RICHARD L. HASEN
Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2015
Forget the debate over whether the Supreme Court has taken a liberal turn. It is not a liberal court or a conservative court. It’s a Kennedy court. On major constitutional and statutory questions, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s views matter more than anything else.
Liberals do have more to celebrate this term than in the recent past, from the same-sex marriage and Obamacare decisions, to a major housing discrimination case, to a surprising win for minority plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit. In those cases, Kennedy was in the majority, and all but one — Obamacare — were decided 5 to 4.
But there were some victories for conservatives as well. The court blocked a key environmental rule on mercury pollution. It upheld Oklahoma’s lethal injection method. And it rejected an attempt to put a Texas voter identification law on hold, even though a federal court found that the legislature intended to discriminate against minority voters. Kennedy was in the majority in these rulings.
Indeed, there were only a handful of important cases this term in which Kennedy was on the losing side of a 5-4 split, such as the Williams-Yulee case, in which Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sided with the four liberals against Kennedy and three conservatives to uphold Florida’s ban on judicial candidates personally soliciting campaign contributions
Donald Trump sure knows how to stay in the media spotlight. He’s still going on about the recent murder of a woman in San Francisco at the hands of an illegal alien who somehow managed to get their hands on an illegal firearm despite having been deported several times.
Trump’s latest statements don’t just hold to the issue of firearms or border control, but extend to how illegals are swarming the borders with all manner of illness. Illegal aliens are bringing in all manner of illness into the US.
Donald Trump doubled down on his controversial comments about illegal immigration from Mexico on Monday, saying, “infectious disease is pouring across the border.”
Trump issued a lengthy — nearly 900 word — statement invoking the death of a San Francisco woman shot and killed last week by a suspect who had previously been deported to Mexico five times.
“This is merely one of thousands of similar incidents throughout the United States,” Trump said Monday. “In other words, the worst elements in Mexico are being pushed into the United States by the Mexican government.”
The 2016 Republican presidential candidate said Mexican drug cartels are using immigrants to smuggle heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs into the United States.
“The Border Patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border,” Trump continued.
Tremendous infectious disease.
That sounds like a band name, if it wasn’t uttered from one of the leading contenders for the GOP primary at the present time. Instead, it sounds like the warmed over nonsense spewed from the likes of Matt Drudge and countless other right wingers and their mouthpieces regarding the enterovirus D68 or Ebola. The xenophobia surrounding that outbreak (which was domestic in origin) and then the fear of someone entering the US and spreading Ebola nationally shows just how much racism and xenophobia are driving their politics (and their base - particularly when it comes to fundraising).
It would seem that the GOP/right wing all seems to trace their xenophobia and claims that the illegals are coming in with all manner of illness from same sources (that is when they’re not making it up entirely).
With Drudge, it is the ongoing need to cite to the AAPS, the same crank outfit to which both Rand and Ron Paul have belonged and that has a long history of going after illegal aliens and making baseless claims. Rand Paul was a member of the AAPS for 2 decades
The way bad information runs around the right wing, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Trump also got his “information” from the AAPS, that is if he didn’t make it up entirely.
Low-income households face a number of barriers to going solar. They’re less likely to own their own roof, less able to access loans or other financing options for solar, and more likely to have subsidized utility bills that don’t transfer the financial benefits of solar to the homeowner. And yet, in many ways low-income households stand to benefit the most from producing their own energy: The proportion of their income spent on energy is about four times greater than the national median, according to federal statistics. And because lower-income households tend to use less electricity overall than higher-income households, a typical solar setup covers more of their demand. The GW study found that a 4 kilowatt solar system, about the average size for a house, would cover more than half of a typical low-income household’s energy needs and that if all low-income households went solar, they would collectively save up to $23.3 billion each year.
Fairfield County, CT - The sale of rainbow color cookies following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the nation has unleashed a torrent of criticism against one local bakery.
Connecticut-based Challah Connection bills itself as a kosher bakery offering confectionery treats and challahs for Jewish holidays, birthdays, and even shiva visits. But owner Jane Moritz, who was raised in a Conservative home with Orthodox leanings, says she was the recipient of what she describes as “hate e-mails” for posting a picture of rainbow cookies with a message on her homepage that read, “Never have these treasured cookies had such meaning” after the Court’s ruling. Her website also featured a “BUY NOW” button inside a rainbow heart.
Kosher consumers were offended by Moritz’s website, and told her so. “People [were] saying what was wrong with me, how could I be a Jew, how could I be supporting gay marriage, saying that they were never going to order from my company again and they were going to make sure that no one else ordered from my company again,” Moritz told the Jewish Week (bit.ly).
This is not the first time Moritz has fielded criticism for her political or religious views. Ten years ago, her bakery advertised and sold black and orange cookies in celebration of Halloween, much to the dismay of her kosher consumers.
The rainbow cookie controversy even spilled over to the onlysimchas.com website which condemned Challah Connection for its “endorsement and support of a lifestyle and activity that is unequivocally condemned and forbidden by Jewish Law.”
In response, Moritz said, “If that’s the case, so be it. We stand firm in the Jewish values that implore upon us to show compassion and kindness to all beings. We believe in freedom. We believe in love, and compassion - for all people, of every faith, everywhere. We are here to help all people gain more access to wonderful items that have sprung from our Jewish faith. Our customers include Jews and non-Jews alike, and that’s one of the things we love about Challah Connection. We are a conduit to Jewish customs, cultural practices, and of course specialty Jewish foods. But anyone can enjoy the special items we sell, regardless of their religious belief… .”
More at VosIzNeias
(WARNING: Don’t read the comments, they are as nasty as anything you would see at Breitbart)
Those cookies look scrumptious!
