Thanksgiving in White America

So, does Thanksgiving in White America include being thankful you’re not Black?

Seems that way.

Let’s face it. Too many aspects of Ferguson are flat-out disgusting. It wasn’t just a White cop using excessive force against a Black teenager. Every step along the way after that the authorities in Ferguson, St. Louis County, and the State of Missouri consistently behaved as if Black lives matter less than White ones. There was the failure to recover Michael Brown’s body for over four hours after the shooting. There was what we’re now learning was a sloppy investigation by the police department. There was Jay Nixon’s woeful decision not to appoint a special prosecutor. There was the pathetic, racist failure of the prosecutor even to try to get an indictment. There was the roll-out of the grand jury decision in a manner seemingly calculated to provoke maximum anger in the Black community. And there was the decision of too many in the mainstream media to focus on the unrest and property damage in Ferguson, rather than on the insane injustice that had occurred.

Charles Blow of the NY Times, sums it up well in today’s op-ed, Fury After Ferguson: Continue reading

Don’t miss beautiful Ikebana flower festival

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Yume Japanese Gardens opened in January 2013, and will be closed today for Thanksgiving. But starting tomorrow an exquisite,  huge flower festival will take place there for 3 days. 50 arrangements in Japanese style ikebana from 5 schools will be on display.

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Democrats didn’t lose the midterms because women stopped caring about reproductive choice

Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com

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From LifeSiteNews, which I read so you don’t have to, comes this bit of taunting about the recent midterm elections:

U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado was exhibit A. Curry said, as “a decent senator from a powder blue state,” Udall “shouldn’t have been in any trouble at all – and this consultant-think totally infected him.”

During his campaign Udall railed against Cory Gardner’s alleged desire to outlaw contraception and abortion so tirelessly that a reporter for the Denver Post dubbed him “Mark Uterus.” Already by September, Lynn Bartels wrote, “If Colorado’s U.S. Senate race were a movie, the set would be a gynecologist’s office, complete with an exam table and a set of stirrups.”

Curry said Udall’s political consultants recycled what they thought was a winning issue, because they are out-of-touch with anyone outside a corporate boardroom or the Beltway.

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Take up backpack challenge to help the homeless

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Homeless Backpack Challenge is a project of The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation in partnership with The Tribe (press release):
Their purpose is to get people to challenge two other people to purchase a backpack and place in it specific items. The items are specific so that no one homeless person receives more than another.
Items:
Socks
Winter cap
Gloves
Lotion or sunblock
$5 dollar gift card of choice
Lip balm
Snacks
Water bottle
Any items not on the list will be accepted but will be handed out separately from the backpacks.
All back packs must be in by December 7th.

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Losing the War on Terror

Perhaps the best thing to come out of Bill Maher’s insipid critique of Islam is this piece by Rula Jebreal: Why America is losing the war on terror — and the Islam debate is so flawed. Jebreal’s takedown of American foreign / military policy in the Middle East is stinging and spot on. She starts with the stark reality:

An enemy that had comprised a couple of hundred desperate men hiding in caves in eastern Afghanistan when the “war on terror” got underway following the 9/11 attacks is incarnated today as 20,000 fighting men in the Islamic State movement. And far from hiding in caves, ISIS has brazenly raised its black flag over vast swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq – countries that, in 2001, had been two of the most secular societies in the Middle East.

It’s hard to summarize Jebreal’s analysis, but here are a few of her salient points: Continue reading

Over 200 in downtown Tucson protest Ferguson shooting (photos)

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200 protesters of all ages, ethnicities were at Ronstadt Transit Center tonight to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly, against the failure of the Ferguson Missouri grand jury to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9, 2014 killing of 18 year old Michael Brown.

All photos taken by and courtesy of freelancer Henry Barajas, former reporter with Tucson Weekly.

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