2020 presidential election

Orlando Sentinel Takes Back Endorsement Of Dipsh*t GOP Congressman, Because Of The Seditious Treason

It's a shame, we loved Michael Waltz in Inglourious Basterds.

The Orlando Sentinel announced in an editorial today that, despite endorsing him in the general election, it has no choice but to break up with Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Florida), after Waltz joined eight other Florida Republicans in supporting the unbelievably dumb Texas lawsuit aimed at overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election. The Sentinel's editorial board apologized to readers for endorsing Waltz, explaining that the editors "had no way of knowing at the time, that Waltz was not committed to democracy," adding that they clearly hadn't vetted Waltz thoroughly enough.

During our endorsement interview with the incumbent congressman, we didn't think to ask, "Would you support an effort to throw out the votes of tens of millions of Americans in four states in order to overturn a presidential election and hand it to the person who lost, Donald Trump?"

Our bad.

But don't worry, the editorial went on, that sort of question is likely to become a standard part of election endorsements now, since voters will probably want to know in advance whether candidates — especially Republican ones — actually agree that Americans should choose their leaders by electing them instead of by throwing out election results that don't favor the party in power. We should definitely know that before we keep any of these people in office.

Haha, as if voters' preferences matter! That's the whole point, isn't it?

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Nice Time

Supreme Court Does Good Thing For Trans Kids, So ... Surprise!

They did it by doing nothing. Do nothing more, Trump-infected SCOTUS!

Our fascist Supreme Court did something good?!

We're as surprised as you are, but yes, yes they did. (Well, technically, they did nothing, but in this case nothing was a good thing!)

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied cert in Parents for Privacy v. Barr, rejecting an appeal from transphobic parents in Dallas School District No. 2 in Oregon. The parents were challenging a school district policy intended to accommodate and protect the civil rights of trans students.

The Court's dismissal of the appeal leaves in place the western Oregon school district's policy that allowed a male transgender student to use the bathroom and locker room that corresponded with his gender identity.

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Journalism

Fox News A Festival Of Batsh*t As Republicans Hide From Regular Sunday Shows

It's your Sunday show rundown!

Trump, the enemy of the free peoples of the United States, has been defeated, though he refuses to admit that.

But with Trump's defeat and a lame duck session until Inauguration Day, the Sunday shows continue. This week on the Sunday shows, there was a huge absence of Republicans, as Chuck Todd noted on "Meet The Press":

TODD: [Joe] Biden has matched President Trump's 306 to 232 electoral vote margin of four years ago. The President refuses to concede, just reiterated again on social media. And Republicans have either backed his false claims of fraud or have remained silent. We invited every single Republican senator to appear on Meet the Press this morning. They all declined.

So with a president that refuses to concede, other than accidentally before taking it back, the crazy and stupid retreated to their safe space: Fox News. More specifically to the safest of harbors, Maria Bartiromo's "Sunday Morning Futures," considering how even Fox News has angered their mob by sorta kinda barely reporting facts.

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Culture Wars

Dear Justice Alito, Please Stop Whining, By A Doktor Of Rhetoric

Someone else having freedom doesn't make you not free. There, done.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gave a speech Thursday night to the Federalist Society's annual National Lawyers Convention, a chance for aggrieved rightwing lawyers to be aggrieved all together about the sorry state of Liberty. Spoiler: It's endangered, as always — but not how you might think! There was no concern for a peaceful transfer of power in a democratic nation — perhaps because we are a republic. Instead, Alito fulminated about the "previously unimaginable restrictions on religious liberty" resulting from the wide deference given state and local leaders to issue orders aimed at controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, fretted that such orders undermine the power of the legislative branch, and complained that responses to the pandemic were unduly worshipful of "experts." And of course he worried, as he did in his dissent to the Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized marriage equality, that Teh Gayz had completely taken over America and stifled free speech for heteros.

This Washington Post piece has a nice rundown of Alito's many grievances, most of which involved the alleged persecution of conservatives like his rightwing colleagues who will now control the Cour, and much of the federal judiciary, for decades to come. If you want video and a transcript of Alito's remarks, the full mess is at the libertarian organ Reason, with the added benefit of a Cato Institute dude hopping in to enumerate Alito's points, like so: "Fourteenth, he turned to the Freedom of Speech." Which is actually the onlienth point we'll be rolling our eyes at here.

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