This year our costume was an obvious one. #halloween2021 pic.twitter.com/EPfDJshCGp— Four Seasons Total Landscaping (@therealfstl1992) November 1, 2021
"I would like to say 'This book is written to the glory of God', but nowadays this would be the trick of a cheat, i.e., it would not be correctly understood."--Ludwig Wittgenstein
"Talk to me about the truth of religion, and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolation of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand."--C.S. Lewis
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Ya Gotta Appreciate That
When In Worry, When In Doubt
Run in circles, scream and shout:
Members of the January 6 committee are working on potential legislation to tighten the process of certifying a presidential election in an effort to eliminate contentious avenues that spurred the January 6 riot, sources tell CNN.
The legislation would give the committee a focus on developing a law as part of the investigation, undercutting a legal argument that former President Donald Trump has made that the committee has no true legislative purpose for seeking his White House documents.
The effort is still in its early stages, but a proposed bill could offer more specific instructions for when Congress can overturn a state's slate of electors, and more clearly define the role the vice president plays in counting the votes -- after Trump and his allies pressured Mike Pence to try to block President Joe Biden's win, the sources say.
So the House Select Committee is likely to propose amendments to the Electoral Count Act, the one that governed the January 6th joint session. Which is good and necessary but also points to the fact Congress is perfectly capable of blunting any attempt by Trump & Co. to monkey with the electoral slates.
As a reminder, it was the ECA that the Court relied on to overrule Florida’s recount, one that had been ordered by the Florida Supreme Court pursuant to Florida law. So it won’t be hard to write a law requiring states to appoint electors based on the vote count, rather than whatever other method the states want to use (arguably that was exactly the issue in Bush v. Gore, where Florida’s recount statute conflicted with Federal law.).
We are not, in other words, doomed. There are perfectly good solutions to the nonsense that occurred in 2020, and perfectly good ways to prevent it happening again. Not that the courts showed any interest in it anyway. But bolstering the ECA to both make it clear the VP can't reject the electoral college tally and to block states from playing fast and loose with popular vote results (like ignoring them because they just want to) would not be a bad thing.
The trampling of democracy will continue to be the concern of small minds who want something to be scared of. The rest of us can enjoy the holidays.
Upon that night, when fairies light
On Cassilis Downans dance,
Or owre the lays, in splendid blaze,
On sprightly coursers prance;
Or for Colean the route is ta'en,
Beneath the moon's pale beams;
There, up the cove, to stray and rove,
Among the rocks and streams
To sport that night.
Among the bonny winding banks,
Where Doon rins, wimplin' clear,
Where Bruce ance ruled the martial ranks,
And shook his Carrick spear,
Some merry, friendly, country-folks,
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, and pou their stocks,
And haud their Halloween
Fu' blithe that night.
The lasses feat, and cleanly neat,
Mair braw than when they're fine;
Their faces blithe, fu' sweetly kythe,
Hearts leal, and warm, and kin';
The lads sae trig, wi' wooer-babs,
Weel knotted on their garten,
Some unco blate, and some wi' gabs,
Gar lasses' hearts gang startin'
Whiles fast at night.
Then, first and foremost, through the kail,
Their stocks maun a' be sought ance;
They steek their een, and graip and wale,
For muckle anes and straught anes.
Poor hav'rel Will fell aff the drift,
And wander'd through the bow-kail,
And pou't, for want o' better shift,
A runt was like a sow-tail,
Sae bow't that night.
Then, staught or crooked, yird or nane,
They roar and cry a' throu'ther;
The very wee things, todlin', rin,
Wi' stocks out owre their shouther;
And gif the custoc's sweet or sour.
Wi' joctelegs they taste them;
Syne cozily, aboon the door,
Wi cannie care, they've placed them
To lie that night.
The lasses staw frae 'mang them a'
To pou their stalks of corn:
But Rab slips out, and jinks about,
Behint the muckle thorn:
He grippet Nelly hard and fast;
Loud skirl'd a' the lasses;
But her tap-pickle maist was lost,
When kitlin' in the fause-house
Wi' him that night.
The auld guidwife's well-hoordit nits,
Are round and round divided,
And monie lads' and lasses' fates
Are there that night decided:
Some kindle coothie, side by side,
And burn thegither trimly;
Some start awa, wi' saucy pride,
And jump out-owre the chimlie
Fu' high that night.
Jean slips in twa wi' tentie ee;
Wha 'twas she wadna tell;
But this is Jock, and this is me,
She says in to hersel:
He bleezed owre her, and she owre him,
As they wad never mair part;
Till, fuff! he started up the lum,
And Jean had e'en a sair heart
To see't that night.
Poor Willie, wi' his bow-kail runt,
Was brunt wi' primsie Mallie;
And Mallie, nae doubt, took the drunt,
To be compared to Willie;
Mall's nit lap out wi' pridefu' fling,
And her ain fit it brunt it;
While Willie lap, and swore by jing,
'Twas just the way he wanted
To be that night.
Nell had the fause-house in her min',
She pits hersel and Rob in;
In loving bleeze they sweetly join,
Till white in ase they're sobbin';
Nell's heart was dancin' at the view,
She whisper'd Rob to leuk for't:
Rob, stowlins, prie'd her bonny mou',
Fu' cozie in the neuk for't,
Unseen that night.
But Merran sat behint their backs,
Her thoughts on Andrew Bell;
She lea'es them gashin' at their cracks,
And slips out by hersel:
She through the yard the nearest taks,
And to the kiln goes then,
And darklins graipit for the bauks,
And in the blue-clue throws then,
Right fear't that night.
And aye she win't, and aye she swat,
I wat she made nae jaukin',
Till something held within the pat,
Guid Lord! but she was quakin'!
But whether 'was the deil himsel,
Or whether 'twas a bauk-en',
Or whether it was Andrew Bell,
She didna wait on talkin'
To spier that night.
Wee Jennie to her grannie says,
"Will ye go wi' me, grannie?
I'll eat the apple at the glass
I gat frae Uncle Johnnie:"
She fuff't her pipe wi' sic a lunt,
In wrath she was sae vap'rin',
She notice't na, an aizle brunt
Her braw new worset apron
Out through that night.
"Ye little skelpie-limmer's face!
I daur you try sic sportin',
As seek the foul thief ony place,
For him to spae your fortune.
Nae doubt but ye may get a sight!
Great cause ye hae to fear it;
For mony a ane has gotten a fright,
And lived and died deleeret
On sic a night.
"Ae hairst afore the Sherramoor, --
I mind't as weel's yestreen,
I was a gilpey then, I'm sure
I wasna past fifteen;
The simmer had been cauld and wat,
And stuff was unco green;
And aye a rantin' kirn we gat,
And just on Halloween
It fell that night.
