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FM123's Journal
April 30, 2022

Why Isn't Anyone Around Here Doing Anything About Leonard Peltier?

(HuffPost) Once upon a time, the U.S. government threatened vulnerable people, coerced witnesses into lying, and hid key evidence in a court case in order to put a Native American rights activist in prison for life. This is the story of Leonard Peltier, who’s been in prison since 1977 without any proof that he committed a crime. Think of him as America’s longest serving political prisoner: a fall guy whom the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office desperately needed after it failed to figure out who murdered two FBI agents in a 1975 shootout on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

There’s much more to this story, of course. The blatant 1970s-era racism against Indigenous people. The reality that the FBI was at least partly responsible for the deadly shootout that day. The U.S. government officials who have since admitted how flawed Peltier’s trial was and called for his release. The decades of protests by Native groups, celebrities, politicians and human rights leaders including Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King and Amnesty International, an organization typically focused on political prisoners in other countries.

Books have been written. Movies have been made. But really, today, the story is simple: There is an ailing 77-year-old Indigenous man who has been in prison for 46 years who never should have been there in the first place. Why is he still there? I’ve been trying to figure this out for months. It’s two things.

The main reason is that the FBI doesn’t want him out. They told me so — even when I didn’t ask them! That was VERY WEIRD. The unsolicited statement they sent me was also full of misinformation, which tells me their plan is to keep recycling a flimsy, face-saving argument for keeping Peltier in prison until he dies. The other reason is that many people in Congress simply don’t know who he is. Peltier has been in prison longer than some of them have been alive, and certainly longer than their political careers. (Read More)


April 22, 2022

Trump says he'd rather be 'a dictator' than 'a dumb person'

after bragging about the cognitive test he took in 2018

(Business Insider) Former President Donald Trump on Thursday joked about being depicted as "a dictator" by the press, which he assumed was the result of the cognitive test he has repeatedly bragged about passing in 2018.

"Which would you rather be, a dumb person or a dictator?" Trump said Thursday night at the Heritage Foundation's annual leadership conference in Florida at the Ritz-Carlton resort on Amelia Island.

"Perhaps a dictator would be better," he continued. "I don't want to be a dumb person."

*Too late for that you moron.


April 22, 2022

Why Is a Trumpy Cable Network Poaching All of Hallmark's Biggest Stars?

(Daily Beast) It’s a sentence that would have blown minds in the ’90s: Full House star Candace Cameron Bure is now embroiled in a quest to build the TV empire of former President Donald Trump’s dreams. Since her ABC sitcom days, the erstwhile D.J. Tanner has become something of an “it” girl on the Hallmark Channel; since 2008, she’s starred in dozens of titles for the cabler. On Tuesday, however, she announced her impending move to GAC Family—a Hallmark competitor funded by a group of investors with ties to the former president. Among the group’s previous reported pursuits? Assembling a far-right Fox News rival.

Last summer, Thomas Hicks and his private equity firm, Hicks Equity Partners, led an investor group that purchased cable networks Great American Country and Ride TV. The former became GAC Family; the latter, once a 24-hour equestrian network, is now GAC Living. In 2020, however, Hicks Equity reportedly had its eye on a different corner of the media landscape. First the group tried to buy out the Trump-friendly One American News Network (OANN), and later that year they eyed Newsmax TV.


Rumors that Donald Trump wanted his own entertainment behemoth to rival Rupert Murdoch and Fox swirled from at least the moment he took office. In November 2020, days after the presidential election, the Wall Street Journal reported that sources claimed Hicks Equity had begun to explore “putting together a streaming service that would challenge Fox from the right”—a quest the paper described as a “longshot” based on the networks’ viewership.

Hicks’ eldest son, Thomas “Tommy” Hicks Jr., is co-chair of the Republican National committee, longtime family friend of the Trumps, and Donald Trump Jr.’s hunting buddy. Beyond his personal ties to the Trump family, Hicks Jr. also served as national finance co-chair for the Trump campaign and chaired the pro-Trump groups America First Policies and America First Action. BuzzFeed reports he raised $75 million in his first two years alone.

The news arm the Hicks group was trying to build, the Journal reported at the time, was part of a larger vision.

(Read More - Daily Beast via Yahoo) https://news.yahoo.com/why-trumpy-cable-network-poaching-091129630.html

April 15, 2022

Botanists rediscovered a rare tropical flower thought to be extinct for 36 years

(CNN) A rare blazing orange wildflower that was thought to be extinct for 36 years was rediscovered in South America.

The wildflower Gasteranthus extinctus has only been spotted in Ecuador's cloud forest and was last documented in 1985, according to a new study in the journal PhytoKeys. The researchers saw a dim future for the flower, so they named it "extinctus" because they believed it would soon die out, said coauthor Dawson White, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Most of the cloud forest suffered deforestation in the years that followed. The habitat loss was thought to have killed off dozens of species, White said.

Researchers decided to take another look in western Ecuador in 2021 to see if there were any patches of forest left and to search for the species that had lived there. Within days, the flower was found, White said. "It was total elation because Gasteranthus extinctus is a symbol of these unique forests," White said.

(CNN link to article and photos of flower) https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/15/world/extinct-flower-ecuador-scn/index.html

April 7, 2022

I wish my mother were still alive to see Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson be confirmed.

So happy my daughter got to see this, but how I wish Mom could have too.

April 7, 2022

Fort Lauderdale's Ben Sorensen to run for Congress

(Sun Sentinel) FORT LAUDERDALE — There’s one more candidate entering the race for Congress: Ben Sorensen, Vice Mayor of Fort Lauderdale. Sorensen, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he plans to run for the District 22 seat that’s been held by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch since 2010. Deutch will take over as CEO of the American Jewish Committee in October and won’t be seeking reelection.

“As a local elected official, military intelligence officer, small business owner and former teacher, I have a unique perspective and ability to best represent the people of my district,” Sorensen said.

Jared Moskowitz, a Broward County commissioner who formerly headed the state emergency management agency, announced his candidacy on March 4 for the Democratic primary — four days after Deutch said he was leaving Congress. Several other names have popped up as potential candidates, including Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis. In early March, Trantalis said he was considering running for the seat but had changed his mind by March 21, when he told reporters he’s decided to stay on as mayor. Under the state’s resign-to-run law, Sorensen will be forced to step down from his commission seat, triggering a special election. On Wednesday, he said he has not yet decided when he will resign.


The Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on Aug. 23. The general election is on Nov. 8. Sorensen says he plans to bring a grassroots approach to his campaign. For several months in the summer and fall of 2018, he moved his commission office to a homelessness encampment to better understand the issue of homelessness and lack of affordable housing.

Read More: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-ne-ben-sorensen-running-for-congress-20220406-glxhstaugrbzlbbqu6w56atiqq-story.html

April 1, 2022

'Traitors': Zelensky fires two top generals

(CNN) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he removed two top Ukrainian generals, calling them "antiheroes" in his nightly address posted to social media.

CNN Video: https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/04/01/zelensky-ukraine-fires-two-generals-traitors-kimmitt-sot-vpx.cnn

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