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On September 15, 1963, the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed by the KKK in a horrific act of racially motivated violence. The bomb detonated from outside, caving in walls and spraying bricks and mortar onto the over 200 parishioners participating in Sunday services. Four young girls were killed -14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson and 11-year-old Denise McNair. Over 20 people were injured.
It took until 1977 for anyone to be brought to justice, after Alabama Attorney General Bob Baxley reopened the investigation and Klan leader Robert E. Chambliss was finally brought to trial and convicted of murder. He died in prison in 1985. In the 1980’s, two other former Klan members, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry, were finally brought to trial. Both were convicted. A fourth suspect, Herman Frank Cash, died before he could be brought to trial.
Joe Biden visited the church today on the 56th anniversary of the horrific crime, and gave a powerful speech on loss, tragedy, racism and what we need to do to move forward, both from the past and the current racism on the rise in our country.
When my first wife and daughter were killed and my two boys badly injured in a car accident. I faced like many of you a defining moment – walk away from public life or stay?
I chose to stay – before and after.Read more
Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday blamed Democrats for racism after she was asked about Donald Trump’s controversial bigoted statements.
During an interview on CNN, host Fareed Zakaria asked Rice about some of Trump’s most racist statements, like telling Democratic congresswomen to “go back” where they came from. And when he said there were good people on “both sides” at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.
“When you hear Trump, this is a repudiation of everything you were trying to do,” Zakaria pointed out.
“The president needs to be a lot more careful,” Rice agreed. “Race is a very delicate and raw nerve in America. We have the birth defect of slavery, we have the birth defect of a number of people being treated badly.”
“But I tell you,” she continued. “You need to be careful, Fareed. It’s not all coming out of the White House. I hear a lot coming out of the left of these issues to, that I don’t like the language that is being used about people, that because somebody looks a certain way or are of a certain color, they ought to think a certain way. And if they don’t think a certain way, then they’re really not black.”
Rice asserted that “we need to all back off.”
“And I think we will all be better off,” she added. “I think this is a national project, not a White House project, not a congressional project.”
“But by saying that,” Zakaria pressed, “do you have a responsibility to not just pretend there is an equivalence here?”Read more
The entire Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing really shows just how badly the Republican Party has destroyed democratic norms and guardrails in their greedy and corrupt grasping for power. PFAW:
Below is a listing of some of the corrupt actions taken by the GOP to achieve this dramatic advance in their assault against American democracy.
Private, pre-nomination vetting of his constitutional views
Kavanaugh was pre-vetted by individuals in the far-right Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. They had known him for many years and were already deeply familiar with (and shared) his extreme legal beliefs long before he was added to Trump’s list. That’s what the Federalist Society is all about. They were given the power to make the choice because they knew he would rule “the right way” on the issues they care about.Read more
Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli insisted on Sunday that Bahamians should help themselves instead of fleeing to the United States after thousands were left homeless by Hurricane Dorian.
During an interview with CBS host Margaret Brennan, Cuccinelli was asked why the Trump administration is making it “harder to flee to this country” for Bahamians who were left homeless by the hurricane.
Cuccinelli, however, argued that the Trump administration is “making it easier” for Bahamians to travel to the U.S.
“The Bahamas is a perfectly legitimate country capable of taking care of their own,” the USCIS chief said. “We rushed resources in, whether it was from USAID or the Coast Guard, who were downright heroic.”
“I’ve got to leave it there,” Brennan said, concluding the interview, without pointing out that Cuccinelli’s orders actually forced Customs agents to refuse entry to Bahamians who were made homeless by the hurricane for not having the proper travel visas.
On CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Rand Paul continued to criticize Liz Cheney on her warmongering and said if she ran for the open Senate seat in Wyoming, he would support a different conservative politician.
The two Republican politicians have revved up their animosity towards each other since John Bolton was dismissed from the White House.
Host Jake Tapper discussed Sen. Paul going on a Wyoming TV station to publicly voice his concerns with her possible candidacy.
Tapper asked, “Would you prefer that a different Republican fill that Senate seat?”
Rand discussed a critical op-ed written about Liz in her state and then he affirmed his opposition to her.
“Yes, there is a Senate race, I’m supporting Cynthia Lummis, who is a former conservative congressman,” Paul said.
He continued, “That’s the only person I know of in the race at this point.”
Earlier today on Meet The Press, Liz Cheney was asked about her harsh statements (pro-terrorist) against Sen. Paul and she did not apologize, but continued their feud.Read more
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos about the latest accusation of sexual assault in the report by The New York Times, which alleges that the FBI failed to interview at least 25 witnesses against now sitting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Rather than defend the fact that the FBI and his committee obviously failed to do their jobs and properly investigate these allegations, Cruz lashed out at Democrats for calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment and dismissed the reporting by the Times as just another liberal witch hunt from the “far left” that’s out to get poor Kavanaugh.Read more
White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Sunday insisted that Democrats do not have a “constitutional basis” to embarrass Donald Trump by conducting an impeachment inquiry.
Conway made the remarks while speaking to Fox News Sunday guest host Bill Hemmer.
“Complete nonsense,” she said when asked about the impeachment proceedings. “They need to get a messaging meeting and they need to read the constitution of the Democratic Party.” It is unclear if Conway is aware that there is no constitution for solely for the Democratic Party.
“Americans, the Congress, they work for you,” Conway continued, talking over the Fox host. “And they’re wasting your money and your time trying to impeach a president where there are no high crimes and misdemeanors.”
She added: “Stop the nonsense of harassing and embarrassing this president and the people around him when you have no constitutional or legal basis to do so.”
Democrats have argued that they have a constitutional duty to conduct an impeachment inquiry, which is backed up by the Constitution for the entire United States (and confirmed by Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers #65) that impeachment is the remedy if the public trust has been abused.Read more
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat from the 15th District, had previously endorsed Julián Castro for the Democratic primary for president back in March. Well, that has changed. He is now rescinding his support and publicly backing Joe Biden.
But, it has nothing to do with Castro’s nasty attack on Biden from the third Democratic debate, held earlier this week.
Gonzalez made the announcement about his change of heart regarding who to support for the 2020 election on CNN this morning, telling Jake Tapper:
The Castro campaign responded to Gonzalez’s announcement with the following curt statement:
Will Castro continue to lose support and bow out gracefully? His attack on Biden didn’t earn him any favors.
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