Georgetown Basketball Team Attacked and Mugged In China While Chinese Police Do Nothing

This was at a Georgetown-China “goodwill” game last night. A Georgetown player scrambles against a Chinese player for a loose ball, and comes up with the ball. After throwing it to a team mate, the Chinese player attacks the Georgetown player, who seeks to get away from the altercation by backing away. At this point 4-5 Chinese players attack the Georgetown player, knock him to the ground and begin beating him. The Georgetown bench clears to protect their guy, resulting in a free for all, with Chinese fans joining in against the Georgetown players. The Chinese Police…

Do nothing.

Georgetown vs. China Brawl Video: Friendly Contest Turns into Rumble for Hoyas

The Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team was supposed to be in China on a goodwill tour, and their exhibition against the Bayi Rockets on Thursday night was supposed to be a friendly contest.

Unfortunately, neither of those ideas panned out.

As you can see in the above video clip, things got pretty ugly between the Hoyas and Rockets. It’s clear early on that the two teams were playing a very physical game, but things boiled over. The result was a nasty scene that involved several different confrontations, players brandishing chairs as weapons and spectators throwing bottles at the Hoyas from the stands.

As Gene Wang of the Washington Post tells the tale, things unraveled with a little over nine minutes to go in the game, and it was actually the second time that the benches had emptied during the proceedings. This time, Georgetown head coach John Thompson III pulled his team off the court.

While this video clip alone may make it look like this was just a physical game that went horribly awry, it sounds like there might be a little more to it than that. As Wang noted, the Hoyas were called for more than twice as many fouls as the Rockets, and Dana O’Neill ofESPN pointed out that the Rockets were also granted 57 free throws. The Hoyas took just 15.

If nothing else, that’s lousy officiating. And because the Hoyas were consistently on the short end, it’s easy to deduce that the cards were stacked against them. One can understand if they played the game frustrated.

If you’re wondering why security did nothing to break up the brawl once it started, Wang noted that Chinese police chose to stay out of it: “The Chinese police had been watching the tensions escalate to the point of physical confrontations but made no attempts to break up any of the fights taking place on the court.”

Given the circumstances surrounding this fracas, it’s clear that there’s something just a little off about the whole scene. While it would be a stretch to say that the Hoyas were lured into a fight, it definitely sounds like they soon found themselves in a fight that was fixed. In the end, it’s a miracle nobody was hurt.

Either way, this is just an ugly, ugly turn of events. As a result, don’t be surprised if the Hoyas decide it’s best to cancel the rest of their goodwill tour.

Maxine Waters on President Obama – “We’re Gettin’ Tired Y’all”

I think Maxine is speaking to a fast growing segment of the black community who are tired of a black President who can’t stand up, and won’t address the issues…

Hate and the Rise of the Tea Party Republicans 4th KKK

The Tea Party for all intents and purposes is the rise of the Fourth KKK. Don’t let the fact they have given up the sheets for khakis and pinpoint shirts fool you – it’s the same message, and the same old racist evil. Whether it is Bachmann waxing fondly about slavery, or Herman Cain buckdancing and shining  in his travelling Minstrel Show – the message is the same – Hate.

Now over there at conservative central, the usual suspects are in full buckdance mode trying to provide racial cover by claiming the recent “Flash Mob” attacks in Philly are symptomatic of black folks racism. Never mind that the “beat down” videos posted by teens on YouTube and other sites have been around for a few years – and the perpetrators are a cross section of America.

Auto plant worker James Craig Anderson was run over and killed by a group of white teens, prosecutors in Mississippi say.

Auto plant worker James Craig Anderson was run over and killed by a group of white teens, prosecutors in Mississippi say.

Tea Bagger and Republican race baiting, given national coverage and viewership by the likes of Faux News has created the most hostile racial climate in America since Segregation.

