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News Update – Hacked emails explained, Physician’s story, Sinclair

Sinclair is a huge news group that appears to be getting bigger. From Vox: This month, the 193 local TV affiliates owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group began running a series of promotional segments, warning of a scourge of “fake news” promoted by “members of the media [who] use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think.’” The segments, which echo the Trump administration’s anti-media rhetoric, are eerily uniform across all Sinclair affiliates, so much so that Deadspin’s Timothy Burke was able to edit them together into a supercut showing dozens of Sinclair anchors saying the exact same words. More at Vox.com

A physician got caught up in the anti-doping campaign that is going on behind the scene in the US. In order to combat the opioid crisis Medical Boards are looking for problems in how controlled substances are prescribed. This physician’s story is heartbreaking. I have done no fact checking on this story. This doctor was going thru a divorce. She got depressed and wrote for some Xanax for herself. According to her story, the time that she was on the Xanax was “brief”. In the end she lost her medical license, her board certification…she lost everything. As I see it, she made one huge mistake. She wrote herself a prescription for a controlled substance. This led to allegation of alcoholism and substance abuse. Very sad.

If you are interested to know why those hacked emails PROVE that Russia wanted Trump in the White House and not Hillary, then you need to read this story. There wasn’t one hack instead there was a series of several hacks. This is a must read.

Danish spied on Russia – The Dutch intelligence service passed on “crucial evidence” to the FBI about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reported Friday, citing the results of an investigation. Hackers from the Dutch intelligence service known as the AIVD gained access to the network of Russian hacking group “Cozy Bear” in the summer of 2014. While monitoring the group’s activities, the AIVD learned of attacks launched on the Democratic Party, according to six unidentified American and Dutch sources cited by the investigation.

Another shooting – This shooting is at the YouTube headquarters in California. 3 people are reported dead at this time.

 

The 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King is coming up. King interrupted his Poor People’s Campaign to help the sanitation workers in Memphis. Here is a very nice op-ed by Jessie Jackson (a complex figure in the civil rights movement). The night before King’s assassination he gave his famous MountainTop speech. King had several famous speeches. Please read or listen to his MountainTop speech.

General Lee – To Honor or Not to Honor

It is not a surprise to any American that there are statues coming down all over the south. Why? Is this wrong? Are we really losing our history?

So let’s agree that all statues are not the same. For reasons that are not clear there was a statue of Chief Justice Roger Taney in Baltimore.  Whether he was a great jurist or not, he wrote the Dred Scott decision. He can never live that down in my opinion. Thankfully, his statue was removed last week.

Most of the fuss over statues surrounds Robert E. Lee, the commander of Southern forces during the Civil War. Lee was/is a very interesting character. Let’s all agree that he was a brilliant military mind. He did stuff on the battlefield that was supposed to be a no-no but not only did he do it, he did it well. His men loved him.

When you hear people talking about Lee they talk about only the great military stuff. There were times when southern forces captured northerners. Sometimes the prisoners were simply shot. Almost all Black prisoners were shot. Lee did nothing that I know of to stop this practice. When Lee put on a Southern uniform and took up arms against the United States. He became a trader. Taking up arms against the US if you are a US citizen is treason. Lee knew this.

In my opinion, if you have to honor those that fought in the Civil War, honor the foot soldiers that were poorly equipped and barely fed. They fought against the North because they thought that their way of life was going to be taken away from them. Honor the foot soldier. They understood courage and sacrifice.

Finally, let’s discuss the reason for the Civil War because there is a ton of misinformation about why the war was started. One of the best lies was that the war was started over “State’s Rights.” This is a fig leaf. The war was started over a state’s right to continue the institution of slavery. The first state to leave the union was South Carolina. In their reason of leaving the Union was very clear. It wasn’t about some nebulous State’s Right. It was …. “increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the Institution of Slavery.” There it is in black and white (no pun intended).

I really don’t care if you want to have a statue of Robert E. Lee or Nathan Bedford Forrest just understand what those men stood for while they were living. Sure you paint a picture of honor and glory but I know that they were all treasonous traders who embraced and fought to keep slavery alive and well.

By | 2017-09-28T09:02:03+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Civil Liberty, Civil Rights|2 Comments