@TonyStark When my son was little and I was single, I often worked jobs where the pay barely covered my childcare. We lived in various states of homelessness until he was 6 and I married my husband. The whole time I wondered where those fine people who guilted me into carrying my pregnancy were.

They absolutely don’t care about children or breeders. They don’t even care about fetuses. They care about controlling people’s bodies.

@TonyStark

Can you imagine the self-loathing that must be present to be not only a woman, but a Black woman, and willfully be a member of a party that actively seeks to dehumanize you, take away your control over your own body, and make it harder for you to vote.

Is the desire for a tiny bit of power, or a desperate need to be given a pat on the head from scum like Donald Trump, that strong? Do people like Karamo or Clarence Thomas or Tim Scott think that when they leave a room, the Republicans remaining aren't laughing their rears off at them?

Pathetic.

@TonyStark According to the article, this is what a Republican who isn't pleased with the direction of the party says about the current crop of candidates who want to steal elections: β€œCrazy is powerful, and it doesn’t get tired.”

Karamo (if she wins) in Michigan, Mastriano in Pennsylvania, whichever Republican wins in Georgia this week – Democrats must vote against them in November.

@TonyStark
It seems like an essy call to vote for Jocelyn Benson. A couple of Republicans, according to the article, are disappointed with her for trying to expand the vote, but I'd say that's a good thing. Β 

I try never to listen to the ghoulish Rick Scott, but I caught him on Face The Nation. He's trying to scare voters with the words "open border" and "ballot harvesting" but after that, he really started threatening Americans. He released this plan last month, but Margaret Sullivan asked him about it today.

Scott has a plan that ends Social Security, Medicare, and every single other federal program that people depend on after five years.

Congress raided the Medicare and Social Security trust funds over and over again and allocated this money to the general treasury. Congress owes this money back to Medicare and the two Social Security funds. The way to fix this is for Congress to reallocate the general tax revenue to Social Security and Medicare. Money is fungible. It is not simply gone. All it takes to fix Medicare and Social Security is for Congress to vote to do so.

who will save the programs you and other Americans depend on.

wamc.org/commentary-opinion/20

I keep getting stuck on the statements repeated by so many so-called pro-life politicians, that they believe children are valuable. (besides the fact that stages of pregnancy exist and an egg that's been fertilized for 15 minutes or 15 weeks isn't a child.)

Correct me if I'm wrong (and I really would like to be wrong here) but have any of these vocal pro-birth advocates said the same thing about women and all pregnant people? All they'd have to say is, "I really value the woman here, too" or "We also have to consider the pregnant person's life." And mean it.

But they don't value them. They only value the role they want them to play: child-bearer.

Carrying a child to term is already dangerous in the US. Imagine if Republicans poured their energy into prenatal care and the important support children and families need once a successful pregnancy happens. That, not forced birth, would actually be pro-life.

What Alito Doesn’t Understand About Pregnancy-
theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

Both the 2022 and the 2024 elections hinge upon the answer to a pivotal question: Will the majority of voters favor further progress toward multiracial, one-person-one-vote democracy or will the majority vote Republican?

Will voters favor honesty or mendacity? Facts or delusions? Science or quackery? Democracy or autocracy? Equality of opportunity or plutocratic oligarchy?

Will the Republicans continue to successfully sustain and advance plutocracy while garnering support from populists who vote their fears and animosities rather than their own economic interests?

As voters we can prevent this, but we have to vote.

The Republican Party has become the party of increasingly open wanna-be autocrats and proto-facists. The more races they win, the more likely the future of this nation will be anti-democratic. And the rest of the media needs to cover these issues as such.

The Election Denier Who Could Run Michigan’s Elections:
theatlantic.com/politics/archi

If you're using the official Mastodon app, you can now view your server's Local timeline:

1.Click πŸ” "Search" at the bottom

2. Click on the "Community" tab at the top

The Local timeline shows all the public posts by people on that server. It works best on small, themed servers, and helps you find interesting posts and people.

On larger servers like mastodon.social, the Local timeline will be an unreadable firehose though.

You can look at other servers' local timelines on their websites (more info at mstdn.social/@feditips/1083407).

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #LocalTimeline #MastodonApp

Clarence Thomas says he worries respect for institutions like the Supreme Court is eroding.

I can't imagine why, Big C! It's a real mystery.

Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice, pressed Arizona lawmakers to help reverse Trump’s loss, emails show -
washingtonpost.com/investigati

@lufthans
I guess we have the answer to this question now. Thanks, Air Force!

He also claims he's in the mainstream because he was able to serve in government for all these years. I don't know what argument he thinks he's making, since his thesis is about a fantastical fascist regime.

@SteveRogers

@MariaHill @SteveRogers it says something about the Air Force that they gave him a master's degree for it

Recently @SteveRogers told me he had seen some entertainment that he described as a "fever dream."

It seems the script for the fever dream has been on a DoD website all along, and it's Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano's master's thesis. He feared the civilian left is going to take a Hitler-like command of the military. I'm not reading 65 pages of what is certainly some unhinged stuff, though I suppose we all should in order to know what kind of people want to take their state's choice of electors away from them. Other undemocratic actions Mastriano has in mind: making everyone in the state re-register in order to vote and decertifying voting machines in counties he thinks are "fraudulent." I wonder which counties he will decide that about.

washingtonpost.com/politics/20

The honest answer is that there isn’t much either party can do about inflation.

We have an imbalance between demand and supply due to the pandemic and Putin’s war. It’s a worldwide problem and all that can be done is to mitigate the pain. Democrats are trying to do that. Republicans can't even support supplying baby formula as a group.

The Republicans never have a plan to build anything good. Remember Obamacare? Republicans ranted and raved about how awful it was and how it would ruin the country, but when asked where their health care plan was, they never had one. They never came up with a single alternative.

Republicans legislate using fear. Whatever the Democrats want or do, they get out the fear machine, but when asked what they would do: it's nothing. No answers, no plan, no helpful contributions, nothing. Just more fear. That is the utterly useless Republican Party in a nutshell.

Opinion | Psst: Republicans don’t have a plan to fight inflation, either:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

Am I defeated? No way. I have faith in the next generation and potentially not as younger ones.

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I don't know what to say. Kansas Supreme Court has reinforced disenfranchisement. The sad thing is the individual in charge is likely going to beat the very reasonable Gov. Kelly all because some individuals feel the need to not wear a mask and didn't like being made to wear one.

@GreenFire

The writing is on the wall. Republicans have been telling us exactly who they are, and demonstrating for the last six years what they are willing to do to win, and I see a ton of people in the media dismissing the warnings as hyperbole or framing it as regular political maneuvering.

I consistently suspect a lot of journalists and commenters write it for clicks, especially the ones who put it on Twitter. Many complain about the Dems not doing things that aren't even realistic, like expanding the SCOTUS immediately. There aren't majorities available for it. It's as dangerous as anything else out there.

@Tberry @Sunspot

@GreenFire @Tberry @Sunspot
It makes me think of this song, although he's not the only one responsible.

Bezos II-
youtu.be/ebkAM2_zsEk

@DrHankPym
Sounds about Republican. Thank you for explaining the implications clearly.
@TonyStark

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