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Lawsuit Against SCOTUS Justices for Gay Marriage Ruling is Dismissed

October 27, 2016 by Ed Brayton

You may recall that back in February, an incredibly stupid attorney from Alabama filed a federal lawsuit against the five Supreme Court justices who were in the majority in the Obergefell decision. I said at the time that it would be quickly dismissed and so it has.

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Bessemer attorney against the five U.S. Supreme Court justices who made up the majority opinion legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala tossed out the lawsuit based on judicial immunity. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a previous case that federal judges have judicial immunity for lawsuits regarding decisions they make and that she is bound by that precedent, she said.

The hearing lasted less than 30 minutes.

I’m shocked. 30 minutes seems a long time; I thought a few picoseconds was more likely. Said dumbass attorney is, of course, going to appeal:

Austin Burdick, the man who filed the lawsuit in February, said after the hearing that he plans to appeal to the 11th Circuit…

One of the issues for him, Burdick said, is that there is no accountability put in place for federal judges.

Yeah, that was quite intentional on the part of the framers of the Constitution. They gave them lifetime tenure and eliminated any need to run for election precisely so that they would not be accountable to the passions of the people, who might object to their rulings. They are beholden to the Constitution, not to the people. And that’s how it should be. The appeals court will take no longer to dismiss it than the district court did.

Beer drinkers disavow Yuengling after owner shows support for Trump

The owner of America's oldest brewery has come out in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and the company's faithful drinkers aren't too happy about it.

Eric Trump, the nominee's son, stopped at D. G. Yuengling & Son's in Pottsville on Monday while campaigning on behalf of his father.

His message to the company? Hard-working family businesses like Yuengling, a fixture in Schuylkill County since the 1800s, would thrive under a President Trump, the Reading Eagle reported Tuesday.

Yuengling's response?

"Our guys are behind your father," 73-year-old owner Richard "Dick" Yuengling Jr. said, according to the newspaper. "We need him in there."

Some fans of the beer were quick to retaliate Wednesday, declaring they plan to stop drinking Yuengling altogether.


Word of the Day: pre-impeach

pree•im•peech' (verb)

To level formal allegations of corruption or wrongdoing--punishable by removal from office or other penalty--against a public official prior to that public official assuming the office, just in case she's a bitch.
Ex. "Y'know, Trump has fucked us so badly, that to reunite this party we're gonna need more than just to pre-impeach pre-President Clinton."

"You're right. Hey, you know what I just realized? We totally forgot to impeach Obama."

"Aw, shit. And now it's too la--Hey...post-impeachment!"



Alaska Owes Nearly $1 Million in Legal Fees

Over Failed Anti-Choice Crusade

Alaska joins a growing list of states where taxpayers are footing costly legal bills over failed anti-choice restrictions pushed by Republican legislators.

Alaska taxpayers are on the hook for $995,000 in legal fees for a lawsuit that found the state’s Republican-supported parental notification measure unconstitutional.

The Alaska Supreme Court in July struck down the measure, which was enacted through a 2010 ballot initiative. Its sponsors included state Sen. Mia Costello (R-Anchorage) and Kim Hummer-Minnery, whose husband, as the Associated Press reported, heads the anti-choice group Alaska Family Council, an offshoot of Focus on the Family.

The measure required those younger than 18 to notify a parent or guardian 48 hours before receiving abortion care.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and two doctors had sued to block to law, and the Supreme Court held in July that the measure violates minors’ right to equal protection under the Alaska Constitution.

See what other states owe: https://rewire.news/article/2016/10/25/alaska-owes-nearly-1-million-in-legal-fees-over-failed-anti-choice-crusade/

Seals and Cost

A federal appeals court ruled Monday in favor of a last-minute appeal filed by lawyers on behalf of the condemned Pacific bearded seal, who has been sentenced to die in the greenhouse gas chamber.

Indigenous Alaskans who hunt the seal had sued--along with big-oil companies and their wholly owned subsidiary, the state of Alaska--to overturn environmental protections for the seal. At issue was whether an animal could be declared endangered by climate change just because climate change hasn't killed it yet.

Big oil argued that the seal shouldn't be declared endangered just because scientists fucking know the poor bearded bastard's gonna die.

However, the court found that scientific fact is more than enough basis for declaring a species endangered. An earlier case established the precedent that government can act to save an entire species--in that case, Homo christianum--even when the threat--in that case, bogus WMDs--was prima facie horseshit. That case, Exxon, Cheney, et al, v. Oil-Rich Muslim Nations, is expected to be tied up in the courts until the final judgment.

