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Disney announced its first-ever LGBTQ event at Disneyland shortly after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened during a press conference to build a state prison next to Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney said in a tweet on Monday afternoon that “Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite” would be coming to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, during Pride Month in June.

The two-night event, which will be held on June 13 and 15 inside the amusement park, will celebrate the LGBTQ communities and allies, Disneyland said in a blog.

The move was seemingly the latest development in a public spat between Disney and DeSantis, which began in early 2022 when Disney said it would work to repeal Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, which critics have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” law, Insider’s Kimberley Leonard reported.

DeSantis has strongly defended the controversial legislation, which limits classroom instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation, with his administration pushing its expansion to all grades.

DeSantis said in March that Disney had “crossed the line” when it called for the repeal of the law.

This latest event was first announced by Disneyland on its blog last Thursday, but Disney’s decision to publicize it on the company’s official Twitter account came just hours after DeSantis made a threat about building a prison near the Florida amusement park during a press conference on Monday.


Imagine this – DeFascist is in a big dick contest with a mouse. At this point the mouse’s lawyers are simply playing with thier food. The Mouse’s lawyers can keep this in the courts long after Defascist is out of office. Orl had mentioned some major flooding , has Defascist put in an appearance like most Gov’s do or is his battle with the mouse more important?



During his much-too-long tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas has been totally, tragically wrong about almost everything. But for a long time, I tried to convince myself that he was at least sincere in his deplorable ideology.

Silly me.

I was never sympathetic. I believed Anita Hill, who testified at Thomas’s confirmation hearing in 1991 that he had sexually harassed her when she worked for him at two government agencies. And for Thomas, a far-right Republican apparatchik, to take the seat on the nation’s highest court vacated by the retirement of Thurgood Marshall, an icon of the civil rights movement, was always an abomination.

But I did understand how a Black man born in Pin Point, Ga., in 1948 might have a great big chip on his shoulder. I understood how growing up under the jackboot of Jim Crow might lead him to the philosophy of Black self-sufficiency articulated by Malcolm X, which Thomas espoused in his youth. And I almost — but not quite — understood how a deep distrust of government, perhaps along with some personal issues involving self-image and self-worth, might have produced his tear-it-all-down judicial nihilism.

It was hard for me to believe that Thomas could be as much of a puppet of the most reactionary forces in American society as he seemed. But now, there is overwhelming evidence that that’s exactly what he is.

Thanks to reporting this month by ProPublica, we now know that Thomas and his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a hard-right Republican activist, have been treated to lavish vacations worth hundreds of thousands of dollars by Harlan Crow, a politically active Texas billionaire. These jaunts included a vacation in Indonesia in 2019 that involved flights on Crow’s private jet and an island-hopping tour on a superyacht — a nine-day trip that alone would have cost the couple more than $500,000. If they had paid for it themselves. Which they did not.

There were also other trips on Crow’s jet and frequent stays at properties he owns in the Adirondacks and in East Texas, according to ProPublica. Accompanying the Thomases as guests, at times, were conservative business executives and thought leaders.

And for some reason, Thomas failed to report any of these gifts — any of them — on the disclosure forms he is required to submit annually.

Nor did Thomas disclose the fact that Crow purchased the Georgia house the justice’s mother lives in, then made tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of improvements to the dwelling, ProPublica subsequently revealed.

We should have seen this coming. From 2003 to 2007, on his disclosure forms, Thomas checked the box labeled “none” for his wife’s income. During that period, Ginni Thomas earned more than $686,000 from the conservative Heritage Foundation. When called on the lie, Thomas said it was an error “due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions.”

Likewise, regarding the trips he took at Crow’s expense, Thomas issued a statement claiming that early in his time on the Supreme Court, he “was advised that this sort of personal hospitality from close personal friends, who did not have business before the Court, was not reportable.”

Stop laughing. All right, yes, it is hilarious. Thomas expects the nation to take seriously his views on the subtlest contours of the Constitution. He also expects us to believe he cannot understand a clear and simple instruction on a disclosure form; that he sees no distinction between “personal hospitality” and trips halfway around the world by private jet; and that he sees nothing wrong about having a member of the board of the conservative American Enterprise Institute purchase and fix up his mother’s house.

