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Reposted Friday morning, December 15, 2017. Originally posted November 12. As late as the day of the election, quotes from Alabama voters captured the essence of local reactions to the race. “I feel more comfortable with my future in the hands of a Republican, no matter how bad he is," one voter said in an interview. Given their decades of devotion to the Republican Party, Alabama whites reportedly considered Jones's pro-choice stance a graver moral failing that Moore's alleged habit of making sexual passes at teenage girls.---Why White Women Voted for Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate Race by Lucy... Continue reading
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Reposted Thursday night, December 14, 2017. Originally posted Sunday, December 3. “We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity. And the battle rages on.”---Roy Moore not conceding the Alabama Senate election. I take this as Moore’s coy way of asking for this post again: Triumph of Faith: Christian Martyrs in the Time of Nero 65 A.D by Eugene Thirion, 1839-1910. Via Wikimedia Commons. Matthew 5:11-12, about the only passage from the Beatitudes Right Wing Christians seem to know and take to heart: Blessed are you when... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Wednesday night, December 13, 2017. Service at Cornerstone Full Gospel Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Courtesy of Cornerstone Full Gospel Baptist via Facebook. Decided to re-read selected chapters of Paul Theroux’s travel book Deep South, specifically those recounting his explorations of Alabama. Not looking for any insight into what happened there yesterday. Theroux can be a shrewd, although cranky and cynical, observer of local politics, whether the locality is Botswana, Chechnya, Patagonia, or Greensboro, Alabama, but what I’m looking for is a look around. I’ve never been to Alabama and have no real sense of it as a place, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday afternoon, December 12, 2017. The Verdict of the People by George Caleb Bingham. Circa 1854. Via Wikimedia. This time last year, Alabama’s chief elections official landed in the national spotlight for delivering a screed against nonvoters that many people interpreted as an attack on African Americans in the state, who have long faced barriers to voting. “If you’re too sorry or lazy to get up off of your rear and to go register to vote, or to register electronically, and then to go vote, then you don’t deserve that privilege,” Republican John Merrill said in an interview with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
CJ, somebody did. Me. With McCain And Mitt, at any rate. They were both pretty sore losers. And Mitt blamed his loss on Hurricane Sandy, as if Obama had colluded with the weather gods to make himself look unfairly presidential while he was, you know, president.
Crprod, Ain't that always the way...
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Posted Tuesday morning, December 12, 2017. For months, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that the Republican tax plan wouldn't add a penny to the national debt, pledging that more than 100 people in his agency were “working around the clock” to calculate how much additional growth would come from the plan. On Monday, the Treasury Department released the fruit of those efforts: a one-page document asserting that the $1.5 trillion tax plan would generate more than enough to pay for itself. The analysis relies on two big — and controversial — assumptions: that it will generate economic activity well... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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“…I’m a Democrat.” ---Will Rogers. Posted Tuesday morning, December 12, 2017. In recent weeks, Democrats have scored huge electoral wins in Virginia, cultivated public opposition to the Republican tax plan, purged two liberal stars accused of sexual misconduct and gotten closer to winning a Senate race in Alabama that should be out of reach in such a conservative state. But they still can’t agree on what the party stands for. From immigration to banking reform to taxes to sexual harassment, many in the party say it does not have a unified message to spread around the country. Those concerns flared... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Posted Sunday morning, December 10. Dishwashing triumphalism: See how they sparkle and shine? Dishwasher's on the fritz again. Not a big deal. Minor fix is all it needs and the part's on the way. But it does mean we've had to wash our dishes by hand and I've had to learn a lesson I've learned before. I’m the only one in this house who know how to wash dishes. I'm not the only one who does dishes. What I mean is I'm the only one who knows how to do it quickly... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Friday, December 1, 2017. Posted Saturday night, December 9. Improbable pals: Utah’s very conservative Republican senator Orrin Hatch and the late liberal lion of the Senate Ted Kennedy, September 2007. Photo by Doug Mills of the New York Times. Courtesy of the New York Times via the Boston Globe. “Let me tell you something: we’re going to do CHIP. There’s no question about it in my mind. It’s got to be done the right way. But we, the reason CHIP’s having trouble is because we don’t have money anymore.”---Senator Orrin Hatch during the floor debate over... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Saturday, December 2, 2017. Posted Saturday morning, December 9. Wish I’d taken pictures: This morning. Post office. Parking lot. Car with a handicapped tag hanging from rear view mirror and a sticker on the rear bumper. TRUMP. Little later. Another lot. Grocery store. Pickup with a TRUMP sticker on the gate and a decal in the rear window identifying owner as a Vietnam Vet. I’m telling you. They don’t think he’s talking about them. It’s as if they believe there’s a special exemption just for them: "Not me! He means all the other people with disabilities.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lance Mannion
