Republicans:  Go on the record, speak out against bullies today!

You have until 8pm tonight when polls close in Montana.  It would be best if you could please do it as soon as possible.

In case you missed it…

Greg Gianforte is the Republican candidate for Montana’s sole Congressional seat (note that Montana has two Senators, but that is a gripe for another day).  He is in a heated race against a candidate, Rob Quist, who Bernie Sanders has been supporting very early.  The race was close before the assault on a journalist and was seen as one of a handful of liberal vs conservative races in the next few weeks which might portent how the Congressional elections in 2018 will go.

I’m worried, perhaps paranoid at this point, that Gianforte will win given today’s Republican Party and their supporters (one example is Lisa Smith’s tweet below).  Remember, candidate Trump warned us that he could shoot someone and still not lose his loyal voters.  I’m worried that the attack on the reporter, for finding an opportunity to ask a question about a Congressional Budget Office score of the American Health Care Act, will be a reason to go out and vote FOR Greg Gianforte.

I’m worried that this framing of the attack in Rawstory is what will actually DRAW many voters to the polls.

Gianforte

Also please note that the Greg Gianforte campaign then went on to blame liberal journalists for his actions.  Remember your rhetoric about “personal responsibility” and not blaming the victim?

That is why I’m asking for your statement today for like-minded supporters of yours to stay home.  This isn’t a trial, this is an election and it’s happening less than 24 hours after the assault.  We don’t need evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to get on the record telling people who think and vote like you do more often than not to stay at home today.

I’m not asking for you to tell others that in this situation you would have voted for a politician with whom you don’t agree, I’m simply asking you to remind people that violence is not OK and to do it before the polls close at 8pm Central Time today.

Three of the largest of Montana’s papers have rescinded their prior endorsement and you should go on the record too.

The Billings Gazette

The Missoulian, and

The Helena Independent Record

Given the partisan record of Republicans when faced with potential scandals and/or non-scandals, I think we all know that if elected, Greg Gianforte will hold his position at least until the next election in 2018.  The time to act in support of our shared values against bullying and physical aggression and toward reporters is today.

Then let us all cross our fingers and wish Montana voters the best today.

 

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PSA: Please Ignore John Chiv

This Public Service Announcement is directed specifically to those who are invested in the Humboldt justice system right now and may not be familiar with John Chiv’s work and his role in the community.

His views are his own.  He manages comments meaning is site is limited to only those comments he wishes us to see.

a) He is anti-SJW (Social Justice Warrior).  Here is a recent post about (I believe) a person who was injecting a drug in public near local businesses and was caught on tape.

His comment… “SJWs need to stand up to the drug dealers and those that contribute to this problem. They don’t, they attack those of us that did not cause it.”

This framework is critical to understanding his point of view.  Anti- Social Justice Warrior sentiment began with a small but vocal and unashamed segment of society.  Generally these voices are anonymous or hidden behind a handle.  I am not sure if John is aware of the background of the anti-SJW movement, but for John and other readers, here is a thoughtful and inspired (if dense) review of the use of “SJW” from a Fred Clark, a white evangelical liberal blogger.

What ‘SJW’ really means  (Fred Clark | September 13, 2016)

No, ‘SJW’ is not used to deflate pompous Comstockian moralists. That’s not how it’s used at all.  (Fred Clark | September 14, 2016)

b) He is vocal member of at least two local sites – his own and The Humboldt Consequential’s jihad against a local foundation’s funding of  True North Organizing Network.  From their site

“The True North Organizing Network develops leadership in communities with common values across Tribal Lands, Del Norte, and Humboldt Counties. True North supports families, elders, youth, and individuals of diverse faith traditions, races, cultures, and economic capacities working together for powerful change. United, using the power of relationships and a disciplined community organizing model, True North leaders are courageously challenging social, economic, and environmental injustice in our region.”

His latest post  on this subject was just yesterday and he asked the pressing question…”The Business of Race” brought to you by HAF ,True North Organizing Network and who else?”

The full title of the flyer is “The Business of Race:  Improving Our Business Climate by Welcoming Our Changing Community.”  (Aside, please read Thadeous Greenson’s take on his personal take on diversity here.  Business interests is one of the last reasons we share our community which belongs to all of us.  But sadly, this is how an inclusive message gets across to those whose first concern may be their bottom line.)

