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Kashtin: Tshinanu (Our People)

Remarks:

This song came out in 1989. It is sung in Innu-aimun, an Algonquian Cree language known by only about 10,000 people in Quebec and Labrador in Canada. It is a cousin of the Native languages spoken all along the Atlantic coast of North America as far south as North Carolina. Pocahontas and Squanto spoke a language like this.

Kashtin is one of the more successful First Nations bands in Canada. They have had some success even in Greenland and France. They are Innus (Montagnais) from the Maliotenam reservation near the mouth of the St Lawrence River in eastern Quebec.

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Lyrics:

In Innu-aimun:

Tshinanu ui tshissentetau
Tshinanu tshinanu
Tshinanu uauatetau
Tshinanu tshmeshkananmenu

Tshinanu u… u… u…
Tshituassminut
Tshinanu u… u… u…

Tshinanu ui tshissentetau
Tshinanu tshinanu
Tshinanu uauatetau
Tshinanu tshmeshkananmenu

Tshinanu u… u… u…
Tshituassminut
Tshinanu u… u… u…

Tshinanu ui tshissentetau
Tshinanu tshinanu
Tshinanu uauatetau
Tshinanu tshmeshkananmenu

Tshinanu u… u… u…
Tshituassminut
Tshinanu u… u… u…

Tshinanu u… u…
Shtapuenanu

In English translation:

All of us
All of us
Let us look at our way of life
Our children
Our grandfathers

All of us
All of us
Let us look at our way of life
Our rivers
Our lands

This is our reason

Source; Fandom.

Roy Moore

Roy Moore (1947- ), a judge from the Deep South of the US, is running for Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat in Alabama. He is backed by Steve Bannon. The special election is on December 12th 2017.

Moore and the Ten Commandments.

In 2003 Moore refused to remove the Ten Commandments from his courthouse despite a higher court ruling. Alabama wound up removing him as a judge and then the monument of the Ten Commandments.

In 2016 he was again relieved of his duties as a judge when he blocked the US Supreme Court’s decision allowing same-sex marriage.

Both times he put his religious beliefs above a higher court ruling.

A meme that appeared on Moore’s Facebook page.

Moore is against:

  • rule of law,
  • separation of church and state,
  • abortion,
  • “take a knee” protests,
  • immigration (but did not know what DACA was),
  • Muslims (should not be allowed to serve in Congress).

Beliefs:

  • White Evangelical Protestantism,
  • Birtherism,
  • creationism,
  • Islamophobia,
  • homophobia.

Confederate sympathies: In his office is a picture of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. There are also busts of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, Confederate generals. No Confederate flags, though.

Opposes better education, despite Alabama’s terrible schools: In 2004 he led the fight against an amendment to the state constitution to uphold the “right to education or training at public expense” and to overturn these words:

“Separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child of either race shall be permitted to attend a school of the other race.”

He won.

The Senate race: In early November 2017, Moore’s lead was only about 6 points over Doug Jones, his Democratic challenger. In 2016 Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Alabama by 28 points. Moore’s huge appeal to White Evangelical Protestants (39% of Alabama) was both his greatest strength and his greatest weakness.

Then on November 9th scandal hit.

Two tales of four girls:

Doug Jones‘ claim to fame is that he locked up Thomas Blanton in 2001 and Bobby Cherry in 2002 – two of the Klansmen who blew up the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, killing four girls.

Roy Moore is now accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl in 1979 when he was in his early 30s. A crime (though the statute of limitation has run out). During that same period he dated at least three other girls ages 16 to 18. Creepy.

Moore calls it “fake news”, but the Washington Post has the four women on record and 26 others who back up their story. Leigh Corfman, the 14-year-old now grown, is a Trump supporter. (Let that sink in.)

Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler defends Moore:

“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became the parents of Jesus … There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”

As Scripture says:

“The young girl, Mary, said Joseph touched her over her bra and underpants, guiding her hand to his shorts. ‘I wanted it over with — I wanted out,’ she recalled. ‘Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.'”

– Abagond, 2017.

Update (November 14th): A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, a Trump supporter, has come forward. In tears she said that when she was 16 (and he was 30):

“I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping he began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.”

Because he was the county prosecutor she never dreamed he would do something like that. But because he was the county prosecutor, he thought he could get away with it:

“If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.”

Not long before that he signed her yearbook – which she still has. He dated his signature: December 22nd 1977. 

More: The Daily Beast.

By 1981 he had been banned from the mall in his own hometown of Gadsden because he kept hitting on teenage girls there. That is where he met two of his known victims. 

Update (November 16th): Three more women have come forward. One was pulled out of her trigonometry class when she was in high school to answer a telephone call. She thought it was her father. It was Roy Moore asking for a date.

Even Sean Hannity of Fox News is turning against him! Geraldo Rivera had patiently explained to him several days ago that Moore is a liar, but he did not see the light till Reddi-wip and others started pulling their ads.

More: The New Yorker.

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Autocracy: Rules for Survival

Autocracy: Rules for Survival” (2016) was written by Masha Gessen a day after Donald Trump was elected US president. Her friends wanted her advice as someone who had lived under Putin in Russia and wrote about his rise to power, from democrat to autocrat. A year later she revisited those rules. She amended one and stands by the others.

Gessen’s rules:

Rule #1: Believe the autocrat. In the 1930s the New York Times assured us that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was just talk, that he would never carry through on it. He did. In a big way. As Maya Angelou said (Gessen did not quote her, but I am), “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” So with Trump. For example, as we now know a year later, he was perfectly serious about the Muslim ban. It was not just some wild thing he said to get elected. He meant it.

Rule #2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality. Catastrophes like Hitler take time to unfold. People will try to reassure themselves that their little pocket of the universe, like Latvia, still seem all right. “One adjusts, until the next shocking event.” With Trump, though, there has not even been time to adjust.

Rule #3: Institutions will not save you. Institutions in the US in the 2010s are much stronger than in Germany in the 1930s or Russia in the 2000s. But much of their support is not written into law but depend on norms of behaviour and acting in good faith. For example, the president cannot shut down newspapers by law, but he can limit their access and frame issues. So far the press has stood up to him, but he is undermining government agencies, quietly filling the courts with like-minded judges, and has surrounded himself with generals.

Rule #4: Be outraged. People will tell you that you are overreacting, that you are being hysterical. Remain shocked. It is a good sign. The huge danger is that, as with Putin, people will grow numb and give up hope.

Rule #5: Don’t make compromises. It is fruitless. In 2017, though, Gessen amended this one:

“A commitment to purity is antithetical to political engagement. Yet political engagement risks or even demands a measure of normalization.

“The tension is irresolvable. This rule should be amended to read: Pay attention to the ways in which the Trump Presidency breaks the moral compass.

Rule #6: Remember the future. Trump will not last forever. There is the post-Trump US to think about. Gessen in 2017:

“We will enter the post-Trump future with decimated federal agencies and a frayed judiciary stacked with Trump appointees. Much of the opposition, however, has been concerned less with preserving or revitalizing institutions than with devising novel means of removing Trump from office.”

That Russiagate will stop Trump is as much a fantasy as the Hamilton electors were. It is magical thinking.

Democrats have failed to present a vision for the future – a mistake they made in 2016 and continue to make.

– Abagond, 2017.

Sources: New York Review of Books (Gessen in 2016); New Yorker (Gessen in 2017); Spectacle (image).

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Demetria Obilor

Demetria Obilor (c. 1991- ), a traffic reporter in the US, appears in the morning on ABC Channel 8 in Dallas, Texas. She made the news herself when she was body-shamed on the Internet for her “ridiculous” looks.

