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  1. 4 points
    What's insane (and could hurt Biden a bit but that's besides the point) is if his plan for reparations is some silly amount of money like 2500 bucks per family. That would be putting a low low low price on the horror of slavery, which reparations are meant to "help" repair bad feelings toward slavery. How much will Joe suggest? 10,000? My plan is $1 million per single person and $1 million per family which would (if possible and not ruining the economy) pretty much make every African American family at least middle class or better. My plan makes a difference in all this unrest, or it SHOULD. That's a large amount; a fair amount. Get the top 5 percent wealthy people to contribute mightily to the fund. Some donations like Mike Jordan's amazing donation would help cut into the cost (not Mike, however, as it's not his duty to address reparations of course). What's insanity as you say, will be some meaningless amount of money regarding reparations. I guess Biden could promise free college education and med school for all African Americans and some things like that re. reparations, too. I'm trying to come up with meaningful change, not just talk. I get criticized a lot but my two original suggestions aren't drawing much commentary.
  2. 2 points
    If the White Sox want to draft another hitter in the first round, they should go the prep route. Taking a college hitter makes sense in general but there are flaws to the strategy this year. I wrote about that for today: https://www.futuresox.com/2020/06/04/white-sox-draft-strategy-should-deviate-from-college-to-prep/
  3. 2 points
    All along, the arguments starting in April were about people expressing their rights/liberties/freedoms. That state/local governments were depriving them of their opportunity to pursue happiness. Which is the most sacred American right? The First Amendment to the Constitution, or the inalienable rights to get a haircut, go bowling or go to get a cup of coffee? Of those activities, which one has the most potential to change our country, hopefully for the better? Which is worth fighting and dying for, as Americans have been doing willingly for 244 years now? My wife said something interesting when she saw that 75 year old pushed to the ground...that she always believed that America was the greatest country in the world until she saw the events of the last two weeks played out in the media everyday. She said “what’s wrong with America?” More recently, expressing the idea that she feels sorry for Americans. What happened to the shining light at the top of the hill?
  4. 2 points
    Excuses for why people don’t succeed? Come on man, everyone is a victim to their environment & upbringing and saying otherwise is ridiculous. If can’t see that the average African American is at a huge disadvantage from the get-go in modern society then you are simply ignoring reality. Also, I’ve seen the Daniel Shaver video and I tell people all the time how fucked up that was. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that blacks are the victim of police brutality far too often. If you can’t see that, then you are purposely being ignorant to the issue at hand.
  5. 2 points
    As a man who is of African American descent.. I don't need to, but thanks.
  6. 2 points
    You've been hurt haven't you?
  7. 2 points
    Tested negative today. That’s a great turnaround, now that all tests are free, highly recommend the IDPH run drive thrus. Guys - reporting the monthly jobs numbers is pretty hard 3 days post months end. There are always huge revisions.
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  9. 1 point
    I like your posts but I wish you'd be tougher on the protestors. I went to our rally here Sunday, 2000 people, I didn't get out of my car, was just on the periphery and nobody had masks on. Greg got beat up pretty good on this board for wanting a haircut. When I got my haircut there were 3 people in the building counting me, all wearing masks. I'd like to see more criticism of both the protestors and the medical people who said it was OK to protest. Face it, nobody was going to publicly criticize a protestor for ANY reason, including COVID experts. I mean cmon, the mob protestors are just as selfish COVID wise as anybody else violating a COVID requirement. Those people at our rally could give a flip about covid. I talked to a few and they were furious about Mr. Floyd's death, not caring a BIT bout covid. How bout some negative words about them? p.s. We've had HUGE rallies every day in KC since the murder. Our spike is going to be INCREDIBLE. My contention is they are as bad as the ones who half packed our bowling alley the first night you could bowl legally. But it's cool to blame the bowlers here; not the protestors.
  10. 1 point
    If these protests took place in March or April, it would be a stronger point. Many have been forced to go back to work whether they like it or not...since the beginning of May. Rationally, if 1/3rd or 40% or whatever the number isn’t being careful, it pretty much means you’re eventually assured of getting it, unless you have the ability to stay indoors for another 2-3 months. The Coronavirus task force essentially has been disbanded...and all the headlines are on the economy and especially jobs news and the stock market. Psychologically, there simply wasn’t the stamina to keep this going beyond 8-10 weeks. We’re at double that amount of time here in China, only Grade 6/9/12 students are back in school (and that’s only due to national exams that determine placements for middle school, high school and university)...and the level of precaution and mask wearing is incredible. We still have checkpoints with mobile phone pass codes all over the city, and 8 million residents were tested over 2-3 weeks to find 300 asymptomatic cases at a cost of nearly $125 million. We still can’t even travel to more than a handful of Chinese cities without two week quarantines or massive restrictions. My son went outside for the FIRST time in almost 4 1/2, that’s how serious things are. Whereas in the US, even Dr. Fauci was basically encouraging people to go outside on Memorial Day weekend. As soon as all the GOP-led states outside of MD, MA, IN and OH decided to go in an independent direction...with the only “scolding” being against Kemp in GA for 24 hour news cycle’s worth of going too fast or recklessly, the writing has been on the wall. And you’re now seeing all those SE states, Texas, Heartland, Sunbelt and West being hit hard/er because of that determination to open the country up faster because it just happened to be an election year. Finally, almost none of the police/Secret Service/military police/National Guard have been wearing masks...it’s about a 5 or 6 to 1 ratio of protestors wearing masks to police, if not higher. And they’re disregarding masking guidelines while on paid, government duty...defying the CDC guidance which the President has disobeyed for all but 10-15 minutes behind the scenes at a MI Ford plant.
