TONIGHT IN NASHVILLE: @VP Kamala Harris hugging the #TennesseeThree at Fisk. pic.twitter.com/Hu1sy0zj0n
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) April 8, 2023
The majority of Americans support gun reform.
We need leaders who have the courage to act. pic.twitter.com/cZfQLc70A5
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 8, 2023
Per the AP:
… Harris received wild applause and several standing ovations as she told a crowd at Nashville’s historically Black Fisk University that the so-called Tennessee Three — ousted Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson and a third Democrat, Gloria Johnson, who avoided expulsion by a single vote — were being, in her words, silenced and stifled for standing up for the lives of schoolchildren.
“Let’s understand the underlying issue is about fighting for the safety of our children,” Harris said. “It’s been years now where they are taught to read and write and hide in a closet and be quiet if there’s a mass shooter at their school, where our children, who have God’s capacity to learn and lead, who go to school in fear.”
She called for background checks, red flag laws and restrictions on assault rifles.
“Let’s not fall for the false choice — either you’re in favor of the Second Amendment or you want reasonable gun safety laws,” Harris said. “We can and should do both.”…
Ahead of the event, students and others were lined up down the block, hoping to enter the school’s Memorial Chapel. Inside several young Black women wore sweaters with the initials for Alpha Kappa Alpha, a Black sorority that Harris belonged to.
“It’s exciting to see someone from my organization doing great and amazing things,” said one of them, Jasmyn Thrash.
Nashville Metro Councilperson Zulfat Suara addressed the crowd before Harris arrived, saying the expulsions “tell us exactly what we need to know about how the state views young Black men” standing up for what they believe. Evoking the city’s civil rights history, she said, “Just like John Lewis and Diane Nash did many years ago, we too will resist.”…
“We are here understanding the broad shoulders upon which we all stand. Those fighters for freedom and liberty and justice,” @VP Harris said opening her remarks. https://t.co/we5dRT2QFj pic.twitter.com/Kt3BFu91Gq
— Tennessean (@Tennessean) April 7, 2023
Per the local Tennessean:
… After addressing Thursday’s events and the Tennessee Three, Harris concluded her remarks with a message for the whole audience.
“Your voices are part of the conscience of our country. When we need in these moments in time people who have something in them that is about empathy, about care, about a sense of responsibility for their brother and sister,” Harris said. “We need you all.”
Bookending her speech, Harris returned to civil rights leaders Diane Nash and John Lewis, saying they started as young leaders just like those in the audience.
Especially with the push for gun reform, Harris said it’s a pivotal moment for young leaders to step up.
“We will not be defeated, we will not be deterred, we will not throw up our hands when it’s time to roll up our sleeves,” Harris said, drawing deafening applause as she reached the end of her remarks.
She concluded, “We will speak with truth, we will speak about freedom and justice, and we will march on.”…
Side note from the Washington Post:
… Before Harris’s meeting, President Biden spoke to the three Democrats in a conference call, the White House said. Per the White House, Biden invited the three lawmakers to the White House “in the near future” and thanked them “for their leadership in seeking to ban assault weapons and standing up for our democratic values.”…
Political news desks are starting to cover activities of the Vice President of the United States.
To be specific, REPORTING on her activities is becoming more proportionate
(Aside from political commentary that was busy setting new expectations & standards for the office of VP) https://t.co/Ep164HKsTq
— Susan Bordson (@susanbordson) April 8, 2023
Politico isn’t sure whether to be impressed or appalled [bolding theirs]:
BEHIND THE SCENES — On Friday morning just after 7 a.m., VP KAMALA HARRIS told her chief of staff LORRAINE VOLES that she wanted to go to Tennessee and show her support for the two legislators who were expelled from the state House the previous evening for mounting a demonstration in favor of gun control from the chamber floor.
The idea for a visit wasn’t exactly a surprise. The VP had been checking in with senior staff as the situation heated up and asked them to keep her updated.
But what was a surprise was the turnaround: Harris wanted to go that afternoon.
Trips for the VP have complex logistical and security concerns. They typically take days, if not weeks, to pull together. Harris was giving her staff hours.
“If you think of the speed in which a vote was taken to expel them, [Harris felt] sending a signal that we have their backs quickly was just as important,” a senior aide to the VP tells Playbook. “I don’t think there could have been a stronger signal than to immediately go.”…
Still, there were the questions of where Harris would make this speech, and to whom.
Fortunately for the White House, they had someone they trust in Nashville: Former Biden comms aide TJ DUCKLO is currently the chief comms officer and senior adviser to Nashville Mayor JOHN COOPER. Leaning on the mayor’s office, the White House was able to quickly secure a venue at Fisk University and build out a crowd of roughly 700 at the HBCU.
