This is the end of an era. Lee Baca is going to prison.
Baca initially struck a deal with prosecutors last year, agreeing to serve six months in prison for lying about his role in a plot to obstruct an FBI probe into abuses at Los Angeles County Jails, and in exchange he would avoid facing more serious charges at a trial with the possibility of even more time behind bars. That deal eventually fell apart, and Baca ended up losing the trial he had hoped to avoid.
Baca, who is 74 years old and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, received his sentence in the same courtroom where he was found guilty in March of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and the same lying charge he was ready to cop to in order to avoid doing serious time in jail.
Source: Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Obstructing Federal Investigation
The Dakota Access Pipeline is not yet fully operational and it has already had a leak. This is why people were protesting the construction of the pipeline. This is why no one wanted it.
The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which was the subject of international protests because of the threat it posed to both the environment and the indigenous people living along the Missouri River, has already had a leak more than a month before it’s scheduled to be fully operational.The April 6 leak spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, and although state officials said the leak was contained and quickly cleaned, The Guardian reports that critics of the pipeline say the spill raises new concerns about the potential hazards to waterways and Native American sites.
Source: #NoDAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Already Had a Leak Before It’s Even Fully Operational
This is hilarious.
After firing James Comey on Tuesday, Donald Trump figured he would
crawl go down to FBI headquarters for a visit. Too bad the FBI was like, that’s OK, Donald. We cool. You don’t have to come.
Administration officials said that idea was dropped later Thursday after the FBI told the White House “the optics would not be good,” according to NBC. Apparently, no one at the FBI was ready to make fake smiles and cheers for a photo opp with the man who had just “unceremoniously sacked a very popular director.”
Source: Donald Trump Was Planning to Visit FBI Headquarters, But the FBI Was Like ‘Nah, Stay Home’
When I think of Civil War re-enactment groups, I think of crazy old men running around in period costumes waving bayonets and muskets at each other out in a field somewhere in east “We Don’t Kick It Over There,” Virginia.
Female Re-Enactors of Distinction is here to not only shake that image but to also educate you on the Black women you may never heard of.
We were not all slaves and mammies; this is a testament to that.
Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) was founded in 2005 in association with the African American Civil War Museum in D.C., and its goal is to bring to life characters from the 19th century who are the most overlooked in history books: Black women. According to the Washington Post, the group came together after a group of women donned period dress at a museum event that commemorated the establishment of the U.S. Bureau of Colored Troops during the Civil War.
Source: Black Women in D.C. Bring to Life the Untold Stories of Overlooked Black Women in Civil War History
First son-in-law Jared Kushner has no business going to Iraq and meeting with U.S. military officials, yet here we are.
This offering from Task and Purpose is a hilarious take on Kushner’s visit with Gen. Joe Dunford in Iraq.
Share it with your friends.
Jared went to college at Harvard and business school at NYU. He went to the same business school as retired general Ray Odierno’s son! Ray Odierno’s son was also an Army officer who lost his right arm and one of his soldiers in Iraq.Jared never saw Iraq before; he was busy helping his dad buy a New York skyscraper with borrowed money. But now he’s going off to see the war!
Source: Jared Goes To Iraq! A Picture Story
The next time you go through airport security, you may be getting felt up in an entirely different way by Transportation Security Administration agents if you decide to opt out of electronic screening and have to undergo the new full pat-down, and the new pat-downs are apparently so intrusive, the TSA felt it necessary to notify local law enforcement about its new methods.
Source: TSA Agents May Be Getting a Little Closer to Airline Passengers During Security Pat-Downs
On Monday night, House Republicans finally revealed details of their long-awaited plan to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. The plan still has to pass through Congressional committees, but the details are out there ready to be discussed.
The wait is finally over. House Republicans have finally released their master plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known (to the shock of millions) as Obamacare, in the form of two bills that would replace federal insurance subsidies with individual tax credits and grants to help states create their own policies.
Separate House committees drafted the two bills, which would no longer penalize Americans for not having insurance but instead would encourage them to keep it by allowing insurers to impose a 30 percent surcharge for those who have a gap between health plans.
The biggest deal is that young adults would still be able to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until they turned 26 years old, and insurers would still be forbidden to deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing medical conditions. The downside is that Planned Parenthood would take a hit and would no longer be eligible for Medicaid or federal family-planning grants.
Source: House Republicans Release Long-Awaited Obamacare Replacement Plan Details
Do you need me to say it for you? Because I will. They hurried up and charged this officer because he’s black, in my opinion. If he were white, the “investigation” would have dragged on forever.
An Amtrak police officer was ordered held on $250,000 bail Friday and charged in the Feb. 8 shooting death of an unarmed Minneapolis man outside of Chicago’s Union Station.The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said that LaRoyce Tankson, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Chad Robertson, who died Wednesday.
Source: Amtrak Officer Shoots and Kills Unarmed Man at Chicago’s Union Station
In the latest round of disappointing but expected news, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
As if this shit show of an administration couldn’t get any worse.
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 18: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. Pruitt is expected to face tough questioning about his stance on climate change and ties to the oil and gas industry. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Scott Pruitt used his position as Oklahoma’s attorney general to repeatedly sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to regulate mercury, smog and other forms of pollution, and on Friday, he was sworn in as the agency’s new leader, bringing into question the future of the EPA under Trump’s administration.
Source: Scott Pruitt, Who Opposed the EPA Every Chance He Got, Has Been Confirmed as the Agency’s New Leader
Donald Trump has been consistently attacking the media, and his hyperbole reached a frenzy point Friday when he said the media is “the enemy of the American people.”
While the president has been hypercritical of the news media, until now, he has not gone on record as saying the media is an enemy of the country. He seems to take issue with the media not being his public relations machine but rather doing its job as the watchdog of society, providing important information to the public on an administration that has had a rocky first four weeks.
Source: Trump’s Attempts to Create A Common Enemy Out of the American Media Are Very Orwellian
I have a lot more thoughts forming on this and why it’s extremely dangerous, but I will say that making a declaration such as this is essentially censure and it could lead to actual censorship.
This man has got to be stopped.
“We are not suggesting that those making decisions related to this crisis were racists … (but the) disparate response is the result of systemic racism that was built into the foundation and growth of Flint, its industry and suburban area,” the report says. “Would the Flint water crisis have been allowed to happen in Birmingham, Ann Arbor or East Grand Rapids? We believe the answer is no, and that the vestiges of segregation and discrimination found in Flint made it a unique target. The lack of political clout left the residents with nowhere to turn, no way to have their voices heard.”
Source: Report: Flint Water Crisis Connected to Systematic Racism
Don’t get me wrong; it’s not as if the commission said anything we didn’t already know, but now that it is officially documented for what it is, can we finally get the people of Flint some help? Please?
A piece I wrote for The Root earlier this week on the difficulty of having conversations about racism with white people.
“It just so happens that the political category of whiteness means nothing but ‘I am better than something else,’” he told me in a recent conversation on racism. “What whiteness means is that I’m not black and I’m not nonwhite, and therefore I deserve extra privileges.”
What those privileges mean is being above reproach and critique and being able to feel safe and comfortable in all spaces, wrapped within a bubble of whiteness. And because that hold on whiteness and white supremacy is so important, the unpleasant side effect of white fragility often rears its ugly head.
“What is important to remember about white fragility and white discomfort is that when white people are scared, people die,” Ciccariello-Maher said. He cited the example of Jordan Davis, who dared to sit in a car with music loudly playing as a white man was present.
Source: White Fragility Leads to White Violence: Why Conversations About Race With White People Fall Apart