Updated for a story on how voters feel about the major parties.
Just so I’m clear: Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is asking a federal judge for relief from consequences of his attempt to usurp a federal judge’s authority. Okay, then.
Jay Reeves, “Ala. Chief Justice Sues State Agency That Suspended Him For Ethics Charges,” Talking Points Memo, May 30, 2016, http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/roy-moore-sues-state-agency-ethics-charges
To the extent that one accepts an incrementalist approach, Hillary Clinton’s arguments in response to dramatic Obamacare insurance premium increases are probably decent. Whether they will wash with voters paying hundreds of dollars more is another question. The real problem is that Barack Obama, just as he sought to take care of banks rather than people, sought to take care of health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies rather than people. And now, just as happens whenever politicians adopt a trickle-down approach, the people are getting screwed.
Peter Sullivan, “Hillary’s ObamaCare problem,” Hill, May 30, 2016, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/281579-hillarys-obamacare-problem
Harambe the gorilla
The thing that catches my attention about this incident is that the zoo apparently had a gun far closer at hand than someone to consider Harambe’s side of this. The authoritative voices mostly back up the zoo—and they mostly (maybe not the Cincinnati Fire Department) have an interest in advocating for zoos. Witnesses suggest that Harambe’s actions seemed far more ambiguous than the zoo and its backers make it out to be. What doesn’t seem to have happened is that “[w]hen gorilla or other apes have things they shouldn’t have, keepers will negotiate with them, bring food, their favorite treats, pineapple or some kind of fruit that they don’t know and negotiate with them.” And that leads me to suspect that maybe food, fruit, or treats ought to have been at least as close at hand as that gun.
Dylan Matthews’ article is interesting in that it points to the hypocrisy of consuming chicken or eggs. He omits the suffering of cattle in slaughterhouses or of fur-bearing animals in fur farms or of other animals raised and kept for production. He doesn’t touch on the environmental catastrophe of the livestock industry in general. These omissions are curious; mostly, when I see criticisms of meat and animal product consumption, they aim at cattle first.
Mark Curnutte, “Social media turns ugly after zoo episode,” Cincinnati Enquirer, May 30, 2016, http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/05/30/social-media-turns-ugly-after-zoo-episode/85145396/
Dylan Matthews, “Harambe the gorilla reveals Americans’ hypocrisy about animal suffering,” Vox, May 31, 2016, http://www.vox.com/2016/5/31/11820880/harambe-gorilla-chicken-meat
Tony Norman, “The gorilla had to go. But why keep them?” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 31, 2016, http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/tonyman/2016/05/31/Tony-Norman-The-gorilla-had-to-go-But-why-keep-them/stories/201605310085
Madison Park and Emanuella Grinberg, “‘We’d make the same decision,’ zoo director says of gorilla shooting,” CNN, May 31, 2016, http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/30/us/gorilla-shot-harambe/index.html
Nika Knight, “Bernie Sanders Slams The New York Times for Ignoring ‘Real Issues,’” Truthdig, May 30, 2016, http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/fighting_for_ca_workers_sanders_slams_nyt_for_ignoring_real_issues_20160530
Kristina Peterson, “Business Makes Senate Push,” Wall Street Journal, May 30, 2016, http://www.wsj.com/articles/business-makes-senate-push-1464650851
“Thank you for your service”
The sense I got doing some research towards the end of my Master’s program was that veterans felt omitted from the glory heaped upon World War II veterans and sought some sort of recognition. That’s clearly not the whole story. “However kindhearted that ‘thank you’ is, it’s made without much interest in what they’re thanking you for, which is killing people. And, even if one doesn’t personally do it, you’re part of something where that’s the whole purpose or function of it all.”
Matthew Bell, “‘Thanks for your service’ brings up mixed emotions for US veterans,” Public Radio International, May 30, 2016, http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-05-30/thanks-your-service-brings-mixed-emotions-us-veterans
Joel Stonington, “UKIP’s Deputy Chair on Brexit: “A huge gamble for both sides,” Deutschewelle, May 31, 2016, http://www.dw.com/en/ukips-deputy-chair-on-brexit-a-huge-gamble-for-both-sides/a-19295750?maca=en-newsletter_en_Newsline-2356-html-newsletter
Lauren McCauley, “‘Rigged’ 2016 Election Has Voters Feeling Helpless, Unheard, and Ashamed,” Common Dreams, May 31, 2016, http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/31/rigged-2016-election-has-voters-feeling-helpless-unheard-and-ashamed
- Jay Reeves, “Ala. Chief Justice Sues State Agency That Suspended Him For Ethics Charges,” Talking Points Memo, May 30, 2016, http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/roy-moore-sues-state-agency-ethics-charges↩
- Peter Sullivan, “Hillary’s ObamaCare problem,” Hill, May 30, 2016, http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/281579-hillarys-obamacare-problem↩
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