Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jemele Hill

We finally got our internet back. The one that works, and doesn't stall out. Turns out it was a bad modem. Could have been much worse I think.

Yesterday I drove my sis home from a rehab center where she'd been for a couple of weeks, rehabbing a knee replacement. She's doing great, and it was a delight to see her so happy at the simple moment of walking into her own house again. She's a very determined person--trains dogs in agility skills if that tells you anything. I think she will make a full recovery, and she might even do the second knee, which is a tough choice after actually experiencing the first one.

The Trump reaction to the dreadful and ongoing hurricane tragedies is pathetic, no matter what some parts of the media say. Shilling his tax "plan" in the face of enormous aid demands from Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean US seems not only heartless, but plainly nonsensical, unless you entirely accept the Alice-in-Wonderland idea that all tax cuts yield even more government income, the great Laffer Curve scam Reagan perpetrated on the country in the early '80s. The tragedy in St. John, US VI, should humble anyone who can see beyond their own ego. I guess I should add, QED to that. It also seems like Pelosi and Schumer might should have just kept quiet after their little dinner with Mr. Trump. Why push him into the corner? The goal is to rescue some 800,000 real people from a US policy disaster. Let's get that done and worry later about who installed "amnesty" on whom.

From a great website, the conclusion to a good article on Trump's Charlottesville comments:

Finally, Trump said:

So this week, it’s Robert E. Lee, I noticed that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after. You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?

Wrong question: the proper question is: when does it start? When do we fully face our racist past? Looks to me as if we have started. We have started admitting what we should have admitted a long, long time ago: that our wonderful country has an ugly racist past and, worse, an ugly racist present. Some of us are dealing with it by removing Lee’s statue, It is happening fast. We have started with the traitors. Will we get around to Jefferson and Washington? Maybe. If we decide their own racism and enslavement of people means they don’t deserve a statue. That’s for us to decide and not for the racists and their allies, even if their allies are powerful media groups. Even if their allies are in the office of the President.

The sports pundit Jemele Hill was "repremanded" by her employer, ESPN, for asserting on air that Trump was a racist. ESPN was prompted to react to Hill, perhaps, by Sarah Sanders' assertion from her podium as White House Spokesman that Hill had committed a firing offense. By that logic, Trump should resign because of his support of Birtherism. Just sayin'.

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