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Ready to watch some history? For the first time ever, a sitting U.S. senator, New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker, is going to testify against the nomination of another sitting U.S. senator, Alabama’s Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Then again, on this crazy news day, that may just barely make it into the top ten strangest happenings. But historic it is!

Booker’s office said Monday that the Senate historian had been unable to find any previous instance of a sitting senator testifying against a fellow sitting senator nominated for a Cabinet position.

Noting that “I’m breaking a pretty long Senate tradition,” the New Jersey Democrat said Monday on MSNBC’s “All In”: “We’ve seen Jeff Sessions — that’s Senator Jeff Sessions — consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Act, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform.”

“He has a posture and a positioning that I think represent a real danger to our country,” Booker said.

You know what else is historic? John Lewis, badass civil rights hero, will also be testifying against Sessions, questioning his commitment to civil rights.

UPDATE, HERE ARE THE VIDEOS! Here is Cory Booker:

And here is John Lewis!

Also of historical note: Yesterday, it was discovered that a letter written by Coretta Scott King opposing Sessions’s 1986 appointment to a federal judgeship had not been entered into the official record by then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Strom Thurmond, the old racist. Maybe it was only an oversight (sure, you bet). That letter was obtained Tuesday by the Washington Post, and here it is, as scathing today as it was then:

king-sessions-letter

[NBC News / WaPo]

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  • msanthropesmr

    Go get em. We might not stop em, but we can sure expose them for what they are.

    • Yr. Gma

      It’s part of our job as Resistance fighters: thorn in the side, pain in the ass, fly in the ointment, piss in the Wheaties.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Not Trump’s Wheaties though, he might like it.

      • msanthropesmr

        Actually, Trump might like that last bit. Scratch that.

      • katkelly57

        Not Wheaties, Golden Grahams.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Who’s getting the popcorn ready?

  • Martini Ambassador

    Personally, I’m all for breaking with tradition in order to hold these scumbags accountable. The ‘Thugs have been all for breaking tradition for quite some time now (see: refusing to hold hearings on Merrick Garland, for one example out of a million), and Dems have been playing far too nice about the whole thing. We need to take a page or two out of their playbook and take our friggin’ country back.

  • Nounverb911
  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Awww yeah. Cory exercises his conscience and love of country as his moral compass. This is refreshing.

  • proudgrampa

    Strom Thurmond suppressed something Coretta Scott King wrote?

    Color me shocked!

    • SayItWithWookies

      Really — doing such a thing to a fellow Republican — the nerve.

    • Oblios_Cap

      He was too busy asking “Where the Black women at?” to place it in the record.

    • Crystalclear12

      sorry the “shocked” crayon is worn down to a nub. we have some “bewildered” left, would that work?

      • proudgrampa

        Fersure.

    • mary5920

      Yep. I read elsewhere that even Thurmond couldn’t bring himself to push for Sessions’ nomination after all.
      Mr. Talk Louder into the Machine, one of the stranger Senate moments in history:
      https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4532041/speak-machine

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Okay, but you won’t be able to vote or drink from the water fountain.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      Probably trying to decide if he had a shot at making a baby with her, too.

  • SighSperling

    I called both my Senators as well as Graham and Rubio’s offices today to voice my concerns over Trumps ‘press conference’ and Tillerson hearing.

    It takes 10 minutes and I encourage everyone to do so.

    Be polite and supportive but firm in letting them know that this will not stand.

    • Apple Scruff

      What exactly did you say? This is the part that I’m having a hard time with when I want to call.

      • Alan

        Tell them to fucking grow up.

      • SighSperling

        I called my Senators (Warren and Markey) and simply voiced my abject terror at what I was watching during Trump’s ‘press conference’.

        When I called Rubio & Graham I simply thanked them for them standing up and that those of us on the other side of the aisle appreciated what they were doing.

        • Apple Scruff

          Oooh, I like this! Thanks!

  • beingreleased

    Is it too soon to call him President Booker? (And will Booker T play at the inauguration? Cause that’d be cool)

    • Apple Scruff

      I can’t wait until he’s our president.

    • Lizzietish81

      I had expected HIllary to tap him for VP.

      • Apple Scruff

        Can’t lose that Senate seat with a Republican governor.

        • Our politics is a damn game of jenga

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Now, see, I’m torn – I want a lady President, and so I’m getting on the #Warren2020 bus. But I would totes vote for a Warren/Booker ticket.

