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