Postcards from the class & culture wars (1.24.19)

Postcards from the class & culture wars (1.24.19) January 24, 2019

I love my students, that’s why I’m here — to advocate for them.”

EITC recipients were audited in 2017 at twice the rate of taxpayers with income between $200,000 and $500,000.”

“I do think that a system that allows billionaires to exist when there are parts of Alabama where people are still getting ringworm because they don’t have access to public health is wrong.”

This really is going to ripple through the whole housing market.”

“To be sure, there were several well-intended policy incursions to assist homeowners … but they were straitjacketed by draconian rules set up to ensure that ‘undeserving homeowners’ would not benefit, a resolve wholly missing when it came to policies that benefited potentially undeserving banks and corporate executives.”

“If you look at different places they put up a wall – no problem. If you look at San Antonio, if you look at so many different places, they go from one of the most unsafe cities in the country to one of the safest cities immediately.”

Steve King is a racist, by his own admission, except of course he doesn’t think he’s a racist, he thinks he’s a ‘nationalist,’ or a ‘race realist,’ or whatever label racists use to describe themselves other than ‘racist,’ because being a racist is bad, so calling someone a racist is bad, because you are saying bad things about them, which is itself is a bad thing to do, because of reasons.”

“Notorious alt-right figure and accused Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson met with two Republican lawmakers in Congress.”

“A US-born Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan had his US passport, a REAL ID driver’s license, a military ID card, and his U.S. Marine Corps dog tags with him when he was arrested by police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which held him for three days before his lawyer demanded his release.”

“I was peering through the window of my isolation cell at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Substation. I could see past a highly secured heavy metal door to a holding cell that contained over a dozen children who ranged in age from five to 15, by themselves without any adult caregivers. Another cell contained women with their infants and toddlers. Another contained men. I could see mothers being fingerprinted while breastfeeding.”

“Trump administration prosecutors argued this week that members of the borderland faith-based organization No More Deaths broke the law by leaving jugs of water and cans of beans for migrants trekking through a remote wilderness refuge in the Sonoran Desert.

“If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?”

It is the fear that makes us crazy.”

“Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has found 500 more Catholic clergy accused of sexually abusing children than the state’s six archdioceses have publicly identified.”

“Today’s story about Ernest Angley of Grace Cathedral may be difficult to read because of the overall nature of the story and the graphic language regarding the events that took place.”

“Abstinence-only sex education programs provide medically inaccurate information, do not prevent STIs, and have been linked to higher rates of teen pregnancy.”

“It’s been over a month since the Violence Against Women Act expired at the start of the government shutdown.”

“So, for example, a woman whose partner isolates her from her family and friends, monitors her every move, belittles and berates her, or denies her access to money to support herself and her children is not a victim of domestic violence in the eyes of Trump’s Department of Justice.”


“Erdman, an ardent conservative from western Nebraska, said Monday his bill [mandating signs reading “In God We Trust”] ‘has nothing to do with religion.'”

“Catholics in the Upstate of South Carolina learn very quickly that significant numbers of our neighbors who are deeply committed disciples of Jesus, do not think that we are.”

“When a big statue of Oñate was placed near the first Spanish settlement in New Mexico, itself a Native village dispossessed by the Spanish, someone soon cut off its foot.”

Joe Brown, Joe Brown, He’s a Mean White Man.”

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