The worst secretary of state in the nation, the architect of the most racist law in modern American history and the man who happens to be Trump’s voter suppression chief (before the sham voter fraud commission was embarrassingly disbanded) had yet another ruling against him in federal court yesterday. Kobach was responsible for a law requiring Kansas residents to prove they are citizens in order to be eligible to vote. In recent years, Kobach flagged and suspended the voting rights of nearly 40,000 voters, including 16 percent of all new voters. A whopping 40 percent of those suspended voters were young, unaffiliated and/or first time voters, the kind of voter that tends to vote more Democratic. The law also created an undue burden on elderly and low-income voters in the state, many of whom don’t have access to their birth records. This law was incredibly damaging to election integrity and the sketchy implementation was capable of swinging elections. Like a spreading cancer, Kobach, Republicans and Trump-Pence specifically, were hoping to implement this type of law from coast to coast. Thankfully, the ACLU took up the cause and good news! xBREAKING: The court rules that Kansas' documentary proof-of-citizenship law, which disenfranchised thousands of eligible voters, violates the National Voter Registration Act.It has been struck down permanently.#ACLUvKobachÃ¢ÂÂ ACLU (@ACLU) June 18, 2018 Aside from rebuking Kobach’s citizenship law and the chilling affect it has on voters, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson personally chastised Kris Kobach for “repeated and flagrant violations” of court procedures. He was so sloppy, so unprepared, that Judge Robinson actually ordered Kobach, who is a former professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, to take remedial classes. Here’s a summary of the judge’s searing smackdown from the Topeka Capital-Journal: Her 118-page ruling sides with the American Civil Liberties Union in a two-year legal battle over the law’s burden and effect on elections. She provided a damning assessment of Kobach’s witnesses, calling their evidence flawed, invalid, biased, irrelevant, unreliable and untrustworthy. Robinson also takes aim at Kobach for “repeated and flagrant violations” of court procedures during the March trial. His repeated last-minute efforts to introduce new evidence showed a pattern of “flaunting disclosure and discovery rules that are designed to prevent prejudice and surprise at trial,” she said. As a sanction, Kobach must take six hours of continuing law education in addition to any hours required for his law license.
American attorney and author Mike Godwin created an online meme-related rhetorical law, appropriately titled “Godwin’s Law.” Godwin's law (or Godwin's rule of Hitler analogies) is an internet adage asserting that «As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1»; that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Adolf Hitler or his deeds. Promulgated by the American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990, Godwin's law originally referred specifically to Usenet newsgroup discussions. It is now applied to any threaded online discussion, such as Internet forums, chat rooms, and comment threads, as well as to speeches, articles, and other rhetoric where reductio ad Hitlerum occurs. As Godwin explained in an interview with Dan Amira of New York Magazine back in 2013, “It’s the worst thing anybody can think of, so if you have some kind of rhetorical escalation with someone you disagree with, it’s sort of easy to go there if you’re not very reflective about what you’re saying.” Of course, right wingers and those “debate champion” libertarian friends of yours have used this rhetorical law as a cudgel to yell about hyperbole being used in the arguments over Trump and Republican policies. But even according to Mike Godwin himself, the concept the “Godwin’s law” was not to say comparing things to Hitler or Nazis made those claims false; his hope for the “law” was to remind people to consider deeply the comparisons they were making in the heat of an argument battle. American history has its own flirtations with fascism and racism and militarism, and people have believed in any and all of these things, so with certain individuals it has to come up from time to time. So it’s not the case that the comparison is never valid. It’s just that, when you make the comparison, think through what you’re saying, because there’s a lot of baggage there, and if you’re going to invoke a historical period with that much baggage you better be ready to carry it.
Words fail: Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff described the situation as “sickening” and said that: «I was inside the building and there are babies sitting by themselves in a cage with other babies.»