From the Equity Alliance’s site:

“The Equity Alliance of the North Coast (Equity Alliance) was created by local organizations, institutions, and community members who want our communities to be more inclusive of people who have been marginalized based particularly on race or ethnicity. The basic premise is increasing access to opportunities with good outcomes afforded equitably to everyone. Partners and supporters recognize we are operating from a societal blueprint that has historically excluded particular groups from some opportunities we all need to thrive. This initiative will increase practical understanding of individual and structural exclusion, apply best practices to achieve inclusion, and build a diverse network of peers working toward a common goal of equity – all while incorporating local voices and expertise to learn from and engage out-groups in the process.”

Are you noticing a pattern here?  It seems to me, seeking equity is seen, in and of itself, as unfair to those who will be less than welcome because of the extra welcoming heaped on those who have been marginalized particularly due to race or ethnicity.

c) Finally, John posts last night this “If the APD does not arrest and charge Parris Wright and the Castillo brothers immediately for “assault and battery” on Kyle we plan press charges to compel the APD to perform their duties in a responsible manner. “

This is from Kyle Zoellner’s uncle.  Kyle Zoellner is one of a handful of people found to have motivation to have killed David Josiah Lawson, but as of yet there has not been enough evidence to charge him or anyone else.  So, here is John simply following the path of justice as he sees it?  Kyle got beat up.  There was testimony by the person doing the beating to that effect.  Why isn’t the APD “performing their duties in a responsible manner“.

Maybe because this misses a pretty significant point.  We do not have a suspect in custody for the murder of Josiah Lawson.  First things first?  Or, put another way, black lives, Josiah’s life, matters.  Let’s investigate assault after we find Josiah’s killer.  Please?  It’s the right thing to do.


More from John Chiv’s totally not racist comment zone:

Post:  “So supportive people are defined as Elijah Chandler, Tina Sampay, and others still claiming this was a racially based crime without evidence and still maligning this community? “

Comments approved by John Chive with no replies from John Chiv:

Anonymous May 18, 2017 at 9:55 AM

Thanks for posting a photo of the “real” Josiah. Liberal outlets always show some kind of baby photo, making the deceased look like a child. Typical. But now???? Now we can see the real LL Dead J.

 

Problem:  If in this picture you don’t see a young handsome individual taking a selfy as people are want to do, maybe you should attend the implicit bias discussion sponsored by the Equity Alliance above.

 

Anonymous May 18, 2017 at 11:09 PM

see, the thing is: When dumb racist blacks label our entire community to be “racist”… the community will fight back against such bullshit. We WILL point out that dumb, racist blacks are dumb , racist & black. If dumb, racist blacks don’t like that… WHO CARES? This is OUR community, not theirs.

NOT THEIRS.

Go home, dumb racist murderers. GO HOME.

Problem:  I’ll just let this one speak for itself.  I think this is an example of explicit bias, not implicit.

Barbara Billings May 18, 2017 at 7:33 AM

Chandler is still trYing to get his 10 min of fame. Maybe when he fesses up to stabbing his bestie, he will get the attention he is ting so hard to get for himself. (As that posy being shared says)

Problem:  Assigning guilt (conveniently to an African American) – if you know something, the information should be given to the APD, otherwise it is inflammatory and wrong to spread innuendos.

 

Anonymous May 18, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Does no one else in the community think it’s very odd that Elijah has made sure to be all involved in this? I noticed he was with this young man’s mother the day she was speaking with the DA and I sure hope he wasn’t in the room when they were speaking about an active case. It’s very odd that he has done so much media coverage about this. His whole character is off and what I see is that he likes the lime light. Looking at his Facebook you can see he is going for the whole wannabe Abercrombie and finch model thing. But why isn’t anyone else aside from you asking these important questions? Have we become scared of looking “racist” because we want to know the truth? It’s a shame that this man has passed and what’s wrost is one of his friends know his did this and is covering up. Their slogan is “brothers before others” and it shows they are sticking to that

 

Problem:  Assigning guilt (conveniently to an African American) – No evidence here, just “his whole character is off”.  Hmmm.  Seems like a superficial judgement to me.  Important questions indeed!  Again, if you have evidence, it belongs with the APD.  They may not have time to take your statement though b/c they may be investigating the assault on Kyle Zoellner.

 

10 am Today, Humboldt Courthouse. #JusticeforJosiah. UPDATED! (I’m an idiot)

This was yesterday at 10 am.  I guess it was 4 parts not paying attention and 1 part wishful hoping.

