“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you no decency left?”

Chris Hayes with an excellent essay on the power of live, sworn testimony to topple corrupt, powerful bullies. A witness from the Army spoke the words above to lying, bullying demogogue Joe McCarthy on June 9, 1954, back in more innocent days when lies debunked were accepted as lies, and lying was still considered bad, wrong and disqualifying for an office of public trust.

Joseph Welch’s words to destructive Senator Joe McCarthy ended McCarthy’s reign, McCarthy was censured and finished drinking himself to death three years later. McCarthy’s unscrupulous, evil gunsel Roy Cohn begat ratfucker Roger Stone, forming a straight line from Nixon to Trump. I find the history fascinating.

vocabulary word of the week (4)

Invidious.

In law school we read certain kinds of cases where the plaintiff needed to prove invidious discrimination. Apparently, in such cases, regular discrimination was not enough to get you relief from a court under artfully drafted nondiscrimination laws. After all, de minimis non curat lex (the law does not concern itself with trifles).

Here’s what invidious means, in general usage:

Here’s a reminder not to rely on the number one google hit for solid information. Opening that page informs us that in the law invidious has many synonyms:

  • abominable
  • calculated to provoke resentment
  • disagreeable
  • disliked
  • disobliging
  • harmful
  • hateful
  • hurtful
  • injurious
  • invidiosus
  • irksome
  • likely to excite ill will
  • loathsome
  • malicious
  • objectionable
  • obnoxious
  • odious
  • offensive
  • plaguesome
  • rancorous
  • spiteful
  • troublesome
  • unacceptable
  • unaccommodating
  • ungracious
  • unkind
  • unpleasant
  • unwelcome
  • vexatious Associated Concepts: invidious discrimination

Not very useful, not to mention that no actual definition is attempted. Invidiosus [1],Your Honor?

Here is a more useful entry, two or three tics down the screen:

Invidious Discrimination is treating a class of persons unequally in a manner that is malicious, hostile, or damaging. If there is rational justification for the different treatment, then the discrimination is not invidious.

The criteria delineating the groups, such as gender, race, or class, determine the kind of discrimination.

Invidious discrimination generally refers to treating one group of people less well than another on such grounds as their race (racism), gender (sexism), religion (religious discrimination), caste, ethnic background, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, sexual preference or behavior, results of IQ testing, age (ageism) or political views. Discrimination on the basis of such grounds as subcultural preference (Punks, Hippies, Mods, vs. Rockers) is also common.

The effects of invidious discrimination span the spectrum from mild, such as slow or unhelpful retail service, through racial and ethnic slurs, denial of employment or housing, to hate crimes and genocide.

https://definitions.uslegal.com/i/invidious-discrimination/

[1] Country of origin: United States Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota Status: Active Formed in: 2006 Genre: Death Metal Lyrical themes: Depression, Anxiety, Dystopia …

Incumbent congressman gave tour of Capitol complex tunnels and staircases on January 5th

The representative’s name is Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.). Mr. Loudermilk denies the J6 Select Committee ever asked him to talk about the January 5, 2021 tour he conducted of the tunnels, hallways, security checkpoints and staircases under the Capitol complex. He said he’d have gladly answered their questions about the tour he already denied giving, before remembering he did show a Georgia family with kids and red hats around the underbelly of the Capitol the day before the riot, plus a guy he didn’t know.

And they took pictures, of course, as tourists do. On a day that the Capitol was locked down to the public, due to Covid and heightened security for the joint session of Congress the next day, the last formality before the peaceful transfer of power, hallmark of American democracy, contested by Trump.

Sadly, the guy Congressman Loudermilk didn’t know was enthusiastic about the prospect for violence at the Capitol on J6 and a buddy immortalized him for Facebook on J6, in a bouyant mood, carrying a spear-tipped flag pole, on his way to Pelosi’s office, happily talking about the asses he was soon going to be kicking.

Jared, another very stable genius

You know Jared Kushner is a genius, because he’s a billionaire. He was born very rich, that’s true and he had every advantage, but why wouldn’t he? Still, the fact that he’s so rich means that he’s a genius. Here’s further proof:

“My interest at that time was on trying to get as many pardons done,” Mr. Kushner said. “And I know that, you know, he was always, him and the team were always saying, ‘Oh we’re going to resign, we’re not going to be here if this happens, if that happens.’ So I kind of took it up to just be whining, to be honest with you.”

An honest genius. What could be better?