WHAT WILL DEMOCRATS INFLICT ON COLORADO THIS SESSION? Especially when it comes to climate change? Many Democrats believe this election was an endorsement of progressive ideals and fully intend to pursue things like the setbacks that were just roundly rejected by voters. How far will they go? We'll see, won't we. And the environmental groups are already pressuring soon-to-be Governor Jared Polis.
TRANSGENDER REGRET IS A THING AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT I have a lot of compassion for people suffering under the belief that they were born the wrong gender. It must be a nightmare to feel every day that you in the wrong body. But personally, I feel like a lot of people who believe they are transgendered are suffering from mental illness. Now there is a new book about transgender regret and it's full of people who have had lots of surgeries to change, only to regret them terribly later. It's heartbreaking to know how political correctness is at work in helping people mutilate themselves.
NANCY PELOSI THINKS THE CONSTITUTION MAKES HER AND POTUS EQUAL And it clearly does not, but when you're talking to the New York Times you can be certain you won't be challenged on something so stupid so you say it. Read the article here.
OH LIZ, CAN'T YOU JUST BE YOURSELF, WHOEVER THAT IS? Apparently Senator Elizabeth Warren it trying to what some call "relatable" and decided to do an Instagram Live thing the other night so prove how she's just like us. Well, it's just...sad. Watch this.
This is one of the reasons Trump won. I'll explain today.
MONEY IN POLITICS WILL ALWAYS BE A THING AND JARED POLIS KNOWS IT For a guy who has talked about getting the money out of politics he sure doesn't live what he preaches. He just took advantage of Colorado's ridiculously low campaign donation limits and his own massive wealth to spend $23.4 million of his own money to
buy win the Governors race. Here is Congressman Polis in 2014 talking about money in politics:
“Our political system is already overwhelmed by money from special interests and the superrich, even with our current campaign contribution limits,” said Congressman Jared Polis. “There is no conceivable reason that we should be increasing contribution limits by 1000% when the voices of so many hard-working Americans across the nation are already being drowned out by mega-donors.”
Of course he didn't want to raise limits, it may have given his non-superrich opponents a fighting chance. Kelly Sloan writes it up here.
COULD SEXISM SUBMARINE BERNIE IN 2020? What happens when Democratic Socialism and #metoo collide? It could be interesting to watch, as millennial darling Bernie Sanders is dealing with accusations of sexism and sex discrimination from his last campaign.
SHOULD STUDENTS BE FORCED TO WEAR SCARLET BADGES OF SHAME FOR BAD GRADES? I don't think this is a very good idea, but a school in Arizona makes upperclassmen who are in danger of failing wear a red id badge instead of the normal gray. It's a weird story but there seems to be little question that the students are clearly and easily identified as failing by the odd colored badges. Who thought this was a good idea? It goes to the idea of public shaming, which I am mostly totally against.
IT'S TIME TO ARM TEACHERS So says the panel which reviewed the Parkland school shooting. They are about to release a nearly 500 page report which places blame on the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the school district. It also recommends a program to arm teachers. We'll see how this goes.
NOW UNITED IS CRACKING DOWN ON EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS United is joining Delta and Southwest in cracking down on "emotional support animals". You can only bring a dog or cat so leave that emotional support turkey at home.
I AGREE WITH THIS ASSESSMENT OF TRUMP HOLDING THE MEDIA HOSTAGE But let's be clear, they are willing participants. Bill Arkin has worked at NBC News on and off for thirty years. He's known as a contrarian and his exit memo to staffers will certainly cement that status. From his long missive:
“The world and the state of journalism [is] in tandem crisis … And I find myself completely out of synch with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus. In our day-to-day whirlwind and hostage status as prisoners of Donald Trump, I think — like everyone else does — that we miss so much.”
His 100% correct, of course.
WE'RE GETTING THE BLUE BELL MARDI GRAS KING CAKE ICE CREAM! It's been around for a few years but only in Louisiana and Alabama (fun fact, the first Mardi Gras celebration ever in the US was in Mobile) but now the cinnamon cake flavored ice cream with cheesecake swirls and sprinkles is going to be available here.
I SORT OF CAN'T WAIT TO FOR THIS TO HAPPEN NASA is getting set to slam a space ship into an asteroid! Well only if the asteroid is going to slam into us first. HOW COOL WILL THIS BE? If it works, that is.
THE EUREKA CALIFORNIA WOMEN'S MARCH IS OFF BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY HONKIES And I'm so not even making up that headline. The march was called because there weren't enough non-white people there. From the Press release:
Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community. Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach. Our goal is that planning will continue and we will be successful in creating an event that will build power and community engagement through connection between women that seek to improve the lives of all in our community.
Got that? White women don't matter enough to lead a women's march. I love intersectionality!
HERE IT TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL WEIGHT LOSS VIDEO Because it's the New Year and all.