  • Nounverb911
  • Nounverb911
  • JMP

    Strom Thurmond couldn’t possibly be a racist, because he had a black daughter! Would a racist rape his family’s black maid?

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Let’s ask Milo what he thinks.

      • msanthropesmr

        Let’s not.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    SNAP. “You could have recognized the Black Congressional Caucus being here, dumbass.”

  • Mavenmaven

    To the Trumpis, this means no “real Americans” are opposed to Sessions.

  • Nounverb911
    • jowgajen

      If you ever again question why we need more people of color and women in public office — this is why.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Meanwhilst, at the Legion of Doom Presser….

    https://media.giphy.com/media/93ZPzlHGZI8CY/giphy.gif

    Spicer threatened to throw reporter out if he dared ask a question.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/313792-cnn-reporter-spicer-threatened-to-throw-me-out-of-trump-presser

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      “Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question. You are fake news,” Trump responded

      Be polite, you liar!!!

      /FFS

      • Iron Monkey

        “Russian officials have called the CNN report an “absolute fabrication,” ”

        Good enough for me, Tovarich!

        • DahBoner

          Kompromat!

    • JMP

      DC really did screw up when they had Lex Luthor win the Presidency in 2000, since the real America ended up getting a much worse Present at the same time. At least Luthor is a genius.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Trump is Bizarro Lex Luthor.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I hope it’s not a futile gesture.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h4DZeBleLs

  • Lance Thrustwell

    If Sessions doesn’t make it, I guess Trump is likely to nominate someone better? He’d have no choice, because there aren’t that many even superficially qualified racists around?

    Hope so, anyway.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    So the dude currently testifying is there because he worked for Sessions in both a personal and governmental capacity…and he’s black. Okay then. I’m sure we all diss former employers on the regular in public environments.

    • Bill D. Burger

      Useful window dressing for Sessions. A token and little more who was paid well for his service. Perhaps he sees a position open at the JD in his future?

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        Wouldn’t surprise me. I also loved that story about how the dude prosecuted an overzealous police officer. I kept waiting for the facts of the case which never came: (1) Was the victim black or white? and (2) Was the officer black or white?

  • h4rr4r

    Why are democrats afraid to use the R word?

    Call him out! Say it, he is a racist!

    • snark-lurker

      only racists use the R word

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Because they are the real racists, of course.

    • JMP

      Because we have a media that thinks that calling someone racist is the worst thing that anyone can do; much worse than actual racism, which they will always pretend does not exist.

      • MΩebym

        Because admitting its existence would require actual journalism and not the journamalism they actually practice.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • “I’m breaking a pretty long Senate tradition,”

    Fuck it…these assclowns ignored their goddamn Constitutional Fucking Duties with our President Black McBlacky and Judge Merrick Garland

  • Iron Monkey

    If I knew that JOHN LEWIS was going to testify against me I would just give up.

    • miss_grundy

      I’d walk away, Rene……….

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    I love John Lewis’ voice. I want him to read me Dr. Seuss at bedtime.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Alabama — you’ve got a third of the Union to help you along. What’s going wrong?

    • Rick Hill

      Still having trouble rising….

    • Oblios_Cap

      One wheel in the ditch and one on the track…

    • kindness

      And that Ass whooping from Clemson didn’t help either. I cheered.

  • o’look Skwerl!

    I want an old fashioned Senatorial cane fight.

    With votes of course. .

    • AngryKatie

      I’ve always wished our Senate engaged in more shoe throwing and the occasional full on melee. We could at least get vigorous harumphing!

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        And maybe – just maybe – less assholery.

    • miss_grundy

      Bullwhips with votes would be better and oh, so, nineteenth century…..

  • Nounverb911
  • Rick Hill

    Oh, good! They’re black so, thugs! They’ll pop a cap in his honky ass and all will be well.

  • schmannity

    People are saying that there is video of Sessions watching farm animals piss on a bed once slept in by Eric Holder. I’m not saying it’s real, I’m just saying that people are saying it.

    • Bill D. Burger

      Well, you’ve got the President-elect’s attention with that! Believe me. You can believe me.

    • MynameisBlarney

      And now that it’s on the internets….

      • Ricky Gay

        I just read it somewhere!

        • MynameisBlarney

          And he hasn’t denied it, sooo…..

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

    • snark-lurker

      i herd that too!

    • chadingo

      many pee-pals are saying trumpski’s not a natural orange. too many carrots! so sad and still losing. bigly over-rated.

  • goonemeritus

    A few times in every generation a line is crossed so egregiously that where you stood on the issue will forever define you. Trump’s ascendancy is one of those times.

