This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma march. The day of the first march (March 7) became known as Bloody Sunday. The march is being reenacted today.
We live in strange times. In a land that has become stranger. The civil rights battle was won 40-50 years ago. It’s back. Out of necessity. Whether by reason of hatred or for political purpose, Republicans are making it more difficult for blacks to vote.
The problem could be born of fear. The black/tan community is growing in numbers. In 20-30 years, more than half the population will be tan. Those of color will control. I suspect what is going on today is a last gasp for air for what has been, a last hurrah.
Syracuse, my Syracuse. The season a disaster. The past few days even more woe.
Syracuse played its last game of the season yesterday. The team was decidedly beaten by North Carolina State 71-57. the game was over the first 10 minutes of the second half. North Carolina State made Syracuse look bad in every respect.
I am not knocking the team. I merely make an observation.
Thursday, the NCAA report came out. I spoke of it in depth yesterday. I especially felt bad for Boeheim who I think was very unfairly treated.
Interestingly, Dick Vitale agreed with me in a statement made yesterday. This from a man who over the years rarely commented favorably re Syracuse or Boeheim. Not this time. He stated loud and clear that Boeheim got a raw deal.
Thank you, Dick Vitale.
When Boeheim was introduced before the game, he was “strongly” booed by the North Carolina State fans. Sportsmanship? These young people have yet to learn not to criticize till they have walked in another person’s shoes.
I watched the game from home. Immediately after, Sloan arrived. We spent a couple of hours working on this and that.
Last night was Tavern ‘n Town. My usual Saturday night haunt. Love Bobby Nesbitt!
Immediately upon arriving, I ran into June Hudson. I have been trying to reach her for two weeks. At least two unanswered e-mails out there. Whatever, we are getting together friday night.
June as vivacious and lovely as always. She has been a widow for two years. I admired and respected her husband Bill. A premier Delaware divorce attorney. He had a terrific sense of humor. The two made a great couple. I was lucky to have met and known them for more than 20 years.
Met two interesting people who were sitting next to me at the bar. Bill and Susan from North Carolina. Snowbirds. Own a home in Key West. Summers are spent on the North Carolina shore. They enjoy the best of both worlds. I hope to run into them again.
Let me take you to Israel, Italy, and Japan for a moment.
Netanyahu was well received last week by the Republicans. I thought his visit highly improper and irregular. He was received by Congress as a conquering hero. The same reception or better than MacArthur received.
He is back in Israel. He faces an election next week. The opposition sponsored an anti-Netanyahu rally in Tel Aviv. Thirty thousand showed up. Apparently Netanyahu is not as popular at home as he was before our Republican Congress.
Berlusconi back in the news in Italy. Love the man! He is never down and out.
He was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to several years in jail. Italy by law does not incarcerate people over 70 or 72. Instead, they do house arrest. Berlusconi has done house arrest the past few years. His time has ended. He is as free as a bird.
He still faces resolution of charges involving a 17 year old girl.
A European meeting is scheduled soon in Milan. One of Berlusconi’s several homes is in Milan. Putin is expected at the conference. The two men are close friends and will probably spend some time together in serious conversation and partying. I do not use the term loosely. Six months ago when Putin was in Milan, they got together at Berlusconi’s home at 2:30 in the morning and spent a couple of hours together.
Japan. Perhaps we should all move there.
A 117 year old Japanese woman celebrated her birthday yesterday. She is still going strong. Apparently she has a sense of humor. When asked what she thought of her long life, she responded…..It seemed rather short!
Turns out Japan has 58,820 persons alive who are more than 100 years old. Interestingly, 90 percent are women. The 58,000 plus are more than in any other nation.
Enjoy your Sunday!
How are republicans making it more difficult for blacks to vote? That’s total nonsense spun by liberals and the media as a way to retain the minority vote. If you mean showing Identification, well you should show id. Everyone can get an ID there’s no reason not to show one, unless you are engaging in fraud of course. As far as Netanyahu goes, he will be reelected despite obama’s efforts to interfere with the Israeli election. I don’t know where you get your info, but it’s pretty distorted as far as Israel goes. Glad you have recovered from your fall.
I thank you as part of the indispensable opposition. Thanks for your concern re my fall. I am ok, except for part of the black eye which remains.
