An FBI Investigation of Dr. Ford’s Accusations of Sexual Assault? Why Bother?

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

(September 29, 2018)  When the judge is the accused  The process of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh  has been unprecedented. The Kavanaugh sexual assault hearing yesterday, about Dr. Ford's allegations of sexual assault was also unprecedented. There had been no FBI investigation beforehand. The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee left questioning Dr. Ford up to a female prosecutor.

Government Violence, Militias and Intimidation in American History

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Fascism in America

Trump's calls for aggression seen in America's long history of government violence, government-sanctioned violence and intimidation by militias, KKK and other hate groups

Dutch Police Training: Lessons From History

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Fascism in America

(10-13-2017, updated 07-11-2018) Respect For Authority: The Dutch Learned From WWII. The German occupation (1940-1945) was a watershed moment for us. Before discussing authoritarianism in America, I'll talk about authoritarianism and the police in the Netherlands,  so you understand where I'm coning from. And I'll describe 1980s Dutch police training, which focused more on de-escalation training than on using force.

American Exceptionalism Is a Myth

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Fascism in America

Exceptionalism is a naively dangerous form of nationalism. It won't shield you from fascism. On the contrary, the notion that a nation is special is fascist in itself.

What is Fascism in America? Definition and Identification

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Fascism in America

I was invited to speak at an anti-fascist meeting, since the Germans occupied Holland in WWII. The experience led to this post series and my new blog on American fascism.

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

(09-26-2017, updated 07-12-2018) What Are American Values? What Is Patriotism? NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem!They're  disrespecting the troops! The country! The flag! You are confused, but I understand. The symbols have become so important to you that you forget what they stand for. Do I need to remind you what your ideals are? Well fine, if you insist. Here's a little refresher, from an immigrant. You're welcome.

Are You a Racist? When White Privilege Equals Racism

(08-31-2017, updated 07-12-2018)  Also, My Own White Privilege and a Peek at Life While Black in Trump Country. Topic: white privilege and responsibility for racial disparity in the Trump era. Am I a racist? Are you a racist? Many whites say they're not racist, but neither are they responsible for race problems they didn't cause. Here are my thoughts, about Dutch responsibility, my personal privilege and responsibility, and a few shocking encounters.

Collective Stockholm Syndrome and Battered Wife Syndrome: They Could Explain Everything!

(08-14-2017, updated 07-12-2018)  Hostages, Domestic Abuse Victims, White Southerners, Working-Class Trump Supporters and Cognitive Dissonance. I read this and sympathized. Just like Trump's base always believes him, despite overwhelming evidence that he's lying. They won't face facts either.  Why do they act against their own interests? Collective Stockholm Syndrome and Battered Wife Syndrome could offer some insight.

A Misunderstood Muslim Ban and a Mistaken Identity Murder

(02-25-2017, updated 07-12-2018)  Trump's Muslim ban on refugees from majority Muslim countries that isn't a Muslim ban and the attack on three Men from the Middle East who were from India. No refugees from the banned countries have killed anyone in America in at least twenty years. American extremists, on the other hand, have murdered, injured and harassed plenty of Muslims in America.

The Safety Pin: I Pledge Intolerance to Bigotry

(12-01-2016, updated 07-13-2018) Bullying bigots beware: I'm an obese middle-aged white bitch and I'm not afraid to use it. I pledge intolerance to bigotry. I will wear a safety pin as long as Trump is president.  I will wear it as a warning to any bullying Trump supporter. I won't stand by and do nothing.