    • Marceline

      I’m stealing this comment. I’m in a debate on Facebook with people who dislike this meme and getting all the “Don’t generalize!” type stuff. Screw them. You said it perfectly. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3871869ebb79494acedf0632bb9c360622bf58ee595266feec4e4f210c7b268d.jpg

      • C4TWOMAN

        The “don’t generalize” crowd is probably thinking of old Aunt Tilly and Uncle Bob who don’t get out and are complete suckers for fakes news.

        But hat means the message is MORE valuable, to show those people what they really signed up for and that they WILL lose valuable friendships of they can’t see they’re supporting a bunch of sexist Nazis.

        • Marceline

          I’m tired of being told that I shouldn’t judge Trump voters. That they just voted out of “economic anxiety” or that maybe they just didn’t like Hillary. That they are just scared little flowers. Fuck that noise. They voted to hurt me and millions of others. Voting for Trump should carry a stigma and if they don’t like it too damn bad.

          • Creepoman

            I regret that I have but one fist to direct upwards for this non-comment.

          • kindness

            Funny too as Trump’s voters judge the hell out of the rest of us.

          • C4TWOMAN

            Yep, totally agree.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      ^^^THIS!!!^^^

  • Iron Monkey

    That letter! The widow of Martin Luther King writing to Strom Thurmond opposing Sessions for his racism. Wonder if it made Mrs. King gag to sign that letter to the racist old creep.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      She probably should have slapped a Post-It on there that read: I hope this gets entered into official record. By the way, I saw Essie Mae at the laundromat the other day. She is a lovely young woman. You must be so proud. Kisses! -L

  • Nounverb911
  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Some of us almost died on that bridge

    Suddenly, Peegate doesn’t seem so funny anymore. God bless John Lewis with a fuckton of votes &etc.

  • timpundit

    Booker is my Obama 2.0.

    • timpundit

      And I mean that politically as well as sexxxxxxually.

      • ImGoingBacon

        I would crawl on my lips through broken glass in downtown Camden to marry him

  • Vincent Ricola

    John Lewis is my favorite. That’s all.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Preach it, St. John.

  • Wild Cat

    Meanwhile, at the Leftist intellectual stalwart site Crooked Timber, Grumpy Cat is debated as the world burns:

    http://crookedtimber.org/2017/01/10/grumpy-cat-face-good/

    We are soooooo fucking fucked.

    • Serai 1

      Is that the only thing they’re talking about today? Or just the one that you think is trivial?

  • Nounverb911

    The trumpanzees are trying an end run hatchet job.
    https://twitter.com/srl/status/819249376472264704

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Oh gee. None of us understand context, Donnie. Not one of us. Idjit.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Oh, wow. He voted to give people a medal (the bill passed by Unanimous Consent). Great! Let’s give him the top cop job!

      • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

        Sessions once shared an elevator with Booker and didn’t tell him to move to the back.

        • MynameisBlarney

          Sessions did however, fart and blame it on Booker.

        • Unpresidented Ron

          Not so anyone could hear, anyway.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    So Sessions actually prosecuted a criminal.

    Wow.

    • Unpresidented Ron

      It’s a mistake he’s come to regret, and if asked to do it again he would refuse.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Prosecuting a white criminal would be the surprise.

  • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

    If life were a Frank Capra movie, the room would erupt in applause and carry John Lewis out on their shoulders as the new AG.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e9e7c4d4dcb347c0f8b0653be65cda834a5d5e2ee07a2e5f9456ae60e35bd8d.jpg

  • Booker – Beyoncé 2020

  • BosGrl

    Well a few black men say Sessions is OK so that means he is not a racist. O.o

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Good news! Strom Thurmond is still dead!

    • elviouslyqueer

      He and Breitbart are golden showering each other in hell, also too.

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    First two protesters of the day! Yay!

  • Nounverb911
    • That smirk and a bag of Skittles would make most Trumpsters shit their Lee’s jeans

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Whoa – hold on there. I would be lost without the comfortable fit of my Lee jeans.

        • Unpresidented Ron

          Since when did you start wearing pants?

          • Pants are required? BRB

          • Gayer Than Thou

            The grocery store insisted. And my mom said if I want those cakes we like, I have to get them myself. So you see my dilemma.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba
          • MynameisBlarney

            The FUCK?

          • Up In Smoke O’hontas

            See, now that’s why I’ll never understand white pride.