"Our stibble-rig was Rab M'Graen,
A clever sturdy fallow:
His son gat Eppie Sim wi' wean,
That lived in Achmacalla:
He gat hemp-seed, I mind it weel,
And he made unco light o't;
But mony a day was by himsel,
He was sae sairly frighted
That very night."
Then up gat fechtin' Jamie Fleck,
And he swore by his conscience,
That he could saw hemp-seed a peck;
For it was a' but nonsense.
The auld guidman raught down the pock,
And out a hanfu' gied him;
Syne bade him slip frae 'mang the folk,
Some time when nae ane see'd him,
And try't that night.
He marches through amang the stacks,
Though he was something sturtin;
The graip he for a harrow taks.
And haurls it at his curpin;
And every now and then he says,
"Hemp-seed, I saw thee,
And her that is to be my lass,
Come after me, and draw thee
As fast this night."
He whistled up Lord Lennox' march
To keep his courage cheery;
Although his hair began to arch,
He was say fley'd and eerie:
Till presently he hears a squeak,
And then a grane and gruntle;
He by his shouther gae a keek,
And tumbled wi' a wintle
Out-owre that night.
He roar'd a horrid murder-shout,
In dreadfu' desperation!
And young and auld came runnin' out
To hear the sad narration;
He swore 'twas hilchin Jean M'Craw,
Or crouchie Merran Humphie,
Till, stop! she trotted through them
And wha was it but grumphie
Asteer that night!
Meg fain wad to the barn hae gaen,
To win three wechts o' naething;
But for to meet the deil her lane,
She pat but little faith in:
She gies the herd a pickle nits,
And two red-cheekit apples,
To watch, while for the barn she sets,
In hopes to see Tam Kipples
That very nicht.
She turns the key wi cannie thraw,
And owre the threshold ventures;
But first on Sawnie gies a ca'
Syne bauldly in she enters:
A ratton rattled up the wa',
And she cried, Lord, preserve her!
And ran through midden-hole and a',
And pray'd wi' zeal and fervour,
Fu' fast that night;
They hoy't out Will wi' sair advice;
They hecht him some fine braw ane;
It chanced the stack he faddom'd thrice
Was timmer-propt for thrawin';
He taks a swirlie, auld moss-oak,
For some black grousome carlin;
And loot a winze, and drew a stroke,
Till skin in blypes cam haurlin'
Aff's nieves that night.
A wanton widow Leezie was,
As canty as a kittlin;
But, och! that night amang the shaws,
She got a fearfu' settlin'!
She through the whins, and by the cairn,
And owre the hill gaed scrievin,
Whare three lairds' lands met at a burn
To dip her left sark-sleeve in,
Was bent that night.
Whyles owre a linn the burnie plays,
As through the glen it wimpl't;
Whyles round a rocky scaur it strays;
Whyles in a wiel it dimpl't;
Whyles glitter'd to the nightly rays,
Wi' bickering, dancing dazzle;
Whyles cookit underneath the braes,
Below the spreading hazel,
Unseen that night.
Among the brackens, on the brae,
Between her and the moon,
The deil, or else an outler quey,
Gat up and gae a croon:
Poor Leezie's heart maist lap the hool!
Near lav'rock-height she jumpit;
but mist a fit, and in the pool
Out-owre the lugs she plumpit,
Wi' a plunge that night.
In order, on the clean hearth-stane,
The luggies three are ranged,
And every time great care is ta'en',
To see them duly changed:
Auld Uncle John, wha wedlock joys
Sin' Mar's year did desire,
Because he gat the toom dish thrice,
He heaved them on the fire
In wrath that night.
Wi' merry sangs, and friendly cracks,
I wat they didna weary;
And unco tales, and funny jokes,
Their sports were cheap and cheery;
Till butter'd so'ns, wi' fragrant lunt,
Set a' their gabs a-steerin';
Syne, wi' a social glass o' strunt,
They parted aff careerin'
Fu' blythe that night.
You cannot make heads or tails of this without Burns' annotations, which you can find here (and you thought Eliot invented the self-annotated poem), complete with an Eliotesque headnote (he expected you to read Greek and Latin; Burns expects you to read Scots dialect and know that Cassilis Downans is not just a place, but a fairy haunt. What did people do before Google?).
Hallowe'en Advice And News You Can Use!
Watch out for houses distributing treats secretly filled with chemicals like high fructose corn syrup! https://t.co/MfSQ2O7d1T— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 27, 2021
‘Take This Grape For It Is The Witch’s Eye, Take This Spaghetti For It Is The Witch’s Brain,’ Says Pope Francis During Halloween-Themed Communion https://t.co/oWkwgDd22R pic.twitter.com/BAPKJ3ylaX— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 24, 2021
Not With A Bang, But…
The consequence of Trump’s suit.
The National Archives just … puts it out there.— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) October 30, 2021
Trump is trying to keep secret from the Jan 6 House investigation:
-Mark Meadows’ handwritten notes about Jan 6
-call/switchboard logs to the Pres and VP
-WH daily diaries
and much more about the attempt to overturn the election pic.twitter.com/vzadWbxy5Y
The National Archives has to tell the court what Trump wants to hide so they can convince the court he’s not entitled to hide it. Not the content yet, but that we’d learn what Trump was blocking was inevitable. No, I don’t think he’s going to be able to block it. Not asking for an injunction by now doesn’t help his chances of getting one on appeal.
EXPLOSIVE late-night court filing fomr National Archives details what Trump is trying to block the Jan. 6 committee from obtaining.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) October 30, 2021
They include "daily presidential diaries, schedules, appointments showing White House visitors, activity logs" and records of calls to Trump/Pence.
When It’s Hard To Spot The Difference
October 30, 2021
This is not just “playing with fire” but directly threatening murder. It’s not just so much talk. Real threats are not protected as free speech. https://t.co/W2O9aQRlUK— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 30, 2021
Although maybe it has something to do with Harvard.
It’s “true threat,” not “real threat.” And it’s not a true threat. It’s rhetorical, hypothetical, and in the indefinite future. https://t.co/S9GJRA6opB— TryingToHelpHat (@Popehat) October 30, 2021
"If you say a political thing I don't like, it is reasonable to assume that you have anger management or substance issues."— Ari Cohn (@AriCohn) October 30, 2021
Harvard must purposefully select for faculty most likely to have stupid takes. There's no way this is just all coincidence. https://t.co/a5h3KzXyeb
Lighten up, Francis. https://t.co/s2mlltLnya— Jeff B. is *BOX OFFICE POISON* (@EsotericCD) October 30, 2021
The line between real life and internet life is not the bright one some people imagine.
