Remember McCullen v. Coakley

Just a reminder:

McCullen v. Coakley, 573 U.S. 464 (2014), is a United States Supreme Court case involving a First Amendment challenge to the validity of a Massachusetts law establishing 35-foot (11 m) fixed buffer zones around facilities where abortions were performed.

The law – part of the Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act – barred non-exempt individuals from entering or remaining “on a public way or sidewalk adjacent to a reproductive health care facility within a radius of 35 feet”. The Court unanimously held that the law violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, as applied to Massachusetts through the Fourteenth Amendment.

Something to keep in mind:

Attorney General Merrick Garland has ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to ensure the safety of Supreme Court justices amid protests sparked by a leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe vs. Wade.

“The Attorney General directed the U.S. Marshals Service to help ensure the Justices’ safety by providing additional support to the Marshal of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Police,” the Justice Department said in a press release Wednesday.

The statement did not add further details about the security measures, noting that Garland “continues to be briefed on security matters related to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Justices.”

Fuck these people.

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Choices Are Made

The way I see things, every day is a fresh reset. You wake up to a new day, and you make the decision whether or not you’re going to be “that fucking guy” today. Some people make the wrong choice every single day:

Choices Are Made

Beyond the Tucker Carlson bullshit, the approximate cause of “that guy’s” ire is that Steve Schmidt, the Republican who ran the McCain campaign and has since spent basically the past decade flaying the Trumpist right alive, went on a twitter tear over the weekend that reminded me of some pretty epic John Cole +9 rants. You can read all about them here.

The short summary is Meghan McCain is a garbage human being and always has been, that John actually did have an affair with Vicky Iseman as reported in the NY Times but denied by McCain and his campaign, and that McCain turned a blind eye to all the pro-Russian apparatchiks like Rick Davis and Paul Manafort who were buckraking.

I’m not really sure why “that fucking guy” is so angry at Schmidt, because if there was any neocon you’d think he would dislike, it would be McCain, but apparently the psychotic decision making tree is “I think libs love Steve Schmidt and my hatred for libs is greater than my hatred for warmongerers.” It’s hard to tell these days, his grievances are all over the fucking place, and consistency is rough for an unedited edgelord whose main concern is the bottom line.

At any rate, this calculation is inaccurate, because liberals don’t love Rick Wilson or Steve Schmidt. They could both fuck off and die for all I care. What I do love is using Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson and the rest of them as a bludgeon against the fuckers they helped create who are currently ruining America. It’s an interesting thing that “that fucking guy” will write a 100,000 word diatribe on substack about how the liberal media doesn’t understand nuance, and then go on to provide a sterling example of not getting nuance at all.

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Couple Quick Thoughts

Are we FINALLY done with Nina Turner? How many times does she have to lose and hurt the Democratic party in the process. Just go away.

Does anyone care if the Supreme Court is in disarray after the leak? I sure don’t. I hope they are in pure chaos. Secretive fuckers wanna roll back the country to the 1830’s, let them have a little angst. Their shit should be more out in the open. It’s in the dark where they perform their partisan bullshit.

And I love that the reich wing is more upset about the draft opinion leak than they are actual crimes committed by Trump. It’s no crime to leak a SCOTUS draft, so I dunno what they expect the DOJ to do. Even more, since we are now all forced to play by their fucking rules from the 1700’s, I’m pretty sure nowhere in the Constitution does it say they are allowed to perform their dark magickz with no one knowing what is going on. They just made that shit up over the years.

The loathesome JD Vance correctly bet that there is nothing Republicans like more than a craven fraud who will just tell them what they want to hear.

Also, it was Alito who leaked the opinion to lock in Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

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Goodbye To Roe

Goodbye To Roe

According to Politico, a draft of the SCOTUS decision on Dobbs v Jackson has been leaked, and the five radicals on the court are going to completely dump Roe. It’s a pretty shocking document full of right wing legal pablum that we have all heard over and over again, but at the same time, it’s not surprising. This is what the the marriage of the Republican party to the radical christian right in the Reagan era has been working towards for five decades, and the movement is about to birth their baby, personal assurances to Sen. Collins about stare decisis aside.

It’s worth noting that the anti-abortion movement is not organic, evangelicals and their ilk had no immediate widespread opposition to abortion at the time, and the issue was created out of nothing. Evangelicals needed something to motivate and captivate their sheep, Republicans needed the votes, the money and moral posturing of both was too good to resist, and a marriage of convenience and grift was born. Decades of agitprop and bullshit got us where we are today.

Will there be a backlash at the polls? I’d like to think so, but one thing Republicans have learned is that they never have to pay consequences for anything, so I am not hopeful. With gerrymandering and voter suppression, any impact will be limited, and with the antiquated composition of the the Senate, giving populations the size of a dorm room the same representation as Los Angeles, any backlash will be diluted.

What it means for abortion rights? Basically in half the states they are soon to be non-existent. The next issues will be national bans advocated at the federal level, as well as punitive measures at the state level aimed at punishing their citizens for partaking in abortion services in other states. Some of these state laws are already in the works, and numerous states already have trigger laws for when Roe is overturned. At the national level, we can expect bills being introduced every single session to ban abortion across the country, and don’t worry, Republicans will have no problem voting for these bills despite having said that all they really wanted to do was address the unconstitutionality of Roe and “send it back to the states.” Hypocrisy is their native tongue. Would such a law pass? Yes. If they see no backlash to the overturning of Roe and feel no political pain, they will pass the very first time there is a Republican majority in the House and Senate and a Republican Presidency.

