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Black Minnesotans are more than five times more likely than White Minnesotans to be infected with COVID-19, more than three times more likely to be hospitalized, and three or four times more likely to die. Similar disparities affect other communities of color. COVID-19 hits Latino, Asian, and Native American Minnesotans harder than White Minnesotans.
These numbers should surprise no one. They are just the latest in a long parade of disparities. Continue reading
Trump flat-out lies so often that it is hard to keep up with rebuttals. He lies even when you can see and hear the truth. Today’s egregious example is his tweet claiming that Democrats “took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention.” That’s a lie. 100 percent false.
Here are links to video from the Pledge at the Democratic National Convention each night. Click and you can see for yourself. Continue reading
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A month ago, I wrote about the Trump administration’s moves against the U.S. Postal Service. Now it is much worse. Here are the latest developments:
Yesterday (August 13), Trump said he is not going to fund the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) because he does not want them to have enough money to handle absentee/mail-in ballots for the November election. Yes—he actually said that out loud. Just as, back in March, he said that allowing more people to vote would mean that Republicans could not win the election.
While Trump continues to bloviate about fraud in mail-in voting, that is a pack of lies. He has cited zero evidence. Five states have had all-mail-in voting for years, with no problems. Continue reading
Marking her landslide victory, Congressmember Ilhan Omar tweeted Tuesday night: “In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money.
“Tonight, our movement didn’t just win. We earned a mandate for change. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records. Despite the attacks, our support has only grown.” Continue reading
Trump’s antipathy toward the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is longstanding. Not as longstanding as the Post Office itself, which was established by Congress in 1792, under power specifically granted by the Constitution. No matter: Trump and many other Republicans want to privatize the post office and they will stop at nothing in their effort to get rid of it. Their efforts have accelerated in the past few months, as an attack on the post office is now also an attack on the election. Continue reading
Today’s Trumpian tweet terrified many people: What if he follows through on his tweet and actually postpones the election? What if he cancels the election altogether? What if he loses the election and won’t leave anyway?
We clearly need to prepare. In the service of sanity, I suggest some survival strategies:
Build that wall—around the White House. Not hard to do, since the recently-fortified wall around the White House is probably more gesund than most miles on the Mexican border. All we would need to add is a virtual wall blocking access to Twitter, and we could all try to forget the last four years. Continue reading
From the time he was a little boy preaching to chickens through his life-long fight for justice for all to these last years as a strong voice in opposition to the travesty of the Trump administration, John Lewis held fast to his ideals of truth and justice for all. The best way I can think of to mourn and mark his death and to honor his life is to lift up his words. Continue reading
Almost two-thirds of White parents who responded to a Minnesota Department of Education survey said they are comfortable sending their children back to school in September. A slim majority of Black parents said they were uncomfortable or not sure about sending their children back to school. Most Asian and Latinx parents responding to the survey also were uncomfortable or unsure.
Originally published in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Continue reading
Latest orders from the Trump administration: Slow down mail delivery. Reject DACA applications. Stop reporting COVID-19 numbers publicly. Here are the details: Continue reading
Joe Friday – Just the facts, ma’am
UPDATED 9:40 p.m.: Good news! The administration has reversed its order to deport international students if their U.S. universities go all-online for fall semester. That’s good news for the students, good news for the universities, and good news for all of us. I wrote last week about the utter stupidity of the order, which would have deprived universities and communities where they are located of more than $50 billion in spending by international students. The Trump administration agreed to rescind this idiotic orderafter hundreds of universities and many states (including Minnesota) sued to have it overturned.
Bad news: The Trump administration, in another move in its continuing war on science, ordered hospitals to stop sending information on coronavirus infections to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading