An environmental disaster roils in the floodwaters filling Houston neighborhoods, schools, businesses. Toxic materials, hazardous waste, chemicals & pathogens too nasty to name swarm in water too easily going stagnant.
Provisions under way to combat mosquitos in Houston flood zone, however displaced, frightened pets, farm & wild animals, birds, reptiles may pose risks to rescuers. Unless there is immediate danger or medical emergency do not approach. Assess situation & animal’s behavior. Have crates / carriers prepared with blankets, towels, water, food.
IMPORTANT: If you rescue or take in a domestic dog, cat, pet
PLEASE document the LOCATION where found. This helps tremendously to reunite pets with their owners.
PET OWNERS: if you should lose your pet in a disaster be suspicious of someone calling claiming they will return your dog / cat for a REWARD. They do not have your pet. This is a cruel scam preying on your love of animals to steal money from you.
David Wordinger’s letter “Evenhanded condemnation” recites the alternative facts about the Charlottesville Rally provided on Breitbart.com and altRIGHT social media.
altFACTS are the bedrock of “Fake News”. Whenever they are encountered, we must refute them in detail and in print so that history can be written accurately and truthfully.
Permit to rally – Unite the Right did not have a permit for their Torchlight March the night before. People who witnessed it use words like horrified, terrorized, terrified, humiliated, devastated to describe their emotions watching the hundreds of self-avowed nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and numerous other white supremacist groups from around the nation parade through their streets.
Chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and Soil” they trooped past a small synagogue, spitting, jeering , imitating cutting someones’s throat.
The 1st Amendment does not protect speech that calls for the violent removal and/or elimination of Jews, Blacks, Latinos, Gays, Trans, Muslims, Mentally Ill, Disabled, Gypsies, Political Opponents, and of course Dreamers.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
On Saturday when they did have a permit to rally they came armed to the teeth. Charlottesville police say they were outgunned by the extremely well-organized right wing militias who took full advantage of Virginia’s Open Carry law. (see photos)
On the other side were the so-called counter protesters which (according to Wordinger) included
..”antifa, Black Lives Matter, Redneck Revolt (?) and other agitators who have stifled speech and disrupted Trump rallies, college presentations and other peaceful events.”
This sentence can be found almost word-for-word on Breitbart.com & Alex Jones ‘InfoWars’ TV show it’s loaded with altFACTS.
I’ll break it down.
antifa – antifascists written in lower case because they do not organize. They are not a gang or association or club or playgroup. American antifa from different from European antifa. (my blog post about antifa protesters at G20 Summit to come)
Black Lives Matter – grassroot organizations formed by political and community activists, and students, churches, schools in response to a spate of high-profile police shootings. In Ferguson, MO, protests against police sparked a rolling riot
“In a memo sent earlier this week, Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget informed the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that it was initiating a review and immediate stay of a form that required businesses with over 100 employees to collect pay data by gender, race and ethnicity.
Though Ivanka’s initial inclination was to keep the data collection going, she was convinced by arguments from those opposing the rule, a White House official told CNN.
Those against the rule advocated that it was ineffective and burdensome to employers.”
General Honoré pointed out that the next challenges for the city of Houston are related to infrastructure — specifically dams and drains.
The dams to the north of the Houston “hold the city hostage every day.” Both dams, the General said, received a D-grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers. “Why would you want a bomb like that sitting north of your city when south of your city you have the biggest petrochemical facilities in the world?”
Houston, he said, needs to hurry up and get the drainage system cleaned. “Immediately they have to have a special task to clean to clean the drainage system.” With the catch basins blocked with debris as they presently are, it would only take an additional 1.5 inches of rain to flood the city.
Every part of the system needs to be cleared and the city needs to contract it out to make sure it gets done now, “not in October.”
If you believe that nothing you do is going to make a difference, you’re more likely to check out and not even vote.
We saw this in large doses in the last election: Everything is awful so f*ck it, why not vote for Trump? If everyone is lying, what difference does it make?
