A Force

102 Responses to “A Force”

  1. May 24, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    No wonder Michelle Obama recognizes a fellow force of nature. They both soar!

  2. 5 Nerdy Wonka
    May 24, 2021 at 5:46 pm

  3. 7 amk for obama
    May 24, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Biles: Yes, I can.
    Gravity: I give up.

    • May 24, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      Congrats, wow Simone!! We can believe our eyes.
      Simone is the best gymnast in the world and most likely for however long she decides. She has the unknown factor all-around mental/physical everything for that sport, as did swimmer Michael Phelps.

    • May 24, 2021 at 7:16 pm

      Are they for cutting super-athletes down to size?
      How about extraordinary top scientists like Einstein, Curie, Tesla? Musicians, visual artists, philosophers, dancers like Misty Copeland, composers, researchers of all kinds.

    • May 24, 2021 at 7:43 pm

      This is not like the local competition, where the parents or donors whine and play the refs when the most talented child finally gets an opportunity. This is the lead up to the Olympics!

  4. May 24, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Speaker Pelosi:
    Statement on End of National Guard Deployment to U.S. Capitol

  5. 13 amk for obama
    May 24, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    That’s some chick… and duck.

  6. 14 amk for obama
    May 25, 2021 at 4:26 am

    Oops,, I screwed up the post. Instead of posting one tweet, looks like I posted the entire humor and animals.

    Nerdy, could you please delete the whole post? Thanks.

  7. 15 whenpamelawandered
    May 25, 2021 at 10:44 am

    G’day y’all.. sheesh I am so frustrated with wordpress, but never mind..I’ve been trying to post Alan Oken’s article on the total lunar eclipse tomorrow, and total solar eclipse in two weeks.. sorry to say you’ll have to go into his website: alanoken.com, scroll down to Newsletter, click on Celestial Happenings, and have a marvelous time studying astrology! I have, since 1968, and it gives me a terrific outlet for trying to see life’s craziness in some perspective or balance!

    Fingers crossed this will post, if not, I give up completely on WP


  8. 17 jer44
    May 25, 2021 at 11:00 am

  9. 18 amk for obama
    May 25, 2021 at 11:01 am

    just like the 3rd rate 4th estate covered every stupidity of the traitorous thug, they are doing the same with a 3rd rate gutter rat of a nazi woman from GA.

  10. May 25, 2021 at 11:06 am

    “Terror vs. the Truth in Belarus”
    “What the hijacking of a reporter means for us all”

    “No matter how important you are, it is unlikely that a dictator has scrambled a fighter plane to force down a passenger flight so that he can arrest you. This just happened to the young Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich”. (Timothy Snyder)


    • May 25, 2021 at 11:13 am

      ‘Reporters are the heroes of our time’:
      Timothy Snyder on facts and fending off autocracy.

      “Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University and author of “On Tyranny,”
      talks with Rachel Maddow about the importance of a free press to the preservation of democracy against controlling autocrats, and the need for members of a democracy to actively defend it against malign forces that would wear it away.”

      See: (https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/-reporters-are-the-heroes-of-our-time-timothy-snyder-on-facts-and-fending-off-autocracy-113140805923)

    • May 25, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      Timothy Snyder, author of ‘On Tyranny’, Professor of History at Yale University,
      speaks to Rachel Maddow.

      “You talk about democracy being a global phenomenon that rises and falls in a global way.
      And the necessity of people seeing democratic movements at work, both as an inspiration and as essentially shoring up our courage to do it ourselves. Given that in the face of this flagrant, flagrant offense in Belarus, what’s the right way for people who support democracy to stand up for Roman Protasevich and for democracy here?”
      “Well I think you have already made the basic point really beautifully. Which is that if we want to have democracy we have to have facts. And if we want to have facts, we have to have the people who produce facts. And this is a problem all around the world.
      And as you say it’s a problem we might see more sharply in our own case, if we first notice it abroad.
      Of course it seems really extreme to have a dictator scramble a jet in order to arrest and abduct, and now punish one journalist. But we’ve had a president who referred to journalists as ‘enemies of the people’. We’re not Belarus, but we have far, far, far too few journalists who are paid good salaries to cover local news. And that’s one of our biggest problems as a country.
      So one thing we can do morally is we can recognize these people.
      We call them ‘dissidents’ when they’re abroad, but we don’t respect them at home. We can recognize these people for the courageous and heroic and the necessary work that they do.”

