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
Jun 232014
 

When I saw the referenced Albuquerque Journal article, my first thought was “what about the goddamn Koch Brothers (sons of the John Birch Society)?” Perhaps the Journal will write a similar piece on Republican money, in which half a dozen billionaires own every GOP candidate.

Exposed: the network of secret GOP PACs raising and spending money for the right-wing agenda in NM | PROGRESSNOW NM

the Journal interviewed … went to extraordinary lengths to imply that progressive leaders weren’t playing fair. And then the Journal made a point of saying “Republicans don’t appear to have a similar large web of interacting PACs.” 

What a bunch of B.S.

The Journal is just WRONG.  In fact, our review of the top spending PACs in New Mexico found that the governor’s Susana PAC raised and spent more money than the top two Democratic leaning PACs combined.

Exposed: the network of secret GOP PACs raising and spending money for the right-wing agenda in NM | PROGRESSNOW NM

 Posted by at 3:00 pm on Mon 06/23/14
Jun 232014
 

DUHbya! [shakes fist, extends finger, spits on the ground] I’ll dance and piss on his grave.

Read this and pass it on. [hattip to MR]

Dying vet’s ‘fuck you’ letter to George Bush & Dick Cheney needs to be read by every American | Dangerous Minds


To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

… You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. …

On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11.

Dying vet’s ‘fuck you’ letter to George Bush & Dick Cheney needs to be read by every American | Dangerous Minds

 Posted by at 1:43 pm on Mon 06/23/14