Jan Shedd (pictured above) on Facebook:

“Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size 6 dress and she looks ridiculous. I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken complete leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”

Mother of Draggings (@fabfreshandfly) tweeted Jan Shedd’s remarks with this picture of Obilor:

and added:

“Jan is big mad. Don’t be like Jan.”

Chance the Rapper weighed in:

“BIIIIIIG MAD”

He has 6.3 million followers. It spread like wildfire on Twitter. It seems that most people supported Obilor.

Curly & curvy: She is not thin and blonde, like zillions of women on US television, but has dark brown curly hair and a curvy figure. In my opinion she is much better looking than most women on television.

Shedd, a Tea Partier and Trump supporter, later removed her comment and put up a new one that assured us it had nothing to do with race (Shedd is White, Obilor is Black):

“I recently put up a post about the way a lady on Channel 8 dressed, who happened to be black. Frankly, I didn’t even notice that she was black. I was shocked that Channel 8 w0uld put someone on the air that dressed so provocatively. The racist mafia did not appreciate the criticism and now they are harassing me. I just blocked about 50 of them.”

This is not the first time for Obilor. Last summer someone sent an email about “Demetrie’s hair” that said:

“I can’t believe hair like that can be properly cleaned and therefore must smell bad. I have to fast forward whenever she comes on.”

Obilor’s father is Nigerian, her mother White. She studied Broadcast Journalism at the University of Kansas and became a traffic reporter in her native Kansas City. Later she was a traffic reporter in Las Vegas (KLAS-TV, CBS, Channel 8) and now Dallas (WFAA-TV, ABC, Channel 8).

Obilor:

“Black people on TV; there’s nothing wrong with that. Naturally, curly hair – I don’t care if a black woman wants to wear her hair straight or in braids, you don’t get to say what’s professional and what’s not professional based on your white standard of beauty.”

“This is the way that I’m built, this is the way I was born, I’m not going anywhere, so if you don’t like it, you have your options.”

“It’s important for young girls growing up to see different figures and shapes and colors in the news, on TV, in magazines, and in movies.”

“When you see yourself represented, you think, ‘If they can do it, I can do it.'”

“We have to embrace ourselves.”

– Abagond, 2017.

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Devin Patrick Kelley

Devin Patrick Kelley (1991-2017) on Sunday morning, November 5th 2017, shot nearly everyone at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a town of 600 about an hour east of San Antonio. He shot 46 people, killing 26 or 4% of the town. He gunned down even little children.

This comes just a month after Stephen Paddock shot 604 people in Las Vegas, killing 58.

Of the five worst shootings in living memory in the US, all five took place in the past ten years, three in the past two, and two in the past six weeks. None of the five shootings was carried out by Blacks – you know, those people the police fear so much. And only one was carried out by a Muslim, another out-group that Whites fear and demonize.

I knew the gunman was White right off:

  • they did not give his race at first despite eyewitnesses;
  • they did not call it a “suspected terror attack”;
  • they said his motive was unknown.

In Western media only White people and Denzel Washington have enough psychological depth to have mysterious motives. Blacks, after all, are violent by nature – no motive required. And Muslims, as they tell it, are moved by a cartoonishly evil ideology.

Kelley is already being written off as a nutcase – as per script. That way the president and the senators do not have to stand up to the Almighty Gun Industry. In Gun we trust. And White people can preserve their overblown and undeserved sense of moral superiority.

Kelley reportedly had some issue with his mother-in-law and shot up her church when she was not there – with a Ruger AR-15. Huh?

Those sort of guns used to be banned in the US – they are not designed for hunting or home protection but for the battlefield. But in 2004 Congress, in its wisdom, allowed the US to flow with such weapons. The five worst shootings duly followed. More massacres are to come, no doubt, since all the Republicans do is offer “thoughts and prayers.”

Five days before when a Muslim American killed 8 people in New York, it was a threat to the nation! The president said, “We need to make AMERICA SAFE!” He called for immediate action. Thoughts and prayers were not enough!

