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“Obsession” special – vaffanculo fool-o

OK folks – I’m calling for a pre-emptive strike on Freeperville.

Why?

Oh, I dunno – maybe that they have well and truly LOST THEIR FUCKING MINDS!

Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at West Texas ranch
My San Antonio ^ | Updated 3:53 pm, Saturday, February 13, 2016 | Gary Martin

Posted on ‎2‎/‎13‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎55‎:‎56‎ ‎PM by Pan_Yan

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said.

Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa. According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery said he was among those notified about Scalia’s death.

“I was told it was this morning,” Biery said of Scalia’s death. “It happened on a ranch out near Marfa. As far as the details, I think it’s pretty vague right now as to how,” he said. “My reaction is it’s really unfortunate with any death. And now, politically, in the presidential cycle we’re in my educated guess is nothing will happen before the next president is elected.”

1 posted on 2‎/‎13‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎55‎:‎56‎ ‎PM by Pan_Yan

To be sure, the first few posts are devoted to hair-rending:

To: Pan_Yan

 

o dear god no the court will swing full lib now

2 posted on 2‎/‎13‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎58‎:‎51‎ ‎PM by jneesy (rough seas make skillful sailors)

To: 20yearsofinternet

 

Damn! Can we delay Obama’s appointment, whomever it may be? Will the GOP even stand up THAT much?!

6 posted on 2‎/‎13‎/‎2016‎ ‎4‎:‎02‎:‎06‎ ‎PM by austinaero

To: Pan_Yan

Complete shock.

8 posted on 2‎/‎13‎/‎2016‎ ‎4‎:‎02‎:‎45‎ ‎PM by Jane Long (Go Trump, go! Make America Safe Again 🙂

Tears
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And how many posts in do you think we’ll get before the batshit crazies arrive?
To: Pan_Yan

 

Who was there? Who had ties to the WH?

12 posted on 2‎/‎13‎/‎2016‎ ‎4‎:‎03‎:‎11‎ ‎PM by Chickensoup (Leftism is the biggest killer of citizens in the world.)

Twelve posts.
Twelve.
Seven minutes after the  original post
To: Pan_Yan

 

Scalia is the man who started the investigation into Hillary.

13 posted on 2‎/‎13‎/‎2016‎ ‎4‎:‎03‎:‎23‎ ‎PM by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
I had no idea that Supreme Court justices started investigations. Would that be an investigation by the Secret Supreme Court Police (the SSCP)?
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Oh? There’s no such thing?
To: Pan_Yan

 

Pelican Brief

31 posted on 2‎/‎13‎/‎2016‎ ‎4‎:‎04‎:‎46‎ ‎PM by john316 (JOSHUA 24:15 …choose you this day whom ye will serve…)

pelican

 

The crazy (and the hair-tearing) continues after this brief (heh – get it?) intermission:

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Odds & Sods: Dogs, Ducks and Populist Balladeer Edition

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It’s time once again for my newish semi-regular feature. Let’s climb aboard the magic omnibus for another magical misery tour of what’s going on in this crazy world.

Gone To The Dogs: I have an admission to make. While I enjoy Stewart and Colbert, I’m not a regular viewer. The main reason is that I don’t want to steal shtick from them. I want to make my own bad jokes about politics. I respect them, it’s *hard* to do what they do, even with a full-blown staff, on a daily basis. I was one of the least shocked people in America when Colbert took the CBS Late Night gig. It’s hard to stay in character for that long and not feel burnt out. Besides, they backed a Brink’s truck up to his house…

Now that I’ve said that, let’s turn to John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. It has many of the virtues of the aforementioned shows and the advantage of being on once a week, which means they can edit out some unfunny bits. He can also say fuck without being fucking bleeped. Fuck yeah.

That was a long way of introducing Oliver’s absolutely brilliant casting of dogs as Supreme Court Justices. Since the Supremes refuse to allow teevee cameras into their stuffily sacred precinct, all we ever hear are audio clips. And it took almost a century after radio came into being for that to happen.

Anyway, Oliver offered footage to any news organzation who wanted to use dogs playing judges and lawyers to spice up their SCOTUS coverage:

Rachel Maddow said that she’d “totally use it” if she were the Goddess of NBC News. I totally hope that she totally uses it on her own show. Totally.

More oddities and sodities after the break.

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Inaction Speaks Louder Than Words

I rarely link to BuzzFeed here. I restrict posting listicles and tests to see which Boardwalk Empire character one is to facebook and da twittah. I made that last one up, but there oughta be a such test. Get on it, y’all.

Anyway, I don’t think BuzzFeed when I contemplate posting about SCOTUS but their legal editor, Chris Geidner, wrote the best thing I’ve read about the court’s refusal to grant cert yesterday:

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy often focuses on two ideas when he plays a part in moving the law: human dignity and the cumulative importance of the states.

On Monday, the court decided not to take up seven cases involving bans on same-sex couples’ marriages. The decision advanced Kennedy’s two main interests in a significant way — and set the course for achieving marriage equality in 50 states.