  11. 1 point
    We’ve been told constantly for the last month that it’s no big deal and it’s over. We’ve more than doubled our average cases per day in this state in the last month and none of that was the protests. Why shouldn’t people in the streets listen to that message? Texas says it’s over. Goddamnit this is why we needed to beat this thing first. It isn’t just the marches outdoors. It’s police trashing masks in Asheville. It’s police herding DC residents into a small house after curfew. It’s police everywhere putting big crowds in holding cells for hours with no protective equipment. I don’t want people getting sick at these, but the police don’t care either, this is a police riot as much as anything. i think this is guaranteed to provoke massive spikes in cases, but that was already underway. Had we beaten this in April, we could have survived these protests. I’m more mad at the person going to a crowded restaurant than the protesters because stay the hell home, that’s optional! But it’s too late. We had to be cheap, we needed to cheer people back to work, and hey, the police need to kill people.
  12. 1 point
    Willfully ignoring what is happening around you is exactly that. Ignorance.
  13. 1 point
  14. 1 point
    Can't help the ignorant unfortunately.
  15. 1 point
    Kansas City has had 3 straight days of 100+ new cases out of the 5 days in June, setting new highs. Because it takes >5 days for things to show up at levels that can be tested for, these cases were mostly people infected a week to several weeks ago. https://www.kansascity.com/news/coronavirus/article243274646.html
  16. 1 point
    Kansas City has had several rallies, nightly actually for many consecutive days, in which thounsands of people are crammed in next to each other like a rock concert festival. No government official has said a word about the danger of this regarding corona. Meanwhile, restrictions are still in place for restaurants, etc. It's all a big disgrace. I'd expect cases to spike everywhere and this isn't even the bad time of year for viruses. Wait til September through March. Wow.
  17. 1 point
    Ripping off a Facebook friend's post Man, white folks all over social media are big mad today. It's like they're all uncomfortable and angry about people making assumptions about their character because of their skin color, and I even saw where some of them don't feel safe to go out into the streets because they're white. Man, that must be a b****, huh?
  18. 1 point
    It's almost like you think they owe you something for all you pay for.
  19. 1 point
    It is absolutely family structure. That family structure is a result of 400 years of discrimination and policies designed to make the black family a second class citizen in the United States. Generations of wealth concentrated in one structure doesn't change overnight. Neither do the repercussions of segregation and slavery. People whose lives were stunted due to segregation are still raising families. They still believe the system is stacked against them, and are teaching kids that education is worthless because the system was designed to make them fail. Then they turn on TV and see George Floyd getting choked out by a cop. They see that people with black names on resumes are less likely to get call backs than people with white names. They see themselves as more likely to go to jail for the same crimes than white people are. They see themselves pulled over and harassed more often than white people. The see a rich person commit discrimination, tax fraud and defraud a charity, but get elected President. You want to tell them their life experiences are invalid? I can't anymore. No poverty programs aren't going to push them into a higher social structure. But neither is the bootstraps myth.
  20. 1 point
    It would help if you would realize that the price of not getting people out of poverty IS the price all of the things that you listed. You are using this bootstraps mentality for people who don't have boots.
  21. 1 point
    I'm certain there are some that is to put three meals a day on the table and they feel like they aren't welcome in society. I also believe some have a choice and made a bad one. I find it impossible to paint them all with the same brush. But you seem to not have a problem at all combining them all in one group.
  22. 1 point
    Yep. Punishing gang members without addressing the underlying reasons for gangs existing is counterproductive, and perpetuates poverty. Crime is a symptom, not the disease. The disease is the socioeconomic conditions that push people to become criminals because they can't support themselves legally.
  23. 1 point
    Ah, yes....personal responsibility.....AKA turning societal discrimination of people who aren't your stereotypical white male into a character flaw. Using that argument assumes that everyone is on a level playing field, and that's nowhere near the case. To suggest that it is is naive at best, and perpetuating institutional discrimination at worst.
  24. 1 point
    Hey great. Now welcome to reality. We have built a society of disenfranchisement. There is a significant portion of the United States who literally don't have two parent stability. Many don't even have on around. So then what? As a society we have a choice, you can either pay in childhood to put kids into a position to succeed, or you can spend their adulthood paying for that failure. Incarceration, welfare, or education, pick one. We have generations of adults out there who can't teach their kids to read, let alone how to do math, science or anything that kids need in 2020. Too many kids are already starting from behind. If you forget about them, you build the next welfare generation and prison population.
  25. 1 point
    I agree but allow me a couple observations after seeing both ends of the educational spectrum. I've taught at a very poor school and an affluent school. Poor as in colonias with home build walls, blankets for doors, and a communal water tap with hoses running through windows to provide water. I now teach kids leaving multimillion dollar homes. It's more than valuing education. Poor parents working two jobs to provide food and shelter just can't provide the same level of support as a full time mom. Most of the kids at the poorer school had no one at home to ensure of them doing much of anything. Rich parents hire tutors. College educated parents understand the system and how to get their child into the right colleges. The poor parents just don't have the background. Then there is the pressure on the kids to work at a young age. I taught a lot of migrant kids who basically could go to school from November to April. The rest of the year they were chasing paychecks with the rest of the family. It's what they did to survive. The families valued surviving over everything else. I know you didn't make this implication, but I just wanted to show that it isn't some character failing or shortcoming by the parents. But when so much of your time is spent providing food and shelter, other things, even very important things, just don't get the space they deserve.
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