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Let’s not turn our back to equal justice for all.  Given the tenor of local social media right now, that isn’t what many locals feel David Josiah Lawson or his family deserve

Don’t allow the ignorant, spiteful, petty or hateful speak for our community as a whole in a quest for #JusticeforJosiah.  Do what you can to make your voice heard, shaming or shunning the anonymous words left throughout social media, but with a particularly wicked wake still visible at John Chiv’s site.

Bullshit like this…

AnonymousMay 12, 2017 at 9:47 PM

the dead black was a racist.
that has already been established by his facebook page.
he was in a racist, black gang.
that racist gang jumped on Kyle Z.
the blacks admitted it in court.

the dead black probably fell on his own knife

and the cops stood down, enabling the guilty crew.

shame on Arcata

shame on racist, enabling, sanctuary-city sjw con artists.

Or this…

I know a member of the Arcata Chamber Of Commerce.
The guy is a total racist (against White People)
You should hear what he says & … “thinks”!!!

I will NEVER spend another dime in that town.
It’s disgusting.

Or this… (includes either clueless or complicit reply from John Chiv)

If less than 20 protesters try to riot in Eureka, I predict fat lips will abound.

Replies

There were less than 20 this morning. Who knows if any will show up and how they will behave now that this post is up.

It just goes on and on and on.  On John Chivs site and in the comments below LoCO.   At least on LoCO we are allowed to reply, John Chiv does not allow comments he doesn’t approve.  So, btw, if you have something you’d like to post and haven’t gotten through, please feel free to post it here.  It’s best to copy and past what your are responding to so it makes sense out of context.

Coverage of yesterday’s events on Lost Coast Outpost, including an hour and a half of audio.

When Does the Campaign End and When Does Governing Begin?

Obviously the human tendency would be for those with an agenda would be a never ending campaign.  It’s also a human tendency to believe the worst in your political opponents.  That’s why from the talkers on the right you’ll hear complaints about an IRS biased against conservative non-profits or that Democratic immigration policy is really motivated by building Democratic voter roles.

And I’m about to return the favor, but I don’t think a fair observer of U.S. politics could disagree.

We know that a significant percentage of the U.S. population believes that Hillary Clinton belongs in prison.  A larger population, which would include all or most of those who sold that story, understands that the Benghazi hearings, the FBI investigations into a private e-mail server that conveniently ended the weekend before the election.

Wish to increase your blood pressure a bit?  It was the DAY BEFORE THE ELECTION that the NYT was finally able to print this headline.

NYT Comey

And now, President Donald Trump, who I would argue was elected by James Comey fires FBI director James Comey under the pretense that he is acting based on a memo of recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein sent with a cover letter by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Here is a summary by David Lind of Vox.

Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department are helping Trump lie

“On May 9, after two weeks on the job, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions about how James Comey had undermined the public’s trust in the FBI by mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in 2016. Sessions immediately sent the memo to Trump with a cover letter recommending Comey be fired; Trump fired Comey the same day, with his own letter, and notified him only after the fact — Comey learned of the firing himself only after seeing the news on a television screen.”

This all gets a little confusing.  So before we go further, it helps to review the organizational flow chart of the Department of Justice.

US_Department_of_Justice_Organizational_Chart

There you can see that Jeff Sessions, as the U.S. Attorney General is the head of the Justice Department, Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General is directly below him and below both of them is James Comey’s position as the head of the FBI.

Now, if one side of a clamp on Candidate Clinton’s electoral viability was a politically driven FBI investigation into her emails, the other was a daily drip of information with backing with Russian interests.  The Trump campaign had some members with incredibly close ties with frightening Russian-backed puppets (Paul Manafort comes to mind).  Jeff Sessions himself was a lonely early supporter of candidate Trump and recently, and rightly, recused himself from his Department’s investigations into the campaign’s connections to Russian influence.

It is particularly grating then to realize that this letter that lead to the  termination of the FBI director came with a cover letter and recommendation from the Attorney General himself.

Given all this, outside of the obvious obstruction of justice concerns that Washington will be focused on in the days, weeks and months ahead,  we should also be asking ourselves and our representatives when do campaigns end and governing begins, and what steps do we then take to make sure their focus is governing.

Amy Davidson in the New Yorker yesterday recounts Jeff Session’s answer to Utah Senator Mike Lee who asked then Senator Sessions what guidelines he would follow in appointing a special prosecutor given his recent background in the Senate.

