TEXAS: Court Rules Republican Lawmakers Intentionally Diluted Minority Clout When Drawing US House Districts

The Texas Tribune reports:

Texas lawmakers intentionally diluted the political clout of minority voters in drawing the state’s House districts, a panel of federal judges ruled Thursday. In a long-awaited ruling, the San Antonio-based judges found that lawmakers in 2011 either violated the U.S. Constitution or the Voting Rights Act by intentionally diluting the strength of minority voters statewide and specifically in a litany of House districts across Texas. Those districts encompass areas including El Paso, Bexar, Nueces, Harris, Dallas and Bell counties.

“The impact of the plan was certainly to reduce minority voting opportunity statewide, resulting in even less proportional representation for minority voters,” U.S. District Judges Orlando Garcia and Xavier Rodriguez wrote in a majority opinion, adding that map-drawers’ discussions “demonstrated a hostility” toward creating minority-controlled districts despite their massive population growth.

The 2-1 ruling came one month after the same court found intentional discrimination in the drawing of three Texas congressional districts. Like that ruling, however, the judges did not offer a remedy for the violations — leaving open the question of how the ruling will affect House races in 2018. In a dissenting opinion, Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals called the majority’s findings “fatally infected, from start to finish, with the misunderstanding that race, rather than partisan advantage” was behind the state maps.

GOP state Rep. Joe Straus [photo] has been Texas House Speaker since 2009.

  • Tomcat

    That is happening all over the country, that and making sure all minorities get a felony and lose voting rights.

  • Mark

    Say it ain’t so! In texas?! No!. It just cain’t be!

    OTH – hahaha…fuck them…fuck each and every one of those austin rethugs……and their little map maker, too!

    • William

      Those rethuglicans aren’t from Austin. They enjoy fucking over Austin as sport.

      • Mark

        yes, you’re right. I shoulda made it clearer.

  • agcons

    It’s not been a good week for assholes, has it?

    • Mark

      even abbot is gonna need some re-threads slapped on his chair….

    • LovesIrony

      tell me about it, I put way too much habanero sauce on my tacos.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Douche with buttermilk.

  • boobert

    You could void every election since 2011 for a start !

  • Ben in Oakland

    “fatally infected, from start to finish, with the misunderstanding that race, rather than partisan advantage” was behind the state maps.”
    Does it matter which?

    • Chucktech

      Partisan advantage = A.O.K. Racial advantage = “That’s not very nice, you shouldn’t do that.”

      Jesus…

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Why won’t jesus tweet ? Why ???

        • safari

          I’d answer, but I’m still trying to figure out why a deity would want to torture himself over a long weekend for no apparent reason as it already is omnipotent.

          • Adam King

            Never underestimate the bloodthirstiness of bible-gods and their hateful followers.

    • Joe in PA

      Absolutely it matters. The ONLY reason this is getting traction in the courts is because it is a minority issue. Partisan…not so much. It sucks…the whole system sucks.

      But you are correct, it SHOULDN’t matter. Sigh.

    • GOP likes to pretend that SCOTUS said partisan advantage isn’t improper. As I understand it, that’s not correct. As I understand it, SCOTUS said it wasn’t legal but that they did not have a mechanism for properly identifying it. I’d think a confessional like this would count in this case. SCOTUS will be hearing a case where WI researchers are proposing a mathematically mechanism for identifying it.

      • Ben in Oakland

        I would think that it wouldn’t be too difficult to define a way not to have the bias. Start with a rectangle in the most populous areas to represent on district.. keep adding rectangles.

    • CJAS

      You think shouldn’t matter because the result is the same, and immoral. But the law, which is interpreted by partisans (who are also racists), will only halt intentionally racists mapping. And they’re very reluctant to do that.

  • This is good, but it still understates the problem. NOT ONLY is it gerrymandering for GOP advantage, but discriminatory voter ID laws, reduced voting opportunities (sites, machines) in minority districts, targeted voter purges, refusing to reinstate voting rights for felons who’ve done their time, and more.

    Don’t get me started on problematic, tampering-vulnerable voting machines and tabulation servers…

    • Ninja0980

      The media won’t talk about that but will talk again and again about the “poor” Trump voters who just hate people calling them racists etc.

  • BearEyes

    So – force the redrawing of the districts – why won’t the courts do that as a remedy?

  • Chucktech

    …the judges did not offer a remedy for the violations…

    Meaning not a goddam thing will be done about it.

    …leaving open the question of how the ruling will affect House races in 2018.

    Meaning the ruling won’t do jack shit.

  • david fairfield

    The dissenting statement is ridiculous. Whether it’s race or partisan advantage it still does the same thing, which is to give unfair advantage to select voters and guarantee the republican regime so that they can continue to kick around minorities.

    • J Ascher

      When a party is as racist as the Republicans are, the dissent is a distinction without a difference.

      • Cattleya1

        A difference which makes no difference, is no difference. Nixon launched the modern GOP and look what his efforts have brought us…

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    • ChrisMorley

      Is it just me, or is dissenting Judge Jerry Smith a white man who can manage to see ‘partisan advantage’ but choses to be blind to its racial animus?

      • another_steve

        Astute, Chris.

        Just one reason I try to catch your comments.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        ^^^^^^For the win!

    • abqdan

      The difference is that for decades, partisan politics HAS played a part in redistricting – both Democrats and Republicans have used this tactic throughout our country. It is no less immoral, but apparently legal… Whereas using race as a factor isn’t. Redistricting should be done by independent commissions – as it is in California. They should also be using automated mapping tools to dot his, not arbitrary mapping by humans.

      • Mark Cross

        http://www.maa.org/book/export/html/220484
        I found this article fascinating!

