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A Lack of Comprehension

"If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat." -Sun Tzu I realize that in the Manichaean environment of modern politics, everybody's somebody's fascist or communist. Surely, however, people who make a point of commenting on politics would have a basic grasp of the viewpoints of those they consider their ideological foes, right? Not so fast. Jacobin is an explicitly socialist quarterly that sets itself up as a younger, hipper alternative to...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Obama, Joe Biden, Tam, George H W Bush, Clintons, Sun Tzu, Global Hawk, Life In The Monkey House, Spitting In The Wind, Das Kapital

Overheard on the Radio...

I was driving downtown to shoot some photos and drop off some film last week. Terry Gross was interviewing filmmaker Sam Pollard on Fresh Air for MLK Day... Pollard: "But to now know that the minister of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Raphael Warnock, is going to be our - the first Black senator from the South is a phenomenal experience."I nearly swerved up onto the sidewalk on Meridian Street at hearing that. While Warnock is the first Black senator from Georgia, Tim Scott would be surprised to l...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Georgia, History, South Carolina, Tam, Scott, Rosa Parks, Bruce, Raphael Warnock, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Warnock, Pollard, Terry Gross, Meridian Street, Spitting In The Wind

Safety first? Considering protest reasoning 10 years on from the Arab Spring

Ten years ago, masses marched to Midan Tahrir in Cairo, triggering a protest movement that resulted in the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. “People are fed up of Mubarak and of his dictatorship and of his torture chambers and of his failed economic policies,” an Egyptian blogger told al-Jazeera at the time: “If Mubarak is not overthrown tomorrow then it will be the day after. If it’s not the day after it’s going to be next week.”Ten years later, Mubarak is gone, but the country remains un...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Eu, History, Egypt, Middle East, Protests, Al Jazeera, Mubarak, Tunisia, Arab Spring, Cairo, Social Sciences, Hosni Mubarak, Abdel Fattah al Sisi

Multiple Presidentiality Disorder...

In what looks to be evolving into a tradition, the period following the inauguration of a new president is turning into a festival of wish fulfillment via Executive Order. International agreements will be left or re-entered, massive projects canceled or inaugurated, via Oval Office fiat. Any group of foreign powers who thinks they can count on the US to stay the course for more than four-eight years is looking increasingly delusional. Any large corporation that wants to engage in a big infrast...
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, US, Bad Ideas, Tam, Oval Office, Life In The Monkey House, Executive Order International

“Nero fiddled… Trump golfs”—but did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned?

After almost 2,000 years, Nero’s fiddle is back in the news. Everyone knows the story of how the Roman emperor Nero (54-68), in the midst of a crisis, ignored his duties and instead sang songs. The phrase “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” is now shorthand for a failure of leadership. It has even made its way into our imagined future, as a theme for a “Star Trek” movie (“Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns”).So it comes as no surprise that U S Senator Bernie Sanders updated the line to criticize President ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Leadership, History, Rome, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Social Sciences, Trump, U S, Roman, Nero, Vergil, Cornelius Tacitus

The splintering South: the growing effect of migration on Republican strongholds

Migration patterns have laid siege to southern Republican dominance. Solidly red states a generation ago—Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina—are now purple or bright blue. The Democratic presence in Texas and South Carolina grows as Florida remains a battleground. These are all “fast growth” states. The remaining Republican bulwark represents a declining portion of the Southern electorate. If the South is the core of the modern Republican Party, its days are numbered.The post-Reconstruction era “S...
Tags: Books, Florida, Politics, Texas, Featured, Virginia, US, Alabama, Barack Obama, Georgia, US politics, Tennessee, Republican Party, North Carolina, South Carolina, South

Hundreds of publishing industry figures have signed an open letter in opposition to a potential Trump memoir

Donald Trump did not attend President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images Publishing industry figures have signed an open letter opposing a memoir by Donald Trump. "A lot of people feel passionately about this," said Barry Lyga, the novelist behind the letter. Co-signers have doubled since The Los Angeles Times and Publisher's Weekly first wrote about it. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Hundreds of authors, editors, and agents signed a...
Tags: Books, Politics, London, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Silicon Valley, Hachette, Macmillan, Harpercollins, Donald Trump, Penguin Random House, Los Angeles Times, Publishers, Waterstones

