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Tim Kaine

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Tim Kaine (1958- ), a Democratic senator of Virginia, is Hillary Clinton’s choice for vice president in the 2016 election for US president.

Timeline:

  • 1983: law degree from Harvard
  • 1984: moves to Richmond, Virginia, fights for fair housing in court, later winning one of the biggest redlining cases ever, against Nationwide Insurance.
  • 1995-1998: on the city council
  • 1998-2002: mayor, fights for gun control
  • 2002-2006: lieutenant governor of Virginia
  • 2006-2010: governor of Virginia
  • 2009-2011: chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)
  • 2013– : senator of Virginia

In the Senate he serves on the Armed Services and the Foreign Relations Committees, which gives him some foreign policy experience.

Kaine is married to a daughter of one of his heroes, A. Linwood Holton, Jr, who was the Republican governor of Virginia from 1970 to 1974. Holton pushed through the state’s first fair housing law.

Kaine has two sons and a daughter. He was born in Minnesota, but grew up in suburban Kansas City, Missouri.

He has been something of a non-entity on the national stage: Until last week all I knew about him is that he was governor of Virginia during the VA Tech shooting. And I might not have even remembered that if his name did not sound like that of Tom Kean, who was governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990. (Trump has already mixed up the two. Their names both sound like “Cane”.)

Language: In addtion to English, he speaks Spanish: during his studies, he spent a year in Honduras teaching carpentry and welding at a Jesuit mission. He is the first senator to ever give a speech in Spanish on the Senate floor.

Religion: Kaine, an Irish American Catholic, went to a Jesuit high school. Like Pope Francis, his view of Christianity comes with a Jesuit cast, being strong on social justice. He says his faith comes first. As governor he tried to limit abortions, but as senator Planned Parenthood has given him perfect marks! He says he opposes capital punishment, yet as governor oversaw 11 executions!

Positions:

  • For: abortion (since 2013), capital punishment, same-sex marriage, gun control, banning smoking, looser rules on banks, free trade, early education, fair housing, no-fly zone in Syria.
  • Against: TPP trade deal (since 2016), the religious right, tax cuts for the rich, umlimited war against ISIS.

He was an early Obama supporter (February 2007) and, in this election cycle, an even earlier Hillary Clinton supporter (May 2014). In 2008 he was on Obama’s short list of possible vice presidents. Joe Biden, another Irish American Catholic who votes in favour of abortion, beat him out: Biden had more foreign policy experience. Obama made Kaine head of the DNC instead.

When Kaine ran for Senate in 2012, more Virginians voted for him than for Obama.

Virginia is a swing state, but it is no where nearly as important as, say, Ohio or Florida. In Kaine’s favour: he is not up for re-election this year. Democrats need every seat in the Senate they can get.

Some say the election will be won or lost on the Angry White Man vote. He is two of those.

– Abagond, 2016.

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A work in progress:

Last week Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa rhetorically asked MSNBC:

“This whole ‘white people’ business, though, does get a little tired, Charlie. I mean, I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about. Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

That was on July 18th 2016, not 1916.

A few contributions made those Other Categories of People (those not of known pure European blood), here listed by continent and their diasporas:

