A happy story, for a change. Took the liberty of stripping out the intermediate twitter-headers, for easier reading…
As a formerly non-English speaking immigrant, here is a story I cherish.
It's 1997. I just moved from Korea to Los Angeles area. I took regular English courses in Korea, and that was good enough to get me out of ESL classes and into the regular 10th grade classes.
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) May 11, 2018
It was my second day at the biology class. There was a quiz. My bio teacher, Ms. Gallagher, told me I didn’t have to worry about the quiz since I just got to the class, but gave me the quiz sheet anyway.
This is more than 20 years ago, but I still very clearly remember every detail of that quiz sheet. The quiz was about photosynthesis. It had a diagram of a leaf, and I was supposed to write what kind of gas comes to the leaf, what is expelled, etc.
I remember staring at it for about five minutes, slowly getting angry with frustration. I was mad because the quiz was easy. I learned about photosynthesis in Korea as a 7th grade. I knew all the answers. Just not in English.
The quiz was my new reality. I hope you all have a chance to experience this: the experience of suddenly becoming stupid, suddenly having all of your knowledge turning into dust, useless and inaccessible in a new environment with new language.
After five minutes, I just decided to write in the quiz in Korean. It didn’t matter that Ms. Gallagher told me the quiz wouldn’t count; I wasn’t going to turn in a blank quiz sheet. I just had to prove to myself that I didn’t suddenly become stupid.
Two days later, Ms. Gallagher handed out the graded quiz. Then she announced to the class: “[TK] has the highest grade. He had the perfect score.” What – I looked at my quiz sheet. She graded my quiz in Korean, and gave me all the check marks.
I asked Ms. Gallagher (somehow) how she managed to grade my paper. Turned out Ms. Gallagher took my quiz to a Korean Am math teacher at my school. The math teacher’s Korean wasn’t great either, but she looked up the dictionary to help my bio teacher grade my quiz.
I get more emotional each time I think about this. Because the older I get, the more I realize what an extraordinary step Ms. Gallagher took for the sake of her student. She already told me the quiz wouldn’t count. She didn’t have to go through the trouble of grading my quiz.
But Ms. Gallagher graded my quiz. I truly believe that moment changed the trajectory of my immigrant life in the United States. Thanks to my teacher, I was able to prove to myself that I didn’t suddenly turn stupid. I just had to learn the new language.
So I did. I learned English, I studied hard, and graduated second of my class. My graduation speech was like a scene out of Napoleon Dynamite–it was so rambling and so terrible and so accented, my classmates were so confused. They were kind enough not to boo me off the stage.
I moved onto a good college, then a good law school. Now I’m a lawyer and writer who engages the world via my writing. I’ve had writing professors telling me they use my English writing as a model for their students. That blows my mind every time I hear it.
So. Every time a fuckshit like John Kelly talks about non-English speaking immigrants not assimilating to America, I think back to Ms. Gallagher. I remind myself that America has way more Ms. Gallaghers than John Kellys.
Remember: nearly all Americans came from somewhere else. More Americans are coming from abroad as we speak. So if you're born and raised in America, I hope you would be kind and patient with the new arrivals. I hope you would be the Ms. Gallagher to someone else. /end
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) May 11, 2018
I thought I was the only jackal left behind after the rapture I obviously missed.
This made me cry.
I would expect the rapture would leave a lot of jackals around.
John Kelly is just a garbage human being. He is exactly where he is supposed to be. May he suffer more humiliations at the hands of an idiot moron revealing who he is.
Gonna try to get wifey back over here to give some perspective on this. Granted she pretty much grew up in the US but her brother struggled with English at first. Lemme work on her.
It’s a great story, but schools have been hollowed out of all the Ms. Gallagher’s since that encounter.
@Yutsano: tell her we miss her.
That is true. Many, many more. But THEY (WE) ARE NOT IN POWER NOW. How did we let this happen? How do we undo it? The damage they are doing to our country every minute of every day makes me despair.
That story brought me to literal tears, especially the line:
Amen to that, and let’s all aspire to Ms. Gallagherdom every day.
What a great story! Thanks for sharing.
I am seeing people on twitter looking up the ancestors of prominent xenophobes, like Kelly and that blonde Fox personality. They both have grandparents who spoke languages other than English. They are unAmerican. How did this wave of disgusting hatred become so accepted?
@Corner Stone: fuckem. He’s a lying racist like his boss.
