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January 22, 2020

Not a pie

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Memes, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:51

‘Can You Imagine a Group of Black Men Walking Around With Masks and Guns?’: Gun Rally Sparks Questions of Racism and Privilege

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 09:41

‘Can You Imagine a Group of Black Men Walking Around With Masks and Guns?’: Gun Rally Sparks Questions of Racism and Privilege

It’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for several hours now countless mostly white, mostly male pro-gun, anti-gun control activists have been marching throughout the streets of Richmond, Virginia, claiming to merely be exercising their Second Amendment rights. Many appear to be dressed in military garb, including camouflage, masks, and donning various types of firearms over their shoulders or at their side.

Many online noted the reception from pro-gun advocates might be far different if the activists were Black instead of white, given the nation’s history – and that of Virginia.

One social media user asked, “Can you imagine a group of black men walking around with masks and guns?”

The article has a bunch of tweets and a few videos of the white mob with guns and the crowds.  

 

 

 

Fragile whiteness does not serve country, it only self serves their racist narratives and projected fears.

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Pictures, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 08:00
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Fragile whiteness does not serve country, it only self serves their racist narratives and projected fears.

January 21, 2020

Trump’s Lawyer Supports Criminalizing Homosexuality

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Gender, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 19:36

Trump’s Lawyer Supports Criminalizing Homosexuality

A timely reminder from Right Wing Watch:

Sekulow and the ACLJ have been intensely opposed to laws protecting the rights of LGBTQ people in the U.S. and abroad. The ACLJ argued on behalf of state laws criminalizing gay sex that were overturned by the Supreme Court in 2003. Sekulow has said that the state has a “compelling interest to ban the act of homosexuality.”

The ACLJ and its international affiliates engage in anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice culture wars in the U.S., Africa, Europe and Russia. In Africa, it worked to shape constitutional language in Zimbabwe, where it has fought to maintain criminalization of homosexuality.

From a 2011 Mother Jones report:

Sekulow and his son Jordan opened affiliated offices of the ACLJ in Africa to lobby politicians to “take the Christian’s views into consideration as they draft legislation and policies,” according to ACLJ’s website. ACLJ’s Zimbabwe office has pushed an agenda that backs outlawing same-sex marriage and making sure that homosexuality “remain[s] a criminal activity.” (Zimbabwe had outlawed homosexuality in 2006.)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe is among the most ruthless dictators in the world—but in 2010 ACLJ-Zimbabwe’s chairman, pastor Alex Chisango, led Mugabe and others in prayer to kick off Zimbabwe’s constitutional reform drive. ACLJ wanted to ensure that, whatever else changed in the country’s constitution, homosexuality remained illegal and same-sex marriage was banned.

From a 2017 Guardian report:

Documents obtained by the Guardian show Sekulow approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60 million to Sekulow, his family and their businesses.

Telemarketers for the nonprofit, Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (Case), were instructed in contracts signed by Sekulow to urge people who pleaded poverty or said they were out of work to dig deep for a “sacrificial gift”.

“I can certainly understand how that would make it difficult for you to share a gift like that right now,” they told retirees who said they were on fixed incomes and had “no extra money” – before asking if they could spare “even $20 within the next three weeks”.

Hello Everyone.   My bones ache trying to understand the hate these type people have in them for the LGBTQ+.   It shouldn’t affect them, yet they act as though they themselves were the one about to commit suicide or they were they ones about to be bullied and beaten daily in school when they are the ones doing the bullying and hurting LGBTQ+ kids.  I am getting to the point of not willing to be decent to these bigoted bullies.   Hugs

 

 

Joe Biden Doubles Down On A Racist Myth About Black Parents

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Economics, Family, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 18:59

Not really a great way to pull in the POC vote we will need to win the 2020 election.   Please people wake up, Biden has passed his due date, he is not able to win and if we let the corporate media force him as our nominee we will lose badly to tRump.  Look I keep saying Biden is stuck in his prime age days.   The ideas of way back then were different.   He can not adapt to our reality today, to the things that what was thought to be real back then, is now known to be wrong.  He is frozen in the past and can not be in our present.   If he were to become president he would work like it was 1970’s to 1980’s.  That is horrible and would just bring in another Republican administration and stalemate of any attempt to move forward as a country.    Hugs

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-racist-myth-black-parents_n_5e2215a9c5b674e44b980327

The former vice president repeated a debunked trope about the racial achievement gap and blamed minority parents for the legacy of segregation.

In a long and often rambling interview with The New York Times published Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden responded to a question about the legacy of racism by blaming Black parents for the racial achievement gap.

