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God, I hate Fox News!

The Fox News site features a photo of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib with a caption underneath saying:

House Republican leaders are calling on Speaker Pelosi to 'take action' against Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib for saying that thinking about the Holocaust gives her a 'calming feeling'; Peter Doocy has the details from Washington.

But as the Fox News article itself reveals, she didn't mean that the Holocaust gives her a "calming feeling", as if she somehow approved of it. Her comment was actually about the displacement of Palestinians after the war:

"There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people's passports," Tlaib said on the podcast's most recent episode, published Friday. "And, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And, I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways, but they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them."

I just switched from "undecided" to Kamala Harris.

Someday a woman will be president, and I figure it's about that time.

I think Speaker Pelosi is correct with her “Own the center left, own the mainstream” advice, and among the top woman candidates that rules out Elizabeth Warren, whose platform may or may not be desirable, but the Robin Hood-like idea to rob from the rich and give to the poor seems unlikely to sell and is probably unrealistic. That leaves Amy Klobuchar and Kamala Harris. Kamala Harris is my first choice and Amy Klobuchar is my second.

Does it mean anything to "commit under oath" to do or not do something in the future?

I don't understand what that means. The oath of a witness is an affirmation that statements made about what the witness experienced will be truthful, but it seems to me that a promise to do something in the future would require a completely different sort of oath, and not keeping that promise wouldn't qualify as lying to Congress. Is there a law against breaking a promise to Congress?

I think maybe I'd prefer "uncommitted" to "undecided", but I'm undecided about that.

Why did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decline Nancy Pelosi's invitation to join the Climate Crisis panel?

I have written Ralph Northam's resignation speech for him, and here it is:

"After careful consideration, I have concluded that Brett Kavanaugh and I have no choice but to resign for our inexcusable transgressions during our school days. I will leave it to Justice Kavanaugh to finalize our joint resignation."

Trump, the scientist's nightmare, displays his abysmal ignorance of what a polar vortex is.

Start by reading about what the polar vortices are.

The vortices weaken and strengthen from year to year. When the vortex of the arctic is strong, it is well defined, there is a single vortex, and the arctic air is well contained; when weaker, which it generally is, it will break into two or more vortices; when very weak, the flow of arctic air becomes more disorganized and masses of cold arctic air can push equatorward, bringing with it a rapid and sharp temperature drop.

Scientists are always cautious in their conclusions, but...

The general assumption is that reduced snow cover and sea ice reflect less sunlight and therefore evaporation and transpiration increases, which in turn alters the pressure and temperature gradient of the polar vortex, causing it to weaken or collapse. This becomes apparent when the jet stream amplitude increases (meanders) over the northern hemisphere, causing Rossby waves to propagate farther to the south or north, which in turn transports warmer air to the north pole and polar air into lower latitudes.

And now this:

Donald J. Trump
In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!

Today's depressing reality actually makes this XKCD cartoon about science denying politicians seem tame in comparison.

Does Elizabeth Warren's "wealth tax" proposal make her more electable or less electable?

Note: My question is not "Do you like Elizabeth Warren's 'wealth tax' proposal?"

My question is not "is a 'wealth tax' a good idea or a bad idea?"

My question is "Does Elizabeth Warren's 'wealth tax' proposal make her more or less likely to win the presidential election, if she's chosen as the Democratic candidate?"

Kamala Harris, African American???

Kamala Harris is cool. I like her, but...


Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, to a Tamil Indian mother and a Jamaican father.

Her mother is from Tamil Nadu in Southern India, and her father is from Jamaica, so it seems quite a stretch for MSNBC and other news agencies to call her an "African American."

She has ancestors who came from Africa, you say? The entire homo sapiens species has ancestors that came from Africa!

Will Trump pardon the folks who left food and water for immigrants?

Members of group giving food, water to migrants convicted of misdemeanors

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