2016 Primary Election Day Open Thread #1


Choose wisely.

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    "Vote for me and I'll set you free!"    (Temptations, "Ball of Confusion," 1970).

  2. Voyageur says:

    A truly sad day in sports.  Kickass Queen Pat Summitt dies, as does football's Buddy Ryan.


  3. itlduso says:

    I think this is also an important day to make campaign contributions to be included in the second quarter fundraising reports. (At least, that's why I must be getting all of those personal phone calls from state politicians.  That, or it's my sparkling personality.)

    Personally, I don't donate to a church.  Instead, I donate to various nonprofits and to Democratic politicians.  I figure that the Dems can do more to help our society than any church.

  4. DaftPunk says:

    Supreme Court Declines to Hear Religious Freedom Case From Pharmacist Who Refused to Supply Emergency Contraception, Alito Has a Sad


    In an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas and (alarmingly) Chief Justice John Roberts, the conservative wing scolded the rest of the court for refusing to hear a challenge to Washington’s pharmacy regulations. These regulations simply forbid religious pharmacies from refusing service on the basis of religion. (Individual pharmacists can refuse to dispense medication on religious grounds, so long as another employee is present and willing to fill in.)* Alito and his colleagues suggest that the Washington rule violates pharmacies’ constitutional religious liberty. In other words, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts seem to believe that, under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, states are proscribed from requiring for-profit religious businesses to treat all customers equally. If this unholy trinity ever managed to rewrite the First Amendment this way, they could effectively bar states from protecting women, gays, and other minorities from religious-based discrimination.


    • BlueCat says:

      I think what the present no longer majority conservative court is both doing and not doing should provide all the motivation the hardcore "Or Busters" need to stop whining and looking for conspiracies and support HRC .The rest of us will just have to get it done for those misguided statement making lefties with no more sense than a piece of toast.

  5. notaskinnycook says:

    I can see (but not agree) refusing HIV meds and contraceptives, but Valium? Insulin? WTF! I'm glad the majority saw how stupid and dangerous this practice was before someone died. 

    • Voyageur says:

      These scumbags refuse to sell Insulin?  I've been diabetic 45 years and would be blind or dead without insulin.  Somebody should firebomb these swine and refuse to put water on the blaze because if the lord wanted itvto rain, it would happen.

    • Curmudgeon says:

      How can you see refusing HIV meds? Where's the religious argument for that? 

      • BlueCat says:

        HIV meds? That one's a mystery but there's really no justification for refusing to fill any prescription. If you're prevented by your religion from filling any sort of perfectly legal prescription then you belong in another line of work because that's the biggest part of the job description. You fill prescriptions. Anyone in possession of a legitimate prescription has the right to get that prescription filled at  any pharmacy that is a public business. Period. Religious freedom doesn't mean that every job or business will be a good fit for people of every religious persuasion. 

      • notaskinnycook says:

        They could claim that HIV is a "behavioral disease". Remember, I didn't say I agreed with them. But I could imagine some pushy Jesus-freak claiming it was a judgement from their god. And, of course, a Catholic-owned pharmacy would feel perfectly rightious not to stock contraceptives or Plan B.

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