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#501 AnBr

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:46 PM

From last August: It’s Time to Take the Nazi-Trump Comparisons Seriously


The slide towards bleak historical periods can be difficult to recognize in the moment — often it only seems obvious in retrospect. But it’s hard to miss in the U.S. in this early part of the 21st century.

Dangerous signs are everywhere. In the New Yorker, Robin Wright writes of a coming Civil War. Holocaust survivors are issuing warnings about the similarities of this period to the rise of the Nazi era.

While no two events are the same, there are lessons and events in history that can be used to shine a light on the present. Those lights, if we choose to follow them, can guide us to avoid the tragic errors of the past.

The presidency of Donald J. Trump, hoisted on the shoulders of white supremacists, is a glaringly dangerous period for our country. It’s important to recognize this dangerous mix of moral turpitude, dereliction of duty, and incompetence before we fall deeper into fascism and moral tragedy.

“Trump’s a stupid man’s idea of a smart person, a poor man’s idea of a rich person & a weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

— Fran Lebowitz

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

— Carl Sagan

Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

#502 Bact PhD

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 05:55 PM

View PostBact PhD, on 20 October 2017 - 02:32 PM, said:

You beat me to it. We didn’t escape unscathed. More about the altercation from the local rag:


The Epilogue to that notorious incident back in '17 (bold mine).


Colton Fears, the getaway driver for the man who shot at a protester after a Gainesville speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, was poised to get out of jail with credit for time served.

The prosecutor and defense attorney both wanted it. Fears, 30, had only a minor part in the crime and no longer expressed white nationalist views, they said, and his willingness to testify against the shooter, Texas white nationalist Tyler Tenbrink, also merited consideration.

But Monday morning in Gainesville, Circuit Judge James Colaw just couldn’t get past Fears’ participation in a crime “intended to scare, threaten or harm.” Colaw sentenced him to five years in prison.

The Texas native was sentenced for his role in an Oct. 19, 2017, shooting, in which no one was injured, following Spencer’s speaking event at the University of Florida.

Fears, who pleaded guilty in August, receives credit for 515 days in jail. He was charged initially with attempted first-degree murder, but that was reduced to accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder after he agreed to testify against Tenbrink.

Police say Tenbrink was the one who shot at the protester. He pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced on Feb. 27 to 15 years in prison.


The judge said he entered the day with the idea of sentencing Fears a term in the “double digits.” But after hearing both both sides argue for a 17-month sentence and hearing Fears’ statement to the court, Colaw said, he decided on a sentence of five years in prison — two years more than the minimum sentence of three years for accessory to first-degree murder.


He had hoped, according to his statement to the court, to be released from jail and return to Texas to work in the oil fields, as he had done for the 10 years prior to being arrested.

Fears said he no longer expressed white nationalist views held by Tenbrink and his brother and that his 17 months in the Alachua County jail had changed him. He apologized to the victim in the case and “the entire city of Gainesville.
“This has destroyed my life. It’s time to put this in my past and move forward,” Fears said. “I am not the monster the media has labeled me.”

Instead of being released, he will serve at least three more years in prison.

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"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384, via LFC, 12/1/2016

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