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still inheriting that wind

February 4, 2023

As I checked the news today for an update on the evil Chinese balloon as big as two or three buses, I discovered that AMC was running Inherit the Wind, a favourite film of mine. Released in 1960, it was one of my first nudges toward adulthood. It was based on the infamous 1925 Scopes monkey trail in Tennessee, where John Scopes was convicted of teaching evolution. The movie is a bit creaky from old age, but the central theme of Faith versus Science (a fight that Faith picked) still burns brightly.

I guess it’s fitting that it’s burning brightest in Florida, the Sunshine State. Ron DeSantis’s reprehensible attack on that elusive yet omnipresent hobgoblin Critical Race Theory has lurched even further into ludicrousness. He bullied the College Board into purging the names of many Black writers and scholars from its new Advanced Placement course in African American Studies. This may play well in Alligator Alley, but I think Ron is over his water skis if he thinks it’ll play nationally. We’ll know soon.

Trump has thrown a few punches DeSantis’s way, but Aging Orange has to burning up a lot of his bile being the Perpetual Victim of various U.S. judicial processes. Other criminals may worry about the other shoe dropping. For Donnie J., though, it’s more like an entire Payless store.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, bless her heart, had to weigh into the fray. In a hearing at one of her juicy committee meetings, she challenged Gene Dodaro, the U.S. Comptroller General and head of the General Accounting Office about Covid funding. Referencing an elementary school in Illinois that supposedly received $5.1 billion, she asked Dodaro “Can you tell me how much money went to CRT?” “CRT?”, Dodaro responded. Greene explained “It’s a racist curriculum used to teach children that somehow their white skin is not equal to black skin and other things.”

Like any seasoned bureaucrat, Dodaro went vague on her, saying “I do not know, but I do know that there’s provisions that the federal funds generally are not used for . . . supposed to be used for curriculum.” However, the look on his face, and I’ll cop to projecting here, was “Marj, you fucking moron.”