Those were the first two graphs, make sure you read the rest to learn why I concur with my learned colleague from BuzzFeed. There were clearly sufficient votes on both sides of the issue to take on the cases but the Windsor dissenters know they don’t have the votes and the majority in that case want more states to legalize gay marriage. It’s much harder to take rights away from people than it is to grant them. If the number approaches 30, there’s a chance that the pro-gay rights wing of the Court can win the vote of another Justice. The Chief may be the target. He’s very conservative but also more pragmatic than the other right wingers.

Another reason the Supremes didn’t take on these cases is that there are no conflicts in the Circuit Courts as of yet. The Fifth Circuit has challenges to marriage bans in Texas and Louisiana on its plate. It’s an ultra-conservative appellate court so my hunch is that they will uphold the bans. BUT yesterday’s inaction may have jump started the inevitability train and they could surprise us. We shall see.

There has been, of course, a lot of derpery in the commentariat. I expect Fox News to get it wrong but I saw Pete Williams on The Last Word last night and he swung and missed with this comment:

So, you know, what happened here, I think, we have to do a little guessing on. It takes four votes to grant a case. So, for example, the four conservatives might have been expected to say we need to look at these lower court rulings that struck down bans against same-sex marriage in these states, but they would only do that, likely, if they thought they had a fifth vote to win, and that is Anthony Kennedy, and they may have well decided they don`t have him.

May well? The thing I’m certain that he knows better. Justice Kennedy may be a wild card on many issues but he will go down in history as the gay rights Justice. He’s written all three major opinions that have come down in the area since 1996. I guess I’ll write it off to fatigue or the need for drama on cable news but Williams is better than that. To extend the baseball analogy, this performance was more like Rob Deer than Ted Williams…

Marriage equality may not have been achieved where I live, but it’s on its way. The number of states with legal same sex marriage rose to 30 yesterday including states such as Utah and South Carolina. Think of that, South Fucking Carolina. Now Utah is used to unusual marital regimes, but the land of John C. Calhoun and Strom Thurmond? That added an extra touch of awesomeness to yesterday.

Sometimes inaction speaks louder than words. You can quote me on that.

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Move On Dot Everyone?

A friend, deeply frustrated after talking to clueless Republicans, wonders why Democrats can’t get their message out. She says:

What’s so darn hard about spreading the word, and repeating it and repeating it and repeating it, like Republicans do?

Indeed, it should be the easiest thing in the world. And yet it’s not, for all the reasons we already know: the media is not liberal, the left doesn’t have the “talking-point-factories-disguised-as-think-tanks” infrastructure, Democrats by nature are not authoritarian and aren’t in the habit of falling in line, etc. etc.

As a result we get narratives like this:

John Kerry Wind Surfing
This is elitist …


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… and this is not!

Post-SCOTUS ACA decision I got thinking that if the shoe were on the other foot and the healthcare law were ruled unconstitutional, there’d be a deafening roar of “GET OVER IT YOU LOST MOVE ON” from the right. Bush v Gore, Scott Walker recall, Prop. 8 vote, every close electoral race where the Republican emerged triumphant amid cloudy circumstances, that’s what they do: TIME TO MOVE ON discussion is over, it’s been decided, next issue, please! For some bizarre reason the media obeys this directive, maybe because the right is shouting it so loud.

We don’t hear that when Democrats win, though. We’re not hearing that now, even though Chuck Schumer tried that line and even though a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that the majority of Americans feel like the issue has been decided andit’s time to move on and drop the obstruction. And no wonder: people get worn down by the endless debates over this stuff. They want it to be over. No one has the stomach for a round three or four of this fight.

I think I’d like to hear every Democrat on every panel discussion and Sunday Bobblehead show just repeat, ad nauseum: “It’s over. The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on.”

The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Next issue, please?

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – SCOTUS live thread edition

OK, everyone – you knew this was coming, so suit up.

BioHazardSuits

AirlockDoor
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Let the games begin!

Affordable Care Act SCOTUS Decision–Live Thread
SCOTUSblog ^ | June 28, 2012 | SCOTUSblog

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 6:56:21 AM byJohn W

To: John W

In before the ouster of communism…

4 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:00:17 AM byIrishPennant (Are you behind a “Blade of Grass?”)
Вы бы хотели некоторые соли для вашей раны , comrade twatwaffle?

To: John W

I wanna see Obagumby break down in tears today.

5 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:00:56 AM bynhoward14

ObamaLauging
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To:John W

Man I hope this dies – I don’t think I can stand hearing the term “ObamaCare” the rest of my life.

6 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:01:19 AM bymike_9958

Which is what this is all about, of course – let your family and friends fall by the wayside, just as long as you don’t have to hear the O-word for the rest of your life.

To: All

Watch how the stock market reacts too. This will have a major economic impact.

