Friday Reads: Losing Constitutional Rights is not an American ValuePosted: May 6, 2022
Good Day Sky Dancers!
Well, it’s my turn to grieve with our community as our democracy turns to rule by reactionary theocrats. Both Lady Liberty and Blind Justice are women. Both will be less than second-class citizens soon by the pen of angry white men and a Hand Maid. Theocratic fascists on the Supreme Court-appointed by Republican Presidents who did not win a majority vote are taking down the rights of the majority of citizens and doing so without the consent of the governed.
Are we all going back to the place where only land-owning white men are recognized by the Constitution and U.S. Law? Is that where the Federalist Society is leading us? A country where the rest of us are ruled by their whims and superstitions? Will some of us go back to being their chattel? Their property? How can we remedy this gross injustice?
Rep Adam Schiff reminds us that the number NINE is only used in the Constitution for unenumerated rights and not for the number of judges on the Supreme Court. UnJust Alito sure forgets this one as he hammers his gavel of religious oppression on a majority of Americans. The superstition of a witch burner in 17th century England gets say over our bodies and we don’t?
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
The irony of their findings is as perverse as their outcomes. Let me remind you of a 2014 ruling “Supreme Court: Abortion ‘Buffer Zones’ Violate Freedom of Speech”. Evidently, harassing women getting health care at a clinic is free speech while protesting their decision in front of their building needs a large buffer zone plus cement barriers and huge fences.
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that putting up “buffer zones” around abortion clinics is a violation of the First Amendment.
The decision, which reversed a lower court ruling, found that a Massachusetts law that imposes a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics puts an unconstitutional limitation on protesters’ freedom of speech. Written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the unanimous decision in McCullen v. Coakley is an immediate victory for pro-life groups, which have fought hard for the right to protest outside of abortion clinics, and a loss for some pro-choice groups that sought to provide blanket protections for people attempting to enter and leave such facilities.
Evidently, anything that gets women killed and harmed is free speech. They don’t need to see or hear from us. It is really obvious now that the SCROTUS 4 plus the Hand Maid don’t care about anything but their zealotry and crusade to push us all out of the way of the divine white, male christoban hegemony.
The Republicans have been wrong and dishonest in so many ways that it hardly should surprise anyone. It’s fully documented that the last 5 Republican-appointed justices lied under oath. Yet, it is unlikely any of them including the openly corrupt Clarence Thomas will face any kind of real justice.
We continue to see the deceit employed by Republicans to cover up the insurrection on January 6th. And they are still at it. From Dana Milbank at The Washington Post: “McCarthy’s lying at the border cements him as the Great Prevaricator.” Republicans are trying and saying anything to change the narrative. Our southern border and the leak of Alito’s hate manifesto are just two issues of no substance they’re passing off as issues using their best jazz hands.
The Great Prevaricator stood on the banks of the Rio Grande and released a mighty river of deceit.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in a news conference Monday afternoon with fellow Republican lawmakers at the southern border and in a separate interview with Fox News, misrepresented the source of illicit fentanyl. He grossly distorted a description of phones the federal government is using to track immigrants who crossed the border illegally. He teased the dubious notion that Democrats somehow obtained and leaked the audio of a private meeting he had with fellow Republican leaders.
And then there was this showstopper: He dissembled about his own lie.
First, he claimed he wasn’t lying when he falsely denied a New York Times report that he had told colleagues after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection that he would advise President Donald Trump to resign. He suggested he misunderstood the question.
Yet McCarthy then appeared, in his garbled syntax, to repeat the original lie that he never told colleagues he planned to ask Trump to resign: “If you’re asking now, ‘Did I tell my members that we’re going to ask?’ Ask them if I told any of them that I said to President Trump. The answer is no.” (According to the audio recording of that meeting, McCarthy in fact said he was “seriously thinking” of telling Trump “it would be my recommendation you should resign.”)
