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ID: 153846
Uid: 78632
Author: 45
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Title: What Donald Trump's Election Means
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Body: <p></p><p><i> Dr. Karlos K. Hill, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, is the author of </i><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Rope-Lynching-Cambridge-American/dp/1107620376">Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory</a> <i>(Cambridge University Press, 2016). </i></p><p></p><p> On Election Day 2016, the U.S. electorate had an opportunity to make a united stand against Donald Trump’s racist, sexist, and xenophobic politics. We did not and we should all be ashamed and afraid. Most especially, I am disappointed in the 8 percent of black voters who supported Trump. How could you? Were you not deeply offended by Trump's racist diatribes and “you don’t have anything to lose” rhetoric. I guess not. I am disappointed in the roughly 30 percent of Latino voters who supported Trump. All I can say about that is, WTF! I am disappointed in the white women who voted for Trump. Apparently, sexism and misogyny don’t matter. I am disappointed in white men who looked the other way and pretended that Trump’s language and behavior was no better or worse than what you hear in the average locker room. When all the votes were tallied on election day, it revealed that large swaths of this country enthusiastically supported a person who not only embodies reactionary politics but is now poised to enact them into law.</p> <p>For Trump voters who felt angry, unheard and dismissed, they feel vindicated today. Through Trump’s candidacy, they successfully plumbed their noses at everything they think matters to the establishment, the elite, and multicultural America. Politics aside, they have asserted in a loud voice that they care nothing about civility and decency. We know this to be true because the more vigorously Donald Trump was chastised for his comments and behavior regarding women, immigrants, minorities, and disabled people, the more loyal his supporters became. Not only does Trump's election dismantle the last vestiges of political decorum, it also represents the height of white privilege and hypocrisy. Constantly, his supporters argued that he didn’t really mean what he said or he was being misunderstood. We were constantly told it was the biased media who contorted his words. Would the same benefit of the doubt been extended to a minority presidential candidate? Was the same benefit of the doubt ever extended to President Obama. Absolutely not!&nbsp;</p><p>Trump’s white working class voters are smiling now and they better savor it, because Donald Trump is not going to make their lives any better and in fact will probably only make their lives worse. To be sure, everyone is going to suffer due to a Trump presidency but most especially his loyal supporters who believe that his presidency will bring them jobs and prosperity. And so in the final analysis, America got the president it deserved and it will get what it deserves with a Trump presidency. Let’s hope for all of our sakes that the forces opposed to Trumpism can stymie the worst that is to come.</p>
ID: 153847
Uid: 341
Author: 40
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Title: Trumpism: At Home & Abroad
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Body: <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/sites/default/files/153847-trump.png" alt="153847-trump.png"></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i> This post is by Murray Polner,&nbsp; a blogger, writer and HNN’s senior Book Department editor.</i></p><p>I wonder how many Hillary voters ever talked with Donald supporters. I did, though only accidentally. While I was a patient in the ER of a local hospital my Cat-scan operator told me without prompting that he was voting for Trump, a view seconded by a middle-aged woman awaiting her turn at the machine. Days later, in a local supermarket, a man I had never met commented favorably on my NY Mets cap and then explained why he, a self-described independent and moderate Republican, was pro-Trump. And a guy working in my kitchen explained his pro-Trump vote. All of them were white, employed and educated. One had a college degree and another expressed sympathy for the large number of African Americans killed by cops. Despite the anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic sentiments expressed by some pro-Trump voters, the people I talked with weren't KKK, neo-Nazis, rednecks or bigots. The thread that ran so true between them was a deep loathing for Hillary that "passeth understanding."