Worth noting: Although some conservative commentators have criticized Harris for not meeting with the families affected by last month’s shooting at Nashville’s Covenant School, a White House aide tells Playbook that the families were invited, and that they “offered blessings” but ultimately couldn’t make it…
Before @VP Kamala Harris departed Nashville, she had this to say about a Texas judge reversing FDA approval of abortion pill mifepristone.
You can tell she was heated and rightfully so! We will fight back.✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/B4BR13mOKA
— Madam Vice President Harris is THEE GOAT! (@flywithkamala) April 8, 2023
Her visit must have triggered the wingnuts, lefty haters, Russian bots or some combination of the three, because there was a briefly popular reddit post slamming her with the standard canned talking points.
That’s a good line.
Vice President Harrris will likely stay in Washington this week, as President Biden will be out of town. On Tuesday he’ll attend ceremonies in Belfast commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend as well
Later, President Biden has other events scheduled in Ireland. He will deliver a public address Friday at Saint Muredoch’s Cathedral, in County Mayo.
Good morning, everyone!
I don’t have a postcard campaign to push, so I’ll leave it at that for now, haha.
@Mousebumples: . Good morning.
A report from Al Jazeera regarding the Yemen peace talks indicates that so far, so good. There is even a picture from Sanaa of the Saudi Ambassador and the Houthi leader giving each other a hug. “Awww.”
The talks are in parallel to the UN’s efforts. They are expected to take a while. The first steps involve an easing of blockades on Houthi controlled ports and the Sanaa airport, plus some prisoner exchanges.
It’s time to stop sacrificing children at the altar of a corrupt interpretation of the 2nd amendment.
@Baud: it looks to be warm here today.
My 3 yo has her first swimming lesson in about a year tonight. (took a break just before the baby was born since the logistics were making my brain spin) Joined the Y a few weeks ago, and we’ve already been to the pool a few times. And “baby” (now 1 yo!) has his first swim lessons on Thursday. Hopefully we can wear them out so they sleep soundly!
I wonder if DT will ever be invited to anything by a foreign leader again. Putin seems a little busy to throw parties. Maybe Orban.
Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊
@trnc: Washington state just passed a comprehensive assault weapons ban. We’ll see of it holds up in the courts. So far the six gun safety laws Virginia’s General Assembly passed in early 2020 have withstood challenges
Thanks. People don’t talk enough about all the good stuff happening in blue states.
@Geminid: The Omanis are mediating the talks between the Saudis and Houthis. The Kingdom of Oman has played a diplomatic role in other regional disputes as well.
@Baud: Many people assume that this Supreme Court will strike down any and all meaningful gun safety legislation. I’m not so sure.
@trnc: or MBS.
Who knows? Gotta try.
County Miracle Whip always gets short shrift.
@Mousebumples: That was my mom’s strategy: let me swim and play in a pool all day so I would be asleep by 7 pm.
Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb… Mexico?! (Politico)
@JWR: The Gropers Or Perverts (Pedophiles) party truly is the party of Dump.
And more shriveled than the raisin! 😁
The timid will not be thanked. The slave and enslaved media have tried to undercut Kamala Harris, so much so that there have been whisperings that she should be replaced as Bidens’s running mate. Some who see themselves as “centerists’ , who were not active in civil rights and voting struggles, have been halfhearted, serious mistake. Young people, particularly those who have lived in the shadow of the gun man, whose schooling has meant shooter drills and worse are crying out and are receptive to leadership. Seize the day.
@eclare: That was my mom’s approach also. Now we all have skin cancer.
ETA Treatable, but still…
@Geminid: WaPo published a guest essay today by Bill Clinton about the Good Friday peace talks. I read somewhere that there are two small towns in Ireland that are making preparations in hopes that Biden will swing by during his visit. His father’s people came from one of the towns and his mother’s the other. IIRC, both seemed resigned to the idea that he might not visit either one since he’s a very busy guy.
And deserves it!
@Betty Cracker: I hope President Biden gets some free time Wednesday and Thursday just to hang out, maybe visit those villages. He’ll have plenty on his desk when he gets back to the White House
Didn’t the SC(R)OTUS six already “cancel” New York state’s gun control law? D states need to keep pushing but the one passed by the NY legislature was ruled unconstitutional iIRC.
Misery is not about to be outdone by Floriduh.
@Anyway: Yes, the Supreme Court struck down a long standing New York law restricting concealed(?) carry permits. So far it’s not clear how widely the reasoning applies, since there was an element of discretion in the permitting process that the majority objected to.
Seriously, she was born to rob banks.
