Don’t give Moscow Mitch what he wants.

A few days ago, WaPo ran an op-ed by Prof. Lawrence H. Tribe, in which he advises the Dem reps to do pretty much exactly what Pelosi is doing now:

Consider the case of a prosecutor armed with a grand jury indictment who learns that the fix is in and that the jury poised to consider the case is about to violate its oath to do impartial justice. In that situation, the prosecutor is under no affirmative legal obligation to go forward until the problem is cured and a fair trial possible. So, too, the House, whose historical role is to prosecute articles of impeachment in the Senate after exercising its “sole” power to impeach, is under no affirmative constitutional obligation to do so instantly. That is especially true when the majority leader has made clear that he is, for all practical purposes, a member of the defense team.

I think the Dems should drag this out for as long as possible. It is vanishingly unlikely that the Senate will vote to evict Cheeto Hitler from his squat in the White House, but if the House prosecutors can keep the impeachment trial going for most of the next year, that’s the next best thing.

Whereas, Moscow Mitch aka Bitch McCandlehead clearly wants to keep this as quick and quiet as possible because he has completely abandoned the pretense of being an ethical lawmaker who doesn’t wipe his ass with the Constitution. Moscow Mitch should not get what he wants.


Electoral affirmative action for…?

The Electoral College supposedly forces candidates to take more interest in the needs of people in rural areas.

There are cities in Wyoming and Montana and there are rural areas in New York and California, but never mind that. The Electoral College, we’re told, makes it so rural folks don’t get ignored by Presidential candidates.

What really happens, though? Is the candidates are all obsessed with a handful of “battleground states” that alternate between Dem and Rep votes and whose Electoral counts are big enough to tilt the balance. It’s not about rural folks versus city folks. It’s about Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida versus everyone else.

And anyway, I don’t buy into the premise that rural areas warrant a bigger share of electoral power. Lots of populations are vulnerable to the tyranny of the majority. That’s how it feels when you’re queer and your state is putting same-sex marriage up for a popular vote. We LGBTs are much, much more outnumbered by cis-hets than rural folks by city folks. It’s scary to know there are a lot more of them than you, isn’t it? Doesn’t mean the bigger states should be diminished.

An observation

The estimated cost of fixing the water pipes in Flint, MI, is $55 million.

There is an entire American city that has gone without safe running water for YEARS because we can’t get $55 million together in the right place.

Any money-hoarder (colloquially known as a billionaire) could pony up $55M for this project and STILL be fabulously rich.


Theft de Minimis

I think the law around property rights should include provisions for “de minimis” theft. Which is what you call it when what you steal is such a tiny little bit it’s not worth prosecuting as a crime. And when I say “tiny little bit,” I mean as a percentage of what someone has.

What I’m trying to say is that it should be legal for common folk to steal from billionaires aka money-hoarders.

The fact that my legal name is attached to this blog should tell you I have no foreseeable plans to dip into any money-hoarders’ liquid assets. I just think that if the amount you steal from someone is such a small portion of what they have that they don’t even notice it’s gone, that shouldn’t be a crime.

Now, if you hold someone up at gunpoint and steal a hundred dollars, you should be prosecuted from the holding-up-at-gunpoint part. But if you take a hundred dollars from someone who has hundreds of millions, the money part shouldn’t be part of the prosecution.

At that scale, it shouldn’t even be called stealing. We should have a different word for it, like “dusting.” Someone fed their family for a month with the money they dusted from some oil magnate, good for them.

Some more quick thoughts on the Blue Wave

  1. It surprises no one that the Dem freshman class in the House is way, way more diverse than the GOP freshman class. Of course it is. But I also notice that the Dem freshman class is overall much, much better-looking than the new GOP reps, and I don’t feel bad about saying so.
  2. We were told that new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was “protesting” against Nancy Pelosi. What actually happened was that AOC was speaking with activists in support of Ms. Pelosi, and the upcoming Speaker praised AOC and the activists for their engagement.
  3. I, for one, welcome the mentorship of Terrifying Badass Grandma with Fierce Young Upstart in Congress.
  4. Now that the Dems have gathered up a heaping helping of House seats and may yet snag a couple more Senate seats, Bitch McCandlehead is making noises about the importance of bipartisanship. Aaaaaa-hahahahaha, no, asshole. I hope Ms. Pelosi bites your spine in half. Shouldn’t take too much effort.

Yeah, but, we can still do better.

I saw someone on Twitter (I didn’t think to mark the Tweet, but I did see someone on Twitter) remarking that some of the white women who voted for GOP candidates probably did so because the polling places allowed men to stand next to their wives and look at how they were voting.

