Ga. Child’s Birthday Turns Tense as Men With Confederate Flags Threaten to Kill ‘N–gers’: VIDEO – The Root

On Saturday a black child’s birthday party in Douglasville, Ga., took a racist turn after, witnesses say, several men driving Confederate-flag-bearing pickup trucks interrupted the gathering and began yelling racial slurs and threats at the partygoers.

“One had a gun, saying he was gonna kill the [racial slur],” Melissa Alford, who hosted the party at her house, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Then one of them said, ‘Gimme the gun, I’ll shoot them [racial slur].’ ”

According to the Journal-Constitution, which obtained footage of the incident, several members of a group called Protect the Flag happened upon the birthday party.

Levi Bush, the leader of the pickup-truck clan, claims that his group isn’t hateful, although he admits the word “n–ger” and other racial epithets were used freely during the confrontation. Bush says his group sells Confederate flags and donates the money to veterans who need it.

Bush claims that he and his group were leaving an event when his truck caught a flat. He claims that his friends stopped to help and that that is when the birthday-party attendees began yelling at and threatening them.

via Ga. Child’s Birthday Turns Tense as Men With Confederate Flags Threaten to Kill ‘N–gers’: VIDEO – The Root.

Why Scott Walker is so dangerous – The Washington Post

“First off,” Scott Walker proclaimed, “we took on the unions, and we won. We won!”

Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his candidacy. And on Thursday, he took a detour from the campaign trail to appear here before the annual meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of state legislators dedicated in large part to defeating unions.

ALEC, which inspired many of Walker’s anti-labor efforts in Wisconsin, drew several hundred union protesters as legislators arrived here this week for its conference — and this delighted Walker. “I understand you had a few protesters yesterday,” he told the conservative legislators. “For us, that’s just getting warmed up. That’s nothing. We got 100,000 protesters.”

via Why Scott Walker is so dangerous – The Washington Post.

Donald Trump is an actual fascist: What his surging popularity says about the GOP base – Salon.com

In the political discussion of today, there always comes a risk of being discounted as a crackpot when using a word like “fascist” to describe a political opponent. The word, much like “socialist,” has been so abused since the fall of fascism that it lost its meaning quite some time ago. Comparisons of modern leaders to Hitler tend to be completely void of any substance, and there is even an Internet adage, “Godwin’s law,” that says, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

In a recent article by Jeffrey Tucker, however, it is argued, quite justly in my opinion, that Donald Trump, whether he knows it or not, is a fascist (or is at least acting like one). Much like Mussolini and Hitler, Trump is a demagogue dedicated to riling up the people (particularly conservatives) with race baiting, traditionalism and strongman tough talk — and, according to polls, it’s working — for now. Tucker writes:

“Trump has tapped into it, absorbing unto his own political ambitions every conceivable resentment (race, class, sex, religion, economic) and promising a new order of things under his mighty hand.”

No doubt about it, Donald Trump has decided to stir the pot, and, as Tucker says, he seems to be running for a CEO position, rather than president of a nation. Trump discusses Iran and Mexico as if they were competing corporations, and says that, as president, or CEO, he will drive them into the ground, make them file for bankruptcy — something Trump legitimately knows a thing or two about. Trump, of course, is largely taken as a joke, and most rational commentators assume he is doing this for publicity — which he is certainly getting.

via Donald Trump is an actual fascist: What his surging popularity says about the GOP base – Salon.com.

Donald Trump is the Bigoted Elephant in the Room | Al Jazeera America

While waiting at a red light a few days ago, a pickup truck decked out in Confederate flags pulled up in the lane adjacent to mine. The driver had two flagpoles attached to his truck bed, each adorned with the flag of the Confederacy, along with Confederate flag bumper stickers and a Confederate flag license plate frame.

I was in New Hampshire, mind you — not South Carolina — and the pickup truck’s license plate was from the Granite State. The only logical explanation left for the driver’s loud display of the Confederate flag after that flag has been universally condemned as a symbol of hatred and racism is that the driver is endorsing the same.

