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Monday News: “Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature'”; “Anti-Trump fires...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, February 11.  Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'...

In Disastrous Hill.TV Interview, Neo-Confederate Corey Stewart Goes Wildly Revisionist on...

Virginia GOP U.S. Senate nominee Corey Stewart hit yet another new low this morning, this time in his disastrous (error-strewn, bizarre, etc.) appearance on...

Video: EW Jackson Claims “It was NOT Europeans who came up...

Right Wing Watch reports on 2018 Virginia GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ewwwwww Jackson's latest lunacy and bizarre historical revisionism (see partial transcript and video,...

VA GOP Attacks Ralph Northam for Rejecting…Slavery and White Supremacy? HUH???

Look, it's not exactly surprising that a Virginia Republican Party which worships Trump and which is headed up by the likes of John "Anti-Semitic...

How Northam Might Handle the Confederate Monuments Issue

Yesterday, in a series of comments on my own piece on "The Republicans' Smart Move on the White Supremacy Issue," which focused on the...

The Republicans’ Smart Move on the White Supremacy Issue

Ordinarily, I don't go public with such an early draft of a piece as this. I expect that a more polished version will be...

White Supremacy

This piece is appearing this week in newspapers in my conservative congressional district (VA-06) ********************* It is not difficult to see that a phenomenon like “white...

Spoons and Small Brushes Not Bulldozers and Backhoes

First African Baptist Church photo 140718FirstAfricanBaptistChurch_1_zps887db9c9.jpgUnfortunately for the preservation of Virginia's African American history, Richmond's Mayor, a man of color and the book, is either morally corrupt or benignly ignorant. Doesn't matter which, the result may be the same. It is not surprising that a typical American does not value the history of a place.

But failure to grasp his own heritage is a mortal flaw. There are a few stories here. The ground under Shockoe Bottom is one. The legacy of what went on there and in Jackson Ward and throughout Richmond is another. That legacy screams for every effort to remedy the high unemployment among blacks in Richmond and the accompanying fratricide. A properly funded and directed school system and full-time employment opportunities should be job one. Instead, places for games that feather already well-healed nests and half million dollar studies of half-cocked ideas consume Richmond City revenues. Great photo ops, though.

"...we are totally opposed to a stadium in Shockoe Bottom. Agreeing to this demand by Mayor Jones and the developers he represents would clearly state the following position: Yes, the history is important, but not so much that we can't play games on top of it. And that would be a continuation of the same disrespect that formed the basis for the acceptance of slavery and the slave trade in the first place." - statement by Phil Wilayto and Anna Edwards of the Sacred Ground Project

Compound this with the arrogant, aloof stance that Richmond is immune from federal Section 106 regulations which is even more insulting than any tea party nullification rant. If Jones were Mayor of Jerusalem, he'd solve that whole Temple Mount thing by razing both al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock then build condos and concessions surrounding a miniaturized, motorized laser show of popular myths: Abraham and alternating sons; Moses (I know, I know, but authenticity is not important) delivering an Ark of the Covenant emanating lightning bolts; Jesus in a fit turning over tables; Mohammad gliding in on his horse; you get it, something for everyone.

Maybe the race to succeed Virginia state Senator Henry Marsh (D-16th) whose former district includes much of Richmond's East End will provide a vehicle for Delegates McQuinn (D-70th), whose current district encompasses less and Dance (D-63rd) whose current district covers none to help crystalize the debate. McQuinn seems to be able to straddle both sides of the issue, which hasn't been helpful and could make it quite a tango for Dance. Both probably believe Jones' endorsement would be to their advantage in the contest. In reality, electoral influence is likely the only reason any politician patronizes Jones. Developers seem to believe there are other purposes.

Cuccinelli compared slavery to abortion in 2008

Ken CuccinelliThe Washington Examiner is a conservative DC area paper, owned by right-wing billionaire Philip Anschutz, which this coming June will stop its daily print run and be replaced by a weekly magazine. That makes this story all the more delicious. The context of the story is that Democrats in Virginia have been pushing out a video taken by a tracker at a small small gathering of religious conservatives in Williamsburg, VA, in which the Virginia Attorney General and putative Republican nominee for Governor of Virginia equated abortion and slavery, as you can read in this AP story at Salon

The Examiner story's 2nd paragraph reads

The outspoken conservative and candidate for governor made an almost identical statement in a 2008 "Cuccinelli Compass," a regular letter he writes to supports to supporters, The Washington Examiner has learned. In it, Cuccinelli reviews a biography on British abolitionist William Wilberforce and draws a connection between Wilberforce's fight against slavery to his own efforts in the Virginia Senate to curb abortions in the state.

The story also offers Cuccinelli's defense of those remarks:  

The New and Not-So-New De Facto Slavery

Two recent articles show the lengths that Republicans will go to appropriate the time of the unemployed and the jailed for free labor. First, the Senate Republicans now want to punish the unemployed even more.  Not only do they want to impose a drug-test tax, and deny benefits to those without a high school education, they also want the unemployed to work for free (i.e., de facto slavery).  Given that the economy has downsized more people of color, with African American unemployment running as high as 50% in some places, this move has rather sinister and historic non-subtle overtones.  It should be a federal crime to demand anyone work for free.  But here we are with the Senate GOP demanding exactly that.  

Sen. Richard Burr wants to make those on unemployment prove they have applied for a job at least 20 hours a week AND work for free another 20 hours a week, just to get the paltry insurance they are owed.  Unemployment insurance is paid by companies to cover employees when the same companies lay off workers.  It is the last disincentive to firing and downsizing, and as we have seen, not nearly enough so.  When it is a choice of further enriching the already rich or paying workers, you know what the corporate CEOs decide.  With at least 2/3 of the unemployed unable to find work, that is a large number of conscripts into servitude.  Why, maybe the very same employers who eliminate their jobs can gain their free labor (sarcasm)?