Yep, I heard about polling places pulling this shit, too, and it is most certainly a form of voter suppression. One of the arguments against women’s suffrage was that the husband would cast the vote for the household, the implication being that a married woman had no right to disagree with her husband on politics.

So, okay, there may be some married white women in these “59% of white women voted for Ted Cruz” numbers we keep hearing about, who vote for Repubs because their husbands intimidate them into doing so. Sure, that may account for part of these percentages.

Even so? I’m still more interested in the numbers of people who didn’t bother to vote at all. We had huge voter turnout this year, compared to previous elections, but that’s damning with faint praise. So many registered voters who still didn’t come to the polls. So many citizens who still haven’t registered to vote. There’s no way we can attribute that many non-voters to spousal abuse. This country still has a huge problem with people who could vote, and don’t. The party of voter suppression benefits from people not even making the attempt.

Rep. Kevin Cramer wants Native women to be as unsafe as possible.


via Rep. Kevin Cramer wants Native women to be as unsafe as possible.

Reblogging my own post from years ago.

THIS is the choad who just got Heidi Heitkamp’s seat in the Senate.

Thousands of Native Americans wanted to vote to re-elect Sen. Heitkamp, and were kept from doing so because of bullshit address requirements that were basically designed specifically to make it impossible for Natives to vote.

The GOP is the party of voter suppression, and they’re still getting rewarded for it.

We need to keep on voting blue until the GOP knows they can’t get away with fucking up our democratic process.

The democratic process, for the foreseeable future, depends on Democratic politicians.

Y’all get a reprieve

Okay, from last post, when I remarked on 59% of Texas white women voting for Cruz? Same complaint still applies: the problem isn’t just with the number of white ladies who positively voted for Cruz, it’s with the number who didn’t vote at all. If you COULD HAVE voted for Beto O’Rourke, and didn’t, you helped to re-elect Ted Cruz to the Senate and yes you should feel bad.

To all the young progressives who’ve never voted before but who voted for Dems in yesterday’s election: Good job! Do more of this.

To all the conservatives who always voted for Repubs before, but who voted for Dems this year because you’re horrified at what the GOP is doing now: You did the right thing. Gimme a high five.

And to the leftier-than-thou pure-gressives who STILL could not be arsed to go the polls and vote blue because the Dems are never good enough for you?

You’re welcome; y’all get a reprieve of at least two years before you have to worry about your trifling asses being first against the wall. I still fucking see you.

America lives to see another day.

I had to work last night. I had requested the day off so I could vote, and my boss just gave me the morning off. So I voted, but then I had to spend the evening in a restaurant with big TV screens over the bar and lots of customers eagerly following CNN. I did my best to ignore the news and mostly succeeded. Then I turned my phone on Airplane mode, went home, and stayed in bed until I felt prepared for the news.

Okay, so: the GOP still controls the Senate, so we still have Bitch McCandlehead’s fucking face taking up valuable real estate in the news. We lost Heidi Heitkamp, which I attribute entirely to the GOP’s voter suppression fuckery with their bullshit address requirements against Native Americans, and that sucks, so that’s something to remember for the future. We lost Claire McCaskill, and that also sucks. Maryland re-elected Larry Hogan, and that’s annoying. I voted for Ben Jealous! They’re still counting the votes for governor of Georgia, and I expect that fuckhead Kemp to get the seat, and I attribute his victory entirely to his own voter suppression fuckery as sitting Secretary of State, and that’s also something to remember for the future. But I really want Stacey Abrams to win. Ted Cruz is still in the Senate, and that’s obnoxious, but Beto O’Rourke NEARLY got it, and that’s impressive. Basically, there weren’t nearly enough GOP Senators up for re-election this year, and the deck was stacked in their favor, but the Dems did better than expected.

And also! We got a blue House! We got lots of women elected to House seats, including 2 Native American women and 2 Muslim women, and that’s awesome. We got some new Governorships and a bunch of progressive new laws passed.

We can still do better! White women in Texas voted 59% in favor of Ted Cruz, which is shameful but it’s hardly surprising. We are our own worst enemies.

Overall, the situation is better than it was before, and that is better news than I expected, so good job, America! Now let’s work harder and do better.

What makes you think you’re the revolutionaries?

Every time you say “both parties are the same” or merely “both parties are equally bad,” I will answer: Those of you who COULD HAVE voted for Democrats, and failed to do so, are just as bad as those who actively vote for Republicans.

Practical effect on the real world is about the same.

But, Bern-outs and other leftier-than-thou pure-gressives? If you must INSIST that the only solution is to let the party of voter suppression keep on making everything shittier until we have no choice but to rise up and smash the system…

…what makes you think your sorry asses won’t be first against the wall?

You want that revolution? Oh, trust me, cupcakes, you’ll get it.