I Know That You’ve Already Forgotten This, But…

the residents of Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands are still in dire need of assistance, and they are your fellow American citizens. If you truly have empathy for others, and you really want to help your fellow Americans, then why aren’t you doing so? Quit talking and do something already! Following are links to reputable organizations which are doing their best to provide assistance.

Direct Relief

American Red Cross

Americares

Humane Society of the United States

Here, too, is an informative article about those territories and how hurricane relief isn’t the only problem they’re facing. Following is a small portion of it, from The Atlantic:

Puerto Rico Needs More Than Relief—It Needs Reconstruction

Recovering from the devastation of two hurricanes raises tough questions about the legacy of American colonialism.

Right now, it’s hard to tell in what direction Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands are heading after sustaining hits from Hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria in September. The picture of the damage in Puerto Rico verges on the apocalyptic now, and much of the situation is currently deteriorating. Millions are still without power, fuel, food, and water are running out, hospitals are overwhelmed and mostly inoperable, and bodies are “piling up” in morgues. Struggles in the Virgin Islands are less documented, but no less real: Power is still tenuous, flooding is still rampant, most of the hospitals have been damaged or destroyed, and many roads are ruined.

Federal aid is arriving to help deal with the onslaught of disasters, but even if that aid were adequate and weren’t heavily criticized by residents for being late or ineffective, aid alone won’t lead to recovery. Existing challenges that plagued the territories before Irma and Maria multiply the effects of the storms, and must themselves be dealt with in order for recovery to be a reality. But dealing with those issues will require examining the legacies of colonialism, racism, and erratic federal policy in shaping the destinies of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and how those forces contributed to the destruction on display today.

President Trump has—if nothing else—outlined just how deeply those legacies run in his direction of the federal response. When Trump attacked San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Twitter last weekend, his remarks that the relief effort was hampered by “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help” and that “they want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” played on similar themes as an 1899 colonial governor bemoaning the lack of “Anglo-Saxon energy to face a gloomy outlook” among his black and brown constituents on the island, which had just been taken from Spain as the United States built its own empire.

When Trump expanded on his comments Tuesday, just hours before his first trip to San Juan, he paired praise to federal responders for “the great job we’ve done” with criticism of the efforts of local officials. It was a contrast that recalled the opinion of Justice Henry Billings Brown in the 1901 Downes v. Bidwell case—one of the so-called “Insular Cases” that now form the basis of governance over the U.S. territories, and helped create the status quo where residents of the territories are citizens who pay taxes and serve in the military, but have neither representation in Congress nor sovereignty. There, Brown said that for the “alien races … the administration of government and justice, according to Anglo-Saxon principles, may for a time be impossible.”

Full Frontal Thursday: Puerto Rico, Health Care, and Bubby vs. Bubby!

In today’s installment of “Full Frontal Thursday,” Sam gives us a primer on the history of Puerto Rico with assistance from Javier Muñoz. Also, a health program known as C.H.I.P. faded out of existence, and we’re taken to Florida to see how ‘civilized’ elderly, retired Jewish people discuss politics. It’s so much different than the way politics is discussed in every other corner of the USA!

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Let’s See, Now…

You’re bothered, angered, and outraged over this:

…but you could give a shit less over this:

…this:

…or this.

If you’re of this mindset, do me a favor: don’t talk to me. Your earth-shattering stupidity and hypocrisy might be a transmittable disease.

Here’s the list of places to donate to or volunteer at, should you wish to help your fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Silent Moment Sunday: #takeaknee

Full Frontal Thursday: Freedom(ish) of Speech!

In this installment of ‘Full Frontal Thursday,’ Sam talks about the hypocrisy of people who demand freedom of speech – unless an ESPN reporter offends their delicate, fragile little fee-fees by calling the Drumpf the racist asshole that he is!

The Drumpf’s token Black mouthpiece, Omarosa Manigault, also gets an “honourable” mention. She is proof that there are a good number of Black people out there in the world, both male and female, who are invested in throwing other Black people under the bus in order to earn praise and favour from the colonialists that they cling to.

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Injustice…

…comes in many forms. The most obvious form is what occurred last Friday, when the cop who murdered Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011 was acquitted of the crime. Jason Stockley shot and killed Mr. Smith with an AK-47, then tried to plant phony evidence justifying the murder. He gets off scot-free, thanks to the new “justice” department under klansman Jefferson Beauregard Sessions.

Just yesterday, a racist scumbag was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after murdering two Black men over a two-day period last week. Ken Gleason, 23, shot Bruce Cofield, 59, and Donald Smart, 49. From BBC News:

“A suspect has been arrested in the US state of Louisiana for the murders of two black men, which authorities said were “racially motivated”. Baton Rouge police have also charged Kenneth Gleason with attempted murder after shots were fired at an African-American family’s home.

