Month: May 2021

Lying Is a Routine Part of Policing

Philip Stinson, Bowling Green, former police officer and criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University with the largest database tracking police crimes of non-federal sworn police officers.

Brianna Keilar: “How often does this happen where police reports misrepresent what actually happened?”

Prof. Stinson: “It actually happens with some regularity. When I was a young police officer many years ago, it was jokingly referred to as creative report writing. Lying is a normal part of policing.… Read the rest

Bernie Sanders declares that ‘Palestinian lives matter’ in powerful op-ed

Kenny Stancil and Common Dreams May 14, 2021

Offering further evidence that the rights of Palestinians are receiving more vocal support from U.S. Congress members than at any time in living memory, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday published an opinion piece in the New York Times demanding a more “even-handed” and morally consistent approach to Israel and Palestine that promotes peace.

Early in his essay, the Independent senator from Vermont posed a question: “Why do we only seem to take notice of the violence in Israel and Palestine when rockets are falling on Israel?”

Whenever this happens, Sanders noted, Democratic

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Say Israel is Committing Apartheid? It’s Not a Decision We Reached Lightly

A Palestinian boy runs near Israel’s separation barrier in the city of Qalqilya in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The barrier entirely encircles the city, which is home to more than 55,000 Palestinians.

Eric Goldstein – “The Forward” (Israeli publisher)
Acting Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division

When I arrived in Jerusalem in 1989 as Human Rights Watch’s first Israel-Palestine researcher, I did not imagine the word “apartheid” applying to the Israeli and Palestinian context. But this week, HRW published a report that I edited, as the organization’s acting Middle East director, finding that Israeli officials are committing the

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The Era of Hate

I see TV and online pundits asking the question, Why do Republicans and GOP governors want to take away the $300 a week pandemic unemployment benefits from the residents of their states?I say it’s the ole Master-slave relationship humming right along, working as it always has in America; the plantation-minded business owners and their Congressional buddies versus the worker slaves.

“When we want to give rich people incentive, we give them money – when we want to give poor people incentive, we take away money.” – John Kenneth Galbraith, economist

We live in an ERA OF HATE, an era that

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“The U.S. Must Stop Being An Apologist For The Netanyahu Government” – Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sen. Sanders: “Let’s be clear. No one is arguing that Israel, or any government, does not have the right to self-defense or to protect its people. So why are these words repeated year after year, war after war? And why is the question almost never asked: “What are the rights of the Palestinian people?”

In this moment of crisis, the United States should be urging an immediate cease-fire. We should also understand that, while Hamas firing rockets into Israeli communities is absolutely unacceptable, today’s conflict did not begin with those rockets.

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A petition urging the government to give $2,000 monthly stimulus checks to every American has surpassed 2 million signatures

A petition calling for $2,000 monthly stimulus checks has reached more than 2 million signatures.

The petition argues the three stimulus checks released over the course of a year have not been sufficient to deal with the financial repercussions brought on by the pandemic.

Senate Democrats have been urging both Congress to pass recurring relief checks to stave off financial difficulty.

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More than 2 million people have so far signed a petition calling for monthly stimulus checks in the amount of $2,000 to support Americans as the pandemic continues.

The petition, which was

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Dear Employers: People Don’t Want to Work for Starvation Wages

ADMIN: “Employers enjoy no statutory or constitutional right to cheap labor, period. It’s no coinicidence there is no shortage of skilled professional workers because their wages are more closely aligned to the cost-of-living in 2021; whereas prior to the pandemic, employers paid unskilled workers sub-par wages that fell far short of the cost-of-living in 2020. Capitalism means if you cannot afford to offer and pay workers enough wages to meet the cost-of-living in 2021, then you have no business. Sounds like capitalism to me. Dear confederate-state business owners: the Master-Slave relationship dissolved a long time ago.”

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Dear Media/Moderate Democrats: Can you please stop trying to help resurrect the GOP and give them a decent burial instead?

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 12, 2021 following her ouster as chair of the House Republican Conference.

Try not to cry too hard for Liz Cheney OR the dead GOP party. Remember, Liz Cheney is like her Dad, Dick Cheney who still wants to know how did our oil get underneath their sand?

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Donald J. Trump for: 1) destroying the old school Republican Party; 2) destroying the “new” Trumpcentric Republican Party’s chances of ever winning back the White House,

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Sen. Joe Manchin Won’t Support “For The People Act”

May 12, 2021

Washington, DC (CNN) West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin will not back the sweeping elections and campaign finance overhaul sought by Democrats to blunt Republican state-level efforts to restrict voting access, a spokeswoman for Sen. Manchin confirmed Wednesday. He suggested instead pushing legislation that would have a narrower scope as the path forward.

The major voting rights package, called the For the People Act, would mandate 15 days of early voting, allow same-day voter registration and limit states’ ability to curb mail-in voting and the use of ballot boxes.

It also rewrites federal campaign finance

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