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Sorry, Democrats, but Your Stars Are Socialists
« Reply #12466 on: April 19, 2019, 05:31:36 AM »

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to reporters following a televised town hall event on the “Green New Deal” in New York City, March 29, 2019.

The fact is that the most compelling stars of the party are self-declared socialists.

There was Bernie Sanders at a Fox News Channel town hall, not giving an inch in a forum every Democratic presidential candidate has shunned.

His reward was a cataract of good reviews, and monster ratings. Sanders had a solid hour to try to reach people not favorably inclined to his worldview, at the very least demonstrating that he’s willing to show up outside his political silo.

Why hadn’t any of the other Democrats done it before? Because they lacked the verve and ideological self-confidence of Sanders, as well as the independent streak to buck the Democratic party’s attempt to hold the line against Fox. As a message candidate, Sanders is willing to take his anywhere.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, miraculously transformed into a relatively moderate Democratic elder stateswoman, has understandably been pushing back against the notion that she leads a socialist party defined by a few radicals in the House. 

On 60 Minutes, she stalwartly declared: “I do reject socialism as an economic system. If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic party.” She dismissed the left wing in her caucus as “like, five people.”

In sheer numbers this is true, but it’s the wrong way to count.

The fact is that the most compelling stars of the party are self-declared socialists with a knack for generating controversy and media attention, and with committed mass followings. Pelosi might wish it weren’t true, but poll numbers, fundraising, and follower counts don’t lie.

Sanders is reliably second — sometimes first — in national and state presidential polling. He’s outraised everyone else in the field and, with his massive small-donor base, probably can continue to do so for the duration. More than anyone else, he has defined the Democratic party’s current agenda.

It’ll be much harder to maintain that the Democratic party isn’t socialist if it nominates one as its presidential candidate, which everyone paying attention realizes is a real possibility.

If this happens, it won’t be the work of conservatives hoping to negatively brand the Democrats, but of the party’s faithful. The same goes for the prominence of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It is often said that conservatives are “obsessed” with her; maybe so, but the same is true — and probably more so — of everyone else.

AOC has been on the cover of Time magazine, Rolling Stone (with Nancy Pelosi, as it happens), Hollywood Reporter, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Annie Leibovitz photographed her for Vogue. She’s been interviewed by 60 Minutes.

She has nearly 4 million Twitter followers and more than 3 million followers on Instagram, where she feeds the insatiable obsession of her fans — not her critics — with videos from her apartment.

She was among the top 10 House Democrats in fundraising the first quarter and had the highest percentage of small donors (her ally, Ilhan Omar, also excelled).

It’s obviously vexing to Pelosi to see a House majority built by the careful avoidance of ideological extravagance and won in marginal districts hijacked, at least in terms of public attention, by a few freshmen and a 77-year-old Vermont socialist.

They might not define the center of gravity of the party at the moment, and the radical freshmen have lost most of their tussles with Pelosi. But there is a reason that they are so famous, with such fundraising prowess. The crusading purity of Bernie Sanders has an inherent appeal, and the outrageousness of the freshmen attracts attention, which always begets more attention.

Yes, there are vast numbers of Democrats out there who aren’t on Twitter or Instagram. Maybe there are enough of them to nominate Joe Biden, or a Pete Buttigieg can win on a progressive platform clothed in a moderate demeanor.
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But the party’s stars will have something to say about it. The great Zionist Theodor Herzl maintained, “It is the simple and fantastic which leads men.” As Bernie Sanders showed, it’s also willing to go on Fox News.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/democratic-party-stars-socialists-alexandria-ocasio-cortez/
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In Black and White: Key Findings of American’s View on Race in 2019
« Reply #12467 on: April 19, 2019, 10:09:39 AM »
 New research has revealed that 78 percent of African Americans believe the country has not gone far enough on the issue of making sure blacks have equal rights with whites.

Among Hispanics, 48 percent thought the country had not gone far enough while just 37 percent of white respondents thought that was true, according to a Pew Research analysis.

On the legacy of slavery, 84 percent of blacks said slavery had “a great deal” or a “fair amount” of impact on the position of African Americans in society today.

A lower number of whites, 58 percent agreed. And among Hispanics and Asians, the numbers were 67 percent and 69 percent respectively.

And 84 percent of black respondents said people not seeing racial discrimination where it exists is a bigger problem than people seeing racism where it doesn’t exist.

Whites were the only group where a majority, 52 percent, said the opposite was true – that the bigger problem is people seeing racism where it really does not exist.

Experts said those racial splits are pretty stark, but the picture changes dramatically when you look at the same questions with white respondents broken into groups of self-identified Democrats and Republicans.

Among white Democrats, 64 percent of those surveyed said the country hasn’t gone far enough in giving black people equal rights.

But among white Republicans, only 15 percent say they hold that view.

On the legacy of slavery, 80 percent of white Democrats said it’s had a big impact, compared to 40 percent of white Republicans.

And 78 percent of white Democrats said people not seeing discrimination is a bigger problem than people seeing racism where it really doesn’t exist.

With white Republicans, that figure is 22 percent.

Summarily, white Democrats look a lot more like African-American respondents than they look like white Republicans. And the same kinds of differences appear when looking at how people view racial equality in real-life circumstances.

“When asked about specific situations they may have experienced because of their race or ethnicity, blacks are much more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to report that people have acted as if they were suspicious of them or as if they thought they weren’t smart; that employers have treated them unfairly in hiring, pay or promotion; and that they have been unfairly stopped by police,” Anna Brown, a research analyst focusing on social and demographic trends at Pew Research Center, wrote in the report.

“Meanwhile, whites are the most likely to say that people have assumed they were racist or prejudiced because of their race or ethnicity, while Asians are more likely than other groups to say they have been subject to slurs and jokes,” Brown said.

