Biden & Trump’s Masks

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John Cole

No, Oklahoma is not giving half the state back

The Supreme Court yesterday, in the decision of McGirt v Oklahoma, held that, when trying “[a]ny Indian” in “the Indian country” (as the old treaty stated), Oklahoma did not have jurisdiction and the person would have to be tried in federal court.

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Despite sensationalist headlines, this decision did not return land to the natives; it only upheld a treaty that provided that federal law would apply to certain serious crimes.

Jimcy McGirt, who is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, cannot be tried under Oklahoma law for his offenses (which involve serious sexual offenses).  He has to be tried in a federal court.

The good news is that it affirmed a treaty that had long been ignored, so it is still a very good decision. The treaty “solemnly guarantied” the land to the tribe, “forever set apart as a home for said Creek Nation,” “no portion [of which] shall ever be embraced or included within … any Territory or State.”

The dissenters, Republican appointees all, basically said, “Yeah, well, we’ve been ignoring that for so long it doesn’t really matter any more” and things along those lines.

Anyway, the point is that the decision did not just hand all that land back, but it did acknowledge that at least in one respect, the treaty should be followed. Hopefully, it will lead to more power given back to the natives in the future.

For a more detailed analysis, click here.

 

The real symbol

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Clay Jones

Hey third party people

A bit of advice.

Politics starts at the grass roots. Get your people elected at the local level and work your way up, winning state seats and then governorships and senate seats and so on. That’s the only way you’ll be able to actually make a change.

Even if you get a President elected, they’ll have four years fighting against two parties who want to see that President fail, and you’ll accomplish nothing.

“But it’s a protest vote!”  Sure, fine, if it makes you feel better, go ahead, but it does no good. No one pays attention to it and in the long run, all it does it take a vote away from some other candidate who could actually accomplish at least some of what you want done.i-vote-sticker

Of course, this will convince no one. Voting third party is basically a way to feel superior about yourself, because you can’t be corrupted by the political system and you’re voting your morals and blah blah blah.

Those of us who are pragmatic in our lives are more concerned about actually accomplishing things than being able to pat ourselves on the back, and we will continue to try to make a real difference.

Now, if you want to talk about how to change our voting system so that third parties could accomplish things (such as using ranked voting), I’m all in. But until that time, I’m not going to waste my vote.

 

 

American Exceptionalism

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Steve Sack

Independence over empathy

America is the home of individuality, but too many people interpret that to mean selfishness. They say “The government can’t tell me to wear a mask!” instead of “I should wear a mask in consideration for other people so as not to spread the virus.”

Valuing independence over empathy is no virtue.

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Paid agitators

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Matt Bors

Biden’s poker strategy

by guest blogger David Gerrold

I know that a lot of people are impatient for Biden to come out swinging.

But …BIDEN

Let me tell you a story. In 1968, George Romney was running against Richard Nixon for the Republican nomination. Nixon was holding back during the early part of the year and his advisors were a little worried. They wanted him to speak up.

Whatever else he was, Nixon was a very astute, calculating, poker player. He said, “Let the press chew on the other fellow for a while.”

Because Nixon kept himself out of the spotlight, the press focused on Romney — who seemed like a pretty good guy, until finally, he stumbled. In order to backpedal his position on the Vietnam war, he said he had been “brainwashed.”

Oops.

The press turned it into a big story and Romney’s campaign evaporated.

Nixon then had the field to himself without ever having to get his hands dirty. He had other tricks to pull. But in terms of managing his campaign, it was the right thing to do.

Biden is wise to avoid the attention of the press right now. It’s too early. The public will get tired of him in two months. But, after Labor Day, when the campaign starts in earnest, Biden and all the other Democrats, all the surrogates, etc. will start hammering their message like a battalion of blacksmiths.

But right now — let the press chew on the other fellow for a while. The Trumpalumpas have only one place to go — Fox Noise. All of the other media are reporting the bad news. It’s fun to watch some of those people trying so hard to keep a straight face when you know they really just want to smirk and grin when they report Trumplethinskin’s latest political face-plant.

And it’s only going to get worse for him. The pandemic is going to get worse. The economy is going to stagger into a depression. And all it takes is a couple more police murders and the summer of protests will escalate into a general strike. Oh, and SCOTUS might rule against him on keeping his tax returns secret. And Mary Trump has a tell-all too. And there are half a dozen other rough scandals slouching toward Washington, waiting to be borne.

The karmic chicken has come home to roost.

So why should Biden say anything.

“Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

Nebula and Hugo award winning author David Gerrold is the author of over 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. TV credits include episodes of Star Trek, Babylon 5, Twilight Zone, Land Of The Lost, Logan’s Run, and many others. His most recent novel, now available, is HELLA. Other novels include WHEN HARLIE WAS ONE, THE MAN WHO FOLDED HIMSELF, the “War Against the Chtorr” septology, The “Star Wolf” trilogy, The “Dingilliad” young adult trilogy, and more. The autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, THE MARTIAN CHILD won the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette of the Year and was the basis for the 2007 movie starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack. He also has stories in my anthologies BAKER STREET IRREGULARS, RELEASE THE VIRGINS!, and ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. His web page is here.

The Salute

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Clay Bennett

Taking down our statues

The Confederate statues we want brought down are on our property, maintained by our tax dollars.

You want a statue of some treasonous general? Fine. Pay for it yourself and put it on your own property. That would be completely legal and there won’t be a damn thing we could do about it.

We’re just saying stop using our tax money to support monuments to traitors.

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