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Check Out Republicans for the Rule of Law

Check out Republicans for the Rule of Law, an organization of Republicans who believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation should be allowed to run its course, without interference.


We at OTYCD imagine you’re kind of fed up with Republicans at this point, given how cravenly they’ve enabled Trump and shirked their duty to check his excesses since the 2016 election.


Well, at least some of them are sane and concerned enough to call out their colleagues, at least on the subject of the Mueller probe.


Formed in 2018, it released an ad in April 2018 supporting and defending the Mueller investigation:–campaign-2018/2018/04/11/644a3c84-3d96-11e8-955b-7d2e19b79966_video.html?utm_term=.aa815c735ce3


Its directors include Bill Kristol, founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, and Mona Charen, who took serious flak at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conference when she tried to discuss Trump’s obvious flaws.


The rule of law is not a partisan issue, and has never been. We at OTYCD wish a group like Republicans for the Rule of Law wasn’t necessary, but under the circumstances, which grow more dire and ridiculous by equal measures by the day, we are grateful for its existence. We encourage you to check it out.


Obligatory warning, with apologies for bonking you all on the head about this fact: Republicans for the Rule of Law is made up of… Republicans. Their members hold  different political beliefs than you do. The leaders of this group will sometimes say things and do things that don’t match your beliefs, and which might piss you off well and thoroughly. That’s ok. Really, it’s OK. You’re being asked to look at what RRL is doing and support what you like, not endorse every last little everything every one of its members do. They understand the danger of Trump, at least as far as the Mueller probe goes–that’s the key thing. One of the reasons this country is so borked right now is we’re fiercely polarized and, in avoiding jerks who disagree with us, we end up avoiding decent people who happen to disagree with us. That’s got to stop if we want to make things better.



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Donate to the Charities That Benefit from the Congressional Baseball Game

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Donate to the charities that benefit from the annual Congressional Baseball Game, which will go on as scheduled despite the June 14 shooting.

By now you are aware of the incident, in which a man attacked the Republican Congressional baseball team as they practiced on an Alexandria, Va., diamond for the bipartisan match. House rep Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is the Republican majority whip, was shot in the hip and faces a long recovery. Two members of his security detail were among the four others injured by gunfire.

The Congressional baseball game is a Washington, D.C. tradition that dates back to 1909. Today, it benefits three charities: The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, and the Washington Literacy Center.

One way to show your support for the victims and for the Congressional players is to donate to one or all of these charities. If you live in Washington, D.C., consider volunteering with them.

Below the charities’ contact info we’ll repost the text of our entry on donating blood during the summer months. Scalise needed blood transfusions and he faces more surgeries on his road to recovery. Even if you don’t live near the capital, donating blood will help your community.


The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington:


The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation:


The Washington Literacy Center:


Read a story on how the Congressional players will go ahead with the June 15 game, despite the shooting:


Text of the post on summer blood donation follows.

Please donate blood before and during the summer months, a time when donations tend to fall off sharply.

The Red Cross always needs donations of blood and platelets, but things get worse in the summer months, when schedules are disrupted by vacations and blood drives at high schools and colleges are not an option.

If you are a regular donor, please plan vacations with your donation schedule in mind, and try to recruit a friend or two to come and donate with you during the summer.

If it’s been a while since you gave, think about how and when to work a blood drive into your summer plans.

If you have never donated, find out if you are eligible, and consider whether it is something you feel you can do.


Find the Red Cross blood drive happening closest to you:


Read about how blood and platelet donations tend to drop severely–losing as many as 100,000–during the summer: