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School Daze, Futile Fortification Dept. 0

Sam and Emma talk with a caller, an architect, who discusses how architects feel about hardening schools from mass shootings.

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The Back Story 0

At AL.com, Frances Coleman, who believes that abortion is wrong, struggles with why she finds the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade disturbing. It’s a powerful article worth your while. Here’s a bit (emphasis added):

This isn’t about morality. It’s about the power of the state to make you do things. Morality? There are a lot of things that are immoral, yet legal, just as there are a lot of things that are moral, yet illegal.

It may be immoral to gamble away your paycheck, but it’s not illegal. And it is, in my and many others’ view, immoral to strap a person to a gurney and kill him, but it’s perfectly legal.

There was a time when the members of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed above partisan politics. But that’s only a memory now, as this most recent decision clearly shows.

On a related issue, Badtux reports that one of his friends is fed up with the purists, those self-proclaimed “progressives” who refuse to vote if they don’t find a candidate perfect in every way. Here’s a snippet from that article:

Is your conscience still clear, now that your refusal to vote for the lesser of two evils brought us the far greater evil?

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Originalist Sin 0

PoliticalProf parses the pretzel logic.

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The Groomer 0

Republican Elephant wearing MAGA hat offers an assualt rifle to a child, saying,

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

The race to politeness heats up.

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A Lawyer Who Lost His Briefs 0

More stuff you can’t make up.

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QOTD 0

Elmer Davis:

The easiest way to inject a propaganda idea into most people’s minds is to let it go through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realize that they are being propagandized.

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Devolution 0

Title:  50 Years after Watergate.  Image:  Richard Nixon, arms spread wide, making a V for victory sign.  Nixon says,

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“The Call Is Coming from Inside the House” 0

Read the article at USA Today.

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Twits on Twitter 0

One more time, “social” media isn’t.

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The Water Bearers 0

Title:  Open Carry.

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Aside:

Today’s Supreme Court is unprecedented. Except possibly by Justice Taney.

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Misdirection Play, the Transphobia Tactic 0

At the San Francisco Chronicle, Scott Wiener, a California state senator who recently received bomb threats about his sexual orientation, susses the strategy. Here’s a bit (emphasis added); follow the link for the rest.

This is a classic diversion tactic. Right-wing leaders are basically saying: See, it’s the queer people who are ruining everything. Not the wage stagnation we’ve created by gutting unions and keeping the minimum wage absurdly low. Not the pandemic, which we’ve all but ignored and told you was fake. Not the increasing temperatures and frequent natural disasters that we pretend aren’t related to climate change. This culture war is designed to avert attention away from the men behind the curtain who can’t govern.

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Peeping Toms Pols 0

Words fail me.

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Hoist on His Own Blowhard 0

Donald Trump, suspended from a bar labeled

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Via Job’s Anger.

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QOTD 0

Harry Anderson:

There is no magic. There are only magicians.

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“The” Stupid 0

It burns.

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A Maddest Proposal 0

You’ve heard of Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day?

Michigan Republican proposes Traitors’ Day. (He doesn’t call it that, but that’s what it would be.)

We are a failing state.

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The Witness 0

Lady Liberty, holding a paper reading

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“A Democracy, If You Can Keep It” 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., is, shall we say, concerned about Republicans’ embrace of violence to gain their ends. Among the examples he cites are the January 6 attempted coup d’etat, threats against Adam Kinzinger and his family, and Eric Greiten’s combat cosplay.

Here’s a bit of his article; follow the link for the rest.

But the embrace of violence, the cultivation of violence, the tacit encouragement of violence, have become, distinctively and disturbingly, Republican staples. So Jan. 6 was no accident. . . .

(snip)

This is now our norm. Republicans no longer talk policy or ideas. Republicans only threaten.

Isaac Asimov famously called violence “the last refuge of the incompetent.” But violence — self-defense excepted — is also the last refuge of the loser, the last gasp of those who have no more words, the tacit confession of those who know, but are loath to admit, that they got nothin’.

The question is stark. Whose last gasp will it be: theirs or our democracy’s?

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

We seem to be in dog days of politeness.

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