Some shit that went down today, September 13th, 2017: Day 237


Congress passes resolution calling on DT to condemn hate groups.DT nominates conservative Texas lawyer who has pushed for less regulation of money in politics to the Federal Election Commission.Bernie Sanders introduces plan for universal healthcare.La…

Study: Trump fans are much angrier about housing assistance when they see an image of a black man


Study: Trump fans are much angrier about housing assistance when they see an image of a black man:

I’m sure these are the same folks who argue that they are colorblind.

“Extreme weather occurrences exacerbated by climate change? Not time to talk about climate change….”


“Extreme weather occurrences exacerbated by climate change? Not time to talk about climate change. Mass shooting at a school full of children? Not time to talk about guns. Terrorist attack in America by a white man? Don’t politicize this. Terrorist attack in another country by someone who isn’t white? We must ban all people from this religion immediately or we will be unsafe.”

DEMAND TOWN HALLS DURING THE AUGUST RECESS


The House of Representatives is scheduled for Congressional Recess from July 29th through September 5th, and the Senate is scheduled for recess from August 7th through September 5th. This time is allotted for Members of Congress to work and engage with constituents in the states and districts they represent. It is also the perfect time for them to hold public town halls and hear the concerns of their constituents live and in person.

Your representatives work for you: you should have regular opportunities to discuss their positions, the platforms of their parties, and how their legislative agendas will affect you and those close to you. Town halls are a critical tool for holding representatives accountable for their actions and ensuring that these men and women, who spend much of their time outside of their home states, are hearing the needs and concerns of their constituents in person.

Call your reps and find out where/when your town hall will be, then reblog with that info so others can reference. If a rep refuses to hold a town hall, put them on blast and consider an in-office meeting to discuss your concerns. A database is being created, though incomplete, take a look here

On Sunday July 2nd, New York Magazine reported that Senate…


On Sunday July 2nd, New York Magazine reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked the Congressional Budget Office to score two revised versions of the BCRA. Topher Spiro, Vice President for Health Policy and a Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at American Progress tweeted Sunday morning that this is a “code red” alert for those concerned about the bill passing, adding that Republicans are “close to a deal.” Although last week’s procedural vote was delayed it’s imperative that we flood the lines, securing NO votes and reaching undecideds. Since McConnell has invoked Rule 14 in order to make the bill eligible for a floor vote without committee markup, the bill is on the fast-track to passing, without debate, without experts weighing, without ample time for the public and experts to review the CBO score. Because they are using a process called reconciliation to fast-track the bill, Republicans only need 51 votes, rather than the usual 60. However, the tradeoff is that they must allow an unlimited number of amendments to the bill during the vote-a-rama. This presents an opportunity for Dems to get creative. If Dems file thousands and thousands of amendments and call for a vote on each, they could hold off the bill in perpetuity. This week, call Republican senators (and their health care legislative assistant – list above) who are undecided and let them know you oppose the bill, and call Democratic senators and remind them that you want them to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to delay the vote on the bill.

Neil Gorsuch Is Everything Liberals Feared—and More


Neil Gorsuch Is Everything Liberals Feared—and More:

“When Trump first nominated Gorsuch, I was relieved he hadn’t picked an outright lunatic, and I felt cautiously optimistic that Gorsuch might be less of a hard-line conservative than liberals believed. I was wrong. Gorsuch is the worst kind of justice. He is a reactionary who dresses up his cruel, antediluvian views in folksy charm; who professes restraint while espousing extreme, sweeping views; who has no sympathy for vulnerable minorities but believes Christians are being oppressed. And he will guide the course of the law for the next 30 years or more. He is a catastrophe for proponents of civil rights and equal justice. And his influence over the court only stands to grow… This country is in terrible trouble.

The Bullshitter-in-Chief


The Bullshitter-in-Chief:

As the Princeton University philosophy professor Harry Frankfurt put it in a famous essay, to lie presumes a kind of awareness of and interest in the truth — and the goal is to convince the audience that the false thing you are saying is in fact true. Trump, more often than not, isn’t interested in convincing anyone of anything. He’s a bullshitter who simply doesn’t care.

Some shit that went down today, May 30th, 2017: Day 131