political poetry from Skip Tenczar
Again I saw George Floyd die on TV today,
It was part of a trial on national display.
A cop’s knee on his neck,
It made me a wreck.
George didn’t need to die on that warm spring day.
Part one -protecting the vote
DOUG LINDNER, NATIONAL VOTER PROTECTION DIRECTOR
Doug is a voting rights lawyer and political staffer with Voter Protection experience in every cycle since 2012. Prior to joining Voter Protection Corps, he served as Campaign Counsel and National Voter Protection Director for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign and Voter Protection Director for the Montana Democratic Party during Senator Jon Tester’s successful re-election campaign.
New National Democracy Benchmark Report Provides Roadmap for Building on 2020 Voting SuccessesVoter Protection Corps Analysis Highlights Critical Election Reforms https://www.voter-protection.org/news-1
We talk about the steps that voting officials should take to increase the voting population: voting is a right, not a privilege. No one is “less of an American” , and voting expansion is imperative.
part two; seaweed-climate change, and cows
A conversation with Ermias Kebreab Associate Dean and Professor of Animal Science. Director, World Food Center, University of California, Davis
Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change
Cow burps and farts are no joke – they're a big factor in climate change. A new study shows that daily seaweed supplements could tame this major methane source while saving ranchers money We discuss with Ermias Kebreab the research done to reduce this methane source: this is research that shows it can be done, and also improve farmers' bottom line.
B.S., Biology, University of Asmara, Eritrea, 1987.
M.S., Integrative biology, University of Reading, UK, 1991.
Ph.D., Ecological modeling, University of Reading, UK, 1998.
His research is centered around:
-- Whole system approach to quantifying greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. Mathematical modeling and mitigation of emissions from animals, manure and soil.
-- Development of energy and nutrient utilization/requirement models in cattle, swine and poultry
-- Sustainable agriculture, in particular animal production in relation to environmental sustainability.
political poetry from Skip Tenczar
Trump said that on 6th they were just hugging,
But we all saw that it was a violent mugging.
He’s still pushing his big lie,
In hopes the truth will die
And some fools are still dying for his drugging.
Thought of the day
Ginsburg viewed voter suppression as a virus that will continually mutate to overcome each effort to suppress it. When left untreated, it will replicate endlessly until it kills its host.
Part one: Adam Aton, reporter for E&E news joins us.
Bio: Adam Aton covers climate politics for E&E News, the biggest newsroom in Washington, D.C., dedicated to environment and energy journalism. His reporting has also appeared in Scientific American, the Associated Press, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and elsewhere
We discuss with Adam Aton President Biden's plans to start his infrastructure push next week in Pittsburgh. But in Washington, the jockeying is already underway. How the infrastructure bill might tackle climate change. We discuss the vulnerabilities of the current electric grid, especially in Texas, where there is no regulation. We also discuss the various ways to mitigate the loss of jobs in the energy sector, and how these could be transitioned to the new energy sector.
Part two: Harold Meyerson joins us to discuss economic policies and their effects.
Bio: Meyerson is editor-at-large of The American Prospect and was an opinion columnist for The Washington Post from 2003 until 2015, when he was fired by the latter. Some speculate that the firing was politically motivated and related to the 2016 electoral season and the rise of Bernie Sanders. He served as executive editor of the L.A. Weekly from 1989 through 2001, and continues to write about California politics in the Los Angeles Times. His articles on politics, labor, the economy, foreign policy, and American culture have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, and New Statesman.
We talk about economic studies that show the advantages of different economic policies. These studies are based on data, not just social assumptions. We draw parallels with economic policies in Scandinavian countries. These are part of the Berkeley School of empirical studies.
Needed: More Rescue Funds for the Poorest Communities https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/needed-more-rescue-funds-for-the-poorest-communities/
Prez Meets Press; Does Good (and Well) https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/prez-meets-press-does-good-and-well
another reason for the $15 minimum wage social securtiy https://prospect.org/blogs/tap/another-reason-for-a-15-minimum-wage-social-security/
the berkeley school https://prospect.org/economy/berkeley-school-economics/
nugget: “We’re here not just to study the economy because it exists, like the stars in the sky,” says Zucman. “The motivation for many of us is to do research in social science that improves public policy.”