Jeff Sessions’s Role in James Comey’s Firing

“It is a matter that has created controversy over the years,” Sessions told Lee. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for the Attorney General just to willy-nilly create special prosecutors. History has not shown that has always been a smart thing to do.” But there were times, Sessions conceded, when a matter arose requiring objectivity, or at least “the absolute appearance of objectivity,” to an extent that made a special prosecutor appropriate. He had one particular time in mind. “Attorney General Lynch, for example, did not appoint a special prosecutor on the Clinton matter. I did criticize that. I was a politician. We had a campaign on. I didn’t research the law in depth. Just the reaction, as a senator, of concern.”

Ms Davidson goes on to indict the Attorney General for his short stint in his office remembering the incredible inconsistencies between the time on the campaign trail and what is happening now.  These inconsistencies only begin with the ultimate lie (of 2016) that the Republicans and conservatives told their audiences – that Hillary Clinton belongs in jail.

So to those in the Fox News universe firing James Comey may action makes sense, in fact it may seem as if President Trump is doing the honorable and courageous thing to fire the FBI director for his sins of failing to complete his job of finding Hillary Clinton guilty and putting her behind bars as promised.

But if some significant percentage of American’s can’t see through these lies, those telling the stories certainly know what they are doing and why.

Amy Davidson ends her piece with this, and I think it is profound.

“But Administration officials apparently thought that, since everyone seemed to have a reason to be angry with Comey, they could do what they wanted with him—even though he was the F.B.I. director and was investigating people connected to the White House, and even though there is such a thing as obstruction of justice. By all accounts, the White House was generally surprised by the outraged reaction—which came not only from Democrats.

Those expectations were based on a bully’s logic: if you beat up on the unpopular kid, no one will call you on it, no matter the right or wrong of the matter. And this is a bully’s Administration. With Trump, and with the Cabinet members like Sessions who help him along, one can focus on the absurd and miss the vicious.”

The victim of the viciousness in this case was James Comey.  His termination came only days before he (reportedly) had asked for significant more resources and staff for the FBI investigation into a foreign power’s influence on the 2016 election.


further reading:

An Open Letter to the Deputy Attorney General  (Editorial Board | New York Times | May 11, 2017)

Republicans: You Own Trump, Comey, and Putin Election Meddling…

… and it’s up to you to be interested in fixing it.

I, like Kevin Drum, Nate Silver and pre-election Michael Medved, have this nauseous feeling that our top cop likely did enough damage by his 11th hour unwarranted letter  to Congress that put candidate Clinton, emails, and Anthony Weiner (of all people) in the news to sway the election.

There is good evidence that the drop in national polling was just enough to allow then candidate Trump an electoral college victory.

Is there any way to make this right?  Absolutely not.  That’s why it was so important in the first place that our Top Cop not send what turned out to be a meaningless letter to Congress.  We, of course, did not know it was meaningless until the weekend before the election leaving about a week of the news cycle pondering what James Comey thought Anthony Weiner’s laptop had that might allow Republicans to make good on their mantra to “lock her up”.

There is no going back.  Because of that decision, we have reverted to a conservative Supreme Court, promised to the religious and corporate backers of the Republican party for another generation.  Because of Comey’s decision, we are subjected to day-after-day of the Republican destruction of what they call the “administrative state” and what I like to call government.

At least that’s how I see it and I think Michael Medved’s show on that Friday afternoon a week and a half before the election proves that Republicans, too, understand what happened that day.

I bring this up in light of the post yesterday on Michelle Malkin’s site “Twitchy”.

“Calm down, Skippy’: Sen. Brian Schatz declares full-fledged constitutional crisis after Comey firing”

This was a reaction to Democratic Senator Brian Schatz’ tweet yesterday

Senator Schatz is absolutely right. But the spin is, that the firing of the FBI Director should be lauded by Democrats and somehow we are being hypocritical reacting with outrage to the fact Director Comey was fired.

Welcome to Republican politics.  It never ends.  It’s always the Democrats at fault, even when the Democratic nominee for President lost the election, it’s still our fault for pointing out the obvious – the Trump campaign and its surrogates remain under investigation for collusion with a hostile foreign power.

So again, as therapy, I need to push back a little to these lies.

“People who wanted Comey fired a few weeks ago are now outraged that Comey was fired.”

AG Conservative.

Firing Comey would have solved nothing to correct what he did.  The damage is done.


“Democrats have literally accused Comey of siding with Putin to throw the election. Are they going to retract all that now?”

Dan McLaughlin

Comey acted independent of Russia to throw the election.  He apparently was under heavy pressure from his staff.  These are two completely separate players (Russia and internal FBI staff who were pushing to notify Congress of the new email cache) in the 2016 election whose only overlapping concern was their interest in electing Trump.


