I’m writing this quick post based on a comment that some rando attempted to put on my website. (To the best of my knowledge, the person is not on Medium.) My website is set to automatically hold back comments from randos, until and unless I approve them.

For context, I am in the midst of fighting off a sinus infection. I’ve been on antibiotics for days. The antibiotics make me super sleepy. I have very limited energy right now.

The rando — let’s call him “Fred” — went through my website in order to find a post that included a…


It is such a huge relief that the California Republican recall failed! We get to keep Governor Gavin Newsom.

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The counting of the votes isn’t over yet. However, the percentage of votes from people who voted NO (on recalling Governor Newsom) are too high for his opponent to overcome with whatever amount of votes are still to be counted.

On September 14, 2021, FiveThirtyEight stopped updating their statistics on the California Recall election. The latest data showed that 57.3% of votes came from people who wanted to keep Governor Newsom. It also showed 41.5% who wanted to remove him from…


California deserves a governor who has political experience. Larry Elder is a talk radio host.

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Let’s compare the qualifications of Governor Gavin Newsom and the qualifications of Larry Elder. One actually has a background in politics, having won at least three key political positions. The other is a talk radio host with no background in politics.

Governor Gavin Newsom is qualified to be California’s Governor

Governor Gavin Newsom has a background in politics. He was the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011. He received 41.92% of votes, and got 52.81% of votes in the run-off election.

One of the things he is best known for as…


Karma has come back to bite the Republicans

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that he has filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas to stop unconstitutional Senate Bill 8. It was allowed to become law because the conservative members of the Supreme Court literally did nothing. The result was that Texas was able to make an unconstitutional abortion law go into effect.

What Did U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Say?

Here are his remarks as delivered:

“..Last week, after the Supreme Court allowed Texas Senate Bill 8 to take effect, I said that the Justice Department was evaluating all options to protect the constitutional rights…


Texas decided to fuck around… and now they’re about to find out.

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The conservative members of the United States Supreme Court chose to do absolutely nothing about a Texas abortion law. As a result, the law was allowed to go into effect. The Texas abortion law prohibits abortions after six weeks, which is before anyone with a uterus will have any idea that they are pregnant.

This article originally said: In addition, Texas will give at least $10,000 to anyone who successfully sues a person who helps someone to obtain an abortion. I have since learned that is incorrect. The…


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A Texas abortion law made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Typically, the entire Supreme Court would schedule the case for a hearing, listen to arguments made by both sides, question the hell out of the lawyers, and then take time to make a decision. Instead, the conservative members of the court chose to drop the ball and allow Texas to enforce a six-week abortion ban.

How did we get here?

The vote was 5–4. Those who voted against the Texas six-week abortion ban include Chief Justice John Roberts (nominated by President George W. …


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The county I live in has issued an indoor mask mandate. It started today. I rarely go outside anymore because I have two auto-immune disorders. When I do leave the house, I am almost always the only one wearing a mask.

According to my county’s Department of Public Health, the mask mandate is in response to a surge of COVID-19 cases that are described as the highest number of COVID-19 patients that the county has ever had. …


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I’m tired. So very, very tired. All the time. Maybe you are too, but for different reasons.

I’m tired of having chronic illnesses that have no cure.

Both of them are auto-immune diseases. Antihistamines provide temporary peace from airborne allergens, but it doesn’t last long. It does nothing for my food allergies. Fibromyalgia causes muscle pain and memory issues (“fibro fog”) that leave me struggling to find the right words. Constant pain causes exhaustion. I’m tired.

I ‘m tired of living in a world where covid is still spreading.

I took a chance and got vaccinated. Luckily, my immune system…


California used to have incredibly inexpensive college. It didn’t last. A newly signed bill will make college in California more affordable.

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One of the biggest problems with attending a college or university is figuring out how to pay for it. California found a way to help with that. It starts with a bill called AB 132. The title of this bill is “Postsecondary education trailer bill”, and it amends an existing educational law.

On July 15, 2021, AB 132 passed the California Senate floor with a vote of 32 AYES to 4 NOES (and 4 Senators not voting). The California…


Debunking the misinformation about mail-in-ballots

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The state of California will be holding a recall election in September. The first question asks voters if they want to recall (in other words, remove) Governor Gavin Newsom. The choices are: Yes or No. The recall effort is run by Republicans in a state that has an overwhelming majority of registered Democratic voters.

All registered voters in California will receive a mail-in-ballot for the recall election. You may have seen a whole lot of misinformation about this on Twitter. …

Jen Thorpe

Freelance writer with invisible illnesses and chronic pain. Poet, podcaster, video game player, creator of strange artwork, they/them @OwnkaMav

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