Open Thread | What Competent Leadership Can Do

The election of Joe Biden as President has literally been about saving lives.

 

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Former Vice-President Walter Mondale Has Died. He was 93 years old.

RIP.
A genuinely good and decent man. A good public servant.

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Open Thread | We Are Going Through Some Stuff In Chicago

We just are. And, the Mayor has been under fire because of the latest police shooting of that 13 year old child. And, while I have not been all around pleased with the Mayor’s response, I am not calling for her resignation, and look suspiciously at those who are.

I find myself in agreement with this poster on Twitter:

 

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Weekend Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend virtually with family and friends.

 

 

This cover is one of the rare occasions where the cover just knocks it out of the park, and takes the song to a whole other level.

Original, which I thought was haunting….

Until I heard this live performance by Disturbed on Conan.

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Open Thread | Beginning the Weekend With Good News 😊

I can’t wait for this to be completed.

Now that this is on the way, I can’t wait for the unveiling of the White House Portraits of 44 and Forever FLOTUS 😍

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Open Thread | Funny Thing About Infrastructure

The President and the Democrats are proposing a two trillion infrastructure plan.

 

 

The Republicans think that someone is playing with them. They are trying to find a way to combat the Democrats’ proposal. Their old playbook doesn’t work. They put forth trillions of tax cuts, and the economy wasn’t exploding before COVID, and folks could see that. They also can see the crumbling infrastructure.

They have tried to pick at parts of the plan. You can see when they’ve gotten talking points distributed. Heard that Idiot Governor from South Dakota, as well as others talk about ‘ pipes aren’t infrastructure.’

Oh really? Tell that to the people of Flint, Michigan, and those folks in Texas who were just flooded out.

Then, their next attack was on the caregiver part. See, here’s the thing – this pandemic has just accentuated how important caregivers are to our economy, and how important they are to keep us functioning.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said something absolutely true, but, the right-wing lost their mind.

From a Yahoo article:

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tells Yahoo Finance Presents it’s well beyond time to correct the racially inequities weaved into the fabric of the nation’s infrastructure.

“So one of the problems with the racially destructive choices that were made in the past is that it’s a lot harder to reverse when it’s in the form of a big concrete highway. There are many places in the country where it’s been shown that choices were made to run a highway right through the heart of what had been a thriving Black neighborhood, often dividing that neighborhood into or clearing it out entirely. And there’s frankly, a lot of documentary evidence that often this wasn’t just done out of convenience, sometimes it was done on purpose, and we have a chance to get it right,” Buttigieg says.

Racial inequities in infrastructure?

Absolutely.

After all, this is America. Racism is built into anything. Look at the highways of this country and research what used to be there before the highway. Dollars to donuts, it was a functioning Black neighborhood.

What?

You thought that it was ‘coincidence’ that all these highways just ‘happened’ to go through all these previously Black neighborhoods? Really? Seriously? You never thought about why public transportation was never expanded out into the suburbs Really? You never thought about why that didn’t happen? Racism.

So glad folks brought receipts when the right-wing tried to play that Secretary Pete wasn’t coming with statements based in fact.

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Open Thread | Where Are We, With Respect To Vaccination?

Even though I am fully vaccinated and past the 14 day wait for antibodies, I will be fully double masked until September at the earliest.

Waiting for the government to take these vaccines of “emergency” status, so that employers can start lowering the boom, and the unvaccinated will have to choose between whatever foolish reason for not being vaccinated, and a paycheck. I spend more time at work than any other place outside of my home, especially during this pandemic. I want the workplace to be as safe for me as possible.

I also hope that one or both of the main vaccines gets approval for 12-15 year olds. This would take care of our High School age population, and pre-teens. I would feel a lot better about Peanut returning to in-person schooling if she was vaccinated. I would feel better about her doing extra-curricular activities if she was vaccinated.

We still have to make sure that the vaccine gets to the homebound, and to our rural citizens that want it. I am all about getting shots to those that want them. I am not going to sit around begging folks to take something that could save their lives. We should prioritize vaccines that way too. I look at the nightmare in Michigan. The Governor needs to prioritize getting all the major urban areas vaccinated. All the areas with representatives who voted to take away the powers that she had to help during this health crisis? Phuck ’em. They voted for clowns; take responsibility for those votes.😒

The day before this article came out, I was talking to a friend about how, when it’s all said and done, someone is going to win the Nobel Prize for the science behind the COVID Vaccines. I didn’t know who, but I knew someone would.

Then, this article dropped. I believe that she is the one. Without her building the scientific foundation, we would have never had the vaccines this fast. This woman going against the scientific grain is going to wind up saving billions of people.The thought of that is overwhelming 😢😢
Thank you for your work 🙏🏿🙏🏿

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Weekend Open Thread

Good Morning. I hope that you are enjoying this weekend virtually with family and friends.

 
The Official Portraits of 46 and MVP

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Open Thread | More of the New Jim Crow

Texas has decided that Georgia shouldn’t be alone.

 

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Open Thread | Hardships of Black Farmers

In this past COVID Relief bill, $ 5 Billion went specifically to Black farmers. Something Senator PittyPat of South Carolina had the nerve to call reparations. AS IF.

This is only part of the truth that Black farmers have always faced.

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USDA issued billions in subsidies this year. Black farmers are still waiting for their share.

“We have lived under economic terrorism for decades,” said Georgia farmer Eddie Slaughter. Subsidies issued during Covid-19 are just another form of exclusion, he and other farmers say.

Oct. 28, 2020, 1:26 PM CDT

By Patrice Gaines

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/usda-issued-billions-subsidies-year-black-farmers-are-still-waiting-n1245090

USDA issued billions in subsidies this year. Black farmers are still waiting for their share. – NBC News
“We have lived under economic terrorism for decades,” said Georgia farmer Eddie Slaughter. Subsidies issued during Covid-19 are just another form of exclusion, he and other farmers say.

 

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