      • Mark Cross

        http://www.maa.org/book/export/html/220484
        A political redistricting tool for the rest of us…

      • CJAS

        Partially true. The former slave states (and their kindred states) have used it for one purpose: to maintain white supremacy. And they done so as Democrats and Republicans. To suggest that partisan mapping in Illinois, Ohio or California is no different than that in Texas, Alabama, or Louisiana is ahistorical and intellectually dishonest.

    • CJAS

      That’s the mind of Republicans judges. They create nonsensical distinctions to get to the results they want. The entire idea that ‘intent’ matters when the result is necessarily discriminatory is unconscionable to moral people.

  • William

    Joe Straus is probably the best republican politician in Texas.

    • Joe in PA

      I have no idea about Joe Straus…you may be right…but it begs the comment:

      you’ve set the bar awfully low! 🙂

      • William

        Someone gets to stand at the top of the manure pile.

        • Joe in PA

          Words to live by I’d say. 🙂

    • LovesIrony

      why? is he dead?

      • Mike in Texas

        Seriously, and with most of the snark set aside, I’d say watch what happens with the bathroom bill in this session (SB6) . If it fails, it will be because of Joe Straus’ opposition and refusal to let it come to a vote in the house. Straus played a big role in the failure of 21 out of 22 antigay bills in the last session. He’s doing the same thing this time. There is a huge split in the Texas Republican Party between the religious fruitcakes and the business oriented and more sane Republicans. Straus is one of the strong business oriented ones. He wouldn’t be a stereotypical Republican in any state, not just in Texas. https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/01/texas-house-speaker-pans-bathroom-bill-exposes-gop-divide-trans-rights/

        • William

          He still holds a grudge against the people who tried to dump him as Speaker because he’s Jewish.

  • another_steve

    To my Texan sisters and bothers reading here: Please evacuate the state.

    Take your loved ones, your pets, your livestock and any houseplants you’ve been cultivating for over 15 years with you.

    We’re going to nuke the state.

    • J Ascher

      Has Putin approved Trump’s action here?

    • safari

      Or we could wait until another few of their under-insured, poorly-inspected chemical plants explode.

      • McSwagg

        Hurricane season doesn’t start for another six weeks and already there’s a tropical storm in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. That’s not a comforting sign.

    • RoFaWh

      Don’t nuke it; give it back to Mexico.

      • another_steve

        Yes, but can you imagine transporting the entire state over the wall that Donald Trump is going to build?

  • LovesIrony

    bigots acting like bigots surprises no one.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Lazycrockett

      So now Drumpf is anti everything that won him the election. If I was smart, I would think this is all some kind of distraction.

      • DaddyRay

        They will bring him to the US, find him innocent and then put him in charge of Trump’s reelection committee

        • ChrisMorley

          If Assange emerges from his cellar bedroom and the Ecuador embassy in London, he will have to be sent by the British authorities to Sweden, who have a European arrest warrant for him.
          The US needs to join the end of that queue.

          • Ernest Endevor

            How does Ecuador figure into the Wikileaks/Russia deal, I wonder? And even what’s coming out aren’t they concerned?

    • Todd20036

      Wonder if Mr. Assange might make a plea… if he’s extradited.

    • Jeffrey

      ACLU is saying this is a terrible precedent as far as journalism is concerned. I’m not sure Assange is really a journalist.

      • SoCalGal20

        The ACLU does a lot of excellent work but Julian Assange should not be put in the category of press. Or even whistleblower. I don’t agree with them in this case.

    • Sissy Spacedout

      That will let the man claim refugee status in the UK, if the UK is still following their traditions.

      So, you’ll see him next spring.

  • Ninja0980

    Judge Jerry Smith who wrote the dissent, has been on the 5th Circuit since the St. Ronnie era.
    He has long been a bigoted racist asshole so him writing this crap is nothing new.
    The fact he has been on the bench this long goes into a sad point I’ve made before.
    If you want to see one area where Democrats haven’t played the long game as well as Republicans have, the courts are it.

    • billbear1961

      Democrats don’t FIGHT like Republicans do. They aren’t RELENTLESS as Republicans are.

      We MUST be much more LIKE that, or this republic is FINISHED.

      There must always, however, remain one ESSENTIAL difference: their main weapon is LYING–ours has been, and must always REMAIN, telling the TRUTH, using FACTS to counter their LIES.

    • Other Steps As Necessary

      Fight corruption in the judiciary. Step 1: Term Limits. Step 2: Mandatory Retirement Age

      • Texas Two Step

        Step 3: Execute Corrupt Judges and Justices.

        • Sissy Spacedout

          By crucifixion.

          If you’re going to execute people, do it right.

  • the bottom line is that conservatives have to cheat, to “win.” these days, that’s almost always true. if you hate your fellow white american, try to remember: it’s probably not true that he and all his friends hate you. there are a lot who do, but again: cheating. they must needs over represent themselves, almost all the time, these days.

    the official Democratic party sucks in a lot of ways. but it is the majority party. the poor people’s party. the party of people who don’t command $1B of personal wealth. etc.

    the thugs are one thing, and one thing only: the mouthpieces for the very rich. they like war (it makes them richer), they like segregation (it keeps all those differently colored little people hating each other) and they like to keep education to themselves.

    it’s only about 10,000. i truly mean this. take out about 10K billionaires, and so many of our problems are solved, instantly. i am happy to be the Lictor.

  • safari

    It is time to declare the GOP enemies of the US citizenry.

    • Ross

      So declared.

      • Adam King

        Seconded. Also moved they be declared enemies of the planet Earth, the human race, and all that’s decent.

    • We knew that already. It’s the red-meat “real Americans” who don’t know that.

      • djcoastermark

        They are slow learners aren’t they? Maybe it will hit them like a Hawaiian Punch once their health care goes away. ( or for jefferson sessions, aloha) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f127bab54d6dd0cfe37894e40fabd42228578a037c015da5c2705b4b4d0d13f.gif

        • another_steve

          Ohmigod you’re old enough to remember the Hawaiian Punch commercials!!!

