Conservatives have no clue who is going to mow their yards for them and no clue who is going to swab out their toilets, do their filthy laundry and work on their cars when they break down but they believe that once all of the non-republicans and non-whites are dead, ‘murika will be the perfect Utopia.

That craptastic lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act was the subject of a hearing at a federal courthouse in Fort Worth last week. And holy shitbeans, the judge hearing the case, US District Judge Reed O’Connor, sure sounds like he’s just DYING to get the chance to throw out a major law passed under Barack Obama, possibly in hopes that one day a fine bronze statue will be raised in his honor. It will be a statue of a poor person dying in the street after being ejected from an emergency room.

The lawsuit, brought by oft indicted, slow-eyed Texas AG Ken “I Be The Governor Next?” Paxton and a bunch of other Republican attorneys general, is based on a simple idea that should be so stupid that any judge would throw the case out, ideally while chuckling and imposing a fine for a frivolous lawsuit: Since the Supremes found the individual mandate was constitutional because Congress has the power to tax, the 2017 Tax Cut for Rich Fuckwads — which put the “tax” for not having insurance at “zero” — renders the entire law unconstitutional, because if there’s no tax on the individual mandate, it … can’t be called a tax, and so it is unconstitutional? (I guess?!) Like I said, it is ARE YOU FUCKIN KIDDING ME DUMB. That means no Medicaid expansion, no kids on parents’ insurance until the age of 26, no more exchanges, and especially, no more protections for preexisting conditions.

The Trump administration found the argument so persuasive that the DOJ decided it would no longer defend the individual mandate or the protections for preexisting conditions, but it would like other parts of the law to remain in place for now. Guess somebody at the DOJ has a kid aged between 18 and 26. Fortunately, a bunch of AGs from blue states, led by California, have taken up the defense of the law.

Vox offers a  ‘splainer on why legal scholars find Texas’s argument “ludicrous” — or, if you prefer, “ridiculous,” and also “absurd.” The main reason is that there’s nothing in the law itself saying that if the mandate falls, then the insurance regulations have to be rescinded as well. That’s not just from a liberal crazypants, either: Libertarian legal scholar Jonathan Adler, who’s no fan of Obamacare and has supported other lawsuits against it, says that just because Congress in 2017 reduced the tax penalty for not having insurance to $0, that has no effect on the rest of the law. If Congress intended to kill the entire program, it would have to actually repeal Obamacare, which as you may recall from all of last year, it didn’t manage to do.

“Because Congress A claimed this provision (as originally enacted) was an essential component to the broader scheme, plaintiffs claim this still applies to the subsequent revision (even though Congress B didn’t say so), and thereby want the whole statute to go down. That’s just absurd,” he said by email.

But gosh, oh golly, this account by Timothy Jost, emeritus professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, who attended the hearing last week, sure presents Judge O’Connor as simply captivated by the plaintiffs’ exciting legal theories. Jost says O’Connor showed no sign of having read the amicus briefs filed by virtually every stakeholder in the American healthcare system—doctors, hospitals, insurers, patient groups, consumer organizations, small businesses, older Americans, as well as numerous health economists and public health experts–demonstrating those consequences.

Jost also noticed what appears to be a shift in the position of the Justice Department, which had said it didn’t want to defend the ACA at all. At the hearing, the DOJ’s attorney took a more nuanced approach to the idea of striking down protections for preexisting conditions right away:

[The] DOJ seemed to be having second thoughts, begging the court not to eliminate preexisting condition protections immediately and not to rule on the case until after the 2019 open enrollment period ends (incidentally, after the midterm elections). The DOJ argued that an immediate injunction could “cause chaos in the insurance markets” and that adjusting to an insurance market without the mandate would be a “multiyear” process.

Funny, that very convenient request to hold off on killing the ACA until after the midterms was also noticed by the New York Times, although the DOJ attorney explained it was really for sure more about not causing chaos during ACA open enrollment, which has been such a concern for the administration in the past. “We certainly don’t want people to lose their health insurance going into next year,” he said, and that can surely be the only reason he’s so very concerned, you bet.

