… to be an American ….

This was originally posted July 4, 2018. I repost it because I find it still very relevant. On this, our nation’s birthday, I have had numerous thoughts running through my mind as I compare the idea of America, as flawed as it may have historically been in its implementation, and what we currently confront with…

Joe Biden to immigrant rights activist: Vote for Trump

Certain personal attributes are not transferable. Joe Biden attempting to channel Trump shows why he is incompatible with a Democratic Presidency. Joe Biden has a way of showing a disregard for minority concerns in practice. Many will point to him being part of civil rights type legislation which is important. However, for many people, one’s…

'The Taliban gave me toothpaste and soap'

David Rohde is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and executive editor of newyorker.com. In November 2008 he was captured by the Taliban while in Afghanistan. In June 2009 he escaped. It must have been hell — but, apparently, even his Taliban captors had the common decency to give him toiletries. x Actual former prisoner of the Taliban….

Seattle's mayor to Trump: Immigrants don't scare us; you do

Donald Trump’s latest feckless attack on the libs appears to be backfiring. He seems to have convinced himself that, because he’s irrationally afraid of immigrants, everyone else must be, too. So he’s threatening to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities as a “punishment.” Oh, noes! What will we ever do with this horde of law-abiding,…

White House signs memo allowing military to use lethal force at border

It’s getting very, very frightening, kids. Trump likes to look tough, so naturally that means shooting desperate, starving immigrants seeking asylum. Real John Wayne stuff, to be sure. From Military Times: The White House late Tuesday signed a memo allowing troops stationed at the border to engage in some law enforcement roles and use lethal…

Neo-Nazi group's new robocalls sound a lot like GOP talking points

I realize that, at this rate, the Venn diagram for Republicans/Neo-Nazis will be a perfect geometric circle by 2020, so apologies in advance for the (inevitable) triteness of the headline. It used to be that Republicans just dog-whistled all day and looked down their noses at their thuggish second cousins in the white supremacist movement….