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Yankees and Flyers Will Stop Playing Kate Smith After Discovering Racist Songs
« Reply #12468 on: April 19, 2019, 03:22:42 PM »

Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” before a 1975 playoff game between the Flyers and the Islanders.

For the Yankees, Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” was a staple of the seventh-inning stretch since 2001.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, the connection was even tighter, with Smith serving as a mascot of sorts for the team’s 1970s Stanley Cup winners, and performing live at games.

Now both teams have announced they will stop playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” after discovering that she sang songs with racist lyrics in the 1930s. The Flyers will also cover a statue of Smith that has been in front of their arena since 1987.

Smith, who died in 1986, is most closely identified with “God Bless America,” but she recorded numerous other songs over her long career. Among them were “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which contain disturbing lyrics that demean black people.

The Yankees used Smith’s “God Bless America” early in the season but stopped after an email from a fan alerted them to Smith’s racially insensitive work.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a team spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The Flyers said in a statement: “We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization. As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of ‘God Bless America’ from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.”

The Flyers have a tradition of playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” as a replacement for the national anthem at big games. The song has been said to bring the team good luck. Smith performed it live before Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup final, the game in which the Flyers won their first Cup.

 The Daily News first reported that the Yankees had stopped playing their recording of Smith.

Like many white singers of her era, Smith sang some songs that at best are dated and insensitive and at worst are downright racist.

In “Pickaninny Heaven,” Smith sings of a place where “great big watermelons roll around and get in your way.” “Pickaninny” is a demeaning term for a black child. In the 1933 film “Hello Everybody,” Smith sings the song to a group of black orphans listening on the radio.

“That’s Why Darkies Were Born” begins: “Someone had to pick the cotton,/ Someone had to pick the corn,/ Someone had to slave and be able to sing,/ That’s why darkies were born.”

The lyrics also include: “Sing, sing, sing when you’re weary and sing when you’re blue/ Sing, sing, that’s what you taught all the white folks to do.”

The song was also recorded by the black singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, although “one has to think that Robeson’s take on the lyrics was decidedly ironic,” Steven Carl Tracy wrote in “Hot Music, Ragmentation and the Bluing of American Literature.”

Jeffrey Magee, the director of the school of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of the book “Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theater,” said songs like “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” reflected racial attitudes embedded in the cultural fabric of Smith’s era.

“To have shaped pop music in this country necessarily implicates musicians and songwriters in a history of racial exchange, impersonation and appropriation,” Magee said. “Kate Smith was inexorably part of that. She became a pop star on a foundation of songs like these.”
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Magee noted that other popular white musicians of the 1930s, including Sophie Tucker, May Irwin and George M. Cohan, known as the father of Broadway, regularly performed minstrel songs, sometimes in blackface.

“The difference is you’re not going to find Cohan on YouTube,” Magee said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/sports/kate-smith-new-york-yankees-philadelphia-flyers.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
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Otero County declares state of emergency regarding immigration
« Reply #12469 on: April 19, 2019, 03:28:24 PM »
Otero County declared a state of emergency Wednesday, calling on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to deploy the National Guard to reopen the Customs and Border Patrol checkpoints that were closed in March.

The resolution was passed unanimously with amendments.

The declaration notes the need for open checkpoints to stop drugs and illegal activity at the border.

“If this demand is not met by the State of New Mexico in one week’s time, the County of Otero will take action itself to provide security and safety and well-being for the people in this county,” Otero County Commission Chairman Couy Griffin said.

“Otero County will also consider litigation in regards to the State of New Mexico failing to follow its constitutional duties towards the people of Otero County.”

The governor's office issued a response stating that the National Guard "the National Guard does not and would not operate federal checkpoints."

"If Otero County officials are unhappy that a federal checkpoint has been un-manned, so to speak, their concerns would have the best chance of being addressed if registered with the federal agency that made the decision to shift that personnel elsewhere," Governor's Office spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said.

"At the same time, Otero County is absolutely free to reach out to the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for whatever assistance they feel they need, which as of today had not occurred.

Stelnicki said the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state agencies have been extremely available in assisting communities dealing with the humanitarian issues attendant to the migrant arrivals.

Alamogordo Police Chief Brian Peete said that Alamogordo Police Department's workload has increased substantially since the checkpoints were closed.

"Right now we're in the initial points of gathering and collecting data, but we do know that there's a significant presence coming in through this area. That's corroborated by our own intelligence, our investigations and from partners in federal and other state agencies."

APD is a member of the White Mountain Task Force, a part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.

"My personal concern with Border Patrol being inundated is the amount of drugs that's going to flow through the town because there are no checkpoints," Peete said.

Closed Border Patrol Checkpoints

U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints in the El Paso Sector, which includes West Texas and all of New Mexico temporarily shut down in late March, as agents were pulled to help process a large influx of migrants claiming asylum at the border.

The permanent highway checkpoints are part of the Border Patrol's immigration and smuggling enforcement system in the border region.

“The United States Border Patrol (USBP) continues to apprehend illegal alien families and unaccompanied children in steadily increasing numbers,” a statement released at the time read. “To process and ensure appropriate care for those in custody, resources including personnel have been diverted from other border security priorities.

"Currently, El Paso Sector has shut down immigration checkpoints and moved agents to assist with the processing of these aliens. This is intended as a temporary measure. Checkpoints are integral to USBP’s border security mission.”

Gov. Lujan Grisham pulls National Guard from border

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced in February that she withdrew the 118 remaining National Guard troops from New Mexico’s border with Mexico, denying President Donald Trump’s contention that a crisis was ongoing at the border.

The announcement followed Lujan Grisham’s predecessor former-Gov. Susana Martinez’s deployment of 200 National Guard troops to the border in April 2018, and Lujan Grisham also announced the deployment of six New Mexico State Police officers to Hidalgo County – a rural county in New Mexico’s bootheel in the state’s southwest corner an on the border with Mexico.

