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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 79 in a series – “…been in discussions with some individuals with close ties to the Kremlin”

October 17th, 2019 No comments

“In communications with Campaign officials, Page also repeatedly touted his high-level contacts in Russia and his ability to forge connections between candidate Trump and senior Russian governmental officials. For example, on January 30, 2016, Page sent an email to senior Campaign officials stating that he had “spent the past week in Europe and ha[d] been in discussions with some individuals with close ties to the Kremlin” who recognized that Trump could have a “game-changing effect… in bringing the end of the new Cold War”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 70 in a series – “…ascertained that Captain Auld would take one hundred and fifty pounds sterling for me…”

October 17th, 2019 No comments

 

”Mrs. Ellen Richardson, an excellent member of the society of friends, assisted by her sister-in-law Mrs. Henry Richardson —a lady devoted to every good word and work—the friend of the Indian and the African, conceived the plan of raising a fund to effect my ransom from slavery.

They corresponded with Hon. Walter Forward of Pennsylvania, and through him, ascertained that Captain Auld would take one hundred and fifty pounds sterling for me; and this sum they promptly raised, and paid for my liberation; placing the papers of my manumission into my hands, before they would tolerate the idea of my return to this my native land.”

 

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 59 in a series – “Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson similarly endorsed the Klan…”

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 42 in a series – “He accused the Post of McCarthyism…”

October 17th, 2019 No comments

 

”“Do you know why we’re not uptight about the press and the espionage business?” one White House aide—not Mr. Ziegler—asked rhetorically the other day. “Because we believe that the public believes that the Eastern press really is what Agnew said it was—elitist, anti-Nixon and ultimately pro-McGovern.”

Assuring his audience that “the First Amendment is alive and well in Washington,” he accused the Post of McCarthyism, and called Bradlee “the self-appointed leader of what Boston’s Teddy White IV once described as ‘that tiny little fringe of arrogant elitists who affect the healthy mainstream of American journalism with their own peculiar view of the world.’ . . .”

 

All The President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 24 in a series – “Fascism was an affair of the gut …”

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What I’m Reading: Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters – 21 in a series – “…Negro youth have suffered much in the attainment of many social objectives…”

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“Writing in 1940, E. B. Henderson, a prominent educator who is credited with popularizing basketball among African Americans, argued, “to a larger degree than other youth, Negro youth have suffered much in the attainment of many social objectives under policies of segregation.” This was, he argued, “as true for recreation as it is true of segregated systems of education.”86 Although Henderson noted that local government, using federal funds, had built new playgrounds and some recreational buildings designated for blacks during the 1930s, there were almost no public facilities for bowling, golf, ice-skating, or swimming.

Access to recreation was linked to workers’ rights, demands for equal housing, and voting rights. And recreation, unlike unionization of adult workers, impacted all community members—men, women, and children—who sought access to leisure in the midst of economic despair.”

From Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

Race, Riots, and Roller Coasters: The Struggle over Segregated Recreation in America by Victoria W. Wolcott

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 78 in a series – “…he did not view this relationship as a backchannel.”

October 16th, 2019 No comments

 

“In interviews with the FBI before the Office’s opening, Page acknowledged that he understood that the individuals he had associated with were members of the Russian intelligence services, but he stated that he had only provided immaterial non-public information to them and that he did not view this relationship as a backchannel.537 Page told investigating agents that “the more immaterial non-public information I give them, the better for this country.”538”

Excerpt From The Mueller Report: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election
Robert S. Mueller

“By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and Instagram accounts had “hundreds of thousands of U.S. participants.”

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 69 in a series – “…how easily Americans could set aside their notoriously inveterate prejudice against color…”

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”I may mention here an incident somewhat amusing and instructive, as it serves to illustrate how easily Americans could set aside their notoriously inveterate prejudice against color, when it stood in the way of their wishes, or when in an atmosphere which made that prejudice unpopular and unchristian.

At the entrance to the House of Commons I had one day been conversing for a few moments with Lord Morpeth, and just as I was parting from him I felt an emphatic push against my arm, and, looking around, I saw at my elbow Rev. Dr. Kirk of Boston. “Introduce me to Lord Morpeth,” he said. “Certainly,” said I, and introduced him; not without remembering, however, that the amiable Doctor would scarcely have asked such a favor of a colored man at home.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

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What I’m Reading: The Second Coming of the KKK – 58 in a series – “Robert Shuler, based in Los Angeles, frequently lauded the Klan—“as sweet music as my ears have ever heard,”

October 16th, 2019 No comments

“The Klan’s mobilization of evangelical ministers foreshadowed—and probably helped generate—the entry of Christian Right preachers into conservative politics fifty years later. One of the first great radio and tent evangelists, Robert Shuler, based in Los Angeles, frequently lauded the Klan—“as sweet music as my ears have ever heard,” he called Klan rhetoric—in his thunderous sermons denouncing threats to white supremacy.”

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition by Linda Gordon

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What I’m Reading: All The President’s Men – 41 in a series – “The White House was pitting its credibility against the Washington Post’s…”

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”The White House had decided that the conduct of the press, not the conduct of the President’s men, was the issue.

Newspapers across the country reported the next day on the ire of the President’s men. The White House was pitting its credibility against the Washington Post’s, and in the process was giving the paper’s allegations more currency.”

All The President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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