Meanwhile, this coming Saturday in our congressional district in Missouri we’re going to get a visit from one of the lead clowns in their circus…
A gathering of right wingnuts
It’s not worth showing up to cover it.
I keep hoping Tennessee students will stage a statewide strike to protest the idiocy of the Tennessee Legislature. We are reaching Viet Nam levels of division in this country.
There was this last week.
This is what the school walkouts looked like – CNN.com
Off topic, but someone on Twitter posted this definition from the Urban Dictionary, and it’s a classic:
@Baud: There are a lot of Gooches in Virginia. There’s even a Goochland County, named after Sir William Gooch. He was the Lt. Governor of Virginia from 1725 to 1747, and ran the show because the nominal Governors stayed home.
@Betty Cracker: Here’s the schedule.
He’ll definitely visit Ballina on Friday.
I’m glad Bill Clinton will be there too. He and Senator George Mitchell played a very big role in the GFA.
Ireland, North and South has improved immeasurably since it was signed.
@lowtechcyclist: There is no such thing as “off topic” in an open thread. You can post anything you want.
Oh yeah, as to that definition, all too true and all too f’n funny.
@Geminid: This really is a full service blog.
Super-rich abandoning Norway at record rate as wealth tax rises slightly
Good bye and good riddance.
Thank you for the link. I somehow missed this. And nothing has changed. Do we not love our children?
@eclare: Haha, yes! 7pm is bedtime anyhow, but she can read/look at books after that time, if she wants. Less protests when she’s tired.
@sab: We’re all pretty fair skinned, and I figure the indoor Y pool will be a better summertime option vs the community/outdoor pools.
@Denali5: The belief that change happens quickly or not at all is one that has hamstrung our progress for decades.
That’s the true Irish spirit — always hope (and make plans), but never expect.
(Of course, there are those who say that talking about how much you don’t expect your fondest wishes to be gr)anted is just another form of passive-aggressive insistence… )
I know, but I’m still gonna say that if I post something that’s totally unconnected to any of the ongoing conversations in a thread.
@Baud: Yep. All this is because the GOP in TN is scared of having the kids spark a popular uprising, essentially, to save their own lives. To let them borrow from my own fears — Kid Lives Matter.
and in the “what are they scared of” category: I can’t recall where I found this gem, maybe DKos, but — unsurprisingly to all — a local TN station did some digging last year. Turns out the TN lege has been breaking it’s own rules in favor of GOP initiatives for years, at least:
Again, no shock, but these MFers don’t like this light being cast on them while they do the dirty in the halls of power.
That just means we gotta keep talking about them MORE.
We should try that here! Loved Liz Warren’s wealth tax idea.
@lowtechcyclist: Agreed. That’s only being polite.
@Mousebumples: Yes. Ours was an outdoor pool in Florida.
ETA Back then the only sunscreen was a strip of white zinc oxide cream across the nose. Almost every kid wore it.
@JWR: The Drug War was good business for some, and great press for the “Crime-Fightin’ GOP”, even as it devastated the Black community (among many others).
I wish I was more shocked that some of the worst in that group want to bring War rhetoric back into the conversation. I wish, too, I didn’t think they’d drop real bombs on Mexico, given power and half a chance.
@lowtechcyclist: That was my first thought.
We had Easter dinner yesterday with my MIL, various aunties, uncles and family friends — the first time we’ve attended a larger-scale holiday dinner since the pandemic started. There was nothing left of the butter lamb except the head, which I suggested should be mounted on a butter dish and propped up in the fridge like a hunting trophy
ETA: One interesting thing to note politically — everyone was trashing DeSantis, including people I would classify as small-c conservatives. They were particularly disgusted with the David statue incident and book banning.
@Mousebumples:”Good morning, everyone!
I don’t have a postcard campaign to push, so I’ll leave it at that for now, haha.
PostcardsToVoters.org has a campaign underway: writing to Democrats in FL who vote by mail, to remind them to renew for 2023-2024.
Someone smarter than me said, “‘Red’ states are actually voter-suppression states”, so I’m rolling up my sleeves in honor of Diane Nash. First batch of FL postcards goes out today!
@lowtechcyclist: I do it all the time. It helps to broaden the conversation.
@Warblewarble: I love it when new commenters who may or may not be trolls, come in and rewrite history.
The red rose left have had it in for Kamala since she announced her candidacy. Calling her a cop and Copmala.
Its mostly black women (and some immigrant women) who have had Kamala’s back. Not the dudebro left.
