The GOP Is the Anti-Vaxx Party Now

Sophie Weiner writing at Splinter News:

Six states now have bills authored by Democrats that would make forgoing vaccines for children more difficult. In nearly all of those states, which include Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, Washington, New York, and Maine, the bills have faced Republican opposition. Meanwhile, in West Virginia and Mississippi, the GOP has introduced bills that would loosen childhood vaccine laws.
Looks like the GOP is fine with pseudoscience fueling a pandemic of preventable illness! Who woulda thought! As fewer parents vaccinate their children, measles outbreaks have become a bigger problem. In 2019, there have already been 555 cases across the country, just 19 years after the disease was eradicated.


Wednesday 17th of April 2019

“I’d tell you to go to hell, but I never want to see you again.” — Mack “Uncle Mac” Johnson, speaking to a preacher as he’s throwing the preacher out of his whorehouse, Mad Men, S6E13, “In Care Of” (June 23, 2013). #MadMen #TVquotes


Monday 15th of April 2019

Just re-watching The Post (2017), and I keep feeling like I’m watching Tom Hanks guest hosting Mr. Show with Bob and David!


Thursday 11th of April 2019

Just passed an #AppleMaps car ~15 miles east of Knoxville, TN on I-40.


Saturday 23rd of March 2019

“Karate! Karate-karate! Regular punch! Just kidding, that was karate…” —DJ Slizzard (a.k.a. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne), Party Monster: Scratching the Surface(2018) #MovieQuotes


Thursday 21st of March 2019

“For me, it turned out that without Facebook, there wasn’t much I really missed out on — except targeted ads.”. Hear, hear. I quit Facebook about 3 months before the NY Times’ personal tech columnist and don’t miss it one bit.


Sunday 17th of March 2019

“What I can tell you is this: this is not Stu’s first marriage. There was a whore in Las Vegas a couple of years ago…” —Alan, The Hangover Part II (2011) #MovieQuotes


It’s Not Enough to Move the Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust

Appearing on the Nashville Scene website under the “From the Archives” section today is the article, “It’s Not Enough to Move the Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust” by Steven Hale:

State Sen. Jeff Yarbro put the bust in context [] last month, following a protest at the Capitol.

The people that are here today aren’t trying to erase history, they’re trying to deal with it honestly. This statue wasn’t put here in the 1870s after the Civil War, it was put here in the 1970s after civil rights.

The Forrest bust is not only a disgrace because it honors a disgraceful man. Even the most charitable interpretation of the motives behind its placement in 1977 betrays a stunning indifference to the humanity of black Tennesseans. At worst it represents a show of white defiance following important steps toward equality for African Americans. Indeed, many Confederate monuments and other shows of Southern white nostalgia at the time were exactly that.

Hear, hear.

Of course, I’d make two changes, for clarification purposes, to the final sentenece: I’d change the “many” to “most” and delete the pharase “at the time,” as in, “Indeed, most Confederate monuments and other shows of Southern white nostalgia were exactly that.”

In fact, about eighty percent (~80%) of all Confederate statuary and other monuments weren’t erected within, say, a generation of the Civil War (when you would expect such monuments to be erected), but were in fact erected primarily during two periods in U.S. history: the early 1900s, when states (primarilly, but not only, Southern states) were enacting “Jim Crow” laws to disenfranchise black Americans, and the post-WWII through Civil Rights era, when black Americans were asserting their equal rights like never before. That inconvenient fact speaks volumes as to the motivations behind the vast majority of Confederate monuments…

Friday 8th of February 2019

R.I.P. Albert Finney. Albert Finney, five-time Oscar nominee, dead at 82


Trump’s Work Days Are Mostly Empty

Dan Friedman at Mother Jones:

President Donald Trump claims he is working hard as president. His private schedules suggest otherwise.

On Sunday, Axios published Trump’s private schedules for almost every working day since the midterm elections of November 2018. The documents show the president has spent a whooping 60 percent of his work days during that period in “Executive Time.” The term, according to Axios, was first pushed by former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to refer to the private, unscheduled time that Trump reportedly spends watching television, tweeting, and making phone calls.

No surprise.