Postcards from the class & culture wars (11.6.19)

Postcards from the class & culture wars (11.6.19) November 6, 2019

“It involves a dispute over the property, a potential ethics violation by Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, one Creationist’s affair with a nanny who was allegedly groomed from the age of 15, and a whole bunch of people deluded enough to think the world is just thousands of years old.”

“The acting director of the federal agency responsible for managing one in every 10 acres of land in the United States has repeatedly denied the existence of climate change and falsely claimed in a 1990s speech there was no credible evidence of a hole in the ozone layer.”

“Treasury Department officials are considering rolling back a tax rule aimed at preventing American companies from moving money offshore to avoid U.S. taxes.”

“This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies.”

“When he says that thing, ‘Grab them in the pussy,’ that hits me hard because when he grabbed me and pulled me into the tapestry, that’s where he grabbed me — he grabbed me there in my front and pulled me in.”

“It’s a sign of the moral degeneracy into which white evangelical Protestantism in America has fallen that we already know that a couple of dozen of new allegations of sexual assault against Trump will not make the slightest difference to any of his idolatrous evangelical supporters.”

“Carrillo and others have changed their lives in subtle ways in response to a country that seems increasingly hostile toward them, forced to reckon not only with deadly violence, but day-to-day harassment: racial slurs screamed out of car windows, and insults for speaking Spanish in public.”

“And when she said to the officer, ‘That’s my tallis. That’s a prayer shawl. It’s a ritual object,’ the officer said, ‘Yeah, and it’s in the trash.'”

“Internet Research Agency sought to influence the 2016 US presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin.”

“Barr’s discussions about this with foreign heads of state and cabinet ministers is somewhere between silly and a waste of time.”

“It is like nothing we have come across before, they are basically asking, in quite robust terms, for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services.”

The problem is we need some money. We need a few hundred thousand.”

“You don’t have to think our policy is literally by and for the benefit of our arms productions industries (that’s crazy conspiracy talk!) to see that it is indistinguishable from one that is.”

“After a article drew howls and derision online for claiming the Obama White House received complaints from top CIA officials for holding weekly ‘political correctness’ meetings, the author of the book admitted that he didn’t understand that the initials ‘PC’ actually stood for ‘principals committee.‘”

“Walker’s ascension marks the fifth time that Republicans have confirmed one of President Donald Trump’s court picks who earned a ‘not qualified’ rating from the ABA.”

“Petersen, a Republican, has been indicted in federal court in Arkansas and also charged in Arizona and Utah with crimes that include human smuggling, sale of a child, fraud, forgery and conspiracy to commit money laundering.”

“I want to tell you right now I have no problem with giving my tax returns.”

“The rate of Oklahoma’s incarceration will drop more than 1.7%, and the state is projected to save about $12 million dollars.”

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