Cats and babies

Because sometimes, you just want to turn off your brain. (Although there’s no way that every one of these cats hasn’t been declawed. Because … babies!)

The cats rocking the babies rock. The cat that tripped the baby is a dick.

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‘The Breakfast Club’ revisited

There’s a fascinating essay in The New Yorker by Molly Ringwald, who looks back at one of her most famous movies, “The Breakfast Club.” If you were expecting a fond jaunt down memory lane, remember, we are now in the age of #metoo, and things that were once seen as charming are now understood as creepy.

And after you read that, listen to Act Three of this episode of “This American Life,” in which Molly discusses watching “The Breakfast Club” with her 10-year-old daughter.

Signs from the March for Our Lives

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly kids, participated Saturday in the March for Our Lives. Below is the main stage after the event. It was impossible to get to it once the event began:
And here are the signs.

This was an official sign from the District of Columbia. It’s sad they had to post it, but there’s always some gun nut who thinks he has the right to terrorize people:

The following is something I’ve been saying for months:

People are sick of the “thoughts and prayers” response from politicians who prostitute themselves for the NRA …

Because people really know what the NRA stands for.

And the people at the march kept the focus on kids. Practically all of the speakers talked about how guns have affected their lives, from Parkland high school students, to kids in Washington, D.C., who have lost siblings to gun violence or who have stared down the barrel of a gun thinking it was going to be their last second alive.

There was also a reminder of when we had a compassionate, responsible, intelligent and uncorruptable leader in the White House not that long ago:

And there was this friendly reminder from a long departed neighbor:

I arrived at the march a little late and had to leave early because of the crush of the crowd, but while I was there, none of the speakers gave a roll call for the congressional whores who take NRA money in exchange for kids lives. Perhaps someone did do it, but if not, here’s a reminder:

Senate:

  • Marco Rubio (R-FL) – $9,900
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – $9,900
  • Rob Portman (R-OH) – $9,900
  • Joni Ernst (R-IA) – $9,900
  • Thom Tillis (R-NC) – $9,900
  • Dean Heller (R-NV) – $9,900
  • Jim Inhofe (R-OK) – $9,450
  • John Hoeven (R-ND) – $8,450
  • Steve Daines (R-MT) – $7,700
  • Ron Johnson (R-WI) – $7,450
  • John Boozman (R-AR) – $5,950
  • Todd Young (R-IN) – $5,950
  • Mike Rounds (R-SD) – $5,450
  • James Lankford (R-OK) – $5,000
  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – $4,950
  • Richard Shelby (R-AL) – $4,950
  • David Perdue (R-GA) – $4,950
  • Tim Scott (R-SC) – $4,500
  • Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) – $2,500
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX) – $350
  • John McCain (R-AZ) – $300

