Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Ieshia Evans

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(Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)


Michael E. Miller, in the Washington Post: “‘Graceful in the lion’s den’: Photo of young woman’s arrest in Baton Rouge becomes powerful symbol”

Jonathan Bachman was snapping pictures of protesters yelling at the officers when he turned and saw her.

The woman in the summer dress didn’t seem to look at the two officers as they ran toward her. Instead, she seemed to look beyond them — even as they arrested her.

“She just stood there and made her stand,” the Reuters photographer told BuzzFeed. “I was just happy to be able to capture something like that.”…

The young woman’s stoic pose drew comparisons to Rosa Parks’s refusing to give up a seat on a segregated bus or “tank man” facing down war machines in Tiananmen Square. Some likened her to a modern-day Statue of Liberty, guiding a bitterly divided country back toward the proper path…

Within hours of the photo’s publication, news outlets, activists and the Internet itself were working overtime to figure out who she was. The Atlantic and the BBC both asked readers for help.

After activist and New York Daily News writer Shaun King posted the photo to Facebook, several self-identified friends and family members identified her as Ieshia Evans.

“To see all of the comments under this post shows me that my cousin did not make a mistake by going out there and standing up for her rights and what she believes in,” wrote Nikka Thomas. “I’m proud to call you my family Ieshia.”…

Messages posted to [Evans’ Facebook] account Sunday evening also appeared to confirm Evans is the woman in the iconic photo.

“I just need you people to know. I appreciate the well wishes and love, but this is the work of God. I am a vessel! Glory to the most high! I’m glad I’m alive and safe. And that there were no casualties that I have witnessed first hand,” read a message posted at 11:53 p.m. Eastern time Sunday…

“To all of my friends and acquaintances please don’t do any interviews about me,” said a post two hours later. “If they want my story, I am here. I would like the opportunity to represent myself! Thank you. Peace, love, blk power! ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬.”

President Obama is scheduled to speak at the Dallas memorial service, starting at about 12:30pm CDT. I assume that the service will be livestreamed, and that another frontpager will be awake to share it here.

In other political news, Senator Sanders will appear with Hillary Clinton in Portsmouth, NH this morning. He’s expected to endorse her, per CNN:

Tuesday’s endorsement will help Clinton “enormously,” said former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, a Clinton supporter who co-chairs the party’s Rules Committee.

“I’m assuming that he is not just going to say ‘I endorse her,’ but explain to many of those that voted for him why given the values that he’s stood for, voting for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump is obviously the thing to do,” Frank said…

This is not necessarily sitting well with some of the Senator’s most fervent supporters…

Beyond Endurance

Valued commenter Raven shared news tonight that compounds sorrow with sorrow.

I looked in on my sleeping son before writing this.  I hate a world in which there is so much beyond my power to keep  him safe.

To hear this news on this day is almost too much.

Here’s a piece of music that — for me — comes as close as humanly possible in giving voice to such misery.

To Raven and all those touched by this tragedy, condolences.

To all facing loss on this wretched day:  in the language of my tradition, may you be comforted with the mourners of Jerusalem and Zion.

Something Kind of Heartbreaking

First, via valued commenter Brachiator, here’s a photo and link to an article from Smithsonian about women leaving “I Voted” stickers on Susan B. Anthony’s gravestone:

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Next, via valued commenter The Thin Black Duke, an excerpt from a pundit round-up at dKos that may at least partially explain the lack of visible excitement around Hillary Clinton’s candidacy while she nevertheless notched a double-digit win in California and won the Democratic Party primary:

I personally believe there’s a correlation between her [Clinton’s] largely female volunteer base (as of now), her unexpected voter turnout, and the fear so many women have of expressing themselves online, or on the street, or in the board room.

A lot of people on social media have wondered where all of Hillary’s votes came from, because there was no signage, no outpouring of love on Facebook. It shouldn’t surprise us that when we fail to listen to women’s voices well in the public sphere, we mis-calculate what women are actually thinking and doing in private. We didn’t know where Hillary’s votes were coming from because they didn’t feel it was safe for them to tell us in the first place.

