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Co-Founder of @RakkasanTea | Board Member, @OCPODallasTX | Occasional columnist, @NYDailyNews | Former Obama guy | Once a soldier
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Aug 11 13 tweets 4 min read
Last week Mike Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, went on a local far-right radio show and said some things. This included disparaging the Dallas Community Police Oversight Board on which I sit with 14 other confirmed city appointees.

🧵 I won't call Mr. Mata a liar, as I think it's probably better to take the charitable route and assume he's simply severely misinformed. But let's dig into what he said. You can listen to the full @WBAP247NEWS interview here: wbap.com/2022/08/03/ric…
Jul 1 8 tweets 2 min read
Artsy photo. And an important one. Don't know who took it, but it definitely looks like a magazine shot. Has that album cover vibe.

Anyway, the subject is a rich kid. Or, rather, was a rich kid. This is Bertrand Reinach. Born to a wealthy family in Paris. His mother, a socialite. His father, a composer.

The reason the photo is important is because it's relatable. Could be any influencer on Instagram today.
Jun 26 4 tweets 2 min read
Fascism is here. Out in the open. This Texas Republican lawmaker is describing plans to overrule elected Democratic DAs by allowing Republican DAs from other counties to prosecute and imprison residents outside their jurisdiction. wfaa.com/article/news/p… On one hand, this could induce blue states to begin ignoring jurisdiction and lines on a map by prosecuting officials from red states. On the other, it's also the type of tyranny that literally starts wars.
Jun 26 4 tweets 1 min read
I just took a look at Greenville's version of a police oversight board. Someone on the board may correct me, but a quick read tells me it's designed to be weak. That's bad, because cops know it. As you can see here. 🧵 First, it appears there's no dedicated professional oversight staff in Greenville. The city's HR department provides a secretary for the board, but that appears to be it.

Second, and most importantly, it looks to me like the board doesn't conduct independent investigations.
Jun 26 5 tweets 1 min read
Some of the worst people right now are the ones saying that because Republicans are better at politics than Democrats (which they are), that we all just have to live with the results, even if that means a fascist theocracy. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1… "You shoulda paid more attention to local elections 30 years ago," they say. "Like the Republicans did." Or, "Republicans show up to vote in *every* election. Y'all should try that." And then they snicker and shrug, smugly insisting "Republicans played the long game."
Jun 25 4 tweets 1 min read
This is in response to the Dallas and Austin DAs saying they won't prosecute And this idea of criminally prosecuting people who help women flee to another state for abortion really does have Fugitive Slave Act vibes
Jun 25 5 tweets 2 min read
Headed to a protest in Dallas? I expect the Dallas Police Department will act professionally as events unfold, but in the event you experience or witness certain cops behaving badly, it's important to know what recourse you have through the city's Police Oversight Board. 🧵 First, you have a right to file a complaint. You do NOT need to present yourself to a police station. You can file a complaint with the Board, in English or Spanish, here:
dallascityhall.com/government/mee… Image
Jun 13 19 tweets 6 min read
This suburban Dallas-area triangle has generated enough racist headlines and far-right extremists in the last two years that it's worth exploring why. Some examples follow 🧵 Image Colleyville, in the center of the triangle Image
May 21 6 tweets 2 min read
The first time I became aware of a first-term congressman from Texas name Beto O’Rourke was during a charged House Veterans Affairs hearing in 2013. I had just left VA. 🧵 Beto caught my eye because his line of questioning was too advanced for a rookie congressman I'd never heard of. He was empathetic, well-informed and prepared. Sadly, that's often noteworthy.
May 11 5 tweets 1 min read
Others may disagree, but I often think it's a real liability to have two former senators running the country in a White House staffed by former Hill people. They're pathologically incapable of thinking any other way than legislatively. YOU ARE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Do stuff! Over and over I get the feeling Biden thinks he's the President of Congress. He's not, and I really wish he'd instead use the full power of the presidency to execute and implement Democratic policies.
May 11 4 tweets 2 min read
Republicans can't really block covid aid. The WH can always just use the Treasury to pay for it. There's nothing Republicans can do except get mad and vow political revenge for these free vaccines at a later date. If you think the political cost of giving out free vaccines and bucking the minority in Congress will be too great, then follow the rules closely. But I'd advise Democrats in a time like this to really get comfortable with the true power of the presidency.
May 5 9 tweets 2 min read
Democrats need to get comfortable with this type of thinking. It's important. Here's why: The abortion issue is not a discrete policy topic. It's not something that can be shrugged away because "we don't have the votes." Abortion is a dealbreaker issue for many Americans.
🧵 People who are passionate about abortion may be represented by fewer than 50% of federal elected officials, but unlike, say, the federal debt (which most half-heartedly support or oppose), abortion is an issue which could detonate this whole place.
May 4 4 tweets 1 min read
We're about to enter an era where federal, state and local governments are in such sharp disagreement about laws that jurisdictions are only going to comply with certain laws if a higher level of government can physically enforce them. It'll lead to violence, possibly worse. We got a taste of this with mask ordinances. It'll be a lot worse with abortion. The more important thing, however, is the precedent set by the mask ordinance conflict. It NORMALIZED the act of not following laws.
May 3 6 tweets 2 min read
People are criticizing elected leaders for telling them to vote when they believe those leaders should be taking action instead. I'm among them. But I just want to say one thing about how government works and where the primary leadership and action should be coming from. Individuals in the House and Senate are often in a bind. A legislator has very little real power to operate the levers of governance. Legislators vote on policies and they can be effective cheerleaders, but they ultimately derive their power from voters and from the White House.
Apr 30 6 tweets 1 min read
Good thread Here's my take: The collapse of Russia's northern front bought it time. It allowed Russia to consolidate and refocus in areas where it was stronger, while forcing the Ukrainian units defending Kyiv to react.

