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August 03, 2021 06:48 AM UTC

Tuesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“All honor’s wounds are self-inflicted.”

–Andrew Carnegie


6 thoughts on “Tuesday Open Thread

  1. “I know words. I have the best words . . .”

    “Freedom’s just another word . . .”

    Freedom,’ Florida and the Delta Variant Disaster

    My answer is that when people on the right talk about “freedom” what they actually mean is closer to “defense of privilege” — specifically the right of certain people (generally white male Christians) to do whatever they want.

    Not incidentally, if you go back to the roots of modern conservatism, you find people like Barry Goldwater defending the right of businesses to discriminate against Black Americans. In the name of freedom, of course. A lot, though not all, of the recent panic about “cancel culture” is about protecting the right of powerful men to mistreat women. And so on.

    Once you understand that the rhetoric of freedom is actually about privilege, things that look on the surface like gross inconsistency and hypocrisy start to make sense.

    Why, for example, are conservatives so insistent on the right of businesses to make their own decisions, free from regulation — but quick to stop them from denying service to customers who refuse to wear masks or show proof of vaccination? Why is the autonomy of local school districts a fundamental principle — unless they want to require masks or teach America’s racial history? It’s all about whose privilege is being protected.

    The reality of what the right means by freedom also, I think, explains the special rage induced by rules that impose some slight inconvenience in the name of the public interest — like the detergent warsof a few years back. After all, only poor people and minority groups are supposed to be asked to make sacrifices.



  2. Concern reigns in the D.C. rentboy community in light of Dame Lindsey Graham's revelation.

    Graham is fully vaxxed, so it's highly unlikely the virus will kill his flobbery old lilywhite ass. Hell, he may not even miss much time from work.

    Of course, the message for the GOP death cult base will be that vaccination is entirely pointless. Wouldn't be at all surprised if Dame Lindsey becomes a willing servant of that message.

    1. Graham mostly followed advice in 2020 during his campaign, masking up before and after unmasked speeches (which had listeners at a distance from him." Graham went public with his vaccination in December 2020.  He's included appeals to get vaccinated in some of his statements since, including while he was on a "state work period" in South Carolina last April.  He's already speaking out about the vaccine helping him minimize symptoms of his illness and clarifying he expects to quarantine for 10 days after he was confirmed to have COVID. 

      He's odious and votes with people who are worse than he is — but he won't be joining the "vaccines are pointless" coalition.

  3. There is a drug more addictive than heroin: grift

    Trump Shifted Donor Money Into His Business After Leaving The White House

    On January 21, the day after his presidency ended, the Trump Organization charged Trump’s old campaign committee $38,000 in rent, collecting the money via Trump Tower Commercial LLC, the entity through which Trump maintained a 100% interest in his Fifth Avenue skyscraper. Trump famously ran his 2016 campaign out of offices in the building. His 2020 effort operated partially out of the D.C. area, but it kept paying rent to Trump Tower anyway. Now the former president doesn’t even have an official campaign, but the rent payments are still flowing: $38,000 month after month, adding up to $188,000 from January to June.

    1. Trump's grift included mandating 6 months of Secret Service protect for his adult children — and billing when those in the protection detail were at Trump Organization facilities.

      I expect CREW will continue their effort to develop an account of the full extent of Trump supporting the Trump Organization with government money through his official position and with campaign donations that require reports.

      The court system has already agreed with Trump that he can't be barred from making money from what would be a straightforward interpretation of emolument definitions.  In Trump's cases, it becomes absolutely clear that "justice delayed is justice denied" — the courts mooted some cases when Trump lost the election.

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