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More Paris, more politics

Along with lying about how many whites are shot by blacks, Trump has also claimed that on 9/11 he saw thousands of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey, despite being in NYC at the time. Roy Edroso looks at the right’s continuing condemnation of the Syrian refugees, and its defense of Trump—just because Trump overestimated the number of Muslims hardly proves he’s a liar! After all, it’s just as much a lie to say Muslims are peaceful, so Clinton is as bad as Trump, QED!

•Ted Cruz says we can let Christian Syrians in because Christians don’t commit terrorism. That’s bullshit.

•We also have several white guys arrested for shooting at black protesters in Minneapolis.

•One water law for rich and poor alike, resulting in millionaires being able to keep five swimming pools during a drought while people who xeriscape and only flush toilets occasionally still get fined.

•Yesterday I linked to the story of an FBI informant who seduced an activist into a terrorist plot. That sort of thing happens in Britain, too.

•The Mayor of Roanoke, Va., said that shutting out Syrian refugees is a smart policy just like interning Japanese Americans. At the link, he insists his statement was very respectful and moderate and he had no idea that if he posted it online, lots of people outside Roanoke would hear about it.

•The New York subways object to running some positive Muslim ads, but they’re okay with decorating a car with Nazi imagery for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.

•A North Carolina historian rips into claims from Niall Ferguson about how Muslims living in Europe is the fall of Rome all over again.

•A blogger wonders why an obit would only mention the deceased’s male parent.

•Beware the security flaw on new Dell laptops.

•Justice Richard Posner points out that requiring abortion doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals in case something goes wrong ignores that abortion is safer than many procedures that don’t have this requirement. It’s almost like the law was trying to drive abortion doctors out of business …

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Bad arguments about bullying, smart arguments about rape culture and other links

Jonah Goldberg, who believes that liberal elementary-school teachers are examples of American fascism, also thinks that teachers stopping bullying cripples American democracy because kids don’t get a chance to work out the rules of playground behavior for yourself, which makes them into fragile snowflakes because protecting kids from bullies is just overprotective parenting. As someone who was bullied, briefly, as a small child, I wonder what universe he lives in where bullies are subject to “bottom-up solutions” other than hitting back (for a lot of kids, myself included, not a practical option).

I’ve seen a number of right-wing objections to anti-bullying programs over the years, mostly centered on the fact kids won’t be able to pick on gays any more. As Goldberg’s National Review colleague David French did another “let them fight” post a couple of months back, I wonder if we’re in for a new wave? Though the emphasis on these seems to be toughness, like that Victor David Hansen post about how living in the country makes him a real man I linked to a couple of days ago.

Of course, coming from the whining wing of the right, where saying “Happy holidays” is an assault and criticizing conservatives is “thought policing,” the insistence all the fragility is on the left makes this argument nonsense anyway.

•We Hunted the Mammoth on the friend zone and Bloomingdale’s “spike your best friend’s drink when they’re not looking” ad. At LGM, Shakezula ponders the weird natural forces that just make these ads appear spontaneously (“a pity there is no process by which people can look at the advertising for their company before it is released and decide, for example, that an ad makes it look like the company condones sexual assault, and – this is the important bit – not run the stinkin’ ad.”).

A study showing rising death rates among working-class whites, but not minorities, has drawn a lot of attention. Echidne looks at some possible explanations that could make the issue a statistical fluke.

•A circuit court has struck down Obama’s executive order against deporting certain immigrants. Scott Lemieux speculates on the effect of a Supreme Court decision, if the court takes the case.

•The FBI asks for Muslim feedback on its new online game about opposing terrorism, but avoids major Muslim organizations.

•Trump says he’ll deport Mexicans humanely, like Eisenhower did. But Ike’s “Operation Wetback” got 88 people killed in just one roundup.

•A nasty bit of misogyny from last year: a social director for one men’s rights site makes up quotes from feminist Jessica Valenti, then explains it was Just a Joke.

•Digby looks at the Koch Brothers’ support for Iowa Senator Jodi Ernst, showing both their ability to spend, spend, spend on candidates and their libertarian priorities: if they can get a fiery free-market champion, it’s OK if she’s a fiery, anti-abortion, fetuses-are-people religious conservative.


