Jun 302014

Dana Milbank is spot on in this piece.

In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’ – The Washington Post

In its last day in session, the high court not only affirmed corporate personhood but expanded the human rights of corporations, who by some measures enjoy more protections than mortals …

Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the much-anticipated Hobby Lobby decision. “Protecting the free-exercise rights of closely held corporations thus protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control them.”

Alito’s ruling notably did not protect the rights of people employed by Hobby Lobby. They can now be denied contraceptives they were supposed to receive as part of their employee health plan — because the craft chain’s owners object to certain forms of birth control required under Obamacare. … [mjh: What happens if a corporation’s owners object to transfusions or other emergency medical care?]

There was a certain risk in having Alito deliver the 5-to-4 opinion defending corporate personhood, because his mannerisms are strikingly robotic for a human. …

Ginsburg, in her dissent, wrote: “Until this litigation, no decision of this Court recognized a for-profit corporation’s qualification for a religious exemption. .?.?. The exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities. As Chief Justice Marshall observed nearly two centuries ago, a corporation is ‘an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in contemplation of law.’?” …

So Alito … reverted to the “Dictionary Act definition of ‘person,’?” which includes corporations. (The Dictionary Act also … says the words “?‘insane person’ shall include every idiot.”) … [zing!]

Alito’s ruling was, Ginsburg said, an “expansive notion of corporate personhood.” She invoked the writing of former justice John Paul Stevens, who wrote that corporations “have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires.” [mjh: Corporations do have a single desire: an insatiable appetite for profit above all else, including the well-being of employees or customers.]

In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’ – The Washington Post

 Posted by at 9:06 pm on Mon 06/30/14
Jun 302014

… a withering, unbearably dry heat. The worst part is that it has been 85 degrees at midnight and takes until dawn to cool down to mid-70s.

100 degrees

 Posted by at 4:46 pm on Mon 06/30/14
Jun 272014

The creatures named above have been accused of a monstrous crime. Regardless of their guilt, they are not “innocent,” they are vile. In their defense, they readily admit that they believe it is fine for a group of men to sexually abuse a clearly intoxicated woman. Moreover, their defense rests on the fact that they think it is fine to record sexual assault. Even if they didn’t drug and rape this woman, they are vile creatures worthy of public humiliation. I hope this episode haunts them and ruins their lives.They should be heckled and spat upon.

Lawyer: UNM student was drugged | Albuquerque Journal News

Charges against Lobos cornerback SaQuan Edwards were dismissed Thursday, pending further investigation by the UNM Police Department. The charges against Lobos running back Crusoe Gongbay and CNM student Ryan Ruff were dismissed earlier this week. The case could be reopened at any time, depending on the police investigation.

The three men faced rape, kidnapping and conspiracy charges. Edwards and Gongbay were suspended from the UNM football team shortly after the allegations surfaced. It was in Ruff’s BMW where the crimes allegedly took place. All three men say they are innocent. …

According to police reports, Abdullah Saidi was one of two students who drove to a party with the woman. In his deposition he said she informed him that she was on Ecstasy and that he could tell her pupils were dilated. He was the one who introduced her to other students who had gathered for UNM’s “fiestas” celebration in mid-April, according to the deposition that Bleus allowed the Journal to look at.

The other witness, Wendell Carter, said in another deposition that he thought she was intoxicated before she arrived at the dormitory apartment where the students gathered before heading off to a house party.

Another witness said he saw the woman grab Gongbay’s crotch before she got into the BMW, according to the deposition. Gongbay, he said, was shocked.

Saidi, who claimed he also had sex with the woman that night, said he, too, saw her grab the football player. He said he provided the testimony “because, honestly … I feel like she’s not telling the truth.”

Lawyer: UNM student was drugged | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 9:23 am on Fri 06/27/14
May 292014


‘Immediate action’ on gun control sought | Albuquerque Journal News

By Kimberly Kindy / The Washington Post
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:13 am

GOLETA, Calif. – Richard Martinez grew up around guns, shooting birds out of the fruit trees on his family’s farm. He later served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army before going on to become a criminal-defense lawyer, at times representing the young and the violent.

Now, Martinez is a grieving father.

