Today on Tommy T’s Random Ruminations – Terminal Stupidity edition

You know, I’ve tried – really TRIED to have sympathy for idiot anti-vaxxers. I really have.  At least I’ve tried to have sympathy for their friends and families they infected while they were asymptomatically blowing the virus into the air around them. But I’m running out of fucks to give.  Seriously. A nurse. A fucking ER NURSE. The stupidity of the “You can’t tell me what to do with my body”  (irony meter pegged) cult is fatal. Even the ones that COVID doesn’t kill outright will spend a lot of their time in the hospital suffering from the “long-hauler” issues … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Random Ruminations – Terminal Stupidity edition

Threatening the Crafters Now

For God’s sake, it’s like they WANT to lose: At first, Guzman-Rhea sewed masks for her family, but as cases started to be identified across the state later in March, she connected online with other Wisconsinites who, like herself, were itching to feel productive. They were motivated to contribute to an urgent need during a period of deep uncertainty and stress that left many Wisconsin residents homebound and feeling helpless. Guzman-Rhea quickly found herself organizing a regional crew of crafters as part of a massive statewide group that has coordinated the donation of hundreds of thousands of homemade masks to frontline workers … Continue reading Threatening the Crafters Now

RBG’s Fanclub Isn’t The Problem

Jesus tits, the world is on fire, imagine thinking people making Etsy pins are the problem here:  This national death watch is an absurd and distressing phenomenon. And yet Ginsburg’s physical frailty is central to her pop-cultural cachet. The whole appeal of her little-old-lady archetype is that it situates her as an underdog and makes for a heady contrast to her intellectual might. In a sequence from the 2018 documentary “RBG” that has been sliced into GIFs and pasted around the internet as tribute, she wears a “SUPER DIVA!” sweatshirt as she heaves teensy hand weights over her shoulders. Even … Continue reading RBG’s Fanclub Isn’t The Problem

The Courage of Republicans

Wow, Bush and Romney won’t support Trump for re-election:  WASHINGTON — It was one thing in 2016 for top Republicans to take a stand against Donald J. Trump for president: He wasn’t likely to win anyway, the thinking went, and there was no ongoing conservative governing agenda that would be endangered. Yeah! Why bother calling out fascism if it was just gonna go away by itself? That’s usually how that kind of thing works, and better to hide in a conference room and pretend your party isn’t burning around you. The New York Times cannot get over the courage of … Continue reading The Courage of Republicans

Please Stop

I know “please everyone quit bitching on the internet” is like the least likely thing to actually happen but I figured I would try to talk about how awful we are all being about our preferred primary candidates right now. Yes, all of us. Bernie Brothers. Even the Biden Bros. Maybe especially you three weirdos stanning Tulsi, whatever you’re about. What is the appeal? I just log on every day and it’s “Biden is basically Trump” and “Bernie will never get anything done” and meanwhile the Republicans are over there debating how many people they can put on death-ships to … Continue reading Please Stop

Pointless Triangulation

I know, I know, it’s Jacobin, but it’s not all that different from something really poisonous in our political landscape right now which is the tendency to act like it’s 1992:  Joe Rogan has some views on trans issues that anyone on the Left should oppose. Unfortunately, at least half the country holds similar views. The issue isn’t whether Bernie Sanders should compromise with such positions. As a matter of principle, he can’t and shouldn’t do that. The question is whether the best way to build a movement that appeals to rather than alienating the tens of millions of Americans … Continue reading Pointless Triangulation

Stop Electing CEOs

They’re bad at this because government isn’t a business:  Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, says in a 60 Minutes interview already recorded but airing on Sunday that he is thinking very seriously about a presidential run—but he stops short of a full announcement. He makes clear, however, that if he moves forward, he will do so as an independent. Of course, because parties and principles and coherent platforms are just, like, bullshit, man, and he alone can see that the true way forward is to split the baby: Half of it in an immigration cage. We just recently rid ourselves, in Illinois, … Continue reading Stop Electing CEOs

The Three Thousand & Where Power Lies

It doesn’t matter whose fault it is: “When Trump visited the island territory last October, OFFICIALS told him in a briefing 16 PEOPLE had died from Maria.” The Washington Post. This was long AFTER the hurricane took place. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE. Then, like magic, “3000 PEOPLE KILLED.” They hired…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2018 He’s a feral animal, of course, who can only see things in terms of how they affect him. You know this and so do I and I think so does he, not that it matters. I’m so tired … Continue reading The Three Thousand & Where Power Lies

