Today’s 5 Things includes Ted Cruz and Jan. 6, misinfo and renewable energy, the “People’s Convoy,” John Eastman, and more book bannings.
I can tell it must be spring because I got dive-bombed by pollen-drunk bumblebees while walking the dog yesterday, my sinuses feel like they’re packed full of tissue paper, and my lungs sound like there’s a tiny kazoo jammed in there somewhere. Yay, seasonal allergies. 🌼🤧🌺
🪳 Washington Post: Inside Ted Cruz’s last-ditch battle to keep Trump in power
Apparently back in 2020 Trump asked Ted Cruz to argue his SCotUS lawsuit attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election, and Cruz agreed. The linked article there offers this gem,
“As Cruz went to extraordinary lengths to court Trump’s base and lay the groundwork for his own potential 2024 presidential bid, he also alienated close allies and longtime friends who accused him of abandoning his principles.“
Which, haha, Ted Cruz has neither close friends nor allies, nor principals to abandon, so like, WTF, Washington Post, who are you trying to kid, here?
At any rate, it appears that this may tie Ted Cruz to the Jan. 6/John Eastman portion of the – well, I guess this appears to be an actual conspiracy at this point, doesn’t it? – GOP conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election.
🌬️ NPR: Misinformation is derailing renewable energy projects across the United States
Dipsticks who believe misinformation about renewable energy are banding together in Facebook groups to – sometimes successfully! – fight local renewable energy projects and spread more misinformation. I dunno how you fix this problem. Like, one of the guys mentioned in this article is a physics and chemistry teacher, and if that guy can’t figure out that “wind turbine syndrome” is bullshit, what hope does anyone else have?
🚚 Daily Beast: People’s Convoy Gives Up, Will Leave D.C. After 3 Weeks of Doing Absolutely Nothing
Hey, remember how all those Trump-voting truckers were gonna surround DC and blockade them to force all the politicians to do… I don’t know, whatever damn fool thing Trump voters are mad about this month? Yeah, it went about like expected. That is, absolutely nothing came of it except for a handful of incidents of whiney truckers whining about BS.
🍊 TPM: Trump Likely Committed Obstruction Of Congress, Judge Rules
District Judge David Carter (Central District of California) stated in an opinion he wrote for a ruling against John Eastman, Trump’s lawyer who was helping Trump try to get the 2020 election overturned, “the Court finds it more likely than not that President Trump corruptly attempted to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.”
I’m pretty sure that doesn’t mean anything official. Like, nobody’s doing jail time over this. But it is interesting.
📚 BookRiot: The Censorship Story I Can’t Tell You: This Week’s Book Censorship News, March 25, 2022
Remember the book bannings from a couple months ago? Still happening and getting worse. Rightwinger Dave Bronson recently squeaked out a win for the mayoral race in Anchorage, Alaska, and once he was in office immediately started GOPping the place all up, which has resulted in transgender book bans in the Anchorage Public Library, along with coverups based around using the law against people trying to report the issue.