</p> <p>They had other complaints, now aired everywhere as the media and pollsters are obsessed with how they could have been so wrong. &nbsp;Clinton was -- unfairly -- the centerpiece of Trump voters who apparently believed an arrogant, corrupt, indifferent and privileged America on our east and west coasts had cut them out, sent their kids to failed and endless wars, which represented a "massive disconnect" between Americans, as J. D. Vance, the Appalachian-born author of the first-rate book <i>Hillbilly Elegy</i>&nbsp;aptly put it. Many believe that working people, once reliably Democratic, had been abandoned. Writing to his supporters, Bernie Sanders echoed this. "The declining middle class is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics, and the establishment media" and the post-Trump Democratic Party must again become the party "that working people know will work for their interests." </p> <p>The people I met rarely if ever spent time reading the <i>NY Times</i>, <i>New Yorker</i>, <i>New York</i> magazine or bothered with the PBS's sophisticated Nightly Reports, all of whom were clearly on Clinton's side. <i>Newsweek's</i> pre-election cover was devoted to "Madame President" and subtitled "Her historic journey to the White House" -- the magazine said it was mistakenly sent out -- which seemed, however, reminiscent of <i>Liberty</i> magazine calling the 1936 election for Alf Landon rather than FDR or the <i>Chicago Tribune's</i> headline reporting Dewey's victory over Truman in 1948. Whether by design or ignorance, or just plain carelessness, virtually all our mass media walled itself off in a self-inflicted cocoon and convinced themselves and us that Trump was a certain loser and no more than a lying, sexist, tax-cheating, badly informed rogue.</p> <p>But like it or not he's the next President and Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, and Rudy Giuliani (maybe Sarah Palin too?) now get to ride in limos, fly free &nbsp;in chartered planes, and flash their uncompromising views across the world while their congressional pals try to end Obamacare, abortion, forget about holding Wall Street accountable for its many sins and also privatize Medicare and Social Security, while ignoring climate change and selling off&nbsp; federally owned and protected western lands, undeterred by &nbsp;a castrated, traumatized and divided Democratic Party. </p> <p>While our pet domestic policies are sure to take a sharp rightward hit I hope we may see major changes in foreign affairs. Trump, the heretic and outlier, has challenged the strangulating effect of American Exceptionalism, regime change and promiscuous use of military force. He has questioned NATO's moves to the Russian border (he once asked, "Wouldn't it be nice if we could get along with Russia?") and was subjected to McCarthyite attacks by Clinton and her sycophants for being Putin's boy toy. </p> <p>In contrast, Clinton offered nothing but a renewal of a new Cold War in Europe and East Asia with her talk about a no-fly zone over Syria, which many in the Pentagon think risks a war with Russia, and her incessant attacks on Putin, the tough guy who runs a very large country with thousands of nukes. Obviously, we've always needed a Public Enemy, the better to mask our needless wars. But in the campaign she offered no vision and no hope beyond endless wars in East Europe, the Greater Middle East and East Asia, alienating many of Bernie's supporters and, I hope, as well the &nbsp;pro-Trump people&nbsp; with whom I spoke. </p> <p>Still, does Donald Trump, a foreign policy amateur, really mean it when he countered Clinton's hawkishness by questioning our role as self-appointed world policemen?&nbsp; Does he have any feeling for Eisenhower's warning about our military industrial complex? Will he recruit allies and form coalitions to fight alongside of him to resist Washington's bellicose neocons and influential home front warmongers, a critical press and pundits? &nbsp;Or will he be overwhelmed by the pressures brought by our hawks, empire-builders, lobbyists and subsidized think tankers and cave while submissively accepting the same old failed policies of presidents who have preceded him?</p>
ID: 153848
Uid: 4699
Author: 4
Category: 0
Title: What Happened on Election Day: The Example of Ronald Reagan
Source: New York Times
