TN woman’s gives stunning parallel that captures the insidiousness of victim blaming

Political and social commentary on Facebook is2bcd989182b73dd536e2f09ce223268c-3_3.jpg common, and the posts of well-known celebrities and politicians often go viral. But every now and then, we get some jewels from every day people sharing their perspective on important issues—and they light up the Internet.

 

Such is the case of Bree Wiseman on July 19, 2017. Wiseman used her Facebook Timeline to post about rape and the secondary assault by society and the courts against rape victims after the crime. In Wiseman’s post, you see the image of her dog sitting obediently as he waits for his favorite meal. Here is her Facebook post made public and shared over a quarter of a million times.  Read More

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Police brutality is no joke, Mr. President

OF ALL the irresponsible things that President Trump has said — and there have been far too many — perhaps nothing threatens to do greater damage than his remarks encouraging police to use excessive force. That was demonstrated by the swift public condemnations of his comments from police officials, who understand better than anyone that public safety is not well served if police are seen to be above the law and distrusted.

“Please don’t be too nice” was Mr. Trump’s admonition, to a gathering of law enforcement officials, about arresting and transporting suspects. “When you guys,” he said Friday at an event on Long Island, “put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head, and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?” As alarming as his comments were, even more jarring was the spectacle of officers in uniform cheering and applauding. Do they need a reminder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray and how he died from a spinal injury after transport in a Baltimore police van in 2015?  Read More

Poll: Kid Rock trails Stabenow 50-42% in Senate race

Michigan celebrity musician Kid Rock leads the stabenow-rock-TWOFERpotential field of Republican candidates for U.S. Senate and — if he gets into the race — might begin his campaign within striking distance of Democrat incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

 

A new Target-Insyght poll of 822 likely Michigan voters showed Stabenow with a 50-42 percent lead in a hypothetical general election matchup with Kid Rock, who is flirting with a Senate run but has not yet declared his candidacy. The statewide sample conducted last Tuesday and Thursday had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.  Read More

Forget Trump’s Boy Scout speech. Let’s talk about Girl Scouts and STEM.

Many people across the country were appalled by Donald Trump’s rambling and boorish political speech to the Boy Scouts of America National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

The insecure braggart-in-chief found a way to work in:

  • Insults to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Washington, and the news media.
  • An incoherent anecdote hinting about a fellow real estate mogul’s sexual escapades aboard a yacht.
  • A threat to fire a member of his Cabinet if the Affordable Care Act isn’t repealed.
  • Indoctrination of the Boy Scouts and their families in the crowd into becoming worshipers at the Altar of Trump.

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WSJ: Priebus Wasn’t the Problem

President Trump announced late Friday on Twitter—how else?—that he is replacing White House chief of staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security secretary John Kelly. The decision was probably inevitable given how the President publicly humiliated Mr. Priebus in recent days, but this shuffling of the staff furniture won’t matter unless Mr. Trump accepts that the White House problem isn’t Mr. Priebus. It’s him.  Read More

UAW under cloud ahead of the ’18 elections

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The United Auto Workers has long been a powerful organization as the intermediary between workers and their corporate bosses, dictating the terms of working conditions in assembly plants including benefits and wages.

Its past leaders such as Walter Reuther were known to be powerful allies of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others in the civil rights movement.  Read More

Governor hopeful Gretchen Whitmer speaks in Gaylord

She started out by walking around the room, Image result for Gretchen Whitmershaking people’s hands and introducing herself as Gretchen.

 

Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, is running for her party’s nomination as a gubernatorial candidate. The primary and general elections won’t happen until 2018, but she talked to scores of people on Thursday night at the Otsego Grand Event Center in Gaylord. Whitmer said she got started early, announcing her campaign on Jan. 3, because she wanted to visit as many communities as possible.  Read More