Get an f'ing new slant on the news to your inbox daily: http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/home/?u=bc6cfeeede3f05b8504f947c9&id=1bb201e0be

Martin O’Malley Kicks Trump's Ass, Leaves Fox Hosts Sputtering



North Carolina just lost out on another 730 jobs because of its anti-LGBT law

This week, North Carolina found out it is not getting 730 new jobs and a quarter-billion-dollar impact that it was the top contender for. The reason? Its anti-LGBT law, HB2, which bans trans people from using the bathroom and bars municipalities from protecting LGBT people from discrimination.

CoStar Group Inc., a real estate analytics company, had been shopping around cities to build a new research operations headquarters, and the contenders were Charlotte, Richmond, Atlanta, and Kansas City. The Atlanta Business Chronicle heard from sources that Charlotte was the favorite. But the jobs are going to Richmond.

According to David Dorsch, CoStar Group’s commercial real estate broker, “The primary reason they chose Richmond over Charlotte was HB2.” CoStar Group was itself, a bit mum, simply confirming the jobs were going to Richmond — and no expansions were planned anywhere else. But Dorsch was adamant that the jobs were another casualty of the discriminatory law. “The best thing we can do as citizens in North Carolina is to show up on Nov. 8 and think about which party is costing us jobs and which one is not.”


Creationist Ken Ham Says There Are No Intelligent Aliens

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence is a huge waste of time, according to creationist Ken Ham.

Ham, who runs creationist attractions in Kentucky including a supposed replica of Noah’s Ark complete with replica dinosaurs, claims that aliens can’t possibly be intelligent... because they can’t possibly exist.

Writing on his “Answers in Genesis” blog, Ham attempted to respond to Scottish astronomer Duncan Forgan, who has been running computer simulations about the possibility of alien civilizations.

Forgan lamented in a Fox News interview the difficulty of testing some theories in his simulation because of the lack of data on alien behavior.

Ham predicted that problem would never be solved.

“Real alien data will never exist because, well, aliens aren’t real!” he wrote.

While there is no evidence yet for extraterrestrial life, a number of NASA scientists have said they expect to find it in the coming decades.

“I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” NASA astronomer Kevin Hand said in a 2014 discussion.

Hand’s boss agreed.

“It’s highly improbable in the limitless vastness of the universe that we humans stand alone,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.

However, Ham wrote in his Sunday blog post that people searching for alien life are really looking for replacements for God.

“Only a life pursuing our Creator will give us the answers and purpose we seek,” he wrote.

Ham, who once debated “Science Guy” Bill Nye, wrote in 2014 that aliens ― if they did exist ― would be beyond salvation because they are not descendants of the biblical figure Adam.

“Jesus did not become the ‘GodKlingon’ or the ‘GodMartian’!” he wrote at the time. “Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the ‘Godman’ as our Savior.”

Inside the Machine That Will Turn Your Corpse Into Compost

When you die, do you want to be buried or cremated? If the architect Katrina Spade gets her Urban Death Project to work, you might have a third option: compost.

If Spade’s first recomposition center opens in Seattle in 2023 as planned, it’ll be an airy, spiritual place where people can carry their loved ones’ corpses to a final rest—and put those corpses’ decomposition to an eco-minded use. She describes ​the facility as part funeral home, part place of memorial, and part public park.​ “I think there’s value in creating places where we’re thinking about death and its role in our lives, and the fact that it’s coming for all of us,” Spade says.

The trick is getting the decomposition right. Spade is working with soil scientists to perfect the process, and designing the building around the concrete core that’ll make it work. Imagine a three-story rectangular silo filled with wood chips, with a room on top. During memorial services, mourners carry the shrouded body up a ramp that winds around the core to this room. Here, the family members lower the body onto a bed of wood chips inside an open door in the floor. That door is the top of a 6-foot-by-10-foot concrete bay that adjoins multiple other bays, like a grid of elevator shafts. Mourners cover the body with additional wood chips and close the door.


Trump halts big-money fundraising, cutting off cash to the party

Source: Washington Post

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has effectively shut down his high-dollar fundraising operation for the rest of the campaign, a highly unusual move that deals another serious blow to the GOP's effort to finance its get-out-the-vote operation before Election Day.

Steven Mnuchin, Trump's national finance chairman, said in an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday that Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee between the party and the campaign, held its last formal fundraiser on Oct. 19. The luncheon was in Las Vegas on the day of the final presidential debate.

"We’ve kind of wound down," Mnuchin said. "But the online fundraising continues to be strong."

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/10/25/trump-halts-big-money-fundraising-cutting-off-cash-to-the-party/?wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-politics%252Bnation
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