Aug 07 2019

The Breakfast Club (Social Constructs)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

U.S. embassies bombed in E. Africa; Congress OKs powers to expand the Vietnam War; The Battle of Guadalcanal begins; Kon-Tiki ends its journey; Comedy icon Oliver Hardy and news anchor Peter Jennings die.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race — scientifically, anthropologically. Racism is a construct, a social construct and it has benefits. Money can be made off of it, people who don’t like themselves can feel better because of it, it can describe certain kinds of behavior that can are wrong or misleading, so it has a social function, racism

Toni Morrison

Breakfast News

El Paso opens healing center as it prepares for Trump visit

Ohio Republicans again faced with calls to enact gun reforms

FBI: California gunman had list of possible targets

After years of waiting, medical marijuana sold in Louisiana

Federal judge continues blocking 3 Arkansas abortion laws

Groups tries to stop Trump’s border-wall efforts in Arizona

Anxious wait for Puerto Rico as court mulls governorship

NY judge cites ‘urgency’ of FOIA case regarding Khashoggi

Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer drug deaths

Troops lock down Kashmir as India votes to strip its status

A heightened US-China financial war imperils global economy

As UK-EU relations cool, battle looms to stop no-deal Brexit

Kim says North Korean launches were warning to US, South

China vows to counter US deployment of midrange arms in Asia

Breakfast Blogs

Trump Took 24 Hours to Squander the Free Ride Given to Him By The New York Times Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

What I Would Do with the Mueller Report If I Were Reggie Walton emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Who’s pushing The Great Replacement? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Failing the test Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

More CVE for White People: The Radicalization Process Revisited Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare

More of This, Less of That Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Generation Lockdown Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 521 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

David Brooks Talks To Siri About His Great Project driftglass, at his blog

Deconstruction Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names