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Whom would Jesus kidnap?

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

— Jesus Christ, from Matthew 25

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Undocumented immigrants were bussed from Texas to Washington, D.C., in August, by “Christo”fascist frat-boy Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a cruel political stunt meant only to shore up his own mean-spirited, racist, xenophobic bona fides in advance of his next election.

There are many excellent reasons that I loathe the Repugnicans. Where to begin?

Their mean-spiritedness and rank cruelty? Their rank hypocrisy? Their deep, often intentional ignorance? Their antipathy toward actual democracy and democratic outcomes that don’t go their way? Their spoiled-and-entitled-frat-boy behavior? Their selfishness? Their racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia? Their claim to be “Christians” even when they directly violate the basic tenets of the Bible that are written in black and white (such as the gem from The New Testament above)?

The Repugnicans’ recent tactic of rounding up undocumented immigrants from south of the southern border and sending them to faraway places of the United States the immigrants had not intended to go just in time for the midterm elections! — exemplifies all or most of the lovely Repugnican characteristics that I just listed in the last paragraph.

By the “Christians'” own teachings, such as the excerpt from the Gospel of Matthew above, in which Jesus Christ himself describes how “judgment day” will go, they’re going to hell themselves.

I mean, I don’t believe in hell, but if there were a hell, they’d be a perfect fucking fit for it. They belong there. (If there actually is a hell, it’s where they fucking came from.) They’re certainly doing their best to make it hell here on earth, replete with ever-increasing global temperatures, ever-increasing fires, warfare and strife, shitting and pissing on the already downtrodden (just like Jesus Christ taught us to do!), ensuring that the burdens of society all fall on the backs of others (usually the comparatively powerless), etc.

Seriously, though, I wish that the United States of America were a “Christian” theocracy and I were the Chief Judge of What Is and What Is Not Christian, based solely on the actual contents of the New Testament.

Instead of using a constitution as the justification for my rulings, I’d use the plain fucking text of the New Testament. Today’s “Christians” would lose almost every fucking case, because if there were a Satan, it would be Satan whom they serve.

We don’t have a theocracy, though — not yet (the “Christo”fascists are working hard on instituting a Satanic theocracy that calls itself “Christian,” however) — and so we’ll have to go with existing law, and I can’t imagine that it is legal to transport any individual, U.S. citizen or not, to a location where he or she does not wish to be.

It’s kidnapping, even if it’s done coercively (including primarily or solely with false promises) instead of with actual physical force.

It’s a blatant violation of human rights, and I cannot imagine that it does not violate international human-rights law.

It eerily at least borders on human trafficking.

This is what the Repugnicans stand for.

VOTE.

P.S. The New York Times today reports on the latest Repugnican-perpetrated mass kidnapping and human-rights abuses:

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Migrants shipped to this elite vacation island [Martha’s Vineyard] by Florida’s Republican governor [Ron DeSantis] said [today] that they had been misled about where they were being taken, prompting immigration lawyers to promise legal action as the group of Venezuelans were relocated temporarily to a federal military base.

The lawyers said they would seek an injunction in federal court early next week to stop the flights of migrants to cities around the country, alleging that the Republican governor had violated due process and the civil rights of the migrants flown from Texas to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts.

“They were told, ‘You have a hearing in San Antonio, but don’t worry, we’ll take you to Boston,’” said Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, the executive director for Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston. He said dozens of the migrants had told his team they only had been informed midair that they were going to land in tony Martha’s Vineyard rather than Boston.

“They were also told there would be employment opportunities and immigration relief available to them if they boarded the plane,” Mr. Espinoza-Madrigal said. “That’s not only state interference with federal immigration matters, it’s also a violation of our clients’ civil rights.” …

You can read the entire news story here.

I hope that the overreaching red-state-(of-course) fascists who believe that they have jurisdiction over federal immigration matters are prosecuted to the fullest extent of federal law.

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Lady Lindsey is helping the Democrats to keep the Senate come November

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Gee, for some reason, I don’t think that Lindsey Graham ever will have to worry about getting anyone pregnant… (Graham is shown above at a press conference today at which he rolled out his bill to impose a federal abortion ban that would seriously restrict abortion rights in all 50 states.)

After the Dobbs decision came down from the papist-controlled U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 after the Repugnicans treasonously had stolen at least two seats on the court in order to orchestrate such bullshit, backasswards, theocratic rulings, I’d thought that the Repugnicans would keep their fucking mouths shut on the topic of abortion at least until after the November midterm elections.

But I guess it’s hard for mouth-breathers to keep their mouths shut, because U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina today introduced a bill that would impose a federal 15-week nationwide ban on abortion with limited exceptions.

(Under Graham’s plan, backasswards states with even more draconian abortion restrictions would keep those restrictions, but no state in the U.S. could allow abortion after 15 weeks except with limited exceptions. Roe vs. Wade, which Dobbs destroyed, prohibited the states from prohibiting abortion until after fetal viability; a fetus is not viable until around 24 weeks.)

So much for “states’ rights” and for the Repugnicans having no interest in trying to impose a 50-state ban on abortion. (Lady Lindsey herself, ever fickle, publicly declared just last month that the issue of abortion should be left up to each state.)

Despite the fact that a fetus is not viable until around 24 weeks, Lady Lindsey “argues” that in some other nations, there is a 12- or 14-week abortion ban, and she grandiosely proclaimed, “I picked 15 weeks” because “the science tells us the nerve endings are developed to the point that the unborn child feels pain.” The New York Times, however, wholly unshockingly notes that “There is no scientific consensus on whether or when a fetus can feel pain.” (The links in the quote are the Times’.)

The Times also reports that “There is no chance that Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the [U.S. Senate] majority leader, would allow such a bill to receive a vote in the Senate, where his party has been focused on preserving abortion access after the Supreme Court’s ruling in June ending the constitutional right to abortion.” (Again, the links are the Times’.)

I note that today, fivethirtyeight.com’s least-forgiving elections forecasting model now gives the Democrats a 72 percent chance of retaining their control of the U.S. Senate after the November general elections — the highest chance that I’ve ever seen fivethirtyeight.com give the Dems of keeping the Senate, and I rather obsessively check fivethirtyeight.com’s forecasts every day. These numbers can change, so here is a screen shot from right now:

So I’m at a loss as to what Lady Lindsey’s political “strategy” is here. She’s not up for re-election until 2026, the Democrats are on track to keep control of the U.S. Senate at least through January 2025, and even a Faux “News” poll found last month that 60 percent of Americans oppose Dobbs and think that Roe vs. Wade should have stood. (Only 38 percent in the poll supported Dobbs, and 2 percent somehow were unsure.)

An even more recent poll on abortion by Quinnipiac University found that a combined 66 percent of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while only a combined 29 percent believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases (6 percent somehow were unsure or just would not or did not answer).

So how, exactly, Lady Lindsey is helping the Repugnicans for the midterm elections that will take place in less than two months rather baffles me.

Still, I wholeheartedly recommend to every Repugnican official that he or she (or it) keep talking publicly about the “need” for a nationwide ban on abortion.

