Li'l Nebraska State Sen Lady Machaela Cavanaugh Sets Up Early Bid For BADASS OF THE YEAR!

Last month, Nebraska state Senator Machaela Cavanaugh declared that she'd filibuster every damn bill the Republican-controlled legislature put forward unless it pulled proposed legislation banning gender-affirming health care for transgender youth. Specifically, this anti-trans garbage would ban puberty blockers, gender-affirming surgeries, and hormone therapy.

A SPLAINER! What IS Gender Affirming Health Care For Kids Anyway, Because Texas Is Super F*cking Lying About It Right?

Cavanaugh wasn't shy about her intentions. She said, "If people are like, 'Is she threatening us?' let me be clear: Yes, I am. I am threatening you." She added, "If this Legislature collectively decides that legislating hate against children is our priority, then I am going to make it painful; painful for everyone. Because if you want to inflict pain upon our children, I am going to inflict pain upon this body.”

Those are the badass lines from the trailer for the eventual movie starring Elizabeth Olsen.

The senator maintained her blanket filibuster for weeks, and the Legislature hasn't passed diddly squat all year. Cavanaugh told her colleagues last month, "I will burn this session to the ground over this bill. I have nothing but time, and I am going to use all of it."


PREVIOUSLY: Nebraska Dem Just Gonna Filibuster Eeeeeeeeverything

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Florida LGBTQ Hate Bills Want Some Bigot To Have 'Parental Rights' Over Everybody Else's Children

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his cronies in the Republican-controlled state Legislature are self-proclaimed champions of "parental rights" in education. They called their bigoted "Don't Say Gay" law a "historic bill to protect parental rights in education" that "reinforces parents’ fundamental rights to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their children." It was very important to Republicans, not just in Florida but in more than a dozen states with similar gross laws, that parents maintained their inalienable right to treat their kids horribly.

However, despite the Right's absurd "groomer" narrative, most teachers aren't randomly declaring students trans in open defiance of their parents. While this concept might confuse and horrify Matt Walsh and Ben Shapiro, there are many supportive parents who love their trans children for who they are and respect their gender identity. Scared bigots shouldn't freak out, though, because Florida's got their back!

The Republican-controlled Legislature now wants to restrict the use of peoples’ personal pronouns to those aligned with the sex assigned on their birth certificate, and they're starting with public schools. No, it doesn't matter if parents have approved their kids' preferred pronouns. Laughably, this proposed law builds off their so-called "Parental Rights in Education Act," so we guess when Republicans were yakking about "parental rights," they meant .... other parents or even childless adults who really hate trans kids.


Joe Biden: Ron DeSantis Going To Hell For Bullying Trans Kids (OK, It's *Implied*)

Ron DeSantis Fights For Free Speech By Banning Teachers Mentioning Slavery And Gay People

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Give ALL The Special Ed Aides Eat: LA Teachers On Strike!

School support staff — teacher aides, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, custodians, special education assistants, and others — began a three-day strike yesterday against the Los Angeles Unified School District, seeking higher wages. LAUSD teachers walked out in solidarity, joining the striking service workers on picket lines and at a massive demonstration at the district's headquarters despite a heavy rainstorm. The strike forced the closure of the district's more than 1,000 schools, although about 150 schools were kept open so adults could supervise kids whose parents couldn't keep them home. The district has roughly half a million students.

LA Mayor Karen Bass (we like typing that!) announced the city would provide safe places and meal distribution for kids during the walkout, including "21 Recreation Centers to serve as Grab & Go locations" for school meals, as well as free "after school" — but really all day — programs at 30 rec centers for kids in first through fifth grade. City libraries are also offering extra programs, and the LA Zoo had free admission for all kids in K-12 (accompanying adults have a $5 entry fee).

Here, put on some Billy Bragg or Pete Seeger and read some of the LA Times's reporting from the strike:

In the 5 a.m darkness, when bus drivers typically begin their day, hundreds of district employees joined the picket line at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Van Nuys bus yard, marching in rain ponchos and balancing signs with umbrellas. Starting at 6:30 a.m., picketers converged at schools throughout the sprawling district as heavy rain soaked them.

Alejandra Sanchez, a special education assistant, joined 20 other picketers in front of Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School. Her job isn’t easy, as she works with students with often unpredictable behavioral issues.

She chanted, “Fair wages,” from Yosemite Drive and La Roda Avenue while holding a “Respect Us! Pay Us!” sign.

“I love my work and the students,” said Sanchez, 45. “And it’s sad that I have to get up today in the rain to fight for respect because the district doesn’t understand what I and so many others do.”
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Ron DeSantis Troubled By TRUMP PEENER PORN STAR HUSH MONEY LOL Witch Hunt, So Very Troubled

All the stinky MAGA people have been saying their piece ever since Donald Trump predicted he'd be arrested Tuesday, which now for sure has to happen, otherwise Trump's prophecy wouldn't come true. There are the ones saying YOU'LL BE SORRY if you start arrestin' and prosecutin' Trump, because then everybody will fall madly in love with him and elect him dictator for life everywhere.

