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Mayor Pugh comments on vandalism of Francis Scott Key statue

Source: ABC

Wednesday morning, people in Bolton Hill found red paint covering the Francis Scott Key statue in downtown Baltimore.

The monument was covered from the sidewalk, all the way up to the top of its columns. Someone also sprayed the words 'racist anthem' and 'slave owner' on the statue and sidewalk.

In a statement, Mayor Catherine Pugh says, "Freedom of speech is welcome in the city of Baltimore, but not at the cost of our public spaces and neighborhoods. Vandalism of any kind is unacceptable, and those found to be associated with this crime will be charged."

Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/news/crime-checker/baltimore-city-crime/mayor-pugh-comments-on-vandalism-of-francis-scott-key-statue

If you are letting Trump's words/lack of words and their timing control your emotions...

...the Idiot-in-Chief has already won.

We need to get over this hand-wringing approach that says that Trump should do or say something just because we think he should. This guy doesn't give 2 shits what we, or really any voter thinks, and he will NEVER do what you think/want him to do just because you think/want him to. The day you accept that you have zero control over his statements/non-statements, the far happier you'll be.

And let's evaluate what we're trying to accomplish with this hand-wringing anyway: what are you expecting the perfect statement to accomplish? Just like someone's "hearts and prayers" going out doesn't change one damn thing about innocent death(s), no statement from Trump is going to stop a stupid, inbred white supremacist from being and acting like a white supremacist. They aren't going to stop what they're doing because Trump says they're naughty.

There's a reason we were brought up on "sticks and stones may break my bones...". Words/lack of words hurt us because we've made the personal decision to allow them to do so, and the Orange one is gleeful over the fact that we've chosen that path.

What would it take for the "n-word" to actually stop being used?

Racial slurs against other ethnic groups (Asians, Jews, Hispanics, etc.), while still harmful when used, don't seem to be nearly as widely heard anymore. Honestly? I can't remember the last time I heard any of the more common racial slurs against these groups.

The n-word? Heard it probably a dozen times today on the radio alone. Granted, partially bleeped out, but it's there in nearly every hip hop song. Why is it that the n-word hasn't at least somewhat died off in our modern culture?

And if we wanted it to go away (which I think most decent people would), what would it take for it to no longer be funny or cool for ANYONE to say it?

Didn't Rev. Jesse Jackson try years ago to get even the hip hop community to drop it? A noble goal but apparently that was an abject failure.

Is terrorism now both expected and accepted as part of life? ? ?

The first DU thread on the Greatest Page regarding the 20+ innocents murdered in the UK is #29, embarrassingly even below a thread dedicated to discussion of actor Roger Moore's death.

To DUers and the world at large, are terrorism and the victims it takes basically a non-event these days? Like a traffic jam on your way home...unfortunate and disruptive but something we'll forget about again until we're in the next one?

Did I miss it, or does Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month get ignored by DUers?

3 months ago (and every February actually) this place was an amazing resource for weeks in a row for all things Black History, yet it's May 23rd and I don't even see a single post, even in the Asian Group itself.

Much love to all my friends of Asian and Pacific Island backgrounds!

Psychiatrists warned to 'stop analysing Trump' because they risk breaching their own code of ethics

Source: The Independent

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has issued a warning to its members to stop psychoanalysing Donald Trump because it breeches the organisation's strict code of ethics.

A great deal of armchair psychology has been written to explain Mr Trumps behaviour, with some commentators confidently claiming he is a psychopath or a sociopath terms which are often misunderstood and bandied about too casually, according to some practitioners.

Some professionals have declared the President is suffering from a personality disorder with many citing narcissistic personality disorder as one they believe afflicts him.

Following his recent press conferences, psychiatrists as well as media commentators have increasingly declared something is not quite right with Mr Trumps psyche, but the APA says this increasingly common trend by psychiatrists to diagnose those they havent treated must end.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/american-psychiatric-association-stop-analysing-donald-trump-warning-a7588751.html?amp

Interesting read. I'm not a clinician, but as a loved one of someone with severe mental illness, I agree that it's disturbing how many clinical professionals are willing to diagnose people (politicians, celebrities, etc.) that they've never treated or even met, all to get a little attention or make a political point. It's a sickening abuse of power, and an incredible disservice to those suffering from actual diagnosed mental illnesses.

HuffPost: "Did James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton The Election? We Asked The Late-Deciding Voters"

"Comey was a factor for some but not others, and even then, it’s not clear how decisive his letters were. For many voters, random, often arbitrary moments from the campaign proved motivating in often unexpected ways. That Clinton left herself vulnerable to their whims is the story of the election as much as the eleventh-hour pronouncement from the FBI director."

"The Clinton campaign’s argument that Comey decided the election is based on simple math. Data shows that the majority of voters who made up their minds during the last week of the election broke for Trump ― and in significant numbers. Comey’s dual announcements were the major revelation of the week; ergo, he must have changed the course of the election.

This isn’t just a public posture, either. In a private conference call two days after the vote, Clinton’s campaign staff told surrogates that internal data showed voters unfavorable to either candidate broke heavily towards Trump “by a 20 to 30 percent margin.”"

"The letter itself didn’t phase me or move me either way on Clinton. But her reaction to it kind of solidified it,” Hernandez said. “If I wanted to say when I knew for sure, it was when they started attacking Comey for doing his job in the weekend prior to the election.”


Mississippi Church Member Charged in 'Vote Trump' Arson

Source: ABC News

A Mississippi man arrested in the burning of an African-American church that was spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump" is a member of the congregation, the church's bishop said.

Andrew McClinton, 45, of Leland, Mississippi, was charged Wednesday with first degree arson of a place of worship, said Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. McClinton is African-American.

McClinton was arrested in Greenville, where Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was burned and vandalized Nov. 1, a week before the presidential election.

Hopewell Bishop Clarence Green said McClinton is a member of the church. Green said he didn't know about the arrest until he was called by The Associated Press.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/arrest-vote-trump-burning-mississippi-black-church-44330731
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