In 2016, the Republicans argued the Senate should not consider Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, because the vacancy happened just 269 days before the election… Now, with the election just 45 days away, the Republicans seem to fee differently…

I’m sorry that I haven’t been around much this past week, but I’ve had my hands full. I did want to stop by the site today, though, and announce that, even though I’m soon to be on the unemployment line, I’m going to be making a contribution to the Senate campaign of retired US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath this evening in honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gisburg, who passed away earlier this weekend at the age of 87, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Why, you might ask, am I marking the death of the great jurist Ruth Bader Ginsburg by giving money to the political campaign of a former Marine… Well, the answer is easy. I’m giving money to Amy McGrath because Mitch McConnell, her opponent in this year’s Senate race in Kentucky, is a despicable, lying sack of shit — who, as I write this, is actively attempting to steal yet another Supreme Court seat — and I would like nothing better than to have McGrath end his reign of evil once and for all. [McGrath is still behind in the polls, but she’s gaining.]

McConnell, as you might recall, argued in 2016 that President Obama should not be able to get a hearing on his Supreme Court nominee, Merick Garland, as it was too close to the presidential election. As Scalia had passed away 269 days before the 2016 election, McConnell said, we should give the American people a voice, and wait for the next president to make a nomination. Here’s the letter from his office explaining why Garland wouldn’t be given a hearing in the Senate.


And here’s the absolutely shameless Mitch McConnell today, saying that Donald Trump’s nominee should get a vote in the Senate despite the proximity to the election. [Apparently 269 days was too close to the election, but 46 days is acceptable. There, by the way, has only been one Supreme Court vacancy closer to a presidential election than this one, and that was in 1864.]

There is no shortage of Republican hypocrites on this subject. Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who now says that Trump should be able to have his nominee considered, said back in 2016, “We have 80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court justices in an election year [Cruz, by the way, was wrong. Justice Kennedy have been confirmed in 1988, which was an election year.] And Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted out the following.

Graham and Cruz, for what it’s worth, are both on the Senate Judiciary Committee, as are Republican Senators Cornyn, Ernst, Tillis, and Grassley, all of whom have given us their word that they would not vote to nominate a Supreme Court nominee in an election year. Here, for instance, is Lindsey Graham saying, “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait to the next election.”

And this is the same Lindsey Graham who just said yesterday, “I will support President DonaldTrump in any effort to move forward regarding the recent vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ginsburg.”

We always knew that this would happen. We knew the the argument they used to deny Obama his ability to name a nominee was complete and total bullshit. McConnell even laughed about it a little while ago, when he said that, if a vacancy were to open up before the election, he’d support Trump in filling it. Here, for those of you looking for yet another reason to despise McConnell, is that tape.

Personally, I’m terrified of how this will all play out, but I’m hoping that the folks at the Lincoln Project are right when they predict that this naked power play will be “the final nail in Trump’s political coffin, doom the campaigns of Senators such as Cory Gardner and Susan Collins and end the Republican’s Senate majority.”

Joe Biden came out today calling on Republicans in the Senate to do what they know is right, and “(refuse to confirm anyone) nominated under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created.” So far, to my knowledge, only Susan Collins of Maine has come forward to say that she does not think that the Senate should consider Trump’s nominee, whomever it might be. She, of course, also said that she had serious concerns about Kavanaugh, only to ultimately vote for him.

I know it doesn’t do any good to point out the hypocrisy of the right. Anyone who still considers themselves to be a Republican after everything we’ve seen these past four years clearly doesn’t care. Hopefully, though, at least a few of you are inspired by this post to join me in investing a few dollars to the campaign of McCain’s adversary in my home state of Kentucky… Nothing that Donald Trump has done to our nation could have been done without the support to Mitch McConnell. If one thing sticks with you from today’s post, let it be that… Mitch McConnell is a small, evil man who only cares about power, no matter what the cost to our democratic institutions. And he has to go… I’m doubtful that Kentucky will do the right thing come Election Day, but I’d like to think, at the very least, McConnell might be weakened, and lose his role as Majority Leader. That would make me incredibly happy.

In the name of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, let’s all do the right thing today, and do something tangible to ensure that hypocrites like these are once and for all driven from power. [If you’re not giving directly to McGrath, consider a donation to Crooked Media’s Get Mitch or Die Trying campaign, which is investing in campaigns across the nation in hopes of flipping the Senate and removing McConnell from power.]

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106 Comments

  1. John Brown
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Mitch was in Moscow for the 4th of July. He’s in guilty ruskie traitor survival mode just like agent orange. They will play this to add to the chaos and further the appearance of a destabilized election, which they plan to steal.

  2. Wobblie
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    The death cult has jumped into the deep end without there water wings.

    https://nypost.com/2020/09/21/nyc-branded-an-anarchist-jurisdiction-targeted-for-defunding-doj/

  3. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Obama was at the end of two terms. I think the real reason is Scalia was bumped off though.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Of course you do.

  5. EOS
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    The left knows that the will of the people is expressed through the candidates they elect. That the Senate would not confirm a Supreme Court Justice nominee of an outgoing President of the opposite party is expected. Quite a different scenario when the Senate and President are of the same party. And it is critically important to stop the slaughter of the unborn children in the womb only because their parents might consider them an inconvenience.

