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A Week in the Second Month of the Third Year of 2020

February 1, 2022

As midnight in America persists, the news reports that at least 10 HBCU institutions have received bomb threats on this one day, which happens to be the first day of Black History Month. That this is a coordinated set of threats seems obvious.

What is also obvious is that even during the time of the plague of lynching and the KKK and so many abuses of Black Americans, this particular threat is new.

But sadly, it is not surprising.

February 2, 2022

The Republican-contrived controversy regarding what it means to be a qualified candidate for the Supreme Court will not stand up to even the most cursory view of the history of who, exactly, has been deemed to be qualified.

In his history of the Supreme Court Henry J. Abraham points out the following facts:

-Of the 108 men and 2 women to have served on the Supreme Court before 2007 – 38 had no judicial experience – 46 had token experience at best

-Justices Roberts, Thomas nd Barrett have spent very little time on the bench before become Supreme Court justices – Justice Kagan was never a judge.

-William Howard Taft’s greatest qualification to be a Supreme Court Justice was that he had been President of the United States

-8 of the 16 chief justices were “judicially inexperienced” – including John Marshall, Charles Evans Hughes and Earl Warren

So all of this talk about “the best qualified” candidates to be on the Supreme Court is just talk. At the end of the day qualifications are directly related to the views/perspectives of those who do the appointing and the confirmations.

And President Biden needs to be quick in finding his way to the finish line successfully.

February 6, 2022

Over the weekend the Republican National Party literally excommunicated Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger by censure –their crime was that they were participated in the House January 6th Committee investigation of the 2021 insurrection. But according to the leadership of the RNC there was no insurrection. What was happening that day?

“Legitimate political discourse”

According to the RNC using bear spray and batons and clubs against the police, trashing the Capitol and bringing gallows to “hang Mike Pence” constitutes political discourse.

Welcome to the world where no sense makes sense.

Of course, what makes all of this more appalling is that there is a very real chance the Republican Party will control the House, Senate and presidency by 1.20.25 and that is when the nightmare will be real.

February 7, 2022

Today the Supreme Court of the United States opened the door for the wholesale denial of voting rights for Black Americans. By allowing the state of Alabama to implement a redistricting system that the lower court found to be obviously racially-motivated, it is clear that many states around the country will see the green light of disenfranchisement blinking brightly.

We will look back on this day when race-based disenfranchisement began the process of the total removal of Black Americans from any significant aspect of the American political power structure.

The House is on fire.

February 8, 2022

Yet another interesting phenomenon in these interesting times is the awesome amount of energy that is being expended by those who are looking to push back the study of American history to some time before the truth started being told. As late as the 1960’s American children were taught a plain vanilla version of American history, glossing over slavery, simply not mention the genocide and land theft perpetrated against the indigenous people or the Chinese Exclusion Act or the 100 years of lynching perpetrated against Black Americans after the Civil War or the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

All of these cosmetically eliminated American warts and scars started to make their way into the normal curricula of American schools, colleges and universities. That is, until the right wing of the right wing and the resurgent white supremacists felt sufficiently empowered to put the pancake makeup on American history.

So just like King Canute trying to hold back the tides, these assassins of history are trying to make sure that young Americans, especially young white Americans, believe in the myth of America instead of the truth.

As if that will make the truth go away.

Because it never will.

February 9, 2022

Meanwhile…. just to keep things interesting Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to threaten to invade Ukraine despite a rising tide of threats of sanctions that would be a consequence of such an invasion.

Already there are more troops that are battle ready in and around Ukraine than at any other time in Europe since the end of World War II. And while the sanctions are formidable, it is important to remember that Russia lost 13 million soldiers and a total of 27 million people during World War II, so threats may not have the same impact as it would with nations that have not endured such horror.

It is clear that President Biden and the United States and the Western Alliance are being tested.

All the while Chinese President Xi is watching…and watching…and waiting

February 10, 2022

It would appear that by now Trump has lost his ability to shock us – there is no bottom to the pit of darkness in which he dwells. However, he still retains the ability to surprise.

Consider the most recent news that, during his benighted tenure in the White House, plumbers (real plumbers not Watergate plumbers) had to be called on multiple occasions to unclog toilet pipes that were full of torn and shredded pieces of documents – the tearing and shredding courtesy of the President of the United States.

It is clear that burning the documents never crossed the fevered swamp of his mind. But it is stunning to know that so many documents were personally flushed down the toilet by Trump – clearly trying to hide something.

In that regard that workers at the National Archives are taping and pasting together other shredded documents (no recovered from the Trump toilet).

Clearly this man without even a hint of shame and about whom we know so much, has something he still needs to hide.

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One thought on “A Week in the Second Month of the Third Year of 2020

  1. Julian Reeves says:

    And today Daily Kos posted a message that the State of Florida wants to rename U.S. Highway 27 (the longest highway in the state) after the Shit for Brains asshole. A perfect example of the miseducation of the American “white” person.

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