Telling a baldfaced lie, particularly one of such magnitude, is a sign of low character. But repeating the very same lie just seconds after explaining you hadn’t told the lie in the first place is a sign of low brain activity.
Alas, this may well be the next speaker of the House.
I bolded that last sentence for emphasis. This is how I feel every time one of them opens their mouth. This means you Senator Say Anything, Susan Collins.
I called BB earlier this morning just so I could say Fuck you Susan Collins out loud to someone. And no one believes you’re shocked by Justice “I like Beer”‘s bald-faced lies either. It’s obvious you wouldn’t know the truth if it fell on you.
Here’s Bess Levins from Vanity Fair: “SUSAN COLLINS SAYS NO TO DEMOCRATS’ ABORTION-RIGHTS BILL BECAUSE IT CONTAINS TOO MANY ABORTION RIGHTS. The Maine lawmaker continues to insist she is pro-choice, however.
Earlier this week, Republican senator Susan Collins claimed to be shocked and dismayed at the draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. Specifically, the Maine lawmaker was beside herself at the idea that Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch had misled her about their positions on the landmark ruling during their Supreme Court confirmations. Collins, you see, was one of the only people on the planet—along with her colleague Lisa Murkowski— who thought that the two conservative justices, nominated by a president who vowed to exclusively appoint judges who would overturn Roe, would not, in fact, overturn Roe. (While the votes could change, Politico reported that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh had preliminarily agreed with the majority to strike down the 1973 decision after hearing oral arguments last December.) “If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and this reporting is accurate, it would be completely inconsistent with what Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office,” Collins said in a statement.
Given how angry the lawmaker was about having apparently been lied to, how much she supposedly cares about preserving the right to an abortion, and how the whole thing blew up in her face so embarrassingly, you might think she’d be doing everything in her power right now to prevent such a right from being axed. But you would be very wrong!
In addition to saying Tuesday that she would not support abolishing the filibuster to allow the Senate to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade ASAP, Collins declared on Thursday that she would vote “no” on the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would establish the statutory right to an abortion and is expected to be voted on by lawmakers next week. Why? According to Collins, it just recognizes too many rights for pregnant people. “It supersedes all other federal and state laws, including the conscience protections that are in the Affordable Care Act,” she told reporters when asked about her support of the bill, adding: “It doesn’t protect the right of a Catholic hospital to not perform abortions. That right has been enshrined in law for a long time.”
Incidentally, according to Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, Collins’s claims about what the bill would do—and her excuse for not voting for it—are completely unfounded. “Some are saying that this legislation would tell hospitals—certain religious hospitals—that they have to perform abortions,” he said at a press conference without referring to Collins by name. “That is simply not true. This bill simply gives providers the statutory right to provide abortion care without medically unnecessary restrictions. That’s plain and simple. So this rumor is false.”
Collins is possibly lying to herself, but definitely to us if she thinks she’s really pro-choice. I think she’s mostly Pro-Susan Collins not wanting to be harassed by the same free speech given people charging and shouting nasty hellfire shit to women seeking healthcare at clinics.
Remember how we all couldn’t understand the attack on Iraq, much less Afghanistan based on 9-11. Remember how an illegitimate Dubya got the Supreme Court to make him a POTUS? Well, Uncle Joe did a good thing today.
It’s no secret that the Saudis were involved. Watch this story. I believe the fallout will be big.
For more than 20 years, successive US presidents have given Saudi Arabia a pass on the question of whether the kingdom’s government had anything to do with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As the story goes, plenty of individual Saudis were involved — including 15 of the 19 hijackers and Osama bin Laden — but there was no evidence to indicate that the Saudi government itself was behind the attacks. That’s more or less what the 9/11 Commission concluded, and the Saudi government continues to cite the commission’s report in official statements as proof that “Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with this terrible crime.”
In its report, the commission took particular pains not to implicate Omar al-Bayoumi, a Saudi national who met two of the 9/11 hijackers in Los Angeles shortly after they arrived in the US. Bayoumi then helped them move to San Diego, where he signed as the guarantor on an apartment they rented.
