Let's Look At Biden's Tricksy Two-Track Infrastructure Compromise!

A bipartisan group of senators and the White House announced last night that they've reached an agreement on basic "framework" for an infrastructure bill. Now that the framework is in place, the Biden administration and the group of senators will have to finalize the plan, then see whether Republicans in the full Senate will agree to build it, or just dynamite it like everything else Senate Republicanss have done. (Somebody should check Mitch McConnell's warm sandy enclosure for blasting caps).

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, speaking for the group, said last night, "We came to an agreement on a plan that we have and we're just going to try to wrap it up tomorrow." President Biden will meet with the group today before flying off to Raleigh, North Carolina, to visit a mobile COVID vaccination clinic and remind people the pandemic isn't over and could get very bad this fall if they don't get vaccinated, god damn it.

This particular gang of senators is calling itself the "G-21," because apparently "group," "gang," and "goo-goo eyes" have already been used for other bipartisan efforts. Reuters reports it includes "nine Democrats, one independent and 11 Republicans." We'll assume the independent is Maine's Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats.

The compromise framework is an eight-year plan that would spend about $1.2 trillion, with $559 billion of that being new spending and the rest going to already-approved projects. It would focus on stuff that Republicans say is "real" infrastructure, like roads, bridges, airports, and broadband internet.

But wait, you are probably thinking, what happened to Joe Biden's plans for green infrastructure, fighting climate change, doing universal pre-K and free community college, and all that "human infrastructure" stuff? Has he caved? OMG I shall go ballistic in the comments that Wonkette does not allow!

This is where we get to the "tricksy" part from the headline, silly hobbitses!

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Fox News So Mad Gen. Milley Loves Critical Race Theory, Time To Defund The Military

It is becoming increasingly clear that conservatives were not kidding when they said they learned history by looking at Confederate statues.

Yesterday, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — nominated to that role by Donald Trump, mind you -- went viral after a congressional hearing, where he patiently explained to GOP Reps. Matt Gaetz and Michael Waltz what Critical Race Theory is, and why he felt it was actually a good thing for cadets and and servicemembers to understand the history of racism in this country and the impact of racist laws on our society.

In response to a question from Rep. Waltz about why there was a course at the US Military Academy at West Point in which an instructor discussed "understanding whiteness and white rage," Gen. Milley explained that understanding that would be helpful for understanding things like the January 6 insurrection. He also noted that West Point is a university, so students are going to learn things there.

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Donald Trump Is A Spectacular Kind Of Stupid

There are times where the lines get blurred between what Donald Trump really believes and what he just says because he's a conman who will say anything to grift the masses out of their hard-earned money. Amanda Marcotte made a good case earlier this month for how many of his conspiracy theories, like the one where he's going to be president again in August, aren't delusional but rather aspirational. That rather than literally believe them -- and it doesn't matter whether he does or not -- he's using such claims, in essence, to give his garbage acolytes orders to step up their attacks on democracy for his sake.

But then there are times when Trump's rare kind of stupid comes out, and it's just kind of breathtaking. The kind of Trump stupid Fran Lebowitz was talking about when she said, "You do not know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump. You just don't."

Surprise, it's related to his desires to overturn the election he lost like a loser, because he will be licking his wounds over that until the end of his natural life. (That report from the GOP-led Michigan state senate has gotta hurt.) He's just really confused about some things related to Georgia's voting systems, and what it means if voters are purged from the rolls for "inactivity."

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Ron DeSantis Just Checking That Florida College Students Aren’t Getting Infected With ‘Commie’

Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation Tuesday that would make Joseph McCarthy blush. The bill is part of DeSantis's push against what he imagines is the “indoctrination" of students on college campuses. It will require that public universities and colleges “survey" students, faculty, and staff on their beliefs and viewpoints, all in the interest of “intellectual diversity," of course. This snooping will determine "the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented" and whether students, faculty and staff "feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom."

DeSantis said:

It used to be thought that a university campus was a place where you'd be exposed to a lot of different ideas. Unfortunately, now the norm is, these are more intellectually repressive environments. You have orthodoxies that are promoted, and other viewpoints are shunned or even suppressed.

This argument is obviously disingenuous, as Florida's State Board of Education, under DeSantis's direction, recently banned schools from teaching lessons built around critical race theory and The 1619 Project. Of course, CRT was only taught at the post-graduate level and The 1619 Project represents one of those “different ideas" that DeSantis claims is so important.

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Mommyblogging

St. Louis TV Network Launches Hilarious Reefer Madness Remake

DARE. To ignore this bullshit.

Parents! Does your kid have tie dye tapestry hanging behind her "bed" thanks some hastily slapped up blue tape? Does she display both a tube of men's deodorant and a copy of Catch-22 on the bookshelf? Does she have a "Mile 420" sign randomly propped up against a piece of wallboard?

If so, then, friends, it's time to PANIC, because momma's little baby is a dang junkie. With a capital J, that rhymes with P, and that stands for FENTANYL. Sorry to burst your bubble, Mom and Dad, but it turns out "420" is cool kid lingo for opiates.

BE VERY AFRAID!

Or laugh your ass off at this living embodiment of that joke about parents misinterpreting LOL and ROFLMAO as internet slang for "I'll trade you a BJ for an eightball" or some such.

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SCOTUS

F*ck School, F*ck Softball, F*ck Cheer, F*ck Everything

A big win for free speech at the Supreme Court!

Yesterday, the Supreme Court said "Fuck Manahoy Area School District."

Okay, I might be paraphrasing.

In the last day of the 2021 SCOTUS season, we finally got to the end of the case of the cussy cheerleader — and our cussy cheerleader was vindicated!

In Manahoy Area School District v. BL, the Court ruled 8-1 in favor of Brandi Levy, the cheerleader who was suspended from the squad for a year for writing "fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything" on Snapchat. On the weekend. When she wasn't at school. Or at a school-related activity. (And don't you worry, we'll get to that one dissent later!)

Honestly, this case has maybe the dumbest facts of any SCOTUS case this term, and that is not at all the fault of Brandi Levy. It's the fault of the parents, coaches, and school administrators who were SO INCENSED a teenager would deign to use profanity and thus degrade the cheer squad so.

This never should have gotten anywhere near the Supreme Court. Someone, at some stage, should have realized just how ridiculous it was that the school district spent four years and probably hundreds of thousands of dollars defending a stupid, sexist decision and hiring super expensive SCOTUS lawyers to defend its fuckery.

But, hey, at least they lost.

I hope the lower court makes the school district pay Ms. Levy's lawyers at the ACLU their well-earned attorney's fees.

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Elections

OAN Host Just Calling For Mass Executions Of Everyone Who Stole Election From Trump

The Q people are taking it as proof this is definitely happening.

If there's one thing the Right seems to love, it's fantasizing about mass arrests and mass executions of their political enemies. Some pine for the days when Augusto Pinochet threw dissidents out of helicopters. QAnoners don't really care how Democrats, whom they think are secretly involved in Satanic child sex-trafficking rings, are killed so long as they get to watch.

One America News Network's Pearson Sharp, who believes the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, is no exception.

In a particularly vile rant this week, Sharp mused on what might happen to those who perpetrated all the voter fraud and stole the election from poor Donald Trump.

"What are the consequences for traitors who meddled with our sacred democratic process and tried to steal power by taking away the voices of the American people? What happens to them?" he asked. "Well, in the past, America had a very good solution to dealing with such traitors: Execution."

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