As a (lurking) fan of Balloon Juice for many years, I’m here to say I hope some of you (cough-*Betty Cracker* *Anne Laurie* *but really *everyone*-cough) will consider checking out Mastodon. I’ve been posting there since Oct, ’22 and can only say “come on in, the water’s fine!” If anyone’s interested, here’s one of many links on how to get started:https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-get-started-use-mastodon/. If you want to get an idea of what it’s like, here’s my link: https://mastodon.social/@earthchild
I’m not a techie, but to me, the interface feels intuitive and user-friendly.
There’s even a way to embed Mastodon links on a website ;-) https://fedi.tips/how-to-embed-mastodon-posts-on-a-website/
chickweed (still a lurker on Balloon Juice)
@OzarkHillbilly: IIRC Raven once said after the first comment every thread is an open thread.
@Baud: Given that I am acquainted with several Gooches in KY, and there are also a lot in West VA, I am not at all surprised at the antics of this particular Gooch LOL
@H.E.Wolf: Our mutual favorite Xochitl Torres Small is making some news as Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Xevlopment. Last week the former New Mexico Congresswoman and new Washington Congresswoman Marie Gluesenkamp Perez spoke at an event about a new broadband initiative in Gluesenkamp Perez’s rural/exurban district.
And the Senate Agriculture Committee should be meeting soon to consider Ms. Torres Small’s nomination to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Senator John Fetterman should be back for that
@Geminid: So… the nickname came later.
Says a lot.
@OzarkHillbilly: Eventually they can all be herded onto artificial islands. Then they can pay us “the protection money.”
@Anne Laurie: The Irish can give the Sicilians a run for their money.
@H.E.Wolf: Good point! I should pay it forward, to other states, in thanks for all the out of staters who wrote to Wisconsin for last week’s election!
Only if the first comment is “First!”
It is ironic that hard core BREXIT supporters in the UK Conservative government don’t seem to realize how important the Good Friday Agreement is to Biden and to Congress.
It will also be interesting to see if the Northern Ireland unionist party, the DUP come around and help form a government.
@Geminid:”@H.E.Wolf: Our mutual favorite Xochitl Torres Small is making some news as Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development. […]”
Wooooo!!! Great news – thanks for passing along the info! Fingers crossed for the nomination to Deputy Secretary….
You wouldn’t happen to be related to Donald Trump, Jr.?
Wow. And I’m happy for you. You must have been dancing on the inside.
@WereBear: My good friend Debbie’s Ma was Sicilian and her Dad Irish. Debbie grew up in Medford, Massachusetts and I think the town motto must have been “Blow it Out Your Ass, Buddy!”
Steve in the ATL
I missed the earlier thread, but did anyone post a reminder that Jonah Goldberg’s mother used to fellate LBJ?
She didn’t quite follow raven’s direction regarding LBJ, but close enough!
@Steve in the ATL: Fuck LBJ
@H.E.Wolf: I think Xochitl Tores Small will have an easy path to confirmation. Just about everybody, from ag industry groups to conservation outfits, approves of her promotion to Deputy Secretary. Torres Small could be the next Agriculture Secretary, and she’s still only 38 years old.
Their “FL Vote By Mail” campaign is done county-by-county, starting with counties that have the highest number of Democrats.
I’ve learned a lot by looking up the cities and towns I’m writing to (thank you, Wikipedia). Armchair travel. :-)
@Baud: When the first person made critical remarks, I braced myself to hear a defense and to remain calm in my response, but no defense ever came!
They trashed the dumb culture war bullshit, jeered at DeSantis for getting outwitted by Mickey Mouse, marveled at the stupidity of an allegedly pro-business governor attacking the state’s largest employer, and agreed with my comments about the erosion of K-12 education and the ongoing vandalism on the state university system!
Now, these were my husband’s relatives and their friends. That side of the family are generally good old Great Lakes-region, union-supporting Dems, and I don’t think any of them voted for Trump. But there were folks there whom I suspect were Mittens curious in 2012, and DeSantis has lost them.
It would have been far more surprising if my Trumpy Florida relatives had turned on DeSantis, but I think what happened is Pudd’n Boots has gone so far to try to appease people like my FL relatives that he’s completely lost normies. We’ve speculated about that here before, and I heard the anecdata with my own ears yesterday.
@MisterDancer: It’s just so weird the speed with which all these whack(off) “policies” have seemingly moved from the fringes to the mainstream of the party. And it seems to be accelerating by the hour.
@WereBear: I read recently that there has been a severe drop off in the numbers of rich fucks buying there way into New Zealand due to a small change in the “investment” requirements. Before they were able to satisfy the requirements by buying ultra safe New Zealand govt bonds, but now they have to invest the money into tangible on the ground projects. You know, things that might not actually work out.
eta: New Zealand loses appeal to rich foreigners as investor visa numbers plunge.
@Betty Cracker: This is interesting.