Investigators say they discovered the 23-year-old’s DNA on pistol shell-casings found at the crime scenes. A lawyer for Mr Gleason, who is white, said his client denies the charges. During a search of the suspect’s home over the weekend, authorities discovered a speech by Adolf Hitler, as well as cannabis and human growth hormone, US media report.

Bruce Cofield, 59, and Donald Smart, 49, were both shot in separate incidents while walking on the streets of the Louisiana state capital last week. Mr Cofield was homeless, and Mr Smart had been walking to his job as a dishwasher at a cafe popular with Louisiana State University students.

Authorities believe the two victims were first shot from a car before the attacker walked over and continued firing at them as they lay on the ground. The attacks happened two days apart, and police say they believe neither man had any previous interaction with Mr Gleason. Police also believe Mr Gleason may have opened fire on the home of a black family in his neighbourhood, where he lives with his parents. Nobody was injured in that attack.

Baton Rouge Interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam said on Tuesday: “I feel confident this killer probably would have killed again, and could have potentially created a tear in the fabric that holds this community together.” Mr Gleason had just posted bail for unrelated theft charges when he was arrested for the killings. He has been booked on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property and illegal use of weapon, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.”

23 years old, and still living with his parents? Typical white-trash loser being enabled by his inbred, white-trash parents. Most likely doing nothing but posting self-righteous bullshit on Facebook and Twitter, while ignoring the festering hatred their words and deeds fertilized. If the narrative follows true to form, the usual empty platitudes of that asshole’s family and friends will be spouted: “We had absolutely no idea…” “He wasn’t raised that way…” “There was no indication that he would do something like this…”

Bullshit. Those empty words ring hollow, because they are complete and utter bullshit. See, injustice also takes a sinister and covert aspect when people actively, and willingly, ignore glaring red flags – especially when those flags are being waved by their own family members or friends. They tune out the people who are trying to say, “Hey – something isn’t right, there.” They shut us out and tell us, “Shut up! You have no clue what you’re talking about! YOU’RE JUST BEING JUDGEMENTAL!!!” Those people then go on and on, justifying the unjustifiable, excusing the inexcusable, and defending the indefensible. Then they act all shocked and surprised when a horror such as this occurs.

Pathetic.

Full Frontal Thursday: Tuggin’ Ted, DACA, and…WTF?!?

Samantha Bee returns and talks about the one-two punches of Harvey and Irma, as well as how the dreams of DACA recipients are becoming a huge, collective nightmare.

Also, I think she ate too much Wonder bread and Kraft singles during her break, because she’s taken a remarkably soft tone about hate-mongers and how they just need to be understood. Hug a nazi? Yeah…sure. I’ll hug one of those fetid heaps of human waste the same way they want to hug me. With a rope. From a tree. Complete with the entry and exit holes from a large caliber hand-cannon ventilating the cranial cavity.

She is funny and has great writers, but her judgement skills aren’t the greatest. Remember her backing of Gary Johnson? Yeah…

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Last Week Tonight: The Presidential Pardon of Joe Arpaio

In this newest installment of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver talks about the presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio, and what precedent it sets while this regime is in power.

NYC Police Officers Rally in Support of Colin Kaepernick

With the racist shit-storm swirling around the Drumpf’s golden-shower tower, brought on by his incendiary remarks and his support of murderous, hate-filled facists, an important event was missed by most – even by those who claim to report the “Good Black News” which I usually enjoy reading.

In case you didn’t know, many current and former officers from the New York Police Department rallied in Brooklyn yesterday to show their support for embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is still an unsigned free agent. From the New York Times:

Dozens of current and retired officers from the New York Police Department rallied on Saturday morning in support of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers player lionized and reviled for refusing to stand during the national anthem.

The gathering in Brooklyn Bridge Park was organized by Sgt. Edwin Raymond and attended by about 80 officers who wore black T-shirts emblazoned with “#IMWITHKAP.” Frank Serpico, a former officer who exposed corruption in the New York Police Department in the 1970s, attended.

Speakers, including City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, Democrat of Brooklyn, linked the backlash against Kaepernick’s gesture — no team has signed the quarterback for this season — to the violence last weekend during a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va., and more generally to issues of police accountability. Kaepernick, 29, stopped standing for the anthem last season, saying he was protesting violence against minorities, particularly by the police.

“As members of law enforcement, we can confirm that the issues he is saying exist in policing, and throughout the criminal justice system, indeed exist,” Sergeant Raymond said of Kaepernick. In 2015, he joined 11 other officers in filing a class-action lawsuit against the Police Department for policing practices they said discriminated against minority communities.

Colin Kaepernick is clearly being punished for taking a stand against racism. He isn’t the first athlete to do so, nor will he be the last, as long as people keep sticking their collective heads in the sand and refusing to talk about the issue of racism. It’s always a lonely fight when you speak out against racism and other divisive issues. Those of us who do so still sleep well at night, in spite of the morons who wish to shut us up and silence us. We’re still here, and we will continue to speak out!

Moment of Silence: 13 August 2017

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