One of the main planks of all Voter ID Suppression Laws is to shrink the number of days or completely eliminate early voting, especially on Sundays when “souls to the polls” efforts at black churches became famous and successful. That’s one of the many ways these laws are specifically designed to shave, on the margins, traditionally black voters. Donald Trump, ironically, has made the best argument of all against early voting: that you really, really, just might want to change your vote the final few weeks or days after you’ve early voted. Sometimes history grabs you by the crotch and everything is upside down. It actually seems possible that on November 4th Donald Trump might shoot someone on Fifth Avenue thinking it’s his last chance to demonstrate his manhood and he shouldn’t be denied those already locked-in early Hillary votes that would swing over to him in such a case. We need to be fair. Early voting is not fair. Right.
A month to go. The Obama Weather Machine unsuccessfully tried to divert attention by creating an east coast hurricane. Epic fail. Most of the country still focused on new news about the election. “The people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry,” Hillary says in leaked documents (thanks, Vlad) referring to Wall Street bigshots. Not a great moment for her, but hardly worse than Trump bragging that he knows the rigged, corrupt system better than anyone and only he, the Messiah, can fix it. Neither is her comment, “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.” Don’t weaken because of one line, Bernie Brothers. The American people will have to decide whether that was private suck-up talk or whether Hillary would push not only for not a wall with Mexico, but Welcome Centers every 3 miles along the border…. like you see when you cross into a new state on an interstate highway.
The Trump Access Hollywood tape of his admission that he is an out of control, star/rich guy privileged, Tic Tac-swallowing, unsolicited crotch-grabbing sexual predator has such high shock value not only because of the timing, but because we only believe stuff these days if it’s on tape. After all the bad publicity surrounding domestic violence situations in the NFL, only one player lost his career: Ray Rice, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens. That’s because there was actual video of him dragging his wife out of the elevator. Other domestic abuse cases against women and children just can’t be so bad, apparently… because there’s no visual evidence. Resume play, please.
Those of us on the complete other side of Trump Train Tracks start the process of beginning to breathe out. Not completely yet, but beginning to see what we’ve hoped for with the guy from day one: that eventually the total weight of all of the insanity, the hate, the racism, the fraud of the con man, the unconstitutional ignorance of his very being and knowing nothing about anything plus the entire sordid 40-year public history of Donald Trump would finally collapse on him. The Russian Winter is approaching and is upon this Hitlerian figure of American History. One Con Too Many.
There are a great many things that trouble me about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Alberta TX). His opposition to my constitutional right to self pleasure is but one example of his belief system that gives me pause. I have a measure of admiration for the fact that he’s been able to stay (apparently) happily married for 15 years to a successful, talented, lovely woman. I figured that a guy who could do that had to have something going for him
I’m hereby withdrawing my admiration
The Cruzes talked to Anderson Cooper on Tuesday and revealed a shocking story from early in their marriage
When I married Ted, we got back from our honeymoon, and he went off to the store and came home by himself. And I was completely shocked to see that he arrived back at our apartment with literally 100 cans of Campbell’s Chunky soup. I never bought 100 of anything.
This was shocking to me, so we had a tough conversation about it. I said, “You don’t buy 100 of anything, much less canned soup. We can’t do this. I’ll be making things.” He said, “No, I know you. you won’t be making things.”
The early part of a marriage is a fun time. It’s full of cuddling and celebration. Really, it’s magical. Raphael Ted was just stewing and plotting during the honeymoon
When we get back to the apartment, I got to get a s–tload of Chunky, ’cause this bitch is gonna starve me
Come on, man! In the first few precious days of marriage, women always call out men for not thinking of “we” and, instead, thinking of “we”. How the hell are you gonna be thinking about your new life together with this amazing person and still be thinking
I ain’t even gonna tell ole girl. I’m just gonna get down to the store and buy all the damn Chunky they got. I’ll do that s–t while she’s still asleep
And you know the argument had to be heated and personal
HEIDI: What are you going to do? Just sit over there and eat your soup every night while I watch?
TED: No. You can have some. Just don’t take all the sirloin
HEIDI: TED! THAT’S NOT THE POINT!
