29 July 2018

Quick Summary of Points Made in Today's New York Times 

We failed to save the planet.  College-bound kids, be prepared and study hard.  There can be no accountability for anything because Mike Pence is scary (Frank Bruni).   

24 July 2018

There's this Times story about all these candidates, and it had a quote from one of the Republicans running ... the Republican wrote on Facebook, 'We cannot afford to have DEMOCRATS, let alone DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS, take over our County and State*.' And it just made me realize, like, "Democrat" is, for a good section of the country, "Democrat" is just as bad as "socialist." So, like, who gives a shit, ultimately?  I don't think that's quite right, but ... it's not like you're going to win over a lot of these voters anyways.

-- Micah Cohen

*My guess as to how that Facebook post looked.

09 July 2018

Brooke added, "I feel like everything combined is just becoming a big, huge mess sometimes.  I don't watch the news that often, but when people talk about it, it's all, like, 'Trump did this today,' or 'Trump did this today.' What's a different topic?  We had the March for Our Lives walk -- why not talk about that?"

Brooke, an extra in the film Eighth Grade, quoted in Michael Schulman, "The Awkward Age," New Yorker, July 2, 2018.  The Road to Change tour is coming to La Trinidad Church in San Antonio, Texas this evening.

03 July 2018

One day historians will be wading through the incoherent, fast-pattering, rambling morass that is the Mitch Henck Two Minutes Show, trying to understand the Midwest of the early 21st century.  Whether it's Henck's outright lying about how asylum-seeking immigrants can't be trusted to show up for their hearings [1] or denying that a 96-degree day in May is, historically, too hot, the future scholar will probably experience sensations of extreme puzzlement.  Of course, a comparative approach that includes the radio preacher Father Coughlin may be helpful.

1. Henck says, "the old solution of keeping families together and saying 'come back for your hearing in a few weeks' and they didn't come back, otherwise known as catch-and-release, really didn't work ..."  Margaret Talbot writes in The New Yorker, July 2, 2018:  "A 2000 study by the Vera Institute of Justice found that eighty-three percent of asylum seekers who had initially been found to have credible reasons to fear remaining in their home country and who were released in the United States with a requirement to return for a hearing did so.  Ninety-five percent of participants in a monitoring program run by ICE between 2011 and 2013 showed up for their proceedings."

02 July 2018

The Trump of Mexico has triumphed, if Donald J. Trump was a former mayor of New York City who championed the dignity of poor and indigenous people, founded his own political party, and campaigned on demanding respect from himself.

¡Dale alegría, Señor Obrador!