Park Police Tear Gas Peaceful Protesters To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op ~ NPR

An old girlfriend (very old by now) told me once and I quote “Roberts you have made being ABSOLUTELY WRONG ALL THE TIME, an art form!!!”  It’s hard to believe that he’s surpassed even my almost perfect record.

Police gather to remove demonstrators from the area around Lafayette Park and the White House before President Trump’s walk to St. John’s Church.

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The plaza between St. John’s Church and Lafayette Park was full of people nonviolently protesting police brutality late Monday afternoon when U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops, with the use of tear gas, suddenly started pushing them away for no apparent reason.

And then it became clear. President Trump wanted to walk from the White House through the park to the Episcopal church. Camera crews scrambled to keep up with him as he strode through the park, followed by his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, along with Attorney General William Barr and other administration officials.

Trump stopped briefly outside the church and held up a Bible.

“We have the greatest country in the world,” he said. “Keep it nice and safe.”

The impromptu visit came just after Trump delivered remarks at the White House, declaring himself “your president of law and order” and demanding that governors deploy National Guard units and “dominate the streets.”

St. John’s Church opened in 1816 and is known as “the Church of the Presidents,” having hosted every U.S. president since James Madison. On this occasion, however, the president’s visit was unannounced, and church authorities were furious that the White House did not bother to alert them beforehand.

“There was no reaching out, no sense that it would require some sort of authorization before using the church as a backdrop in that way,” said The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, with oversight responsibilities for the church.

Trump holds up the Bible outside of St John’s Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C. on June 1, 2020.

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When the president held up the Bible, without praying or quoting a verse appropriate for the moment, Budde was further incensed.

“It almost looked like a prop,” she told NPR. “That is the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It speaks messages of love, of God, love of neighbor. I was outraged that he felt that he had the license to do that, and that he would abuse our sacred symbols and our sacred space in that way.”

The church has long been known for its support of social justice causes, and in the hours before the president showed up, clergy and lay volunteers had been ministering to the protesters in the plaza. Protests, some of them violent, had occurred around the church on previous nights, and the church was briefly in danger on Sunday after a fire started in the church basement.

A former St. John’s minister, Gini Gerbasi, was among those attending to the protesters in front of the church when the police moved in.

“We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John’s, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT [President Trump] COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!!”

In a statement Monday evening, the Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry joined in the criticism of Trump’s visit.

“This evening, the President of the United States stood in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, lifted up a bible, and had pictures of himself taken,” Curry said. “In so doing, he used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes. This was done in a time of deep hurt and pain in our country, and his action did nothing to help us or to heal us.”

The church visit was praised, however, by a member of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, the Rev. Johnnie Moore.

“I will never forget seeing @POTUS @realDonaldTrump slowly & in-total-command walk from the @WhiteHouse across Lafayette Square to St. John’s Church defying those who aim to derail our national healing by spreading fear, hate & anarchy,” Moore tweeted.

This is the President of the US talking this trash ~ rŌbert … Trump Threatens White House Protesters With ‘Vicious Dogs’ and ‘Ominous Weapons’ ~ NYT

The president also said that his base “love the black people” 

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A day after claiming he didn’t mean to suggest that law enforcement officials should shoot people who were part of the unrest in Minnesota, President Trump said on Saturday that the Secret Service had been prepared to sic the “most vicious dogs” on protesters outside the White House gates on Friday night.

“Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. @SecretService,” Mr. Trump tweeted in a string of four posts on Saturday. “They were not only totally professional, but very cool. I was inside, watched every move, and couldn’t have felt more safe.”

He continued that the Secret Service allowed the protesters to “scream & rant as much as they wanted” and only acted when “someone got too frisky or out of line.”

“The front line was replaced with fresh agents, like magic,” he added. “Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least.”

Mr. Trump claimed that Secret Service agents told him they were clamoring for engagement with the protesters. “We put the young ones on the front line, sir, they love it, and good practice,” he claimed he had been told.

He also appeared to invite his own supporters to amass outside the White House on Saturday to counter the protesters, despite a ban against gatherings of more than 10 people in effect in Washington amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Tonight, I understand, is MAGA NIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE???” he tweeted, using the acronym for his first campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” And he tried to paint the protesters as recruited agitators instead of people organically making a statement.

Mr. Trump’s renewed threat of violence against the protesters came as protests erupted in cities across the country.

And it came a day after he tweeted — and then tried to walk back — that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in response to protests in Minneapolis against the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white police officer.

