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Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime



The Rolling Stones: "Wild Horses"

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The Friday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by poetry.

Recommended Reading:

Chauncey: [Content Note: Racism; police brutality] The Hard Truth About Terence Crutcher and Tulsa: What Kind of White Person Do You Want to Be?

Tressie: [CN: Racism; police brutality] A Homegirl Reflecting on Charlotte Uprising

Maddy: [CN: White nationalism; harassment] Oculus Rift's Founder Funded a Group that Powers Pro-Trump Memes

Shena and Erin: [CN: Misogyny] Money, Power, and Respect: Challenges for Women's Groups in Complicated Times

Keith: [CN: Racism] U.S. Court Says It's Legal to Ban Dreadlocks in the Workplace

Maddie: The Sound of Fish Talking Is Weird as Hell

Leave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and encouraged!

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In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: Racism] I don't have a link for this, BECAUSE ALL OF THEM ARE SO TERRIBLE, but I've seen a number of public admonishments recently to professional athletes who are protesting police shootings of Black people to "stick to sports." And I just really need to say: STOP IT. That is just rank, dehumanizing trash. Essentially telling people "your humanity only matters to me so much as it is used to serve entertaining me" is absolutely vile. Enough.

[CN: Police brutality; racism] "Congressional Black Caucus: Use 'Full Weight of the Federal Government' in Investigations of Police Shootings: 'The killing of unarmed Black men and women by police is a crisis,' Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said. 'It is an emergency. And it has not just affected those victims and families of those who were killed, it has affected every Black man and woman who wonders when they or someone they know will be killed next.'"

[CN: Carcerality; self-harm; transphobia] "Chelsea Manning sentenced to 14 days of solitary confinement for suicide attempt." Rage seethe boil. In a statement, Manning wrote, in part: "I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely. I am embarrassed by the decision. I don't know how to explain it. I am touched by your warm messages of love and support. This comforts me in my time of need."

[CN: Racism] "Yesterday, more than 50 First Nations from Canada and the United States signed a treaty to unify their fight against new pipelines that would increase dependence on oil sands from Alberta, Canada." The treaty states: "As sovereign Indigenous Nations, we enter this treaty pursuant to our inherent legal authority and responsibility to protect our respective territories from threats to our lands, waters, air and climate, but we do so knowing full well that it is in the best interest of all peoples, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to put a stop to the threat of Tar Sands expansion."

[CN: Video may autoplay at link] The Cincinnati Enquirer has endorsed Hillary Clinton, which is a pretty big deal: "The Enquirer has supported Republicans for president for almost a century—a tradition this editorial board doesn't take lightly. But this is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times. Our country needs calm, thoughtful leadership to deal with the challenges we face at home and abroad. We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst. That's why there is only one choice when we elect a president in November: Hillary Clinton." They haven't endorsed a Democrat in more than 90 years.

The LA Times has also endorsed Hillary Clinton, under the super subtle headline: "Hillary Clinton would make a sober, smart and pragmatic president. Donald Trump would be a catastrophe." But tell us how you REALLY feel!

[CN: Video may autoplay at link] The Clinton campaign gave one of its prime seats at the debate to Mark Cuban. LOL OMG that is going to get under Donald Trump's skin sooooo hard.

Speaking of the debates, this New York Times piece contrasting the debate prep styles of the two candidates is quite a read! Honestly, if I knew nothing about either one of them, I could make a decision about for whom to vote on this article alone.

Uhhhh lol. "Donald Rumsfeld, 84, Says George HW Bush, 92, is Voting for Clinton Because 'He's Up in Years.'"

This collection of photos of mama bears with their cubs is breathtakingly adorable.

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Daily Dose of Cute

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Fuzzy little monster! ♥

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

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The Choice Is So Clear

[Content Note: Misogyny; body policing.]

I've got a new piece at Shareblue about Hillary Clinton's new ad and how Donald Trump's words about women's bodies and appearances don't exist in a vacuum, but in a world where girls (and women) hear them and are affected by them. And also about how any dude who think women aren't his equal can't be trusted to protect our rights.