This morning we attended services at our Lutheran Church. The church dates from the 1880’s. From its founding to WWI, the services were conducted in German. They only changed to English to be patriotic. Do we think of German immigrants not assimilating? This is the nature of immigration. John Kelly is a complete ass.
@Corner Stone: Co-sign.
Is anyone seeing this wacko Trumpov/ZTE business? (perhaps it was covered in the last thread?)
We penalized them because they were doing all kinds of things against our national interest. Someone (coughJaredcough) got to Trumpov and now he’s fired up to get the back up and running?!?
Trump’s trying to…help out a Chinese phone maker that ran afoul of US law by supplying…Iran…and North Korea???
I did not realize until listening to a podcast yesterday that Trump’s admin was threatening Europe with sanctions if they stay with the Iran deal. I’m honestly mind boggled that this tactic is even being remotely considered. Seth Myers and Obama really hurt Trump’s feelings at that White House Correspondence dinner, huh?
1. John Kelly has obviously not lived anywhere close to recent immigrants (particularly Latino, in my experience) or he would not have made such a stupid statement.
2. I also think that John Kelly would not be able to assimilate with any group of thinking individuals.
@Jeffro: If nothing else, this episode proves (as if it needed proving) just how little he actually cares about economic sanctions against Iran per se. It’s all about ripping up one of Obama’s accomplishments and listening to the sweet warmongering coos of John Bolton and Bibi Netanyahu.
@zhena gogolia: (As we all know,) The first step is voting out the monsters and voting in sensible people.
177 days to go.
Let’s make sure we do everything we’re able to make the future we want…
On a somewhat more mundane note: because I neither am nor have a mother, I took myself off to the nearest Fathom Events cinema for this month’s TCM Classic, Sunset Boulevard. For unknown reasons, it’s another great film that I had never seen. Didn’t even know the context of the famous “ready for my close-up” line.
This is why I so appreciate the TCM series. In just the past year, as several of you may recall, I saw for the first time in my life The Godfather, The Princess Bride, and now today Sunset Boulevard — as well as plenty of other films I know and love but maybe haven’t watched on a big screen for half a century or so.
Next month, a favorite: The Producers :-)
@dmsilev: Exactly. We could ask him about it at a press conference…oh wait, that’s right, he doesn’t do those…and hasn’t for what, two years?
“president* Trumpov, could you tell us why you’re eager to help out a Chinese company that was penalized for trading with Iran in violation of US sanctions?”
He really is going to try and sell out every last bit of this country.
? ?? Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) ? ?
You’re just a bundle of sunshine today, aren’t you?
@Jeffro: Don’t know if it’s true, but have also seen allegations that the Chinese government had them install spyware in their phones sold here, and I imagine everywhere, so they can track and easedrop on all users.
I’m in Connecticut. We don’t count.
@Jeffro: Hey, there are $$ to be made here – forget sanctions and that shit.
My paternal grandmother Pauline arrived in the USA from Germany via Ellis Island in 1912 as a frightened 13-year old girl who didn’t speak a word of English and with only the equivalent of a 6th grade education, paid for by what was essentially a four-year contract of indentured servitude to a dairy farm in Massachusetts. She was accompanied only by her 15-year old sister “Tunta” who also spoke no English when she arrived, her passage similarly paid by what amounted to a contract for indentured servitude.
Back c. 2000, I visited Ellis Island and stood on the balcony above the very huge intake processing room where my grandmother had passed just feet below me nearly 90 years earlier. I was not prepared for how emotionally moving an experience it was – it evoked a vivid imagination of those two young girls, my own grandmother and her sister, trying to cope with the terrifying, yet exciting experience of starting anew in an unfamiliar country with unfamiliar customs. Taking a huge chance to make a new life and opportunities for herself, rather than staying back in Germany in circumstances where her family was scraping by so marginally that they sent their early-teens daughters abroad to America.
Just like the sorts of impoverished, non-English speaking immigrants Kelly says have poor prospects for integrating, only they have browner skin than my grandmother and mostly speak Spanish instead of German.
BTW: my grandmother had three sons, all of whom served in WW2, one (my father) who became an M.D physician who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from college on the GI bill, one of whom graduated in electrical engineering, and one who became an accountant / business consultant, all of whom did very well.
Just as will likely many of the sons and daughters of the immigrants Kelly spoke so dismissively of.
@SiubhanDuinne: You should watch the Godfather 1 and 2 when they arrange them in chronological order.
