Juneteenth Weekend Open Thread

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”

–Frederick Douglass

23 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Today (Saturday) is World Juggling Day 

    • Voyageur says:

      Where are you supposed to stand while you juggle the world, Dave?

      • davebarnes says:

        On top of the turtle's back.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        Archimedes was content enough with the notion of moving the world — "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."

        Louis Gohmert was only asking "is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit, or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?”

        Voyageur applies his unique linguistic skills to imagine an even more marvelous performance. 


    • MichaelBowman says:

      Today is “Ms. Opal Day’.  Read it and leave with a full heart: 

      Meet Opal Lee, the 94-year-old activist who marched for miles to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

      Biden spoke about Juneteenth 1939, when a mob of 500 white supremacists set fire to Lee’s childhood home. Lee, just 12, and her family fled.

      “I just thought if a little, old lady in tennis shoes was out there walking, somebody would take notice,” she told NPR at the time.

      Like a scene from the movie “Forrest Gump,” Lee was joined by others during her march, some carrying signs cheering her on. After friends worried for her health, Lee did not walk the full distance but rather traveled to cities that had invited her to join their Juneteenth celebrations.

      “I went to Shreveport and Texarkana, Little Rock and Fort Smith, Denver and Colorado Springs,” she told Variety. “I went to Madison, Wis., Milwaukee, Atlanta, the Carolinas. I was all over the place.”

      • MichaelBowman says:

        This is an excellent read for Ms Opal Day; that we don't 'forget':

        The Truth Behind ’40 Acres and a Mule’ 

        And what happened to this astonishingly visionary program, which would have fundamentally altered the course of American race relations? Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s successor and a sympathizer with the South, overturned the Order in the fall of 1865, and, as Barton Myers sadly concludes, “returned the land along the South Carolina, Georgia and Florida coasts to the planters who had originally owned it” — to the very people who had declared war on the United States of America.


  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Rand is saying the quiet parts out loud again. 

    Rand Paul offers an accidentally useful Jim Crow analogy in rationalizing his party’s illiberal shift

    “The idea of democracy and majority rule really is what goes against our history and what the country stands for,” Paul said. “The Jim Crow laws came out of democracy. That’s what you get when a majority ignores the rights of others.”

    Jim Crow laws — laws instantiating public racial segregation and, importantly, curtailing the voting power of Black Americans — were, in fact, reflections of the rule of the majority. But that “majority” was not itself a reflection of the actual population, given the extent to which Blacks were excluded from participation. That's not to say that universal Black participation in voting in the Jim Crow South would have given them a majority, but it almost certainly would have reshaped power dynamics. Which, of course, was why Black voting was discouraged.

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    Let me fix this tweet: 

    Sen. Mitch McConnell: "As our economy slowly gets back up to speed, it certainly won't be because Democrats stroked an outsize check. If anything get's done in America will be in spite of it me." (infrastructure, voting rights, cannabis legalization) 

    (It looks like Mitch is trying to get out in front of some good economic news)



    • JohnInDenver says:

      Heard an interview of Gov. Ricketts on NPR on Nebraska's end of the augmented unemployment benefits.  Audie Cornish pointed out:

      the unemployment rate in your state has been dropping for more than a year. It's tied for lowest in the nation at 2.8%. So what's the rush to end these benefits now? Why not just let them expire? … you're doing it now, which means 15,000 Nebraskans will lose benefits tomorrow.

      Ricketts' positions by his statements [not his direct answers to those questions]

      • We actually also have analyzed our numbers here, and we can see that there's two jobs available for every one person on unemployment right now and that 51% of the folks on unemployment are actually making more money now with that $300 a week than they were pre-pandemic. So we're – our state is ready to transition back into normalcy. …
      • Well, certainly, I believe … employers should pay what the market is demanding. But I also don't believe that the government should be in competition with those employers for the workforce.
      • I think if you talk to most employers here, there's probably very, very few people who are paying $9 an hour unless it's to probably a high school student. And even then, I'd be surprised if they were paying $9 an hour, again, because the market is just paying more than that.

      Government apparently ought to cut benefits because some may be getting enough money to not take an immediately available job.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Make Juneteenth Great Again: The Caucasians' Guide to Celebrating Juneteenth

    Now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday, we created a CRT-free educational curriculum to help colonizer Americans resist the urge to gentrify this celebration.


    • MichaelBowman says:

      The irony that we still talk about / celebrate Moses freeing the Hebrew slaves in 1400 bc but white peepo don’t want to talk about something as fresh as 150 years ago – and instruct our black brothers and sisters to “just get over it already”.  

  5. davebarnes says:

    Today (Sunday) is Global Orgasm Day 

  6. kwtree says:

    Happy Father's Day to all the Dads, Grandpas, Pops, Papa, Papis, padres, step-dads, bonus dads, and father figures out there today.

    Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” –Pam Brown

  7. MichaelBowman says:

    I saw this and couldn’t not post this for Negev (and happy Fathers Day if you’re lucky enough to be a daddy) 

  8. kwtree says:

    Pols, currently the connection to coloradopols.com on Firefox is blocked. Message is “This connection is untrusted”. Readers can click through, as I did, obviously, but some will be turned away.
    Don’t know if this is hacking or just an expired certificate. Just FYI.

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