LGBTQ

Courts And Kids Block GOP Efforts To Sh*t On Trans People

Gen Z for the win!

These are dark, dark days for the LGBTQ+ community, with the GOP flailing around for a culture war wedge issue, and deciding they'll just call everyone a pedophile and roll the dice. But even as it's all going to shit, there are some bright spots.

On Friday, US District Judge Liles Burke, a Trump appointee, enjoined most of the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, which sought to criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for minors.

"The Act prevents Parent Plaintiffs from choosing that course of treatment for their children by criminalizing the use of transitioning medications to treat gender dysphoria in minors, even at the independent recommendation of a licensed pediatrician," Judge Liles wrote, finding that the law likely infringed on the due process rights of parents and their children.

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Tech

Devin Nunes Pretty Sure Trump Won't Dump Him Once Elon Musk Wrecks Twitter. He's Fine. Totally Fine.

Think positive, little cowpoke!

The news that Elon Musk will let Donald Trump back on Twitter if and when he actually buys the platform has hit Devin Nunes hard. The former congressman-turned-CEO of Trump's Truth Social platform was already crying in his feed about the failure of the MAGA social media venture to topple its bigger rivals. And it had to chap his udders that Trump spent months refusing to post on his own site because “He wants it to be a hit first.”

Last week, Nunes released what SFGate called a "stream of cope" to Fox News's Martha MacCallum on the news that his boss might be getting back together with his one true love.

"Look, we’re very supportive of what Elon is saying," Nunes said. "The question is, will he accomplish what he’s saying, dealing with all the employees, dealing with all the algorithms. But the goal has been for us, for President Trump, is to give the American people their voice back, and open the internet back up, and that's what we're trying to create.

"I would just add, though, I think there's an important point that's lost on people: Truth Social is wide open right now in the Apple app store, and you don’t have to ask anyone’s opinion. There’s no big tech tyrant that can cancel you, you don’t have to go to a billionaire to ask permission. You’re let on: Democrat, Republican, whoever you are. And we’re not going to censor you for political speech, so we are accomplishing what the mission of our company is, which is to get this internet open back up, and we're glad that Elon is saying the right things. Let's see if he backs that up."

It's not yet in the Google store, because it's still a janky piece of crap. And while "there's no big tech tyrant that can cancel you" on Truth Social, there does appear to be someone there banning accounts for such thought crimes as making fun of Devin Nunes.

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Trump

Grand Jury Investigating How Trump Came To Steal All Those Classified Documents

LOCK HIM UP!

Big mazel tov to the stable genius on netting himself a brand spanking new grand jury investigation into his improper handling of classified documents. We always knew you had it in ya, big guy!

In February, the National Archives retrieved 15 boxes of documents and mementos Trump had improperly made off with after voters yeeted him into the Sunshine State. Among the purloined items was a "love letter" from North Korea's Kim Jong Un and a section of Trump's Fuck You Mexico Wall. But it turned out the boxes contained more than Trump's My Favorite Dictators scrapbook and souvenirs of his greatest boondoggles. In fact there were both classified and top secret items in there, too, and so the Republicans immediately called for Trump to be sent to email jail for all eternity.

Haha, we are very silly on Fridays. Republicans shrugged it off and went back to shrieking about whatever daily outrage they were feeding to the rubes back in February. Was it Mr. Potato Head's vagina? Dr. Seuss doing racisms to the First Amendment? Oh, right, they were busy unpersoning Liz Cheney. Fun times!

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January 6

FAFO: Jan. 6 Committee Drops Subpoenas On McCarthy, Jordan, Brooks, Biggs, And Perry

Go ahead and defy the subpoenas. They'll still put all your shit out there in public anyway.

The January 6 Select Committee came out swinging today with subpoenas for five Republican congressmen. If House Leader Kevin McCarthy and Reps. Scott Perry, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, and Mo Brooks don't want to talk voluntarily about their role in the events leading up to the Capitol riot, then let them stand for the precedent that members of Congress can defy a subpoena from their own branch of government. That should come in handy next year when all congressional business will be focused on Hunter Biden Laptopghazi, The Biglyest Political Scandal In History™.

Your Wonkette is under no illusion that these filthy treason weasels are about to go under oath — we might have been born on a Tuesday, but it wasn't last Tuesday. But the subpoenas still matter, if only because they're functionally a trailer for next month's live hearings, and a promise that these assholes and their efforts to undermine American democracy are going to play a starring role.

The letter to McCarthy sent in January requesting a voluntary interview is the longest and has the biggest "Tell Cersei, I want her to know it was me." vibe — presumably because Liz Cheney knows damn well that none of her fellow Republicans save Adam Kinzinger have a shred of integrity, and she wanted her former leadership colleague to know she wasn't going to pull any punches when they inevitably told the Committee to get bent.

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