@Corner Stone: @Smiling Mortician: Teachers have been striking in deep red states. They care about kids.
@SiubhanDuinne: And The Big Lebowski in August.
Major Major Major Major
Lovely tweet thread, thanks for highlighting (and de-tweetifying!) it.
I finally wrote about day 2 of last month’s japan trip.
@Jeffro: Adam or Cheryl can chime in, but the only thing I can think of is Xi will lift the tariffs against soybeans. The soybean farmers might be more important to the asshole than national security.
@Jeffro: Somebody’s getting the Big Grift, Hopefully, because they are so damn incompetent, we may find out sooner rather than later who that is.
If you want to put a long Twitter thread all in one document, tweet @threadreaderapp unroll. It’s a bot that will make a web page with each tweet as a paragraph. Somebody did it for the above thread:
@Corner Stone: Two of my grandchildren attend a school in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with a lot of immigrant students and families, of various backgrounds. In fact, it’s a consciously bilingual school–everyone there takes classes taught in English half the time and in Spanish the other half. (Some kids don’t speak either as their native tongue.) The cafeteria has a border consisting of the flags of all the countries their students come from.
Thanks for an inspiring story. Great that the student T.K. of AAK (? wha? the twitter handle, right?) was so inspired.
I spend about a third of my time teaching, so I also need to remember the example of Ms. Gallagher.
Did you miss the announcement? This year’s rapture will be in July.
@dnfree: That’s great!
that’s likely it. china’s getting him to cry uncle.
Including several states.
Yep. Absolutely. In the run-up to WWI most recently.
This story of the Korean immigrant is wonderful and inspiring.
It is also a reminder of the values we must fight for. We can and will defeat this resurgence of bigotry. We’ve done it before, and we can do it again.
@chopper: Unfortunately, his voters in rural America could care less that our national security is at risk.
My poor desk has a big hole worn in it.
What a wonderful story!
T.K. of AAK has an interesting blog. Doesn’t pull any punches.
Doesn’t like SK conservatives. Claims corruption in SK conservative party messed up some of their own home grown Trumpist BS symbolic policies. Says the speakers aimed at NK that they took down in DMZ didn’t work because previous conservative government embezzled too much money to buy good ones.
Don’t know if true, but I think I’ll remember to check the blog from time to time while the Korean drama unfolds.
Thanks, yes, I plan to.
My paternal grandparents came here (to Boston) separately as adolescents around 1905; he from St Petersburg, she from a shtetl somewhere in Byelorussia. Girls where she grew up received no formal education. .By the time I knew them, both were literate in five languages and read five newspapers in Englsh, Hebrew, and Yiddish every day.
Yup, never seen that either! In my calendar!
@Brachiator: I think a higher proportion of German-Americans were sympathetic and took action to aid their side in both WWI and WWII than Japanese-Americans in WWII. That is a low bar, since Japanese-American treachery was almost zero.
There was quite a lot of tolerance for minorities keeping their culture in the US, if it was not perceived as being a threatening culture. So I think it was considered no big deal if Germans, Swiss-Germans, Norwegians, Swedes (remember Scandinavia was a bunch of shithole countries sending a lot of impoverished malnourished rural folk that did weird folkloric shit and ate crummy food back in the day) , wanted to keep their language in church services and in local communities. And that group included Mexicans in the SW back in the day. When the feds did remember to include them in immigration quotas they weren’t enforced much.
But IIRC correctly the feds went on an anti-German propaganda campaign, and discrimination against German culture in the US during WWI was ferocious. Some of my Swiss-German ancestors changed their names during WWI since the average person couldn’t tell Germans from Swiss-Germans and probably wouldn’t care anyway. All of that filth was the same Hun threat, back then.
How’s your forehead holding up?
@Jeffro: so not only was the Iran deal a bad deal, now the sanctions that led up to the Iran deal were a bad deal. But then that’s always been the case I suppose since the people in 2010 clamoring about starting a war with Iran over its nuclear program were passed off about the sanctions since they prevented the need for war. It’s almost as if they want war, but no wealthy people to be put off by it.
Michael Avenatti follows up on his earlier tweet with photos of the Trump tower lobby on Dec 12, 2016
A good lawyer won’t ask questions he doesn’t already know the answer to.
@SiubhanDuinne: I thought the BJ commentariate was a hard headed lot. Some crummy desk is gong to cause problems?