What does it mean for everything else? As this will be the first time the Supreme Court has rolled back a right, be warned, they are coming for it all. Expect rollbacks on gay rights, a renewed and reinvigorated assault on trans individuals, contraception, interracial marriage, anything involving the regulatory state but in particular environmental laws, gutting of OSHA, and on and on. As we tapdance towards a fascist state, the only thing that is safe is your right to be armed to the god damned teeth. The rest of it is subject to the whims of whatever Tucker Carlson and his masters tell their audience what matters. Rick Scott already has an 11 point plan for “rescuing” the nation, and Social Security and Medicare are on the line.

And while dim bulbs like Greenwald and company think it is the left coming after free speech, that will soon be on the line, too. “Free speech” is only popular on the right as we speak today because free speech has meant being allowed to say the n-word or other racist shit or harass women and minorities on twitter and other social platforms without repercussion or removal from the platform, but that will soon change. The right has been amassing power to exert their power, once they have it, they will switch to maintaining it, and silencing the opposition will soon become necessary. It already happens quite frequently (there have been multiple cases in Florida during the pandemic including the silencing of the Florida professors), with left wing voices continuously fired and silenced for their views. In short, Ward Churchill would like to have a word with you about cancel culture.

So, from my standpoint, the outlook is grim, yet predictable. A lady you might have heard of told everyone this in 2015 and 2016, but something something emails. That does not mean you should despair or give up, of course. It means you should fight harder and don’t let the bastards win. But yet, this is a bad day and there will be more to come, and not acknowledging that is akin to putting your head in the sand (in before the pedants- they are actually checking on their eggs). Personally, I knew this was coming, and it has just strengthened my resolve to give the lying evil fuckers no quarter.

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And a Happy Friday Evening To All Of You

I am in a somewhat good mood because of the good weather and the prospect of finally being able to get some of my garden in. I have decided I am doing a me garden this year. Usually I plant an absolute SHITLOAD of tomatoes and give away the bulk of them, but I think I am over that this year and honestly canned san marzano tomatoes from the store make better sauce anyway.

So I am just going to plant things for me, which means more stuff I will simply eat right in the back yard like sugar snap peas and stuff.

What all should I grow?

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Are Things Looking Up?

I’m not sure why, but for the last few days I have been feeling hopeful. I feel like the last couple months have been the pit, and we (the Democrats) are starting to climb out of it. I say feel, as there is nothing hard I can point to, but just a sense. Gas prices are dropping, the pandemic phase of covid is over, we’re entering the summer months, Republicans have some real nutters nominated and are fractured, the economy is doing well, and the media love nothing more than a comeback story.

Is it just me? Or have I just been getting good sleep and feel positive?

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Exciting Food News Today

I got to try a new fruit I had never had before today. I was picking up some onions and other produce and out of the corner of my eye saw a yellow melon that I had never seen before. It was a Hami melon from Guatemala, and I said what the hell and picked it up. According to the intertrons, it is from China.

It was a very interesting melon. It was super sweet, and almost syrupy, but the flavor was a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew. The outside was very hard, as hard as a cantaloupe, but on the inside it was very juicy.

And it was only four bucks. A lot of time the exotic fruits are super pricey, but this was a good deal.

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Getting the Gang Back Together

Getting the Gang Back Together

So apparently a reporter at the Washington Post wrote a story saying the name of a person behind some tiktok account I had never heard of (libsoftiktok) who apparently posts all sorts of random shit allegedly making fun of left wingers. I don’t really know what they do, to be honest, because for whatever reason I had never heard of it until today. I’d like to pause here and thank the algorithm at tiktok which has kept my feed at a steady stream of 50% animals, 25% cooking and DIY, 10% politics, 10% humor targeting middle aged gen xers, and about 5% attractive women with Australian accents. That is all.

At any rate, the person behind the account has rebranded herself multiple times, and I don’t even know if she actually believes but I think she’s just someone smart enough to keep rebranding and riding a wave of instant yet anonymous celebrity to keep tons of royalty money rolling in. And good for her. She’s also signed her actual name to openly available information that apparently was easily obtainable, and is no longer “anonymous.”

You can look it all up yourself because honestly I have no wasted all the time I intend to on something that I have never seen, but instead, I wanted us to all unite in the glory of the screenshot above, which immediately transported me back in time to 2005. I mean would you look at that lineup there- that is some CPAC honoree circa 2008 shit right there. Captain Ed! Ye Old Perfesser! Breitbart! Red State! Box Wine Anne! I mean if we could find Malkin and if the Confederate Yankee hadn’t offed himself or if Pam Gellar and Hoft were still around, we’d have the whole gang back.

Can’t you just feel the excitement? We could go over all the greatest hits! The terrorist fist jab! Flight 93 Memorial is a nod to Islam! Rachel Ray’s scarf is terrorist! Marble Countertops! Let’s mail rock salt to Olympia Snowe!

Almost twenty fucking years and not one iota of personal growth from these idiots. I guess me either, because I am still pointing at them and laughing.

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Late Night Open Thread

Favorite foods for the easter weekend?

For me- it’s a no brainer. Deviled eggs.

Also, we need some young blood up in these here parts. Let’s get a twenty something front pager. Honestly, we have so many resources here, it would be so nice if we could get a bunch of new readers commenters and help them find jobs and the like.

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