Bevin mad

The president has been under plenty of scrutiny lately. So, lest we run out of breath to yell, Gov. Matt Bevin is really doing his best to either hide in that shadow, or eclipse the prez himself (depeding on how much credit you give the carpet bagger).

Consultant recommends dramatic changes to pension benefits for public workers; Bevin makes case on Facebook Insider Louisville

Asked whether pension legislation would cause a mass exodus of workers such as teachers retiring to maintain their current benefits before changes were made, Bevin said that wouldn’t help the pension system, “but it wouldn’t hurt either.” Noting that he did not think the legislature would pass any legislation that caused a worker to wish they had retired early, Bevin took aim at any teacher that did make such a move, saying they don’t belong in a classroom in the first place.

“If you happen to be a teacher who would walk out on your classroom — in order to serve what’s in your own personal best interest at the expense of your children — you probably should retire,” said Bevin. “I’m being completely serious. If that’s truly where you are at this stage in your career, I wouldn’t suggest that being in a classroom is probably the best use of your time. Yet, I know for fact that almost all of you teachers that are watching this don’t think that way.”

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the anti-union governor is against any teachers collectively taking a stand on an issue their of compensation and benefits. But usually you’d be a little more discreet about your bully tactics so as to not draw even more public pressure.

Teacher Says Governor’s Public Scolding ‘Felt Like A Threat’

“He had to initially get sympathy from his scarce supporters and show them he’s a ‘victim’,” Ellis said.

“He then chose to call out my full name and profession, which felt like a threat to me and my job. This was a Q&A, a place for people to ask questions about him cutting pensions. I sent a statement, which he publicly addressed because he wanted to make an example of me and shame me just because I hurt his feelings.”

Bevin’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Matt Bevin is a guy whose style even Mitch McConnell couldn’t abide, so his tactics are expected to be less than conventional. But it shouldn’t be overlooked that the president and Bev seem to have a common propensity to single out and bully individuals with their power platform.


I was asked the other day, as a person who has a degree in History, how I felt about the issue of Confederate statues. While I think the “nuance” most people claim in the issue is much more of a copout than an actual attempt at dialog, I do think it’s important to make clear the actual context of the topic of the Confederacy in American culture.

As you’ve probably heard in a thousand autoplay Facebook videos by now, the statues and the confederate apologist culture that admire them them are not exactly what they appear.

The Making and the Breaking of the Legend of Robert E. Lee NY Times

Reconciliation excised slavery from a central role in the story, and the struggle for emancipation was now seen as a minor feature of the war. The Lost Cause, a romanticized vision of the Old South and Confederacy, gained adherents throughout the country. And who symbolized the Lost Cause more fully than Lee?

This is the best, most concise explaination of The Lost Cause ideology and confederate hero-worship. And from a great historian in Eric Foner. Worth your time.


✌️ Stay safe.

Throw your hands in the air

Texas under water, N. Korea launching missiles over Japan, Donald Trump pardons racists, and Game of Thrones sn7 is over.

So, with all that water, it’s hard to place full blame on dumb politicians. But …

Houston’s Big Dams Won’t Fail. But Many Neighborhoods Will Have to Be Flooded to Save Them. ProPublica

Thousands of homes and structures surrounding the reservoirs have indeed already flooded. Some of them are flooding because they’re along creeks and bayous that have also been overwhelmed. Some are flooding because of bad drainage in the neighborhood. But many are flooding because they are in an area that the Army Corps actually considers to be inside the reservoirs. (See map.)

The Army Corps says that as water goes around the auxiliary spillways, the flooding close to the reservoirs may get worse for homes that have already been affected. But officials don’t yet know how much worse.

Zoning laws are good.


It’s a good thing the President is there.

Trump relishes role as chief executive of Harvey response Politico

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It was a presidential trip to a deluged state where the president didn’t meet a single storm victim, see an inch of rain or get near a flooded street.

But the daylong visit, during which President Donald Trump spent far more time in the air than on the ground, gave the optics-obsessed president some of the visuals he wanted, as he checked in on the government apparatus working on relief efforts and was buoyed by a roaring crowd of locals.

Folks.


Why the Arpaio Pardon Matters The Atlantic

But the main difference was the nature of Arpaio’s crime. While he is not the first official whose offense involved abuse of public powers—from Nixon on down, others fit that category—his is the first case I’m aware of where someone is pardoned for using state power toward racist ends.

The actions speak, articulately, for themselves.


On a lighter(ish) note ATLiens turned 21 last weekend. Bomani Jones shared a pretty killer piece he wrote on them back in 2010.

GROWING UP WITH ATLIENS Bomani Jones

I didn’t really start picking up on all these things going on in ATLiens until a couple of years ago. I’m not sure how much run I gave it before, but think about this — I had to turn 27 to begin to get something they wrote when they were 20 and 21. And it wasn’t because they didn’t say it clearly. It was because ATLiens was that much more mature than I was.

This is how I feel with basically all hip-hop – it may always go over my head. But OutKast has always met me where I am. It speaks to me even when I can’t hear. That’s what good art does.


Do good this week, y’all.

We Don’t Do The Same Drugs No More

Ohhhhhhhh we back. Sorry kids, I’ve been in a coma but was revived by a dope, and extremely American eclipse 🇺🇸. Where were we?

McConnell, in private, unsure Trump can salvage his presidency Herald-Leader

McConnell, while baffled at Trump’s penchant for internecine attacks, is a ruthless pragmatist and has given no overt indication that he plans to seek more drastic conflict. Despite his private battles with Trump, McConnell has sent reassuring signals with his public conduct: On Monday, he appeared in Louisville, Kentucky, with Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, for a discussion of tax policy.


Interview: How Corey Long fought white supremacy with fire The Root

“Long said the only weapon he had was a can of spray paint that a white supremacist threw at him earlier, so he took a lighter to the spray paint and turned it into a flame thrower. And a photographer snapped the photo.

But inside of every photograph there’s an untold story. If you look closely at Long’s picture, there’s an elderly white man standing in between Long and his friend. The unknown man was part of the counterprotests too, but was afraid, and Long and his friends were trying to protect him. Even though, Long says, those who were paid to protect the residents of Charlottesville were doing just the opposite.”

Make a statue of this man.


Fire Steve Bannon Rolling Stone

Kuttner also noted that Bannon, as media-savvy a person as there is in that White House, didn’t even bring up the issue of whether or not the call was on the record.

Was that an oversight? It seemed unlikely, given that exactly such an impromptu on-the-record phone call just got Anthony Scaramucci guillotined.

I reached out to Kuttner and asked what he thought.

“I honestly think he messed up and forgot to put the conversation off the record, and treated it as a candid strategy talk with a comrade,” Kuttner said. “It came across as part candid strategy session and part stream of consciousness.”

And so he was fired.


But don’t worry, the state and local level is where real meaningful policy is m …

Kentuckians sue Gov. Matt Bevin for blocking them on Twitter and Facebook CJ

His official Facebook page has blocks on more than 300 accounts, and on Twitter nearly 300 accounts have been blocked from following the governor’s official @GovMattBevin account.

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Anyway we were told that dark times produced the greatest in artistic expression and baby here it is.