@Jeffro: Drumpf has been creating jobs all over the world- Russia, China, ect…just not many here…those countries will gladly fill his pockets with cash and keep his dirty secrets…he’s just got to gut the US.
The US Constitution does not specify a national language because only half the country spoke English at the time of the constitutional convention. To further reject the UK, Benjamin Franklin argued in favor of adopting the language that the other half of the population spoke, German, even though he didn’t speak it himself. I have multiple ancestors who fought in German speaking units during the Revolutionary War and five generations of my family were educated in the German language schools that were plentiful in Pennsylvania and the upper midwest. This country has never been a monolingual, English speaking country.
Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady)
The story of knowing something but not in another language reminded me of a student I had at GMI. It was a wholly cooperative engineering college and this young woman was co-oping at the Army Tank and Automotive Command. Some French military people were visiting and she was tapped to accompany them around the facility because her mother was French and they spoke it at home. But she discovered that despite the fact that she’d been designing and testing tank parts, she didn’t know the words for them in French. That never came up at her mother’s dinner table.
Wiki has a nice article on anti=German propaganda in WWI, with some cool posters.
I guess would have been ferocious anti-Italian propaganda too, but IIRC, the Entente countries bought off Italy early in the war with promises of territory after victory, and they switched sides. I hope that is correct, but I don’t have to check before heading out.
Edit: I decided I had time to check, to avoid humiliation by the ace commenters here. Italy didn’t switch sides, just didn’t enter the war at first since it felt WWI was not started on terms that obliged it fight with other members of the Triple Alliance. But some promises of war spoil changed its mind. WWI was a very high minded war, don’t you know? So, my comment on Italy was inaccurate.
Someone else asked this question in an earlier post. Here’s my answer.
Because there might be something in it for him? Or better yet….. What has he been promised by some other sleaze to get him to do that?
At least we can be sure that he did it out of the kindness of his wallet. He has no other motivation. OK that’s only partially true, he has both lust and hate.
Mike in NC
Local TV news just did a bit about a state rep calling out teachers as “unionized thugs”. Of course he’s a Republican.
@Yarrow: down in that thread another part of the Steele dossier is confirmed.
Court documents embedded at link.
@jl: my grandmother started public school in 1921 and was the first kid in her extended family (of about 20 native born cousins by that time.) to attend the public school for English speakers. It was hard on my great grandmother since her side of the family cut off the family for that decision. I think they thought after the war, everything should go back the way it was, with kids studying the Bible in the original German supervised by pastors who only spoke German in church.
We’ve been thinking (for several years) about replacing J’s 2000 Corolla with an electric or plug-in hybrid car. I’ve been doing some reading, off and on, about the various issues. I noticed today that the $7,500 federal tax credit phases out for each manufacturer once they have sold 200,000 units. Tesla and Toyota are getting close (so it’s something to think about if you’ve been eyeing those manufacturers). The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid looks like an interesting car (Honda isn’t close to 200,000 units yet).
I glanced at the warranty downloads and noticed their emission warranty (3 page .pdf):
Most of the federal minimums are 3 years/36,000 miles (A). Most of the items for Oregon (B) are 3/50.
But the California and hangers-on group (C) is 15 years/150,000 miles!!
Take a look at all the items covered, and think about what it would cost if you had to replace them over 15 years… It’s almost enough to make one think about moving across the river to Maryland.
Seriously, it’s obvious that Honda (and presumably the other manufacturers) are able to satisfy the emissions requirements for extended periods (15/150). They choose not to in most of the country. If I were benevolent despot, I would extend that warranty protection country-wide. It would help consumers, and would help air quality.
It’s pocketbook issues that our elected representatives decide every day. We need to make things like this an aspect of the campaign – “The Teabaggers want to destroy the 15 years / 150,000 miles emissions warranties for California and 11 other states. We want to extend those warranty protections to you and everyone else across the country. Vote Team D to help it happen!!”
@Corner Stone: Dude, you’re the one who made the absolute claim about schools being rid of “all” the compassionate teachers. A single example of a compassionate teacher proves you wrong. Pretty sure you’re wrong (speaking as a teacher, BTW).
The Fat Kate Middleton
@jl: One of the families that did that were the Bushes (the presidential family) – before World War I, their family name was Busch.
Ben Cisco (onboard the Defiant)
It’s a beautiful story, and a great reminder of what we’re fighting for. I still believe that there are more of us than them, just have to outnumber them at the ballot box.
