Sorry to interrupt your reading, but I haven't eaten in 20 minutes... I feel bad...

@TonyStark Hi, Spud! Bridie is helping out with wardrobe selection. Will it be a black t-shirt or a pastel black t-shirt? She’s mostly floof, but she has aspirations of becoming a stylist for humans.

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“Any member can take whatever position they believe in. . . . What we’re talking about is a position in leadership,” McCarthy said.
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Um, no.

Sen. Richard Burr (R, NC), censured.
Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R, OH), censured.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R, LA), censured.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R, AK), censured.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R, UT), barely survived censure vote 798-711.

It isn't hard to find examples of Republicans being told in no uncertain terms that they can not "take whatever position they believe in."  The Republican Party is intolerant of diversity of thought. It is erases and expels anyone who fails to uphold party line -- particularly with respect to Trump, the election lie, and the insurrection.

Should the GOP gain the power it fervently seeks, we are in for a terrible time. We have to work to make sure that never happens.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is expected to be replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), a onetime moderate turned Trump loyalist:
washingtonpost.com/politics/ch

@TonyStark
This is how a guy that lost by 7 million votes controls a party.

I plan to see Black Widow in my sister's living room, but that's because my 11-year-old nephew and I spent all of last summer talking about MCU phases 1-3 as the bored child watched the first 23 movies with his brand-new D+ subscription. I want to protect him and the rest of my nieces and nephews, all still too young for the vaccine, plus while he's back in school in person, he's not going to a theater until he's vaccinated. I didn't mind that I got a little sick from my second shot last week, and I already have (outdoor) dinner plans with my niece for my first day of full vaccination. Hearing experts say we can return to mostly-normal is wonderful news. I'm sure everyone has missed family and friends as much as I have.

I won't stop spending time here with the friends who have helped me get through the pandemic and the former administration, but it will also be a summer doing things in person with people I love.

vox.com/22423098/covid-19-vacc

@MariaHill
Quite a few family members, friends, colleagues and I have been fully vaccinated for several weeks now.

Yesterday, a colleague of mine and I (again, both fully vaccinated) wore our masks to a local Malaysian restaurant we've been eyeing, were seated on a patio, removed our masks, and enjoyed the heck out of lunch. It was my first time actually dining out in over a year.

Slowly but surely, the infection rates and are going down and the immunization rates are rising.

I was pleased to see that the entire restaurant staff was masked and that they had posted signs to put your mask back on when you leave the table. They also had spaced the tables further apart. 

Responsible reengagement is smart and mentally helpful behavior.

I'm looking forward to when the vaccines will be approved for younger children so the entire family will be protected and we will all be protecting other people.

@TonyStark @MariaHill It’s going to be a good summer. We’ve also been able to see family and friends and it is remarkably normal, at least for me.

@TonyStark
If a vaccinated person is hanging out with another vaccinated person, or a few people, etc., and still following safety procedures, there's really no up state from there. That's the safest we can be.

I have a reservation at a winery for my 2 weeks past my 2nd shot day and I am ready to go.
@MariaHill

I hate when I see anyone theorize about what "Kompramat" or other blackmail information must be being held on Trump Republicans to make them act like they do.

Trump Republicans are not victims. They are not tricked or forced to act and speak like they do. Nobody is forcing them to keep carrying on Trump's big lie. That gives them cover and excuses them.

These are not good people blackmailed into bad behavior. Instead, they are truly horrible, crooked, evil people who know exactly what they are doing. No blackmail is needed, nor does that fit facts. 

They have acted of their own free will and they still do.They are power and money mad and they are voted in by others who are the same.

They don't care if they wreck American democracy, our government, our laws, our lives, or our standing in the world, as long as they get what they want.

As long as they get money and power, nothing else matters, ever. No Kompramat, no blackmail. It's who they are.

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@TonyStark
It's a dire situation: the GOP wants to eliminate free and fair elections and gut ethics oversight along with gerrymandering states to their advantage. It's a battle for the future of democracy. We all have to make sure our Senators know we want to pass the and we will hold them accountable if they do not support protecting elections.

@TonyStark
Ahhhhhh, national media.

It's never to early to write a "Democrats in disarray!" front page column even though it's the Republicans having a civil war with themselves and trying to kick the daughter of their second to most recent vice president out of leadership, is it?

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