We’ve been working on a sort of folk understanding that DeSantis basically can’t overreach at this point, at least not for Florida voters, because he was already behaving like a demagogic tyrant before his last election and was apparently massively rewarded for it. Maybe he found the line.
This, of course, doesn’t mean they won’t regard any Democrat as worse, but it’s something.
I keep thinking of an old Maureen Dowd column after some Democratic victory or other–maybe it was Obama in 2008–where she made some remark like “when the Democrats overreach (they always do)…” and it just struck me as so insane, as if she lived in a world where liberals were the wild-eyed loonies just aching to go too far.
@Betty Cracker: Ah, I thought these were your Trumpy relatives. Still, good news, even if it’s not OMG! great news.
@Steve in the ATL: Say what? Never heard that about Jonah’s mom. Was that in the Starr Report?
Did you see Jafar on SNL?
I submit that if you think of it more like them reverting to the mean(ness) of Jim Crow, a lot of this crap has a better framework for analysis.
Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg
“But if we have to take on actual risk for the rewards of just being wealthy, that’s not fair!”
This gave me some giggles:
@Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg: Eggzackly.
@MisterDancer: I do think we misunderstand all of this if we regard it as unprecedented. The model they’re working off of is American.
Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg
Damn – that took some WORK to get the linguistic patter down.
He nailed it.
Was Jeremy Irons the original voice actor for the cartoon?
Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg
BTW – shooting event in downtown Louisville at a bank location next to Slugger Field (AAA park). Nine shot, shooter down, police officer shot. Current story is 25 YO white male texted friend that he was going to kill everyone in the bank.
Details developing, he was obviously a good guy with a gun until he wasn’t. It’s also too early to politicize, thoughts ‘n prayers, can’t prohibit access to the law abiding, yadda yadda.
Thank you for this bombshell story, Guardian “wealth correspondent.” Fuck those Norwegian mini-moguls. The “most taxed” one and supposedly the fourth richest, quoted in the article, is worth about $1.86 billion. He is estimated to have paid about $142 million in taxes since 2008, which works out to about 0.5% of his net worth every year. But, yeah, compared to U.S. billionaires he’s paying through the nose. And those vicious tax people made him move from beautiful frozen Norway to miserable sun-drenched Lugano in Switzerland. Sucks to be you, bro’.
@zhena gogolia: That was great!
@Geminid: Rep. Gabe Vasquez, who now holds the Congressional seat Xochitle Torres Small held 2019-2021, is also 38 years old. E&E News had a writeup of Vasquez last December13 titled, “NM Green plans to follow moderate path in House.” The headline called Vasquez a “Green” because he is an environmentalist, but he’s not a member of that trifling Green Party.
Vasquez’s predecessor (and presumptive 2024 opponent) Yvette Harrell was all in for the fossil fuel industry, while Vasquez says he will take a more balanced approach. The Permian Basin extends into the southeast corner of his district, and is a major source of jobs as well as revenue for the state. Vasquez’s former boss, Senator Martin Heinrich, said that Vasquez’s win was a boon for “pragmatism and working class values.”
I liked what Mr. Vasquez told the E&E reporter about political ambition:
I can’t remember where I saw the statistic now, but only 44% of eligible Texas voters voted in 2022. That’s horrific. Texas is very much a voter suppressed state. I wonder if a massive postcard push could do things there…
@MisterDancer: A couple of years ago I caught a PBS show, “Driving While Black.” (Unless I’m conflating it with another show, it also detailed, among other things, how building the interstates destroyed black communities.) Since seeing that, your suggested framework has been uppermost in my mind for SO many things. It’s obvious. I will also add that the show, and a four-part series on Reconstruction really helped my (much-more-normie) friend see these things clearly, too. We were also appalled at ourselves, that we didn’t know these things–but that also helped us see how what WE were taught, decades ago, simply erased the lives and experiences and oppression of black folks.
@Matt McIrvin: Florida is a red state and I think it’s important to acknowledge that baseline reality. But there are a couple of ways to interpret DeSantis’s blow-out 2022 win.
1) You can conclude the state is as red as MS, AL, TN, AK, etc., or 2) you can look at FL as a red-leaning state that could be competitive if you address the voter suppression issue (getting worse in the current legislative session!) and Dem turnout problem.
I think #2 is closer to the truth.
Now I am pissed, and anyone who’s tired of gun deaths should be too.
WHY IS OUR DEMOCRATS NOT LEARNING.
Right there in that statement Harris adopts the insane rightwing – and relatively recent – misinterpretation of the fucking Second Amendment that has gotten us here.
SHE’S A FUCKING LAWYER, A FORMER PROSECUTOR WHO SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH THE LEGAL HISTORY.