The Fat Kate Middleton
@Smiling Mortician: You’re right – he’s not. It’s what teachers do. As a teacher myself, i can testify to this.
@Ruckus: or it could just be that China told Adelson that if he wanted to continue to run casinos in Macau he needed to get that decision reversed
@The Fat Kate Middleton: Some oldsters in my family who were into genealogy found it surprisingly hard after they got serious about it and went back to Civil War. All the original documents were in old very obscure Swiss-German dialects, stuff like birth and local business records and correspondence. All the ancestral oldsters who remembered anything about the lingo were long passed away. English was a second language when doing business with out-of-towners.
@The Fat Kate Middleton: Thanks. And I’ll bet you can.
@SiubhanDuinne: One of my YMCA friends is a special needs teacher in Cincinnati Public School District, She had a student who should have never advanced but did assigned to her class. She said they hated each other. It was so bad the school psychologist told her to be careful. My friend knew of a program that she thought would be most helpful to him, and she lobbied and worked long and hard to get him placed there. He got into the program, his grades improved immediately and they became good friends, meeting for lunch at lunch time. Since his grades were now good he was qualified to join the track team, where he is one of the fastest runners. She said she goes to all of his track meets I gather his mother is not involved much in his life but I don’t really know anything about his home situation) and told him she would always be there for him as long as he continued to “do good”. That story made me tear up, as did this one.
@The Fat Kate Middleton: Huh, so the Bush’s are vile barbaric Huns. That explains a lot. Should have kicked them out when we had a chance.
@Jeffro: @JPL: Beats me. And others. The soybean hypothesis is the first I’ve seen that makes any sense at all. Here’s someone more informed than I am.
There has always been a swing between bigotry and tolerance in the US. Here’s a little tidbit I found in the Wiki about Been Franklin, who had published the first German language paper in the US.
I acknowledge and thank you for your comments about German Americans and the WWI era. Of course, the rise in bigotry became so bad that some people of German ancestry changed their name, and names like Donald suddenly became popular. In England, the royal family became Windsors.
I’ve also read that this was a time when European ethnicity was dowplayed to a degree and people became “white.” The counter-reaction in the South was the rise of racial purity laws and intensified segregation.
@Smiling Mortician: I’ll stand by the “hollowed out” part, based on multiple campuses across a couple different ISD’s. However, I retract the “all” part because I haven’t spoken with every teacher that exists.
It seems fairly obvious that a multi-decade organized action against public schools and public education, education in general, has produced fruit over the last 15 years or so (?). The 2009/2010 belt tightening has yet to be recovered from. I have not been encouraged by what I have encountered, mostly anecdata but a few obvious, observable outcomes.
Many thanks to Anne for this story. It’s been a crazy day, with contradictory messages emanating from the Trumpies on the Sunday shows. But there are more good people out here than bad. We’ve got to pull together and get the bad ones out of power.
@Brachiator: That comment wasn’t aimed at you as if you didn’t know it.
I for one am a proud BJ commenter who likes to spout on issues I think of general interest and on my list of current hobby horses.
One of the issues of general interest and current hobby horses is the extreme ignorance, wrongheadedness bigotry and cynical manipulation (depending on which reactionary we are talking about) of the current race and ethnicity baiting coming from the GOP and Trumpsters.
This is one of the things that people like Kelly are very afraid of. That someone with nothing will come to this country and run rings around people like them. They will be better, they will work harder, and they will be better citizens. Because they are better humans.
Most of us older boomers had many friends/relatives whose parents came here with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, who worked hard and were successful good people. Hell a lot of people a lot younger know people like this, I also know a number of people who came here and have studied, worked hard and made a good life.
My mothers mom is supposed to have come here as an infant from Sicily, my fathers family a couple of generations earlier from Scotland and Ireland.
The reason people like Kelly think that immigrants come here to steal everything is that they think it’s alright to steal everything and can’t see why someone with nothing doesn’t think the same way. But even worse they see everything as Zero Sum. They really do not have any idea of how to make things work or make them better. They are the defective ones.
@Yarrow: And Michael Avenatti is a very good lawyer. I expect he’s got the cancelled check, an the thank you note confirming the quo was received in exchange for the quid.
No wonder Trump didn’t want anyone looking into his finances – he knew that was where the evidence of criminal activity would be found.
