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For a humane take on this “nation of immigrants,” see the marvelous article by the Des Moines Register’s Reka Basu. Here’s a bit:
In this, a nation of immigrants, many are doing hard reckoning. They followed the American dream as the early settlers had done (without visas), expecting the natives to make room for them. They worked to become part of the fabric that binds us, only to now see the rips in it and feel the welcome mat pulled out. Even the ultimate prize of U.S. citizenship is being whittled down by a president who rules by dividing.
In the Hartford Courant, a contributor who lost her aunt to COVID-19, tells of dealing with maskless morons in the retail establishment where she works. Here’s a bit:
All I did was ask the customer if he had his mask. No answer. I asked again, making sure that he heard me. Still no answer. I waited until he got to the counter. I asked again if he had a mask. He finally told me no. I told him that he needed to have a mask for one of us cashiers to serve him. He got upset and started to storm out, while I politely said, “We have four signs. All we ask is that you respect our rules.” He was boiling. He made a few more remarks, said “Screw You” and left the store.
More moments with morons at the link.
I am continually nonplussed (though not surprised–I’m too old to be surprised by venality of any sort) that persons seem incapable of restraining their hate-full-ness in public places–and a class, even if conducted via video over a network connection–is still a public place.
This is a bad spell of lawyering.
Not only do they have no proof.
They have no proofreading.
David talks with Talia Lavin about her experiences in infiltrating white supremacist groups.
*With apologies to Earl Derr Biggers.
A federal judge has issued an injunction against the attempt to reframe the Voice of America as the voice of Trump.
My first thought was that these folks don’t understand the concept of the rule of law, but I think that’s wrong. I don’t think they understand the concept of law, at least not as something that applies to them.
It’s as if Trump has released a flock of political Jeffrey Epsteins loose upon the polity.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Hogan M Sherrow considers whether the devoted followers of Donald Trump can be considered a cult.
Follow the link for his conclusion.
Jerry Falwell, Jr., accused the Lincoln Project of being involved in publicizing the scandal which led to his ouster from Liberty University.
The Lincoln Project’s response is delightful.
The Lincoln Project didn’t make Mr. Falwell sit in the corner. The Lincoln Project didn’t make Mr. Falwell unbutton his pants on a super yacht and post a picture on social media. The Lincoln Project didn’t make Mr. Falwell stand with Donald Trump, though that now makes sense; they are kindred spirits. The Lincoln Project has had nothing to do with the public finally learning about the true character of the Falwell family.
The SPLC tries to unpack QAnon. Since an increasing number of persons seems to taking the bait, it’s a worthwhile and timely read. Here’s a bit, which points out that QAnon fits in a long tradition of hate, fear, bigotry, and lies.
The underpinnings of QAnon rely on Blood Libel, a centuries-old antisemitic trope that posits a secret cabal of Jews controls the world and traffics in children for their blood. QAnon believers claim that members of the cabal of Democratic officials and celebrities are trafficking children for their blood – specifically, a chemical within it (adrenochrome) that the cabal believes will extend their lives.
QAnon is, according to Genocide Watch’s Gregory Stanton, a rebranded “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” perhaps the most influential antisemitic pamphlet of all time, written by Russian anti-Jewish propagandists around the turn of the twentieth century. The pamphlet was a collection of myths about a Jewish plot to take over the world and included a central Blood Libel mythology, which posited that Jews kidnapped and killed Christian children whose blood they would then mix into matzos.
Scot Maxwell reports on how Florida is allowing public funds to pay for private prejudice under the guise of “freedom of religion.”
Thom and his caller discuss the logical and legal flaws in “Constitutional originalism.”