American wingnuts were prominent funders of the Canadian “trucker” protests, so we knew it wouldn’t be long before they imported that ersatz uprising to their home country. The US “truckers” have quite a grab-bag of grievances, according to one jamoke:
Bob Bolus, who owns a towing company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, said he and a convoy of truckers plan to shut down the Beltway Wednesday.
“We’re challenging the high prices of fuel,” he said.
Bolus said they are also protesting vaccine mandates, critical race theory and people in jail facing charges related to the Capitol insurrection. He said he respects the truckers protesting in Canada.
He respects the people who were dragged out of their cabs and transported on their asses to squad cars while their rigs were impounded? Good. Here’s hoping Bolus and compadres meet a similar fate, only more swiftly. Perhaps the DC gendarmes can house them in the Insurrection Wing, where they can check on the condition of the 1/6 seditionists.
Meanwhile, here’s the least surprising news since yesterday’s announcement that the Trump social media app glitched:
AXIOS: The enactment of “stand your ground” laws was associated with an “abrupt and sustained” national increase in firearm homicide rates in America, according to a new study published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA Network Open.
Why it matters: “Stand your ground” laws, which allow for the use of deadly force in self-defense with no obligation to retreat, have come under fire in recent years after high-profile deaths like Trayvon Martin’s. Critics say the laws enable unnecessary violence, while proponents claim they offer self-protection.
A retired Tampa cop is on trial today for shooting an unarmed fellow movie-goer over an argument about cellphone use while the previews were playing. The cop’s SYG defense was disallowed, but it helped the now-79-year-old delay his trial for eight years. They’d hoped to string it out until he died of natural causes, but it’s possible justice will beat the Reaper. SYG is a terrible concept that everyone with a lick of sense knew would increase homicides. This is just the latest proof.
Speaking of Florida shitheads, statehouse Republicans are coming after birth control in the wake of the proposed 15-week abortion ban (hoocoodanode), and rural homophobes want to require public school teachers to out LGBTQ kids within six weeks of learning that a kid is other than straight. No, really:
In case you aren't following along, Florida Republicans — having pushed through a ban on rape & incest victims getting abortions — are now coming after birth control: https://t.co/ypTLZUmcfS pic.twitter.com/81rl1MsXLo
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 21, 2022
An amendment was just filed by the sponsor of #DontSayGay to make it even more dangerous for vulnerable kids with a STATE-MANDATED outing of LGBTQ students to parents, specifically in cases of abuse, abandonment + neglect.
This will have devastating consequences for our youth.? pic.twitter.com/3s89rcMrMN
— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@CarlosGSmith) February 20, 2022
I’ve been watching these extremists get more extreme every year and have hoped in vain voters would smack them down. Still waiting for that. If there’s not huge blowback in the next election, I’m going to have to accept the fact that I live in Mississippi with a longer coastline.