    If Trump nominates a woman willing to overturn Roe v Wade, he will be assured of victory.

  6. Kyle Griffin by proxy
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    A disgusting lie from the president on Fox about RBG’s dying wish that the next president fill her SCOTUS seat: “I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi? I would be more inclined to the second.”

  7. Rob Reiner by proxy
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    To call Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish that her seat not be filled until after the election a Democratic hoax is abhorrent. There is no other way to say this, the President of the United States is an evil prick.

  8. NY Times
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Breaking News: President Trump said he would name a nominee to the Supreme Court on Friday or Saturday, after services for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/09/21/us/trump-vs-biden

  9. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Disgusting, abhorrent: what if it is true? How do these scumbags think they know? Rob Reiner sucks. He tried to kill heavy metal and it backfired. Most of the people who like his movie are metalheads.

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    The SCOTUS nominee is a done deal. We who care about reproductive autonomy (male and female) need to start strategizing other approaches. We must win the Senate and the presidency and pass federal laws legalizing abortion. Roe v Ware was a weak decision, always vulnerable as I heard RBG say herself speaking at UM. We need to man up and go to the polls and protect and preserve the right to privacy and bodily autonomy from the hijacking of the Judicial Branch by Christian conservatives.

    It’s the only way. We need to own the other branches. A properly written law protecting the right to abortion or ending corporate personhood would not be disabled by the court.

    This election which should hinge on any number of other urgent issues will now hinge on the wedge issue of abortion. We have the numbers of voters on our side. They seem to have the will to vote on their side. We need to vote like our lives depend on it. Because they do.

    PS fetuses are not people. Any argument that follows asserting such is specious and anti-science and should be ignored by all. Fuck those assholes.

  11. EOS
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Her dying regret was that she should have resigned at a time when her seat could have been filled by someone of her political persuasion. She had the means to effect her dying wish, but her egoism got in the way.

  12. EOS
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    I imagine she now regrets not repenting while she was still on the green side of the grass. All lives matter, no matter how small.

  13. wobblie
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    EOS, very good analysis. The powerful always let their ego get in the way. Just as your man Trump makes one bad decision after another because his ego will not tolerate anyone disagreeing with him. We have an opportunity to stop ego driven bad decisions.
    Oh by the way, havn’t had a chance to comment on that pervert/cuck Falwell. Why do all the creepy ones hide behind religion? I prefer my religious folks to be humble and walk the walk. HW I bet you didn’t know that not only are there anarchist communist in Ypsi, but there is a Catholic Worker House–more of your “communist pigs” I suppose. Dorthy Day I think was beatified not that long ago. She will probably be made a Saint by the Jesuit Pope.

  14. wobblie
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    They sound like such evil people,

    Peace House, Ypsi is a house of hospitality in the tradition of the catholic worker movement. We are a private residence that opens our home to be in solidarity and community with those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. We have open hours (drop in hours) when folks can drop by to do laundry, shower and make themselves a bite to eat. On Sunday we cook brunch which is served “family style”. We have a “free store” with donated clothing,and toiletries as well as some household items for when folks secure housing. Peace House, Ypsi has a “front porch pantry” that is open 24-7, geared toward those camping or living out of hotels.

  15. Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Jean, you are right. My hope is that younger women (and their male allies) will realize that if they get up and vote, they can make real changes that are such that the SCOTUS cannot undo them. Also I expect that every Republican who is currently saying that there is no hypocrisy will not start accusing Biden and the Dems of hypocrisy if they get into power and expand the number of seats on the court in order to ensure that the court will not make half of the country second-hand citizens.

    Let’s make no mistake about that either. EOS may be an exception (but I doubt it) but by and large, the abortion debate is not at all about “saving babies”. They all know that a fetus is not a baby, I don’t see Republicans giving citizenship to fetuses. When they were voting for a COVID stimulus package that included $500 for every child, they did not include fetuses. They do not consider fetuses to be children unless they are trying to make their anti-abortion position seem respectable. That whole fake “pro-life” schtick is to divert people from realizing that their true mission is to subjugate women and make it so they have fewer civil rights than men do.

    My hope is that some of those non-voters get off their asses and get to the polls. 77% of Americans support reproductive rights. I think if we could pass the ERA (very possible if the Dems get control of both houses), it would make Roe V Wade moot because there is no way to establish that women are equal under the law if one is going to impose such restrictions on her medical decisions. heh.

    Every time I encounter some younger woman talking about how she thinks Biden is too old or too boring or too whatever, I just say “vote how you would like, it isn’t MY right to an abortion that is on the line as I have had a hysterectomy last year but know this: Elections have consequences”

    I did go off a bit on Michael Moore this weekend. That asshole is talking about how NOW Dems have to work together. Big FUCK YOU to Moore and anyone else who didn’t vote for HRC in 2016!

  16. Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    On the brighter news side: technology will ensure that women retain access to abortions in that the internet has lots of information available and today’s abortifacients are much safer than the wire hanger abortions of yesteryear. Still not as safe as medically supervised abortions and the ironic consequence of abortion bans is that they don’t eliminate abortions but instead make it more likely for women to die. What was that about being “pro-life” again? You can’t ask for a more pro-death group than the GOP.