          I’m not the only one here on JMG!!!

          • david fairfield

            Please. It wasn’t that long ago. Was it?

          • another_steve

            Hon, the Donna Summer generation (us) are threatened.

            The young ones have declared us obsolete.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzz6-BOmbM4

          • david fairfield

            Ha!

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Still recall it, but never liked the stuff. Too sweet for my taste.

            Now, Faygo (and yes, it is pronounced like you think): I would have IV’d that crap as a kid.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQqyDj7RX6Y

          • another_steve

            Yes, Hawaiian Punch is/was sickingly-sweet.

            As 20-somethings, my friends and I went through a period of using it as a mixer for alcoholic concoctions, but my tastes changed and I eventually grew tired of that.

      • FAEN

        Who live in the middle of fucking nowhere.

    • GOPTAD

      Republicans = Terrorists Against Democracy.

      • FAEN

        And humanity.

  • kaydenpat

    It’s a sad day when you can’t discriminate against darkies without being called out. Tsssk tssssk.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Oh, for the days when they were just happy a stampin’ their feet in the Mississippi mud. Good times. Good times. /s

  • thom

    BREAKING: US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of @WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials tell CNN

    • safari

      I do hope they storm the embassy. It’d be such a Trumpian thing to do.

    • another_steve

      Surprise surprise.

      So… not quite the defender of “openness and transparency,” he?

    • …who will mysteriously commit suicide while in custody, thus cleaning up another major loose thread in the Trump/Russia conspiracy.

      • The_Wretched

        It’s been an open secret that Assange was on the short list for a disappearance for at least 8 years now. Making himself a front for Putin didn’t help him so much as becoming utterly irrelevant would have.

  • billbear1961

    It won’t be long before the courts are fatally infected with BIGOTS like Smith.

    When the fascists have control of the courts, their coup will be complete.

    Then (as I said earlier today), it will be for Americans to decide if FASCISM–the Rule of HATRED, for which corrupt bullies masquerading as “judges” will make every TWISTED excuse they can concoct–is an acceptable option is what is SUPPOSED to be a GENUINE democracy.

    IT IS NOT AND NEVER WILL BE.

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”–Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • safari

      One day the left will say “second amendment solution” and the right will piss itself.

      • billbear1961

        Yes, of course, only THEY have the right to even IMAGINE such a thing.

        Who do we think WE are?!

        • safari

          I’m hoping the more rational actors here.

    • Ninja0980

      Sad to say but Obama and Senate Democrats bear some blame in that.
      Not only did Obama drag his feet on nominating judges but when he nominated liberals like Goodwin Liu, he let Republicans block them without a fight and let them abuse the blue slip to an absurd degree.
      Democrats have never fought for the courts the way Republicans have… and Trump will have 100 vacancies plus to fill because of that.

  • Adam King

    Damn I hate racists. What a vast waste of protoplasm.

  • Lars Littlefield

    OT– In celebration of 4/20, remember that if you give a mouse a brownie it will eat all the cheese in your house.

    “Tiki torches at twilight. Hula girls at the bar. All the guys from office are throwing up in their cars.”

    Let’s all get normal at the luau!

    Chau

    • barrixines
      • worstcultever

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        • barrixines

          Not in the US (and their website really doesn’t like you even just loading the main page from abroad) but on your recommendation I will give it a bash.

      • Everybody knows that bongos are the true gateway drug.

  • Lazycrockett

    FYI Ron Howard will be Hardballing soon.

    • DaddyRay

      I will certainly check out Genius – looks really interesting

      • Lazycrockett

        Yeah it does. April 25th on Nat Geo.

  • JT

    TEXAS: Court Rules Republican Lawmakers Intentionally Diluted Minority Clout When Drawing US House Districts

    https://discourse-cdn.global.ssl.fastly.net/boingboing/uploads/default/original/3X/d/0/d09349cf1e4708faf575d3b01df0bcced532feec.gif

  • worstcultever

    I agree that the courts are in as deep peril as everything else in this puke fascist nightmare. But for now we still have enough entrenched jurists out there still interested in protecting the law.

    The only way to save the judiciary: Trump has simply GOT to be brought down, sooner rather than later. I know that our investigative bodies must be overwhelmed at the sheer scope and audacity of the treason and criminality that have seized our levers of power. But they need to fucking MOVE.

    I was very heartened at Chaffetz’s quick little skedaddling outta next election – oh wait, outta Congress! – like, tomorrow! It says to me that the Russkies have EVERYTHING on these pukes, along with Dumpy. And what the Russkies have, the FBI has.

    We’ll just have to see if our institutions still have enough REAL patriots to do something about this existential national cancer. Or whether they still consider emails more important.

  • Cuberly

    OT: Reptilian update. I guess that call to public service don’t pay so hot. Or, maybe he’s parlaying his gov influence and contacts into a better gig.

    https://twitter.com/mattmfm/status/855178267107758081

    • DoctorDJ

      “….what kind of elected official publicly admits they’re looking to ditch politics for a big $$$ gig?”

      Ummm. A Republican?

      • And possibly a guy who needs a lot of income fast to aid in lawyering up?

      • Cuberly

        He’s done everything except declare, he’s tired of this shit.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Answer: a Mormon.

    • OdieDenCO

      someone that may owe some large legal fees in the near future.

    • another_steve

      Twenty points, Cuberly, for “reptilian update.”

      (Btw I want you to know that, as a cultural Jew, your avatar is among my top five favorite on JMG.)

    • The_Wretched

      Maybe he’s about to get hit with huge fines for non-payment of taxes?

  • ByronK

    John Oliver did a great segment on gerrymandering. Very eye opening and disturbing.

    • another_steve

      Democrats do it too, when they can. Let’s be honest here. My state, Maryland, is “gerrymandered capital of the United States.”