In 2007, the NAACP staged a mock funeral for the racial slur, and yet today, the word is as popular as ever, as the Washington Post concluded last year. But could the attention paid to the Confederate flag cause us to take another look at the n-word, and decide to put it away for good? After all, the parallels between the two powerful concepts, one a word, the other a symbol, are clear. Both have been used — often at the same time — to terrorize black men and women and to make the case for oppression. One might even say the Confederate flag is the n-word flying on a pole.
The word has power, and President Obama demonstrated that by using it — although in a non-gratuitous way — to make a point about racism, how America is not cured of it, and how racism goes beyond the n-word and overt discrimination.
What’s ironic is that backers of both the n-word and the flag use similar arguments to justify keeping these relics of hate active in our society today. Just as supporters of the n-word would say the slur has been transformed into a term of endearment, supporters of the Confederate flag argue the rebel battle emblem has come to represent Southern pride and heritage.
Yet again, scratch a fundy, find a grifter.
This is serious feces-fan stuff.
There’s been no shortage of absurd comments and ridiculous suggestions from Republicans following the Supreme Court’s decision which’legalized marriage equality in the United States. And when it comes to Republicans acting completely asinine following this ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been one of the leaders of that pack.
At one point, Paxton told clerks issuing marriage licenses in Texas that they could refuse to do so, and the attorneys working for the state would be there to support any punishment or lawsuits they might face as a result of their actions.
Well, Paxton might want to move past his “outrage” over same-sex marriage pretty quickly; new information discovered by Texas Rangers might saddle him with a first-degree felony charge linked to securities fraud, which potentially carries with it a sentence of life in prison.
According to WFAA, the ABC affiliate for the Dallas-Fort Worth area:
The criminal investigation against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has taken a more serious turn, with special prosecutors now planning to present a first-degree felony securities fraud case against him to a Collin County grand jury.
Special prosecutor Kent Schaffer said Wednesday afternoon that the Texas Rangers uncovered new evidence during the investigation that led to the securities fraud allegations against the sitting attorney general.
“The Rangers went out to investigate one thing, and they came back with information on something else,” Schaffer said. “It’s turned into something different than when they started.”
What nonsensical claim has fake historian David Barton made this weak? In a recent clip found by Right Wing Watch, the peddler of pseudohistory claimed that retirement is a heathen concept, and thus is inherently wrong. The Almighty wants “good Christians” to work until the day they drop dead! Not having a job makes you lazy! I guess sloth really is one of the seven deadly sins.
People live an average of two point five years after retirement, because not working causes their bodies to shut down? Oh my, so if I were to quite working at anytime I would only have a few more years to live at most? Those people who retire at sixty five and live until they’re ninety must be extreme outliers. Lets get rid of social security, since retirement causes people to die from sloth!
Actually no it doesn’t. According to Chris Weller at Medical Daily,
Studies that argue life expectancy and retirement age work in tandem do not have a unified stance. Some studies have suggested that retiring later can offset a person’s risk for dementia, as more time spent involved with coworkers and meaningful tasks keeps the brain active, while other studies have shown early retirement keeps a person youthful.
Piggott and his team rejected both stances, opting instead for the more general truth that healthier people live longer. The team’s study looked at population data from the Norwegian government from 1990 to 2010. During the 1990s, a number of companies in Norway reduced their minimum age for pension access from 67 years old to 62. For those people whose companies didn’t adopt the switch, the age stayed at 67. Piggott and his team compared the two groups’ mortality rates against each group’s retirement ages.
The team found no difference in longevity between those who worked through age 67 to those who retired five years earlier — leading them to the conclusion that retirement age and longevity do not bear a correlation.
In other words when you retire has no effect on when you die. If Barton’s sources were correct, what we should see would be, the earlier people retire, the earlier they would die. We don’t see that. This data seems to show that retirement has no effect on how long you live. Even those studies that say otherwise often contradict each other. It doesn’t appear that the creator of the universe is sending people the message that Barton insists he is sending us.
It looks like Barton’s statement that people live an average of only two point five years after retirement is probably baseless, just like most of the things he says. Thankfully you’re not destined to die soon after you stop working.
Barton, it maybe easy for you to advocated that people should never retire. Your job of being a propagandist for the religious right, distorting history for their political agenda, isn’t that hard. Spouting nonsense about American history, including nonsense about our founding fathers, is easy. Making up stories about you being a translator for a Russian gymnastics team, can’t be that stressful, unless of course you’re constantly worried that people are going to find out that you’re lying.
Most people on the other hand, the average Joe, doesn’t have such a cushy job. Most people can’t make money as a conman like you. Try telling a senior citizen who is an electrician or better yet, a construction worker, that he should never retire. Why should any of those people, have to keep working, if they can afford to retire? Such jobs tend to get more difficult as people age anyway for an obvious reason. People should be able to live their lives to the fullest.
Just a reminder that these extremist jihadi thugs are the enemy of every decent, law abiding person, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. They kill rich & poor, men & women, elderly & children, and Christian & Muslim with equal abandon.
Witnesses who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals said the explosion at Yantaya Mosque in Jos came as a leading cleric who preaches peaceful co-existence was addressing a crowd during the holy month of Ramadan. At least 29 people were killed.
Another bomb exploded at Shagalinku, a restaurant patronised by elite politicians. Mark Lipdo of the Christian Stefanos Foundation says at least 15 people died there.
Forty seven others were wounded in the twin Jos attacks.
Jos has been targeted in the past by bomb blasts claimed by Boko Haram that have killed hundreds of people.
Earlier on Sunday a suicide bomber entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the Jigawa area on the outskirts of Potiskum and detonated his explosives.
Four worshippers died instantly with a fifth succumbing to her injuries shortly afterwards in hospital. “The victims included a woman and her two children, the pastor and another worshipper,” said a police officer, who helped remove the bodies.