  • Africa: at least 12 million slaves, the White House, human universals (clothing, fire, music, dance, art, language, jokes, morals, hairstyles, etc), paint, hammer, plough, irrigation, dam, calendar, taxes, geometry, plaster, toothpaste, make-up, shirt, bowling, rivet, wire, plywood, bed, table, chair, glass, pen, paper, ink, books, rings, mechanical lock, fired bricks, saw, ramp, lever, scissors, sundial, steel, rudder, alphabetical order, metal springs, Euclidean geometry, punctuation, Arabic numerals, algebra, postal service, cotton, orange, lemon, peach, watermelon, apricot, fig, sugar cane, dates, ginger, pomegranate, saffron, rice, vinegar, mustard, cinnamon, meatballs, chess, coffee, velvet, guitar, banjo, bananas, potato chip, cheaper shoes, usable (carbon-filament) light bulbs, blood bank, gas mask, jazz, blues, rock and roll, hip hop, Kentucky Fried Chicken, but not peanut butter.
  • Asia: at least 40 million coolies, Transcontinental Railroad, Asian brain drain, civilization itself, bricks, towns, cities, streets, writing, the Bible, Christianity, churches, cats, clocks (mechanical), alphabet, pots, zero, metal, iron, bronze, farming, wheat, bread, barley, pigs, donkeys, cows, sheep, wool, goats, milk, cheese, butter, chickens, fish hooks, cherries, wine, tea, kettle, pepper, printing, movable type, gunpowder, compass, rowboat, wheelbarrow, cart, bell, helmet, soap, arched bridge, canal, canal lock, welding, bellows, flush toilet, world map, library, hour, minute, second, week, coins, tunnel, sword, kite, pulley, winch, crossbow, distilled alcohol, blast furnace, stirrup, saddle, mouldboard plough, glass blowing, playing cards, dominoes, dice, horse collar, spinning wheel, pinwheel, rocket, lens, weaving machines, cannon, fireworks, crankshaft, land mine, bomb, gun (musket), silk, porcelain, nail polish, umbrella, bamboo, noodles, rice cooker, soybeans, acupuncture, tofu, stir frying, General Tso’s chicken, ketchup, coconuts, shampoo, pyjamas, electronic cigarette, haiku (but not sudoku), karaoke, martial arts, anime, restaurant menus, civil service exams, pinky promises, sushi, emojis, Yahoo, two-thirds of YouTube, Nintendo, swastika.
  • Americas: North America, South America, its gold, silver, copper, coal and oil, tens of millions of forced labourers, maize, squash, beans, cassava, tomato, potato, sweet potato, US ideas of constitutional government, log cabin, maple syrup, canoe, rubber, rubber ball, barbecues, tobacco, cigar, hammock, most likely syphilis, pumpkin, avocado, pineapple, chili, chocolate, vanilla, cashew, peanut, peanut butter, chewing gum, popcorn, allspice, cranberry, strawberry, pecan, guava, papaya, zucchini, unbreakable secret codes during the Second World War, turkey, jerky, hockey, lacrosse, parka, quinine, tortilla.
  • Australia/Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, tattoo, surfboard, booomerang.

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And that is just according to Eurocentric sources!

Note that some contributions are listed by the earliest known case, some by where White people got them from, depending how my sources framed it.

– Abagond, 2016.

Sources: “1001 Inventions That Changed the World” (2009) by Jack Challoner; “Mirrors” (2009) by Eduardo Galeano; “Guns, Germs and Steel” (2005) by Jared Diamond; “The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History” (2003) by J.R. McNeill and William H. McNeill; Vox (2016); Wikipedia (2016); Etymology Online (2016); How Stuff WorksAncient Egypt Online; “The Ancient Engineers” (1963) by L. Sprague de Camp.

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David Duke

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David Duke (1950- ), a White nationalist and former head of the Ku Klux Klan, is now, in 2016, running for senator of Louisiana:

“I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues that I’ve championed for years. My slogan remains America first.”

“We must stop the massive immigration and ethnic cleansing of people whose forefathers created America.”

“Thousands of special-interest groups stand up for African Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, etc, etc. The fact is that European Americans need at least one man in the United States Senate – one man in the Congress – who will defend their rights and heritage.”

He calls Black Lives Matter a “terrorist organization”.

Trump, unlike most Republican office holders, has been slow to condemn him as a racist.

In 2000, Duke supported Pat Buchanan for president. In 2016, he supports Donald Trump. It is not David Duke who has changed, it is the Republican Party.

His friend Don Black runs Stormfront.

From 1989 to 1993, Duke represented a suburb of New Orleans in the Louisiana House of Representatives. In 1991, when he ran for governor, he won 55% of the White vote. Black voters stopped him from becoming governor.

In 2002 he was found guilty of mail fraud and tax evasion, spending a year in prison.

jewish-supremacismHis book “Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening on the Jewish Question” (2004) has been translated into nine languages and does well in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In 1998 he said:

“In modern America, Jews lead the effort to de-Christianize America. … Jewish power is ubiquitous. … It is not a conspiracy. It is simply two nations – Jew and Gentile – in a state of ethnic war.”

From 2009 to 2013, he had been banned or kicked out of Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, but not Austria, mainly for his neo-Nazi views, in particular his Holocaust denial. Italy said he was “socially dangerous”.

He grew up in Louisiana in the dying days of Jim Crow. At age 14 he joined the segregationist Citizen Councils of America (CCA). He read “Race and Reason: A Yankee View” (1961) by Carlton Putnam, which “began my intellectual odyssey”. At school he was a bookish loner called Puke Duke, who read everything he could about Nazis.

At Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he studied history, he dressed in a Nazi uniform, passing out hate literature. At Free Speech Alley, while others spoke out in favour of civil rights or against the Vietnam War, he gave daily speeches against racial integration and Jews.

In 1971 he took time off from university to visit his father, who was working in Laos for the US State Department.

From 1974 to 1978 he was Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1978 he wrote the Klan code, which seems to have been his own code ever since:

“Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests.”

