Postcards from the class & culture wars (2.20.19)

Postcards from the class & culture wars (2.20.19) February 20, 2019

“I think it is still going on because something does not stop just because you have become aware of it.”

When leaders demand unquestioning obedience from women and girls, it sets up the perfect environment for predation to occur.”

“There is, in short, no good way to tell this story.”

Never gratuitously annoy the person who is deciding how long you’ll spend in federal prison. I shouldn’t have to tell people these things, but here we are.”

Bring back our childhood diseases, they keep you healthy and fight cancer.”

“That doesn’t make him a centrist. It makes him a rich Democrat who opposes his fellow Democrats taking a bigger chunk of his income or wealth.”

The LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.”

“But in my opinion, they’re trying to force their beliefs on society.”

“When asked if he felt it was appropriate for the publisher of a newspaper to call for the lynching of Americans, Sutton doubled down on his position.”

“As the IRS has dwindled in size and capability, audits of the poor have accounted for more of what it does.”

“The idea that anything good must be made just a little bit miserable for normal people is pervasive.”

“One thing that Janus v. AFSCME made clear is that the Court is more than happy to create different speech categories for unions and corporations, restricting the former and opening up the latter.”

“Ken Paxton, a statewide official accused of violating state securities law, would be empowered to decide who can skirt state securities law. And he’d get that power from a bill authored by his wife.”

“He seemed entirely at home sitting behind tables piled high with guns, drugs, and cash, a Make-A-Wish kid playing Scarface for the day.”

“In April 2016, Trump declared that he was confident that he could ‘get rid of’ the entire multi-trillion-dollar debt ‘fairly quickly.’

“The Treasury Department’s daily statement showed Tuesday that total outstanding public debt stands at $22.01 trillion. It stood at $19.95 trillion when President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017.”

“The reason I am asking is because the Governor and some of his staff are staying in Washington, D.C. pretty frequently at the Trump International Hotel and the room cost is WAY more than the allowed amount.”

“It’s also striking to see Trump’s unfamiliarity with basic elements of civic life.”

All the honor and the glory be to Jesus.”

“The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5 percent a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.”

“The book unfolded much like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: You knew from the start that the outcome would be unpleasant, but you were guaranteed to learn a few vocabulary words along the way.”

Laura and her family are an example of how to address the very real immigration crisis that the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric have created.”

The soup was good, but not good enough to qualify as an American state secret.”

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