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Some Democrats treat the House and Senate like Republicans treat our schools

Republicans look down on educators who are busting their hind ends trying to make the most of the meager resources they're given, tell them they suck at what they do, respond to their pleas for more help with threats that if they don't do a better job with what they have, they're going to take away even more of their resources. Then they take away those resources and point at them, saying "They're not educating your children. Why should you give any more of your hard-earned money to them?"

Some of the folks in our camp have taken a page out of the Republican playbook and are doing the same thing to House and Senate Democrats.

The Democrats are barely hanging on by their fingernails with the slimmest of a majority margin. They are doing the absolute best they can with what they have and keep telling us that in order to do more, they need a larger majority.

So, what do the naysayer do? Smack them around, call them weak and spineless, and threaten that if they don't straighten up and "get tougher," they will refuse to vote for them next time, thereby helping to take away the skinny margin they have, and let McConnell, McCarthy and the Republicans take over.

It doesn't make any more sense when Democrats do it to fellow Democrats than it does when Republicans do it to educators.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon May 31, 2021, 01:47 AM (19 replies)

Shout out to Texas Dems

Thank you!

Texas Democrats Stymie G.O.P. Voting Bill, for Now

Democrats in the Texas Legislature staged a dramatic, late-night walkout on Sunday night to force the failure of a sweeping Republican overhaul of state election laws. The move, which deprived the state House of Representatives of the minimum number of lawmakers required for a vote before a midnight deadline, was a stunning setback for state Republicans who had made a new voting law one of their top priorities.

The effort is not entirely dead, however. Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, indicated that he would call a special session of the Legislature, which could start as early as June 1, or Tuesday, to restart the process. The governor has said that he strongly supported an election bill, and he was widely expected to sign whatever measure Republicans passed.

“Election Integrity & Bail Reform were emergency items for this legislative session,” Mr. Abbott said on Twitter on Sunday night. “They will be added to the special session agenda.” He did not specify when the session would start.

While Republicans would still be favored to pass a bill in a special session, the unexpected turn of events on Sunday presents a new hurdle in their push to enact a far-reaching election law that would install some of the most rigid voting restrictions in the country and cement the state as one of the hardest in which to cast a ballot.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Mon May 31, 2021, 12:50 AM (32 replies)

WP: "Why conservatives really fear Critical Race Theory"

Excellent piece. But they are obviously treading lightly. It should be headlined "Why many white people really fear Critical Race Theory" since, as we've seen on this board, this fear isn't limited to conservatives.

One year ago this week, the police killing of George Floyd rocked the country, setting off the largest mass civil rights protests in a generation and inspiring a wave of soul-searching about the roles that race and racism still play in American life.

But as quickly as the wave rose, it crested and crashed — at least among some groups. Since last summer, Republicans and Whites in particular have become less supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement than they were before Floyd’s death.

Why? Because theoretical discussions of racial injustice turned into a more direct personal challenge to the race in power.

It’s one thing to post a black square of solidarity to one’s feed, as over 14.6 million Instagram users did on #BlackoutTuesday last year. But it’s another to defer to Black voices, to change policies that harm Black people, to truly adjust one’s way of existing in the world in response to a critique of American virtue, and of one’s own innocence.

Calls for racial accountability can feel like an attack when you aren’t ready to acknowledge how your behavior, or that of your ancestors, has harmed others. When your priority is to preserve a particular mythology — the United States as a land of equal opportunity — the push to take a critical view of the United States’ racial history becomes a threat. It might result in a real rethinking of the order of things, which might result in culpability, which might result in recognition that recompense is needed. (Hm, recompense — sounds like “reparations,” a subject America remains unwilling to touch with a 10-foot pole.)

For many White people, a year of trying to be non-racist was more than enough.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu May 27, 2021, 11:25 AM (63 replies)

BREAKING in WP: Grand jury convened in Trump case in New York

Prosecutor in Trump criminal probe convenes grand jury to hear evidence, weigh potential charges

Manhattan's district attorney has convened the grand jury that is expected to decide whether to indict former president Donald Trump, other executives at his company or the business itself should prosecutors present the panel with criminal charges, according to two people familiar with the development.

The panel was convened recently and will sit three days a week for six months. It is likely to hear several matters — not just the Trump case ­— during the duration of its term, which is longer than a traditional New York state grand-jury assignment, these people said. Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. Generally, special grand juries such as this one are convened to participate in long-term matters rather than to hear evidence of crimes charged routinely.

