When I hear that ”(t)he stock market is not loving Thursday’s job data,” I must ask if we need any more evidence that worshiping the stock market is evil. It’s all big corporations do now, and it hollows out our economy and ensures misery for most of us, so we need to fight it with every breath. (ADP’s job creation data, which reports that our economy gained almost 500,000 jobs in June, reported more than twice as much job growth than the Department of Labor, which reported a hair over 200,000 jobs. Either way, it’s not hard to tell right from wrong here, unless you worship mammon like our corporate CEOs do.)
Thinking maybe North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson was just calling for us to read the works of Hitler and Stalin and Mao more closely in his remarks before Moms for Liberty? Well, when you learn that Mr. Robinson has a history of saying racist and anti-Semitic crap on social media, you won’t think that anymore. Isn’t this about the point where Republicans decide they need to support someone who loves Nazis but isn’t so obvious about it? And who needs to read Mein Kampf just to be sure Hitler was an evil bastard?
When I heard that the New York Times clutched its pearls over Brazilian judges banning Jair Bolsonaro from running for office for the next eight years for the crime of election fraud, the very first thing I thought was: where were they when Brazilian judges were ginning up impeachment charges against one liberal President and throwing another liberal in jail so he couldn’t beat Mr. Bolsonaro in a Presidential race? The answer, of course: spewing forth over three dozen articles sympathizing with the Brazilian justice system. Read the whole thing, because the details are even worse than the summary.
Canadian judge counts a thumbs-up emoji as a contract agreement, meaning the emoji-ing farmer is out over $60,000, and while I might agree that an emoji could constitute a contract agreement in other circumstances, I could not count it as a contract agreement when the questioner merely asked if the emoji-er received the contract. Receiving a contract and approving it are two different things! Sounds like a judge is trying to force a point without adhering to the law or common sense; sound familiar, good Americans?
Donald Trump says he’ll do his next Muslim ban even bigly-er than his last one if he gets re-elected, though I’m not sure that declaration diddles the rage gland of even his most devoted followers; maybe anti-Muslim hate can be reactivated, but more likely they’ve moved on to new hatreds, like anti-racist teaching in schools. But don’t expect that declaration to attract moderates, either – he can talk all he wants about people “blowing up our shopping centers,” but I think everyone knows by now that the face of American terror is white and male, and its heart is right-wing and bigoted.
Finally, Oklahoma’s Superintendent of Schools suggests that we shouldn’t tell kids that the Tulsa massacre of 1921 was racist because “that is Critical Race Theory” and “kids should never be made to feel bad or told they are inferior based on the color of their skin.” He’s tried to backtrack, largely because good Oklahomans seem to protest his every appearance and good for them, but let me just say that when I learned about slavery as a child, I didn’t take it so damn personal because I knew that I didn’t enslave anyone. Sure, I came to understand privilege later, but right-wingers will never get there, because that’s wisdom, and wisdom is their Kryptonite.