General Discussion, Sunday, June 21, 2020

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  1. Lucille says:

    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!


    By Photographer Gabriele aka JustGaba
    http://www.curiousdoodle.com/fathers-and-their-children/

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  2. Lucille says:

    In case you missed this the other day…

    Hodge twins – White Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter Exposed!
    June 13, 2020

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    • stella says:

      Mornin’ WeeWeed!

      Like

    • czarowniczy says:

      Well, 100% of the people in our neighborhood have a master’s degree…but then we’re the only ones in our neighborhood. Aren’t statistics WONDERFUL!?

      I would go further and say that liberalism is just a form of despotism with sugar sprinkles on it and as with all forms of thinly disguised authoritarianism devolves into absolute oppression, a dictatorship of the masses.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good afternoon, WeeWeed! Excellent article!

      “As soon as the mayhem began in Minnesota, a number of houses on the next block sprouted commercially prepared lawn signs supporting Black Lives Matter. (Many of these same homes earlier sported lawn signs saying “Hate has no Home here” and “All Are Welcome” when the President halted immigration from countries where background checks were decidedly unreliable.) Frankly, I was never under the impression that black lives didn’t matter.”

      Everyone who is rushing to declare that blacks matter has had umpteen years to start living their beliefs. Why haven’t they? All of a sudden and out-of-character to scream to the world “BLACK LIVES MATTER” shows those same people have done zero, zilch since the days of the 60s civil rights movement in passing this belief on to their children.

      Millions of us have lived our lives knowing that blacks, and all other people, matter. We have become known in our communities because of our love of everyone regardless of their skin color or ethnicity. We who have always lived acknowledging this equality are now the enemy because we don’t join in the sycophantic-behavior mob.

      What’s really difficult is to be tolerant of stupidity, ignorance and outright lies regardless of who is saying such things.

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ all. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good day to you, aus! I’m continuing to watch the Hercule Poirot series, even though I’ve seen most of them before. Often I don’t remember who did it anyway.

      This episode was particularly well done and highly recommended for viewing pleasure: Agatha Christie’s Poirot S12E04 “The Clocks”

      Another episode (“Appointment With Death”) which had a confusing script DID have a terrific line at the end. Since I haven’t read the book, I don’t know if this line was written by Agatha Christie or the TV script writer. Reading reviews of the episode, it seems to be universally panned because of nearly total deviation from the book plot and characters, though most enjoyed the acting.

      Quote: “There is nothing in the world so damaged that it cannot be repaired by the hand of Almighty God. I encourage you to know this because without this certainty we should all of us be mad.” – Hercule Poirot

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    The mayor of Bloomingdale, Georgia was forced to resign by the city council after he dared to post his personal opinion (many would say the truth) about ‘white privilege’ on Facebook:

    “What is privilege?….
    “Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you’ve never had a job.
    “Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance.
    “Privilege is having a Smartphone with a Data plan which you receive no bill for.
    “Privilege is living in subsidized housing where you don’t have a water bill, where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on your table.
    “Privilege is the ability to go march against, and protest anything that triggers you without worrying about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such behavior.
    “Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and [to] be able to send them off to daycare or school you don’t pay for.
    “Privilege is sending your kids to school early for the before-school programs and breakfast, and then keeping them there for the after-school program…paid for by the people who DO HAVE TO DEAL WITH RISING TAXES AND COSTS! …you know, us so-called ‘PRIVILEGED’ the ones who pay while you TAKE TAKE TAKE!”

    Looks like the truth really does ‘set you free’.

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    • Lucille says:

      Apparently all the above “privileges” are part of the “reparation” movement to destroy minds, futures, and keep folks from ever living up to their potential.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Even when the economy’s shredded by the endless stream of reparations that will be paid to various injured groups you can bet that the welfare spring will still be flowing.

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  5. czarowniczy says:

    Statement by Seattle councilperson Kshama Sawant on yesterday’s double shooting in the Seattlt CHAZ/CHOP:

    Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of the black protester who was tragically killed this morning by gunfire at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). Socialist Alternative and I stand in solidarity with the family and friends of the victim, and with the injured protester now in the hospital, as well as with all community members and fellow activists.

    Though we await confirmation of the details of the killing, there are indications that this may have been a right-wing attack. If so, this would not be the first such attack on the Capitol Hill Black Lives Matter protest. As many recall, an armed man drove into the protest action on June 8, and shot black activist Dan Gregory, who had heroically intervened to stop the driver.

    We need immediate solidarity with the protest at the CHOP, and unity in our movement against reactionary violence. Our movement refuses to be intimidated.

    It is no accident that right-wing hate and violence has grown dramatically with Donald Trump in the White House. If this killing turns out to be a right-wing attack, President Trump bears direct responsibility, since he has fomented reactionary hatred specifically against the peaceful Capitol Hill occupation, and even threatened to intervene with federal troops. Also responsible are the conservative and corporate media outlets, both locally and nationally, which have themselves whipped up right-wing hate by completely misrepresenting the nature of the peaceful protest occupation, and who are continuing to do so even now, claiming that this shooting proves the CHOP is descending into chaos. Seattle’s establishment Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best also share responsibility for having portrayed our protest movement as violent.