The Southwest pilot is an ass, but a very familiar kind of ass. Don’t you encounter obnoxious strangers oversharing their political views routinely, including in captive-audience situations? Or is that just me?— TryingToHelpHat (@Popehat) October 30, 2021
Or maybe I just have a “I will agree with your loutishness” face.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Grifters gotta grift:
Great story by the WaPo crew on Trump’s new money making effort and how he could ride it to another nomination https://t.co/kdmoj1kUqf— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 30, 2021
According to the Post's Josh Dawsey and Michael Scherer, as of the en of July Trump's principal fundraising operation was sitting on $100 million while pulling in an estimated $1 to 2 million a week.In contrast "the National Republican Senatorial Committee declared less than $30 million in cash at the end of September and the National Republican Congressional Committee had $65 million in cash at the same point," they report.What is concerning to Republicans is how Trump will spend the money with little evidence that any of it will go towards promoting GOP candidates in the 2022 midterms.According to the report, "Some Republicans have expressed concern about Trump's ambitions sucking money away from other party priorities in advance of the midterm elections. Even as he has raised the issue of electoral fraud in fundraising solicitations, he has spent little to try to prove the election was tainted."With regard to the 2020 presidential ballot audits that Trump is demanding, one GOP official complained the former president isn't willing to pay for them himself from his cash haul -- instead expecting GOP lawmakers or GOP-dominated legislatures will pick up the tab."They aren't paying for audits — they want others to pay for it," the official stated on the condition of anonymity.That same official claimed, "He is just raising money to have a big slush fund."
Yes, that's from the same article Ms. Haberman is referring to. Trump has less interest in building a war chest than in making money.
Not Ready For Prime-Time
So it was a scam after all:
New w/ @brianlopeztx — @RepMattKrause is declining to offer a number of specifics re: his inquiry into what books students can access as TX school districts grapple with how to respond https://t.co/2JMGclFfCL #txlege— Cassi Pollock (@cassi_pollock) October 29, 2021
State Rep. Matt Krause said he will not be offering specifics related to his inquiry over which books about racism and sexuality are available at certain Texas public schools, such as how the roughly 850-book list included in his request originated, which districts received his letter or how those districts were chosen.The Fort Worth Republican, who chairs the House General Investigating Committee, said he was limited in what he could say because it could compromise a potential or pending investigation. But House Democrats, many of whom have accused Krause of trying to censor progressive literature, are stressing that school districts are not compelled to respond.
I've seen that list; the only reason he's hiding it is because he's hiding something. Basically, he got national attention, and now he's worried about what that means. Paxton revels in national attention, he rejoices in being nationally vilified. This guy is never going to challenge Paxton if he can't stand behind his sources.
“It’s the practice of the General Investigating Committee to not comment on pending or potential investigations,” Krause, a candidate for state attorney general, told the Tribune on Friday. “You don’t want to compromise anything with a potential investigation by divulging any of the information that’s supposed to be confidential and privileged.”
That is some prime bullshit. Who gave him that list is neither "confidential" nor "privileged," but goes to the validity of the concerns he's trying to raise, and why he's trying to raise them.
The inquiry comes after the Texas Legislature passed two laws this year aimed at restricting how teachers can talk about race-related subjects in school, pushed by GOP lawmakers who have taken aim at so-called “critical race theory” in schools.
Krause referenced the laws in an interview with Dallas radio host Mark Davis on Friday morning and said his inquiry “could be a big benefit for those school districts who are going through the inventory to say, ‘Hey, do we have something that could be in violation [of state law] or do we not?’”
Yeah, that's what he's doing; he's providing a public service!
In a memo to its members and staffers earlier this week, the House Democratic Caucus wrote that while Krause “may act on behalf of the whole committee to ‘inspect the records, documents, and files’ of school districts” thanks to a motion adopted by committee members earlier this year, the lawmaker’s authority does not extend to requiring school districts to create new documents related to his inquiry.
Democrats have also questioned why the lawmaker has declined to specify where that book list originated or how certain school districts were chosen.
“In my view, this isn’t an investigation — this is a fishing expedition,” state Rep. Chris Turner, a Grand Prairie Democrat who chairs his party’s caucus in the lower chamber, told the Tribune. “It’s completely legitimate to ask where the list of books came from and how that was formulated, as well as how the list of school districts [Krause] sent this to was formulated. There’s no reason that those questions cannot be answered.”
Really, really, REALLY not ready for prime-time:
Other Democrats like Turner have suggested that Krause’s move is a “clearly a campaign stunt” as part of his bid challenging Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. At least three Republicans are vying to unseat Paxton. Krause, for his part, said he would not have used an issue “that I thought was going to be completely private and that I can’t comment on.”
And there's more shit coming:
Meanwhile, state Rep. Jeff Cason, R-Bedford, called on Paxton on Friday to initiate a statewide investigation into a novel that the lawmaker said “touches on subjects that are not appropriate for school libraries and may even be criminal for its representation of minors participating in sexual activities.” Cason also asked Paxton to investigate other books of similar matter “as well as the legal ramifications to school districts that approved of these types of books.”
Honest to God, if I was a school administrator in this state, I'd just resign now.
Friday, October 29, 2021
NEW: More than two dozen Democratic members of Congress have called on the federal government to investigate whether Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new criminal justice system for migrants violates the U.S. Constitution. https://t.co/vXHVTWQcF9— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 29, 2021
“Until President Biden and his Administration do their job to enforce the laws of our nation and protect Americans, the State of Texas will continue stepping up to secure our border and protect our communities,” said Renae Eze, a spokesperson for Abbott.
Yeah, about that:
In response to increasing illegal border crossings, Abbott since July has directed Texas state police to arrest migrants on state criminal charges. Almost all of the arrests have been for alleged trespassing on private property in Val Verde and Kinney counties.
Since the arrests began, local judicial systems have been overwhelmed, consistently holding hundreds of men without filing charges and at times going weeks without appointing them lawyers, in violation of state law.
“These operations have continued to militarize Texas’ border communities and interfered with the federal immigration system, likely violating the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution,” the members wrote. “Even more egregiously, these programs have directly led to a violation of state laws and constitutional due process rights.”
And even as Dan Crenshaw rails against Biden for trying to clean up Trump's mess, Gov. Abbott is re-recreating that mess for the state of Texas to pay for:
As the trooper’s SUV took off down the dusty road, Nerio was presumably off to be booked at a just-erected processing tent outside the local jail, have bail set over Zoom by a retired judge from elsewhere in the state, then sent more than 100 miles away to a Texas prison recently converted into a jail for migrants. Left behind, his wife would be taken to the federal immigration processing center, to begin deportation or asylum proceedings.