      And it was done by the Democrats in charge here.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Republicans? Cheating? Say it ain’t so.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/mch7576/status/855204232642875395

    Someone one is itching to get out of town before the bounty hunter shows up.

    • another_steve

      Cuff him and arrest him before he leaves the premises.

      • OdieDenCO

        perp walk!

    • Treant

      I want to know who found out what and why he’s running away from that.

      • another_steve

        One has to think it’s pretty awful.

    • DaddyRay

      Maybe he found out what the mystery was behind Flynn’s request for immunity and realized it was going to incriminate him

    • safari

      So… dead girl or live boy?

      • DaddyRay

        Some people say both!

      • His Holy Sh1t the Donald

        could be “AND”

        However, I’m hoping sth Trump-related.

      • Todd20036

        You’re limiting yourself.

        Maybe it was a pig.

      • Sissy Spacedout

        I really should have scrolled down. Again.

      • Ben in Oakland

        frequent enemas.

    • DaddyRay

      I hope the FBI puts him on a no-fly list

    • Ninja0980

      I do find it ironic a man who wanted to wage war on Hillary could be wearing pinstripes soon.
      If Trey Gowdy gets charged, then the karma train will have fully pulled into the station.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Not yet. These trainhoppers were just spied by the conductor so they’re jumping off before the authorities meet them at the station.

    • Paula

      Is the warrant dead OR alive? Uh… I’m just curious… Asking for a friend…

      • Treant

        The warrant requires him dead AND alive and requires delivery in a box.

        • Paula

          Can he be alive when he goes into the box and not so alive when he gets to his destination? Its easier when you don’t have to punch any air holes in the box.

          • OdieDenCO

            the box is government property. it is illegal to damage government property. quid pro quo no hole

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          Hmm, … Schrödinger’s Chaffetz?

          • Paula

            Yes, but, that requires someone with a PhD. in Quantum Physics just to open the box.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            This little dino is happy to volunteer.
            These teeth and massive maw can open anything.
            (Not responsible for damaged contents.)

          • Paula

            You’re hired. 🙂

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Yippee!!

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            …that wants to.

      • KarenAtFOH

        The warrant encourages the consumption of polonium tea.

    • david fairfield

      So, was he “advised” to step down from his post? Or is he finally doing the math and realized his days are numbered? Either way, something’s gonna happen…..POPCORN!!!

      • Sissy Spacedout

        If he leaves tomorrow, it’s a scandal that’s driving him away. 🙂

        Live boy and dead girl, perhaps?

    • Jeffrey

      Wow, he must really miss his wife and kids a lot!

      • BobSF_94117

        Or that cot sprang a spring.

      • Lazycrockett

        His kids have moved out and married so its just him and wifey.

    • BobSF_94117

      Some people are just terrified of Town Hall meetings.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Where’s Gowdy and Cotton when you need ’em?

    • The_Wretched

      People like Chaffetz don’t just quit like this. We need investigations.

      Also, I hereby recommend that “Chaffetz” be used to refer to getting a series of enemas. “Billy has a hot date Saturday. In preparation, he chaffetzed.”
      “Sammy really needs to diversify, he only wants chaffetz when we get together.”

  • leastyebejudged

    PUT THEM ALL IN PRISON

  • Henry Auvil

    Surprise, surprise. I remember reading how a Texas hunting license was considered valid voting ID, but not a student ID issued by a state university. Pretty obvious who they didn’t want to vote.

    • Todd20036

      Yup

    • McSwagg

      That’s because there’s several traditionally BLACK state universities in Texas. It’d be just plain blatant if they singled them out.

  • What a great day! First the Chaffetz scandal and his soon to be announced resignation and now this.

    There is a god… And boy is it pissed off at the Rethuglicans!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      *she

      • another_steve

        God is a fixed Maine Coon cat.

        (My Maine Coon told me so.)

      • Sissy Spacedout

        It. If you buy the mythology the deity is one that is the image of all humans. Male and Female; both, yet neither, is the divine.

        God/ess isn’t male or female. It’s both, and neither.

        As I say again, if you buy that nonsense. 🙂

      • The_Wretched

        OT christian / jewish god is a He. I know they get all gender bendy in genesis but “HE” was married and had a wife who was a female god before they decided to toss the rest of the pantheon.

  • Moebym Reborn

    I am so glad Obama and Holder have made this issue their focus right after leaving office. Racial gerrymandering is a disgusting perversion of democracy, and one that Republicans have engaged in with seeming impunity until lately.

  • SnowFlake

    The only science the GOP finds valid is the science of gerrymandering

  • Sam_Handwich

    Orlando Garcia and Xavier Rodriguez get it

    Jerry Smith doesn’t

    hmmmm

    • Ninja0980

      Gee… I wonder what the difference is between Jerry and the other two.

  • TuuxKabin
    • johncAtl

      Lessons to be learned:

      1) Don’t make a former bus driver the head of the country.
      2) Don’t make a reality TV star the head of the country.

      I hope Venezuela recovers from having elected Hugo Chavez. And I hope the U.S. survives the election of Donald Trump.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • DaddyRay

      So he is into scat?

    • Lazycrockett

      Hey got to strike the Faux News Iron while its hot.

    • RoFaWh

      Is it possible that all those many enemas were actually clean out sessions before a cozy bout of fisting?

      • Sam_Handwich

        what? jeff sessions? 😀

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          Hmm. Who else has tiny hands?

    • another_steve

      I don’t understand the “enemas” comment.

      I’m an old jaded fag who has seen it all, but I don’t understand the enemas comment.

      • BobSF_94117

        I think he means he’s clean as a whistle. (Which makes one never want to whistle again.)

        • another_steve

          Oh. Okay.

          Thanks.

  • -M-

    Because discriminating against voters’ right to representation would be okay if hypothetically it wasn’t racist, Jerry?

  • David

    OK. We need something fun.
    Thus, for something really silly (and utterly bizarre), I present:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GxEHi6Mlzmk

    • Sissy Spacedout

      Teddy objects!

