Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, who is contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate to fill retiring Pat Toomey’s seat, keeps posting shit like this:
There are a couple problems here, one of which I’ll dispense with quickly so I can get to the other. Read more
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See updates through January 18, 2021, at bottom of post.
I was contemplating holding back on publication of this blog post until following Joe Biden’s inauguration. I’ve never done anything like that before. This would have been a first. But I am also realizing that I have a vanishingly small readership and that among that readership, there may be some who could benefit from having their fears allayed.
The first thing I have to say about Trumpsters is that these are vile, horrible, despicable, hateful people. What I have seen, driving around southwestern Pennsylvania, and read, both in the course of doing my dissertation and since, convinces me that there is no redemption for them; they delight in cruelty. They (and most other conservatives, including mainstream Democrats) fully deserve an awful, miserable, humiliating end. I hope that such an end comes with minimal casualties among those police and military who defend the inauguration. Read more
See update for January 18, 2021, at bottom of post.
To recap the story thus far, on January 6, 2021, as Congress was meeting to deliver the final certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory last November (2020), a mob overran the U.S. Capitol, protesting, utterly without evidence, that the election was stolen. They disrupted the count which nonetheless ultimately proceeded with the expected result. Donald Trump, the incumbent who lost, is credibly accused of inciting an insurrection for his remarks preceding the riot.
See update for January 17, 2021, at end of post.
In the wake of the January 6 (2021) riot, in which Trumpsters overran the U.S. Capitol while Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s November (2020) election victory, with the apparent connivance of many in the U.S. Capitol Police, a question that should be on people’s minds is, what now? Read more
See updates through January 17, 2021, at end of post.
In the wake of yesterday’s (January 6, 2021) violence, in which Trumpsters overran the U.S. Capitol, disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory from last November (2020), I would offer two major comments. Read more
As I drive around the Pittsburgh area, there is a dissonance that I feel I should be able to do something about, but can’t.
I see more homeless people this year than last, perhaps because I’m more familiar with the area (I moved here less than two years ago), but also surely because more are homeless, due to severe economic conditions which our elite have refused to relieve, largely due to neoliberal dogma. Millions of people in the U.S. have lost their jobs. Millions have been pushed into poverty. Millions are an average of over $5,000 behind on their rent. And evictions—legal, not-so-legal, and outright prohibited but enabled anyway—have continued despite moratoriums against them and many, many more are expected. Indeed, the apartment complex where I live is among the offenders. Read more