Postcards from the class & culture wars (01.04.24)

Postcards from the class & culture wars (01.04.24) January 4, 2024

O we’ll hang Jeff Davis from a sour apple tree

We’ll hang Jeff Davis from a sour apple tree

We’ll hang Jeff Davis from a sour apple tree …

“During Donald Trump’s presidency, his businesses received at least $7.8 million in payments from the foreign governments and officials of 20 countries, including China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.”

“In a little-noticed October speech in Uganda, Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., urged that nation to stand behind its new Anti-Homosexuality Act, which includes the death penalty.”

“The court found that the plain language of the statute is so broad that it not only bars descriptions of any relationship, gay or straight, but it functionally bans the use of pronouns at all.

“Alabama has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. … Alabama also had the nation’s third-highest infant mortality rate in 2021.”

“Post-Dobbs, pregnant women like Watts, who was not even trying to get an abortion, have increasingly found themselves charged with ‘crimes against their own pregnancies.'”

Black applicants to Navy Federal Credit Union were more than twice as likely to be denied as White applicants even when more than a dozen different variables – including income, debt-to-income ratio, property value, downpayment percentage, and neighborhood characteristics – were the same.”

“The 8th Circuit’s decision applies only to states under its jurisdiction — Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota — but if adopted nationwide it would strike a near-fatal blow against the Voting Rights Act.”

“Florence Hardwoods disputes the agency’s allegations that it let minors operate and maintain dangerous machinery without training or safety procedures.”

“Her strategy, she said, was to say, ‘Wow, crazy, tell me more,’ on repeat until guys gave her enough to send their information to the FBI.”

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