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The NRA and all it stands for poses a far greater threat to the daily safety of average Americans

than any other terrorist group in the world, including ISIS and what's left of Al Qaeda. Strictly in terms of nomenclature, the principal difference between those groups and the NRA is that they're correctly and officially categorized as terrorist organizations while the NRA is given a pass for the monstrous acts their preachings help to cultivate.

The long and the short of it is that anyone who supports the NRA is helping to support the facilitation of atrocities like that which occurred in Lakeland and in dozens of other places across America each year.

Let's face facts...

The abhorent problem of school mass-shooting (along with all other types of mass-shootings) will never be solved until...

1.) The NRA is finally labeled as the domestic terrorist organization it really is and held to account and...

2.) The 2nd Amendment is either universally interpreted legally as an archaic half-penny with no place in a modern, civilized America or is itself amended out of our Constitution entirely.

Then and only then do we stand any hope of seeing tragedies like the one in Lakeland become part of the unlamented past.

I dont know about anyone else here, but I will never forgive or forget what the deplorables have

foisted on this nation. I hope these little racist/misogynist/Islamophobic/xenophobic pea-brained pustules are soaking in all the hate and destruction that has resulted from their non-thinking, because this will be their last hurrah. Someday soon, they'll be nothing but a bitter, isolated minority with nothing but hate as their legacy, and God help them when that occurs.

I don't want to hear about their problems, anxieties or concerns. I don't want to hear about their needs. I just want them to go away.

Brave high school students take a stand against racism and cultural approbation.

When Ithaca High School announced last fall that the spring musical would be "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," high school senior Annabella Mead-VanCort's mother, Eliza VanCort, wrote a letter to school administrators.

Mother and daughter were thrilled that a musical with a leading role of a female of color would be performed on the school's stage. They would be keeping an eye on this production, Eliza wrote in the letter in late November.

"And then they cast it the way they did," Annabella said. "And then we decided to write letters.”

A white actress was cast in the role of Esmeralda, a Romani gypsy living in 15th-century Paris.

Maddi Carroll, a 17-year-old senior at Ithaca High School and member of Students United Ithaca, was cast in the ensemble and quit in November due to the casting of Esmeralda.

“It shows you that theater wasn’t made for you," said Maddi, who is African-American. "And it shows you that, if you can’t get the parts that are written for you, what parts are you going to get?”


These very intelligent and very perceptive young people get "it". I'm glad the school allowed their voices to be heard and acceded to their demands. I'm also glad deplorables are working themselves into a lather over this story. They are inveterate racists well beyond anything even approaching redemption who have absolutely no future in this nation, and they know it.

What Deplorables Really Need.

No, they don't need sympathy, understanding or someone who will "finally listen to their concerns". What they need is to be told at least once a day for the rest of their thoroughly miserable existences what ignorant, bigoted, hate-filled invertebrates they are.

Consider it tough love.

If only the rest of America resembled California politically.

I'm tired of Republicans and the hatred, divisiveness and bigotry they spread. They're of such little consequence in California that there isn't even a single statewide elected official who is a Republican. If every other state could make a similar boast this country would be a paradise.

What good is a two party system if all one party does is champion hate and predatory capitalism? At least POC, women, LBGT, immigrants and the poor have some semblance of a fighting chance in California without any ReThugs in power to dehumanize them.

A lesson in healing, forgiveness and justice.

Woman gets probation in beating of teen shown on Facebook Live

A Chicago woman who prosecutors said used Facebook Live to stream a beating of a mentally disabled teenager from the suburbs avoided prison by pleading guilty to a hate crime Friday in Cook County circuit court.

Brittany Covington, 19, received four years' probation in exchange for the negotiated guilty plea. In addition to the hate crime, she admitted to aggravated battery with intent to disseminate on video and intimidation charges, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Cook County Judge William Hooks sentenced Covington to 200 hours of community service as part of the probation, plus ordered her to attain a general equivalency diploma. Covington also is prohibited from contact with any gang members, must submit to random drug testing and is banned from all forms of social media for four years.

The four defendants in the case are black and the victim white.

Authorities said the then-18-year-old Crystal Lake victim met up with Jordan Hill -- formerly a student at Aurora's Core Academy and Hoffman Estates' Conant High School -- on the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2016, at a Schaumburg McDonald's restaurant. Later, the teen called his parents for permission to spend the night at a friend's home.


I agree with the honorable judge Hooks here. What benefit would there have been in sending this 19-year-old child to prison and ruining here life for good? Too many young black people are just thrown away like garbage into the criminal justice system only to eventually reemerge as the harden, irredeemable criminals our inherently racist society imagines them all to be. Instead, she must now serve her community for 200 hours and take some responsibility in improving her own life by obtaining her GED. Hopefully, from there, she'll go on to earn a college degree.

I wish there were more judges like this. Black people rarely get second chances like this in our racially biased court system, let alone justice.

Let's be honest here.What precisely do Native Americans & African Americans have to be thankful for?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to pee in anyone's picnic basket here. There's nothing inherently wrong with having a day of thanks. However, when one considers the origins and mythology of this particular holiday, shouldn't we at least acknowledge what we as Americans are actually celebrating?

If you're a Native American, do you scotch tape cutesy cardboard decorations on your front windows or door depicting cartoon pilgrims wolfishly grinning and winking at a smiling turkey in celebration of your ancestors being systematically swindled and butchered for their land?

If you're an African American, do you plop your kids down in front of the TV to watch Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving special, all while thinking how lucky you are to be descended from the minority of Africans who actually survived their brutal abduction, ocean crossing and enslavement?

Do both groups celebrate how their ancestors' dignity and humanity were summarily stripped away by those who viewed them as little more than animals?

With that in mind, simply for the sake of inclusion and/or common decency, isn't it long overdue that we cleanse our national day of thanks of the offensively dishonest myths that surround this holiday? Why can't it be redefined in honest, modern terms to be more inclusive and representative of all Americans?

Again, I'm not saying that there shouldn't be a day of thanks or that we as modern Americans don't have anything to be thankful for. We should, and we certainly do. However, I think we are fast approaching a time when we might want to consider detaching our most cherished national day of thanks from the thankless brutality and racism of the past.

I'm simply saying that we can be so much better than this as a people, can't we?

EDIT: Considering the some of the responses I got for daring to question the wisdom of celebrating Columbus Day, I'm sure this thread will be a dandy.

To the folks trying to bring down Al Franken....

Up yours!

That is all.
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