Gerrymandering Could Go to Sup. Court This Year

A big test, not just for our democracy, but whether the Court itself has any credibility.

Toxic gerrymandering has to go.  I don’t care if Democrats don’t get to gerrymander anymore.  I’m confident enough to believe we don’t need it.  If Republicans really thought they had the better ideas, they wouldn’t have to also tip the scales.

Now the Wisconsin case is headed to a Supreme Court that has repeatedly said that extreme partisan gerrymanders are unconstitutional, but has never found a way to decide which ones cross the line.

I Need a Good Laugh and Trump’s Lawyers Always Deliver

Apparently they believe that your first amendment rights are negated when you step into one of his rallies.  You have no right to protest at his rallies, nope!

Trump’s lawyers also argue that he had every right to call for the removal the protesters since they “obviously interfered with the Trump campaign’s First Amendment right” by “vigorously expressing their disdain for Mr. Trump,” including by chanting and holding up signs depicting Trump’s face on the body of a pig, among other anti-Trump messages.

“Of course, protesters have their own First Amendment right to express dissenting views, but they have no right to do so as part of the campaign rally of the political candidates they oppose,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.

Like everyone else in Trump’s satellite, his lawyers are either nuts or incompetent. These are the same lawyers who are arguing that he can’t be sued over his various frauds and misdeeds before he entered the WH, because now he’s president!  You know like Clinton couldn’t be sued… oh nevermind.

Karma fucking hates this guy!

 

 

“The Handmaid’s Tale” Getting More Disturbingly Real Every Year

Margaret Atwood wrote “The Handmaid’s Tale” as a warning in 1985 to all those white Christian women who were working to, in effect, keep themselves down.  31 years later they’re still at it, trying to co-opt the term feminist while denying women choices, and they put creeps like Trump in the White House along with his Super Christianist creep buddies Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions.

Sarah Jones is an ex-fundamentalist who did the whole fundy church/school thing and woke up.  She says The Handmaid’s Tale is a Warning to Conservative Women.

Christian activists, the Phyllis Schlafly’s of the world, killed the Equal Rights Amendment and reviled birth control, evangelizing for women to live up to their Biblical destinies to be wives and mothers, denying them the greater world.  Of course, Schlafly herself was in that great big world of ideas and politics, not home with her husband and kids.  The patriarchy that these women advocate for would deny them their outspoken positions. How sad to sell yourself short, even sadder to sell yourself out.

For nearly 20 years, I believed that real feminists—women who truly cared about other women—hated abortion and careers and dresses that showed too much collarbone. The Christian churches and schools I attended assured me that empowerment awaited at home, in the arms of the husband I would marry young and then provide with endless children…

Two events convinced me to leave the church. The first: I read The Handmaid’s Tale. The second: The university’s all-female, pro-abstinence organization held a “modesty panel” for campus women. The speakers were all men—professors, classmates, the campus pastor—who held forth about appropriate swimsuits and wedding dresses and the pernicious specter of girls in pajama pants. Most people listened and thought that was fine: It was pro-woman. After all, women organized it! They just wanted to help us protect our value. This is why women couldn’t preach, or get abortions if they didn’t want to be pregnant, or fall in love with other women.

The new Hulu series should be fascinating and hopefully will be a cultural touchstone that acts to wake the unwoken to the inherent dangers in giving your power away to those who would accept it and hold sway over you.

Do They Not Hear Themselves?

Hat tip to Atrios.  I see Nick Kristof in the cafeteria in my workplace all the time and have nothing to say to him.  Of course now that I’d like to grab him, shake him and ask him if he thinks maybe he encouraged Trump with his bullshit encouragement, I won’t run into him.

 

Capture

 

Things Are Sure Different – Fast Food Play Places Going Away

Raising our kids mostly in California mostly in the ’90s, it was a thing to just get in the car and go to McDonalds, Burger King or Carl’s Jr. so the kids could eat and play in the ball pits or climb on the slides with other kids their age.  Eater.com says those amenities are going away as the chains save money on space and upkeep and the kids aren’t so interested anymore anyway.

How much do kids today care if McDonald’s has a playground? They have iPads and Game Boys, and their parents might not even be taking them to fast-food restaurants anyway. According to Technomic, a food-service research and consulting firm, families with kids going to McDonald’s fell from 18.6 percent in 2011 to 14.6 percent in 2014…

According to Tristano, it doesn’t make much business sense for a fast-food restaurant to invest in a playground now. The square footage alone costs money, not to mention the equipment, the maintenance, the safety hazards, and the insurance costs. “Over the last 30 or 40 years, we’ve seen the larger playground shifting to a smaller, condensed playground and, in some cases, moving outside, which doesn’t help in the winter. It’s evolved to a point where it’s smaller and much less relevant.”

I mean, I feel bad that we fed our kids so much poison, but the playplaces were mostly cool.  There was the occasional asshole adult that would appoint themselves the playground police and yell at somebody else’s kids.  That was not cool!

It’s bad enough that my kids grew up so differently than I did.  But now even my kids can look back at this next generation and shake their heads and say “we had it better.”

Only fair, actually.  Tee hee hee!!!

And time marches ON!!!

 

Sucky Blogging This Week

To catch up a bit:

Republicans can’t help themselves in trying to stop people from voting news:

But courts are still (mostly) on the right side of this.  A District Court in Texas held that a Texas gerrymandering scheme was a violation of the Voting Rights Act and intentionally drew districts on racial grounds.

________________

The Florida Supreme Court restored voting rights to 1,000,000 people.

“Florida is one of only three states with a lifetime ban on voting,” Bailey went on. “This amendment modernizes Florida’s criminal justice rules by bringing our state in line with others nationwide.”

_______________

In the GA-06 runoff, GA officials are trying to say that nobody can register to vote after the primary last Tuesday and be eligible to vote in the runoff.  There’s a 30 day cutoff in GA so you can’t register more than 30 days before an election.  GOP officials are trying to push the idea that the runoff is just an extension of the primary and so the cut off should be 30 days before April 18, cutting off anybody who might register between now and the June 20, runoff.

That will not fly.

______________

There’s a special election in Montana coming up and Montana is not Georgia or Kansas. They have statewide elected Dems there and the Democratic candidate for the open House seat is a very active campaigner.  The DCCC is coming in there.

 

 

 

Any Day We Say Goodbye to Chaffetz and O’Reilly is a Good Day

O’Reilly represents another tent post in the circus that is Fox News driven from the network by sexual harassment, this time, unlike Megyn Kelly, it was because he was the one committing it.  I’m sure O’Reilly would tell us not to cry for him, rather cry for white men of a certain age who just can’t get a break in our all-spin zone, feminized society. You can’t call a women “sugar tits” anymore without being misunderstood and demonized.  It’s a complement, honey!!  I’d like to toast Long Island-by-way-of-Harvard’s own truth telling Bill O’Reilly by saying so-long sugar tits.  I’m complementing your man boobs honey, just in case you don’t get it, pinhead!

Fuck it!  We’ll do it live!!

Jason Chaffetz has given us notice that he’s taking his investigative ball home with him at the end of this term.  I blame Hillary Clinton.  Chaffetz was looking forward to being able to explore the target rich environment for oversight investigations that Clinton provided. But with Trump winning, Mr. Clean that he is, with absolutely no opportunities for investigations into his ethics or conflicts of interest, what’s the point, huh?