Don't Watch 'Housewives'? Not Sure Who Jennie Nguyen Even Is? We've Got You Covered.

Some of you, perhaps, have been looking at your trending sidebars for the last couple days going "Who the hell is Jennie Nguyen and what is it I am supposed to know about her?"

Well, as Wonkette's resident "Real Housewives" fan, I've got you covered. You are welcome. And not only can you not judge me for my choices here because Meryl Streep and Michelle Obama also watch, but now that it's seeped into the actual, regular news cycle, it looks like it's came in handy after all.

I'm not gonna lie, I have actually been dying to write something up about the "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" here, because there really has been a shocking overlap with everything I cover. We've got Mormons and ex-Mormons. We've got Mary Cosby, a maybe cult leader who married her own step-grandfather, is being accused of using church funds to fund her massive closet full of couture and, uh, has a way with storytelling.

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Now The School Censors Have Come For Maus

Content warning: suicide, the Holocaust, small-minded censorship

The school board in McMinn County, Tennessee, voted unanimously earlier this month to ban Art Spiegelman's Maus, a Holocaust memoir in graphic novel form, from its eighth-grade Language Arts classes. The vote took place on January 10, but only started getting media attention yesterday — and the attention blew up immediately.

No surprise there: Maus is a uniquely brilliant work of storytelling in comics form, a memoir of Spiegelman's father's survival of the Holocaust and of the fraught relationship between Spiegelman and his father, Vladek. Spiegelman turns comic-book cliché on its head, depicting Jews as mice and Germans as cats, and telling his father's story with the scrupulous accuracy of a biographer. It was the first graphic novel (although let's be clear; it's nonfiction) to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize, and played a huge role in making clear that comics can be very serious works for grown-ups. Millions of people have been moved by Maus's depictions of the Holocaust and of generational trauma.

The McMinn County School Board banned it because it contained eight curse words and "naked pictures." More about that in a moment.

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Justice Breyer Gives Democrats One Less Thing To Freak Out About

It's about bloody time! Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has informed President Joe Biden that he intends to retire when the current term ends in June, NBC was first to report this morning.

The 83-year-old justice was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994, and is the longest serving member of the Court. He's faced major pressure to give up his seat, particularly in light of the Democrats' tenuous 50-50 hold on the Senate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held Justice Antonin Scalia's seat open for upwards of a year to deprive Barack Obama of an appointment, and you know damn well if he were Majority Leader again, he'd be delighted to have a 6-2 conservative majority for the rest of President Biden's term.

And while we're not going to say anything bad about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we will note that some people criticized her for not stepping down in 2013, when she was a sprightly 80 and Democrats controlled the White House and the Senate. Now her seat is filled by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who is 49. And that is ... sub-ideal.

With enormous respect for Justice Breyer, who has been a liberal stalwart, THANK U NEXT.

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Intel, GM Investing Big Time In US Manufacturing, What Was That About Biden's Terrible Economy?

The Biden-Harris administration took a moment last week to tout a great big investment in US manufacturing by the Intel corporation, which plans to spend some $20 billion to build the world's largest semiconductor factory in New Albany, Ohio, a suburb of the state capital, Columbus. The White House statement said the deal reflects its commitment to reenergizing US manufacturing, particularly in solving the computer chip shortage that has hindered the recovery from the pandemic recession and contributed to inflation. (The statement points out that a full third of the annual increase in inflation last year was due to higher car prices, which were driven by the lack of microchips that go into everydamnthing in modern cars.)

The Ohio Intel plant will create 7,000 construction jobs, plus 3,000 permanent jobs at Intel. It also helps that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sweetened the deal by passing special tax cuts for "megaproject" job creators; the Columbus Dispatch says DeWine hasn't shared many specifics about other incentives that may have enticed Intel to Ohio.

President Joe Biden is also urging Congress to pass legislation to strengthen US research and development, in semiconductors and other parts of the supply chain, specifically, the "US Innovation and Competition Act," which passed in the Senate last June but is currently still being discussed in a House-Senate conference committee. It's expected to get a vote soonish.

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Welcome To Wonkette Happy Hour, With This Week's Cocktail, The Tijuana Breakfast!

As warm as a hug from your abuela.

Greetings, Wonketeers! I’m Hooper, your bartender. It’s ugly cold out here in Ohio. It’s time for another warm cocktail. This time, we’re making a killer non-alcoholic beverage, adding some tequila with some odds and ends, and dreaming of warmer days. Let’s make a Tijuana Breakfast. Here’s the recipe.

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Wingnuts Discuss Biden Supreme Court Pick About As Calmly As You'd Expect

They'll have to deal with it, we guess.

Joe Biden's intention to choose a Black woman to replace Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court seems unlikely to face any serious opposition in the Senate, according to Politico, because until January — and beyond we hope — Democrats hold the Senate, and there simply aren't many procedural tricks available to Republicans, just as Democrats had little ability to block the steamroller confirmation of Amy Conehead Barrett in 2020. And even when that nominee takes her place on the Court, Republicans will still have the same supermajority they had, thanks to Mitch McConnell's infinite shittiness.

That doesn't mean rightwing media has any intention of remaining calm about any of this. There may be no real way to block whomever Biden nominates, but that's no reason not to lovingly stroke the lizard-brain fear reflexes of the Trumpy base, because how can anyone but a white male jurist be the best choice for the job? Here's the predictably spitty Ben Shapiro griping that ultimately it doesn't matter so much that Biden is making an "affirmative action" choice, because after all, whatever A Democratic nominee's race or gender, they'll be a Marxist hater of America and all that's good and holy:


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Pennsylvania Court Decides Mail-In Voting Is Illegal Now That Democrats Are Doing It

The thing about giving something to voters is that they get kinda pissed when you try and take it away.

"Big news out of Pennsylvania, great patriotic spirit is developing at a level that nobody thought possible. Make America Great Again!" screeched the former president on his MyFakeTwitterbook page. The "News Alert" was captioned "ICYMI: 'Court ruling puts mail-in voting on hold in Pennsylvania'" and linked to a local Fox affiliate's story on a decision handed down this morning by Pennsylvania's appellate court.

Clearly he didn't read the article, which states that "Joe Biden won the election over Donald Trump by 80,000 votes." And he probably didn't read the case, either, judging by the vague wording of the "alert" itself.

What really happened is that the three Republicans on a five-judge panel struck down Act 77, the 2019 statute which allowed for no-excuse absentee ballots, finding that it violates the Pennsylvania constitution. If they were animated by great patriotic spirit at a level nobody thought possible, they made no mention of it.

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