A little context: In 1969, Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned after it was learned that he had accepted, then returned, $20,000 from a Wall Street financier. At the time, Chief Justice Earl Warren felt it was important that Fortas step down to preserve the court’s reputation.

Thomas accepted gifts from Crow worth many times that amount, even counting for inflation, and failed to report them. And then there is all the money Ginni Thomas has received from right-wing organizations that lobby on issues before the court — plus her outrageous involvement in the “Stop the Steal” putsch that led to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection.

Thomas doesn’t believe in affirmative action or protecting voting rights, though he benefited from both. He does believe in living the good life among millionaires and billionaires whose interests he just happens to protect in his opinions.

My mental image of Thomas used to be of him sitting on the Supreme Court bench during arguments, silent and scowling. Now, I see him on vacation, smoking a cigar with Crow and his buddies, laughing as though he doesn’t have a care in the world. The joke is on us.


If this was liberal Judge’s the GQP heads would be exploading,having numerous stroke-heart attachs and demanding his resignation. But its one of thier own so not a problem.


Bernie op ed in the Guardian


Congress can no longer ignore the needs of the working class of this country. At a time of massive and growing income and wealth inequality and record-breaking corporate profits, we must stand up for working families – many of whom are struggling every day to provide a minimal standard of living for their families.

One important way to do that is to raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage. In the year 2023, nobody in the US should be forced to work for starvation wages. It should be a basic truism that in the US, the richest country on earth, if you work 40 hours a week you do not live in poverty. Raising the minimum wage is not only the right thing to do morally. It is also good economics. Putting money into the hands of people who will spend it on basic needs is a strong economic stimulant.

The federal minimum wage has lost over 27% of its purchasing power since it was last raised 14 years ago
When over 60% of American workers are now living paycheck to paycheck, when the life expectancy of low-income Americans is in decline, when we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country, we can no longer tolerate a federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, a wage that has not been raised since 2009.

That is unacceptable. Millions of Americans cannot be allowed to fall further and further behind economically, unable to afford the housing, food, healthcare, childcare and education they desperately need in order to live in health and dignity.

Whether they are greeting us at Walmart, serving us hamburgers at McDonald’s, providing childcare for our kids or waiting on our table at a diner in rural America, there are too many Americans trying to survive and raise families on $9, $10 or $12 an hour. It cannot be done. This injustice must end. Low-income workers need a pay raise and the American people want them to get that raise.

Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for raising the minimum wage to a living wage. But it’s not just polls. In 2021, the Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives voted to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The bad news is that we lacked the votes to pass this legislation through the equally divided Senate. Not only did a $15-an-hour minimum wage bill fail to win the vote of a single Republican in the Senate, eight Democrats voted against it as well.

That was then. Now is now. And things are changing. As a result of years of congressional inaction, cities and states all across the country are taking the low-wage crisis into their own hands and raising their minimum wage. Some are doing it through legislative action. Others are doing it through ballot initiatives.

Since 2013, the people of 12 states – New Jersey, South Dakota, Arkansas (twice), Alaska, Washington, Maine, Colorado, Arizona, Missouri, Florida, Nevada and Nebraska (twice) – have voted on ballot initiatives to raise their state’s minimum wage. Every single one of these initiatives passed, none with less than 55% of the vote. And these are not just strong “blue states” voting for economic justice. In the recent November 2022 midterm election, two states that voted in Republican governors, Nebraska and Nevada, voted to raise the minimum wage. In 2020, the citizens of Florida, with a Republican governor and two Republican senators, also voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The MIT living wage calculator estimates a living wage as a salary that is adequate enough to support a family without luxuries. For two working adults and one child, a living hourly wage for each adult would be $18.69 in West Virginia, $17.55 in South Carolina, $21.57 in Maryland, $20.01 in Utah and $19.33 in Wisconsin. Even in my own state of Vermont, the living wage is $19.58, more than $6 above the current state minimum wage.

But there are many families that do not have two working adults and rely on single moms who are raising their children on their own. In that case, the required living wage is much higher. As an example, a single mother in West Virginia would need to make $33.39 an hour to support herself and one child.