Lou knows of what he speaks. To say “everyone can get an ID” tells me you have no idea how difficult this can be for the unemployed, uneducated and poor people in this country. And they have the right to vote as much as every privileged person. Here in Wisconsin, we are fighting voter suppression.
Here’s a topic for you, Lou: Wisconsin’s voter ID law is among the most restrictive in the nation, requiring voters to produce one of a few specified forms of photo identification in order to vote. This restriction imposes a severe burden on the right to vote in violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause and in violation of the 24th and 14th amendments because it effectively imposes an unconstitutional poll tax on eligible voters. In addition, it violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which bans the use of voting practices that have a disparate negative impact on racial and language minorities. Research commissioned by the ACLU indicates the law has a disproportionate impact on Black and Latino voters, who are more likely to lack photo ID accepted for voting in Wisconsin.
The case is Frank v. Walker … Yes, that is Scott Walker, the GOP’s new golden boy.
How’s the living in KW? Seriously considering a move from my beloved Wisco.
Carry on. 🙂
Weather good! Would love to have you here! No snow, of course. Thanks for the support.
Great words Cara.. Cindy and Lou are buying in to all the lies..
Carry on Cara.. Wake up Lou and Cindy..
Wake up Lou and Cindy..
Ahahaha, ain’t gonna happen. Makes me think of the old saying about 20 yr old liberals and 50 yr old conservatives.
You conservatives are funny. It stands to reason that asking for ID would mostly affect the poorest of people and they are voters of the democrats. Lou is right this is being done for political purposes. It also is a fact that voter fraud does not occur often. Instead of blaming the media and everyone else please just look at the facts.
So poor people don’t need an ID to get their beer ? ID is required for quite a few things today and most folks think nothing of it. Want to vote ? Get your ID. Set up a local volunteer force to transport folks if need be.[ I’d be willing to bet that more of these volunteers would be of the republican persuasion].
Of course this is over politics, the democrats need these votes. Voter fraud does occur, since this administration can’t even properly investigate something as simple as missing emails, how can one expect it to properly investigate voter fraud.
Congress can’t agree on what day it is and we’re going to worry about voter fraud. There are far more important issues then voter fraud we need to worry about. If politics wasn’t all about both sides having to win without compromise maybe we would be better off.
Can you be serious? You think voter fraud is not a big deal? Every fraudulent vote, and I disagree with you that it is rare, is theft. Voting is core to the fabric of this country. Patrick is correct. Everyone can get ID. Most have licenses or can get a non-driving ID from the state. I went into the social security office for the first time in forty years, and everyone, even children must have id to apply for benefits. Almost everyone has some form of acceptable id. This voter supression garbage the obama administration and leftists keep babbling about is contrived to keep the ignorant in check.
Just curious….how do people who are poor or otherwise disadvantaged, obtain food stamps, medicaid, medicare, social security, etc.? Don’t they have to prove who they are to obtain all these things?
Couldn’t this same ID that they use to obtain government funding, be used for voting?
If so, how would this be considered voter restriction?
Don’t be deterred by pesky facts …
Not sure that listing liberal websites as proof of no voter fraud, actually addressed my original question. I’ll try again….
If one has to have an ID to obtain all the aid from the government, how can providing that same ID for voting be called voter restriction?
Where is the restriction?
Again, not “liberal” sources for voter ID facts.
Both sources you cite as well known liberal tomes — neither source is credible. Voter fraud is not rare and not a myth. People were prosecuted recently in my home state of virginia for voting in Maryland, dc and virginia. Prosecution is rare, unfortunately. Ask any poll worker if it’s so rare as you think it is.
I disagree about any liberal bias. Please, then, cite a credible non biased source to support your position. With facts and studies. Just because you say it is true does not make it so.
Thirty-five percent (35%) of Americans see a liberal bias in their local newspaper while 21% see a conservative bias. For the Washington Post , 30% see a liberal bias and 16% see a conservative bias. has a conservative bias while 18% see a liberal bias.
I disagree about any liberal bias.
No liberal bias from the Times or the Post ? Ahahahahaha.
Again, instead of just spewing disagreement, please quote an unbiased credible source that proves voter fraud is a thing.
PS Poor Lou! Having to sift through strangers arguing on HIS blog!
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Don’t worry, Lou loves this. It boosts his readership.
I’m sure Cindy is content with the flavor of her Kool-Aid as well as the rose color of her glasses and that we could probably still sit down and have a nice drink and conversation.