August 14, 2017

'Evil attack' / @YesYoureRacist / Cards Against Roskam

‘EVIL ATTACK.’ Those are the words U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is using to describe the ramming of a car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

James Alex Fields Jr., accused of killing one and hurting at least 19 others in that attack, will be held without bond.
Fields’ high school teacher says he “really had a fondness for Adolf Hitler.”
In Chicago, hundreds marched from Millennium Park towards Trump Tower—in sympathy with the victims and condemnation of the president’s tepid response to the crime.
Neil Steinberg: “Trump promised he’d take America back. He didn’t say where.”
In “a stand against violence and extremism,” the CEO of the Merck pharmaceutical company is quitting a Trump advisory panel—of which he is the only black male member. The president fired back on Twitter.
Mother Jones: How Trump brought hate groups into the mainstream.

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA HEY HEY HEY. The web hosting company GoDaddy is cutting off the Daily Stormer white supremacist site.
Was the Stormer site taken over by the hacktivist collective Anonymous before its shutdown, or was that a Stormer stunt?
White supremacist or white nationalist? “Same cornflakes, different box.”
FiveThirtyEight: “A kind of white identity politics is a key part of American politics.”

@YESYOURERACIST. A Twitter account devoted to identifying white supremacists who marched in Charlotte has cost at least one of them his job with a hot-dog chain.
The guy who coined the Internet axiom “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1” says, “By all means, compare these s--theads to the Nazis.”
A Massachusetts cop is under investigation for a tweet about the Charlottesville crash: “Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block road ways.”

‘THEY ARE THE HEIRS TO THE KU KLUX KLAN.’ The Illinois State Senate has passed a resolution asking police to classify white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations.
From February: A field guide to the new symbols of hate.
The family-owned Tiki Brand Products company says on Facebook that it’s “not associated in any way with the events that took place in Charlottesville.”

JOBS vs. BULLETS. A special report from Crain’s asks: If higher employment could cut shootings in Chicago, why aren’t more companies hiring in troubled neighborhoods?
In Kenosha, three Aurora men are dead—shot at the drag-racing event known as “Larry’s Fun Fest.”

CARDS AGAINST ROSKAM. A series of billboards placed by a political action committee funded by the manufacturer of the Cards Against Humanity game depicts families in Republican Congressman Peter Roskam’s congressional district—accompanied by the message “Roskam voted to take away my health care.”
The Illinois Senate has overridden the governor’s veto of a school funding bill, but a House vote still stands between the state’s schools and funding for the new academic year.

BRIDGE FOR SALE. Chicago’s historic Ford City Drive bridge over Pulaski Road is on the market in a cash-and-carry deal—where carrying may be the toughest part.
New data: Chicago’s pedestrian deaths are on the rise.

ECLIPSE ALERT. Did you buy eclipse-watching glasses from Amazon? Check your email for a refund—and a warning.
Why future Earthlings won’t see eclipses.



CORRECTION. The Aug. 4 edition of Square was missing a period at the end of a Seth Meyers quote. Mercilessly attentive reader Mike Braden gets the save.

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