The California attorneys argued that the individual mandate wasn’t any sort of keystone to the ACA as a whole, particularly from a legal standpoint (though as a practical matter, yes, it helped to keep premiums down by getting younger, healthier customers into the risk pool). They also noted Republican lawmakers’ statements that the elimination of the tax penalty was not intended to bring down the entire law, and argued that while killing off protections for preexisting conditions would be devastating to tens of millions of Americans, leaving them in place wouldn’t harm the plaintiffs at all, particularly since they now won’t even pay a penalty for not being insured. (If they get hit by a truck or a major illness, on the other hand, they’re now free to try to pay for it themselves, HOORAY.)

Jost says O’Connor appeared to have little interest at all in the defense case. Instead, the judge

questioned the attorneys for the next hour trying to elicit support for the plaintiffs’ arguments. Doesn’t the ACA still say people “shall” have coverage? Didn’t Congress by zeroing out the tax in 2017 remove the one justification the Supreme Court found for finding the mandate constitutional? Don’t the “findings” in the mandate section of the original ACA say that the mandate is “essential” to creating markets where preexisting conditions could be covered? (He ignored powerful evidence that the finding was wrong) […] Didn’t the dissent in the earlier Supreme Court case establish that once the mandate disappears, the whole ACA collapses? Can’t the court simply recite the magic formula proposed by the plaintiffs and make the ACA disappear?

Not a lawyer, but one has to wonder whether it’s really the judge’s role to join the plaintiffs in hammering at the defense’s case like that.

Judge O’Connor is expected to rule sometime in the next few weeks — the Texas Tribune notes that on his way out of the courtroom, he said he would “get something out just as quickly as I can.” We’re not really expecting it to be informed by a lot of fancy-schmancy legal scholarship, though.

Maybe United Way and other organizations could learn to tell people to get a damn job and pull their weight, huh? And if insurance is still too expensive, which it will be if the Republicans kill off the ACA, then obviously more people will be incentivized to become investment bankers, and everything will be fine.

For a terrific general overview of why this is bad and what you can do to fight it, see this thread by Andy Slavitt, Barack Obama’s director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, from the quaint old days when presidents and their cabinets followed laws instead of dismantling them.

You’ve got to be a really soulless evil fucking putrid shit to fight this fucking hard to take health care away from people.

Happy Fist-Pumping Patriots Day, AMERICA

by kara on September 11, 2018

Who else is sick of the hypocritical, self-righteous, completely uninformed grandstanding from every idiot in the country today? This year seems worse even than last year,  because Trump has become so difficult to defend, so Republicans are really leaning on 9/11 this year to justify him. They do that with everything every day. Sure, Trump’s “no saint”, but Hillary killed her staffers. Sure, Trump’s not the most articulate, but Hillary called half of America deplorable.

Today its, “Sure Trump’s not perfect, but remember when Muslims killed a bunch of Americans because we let ourselves get too soft? We need scrappy fighters like Trump, not pansy compromisers like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.”

I don’t like being lectured on history or patriotism by people who voted for the closest thing to a classic 1930’s fascist that I’ve seen in my life, and to boot one who accepted help in winning the election from a foreign adversary.

We haven’t learned shit in 17 years, and in fact we have become a worse nation because of it. Hateful and paranoid and xenophobic. We never were “unified”. While “traditional Americans” were saluting and singing that fucking Lee greenwood song, brown Americans were getting their fucking ass beat. We got an illegal war due to pure propaganda from Fox, which capitalized on some weird hyper patriotism that in reality amounts to blind support of the military and the state.

We never examined the road to 9/11, we just said “they hate us for our freedom”.We’ve killed thousands of innocent people, we’ve sacrificed liberties due to fear. We’ve withdrawn into our borders, and fallen victim to propaganda within our own state. Bin laden may be dead, but as the years go by, more and more I think he got what he wanted.

Also, we know that right now if something horrible were to happen on the scale of 9/11 half the country would want the perpetrator’s homeland turned into radioactive glass. And now they have someone who would push the button to do it.

Note that the bloody, entirely wrong, superfluous Republican War on Iraq as a “result” of 9/11 is entirely wiped from memory.

Donald Trump, White Trash Icon

One of the most remarkable things about the Old Days is that there were Americans with taste. Today, Americans appreciate bad taste, or America wouldn’t look the way America does. Enough has already been said about Trump and his shitty taste, his awful manners his gross appearance, the garbage of his personality, and what we surmise are his astronomical outstanding credit card balances — because you know how New Money always has to parade itself around in front of you like a dumb peacock. But there is more to say.