    • May 25, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      “When it comes to Belarus, I think we have to recognize that Belarus is in a neighborhood.
      This thing which just happened is of course an outrage, and the Belarusian state and Belarusian economy will be punished for it. But there’s no way this could have happened without Russia. There’s no way this could have happened without at the very least Russian permission.
      And in a way just by talking about Belarus and just by punishing Belarus, we’re missing that larger international question. Because of course what we said at the beginning that democracy rises internationally, it also falls internationally. And Russia has that very much in mind. And of course Russia is just as concerned, if not more so, about courageous journalists who report about democracy. Who report on protests about democracy. Who leave a legible record for people in their own country and around the world.”

    • May 25, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      “But…it does feel scary and unsettling to see the degree to which authoritarians,
      particularly those aligned with or in the model of Vladimir Putin, or Putin himself, their willingness to use force against their own people, or against people they perceive as enemies anywhere in the world. This willingness to assassinate dissidents or to go after people in Britain, in Germany, even in the United States. The fact that this was a plane that was flying between Greece and Lithuania, 2 E.U. countries, that was nevertheless forced. A plane full of civilians that had nothing to do with Belarus! It does feel like there’s a sort of emboldening thing that is happening with authoritarians particularly along the Putin model, that is a real test for the west in terms of how much they can get away with outside their own borders.”

      “On the one hand these men are in a very fragile position.
      Lukashenko, even Putin, they’re not popular anymore. In Lukashenko’s case, he lost an election to someone he never thought he could lose an election to. In Putin’s case, he’s facing a parliamentary election in September which at least by the standards he expects, he’s also going to lose. So on one side, they’re fragile. But it’s their very fragility which emboldens them abroad. It’s a very fragility which demands that there’s some kind of spectacular as they see it, a success abroad. It was interesting to watch Russian propaganda today admire Lukashenko for the boldness of what he did, right? While the rest of the world is condemning it…
      So it’s a combination where they’re weak and therefore, they have to act abroad as though they’re strong. They’re losing at home, but around the world democracy in general is weakening.
      And so if you’re in a democracy you can’t take it for granted. You have to realize that you’re in a fight.
      And that the values you’re asserting have nothing to do with the way the world has to be.
      You have to build them out into the world.
      In a dramatic case like this, there’s a real opportunity to do something dramatic,
      which I’m afraid we’re about to miss.”

  11. May 25, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    “Does history happen if no one is there to report it? ”

    “Terror vs. the Truth in Belarus”

  12. May 25, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Statement by President Joe Biden
    on Diversion of Ryanair Flight and Arrest of Journalist in Belarus

    “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms both the diversion of the plane and the subsequent removal and arrest of Mr. Protasevich.”

    Full: (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/05/24/statement-by-president-joe-biden-on-diversion-of-ryanair-flight-and-arrest-of-journalist-in-belarus/)

  13. May 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    August last year:
    “There’s a Brutal Crackdown Underway in Belarus. It Should Be a Wake-up Call for America.”
    (Julia Ioffe)
    “Americans like to think we believe in democracy and in challenging authoritarianism.
    But, based on what’s happening here and in Eastern Europe, do we still care?”
    —Ding, ding, ding!!

  14. May 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    “The Justice Dept.
    will fight to keep secret most of a Barr-era memo on whether Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry.”

    “In a late-night filing Monday, the Justice Department appealed part of a district-court ruling that ordered it to make public the entire memo. It was written at the same time that Mr. Barr sent a letter to Congress claiming the evidence in the then-still secret report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was insufficient to charge Mr. Trump with a crime.”

  15. May 25, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    We see vividly around the world autocrats throwing their weight around, and we must respond here now by exposing corrupt Barr and corrupt Trump.

  16. May 25, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.
    The most difficult things in the world must be done while they are still easy, the greatest things in the world must be done while they are still small.”
    (Tao-te Ching)
    –trumpies seems to be using this strategy.
    –Can we?

  17. May 25, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    ‘Authoritarianism Is Having A Moment’: Belarus Serves As A Warning To U.S.”
    “Rachel Maddow looks at failing democracies in Samoa and Belarus against the backdrop of Republicans
    in the United States rejecting election outcomes and democratic norms.”

  18. May 25, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Eh…eating in a restaurant tonight for the first time in so long (friend birthday)!!