More than a Vogue cover: Madam Vice President Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris graced the February cover of Vogue magazine wearing her signature Converse sneakers, a dark jacket, and skinny pants, paired with a white top. This casual image of the first female vice president drew considerable criticism for failing to capture Harris in a pose and outfit more appropriate for her historic position in American government. Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chef, and others defended the cover picture by noting that this image best reflects the events of t...
Tags: Books, Gender, Politics, Featured, New York City, Race, Barack Obama, Georgia, Racism, US politics, Missouri, Vogue, Vice President, Anna Wintour, Intersectionality, Black

'Kamala's Way': A new biography explores how Harris played Trump's game, using confidence and unapologetic ambition to grab the spotlight

Vice President and Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff arrive to the inauguration at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021. Alex Wong/Getty Images The following is an exclusive excerpt from "Kamala's Way," a new biography by Dan Morain. In it, he explores how the first female VP "rose above the din" in Washington, where her unapologetic ambition and focus made her a star. One Senate colleague described her like this: "She cooks. She shares recipes. She invites senators over for small dinner...
Tags: Books, Politics, News, Obama, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Intel, Fbi, David, United States

Overheard in Front of the TV...

RX: "Does the Vice President have their own theme music?" Me: "Yeah, the 'Bucket of Warm Piss Fanfare'." . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, History, Tam, T'hee, Overheard

A potential Trump memoir is being opposed by hundreds of editors, writers, and agents - who have signed an open letter against it

Donald Trump signs copies of his book, "Crippled America: How to Make Our Country Great Again", at Trump Tower on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in New York. Greg Allen/Invision/AP Hundreds of editors writers and agents signed an open letter opposing a post-presidency memoir by Donald Trump. "A lot of people feel passionately about this," said Barry Lyga, the novelist behind the letter. Co-signers have doubled since The Los Angeles Times and Publisher's Weekly first wrote about the letter. Visit B...
Tags: Books, Politics, London, America, Barack Obama, Trends, United States, Silicon Valley, Hachette, Macmillan, Harpercollins, Donald Trump, Penguin Random House, Los Angeles Times, Publishers, Waterstones

Trump and the mainstreaming of racism in American politics [long read]

The mob that ransacked the Capitol at President Donald Trump’s behest on January 6th brought together various sorts of extremists deeply committed to sustaining Trump’s presidency by any means possible, including violence if necessary. Yet, in addition to their loyalty to Donald Trump, many of these extremists were also united by an ideology of white nationalism, driven by a strong sense of white racial identity and hostility toward racial outgroups. This fact was clear from the many white natio...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, US, Barack Obama, Racism, United States, US politics, Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Republican Party, Extremism, Biden, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Tea Party

Joan Bakewell: ‘The world is full of such interesting people’

Joan Bakewell had been a broadcasting pioneer for more than half a century. And she’s still as forthright as ever. Here, she talks to Sophie Heawood about the empowerment of women, her newly streamlined life and why Boris has got it all wrong about the virusJoan Bakewell writes in her memoir, The Centre of the Bed, about the moment she became an adult. It was 1949 and she was 17, a hard- working grammar schoolgirl from the industrial north, when her frustrated, depressive mother found a photogra...
Tags: Books, Politics, Television, Media, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Television & radio, Cambridge, Boris Johnson, Joan, Joan Bakewell, Boris, Bakewell, Sophie Heawood, Coronavirus

As the ship continues to spring new leaks...

...the new leaks keep getting funnier. You know, if I'm counting on you to protect me from assassins, not only can you use my loo, you can come hang out with me while I'm on the throne, too. Don't worry, there's a magazine rack if the conversation gets dull. https://t.co/nKbfscMWWH— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 15, 2021 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Tam, Don, Teh Intarw3bz, Bread And Circuses, Seriously WTFingF

'Cowboys for Trump' leader plans to bring guns to DC on the day of Biden's inauguration

