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Weekend link dump for August 20

Good. Actions have consequences.

“Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced bills to crack down on protesters. Among those proposals are bills that would allow cities to sue protesters in order to collect money to pay police forces required at demonstrations, increase the potential penalty for nonviolent demonstrations, and increase fines against picketers.” One of those states is Texas, because of course it is.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

Big Ben goes silent as it undergoes maintenance.

RIP, Frank Broyles, the winningest football coach in Arkansas history.

“[Robert E.] Lee is known for one thing: being the key military leader in a violent rebellion against the United States and leading that rebellion to protect slavery. That’s it. Absent his decision to participate in the rebellion he’d be all but unknown to history.”

By the way, some jerk tried to set off a truck bomb outside a bank in Oklahoma City last weekend. Another right wing anti-government nutjob. Thankfully, he failed in his quest.

“For some Hollywood creatives, particularly those at the peak of their careers, offers of big bucks and promises of creative autonomy aren’t enough to overcome the view that network television is now the least attractive medium in which to work. Rhimes didn’t leave just leave ABC. She left network TV.”

“So what should an employer do if they get word that their employee is involved in an event that brings them bad press? Here are a few concerns to keep in mind.”

“Here is a very real and true thing: 2017 is making it really hard to be a science fiction writer.”

“In general, support for bike lanes and bike-share among black and Latino respondents is high, but confidence that they can secure these improvements from local government is not.”

“The strangest part about the continued personality cult of Robert E. Lee is how few of the qualities his admirers profess to see in him he actually possessed.”

RIP, Joseph Bologna, stage and screen actor best known for Lovers and Other Strangers.

“The Cleveland Clinic, the American Cancer Society and American Friends of Magen David Adom have all canceled plans for galas at Mar-a-Lago.” More like this, please.

How to take a picture of the solar eclipse.

RIP, Billye Henry, co-founder of the Schlitterbahn water park.

RIP, Dick Gregory, trailblazing comedian and longtime civil rights activist.

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  1. Jason Hochman says:

    Robert E Lee was a slave owner and is famous because he was the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. However, Lee was against secession and only reluctantly sided with his home state. Lee was married to the granddaughter or great granddaughter of one of George Washington’s step children. After the war, he was a president of a university, now known as Washington and Lee University. I seem to remember a US postage stamp with Washington and Lee on it together, their portraits in front of the university. President Eisenhower had a portrait of Lee in his office and held him in high regard. Had the South not seceded, slavery wouldn’t have been abolished so quickly. Lincoln was against the expansion of slavery but didn’t intend to interfere with it where it existed. It’s not as simple as they want you to believe.