It's all temporary though, assuming the war remains conventional.
Apr 29 6 tweets 2 min read
This is such terrible politics. This is going to anger everyone. Americans saddled with student debt won't be satisfied. WORSE, they won't be enthusiastic about voting in November. And Republicans will be angry if he reduces *any* amount of student debt. Of course, everyone who worships at the cult of bipartisanship will claim "if he's making both sides mad, he must be doing something right!!!!"
Apr 24 14 tweets 4 min read
Death squads. Forced removals. Attempting to erase an entire people. These are all Nazi tactics used during the Holocaust.

It is *vital* we make that connection, not only because it impacts Europe, but because Republicans here often express a desire to emulate Putin's Russia. 🧵 This is a controversial take, as the @ADL, the @HolocaustMuseum and others have encouraged people to "avoid Holocaust analogies in the public square." While I respect those organizations, the Holocaust was not a unique event in totality. Only its final years and conclusion were. ImageImage
Apr 21 5 tweets 1 min read
I know this is super inconvenient for everyone, but Republicans are openly fascist now and you can't allow elections with fascist candidates where you're essentially putting democracy on the ballot. Some hard decisions coming up. (Or not, and we just drift into a dictatorship.)
Apr 19 4 tweets 1 min read
Here's what this comes down to: Most Americans still support mask mandates during air travel. Airlines, however, do not because they're tired of dealing with the constant implicit and explicit threats of violence leveled by anti-maskers. Because threatening violence works. The threats work because weak and feckless leadership at the federal level allows it
Apr 15 9 tweets 2 min read
People always say "but there's nothing President Biden can DO" about the Postmaster General. That's not accurate even if, by statute, he's unable to directly fire DeJoy.

People who say this simply don't understand the power of the presidency. Here's what he can do. 🧵 1. Ask for DeJoy's resignation. This immediately puts *enormous* pressure on DeJoy. When the President of the United States asks you to resign your position in the federal government, it's no small thing.

More importantly, it now becomes a STORY.
Apr 7 5 tweets 2 min read
I'd normally ignore it, but this guy’s attempt to smear me reached a lot of people, so I'll address it. He took a tweet out of the context of its thread, straight lied and got 8,000 likes. With *easily* verifiable lies. In his first image, I'm responding to a Glenn Greenwald tweet about the "first 6-8 weeks of the U.S. invasion of Iraq" in 2003 (Greenwald's words), I tweeted about that same time period. Alan didn't like it, so he tried to discredit me with images. There was just one problem.