House

  • Barbara Comstock (R-VA) – $10,400
  • Mike Coffman (R-CO) – $9,900
  • Will Hurt (R-TX) – $9,900
  • John Katko (R-NY) – $9,900
  • Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) -$9,900
  • Lee Zeldin (R-NY) – $9,900
  • Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) – $7,450
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ) – $6,500
  • Bill Schuster (R-PA) – $5,950
  • Richard Hudson (R-NC) – $4,950
  • Steve Scalise (R-LA) – $4,950
  • Lamar Smith (R-TX) – $4,950
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA) – $4,500
  • Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) – $4,000
  • Robert Aderholt (R-AL) – $3,500
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX) – $3,500
  • Darin LaHood (R-IL) – $3,000
  • Erik Paulson (R-MN) – $3,000
  • Tom Reed (R-NY) – $3,000
  • Diane Black (R-TN) – $2,500
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – $2,500
  • Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) – $2,500
  • Rodney Davis (R-IL) $2,500
  • John Ratcliff (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – $2,500
  • Pete Sessions (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Roger Williams (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Mike Bishop (R-MI) – $2,000
  • Bradley Byrne (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Buddy Carter (R-GA) – $2,000
  • Chris Collins (R-NY) – $2,000
  • Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) – $2,000
  • Sean Duffy (R-WI) – $2,000
  • Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) – $2,000
  • Tim Walz (D-MN) – $2,000
  • Bob Gibbs (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Paul Gossar (R-AZ) – $2,000
  • Sam Graves (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Glenn Grothman (R-WI) $2,000
  • Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) – $2,000
  • French Hill (R-AR) – $2,000
  • Bill Huizenga (R-MI) – $2,000
  • Darrell Issa (R-CA) – $2,000
  • Bill Johnson (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) – $2,000
  • Doug Lamborn (R-CO) – $2,000
  • Luke Messer (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Kristi Noem (R-SD) – $2,000
  • Scott Perry (R-PA) – $2,000
  • Robert Pittenger (R-NC) – $2,000
  • Ted Poe (R-TX) – $2,000
  • Tom Rice (R-SC) – $2,000
  • Martha Roby (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Mike Rogers (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Todd Rokita (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Peter Roskam (R-IL) – $2,000
  • Dennis Ross (R-FL) – $2,000
  • Austin Scott (R-GA) – $2,000
  • Jason Smith (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Elise Stefanik (R-NY) – $2,000
  • Steve Stivers (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Mark Walker (R-NC) – $2,000
  • Jackie Walorski (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Mimi Walters (R-CA) – $2,000
  • Joe Wilson (R-SC) – $2,000
  • Rob Wittman (R-VA) – $2,000
  • Steven Palazzo (R-MS) – $1,750
  • Mike Kelly (R-PA) – $1,500
  • Steve Womack (R-AR) – $1,500
  • Ralph Abraham (R-LA) – $1,000
  • Lou Barlettea (R-PA) – $1,000
  • Susan Brooks (R-IN) – $1,000
  • Warren Davidson (R-OH) – $1,000
  • Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – $1,000
  • Louie Gohmert (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Kenny Marchant (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – $1,000
  • David McKinley (R-WV) – $1,000
  • Dave Reichert (R-WA) – $1,000
  • Tom Rooney (R-FL) – $1,000
  • Randy Weber (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Daniel Webster (R-FL) – $1,000
Every politician who takes NRA money is an accomplice to murder. Every voter who selects an NRA shill is an accomplice after the fact. Remember that in November.

Kentucky enters the 21st century

A surprisingly (almost) sanitized report on events from The Rude Pundit:

In Kentucky, last week, “a bill to make 18 the legal age for marriage in Kentucky…stalled in a Senate committee amid concerns about the rights of parents to allow children to wed at a younger age.” Right now, Kentucky law allows a judge to approve a marriage for anyone under 16, no matter what the age of the potential spouse is. According to state records, girls as young as 13 were married in the last few years. The bill wouldn’t allow any marriage under 17, and, in that case, a judge must be involved.

Social media got hold of the failure of the Senate committee to advance the bill, and, what do you know, all of a sudden it was back yesterday and it easily passed. Oh, sure, there were the usual bizarro fucknuts opposing it, like Republican Dan Seum, who stupidly said, “”I as a parent couldn’t let my pregnant 16-year-old daughter marry the guy that loves her, give the baby a name?” This led to the best smackdown by another Republican, Ralph Alvarado, who is a pediatrician: “I would argue they need more of a father than a husband at that age.” A bit patriarchal, sure, but it’s good to see evolution in action.

The bill was brought forward by Republican Senators Alice Forgy Kerr and Julie Raque Adams.  And, in testimony before the Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee, former victim Donna Pollard told her story about the 29 year-old man who first statutorily raped when she was 14. By the time she was 16, she had married her rapist with permission from her mother, who herself had married at 13. Years later, Pollard got divorced and became a kickass advocate against child marriage.

As far as the profanity here, fucknut is a proper description. Kickass is now accepted as a movie title.

But if you want a full uncensored Rude pundit rant on a certain babyman and a certain pornstar, click here. It’s a winner, and it’s titled:

Note to Republicans: It’s Not the Sex; It’s Your Hypocrisy