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Joe
Minnesotan living in Houston. Heterodox, old-school liberal. (This is where I get political.) #FindYourPark
Jun 6 10 tweets 5 min read
@CathyYoung63 That’s fair, esp. if (as in your case) folks who call themselves libs blocked low-income housing. But plenty of what people derisively call NIMBY-ism is skepticism about what I’d call blind YIMBY-ism. IMHO YIMBY-ism often represents blind faith in—and giveaways to—developers. /1 @CathyYoung63 Eg, I’m deeply skeptical #Minneapolis2040 will just lead to more condos for Laptop Class millennials, not low-income housing, unless property values drop substantially—which would destroy the nest eggs of suburb-raised libs who helped revitalized cities by back in in the 90s. /2
Jan 27, 2020 19 tweets 9 min read
It is beautifully ironic that @DavidOBowles’s hit job on @jeaninecummins’s #AmericanDirt—in which he criticizes her book for cultural appropriation and poor Spanish dialogue—uses “Latinx” to refer to people from Latin America. nytimes.com/2020/01/27/opi… While Bowles is no doubt… /1 …a well-regarded Mexican-American author and translator w/the expertise to criticize Cummins’s work on the merits, it’s hard to take his complaints of “white saviorism” + bad Spanish seriously when he offers no evidence of it and himself uses a term almost no Hispanics use…/2
Nov 17, 2019 11 tweets 12 min read
What galls me most about @EliseStefanik & @DevinNunes’s little stunt yesterday is the Right’s attempt to pass it off as a #shepersisted moment. foxnews.com/media/elise-st… That’s an insult to heroic women who persisted, from @ewarren to #RosaParks. Let’s compare the two incidents: /1 @EliseStefanik @DevinNunes @ewarren During the Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings, after reading a letter from #Coretta Scott King, Warren was gaveled out of order on the grounds that she’d impugned a fellow Senator. This took Warren by surprise b/c the letter had previously been entered into the Senate record. /2
Feb 19, 2019 19 tweets 7 min read
Was the famous #AlfredEisenstaedt photo of the sailor kissing a woman who appeared to be a nurse, in #TimesSquare, on #VJDay, a #sexualassault? Contrary to accepted wisdom of the #MeToo crowd (whose goals I support, but whose excesses I deplore), probably not. Here's why: /1 First, it’s not clear who is in the photo. Is it #GretaZimmer or #EdithShain? #GeorgeMendonsa or #CarlMuscarello? Or one of the many other men who claimed to be kisser or women who claimed to be the kissee? It matters, because, absent a victim, there is no sexual assault. /2