minx season 2 episode 4



from about an hour ago, that's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Billionaire and the Sidepiece." read betty's 'Crooked Clarence lies again' for the latest on clarence's corruption.

'minx.'  am i not covering it?

i'm still covering it.  last week ended with :

that's marcia and my annual summer read posts.  

and we discussed the books with ava and c.i. in 'Books (Marcia, Rebecca, Ava and C.I.).'

so no 'minx' coverage last week.

honestly, i love the show but blogger/blogspot putting my post behind the wall, my post on episode 2, really has ticked me off.

if you know watergate, you know woodward and bernstein had a source and they had a nickname for him.  that word was also the title of a film. in episode 2, the film is watched.  i did not describe the film but it was part of the plot - they had a copy, woops, it was a disney film and not that film, they get the copy, joyce asks joan didion to write an essay on the film, etc.  

there was no way to cover it without the title.  and the title is a popular term - due to watergate and the film.  but because the title of that film is in there, blogger/blogspot censored the post.  and i'm really ticked off.

'why don't you complain?'  i would but there's no way too.  i asked c.i. to look at it and see if i was missing something.  when this censorship started, you had a button you could hit that would prompt a review of the post by a person (this censorship is done by bots).  the button's not there.  c.i. looked as well and couldn't find it either.

so anyway, i believe this is episode 4 of the series.  joyce is having an affair with a rock star that she met at the linda ronstadt even on the previous episode.  she goes to his album cover shoot and is happy - and a stand out in the new wardrobe elizabeth perkins made her buy.  but she finds out that her boyfriend also has 2 groupies there.  (he didn't know she was coming.) so she leaves.

meanwhile, richie wants to photograph some models at a bath house - i know that's 1 word but for the bots let just make it 2.  joyce says no.  why?  elizabeth's complaint last week that there was a rumor that they had male readers and that would harm them with advertisers.  he did a f.u. shoot to joyce - even had the female model dressed as joyce dressed, but tina told him no and he redid the shoot.

doug is supposed to be creating new opportunites for minx per elizabeth perkins - bigger than the successful ash trays  he came up with or the calendar they are putting out.  elizabeth wants to be 'wowed.'  

he brings shelly and bambi together in his office to work on his secret project.

this is the first time the 2 have been alone since they slept together (episode 2?).  bambi wants to do it again but joyce's sister shelly says no they can just be friends.

bambi says that's okay.

shelly is writing fiction about the swinging she and her husband are doing - don't mean on the golf cart but, again, the bots - and it's being published by minx magazine.  every 1 seems to play along with the notion that it's fiction although doug and richie do note the similarities the main character has with shelly.

so doug's big wow?

a minx club.  the presentation is a party and a huge hit.  and doug's all excited but turns out joyce says 'no,' says it was a good party but it's not minx.

doug is dejected and appalled.  tina and he leave with her driving so he can get drunk in the car.  

bambi is also destroyed by the 'no' verdict.  she had worked with doug on it from the start.  as shelly tells her, it's understandable to be upset because she (shelly) feels upset and she had only started helping with the project that day, she can't imagine how upsetting it must be if you've been working on it all along. 

bambi asks her to stay with her but shelly says no.  she needs to get home to her husband and kids.

shelly is struggling to resist.  i'm expecting them to be back in bed before the end of the season.

let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

Thursday, August 31, 2023.  Nouri al-Maliki is talking about the US government, Amnesty International spotlights the missing, Bernie Sanders gets called out (for the last thing he should really be called out for), bad, bad, bad political 'analysis' from THE VANGUARD, and much more.

Unless you're the US media, Nouri al-Maliki is yet again in the news.  I have no idea why the US media refuses to cover the former prime minister and forever thug.  Maybe it's guilt?  They spent a long time covering for him while he destroyed Iraq.  And they refused to call out the US government overturning the votes of the Iraqi people in the 2010 election.  That's what led to the rise of ISIS in Iraq -- Nouri's second term after the Iraqi people had voted him out but the US government negotiated The Erbil Agreement to give him a second term.  At any rate, MEMO reports:

Former Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, said America intends to close the border between Syria and Iraq in order to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Al-Maliki added in press statements that he is not concerned about any American action against Iraq but he is certain that the recent American military movements aim to close the border with Syria.

He considered the movement of foreign forces, whether in Iraq or neighbouring countries, to constitute a major concern due to fears of a return to the tensions and conflicts that had previously plagued the region.

THE NEW ARAB also reports on the remarks:

Nouri al-Maliki, the head of the State of Law coalition, and other Iran-backed Shia militia leaders in Iraq claim that the aim behind the United States military manoeuvres to seal off the Iraq-Syria border is to topple the Syrian regime.

Nouri al-Maliki, the head of the State of Law coalition, made these claims on Monday, 28 August, but he also ruled out the possibility that the Biden administration might be planning a "regime change" in Iraq.

"We have a belief based on proof that movements by the US forces in western Iraq seem to be aimed at sealing off the Iraq-Syrian borders," Maliki claimed to Iraq's Al-Sharqiya channel in an interview aired on Monday night.

He added that while the West had imposed aerial, land, and sea blockade on the Syrian regime, it could "resist" the embargoes via border crossings with Iraq and therefore, the US aims "to tighten the embargo" on the Syrian government and "incite demonstrations" to topple the Syrian regime.

Maliki was Iraq's prime minister for two successive terms from 2006 until 2014, when the Islamic State (IS) group conquered a third of Iraq. He also claimed that the US forces did not consult the Iraqi government concerning its plans to seal off the Iraq-Syrian borders.

In October 2021, Iraq held elections and, taking their notes from the US State Dept, the US press hailed Moqtada al-Sadr as the victor and spoke of what would happen -- what never did.

Now I'm not expecting a journalist be a psychic but when you completely ignore a power player in a country, you are going to make mistakes.  In the lead up to that election, we repeatedly noted Nouri al-Maliki.  He refuses to go away and retains a great deal of power.

While the US press was basically misleading people to believe that Moqtada would be prime minister -- that was not going to happen, success for Moqtada would have been being the power behind the throne and that was highly unlikely as well -- Nouri was meeting with various blocs and blocking Moqtada.  And we were noting it in real time.  Moqtada's 'victory' was no victory and we were proven right when, finally, over a year (one year and 17 days) after the election took place, a prime minister was named: Mohammed Shia al-Sudani.  He was not from Moqtada's 'winning' bloc.  He is not someone who gets along with Moqtada.  He is the candidate that Nouri backed.

Before the election took place, the US media refused to see what could happen.  During the year long process after the election, the US media refused to see what was happening.  As late as spring 2022, they were still hailing Moqtada.

From their bubble, they misreported.  Today, they're still ignoring him.  But let's pretend they 'report.'

Meanwhile, Amnesty International issued the following:

Families of the disappeared wage a struggle for justice, truth and reparation in the face of state apathy

Across the Middle East, both state authorities and non-state actors, such as armed opposition groups, abduct and disappear people as a way to crush dissent, cement their power, and spread terror within societies, often with total impunity. Human rights defenders, peaceful protesters, journalists, and political dissidents are often specifically targeted.

