What Next? “Carl’s Cool Cancer”? “Darleen’s Divine Dysentery”? “Lou’s Luscious Lou Gehrig’s Disease”?

I wish this was a joke:

Measles is responsible for thousands of tragic (and preventable) deaths each year. Which is perhaps why so many reviewers are panning a new (and apparently self-published) book by Stephanie Messenger, an Australian author and anti-vaccine activist. According to the author’s page, “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” was written to:

Educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully.

“You Know, You Go to Saudi Arabia and You Need Two Women to Testify Against a Man. Here You Need 25.”


After that salient observation, I think that if Bill Hicks was still alive even he might be willing to forgive Jay Leno for his career as a corporate sellout.

You Do Realize…

…that the Republican anti-abortion theater event yesterday was not the attempt to pass the anti-choice bill but, rather, the alleged opposition to it from the Republican women, right?

And that that alleged demonstration of alleged opposition to the white, male anti-choice leadership of the party by the Republican women will be used in 2016 to con women into voting for the white, male anti-choice candidate of the party, right?

ADDENDUM: Even as I was typing this post, a guest on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes expressed skepticism over the ‘revolt’ by the Republican women given that almost all of them had had no problem with the exact language in the bill when it had been introduced in a previous session of Congress.

Funny, But I See No Maryland State Law Decisions Cited

From an amicus brief filed in support of Leyth Jamal in her action against Saks:


The theory of federal trans coverage under federal sex discrimination law being utilized by Ms. Jamal is not yet a fully settled principle of law (meaning that it may be many things and indeed is many things but robust is not one of them), but it is a real theory.


The federal and state court decisions being cited are real.

The theory that there was Maryland trans coverage under Maryland state law prior to the effective date of the 2014 gender identity law was not a real theory.



I see a Massachusetts court decision…

I see a New Jersey court decision…

But do any of you see any Maryland sex discrimination court decisions?

Of course you don’t.

Because there weren’t any.

Fine, Then States Can Ignore Citizens United and Regulate Campaign Finance

And they can stop treating corporations as people.

From Crooks and Liars:

Former Fox News talker Mike Huckabee is still foaming at the mouth over gay marriage and it makes me think that it’s not just a religious bias that is moving him, but that’s neither here nor there. He was on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show and basically said that states do not have to listen to any Supreme Court decision that legalizes gay marriage.

Pic of the Day: Jan. 19, 2015 (Special ‘Some Days You’re the Eagle, Some Days You’re the Fish’ Edition)

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Near the Lock & Dam along the Mississippi River below Leclaire, Iowa, this past Saturday afternoon.

Dinesh D’Felon


Tipping is Appreciated (Or At Least It Should Be)


Third Time’s the Smarm

From Crooks and Liars:

Mitt Romney is rebranding himself again, this time as a poverty fighter



“Under President Obama, the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty than ever before,” Romney said. “Under this president, his policies have not worked. Their liberal policies are good every four years for a campaign, but they don’t get the job done.”… He added, “People want to see rising wages and they deserve them.”

By the time the debates begin, he’ll have blamed the Great Depression and ever other evil that Republican policies have brought about on the Democrats.

Correcting Bill O-Lie-Ly


Now, if Fox was actually News:

The FBI, largely comprised of Christians, wiped the Klan, which was exclusively comprised of Christians, out by destroying its leadership and vigorously prosecuting their crimes – except that it didn’t completely wipe out the Klan and it took decades to prosecute much of what the Klan did, by which time many of the perpetrators had died of old age, and lets not forget that the FBI, led for forty years by a closeted gay man who was possibly being blackmailed by the Mafia, was pretty racist in its own right.