Hate crimes are a national problem

The security camera footage broadcast by CNN shows a grisly scene: a black man in Jackson, Mississippi, being fatally run over by a pickup truck after he was viciously beaten in a motel parking lot on a Sunday morning in June. Prosecutors say a group of white teens chose the man at random. They say the alleged ringleader, an 18-year-old now charged with murder, laughed about it afterward and boasted in a phone conversation about how he “ran that n—– over.”

When we’re confronted with such a shocking act of violence, we search for answers. We want to know what’s in the hearts and minds of the attackers. We wonder what motivates someone to extinguish a life for no other reason than the color of the person’s skin. Continue reading

Alan West Goes Full Uncle Tom – Compares Self to Harriet Tubman

This is one sick piece of shit…

Meanwhile Janeane Garofolo over on Olbermann’s show hits Part Deux of the Tea Bagger’s Minstrel Show -

Garofalo: Herman Cain “Being Paid To Run,” Has Stockholm Syndrome

Liberal activist and actress Janeane Garofalo appeared on Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” show on the Current TV network Wednesday night. Garofalo went on several rants, one of which included accusing the Tea Party, which she calls a “fundamentalist” movement, of racism.

Garofalo also said successful businessman Herman Cain is either being paid to run or is suffering from Stockholm syndrome because he is a “person of color” running as a Republican in the party’s presidential primary.

“[He's] in this presidential race because he deflects the racism that is inherent in the Republican party, the conservative movement, the Tea Party certainly. [In] the last 30 years the Republican party has been moving more and more to the right, but also race-baiting more. Gay-baiting more. Religion-baiting more,” Garofalo said. Continue reading

So What’s the Gas Mileage on this Bad Boy, Again?

The President Obama buses are causing quite a stir. Tricked out with special paint, and some serious high-tech gadgets the Secret Service will barely even allude to, these bad boys are apparently able to get on down the road if necessary.

Drawing from what is known about “the Beast” – the Presidential Limousine, we can deduce that the Bus has some pretty serious armament, possibly including 8″ thick armor plate, to go along with the “bulletproof  glass” windows. The interesting thing is that it is designed not to show much on the outside.

One of the interesting things about the two vehicles (there is a red one and a black one) is that no markings or stickers are allowed on the vehicles.

They are now saying they are going to let the Republican Presidential candidate ride in one of these?

I hope the interior is designed to be hosed out.

President Obama's bus was parked outside of Maquoketa High School on Tuesday.

$1.1 million bus used by Obama has high-tech defenses – but what are they?

The Secret Service refuses to give away many details on the design, but has said it has similar features to Obama’s regular ride, The Beast. The tricked-out Cadillac known as The Beast looks like a regular limousine, but is built more like a tank.

If the Obama Bus is similar to The Beast, it will have tank-like armor and cutting edge technology. For example, The Beast has 8-inch thick armor-plated sides, special bulletproof glass, and Kevlar-reinforced tires. The tires are mounted on specially designed rims that can continue to drive even if the tires are missing.

Like The Beast, the bus is probably airtight, and likely has an advanced fire suppression system, oxygen tanks, and is built to withstand a chemical attack.

In case of a medical emergency, bags of Obama’s blood are likely carried onboard just as they are in The Beast.

With more room than The Beast, the bus will probably have more defensive tricks up its sleeves than The Beast’s night vision cameras, shotguns, and tear-gas cannons.

The electronics and communications are no doubt state of the art, and are sure to replicate The Beast’s direct satellite phone line to the Vice President and the Pentagon.

The Secret Service used a fund for transportation and armored vehicles to buy two of these buses from the Hemphill Brothers Coach Company for a total of $2,191,960. No word on whether the company will make more, but Cadillac said they would not make The Beast for any private customers or foreign country saying the design is “very private and secretive.” Chances are these buses are two of a kind and will remain so.

While $2.2 million may sound expensive, it is expected to be cheaper than the normal leased buses over a ten year span, and a Secret Service official implied leased buses aren’t safe enough, saying, “we have not been satisfied with the level of protection offered by leased buses.”