Families and loved ones of the disappeared are left in limbo and experience constant mental anguish for many years and, sometimes, even decades. Most often, it is women who lead the struggle for truth, justice, and reparation, putting themselves at risk of intimidation, persecution and violence. And it is women who are left to shoulder the financial burden of providing for their families and caring for them, often with little to no state support and while facing oppressive patriarchal norms. They can neither organize a dignified burial nor properly grieve, and they spend their lives campaigning for the authorities to reveal the fate and whereabouts of their relatives.

In Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen alone, families have waited and campaigned more than a million years collectively for news of their missing loved ones

While the governments of most those states have not investigated disappearances nor provided accurate numbers of those missing or disappeared, family associations, human rights organizations and UN bodies have published estimates for the number of people abducted and disappeared in each country. In Iraq, the numbers range between 250,000 to one million disappeared. In Lebanon, the official figure is 17,415. In Syria, human rights organizations estimate the number to be over 100,000. In Yemen, human rights organizations have documented 1,547 cases of disappearance. When these numbers are multiplied by a conservative estimate of how many years these individuals have been missing, a tragic picture emerges of the agonising number of years families have spent waiting for answers – more than a million years.

In the absence of effective state action, families of the disappeared have united under victim and family associations to demand their rights – often at great costs and personal risks. The right to truth for individuals and societies is recognized in international law and in the context of enforced disappearances, meaning “the right to know about the progress and results of an investigation, the fate or the whereabouts of the disappeared persons, and the circumstances of the disappearances, and the identity of the perpetrator(s)”.

To commemorate the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappeared, Amnesty International is sharing the stories of extraordinary sacrifice and persistence by the families of the disappeared and by human rights organizations in each of these countries. The quest for truth, justice and reparation looks different for the families in each country, but what unites them is their shared struggle and their vision for a more free, safe, and cohesive society. 

Share these stories in solidarity with the families of the disappeared and demand that meaningful action be taken to reveal the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones.


Families of the disappeared in the middle east wait more than a million years collectively for their loved ones.

Iraq: Campaigning for answers

Iraq has one of the highest numbers of disappearances in the world, with people abducted and forcibly disappeared during the Ba’ath era (1968 – 2003), the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq (2003-2011), the years of sectarian violence (2006-2008), the conflict with the armed group self-identified as the Islamic State (IS) (2013-2017), and the crackdown against protestors during the nationwide anti-government protests in 2019 and its aftermath.

Despite Iraq’s ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, consecutive Iraqi governments have repeatedly failed to take meaningful steps to investigate disappearances, reveal the fate and whereabouts of those missing, or hold accountable those suspected of criminal responsibility. Crucially, the Iraqi authorities have still not recognized enforced disappearance as an autonomous crime in national legislation, and there have been no prosecutions for those suspected of criminal responsibility for enforced disappearance.  

In April 2022, families of the disappeared launched the #DeadorAliveWeWantThem campaign to demand answers regarding the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones who were disappeared during the conflict with the Islamic State. The campaign was supported by Al Haq Foundation for Human Rights, which is helping families organize themselves nationwide and unify their demands across their locations, their backgrounds and the circumstances under which their loves ones went missing. On 15 August 2023, in the lead up to the International Day for the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, Iraqi families of the disappeared, survivors of enforced disappearances and human rights organizations came together in nationwide protests demanding truth and justice for abductions and enforced disappearances. 

 According to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, Iraq has an estimated 250,000 to

1 million missing persons since 1968, making it one of the countries with the highest number of missing persons worldwide.

Demands to the Iraqi authorities:

  • Ensure timely, independent and thorough investigations into enforced disappearances and provide regular and transparent updates to the public about the progress of these investigations;
  • Ensure protection from reprisals for those seeking justice.


Sabby Sabs and others are so offended by what Bernie Sanders said and how he 'stabbed' Cornel West in the back.


Bernie's been in Congress for decades and this is where you're going to land your outrage?  Not on the day that America learned the VA had two sets of lists to make it appear that veterans were being seen much sooner when they were being delayed and suffering health wise as a result?  We covered the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing that day.  A former Democratic chair of the Committee (not Patty Murray) was as offended by the hearing as I was.  Bernie was the chair and the news of the dual lists was all over the news.  But Bernie began the hearing, as Committee chair, insisting that was not anything anyone needed to raise or discuss in the hearing because he wanted to focus on things like holistic medicine.  

Veterans were ill and some had died as a result of the delays.  The VA faked a fix by keeping two sets of books and no witness or member of the Committee, per Bernie, needed to talk about anything other than holistic medicine options.

Again, Cornel's where you land your outrage against Bernie?

You're ahistorical approach is laughable as is your glaring ignorance.

I have stated I will be voting for whomever the Democratic Party's nominee is in the 2024 election.  

I mean that.  And I can tell you why if you need to know that (though we may touch on it below in talking about Bernie).

I am not telling anyone else how to vote.  Don't plan to.  If you want to vote for someone, you should.  If no one speaks to you and you don't want to vote, that's your right as well.  And if you're not voting due to juggling work and maybe more work and/or family obligations, I understand that we need a national holiday for voting.  Or to do like Oregon and vote by mail.  But however you use your vote is your business.  My only hope for you is that the day of the election, you're comfortable with how you used it.

"I had to take my kid to ER because she sprained her ankle at soccer practice!"  Good.  That was certainly important.  I applaud you.  

And you don't need a worthy excuse like that for me.  It's your vote.  As an American citizen, you do with it what you want.  We don't have forced voting in this country. 

You vote on X and two weeks later the press exposes something you didn't know about the candidate?  That's not on you.  You're not required to be a psychic to be an American citizen.  But if you make your best choice on election day, that's all anyone can do.  

I did not vote for Ralph Nader.  I had friends who did and some felt awful.  Now Ralph never pleased me on women's issues -- he thought high heels were more important than reproductive rights -- read his 2000 ROLLING STONE interview if you're not familiar with how dismissive he was of women's issues and women's rights.  So in the lead up to the election, if someone wanted to talk to me about why they were supporting Ralph, fine, I'm going to share my opinion and I did.

After the election when the tallies were closer than anyone expected between Al Gore and Bully Boy Bush, some friends expressed regret for voting for Ralph.  (Not all did.) Those that came to me with, "You were right"?  No, I wasn't.  I wasn't right for them.  They voted on election day using the best information available.  And Gore didn't carry his home state.  Ralph Nader voters voted for Ralph.  And that is a good thing.  I'm strongly against the Iraq War but it's a good thing people had something that they wanted to vote for.  And Gore's 2002 speeches indicate that he might have gone to war with Iraq as well.  

So my point here is you need to use your vote however you feel is best.  At the end of the day, that's up to you.

Just as I noted Ralph's refusal to treat as citizens -- I'm not going to be reduced to a "consumer," I am an American citizen -- I'll note things about the Green Party candidate -- when he or she is named.

