Dispatches From the Culture Wars – Pants on Fire Edition

Rotten to the core; Funding the stung stingers; Texas style; Prairie homeless; The new Puerto Rican exodus; #MeToo strategically
December 5, 2017
Protestors march for the #MeToo Survivors’ March on November 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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The GOP’s Biggest Lie: Republican Tax Plan Reveals the Rot is Deep
By Ted Morgan
December 2, 2017
Salon

Republicans are getting away with the most brazen political lie ever told.

Here Are Some of Project Veritas's Funders
By Kendall Taggart
November 29, 2017
BuzzFeed

Some of the donors expressed doubts about the wisdom of the sting. But none said they would end their support for the controversial organization.
 

Texas Prisons Ban The Color Purple – But Mein Kampf and KKK Books Are Fine
By Edward Helmore
December 2, 2017
Guardian

Prisoners cannot read more than 10,000 titles but Hitler’s autobiography and two titles by former KKK wizard David Duke are not among them.

Why Garrison Keillor’s Fall From Grace Feels Particularly Queasy-Making
By Ruth Graham
November 30, 2017
Slate

Within a day, Keillor’s decades-long radio career has been effectively scrubbed from the public square.
 

A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando
By Lizette Alvarez
November 17, 2017
New York Times

A sudden exodus has tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans racing to Florida after Hurricane Maria, a migration so large it rivals those from New Orleans to Houston after Hurricane Katrina and from Cuba to Miami during the Mariel boatlift.
 

#MeToo is Powerful But Will Fail Unless We Do More: Feminist Stephanie Coontz on Backlash
By Hope Reese
November 29, 2017
Vox

“Where we go next depends on how we take — or don’t take — advantage of this moment.”

 

December 5, 2017