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Julia Minton and will be hosting Monday Morning Magazine on KMUD tomorrow morning. This is what we have going.

7:00 to 7:30 – Julia and I will discuss the news of the day.

7:30 – Eureka City Councilwoman Kim Bergel will discuss the recently passed Human Rights Statement

7:45 – Supervisor Estelle Fennell will report on County business

8:00 – Eureka NAACP Chair Liz Smith will discuss the organization’s Black History Month events

8:15 – Sean McGlaughlin of Access Humboldt will discuss the current state of the open internet and access thereto.

8:30 – Jennifer Bravo of Centro del Pueblo will discuss ICE activity nationally and locally and resistance thereto.

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This is just fucking insane!

We’re in trouble.

Meanwhile, neo-Nazis are blaming “the Jews” for the Flynn resignation.

No, the whistle blowing about the thing is not the “real story.”  The real story is the thing itself.

Julia Minton and Bob Froehlic will join me on All Things Reconsidered to discuss critical thinking in film. This discussion will focus on movies which present two or more sides to a conflict or disagreement in such a way that the film attempts to present each side with equal favor, disfavor, or both. The kind of film which lets you make up your own mind, or just leaves you thinking. Please call in to discuss our titles and your own. 7:00 on Thursday evening.

Among the films we’re going to discuss are Dead Man Walking, The Caine Mutiny, Judgment at Nuremberg, Utu, Citizen Ruth, and others.KMUD

Flynn resigns with a letter “apologizing” for lying to the President and Vice-President, the implication being that Trump knew nothing about it. That Flynn just went and had this conversation, about the sanctions, on his own initiative – just in case, you know, he might someday be in a position to do something about them. Trump knew nothing. Poor Trump.

Does anybody besides JW seriously believe that? Does anybody but the most google-eyed of Trump supporters really believe anything they’re saying now?

I’m not talking about a few weeks ago before the inauguration. That’s bad enough, but they can’t deny that. What the Hell does Russia have on Trump?

I mean seriously!

At what point does the media admit that the White House is in crisis?

That’s how you spell it.  The Department of Education got it wrong.  Then misspelled the apology. That’s one of the hazards of social media. But the real issue is the whitewash.

Much like Frederick Douglas, I suspect they didn’t vet Du Bois before praising him.  Did they know he was a Communist?

Being the red diaper baby I was, I’ve known about him all my life.  But the concept was driven home in high school when I was assigned to write a paper about black poets.  Even before Hughes, Baraka, Giovanni, and Baldwin, I was introduced to Dudley Randal, who started a black poetry press in Detroit in the early 60s, before the Black Power Movement came to life.  He wrote this poem.

Booker T. and W.E.B.

DUDLEY RANDALL
“It seems to me,” said Booker T.,
“It shows a mighty lot of cheek
To study chemistry and Greek
<When Mister Charlie needs a hand
To hoe the cotton on his land,
And when Miss Ann looks for a cook,
Why stick your nose inside a book?”

“I don’t agree,” said W.E.B.,
“If I should have the drive to seek
Knowledge of chemistry or Greek,
I’ll do it. Charles and Miss can look
Another place for hand or cook.
Some men rejoice in skill of hand,
And some in cultivating land,
But there are others who maintain
The right to cultivate the brain.”

“It seems to me,” said Booker T.,
“That all you folks have missed the boat
Who shout about the right to vote,
And spend vain days and sleepless nights
In uproar over civil rights.
Just keep your mouths shut, do not grouse,
But work, and save, and buy a house.”

“I don’t agree,” said W.E.B.,
“For what can property avail
If dignity and justice fail.
Unless you help to make the laws,
They’ll steal your house with trumped-up clause.
A rope’s as tight, a fire as hot,
No matter how much cash you’ve got.
Speak soft, and try your little plan,
But as for me, I’ll be a man.”

“It seems to me,” said Booker T.—
“I don’t agree,”
Said W.E.B.

I had never heard his voice – had no idea what he sounded like, until I found the following audio.

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It’s about Trump, or at least about the forces he’s brought into the open.  She is the lone dissenter.

It has little if any practical impact – really just a statement of values.  But it’s essential.  Here is the Human Rights Statement passed 4-1.  Apparently Mayor Frank Jager is refusing to sign it, which is irrelevant as a practical matter.  He’s not talking about it.

It does appear that Councilwoman Heidi Messner isn’t the conservative pol some expected her to be.  At least not on these issues.

RESOLUTION NO. 2017 – RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF HUMAN RIGHTS, INCLUSIVENESS, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

WHEREAS, in light of the current climate in our country and the negativity and hate that is being fostered;

and WHEREAS, Eureka will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who bring such richness to our city. We will continue to build bridges, not walls;

and WHEREAS, we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted. And just as important, we will ensure our young girls grow up with role models who show them they can be or do anything;

and WHEREAS, that there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in Eureka. And to all the LGBTQ people in our city and all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone: You matter. You are seen; you are loved,

WHEREAS, that we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom. We do not ban people for their faith. And the only lists we keep are on invitations to come pray together;

and WHEREAS, the Eureka Police Department is committed to building trust between police and communities of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods;

and WHEREAS, our residents are committed to environmental sustainability, and that climate change is real, and that clean power, zero waste, and other measures to protect future generations are a priority;

and WHEREAS, affordable, universal healthcare should be a continuing priority for the State of California and the United States.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Eureka, condemns all hate crimes and hate speech we will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms. We place the highest value on human rights. Further Resolved, that this resolution be forwarded to Senators Feinstein, Harris, and Representative Huffman to demonstrate our City’s commitment to fairness and inclusion.

I haven’t had the opportunity to watch it yet.  McConnell’s silencing of Warren for quoting Coretta Scott King kind of took all the attention.  But we need more debates like this, there were some pretty interesting moments in the clips I’ve seen.

Who won?  Probably depends on your political perspective.  Obviously the clips I’ve seen are the moments lefties enjoyed.  I’m sure Cruz fans (all five of them) have their moments too.

Watch it here.

Politico reports.

According to Politico, insiders told them that President Trump is upset that Sean Spicer was played on SNL by a woman, and accordingly makes Spicer look “weak.”

WTF? Now maybe it’s because the source is confidential, but why isn’t there more commentary on this?

Has a woman yet portrayed Trump himself? Paging Lilly Tomlin!

I want to see an army of female Trumps!

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