          • Historicat

            When you actually suck at life and have no real accomplishments, you fall back on your pasty white skin as a source of pride. (my favorite example – Pap Finn)

          • Skeptical_thinker

            An appropriate location for the stars and bars.

          • Skeptical_thinker

            An appropriate place for the stars and bars.

        • xbuzzerx

          Why the fuck do you care what women wear you fucking queen!

          • Creepoman

            Today, we are all fucking queens

          • Celtic_Gnome

            I do have to admit that I, personally, do not fuck queens, but I have no objections to others engaging in said activities.

          • Gayer Than Thou

            I feel like this is a trick question.

          • JustDon’tSayOverrated

            Just another drive-by troll. Not even worthy of a ‘HI!’
            ETA: but that response cracked me up!

    • Nodrama4mama

      Is it wrong to remark that young John Lewis was a handsome, handsome man?

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    Oooo. “Back of the bus” comment on black Senators and Representatives being scheduled last. I will say that in debates, we all liked going last. You get the final word. More likely to be remembered. But I understand what Rep. Richmond is saying.

    • Mary Sandoras

      Who scheduled them?

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        Not sure. But pretty heavy implication in that statement that it could be controlled if one wanted to do so. I’d trust another Congresscritter to know.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Committee Chairs call the shots.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Tequila or GTFO.

  • elviouslyqueer
    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Or as often.

  • ViveLaPeésistance

    Dear Cory: I wouldn’t worry about tradition. We used to have a tradition in this country that the office of the president had some dignity. Tradition has been pissed out the window. Do your worst.

    • o’look Skwerl!

      Now there’s window hookers involved?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Slavery was once a “tradition”, much like “genocide”. and “misogyny”.

  • BosGrl

    Likes Heath bars = qualified to be Attorney General

    • Ambignostic

      Heavy on the Heath.

      • BosGrl

        Sessions’ rapper name.

    • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

      probably the only thing brown he has held with affection

      • BosGrl

        Well I think he has been holding hands with that last guy who spoke.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    “Sessions is a good Christian man.”

    Never said about a Muslim or Jew appointed to Federal office.

    • …and why do they always need to say ‘good’ before ‘Christian’?

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        So you don’t think he’s typical, I guess.

      • C4TWOMAN

        I think it’s archaic. Like “good wife” or “goodie”.

        • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

          “Archaic”

          Precisely.

      • Blackest Noobs

        because the truth is the opposite.

    • Shoto

      Well thank Babby Jeezuz for that, amirite?

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Some of the worst people I’ve ever known have been described the same way.

      • Barbarartanner

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    • jowgajen

      “Good Christian man” is the sort of thing you say when you can’t think of anything positive that is relevant.

      • Little Lulu, still angry

        It’s a little like “He’s good with children.”

    • peteywheats

      “he’s a good man” What a beaten wife says 1 week before the cops come to pick up her murdered corpse.

    • Creepoman

      Well bless his heart

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Wait – A Judiciary Committee chaired by Strom Fucking Thurmond tossed Sessions’ nomination, because Sessions was too much of a racist? Am I reading that correctly?

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      I know, that’s like being too fascist for the Red Skull or something.

      • CatCafe de la Resistance

        The Nazis going “wait, take it down a notch, bro.”

    • SighSperling

      But he had blacks over for dinner, so….

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        That’s not all he had them over for…

  • Msgr_MΩment

    This is the one thing that fills me with hope today, especially Cory saying that the arc of the moral universe doesn’t just arc towards justice on its own, but you need to bend it.

    • Shoto

      And sometimes bending will require the use of power tools…as it were.

      • Unpresidented Ron

        Especially when there’s so many people bending it the other way.

  • Bill D. Burger

    It’s a bit flesh crawling to see the defenders of Sessions spin stories which boil down to “he did right by me and I got mine, so fuck everybody else” and who refuse to look at the totality of Sessions’ record of bigotry and blatant racism.
    I can only imagine that little jugeared shitweasel Sessions’ homage to them: “Them boyeez’ wuz’ good today. Might jist make a few calls and gettum’ a raise.”

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      All the “pro-Sessions” speakers were either employees or coworkers of Sessions. Color me crazy, but one gets treated better as one or the other of those simply because it’s in the best interest of that person to treat you well.

    • Ambignostic

      And the usual willful ignorance of “he is not personally a racist, therefore he could never pursue racist policies.”

    • TakingAmes

      Isn’t “he did right by me and I got mine, so fuck everybody else” the unofficial Republican motto?

      • Pisto75666

        It’s on a sampler over the door at party headquarters.