Body: <p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">“I am scared that if Ronald Reagan gets into office, we are going to see more of the Ku Klux Klan and a resurgence of the Nazi Party,” Coretta Scott King said in November, 1980. “I’m afraid things are going to blow sky high during this next term,” a nursing student said. He’s a “nitwit,” added a Democrat. “He’s shallow, superficial and frightening,” one of that year’s historic numbers of “undecideds” insisted.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Ronald Reagan “seems not to relish complexity and subtlety,” the New York Times editorial endorsing President Jimmy Carter’s re-election proclaimed. “The problem is not a loose lip but the simple answer.” While fearing what Reagan’s own running mate, George H.W. Bush, had dismissed as Reagan’s “voodoo economics” during their primary fight, the editorial board feared “voodoo diplomacy,” too.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">From coast to coast, half of a divided nation abhorred — and underestimated — the president-elect. “The American people,“ Hamilton Jordan, a key Carter aide, said, "are not going to elect a 70-year-old, right-wing, ex-movie actor to be president.”</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Pollsters reported in 1980 that “More voters held negative attitudes toward each presidential candidate than in any campaign since polling began” — a record we just broke in 2016. The economic dislocation of galloping inflation and the energy crisis produced a nasty campaign. Feeling neglected by Washington, millions embraced Ronald Reagan’s populism.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Despite the Democratic panic, Ronald Reagan left America richer and safer after two terms as president. Reagan defied expectations by turning toward the center. He acted as president of the United States, not president of the Republican Party. Reagan used the transition period to heal wounds while claiming a broad policy mandate, despite winning only 50.7 percent of the popular vote. He vowed to “rebuild a bipartisan base for American foreign policy.”</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">His cabinet choices were so moderate that Pat Buchanan, the conservative flamethrower whose rhetorical bluster anticipated the advent of Donald Trump, lamented: “Where is the dash, color, and controversy — the customary concomitants of a Reagan campaign?” Just weeks into Reagan’s first term, conservatives were demanding that his aides had to “Let Reagan be Reagan,” meaning: stop being so reasonable.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">But in adjusting, in tempering, Reagan was being Reagan. He knew the Constitution limited presidential powers — and he faced a Democratic Congress led by the formidable speaker of the House Tip O’Neill to remind him further. Illustrating Richard Neustadt’s lesson that the power of the president is mostly “the power to persuade,” many of Reagan’s achievements were symbolic. Rather than shrinking government as he promised, for example, he only lowered the federal government’s growth rate.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">History is not destiny. And Reagan had both a lighter touch than Mr. Trump, and eight years’ experience as governor of California. Still, history is full of shifts and surprises. Mr. Trump must be a healer and unite America, as he tried doing in his victory speech. If he fails, the checks and balances that sometimes help crusading ideologues become effective leaders can ultimately impose a necessary gridlock.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">When asked about conservatives’ frustration with him, Reagan kindly insisted it was only a “very few” critics. He said: “There are some people who think that you should, on principle, jump off the cliff with the flag flying if you can’t get everything you want.” Reagan recalled that “If I found when I was governor that I could not get 100 percent of what I asked for, I took 80 percent.” So far, Mr. Trump, the political amateur and sputtering demagogue, has lacked Reagan’s magnanimity or his flexibility. Can the reality-show star turned president-elect mimic the actor turned president?</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><i>Read original article on <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/opinion/election-night-2016/the-example-of-ronald-reagan">The New York Times</a>&nbsp;</i></p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><em><b>Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University and the author of Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s.</b></em></p>
ID: 153849
Uid: 4699
Author: 4
Category: 0
Title: Burying the Hatchet. Literally.
