Vox Populi, our weekly live chat on the week’s events begins tonight at 7:00pm PST and there’s so much to discuss, that’s for certain. Hope to see you then!
adlib 7 days ago
Hey there!
adlib 7 days ago
Quite a week.
adlib 7 days ago
Hi, Beatlex, Adlib. I’ll be in and out, but yes, quite a week for many reasons.
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
So true, PPO.
adlib 7 days ago
I do feel, now that POTUS is pushing it, there will be progress in the relations between minorities and the police. there of course will always be the redneck element everywhere, but it’s at least a good start.
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
Good evening, Ad, Beatlex, PPO. I’m very sad for my country tonight. I also see hope, but mostly I’m sad.
glenn

7 days ago
Hey glenn!
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
With all that has gone on lately, with the killing of black people by the police,It hit me that the President can add to his legacy over this.Of course we cannot stamp out bigotry,but he can do plenty about how the country is policed,It is already happening.I wish Eric Holder would stay and help the President affect some positive change.What the the R’s going to do about it
beatlex

7 days ago
beatlex, don’t ecpect the GOP to do anything. It is in their political interests to keep the fear and loathing factor on High
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
oops, spelling!
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
Beatlex–Here’s what I”d like to see Eric Holder do. Arrest Cliven Bundy. If he resists, remind people that many leaders on the right are saying that one shouldn’t resist arrest. Whatever it takes to place Bundy under arrest, should be done. That would give me hope.
glenn

7 days ago
Good point, glenn.
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
Hi glenn!
adlib 7 days ago
Hey beatlex!
adlib 7 days ago
Sir AdLib!
beatlex

7 days ago
one would be aghast if a similar situation happened in a black community and a black militia backed up the offender. We know what would happen in that circumstance, don’t we?
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
PPO–I just can’t wrap my mind around this blatant, uncompromising hypocrisy of the people on the right. How can you talk about “outside agitators” in Ferguson when bundy brought in outsiders? How can you talk about not resisting arrest when bundy resisted arrest with armed thugs surrounding him? How can you talk about an unarmed man’s criminal record as “proof” that he deserved what he got, when bundy has defied numerous court orders? In my book, that makes him a criminal. Why isn’t bundy in jail or dead?
glenn

7 days ago
Glenn-agreed!
beatlex

7 days ago
you got that right, glenn. And now GJs are backing the racists.
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
This is a real movement now and i think there are a few real big gamechangers that can get done. Especially on the state level. First, change state laws so that a special prosecutor handles all police brutality or crime cases. It is a conflict of interest to have a DA in charge of cases against officers. Body cams will be helpful. And citizen oversight of police forces. Also, de-militaarization and more community policing. These are things that can really happen.
adlib 7 days ago
Start the petition, Ad!
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
I’m still gobsmacked that a situation is in the US, in open carry states, that a white guy walking the streets goes unaccosted, but a black man doing the same is immediately assumed to be a criminal and gets creamed.
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
glenn – We all are familiar with the mind (such as it is) of the RWs. They have no actual principles, just talking points to express their prejudices. So it’s unavoidable for them to become hypocrites, as long as something serves their goals, they support it. If it doesn’t, they fabricate reasons for why it’s so wrong. Simple minded haters.
adlib 7 days ago
BRB
pinkpantheroz

7 days ago
Ad–In many places they have citizen review boards–in fact, they had one in Key West when I lived there. I’m not sure it’s still operating, because it had no “enforcement” powers, and whatever the CRB said, the police ignored. There is a large minority population in Key West, living in what is known as “Bahama Village”, and the police presence and activites there are the same as in any large city in the US–IOW, very heavy on “policing” the black areas of town; not so much on other areas.
glenn

7 days ago
PPO – It is kind of disheartening that racism is so widespread and openly integrated into our society. We’ve wanted to believe that it was dissolving away but it was actually just continuing along out of the spotlight.
adlib 7 days ago
Ad–I know you’re correct in your analysis of the righties, but where are the Dems with backbones? I’m seriously considering writing an open letter to Eric Holder urging him to arrest bundy, wherever, whenever, and however he can. Perhaps a SWAT raid. Too bad if bundy’s family gets hurt–if bundy had taught them better, they wouldn’t have gotten hurt.
glenn

7 days ago
What about that 12 yr old boy? They said they told him 3 times! to drop it.That kid was dead before that cop got his door open
beatlex

7 days ago
Evening all. Our country is officially crap!!
sillylittleme

7 days ago
glenn – That is the main issue, the citizen review boards need power to enforce their decisions. Otherwise, it’s just an exhaust valve that allows racist cops the freedom to attack black men and just be pointed at by a powerless board.
adlib 7 days ago
Beatlex–it’s so sad, isn’t it? And, that policeman who shot him was let go from another police force because he had issues.
glenn

7 days ago
Hey slm!
adlib 7 days ago
Evening, SLM. I, too, am appalled at what our country has become.
glenn

7 days ago
Read today about another case in AZ. The man was carrying a McDonald’s bag. So now you can get shot for bringing fast food home.
sillylittleme

7 days ago
SLM–He was shot outside of his home?
glenn

7 days ago
Hello Planeteers. #ICantBreathe
sabreen60

7 days ago
At his doorstep in front of his small children
sillylittleme

7 days ago
Evening Sabreen–I can’t breathe either.
glenn

7 days ago
Looking for the article, Glenn
sillylittleme

7 days ago
glenn – I do agree that Bundy should be arrested but I think it would be the wrong time to do that. Right now the focus is on the racist cops and system out there, an arrest of Bundy right now would electrify the racists and turn this moment that has the potential for change into a kind of civil war that would become the focus. It’s admittedly political but I want the momentum kept laser focused on reforming our police and reigning them in. Then…let’s take Bundy to his new home with bars.
adlib 7 days ago
Evening Sabreen
sillylittleme

7 days ago