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  1. 1 day ago on Frog Applause

    What some people have in mind to “Make America Great Again.”

  2. 3 days ago on Ted Rall

    Is this really so hard to grasp? A group of vaccinated people are free to gather unmasked, but when in a place where people may or may not be vaccinated, it is still necessary to be socially-distanced and wear masks.

    As a number of people have said, the real problem is all the people who are unvaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective, although this one is very good. However, the Delta variant is very, very virulent, leading to more breakthrough infections (a vaccinated friend of mine recently got sick, but, thanks to the vaccine, his case was pretty mild). The real concern now is that, thanks to all the unvaccinated folks helping to ensure that the virus keeps circulating and able to continue to mutate, is that it will become vaccine-resistant. That would be a disaster.

  3. 26 days ago on Mike Luckovich

    A few years ago Texas adopted textbooks that said this, basically. Shockingly, a Black family complained, a big stink was made about it, and — lo and behold! — it got changed.

  4. about 1 month ago on Brewster Rockit

    Funny — brown people get asked for their papers all the time. I guess some people just don’t have to worry about being discriminated against, so they think it doesn’t happen.

  5. about 1 month ago on Strange Brew

    Still going! You could do a master course on logical fallacies, you’re so well-practiced at them. Also, you’ve made great progress with the misapplication of “facts”. Carry on! You’re helping to rapidly advance the decline of Western civilization.

  6. about 1 month ago on Strange Brew

    All I will say in response is that you guys are hilarious. Much funnier than the cartoon.

  7. about 1 month ago on Strange Brew

    You’re a desperate man, apparently, if you have to repeatedly needle someone on a point you clearly don’t understand. One of the things right-wing trolls such as yourself (and I say that based on the evidence you have provided in this chat) so often do is employ non sequiturs to distract from the primary point. Donald Trump does not have to say, “hate all Asians” to effectively launch a smear campaign against Asians. White supremacists do not need to be told to do what they already do, they just want confirmation of their bias, which is what Trump gave them, in spades. So, Trump’s repeated, racist association of COVID with China was, in effect, telling his racist followers that there was a reason for them to “hate all Asians.”

  8. about 1 month ago on Strange Brew

    Yeah, Trump took a plausible theory and made it racist, and then no one wanted to touch it. But investigators are starting to come back around to the idea. There’s a good story on that in Vanity Fair.

  9. 4 months ago on Ted Rall

    The House already voted for a $15 minimum wage. That happened. The Senate works differently. The Majority Leader doesn’t have as much control. The filibuster means that the Senate majority leader cannot simply call for a vote. In the House, the Speaker of the House has the ability to decide the amount of time a bill will be debated and schedule a vote. Not so in the Senate. In order for a vote to be called in the Senate, what’s called a cloture motion has to be passed in order to “end debate.” That requires a 3/5 majority, or 60 votes. The disgusting thing is that, since the 1990s, they don’t actually have to debate at all. If more than 40 senators say they won’t agree to cloture, they cannot hold a vote. Refusing to agree to cloture is what we call a filibuster.

    So, attacking Democrats, and Biden in particular, makes little sense. Yes, they could hold press conferences, but it isn’t going to do much good. The GOP refuses to do anything that might possibly benefit the working class, and no amount of pressure from Democrats on this is going to make them budge. I’m not saying they shouldn’t call them out on it, but there are so many other issues. I hope and expect that they will use it in 2022 as an election issue.

  10. 4 months ago on Ted Rall

    It would be nice if it were that simple. But two things: your cartoon was about Biden. Many people don’t understand that the president in the US is actually quite weak. He doesn’t have much institutional power other than persuasion. He can’t make Congress vote on anything. Second, the filibuster prevents the Senate from even having a vote. Getting rid of the filibuster is an obvious choice, although if there had been no filibuster in 2017 this country would have been totally fucked.