P.S. Also, former “President” Pussygrabber baby-boomerishly refusing to relinquish the spotlight after he lost the last presidential election should only help more than harm the Dems in November. Right now, per fivethirtyeight.com, Pussygrabber’s approval rating is only 38.6 percent to President Joe Biden’s 42.6 percent approval rating.

In elections as close as ours have been as of late, that 4-percent difference in the party standard-bearers’ approval ratings could make a difference.

I surmise that with his venom and bile Pussygrabber can fire up his base of mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers — which is, I surmise, no more than around 38 percent of Americans — but that his continued presence on the national stage only reminds the American voters how far the Repugnican Party has fallen into far-right-wing cray-cray and (theo)fascism.

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Liz Cheney gets no fucking medal

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Repugnican Classic U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney gives the Pussygrabberian Repugnicans (which is most of them) a headache, and that’s fucking great, but she’s still very much a Repugnican with repugnant political views.

Today, Repugnican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (the only U.S. rep for the barely populated Wyoming) is expected to lose the Repugnican primary election for her job, big-time, to Pussygrabber-endorsed, bug-eyed nut job Harriet Hageman. (You have to be a nut job to be endorsed by former “President” Pussygrabber, and you have to be ethics-free; before he’ll endorse you, Pussygrabber has to feel confidant that you would do everything in your power to help throw the 2024 presidential election to him in the event that he runs and loses again.)

More Democrats than Repugnicans will miss Liz, it seems; apparently it is tempting to some if not many (if not most) to think that the enemy of our enemy is our friend.

While except for the repetitive portions I’ve enjoyed watching every single televised hearing of the U.S. House committee investigating the treasonous attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, by Pussygrabber’s brain-dead flying monkeys who were commanded by him just as the flying monkeys in “The Wizard of Oz” were acting on the orders of the Wicked Witch of the West, I’ve never felt that Liz Cheney, vice chair of the January 6 House committee, even though she’s helping to damage the Pussygrabberian Repugnican Party (not that these fucktards have needed much help with that), especially is our friend.

Cheney’s homophobic past (including attacks on her own lesbian sister) not sitting well with this gay man aside, and aside from her father being a war criminal whose treasonous actions she has, to my knowledge, never criticized (Papa Cheney was instrumental in getting the United States to launch the wholly bogus Vietraq War, using September 11, 2001, as the pretext), when I recently visited Cheney’s campaign website to see if maybe I could give her a tiny bit of money (because Hageman is a total fucking lunatic and because I do to at least some degree appreciate the precious few Repugnicans who are standing up to the neo-fascist Pussygrabberianism [even though, as I’m about to tell you, they don’t exactly deserve fucking medals for that]), I clicked on “Issues” on the homepage and perused it a bit. Under “Issues” is “Protecting life,” and under “Protecting life,” Liz Cheney’s campaign proclaims:

Protecting life is one of the most important responsibilities of elected officials and it’s something Liz takes very seriously. Unfortunately, the rights of the unborn are under attack by far-left advocates. She’s proud to be a co-sponsor of the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act, and enthusiastically signed a discharge petition to bring this legislation to the House floor for an up-or-down vote. Babies who are born after failed abortion attempts deserve every possible protection, and those unwilling to support legislation to do that are endorsing a policy tantamount to infanticide.

Liz also proudly co-sponsored legislation that would: (1) prevent taxpayer funding for abortion; (2) defund Planned Parenthood; and (3) prevent abortions after 20 weeks. She’s proud of her pro-life record and will always be an outspoken voice in defense of all human life. [Except, of course, for the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis her father helped to slaughter in the Vietraq War, as well as the almost 4,500 U.S. troops who died only for blatant corporate profiteering via the Vietraq War, such as that by Dick Cheney’s Halliburton and other greedy, shameless war contractors, and by Big Oil.]

Yeah, on Liz’s stance on abortion, just: No.

Per the Pew Research Center:

In 2019, 56 percent of legal abortions in clinical settings occurred via some form of surgery, while 44 percent were medication abortions involving pills, according to the CDC. Since the Food and Drug Administration first approved abortion pills in 2000, their use has increased over time as a share of abortions nationally. [Preliminary data from a] forthcoming study says that 2020 was the first time that more than half of all abortions in clinical settings in the U.S. were medication abortions.

And also per Pew:

The vast majority of abortions — around nine in 10 — occur during the first trimester of a pregnancy. [The average full-term pregnancy is about 40 weeks.] In 2019, 93 percent of abortions occurred during the first trimester — that is, at or before 13 weeks of gestation, according to the CDC. An additional 6 percent occurred between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, and 1 percent were performed at 21 weeks or more of gestation.” (Emphasis mine.)

So here is Liz Cheney repeatedly equating abortion to “infanticide,” and raising the abject horror of all of these babies still alive after botched abortions just being slaughtered, when 1 percent of the abortions in 2019 were performed at or after 21 weeks. (A fetus is considered viable after about 24 weeks.)

So that degree of lying and fear-mongering takes Liz Cheney out of the category of any politician I could ever give a fucking penny to (or cast a vote for — of course, I don’t, and never fucking would, live in Wyoming, the reddest so-called state in the nation).

Abortion is only one issue, I hear you “argue,” but no, with 60 percent of Americans in even a recent Faux “News” poll saying that Roe vs. Wade should not have been overturned, Cheney’s stances on abortion, including to “defund Planned Parenthood,” are the whack-job minority view.

And, again, Cheney just flat-out lies and fear mongers to support this whack-job minority view, and whether she truly believes her own bullshit about abortion or is just catering to the mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers of her backasswards state, I don’t care. Being a true believer of her own lies makes her a fucking moron, and lying through her teeth just to please her base base demonstrates incredibly shitty character.

Don’t get me wrong, though; I don’t look forward to the Harriet Hageman years — we already have more than enough wild-eyed, right-wing/fascist whackos in Congress — and I invite all Repugnicans who can find a fucking semblance of a fucking spine to publicly oppose Pussygrabberianism/neo-fascism.

But you should oppose fascism (and treason, which goes hand-in-hand with fascism), period.

That would be doing the bare fucking minimum, so no, you don’t get a fucking medal for that.

So no fucking medal for Liz Cheney, but if she wants to keep working to prevent Pussygrabber from ever becoming “president” again, as she says she does, I’m A-OK with that.

P.S. I’ve long wondered how much Liz Cheney has truly cared about the survival of our democracy against these “Stop the Steal” hypocrites and traitors who are crying “election fraud!” while (of course!) trying to perpetrate election fraud themselves (such as in Georgia, for which Pussygrabber & Co. are being investigated) — and how much Liz Cheney has just been pissed off that, being the daughter of a Repugnican-Classic former “vice president,” she’s had her eye on the White House for herself for a very long time, and this upstart Pussygrabberianism unexpectedly has stood in her way, blocking her path to the Oval Office as a Repugnican Classic.

I don’t think that Liz is as selfless in all of this as she paints herself to be. Indeed, she still apparently has her eye on the Oval Office.

P.P.S. Seriously, though, it’s only a matter of time before I see this “woman” in my nightmares:


As a white man, I want to apologize to my Native American brothers and sisters not only for what the white man has done to you, but also for Harriet Hageman…

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Lock! Him! Up! redux

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Bad boy, bad boy, whatchya gonna do when they come for you? (An FBI officer stands outside of former “President” Pussygrabber’s compound in Florida on Monday. The FBI, acting on a federal judge’s authorized search warrant, carted away several boxes of material from the White House that the National Archives and Records Administration had demanded from the former “president” but that the former “president,” being way, way above the law, had refused to part with.)