But the hundreds of Texas Department of Public Safety officers deployed to the region are only supposed to arrest unaccompanied men for trespassing if they cross the Texas-Mexico border onto private property, the Val Verde County sheriff said. Families and children are supposed to be handed over to U.S. Border Patrol agents.
“DPS should not have separated the husband and wife. That’s a family unit,” Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez said, minutes after witnessing the arrest.
Yeah, that's happened more than once:
Antonio was released from prison last week after Val Verde County’s misdemeanor-level prosecutor dropped the trespassing charge at his first court hearing because state troopers aren’t supposed to separate families under Abbott’s arrest orders.
And all Abbott's doing is making the problem worse:
Once Antonio was out of the prison, it quickly became clear that local, state and federal officials had no idea what to do with him. Stuck in a bureaucratic limbo, he ended up at the home of his court-appointed defense attorney for days.
Typically, migrants apprehended crossing the border are turned over to federal immigration authorities, who either deport them or let them stay in the country while awaiting an asylum determination. Since last month, however, hundreds of crossing migrants who police said were spotted on private property instead have been arrested for the state crime of trespassing and jailed in a retooled state prison.
“It really points to the fundamental problem with state law enforcement attempting to engage with immigration enforcement,” said Kate Huddleston, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. “What we see here is the state interfering in that process … that now makes it difficult for someone seeking asylum to go through the process as intended and move quickly out of the border region.”
So Abbott is not "protecting" Texans; Abbott is fucking things up, and using DPS troopers to waste time and judicial resources on a political stunt.
But so far, the vast majority of the hundreds of migrants arrested and sent to the Briscoe prison under Abbott’s new “catch-and-jail” policy are accused only of trespassing on private property in Kinney and Val Verde counties, according to state and county officials. In at least 35 cases, Briscoe detainees have been accused of other crimes, like human smuggling and evading arrest, according to a prison spokesperson. The Val Verde County sheriff said nearly 20 of those were U.S. citizens accused of human smuggling in his county before Abbott’s latest initiative began in late July, but they were transferred to Briscoe as his jail overfilled.
“Statistically, these are nonviolent, non-personal offenses,” state Rep. Ann Johnson, D-Houston, said at a legislative hearing last week on a proposal for the state to spend nearly $2 billion on increased border security efforts. “It’s literally walking across somebody’s property.”
Most of those held in the prison are Mexican nationals, the prison reported. Because of the coronavirus, Mexican migrants apprehended by federal immigration authorities near the border are usually now immediately sent back, according to Kat Russell, an attorney with the immigrant legal services group RAICES.
State police are arresting the migrants, and a state prison is holding them, but it’s up to the small-town prosecutors and judges to resolve their cases. Kinney County’s modest court system is now handling hundreds of court cases when it’s more accustomed to single digits.
That led to at least 155 migrants being jailed for weeks at the Briscoe state prison without lawyers, according to court officials and attorneys.
They could be immediately returned to Mexico. But thanks to Abbott, they're stuck in Texas; until they are released by a court without being charged, and then they can't find their way back into the asylum system, or get returned by Border Patrol.
Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.
“We can’t have a country or a system where people are being rounded up like this and sort of tucked away and hidden without the oversight and respective rights that the Constitution demands,” said Amrutha Jindal, a Houston defense attorney whose organization, Restoring Justice, was recently assigned to represent dozens of migrants. “The system crumbles without due process.”
Under Texas law, criminal defendants must be assigned an attorney within three days of asking for one. State statute also requires that defendants be released from jail if prosecutors delay cases by not filing charges quickly. For trespassing, the charge on which the vast majority of the imprisoned migrants were arrested, that deadline is set at 15 or 30 days, depending on the charge level.
Which is why so many such defendants are being released from Texas jails after 15 days. As for the assault on due process, that just raises the question: bug? or feature? What does Dan Crenshaw have to say, I wonder?
Suddenly the complaints of the GOP about paying families damages for what Trump did seem almost criminal in their own right.
And God Shows Love Towards The Alien Who Lives Among You
What's going on:
not only do they have no regrets about torturing kids and their families, but they're trying to use it as a political cudgel https://t.co/0R5txDS0B2— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 29, 2021
So "Biden Administration" here actually means the courts, which are hearing a torts case because of what the Trump Administration did. The Biden Administration is negotiating to do justice under law, because of the injustices of the Trump Administration. The GOP, of course, is playing on peak ignorance of the case:According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services could end up paying out close to $1 million per immigrant family that were separated at the border. Sources told WSJ that around $450,000 a person is being considered, but could change depending on each family’s circumstances.Discussions of payouts have taken place over the course of the past few months between lawyers representing immigrant families that are suing the federal government and the government’s own lawyers, according to WSJ. Some government lawyers apparently viewed the payout amounts as excessive.Margo Schlanger, DHS officer for civil rights and civil liberties during the Obama administration, told WSJ, “Damage class actions in this kind of case are pretty rare, it’s hard to think of a recent comparison.”
"Biden wants to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 for their hardship while breaking our laws," Crenshaw, R-Texas, a Navy SEAL veteran, tweeted. "For perspective, if a service member is killed in action, their next of kin gets an insurance payment of $400,000. Let that sink in."
No, they are going to be paid because "we" broke "our laws." EOD.
But I bring this up because of "Christian" Mike Pence.
"You must not wrong or oppress an alien; you yourselves were aliens in Egypt."--Exodux 22:21
"Do not oppress the alien, for you know how it feels to be an alien; you yourselves were aliens in Egypt."--Exodus 23:9
"You must have one and the same law for resident alien and native Israelite. For I am the Lord your God."--Leviticus 24:22
"There is one and the same statute for you and for the resident alien, a rule binding for all time on your descendants; before the Lord you and the alien are alike. There must be one law and one custom for you and for the alien residing among you."--Numbers 15:15-16
"So now you must circumcise your hearts and not be stubborn any more, for the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, mighty, and terrible God. He is no respecter of person; he is not to be bribed; he secures justice for the fatherless and the widow, and he shows love towards the alien who lives among you, giving him food and clothing. You too must show love towards the alien, for you once lived as aliens in Egypt."--Deuteronomy 10:16-19
"If you amend your ways and your deeds, deal fairly with one another, cease to oppress the alien, the fatherless, and the widow, if you shed no innocent blood in this place and do not run after other gods to your own ruin, than I shall let you live in this place, in the land which long ago I gave to your forefathers for all time."--Jeremiah 7:5-7
Do I mean by this to apply the law of Moses to the United States, to hold us to the standards declared for ancient Israel? No. This is a testimony to the witness of the scriptures, that the alien, the stranger, is a sojourner with us, and to be treated as we are treated; especially to be treated according to the law, just as citizens stand before the law. The witness of the scriptures is towards compassion. If you are a Christian believer, one ground for that compassion is because "[God] is no respecter of person; [God] is not to be bribed; [God] secures justice for the fatherless and the widow, and [God] shows love towards the alien who lives among you, giving him food and clothing." If you are a Christian believer, the Biblical witness is clearly toward compassion to the stranger, and care for them as if they were your own, in the nation or your family.