Source: New York Times
Body: <p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">On Thursday, Delaware’s losing and winning candidates will meet in Georgetown, for Return Day, a tradition since 1791. Officials used to announce state electoral results at this unity carnival while serving what an 1888 state history called “all kinds of edibles … opossum … rabbit meat,” and “OX ROAST SANDWICHES fresh from an all-night open pit barbecue.” Such festivities restore civility, emphasizing the patriotic bonds that unite us despite the partisan differences that divide us.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Although most candidates learn their fates on election night, this state holiday still celebrates the common ground that often needs rebuilding after intense campaigns, while now serving roast beef instead of ox. As rivals parade together in antique cars or horse-drawn carriages and party leaders bury a hatchet together, literally, they act out a healing ritual we all could use.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Gracious concessions, even if insincere, also legitimize the results and our democracy. Stephen Douglas urged the South to accept Abraham Lincoln’s victory in 1860. William Jennings Bryan telegrammed William McKinley in 1896 acknowledging that the people’s “will is law.”</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Al Smith delivered the first real presidential concession speech in 1928. Overlooking Republicans’ anti-Catholic bigotry, Smith respected majority rule, saying that Herbert Hoover would not be “the president of the Republican Party but the president of the United States.”</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">After close elections, losers have often made self-sacrificing calculations to concede for the sake of the nation. Perhaps surprisingly, Richard Nixon acted nobly in 1960. Republicans were so convinced that John Kennedy had won fraudulently that President Dwight Eisenhower offered to raise money for a recount. Nixon realized a “recount would require up to half a year,” undermining the “legitimacy of Kennedy’s election” in ways that “could be devastating to America’s foreign relations.” Refusing to “subject the country to such a situation,” Nixon gave the speech every candidate dreads delivering, promising Kennedy “my wholehearted support.”</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">After losing in 2008, John McCain graciously acknowledged “the special significance” of Barack Obama’s election. Days later, McCain quipped: “I’ve been sleeping like a baby. Sleep two hours, wake up and cry. Sleep two hours, wake up and cry.”</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">No one expects Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to jaunt around together in some Delaware jalopy right after Election Day. Still, Americans need their leadership. Buried hatchets can be retrieved eventually: The main mission of American politics remains ensuring effective governance. Rather than undermining democracy by grumbling about rigged or stolen elections, the candidates must follow Delaware and apply the balm of patriotism to the wounds partisanship has gouged into the body politic.</p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><i>Read original article on <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/projects/cp/opinion/election-night-2016/burying-the-hatchet-literally">The New York Times</a></i></p><p itemprop="articleBody text" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; font-size: 1.125rem; line-height: 1.875rem; font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><em><b>Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University and the editor, with Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Fred Israel, of “History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008.”</b></em></p>
ID: 153850
Uid: 14552
Author: 13
Category: 0
Title: Life during Wartime - What Lies Beneath
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ID: 153851
Uid: 4699
Author: 4
Category: 0
Title: When The Electoral College Took Down a Winner
Source: Daily Beast
Body: <div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">To call America’s ninth vice president Richard Mentor Johnson a man of contradictions is like calling&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/features/2016/donald-trump.html" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">Donald Trump</a>&nbsp;egotistical—the mere label does not capture the magnitude of the claim. Johnson was a wealthy landowning populist who denounced the “monied interests.” He was a loyal soldier who ran against his former commander when they were both vying for national office. He was a slaveholder who suffered politically for carrying on an interracial romance publicly—and treating a black woman as his wife in racist Kentucky. He insisted on passing on ancestral lands to his two black daughters—but hunted down his second “wife” as a runaway slave when she cuckolded him. And, while serving as Vice President of the United States, Richard Johnson took a leave of absence to serve drinks in the tavern he ran back home.</p></div><div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">It is fitting, therefore, that this prince of paradox is one of those rare American politicians whose political careers suffered from the contradiction that sent Hillary Rodham Clinton packing: that Americans don’t elect their President and Vice President directly. Moreover, Richard Johnson is the one major party nominee whose election was affected by what most of us consider to be simply a theoretical problem, the faithless elector, the elector who defies the voters’ instructions and votes freely, as the Constitution permits.</p></div><div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">When Richard M. Johnson ran to be vice president in 1836, he should have been more popular than the ticket’s standard bearer, Martin Van Buren. Andrew Jackson’s Vice President, Van Buren was a crafty New York operative, broadly distrusted. Johnson was more Jacksonian, populist, homespun, authentic, and a genuine war hero. He was,&nbsp;<a href="https://books.google.co.il/books?id=rG5q7kTau_gC&amp;pg=PA91&amp;lpg=PA91&amp;dq=in+a+cane-brake+and+cradled+in+a+sap+trough+Johnson&amp;source=bl&amp;ots=bmVyBcTW7Q&amp;sig=w02VY_umr2bTSXsrWzwBYlrVp2o&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwikucybyrLQAhUJXBQKHT4MAmAQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&amp;q=in%2520a%2520cane-brake%2520and%2520cradled%2520in%2520a%2520sap%2520trough%2520Johnson&amp;f=false" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">he said</a>, born in 1780, in frontier Virginia, “in a canebrake and cradled in a sap trough,” an exaggeration given his father’s extensive Kentucky landholdings...</p><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;"><br></p><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">Read whole article on <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/20/when-the-electoral-college-took-down-a-winner.html">The Daily Beast&nbsp;</a></p></div>
ID: 153852
Uid: 31615
Author: 19
Category: 0
Title: Get the Lead Out!
