Contra what you may have gathered from the 2016 election, Pew Research Center finds that almost six out of 10 Americans think having a lot of different ethnicities and nationalities here in America is a good thing. Also, too, less than one in 10 Americans think it's a bad thing -- and even among the furthest-right Republicans, only one in six think it's a bad thing. So how did we get this President, then? Because Democrats demanded you get behind a center-right candidate merely to avoid having a monster, and because Republicans got behind their man, thinking they'd at least get a Supreme Court Justice out of it. So if both parties enable virulent racists in different ways, then maybe they should stop enabling them?
Jonah Walters at Jacobin argues that Juneteenth -- or June 19, the day the U.S. Army announced to the slaves of Texas that they were free -- should be a national holiday. Yes, if we revere Independence Day, we should revere Juneteenth, too, and when right-wingers trot out their special rights disrespecting the Founding Fathers well what about tripe, remind them that slavery is bad, and we should celebrate when we triumph over slavery and give more freedom to more good Americans.
During the introduction to this lengthy piece about the life and times of Administration immigration policy expert/man desperately in need of a punch in the nose Stephen Miller, one of Mr. Miller's high school classmates speaks thusly: "(p)eople laughed at him because he was a buffoon, he was a performer, he thrived on spectacle. I’m very conscious now, looking back, that he was treated the same way that Trump was -- he wasn’t taken seriously." At once I saw that "taking someone seriously" doesn't mean pretending anything they have to say is worth carefully considering, but rather means seriously shaming them so that they don't take their hatred outside their homes ever again. (And, yeah, we should also have known that someone who loves drama the way Mr. Miller does would get fairly far in this sick, immoral, and decadent society. I mean, I wish ignoring these bastards was an option, but we're too far gone for that now.)
Toward the end of this article about Amazon's notorious facial "recognition" software, an Amazon spokeshack unfurls this dung nugget: "Our quality of life would be much worse today if we outlawed new technology because some people could choose to abuse the technology...Imagine if customers couldn’t buy a computer because it was possible to use that computer for illegal purposes?" Wow, not only is that a rhetorical hostage situation ("don't criticize our product, or all innovation and progress will stop forever!), it completely ignores critics' substantive complaint that not only is the product evil, the product also sucks (i.e., because all black people look alike to it).
Now this I did not expect: a U.S. District Court judge not only strikes down Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's proof-of-citizenship-to-vote law, but requires him to take six hours of continuing legal ed. I was going to say, well, that's going to look awful good as he runs for Governor! But then, Mr. Kobach's base (now the same as our President's base, given their closeness) consists mainly of people who think ignorance of "Evidence 101" is a badge of honor. Ain't no judge going to tell me what I should already know, no sir! (Even when they learn Mr. Kobach is a Yale law school graduate, they'll decide he was learning the ways of the librul elites so he could better take them down.)
Finally, the Supreme Court may have given its blessing to Ohio's vote suppression scheme, but Greg Palast assures us that their decision, unlikely as this may sound, is "not the last word." Why? Because the Supreme Court was able to bless the Ohio scheme by assuming that a voter failing to return a postcard has actually moved -- but if plaintiffs can establish that Ohio has removed a significant number of voters who haven't moved, then the linchpin of the Court's assumption falls out, and their argument collapses. Would the Supreme Court admit such a thing? Likely not this Court. But other courts will hear it in the meantime -- and states that suppress the vote this way will not enjoy the Big Stick of Bad PR being administered to them.