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Who is absolutely THE WORST Republican governor in U.S. America? Oh all of 'em, Katie? Correct! But Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is trying super hard to be even more THE WORST than all the others combined. As if it weren't bad enough that he bankrupted the state with tax cuts for the rich that work as well as unicorn farts, he would like to make his state even more broke, for the unborned babies. Earlier this month, Brownback signed into law SB 95, a bill written by the "pro-life" National Right to Life Committee to ban essentially all second-term abortions by inventing the term "dismemberment abortion" and then saying "that's mean and gross, you can't do that." And because this is a blatantly unconstitutional law, it's going to cost Kansas a truckload of dollars it does not have. Fiscal conservatism, for the win:


[State] attorney general Derek Schmidt told lawmakers there that defending the radical law against the almost certain legal challenges to come could cost the state as much as $450,000, according to the Associated Press.

The attorney general’s office is requesting up to $50,000 by the end of June, as the anti-choice law will go into effect July 1. Schmidt said another $100,000 to $200,000 for the rest of the fiscal year, and up to $200,000 more for the following fiscal year, could be required to defend the medically unnecessary law.

Nearly half a million bucks to fight in court about whether it's OK to ban abortion when we already know that it is not? What a wise use of taxpayer funds. But how in the world will Kansas come up with the money, when it's already in deep financial trouble? Hmm, maybe the state can save some pennies by prohibiting people on welfare from spending their money on Caribbean cruises and fancy panties? Nope, already did that. Perhaps raising taxes to disproportionately hurt the poors, to offset those unaffordable tax cuts for the rich? Aw nuts, already got that one in the hopper. Perhaps it could auction off some more state-seized sexytime toys? Gonna need to sell a whole lot of dildos to fill that growing budget hole.

But don't worry, Kansas, your dickhead governor is going to figure out how to balance your budget immediately. Or as soon as he finishes his victory tour:

On Tuesday, the governor traveled to four different cities across Kansas to reenact the signing of SB 95 in public ceremonies that teenagers could attend. The events took place at a Catholic church education building and three Catholic high schools.

That sounds like a fun field trip for the governor to take, traveling around to visit the state's Catholic teens and be all "This is how I full-on signed that bill, like this" over and over again. Definitely not a waste of time and money. Also, not a downright dickish thing to do. Ha, just kidding, it is super dickish because that's Gov. Brownback for you. As abortion provider Julie Burkhart said, "Reenacting this bill signing in front of children is not only a publicity stunt, but also spreads hate and disrespect." And Burkhart ought to know because she used to work with Dr. George Tiller, before he was assassinated in his church -- right there in Kansas -- by a "pro-lifer." Burkhart is an expert on abortion and also on how Kansas is pretty much ground zero for violence against abortion providers because of its culture of hate and disrespect toward women and their doctors, thanks to "pro-lifers" like Gov. Brownback. So yeah, bragging all over the state about how he heroically saved all those babies from "dismemberment" doesn't help. At all.

But maybe once he's done visiting the schools he isn't shutting down because of how he blew the state's budget, he'll get to work and stop trying to make life hell for everyone who doesn't have a super-rich penis. And hey, there goes another unicorn right now!

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I'd mentioned this week that there's definitely probably a tape out there of Donald Trump referring to a black person as a "nigger," because Trump is a racist and that's sort of what they do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't even affirmatively deny such a tape exists, and she's from the "two plus two equals five" school of communications management. I also speculated that once the tape was released, Republican supporters of the president would flock to defend his vile words: "Hey, if you rearrange the letters in "nigger," you get "ginger" and who doesn't like redheads and the occasional Dark 'n' Stormy?"

The shameful display has already started and the supposed recording isn't even available for pre-order on iTunes. George State Senator Michael Williams stated in appearance on CNN's "New Day Saturday" that if Trump -- who's the president, by the way -- did say "nigger," it would certainly concern him as an "individual" but "not necessarily as a person that is running our country." So, uh, what the hell is that? This has been a standard argument from Republicans ever since Trump crawled his way out of the sewers of birtherism and onto a major political stage: "We think Trump is a terrible human being -- seriously, we have to shower immediately after meeting with him -- but we still think he's a suitable steward of the most powerful nation on the planet."

Normally, you'd think this would work the other way. You know, your brother-in-law is a nice enough guy. Your sister certainly could've done worse. You don't mind the slightly rambling sports-ball discussions with him at family gatherings. He's good for looking after the kids (as long as your sister is present or reachable by cell), but you'd never invest your hard-earned money into whatever half-assed business venture he's trying to get off the ground nor would you back his run for any serious political office.

I've long had issues with the "brilliant asshole" archetype in TV and movies. It's almost always a white male (because women and minorities must be perfect) whose emotional immaturity and overall jerkass behavior we're told to overlook because they're so goshdarned awesome. Do you want some PC "cuck" or do you want Dr. House to figure out that the MS symptoms you're suffering are really just because you ate a stale doughnut? Sherlock Holmes doesn't have time for your feelings or social niceties -- not while he's solving mysteries and being dreamy.

Trump, however, isn't "brilliant." He's just a guy who says "nigger." They're hardly a scarcity in the market. You don't even have to venture out to a klan rally to find one. You can order online -- same day social media delivery.

Williams argues that Trump didn't use the word "nigger" when he was in the "office of the president." It was just some youthful indiscretion when he was almost 60. I don't even know where he's going with this. Does he think Trump has changed? He routinely insults and belittles black people. He also calls black NFL players who peacefully protest "sons of bitches." Was that his way of weaning off calling us "niggers"? Has he been wearing a "nigger" patch on his arm to control his cravings for the racial epithet?

"He used the word in his personal life," Williams said. (It was actually in a workplace context -- SER) "Now if he were president and were to go on TV and use the n-word, I'd have a major problem with that."

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It's heartening repulsive to see that Williams draws the line at Trump holding an official "nigger" press conference. I think once we reach that point, Trump will probably also reveal that his buddies on the Supreme Court discovered a typo in the Thirteenth Amendment and black folks' work-life balance will start to really suffer.

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Blackwell, who is black, had to sit there and listen to this crap from a white elected official who is just 45 years old. You know, the word "nigger" doesn't even appear in the Dred Scott decision, for example, but that's not necessary for reasonable people to understand that it was racist as hell. We all know Trump is racist, but now Republicans can't even repudiate the worst demonstrations of his racial animus. The first black president hasn't even been out of office for two full years and already "nigger" is being redefined. What would once end a campaign in its tracks when Blackwell and I were growing up is now just an "oops, my bad."

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Conservatives want to be oppressed. Or, rather, for everyone to think they are being oppressed and to then give them what they see as the impunity and moral upper hand that comes along with being an oppressed group of people. They want it very, very badly and think it is very unfair that all the people they have oppressed have this privilege and they do not. This morning, Trump took to Twitter to vow to protect them from the worst kind of oppression of all -- imaginary social media censorship!

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