Fast Food Giant Claims Credit For Killing $15 Minimum Wage. In internal company documents, a private-equity owned conglomerate is bragging to its employees about successfully blocking a boost in pay for low-wage workers.
poetry for the politics of our times by Skip Penczar:
Ted Cruz said, “Every time there’s a shooting…”
And that’s quite often there is no disputing.
But he went on to slam
Any common sense plan
Cause when it comes to guns, Ted’s prostituting.
thought for the day:
If someone passes out on line from heat & dehydration while waiting hours to vote in GA can they sue the state for intentional harm?
tweet of the day
"I own an AR-15. If there's a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can't protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to, because I can defend myself." -- Lindsey Graham
rethink the week guests:
Immigration Attorney Ron Abramson
Union/public sector Reporter Robert Hennelly
Civic Scholar/Presidential Scholar Professor Dean Spiliotis
Commentator/podcaster, Author and Instructor Lincoln Mitchell
Biden's press conference, where the Covid virus was not discussed. The Crisis at the border was discussed, though the data about people who want to enter the US show no difference from historical counts. No solution yet to immigration problems, though most who are applying are applying for refugee status, and attempting to do so legally.
No word on substantive gun control, despite two mass shootings within a week in the US. Restrictions on voting continue to make the news.
Amazon workers in Alabama continue to vote on creating a union. Why is it so hard to have capitalism with a conscience?
Biden will be visiting Pennsylvania, and announce details of the new infrastructure plan. We consider that he should definitely visit Texas, where the effect of unchecked deregulation, no preparation, and poor planning made itself felt: 111 people dead, $110Billion in damage with more to come. The changes / upgrades in Texas will be very expensive.
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/25/biden-press-conference-pandemic-478041 Biden meets the press and the pandemic disappears
https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/545281-blinken-suggests-us-wont-take-punitive-action-on-china-over-covid Blinken suggests US won't take punitive action on China over COVID-19
Why Georgia’s New Voting Law Is Such A Big Deal FiveThirtyEight
https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/545188-companies-sidestep-self-imposed-bans-on-gop-donations Companies sidestep self-imposed bans on GOP donations
Russia and China are sending Biden a message: don’t judge us or try to change us. Those days are over
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/there-were-3-800-anti-asian-racist-incidents-mostly-against-n1261257There were 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents, mostly against women, in past year. “There is an intersectional dynamic going on that others may perceive both Asians and women and Asian women as easier targets,” one professor said.
Democrats call for $1bn shift from weapons of mass destruction to ‘vaccine of mass prevention’ Guardian.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-27/rising-covid-case-counts-in-the-young-test-u-s-vaccine-strategy Rising Covid Case Counts in the Young Test U.S. Vaccine Strategy
https://julieroys.com/graham-evangelicals-vaccines/ Franklin Graham Unfazed after Evangelical Base Blasts Him for Encouraging Vaccines
Universities Are Still Gambling With Students’ Lives Current Affairs
Joe Biden Just Fixed Obamacare’s “Subsidy Cliff” The Bulwark
New Jersey gym celebrated by Fox News is offering free memberships to people who refuse to take a COVID-19 vaccine Business Insider
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/03/minnesota-supreme-court-rape-victim-drunk.html Minnesota Supreme Court Throws Out Rape Conviction Because Victim Chose to Get Drunk
Biden fires majority of DHS advisory council members The Hill
Biden Doesn’t Need to Be FDR or LBJ to Change America Eric Levitz New York MagazinePostal banking, alcohol delivery could save the U.S. Postal Service, experts say NBC
Amazon, on the move in health care, is granted authorization for its own Covid-19 test STAT
https://slate.com/technology/2021/03/amazon-union-twitter-alabama-dave-clark.html Amazon Is Spending the Last Week of the Union Vote Trying to Come Up With Epic Twitter Owns
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/technology/amazon-unions-virginia.html How Amazon Crushes Unions
Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap. Kaiser Health News. You can pump more blood into a zombie, but it’s still a zombie.
