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.
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.
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.
Key Take-Aways: Mueller and Team have what they need to Indict on multiple charges. And they believe their case is very strong. I suspect that Indictments will also serve to show the severity of what Mueller and Team believes has occurred.
The fact that this is coming from two Attorney’s from someone that is cooperating means that they have first hand knowledge of what Mueller and Team is sitting on. I suspect that this is the Attorney’s representing Priebus, Bannon and McGhan.
Moreover, by filing the Indictments, it puts the onus on The IDIOT and Les Miserables to have the discussion in PUBLIC. Something they will NOT want to do as it keeps #Russiagate in the News. I also agree that the Indictments will occur in the coming weeks, as Mueller will want to avoid duplicating the missteps of Jim Comey and the 2016 Election.
The added benefit is it also forces the hands of This Congress to debate the matter with seriousness. I’d look to the Senate Intelligence Committee to come out in support of this move. I’d also look for Moderate Republicans and skittish Republicans to run away from The IDIOT in droves, effectively, making him Impeachable.
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.