Monday Open Thread

“A true and worthy ideal frees and uplifts a people; a false ideal imprisons and lowers.”

–William Edward Burghardt Du Bois


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  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Last week, I wrote a piece, on this site, from the June issue of Church & State regarding the crackdown by Catholic bishops on making reproductive services not available in Catholic hospitals. The focus was on northeast Iowa. Here is some more from that article.

    A local ob/gyn in Waterloo offered the following: "contraception is an unethical medical practice from the eyes of the Catholic Church, mainly because most of the contraceptive modalities have the capacity to be abortifacient in nature and are disrespectful to life." He is a practicing Catholic. He is a board member of the local chapter of the Guiding Star Project. The Project is committed to the belief that abortion and contraception "interrupt natural, healthy biological processes."

    A local woman, just off a difficult pregnancy, wrote this: "I'm mad that a man can make this decision for all of us, regardless of religion."

    The full article may be posted by now here:   

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Interesting to see how the justices came down on these cases. In the gerrymandering case, Ginsburg wrote it and was joined by Thomas and Gorsuch, plus Kagan and Sotomayor.

      The second one is also interesting in that it was a 7-2 decision written by Alito, joined by three liberals and three conservatives. Ginsburg and Gorsuch dissented.

    • Genghis says:

      The double jeopardy decision, Gamble v. United States, is disappointing but not particularly unexpected. The "separate sovereigns" rule is garbage, both historically and jurisprudentially, that's survived by generating feel-good results on occasion. (For instance, the rule allowed the U.S. government to prosecute the racist scum cops who beat the shit out of Rodney King after a state court jury acquitted them.) The notion that doing away with the rule would expand Trump's prerogative to pardon cronies and/or favored wingnuts was internet crackpot click bait, but hey, internet crackpot click bait is what passes for analysis nowadays.

      Interesting to see Thomas in the majority on this one. Ol' Clarence has vigorously criticized the separate sovereigns rule in the past.

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    I can:'t link from the fire, but SCOTUS send an Oregon case back to lower court to review in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling.  Leviticus quoting bakers had been fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for lesbian couple.  Goggle scotus lesbian and you'll get it.

  3. spaceman65 says:

    Big decision from the Colorado Supreme Court this morning setting up the possibility for a straight vote on whether to repeal TABOR.

  4. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Thanks, Spaceman.  I usually browse with this amazon fire.  Its primitive keyboard doesn't allow me to define and save  phrase, at least I've never found a way.

  5. DavieDavie says:

    Great page for us political junkies, courtesy of the New York Times (subscription may be required)

    The Times has created a new page that captures a snapshot of the 2020 Democratic primary as it currently stands, with the latest poll numbers, fund-raising stats and even rankings for who’s getting the most media coverage.

    We think politics junkies will find it really useful (we find it useful in putting together this newsletter, and we do this stuff for a living).

    The page will update every week with new numbers, plus a fresh analysis from our colleague Alex Burns, who will break down what the latest results mean for the race.

    And there’s one more feature that we find particularly cool — a tracker that tells you who was leading the primaries on this date in elections past. It never hurts to remember that on June 17, 2015, Jeb Bush seemed like a lock.

    • kwtreemamajama55 says:

      That is a useful page, Davie, but I was flummoxed to see this guy right behind Biden (and ahead of Sanders) in raising money. Who here has heard of or would vote for John Delaney?

      Apparenly, he is an independently wealthy congressman from Maryland.

      • DavieDavie says:

        Apparently he has an ego to match Howard Schultz, but not quite the bank account.  But he did give himself $12 million in Q1'19 to tide him over for another year (he's been running for 2 years so far) with barely making a ripple.

        Delaney is almost entirely self-funding his campaign. While he is soliciting some donations, the former business executive is turning to his personal fortune to hire staff, book TV time and rent space in towns across the country for campaign offices.

        But he qualified for the debates, so I guess he got 65,000 $1 donations as well.

  6. Not sure how this was missed: conservative activist Kanda Calef faces charges of felony menacing for brandishing a pistol at a US marshall while driving; she then proceeded to evade the responding CSP trooper, reaching 90mph through the I-25 Gap construction zone back in April. She is due in court Wednesday for a plea hearing. Conviction would bar her from owning her guns.

    • Genghis says:

      What's the problem here? In drafting the Second Amendment, the Framers clearly envisioned an unqualified right to brandish firearms at fellow motorists on controlled access highways, then attempt to evade jackbooted thugs bent on meting out punishment for the exercise of said right. 

    • kwtreemamajama55 says:

      Would Kanda Calef even be alive today if she had flashed her gun at a marshal, but was a racial minority?

      She had to have seen the lights and markings on the marshal’s car, and decided to provoke him.

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