"Is this the president we want for our daughters?" asks the ad.

Trump does not respect women. (Nor does his running mate.) His vile comments about women's appearance and their primary value as property are legendary. His policies regarding women's healthcare and earnings are grim.

...A person who doesn't view women as equal cannot be entrusted to lead the nation in a way that ensures our legal equality is respected and enforced. We cannot be assured that even our most basic rights will be upheld by a man who believes we are inferior; who uses us to insult other men.
Head on over to read the whole thing.

I can't even begin to convey how deeply upsetting it will be if this guy is elected instead of a woman who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of women and children.

First female feminist president, or dude who uses "little girl" to insult other men? Maude help us. How is this even a choice?

(That, of course, is rhetorical.)

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President Obama's Debate Advice for Hillary Clinton

President Obama is going to appear on Good Morning America this morning (or maybe already has) (I have no idea what time that show is on) (I literally don't think I've ever seen it) (this is irrelevant) (anyway) and here is a clip of him talking about his friend Hillary with GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts:

Roberts, referring to next Monday's first presidential debate: It's Monday night. It's game time. Secretary Clinton's about to take the stage [at] the debate. What would you want to say to her before walking out for that first debate?

Obama: Be yourself and explain what motivates you. Because, I will tell you, I've gotten to know Hillary, and seen her work, and seen her in tough times and in good times. She's in this for the right reasons. I think there's a reason why we haven't had a woman president before, and so she's having to break down some barriers. There is a level of mistrust and a caricature of her that just doesn't jibe with who I know, this person that cares deeply about kids.
He also said, though it is not in this clip, that she would make an "outstanding president" and that she "is motivated by a deep desire to make things better for people."

He also gave her this piece of advice for the debate: "To the degree to which she can talk not just about policy, but talk about why she has been able to despite all the slings and arrows that have been cast at her, just keep on going. It would be good for the American people to see that and be reminded of that."

Yes, yes it would.

It's funny, isn't it, how President Obama's advice sounds a lot less like advice for Hillary Clinton than it does advice to us about listening to Hillary when she tries to tell us who she is.

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Officer Charged in Terence Crutcher's Killing

[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; death.]

On Tuesday, I wrote about Terence Crutcher, who was fatally shot by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Crutcher, a 40-year-old Black man, was killed by Officer Betty Shelby who approached him after his vehicle stalled in the middle of a road.

Yesterday:

The Tulsa County District Attorney Stephen Kunzweiler announced he charged Officer Betty Shelby with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.

On the formal charge filed with the county, it says Officer Betty Shelby's actions last Friday, which resulted from her fear of Terence Crutcher, were unreasonable.

...If convicted, the first-degree manslaughter charge carries a minimum punishment of four years in prison.
The Department of Justice is also investigating.

The charge and its accompanying minimum sentence seem insufficient to me, but I'm guessing the prosecutor brought the charge he thought his office would best be able to successfully prosecute. Normally I wouldn't be inclined to give the D.A. the benefit of the doubt, but the fact that charges were brought so quickly is a pretty good sign.

Still. Goddamn. None of this looks like justice. Justice will look like no more Black people being killed by police.

In related news: Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence says "there is too much talk of 'institutional racism and institutional bias' in the wake of unrest following police shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte, North Carolina." He is a horrible person.

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Open Thread

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Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Brenda A.: "What book would you like to see adapted to film?"

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Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

[Content Note: There are some flashing lights in this video.]



Suzanne Vega: "Tom's Diner"

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Outrage Machine

So, there's an article today in the New York Times by Jason Horowitz about Shareblue. Huzzah! Thanks to the NYT and Horowitz for taking notice of the mark we're making with progressive voters!

Obviously, I didn't just fall off the turnip truck, so I realize that headlining the piece "Inside Hillary Clinton's Outrage Machine, Allies Push the Buttons" isn't intended to be flattering.

But irrespective of its intent, I wear the moniker of outrage machinist like a badge of honor. I mean, of course I'm outraged about the election.

