There Is Nothing Complicated About Equality

— Alice Paul (1885-1977)

While trying to absorb all that is happening in the immediate, and how it came to be starting in November 2016, I cannot help but cheer on technology.  The invasive cameras are providing a lot of accountability which has not been provided before.  Even during these last couple of days dirty cops are being exposed.  From the top officers to the rookies, cops doing bad things now have no way to say “who do you trust, me or the criminal with the head beaten in for resisting arrest?”  Video from many cameras is forcing action in spite of the vocal denials of some.

That cops have done damage to many people of color and LGBTQ people and poor people has been the normal.  When you are afraid of police you avoid police.  You do not help them, you will do anything you can to not have to deal with them.  The cold-blooded murder of a young black man filmed by many cameras came after other young black men were killed by dirty cops, the deaths viewed by millions of people who never had seen death before. 

I read a little thing a day or so ago.  It went something like “if it is so hard to get an arrest in an obvious murder with many videos think how hard it is on a dark night on a back road”.

The combined effects of unemployment and a president and Senate majority leader refusing to help people of color and LGBTQ people and poor people AND middle-class people made for a tornado.  People who had never faced hunger now do.  They look and can see the actions of dirty cops, white supremacists in the Congress and White House and dismissal by republicans.  America was built on protest.  And now we are seeing it happen. 

For some of us this is another in a long history.  I saw Detroit burning, I was in the middle of the riot there.  Others saw Los Angeles, D.C., Chicago and other cities burning too. But this is different.  From the Women’s March in January 2017, to June 2020 this protests have become more diverse.  People from all places are saying I am tired of being pushed around. I am not afraid to say things have to change.

Please remember this month, June, is Pride month for LGBTQ people. The people of color who are LGBTQ are always hurt more.

This pandemic has equalized a lot of pain.

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Author: Blue Bronc

Born in Detroit when Truman was president, survived the rest of them. Early on I learned that FDR was the greatest president, which has withstood all attempts to change that image. Democratic Party, flaming liberal, Progressive, equality for all and a believer in we are all human and deserve respect and understanding. College educated, a couple of degrees, a lot of world experience and tons of fun. US Air Force (pre-MRE days). Oil and gas fields, computer rooms and stuff beyond anything I can talk about. It has been quite a life so far. The future is making my retirement boat my home. Dogs, cats and other critters fill my life with happiness. Work pays the bills.

81 thoughts on “There Is Nothing Complicated About Equality”

  1. bbronc, and add in Juneteenth

     

    jack, the pictures of antifas trying to blend in with the protesters, also the anarchists and the DEfunders made this comment by rep. James Clyburn particularly relevant

    NBCnews:

    Lee: For young activists and organizers who are braving COVID-19, they’re coming out into the streets because they believe that George Floyd but other black folks in this country need justice, how would you advise them to move in this moment when you have all of these other forces? How would you guide them through this moment?
    Clyburn: When I met my wife in jail, I was protesting. So I know what it is to protest. But I also know, and John Lewis and I have talked about it a whole lot, that the student movement that we started together, SNCC, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, both of us were founders, founding members of that.
    I also know that they got hijacked. It got taken away from us. It got infiltrated. And that’s what’s happening with these protestors. These protestors are being hijacked by people who’ve got no interest in seeing a resolution to these issues. And we have got to be careful about that.
    Yes, protest, peaceably. But don’t put it into their hands. And that’s what Trump is trying to get them to do. One thing I learned playing sports. I played baseball, football growing up. And I learned if your opponent gets you to play his or her game on his or her court, they win. Violence is not our game. That’s Trump’s game. Insults, that’s Trump’s game. That’s not our game. Let’s don’t play that game.

  2. Patd – Juneteenth is a very important date.  This year it will be attacked by SFB and his cult members with a political rally in the city which ninety-nine years ago held a massacre of Black people. 

  3. Yes, there will be two camps of people in the city on Juneteenth. There will be those that are there to honor the dead, and on the other hand there will be those there to commemorate the killing. I think we know which camp SFB and his minions will be here. and it ain’t the camp who will be honoring the dead.

  4. from wapo reporting the joe trevor show above:

    Joe Biden on Wednesday night had a blunt warning about President Trump and the lengths he would go to limit access to ballots in November, sharply escalating his rhetoric about his Republican rival five months before voters head to the polls.
    “This president is going to try to steal this election,” Biden said in an interview on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said of ensuring that the voting process is fair: “It’s my greatest concern. My single greatest concern.”