Now, not all women like Hillary Clinton, of course, and some for perfectly good reasons. Then there are folks of both sexes who believe Clinton is a warmongering Wall Street strumpet. Others dread the prospect of a replay of Clintonian drama, as if a Hillary Clinton administration would be like being forced to re-watch Joan Collins vs. Linda Evans spats on “Dynasty” for four to eight years.

And others — including women — see the value in removing the two-and-a-quarter-plus centuries old “NO GIRLS ALLOWED” sign on the U.S. presidency but don’t think it’s that big a deal — it’ll happen eventually, right?

Or they just can’t get excited about this particular woman, who has been on our TVs since “Achy Breaky Heart” was a radio hit and doing the Macarena was a thing. I get all that, I really do.

But it’s a mistake to assume millions of us don’t have a special joy in our hearts and enthusiasm in our souls just because we aren’t sporting lawn signs and bumper stickers. Some of us just don’t want our windshields bashed in.

The other day my husband and I were out in the country looking at property, and we went down a steep dirt road (yes, we have hills in Florida in a few places, albeit smallish ones) to find an address. A couple of pickups were parked at a neighboring house, and for a second, I was surprised to see a Hillary sticker on one, but upon closer inspection, I found that it said “FOR PRISON” instead of “FOR PRESIDENT.” Another sticker said, “Life’s a Bitch. Don’t Vote for One.” [Zillow note: neighbors are assholes!]

Expressing an opinion — particularly a political one — while visibly female is not without risks. In my eight year or so blogging career, I’ve been doxxed, called foul names, shamed as a bad mother, had it suggested to me that I’m a lazy bitch who is a parasite on my husband, etc.

I’m not whining about it; I’ve raised a teenager, so I don’t scare easily, and if my self esteem depended on retaining the good opinion of every random asshole I encounter online, I’d find another hobby.

But my point is, this shit is real. And so is the excitement many of us feel about electing the first woman president, even if you don’t see it all over our Facebook feeds. I have a feeling that on November 9th, Susan B. Anthony’s grave will be covered in stickers.

The possibility space for all daughters

As I was watching Nominee Presumptive Clinton speak tonight, I thought about my daughter asleep upstairs, and I also thought about a post I wrote last summer on the day that same sex marriage was declared constitutional.  I want to repurpose a chunk of that post tonight:

I don’t know much about how my kids will turn out when they get older.  I know a few things though.

I know my daughter will be a massive dork (as she cried last night that she missed school as she was not learning enough new things at summer camp, and could we buy her some new math workbooks).  I know she will be a goof ball with a massive amount of empathy and a strongly developed sense of fairness.  I know that when she is adult, her possibility space will be massive….

I have no clue…

Their possibility space just widened a little bit this morning.  Being their dad, that makes my day.

She could be president some day.

Now let’s go win so that she’ll have a positive example instead of a wistful what may have been when she starts her campaign in 2046.

Monday Morning Open Thread: Blessed Ramadan!

The month of fasting and reflection has already begun for many of our overseas observers, of course. Per the Washington Post:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Millions of Muslims around the world will mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan on Monday, a time marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.

Saudi Arabia’s state TV announced the new moon of Ramadan was spotted Sunday evening. Local media in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, also said Muslims there would begin fasting Monday, as will Muslims in Singapore, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories, among others.

Following these announcements, a mosque in Tampa, Florida announced to its followers that they too would celebrate the first day’s fasting Monday…

The faithful spend the month of Ramadan in mosques for evening prayers known as “taraweeh,” while free time during the day is often spent reading the Quran and listening to religious lectures.

Each day for the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. Even a sip of water, coffee or a cigarette can invalidate one’s fast. There are exceptions to fasting for children, the elderly, the sick, women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating, and people travelling…

The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca…

Britain’s Independent posted “Five ways to show solidarity and respect to people observing the Islamic holy month,” which seems sensible.
Apart from the holiday, what’s on the agenda as we start another week?