      I’m off to the hospital, for stitches….

      • Bryan

        Ouch.
        Let’s hope your doctor has good craftsmanship!

        • Sissy Spacedout

          Scars are good for you.

          They build character. And chest hair.

    • djcoastermark

      Aah, a perfect way to end 4/20.

      • TuuxKabin

        Don’t let it end.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Cat II! You’re flat!

      • another_steve

        Look…it’s not politically correct, but it’s accurate.

    • another_steve

      False.

      He would have lost three fingers immediately upon squeezing the first cat.

      • David

        They’re stuffed squeeky toys.

    • Max_1

      DJ Trump would be impressed with all that pussy grabbing…

  • JT
    • another_steve

      “Oh yes. It’s too bad about this poor boy’s face. It’s tragic. He’s absolutely cursed. How could his beauty ever compare with my soul?

      And although I’ve never seen my soul, I understand from my mother’s rabbi that it’s a knock-out. I, however, cannot seem to locate it for a gander. And if I could, I’d sell it in a flash, for some skin-deep, transitory, meaningless beauty.”

      ~ Harold, “The Boys in the Band”

    • DaddyRay

      Is the guy passing by in the background saying “Gay” into that guys ear

      • johncAtl

        That, or you’re sleeping on the couch tonight.

      • JT

        That’s what they say when they’re outclassed, envious and attracted at the same time.

    • fuzzybits

      He must’ve gotten into a hornets nest,he looks swollen.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    So The whit dissenting judge whitesplained racism to the Latino judges. We are so lucky to have him

    • His Holy Sh1t the Donald

      It’s Trumpism

    • The_Wretched

      My #1 complaint about Bill Clinton (and the Dems of that time and on going about the national Dems) is that they didn’t seem to care that Republicans have a decades long plan to take over the judiciary so they get that insane and bigoted dissent – and in some cases, the majority opinion.

  • Meanwhile, the GOP still won’t do what they need to do about this monster they created and then gave access to nuclear codes:
    https://twitter.com/stevebenen/status/854667887512100864
    This is really a big deal: Everybody — EVERYBODY — knows that this man cannot be trusted to tell anything remotely like the truth, and worse, this disease of compulsive mendacity has spread throughout the Executive. Meaning? America’s trading partners and allies and even its adversaries have no reason to believe what they are being told.

    • johncAtl

      In the case of that hat I think it means “ultra stupid asshole.”

      • TuuxKabin

        ‘ultra senile asshole.’

        • johncAtl

          That works too. Of course any phrase ending in “asshole” describes Trump.

    • another_steve

      What can we do, Becca? Republicans are in charge of both houses of Congress, plus Trump’s Christofascist base believes the End Times must come so that all believers ascend to imaginary heaven.

      I have surrounded myself with the most loving and beautiful man imaginable, a semi-decent cat, and three boxes of Mallomars.

      I am prepared to die.

    • fuzzybits

      I live across the street from a psychiatric hospital. I would’ve trusted some of the patients more with those secrets.

  • Lazycrockett

    Ossoff on TRMS!!

  • fuzzybits

    Fucking scum of the world.

  • Cuberly

    OT: Sanity Break! Remember the board game Mouse Trap? From a post over on Sploid.

    https://youtu.be/trDnp3dWlXk?t=20

    • another_steve

      Love these things!

      There’s a ton of them out there on the web, but this one is particularly good due to the soundtrack.

    • Bryan

      “We’ll save you, Biisuke!”

    • houstonray

      Wow, that was incredible. Thanks for sharing! I’m going to go back and watch it again.

  • fuzzybits

    We need some fun stuff. I posted this before,but I just think it’s pretty darn cool. https://youtu.be/IvUU8joBb1Q

    • johncAtl

      Someone had way too much time on their hands. And yes….very cool.

  • Cuberly
  • Lazycrockett
  • SoCalGal20

    Has anybody posted anything about this? Because WOW. On so many levels.

    https://twitter.com/miamiherald/status/855164062963052544

    • TuuxKabin

      The Mar-a-Lago meeting coincided with a letter Uribe wrote to the Drumpf administration and Congress, which he published on Twitter, warning that President Santos’ efforts to complete a peace deal with the rebels could lead to Colombia becoming an authoritarian state similar to Venezuela.

      Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article145805169.html#storylink=cpy

      • SoCalGal20

        Thanks!

        • TuuxKabin

          I’ll be you R&D assistant any time and gladly. Bring in the story/headline, I’ll dive into it and find points of interest!

    • houstonray

      Side note comment about this photo: You know, there are days when I come home from work, I love the details of politics, I read what’s going on here, I watch various channels, and read lots of websites…and then I’ll see a picture of trump saluting or getting off Air Force One and I just stare in disbelief that this man, this reality tv star, obnoxious personality that we’ve all known for years, if not decades, this buffoon with zero political experience, is FUCKING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

      I think of the history of the office, yes it’s been good and bad, but at least it was men that, more or less, had respect for the office. This man just sullies all of that history.

      • johncAtl

        I kind of wish the Marine had said “fuck it” and tripped him.

    • The_Wretched

      Spiking the peace deal there would increase drugs into the US so Sessions has more people to put in jail and more lives ruined.

  • DaddyRay
  • bdsmjack

    A glimmer of Hope?

  • SoCalGal20
    • Sam_Handwich

      house repubs can’t pass this horseshit, and forget the senate

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        From what I hear the new “plan” is even crueler than the last one. They keep this up, the people they’re supposed to represent are going to take the idea of torches & pitchforks literally.

        • Lazycrockett

          Its basically give it back the states so the red one can destroy it and the blue ones will approve it.

    • Lazycrockett

      How the FUCK are you going to get Obamacare repealed when you have a government shut down looming next friday? shutting down the government is gonna do a lot more damage than trying and failing to repeal the ACA.

