Police have been arresting journalists AND attacking them with rubber bullets and pepper spray.

Police hit Linda Tirado, a photojournalist, in the left eye with a rubber bullet, and she has been permanently blinded.

Here's Linda's thread about her eye:
@KillerMartinis - if you know someone who witnessed her attack or who knows her EMTs, she'd appreciate contact

Three years of @realDonaldTrump's ‘enemy of the people’ rhetoric made these men think they had a right to attack journalists.

I want to believe that these police are a minority, as are those disrupting peaceful protests. I am PISSED OFF at an apparent code of silence.
I type "men" deliberately. I have seen no video of women LEOs attacking protesters - by pushing an elderly man to the ground (Utah) or kicking a young woman (NY) or removing a man's mask to pepper spray him for no reason.
It's not like we don't KNOW that bad actors in the police corps exist:
@guardian Dec 2019

theguardian.com/us-news/2019/d… Image
We've known for a LONG time. 2006 FBI assessment during the BUSH administration. Another report in April 2009 (which means it probably started under Bush)
justsecurity.org/70507/white-su… ImageImage
AND we've done NOTHING to address this very real problem.

INSTEAD, we give police departments military-grade armaments leftover from the (undeclared) Iraq War.

And then we have Trump flooding the zone with 💩 like this >
In rational times, with a working Republican Party rather than one run by #RichMitch, today's rhetoric would trigger the 25th amendment.

"You have to dominate"
"put [protesters] in jail for 10 years."


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According to @nytimes analysis, most public schools with large J.R.O.T.C. enrollment numbers are in low-income neighborhoods where students are primarily nonwhite. @ByMikeBaker et al

h/t @darlakrusee

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Mandatory enrollment violates Pentagon policy, supposedly.

“parents in some cities say their children are being forced to put on military uniforms, obey a chain of command and recite patriotic declarations in classes they never wanted to take.”

This data point is meaningless without knowing % of schools that offer JROTC, @ByMikeBaker

“The Army says 44 percent of all soldiers who entered its ranks in recent years came from a school that offered J.R.O.T.C.”

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I am very Very tired of he-said, she-said reporting. Rather than tell us that Republicans think there is insufficient kerning (what?) ... why not tell us what the law/reg says? Why not tell us HOW this board can reject a ballot initiative?
Why not LINK to the document, @detroitnews?

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I challenge anyone to find a problem with kerning, although by state requirements it is incredibly hard to read.

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You don't even SHOW us the alleged hard-to-read section(s), @detroitnews! I expect such cavalier reporting from national orgs, which is why I went local.

Michigan state requirements for petitions
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Alex: 210.4K
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Do you have a better way to show, after the fact, that highly classified docs were stuck in a box with personal mementos? One that would make it clear to a judge that a crime had occurred? Note the docs aren’t visible, just their classification.
Twist the truth much, @JudiciaryGOP?

“Finally recovered some documents”

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
George Orwell, 1984

It’s possible to live in a world defined by Orwell and Huxley.
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Perhaps some books need to be read after having life experience.

I have always been biased towards words. News via magazine and newspaper not television or even radio. So I can imagine having raced through Amusing Ourselves To Death, nodding my head.
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But I’m re-reading it decades later.

I have questions: Was the requirement to own land in order to vote a proxy for literacy? Am I in error thinking that most 19th century Americans were illiterate? Who let women go to school?
The world that Postman paints as one of reason over passion feels like one dominated by White male privilege. Speeches were printed in full in newspapers. And readers had to follow current events to understand the arguments.

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I am late to those who have been tracing the deaths of men associated with sexual predator (and assumed blackmailer) Jeffrey Epstein.
But this? How could there be no blood on the scene if the man shot himself with a shotgun??

Mark Middleton died 07 May 2022. Death ruled suicide. He was an Arkansas businessman who reportedly introduced Epstein to Bill Clinton.

Now Steven Hoffenberg, a businessman who served 18 years in prison and who was “one of Jeffrey Epstein's close friends,” has been found dead in his Connecticut apartment. Hoffenberg hired Epstein in the ‘80s. Cause of death UK.

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Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett, 1962:
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