Am I the only one getting more than a little impatient with the Democrats, both the Biden Administration and in Congress? I constantly rail against the Republicans, but that doesn’t mean I’m not pretty damn frustrated with the Democrats. I know all about the filibuster stopping President Biden’s agenda in the Senate, but at a certain point you’ve got to face reality and do whatever it takes to make things happen. Maybe bipartisanship, as espoused by President Biden and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, remains the ideal in a democracy like ours, but right now, given how the Republican…

Before I go on another rant about the foolishness of QAnon believers, let me explain why I sometimes sympathize with believers of Trump’s “big lie.” They may be a bunch of suckers and fools, but at least I understand why the lie was made up and why so many people were eager to believe it. Not only was it fed to them by President Trump — the person they trusted most, though God knows why! — but they desperately want to believe it. They hold out hope against hope that Trump will regain the Presidency, whether legally or illegally, and…

Presumably your humble spirit isn’t the only one whose frustration and anger is growing over police bodycam footage not being used for its intended purpose — that is, having evidence of what occurs during police encounters with the public. Bodycam footage is also intended to serve as a deterrent to bad behavior on the part of the police, but if they don’t think it will ever see the light of day (the killing of Ronald Greene), or be edited to their advantage (the killing of Andrew Brown), why should they be concerned? …

Regretfully, I am beginning to wonder if some people — that is, the MAGA crowd of Trump supporters — aren’t downright crazy. I understand that Trump fed them the “big lie” that the election was “rigged” and all, but now they don’t even want to believe what they saw happen at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, just like they don’t want to believe what they saw happen to George Floyd. It’s apparent they don’t want to believe the simple truth — about almost anything. And it seems directly related to the fact that, despite having advantages I didn’t have…

I’ve written a lot about the Republican Party being at war with itself and falling apart, but now it has unquestionably evolved into the “party of Trump,” totally ruled by the “base,” aka Trump’s loyal followers. Did you ever think you would see a political party in America that embraces the likes of Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene? Did you ever think that a stalwart Republican such as Liz Cheney, the daughter of the hawkish former vice-president, would be cast aside because she failed to embrace Trump’s “big lie”? Even though she voted with Trump 98% of the time…

Despite what Republican Senator Tim Scott of the “great state” of South Carolina says, we all know that America is undeniably a racist country, a very racist country. The fact that the Republican Party chose it’s only African American Senator out to deliver their rebuttal to President Biden’s address to the nation tells us all we need to know. Scott was playing to the same crowd who refuse to believe that George Floyd was murdered execution style, despite what they saw with their own eyes — never mind what is undeniably true, believe what you want to believe.

These are…

While most of us are celebrating justice for George Floyd and hope it represents a positive turning point for our country, a sizeable minority on the right continue to exhibit some of the most hateful racism and irrational fear of the “other” that I’ve ever witnessed during this humble spirit’s almost two-hundred years hanging about this planet. Despite a preponderance of evidence against Derek Chauvin, the right-wing media has even claimed the guilty verdict was based on the jury’s fear that finding him innocent would lead to demonstrations and riots. …

Once again, this humble spirit finds so much in the world requiring his attention that he hardly knows where to start. What more can I say about the mistreatment of Black men in our society, especially young Black men dying at the hands of the police. After each tragic episode comes the contentious debate over what happened, the why and the how, and whether the officer’s actions were justified. How long can this go on?

If I may take some liberty in paraphrasing Leo Tolstoy’s comment about families at the beginning of Anna Karenina*: the circumstances of every police killing…

The medical experts who testified in the Derek Chauvin trial have established that George Floyd had stopped breathing and lost his pulse long before Chauvin removed his knee from his neck. It turns out that Floyd was dead in about five minutes but Chauvin kept his knee on his neck for a total of nine and a half minutes. In other words, Chauvin claims it was necessary that he continue to subdue a dead person. There’s some consolation in knowing George Floyd didn’t suffer the entire time he was held down, but otherwise the revelation makes things even worse.

Should…

The killing of George Floyd last spring supposedly opened America’s eyes to racism and sparked a new racial awakening in the country. But now the trial of his killer, Derek Chauvin, reminds us of another trial almost 30 years ago — that of four Los Angeles police officers charged with beating Rodney King almost to death. Not enough has changed during the interim, and I’m not just talking about the police beating and killing Black men. In both instances, too many white people are willing to disbelieve what they see with their own eyes — because they are looking for…

Col. John Pelham

Col. John Pelham of the Confederacy. I wasted my life fighting for a terrible cause — now I’m back to fight for #HumanRights #RacialEquality & #EconomicEquality

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