    It is crucial that the CHOP occupation has developed a self-defense committee, which has played an important role at the encampment, and that general assemblies to ensure ongoing political discussions have been taking place. Socialist Alternative and I believe we should further develop both these important initiatives and the democratic structures of the CHOP with regularly scheduled general assemblies to vote on decisions for the movement, and democratically agreed plans around self defense. Elected committees of self defense have historically played vital roles during general strikes, occupations, and in mass movements, in order for the working class and marginalized people to defend themselves and carry out necessary functions in place of the forces of the state. Our labor movement has a crucial role to play in the protest movement, and should provide people and resources to assist in the defense and organization of CHOP.

    Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant at a recent digital Council meeting. (Screenshot)
    A 19-year-old man was shot early Saturday morning at the CHOP. Another man is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center. Seattle police officers arrived to the scene around 2:30 a.m. after reports of gun shots. They said a crowd prevented them from finding a shooting victim. They later learned that CHOP medics took the victims to Harborview where the 19-year-old later died.

    Observations from inside Seattle’s CHOP

    Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant released a statement Saturday afternoon about the shooting. Read her full statement below.

    Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of the black protester who was tragically killed this morning by gunfire at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). Socialist Alternative and I stand in solidarity with the family and friends of the victim, and with the injured protester now in the hospital, as well as with all community members and fellow activists.

    Though we await confirmation of the details of the killing, there are indications that this may have been a right-wing attack. If so, this would not be the first such attack on the Capitol Hill Black Lives Matter protest. As many recall, an armed man drove into the protest action on June 8, and shot black activist Dan Gregory, who had heroically intervened to stop the driver.

    We need immediate solidarity with the protest at the CHOP, and unity in our movement against reactionary violence. Our movement refuses to be intimidated.

    It is no accident that right-wing hate and violence has grown dramatically with Donald Trump in the White House. If this killing turns out to be a right-wing attack, President Trump bears direct responsibility, since he has fomented reactionary hatred specifically against the peaceful Capitol Hill occupation, and even threatened to intervene with federal troops. Also responsible are the conservative and corporate media outlets, both locally and nationally, which have themselves whipped up right-wing hate by completely misrepresenting the nature of the peaceful protest occupation, and who are continuing to do so even now, claiming that this shooting proves the CHOP is descending into chaos. Seattle’s establishment Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best also share responsibility for having portrayed our protest movement as violent.

    It is crucial that the CHOP occupation has developed a self-defense committee, which has played an important role at the encampment, and that general assemblies to ensure ongoing political discussions have been taking place. Socialist Alternative and I believe we should further develop both these important initiatives and the democratic structures of the CHOP with regularly scheduled general assemblies to vote on decisions for the movement, and democratically agreed plans around self defense. Elected committees of self defense have historically played vital roles during general strikes, occupations, and in mass movements, in order for the working class and marginalized people to defend themselves and carry out necessary functions in place of the forces of the state. Our labor movement has a crucial role to play in the protest movement, and should provide people and resources to assist in the defense and organization of CHOP.

    Our movement should also demand and insist that the Seattle Police fully investigate this attack and be held accountable to bring the killer(s) to justice. Because of the repressive role of the police under capitalism, and often with developed links to reactionary groups, police have historically frequently failed to prosecute violence by the right – even going as far as to shield the perpetrators. For decades in the South, law enforcement across the country did not lift a finger to stop the KKK’s lynch mobs, and often participated in them. It is being reported that police resources nationwide have been used to spy on, repress, and infiltrate the #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd protest movement, and to surveil protest occupations like the CHOP. But on the other side, how much time has been spent investigating the right wing, with their threats and acts of real violence? Just in recent days, neo-Nazis have been making public statements calling for the killing of protesters. Yesterday, on Juneteenth, the day of celebration of defeating the confederacy and ending the institution of slavery, many far-right and reactionary figures have made calls to start a new Civil War. We must demand accountability and justice, and if the police fail to thoroughly investigate and bring the killer(s) to justice, we may need to launch an independent community investigation.

    e must show our solidarity with the victims of this violence by continuing to build our movement and fight for our demands: to defund Seattle police by at least 50 percent; for the immediate release of all protesters without charges; for the East Precinct to be permanently brought into community control; for at least 1,000 publicly-owned affordable homes in the Central District and the Amazon Tax to fund citywide affordable housing and green jobs with priority hire for marginalized communities; and for an independent elected community oversight board with full powers over the police, including hiring and firing.

    And here we go…

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  6. Lucille says:

    Rally recap by the campaign coming on in a few minutes…

    Like

    • Lucille says:

      Well, gang, that was really poorly done. Started late and no live talk from the campaign personnel, just a portion of what might become a campaign video and clips from last night’s rally. Honestly? Good grief!

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