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So, Texas...

Be sure to remember Juneteenth when it comes around!

From FAIR: WaPo Tallies Police Killings–but Holds Back Some of the Numbers That Count

Concerned that official records undercount the number of people shot and killed by police in the United States every year, the Washington Post (12/26/15) attempted to compile a list of every fatal police shooting in 2015. The paper found nearly a thousand such cases—more than twice as many as the FBI reports in a typical year.

The Post‘s project—which corroborates a similar tally conducted by the British Guardian (6/9/15)—is a journalistic accomplishment, as well as an achievement of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has worked to call attention to police violence in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.

But it’s hard for me to escape the feeling that the Post story—by Kimberly Kindy and Marc Fisher—was framed by the paper to minimize the project’s remarkable findings.


This reminds me

Of something that happened to me years ago.

A dog was hit by a car in front of our house. It had ID, but not enough for immediate contact.

We called our vet's office for an emergency visit, and were asked if the DOG was an existing patient. We said no, but we are existing customers, with two dogs and a cat of our own, who are existing patients.

The IDIOTS turned us down, and lost a customer and three existing patients.

And then (I am in tears at the memory), we had to take it to an emergency clinic where it could only be kept, we hoped, comfortable.

In the morning we were able to contact the owner through their vet, and thought everything was copacetic.

THEY HAD IT EUTHANIZED, we found out later. It had a broken hip. Surgery would have fixed it. We would have paid. We would have taken the dog.

God I miss that dog. I can still see it.

I am very interested

Because, as an old lady with still a pretty good memory, I remember what seems like every moment of it. Interesting to hear the "adult" perspective in retrospect.

I weep every time I hear Johnson say, "Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President," even though I cheered at the time, at age 16.

Partly because he reminds me so much of my dad, and partly because he is one of our greatest presidents, but Vietnam sank him.

Yes, he was a manipulative SOB. But he did some great things.

OMG, now they're running RFK's speech when MLK was assassinated. I am a puddle.

All I want is whatever is likely to get as close to the truth as possible,

as quickly as possible. I have my opinions, but am quite willing to let the chips fall.

Since we're talking Yiddish...

Found a fun quiz.


(I've been crazy about Yiddish since Leo Rosten's original _Joys of Yiddish_.)


"Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children."

FAIR is right, this is disgusting.


The Washington Post offers readers a chance to watch impoverished children taunted with a cruel choice.

In America, as a rule, we shame the poor, ignore the poor, blame the poor for being poor, mock the poor and do little to nothing to protect the poor. Increasingly, however, a new trend has emerged: using the poor as props in shoddy “inspirational” viral content. One such effort was recently featured in the Washington Post (12/18/15), and is as bad as such things get:

These Low-Income Kids Were Given a Gift for Their Parents and for Themselves. But They Could Only Keep One.


If they make more money from screaming kids than me, well there ya go. It's a free country. (And I won't spend my money there.)

Take them home, then.

BTW, I actually like kids. Just not those that are allowed to behave inappropriately in public without being removed.

I don't even agree that fast-food sitdown is OK.

Can't behave? Take them home. My mom would agree.
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