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.
Here comes the blizzard of baloney* from defenders of San Diego Gas & Electric.
City News Service reports a coalition of business and civic leaders are now working to undermine Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs.
CCEs –where power is purchased by public entities– across the state offer electricity with significantly more renewable content and comparable or lower costs. Customers can choose to stay with the status quo, if wanted.
The ‘Clear the Air Coalition’ would like to halt the move toward the cheaper, cleaner, and locally generated electricity in San Diego because of “uncertainties.” [Read more…]
In the days of tent cities
furniture inhabits villas
Air swims in pools
cherubs cling to faux vines
while fruit spoils in orchards
SamBee is back! Here’s her in-depth investigative report on a counter-terrorism effort directed at the homegrown domestic kind. On hand to help are Fred and Carrie from Portland(ia)!
Don’t be stupid. Be a smarty. Undermine the Nazi party! [Read more…]
When it comes to unsheltered citizens, San Diego serves as the poster child for what not to do in responding to a crisis. The City Without Pity has now attracted international attention for its failure to serve its homeless humans.
Hundreds of people have contracted Hepatitis A and sixteen are dead from the highly contagious disease. Handwashing stations have been set up after months of delay, sidewalks are being power washed with bleach, and the City has presented the press with a list of places where it thinks homeless humans should go if they need to use the toilet.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer held a press conference on Wednesday to announce he would accept $1.5 million raised by local businessmen. Three tents with services will offer a few hundred people the opportunity to get off the streets. In three months. Maybe. [Read more…]
By Mark Sumner / Daily Kos
On Wednesday evening, stories broke that Donald Trump had reached agreement with Democratic leaders on a plan for restoring DACA and keeping Dreamers in the United States. For a few hours, hundreds of thousands of young people directly affected—and millions of Americans who support them—felt a tremendous sense of relief.
And then …
Trump’s morning twitter session brought the idea of a rational solution crashing down. White House aides from Wednesday’s meeting indicated that Trump and Democrats had reached a bargain that would protect the young immigrants whose lives were upended when Trump dismantled DACA. It was understood that Trump would continue to go after his much-discussed “wall” however … [Read more…]
By Hugh Handeyside & Esha Bhandari / American Civil Liberties Union
Warrantless searches of smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices at the border are a major threat to privacy and civil liberties. Today, the ACLU, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU of Massachusetts, filed a lawsuit challenging such searches as unconstitutional. The border should not serve as a dragnet for law enforcement to pry into our personal and professional lives.
We represent 10 U.S. citizens and one green card holder from a variety of backgrounds: a military veteran, journalists, students, an artist, an engineer, a limousine driver, and a business owner. All of them had their rights violated when border officials searched their smartphones or other electronic devices when they were returning from travel abroad. Officials also confiscated and held several of our clients’ devices for weeks or months.
None of our clients have been accused of any wrongdoing, nor have they been given any valid explanation for why this happened to them. [Read more…]
ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill in a recent Tweet stated that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” and “His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, when asked to comment on the Tweet, said that “I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN.” All In’s Chris Hayes invites Brittney Cooper, Professor of Africana Studies, Rutgers University, and Jason Johnson, Professor of Political Science, Morgan State University, to discuss. [Read more…]
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced legislation acknowledging that health care is a right, not a privilege. Medicare for All, as we’re now calling it, doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming law anytime soon.
Still, this is a discussion worth having, as fifteen or so Democratic Senators have agreed to be co-sponsors. Even as we continue to oppose Republican attempts take the nation back to the 19th century, it is time to be FOR something.
As I understand it, the Sanders bill would cover everything from emergency surgery to prescription drugs, from mental health to eye care–and this is a biggie–along with dental care with no co-payments. [Read more…]
By Sharon Carr
“NO is Not Enough,” subtitled “Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need,” describes our current political dilemma (precarious) but also inspires us with concrete suggestions on how to step up and take our country back.
Klein is well-suited for this task as she has written three international bestsellers: “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies,” “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” and “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”
Donald Trump, a billionaire (or so he would have us believe), is the son of Fred Trump, a real estate developer and Mary Anne MacLeod, a Scottish immigrant. At age 13 his parents enrolled him in military school; he was known for his mischievous behavior and thirst for attention which often lead him into trouble. As an adult, Trump never tires of the spotlight and his favorite subject: Donald.
The book describes how Donald Trump ascended to the presidency. It’s divided into four main sections. [Read more…]