Trump’s bad taste is typical of a large swath of Americans. Not like he necessarily dresses the way most Americans do, in gigantic suits with a cut and a sheen of a drunk Bombay tailor and inexplicably long, shiny neckties in Bus and Tunnel colors the have to be held down with tape (it is hard to believe that this vulgar hair-weave troglodyte made his home in NYC, though).

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Dear Miss Lindsey

by kara on August 29, 2018

 

Lindsey Graham apparently isn’t upset that the unindicted co-conspirator president he spends so much time snuggling with has treated his dear dead friend with such grave disrespect, unbefitting of a syphilitic housecat, not to mention the purported leader of the free world. He said this on the “Today” show this morning:

Lindsey Graham has been normalizing the idea of Donald Trump firing Jeff Sessions in order to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation, saying that it’s not just because Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation that Trump can’t stand his little elfin racist face. It’s MORE THAN THAT.

GRAHAM: This relationship is beyond repair, I think. […] It’s much deeper than that. We won’t say on this show, but it’s a pretty deep breach.

Graham continued by saying “the relationship’s not working” and that Jeff Sessions should be replaced with somebody who will “commit to the Senate” that he or she will not interfere with the Robert Mueller investigation.

 

 

Also, what the hell kind of “deep breach” is Lindsey Graham talking about? Did Trump try to grab Sessions by the pussy but came up empty? Did Sessions invite Trump to his Family Hootenanny and was the country fried moose turd casserole unsatisfactory to the president’s delicate palate?

WHAT THE FUCK IS IT, LINDSEY?

Also, evidently the official GOP mourning period for John McCain has sailed right on past, since I heard opportunistic ghoul Jim Inhofe today on NPR blaming McCain for the rift with President ShiterBrains. It got so bad that I started screaming “What the fuck do you want McCain to do? Rise up from his casket and apologize?”

 

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Monday

by kara on August 6, 2018

Have you ever wondered: What do mega-rich Republican Captains of Industry who are not elected officials actually do these days? Do they build libraries like Robber Barons of the past? AS IF. No one should have nice things that they didn’t personally buy. Rather, they are rescuing us from the tyranny of public libraries.

Are they using their vast wealth and love of God to spread the word that greenhouse gases is tantamount to wanting to “kill about 5.7 billion people”? Nay, they are making up words about the industrial revolution, driven by coal and petroleum, made population growth and economic development possible, how exploitation of fossil fuels is a miracle, enabling transnational markets for food, widespread travel and education, heavier-than-air flight, full-time employment for left-wing commentators, and even the abolition of slavery.

Are they investing in the next generation by investing in our public schools? Ho-ho. They are making up words about how if your kids learn history in the Government Schools, they will be indoctrinated in the Marxist belief that the Industrial Revolution resulted from some confluence of economic and technological developments, and where the secular student might read about the “Gilded Age” as a time of great wealth and privilege for some, and exploitation and tainted meat* for most?

Do they go to weird gatherings of a “Secret Society” (rich people code for “club ludicrously wealthy dudes use to try to fill the gaping hole where their humanity is supposed to be), to plot against democracy and talk up their plans for the apocalypse (do you buy the converted missile silo and spend a billion dollars on upgrades? or do you buy a huge tract of land in some remote New Zealand wilderness, and work on a contingency plan to keep your servants from murdering you and taking over after the collapse of civilization?).

At these weird gatherings, do they callously hunt for sport as part some sort of specially imported endangered species, like the world’s most adorable emperor penguin, or a pregnant panda that knew the cure for lymphoma with armor-piercing bullets until they are dead?

At these weird gatherings, are they jazzing over solid gold idols of John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan, successful entrepreneurs who, they believe, in their drive to increase their own wealth, brought manifold benefits to others and helped to provide the world with much-needed commodities to help create better, safer, and more enjoyable living conditions for mankind, or at least, those members of mankind who didn’t develop black lung disease or get their arms ripped off by machinery?

Or, more practically, do they convene at weird gatherings to strategize on how to squeeze ever more money out of the taxpayers (that’s us), via the government they now own lock, stock, and lying, treasonous, reactionary barrel, from John Roberts to Mitch McConnell to nutso fat Donald, that creature from Hell, and all points between?

Yes, this is what they are doing.