And Cornel needs to stop presenting as the Green Party's presidential nominee.  He is not.  (See Ann's "Oh, look, liar meets liar.")  

More to the point, just as I questioned support for Ralph to friends, I will question support for Cornel West.  

He knows how to be a bit player in THE MATRIX franchise?  He knows how to bury himself in pop culture and academia?  He knows how to run up outstanding taxes and child support obligations in the amount of half-a-million dollars?  

Barack Obama was dismissed as "just a community organizer."  No, he was someone who had held public office in Illinois and had been in the Senate for a few years when he was running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination (sworn in back in 2005, announced in 2007).  And at his age, that was a strong resume.  Cornel is 70s years old.  I'm not seeing strength.

I'm seeing a motor mouth who wants to turn every Q&A into multiple sermons and pepper them with dated (incredibly dated) pop culture references -- again, Cornel, 11 year olds today are not listening to Tony! Toni! Tone.  He's never come off more out of touch than during that recent exchange.  

I'm seeing someone who hypes himself constantly.  

I'm not seeing anyone who actually does anything political. 

He's going to heal us?  How?  By calling Laura Ingram "dear sister"?  Dear liar's more like it but he apparently needs to fawn and flatter to get FOX "NEWS" media attention -- and as Ava and I noted earlier this week, Green Party members are getting very vocal in their distaste for Cornel and for his right wing media appearances.  We've been added to a listserv and they are getting very vocal.  

They're also tired of him acting as though he's the nominee and pointing out he's not even a Green Party member and how the party needs to honor its own and not recruit from outside.

There's nothing he's doing that shows he's trying to appeal to Greens and that's the reality.  You can have your hissy fit and pretend otherwise but you're living in the same world of delusion as a Donald Trump cult member.

In part, that's due to the YOUTUBERS appalling ignorance.  They don't know the Green Party and don't bother to learn how it works.  (There will be no nominee until the summer of next year when the party holds its national convention).  In part, it's due to their whorish ways and their inbred behavior.

Serial plagiarist Chris Hedges talks to The People's Party and offers himself up as vice presidential nominee and Cornel as presidential nominee.  Then Ms. Chris Hedges tells her husband he can't run so it's just Cornel on the ticket.  

Liar Chris goes to all the YOUTUBE idiots that will platform him (Katie Halper, et al) and isn't that interesting that Cornel's running, he's known Cornel for years and, as an observer, he's just real happy.

Observer?  You worked behind the scenes and secured the nomination for Cornel.  And then you omitted that fact from your written reports and your YOUTUBE interviews and while Katie Halper and that crowd doesn't know a damn thing about journalistic ethics*, as a former NYT-er, one, who lets always remember was the first to front page the false link between Iraq and 9/11, Chris does know his actions violated basic journalism.  (See Ava and my "Media: Marianne's campaigning for right wingers, Cornel's trying to destroy The Green Party" about how Cornel didn't realize what he was exposing when he talked about how Chris secured the nomination for him).

[*Katie Halper declared that she didn't need to disclose certain relationships because she was an opinion journalist.  No, dear, that's not how it works.]

Chris, with the help of twice-failed nominee Jill Stein, then tried to force the Green Party to name Cornel the Green Party's nominee.  Grasp that.

Grasp that they wanted a political party to do a backdoor deal, to ignore their bylaws and written practices.

I'm sorry, I could never get on board with that.  I called out Donna Brazile  and Debbie Washerwoman for gaming the primaries for Hillary.  I don't have the hypocrite gene that Chris Hedges does -- the one that lets him repeatedly steal the written work of others, that lets him pretend he was against the Iraq War when he actually front-paged the false link between Iraq and 9/11 and did so in October of 2001 beating out Michael R. Gordon, Judith Miller and everyone else, the one that lets him set up backdoor deals and then pretend like he wasn't involved.  

I'm not ever going to support someone who was part of that.

And lets go back a moment more.  Lets go back to how he ran to the Green Party.

I'm sorry, you're a grown ass adult and you take the nomination from a political party and then announce yet less than a week later you're running from that same party.  

Running for it, running from it.

I believe that's the definition of a flip-flop.  

And I believe that a grown adult should do research on the party he wants to be the nominee for before -- before! -- accepting their nomination. In fact, the grown adult should do research on the party before trying to become the nominee.

Where has Cornel shown any common sense?

Don't see it.

If you do, support him.  But you'll never convince me.

Bernie doesn't think Cornel should run.  He is supporting Joe Biden.  

I'm a little more open than that because I'll support whomever the nominee is.  

But Bernie is genuinely worried about the election and about what happens if Donald or some other nut job gets in the White House.  

I think we'll see at least one death on the Supreme Court in the next four years.  I could be wrong.  But I think it's likely -- and if it works by karma, it'll be Crooked Clarence Thomas.  If you think the Court is packed with extremists right now, let one of the current crop of Republicans vying for the nomination become president and see what happens.

It's a valid concern.  

It doesn't have to be your concern.  

Your concern might be, for example, building the Green Party.  I'm not going to fault you on that.  If that's your concern, that's how you should vote.

I don't see how Cornel's going to help you there since he keeps acting like they're trotting out the 2004 strategy.  That's the strategy that destroyed every gain Ralph made for the party in 2000.  Whomever the Greens nominate for their nominee next summer needs to answer as to what kind of campaign they're running and what the goals are.  

Your concern might be that America's not White 'enough' or straight 'enough' -- like so many on Twitter -- and want to vote for Ron DeSantis.  There I think your priorities are seriously off as is your understanding of the world but, again, it's your vote use it how you think is best.

Bernie thinks it's best for Cornel to run as a Democrat and that he will do damage in a Green or independent run.  That's his opinion and he's allowed to express it.  

He didn't stab Cornel in the back.  

The YOUTUBERS wetting their panties need to calm the f**k down.  I don't have any stomach for high drama.  Nothing shuts me down more than someone blinded by hysterics.

I'm also not big on voting out of fear.  

Let me go ahead and disclose my reasoning regarding the decision to vote for whatever Democratic is the presidential nominee.  ROE's dead.  And I believe the Democratic Party betrayed us big time on that.  They could have codified it -- as Barack promised to do "first thing" in his first campaign for president.  Ruth could have -- and should have -- retired.  She was too ill to serve and her 'personal' nonsense (Hillary was going to be elected she just knew and she needed to give Hillary a Court appointment).  Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House how many times and she never pushed to codify ROE?  Barack failed, yes.  But Nancy was in a very powerful position and she could have done something and did not do anything.

I'm angry to this day.   

I would love to sit this election out. 