I’ve learned not to hold my breath, but this time, former “President” Pussygrabber might — might — actually be going down.

A raid by the FBI on his gaudy stucco fortress in Florida, the first time that any former “president’s” abode has been involuntarily visited by the cops whom the Repugnican wuv so much except when said cops actually dare to hold Repugnican cult leaders and/or their cult followers to account to the law.

(And no, Pussygrabberians, this can’t happen to me, too, since I don’t actually have illegally pilfered White House documents and other items illegally stored in my home, fuck you very much.)

And Pussygrabber steadfastly taking the Fifth when ordered to appear to answer questions in the New York state attorney general’s probe of his possibly probably illegal business dealings in the state.

Because if I were innocent, I know that I would plead the Fifth Amendment. It would be my only option!

Of course, Pussygrabber’s millions of mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging cult members are buying Pussygrabber’s lies that he’s a victim in all of this, a “target” of a “Democrat” “witch hunt.” Pussygrabber has been doing this — tying up others and trying to tie up others into his own criminal behavior — his entire overprivileged life because he’s a fucking pussy who cannot stand on his own, but who must always hide behind others and be bailed out by others, such as the incredible idiots who actually followed his orders to attack the U.S. Capitol in order to treasonously, illegally keep him in power but who are now behind bars (where they belong) while he remains free.

Pussygrabber is beyond pathetic; he’s a bully — until and unless he’s actually confronted for his brazen, often criminal behavior, at which time he’s then a poor, hapless “victim.” And his brainless followers, like Charlie Brown yet once again stupidly falling for the fucking football trick, fall for this blatant bullshit every fucking time, displaying to all of us their low IQs as if on their own personal, brightly lit billboards.

Pussygrabber keeps using the same, tired, old tactics because they always work on his base of degenerates, who are a minority of the U.S. but who are intractable and incorrigible.

As of late, Pussygrabber’s flying brain-dead monkeys have been threatening civil war over the prospects of Pussygrabber actually being held criminally accountable for his crimes for fucking once in his pathetic, too-long life.

Ooooo, I’m quaking. Because on January 6, 2021, these same animal-skin-wearing, basement-dwelling incels were so effective at keeping Pussygrabber in power against the wishes of the clear majority of the American people.

Don’t get me wrong; I think one of the greatest mistakes in U.S. history is that in the Civil War, the North didn’t wipe every Southerner cleanly from the face of the planet, but left them to continue to drag the nation down to this very day.

But things were quite different back in the 1860s.

Anyone trying to perpetrate any large-scale overthrow of the U.S. government today would be found out eventually, because there’s no way that among the number of people who would have to be involved in such a large-scale conspiracy — which would have to involve the U.S. military to be successful — the conspiracy could be kept quiet for long, and I assume that law-enforcement informants routinely infiltrate these domestic-terrorist groups anyway.

Yes, as they demonstrated on January 6, 2021, the fascist, anti-democratic, mostly white-supremacist thugs can cause some limited death and destruction, but can they take over the entire nation in a civil war? The clueless fucktards who perpetrated January 6 sure the fuck can’t.

But further, I’m confident that the populace of the United States is much more geographically intermixed, politically, than it was during the Civil War; the line between the North and the South is not as clearly defined today as it was during the Civil War era, as Americans move around the nation like they never did back in the 1860s.

Progressive, actual Americans live in red states and fascist troglodytes live in blue states, yes, sometimes in enclaves, but often so mixed together in the same neighborhoods that in the event of a Civil War 2.0, how would you know who is friend and who is foe? Good luck with that.

Still, let the Pussygrabberian fucktards (redundant) throw their little tantrums.

We no longer will be a nation ruled by laws — instead of by lame-ass mob bosses like Pussygrabber, whose eventual death will be cause for not just national, but global (hell, even cosmic) celebration — if we actual Americans just allow lame, Neanderthaloid threats of retaliatory violence to make us too afraid to prosecute even obvious, abject criminals like Pussygrabber.

I say it again: Lock! Him! Up!

Our nation’s future probably depends on it.

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Hidin’ Biden should be primaried if he refuses to step aside for 2024

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom appears at a middle school in October. A presidential candidate like Newsom in 2024 would energize the Democratic Party base, including younger voters. In any event, President Joe Biden should not run for re-election, but if he does, he should be primaried, because much, much more is at stake than one man’s ego or feelings (or the egos or feelings of Democratic Party hacks, who would lead us even further down the road to ruin only to please themselves and their hackish sensibilities).

Things aren’t looking great for Uncle Joe.

His average approval rating, per fivethirtyeight.com, right now is at only 38.5 percent. (For a long time his approval rating languished somewhere in the low 40s, but for the past month or so, he’s been in the upper 30s.)

Fivethirtyeight.com notes that President Joe Biden’s current approval rating “is now the worst of any elected president at this point in his presidency since the end of World War II.”

So it comes as no shock that earlier this week The New York Times reported:

President Biden is facing an alarming level of doubt from inside his own party, with 64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll, as voters nationwide have soured on his leadership, giving him a meager 33 percent job-approval rating.

Widespread concerns about the economy and inflation have helped turn the national mood decidedly dark, both on Mr. Biden and the trajectory of the nation. More than three-quarters of registered voters see the United States moving in the wrong direction, a pervasive sense of pessimism that spans every corner of the country, every age range and racial group, cities, suburbs and rural areas, as well as both political parties.

Only 13 percent of American voters said the nation was on the right track — the lowest point in Times polling since the depths of the financial crisis more than a decade ago.

For Mr. Biden, that bleak national outlook has pushed his job approval rating to a perilously low point. Republican opposition is predictably overwhelming, but more than two-thirds of independents also now disapprove of the president’s performance, and nearly half disapprove strongly. Among fellow Democrats his approval rating stands at 70 percent, a relatively low figure for a president, especially heading into the 2022 midterms when Mr. Biden needs to rally Democrats to the polls to maintain control of Congress.

In a sign of deep vulnerability and of unease among what is supposed to be his political base, only 26 percent of Democratic voters said the party should re-nominate him in 2024. [Emphasis mine.]

Mr. Biden has said repeatedly that he intends to run for re-election in 2024. At 79, he is already the oldest president in American history, and concerns about his age ranked at the top of the list for Democratic voters who want the party to find an alternative.

The backlash against Mr. Biden and desire to move in a new direction were particularly acute among younger voters. In the survey, 94 percent of Democrats under the age of 30 said they would prefer a different presidential nominee. …

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Biden’s age in and of itself isn’t the problem. The problem is that Biden correctly and fairly could be called Sleepy Joe, as the treasonous, felonious former “President” Pussygrabber (who always was more like a fucking mob boss than anything remotely like a U.S. president) called him. (My own nickname for Biden was “Hidin’ Biden,” since he apparently hid out from the voters during his 2020 presidential “campaign,” and continues to do so as president. How a candidate campaigns usually is a great indicator as to how he or she actually would operate in office.)

