How To President, Part 1 – Comfort A Black Family That Endured KKK Cross Burned On Lawn

This may be instructive (though it probably won’t be) to a certain cheddar-hued gesticulator.

President and Nancy Reagan visit the Butlers of College ParkThe Day President Reagan comforted a black family

In 1982, President Reagan read about a black family in College Park, MD that had just won a civil suit against a local KKK member who had burned a cross on the lawn of their home. He was moved, and insisted on meeting the Butler family. He asked staff to arrange it, and they were contacted at their work to give advance notice (both husband and wife worked for the government printing office). After completing some work and taking some meetings, he helicoptered over after 4pm to visit their home with his wife Nancy.

It was a cordial visit, that ended with hugs and good wishes. It was symbolic, but also warmly personal. The College Park family not only won their suit (it’s unclear if they ever got the money awarded), but the President of the United States dropped by to personally offer his support. It was a remarkable moment.

I never cared for Reagan, but I never doubted that he was President, though in his later years I had my doubts about his mental capacity. He was “the photo opportunity President,” and I remember thinking that he never missed a chance to be part of a “feel good” story.

But he made this happen, and he reached out to the Butlers in a way that seems, in hindsight, heartfelt.

Source: The day President Reagan comforted a black family who had a KKK cross burned on their lawn – The Washington Post

Charlottesville was lucky it wasn’t much, much worse.

They’re so lucky it wasn’t much, much worse in Charlottesville. It had the potential to be a bloodbath. The lines of communication were poor between the various protest groups and the Charlottesville authorities tasked with keeping people safe.

But it nearly came unstuck. At the moment this man aimed his gun at a counter-protester using an improvised flamethrower, the C’vill police were up the street to the left and behind barricades. They were out of position for keeping the two groups of protestors separate.

This man has been identified and arrested. Fortunately, his safety was on the first time he aimed; his re-aimed shot went into the bushes.

The authorities had some challenges, as some of the militia-style rightwing protestors showed up in very credible-looking body armor, including some unit patches (but no visible name patches). One official mistook them briefly for reinforcements, there to help maintain public safety. He was startled to realize they were not “the good guys.”

Arriving in Charlottesville, Virginia, for a rally planned by white nationalists earlier this month, Virginia’s top homeland security official nodded to a nearby group of men clad in camouflage and armed with semiautomatic rifles, believing they were soldiers in the state’s National Guard.

Then he did a double take.

“They’re not ours, are they?” said the official, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, who described the exchange in an interview. “No, sir,” came a reply from his deputy in the passenger seat. “I don’t think they’re with us.”

Source: How Charlottesville lost control amid deadly protest – Chicago Tribune

Charlottesville: Gunman Arrested, Police Faulted For Slow Response

Charlottesville: Gunman Arrested, Police Faulted For Slow Response



As White Nationalist in Charlottesville Fired, Police ‘Never Moved’ – The New York Times
Pleas for help and a safety plan were ignored at a rally that turned deadly on Aug. 12, participants said. Both sides feel betrayed by law enforcement.

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Trump asked Sessions about closing case against Arpaio

This is outrageous. The President of the United States does not simply “let a case go to trial” as if he (or she) has any say in the process.

As Joseph Arpaio’s federal case headed toward trial this past spring, President Trump wanted to act to help the former Arizona county sheriff who had become a campaign-trail companion and a partner in their crusade against illegal immigration.

The president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions whether it would be possible for the government to drop the criminal case against Arpaio, but was advised that would be inappropriate, according to three people with knowledge of the conversation.

After talking with Sessions, Trump decided to let the case go to trial, and if Arpaio was convicted, he could grant clemency.

This is infuriating. Trump ignores the Constitution with every dollar he rakes in at one of his properties, and he treats the Judiciary as a nuisance. No wonder he was angry at Sessions recently, he was getting static over pardoning his birther buddy.

How far will Congress let this go? Pretty far. The Republicans are starting to get restless and so far only a few ex-members are willing to speak out (with the exception of Arizona’s senators, McCain and Flake).

Can we expect more pardons for much more serious crimes? Yes, especially if they’re closer to the President and bring him into focus in the ongoing Mueller investigations.

I am so disgusted with this… hairball.

Source: Trump asked Sessions about closing case against Arpaio, an ally since ‘birtherism’

The ‘Money Fight’ in the Age of Trump

The ‘Money Fight’ in the Age of Trump

The image these men project is disturbing. The controversy that swirls around them is troubling. The culture that celebrates them is disgusting.

I can't wait until the ads and movie trailers stop.



The ‘Money Fight’ in the Age of Trump
The McGregor/Mayweather fight is a stew of racism, sexism, homophobia, and economic injustice.

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Trump makes a mess for Arizona GOP with Arpaio pardon
In just nine days, President Donald Trump might have badly hobbled Arizona Republicans headed into a competitive Senate race and hurt his own re-election…

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