“Come on people–if anyone should have been fired six times in the past 12 months it’s Comey, who did literally everything wrong”

-John Podhoretz.

Thank you for admitting Comey failed in sending the letter.  Are you now forgetting about why President Trump might have fired him now?


And here is Brett T.’s (from Twitchy) cynical reaction

A lot of Americans have never been in a full-fledged constitutional crisis before … what’s the procedure? Duck and cover? Emergency protests?”  

Remember, please, the Republicans are the ones who brought you 4 years of Benghazi hearings that ultimately helped delegitimize Hillary Clinton in the eyes of many.  You know full well the procedure and we are counting on you all Republicans to do what it right for America.  Democrats, like the rest of us, are simply witnesses at this stage.


How does this look going forward?  How are you all going to handle a President firing the head of an agency with an open investigation into his campaign?

Well, let’s not expect to much investigating to go on going forward, except maybe of re-opening either the Benghazi hearings or re-investigating Hillary’s private server.

@brianschatz @RyanLizza

No. These events are within constitutional prescriptions.

-Bea Johanssen

@brianschatz Then, you should simply quit dishonoring your oath and start revering the Constitution and see if that helps YOUR problem.

-Saml Patrck Jffrson

…or, finally…

Alright then.  We’re OK.  Move along.  Nothing to see here.  It doesn’t seem Trump’s transactions or those of his campaign surrogates reach those of a Democratic Secretary of State who had a private server and lied to the people about a cruel and incendiary video.

👌

Let’s please keep paying attention, we, as a country, need to believe in governance again.  I believe we can and will get there.

HSU Walkout Today at Noon #JusticeForJosiah. Updates.

From the Lost Coast Outpost.

f85bd959dae0f3c04da0754fcf467892Also please don’t miss this radio town hall with Lorna Bryant at  KHSU from last night:

David Josiah Lawson Radio Town Hall

I feel we have to do something to prove to our students we are not represented by the bullshit that can be seen in the comment zone on news sites like Kym Kemp and Lost Coast Outpost, or in the content and comments of John Chiv’s site.

We are not them and many of us see through the sophistry almost as clearly as many of you that are victims of the bigotry feel it.


UPDATES:

COMMENT HALL OF SHAME:

Source:  HSU Faculty, UPD, Brothers United Participate in Radio Town Hall on Lawson Case Tonight; Arcata Mayor Releases Statement; HSU Walk Out Planned Tuesday

Time: 11:12 am 5/9/17

By: Rob Ash

Perhaps the reason David Josiah Lawson felt so confident sucker punching people over some perceived minor slight is that he was well connected within the administration of HSU. He knew that corrupt self-dealing administrators would back him up 1000 percent regardless of his actions. He just didn’t count on someone having a knife.

Problem:  Blaming the victim and imagining a crime that may or may not exist.  Imagine for a moment race was reversed here.

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Time:  8 am 5/9/17

By: Stoney Case

Nice to see Johnathon drive right through that mass of brainless nitwits. Can any of them read?

“We demand you recharge Zoellner”

I thought they were demanding justice? Nope. Lynch mob.

Problem:  Historical context.  Lynch mob?  Problem: justice by maiming or killing those who are protesting a lack of justice.

Time:  7 am 5/9/17

By: SGT Ted

Notice they all talk alike; there is no intellectual diversity when it comes to the diversity cult on college campuses. This entire spectacle was a big show of virtue signaling from our alleged civic leaders using the special language and terms that shows that, they too, are members of the cult.

The cult of diversity being pushed on campuses is merely a power play that seeks to pervert language to claim harm from speech that dissents and disagrees with their assertions about society in order to weaken the 1st Amendment and use campus authority to punish dissenters or people not like them. That’s what the “microaggression” junk is all about. They also pervert the therapeutic language of trauma and PTSD to abuse the rules about accommodation for medical reasons. That’s what the “safe space” junk is all about.

These people respond to a very reasonable decision reached by the examination of available evidence to not charge someone with murder not by acknowledging that we are a society with civil rights that protect people accused of a crime, but by speaking the language of their cult in order to comfort themselves and ignore that these rights exist

Problem:  Here we begin to get at the heart of a pseudo-rational for inequality of justice.  There will be a great deal of overlap here with alt-right talking points.

Time: 7 am 5/9/17

By: SGT Ted

The protest and allegations of racism directed at our first responders and the community over this murder isn’t warranted. In fact, it’s slanderous.

