Worst Theme Week Ever

If the administration’s “theme weeks” have heretofore been thoroughly unimpressive, the latest such venture sets the bar so low it can be located 120 feet below the earth’s surface.

First came “Infrastructure Week”. We’ll never know if it would have had a demonstrable impact on the nation’s ailing infrastructure because the hullabaloo around that Comey thing sucked up all its oxygen. “Workforce Development Week” fell victim to concerns about Trump’s inchoate budget. “Technology Week” stumbled out of the gate when Jared Kushner chose to rail against floppy disks for reasons not fully understood by anyone in the 21st century. “Made In America Week” gave the president the opportunity to pretend to drive a fire truck like a big boy, yet offered little else of consequence.

There are more themes on the way (“American Dreams Week” starts July 31st), but they’ve hit their nadir with “Fuck The LGBTQ Community Week”. Wednesday gave us the Hobbit Troll’s Twitter banishment of all trans persons serving in the military. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was compelled to clarify saying something on Twitter does not make it official Department of Defense policy, but no matter! Donald of Orange had another steaming batch of discrimination to serve up.

The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, taking a stand against a decision reached under former President Barack Obama.

The department’s move to insert itself into the New York case was an uncommon example of top officials in Washington opining directly in the courts on what is an important but essentially private dispute between a worker and his boss over gay rights issues. Civil rights advocates immediately criticized the filing not only for the arguments it advanced, but also for having been made on the same day that President Trump announced on Twitter that transgender people would be banned from serving in the military.

One possible explanation for the  aggressive foray into institutionalized bigotry is that with his poll numbers in the tank, Trump may be keen on shoring up support from the special interest group that stood with him while moderates and independents peeled off. The Religious Right are revanchist kooks who crave a dictatorship for Jesus, but they’re a powerful bloc of kooks. They, if no one else, view this theme week as a rousing victory.

(Year Zero/Day One Hundred and Eighty-Nine)

American Gays Not Safe… And it’s 2017.

Earlier this week the LGBTQ community in Missouri took a hit when their state senators batted down a proposal to ban discrimination in their state based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp proposed the amendment and, while I’m sure she was dissapointed, with a senate of almost three times as many Reps as Demis, she couldn’t have been surprised.  I mean, at this point when injustice seems to seep into the law in all fields and you swear you hear the theme music to that cool-to-play-but-terrible-to-actually-live-in video game from 2006 or whatever playing in the back of your head, what else are you going to expect?

The amendment proposed what basically was a “Hey-There-Yeah-Stop-Firing-Us” kind of measure.  Unfortunately, according to the majority of Senators, such a measure was just asking for too much.  It lost 20-10.

Senator Schupp asked that the measure be added to an uglier, more evil bill that was trying to make it more difficult for Missouri employees to sue for discrimination.  Those in favor of the bill argued that it’s too easy to sue for discrimination in Missouri.  They felt that the bill would remedy the amount of those cases, which I think is an interesting idea, cuz, like, what if you just cut back on the discrimination instead?  #problemsolver #tonguepop