"When I die throw my ashes at everyone who has historical amnesia and glorifies the monsters who ended so many lives and shattered so many dreams." -- Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio), 2018-12-01 (responding to hagiographies of George W. Bush)
"I love how when Republicans go far right it's called 'energizing the base' but when Democrats inch slightly left it's time to worry about them 'alienating rural white people.' It's almost like the main goal of politics in this country is keeping racist white people happy" -- Louisa (@LouisatheLast), 2018-11-26
"I forget that Americans put nuts in their fruitcake and don't put in booze.
"No wonder Americans hate fruitcake. Who wants to eat a bunch of gummy un-crunchy nuts and dry cake?
"I am from Jamaica, and fruitcake there is descended from British fruitcakes. It starts, not with cake, not with fruit, but with ALCOHOL. Proper fruitcake should smell intoxicating when unwrapped and make you tingle upon finishing a (dense, rich, fudge, jammy) slice. Next year (I hope) I will make fruitcake, and I will start with a couple bottles of Appleton Gold Rum, if I can get them. One needs enough alcohol to soak the fruit, to soak the baked cakes at least twice during their ripening, and to keep the cook lubricated as well."
[I like American fruitcake! But when the moist, boozy kind lands in front of me, I like that even more -- it doesn't happen often. In any case, whatever your feelings about fruitcake, enjoy the last evening of Channukah and the second Sunday of Advent!]
"3) Granting asylum to people who qualify for it will not create an 'invasion' or 'flood' of people. Refugees are involuntary immigrants, meaning that they are forced to migrate for their own safety, not because they want to. I keep hearing people say things like 'but everyone wants to come here so we can't just let in these refugees'. As a refugee attorney, I can promise you 'everyone' does not want to come here. Everyone does want to live in safety and ensure that their children can survive. Just like you probably don't want to leave your community to move to another country, most people also like where they're from as long as they can live there safely. You probably like living where you live because you feel connected to your loved ones, your community, your work, etc. Think about what it would take for you to decide to travel thousands of miles to a new country you've never been to before with your young children and only the clothes on your back. You're probably thinking it would take severe, life threatening danger for you to get to that point. It is the same for refugees coming here. So many people I have met including caravan members and refugee clients in the U.S. say their dream is that one day their country of origin will be safe enough for them to return. We need to get over this mentality of American exceptionalism that makes us believe that 'everyone' wishes they could live in the US and that we will be 'overrun' if we simply welcome the people who are asking us for refuge so that they won't be killed. And while we're at it, let's stop using dehumanizing terms ('invasion', 'flood', etc.) and be more respectful of everyone's humanity."
-- an immigration attorney who spent Thanksgiving working with refugees in that caravan and is a friend of a friend of Jacole Johnson, posted to Facebook 2018-11-26
"[...] Needless to say, St Nicholas's possible Klingon origin helps to explain the zealous violence he expressed toward Arius at the Council of Nicaea. Before he threw the punch heard around the Church, the Bishop of Myra was heard to exclaim, 'It is a good day to die!' Historians still debate the precise meaning of the exclamation." -- Fr. Aidan (Alvin) Kimel, 2016-11-26
[Happy St. Nicholas Day to folks who celebrate it, folks who like knowing Santa's back story (jolly old Sinterklaas was ethnically Greek, from what is now part of Turkey, and a bishop, before he retired to the north pole in the middle of the 4th Century and started making toys), and folks who like Klingons!]
"The stigma and prejudice attached to poverty create the assumption that poor people can't be smart, so anyone who is smart can't be poor. It's a perfect circle that ensures that no poor person who talks about their experience is seen as credible." -- Noah Berlatsky, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveils The Ugly Truth About Being Poor In America", 2018-11-27</a>
"People in the 'never say anything mean about the recently dead!' crowd have clearly never seen a single news story about a Black person killed by police." -- Steven W. Thrasher (@thrasherxy), 2018-12-01
"They're testing the public's tolerance for violence against innocent people fleeing for their lives. You think the right doesn't have a climate change policy? This is literally their climate change policy." -- Ramsin Canon (@ramsincanon), 2018-11-25
Tumblr user batzendrick (date unknown, found reblogged):
My boss once shared a great story about [someone complaining about "happy holidays"]. This happened when he was in a layover in North Carolina back when the "War on Christmas" bullshit was first becoming prominent. He had gone to get a pack of cigarettes, and after he paid for it:
"No. I said Merry Christmas."