Problem:  Again changing the subject and focus to a much lessor crime.  The victims are now first responders.  Problem:  what about the racism inherent in these threads?

Time:  1 am 5/9/17

By: Free Thinker

This is a sham. They called it a Town Hall and did not invite the town at all. They turned off the phones for it. They have, as the dominant monoculture, the run of the mass media, aside from the online component, where they now are casting aspersions on the community as racist for expressing honest doubt about the narrative expressed by the students (specifically that of BU, which is incoherent and suspiciously inconsistent). If you do not want doubt, then you have to tell the whole truth and not coordinate (poorly) half-baked shamming instead of truthful testimony.

Nunley discredits the whole university. She gets angry that, “A white student came up to me wearing a dashiki. That is a problem. That is not okay.” The real problem is that she wants a dress code for students that limits their choices based on race. What is this incompetent and dictatorial cultural censorship useful for here? While at HSU or when I am just in Arcata, should I be limited to 1/4 traditional Portuguese pieces, 1/8 Taino garments from the Pre-Colombian era, 1/8 Eastern Band Cherokee regalia and the rest needs to be Irish? Statements like these are why progressives say that people like her are neither liberal NOR progressive. They are totalitarians wearing the veil of their self-determined victimhood to obscure their malignant hatefulness. Dashikis have practical applications beyond heritage reflection, and were being worn by hippies in Northern California long before any real numbers of black Americans (much less those knowing of their specifically West-African roots) moved there. She is shamelessly imposing her own microaggressions here over her desire for power and influence. She even claims she laid in bed, afraid she would be carried off to some initiation ceremony in the forest. Really?

No matter, she finally found racism in every inconvenience and difference in mannerisms the locals have from her own comfortable surroundings. She goes into her personal collection of memories of microaggressions in the community. Nobody owes anyone ‘carte blanche’ treatment. I listened to her description of microaggressions. If I was as sensitive to the crap she has trained herself to categorize as simply a reflection of her race and the hatred of it by the generalized other, I would have long ago been a rock star in the SJW racialist speaker’s circuit. Maybe I could chill with Tim Wise and extoll the evils of melting pot culture and the racist mythology of progress! No. Instead, I recognize that: some people are not open to your greeting, my hands are sometimes sweaty when we shake hands, and some restaurants serve people as they can in the order they enter, which means I might have to wait after I get a seat. You aren’t a celebrity. Get over yourself.

With Nunley being a university leader, it is no wonder these students are such confused and, apparently, belligerent personalities. She is poisoning them with a point of view that turns them into hypersensitive, uber-entitled, scared, racist babies. We had diversity and sensitivity training and seminars in the 90s. When people basically began to examine themselves and tried to change, the race to keep race racist began. Hence the invention of cultural misappropriation and the innovation of ‘microaggressions’. So… you don’t see the ones you are used to? It must be the innocuous mannerisms that are perfectly fine anywhere else that are your new evidence, right?

She has no credibility as an agent of change except in the context of being a fomentor of division and totalitarian overreach. She damages black students with this supercharged, hypersensitive and accusatory perspective she propagates. She needs to self-reflect and do her own self work. Arcata IS really as nice as she first thought, and people really DO welcome diversity and activism there. They do NOT, however, bow to racism in the guise of victimhood and pointing an accusatory finger at the community while collecting a salary far above what the people in the city on average can earn.

This is the most disappointing PR stunt of them all. The CSU system needs to investigate this misuse of HSU’s resources and review that club before this tragedy, a child’s death, becomes a spot so sore that every fantasy Nunley has imagined as her own oppression are realized by an increasingly insulted Arcata citizenry that should not have to justify its honest, working-class liberal and progressive credentials.

Also, please cancel her initiation ceremony. She is apparently not ‘one of us’ and her entry into the circle of light has been postponed.

Problem:  Again sophistry to re-direct blame to serve a political goal.  Again, we are deep into the alt-right mind set here.  “Dominent Monoculture”?

Time:  1 am 5/9/17

By: Connie Dobbs in response to Free Thinker’s comment above.

Ms. Nunley has been appropriating European culture every time she uses a flush toilet.

Problem:  Cultural superiority.  Walking a very fine line between pure unadulterated racism (racial superiority) and the right-wing approved multi-cultural rant.  I think this is clear evidence of racism, given the parameters of right wing talking points, they would argue it isn’t.  Maybe this is meant as a joke.

Remember:  Here is Steve King, a Republican Representative from 2016

“This ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” King said. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

“Than white people?” Hayes asked, clearly amazed.

