August, 2022 archive
At AL.com, Frances Coleman wonders why the right-wing has decided that banning books is the new in thing. Here’s a tiny bit of her article (emphasis added):
Keeping the peace with his piece.
An armed man interrupted an argument between three (12 and 13 year old–ed.) girls on Storms Avenue Monday night and struck one of the girls in the face and then threatened to shoot onlookers, authorities said.
Thus passeth another day in NRA Eden.
Will Bunch opines that Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial candidate seems to one of those risers again.
Some good news from Bruce Schneir.
Personally, I keep the GPS (Google calls it “location services” turned off on my Android devices unless I have a positive need for it, which is almost never. That means trackers can know my general location, sure, but they don’t know whether I’m in the drug store or the hardware store.
Field thinks that we–well, he says the media, but I think it’s not just them–may have become numb to the outrageous.
Follow the link and decide for yourself.
Nor any brain to think . . . .
Last week, a small Central Texas county just west of Austin made national news after its entire elections staff quit their jobs, leaving the department’s cupboard bare just a few months from the midterms.
But a new report from Votebeat and the Texas Tribune shows that the harassment and threats that ultimately drove Gillespie County’s elections department staffers to leave their jobs stemmed specifically from activists invested in conspiracies related to fluoride in local drinking water.
We are a society of stupid.
Details at the link.
Michael in Norfolk looks at the motivation for the right-wing’s current book-banning frenzy. A snippet:
At the Des Moines Register, retired professor Norma Cook Everist discusses the dangers of establishmentarianism. Here’s tiny bit from her article (emphasis added); follow the link for the rest.
Over the years I’ve seen this American Civil Religion become entwined with the fundamentalist evangelical right, morphing into a Christian nationalism, distorting both American identity and Christianity. It implies that to be a good American, one must be a certain kind of Christian, and have a certain kind of politics. It implies that people of other religions don’t belong in the United States. Christian nationalism encourages white supremacy and racial subjugation. American Christian nationalism is based on the belief that America is divinely established and superior to other countries. Holding or not holding this belief determines “loyalty” to the country.
(Broken link fixed.)
At the Roanoke Times, Arnold Schuetz, who grew up and attended school in Germany shortly after the end of World War II, sees echoes of his own experience in current attempts to–you will pardon the expression–whitewash America’s history of chattel slavery and racial discrimination.
No excerpt or summary will do his article justice. Just read it.