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Body: <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">I have been stripping many layers of paint from the columns on my porch. The most recent layers come off easily, but underneath are more stubborn coatings of old lead-based paints. They take more work and require more care, because lead is one of the most pervasive poisons in our environment. I wear a mask to protect against the lead dust.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Ingesting lead can harm </span><a href="https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=93&amp;tid=22"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">every organ and system</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> in our bodies. It is dangerous for adults, who can suffer from damage to the nervous system, increases in blood pressure, anemia, and weakness in the extremities. Exposure to lead for pregnant women can cause miscarriages. Children are especially vulnerable, because lead can injure their developing minds and bodies permanently.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Problems with lead exposure are of such concern, because lead was a common additive to paint until very recently. Lead speeds up drying and increases durability. Lead was used to make white paint by the ancient Greeks. The dangers of working with lead have been known for hundreds of years. The monthly newsletter of the Sherwin-Williams Co. noted the dangers of lead in white paint in </span><a href="https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=nyp.33433066401898;view=1up;seq=7"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">1904</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">. In 1886, </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_paint"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">German law</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> prevented women and children from working in factories that processed lead paint, and </span><a href="http://toledoparent.com/feature/the-truth-about-lead-poisoning/"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Australia banned lead paint</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> in 1914.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Yet toys and furniture in the U.S. continued to be painted with lead-based products. Older homes were covered with lead paint. Children put lead into their mouths every day. </span><a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/292345794_Building_the_World_That_Kills_Us_The_Politics_of_Lead_Science_and_Polluted_Homes_1970_to_2000"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Public health researchers wrote</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">, “By the 1920s, virtually every item a toddler touched had some amount of lead in or on it. Toy soldiers and dolls, painted toys, bean bags that were tossed around, baseballs, fishing lures, the porcelain, pipes and joints in the sparkling new kitchens and bathrooms of the expanding housing stock—all were made of or contained large amounts of lead.”</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Our federal government was slow to prevent continued lead poisoning in America. Baltimore prohibited the use of lead paint in interiors in 1951. In 1955, </span><a href="http://www.leadlawsuits.com/history/history-of-the-use-of-lead-paint/"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">the paint industry</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt"> adopted voluntary standards which excluded lead from interior paints. The use of lead paint was already in decline due to health concerns by then. Yet it was not until 1971 that the federal government passed the </span><a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=20258_legislativehistory.pdf"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Lead-Based Paint Poisoning Prevention Act</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">, which prohibited lead paint in new homes.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The Consumer Product Safety Commission finally </span><a href="https://www.cpsc.gov/recalls/1977/cpsc-announces-final-ban-on-lead-containing-paint"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">banned lead paint</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt"> for consumer use in 1978. That agency was created by the Consumer Product Safety Act of 1972, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed by President Nixon. Congressional Republicans and conservative Democrats had tried to </span><a href="https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/92-1972/s636"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">prevent the creation</span></a><span style="font-size: 12.0pt"> of the independent Commission, and to </span><a href="https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/92-1972/s638"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">gut the Act’s enforcement provisions</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">, but narrowly lost.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">In 1986, the California legislature said that lead exposure was the state’s </span><a href="http://www.changecalifornia.org/2010/08/lead.html"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">greatest childhood environmental health problem</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">. Lead is so dangerous that nobody would allow children to ingest lead. Unless those children are </span><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/04/us/flint-water-crisis-fast-facts/"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">poor inner-city blacks</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">. This impoverished, majority-black city was devastated by the closing of General Motors factories in the 1980s. When the water supply was changed to the Flint River in 2014, residents immediately began complaining about pollution. Less obvious were the elevated levels of lead, which systematically poisoned the city’s population. Michigan state officials, including those in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, dismissed the residents’ concerns and repeatedly claimed the water was safe. Republicans and Democrats participated in creating and prolonging the crisis, because they didn’t want to spend the money to deal with it. Now several Michigan officials have been convicted of crimes and a generation of Flint children have been poisoned with lead.