For forty years, more or less, these fat white penis -Americans felt obliged to come up with a whole genre of Bullshit Financial Fan Fiction to justify their attack on democratic governance and their insatiable hunger for public money. Trickle down works! A rising tide lifts all boats! I never heard of a poor man creating jobs! This swill swarmed across the front pages of America’s great newspapers and billowed into the studios of network and cable news and spewed out, largely unchallenged, for decades: blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, ya. It’s years since even they believed any of it, although to be sure, the Koch people keep argue bargling the words and stuff: but then, they have a huge grift machine fueled by articles and white papers and chairmanships of economics departments and economists who regularly appear on PBS, they can’t help themselves, they don’t know how to stop.

* Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, aka a “socialist writer” who “charged America’s industries with being ‘oppressors’ of common workers.”

 

Welfare Farmers

by kara on July 25, 2018

Who else is sick and tired of hearing about the holy family farm? How did a job most often acquired by birthright become some national symbol of meritocracy? Almost every farmer I know inherited their farm. The great majority of American agriculture is controlled by large corporations. This welfare is going to them.

Remember when Republicans lost their fucking minds when Obama bailed out the Detroit auto makers? Never mind that that was caused by a world wide recession, not a self inflicted policy. Never mind that all but 9.7 billion was recouped by the government- less than the 12 billion we’re about to shell out (and we’ll never see a penny of it back). Never mind that we were talking about over a quarter million GM and Chrysler direct employees, a million or more other parts supplier employees and millions more in related industries vs about 100,000 soy bean farmers. Republicans still to this day HATED that bailout.

The key difference is obvious- those helped by the auto bailout were mostly blah people, union thugs and libtards. The people helped by Trump’s bean bailout will be white Trump voters, so this is different. Suddenly it’s OK when the government is picking winners and losers and getting in the way of free markets.

The Republican Party: A choice between double standards or none at all.

I have’t blogged anything since March, and probably would never have again. Then I watched Donald Trump stand next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the official sponsor of the White House reality show, glibly debate America and its institution in exchange for a soccer ball.

I feel like I say this a lot, and with varying degrees of hyperbole during these dark days, but WHAT IN THE HOLY MOTHERFUCKING FUCK DID WE WATCH? And how in the hell can anyone who claims to give a shit about this country be OK with what surely is, the final breath of our Republic? Could the original pee tape be more disgusting than what we watched?

The trained KGB spy and the fat, yapping dipshit who binge eats KFC and doesn’t like reading intelligence briefings were not even trying to hide it. You would think they could pantomime slap each other around a bit–all in good fun–to make it look like something other than a craven surrender on Trump’s part. Get a stuntman, if you have to. The only impressive thing about this presser was how Trump was able to speak despite having Putin’s load in his mouth (was I the only one who caught President Twitterfarts saying, “I speak for Russia”? Did I hallucinate it? Because I wrote it down as soon as I heard it).

Only one journalist had to be bum-rushed to the door, as the president* talked about the goddamn Electoral College and how the Mueller probe is bringing us closer to nuclear war, while Vladimir Putin’s face seemed about ready to explode with delight. On the bright side, Putin gave Trump a soccer ball that probably has a listening device in it. That’s pretty cool, right?

Meanwhile, congressional republicans were meeting in Moscow on the 4th of July with Putin’s top men and The Beltway Media treated it as perfectly normal.

They hacked the DNC. This all began with a cyber-Watergate. Any GOP lawmaker who does not denounce the shambolic, humiliating, treasonous performance we just saw from Donnie Dementia is tacitly admitting that they are disloyal to the United States of America. Something like this should be followed by government-wide mass resignations. It won’t be, though, because nobody wants to give up their Obamacare.

This meeting came on the heels of the most disastrously embarrassing performances in the UK since Mitt Romney, where Trumps did his damnedest to damage America’s traditional alliances. Of course, that’s what Putin wants, so it’s probably a mission accomplished moment for the president. Trump shambled around the UK, making fart noises at America’s foes in the EU, and shit all over our traditional enemy, the United Kingdom. When he was with the Queen and walked past her and then ahead of her, like a goddamn lunatic. Not even once did he acknowledge that she was there or might have needed an arm…it was as if he were imagining that he was the KING and those were his little toy soldiers who were there to pay homage to his gloriousness.

