Republican idiocy

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Stop all these bills, no matter how they gin 'em up to seem reasonable. Because they're not.

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But they'd rather throw away billions in Federal dollars, while throwing the working poor under the bus. It defies logic, but so do they.

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I still believe this, but not as much as I did a couple years ago. I'm seeing a lot of late teens & twenties doing stupid shit like rolling coal and driving around with their Trump flags flapping, and the low vaccination rates are also concerning. But overall, it would likely be a net gain of intelligent and progressive voters, so I'm all in.

The sheer embarrassment that is Madison Cawthorn, continued

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Apparently "focusing on comms" means just making shit up:

Speaking on the House floor on Thursday to criticize the Biden administration's handling of the economy, Cawthorn said, "It was Thomas Jefferson that said, 'Facts are stubborn things. And whatever may be our wishes, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.' "

This is a famous quote from John Adams, not Jefferson. (Cawthorn omitted two of Adams' words in the quote.) Adams uttered it in 1770 while serving as defense lawyer for British soldiers who had been charged with murder in the Boston Massacre.

Using my Jeff Foxworthy voice: "If you go to the trouble to memorize almost an entire quote, but you get the author of the quote wrong, you just might be an idiot." It's also noteworthy that Adams did not rely on facts in his defense of the British soldiers, he used racism and hyperbole to attack the character of the people who were shot by those soldiers. But back to Maddy and his tortured history:

Gun Culture Club: 300,000 buyers denied by FBI

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A number that is both good and bad:

The number of people stopped from buying guns through the U.S. background check system hit an all-time high of more than 300,000 last year amid a surge of firearm sales, according to new records obtained by the group Everytown for Gun Safety.

The FBI numbers provided to The Associated Press show the background checks blocked nearly twice as many gun sales in 2020 as in the year before. About 42% of those denials were because the would-be buyers had felony convictions on their records.

The bad part: They won't stop trying, and will eventually succeed through private gun sales. Which means, among many other things, that law enforcement won't have a record of the purchase if they need to serve a warrant, or respond to a domestic disturbance. Pretty soon every encounter will be assumed "armed and dangerous," even if there's no record or evidence a gun is present. And you can expect to see this more often:

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Pope has done a lot of damage, but it's a mistake to drop everything in his lap. The NC GOP has elevated dozens of austerity-loving lawmakers to positions where they could punish the poor with shameless impunity, and we forget those henchmen at our peril. It takes a village (of assholes) to accomplish what they have done, and it will take a concerted effort to fix it.

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