  19. 35 ggail44
    May 25, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    A Must-Read for white people
    What Does Accountability Look Like For Me and White People in General?
    Continual Education We (note that throughout this document, when I say “we” I am referring to my fellow white people) must never consider our learning finished. It is necessary for each of us to continually educate ourselves through books, films, discussions, conferences, community groups, workbooks and activism. In the era of social media and the internet, there are more excellent educational resources than ever before. There simply is no excuse not to break with the apathy of whiteness and seek out these resources!

    White people are not outside of race and our voices and perspectives on racism and antiracism are critical. All too often, we have been a missing piece of the puzzle. Only engaging with Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color’s perspectives reinforces the idea that white people are outside of race and that racism is not a white problem. But the foundation of our education must be rooted in the voices and perspectives of Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color. We will never understand racism in isolation. See the Recommended Reading tab (coming soon) on this website for my and other’s recommendations.

    Building Authentic Relationships One of the most important ways I have worked to challenge my socialization has been to build relationships across race. Nothing in the trajectory of my life would have ensured that I had these relationships. In fact, while I grew up in urban poverty, upward mobility took me further and further away from integrated spaces. Building relationships across race will require most white people to get out of their comfort zones and put themselves in new and unfamiliar environments. This is different from our usual approach in which we invite Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color into committees, boards, and places of worship – groups white people already control. We often do this when we have done no work to expand our own consciousness and developed no skill or strategy in navigating race. In effect we are inviting Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color into hostile water, then we are dismayed and confused when they choose to leave.

    So, what are authentic relationships across race? They are not casual acquaintances we meet at work and use to claim “diversity cover.” They cannot be built with people we employ and whose livelihoods we control. We don’t get them by latching on to any Black, Indigenous or Person of Color in the vicinity, which is a form of objectification. Authentic relationships are those based on mutual interest and earned trust. They develop over time, and are not abandoned when conflict arises.

    Circles of Support A circle of Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color with whom we are in authentic relationships and can talk through issues and challenges is a basic requirement. This is also tricky, as we should not burden Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color with our internal processes or put them on the spot to absolve us. If we are in authentic relationships, we should be able to talk through these struggles if we remain thoughtful about the pitfalls. There are also people who provide this service as personal coaches and are paid for their expertise. If we do not have professional coaches who are Black, Indigenous and Peoples of Color in our circle of support, we should offer to pay our friends and colleagues for their time and expertise.

    (This is just a snippet. Please read and absorb the words)

  20. 36 jer44
    May 25, 2021 at 6:51 pm

  21. 37 jer44
    May 25, 2021 at 7:04 pm

  22. 38 jer44
    May 25, 2021 at 7:25 pm

  23. 42 ggail44
    May 25, 2021 at 7:40 pm


    Manhattan DA convenes grand jury to consider potential charges in Trump Organization probe

    Manhattan’s top prosecutor has convened a grand jury that is expected to decide whether to indict former President Donald Trump should prosecutors present criminal charges in their probe of the Trump Organization, two people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.

    The panel, convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, could also decide to indict executives at the Trump Organization or the business itself if criminal charges are presented, the Post reported.
    The grand jury is set to sit for three days a week for six months, according to the newspaper, and will likely hear matter beyond just the Trump Organization probe during that time.

  24. 43 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Forever FLOTUS on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

  25. 44 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Get ready for the moon show!
    Enjoy the Super Flower Blood Moon!


    • 45 Dudette
      May 25, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      West coasters and pacific islanders get the best view this time.

  26. 46 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 8:39 pm

  27. 50 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 8:49 pm

  28. 51 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Powerful, meaningful things happen when we vote.

  29. 52 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Empathy & decency in the White House. What a concept.

  30. 53 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 9:17 pm

  31. 54 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 9:18 pm

  32. May 25, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Heartfelt love to the stunning George Floyd family on this day.
    May Gianna blossom and overcome little by little losing her Dad in such a profoundly shocking and public way. So good to hear how she asked President Biden for a snack and he delivered like a good grandad (choc milk,
    ice cream)!

    H.R.7120, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 must pass!!

  33. 56 amk for obama
    May 25, 2021 at 10:22 pm


  34. 57 amk for obama
    May 25, 2021 at 10:22 pm

  35. 58 amk for obama
    May 25, 2021 at 10:25 pm
  36. 59 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Forever POTUS on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.

  37. 61 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 10:34 pm

  38. 62 Dudette
    May 25, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Wow! This is awesome!

