August, 2018 archive
I’m a Southern boy. I understand the code.
They just can’t help themselves, can they?
Thom and Greg Palast discuss Palast’s suing Kris Kobach over the Republican gut-out-the-vote effort, as well as Donald Trump’s NAFTA nonsense.
Mike Littvin dissects Donald Trump and his half-staff antics. Here’s how he starts:
He blinked because he’s a bully, and bullies, we were told as kids, are actually cowards – a theory, by the way, that in my experience hasn’t always held true. But in this case, it works perfectly.
And he blinked because — and this may be a bit of a revelation — he apparently actually understands the concept of human decency even if he routinely rejects the concept of practicing it.
Follow the link for the rest. You’ll be glad you did.
. . . is the conviction that there is no such thing as the common good.
Via Job’s Anger.
Wrapping up the day with jaunty little period piece with creepy undercurrents of sexual exploitation and racism . . . .
Kyle Whitmire finds value in the so-called and grossly misnomered “deep state.” A nugget:
When bright and ambitious new elected leaders show up at city hall, or the county courthouse or Capitol Hill, this bloated beast (the bureaucracy–ed.) makes a comfortable place for those naive neophytes and tolerates their theatrics, at least until they start giving orders.
That’s when the intractable bureaucrats dig in.
But there’s an upside to this collective recalcitrance, too.
When the lunatics show up, with their department heads, cabinet leaders and other assorted sycophants — that’s when bureaucracy saves us from ourselves. When our political parties turn into religious cults, the bureaucracy doesn’t care. It just keeps doing what it’s always done.
Of course, part of the problem is that far too many persons suspend their brains when they should be suspending their computers.
In a titanic struggle between rationality and rationalization, Thom tangles with a Confederate monument apologist.
Martin W.G. King writes of the conditions inside Donald Trump’s concentration camps for immigrants and asylum seekers. Here’s a bit:
Abuse of detainees is so rampant it seems to border on policy. One private migrant detention facility, in Tacoma, Wash., sits in the middle of a toxic, sludge-filled superfund site and has been the subject of a particularly large number of complaints against its staff for physical and sexual assault.
Trump has created a climate that has encouraged the mistreatment of migrants for his own political gain, and he’s done it, mostly, with impunity.
This is institutionalized cruelty.
Words fail me.
Practice random acts of politeness (more at the link).
Police say they believe a public bus in Utah traveling on a highway was accidently (sic) hit by a bullet when someone fired shots from a nearby peach orchard, but authorities haven’t yet found the shooter.
Davis County Chief Deputy Ty Berger said Monday that no one was injured on the bus or in a semitrailer that was also hit by a bullet when five to 10 shots were fired from the orchard before sunrise.
Yeppers, that just what responsible gun owners do: shoot randomly in the direction of a public highway that is hidden from view by trees. Yes-indeedy-do. Just a lil’ old accident.
Every week, usually on Monday, I perform regular maintenance on the database for this blog. I log into my hosting provider, navigate to CPanel, and do a “check,” “repair,” and “optimize” on the SQL database. I then export the database tables and save a copy on my local computer what I’m typing on right now because there is no such thing as too many backups.
He’s a very affectionate cat. “Affectionate cat” means either a cat that is hungry or a cat that is willing to accept affection.
Robert Reich comments on the self-important snowflakes of our new Gilded Age and manages to find commonalities amongst a most disparate set of folks.