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The Conservative Activist Who Brought Down Affirmative Action Has a New Target


By email, Blum told Rolling Stone that his organization “was contacted by a woman-owned business who was ineligible to participate in these programs because she was not Black and [is] thus disqualified.”

in other words, a Karen

Florida mom fatally shot by neighbor in front of children l GMA

The Magat got arrested. Just shows there is hope
Posted by DonCoquixote | Wed Jun 7, 2023, 12:17 PM (5 replies)

Patton Oswalt Has Three Words for Grads: You Poor Bastards

sometimes, DU can be full of the "these kids today ruined everything" or "they can't think without their cell phones." Here, a Gen X comedian says what we should remember.

“It's been truly amazing to see how your generation has rebelled against every bad habit of mine and every generation that came before me,” Oswalt continues. “Everything that we let calcify, you have kicked against and demolished. You’ve rejected that whole 24/7, no-days-off grind. You’ve rejected apathy. You’ve rejected ignoring your mental health because ‘you’ve got to muscle through it no matter what.’ You’ve rejected alienation and cruelty. You’ve rejected not trying to include everyone. You’ve rejected not looking out for each other. And those are hard things to reject because accepting them sometimes makes life way easier.”

this Gen Xer concurs. Do not let people tear you down because you are not the reflection of the youth they THOUGHT they were; the real rebellion is to be yourselves. Remember that for all the sex drugs and rock and roll some take credit for, the truth was the older generation was handed the fruits and fat gained from Empire, and that for every Bob Dylan, there were many who became exactly what they promised they would never be. Gen X, I love Nihilism too, but some of my fellow xers are using that to support the Right wing, as if to tweak the Boomers. It is time to put away the Nirvana and Pearl Jam (let's face it, they were overrated anyway) and help the millennials and Z's pave over the trash., and at least help them as they wind up cleansing the mess of the 20th century's quest for empire.

To quote one of the more honest Baby Boomer musicans, Neil Young "keep on rocking in the free world."
Posted by DonCoquixote | Mon Jun 5, 2023, 01:08 AM (8 replies)

First Lady Jill Biden walks back idea of inviting Iowa women's basketball team to White House


WISE MOVE. If you went forward with this, you might as well told every black female that you like them, but not as much as people who look like you. Do note force us blacks and browns to think you are goign to backstab us.

MCC Tampa withdraws from Pride this weekend, still encourages others to go and 'experience joy'


This is an example of a great civil rights organization that sadly, did not check itself when it came to intersectionality. TERFing is a thing, sadly.

How a Florida city targets unwanted residents using police and code enforcement


a preview of what will happen in Florida

Hebert and Wojciechowski are just two examples of disturbing behavior from local enforcement which have been exposed in recent years by CL’s reporting on the city.

Over the past four years, NPRPD has been caught in a laundry list of scandalous behavior, including praying with Proud Boys during a BLM march in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. One officer was caught sharing department intel with an armed right-wing vigilante who was threatening BLM protesters online. Another was caught posing in front of a confederate flag on a boat.

The department also tried to pin a false felony charge on Marlowe Jones—a BLM activist who faced five years in prison after being charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, with zero evidence. He was found not guilty by a jury of his peers, and Jones is now also in the process of suing the city.

In January, Kim Bogart, the city’s former police chief who also oversaw code enforcement, retired suddenly shortly after publicly defending the slew of bigoted incidents from his officers.

Erik Jay, the city’s current code enforcement manager, who supervised Morgan as he spied on and harassed Wojciechowski, moved to his position after he retired from Bogart’s troubled police force.

Wojciechowski is a staunch BLM supporter, and had signs in her yard during the 2020 protests in New Port Richey. She also received now-dropped violations for practicing her First Amendment right to display those signs on her property.

question re: the debt ceiling

We know that the holdouts in the house are often ones who want to hold the economy hostage via the "debt ceiling", the ones who want at social security. Since we know these people have gained power, what measure does Biden have to stop this?

I remember back in the Obama days, there was tlak of a "trillion dollar coin>"

Eric Idle Is Tired Of Comedy Giants Like Dave Chappelle Crying "Censorship"


choice cut from article, but read the whole thing, as it worth it, especially as the right wing trots John Cleese out.

On the topic of censorship, Swisher naturally asked Idle if he had any thoughts on Dave Chappelle’s constant claims that he is being silenced while getting paid $24 million per special to complain about how canceled he is. Said Idle, “Where does he say it? On SNL … Well, you’re not being that much canceled, are you? If you were in your room complaining, I’d have a lot more sympathy.”

if we win Georgia

does this mean we get a TRUE majority, and by that mean one where we can tell Sinema and Manchin to STFU?

It wasn't the 'red wave' pundits predicted, but what's here is still pretty bad


I do not mean to diminish joy, but we still have to keep focused and realistic, as this article from Tampa shows. here is a good cut from it.

In any event, Democrats outran the fundamentals and avoided a bloodbath a la 2010 or 1994. Not that they should pop the champagne. They only defeated expectations.

Trump quisling Kevin McCarthy will probably be the next House Speaker, even if he’ll spend two absurdly long years with his balls in the Freedom Caucus’ vice. And Democrats might need a December runoff in Georgia to win the Senate—and if they lose, not only will America suffer the indignity of having to endure Senator Herschel Walker for the next six years, but Mitch McConnell will once again be able to block Biden’s judicial nominees for any or no reason whatsoever.

Just because things could be worse doesn’t mean what’s here is OK.
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