Caucus with the Democrats

Hey, Jeff Flake. Hey, John McCain. Hey, Susan Collins. Lisa Murkowski. Ben Motherfucking Sasse. Hey, Bob Corker, probably. I mean, I haven’t looked, I assume he’s still a disingenuous attention-whoring shitbag like the rest of them. Hey, all you assholes. STFU. Get off Twitter. Get off TV. And start making phone calls. Because until you caucus with the Democrats to stop this bullshit, I don’t want to hear another word out of your cheeto-dusted mouths. In the early days maybe this shit was cute, this whole “the president of the United States is a traitor I am powerless to stop … Continue reading Caucus with the Democrats

Job’s The Same Today

Fuck Gorsuch and just less than half of SCOTUS and McConnell and Ryan and everybody writing about “civility” and the millions of people who voted for Trump because he made them feel good about themselves and fuck the people screaming at the press at Trump rallies and goddamn, blast, confound and fuck every single person in this administration today. Kick and I spent last night writing postcards to lawmakers over family detention and making plans with friends for another march this weekend, after marching last weekend, because there are fascists in power and we have weekends off work. I told … Continue reading Job’s The Same Today

And Then?

Donald Trump is not gonna quit. Donald Trump is not gonna get impeached, tried, convicted and removed from office. Donald Trump is not gonna be indicted, probably. Stop fantasizing about these scenarios. Donald Trump will be president until 2020.* No matter what happens with Russia, no matter what happens with Congress. We have him for two more years, and we just have to handle that. You know why? I’M FUCKING READY TO BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF THOSE FUCKING LIBERAL BITCHES!!!! FUCK HOLLYWOOD!!!!! FUCK THE #GRAMMYs BUNCH OF BITCHES!!!! — Steve Trevino (@StTrevino) January 29, 2018 Because any other scenario … Continue reading And Then?

Separations

Kick has had the same caregiver since she was eight weeks old. We are unendingly blessed to have, in our life-with-newborn state of dazed terror, stumbled upon a woman who has spent the past four years filling our daughter’s life with joy and adventure. I fully believe this person puts my child’s happiness above her own on a daily basis and would stop at nothing to keep Kick from harm. She has keys to my house and we’ve borrowed each other’s cars and I trust her completely. Yet at least once a day I freak out at my desk because … Continue reading Separations

Today We’re Gonna Find Out

Today is the day, guys: Going to find out what kind of org Fox is today. No serious news org would allow someone this conflicted to cover this story https://t.co/8KX1JLlzpx — Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) April 17, 2018 Today’s the day Fox News has to prove itself to Chuck Todd. Today. Not any point in the past 30 years. Not during the Clinton murder-stravaganza, not during the “does Barack Obama do terrorist fist jabs” era, not at any time during the “are all liberals traitors who want to suck bin Laden off” 2000s, not during the Swift Boat Veterans for Bullshit, … Continue reading Today We’re Gonna Find Out

We have no good way to talk about this and we never have

We have no good way to talk about this and we never have. As a good friend and feminist scholar told me when the Weinstein scandal broke, “This isn’t about sex. It’s about power. That’s why we can’t talk about it.” And yet it is the sex that draws the attention as we discuss the imbalance of power, so the two remain inextricably linked, creating problems as we continue to have these revelations of misconduct come to light. The latest name added to the list of groping, rubbing, jerking, fondling, grabbing and forcing is Sen. Al Franken. Leeann Tweeden came … Continue reading We have no good way to talk about this and we never have

If She Was Your Daughter

I grew up around evangelicals in Alabama. They know this shit happens–in homes, on the street. In churches. Let me tell you what they do: They blame the girls. https://t.co/jQBm3o1ptO — Donna (@totallydonna) November 9, 2017 Do you know how many women I know, who told their fathers? Who told their mothers, their friends, a “trusted adult” that they were being hurt or had been hurt? Do you know how many of these people, who have daughters, did nothing? Homeless shelters are full of girls and boys whose parents chose their abusers over them. It happens every day. Hey @tedcruz. … Continue reading If She Was Your Daughter