Not only does Biden frequently appear to be addled, but he and his administration seem to be quite out to lunch while the world burns down to the ground all around them.

Biden is, I surmise, stuck in the glory days of his past — he was in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009 and then was vice president from 2009 to 2017. From 1973 to 2017 — for 44 fucking years — he was in the Senate and then was veep, practically ensuring that he would be out of touch with the average American.

I knew that Biden was a shitty choice for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, and I said so at the time. And I did not vote for him, either. (I lived in California in November 2020, and there was no question that Biden was going to win the state and thus all of its electoral votes, so by not voting for him [if memory serves, I cast a protest vote for the Green Party presidential candidate instead], I did not help Pussygrabber at all.)

Now that Sleepy Joe’s approval ratings are at their lowest ever, and now that apparently only about a quarter of even Democrats believe that he should be the 2024 Democratic presidential candidate — you’d avoid a Jimmy Carter 2.0 if you could, wouldn’t you, if you were sane? — chatter increasingly is turning to who should replace Biden on the 2024 ballot.

Let me tell you who I wouldn’t support, right out of the gate: Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg or Amy Klobuchar, all of whom ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

All three of them did their best to tank Bernie Sanders’ candidacy to boost the moribund candidacy of Biden (Buttigieg, who only had been a small-city mayor, got a Cabinet post out of it), and I am unforgetting and unforgiving.

Buttigieg and Klobuchar always have been milquetoast, centrist corporate whores in the vein of Billary Clinton and Barack Obama, but Warren probably is even worse than they are: for her own selfish political gain she tried her best to torpedo the candidate who could have been our most progressive president in decades by employing “woke” bullshit, falsely accusing Bernie of being sexist. (Since that day, Warren has been dead to me. I’ll never give her another penny or a vote. Ever.)

To many misguided Democrats, Vice President Kamala Harris would look like the obvious replacement for Biden should he not run for 2024, but Harris was so unpopular even with the Democratic Party voters that she dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race even before the first state, Iowa, caucused or voted — and further, her average approval rating right now, per fivethirtyeight.com, is only 37.1 percent, even lower than Hidin’ Biden’s.

If the idea would be to front a Democratic presidential candidate who could actually win in 2024 (rather than, in this case, to just check some “woke” boxes to make some “woke” people even more self-satisfied than they already are), it would not be Kamala Harris.

Who, then?

I reject all of the 2020 also-rans, with the exception, of course, of Bernie Sanders. Bernie runs circles around Biden cognitively — again, to me, cognitive function is more important than is age alone.

That said, I’d be surprised if Bernie were to run again. If he does, I’ll support him, as long as he’s still sharp enough, but I don’t expect him to run, because he’s 80 now and will turn 81 in September — and many if not most now are saying that Biden, at age 79 (he’ll be 80 in November), is too old. (Again, though, I think it’s that Biden’s cognitive issues mistakenly are being conflated with an “issue” of him being “too old.”)

So if not Bernie, who?

Frankly, ever since the Obama years, in which Obama was like the sun and there were no other astronomical bodies in the political solar system, the Democratic bench has been rather shallow.

Preliminarily, anyway, I’m thinking that current Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a good shot at the presidency, if he wants it (there is chatter that he does, and his recent messaging on the national stage certainly indicates that he does).

Newsom can appeal to the more youthful voters whom Sleepy Joe already has lost, and having been governor of the nation’s most populous state certainly would be great preparation for the Oval Office. (California has a population of about 39.2 million — about 10 more million people than the next-most-populous state, Texas, which has about 29.5 million.)

As a presidential candidate Newsom inevitably would be called a “socialist” — but any Democratic presidential candidate would be, since “socialist” is one of only a few words that the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, Pussygrabber-voting troglodytes even know (not that they even fucking know the actual definition of the word, but they can — and do — blindly repeat it ad nauseam) — but Newsom has not actually governed as some woo-woo kook, but has governed pragmatically.

And Newsom is popular in California; he won his first gubernatorial election in November 2018 with 61.9 percent of the vote — and he garnered 61.9 percent again in the bullshit, Repugnican-orchestrated gubernatorial recall election of September 2021, so obviously there was no love for Newsom lost among the majority of California’s voters, as the bat-shit loony recall-election proponents had alleged there was. (They’d really hoped that they could leverage COVID-19’s effects on the Golden State to be successful in a do-over election for governor. There is no public crisis that the fascists won’t try to leverage to gain power for themselves.)

I’d prefer a younger version of a Bernie Sanders to be Biden’s successor, but if no such candidate emerges, and if Bernie doesn’t run again, then Newsom would do.

I wish that more names came to mind, but, again, since Obama, the Democratic bench has been shallow.

I’d personally be OK with someone like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but at 32, she’s awfully young and could use more political experience under her belt before running for the presidency, I think. (You have to be 35 years old to be U.S. president, and Ocasio-Cortez won’t be 35 until October 2024, meaning that if elected president in 2024 [that won’t happen, of course], at her inauguration she’d be 35.)

Marianne Williamson is a guilty pleasure of mine — I like her, even though she talks about prayer and I’m an atheist; she seems to be rooted in progressive (that is, actual) Christianity, which is rare these days — and we are woefully overdue for our first female president, but I don’t see Williamson winning a Democratic presidential nomination. (I could support her, though, if she should run again and this time miraculously surge in popular support.)

It’s blatantly clear that given his appallingly low support even among those of his party, Joe Biden absolutely should not run for re-election, and I’m now at the point where I believe that even if Biden runs again, he should be primaried (that’s a verb now…).

No, I don’t expect Biden to make himself even more than a lame duck than he already is (I don’t think that anyone in D.C. is politically afraid of the doddering old man), so I don’t posit that Biden should announce ASAP that he’s not running again, but for the good of the nation, I think that he should announce no later than sometime next year that he will step down after one term.

If Biden wants to avoid the awkwardness of being primaried in 2024, he can do the right thing and hang it up when he should.

But, again, if Sleepy Joe refuses to hang it up, he should be primaried nonetheless, for the good of the nation.

Let the peoplenot the Democratic Party hacks, such as those who got Hidin’ Biden into the Oval Office despite his glaring deficiencies in the first place — decide who should represent us in the 2024 presidential election.

P.S. Bernie Sanders has said that if Biden runs for a second term, then he will not run in 2024, but that he has not ruled out running again in 2024 if Biden does not run.

It is well worth it for us to think of who we’d like to see replace Biden in 2024 as the Democratic Party presidential candidate, even if Biden refuses to decline to run in 2024 — and even if that candidate would be roundly attacked by the self-serving Democratic Party hacks for having dared to challenge Biden for the presidency. (Again: Let. The. People. Decide.)

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The Fugitive Uterus Act of 2022

The Repugnican idea that a red state may own a woman’s or a girl’s uterus — that it is the property of the red state — is a recipe for the next American civil war.

The Repugnicans of today are like the basement-dwelling, animal-skin-wearing incels who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2001: They want the momentary thrill of making the political attack, but clearly, they have no fucking plan for the aftermath of the attack.

Repugnican chatter about prosecuting women (and girls) who travel to a state where abortion is legal in order to obtain an abortion is, like so much of the rest of the Repugnican platform, unconscionable, and, if carried out, would be disastrous.

