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Children are murded in schools because of a Constitutional Amendment that

makes it easy to murder children in schools.

Or anywhere else, for that matter.

First, the title is a rewording taken from Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie, but it is so brutal, so fitting, that I borrowed it for this short piece.

And to be fair, the Second Amendment, in my view, was never intended to allow for personal, in home ownership of guns by everyone. But Antonin Scalia, that darling of the so-called originalist school, claimed to find that right hidden in the actual words of an Amendment that never mentions any such right.

Part of Scalia's secret formula for this discovery was to redact 1/2 of the original words written by the framers so he could claim to find this individual right in words that actually linked the limited right to membership in a well-regulated militia.

And in consequence, we have children being murdered in schools so weapons manufacturers can profit from their deaths. In this vicious circle of violence, each shooting prompts gun owners to buy more guns and prompts right wing legislators to pass more Bills designed to make it even easier for people to bring guns into schools.

Do Nothing GOP: Democrats Have Passed 400 Bills As Trump Throws Impeachment Tantrums

From the article:

Democrats in the House have been passing bills at a rapid clip; as of November 15, the House has passed nearly 400 bills, not including resolutions. But the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee estimates 80 percent of those bill have hit a snag in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is prioritizing confirming judges over passing bills.

Congress has passed just 70 bills into law this year. Granted, it still has one more year in its term, but the number pales in comparison to recent past sessions of Congress, which typically see 300-500 bills passed in two years (and that is even a diminished number from the 700-800 bills passed in the 1970s and 1980s).

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The Right-Wing War on American Voters

From the article:

Voter-suppression measures have been spreading like viruses from state to state throughout the decade since Barack Obama became the first African-American president. The means and methods range from voter ID laws to purges of voter registrations and worse. A recent report from the Brennan Center for Justice found that between 2016 to 2018, 17 million voter registrations had been purged from the rolls.
And that’s just one method of voter suppression currently in use. In Tennessee, an African-American voter registration effort was effectively criminalized by legislative action. In Florida, a voter referendum restoring rights for formerly incarcerated citizens was undercut by Republican lawmakers who limited its scope—while also passing a law designed to cut down on student voting. In Texas in 2018, a precinct at Prairie View, a historically black university where students have long struggled to exercise their franchise, had its early-voting hours cut back to fewer than half of others in the area. “Here we go again,” student Jayla Allen later recalled thinking when she heard the news.

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If one cannot win the debate, prevent the other side from voting. That is the GOP way.

Are liberals afraid of saying the "c" word? (sarcasm alert)

At this time of year, the right wing loves to issue dire warnings about the supposed war on Christmas. Yes, the c word, Christmas. This meme is nonsense, of course, but in the alternate universe of FOXlandia, we are told that there is a war on Christmas, and of course a war on Christians.

The Religious Right’s War on the ‘War on Christmas’ Is Well Underway

Liberty Counsel is also promoting a Prager U video published a few years ago in which right-wing propagandist Dennis Prager explains why saying “Happy Holidays” is not, as you might think, an inclusive approach to the holiday season in a diverse society. Instead, he claims that not using the word “Christmas” is “hurtful.” Prager portrays public-facing employees as being afraid to use the “C-word” for fear of violating “all the sensitivity training they’ve had to undergo.” Prager insists, “Of course it’s a war on Christmas,” which he says is really “a war on the religious nature of America.”


What this is really about is spreading fear and dividing people so the 1% can continue stealing from the rest of us.

I give thanks today.

First, of course, for my wife. She actually saw something in me that allowed her to decide to say "yes" to my proposal 40 years ago.

And for my family. Even the ones whose political opinions I do not share.

And for my friends, including at DU. This place is a haven for many, especially those living in GOP areas.

And for being informed enough to be a Democratic voter.
And for living in a very blue area.

And for so much more.

I hope all of you have things to be thankful for, and recognize them.


Per his latest Twitter post, Trump sees himself as Rocky.

What does Melania see him as?

Feel free to post appropriate pictures.

It is beyond bizarre that this reality television character is completely divorced from reality, but even worse is that nearly the entire GOP, and millions of voters, are also disconnected from reality.

West Virginia bishop calls for predecessor, accused of sex and financial misconduct, to pay $792,000

From the article:

West Virginia’s new bishop Tuesday called for his predecessor, Michael Bransfield, to pay the diocese $792,638, apologize to victims and to the diocese, and lose his place in the diocesan cemetery as part of a restitution package for alleged financial and sexual misconduct that some church experts say is a first for a bishop.
The announcement by Bishop Mark Brennan follows a statement in July by Pope Francis that Bransfield’s replacement should decide how the ousted leader “make personal amends.”


This "making personal amends" can never erase the horror of the abuse, nor can it do anything for the survivors, but neither can prison, or any other social punishment.

Send them back. Yes, I said it. Send them back!!

And I will not apologize.

It is a disgrace that they are even here. They have no respect for US laws, and they add nothing to the country. So they should be jailed and sent back to the country they came from. And yes, one of them deliberately gave birth to a baby so she could stay here, and bring over her chain migrating parents, but I say send her back with her parents and her child.

I am speaking, of course, of Melania Trump and her parents.

Mike Pompeo Just Used Russian Propaganda At Press Conference

From the article:

Trump and Pompeo are using a conspiracy theory of Russian origin to put more pressure on Ukraine to try to get them to investigate the Bidens. It is vital for Trump’s 2020 reelection hopes that Russia be cleared so that they will be free to interfere in the election next year to help Donald Trump.
The Secretary of State just stood up before the cameras on national television and gave his support to Trump’s attempt to solicit foreign election interference by repeating Russian propaganda.
Ukraine did not hack the DNC, or interfere in the 2016 election. There is no server. It is all a piece of conspiracy theory propaganda pushed by Russia to attack Ukraine and give them more room to attack the United States in 2020.

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And Pompeo's lies will be repeated by the GOP, and FOX.

I tried to rob a bank, but was caught.

I tried to steal a car, but was caught before I could do so.

I offered someone $10,000 to kill someone, but that someone was an undercover policeman.

So in all three cases, am I guilty of attempting to commit a crime, or innocent because I failed to complete the attempt?

Bonus question for SCOTUS scholars.

We all know that money=speech because the SCOTUS tells us it is so.

Consider this situation.

I am speeding and get stopped by the police, If I hand my license to the officer and wrap the license in a $50 bill, can I argue that the law is unfair and be innocent of attempted bribery?

The various Trump/GOP arguments would be funny if the situation were not so serious to a functional democracy.
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