I'm a Liberal voter now. Is PMJT perfect in my eyes? NO.— Roddy (@RodKahx) June 27, 2023
But if the best that you can provide is Pierre Poilievre as an option, Jesus fucking Christ.
Hey, congrats to Olivia Chow, Toronto's new mayor - it's particularly gratifying to see her sailing into office on a tide of Conservative tears:
His tactics and tone are terrible but his ethics are the real problem. He appears to have none.— Pamela Banting, PhD (@PamelaBanting) June 25, 2023
So, to recap: Doug Ford waits until John Tory is re-elected as mayor before announcing strong mayor powers, only to have Tory resign and be replaced by Olivia Chow. Sweet, sweet justice. #TorontoMayor— Alex Colangelo (@AlexColangelo) June 27, 2023
Moving on the United States, failson Robert Kennedy Jr is trying to make himself look like a credible presidential candidate by getting vaccine expert Peter Hotez to "debate" him.
2/n But 200,000 needlessly died in our COVID pandemic because they became victims. Victims of a cruel, but well-organized, politically-motivated antivaccine campaign. It convinced 200,000 people in my state of Texas + nearby states to shun life-saving COVID vaccines.— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) June 24, 2023
Hotez doesn't hesitate to play whack-a-mole with Kennedy either, to diss him online whenever he pumps up (and yes, I really did mean that as a steroid reference!)
4/n Journalists need to understand that antivaccine activism has become a horrific lethal societal force in America, and now its globalizing. We can't normalize this, there's a line in the sand.— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) June 24, 2023
A quick reference list of MAGA Republican beliefs, from Adam Kinzinger:
Not sure I get the logic here? I make low-cost patent-free vaccines to help people in low-income countries achieve equitable access to immunizations. No aspiration to become some American version of a shirtless Putin on a horse. Someone should remind Bobby to wear sunscreen… https://t.co/xbmvve04eP— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) June 26, 2023
8) Trump won the election.— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) June 25, 2023
9) Italy hacked with spy satellites
10) but wait it was the CIA
11) trump is still president
12) Michelle Obama is actually a man
13) Adam Kinzinger created ISIS (well just sort of)
17) democrats and RINOs like me drink babies blood and scare them so we can harvest adrenalchrome (it’s eerily the same plot from monsters Inc…lol)— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) June 25, 2023
18) Putin is trying to stop the one world order
19) the luminati is real and I’m a member
20) the UN is taking over America… cont
What's next? Glad you asked:
23) Elon musk loves free speech and isn’t an addict to cheap dopamine hits— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) June 25, 2023
24) Twitter is succeeding
25) Congressmen get their pensions for life.
26) The us forced Russia to attack Ukraine
27) Biolabs, because the US just has a deep interest in producing WMD in Ukraine
Hamilton Nolan writes a fascinating piece about how the religious right has damaged American democracy - We've Given Religion Too Much Respect:
Republicans across the country are going after no-fault divorce. Like the crusades against abortion and contraception, banning no-fault divorce is about control. More than 2/3 of all heterosexual divorces in the US are initiated by women. #demsabroadhttps://t.co/fT4kli5Hi1— Democrats Abroad (@DemsAbroad) June 27, 2023
The key problem that spawned January 6 was that the crowd believed something that was not true—namely, that the election was being stolen from Donald Trump. If you, for the sake of argument, imagine that that belief was true, then the actions that followed are not particularly outrageous. In fact, I would hope that if a presidential election ever is truly stolen in a brazen conspiracy of coordinated national voting fraud, thousands of angry citizens do flock to the Capitol to stop the certification of that fraudulent election.... The January 6th crowd was operating on a false premise.... They were deranged, but not confused. If you want to address the root cause of the bubbling right wing extremism that is distressing the political establishment so much, you need to stop obsessing about tactics and decorum and focus on the ideas. The derangement is the thing. And if we are being intellectually honest, we must admit that there is a much bigger locus of derangement than QAnon forums or Trump speeches.It’s politely referred to as “faith.” Faith! The belief in something just because you decide to believe it. Mainstream discourse has spent years now deriding the absurd lies of QAnon and Stop the Steal and all the lesser conspiracy theories that have enjoyed rising profiles in the Trump and post-Trump era. But all of these things, even the “Big Lie,” are babies compared to King Kong of American faith: religion. It is absurd for the same media that as a matter of course countenances prayer breakfasts and politicians proclaiming their love for Jesus to then denigrate the newer currents of faith that thousands of people followed directly to the Capitol on January 6. The “QAnon Shaman” in his face paint and head dress is no more ridiculous in substance or style than a Catholic priest in his robe and pendant proclaiming the holy liturgy. It’s little wonder that our nation’s press—the institution that everyone expects to shoot down lies of public importance—was unable to fact check our way out of Trumpism, after treating the pervasive mythology of Christianity with hushed respect for the last couple of centuries....I do not have the power to rip up the deep social and economic and political roots that Christianity has been sinking in America since its founding, to our collective detriment. I do, though, have the power to do a little press criticism. And we, the collective press, have been patsies on this issue. We have given religion far too much respect in the public sphere. We have allowed a belief in private religious liberty to be weaponized into a long-term campaign to make America a religious state. We’ve let faith become an acceptable answer to questions that it has no logical claim to answering. When, over decades and decades, the public square is not scrupulously tended to, it becomes choked with the weeds of superstition. If we welcome religion into politics as an equal, and never force the religious world to confront its own contradictions, we can hardly be surprised when its adherents sink so deeply into their bizarro beliefs that they act on them. They may be deranged. But they are not confused.
Google “Christians and yoga” and prepare to scream into the abyss.— Amanda Godsey (@AmandaFGodsey) June 28, 2023