And they aren’t just for the President. The second bus is expected to be used by the Republican presidential candidate and both will eventually be used for visiting dignitaries and future officeholders and candidates.

But until the Secret Service releases more details, the real technology inside the Obama bus will remain a mystery.

Verizon – The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back?

Can You Hear Me Now?

Been wondering for years when exactly the isht was going to hit the proverbial fan in this country. Workers have been disenfranchised in the millions, their jobs outsourced in an economy where even doing all the right things and punching all the right educational and academic tickets is no assurance of a basic wage…

Well… The strike at Verizon may have finally lit the fuse.

Verizon Strike Update: Company Calls in Hundreds of Non-Union Replacements

Verizon called in hundreds of non-union employees and additional management to fill in for striking workers as the work stoppage by unions enters its tenth day.

The company said the replacements are handling customer service and network operational duties.

“We’ve called up hundreds of additional employees in the last few days,” said Verizon spokesman Rich Young.

“Our plan is to do what we have to do to keep our networks running. By and large, 10 days into the strike, our networks are performing solidly.”

Meanwhile, the Communication Workers of America union said that more than 100,000 people have signed a petition asking the company’s chief executive to start serious negotiations with strikers.

The union claims that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam is “trying to push Verizon workers out of the middle class.”

Much of the impasse between Verizon and unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, centers on $1 billion in concessions that the strikers claim the company is demanding from them.

Union officials, who say they don’t want to lose their members’ free health care benefits, assert that since Verizon is a very profitable company (and has paid in excess of $258 million over the past four years to five top executives); the workers shouldn’t be forced to make such sacrifices.

“We will never have an economic recovery if profitable companies like Verizon can demand huge concessions from workers,” said CWA Communications Director Candice Johnson.

“You don’t build a middle class by cutting workers’ wages, benefits and standard of living,” she added. “That’s just one reason why Verizon is becoming synonymous with VeryGreedy.”

Niagra Falls/National Park Deaths – What’s the Deal?

What’s the deal this year with the number of folks voluntarily eliminating themselves from the gene pool by “accidentally” falling in the water rushing over waterfalls or getting eaten by the wildlife in National Parks? There were the three folks at Yosemite Falls, and now, at Niagra Falls. And it is not just waterfalls – it’s been the deadliest year on record for tourists at the National Parks.

I mean – the way things are going the “Spirit of the Mists”, the boat that goes near the bottom of the Niagra Falls is going to need an airbag on the top to catch the falling bodies.

Considering that over 50% of the folks who wrap themselves in barrels to go over the Niagra Falls wind up dead…

It should be patently obvious nobody is swimming up the falls.

I’ve been to both Yosemite and Niagra Falls, and can tell you both are worth the trip. However, the sound and feel of the ground shaking as metric tons of water pour over the Niagra Falls ought to give anyone pause.

First time I went to Yellowstone was back when the bears still freely roamed the park in the 60’s. One of the thrills was being in a Double-Decker bus, when one of the grizzlies or smaller brown bears would stand up on his hind legs and look straight in through the window at you. Just in case you thought “Yogi” differentiated between you and any other snack food which might offer itself – they had the skin of a 10′ tall grizzly hanging in the old – Old Faithful Lodge entrance. It had been killed by a Park Ranger, and you could see the bullet holes where he first shot it 13 times with his 44-40 Winchester rifle, and then 6 more times with his pistol… After which the bear ate the Park Ranger before expiring…

Here – Police searching for a moron they did know about – found one that they didn’t know about:

Niagara Falls Search for Woman Turns Up Man’s Body

 An odd footnote to the sad tale of the 19-year-old student swept over Niagara Fallson Sunday. An international search team dispatched in a helicopter to look for her body in Niagara Falls Gorge instead turned up the body of an unknown male. Authorities are working to identify him, reports KTLA. Meanwhile, more details are emerging about the tragic weekend incident: The woman, presumed drowned, was an international student from Japan.