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The story of lead poisoning of the water supply in Flint, Michigan, is complicated and controversial. Lawsuits will seek to find those to blame for years to come. But the lessons from Flint are obvious now. Bad environmental decisions can damage enormous numbers of people. Regulation of the poisons which abound in our society are necessary for public health. Governments are responsible to protect our lives.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The demonization of “regulations” that has been a hallmark of Republican politics for decades and that was one of Donald Trump’s signature campaign issues means less protection from all kinds of dangers to our lives, from unscrupulous banking practices (Wells Fargo), to outrageous payday loan interest rates, to unsafe foods, to pollution of our air and water.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The story of lead poisoning in America shows government acting too timidly, permitting industry lobbyists to block safety legislation, while adults and children suffer long-term health problems that could have been prevented. Flint is the tip of an iceberg of water supply problems </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/09/us/regulatory-gaps-leave-unsafe-lead-levels-in-water-nationwide.html"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">across the nation’s cities</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">. Minority inner city residents are the most likely to suffer.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">It will take lots of money to replace the lead in old water pipes around the country. It will take strict government regulations on lead and other environmental hazards to keep Americans healthy. Conservatives say regulations are “job killers”. 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ID: 153853
Uid: 4699
Author: 4
Category: 0
Title: The English Settler Who Ate His Pregnant Wife
Source: Daily Beast
Body: <div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;"><a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/topics/thanksgiving.html" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">Thanksgiving</a>. It’s about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/articles/2009/11/25/15-classic-thanksgiving-episodes.html" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">family</a>. It’s about gathering “together to ask the Lord’s blessing,” as we sing in our all-American, non-denominational, way. It’s about those mysterious&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/articles/2015/11/25/the-pilgrims-were-the-original-refugees.html" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">Pilgrims</a>, who toggle in our minds between being religious fanatics and cute cartoon characters—although you wonder how they kept their black and white outfits so crisp and clean on the frontier. And it’s about food. What’s Thanksgiving without those autumnal yummies: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie. But our historical understanding of the holiday’s origins are as mashed up as our sweet potatoes. We blur&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/articles/2016/06/18/pocahontas-isn-t-the-only-native-american-trump-has-offended.html" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">Pocahontas</a>, Captain John Smith,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/longforms/2015/Mayflower/an-american-legacy-the-mayflower-s-descendants-today.html" target="_blank" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">Squanto</a>, and William Bradford, and the Mayflower into one geographically inaccurate, timeless mess. And while we believe we are replicating the Pilgrims’ menu, they probably ate seal and lobster without sweet desserts, because their sugar stocks were depleted. Least appetizing of all, some of our settler forbears, these all-American heroes, were so hungry, so depraved by starvation that rather than consuming that Norman Rockwell-esque beautifully browned turkey, they ate chops of human cheek and chunks of human tongue.</p></div><div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">Consider the colonist who mistook his pregnant wife for a meal. Although his name is lost to history, his story helps illuminate the mishmash that has become America’s Thanksgiving tale. While some will use it to pillory the colonists as brutes, it actually highlights their achievements. Not only did they survive unbearable conditions and launch this great adventure called America, but amid all the misery they taught an invaluable lesson we should remember as we adjust to living in Trumpland: Don’t forget to appreciate the good and say thanks, even when trouble strikes.</p></div><div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">We don’t know much about the pregnant-wife-murdering cannibal. George Percy, the colony’s interim president, wrote an account in 1625 describing the misery of The Starving Time at Jamestown, Virginia. This reminds us that Thanksgiving celebrates two foundings,&nbsp;<a href="http://archive.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/10/04/plymouth_jamestown_where_was_america_born/" target="_blank" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">two colonies</a>, separated by two decades and 595 miles. The first settlers arrived in Jamestown, with the Virginia Company in 1607. Thirteen years later, the Pilgrims in the Mayflower aimed for Virginia but found Cape Cod...</p><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">Read whole article on <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/24/the-english-settler-who-ate-his-pregnant-wife.html">The Daily Beast&nbsp;</a></p></div>