New Yorker, Pitchfork and Ars Technica unions authorize strike. NYT
What Happens When Investment Firms Acquire Trailer Parks The New Yorker
Gov. Kemp defends Georgia election bill criticized as ‘Jim Crow in 21st century’ New4Jax
Is Democracy Still Possible? Los Angeles Review of Books
At Least 36% of Mass Shooters Have Been Trained By the U.S. Military CounterPunch
US tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home The Hill
Fast Food Giant Claims Credit For Killing $15 Minimum Wage Walker Bragman, Andrew Perez, and David Sirota
The Amazon Union Vote Is Ending in Bessemer. Workers Are Already Preparing for the Next Fight. New Republic
111 Texans Died In Last Month’s Shock Winter Storm, State Says Forbes
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Perry-says-Texans-wiling-to-suffer-blackouts-to-15956705.php Perry says Texans willing to suffer blackouts to keep feds out of power market
our deadline poet grabs the moment, from Skip Tenczar:
State Republicans are flexing their muscle
Trying to keep folks from voting by hustle.
Voter suppression laws abound
But a solution can be found
In HR 1 a voter suppression muzzle.
tweets of the day:
Hakeem Jeffries, @RepJeffries
WE want to make it easier to vote And harder for criminals to purchase weapons of war.
Republicans will make it harder to vote. And easier for criminals to purchase weapons of war.
Last weekend #ABC flew its entire roundtable to the US-Mexico border-Perhaps this weekend they will fly down to Bessemer #Alabama where #Amazon workers will be finalizing the vote on March 29 to form the first #Amazon union in the US... It's time to cover the issues of real consequence
Part one: Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, Dean of the Austin Press Corps
ERCOT- TX PUC - TX Freeze-Grid infrastructure-who is responsible for the energy failure. Can they even name it?... what to do???
Biden's border crisis is 'by design to create a one-party country,' says Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick . Is this a real surge? Not according to data.
In Texas, you can use a concealed weapon permit as a voter ID, but not a state-issued student ID. What does that tell you about Texas, and about the underlying motives of these voter ID laws?
AFTER mass shootings, Texas GOP leaders double down on protecting gun owners
Texas AG Ken Paxton refuses to release messages about attendance at pro-Trump rally before Jan. 6 insurrection
Bill Curry, former advisor to Bill Clinton, leader in the nuclear freeze movement, two time nominee for Governor of CT, progressive writer and pundit
Professor Robert Hockett , Cornell Law -AOC consultant on the Green New Deal
The filibuster has proven to be a tool for Republicans to avoid implementing many things: health care, infrastructure, minimum wage, industrial policy, civil rights legislation, etc. It is a way to allow a small minority to control the Senate.
Amazon workers leading a historic push for unionization in Alabama describe midnight ‘education’ meetings, an unexpected mailbox, and streams of anti-union flyers as they go up against one of the world’s most powerful companies Business Insider
Easing pandemic marks return to gun violence The Hill. This is America, man.
Yes, Blame Christian Fundamentalism for the Atlanta Murders The Intercept
I’m not sure where we go from here': pandemic fuels rise in US homelessness https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/25/pandemic-fuels-rise-in-us-homelessness
About 7 in 10 Voters Favor a Public Health Insurance Option. Medicare for All Remains Polarizing Morning Consult
Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon Scientific American.
Biden charges Harris with stemming migrant numbers at US-Mexico border https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/24/joe-biden-kamala-harris-us-mexico-border-immigration
The McConnell filibuster is not the same as the Jim Crow filibuster – it's much worse For decades senators blocked civil rights legislation but allowed democracy to function elsewhere – now next to nothing passes https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/25/the-mcconnell-filibuster-is-not-the-same-as-the-jim-crow-filibuster-its-much-worse
on deadline ...political poetry from Skip Tenczar
Trump’s words named Asians the other,
His Covid slang intended a pother.