The long-standing legal rule is that if you commit an act in a state where that act is not a crime, then you have not committed a crime. If you live in a state where recreational marijuana use is illegal, for instance, but you find yourself in an enlightened state where recreational marijuana use is legal, and you partake in it, you have not committed a crime.

What the Repugnicans essentially are saying is that in a backasswards state where abortion is illegal, the state owns every female resident’s uterus; her uterus, clearly, is the property of the state — wherever she goes.

Speaking of human property, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was one of the elements that ultimately led to the first U.S. Civil War (yes, I anticipate a second one). Wikipedia notes:

The Fugitive Slave Act or Fugitive Slave Law was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern interests in slavery and Northern Free-Soilers.

The Act was one of the most controversial elements of the 1850 compromise and heightened Northern fears of a slave power conspiracy. It required that all escaped slaves, upon capture, be returned to the slaver and that officials and citizens of free states had to cooperate. Abolitionists nicknamed it the “Bloodhound Bill,” after the dogs that were used to track down people fleeing from slavery.

The Act contributed to the growing polarization of the country over the issue of slavery, and was one of the factors that led to the Civil War.

If memory serves, I first made the real connection between the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the Repugnican plan to prosecute (and persecute) females who live in a state where abortion is illegal but who obtain an abortion in a state where it is legal when I read a July 2 column by The New York Time’s Jamelle Bouie in which he noted: “The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 did not require Northern states to condone slavery, but it did force them to assist in apprehending escaped slaves.”

Later in his column, Bouie notes, “In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, overturning Roe v. Wade, Republican lawmakers have introduced bills that try to curb abortion with limits on the right of travel between states.”

I was a little surprised that in his column Bouie didn’t make a more direct and immediate connection between the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the Repugnican plan to assert a red state’s authority over what happens in another (most likely blue) state (in regards to abortion in this case, I mean, of course), and it’s not literally that the Repugnican plan is to disallow a female to travel to another state for an abortion, but that it is to prosecute her should she do so and should the red state find out about it.

(With the long-standing right to privacy, including medical privacy, I’m not sure how that would work and still be within bounds of the U.S. Constitution, but, of course, it’s a bunch of illegitimate, unelected theofascists on the U.S. Supreme Court who now are deciding for all of us what the Constitution means and doesn’t mean — at least until we, the people, finally check their brazen abuse of power).

Still, Bouie’s column is valuable and I recommend that you read it.

The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, in his column of July 4, made the more direct and immediate connection that I found lacking in Bouie’s July 2 column. Robinson wrote:

One of the milestones on the downward spiral toward the Civil War was the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which required that [enslaved] African Americans who managed to flee to free states be returned to bondage. It is shocking, and depressing, that Republicans would even think of raising a similar question today: What about women who reside in a state where abortion is banned and who cross state lines to have their pregnancies safely and legally terminated?

Can they be prohibited from traveling? Prosecuted upon their return? And what about the doctors who perform the abortions? Can a physician in one of Minnesota’s abortion clinics, which expect a rush of out-of-state patients, be arrested upon setting foot across the border in South Dakota, where ambitious GOP Gov. Kristi L. Noem has doubts about an abortion-ban exception even for a 10-year-old victim of rape?

Speaking of 10-year-old girls, there is the news story of the 10-year-old girl in Ohio who had to go to Indiana for an abortion because she’d become pregnant after having been raped and because Ohio is one of the backasswards states that essentially has outlawed abortion, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it to.

Like I said: The mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging Repugnicans have no fucking plan for what comes next. They just wanted to own the libs by reversing Roe vs. Wade. Stories like that of the raped and impregnated 10-year-old girl from Ohio are going to proliferate shortly, exposing the Repugnicans’ hypocrisy, insanity and cruelty even further.

It’s one thing for the troglodytes of the red states to perpetrate their evils and wrongs within their own borders; it’s an altogether other thing for them to attempt to spread their evil insanity into the saner, freer states.

In the meantime, there perhaps is no better recipe for a second U.S. Civil War than red-state thugs and goons thinking that they can interfere with activity in the free, blue or purple states that is perfectly legal.

Our patriots’ message to the treasonous theofascists who control the Repugnican Party today must be this: Fuck around and find out, bitches — like you did the first time, in the 1860s.

Maybe this time we’ll finish the job, as we should have done the last time.

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Theofascist U.S. Supreme Court has us sane Americans down — but not out

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The American people did not elect this guy as the president of the United States of America. Per Wikipedia, seven of the nine U.S. Supreme Court “justices” identify as Catholic, and only one of those seven, Sonia Sotomayor, is moral and sane.

It’s clear that the 6-3 wingnut majority on the U.S. Supreme Court — again, an illegitimate Supreme Court — are going scorched fucking earth on the American public. When might they ever have this opportunity to shove their backasswards theofascist ideology down the throats of the majority of Americans again? You have to strike while the iron is hot, no?

The theofascists’ strategy very apparently is to keep those of us Americans who are sane so busy re-fighting the battles that we’d already won decades ago — such as that women get to control their own bodies and that our publicly funded schools cannot be extensions of any church or other religious organization –– that we can’t fight for actual progress.

However, we do have what’s called checks and balances in the United States of America, and we, the people, can and must rein in the out-of-control, anti-democratic Supreme Court (again, the majority of whom were appointed by “presidents” who were not actually even elected by the majority of the American people).

First, a mention of the court’s latest backasswards opinion that surely is blessed by the Vatican, which the court issued from the bowels of hell yesterday. The Washington Post reports:

The Supreme Court ruled [yesterday] that a school board in Washington state discriminated against a former football coach when it disciplined him for postgame prayers at midfield, the high court’s latest decision favoring the protection of religious faith over concerns about government endorsement of religion.

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote for fellow conservatives in the 6-to-3 decision, saying Bremerton High School assistant coach Joseph Kennedy’s [gee, do you think he’s Catholic?] prayers are protected by the Constitution’s guarantees of free speech and religious exercise. He said the school board’s discipline of Kennedy was unwarranted, even under the concern of violating the separation of church and state.

“Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse Republic — whether those expressions take place in a sanctuary or on a field, and whether they manifest through the spoken word or a bowed head,” Gorsuch wrote. “Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a brief, quiet, personal religious observance doubly protected” by the Constitution.

Gorsuch was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Amy Coney Barrett. Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh joined most of the opinion.

The court’s three liberals dissented, as they had in last week’s ruling that Maine cannot bar religious schools from receiving public tuition grants extended to other private schools.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the majority “elevates one individual’s interest in personal religious exercise, in the exact time and place of that individual’s choosing, over society’s interest in protecting the separation between church and state, eroding the protections for religious liberty for all.”