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– Abagond, 2016.

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copspeak

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Copspeak (by 1971) is that strange way police spokesmen in the US have of speaking, repeated by the paid parrots of the press. It sounds objective and neutral, but it is anything but:

altercation – this sounds like a physical fight but it could just be an argument or shouting or, in the case of Walter Scott, nothing at all.

broken tail light – driving while Black, like Philando Castile or Assata Shakur. (Note that where I say “Black”, much the same likely applies to Latino and Native Americans too.)

discharged his weapon – the officer shot his gun. Used to distance police from their actions. For example, when police shot Jamar Clark, Minnesota Public Radio News reported it as “an officer discharged his weapon, striking the individual.” Like it was an accident or something.

feared for his safety – Black men are frightening, even when unarmed, like Michael Brown.

fit the description – all Black people look alike.

grand jury – the “jury” part makes it seem like it is fair and above board, but, unlike the trial juries you see on television, grand juries meet in secret and pretty much just hear the police side of the story unchallenged.

investigation – a cover-up if the police are investigating themselves.

juvenile / person of interest / suspect – because these words mainly appear in crime stories, they have the effect of criminalizing anyone the police apply them to, even those who are not, in fact, breaking the law. For example, students waiting for buses became “a group of juveniles in the area of Mondawmin Mall”, which helped to cause the Baltimore riot almost as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Or: when the police killed Freddie Gray, he was the “suspect”, not the police, even though he had not broken the law.

Let the process work – see investigation and grand jury. 

officer-involved shooting – a police shooting. Notice that there are never any “civilian-involved shootings”. That is because civilians “shoot” and “kill”, while police officers are only “involved” in a shooting.

paid administrative leave – paid vacation.

person of interest – see juvenile.

source said – the police said. Used to make the police account seem like an objective, third-party account.

suspect – see juvenile.

use of passive voice – this allows the press to leave the police out of headlines. For example, when the police killed Michael Brown, one of the first headlines said: “Teenager Shot. Killed in Ferguson Apartment Complex.” A killing with no killer. See discharged his weapon.

Other words and phrases that show that the press is mindlessly repeating the police:

  • declined to,
  • exited,
  • extracted,
  • fled the scene,
  • fled at a high rate of speed,
  • fled on foot,
  • handed up/down,
  • identities,
  • informed,
  • involved in,
  • locate,
  • stationed,
  • sustained (injuries),
  • tag (for licence plate),
  • transported.

Note that even with all of this slanted language, the police still straight-up lie and plant evidence, as shown in the Walter Scott case. In most cases the press repeats the police story without challenge.

Thanks to Afrofem for her help with this post. All mistakes are mine. 

– Abagond, 2016.

Sources: FAIR (2016), Pacific Standard (2015), Common Sense Journalism (2006).

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Remarks:

The song that is currently ringing in my head. His best song, in my opinion, since “Fistful of Tears” (2009). This went to #50 on the US R&B charts in 2016.

The video was shot in the Dominican Republic and his mother’s native Haiti. I did not even know about the first two minutes of the video till I looked it up on YouTube.

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Lyrics:

In the light of the sun
I was dazed, I was burned, I was lost
Deep in the storm of a grave
Had a bed as a coffin
You were only the one that made me fulfilled
Only the thing that made me reveal
My destiny was before us, beach of a forest
Anything ain’t nothing, it’s justIt’s just you, just us
Nobody but love
On trust, on us, nobody now
Can we swim a lake by the ocean
We’ll be one like drops in slow motion
Lake by the ocean

Oh tell me the way that is
Waves like it is the drops of colors
Why do I live inside of you baby
Want to be every part of you
It’s just, it’s just right, it’s just left
We can be strong, we can wave, we can live oh so long
Live in a flame where we’ll never burn
No one could ever, ever return
You are reason I’m on ya, reason I love ya
You’re the thing I need cause it’s just

It’s just you, just us
Nobody but love
On trust, on us, nobody now
Can we swim a lake by the ocean
We’ll be one like drops in slow motion
Lake by the ocean

All I see is just
Everything is lust
Lake by the ocean
Sweet like the motion
Love is the medicine
I can heal us
All I see is love
All I want
Is love

It’s just you, us, body, love
Trust, us
(Lake by the ocean)
Can we swim a lake by the ocean
(Lake by the, by the ocean)
Drops slow motion
Lake by the ocean

hillary_clinton_for_president_2016_girl_poster-r667dab0649f44170828c21da8c4ba675_wvw_8byvr_324I hate Hillary Clinton. I voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. But Trump must be stopped.

When I saw Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention this week, all doubt vanished.