"I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the southern border, along which are some of the safest communities in the country," Lujan Grisham said hours before Trump's scheduled State of the Union.

"However, I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep."

https://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/community/2019/04/18/otero-county-state-emergency-border-patrol-immigration-gov-lujan-grisham/3508037002/
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Hatchell, who has led the Tar Heels since 1986, did not address the allegations against her or the findings of the independent report.

After more than three decades, University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned from leading the celebrated program. Her resignation followed an external review that found she made "racially insensitive" remarks, exercised "undue influence" on athletes to play while injured and lacked a connection with her players.

The university announced the move Thursday night, citing the conclusions of an 18-day investigation that was initiated after players and parents raised concerns about the women's experiences and overall culture of the program.

"The University commissioned a review of our women's basketball program, which found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction. It is in the best interests of our University and student-athletes for us to do so," UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said.

"Coach Hatchell agrees, and she offered her resignation today. I accepted it. We appreciate her 33 years of service to Carolina and to the community, and we wish her the best. Our focus now is on conducting a search for a new head coach who will build on our great Carolina traditions and promote a culture of excellence."

The review, which included interviews with 28 current players and personnel, determined that the 67-year-old "is not viewed as a racist, but her comments and subsequent response caused many in the program to believe she lacked awareness and appreciation for the effect her remarks had on those who heard them."

And, when confronted by players and staff about comments that were racially insensitive, Hatchell "did not respond in a timely or appropriate manner," the investigation found.

According to a report by The Washington Post, Hatchell was accused of making alarming references to lynching, telling players they could be "hanged from trees with nooses" if they performed poorly at an upcoming game.

The story was also the first to publicize allegations that Hatchell and the team's physician tried to downplay serious injuries in order to pressure players into continuing to compete. As a result, one player said, she was forced to have corrective shoulder surgery. Another said she had played with a torn tendon in her knee.

But the investigation cleared the team's medical staff of wrongdoing while acknowledging that Hatchell questioned player care and readiness. "The medical staff did not surrender to pressure to clear players before they were medically ready," according to the report.

Finally, the probe identified a "breakdown of connectivity" between Hatchell and the players.

Hatchell, who had been on paid administrative leave since the launch of the investigation, did not address the allegations against her in a farewell statement included in the university's announcement.

"The game of basketball has given me so much, but now it is time for me to step away," she wrote, adding that the team is ready for new leadership after wrapping up a successful season.

Hatchell has led the Tar Heels since 1986. Her team won the NCAA championship in 1994 and she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Calling it a "bittersweet day," Hatchell said, "I've been fortunate to coach more than 200 young women, and it has been a joy to see them grow into successful teachers, doctors, lawyers, mothers, high school and college basketball coaches, and WNBA players."

She added that she's been considering retirement since recovering from leukemia in 2014.

Her attorney, Wade Smith, told NPR's Newscast she denies the claims.

"There was really nothing else for her to accomplish as a basketball coach," Smith. "I mean, hooray for her. She won a national championship. She's in the Naismith Hall of Fame. She's a thousand-game winner. She went to the NCAA tournament Elite Eight a number of times. What more was there for her to do?"

Hatchell is among the most revered figures in women's basketball. She became the third women's coach in Division I with 1,000 career victories in 2017 and last month's NCAA Tournament marked her 23rd appearance in the competition.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/19/715137550/unc-basketball-coach-sylvia-hatchell-resigns-after-investigation
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He came all the way from Minnesota to do harm at the border

The United States Border Patrol is now coordinating its efforts with armed, rightwing militia groups in its effort to enforce the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies, according to the New York Times and the Guardian.

    Armed rightwing militia members detained a large group of migrants at the US-Mexico border and coordinated with US border patrol agents to have them arrested, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, in a series of actions the civil liberties organization called a “kidnapping” and a flagrant violation of the law.

The group of white, rightwing vigilantes—dubbing itself the United Constitutional Patriots, and operating in southern New Mexico—has been given tacit permission by U.S. Border Patrol agents to terrorize migrant families and hold them at gunpoint until agents arrive to “process” them.

    Members of the group, which calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots, filmed several of their actions in recent days, including the detention this week of a group of about 200 migrants who had recently crossed the border near Sunland Park, N.M., with the intention of seeking asylum. They uploaded videos to social media of exhausted looking migrant families, blinking in the darkness in the glare of what appeared to be the militia’s spotlights.

The group’s Facebook “manifesto” is draped in the typical chest-pumping “freedom” bravado that’s characteristic of these organizations. As an added twist, these “Patriots” claim “protection” under 501(c) nonprofit status:

    We are here to uphold the Constitution of The United States of America. We uphold this cause against all enemies both foreign and domestic which shall infringe upon the rights of the citizens given by the Constitution. We are here to serve in time of need at the local and state level and if necessary for our country.

According to the Guardian report, this Trump-inspired private army of racists approaches migrant families, threatens them with their automatic weapons, and then misrepresents itself as the Border Patrol, while it contacts the actual federal agency. In one video posted to Facebook, a spokesman for the group (pictured above) can be heard mirroring Donald Trump’s statements about migrants.

    A video posted Monday night by Jim Benvie, a member of the armed group, appeared to show the militia ordering around a large group of migrants, including many children, and telling them to sit on the ground. As he filmed the migrants kneeling in the dirt, Benvie narrated on his video: “There’s no border patrol here. This is us.”

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    Benvie mirrored Trump’s anti-immigrant language in his videos, saying, “This is an invasion. Gotta build the wall.”

    In another video posted Wednesday, Benvie filmed himself stopping a group of four adults and three children and said “border patrol” to them as he approached, before calling for another member of his group to join.

U.S. Border Patrol acknowledges that it is “aware” of such groups and does not “condone” them, but, as Benvie himself acknowledges in the Times article, agents do nothing to stop them and have never requested that they “stand down.” Instead, in accordance with Trump’s policy, they have focused their efforts on criminalizing and punishing anyone who makes an effort to provide aid to migrants, such as leaving caches of food and water at border crossing points.

The ACLU has requested that New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham investigate and stop what it characterizes as out-and-out kidnapping by these vigilantes.

    “The Trump administration’s vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law,” the ACLU of New Mexico said in a letter to the state’s governor and attorney general, urging them to “immediately investigate this atrocious and unlawful conduct”.

    The ACLU described the group as “an armed fascist militia organization” made up of “vigilantes” working to “kidnap and detain people seeking asylum” and accused the group of directly making illegal arrests.

Thus far the response by Grisham has been to call the actions of the group “unacceptable,”although she has promised to take action.

    The governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, said in a statement that it was “completely unacceptable” that migrant families “might be menaced or threatened in any way, shape or form when they arrive at our border.”

    “It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone,” she added."My office and our state police are coordinating with the Attorney General's Office and local police to determine what has gone on and what can be done."

Perhaps she fears what they would do if she tried to stop them.

The tolerance and acceptance extended by an arm of our taxpayer-funded U.S. government to an active, private paramilitary “militia,” whatever its pretenses, should set off serious alarm bells for anyone. The fact that these groups are motivated by racial animus is bad enough. The fact that, in their self-deluding rhetoric, they have taken it upon themselves to act as an arm of law enforcement is even more troubling. As the Guardian article points out, by forcibly restricting people’s movement under the threat of arms, they are already breaking established law.

The classic excuse that these militias and other gun fanatics use is the right to “defend” themselves. Fair enough. We all have a right to defend ourselves. But that right does not extend to acting as a private, unregulated police force, unanswerable to the public, that deliberately seeks out opportunities to threaten and arrest other people. When a group decides it can do that, and when the government looks away, we are crossing into very uncharted, very dangerous territory.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/4/19/1851481/-Armed-white-nationalist-militia-are-now-coordinating-with-the-U-S-Border-patrol-to-detain-migrants
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Pot makes immigrants ineligible for citizenship even if pot is legal in the state where they reside.

Tom Angell of Marijuana Moment says, “The Trump administration just issued a memo saying that marijuana use or working in the cannabis industry—even if it is legal under state law—makes immigrants ineligible for citizenship because it means they don’t have 'good moral character.'”

    A federal immigration agency clarified on Friday that using marijuana or engaging in cannabis-related “activities” such as working for a dispensary—even in states where it’s legal—is an immoral offense that makes immigrants ineligible for citizenship.

    When applying for naturalization, the process of gaining citizenship, individuals must have established “good moral character” in the five years preceding the application. Good moral character is a vague requirement that has been criticized by scholars and civil rights advocates, as assessing morality is arguably subjective.

    According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), state-legal marijuana consumption renders individuals morally unfit for citizenship. The new policy clarification reflects a sentiment once expressed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

    The USCIS memo says that “violation of federal controlled substance law, including for marijuana, established by a conviction or admission, is generally a bar to establishing [good moral character] for naturalization even where the conduct would not be a violation of state law.”

    Further, an applicant “who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws,” the document says. The policy also applies to individuals who worked in the state-legal cannabis industry.

https://boingboing.net/2019/04/19/trump-administration-marijuan.html
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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Convention of the California Nurses Association in San Francisoco on Sept. 22, 2017.

Global inequality is surging at an unprecedented pace.

According to Oxfam, the world’s 26 richest people currently have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.8 billion—down from 61 people in 2016. As the rich get richer, sea levels rise, tribalism flourishes, and liberal democracies regress. In the clutches of corporate giants and populist strongmen, even some of the wealthiest nations now find themselves plagued by job insecurity, debt, and stagnant wages. Ordinary people across the political spectrum are increasingly concerned that the system is rigged against them. Trust in public institutions is near an all-time low.

In response to these conditions, democratic socialism is in the midst of a revival in the United States. In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is polling ahead of and raising more money than the other contenders, and his town hall appearance on Fox News this week was the most watched such event of the campaign season so far. With this surge of interest has come a renewed debate, often centered on historical and international comparisons, about what socialism actually means and whether it can succeed.

In U.S. politics, “socialist” has long been a smear used to discredit progressives—a rhetorical battle-ax honed for decades by Cold War tribalism, wielded by Republicans against Democrats, however centrist their politics. Conservatives have applied the label to presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Progressives, forced to adapt to this framework, tend in their timidity to distance themselves from the term, even when advocating for policies that clearly lean toward it. Fear of being labeled socialist has long narrowed their repertoire of policy options. The right, of course, wants to preserve this leverage. That’s why Republicans feel so threatened by the newfound popularity of politicians who describe themselves as socialists, including Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. At the highest levels of U.S. politics, they are openly attempting to reappropriate the word.

Democratic socialists in the United States often point to Scandinavian countries for prime examples of their ideas in action. Scandinavia, broadly speaking, combines big governments that readily interfere in markets with stable growth and  prosperity

    This prosperity is often on display in rankings, such as the Legatum Prosperity Index and the United Nations’ World Happiness Report.

Scandinavia’s success is inconvenient for the right. For the public to remain distrustful of socialism, the right wants the label reserved for the likes of North Korea and Venezuela. Scandinavia’s record leaves conservatives with only two options, both of which rely on sophistry and cherry-picked facts: They can dispute either the region’s economic success or its socialist leanings. Members of the right-wing commentariat and think-tank sphere, for whom socialism implies coercive wealth redistribution, have pursued both approaches.