But I look around stunned by what's being done to LGBTQ+ persons.  The attacks, the hatred.  The murder of an LGBTQ+ ally (Lauri Carleton) for displaying a Pride flag.  The attacks on education by Ronald DeSantis and others.  The attacks on knowledge -- that's why you outlaw, African-American studies, gender studies, LGBTQ+ studies, to attack knowledge.  The violence towards people of color that these hate merchants are fostering with their rhetoric is appalling.  They refuse to own the outcomes including their role in the murder of the three people killed last Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida (Anolt Joseph "AJ" Laguerre Jr., Jerrald De'Shaun Gallion and Angela Michelle Carr).  As the editorial board of THE MIAMI HERALD notes:

What happened over the weekend in Jacksonville isn’t a talking point. It’s senseless, yet increasingly common, violence that claimed the lives of three Black Floridians, targeted because of their race, according to law enforcement. The Dollar General shooting shouldn’t be treated as an outlier, an act carried out by a mad man. If mental illness were a factor, as it seems to have been, it’s not the full story. The Justice Department is investigating the shooting as a hate crime. The racist writings by the suspected gunman and the swastikas drawn on his AR-15-style rifle should be treated with the same urgency with which Florida lawmakers treated mental health after the 2018 Parkland school massacre.

Were the mass shooting to serve as a lesson for Florida policy makers, they would quickly launch task forces to address the white supremacy that’s latent in Florida. This is the state where neo-Nazis boldly marched outside Disney World in June with flags bearing swastikas. Just as disturbing, some flags bore Gov. Ron DeSantis’ image. Last year, Florida hosted the America First Political Action Conference, a white supremacist event that took place in Orlando. And the state is home to many Proud Boys, a group that harbors white supremacists within its ranks.

A mourning Jacksonville needed a leader, an empathizer, and a statesman, qualities the divisive, ever-aggrieved Florida governor lacks on his best days. And so in that fraught moment, facing constituents his administration has insulted and disempowered, DeSantis revealed himself to be an utterly spent force — lacking even the vocabulary to speak lucidly about the awful thing took place the day before.

"What he did, what he did, was totally unacceptable in the state of Florida," DeSantis said in a stilted, brief speech during a prayer vigil for the victims of the high-profile hate crime the prior day, in which a shooter entered a Dollar General in Jacksonville's New Town neighborhood and killed two Black men and one Black woman specifically because of their race. Their names were Angela Michelle Carr, 52, Anolt Joseph "A.J." Laguerre Jr., 19, and Jerrald De'Shaun Gallion, 29. 

Unacceptable, the governor said — as if this shocking act was some social blunder.

The audience of mourners loudly booed DeSantis, forcing him to stop speaking and prompting Jacksonville City Council member Ju'Coby Pittman, who was originally appointed to the council in 2018 by then-Gov. Rick Scott, to scold the crowd. "Let the governor say what he's going to say, and we're going to get this party started," she said, somewhat awkwardly, of the prayer vigil being held for the victims. It was a moment many politicians might have found a bit humbling if not humiliating, but it's doubtful the arrogant and thin-skinned DeSantis, whose campaign once likened him to an earthly warrior ordained by God himself, found it to be anything other than an unfair — unacceptable? — personal insult.

Some larger context here: DeSantis pressured the Legislature last year to pass a congressional map that, for the first time in decades, wiped out a Jacksonville district that allowed Black voters to elect the candidate of their choice. It was those very constituents DeSantis was directly facing on Sunday, coupled with their pain and outrage over the shooting. New Town and most of the city's majority-Black neighborhoods are now represented by a Republican in Nassau County who has about as much in common with those neighborhoods as a porcupine does a goose down pillow. And this was no mere accident but a deliberate political project by the governor to challenge a provision in the state constitution that is supposed to prohibit the dilution of minority voting power. Pittman's lifeline to the governor was a generous gift, indeed.


I know that overturning ROE felt like a gut punch.  I don't want others to suffer because other rights are at risk.

I'm not Joe's biggest champion but he has refused to sell out the trans community.

Do you know easy that would be for him to do?  Do you know that advisors have begged him to do that?  And he's standing for equality.  I applaud him for that.

Ketanji Brown Jackson appears to be a justice who will fight for democracy.  She was Joe's Supreme Court nominee and I don't fault him on that, I praise him for it.

I can find other things to applaud.  If he's the nominee, he'll have my vote without hesitation.

(Tara Reade?  She's a homophobic transphobe who would gladly slide into a political bed with Marjorie Taylor Greene -- who she can't stop reTweeting.  She also defected to Russia -- abandoning her 'beloved' pets in the process.  I don't care about her. I think she told the truth but at a certain point when you're doing nothing but advancing hate merchants I just don't care.  And I don't care about Tara.  She's exhausted all the compassion many showed towards her -- even those who didn't believe her.)

When ROE was overturned (see "Today is a story of betrayal -- one long betrayal"), I thought I'd said everything I needed to that day.  But it felt different the next day, much worse.  Much worse to wake up in a world where reproductive rights don't matter.

And then all the hate that people flaunted and their organized efforts to destroy -- a film, a store, a personality.  

That's before what's allegedly a flash drive with Glennyth Greenwald's browser history was dropped off at my agent's office.That was another eye opener -- regardless of whether is Greenwald's or not.  The little punk in Colorado that they're trying to turn into a hero because of "Don't Tread On Me"?  There are other things on that jacket and I'm not sure people grasp what they are and what they mean.

Having entered the flash drive world, I'm aware of what they mean.  I was disgusted and shocked by that browser history -- whoever's history it was.  The hatred.  The violence.  The organizing to destroy.    I go back and forth over displaying that garbage here -- not the stuff where a woman is battered, that would never go up here.  In then end, I don't want it here.  It's reality and if someone else posted it, more power to them.  But it's vile and disgusting racism and homophobia and transphobia and some of this is Tweets (other things as well -- there's a manifesto in there as well) and they're up at Elon Musk's site (even women cowering with black eyes and bloody noses).  They feel fine Tweeting publicly about their racism, specifically, their hatred of African-Americans.  And clearly Elon Musk agrees with them because this stuff has been up on Twitter for months and months. 

We're up against more than we know.  

And I'm not going to use whatever time I have left on this earth letting hate merchants destroy this country. 

Those are my reasons.  I disclosed that I would be voting Democrat for president regardless of the nominee as soon as I realized that was what I was going to do.  I'm disclosing my reasons above.  Those are my reasons.  They don't have to be your reasons.  It's your vote and I'm not going to shame anyone for voting Green or anything like that. And if you vote by voting (or vote by not voting), you shouldn't let anyone else shame you for how you vote.  

You also shouldn't be listening to idiots.  And you can toss me in there if you want, that's fine.

But I'm referring to Zac on THE VANGUARD.  He really needs to push his chair away from the table.  He does not have the knowledge necessary and he refuses to learn from his mistakes.

He speaks what he wants to happen and pretends he has factual backing for it.  He doesn't.  It just his uneducated hopes and dreams passed off as fact and I'm really getting tired of it.  He has plenty to offer on YOUTUBE but political analysis escapes him.

His big mistake was when he was convinced Marianne Williamson was the candidate and used that to insist that the just-announced candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy Junior wasn't going to matter.  And of course it did and any educated person knew it would.  If you said it wouldn't you either were an idiot or a liar.  The country lost President John F. Kennedy.  That's a wound that has never healed.  To fail to grasp that was shocking.  Now Junior let everyone down and his polling's going down but, point of fact, he's still more popular than Marianne.