In the third 2020 Democratic presidential debate, held in September, Biden had said that one way America could address the legacy of slavery and segregation was by bridging the “word gap” between white and Black children. “A kid coming from a very poor school, a very poor background, will hear 4 million words fewer spoken by the time we get there,” Biden said. He then recommended that Black parents play records at night to “make sure that kids hear words.”

Finally, he suggested that Black parents may not participate in their children’s schooling due to embarrassment about their own lack of education. Biden said he’d learned from his wife, a former school teacher, that poor parents “don’t show up because they’re embarrassed. They’re embarrassed the teacher’s going to say — and it’s hard to say, ‘Well, I can’t read.’”

While somewhat masked by his choppy delivery, Biden’s suggestion that Black parents are reluctant to participate in their children’s education and are responsible for the racial achievement gap has no basis in fact.

Biden’s comments on the “word gap” were bad, but his suggestion that Black parents are reluctant to participate in their children’s education was even worse. For decades, white politicians have blamed Black parents, rather than the legacy of racism, for disparities in achievement.

Studies have consistently found that Black parents are more likely than whites to value post-secondary education. Segregation, mass incarceration and poorly funded schools ― i.e. things that fall squarely under Biden’s responsibility as a politician ― play a larger role in exacerbating the racial achievement gap than parenting styles.

More at the link above.   Hugs

 

 

 

… you live in a police state

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 05:09

They will vote, shouldn’t you?

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 05:08

Taxpayers subsidize police settlements. We pay for their cruelty and murder

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 04:49

When taxpayer funds are used to pay fines and damage awards there is no penalty for the one who did the wrong action or crime.  There is no incentive to change their ways if it doesn’t cost them anything and they can push the cost off on others.   Hugs

getinvolvedyoulivehere:
“Make this law and watch how fast things change!
#PoliceThePolice #PTP
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Taxpayers subsidize police settlements. We pay for their cruelty and murder.getinvolvedyoulivehere:

Make this law and watch how fast things change!

#PoliceThePolice #PTP

Taxpayers subsidize police settlements. We pay for their cruelty and murder.

 

Also MLK was assassinated by a racist with a gun

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Gun Control, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 04:41

The fragility of conservative whiteness.

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Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Different worlds apart

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Children, Criminal, Fascism, Homosexual, LGBTQ, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 04:14

Jan. 20, 2020

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January 20, 2020

Turns out the Tea Party were just racists. The deficit hawks used bad faith. The wonks were stooges

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:42
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Turns out the Tea Party were just racists. The deficit hawks used bad faith. The wonks were stooges.

To the surprise of no one.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Fooling the people

 

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January 19, 2020

Say what?

January 18, 2020

South Dakota GOP bill would jail doctors for 10 years if they provide trans health care to minors

Please understand this is not about safety or helping kids, it is about erasing trans people.   Puberty blockers should be started for trans kids just  puberty starts.   They do no harm, they simply stop the effect of the hormones from affecting the  body to make / change gender characteristics.    This is important because that lets a person who is trans keep from looking like the wrong gender.   A trans girl wants and should be allowed to look like a female, not forced to look like a boy in drag.   Same with trans boys, they should be allowed to look like males.  The blockers do not harm as if they are stopped regular puberty begins.   It simply is delayed but the process starts and continues as it would if the blockers were not used.    No one is letting kids get vasectomies and sexual reassignment surgery.  It is a scare tactic just like the misinformation about puberty blockers.  This is all about hurting and stopping people from identifying as trans.  It is another case of legislators wanting to be between the patient and their doctor.   Hugs

https://www.salon.com/2020/01/18/south-dakota-gop-bill-would-jail-doctors-for-10-years-if-they-provide-trans-health-care-to-minors/

South Dakota has proposed 16 anti-trans measures in recent years. Now the GOP wants to imprison doctors

House Bill 1057 would make it a felony to prescribe puberty blockers and hormones to people under 18 years of age and bans surgeries like vasectomy and vaginoplasty.

The bill was introduced by Republican state Rep. Fred Deutsch and has already drawn more than 40 co-sponsors in the Republican-dominated legislature.

This part is just a lie.  The medications are not dangerous and are used all over the world and the US without complications.  Rep. Fred Deutsch is wrong and using debunked scare tactics to outrage people.

“Children need to wait until they’re mature to do it,” he said, arguing that the procedures and medications barred under the bill are “dangerous” because of the psychological and physical effects they have on young people.

 

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Jack Turban, who researches the mental health of transgender youth, told NBC that it is “unsettling to see state legislators proposing that standard medical care, as outlined by The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and The Endocrine Society, should be a felony.”

The Endocrine Society and World Professional Association of Transgender Health both recommend puberty blockers and hormone treatments for transgender teens, though both organizations also recommend delaying surgeries until 18 years old. The report noted that only a quarter of transgender and gender non-conforming adults have reported undergoing transition-related surgery.

