtered version of crime and the criminal justice system — a ‘reality’ where the police are always competent, crime-solving heroes and where the bad boys always get caught.”


He added, “These cop reality shows that glorify police but will never show the deep level of police violence are not reality, they are P.R. arms for law enforcement. Law enforcement doesn’t need P.R. They need accountability in this country.”


About time. The show taught me one important thing: cops need to have 'police' printed on their jackets to tell that they weren't the criminals. What a crap show.

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