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Rude Pundit: The Supreme Court vs. the United States, Part 1: Alito Loves Fetuses, Hates Women


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The Supreme Court vs. the United States, Part 1: Alito Loves Fetuses, Hates Women


Alito and the rest of a cruel quintet who overruled Roe and Casey are quite literally splitting the country in two so that the quality of health care a woman receives will be dependent on which state she lives in. But that doesn't matter. What does matter is that a fetus might live outside the womb if born prematurely a couple of weeks earlier in a city than in a village in the mountains of Ecuador? About 1% of all abortions happen after 21 weeks. How does that in any way justify a decision that will allow states to outlaw the 99% of abortions that clearly occur before the fetus can live on its own? Even John Roberts thought that was fucked. I mean, it's a fucking game to the majority. It's absolutely nonsensical, so much that it only makes sense if you say that Alito loves fetuses and hates women, which is part and parcel with a Christian extremist view of the sexes.

Because that's what this is, you know. It is a cabal of Christian extremists, radical Catholics and nutzoid fundamentalists, deciding that women have had enough freedom and those whores deserve whatever hell they have to go through. They are imposing their radical, extremist doctrine on the rest of us and pretending that it's freedom.

In my home state of Louisiana, the anti-choice Democratic governor signed an update to the state's trigger law on Monday that said abortion would be outlawed in the state the second Roe was overturned. And so it was. The three remaining clinics in the state, in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, stopped performing abortions. While the morning after pill remains legal, other drug-induced abortions are also outlawed, and there are no exceptions for pregnancies for rape and incest. With Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi also banning abortions, the closest place for a safe, legal abortion right now is in Pensacola, Florida, and who knows how long that will last with Ron DeSantis fascisting up the joint. Then women in Louisiana would have to travel to North Carolina or Illinois. Madness. And then states might pass laws that say you can't travel through them to get an abortion because of course they will.

Sorry. I'm not thinking completely rationally today. We've known this day was coming for a long time. We've been waiting for it since at least the 1990s, probably since Clarence Thomas was confirmed. Many of us have been waving our arms and screaming that this was coming, to stop trusting any motherfuckers who said not to worry, to stop pretending that anyone on the right was honorable. We knew it would happen.

But that expectation doesn't make it hurt less. It doesn't reduce the feeling of panic. It doesn't mitigate the despair for what a fucked beyond fucked nation we've become, what backwater we've turned into. We're not a shining city on a hill. We're a teetering shack on a pile of shit.

Mostly, though, it doesn't make me feel less sorrowful for women, from the preteen rape victim to the mother who doesn't want another child to any woman or girl who fucking wants to choose when she has children. If my nieces get pregnant, I will fly them anywhere they want to go if they want to get rid of the fetus. Fuck that fetus.

We failed. We fucked up and we failed. We let the worst fucking people keep winning. We can't let that keep happening. There's going to be a pile of women's corpses to remind us of that.

The vile Christian pricks have tasted blood. They are completely unleashed, and they are heading for a feeding frenzy. We better be ready.

More on that coming up.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 24, 2022, 08:46 PM (1 replies)

Dahlia Lithwick: Justices Are Not Kings


Justices Are Not Kings
There is no court legitimacy without public trust in the court.
By Dahlia Lithwick
June 24, 2022 5:57 PM


Today, for the first time in constitutional history, the United States Supreme Court, by a 6–3 margin, took a fundamental constitutionally protected right away from half the population, a right around which generations of women and families have ordered their lives. Make no mistake, the same court that just 24 hours earlier had determined that the decision to carry a gun on the streets is such an essential aspect of personal liberty that states may not be permitted to regulate it has now declared that decisions about abortion, miscarriage, contraception, economic survival, child-rearing, and intimate family matters are worthy of zero solicitude. None. In their view of liberty, women were worthy of zero solicitude at the founding, and remain unworthy of it today. As Mark Joseph Stern notes, women will suffer. Some will be refused treatment for miscarriages, and some will be turned away from emergency rooms. Some will be hunted down, spied on, and prosecuted for seeking health care, medication, and autonomy. The majority glibly tells us that because the harms to these people are unknowable, they are not urgent—or at the very least, less urgent than the harms faced by people who would like to see more guns in public spaces.

But ordinary Americans do not think these harms are trivial. On Thursday, Gallup polling showed public approval for the Supreme Court to be at a historic low—25 percent. It’s a precipitous drop from the prior historic low the court received in September, which sat at about 38 percent. The six justices in the majority of Dobbs will comfort themselves that this doesn’t matter. They will tell themselves that they corrected a historical injustice and that they saved unborn babies. They will say that they have lifetime tenure in order to protect against the whims of the majorities. They will blame protesters and they will continue to blame the press. Even the much-vaunted centrism and pragmatism of Chief Justice John Roberts seems to have left the building. Notwithstanding the fact of his seemingly moderate concurrence—in joining with a majority that could not wait to do in three years what they could do in one—it is clear that he has lost his court, and that he is surely less worried about the public regard for the institution than we had believed.