Mike Pence clearly thinks the immigrants got what they deserved under Donald Trump. I clearly think that, not only is Mike Pence wrong, but his position is disgusting, not to mention contrary to law.
We've have quite enough of public officeholders preaching lawlessness when it suits them, and punishment under the law when it suits them. There is one law for all of us, and that includes the immigrant and the stranger, "us" as well as the "others."
Clearly speech which we right thinking people don’t like is never protected. I mean, duh!
With respect, there is no serious argument that it’s unprotected.— TryingToHelpHat (@Popehat) October 28, 2021
This is an undisciplined and unserious assertion. https://t.co/ErxRuo80m8
October 28, 2021Only ignorance is bulletproof and immortal.
We must protect our children and ourselves from any critical examination of reality. The First Amendment protects our ignorance.
Today in “but in a BAD way!” https://t.co/iiPPlea724— TryingToHelpHat (@Popehat) October 29, 2021
A picture is worth a thousand words. A picture with a thousand words…is a cartoon.
What is happening in our children's classrooms!!! pic.twitter.com/xbhrGxAVSC— Hari Seldon (@Hari37718110) October 29, 2021
My sympathies are with the chair who is simply trying to treat every crank the same way without engaging each one in an argument over why their content is being suppressed. The latter approach may be more satisfying to the audience for the video, but these meetings aren’t conducted for the pleasure of Twitter.
I’m honestly less disturbed by the crazy anti-Semitic rant itself than by the Board chair’s response of “please limit your comments to problems we can actually address in this forum” https://t.co/gx2B3kLUD7— Judd GrHALLOWeenstein 🎃 (@juddgreenstein) October 29, 2021
It Was Good
And yes, Boomers ruined everything. Or spoiled it, at least.
watched "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" tonight and my girls were like "why don't we get popcorn balls and cookies for trick-or-treats? that looks good!" so i got to explain the "hospitals X-raying your halloween candy bag for free" era of suburban paranoia https://t.co/6mUBzgJxu0— Midwestern Hedgie (@MidwestHedgie) October 26, 2021
Should I Tell Him
...that Congressional hearings have been an excuse for Congressional grandstanding for as long as I’ve been paying attention? That before they did it for FoxNews, they did it for ABC/NBC/CBS. And probably the Red and Blue networks before that.
Merrick Garland's testimony before a Senate committee illustrated a trend that's become increasingly apparent in recent years - Republicans using high-profile hearings as platforms for performative outrage and opportunities to craft soundbites for Fox News https://t.co/ue1FrY1FL4— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 28, 2021
The World Is Not Enough
Well, to be fair, only the part of the world that isn’t Donald Trump.
(Narrator: yes) https://t.co/cHXmQAZ6CF— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 28, 2021
Election Law Is Hard!
The separate question of whether WSJ should have run Trump's "bananas" letter is not addressed here (though I think the WSJ board acquits itself well per the Raw Story version of what they said in their defense. There, I didn't address it, AND I've run rings 'round you logically!). But in the RS article they link to this decision by Justice Alito, from which I quote:
Wall Street Journal editorial page defends running Trump's 'bananas' voter fraud letterhttps://t.co/ELcejP3d7J— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 28, 2021
Until today, this Court was not informed that the guidance issued on October 28, which had an important bearing on the question whether to order special treatment of the ballots in question, had been modified. The application received today also informs the Court that neither the applicant nor the Secretary [of State of Pennsylvania] has been able to verify that all boards are complying with the Secretary's guidance, which, it is alleged, is not legally binding on them.
All county boards of election are hereby ordered, pending further order of the Court, to comply with the following guidance provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth on October 28 and November 1, namely, (1) that all ballots received by mail after 8:00 p.m. on November 3 be segregated and kept “in a secure, safe and sealed container separate from other voted ballots,” and (2) that all such ballots, if counted, be counted separately.
In simple terms, the Court ruled that, whether or not the directives of the PA SOS were binding on the state boards of election, the Court's order certainly was. I suspect this was a matter of PA state law, not of some conspiracy by national Democrats. It's noteworthy that there is clearly a federal overlay on the states in matters of Presidential elections, and the states don't get to do things entirely as they please.
That's been the sotto voce argument about Trump "packing" state boards and other agencies with MAGA believers who will deliver unto him the electoral prize in 2024. Yeah, not so fast. The people who think Rehnquist's dicta in Bush v. Gore (that states can't change laws too close to elections) don't understand that was Rehnquist's opinion, and not the law of the land or even a holding of the Court, are the same people who think it's just a matter of who decides how the electoral votes go. It isn't. There are laws. And just as the courts told Trump he couldn't hanky-panky his way to victory (they are still the unsung heroes of our republic, IMHO), they will tell Trump he can't weasel his way in, either.
There are rules. They will be followed. Period. It may get even messier in 2024 than it was in 2020, but rampant chaos will not see Trump installed in spite of the outcome in each of the 50 states. If I could I would certainly wish this whole mess into the cornfield, Anthony; but I can't, as my gaze is neither wet nor purple (read the story). I don't know the details of the PA case, but the Court made sure the vote count was orderly and proper, and led to a verifiable and legal result. Throwing out the popular vote in favor of your candidate is neither order, proper, nor legal; and it won't be allowed to stand.
I'm no more an election law expert than you, but if the system is that fragile, it would have collapsed decades ago. There is indeed nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes wasn't a lawyer, but he damned well could have been.
