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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Voter Suppression

VOTER SUPPRESSION

GOP Targeting Millennial Voters

As an example:  "Like other states, North Carolina has eliminated many accommodations disproportionately used by young people and other first-time voters, such as same-day registration, and instituted voter-ID requirements that don’t recognize student IDs. But it has also stopped allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to fill out voter-registration forms early so that they can be automatically registered upon reaching majority age."

This outrageous, as I have said before with regard to laws enacted by Republicans to suppress the votes of blacks, latinos, the poor, and others that tend to vote Democratic.

Sure, these actions are despicable, but some of the blame has to be put on the Justice Department. It has instituted some litigation, but not nearly enough. The ACLU, the NAACP, and others have done more.
These laws and other actions are so transparently based on spurious claims and so clearly against public policy and constitutional rights that so much more opposition should have been taking place. There should be strong litigation in every affected state, with depositions, hearings, subpoenas, email searches, and all other action to stop these affronts to our democracies.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby case

SCOTUS POCUS

By some kind of magic, the corporate entity is made to disappear for some owners with particular beliefs. Or is a corporation somehow endowed with religious beliefs?

For the first time in our nation's history, the Supreme Court has ruled that some private corporations can dictate the health choices of female employees and limit their access to contraception on religious grounds.

By what criteria does a court choose to empower particular beliefs. Surely not plural marriages or racial discrimination. How about opposition to vaccinations or blood transfusions? Why doesn't public health and the right to health care trump religious beliefs and opinions?

Next, Walmart?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Safety Zones

Supreme Court Strikes Down Buffer Zones For Abortion Clinic Protests

You would think that there is enough evidence of harassment at abortion clinics that states could justify such zones as a matter of public order and safety. Is the Supreme  Court now going to set the measurements for such zones?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

IRS e-mails

Solving the mystery of the missing IRS e-mails.

The dog ate them.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

science

Texas GOP Endorses 'Reparative Therapy' for Gays

Texas, the science denier state.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

names

Old Age and Names

I have no trouble visualizing how many people look- actors, TV pundits, celebrities, politicians, etc. But what are their names? I recall the movie, can picture the beautiful star. But what is her name?

I swear that every time I tip my head too far to the side, names fall out, never to be remembered again.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Bergdahl

Prisoner Exchange

If Bergdahl were really a bad guy who had turned against his country, I'd say let him rot. However, he may well be a confused or sympathetic young man who just cared about Afghans and deplored the effects of our military actions.
We don't know this answer to this, nor do we know if or how many soldiers were lost searching for him. If he was so bad, why try to rescue him?
Notify Congress? This was a bad law designed to hinder the President's plans to close Guantanamo. Forget about it.
And we traded bad guys. In hostage negotiations, do we expect the other side to ask for military cooks?
The Qatar delay of a year is a good thing. And if enough countries would offer us something of value for our prisoners, maybe we could at last get this infamous prison closed.
 
The White House's announcement and explanation of the exchange was a PR disaster. We really didn't need to have those Bergdahl parents join Mr. Obama in the Rose Garden for the announcement.

And we didn't need to have Susan Rice go on TV to claim that Sgt. Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction”. As Eugene Robinson said someone in the White House must have it in for Ms. Rice to send her out to make dubious or controversial statements.