Postcards from the class & culture wars (8.22.18)

Postcards from the class & culture wars (8.22.18) August 22, 2018

“While the first-order political upshot of the Cohen and Manafort cases is that Trump seems to associate with an awful lot of criminals, the more disturbing implication is that there are a lot of white-collar criminals out there who aren’t being prosecuted because their lives don’t happen to intersect with a special counsel investigation.”

“As coal mining has collapsed across Appalachia, residents in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia have been socked with a double whammy — crippling electric bills to go along with a declining economy.”

“The global gag rule exacerbates global poverty and reverses progress toward combating maternal mortality, sexually transmitted diseases, unsafe abortions, and numerous other inequalities.”

“Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.”

“They are doing it with American help, killing nearly 10,000 civilians in the process as of late 2017.”

“During the first half of 2016, 1,574 Middle Eastern Christian refugees were admitted from the region, but in the first half of 2018, the United States has admitted only 23.”

“In China’s remote western province of Xinjiang, the Chinese government has begun constructing a series of internment camps larger than anything the world currently knows.”

“My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.'”

“Howke is — and I am not making this up — an old football buddy of Zinke’s.”

“To conceal and disguise his illegal activity, he misled his chief of staff by describing his regular golf outing with Individual 1 as ‘a Christian thing’ with a supporter.”

“On or about March 20, 2015, when Duncan Hunter told Margaret Hunter that he was planning ‘to buy my Hawaii shorts’ but had run out of money, she counseled him to buy the shorts at a golf pro shop so they could falsely describe the purchase later as ‘some golf balls for the wounded warriors.’

“On average, Americans in the highest income group and the lowest income group have used the same total number of benefits.”

“White evangelicals remain the religious group closest to majority support for a wider prohibition on bringing refugees to the United States: 44 percent say they would support such a ban.”

“A speechwriter for President Donald Trump who attended a conference frequented by white nationalists has left the White House.”

“She agreed to testify against her smuggler. He went free; she’s still in ICE custody.”

“I Am trouBled by these chOices, particuLarly gIven the legal queStion at issue — Is Jaen a US citizen? — wHose affirmative answer has resulted in the United States government holding a UnIted States CitizEn in immigration detention for nearly two years.”

“The form was a forgery. Jonathan M. Love, the ICE attorney, had fabricated it for the specific purpose of securing Lanuza’s deportation.”

“Kobach, however, is a friend to white ethnonationalism. And Harvard not only didn’t stop him but helped give him the social prestige and power to carry out his mission.”

“Civil rights advocates are objecting to a proposal to close about 75 percent of polling locations in a predominantly black south Georgia county.”

“Randolph County doesn’t have a single recent report, analysis or document supporting the idea that it needs to close seven of its nine polling places due to accessibility issues.”

“State officials appear to have singled out black voters in targeted purges.”

“Registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.”

“It looks to be the result of a Republican-led challenge to thousands of Houston voters.” (via)

“Camp Lejeune has been characterized as a candidate for the worst water contamination case in U.S. history — and I am one of up to a million people who were poisoned.”

“It seems few people are enthused about having a pseudo-army patrolling their streets.”

“A good newspaper has no real friends and some fixed and certain enemies — namely those who wish to operate without the critique or attention of others.”

“House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy drew ridicule after claiming that he was unable to see a tweet because of censorship of conservative voices on social media — when the tweet was, in fact, withheld because of his own account settings.”

“I played along because I believed I had to — until I absolutely couldn’t do it anymore.”

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