Friday, August 18, 2017

Robert Parry: PRESIDENT' TRUMP'S 'WHITE BLINDNESS' @ Consortium News


Exclusive: By defending “beautiful” Confederate statues, President Trump shows how little he understands about the evils of slavery and the cruelty on lynchings and segregation, but he is by no means alone, writes Robert Parry.  Read more.

Joshua Barajas: PHOTO OF 'ANTIFAH' MAN ASSAULTING OFFICER WAS DOCTORED @ PBS Newshour

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Dave Lindorff: CHARLOTTESVILLE AWAKENING: DISCOVERING RACISM, AND DISCOVERING IT ANEW @ This Can't Be Happening!


I grew up in Storrs, Connecticut, a faculty brat in a university town where minority people were few and far between. There were a few black kids in our high school — the children of people employed at UConn. There were also working-class Puerto Ricans in the area — American citizens but who knew that back then? — who had fled north from the economically devastated US colony of Puerto Rico to work in a big textile mill in nearby Willimantic.

Storrs was a liberal community. The civil rights movement and later the early anti-Vietnam War movement both had early and active support there, our school teachers were for the most part liberals who went beyond the core curriculum to teach us to question things, and within limits) to pursue our ‘60s-era interest in alternative life-styles and politics.

But I did get a sense for what real racism was about, despite living in such an island of liberalism.

My mother was a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, and her parents still lived down there, just outside of town in a huge log cabin on a pond. Grandpa, a decorated mustard-gassed veteran of World War I, and a super-patriot, was a no-nonsense coach and headed the physical education program for the segregated Greensboro School District.

My mother, a generous-hearted woman who left home to serve as a Navy WAVE during World War II, ending up based at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for most of the war, after marrying my father, a native of New York City, became quite liberal herself in her views over time, once she and Dad had settled at the University of Connecticut, where my father was a professor of electrical engineering. (Though one vestige of her upbringing — a conviction that mixed-race marriages would never work out — stayed with her. “Think of the children!” she would say, as if it were obvious.)

I remember back in the ‘50s, when I was probably about 8 or 9 years of age, that we drove down to Greensboro to visit my grandparents. It was before the days of the interstate highway system, and in the heyday of that ubiquitous roadside rest stop, Howard Johnsons, a favorite of all travel-weary kids because of the many flavors of ice cream they sold.

When we had crossed over into Virginia, and came upon one of those orange-roofed icons, dad stopped the car and we all piled into the cool lobby. I headed for the men’s room, but was caught up short by the sight of two fountains along the wall, with signs saying “whites” and “coloreds.” I asked my dad what that meant, and he explained to his wide-eyed son…


For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the uncompromised, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/3614

Monday, August 14, 2017

Greg Palast: CHARLOTTESVILLE: A GUN IN HIS FACE, BUT HE GOT THE PHOTO @ GregPalast.com

Previously unreleased photos of four neo-Nazis attacking black school teacher De’Andre Harris with iron bars and lumber in a parking garage in Charlottesville on Saturday, Aug 12. 
© Zach D Roberts, 2017.
To read the whole story and view the additional photos, including that of the gun man threatening Associate Producer Zach Roberts, and read of future assignments in this region, click here.


Editorial Board: THE HATE HE DARES NOT SPEAK OF @ New York Times

David Swanson: TOP 10 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT CHARLOTTESVILLE @ Let's Try Democracy

Mary Ann Akers: HOW A GOOFY SOUTHERN SITCOM BECAME THE VANGUARD OF THE NEO-CONFEDERACY @ Politico

Robert Parry: RUSSIA-GATE'S FATALLY FLAWED LOGIC @ Consortium News

Hunter Blair: CORPORATIONS PAY 13 - 19% FED TAX RATE— LESS THAN THE 35% MANDATORY @ Economic Policy Institute

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Richard Escrow: TOUGH TRADE TALK AS TRUMP AND PENCE TOE THE KOCH LINE @ Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)

A number of times I discussed on RFK the spat among the plutocrats on the Mir-a-lago golf course during the Trump campaign.  Appearances are always deceptive in the gold leafed world of the loathsome super wealthy, especially slippery when reading nuances from public disagreements.  However, since that time on the green when David Koch famously stood up to The Donald and left with his ghost writing chum in an act of solidarity there appears to be a new unity in purpose. Don't forget to explore the fascinating links embedded within Eskrow's article.  Meanwhile on the dinner table circuit, more gossip lending to the rumor that The Donald is making nice with the Koch brothers from last April.



Pence gets in the game too. Some say he is actually running front for DT.



Pence's campaign financial links go far back through his political career, almost as far as Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, to the Koch's funding machines.  Lately, Pence as vice president, has been patching up these minor differences among Trump and the Kochs; over tight restrictions of immigrant workers (the Kochs desire more openness, wanting a ready supply to exploit; and tax cuts).

Michael Lewis: WHY THE SCARIEST NUCLEAR THREAT MAY BE COMING FROM WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE @ Vanity Fair