When I hear that the "Pandora Papers" reveal the "illicit financial activities of the super-wealthy from 200 countries," I'm tempted to say that this is starting to get repetitive -- not that many years ago the Panama Papers told us the rich cheat on their taxes like mad, and even if these are the "Panama Papers on steroids," I'm starting to feel a little like our "liberal" media has already forgotten about it. Just so happens Joe Biden continues to talk about going after tax evasion, but you still have to get Sens. Manchin and Sinema to sign on, and Sen. Sinema, in particular, seems impervious to outside counsel, even though, you know, taking counsel from your constituents is your job as a Senator.
Not long after Joe Manchin gloated about wanting to means-test everything, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reminds us that "means testing" really means failing to deliver services for good Americans who need them because they haven't jumped through the right flaming hoops. And good on her for saying it means "more bureaucracy, red tape, and waste," because that's the only argument a lot of independents will hear. She also reminds us that America "doesn’t even measure poverty accurately to use for a means test" -- among other things, we concoct models in which working families all have a spouse who stays home and looks after the kids all the time, which hasn't been the norm for as long as I've been alive.
Surprise, surprise, a Lancet study finds that more than half of all police killings have gone unreported over the last 40 years. The study also finds that Black folks are 3.5 times more likely to die at the hands of police than white folks, which maps pretty well onto that Harvard study from last year finding that Black folks die 3.23 times more often at police hands than white folks do. Still, all some folks have to say about that is I SUPPORTZ TEH POLICEZ!!!!!, which is an illogical response, mainly because folks who criticize the police aren't necessarily being "unsupportive." I'm going to bang that particular saucepan until I die -- "support" does not mean "jackboot lockstep agreement."
You probably already knew that quoting the Bible out of context, or misquoting it, isn't a particularly new phenomenon, but it's still great to have a little historical context -- the next time right-wingers burn down a church that doesn't agree with them because they misheard or misinterpreted something and flew into a rage about it, I guess it'll be of some comfort (though not much!) to know that Protestants did the same thing to Catholic churches in Pennsylvania in 1844 all based on hearsay. The cynical would note the similarity between the two events and throw up their hands, but "cynicism is evil" is another saucepan I'll spend my whole life banging.
Our Department of Justice directs our FBI to address the "disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence" against teachers and school board members, and, well, duh! If you tell a teacher or school board member that you know where they live, you're making a terroristic threat and thus breaking the law! And no, having feelings about politics doesn't alchemically transmute a terroristic threat into "free speech"! (I don't know if I'd go talking about "domestic terrorism," though. Isn't being an asshole lawbreaker enough?)
Finally, former Vice President Mike Pence whines to Fox News that our media keeps focusing on the January 6 attempted coup to attack Trump supporters, to wit: "They want to use that one day to try and demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we could be strong again and prosperous again and supported our administration in 2016 and 2020." "(T)hat one day"! Like they weren't shitting the bed every other day, too! Look, if you supported Donald Trump, you enabled this disgusting act with your actions every day, and I don't care if you were honest or peaceful about it, or if you just wanted more judges and tax cuts -- I want nothing to do with you. They tried to destroy our country! We should be hearing about "that one day" every damn day, until they learn how to feel shame again! Seriously, I don't ask for that much.