The Gods Lift Those Who Lift Each Other

Two quick hits. One:  Oklahoma stands out for the velocity with which districts have turned to a shorter school week in the past several years, one of the most visible signs of a budget crisis that has also shuttered rural hospitals, led to overcrowded prisons and forced state troopers to abide by a 100-mile daily driving limit. Democrats helped pass bipartisan income tax cuts from 2004 to 2008. Republicans — who have controlled the legislature since 2009 and governorship since 2011 — have cut income taxes further and also significantly lowered taxes on oil and gas production. “The problems facing … Continue reading The Gods Lift Those Who Lift Each Other

Oh, the Courage of the GOP

They’re going to finish this, one way or another, and then we’re gonna let them do it again. Really, Nixon should have died in federal prison, and that should have been the end of that party. Really, murdering Central American schoolchildren and nuns in order to fight an illegal proxy war should have resulted in the GOP being thrown on the trash fire of history. Really, tens of thousands of dead Iraqis and Afghans and lies to the entire world about why, that should have caused decent people to turn away from the word “Republican” in disgust. Really, turning the entire … Continue reading Oh, the Courage of the GOP

THIS is it, right? Finally? This is finally it?

Surely THIS is it, the thing that will make the GOP rise up against Trump:  In his meeting with Lavrov, Trump seemed to be boasting about his inside knowledge of the looming threat. “I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day,” the president said, according to an official with knowledge of the exchange. Trump went on to discuss aspects of the threat that the United States learned only through the espionage capabilities of a key partner. He did not reveal the specific intelligence-gathering method, but he described how the Islamic State was pursuing elements … Continue reading THIS is it, right? Finally? This is finally it?

Avoidable Problems

She seems nice:  Mulkey explained her comments in the postgame press conference, saying she was tired of hearing the scandal discussed on a national stage by people not involved in the investigation who “don’t know what they’re talking about.” She said the scandal is over and she would send her daughter to the private Christian university, claiming the “problems we have at Baylor are no different than the problems at any other school in America.” THERE IS SUCH AN EASY WAY OUT OF THIS, guys. I’m gonna tell you what it is. I’m gonna tell you how to make sure … Continue reading Avoidable Problems

But They’ll Let Me Cut Taxes, Mom!

Republicans were always gonna be okay with it:  In effect, congressional Republicans have sought to compartmentalize Mr. Trump’s presidency, adopting a cafeteria-style approach. They reach for the more appealing offerings, such as the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, and avert their gaze from less appetizing or, to some, downright indefensible elements (America is not so different from Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia), which would have surely drawn relentless rebukes if uttered by President Barack Obama. Some lawmakers take comfort knowing that the president’s behavior last year didn’t hurt their campaigns, and they have used the electoral result as a … Continue reading But They’ll Let Me Cut Taxes, Mom!

Let Me Make This Easy for You, Democrats

No. On CNN, Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Democrats should “do the right thing” and confirm Gorsuch. #SCOTUS — Tom McKay (@thetomzone) February 1, 2017 Really? Still? We’re still doing this? It’s 2017. We’re fully more than a decade past the time when Democrats, eager to take the high road and do the right thing and be patriotic and put country before party, sucked George W. Bush’s strap-on and were rewarded for their decency by having the war hero they nominated for president derided as a commie faggot peace-freak appeaser. We jus spent eight years in which a Democratic president gave … Continue reading Let Me Make This Easy for You, Democrats

What Are You Looking At?

I cannot tell you how exhausted I am of the Democratic Party pretending there’s only one race that matters:  Still, the party’s expectations about Clinton demonstrated just how bad parties are at analyzing what they need to fix to win. Next year, while it is not what they boast about, Democrats are expecting mistakes by Trump — the most unpopular incoming president in decades — to create opportunities for them. Their debate about winning a new majority is not about a savior from red America, or even a change in policy. It is about better organizing, and how to win … Continue reading What Are You Looking At?

It Hurts to Take the Story Apart. Do It Anyway.

There’s a story we’ve been telling ourselves for a long time now, about how democracy works, about how it has to work in order for us all to get up in the morning. It involves how campaigns operate, how elections take place, how power is handed from one person to another and what is done with that power and to whom. The story’s called America. It’s a few years old now. Maybe you’ve heard it: We are free, and we choose who leads us, and we have chance after chance to make things better. We’re in charge, you and me, for good and … Continue reading It Hurts to Take the Story Apart. Do It Anyway.

