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Morality Police in the U.S.?

As the right wing drifts ever farther into madness, some form of morality police will no doubt arise in the U.S., most likely in Texas first. They will probably call themselves the “Purity Posse” or something similar. The racial connotation and explicit authorization are carefully chosen. You have already seen the first stages with laws encouraging snitching and allowing third parties to sue suspected abortion lawbreakers.

This more organized form of moral vigilantism will then spread to other states. Meanwhile, demagogues looking to promote themselves on the national political stage will start submitting competing – and ever more draconian – federal legislation to force conformity.

You have been warned.

Extreme and fascinating weather in Texas

Remember the pandemic? It is not going away anytime soon.

So Florida, with a governor infected with slavish devotion to Trump, opened up its economy too soon according to federal standards. Now Florida, along with other similarly overeager states such as Texas and Arizona, is witnessing spikes in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. These spikes will no doubt be further boosted due to community spreading during protests – just wait a week or two for the increases to show up. The pandemic moving off the front page of the news does not mean it can be ignored. People who think there might be a “second wave” come autumn should not be surprised when it shows up much earlier, trashing plans for economic recovery.

More horrible people in Texas

Here is the headline to start you off (article is linked):

Texas Lawmakers Are Considering The Death Penalty For Women Who Get Abortions

House Bill 896 aims to criminalize all abortions and defines the procedure as homicide, which is punishable by death in Texas.
Obviously, these people have no respect for the separation of church and state.  But beyond that, this is just another example of the desire by too many Texans to turn Texas into a theocracy.  The Texas Taliban should move to Afghanistan.
If you think Trumpism is bad, wait until you live in a theocracy.

Texas has bigger worries than the border

A chemical fire at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, TX has killed one person and critically injured two others.  The fire occurred April 2, 2019.  On March 17, 2019 there was another fire at a chemical storage facility operated by Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, TX.  The Deer Park fire burned for several days and resulted in air quality warnings being issued.

In 2017 there was an explosion and fire at another facility in Crosby as a result of the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Do a news search for “Texas chemical fire” and you might be amazed at the number and severity of incidents.  This is just a hunch on my part, but it seems that someone in Texas is more likely to be killed or injured by a chemical plant incident than by someone who crossed the southern border.  Let’s hear it for poor regulations with lax enforcement!


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