How should I feel to learn that Thurgood Marshall had to endure a lot of racist BS at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing 55 years ago, too -- heartened that a particular evil has visited us before and we've survived it, or disgusted that evil keeps persisting with no new tricks up its sleeve? It is good to be reminded that right-wingers wouldn't shut up about crime in 1967, either, but the Marsha Blackburns and John Cornyns and Tom Cottons of the world should really be ashamed of themselves, even if they're not as overt about their love of segregation as James Eastland was.
ProPublica uncovers audio of a Texas school board superintendent describing exactly which books he wants banned in his district's libraries -- "It's the transgender, LGBTQ and the sex — sexuality — in books." Which do I hate more? Folks who natter on about "tear(ing) down values and force theirs and then also force acceptance" as if they're not the ones who do all of that? Or folks who pretend their objections are about sex, and then prove the opposite when most of the books they remove are books that just so happen to be about gay/transgender characters? I guess I hate the former more, but only because, as Justice Gorsuch (of all people!) has reminded us, the word "sex" means a lot more than these benighted souls think it means.
Hard to believe, Harry, but when Texas's government says its Operation Lone Star is doing a bang-up job disrupting drug crime and undocumented immigration at the border over the last year, they're fibbing more than a little bit. When you hear that Texas counts in all kinds of crime completely unrelated to events or issues at the border -- indeed, some of Operation Lone Star's "successes" took place hundreds of miles away! -- you are reminded, I hope, that even if you think Texas should obsess this much on drugs and immigration at the border, that puffed-up data is puffed-up data, and it always covers up incompetence. People still want competence from their leaders, right? And there's an opening for Beto O'Rourke.
Matt Stoller was just talking about bad judges issuing bad rulings about antitrust law, and just like that, D.C. Superior Court Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo outright dismisses D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine's antitrust suit against Amazon Prime, supposing that maybe the price hikes Amazon demands from every third-party sellers were all simply TEH FREE MARKUTZ!!!!! at work, even though Amazon's contract literally forbids these sellers from selling their wares for lower prices at their own sites. "Frankly I’m not sure Puig-Lugo even read the complaints," Mr. Stoller says. Mr. Racine can now appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second-highest court in the land.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis refuses to recognize Lia Thomas as the winner of a recent NCAA Division I swimming race, touting the second-place finisher instead, all because Ms. Thomas is transgender. You may be asking yourself, self, who asked Ron DeSantis his opinion about who won a particular college swimming race? Of course, nobody had to ask him; he would have opined on the matter anyway, just so he could create more drama, since drama is the only thing he's good at, just as it's the only thing most right-wingers are good at. In another few generations, we'll be rid of all the people who find transgender folks gross because they only look at other people in terms of whether they want to fuck them.
Finally, about 10 minutes after Mr. Trump finally withdrew his endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks for the upcoming Alabama Senate race, Mr. Brooks charged that Mr. Trump directly asked him to overturn the Presidential election on January 6 and hold a new election. You may recall Mr. Brooks telling the assembled crowd of whiners, on that very same day, that "(t)oday is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass," but I guess his behavior all makes sense to him. Mr. Brooks sounds like a sore loser, which is a shame, since we can all imagine Mr. Trump demanding that Mr. Brooks do the impossible and feeling/acting betrayed afterward.