At The Baffler, Whitney Curry Wimbish writes—The Calm Before the Crash: BUSINESS NEWS IS THE WORST part of mainstream media. You’re no better informed by reading it than by reading nothing at all. In fact, you might be worse off—if you’re sucked into the assumptions of neoliberal economics that are the only existing reality on Wall Street. Those theories boil down to one point: It’s your fault if you’re poor. This September marks the tenth anniversary of the Lehman Brothers’ collapse, the event accepted by the media as the beginning of the subprime mortgage crisis. Expect the stories solemnizing the occasion to run alongside ones that assume big predatory firms aren’t in the process, at this very minute, of causing another crash. Take, for example, recent stories about Goldman Sachs, which wants to goose its revenue $5 billion by 2020. So among other projects, it’s opened new business lines in lending and Bitcoin trading. That should make your skin crawl. A recent story in the Financial Times, however, doesn’t mind that the firm’s new online bank is making subprime loans, a disturbing fact delivered thirty-two paragraphs in. While executives want to lend to “prime” customers likely to pay loans back, “the bank has been dipping below that level.” That’s an awfully deferential way to describe it, given that subprime loans caused the 2008 market crash and Goldman was one of the largest underwriters. Or take the New York Times article about Goldman’s new business built on Bitcoin—a scam best represented by the cryptocurrency ATMs around Manhattan that allow you to deposit money but not withdraw it. To the Times, Goldman’s project is just a “big push to position itself as the most technologically sophisticated firm on Wall Street.” The financial crisis of 2008? Yes, well, “the firm faced significant criticism,” but let’s not belabor the point—or even discuss it at all. Consider that Goldman “has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression,” as Rolling Stone memorably put it in 2009. Consider that it used government bailout money to hand bonuses of at least $1 million each to 953 employees after the 2008 crash and that it paid just $14 million in taxes that year. Then decide whether these boot-licking articles are anything other than free PR for a vampire squid. A typical criticism of business-page reporting is that it’s not really for regular people, it’s for investors. And, sure, it acts as another set of society pages for richies and helps them make money. But that’s not all it does. Financial news depicts Wall Street from the Wall Street perspective. And it depicts us as Wall Street sees us. [...] Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.” ~~Henry A. Wallace, TWEET OF THE DAY xICE is operating exactly as designed when it rips screaming children from parents. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs exactly why we must abolish it.We MUST have the moral and political courage to #abolishICE.Weak half-measures do nothing. This is a defining moment of our time - the time to act is now. pic.twitter.com/0viiQ4qdz8— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 19, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2002—Sludge is now good for fish: Just when I think the Bush Administration can't shock me anymore, they gleefully prove me wrong. You see, according to an internal EPA report, dumping toxic sludge into the Potomac River is good for fish. The sludge is dumped into the river in violation of the Endangered Species Act and Clear Water Act. The Washington Times notes: The document says it is not a «ridiculous possibility» that a discharge «actually protects the fish in that they are not inclined to bite (and get eaten by humans) but they go ahead with their upstream movement and egg laying.» The Bush administration is a blatant enemy of environmental regulation, but the extremes they will travel to justify their polluting is bizarre. California Rep. George Radanovich, a Republican, was flabbergasted On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, #WhereAreTheGirls? We still don’t know. But it's not like Trump has a history of trafficking and abuse of young girls or anything. Oh, another weird sex cult link? Sessions flirts with Holocaust denial. Kobach gets schooled. Kaliningrad gets reinforced. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
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This is a day to forget for Colombia.Fresh of their best-ever World Cup run four years ago, Tuesday morning’s opener didn’t provide the same joy. Instead it would start with the news of James Rodríguez not starting due to a calf issue. Yet on paper Colombia still had enough talent to take out Japan. Then midfielder Carlos Sánchez would pick up an inexcusable red card three minutes in. Not only was it a red card offense, but Japan would also receive a penalty for his efforts. Shinji Kagawa calmly converted from the spot, and suddenly Colombia found themselves in real trouble.But just on the edge of halftime, Juan Quintero — in for Rodríguez — found the back of the net on a very clever free kick. Going into half, the score read 1-1 while Japan looked to be on the ropes. Once the second half started, however, they erased all doubts. Instead of panicking, Japan would remain composed on the ball — passing it around while waiting for their moment. Colombia, on the other hand, couldn’t get much going in attack. It’s