Love at First Spite or, An Offer to Trump Supporters in the Spirit of the Season

In the spirit of the holidays, I have a proposition for our Trump-supporting friends. Go ahead. Say it. Say, “Fuck you.” Say it to my face. Say it to my liberal, city-dwelling, higher-educated, Democratic-Party-voting, Starbucks-swilling, Whole-Foods-shopping, Heather-Has-Two-Mommies-reading face. Say it morning, noon and night. Say it as often as you want. As loud as you want. Say it in front of my husband, my daughter, and all my friends. Say it over and over and over again. Get it out of your system. So that the rest of us can GO BACK TO WORK. That’s my present. That’s my gift … Continue reading Love at First Spite or, An Offer to Trump Supporters in the Spirit of the Season

You’re Not a News Organization

Everyone involved with this story needs a goddamn nap:  Bush never told NBC News brass about the tape when he joined “Today,” and they’re not happy about it. “Billy was bragging about the tape to other NBC staff while in Rio. If he knew about the tape, and remembered the full extent of such an explosive conversation with a presidential candidate and didn’t disclose that to NBC News, that is a very, very serious problem,” the insider said, adding it could violate the “morality clause” in his contract. Look. If you work at a news organization, which the Today Show … Continue reading You’re Not a News Organization

Why Don’t Poor People Just Buy Houses in Nicer Neighborhoods?

Because they aren’t allowed to. It would drag down the property values all over the place:  Village of Hartland — Village officials and residents on Monday squared off in a heated exchange during a plan commission meeting over a proposed housing development on the east side of the village. A plan by Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County would put 15 homes on 3.2 acres at 1270 E. Capitol Drive. Residents said such a densely populated development would lower their property values and could bring crime to the area. The commission only reviewed the conceptual plan for the development and … Continue reading Why Don’t Poor People Just Buy Houses in Nicer Neighborhoods?

‘he had a football season to worry about’

Of course he did:  A man claims he told Joe Paterno and his assistant coaches the day after Jerry Sandusky allegedly molested him in a shower at a 1976 football camp, but Paterno brushed him off, saying he had a football season to worry about, according to newly unsealed court records. “I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted,” the man, who was 14 at the time. told lawyers for Pennsylvania State University’s insurer in a deposition two years ago. “I was embarrassed.” The man later became one of dozens of Sandusky accusers paid millions by Pennsylvania State University. His … Continue reading ‘he had a football season to worry about’

JUST SHUT UP FOREVER AND DON’T VOTE THEN

This election is NOT ABOUT YOU:  Not everyone at Mr. Sanders’s rallies is dreading a Trump victory, however. Victor Vizcarra, 48, of Los Angeles, said he would much prefer Mr. Trump to Mrs. Clinton. Though he said he disagreed with some of Mr. Trump’s policies, he added that he had watched “The Apprentice” and expected that a Trump presidency would be more exciting than a “boring” Clinton administration. “A dark side of me wants to see what happens if Trump is in,” said Mr. Vizcarra, who works in information technology. “There is going to be some kind of change, and … Continue reading JUST SHUT UP FOREVER AND DON’T VOTE THEN

Maybe Detroit’s Teachers Could Sell Some Bling

Then they could afford to work!  “There’s a basic agreement in America: When you put in a day’s work, you’ll receive a day’s pay. DPS is breaking that deal,” Ivy Bailey, the union’s interim president, said in a statement. “Teachers want to be in the classroom giving children a chance to learn and reach their potential. Unfortunately, by refusing to guarantee that we will be paid for our work, DPS is effectively locking our members out of the classrooms.” Teachers rallied at the school system’s headquarters Detroit on Monday morning to “protest the news that Detroit educators will not be paid for … Continue reading Maybe Detroit’s Teachers Could Sell Some Bling

On Fighting For Those Who Fight Against You

Charlie:  Before beginning, and in fairness to the good people of Menomonie, Wisconsin, whose voting record we examined earlier Tuesday afternoon, let us remember that Texas is the home office for climate denialists among our elected representatives. It begins at the top with Tailgunner Ted Cruz, who’s been spouting the stupid on this subject heavily for the last few weeks. It runs down through Governor Greg Abbott and indicted attorney general Ken Paxton. And it runs deeply through the Texas congressional delegation, which includes some leading intellectual giants like Lamar Smith and Louie Gohmert, although, to be fair to those other worthies, … Continue reading On Fighting For Those Who Fight Against You