So it is not radical to suggest that raising the minimum wage to $17 an hour over a period of several years is the right thing to do. In fact, had my 2015 bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour that was indexed to median wages became law, the federal minimum wage this January would be at least $17.40 an hour. And while we deal with the minimum wage, we must also address the scandal of the tipped wage, which has been stuck at an abysmally low $2.13 an hour for more than 30 years thanks, in large part, to the powerful restaurant lobby which has spent millions in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses since 1991 to keep workers in poverty.

Together, these two proposals would provide an increase in pay for tens of millions of desperate Americans – disproportionately women and people of color. It would also be a huge boost to single moms. Let us not forget that these are the essential workers who kept the economy going during the worst of the Covid pandemic. At that time we called them heroes and heroines. Well, rhetorical praise is nice. A livable paycheck is better. Let’s do it.


The craperations say they cant afford to pay more and then the R congresscritters that are owned by them scream that to many people are collecting food assistance and other govt aid and want to cut those benefits. Nice little vicious circle…



That must have been…fun for Bernie. 🙂

I was busy with taxes, didn’t watch one Sunday show.




Bernie Sanders is once again calling for higher taxes on Americans who inherit millions.

Sanders, alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jimmy Gomez, is introducing new legislation targeting heirs who receive over $3.5 million. Called the For the 99.5 Percent Act, the proposal would levy a 45% tax on estates that are worth $3.5 million, and a 65% tax on estates worth over $1 billion. It’s similar to legislation that Sanders has proposed in several iterations over the last few years, and it comes as some Republicans seek to roll back the estate tax entirely.

“It is unacceptable that working families across the country today are struggling to file their taxes on time and put food on the table, while the wealthiest among us profit off of enormous tax loopholes and giant tax breaks,” Sanders said in a press release.

The amount of money exempt from the estate tax has increased significantly over the last two decades, according to the Tax Policy Center. In 2001, only the first $675,000 of an inheritance was tax-free, and that cutoff went up to $1 million by 2002. By 2009, it was at $3.5 million; after rising steadily, the exemption pretty much doubled under President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax package, going from around $5.5 million in 2017 to $11.1 million in 2018.

Now, for 2023, the estate tax exemption stands at just under $13 million, a large bump from around $12 million in 2022. As of 2019, the most recent year that the IRS has data on, just 0.08% of adult deaths were eligible for the estate tax. The Tax Policy Center similarly found that fewer than 0.1% of people who would die in 2020 would owe estate tax. And the estate tax rate only goes up to 40% on estates that are worth a million dollars more than the exempted amount.

Sanders’ proposal also targets loopholes that the ultra-wealthy can employ to shield their assets from taxation, like dynasty trusts that don’t incur estate or gift taxes when the family doles out money from a passed-down trust.

However, like Sanders’ previous attempts to hike taxes on the rich, the proposal is unlikely to make it far. Even when Democrats held both chambers of Congress, centrist sentiment stymied proposed hikes on big corporations and closing loopholes for private equity investors. Now, with tax-averse Republicans holding the House, any legislation to hike rates is likely dead on arrival.


Of course it’s DOA but folks have to know there are proposals out there.





As i thought…
Fox News settles Dominion’s defamation lawsuit for $787.5 million just as the trial was about to start

It would have been fun to see Rupert Murdoch, Tucker Carlson,Jennie Pirro and Sean Hannity — grilled on the witness stand. Then again they would have pleaded the 5th or committ perjury while on the stand.


Murdoch just remarried too.

I like it that Dominion called FN’s bluff.


Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death




2015 Redux, this time with Biden, but weaponizing Feinstein’s illiness.


See jcb’s post about Durbin’s utility as chairman of the judiciary committee in response to the GQP. Durbin plays too nice.



Flip answer by Cooper. Brandon Johnson doesn’t have the luxury of rebuilding from scratch; he takes office in less than a month. There are unions and seniority to consider.


Yes obviously not going to happen but something does need to be done about these out of control police departments who have way too much power. More people pointing out what the police are doing might help.


