"Fears Grow," says this Guardian article, "That Efforts to Combat U.S. Domestic Terrorism Can Hurt Minorities." Yeah, it "can," in a nation that prioritizes going after folks of color even though white supremacists commit most of the domestic terrorism. Rep. Tlaib is right to say the January 6 coup attempt had nothing to do with "not having enough tools," and in any case "use the tools you got" shouldn't just be about laws and law enforcement -- when right-wingers look around and find everyone's stopped talking to them, then they'll start to think twice.
The International Energy Agency (or IEA) says that the best solar power set-ups now offer the "cheapest...electricity in history." So that's the good news. The bad news is we're going to have to work a lot harder to head off the worst effects of climate change than the good news would have us think, since we're still not abandoning coal and oil fast enough. I guess we'll just leave it to our best and brightest entrepreneurs, then? I kid, of course -- if they were really our best and brightest we'd have solar-powered utilities now.
Surprise, surprise, our "liberal" media are starting to cover the whining of deficit peacocks again, now that voters have moved heaven and earth to take control of both Houses of Congress and the Presidency back from Republicans. Now, when one puts it like that, it sure makes all these folks wringing their hands over the deficit and their media enablers sound more like the assholes they actually are. Do they not remember how George W. Bush's bankster bailout ran up the deficit right before Barack Obama took office? Gosh, it's almost like it's a plan with these people.
Well, that sure didn't take long: QAnon votaries who were starting to feel a little used-like-a-wet-dishrag after Inauguration Day have glommed on to a new hope: that Donald Trump will be inaugurated President on March 4 as the "19th President" of the original American republic. I'm afraid I can't illuminate the labyrinthine reasoning that links the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 with this latest Oncoming Storm because no reasonable person can, but I do know that the "sovereign citizens" who've historically banged this saucepan have never had a healthy relationship with Jews or folks of color.
Finally, Sen. McConnell described why he likes the filibuster this week, and I'll discuss this a little more in today's action post, but I thought I'd illuminate this line of reasoning: "If your legislation can't pass the Senate, you don't scrap the rules or lower the standards. You improve your idea, take your case to the people, or both." Sounds reasonable, right? Trouble is, all this "just make your argument better" stuff doesn't apply when the side that does all the filibustering doesn't have to make an argument at all -- they just say "no" to whatever argument you're making and then go home. Now, if they had to say no and then keep talking, Mr. McConnell would have a leg to stand on here, but they don't, so he doesn't. He knows all that, of course -- he just hopes you don't.