Everyday Erinyes #103

 Posted by at 8:42 am  Politics
Dec 022017
 

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage.  These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that.  Even though there are many more which I can’t include.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

You may remember from last August a small protest in a little place called Charlottesville, VA.  And that a car ran into a group of unarmed peaceful protesters, injuring 19, and killing one – Heather Heyer.  You may even remember that a comment made on Facebook about a news story at the time went viral because it was so ugly.

“Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block roads,” Conrad Lariviere commented on a news story noting “one dead, 19 injured.”

If so, you’ll be happy to know that Officer Lariviere has been fired from the Springfield (MA) Police Department.

“It was determined that Officer Lariviere impaired the operation of the Springfield Police Department or its employees and discredited the department,’ Commissioner [John] Barbieri explained. 

The mayor of Springfield agreed.  “I stand by and agree with Commissioner Barbieri’s decision to fire Officer Conrad Lariviere over his insensitive and uncalled for Facebook remarks,” Mayor Domenic Sarno stated.

But you’ll likely be less happy when you hear that the police union wants him reinstated.  And one City Councilor agrees with the union.  The union statement includes “His point was that such disorderly behavior has serious consequences, and both sides of the dispute bore responsible for the disruptions,” which sounds to me sort of like “His point was that no matter how peaceful you are, if someone doesn’t agree with you, it’s open season on you.”

The City Councilor has a different viewpoint.  His beef is that there is another office on the force who deserves to be fired even more, but hasn’t.  And, actually, he is right.  The problem is, with this other officer, the city’s hands are tied.  The union contract includes what is essentially a 90-day statute of limitations, and this officer’s misdeeds were not discovered within that time period.  So the Department is forbidden by the contract from taking action, other than suspending him for 60 days and demoting him to the records department.

Alecto, what I think is that, when the union contract comes up for renewal (which I hope is soon), the Department needs a tougher and better negotiator.  And smarter.  Better able to foresee contingencies.

Mohammed Suleiman is a six-year-old boy who carries Down syndrome 21.  He is sufficiently developmentally disabled that he is not able to speak.  Yet, a substitute teacher called the police and filed a report that the child is a terrorist, because he kept repeating the words “Allah” and “boom boom boom.”

If you listen to the video on the site, you may also gather the teacher said the child “sexually harassed” her.  Right.

The Police Department is no longer investigating the matter of the report.  I personally would have thought that filing a false police report was a crime and that they ought to be gathering information to charge the teacher, but I do realize that some things are challenging to get legal evidence for.

Child Protective Services are also still investigating  I hope that means they are investigating the teacher, who is obviously so dangerous she should not be around any children ever, and not the child’s family.  But one never knows.

Megaera, if no one is investigating the teacher, maybe you can.  And, if they are, maybe you can help.

There are two other incidents I want to give some attention to without a lot of detail.  The first – which comes with a strong TRIGGER WARNING – is that of the little girl, aged 10 years, who was bullied to the point that she hanged herself.  A few more details are available, but some are also missing.  It happened in Colorado, in Aurora, and her name was Ashawnty Davis and she was adorable.

The second incident – well here’s the title:  Alt-righter insists his ‘Pepe the Frog’ hot sauce isn’t racist — it’s meant to mock people with autism.  And, you know, that’s exactly what he said.

“So it was originally intended to be a chicken-tendie sauce, like, you know, ‘These autistic kids go crazy about chicken tendies.’  So it’s a spicy tendie sauce. But it’s actually a very tasty hot sauce.”

Matt Furie’s attorneys have sent this dude a cease and desist order, which he intends to ignore, because “He never trademarked it.”  No, you jerk, he didn’t need to trademark it, because he HOLDS THE COPYRIGHT.  And he has the books to prove it.  He’s not required to register the copyright in order to hold it (although registering it give one a few additional rights, so he probably did.)

Tisiphone, in between dealing with bullies, I realize it’s going to be somewhere between difficult and impossible to get some sense into this dude.  But maybe you can make him cease and desist.

Late update:  Sarah Sims charges DROPPED.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 HERE.

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Nov 302017
 

The end of November is upon us, and I’m about to get busier than a long-tail TomCat in a rocking chair factory.  Tomorrow, I’ll change the poll.  Then I’ll make all the graphics and collect all the data needed to prepare the Monthly Report for November.  I’ll write the monthly report on Saturday.  I’m a little slow today, because I have a new mouse and keyboard, a Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Combo 2000.  After over five years of very heavy use, keys and buttons on the old one weren’t reliable.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:33 (average 5:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Jeff Merkley Channel): Climate Disruption Quiz Episode 8

 

I missed #3. It surprises me that Trump missed blocking the report. Oregon leads the way. RESIST!!

From YouTube (CSPAN Channel): Point of Order raised in British House of Commons regarding President Trump’s tweets

 

The tweeting twit that grabs twat has made us an international pariah again! RESIST!!