Joined by Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Elena Kagan, Sotomayor added: “Today’s decision is particularly misguided because it elevates the religious rights of a school official, who voluntarily accepted public employment and the limits that public employment entails, over those of his students, who are required to attend school and who this Court has long recognized are particularly vulnerable and deserving of protection.” …

Keep in mind that assistant coach Kennedy was not simply praying by himself, silently or otherwise, which I’d accept was his First Amendment right to do, but that he was leading football players in prayer. And as Dave Zirin, writing for The Nation, points out:

… There is a greater issue that the majority [of the Supreme Court], in their zeal, chose to ignore: the freedom of the students to not pray. I’m sure they would say that this freedom remains, and no one has to pray if they choose not to. But such a perspective is risible. Anyone who has ever played high school sports knows that if your coach is doing something, particularly something religious, and expects you to join, then you had better do it. To stand out and say, “I am Jewish” or “I am Muslim” or “I am an atheist” — or even simply “I don’t want to do that” — is to be labeled a distraction, a locker-room cancer, or worse.

The coach — particularly if they are a malignant narcissist (and make no mistake, we are living in the salad days for malignant narcissists) — will often make you pay a price with the greatest power they have over you: playing time. But it’s not just about limiting your time on the field. It’s also about making you an outcast among your teammates, a prospect in your teen years about as painful and harmful as not being able to play a sport you love. It’s easier to just take a knee for a minute rather than reap the whirlwind of anger from your coach. That is why this is not about freedom but coercion. [Emphasis mine.] …

Indeed, the theofascists’ claim/lie that they’re only actually trying to protect religious freedom — instead of trying to impose their “Christian” beliefs on everyone — crumbles when you consider that these very same people demanding that our taxpayer-funded public schools become arms of their “Christian” churches would scream bloody fucking murder if their sons and daughters felt coerced to join in, say, Jewish or Muslim observances at a public fucking school.

No student should feel coerced into any religious beliefs at a public school, and no taxpayer should have to subsidize rank proselytizing at our public schools, even in public schools that are located in overwhelmingly “Christian” areas.

If you want your child to get a “Christian” education, then send your child to a private “Christian” school — and stop trying to GROOM other people’s children into becoming sick, brainwashed Christofascists like yourself!

Again, we have a system of checks and balances, and it’s past time to check the theofascist-majority U.S. Supreme Court. We have different ways to do this, and we should consider all of them:

  • Expanding the court to put actually sane, actually law-abiding justices on it, as I’ve already discussed.
  • Actually impeaching U.S. Supreme Court justices, especially Clarence Thomas, whose wife’s illegal meddling in the 2020 presidential election has seriously tainted the court; Thomas’ removal from the court is more than warranted. And the “justices” are not fucking monarchs or little popes, but ultimately serve at the will of the American people, even if getting rid of them isn’t easy (it should be easier to get rid of them than it is).
  • Passing federal laws to reverse the damage that the Supreme Court has done and still plans to do, including by codifying abortion rights and codifying that public schools may not use taxpayer dollars to proselytize, but must remain religiously neutral/secular. This probably would necessitate the elimination of the filibuster, which can be done on a simple majority vote in the U.S. Senate.

The theofascists on the Supreme Court want all of us to just give up in defeat and despair.

That is the last thing that we, the sane, should do if we don’t want to see our nation devolve into a fascist theocracy.

It will take hard work to reverse the Supreme Court’s damage without a civil war, but we, the people, can do it. (Again, though, I never take violent revolution off of the table in a time of tyranny, as we’ve been seeing for a while now, with the tyranny by the minority over the majority.)

Our best hope, short of a civil war, is at the ballot box; we must do everything to prevent the election of (theo)fascists to public office and we must do everything that we can to expand the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, and demand that the Democratic senators, if they want our (continued) support, support eliminating the filibuster in order to save our nation. And if they don’t, we must remove them from power. (We can begin by handing DINO U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema her princess ass to her in 2024. Thus far, I support U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego primarying her sick and sorry ass in 2024.)

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How the minority seized the U.S. Supreme Court (and maybe finally sparked the next U.S. civil war)

Five of the current nine U.S. Supreme Court “justices” were chosen by two “presidents” who had lost the popular vote. If it feels to you like the current Supreme Court doesn’t represent the majority of the American people, that’s because it doesn’t: five of the “justices” were picked by “presidents” whom the American people did not actually elect and who thus were illegitimate “presidents” — and President Barack Obama treasonously and anti-democratically was denied a pick altogether.

How did we get to this point today, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court, now solidly dominated — 6-3 — by right-wing nut jobs (actually, they’re fucking fascists; “nut jobs” sounds too innocuous), ruled (5-4) that each state may decide whether or not a woman may obtain an abortion after it was decided in 1973 by Roe vs. Wade that no state may entirely prohibit abortion?

How did the anti-choice minority view — about two-thirds of all Americans support Roe vs. Wade — prevail in this fight for a woman’s basic right to choose what goes on inside of her own fucking uterus?

Let’s go back to the “election” of George W. Bush as president in 2000.

The official popular vote count for the presidential election of 2000 was 50,456,002 votes for Repugnican Bush and 50,999,897 for Democrat Al Gore.

Gore won the popular vote by 543,895 votes, yet, because of the Electoral Collegeand because of the infamous intervention of the U.S Supreme Court in the determination of a presidential election outcome — Bush, the minority’s chosen candidate, nonetheless became “president.” The pick of the majority of the American voters simply did not matter.

On September 29, 2005, “President” Bush’s first pick to the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

You might argue that yes, Bush “won” “re”-election in 2004 — the official popular vote count for that presidential election was 62,040,610 to 59,028,444 in Bush’s favor, a difference of 3,012,166 votes this time.

However, I’d argue that obviously had Bush not been installed as president when he’d lost the popular vote of 2000, of course he never could have been “re”-elected in 2004. Because Bush’s first presidential term was illegitimate — because he had lost the popular vote — I never accepted his second term as legitimate either, because his second term depended on the fruit of the poisonous tree from 2000.

Bush went on to get another right-wing U.S. Supreme Court “justice” confirmed — Samuel Alito, who authored today’s official decision to kill Roe vs. Wade — on January 3, 2006.

Fast forward to the next presidential election in which the loser of the popular vote still became “president”: In 2016, the official popular vote count was 65,853,514 for Democrat Billary Clinton to only 62,984,828 for Repugnican Pussygrabber; Pussygrabber lost even more bigly than did George W. Bush in 2000: he lost by 2,868,686 popular votes.

Yet the illegitimate “President” Pussygrabber would go on to nominate three U.S. Supreme Court justices in just his one (and what must be his only) term.

Former President Barack Obama, who won the popular vote in 2008 and in 2012, put only two justices (Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan) on the Supreme Court during his two terms — and infamously and treasonously was denied a third pick to the nation’s highest court when then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell treasonously and anti-democratically refused to allow the Senate to recognize any nomination to the Supreme Court by Obama in the wake of the overdue death of fascist “Justice” Antonin Scalia on February 13, 2016 — even though Obama had had almost a full year of his presidency left.

So “President” Pussygrabber’s first pick for the U.S. Supreme Court — Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed on April 7, 2017clearly had been stolen from Obama.

The unelected-by-the-majority-of-the-American-people Pussygrabber would go on to make two more right-wing-nut-job/fascist picks to the U.S. Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed on October 6, 2018, and Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed on October 26, 2020, even though the Repugnicans had told us that Obama couldn’t have a nomination to the Supreme Court so “close” to a presidential election (Barrett was confirmed only about a week [eight days] before the 2020 presidential election, while, again, Obama was denied a pick to the court with almost a full year of his second term remaining).

