For John, BLUF: Yes, Amy is not all that popular amongst the more old line liberal (as opposed to progressive) types. Nothing to see here; just move along.
So, Nation of Change wants me to give to their monthly campaign. The problem is, in my mind, I wrap them up with the TV Show Democracy Now.♠ To which you ask, so what?
The so what has to do with Host Amy Goodman. She keeps burying the lede. Today she was talking about the shooting, yesterday, down in Roanoke, Virginia. She tells us the shooter was Black, but she neglected to tell us he was Gay. That is news that has been out there since yesterday. Here is the money quote picked up by Law Professor Ann Althouse—"The fact that he kept his job was because he was an African-American gay man. That’s pretty hard to say no to." That is a quote in a Daily Beast article, taken from former news producer Greg Sextro.
The point is, the shooter identified as a Black Gay man.♥ He is making a point about who he is, in a Black Community that is fairly anti-gay. Was the shooter disturbed? Maybe, but I am always careful of asserting that too quickly, in that I would never wish to encourage a Government to use "insanity" as an excuse to put anyone away. However, it is clear a crime was committed. Punishment or rehabilitation must follow. In this case, the shooter took his own life, so that is moot.
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Regards — Cliff
♠ LTC Channel 8 at 0800, to 0900, right after City Life.
♥ The shooter, addressing a Judge in 2013, in a discrimination lawsuit, said: "I am hereby requesting a trial which will be heard by a jury of my peers.... I would like my jury to be comprised of African-American women."