November 22, 2022

Posted by orrinj at 7:13 PM


Huge age gap shows up in AARP poll of Warnock-Walker runoff (CHLOE FOLMAR, 11/22/22, The Hill)

A poll released on Tuesday by AARP, an interest group for those aged 50 and older, found a significant age gap in voters' preferences in the Georgia Senate runoff election between incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and former NFL player Herschel Walker (R).

Warnock leads Walker by 24 percentage points among voters aged 18-49, while Walker leads by 9 points among voters aged 50 or older, according to the poll from AARP Georgia. The two groups differ in their preferences by a total of 33 points.

Voters are more supportive of Walker the older they are, according to the poll, which has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points among respondents 50 and older.

Posted by orrinj at 6:01 PM


DC's faith communities rally to protect bused-in immigrants (Emily Neil, 11/22/22, RNS)

The day in April that the first busload of migrants arrived in Washington, D.C., happened to be Holy Thursday, the feast on the Christian calendar that remembers Jesus washing the feet of his disciples the evening before his death. 

The Gospel story is about service, of care, the Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea explained. Stanley-Rea, a Disciples of Christ minister and then-director of the denomination's Refugee and Immigration Ministries, showed up at a news conference with a basin of water and a towel after that first bus arrived -- symbols, she said, of the spirit of welcome she felt the faith community in the nation's capital was being called to emulate. 

And not just Christians, she recalled. Holy Thursday fell during Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, and Passover, a major Jewish holiday, began a day later. "Thankfully, from the first moment that the initial bus arrived," Stanley-Rea said, "I think we need to hold on to the power of, of that timing, as we have continued to see that spirit power, that commitment to service." [...]

The Congregation Action Network, a coalition of more than 70 faith-based organizations formed in 2017 in response to the Trump administration's "Muslim ban," had begun providing social services and food during the COVID-19 pandemic. When migrants began arriving in Washington this spring, the coalition immediately began meeting the newcomers' most urgent material needs. 

"You have a lot of faith communities, and groups that were already serving people who are food insecure, or unhoused, kind of well positioned to then transition some of that support to these newly arrived migrants," said Elias Johnson, director of CAN.

Posted by orrinj at 5:34 PM


Bored Out of Our Minds: a review of  Why Boredom Matters: Education, Leisure, and the Quest for a Meaningful Life by Kevin Hood Gary (Elizabeth Amato, 11/22/22, Law & Liberty)

What is the optimal way to respond to boredom? Gary considers but finally rejects what he terms "the quest for authenticity" as offered by thinkers such as Heidegger and Camus in which the bored self overcomes the meaningless of life by fashioning an authentic self. Gary offers several worthwhile arguments, but observes, quite rightfully, that the popularization of authenticity is too easily co-opted by consumerism. It is altogether too easy for marketers and influencers to say that the surest way for you to "do you" or to "be yourself" is to buy whatever they are selling. Authenticity sells, but it also does not avoid despair.

The entire point of morality is to subject your authentic self and become a boring predictably good person.  It's why the End of History is not Utopian.  

Posted by orrinj at 5:29 PM


Michigan man arrested for threatening FBI Director Chris Wray, Rep. Garamendi (Ashley Capoot & Dan Mangan, 11/22/22, CNBC)

A Michigan man who owns a registered handgun was arrested for making death threats against FBI Director Chris Wray two weeks after making similar threats against Democratic Rep. John Garamendi of California, according to a federal court filing released Tuesday.

The man, identified as Neil Matthew Walter, was charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing a threat to injure another person.

Posted by orrinj at 3:30 PM


U.S. Renewable Energy Will Surge Past Coal and Nuclear by Year's End (Benjamin Storrow, 11/22/22, E&E News)

For now, U.S. renewable output is edging higher. Wind and solar output are up 18 percent through Nov. 20 compared to the same time last year and have grown 58 percent compared to 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The government energy tracker predicts that wind, solar and hydro will generate 22 percent of U.S. electricity by the end of this year. That is more than coal at 20 percent and nuclear at 19 percent.

Posted by orrinj at 3:07 PM


Manhattan prosecutors again consider a path toward charging Trump (Jonah E. Bromwich, Ben Protess and William K. Rashbaum, 11/22/22, New York Times)

The renewed scrutiny of the hush money comes amid an intensifying swirl of legal and political drama around Trump. On Friday, Merrick Garland, the US attorney general, appointed a special prosecutor who vowed to proceed quickly with two federal investigations into the former president. It is unclear whether Bragg or the special counsel will ultimately seek charges against Trump, who just announced a third presidential run.

For Bragg, the hush-money developments suggest the first signs of progress since he took office at the beginning of the year, when he balked at indicting Trump in connection with his business practices.

Supreme Court clears way for Trump tax records to be sent to Congress by IRS  (Dan Mangan, 11/22/22, CNBC)

The order Tuesday by the Supreme Court, which noted no dissent from any justice, comes more than three months after a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Ways and Means Committee had the right to obtain Trump's tax returns.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks on the Appointment of a Special Counsel (DoJ, Washington, DC ~ Friday, November 18, 2022)

Good afternoon.

I am here today to announce the appointment of a Special Counsel in connection with two ongoing criminal investigations that have received significant public attention. 

The first, as described in court filings in the District of Columbia, is the investigation into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021. 

The second is the ongoing investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation, referenced and described in court filings in a pending matter in the Southern District of Florida.

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Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM


Celebrating the United States of Stuffing (DIANA HUBBELL, NOVEMBER 21, 2022, Atlas Obscura)

Let's get one thing out of the way: stuffing is indisputably the best Thanksgiving dish. Turkey is fine, gravy is essential, and I'll never say no to a sweet potato, but stuffing just plain rules. It's good soused in gravy on Turkey Day, better still fried in butter and topped with sunny side up eggs for breakfast the next day. The real pros throw it in a waffle iron, creating a whole nest of craggy, crunchy edges. [...]

[E]ven if Americans didn't invent it, in our typical maximalist fashion we have taken stuffing to its logical extremes, fortifying it with an unholy amount of butter and whatever delicious things happened to be available in our home region.

In Louisiana, that might mean chunks of andouille sausage, while Texans may prefer pecans. New Englanders might throw in shucked oysters. It means the carbohydrate base of choice can be cornbread in the South, wild rice in Minnesota, mashed potatoes in Pennsylvania-Dutch country, masa in New Mexico, or brioche if you're feeling fancy.

All that variation is part of why stuffing is so difficult to define. Plus, in order to avoid salmonella contamination, most Americans no longer actually put their stuffing inside the turkey at all.

As the designated Thanksgiving cook in my household, however, I'd argue that stuffing's somewhat nebulous identity means it's one of the rare opportunities for creativity on this holiday. 

Kellogg's Croutettes are stuffing--everything else is deviant.