To be honest, Republicans likely had no expectations of Trump behaving like a normal person from either party and expressing even mild annoyance that Russia, under Putin’s direction, had hacked the DNC during the 2016 campaign — as well as probing the election vendors and voter rolls of an unknown number of states. This was probably why Rand Paul, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” argued that all countries “meddle” in foreign elections. Yeah, it’s not just the kleptocratic, authoritarian regime: We’re just a bunch of snoopy Gladys Kravitzes!

Trump, a so-called “businessman at heart”,  ranks “taking advantage” of the US in trade above attacking the very heart of our democracy. I don’t know why he’s so hacked off about countries in NATO not “paying their bills” when Trump’s notorious for stiffing people.You’d think they’d bond over their mutual assured deadbeat-ness. This all leaves Trump’s fellow Republicans scrambling to rationalize the president’s soft spot for a major geopolitical opponent that did more to us recently than Britain ever did, even when it inflicted Piers Morgan upon us.

Donald’s right about one thing, he didn’t directly collude with the Russians as he’s too fucking stupid, and the Russians know this. Rather Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn, Rick Gates, George Papadopolus, Donad Jr, Wilber Ross, Erik Prince, Michael Cohen, Jared Kushner, and many others did on his behalf.Last Friday, special counsel Mueller indicted 12 Russian officers of the GRU, also known as Russian military intelligence, for alleged election hacking offenses. President Putin of course personally ordered that operation, as well as the poisoning attacks in the UK, a thing that’s been happening. Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, said out loud that the lights are “blinking red” on incoming Russian cyberattacks on the upcoming midterms, and just on America in general. He compared it to the warning signs our intel community got before 9/11, you know, the ones that were ignored. So of course, Donald Trump had to have his little All By Myself meeting with Putin, who is probably literally his handler.

I am starting to admire the Russian’s approach overall. Seriously. Which party do you infiltrate? Which organization? Not the party that is constantly having its patriotism questioned, not the organization that is accused of undermining the rule of law. No – not the Democratic party or the ACLU: The Republican party and the NRA. Stupid Americans will never see it coming. The NRA is a weapons selling organization. One of Russia’s only two real exports is weapons. There was no real infiltration needed there. I mean, the GOP’s White Evangelical base have been Putin puppets since at least 2012. They love his crackdown on the wheys and he embodies the virile, muscular leader thing they claim Jesus was. This is an outgrowth of the bog standard racism and hate of the base. No GOPer pol is going to cross the Tea Party crazies unless they want to get primaried by an even nuttier candidate from further right. Also no real infiltration needed. Both groups voluntarily walked into Putin’s embrace. The propaganda network was already in place. It was only necessary to subvert it.

It’s oddly, bitterly instructive: when Russia was formally communist, it was, in many dimensions, less dangerous to its neighbours. Sure, if mostly because the rest of the world were more on their guard. The trouble with Putin’s kleptocracy is, in a world in which money and information flow easily, they _have_ money (or enough to get some pretty good leverage over the for sale, post-madcap looting of the former state, notwithstanding their now generally flatlined economy), and they’re accomplished exporters of misinformation…

They know the game. The lunatic right wing worldwide is pretty much the same easy mark, the same ready fifth column, Italy to Alaska. Talk their talk, stoke their fears, join them in the same wedges: scary Islamists, scary immigrants, dirty gays, slutty, county women, the wrong kind of internationalism will kill us all (they’re fine with the kind where the rich move filthy money around without ramifications, and at the expense of everyone else, less so with actually beneficial trade or cultural exchange). Marry up the flag and Christian chauvinism, whether Orthodox or evangelical, play to white nationalism, boom, you gots yourselves some ready and willing allies, ready to lick the boot of the strongman.

The seeds for that propaganda network can be traced all the way back to Nixon, thanks to his PR man Roger Ailes who waited patiently until Nixon killed the Fairness Doctrine and got Murdoch money to create his own “Republican CNN” right smack-dab in the middle between the ’94 Gingrich backlash and Monicagate. Monicagate begat Shrub. Fox dials up the crazy after 9/11 and thumps the drums of war. A breathless America elects Obama to clean up Shrub’s mess, so Fox dials up the crazy to unbearable levels and we get the Tea Party. They continue delegitimizing and dehumanizing Bamz and Hillary for the next six years. They infiltrated naive progressives and pounded their message into their unformed brains. Until, finally, Fox begat Trump. The GOP has been cultivating media as propaganda for a fascist coup for at least 50 years. Fabian fascism, the Business Plot and Powell Memo made flesh. Russia by way of the new media outlets Facebook and Twitter put them over the top!