That phrase was used in 1967 by a Miami police chief in reference to crackdowns on young black men. The chief, Walter Headley, accused the men of operating under cover of the civil rights movement and said his police force didn’t mind being accused of police brutality.

Mr. Trump waited nearly 14 hours to try to walk that statement back, claiming he had meant that when people loot, they then sometimes fire guns as well. And in remarks at a late afternoon event at the White House, Mr. Trump conceded that some of the protesters had legitimate grievances.

Mr. Trump traveled to Florida on Saturday for the second time this week to watch SpaceX try to launch a rocket to the International Space Station. The initial launch was scrubbed shortly before it was set to take place on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters as he left the White House, Mr. Trump was asked about his tweet that seemed to invite his own supporters to rally outside the White House. As he often does, Mr. Trump distanced himself from his own statements, saying he was merely asking a question and that he didn’t know if people were coming. He claimed not to be trying to stoke racial strife.

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“By the way, they love African-American people, they love black people,” Mr. Trump volunteered, unprompted, describing his own supporters, who are overwhelmingly white.

“MAGA loves the black people,” he added.

He reiterated his condemnation of Minnesota’s governor and the mayor of Minneapolis, both Democrats, painting the matter in starkly political terms as his opposition to “liberal” activists.

“They’ve got to get tougher. They’ve got to get tougher,” Mr. Trump said of the responses to the unrest, which resulted on Thursday night in the burning of the police station where the officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death worked. “They’ve got to be strong. Honor the memory of George Floyd, honor his memory. They have to get tougher, and by being tougher they will be honoring his memory, but they cannot let that happen.”

He again raised the prospect of sending in the military to quell the unrest.

“We could have troops on the ground very quickly if they ever want our military,” Mr. Trump said.

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At Mr. Trump’s behest, the Defense Department ordered the Army to prepare active-duty military police units to deploy from several army bases to Minneapolis. The move does not mean that the units will be activated, but it is a first step toward doing so, officials said.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly criticized protesting groups that are predominantly made up of black people. In the 2016 campaign, he condemned the Black Lives Matter protesters as a “threat.”

Since he became president, he has also denounced protesters critical of his administration as being members of “antifa,” a contraction of the word “antifascist.” The name has become a catch-all for a loose affiliation of radical activists who oppose the far right.

On Saturday, Mr. Trump insisted that the protesters were far-left extremists, a claim that Attorney General William P. Barr echoed on Saturday.

“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” Mr. Barr said.

“In many places it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic and left extremist groups, far-left extremist groups, using antifa-like tactics, many of whom travel from outside the state to promote the violence.”

While it is the responsibility of state and local officials to get the rioting under control, Mr. Barr said the F.B.I. and other federal law enforcement would support those efforts. He warned it was a violation of federal law to cross state lines “to incite or participate in violent rioting.” The Department of Justice and F.B.I., he said, would enforce those laws.

On Twitter on Saturday, Mr. Trump also denounced several mainstream news outlets, a day after a CNN reporter was arrested on camera for no apparent reason by police officers in riot gear in Minneapolis, and a female reporter for a local television station was shot with what appeared to be pepper balls by an officer in Louisville, Ky.

“Much more ‘disinformation’ coming out of CNN, MSDNC, @nytimes and @washingtonpost, by far, than coming out of any foreign country, even combined. Fake News is the Enemy of the People!” Mr. Trump wrote.

Julian E. Barnes contributed reporting.

Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent. She joined The Times in 2015 as a campaign correspondent and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on President Trump’s advisers and their connections to Russia. @maggieNYT

The Accomplishment of Slowing Down ~ Tricycle

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Bob Fulton died in his plane while flying over Pennslyvania in 2002.  A very creative guy…artist, musician, film maker, philosopher, intellectual, poet.  A Renaissance man……and a good guy…  Lived in Aspen and put together a great film called ‘Pilot Notes’ with the BBC and other film projects… check him out … rŌbert

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Fulton’s Father was the original adventurer….must be genetic memory…  JR

 

CNN Arrest Is What Actual Censorship Looks Like ~ NYT

After days of presidential complaining about Twitter policies, the live-TV arrest of a CNN crew showed America an actual offense against the First Amendment.

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For days, President Trump has been on a rampage against Twitterfor its treatment of him, and it’s easy to see why. Early Friday morning, after a tweet from him about the violence in Minneapolisdeclared, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Twitter dispatched police officers to the White House, who handcuffed Mr. Trump and took him into custody on live television in view of the entire nation.