Otero County Commission Chairman and Cowboys for Trump co-founder Couy Griffin rides his horse on 5th avenue on May 1, 2020 in New York City. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images Couy Griffin, founder of Cowboys for Trump, said Thursday that he plans to bring multiple guns to Washington, DC, on the day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Griffin, a county commissioner in New Mexico, said he would keep one of the guns on the front seat of his car. DC law prohibits keeping a firearm in the pass...
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Africa, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, New Mexico, Dc, Biden, District Of Columbia, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Griffin, National Park Service

COVID-19 and pollution: double standards, quadruple bias

The difference between policy responses to COVID-19 and to environmental crises is striking. When faced with the pandemic, governments around the world (with a few notable exceptions) adopted draconian measures to limit the disaster. These measures are not inconsequential: it will take years to reduce unemployment and the public debt. Yet, they were sacrifices considered necessary to protect public health.Environmental crises are not tackled with the same aplomb. Just like the pandemic, pollutio...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Climate Change, Pollution, North America, Environmental Activism, Social Sciences, Science & Medicine, COVID-19, World Health Organisation WHO Covid

*hot take*

/rails at man for attacking our constitutional government/rails at government for following constitutionWill you make up your mind, Jim? https://t.co/wMtwjDaXpw— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) January 13, 2021 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Tam, Jim, Life In The Monkey House, Spitting In The Wind

Questions on a Trump impeachment and invoking the Twenty-fifth Amendment

The past few weeks have been a tumultuous time in US politics and a historic second impeachment for President Trump could be on the cards at the end of a presidency that has often been hard to predict. Taken from Impeachment: What Everyone Needs to Know ®, we look at some of the key questions surrounding such an action to remove him from office: If President Trump is incompetent, may he be impeached for that? There is a general expectation that most issues pertaining to a president’s performance...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Congress, Senate, US, US politics, House, Social Sciences, Trump, Watergate, Tyler, John Tyler, What Everyone Needs to Know, Impeachment, Congress Section

Kamala's Way: A new biography explores how Harris played Trump's game, using confidence and unapologetic ambition to grab the spotlight

"Kamala Harris comes to play every day," said Oregon senator Ron Wyden. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photos The following is an exclusive excerpt from Kamala's Way, a new biography by Dan Morain. In it, he explores how the first female VP "rose above the din" in Washington, where her unapologetic ambition and focus made her a star. "She cooks. She shares recipes. She invites senators over for small dinners. She wears Chuck Taylors. She has an interesting family. She loves basketball," is how one Sena...
Tags: Books, Politics, News, Obama, California, Washington, Oregon, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Intel, Fbi, David

Let's get this done.

Indiana's state legislature went into session last week, and saw the introduction of House Bill 1369, which is our latest run at Constitutional Carry.  This bill does not affect the availability of concealed carry permits for Hoosiers who want one for the purposes of interstate reciprocity or the amended Gun-Free School Zones Act. (This was the error of our first meaningful attempt at Constitutional Carry years ago, which just tore out all permitting language, root and branch.) We've run th...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Indiana, House, Tam, Hoosiers, Chambers of Commerce, Bosma, Boomsticks, Ignorance is no excuse for a law, Horton hears a Hoosier, State Chambers of Commerce

The 11 crucial books that explain modern capitalism

Capitalism: It's worth understanding how it actually works. Peter Dazeley / Getty Images These classic books tell how modern capitalism in Europe and the US changed from a system that manufactured actual products into a financialized trading desk for credit derivatives and leverage. They also describe the how modern inequality developed. And they are all absolutely riveting. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fifty years ago, capitalism in the West was based on manufac...
Tags: Firefox, Europe, Books, Politics, UK, London, Finance, Germany, US, America, Trends, Features, West, Atlantic, Capitalism, Paris

Neil Sheehan, reporter who broke story on Pentagon Papers, dies at 84

By Will Lester | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Neil Sheehan, a reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who broke the story of the Pentagon Papers for The New York Times and who chronicled the deception at the heart of the Vietnam War in his epic book about the war, died Thursday. He was 84. Sheehan died Thursday morning of complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his daughter, Catherine Sheehan Bruno. His account of the Vietnam War, “A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vie...
Tags: Books, Politics, News, Supreme Court, Yosemite, Washington Post, Washington, White House, America, Sport, History, Harvard, Soccer, Obituaries, New York Times, Army

Josh Hawley lost his book deal, haw haw

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri lost his book deal one day after flashing fascist fist-pumps at the Trump Riot mob, and arguing against the counting of legal votes on the Senate Floor later that day. Simon & Schuster said on Thursday it will cancel the publication of an upcoming book by Hawley, one of several Congress members who were trying to overturn the results of the presidential election which Donald Trump lost. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, Politics, News, Congress, Senate, Missouri, Donald Trump, Hawley, Simon Schuster, Josh Hawley, Trump Riot

This aged well, too.

[Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Wtf, Guns, Tam, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, Spitting In The Wind

Woman Shot Dead Inside U.S. Capitol After Rabid Trump Supporters Breach Building During Electoral Vote Congressional Hearing

UPDATE (10:28 P.M. ET): Trump Supporter Ashli Babbitt Identified As Woman Shot & Killed During U.S. Capitol Siege UPDATE (6:23 P.M. ET): The woman who was shot inside the U.S. Capitol has died, Fox 5 D.C. reports. The woman shot inside the Capitol has died per @DCPoliceDept https://t.co/gvZgHJnYQ2 — Lindsay Watts (@LindsayAWatts) January 6, 2021 A woman was reportedly shot in the neck inside the U.S. Capitol after thousands of rabid Donald Trump supporters stormed the building and breach...
Tags: Videos, Politics, Wtf, Crime, News, Shooting, Guns, Senate, Joe Biden, Daily Mail, Washington Dc, House, Jazz, Nancy Pelosi, Dc, Biden

That's certainly very carefully worded.

The WaPo notes this morning: Which is technically true, I guess, since the African American senator from formerly Confederate South Carolina, Tim Scott, is not a Democrat. . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, News, Guns, Tam, Scott, WaPo, Confederate South Carolina

A recurring theme of late...

From Reason magazine: "As with far too many public policy disputes (over climate change, criminal justice, health care, etc.), it is not enough to merely observe that the opposing team has different ideas about how best to address a problem. No, the bad guys are either intentionally trying to make things worse or just too blinkered to admit there's a problem in the first place. The more partisan you are, the more likely you feel surrounded by murderers and denialists."It's a good piece and wort...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Fox News, Msnbc, Tam, Don, Teh Intarw3bz, Spitting In The Wind, A walk on the slippery rocks, Tamara K, OANN

A bridge too far for the renaming game? | Brief letters

Teachers and coronavirus | Honours and Spike Milligan | Art quiz | World leaders | Severn BridgeWhat? No teachers interviewed or photographed at the chalkface in praise of their efforts to keep schools running (Heroes of 2020, 22-31 December)? Rising levels of coronavirus among pupils put all teachers at risk. There is limited use of PPE and masks are not used in class. My son is one of those unsung and exposed heroes, with a wife who suffers from asthma.Mary HillLudlow, Shropshire• The body tha...
Tags: Books, Fashion, Music, Politics, England, Education, Wales, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Bob Dylan, Schools, Road transport, Honours system, Thomas Hardy

"Owning the libs by letting them win!"

This is some real galaxy-brained stuff here.i haven't seen a better plan to outwit a nefarious computer program since Captain Kirk talked Landru into self-destructing. https://t.co/i0iKfR7kzZ— Tamara K. (@TamSlick) December 27, 2020 [Author: Tam]
Tags: Politics, Guns, Bad Ideas, Tam, Kirk, Teh Intarw3bz, Tamara K, Seriously WTFingF

2020: the quiz of the year

Kim Kardashian’s unique talent, the return of AC/DC, that mysterious drive to Barnard Castle… How well can you recall the past year? Take our quiz to find out.In May, which Co Durham attraction was momentarily the UK’s most reviewed tourist spot?Durham CathedralThe world’s oldest working railway, at TanfieldBarnard CastleTeesdale Alpaca FarmIn November, the Russian state aviation authority recommended that Aeroflot immediately sack an executive of their budget airline Pobeda. Why?The airline tra...
Tags: Books, Politics, UK, England, Hollywood, London, Television, Kim Kardashian, Film, Wikipedia, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, New Zealand, James Bond, Kardashians

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