I didn’t ask the pickup truck driver who he supported in the primary, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he favored Donald Trump, based on his recent surge in the polls and outspoken bigotry. As Republican presidential candidates begin to set their sites on New Hampshire, they will need to come to grips with the party’s racial animosity that Trump’s surge represents.

In May, before announcing his campaign, Trump was only polling at 3 percent. Even after he was unilaterally condemned in headlines for his June remarks accusing almost all Mexican immigrants of being drug dealers and rapists, Trump doubled down on his remarks, and weeks later, he quadrupled his polling position, putting him just behind Jeb Bush. Trump’s popularity has since skyrocketed amongst Republican primary voters. According to polling data from Friday, July 17, Trump held the lead with 18 percent of Republicans preferring him, compared to 15 percent for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and 14 percent for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  A Monmouth University poll of Tea Party supporters revealed that Trump had flipped a 55-percent net negative to 56 percent approval since June, when he made his racist remarks. This kind of immediate swing in the wake of such comments isn’t necessarily an endorsement of Trump, but an endorsement of the hateful values he openly espouses.

via Donald Trump is the Bigoted Elephant in the Room | Al Jazeera America.

First on CNN: Palin: Both McCain and Trump are heroes – CNNPolitics.com

Washington (CNN)Asked about the dispute between Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona — the candidate at the top of the ticket when she was 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Monday afternoon called both men heroes.

“I have the good fortune of knowing both John McCain and Donald Trump well,” Palin told CNN in an email. “Both men have more in common than the today’s media hype would have you believe. Both blazed trails in their careers and love our great nation.”

Palin, who attached a photograph of McCain returning from Vietnam to her email, wrote, “Sen. McCain dedicated his life to serving our country, and in my humble opinion the sacrifices made by all ethical service members are heroic — putting it all on the line to defend freedom IS heroic — and Donald Trump is a hero in another arena.”

via First on CNN: Palin: Both McCain and Trump are heroes – CNNPolitics.com.

Senate Republicans Block A Bill That Would Create 1 Million New Jobs For Young People

Senate Republicans voted down a bill from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that would have provided funds to state and local governments to create 1 million new jobs for nation’s struggling young workforce.

The Senate voted down the legislation that was an amendment to the education bill by a 43-55 margin. The legislation would have provided $5.5 billion to state and local governments for jobs and training programs. Republicans objected to the bill because it would have been paid for by closing a tax loophole for billionaires.

Before the vote, Sanders urged his colleagues to support the bill, “I applaud President Obama for visiting a federal penitentiary to highlight the fact that, tragically, the United States has more people in jail than any other country on earth and one of the reasons that we have so many people in jail is that we have an obscenely high level of youth unemployment. The time has come for us to begin investing in jobs and education for our kids, not jails and incarceration. Let’s create productive citizens in America, not more criminals.”

via Senate Republicans Block A Bill That Would Create 1 Million New Jobs For Young People.

Dick Cheney Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes: Former International Court of Justice Judge | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

A former judge for the International Court of Justice and renowned expert on human rights law told a reporter this week that former vice president Dick Cheney should be prosecuted for war crimes and torture.

Eighty-one-year-old Thomas Buergenthal told Newsweek journalist Robert Chalmers that “some of us have long thought that Cheney, and a number of CIA agents who did what they did in those so-called black holes [overseas torture centers] should appear before the ICC [International Criminal Court].”

“We [in the USA] could have tried them ourselves,” added Buergenthal. “I voted for Obama but I think he made a great mistake when he decided not to instigate legal proceedings against some of these people.”

The former judge added that, despite the inaction so far, he believes eventual charges are inevitable: “I think—yes—that it will happen.”

Buergenthal was born in the former Czechoslovakia and currently lives in Maryland where he works as a professor of law at George Washington University. He served for a decade as a judge for the International Court of Justice—the main judicial arm of the United Nations—before retiring in 2010. Chalmers described him as the “most distinguished living specialist in international human rights law.”

via Dick Cheney Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes: Former International Court of Justice Judge | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.