We have a choice between electing a white nationalist nightmare who's catastrophically unfit for the presidency and electing the first female president who's running on the most progressive platform ever and is the most qualified candidate in history, and the media continually endeavor to draw false equivalencies between them. There's a lot about which to be outraged!

And, as I've said before: Progress ain't fueled by rainbows and gumdrops.

Anyway! I've done a bunch of tweeting about this today, and here are those tweets Storified (plus one from Aphra, included with her permission) in case you'd like to see them.

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Oh, McCain.

I've got a new piece over at Shareblue about John McCain and his desperate, cynical, shameful maneuvering as he's locked in a tight battle for reelection to the Senate:

John McCain has some Trump Trouble.

Trump is not the sort of candidate a war hero like McCain wants to support, given Trump's willingness to refer to the U.S. military as "the gang that couldn't shoot straight" and attack a Gold Star family. Trump even attacked McCain himself, saying, in reference to McCain having been a prisoner of war, that he prefers "people who weren't captured."

Still, McCain knew he risked alienating the Republican base if he didn't support the nominee, so he endorsed Trump. But that decision is hurting him, too: Because of Trump's relentless bigotry against undocumented immigrants, a recent poll shows more than 70 percent of Arizona Latinx are less likely to vote for McCain as a result of his endorsement.

What's a 'maverick' to do?

First, he tried walking the tightrope between Trump's appeal to white nationalism and his own need to appeal to Latinx voters by publishing two different versions of his immigration position. The version on his new Spanish-language site emphasizes his record supporting a pathway to citizenship, which is noticeably absent from his English-language campaign site, where he instead positions himself as an advocate for tougher border security.
Whooooooops!

There is a whole lot more (unfortunately) at the link, including his latest gambit, which is pretending that he's pro-choice. (No, really.) So, if you've long missed my concentrated fury being aimed in John McCain's direction, head on over and luxuriate in my pools of scorn!

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In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

Hillary Clinton appeared on "Between Two Ferns" with Zach Galifianakis, and it is pretty great! Warning for sardonic misogyny.

Holy shit: "Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign paid more than $500,000 in August to companies the brash businessman owns, according to campaign finance reports released late Tuesday." Which brings the grand total to "more than $8.2 million." More than eight million dollars to his own companies. By way of reminder: In 2000, Trump told Fortune magazine: "It's very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it." Welp.

[Content Note: Racism] OMFG: "Donald Trump's campaign chair in a prominent Ohio county has claimed there was 'no racism' during the 1960s and said black people who have not succeeded over the past half-century only have themselves to blame." This campaign is a sickness.

[CN: Police brutality; racism; violence] In Charlotte, protests over the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott stretched into a third day, with Governor Pat McCrory issuing "a state of emergency, activating the National Guard to 'assist local law enforcement' in silencing protests." Fuck.

Heads-up if you're a Yahoo user: "Yahoo launched an investigation into a possible breach in early August after someone offered to sell a data dump of more than 200 million Yahoo accounts on an underground market, including usernames, easy-to-crack password hashes, dates of birth, and backup email addresses. The company has since determined that the breach is real and that it's worse than initially believed."

John Lewis, everyone: "On Tuesday night, Lewis, who was the young chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), was asked a question about whether the current civil rights movement—which emphasizes fighting police brutality and racial discrimination, and is often led by women—needs central leadership. Lewis said the civil rights movement of the last century was 'dominated' by men... But his comments on the movement reflected a long observed but rarely addressed part of the movement's treatment of women. 'They did all of the work, they did the heavy lifting,' Lewis said. 'They were kept back.' Dr. King and others, he said, had credit bestowed on them for the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott. 'But it was a woman, a teacher at Alabama State College, Jo Ann Robinson that said we should boycott the buses. [She said] you should organize your students. So we made leaflets and people spread them all over the city of Montgomery. Then people started staying off the buses.'"

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Daily Dose of Cute

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"Hello. Hi. Hello there."

