Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Out of the past


Governor Bill Lee, the early years.  As he prepared to sign a bill criminalizing drag performances in Tennessee, Lee had to explain this photo of him in particularly tacky drag at some college event.  He graduated from Auburn in 1981, a low point in American fashion, which is no excuse for the boots.  

Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Deliverance) also had a bad day.  She went to Twitter to complain about it, employing an American flag icon even though she has called for the union to be dissolved again.

Those last three lines are so heartbreaking.  "People used to respect others even if they had different views."  People like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose mail slot she screamed through; Parkland survivor David Hogg, who she followed and yelled at in front of the Capitol; Marianna Pecora, whom she kicked and proudly posted video of herself kicking.  Whatever happened to class?

  She hasn't gone full Preston Brooks on anyone, but it's only her second term.

Greene, Brett Kavanaugh and Sarah Huckabee Sanders have all had trouble with restaurants, where the staff or the other patrons wanted to raise some issues with them.  Of course they all fled.  Clearly there's money to be made from a place that caters to Their Sort.  Like this spot in Mumbai.

Of course complaints forced them to change the name back in 2006 but I can't see why TRUMP TREATS wouldn't work.  CHEZ TRUMP?  MAKE (MY) LUNCH GREAT AGAIN?  

Speaking of Sanders, are you energized by her plans to revolutionize education in Arkansas by vouchering more kids into private (religious) schools and making it easier to fire teachers?  Slow down, Sarah -- first you need to find out who released your official portrait -- the one that identifies you as GOVENOR.  

In other education news, Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) graduated from Middle Tennessee State University but is not sure what he studied.  (We've all been there.)  Ogles claimed to have a degree in International Relations but when he checked his diploma it said Liberal Studies.  I totally understand why he wouldn't want Tennessee voters to think he spent four years studying to be a liberal.  

Rep. Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson (R-SC), trying to prove he isn't a complete embarrassment, sponsored a resolution to "stand with the people of Turkiye and Syria against the brutal Assad regime following the devastating earthquakes."  It went on to condemn Assad's allies, "the war criminal Putin, the authoritarian ayatollah in Iran" for obstructing relief efforts, and praised "the work of aid and rescue workers."  No mention was made of material aid like money.  Who could object to that?  Thomas "Gun Club" Massie and Margie Greene, of course.  Nobody trashes Putin while they're around.

Perhaps the Great Divorce has begun.  State senator Stephen Goldfinch (R-FortSumter) wants South Carolina to charge new residents $500 for a license and car registration.  He calls it a "Yankee tax," even if the newbie has never been north of the Mason-Dixon line.  This should make the Palmetto State an irresistible destination, especially for corporations.

Jeb Bush has endorsed Ron DeSantis.  Game over.


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