Posts Tagged ‘Bad States’

April 30th, 2023 - 3:14 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Is she America’s worst governor?

Some people would argue that for partisan nastiness, Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis is without peer, and that may be so; but Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders clearly wants to be in any race to the bottom. Sanders, if you don’t know, is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former[...]

April 28th, 2023 - 1:41 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Another Mississippi lynching

Before being murdered last fall, Rasheem Carter, 25, went to the police in Taylorsville, Mississippi. He’d told his mother that “three truckloads of white guys [were] trying to kill him,” so she told him to seek police protection. When, in February 2023, his dismembered remains wer[...]

April 14th, 2023 - 12:11 am § in Hypocrisy, Politics, Republicans

Term limits for thee, but not for me

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is sponsoring a bill that would limit U.S. senators to two 6-year terms (read story here). Except him. Under his bill, Cruz, 52, would have to retire in January 2036, when he’s 66. By then, he’ll have served five 6-year terms in the Senate. Term limits are a favorite[...]

April 2nd, 2023 - 3:56 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

DeSantis does squat for non-wealthy Floridians

Florida Gov. Ron Desantis, who wants to be president, is wildly popular at the ballot box in his home state. One wonders why. While the stereotypical Floridian is a well-heeled East Coast retiree, in reality Florida ranks in the bottom third of average household incomes, and DeSantis has done almost[...]

March 27th, 2023 - 5:45 pm § in Politics, Racism, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Florida bans Ruby Bridges movie

A couple days ago, I posted that Florida banned a book about Rosa Parks for school libraries (see posting here). Now, Florida has also banned a Disney movie about Ruby Bridges, the little black girl in the Norman Rockwell painting below (read story here). Why? Because “a parent complained ab[...]

March 24th, 2023 - 9:37 pm § in Racism, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Florida bans “The Life of Rosa Parks”

Technically, it’s under review. But the book was pulled from school library shelves months ago, which effectively prohibits students from reading it, unless they obtain a private copy here. (Read story here.) Florida is a retirement haven for rich (and not-so-rich) East Coasters. The stateR[...]

March 23rd, 2023 - 8:10 pm § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Just bleed on the desk

Idaho schools won’t provide girls with free tampons, because GOP legislators voted against it, calling it “woke,” “liberal,” and “nanny state” (read story here). That’s despite Idaho’s child poverty rate of 14.4% (see story here), which is nearly[...]

March 23rd, 2023 - 12:14 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Michelangelo gets Florida charter school principal fired

“The principal of Florida’s Tallahassee Classical School is out of a job after parents complained that their sixth-grade children were shown Michelangelo’s 16th century ‘David’ sculpture, with one parent calling it ‘pornographic,'” Huffington Post reported on “[...]

March 15th, 2023 - 9:27 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Southern injustice

I wonder how many white people in Florida get sentenced to 400 years in prison for being the getaway driver in an armed robbery in which no one was hurt? That was the sentence imposed on Sidney Holmes in 1989, and he wasn’t even the getaway driver in the robbery. He was convicted on the [&hell[...]

March 12th, 2023 - 11:28 pm § in Law and Courts

Texas death factory

No, not the Mexican border. The courtrooms of Harris County, Texas. This county’s judges send more people to death row than any other U.S. county. This isn’t some out of the way place where justice is meted out by cowboy judges to hapless defendants represented by country lawyers. Harris[...]