Though the fool is gone,
His mean legacy lives on --
The hate he kindled will be hard to smother.
fact of the day:
The longest talking filibuster in Senate history, 24 hours and 18 minutes, was to block the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
Part One: We talk with Steven P. Millies about Catholics' relationship to politics.
bio: Professor Millies is an Associate Professor of Public Theology and Director of The Bernardin Center, Catholic Theological Union Millies scholarship explores the Catholic church’s relationship to politics in a perspective that embraces history, theology, law, ethics, sociology, philosophy, and political theory. As Pope Francis has called for a “politics which is farsighted and capable of a new, integral, and interdisciplinary approach,” Millies’s work resists seeing politics only as a conflict over individual interests. Instead, in Pope Francis’s words, politics expresses our “conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for each other and the world.”
Pope Francis has taken a more nuanced approach to Catholic teachings, and his own authority. He says he sees the world as it is, vs. how the Church sees it. This affects the opinions of Catholics internationally.
Catholic opinions on Johnson & Johnson vaccine highlight debate between hardliners on abortion and others in the church Steven P. Millies, Catholic Theological Union Divisions among Catholics have created doubts about the moral acceptability of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. An expert explains why there isn't one 'Catholic view' on the issue.
Pope Francis’ support for civil unions is a call to justice – and nothing new Steven P. Millies, Catholic Theological Union
The pontiff hasn't changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all. https://theconversation.com/pope-francis-support-for-civil-unions-is-a-call-to-justice-and-nothing-new-148607
Clarity for Catholics: It's OK to get Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – if it's the only one available
Catholics might be somewhat confused by reports on differing messages about the acceptability of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to a cell line from an abortion being used in its production.The differences have been resolved and Catholic teaching is clear: Catholics have a moral duty to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by being vaccinated. However, if given the choice, they should avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.Should they choose not to be vaccinated, they have a moral obligation to mask, socially distance and "do their utmost" to avoid becoming infected or infecting others, the Vatican said.
the pope and gay marriage
Part Two: We speak with Daniel Block : Can Amazon be Stopped? Recent attempts to unionize Amazon workers are in the news.
bio: Daniel Block is the executive editor of the Washington Monthly.Before joining the Monthly, Daniel was a 2017-2018 Luce Scholar living in Delhi, India, where he studied Hindi and worked for the Caravan--a leading Indian politics and policy magazine. Daniel’s writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the American Prospect. Daniel graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He graduated with highest honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He spent a post-college gap year teaching skiing in Utah.
The story of the e-commerce giant is the story of America’s economic unraveling. America is no longer making all that it needs. Instead, it is concentrating on its service economy and on just “ shuffling money around,” This is not sustainable.
poetry for the politics of our time by Skip Tenczar
We look for reasons and causation,
And ascribe it to some sort of mutation.
The mass shootings continue
And the answer’s within you --
Acknowledge we’re a gun sick nation.
Part one: Dr. Bandy Lee
The American Psychiatric Association served Americans poorly. They ignored early recognition of Trump's dangerous psychiatric symptoms. They silenced those who pointed them out, and changed their ethics guidelines to protect federal funding.
Dr. Bandy Lee writes the following Op-Ed: The American Psychiatric Association Sickened America https://www.medpagetoday.com/publichealthpolicy/healthpolicy/91502
bio: Bandy X. Lee, MD, MDiv, is a forensic psychiatrist and violence expert who resigned from the American Psychiatric Association in 2007 because of its financial ties with the pharmaceutical industry. She is now president of the World Mental Health Coalition, which formed in part to step in where the American Psychiatric Association failed in societal leadership.
tweet of the day:
#PeoplesVaccine “There is lots of evidence that publicly funded research, particularly open source research, could be very effective and likely to leave us much better prepared for the next pandemic.”
Part two: Will Biden's relief package break black farmers’ cycle of debt?