Oh, sorry, quick fact-check: That did not happen at all. The president remains free and tweeting. Twitter, a private company, remains free to set rules on the use of its service. The president’s flagged tweets — the “shooting” remark and a misleading attackon mail-in voting — remain available to read, the first behind a notice that it violates the service’s rules on glorifying violence, the second with a fact-checking link appended.

The arrest on live TV Friday was of Omar Jimenez, a CNN reporter, and his crew, who were handcuffed and walked off down a ravaged Minneapolis block, where they’d been covering protests and violence after the killing of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.

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The incident, which unfolded over several tense minutes, was brazen and appalling. But at least it served a clarifying purpose. After days of hot air expended insisting on a politician’s “right” to use a private platform without correction, America got to see what an actual offense against the First Amendment looks like.

It looked like world news footage from a police state. Mr. Jimenez, wearing a mask in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, calmly negotiates with officers, visored and bunched in around the camera. He tells them they are live on the air, and he offers to get out of their way: “Put us back where you want us.”

He’s told, “You’re under arrest.”

He asks why and gets no answer. And he’s walked off, to the stunned play-by-play of the anchors in the CNN studio. (Mr. Jimenez is black and Latino. Notably, given the racial dynamics of the Minneapolis protests, a white CNN reporter also covering the story said he was treated much more politely.)

Then the producer is arrested, then the cameraman, until finally an officer picks up the camera and walks it off, the screen jostling into motion as if we, the audience, were being taken into custody, for getting too close, for seeing too much, for looking at someone the wrong way.

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The official explanation for the arrest was that the CNN crew refused to move on police orders, an absurdity given what the world saw and heard live. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” the network anchor John Berman said.

But we have seen things like this, not long ago, if not so flagrantly and shamelessly. Police in Ferguson, Mo., gave a similar rationalization in 2014 for arresting two journalists — ordering one to “Stop videotaping!” as he recorded his arrest — during the unrest after the police shooting of Michael Brown.

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In the past, though, the arrest did not happen to journalists who work for a news organization that the president had designated the “enemy of the people.” It did not happen under a president who once retweeted a doctored video that showed him beating on a person with the CNN logo covering his face.

And it did not happen in a week when that president threatened punitive measures against a private social-media platform for suggesting that the misinformation he tweeted was misinformation. The president, it seems, considers his inconvenience to be a violation of freedom, and actual press freedom to be an inconvenience.

Which in the end is the only real connection between Mr. Trump’s claims of oppression and the violation we watched on morning cable TV. Actual censorship happens when a government acts to suppress protected speech, not when a private company sets rules for using its platform.

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Just hours before the arrest, Mr. Trump posted his tweet with the “shooting” line, which the Miami police chief Walter Headley used in 1967 to justify crackdowns on civil rights protesters.

And for years, he has used his speech, copious and unfiltered, to argue that the police should have a free hand in dealing with threats, and that among the greatest threats are news outlets like CNN.

By noon on Friday, the president was still freely grousing about Twitter, on Twitter. His account made no mention of the CNN arrests.

That morning, Mr. Jimenez and his crew were released, with an apology from Minnesota’s governor. But the messages had already been sent. The arrest told all media that there are people within law enforcement who now feel empowered enough to shut down coverage of unrest — unrest resulting from police violence — flat out in the open.

And it told American viewers what kind of country they are living in. This country was captured in the final seconds of video by the CNN camera, laid on the concrete, still rolling, the booted feet of police lined up at a 90-degree angle. A country angry, frightened, smoldering and tilted sideways.

How to Protect 1 Million Acres of Public Lands ~ Patagonia catalogue

Jocelyn Torres  /  6 Min Read  /  Activism

Jocelyn Torres of Conservation Lands Foundation on the power of grassroots lobbying and voting for public lands.

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The Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada was signed into national monument status in 2015 by Barack Obama under the Antiquities Act. Since 1964, more than 5 million acres of land in Nevada have been protected as public lands. Photo: Tyler Roemer

 

I grew up in Las Vegas, a place known for neon lights that drown out the night, not so much for open space or the outdoors.

But my family and I spent many holidays outside of the city. The trips we took to the Nellis Dunes Recreation Area, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area were highlights of my childhood.

Back then, I had no idea these places—which all have the words “recreation area” in their name—were managed by three completely different government entities: the county, the US Forest Service and the National Park Service, respectively. I didn’t fully understand this concept of different agencies managing natural places until well after I returned home from college. I know now that I was not alone in this—most people don’t know which government agencies manage which areas.