Long before POLITICO wanted to report reality on Marianne's interaction with others, we told you here about that.  I know Marianne.  But Zac (and I think Gavin too) wanted to tell you those reports from POLITICO were hit jobs and not true and blah blah blah.

They were exactly right, those reports.

Now we've got Zac basically blowing Cornel West on air.  He's not the Green Party's presidential nominee despite Zac misrepresenting him every time.  Zac is not a Green Party member.  Zac has clearly not followed the Green Party's history.  

At one moment in yesterday's segment on Krystal Ball, Zac was saying Jill Stein did this and Jill Stein did that -- praising the idiot (she's a liar and a coward and those of who care about Iraq will never forgive her for 2012 -- Zac scratches his head and says "Huh?" because he's never done the work required) and then in the same segment getting upset with Krystal's implication that Jill cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election.  Hillary cost Hillary the election.  In 2008, running for the nomination, she went everywhere, she mingled with the people -- was there a bar in Pennsylvania she didn't go to in order to meet potential voters? -- in 2016, princess didn't want to be out on the campaign trail and couldn't make it states in the lead up to the general election.  When she did show, she presented one celebrity after another.  Her 2008 campaign was people-based and her 2016 was a bunch of celebrity nonsense.  She was trying to copy Barack in 2008, copy how he won the nomination.  It did not work for her, she is not Barack.

But Zac's telling you all these idiotic -- I hope good pot-based -- thoughts that are miles away from facts.

Cornel's going to get this amount of vote and Cornel's going to do that and . . .

Stop it.  Put the joint down for a moment, splash some cold water on your face and wake the hell up.

Cornel's not the nominee and he may not end up being the nominee.  You're infatuated with him for some reason and your latent racism leads you to conclude that because Cornel's Black a lot of Black people will vote for him.  

Ajamu Baraka was Jill's running mate and he's Black.  Didn't help the ticket.  

African-Americans vote Democrat.  African-American saved Joe Biden's ass both in the primaries and in the general election.  There's no indication that this is changing.

You're simplistic beliefs -- latent racism -- that an untested politician (Cornel) is going to get X number of votes and do this and do that?  There's no basis in reality for your comments.

Reality: Only 2000 saw the Green have real impact.  That's when Ralph Nader ran.  He got 2.4 million votes in the general election.  Jill?  She got 1.4 million in the 2016 election (469,000 in 2012).  She's a loser and she'll always be a loser and the people of Iraq suffer to this day because of her.  Again, 2012.  Don't have the time to spoon feed you, go read "Let the fun begin (Ava and C.I.)."

Zac just gets worse as the segment goes along as he starts talking Cornel just getting votes in states that are already going to go blue.  "Safe blue states."  

I just want to slap him.  If the Green Party wants to build -- and certainly if it wants at least 5% of the vote -- it can't do the 'safe state' strategy -- it can't do it again.  It did in 2004 and destroyed all the inroads that had been made via the 2000 election. (They went from Ralph's 2.4 million votes to idiot David Cobb's 119,000 votes.)  That's not building a party.  That's a vanity run.  And people have every right to call that out.

 Here's the video because I'm done talking about it.  I don't understand why you would grin and speak in a boastful voice when everything you were saying was so factually incorrect.

Zac has his strong points, analysis of campaign politics is not one of them.

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glenneth, mitch, dianne - what are things that are embarrasments

glenn greenwald's looking more and more like paul lynde.  any 1 else noticing that?

he's uncle arthur on 'bewitched.'  the years are not being kind.  

the only thing more embarrasing?

mitch mcconnell today in covington.  the senate minority leader again appeared to space out in public.

he and senator dianne feinstein need to find a new house - an old folks' house.  they are not fit to serve.  they do not know what's going on.  'snl' should do a skit where the 2 of them wander around as their staff attempts to herd them - like cats!

On Wednesday, according to WLWT, a television station in Cincinnati, Ohio, McConnell was speaking to members of the media for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Government Forum.

In video posted online by the outlet, a reporter asked McConnell, who is 81, his thoughts about running for reelection in 2026. McConnell asked the reporter to repeat the question but then did not answer, appearing to stare off.

A woman then came to McConnell’s side, asked him if he heard the question, and repeated it to him. He seemed to say “yes,” but didn’t answer it.

“I’m sorry you all, we’re going to need a minute,” the woman said, and called over another person, who came to McConnell’s other side and said something to him that was not audible. The woman then asked members of the press if they had a question, and called on the group to “speak up.”

In another WLWT clip, which appeared to be a continuation of the questions from reporters, McConnell was apparently asked a question about Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s attorney general, and his support for former president Donald Trump in the wake of Trump’s indictment in Georgia. McConnell answered the questions, though he appeared to have some trouble speaking, before the aides lead him away.

dianne and mitch continuing to serve is nothing but elder abuse.  even meghan mccain gets it:

"I respect Mitch McConnell but - Our country cannot go on like this with people this old in power," the former View co-host wrote Wednesday on X, formerly Twitter. "Like, our country can simply not go on like this."

let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

Wednesday, August 30, 2023.  More details on the battle that left French soldier Nicolas Mazier dead, the persecution of a cardinal in Iraq, Ronald DeSantis' bloody hands and the bloody hands of all the hate merchants, and much more.

Yesterday's snapshot noted Nicolas Mazier was the third French soldier to die in Iraq this month.  More details have emerged regarding his death.  Julian Bechocha (RUDAW) reports:

Minister of the French Armed Forces Sebastien Lecornu said that Mazier “came under enemy fire” during a counterterrorism mission in Iraq. 

“Faced with terrorism, France will not back down,” Lecornu said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Seargant Nicolas Mazier was fighting for France, for our security. Fallen in Iraq, the whole nation mourns him,” Macron said on X.

France's chief of defense staff later on Tuesday released a statement saying that units of French and Iraqi soldiers were ambushed amid an anti-terror reconnaissance operation around 100 kilometers north of Baghdad, during which Mazier was killed in an exchange of fire. 

“Four other French soldiers were injured during these clashes and were immediately given medical attention before being transported to an American military hospital in Baghdad,” the statement added. 

REUTERS notes the battle also left five Iraqi soldiers injured.  THE ARAB WEEKLY adds:

During the latest clashes, the French and Iraqi forces landed by helicopters in the al-Eth area after an Iraqi air strike on the extremists’ position but came under intense attack, the sources said.

“It was clearly an ambush by terrorists,” one Iraqi security source said. The battle lasted for more than four hours.

Meanwhile the Iraqi government continues in its attempts to strip Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako of his rights.  The US government has officially complained over this move but that hasn't stopped the efforts to topple the Christian leader.   Luke Coppen (THE PILLAR) notes (in the introduction to his interview with the Cardinal):

It’s been a difficult summer for Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako.   

The leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church — one of the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome — left his residence in Baghdad in July. He relocated to the autonomous Kurdistan Region, where around half a million Iraqi Christians have settled since 2003.

The move turned a spotlight on the cardinal’s difficult relations with two Iraqi political figures: the country’s President Abdul Latif Rashid, and Rayan al-Kildani, the leader of the Babylon Brigades’ militia and its political wing, the Babylon Movement. 