If it were Hillary Clinton and, say, Jeb Bush, I would have likely voted for the Green Party. The difference between her and most Republicans seems more style than substance. Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum. But Trump is something different, darker. It is Tweedle-dee and Hitler.

The Constitution limits the damage a single president can do, but Trump seems to have slight regard for the Constitution. For that reason alone, he must be stopped.

I saw how Trump said “law and order” and “safety” and “we cannot afford to be so politically correct” and other racist dog whistles. I saw how the White people roared and chanted. I felt like I was watching a Nazi rally.

Over and over again, the threats to the nation took the form of darker-skinned people: China, ISIS, Syrian refugees, Mexican immigrants, Black Lives Matter protesters. Yet he said not a word about global warming.

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When he turned to show his face in profile, like a Roman emperor on a coin, holding that pose as the crowd roared, somehow I felt I had slipped into an alternate universe where the US was being taken over by a dictator.

I will vote against Trump even if it is the last thing I do, if only for the sake of my children, grandchildren, etc.

This man must not just be defeated, he must be defeated BADLY. Humiliated. Both he and every Republican running. So that he does not try again. So that no one like him tries again. Every vote counts. Every single one. Even if you live in the bluest of blue states. Even if the polls say it will be a landslide. This is no ordinary election. He must be defeated as badly as possible – or win as narrowly as possible with the fewest number of Republican Congressmen. Every vote counts.

If you live in Pennsylvania, Ohio or Florida, your vote is extremely important: they are the largest swing states, the ones most likely to make or break Trump.

This man has no experience running anything bigger than a family business. He has never held elected office or any position of public trust. Never.

He would not even go to Vietnam to fight for his country. Not because he took a principled stand against the war, which I would respect, but because, apparently, he thought it was for other men to die far from home for his country.

He has no respect.

He has no respect for the US Constitution.

He has no respect for facts.

He has no respect for a free press.

He has no respect for Latinos.

He has no respect for Muslims.

He has no respect for Black lives.

He has no respect for women.

He has no respect for people with disabilities.

Why should this man be president? Why????!!!

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– Abagond, 2016.

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Charles Kinsey

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Charles Kinsey (c. 1969- ), a behavioural therapist and father of five, is an unarmed Black man shot by US police with his hands up. This was in North Miami, Florida on July 18th 2016. He was shot in the leg and is expected to recover.

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The police say they got a call about an armed male who said he was going to kill himself. The caller and several witnesses saw a gun. They arrived and saw two men. They could not hear what they were saying.

“At some point during the on-scene negotiation, one of the responding officers discharged his weapon.”

Police found no gun at the scene. One of the men “was later identified as suffering from autism.” Police will not say who “discharged his weapon” or what his race is, just that he is from a SWAT team and had an assault rifle.

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Kinsey says he thought he was safe: his hands were up! He feared for his patient, Rinaldo, a 23-year-old autistic man who was sitting in the middle of the street playing with a white toy truck instead of listening to police. When police shot Kinsey they said they did not know why. They handcuffed him and let him lie there to bleed for 20 minutes before taking him to the hospital.

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Citizen video shows Kinsey lying on his his back with his hands up. At his feet is Rinaldo, sitting in the middle of the street, not seeming to understand what is going on. Some distance away behind a telephone pole is a police officer.

KINSEY (to Rinaldo): Lay on your stomach.

RINALDO (shouting): Shut up. Shut up, you idiot.

KINSEY (to police): Can I get up now? Can I get up? All he has is a toy truck in his hand. A toy truck. I am a behavioural therapist at a group home. That’s all it is. That’s all it is. There is no need for guns.

POLICE (shouting to Rinaldo): Let me see your hands. Get on the
ground. Get on the ground.

RINALDO: *continues playing with his truck.*

KINSEY: Rinaldo, please be still. Sit down, Rinaldo. Lay on your
stomach.

The video cuts out, but when it comes back you can hear three shots.

hilton-napoleon-iiHilton Napoleon, Kinsey’s lawyer, says:

“As you can see in the video, he did everything he thought he had to do and then some …and still got shot.”

“That toy truck does not come close to looking like a gun. The officers had more than enough time to look and make a determination and not just base it on what they heard on the telephone.”

He notes that no one got up or approached the officers, that shooting three times shows it was “not an accident.”

He thinks the police may have been on edge because of the Dallas and Baton Rouge shootings.

Kinsey wants the police officer fired.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is looking into the case.

Thanks to Origin and Herneith for telling me about this shooting.

– Abagond, 2016.

Sources: mainly the Washington Post, Miami HeraldHeavy.com.

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