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The Bullies’ Pulpit 0

Sam and his crew discuss the right-wing’s demonization of LGBTQ persons, the Colorado Springs shooting, and the hypocrisy of Republicans’ reaction thereunto.

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Dis Coarser Discourse 0

Arnie D. Fielkow and Tracie Washington, writing at NOLA.com, have a history of political disagreements. However, writing at NOLA.com, they report that there is one thing on which they do agree. Two snippets:

Never in our lifetimes have we experienced the level of hate, anger and hostility over our politics, economy, foreign policy, and even the meaning of democracy. Incidents of antisemitism, racism and bigotry are at frightening levels, and legitimate questions are being raised regarding what America is and really stands for. Respectful discourse has almost become a relic of the past and many are afraid — with good reason — to even express personal views.

(snip)

Clearly, the actions and dog-whistles of certain political leadership have empowered and legitimized bigots. Most thought neo-Nazis and the KKK were in the past, but frighteningly they have publicly re-emerged with new allies from QAnon, the Proud Boys, and others. Who would have ever thought that our nation’s Capitol would be attacked or, maybe worse, that some would try to justify one of the worst days in US history? Is this really the America we all want?

Meanwhile, Will Bunch offers a theory as to the underlying cause; follow the link for his complete essay:

The antisemiti, the homophobia, the violence … this isn’t the American right flexing its muscles out of strength. Quite the opposite. The forces of 400 years of white supremacy culture are like a wounded bear right now — lashing out, and extremely dangerous because its proponents know they are a seriously endangered species.

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Cored Values 0

Michael in Norfolk notes that Republicans, particularly evangelical they-call-themselves Christians have redefined “freedom of religion” to “freedom to religion.” A nugget from his article:

For many years now, the Christofascists and their puppets within the Republican Party have defined “religious freedom” to be an unfettered ability to inflict one set of religious beliefs on all of society . . . .

(Broken link fixed.)

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“Republicans Don’t Need Evidence” 0

Farron contemns the right-wing’s “litter boxes in school” lie and their gullible dupes, symps, and fellow travelers who buy into it.

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Locked and Loaded 0

Caption:  Guns & Ammo.  Image:  Assault rifle with a magazine loaded with hate. self-pity, extremist politics, grievance, racism, misinformation, anti-semitism, and LGBTQ fear.

Via Juanita Jean.

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America’s Establishmentarians 0

Thom cites the Founders, who, though not perfect by any measure, were not stupid.

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Family Planning 0

Emma and her colleagues discuss how theocrats view sex from an exclusively male perspective and denigrate women in doing so.

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Freedom of Screech 0

At Above the Law, Liz Dye digs into a Federal Judge’s ruling that FLorida’s “Anti-Woke” law violates the U. S. Constitution. She quotes a bit from the decision (emphasis added):

To confront certain viewpoints that offend the powers that be, the State of Florida passed the so-called “Stop W.O.K.E.” Act2 in 2022—redubbed (in line with the State’s doublespeak) the “Individual Freedom Act.” The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints. Defendants argue that, under this Act, professors enjoy “academic freedom” so long as they express only those viewpoints of which the State approves. This is positively dystopian.

Follow the link for the rest.

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As the Twig Is Bent . . . (Updated) 0

Virginia’s Governor Trumpkin is looking to bend him some twigs.

Afterthought:

Hillsdale College was in on the rewrite.

Somehow or another, I got on Hillsdale College’s propaganda mailing list.

Talk about right-wing agitprop . . . .

Addendum:

A bit of a backtrack.

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Freedom of Screech 0

They’re just fighting for their right to be mean for the sake of mean.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Yet more hate-full twits.

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All the News that Fits, It’s Bubblicious Dept. 0

Sam and a caller discuss the right-wing news bubble and confirmation bias.

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Dis Coarse Discourse 0

Man says, sanctimoniously,

Click for the original image.

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A Party with a Platform of Profundity 0

Black woman:  What will you do about inflation?  Republican Elephant:  We'll throw Hunter Biden's laptop at it.  Black Woman:  High gas prices?  Republican Elephant:  We'll ban wokeness.  Black woman:  Immigration:  We'll import more Canadians with hammers.  Black woman:  Crime?  Republican Elephant:  We'll help Trump commit them.  Black woman:  Abortion?  Republican Elephant:  We'll put Herschel Walker and Dr. Oz in charge.  Black woman:  Democracy?  Republican Elephant:  We're not Democrats.

Via Juanita Jean.

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Dis Dishonorable Discourse 0

For Veterans Day, Frances Coleman shared some memories of her father, who fought in World War II (as did my own father).

She mused about what he fought for–and about what he didn’t fight for.

More than 400,000 American soldiers didn’t die in World War II so that today, we could spuriously accuse one another of stealing elections. They did not die so that manipulative candidates could maliciously pit voters against one another. Nor did they die so that we could try to limit, rather than expand, people’s access to the ballot box.

Especially, they didn’t die so that this country’s worst enemy could become its own people.

Follow the link for the rest of her article.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Yet more hate-full frolics.

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Twits Own Twitter 0

Sam and his crew discuss the most fragile ego of them all.

Afterthought:

If Elon Musk destroys Twitter, as seems quite likely at this point, he will have quite inadvertently performed a positive public service.

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People of the Book 0

At Chron.com, University of Texas at Austin Professor Eric MacDaniel examines what’s behing the emergence of “Christian nationalism” as a political force. Frankly, I do not find his findings at all surprising; it goes back to original sin–America’s original sin of chattel slavery justified by racism, that is. A snippet:

Today, only about 4 in 10 people in the U.S. are white Christians. The thought of no longer being the majority has prompted some of them to see Christian nationalism as the only way to get the nation back on the right track. Christian nationalism typically restricts adherents’ view of who can be considered a “true” American, limiting it to people who are white, Christian and U.S.-born, and whose families have European roots.

Follow the link for a detailed and thorough analysis.

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Originalist Sin 0

At AL.com, Auburn University Professor Colin Gabler parses the phraseology that makes some rights seem less inalienable than others.

(Stupid writing error corrected.)

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Lies and Lying Liars 0

Gordon Weil comments on persons’ willingness to believe what they want to believe, regardless of facts and evidence, and how “social” media, though it did not create this willingness, feeds into it.

No excerpt or summary can do his piece justice; I commend it to your attention.

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