So I enjoyed Martin's Game of Throne series. Although the books are based on historical events (like the Wars of the Roses), there's some good story-telling going on, some really interesting characters (if they don't die), and for me some memorable lines (Ned Stark "dreamt an old dream, of three knights in white cloaks, and a tower long fallen, and Lyanna in her bed of blood." . That said, I've sort of moved on from the books now that the HBO show has passed them and ruined a lot of the open story lines. I'm sure I'll purchase Winds of Winter when (if) it is released, but wish Martin worked a whole lot quicker on books 6 and 7.
Good article from the Charlotte Observer about an event I wasn't aware of, even though I grew up in North Carolina.
The states Highway Historical Marker Committee has approved a new plaque to be installed in Wilmington in 2018 near a busy intersection, which will tell people about the racist attack that left dozens dead and heralded the start of the Jim Crow era here.
That's the title of the HuffPo story. Here's the intro:
Before the Revolutionary War, colonial Virginia passed a law barring black people from owning firearms an exercise in gun control as racial control. In 1857, in his notorious Dred Scott decision, Chief Justice Roger Taney summoned the specter of black people freely enjoying the right to keep and carry arms wherever they went. Surely, he argued, the founders were not so forgetful or regardless of their own safety to permit such a thing. When black people armed themselves against white supremacist attacks following the Civil War, Southern state governments passed black codes barring them from owning guns. After the Black Panthers open carried to signal to California police officers that they would defend themselves against racial attacks in the late 60s, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a state ban on open carry into law.
In 2016, legal gun owner Philando Castile was shot after informing a Minnesota police officer that he was armed. Two years prior, Tamir Rice was killed by Cleveland police while holding a toy gun. John Crawford suffered the same fate in a Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart.
So what does black gun ownership mean in a country so determined to keep its black populace unarmed? Since the 2016 election, interest in firearms has supposedly ticked upward in the black community. Gun shops and clubs link the interest to a desire for self-protection against the white supremacists emboldened by President Donald Trumps election.
HuffPost spoke to 11 black gun owners about their reasons for owning a firearm. Trump was a non-factor. Instead, they talked about wanting to protect themselves out of fear that no one else would. They talked about their anxieties during interactions with the police and their complex views on gun regulation. Where gun advocates often adduce the imaginary heroics of a hypothetical active-shooter scenario to their arguments, the black gun owners we talked to referred to specific incidents, specific provocations as if redlined, too, out of the fantasyland of American gun culture. And most of them returned to a sentiment as old as the nation itself: that owning firearms is a rebellion against a system bent on keeping them out of the hands of black folks.
Well worth a read. The rest can be found here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-gun-ownership_us_5a33fc38e4b040881bea2f37?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009
Spoiler -- Sanders is 1, Biden 2, Warren 3, Gillibrand 4.
Polls from Gallup, CNN, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University all showed Trump's approval rating between 33 percent and 37 percent among the lowest numbers of his entire presidency. And that same CNN poll showed Democrats taking a nearly unheard-of 18-point lead in the 2018 midterm generic ballot, becoming just the latest poll to show a very bad environment for not just Trump but his party, too.
And even one of Trump's better polls from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal showed that just 36 percent of Americans said they would at least "probably" vote to reelect Trump in 2020. A majority (52 percent) said they would at least "probably" vote for someone else. While just 18 percent said they would "definitely" vote for Trump, 38 percent said they would "definitely" vote against him.
Given all of that, and with just one year left until the unofficial start of the 2020 presidential race, you can bet a slew of Democrats are starting to get anxious to run against Trump. And depending on how that 2018 election turns out, you may see a bunch of them get into the race quickly. The field appears certain to be extremely big and wide open, and it could reward those who can lock down a base of support before others with claims to those same bases get in.So whose stock is rising and falling at this early juncture? We ranked the top 15 possible Democratic nominees three months ago, and today we do it again.
As usual, they're ranked in ascending order of likelihood to win the Democratic nomination.
Full list of rankings at the link.
"Two of President Donald Trumps federal judge picks Brett Talley in Alabama and Jeff Mateer in Texas probably won't win Congressional approval, a White House aide and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday."
Don't have a link.
But quoting Comey, "let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream," and let these racists go to prison for the rest of their lives. Folks on here attack Alabama, but historically Georgia is at least as bad.
Apologies if I missed this, but are other folks seeing a significant increase in ACA premiums? Our son's premiums (in Virginia) are increasing from $107 a month last year to $310 a month this year, with a $7000 deductible.
I would have expected older voters to oppose such a ban, but the exact opposite appears to be true.
As a US fan this isn't near as disappointing as the US's failure, but much more shocking.
More at the link - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/06/an-unlikely-hero-describes-gun-battle-and-95-mph-chase-with-texas-shooting-suspect/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-high_mm-langendorff-602am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.2adf38217a9c