Culture Warriors category archive
I’m not really following the Stormy Daniels affair, because there’s nothing new to see; it’s just one more wreck at a Trumpled demolition derby, and, frankly, if you’ve seen one demolition derby etc. (Except for the gymnastic gyrations of evangelical “Christians” to rationalize their fealty to Donald Trump). Can anyone who has paid attention (not “followed,” simply paid attention to headlines) to Donald Trump’s career be in any way surprised or shocked?
Over at Above the Law, though, Elie Mystal has looked at some of the legal maneuverings and suggests that Michael Cohen may have hoisted himself on his own petard. A snippet:
And I care about Michael Cohen, who already has to be in the running for “Worst Lawyer Of The Decade.” Cohen, arguably, had one job: convince a porn star not to talk about an affair nobody would really care about. Not only has that been a complete failure, but Cohen has probably made himself a target in the Robert Mueller Russia investigation.
Cohen claims he paid off Daniels, without Trump’s knowledge. If true, that’s a massive ethical violation. If false, it’s an illegal campaign contribution. By allowing this information to become public, Cohen has shown Mueller’s people a roadmap for how Trump — I mean, David Dennison — might try to launder money. Great job, counselor.
Whether any of that matters is another issue, as the “rule of law” seems increasingly a quaint and passe concept.
Trumpled Walmart shoppers.
A family says they were harrassed outside the Bryant Walmart (Arkansas–ed.) when a man started yelling racially charged messages at them as they tried to load their groceries. Some of the interaction was caught on camera.
“My mother was fearful that he might pull out a firearm too. That’s what she told me afterward,” said Maria Meneses.
Meneses says the man was standing outside his car taking pictures of her family and their vehicle.
Mike discusses a Republican bill to legalize discrimination by pretending that it is somehow “freedom of speech.” (Warning: Language. If you have trouble loading the video, here’s the direct link.))
Boy, Republicans sure value themselves them families!
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
You couldn’t make this stuff up.
I wonder whether the Evangelical right still teaches Sunday School children to sing
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight
and, if so, do they manage to do so with straight faces.
The Seattle Times rounds up some #metoo moments. Here’s one:
Ali Cho, in contrast, has no doubt that an Uber driver entered into #MeToo territory when he kept pressing her for a date during a drive to the airport. Cho, a University of Washington senior who heads a leadership program, was headed home on spring break.
“I love Asian girls,” the driver said. She told him she had a boyfriend. He suggested it might not last.
All the while, she thought in the back of her head, “He knows where I live.”
More moments at the link.