- (1:16) SPECIAL COMMENT: A week ago, frankly, none of us OUTSIDE Nashville knew whether the Tennessee’s State Government had a House, a Senate, an Assembly, a Parliament, a Duma, was inflated or stuffed. Yesterday, Justin Jones was reinstated to the Tennessee House. Tomorrow, Justin Pearson will be.
- I am trying to think of exactly WHAT Republicans got out of this. The two young representatives will have been out of office for a total of four days, MAYBE five.
And on three of those days (Friday through Sunday), the Tennessee House didn’t conduct any business.
- They went from obscure state legislators to superstar magnets drawing international coverage. They provided energy and hope to the movement, support for which had inspired the racist acts of a racist legislative body, to do SOMETHING about the epidemic of gun violence in this country. The forces of right have not had a real WIN in perhaps two decades and even though this one is just symbolic, it resonates: It shows us that the whole thing is NOT impossible to fight, and that dramatic and important milestones can occur almost spontaneously, virtually immediately, breathtakingly panoramically.
- (6:24) Plus: The Senate Judiciary Committee will actually HOLD A HEARING INTO SCOTUS CORRUPTION! Trump and “Rhonda Santis” are at it again.
- Melania apparently has a new contract. And Jim Jordan is coming to Fun City! There goes the neighborhood.
- (20:31) SPECIAL COMMENT: The latest mass gun slaughter was at a bank, 11 days after Ted Cruz had insisted the solution to mass gun slaughter was to put as many armed guards in schools as they have in those impregnable fortresses: banks. The solution isn’t guns, it isn’t mental health checks, it’s money. We must financially crush the people for whom gun violence is a profit center. And I mean crush the businesses, the politicians, and if need be, the states.
That’s a revisiting of his comment about “Red States” not contributing financially to the federal government.
- (40:49) THINGS I PROMISED NOT TO TELL: His ratings debacle at the new CNN reminded me to tell you of the time Bill Maher and I almost had a fistfight at his after-show party, because I insisted I was “aware” of him when we overlapped in college. It turned out my barely-remembered “awareness” of him at Cornell was ALSO of a near-fistfight … in 1978!
Serves him right, the corporate sell-out.
That’s all the damage for now. Good morning, good afternoon, good night, and good luck.