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My niece lives in Houston.

My two brothers, their families, and lots of other relatives live in Austin. So far they're all okay.

I'm keeping them and all of the people who aren't okay in my thoughts, and I know all of DU are doing the same. So, thank you, and keep it up!




You have to TEACH them.

When my son was about eight years old he witnessed an uncharacteristically loud argument going on between my husband and me. The argument was insignificant, and probably (knowing myself) petty. But afterwards I noticed my son’s behavior changing. His normal stubborn individualism turned into compliant acquiescence. He began offering to do things like unload the dishwasher without being asked (until then I wasn’t even sure he knew we owned a dishwasher), and he seemed somehow…sad.

I was pretty sure that his new obedience and amenability were, while in some ways refreshing, a direct result of the argument he saw. I consulted his school counselor about it, saying at one point, “It’s like he thinks we’re going to get divorced!”

Her response shook me, “Are you?”

“Of course not!” I exclaimed. “It was just a stupid argument. I don’t even remember what it was about.”

“Well, he doesn’t know that,” she said calmly. I was stunned. How could he possibly think that his father and I would split up? The very wise counselor continued, “He has a lot of friends whose families are breaking up, and he sees first hand the heartache it causes. How is he supposed to know that his family is any different? You have to tell him.”

I wasted no time. The next time my son and I were alone together, I explained, “Look, I know you have friends whose parents are getting divorced.” I saw his eyes begin to well with tears and realized I had botched the opening statement, so I quickly forged ahead, “That’s not gonna happen here. Dad and I aren’t separating. We can’t. No one else would take us.” My son’s face relaxed for the first time in days, even as the tears began to fall. I told him in no uncertain terms that he was stuck with both of us, in the same house until he, himself, was good and ready to be rid of us and move out.

Once I had finished my clumsy explanation, he sat silent for what felt like hours—probably about thirty seconds. Then he looked up at me, cracked a tearful smile, and said, “Thanks, Mom.” I’ve never been so relieved to have my son, once again, ignoring dirty dishes.

I’ve been thinking about this incident with regard to Charlottesville and all of the parents and families of the Neo-Nazis, racists, and fascists, who are shocked to find that their children and siblings have become so hateful and so violent. And while I certainly don’t blame them for their loved ones' actions, it bears reminding ourselves that people, especially our kids, have to be taught things like acceptance, equality, and social justice. They don’t just “get it” by being around good people.

I grew up in the South. My high school had been desegregated for over a decade before I arrived, and the population was about half white and half African-American. But none of us were taught how to behave toward each other. We weren’t given lessons in equality and tolerance. We were simply thrown together by administrators and well-meaning activists who, once desegregation was accomplished, simply congratulated themselves on their progressivism and moved on to other issues.

The result was a kind of self-segregated environment, and a racial tension that was even exacerbated by some of the “teachers,” some of whom honestly had a lot in common with the racists in Charlottesville. The white kids sat in one section of the cafeteria, and the blacks in another. The white kids were vastly more likely to be in advanced classes than the black kids (not on merit, mind you, but on the presumptions of a few, frankly, racist instructors), making most classrooms pretty monochromatic. And even in classrooms where the number of black and white students were evenly matched, there was always an invisible line that separated their desks by skin color—usually white kids in the front, black kids in the back. And the teachers, typically, said nothing.

Even extra-curricular activities like band, drill-team, and of course football, which were much more physically integrated, didn’t make an attempt to teach equality and acceptance. Once the football game was over, the races would simply go their separate ways once again. An opportunity tragically missed.

One of the saddest observations about Charlottesville has been seeing so many young people spewing hatred and truly vile racism that we, as a nation, continue to believe is in our past until it once again erupts into murderous riots. And it is sad. But it’s not that surprising. Not to me.

Kids have to be taught. They must be told, and shown, and practice how to live together in harmony. It has to be explicit, and it has to be given the priority it deserves in a child’s education. Because, if we just assume that our children “get it” we end up with Charlottesville.

"How do you solve a problem like Reality?"

This was Ari Melber's description of how Trump aides came up with the idea of presenting him with "positive" "news" stories about himself.

I've always liked Ari.

Are you kidding me?

Are you fucking kidding me!!??

From Daily Kos:

"...The current bill will force millions of people into junk policies that offer essentially no coverage and it prohibits people from upgrading to better plans for six months. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, HOWEVER, WOULD BE EXEMPT FROM THIS PROVISION."

(my emphasis added)

How corrupt must you be to inflict this bill on the public, but then exclude yourself from having to abide by the law?

I know I'm preaching to the choir here on DU, but for FUCK'S SAKE...!

I'm so embarrassed!

From CNN:

Just three states -- Colorado, Missouri and Tennessee -- commended Kobach's attempt to investigate voter fraud in their respective statements.

"We are very glad they are asking for information before making decisions," said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican. "I wish more federal agencies would ask folks for their opinion and for information before they made decisions."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/03/politics/kris-kobach-letter-voter-fraud-commission-information/index.html

Not only is Williams one of only THREE SOSes who are caving to this illegal request, he's "glad" they're collecting it.

