Animal cruelty and other links

I’m glad Trump signed the anti-animal cruelty PACT act, and that it had bipartisan support, but it’s quite limited in scope: banning animals being “crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury” or videos of the same, so (as noted at the link) non-injurious treatment might not be covered. And the text of the bill exempts hunting, fishing, trapping, pest control, slaughtering food animals or medical research. So that’s quite a chunk of exempt stuff. Friends of mine have also questioned whether anyone at the local level is actually going to take the time and effort to kick a prosecution upstairs to the federal government. But whatever flaws the bill has, Trump is for once not to blame for them.

NC Senator Richard Burr says it’s good that Russia meddled with our elections, not our economy.

Another day, another anti-gay priest who pursued men.  Not that sincere Christian supremacist homophobes are an improvement. On tthe upside, New Jersey considers a ban on gay panic (e.g., killer justifiably freaked out when gay guy came on to him) as a defense in homicide.

“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women in uniform are fighting for,” — Lindsey Graham, back before he plastered his lips to Trump’s ass forever.

“Trump’s ongoing denials would be treated, by a healthy news media, as what they are, which are obvious lies.”

The Supreme Court wants to gut the government’s ability to regulate anything. But that doesn’t mean we should give up.

An online whiner explains a show about Nazi hunters hunting Nazis is racist, because the Nazis are white.

Russian trolls sometimes tweet nice things to get followers they can then manipulate. And senior citizen James Nolan Mason advances the neo-Nazi cause online.

Forced-birthers are no longer pretending they’re going to ban abortion to protect women’s health.

“Had public life in America not been completely deformed by blizzards of official lies, right-wing propaganda and the immovable wall of Republican bad faith, the Mueller report would have ended Trump’s minoritarian presidency.”

Trump’s convinced that pardoning war criminals is good politics. Poli-sci professor Robert Farley looks at why he might be right,.

“There is this very strong, somewhat vengeful response to a redefining of justice,” —prosecutor Aramis Ayala on pushback against liberal prosecutors. While some of this is probably about race, I suspect it’s about keeping money flowing to the law enforcement-industrial complex.

Brigham Young University has students who qualify for Medicaid. The university told them to buy the university’s own health plan or drop out.

“Our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” — right-wing money man Paul Weyrich on why voter suppression is good.

How WeWorks founder ran his company into the ground, yet walked off with $1 billion. It’s stories like this that make me happy when a windbag company boss gets his head handed to him.

Along with beating Clinton, Trump now claims he beat Obama.

I think Joe Biden’s sunny conviction that he and Republicans can work together as a team is blithely clueless and an outright weakness in the current environment. Nevertheless, he’s polling well. Which may be due to the halo from being Obama’s VP or to the fact he’s an elderly white guy (that’s who’s qualified to be president, right?) or that (as noted at the link) moderates are recoiling from Warren and Sanders.

ICE entrapped several hundred foreign students with a fake university, then deported or arrested them because they weren’t attending a real one. And ICE apparently hung on to the tuition.

 

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