The Toronto Star talks to a witness who saw her posing on the railing for a photo moments before she fell, wearing a bright red sweatshirt and holding an umbrella. The paper notes that earlier the same day, a 27-year-old man scaled a safety wall and tumbled into Niagara River Gorge; he and a friend who went in to save him were rescued, though the man fractured his leg.

FBI Looks Deeper Into Murdoch’s Empire

There appears to be more than one rat running around inside Newscorp. I will get interested when they get into Faux News, and some of Murdoch’s American holdings…

FBI widens its US inquiry into News Corp beyond 9/11 hacking

The American authorities have widened their investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to look into allegations of wrongdoing at the company beyond the claim that News of the World journalists attempted to hack the phones of 9/11 victims.

It was reported this weekend that FBI investigators, who are checking damaging claims that reporters at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid asked a New York-based private detective to access the voicemails of those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks, have so far found no evidence that attempts were made to eavesdrop on the messages.

The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corp, said US agencies were now examining whether there were further claims of misconduct at the company’s American subsidiaries that merit further investigation. The move comes as MPs in Westminster prepare to consider tomorrow the release of new documents related to hacking, which one former minister described as “dynamite”

The American authorities have widened their investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to look into allegations of wrongdoing at the company beyond the claim that News of the World journalists attempted to hack the phones of 9/11 victims.

It was reported this weekend that FBI investigators, who are checking damaging claims that reporters at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid asked a New York-based private detective to access the voicemails of those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks, have so far found no evidence that attempts were made to eavesdrop on the messages.

The Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corp, said US agencies were now examining whether there were further claims of misconduct at the company’s American subsidiaries that merit further investigation. The move comes as MPs in Westminster prepare to consider tomorrow the release of new documents related to hacking, which one former minister described as “dynamite”.

The widened US inquiry, said to be at “an early stage”, will look at past claims against News Corp companies, including a lawsuit brought by Floorgraphics, an advertising company, which alleged computer hacking on the part of its Murdoch-owned competitor.

A New Jersey senator wrote to the US Attorney General’s office last month asking for an inquiry into News Corp’s behaviour in the US, citing the case of Floorgraphics, whose founders claimed their Murdoch-owned rival, News America, threatened to destroy their company when they rejected a takeover bid. A jury was told that 11 breaches of Floorgraphics’ password-protected website in 2004 were traced back to an address registered to a News America office and that sensitive information could have been accessed.

News Corp, which ended the lawsuit after agreeing to buy Floorgraphics for $29.5m (£18m), denied any claim that it threatened the company and said it condemned the hacking, suggesting it may have been carried out without its knowledge by an employee. News Corp is now facing questions about its US operations, including whether American corruption laws were broken if it is proven that NOTW journalists made payments to British police officers.

The developments came ahead of a potentially difficult week for Mr Murdoch’s son, James, as the Commons’ media select committee meets tomorrow to discuss further submissions arising from his testimony last month.

Chris Matthews – Texas Republican Governor Rick (Big Hair) Perry a “Wax Clown”

Don’t hurt ‘em Chris!

Chris Matthews: Rick Perry A ‘Clown’ Full Of ‘Texas B.S.’

Chris Matthews didn’t mince words on his Friday show when it came to the newest entrant into the GOP presidential race.

Rick Perry formally entered the 2012 campaign on Saturday, but everyone knew that he was running days before. On Friday’s “Hardball,” Matthews made it clear that he doesn’t think much of the Texas governor. As he watched the footage MSNBC was playing of Perry, Matthews openly mocked him–and his Texas ways.

“He looks like a clown,” Matthews said. “He dresses very fancy. There’s something about the way that he puts himself together that doesn’t look authentic. He looks like, I don’t know, a wax figure pretending to be governor. There’s something about him that doesn’t add up to me. Maybe it’s this Texas B.S., this boots and tuxedo thing they do down there. Why does it work? Outside of Texas it doesn’t travel very well.”

