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Notes on Alito's blatant hypocrisy on "privacy" rulings.

The Supreme Court has disgraced the institution. Intellectual dishonesty. Alito’s draft opinion holds, Roe and Casey must be overturned. Alito says they were egregiously decided without a Constitutional basis. He argues abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution, and by overturning those cases he is also saying there is no Constitutional right to privacy. Both Roe and Casey depended in part on the right of privacy, derived from the 9th Amendment and the Due Process clause of the 14th Amendment. The 9th provides that “ The enumeration of certain rights should not be construed as denying or disparaging others retained by the people.” What are those other rights ? How about contraceptives? This was the issue in Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965, could the state prohibit the sale of condoms ? Relying on the 9th, the Court said no, recognizing that “ privacy “ was one of those “ other rights retained by the people.

THE HYPOCRISY
Alito joined in the majority opinion in the Heller case. That case held a private individual has a Constitutional right to posses a semi automatic handgun in the house. The case rested its decision on “ self defense “ even though self defense , like abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution. There is a rule of judicial construction when analyzing words, they are to be given their plain and ordinary meaning. And the words of the 2nd Amendment, by their plain and ordinary meaning, confers the right to bear arms, in order to have a “well regulated militia.” These issues, absence of self defense in the Constitution, and ignoring the plain meaning of the 2nd Amendment didn’t seem to bother Alito when he supported Heller. But now when the issue is a woman’s right to choose, he employs an “ originalist/ textualist approach. I suspect his real reason is not based on a Constitutional basis but on a religious belief that life begins at conception. A personal religious belief that has no place in Supreme Court decisions.

(Retired Legal eagle) William Collins

Jeff Jackson wants you to know the truth about his primary opponent.


Friends,

The primary is next week and before we get there I just want to take a moment to tell you what I really think about my Democratic opponent:

I think he’s a good person, a good father, and has run a positive and honest campaign.

Why say this? Because the politics of phony anger is toxic. We all deserve better.

I’m running to be your nominee because I think there are things I can bring to this office that people would value, and I think I’ve shown that over the last several years.

I’m not running to find new ways to be fake angry. There are plenty of politicians who’ve got that covered — we don’t need one more.

The primary is next Tuesday. If you want to see someone in Congress who is excited about our future, someone who runs on what we can accomplish and how much it would mean for people, then I’m asking for your support.

The longer public waits for Jan6 hearings the closer to election they'll be

and the more likely they will be dismissed as an election year stunt dramatized for the campaign. No matter how serious the revelations, even casual voters are becoming more cynical about timing and motives. The media is NOT on democracy’s side.

Congressional Dems are notoriously slow-paced. Please, Dems, don’t slow down….. not this time.

DU beloved poster, babylonsister, consistently posted Eric Boehlert here.

You have not posted today, babysis, and I want you to know we share your grief over the news of his passing. This is one of the toughest days here in 2 decades.


Please let us know you are OK.

West Palm Beach DUers. Anyone know if Tim Byrd died from Covid?

I recently learned of his death and the news articles I read attributed the cause to pneumonia. I knew him very well in Cleveland and NYC and am pretty certain he would keep it on the downlow if he actually had Covid.

Anyone hear anything about it?

Looking for a solid source on report of Chechnya troops going to Ukraine

to support Russia.

Dems have a sure win in the new drawn NC-14.

This district was drawn competitive with a slight R. Jeff Jackson is running.

Hey folks, I'm running for North Carolina’s new 14th congressional district.
You deserve leadership that is honest, decent, and hardworking. No corporate PAC money, no stock trading, just a serious approach to our challenges.

This is Day One. Your support now means a lot: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jnj-social

This district is less than a week old. It came to be when our new congressional map reached its final form after an extensive back-and-forth between the courts and the state legislature.

Our family wasn't planning on running for Congress this year - not one bit. But seeing this new district, I told you yesterday that our family would talk about getting into this race during dinner. We did, and they’re all in.

I also invited everyone to reply to our last email with your thoughts about whether we should run. As of this morning, 1,265 of you did - and your encouragement has been overwhelming.
This all happened suddenly - but we’re ready. We have the support, the infrastructure, and the experience to hit the ground running.

I want to finish what we started last year by making this a campaign you can be proud of.
We’re going to talk about a lot of issues - affordable housing, early childhood education, transportation, climate, gerrymandering, and much more - but I want the core of this campaign to be something you can respect because you see an effort that fundamentally respects you.
If that’s what you want in a member of Congress, then please make a day one contribution.
We’re going to need to build this campaign fast, and our speed is going to come down to the level of your support.

The 14th district includes Mecklenburg - where I serve as state Senator - and Gaston - where I worked as an assistant D.A.

It would be an absolute honor to serve its citizens in the U.S. House of Representatives.

All the Best,
Jeff Jackson

Ukraine-born journalist Larisa Alexandrovna (DU,HuffPost): Ides of March

Larisa Alexandrovna Horton

The Ides of March.

Take all oligarch money, property, evict all of their spoiled brats from EU and American schools. Suspend all travel visas. Don’t buy or sell anything to or from them. Deny them medical treatment everywhere outside of Russia. Don’t let them land their planes or park their yachts. Issue international arrest warrants for all of them. Make it impossible for them to breath as free men. Then they will take care of Putin.

The oligarchs are the only ones who can stop Putin now. And he must be stopped. We know what he is. We have seen his kind before and we did not act early enough. He’s got nukes. And I am no longer confident that we are dealing with a sane creature.

Ides of March. No war. Just a clean fix.

Tell me I am wrong?

Hey Boone DUers.

What’s going on there with the roads in town and around campus - Clear, icy?

Guy who TikToked POS Joel Osteen was fired from his job.

People asked for him to start a GoFundMe to help him. Instead, he made one to help the homeless.

https://gofund.me/eb54ec08
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