Like many of my fellow Scandinavians, I have followed this odd spectacle with bemusement.

In an essay representative of the broader conversation, published in Forbes last year, economist Jeffrey Dorfman argued that leftists who point to Scandinavia tend to conflate socialism with the generous welfare state. “Socialism can take the form of government controlling or interfering with free markets, nationalizing industries, and subsidizing favored ones,” he wrote. “The Nordic countries don’t actually do much of those things.”

Behold, the economy of Norway : “Controlling or interfering with free markets, nationalizing industries, and subsidizing favored ones” is precisely how the Norwegian government ended up owning 60 percent of its net national wealth—twice the share the Chinese government owns in China.

The share of total U.S. income owned by the richest 1 percent of the population has been surging since the 1980s. It now exceeds 20 percent. Scandinavia’s 1 percent bags less than half this share, ranging from 6 percent in Denmark to about 9 percent in Sweden. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ranks each Scandinavian nation among the Top 10 with regards to both economic equality and absence of poverty. The United States is on the opposite end of both spectrums.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/04/19/the-american-left-is-right-about-scandinavian-socialism-norway/?utm_source=PostUp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12151&utm_term=Editor%27s+Picks+OC&fbclid=IwAR3H8ZwMPgW4LnD4Sk7eixZyEsACKeJ0MHhwf9hVdqRdHAZTvgPQzeY1mJs
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Pot makes immigrants ineligible for citizenship even if pot is legal in the state where they reside.

Tom Angell of Marijuana Moment says, “The Trump administration just issued a memo saying that marijuana use or working in the cannabis industry—even if it is legal under state law—makes immigrants ineligible for citizenship because it means they don’t have 'good moral character.'”

    A federal immigration agency clarified on Friday that using marijuana or engaging in cannabis-related “activities” such as working for a dispensary—even in states where it’s legal—is an immoral offense that makes immigrants ineligible for citizenship.

    When applying for naturalization, the process of gaining citizenship, individuals must have established “good moral character” in the five years preceding the application. Good moral character is a vague requirement that has been criticized by scholars and civil rights advocates, as assessing morality is arguably subjective.

    According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), state-legal marijuana consumption renders individuals morally unfit for citizenship. The new policy clarification reflects a sentiment once expressed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

    The USCIS memo says that “violation of federal controlled substance law, including for marijuana, established by a conviction or admission, is generally a bar to establishing [good moral character] for naturalization even where the conduct would not be a violation of state law.”

    Further, an applicant “who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws,” the document says. The policy also applies to individuals who worked in the state-legal cannabis industry.

https://boingboing.net/2019/04/19/trump-administration-marijuan.html



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Corporate America embraces 420 as pot legalization grows
« Reply #12475 on: April 20, 2019, 04:57:43 AM »
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Marijuana users have for decades celebrated their love of the drug on April 20, but the once counter-culture celebration that was all about getting stoned now is so mainstream Corporate America is starting to embrace it.

No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But many other businesses inside and outside the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry are using April 20, or 4/20, to roll out marketing and social media messaging aimed at connecting with consumers driving the booming market.

On Saturday, Lyft is offering a $4.20 credit on a single ride in Colorado and in select cities in the U.S. and Canada. Carl's Jr. is using a Denver restaurant to market a hamburger infused with CBD, a non-intoxicating molecule found in cannabis that many believe is beneficial to their health.

On 420 last year, Totino's, a maker of frozen pizza snacks, tweeted an image of a microwave and an oven with the message: "To be blunt, pizza rolls are better when baked."

"I think brands that associate themselves with cannabis kind of get that contact high. In other words, they're just considered to be cooler by association," said Kit Yarrow, consumer psychologist at Golden Gate University. "As pot becomes more legal, more discussed, more interesting to people, more widely used, then 420 becomes more mainstream as well."

Marijuana normalization has snowballed since 2012, when Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational use. Eight more followed, including California, Oregon and Michigan. Medical marijuana is legal in two-thirds of the states, with conservative-leaning Utah and Oklahoma among recent additions.

Meantime, the CBD market has exploded. CBD oil can be found in candies, coffee and other food, drinks and dietary supplements, along with perfume, lotions, creams and soap. Proponents say CBD helps with pain, anxiety and inflammation, though limited scientific research supports those claims.

U.S. retail sales of cannabis products jumped to $10.5 billion last year, a threefold increase from 2017, according to data from Arcview Group, a cannabis investment and market research firm. The figures do not include retail sales of hemp-derived CBD products.

Ben & Jerry's was one of the earliest big brands to foster a connection with the marijuana culture through marketing. The Vermont-based ice cream company features Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, honoring late Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia and the band Phish. Both bands are favorites of the marijuana-smoking crowd.

To mark 420 in recent years, Ben & Jerry's debuted taco and burrito inspired ice cream sandwiches. This year the company partnered with a San Francisco Bay Area cannabis retailer to give customers who place delivery orders on Friday and Saturday a free pint of Half Baked, a combination of cookie dough and fudge brownie.

"We have a lot of fun, never being overt, but really playing into the moment of 420," said Jay Curley, the company's global head of integrated marketing.

Last year, Ben & Jerry's also turned more serious, asking consumers to call on lawmakers to expunge prior marijuana convictions and press for pardons or amnesty for anyone arrested for smoking pot. This year the company is using the holiday to call for criminal justice reform.

"We're actually using this as an opportunity not to tell a stoner joke like we have in the past, but to raise what we see as a much more serious issue around justice," Curley said.

Those in the marijuana marketplace also are ramping up advertising around 420. Much of the marketing about cannabis or related products takes the form of online ads, emails, text messages and social media. Shops typically offer discounts. Some host parties with food and entertainment. The larger 420 events can draw thousands of people.