  5. If a state still has polling places, one of the best things they could do is train local guardsmen to man/woman the polls and act as poll watchers.  Make sure there are enough bodies to handle the process.  We do that for other third world countries. The least we can do is provide the same security for our own elections.  

  6. the hill:

    A group of activists tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus, the explorer widely credited with discovering North America for European powers, on Minnesota’s state Capitol grounds Wednesday afternoon.
    Video obtained by Fox 9 shows a group of activists posing next to the statue as it lays on the ground. Protesters apparently tied a rope to the monument and pulled it down. The news station reported that activists had threatened to do so earlier in the day.
    […]
    Statues of Columbus, who is also known for his role in enslaving indigenous people in the Caribbean, have been targeted around the country by protesters along with monuments to Confederate generals and figures as protests rock cities around the country in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.

  7. question for the trail:

    what should replace all the statues now being taken down?    trees? fountains?  more statues – and if so who?

  8. BB – Great post! 
    Tulsa was picked especially because tRUMPublicans want a flash-point for violence…and because he knows everyone will then watch to see what happens.    I won’t listen to a word out of his lying pie-hole and I won’t watch the rally.   There will be media there, and, there will be citizen journalists with cellphones.     America is better than you, your evil minions, your devil spawn and your propper-uppers, SFB.     If he barricades himself in the WH, if the baby gate he had installed is just the first fortification of his eventual refusal to leave, can we just cut the power and water, and, tell GrubHub not to make any deliveries to 1600 PA Ave?    I’m sure he’s too stupid to realize that the power of the office does not actually reside in a physical office.   Let him stay in the swamp where scum belongs. 

  9. BiD – Over time I have seen development replace monuments, some were war remembrances, such as WWII Sherman tanks.  Pulled out and replaced with trees or a playground.  Others became part of a subdivision or redevelopment.  Replacing the symbols of treasonous military leaders with anything else is good.  I read an article stating that we need to look at the Soviet Union and how they handled the old statues.  Basically take them to a hole, put them in the hole and let the public view them as long ago things no longer in power.

  10. BiD & ms BB, yes a tree (or several trees) would be the best replacement.  provider of oxygen as well as beauty

  11.  

    the hill om above:

    The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump GOP super PAC, released an ad on Wednesday targeting incumbent Republican Sen. Joni Ernst‘s (Iowa) record in Congress. 
    The 30-second ad, titled “Crickets,” plays footage from an ad Ernst released during her first 2014 Senate run in which she describes her experience working on a farm in Iowa and castrating hogs. 
    “Washington is full of big spenders. Let’s make them squeal,” Ernst says. 
    The clip then shows a farm with crickets chirping in the background and the caption “It’s been six years, Joni. And all we hear are crickets.” 

  12. Now for a bit of light verse:
    (Poem of the Week)

    BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

    Lo! ’t is a gala night 
       Within the lonesome latter years!   
    An angel throng, bewinged, bedight 
       In veils, and drowned in tears,   
    Sit in a theatre, to see 
       A play of hopes and fears, 
    While the orchestra breathes fitfully   
       The music of the spheres. 
     
    Mimes, in the form of God on high,   
       Mutter and mumble low, 
    And hither and thither fly— 
       Mere puppets they, who come and go   
    At bidding of vast formless things 
       That shift the scenery to and fro, 
    Flapping from out their Condor wings 
       Invisible Wo! 
     
    That motley drama—oh, be sure   
       It shall not be forgot! 
    With its Phantom chased for evermore   
       By a crowd that seize it not, 
    Through a circle that ever returneth in   
       To the self-same spot, 
    And much of Madness, and more of Sin,   
       And Horror the soul of the plot. 
     
    But see, amid the mimic rout, 
       A crawling shape intrude! 
    A blood-red thing that writhes from out   
       The scenic solitude! 
    It writhes!—it writhes!—with mortal pangs   
    The mimes become its food, 
    And seraphs sob at vermin fangs 
       In human gore imbued. 
     
    Out—out are the lights—out all!   
       And, over each quivering form, 
    The curtain, a funeral pall, 
       Comes down with the rush of a storm,   
    While the angels, all pallid and wan,   
       Uprising, unveiling, affirm 
    That the play is the tragedy, “Man,”   
       And its hero, the Conqueror Worm.

