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Category: 2018

Well, Since You Asked Me: To Kill A Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Are No Longer Required Reading (Originally Reported By Lisa Kacske)

Key Take-Aways: I agree with this move. There are more recent and more importantly, more appropriate novels that can be substituted to convey the same or similar message. As long as the novels are still accessible to the students in the schools, I take no issue with this. Not to mention, we’ve cannonized both books with respect to important Southern Literature. I’d like to see more diverse offerings given a chance to add their voices. 

This is no slight against Harper Lee or Mark Twain. They are both deserving of all the accolades they receive. Let’s hope that other School Districts take similar steps.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Justin Timberlake and the rise of The LumberSexual (Original Reporting by Anne Helen Petersen)

Key Take-Away by Petersen:  Timberlake has long reminded me of the mischievous neighbor boys I grew up with. Maybe it’s the fact that I watched him grow up, alongside those boys, on the Mickey Mouse Club; maybe it’s the sense, woven through his comedy in particular, that there’s a small, playful devil on his shoulder. He’s not unlike Huckleberry Finn, who, like Timberlake, wanted to flee the burden of dealing with the racialized reality of the South: “I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest,” Huck famously said, “because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and civilize me, and I can’t stand it. I’ve been there before.” As Limerick explains, the West has long served this function: a “mechanism” to escape the “trials and burdens” of American civilization and the heavy tensions of the South in particular.

“The theory was the same,” Limerick writes, “the West is remote and vast; its isolation and distance will release us from conflict; this is where we can get away from each other.” The “Wild West, but now” is where we can get away from the internet and Twitter and Instagram, away from the hard questions that make us consider things we’d rather not. But that belief is as mythical as the rest that shape the West in the popular imagination, and Limerick has little patience for its perpetuation: “the workings of history carried the opposite lesson,” she writes. “The West is not where we escaped each other, but where we all met.” It’s where, in other words, the larger questions of privilege, whiteness, power, and masculinity seem to crystallize themselves in their most potent forms.

The great privilege of white masculinity has always been to avoid those questions. But these days, none of our contemporary Huck Finns — whether Donald Trump Jr., or Justin Timberlake — can excuse himself from those conversations without consequences. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: The Search For Jackie Wallace (Originally Reported By Ted Jackson for NOLA.com)

There are some stories that are painful to read. I vaguely remember Jackie Wallace. I pray that he finds peace. I pray that everyone struggling with any form of Addiction, find the strength and support they need to effectively deal with it. Sometimes we forget the struggle of others. Sometimes we have no idea of the toll playing a childhood game can have on so many. The costs for some are too high. We simply must do better.

Well, Since You Asked Me: Yes, Devin Nunes Is That Dumb (Emma Loop)

Key Take-Away:  The Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA 22nd) Shitshow has crossed into the comedy realm now. One couldn’t act more guilty of malfeasance than Nunes. I expect that we will start hearing stories shortly about how a large percentage of his Net Worth is tied to Russian Money. Specifically, as it relates to his farming business. Regardless, I expect him to end up in prison. He has, with the the aid of Speaker Paul Ryan, destroyed one of the most sacred House Committees. That will be their legacy. I also expect the other ranking members of the Intelligence Committees to start publicly castigating him. 

Well, Since You Asked Me: Hope Hicks – Call Your Lawyer’s Office (Jo Becker/Mark Mazzetti/Matt Apuzzo/Maggie Haberman)

Key Take-Away:  Hope Hicks is going to prison. If the allegations as reported by The New York Times are accurate, and they appear to have multiple sources that can corroborate them, she’s not only complicit, she assisted in the destruction of evidence. And she can NOT claim Executive Privilige. Her actions speak to someone that is not only naive, but supremely stupid. I’d be shocked if she doesn’t try to cut a deal.  Mueller not only has witnesses, I’m fairly certain, he has tapes of her, emails and other documents.

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