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So many shootings in our country, Widdershins. So very, very many. And up until now, thanks to the moral bankruptcy and death worship of the Rethuglican Party, we have done nothing about it.

“In addition to a moment of silence, I would like to ask for a moment of action,” said Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, and the chairman of the committee. “A moment of real caring. A moment when we don’t allow others to do what we need to do. Prayer leaders have their important place in this, but we are Senate leaders. What are we doing?”

Even before the recent shootings, Democrats had already begun advancing stricter gun control measures that face long odds in the 50-50 Senate. House Democrats passed two bills this month aimed at expanding and strengthening background checks for gun buyers, by applying them to all gun buyers and extending the time the F.B.I. has to vet those flagged by the national instant check system.

Let me just stress that universal background checks have the support of 84% of the American public. and an assault weapons ban had 67% support in 2019. So this is quite a lot of bipartisan support from our citizens. Yet because of Republican death cultists in Colorado, the assault weapons ban Boulder tried to impose was blocked ten days before the mass shooting.

The city of Boulder, Colo., barred assault weapons in 2018 as a way to prevent mass shootings like the one that killed 17 at a high school in Parkland., Fla., earlier that year.

But 10 days after that ban was blocked in court this month, the city was rocked by its own tragedy: Ten people were killed at a supermarket Monday after a gunman opened fire, law enforcement officials said.

In announcing the arrest Tuesday of the suspected 21-year-old gunman — who has been charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree — investigators determined that the suspect had purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol on March 16, according to the arrest affidavit.

Between the Republican death cultists who refuse to mandate masks and created a Covid-19 crisis of monstrous proportions, and the Republican death cultists who would rather see us slaughtered as we go to school, to houses of worship and to shop for food than to control access to weapons of mass destruction, we Americans have been in Republican crosshairs for decades. And all they do when innocents are murdered in cold blood by domestic terrorists is mouth the once-magic words, “thoughts and prayers.”

It’s a wonder any of us have survived. But we have, and we managed to take control of the government for a brief shining moment. I know we can do better.

We must do better.

Open thread as always.

Before I begin, Widdershins, I want to thank you for your patience. I know we have not been doing our usual posts recently. I hope more people will step up, as Fredster suggested, since there are now just two of us doing the writing (and thank heaven for DYB)! If you want to be added to the roster, feel free to DM me on Twitter or write me at madamab at gmail dot com.

After less than two months of the Biden-Harris presidency (and yes I said that deliberately), there’s an unfamiliar feeling that has started to settle over me.

It’s called peace. And it’s wonderful.

No more being surrounded by insanity, gaslighting and fascism all day, every day, from everywhere. That was taken care of by social media companies after 1/6, when they removed Der Drumpfenfuhrer from every social media platform. The difference was immediately, starkly noticeable.

Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Donald Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.

The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter.

Yes, the noise died down quite a lot when #TheFormerGuy was silenced. But that alone doesn’t give me peace. No, what gives me peace is that day after day, night after night, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the Democrats in Congress and the Cabinet, and so many amazing volunteers, organizers and candidates throughout every state in the Union are working hard to make things better. We don’t just want things not to get worse – we want them to IMPROVE significantly. Turns out, if you elect Democrats, even with a razor-thin majority, that’s exactly the mission they will take on.

Hey Chuck! Nice job on that ARP. Give yourself a pat on the back!

Yes, it turns out that what this nation needed was a rare combination of empathy, experience, inclusivity and – not to put too fine a point on it – money. I think the American people, especially those who insisted that the answer to lifting people out of poverty was TOTALLY NOT CASH, are going to see how incredibly effective it is when the government gives suffering people a helping hand – especially when the government was a huge part of their suffering.

I used to wonder why people who leaned to the right were so against the government spending money to help the poor and middle class. Now I know; it’s not a devotion to some version of deficit hawkism – it’s Raygun’s welfare queen trope write large. Heaven forbid – money could actually go to Black people if we’re not careful! My stars, I can see Senator Graham clutching his pearls right now!

Well, Lady Lindsey might be using his couch to faint because the gummint is actually HELPING people instead of stealing their money and giving it to gross, fat, old, rich, white Republicans – but me? I’m lying on my couch in happy bliss. Because the people running the United States now are true public servants who are working hard, every day, to Build us Back Better. And isn’t that a wonderful feeling?

Open thread as always.

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year…Meh!

When all they have to write about is a Democratic government running smoothly and doing good things.

For almost six years they have had an endless gusher of outrage and horror to drive clicks and views. Der Drumpfenfuhrer was great for the bottom line. If he happened to only do ten terrible things in one day, the media could always dive into his tweets for fresh doses of red meat. Racism! Sexism! Fascism! Incitement to insurrection! Disturbing dictator love letters! They were all there, always there, 24-7, an endlessly regenerating perpetual motion machine of content to feed the perpetual news cycle.

But alas, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are only saving the country from coronavirus by increasing the amount of vaccines by 70% in one month. They are merely nominating the most diverse Cabinet of all time. They are simply holding informative and truthful press briefings every day, repairing the damage Drumpf did to our international relationships, re-entering the Paris Climate Accords, taking action to re-house migrant kids who have been separated from their families, reversing the transgender ban in the Army, creating space for us to mourn our 500,000 dead from COVID-19, and oh yes, live-streaming a dual press conference with Justin Trudeau. Sacre bleu! So, so…how you say…BOH-RING!