@HAL: yep. So ZYE will be given a pass while Germany is going to have to pay if Siemens does business in Iran. And if they ball, he’ll just humiliate Merkel by handing her another invoice for something.
From grammar school on, I grew up around classmates that were at most, second generation. Either their parents, but most certainly their grandparents didn’t speak English. Never occurred to me that they shouldn’t be here.
Phuck all those racist muthaphuckas ?
You’re thinking in terms of a comprehensive foreign policy. Trump doesn’t do that. Trump specifically doesn’t believe in that, even if he were smart enough to keep one straight. Trump likes tariffs, for the bullying aspect and because they reflect his prejudices, but tariffs aren’t part of this deal. Trump likes negotiating specific deals, by himself. Trump hates regulations, hates them with an unholy passion that rivals his hatred of minorities. And of course, he’s corrupt as shit. If China offered to line his pocket personally in some way, this deal would be an easy sell to Trump.
I’ve studied history more over the years and constantly run across stuff I never knew, or that I misunderstood.
Quick example, brought to mind by this thread. For a long time, I didn’t know that the “Pennsylvania Dutch” were actually of German origin.
For drumpf it will always come back around to his wallet or who he hates, with hate a distant second. He’s making a change, there’s a reason and it’s money that benefits him somewhere. It could be money going to DB for loans he owes. It could be for his legal slush fund, that is going to need a lot more than it could possibly have in it now.
But never forget it is always quid pro quo with him and not for any other reason. Always.
Avenatti is just phucking with them again..??
@Jeffro: How much did ZTE give Cohen? Inquiring minds want to know.
That comment wasn’t aimed at you as if you didn’t know it.
That is an epic twitter thread.
If Trump had said nothing else, or even lots else, this simple two sentence part would still never make sense. It is completely unparsable.
This is why Trump and the Republicans have to be defeated. Otherwise, they will turn their bigotry into immigration law, and many people will never have the opportunity to prove Kelly wrong.
@Brachiator: Yes, my mom was “Pennsylvania Dutch”, and she explained that it was actually “Pennsylvania Deutsch”.
So no different than anything else the moron utters?
There are still plenty of great teachers. A bunch of them went on strike this year.
Meanwhile, conservatives try to re-write history. From HuffPo.
Oh, the irony:
@Major Major Major Major: lovely pictures but what is that fried thing you’re eating? Did it taste better than it looks?
That story proves yet again that our teachers are one of our greatest treasures.
@Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady): I used to work at that Michigan Tank Command!
Speaking of car wrecks. This may leave a mark.
Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light
“A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has rear-ended a fire department truck at 60 mph (97 kph) apparently without braking before impact, but police say it’s unknown if the Autopilot feature was engaged.”
I mean, I guess if you have to slam into somebody then a fire truck sounds like a decent choice.
@Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady):
I’ve never asked you before, but am curious: when you taught at GMI, where did you live?
So just another move to undo what Obama did.
The history of this era will be interesting, because it will be written by the political victors.
Either the decline US standing in the world begins with Bush, Jr lying us into the Iraq war or it begins with Obama starting his Presidency with a “global apology tour”.
@Another Scott: We have a Volt, get one. It’s a great car. Charging it daily, upped our power bill an average of 28 bucks a month. The gas engine in the Volt is a generator, if you run out of electric power, it starts and makes more juice. The Volt is the perfect step to take before full electric cars increase their range and knock off the anxiety factor of driving them. Our Volt has been a perfect commuter car for Mrs. J for over 4 years. Drive one you’ll like it, a lot.
J R in WV
Frankly, if I was a nation in the EU, I would tell Trump that sanctions can work both ways.
Want French wine, German cars, Italian food, vacations in Europe? Ease up or do without.
Want to visit Europe? Apply for a visa, and include your voter’s registration documents… R’s need not apply. Learn to fight dirty when you have to fight a pig.
A lot of Trump’s supporters can’t live without French and other EU locale food stuffs. Make them squeal.
Got no sympathy for these fucking crab industry Trump voters in MD.
I love that story. Thanks??
What’s really interesting? I could have predicted the group C states with about 90% accuracy. Would have possibly added Hawaii, and possibly expected Oregon to be in C rather than its own category.
But otherwise, yup. CA and WA, then all of New England (except usual hold out NH), then the other northeastern states.
A frequent pattern of how good laws expand their reach in the U.S.
I love people bringing receipts on these muthaphuckas?
Not one ounce of sympathy?
@Jager: Thanks for the report! Appreciated.
