In case you'd lost track, upwards of 54 Starbucks stores have now begun the process of unionizing, including 15 just this past Monday. Only the first two stores in Buffalo have actually begun collective bargaining for better pay and working conditions, but this is good news. Sadly, woke-ass Starbucks management haven't stopped the mandatory anti-union propaganda meetings, replete with whining that unions will divide workers from management, though you might think management has done a pretty good job of that already, and anyway no one wants "unity" with someone who'll hurt you so they can redistribute your income upwards to themselves. Really, the similarity with how domestic abusers talk is more than a little upsetting.
From Mikhal Dehel at Boston Review we learn that "Poland's Current Memory Politics Are Rewriting History" in a way you'll find eerily similar to what Americans like Glenn Youngkin aspire to do. Last year a Warsaw District Court convicted two historians of "violating the honor" of a former mayor of Warsaw during World War II, all due to a single footnote in which one Jewish woman testified that this man had robbed her and ratted out other Jews to the Nazis. Because, apparently, Polish law (rammed through by a right-wing government, imagine that) only allows you to blame the Nazis for what happened in Poland, even though we all know the Nazis had collaborators everywhere. End result: historians won't want to do research anymore if someone's descendant has a sad. People need to grow the fuck up, particularly about their past.
When I hear that Nancy Pelosi's going back to being a Republican "bogeyman" now that she's running for re-election, I must ask: do Republicans not remember Abigail Spanberger turning that against David Brat in 2018? Of course, to demolish this sad attempt at relevance, you have to count on Democrats to actually do what Ms. Spanberger did, which is remind their Republican opponents that they're not actually running against Nancy Pelosi and that using the current House Speaker as a crutch for your own bad ideas is just a bad look. David Brat might even give them similar advice, to the degree that they'd listen, and to the degree that he's capable of self-knowledge.
Pennsylvania Senate candidate David McCormick says he never outsourced jobs, though he's on record having done just that (and using it to get a job with Tha Bush Mobb) two decades ago. Trumpholes hate outsourcing, which recommends them, though I still think it's more about the foreigner-hate with them, and not so much about the whole "let's not pay foreign workers in dung pellets just so we can avoid paying American workers decently" thing. Between that and Mehmet Oz's difficulties, I'm even more convinced that Jeff Bartos will be the Republican Senate nominee -- and that Trumpholes, at that point, will judge him to be a fellow traveler, regardless of what he's ever done or said.
Finally, when I hear that Democrats in Congress still think they can get Joe "the Penguin" Manchin to agree to some part of the Build Back Better Act, all I can say is: fools! He's going to keep playing Lucy to your Charlie Brown for the next 10 months, because he wants Republican majorities in both Houses after the 2022 elections, all so he can make himself "essential" going into his 2024 re-election bid. I mean, who's going to lift a finger to help him get re-elected in 2022 if Democrats wind up with, say, 56 Senators? Anyway, we're still going to have a lot to say about all that, but it'd be easier if we were already out in the streets protesting Democrat weakness and inaction. I'd have already willed those protests into existence, if I could.