Postcards from the class & culture wars (5.14.18)

Postcards from the class & culture wars (5.14.18) May 14, 2018

“A reasonable test of motives is whether the people who are advocating that we bomb the shit out of people for humanitarian reasons ever advocate that we do anything else whatsoever for humanitarian reasons.”

“During lunch, he says [Southern Baptist fundamentalist leader Paul] Pressler invited him to join him naked in a hot tub at Pressler’s ranch, clearly ‘in anticipation that I would engage in sexual activity with him on the pretext of a hot tub experience.'”

“When the constable announced he would be detaining Parker for ICE, the couple was stunned. Though born in Guatemala, Parker, 21, had been adopted by American parents when he was 8 months old.”

“How President Trump feels about due process appears to depend on whether he or his associates are the ones being investigated.”

“He asked them for a warrant or some paperwork to explain what they were doing. They had none, he said, so he ordered them to get off his property and leave Aguilar alone.”

“What the Starbucks incident has in common with the lynchings of the past — as well as the police brutality and mass incarceration of the present — is the basic fact that black people in America can be physically eliminated at any time, in any place, for little reason — whether that means being kicked out of stores, suspended from school, priced out of their neighborhoods, locked up in jail or put in the grave.”

“How many of your listeners really honestly are sure that Sen. [Ron] Johnson was going to win reelection or President Trump was going to win Wisconsin if we didn’t have voter ID?

“The county GOP organization raised $58,335 at an event that cost them more than $64,000. They spent $24,487 at Trump National and paid Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld $30,000 to speak. ”

“The 1938 law signed by Hitler that LaPierre mentions in his book basically does the opposite of what he says it did.”

“The bottom line is that the president’s order is bad news for anyone that breathes air in this country.”

“This is more of President Trump not being content to wait for Congress to dismantle these programs.”

A leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”

“If you can think of an ethical impropriety, Pruitt has probably committed it.”

“On average, nonwhite borrowers were charged $2,662 more than white borrowers over the life of the loan.”

We have initiated none since I’ve been there.”

Payday lenders appear to have a powerful friend in Washington.”

If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

Politics treats everyone in the world’s lives like toys.”

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