February, 2019 archive
Whatever happened to, “Make sure the gun isn’t loaded”?
Farron and Scott Hardy discuss the “in app” phish.
When we went out for breakfast Sunday morning, we saw a kid, maybe about six or eight, wearing a “Fortnite” tee-shirt. Wonder if he’s been suckered?
R. H. Tawney:
Democracy is unstable as a political system as long as it remains a political system and nothing more, instead of being, as it should be, not only a form of government but a type of society, and a manner of life which is in harmony with that type. To make it a type of society requires an advance along two lines. It involves, in the first place, the resolute elimination of all forms of special privilege which favour some groups and depress other, whether their source be differences of environment, of education, or of pecuniary income. It involves, in the second place, the conversion of economic power, now often an irresponsible tyrant, into a servant of society, working within clearly defined limits and accountable for its actions to a public authority.
Dick Polman comments on Donald Trump’s council of climate change charlatans who claim that climate change cannot be, but, if it is, it’s benign and beneficial.
Actually, it’s no mystery how we’ve lived to see this day. This day was guaranteed when 46 percent of the electorate chose as its president a flat-Earth crank who tweeted in 2014 that “GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop!” and has never masked his hostility to science.
In related news, my local rag today had a long article about how rising sea levels are devastating rural coastal communities.
David interviews Republican strategist and Trump opponent Rick Wilson regarding his contempt for Donald Trump and the Red Hats. I found it interesting; give it a listen to find out where the title of this post came from. (Warning: He slips into a little reflex bothsiderism about half-way through, but I think his comments about Democratic strategy incisive.)
Tennessean David Cook reacts to the continuing revelations of white politicians who wore blackface and in other ways memorialized the Secesh when they were young. He considers his own experiences as a white guy growing up in the South. Here’s a bit; I commend the article to your attention:
Nor am I surprised by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook photo.
My hunch is that many African-Americans aren’t surprised, either.
Racism isn’t a surprise.
It’s often seen as the norm, the expectation.
When a guest, show politeness to your hosts.
Investigators say the toddler found an unlocked, loaded gun that a guest left under a bed. Deputies say the child’s parents told them, they didn’t know the gun was in the house.
In The Sacramento Bee, the Dean of the UC Berkeley Law School sums it up. A snippet:
Follow the link for his reasoning.
Sam marvels at the concern certain members of the media have for protecting the delicate fee-fees of the very rich.
Robert Goldsborough, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:
Maybe it’s because I’ve been around Wolfe so long, but I’ve always preferred getting my news from papers rather than television. It’s like favoring meat and potatoes over crepes.
Goldborough, Robert, Death on Deadline (New York: Mysterious Press.com/Open Road, 1987), p. 99.
The editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun lays out a compelling case against private prisons.
Once more, politeness is child’s play.
The child was transported to an area hospital with a non life-threatening injury and is in stable condition.
Just another Day in NRA Eden.