      • SoCalGal20

        Even if it passes the House it’s not going to get through the Senate, and certainly not by next Friday. A bunch of idiots. And talk about missing the forest for the trees. Shutting down the government when people are already pissed is no way to boost your approval for your first 100 days.

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          Most articles state that even though the Dems are in the minority, the not completely insane GOP need them to get things DONE so a lot of things Trump promised budgetwise is just NOT going to happen.

        • johncAtl

          Speaking of shutting down the government whatever has happened to Newt Gingrich? It seems Trump used him and Giuliani as surrogates to get elected and then abandoned them (which is not a bad thing).

          • Silver Badger

            Newt and Giuliana are at Christie’s house watching Golden Girls reruns and eating cheese cake.

          • Lazycrockett

            I expected a tweet after Ossoff didn’t win the district.

    • The sheer monstrous sociopathy of this cannot be overstated.

      MILLIONS of human lives are to be put at risk — tens of thousands lost every year — just so the treasonous bollock-chinned golf-obsessed bucket of shit in the Oval Office can brag about doing it within 100 days of his inauguration.

      And he will of course then boast how his Trumpcare is so very, very, very better than Obamacare…even as the number of uninsured skyrocket. Even as cancer patients die because they cannot afford chemo. Even as children suffocate from untreated asthma. Even as the coal miners he claimed to care about die from black lung disease.

    • McSwagg

      He’s treating his presidency like it was a reality show with ratings sweeps week coming up.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    And then the GOP wonder why minorities in general give them the side eye.

    • DaddyRay

      Many of them still believe that minorities are only 3/5 of a person

      • Silver Badger

        Less if you’re gay!

  • SoCalGal20

    Completely OT but my kind of stamps!

    https://twitter.com/ap/status/855239887280365568

    • johncAtl

      Is there a reason “forever” has a line drawn through it?

      • So people don’t print them and try to use ’em.

        • johncAtl

          Yeah, but I read it as “FOREVER USA.”

    • M Jackson

      Will trump find it sad they didn’t include his taco bowl?

    • TuuxKabin

      Gorgeous. Shocking gorgeous! Just in time for the cinco de mayo postales I’ve started on. Perfect. All you bitches who received last year’s postales, get ready for another round.

      • SoCalGal20

        Perfect!!!

        • TuuxKabin

          Lemme know if you move so I have you LV addresss.

          • SoCalGal20

            Ha, I’m definitely not moving before Cinco de Mayo. It’s looking more like July/August (aka Hell). But I will keep you posted.

            JUst as long as I get there in time to vote against Heller, I’m good lol.

          • TuuxKabin

            For sures I’ll use those stamps! Love ’em!

    • djcoastermark

      How cool. I love getting all the different kinds of stamps the post office puts out and using them on my “fun” mail. That’s things like cards and letters to friends etc.. Regular mail like bills only get the most plain of stamps.

      • TuuxKabin

        Looking forward to sending your card to you with one of those!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: https://youtu.be/MYGJ9jrbpvg

    I like this art because it takes actual skill to make them and is full of whimsy. Theo Jansen is the artist. Like one commenter said, I’d love to see a sturdy version of this on Mars.

    • ByronK

      Yes, his work is extraordinary.

    • worstcultever

      sorry but don’t like it. ingenuity sure, but – dunno. creeps me out. maybe i’m just sick of humans. why can’t we just sit the fuck down and smell a goddamned rose, like for one second.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Maybe it hits the uncanny valley?

    • TuuxKabin

      How “Felliniesque”.

      • wayne

        I will try to work that word into casual conversation.

        • TuuxKabin

          Watch ‘Juliet Of the Spirits” and it’ll be easy to do.

          • wayne

            I did see it, but it was 40 years ago and the subtitles were screwed up. I cursed anyone wearing black (nearly everyone, as I recall).

          • TuuxKabin

            The costumes in the movie? I remember vivid colors and fusions of various shades. I watched it so many times, the ushers got used to me spending afternoons in the movie house. Probably my favorite Fellini film.

          • TuuxKabin

            Edit other reply. The nuns, crawling all over the place, yes, now I get it.

    • The_Wretched

      Mars has wind? Last I heard it was a little short on atmosphere.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        The atmosphere is much thinner but it does have dust storms from what I hear. Maybe it will need much bigger sails. I also hope that in the far future some terraforming could thicken the atmosphere.

  • DaddyRay

    Now Russians are taking over cute Cat Videos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyo8y5EuZE0

    • johncAtl

      That is one weak vacuum. Otherwise that cat would be clawing off some faces once it got free.

  • SoCalGal20
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I feel major pity for Jimmy Carter. He got screwed over by Reagan and I heard he DID put his $$$ in a blind trust only to find out that whoever was managing it had done a horrible job.

      • Lazycrockett

        Well its goes to show that an outsider really cant fix washington when elected. Something Drumpf is learning or rather his staff is learning. Thankfully Carter life after the WH has more than made up for his failures at president. Honestly he is the best ex president we have at the moment. Yes I said the best.

        • houstonray

          Totally agree. I’ve always said regardless of his politics and accomplishments/failures, he’s done more good for people in his post Presidency than ANY President. Will give the same caveat as you…”at the moment”. I am not sure what the Obamas will end up doing but it will be hard for an ex President to live up to Carter’s legacy of helping others….

          • Skeptical_Inquirer

            It is hard to beat pretty much driving a very nasty parasite to extinction. Though if Obama & Co. CAN destroy gerrymandering, that would be pretty damn good as well.

          • houstonray

            Yes, I hope election reform in totality will be something Obama gets behind. Gerrymandering first and then helping push a complete overhaul of our electoral process. THAT would be a legacy for generations.

        • Sam_Handwich

          he negotiated the only lasting mideast peace agreement.

      • Carter was for us back then how Obama was for many after the years of Dubya. The hope in 1977 was he’d help put the whole Nixon/Vietnam era behind us and bring a new level of responsibility and leadership to the White house.