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Wednesday’s links are full of woe

Under federal law, the state Medi-Cal program pays for some low-income seniors to afford nursing homes. A lawsuit chargs that when Medi-Cal residents get hospitalized, the state sometimes refuses to let them go home, warehousing them in the hospital instead (where I gather the money comes from a different source)

•Echidne looks at the thinking and ethical codes underlying the recent stoning to death of an Afghani woman for adultery.

•International banking rules set tougher financing requirements to keep banks from getting too big to fail.

•It’s hard to deny that the current Republican campaign is producing exceptionally high levels of bullshit. But some mainstream reporters insist that despite the facts, Repubs are no worse than Dems. I think this is less like David Brooks insisting all candidates’ budget plans are bad so vote Marco Rubio than the desire not to pick sides, like Ezra Klein in 2012 saying he didn’t want to point out Paul Ryan’s budget was bullshit without finding something positive to say aboutit.

•Victor David Hansen grumbles that living in cities is rotting humanity from within because the nanny state takes care of all your needs. It’s not like the country where he has to struggle to survive, worry if the well is running dry, and pack heat for safety—that’s the way to live! In short, another version of the delusion that death and destruction are character-building. Ditto economic collapse. Having reliable water and sewage? Police watching over you? Wimps!

•Ben Carson as an example of anti-knowledge—not just being wrong but willfully rejecting the facts in favor of the reality you’d prefer. Related posts here and here.

•Rick Perlstein looks at Donald Trump’s appeal and whether it’s fascist.

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Bicycled 14 miles, still sore

So just some simple political links tonight. Sigh, it used to be we’d feel like this when we’d gone more than 30, but we’re out of condition.

•A detailed look at how going to a hospital in your insurer’s network can slap you with big out-of-network bills.

•Marco Rubio would like people to think the benefits of his tax cut go primarily to the poor. Not true. And it’s not like the rich need his help.

•A proposed bill in Russia would penalize anyone who engages in a “public demonstration of personal perverted sexual preferences in public places” At the link, Human Rights Watch condemns not only the principle of the bill (which the backers say is to stop the spread of homosexuality) but the vagueness with which it’s phrased.

•A cop tasers an unarmed man who was running from him, then shoots him as he’s writhing on the ground because she thought he might have a weapon (his hands are quite visibly empty and not doing anything at the time she fires). The jury sided with the cop, despite the video, and the local police union has condemned the public for “demonizing” cops when they have to make split-second decisions.

This shows simply recording cops won’t solve the problem of excessive force: cops think they’re justified if they imagine danger, and juries frequently defer. And FBI Director Comey to the contrary, there’s no evidence cops are holding back because of criticism from the public. And frankly, in cases like the one above, I wish they would hold back.

And here are four cases where cops shot themselves or other officers, but blamed it on someone else.

•The Affordable Care Act allows religious nonprofits to opt out of providing birth control, but lets employees get coverage anyway. The Supreme Court is going to hear cases involving nonprofits who don’t want ACA-coverage for their employees. According to the nonprofits, just saying “We don’t want to provide birth control” compromises their beliefs because it’s the first step to the employees getting coverage. The Scotusblog provides more detail.

As I’ve said before, this sort of thing is never about religious freedom, it’s about the right of some religious conservatives to impose their conscience on everyone else. And of course, about women having sex.

•Data caps at Comcast have nothing to do with some users congesting the Internet — and a leaked Comcast document confirms it.

•It’s a first world problem, but I’m happy the government is cracking down on hotels and convention centers that block customers wi-fi hot spots.

•Two of the country’s largest employee background-check services have been fined $13 million for getting the facts wrong.

•A running topic on the Lawyers, Guns and Money blog is that a number of for-profit law schools are taking federal education-loan money from students with no hope of passing the bar. Here the blog bites back against someone who insists they’re trying to kill the American dream!

