Sunday Reads

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12 Comments on “Sunday Reads”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    • NW Luna says:

      Cute dog, but I fear for its emotional welfare in that family. It’ll be petted and made much of for a while and then ignored.

      • dakinikat says:

        I have to live with 2 of those dogs atm. They’re a nervous wreck. They called Eskies. They bark at a drop of the hat and aren’t very social except to their owner I wouldn’t keep them around small children because they tend to nip and bite and things that bother them.

    • bostonboomer says:

      The blue eyes are weird.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Of course they got a designer dog. Wonder how much they paid for it.

  2. dakinikat says:

    • quixote says:

      Something about that guy. Central Casting would snap him up as The Ultimate Villain™ in a heartbeat.

      Except this is real life and he really is a walking black hole and in a reasonable society he’d be a night time security guard or gas station attendant or something that keeps him away from almost everybody.

  3. dakinikat says:

    Republicans Want a White Republic. They’ll Destroy America to Get It

    Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy.

    When in a recent tweetstorm Donald Trump suggested that four Congresswomen of color leave the U.S. and “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” social media exploded. Outrage. Even some news outlets finally let go of the euphemisms and called the tweets “racist.” The Republicans, on the other hand, were quiet. As well they would be. The ideological demographics of the party dictated it.

    The GOP’s membership is nearly 90 percent white and can only envision carnage and extinction as it looks upon a rights-based, religious, racial and ideologically diverse America. Or, as Lindsey Graham had noted as early as 2012, “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

    In short, the United States of America is not really their America. They yearn for a white republic. That’s why they are fighting to recreate the days when, as Archie Bunker sang, “Guys like us, we had it made.” That’s why they’ve willingly gone along with and participated in a sustained attack on the country itself, allowing it to grow weaker so that they could feel stronger.

    Already, Trump and the Republicans have severely harmed the institutional heft of checks-and-balances. But they’re not done. America’s international reputation and influence rest on enormous economic and military strength, as well as the intangible but all-important “soft power” brought on by a robust democracy. All three pillars are necessary to sustain America’s nearly global respect and position, yet — and this was the rub — all three are increasingly dependent on more than just whites in the United States to build and sustain. For white America to exist, America must die. And the Republicans have made their choice.