@MisterDancer: As Lee Atwater admitted. “Drug War” was code for “Lock up the Black People” except they really didn’t mean “Black”.
@lowtechcyclist: LMAO! Bravo to whomever came up with that!
@karen marie: I think you’re reading something into her remarks that’s not there. She’s saying you can be in favor of the 2A (implied: as interpreted by non-insane people) and support gun safety laws at the same time. That’s true! Wingnut framing is that you either have the current free-for-all or repeal the 2A. That’s bullshit!
I think “multi-millionaires” is doing a lot of heavy lifting there.
Google tells me that there are 236,000 millionaires in Norway. While most of that number is likely in the 1-few M range, it’s still a lot of people. “More than 30” is nothing.
“Oooh. We can’t be mean to the rich people by making them help pay for society or they’ll take their ball and leave.” Same as it ever was. And wrong. Societies prosper when the masses prosper. Catering to those who buy $50-500M yachts is the road to feudalism.
The idea that approval of pharmaceuticals now rests in the hands of unelected, crackpot judges making arguments about “standing” and “women’s safety” that are so risible they might have been lifted from The Onion is outrageous. And now Idaho officially believes that being asked to wear a mask during a pandemic is the worst kind of oppression imaginable, but state police pulling you over and forcing you to take a pregnancy test before driving over the line to Washington is just good government. Roger that.
I hope this kind of shit is an electoral albatross across the backs of the Republican party for all eternity.
@Baud: That would require Betty to plant her booted foot on the head of the lamb and brandish a butter knife.
OMG, I did not know that Ron and Casey DeSantis got married at Disney World! Too much.
They should have had an exit tax for the super-wealthy. If you’re moving a large amount of money out of the country, there should be a cost. Then they can decide if a 1% tax rate is really worth it, if they are going to get hit for 10 or 20% fee for taking your money and running (after taking advantage of their own country for years.)
Then again, it sounds like most of them are still working in Norway, just not physically. So maybe they should find out that they are still being taxed while living in Switzerland.
Tonight there will be a special session of Metro Nashville Council. Over half the CMs have expressed support for re-appointing Justin Jones.
Mike in NC
Starting a new week off with a mass shooting in Louisville. At least five dead.
@Betty Cracker: Betty, I feel the same about Ohio.
@Betty Cracker: Except I am not reading something else into her remarks. She did not repudiate the post-2008 reinterpretation, she adopted it.
@Geminid: And speak of the Devil! The Las Cruces Bulletin says that former Rep. Yvette Harrell and Squeaker Kraven McCarthy will hold an “Announcement Rally” this afternoon, at the Heritage Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces.
Harrell lost the race for an open 2nd CD seat to Xochitl Torres Small in 2018, then came back to unseat Torres Small in 2020. With a little help from Democratic redistricters in Santa Fe, Gabe Vasquez beat Harrell by less than 2000 votes last November.
Great point! But you know, I remember feeling much as I currently do about the Rs, which was and is repulsed, as far back as Reagan, (and don’t even get me started on Bush the Bigger), so this reversion to meanness has been going on for quite some time. It just seems to be reaching terminal velocity much more quickly these days, as if they’re just beginning to feel the event horizon slip slip slippin’ away.
No lie told
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Mike in NC: Louisville PD just tweeted that the “lone shooter” is dead.
@karen marie: A lot of people consider the Heller decision inimical to gun safety legislation, but plenty of gun control laws have been upheld since.
Personally, I thought that Scalia’s majority opinion in Heller was essentially supportive of regulation by government of an individual right to possess firearms. I’ve got no problem with Vice President Harris affirming that framework.
@karen marie: I don’t have any context aside from what’s quoted in the OP, but going on that (and what Harris, Biden and 99% of Dems have said about this issue countless times), I disagree with your interpretation. They’ve directly said multiple times that we need to ban A5-15s, high-capacity mags, implement red flag laws, etc., all of which directly contradicts a maximalist interpretation of 2A.
She’s a lawyer, so she can’t say she’s against part of the Constitution.
Sales of assault weapons were banned from 1994 to 2004, and the Second Amendment wasn’t a problem. It might be now, only because it’s being interpreted differently. You can be for the Second Amendment, but against how it’s been reinterpreted starting with Heller.
Me, I’m against the Second Amendment altogether, but I’m a private citizen who doesn’t have to worry about public reaction if I said that.
Steve in the ATL
I call him “Bush the Elected”
There are some red states.
And, then there are some voter suppressed states that are red.
Florida might be red-leaning, but, you’ll never convince me that disenfranchising 1.7 million voters (ex-felons who have completed their time in prison) doesn’t make a difference.
Permanent former felon disenfranchisement IS VOTER SUPPRESSION.
