GovTrack.us ranks her first in progressive ideology in their report card on the 2019 legislative session -- with "1" being the most conservative and "0" being the most progressive. govtrack.us/congress/membe…
Minor pet peeve that is basically meaningless in our current political environment, but it still bothers me, so...
Barack Obama is never going to be in the White House again, but lately, someone will tongue-in-cheek propose he should be Biden's running mate and then someone else seriously replies to that remark that he's constitutionally ineligible now and then a whole ass argument pops up.
Because I am procrastinating, I thought I would break down the assumed legality of all this.
At the time that Mary Kay Letourneau was arrested for raping a child, I was 10 years old. I was also being raped by a grown woman at that time. The message from a lot of adults, especially men, to me and so many other kids--particularly boys--is that women can't be predators.
There were many reasons I didn't tell anyone what was happening to me, but the biggest, by far, was that I didn't think an adult would believe me. Seeing grown men joke about teen boys being raped by women and how great that was only reinforced my fears.
The vast majority of rapists and sexual assailants are men, yes, but even now, there are grown adults who don't believe women can prey on children, particularly if that child is a boy. That is entirely destructive. Letourneau raped a child. She was a monster.
In idle moments, I sometimes wonder what's the most obvious truth they can somehow make partisan if wearing a mask to protect against a deadly virus that's killed more than 130,000 has become a political statement for them.
Seriously. What's next?
With climate change, for example, I can be incredibly annoyed they don't simply recognize the consensus of the world's scientists warning us all, but if I really contort my brain into a pretzel, I can acknowledge how it might not somehow be obvious on sight. Okay. Ugh, but fine.
With vaccines, it's an even greater challenge because we all get sick, but if I suspend disbelief and take them on good faith, I can kinda-sorta understand the seeming paradox of a vaccination to someone who doesn't get them. Still annoyed, but sigh... okay.
This is pretty remarkable. The highest-ranking West Point cadets for the Classes of 2018 and 2019 have jointly written a 40 pg. policy proposal with recommendations for making the Academy anti-racist. (1/4)
This includes, among other things, removing everything from the institution that venerates the Confederacy, severing ties with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, investing in spaces that nurture and protect Black Cadets' identities, and demanding more Black faculty + staff.
The now-lieutenants (former cadets) who wrote this were at the top of their class, the kind of young officers the Army expects to be generals someday.
So, not to be a wet blanket, but there's a viral video going around of a woman who repeatedly parks her car beside a gas pump with her gas cap on the opposite side of the car because she's confused. She does it, like, three or four times. (thread)
Meanwhile, a couple is filming her from their car not too far away and laughing the whole time. I'm not trying to shame anyone here or say you're a bad person or some other nonsense for sharing the video or laughing at it, but let's back up for a second and consider some things.
This woman wasn't bothering or hurting anyone. She was minding her own business. She happened to be super confused on how to park near the gas pump, something most of us have done once or twice, but it literally did not affect anyone else other than her.
While we're on the topic of Donald Trump not understanding AIDS and HIV, just a reminder that Mike Pence is responsible for the single biggest outbreak of HIV and AIDS in the history of Indiana -- so infamous were his actions that he's literally a case study in public health.
I'm not kidding! Mike Pence is literally a case study in public health for directly enabling Indiana's largest outbreak of HIV and AIDS. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28130629/
What if a transgender or non-binary person is sexually assaulted or raped?
What if they break a limb?
What if they have COVID?
Today's announced rule by the Trump administration means doctors and nurses and other medical personnel can refuse to treat them. For anything.
Let me emphasize that: this isn't just a question about affordable health care for transgender patients. It's not just about insurance. This is about literally having access to even life-saving medical care in an emergency. Doctors can simply say "No, I don't want to treat you."
If you don't quite understand what horror the Trump administration inflicted today on transgender and non-binary people seeking medical care and why we're scared, let me tell you a quick story.
[TW: transphobia, trans death]
On the morning of August 7, 1995, 24 year-old Tyra Hunter was on her way to work as a passenger in a friend's car when it collided at an intersection in D.C. -- she and her friend were pulled from the wreckage, and paramedics were called.
Tyra Hunter was nearly incapacitated on the ground when paramedics arrived and began treating the injured. A male fireman cut open her pants consistent with protocol and upon discovering she had a penis, stopped treating her and began ruthlessly mocking and misgendering her.