From NY Times: Gun rights legislation that would allow concealed-carry permit holders from one state to legally carry their guns to any other state passed a key House panel along party lines on Wednesday and appeared to be headed for a vote on the floor of the House.

The measure is the first gun-related legislation to move in Congress since two of the most deadly mass shootings in United States history, in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, and would hand a long-sought victory to gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association.

Representative Richard Hudson, Republican of North Carolina and the bill’s original sponsor, called the measure “a simple, common sense solution” and “one of the most important pro-Second Amendment measures in Congress.”

Democrats on the committee, along with gun control advocates and big city law enforcement officials, put up fierce opposition, warning that the bill would have disastrous effects on public safety in states and cities with more restrictive concealed carry laws. The bill, they said, tramples the rights of states to determine their own laws, but a series of amendments offered by Democrats to halt it failed.

We need to keep fighting this one. Republican Ammosexual maniacs ranging the country with concealed weapons is a huge threats to public safety. RESIST!!

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"I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s."

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Oct 152017
 

Here is the one hundredth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican Nazi organizer Richard Spencer. He is so honored for his Republican attitudes about women’s rights, his Fuhrer, and Caucasians’ place in society.

1015SpencerWhite Nationalist Richard Spencer’s tiki torch rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his distant dream of forming a white ethnostate steal headlines, but his views about women—that their role in politics be shrunk down to a barely visible place that would be unrecognizable to almost anyone in modern America—is seldom highlighted.

I spoke to Spencer this week, and in the context of a discussion about two documents that he admires, the American Naturalization Acts of 1790 and 1795, laws that once set out rules for the United States in limiting naturalization to only free white persons of good moral standing, I pointed out that the U.S. was a fundamentally different country at the turn of the 19th century. More specifically, I asked him if he wanted to return to a time in which women weren’t allowed to vote.

"I’m not terribly excited about voting in general," Spencer said. "I think that mass democracy is a bit of a joke to be honest."

I pressed him on the question again.

“I don’t necessarily think that that’s a great thing,” Spencer said of women voting in U.S. elections… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Newsweek>

That ought to be enough to give this Republican a parade all by itself.  However, just in case you forget who this Republican is, here he is celebrating the infestation of the White House by his Fuhrer.  You need to see this no matter how much it makes you cringe!

Barf Bag Alert!!

Do you want this Republican Nazi hate to become standard here?

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Which Republicans?

 Posted by at 12:32 pm  Politics
Oct 092017
 

Since Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten has infested political life there has been a major uptick in demonstrations by Republican white supremacist Nazis and/or Klan.  They have marched all over the USA, screaming hatred and often committing acts of violence.  Now it turns out that it can be hard to tell which Republicans are organizing the demonstrations, American Republicans or Russian Republicans?

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Last May, nearly 100 demonstrators gathered around the Islamic Da’wah Center in downtown Houston, squaring off against one another in competing camps.

The “Stop Islamization of Texas” protest was, on its face, largely similar to any number of other tense, vitriolic demonstrations that percolated through 2016. On the one end: a crew carrying Confederate flags, #WhiteLivesMatter banners, and heavy weaponry. On the other: counter-protesters with signs decrying Islamophobia, calling for communal unity, and a bubble machine going at full blast.

Despite the presence of AR-15s [Russian Weapons], the demonstrations ended without violence. The white supremacists screaming “Fascist and proud!” dissipated, as did those supporting the Islamic center.

The organizers behind the anti-Islam protesters, however, never showed. And now, over 16 months later, we know why.

As CNN reported last week, the protest was put together by the “Heart of Texas” Facebook page – a page that was revealed last month as one of the fake accounts operated out of Russia

Inserted from <Think Progress>

When you come right down to it, whether a white supremacist demonstration is organized by American Republicans or Russian Republicans, does it?  After all, it’s the Russian Republicans that control the Party.

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Oct 092017
 

It’s Monday.  I’m not taking a nap this morning, because I had a lot of paperwork to so, and now that it’s done, I’ll just write earlier than usual and publish right after lunch.  That’s probably a good thing, because I’m battling a mild case of Republicosis again.  I seem to have that more often since my gall bladder was removed, so I think I’m going to cut out stool softeners, except for when I have Republicitis.  In the other hand, that might not be it.  Since there has been an asshole in the White House, mine has decided to RESIST!! Sad smile

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:34 (average 5:04).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Media Matters: Buzzfeed News has obtained and published “an explosive cache of documents” confirming Breitbart as the mouthpiece for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the racist right-wing movement known as the alt-right. Buzzfeed’s entire report on Breitbart management’s courting of neo-Nazis and white supremacists can be found here.

Breitbart actively courted and solicited neo-Nazis and white supremacist leaders for stories, even allowing them to contribute ideas and kill stories [emphasis original]

Click through. This is too horrid to ignore. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: San Francisco 49ers Safety Eric Reid had something to say after his team lost to the Indy Colts in overtime — 26-23 — the game which Vice-Resident Mike Pence staged a planned publicity stunt walk out on to whine-protest players exercising the first amendment rights to protest the extra judicial executions of young black men by bad police officers.