Dumb stupid moron idiot Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney thinks this is all going to "blow over," because Trump will probably just not show up in court, and then everybody will forget about it, because Claudia Tenney is a lawyer and that is how indictments work. (We imagine she might not feel that way if we weren't talking about a very wealthy white defendant. JUST A GUESS.)

Really sketchy MAGA man types like Jack Posobiec are threatening bank runs and everybody calling out to work, so if you see a line of unshowered incels making $10 withdrawals from the ATM outside your local Hooters in broad daylight before going home for a good long day of masturbating, that's just American citizens making their voices heard.

Some of the cultists are starting conspiracy theories in advance about how any violence committed by MAGA terrorists was ACTUALLY committed by the feds. Charlie Kirk actually typed, "The regime is salivating for MAGA to act in an uncharacteristic and violent manner ahead of this stalinistic arrest later this week." LOL.

But amid all this, whither Ron DeSantis? Sure, he is Trump's biggest rival for the 2024 Republican nomination, but surely DeSantis can drop the competition long enough for some good old-fashioned cultish solidarity with Team White Supremacist MAGA Traitor Crime Fascist, yeah?

He didn't speak up all weekend. Today, in a news conference, DeSantis said a number of things about it, but Trump people are only noticing that he clowned on HUSH MONEY TO COVER UP PORN STAR AFFAIR.

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Idaho Republicans Take Brave Stand Against 'Woke' Tampons In Schools

Being aware that not everyone can afford menstrual products is, in fact, 'woke.'

Period poverty is a serious issue throughout the United States, especially for tweens and teenagers in school. According to the 2021 State of the Period study conducted by Thinx and PERIOD, a non-profit dealing with period poverty and menstrual stigma, 23 percent of menstruating students have struggled to afford period products. Twenty-five percent have missed class time because they could not afford menstrual products. It's a pretty serious problem and one that needs to be addressed if we are to have any equity in education.

This week, the Idaho legislature voted down House Bill 313 a bill that would have provided tampons, pads and other menstrual products free of charge to students who need them — and kept them stocked in the restrooms, allowing them to avoid those awkward trips to the nurse's office. The final tally was a tie, 35 for and 35 against, but that still meant it didn't pass. 10 of those votes came from Republican women concerned about how "liberal" and "woke" the bill was.

Oddly enough, the bill was actually co-sponsored by a Republican — a male Republican at that — who proposed it after being approached about the issue of period poverty by one of his constituents, Avrey Hendrix, a 35-year-old mother of four and the founder of Idaho Period Project. A friend of a friend of Furniss's daughter happened to be on the board of the non-profit, so they gave it a shot and he was on board with it.

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Wonkette's Top Ten Stories Of The Week Got Some Positive Moves For You

Come read them!

Good morning!

Boy do I ever have a great present for all of you this morning! Definitely a great way to start your day and your weekend. It is an Angela Lansbury workout video called "Positive Moves," and you are welcome.


I love her so much, you don't even know. People say she was a serial killer who actually murdered all of Cabot Cove, but I contend that she was actually only very rarely even in Cabot Cove and was in fact usually traveling around the country on book tours or visiting her 85,000 nieces and nephews, murdering people in other places as well.

Fun fact, Jessica Fletcher was briefly a guest lecturer at famed murder institution Hudson University. You know, where all the hip young people on Law and Order franchises die.

Anyway, here are your top ten stories of the week!

10. 100 Year Old Lady At Florida School Board Better Patriot Than All Book Banners Put Together

9. Trump Sends Former Michael Cohen Lawyer To Manhattan Grand Jury To Talk Smack About ... Michael Cohen

8. Surely Trump Wants His Followers To 'TAKE OUR NATION BACK' In A Peaceful, Zip-Tie-Free Way

7. Why The Right Can't Define 'Woke'

6. Ron DeSantis Troubled By TRUMP PEENER PORN STAR HUSH MONEY LOL Witch Hunt, So Very Troubled

5. Ron DeSantis Clarifies That Putin Is Bad, Please Put In The Newspaper That He Said Bad

4. Republican Congressman Mad At Fraudulent Nut Milk

3. Is Your Moisturizer Making Daily Wire Hosts Want To Kill People In Front Of You?

2. What's Worse Than A Pile Of Dead Babies And Why Is It Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s Anti-Abortion Monument?

1. Trump's Current Elite Strike Force Of Lawyers Very Elite, Super Strikey

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Welcome To Wonkette Happy Hour, With This Week's Cocktail, The Blood Money!

Aka, Hooper needs to use up the rest of the blood oranges.

Greetings, Wonketeers! I’m Hooper, your bartender. I had a little problem in the aftermath of last week’s blood orange margarita recipe — leftover blood oranges. Some penny candy gave me the inspiration for a ginger blood orange rum concoction, and after some taste-testing I’m more than happy with the result. Let’s make Blood Money cocktails together. Here’s the recipe:

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