The move indicates that District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s investigation of the former president and his business has reached an advanced stage after more than two years. It suggests, too, that Vance believes he has found evidence of a crime — if not by Trump then by someone potentially close to him or by his company.


As I keep saying ... Don't assume that just because you can't see the wheels working that they aren't turning.

An excellent take on white privilege and Critical Race Theory in a nutshell


A primary aspect of white privilege is the opportunity to learn about anti-Black racism through classroom study -- not daily experience, community life, family history. We fragile whites have so many racial privileges that we can pick, choose and throw out ones we don't want.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 25, 2021, 01:06 PM (15 replies)

My niece, a teacher, broke up a knife fight today

She got right in the middle of it and pulled one knife-wielding student off of a fellow student he had pinned to the ground. She then managed to move the student with the knife to another area, calmed him down down, and got him to turn over the knife.

She didn't have a gun and didn't have to shoot anyone.

Teachers across the country probably do this every week. So please spare us "the cop had to shoot to kill because s/he posed a deadly threat and the only way to stop them was to shoot them on the spot" justifications for police killing Black civilians.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue May 25, 2021, 01:36 AM (13 replies)

Many police killings of unarmed black men are not to protect, but to punish and make an example

Most of the cases we see stem from an angry or irrationally frightened cop reacting with deadly force to a black person not complying with their orders. They usually don't involve any real threat to the officer or any bystanders. They come about because the officer is angry that the person didn't do exactly as they told or, God forbid, tried to run away.

In other words, these black people are all too often executed - frequently after being abused, degraded, and tortured - by police, not because they pose any danger to them, but because they are not obedient in the officer's eyes and need to be taught a lesson - and so do other uppity black people who don't show sufficient respect to law enforcement.

There is a much shorter way to describe what this is.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu May 20, 2021, 03:10 PM (20 replies)

Pelosi and Schumer are playing this beautifully. They're Benghazi-proofing the investigation

It's looking more and more like the 1/6 investigation will have to be done by a Congressional select committee, as the Benghazi "investigation" was.

But unlike the Benghazi proceedings, which were just rammed through with no attempt at bipartisan cooperation or even the appearance of seriousness, this route is being taken ONLY because the Republicans blew up attempts to include them as partners in the effort. Any whines about partisanship and "witchhunts" can and will be easily countered with reminders of all the Democrats did to try to reach out to Republicans it to have their hands slapped away.

Now a committee can dig deep into what led up to that day. And remember, unlike in the Trump era when Congress had little ability to enforce subpoenas, we now have a real Justice Department that will enforce Congressional subpoenas we with the full force of the law.

Nicely played, Madam Speaker and Mr. Majority Leader!
Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu May 20, 2021, 11:50 AM (58 replies)

Remember how we demanded that Barr's "first cut" of the Mueller Report not be accepted fact?

At the time Barr gave us his version of the Mueller Report, he'd only been on the job a few weeks and had not yet established a reputation as an outright liar and enabler of a criminal president. Yet we all knew he could not be trusted and were furious that so many in the media and elsewhere accepted his characterization of Mueller's findings as true.

Yet many of the same people who knew better than to accept anything Barr said at face value are very quick to accept the "official" version of police shootings of Black civilians. Almost without fail, whenever a cop shoots a Black person, these people - many of whom identify as progressive - immediate believe the cops' story about why the killing or excessive use of force was justified and swallow whole their claims that their victim was a dangerous person who would have caused deadly harm had they not been taken down on the spot.

They give the police this benefit of the doubt despite the fact that, unlike Barr, law enforcement has a long, demonstrable, and tragic track record of not only abusing and killing Black people at an alarming, disproportionate rate, but of lying about it unashamedly, as evidenced AGAIN by the horrifying incident in Louisiana when police tortured and lynched a suspect and then claimed he died in a car accident.

And even worse, these people who believe the police so blindly pretend that they aren't picking sides but are merely refusing to "jump to conclusions," treating the police version of the incident as the objective, non-biased perspective, while insisting everyone should believe the police unless an investigation proves they were wrong. According to them, assuming the police did something wrong is unfair to the police. In the meantime, they adopt, repeat, and disseminate the police smear of the dead person, who, of course, is in no position to tell their side or defend themselves. The police who killed them said they were bad people, so that's good enough for them.

If Bill Barr's version of events shouldn't be believed just because he said so, surely the official police version of events should be treated with considerably more skepticism than it is, especially when the cops have everything to gain by lying about their actions. They long ago relinquished any entitlement to be given the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Thu May 20, 2021, 09:05 AM (34 replies)

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)
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