Posts Tagged ‘Bad States’

January 9th, 2022 - 1:01 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

GOP legislator warned teacher not to criticize Nazis to students

A right-wing Indiana state senator gave “shocking instructions to a history teacher” during a legislative hearing last week, Huffington Post reports (story here). Those instructions were “not to criticize Nazism or fascism to his students.” The teacher, Matt Bockenfeld, said [...]

January 6th, 2022 - 8:50 pm § in Politics

This Florida county is a cesspool of hate

Brevard County, Florida, on the Atlantic coast east of Orlando (profile here), is the home of the Kennedy Space Center (formerly Cape Canaveral) and a diversifying population, which an academic expert on political violence has linked to the rise of rightwing extremism. It’s also home to more t[...]

January 4th, 2022 - 5:56 pm § in Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics

Ted Cruz, nonsense peddler

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the man who stood on a debate stage and smiled when Trump called his father a “terrorist,” and later sucked up to Trump. He’s the man who fled to sunny Mexico when his state’s power grid failed and his constituents froze, some to death. He can’t [...]

December 24th, 2021 - 5:24 pm § in Business, Donald Trump, Health, Politics

Florida chalks up 3 cruise ship outbreaks in a week

There’s another Covid-19 outbreak on a South Florida-based cruise ship “for the third time this week,” as Florida’s case count “hit its highest level since the start of the pandemic,” ABC News reported on Friday, December 24, 2021 (story here). Florida Gov. Ron De[...]

December 7th, 2021 - 2:11 pm § in America, Donald Trump, Racism

Recycling Robert E. Lee

In his 2008 book The World Without Us, which tries to imagine what would happen on Earth if all humans suddenly disappeared, Alan Weisman suggested that humanity’s bronze artifacts would be the longest-lasting evidence of our former presence. Other sources (e.g., this article) say bronze can l[...]

December 5th, 2021 - 4:48 pm § in Jews

Who would vandalize Anne Frank’s memorial park?

Someone did in Boise, Idaho. Most Idahoans are decent people, but the state has a reputation for hosting neo-Nazis, who would be the “usual suspects” (minus the implication of innocence) in a case like this. Police are looking for the actual suspects; graffiti vandalism isn’t prote[...]

December 5th, 2021 - 4:29 pm § in Business, Politics, Racism

Hershey ad triggers GOP official’s racism

The GOP official is Lisa Leisy, who’s campaigning for Janice McGeachin, a white supremacist and rightwing extremist who hobnobs with violent militia groups and is trying to unseat Idaho’s GOP governor in next year’s Republican primary. Read here what provoked her. (Spoiler: The ad [...]

November 28th, 2021 - 2:56 pm § in Health, Politics

Dr. Fauci tells Ted Crud where to go

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants a special prosecutor to pursue criminal charges against Dr. Anthony Fauci for “lying to Congress.” To explain this, ABC News says, “Some Republicans, including Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul … have accused Fauci of lying to Congress when he denied in May t[...]

November 17th, 2021 - 7:48 pm § in Politics

Idaho GOPers punish one of their own for vile conduct

It takes work for a Republican legislator to get censured by a legislature where their own party holds 80% of the seats, but Priscilla Giddings (photo, left) pulled it off. How? By doxing a rape victim, in this case a legislative intern allegedly raped by a fellow Republican legislator, and then mes[...]

November 16th, 2021 - 11:53 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Did an Iowa town whitewash a lynching?

Grinnell is a college town of 9,564 mostly-white folks (fewer than 2% African-American) a long way from anywhere. In September 2020, a local black man was found in a ditch, a rope around his neck, and his dead body on fire. A jury has decided his girlfriend’s white ex-boyfriend did it. On Tues[...]