ID: 153854
Uid: 4699
Author: 4
Category: 0
Title: The American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

Source: The Daily Beast
Body: <div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">The 75<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;anniversary commemorations of the dastardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor seem to be a great gift to the Alt-Right’s xenophobic nationalists. That Day of Infamy – December 7, 1941 – seemingly confirms fears of treacherous foreigners while evoking nostalgia for the Greatest Generation’s war-winning whitebread America. But history demands we Shift Center, remembering that in World War II democratic decency defeated dictatorial demagoguery.</p></div><div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">In fact, using America’s involvement in the Second World War to rationalize bigotry betrays the memory of the 416,800 who died fighting Nazi and Japanese racism, including Pearl Harbor’s 2,403 martyrs. In that spirit, just as most tourists visiting Pearl Harbor today end by visiting the decommissioned battleship the&nbsp;<i>USS Missouri</i>, this year’s anniversary ceremonies should end by honoring the values&nbsp;<i>Missouri</i>, its captain William McCombe Callaghan, and America represent – epitomized by Callaghan’s gracious, unexpected gesture, of honorably burying at sea the kamikaze pilot who tried killing Callaghan and his crew on April 11, 1945.</p></div><div class="Text" style="margin-bottom: 18px; color: rgb(2, 20, 31); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;">Decades later, many discount just how much Americans hated the Japanese – and how justified the hatred was. Japanese warplanes starting bombing Pearl Harbor just minutes after Japanese diplomats entered the State Department, pretending to negotiate. Japanese soldiers butchered 300,000 Chinese in the 1937 Rape of Nanking, ultimately murdering as many as eight million people, following what scholars call the “<a href="http://histclo.com/essay/war/ww2/after/jap/wc/w2ja-wc3a.html" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">Three Alls Strategy</a>”&nbsp;<i>Sankō Sakusen</i>: kill all, burn all, loot all. Japanese officers reputedly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/247337/unbroken-japan-still-deep-denial-over-cannibalism-daniel-greenfield" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">ate the flesh</a>&nbsp;of captured American pilots. &nbsp;Japanese soldiers tortured Americans in Prisoner of War camps and on the brutal Bataan death march of 1942. American war posters&nbsp;<a href="https://www.google.ca/search?q=american+war+propaganda+against+kamikaze&amp;client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbo=u&amp;source=univ&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjEnaHG7NTQAhVCVyYKHTCYDv8QsAQIHA&amp;biw=1237&amp;bih=580%2523imgrc=kbWA0_5OXSCzCM%25253A" style="transition: color 150ms ease; background-color: transparent;">warned against</a>&nbsp;“THE JAP BEAST AND HIS PLOT TO RAPE THE WORLD.” That American hatred and distrust did have a darker side—racist incitement and imagery that culminated in the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans...</p><p style="line-height: 29.5px; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px;"><i>Continue reading this article on <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/03/the-american-who-buried-a-kamikaze-enemy.html">The Daily Beast</a>.</i></p></div>
ID: 153855
Uid: 31615
Author: 19
Category: 0
Title: How Government Really Works
Source:
Body: <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">We own a few acres of scrubby land on a small lake in northern Wisconsin, which includes a cabin and a bit of sandy beach. I love the cool summer nights and frosty winter days of the northern woods. We are miles from the nearest grocery store, but very close to loons, eagles, ducks, and osprey. Sometimes we are too close to bears, but unlike humans, they are more interested in garbage than in killing. This fall, we sat on our beach at sunset and heard only forest and lake noises. There was nothing to buy and nothing to want.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">But a lake beach is not forever. Forces of nature and civilization are not kind to expanses of sand at water’s edge. The road gradually crumbles, and pieces of asphalt and stone wash down onto the beach with the rain, often helped by road maintenance crews. Weeds growing up every year in the water and on the shore threaten to overwhelm the empty sandy space. Summer storms drag sand downwards into the lake, some of which is pushed up again by winter ice. Our beach is a constant project, but every sunset makes it worth the labor.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="mso-tab-count: 4">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Sitting on the beach this fall was a good escape from our awful electoral politics. But politics also affects our little beach in ways which demonstrate how American politics really works.