We chat with Public Integrity's Sr. reporter April Simpson about the decades-long practices of the FDA. Many Black farmers lost their land, were driven bankrupt, and left farming. Can this be restored under new management at the FHA? Can a culture of farming be restored?
bio: April Simpson joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2020 as a senior reporter covering racial equity. She was previously the rural issues reporter at Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Before joining Pew, April was associate editor of Current, where she covered public media and won recognition for her #MeToo investigation of a veteran reporter. April was a U.S. Fulbright fellow in Botswana, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation and Innovations in Food and Agriculture fellow with the National Press Foundation. April is a graduate of Smith College and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Our deadline poet, Skip Tenczar, notes the chaos in Florida
During the pandemic there was a spring break,
A southern flight of students going on the make.
They reveled at parties,
Now some of these smarties
Will return to their homes with a Covid mistake.
We chat with Kadeem Cooper, Policy Counsel for the Public Policy Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Senate Introduction of the For the People Act Puts the Spotlight on Voting Rights https://lawyerscommittee.org/senate-introduction-of-the-for-the-people-act-puts-the-spotlight-on-voting-rights/
Redistricting Engagement Campaign Will Mobilize College Campuses and Community Leaders https://lawyerscommittee.org/redistricting-engagement-campaign-will-mobilize-college-campuses-and-community-leaders/
Aside: Republican pushback:
GOP warns HR 1 could be 'absolutely devastating for Republicans'
Some openly fret that broader access to voting will harm the party's chances.https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gop-warns-hr-absolutely-devastating-republicans/story?id=76555647&fbclid=IwAR2CBlKDWZkk4KuxmKFlOxVEugKjLU1rqTILmo_hFL0cZ6g_eZEevcL0ap8
About the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law" The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visithttps://lawyerscommittee.org.
bio: Kadeem Cooper serves as Policy Counsel for the Public Policy Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, focusing primarily on the advancement and protection of voting rights in federal elections.
Prior to joining the Lawyers Committee, Kadeem served as Counsel to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Cooper previously worked as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling LLP and Paul, Weiss LLP. Kadeem received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
We chat with Kadeem about the provisions of HR 1, which would guarantee voter rights, provide for finance reform, and stop the revolving door, in addition to other reforms.
The provisions of HR 1 has many other effects on federal elections. We discuss them in detail.
We chat with Pedro Gerson, director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the Louisiana State University Law Center.
Immigration Is Not a Crisis What would our laws look like if we stopped treating migration as a problem to be solved
bio: Pedro Gerson directs and teaches the LSU Immigration Clinic. Before joining the LSU Law Center he served as an immigration Staff Attorney at The Bronx Defenders in New York City, a public defender nonprofit. He previously held several positions in Mexico City. Most recently, he was a researcher and project manager working on anti-corruption and police accountability at the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO), a think tank. He also worked in government, serving as a director for a data analytics team in the National Digital Strategy Unit of the Office of the President of Mexico. While in Mexico, he was an adjunct professor in the economics and law departments at Instituto Tecnolgico Autnomo de Mexico and Universidad Iberoamericana, where he taught courses on History of Economic Thought, Law and Economics, and Anti-Corruption Law.
President Biden's mistake at U.S. southern border isn't what clueless pundits, GOP think it is | (Will Bunch) As critics use a border refugee surge to score cheap political points, Biden must stay the course on human rights over optics. https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/biden-border-surge-refugees-human-rights-20210321.html
We talk about the current state of immigration activity. Pedro chooses to view immigration not as a threat, but as an opportunity. We discuss what would happen if the borders were permanently closed, and if they were opened to more immigrants, who might not necessarily be looking for permanent status in the US, but for ability to move in/out. To believe in the US is to believe in the strength of immigrants' contributions.
political poetry for the world we live in: political verse by Skip Tenczar
Vaccine hesitancy has now become a thing,
From new age shamans to the right wing.