  17. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    “PS fetuses are not people. Any argument that follows asserting such is specious and anti-science and should be ignored by all. Fuck those assholes.”

    You represent a cold clinical sterilizing anti-human stream I recognized my entire life. It’s Rockefeller-style feminism and it has a recognizable stench.

  18. Posted September 21, 2020 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    It is super threatening to guys like HW to allow women reproductive freedom. It is a sign of his weakness.

  19. wobblie
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    When I was young and modern feminism was becoming articulate , we wore buttons that had .67 on it. It represented the amount of a dollar that a woman earned for doing the same work as a man who was paid a dollar. If my memory is correct, that button is now 50 years old. I picked up the new one not that long ago. It had .72.
    That is what gradual change gets us. 50 years of our lives and we get a nickel. At this rate in another 250 years we should have gender income equity.

  20. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, if I was stronger I would support abortion!

  21. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    How do you know their work is the same?

  22. Wobblie
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Discerning human beings are able to determine like work. It is not that hard you know. In fact Fordism and Taylorism was so precise that individual movements were mapped out and quantified.
    Then you have public records and you can see this group of male professors make X and the females in the same field make X-40%. I know economics has always been a hard subject for you to get your head around. But now that you know everything there is to know about virology, maybe you can devote more time to the subject.

  23. Posted September 21, 2020 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    wage gap issues are seriously complex. I am very sure that wobblie is incorrect that women earned 67 cents to every dollar men earned 50 years ago. Some quick googling says that in 1970 the wage gap was 47 cents to every dollar.

    So these days I think it is more like 82 cents to every dollar. And no, that is not a wage gap that only includes comparing similar jobs. It is the overall median wage of all women compared to the overall median wage of all men. I would say that 47/100 to 82/100 shows us just how much improvement can come from gradual change especially in this case where a good chunk of the wage gap comes from the cultural expectations of women. i.e. women are still generally expected to take on most of the childcare, eldercare, and homemaking tasks and like it or not, those things affect earnings. Women are also often encouraged to go into historically female-dominated professions and those pay less. There is also some discrimination on the part of employers but you tend to see that more when you break out wage gaps by race or even age!

    Let’s not forget though one of the main reasons why that wage gap closed as much as it did. It was Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The cases she argued in the Supreme Court as well as ones she ruled on as judge. All women owe a lot to her.

  24. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I heard women don’t negotiate as well as men when it comes to pay. Then though it is not a fault they tend to take more time off to raise children. If there is a gap in employment it might tend to reduce their experience in comparison.

  25. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Time to face it: abortion is eugenics.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2009-07-16-0907150564-story.html

    “Frankly,” said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2009, “I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”

  26. wobblie
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    upscale liberal white woman of course want to believe there has been more progress than there has been. Kinda like black folks got it so much better now than 50 years ago too. For example women make up about 62 percent of at-or-below minimum wage workers. But arguing about the extent of inequality is kinda like arguing about body counts.

    There is an obvious way to correct this inequality.

    GEO Makes Gains in Historic Strike (via AFT Michigan email)
    Last Wednesday evening, GEO members voted to accept the agreement negotiated with the University of Michigan administration and end its strike that began on September 8. The union won an expedited process for resolving GSI’s concerns about virus-related safety, additional funding and expanded coverage for daycare, the right to instruct students in classes to wear
    masks and cancel class if a student refuses to comply — as well as information about PPE availability and the methodology of the University’s COVID-19 testing program. The local will now also have a series of meeting with members of the University’s Board of Regents to discuss public safety and policing at the University, as well as a seat on a task force created to assess policing. The agreement also included a no reprisals clause.
    Support for the strike grew rapidly, with hundreds of members and supporters walking picket lines and the local holding the biggest membership meetings in its history (over 1,200 people attended the strike ballot meeting over zoom). During the strike, union membership increased from 54% to 67%, and inspired resident hall dorm Resident Advisors to conduct their own strike for increased COVID-19-related safety measures. The RAs settled their strike this past weekend.
    In a statement following the vote to end the strike, GEO said it would not stop its organizing efforts. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re not giving up,” the statement read.

  27. Anonymous
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    When my kids were five and made a promise that they would never do it again, I had no expectation that this promise would be kept. Move along, nothing new to see here. Remember to vote.

  28. Posted September 21, 2020 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    Yes, HW. It is true that there are studies out there that show that women are less likely to negotiate their salaries. It is also true that women take more time out of the workforce than men to take care of children or elderly parents. It is well established that not being in the workforce for a period of time (for any reason) does negatively affect a person’s earnings for the rest of their lives. Possibly due to decreased exposure to workplace skills but I am not always so sure since a lot of stay-at-home parent skills seem very transferable to the labor market.

    The progress of feminism over the past 50 years is very visible to me. I remember how the world was when I was a child and it was actually worse than I remembered in that many aspects of a society are too advanced for a young child to grasp. When I was a kid, women were nurses, teachers, librarians, social workers, secretaries, maids, waitresses, and housewives. Things are different now although there is still some truth in that old joke about the pay gap.

    Women earn less than men because they choose feminine professions like female ceo, female engineer, female doctor, female lawyer, etc.

  29. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 21, 2020 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    “feminine professions like female ceo, female engineer, female doctor, female lawyer, etc.”

    Hahahaha!