Verano Holdings, whose businesses include cannabis shops, sponsors street festivals in Chicago and Tulsa, Oklahoma, where attendees can learn about marijuana products, listen to music and grab a bite. The company expects this Saturday's festival in Chicago, going on its third year, will draw more than 4,000 people. Last year, it drew 1,500, said Tim Tennant, Verano's chief marketing officer.

In San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Hippie Hill will again be the site of a 420 celebration. Last year, more than 15,000 attended the event, which has transformed from a small informal gathering into a full-blown festival of corporate sponsors and commercial booths selling smoking devices, T-shirts and food.

Roger Volodarsky, whose Los Angeles-based Puffco makes portable vaporizers, has celebrated 420 since he was a teenager. Back then, he said, "420 was the day that you splurged on yourself and got high in interesting ways. It was the day that you made a gravity bong and coughed your brains out."

Volodarksy likes that some Main Street brands are getting into the industry and the holiday.

"What's important to me about these ad campaigns is they're speaking to people who aren't users and they're normalizing the space to people who aren't users," he said.

Even as popularity grows, some companies will stay away from 420 as a marketing tool, said Allen Adamson, co-founder of Metaforce, a marketing consulting company.

"If you're talking about a big brand that needs to appeal to everybody and is very risk-averse, then probably not," he said. "I don't think you'll see large financial institutions doing it."

https://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/news/national/brands-roll-with-stoner-holiday-as-pot-legalization-grows/1937949690
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420: The nuns who make £850k a year growing and selling marijuana
« Reply #12476 on: April 20, 2019, 05:04:38 AM »
Convent claims to have cured eight people of addiction using homegrown products


Sister Kate Meeusen, 60, started the Sisters of the Valley in Merced County, California, in 2011 with just 12 marijuana plants.

A group of nuns are raking in £850,000 a year after turning a convent into an international cannabis operation.

Sister Kate Meeusen, 60, started the Sisters of the Valley in Merced County, California, in 2011 with just 12 plants.

Today, it garners hundreds of thousands of pounds a year and the community of nuns have high hopes of expanding their medicinal marijuana empire.

The nuns use their cannabidiol (CBD) products, which include salves and oils, to treat everything from epilepsy to cancer and claim to have so far cured eight people of addictions.

A documentary which has been released to mark the annual 420 cannabis celebration explores how Sister Kate and her team have fought bitterly against “white man rule”, including the obstructionist country sheriff and black market thieves.


Sister Kate Meeusen, 60, started the Sisters of the Valley in Merced County, California, in 2011 with just 12 marijuana plants. It is now an international cannabis operation and rakes in £850k a year, treating everything from epilepsy to cancer.

“We don’t like the white man rule,” said Sister Kate. “Farm people are very slow to adapt to new ideas, people are stuck in the 1950s with their ideas towards the cannabis plant for medicinal use.”

She added: “We have a 100 per cent success rate in curing people of their addictions. Admittedly we don’t have a huge sample size, we worked with eight people who were addicted to either alcohol, tobacco or meth, but they all got better.

“That’s a better success rate than Alcoholics Anonymous.”

Sister Kate, who used to work as a high-flying corporate executive before turning to weed farming, described cannabis as a “wonderfully healing plant”.

“Gradually the world is starting to open up to the idea of cannabis as medicine, rather than treating it as a dangerous drug,” she said.

The Breaking Habits documentary, directed by British filmmaker Rob Ryan, is just part of the sisters’ plan for world expansion of their medicinal-marijuana empire.

“We intend to have enclaves in every town and province in the next 20 years,” said Sister Kate.

“We’re going to be doing more and more with Hollywood because that’s the megaphone to the world.

“We’re also planning an edgy, political series done in cartoon form.”

On Monday, the nuns plan to protest the ecclesiastic privilege within the Church which allows some abuse to go unreported.

“We are accustomed to fighting for the rights of the marginalised,” she said.

“It’s an important bill that would allow California to join some twenty-other states and Canada in denying this privilege as an excuse for not reporting abuse.”

Documentary filmmaker Mr Ryan said Sister Kate’s fight to change the cannabis industry from “stoner to healer” was genuine and heartfelt.

“It’s a story about a woman taking on the local establishment to change the law on cannabis in the healing sense,” he said.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/420-cannabis-nuns-weed-marijuana-california-documentary-a8878951.html?utm_source=reddit.com
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Police are now taking roadside blood samples to catch impaired drivers
« Reply #12477 on: April 20, 2019, 05:17:32 AM »
It was about 6:30 on a Friday night in January when Phoenix Police Det. Kemp Layden pulled over a white Jeep Cherokee that was speeding and weaving in and out of its lane.

The 47-year-old driver spoke slowly, his eyes were red and watery, and his pupils were dilated. The inside of the Jeep reeked of marijuana, and the driver failed a field sobriety test, which includes walking heel-to-toe and standing on one leg.

He told the officer he had smoked marijuana a few hours earlier and taken a prescription sedative the night before, police say. The man passed a portable breath test — he wasn’t drunk. But Layden suspected he was impaired by drugs, which the test can’t detect.

A DUI police van equipped with a special chair and table for blood testing pulled up. The man refused to submit to a blood draw. So Layden grabbed his laptop and filled out an electronic warrant, or e-warrant, which was transmitted directly to a judge.

Within 10 minutes, Layden had a search warrant. Another officer drew the man’s blood. A lab report later confirmed he had active THC and a sedative in his blood.

Police photographed and fingerprinted the driver and issued him a citation for DUI. It took 79 minutes from the time he was stopped until he was picked up by an Uber.

Drugged driving is a growing concern as more states legalize marijuana and the opioid epidemic rages on. To fight it, more communities are training police officers to draw drivers’ blood at police stations or in vans, as in Arizona. And on-call judges are approving warrants electronically, often in a matter of minutes at any time of day or night.

