Patrick Cockburn at Counterpunch tells us that "The Republican Party Has Turned Fascist and Is Now the Most Dangerous Threat in the World," and he's not real hopeful that America will reject them, now that too many state election officials have quit (that's what happens when Trumpholes threaten their lives!) and Republican legislators are giving themselves the power to overturn elections on pretexts even flimsier than Donald Trump's. He almost skips over its alliance with big corporate power in his description of how fascism achieves its ends, but then maybe he was depressed enough.
Harsha Panduranga at the Los Angeles Times explains "Why Biden’s strategy for preventing domestic terrorism could do more harm than good." Long story short: because it's largely a rehash of the Obama-era initiatives that didn't work. In any case, connecting would-be right-wing extremists with "mental health and social services" would do a good deal less about right-wing terrorism than, you know, ending the death grip of corporations on our economy. If we're all working, and working happily, and getting ahead, we're a lot less likely to fall for the Proud Boys and Boogaloo Boys of the world. If we're all working for dung pellets and paying extra for privatized water and getting slammed with surprise medical bills, then we're more likely to become right-wing terrorists.
When I read that a single person in Georgia has personally challenged the right to vote of over 30,000 good folks in Georgia that she's never even met, I feel compelled to ask: how is this legal? How can someone like Pamela Reardon prove she has any standing to sue these folks in a court of law? If two liberals in Wisconsin couldn't prove to our Supreme Court they'd personally been harmed enough by state gerrymandering, how can folks like Ms. Reardon prove they've been harmed by nonexistent voter fraud? (And next time someone tells you that "it's regular folks" who have "serious questions" about the 2020 election, just show them a picture of Ms. Reardon, and remind them that of course right-wing organizations like True the Vote want front people who look like "regular folks.")
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib comes out as gay, and what a shame right-wing talk radio OG Lester Kinsolving isn't with us anymore so he can put unneeded "comic" emphasis on the word "end," as he did when former Washington tight end Jerry Smith came out to discuss his AIDS diagnosis. Of course, Mr. Smith had been retired for many years at that point, and it's a big deal that Mr. Nassib has come out while he's still in his prime. I'm sure right-wingers on social media are saying he's just doing this so the Raiders won't cut him, though, frankly, that wasn't very likely beforehand, and cynicism isn't even charming in a precocious 13-year-old.
Our Supreme Court has issued more famous rulings lately, but they've also ruled that children working as slaves to make chocolate for American candy corporations can't sue those corporations in American court, because (as Justice Thomas suggests) Nestlé and Cargill outsourced all the torture and abuse to Ivory Coast corporations and then said they didn't know what they were doing. One could argue that a leader should know what those who work for him are doing, and one could also argue that outsourcing itself might be evidence that a corporation aims to avoid accountability for what's done in their supply chain. And yeah, I noticed the former Obama official defending Nestlé and Cargill; I wonder how he sleeps at night.
Finally, as New York's mayoral campaign heats up, Julie Hollar at FAIR reminds us that New York's tabloids would rather you be obsessing about crime than, you know, the prospect of being evicted by your landlord because the pandemic forced you out of work and you haven't been able to afford the exorbitant rent. By the time you run down the actual crime statistics in New York -- which are, guess what, generally lower than normal, and much lower than they were 30 years ago! -- you will be reminded that whenever a politician or a media hack talks about a "crime wave," they're gearing up to lie to you. (That's a reminder for President Biden, too, of course.)