Dan Crenshaw finds his way back in front of a camera, and this is what he has to say?
political science lessons with Rep. Dan Crenshaw pic.twitter.com/VY2nxDrsqZ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 28, 2021
And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.10 And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
Thursday, October 28, 2021
The Real Book Issues In Texas, And Other News
(Still trying to figure out why we have to challenge The Cider House Rules ("Goodnight you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England" is too...monarchical?) but not The World According to Garp, which includes a transgendered character.) While we're on the subject, please don't give the jackass who started this more credit than he's due:
Texas School Censors All Of ‘Huck Finn’ Except The N-Words https://t.co/euXZsi7z25 pic.twitter.com/qRWoknjt6H— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 28, 2021
This is not an act by even the committee. It's one clown seeking publicity (and getting it!) by harassing independent school districts (i.e., other state agencies). He's not even trying to ban books, much less "constrain speech." And no, this letter won't have that effect. Most school districts are probably going to ignore it, or ask him to clarify, as his demands make no sense and don't involve information readily available. Nor is it enforceable under any color of state law, nor will it be so long as the Lege is not in session (but he'll make as much hay over it as he can). He's happy if you say he's "constraining speech," though, so maybe you don't start that lie, huh? (TBH, a staff writer at the Atlantic and "founding editor of 'The Best in Journalism' " should know better.)
"Make students feel discomfort" is and always has been a bad standard for constraining speech. https://t.co/FGdJ7krW0X— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) October 28, 2021
Poll Finds Most Americans Would Swap Democracy For $100 Best Buy Gift Card https://t.co/Dfrz2jVLlW pic.twitter.com/m3c4hpYzt9— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 28, 2021
NRA Accuses 'Rust' Producers Of Endangering Crew By Not Giving Everyone Guns https://t.co/Lt50N48CDT pic.twitter.com/O8y0imBZ8f— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 27, 2021
Sic Transit Gloria
I don't have a concern with the "white, male power structures" focus of the novel (you can easily use it as a critique of same, which I am fine with). But frankly, I always considered it over-rated and profoundly British (i.e., English)-centric. It had damned little to do with my life-experience growing up in East Texas.
“The Ottawa School Board removed the classic, Lord of the Flies, from its curriculum after its advisory committee on equity agreed with a student who said the book’s themes were outdated and too focused on white, male power structures.”— Nicholas A. Christakis (@NAChristakis) October 28, 2021
Other books recently removed from Canadian school libraries and/or curriculums in response to complaints about racist, homophobic, or misogynistic language and themes, include Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale.
Fear of themes is not really a reason to ban a book, unless those themes are pro-Nazi or pro-racism or something. Then again, I quit reading books from my school libraries in junior high (I almost remember the last book I read from that library. Or I think I do.) My friends and I read widely, but mostly we purchased the books we read, or we got them at the public library. Almost nobody read the books in the school libraries, so it little mattered what was there. Banning books from schools doesn't mean you can't find them on Amazon, or at a bookstore. Keeping books out of school libraries has been going on since school libraries started.
Keeping them wholly out of the hands of young minds, is another matter.
I’m Genuinely Confused
If taken as read, the advice here is to get a few more people to join you in “badgering” your representative. (I guess “badgering” is the new “petition for redress of grievances.” Or just, you know, to ask your representative to…represent you?)
This is something that's really changed in politics: It used to be about trying to get as broad support as possible for your positions. Now it's increasingly about pushing your own side to be as aggressive as possible. https://t.co/rw44Rrddhp— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) October 27, 2021
“The Senator Meant Nobody Has Been Killed”
"And all you people on school boards can suck it!”*
https://t.co/yiRDqXOFfW pic.twitter.com/sDjuSlzz5a— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) October 27, 2021
The GOP doesn’t mention that school board members are parents, too. All parents are created equal, but some are more equal than others.
Lefty journos are either (1) dishonest or (2) not very bright (or both).— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 27, 2021
The parent was doing the Nazi salute because he was calling the authoritarian school board Nazis—evil, bad & abusive.
And yes, calling someone a Nazi is very much protected by the First Amendment. https://t.co/35lyiQpinN
School officials are parents, too. The GOP says they don’t matter, either.
"GOP Senators Accused Merrick Garland of 'Chilling' Parents in School Board Memo. The DOJ Memo Doesn't Mention Parents."— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 27, 2021
Unpacking the chorus of outrage surrounding a memo—and what the single-page document actually says, @lawcrimenews. https://t.co/G0CowDZ8Qy
"And that’s the way it is.”**
Having said: "Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court. You should resign in disgrace" and refusing to let Garland answer his questions, Cotton throws a tantrum and leaves when Garland says "We are only trying to prevent violence against school officials." https://t.co/dAHhc5Qdsl— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) October 27, 2021
Combining all of these makes your statement/opinion even more bulletproof. End of story. Period. That's the tea. Make no mistake. Full stop. *mic drop*— Davvy (@david_ottertun) October 27, 2021
Hope she isn’t looking for a job with FoxNews.
this was inevitable pic.twitter.com/A0JMDnBM1z— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 28, 2021
I Have Learned To Leave Stupid Alone
October 27, 2021You certainly can’t fix it. (Besides, such opinions have no authority in court, where “evidence “ is a term of art.)
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Why Do I Think They Aren't Concerned About Members Of The School Boards?
Ted Cruz defends Nazi salutes at school board meetings pic.twitter.com/9FJHJ97rFE— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2021
Hawley concludes his questioning by calling for Garland to resign pic.twitter.com/aesqhIsWKd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2021
Merrick Garland displays an impressive degree of patience with John Kennedy's loaded questions pic.twitter.com/HkWWG1NHaB— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2021
'My god!' Merrick Garland shocked when GOP’s Marsha Blackburn asks if angry parents are like Timothy McVeigh https://t.co/q732cbjCDb— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 27, 2021
Steve Bannon on school boards: 'It's time to start locking up these people' https://t.co/IqIqg89xbs— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 27, 2021
Do any of these Republicans making a big fuss today over DOJ's efforts to protect school board members from violence realize that many school board members are also parents?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2021
After hours of Republicans arguing that concerns about threats against school board members are overblown, Cory Booker brings receipts showing that there have been many such incidents, including physical violence pic.twitter.com/ueVhb82VMy— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2021
Booker is the first Democrat during this hearing to get worked up and really push back on the GOP nonsense. Good for him. He even unloads on Durbin a bit. pic.twitter.com/feTWMItrPO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2021
Garland pushes back on mischaracterizations from Tom Cotton (yep, he came back for more) pic.twitter.com/Ax8y4uptw0— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 27, 2021
The Falling Leaves...
Well, it's not "Texas' naughty list," it's a list cooked up in some fever swamp somewhere in the country and latched onto by this fool nobody has ever heard of who wants some notoreity so he can challenge Ken Paxton and call him a "weak sister" in the GOP primaries.
Among the books on Texas' naughty list: V For Vendetta, The Handmaid's Tale, The Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears, a biography of Harvey Milk, and They Called Themselves the K.K.K. : The Birth of an American Terrorist Group.https://t.co/SpKOlsnuyT— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) October 27, 2021
Yeah, self-awareness is not their strong suit.
oh come on pic.twitter.com/8neAUWKdiP— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) October 27, 2021
If I Hadn't Seen Rick Wilson Urge A Variation On This Strategy
GOP candidate calls on Republicans to 'hire mercenaries' to 'harvest ballots' in leaked recordinghttps://t.co/f02XU7WIUQ— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 26, 2021
We have to do it, because they're doing it first!
