Feb. 9th, 2017

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Feb. 9th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Recalling Mitch McConnell's silencing of Elizabeth Warren in the last couple of days in the debate over Sessions's appointment for the Attorney Generalship, "Slate" magazine researched the rule used, and they came across it's putrid pedigree. I was a rule used to protect racists from the very beginning - you don't want to insult their racism! In particular, it protected Senator Ben Tillman, from whom we have a couple of quotations. The first one regards Booker T. Washington's visit to the White House: "The action of President Roosevelt in entertaining that nigger will necessitate our killing a thousand niggers in the South before they learn their place again." The second regards lynching more generally: "We of the South have never recognized the right of the Negro to govern white men, and we never will. We have never believed him to be the equal of the white man, and we will not submit to his gratifying his lust on our wives and daughters without lynching him. I would to God the last one of them was in Africa and that none of them had ever been brought to our shores." [Slate] ... ... Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, expressed concerns about Trump's attacks on the judiciary over their holding up his Muslim ban. Ann Coulter said, "Why are a high IQ and balls so rarely found together?" I swear, if Ann didn't exist, we'd have to invent her. ... ... Maureen Dowd asked Trump whether it might be better to forget about his feud with Fox anchorette Megyn Kelly, and he said, "I'm really rich and successful. I don't have to make up with everyone." [Year of Voting Dangerously] ... ... Lincoln, writing a letter to a young girl who lost her father in the war, said, "It is with deep grief that I learn of the death of your kind and brave Father; and, especially, that it is affecting your young heart beyond what is common in such cases. In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all; and, to the young, it comes with bitterest agony, because it takes them unawares. I have had experience enough to know what I say." [Burlingame]

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