See, I’ve always hated the reception ritual where the couple smears cake on each other’s face. That’s a very serious ritual and it literally symbolizes that the couple will feed each other when they need nourishment. It’s like a promise. But, not in Ted’s world. In Ted’s world, “I do” means “I gotta head down to Mega Mart to make sure I don’t starve”
I also love that he chases his initial insult with “I know you. You won’t make anything”. DAMN! If I was Heidi, I’d be googling “annulment”
So the next morning, it was a weekend morning, I loaded up our car before he woke up and returned every single can. And when I got home, I called my mother just to make sure I’d done the right thing as a newlywed. And she emphatically disagreed with me. And so when Ted opened the pantry, I had to quickly tell him that I would go back and buy those cans again
First of all, thanks mom, for all the support. Heidi Cruz had the one mother in all of America who would not have cussed out the son-in-law. I think it would have been pretty funny if she would have hidden the cans of soup all over the house. Like, Ted would have found some of them in his sock drawer and a couple in the Christmas decoration box from time-to-time
I may be overreacting. There have been worse husbands than Ted Cruz. O.J. Simpson, for example. But something tells me that even O.J. wouldn’t have said “Bitch, I know you ain’t gonna feed me”
It makes me sad to think of Heidi Cruz going to that store and returning those cans
Ma’am, do you have a receipt?
No, just a terrible husband (cries)
So, here’s to the great disappearing institution of marriage. As fragile as it is, it can take some hits early on and keep on truckin’. And here’s to Heidi Cruz. God, that woman is a saint
If it were to come to pass that Trump’s astounding unpopularity outside the core of his most-supportive, unshakable followers not only would guarantee a Goldwater-sized defeat and a flipping of the US Senate, maybe the House, and changes in statehouses and governors’ mansions across America…. what a wonderful world it would be. Let’s drill down and see what’s going on in the Blue Chip States of Creativity, those wonderful laboratories of democracy.
Indiana!: Remember the brouhaha a year ago over Memorie’s Pizza, the Indiana pizza joint whose owner said he’d refuse to cater a gay wedding? Not that he’d ever been asked to, and not that he was refusing to actually serve gay people in his restaurant… but that was enough to start a moronic social-media firestorm that ended up with a million dollars being raised for the guy via GoFundMe, and more recently another $40,000 when the owners finally decided to throw in the towel. We should all go out of business so lucky.
But that pales in comparison to the latest move by the Hoosier legislators and the governor on one of your Big Three Wishes For Republican Purification of America… in the arena of gay rights, voting rights, or abortion rights.
NARAL reacted: “This is one of the most extreme anti-abortion measures in the country and only further penalizes Indiana women and their doctors for accessing constitutionally protected abortion care. Preventing a woman from choosing abortion based on a medical diagnosis substitutes a politician’s ideology for a woman’s judgement. Politicians like Governor Mike Pence who insert themselves into a woman’s private medical decisions aren’t just practicing bad medicine, they’re betraying the seven in ten Americans who support safe and legal access to abortion.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD spoke up: “Now Indiana’s Legislature has passed a bill that forces women to give birth if a doctor has detected a fetal abnormality. Which, yes, would mean that a pregnant woman who contracts Zika would lose her right to abortion, while a woman with a healthy pregnancy would retain her right to say no to giving birth.”
THE INDIANA RIGHT-TO-LIFERS:“By signing the dignity for the unborn bill, Gov. Pence has again signified his commitment to protecting life. We are pleased that our state values life no matter an individual’s potential disability, gender or race. We also believe that the other measures in the bill are positive steps forward for providing dignity and compassion.”
Assumedly this (?) is what Ronald Reagan meant in 1986 when he zinged out his now-famous quip: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help force you to have that baby.” Oops, I cheated and that would have been 14 words.
2. Texas!: This is the state that has given us Ted Cruz. That’s enough. I should stop right there, but I won’t! Along with Donald Trump, he forms the Axis of Republican Inanity. I have no idea whether conventional wisdom will hold and the Republican Party will cease to exist following a Hillary blowout of LBJ-1964 proportions. But the Republican anti-Trump movement is certainly real, his attack last week on Cruz’s wife possibly the only way humanly possible that Ted Cruz has ever engendered any degree of sympathy in the campaign, even from former opponents like Lindsey Graham and other folks who find him the poison to Trump’s firing squad as not much of a choice.
