February, 2014 archive
Tony Norman reflects on teabagger nostalgia. A nugget:
Before the civil rights movement challenged the status quo, America was dominated by white males. Those in power subscribed to laissez-faire economics, a muscular foreign policy that sought to expand markets overseas, a knee-jerk accommodation to corporate power and a toothless Christianity that preached contempt for the poor.
Racial and religious minorities, women and homosexuals were relegated to the margins of society or reduced to second-class status in their homes. Even children were considered just a notch or two above property.
This is the era that commentator Pat Buchanan and his terminally nostalgic colleagues at Fox News think of as “the good ol’ days.”
Read the rest.
Patriotism aside, a South Bay high school worried about campus safety was within its legal rights to order a group of students wearing American-flag adorned shirts to turn them inside out during a 2010 Cinco de Mayo celebration, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
The U. S. Flag Code is considered guideline, not law. I assume that is why the story and, I guess, the ruling do not mention that the Flag Code forbids wearing the flag or representations of the the flag as clothing, with the exception of a small patch on athletic uniforms.
Standing at the confluence of ignorance and jingoism, the flag-wearers announced their intent to appeal.
Treating the flag with disrespect is a poor way to parade one’s patrio–oh, never mind.
The strategy is simple.
When you know that the majority of the public won’t vote for you and you know that your supporters are conquests of the “Southern strategy” determined to vote under any circumstance, do everything you can to keep everyone else from voting.
Almost a third of North Carolina’s 100 counties have received permission from the State Board of Elections to reduce early-voting hours heading into the May 6 primary below what last year’s elections overhaul law demanded of them.
The law, pushed through by state Republican leaders, remains a divisive issue with legal challenges as the upcoming primary provides a key test of how new rules will work before the November general election.
It is superfluous to point out the the Republican Party is no longer a political party. I’m not quite sure what it has become, but I think that “subterfuge” comes closest.
Charles F. Kettering:
Off to drink liberally.
It was a good time. Join us for the next one. It’s fun and it’s free (except separate checks).
Chris Preovolos reports that a Florida restaurant is hitting customers with an “ACA surcharge.” Heaven forbid that all those overpaid waiters and bussers and line cooks should have access to healthcare.
But why the surcharge now? There are countless local, state and federal programs and taxes are contribute to the cost of doing business, those aren’t broken out on the bill. There’s no surcharge for the paving of public streets in Orlando.
“We’re definitely doing it to stay afloat,” Clark told WPEC. “It’s not political in any way.”
Except that it is political, and that’s fine, just call it what it is.
Chris Hayes and his guests discuss how political hate scams get pulled off and how “economic conservatives play social conservatives for suckers.”
A local candidate in Florida does not think her opponent is Godly enough, or worships the correct flavor of God, or something.
To which I say, “Matthew 6:5”.
Status quo ante.
Jobless claims increased by 14,000 to 348,000 in the week ended Feb. 22, exceeding all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey and the highest level in a month, from 334,000 in the prior period, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. A Labor Department spokesman said no states were estimated and there was nothing unusual in the data.
Today’s Labor Department data showed the four-week average of claims, a less-volatile measure than the weekly figure, was unchanged at 338,250.
The Regent’s ridiculous tax on persons who choose to save energy and money by purchasing economical vehicles has been repealed.
The legislation he (Governor McAuliffe–ed.) signed, HB975 from Del. Tom Rust, R-Fairfax County, nixes the annual fee on hybrid vehicles and creates a mechanism for state refunds to motorists who paid that registration fee years in advance.
As near as I can figure it, the idea was that persons who chose to conserve energy should be punished because they do not have Ford F350s or Cadillac Escillades.
Or maybe it was just nastiness for nastiness’s sake.
One wonders whether, had Republicans not decided to rally the forces of hate with anti-gay legislation in the years of President George the Worst (you know, the President they don’t talk about), would they be losing case after case in the courts today?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Gratuitous hate for political gain can collect its own gratuity.