Republicans Are The Lannisters Of American Politics

It's your very 'Game Of Thrones' Sunday show rundown.

The HBO series "Game Of Thrones" dominated television until it ended with mixed feelings in 2019. Despite the sword and sorcery elements, the series managed to engage a wide audience through its political intrigue as the ruling houses schemed to win everything.

One of those houses, the Lannisters, was rich, incestuous and ruthless — similar to the Republican Party except Republicans have few if any of the Lannisters' positive traits.

The Lannisters, Unlike The Republicans, "Always Pay Their Debts"

The Lannisters' unofficial motto of "A Lannister always pay his debts" is a fine financial position but also a warning to enemies that they will always settle the score. While Republicans certainly settle their political scores, keeping a promise for repayment is more tenuous, which Republican Rep. Byron Donalds from Florida demonstrated on NBC's "Meet The Press."

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Rural America Gonna Get Woke Clean Energy Dollars. Thanks A Lot, Joe Biden!

Rural utilities won't even have to teach CRT, so it's quite the deal.

The Biden administration is rolling out another part of its effort to speed up America's transition to renewable energy, announcing Tuesday that $11 billion in grants and loans are now available to rural areas to ditch old inefficient fossil fuel plants and replace them with affordable clean energy.

The aid comes in the form of two Department of Agriculture programs: The "Empowering Rural America" or “New ERA” program will provide $9.7 billion in grants for rural electric cooperatives to "deploy renewable energy systems, zero-emission and carbon capture systems," and the "Powering Affordable Clean Energy" (PACE) loan program that will provide another billion dollars in partly forgivable loans to a range of rural and tribal energy entities to "help finance large-scale solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower projects and energy storage in support of renewable energy systems."

The administration has been very diligent in pointing out that this is the biggest federal investment in rural energy infrastructure since Franklin D. Roosevelt's Rural Electrification Act in 1936, although the announcements have also been fairly careful not to put the words "green" and "New Deal" anywhere near each other.

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Wise Sentient Spider Convinces Supreme Court To Uphold California Anti-Cruelty Law


The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a California law aimed at reducing cruelty in meat production, in a decision holding that California can indeed require that pork sold in the state come from pigs born from sows who have enough room to both turn around and lie down. The pork industry had fought the law, pointing out that California produces almost no pork itself, but consumes about 13 percent of all the pork eaten in this great pork-eating nation. In essence, the pork producers argued that California violated the Constitution's commerce clause by passing a law whose burden falls almost entirely on farms in other states. But because it doesn't give California or any other state an unfair competitive advantage, among other things, the majority decided California's law is kosher, even though it concerns meat that's treyf.

In a narrow 5 to 4 decision that scrambled the usual partisan lineup of justices, Neil Gorsuch, whom you'd usually expect to line up obediently with corporate interests, wrote, "While the Constitution addresses many weighty issues, the type of pork chops California merchants may sell is not on that list." Liberal justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan agreed only partly with Gorsuch's decision, which they believed claimed too limited a role for the Court to take in such cases; Sotomayor wrote in a partial concurrence that the pork producers had at the very least failed to show "a substantial burden on interstate commerce," so they lose, neener neener. (We paraphrase slightly.)

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Lowest Unemployment Since 1969? Far Out, Man!

Just don't shout 'Well turn it up man!' at the Federal Reserve.

The monthly jobs numbers from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics show the US added another 253,000 nonfarm jobs in April, continuing a jobs growth trend that's been pretty steady throughout the Biden administration. The job growth outperformed Wall Street forecasts of 180,000 new jobs, CNBC reports. The unemployment rate edged lower by a couple points, from 3.6 percent in March to 3.4 percent in April, tying January of this year for the record for the lowest unemployment rate since May 1969. Not only that, but Black unemployment is the lowest in our nation's history. To celebrate, let's play Gil Scott-Heron's "Whitey on the Moon" again, even if we're a couple months early for that anniversary.


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