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March 27, 2021

Brian Kemp's phone number

as posted on the official GA Gov. site, linked below: (404) 656-1776.


March 21, 2021

"Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday's "anthem of resistance."

This is a moving article, apt at any time in our country. In 1999, Time Magazine named "Strange Fruit" song of the century. [Edit: My apologies for forgetting the link the first time.]

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees

The haunting delivery by Holiday would forever be engraved on the souls of those who heard it.


Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop

March 19, 2021

Everyone should see this in its entirety.

If Sen. Warnock's full speech has been posted already, my apologies. If not, it's a must-see.


March 19, 2021

Here's what actual election fraud looks like

And this time the repug SOB is facing felony charges.

Miami police arrested former Republican state Sen. Frank Artiles on Thursday and charged him with orchestrating a plot to siphon votes from a sitting Democratic state senator by paying a man with a similar last name to run a fake campaign. The scheme seems to have worked: In November, the incumbent, José Javier Rodríguez, lost his seat by the incredibly thin margin of around 30 votes to his Republican challenger, Ileana Garcia. The man Artiles recruited to run as an independent—an auto parts dealer named Alex Rodriguez, who didn’t live in the district—picked up more than 6,000 votes. (In his concession speech, José Javier Rodríguez called for a full investigation into the race.)

March 15, 2021

Taxes: outrageous.

I'm finding Tom Hartmann very educational reading every day. So thanks to the DU member who posted something from his site a few days ago.

This time, he further examines the war Reagan waged on the middle class, using tax law. For example, we're being taxed twice on some "income" and being taxed on tips, which aren't income at all.

Hartmann urges a return to pre-Reagan tax policy.


March 12, 2021

"Fox News is dead." (As news, that is.)

"Fox News isn’t slated news. It’s not even fake news. It’s simply not news. It is a Trump-flavored circus show that chased NewsMax down the rabbit hole and, unfortunately, caught it.

"On a casual inspection, that would seem to be working out fine for Fox News. After all, it has averaged around 1.3 million viewers since Biden moved in, compared to 1.1 million at MSNBC, and 0.9 million at America’s home for inconsistency, CNN. But that’s not really the comparison Fox News deserves. After all, over 10 million people watched each episode of Bull last year, and at least that show tells you what you’re getting, right there in the title"

The article centers on Faux running a box with Talker Snarson commenteng on President Biden's speech. Needless to say, I didn't watch it. But it sounds like a new low.


March 11, 2021

Pile it deep and high. Subtitle: Lies and the lying liars who tell them.

"The economy is coming back, people are getting vaccinated: We're on the way out of this," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters. "We're about to have a boom. And if we do have a boom, it will have absolutely nothing to do with this $1.9 trillion."

Were these people born with no shame? Is there a shame gene they lack? No, they're simply shameless liars. If the House gun bill makes it through the Senate--with not a single repug vote--I predict they'll take credit for it.


March 10, 2021

WSJ has new dump tape.

He pressured the lead investigator for the GA Secretary of State's office to look for fraud in the election. It's another link in the conspiracy to commit felony that could form the basis of a racketeering charge in Fulton County. DA Wallis would have to prove that there were at least two illegal acts in the attempt to commit the same crime--in this case, interfering in the presidential election in GA. That's how I understand the situation, at this point.


March 9, 2021

Don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Al Sharpton reports that dump has asked for an absentee ballot in FL.

March 8, 2021

Police equals organized crime in Minneapolis?

Writer Lauren Floyd has an article in Daily Kos about the protests in Minneapolis as the trial of Derek Chauvin gets started. Of the protestors, she says, "In that effort, demonstrators also sought to bring attention to the more than 470 other people killed by Minneapolis police." A response to the article notes that those deaths occurred since 1984. I wonder if the Mafia has killed that many people since 1984. Maybe so. Or, maybe if they had, there would be a major crime commission and multiple arrests and convictions. At any rate, if it's true that Minneapolis police have killed 470 black people since 1984, I'd say that comes pretty close to qualifying as organized crime.

This trial should be a doozy. If a jury finds Chauvin guilty, the police force will react. If Chauvin is found not guilty, Minneapolis will react. Let's keep abreast of developments.

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