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Confederate Flag and Monuments

When I was a little girl, I only saw the confederate flag on television programs or in movies.  It caused me to think that maybe the North and the South sat down at a negotiating table and decided on conditions to end the Civil War.  Why else would there be a flag flown in addition to the stars and stripes, right?  Why else would a nation have statutes of generals that fought for the South, right?

Through grammar, high school and college, nothing was taught regarding why the United States honors people and a flag that lost America’s Civil War.

In the following video, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffrey Robinson addresses the history of the monuments that the current U.S. President does not want removed. It’s informative and a real eye-opener. 

 

Derek Chauvin Was Negotiating A Plea Deal Before His Arrest

Derek Chauvin was the Minneapolis police officer who was fired after video was shown of him placing his knee on the neck of Gregory Floyd for over 8 minutes, killing Floyd.  It happened on May 25, 2020.  Things moved fast thereafter and Chauvin was charged with 3rd degree murder.

On the day that Chauvin was charged, personnel representing the federal government held a non-press conference.  I refer to it that way because there was no news given at that conference. I remember watching it when U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald stated, “I thought we would have another development to talk to you about, but we don’t.”

ABC is one of many news sources reporting that before Chauvin was charged, he was negotiating with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the federal prosecutor to plea guilty to state murder and federal civil rights violation.  Negotiations held-up the press conference for about 2 hours.  Negotiations failed.

Charges filed again Chauvin now include 2nd degree murder.  Click here to see a copy of the criminal complaint.

Judge Jeannice M Reding set Chauvin’s bail of $1.25m with no preconditions, or $1m with conditions that include  not contacting Mr Floyd’s family, surrendering his firearms and not working in law enforcement or security as he awaits trial.

The 3 officers (also fired) who were with Chauvin, are all charged with aiding and abetting murder.

 

 

 

An Incalculable Loss — claytoonz

During Memorial Day weekend, while the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus was nearing 100,000, and after he had called for the reopening of the nation’s churches, Donald Trump was playing golf. In fact, he hit the course that he owns in Virginia, twice. Quite frankly, I’m surprised he felt confident enough about his safety […]

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Quarantine Reflections — My Good Time Stories

 

We all know how much impact the quarantine and all the time that we have spent “locked down” has had on us. Days seem to melt together, and, on occasions, time just seems to slow down.

I came across the following thoughts from a friend of mine. Some of them are funny and some will make you sit back and think. Whatever the case…enjoy.

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I hope they give us two weeks’ notice before sending us back out into the real world. I think we’ll all need the time to become ourselves again. And by “ourselves” I mean lose 10 pounds, cut our hair and get used to not drinking at 9:00 a.m.

New monthly budget: Gas: $0, Entertainment: $0, Clothes: $0, Groceries: $2,799.

Breaking News: Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not so much to stop COVID-19, but to stop eating.

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True Superheroes — The Tony Burgess Blog

This is really cool. Nurses along with other front line workers are true superheroes. They deserve a place of honor in our world these days.

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Actor Samuel L. Jackson Gives Us A Message Regarding Covid-19

Here’s Samuel L. Jackson being himself.  The video does bleep out profanity.  (Haha)  If you know anyone going out in public places because they’re not taking Covid-19 seriously, you might just want to let Samuel L. Jackson do the speaking for you.

 

 

No Donald Trump. The Cure Is Not Worse Than The Problem.

Regarding the coronavirus sweeping across the United States, on March 22, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet;

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAS WE WANT TO GO!”

 

During his briefing on March 23, 2020, Trump made it clear that his perception of a highly contagious virus with potential to kill is a “problem” rather than a public health issue. Rather than avoid the spread of the virus, he wants people to return to work.  He wants the stock market to go up.

According to Politico, the prospect of resuming typical business has horrified public health leaders.

“At a White House briefing Monday night, Trump seemed adamant that the economy would come back to life “very soon,” insisting that the government can fight the viral spread while also going to work — ‘we can do them both at the same time’.”

Let’s be clear about something.  The White House recommended “social distancing” but Trump, neither anyone in his administration, gave stay-at-home orders. He can’t rescind nor change orders that he didn’t issue.

As of March 24, 2020, Governors of 16 states have issued stay-at-home orders. The mayor of Atlanta issued a stay-at-home order for that city.

Donald Trump lacks jurisdiction to order Governors and Mayors to cancel their orders. Read the rest of this entry

Trump on the coronavirus

Yesterday when asked about mask shortages for medical personnel, Trump responded about “past administrations”. SMH

Abagond

Here is some of what President Trump in the US has been saying about the coronavirus disease (covid-19) for the past two months:

22 Jan 2020 (1 confirmed US case): “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

02 Feb 2020 (11 cases): “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China. It’s going to be fine.”

10 Feb 2020 (12 cases): “Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape, though. We have 12 cases, 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.”

24 Feb 2020 (14 cases): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

26 Feb 2020 (15 cases): “We’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we…

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Coronavirus 19: Just the Facts — The Inglorius Padre Steve’s World

Friends of Padre Steve’s World, I have been working on this article for two days in order to check sources and facts and to try to find the best sources of information for my readers. The novel Coronavirus, or COVID 19 is now spreading at a rapid rate around the world, after beginning in and […]

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The impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump

This is a great summary. Thanks.

Abagond

US President Donald Trump on February 6th 2020.