He’s asking members of Congress to stop calling him to offer condolences but nothing more for the death of his only child, Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who was killed in the rampage Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“I don’t care about your sympathy. I don’t give a (expletive) that you feel sorry for me,” Richard Martinez said during an extensive interview, his face flushed as tears rolled down. “Get to work and do something. I’ll tell the president the same thing if he calls me. Getting a call from a politician doesn’t impress me.”

Saying that “we are all to blame” for the death of his 20-year-old son, Martinez urged the public to join him in demanding “immediate action” from members of Congress and President Barack Obama to curb gun violence by passing stricter gun-control laws.

“Today, I’m going to ask every person I can find to send a postcard to every politician they can think of with three words on it: ‘Not one more,’ ” he said Tuesday. “People are looking for something to do. I’m asking people to stand up for something. Enough is enough.”

Martinez is the latest tragic figure to raise the mantle of gun control. Previous massacres and spasms of violence have produced urgent calls for new restrictions.

But these appeals have failed to translate into action by Washington. Nor have they significantly changed public opinion about further regulation of weapons.

Martinez vowed that he’s not going away.

‘Immediate action’ on gun control sought | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 1:42 pm on Thu 05/29/14
May 252014

Public lands belong to all of us. Moreover, those lands belong to future generations and we are obligated to preserve those lands for the future.

Steve Pierce feigns outrage at an imperial president’s “land grab.” Millionaire Pierce is an oil man, as are most of his cronies. They got, get, and stay rich exploiting resources often obtained from public land and selling those resources to the customers they pretend to care deeply about, such as ATV owners. Extraction of oil often destroys the location, as does driving irresponsibly. (I would love to own a silent electric ATV. The infernal combustion engine destroys the peace, just as off-road joy-riding destroys the land we ALL own.)

Securing public land preserves our lands from exploitation and destruction by a few for their own profit or pleasure.

Obama’s land grab a recipe for disaster | Albuquerque Journal News

By U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce / Republican, New Mexico
PUBLISHED: Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:05 am

I believe that you are the best stewards of the local environment and are far more knowledgeable of the impact our way of life has on the landscape than any agency official, cabinet secretary or president. …

New Mexicans understand what it means to protect the environment. You understand that economic opportunity and a clean place to live are not mutually exclusive.

Obama’s land grab a recipe for disaster | Albuquerque Journal News

Pearce kisses your ass as he picks your pocket and hands your land over to his friends. He also uses FEAR, the only tool Conservatives have left.

 Posted by at 12:05 pm on Sun 05/25/14
May 222014

Officer Dear shot a teenage girl last month. His video camera wasn’t on. A year earlier, his video camera wasn’t on when he kneed a speeder in the groin. Last month, a different cop kneed a DWI suspect in the groin so hard the victim lost a testicle.

  • Does the police academy teach officers to knee non-violent citizens in the groin?
  • Has anyone ever been reprimanded at APD for violence against non-violent citizens?

I want to hear from the police academy. I want all of the instructors to stand up and say we NEVER encourage our students to use violence in a non-violent situation and we ALWAYS tell them to use their video cameras. I want to hear that from every single instructor at the police academy. If they can’t all say that honestly, it’s time for heads to roll at the academy. Then, the mayor can fire police supervisors who don’t punish violent cops.

No video of Mary Hawkes shooting, APD says | Albuquerque Journal News

in February 2013, Dear pulled a man over for speeding. The man later filed a citizen complaint, alleging Dear used excessive force by pulling him out of his car, kicking him in the genitals and setting the handcuffs too tight.

Dear denied the excessive force allegations and said his lapel camera died soon after he approached the man. It’s unclear from the file whether he was disciplined.

No video of Mary Hawkes shooting, APD says | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 7:45 am on Thu 05/22/14
May 202014

That’s better kicking us in the balls or shooting us in the backs, as they have been doing.

Police shooting contest heads to Albuquerque | Albuquerque Journal News

The National Police Shooting Championships is coming to Albuquerque — a city rocked by angry protests and a U.S. Justice Department probe over 39 police shootings since 2010.

The city of Albuquerque and Albuquerque police are hosting the NRA competition in September ….

Police shooting contest heads to Albuquerque | Albuquerque Journal News

 Posted by at 4:47 pm on Tue 05/20/14