Race, lets make this serious! It is nearly 2013.

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Re: Race, lets make this serious! It is nearly 2013.

Unread post by Vrede too » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:52 pm

O Really wrote:
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IF Michael Jackson was a child molester, there are some differences. "a drug-induced cloud or living a life of public promiscuity" does not necessarily have victims, allegedly not checking IDs on all the groupies ain't working out too well for R. Kelly - another black, hmmm - these days, and few criminal convictions are as ugly as child molestation, with some even being kind of cool.

It may be easier for old farts like you or I to enjoy MJ's art than anyone younger that sees it after coming to believe that he's a child molester, and we're way past the prime music and video buying demographic, anyhow.
Good point. A person's societal offenses might keep me from watching/listening/going to see somebody concurrently, like I might have said, "I'm not buying any Kid Rock crap because he's such a right-wing Trumper asshat. But if it turned out now, say, that Roger Waters had also become a right-wing Trumper asshat, I'm not going to stop playing and enjoying "Dark Side of the Moon" from 1970-something.
You're pretty safe there.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Waters#Activism
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Re: Race, lets make this serious! It is nearly 2013.

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O Really wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:06 am
Vrede too wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:11 am
Michael Jackson was a child molester, there are some differences. "a drug-induced cloud or living a life of public promiscuity" does not necessarily have victims, allegedly not checking IDs on all the groupies ain't working out too well for R. Kelly - another black, hmmm - these days, and few criminal convictions are as ugly as child molestation, with some even being kind of cool.

It may be easier for old farts like you or I to enjoy MJ's art than anyone younger that sees it after coming to believe that he's a child molester, and we're way past the prime music and video buying demographic, anyhow.
Good point. A person's societal offenses might keep me from watching/listening/going to see somebody concurrently, like I might have said, "I'm not buying any Kid Rock crap because he's such a right-wing Trumper asshat. But if it turned out now, say, that Roger Waters had also become a right-wing Trumper asshat, I'm not going to stop playing and enjoying "Dark Side of the Moon" from 1970-something.
billy.pilgrim wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:09 am
How quickly y'all jump from sicko pedophiles to someone's politics.

Not the same
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Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:42 pm
I used to have the Michael Jackson "Thriller" album back when it first came out; some catchy tunes on there. If he's a child molester, well, fuck him I guess...doesn't change what''s on the record, though. Catholic clergy have been dong this shit for centuries, and they're still a big hit with lots of Catholics. Plus, I don't give a hoot in hell about crab legs....wouldn't have them if they were free. Now if they were handing out or had a nice green bud buffet I could see folks getting excited. I wouldn't be surprised to find out crab legs are somehow linked to child molestation. ok
Pete Davidson Compares R. Kelly To Catholic Church, But With Better Music (article and video)
He also defended the age gap between him and his new girlfriend, Kate Beckinsale.


:lol: He covers our entire conversation, but better. Well worth the 4 minutes, but if you can't:
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“I’m just saying you don’t know how good someone’s music really is until you find out they’re a pedophile. And the reason everybody’s so upset is because R. Kelly and Michael Jackson made great music.”

“If I found out Macklemore did some stuff, I’d be happy to free up the space on my iPhone,” he joked.
As for Kate Beckinsale, he's dated Carly Aquilino and Cazzie David, and was engaged to superstar Ariana Grande. Dayyum, he must be really funny . . . or something.

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Re: Race, lets make this serious! It is nearly 2013.

Unread post by O Really » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:38 am

The American Civil War Never Ended...
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/3 ... ever-ended

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O Really wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:38 am
The American Civil War Never Ended...
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/3 ... ever-ended
Depressing and infuriating. We even have our own participant sporadically here:
... Deprived of political power, black Americans have fought an uphill battle against institutional racism in the legal system and the economy. Blacks are arrested twice as often as whites for drug offenses, are more often jailed before trial, and receive harsher sentences for similar crimes.

John Ehrlichman (President Nixon’s Chief for Domestic Policy) actually admitted that this unjust behavior against black Americans was deliberate and premeditated. Here’s a quote from John Ehrlichman himself:

“We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did."

Ehrlichman’s confession actually helps to explain a lot. Although black Americans aren't more likely to use or sell drugs, they're much more likely to be arrested for them. And when black people are convicted of drug charges, they generally face longer prison sentences than their white counterparts for the same crimes....
Though I don't think he's ever admitted the intentional racism of his deeds.
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Unread post by billy.pilgrim » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:48 pm

It's what happens when you use war and destruction to solve moral problems.
George Carlin said “The owners know the truth. It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

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billy.pilgrim wrote:
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It's what happens when you use war and destruction to solve moral problems.
. . . and public health problems.
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Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:08 pm

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“When this started out, it was a story about people who hated Jussie Smollett because he was black and gay. But now people hate him because he’s an asshole. In other words, they’re judging him on the content of his character and not the color of his skin. And that, my friends, is progress.”
-- Trevor Noah

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There's a certain strange logic about that.
Well, at least we can have a new term for totally fucking up your own career. In place of the outdated "milli-vanillied" we can now say "the idiot smolletted himself."
Prosecutors drop all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett, his attorneys say

... The judge also granted a motion to seal the case, according to CBS Chicago.

"Today all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him," Smollett's attorneys said in a statement. "Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify. He was a victim. He was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment."

They added: "Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. The entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result."

"After reviewing all the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the city of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution," read a statement from the Cook County Attorney's Office....
Wow, I didn't see that coming. I'm not saying that Smollett is entirely innocent, but CPD and the Cook County Attorney clearly overreached. This is a humiliating day for them and for the racists and homophobes that thought they "knew" the full truth. I wonder if the true and full story will ever come out.
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Unread post by Vrede too » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:11 pm

Trump’s Nominee for Deputy Attorney General Refuses to Say if He Supports Brown v. Board Ruling
When asked about the landmark segregation ruling, Jeffrey Rosen said it wouldn’t be ‘a productive exercise’ for him to say ‘which ones are right and which ones are wrong.’


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Trump's plan to name Herman Cain to Fed meets Republican pushback

They are correct to oppose Cain, but it's notable that after scores of horrendous POSPOTUS picks it's a black man that the Repugs finally object to.

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Cain is more qualified to be on the Fed board than Trump is to be president.
That's actually true.

"The GOP’s descent into vaudeville began with the 2008 vice presidential nomination of Sarah Palin, it accelerated in 2011 when Cain was taken seriously as a presidential candidate, and it reached warp speed with the party’s capture by the man who takes Cain seriously as a maker of monetary policy. Cain’s certitude about his economic nostrums is inversely proportional to the study he has invested in the subject, which probably has involved less effort than he recently invested in organizing a PAC to promote Trump’s reelection. Cain’s and his nominator’s boundless confidence in their economic beliefs demonstrates the Dunning-Kruger Effect. It is named for two Cornell psychologists who in 1999 described the bias by which the lower a person’s intellectual ability, the more the person tends to overestimate it."
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Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:37 am

56 years today.
Letter from Birmingham Jail

The Letter from Birmingham Jail, also known as the Letter from Birmingham City Jail and The Negro Is Your Brother, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King Jr. The letter defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism. It says that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws and to take direct action rather than waiting potentially forever for justice to come through the courts. Responding to being referred to as an "outsider," King writes, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere".

The letter, written during the 1963 Birmingham campaign, was widely published, and became an important text for the American Civil Rights Movement.
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