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Oldem

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April 20, 2021

I wonder what Chauvin's life will be like in prison. Things could go wrong between now and then.

Appeals could go on for a long time. The conviction might be overturned. But if he's put in with the general population in prison, he might wish somebody would just go ahead and put a knee on his neck.

April 9, 2021

Just for us pedants: it's day ten of the Chauvin trial, Fentanyl toxicity is a cornerstone of Eric

Nelson's defense strategy, and he still can't pronounce "Fentanyl." Duh.

April 3, 2021

A poem for the "Florida man."

Florida man, Florida man,
great head of hair, studio tan,
if I were hitching in the Everglades
and you pulled up, I’d be afraid.

I wouldn’t climb into your minivan,
your swampmobile, O Florida man.
I’d wait for a ride with an honest trucker.
Anyone but you, you sleazy fucker.

[link:https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2021/04/poem-james-parker-florida-man/618495/|

(Remembered the link this time.)
April 2, 2021

Texas businesses oppose voter suppression;

national reaction against Coke, Delta, et. al. is having an effect.

Texas-based corporate leaders are trying to avoid the widespread criticism experienced by large Georgia-based corporations for not opposing the major voter restriction law passed by Republicans in the state until after the fact.

“We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote,” the Fort Worth-based airline [American Airlines] said in a statement. Michael Dell, founder and CEO of the Texas-based Dell Technologies, also came out against the bill, tweeting: “Free, fair, equitable access to voting is the foundation of American democracy. Those rights—especially for women, communities of color—have been hard-earned.”

The article goes on to say that the reactions of other Texas businesses (SW Airlines, AT&T) is more tepid. And there's this "howler" from Lt. Gov. Patrick.

“ 'Texans are fed up with corporations that don’t share our values trying to dictate public policy.' ” Funny how Texas Republicans are allllll about making businesses happy until businesses express opposition to something being done to cement Republican power...."

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