Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stonewall brings down Presbyterians

More evidence that love of the Confederacy was resurrected in the 20th C. to keep African Americans down...

The name of Presbyterian Cemetery in Lexington VA was changed to Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in 1949--report on MSNBC today.... Among other Jim Crow changes

Thank you, MSNBC.

Boston Strong and Safe

If Hillary had been elected, Heather would still be alive.

Hallelujah!  Praise to our God, to the state of Massachusetts, to the Boston Police Department, and to all the marchers for the peaceful anti-hate demonstration in Boston today.

Best birthday present ever!  What an uplifting contrast to the sadness that hung over all of us last weekend after the deaths in Charlottesville.

The gun laws in Massachusetts played a part in today's march remaining peaceful.

Thank you to Fox News for highlighting the gun laws in Massachusetts.

Susan Bro, Wise Woman

I admire Susan Bro for her courage and even-tempered words to the press this past week--after the murder of her daughter 7 days ago today by a white supremacist.

Initially she was extraordinarily kind to the prez, even saying on Thursday that she would be happy to talk with him but that his staff's calls to her had been during and after her daughter's funeral, while her phone was turned off.

Then later, on Thursday or so, she had time to listen to his press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 15.  

She decided not to speak with him if/when he called again.  She announced that decision on Friday.  All the media wrote pieces on her decision--but I didn't see any stories praising her unhateful words to Trump on Thursday.

Thank you to Vice for this report:

Trump called Heather Heyer’s mother during the funeral

President Donald Trump called Heather Heyer’s mom during Heather’s funeral, televised on a few networks, on Wednesday. She didn’t pick up.
And she won’t if he calls again, she said Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Susan Bro said she believes Trump compared her daughter, killed when a car rammed counterprotesters in Charlottesville last Saturday, to the white supremacists who sparked the violence.
Bro had gone easy on Trump earlier in the week. She’d thanked him for “denouncing those who support violence and hatred” on Monday — which the president then bragged about during his off-the-rails “infrastructure” press conference from Trump Tower on Tuesday, when he returned to blaming “both sides” in Charlottesville.
That’s what shifted Bro’s tone.
“I have not, and now I will not,” Bro said when asked whether she would talk to Trump if he called again.
“At first I just missed his calls. The first call it looked like actually came during the funeral,” she said.
“I hadn’t really watched the news until last night,” Bro told “GMA” host Robin Roberts. “I’m not talking to the president now. I’m sorry. After what he said about my child, and it’s not that I saw somebody else’s tweets about him. I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters like Ms. [Heather] Heyer with the KKK and the white supremacists.”
“You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ I’m not forgiving for that,” she continued.
“I’m honestly a little embarrassed to say that part of the reason Heather got so much attention is because she’s white, and she stood up for black people. Isn’t that a shame?” she said, according ABC News. “That a white person standing up for a black person caused all this excitement? That should be an everyday thing, that should be a norm.”
You can watch the full interview here:

MORNING EXCLUSIVE: Full interview with Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, victim from the Charlottesville attack: 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Go Gary!

Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs

I never noticed Gary Cohn before today, but now I know he was standing next to Trump during that press conference on Tuesday at Trump Tower.  Reports are that he was angry at Trump excusing white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

I've started reading posts on Twitter since January, now check MSNBC news and Twitter every morning. Because I'm 3 hours later, usually whatever is big that day has already happened.  

Today's big topic on Twitter was that Cohn was considering resigning from White House staff--top news until the van attack in Barcelona came along.

This report by Bob Bryan in Business Insider is one of the sources of the Cohn rumors:

I'm now hoping and praying that Gary Cohn will be the first to resign from the White House staff as I tweet and retweet.

Cohn can choose between being the first to resign from the White House or the last to stand there with his finger in the dike holding up the dt presidency.

In this household we all spend at least 3 hours per day reading news.  

I'm on Twitter while watching MSNBC and reading three morning newspapers: Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal

John's reading Twitter and the newspapers 24/7.  He has 1500 or so Twitter followers, as a retired newspaper editor.  I'm retired too--extra time--following 735 people on Twitter and finding 278 followers.

Our adult daughter holds down a full-time job in addition to checking news media on her cell.  She gets her links primarily from Reddit but also follows TMZ--which gives minute-by-minute news such as this story today:

A snapshot of one media-obsessed home in mid-2017--may the reality show in Washington, D.C., end soon so we can get back to normal life.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Black Sun over the USA

Nazi symbol used by far-right

Another horrifying day in this country.

I am paralyzed by constant jolting horrendous news reports of the latest things dt has said, as well as by grief over the murder of Heather Heyer, who is the same age as Ellen.  I feel for her mother.  Roz points out that Heather's chihuahua Violet is now motherless.

I'm finding it hard to concentrate on work at my computer or even paying bills and doing necessary paperwork.

Prospects of more white supremacist rallies in Boston, Seattle, Berkeley are disgusting and scary--will more lives be lost?

I will not go counter-protest anything.  They don't deserve my time.  I will go to impeachment demonstrations, women's rights demonstrations, gay rights demonstrations.

Here's the editorial in the Washington Post for tomorrow:

We weep for our nation.

Southern Poverty Law Center's explanation of the symbol above, in a report on symbols used in Charlottesville and their meaning:

Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun), sometimes called the sonnerad: symbol has become synonymous with myriad far-right groups who traffic in neo-Nazi and/or neo-Volkisch ideologies. The symbol is based on the ancient sun wheel artifacts that were made and used by Norse and Germanic tribes as symbol of their pagan beliefs. Those sun wheels, made centuries upon centuries ago, do not usually resemble the complexity of this particular version. The version above is inlayed into the marble floor of the Castle Wewelsburg, the castle that Himmler made the spiritual and literal home of the SS during the reign of the Third Reich, and has significance within the occult practices of the SS.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Charlottesville: Reflections Continue

In memory of Heather Heyer 1985-2017

The death of Heather Heyer in neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville continues to weigh on my mind and on the country.

Well, dt said something at last, two days late, after tweeting angrily today against Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier the moment he announced his decision to leave the prez's American Manufacturing Council.

Thanks to my friend Sharon for sending me this quote:

“President Lyndon Baines Johnson once argued, ‘If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket.
Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.’”

Sharon points out that LBJ knew that in supporting civil rights he would lose the South for the Democrats--perhaps forever.  "And yes, he did both," she reminds us.

As a therapist, she then reflects on our apparent common need to find someone to look down upon.

She also sent me this link on the First Amendment protecting hateful speech but not death threats--and further distinctions.

It's so good to have friends to share our grief and introspection over the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville and elsewhere.

Weights on my soul, my body, my flesh...

 A young white woman, same age as one of my daughters, died on Saturday.

Her crime? Showing up to counter-protest Neo-Nazi demonstrators.

We now know her name was Heather Heyer.

All day on Sunday I felt so weighed down by the death of Heather.  Tears.  I heard her mother and her friends speak.

She gave her life while protesting a white-supremacist demonstration.

I had made peace with Trump a month or so ago, trying not to hate him--just have compassion for him in his ALZ condition.

But now dt's presence in the world feels like a poisonous cloud that can't be lifted.

I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to get through the remaining months or years of a Trump presidency.

In the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:10, Jesus says:
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake,  for theirs is the reign of God."

Surely Heather now reigns in the glory of God's presence--she gave her life for righteousness sake.