  39. 63 amk for obama
    May 25, 2021 at 10:56 pm

  40. 64 amk for obama
    May 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

  41. 65 Dudette
    May 26, 2021 at 1:05 am


  42. 67 Dudette
    May 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Good Morning! There are some cool eclipse photos in this thread.

  43. 70 amk for obama
    May 26, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Across the pond, it’s pigs eat pigs in the bojo’s world today. Loving it.


  44. 71 amk for obama
    May 26, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Downing Street and the government are facing some really serious allegations.

    Among them, are whether the PM made comments about seeing “bodies pile high” rather than take the country into a third lockdown.

    The BBC reported the comments in April – but the prime minister denied making them in Parliament.

    Cummings – however – has told MPs he DID hear the prime minister make the comments.

    “I heard that in the prime minister’s study” he said.

    Boris Johnson is now likely to face more questions about whether he made the remarks – and if he misled Parliament by denying them.

    The trumpian thug across the pond. Two lying pos peads in the same pod.

  45. 72 amk for obama
    May 26, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Cummings says his relationship with the prime minister “took another terrible dive” after the second national lockdown in October, because the PM “knew I blamed him for the whole situation.”

    He says Boris Johnson’s girlfriend, Carrie Symonds “wanted rid of me”.

    But “relevant, but not the heart of the problem”, he says, was that by this point he regarded the PM as “unfit for the job”, and he was trying to “push other things through, against his wishes”.

  46. 73 Dudette
    May 26, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Alright Florida! Send Demings and Ayala to Washington!

  47. 74 Dudette
    May 26, 2021 at 11:10 am

  48. 75 amk for obama
    May 26, 2021 at 11:29 am

  49. May 26, 2021 at 11:44 am

    “Ceremonial Swearing-In of Kristen Clarke as Assistant Attorney General”
    Here: (https://www.c-span.org/video/?512092-1/ceremonial-swearing-kristen-clarke-assistant-attorney-general)
    —Congrats to our new Asst. AG of Civil Rights at the DOJ!!!

  50. 78 jer44
    May 26, 2021 at 11:46 am

  51. 79 jer44
    May 26, 2021 at 11:55 am

  52. 80 jer44
    May 26, 2021 at 11:58 am

  53. May 26, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Can anyone get the Colbert pre-show funny from Monday night.

  54. May 26, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    We Are Our Brothers’ Keepers

    Tune in today at 3:30 ET/2:30 CT
    For A Conversation With President Barack Obama

    President Obama will join community and youth leaders for a conversation about activism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and the work that lies ahead.

    Live: (https://www.obama.org/mbka2/leadership-forum/)

    MBK Leadership Forum

    • May 26, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Reimagining Policing: Progress to Date

      MBK Alliance
      “In June 2020, President Obama and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance challenged mayors and city leaders to amplify their communities’ calls for policing reform and accountability. More than 300 local jurisdictions have taken the Reimagining Policing Pledge to review and reform use-of-force policies and combat systemic racism within law enforcement. This report documents the pledge’s inspiration, shares highlights of the participating cities’ progress, and offers next steps for building on the momentum of the pledge.”

  55. 86 amk for obama
    May 26, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    They called themselves as cyber ninjas. That should have been the clue.

    Cartoon clowns show. And majority voted for them.

  56. 87 amk for obama
    May 26, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    With a fifth columnist fourth estate, anything and everything traitorous is possible.

  57. May 26, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Senator Booker to Joy Reid:
    (transcript not final)
    “Remember Blacks are more than twice as likely to be killed by police as whites.
    If you`re mentally ill in America, you`re more than ten times more likely to be killed by the police.
    And so looking at models where people have alternative responders for mental health crisis, CAHOOTS has been able to lower the police calls 17% – freeing resources for other priorities that community might have, or for police to be spending more time dealing with the serious crimes that even the black community…
    This is the first time in American history you have 3 Black men serving at the same time in the United States Senate. And we are thinking creatively about this with other leaders like Karen Bass…we all know that we should not live in a society with this many unarmed people being murdered by the police.”

  58. May 26, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Congresswoman Karen Bass to Joy Reid:
    (not final)
    “We know that until a serious investigation of January 6 takes place and we get to the bottom of it…
    How it was organized, who was involved. I mean, what it has exposed is, the right-wing element in our country is an absolute threat to this country. We know that the domestic terrorism that has taken place over the last few years, we know who has been responsible for it. And so the idea that all of these forces coalesced on January 6,
    the damage that was done to our democracy over the last four years is profound.
    And the entire world has watched us. And so I think it’s critical that we have a commission, and it’s critical that the grand jury go forward. And all these investigations need to take place.”

