Time for an inspirational video. Here’s one of my “Go To” people when I’m looking to be uplifted and motivated: the Rev. William J. Barber. Here he’s dealing with the events of Charlottesville and the issue of “Who Is a Racist?” and is somehow able to bring the idea of systemic racism into the conversation (“It’s not then just a statue. It’s the statutes.”) without being boring or pedantic. And what a way with words! How can we resist wanting to be “moral defibrillators that revive the heart of this country”? [Read more…]
San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez’s resolution opposing the construction of a border wall was approved by a 5-3 vote on Tuesday. Saying the border wall to be detrimental to San Diego’s environment and tourism, the motion asked for public disclosure of all companies involved in financing or construction of the proposed project.
Gomez left nothing to chance in shepherding the largely symbolic declaration, contacting a wide range of activist organizations asking for support, holding a press conference in advance of the Council meeting, and negotiating adjustments in the wording with the City Attorney’s office.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer issued a statement later in the day saying he would not support the resolution because “it includes language that could blacklist businesses based on the political leanings of the city council majority.” According to a Tweet from KPBS reporter Andrew Bowen, no veto is expected. [Read more…]
Some dude on television was trying to make a case that the president is not a white supremacist.
But, hey, I’ve dealt with white supremacists for 79 plus years and I have to say that Donald J. Trump is not only one, he’s the best example of such a being I have ever seen.
Take what he did with Jemele Hill, the ESPN sportscaster, my latest hero. She called him out on his white supremacism and he wants her fired and wants the network to apologize to him for her “untruth.” Scratch the prefix “un” and you see what he really wants her to apologize for. [Read more…]
Do you remember when Senator Bill Cassidy went on the Jimmy Kimmel show to say he would never vote for any bill that didn’t pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test”? Jimmy remembers. And what he remembers is that Cassidy “just lied right to my face”. His new message to Senator Cassidy: “Stop using my name. I don’t want my name on it.” He also proposes a new “Jimmy Kimmel test”. The new one involves a lie detector. [Read more…]
Too many people in San Diego think County Supervisor candidate / former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is some kind of moderate. Heck, some people think she’s even a Democrat. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Do you need some evidence? Look at who’s running her campaign: Jason Roe, the guy tasked by the Chamber of Commerce and their associates for derailing minimum wage in San Diego. Look at who’s polling on her behalf: The Lincoln Club, smear purveyors extraordinaire.
It’s no small coincidence a smear campaign, complete with website appealing to the Beavis and Butthead demographic, against former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, favorite of the Democratic Party’s establishment for the District 4 County Supes contest, emerged this week. [Read more…]
Here’s more information to supplement yesterday’s post on that Republican last ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare in the Senate, the Graham-Cassidy bill. Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s “All In” interviews Senator Brian Schatz. A gob-smacking bit of information revealed by Senator Schatz is that according to Senate rules the time left for debate on this bill is somewhere between ninety seconds and two minutes! ! For those interested in the gory details of the bill, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a comprehensive analysis here. [Read more…]
The United States Senate is about to consider one last attempt at Obamacare repeal. Legislation introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) is the vehicle of choice this time around.
Republicans are facing an end of the fiscal year deadline (11:59 pm September 30), at which point the rules of the Senate will revert to needing 60 votes instead of the 50 (plus the Vice President) to get the job done. Apparently, we have to fight this battle one more time.
At the heart of the Graham-Cassidy bill is an old idea near and dear to Republican hearts: block grants for the states to administer largely as they see fit. It ends the individual mandate, allowing states to waive Obamacare’s essential health benefits as well as its prohibition on rejecting those residents with preexisting conditions. Medicaid expansion states (mostly blue) lose big. Non-expansion states (mostly red) get more federal money. [Read more…]
Last week here at the San Diego Free Press, Sharon Carr provided a nice overview of Naomi Klein’s new book No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. These next two weeks, I’d like to follow up Ms. Carr’s good work by underlining what I see to be the two central insights in Klein’s book and why they matter.
In essence, Klein’s book is centered on two key points: 1) Despite all the drama and spectacle, Trump is nothing new; and 2) Neoliberal incrementalism is a dead end and we require bolder vision and practice to win the world we need. This week, we’ll consider the first proposition. [Read more…]
Chris Hayes of MSNBC’s “All In” interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates after his recent article in The Atlantic, “The First White President”. This is the article referenced on ESPN anchor Jemele Hill’s FaceBook page and which informed her controversial Tweet. [Read more…]
This week’s edition of Looking Back at the Week features articles, commentaries, columns, and other work by San Diego Free Press regulars, irregulars, columnists, at-large contributors, and locally sourced writers on the dirty games behind keeping local electricity dirty, Hurricane Irma, #BlackOutNFL, AB805 and a broken SANDAG, Medicare for all, our unsheltered human crisis, the war on unions, and lots of other grassroots news & progressive views from San Diego’s friendly, neighborhood, all volunteer, slightly funky, community news site. [Read more…]
R.I.P. Harry Dean Stanton (July 14, 1926 – September 15, 2017). Here’s Harry Dean Stanton singing the melancholy and wistful “Canción mixteca” from the movie “Paris, Texas”. [Read more…]
As trumpeter Keyon Harrold says on the YouTube page of this video:
In tribute to the many unarmed woman, men, and children killed tragically and unjustifiably before their time.
Now, from St. Louis, there are reports of unrest at the exoneration of former police officer Jason Stockley in the Dec. 20, 2011, shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Charles P. Pierce’s ruminations are insight into why this lament includes this latest injustice.