This unlikely alliance
Practices pseudo science,
Keeping us from herd immunity and the life it will bring.
rethink the week : talkers
Professor Dean Spiliotis civic scholar at SNHU a veteran political scientist and political analyst with broad expertise in presidential politics and policy, campaigns and elections - especially New Hampshire politics and its presidential primary. (https://www.nhpoliticalcapital.com/aboutus.php)
Professor Robert Hockett Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and a Professor of Public Affairs), is senior counsel at investment firm Westwood Capital, LLC, and was a Fellow at The Century Foundation think tank. As of 2019, he is advising CongresswomanAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal.
Professor Stephen Pimpare Sr. Fellow Carsey institute UNH Stephen is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. social policy. (https://manchester.unh.edu/person/stephen-pimpare)
David Atkins is a writer and activist from California. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal, elected DNC Member, and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.(https://www.davidatkinsdnc.com/
A party that chooses to pass policy in the #publicinterest & #govern, can not support the filibuster. A party that prefers to discard the #Democratic process & genuflect to their #autocrat du jour revels in the "lie of #bipartisanship" made respectable by the term #filibuster.
tweet of the day:
Georgia voters in communities of color had to wait in line for 11 hours to vote in 2020. Worse, many of the registration deadlines in the state are over a month before the election. In contrast , Atlanta Spa shooter bought his gun the same day he decided to use it murder 8 people.
Quote of the day wisdom from Italy: "When everybody’s health is at stake, true freedom is to follow instructions."-Mattia Ferraresi
topics and links:
Part 1: We have a wide-ranging discussion with our four panelists.
China has castigated the US on American internal problems. But these are the typical “cold war” stories: paint America as terrible.
Biden has been very critical of Putin. While this is strong, it is also 'pre-Trump' normal in US Russia relations. There have been computer hacks by both China and Russia. There is no down side for the Democrats for being firmer with China and Russia.
A discussion of economics: America is losing manufacturing advantage, because our economy has undergone financialization, rather than investing in manufacturing capabilities. We must regain capabilities, and become less dependent on foreign suppliers. We must invest in infrastructure, especially human capital. We must “finnish the job”, a reference to Finland, whose people are among the happiest in the world. This means inspiring and maintaining their trust in government.
Political poem from Skip Tenczar
Donald recommends that his fans should take it,
The Covid vaccine that in his mind -- he made it.
This huge anti-masker
Infected Melania, just ask her.
He felt public pressure, so he figured he'd fake it.
Wisdom from Italy: "When everybody's health is at stake, true freedom is to follow instructions."-Mattia Ferraresi
Part One: Scott Braddock, the editor of the Quorum Report the voice of TX the dean of the Austin Press Corp
Texas' last Public Utility Commission member resigns at Gov. Greg Abbott's request.
Texas' top three Republican leaders splinter over electricity repricing. Scott also discusses the details of this.
Three Texas Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to police who protected Capitol during insurrection
Part Two: a conversation between Bill Curry and Lincoln Mitchell...from Cuomo to Amazon to Filibuster to attacks on Asian Americans to US China Relations to vaccine hesitancy aka GOP men v the border to reopening schools. Bill Curry is a progressive writer, and former candidate for Connecticut governor. He is also a former aide to Bill Clinton. Lincoln Mitchell is a writer, pundit and specialist in political development. He is based in New York City and San Francisco.
Schools reopening Lancet v the CDC
Proud Boys Leaders in Four States Are Charged in Capitol Riot. (NYT)
Power Up: Only roughly a fifth of Senate Democrats are committed to totally scrapping the filibuster(WaPo), which is necessary in order to implement new legislation. It has become "the filibuster vs. democracy".
Treasury says state tax cuts OK if separated from virus aid (AP)
Recent Rise in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Doesn't Mean Anti-Asian Racism Is New. Teen Vogue
We also touch on the attempt to recall Gov. Newsom.
Diane Feinstein's future is also discussed.
Biden's diplomatic team meeting with the Chinese to set new terms of engagement. As we know, a bilateral relationship is needed.
ready for some poetry?