Together, the blood tests and e-warrants “could be a game-changer in law enforcement,” said Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Police Chief Steven Casstevens, the incoming president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

While it’s easy for police to screen drivers for alcohol impairment using breath-testing devices to get a blood alcohol concentration level, there’s no such machine to screen for drug impairment.

That’s why blood tests are so important, traffic safety experts say. And alcohol and drugs such as heroin and the psychoactive compound in marijuana are metabolized quickly in the body, so the more time that elapses, the lower the concentration.

Having an officer draw the suspect’s blood soon after he is stopped gives a truer picture of his impairment because he doesn’t have to be taken to a health center for a blood draw after he is arrested, they say. Police departments also save money because they don’t need to pay phlebotomists and hospitals for blood draws.

And having a system in which a judge can sign off quickly on an electronic warrant for a blood test streamlines the process.

Whether or not a state has legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, you can’t get behind the wheel while you’re impaired. Police make that determination based on your driving pattern, physical appearance, interaction with the officer and roadside sobriety tests. The blood test identifies which substances, if any, are causing that impairment.

A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling found that police don’t need a warrant if a driver suspected of impairment refuses to take a breath test, but they do for a blood test, which pierces the skin. But critics say blood draws outside of a traditional medical setting are unhygienic and that e-warrants could infringe on an individual’s rights.

“There’s an absolute potential for a dilution of a citizen’s constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure when it’s done that way,” said Donald Ramsell, a Wheaton, Illinois, DUI attorney and Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers board member. “A judge can just wake up in his bedroom and hit ‘accept’ [on his device] and go back to sleep.”
Deadly Crashes

Impaired driving kills and injures thousands of Americans every year. Alcohol-related crashes claimed 10,874 lives in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There isn’t comparable fatality data for drugged driving because reporting requirements differ from state to state and not all of them test fatally injured drivers for drugs. But a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association found that in 2016, about 44 percent of fatally injured drivers who were tested for drugs had positive results, up more than 50 percent compared with a decade earlier. The data does not specify how many were at fault.

Police blood-draw programs and e-warrants speed up the investigative process.

“It especially helps with drug-impaired driving by getting a blood sample as close to the time someone is operating the vehicle, versus two hours later,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s traffic safety advocacy and research director.

It’s not only quicker for a certified phlebotomist officer to take the blood, he said, but it also helps with the chain of custody because fewer people are handling the evidence.

“That helps tie it up in a nice bow,” said Nelson, whose organization is advocating for more law enforcement phlebotomy and e-warrant programs. “It protects the suspect and it’s stronger in a court of law.”
Drawing Blood

Police who draw blood from suspected impaired drivers must be trained and certified before they can pull out a needle.

At least nine states have law enforcement phlebotomy programs: Arizona, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington state, and Illinois is starting one, according to the national highway safety agency.

Police phlebotomist training varies. In Arizona, for example, officers take 100 hours of training, during which they do 100 clinical blood draws. They also get eight hours of refresher training every two years.

In Phoenix, where police use blood draws as the primary testing method, 49 officers and three police assistants are phlebotomists, according to Layden. They wear gloves when they draw blood, and work in a clean environment, following Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and sanitizing the chair and table.

But Ramsell, the Illinois DUI lawyer who also practices in Arizona, questions whether blood draws should be done outside of a medical facility, saying it’s “ripe for infection and disease.”

And since officers aren’t in the healing profession, Ramsell said, they’re not concerned about pain reduction or hitting a vein. He cited the case of a client arrested in Arizona who had a blood draw in a police DUI van.

“The officer poked him at least 15 times, and because he has a medical condition it was next to impossible to draw enough blood to fill a 10-cc tube,” he said, referring to the size of the tube in cubic centimeters. “Those knuckleheads just kept poking the hell out of him. They only got 3 ccs.”

Electronic Warrants

Forty-five states have legislation, court rules or a combination that allow the issuance of warrants by telephone, video or electronic affidavits, according to a 2018 study by Responsibility.org, a Virginia-based nonprofit funded by distillers that aims to eliminate impaired driving. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia specifically allow electronic transmission.

But having a law or rule doesn’t mean court systems are using e-warrants for DUI cases. Nor does it mean they need one to do so. The study examined five states that use e-warrants — Arizona, Delaware, Minnesota, Texas and Utah. Delaware has neither a law nor a court rule specifying requirements for transmitting warrants.

In Utah, where more than 400 officers are trained phlebotomists, police submitted 2,219 DUI blood draw e-warrants last year, according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street. He said the vast majority came back positive.

According to Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Janet Miller, a certified phlebotomist, “It’s been a great tool not only for law enforcement but for the individual placed under arrest.

“Instead of spending three to six hours with the officer, it’s been cut down to one to two,” she said. “They can get to the jail sooner and get out sooner.”

But critics worry that the e-warrant process for DUI blood draws can end up being the electronic version of a rubber stamp.

“It’s primarily a question of whether judges are actually reading the warrants with the degree of attention that one would expect,” DUI attorney Ramsell said.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/police-are-now-taking-roadside-blood-samples-to-catch-impaired-drivers
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In April, freshman Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) unveiled his “Green Real Deal” proposal, a legislative response to the controversial Green New Deal that’s gaining traction among the Democrats. The right has heavily criticized the Green New Deal because of the drastic measures it includes, like a $32 trillion Medicare for All plan and a call to convert the country to 100 percent clean power. Yet Republicans should recognize that their lack of engagement with environmental issues is what creates an opportunity for radical left-wing policies to rise—so the GOP ought to applaud Gaetz’s leadership and initiative on climate change.

When Republicans refuse to discuss the real problem of climate change, radical bills—even ones that would destroy the economy like the Green New Deal—can seem like the only alternative. With only one side dominating the conversation, naturally, proposed solutions will reflect the ideology of only that side. But if Republicans addressed climate change head-on and proposed reasonable solutions, they could reject over-burdensome regulations that stifle American innovation.