“Transgender kids, like all kids, deserve a chance to experience joy, to learn in a safe environment, to get the health care that they need, and to survive into adulthood,” said the ACLU’s Libby Skarin. “When the government proposes laws that would stigmatize them and undermine their care, they lose those opportunities.”

“The spate of anti-trans bills in South Dakota and elsewhere in recent years reflects an intentional strategy on the part of the anti-LGBTQ right wing,” wrote Gordon-Loebl. “Having lost the fight on gay marriage and recognizing the increasing national acceptance of lesbian gay and bisexual people, groups like [Alliance Defending Freedom] — alongside the Trump administration — have decided to pick off trans people, who are in many ways the most vulnerable and least protected members of the LGBTQ community.”

 

 

 

 

 

This was how I finally started to understand white privilege

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 07:56

Recently an armed immigrant with a known terrorist group entered the US.   This person was met by people already in the US from this same terrorist group.   They planned to go to a rally in Virginia and open fire.  Glad they were caught and arrested.   So I have to admit tRump’s southern border strategy has caught a terrorist planning an attack on the US right?   The guys must be POC right, most likely MidEastern, right?   NO!  The southern border had nothing to do with this.   tRump is wrong.   The man was white!   He came over the northern border from Canada.   He is a neo-nazi.  The group he belongs to wanted to start a race war.  Are we now going to divert money from the military to build a wall between the US and Canada?   Are we going to build concentration detention camps for the illegals coming over the Canadian border?   The policy on the southern border is about bigotry and racism.   It is the MAGA people saying keep the US a white majority and make it a white ethnostate.   Hugs

Shorter ‘founding fathers’: how can we extend the lens of patriarchy, misogyny, and racism

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Gender, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 07:15
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Shorter ‘founding fathers’: how can we extend the lens of patriarchy, misogyny, and racism.

January 17, 2020

Missouri Bill Would Jail Librarians Who Let Kids Check Out “Inappropriate” Books

Again another Christian attempt to force everyone to live by the doctrines of their religion.  They do not care about other parents wishes, LGBTQ+ kids who need to information or see someone like themselves in stories.   They do not care about religious people who have different views from them.  They only crave the power to oppress those you do not like.   Hugs

How would that even work? Baker lays it all out in the bill: Public libraries would have to create a five-member “parental library review board,” via an election, for a two-year term. Those parents would get to decide what’s “age-inappropriate sexual material.” Kids would then be blocked from checking out whatever books are on their list.

If librarians violate any of these rules, they would be subject to a fine of up to $500 or a year in jail.

In theory, then, a heavily Christian community could elect a board that says books featuring LGBTQ characters are “inappropriate.” And then if librarians allow kids to check out Heather Has Two Mommies or I Am Jazz — books meant to help kids understand LGBTQ identities — they would be severely punished for it.

All because a group of conservative parents with sticks up their asses decide to play censor instead of letting kids follow their own curiosity or deferring to the wisdom and expertise of professional librarians.

This isn’t the first time Baker’s had a dumb idea. Years ago, he tried defending a giant Christian cross on public property. Last year, he pushed for Bible classes in school. That bill passed the State House but not the State Senate.

Now, rather than calling for book-burning, he’s just trying to find a loophole that allows Christian bigots to block kids from learning more about topics he doesn’t like.

Knowledge is power. Unless you’re a Christian like him, in which case, it’s the enemy.

Nine Federal Agencies Propose Undoing Obama-Era Executive Order On Grants To Religious Organizations

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 04:35

The program to change the US in to a theocracy continues.   This push comes after tRump notice a softening of his frantic fanatic Christian base.   These people will stop at nothing to change history to their narrative of a founded Christian nation which is not true, and to insert their church doctrine in our secular laws to force everyone to follow the precepts of their religion.   Remember not only do these people want to discriminate against those they do not like, but they want to criminalize people like me just for existing.   They want to copy the very Islamic theocracies they claim to hate yet only they want to do it in the name of their Christian religion.    Please read the article, this is the enemy we fight.     Hugs

Nine Federal Agencies Propose Undoing Obama-Era Executive Order On Grants To Religious Organizations

The Washington Post reports:

Nine federal agencies, including the Education Department, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department, are proposing rules that would reduce requirements for religious organizations. The rules would lift an Obama-era executive order that compelled religious organizations to tell the people they serve that they can receive the same service from a secular provider.

The Education Department plans to issue guidance that will require local school districts to certify that they have no rules or regulations that conflict with students’ right to pray at school. It will also require states to notify the Education Department if there are complaints against a school system regarding the right to pray. The department does not have similar reporting requirements for states when a school district is accused of other types of discrimination.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Camilla B. Taylor, an attorney with the LGBTQ civil rights group Lambda Legal, said the changes would affect huge swaths of government contracts. She said that when people they think of religious groups and social services, they “think a neighborhood soup kitchen in a basement”

“But we are talking about government grants to the tune of millions and millions of dollars. And increasingly, they are excluding members of the public from receiving services based on who they are,” Taylor said.