Space Death, The Final Frontier


Please repeat after me: “Prescott Cactus is not a lawyer and isn’t giving legal advice”. Thanks !
The paperwork I show below is usually available on the website your State maintains. The italicized, quote boxed wording below is from the State of Arizona forms on the internet.

So now death. The next step beyond hospice. Yesterday you should have completed all your plans about dying. It is a process and wether you come to it slowly and naturally or as quickly as you adjust the radio station on your boom box near your the shower. Providing a game plan will make things SO much easier for those left behind. They will also help to assure that your wishes are fulfilled and that you begin to realize that we are here for just a short stay on this spinning piece of rock.

Docs, Hospital and designee should have copies and you should have original of all of these.

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You may want a “Durable Health Care Power of Attorney”. (AZ Example)

If you want to select a person to make future health care decisions for you so that if you become too ill or cannot make those decisions for yourself the person you choose and trust can make medical decisions for you. Talk to your family, friends, and others you trust about your choices. Also, it is a good idea to talk with professionals such as your doctor, clergyperson and a lawyer before you sign this form.

This lets the one(s) you chose guide you toward the light when you are unable to make the decision yourself. If your written request to Nephew Billy is to turn off the oxogen and defibrillator when things break bad, it doesn’t take effect as long as you are conscious. You still make the call. You are providing guidance to someone you trust who will hopefully follow your wishes if you are unable.

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You may want a “Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney” (AZ Example)

The Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney form if you want to appoint a person to make future mental health care decisions for you if you become incapable of making those decisions for yourself. The decision about whether you are incapable can only be made by an Arizona licensed psychiatrist or psychologist who will evaluate whether you can give informed consent. Be sure you understand the importance of this document. Talk to your family members, friends, and others you trust about your choices. Also, it is a good idea to talk with professionals such as your doctor, clergyperson, and a lawyer before you sign this form.

This lets you decide who calls the shots when the brain train comes off the tracks. Choose wisely dear reader as it’s an important one !

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You may want a Living Will (End of Life Care) (AZ Example)

Use this Living Will form to make decisions now about your medical care if you are ever in a terminal condition, a persistent vegetative state or an irreversible coma. You should talk to your doctor about what these terms mean. The Living Will states what choices you would have made for yourself if you were able to communicate. It is your written directions to your health care representative if you have one, your family, your physician, and any other person who might be in a position to make medical care decisions for you. Talk to your family members, friends, and others you trust about your choices. Also, it is a good idea to talk with professionals such as your doctor, clergyperson and a lawyer before you complete and sign this Living Will.

Think Theresa Marie “Terri” Schiavo. Make your wishes known. Make it easier for those who need to make important decisions on your behalf. Your Durable Health Care Power of Attorney would be able to make these decisions for you if they are present and available. If not . . .

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You may want a Letter To My Representative: (AZ Example)

Arizona law allows me to make certain medical and financial decisions as to what I
want in the future if I become unable or incapable of making certain decisions for myself. I have completed the following document(s), and I want you to be my representative or alternate representative for the following purposes.
(Initial or check one or more of the following):
_____1. Durable Health Care Power of Attorney
_____2. Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney

Allows you to name a Representative and an Alternate Representative for the above 2 positions.


You may (or may not) want a Prehospital Medical Care Directive aka DNR or DO NOT RESUSCITATE. (AZ Example)

A Prehospital Medical Care Directive is a document signed by you and your doctor that informs emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or hospital emergency personnel not to resuscitate you. Sometimes this is called a DNR – Do Not Resuscitate. If you have this form, EMTs and other emergency personnel will not use equipment, drugs, or devices to restart your heart or breathing, but they will not withhold medical interventions that are necessary to provide comfort care or to alleviate pain.

IMPORTANT: Under Arizona law a Prehospital Medical Care Directive or DNR must be on letter sized paper or wallet sized paper on an orange background to be valid.

OK, if you are close to grabbing a seat in God’s waiting room you may want a DNR. If your gorgeous 30 year old body was just in a bad car wreck, you don’t want to have this card next to your drivers license.


