Mentionable News


A ray of sunlight through the clouds! Thanks for this (and all your other posts) – I like to think I keep up with the news, but I had no idea this was in progress. Gems like this are what keep me tuned in to WTFJHT. :sun_behind_small_cloud:


I’m not sure why the ERA ratified by two states in two years didn’t make that much news. The push came out of the Women’s March, you’d think equal rights under the law would be a bigger story. :woman_shrugging:t2:

Maddow did this segment on this in 2011, after the Walmart Supreme Court case, to see how the arguments against the ERA still stand up.


The judge’s ruling on discovery gives the plaintiffs access to any communication Jones had about the Newtown massacre and to documents that could point to the inner workings of Infowars.

The judge has scheduled a hearing next week to decide whether to allow the plaintiffs’ attorneys to depose Jones.

Just gave me a tiny shred of off-topic hope for a good outcome for these families.


One writer I recently read who was discussing Jones and his being banned from social media sites noted he had often refrained from using his name (referring to him as what’s-his-name) as Jones strategy is to make outlandish statements in order to get them repeated, spread and attributed to him to widen the spread of his messages. I’m happy to read the court is helping these families advance their case, (what’s-his-name) will of course play the victim card I predict.


Trump’s approval rating has been steadily trending downward since Dec. 18 and, correspondingly, his disapproval rating has been steadily trending upward. The aggregate Trump poll by FiveThirtyEight currently stands at 40.6% approval, 54.3% disapproval. While it’s appalling to me that over 4 in 10 Americans still approve of Trump after two years of his unremitting assault on our democracy, I find this recent trend to be heartening – what makes it especially encouraging to me is that the numbers are moving steadily for the first time in a very long time.

I pull up this aggregate poll almost daily and have found that Trump’s approval rating bobs up and down on a nearly daily basis within the longer term trends (you can see this in the chart if you run your cursor along it). However, since mid-December, Trump’s approval rating has been inching downward relentlessly almost every day. I’m by no means a polling expert or statistical analyst, but at a gut-level this lack of volatility appears telling – as if a significant percentage of Trump supporters are finally making up their minds to permanently abandon Trump – that is, jumping ship and swimming for shore rather than just fickly choosing to occasionally disobey the captain’s orders.

Time will tell! :crossed_fingers: :chart_with_downwards_trend:


More polling:

The public generally is more apt to blame the President [for the shutdown], with 55% saying he is more responsible for the shutdown than are Democrats in Congress, while 32% say the blame rests mostly with the Democrats. Another 9% say both are responsible.

Quite a split – Trump blamed by a margin of 23%! :+1:


And this poll from WaPo/ABC shows an even wider margin of blame laid on Trump (24% more fault Trump than the Democrats in Congress):

Q: As you may know, the federal government has been partially shut down because Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress and Democrats in Congress cannot agree on laws about border security. Who do you think is mainly responsible for this situation?

Trump and Republicans in Congress: 53%

Democrats in Congress: 29%

Both equally: 13%

Neither: 2%

No opinion: 4%


This is the fall out we’ve been expecting.

But will it shake anyone who could open up the government…probably not. :unamused:


ERA Update: Virgina could be the final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. :crossed_fingers:

RICHMOND — The GOP-led state Senate voted Tuesday to make Virginia the 38th and final state to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment.

The measure passed with bipartisan support, with seven Republicans joining Democrats on a 26-to-14 vote. The measure faces tougher odds in the House of Delegates and beyond, including hurdles related to long-expired deadlines for passage.

The legislation died last year in committee in both chambers, even though a majority of lawmakers in both the House and the Senate had signed on as co-sponsors. The full Senate has passed it five times in the past eight years, but it has never cleared the House.

The Senate resolution now heads to the House, where comparable House legislation remains in committee.


Can not be good…change your passwords.

Massive Collection #1 Breach Exposes 773 Million Emails


Judge denied Rep Mark Harris being declared the winner in N. Carolina until it has been established if there was illegal vote counting (absentee ballots were compromised.)

Judge steps in and says no to Rep Harris who is not the winner as of now.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina judge ruled Tuesday that there weren’t grounds for him to step in and declare victory for the Republican in the country’s last undecided congressional race amid an investigation into whether his lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics.

Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway rejected a lawsuit by Republican Mark Harris insisting he be declared the winner. Harris narrowly leads Democrat Dan McCready in the 9th district contest, but the numbers have been clouded by doubt due to allegations that mail-in ballots could have been altered or discarded by a Harris subcontractor.