Entries from Congress

  • January 2023
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    A Perfect Fit

    It looks like Rep. George Santos will sit on the House Small Business Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

    Santos must be thrilled. What could be better for the person who created Amazon, Microsoft and the universe?

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    Dang

    I've held out hope that George Santos isn't actually gay. He lied about everything on his way to becoming a congressman from New York, so why not that?

    Today I read that Brazilian prosecutors are pursuing fraud charges against Santos, who admitted to stealing a man's checkbook, which had been in the possession of Santos's mother, in 2008. According to CNN, Santos used the checkbook "to purchase clothing and shoes."

    He's gay.

  • December 2022
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    This Week's Quote

    George Santos has updated his lie about the Pulse club shooting.

    He previously said the four victims had been his past employees.

    Now he’s claiming the four victims were going to be his future employees.

    In other words, he meant to say employee-ish.

    Rep. Ritchie Torres

    Source:  Twitter

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    The Gay Pinocchio

    I moaned about Republican Congressional candidate George Santos before the 2022 midterm elections, because the openly gay Long Islander was a Trump fan, an abortion opponent, and a supporter of Florida's Don't Say Gay law. I moaned about him after he won, because he beat the openly gay Democratic candidate and flipped a critical seat.

    Turns out I'd not yet begun to moan.

    We now know Santos the candidate lied, and bigly, about his education and his employment. His claims that his grandparents escaped the Holocaust and he's Jewish are such fabrications that the Republican Jewish Coalition wants nothing to do with him.

    In an interview yesterday, Santos said he was "sorry for having embellished my resume," but he intends to be sworn in. That Bible better not be combustible.

    There are potentially more revelations ahead concerning his finances. For my part, there's only one thing I want to hear he lied about:  being gay.

  • November 2022
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    This Week's Quote

    I just called my daughter and her wife—who are expecting a baby next spring—to let them know that this Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act!

    Sen. Chuck Schumer

    Source: Twitter

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    This Week's Quote

    Tom Cotton is hawking his book "Only The Strong." Josh Hawley is writing a book on masculinity. Alfred E. Neuman is smarter than both of them put together, and cuter.

    Paul Rudnick

    Source: Twitter

  • July 2022
  • Image by DWilliam from Pixabay 

    American Trinity

    You don't have to be an expert on American democracy to know it's against the rules for the head of the executive branch to send an armed mob to the legislative branch.

    It's like Jesus pointing at the Holy Ghost and growling "Breast meat."

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    This Week's Quote

    The far-right 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court is on a rampage against basic freedoms currently enjoyed by the American people. In his concurring opinion in Dobbs, Justice Clarence Thomas gave us a heads-up that the court is next coming for the ability of same-sex couples to get married. I am one of only nine openly gay members of this body. For me, this is personal.

    Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York, speaking before the House voted yesterday to protect marriage equality

    Source:  The Hill

  • April 2022
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    Making History

    On Thursday the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. It was a historic day, as she became the first Black woman elevated to the highest court in the land.

    It was historic for another reason, too. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, because he wasn't wearing a tie, had to cast his "no" vote against Jackson from the Senate cloakroom.

    It's official. Lindsey Graham was really in the closet.

  • February 2021
  • Image by Kat Love from Pixabay

    Transgender Hubbub

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was trans week in Congress.

    On Wednesday, the House debated the Equality Act, a bill that would extend civil rights protections to all of us LGBTQ folk. During the debate, rookie Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was recently stripped of her committee memberships for being the flakiest thing to come out of Georgia since Billy Carter, tried to block consideration of the bill, claiming it would elevate transgender rights above the rights of women and children, particularly in sports.

    “Biological women cannot compete against biological men,” she said. “Biological little girls cannot compete against biological little boys, and they shouldn’t have to.” Earlier in the week, Greene had signaled this version of trans-panic would be her way of trying to scuttle the bill, describing the Equality Act as “a direct attack on God’s creation” that would ensure “men who dress and think they are women will have rights over all real girls and women.”

    As a believer in Pizzagate, QAnon and false flag shootings, Greene has the credibility of Yosemite Sam.

    But she and other conservatives in Congress know attacking trans people could be their best hope for stopping the Equality Act and maintaining their God-given, time-honored and heaps-of-fun right to discriminate against queers.

    Another freshman House member made a splash on debate day. “I rise today on behalf of the millions of Americans who continue to be denied housing, education, public services and much, much more because they identify as members of the LGBTQ community,” said Illinois Democrat Marie Newman. “Americans like my own daughter, who years ago bravely came out to her parents as transgender. I knew from that day on, my daughter would be living in a nation where [in] most of its states, she could be discriminated against, merely because of who she is.”

    It helps when a woman of the House has a transgender woman in her house.

    Newman's speech went viral. Greene responded by tweeting "As mothers, we all love and support our children. But your biological son does NOT belong in my daughters’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams." Note the egregious misgendering.

    Greene's such a flamethrower you could be excused for thinking she's the love child of Donald Trump and Donald Trump.

    As luck, or irony, would have it, the offices of Greene and Newman are directly across from each other. Newman tweeted a video of herself hoisting the transgender flag so, she wrote, Greene "can look at it every time she opens her door."

    Greene reacted by tweeting a video of herself putting up a poster outside her office that read “There are TWO genders: Male & Female. Trust The Science!”

    Trust the science. This from the woman who claimed Jewish space lasers started California wildfires.

    Anyway, if this keeps up, Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman might be needed to patrol that hallway.

    The day after these fireworks, over in the Senate, Dr. Rachel Levine attended her confirmation hearing to be an assistant secretary of health. If she's approved, Levine would be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.

    Judging by his questioning of her, Sen. Rand Paul fears she's fixing to dispense hormone-blocking meds to every second grader in America.

    The Kentucky Republican criticized Levine for advocating hormone therapy for minors, and he conflated genital mutilation with transition surgery. Credit to Levine for not losing her cool while being subjected to a transphobic tirade. Why, it's almost as if she knew it was coming.

    For all the Rand Pauls and Marjorie Taylor Greenes, keep in mind their ugliness is on full display precisely because we're on the cusp of making real progress. The same day Paul unloaded on Rachel Levine in the Senate, the House passed the Equality Act. Greene couldn't prevent it.

    Considering Greene has expressed support in the past for executing Democratic leaders, it wouldn't be surprising if she's out there right now trying to make a Jewish friend in order to get her hands on some space lasers.

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