It was President Rashid’s decision to revoke a 2013 presidential decree recognizing the cardinal as the head of Chaldean Catholics and the person responsible for its assets that prompted Sako to abandon the Iraqi capital.

Al-Kildani’s Babylon Brigades, meanwhile, have pursued what Sako has described as a “deliberate and humiliating campaign” against him.

Ano Jawhar Abdoka is the KRG's Minister for Transportation.  He is also a Chaldean Catholic and the head of Shlama Trend for Christian Affairs in the KRG and he heads the Christian Chaldean Assyrian Syria Alliance in the KRG's Parliament.  At RUDAW, he writes:


The ongoing turmoil faced by Christians today mirrors the trials previously endured by Jews in Iraq. The emergence of militias intent on occupying Christian lands and properties in areas like the Nineveh Plains and other Iraqi cities encountered a significant obstacle in their path — Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church.
As the spiritual leader of Iraq's largest church, representing approximately 80 percent of Iraqi Christians, Patriarch Sako opposed the creation of Christian militias. His beatitude consistently urged the Iraqi government to prevent the existence of such groups, as Christians inherently advocate for a robust and stable government, not a fragile one.

Influential figures like the bishops of the (Nineveh Bishops Council) also opposed militia formation and the acquisition of Christian political representation in the Iraqi parliament through tens of thousands of votes outside of the Christian house gathered by militias to support their proxies and impose them on Christians , intended to consolidate the political power of these militias.
The resilience of Christians shocked the militias, prompting them to target the head of the most powerful church, aiming to set an example that would discourage others from opposing their expansionist policies in the Nineveh Plains. This culminated in efforts to compel their allies to affect the decision of the presidential institution of Iraq, by issuing a presidential decree by the Iraqi president Abdul Latif Rashid, to withdraw the presidential dated for more than 10 years ago, only concerning Patriarch Sako. 
Suppressing the Christian voice

While numerous other decrees by the Iraqi presidency for various bishops and churches leaders remain in place, exclusively targeting Patriarch Sako serves the purpose of conveying a clear message: Christians must remain silent and cooperative during the militias' efforts to alter the demographics of their ancestral lands in the Nineveh Plains. This silence is also expected regarding the multitude of human rights violations and abuses committed by these militias.

Turning to the United States, where fear and hate are yet again being marketed by hate merchants.  Again -- because this is nothing new in American history.  Periodically, We The People, have to take these hate merchants to the curb and drop them in the garbage bins.  Nut job Naomi Wolf brought Moms for Bigotry to prominence.  But White Karens have a long history of bigotry in the US as Adam Laats (SLATE) points out:

Everyone loves moms. Everyone. And that’s a problem for groups like Moms for Liberty.

The group revels in its inflated reputation as a “national powerhouse,” but its century-old playbook has always had a fatal flaw.

As the 1970s story of Alice Moore shows, white conservative mothers have always had great initial political success, but that appeal tends to spiral quickly out of their control.

Moore’s story might sound familiar. She rocketed into national prominence in 1974 by taking over her local school board, blocking books and fighting for “parents’ rights.” She ran as a nonpartisan “mother,” but in truth, she was an experienced activist for conservative causes. Long before she ran for school board, she had fought against abortion rights and against sex education in schools. She railed against public schools’ alleged progressive agenda, accusing them of “destroying our children’s patriotism, trust in God, respect for authority and confidence in their parents.”

Once on the school board of Kanawha County, West Virginia, Moore ignited a dramatic boycott of a new series of textbooks. She inflamed conservative opinion nationwide by claiming that the books trampled on parents’ rights. Moore warned that the new books would force white kids into feeling guilt and anguish about America’s racism.

Moore did not invent her powerful political persona. She modeled her career on that of Texas’ Norma Gabler. Gabler had become a national powerhouse in the 1960s by blocking history textbooks and forcing publishers to tell a more conservative story. Though Gabler always called herself just a “Texas homemaker” or “Longview housewife,” she ran a staff of eight, combing through textbook copy to sniff out progressive content.

Gabler, in turn, modeled her organization on that of the Daughters of the American Revolution. As far back as the 1920s, DAR leaders campaigned to keep America’s public schools “fundamentally Anglo-Saxon.” Back then, DAR claimed almost 200,000 members. Anne Rogers Minor, DAR’s national leader at the time, claimed that it was their role as patriotic mothers to “Guard well your schools.” Minor warned that too many teachers taught ideas that parents might not like. As Minor put it, “We want no teachers who say there are two sides to every question.”

DAR’s activism was powerful and lingered for decades, but their sprawling, angry organization always ranged beyond the control of the national leaders. In 1963, one DAR member in Mississippi humiliated the group with her violent opposition to a widely used children’s book. The book, The New Our New Friends (1956), had been read for years in Mississippi public schools. It told cheerful moral stories about cute baby animals, as when Bobby Squirrel discovered he could get a nut just by asking for one. One local DAR leader, though, accused the book of spreading subversive socialism by teaching children, like Bobby Squirrel, to expect a “collective welfare system.” DAR had worked hard to maintain their reputation as America’s maternal conscience. This kind of strident, frenzied activism, however, opened up the group to mockery from all sides, as when historian James Silver sarcastically praised the Mississippi DAR for keeping the state’s children safe from the dangerous “story of the squirrel storing nuts.”

By the 1970s, Alice Moore’s career repeated the pattern. Just like Norma Gabler and DAR, Moore attracted huge support, seemingly overnight. Her warnings about new textbooks led to a boycott of local public schools. The fledgling Heritage Foundation scrambled to send support. The White House, too, voiced its enthusiasm for Moore’s vision. President Ford’s commissioner of education, Terrel Bell, opposed any textbooks that “insult the values of most parents.”

As Alice Moore quickly found, however, her meteoric success came at great cost. Her inflammatory language about public schools and teachers led to a spate of bombings and shootings. The school board building was rocked by a dynamite bomb. Two elementary schools were firebombed. Nonconservative members of the school board were physically attacked and pummeled at a public meeting. The district’s superintendent went into hiding, moving from couch to couch every night to escape incessant death threats. Soon school buses came under hails of sniper fire. Along the turbulent picket lines, two people were shot; thankfully, both survived.

The right-wing periodically shows up to sew hate and discord throughout the country.  Sometimes, nut jobs like Naomi Wolf enable them.  As Anita Bryant learned the hard way, there is no career in hatred. The Daughters of the American Revolution are a disgraced organization as a result of their bigotry. The world remembers and embraces Marian Anderson, however, the woman DAR tried to persecute.  From The National Museum of African-American History & Culture:

The great operatic contralto Marian Anderson is most often recalled for her brave and stirring performance from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to sing from the stage of their Constitution Hall because of the color of her skin.

Less well remembered is the extraordinary life she led before and after that moment, in a career that took her from Philadelphia, the city of her birth, to New York City, the White House, and performances before royalty and in the great opera halls of Europe. 