Matthews also criticized Perry for mangling the history of Texas’ relationship with the rest of the U.S. Matthews said that, unlike what Perry has claimed, Texas never had any clause in its founding documents that allowed it to secede from America. He wondered whether Perry was being “deliberately ignorant” in his telling of the state’s history.

Arab Spring in San Francisco

One of the tactics utilized by the Hosni Mubarak Government in Egypt to ty and stop the protests was to cut off internet and cell phone services…

Seems it worked so well for Mubarak,,, The San Francisco Subway Authority (BART) decided to try it.

S.F. subway muzzles cell service during protest

The operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit subway system temporarily shut down cell service last night in four downtown San Francisco stations to interfere with a protest over a shooting by a BART police officer, a spokesman for the system said today.

“BART staff or contractors shut down power to the nodes and alerted the cell carriers,” James Allison, deputy chief communications officer for BART, told CNET. The move was “one of many tactics to ensure the safety of everyone on the platform,” he said in an initial statement provided to CNET earlier this afternoon.

Activists had planned to protest the fatal shooting of Charles Blair Hill, who BART police said went after them with a knife before an officer shot him on July 3.

“Organizers planning to disrupt BART service…stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART police,” said the original BART statement. “A civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform overcrowding and unsafe conditions for BART customers, employees, and demonstrators.”

The initial statement from BART said the subway system had asked the wireless carriers to suspend the service in the stations, but Allison later said BART itself pulled the plug and notified the providers after the fact.

Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?

The base is getting restless – and frustrated by repeat failures by President Obama to grab the Bull by the Horns – folding up his tent and running away at the first sign of Republican resistance…

The real key to Obama’s election chances are in his support by minority groups. Among Hispanics, his approval rating is falling rapidly. While Hispanics are unlikely to vote in the republican Lynch Mob – that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t embrace a Democrat Primary challenger or a Third Party.

Black folks also are growing weary of President Obama’s “punking out” on issue after issue.  The Republican talking point is that it is the economy and jobs. Black folks know full well who is going to be last in line for those jobs should Republicans gain control. So – even though President Obama isn’t seen as making much progress, there is a big difference in being goverened by the well meaning but weak willed and ineffective…

And the strong willed who are out to kill you.

Democrats doubt Barack Obama’s reelection chances

President Barack Obama is facing mounting doubts within his own party about his re-election prospects, with fellow Democrats beginning to ask if Hillary Clinton would have made a better president.

Mr Obama’s capitulation to Republicans in the recent tussle over deficit reduction is being seen as the lowest point of his presidency and the latest in a series of blows to the liberal agenda.

Faced with the staunch opposition of the Tea Party contingent of the Republican Party, he agreed to widespread cuts in government spending without winning any revenue increases in exchange.

Finding it hard to defend his often listless and repetitive performances, Democratic strategists and commentators are privately agreeing with Republicans and comparing Mr Obama to Jimmy Carter, another Democrat who remains the post-war benchmark for a failed president.

“He is a do-gooder at heart,” said Morris Reid, a Washington consultant and former Clinton official. “He thinks everyone has the same agenda to do the right thing, but other people don’t have the same agenda. Their agenda is to score points and get their party re-elected.

“This is the downside of him not being terribly political like Bill Clinton was. Bill Clinton woke up every day relishing this kind of fight, and Hillary is just a tougher person. The Clintons are much more combative, they are always ready to go to Defcon 1 (‘war is imminent’ state).”

Mr Reid added that the president remained a formidable campaigner and fund-raiser and should not be ruled out of the fight in 2012. But he said some Democrats were feeling “buyer’s remorse” for selecting the president in his epic battle with Mrs Clinton for the 2008 Democratic nomination.

“The notion everyone is talking about is ‘is he Jimmy Carter or will he be a one-term president’,” he said.

