The Florida legislature was asked to vote yesterday to have a debate on banning assault weapons. Not a vote on banning the weapons, mind you, but a vote to have a debate on a ban. Here’s how it went down:
The legislative breakdown in Florida is 76 Republicans, 40 Democrats and three vacant seats. Every “nay” vote, meaning every vote to not even discuss the matter, was a Republican vote.
And they did it in front of students who attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the site of the second-deadliest shooting at a U.S. public school.
The way to end the mass slaughter of children in schools is to vote every Republican out of office. In every state. In every county. In every city. In every town. In every village. We already know Republicans are NRA whores. The least they could do is not flaunt it in front of civilized people.
(Via Mock, Paper, Scissors)
I enjoy these react channel episodes. They look so happy to be there.
In case you haven’t been following this story, the sentence wasn’t severe enough:
After seven days of listening to more than 160 girls, women and parents describe the impact of his sexual abuse, disgraced gymnastics physician Larry Nassar turned to the courtroom Wednesday and quietly attempted an apology, saying “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth for how sorry I am for what has occurred.”
Then Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read from a letter Nassar wrote last week in which he expressed very different sentiments. In the letter, Nassar complained about the length of his sentencing hearing, maintained that his touching of patients was legitimate medical therapy, and termed some of the alleged victims’ accounts “fabricated.” As Aquilina read excerpts, some in the courtroom gasped.
“My treatments worked, and those patients that are now speaking out were the same ones that praised me,” Aquilina said as she read Nassar’s words. “ . . . The media convinced them that everything I did was wrong and bad. . . . Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
The judge then addressed Nassar directly.
“It was not treatment what you did; it was not medical,” Aquilina replied. “I wouldn’t send my dogs to you, sir.”
It comes down to this, under the protection of USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, this animal sexually molested (raped) all of these girls and countless others who didn’t report it. Those who did report it were called liars. Some were forced to apologize to him for impugning his character. In some cases, he molested these girls in front of their parents, saying it was a specific treatment to improve their athletic ability.
He molested the top stars of female gymnastics, including Olympic gold medal winners. And this went on for decades.
I don’t know if I can watch gymnastics again.
Maybe we can. But can Alabama:?
Alabama Republicans may be ready to give Roy Moore a pass for the numerous accusations against him — that is, if they believe the allegations to begin with.
The polling group Change Research found that Moore has reopened an earlier 5-point lead over Democratic candidate Doug Jones. Overall, 49 percent of Alabama voters asked said they plan on voting for Moore while only 44 percent said they would vote for Jones; by contrast, Jones had a 3-point lead over Moore in mid-November, when the accusations against Moore began to make the news.
Let’s make this clear. Right now, 49 percent of Alabama voters support molesting little girls. In my mind, an Alabama voter that supports Roy Moore equals these guys:
We should really take a look at the Democratic opponent of Republican child molester Roy Jones. His name is Doug Jones, and he did this:
In 1997, then-President Bill Clinton named Jones as the United States attorney for the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham. Five years later in 2002, Jones served as the lead prosecutor in the lawsuit against two of the four Ku Klux Klan members responsible for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in September 1963. This act of racial violence killed four African-American girls during church services. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had called it “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.”
Jones was also involved in the prosecution of Eric Rudolph, whose 1998 attack on a Birmingham abortion clinic killed an off-duty police officer. Rudolph was sentenced in 2005, after Jones left office.
Referencing his time going after the KKK, Jones wrote a Huffington Post op-ed in September, saying that he does not want to let history repeat itself.
“Sadly, the pattern of violence as a response to hope has reasserted itself,” he wrote. “We saw it in the Charleston church massacre in 2015. We saw it on display in Charlottesville this past August. We’ve seen it in the attacks on mosques and synagogues, and against the LGBT community. We see it in the hostility toward the Latino community. We cannot sweep this violence under the rug. We must address the forces that lead to it and prosecute those who perpetrate such acts,” Jones wrote.
Jones won the Democratic primary in August, defeating seven other candidates and taking home 63.6% of the vote.
Here’s what I can’t wrap my mind around. The people of Alabama have a choice: They can pick a pedophile who molests 14-year-old girls, or they can pick a man who prosecuted the racists who murdered four little girls in a bombing of a Birmingham church during the height of the civil-rights movement.
And the political experts believe the child molester will win.
To quote the immortal Neil Young:
Alabama. You’ve got the rest of the Union to help you along. What’s going wrong?
Let’s not “both sides” this. Democrats condemned Anthony Weiner when he was caught sexting a minor, and he’s in jail today. Roy Moore molested a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s, and deviates in Alabama are more than willing to put him in the U.S. Senate.
And the Jesus, Mary and Joseph comparison is way beyond fucked up.
We were right on the edge of schizophrenia. I’m glad she didn’t go over.