Formerly disgruntled in Oregon
I watched Harris’ speech over the weekend and it’s stuck with me. I was impressed. Her passion is necessary to meet this moment.
@Yutsano: I think a lot of the point of these shock-and-awe anti-democratic maneuvers that have been happening in various reddish states is to convince the opposition that voting is pointless (and possibly dangerous), because they’ll just nullify the result anyway and maybe arrest your voters.
Sometimes it outrages people enough that they turn out in response and it backfires. But I think in places like Texas and Florida, which by the numbers aren’t even the reddest states in the union, a lot of the Democratic base has learned helplessness.
@Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg:
And of course they say they’re just trying to create jobs and now they can’t afford to do that anymore, (boo hoo, woe is us!) There was talk in the overnight thread about the necessary psychopathy of the ultra wealthy, and I think this proves the point.
@Matt McIrvin: Agree.
@lowtechcyclist: I keep thinking about Warren Burger’s “fraud” statement about the Second Amendment on PBS all those years ago. He said that (1) that if he were in charge there wouldn’t have even been a Second Amendment, but (2) that the conservative take on it that had become standard was an outright fraud, citing the “well-regulated militia” clause as a thing that was obviously being ignored. And this guy was generally considered a pillar of modern conservatism.
I saw someone the other day arguing that the militia clause didn’t say what liberals thought it did, that the militia was the whole of the people and that “well-regulated” meant “proficient–you’re proficient with your gun”. But it doesn’t seem to me like these numbnuts are even proficient; is it “proficient” to post pictures of yourself aiming your pistol at your dick to wind people up? I don’t think it is.
Not to mention, the use of ‘militia’ in the Second Amendment should be construed to be consistent with its use in Article I, Section 8.
I posted this in the dead thread
OT: BJers who work with water based media, how do you make your travel palettes , according to color or according to the medium.
For example do you put all your greens (watercolor, gouache, acrylics) together or all watercolors together?
Have to agree with Betty here. My first read agreed with her and I’ve now gone back to read it again and it still reads the same to me.
Another shooting, in Kentucky. So awful.
@lowtechcyclist: Personally, I’m in favor of full repeal too, but that’s never gonna happen in our lifetimes.
I’m trying to figure out what Harris said in that speech that’s a departure from what elected Democrats have been saying for years. Not seeing anything, but maybe I’ve missed something…
@Ivan X: I know. It is heartbreaking, over and over again.
Can you spot the difference?
So no, both parties are not the same.
@Matt McIrvin: UGH, Warren Burger. A rotten justice, a terrible chief, and a sexist homophobic pig.
Big Assault Rifle is running the same playlist Big Tobacco ran back in the 70’s and 80’s when they were using the first amendment and state’s rights as a shield so they could keep the profits rolling in despite their products being a legal means of committing murder. They had a number of politicians (and grifters – NASCAR, Limbaugh, etc) on both sides of the aisle in their pocket who relied on them to get elected (and other
bribesperks). One of the downsides of the AG and DOJ being tied up with TFG’s many, many crimes is their time is limited to build federal cases against the gun lobbyists. The Sandyhook decision is going to have an effect on future civil suits. But I’m really hoping for is that Big Insurance decides it’s in their best interests to limit their liability when it comes to covering parties that insist on collecting weapons of mass destruction. And maybe Homeland can also pull their heads out of their asses and start pursuing cases against and limiting the arsenals of domestic terrorists. Big Tobacco looked invincible for several decades but then the dam burst and viola, no more spewing toxic poisons in public spaces.
This is almost unbelievable. Sad. I hope it doesn’t pass.
@JML: And yet, even he thought modern Second Amendment discourse was completely fucking nuts.
@Brachiator: It will. The state house is every bit as republican as the state senate and the the Gov will sign it with great flourish.
I am a traditionalist. Watercolors are separate from acrylics, etc. Painting while traveling is difficult but rewarding. Just like watercolor en plein air is challenging because of wind, bugs, and set up.
More stupidity from the Missouri Lege:
These are the same people who want to give classes on patriotism.
We know, and the GQP knows, that they cannot win fair elections in many/most of these newly “red” states. That’s why they are putting up so many barriers to fair voting.
We need uniform national rules, which means federal action, which means large enough Democratic majorities in Washington. Yes, it also means actions at the state and local levels, but when the playing field is so tilted in favor of the crazies, only federal action can reverse it quickly.
We can’t give up on “red” states, because many/most of them are not really “red”. Another pandemic or similar monkeywrench could change things quickly.
