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Archive for 'Stateside'

When blacks were charged more than whites to see black musicians

Following up on an email query from me, Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey has written a fascinating piece about the history of musical performances and segregation in the southwest Virginia city.

A late entry

For awhile now, I’ve been running an informal contest to determine the most cringe-inducing Republican member of the House of Representatives from Texas.
So far the contestants include:
• Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert, 1st District
• Steve “If Babies Had Guns” Stockman, 36th District
• Randy “You Should Be Ashamed for Doing Your Job” Neugebauer, 19th District
• Blake “Sometimes [...]

Creigh Deeds speaks

Gus and Creigh Deeds
Last November I posted about Creigh Deeds, who represents my part of southwest Virginia in the State Senate, being stabbed multiple times by his mentally-disturbed son Gus, who then shot himself to death after a failure of the mental health system.
Deeds, who bears the physical and emotional scars of that tragic encounter, [...]

Class warfare alert

More evidence that most Americans fit the Republican idea of envious redistributionist class warriors.
When asked what would do more to reduce poverty, 54% of all Americans say raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations in order to expand programs for the poor. Fewer (35%) believe that lowering taxes on the wealthy to encourage investment and [...]

Old curmudgeon complains about “feminized atmosphere”

Speaking about the Fort Lee, New Jersey, lane closure scandal, AKA Bridgegate, AKA “Nice access lanes you’ve got there. It would be a shame if anything happened to them,” Fox News’s Brit Hume said of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
“I would have to say that in this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist [...]

Quote of the day

“I am grateful that Occupy Wall Street turned out to be a bunch of crazy, disgusting, rude, horrible people, because they were onto something.”
–Republican political and business consultant Frank Luntz, quoted in a fascinating profile by Molly Ball

Wingnut alert

President Obama is about to nominate Stanley Fischer– a dual US-Israeli citizen who was governor of the Bank of Israel from 2005 to 2013– as vice chair of the Federal Reserve to replace Janet Yellen, who was nominated as the Fed’s new chair.
You don’t think the antisemites and conspiracy nuts have had anything to say [...]

Republicans and evolution

According to a recent Pew Research poll, more self-identified Republicans now reject the theory of evolution than accept it.
Forty-eight percent of Republicans believe “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” while 43 percent believe “humans and other living things have evolved over time.”
This compares to 33 [...]

Even-handedness, Republican style

Well done to Texas deer hunters who are donating a portion of their kills to help feed their state’s hungry.
The start of this year’s deer season on Nov. 2 coincided with a cut to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. Celia Cole, chief executive of the Texas Food [...]

Misplaced outrage in India

The arrest and strip-search of a female Indian diplomat in New York has provoked outrage from politicians across the political spectrum in India.
The diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, the deputy consul general in New York, was arrested last Thursday and accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for her housekeeper and paying the housekeeper [...]