We have the facts, and we’re not afraid to use them. We come here every morning to share more of them, and then we disperse to spread them across the Internet in various ways, and sometimes come back here to share how good it felt to do it.

And we also take delight in busting up “alternative facts”, although we prefer not to descend to the uttermost depths of the Internet to do it. But enough of that.

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People are asking why Peter Doocy throws himself into the buzz saw every day.

Fox News WH Correspondent Peter Doocy’s Bad-Faith Question of the Day is about Biden creating vaccine hesitancy by not trusting Trump.

Psaki points out: “The former president was also suggesting people inject versions of poison into their veins to cure COVID.”

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Oh, that bless-your-poor-little-heart look.

We have had some serious, big Good News lately, especially on the two infrastructure bills. We know that many people are working on many other good things—bills, appointments, administrative actions so that we will have good news to report every day.

GA US Attorney tells facts

There started as a deep, dark secret two days before the Capitol Insurrection, so it is Good News that we are hearing it in official interviews with Congress, on the record, where it can become part of ongoing criminal investigations.

Former US attorney [Pak] tells investigators he quit because he heard Trump was considering firing him

For, of course, not finding evidence of the Big Lie, which prompted TFG to declare him a Never-Trumper, in spite of his conservative record in the GA Lege.

Schumer tees up Voting Rights Bill; Cruz sticks oar in

Senate Republicans block effort by Democrats to advance voting and election bill

“We have reached a point in this chamber where Republicans appear to oppose any measure no matter how common sense to protect voting rights and strengthen our democracy,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

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“This bill would constitute a federal government takeover of elections. It would constitute a massive power grab by Democrats,” Cruz said.

No, sorry, Teddums, the Constitution gave Congress that power from the beginning.

Bad News is Good News Dept.

Texas Sen. Carol Alvarado begins filibuster against GOP elections bill, adding fuel to Democratic fight to block the legislation

State Rep. Trey Martiniz Fischer told Rachel Maddow that TX Dems are heartened by Schumer vowing to take up voting rights as soon as the Senate comes back from recess, and taking the first step to queue up the bill before leaving.

MSNBC chyron: DeSantis finds backing MAGA covid policies hurts Florida, his career

I omit the staggering numbers and mind-numbingly stupid statements and orders. The point here is that DeSantis thinks he can run for President on the MAGA death cult base. (Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, too)

Poll: Ron DeSantis approval rating sags as COVID-19 rages

Grow up.

I’m willing to talk at a stupid and second-grade level.

People in Florida are beginning to say, “Fauci My Florida”.

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It’s not just bad medically. It’s not just bad ethically. It’s dumb, politically.

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Cities and school boards are defying DeSantis, and he is losing in court. Like Texas.

The @innocence project

Not so fun fact: The @innocence project estimates, based on known DNA exonerations, that at least 1% of our prison population is innocent. With over 2 million people in prison, that’s 20,000 innocent lives stolen by the state. That’s a CONSERVATIVE estimate.

So now we get to find them and spring them, one by one.

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Pangolins Have Wings Dept.

Giant Pangolin オオセンザンコウ Ōsenzankō  is a Mammalia Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

moments after a federal judge ruled that dominion’s lawsuits against mike lindell, sidney powell, giuliani, and others can proceed, lindell himself hustles off stage

HUGE ruling: Federal judge says Dominion’s defamation lawsuits CAN PROCEED against Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani & Mike Lindell. These Trump diehards falsely said Dominion rigged the 2020 election. Dominion wants billions in damages. The Judge is a Trump appointee. (h/t @kpolantz)

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WSJ: McConnell Credits Biden for Infrastructure Breakthrough, Dismisses Trump Criticism

“The president deserves a lot of credit.”

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the Kentucky Republican also dismissed criticism from former President Donald Trump and other Republicans that he was handing Democrats a political victory ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

“Infrastructure is popular with both Republicans and Democrats,” Mr. McConnell said. “The American people, divided, sent us a 50-50 Senate and a narrowly divided House. I don’t think the message from that was, ‘Do absolutely nothing.’ And if you’re going to find an area of potential agreement, I can’t think of a better one than infrastructure, which is desperately needed.”

Science Dept.

Massive Balloon the Size of a Soccer Stadium to Launch Telescope to Edge of Space to Study How Stars Form

It has a mirror half a meter in diameter and is carried to an altitude of almost 25 miles (40km) by the huge helium balloon. The mission will also be much less expensive than a typical machine-based alternative, and doesn’t take as long to plan.

NASA Helps Firefighters By Sending Pics From International Space Station to Show Key Spots of Moving Wildfires

Yes, it works just the way you think it does. Check out the pics, though.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Dept.

We will get a census data dump tomorrow, the first official release from 2020. Rachel calls it the parts that make the people most crazy, in this case the Great Replacement Theory loonies, associated with the White Genocide myth.

[It] states that there is a deliberate plot, often blamed on Jews,[5][8] to promote miscegenation,[9] interracial marriage, mass non-white immigration, racial integration, low fertility rates, abortion, governmental land-confiscation from whites, organised violence,[10] and eliminationism in white-founded countries[5] in order to cause the extinction of whites through forced assimilation,[10] mass immigration, and violent genocide.[11][12][13][14] Less frequently, black people,[15] Hispanics,[16] and Muslims[17] are blamed, but merely as more fertile immigrants,[18] invaders,[19] or violent aggressors,[20] rather than the masterminds of a secret plot.

A key set of facts here is that population growth in the U.S. will occur only among minorities. (Actually, it has been known for decades that overall population growth in the U.S. is due only to immigration.)

WaPo [paywalled]: All population growth in U.S. driven by minorities, upcoming census data is likely to reveal

This article has been widely republished, not paywalled in some cases.

The Seattle Times

For the first time in the history of the country’s census taking, the number of white people in the United States is widely expected to show a decline when the first racial breakdowns from the 2020 Census are reported this week.

For five years now, the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual updates of the 2010 Census have estimated that the nation’s white population is shrinking, and all population growth has been from people of color.

Criminal Investigation Dept.

Stan Freberg’s little record, St. George and the Dragonet, has been a favorite since my childhood about 70 years ago. What is not so well known is that Freberg pitched the idea to Jack Webb of Dragnet, who liked it so much he got Freberg access and permissions for the original TV show music. Enjoy.

St. George: [monotone] I’m taking you in on a five-o-two. You figure it out.

Dragon: [loud, raucous] What’s da charge?

St. George: Devouring maidens, out of season.

Dragon: Out o’ season! You’ll never pin dat rap on me! D’you hear me, Cop?!

St. George: Yeah. I hear you. I got you on a four-twelve, too.

Dragon: A four-twelve?! What’s a four-twelve?!!

St. George: Overacting. Let’s go.

Dun-da-dunnnnn, dun-da-dun-da-dunnnnn

Sound like anybody you know?

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I’m changing my flower picture now that our hibiscus bush is in bloom.

Close-up of Hibiscus flowers in Mokurai
Have another, this time in closeup.

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