        However, Carter’s judgment of character wasn’t so good, so he had quite a few corruption scandals among his appointees. The economy remained in the toilet due to continuing “oil shocks.” And then came the Iranian Revolution, and their taking of U.S. citizens and diplomats hostage. And then yes, Reagan brought GOP corruption and treasonous pre-election collusion back into play again by having Iran keep the hostages longer than they would’ve otherwise.

        You’re right: Carter was criticized for having a peanut farm and associated business concerns, so he put all of it into a blind trust. Which pretty much failed.

    • ByronK

      He really is small compared to the others – so to speak.

    • Sam_Handwich

      JFK is interesting, given that he won by only about 100k votes.

      • Lazycrockett

        It was a different time. When government came together to work for the country.

        • johncAtl

          Yes. We had statesmen instead of politicians. And we didn’t have the biggest problem – multiple 24 hour cable news channels that need controversy for ratings.

        • Yeah…then the attitude was, “Well, our guy lost. Better luck next time. For now, let’s get things done. I didn’t vote for this one, but I’m sure he’ll be okay.”

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly
  • DaddyRay

    The Lilium Jet – The world’s first all-electric VTOL jet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLqzatnVAfA

    • TuuxKabin

      Be still my heart. I read “lithium.” Whew.

      • DaddyRay

        Maybe we will have flying cars in my lifetime

        • TuuxKabin

          You drive, I’ll take the lithium and enjoy the view.

          • DaddyRay

            We both will be high

          • TuuxKabin

            Will be????

          • DaddyRay
          • TuuxKabin

            Glad they can dance to it, ’cause I can’t.

          • johncAtl

            4/20 is almost over in the East. Time for you to come down.

            Oh, and I hate to think how many empty PIE containers are in your kitchen today.

          • TuuxKabin

            Only three PIE containers came in, one going out with me in the morning for Slav, the other two will be dessert tomorrow night. We’ve cut back, only two PIE each a week. And two for Slav.

    • Bryan

      VTOL’d better be the future or I’m gonna be super pissed. We’ve been guaranteed VTOL-capable flying cars since flying cars were being dreamed of.

  • -M-

    o/t But a cool demonstration of the brain drain the Republicon regime is pushing for. Resist. https://twitter.com/luckytran/status/854886638555680768

  • Sam_Handwich

    enjoying George Will’s wig on msnbc

    • Lazycrockett

      I always turn off Mr Williams. Just seems right.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Lazycrockett

      cute but I don’t think i would want to walk it in bout 5 hours.

      • DaddyRay

        It may not take that long to get through his system

        • William

          Stand by with a mop.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Cuba Gooding, Sr., the lead singer of The Main Ingredient and father of Cuba Gooding Jr. is dead.

    https://www.yahoo.com/music/cuba-gooding-sr-everybody-plays-fool-singer-dad-234825398.html

    • TuuxKabin

      Yeah, saw that. Suspected overdose in another on line source. Made me sad.

    • johncAtl

      I remember some of the songs, but never knew that it was Cuba Gooding, Jr’s dad in them.

  • Blake J Butler
  • This deserves a double facepalm, followed by incineration by wildfire:
    https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/855161801201332225

    (For the record, Obama played NO golf at all during his 1st three months. Donald spent 19 days at a golf course and was confirmed to have played at least 13 times, but I’ve also heard it might be 15.)

    A Thursday poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows that 53% of respondents who said they voted for Trump in November said Obama had outpaced Trump on trips to the golf course during each president’s first three months in office. Just 20% of Trump voters said Trump played more golf, while 27% said they were unsure.

    • SoCalGal20

      Trump voters are idiots. Period.

    • Lazycrockett

      If I am correct, Obama didn’t even play golf before he became president, right?

    • TuuxKabin

      FFS and goddamn.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Yet they throw a fit when non-Trumpeteers think they’re dumber than dirt and more gullible than anything. They’re the type of people who think Michelle Obama is a man, that Obama is a Kenyan communist Muslim who’s teleported to Mars, that Russians are our friends and that the safest place for their kids is in a church.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’m reminded of an advice column where a woman was throwing a fit that the “town tramp” was made pregnant with her oh so special sonny boy’s spunk and wanted nothing to do with the woman or the future grand kid. The advice columnist pointed out that said oh so special son was the one who knocked up the so-called “town tramp” so it wasn’t like her son was little Mr. innocent/perfect and that being mean to the grand kid was unfair and cruel. (fortunately the son was not going to marry her but sounds like he was totally taking responsibility in terms of support.) The Trumpeteers are basically that letter writing mom in regards to politics.

      • William

        Some of my Arkansas relatives were quite upset when my cousin remarried. He had been divorced for a few years. They weren’t upset that he remarried, but in his choice of bride. Turned out, she was DIVORCED! They could completely overlook it in him, but not her. She was actually a very nice woman.

    • boobert

      trump supporters are ignorant ! I was reading comments about tom brady not going to the white house and they’re blaming his wife. My cousin ignores her family on fb, but posts trump family pictures constantly. They are brainwashed and there’s nothing left.

  • Blake J Butler
    • DaddyRay

      Nice to hear she still has the fire in her belly – I seriously really respect Hillary for her ability to pick herself up, dust herself off and get right back in the fight

      • Blake J Butler

        The energizer bunny of badasses.

        Keeps going, and going and going.

      • Lazycrockett

        I don’t want her to run again, not cause Im over her or young blood, but because she is 100 times better with her message and herself when she is just being her. She can do so much more with championing the cause without being saddled by running for office.

        • DaddyRay

          I could see her as Governor of NY

  • Skeptical_Inquirer
    • Lazycrockett

      Oh and Drumpf hates when his administration is played in drag.

    • Natty Enquirer

      JARED!

    • houstonray

      This picture pairing is well done. Love it!