  13. General Millie Vanillie tried to save face
    not so much although SFB will not be happy
    Great post  BB!

  14. I imagine Milley will pre-emptively resign

    “Imagine,” because really that’s all you can do with those people.

  15.  the hill:

    The Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would require the Pentagon to rename bases and other assets that are named after Confederate military leaders, a source confirmed to The Hill.
    The amendment, offered by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), was approved by voice vote Wednesday during the committee’s closed-door markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the source familiar with the situation said. The amendment would give the Pentagon three years to remove the Confederate names.
    […]
    Sen.Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, called the administration’s veto threat “despicable.” 
    “It would be shameful enough for the current occupant of the Oval Office to refuse to even consider having the U.S. military stop honoring traitors who took up arms against America to defend their ability to own, sell and kill Black Americans,” Duckworth said in a statement. “But for the Trump White House to threaten vetoing a pay raise for our troops over this is downright despicable.”

  16. From NYT today.

    Inciting a riot. Hurling a Molotov cocktail. Plotting to sow destruction. Those are some of the most serious charges brought by federal prosecutors against demonstrators at protests across the country in recent weeks.

    But despite cries from President Trump and others in his administration, none of those charged with serious federal crimes amid the unrest have been linked so far to the loose collective of anti-fascist activists known as Antifa.

    A review of the arrests of dozens of people on federal charges reveals no known effort by Antifa to perpetrate a coordinated campaign of violence. Some criminal complaints described vague, anti-government political leanings among suspects, but the majority of the violent acts that have taken place at protests have been attributed by federal prosecutors to individuals with no affiliation to any particular group.

    Even so, Attorney General William P. Barr has blamed Antifa for orchestrating the mass protests, which broke out in cities and towns across the country following the death in police custody of George Floyd. “There is clearly some high degree of organization involved at some of these events and coordinated tactics that we are seeing,” Mr. Barr said. “Some of it relates to Antifa, some of it relates to groups that act very much like Antifa.”

    Blubbery blathering (blithering?) idiot.

  17. You have evolved from worm to man, but much within you is still worm. Once you were apes, yet even now man is more of an ape than any of the apes.
    —Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  18. The orange bucket of lard is coming to DFW.  I feel dirty.  He’s going to a round table in Southlake near DFW airport at Gateway Church, egachurch with over 36,000 members. Head guy is Robert Morris .  Then lardo goes to Straight Lane road  in Preston Hollow, billionaire’s row where Perot lived for a fund raiser.  Trump is traveling to Dallas to raise more than $10 million for his campaign and the Republican Party, according to a GOP official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plan.  Cost to attendees = $500,00.0.
     
    Wasn’t lardo bragging that he’s funding his campaigns HIMSELF????  LOLOL 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  19. Good read, BB. Guess we’re not supposed to say these things out loud but think plenty of black people would agree their community is about as homophobic as it gets. They could work on that.

  20. TT – I think W has a place in Preston Hollow, too.   He’ll probably make sure he’s out of town, so as to not give any support to tRump by way of proximity.  Who would pay to break bread with that cretinous jerk?  Who could even eat? 

  21. Tiptoe.  Excellent and so true
     
    important to remember the surge in virus cases is due to Memorial Day stupidity not the demonstrators.  Opening to soon!

  22. Oh those protests are infection zones for sure, especially when cops arrest and detain protesters in cramped conditions.

    …and we didn’t open too soon, we locked-down too early because little baby-brained Americans can’t handle entertaining themselves.

    We have to figure out a way to function safely in society with Covid-19 present, but it’s impossible when more than half the population is science-denying idiots (and selfish adults with juvenile emotional development).

  23. Craig…   I’ve been told by gays that black men are as homophobic as any skin head.  It kinda shocked me.   So yeah…  I guess we all have areas to work on.
     
    Rick and I are still taking the virus seriously.  A few days ago I ran across one of the friends that we went to breakfast with every Sunday.  This coming Monday, that restaurant is opening up for sit down dining indoors (at 50% capacity).  We both said there’s no way we were going back there until this thing is over. And yes… we stood at least 6 ft. apart and both had masks on.

  24. lol a bunch of dumb Republicans i know started playing with stocks very recently because they thought the rally meant Covid-19 was over.  hahahahaha

  25. Yeah…  I know these are serious times and all that stuff.  Rick sent this to me and I just watched it.  Laughed so hard I almost pissed my pants.  I LOVE Aunt Chippy!
     

