Archive for November 22nd, 2021

November 22nd, 2021 - 9:44 pm § in Misc.

Arbery trial reeks of racism

Lawyers for the three men accused of murdering black jogger Ahmaud Arbery deliberately excluded black people from the jury. Over the last couple weeks, Kevin Gough (below right), the attorney for defendant William Bryan, repeatedly demanded the judge exclude black pastors from the courtroom. The jud[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 9:05 pm § in Misc.

15-minute movie: “Kangchenjunga”

This movie is short enough to watch without being tedious, and offers a sense of what it’s like to climb a huge mountain, although film can’t replicate cold, wind, thin air, or the physical labor of slogging through deep snow at high altitude. If you’ve climbed Mt. Rainier, Kangche[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 6:26 pm § in Misc.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Maine boatyard

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November 22nd, 2021 - 5:32 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

GOP wife-beater quits Senate run

Sean Parnell (photo, left), an Army veteran and book author with political ambitions, has given up trying to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) after a court awarded custody of his children to his estranged wife, Laurie Snell, The Hill reported on Monday, November 22, 2021 (read story here). Pa[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 5:04 pm § in Misc.

Why do Republicans lie so much?

Fact check: This image was circulated in social media about a week after Biden’s inauguration is digitally altered (“doctored”) using a 2011 photo of Biden falling asleep in a budget meeting (who doesn’t?). Details here. This is what political hacks resort to when they don[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 4:47 pm § in Biden, Democrats, Politics

Biden intends to run in 2024

Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Biden and his advisers have been telling political supporters he’ll run for re-election in 2024, and his press secretary confirmed it on Monday, November 22, 2021, The Hill reported here. That, of course, depends on his health and being renom[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 1:47 pm § in America, Law and Courts, Politics, Racism

Why the right targets BLM and “critical race theory”

It’s simply about white supremacy. Conservatives like a status quo that puts white people in charge, gives white people preferential treatment, and keeps black people “in their place.” After George Floyd became yet another black man murdered by a white cop, millions of Americans pa[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 12:27 pm § in Misc.

Waukesha parade mayhem suspect is a serial felon; rightwing howlers promptly call him “BLM terrorist”

The suspected driver of the SUV that plowed into a Christmas parade, killing 5 and injuring 48, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, November 21, 2021, is a man with a long rap sheet dating back over 20 years. He was out of jail on a measly $1,000 bond for a prior incident in which he […][...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 11:37 am § in Biden, Economics, Politics

No shakeup at Federal Reserve

Biden keeps Powell as Federal Reserve boss;┬áBrainard to get vice-chair slot.┬áBoth support letting inflation run “hot.” Since 2010, the Federal Reserve has pursued “loose” or “accommodative” monetary policies that kept the economy afloat during the financial cris[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 1:13 am § in America, China, Environment, Politics

Major cities hire “chief heat officers”

Here in Seattle, we sweltered through prolonged 100-degree-plus heat last summer, and I began joking to friends about buying Arctic beachfront property while it’s available. The warming Arctic is no joke, though. Seattle isn’t one of the cities hiring “chief heat officers” &#[...]