So under the Repugnicans’ own fucking argumentation in regards to the “required” timing for Scalia’s replacement on the court, Amy Coney Barrett clearly is illegitimate, and, of course, before her, Gorsuch illegitimately was put on the nation’s high court, because that pick clearly had belonged to then-President Obama.

But, even all of this aside, if we believe that only the majority of the American voters should pick the U.S. president, who then should be able to make nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court, then George W. Bush’s picks for the Supreme Court — Roberts and Alito — are illegitimate, since Bush never legitimately became president in the first fucking place. And ditto, of course, for the illegitimate Pussygrabber’s picks to the court, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett.

That’s five current U.S. Supreme Court “justices” who were nominated by “presidents” who had lost the popular vote. That’s five illegitimate Supreme Court “justices” — four of whom voted to kill Roe vs. Wade.

(Roberts did not vote to kill Roe, but of course Clarence Thomas did, because he is Clarence Thomas, who I always believed committed sexual harassment and thus never belonged on the U.S. Supreme Court in the first fucking place; I always have believed Anita Hill. [And, of course, Thomas’ baby-boomer cow of a wife’s meddling in the 2020 presidential election, which should land her behind bars along with the dozens of other traitors who illegally and treasonously tried to overthrow the 2020 presidential election results, alone makes Thomas an illegitimate Supreme Court “justice” — and a prime candidate for impeachment and removal. Thomas bemoans that the American people don’t trust “our” institutions anymore, but look what the hypocritical piece of dog shit Thomas has done: he probably committed pre-disqualifying sexual harassment, he apparently has allowed his wife to try to change the outcome of a presidential election, and he helped to kill Roe vs. Wade — and now he wants to deprive Americans of even the right to use contraception and to have sex with or marry a member of their same sex, although, of course, he’ll keep the right to have a mixed-race marriage intact, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because, being the typical baby-boomer asshole [redundant] that he is, he wants to retain his own rights while cavalierly destroying others’ rights.])

So that’s how we got to where we are today in the United States of America: the tyranny of the minority over the majority. Even though the clear majority of Americans support Roe vs. Wade, which had been settled law for almost five decades, the minority once again has acted against the majority.

Again, the American people had spoken: In 2000 and in 2016, the majorities of them — of us — voted for the Democratic candidate for president. Instead, because of the anti-democratic, obsolete Electoral College, the minority prevailed, and imposed on the American people were two Repugnican “presidents” for whom the majority of us did not vote, and these two fascist “presidents” put five fascists on the U.S. Supreme Court.

This, along with the blatant, bad-faith theft of President Obama’s third pick to the Supreme Court, is how the minority took over the Supreme Court — by 6-3, no less.

While I’d never rule out violent revolution by the majority against the tyrannical minority — if the minority dares to treasonously and anti-democratically tyrannize the majority, the tyrannical minority deserves whatever the fuck it gets — there are some ways that we, the majority of the American people, can take our nation back from the minority, even within our corrupt system of so-called “democracy,” including:

  • We need to abolish the Electoral College. The popular vote alone should decide who gets to sit in the Oval Office inside of the White House. It’s supposed to be one person, one vote, but the Electoral College gives the minority in the red states significantly more say in the presidency than their actual population does. This blatantly anti-democratic bullshit must stop.
  • We need to get enough U.S. senators to abolish the filibuster so that the U.S. Senate can enlarge — yes, pack, if you will — the U.S. Supreme Court. The number of justices on the Supreme Court is set by the U.S. Congress, not by the U.S. Constitution, so if the Democrats were in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and were in control of the U.S. Senate (and eliminated the filibuster, if necessary, which they could do on a simple majority vote, as the filibuster of course also isn’t in the U.S. Constitution, but is an obsolete, anti-democratic Senate rule, much like the Electoral College is obsolete and anti-democratic), they could add as many Supreme Court seats as they pleased (again, the Constitution fully allows this). After how the Repugnicans brazenly stole seats on the nation’s highest court, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. A situation in which only one side of the divide plays by any rules or norms at all is not tenable.
  • We need to radically reform the U.S. Senate, and this would be significantly more difficult than abolishing the Electoral College or finally killing the filibuster or expanding/packing the U.S. Supreme Court. The fact that no matter how tiny its population is each state gets two U.S. senators — while no matter how huge its population is, each states gets only two U.S. senators — clearly is anti-democratic. An analysis by Vox’s Ian Millhiser in November 2020 found that in the current 50-50 U.S. Senate, “the Democratic half [represents] 41,549,808 more people than the Republican half.” This anti-democratic situation no longer is tenable, and off of the top of my head, I’d start with this suggestion: Change the U.S. Constitution so that each state does not get two (and only two) U.S. senators, but, instead, each state gets from one to three U.S. senators, based upon its population, much how the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that each state gets is determined by its population. We could keep it at 100 U.S. senators, but reapportion the number of senators based upon the states’ population (again, with one, two or three senators, based on the state’s population).* If it were necessary, I’d be OK with adding seats to the U.S. Senate (100 senators is an arbitrary number), but in any case, each state getting two senators each regardless of its population must end. Of course, the red states wouldn’t vote to change the U.S. Constitution to give them less representation in the U.S. Senate, even if their current level of representation is unfair (and it is blatantly unfair). It might be that only a civil war — a great fucking reset — could reform the U.S. Senate so that the minority doesn’t get to continue to tyrannize the majority in a so-called “democracy.”

Yes, that’s pretty much where I am: I’m OK with a second U.S. civil war at this point. The treasonous right wing has brought it on by insisting on running roughshod over the majority of us Americans who disagree with their politics and their (theo)fascist “vision” for the United States of America. We Americans don’t even get to vote for U.S. president, for fuck’s sake, not when the Electoral College simply hands the presidency to the fucking loser of the popular vote.

Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — the name of today’s dazzlingly overreaching U.S. Supreme Court decision, in which the minority yet once again has tyrannized the majority — very well might prove to have been the most proximate salvo fired in the Second American Civil War.

P.S. More to the point of the majority-illegitimate U.S. Supreme Court ruling that each state may decide whether or not a woman may control her own uterus, while I’m not a woman and so of course won’t ever need an abortion, and while I live in a state that has codified abortion rights into state law, the rolling back of anyone’s rights — perhaps especially by unelected theocrats wishing to impose their backasswards religious beliefs on the rest of us — is disturbing, and, of course, if it’s open season on others’ rights, your rights might be on the chopping block next. (And, of course, the Dobbs ruling might be just the intended first step in the theofascist-controlled U.S. Supreme Court ruling that no state may allow any abortion at all.)

I’m hoping that Dobbs inspires us, the majority, to finally take our nation back from the tyrannical minority — bloodlessly, if possible, but bloodfully, if necessary.

*Even if my plan to change the system so that each state gets one to three U.S. senators based on its population were enacted, the smallest states still would be overrepresented in the U.S. Senate based on their population, but this still would be a move in the right — that is, the actually democratic — direction.

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The devastation continues (or: Lock him up!)

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Rudy Giuliani, the leader of Team Abnormal, now cannot practice law because of the blatant “stolen-election” lies that he peddled on behalf of fascist former “President” Pussygrabber. I wonder if Rudy the drunk now thinks if it all has been worth it (and if he’s ever sober enough to be even able to think at all).