Anderson possessed a voice of power, grace, and extraordinary range. Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini said, "a voice like hers only comes along once in a hundred years.”

And yet, like many African American singers of her era, Anderson faced discrimination in her own country. 

After graduating from high school, Anderson applied to the all-white Philadelphia Music Academy, which refused to admit her. Undaunted, she continued to pursue her dream and, when she was 23 years old, Anderson beat over 300 competitors for the opportunity to sing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

In Europe, South America, the former Soviet Union, and elsewhere, she captivated audiences with performances in multiple languages, including operatic arias and songs drawn from the classical canon. 

She also included traditional African American spirituals in her repertoire, sharing this important art form with the world.

By 1939, Anderson was an international sensation. However, when Howard University invited her to perform in Washington, D.C., the Daughters of the American Revolution denied her access to DAR Constitution Hall, the only auditorium large enough to accompany the throngs of anticipated fans. It would be Walter White, executive secretary of the NAACP, along with Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes and others that fixed this injustice by inviting her to perform at the Lincoln Memorial.

The air was cold on April 9, 1939 - no favor to an opera singer. Anderson was also intimidated by the prospect of singing before the largest crowd she had ever faced. But, considering all she had overcome, these were small obstacles. She strode to the microphone and, with all her dignity and mastery, began her first song: “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

In many ways, Anderson was an unlikely hero. Off the stage, she was quiet and reserved. When asked to comment on the Daughters of the American Revolution and their refusal to let her perform, she characteristically demurred - preferring to let her performance speak for itself.

It did. Seventy-five thousand people heard her sing that morning, and before her retirement, she would enthrall millions more. She would make her belated debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955, tour the world on behalf of the United States in 1957, and sing for the inaugurations of presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.

Following Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington in 1963, Anderson captivated the audience with her rendition of the spiritual “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.” 

Eventually, she moved to Connecticut, and at the end of her life, she traveled to Oregon, where she lived quietly, occasionally accepting well-deserved honors, until her death at age 96.

At the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we have many treasured artifacts and exhibits from Anderson’s storied life. There is one of which I am particularly proud: the ensemble Anderson wore on April 9, 1939, when she sang to the conscience of the nation.

Although she wore a fur coat over her shoulders to fend off the cold, her jacket was bright orange with jeweled buttons that sparkled in the sun. A jacket befitting the icon she truly was. In 1993, with Anderson’s permission, the jacket was redesigned with new fabric and the trim that was on the original garment. We are honored to conserve and share the skirt as Anderson wore it that day. 

If you have only ever seen black-and-white footage of her performance, I invite you to come to the Museum to see more. View Marian Anderson’s dress on display, listen to her voice, and learn more about her inspiring life and career. Come and experience a moment that transfixed, and ultimately helped transform the nation. Join us as we celebrate the life and achievements of a great American hero.

A constant in American history is that the hate merchants find a minute or two of popularity and then the American people slam them with shame.  

If you're not getting how crazy these hate merchants  are, Emma Brown and Peter Jamison (WASHINGTON POST) report:

The message Michael Farris had come to deliver was a simple one: The time to act was now.

For decades, Farris — a conservative Christian lawyer who is the most influential leader of the modern home-schooling movement — had toiled at the margins of American politics. His arguments about the harms of public education and the divinely endowed rights of parents had left many unconvinced.

Now, speaking on a confidential conference call to a secretive group of Christian millionaires seeking, in the words of one member, to “take down the education system as we know it today,” Farris made the same points he had made in courtrooms since the 1980s. Public schools were indoctrinating children with a secular worldview that amounted to a godless religion, he said.

The solution: lawsuits alleging that schools’ teachings about gender identity and race are unconstitutional, leading to a Supreme Court decision that would mandate the right of parents to claim billions of tax dollars for private education or home schooling.

“We’ve got to recognize that we’re swinging for the fences here, that any time you try to take down a giant of this nature, it’s an uphill battle,” Farris said on the previously undisclosed July 2021 call, a recording of which was obtained by the watchdog group Documented and shared with The Washington Post. “And the teachers union, the education establishment and everybody associated with the education establishment will be there in full array against us — just as they were against home-schoolers.”

Nevertheless, Farris assured the conservative donors, their money would be well spent on this legal campaign. A conservative supermajority reigned on the nation’s highest court. In statehouses and at school boards, political activism over parental rights had reached a fever pitch.

“The time is right,” he said, later adding, “Sometimes it does take a while for seed to be planted and to germinate.”

The 50-minute recording, whose details Farris did not dispute in a series of interviews with The Post, is a remarkable demonstration of how the ideology he has long championed has moved from the partisan fringe to the center of the nation’s bitter debates over public education.

They want to destroy the country and democracy and plan to use 'religion' as their excuse -- getting why the Pope called some Americans out (see Trina's "Hawaiian Macaroni Salad in the Kitchen") -- and when they go down, they'll take nutso Naomi Wolf with them.  She's going to be ranting and raving like a bag lady -- or Germaine Greer -- and she's destroyed her legacy -- which never should have been that much to begin with.  

But in real time, many innocents suffer as a result.  Saturday saw a mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida which left Angela Michelle Carr, Anolt Joseph ("AJ") Laguerre Jr and Jerrald De'Shaun Gallion dead.  From yesterday's DEMOCRACY NOW!

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: I’d like to bring in Representative Maxwell Alejandro Frost into the conversation. Representative, your response to the racist shootings in Jacksonville? And also, you called on Governor DeSantis to call for a special session to discuss the matter. Your sense of the governor’s role in the past in terms of dealing with issues relating to the Black community?

REP. MAXWELL ALEJANDRO FROST: Yeah. Well, thank you so much for having me on.

And it was just sad. Organizers, advocates, community leaders, clergy, folks across the state, for years — for years — have been pleading with the governor to do many things, but two things in relation to this tragedy that happened in Jacksonville. Number one, act on gun violence. In a country where the leading cause of death for a child is to be shot to death, we need to do something. In a country where we lose a hundred people a day due to gun violence, we need to do something about the problem. And unfortunately, what we’re seeing, especially in the Republican Party now, is not only do they not want to do anything about it, but they want to say there’s no way to fix the problem, which I completely dismiss. That’s not why we run for office as elected officials.

The second thing, this governor consistently embraces and champions this far-right, fascist movement that is growing across the country, but really Florida and Texas, I believe, are the two epicenters of. And that movement gives credence and gives power to racist bigots like the murderer who went into that store and murdered three people and hunted three people down because of the color of their skin. All of these things are connected. When that shooter, months before that, would turn on the news, weeks before that, would turn on the news to see that kids in Jacksonville, middle schoolers, would learn that Black who were enslaved benefited, had personal benefit, from their slavery, that gives people credence. That pushes bigotry and racial hatred into people.

