Tennessee House Civil Justice Subcommittee votes down Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act in well-attended hearing. If you agitated against that bill last week, congratulate yourself. But now, the bad news: Tennessee state legislators have filed no less than eleven bills aiming, in some way, to injure gay and transgendered folks, presuming to elevate the whole poop-sticking-to-wall process into a Pollock-style masterwork. More news, and alerts, as they arrive.
Janine Jackson at FAIR writes about our "liberal" media's tendency to give Donald Trump "a near-constant, legitimizing megaphone" instead of actually covering what he says and does with any critical acumen. It's one thing to presume that "liberal" media journalists are so lazy they settle for big drama like the kind Mr. Trump keeps dishing out -- but it's another thing entirely to find CBS CEO Les Moonves actively cheer on the "rancor" because it brings his media corporation more money. He even says "Go Donald!" Ten bucks says he's so post-modern he thinks it's all a joke.
Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray claims WalMart "shafted" his city by cancelling the construction of build two stores in poor neighborhoods after building three stores in more gentrified areas of the city. Naturally, WalMart's promise was "subject and contingent upon business conditions," and I'd feel like an idiot to presume that Mr. Gray and the rest of his government didn't already know that. It's enough to make you think that when Mr. Gray vetoed the city living wage ordinance in 2013 while Walmart was reminding him of their quite conditional "partnership," he was the one really doing the shafting.
Jeb Bush praises Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for "stepping up right now" to handle the Flint water crisis. That would be the water crisis Gov. Snyder caused by appointing an "Emergency Manager" to run Flint with a mandate to cut costs, but bygones! I guess Mr. Bush figures he's reminding people that leadership is harder than Donald Trump would like you to think, but he's actually reminding people that he's on the side of the most despised Governor in America right now. Remember when I said you couldn't count a bastard out? I think maybe now you can count Jeb Bush out.
Finally, President Obama sits down for an interview with Politico, and suggests that "the degree to which the Republican rhetoric and Republican vision has moved not just to the right but has moved to a place that is unrecognizable." Why has that happened? He doesn't tell us and Politico doesn't ask, but it could be because of a center-right President too "busy" with "sav(ing) the auto industry" and "stabiliz(ing) Afghanistan" and the like to push politics where folks wanted it to go, which was leftward. I mean, did Ronald Reagan worry about cleaning up Jimmy Carter's mess, or did he announce a new sheriff was in town? This is why we still have a "running thread" asking "(w)hy are we still constrained by the terms of the debate that were set by Ronald Reagan 30 years ago?"