… And it is awesome!
This is a real thing that exists at an NJ mass vaccination site. pic.twitter.com/CWWLVEBKJo
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) February 25, 2021
I doubt he can read his favorite web content in prison! pic.twitter.com/VtkIbBzn8g
— Jim Swift (@JimSwiftDC) February 25, 2021
And not even for something “cool”, like insurrection or murdering a cop. He got busted for threatening a fellow two-bit terrorist, like he was a not-even-Aryan corner drug dealer or something. Simpler times, 2017…
A judge in New Hampshire sentenced Christopher Cantwell to more than three years in prison on Wednesday for trying to extort and threaten a fellow member of the white nationalist community, the latest legal troubles to hit Cantwell, an infamous extremist whose participation in the violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Va., brought him nationwide recognition — and whose emotional reaction to earlier legal problems earned him the nickname “the crying Nazi.”…
Cantwell will serve 41 months in prison on extortion and threat charges, federal Judge Paul Barbadoro ruled, after he was found guilty last September (his lawyers did not respond to Forbes when asked whether he plans on appealing).
Prosecutors say Cantwell tried to pressure another man active in online extremist circles into identifying the leader of the “Bowl Patrol,” a competing neo-Nazi group formed to glorify Charleston mass shooter Dylann Roof.
In a series of 2019 Telegram messages, Cantwell threatened to report the man to child protective services, “dox” him by posting his identity on the internet, and harm his family if he didn’t reveal the Bowl Patrol leader’s identity…
Looks like we need a new thread.
House votes to pass Equality Act, sweeping legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity https://t.co/oASHSzm7gt
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 25, 2021
A possible explanation for MTG’s latest outbreak of public bigotry. Gonna be interesting, shall we say, for Sen. Krysten Sinema to reconcile her support for LGBTQ rights with her defense of the filibuster here…
The House voted Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a far-reaching measure that has been decades in the making and would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The legislation was passed by the House in 2019 but blocked in the Republican-led Senate. This time, Democrats control the White House, House and Senate. President Biden has signaled his support for the measure, but it still faces an uphill fight in the Senate, where it would need 60 votes to break a legislative filibuster.
“The Civil Rights Act is a sacred pillar of freedom in our country. It is not amended lightly,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a House floor speech Thursday afternoon. She thanked members of the Congressional Black Caucus who “gave their imprimatur to the opening of the Civil Rights Act to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.”
After a tense and often personal debate, the House voted 224 to 206 for the measure, with three Republicans joining all Democrats to vote yes…
The Equality Act has been a pillar of the LGBTQ civil rights movement since similar legislation was first discussed after the Stonewall riots in 1969. Democratic Rep. Bella Abzug of New York was the main sponsor of the Equality Act in 1974; other prominent supporters of the legislation included Rep. Ed Koch (D-N.Y.).
In the ensuing decades, public opinion has shifted dramatically toward support of such protections. More than 8 in 10 Americans favor laws that would protect LGBTQ people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing, according to a 2020 Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey…
(Rep. Abzug, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm, was my adolescent legislative hero. I’m glad she gets the credit she earned here.)
WOW: Rep. Al Green (D-TX)amazing response to GOP Rep Greg Steube who said God opposes transgender rights: "You used God to enslave my foreparents. You used God to segregate me in schools. You used God to put me in the back of he bus. Have you no shame?" pic.twitter.com/nrjVAgg6t3
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 25, 2021
I felt this was incredibly powerful.
I’ve been having a week…I won’t bore you with it. But I’m sure sad it’s not Friday.
The Former Guy’s tax returns have been turned over to District Attorney Cyrus Vance in Manhattan.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has taken possession of former president Donald Trump’s tax returns and a wealth of other financial data deemed central to prosecutors’ ongoing criminal case, officials confirmed Thursday.
The transfer, involving millions of pages of records, occurred Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the former president’s last-ditch bid to shield his financial records from the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D).
In a statement, a spokesman for Vance’s office, Danny Frost, confirmed that Trump’s longtime accounting firm, Mazars, had complied with the subpoena after 18 months of delay while the former president’s lawyers fought tooth and nail to keep the information private. The transfer occurred within hours of the Supreme Court’s one-line order, Frost said.
My favorite line from the article:
Trump faces unprecedented legal jeopardy for a former president.
This makes me ridiculously happy.
To use a favorite phrase of former boss of mine: I hope the former guy is as nervous as a goose shitting peach pits.
Thanks to geg6 for the guest post. I wanted to write about a couple of local stories, one from NY and one from SD.
If you’ve seen “Pretend It’s a City”, Martin Scorsese’s interviews with Fran Lebowitz, you might remember that Fran said that she’s decided that any accusations about sexual assault or harrassment made by a woman should be considered true until proven false, just to make up for the thousands of years where the opposite was assumed. (That’s a bad paraphrase but I couldn’t find a clip.)
Anyway, with that in mind, here are the details of an accusation against Andrew Cuomo, by former aide Lindsey Boylan, in her own words. She first made the accusations around Christmas last year. Do I believe them? Yes, even without resorting to the Lebowitz doctrine.
I haven’t written much about Jason Ravnsborg, the Republican Attorney General of South Dakota (for now). Ravnsborg was driving home to Pierre from a political event in Redfield, when he struck and killed a pedestrian just outside Highmore. Ravnsborg says he believed he had struck a deer. The sheriff of Hyde County, SD (where Highmore is located) responded to the incident and gave Ravnsborg a vehicle to drive home. The next day, Ravnsborg and an aide discovered the body of Joseph Boever, in the ditch.
Ravnsborg’s story never made sense — hitting a deer and hitting a human will cause two different kinds of damage, and I think most of us would spend more than a couple of seconds looking for what we had hit, if we were in the same position. Because of his position, investigators from North Dakota and prosecutors from other counties investigated. Last week, prosecutors charged Ravnsborg with three distracted driving misdemeanors. Under South Dakota law, he could not be charged with vehicular homicide because that charge requires evidence of intoxication. It doesn’t sound like he was drinking (witnesses at the dinner testified to that effect).
Yesterday, his interviews with the North Dakota investigators came out, and all I can say is that it sure sounds like he should have known he hit a person, not an animal. First, he was outside his lane, in the shoulder, when he hit Boever. Boever’s glasses, broken in half, were found in Ravnsborg’s vehicle. As one of the investigators pointed out, Ravnsborg should have seen the glasses when he reached over to open his glove box to retrieve his insurance. Boever was carrying a flashlight which ended up on the ground, still shining. Ravnsborg denies seeing it. Though he initially denied it, when faced with evidence, Ravnsborg basically admitted that he was on his smartphone checking email when he hit Boever.
The really jaw-dropping part of this whole story is that Ravnsborg apparently thinks he can stay on as AG. Governor Kristi Noem has taken a brief respite from appearing on Fox News and bowing down before Trump to call for Ravnsborg’s resignation. Impeachment articles have been introduced in the legislature, and Republicans and Democrats support them. Since I’m hearing that Ravnsborg is pretty incompetent, it may well be that he’s holding onto his job for a little while just to keep getting a paycheck. What will happen to the Hyde County Sheriff, who’s looking more and more like a co-conspirator, remains to be seen.