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Dis Dishonorable Discourse 0

For Veterans Day, Frances Coleman shared some memories of her father, who fought in World War II (as did my own father).

She mused about what he fought for–and about what he didn’t fight for.

More than 400,000 American soldiers didn’t die in World War II so that today, we could spuriously accuse one another of stealing elections. They did not die so that manipulative candidates could maliciously pit voters against one another. Nor did they die so that we could try to limit, rather than expand, people’s access to the ballot box.

Especially, they didn’t die so that this country’s worst enemy could become its own people.

Follow the link for the rest of her article.

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Sparky and the Values Voter 0

Sparky:  Nancy Pelosi's husband was attacked by a lunatic with a hammer.  Republican:  Yes, I know.  Isn't it hilarious?  Sparky:  Uhhhh--you're talking about an 82 year old man who is currently recovering from a skull fracture.  Republican:  Yes, but there were some awesome memes about how he was in his underwear and had a spat with his gay lover.  Sparky:  All of which were quickly discredited by surveillance video and, you know, the attacker's own admission that he wanted to kidnap Nancy Pelosi and break her kneecaps.  Republican:  Well, the fact that I believed could have been true definitely says a lot.  Sparky:  Sure.  It says that Repubicans are depraved sociopaths who want to normalize violence against ideological opponents and also delegitimize the very concept of truth.  (Pause)  Republican:  I see you are determined to politicize this regrettable incident.  Sparky:  Weird how that happens.

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Gutting Out the Vote 0

My friend saw a news report about the goons folks whe have been patrolling Arizona’s ballot drop boxes while carrying weapons and wearing body armor; she asked me if I knew anthing about it.

I said, “They claim that they are protecting the integrity of the vote, but they are actually right-wing–er–enthusiasts trying to intimidate voters.”

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Know Them by the Company They Keep 0

Charles Blow notices a pattern.

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Suffer the Children, the Children Strike Back 0

Sam and his crew discuss Virginia students’ protest against Virginia’s Governor Trumpkin’s bigoted actions towards trans kids, who, ass the writer of a letter to the editor of my local rag pointed out, are a minuscule percentage of the population.

It wasn’t just in Northern Virginia, folks.

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The Disinformation Industrial Complex 0

Joe Pierre, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, is less than optimistic about the role mistrust and misinformation play in dis coarse discourse. Here’s a bit of what he says; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).

Mistrust and misinformation feed off one another. Mistrust leads to belief in misinformation, and misinformation breeds mistrust.

Now, why is there so much misinformation out there? Misinformation and disinformation—the deliberate spread of falsehoods—is a for-profit industry where the pay-offs are financial and political.

Those sitting atop of the disinformation food chain are masters of exploiting the normal cognitive machinery that we use to process information, taking full advantage of our propensity for confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, and motivated reasoning that all act in the service of preserving a stable sense of self where ideology and identity are fused.

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An Accidental Truth 0

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A Pillow of the Community 0

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A Case of Projection 0

David Atkins makes a case that Donald Trump cannot understand the concepts such as “the rule of law,” “justice,” and the “public good” because he believes everyone thinks the way he does.

Methinks Atkins is onto something.

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Twits on Twitter, Bullies’ Pulpit Dept. 0

Backfire.

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The Dynamic Duo 0

Clarence Thomas says,

Via Yellowdoggranny.

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The Roll-Back 0

Gordon Weil espies a disturbing trend. Here’s the nub of his article (emphasis added):

But a divide has begun to emerge between them (the two major American political parties–ed.) with some Republicans believing that their party should reverse the trend toward greater democracy. Voter suppression and misusing Senate voting practices have become part of the GOP agenda.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

In a related vein, Professor Richard Cherwitz reminds us that, “once democracy is gone, it’s gone.”

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“A Republic, If You Can Keep It” 0

At The Denver Post, Air Force Major General (ret.) Irv Halter points out that “it’s not the economy, stupid.” Here’s a bit from his article (emphasis added):

We’re Americans. We do not swear an oath to a leader or to a political party. We are a nation of laws and owe allegiance to the Constitution alone. We have fought for it, died for it. When the Constitution is subverted, the danger to our Republic reaches far beyond our disagreements about politics and culture. Within it, we can accomplish anything, debate anything, fix anything. Outside of it, the American enterprise dies.

What happened leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, was an organized attack on our founding document and nation. Despite overwhelming evidence, people who should have been saying “no” to the lie and the liar, instead marched in lockstep behind him.

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Call to Order 0

Couple watching the January 6 hearings on television as Liz Cheney sayd,

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Facebook Frolics 0

Self-incriminating frolics.

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A Tune for the Times 0

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“Just Live with It” Is Not an Option 0

A law professor takes issue with Justice (sic) Clarence Thomas. Here’s how he opens his article; follow the link for the rest.

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas has said, regarding those who protest the potential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, that “We are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like.”

This is a remarkable statement.

By this same philosophy, we should chide those, who were unwilling to “live with” Dred Scott v. Sanford.

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Freedom of Screech 0

Title:  The Absolutist.  Image:  Man:  As you know, I consider myself a principled free speech absolutist.  Sparky:  Ah, then you must be appalled by all these Republican efforts to ban books.  Man:  No, haven't really given it much though.  Does anyone still read books?  Sparky:  What about the bill in Florida prohibiting schools and businesses from inflicting

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“The Reactionary Trap” 0

(In an interesting bit, David and his guest discuss the role of “social” media in creating bubbles of believers and silos of sycophants. That discussion starts at about the 3 1/2 minute mark.)

Read the article under discussion.

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The Nuremberg Defense 0

It didn’t work for Nazis then, and it doesn’t look like it’s working now.

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