Gary Pearce, a Democratic strategist in North Carolina, a swing state Mr Obama is likely to struggle to retain in 2012, said: “Democrats are worried. He looks weak, he doesn’t say anything that grabs you, and people are looking for some kind of magic.”

He said some activists were asking “do we need someone tougher to fight the tea party?” “You see a yearning for a Bill Clinton-type approach and Hillary would reflect that. Obama is just a different political animal, he is a low-key guy,” he added.

Mr Obama’s approval rating has fallen dramatically since the killing of Osama bin Laden in early May, and he has failed to outline a vision for how he will improve chronic unemployment and a housing market in which one if five mortgage holders are in negative equity.

A 2012 primary challenge by Mrs Clinton is currently regarded as unlikely, but growing number of party activists and old hands are hoping that she changes her mind.

On his nightly television show, liberal host Bill Maher dismissed Mr Obama as a Republican, and asked his panel if Mrs Clinton would have made a better president.

“Yes,” replied astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, an African American astrophysicist and broadcaster, adding that the Secretary of State would have been “a more effective negotiator in the halls of Congress”.

Time to Clean House, and Senate

Repeat After Me - Tax Cuts Make You Fly!

In what has already become the most disastrous failure of the American political system in history, political extremism in this country may well have killed the fatted calf of the American economy. The only question I have at this point is WTF were those folks in Wisconsin thinking – who only threw ot 2 of the 6 nutjobs bent on converting the state to a simulacrum of Nazi Germany,

Politicians depend on the American public to have a short memory. So unless thanger felt by the electorate in this poll converts into some sort of action in the streets…

It’s likelythat the same old failures will be in the same old jobs come 2012.

CNN Poll: Time to clean house in Congress?

Need more evidence that Americans are extremely angry at Congress?

Well, here you go: According to a new national survey, for the first time ever most Americans don’t believe their own member of Congress deserves re-election.

Read full results (pdf).

And the CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday also indicates that while Republicans may have had the upper hand in the recent battle over raising the debt ceiling, they appear to have lost a lot of ground with the public and the party’s unfavorable rating is now at an all time high.

Only 41 percent of people questioned say the lawmaker in their district in the U.S. House of Representatives deserves to be re-elected – the first time ever in CNN polling that that figure has dropped below 50 percent. Forty-nine percent say their representative doesn’t deserve to be re-elected in 2012. And with ten percent unsure, it’s the first time that a majority has indicated that they would boot their representative out of office if they had the chance today.

“That 41 percent, in the polling world, is an amazing figure. Throughout the past two decades, in good times and bad, Americans have always liked their own member of Congress despite abysmal ratings for Congress in general,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Now anti-incumbent sentiment is so strong that most Americans are no longer willing to give their own representative the benefit of the doubt.  If that holds up, it could be an early warning of an electorate that is angrier than any time in living memory.” Continue reading

Steve Harvey Hammers Cornel West and Tavis Smiley

Things are truly getting hot in here! I was also a former fan of Cornel West, until he turned into a sanctimonious boob. Not quite ready to go as far as Harvey – because some of the criticism leveled at President Obama certainly is legitimate in my view. Plus, there are plenty of Jockey Suited Lawn Ornament types much, much, more deserving of the approbation “Tom”.

Steve Harvey: Cornel West, Tavis Smiley are 'Uncle Toms'Steve Harvey: Cornel West, Tavis Smiley are ‘Uncle Toms’

During his syndicated radio show, comedian Steve Harvey called out Cornel West and Tavis Smiley for their poverty bus tour, while defending President Barack Obama.
After a listener sent an email about the duo’s tour being a hustle, Harvey didn’t shy away for offering his own opinion — accusing West and Smiley for using personal vendettas to damage the Obama’s name.