    Reid: “Yes. And I know you spoke with the family.
    Bas: “Well they just encouraged us to continue. And I just really appreciated that they do have faith in us.
    And that they were not disappointed that we didn’t produce a bill today. And that they agree what’s most important is the substance, not the date.”

  59. May 26, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Statement by President Joe Biden on the First Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

    “Today, in the Oval Office, I met with George Floyd’s family.

    Although it has been one year since their beloved brother and father was murdered, for the family – for any family experiencing a profound loss – the first year can still feel like they got the news a few seconds ago. And they’ve had to relive that pain and grief each and every time those horrific 9 minutes and 29 seconds have been replayed.

    Yet the Floyd family has shown extraordinary courage, especially his young daughter Gianna, who I met again today. The day before her father’s funeral a year ago, Jill and I met the family and she told me, “Daddy changed the world.”

    He has.

    His murder launched a summer of protest we hadn’t seen since the Civil Rights era in the ‘60s – protests that peacefully unified people of every race and generation to collectively say enough of the senseless killings.

    Last month’s conviction of the police officer who murdered George was another important step forward toward justice. But our progress can’t stop there.

    To deliver real change, we must have accountability when law enforcement officers violate their oaths, and we need to build lasting trust between the vast majority of the men and women who wear the badge honorably and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect. We can and must have both accountability and trust and in our justice system.

    The negotiations on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in Congress are ongoing. I have strongly supported the legislation that passed the House, and I appreciate the good-faith efforts from Democrats and Republicans to pass a meaningful bill out of the Senate. It’s my hope they will get a bill to my desk quickly.

    We have to act. We face an inflection point. The battle for the soul of America has been a constant push and pull between the American ideal that we’re all created equal and the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart.

    At our best, the American ideal wins out.

    It must again.”


  60. 92 jer44
    May 26, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    LIVE: Coverage After Shooting In San Jose, California |

  61. 93 jer44
    May 26, 2021 at 1:44 pm

  62. May 26, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to Chris Hayes:

    “Well 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was an ongoing crime scene during the 4 years of the Trump presidency.
    And so this has not surprised me. If Donald Trump was so brazen in the way that he conducted himself as President of the United States of America with all eyes on him, then it seems to me logical that he engaged in a whole host of criminal shenanigans in all likelihood when he was in the private sector.”

    Congressman Jeffries:
    “One of the more fundamental principles in our democratic republic, and we talked about this a lot during both impeachment trials but certainly during the first one, is that no one is above the law. It’s a basic principle in American democracy. George Washington I think, articulated in his farewell address to the nation that the Constitution is sacredly obligatory UPON ALL. That includes the President of the United States. Certainly it includes ex-presidents of the United States of America. And the whole system collapses if someone can function above the law, as Donald Trump appears to be inclined to try to do.”

    “Congresswoman Karen Bass has been doing a tremendous job as the lead House negotiator
    working in close partnership with Senator Booker. And it’s my understanding that significant progress has been made. I believe that we are going to be able to find common ground on a meaningful and transformational piece of legislation that will dramatically improve the quality and justice and policing throughout America.”

    “But I do believe that Cory Booker and Karen Bass have the full confidence of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses, and that we are going to be in a position to strike a blow against injustice and systemic racism and police violence in a meaningful way. Hopefully sometime soon.”

    “Armadou Diallo: 41 shots – no accountability.
    Sean Bell: 50 shots – no accountability.
    Eric Garner: Choked to death by a New York City police officer in front of the entire world to see – no accountability.
    One thing is clear. The people took to the streets to demand accountability for the death of George Floyd and we’ve received it. Guilty, guilty, guilty was the verdict. I think that is a step in the right direction. And we’ve passed in the House not just once, but twice. The first time with bipartisan support the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. Which is transformational and the most progressive police reform bill in the history of Congress.
    And now there are genuine, authentic bipartisan negotiations underway. And that is a substantial result of the voices of the American people having been heard, including that of my constituents,
    over the last year.”

