The Senate voted 63-37 vote to advance S.J.Res. 54, which aims to get us out of the war on Yemen, but they still must vote to pass the bill, and the sticking point for many Senators seems to be our Administration's apparent refusal to allow CIA chief Gina Haspel to brief them on the CIA's conclusion that Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman did in fact order the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But if our Administration does make her available (which it might, although our President has contradicted the CIA's findings!), those Senators may declare themselves sated and vote the bill down -- unless we remind them that we should get out of Yemen because Congress never authorized our involvement there and because we are helping create a human rights catastrophe there. So let's call our Senators and tell them to pass S.J.Res. 54; the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're on a smartphone) will help you do that.
Meanwhile, from the "Nobody Could Have Predicted!" file: after passing minimum wage and paid sick leave initiatives so that voters wouldn't get to vote on them in a ballot initiative on Election Day, Michigan's reactionary state legislature has already started gutting the minimum wage and paid sick leave standards they passed! The state Senate has passed legislation accomplishing that aim, and the state House will follow suit very soon, before that pesky incoming Democratic Governor takes office, because, as in Wisconsin, evil sure doesn't have a hard time setting priorities. So, if you want to call Michigan state House leadership (you can find phone numbers for them here) and use the Big Stick of Bad PR on them, hey, I won't stop you. I also won't stop you from telling said state House leaders that the entire country is watching them try to subvert the will of the Michigan people, who are their real bosses. I mean, gosh, we're all about freedom here at Thieves in the Temple.
Finally, fewer than half a million African elephants still roam our planet -- but our Administration wants to make it easier for folks to go off and kill these elephants so they can bring "trophies" home. Why would any reasonable person think they're hot stuff because they killed an animal that hasn't developed firearms of its own? And why should our government encourage such behavior? OK, watch our President for 30 seconds and that question answers itself, but the "freedom" to kill an endangered species and beat your chest about it is not exactly the freedom we're all about here -- surely the elephant should have freedom, too, if it's not hurting anyone? Surely being a hunter and being a civilized person aren't mutually exclusive propositions? Hence Environmental Action helps you tell our Fish and Wildlife Service to curtail granting permits to kill elephants for "trophies." And then maybe we won't see as many elephants wailing over their dead.