The dissenters understand where to place the blame for this loss of legitimacy. Even in the notoriously collegial Supreme Court, they place it squarely, and fairly, on a majority that has spent a year proving itself unwilling to moderate tone, language, conduct, and pace in exchange for the appearance of sobriety. The “stench,” as Sotomayor once warned, will not dissipate just because the majority can’t smell it.

There will not be a glorious peace that settles over the land now that this issue has been sent back to the states, no matter how much Justice Brett Kavanaugh wants you to believe it. There will be infighting among states, and vicious criminal prosecutions, and joyous theological efforts to secure future harms for gay partners and families struggling with IVF and women seeking contraception. The people who suffer the most will be the poorest, the youngest, the sickest—the people whose interests don’t even warrant acknowledgment by the majority opinion.

The dissenters sign off in “sorrow.” It is a sentiment that is surely directed at millions of women who will suffer appallingly as a result of this ruling. But it is also sorrow for an institution that was always rooted in an idea that there had to be a relationship between the public trust and judicial power. Justices are not kings. They can demand silent reverence, but it is not assured them. There have been plenty of us warning that this relationship was in jeopardy for many years, and the warnings were dismissed as efforts to undermine the court. Today’s decision confirms that, if and when the public is finally ready to give up on the court, there will be nobody to blame but the six justices who gave them nothing to believe in.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 24, 2022, 08:21 PM (7 replies)

Thomas calls for overturning precedents on contraceptives, LGBTQ rights


Thomas calls for overturning precedents on contraceptives, LGBTQ rights
by Harper Neidig - 06/24/22 11:08 AM ET

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday called for overturning the constitutional rights the court had affirmed for access to contraceptives and LGBTQ rights in an opinion concurring with the majority to decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In his separate opinion, Thomas acknowledged that Friday’s decision does not directly affect any rights besides abortion. But he argued that the constitution’s Due Process Clause does not secure a right to an abortion or any other substantive rights, and he urged the court to apply that reasoning to other landmark cases.

Thomas wrote, “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.”


In Griswold v. Connecticut, the court ruled in 1965 that married couples have a right to access contraceptive. In 2003, the court said in Lawrence v. Texas that states could not outlaw consensual gay sex. And the court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 24, 2022, 11:42 AM (9 replies)

Trump Told DOJ 'Just Say Election Was Corrupt And Leave The Rest To Me'


Trump Told DOJ 'Just Say Election Was Corrupt And Leave The Rest To Me'
DOJ senior official Richard Donoghue testified in great detail about the many ways Trump tried to overthrow the 2020 election results, using the DOJ.
By John Amato — June 23, 2022

Richard Donoghue, a senior DOJ official under the Trump administration gave very explicit and minute testimony to the January 6 Select Committee of all the efforts Trump tried to overthrow the 2020 election, including trying to make them accomplices in his criminality.


Kinzinger asked again, "So let's now put up the notes where you quote the president. As you're speaking to that, he said the president said 'Just say the election was corrupt, and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen' so, Mr. Donoghue, that's a direct quote from President Trump, correct?"

Donoghue replied, "That's an exact quote from the President, yes."

Forget about evidence, truth, or honesty. Trump wanted the DOJ to tell the American people that the entire 2020 election was corrupt. Even after the DOJ investigated many of the false claims he was being fed with and found there was no voter fraud that made him lose the election.

Please get the handcuffs out as soon as possible.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 23, 2022, 10:54 PM (3 replies)

Jordan Klepper Confronts Clueless Trumpers With Jan. 6 Hearing Clips

THIS is our challenge.

Jordan Klepper Confronts Clueless Trumpers With Jan. 6 Hearing Clips
This is what happened when ‘The Daily Show’ correspondent showed Trump supporters what they don’t want to see.
Matt Wilstein
Senior Writer
Updated Jun. 23, 2022 9:28PM ET / Published Jun. 23, 2022 9:10PM ET

One of the biggest questions surrounding the January 6th Committee hearings this month is whether Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters would even tune in let alone be open to seeing him in a new light. Only The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper had the idea to bring the hearings to them.

In his latest dispatch from MAGA country, Klepper traveled to a Trump rally in Mississippi to first find out whether anyone waiting to get in had been watching the hearings and then play them some of the most damning clips on an iPad and see what they made of them.

Unsurprisingly, he couldn’t find anyone who had been watching the proceedings, and that included one woman in a red Trump visor who was demanding an “investigation” to prove her theory that Nancy Pelosi was behind the insurrection.

Another pair of young women didn’t even know what Klepper was talking about when he mentioned January 6th. “Election Day?” one of them asked. They seemed similarly unfamiliar with the term “insurrection.”