"Do you know what Hanukkah is about?"
"Some people tried to make us worship their ways, so we rose up and killed them. Happy Hanukkah."
[To my friends lighting the first candle of the season tonight, whether for Hanukkah or for Advent, happy holidays!]
Gregorian: 2018 December 02 -- first Sunday of Advent
Julian: 2018 November 19
Hebrew: 5779 Kislev 24 -- Hanukkah will begin this evening, at the start of 25 Kislev
Islamic: 1440 Rabi`al-Awwal 23
Persian: 1397 Azar 11
Indian: 1940 Agrahayana 11
Coptic: 1735 Hathor 23
"Anyone who owns one pair of shoes, one DVD, one LP, one pen, one plate, and one shirt can say 'don't you have enough guitars?'" -- Olivier Strauch, Facebook comment, 2018-11-28
[Note that under current law, marching up to the border and requesting asylum is legal, despite the ways Trumplethinskin and his ilk try to portray it, but even for the folks trying to sneak around the obstructions the current regime has erected so they can request asylum aftrer they're already here, there's this history to bear in mind for perspective...]
"For god's sake, half of the stories we have of survivors and escapees are stories of illegal border crossings! Either during the Shoah or during the pogroms of the decades before." -- hormonal jew (@misgenders), 2018-11-25
"And let's even say that every single Jewish refugee gained access to the U.S. with strictest adherence to the law - how does he think they got out of Europe to begin with? Forged papers, human smuggling, and bribery are a staple of these stories!" -- "Michal says 'Happy Holidays!'" (@inkasrain), 2018-11-26
"The goal of the president's new policy is manifestly just to keep out any asylum seekers at all. It's clear that DHS intends to continue its practice of rejecting asylum seekers at ports of entry as well, as evidenced by the fact that the military is placing concertina wire around the ports of entry. This would obviously be totally unnecessary if they processed the claims at ports, and if the immigrants were trying to sneak in, they wouldn't go to the port to begin with.
"President Trump is violating the law, which was intended to protect asylum seekers in situations like the Jews on the St. Louis who were trying to enter the United States without proper documentation but whom the United States monstrously turned away. Any policy that would turn away the St. Louis-the exact situation that prompted the creation of the asylum statute-flunks the basic tests of legality and morality."
-- David Bier, 2018-11-09, "Why Don't They Enter Legally? Trump Won't Let Them", Cato at Liberty, Cato Institute
"Atrocities are the process via which atrocities are normalized.
"See people brutalized enough and it becomes easier to think of them as less than human.
"You don't go straight from electing Hitler to bayoneting babies. You need Kristallnacht in between.
"Atrocities are the deliberate tactic that normalizes atrocities. That is the tactic, the goal, the thing that feeds on itself until those getting us used to all this have the country they want."
-- Adam-Troy Castro, 2018-121-26 (Facebook)
"The actual fear driving the attacks on my clothes, my checking account, my rent, isn't that these folks are scared that I shouldn't represent people in Congress. It's fear that they've allowed their riches, their privilege, + their bias to put them to a point where they can't." -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018), 2018-11-20
"While postponing the water-testing rules would save growers $12 million per year, it also would cost consumers $108 million per year in medical expenses, according to an FDA analysis." -- Elizabeth Shogren and Susie Neilson, "The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick", Wired, 2018-09-27
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2018-11-13:
"Due to his injury, he always had to either wear the iron armor, or an iron chest plate he had fashioned for himself, to keep his heart beating. If that explanation doesn't sound medically correct, hey, he's a comicbook hero and I'm not a cardiologist." -- Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics fan, describing Iron Man from his 2002 memoir, "Excelsior!" Lee died Nov. 12, 2018 at age 95.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)
"It's interesting how I think the average person does have the basic intuition that a society structured around profit is wrong, but they're surrounded by so much ideological mystification it's possible for that to never be expressed as anti-capitalism." -- perkwunos, 2018-01-30
"I sure want to hold myself and my fellow white people (especially super rich and powerful ones) to a higher standard than just hoping to see more people of color in the room. Make it happen. Name the systemic reasons why we continue to hold and consolidate power." -- Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio), 2018-11-20
[I wish all my fellow USans a good Thanksgiving!]
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