Quote of the day: “Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence.” -Toni Morrison, 1931–2019. Indeed. We have a president who affirms that view 24 x 7.
To borrow a word from the movie The American President, Trump should stop being a dork. Or maybe he should just watch the movie a couple of dozen times.
Here are some of the themes, schemes, memes, and falemes in this edition of the Illustrated Gnus (inspired by cartoons from AZ Blue Meanie at Blog for Arizona).
- The echo effect is what concerns Marion Chubon, a local progressive activist who participated in counterprotests when Patriot Movement AZ held demonstrations in Reid Park last year. “I don’t think Jennifer Harrison is going to show up someplace with a gun and start shooting,” she said. “It’s the thousands of followers she has that concern me.” From Tim Steller’s column Border extremists laughable but pose incitement danger. (h/t Roving Reporter Sherry)
- The seven steps of mass shootings: (1) Hate speech, (2) Easy access, (3) Mad man, (4) Mass shooting, (5) Public outrage, (6) Thoughts and Prayers, (7) Lax gun laws – Go to (1)
- The Senate supports background checks: Pay to the order of the Senate Republicans, signed NRA.
- I thought you’d like to know: Marketwatch.com reports These lawmakers receive the most campaign money from gun-rights backers like the NRA. In the Senate, Ted Cruz tops the list ($309,021). In the House, Martha McSally got the honor ($227,928). The numbers are for the 2017–2018 election cycle reported by opensecrets.org.
I thought I’d check out the news flashes before going to publication. Bad mistake. Here’s what I found.
To curb immigration, the Trump administration will target legal migrants who use public programs, such as food stamps and housing subsidies.. “The move will have the greatest impact on poor immigrants who are living in the country legally and are receiving public benefits from the government, forcing them to make a choice between accepting financial help and living and working in the country legally.”
For the longer version, see Trump Rule Targets Legal Immigrants Who Rely on Food Stamps and Other Aid - where you will find this gem.
The rule has been the top priority of Stephen Miller, the architect of President Trump’s immigration agenda, who views it as the most significant change to regulations that had encouraged migrants to come to the United States.
Mr. Miller has repeatedly pushed administration officials to finish the rule, at one point telling colleagues that he wanted them to work on nothing other than the public charge rule until it was completed.
And then, after having successfully suppressed my urge to vomit, I ran into this:
The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, significantly weakening the nation’s bedrock conservation law credited with rescuing the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and the American alligator from extinction.
The changes could clear the way for new mining, oil and gas drilling, and development in areas where protected species live. The new rules will make it harder to consider the effects of climate change on wildlife when deciding whether a given species warrants protection. They would most likely shrink critical habitats and, for the first time, allow economic factors to be taken into account when making determinations.
“The best way to uphold the Endangered Species Act is to do everything we can to ensure it remains effective in achieving its ultimate goal — recovery of our rarest species,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said in a statement Monday. “The Act’s effectiveness rests on clear, consistent and efficient implementation.”
Now heading to the retch room.