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Anyone asking why a 1/6 commission is necessary

Need only watch how hysterically Republicans are trying to prevent one to understand why it's the right thing to do.

They want nothing more than to keep this in Congress and force the Democrats to hold congressional hearings that Republicans can turn into an ineffective partisan circus.

They're terrified of a commission which would conduct an investigation
that they can neither control nor blow up.

Read the room, folks.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed May 19, 2021, 05:26 PM (6 replies)

I have questions, too ...

Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 18, 2021, 04:57 PM (13 replies)

Let's be real. Andrew Brown was shot because he was fleeing not because he posed a threat

That is blatantly illegal.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 18, 2021, 12:15 PM (69 replies)

According to NC DA, a car is ALWAYS a deadly weapon if a suspect doesn't get out of it

George Zimmerman claimed Trayvon used the sidewalk as a deadly weapon. cops claims phones and wallets looked like deadly weapons

But let's be real. The deadly weapon in these instances is black skin.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 18, 2021, 12:12 PM (6 replies)

NC District Attorney claims Andrew Brown shooting was justified

This is why we keep protesting.

Too many people with power over our lives think our lives don't matter.

District Attorney says deputies who fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr. were justified

(CNN)District Attorney Andrew Womble said Tuesday that the deputies who fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr. last month were justified in using deadly force, citing a North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation probe.

Womble said the shooting, "while tragic, was justified because Mr. Brown's actions caused three deputies to reasonably believe it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves and others."

Brown, a 42-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies in Elizabeth City on April 21 when they attempted to serve him with an arrest warrant, according to the sheriff's office.
Womble, the district attorney for Pasquotank and nearby counties, has said Brown's moving vehicle made contact with law enforcement officers twice before the deputies opened fire. But the Brown family and their attorneys, who have watched body-camera and dash-cam videos of the shooting, say Brown was not a threat to the officers.

"It was absolutely, unequivocally unjustified," attorney Chance Lynch said last week. "Our legal team is more committed now to pursue justice ... because what we saw today was unconstitutional and it was unjustifiable."

A copy of Brown's death certificate says he died as a result of a gunshot wound of the head, and an autopsy commissioned by Brown's family specified the shot was to the back of his head.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 18, 2021, 11:46 AM (6 replies)

SCt granting cert on Mississippi abortion case: "First they came for Black voters ..."

After the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, voting rights activists begged our allies to join us in fighting voter suppression efforts across the country. Many did.

But many didn't. Because they didn't see that these voter suppression efforts impacted them. After all, they could still vote without interference and most of those measures occurred in other states, so what was the big deal?

Well, the big deal was that suppressing the Black vote meant making it easier for states across the country to elect conservative majorities and to elect Donald Trump president.

And now, here we are with an overwhelmingly conservative, anti-choice Supreme Court in perfect position to overturn Roe or give it the Shelby treatment by leaving in place but watering it down so much it hardly provides any protection at all. And if/when it does that, state legislatures around the country will be poised to pounce, just like we saw them do post-Shelby.

So now many of the people who didn't want to be bothered to fight voter suppression because they weren't being oppressed are now in a panic - and rightly so - that their own rights and those of the women in their lives are about to be ripped away.

This is a perfect example of why we must fight what we think may be other people's battles, if only to selfishly protect our own rights.

Otherwise, when they come for you, it will be too late.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon May 17, 2021, 04:18 PM (19 replies)

Folks are wondering why Manchin would propose such an aggressive expansion of the VRA. Here's why

And it's not good.

Expanding the Voting Rights Act to 50 states would likely make it unconstitutional and guarantee it will be struck down.

Race-conscious remedies like the Voting Rights Act must be narrowly tailored to address specific problems in specific places. They can't be blanket solutions applied everywhere. That's why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act applied only to certain jurisdictions with a demonstrated history of voter suppression. In order to get there, Congress held hearings, conducted investigations and made specific findings to support the provision. And even then, the Court ruled that the formula was inadequate and provided insufficient basis to the remedy the law required and imposed an unfair burden on jurisdictions without proof that they were in the wrong.

Manchin's "50 state strategy" applying the VRA's provisions to every state and locality whether or not they have any history of discrimination. It would surely be found to not be narrowly tailored, as required by the Constitution, and to be overly broad and thus, unconstitutional.

I think Manchin knows that and he knows the Democrats won't agree to it for that reason. Because most people don't understand this constitutional requirement, they will blame the Democrats for not being willing to go as far as Manchin wants, something Republicans will gladly exploit.

Don't be fooled. Manchin's proposal is NOT a good one.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri May 14, 2021, 09:43 AM (40 replies)

Can you imagine Pelosi saying in 2017 "I'm looking forward to being Speaker in the next Congress"?

That's what Kevin McCarthy just said on the White House lawn.

What an idiot.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Wed May 12, 2021, 01:09 PM (11 replies)

Charles Blow: "Liz Cheney, We have a memory. You're no hero"

Representative Liz Cheney may lose her leadership role among House Republicans because she hasnt been slavishly loyal to Donald Trump and the lies he fed the Republican Party.

Not only did Cheney vote to impeach Trump in January, she also insists that Republicans who continue to happily regurgitate his lies tell the truth. (Im fake-clutching my fake pearls.)

This has lifted Cheney to a sort of hero status in the media and political circles. A Joan of Arc in our collective battle against the Big Lie who is willing to let herself be burned at the political stake and to become a martyr for conviction and moral clarity.

It is a good thing that Cheney is standing on principle and insisting on telling the truth. But that is quite the low bar for a heroine designation.
Yes, it is better that Liz Cheney stands up for the truth about Trump and the election than to oppose it, which puts her at odds with a political party in which truth is the enemy.

But her present position does not expunge her past positions. The sword shes falling on is one she has spent her political career brandishing.

If Cheney is punished by her own party, I will not applaud, but I also will not sob. I sit silently in acknowledgment, as one does, when karma swings low and performs its function.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri May 7, 2021, 12:19 PM (13 replies)

CNN: Derek Chauvin and 3 other officers indicted by federal grand jury

Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri May 7, 2021, 10:10 AM (12 replies)
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