"We execute with excellence, we will beat them at their own game. And the next morning, we all wake up, take a shower with steel wool, and then, after swearing in in January ... (the Legislature) is going to pass all these bills again, and then I'm going to sign them all. And we will never do elections like that again, but this is how we win," Kleefisch said.
"If you are recording, I don't want you to put this part online to share with Democrats, OK? It is about election strategy," she added. "What I'm about to say may feel ugly to you guys."
According to the newspaper, Kleefisch then talked about "ballot harvesting" and hiring "mercenaries."
"Ballot harvesting in Wisconsin is not technically illegal," Kleefisch said. "Democrats do it non-stop and they go hard. Republicans must go harder."
"Democrats hire mercenaries," she added. "Republicans rely on sweet little volunteers to do the exact same things. We must hire mercenaries."
I swear I've seen Rick Wilson make that same argument to Democrats in order to defeat Republicans.
I have to wonder if this will trigger a criminal investigation. I guess that depends on what “technically illegal” means. Ballot harvesting is really only illegal where fraud is involved, as in collecting mail-in ballots and altering them on the way to delivering them. Hiring “mercenaries” sure sounds like conspiring to commit fraud, to me.
And now I understand why my last mail-in ballot included so much language on the envelope about anyone dropping the envelope in the mail or at a collection point but me. It included signature lines for anyone doing so, and made me feel like I couldn’t drop my wife’s ballot in the mail without signing the envelope. But the difference between helping out and fraud is actually quite a large one. “Hiring mercenaries” sure sounds like crossing that gap; or at least proposing to.
Well That Got Interesting Fast
So let's start here, and see who gets uncomfortable:
Well, the Bible certainly qualifies especially the racy sections in the Old Testament— Scott Robertson (@scottkatie2000) October 27, 2021
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
Having seen my elderly father naked (first sign he had serious mental problems; shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, from which he died within a week or so of the diagnosis), I can tell you I wish I could have "walked backward and...saw not [my] father's nakedness." Or my mother's, a few years later, when she was in the throes of hysteria from hypoglycemia (like single digits measure of blood sugar) and stood in her bedroom shitting herself. Just remembering it makes me feel uncomfortable.
Anyway, I've said too much. Reading that tweet I also remembered Onan:
1 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.Genesis 38:1-10
2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.
3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er.
4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.
5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.
6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.
7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him.
8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
10 And the thing which he did displeased the Lord: wherefore he slew him also.
It's been a long time since I read extensively in Genesis. Wandering the wilds of the internet, I fell upon Wikipedia, which pointed this very interesting fact out:
After Onan's brother Er was slain by God, his father Judah told him to fulfill his duty to his brother by entering into a levirate marriage with his brother's widow Tamar to give her offspring. Religion professor Tikva Frymer-Kensky has pointed out the economic repercussions of a levirate marriage: any son born to Tamar would be deemed the heir of the deceased Er, and able to claim the firstborn's double share of inheritance. However, if Er were childless, or only had daughters, Onan would have inherited as the oldest surviving son.
When Onan had sex with Tamar, he withdrew before he ejaculated and "spilled his seed on the ground", since any child born would not legally be considered his heir. The next statement in the Bible says that Onan did evil and that God slew him.
I know the prevailing interpretation of Onan is that he "spilled his seed" and ever since any masturbation resulting in ejaculation is the "sin of Onan" because God'll kill ya for that! But that's not, as Professor Frymer-Kensky points out, what the text says. Technically this all happened before Moses got the Law from God on Sinai, but this is the "first book of Moses," according to tradition, and Onan's sin is completely in keeping with Mosaic law. Onan has cheated Tamar of her due as the widow of Er, not only to cheat her but to enrich himself. That's the "thing" he did which "displeased the Lord."
But how uncomfortable would people be if you taught that lesson from scripture, probably the prevailing lesson of scripture all the way down to Matthew 25 and through Paul to the Revelation to John? That it’s not about sex, but it is about economic justice.
Take if from the guy who lost two pulpits in four years; they'd be damned uncomfortable.
Riot? What Riot?
DOJ has amassed so much video evidence on the assault on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters that it would take almost nine months, running 24 hours a day, to screen it all.— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) October 26, 2021
Read The Afternoon Docket for more: https://t.co/mPEEawEcWC
Subscribe: https://t.co/C65fKugVxw pic.twitter.com/xTxkTaqwzO
Not the defense she thinks it is.
Did she just say the quiet part out loud?— YS (@NYinLA2121) October 26, 2021
I think she did. https://t.co/oWLkvLMNbX
The Law Is Not Meant To Be Used This Way…
...except it is meant to be used this way. in fact, this is the only way it's meant to be used.
Rep. Matt Krause, Republican state lawmaker and state attorney general candidate, has launched an investigation into Texas school districts over the type of books they have, particularly if they pertain to race or sexuality.https://t.co/OxoCZTe0Bc— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 26, 2021
Jim Walsh, an attorney, who often represents school districts, pointed out there is nothing in the law that says books must be removed and Krause’s investigation also doesn’t call for books to be removed. For now, it’s up to school districts to decide how they will respond, but what’s certain is that it will add more workload to Texas schools that are already struggling from the effects of the pandemic.
But there'll be a hue and cry in some districts by a distinct and LOUD minority to both find these evil books and to remove them from the shelves, burn them on the school grounds, and remove all district personnel responsible by hanging of firing squad.
You think I'm kidding. One of the stories that hasn't made national, or even statewide, news is a book in an elementary school library that was complained about, removed and reviewed, and deemed "inappropriate" for that age of students. It was removed, all according to Hoyle and due process. But a vocal minority now wants the principal's head (and her job) because she "allowed" it to be on the shelf. It's not an effort that's going anywhere, but don't schools have enough to worry about without this shit?
Krause's letter provides a 16-page list of about 850 book titles and asks the districts if they have these books, how many copies they have and how much money they spent on the books.
Hopefully that can be treated as an Public Information request, because if it is the districts can calculate the cost of compliance and present him with a bill before proceeding further. That would be my first advice to a school district if I were their counsel, anyway. Searching an entire district for these books, number of copies, and costs? Especially since that list only starts his inquiry; it doesn't end it:
Please identify any other books or content in your District, specifying the campus location and funds spent on acquisition, that address or contain the following topics: human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), sexually explicit images, graphic presentations of sexual behavior that is in violation of the law, or contain material that might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex or convey that a student, by virtue of their race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously.