@Mousebumples: nothing is better for tiring out little kids than sand and water…
For dubious reasons far too many people are sniping at Kamala Harris, Young people know that gun culture is a deadly curse. They know that “thoughts and prayers” and 2nd amendment absolutism , will lead to a piling up of corpses . This shit must end, it is going to be a tough fight, Harris is here for the fight.
@Brachiator: That Brattin dude is a real piece of work, one of the real crazies.
@OzarkHillbilly: I hope most Missouri Repukes just end up dying from their policies🔥
Mike in NC
These tax breaks on guns and ammo are basically a fixture of red states. In South Carolina they have at least one or two tax-free holidays each year so people can run out and stock up.
@Mike in NC: In New York there’s a sales tax holiday for the time leading up to schools opening.
Rather a different approach when it comes to student bodies.
Transgender Influencer, Dylan Mulvaney, sure is living rent-free in the heads of Conservatives, Transphobes and TERFs. After shooting up Bud Light cans with machine guns, now the bigots want to boycott Nike because Nike decided to…checks notes…use a popular, young, attractive person to promote their athletic wear, OMG, the horror!!!:
Maybe the way to deal with the gun problem is to get gun manufacturers to hire trans people for their ads.
@schrodingers_cat: travel palettes according to media. I really appreciate the small containers that you can pop the little watercolor rectangles into and I break the brush handles so they’re small enough to fit inside. That along with the water brushes is my current jam. I also keep the acrylic paints, acrylic brush pens, pastels and pencils seperate if for no other reason than to minimize time spent locating them. Humble brag- my California Poppies design is in contention for a maker space building our mural class will be painting at Sac City College. I’ve warned spouse and friends that if it’s selected, I’ll be insufferable for a couple of days.
@laura: You should share your work!
@Denali5:and @laura: That’s what I was leaning towards as well.
The next law is that you can shoot anyone you like and the GOP legislature will clap for 5 minutes in state capitol.
@UncleEbeneezer: Gonna be rough for the TERF and anti-LGBTQ+ crowd given that most of us don’t give a shit about their outrage and neither do the companies.
I shudder to think what kind of laws these assholes will pass if they get a hold of the federal govt.
@Warblewarble: Thank you.
@OzarkHillbilly: If that passes, I guess MO really will have ‘constitutional sheriffs.’
(Never have grokked how the right can use that phrase when there’s not a damned thing about sheriffs in the U.S. Constitution.)
But good luck to them with the “would assert the sheriff’s authority over…federal jurisdiction” part. Like changing your state constitution can do that.
@cain: Just look at the laws in Russia and I think you get a pretty good window into their legislative fantasy.
@Deputinize Eurasia from the Kuriles to St Petersburg: I think it was someone I’ve never heard of named Freeman.
Joseph Patrick Lurker
The next law will require members of Congress to publicly offer much deeper and more heartfelt thoughts and prayers following all future mass shootings
@Yutsano“I can’t remember where I saw the statistic now, but only 44% of eligible Texas voters voted in 2022. That’s horrific. Texas is very much a voter suppressed state. I wonder if a massive postcard push could do things there…”
That would be awesome, wouldn’t it? As a former Texan, I’d participate.
Postcards to Voters is prioritizing FL because of the one-step process to sign up for FL Vote By Mail, and a commitment from the FL Democratic Party to provide up-to-date voter addresses.
Other states have more roadblocks in place, so it’s harder to have an impact… but every little bit helps!
Kamala Harris is going to have to swing by Louisville today, they just had a mass shooting at a bank killing 4 people and wounding 8 more (the mass murderer is also dead).
We’re at the point where the *guns* are not the problem, but the GODDAMNED *GUN NUTS* who won’t give up their addiction to their False Idol of Death. >:-(
@MisterDancer: Yes indeed. They are following the guidelines their grandparents worked by.
It’s occurred to me that the reason TN didn’t expel the white woman was trying to split the coalition. Treat part of the party better than the rest so they won’t fight quite as hard while you eliminate a part, then turn your attention to the next other to eliminate. I was thinking about that quote on how the first the Natzi’s came for ….and I did not protest because I wasn’t, and also how how the captains of industry tried to defeat labor and sometimes succeeded by splitting ethnic groups especially white and black.
They hate so many, I hope we are wise enough to stick together.
I was happy to see the Fisk speech. I wish she always spoke like that. It would boost her popularity.
Late to this, and what I say isn’t a dig on VP Harris who I very much appreciate going on this trip. The GOP is insane and it needs to be highlighted.
But. I am at the point where I have no problem personally saying I’m not in favor of the Second Amendment. It is flawed. The language is too easily misused and it needs to be corrected or repealed.
The US Constitution and it’s amendments are a very important set of concepts, but they are not infallible and it is not a sacred, unalterable thing. Far too many people are dying by gun, and a lot of them are children.