Bayoumi has long maintained that he met the hijackers by coincidence, a claim the commission did little to contradict. Instead, it painted a mostly innocuous portrait of Bayoumi’s background, concluding that he was in the US “as a business student” and that he worked for the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority. “I don’t believe he was a ‘Saudi government agent’ working to help terrorists,” wrote Philip Zelikow, the 9/11 Commission’s executive director, in response to questions from a journalist in 2007.
But over the past several months, a raft of new documents released by the American and British governments suggest that the 9/11 Commission got it wrong. An FBI memo declassified in March, in response to an executive order by President Joe Biden, reported that Bayoumi was receiving a monthly stipend from Saudi intelligence. In other words, he was not a student but a spy. According to the FBI memo, dated June 14, 2017, Bayoumi was tasked with gathering information “on persons of interest in the Saudi community” and passing the intelligence to Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud, the Saudi ambassador at the time.
“Allegations of Albayoumi’s involvement with Saudi intelligence were not confirmed at the time of the 9/11 Commission Report,” writes the memo’s author, an FBI special agent at the bureau’s Washington field office, whose name is redacted. “The above information confirms those allegations.”
A second declassified FBI memo shows that a confidential source told the FBI there was a “50/50 chance” that Bayoumi had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks and “assisted two of the hijackers while residing in San Diego.”
The FBI declined to comment. But the revelations appear to undercut the Saudi government’s claims that it had no ties to the 9/11 attacks. While US intelligence agencies have repeatedly concluded that the Saudi government as a whole had no advance knowledge of the 2001 plot, they have flagged specific Saudi agencies and members of the royal family as having ties to Al Qaeda. Last year, newly declassified FBI files complicated another crucial piece of Bayoumi’s narrative, suggesting that his initial meeting with the two hijackers had been arranged by contacts at the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles.
Republicans Lie. Women Die. Soldiers Die. Immigrants and Asylum Seekers Die. Children languish in cages and Die. Native Americans Die. Black, Brown, and Asian Americans Die. We get Insurrection, less voting rights, more expensive drugs and healthcare, subsidized Fossil Fuels that kill us and the planet, and the last guy in the White House that enough bad things cannot be said about including his role in the statistic yesterday that OVER 1,000,000 Americans have died of Covid-19. And just open any social media of any republican voter and you’ll see their lies repeated back at you. They are knee-deep in Lies. The Big Lie.
1 million have Americans died of Covid. That’s an “unfathomable number”. Remember all the Trump lies about nothing to see here when it was first diagnosed on his watch? (via NBC News)
The U.S. on Wednesday surpassed 1 million Covid-19 deaths, according to data compiled by NBC News — a once unthinkable scale of loss even for the country with the world’s highest recorded toll from the virus.
The number — equivalent to the population of San Jose, California, the 10th largest city in the U.S. — was reached at stunning speed: 27 months after the country confirmed its first case of the virus.
“Each of those people touched hundreds of other people,” said Diana Ordonez, whose husband, Juan Ordonez, died in April 2020 at age 40, five days before their daughter Mia’s fifth birthday. “It’s an exponential number of other people that are walking around with a small hole in their heart.”
How many more of these lies do we have to live through? Just imagine if the Supreme Court had not appointed Dubya. No Bush V. Gore enablers on the current court. No war in Iraq or Afghanistan. A real plan to save the planet. Just imagine if Hillary had won. A strong Nato checking Putin’s intentions. Diversity so that our country represents all the people and protects the right to vote! Laws that support all of us! Access to every bit of healthcare Women need! A country where you’re safe from religious indoctrination by a vocal and violent minority! Just think of what we got and what we missed out on!
Well, we’ve been through most of that as a community. Let’s hold each other in our hearts and do what we can to stop this attack on our democracy and our constitutional rights! Even our old friends the French See us.
What’s on your reading and blogging list today?
Oh, and btw, FUCK SUSAN COLLINS!!!!!