I returned to Las Vegas in 2011 after going to college in Southern California because I wanted to make some kind of difference in the community that raised me. I’ve worked on various issues throughout my career with progressive nonprofits, and public lands issues have always been near and dear to my heart because access to public lands was one of very few kid-friendly and affordable entertainment options available to my family. It is also a complicated issue to voice your opinion about, and I felt I could help my community navigate this more easily.

I joined the Conservation Lands Foundation five years ago to focus on connecting the users, volunteers and neighbors of protected public lands with the Bureau of Land Management so the public can ensure their experiences in these places are reflected and accounted for. It quickly became clear that there is a discrepancy between who makes land-use decisions and who gets impacted by them.

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Whenever I join any land-planning meeting around southern Nevada, it’s easy to notice there aren’t a lot of people who reflect the local demographics. Land-planning meetings are public gatherings put together by a government agency to hear comments from the public about what they hope to see stay the same, or what they hope changes in a particular area (think: adding more bathrooms in a heavily visited place). The meetings are also an opportunity for the public to provide feedback about proposed decisions on how land will be enjoyed or used. This is why including participants who reflect the Las Vegas Valley in these meetings is crucial to ensuring the final decision works for the community and doesn’t cause unintended harm—like the time when an agave-roasting pit was damaged due to the addition of a direct hiking trail to a cultural site.

The reason people who reflect the community aren’t at these meetings can usually be attributed to cultural barriers, and the assumption that communities of color aren’t visiting the places in question. But while Latinos or Asian Americans might be fewer in numbers than our white neighbors, it doesn’t mean that these communities aren’t there. According to the 2019 Outdoor Participation Report by the Outdoor Industry Association, Hispanics went on the most annual outings (nationally), an average of 62.7 trips per participant, and Asians had the highest outdoor participation rates at 66.9 percent.

The first place I got involved in protecting was the Basin and Range National Monument. Located about three hours northeast of Las Vegas, it includes petroglyph sites, gorgeous vistas of wide-open valleys surrounded by mountain ranges and artist Michael Heizer’s unique art piece—which is the size of the National Mall and blends architecture with engineering and ancient American art. Basin and Range was the first place I played a role in designating as official public land.

During the planning process, I met with organizations and individuals to encourage them to submit comments to the Bureau of Land Management to express how they hoped the new national monument would accommodate their needs. The commenting process may seem like a trivial act in the age of social media when millions of comments exist on the internet, but comments are crucial pieces of information for the planners at the federal agencies.

Comments describe where people like to recreate, the types of infrastructure they hope to see, and the types of developments they don’t want to see. And it’s important that these comments are submitted because you better believe those who benefit from the extractive uses (oil, gas, mining) are sending in comments highlighting which areas they’d like to see further developed and closed to the public.

To help more people send in their comments, I worked with local advocates to create postcards with information about where to email comments, and bullet points about what type of information the agency was looking for. The biggest barrier in participating in an official public commenting process is that oftentimes people lack information about how to participate and what types of comments may be useful. Some people wonder whether their comments will even be considered if they don’t have a Ph.D. or an official title tied to their signature.

We’ve learned in the era of social media that no comment is too small to get a point across. I worked with elementary school students on crafting a one-page letter sharing how they would use the monument for field trips. Their biggest request was to have a place for their vans to be able to turn around on the road.

to light the fire | letter by Yosa Buson

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Yosa Buson was one of the greatest masters of Haiku poetry and he was during his lifetime. One can smile at the modest phrase he puts at the end of this poetic compilation when he tells the addressee what to do with this letter. – “These poems [in this letter] are an expression of gratitude for your habitual kindness, such as fish. You can use them to light the fire”. Buson signed the letter Houko-An, a sobriquet which translates “Mugwort Pot Hermitage”.
Yosa Buson (1716-1783)

 

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NPR stories about Amanda Petrusich ~ NPR

If you like music and you like to read you’ll like Amanda Petrusich or listen to the interview with her.

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Experiment shows human speech generates droplets that linger in the air for more than 8 minutes ~ The Washington Post ~ Watch out for loudmouths

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Public health authorities recommend wearing a face covering to prevent spreading droplets that could contain the coronavirus. (Sergio Moraes/Reuters)

New Mexican prayer flags & a morning with Georgia

The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō'bear Re'por)

the Spruce is up for sale .. a package liquor store with 4 bar stools and a nice place to hang out.

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Georgia opened her studio for our painting class about 9.

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then found the brushes and paint

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georgia-okeeffe-on-the-roof-ghost-ranch-house-599-375x534.jpgwe had carne adovada for lunch on the roof then walked across the street to El Piñon 

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& sipped a few Embudo Green Chile beers at the Piñon after class but before church of course.

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