Dee Dee Myers:
Reg Henry finds the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ suit to compel Texas to allow them to display the flag of the secesh on their Texas license plates to be less than salutary.
To be fair, those who see the Confederate battle flag as merely a historic artifact of Southern culture cannot be collectively condemned as racists. But those who are offended have their reasons, too. Through the filter of nostalgia, the Confederate cause may seem to be about honor and duty in the service of states’ rights but there’s no getting around the fact that the war to preserve that way of life was at base about preserving bondage based on skin color.
Do follow the link and read the rest.
In The Guardian, Ed Pilkington ruminates on the rationale for Utah’s return to the firing squad and America’s fascination with the death penalty.
Just read it.
The lust of the media to make make up myths about kids’ getting high on weird stuff that no one is actually getting high on mystifies many.
The victim’s 17-year-old daughter told cops that she left the brownies out because she did not think anyone in her family would touch them (the girl was apparently unaware of the deep affinity middle-age men have to such unattended sweets).
Back in my younger days, I had one guiding principle: Don’t do something stupid and you won’t get caught.
NRA paradise comes to the home.
“We keep the keys put up on top of the fridge but he went up and got them.”
The toddler was shot once in the head inside a residence on Bon Jan Lane, according to Highland Heights police. Police have not said who they believed fired the shot. They did confirm that the mother and a 5-year-old boy were in the house when the girl was shot.
Paul Krugman looks for a reason for the fanciful Republican budget proposals. A snippet (emphasis added):
One answer you sometimes hear is that what Republicans really believe is that tax cuts for the rich would generate a huge boom and a surge in revenue, but they’re afraid the public won’t find such claims credible. So magic asterisks are really stand-ins for their belief in the magic of supply-side economics, a belief that remains intact even though proponents in that doctrine have been wrong about everything for decades.
But I’m partial to a more cynical explanation. Think about what these budgets would do if you ignore the mysterious trillions in unspecified spending cuts and revenue enhancements. What you’re left with is huge transfers of income from the poor and the working class, who would see severe benefit cuts, to the rich, who would see big tax cuts. And the simplest way to understand these budgets is surely to suppose that they are intended to do what they would, in fact, actually do: make the rich richer and ordinary families poorer.
Honest to Pete, couldn’t they see that this was dripping in racism?
Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out women for screening based solely on their “sisterlocks.”
Words fail me.
From my brother in Virginia’s Northern Neck.