Friday, October 05, 2018

Professional Left Podcast #461

“If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near."
-- Sun Tzu

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VonWenk said...

The thing that angered me most about this week was the arrogance McConnell, Grassley, et. al, and their whining about how they won't be intimidated and complaints about outsiders making "uncorroborated" claims about Judge Kavanaugh.

Excuse me?

First off, if you're unwilling to hear from people who may be able to corroborate allegations against Kavanaugh, you don't get to call the allegations uncorroborated. And second, if you view citizens petitioning their their government, through their representatives as "intimidation," maybe you should get into another line of work. It felt like a through line from Kavanaugh to them of old straight white feeling entitled to do whatever they want and being accountable to nobody except their backers.

dinthebeast said...

My freshman English teacher came out of retirement to teach our class when the regular teacher took pregnancy leave. She was all of five feet tall, hell on wheels, and kicked our asses right into shape. At the end of the year, my best friend's mom bought her a nice plant with a thank-you card in it, and she wrote us both her own thank-you note saying "What is it about ninth graders? The harder you beat them, the better they like it."
Her demands in the classroom were my ticket into the honors lit classes I took in actual High School (ninth grade was junior high in Eureka in the seventies) in which I was taught, in no particular order, Animal Farm, Lord of the Rings, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dune, Shakespeare, and Anna Karenina. And more.
The fantasy/satire, science fiction, and Shakespeare classes were taught by a man named Stephan Miller (yet another reason I have for hating the Trump administration) who had an even larger impact on my development, and told his classes up front on the first day that he did not give A's except in extraordinary cases. You had to work your ass off for a B. I had him for four semesters and got one A- and I was fucking thrilled to get it, because all of the other kids in that class were really smart, and it made me feel like I had arrived to get more than a B there.

Mail in ballots come out the day after tomorrow.

I'm trying to talk one of my favorite bloggers into sending you a picture of his cat, in the hopes that he listens to the podcast afterward. He's a long time Green party guy from Texas who has finally had enough of them and is feeling a little lost, politically, and I feel like you two are just what the doctor ordered for him.

Thank you again for the podcast, this was another hard week, even without the stuff on the news, so it was even more beneficial to my sanity than usual.

-Doug in Oakland

Fritz Strand said...

Another great podcast, but Mr. glass, take it easy on the caffeine.