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Vaccine Nation 0

WHYY (my old NPR station when I lived in the Philly area) takes a look at how taking sensible health precautions has morphed into a theater of stupid. Here’s an excerpt; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).

Still, the battle to inoculate the nation against the coronavirus has reached a fever pitch in recent months. President Biden has focused on getting as many Americans as possible vaccinated against the coronavirus, most notably rolling out wide-reaching vaccine mandates for government employees and for businesses with more than 100 workers.

But Republicans have grown increasingly hostile to the notion of mandatory vaccines — despite vaccine mandates existing in the background in parts of the United States since the 19th century — and have parlayed the fight against COVID-19 into a political battle, with vaccine mandates as the latest frontier in the great American defense of freedom and liberty. . . . .

“Somehow it has morphed into not getting the vaccine as a way to defend their freedom and resist this ‘tyranny,’ ” said Ken Resnicow, a professor in the school of public health at the University of Michigan. “There’s not many countries that have this dynamic.”

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If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Title:  Logic 101.  Image:  Mitch McConnell at podium saying,

Via Juanita Jean.

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The Patriot 0

Red-hatted man thinks to himself,

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Responsible Fiscals 0

Man on phone says,

Via Job’s Anger.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Florida Man goes a-frolicking.

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NonDisclosure 0

Donald Trump’s nondisclosure ploy with Omarosa fails badly when put to the test. Here’s a bit from the story at Above the Law:

Unfortunately for Team Trump, Jessica Denson, another ex-campaign staffer was simultaneously litigating an identical agreement in the Southern District of New York, and US District Judge Paul Gardephe ruled in March that the campaign’s non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses were unenforceable under New York law.

The campaign attempted to distinguish between Denson and Manigault Newman, arguing that latter “warranted a strict confidentiality provision as a term of her employment, since Respondent was known to be ‘nasty’ and ‘confrontational’ on the television show.” The arbitrator found this line of reasoning “unpersuasive.”

The arbitrator did not point out the inherent filthiness of arguing that identical contracts mean different things when applied to a White woman and a “nasty” Black woman. But we will.

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Words of One Syllable 0

General Milley explains the concept of responsibility to a person incapable of grasping it.

Via Francis Langum at C&L, who has commentary.

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If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Frame One:  Mitch McConnell climbing a ladder says,

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Decoding De Dress Code 0

AOC wearing a dress that reads,

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Spin Cycle 0

Frame One, captioned

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SLAPP-Back 0

One of the fundamental principles of filing SLAPP suits is to avoid suing those with the resources to fight back, as Devin Nunes is finding out.

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Gutting Out the Vote 0

Gregory Svirnovskiy thinks Republicans have come up with a new gerrymandering strategy.

It’s a long and complex read, but, as states are starting to redraw voting districts based on the recent census, a worthwhile one.

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Amendment, Amended 0

At Above the Law, Joe Patrice discusses the reasoning of a “Constitutional originalist” judge who has forcefully argued that the 2nd Amendment did not “originally” mean what the gun manufacturers and their dupes, symps, and fellow travelers claim it does. A snippet:

A lot of people forget that the “original” sources conservative jurists have relied upon for the current gun regime were written over four score and seven years after the Founding. If you’re wondering why they settled on a body of not-so-original testimony, it’s because they really did look into the original public meaning of the Second Amendment and learned that the reality of that legitimate originalist inquiry offended GOP lobbyists.

Follow the link for his full explication.

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Republican Family Values 0

Hello, it's me, Greg Abbot, governor of the great state of Texas and noted reproductive health expert.  There's a lot of confusion about our new abortion law, and I'm here to set the record straight.  First, the bill's six week limit allows a full two weeks after a missed period to get a definitive pregnancy test and schedule and receive an abortion.  I don't see how this generous time frame can possibly construed as an abortion ban.  These are extremely good faith arguments which I definitely believe.  There's also a lot of talk about the so-called vigilanted system this bill enables.  Well, this is a load of cow manure, as we say here in Texas.  Since when does empowering citizens to take the law into their own hands for a ten thousand dollar bounty count as vigilantism.  Our bill simply allows anyone who experiences emotional challengees--at, say, the thought of an Uber driver taking someone to an abortion clinit--to be compensated for their suffering.  And to clog our court system beyond human comprehension.  Look, this will work at least as well as our independent energy grid.  And while it's true that there's no exemption for cases of rape and incest, this is not a problem, because we're just going to arrest all the rapist and eliminate rape in Texas.  I don't know why we didn't think of this sooner.  As for incest, well, let's just mover right along to the next topic.  In closing, and as the Supreme Court affirmed, this law is completely constitutional.  If you can't trust Brett Kavanaugh to decied what reproductive rights you should have, who can you trust?  But, look, if you're still worried about it, thsn, just don't have sex in Texas.  Problem solved, you're welcome.

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And in more news of Republican family values, Texas style . . . .

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Vaccine Nation 0

Elie Mystal minces no words. An excerpt:

The government can require people to be healthy. It cannot require people to get sick.

Via C&L, which has commentary.

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A Picture Is Worth 0

Frame One:  Republican Elephant looking at the burning World Trade Center saying,

Via Juanita Jean.

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The Art of the Con 0

Today's Republican Party:  Rich people using religious people to convince poor, white people that compassionate people are out to get them.

Via Job’s Anger.

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Vaccine Nation, the Freaks Freak Out Dept. 0

Afterthought:

To again quote my history professor from many years ago, Dr. Shade, “history is irony.”

Here the irony, at least as I see it, is that many Republicans are willing to let voters sicken and die because they think that doing so will help them win votes.

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Gutting Out the Vote 0

Republican Elephant and Democratic Donkey playing checkers.  Next to the Elephant is a hammer labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Boebert Is the New Gohmert 0

At The Denver Post, David Silverii follows the money.

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