  • AngryKatie

    I think Sessions and DeVos are the two that worry me most.
    If we could block only one Sessions would be my hands down pick.

    ETA: and Flynn is terrifying, but he doesn’t need to be confirmed.

    • HazooToo

      DeVos worries me about equally. Imagine America without public schools. It would be easier than ever to turn small Americans into people like Jeff Sessions, AND have parents paying for the ‘privelage’.

      • AngryKatie

        That’s my thinking too. Protecting voting rights and hope we gain back ground in 2018 and 2020.
        Protecting education so we don’t find ourselves watering all of our crops with Brawndo in the near future.

        • CatCafe de la Resistance

          But it’s got what plants crave!

    • Serai 1

      I would pick DeVos, myself. Plunging this country’s youth into abject ignorance for decades due to the lack of public schools is a far greater danger for the future, in my opinion.

      • AngryKatie

        I figure with Sessions as AG, they’ll use the two pronged approach of gutting the voting rights act and throwing all the black and brown people in jail forever, thereby ensuring permanent Republican rule.

      • miss_grundy

        She’s already doing a fine job of that here in Michigan…..

  • Msgr_MΩment

    I don’t believe President Booker will need an Anger Translator.

  • Little Lulu, still angry

    A lovely black congresswoman is very animated in the current live feed of the recess. No sound. But she seems pissed.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      Oh, FFS. Whatever could a black congresswoman have to be pissed about? It never ends with “those people”, does it?-Fox News

  • Michael R

    Regis : Jeff Sessions : racist or not a racist
    Jeff Sessions : Not a racist
    Regis : Final answer ?
    Jeff Sessions : Final answer Reege
    Regis : Ooooooh , sorry .

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Jeff Sessions: Wait, wait. I want to call my lifeline.

      Dial-dial-dial

      Lifeline guy: Da?

      Regis: Mr, uh, Poo-tine, do I have that right? Jeff Sessions is here and needs your help.

  • Jeffery Campbell

    Easy way to tell if you are right. Do you agree with everything that John Lewis says and does? Then you are right. If you do not, you are wrong.

    • peteywheats

      I was on that train until he smeared Bernie a few months back with his bullshit about “Well, I didn’t see Bernie Sanders with me on that bridge in Selma.”

      • Serai 1

        Well, it was bullshit when Bernie claimed he was there. Why shouldn’t Lewis call him on it?

        • jowgajen

          Bernie was at the March on Washington. The Selma thing wasn’t claimed by Bernie. Bernie did participate in the Civil Rights movement, but not in a drop everything and go to Selma way. Which is fine. That’s not the standard of being a decent human. Not everyone is badass John Lewis.

          http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/bernie-sanders-core-university-chicago

          • Serai 1

            Funny, I heard Bernie’s involvement in civil rights ended in ’63 with a couple of protests and one arrest. Yeah, a real warrior. Sorry, but I have zero respect for people who hitch their wagons to those of the people doing the actual fucking WORK. Especially when they wait for decades until they’re running for President, and then bring it up. Yeah, convenient. If Bernie was so concerned with civil rights, why hasn’t he SAID ANYTHING ABOUT IT IN FORTY YEARS???

          • Truthiness2U

            Exactly. My mom (who was a Middle Schooler at the time) and uncles went to hear MLK at the Lincoln Memorial. I’m super proud they went, but I assure you my mom/uncles going there was more fraught then Bernies (they were all below 21, and hitched a ride with some Communists who were going). Bernie did a bit of protesting while in college in Chicago. Went to NY where he did nada about Civil Rights. Then white flighted it to VT. He was never a Civil Rights person beyond that anemic stuff in Chicago, not as Mayor, not as Congressman or Senator.

            The guy didn’t even bother to VOTE to protect try and supports those fighting for rights. Or say, vote for a POC along the way in Chicago or NY. He first voted for himself at like 40. Way to support the cause of, ya know, Voting Rights.

            I’m with John Lewis, that parachuting bullshit is, ya know, bullshit.

          • Serai 1

            It’s a perfect example of why I’ve come to think he’s full of shit, basically. Sure, the issue is real, but I don’t believe he’s real about change anymore unless it’s the change HE wants. Anything else is just trivial and not worth investing his energy in. Thus the whole thing is about EGO and nothing else. Otherwise, he’d listen to people and learn.

    • shoeflyin

      Ha, he is my representative, but I don’t usually bother telling him my opinion because I trust him to do the right thing. I save my efort for my R senators, futile as it seems.

  • o’look Skwerl!

