Hard to believe, Harry, but gas drilling billionaire Kelcy Warren, suing Beto O’Rourke for defamation, has given money to judges who could hear and rule in his case. No use arguing that a billionaire can’t be expected to keep track of every single campaign donation he makes, because that’s a very good reason not to have billionaires in the first place! And what’s the “defamation” here? Mr. O’Rourke excoriated Mr. Warren for donating $1 million to his opponent, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, weeks after signing legislation that helped Mr. Warren’s corporation. That’s “c’mon, I’m not a schmuck” territory.
In a peripherally-related note, our Supreme Court failed to disclose its financial relationship with the “expert” they brought in to review that probe they supposedly conducted to find the person who leaked the ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. Said “expert,” former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, helps provide various security assessment for the Justices, but more pertinently: why does anyone look to Michael Chertoff as an “authority”? He’s a Bush Mobber, dammit, and a civilized society would ignore him unto death.
Central Bucks School District backs down from its effort to scrub Elie Wiesel quotations from school library posters. And just days before Holocaust Remembrance Day, to boot! In case you thought they were coming to their senses after a year of doing far right-wingers’ bidding, they’ve contracted with a PR firm for $15,000 a month “in an attempt to repair strained public relations and improve the school district’s image,” and I bet the good folks of Bucks County just love seeing their tax dollars thrown away like that. Want a better image? Don’t appease evil.
When I hear that first-term Rep. Andy Ogles (E-TN) has completely ignored federal laws requiring him to make his personal finances public, I wonder if House Republicans would apply the Santos standard, i.e., they’d toss him from our House if they found he’d broken the law. Ah, I kid – they’ll find a reason not to, and that reason will probably have something to do with Hunter Biden’s laptop or pronouns or M&Ms or litter boxes or whatever tantrum right-wingers are throwing that day.
Finally, Snopes.com informs us that that obnoxious twittering about gas prices and egg prices and such shooting up just because Donald Trump isn’t President anymore is utter horsedoodle. “Vince Langman” thinks he’s clever understating the actual figures for gas prices ($2.54/gallon, not $2), mortgage rates (3.7%, not 3%), and inflation (2.5%, not 1%) as of January 2020, and no doubt he’s right now composing an eight-paragraph rant about nitpicking. Maybe he could ask a bank what’s the difference between 3% and 3.7% interest over 30 years.