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Passive aggression, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue style.
Following a luncheon at the White House, Fox (news) anchor, Sheppard Smith observed: “I sat next to Brian Williams, and we all have these place cards and his said, ‘Brian Williams, NBC News.’ And across from me was David Muir, the new guy on ABC. It said, ‘David Muir, ABC News.’ And then, over next to the president, was Scott Pelley, and it said, ‘Scott Pelley, ABC News. And I looked at mine, and it doesn’t say anything about news. It just says, ‘Fox.’ And I looked at Bret Baier’s and it said, ‘Bret Baier, Fox.’ But all the rest of them got ‘news.’ I mean, I don’t care — lunch was great.”
At worst, the “news” division of the Fox media empire is the de facto public relations apparatus of the Republican Party. At best, it is a subjective information aggregator that disseminates stories that further the interest of their right-wing agenda.
Barack ain’t having it. Yeah, I got all colloquial ‘cause I'm channeling the new, reimagined Commander-in-Chief — The guy who told the gaggle of snickering, snarky Republicans to kiss his oval orafice when he let them know in no uncertain terms, during the State of the Union Address, that he was on top of his game because the American people sent him to the White House…twice! That verbal smackdown knocked the derisive smirks right off their faces. This is the Barack that people thought they were getting in 2008.
Democrats on the street have longed for a leader that would transform the Party from a collection of wimps and intellectual and political cowards to someone who would at least stand on his own two and tell the Right wing to go eff themselves.
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This is not America.
Following the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, the French government arrested comedian, Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, for posting on Facebook, "I feel like Charlie Coulibaly" — a combination of the names of Charlie Hebdo and Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered four hostages in a Parisian deli. French police have since arrested more than 70 people for allegedly “defending or glorifying” terrorism … by saying things the government didn’t like. It was explained to those of us, who were outraged by this assault on what we perceived to be their civil liberties, that France has very nuanced and complicated hate crime laws.
That could never happen here.
Boy, was I wrong.
Brandon Duncan, a San Diego rapper named Tiny Doo, has been jailed for eight months because he couldn’t afford the $500,000 bail, and faces 25 years to life in prison for rapping about gun violence. Duncan has no criminal record, hasn’t been accused of any violent acts, or even conspiring to commit violent acts, yet he faces nine counts of something San Diego District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis called “street gang behavior.”
Her office is citing California Penal Code 182.5, which makes it a felony to benefit from a criminal activity. Duncan and 14 other alleged gang members supposedly “gained respect and increased stature" (“street cred,” as it were) after a series of shootings in San Diego in 2013. Prosecutors referred ... MORE >>>
The movie, "Selma" isn't on my list of films that I'll shell out $15 to see this year. When I informed my 17-year-old niece of such, her eyes widened and she blurted out, "What, you're not black?"
I received group texts and emails from several friends imploring me and whoever else was on the distribution list to see the movie.
A few days later, one of them called me and said, “Yo, you see, “Selma?”
“You gonna see it?”
“I'll catch it on Netflix.” He huffed. I could feel his exasperation in the following seconds of silence.
“That figures. Why not? You always gotta be ‘the different guy.’ Why aren’t you going to see it?”
“Because I already know about what happened in Selma and the events leading up to and following the march,” I said matter-of-factly. “I’m not interested,” I threw in for good measure.
“What?” he exclaimed incredulously. “Damn, you can be an arrogant motherfucker. You’re not interested in one of the most important parts of the Civil Rights movements?”
“I’m not interested in someone’s fictionalized account of the Civil Rights movement,” I clarified. “I think it’s great that you were moved and you and your family bonded over the film, but, let me ask you this: after you saw that historically inaccurate account of what went down in 1965 in Alabama, did you and your kids go online or go to the library and fill in the gaps? Did you bother to learn the facts about Selma or were you satisfied with Ava DuVernay’s re-imagining of what happened?”
“Man, it’s an important movie and you’re just … being you.” (I don’t think he meant it as a good thing.)
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