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

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#DemandFairDebates

Over at Shareblue, Peter Daou and I have written a piece deconstructing how crucial it is that the debate moderators, starting with Lester Holt next Monday at the first presidential debate, conduct themselves in a way that can facilitate something resembling a fair debate:

Matt Lauer's moderation of NBC's Commander-in-Chief forum was widely panned—and deservedly so—but Lauer's fault was not that he did something unusual. To the contrary, Lauer's performance was a one hour microcosm of a year's worth of media coverage.

It included the three core elements of what has been a relentless double standard: Antagonism and scorn for Clinton, an unhealthy obsession with her emails, and sheepish acquiescence to Trump's lies.

The unfairness of it all became glaringly manifest when condensed into a 60 minute spectacle.

Lester Holt can learn from Lauer's mistake.

First, he can face the truth about the abysmal coverage of Hillary Clinton. Even as trust in the mass media plummets to new lows, too many of his fellow journalists are in denial about their Clinton problem. Second, he can prepare to call Trump's lies what they are. Third, he can keep the conversation focused on issues that matter to working Americans, not optics that only matter to elite reporters and well-paid pundits.

Here is the harsh truth Holt must face if he intends to do justice to his important role: The corporate media have spent 18 months repeating pervasive narratives about Hillary Clinton, priming news consumers to have a Pavlovian response to only a single word and doing their level best to set her up for defeat.

...The national media have been marching through the forest of this election for 18 months. Their reporting on Trump has been a haphazard meander from tree to tree. Their coverage of Clinton has been a focused trek, creating a path of well-tread grooves. Now every time a question settles into those grooves, voters know exactly where they're headed: Down the path that's been cut to a familiar destination. The destination is a caricature of Clinton as a corrupt, dishonest, and disliked monster.

Holt, and the following moderators, have a major task ahead of them. They must avoid that path.
There's much more at the link.

Again, I will strongly encourage you, if you are on Twitter, to contact the moderators to #DemandFairDebates.

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Monday, September 26: Lester Holt | @lesterholtnbc

Tuesday, October 4 (veep debate): Elaine Quijano | @elaine_quijano

Sunday, October 9: Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper | @martharaddatz and @andersoncooper

Wednesday, October 19: Chris Wallace | @foxnewssunday

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Photos of the Day

From Hillary Clinton's speech in Orlando yesterday, on disability and the economy:

image of Hillary Clinton standing on a box in front of a large, excited crowd; she is holding a microphone and smiling broadly, her hand clasped to her heart
I like how she's standing on a box, so people in the back can see her better. And she can see them.

a young white man with Down Syndrome stands in the crowd with a look of anticipation on his face and sporting a Clinton-Kaine button on his shirt; an older woman, presumably his mother, stands beside him, her arm around his neck, gesturing toward Hillary
Cool button.

Hillary reaches into the crowd to shake the young man's hand; she has a huge grin and he is looking back at her in awe
The look of awe on his face! I would have had the same expression, my friend. ♥

I know I'm the brokenest of broken records, but it continually moves me when I scroll through Hillary Clinton's Flickr account and see diverse crowds who are so enthusiastic for her, and see picture after picture of Clinton excitedly meeting with all kinds of people, from every demographic, of every age and race and gender and sexuality and ability and class and occupation...

Her campaign looks like America.

[Photos by Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America.]

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"For too long, accessibility has been an afterthought; let’s make it a priority."

I've got a piece at Shareblue about Hillary Clinton's landmark address on disability and the economy, which includes the complete video of the address, if you'd like to see the whole thing. Head on over to check it out, and if you prefer or need a transcript, the complete transcript is below the fold.

This was really extraordinary. And guess how many US channels carried it live? Zero.

One out of five people in the United States has a disability (or multiple disabilities), making us one of the largest voting blocs in the nation, and one rarely addressed directly by presidential candidates. I certainly can't remember another presidential candidate giving an address like this.

And the cable news decided it wasn't worth broadcasting. Which, you know, kind of makes Hillary Clinton's point about not treating disabled people like we don't matter.

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Open Thread

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Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker GoldFishy: "What is your favorite time of day (or night)?"

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