    Bad news, It looks like Betsy DeVos will roll back Title IX protections.
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/01/11/betsy-devos-supporters-promise-she-will-take-campus-sexual-assault-seriously/

    It’s good of them to think of our campus predators and rapist-athletes.

    • HazooToo

      What exactly do they say when asked WHY? I really can’t think of any argument or excuse that favors making it easier to get away with rape.

      • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

        Their fig leaf is that the current process “tramples the rights of the accused” and presumes guilt. Which is a bunch of hooey, and when you point that out they trot out Duke lacrosse and Rolling Stone and all that dross about “making it too easy for sluts to accuse fine upstanding men of rape”.

        • o’look Skwerl!

          Yep. One process puts you in jail and labels you as an offender for life. The other suspends you from school which you normally can appeal. The second process is worse that Nazi Germany.

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          Super. No word on the literally hundreds (if not thousands) of guilty rapists who avoided any sort of punishment at all through systematic mistreatment of victims before Title IX suits came to be? Color me shocked.

        • HazooToo

          What if, just for a moment, they understood that rape is usually a thing that happens in areas without witnesses? And that it’s frequently committed by people the victim knows, and not strangers jumping out of bushes or barging into bathroom stalls? And that schools have not been very helpful in making sure the victim gets the help they need, but rather protecting the accused however they can, including dissuading women from reporting to police or having a rape kit done? And could we also remind them how often rape kits lie around, untested, past the statute of limitations? But that’s asking too much, I’m sure, it’s not like women’s rights are human rights or anything.

          • CatCafe de la Resistance

            No, no, they don’t care. They actually are just fine with women being raped. It’s not about the women. It’s about the men being able to do whatever they want, and if women get raped, they should stop whining about it, they probably enjoyed it, why were they out in public to begin with, without their burqas?

          • miss_grundy

            Or their sackcloth and ashes???

        • miss_grundy

          I wonder, if they would accuse their own daughter of this if she were raped on campus???

    • marxalot

      Well, with a groper-in-chief, all these high-spirited hijinks for which the pinkos and feminazis have been prosecuting our promising student athletes, with their bright futures, have really been put into perspective, you know? Finally, we can see an end to these campus witch hunts, and the terrible impact they have on these boys’ lives.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Well sure. We can’t be having women thinking they should have the right to an education free of harassment and intimidation now can we? Why, they might start getting ideas

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I think the idea that the people who will be in favor of this move want women to get is “get off the college campus, little lady, and back in the kitchen where you belong. Oh, and leave them fancy shoes at the door on your way out.”

        • CatCafe de la Resistance

          And if I say you should have sex with me, you have to have sex with me! No bodily autonomy for you, whore!

      • Rick Hill

        Well, it was a big mistake to ever let women think they were our equals. Just look at the mess that made. Andof course, they then refused to clean it up. Sheesh!

      • CatCafe de la Resistance

        And sports! Why do those lesbians insist on parity in sports? What has that ever given us except uppity dykes thinking they have some kind of power and agency in their lives! Fuck them!

  • SighSperling

    My guess is that Mattis bails before the inauguration after the VA pick Trump just announced.

    • Mintie

      Oh please no, not the one nominee that actually has a brain. And a soul . . .

  • MynameisBlarney
    • CogitoErgoBibo

      The way I read it is that normally, he’d violate national security rules and tell everyone in his office about the content of his intelligence briefings. For once, he decided to abide by the necessary limits and tell no one at all…in order to be able to trace the leak.

      Yeah. I know. Unless you tell different individuals different things, that’s not going to work.

      • HazooToo

        So good to know that everything I had assumed about him blathering secrets constantly has been admitted to be true.

        • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

          So when will RT start publishing the PDB?

          • JustDon’tSayOverrated

            Last August.

      • MynameisBlarney

        The way he talks is annoying as fuck.

        • miss_grundy

          The sound of his voice is very annoying. And that gesture with the thumb and forefinger–it makes me want to punch the tv.

          • twopartysystem1

            Relax and enjoy. Hillary is going to rise and break through the glass ceiling, NYT says it’s in the bag!

    • Doug Langley

      Well, Donnie, you could also form a team of “Plumbers” to fix those leaks. It worked great for Nixon.

    • Martini Ambassador

      WHY DIDNT HE TELL RHONA? WHY?!??.!?

      Really, he’s insane. Trying to understand his derp is counter-indicated for a functioning brain.

      • MynameisBlarney

        My intense dislike and contempt for the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers that got him “elected” grows daily.

        • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

          You mean the ones who are calling you a snowflake and going all Scut Farkus with their whole “cry, libtards, cry” routine, but who curl up into a ball and elect fascist dictators when their fucking feelings get hurt?Yeah, my dislike and contempt for Republican voters are rapidly congealing into full-out loathing. And if anybody tries to talk to me about the injured feelings and anxieties of white working class voters–the fact is, no decent human being could have voted for Donald and the Republicans. And no decent human being did.

          • CatCafe de la Resistance

            Beautifully put. Don’t forget these are also the assholes who still haven’t gotten over a war they lost 150 years ago. Pathetic, weak, threatened, ignorant crybabies. I hate them with a vengeful fire. And interesting, isn’t it, that no one tries to look into the injured feelings and anger of the black voters, isn’t it?

          • Markuserektus

            Interesting article (regarding Session’s hearing) on Vox: This is part of a well-documented phenomenon called “white fragility.” The problem is people are often so sensitive to any accusations of racial bias that they may not have the ability to look beyond how they feel about being called a racist and evaluate what might merit such accusations — such as, in Sessions’s case, his history opposing civil and voting rights protections.

          • Ducksworthy

            Maybe if they aren’t named for two, one person that is, named for two murderous traitors. Jefferson Beauregard Secessions.

          • twopartysystem1

            Fragile? No. After eight years of watching Obama’s endless, inconsistent and arbitrary assignment of “racism”, most folks see it for what it is: a divisive political tool. So not fragile, just aware and tired of the same old thing. The next Demo is going to need a lot more than “racism” to win a national election.

          • also: not curling up into any ball – except my fist.

          • twopartysystem1

            Relax, CNN says Hillary is +6 in PA and Obama is enjoying a 60% approval rating. Madame President, this is in the bag!

    • ViveLaPeésistance

      I have no idea what he’s saying. But now the tic in my left eye is worse.

      • MynameisBlarney

        No shit, lol.
        Fucking infuriating, innit?

    • janecita

      He met intelligence once but he didn’t like it, he preferred stupidity instead.
      Seriously though, I don’t know what the hell he is trying to say.

      • MynameisBlarney

        He makes Palin sound like a bloody genius.

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      It proves that Becky and Stacy are the ones spreading rumors about Timmy cheating on Marcy. Which he totally didnnnnn’t! BTW Becky and Stacy are fat, ugly lezbo sluts. Sad. Everybody says so.

    • JustDon’tSayOverrated

      “Maybe my office, because I have a lot of great people, maybe it’s them.”
      Wow. Two thoughts in the same dendrite, struggling for dominance.

  • DahBoner

    A “shabby intent” to intimidate Black voters?

    We must do better!
    https://media0.giphy.com/media/dTrXhnCNnLd3W/200_s.gif#23

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Book ’em, Danno.

  • I can agree with only one thing ever said by Chuck Grassley.

    “Thank you Congressman Lewis.”

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Lefty Frizzell

      OMFG he rewteeted a pic in praise of Fred and Rosemary West!!!!!

      • MynameisBlarney

        Yeah…

        We’re in for an interesting 4 years.

      • AngryKatie

        The lesson to walk away with is that if you start with a compliment, 50% chance you can get Trump to do whatever you want him too.

        • mfp

          90%…fify

    • kareemachan

      Uh, donnie, vaccinations are NOT given in one huge dose and ARE spread out over time.

      Fuckwit.

      • TakingAmes

        Not that he would know, having left all the child-raising to one wife or another.

        • H0mer0

          so his “n” was 1 because he actually might have paid attention to Melania’s complaining about Barron’s immunizations. Yes, they get lots but my snowflakes haven’t had to deal with infection with chickenpox and hopefully not HPV oncogenic strains.

    • Edith Prickly

      Time to watch this again… https://youtu.be/-41fbDYZyLo

    • H0mer0

      He’s a mean girl. The only reason he hasn’t whipped it out on Twitter is, uh, small hands (he reminds me of LBJ except not as erudite and didn’t Johnson actually have one to show us?)

  • Nounverb911

    In other news, Bill Murray’s going to the White House again….
    https://twitter.com/Hill44/status/819254698289098753

  • Look Closer

    I hope Cory Booker runs for President in 2020. He’s pretty dynamic!

    • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

      The DNC needs some young blood. I still say that was HRC’s biggest problem with millennials-she was seen as being from grandma and grandpa’s generation.