    • JT

      Beauregard thinks Pearl Harbor is clutching his pearls where the sun don’t shine.

  • DaddyRay
    • Blake J Butler

      Hell take a picture with a 420 marker but no “69” ?

  • SoCalGal20

    Christina Wilkie of HuffPo is investigating the Trump Inaugration donors. Some of them appear to be fronts. She’s crowdsourcing help to go through the donor list. Reading through the comments is informative.

    https://twitter.com/christinawilkie/status/855120369832927232

  • Blake J Butler
  • Cuberly
  • Max_1

    I’m always late to the party so I’m always O/T…

    https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/855233564182368257

    • Lazycrockett

      Its such horseshit the way he is openly stealing money and the GOP does nothing but looks the other way….hoping for tax cuts for their donors. The Republicans don’t give a shit bout this country.

      • Max_1

        It’s never pay-to-play when the GOP deals pay-to-play…

        /s

        • DaMoldBrok

          No need to add the “/s”, when one is stating facts.

          On the other hand, if one was of the ‘Republican’ ilk, then the “/s” would be required. Then one would be attempting to make a funny.

          Which, us, of the thinking for ones self ilk, know that a funny to the Rethug is of the lame factor.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Then there’s the whole Russia-helps-elect-Trump-who-appoints-Exxon-CEO-Secretary-of-State-who-advises-waiving-sanctions-against-oil-production thing.

      • William

        Tillerson will be doing quite the gymnastics when he decides the Exxon in Russia sanctions thing.

        I picture something like Woody Allen questioning himself in court in the movie Bananas

        https://youtu.be/8a3mk9sp0oE
        The cross examination begins at 5:51. Watch the whole clip. It has one of J Edgar Hoover’s few appearances in a Hollywood movie. The Anita Bryant clone is also unnervingly accurate.

        • canoebum

          I’m pretty sure he’s recused himself from that decision in light of the fact he is a major stockholder in ExxonMobil.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I wish there was a way of convicting Exxon of treason or at least make it a pariah of a gas company.

    • William

      It’s the New Normal™.

      • Max_1

        And Agnew was caught with just one envelope filled with money…

  • Lazycrockett
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’m reminded of how women get the round around when it comes to tying the tubes but men don’t get pushback and easily get a vasectomy.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Where women’s rights begin
        And men’s rights end
        A slip of the knife
        Makes a vas deferens.

    • SoCalGal20

      She won the Australian Open while pregnant. What the fuck do you think, stupid newspaper writer?

  • Max_1
    • So… he’s an editorial cartoonist version of the Illustrated Man. What he draws comes pretty near mostly true.

      Any chance we could commission him to draw Donald resigning & signing a full confession?

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/855282768049086464

    Well I guess Arkansas has started its death penalty purge.

    • leastyebejudged

      I don’t see how anyone can rest knowing they helped put someone to death that maintained their innocence.

      • The_Wretched

        Scalia’s position was that there being found guilty was all that mattered not actual guilt or innocence.

        • leastyebejudged

          And that intrepretation relies on stripping all the intent of the law from it. Ironic he advocated for tearing the soul out of the law.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Jeezuz… And yet he would *not* endorse Ossoff, who is the only Dem who can win that Georgia seat at this point due to the runoff.

      • SoCalGal20

        LOL he “wasn’t sure” he was progressive.

        Btw is the Keystone XL guy the same one who wanted to make women look at pictures of fetuses before getting an abortion?

  • Max_1
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  • Max_1

    Not sure this has been posted yet, but…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pJ8WK84OQA

    More here:
    Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/politics/hillary-clinton-lgbt-center/

    • Ross

      I will always be with her.

    • Moebym Reborn

      I’ll always (up)vote for Hillary.

    • TuuxKabin

      Resist, Insist, Persist and Enlist. Thank you Hillary.

  • JCF

    Off-topic (sort of): I was watching CNN’s new show “Soundtracks” (this first ep re the music of the Civil Rights Movement, and after) and towards the end, they got That Glorious Night (PropH8 notwithstanding) Election Night 2008. Obama, walking out w/ Michelle and the girls, Lincoln Park, Chicago.

    I fell on my knees, howling at the TV: “When ya coming back, Barack??? Come baaack! ”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lAY-rRRa4o

    • Lars Littlefield

      But Alan Ladd rode off into the Teton wilderness never to be seen again. And Brandon DeWilde died in a car accident when he was about 21-22 years old.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT: Maybe the Murdochs should be kind of afraid of Bill O.

    “Following Bill O’Reilly being dismissed by Fox News, a 1998 novel about a murderous television host written by O’Reilly has resurfaced.

    Titled Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder, the book presents an Irish-American TV news host named Shannon Michaels who begins stalking and murdering his colleagues after he is fired. A New Yorker piece on O’Reilly
    described the book as “a revenge fantasy, and it displays extraordinarily violent impulses,” going on to say that “O’Reilly describes each of these killings — the careful planning, the suffering of the victim, the act itself — in loving detail.”

    Some of the murders within Trespass include the killing of a fellow veteran TV correspondent with a spoon through the roof of the mouth; throwing the woman who forced his resignation off a balcony; drowning a television research consultant by burying him neck-deep at the beach; and slitting the throat of the station manager at a convention.

    http://ew.com/books/2017/04/20/bill-oreilly-wrote-a-novel-in-the-90s-about-a-murderous-tv-newsman/?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_article

    • TuuxKabin

      Sounds reasonable, considering how they treated the poor man.

  • JT
    • TuuxKabin

      que guapo!

  • John Ruff

    And this is how rethugs gained power. They need to fucking die. But the courts may be our only hope.

  • The_Wretched

    2011? Republicans don’t pay an adequate price for their election rigging. There’s no way to roll back 6 years of their rule. Worse, the individuals who intentionally chose to dilute the black vote have -0- personal jeopardy in this case.