There was a senator named Johnson
Who came from the north in Wisconsin.
He showed that racism
Isn’t just a south-ism.
It has infected Ron’s mind like a toxin.
tweet of the day:
'Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God': Details emerge about anti-Asian shooter's background Details emerge about anti-Asian shooter's background
In the context of Biden's talks with China today, we are revisiting a broadcast from March 4, when we discussed China.
Professor of political science Andrew Latham Macalester College
Rethinking the US-China fight: Does China really threaten American power abroad?
A scholar of global relations says China seems worried about its future. Meanwhile, the US and Europe still treat China as a threat. The clash of world views could be destabilizing.
China is now more market-based economically. It started its change slowly, with a low profile, but is now more powerful, wealthy, and sophisticated.
China also has a more obvious military presence.
The characteristics of a China economy are different from and American economy: They are a one-party system, but they are willing to embrace some capitalistic behaviors. They are also facing a demographic challenge: fewer young people, due to their orginal one-child policy.
nugget:President Joe Biden is so far maintaining his predecessor’s tough China policy, which aims to curb China’s international power both economically and politically.In the U.S. and Europe, China is widely recognized as a rising star that threatens Western power. But my research on the country suggests China may no longer see itself that way.
bio: Andrew Latham has served as:Assistant Director of the Centre for International and Security Studies, York University, Toronto; Nonproliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament Research Fellow, with the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Lecturer, at the Canadian Armed Forces School of Aerospace Studies, Winnipeg, Canada; and as Senior Policy Associate with the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently a professor of International Relations at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Professor Latham teaches a course on "Plagues, Pandemics, and Politics."
Part two: Rev. David Barnhart on "house" churches, abortion and climate change and the split in the Methodist Church (The United Methodist Church is on the brink of America's biggest religious schism since the Civil War, with the conflict centering on sexual morality, biblical authority and theological liberalism.)
A Methodist Pastor Is Brilliantly Calling Out the “Pro-Life” Crowd’s Hypocrisy MAY 20, 2019 https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/05/20/a-methodist-pastor-is-brilliantly-calling-out-the-pro-life-crowds-hypocrisy/
Of all the responses I’ve seen to Alabama’s abortion ban, perhaps the most effective was a Facebook post made nearly a year ago by a Christian minister. Dave Barnhart is a pastor from Birmingham, Alabama who runs a network of house churches called the Saint Junia United Methodist Church. The post that went viral over the past week was all about how right-wing Christians love to talk about the “unborn” because in addition to riling up the conservative base, there’s literally no work involved in advocating for them.
his newest book: is Church Comes HomeArnie: Last week I read a news story by the great Mark Stern, reporter for Slate.com who covers the courts. He wrote a piece entitled: Arkansas’ New Abortion Ban Is a Direct Message to Amy Coney Barrett
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, signed a ban on abortion at all stages of pregnancy on Tuesday. Arkansas, which has the fifth highest rate of maternal mortality in the country, joins at least 11 other states that have passed complete or near-total abortion bans over the past two years in anticipation of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. The new law is certain to be blocked by the lower courts, which are obligated to adhere to precedent protecting the constitutional right to abortion. But it is clearly designed to test the Supreme Court’s adherence to that precedent now that conservatives hold a supermajority on the bench for the first time in 80 years.
As I prepped for the interview I scanned the comments and a commentator shared this quote by Rev. Dave Barnhart..after reading I knew I needed to find him...and we did.
"The unborn" are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don't resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don't ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don't need money, education, or child care; unlike aliens, they don't bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn. It's almost as if, by being born, they have died to you.
You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe. Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn. --Dave Barnhart
We talk about the state of health care in Alabama, and the lack of support for women's health in general. It appears that concern for the "unborn" is the only issue that is used to qualify someone as moral.
The labor system is very feudal, and goes against true democracy. In addition, the fact that we are to believe, according to most religious tenets, that "God is love", this seems to not prevail in most social policy.
The environmental consideration of stewardship of the Earth is not talked about in most religious communities.