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Mined from the notebooks, Tuesday, November 21. Posted Thursday night, December 7. Breaking: Superman is back to being the Superman we know and love in Justice League. Too bad he’s dead. Many of us who forced ourselves to sit through Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, despite our growing horror and disbelief, issued a collective WTF? When the plot of Justice League gets underway with the news that Superman was a beacon of hope to the people of Earth and since his death mortal men and women around the world have gone into a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday evening, December 5, 2017. “The Bosses of the Senate” by Joseph Keppler, Puck, January 1889. Via the art and history collection of the United States Senate. “I don’t think there’s a conspiracy to go attack Democratic districts. But that’s how the legislative process works -- if you’re not going to participate in a game you’re going to lose,” he said. “You need the revenue, and those constituencies are not really being represented because their representatives refused to participate.” ---GOP lobbyist quoted in Sahil Kapur’s story at Bloomberg, ‘Death to Democrats’: How the GOP Tax Bill Whacks Liberal Tenets,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Tuesday morning, December 5, 2017. Knave answers to knave. Duke goes to work for Donald Trump. Doonesbury, July 27, 1988. From Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbuy on Trump by G.B. Trudeau. No one can doubt that Trump could be impeached for obstruction of justice, and that, if Mueller finds the goods, is where this could well be heading. Telling his client and the country that a president can’t commit obstruction gives false comfort to the president and his supporters. Now, perhaps that is the intent — to convince his base that a president cannot, in essence, commit a crime... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Sunday morning, November 26, 2017. Triumph of Faith: Christian Martyrs in the Time of Nero 65 A.D by Eugene Thirion, 1839-1910. Via Wikimedia Commons. Matthew 5:11-12, about the only passage from the Beatitudes Right Wing Christians seem to know and take to heart: Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. It’s the easiest of the Beatitudes to put into practice. All you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Mined from the notebooks, November 12, 2017. Posted November 16. When I was a senior in high school, two freshman girls had obvious crushes on me. (Yes, Uncle Merlin. Palaver, palaver.) Both let me know through friends that if I asked them out, they would say yes. Going out meant going out for ice cream or a soda (our equivalent of going out for coffee) and maybe a movie. That was never going to happen. All we senior guys knew freshman girls were off limits. And I was only seventeen. When I first met Mrs M in college and decided... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Friday morning, December 1, 2017. Wednesday night Mrs M went to Strand Books where Hillary and Chelsea Clinton were holding a joint signing of their new children’s picture books, It Takes a Village and She Peristed. There’s a nice picture of Mrs M waiting in line at the Hillary’s table to get her copy of It Takes A Village signed. But that photo’s going into the family album (and also up on Facebook, naturally). This is the picture Mrs M would like to go viral… The political press corps, in its collective vanity, thinks the primary constituency of every... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Thursday morning, November 30, 2017. “Front lawn, West Carrolton, Ohio” March 12, 2016. Courtesy of Alec McGillis, ProPublica, via Twitter. It’s not Trump. It’s not Applebee Nazis. It’s Republicans. All Republicans. Up and down the line. The ones in Congress. The ones in the governor’s mansions and state legislatures. The ones who vote to put and keep them there. Our Mr President Trump’s core base of true believers is made up of yahoos, white supremacists, Nazis---neo-, crypto-, and unabashed, unapologetic, and outright---religious nuts, lifetime members of the club of life’s losers looking for someone to blame for their troubles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Lance Mannion
Posted Tuesday night, November 28, 2019. They’ll vote for it. They’ll all vote for it. They’re Republicans. Expecting them to vote against tax cuts for the rich is like expecting them to vote against the existence of God, which, to them, would be pretty much the same thing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday night, November 27, 2017. The divide FDR had to try to close, Trump widens and exploits: During the 1920s, for the first time in the country’s history, more Americans began living in cities of populations of 100,000 or more than in small towns and on farms. The transformation of the nation into a primarily urban society threatened rural folks who aggressively supported ideas and traditions largely in harmony with their established way of life. The adoption of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919 was as much a rejection of city habits as it was of demon liquor. As the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday night, November 27, 2017. It’s been said the Right is at war with the 21st Century. Really they’re continuing a war with the last third of the 19th and the first half of the 20th. Millions of immigrants had flooded into the country since the 1870s and taken up residence in northern and midwestern cities. Prohibition was a prelude to the 1924 National Origins Act, which threw up barriers to a continued influx of southern and Eastern European migrants who had made up the bulk of the roughly twelve million newcomers entering the United States during the previous... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Monday morning, November 27, 2017. From the mail bag… Responding to my post on the mass murder in Sutherland Springs and the gun culture both the killer and the good guy with a gun who shot him grew up in, Give ‘em what-fer, Davy!, Art brings up a point I hadn’t considered: where did all the other bullets the good guy with a gun fired wind up? I certainly haven't read every piece dealing with the shooting in Sutherland Springs but so far I haven't seen any mention of where the rounds fired by the 'heroes' ended up. Based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Sunday morning, November 26, 2017. “An irrigation canal running through the desert south of Trujillo, Peru. Accelerating glacial melt in the Andes has allowed more than 100,000 acres of land to be brought into cultivation since the 1980s.” Photo by Tomas Munita for The New York Times. Meanwhile, in the Andes… VIRU, Peru — The desert blooms now. Blueberries grow to the size of Ping-Pong balls in nothing but sand. Asparagus fields cross dunes, disappearing over the horizon. The desert produce is packed and shipped to places like Denmark and Delaware. Electricity and water have come to villages that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, November 25, 2017. Not sure where this was. Got lost on my drive. Somewhere out in the country northwest of here. It’s off a two-lane road that winds through farmland, woods, abandoned fields, and forlorn-looking town centers that have no real towns centered around them. I pulled off the road onto a lane narrower than most driveways and parked next to this building which was once a garage and filling station, I think. To fit the whole side of the building in the picture I had to step off the pavement on to the edge of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Lance Mannion
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Posted Saturday morning, November 25, 2017. Didn't feel like it either. Felt more like December. About thirty-five degrees. Fortunately no wind. Still couldn’t sit here as long as I’d have liked, which would have been all day… By the Mohawk River, Alplaus, New York. Friday morning around eight. November 24, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Lance Mannion