The Rev. Stan J. Sloan, chief executive of Family Equality, which supports same-sex families, said “once again, the Trump administration is putting the personal beliefs of taxpayer-funded service providers above the needs of vulnerable children, families and people they serve.”

There are quotes from other news sources and anti-LGBTQ+ groups, and from pro-LGBTQ+ groups.   Hugs

January 16, 2020

Florida Republicans submit 4 anti-gay bills on last day to file

Filed under: Bigotry, Gender, Hate, Health, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Sex, Transgender news, Youth — Scottie @ 11:01

I do not understand the hate in these people, nor their desire to harm others not like them.    Also I am tired of politicians trying to make medical decisions for people instead of leaving it up to the patient and their doctor.    I use to have a muscle relaxer that worked really good for me.   The Florida state legislature in an attempt to look like they were addressing the opioid addiction problem, made it illegal for a pain doctor to prescribe it, while other doctors still can.   I have to use other drugs that do not work as well and have worse side effects.   The drug was not even an opioid.   I shouldn’t be forced to take medical advice from a legislator instead of my doctor.    Hugs

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/florida-republicans-file-4-anti-gay-bills-last-day-session-n1116256

The bills would repeal LGBTQ antidiscrimination ordinances, criminalize trans health care for minors and allow conversion therapy in places that had banned it.

Seven Republican lawmakers in Florida filed anti-LGBTQ bills late Monday, just hours before the deadline to file new bills for the coming legislative session.

If passed, the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.

Equality Florida, the state’s largest LGBTQ rights group, also decried the late-session bill dump.

“This is the most overtly anti-LGBTQ agenda from the Florida Legislature in recent memory,” Jon Harris Maurer, the group’s public policy director, said in a press release. “It runs the gamut from openly hostile legislation that would arrest and imprison doctors for providing medically necessary care, to legislation that would carelessly erase critical local LGBTQ protections.”

“It is outrageous that conservative legislators would threaten their health and safety,” she said in a statement. “Medical professionals, not politicians, should decide what medical care is in the best interest of a patient. Forcing a doctor to deny best practice medical care and deny support to transgender youth can be life-threatening.”

Conservative Republicans across the country have lately moved to introduce bills that would criminalize the provision of medical care for transgender children — including treatments endorsed by all major medical organizations. Florida’s trans health care ban proposal joins a list of similar bills that have been filed in recent weeks by staunchly conservative lawmakers in Tennessee and Texas.

“Sadly, the medical care of transgender youth has been sensationalized and politicized,” Jack Turban, a researcher at Harvard Medical School, said. “Gender-affirming medical care for transgender adolescents is endorsed by major medical organizations, including the Endocrine Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. It should go without saying, but providing standard medical care should not be a felony.”

 

 

 

Stephen Miller Shared Idea Of Shipping Undocumented Immigrants Out of The U.S. on Trains as Scare Tactic, Leaked Breitbart Emails Reveal

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Youth — Scottie @ 09:27

https://www.newsweek.com/stephen-miller-warned-undocumented-immigrants-will-replace-existing-demographics-leaked-1482174

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” section published its latest series of emails Tuesday which were leaked by an ex-Breitbart editor. The emails reveal Miller pitching white nationalist and vigilantly anti-immigrant ideas to the right-wing publication while he was a rising GOP aide to then-Senator Jeff Sessions and later a top Trump campaign policy adviser on immigration. Miller’s latest leaked messages show he shared an article from far-right website WorldNetDaily with Phyllis Schlafly, who suggested the idea of shipping immigrants out of the U.S. on trains as a scare tactic and expressed fears that migrants might “replace existing demographics.”

As the SPLC’s Michael Hayden notes, Miller refers to a “great replacement” theory frequently expressed by extreme white nationalist figures and in the manifestos of several mass shooter suspects.

“Demanding DREAMers be given citizenship because they ‘know no other home.’ That principle is an endorsement of perpetual birthright citizenship for the foreign-born,” Miller wrote in the email, referring to DACA recipients. “Not only will the U.S.-born children of future illegal immigrants and guest workers be made automatic U.S. citizens, but their foreign-born children will too because, as [former Republican House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor said, ‘Our country was founded on the principle.'”

In a June 2015 email, Miller lamented that “illegal youth” are allowed to remain in the U.S. as he said they soak up “both work permits and generous free cash tax credits.” Miller, writing to Katie McHugh, the former Breitbart editor who leaked the emails, used the subject line, “The Immigration Surge” to make his point.

 

 

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