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Digest for June 4th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for June 4th from 16:21 to 16:50:

  • “Courage Is Not a Man With a Gun in His Hand”: Atticus Finch and the Open Carry Fad – While I doubt that the great American novel To Kill a Mockingbird is on the NRA's or the various "open carry" groups reading lists (one wonders what is), it might be useful to revisit one of the pivotal chapters in Harper Lee's compelling novel in order to understand the mentality behind armed groups of mostly white men laying siege to family restaurants.
  • The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale – The right-wing media is denouncing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as a “deserter” who wasn’t worth ransoming from the Taliban, but the real villains are the architects of the disastrous Iraq and Afghan wars who frivolously put the many Bergdahls in harm’s way, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
  • Bullies in books help us tackle the real life ones – From Miss Trunchbull in Matilda to Estella in Great Expectations, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald explores how lessons in literature can help us find ways to stand up to bullying in real life
  • Is the Prisoner Swap Hysteria a Sign of GOP War Withdrawal Symptoms? – The problem for the happy warriors among the conservatives is that they can’t stop Obama from winding down America’s decade of war.
  • New Film Decries The Return Of Debtors Prisons – Over the past decade, towns and counties across the United States have been locking up a growing number of people for failing to pay their debts. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice documented the practice in 2010, and Human Rights Watch released the results of its own investigation earlier this year.
  • It’s still Santorum’s party: Pro-LGBT Republican group GOProud folds – A quixotic attempt to carve out a relevant pro-LGBT space in the modern GOP fails
  • When Fox News Declared War on a Military Family – It's symptomatic of a conservative media mini-mob that now obsessively politicizing everything, and does it all with the knob turned up to 11.
  • Therapy Benefits Us All – In 2008, I went to therapy. By then, I’d needed it for a long time. I had a terribly difficult, incurable condition — one I’d had for 28 years without treatment.

    My condition? Being human.

  • Republicans Aren’t Pro-Life – One of the main platforms of the Republicans is that, as a party, they say they are definitively pro-life. But if you really look closely at their stance on weapons, abortion, food stamps, global warming, minimum wage, veterans, prisons, etc… you have to wonder how they can make that claim.

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