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Attorney, Project Manager, Poet, Parent, and someone trying to figure out life as I go. he/him
Dec 10, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
The DC Court of Appeals opinion released today that shoots down Trump’s increasingly frivolous executive privilege claim is another excellent piece of legal writing and reasoning. Worth a full read if you have time, but distillation follows here. (Thread)… First, the upshot: Trump has no right to have his documents withheld. He has 14 days to appeal, and he will, to the Supreme Court. While the Court has a disturbingly partisan streak right now, bowing to a wholly specious argument seems a bridge too far for most of the Justices.
Dec 9, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
This is an interesting article, and not wrong, but I think it’s a little beside the point. Whether Biden is treated better or worse by the press, he is simply a qualitatively different president from Trump.… The press should be an active force to reveal the truth in our cities, states, nation, and world. They don’t owe it to any politician to be positive or “nice.” The problem is that they are continuing to treat this as merely opposing political forces with different ideals.
Nov 29, 2021 12 tweets 2 min read
For those who believe voting doesn’t matter, because “both parties are the same,” “there’s no real difference,” or some version of this, I get it. You want to see a difference in your life, and don’t care about squabbles in D.C. But there are critical differences. (Thread) 1. Republicans want you to believe government doesn’t work, so it should just be Freedom, O.K. Corral style. Democrats want to create laws and policies that make government work to help people.
Nov 28, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
The most obvious kind of bias in media is one-sided bias: outlets like Fox News and Newsmax skewing facts or just blatantly lying to viewers to serve a political interest. But there is also a bias in reputable sources to treat opposing sides as having equal value—true or not. This doesn’t necessarily come from a nefarious place. Media sources whose brand isn’t positioned as right-wing mouthpieces benefit from being perceived as “fair.” But when they seek that perception by ignoring or misrepresenting facts, that’s a problem too.
Nov 27, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
Tonight’s #FridayLimericks seek to take pointless distraction @laurenboebert off the media’s hands. #LimerickRhyme

When Boebert is handed a mic,
All the babbling and screeching will spike.
Lauren’s words have no use
(Save linguistic abuse),
But this moron just won’t take a hike. Need a guide? Here’s a good rule of thumb:
At her best, Boebert’s words are just dumb.
Lauren’s Brandon dress hit?
A derivative bit;
Lady even throws shade like a bum.…
Nov 23, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
As the GOP claims it is fighting for “freedom,” it’s worth noting that everything they put out there is about either taking something away or refusing to provide something. Let’s take a look. (Thread) Their notion of parental freedom in education involves removing books and ideas from the classroom. Some parents don’t want their kids to understand that LGBTQ people are real, or that slavery existed and was a blight on humanity. So they want to take it away from everyone.
Nov 22, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
When a major storm hits, it takes time to rebuild—even without people actively working to undermine the rebuilding efforts. All of this starts with the foundations, with making sure the structure is sound to support everything else that has to rise up around it. Getting DeJoy out matters, and everyone crying out for his removal was right to do so. But removing him the right way, following the rules in place, matters. We want to (and must) undo the damage of today’s GOP, but rushing through the process and cutting corners is dangerous.
Nov 22, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
The cold, hard truth of the matter: not one politician or media personality creating or spreading posts supporting Kyle Rittenhouse gives a damn about Kyle Rittenhouse. He killed two people, wounded another, and became a pawn. If he was guilty, they’d gleefully make him a martyr. Since he was found not guilty, he becomes a “win” for those calling themselves “conservative,” a tool for people who elevate the right of white conservatives to shoot people above the value of human life. For those enemies, foreign and domestic, who seek to divide a country.
Oct 18, 2021 11 tweets 2 min read
As various media outlets report breathlessly on a Biden White House mired in a multitude of “crises,” it’s worth taking a step back to look at the nation he took over and the tasks ahead. We should hold him accountable, but that accounting should be more than a current snapshot. I have often talked about Biden’s initial task as being that of Janitor-in-Chief, cleaning up messes first, but it’s more than that. As he works to lift the nation up, the prior administration’s incompetence and sabotage mean he has to climb from some steep deficits.
Oct 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
This is a great example of the problems of conflating religious beliefs with political parties. The FRC and similar groups are mere political organizations. However they may have once seen themselves, they are using politics for fiscal gain.… I support anyone’s right to practice religion—be if Christianity, Judaism, Islam, or whatever. If your spirituality brings peace to your soul, that is a positive for you and for the world around you. But this political religiosity operation is not that.
Sep 4, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Friday night limericks go out tonight to the always concerned @SenatorCollins:

Susan Collins would have us believe
She’s a moderate-leaning reprieve.
When she gives her next speech
She’ll bemoan and beseech—
And continue her drive to deceive. Susan claimed she would help protect Roe
Against every faux “right to life” foe.
But when Kavanaugh cried,
And then shouted and lied,
She eschewed right to put on a show.…
Sep 2, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
Reading through the opinions on the Texas abortion law case is a disheartening exercise. The majority opinion is unsigned—and understandably so. I wouldn’t want to put my name on that either. The dissents, on the other hand, all raise good points.… The opinion is careful to say it is not ruling on constitutionality, and claims the law may never be enforced. It does not make a good case for letting an unconstitutional law go into effect because of this. It’s strained, dodgy, and generally feels like Kavanaugh wrote it.
Jun 22, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
The critical race theory really is a perfect microcosm of the GOP approach. Their media outlets and all their dumbest, loudest members are shouting about it, without ever defining it. It has all the racism their party thrives on, proclaiming that even talking about race is bad. Roll that in with the general disdain for education and a preference for historical myths and simple stories they can package with messages of “good” and “evil,” and they have the means for using talking points and accusations rather than having to develop or confront ideas.
Jun 19, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
So as @Mike_Pence pences about conservative stages, let’s break down his legacy as lead sycophant for what he grossly called the “most pro-life” administration ever: 1. Covid. Trump didn’t create Covid-19 (though he would have if he thought it would play well on Fox and if he were smart enough), but his obfuscations, underplayings, and outright lies made it much worse than it may have been.…