Marjorie Cohn at TruthOut writes that "Smooth-Talking Jeff Sessions Can't Hide Disturbing Record." Read the whole thing and be reminded that whatever good thing you've fought for over the years, Sen. Sessions has fought against. Let's take the "smooth-talking" part, though: note well that Mr. Sessions repeatedly said he'd "enforce the law," even adding that it wouldn't be his job "to decide which laws to enforce" (which you'd know is rubbish if you've ever had to, you know, deal with finite time and resources); it's interesting that, much as Mitt Romney pretended to be a liberal in his first debate with Mr. Obama, Mr. Sessions casts himself as someone different to the national public, as if he knows his works are basically unpopular, and for good reason.
Seth Kershner at In These Times asks: "Can Labor Unions Organize Retail Workers?" If you find yourself asking why they're not doing this already, here's one reason: retail corporations aggressively propagandize their workers against unions, often in mandatory meetings, with statements like "unions are businesses, multimillion-dollar businesses that make their money by convincing people like you and me to give them a part of our paychecks." We could rewrite that, you know, to say "your employer is a multibillion-dollar business that makes its money by convincing people like you to work for considerably less money than you'd make if you belonged to a union." But here's another reason: unions have become ossified, "top-heavy" "bureaucracies" that focus more on getting campaign contributions to Democratic politicians than staying engaged with their workers, a lot of whom don't even know they're in a union. The good news: the worker center, where workers can talk shop about their struggles and organize to ameliorate them, offers a way out.
Biloxi, MS officials tell folks on Twitter that certain municipal offices will close on something called "Great Americans Day," and then the good citizens of Biloxi remind them that those offices will actually close on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Of course, in some areas of the South, yesterday was also Robert E. Lee Day, because a lot of Southern politicians are whiny, diaper-loaded brats who can't stomach the fact that we have a national holiday celebrating a black man. Maybe they'll get a Bull Connor Day on the Friday preceding it to further massage their hurt fee-fees. To think that people actually say liberals are whiners!
Incoming Trump Administration mulls plan to move White House press corps from their room inside the White House, possibly to a room in the next building. Trump team hysteria about the "opposition party" aside, the headline is a bit misleading, and personal to those who fret about the national press having reduced "access" to the White House: plenty of good Americans (the Standing Rock protestors, for example) are happy to give journalists "access" to news, but journalists generally aren't interested in it, because they serve mammon. In their less embedded state, the "liberal" media might produce better journalism. Note well that I said "might." And I'm always more optimistic about the American people than I am about the "liberal" media.
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) finds himself swamped by constituents worried about Obamacare repeal at a "constituent meeting" (they're sure they never said "townhall"!), then skips out six minutes early. That's some upright leadership right there. They say they'll have more of these meetings (Mr. Coffman met with 70 constituents in 84 minutes! How could you possibly expect more of him than that?), but this is exactly the kind of thing that should be happening in every Congressperson's office, everywhere in the country. And when our enemies retort by whining about "the brutality of the mob," just remember that they fear you. Gosh, maybe one day they'll fear us more than they fear their paymasters.
Finally, protestors at UC Davis shut down a planned talk to be given by racist/self-hating gay man Milo Yiannopoulos and hedge fund manager/mammon-worshiper Martin Shkreli. No truth to the rumor that Satan was also on the bill, but couldn't get there due to Route 5 traffic. Seriously, though, why are we giving so much space to the whining of fascists that protestors were "violent" (they weren't) and "shut down" their free speech? The First Amendment protects you from your government, not from protestors. Yes, even at a "public" university. And I'm sick of all the whining about "intolerance" of ideas like "white" "supremacy" and greed-being-good. Would right-wingers also like us to "tolerate" rapists and child molestors?