Jeremy E. Sherman argues that the Republican Party become the party of trolls and trolling. Here’s a bit:
Against fascism? Not anymore. Against deficit spending? Gone with their blow-hard wind. Religious virtues? Vaporized time and time again with dismissive self-forgiveness, the “mulligans” they give only to themselves. Anti-PC? Only their opponent’s sensitivities. Pro-freedom? Only the freedom to never have to admit that they could be wrong.
It’s obvious to everyone not sucked in that the party has been taken over by pathological self-suck-ups, fawning over their pretend piety. They will do or say anything to sustain even for another hour their false sense of absolute triumph, authority, and vindication.
Follow the link for more, include suggestions as to how to combat trollish behavior.
I wish he’d loosen up a bit and tell us what he really thinks.
Paul Krugman explains why the Republican mania for tax cuts has led to teachers’ protests.
A snippet, describing what happens when Republicans cut state taxes into the bone, requiring cutbacks in services to balance state budgets:
How, after all, can governments save money on education? They can reduce the number of teachers, but that means larger class sizes, which will outrage parents. They can and have cut programs for students with special needs, but cruelty aside, that can only save a bit of money at the margin. The same is true of cost-saving measures like neglecting school maintenance and scrimping on school supplies to the point that many teachers end up supplementing inadequate school budgets out of their own pockets.
So what conservative state governments have mainly done is squeeze teachers themselves.
Now, teaching kids was never a way to get rich. However, being a schoolteacher used to put you solidly in the middle class, with a decent income and benefits. In much of the country, however, that is no longer true.
It’s ironic, in a way, how the Republican belief that there is no such thing as the common good leads to there being no such thing as the common good.
Lee interviews an eyewitness to the racist arrest in the Philadelphia Starbucks. Listen.
Words fail me.
Jay Bookman marvels at the venality of Donald Trump’s personnel. An excerpt:
Everywhere you look at the Trump White House, you see trouble. These people aren’t draining the swamp, they are the swamp. At the EPA, longtime political grifter Scott Pruitt has flung open the doors to the pollution lobby and undermined the role of science in deciding policy. At the Interior Department, Ryan Zinke rules like some tinpot dictator of a Third World country, acting as if rules are for little people and aping the likes of Queen Elizabeth. By Zinke’s orders, a special flag has to be flown above Interior Department buildings when His Royal Highness is in attendance, then lowered when he departs. And when he does depart, it is quite often on a chartered private jet.
I just reinstalled a statistics plugin.
I removed it when I was trying to troubleshoot the issues I was having back in February, issues which, with the help of my most excellent hosting provider, seem to have been resolved for several months now. At the time, I was getting about 600-700 unique visitors a day (not too bad for a small blog in the backwaters of the inner webs, AFAIC).
I was talking with my friend today about completing the day’s blogging (since I mostly do what I call “drive-by” posts–Hey! this looks interesting–I shoot for eight or nine posts a day) and she wondered how many persons visit this site. I told her that, right now, for the above-mentioned reason, I don’t really know, but feeding the blog helps me keep sane during this time of danger to our polity.
As I said, I don’t know right now how many visitors I have, but I do care, because I hope that some persons find my ramblings useful, interesting, or, at least, diverting.
Get a drop on politeness.
The brief report does not say, but I suspect the weapon in question was a large calibre rapid-fire stupid.
How very quaint.