  26. So Dr Debbie has forgotten about Memorial Day.   She is a total Trumper and it is not a good look

  27. 75-year-old Buffalo protester Martin Gugino has suffered a brain injury as a result of the police incident.

    His lawyer said Gugino “is starting physical therapy.”

    “As heartbreaking as it is, his brain is injured and he is well aware of that now.” https://t.co/cxgPjUGGjA

  28. A warning is now included when you sign up for Trump rally tickets: “By attending the Rally, you & any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 & agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of affiliates…” https://t.co/qvbS0UYDQC

  29. Ok, so, almost every one of my slogan submissions was better than “transition to greatness”🤮

    Did you NOT forward our slogan submissions to the trump campaign, CC?!

  30. Guarantee if bunker boy loses the election he immediately resigns and doesn’t finish his term

  31. June teenth is not the date of the end of slavery.  It is the celebration of the end of slavery for people in Texas one year after they should have been freed

  32. Oklahoma has always been pretty snake bitten when it comes to tornadoes.  If  an F5 veers down on BOK on Juneteenth, it would do the world a great favor.  

  33. Trump confidantes push him to drop re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale

    “On Monday, Vanity Fair published a story that claimed Trump, furious about polling that indicated he may be facing a landslide loss in November, was considering putting other people in charge of his re-election bid.

    Aides and advisers have complained about Parscale’s leadership for some time, with one insider describing him as a bad listener, while his lavish lifestyle irritates many in Trump’s orbit, including the president himself, multiple sources said.”

  34. Pam is not typically crude in her vocabulary. The other night while watching Chopped on Food Network, I was lightly dozing when suddenly I was jolted wide awake by a steady and alarming streak of profanity and invective. I was disoriented for a moment. The sound had been muted on the TV and when I finally focused on it, Chopped was back on and Ted was telling the chefs they were down to 5 minutes for the entree round. The cat had disappeared.
    I ask, what was that for?
    She doesn’t reply, but breathes deeply and slowly with her eyes closed.
    I wait.
    I wait.
    I say, Babe?
    She says – HOW IN THE HELL DO WE GET THAT MOTHER FUCKER OFF OUR TV??? THESE ADS SHOULDN’T JUST POP UP OUT OF NOWHERE AND CATCH US OFF GUARD LIKE THAT!!! ESPECIALLY WHEN ALL IT’S GOING TO BE IS 30 SECONDS OF MORE LIES!!! WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO BLOCK THAT XXXX %$%$&*)*( XXXX!!!
    Oh, says I.
    Evidently, occupant campaign ads have come to the airwaves of Arizona. And Pam is not amused. 
    She did eventually calm down. We now have a plan regarding said campaign ads. One of the other of us will always be in charge of the remote during commercial time, with our finger on the mute button.
    Princess Leia has recovered from her fright.

  35. Strange. FOX not revealing when full interview with Trump today will air, had promoted it to be shown in full at 6pm. Instead played a short clip and had interviewer summarize what he said. Something weird is going on. My hunch is he went nuts and they’re protecting him from himself. Or maybe he attacked FOX. 

  36. Mr (T) C, Please pass my sympathy to the Missus.
    Spring and the song of ye snapping turtle doth blare through land. It maketh me want to vomit.
     
    I can’t blame her for cussing. Sweetie shocked the smug out of me a few nights back. When the anticripes suddenly appeared on the toob and began to pontificate, my better third said a really nasty word, one that she hates. If Sweetie cusses, anyone will cuss.

  37. It’s pretty cool that the traditional sexual-based slang is considered less offensive and more socially acceptable than epithets of marginalization, if you ask me.  That’s progress!

  38. The Dick Cavett Show was so good.  A panel where they don’t talk over each other and they don’t speak in sound bites.  Tonight they’re airing a show on ageism.  

  39. BiD,  SFB’s EO re the ICC isn’t worth the paper it’s scrawled upon.  IOW it’s BULLSHIT.Stupid fuck should be banned from Twitter, all social media platforms, mainstream print media and mainstream news. Let him go to Faux and to the RW print and broadcast media where his gullible lemmings absorb moronic horseshit. Keep him the fuck off the actual reputable news sources.

  40. Happy to report that the basket of deplorables at the orange bucket of lard’s round table at Gateway Church today in DFW did NOT wear face masks and were seen shaking hands.  Thinning the herd!  Killing off his MAGA’s!!!  I like it! 

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