“Than, than Western civilization itself,” King replied. “It’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world. That’s all of Western civilization.”

Time:  12 am 5/9/17

By: DAV

All deaths are tragic but the trend by your violent liberal friends is too ignore any and all lawful and legal decisions with which they disagree.

These political and leftist criminals take to the streets and allowed by feckless and pandering liberal local leaders and police to thoroughly pevert the First Amendment of our Constitution. Last weekend they blocked roads and traffic causing dangerous road conditions, blocked access to business parking lots, several drivers were injured by protesters grabbing their steering wheels and attacking their persons. Some were vehicles with families on board.

You can be assured that the unsupervised protester’s unlawful behavior and violence will escalate into further violence when allowed to continue this coming weekend. Seems everyone’s getting sick and tired of the BS.

“Liberals are willing to put the Constitution and the entire legal system aside because they just “know” the accused is guilty. It’s truly an emotional, astonishing and dangerous trend. This is exactly how a society loses its freedom and rights. All it takes for tyranny to take hold is to allow anarchists, opportunists and protesters demands that action be taken to right some perceived wrong. Power is handed to the government to, “make it right” and we all wake up in a land with fewer rights.”

Read more: http://www.americanthinker….
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Problem:  Projection, missing the point that the victim was subject to violence and again attempting to make a murder a political issue based on resentment of others who are trying to better themselves through education.  Someone just got murdered.  It’s pretty simple people want an accounting and justice without the alt-right bullshit.  Is that too much to ask.  Of course it is.  At least when you can hide behind anonymity.

That’s all I have time for.  I’m sorry for giving these sentiments even more publicity, but I am not OK letting them stand on their own.  I’m also not OK discussing them on the platform of their choice.

I’m also sorry I do not have the expertise or language to diagnose all that is blatantly wrong with these types of comments.  This is one person doing his best to try to fight back against hate speech carefully packaged as political grievances.

 

Q: Should We Strive to Elect 53 Democratic Representatives to Congress?

A: Apparently so.

Lookit, this is not on the Democrats.  This is on the Republicans, their agenda, and how they sell that agenda to Californians.

The Republican AHCA (American Health Care Act) really speaks for itself.  It’s not something any Republican Congressman can spend much time defending except to say the word “choice” a couple of times hoping that we wont catch on, but then to focus on the fact they just did what they could to replace Obamacare (which I should be calling the Affordable Care Act – ACA).

As I was reviewing the 10 California Republicans that voted for the AHCA, their districts, the number of  registered Democrats v Republicans in, margin of victory, etc, I came across this nugget from Representative Paul Cook (R – Yucca Valley).

A plan that should correct Obamacare’s shortcomings: Paul Cook

Here are the quotes that stand out:


•After nearly two years of discussion within the White House, they forced through Congress a 2,000-page behemoth called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, by a purely party-line vote.

Unlike other major changes in federal health care policy, such as the Medicare expansion under President George W. Bush, the ACA had no bipartisan input or support.

•The Obama administration’s refusal to build a bipartisan consensus, coupled with the inherent and increasingly expensive flaws of the ACA, meant that the ACA would be unlikely to endure political change in Washington, D.C.


Lookit, this is all baloney, pure and simple.  If you have were unfortunate enough to have paid any attention to the right wing talkers since 2009, this was all about the above.  A bill that had too many pages that no one read, a Party and President that refused to work with the other side, and politicians that didn’t even read the bill.

That was the rhetoric, there was no policy to back up their gripes because they didn’t want what they might call a “big government” policy.  Their goal was and is to allow the market to do it’s thing (not the whole story, but that is the main gist).  If that means some people don’t get insured it’s kinda their fault b/c, well, because they should be working, and not find themselves between jobs for too long.  Not only that, but after paying for food and shelter they should have enough left over to pay for insurance.

The fact there wasn’t a policy behind the conservative 24-7 grievance-information complex which focused on government’s intrusion into health care and the African American President who lead the charge was made clear in the process that gave us, on May 4th, the AHCA.

What is so frustrating about this entire process, and how I can understand exactly where Republicans are coming from, is the ACA itself was an olive branch to the conservative principles of the other side.  It was based in large part on RomneyCare in Massachusetts which was based largely on a right wing think tank’s response to HillaryCare in the early 1990’s.

This is why, I don’t feel an iota of remorse calling for 53 of 53 Californian Representatives hailing from one Party.  Californian Republicans do not have the power to distinguish themselves meaningfully from the worst anti-government rhetoric and policies of the national party and the cost of having an agenda that results in policies that work against the majority of their constituents should be electoral extinction.