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 23, 2022, 10:23 PM (3 replies)

Liz Cheney Encourages Democrats to Vote for Her


Liz Cheney Encourages Democrats to Vote for Her
June 23, 2022 at 2:44 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), “whose polling remains far behind her Trump-endorsed primary challenger as her House committee’s Jan. 6 hearings continue, is urging Democrats in her home state to switch parties to support her in the Aug. 16 primary,” the New York Times reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 23, 2022, 08:32 PM (6 replies)

Biden Blasts The Supreme Court For Betraying Common Sense And The Constitution In Gun Ruling


Posted on Thu, Jun 23rd, 2022 by Jason Easley
Biden Blasts The Supreme Court For Betraying Common Sense And The Constitution In Gun Ruling

President Biden responded to the Supreme Court’s concealed carry ruling by pointing out that it contradicted both common sense and the Constitution.

The President said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:

I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. Since 1911, the State of New York has required individuals who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to show a need to do so for the purpose of self-defense and to acquire a license. More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to strike down New York’s long-established authority to protect its citizens. This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.

In the wake of the horrific attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde, as well as the daily acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines, we must do more as a society — not less — to protect our fellow Americans. I remain committed to doing everything in my power to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. I have already taken more executive actions to reduce gun violence than any other President during their first year in office, and I will continue to do all that I can to protect Americans from gun violence.

I urge states to continue to enact and enforce commonsense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence. As the late Justice Scalia recognized, the Second Amendment is not absolute. For centuries, states have regulated who may purchase or possess weapons, the types of weapons they may use, and the places they may carry those weapons. And the courts have upheld these regulations.

I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line.

The Supreme Court Is Moving In The Opposite Direction From The Rest Of The Country

Biden was correct. The Supreme Court is moving in the opposite direction from the rest of the country. The vast majority of the American people want common-sense protections from gun violence as the Supreme Court is making it easier for potential mass shooters to carry their weapons in public.

The Supreme Court is broken and their decision today could cost Americans their lives.

It is time to reform the Supreme Court.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 23, 2022, 01:13 PM (3 replies)

Tony Siragusa, Super Bowl winner turned fun-loving sideline reporter, dies at age 55

Way too young.

Tony Siragusa, Super Bowl winner turned fun-loving sideline reporter, dies at age 55
By Steve Almasy, CNN
Updated 10:47 PM ET, Wed June 22, 2022

(CNN)Tony Siragusa, a key part of the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl winning team in 2001, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the team.

The team announcement didn't list a cause or place of his death.

"The Siragusa family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this difficult time," the organization said.

Siragusa had a 12-year playing career as a defensive tackle with Indianapolis Colts and Ravens before working for Fox Sports from 2003 to 2015, including nearly a decade as a sideline analyst on the network's NFL broadcasts.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 23, 2022, 06:45 AM (2 replies)

Herschel Walker Says There Are 52 States


Herschel Walker Says There Are 52 States
June 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R) told the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show that there were 52 states in the country while attempting to criticize Stacey Abrams (D) for saying Georgia is “the worst state in the country to live.”

Said Walker: “If you don’t believe in the country, leave and go somewhere else. If it’s the worst state, why are you here? Why don’t you leave ― go to another? There’s, what, 51 more other states that you can go to?
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 23, 2022, 05:55 AM (26 replies)

GOPers Block Biden's ATF Nominee To Stop Gun Law Enforcement


GOPers Block Biden's ATF Nominee To Stop Gun Law Enforcement
Having a strong ATF director to enforce gun laws would be a really good thing -- which is why Republicans don't want it.
By Susie Madrak — June 22, 2022

Cliff Schecter's been fighting the good fight for gun control as long as I can remember, and he points out what the Republicans are doing to actually stop it.

He talked about how minimal the new gun bill is, calling it "eight percent out of 100."

Cliff talks about Steve Dettelbach, who ran for attorney general in Ohio. He was nominated by Joe Biden to be the next director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

"And if you could, if we would support the ATF because the Republicans have spent the last 20 to 30 years purposely undermining their mission -- not allowing them to use computers. And I'm not kidding you, they had to go through old files that were written by hand. They wouldn't allow them to pass a law where they would hold people responsible for inventory so they could check on guns that were stolen or disappeared

"In other words, if you really want to stop illegal guns from getting out there, there are a lot of ways to do it. Having a strong ATF director who's given the funding, the support, not undercut or attacked would be one of those ways and that's how you know Republicans -- still again, don't get me wrong, vote for the bill they've offered it will save lives, any lives saved are good -- but do not, do not give them credit for trying to save the lives of our babies.

"Do not vote for their bill and go out the next day remind people they're doing everything in their power to still make sure people get guns who are murderers and criminals and terrorists and domestic abusers and drug cartel members and you name it because if they want to stop a lot of this they would support Steve Dettelbach right away.

He said every single Republican on the Judiciary Committee voted against advancing Joe Biden's nominee, Steve Dettelbach. Of course they did. Click here to subscribe to Cliff's channel.

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jun 22, 2022, 11:33 AM (4 replies)
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