  63. May 26, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    George Floyd family urges reform on anniversary of George’s murder:
    “Floyd’s younger brother, Philonise, tells reporters after he and other family members met privately with President Biden and Vice President Harris on the first anniversary of the African-American man’s murder by police.”
    “He’s a genuine guy…we just want this George Floyd Justice and Policing Act to be passed in the future.”

  64. May 26, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Transcript: Race in America: Rep Karen Bass )De-Calif)

    “Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
    You released a statement on Monday along with Senators Tim Scott and Cory Booker that said that you, quote, “continue to make progress toward a compromise and remain optimistic about the prospects of achieving that goal,” optimism that you just expressed at the start of this conversation. But my question is, why weren’t you able to meet the goal President Biden set, which was to have the policing act signed into law by today?”

    REP. BASS:
    “Honestly, Jonathan, I think we just didn’t have enough time. When you do something as significant as this, it involves so many different stakeholders, not just members of the Senate and members of the House. We had been working for months with the Problem Solvers Caucus, with Josh Gottheimer and Brian Fitzpatrick over here in the House, and then also in the Senate, and so I think we just literally did not have enough time. But I don’t think it’s months away. I think that we will be able to get it across the finish line.”

    Full: (https://www.washingtonpost.com/washington-post-live/2021/05/25/transcript-race-america-rep-karen-bass-d-calif/)

  65. May 26, 2021 at 2:42 pm


    Jemele Hill, Atlantic:
    “…some of the courageousness, the boldness, the fearlessness that we’ve seen from a lot of athletes and coaches. Clearly, I think that that change is not just lasting but it has been very impactful…
    What the NBA, what the WNBA, what they were able to accomplish.
    And it’s so fitting that we’re having this discussion on a day where the NBA and WNBA and their players Unions have come out and demanded that the Senate support the George Floyd Policing Act. That’s a bold and brave and lasting step for them to make. And they’ve kind of been there in this conversation throughout. Now where we are as a society. Well that’s a different kind of we. Because in many ways it feels like there has been regression.
    It feels like we’ve taken some steps back. I think certainly you can look back at the insurrection of the Capitol as evidence of that. So I think there’s just been a lot of stops and starts. And some of the concerns about whether or not this was a movement or just a moment, I think we’re still debating that.”

    “Conversations about reimagining public safety, abolition of the current version of the criminal justice system…a reckoning with America’s history in a really, true deep way. Where have those projects gone you think in the last year?”

    Adam Serwer, Atlantic:
    “Well I think one lesson we probably should have learned from the Obama presidency
    is that every prominent example of racial progress contains a backlash. That was true after Reconstruction.
    It was true after the Civil Rights Movement. It was true after Obama. And I think it’s probably happening now.
    We had a moment of enlightenment and history says that these moments are profound and things can really change. But then there’s a backlash where people retrench,
    where the established hierarchy seeks to reassert itself.
    Now that said, I think in some ways some of these changes that have happened in people’s consciousness as a result of the aftermath of the Floyd protests, they may not be as vulnerable as people think. I mean we’ve seen in some cases people like Larry Krasner won their elections. The backlash to criminal justice reform efforts hasn’t quite been as broad as maybe you might have assumed based on that history.
    You could still have republicans or Democrats on the table as far as the George Floyd and policing act. But another reason why this is hard to measure is that so many of these fights are really local when it comes to law enforcement. That it takes some time to really see the results of what activists on the ground are pursuing. And so it’s hard to say one way or the other. But we do know that there has been a backlash. There’s always a backlash. It’s just the way public opinion works. And I think it’s a little too early to assess what that means for these reform efforts and for this moment.”

  66. May 26, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Senator Whitehouse Discusses the Redacted Barr Memo with Rachel Maddow.

    Sen. Whitehouse:
    “That’s why you’re the Department of Justice. It’s not so the judge say that you`ve been disingenuous to the court and that you file affidavits that are so inconsistent with the evidence that they don’t merit credence.
    You’re the Department of Justice because you’re there to do justice.”

    “At this point it appears that the Department has not made a real decision on whether or not
    President Trump committed obstruction of justice. And we are entitled I think, to that decision. And to a credible defense of it.”

  67. 100 jer44
    May 26, 2021 at 3:14 pm

  68. May 26, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    5 minutes from now…..

    We Are Our Brothers’ Keepers
    MBK Leadership Forum
    “President Obama will join community and youth leaders for a conversation about activism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and the work that lies ahead.”

    Live here:

  69. 102 Nerdy Wonka
    May 26, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    New post.

    George Floyd

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