Closing Thought–16Jan23

Enter the fashion police.

The GOP continues to insert themselves in the lives and choices of women…..and Missouri is the latest crap bill….

It seems that the GOP wants to impose a dress code for women.

Women make up fewer than one-third of the seats in Missouri’s House, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but they were the ones speaking the loudest this week after the chamber’s dress code was tweaked to mandate how female lawmakers should cover their arms while at work. The Hill reports that the alteration to the code was an update to the last directive from 2021, which stated women in the House could wear “dresses or skirts or slacks worn with a blazer or sweater and appropriate dress shoes or boots.” The new version suggested by GOP Rep. Ann Kelley would have changed that to “jackets worn with dresses, skirts, or slacks, and dress shoes or boots”—meaning no more sweaters, and emphasizing a requirement that women’s arms remain covered.

The Washington Post notes that House rules in the state can only be debated every two years, at the beginning of the General Assembly. This particular proposal was met with fiery opposition from the Democrats’ side of the aisle. “I spent $1,200 on a suit, and I can’t wear it in the People’s House because someone who doesn’t have the range tells me that it’s inappropriate,” Rep. Raychel Proudie protested on the House floor, per Heartland Signal. Even the guys jumped in to support their female colleagues’ right to choose their own clothing. “The caucus that lost their minds over the suggestion that they should wear masks during a pandemic to respect the safety of others is now spending its time focusing on the fine details of what women have to wear (specifically how to cover their arms),” Rep. Peter Merideth noted.

Kelley and other Republicans in the House are pushing back, saying they’re just trying to keep attire professional, and that the dress code tweak isn’t a substantial one. “All we’re trying to do today is to take the same rules that we have and make them more clear,” Rep. Brenda Shields said, per the Post. Kelley’s eye roll at the controversy: “You would think that all you would have to do is say ‘dress professionally’ and women could handle it.” A modified version of her bill was the one that finally passed, allowing cardigans to join jackets in the “appropriate” coverings column—but women still have to make sure their arms are shielded either way. Men in the state House also have a dress code, but there were no updates to theirs on Wednesday. Their mandate for the chamber: “Proper attire for gentlemen shall be business attire, including coat, tie, dress trousers, and dress shoes or boots.”

Once again the GOP has shown they cannot move into the 21st century….they still want to control all aspects of the women’s lives….to include their attire.

Truly pathetic bunch of old farts!

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“lego ergo scribo”

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Seriously? A Bust?

I have been writing about what I think is overkill when it comes to Ukraine. Americans have a blind spot for some reason.

The newest attempt to deify Ukraine’s president is a bit too far….

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced a bill this week that would place a bust of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the House wing of the US Capitol building, an idea that was strongly criticized by more conservative GOP members.

The resolution reads: “Resolved, That the House of Representatives directs the Fine Arts Board to obtain a bust of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, for display in a suitable, permanent location in the House of Representatives wing of the United States Capitol.”

On Twitter, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) posted a picture of the resolution and wrote: “Absolutely NOT! We serve AMERICA NOT UKRAINE!”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) wrote on Twitter that he wanted to believe the resolution was “satire” and linked to an article from the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks giving five reasons to oppose the bust.

The five reasons FreedomWorks listed are:

  1. Ukraine is NOT the 51st US State
  2. The US doesn’t own the conflict or is obligated to continue funding it
  3. Further payments would encourage US taxpayer-funded reconstruction of Ukraine
  4. Ukraine is corrupt and this conflict is not about “defending democracy”
  5. Zero oversight of taxpayer aid to Ukraine

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) also ripped the resolution on Twitter. “There is now a House resolution that seeks to put a display of Zelenskyy’s head in the US Capitol. Was the $100+ billion to Ukraine not enough?” he wrote.

While Zelensky mostly received a hero’s welcome when he visited Washington DC and was given many rounds of applause when addressing Congress, only 86 out of 213 House Republicans attended his speech, although some of the absences could be explained by the lawmakers getting a head start on Christmas travel.

For now, GOP leadership is incredibly supportive of arming Ukraine and is critical of President Biden for not sending longer-range and more advanced weapons. But there is opposition to the policy among a small but notable number of Republicans, and that opposition will likely grow as the war drags on.

(antiwar.com)

Just what is it that this person deserves a place of honor in the Capital building other than being another global freeloader with his hand out?

When will the American people wake up to this insanity?

How much further will these warmongers push the limits of acceptance?

This Ukraine thing is a f*cked up mess….period!

Thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”