Rep. Gaetz is doing just that. He said at a recent press conference that he wants to shift the conversation from Republicans denying climate change to focusing on how to solve it. “I didn’t come to Congress to argue with a thermometer,” the congressman said.

Gaetz calls his bill a “love letter to the American innovator.” Based around the concept of free market environmentalism, the Green Real Deal has four main pillars: the expansion of American intellectual property; the modernization of our electric grid to allow for renewable power; the opening of federal lands for renewable energy resources like solar cells and hydropower; and a new technology doctrine to eliminate burdensome regulations on things like nuclear energy.

With his bold initiative, the freshman representative has paved the way for free market environmentalism to enter the crucial conversation about climate change. Republicans claim their platform exists to promote free market values—so why shouldn’t free market environmentalism fall under that umbrella?

After all, the facts are on their side. The government has failed time and time again in this area; as regulations increase but environmental quality lacks improvement.

In 2015, the EPA formally initiated the Clean Power Plan, demanding that businesses reduce their emissions. Yet even with this plan enforcing heavy restrictions, carbon emissions continued to rise, and businesses paid the price. Not only was the Clean Power Plan ineffective, it cost the economy an estimated average of $112 billion annually.

Instead, Republicans should promote policies that embrace the free and competitive market, voluntary cooperation, and protection of property rights—yet also address valid environmental concerns.

For example, voluntary agreements have shown positive results in the past. The EPA’s voluntary partnership plan has saved $37 billion in taxpayer dollars and prevented 470 million tons of carbon emissions. Voluntary partnerships, like ones proposed by the Green Real Deal, give businesses the individual freedom to decide the best way to reduce emissions for their unique company, encouraging them to grow from positive PR. Most importantly, they reduce emissions and invest in green innovation.

So before laughing at the absurdity of the $93 trillion Green New Deal, the right should ask itself how we got here.

We’ve allowed the left to dominate the conversation around environmental policy for far too long, leaving us with only radical proposals on the table. While Republicans dismiss climate change as a non-issue, the left dominates the conversation, even though the facts support the kinds of free market solutions Republicans praise. So we should get behind Gaetz’s pioneering of conservative environmentalism, and take back the climate change narrative from the Democrats once and for all.

https://townhall.com/columnists/youngvoicesadvocates/2019/04/20/the-green-real-deal-is-a-climate-change-alternative-all-republicans-should-support-n2545025
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Hatchell, who has led the Tar Heels since 1986, did not address the allegations against her or the findings of the independent report.

After more than three decades, University of North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has resigned from leading the celebrated program. Her resignation followed an external review that found she made "racially insensitive" remarks, exercised "undue influence" on athletes to play while injured and lacked a connection with her players.

The university announced the move Thursday night, citing the conclusions of an 18-day investigation that was initiated after players and parents raised concerns about the women's experiences and overall culture of the program.

"The University commissioned a review of our women's basketball program, which found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction. It is in the best interests of our University and student-athletes for us to do so," UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said.

"Coach Hatchell agrees, and she offered her resignation today. I accepted it. We appreciate her 33 years of service to Carolina and to the community, and we wish her the best. Our focus now is on conducting a search for a new head coach who will build on our great Carolina traditions and promote a culture of excellence."

The review, which included interviews with 28 current players and personnel, determined that the 67-year-old "is not viewed as a racist, but her comments and subsequent response caused many in the program to believe she lacked awareness and appreciation for the effect her remarks had on those who heard them."

And, when confronted by players and staff about comments that were racially insensitive, Hatchell "did not respond in a timely or appropriate manner," the investigation found.

According to a report by The Washington Post, Hatchell was accused of making alarming references to lynching, telling players they could be "hanged from trees with nooses" if they performed poorly at an upcoming game.

The story was also the first to publicize allegations that Hatchell and the team's physician tried to downplay serious injuries in order to pressure players into continuing to compete. As a result, one player said, she was forced to have corrective shoulder surgery. Another said she had played with a torn tendon in her knee.

But the investigation cleared the team's medical staff of wrongdoing while acknowledging that Hatchell questioned player care and readiness. "The medical staff did not surrender to pressure to clear players before they were medically ready," according to the report.

Finally, the probe identified a "breakdown of connectivity" between Hatchell and the players.

Hatchell, who had been on paid administrative leave since the launch of the investigation, did not address the allegations against her in a farewell statement included in the university's announcement.

"The game of basketball has given me so much, but now it is time for me to step away," she wrote, adding that the team is ready for new leadership after wrapping up a successful season.

Hatchell has led the Tar Heels since 1986. Her team won the NCAA championship in 1994 and she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Calling it a "bittersweet day," Hatchell said, "I've been fortunate to coach more than 200 young women, and it has been a joy to see them grow into successful teachers, doctors, lawyers, mothers, high school and college basketball coaches, and WNBA players."

She added that she's been considering retirement since recovering from leukemia in 2014.

Her attorney, Wade Smith, told NPR's Newscast she denies the claims.

"There was really nothing else for her to accomplish as a basketball coach," Smith. "I mean, hooray for her. She won a national championship. She's in the Naismith Hall of Fame. She's a thousand-game winner. She went to the NCAA tournament Elite Eight a number of times. What more was there for her to do?"

Hatchell is among the most revered figures in women's basketball. She became the third women's coach in Division I with 1,000 career victories in 2017 and last month's NCAA Tournament marked her 23rd appearance in the competition.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/19/715137550/unc-basketball-coach-sylvia-hatchell-resigns-after-investigation

These old dykes aren't sensitive enough for the Snowflake League. Hatchell is a matched book-end to former UT women's basketball coach Jody Conrandt.

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