Too Venal for Words category archive
From the land of gracious living: Deneen Brown writes of two historians who are trying to compile a complete listing of ads still extant for runaway slaves in the ante bellum South.
A web search for “runaway slaves ads” will turn up a number of sites with actual historical facts that the New Secesh want to pretend don’t exist.
I must have broken this post when I was troubleshooting the sidebar issue.
David Ruth explains that fantastical things sometimes come to pass.
This is probably the inevitable result when laws are cooked up by a speaker of the House of Representatives who has treated the post as if he is president of the Ayn Rand Society.
More at the link.
Trumpling the public good, this time in the air:
Trump called the current air traffic control system “obsolete” when he met with airline executives in February. His budget includes a “multi-year reauthorization proposal to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to an independent, non-governmental organization.” What he is really doing is giving control of the nation’s airspace over to the airlines and potentially making flying more expensive and less safe in the process.
This proposal illustrates once more that, in Republican World, there is no such thing as the common good.
Follow the link for more.
It is not pretty, but it does make this clear: those who create and propagate “fake news” (AKA “lies”) don’t care who they hurt, nor how badly they hurt them.
Noah Smith thinks he knows what Twitter’s problem may be.
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Words fail me.
I guess Chris Christie will have to cross this bridge when he comes to it.
The story goes to say that Christie is appealing.
To whom is unclear Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Solomon Jones writes of his recent interview of Tim Kaine. Not surprisingly, the Trump Tape came up as a topic. Mr. Kaine did not mince words; he minced Trump. Here’s an excerpt; follow the link for the rest.
“I think there is no doubt that the behavior described in the (Trump) video is sexual assault,” Kaine told me. “You can’t grab people’s genitals. That’s sexual assault. I mean, it is clear. And I very much dismiss a Donald Trump who’s trying to say, ‘Well, this is locker room talk,’ or a Rudy Guiliani: ‘You know, this is kind of what men do.’
“No, it’s not. It’s what sexual abusers do, but it’s not what men do.”
I wholeheartedly agree. Talking about grabbing strange women by the genitals without their permission is not locker-room talk. It’s sociopath talk.