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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:06 AM
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Okay folks. Justice Stevens is reportedly "very ill"... He is 86.
if he is unable to continue his duties throughout the next two years, what will become of the United States? There will be a 5/4 split.

Scalia
Thomas
Roberts
Alito
New Appointee

Kennedy (mixed conservative)
Souter
Breyer
Ginsburg

No matter WHAT the outcome of the election, we must demand that our representatives refuse to accept a new extremist appointee such Justice Stevens retire. We must. No excuses. No preparing for 2008. NO EXCUSES.

If Bush appoints another extremist, it will be the absolute death of America for the next 20-30 years.
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BootinUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:10 AM
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1. I missed the reports of him being ill
any stories online?
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rumpel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:10 AM
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2. oh, boy
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 01:11 AM by rumpel
what is the cause of his illness?
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SaveElmer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:11 AM
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3. Yeah a link would be nice..nt
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:14 AM
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6. All there is is a DU thread
I posted there. But, a google news search of John Paul Stevens yields a couple articles about him, not suggesting illness, and some stuff about the Philadelphia Flyers' new head coach, John Stevens.
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:21 AM
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10. A DUer posted at 11:56pm that Justice Stevens was very ill
and that he knew because he had spoken to a friend of the family. I don't see any reason to wholesale discredit the report, although it certainly may not be true. REGARDLESS. Justice Stevens is 86 years old. We certainly should face the reality that he might need to retire within the next two years. We need to make sure that if this happens, the dems-- whether they control the Congress or not-- need to fight like hell against an extremist nominee.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:12 AM
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4. Didn't a justice show up sick just before the election 2 years ago?
I'm pretty sure that happened.
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Counciltucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:14 AM
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5. Hang in there until January 3, Justice Stevens.
If a Democratic Senate gets elected, Stevens dies, and a lame-duck Republican Senate is in charge of confirming a new appointee, that doesn't bode well for us (or freedom).
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:15 AM
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7. Puts a new importance on taking control of the Senate
I am really hoping that this is just a rumor
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:19 AM
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9. I'm beginning to think it is
I think it would be hard to put a lid on something like this for a whole day, even a Friday. Nonetheless, I could be wrong. I really hope I'm not.
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:14 AM
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16. It was posted at 11:56pm, though. Not a whole day.
I REALLY hope you're not as well.

I hope that Justice Stevens is healthy enough to go jogging in the morning while we're all worrying.
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michreject Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:22 AM
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26. It was posted yesterday at 11:59 AM
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:36 AM
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14. Rumor or not, he will not be entering "Dancing with the Stars"
Bless his heart he is 86. Hang in there, Justice! :hug:
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:15 AM
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8. If we take the Senate, we'll have approval power of any appointment.
All the more reason to vote for all Democrats -- including Harold Ford.
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:15 AM
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17. Well, yeah, we have to vote for all democrats. But more than that
when we win, we need to force the yellow bellies to actually OPPOSE his nominees.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:49 AM
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19. I think they will, because they'll know they can win.
They just hate fighting losing battles.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:26 AM
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11. "death of America for the next 20-30 years" -- good one
Many expected the Roman Empire to last forever. Seems like 200+ years is about the most civilization the human race can handle.
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Vexatious Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:27 AM
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12. What if the Talibangelicals smell blood
and turn out? Could Rove use this right now, to get the fundies fired up?
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:31 AM
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13. Another W appointee would mean sending our country
back by centuries. No freedom of choice for women and no affirmative action.
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:49 AM
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15. Yes, I believe this election is the very last chance for the country.
If they are able to steal this one it's game, set and match. They will soon be able to amend the constitution at will by using these techniques that will never be investigated at every political level. They probably already are. We simply must fight to get as many people out as we can and make the theft so obvious it can't be ignored. This really is "the back against the wall" scenario for what America is about. If we can't win let's at least go out like Tony Montana. Your post is another great reminder of why we must not think it's "in the bag" and fight like we're 20 points down.

Make the calls, put out the signs, talk to people and fucking vote for the Democratic Party!

:kick:
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:38 AM
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18. Impeachment is job one! ... K&R
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Marr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:49 AM
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20. Scalia's a fat pig- he may exit early.
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 02:49 AM by Marr
Hey- Limbaugh, too for that matter.

We should all send them some McDonald's gift certificates.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:59 AM
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22. Crispie Creampuffs ...mmmm oink oink oink.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 02:56 AM
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21. DINOs will roll over for BshCo again
I have no confidence in them standing up for democracy anymore. ie; Leiberman.
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:20 AM
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25. It has nothing to do with 'rolling over'.
It's all about the numbers. Without control of the Senate there is NOTHING that they can do except ehine and moan.
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mikelewis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:35 AM
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29. Not true... They could filibuster but they won't...
...they're too afraid the Republican's will beat them up in the locker rooms after session.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:13 AM
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23. Doesn't this rumor go around every election cycle? NT.
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bowens43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:19 AM
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24. If we don't contol the Senate
there is nothing we can do.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:25 AM
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27. I wonder if the Busheviks took Ann Coulter's advice about his creme brulee?
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 07:26 AM by tom_paine
Wouldn't put it past them, although for an 86-year old to be gravely ill is not uncommon.

In either case, the danger to our country is manifest if the Dems fail to gain a majority in the Senate (or fail to use it).
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mikelewis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:34 AM
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28. The Corporate Christians will be praying for his death....
They'll ask Jesus to kill him real soon and painful-like... they'll even get the kids to ask for it in their nightly prayers.

I can almost hear it now...

"God Bless, Mommy
God Bless, Daddy
God Bless, My Dog Spot...
Oh Yeah... and Lord, could you kill that fucking Liberal America-Hating Commie on the Supreme Court for us? Make it a gruesome painful death that shows how merciful you are to us who follow in your footsteps.
Amen."

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