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“A woman was convicted for laughing at Jeff Sessions. It’s my patriotic duty to call bullshit.”

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Lizz Winstead reports at Vox:

Maybe we should have guessed that an administration led by a man who didn’t want to be made fun of at the White House Correspondents dinner also may send a lady in a pink crown to jail for laughing at its Attorney General. Big shocker. Our over-reactive, thin-skinned, sexist thug of a president has created an over-reactive, thin-skinned, sexist thuggish Justice Department.

Earlier this year Desiree Fairooz was arrested for the crime of laughing at a particularly gaslighty comment during the confirmation hearings of Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. And this week we learned that she was convicted and could face 12 months in prison, $2,000 in fines, or both.

I’m personally offended at the idea that a bunch of powerful men could lock up a woman who has an appreciation for irony. I’ve made my career using comedy to expose the hypocrisy of the powerful. It’s the whole point of the very popular television program The Daily Show,which I co-created. It’s also the point of Lady Parts Justice League, a cabal of comics I brought together to expose creeps hellbent on destroying access to birth control and abortion.

So when the government comes after a woman for laughing in the face of political hypocrisy, it’s my patriotic duty to call bullshit.

Here are the horrifically dangerous actions of Desiree Fairooz at Sessions’ January confirmation hearing:

In his glowing remarks about the future Attorney General, Senator Richard Shelby was prattling on that Sessions’s history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”

This is when the laugh came out of Fairooz’s mouth. I am sure it was similar to a variation of the guttural utterances anyone with a heart, a pulse, and a thirst for facts has been spewing during this unintended comedy show we have all been living since the election.

In fact, . . .

Continue reading.

There’s quite a bit more, and it’s of interest.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 May 2017 at 4:13 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Say again, “Freedom of Speech’??
    “North Korea”?? ring a bell?? Desiree should be thrown for the dogs, the Presidential dogs, that is.


    8 May 2017 at 9:10 am

  2. I’m confused. Desiree has freedom of speech but should be thrown for (to?) the dogs? I don’t think I understand the comment. Perhaps it’s just that I don’t understand what you mean by “thrown for the dogs.” Could you please clarify?


    8 May 2017 at 12:47 pm

  3. It seems to be a habit in N.Korea, that if you/one doesn’t agree with ‘Great Leader’, one gets thrown for the dogs. Literally!
    I know you’ve been to school, so you should know it’s also an expression. [in this case, it’s TO the dogs]
    “to allow someone to be criticized or attacked, often in order to protect yourself from being criticized…”


    8 May 2017 at 2:11 pm

  4. I had not heard the expression, though it’s reminiscent of “thrown for a loop.” I think the expression mostly used in the US today is “thrown under the bus.” The common theme is “throwing” (as in “throwing away”).


    8 May 2017 at 2:44 pm

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