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by kara on March 2, 2018

Sad/Hilarious story on Buzzed bout how a bunch of the underlings who work at White House fucking hate it there and are looking for new jobs, but they can’t get new jobs, not even at Sizzler or Wetzel’s in the airport, because nobody wants to hire somebody who worked at the trashy grifty failed Trump White House. Perhaps they should claim they were serving jail time, instead of putting Trump Administration on their resume? It sounds classier and they’d probably have a better chance of getting hired.

Tell us how bad it is, “former White House official”:

“Things are still pretty bleak inside the White House,” the source said. “I’ve talked to several people in the last week trying to find a way out, but they can’t get out because no one is really hiring people with Trump White House experience. Not a fun time to say the least.”

It used to be that no decent, self-respecting person wanted to work in the Trump Administration. Now he can’t even keep the crooks in there. Sad!

So-called “conservative women” need to reject the 170 years of women asking for autonomy, from the Seneca Falls convention, until today.

Because the women who organized Seneca Falls were not “conservative”. Because the women who attended Seneca Falls were not conservative. Because Lucretia Mott, a Quaker, abolitionist, women’s rights activist, social reformer and brilliant orator was not a “conservative”. Because the suffragettes were not conservative

Not voting, not getting involved in anything outside of their home, only doing what their husbands told them to do, is what conservative women did. Voting, organizing, protesting, having a job and not handing your paycheck over to your husband, being able to get a credit card without your husband’s approval, those are all liberal/feminist plots that radically changed what is defined as acceptable. If you truly want to be conservative, please reject the last 170 of years of feminism.

Stop voting, stop caring about your gynecologic health, stop having a life outside of your husband and family, and please quit talking about how you are conservative. You are not. You are opportunistic, taking advantage of the work of liberals/feminists for your personal gain

FACT: Feminists are pro-choice. Whether or not for themselves — they do not tell other women what to do with their bodies. Feminists are smart! They understand that abortions happen whether they’re legal or not. And the causal effect of illegalizing abortion is rich women traveling somewhere it’s legal and having it done safely, and poor women turning to less safe measures. Personally, I don’t believe you can be a feminist if you support something in effect being legal for rich women and illegal for poor women. If you sincerely want to reduce the incidence of abortion, try advocating for things that actually help with that, like making sure all women have access to birth control. Isn’t it better to do what actually works? Conservative women do not think so!

ALSO FACT: It’s not anti-male to discuss the ways men kind of have it easier in our society. Acknowledging that makes you a person who pays attention to things, not a person who doesn’t like men!  When I was 9, we moved to a new house in a new neighborhood. My brother and I were offered to tag along with the neighborhood boys down in the woods where there was a cool tire swing that swung over a little creek. When it was my turn, I was passed over. When I grabbed the rope one of the boys said “Oh, are you one of those feminists?” Confused, I later asked my dad what a feminist was and if I was one?  He told me to think about how I walk into situations expecting to be treated the same as everyone else. And that that made me a feminist. So naturally I was very confused when the media  – this was the 1970’s – kept trying to paint feminists out to be strange, man-hating psychopaths. We just wanted to be treated the same!

Declaring oneself not-a-feminist means assuming the rights and privileges thereto while simultaneously pandering to the forces that would deny those same rights and privileges.

Conservative women I know love to talk about how they look at themselves as products of their choices, not victims of their circumstances. And who gave these righteous ladies the opportunity to make those choices? They act as if the choices they had have always been there and were always accessible to women when the truth is that many, many, many women who came before them fought and struggled hard to make those opportunities exist. Assuming that choices are part of nature’s abundance, like low-hanging fruit. (Okay, not a very succinct analogy, but I’m a woman and therefore mentally limited.)

I hate this choices/circumstances thing so very much. First, because it takes for granted that the particular choices are available to all women, when we know they aren’t – and one doesn’t even have to be all worked up about “identity politics” to know that. And second, because it so totally demeans any analysis of any of the barriers to having those choices, sexism among them. And racism doesn’t exist, either. STOP COMPLAINING LADY LIBTARDS!!!