There is so little of value to report out of the Biden administration that CNN and all of the other major cable news networks are making sure to include the “other perspective” (aka alternate facts) from the reality they would have preferred: Donald didn’t do anything wrong on January 6!! In alternate fact, maybe he still won! Oh, wouldn’t that have been wonderful for them? Then they could get away with sympathetically reporting on all the Drumpf voters still voting for him despite all the racism, misogyny and fascism – without any pushback from anyone. Those were the days baby! So they keep booking people like Matt Schlapp, a festulent pustule on The Former Guy’s butt, in prime time. Every Sunday they make sure they have “balance.” Gotta somehow get that crazy Nazi itch scratched!

Now some of the media punditry is not playing ball and yearning for the glory days when the Mango Moron was gleefully destroying our democracy every second of every day. Some refuse to pretend they have amnesia and don’t remember that the majority of elected Republicans supported Trump throughout every second of his Reign of Error, including after he incited an insurrection at the Capitol. Some won’t play along with the endless yammering at, and criticizing of Democrats for not being “bipartisan” with people who TRIED TO KILL THEM!

Witness the beauty of Rachel Maddow taking the Thugs to task and calling out their general bad faith. She doesn’t seem to wish Drumpf was back, at all. Huh.

I don’t know what it will take for the media to quit Drumpf, but I will say this: Joe Biden is more popular than Donald ever was. And his policies, such as the American Rescue Plan, are more popular still, And I hope the Powers that Be eventually realize that those pundits and outlets that cater to the majority of Americans who like Biden and hate Donnie, will be proven to be on the right side of history.

Open thread, folks!

It’s amazing. #MoscowMitch McConnell is no longer the Senate Majority Leader. Nothing he does can change that. Yet instead of lying low and playing nice after the horrendous nightmare of 1/6, he has done everything he possibly can to try to bully, threaten and render powerless the incoming Democratic leadership.

It hasn’t worked. In fact, he had to cave on his “filibuster” of the organizing resolution this week, as he saw that Majority Leader Schumer was not going to negotiate. Period.

But somehow, McConnell is still seen as a force to be reckoned with. The Grim Reaper. The scary guy who always wins no matter what. In fact, the press scrambled to declare victory for Mitch despite his obvious fold. He got a commitment from Sinema and Manchin! they stated. He still won!

And Mitch gladly continued their spin.

McConnell warned Tuesday, as he has for months, that getting rid of the filibuster would fundamentally change the way the Senate operates for years to come.

“If the Democratic majority were to attack the filibuster, they would guarantee themselves immediate chaos,” he said. “If this majority went scorched-earth, this body would grind to a halt like we’ve never seen.”

Oh, would it grind to more of a halt than it was in the past 4 years? Is it possible for less than zero good to be done for the country? Because if it is, McConnell just threatened to make it so, Number One.

Now it’s very clear from what Chuck Schumer said that the Democrats have not taken, and will not take, the nuke of the filibuster off the table. But more than that, he said that the filibuster isn’t the point. There are many other ways for Democrats to get things done, and Mitch will not be permitted to dictate the way things go in the Senate from now on.

So what’s going on? Why are journalists ignoring what Democrats are saying and doing right in front of their eyes, and allowing McTurtle to drive the narrative?

I call it the McConnell Myth.

According to the McConnell Myth, he’s always in charge. He’s got things up his sleeve, does Mitch. He’s a master of manipulation, one of the most consequential Majority Leaders in the history of the Senate. He’s always ten steps ahead!

But there’s another point of view on McConnell. He seems to have a complete inability to “read the room,” making it very clear that Republicans have no moral compass, no care for the well-being of the American people and no desire to do the work for which they were elected. He proudly killed 400 bills originated in the Democratic House of Representatives, showed rank hypocrisy and a complete lack of sensitivity when pushing through the horrifyingly unqualified Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and after his Party perpetrated sedition and lost the Presidency, the House and the Senate (in no small part due to his hyper-partisan approach), was his first move to try to distance himself from Drumpf and the Nazis who follow him?

Why, no. His first move was to try to pretend he was still in charge, and it failed spectacularly. And his second move? Voting along with 44 of his closest Republican Senator friends to say that the current impeachment of Drumpf was unconstitutional, because Drumpf is no longer in office (praise the Goddess!). Why is the trial happening now instead of when Drumpf was in office? Because McConnell wouldn’t let it happen. And is there any chance Americans won’t remember that? No, there isn’t – because it was less than three weeks ago!

Speaking of us Murkins – how is all this playing across America? Well, as we know the Rethugs lost power across the board in 2020, so that’s not a vote of confidence by any means. But their personal nightmare is just beginning, as Americans continue to reject them and their agenda.

Wouldn’t a smart, strategic former Majority Leader understand that his best chance to try to reclaim his tattered reputation is to kick the Mango Moron to the curb?

Mitch McConnell is not smart. He is not strategic. He is just amoral and willing to do anything to retain power. And now, inevitably, he has none.

Take the discussion where you’d like!

Dear Donald…

Love and light to all of us today, Widdershins. Let us hope that we make it through whatever evil has been planned or conceived to be wrought upon this occasion of pure joy and hope.

Because it should be nothing but joy and hope. It should be an occasion we are all unequivocally celebrating. We should all be drunk on champagne at noon ET. But we can’t let out our collective breaths till we know our President, Madam Vice President Kamala, and new Senators Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock and Alex Padilla are sworn in.

Please, Goddess, please let the inauguration happen without another horror being perpetrated. Please. I don’t think we can take any more.

Open thread of course.


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