  30. Posted September 21, 2020 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Most Republicans’ ethics and principles are absolutely superficial. Statements they make about ethics or principles are pure rhetoric. There is no actual depth to any of it. They’ll turn 180 degrees on absolutely any position if it brings political advantage in the moment. It hasn’t always been like this. It’s taken 30 years for them devolve to this state.

  31. Posted September 21, 2020 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Trump and his juggalos are the end product.

  32. Bob
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    I hope after Biden wins there is a Munich style, left wing assassin team assembled to kill Mcconnell, Graham, Grassley, Collins, Murkowski and the entire right wing of the supreme court.
    All members of the Trump family too. Clean headshots. Kill these evil fuckers dead.

  33. Bob
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    If they have bullets left they can take out EOS and Warlord too. Just for being such rotten, lying fucks.

  34. wobblie
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    When I was a kid Lynne woman did lots more than your 5 year old memory retained. My mother for example worked in a clothing factory. Princess Peggy, she became President of her local union. And in typical liberal style you blame the victim for the systematic discrimination woman experience. It is because they left the work force, it is because they lack skills, it is because of the occupations they choose to work in. . It is not the system/culture that maintains discriminatory practices, It is woman fault they are discriminated against. Victim blaming is engrained in the liberal psyche.
    It is black folks fault that they are discriminated against. If only they were not so angry all the time.
    It is workers fault for choosing to be workers. Employers create the jobs, and are much more important.
    It is voter fault for not voting the liberal way. It is there fault that we have Trump.
    Meanwhile over 20 million American woman are living in poverty. It is possible to map out the disproportionate number of woman living in poverty versus males living in poverty. It begins as early as 5 years old, and the disparity only grows larger and larger over time. children are clearly to blame.

    https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2020/08/03/488536/basic-facts-women-poverty/

  35. EOS
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Abortion isn’t about choice. It is first degree murder. When a society endorses killing human life it leads to person’s thinking that killing others is a legitimate means to address differences.

  36. Bob
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    No, you’re all evil, lying cocksuckers and you’ve about ruined the country. Possibly beyond repair. 200k + dead because of Trump’s lies. Aided by Limbaugh, Hannity, Carlson, those blonde devils on Fox. Bullets in the head for all of you. There is a bridge of tolerance that has been crossed by many people I know. I’m not the only one thinking this way. Lots of former peace and love hippie types are truly fed up and wish all of you would catch Covid and die.

  37. wobblie
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    According to the NY Times, the fall surge in trumpvirus cases are occurring just as predicted.
    “Public health experts have long been worried that the end of the summer — as some students returned to school and the weather cooled — would bring a surge in coronavirus cases.

    That surge appears to have begun.

    The number of new daily confirmed cases in the U.S. has jumped more than 15 percent in the past 10 days. It is the sharpest increase since the late spring, and it has arrived just before the official start of autumn, which is today.”
    If only we would stop testing it would all just disappear.

  38. wobblie
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    It is interesting how the NY Times characterizes the reasons for this surge in infections.

    “The U.S. continues to be among the most vulnerable countries, because it never crushed the spread of the virus after the original outbreak.”

    Almost sounds like something I would have written.

  39. wobblie
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Lynne, wanted to thankyou for making me think about the woman in the neighborhood I grew up in. I lived on a pretty short street, only two blocks long. Most of the woman were “housewifes” some of the time. Several worked assembly at the Motorola factory. Claire and her husband Paul worked at the clothing factory with my mom. Claire was her VP and Paul was the Secretary. A little bit of gender role reversal there. Then my mom’s best friend down the street was Lorraine. She was thought of as a wild woman with her flaming red hair and the little Austin Healey she would drive around in. She was a professional photographer and entrepreneur ultimately owning a pipe and tobacco shop. Her son inherited the establishment. Then across the street was Becky Linderman. She was a test/stunt pilot. Her husband built her a bi-plane in the garage. It was quit a site when she would test drive it down the street. She took me on my first airplane flight. Next door was Mrs. Schmidt, always very formal with her. She was a refugee from the failed Budapest uprising. She worked at the University in some capacity.
    My moms sisters all had more “traditional” woman’s”jobs. Three were nurses, and one was a hair stylist.
    When I was young we had “affirmative action”, ie. a duty to if not to revers then ameliorate the effects of systematic discrimination. We threw that aside in favor of “equal opportunity”.

  40. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    “If they have bullets left they can take out EOS and Warlord too. Just for being such rotten, lying fucks.”

    The impotent, hate-fueled No Info Bob

  41. wobblie
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    The housedresses my mom manufactured sold for 2 and 3 dollars new. Now they are being sold as vintage clothing on Ebay for 90 dollars and up. The union label meant quality made, as good today as when they were made.

  42. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    If covid is real why do 90% of tests have be 100 to 1,000 times more sensitive than what is realistic? Not one of you has an answer. It’s just “Urhhh, Mr. Know It All!”

  43. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Let’s subject everyone to a molecular sniffer in their home and see how many teeny weeny little traces of narcotics are detected. If there is a positive result you go to jail. How about that?

  44. Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    wobblie, I am so not blaming women but rather pointing out that things are deeper than you might think. You may not like it but there is no getting around that women earn less money than men because they choose to drop out of the workforce. I am not blaming them but rather pointing out that we have pretty big societal expectations of women that we don’t have for men and those things are the issue more than overt discrimination these days although discrimination is still an issue in many professions. i.e. let’s ask ourselves WHY women choose to drop out of the workforce more than men do. Is it because they are expected to raise the children? Expected to keep the house? Expected to care for elders?

    I get it though that the work of feminists like RBG mostly benefited upper-class white women but that is due to larger trends I think where not only the working class but the middle class too has been losing ground income-wise. Still, you cannot deny that there have been huge improvements in the wage gap!

    Maybe wobblie, you should ask yourself why you feel a need to mansplain on this topic to me when I

    1. Have a degree in economics and have studied the topic of wage gaps extensively
    2. Am an actual woman

    Why do you think you know more about this than I do?

  45. Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    EOS, it is important for the young female voters to know that people like you not only want to make their access to abortion more difficult, you also want to put them in prison for the rest of their lives if they dare make a choice about their bodies.

    Bob, I get that you are angry but I fear that kind of rhetoric does nothing to help. Even if someone did what you suggest, it would not help because those people are not the problem. They are a symptom of the problem. The real problem is the 30% of this country that votes for guys like Trump. Luckily they are mostly older and will be dying off all on their own with no additional intervention from you!

  46. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Anyone who thinks being female makes what they do a “feminine profession” no matter the demographics should not be able to get a degree. That’s plain illogical.

  47. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Ann Arbor decriminalized psilocybin mushrooms and other entheogenic plants yesterday. Many who are currently trapped in a crusty old ego would do well to see what the fuss is about.

  48. Tom
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    You know how you can tell that this comments section needs to go away? It is when not a single one of you viscious trolls have shown any concern over the fact that Mr. Maynard just shared that he is soon to be unemployed. Mark, I’m sorry to hear that. F the rest of you cold bastards

  49. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Strange definition of vicious. You didn’t acknowledge Barky lost his job! I think if you support this shutdown bullshit like Barky it is poetic justice.

  50. wobblie
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Lynne I recommend you do some studies in comparative economics. Pay woman for the social labor they perform. Nordic countries figured this out. Socialist countries figured this out. I do not and never claimed to “know” more than you. But I’m not stupid, only a little slow on the uptake. I am not” mansplaning” when I speak up about sexism. Because my wife is a tenured professor at an R1 research institution running an international research program and is paid half of what some of the useless pricks around her make. Because almost every important person in my life is a female. Because my wife is my partner, I have learned to recognize the daily assaults that her dignity is confronted with. Because I have a daughter who I would like to see inherit a better world than this, I think it is important to speak up, and point out its been along time, and this system still fails to deliver.

    Interesting interview with Col. Wilkerson. He is a life long Republican and one of the few people who served in the Bush II administration who left with his integrity intact. He was a participant in the Transition Integrity Project.

    https://theanalysis.news/interviews/steve-bannon-says-war-begins-on-nov-3rd-a-podcast-with-col-lawrence-wilkerson/?fbclid=IwAR1flXOVPKrL7vFExaPMV2nTs9Dn0EX6evN8wS331OcepISF3RCfb5N2MyY

  51. Posted September 22, 2020 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    You are totally mansplaining, wobblie. Most recently with your assumption that I have not studied the economic systems of Nordic countries. I have. I like what they do. It is one of the reasons why I liked the economic plans proposed by Elizabeth Warren recently in her presidential run. Still, the wage gap in some Nordic countries is similar to that we experience in the USA.

    I get it that straight-up discrimination is still an issue. I am sorry that your wife may be experiencing it. It just isn’t enough of an issue to explain the entirety of the wage gap in this country.

  52. wobblie
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    thanks for the womansplaining. Though I actually just thought you were correcting the errors of my ways.

  53. wobblie
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Lynne I am sure you are aware of the Social Progress Indicators. They just released this years results I guess. Does not look good for the ol USA.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o17cPda7XU&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2t0RA3Y03BSa1_FbHxZ2yt8OSVikNob2RnJFXgXptDOG6rlTSbDRvwBFs

  54. EOS
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    No Lynne,

    You are wrong. You can’t just make up shit and then say they are my beliefs.

    I don’t want to restrict abortion, I want to abolish it. I don’t think women she put jailed for life. I think that doctors who perform abortions should have to pay enormous fines and then have their licenses revoked.

    I’m not concerned with what a woman does with her body. My concern is with the other body growing inside. The fetus has a unique genome and is a separate and distinct individual. A mother should never be allowed to kill her children. There is nothing more evil.

  55. Posted September 22, 2020 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Remember this?

    Trump says 200,000 Americans could die from coronavirus, because he’s done “a very good job”

    https://www.vox.com/2020/3/30/21199586/us-coronavirus-deaths-trump-200000-good-job

    (From vox.com – March 30, 2020)

  56. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    That would be 10% of what dems were shooting for.

  57. Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    No substance response, as usual. No shame and no sense of responsibility.

    No defense of your insane clown, juggalo.

  58. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Oh I have no substance? I cut your little exercise in tyranny off at the knees and there isn’t shit you can say to get it back. A 40x PCR CT means nothing. That is a fact.

  59. Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Mark, I’m calling the Arizona senate race.

    Astronaut Mark Kelly will defeat Trumpanzee hack, Martha McSally.

