The Inky looks at how Pennsylvania Republicans are using incarceration as a tactic for gerrymandering. Here’s a bit:
By counting prisoners as living in their prisons and not at their home addresses, Pennsylvania’s system for drawing political maps benefits white, rural voters at the expense of voters in urban areas, disproportionately affecting people of color, experts say.
The story goes on to discuss efforts–uphill efforts to be sure–to end this practice.
At AL.com, John Archibald writes of our current American
dream nightmare. A snippet:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said she was “deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions.” . . .
What all this really means is that we are hardly who we say we are. What it really means is that America is not what it claims to be.
The land of the free. The home of the brave. A beacon for the world and the promised land for those in search of opportunity.
Or a bully.
Seth and Heather Digby Parton dig into the situation at the southwestern border.
Jean de La Fontaine:
The UPS that I had my modem and router plugged into died tonight.
The first symptom was that I could not load a webpage. I tried pinging google.com and 184.108.40.206. Nada, zilch, nothing.
Following the dictum, always check the hardware first, I saw that the router and modem were powered off. I unplugged them from the UPS and plugged them into the wall outlet, and lights started flashing and everything is working again.
I can’t complain. I’ve certainly gotten my money’s worth from that device, as it’s eight or nine years old, and stuff wears out.
As my old car mechanic in New Jersey would have said, that thing didn’t owe me a dime.
I’ll pick up a new one next week.
Paul Krugman explains the con:
This was always, however, a case of bait-and-switch. Free markets, in which private businesses compete for customers, can accomplish great things, and are indeed the best way to organize most of the economy. But the case for free markets isn’t a case for private business where there is no market: There’s no reason to presume that private firms will do a better job when there isn’t any competition, because the government itself is the sole customer. In fact, studies of privatization often find that it ends up costing more than having government employees do the work.
Much more at the link.
Tony Norman comments on the recent spate of videos of white persons calling the cops on not-white persons who are minding their own business. He starts with the recent incident in which, even as the phone call is placed, you can hear the white guy’s little boy pleading with him not to do it. A snippet:
Had Mr. Cukor listened to his little boy instead of the fear instinct that hijacked any semblance of media savvy he’s supposed to have as a requirement for his senior position at YouTube, he wouldn’t be the star of the latest installment of a uniquely American viral video series starring white people calling the cops on black people who “look out of place.”
Like “Permit Patty” and “BBQ Becky,” two fellow Bay Area would-be-snitchers that preceded him in media infamy by having their calls to the cops filmed by the indignant subjects of their call, Mr. Cukor operated in a sphere of privilege so elevated that he never considered the possibility that he would have to pay a steep price for being wrong, even after Wesly Michel promised him that he would be “the next” viral video sensation.
I commend the entire piece to your attention.
This remark, often attributed to Ronald Reagan*, seems unfortunately to be increasingly true..
*I could not verify that attribution.