Midday open thread: Rightists go cuckoo over fake flag-burning photo; shareholders sue over SC nukes

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Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Trump Sports Network:

Cartoon by Mark Fiore - Trump Sports Network

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos …

  • Journalism in the age of Trump, by Susan Grigsby
  • Will the media continue its gullibility and dereliction of duty, by Egberto Willies
  • Feeding Puerto Rico, by Denise Oliver Velez
  • Thirteen things the public sector does better than the ‘free’ market, by David Akadjian
  • ACLU launches ‘Let People Vote’ campaign, by Sher Watts Spooner
  • WWTP: What will Trump pay under the GOP tax bill, by Jon Perr
  • Initial coin offerings of new crypto-currencies are on a steep rise, by DarkSyde
  • Police have killed twice as many Americans since 9/11 than ISIS and al Qeada, by Frank Vyan Walton
  • Veterans and the national anthem, by Mark E Andersen
  • Daily Kos International Elections Digest: October edition, by Daily Kos Elections
  • Roy Moore win means GOP civil war? Please. Rich man’s tax cut shows what really unifies Republicans, by Ian Reifowitz

How stupid do you have to be to believe NFL players burned a U.S. flag in their locker room?

Conservative social media accounts are sharing a photoshopped image that makes it look like an NFL player is burning the US flag while his teammates cheer him on. […]

The original photo that has now been photoshopped appears to be taken from the Seattle Seahawks website and was shot by Rod Mar in 2015. It shows defensive end Michael Bennett leading his team in a victory dance in the locker room.

Robert E. Lee monument removed from Ohio community is being reinstalled. For those readers who missed their U.S. history class discussion of the Civil War, Ohio was not part of the Confederacy. But in Franklin Township, which installed a marker in 1927 honoring the Confederate general and removed it after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month, citizens decided it should be restored. Some way they don’t like the “political correctness” of removing public paeans to the Rebel cause, other that they don’t like outsiders like those who signed a petition seeking removal of the marker, telling them what they should do.

USDA being sued over delay in new organic standards:

When you think of “free-range” chicken, what exactly comes to mind? That question, amazingly enough, is now central to a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government.

This debate centers around the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule. It is essentially an updated and more precise list of rules about how exactly meat, poultry and eggs will be produced if they are to score the coveted “organic” label—and the price increase that comes along with it. But the rule has been delayed and questioned so often in the eight months since it was officially introduced that the Organic Trade Association has resorted to the nuclear option: sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Report: Funding restrictions on abortion amount to “state and federally sanctioned classism and racism”: 

Abortion may be legal in the United States, but it’s increasingly out of reach to many with low incomes, especially young women and Black women, according to new research.

The study, the first to look at women who seek private financial assistance to help pay for abortion, paints a bleak portrait of the economic, geographic, and legal barriers to abortion care access nationwide.

The research indicates that half of the women who sought financial help to pay for abortion care were Black, though Black people make up only 36 percent of Americans who have abortions. Twenty percent of those seeking monetary assistance were 19 or younger, compared to 14 percent of abortion patients nationally.

Essayist: The paeans to Hugh Hefner ignore that he was a misogynistic, sexual predator.

30 organizations coalesce to fight expansion of L.A. County’s jail system:

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder, veteran organizer, artist and freedom fighter, has partnered with more than 30 organizations to launch JusticeLA, a human rights and abolitionist coalition organized around the collective goal of halting a proposed $2 billion jail-expansion plan in Los Angeles County. […]

According to the coalition, the amount will be more in the ballpark of $3.5 billion once construction is completed and any additional expenses accounted for—$3.5 billion, which coalition members say should be reclaimed, reimagined and reinvested in the oppressed and occupied communities for whom the jails are being created.

Playing Indian: How a fight over Native American symbolism in Oregon brought to light the conflict at America’s core.

It was always meant to draw attention. The 8,000-pound, 36-foot Alaskan cedar log — brought in from Canada in 2012 after years of legal wrangling over its import — was carved into a totem pole at the Oregon Country Fair over a few summers by a group that runs a sauna and bath house on the site. There were plans for solar-powered LED lights illuminating the eyes of the raven, beaver, dog, and bear figures; not to be outdone, the flamingo figure at the top would have 20-foot-wide wings made of stainless steel, copper, and brass. It was scheduled to go up in the summer of 2015.

But in the past few years, the geographically incorrect, faux-Native totem pole has become a lightning rod of controversy, with charges of cultural appropriation and concern that said pole might disturb prehistoric archeological ruins of actual Native Americans. The pole’s advocates, who are mostly white, did not simply acquiesce to the rising chorus of Native voices; instead, they attacked a relatively new diversity task force, belittled local tribespeople, and attempted to undermine the fair’s archaeology crew in order to raise the totem pole. How a group of hippies in a community purportedly tied together by peace, love, and understanding ended up sounding like a bunch of neocons speaks to the troubled dynamic between America’s aging — and largely white — hippie subculture and the Native American communities they’ve long imitated.

Shareholders sue South Carolina utility over alleged lies boosting now abandoned nukes:

  • A shareholder class action lawsuit alleges SCANA Corp. executives led a “deliberate misinformation campaign” about the now-abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project to boost their company’s stock price, The State reports.
  • The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, alleges SCANA senior management violated the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 as they made “false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose adverse information” on the Summer project that was abandoned in July.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, we had to spend some time rounding up Trump corruption stories. Then, in the 2nd hour: WTF with Manafort’s offer of breifings? Facebook/SkyNet has escaped the lab. The “pick-up artist” who accidentally inspired alt-right sex cultist weirdos the “Proud Boys.”

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