You might be wondering what's going on with the Senate and if we can win it. I've drawn up a quick and simple explainer for folks who don't have time to read through a bunch of electoral analysis. Here are three levels for Dems, from best to worst odds. (thread)
Before we start, some reminders: about 1/3 of the Senate is up for election every two years. Senators serve six-year terms which are staggered across three "classes". In 2020, we'll have 35 seats up, all of Class 2 plus special elections in Arizona and Georgia.
The special election in Arizona is to serve out the remainder of the term John McCain won in 2016. The winner will only serve until 2022 (six years) and then may choose to run for reelection to a full term. It's currently held by Republican Martha McSally.
When J.K. Rowling says she knows trans people, it's really hard to believe that. I'll tell you why: folks who have trans people in their lives--and actually care about them--know much trans people generally go out of our way to accommodate cis folks. Let me explain. (thread)
Like any community, trans folks are definitely not a monolith and our experiences vary widely, but there are fairly common actions we take just to be in the public square and avoid risking violence and discrimination from cis people. Here are some examples...
I haven't been to the gym since I came out. Most cis women would be completely chill with a trans woman using the showers after a workout, but do I want to risk pissing off some random transphobe? No. Do I want to risk having someone take pics of me w/o my consent? No.
@jk_rowling The vast consensus of medical and other scientific experts validate trans people and urge affirmation of us. Your own country’s medical organizations have said as much.
You don’t love trans people, and certainly don’t care about us.
@jk_rowling I also want to remind everyone that when LGBTQ organizations generously reaches out to @jk_rowling in December to discuss all this in a collaborative setting, she refused to speak with them.
@jk_rowling Here are examples of British health organizations validating trans people:
British Medical Association
Royal Society of Medicine
National Health Service
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Apropos of absolutely nothing at all, I want to pick out some highlights of Lindsey Graham's long history of attacking the rights and livelihoods of LGBTQ people.
He supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Although many supported that amendment at the time and have come around on embracing marriage equality since then, Graham still believes marriage should be between one man and one woman.
It wasn't a "go along to get along" kinda thing. He claimed "traditional marriage is now under attack".
He has never walked back these comments or said he was wrong, despite acknowledging that the SCOTUS marriage equality decision is "the law of the land".
I watched "Joker" and easily understood why any given 13 year-old with existential depression would connect with it. Naively, I did not anticipate our country being full of adults whose worldview is about as nuanced as a 13 year-old with existential depression.
Being obsessed with anti-heros doesn't make you deep or interesting or particularly thoughtful. We would all love to fuck off and do our own thing. We don't because we care about those around us and we're not the center of our universe and dickish behavior is dickish.
I'm halfway through the second episode of "Space Force", which has some fun one-liners but mostly groans under tedious writing as Steve Carell can't decide if he wants his character to be a jaded but dedicated senior military officer or Michael Scott in a uniform.
The weird thing is that I can't stop watching, and I can easily see myself going through the whole series. It's oddly watchable despite the eyeroll-inducing moments.
To be fair, I should give a lot more credit to the one-liners, which are pretty great. For example:
[prototype rocket explodes on launch pad]
Carell: How much was that?
Carell: Four million?
Colonel: Four middle schools. It cost four middle schools.
I proudly supported Elizabeth Warren this year and still believe she would make a great president, but I decided to cast my D.C. primary vote to reflect @JulianCastro’s insistence on talking about racial justice while in Iowa and New Hampshire and for amplifying trans equality.
Some asshole set the nursery on fire in St. John's Church. A few of us went down + tried to figure out a way to put out the flames. I saw the entire room engulfed through the window. Several of us tried to find a fire extinguisher in the area. We alerted the cops pretty quickly.
I could tell by the way the door window was broken that someone lit it from the outside. It was completely unnecessary and dangerous to everyone in the area. If you're reading this, you're an asshole. You are a huge asshole, and you put people's lives at risk.
Tonight, it was extremely disheartening to watch with my own eyes as Black activist leaders and other leaders of color repeatedly urged calm and respect on the frontlines while some white protestors entirely disregarded them and instigated unnecessary confrontations.
It was truly absurd. Black leaders worked hard to keep everyone engaging respectfully, and some white people would throw objects and put everyone at risk by ignoring the pleas of Black activists and getting confrontational with cops. Clownish behavior.
Oh, this is absolutely true. Not only did they instigate confrontations, but they didn't even stay there as a buffer between law enforcement and Black protestors. They would run off. Their behavior was self-serving.