Postcards from the class & culture wars (9.10.20)

Postcards from the class & culture wars (9.10.20) September 10, 2020

We are ill in a way that costs us freedom, and unfree in a way that costs us health.”

“Sounds like something you’re going to have to figure it out.”

“We would like to think we have health care that incidentally involves some wealth transfer; what we actually have is wealth transfer that incidentally involves some health care.”

“Even though we have spent more than half a year battling a virus whose insidious hallmark is its ability to spread through those with no symptoms, the country has not yet articulated a coherent strategy to test these silent carriers.”

The sooner I go out of business, the better.”

“Two other employees familiar with New Breed’s financial and payroll systems said DeJoy would instruct that bonus payments to staffers be boosted to help defray the cost of their contributions, an arrangement that would be unlawful.”

“Bannon and three co-defendants are charged with enriching themselves at the expense of hundreds of thousands of donors to an alleged not-for-profit, ‘We Build The Wall,’ by falsely promising that the founder would receive no compensation and 100% of all contributions would go to building a wall on our southern border (a wall that Trump said Mexico would pay for before diverting Pentagon funding to that purpose when Congress refused to fund it when Mexico didn’t).”

“A gospel-singing Brazilian lawmaker accused of masterminding the assassination of the husband who was once her adopted son is facing calls for her expulsion from congress so she can face murder charges.”

“The Trump administration … removed a video on Saturday that it had posted earlier in the week. The removal came hours after this story, which has been updated, reported on its use of false migrant crime statistics and a fictionalized story about a dark-skinned migrant murdering a man with a knife.”

“I guarantee you that if a black female presidential candidate was going to lose the actual vote by millions of voters, but still had an excellent chance of winning the election, this would be considered an absolute travesty — indeed definitive proof that the system was broken and had to be changed.”

“The state of Georgia has likely removed nearly 200,000 Georgia citizens from the voter rolls for wrongfully concluding that those people had moved and not changed the address on their voter registration, when in fact they never moved.”

Attempting to vote twice in an election or soliciting someone to do so also is a violation of North Carolina law.”

I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that.”

“Trump and his supporters have turned one of his presidency’s lowest moments into a loyalty test.”

“After approximately two hours, police removed the handcuffs with a bolt cutter at her request.”

No one seemed to notice the disconnect or much care if they did.”

“The next morning, she woke up and felt like she could finally breathe again.”

“Because state violence is so often framed as the only rational response to social disorder, the influence of militarized policing on far-right extremism is one the U.S. government is profoundly unprepared to address.”

“The more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence reigns, the better it is.”

Dan Snyder wearing a Kente cloth just isn’t going to cut it.”

“[Now former-]Texas Assistant Attorney General Nick Moutos is a QAnon supporter who has used his Twitter account to tweet violent threats at people and encourage followers to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters.”

I’m a Christian man. I read my Bible every day.”

“A 13-year-old autistic boy is still recovering in the hospital after getting shot several times by police on Friday night in Glendale [Utah].”

“Since its launch June 1, the STAR van has responded to more than 350 calls, replacing [Denver] police in matters that don’t threaten public safety and are often connected to unmet mental or physical needs.”

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