“I was a huge fan of Cornel West,” he said. “[But] Tavis, I seen him coming a mile away. His anger started when he had a town hall meeting, President Obama couldn’t come because of the campaign trail and he sent Mrs. Obama. He has held that grudge every since.”
The writer and comedian also mocked West for not getting extra tickets to Obama’s inauguration. Harvey said, “Have you ever been invited to the damn inauguration? Did Bush send for you? Did Clinton send for you? Did Reagan send for you?”
Harvey continued his rant by referring to Smiley and West as being affiliated with UTLO.org (which stands out for “Uncle Tom Look Out”).
Harvey mocked the tour by saying, “Make sure you don’t get on the poverty bus… because if you ain’t po’, when you ride the bus, you become po’.”

Black Tea Day on the Stock Market

In 1987 the stock market took it’s worst hit in over 50 years. That day has become to be known as “Black Monday”.

Well – with the 635 point hit the Stock Market took today, following a 500 pint hit last Thursday, I think we call this was Black Tea Monday – in honor of the folks responsible for it – the Tea Baggers in Congress.

If you don’t have a recall election scheduled in your district, and are represented by one of the Tea Baggers…

I suggest you start a petition, or a more immediate group effort with something like tar, feathers… and a rail.

Battered Dow Ends Down 635

The Dow Jones plummeted under 11,000 today, dropping 635 points as the United States’ downgraded credit rating punished the markets. The drubbing took the Dow down 5.55% to 10,810, reports MarketWatch. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 bled more, shedding 6.90% and 6.66% respectively.

“The initial reaction with most things problematic in the market is to sell and ask questions later,” one investment banker told the Wall Street Journal this morning. The turmoil sent investors scrambling to an ironic place for safety: US Treasuries, which saw big gains despite the downgrade. T-note yields hit their lowest level since January 2009. Gold also soared, closing at more than $1,713 an ounce.

 

American Hyper-Segregation… Not Just in Black, Brown, and White

I don’t think it is any surprise to most folks that America remains largely segregated along racial lines  nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1965.  While race and racism play a part in this, by far the majority of self-segregation falls within the sphere of tribalism. Well to do black folks self-segregate in communities in the Washington DC area and Atlanta, and white segregate themselves in the suburbs. That tribalism has a lot more to do with the culture you grew up with in most cases than any dislike of other folks. In all but exceedingly rare case, nobody is going to stop a black family with the means from living in the ‘burbs, nor are black folks going to stop whites or anyone else from moving into any of the new black enclaves.

Whites in this country have developed an entire political movement, which at it’s core is a belief in a return to the “golden age” of the 50’s.  Black folks don’t have many fond memories of pre-segregation America – and while the cars, music, and some of the entertainers of the period may foster fond memories, there is no desire whatsoever to return to the societal context or economic realities. That is, and fundamentally always will be a schism between the right in American politics and black folks.

Developing more recently is an even more dangerous hyper-segregation – that between folks on the left and folks on the right. The article below characterizes it as urbanized versus suburban – but I don’t think that is entirely accurate because there are suburban communities which reliably vote left. While there aren’t any major urban areas which vote right – that probably is more a result of the impact of minority voters.

Political and marketing analysts figured out some years ago that they could predict your political alignment by whether you shopped or ate at Walmart of Cracker Barrel – or sipped lattes at Starbucks, and provisioned at Whole Foods.

That political schism, now seems also to define where people want to live.

The Cook Report: Whole Foods versus Cracker Barrel: How Americans Are Self-Sorting

When weary voters saw the news that Washington had struck a bipartisan deal on the debt ceiling, it’s doubtful that many of them took out stationery to write Congress a thank-you note; it’s not clear how many of us even believed it had happened. Last week, according to a Pew Research Center survey, a whopping 72 percent described the recent negotiations in disparaging terms such as ridiculous,disgustingstupid, and frustrating. Long before the last-minute, $2.1 trillion deal, voters had thrown their hands up in despair at the extremely polarized state of our politics. Continue reading

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