Hell, I'd send that back asking for clarification. It's so vague and indefinite it's impossible to comply with. If you can get that cleared up (pro tip: you can't; he's not THAT serious), then move on to costs, which have soared astronomically in this paragraph. How would you even write the search parameters of a database for that?
This guy is a clown. Worst part is, the people he'll rile up about it. School administrators need that like they need a new coronavirus outbreak.
You know, when you're fighting your own state government, and you are the state government....
You and me both, brother....
Where do I report Texas for making me ashamed of my gender and race— TryingToHelpHat (@Popehat) October 27, 2021
Nailing Jell-O To The Wall
Steve Bannon claims Merrick Garland helped plot 'coup' against Trump after the 2020 election https://t.co/WTb4lvcuUx— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 26, 2021
During an interview on Real America's Voice, Bannon noted that Lindell has pledged that state attorneys general would file an election lawsuit at the Supreme Court by Oct. 23. Lindell has also claimed that the court would vote 9-0 to hear the lawsuit.
"What specifically are you asking for and what law are you using and these attorney generals [sic] using to get standing before the Supreme Court?" Bannon wondered. "Because they're always going to say, Lindell, we love you, brother. We love the pillows, we love the toppers, we love the Giza sheets but we've been down this road before with [Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton] and all of these other guys. Nobody has got standing. So tell me how Mike Lindell on the 23rd of November at 9 a.m., how this is anything more than a fantasy?"Lindell admitted that he is not an attorney but insisted that the plaintiffs in his lawsuit "all do have standing.""I hope to get a minimum of 20 [attorneys general]. I'd like to get all 50 attorneys generals [sic] because every one of them should be worried," the pillow mogul remarked.
"This is absolutely the biggest cover-up for the biggest crime in history," Lindell told right-wing host Steve Bannon on Friday. "I cannot wait to drop this Supreme Court case the Tuesday at 9 a.m. before Thanksgiving and the whole world is going to be watching all this unfold over Thanksgiving."
Lindell predicted that up to 30 state attorneys general would join his lawsuit claiming that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
"I really believe it will be 9-0 that they will at least look at it," he said of the court, "that they're going to take it down."
So it is November 23rd? And the Supremes will vote 9-0 to hear this malarkey, when they threw Paxton out on his ear for pulling the same stunt to get original jurisdiction in the court? Who are the 20 (or is it 30? Or 50?) AG's gonna sue? It's gotta be another state, to start in the Supreme Court. If he hits 50, Lindell loses that. Does he understand how any of this works?
"But you're not going to get 50," Bannon interrupted. "Let's be realistic."
"You only need one!" Lindell exclaimed. "If I was to give an estimate, I would say around 20. And we're not going to release their names or the names of the states beforehand. It's all going to happen that day."
So it's a double super-secret? Do the AG's themselves even know? Is the right hand talking to the left hand? Is the brain between them connected to anything?
This is why God gave us the intertoobs; so we'd know where the crazy were at all times, and what they were saying. I continue to stand on the record of the 60 cases that were tossed because nothing alleged could be proven even enough to keep a suit in court past challenge. I seem to recall Lindell promised a suit would provide irrefutable proof then, too.
I so want to believe somebody did this to him (i.e., “hacked his account”).
You’re more like Blofeld‘s sixth deputy minion in the accounting department. https://t.co/UOddQ3ViWt— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 26, 2021
Do We Get To Shoot You First?
Didn't think so.
The transcript here is funny - Kirk immediately says that the questioner should not talk like this and says he's "playing in to all their plans." Then like 10 seconds later he says "we're living under fascism." https://t.co/GOnCkKd81C— David Weigel (@daveweigel) October 26, 2021
October 26, 2021Yeah, just like that. My daughter is raising a puppy. It's almost exactly like raising a child; except you never get to the point you can say "Use your words."
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
You mean people dumped the stock in hopes of taking a profit before everyone else realized what a sham it was?
The stock on Trump’s new company fell yesterday. This morning, he issued a very lengthy statement promoting the company. These things are perhaps related.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 26, 2021
Or maybe reality just caught up with the fantasy:
The future of Trump's ‘Truth Social' will be at the mercy of the Big Tech giants -- here's why https://t.co/xgsgUwGhLq— Raw Story (@RawStory) October 26, 2021
Creating a large, scalable and reliable technology platform takes time, commitment and hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars. Large technology teams have to be hired and retained along with a tremendous number of servers to store and distribute content. Usually a start-up will lean on Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft’s Azure to provide this service in the short-term and potentially longer-term. However, just because the hardware portion is outsourced doesn’t mean TMTG won’t need a large and skillful technology team.
TMTG or former President Trump’s Technology Media & Technology Group posted a 22-page presentation overviewing what it will try and accomplish. It outlines on slide 7 that it will first be going after Twitter and Facebook, along with creating what looks like a subscription offering similar to Netflix NFLX -1% and Disney+. At the same time it plans to take on CNN and iHeartMEDIA (the largest owner of radio stations) and in the future create a tech stack that goes up against Amazon’s AMZN +1.8% AWS, Google’s GOOG +0.9% Cloud, Microsoft’s MSFT +0.7% Azure and payment processor Stripe. I guess if Trump throws enough company logos onto a slide it will make what is an overpriced SPAC stock look reasonable.
On slide 20 TMTG+ says it is looking to provide “news, big-tent entertainment, exciting documentaries, sports programming and more.” The company appears to want to create a subscription model such as Netflix and Disney+ but with traditional cable or television network offerings.Netflix and Disney+ have created huge content libraries over multiple years, if not decades, and licensed them in the case of Netflix, which cost and continue to cost billions of dollars on annual basis. If TMTG wants to create this kind of content it will either have to raise a lot more equity or take on hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars, in debt like Netflix has done.Cable and TV networks have large staffs and commit to multi-billion dollar deals with sports leagues. It may be able to leverage some like-minded partners but besides talking heads in a studio having true content takes a lot of money....The presentation points out that Trump had a total of 146.5 million followers composed of 89 million on Twitter, 33 million on Facebook and 24.5 million on Instagram.Statista estimates that Facebook controls the five largest social networks; Facebook with over 2.8 billion users, You Tube, WhatsApp, Instagram with almost 1.4 billion and Facebook Messenger. Twitter comes in 16th place with about 397 million users.Trump’s numbers were large but they do not take into account how many were from people that felt “obligated” to follow him when he was President, users who won’t go to the trouble of downloading and using his app and how many were bots.
IOW, Trump isn't even a big fish in a small pond, even back when he was a big fish.