  60. Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    The only substance you have, Doctor Juggalo, is that which you abuse.

  61. Posted September 22, 2020 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    That makes one of you that believes that fantasy by the way. You can’t even convince your fellow juggalos of that bullshit…and that’s saying a lot.

  62. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Some researchers wouldn’t use a CT over 30. Every 3.3 cycles is a ten-fold increase in sensitivity so a CT of 40 is 1,000 times more sensitive than a max of 30. It should definitely no more than 34 they say. It is absolutely not a YES/NO test. The higher the CT the lower the viral load. That’s how it works. You and your abuse and mountain of lies are done.

  63. Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Eventually maybe one of your juggalo friends here will explain to you why this doesn’t discount the reported death totals.

  64. Posted September 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    I do wish you could convince EOS, though.

  65. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 22, 2020 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Under what circumstances do you think deaths could not be “discounted” if they could not have had the disease? It’s the simplest common sense that you cannot die from a disease you do not have.

    There is no reason to use 40 cycles of PCR unless you cannot detect a viral load with a reasonable number. The fragments that are being detected in these tests are so insignificant they pose no risk. I posted the research. You sound like an idiot not being able to respond to it but still spewing nonsense.

  66. Posted September 23, 2020 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    I’ll let one of your juggalo pals explain it to you. FF seems really patient. Maybe he will walk you through it.

  67. Wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    It will be interesting to see what nonsense the death cult spins to explain the huge excess deaths our country is and will continue to experience. They would like to blame the “lockdown” I’m sure, but that has been such a loosie goosie affair in so many places, we will know that is a lie.
    Currently US travelers are banned from entering well over 100 countries without a two week quarantine. But remember with the right herd mentality the virus will simply disappear.

  68. Anonymous
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/23/republicans-democrats-trump-mcconnell-ruth-bader-ginsburg-supreme-court

  69. wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    The war to liberate Wisconsin continues. There will be casualties, but sacrificing your grandparents and the obese is a small price to pay to be able to go to the bar. MAGA

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/22/us/wisconsin-masks-required-covid-trnd/index.html?utm_source=twCNN&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_content=2020-09-22T22%3A36%3A14

  70. Jean Henry
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Today in the slippery slope towards totalitarianism: https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/how-trumps-supreme-court-maneuver-could-dangerously-increase-the-powers-of-the-president

    The Federalist society SCOTUS approval is a done deal, though conservatives may draw hearings out to get out the vote. Even if Biden wins, even if the Senate turns (unlikely), they will get it done in Lame Duck. We need to not allow our political energy be drained trying to fight the inevitable like we did with that electoral college nonsense. That’s a dangerous form of denialism that allows us to be manipulated. We liberals must focus on other ways to manage what’s to come and on the election. I truly hope the media starts openly acknowledging that this thing is over and talking about what that means instead of drawing out the controversy and so diversion in order to pump ratings.

    If we end up with Trump for another 4 years with a SCOTUS unwilling to limit his powers, my guess is we have a totalitarian president for life. He has already said he’d go for a third term.

  71. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    “your juggalo pals”

    Good one there. Did you get that from your boyfriend Bob?

  72. Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I am not at all sure why iRobert is being so insulting to juggalos.

    Jean, right now we all need to focus on the election. There will be time later to deal with the outcome of the SOTUS appointment.

  73. Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    EOS, I am not making shit up and pretending they are your beliefs. *YOU* said that you see abortion as first-degree murder. I guess it was an assumption on my part that that opinion means that you want women to go to prison for the rest of their lives. It bodes well that you do not think murderers need to go to prison for so long if we are going to have meaningful prison reform based in a Scandinavian model. I am sorry that I made that assumption about you based on how evil your opinion about abortion is. I assumed that since you are gun-ho to make women second class citizens and take away the very most fundamental human right to control one’s own body, that meant you were also evil enough to want to put them in prison too.

    EOS, oh there are things that are WAY more evil than abortion! If you want to see it, look in the mirror! People who would try to control women’s bodies in the way that you propose are so much eviler than women making medical decisions about their own bodies are. People like you who try to manipulate people’s emotions by pretending that fetuses are babies or children are evil.

  74. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    ” People like you who try to manipulate people’s emotions by pretending that fetuses are babies or children are evil.”

    Prove it.

  75. Wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Uncle Vlad wanted me to make sure everyone knows he has Donny’s back.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AoaT9jmpfPo

  76. Posted September 23, 2020 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    HW, prove an opinion? Isn’t the fact that I said it enough proof that it is my opinion? Do you want me to write an essay about why I find emotional manipulation using lies to be evil?

  77. Posted September 23, 2020 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    HW. If you require proof though that Republicans do not consider fetuses to be babies or children, you can look at the tax code. No deductions for a fetus.

  78. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    So what is the point of only ever stating opinions? It cannot be verified. You don’t even develop a rationale. That’s why you are a baby still. You never got past the the child stage of operating as if your opinion has an effect on reality.

  79. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    “Do you want me to write an essay about why I find emotional manipulation using lies to be evil?”

    You wouldn’t be getting the point if you did that. You are using your opinion (pro-lifers employ emotional manipulation with lies) as if it is a fact.” You aren’t going to get it by doing the same thing you have always done. You have to really put your nose to the grindstone and THINK!

