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That describes the situation.

Uncle Sam used to play referee. Now the ref hops off the same bus as brought the red team.

Jim Freeman, an attorney I respect, wrote about this in


Civil Rights Attorney Jim Freeman Explores How the Ultra-Rich Profit from Racial Injustice in New Book

The author of “Rich Thanks to Racism” says that while not all of the country’s ultra-wealthy are necessarily conscious of their complicity in upholding systems of inequity and oppression, it is happening nonetheless.


by Detroit Today | April 6, 2021

Over the last year, our nation’s issues regarding socioeconomic and racial inequity have been laid bare in all their stark dysfunction, and there’s been a lot of discussion around the role of the ultra-wealthy in the perpetuation of these systems.

“There may not be a more significant racial justice issue than the massive over-investment in the criminalization of people of color.” —Jim Freeman, Author of “Rich Thanks to Racism: How the Ultra-Wealthy Profit from Racial Injustice”


Jim Freeman, one of the country’s leading civil rights lawyers, says that while not all of the country’s ultra-rich are necessarily conscious of their complicity in upholding systems of inequity and oppression, it is happening nonetheless.

Continues w link to Detroit NPR interview:

https://wdet.org/posts/2021/04/06/90816-civil-rights-attorney-jim-freeman-explores-how-the-ultra-rich-profit-from-racial-injustice-in-new-book/

For some reason, the author hasn’t been invited on air by Corporate McPravda.

131 federal judges failed to recuse themselves from cases in which they had financial interest



131 federal judges failed to recuse themselves from cases in which they had financial interest: report

BY MONIQUE BEALS
The Hill (from WSJ)- 09/28/21

One hundred and thirty-one federal judges oversaw court cases involving companies in which they or their family members owned stock, according to a new investigation.

Those judges violated U.S. law and judicial ethics as they failed to recuse themselves from a total of 685 court cases in which they may have had a conflict of interest, an investigation by The Wall Street Journal found.

In those cases, about two-thirds of the rulings were in favor of the financial interests of the judge, the Journal reported.

Snip…

After the Journal notified the judges of its findings, 56 of them began to alert parties involved in 329 of the lawsuits of their conflict of interest.

Continues…

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/574244-131-federal-judges-failed-to-recuse-themselves-from-cases-in-which

Tom Cotton's Slave-Owning Ancestors

A nice blogger explains…



Tom Cotton's Slave-Owning Ancestors

Tom Cotton's family owned slaves


Esha, Historic.ly, Jul 27, 2020

Tom Cotton feels very strongly that 1619 project should not be used to teach kids.He has sponsored a bill that cuts funding to using the 1619 project to teach kids. Is an ulterior motive for Tom Cotton to not want anyone to learn the truth about slavery?

If we dig into records of slave ownership, we can see that Tom Cotton’s family owned slaves.

Snip…

In 1741, the earliest relative John Cotton died. In his will, he bequeathed enslaved persons to his children. He had at least 5 enslaved people!

https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/f_auto,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F1b575bb6-cb93-41c9-8186-8672a0d92edb_2592x1280.png

Continues…

https://historicly.substack.com/p/tom-cottons-slave-owning-ancestors

https://twitter.com/TomCottonAR/status/1286670242677231619

As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head

Nepotism, abuse of office, corruption, big asses…typical GOP.



As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head

Ethics officials are questioning whether South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem had a conflict of interest by meeting with her daughter and top state officials last year in the governor's office while her daughter was pursuing a real estate certification


By AP
Monday, Sep 27, 2021 11:00

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency, the woman's direct supervisor and the state labor secretary.

Noem's daughter attended too.

Kassidy Peters, then 26, ultimately obtained the certification in November 2020, four months after the meeting at her mother's office. A week after that, the labor secretary called the agency head, Sherry Bren, to demand her retirement, according to an age discrimination complaint Bren filed against the department. Bren, 70, ultimately left her job this past March after the state paid her $200,000 to withdraw the complaint.

Snip…

Still, government ethics experts who reviewed the series of events at the AP's request said Noem's decision to include her daughter in the meeting created a conflict of interest regardless of what was discussed.

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https://www.the-journal.com/articles/as-daughter-sought-state-license-noem-summoned-agency-head/

This is one of those feel-good stories.

Pretzeldental paperwork will show Putin’s Puppet is the demented moronic traitor his actions prove he is.

Americans who relied most on Trump for COVID-19 news among least likely to be vaccinated

Info worth sharing…



Americans who relied most on Trump for COVID-19 news among least likely to be vaccinated

BY MARK JURKOWITZ AND AMY MITCHELL
Pew Research, September 23, 2021

Americans who relied most on former President Donald Trump and the White House coronavirus task force for COVID-19 news in the early days of the pandemic are now among those least likely to have been vaccinated against the virus, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

In late April 2020, as part of the Center’s American News Pathways Project, respondents were asked to name the source they relied on most for pandemic news. At that point, it had been more than a month since the World Health Organization had declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic, businesses and schools in the United States were closing their doors, and the nation was approaching the 1 million mark in number of confirmed cases as the sweeping impact of the pandemic was becoming clearer.