Below are the results of the (party-line) vote for the CA delegation to the 115th Congress from govtrack.us.  If you are interested in the raw data or can’t view the image below, I compiled the CA delegation’s votes on this Google Doc. (You’ll have to go to the second tab).

AHCA Vote

My suggestion going forward?  Listen carefully to what the Republicans have to say about why they voted for the AHCA given their constituent’s needs and find out if it makes sense to you.  Remembering that in the House each one of these Representatives comes up for re-election every 2 years.

That’s 2018 people!  Let’s get to work.   (or keep on doin’ what we’re doing).

A Black Life Lost v Defacement of Public Property

For background on the killing of Josiah Lawson..


Local self-published court reporter/blogger John Chiv would rightfully have a problem of the title of this post.  I have no doubt he is as interested as I am in finding the true murderer (or killer – in the case of a self-defense plea) of Josiah Lawson.

But on  the other hand, someone has to call him out on this.  Check out his post this morning titled “Maybe these photos will explain why the Justice for Josiah participants did not want to be filmed?

The photos include the signs “Black Lives Matter” and “Justice for Josiah” taped to the statue of President McKinley in Arcata square.  Additionally someone wrote on the plinth of the statue “Justice must be fought for”.  No indication from the reporter if it is written in chalk or another more permanent marker.

The irony to me is after a disastrous failure of law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office to find and immediately lock away the impromptu killer of an HSU student, defacement of public property is John’s legal concern.

Kinda makes the idea behind the phrase Black Lives Matter ring a little more true, no?

The loss of a bright life last month was as tragic as it was unnecessary. My hope is that everyone who was there that night and who knows anything will forget alliances, friends, community, politics and their own possible culpability (no matter how limited) in the events that lead up to a life lost too soon and share an unfiltered, unbiased account of what happened that night.

Someone pierced Josiah Lawson’s body with a blade the early-morning of April 15th in an act that ultimately lead to his death.  Josiah died too soon and without reason in the County we call home.  It is then up to those of us who call Humboldt our home to help insure Josiah, his family, and his home town to find and prosecute the person who took his life.

Today, this isn’t about politics.  Right now this is about justice, and we need to find the true killer of Josiah Lawson and find out exactly why our world had to lose his young, bright light.

Obviously I know nothing about the case except what I hear 4th hand, through the witnesses, through Judge Reinholtsen then through writers like Thadeus Greenson, but with that said let’s keep this in mind (from the ncj)…

“(Judge Reinholtsen) said the testimony seems to make clear that the only people at the party with an apparent motive to have stabbed Lawson were Zoellner, Ortega and her friends, but the evidence just isn’t sufficient to implicate any of them at this point. But that may change with further investigation, he said.  Lawson “was killed at a party with a lot of people there, and none of those people seem to have seen that happen, which is somewhat difficult to believe.”

May you rest in peace David Josiah Lawson.

What is Medi-Cal?  A Timely NYT Opinion Piece. (NEWCU)

NEWCU = News Eligibility Workers Can Use

…also… Medi-Cal is what we in California call the federal program Medicaid.

Between posts, I work as county Department of Health and Human Services employee where I help administer Medicaid in Humboldt County by determining eligibility.

I wanted to make a quick post to share Alice Wong’s piece  in today’s New York Times because:

a) is a first-hand account of one person discovering that public assistance is a right that she has as a member of our society and the freedom that understanding allows, and

b) it does a great job of explaining what Medicaid and Medi-Cal are and other important associated programs such as the Medicaid Working Disabled Program and In-Home Supportive Services, and

c) there is a well deserved kudos to California social services as  the writer describes why she had to move from her home in Indiana to come here.

Liberty and justice for all indeed!

My Medicaid, My Life

   by Alice Wong (New York Times | May 3, 2017)

“I graduated from high school in 1992, two years after the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed. Learning about disability history and realizing I was a member of a protected class encouraged me to imagine and create the life that I want. Once I got over myself and realized I had a right to Medicaid, it made a difference immediately.

This past March marked my 25th year of being a recipient of Medicaid. When I was young, I felt shame and embarrassment at being one of “those people” on benefits. Today I am unapologetically disabled and a fully engaged member of society. None of that would be possible without Medicaid.

Every day I resist forces that label me as the Other or a scapegoat for society’s problems. With the disability community, I share our stories and speak out against threats to our future by using my privilege and tools such as social media. I hope my story will continue for decades to come.”