  80. wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Another health and safety strike victory.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/university-of-michigan-residence-hall-staff-agree-to-deal-end-strike/ar-BB19liOo?ocid=msedgntp

  81. wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Lynne, I know this is written by one of those guys you love to hate, but being an open minded liberal it might give you some insights.

    https://theintercept.com/2020/09/22/as-joe-rogans-platform-grows-so-does-the-media-and-liberal-backlash-why/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter

  82. wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    or maybe you would rather listen to the discussion

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0tFgPG26vA&feature=emb_logo

  83. Posted September 23, 2020 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    HW, you say that as if you don’t often post your opinions here. Do you think those are facts? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you have trouble telling the difference between fact and opinion as you have never given much indication that you comprehend such distinctions but here I am, a little surprised.

    Wobblie, I don’t know why others don’t like Rogan but I tried to listen to his podcast once and I found it way too sexist for my taste. I don’t remember specifics though. Just that it was too boring for me to overcome the sexism as I do with other shows put on by liberal men who are also sexist. I don’t care that he isn’t getting as much attention as Glen Greenwald thinks he should get. Greenwald’s opinions don’t matter to me at all.

  84. Posted September 23, 2020 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    hahahaha. I looked up why Rogan doesn’t like Biden. It is because of his stance on Marijuana. If Rogan thinks that legalization is more likely under Trump, he is a moron. So now I know that he is a moron, sexist, and worst of all boring. So why should I care about him again?

  85. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I post opinions but they are backed up by alllll the verifiable information I post.

  86. EOS
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    A zygote, embryo, fetus, baby, infant, toddler, teen, and adult are all humans at different stages of development. None of them are considered to be part of a mother’s body.

    You would be better off if you stopped making assumptions. And the world would be better off without abortions.

  87. Wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Lynne you missed the point entirely. I thought you might learn something about how others see reality. I guess since Joe is a father he is by default a sexist asshole But details don’t matter only my tribe being better than yours. Discourse is a blood sport on MM .com. After er all being right is so much more satisfying than being effective.

  88. Wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    Lynne and JH are such effective proofs of the thesis Geenwald puts forth. Winning the culture war Is more important than being politically effective. Given that premise it is quit understandable to simply dismiss a phenomenon that you do not understand and cannot relate to as “sexist”. Details are unimportant. My cultural leaders proclaimed this as “sexist” I do not need to engage in any kind of critical thinking of my own. EOS follows this same type of behavior. Bushs war on terror followed the ssme logic. Your either with us or against us. That is why you blame me for Trump. The fact that the Democrats didnt give me a reason to vote for them is immaterial, it was my yribal duty to vote Democrat. I know I am slow witted, but I have the duty to make my own decisions. To make informed choices, requires that I understand, at least in some fashion what others think and want. Life must be so much simpler when others( no doubt smarter than me) do sll the decidion making.

  89. Wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Just so you know we threw nearly 2000 folks in Federal Prison last year solely for marijuana procession. A third were latino and 20% were black ,— nothing racist about our pot laws. Democratic voters overwhelmingly support decriminalize pot— but not Joe and Kamala Why? Why aren’t supporters demanding Biden take a Popular position —prison lobbies? But tribal loyalties ala HW are so much more important than independent. Thinking.

  90. Sad
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I love that EOS is all excited about the shift in the court and the chance to do away with abortion and the ACA.

    What about all those kids that will lose coverage?

  91. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    “tribal loyalties ala HW”

    Dim propaganda; I can’t imagine trying to disparage others with made up nonsense. I am a free thinker. I have no ‘tribe’ and I owe allegiance to no one.

  92. Posted September 23, 2020 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    EOS, every cell in my body is human and some of them are even alive but I assure you, having parts of my body surgically removed is not more of a moral issue than when a woman has cells that aren’t even hers removed from her body. I agree that the world will be a better place without abortion which is why I work to make sure that other forms of birth control are accessible and affordable. Planned Parenthood has done a good job of this. It is ironic that they are hated so much as they have prevented way more abortions than any other organization in our country. I know this isn’t about preventing abortions for you because you don’t support the one thing that we know prevents abortions. The ONLY other real reason to be against abortions is a desire to control women’s bodies and their sex lives. I mean we could prevent abortions just as well by controlling men’s bodies but those solutions are seldom mentioned except to make certain points by being absurd. But that is a pretty big sign that points to the sexism at hand. If you think it is ok to mandate that a woman use her body to grow a child she doesn’t want and you do not think it is ok to mandate that all men get vasectomies at puberty (after freezing some sperm in case they want children), that is a sexist stance. Especially since the vasectomies are less harmful to health, less painful, and generally just a little snip snip. Often reversible even!

    Wobblie, I still have no idea what point you think I should learn but it sounds to me like you
    and Greenwald have a problem with people not giving men like Rogan the attention you seem to think that white men like him are entitled to. He is a bro and I put him on par with guys like Sean Hannity and Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh but the liberal version. Not worth the time to listen to.

    You do not have a tribal obligation to vote for Democrats. However, if you care about issues like women’s rights, climate change, and yes marijuana rights, the best way to bring about those kinds of policies is to vote for the best of two candidates in the general election. Those who don’t are rightly blamed for the outcome.