Two days before the shooting, the US military killed at least 13 civilians, maybe dozens, in airstrikes in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Few in the US seem to know or care.

Kelley, right out of high school, joined the US Air Force. He was court-martialled and thrown in prison for a year for beating his wife and breaking his child’s skull – but he was not dishonourably discharged. The Air Force never told the FBI about his prison record. So when he bought guns, it did not come up in his background check. As many as 50% of all mass shooters are domestically violent.

After the shooting, Kelley was chased down by two men. One had heard the shooting and brought his gun. Kelley’s car crashed. He died with three bullets in his body.

– Abagond, 2017.

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Adele: Hello

Remarks:

This came out in 2015 and won the 2017 Grammy for Song of the Year. Adele, aka Adele Adkins, is British, from Tottenham in northern London. She sings in a soul style in English, a Germanic language. She says:

“‘Hello’ is just about reconnecting with everyone else and myself. From the other side, I couldn’t get over my guilt of leaving my kid to go and write a record and stuff like that. So getting over that— getting on the other side of that. It was just, you know, it’s in general, just hello to everyone.”

The video was shot in Quebec, Canada.

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“Make America safe”

“Make America safe” (2015- ) is one of Donald Trump’s racist dog whistles, both when he ran for US president and now that he is president. Sometimes he puts it together with his yet more famous racist dog whistle, “Make America Great Again” to get “Make America Safe & Great Again.”

It seems like “Make America safe” is innocent enough. Who, after all, would not want to make America safe? All presidents should look out for the safety of their countries, right?

But, in fact, he is playing on people’s fear to gain and keep power. Sometimes he has crime by Blacks and Latinos in mind, but mainly he means making it safe from Muslims and Mexicans who enter the US.

Such fears are based on prejudice not fact. That can be shown by Trump’s own policies and words. Just this past month, October 2017, there were three examples of that:

1. Sayfullo Saipov, a Muslim American, purposely drove a truck down a bicycle lane in New York, injuring 12 and killing 8. ISIS claimed credit. Trump tweeted:

“We need to make AMERICA SAFE!”

Nothing wrong with that, except:

2. Stephen Paddock, a White American, opened fire in Las Vegas, injuring 546 and killing 58. ISIS claimed credit. Trump tweeted nothing about making America safe. A Muslim man killing 8 is somehow more dangerous than a White man killing 58?

3. Rosa Maria Hernandez, a Mexican American, was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint. Not because she had just crossed the Mexican border – she has been in the country since she was a baby – but because Texas has checkpoints 60 miles deep inside the US. She was in fact an undocumented immigrant, having entered the country without the proper papers. But she was also a ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. The Border Patrol wanted one of their agents to ride in the back of the ambulance with her with his gun. They were talked out of that, but they did wait outside her hospital room – for days. When she left the hospital, her doctor said she should be at home with her mother to recover from her gall bladder operation. Instead the Border Patrol took her to their detention centre. This is the kind of stuff they do.

Make America safe!

A Russian ad that appeared on Facebook in 2016 to get Trump elected US president.

Trump’s policies on Muslims and Mexicans – ahem, “terrorists” and “illegal immigrants” – do next to nothing to keep America safe:

  1. His original Muslim travel ban, for example, picked none of the countries where terrorists in the US in fact come from.
  2. His deportation raids pick up dangerous criminals only by accident. There is already a system in place to find dangerous criminals and keep them off the streets. It is called the police.
  3. His ending of DACA would not keep America safe either: none of the registered Dreamers have committed a serious crime. They would not have been able to register otherwise.

In other words, “Make America safe” has little to do with making America safe. It has to do with something else.

– Abagond, 2017.

Update (November 7th): The pixels on this post were barely dry when the worst shooting in Texas (so far) took place. Half the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs was gunned down Sunday morning. The gunman killed at least 26 people, injuring 20 others. He was White. Trump said nothing about making America safe.

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