Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Takes Oath As Supreme Court Throws Another Tire On The Dumpster Fire

"In the midst of death, life persists. In the midst of untruth, truth persists. In the midst of darkness, light persists." — Mahatma Gandhi, 1931

Almost a century later, we are in the midst of a lot of fuckin' darkness, with much of it coming from the Supreme Court. In just the past week, six robed lunatics with life tenure have stolen women's right to bodily autonomy, overruled Americans' expressed desire to prevent their neighbors from walking around with murder sticks strapped to their hips, and gutted the EPA's ability to regulate carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of the boiling cauldron we've turned the planet into for our children. And for next term, they're taking up a case designed to let gerrymandered state legislators seize the ballots and cast electoral votes without regard for the will of the citizens.

It's not good.

And yet, in the midst of so much death and untruth and darkness, light does persist. Today Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson took the oath of office at the Supreme Court. Justice Jackson, the first Black female justice on the nation's highest court, and only the third Black justice ever, has been holding it together her whole life. After graduating from public school in Miami, she attended Harvard College and Harvard Law, then clerked for three federal judges, including Justice Stephen Breyer, whom she replaces today. She's been a federal public defender and an advocate for sentencing reform as vice chair of the US Sentencing Commission. And she's been a federal district and circuit court judge in DC, before being elevated to the Supreme Court.

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Raphael Warnock MAYBE POSSIBLY Doing Very Well But Maybe He Isn't, You Don't Know

Look, there are a whole bunch of disclaimers, and this is news that should make absolutely nobody relax and go eat a peach and forget to vote in November, but it is possible Senator Raphael Warnock is doing very well in Georgia.

A poll (ONE POLL) from Quinnipiac University (ONE QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY) says Warnock is 10 points ahead of professional robot ballerina rocket scientist cowboy porn star Power Ranger spaceman Herschel Walker.

This would be very good! But again, it is one poll (ONE POLL) and it doesn't look like this race has been polled very much, and this is definitely the biggest lead that's manifested for Warnock, but on the other hand this is the only major poll taken after the past month of total fucking embarrassment for Herschel (who's got multiple personalities? JESUS OUR LORD), so maybe that's really the way the numbers are trending.

But on the other other hand, secret Wonkette operative "Florida numbers guy" says Quinnipiac polling blows a whole goat in the South.

So who knows?

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Lately during public hearings of the House January 6 Select Committee, Liz Cheney takes time to very personally put former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on blast over his refusal to testify publicly. At the end of last Thursday's hearing, Cheney said, "Our evidence shows that Pat Cipollone and his office tried to do what was right. They tried to stop a number of President Trump’s plans for Jan. 6." So come on over here, Pat, and let Liz Cheney put a gold star on your Trapper Keeper!

After Cheney said that, sources started telling journalists that Cip was already being really very cooperative, but blah blah blah "serious institutional concerns and privilege issues" blah blah blah. Fuck off.

Dude knows everything, and Cheney knows it, and everybody else knows it.

We know Cipollone threatened to resignmultiple times over Trump's coup attempts, and that he called the letters former DOJ douche Jeffrey Clark wanted to send to the states instructing them how to toss out their election results a "murder-suicide pact."

According to Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony, on the morning of January 6, Cipollone was freaking the fuck out trying to make sure nobody would take President Ketchup Smears to the Capitol, because they would get "charged with every crime imaginable" if he went there. He said "please keep in touch with me." From the same testimony, we know Mark Meadows reportedly told Cip during the riot that Trump believed Mike Pence deserved whatever was happening to him in the Capitol that day.

During yesterday's hearing, Liz Cheney asked Hutchinson if the White House Counsel's Office was concerned about the things Donald Trump planned to say in his speech to the buck-toothed hordes that day, the hordes we now know Trump was well-fucking-aware were armed to the teeth. (He knew they weren't there to hurt him.) Yes, the White House Counsel's Office did have concerns about that!

He knows everything. As Charlie Sykes wrote this morning, if "Hutchinson’s testimony wasn’t the John Dean moment, she made it clear that the testimony of the former White House counsel just might be."

And today Cheney is reiterating her calls for Cipollone to GET IN A CHAIR FUCKER NOW FUCKING NOW OH MY GOD JESUS FUCK.

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Kamala Harris Knew Kavanaugh And Gorsuch Lied To Her Face, Jesus Christ, Duh

In case you've been wondering where President Joe Biden has been this week, he's in Europe, doing things like "G-7" and "NATO stuff" and "King of Spain." (Well, he's not doing the king of Spain. Probably.)

But Vice President Kamala Harris is back home in America, and she's got some words to say about Samuel Alito and his lunch table full of Opus Dei creeps overturning abortion rights in a desperate bid to get the Virgin Mary to go to prom with them.

Before they murdered Roe, Harris was loudly shouting "How DARE they." Now they have dared. To NPR, Harris put it in perspective:

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Wonkette Movie Night: Jaws

We're gonna need a bigger comment section.

Enjoy your movie!

SOME PROGRAMMING NOTES: Tomorrow's livechat will be at 12:30pm EST instead of the usual 3pm because SEMI-HOLIDAY WEEKEND.


Vanity Fair Declares Most Oppressive Look Of The Last Century Totally Feminist

Let's learn some fashion history!

Not everything needs to be feminist. This is not to say that we shouldn't strive to make things be feminist, but rather that we do not need to retroactively declare things that are not feminist or have nothing to do with feminism to be feminist in order to validate liking them.

Some things are neutral. You may, under most circumstances, feel free to buy a couch without thinking to yourself "Yes, but is it a feminist couch?"

Other things are explicitly "not feminist," but we can like or do them anyway because of how we contain multitudes (unless they actively involve the oppression of women in some context), and trying to come up with a context in which they are feminist somehow feminist makes everything weird and exhausting.

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Minnesota Accidentally Legalizes Weed, Forgets To Tax It, Can't Find Car

Why can't you be more adult about this, like Colorado?

As Colorado and Washington and other states have proved, you can legalize the Devil's Weed, make sure it's regulated to make sure the business is safe and orderly, and bring in assloads of new tax revenue. It's a pretty common model by now, and if the legislation's written and rolled out thoughtfully, legalizing weed can even include reforms that address the awful racial sentencing disparities of the prohibition era.

Or you could do it like Minnesota just did: Haphazardly and pretty much at the last minute, by throwing the legalization into a pile of amendments to a must-pass omnibus health bill at the end of the legislative session back in May. The law went into effect yesterday, allowing the sale of food and beverages with up to 5 milligrams of THC, maximum of 50 mg per package. The THC must be derived from hemp, which is already legal in the state, rather than from marijuana plants, which remain illegal for now.

We'll summarize the story a bit for you below; the gory details are covered in this piece by nonprofit journalism collective Minnesota Reformer, and also in this subscriber-only Star-Tribune story. Here's short version: A Democratic lawmaker wanted to bring some regulations to bear on the proliferating gray market a cannabinoid variety called "delta-8." To accomplish that, she wrote legislation that also legalized and placed regulations on THC, the active ingredient in your weed and your weed byproducts.

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