3. Arizona!: Long-time leader and favorite to make the finals, Arizona just keeps coming up with new ways to top itself. As part of the state’s long-running stage version of “Old White Men Who Are Obsessed With Abortion And The Women Who Love Them,” they were at it again this past week. They never stop trying to prevent pregnant women who need or want an abortion for personal, private reasons from getting one, forcing them to cross borders, possibly to California if they can afford it. Read the latest from the Cactus League of Extraordinarily Silly Gentlemenhere. Other gems that have just passed include:
Affordable Care Act: A bill that bars the state from using any resources or staff to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Most importantly, said sponsor Rep. Justin Olson, R-Mesa, if the bill is signed by Gov. Doug Ducey, it would prevent Arizona from establishing its own health-care exchange.
Apparently, after all these years, some Arizonans inside the health care establishment weren’t fully onboard with hatin’ on Obamacare enough.
Plastic-bag ban: 1.The bill would block cities, towns and counties from passing ordinances that ban or regulate the use of plastic bags, Styrofoam and other containers. 2. The bill also would prohibit local governments from requiring businesses to report how much energy they use, halting efforts by Tempe, Flagstaff and Phoenix officials, who are considering new environmental ordinances.
I guess even the question “paper or plastic” is too pro-choicey for Arizona politicians. And part two there is just one more state legislative Big Foot move by Republicans, the ones who have reinterpreted “states’ rights” to mean a state government always gets to tell the cities and counties who’s in charge.
4. North Carolina! is my home, and now clearly the favorite to go all the way. It’s quite an impressive, tone-deaf, obstinate, bigoted, small-minded, wrong-side-of-history, pander to prejudice that they’ve just pulled off in Raleigh. The gift of geriatric gerrymandering keeps on giving to the residents of the Tar Heel state, who looked the other way in 2010, got steamrolled in the Tea Party backlash election, and have paid for it ever since, with ever-increasing arrogance by near one-party control of lawmaking. This time, it was special legislation to make sure Caitlin Jenner still must use the little boy’s room. Scrambling to quickly waste $42,000 of taxpayer money on a special session, the New York Times notes that Orwellian-labeled House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act was triggered by:
the passage of an anti-discrimination ordinance in Charlotte last month that would permit transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, rather than their gender at birth. But the law passed by the legislature on Wednesday night, which prohibits municipalities from passing their own ordinances allowing such bathroom use, also prevents cities from protecting gays and bisexual people against discrimination generally.
Greensboro News & Record columnist Susan Ladd notes that in a demonstration of cynicism and what they think will be some kind of business-friendly move, the law also “limits the ability of cities like Greensboro to provide a living wage. While the city can control the wages of its own employees under this bill, it cannot mandate a higher minimum wage for private businesses or companies contracting with the city.” More here.
Yes, “business-friendly” for the Republican state legislators apparently means a financial irrelevancy like Hobby Lobby or another Christian-based business. And Billy Graham already lives in North Carolina.Too late for that. Only about 150 Chick-fil-A’s in NC…. always room for more of those! They have no idea what a modern workforce looks like.The cigar-chomping Republican goobers in bolo ties from the small towns that dominate a state legislature have really blown it this time. There’s probably more open debate right now in the Iranian Parliament than in the North Carolina statehouse, where the Democrats in the state senate walked out and didn’t vote on this travesty, claiming they were not allowed to participate at all during the process. The Charlotte Observer makes it irrefutably clear:
From American Airlines to Lowe’s, and from Apple to Google, big companies are pushing back against North Carolina’s new law invalidating Charlotte’s protections for LGBT individuals.
Sports organizations also said they’re weighing the new legislation, signed Wednesday by Gov. Pat McCrory, as they schedule events in the state.
The NBA, which is set to host its All-Star Game in Charlotte next year, said it is “deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect.” The league said it doesn’t yet know what impact the law will have on its “ability to successfully host” the event.
The NCAA, which has men’s basketball tournament games planned in North Carolina in 2017 and 2018, said it is monitoring the situation. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and said Friday it is also monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, dissatisfaction around America gets refocused on the fast-motion train wreck that is the Republican Party. From Gallup:
PRINCETON, N.J. — Thirty percent of Americans say the presidential election process is working as it should, down from 37% in January. The decline is driven mainly by Republicans’ increasingly cynical views as the campaign season has progressed. The percentage of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who say the election process is working has fallen from 46% to 30% since January. Democrats’ and Democratic leaners’ views haven’t changed.
What’s not to like? Make your final four pick and have fun!!! Meanwhile, I will not point out that I am sad that Donald Trump lives and Garry Shandling is dead. And I didn’t.