Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Medley

  • Why Conservatives Still Won't Admit That Charleston Was A Racist Crime
    Aurin Squire at TPM lists several prominent GOPers (e.g., Jeb Bush, Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Nikki Haley, a WSJ columnist [anonymous and invisible if you don't have a subscription], etc.) who use words like "I don't know [why it happened]," "unimaginable," "we don't know the motivation," "senseless tragedy," etc., and responds to these protestations of incomprehension:
    Given the history of the South, along the rise of both active shooters and gun access, we can't call what happened Wednesday night a “senseless tragedy.” In fact, the Charleston church shooting is full of savage sense. Thanks to complicity at best, and outright racist at worst, the “inconceivable” is still feasible. The fear tactics that were once localized in the dark backwoods of our political landscape now reach every phone and laptop. ...
    We DO know the motivation, the act is NOT inconceivable, we CAN imagine, and Repub's will find there's no use in pretending we don't or can't.

  • Sixth greatest extinction event in the history of our planet is underway
    (Be sure to click through to the underlying paper and at least read the abstract, in which the authors justify this statement: "These estimates reveal an exceptionally rapid loss of biodiversity over the last few centuries, indicating that a sixth mass extinction is already under way.")
    Yes, it IS happening, as demonstrated under fairly strict criteria. Yes, humans ARE causing it. Will H. sapiens survive it? The abstract doesn't explicitly say, but you may live to find out!

  • Supreme Courts rejects appeal of decision overturning NC's mandatory ultrasound abortion law
    (At last, some good news, however limited: because the Supreme Court rejected an appeal of this lower court's decision, women who reside in North Carolina cannot be forced by state law to obtain an ultrasound (an unnecessary, expensive and possibly inaccessible procedure) as a precondition for obtaining an abortion.)
    Now if they can only find a clinic that has not closed and get transportation to it...

And now two that hardly require any explanation, considering the nature of many of today's police forces:
"Monday, Monday..."


  1. Steve

    Republicans have long regarded those who are not them as "serfs" Droit du seigneur is their attitude whenever a white lord -- er - person commits a rape. Afluenza is a condition that only applies to the Seigneur's offspring no matter how horrific the damage created. Influenza is a condition where the Seigneur choses his friends and class to render judgment upon him much like childe Georgie to Florida came.

    Our lords and masters know what racism is; it's a practice long used to keep the serfs at each other's throat.

    1. Shirt, the notion that American society is classless is, and has always been, bullshit. I've known that since childhood, when my father (W.W.II Navy veteran who saw too much action, devoted Democrat from FDR's election to Dad's death in 1995, railroad worker after W.W. II, then schoolteacher who had worked his own way through college, then school counselor) once used some popularly available instrument to determine that our family was lower middle class. Very well-educated lower middle class, but lower middle class all the same. Dad often held two jobs but money was always still a problem; he and Mom never owned a home until he retired... and that home was a double-wide near Lake Livingston, total cost about a tenth what even a cheap home in Houston would have cost.

      Damned right there are class differences in America! And the 1% never cease reminding the rest of us of that fact, without ever stating it straight out.

      That's not exactly MY American dream!



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