    I blame you for Trump because you did not vote for HRC in the general election and therefore you actually are partly to blame. Not as much as those who actually voted for Trump of course but your vote had consequences. I also blame non-voters because not voting, like protest voting is ultimately a vote for the winner. It is not my fault that you don’t like those consequences or that you don’t like it when they are pointed out to you.

    As you point out correctly, the way we go about enforcing marijuana laws is extremely racist. On that point, I wonder if Biden could be persuaded to sign a bill legalizing marijuana. I suspect he can. There is no point persuading Harris because she is already pro-legalization (I am not at all surprised that you would think otherwise. God forbid you pay attention to what a woman says!). Biden seems open to criminal justice reform. That certainly could be how a man like Biden could be persuaded to change. He may not ever be in favor of total legalization but he probably could be persuaded to decriminalize on the federal level, leaving it up to the states.

    But you know White Man Rogan might not get his way totally so he is going to threaten to vote for Trump? All that shows is that he is an asshole who doesn’t care about how many people are going to die from COVID or how many kids are going to be in cages or how many women are going to have their uteruses removed, or how many are going to die from the effects of climate change or how woman are in real danger of legally losing their civil rights. I still see no reason to listen to him other than perhaps to figure out how he thinks and what about him appeals to his audience. I personally do not have the stomach for it so I will let the politicians do that work.

  93. Posted September 23, 2020 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm. This guy’s videos are awesome and angry and I love him. Wobblie, you should listen to them every time you start to let yourself think smack about Kamala Harris.

    https://twitter.com/2RawTooReal

    https://twitter.com/2RawTooReal/status/1279485098677735426

  94. Posted September 23, 2020 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm. This guy’s videos are awesome and angry and I love him. Wobblie, you should listen to them every time you start to let yourself think smack about Kamala Harris.

    https://twitter.com/2RawTooReal/status/1279485098677735426

  95. wobblie
    Posted September 23, 2020 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Your right Lynne, I am more to blame for Trump than a corrupt Democratic Party establishment which is more interested in culture wars than in effecting political change.
    More importantly, it sure seems like Florida has a pretty good sample size
    Florida reported 2,590 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday along with 202 more residents’ deaths.
    The state is now up to 690,499 confirmed cases, 13,618 resident deaths and at least 164 non-resident deaths from COVID-19. At least 42,941 hospitalizations have been attributed to the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, according to the state health department’s dashboard.

    That sure seems like 6% of those who contract the virus end up in the hospital and 2% end up dying. Read how a college football player died the other day from covid complications.

  96. Posted September 24, 2020 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    I’ve discovered Frosted Flakes’ identity.

    It’s Rand Paul.

    From the Seattle Times:

    Fauci schools Sen. Rand Paul over New York, herd immunity

    https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/fauci-schools-sen-rand-paul-over-new-york-herd-immunity/

  97. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 24, 2020 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    “White Man Rogan”

    Trying your hardest to alienate Americans. Keep going, please. It’s a net benefit to Trump voters.

  98. EOS
    Posted September 24, 2020 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    I’ve never been to a baby shower for a clump of cells. I’ve never seen anyone place their hand on a pregnant woman’s abdomen to feel her clump of cells. It’s called a baby bump.

    What is different between eight and a half months gestation and birth? Why not let a mother change her mind and kill a 3 year old clump of cells?

    For an abortion in the second or third trimester, someone at the abortion clinic needs to sort through the clump of cells and make sure it includes 2 arms, 2 legs, and all other body parts. Nobody is fooled by your euphemisms.

    63 million have died since 1973, with more than 40% black. And meanwhile everybody is freaking out over 200k COVID deaths.

  99. Posted September 24, 2020 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    EOS, No one is fooled by you either.

  100. Posted September 24, 2020 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    HW, you think that I don’t know that part of why Trump is in power because so many white men are angry about losing their privilege? I get it that being outspoken about things like civil rights makes them angry but fuck them. Black women get killed in their own homes here and their murderers don’t get charged and that is too fucked up for silence. Women are close to becoming second-class citizens and that is also too fucked up for silence. Trump can’t win honestly so he is destroying our democracy and that is also too fucked up for silence

  101. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 24, 2020 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    No. Everyone is tired of hearing this divisive propaganda from moronic toddlers like you. That’s what it is.

  102. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted September 24, 2020 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    You seem to be pushing a widespread misconception white men don’t get killed by police.

  103. Anonymous
    Posted September 24, 2020 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/21450891/mitch-mcconnell-ruth-bader-ginsburg-senate-congress-democrats-2020-supreme-court-filibuster

  104. Posted September 27, 2020 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Democrats can’t stop the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The best they can do is pressure her in questioning on the issue of whether or not she will refuse herself from any court decision regarding the 2020 election.

    The public does not support making this appointment before the election. That should be made a focus of discussion in the hearings.

    But making her cry like Kavanaugh did would damage the Democrats and get them nothing for it.

  105. Posted September 27, 2020 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Of course I typed “recuse” and my autocorrect wants me to look stupid. Thanks autocorrect. Is there an autocorrect auto-corrector I can download?

  106. Posted October 1, 2020 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    She’s a cultist. A cultist is going to be placed on the court. Nice.

    Religious group scrubs all references to Amy Coney Barrett from its website

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/30/people-of-praise-amy-coney-barrett-website

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