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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Turning a Blind Eye

Turning a Blind Eye

For years, I have been complaining about the failure of the Justice Department and others to launch strong investigations and legal efforts to prove, through e-mails and other evidence,  the motivations and conspiracy to suppress voting. Let me turn now to the judiciary.

Just as justice has seemed to turn a blind eye to the phony justifications for voter ID laws, it has failed to stop the indefensible obstacles placed in the path of women who need abortions. These include medically unnecessary ultrasounds, health warnings, and requiring health clinics for women to meet surgical standards and have physicians admitted to local hospitals.

Now, I know that some judges are highly political and some will let a personal bias unduly influence decisions. But I like to assume that most members of our judiciary impartially seek to mete out just decisions. That being the case, it should take just a bit of credible medical evidence to strike down these laws.


Addendum:    In a case permitting use of Texas ID law, pending appeals    "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a six-page dissent. 'The prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,' she wrote, undermines 'public confidence in elections.'  "

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Iraq

ISIS Is Just Outside Of Baghdad

Guess we'll just have to invade Iraq again.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

soccer

Stars Sue Organizers of Women’s World Cup Over Use of Turf

The players argue that plans to play next summer’s Women’s World Cup in Canada on artificial turf amount to sex discrimination under Ontario law.

Surely, the women should win. But FIFA may try to settle by offering to have the men play on turf in  Canada if the women will play on grass in Qatar in the summer.

Friday, October 03, 2014

War on Women

13 Abortion Clinics to Close in Texas After Court Ruling

And the GOP claims that there is no war on women.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Voting Rights

Voting Rights

"New Limits on Voting in North Carolina Are Rejected by U.S. Court"

Although in the U.S., the world's most successful democracy, public policy should foster widening access to voting, I don't trust this Supreme Court to uphold this ruling on appeal.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Arab States

"U.A.E.’s first female fighter pilot dropped bombs on the Islamic State Maj. Mariam al-Mansouri, the first female fighter pilot in the history of the United Arab Emirates, led the the Gulf state's bombing raids over Syria this week. "

And in Saudi Arabia females are not allowed to drive cars.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scotland Votes!

Scotland Votes!

The big issue for the vote on Thursday:

R&A Set to Allow Women Members After 260 Years

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LONDON — It is a simple yes or no vote but Thursday's ballot could end two-and-half centuries of division in Scotland. So, will women be allowed to become members of the Royal and Ancient golf club?