We were smart enough not to vote for a grifting TRAITOR
So, Phuck You and Your Mother
@rikyrah: My maternal grandmother came here from Hungary as a teenager between the World Wars. Her older sister had married a dentist and as a result, there was no money left to provide a dowry for my grandmother — you had to cough up a lot of dough if you wanted someone with the status of a dentist to take your daughter off your hands.
So my grandmother came here and worked as a sort of informal indentured servant to some distant relatives who were already settled here before moving on to other things.
All this of way as saying, Tomi Lahren has it backwards. People who were comfortable in Europe did not uproot themselves. It was the poor people who were motivated to give up everything they knew and had to cross the ocean.
(The epilogue to this story is that my grandmother was safely ensconced in the Bronx while her sister and her dentist husband perished in the Holocaust. Their daughter survived and eventually came here.)
@Jager: I agree. My brother has a Volt, loves it. AFAIK it’s the only serial gas-electric hybrid instead of parallel. Which means, like you say, the gas engine doesn’t drive the wheels, it charges the batteries. All the others have two drivetrains in parallel, which seems needlessly complicated to me.
Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady)
@SiubhanDuinne: Birmingham. Mr DAW commuted the other way to Redford. Before that, we lived in the city near 7 mile and Woodward.
Bill Murry’s speech from “STRIPES” (SFW)
Dorothy A. Winsor (formerly Iowa Old Lady)
@Gretchen: It was a pretty big place, I guess.
@Jager: seconded. A colleague has one, which they recharge at work everyday. They love it.
What’s the net monthly energy cost or energy savings?
What is the rang of the vehicle?
Do you use it mainly for daily commute? Short trips?
J R in WV
I must say, I’m loving all these right-wing bigots who preach about foreigners who don’t speak English and will never adapt, who then get to read about their ancestors who snuck in, didn’t speak English, sold fruits, and wound up doing very well.
Screw those bigots. My grandfather didn’t speak any English until he first went to school, lost his leg in a farm accident at 13, which meant he lost his job! and still did very well indeed. He wound up a successful businessman with many employees who loved working for him.
@Ruckus: What is the DB to which, or whom, Trump owes money? Thanks. Deuche Bank?
@HILFY: yes. Deutsche Bank.
@Brachiator: Range is like any other gas powered car. My brother has driven from his place to mine, 225 miles, no sweat. He plugs it in here overnight. I don’t know the range of electric-only, but if he only uses it for commuting, he doesn’t buy gas more than once a month or so.
@Corner Stone: Not all. As miserable as things are for teachers, many Mrs. Gallaghers are still hanging in there, fighting for their kids. We have to fight with them and for them.
@Jeffro: ZTE bribed Trump Org. Same as what Europe will do. Same as Qatar. Putin does the same with the oligarchs. Trump, like Putin, is a mob boss, a thug.
@Brachiator: This grandson of a Chinese immigrant looks at my grandparents….and laughs at the stupid bwok gwai.
If we all strive to be the light in the darkness, the darkness goes away.
It also helps if we pay our teachers more.
My grandmother’s family came from Romania around 1906, when she was 10. Her generation were mostly seamstresses, deli cooks, newsboys, secondhand furniture peddlers. Their sons and daughters became teachers, college professors, lawyers, and doctors, and their kids — my generation — the same, with “computer professional” added in. But I think the seamstresses and newsboys contributed to America as much as their better-educated kids, because they truly valued education and upheld good ethics — which is more than John Kelly has ever done.
You reminded me — in the sixth grade, our class of 50 did some ‘melting pot’ research; exactly *one* of our classmates had four grandparents who were born in America. (Which is, IIRC, not something Donald Trump can claim, either.)
There were two school systems in my home town in Wisconsin until 1917. The smaller one was in English, the larger in German. When I was a kid, there were still people literate in German, but not English.
When I taught middle school (20+ years ago), about 1/3 of the kids were either first or second generation, mostly from central america or east asia, but plenty of other places as well. I taught a girl who had spent much of her childhood in a refugee camp in Afghanistan, the daughter of an Egyptian diplomat, and the son of a deposed west African dictator, as well as lots of kids from El Salvador, Korea and Vietnam.
It was probably my favorite thing about the school. I had considerable autonomy over my lesson planning, and I spent a great deal of time studying the history of the many waves of immigration to this country. I had the privilege to know hundreds of living refutations of Kelly’s lies and bigotry.