The impeachment trial of US President Trump (January 16th to February 5th 2020) ended yesterday. The Senate, controlled by his own party, the Republicans, found him not guilty. He remains the president.

The two charges:

  1. Abuse of power – for asking a foreign power, Ukraine, to help him win the 2020 election.
  2. Obstruction of Congress – for refusing requests for witnesses and evidence.

Acquittal: Only 48% of the Senate found him guilty of the first charge, 47% of the second. Well short of the 67% required by the constitution.

No witnesses called: All but two Republicans voted to allow no witnesses to be called. What kind of trial is that?

The Republican arguments during the trial showed that the facts were not on their side.

  • Some said Democrats had not proved their case – yet refused to allow any eyewitnesses to…

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Dropping the Bomb: Lev Parnas’ interview with Rachel Maddow complicates Trump’s impeachment trial

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Well, now we know why Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate required to start President Trump’s trial.  She needed time to acquire additional evidence from Rudy Giuliani‘s indicted associate Lev Parnas after a federal court ruled that it was admissible.  That mass of evidence was released this week ahead of interviews Parnas had with The New York Times and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow who aired part-one of a two-hour video discussion last night (part-two airs tonight).

What Parnas revealed was a bombshell, to say the least.  Not only did he corroborate consistent witness testimony from the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry regarding Trump’s criminal scheme to coerce the Ukrainian government for personal political gain, he also implicated Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, current and former Republican congressmen, GOP operatives and financiers, a…

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Blame It On Nancy — claytoonz

I agree with the Canadian. 

 

Yesterday, A Canadian CEO blamed Donald Trump for the lives lost by Iran shooting down the Ukrainian airliner. Iran was responding to the United States killing its top general while he was on his way to the airport in Baghdad. The general was killed after Donald Trump ordered his assassination. The CEO, Michael McCain, chief […]

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An Act of War: Trump Has Iranian General Assassinated — The Inglorius Padre Steve’s World

Friends of Padre Steve’s World, The great Prussian military strategist Carl Von Clausewitz wrote: “No one starts a war–or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so–without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by the war and how he intends to conduct it.” Late Thursday night I saw […]

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Happy Holidays To All

Season Greetings

Merry Christmas

Happy Hanukah

Happy Kwanzaa

Happy Holidays

 

Rep. Elijah Cummings Provided Strength and Calm for Urban Baltimore — BCNN1 WP

He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America — but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for Baltimore, where he was revered as his hometown’s champion. The Democratic congressman lived at the doorstep of some of the city’s worst rioting, including violent 2015 protests following the death […]

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Awareness For Men

One in 833 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  According to Breast Cancer.org, in 2019, about 2,670 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This post is to encourage men to not neglect lumps or nipple changes of their breasts.

Men carry a higher mortality rate than women because they are generally unaware that they can have breast cancer and are more likely to delay diagnosis and thus, treatment.

Risk factors for men include exposure to radiation, high levels of estrogen, and a family history of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Read the rest of this entry

Day-3 of Impeachment Inquiry: Whistleblower complaint released ahead of congressional testimony

I’ve been tied to the news about this.  Here is the Whistleblower’s Complaint at this link.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

This is day-3 of Donald Trump’s impeachment process.  Events are moving at light-speed, and it appears that the president – who had escaped accountability in the Mueller investigation and countless other transgressions – has finally gone too far even for Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the release of the whistleblower complaint detailing Trump’s corrupt interactions with the Ukrainian government.  That the demand was quickly complied with is very telling.  It indicates that Trump has lost control over this situation, and that Congress’ tolerance for continued obstruction by his administration has come to an end.

A redacted copy of the formal whistleblower complaint filed by Inspector General Michael Atkinson has been submitted to Congress ahead of today’s testimony by acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire.  The still unnamed whistleblower has also agreed to testify…

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U.S. tourism drops, GOP to cancel primaries, Trump coerces NOAA, Dem controversy, and health concerns

Thanks for the updates.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Tourism to the U.S. is declining due to international concerns over mass shootings, xenophobia, trade wars, and foreigners’ dislike of President Trump.  The loss of revenue to American businesses is estimated to be in the tens of billions from 2018-2020.  GOP officials in several states are planning to cancel their presidential primary elections in order to protect Trump from challengers to his reelection campaign.  Embarrassed by his contrived, inaccurate, and illegal publicized “weather forecast” for Hurricane Dorian, Trump apparently coerced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into rebuking its own National Weather Service (NWS) agency for having the temerity to tell the truth.  NOAA’s statement was suspiciously authorless and the timing of its release suggest that the White House ordered it as an act of retribution and to protect Trump’s prodigious yet fragile ego.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is involved in another internal party…

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THINK ABOUT THIS — theutopiauniverse

Keep this with you during your week, four great points to be kept in mind………………. Brooke, Universal Life Coach theutopiauniverse.com

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Dare Call it What it Is: Race Hatred Blessed By the President — Padre Steve’s World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps

 

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Another day, another race based mass killing, another fake message of support from the President.

This time it was El Paso, Texas. A young white man from Dallas, an admitted White Supremacist went to a Walmart at a mall. Using an AK-47 he went on a killing spree. When police confronted him he offered no resistance.  The latest casualty count is 20 dead and 26 wounded, but the count is still fluctuating.  In his manifesto retrieved from the 8Chan site preferred by violent White Supremacists, he wrote:

“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” 

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