Reading: ‘Sue if you must’: Lincoln Project rejects threat over Kushner and Ivanka billboards

From ‘Sue if you must’: Lincoln Project rejects threat over Kushner and Ivanka billboards Let’s see what happens when a group stands up to bullying. On Friday, Marc Kasowitz, an attorney who has represented the president against allegations of fraud and sexual assault, wrote to the Lincoln Project, demanding the “false, malicious and defamatory” ads… Continue reading Reading: ‘Sue if you must’: Lincoln Project rejects threat over Kushner and Ivanka billboards

Reading: Amy Coney Barrett showed she’s ready to be part of Trump’s post-truth strategy (opinion) – CNN

From Amy Coney Barrett showed she’s ready to be part of Trump’s post-truth strategy (opinion) – CNN And still, asserted Galileo, it moves. Senator K Harris visits with Barrett. HARRIS: Do you accept that Covid-19 is infectious? BARRETT: I think yes, I do accept that Covid-19 is infectious. That’s something of which I feel like,… Continue reading Reading: Amy Coney Barrett showed she’s ready to be part of Trump’s post-truth strategy (opinion) – CNN

Reading: Tom Morello Responds to Angry Fans Who Suddenly Realize That Rage Against the Machine’s Music Is Political: “What Music of Mine DIDN’T Contain Political BS?”

From Tom Morello Responds to Angry Fans Who Suddenly Realize That Rage Against the Machine’s Music Is Political: “What Music of Mine DIDN’T Contain Political BS?” Josh Jones writing at Open Culture reports on the coming-to-political-awareness of a music fan as a beacon of a hopefully broader awareness: culture is all political. … the disgruntled… Continue reading Reading: Tom Morello Responds to Angry Fans Who Suddenly Realize That Rage Against the Machine’s Music Is Political: “What Music of Mine DIDN’T Contain Political BS?”

Reading: Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘next decade’ manifesto

Source Zukerberg weighs in on how to control communities: appear to give them the Right to Decide. A new take on the war-lord Divide and Conquer. This is from a commentary on Z’s yearly FB manifesto. New Forms of Governance Zuckerberg reiterates that the existence of monolithic platforms with access to so many people and… Continue reading Reading: Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘next decade’ manifesto

Reading: Opinion | The Arrogance of Trump’s Enablers – The New York Times

Source Another lesson taught in 9th grade Civics: citizens of a democracy act responsibly to defend that democracy. Eg: the draft. There is more than a little tension in this responsibility – eg, the draft – but taking responsibility is not optional. Mr. Bolton’s statement Monday claims that he is trying to “resolve the serious… Continue reading Reading: Opinion | The Arrogance of Trump’s Enablers – The New York Times

Reading: Republican rush to defend Trump reveals a party in thrall to its leader

Source Arguments get buried. They need to be brought to light. Trump, Republican politicians insisted, embodies everyone who once voted for him, while the Democratic House majority – installed just one year ago in an election with record turnout – stood for no one, or at best for a disembodied elite, or politically irrelevant classes… Continue reading Reading: Republican rush to defend Trump reveals a party in thrall to its leader

Reading: Trump Booed – Civility Police Call for Respecting the Office

Source “Respect for the office” is a self-governing citizen’s sin of idolatry. In that context, the Presidency is a graven image. Why should I respect the office of the president when the occupant so clearly doesn’t? Why should I respect the office of the president when it serves as a clubhouse for cheap crooks and… Continue reading Reading: Trump Booed – Civility Police Call for Respecting the Office

Reading: Forget Trump’s “Meltdown”—Follow the Testimony

Source Early – and very clear – statement of Trump’s scheme. We need the clear statements to unmuddy the waters. Trump himself, in other words, was putting together a rogue foreign-policy team, run by Giuliani, the President’s private attorney, that would go outside normal N.S.C. and State Department channels to pressure Ukraine. The effort would… Continue reading Reading: Forget Trump’s “Meltdown”—Follow the Testimony

Reading: Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Source If you run ‘em, you’re complicit. “We’re in a post-truth era now where the spoils won through deceptive demagoguery are clear. Cable news and digitally native publications have turned distortion of facts into a huge business.” Until you aren’t: “This is why the social networks should halt sales of political campaign ads now. They’re… Continue reading Reading: Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Reading: George Conway: Trump Is Unfit for Office – The Atlantic

Source Your civics lesson for the week. And so it turns out that impeachment is a more practical mechanism for addressing the fact that Trump’s narcissism and sociopathy render him unable to comply with the obligations of his office. It’s also an appropriate mechanism, because the constitutional magic words (other than Treason and Bribery) that… Continue reading Reading: George Conway: Trump Is Unfit for Office – The Atlantic