Last night I watched (via YouTube) the second televised hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives committee to investigate the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol in the seditious attempt, led by former “President” Pussygrabber, to ignore the will of the clear majority of the American voters and to keep Der Fuhrer Pussygrabber in power anyway.

(I wasn’t up for watching it when it originally aired in the morning yesterday; you can watch all of the hearings — live, as they happen, or later, at your convenience — via the committee’s YouTube channel here. If you missed the first hearing, I recommend that you watch it, too.)

The January 6 committee’s second hearing perhaps is even more devastating than was the first one last Thursday.

The second hearing confirms what I’d always figured happened behind the scenes: Those serving Pussygrabber who wanted a career after him and/or didn’t want to go to prison and/or just didn’t want to go down in history as having aided and abetted the fascist asshole who was the first “president” in U.S. history to refuse to concede after clearly having lost a presidential election all either quit or were fired over Pussygrabber’s manic insistence that they support his wholly unsubstantiated — or, as former U.S. Attorney General Bill Bar repeatedly called them in his testimony, “bullshit” — claims that he actually won the election, which was “stolen” from him.

It perhaps was most revealing that Pussygrabber’s own campaign manager, Bill Stepien, copiously testified that not only had he (along with others) told Pussygrabber not to declare victory when there were so many ballots still to be counted (most of them vote-by-mail ballots), but that an increasingly desperate and flailing Pussygrabber, whose deficient vote totals weren’t showing him beating Joe Biden as they came in, not only held fast to his premature, bullshit claim that he’d won the election, but held on to any and every bullshit claim of “election fraud” brought to his attention by virtually any crackpot or sycophant.

One by one, Pussygrabber’s team of those with any sense of self-respect and professionalism — Stepien calls them “Team Normal” — either resigned or were fired, as Pussygrabber replaced them with what I’ll call Team Abnormal: the drunk Rudy Guiliani, who, because of his drunken attempts to help Pussygrabber steal the election now cannot practice law; the bizarre, very apparently cray-cray, Cruella de Vil-like “lawyer” Sidney Powell (who wants to steal your votes for Joe Biden instead of your puppies), who has been sanctioned and fined for her frivolous (a.k.a. bullshit) legal filings on Pussygrabber’s behalf; and Lawyer Barbie, a.k.a. Jenna Ellis, whose level of integrity matches her level of intelligence.

The second hearing demonstrates that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Pussygrabber was told repeatedly by those around him that he had lost the 2020 presidential election and that he should allow a peaceful transition of power.

This most decidedly is not what he wanted to hear, however, so he simply found pieces of shit who were perfectly willing to tell him what he wanted to hear (that is, he found and created Team Abnormal).

Were it not for the January 6 committee and its power to subpoena the actors surrounding the eventual events of January 6, 2021, what we know now happened then behind the scenes might have been lost to U.S. history.

Now, it’s a permanent part of U.S. history.

It is a stain that cannot be whitewashed, however much the treasonous Repugnicans (for the most part, that’s redundant) try to delude themselves that it can be.

As committee vice chair Liz Cheney herself noted in yesterday’s hearing, while many of the small actors who took Pussygrabber’s call to seditious action seriously on January 6, 2021, are being prosecuted for their actions, their ringleader remains free.

This must change.

The U.S. Department of Justice cannot simply overlook the first “president” in U.S. history orchestrating the first attack on the U.S. Capitol since the War of 1812 in order to treasonously, seditiously try to keep himself in power against the clearly expressed will of the American people that he not remain in power, but that he be relegated to the dustbin of history, where he belongs.

If Pussygrabber is not criminally tried for his crimes, our democracy will be in grave peril.

And to not criminally try Pussygrabber out of any concerns that his mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging flying monkeys might act up again will only put control of the United States of America in the hands of the said fascist flying monkeys.

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Devastating (or: Lock him up!)

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Lock him up!: While former “President” Pussygrabber clearly instigated the seditious attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in a fucktarded, backasswards attempt to keep himself in power against the will of the majority of the American voters (as pictured above), he remains free while those who carried out his orders are being prosecuted for their crimes. Until Pussygrabber himself is prosecuted for his high crimes and treason, we cannot say that in the United States of America we have justice for all.

Wow. I just watched (via C-SPAN) the first televised hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives committee to investigate the events of January 6, 2021. In a word: devastating.*

What happened on that fateful day is crystal fucking clear: It was a coordinated effort — at then-“President” Donald Trump’s behest — among the domestic terrorist groups the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, along with hundreds to thousands of other mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging fascists, to try to prevent the transition of power in the White House against the wishes of the clear majority of the American voters who in November 2020 had voted to oust then-“President” Donald Trump and to install Joe Biden as the new U.S. president.

From what I can tell, many if not even most of those domestic terrorists who participated in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol — and every single one of them who participated in the attack in any capacity (even just being there inside of the Capitol, as being there was illegal) perpetrated domestic terrorism — truly believed that they were doing the right thing because the presidential election truly had been, they incorrectly believed, stolen.

Nonetheless, no matter what their beliefs were, no matter how sincere they were or were not in those incorrect beliefs, they violated our laws and our Constitution, and for that, every single last one of them should be held accountable for their criminal, treasonous acts to the full extent of the law.

The biggest question of all, however, is how Donald Trump remains a free man.

Donald Trump, whose words and actions led to deaths and injuries on January 6, 2021, in his attempt to illegally, treasonously, anti-democratically and anti-constitutionally hold on to power, should be behind bars right now, as I type this sentence, awaiting criminal trial for his treasonous, felonious actions against the people of the United States of America.

Traitor Donald Trump can be allowed to be “president” again only over the dead bodies of us true patriots who believe in democracy and in the U.S. Constitution, including the peaceful transfer of power when your preferred presidential candidate fucking loses the presidential election.

Any Repugnican or other individual who actually tries to minimize — or even, despite the copious video and other documentation of the events of January 6, 2021, to deny — what took place on that day is a fucking traitor.

The Repugnican Party does not deserve a continued existence if it now supports the idea — and it very apparently does — that if the Repugnican candidate loses the presidential election, you simply try to install the Repugnican candidate nonetheless, via force, violence and terrorism.

Kudos to U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for defying the dumbfuck Kevin McCarthy and the many other fascists and traitors who comprise the majority of the Repugnican Party and who put Pussygrabberianism/fascism far above our democracy and our republic.

If the Repugnican Party is to have any future at all, it will be only through the likes of Cheney and Kinzinger, with whom I have many political differences, but who at least don’t operate on politically convenient, treasonous “alternative facts.”

The United States of America cannot stand on “alternative facts.” The U.S. can survive divergent opinions, as it has for generations now, but once basic fucking fact is no longer recognized by a critical mass, we will have civil war and/or perhaps the final destruction of our nation.

*Mentally ill and/or abjectly stupid, ignorant people are totally untouched by the facts and the evidence and they will continue to believe their cray-cray to their graves. This I already know fully. We can and should write them off already.

But the rest of the nation needs to watch these hearings, and we must not forget the events of January 6, 2021.

Our survival as a democratic nation depends on it.

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