According to the New York Times, “Asked if Mr. Mueller’s investigation would cross a red line if it expanded to look at his family’s finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, ‘I would say yes.’ ” As Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post quipped on last night’s MSNBC “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams”, that part of the interview “was like being pulled over by a cop and saying ‘Fine officer, whatever you say, but whatever you do, don’t look in the trunk.’ ” Here’s Parnell from “Repo Man” warning a trooper that “You don’t wanna look in there.” [Read more…]
Much of the discussion regarding recent efforts in Congress to pass the latest tax cut, er, I mean health care legislation, <sarcasm> for some reason </sarcasm> puts me in mind of the late Ayn Rand. As I’m also a big fan of the “Last Week Tonight” show, I now draw upon them to help me convey my exasperation and incredulity that somehow she is still a thing. [Read more…]
By Lindsey Pasieka
I used to tell people, “I don’t care about politics. I don’t know enough to have a discussion about it.”
I felt almost proud that it didn’t matter to me. I didn’t have to argue with people about economics and laws, and I could sit quietly, unfazed by the 2 a.m. rantings of friends who knew more. I felt safe, confident in what our country stood for, where it was going, and that it was all going to be okay.
I don’t feel that way anymore. [Read more…]
Today’s video should be of interest for anyone wondering about the legality of making videos of police activity. A number of recent court case decisions have upheld the right of citizens to video and record events that take place in public settings. But what if you are challenged while exercising this fundamental right? This ACLU […]
By Thomas Ultican / Tultican
A story of intrigue, real education reform and wealthy ignorance.
A film maker, Rita Grant, called asking me to join an expert education panel at San Diego State University (SDSU). She said she found me when reading Diane Ravitch’s blog and thought I would be a good fit. The event was a screening of the film “Go Public” at EnCorps’ Summer Residential Institute, followed by question and answers with the panel. I was not familiar with EnCorps, “Go Public” or Rita but nothing ventured nothing gained. So, I went.
I met a wonderful group of people, but their organization’s reason for being is misinformed. It’s another education reform organization created by a well-connected misinformed rich person with little relevant training or experience in education, Sherry Lansing. [Read more…]
By Indivisible 49
TrumpCare and the Senate – Where are we?
After the recess, TrumpCare is losing steam. So, how might this go? One way that some Repubs, including Ted Cruz, have advocated for is repeal without replacing the ACA. This would be dumb. This article sums up why. Another way it could go, is not repealing the ACA at all and focusing on fixing it. Mitch McConnell has mentioned this a number of times now–including a few days ago. This would require working with the Democrats. Keep up the pressure! [Read more…]
By Terrie Best / San Diego Americans for Safe Access
Something outrageous is happening in our criminal justice system in San Diego. In a post-Proposition 64 world, after voters could not have sent a clearer message about acceptance of the cannabis industry, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is busy making enemies of some of the most effective leaders who have emerged.
Bonnie thumbs her nose at voters while nearly dancing toward a seat on the county board supervisors. Particularly shocking in this prosecution is the targeting of cannabis attorney, Jessica McElfresh who has represented several of the newly-licensed collectives under the city’s ordinance. [Read more…]
With one senior aide telling Politico “No one wants to be a co-star on the reality show,” the Congressional Black Caucus rejected an invitation from the President Donald Trump to meet at the White House.
Members of the 49 member caucus were put off by the invitation signed by “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” noting the-reality-TV-star-turned-White-House-aide had in no way earned such a title.
The CBC’s letter in response to the invitation pointed out the failure of the administration on numerous occasions to respond to entreaties from the group and the policy proposals coming from the White House were, in fact, harmful to their interests. [Read more…]
Democratic Party Leadership Moves Monthly Meeting to Avoid Protests
By Sara Kent
Six months ago the news broke about Sandy Naranjo, a young mother, progressive activist, and passionate labor advocate had filed a lawsuit against one of the most powerful men in San Diego. In the complaint, she outlined several claims of gender discrimination and retaliation she experienced while working for her former boss, Mickey Kasparian, President of United Foodservice and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135.
It seems appropriate to set down a timeline for clarification and reflection on this unfortunate anniversary, given the many moving pieces, purposefully confusing narratives put forth by some involved, and events that have happened since.
The question of how we continue to decry the treatment of one bad actor at the center of harmful, divisive actions contrary to our values without undermining San Diego’s broader labor movement is the challenge those of us who are labor allies, former and current union members, and concerned progressives are now facing [Read more…]
Faulconer’s Veto Likely Dooms the Convention Center Expansion
June 5 to 9, 2017 will go down in San Diego’s history as the week Mayor Faulconer revealed the Trump wannabe lurking beneath his compassionate conservative disguise – tweets and all! From Monday to Friday, the San Diego mayor’s office went from sending out a press release declaring:
“Our homeless crisis is staggering and the struggles on our streets are growing as more people fall into homelessness. The time to act is now. Lives of so many men, women and children are on the line.”
to vetoing the teeny line item to fund a half-time consultant to support the newly formed Select Committee on Homelessness.
What could account for such a complete reversal of perspective? [Read more…]
When historical women gather on stage—like Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls—their creativity, wittiness, and diversity transform into dynamic energy. The Moxie Theatre production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn, exemplifies that transformation.
Set in Paris in 1793 at the beginning of the Reign of Terror (1793-1794), The Revolutionists portrays four women who played different roles in the French Revolution. The central figure is writer Olympe de Gouges, who championed equal rights for women in the French Republic and wrote plays and pamphlets as well as giving speeches including the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen. [Read more…]
I don’t know about y’all but, with all the Three Stooges kind of shenanigans going on in the White House, I feel like we’ve entered the Trump Zone. It’s definitely not the Twilight Zone, that’s for sure.
The Trump Zone’s stories go way beyond any episode I’ve ever seen on the Twilight Zone. No character in the Twilight Zone comes close to the main character in the Trump Zone, an orange faced villain with hair a scarecrow would refuse to wear, a man who, wherever you look, he is there.
Go on the internet. There he is. Read the paper. There he is. Turn on the TV. There he is. Buy a magazine. There he is. Take in a few deep breaths to meditate. There he is. Podcast? There he is. He’s a piñata, a poop emoji and a figure in coloring books, a favorite Putin joke. His name is on golf courses and buildings, toilet paper, red caps, tote bags, t-shirts, pins, buildings, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, placards, Trump scented candles, balloons… [Read more…]