Open Thread

LAPD officers have contracted typhoid – you know: the filth-borne disease which doesn’t affect modern nations. But, it’s LA – now, a Third World sh** hole. Seriously: watch the video at the link. It isn’t just a little bit of trash here and there…it is piles of garbage lining entire city blocks…piled several feet high. Someone needs to take charge here – a reminder that the bubonic plague – the infamous Black Death of the 14th century – was carried by rats and fleas. Lots of people could get sick and die if this isn’t taken care of immediately.

A historian (David Garrow) is claiming that Martin Luther King was, well, a bad guy. Seriously, if the stories are true, then the man was simply no good. Now, I’m in no position to judge the truthfulness of the claims – in fact, hardly anyone is because hardly anyone has even seen the evidence this guy says he has. Garrow has, naturally, come under fire: there are lots of people heavily invested in the public persona of King. And Garrow’s claims aren’t run-of-the-mill stuff. Its not that King had affairs – this has long been known – but that King was sexually abusive. And if anyone is thinking that Garrow is some right-winger smearing King: Garrow is a member of Democratic Socialists of America.

What strikes me about the story – outside the claims made against King – is that this is all based on FBI surveillance of King. Now, we’ve all long known that the FBI under Hoover had it in for King, but if the claims are true, then the FBI obtained rock-solid evidence of sex crimes and then did nothing about it. Back in 1977, a judge ordered the recordings embargoed until 2027…which I find to be outrageous. King has been dead since 1968. Most of his close associates are also dead. There is no rational reason to keep the tapes secret from their owners: the people of the United States. The Deep State has been around a long while, and I wonder what else we don’t know?

Lot of whines about Trump’s tariffs on Mexico causing a rise in avacado prices. Thing is, we grow them here: the only reason you go to Mexico to get them is that you want a slightly higher profit margin. So, screw you and your Mexican avacados: buy American.

Beware of grifters on the right – we do have people who try to sucker our guys into donating to allegedly right wing political campaigns when the money is really just spent on the guys running the grift. Personally, I think a good deal of these largely originate on the left or among the GOPe…deliberately trying to suck up the base’s money and blowing it, thus preventing it from being used effectively.