We’ve heard this for years from right-wing pundits in these forms:
You can’t trust the government
You can’t trust the media
You can’t trust science
You can’t trust academia
In the past, these narratives have been used to discredit traditional institutions while building up the organizations that corporate America wants us to trust: Big business.
We all know the marketing—We need to free some “markets.” We need tax cuts to unleash the power of our corporations. What’s good for business is what’s good for America. Markets regulate themselves. More consumer choice will fix all of our issues with government.
All of these narratives were designed by corporate special interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce to encourage one thing: Selling off government (organizations designed by and for people) to private industry (organizations with profit as the main goal). (ed: great example of public to private is #EricPrince proposal to RUN the #AFGHANISTAN WAR as a private contractor. Only $10BILLION per year! Prince is Sec Education #BetsyDevos brother. He is notorious for his private security firm in Iraq War #BlackWater.)
We’ve heard so much of this over the years from our own propagandists that we were really susceptible to even greater levels of cynicism in this past election. Over and over again we were told that Hillary Clinton was just as bad.
At the heart of this mind-set is the idea that there is no such thing as objective truth or even facts, because everything is spun or disguised to reflect advantageously on one group or another. “The whole idea of values has been thoroughly debased [in Russia], to the extent that if you talk about Western values you’ll just get a laugh,” says Ben Nimmo, a research fellow at the Atlantic Council.
This environment of toxic cynicism allows Putin’s word to be as good as anyone else’s, because according to Moscow’s worldview everyone, including and especially westerners, is a self-righteous hypocrite and a liar.
Simply put, conservatives are led to believe that everything that comes from the left (#MainStreetMedia #TheResistance #antifa #LibTards #Snowflakes etc.) is some sort of spin.
Therefore, any spin of their own is justified. “I’m only a hateful, lying hypocrite because Libtards are.”
#potus45 determined to bring his anger against Senator John McCain & Rep Jeff Flake by holding campaign-style pep rally in Phoenix Arizona Convention Center Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. Wed Aug 16, 2017
Mayor of Phoenix issued statement expressing disappointment Trump is attempting to further inflame emotions & tensions.
This is truly sick.
potus45 is going to Phoenix to hold a campaign-style BASE LOVE FEST like the olden days. He relishes the adulation. Amidst the frenzy he imagines himself giving a speech greater than the Gettysburg Address.
He chose Phoenix because it’s home to Rep Jeff Flake & Sen John McCain, both Republicans Trump believes have betrayed him. Rep Flake wrote an explosive book that cast Trump in unflattering light. Sen McCain famously thumbed-down the infamous TrumpCare bill that would have repealed ObamaCare & replaced it (as they have long promised) with a BILL SO BAD they PROMISED IT WOULD NEVER GO INTO LAW.
Trump bitterly excoriated Sen McCain, Naval Hero, POW during VietNam War as a traitor to the Party and to him personally.
Trump is going to Phoenix to bask in the glory of his adoring fans IN FRONT OF McCain & Flake – just to let them know he can come onto their home territory & have his way. Destroy Flake by endorsing, supporting, campaigning for his opponent. (aside: how strange in politics when the Rep president campaigns against a Rep Congressman).
12:38 PST two days after NeoNazi Terrorism in #Charlottesville.
@potus address to Nation: #Trump opening statement “Our economy is FABULOUS” then (teleprompted) denounces, condemmns NeoNazis, White Power & racism.
He finally uttered the name of Heather Heyer who was murdered by a Domestic Terrorist attack not a simple “car attack”. Look carefully at photo below. NeoNazi in #TorchLight parade march on the University of Virginia campus WEARING Trump KKK Uniform.
This is not a coincidence. Fortunately, the law, Civil Rights, our Constitution. the Federal Justice Department, our legal system over-rides any affection and assistance the #trump might offer to his BASE.
Hey David Duke, Neonazis what do you think now?
End the Denial About Trump
E.J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post
Dionne Jr. writes: “It should not have taken the death and injury of innocents to move our nation toward moral clarity. It should not have taken President Trump’s disgraceful refusal to condemn white supremacy, bigotry and Nazism to make clear to all who he is and which dark impulses he is willing to exploit to maintain his hold on power.” READ MORE