My thanks to Madame Silver Spurs for trying to fight this. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10412790 Can't Hickenlooper do anything to stop this?

It's the STUPIDITY, Stupid!

I know there are a lot of adjectives we can use to describe the Tangerine in Chief (arrogant, narcissistic, contemptible, vengeful, criminal, treasonous etc.)

But the main reason he should not be our president is that he is STUPID! Just plain STUPID! Stupidity pervades everything he does or touches. His stupidity is what is going to get us into a war...with FRANCE! Stupidity is the reason it's so painful to listen to him. And his stupidity compels him to install the dumbest possible candidates at all of our agencies, and at all levels of his administration. His absolute ignorance could destroy this country and possibly even this planet.

He's a fucking moron who should never have been allowed to take office in the first place. We have got to get him out of there!

Boulder County law enforcement leaders stand by immigrants, tell their stories

Longmont Public Safety Chief Mike Butler stood side-by-side with Hugo Juarez, a local undocumented immigrant, and told the story of Juarez's frustration at being labeled a criminal despite his many accomplishments.

After the reading, Butler declared that Juarez is not a criminal.

"Having a police officer saying it to me and reading my story, that's powerful," Juarez said. "It opens up doors. It's OK to talk to police. It's OK to report crimes."

The stories of six undocumented immigrants were told through performances by local law enforcement leaders Sunday at a sold out Motus Theater show at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. A recording of the performance is available on the Motus Theater's Facebook page.

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http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_30957132/boulder-county-law-enforcement-leaders-stand-by-immigrants

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I guess it's a right of passage. My first locked OP. This was the front page above-the-fold story on the Boulder Daily Camera today. I tried posting it to LBN this morning, but the "hosts" over there didn't think it was news, or something, so they recommended this Forum.

Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool.

Boulder County law enforcement leaders stand by immigrants, tell their stories

Source: Boulder Daily Camera

Longmont Public Safety Chief Mike Butler stood side-by-side with Hugo Juarez, a local undocumented immigrant, and told the story of Juarez's frustration at being labeled a criminal despite his many accomplishments.

After the reading, Butler declared that Juarez is not a criminal.

"Having a police officer saying it to me and reading my story, that's powerful," Juarez said. "It opens up doors. It's OK to talk to police. It's OK to report crimes."

The stories of six undocumented immigrants were told through performances by local law enforcement leaders Sunday at a sold out Motus Theater show at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. A recording of the performance is available on the Motus Theater's Facebook page.

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Read more: http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_30957132/boulder-county-law-enforcement-leaders-stand-by-immigrants



This is very cool.

What the hell are we waiting for???

This orange-faced, tiny-handed pussy-grabber is going to nuke North Korea if we don't get him the fuck out of office! He is infusing the entire world with hatred and resentment toward America and its citizens, and he is quite busy enriching himself and his close "friends" using the power of the office he neither won fairly, nor deserves, nor even understands.

And finally, he is taking all of his cues from murderous, kleptocratic dictator Vladimir Putin, and defunding or underfunding important areas of government while shoveling money into the already bursting coffers of defense contractors, Wall Street bankers, and CEO's of massive corporations that happily deprive this country of its natural resources and the health and welfare of its citizens.

So, what the hell are we waiting for?!

Why haven't we--at the very least--impeached this bloviating ignoramus!? And yes, I know that impeachment is not enough.

What is needed is a whole-sale removal of his administration, and a methodical undoing of everything he has "accomplished" in the short, stolen, national nightmare of his tenure as president.

It will be necessary to adjust our way of thinking, to think outside the box that is our Constitution. We are in crisis! Constitutional crisis! And so, we must find the solution not within our laws nor even our customs, but within our own ethics and morality. (And unfortunately, at least in my case, shoving his golf clubs directly up his ass doesn't exactly constitute ethical behavior.)

But what are we waiting for!? We have the proof of his treasonous collaboration with Russia! We have the proof of his constant self-dealing at the expense of American taxpayers! And we have almost daily evidence of his scary, sometimes deadly, incompetence in foreign affairs, as well as his narcissistic "the buck stops with somebody else--anybody else" attitude in virtually everything!

THIS HAS TO STOP! We must stop pretending that this is simply the new normal.

Every American of good conscience MUST ACT to prevent further damage to our nation and to the world. "Act how?" you ask. I wish I could tell you. I wish I could direct people in this effort, and for all of my exhortations you might think that I would jump at the opportunity to do just that. But unlike the Narcissist-in-Chief I am well aware of my capabilities and my failings.

But what I can and will do is continue to urge, encourage, and even plead with my friends and neighbors and anyone reading this, to recognize your own power, your own talents, your own positions, and use them to help free us from our corrupt, fraudulent, and criminal government.

And we have to act BEFORE he nukes North Korea, which I am convinced he will do, and he will sleep well that night. I won't.


After watching Rachel Maddow interview Adam Schiff...

It's so refreshing to hear two people speak so eloquently and with such grave understanding of the circumstances of their actions and of the actions of this administration.

And they actually use multisyllabic words correctly, and stuff!

It makes it that much more painful to listen to President Fourth-Grade-Vocabulary.
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