PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Right-Wing Committed Every Extremist Murder in 2018” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur, Brett Erlich, and Aida Rodriguez ☮

“The Anti-Defamation League’s annual report on extremist killings in the United States, released Wednesday, found that individuals linked to right-wing extremist movements committed every single extremist-related murder in the country in 2018. Right-wing extremists killed 50 people last year, mostly with firearms, making them responsible for more deaths than in any year since 1995, according to the ADL’s data. The report focuses on incidents like the February mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, committed by a teenager who expressed sympathy towards white supremacist ideology; the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue by an avowed anti-Semite; and the shooting spree at a Tallahassee yoga studio by a man bent on committing violence against women. Guns were responsible for 42 of the 50 deaths documented by the ADL.”

CHRISTIANITY: “I Don’t Understand” / AronRa

While on a working vacation in Cancun, I had to respond to a couple of State Senators in the Hoosier state pushing a bill to promote Creationism as an alternative to reality in public schools.

WHITE-WING REPUBLICAN CONSERVATISM: “The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice” / The Intercept / Mehdi Hasan ☮

U.S. President George H. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1991 in Washington, after U.S. forces began military action against Iraq. The action has been code named Operation Desert Storm. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)[George H. W. Bush] was a public, not a private, figure — one of only 44 men to have ever served as president of the United States. We cannot, therefore, allow his actual record in office to be beautified in such a brazen way. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” as my colleague Glenn Greenwald has argued, because it leads to “false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts.” The inconvenient truth is that the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush had far more in common with the recognizably belligerent, corrupt, and right-wing Republican figures who came after him — his son George W. and the current orange-faced incumbent — than much of the political and media classes might have you believe.

Consider:

– He ran a racist election campaign.

– He made a dishonest case for war.

– He committed war crimes.

– He refused to cooperate with a special counsel.

– He escalated the racist war on drugs.

Facts–not uninformed opinions–matter!!!

Read here . . .

Headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush’s legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush’s pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and how a racist election ad helped him become president. We speak with Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan.

“Remembering George H.W. Bush’s Inaction on AIDS at Home While Detaining HIV+ Haitians at Guantánamo” / Democracy Now! / Amy Goodman ☮

 

George H.W. Bush died in Houston on Friday night at the age of 94. Bush was elected the 41st president of the United States in 1988, becoming the first and only former CIA director to lead the country. He served as Ronald Reagan’s vice president from 1981 to 1989. Since Bush’s death, the media has honored the former president by focusing on his years of service and his call as president for a kinder, gentler America. But the headlines have largely glossed over and ignored other parts of Bush’s legacy. We look at the 1991 Gulf War, Bush’s pardoning of six Reagan officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and how a racist election ad helped him become president.

RED STATE WELFARE: “How Blue States Help Red States” / Robert Reich ☮

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress love to demonize government handouts, which, in fact, their own supporters depend on and are increasingly financed by taxpayers in blue states. Our latest video explains how blue states subsidize red states.

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Trump is a Symptom of a Larger Problem” / The Jimmy Dore Show / MUST WATCH! ☮

Things were already horrible and most Americans were already treading water before Trump was elected. Trump is a Symptom of 40 years of NeoLiberalism and the Corporate Capture of of the U.S. government.