California, Register to Vote! Also Puff Profiles and the Emotions They Generate

What’s up, nerds? Happy Monday, and happy fifteen days until potentially the most important election in American history, you know except for the last one where we could have prevented a great deal of the unchecked insanity this country is currently undergoing, but whatever, I’m not breathing into a paper bag while I wait from my French press coffee to steep.

FYI today’s the LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN CALIFORNIA. Do you have your plan to vote? Because it is super easy to do so, just head on over to and pledge to vote, then find out a) if you’re registered and b) make a plan on how to get to your polling place. Or mail in your ballot if you’ve already received it! Just vote. Please, for the love of all things good and holy, vote.

Anyhoo! Stuff is being written on the internet!

The Atlantic published a profile on Heidi Cruz, professional badass in her own right and wife to the man who is inexplicably only a few years older than his dashing opponent. In the piece, Cruz delves into her past, with includes her own personal struggles with mental health and how the unrelenting spotlight and disgusting behavior of the now POTUS during the 2016 campaign impacted her and her family. If anything, this puff profile, no doubt placed to attempt to counter the fawning media attention paid to her husband’s opponent, makes me wish that Heidi had been the one with political ambitions, because while I disagree with her on nearly all of the issues as she too is a product of the D.C. conservative thinker incubation system, I’d still rather have her making decisions than her husband.

Because woooooooof, the Houston Chronicle’s endorsement of Beto O’Rourke for Senate slash complete take-down of the incumbent senator, the man the Chron endorsed in 2012. Choice quotes abound. First, on why O’Rourke is amazing: “the West Texas congressman's command of issues that matter to this state, his unaffected eloquence and his eagerness to reach out to all Texans make him one of the most impressive candidates this editorial board has encountered in many years.” Now put that up against what the Chron says about Cruz: “Voters don't send representatives to Washington to win popularity contests, and yet the bipartisan disdain the Republican incumbent elicits from his colleagues, remarkable in its intensity, deserves noting. His repellent personality hamstrings his ability to do the job.” It should be noted, however, that RealClear Politics has Cruz up 7 points in the race, so we should all be prepared that the nearly $40 million raised by O’Rourke’s campaign in the last quarter will be for naught.

And finally, I’ll leave this terrifying headline right here: South Carolina is Lobbying to Allow Discrimination Against Jewish Parents.

Be kind to each other.