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Sexist tech industry paranoia and other links

Software developer Eric Raymond claims he has heard from a Reliable Source that there’s a conspiracy among women in tech to cry rape whenever they get alone with a prominent man in the industry, to either destroy the man or render him “politically pliable.” Evidence? Well the source is reliable, so there you are. And because women are always willing to believe men are guilty of rape, Raymond says it’s perfectly appropriate to believe all women who make rape charges are guilty of lying. Given the attitude so many men have to rape accusations, I don’t believe for a minute that Raymond would have believed the women anyway

(Updated to add this excellent analysis)

•The Senate is considering a bill banning contract clauses that penalize customers for writing honest reviews. If the review is defamatory, the law already allows the company to take action, so the only point in the clauses is to silence disgruntled customers. As in this case, in which a fertility service is threatening to sue the couple that filed a Better Business Bureau complaint.

•Obama has also done some good work reigning in patent trolls, people who (for example) threaten to sue small businesses using some piece of technology on the grounds “We have the patent! If you use it you have to pay us!” The House has also acted against patent trolls, to make it harder for trolls to sue; similar legislation is in the Senate. The goal of course is to make it cheaper to settle out of court than actually fight the trolls. For some examples, click here.

•The Senate is investigating companies that jack up the price of medical drugs sky-high.

•Cutting taxes does not automatically boost the economy or bring in more revenues. Both Reagan and W, for instance, ended their terms with a record deficit. But Republicans keep lying about it.

•LGM has frequently discussed how upper-management heavy universities are getting, and how much money is steered to upper management. Here’s an example.

•Trump’s pitch that he’ll restore America’s greatness resonates with his supporters. A lot of them (in the article Digby links to) are upset about mobility and the economy but apparently prefer to blame the government and immigrants rather than 1 percenters like Trump. And of course, for some “greatness” refers to the days when people didn’t bring up racial problems, “when there wasn’t as much animosity toward each other, when everything wasn’t about race and people just got along.” You know, when all those non-white, non-real Americans knew their place.

•Contrary to claims made in the recent Houston fight over LGBT rights, allowing transgender individuals to use the restroom they prefer will not lead to an epidemic of restroom assault.

•In addition to cops who shoot innocent people, we have cops who rape.

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How to avoid the appearance of corruption (and other links)

Reduce prosecutors’ power to investigate it. That’s Scott Walker’s method in Wisconsin, banning a particular kind of covert investigation for bribery and political misconduct. Violent and drug crimes, no problem! It’s much the same logic as when Oklahoma politicians decades ago proposed mandatory sterilization of criminals—but not for bribery, fraud, corruption or any other crime they might be nailed for (which played into a major eugenics Supreme Court decision, as detailed in In Reckless Hands).

•It’s illegal to strike potential jurors based on race, but prosecutors still do it.

•A judge has dismissed a privacy lawsuit against Facebook over its use of personal data. Pinterest, however, lost a lawsuit over whether other websites can talk about “pinning” things.

•Yet another Republican conservative asserting that if government doesn’t do what he wants, it’s an invalid government.

•Apparently some feminists see Hilary Clinton’s candidacy as irrelevant because she’s a rich, white woman. At the link, Echidne looks at intersectional feminism and its drawbacks.

•The FCC limits prison-phone companies’ ability to screw prisoners over.

•Digby points out that Donald Trump makes millions from endorsements—putting his name on other people’s building projects and the like—and that while it’s perfectly legal, it doesn’t require any sort of entrepreneurial ability, just celebrity.

•Roy Edroso looks at right-bloggers’ outrage that Benghazi didn’t deliver Hilary Clinton’s scalp. In a column on the hearings, Jonah Goldberg (explaining how he foresaw all this happening years ago) asserts—well more accurately vaguely references Dune: “There’s a scene in one of the Dune books where Paul Atreides experiences living through the moments he’d already prophesied. If I remember right, it was a dreamlike sense of ennui as he walked through steps he’d felt he’d already walked through. Or something like that.” Even for Goldberg (of the evil veggie burger) that’s incredibly vapid. What’s the point in drawing a metaphor like that if he can’t even be certain it’s accurate?

•Once again, conservatives protest that criticizing them is silencing them (see here. Or here. Or here).
•Maine Governor Paul LePage’s wife handles the family finances—but he still makes fun of women as financial morons.
•The war on poor women’s healthcare continues—wait, I mean the fight to stop Planned Parenthood staffers from chopping up babies while laughing maniacally and singing hymns to Satan. How did I confuse the two?

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On sexbots and undead sexist cliches.

For a collected list of my And columns, see here.

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