And so, you know, I saw those videos and those pictures of the governor at the funeral, at the memorial. And I was tweeting about this data. I have been in so many communities across this entire nation just after a mass shooting and just after a shooting. I’ve been doing gun violence work since I was 15 years old. And I get the want to, no matter who it is, have that unity. I understand it. But I have to say — I have to say, in moments like these, we have to stand strong on ensuring that leaders who contributed to the problem can’t use our communities as campaign stops. And that’s exactly what the governor did. And I’m happy that activists and organizers booed him and yelled to him, “You’re part of this! You’re part of the reason this happened!” because it’s nothing but the truth.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And you’re calling on the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into what’s happening in Florida?

REP. MAXWELL ALEJANDRO FROST: Yes. Yes, I am. This is very important, too. We, as Democrats, as an organizer, we’ve got to take steps back and look at: Where is our power now? We understand that with this far-right, authoritarian leader as our governor, we need to look at power in other places, people power on the ground, but also the fact that Democrats, we hold the administration. We have the White House and President Joe Biden. And I want to see the Department of Justice do a lot more, using every tool in their toolbox, to investigate not just this specific incident, but everything going on in Florida.

And, you know, myself, I sent a letter with Congressman Jamie Raskin to Chair Comer of the Oversight Committee, the committee I sit on, and we asked the chair: We need to have hearings on what’s going on in the state of Florida, because this anti-democratic governor — it’s not just, you know, in the state of Florida; it’s spreading throughout the entire country. We saw what happened in Tennessee with the Tennessee 3. It’s this far-right movement that seeks to subvert democracy to consolidate power. And it’s important that we talk about it.

The chair completely, you know, did not respond to us, so I held my own hearing. I put my own hearing together, brought Andrew Warren, the state attorney who was taken out of office. That happened again with Monique Worrell. We brought state Representative Anna Eskamani. We brought a substitute teacher that was fired for simply posting footage of empty bookshelves because of the book ban. And we brought Jasmine Burney-Clark, who runs Equal Ground, that works on educating people across the state and fighting for democracy across the state and voting rights.

And what we found in that hearing and through our research is the governor is targeting municipalities, counties and people across the entire state that disagree with him. And he’s subverting democracy, removing them from office, and we can’t stand for it. All of these things are connected. We need the Department of Justice to look into the racial hatred, the hatred of Black people, hatred of immigrants, going on in the state of Florida.

AMY GOODMAN: Democratic Congressmember Maxwell Alejandro Frost, we want to thank you so much for being with us, the youngest member of the U.S. Congress, former national organizing director of March for Our Lives, which was formed by survivors of the Parkland shooting in Florida. And, Rodney Hurst, civil rights leader from Jacksonville, all the best during this storm. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González.

No one has done more to attack and preach hate in the current presidential nomination cycle than Ronald DeSantis.  He's gone after reproductive rights, he's gone after the LGBTQ+ community, he's gone after African-American studies, he's been silent as one hate crime after another has taken place.  He does have blood on his hands.  Hayley Gunn (RADAR) notes:

Florida state representative said Governor Ron DeSantis had "blood on his hands" after a racially motivated shooting killed three Black citizens, RadarOnline.com has learned.

Sunday night Rep. Angie Nixon appeared on MSNBC and didn't hold back when she discussed the latest tragic shooting at a Jacksonville Dollar General store on Saturday.

MSNBC's Lindsey Reiser asked Rep. Nixon her thoughts on DeSantis' statement on the previous day's shooting.

After three innocent Black people were gunned down by a 21-year-old white man who carried an AR-15 style rifle adorned with swastikas, the governor said, "Florida, the state, and its people condemned the horrific racially-motivated murders, perpetrated by a deranged scumbag… Perpetrating violence of this kind is unacceptable, and targeting people due to their race has no place in the state of Florida."

DeSantis' was booed by a crowd of mourners who gathered on Sunday to honor those senselessly killed.

Nixon branded DeSantis' words nothing but "hollow statements" as she claimed the governor's past comments attributed to the shooter's actions.

"This is a governor who has done nothing but fan these types of happenings throughout our state," the state rep told Reiser. "Look, at the end of the day, the governor has blood on his hands."

On yesterday's BURN IT DOWN WITH KIM BROWN, Kim noted the booing and weighed in on the nonsense of a politician who wanted the booing to stop.

A federal hate crime investigation is underway after a White gunman with a swastika-emblazoned assault-style rifle killed three Black people at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida, authorities said.

The shooting claimed the lives of Angela Michelle Carr, 52, Anolt Joseph “AJ” Laguerre Jr., 19, and Jerrald Gallion, 29.

The gunman, identified as 21-year-old Ryan Christopher Palmeter, left racist writings and used racial slurs before launching the attack Saturday and then killing himself, Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters said. Palmeter had worked at a Dollar Tree from October 2021 to July 2022, the sheriff said.

“There’s no question” the killings were racially motivated, the sheriff told CNN on Monday.

“He hated Blacks, and I think he hated just about everyone that wasn’t White,” Waters said. “He made that very clear.”

The killer was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun – which were both legally purchased, the sheriff said.

The Justice Department is investigating the shooting as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Sunday.

US Vice President Kamala Harris issued the following statement on Sunday:

On Saturday, as Americans marked the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, a gunman armed with an assault-style rifle and handgun opened fire at a Jacksonville store just blocks away from a Historically Black University, taking the lives of three Black Americans.

Already, federal law enforcement has opened a civil rights investigation into this attack and is treating it as a possible hate crime and act of domestic violent extremism.

As we allow that investigation to proceed, let us continue to speak truth about the moment we are in: America is experiencing an epidemic of hate. Too many communities have been torn apart by hatred and violent extremism. Too many families have lost children, parents, and grandparents. Too many Black Americans live every day with the fear that they will be victims of hate-fueled gun violence—at school, at work, at their place of worship, at the grocery store.

Every person in every community in America should have the freedom to live safe from gun violence. And Congress must help secure that freedom by banning assault weapons and passing other commonsense gun safety legislation.

Doug and I will keep the victims and their loved ones in our prayers.

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And we'll note this from Monday's White House press briefing:

MS. JEAN-PIERRE: This Saturday, our nation marked the six- — 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, a seminal moment in our history and in our work towards equal opportunity for all Americans.

Sadly, this day of remembrance ended with yet more American communities wounded by an act of gun violence, including communities in Boston, Chicago, and Joppa[towne]. At least one shooting this weekend was reportedly fueled by hate and carried out with two firearms.

On Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, a white gunman went on a shooting rampage at a store near a historically Black university and killed three Black individuals. Even as we continue to — to — we continue searching for answers, we must say clearly and forcefully that white supremacy has no place in America.

As the President said in his statement yesterday, we must refuse to live in a country where Black families going to the store or Black students going to school — to school live in fear of being gunned down because of the color of their skin. Hate must have no safe harbor. Silence is complicity, and we must not remain silent. And we must continue to do all we can to keep guns out of dangerous hands.

The President and the First Lady are praying for the victims and their families, and this entire administration grieves with the people of Jacksonville.

As for the failure Ronald DeSantis and his inability to speak honestly to the issue?  Are we asking for too much from him?  I'm just wanting a single sentence: "I apologize to the people, the state and the country for the hate I've inflicted and all the harm that has resulted from it."  

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