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The Wisconsin budget bill this year included a provision altering statewide zoning for lakefront properties. As the state of Wisconsin explains the </span><a href="dnr.wi.gov/topic/ShorelandZoning/documents/Act55-2015-10-01.pdf"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">new law</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">: “counties that currently have shoreland zoning ordinance standards that regulate in a more restrictive manner than the standards established in s. 59.692 and NR 115, can no longer enforce those standards”. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The zoning changes were put into the larger budget bill by Republican leaders without giving Democratic legislators more than an hour’s notice. Wisconsin residents had no opportunity to offer input.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Wisconsin has </span><a href="http://archive.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/state-budget-would-weaken-counties-regulations-to-protect-shoreland-b99513722z1-306393701.html"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">15,000 lakes</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> scattered across the state, from gigantic Lake Superior to tiny lakes like ours. The circumstances in every county are different, depending on the number and size of lakes, development of shore land, presence of native trout breeding areas and significance of fishing. Many counties, especially those in the north which have more lakes, had adopted more </span><a href="http://archive.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/state-budget-would-weaken-counties-regulations-to-protect-shoreland-b99513722z1-306393701.html"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">restrictive protective standards</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> than the state, on minimum size of lakefront properties and minimum distance of new buildings from the water. These will now be swept away.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">A County Board Supervisor in Washburn County, where our property is located, said, “I’m just madder than hell.” He said the </span><a href="http://www.apg-wi.com/spooner_advocate/news/local/reluctantly-new-lake-law-adopted/article_2c8093e4-8581-11e6-b8e1-df1bd671a808.html"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">“ugly truth”</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> was that a “major contributor to Gov. Walker” was not allowed to mow his lawn right down to water’s edge, so he complained. The next day the new shoreland zoning rules were put into the state budget. This was not a partisan complaint: Trump won every town, village and city in Washburn County.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">http://www.co.washburn.wi.us/images/custom/departments/county-clerk/official-11-8-16-presidential-election-results.pdf</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Local officials across the state complained. The Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, Wisconsin County Code Administrators and Wisconsin County Planning and Zoning Administrators collaborated on a memo requesting that the zoning changes be removed from the budget bill. They argued that the changes would lead to “a decline in environmental quality in our shoreland areas, and consequently, result in lower property values and a decline in overall economic conditions.” To no avail.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Considered alone, this change to lake shore zoning may seem like a minor issue, concerning only the minority who own lake front property. But it exemplifies the state of politics in America. Rich political donors get preferential treatment for their private interests. Local control is a popular slogan, but in important issues central governments take control. Protection of the environment for the future gives way to current convenience. Those undemocratic practices are shared by both parties.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">But Republican politics leans even more toward the interests of the powerful. This lake zoning change is one of hundreds of seemingly minor acts in Wisconsin, since Republicans won control of the state legislature and the governor’s mansion in 2010, which add up to the </span><a href="http://www.wisdc.org/walkersworst100"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">model Republican political program</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> about protection of the consumer, the safety net for the poorest Americans, environmental protection, and the rights of immigrants and the disabled. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The Republicans have allowed more lead in paint and exempted paint manufacturers from lawsuits about lead; reduced employers’ financial liabilities for their discrimination in employment; reduced regulations about false advertising by the payday loan industry; shielded politicians who violate ethics and elections laws; limited the ability for women to sue about unequal pay; and in hundreds of actions prohibited local governments from passing their own ordinances about the environment, land use, transportation, and construction. In every case, the our common public rights are subordinated to the private rights of the big and powerful.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Everyone appears to be worried that soon-to-be President Trump will make some gigantic blunder, putting us all at risk. More likely is that the Republican Congress and the Republican President will pass hundreds of less notable acts which together will make the rich richer, the powerful more powerful, and the rest of us less able to control our lives.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Steve Hochstadt</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Jacksonville IL</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, December 6, 2016</span></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> 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