Every of the writers brings their very own particular sauce to the combo, however as P Carey notes, all of them “particularly try to be welcoming and non-political. We all know that the feedback sections of most posts could be intimidating and even hostile—actually intellectually difficult—so we attempt to ensure that concepts are given respect and that kindness and gentleness guidelines. We’ve got enjoyable conversations, dangerous and even ribald jokes, and spirited discussions about numerous matters.”
Officebss makes use of her Monday slot for poetry. “Too many individuals had unlucky experiences with poetry at school, and so they suppose they hate it,” she stated. “So I ask, ‘Have you learnt all of the phrases to your favourite music?’ Most individuals do, so they do not actually hate poetry. In any case, Bob Dylan bought the Nobel Prize in Literature for his phrases, as a result of music lyrics are simply one of many many types of poetry.”
“What attracted me to MOT to start with was the music,” sandbear75 stated. “However I quickly realized the true magic of MOT is the range. I used to be all the time being handled to one thing new or one thing that I actually beloved. From Fela Kuti or Charlie Mingus to Ralph Stanley or The Treatment, I look ahead to every morning. Lurid visible descriptions from Vermont to double spaced opossum poems from west Texas. Inside musings from the Louisiana coast to punk rock verbal sleight of hand in Atlanta. Portland, Oregon, hilarity to Mississippi ethical steering. We’ve got come collectively and shaped nearer bonds than something I’ve skilled on the web. Or possibly it is simply the shortage of espresso so early within the morning.”
“We’ve got enjoyable,” sandbear75 provides. “We take pleasure in seeing previous the partitions that separate us and discover widespread floor. We by no means know the way we’re linked till we begin following our Morning Open Threads.” And so they’re all the time in search of new MOT-leys, because the regulars name themselves. The entire common writers began as drop-in commenters who caught round.
The place grows on you, as they are saying.
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“Patriotism” is a loaded time period in a United States awash in flag paraphernalia. The “patriotism” displayed by the flag-fabric bikini or flag-festooned t-shirt and hat makes BoiseBlue livid. Patriotism isn’t about waving (or carrying) a logo, it’s about contributing to the effectively being of your nation. “As a result of patriotism is not in regards to the flag. Patriotism is that e book of ration coupons that my great-grandma did not use simply because she might. Patriotism was the coupons she by no means cashed in. Patriotism was my Grandpa signing up for the Military Air Power (that was a factor) as quickly as he turned 18. It was his youthful brother mendacity about his age to get the identical function and turning into a fucking paratrooper.”
First-time author Sandijd54 explains each the method and rationale concerned in working polls within the Golden State. A ballot working veteran after a decade of elections—transferring from clerk to ballot inspector, and being entrusted with the exacting and important work of democracy—that is the primary 12 months the creator felt hostility on the polls. “Voting ought to have an environment of consolation and never confrontation,” they write, explaining that the brand new Texas voting legal guidelines are harmful, as a result of they may put partisans in too shut proximity to voters.
Anthony Quinn’s role-of-a-lifetime as Alexis Zorba is known as a bit half in a distinct movie however, in line with rougy77, Quinn is the most effective cause to look at the movie: “Today, Zorba’s character resembles what is usually referred to as the ‘manic pixie dream woman.’ He has a lust for all times that the central protagonist lacks, and his presence alone provides zest to each scene. He could not quantity to a lot if you add all of it up, however by God he is aware of learn how to stay!”
Boofdah poignantly describes spending a lifetime making an attempt to slot in, adapting to totally different communities earlier than receiving an Asperger’s analysis and constructing a profitable marriage, household, and life. She worries about what’s going to occur if authoritarianism takes over our authorities, and autocrats get to determine who’s worthy of dwelling freely and who isn’t. She does not fear about her personal response, although: “I cannot be wanting to slot in—I’ll combat again.”
Baal nonetheless contemplates the Democrats’ success in Georgia and wonders why Democrats in Texas, with its robust progressive presence, haven’t been in a position to break the Republican grip on energy as they’ve completed in Georgia. The rationale, they counsel, could also be as a result of Texas is just too large, and its energy facilities too dispersed for a single politician like Beto O’Rourke or an organizer like Stacey Abrams to drag your entire inhabitants collectively. “The actual fact is, folks in Houston, for instance, do not know very a lot about rising progressive political stars in these different cities. Even folks like Royce West, who has been within the Texas legislature endlessly, and who comes from Dallas, are usually not actually well-known statewide.” Within the feedback, Texans (who know the state greatest) function the knowledgeable witnesses.
LL Brown says that sheep get a foul rap. “They’re so clever they’ve discovered to cover it from the common human, particularly the unvaxxed ones.” LL Brown tells us nearly all the things we have to learn about sheep however had been too busy to ask, significantly in the case of their intelligence: Sheep acknowledge different sheep, they acknowledge human faces, and so they know learn how to self-medicate. Their herd mentality isn’t dumb–it’s a protection mechanism. Actually, sheep are far smarter than the common southern Republican governor.
Elwood Dowd walks by means of the steps outlined in John Eastman’s six-point recipe for overthrowing a reputable election, a narrative that has been extensively ignored by mainstream media. The scheme, introduced to Donald Trump earlier than the Jan. 6 Congressional vote certification, required Vice President Mike Pence to disallow Electoral School votes from seven states. “Pence would then name upon the Home of Representatives to elect the president in line with the twelfth and refining amendments to the Structure. There’s near-universal settlement, from Lawrence Tribe to Dan Quayle, that Pence didn’t have the authority to reject the state vote counts. However who was going to cease him?” Provided that so many different backstops of democracy failed throughout the Trump administration, had Pence gone together with the plot, the Jan. 6 rebellion may certainly have been worse.
Sollace equates the present Republican loyalty practices of spouting misinformation, outright falsehoods and different stupidity with the “Shibboleth” story from the Guide of Judges within the Tanakh, or the Previous Testomony. The Gileadites, who had been vulnerable to being infiltrated by members of the tribe of Ephraimites, instituted a password, “shibboleth,” which the Ephraimites mispronounced, exposing themselves. Since then, to go a “Shibboleth” check is to say one thing “appropriately” as a passcode into a gaggle. “We people have all the time prioritized social cohesion over truth-seeking. The GOP confronted such a selection not that way back.” At the moment, stupidity, dangerous religion, and misinformation are Republican shibboleths that weed out purported RINOs and individuals who prize fact over group identification.
JKam83 chronicles discovering and organizing with like-minded mother and father after their faculty board voted to use a “mask-optional” coverage to the general public colleges of their small city. The mother and father’ group found simply what number of overtly political and partisan selections had been being made in an allegedly nonpartisan, apolitical faculty board. “The fact right here is that there’s an abundance of questions concerning the board’s selections on masking that can not be answered honestly as a result of their ‘non-partisan’ selections are, actually, primarily based on politics.” The partisanship could have begun with a masking coverage, however it touches each nook of the varsity constructing and its curriculum; the creator’s expertise serves as a clarion name for fogeys to research their faculty board’s priorities earlier than they belief in anodyne reassurances.
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