For once, no doomgloating

With more than two-thirds of Americans supporting gay marriage, the Senate voted on Wednesday for a failsafe measure should the Supreme Court vitiate Obergefell v. Hodges, which might happen if Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and the other dishonest ghouls use constitutional fig leaves to mask their disgust for queer folk holding hands. A dozen Republicans,Continue reading “For once, no doomgloating”

Dispatches from Miami-Dade County: an Election Day report

Given the turnout so far Democrats may have better results than expected. Maybe. Not so in Miami-Dade County, poised to hand Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio the GOP’s first victory since 2002. The Bush administration courted Hispanics, then, after voters treated him and his robber barons like skunks in 2008 his party lost interest inContinue reading “Dispatches from Miami-Dade County: an Election Day report”

The nexus of Christianity and fascism

A nice guy, this Monzon fellow. Before Monzon’s speech, Frank de Varona, a Bay of Pigs veteran, led the crowd in prayer, urging Americans to vote Republican. “We pray that they do not not cease to be Christians when they enter the voting booth,” he said. De Varona also praised Monzon for being a memberContinue reading “The nexus of Christianity and fascism”

I weep for the future

“It’s a cliché at this point to say that Latino voters are politically powerful, that they often hold complicated political positions, that it’s not a given that they’ll vote for Democrats,” aver the NYT’s Adrian J. Rivera and Patrick Healy, moderators of a Hispanic focus group organized in September, before rolling up their sleeves toContinue reading “I weep for the future”

Laying down the tracks for the next attempt at a stolen election

In The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible, Luke Mogelson at first irritated me: almost two hundred pages of interviews with crypto-Jew haters, Trumpists, anti-vaxxers, lockdown protestors, fluoride deniers, devotees of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and sundry charlatans and sheep, with maybe fifty pages about BLM and anti-fascists. Mogelson doesn’t make funContinue reading “Laying down the tracks for the next attempt at a stolen election”

September reading

I’ll have more to say next month when I finish A Place of Greater Safety, but I did finish Fludd quick enough to report on my experiences with the late author of Wolf Hall. Compact and acerbic, Fludd might’ve come from the typewriter of Muriel Spark had Spark cared more about sex than the suggestionContinue reading “September reading”

‘The kind of thing that could get them fired and charged with a felony’

Gilead, thy name is Idaho. The University of Idaho’s general counsel issued new guidance on Friday about the state’s near-total abortion ban, alerting faculty and staff that the school should no longer offer birth control for students, a rare move for a state university. University employees were also advised not to speak in support ofContinue reading “‘The kind of thing that could get them fired and charged with a felony’”

‘A symbol of resistance locally in my state’

Good. Far from the trenches in states like Florida and Texas, organizations in deep-blue New York are stepping into the fray by directly lending 25,000 books to non-residents since spring, including thousands of students living under the bans. The Brooklyn Public Library’s “Books Unbanned” program provides access to its eBook collection and learning databases forContinue reading “‘A symbol of resistance locally in my state’”