Over a year later, at the end of August 2021, the Center asked U.S. adults about their vaccination status. Of the 10,348 respondents who took the August survey, 6,686 had also taken the April 2020 survey. Looking at the group who took both surveys reveals distinct differences in vaccination rates based on where people turned most for COVID-19 news.

Those who cited Trump and his task force and those who cited personal and community networks as their favored COVID-19 news sources are far less likely than those who relied on other source types to have received at least one shot of the vaccine. Roughly six-in-ten (59%) of those who relied most on Trump say they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 38% say they have not received a vaccine.

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https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/09/23/americans-who-relied-most-on-trump-for-covid-19-news-among-least-likely-to-be-vaccinated/

Not abortion, but segregation.



The Real Origins of the Religious Right

They’ll tell you it was abortion. Sorry, the historical record’s clear: It was segregation.


By RANDALL BALMER
Politico Mag, May 27, 2014

Randall Balmer is the Mandel family professor in the arts and sciences at Dartmouth College. His most recent book is Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter.

Excerpt…

The Green v. Connally ruling provided a necessary first step: It captured the attention of evangelical leaders , especially as the IRS began sending questionnaires to church-related “segregation academies,” including Falwell’s own Lynchburg Christian School, inquiring about their racial policies. Falwell was furious. “In some states,” he famously complained, “It’s easier to open a massage parlor than a Christian school.”

One such school, Bob Jones University—a fundamentalist college in Greenville, South Carolina—was especially obdurate. The IRS had sent its first letter to Bob Jones University in November 1970 to ascertain whether or not it discriminated on the basis of race. The school responded defiantly: It did not admit African Americans.

Although Bob Jones Jr., the school’s founder, argued that racial segregation was mandated by the Bible, Falwell and Weyrich quickly sought to shift the grounds of the debate, framing their opposition in terms of religious freedom rather than in defense of racial segregation. For decades, evangelical leaders had boasted that because their educational institutions accepted no federal money (except for, of course, not having to pay taxes) the government could not tell them how to run their shops—whom to hire or not, whom to admit or reject. The Civil Rights Act, however, changed that calculus.

Bob Jones University did, in fact, try to placate the IRS—in its own way. Following initial inquiries into the school’s racial policies, Bob Jones admitted one African-American, a worker in its radio station, as a part-time student; he dropped out a month later. In 1975, again in an attempt to forestall IRS action, the school admitted blacks to the student body, but, out of fears of miscegenation, refused to admit unmarried African-Americans. The school also stipulated that any students who engaged in interracial dating, or who were even associated with organizations that advocated interracial dating, would be expelled.

The IRS was not placated. On January 19, 1976, after years of warnings—integrate or pay taxes—the agency rescinded the school’s tax exemption.

For many evangelical leaders, who had been following the issue since Green v. Connally, Bob Jones University was the final straw. As Elmer L. Rumminger, longtime administrator at Bob Jones University, told me in an interview, the IRS actions against his school “alerted the Christian school community about what could happen with government interference” in the affairs of evangelical institutions. “That was really the major issue that got us all involved.”

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https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/religious-right-real-origins-107133/

PS: Thank you for helping connect the last half century of American politics, religion and societal devolution, Thomas Hurt. The GOP can’t win fair and square, so they dumbed down and divided their base and the nation, while stacking the courts with ass clowns.

"Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream!"



General Ripper: Do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream!...You know when fluoridation began?...1946. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works. I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love...Yes, a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence. I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women...women sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid women, Mandrake...but I do deny them my essence.

Why U.S. Republicans are now adopting Putin-style "managed" democracy

From early spring, a good summation of how and WHY the Russia Thing impacts our politics so grossly.



Why U.S. Republicans are now adopting Putin-style "managed" democracy

More evidence that Republicans are close soul mates of Russia’s President when it comes to restraining democracy


By STEPHAN RICHTER - ALEXEI BAYER
The Globalist via Salon, PUBLISHED APRIL 6, 2021

Excerpt…

As does Putin, so do the Republicans

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and Donald Trump was both flattering Putin in words and imitating him in deeds.

Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and Rupert Murdoch's other U.S. media assets, along with numerous other media outlets even further to the right, functioned as Trump's personal propaganda machine. They flattered the American "Dear Leader" and lied about his opponents every bit as much as Putin's Russia Today does.

Snip…

Marx as an inspiration?

In case you are wondering why this is happening in the U.S. of A., look no further than Karl Marx's works. Marxism claims that politics is a function of economics.

This is exactly what we have seen in Russia and what is now happening in the United States.

The entire raison d'ètre of the Republican Party in the United States is looking after the interests of rich Americans. Hence the party's eternal drive to reduce taxes for the plutocrats, whether income taxes, inheritance taxes or allowing all sorts of tax shelters in quite a few U.S. states.

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https://www.salon.com/2021/04/06/why-us-republicans-are-now-adopting-putin-style-managed-democracy_partner/

Historic filmmaker.



Whose Streets? Police Violence and the Recorded Image

https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0752/8/4/155/htm

COVID-19 makes me so angry, I can’t write. Police brutality makes me so angry, I have to write.
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