Political poetry by Skip Tenczar
Greg Abbott doesn’t want to offend the infectious,
So, there’ll be no vaccine passports in Texas.
Ron DeSantis did the same
Because he doesn’t want to shame
Big donors without masks who drive Lexus.
Arnie aside: can't stop reading this!!!!public reading a post from Facebook David Gray lives in Austin Texas
From new friend David Gray: "I need to drive my two-year-old to daycare tomorrow morning. To ensure we arrive alive, we won't take public transit (Oscar Grant). I removed all air fresheners from the vehicle and double-checked my registration status (Daunte Wright), and ensured my license plates were visible (Lt. Caron Nazario). I will be careful to follow all traffic rules (Philando Castille), signal every turn (Sandra Bland), keep the radio volume low (Jordan Davis), and won't stop at a fast food chain for a meal (Rayshard Brooks). I'm too afraid to pray (Rev. Clementa C. Pickney) so I just hope the car won't break down (Corey Jones).
When my wife picks him up at the end of the day, I'll remind her not to dance (Elijah McClain), stop to play in a park (Tamir Rice), patronize the local convenience store for snacks (Trayvon Martin), or walk around the neighborhood (Mike Brown). Once they are home, we won't stand in our backyard (Stephon Clark), eat ice cream on the couch (Botham Jean), or play any video games (Atatiana Jefferson).
After my wife and I tuck him into bed around 7:30pm, neither of us will leave the house to go to Walmart (John Crawford) or to the gym (Tshyrand Oates) or on a jog (Ahmaud Arbery). We won't even walk to see the birds (Christian Cooper). We'll just sit and try not to breathe (George Floyd) and not to sleep (Breonna Taylor)."
These are things white people simply do not have to think about."
Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, the voice of Texas, dean of the Austin press corps.
We discuss with Scott the recent push in Texas toward secession from the US. It should be noted that Texas receives many billions of dollars more from the federal government than it contributes. There has also been a 'revolt' against Gov. Greg Abbott about his effort to increase voting opportunities during the pandemic, leading to a record voter turnout. A constitutional amendment has been proposed to limit the governor's powers. A transgender sports bill has also been proposed, with pushback from the NCAA, who has threatened to boycott Texas by moving important sports events.
Bill Curry former nominee for Gov of Ct., advisor to Bill Clinton, and leader in the nuclear freeze movement , and progressive pundit
Lincoln Mitchell Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln works on democracy and governance related issues domestically and internationally. He has written seven books, is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion and writes “The American Angle” for Brussels Morning. He retains an affiliation with Columbia University's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in Columbia’s political science department as well. He is also a co-host of the Say It Ain’t Contagious Podcast on baseball and social justice.
We discuss with Bill and Lincoln the “Defund the Police” campaign, and whether the name/slogan is a detriment. We note the continuing propensity of police to kill Black people. It is certainly necessary to examine the circumstances in all killings involving the police.
Pro-Trump secession rhetoric on the rise
Robbins: Country catching up to Bernie Sanders’ way of thinking
Corporations bet on both sides
What Did the U.S. Get for $2 Trillion in Afghanistan? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/09/world/middleeast/afghanistan-war-cost.html
What America Will Leave Behind in Afghanistan Biden has good reasons for his decision to withdraw troops. But it still involves serious risks and painful sacrifices.
Democrats to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/democrats-introduce-bill-expand-supreme-court-9-13-justices-n1264132
Is the Supreme Court abusing the shadow docket?
"Defund the police" reemerges as wedge issue
Former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter charged with manslaughter of black motorist Daunte Wright
Daunte Wright shooting: How can you mistake a gun for a Taser? https://www.bbc.com/news/56734989
Black Army Officer sues VA police https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/04/caron-nazario-black-army-officer-sues-police-virginia.html
Republicans Are Making Millions Pushing Trump’s Election Lies
Republicans are in a messy divorce with big business. Democrats could benefit
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell says Costco has stopped selling his products https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/547944-my-pillow-ceo-mike-lindell-says-costco-has-stopped-selling-his?rl=1https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-lindell-free-speech-website_n_60779d5ee4b08e452a172f0b
Schumer looks to amend the filibuster rule
unions face difficulty in securing wins
Poll: Majority say higher income Americans should pay more in taxes
U.S. spy chiefs warn of ‘unparalleled’ China threat in return to Congress https://news.trust.org/item/20210414133410-05x38
Michael Hudson: America’s Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs. China’s Industrial Socialismhttps://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/04/michael-hudson-americas-neoliberal-financialization-policy-vs-chinas-industrial-socialism.html
NIH director says J&J vaccine pause will give researchers time to do more study on certain groups
Buffalo Bills To Require Vaccine Passport For Fans, Allowing For Full Capacity At Stadium
Former world leaders call on Biden to suspend Covid-19 vaccine patents https://www.ft.com/content/43fd53f5-2b82-4e41-981c-8544a6ce996b