@TonyStark
The Republicans blocked some form of legislation to get more baby formula, basically they didn't want to spend 28 mil to keep babies alive 🤔 interesting how they really don't care at the end of the day and it's all about control

@JohnJClimateMarcher @ericireland @TonyStark not only do you pay for Fox even if you don't watch it, you likely pay more for it than other 24/7 news stations

So, are there any services in the US that carry most of the usual channels without paying the Murdoch tax?

I just checked Sling and now *both* Orange and Blue list Faux Spews

This article lists some providers:

dailykos.com/stories/2020/5/14

While I generally don't watch TV the rest of the family does ...

@Tberry @Sunspot @TonyStark
Yes, I agree. Ranked Choice voting is probably the best way to reform American democracy for the better.

@TonyStark By the way, Natasha Lyonne was wearing a mask at the end of the SNL finale that said “MY BODY MY CHOICE” ❤️ her!

It was an unusually good, funny show, actually:
mastodon.lol/@renfield/1083472

@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
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.  

@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: “Crazy 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

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.

@MariaHill @SteveRogers Sounds like he thinks overthrowing the US government is mainstream :(

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

@SteveRogers @MariaHill
Talk about timing. Joy Reid is talking about that right now. He's frighteningly unhinged, yet not a minority amongst hardcore conservative Republicans.

@MariaHill @SteveRogers I would like to hear a Pennsylvania Republican in office denounce this for what it is: dangerous, unhinged extremism. Not a single party member should back him.

What are the odds of that, I wonder?

@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

@lufthans
While I'm not into prison for drug offenses and I'd prefer community solutions for non-violent crimes, I'm not a complete prison abolitionist. I'm good with all of these people who committed sedition and insurrection on January 6th in prison. We don't do violent coups here, thanks. No non-violent ones either. He shouldn't get any ideas about just stealing the vote.
@SteveRogers

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/

@chewbacca I don't have a NYT subscription (can't subscribe to everything and too often NYT annoys me so I subscribe to some things that annoy me less on a regular basis like WaPo and The Atlantic) so I didn't read the article you linked and don't know if Baltimore is one of the cities you mentioned, but the Highway to Nowhere is the first place I thought of from "the construction of highways cut through predominantly Black neighborhoods..." I'm sure you know this as both someone who knows about community development and is from the mid-Atlantic region! I was not familiar with Buffalo though.

Of course, thanks to Joe Manchin, Build Back Better still languishes. (Send more Democrats to the Senate in 2022!)

wypr.org/wypr-news/2021-09-16/

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

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

Fox News viewers will never know about this. Someone does need to ask Tucker Carlson and every other hypocrite who does things like this what happened to the bootstraps we're all supposed to pull ourselves up with, though.

A look at the time Tucker Carlson asked Hunter Biden for a favor-
washingtonpost.com/politics/20

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