Montana Anti-Vaxx Law: 'Religious Exemption' For Masks But Not For 'Not Letting Kids Die In Your Own Home'

Last night, being an employer domiciled in the state of Montana, I received an email from the state Department of Labor. It was a link to Frequently Asked Questions about HB 702, signed into law this spring by Gov. Greg Gianforte, banning "discrimination" against unvaccinated people in public accommodation (your hotels, restaurants, public facing businesses) and employment (all employers). It is, not hilariously, part of Montana's "Human Rights Act," which does not bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or against trans children, but now protects a class of people who ain't wanna get vaccinated, whether against COVID-19 or the measles.

Well, being both an employer of people and a reader of things, I read that FAQ. And while I was aware this bill had been passed and signed into law, there were so very many batshit things introduced in our biennial legislative session, there was literally no way to keep track of them.

See those nine pages? There were 50 bills on each.

And reading that FAQ, I noticed something: While an employer — including a hospital or other healthcare facility — cannot "discriminate" against the new protected class of "unvaccinated people," it can require those folks to wear masks, if they require everyone to wear masks, and as long as they have an exemption for "sincerely held religious beliefs." You know, all those sincerely held religious beliefs against wearing a piece of cloth on your face holes so you don't breathe germs on sick people, during a global pandemic.

And this was the GOOD version of the bill; it added an exemption for nursing homes and let schools continue to require a TB test.

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Everybody Hates Trump's Total Loser Candidates, Especially Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell has a problem. And as Politico Playbook reports this morning, it is all these losers Donald Trump endorses, or who cling to Trump like he's a gun or a Bible, but then lose their general elections after winning their primaries, or run a high risk of doing that. It's an ongoing problem, for Mitch, one that's only getting worse.

Just this week, Trump endorsed Susan Wright in the special runoff election for Texas's Sixth District, pushed to do so by the wingnut Club for Growth. Wright is the widow of the congressman who died of COVID, thereby surrendering his seat in Congress. She lost. Trump is declaring victory, of course.

Trump people are now very worried that the knucklefuck he picked for a special primary race in Ohio next week might lose to one of the other knucklefucks in the running, including one backed by Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul, whose PAC is spending beaucoups dollarbucks on the contest. As Politico notes, the Ohio race is a Republican primary, which means only Republicans will be voting, as opposed to the special Texas runoff, which was a general election where even Democrats were allowed to vote. Does the endorsement of the lazy-ass twice-impeached election-losing loser mean nothing these days? We'll see!

But again, Mitch McConnell, he has this problem, and it is that the people Trump endorses are batshit, and also the people who attach themselves like leeches to the cavernous folds of Trump's buttocks are batshit.

This is VERY messing up McConnell's plans for the Senate.

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Trump Declares Flawless Victory In Runoff His Endorsed Candidate Lost

Yesterday, Wonkette brought you a tale as old as time. Donald Trump endorsed a person named Susan Wright in the special GOP runoff to fill the seat of late GOP Rep. Ron Wright, in Texas's Sixth District. Susan Wright is Ron Wright's widow. The other candidate, Jake Ellzey, won.

Now Donald Trump, of course, is declaring victory. He seems to have this thing with thinking second place is the real winner. He's of course doing it to save face, because he's too weak and prideful to just admit his candidate lost. For evidence, please see every day of American history since November 3, 2020.

Trump talked to Axios about his feelings. He said the leader of the wingnut Club For Growth, David McIntosh, had pushed him to support Susan Wright. He said it was the Democrats' fault what happened. (You know, those Democrats, with their voting and like such as!)

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Trump Fails To Ruin Democrats’ Bipartisan Infrastructure Week

Everybody rejoice! The Senate voted to move ahead Wednesday on a bipartisan infrastructure deal, and you know the best thing about the deal? It's bipartisan! The Democrats theoretically control the House and Senate, and they could've passed something epic with just their vaccinated, non-seditious members. But that wouldn't qualify as bipartisanship. No deal, no matter how good for the American people, is worth passing without input from the party that twice acquitted Donald Trump and blocked a bipartisan investigation into the January 6 attack on the Capitol. These are people you can trust!

Although Republicans yanked away the football last week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was cautiously optimistic that at least 10 Republicans senators would come through, and ultimately 17 defied the former White House squatter, who tried to tank the deal at the last minute out of spite — his primary motivation for everything. He even threatened primaries against members of his own party because they want to build roads.

President Joe Biden was clearly thrilled. The 17 Republicans who supported the deal more than double the eight who voted to overturn the election a few months ago. He's making progress.

"This deal signals to the world that our democracy can function, deliver, and do big things," Biden said ahead of the vote. "As we did with the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway, we will once again transform America and propel us into the future."
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9 New Paperbacks You Won't Be Able To Put Down Because Of All The Glue. Tabs, Tues., Aug. 3, 2021

Come and get your Tabs!

Gunther Hashida is the third police officer to take his life after facing off against Donald Trump's mob during the January 6 Capitol attack. President Law and Order will likely never say his name. (The Daily Beast)

Shortly after scheduling this post, Kyle DeFreytag became the fourth officer at the Capitol attack to take his life. Damn. (WUSA)

The eviction moratorium is set to expire. Amanda Marcotte at Salon explains why that's such a moral failure for the country. (Salon)

Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina has tested positive for COVID-19. His symptoms would be far worse if he wasn't fully vaccinated — a distinction that rightwing media won't make when reporting on his condition. (CNBC)

I'm fair enough to give Graham credit for this tweet. Whatever it takes to improve South Carolina's vaccination rates.

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Mike Flynn's Brother Cured His Covid With Horse Pills, America Is Canceled

We had a good run.

Sure, we all know Michael Flynn is a raging idiot. But have you met his family? No?

Hey, SPOILER ALERT, they are also idiots too. Like, really, really fucking stupid.

Friends, meet Joseph Flynn, one of the retired general's many siblings. Here he is with Flynn taking the QAnon oath -- or just reciting a longtime Flynn family chant, according to another Flynn brother! -- last year on the 4th of July. Guess he's one of the white dudes who isn't Michael? Whatever.

Not pictured: Gen. Charles Flynn, whom the government insisted had nothing to do with the Army's slow response to the rioters on January 6, before backtracking and admitting he was totally in the room where it happened.

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