Open thread June 29, 2021 Dan Crawford | June 29, 2021 6:26 am Comments (26) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
“By January 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations had upended lives and destroyed careers, all in an effort to expose a fantastic conspiracy inside American government and society. That month, the committee was up for reauthorization. When senators’ names were called to approve a motion to keep it going, only one nay came from the floor: that of the junior Democratic senator from Arkansas, J. William Fulbright. “I realized that there was just no limit to what he’d say and insinuate,” Fulbright later said of McCarthy. “As the hearings proceeded, it suddenly occurred to me that this fellow would do anything to deceive you to get his way.” Within a year, Fulbright had helped persuade 66 other senators to join him in censuring McCarthy and ending his demagogic run. By the spring of 1957, McCarthy was gone for good, dead of hepatitis exacerbated by drink.”
Foreign Affairs: The Fulbright Paradox
Race and the Road to a New American Internationalism
Toyota tops list of corporate donors to anti-election-certification Republicans in Congress after Capitol insurrection
Nathan Bomey – USA TODAY – June 28
Toyota has donated more than any other company to support members of Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results, according to a report on political giving.
The Japanese automaker’s political arm has given $55,000 since the Capitol insurrection Jan. 6 to anti-certification Republicans or their leadership political action committees (PACs). That’s more than three times as much as the next biggest donor, according to data released by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
Nearly 200 companies and industry groups initially announced plans to halt giving to the 147 members of Congress, all Republicans, who voted not to certify the election results in response to President Donald Trump’s unfounded accusations of fraud.
“In the months since, corporate and industry interests have had to choose whether to do their part to uphold our democracy by turning off the flow of corporate donations to these members, also known as the Sedition Caucus, or to continue to support them in order to seek political influence,” CREW reported. “Many have failed this test, some reneging on a promise to change their giving while others made no commitment and are giving like nothing ever happened.” …
… Toyota never completely stopped supporting anti-certification Republicans or their leadership PACs.
“Toyota supports candidates based on their position on issues that are important to the auto industry and the company,” the automaker said in a statement. “We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification.”
It said, “We decided against giving to some members who, through their statements and actions, undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions.” …
Mystery of life.
Why Toyota would take this stance in order to give an average of $1486 per Congressperson.
According to Wikipedia, Toyota has about a dozen plants in the US, all except one in red states. One, by far the smallest, is in Long Beach CA. They choose to support the congressmen who represent the districts/states where those plants are presumably.
Having farmers/ranchers convert to capture carbon is complex. Here is an ok article detailing some of the issues. There are also some knock ons and a few other questions I have about the governments abilities to actually do anything regarding this, but it is a step in the right direction.
added this to a post which will be up tomorrow and mentioned you.
Thank ya sir. Looking forward to your piece. You always do great work.
I do ok. There are those who exceed my abilities. I just added your comment to the series.
One problem with critical race theory is that it presupposes some ability to perform critical thinking about anything. Another problem is that in America we celebrate our right to have our own opinion and criticize any idea that demands one should do the studious work to acquire any kind of knowledge. So, at best then the majority of individual thought is some blend of feels good and groupthink. I just do not believe that to be solid foundation for learning about critical race theory.
This is to say that what we have encountered at EV and now AB is among the cream of the crop (Matt Young notwithstanding) among enthusiasts regarding the political economy. Thinking goes all down hill from here.
Anyone else having some discomfort with the bright blue colors?
I am not seeing them. Can you give me a direction please?
Of course this is true. However, this particular phrase (CRT) will mainly be used as a ‘hot button’ wedge issue to be used to challenge progressives and energize the GOP base.
It might still be useful to have a clear understanding of what CRT actually is.
FWIW (For What It’s Worth). Just posted updated information on the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and it’s 295 page final report issued last year. The Committee continues to meet and ironically just held a hearing to examine ways to foster civility and collaboration in Congress to combat the high levels of polarization. Links to updated information are posted as “Comment #2” to the original January 5, 2019 blog post on the “Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress”
Woops! Link to the original post: https://tinyurl.com/2rahjwm7
When I first open AB, all of the titles of the different posts are in that bright blue. When I click on an individual post, the bright blue is restricted to the “reply” button and links. Not as aggravating, but still annoying.
Strangely, J. P. McJefferserson’s name is in bright blue, perhaps because it is a link.
Thank you. Links do appear in blue. It there are no link in the words, they should be black. I will report it and see if we can change the color also. I will also try to duplicate it.
We shed our present home as of the 17th. We will leave the home a day or two earlier. It is strange after 27 years. We will move to a new smaller home in Pinal county. We have son-in-law’s relatives there so it will not be completely strange. We have visited Phoenix multiple times before. I have been very busy the last few weeks and tired from the effort.
First stop will be Park Ridge for 5-6 weeks staying with my son, then off to Denver to stay with my daughter. The home is scheduled to be finished in October due to internal home accessories supply chain issues.
Thank you again.
How bad are the ads on Angry Bear? I expect a few that “should be targeted. Please advise.
The ads were not part of our doing nor Strategy’s. I was not notified of changes by Investingchannel. There absolutely should not be any ads in the posts, and the sizes of ads under the masthead should be smaller after the read more. I will start there then see what else to tackle.
Thanks for removing the blue. In terms of ads, I was getting a response from an ad like I hit the link just by hitting a thread. That seems to have stopped.
Clearing your cache from time to time will help changes show up more accurately as well…if we all do then we stay on the same page. My title links were black.
You know where I am and I am accessible for issues concerning AB. You never know what you are getting in systems until you try it out. The feedback is important to us. Thank you.
One other thing EM:
I over stayed my welcome asking questions about Medicare costs/prices. There was a reason behind it. The costs/prices (perspective) are too high to translate into Medicare4All. It can be a model for something better
(Certainly the worst in living memory, without question. Makes Bush Jr look pretty good.
If your idea of a good president is someone who makes the job look horrible, Trump is your man.)