The Death of Atatiana Jefferson

Let us assume all the worse; Atatiana Jefferson came to her window, peered out with a gun in hand, ready to shoot, refused to comply with an order from an unidentified man to drop her weapon, and he fired in fear for his life. Now let us deal in reality and common sense.  A neighbor…

Fox News, GOP media now warn of bloodshed if Democrats win in 2020

That's one way to try halt public debate in this country: by threatening mass violence and a bloody people's revolt in the streets. That's what conservative media voices, including those on Fox News, have done in recent days. Specifically, the reckless rhetoric has revolved around proposed new gun laws in the wake of America's latest string…

Fox News, GOP media now warn of bloodshed if Democrats win in 2020

That's one way to try halt public debate in this country: by threatening mass violence and a bloody people's revolt in the streets. That's what conservative media voices, including those on Fox News, have done in recent days. Specifically, the reckless rhetoric has revolved around proposed new gun laws in the wake of America's latest string…

If this suspect had been black he'd have been shot 20 times; instead, we get a Benny Hill sketch

A man who allegedly murdered the family of a minor league baseball player was recently caught on video running away from police and resisting arrest. Oh, and he was naked: https://twitter.com/SJPeace/status/1166570470927425539? According to media reports, the man, 18-year-old Matthew Thomas Bernard, allegedly killed the wife, son and mother-in-law of Blake Bivens, who pitches for a minor…

The “Everything Terrible Trump Has Done So Far” Omnibus (Week 133)

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1515. Cut legal funding for victims of human trafficking 1516. Threatened to suspend journalist Brian…

The Cartoonish White Nationalist: Fake Views

I am a Black man, over sixty years old, who grew up in Washington, D.C without my biological parents.  When I was 11 years old, I was in the 5th grade and attended an elementary school located in the southeastern quadrant of the city.  I was lucky; I had some strong influential uncles who were…

GOP senator: We can't ban assault weapons because they're popular

Sen. Pat Toomey sang the usual Republican hosannas to assault weapons during an appearance on Fox News today. The gist: They’re “extremely popular,” so we can’t ban them. Here’s the nuttery in all its glory: FOX NEWS’ SANDRA SMITH: The shooter in Dayton had over 240 rounds at his disposal when he was shot and killed; he…

Brand That Nickname of “Grim Reaper” To Moscow Mitch Too.

<I know I took a break from blogging, but there is a critical life threatening intersection between gun violence, racism, and Republican politics that compelled me to get off the sidelines for now.> I am no communication expert, but the recent tragic mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH require those of us…

Remember when Trump disbanded DHS' domestic terror intelligence unit?

Not sure why I’m dredging up this story from April, but here goes. Way back in spring, several news outlets reported that the Department of Homeland Security had disbanded a group of analysts who’d been tasked with curtailing domestic terrorism. Because it’s obviously not a problem, apparently. That said, several DHS officials, past and president, were…

The NRA should have never messed with the Parkland kids

I guess the NRA thought the Parkland school shooting would follow the script of every other massacre: Americans would call for our politicians to finally do something  The NRA would then fundraise off the tragedy, and donate to their politicians to keep them in line  The NRA politicians would then offer thoughts and prayers to the victims Rightwing pundits would then viciously attack the…

The GOP's “Age” Old Problem Has Gotten Worse.

Well, it’s not like they can say that they weren’t warned. The “autopsy report” following the 2012 election was both blunt, and honest. It said that the GOP, in its current iteration, was dying. It’s core constituency was mainly white, older, rural, less educated men, heavy emphasis on the older. Every year, more and more older…

You Got Shamed Yesterday. An Open Letter to FL-1

I’m not going to waste my time with Matt Gaetz. He’s not worth the keystrokes, and besides, my eyes only let me type for so long these days. They say you can always reason with a Republican. That might well be, but you can also always reason with a turkey vulture, for all of the…

When You Only Have a Hammer, Every Problem is a Nail

The NRA waited one entire week before issuing a statement about the Newtown, Connecticut massacre that left 26 people dead. When they did break silence, they once again broke a nation's heart. The murmurs of disbelief coming from the press were audible as Wayne LaPierre stood in front of them and for over twenty minutes…