Something fun for a Friday!
Welcome, Willow Biden! 😻
The Bidens finally have a White House cat. World, meet Willow.
She’s a gray-and-white tabby that the first lady met on the campaign trail in 2020. She has ‘plenty of room to smell and explore’ in her new home.
Ms. Marcus is exactly right.
It is interesting that the initial objections are racial and assume that no Black woman is qualified. No one has raised any issues with the quality of the legal work performed by anyone on the presumed short list. Meanwhile, the GOP has foisted appointees on the US who have questionable ethical pasts, extreme religious fervor, and extraordinarily sheltered upbringings. The quality of the legal work by most of the GOP appointees is transparently biased, disregards the work of their great Court predecessors, and has done some real disservice to the rights of the ordinary citizen.
The real likelihood is that Biden's appointee will have a stature which is far greater than the current gang of GOP hacks on the Court.
Opinion | The carping over Biden’s Supreme Court pledge is historically inaccurate and racially tinged:
What about candidate Reagan saying "it is time for a woman" before nominating Sandra Day O'Connor?-
we’ll get a lesser black woman
That phrase alone enrages me. The women on the shortlist for consideration have amazing resumes. Far better than the 3 appointments from TFG.
"President Biden’s “campaign promise that he’d appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court is unfortunate because it elevates skin color over qualifications,” sniffed the Wall Street Journal editorial board."
This is a good example of how even intelligent journalists can be wrong and/or exemplify systemic racism. At this level of job, anyone considered will have qualifications for the position. Who will be the best often is determined by other factors. In this case because there has been and remains so much overt racism and sexism and bigotry, the need to have a Black female candidate overrides the so-called "fairness" the WSJ snivels over. And to the WSJ....
Never mind how much better a Black woman has to be than her white male colleagues to attain the same position. Take Secretary Buttigieg, for example. I think he's very smart and doing admirably with communicating about infrastructure. And we finally have an infrastructure bill! But does anyone think a Black woman who was a mayor, not even 40 years old, who ran for president without holding higher office first, would be a Cabinet secretary? Or President Biden's own history? How many 30-year-old Black women senators have we had? (The number is zero. How many Black women senators have we had total? Two. Carol Mosley-Braun and current Vice President Kamala Harris. If you think it's because there have only been two qualified Black women in all of American history, please sign yourself up for a class in critical race theory, the real kind and not the Glenn Youngkin bogeyman, right now.)
By removing the ability to acknowledge slavery and racism in American society, Ron DeSantis and people like him eventually want to get to a point where students are never made aware that being treated unfairly is wrong. Because that's the society they need - one following their ideology without opposition.
Overbearing parents and legislators should turn their attention elsewhere because, to paraphrase certain scholars from the last millennium, those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. In most disciplines, progress is made by moving forward out of our comfort zones to confront our fears, overcome obstacles, and open our minds to new ideas to question and to gather more information for further questioning. Unless reasonable people can deter this wave of ignorance, the current generation of students in certain school districts and future generations will remain ignorant.
Ron DeSantis — white supremacy’s helicopter parent -
We are supposed to teach our children HOW to think, not WHAT to think.
Ron DeSantis doesn't even bother to hide his attempt to keep fragile white people in his base.
Thank you, President Biden!
How is leasing to a Chilean company next to a popular tourist attraction, Indigenous land, and a wildlife refuge "America First"? (It wasn't.)
Biden administration cancels two Minnesota mining leases granted under Trump:
Neil Young almost died of polio as a kid. The vaccine didn’t exist when he was born. The illness affected his life for years. He got vaccinated as soon as it was available.
He doesn’t want others to similarly suffer due to misinformation about what vaccines can do. Media is missing that detail when discussing his protest of Spotify’s irresponsibility.
100 years from now, people will still know who Neil is and still listen to his music. Rogan will be an obscure, embarrassing footnote about some conspiracy theory lunatic who people will look back on with incredulity that someone could intentionally do so much harm, if they look back on him at all. #NeilYoung #Spotify
I'm trying to get my head around people who think students should study the Holocaust, but only if it's told in a nice way.
There is nothing inherently sexual about nudity. Jewish people in concentration camps were made to stand naked as part of their dehumanization. And also as a form of torture since it was often brutally cold. As for swear words - they have a time and a place. The Holocaust is not an event that called for lots of darn its.
Learning about reality isn't damaging to kids. Not learning about reality is damaging to all of society. #Maus
Tennessee school board bans Holocaust graphic novel 'Maus' – author Art Spiegelman condemns the move as 'Orwellian':
Officer Eugene Goodman gave his first public interview since January 6th. He's a modest pubic servent who talks about fame, doing his job and hot sauce ❤️. He starts at about 11min. #Hero
Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman gives his first interview since Jan. 6:
it is very important that it is told again and again. especially on today's day of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Thank you, Kranfahrer.
It is quite upsetting to me that anyone would want to erase it.
Ich hoffe es geht dir gut.
it must not be erased. people like us will always remember it and show the children the right places in the history books. it is very important.
i feel excellent because i have many nice people around me.
Viele Grüße an democracy.town 💪
People often wonder why voters vote against their own best interests...
"Corporate lobbying groups that oppose the plan over its tax provisions have hit the airwaves with ads warning that it would worsen inflation. Economists have largely predicted that the Build Back Better Act would have minor and brief inflationary impacts but wouldn’t make a big difference on already soaring prices."
72 percent of West Virginia voters back Manchin's call to suspend Build Back Better talks: poll-
My Spidey sense says this guy is going to be a one-termer.
Most Virginia school districts disobeying Youngkin on order making masks optional: report-
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