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March 13th

Ode To Disappearing Joy

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Memo to Jesse Richman, Rick Saccone, and Trump Of Course: YOU ARE DUMB.

Joy. It’s a fleeting emotion these days. The world giveth a small fraction of joy, and it taketh away way more than it giveth, way faster than it giveth. Can I be any different? IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

“After going over some of the names Richman coded as foreign — two respondents with the last name Lopez were coded as foreign, and three Lopezes were not — Ho asked Richman how he would code the name “Carlos Murguia.” Richman said he’d probably code the name as “foreign.” Ho pointed out that Murguia is a federal judge in the same courthouse in which the trial is taking place. Richman admitted he wasn’t aware of that.” - Reporting from the lawsuit against Kris Kobach’s ridiculous voting rights law in Kansas.

If you want to feel better about the world and everything that’s happening in it, you could do worse than to look up reporting on how this trial is going, because it’s going incredibly badly for voter suppression zealot Kris Kobach and his motley crew of racist pretend-scientists. Case in point, Jesse Richman, who “figured out” that millions of undocumented immigrants voted illegally, making laws like Kobach’s necessary.

He apparently did this by looking on voter rolls for names he thought were foreign. No, really. That’s the methodology your racist aunt uses to tell brown people on Facebook to “go back to your own country”. But that’s what they were trying to use to disenfranchise thousands of people. But, here’s the good news. The legal system doesn’t give two shits what your racist aunt thinks on Facebook. They will, ideally, and in this case, call you on all your bullshit. They aren’t as easy to fool as Kobach’s usual target audience of right-wing rubes. And reading about it is a joy.

”I've talked to so many of these on the left," Saccone said. "And they have a hatred for our president. I tell you, many of them have a hatred for our country.” - Rick Saccone, who, by the time you read this, will either be a congressman or won’t be. Either way, he’ll be an embarrassment to the Republican Party.

Of course, he won’t embarrass the GOP by a last-ditch attempt to portray liberals as godless traitors, in the face of a challenger erasing the 20-point Republican lead this district had in 2016. No, he’ll embarrass them by either losing power and showing their weakness, or almost losing power and showing their weakness.

I admit I haven’t been watching the candidates that closely, since the race is to represent a contested district that’s due to be eliminated as Pennsylvania’s fight over partisan gerrymandering continues, but this quote does indicate that Saccone is an asshole, and every photo I’ve seen of him makes him look like a sad thumb wearing a bad Nixon mask, so I hope we’re all happy this morning.

“I said, 'maybe we need a new force, we'll call it the Space Force,' and I was not really serious. Then I said, 'what a great idea,' maybe we'll have to do that. So think of that, Space Force. Because we are spending a lot and we have a lot of private money coming in, tremendous. You saw what happened the other day, and tremendous success.” - Donald Trump, Fucking Moron.

Get away, if you can, for a bit, from the idea of militarizing space, which is an awful idea and has always been an awful idea and is such a bad idea that it’s the starting point of lots of fictional dystopias. And ask yourself this important question. What happened the other day and tremendous success? Either he meant the big launch that put a Tesla into space, which happened over a month ago, or he meant a more recent SpaceX launch that I found a small news item about because it was carrying a SECRET MILITARY PAYLOAD.

Either of these should take away all of the joy from the first quote and most of the joy you may have gotten from Sad Thumb Nixon losing his election. Because seriously, this guy is a mental deficient and he’s firing everyone around him who knows it. We need a corps just to patrol the space between his orange fucking ears.