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Degree of Difficulty

Simone Biles withdrew from the team competition Monday because of the need to protect her mental health. I say, good for her, and possibly long overdue.

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Perhaps you recall the story from back in May, when Biles successfully competed a Yurchenko double-pike on vault. The gymnastics gods actually lowered the difficulty score on this, effectively penalizing Biles for doing something that no other gymnast can. And this was not the first time — they had previously done the same thing on a double-twist-double-back dismount from balance beam. Another move that only she can do.

Their stated logic is that what she does is so far beyond the capability of other gymnasts they want to remove the incentive for other gymnasts to try it. “Safety considerations.” Does this remind anyone of “for your security”? The hallmark of petty authoritarians with an agenda, and willing to lie about it?

Given the stories coming out constantly of sexual harassment and abuse that these women — Biles included — suffer for their sport, I would say that the most charitable interpretation of this touching concern for safety must include the word “selective.”

But I also find myself imagining the private conversations that lead to a decision like this. In my imagination, they include the word “uppity“. I would love for the authorities to give me reason not to imagine such things but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

As for people criticizing Biles for withdrawing from the team event, I think this tweet I saw perfectly captures my attitude about them:

Critical Condition

Click Through for the Impending Doom!

Right – can’t teach racists’ kids the truth about racism. Otherwise, how will they make a new generation of racists?


As one who was raised celebrating an earlier and much more historically dubious release from slavery, I totally get Juneteenth.

image credit: buffalorising.com

I have to say, however, that the bigger picture makes me sad. How cynical is the message of Rethuglicans’ enthusiastic support for making Juneteenth a national holiday? While they are also busting their butts to make sure Blacks cannot vote as easily as whites. Or that the history of the racism that has been the engine of American history is never taught in schools.

What’s astounding is that they think they can pull it off, and that a vote for another holiday will give them political cover for it. What’s saddening is that they are probably right.

Who Wants a Re-Fund?

Remember that defunding the police is not abandoning the city to chaos. It’s replacing armed thugs with mental health professionals and social programs that make the city more peaceful.

Every time some troll asks, “What will you do without police when your house gets robbed/your car gets stolen/you get mugged?” remind them that they themselves just operated off the assumption that the police cannot prevent crime, only react to it after-the-fact. Remind them that the alternatives to black tanks in the streets will actually aim to reduce the causes of criminal activity.


You’re familiar with IOKIYAR – It’s OK If You Are Republican. In which there are no depths to which our corporate state and our corporate media will not sink to forgive+forget any crime, as long as you’re doing your good little Republican part to keep the system (golden)showering wealth and power on the masters.

Somehow, Israel got in on this deal. So the title of today’s lesson adds, “oI” for “or Israel.” Any Israeli war crime can be excused because Israel is the burr under the saddle of the great warhorse that is the Middle East, and thus it’s a vital component to keep the arms money flowing. Most of the people who die are brown, anyway.

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