Two things that you should know before you go. Last Will and Testament or perhaps even a Revocable Living Trust. These are means in which to disperse your worldly belongings when you depart. IMPORTANT ! ! !


Finely, about departure. We all go different ways.

Please know that the process of death is different with every person.

I’ll share some very, very general observations I’ve had.

Increased fatigue and sleeping with a decreased appetite.
Patient eventually stops eating and drinking do to lack of desire.
(Ice chips if allowed and wet sponge thingee’s)
Sleep becomes almost constant, though still responsive while awake.
Full time sleep, still responsive to touch and lastly sounds.
Patient becomes non responsive to any stimuli.
2 to 4 days after last food and water active dying usually begins.
The first sign of active dying is mottling (mark with spots or smears of color.) usually on feet and then hands.
Life ceases within 12 to 24 hours.

Thoughts? Something to share ?

Ooooo! Oooo! I know! I know! Call on me! Call on me!

silly sully

Why? Because he’s a hysterical, pants-soiling drama bear? Let’s not forget, this is the same Sully who, after President Obama had a subpar debate performance in 2012, covered himself with beagle shit and ran through the streets of D.C. bellowing doom and woe (okay, only in my imagination, but it’s just a slight exaggeration!).

And Sully likes Obama. He hates Hillary Clinton, with such an irrational intensity that it’s as if he thinks she’s the evil harpy who personally circumcised him with a rusty teaspoon in a squalid NHS clinic. So of course he’s sure she’s going to lose to Trump, though Sully says he’ll vote for Clinton if there’s no palatable third party alternative.

[An aside: before all you puling BernieBabies show up in comments to shriek about how much Hillary sucks, we get it! You hate her! Go read the Sullivan interview — you’ll get a righteous stiffy, and maybe you’ll forget to crap all over the comments section.]

There was also something in the Slate interview that reminded me of Adam’s post last night. If you haven’t read Adam’s post yet, do. You won’t enjoy it as it is a compendium of the slime extruded on Twitter by pro-Trump, anti-Semitic creepy-crawlies who emerged when a journalist turned over a rock. Horrifying.

But anyhoo, the Slate article addressed the incident Adam talks about and also a headline at the Trump-friendly Breitbart site earlier this week that refers to Bill Kristol as a “Renegade Jew.” Now, it’s important to bear three things in mind when considering the Breitbart headline:

1) Kristol is a loathsome piece of shit
2) Breitbart is a flophouse for unemployable wingnut morons rather than a legitimate media organization
3) The person who called Kristol a “Renegade Jew,” David Horowitz, is himself Jewish (and a nasty wingnut hysteric of the WND variety)

But all that said — damn. As Michelle Goldberg notes, “the Trump campaign has been associated with white nationalism and a resurgence of raw, violently threatening anti-Semitism. Breitbart’s headline suggests that the Jew baiting popular on pro-Trump social media feeds is creeping toward the mainstream.”

That’s scary shit. Several weeks ago on a thread here, I expressed a thought I’ve heard many fellow American liberals express since Trump clinched the GOP nomination, something along the lines that the fact that Trump will top a major party ticket makes me ashamed even though I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life.

A commenter (I’ve forgotten who — sorry) replied that one advantage she enjoyed as someone who was raised by African American parents was never having to feel ashamed about something a white fool like Trump does. I don’t think I replied — didn’t know what to say.

Because honestly, it never occurred to me for a second to be ashamed because Trump is a fellow white person; rather, I felt shame as an American, that such a vile, bigoted dunce had captured the nomination of one of only two relevant political parties in my country.

That’s an aspect of white privilege, no doubt — the freedom from feeling any responsibility for what some random white shithead does, the certainty that it doesn’t reflect in any way on me. But as this white nationalist aspect of the Trump campaign asserts itself, I do feel a special responsibility to respond to it, as an American of the WASP variety.

I’m not sure how, aside from doing everything I possibly can to help elect Hillary Clinton. Maybe grab the lapels of fellow Saltine-American friends, relatives and neighbors who say they might vote for Trump and shake some sense into them? I don’t know.

But I do feel responsible. And more determined than ever.