Talking to reporters in the locker room Reid said:

"My honest reaction: … Does anybody know the last time he’s (Pence) been to a football game? With that being said, he tweeted out a three-year-old photo of him at a Colts game, so with the information I have, the last time he was at a Colts game was three years ago. So this looks like a PR stunt to me. He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again. This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I’ve made."

I’d say that’s a safe assumption Eric, and well stated.

I’d say it’s a safe assumption too, since Trump has admitted telling Pence to leave.  WE paid for one damn pricey photo-op!  RESIST!!

From NY Times: The White House on Sunday delivered to Congress a long list of hard-line immigration measures that President Trump is demanding in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, imperiling a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative solution.

Before agreeing to provide legal status for 800,000 young immigrants brought here illegally as children, Mr. Trump will insist on the construction of a wall across the southern border, the hiring of 10,000 immigration agents, tougher laws for those seeking asylum and denial of federal grants to “sanctuary cities,” officials said.

As much as I want to protect the dreamers, Trump is charging too high a price in his Republican oppression of other undocumented Latinos and their families.  RESIST!!

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Portland OR celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day!

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Everyday Erinyes #95

 Posted by at 10:34 am  Politics
Oct 072017
 

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage.  These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that.  Even though there are many more which I can’t include.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

Freya put up a link on the Open Thread yesterday to a story about a teacher in Georgia who clearly did not have a clue how to teach about the Nazis. (She also started a petition to censure the teacher.)  But, you know, this is really, in my opinion, just a symptom of a bigger problem.  It begins to appear that no one in the U.S.A., certainly no one under the age of sixty, has a clue about the Nazis.  It’s certainly not just Georgia.

In Massachusetts, after an incident of swastika vandalism, followed by a threat of revenge to another student who confronted him, a few teachers attempted to address the concerns of students, and ended up getting reprimanded, and one suspended without pay “for rescinding a college letter of recommendation for the student who made the swastika,” among other high crimes and misdemeanors.  The school district’s superintendant personally reprimanded senior English teacher Stella Martin after the parents of the perpetrator of the vandalism complained that he was being “bullied.”

In this case, it would appear to be the parents of this student who do not have a clue about the Nazis (and, incidntally, cannot recognize a bully when one is right under their nose.)

Do you suppose it is a coincidence that as of today – well, yesterday – the school is now on its fourth Nazi incident in less than a year?

The Principal, Juliette Miller, engaged the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to create educational materials for a program for “students, faculty, staff, and parents.”  They still have a little over a year to finish it; however,

Last month, representatives from [the ADL] were at the school training upperclassmen to be peer ambassadors for the groups A World of Difference Institute. The training focused on understanding symbols of hate.

There appears to be some resistance.

Meanwhile, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law has taken up the cause of the reprimanded and suspended teachers, and is trying to get the punishments expunged.

Alecto, if there was ever a need for education about who and what the Nazis were, and why they are not to be emulated, it’s right here and right now – all over the United States, and not just in schools.

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment is an organization building power in low to moderate income neighborhoods.  ACCE has been working on unjust evictions, insane rent increases, and rent control for some time, but this week, there is a situation which is urgent.  Urgent enough for me to get an email about it (from which I shall quoute extensively, though I did find a news article) from an ACCE member, Norma Sanchez:

My three sons, my husband and I are in the brink of becoming homeless.

My family has lived in our home for 8 years, but after my landlord, Steve Kalmbach, bought a $4 million dollar mansion in Piedmont this June, he sent my family and the 6 other families in my neighborhood whose homes he owns a rent increase between $1100 – $1300.

Thats a full 100% increase in rent for us.

When we visited our landlord at his mansion in Piedmont a few weeks ago, with a Tesla and a BMW in the driveway, Steve claimed he needed to raise the rent so he could send his kid to college. But while his family lives with chandeliers, luxurious decor, and on what Zillow describes as “one of the most desired streets in Piedmont,” my family and my son are at risk of losing our homes, our jobs, and everything we’ve worked hard to build for. As a housekeeper, I work 12 hour days on a regular basis while my husband works full-time at Togo’s sandwich shop. And yet while we’ve worked hard our entire lives and pay our rent on time – we somehow live in a world where its okay for my landlord to live in a mansion while my children face potential homelessness.

Even though Oakland has rent control, single-family homes like mine aren’t covered by rent control because of the state law called the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act…. I can understand that he would want to raise the rent – the market is hot right now and rents are skyrocketing. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that his personal profit is founded on my family’s displacement. I know my story is not entirely unique – since 2005, 2.5 million working class families like mine have been forced to leave California in search of an affordable home. And black and brown families like mine are being hit the worst.

Megaera, this sounds terribly grudging to me.  Please lend a hand to the ACCE and these poor people.  The rest of us can try to help you by signing this petition.

Tisiphone, I would say take the week off (you can use the rest), but something will probably come up.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 here.

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