I don’t disagree that the Chicago FOP in particular is difficult to deal with, but I’m more critical of Cooper’s “easy answer”. Johnson’s plan is to hire 200 more detectives to solve crimes not just adding more street cops.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

From DWT today,

Media Rejoices! Long Island Shudders! GOP Moans! George Santos Is Running For Reelection

Though he has admitted to fabricating some parts of his résumé and biography, Santos has stood by other apparent falsehoods and insisted that the inquiries into him would find no criminal wrongdoing. Still, for months, he remained publicly ambivalent about whether he would run again.
Shortly before sharing his intention to run for re-election on social media, Mr. Santos declined to confirm the announcement, telling a New York Times reporter, “I’m not confirming anything for you.”
…While other first-term Republicans in New York battleground districts raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first three months of the year, Santos raised only $5,333.26. During that same period he refunded nearly $8,400, bringing his fund-raising total into the negative.
That is less than Santos raised during his first run for office in 2020, when he was virtually unknown and reported receiving about $7,000 in the same three-month period.
Around the same time Santos made his intentions public, Republicans filed paperwork to create a new joint fund-raising committee that will allow Speaker Kevin McCarthy and others to pour money into defending the party’s seats in New York. Santos was the only vulnerable Republican left out of the effort.
Even before he was mired in scandal, Santos was already expected to face a competitive race.
Democrats, eager to reverse losses in New York that cost them their hold on Congress, were eyeing Mr. Santos’s suburban district, which covers northern Nassau County on Long Island and a small section of northeast Queens.
But Santos’s seat became even more of a priority for Democrats after the New York Times and other news outlets published revelations that he had omitted key details from his financial disclosures and misled voters about his education, his professional background, his heritage and his ties to tragedies like the Pulse nightclub shooting and the Sept. 11 attacks.
Subsequent reporting uncovered a number of irregularities in his campaign filings, including an unusual pattern of payments for $199.99, an unregistered fund that purported to be raising huge amounts for Santos and thousands of dollars in unexplained expenses.
The FBI, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and the Nassau County district attorney’s office are now all investigating Santos’s campaign finances and how Santos operated his business, the Devolder Organization, about which he has disclosed little information.
The House Ethics Committee, which is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, is conducting an inquiry into whether Santos failed to properly fill out his financial disclosure forms, violated federal conflict of interest laws or engaged in other unlawful activity during his 2022 campaign.
McCarthy, who holds a slim majority in the House, has pinned Santos’s fate in Congress on that investigation. Yet the speaker, who supported Santos’s campaign in 2022, has also expressed reservations about a re-election bid, telling reporters in Washington earlier this year that he would “probably have a little difficulty” supporting one.
Santos temporarily removed himself from two congressional committees at the direction of House leadership, and many rank-and-file Republicans have said they would not work with him on legislation.
“From a political point of view, I don’t think there’s any future for him,” Edward Cox, the state Republican Party chairman in New York, said in an interview. He added that his organization would “clearly not” be helping Santos’s campaign.
Gerard Kassar, the chairman of the New York Conservative Party, a small but influential partner to the Republican Party, said in a statement that the Conservatives would not back Santos under any circumstances. “The party has called for his resignation and finds his pattern of deceit morally repugnant,” he said.
Closer to home, just days after Santos was sworn in, a score of Republican officials in Nassau County called on him to resign, said they would not endorse him in 2024 and would work to circumvent his office whenever possible.

Although I don’t know how long this sh#t show is going to last, I’m getting my popcorn out and looking forward to the laughs. But there is still a reason for the dems to be aware.
Last paragraph of the article –

Had Democrats nominated Melanie D’Arrigo in 2022, no one would know George Santos’ name today except the victims of his tawdry rip-off schemes. Yesterday, Melanie told me that he “tells more lies than truths. Anyone who thought he would not seek re-election has not been paying attention. He is a disgrace. But what is even more disgraceful is Congress’ refusal to address the broken campaign finance system that gave us George Santos. Unfortunately we have a Republican cosplaying as a Democrat to try and face George Santos in the general. The real kicker is he is almost as big of a fraud as Santos himself. Democrats in NY-03 should beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing otherwise they might elect the Democratic version of Santos— Josh Lafazan.”



IF the NY Dem party can get its act together, they can find a candidate and win.