      • theshadow

        Except Booker is 100% corrupt, a fraud, and a liar. Not again….. Finally rid of an error in a couple of weeks.

        http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/20/the-ugly-truth-about-cory-booker-new-jersey-s-golden-boy.html

        • ResistanceFighterCaptainHowdy
        • Jukesgrrl

          Yes, I WANT to like Cory Booker. But in fact he was a failure as Mayor of Newark in every way except charming stories and good headlines outside of the city. He says all the right things, shows up all the right places, and accomplishes next to nothing. It’s sad and troublesome and I fear there is dirty laundry well hidden.

          • theshadow

            A media creation – as you say. Sound familiar?

          • twopartysystem1

            Reminds me of someone… Who was that guy from Chicago?

        • SatanicVagendaRebellion

          So he’s been associated with some shady people and didn’t single-handedly solve all of Newark’s economic problems while he was the Mayor…that hardly seems to deserve a scathing hit piece by the Daily Beast, which is, let’s just say, occasionally dubiously sourced.
          As liberals, are we really going to keep shooting ourselves in the foot with this ‘perfect being the enemy of good’ stance?

          http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/08/why-do-liberals-hate-cory-booker/278992/

          • theshadow

            He’s a dirt bag. Period. The kind of guy that pours oil on the road – and when the car crashes runs out to help (there are literally accounts of this type of behavior with him). It is – what it is.

          • H0mer0

            From what I understand down here in the swamp, you can’t get anything done in NJ without those kind of associations.

          • CatCafe de la Resistance

            I know, the far-left wing is literally as damaging as the far-right. Thanks, Bernie supporters and Jill Stein reporters. And yes, my new year’s resolution is to use “literally” to mean “extremely.”

        • Keith Taylor

          100% corrupt, a fraud, and a liar? Somehow that description reminds me of another person, and I would think I might be getting them confused, only the other person is orange, not black.

          • theshadow

            Hillary?

          • Keith Taylor

            No. Didn’t mean Hillary Clinton.

  • Malkuth
  • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

    Anyone hearing yet how Booker and Lewis are biased because they are black and shouldn’t be asking these questions?
    No? Give it a minute.

  • Goddamnit! I’m at work and really shouldn’t cry like an idiot

  • nightmoth

    I love John Lewis. I love Cory Booker. That is all. Except, take note, RWNJs—these are what REAL PATRIOTS sound like!

  • The Librarian

    I love Mr. Booker and thought he was powerful, but I’m here to testify that I just gave Mr. Lewis a standing ovation.

    • H0mer0

      TESTIFY SISTA!*

      *I apologize to any native or educated speaker of gospel for my attempt at humor

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Wow. That should certainly give the Republicans pause.

    Just kidding. Like they give a shit about what a bunch of uppity ni-CLANG have to say about one of their own.

  • twopartysystem1

    The whole world has moved on. But several groups apparently think that whining is going to change the direction and momentum: Professional race-baiters, professional politicians and state media. They need to strategize and come up with some sort of new angle because Obama squeezed the very last drop out of the old race card. It’s half entertaining and half sad to watch.

    • Tiny kaiju

      Welcome today’s representative of opposite world. Now shove off back to your hovel of derp.

    • CatCafe de la Resistance

      Actually, no. The whole world has not moved on. The whole world is horrified, and really, really, trying to warn you idiots that you’ve just elected Joe Bob from the feed store as head of the Fire Department while your own house is smoldering behind you. But you’ll come back and apologize after it burns down, taking the rest of the town with it, won’t you? We’ll wait.

    • Tiny kaiju

      Glad to hear you are OK with treason and foreign governments spying on US citizens and interfering with elections. Or were you concerned that professional race baiting means African Americans talking about racial issues?

  • Keith Taylor

    Just that Sessions has consistently opposed the Voting Rights Act is enough to make him suspect and undesirable as a Cabinet member. Except in Republican eyes. One of the many unique and grotesque features of this presidential election is that it was the first one since a Supreme Court decision revoked Section Four of the Voting Rights Act — which is to say, ripped the muscle and spine out of it. And made it possible for a couple of dozen states, including four crucial swing states, to adopt Kris Kobach’s Interstate Crosscheck System with no comebacks from the Federal Government. If that hadn’t occurred, Trump would never have come within shouting distance of the Oval Office, Russian meddling or none. I believe that should be remembered. Along with a few other things like FBI Director Comey’s actions. The hacking from the direction of Russia was appalling, a major incident — but about, at an offhand estimate, 80 per cent of the election rigging was home grown in the U.S.A. Make that 90

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