81 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:47:02 AM byOrangeHoof (Our economy won’t heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)

Yeah –20 whole points down at the end of the day Thursday.
I’ve seen bigger hits to the Dow when Bernake wears his tie crooked.
Maybe a delayed reaction? Hasn’t had time to sink in yet?
Nope – Dow closed at277.83 up at the end of Friday.
Can’t you morons getanything right?

To: OneVike

My prediction is 8 to 1 to throw the whole thing out… the senile old bag will be the only dissention..

This thing is just soooooo blantantly unconstitutional, even the damn libs should be able to see it

95 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:06:37 AM byjoe fonebone (I am the 15%)

Forget I asked.

To: unixfox
This along with the Holder contempt vote today. Could be a bad day for the commie/marxists.

I can’t wait to taste the tears of their sorrow!

109 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:20:51 AM byfreebird5850 (Just don’t have a tagline today. This administration makes me quite sad.)

Paging Scott Tennorman!
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The Many Moods Of Richard Mourdock

Oh fer fuck’s sake. I’ve tried twice to post over here today and both times my post got eated. Once it was a really lovely piece about the SCOTUS health care ruling and it just *poof* went away.

I’m not even going to bother anymore. Here’s a video from last night’s Colbert Report, wherein he mocks Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who pre-taped his different responses to the SCOTUS health care decision and then accidentally published them on YouTube last week. Woopsies.

Needless to say, Mourdock’s pre-taped responses, absent anything factual like, y’know, why SCOTUS would have ruled the way it did, were superficial affairs, loaded with talking points and little else. Of course. Who really cares why SCOTUS would overturn, not overturn, or partially overturn the Affordable Care Act? These things are unimportant to Richard Mourdock, who only cared about being first out of the box in letting the world how it affects him, Richard Mourdock.

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The Many Moods Of Richard Mourdock

Oh fer fuck’s sake. I’ve tried twice to post over here today and both times my post got eated. Once it was a really lovely piece about the SCOTUS health care ruling and it just *poof* went away.

I’m not even going to bother anymore. Here’s a video from last night’s Colbert Report, wherein he mocks Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who pre-taped his different responses to the SCOTUS health care decision and then accidentally published them on YouTube last week. Woopsies.

Needless to say, Mourdock’s pre-taped responses, absent anything factual like, y’know, why SCOTUS would have ruled the way it did, were superficial affairs, loaded with talking points and little else. Of course. Who really careswhy SCOTUS would overturn, not overturn, or partially overturn the Affordable Care Act? These things are unimportant to Richard Mourdock, who only cared about being first out of the box in letting the world how it affects him, Richard Mourdock.

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Move On Dot Everyone?

A friend, deeply frustrated after talking to clueless Republicans, wonders why Democrats can’t get their message out. She says:

What’s so darn hard about spreading the word, and repeating it and repeating it and repeating it, like Republicans do?

Indeed, it should be the easiest thing in the world. And yet it’s not, for all the reasons we already know: the media is not liberal, the left doesn’t have the “talking-point-factories-disguised-as-think-tanks” infrastructure, Democrats by nature are not authoritarian and aren’t in the habit of falling in line, etc. etc.

As a result we get narratives like this:

John Kerry Wind Surfing
This is elitist …


628x471
… and this is not!

Post-SCOTUS ACA decision I got thinking that if the shoe were on the other foot and the healthcare law were ruled unconstitutional, there’d be a deafening roar of “GET OVER IT YOU LOST MOVE ON” from the right. Bush v Gore, Scott Walker recall, Prop. 8 vote, every close electoral race where the Republican emerged triumphant amid cloudy circumstances, that’s what they do: TIME TO MOVE ON discussion is over, it’s been decided, next issue, please! For some bizarre reason the media obeys this directive, maybe because the right is shouting it so loud.

We don’t hear that when Democrats win, though. We’re not hearing that now, even though Chuck Schumer tried that line and even though a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that the majority of Americans feel like the issue has been decided and it’s time to move on and drop the obstruction. And no wonder: people get worn down by the endless debates over this stuff. They want it to be over. No one has the stomach for a round three or four of this fight.

I think I’d like to hear every Democrat on every panel discussion and Sunday Bobblehead show just repeat, ad nauseum: “It’s over. The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on.”

The bill was passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. It’s done, over, finished. Move on. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Next issue, please?

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Thank You Failure, ACA Edition

It’s day two of healthcare reform’s trial at the Supreme Court — I know, I know, but that’s what this whole circus looks like. And honestly I’m feeling relatively Zen-like about the whole thing. I think we win either way.

I can honestly see SCOTUS ruling the individual mandate unconstitutional, which would empower a Teanut-led Congress to completely shred the law, instead of their current piecemeal approach. I can see this happening not because I understand squat about Constitutional Law but because I know the Supreme Court has a long history of making really crappy, stupid decisions. We’ve survived. Slavery was abolished despite Dred Scott, in fact, it probably hastened the Emancipation Proclamation.

In Buck v Bell, SCOTUS allowed the state to forcibly sterilize those it viewed as “genetically inferior.”Explained the New York Times on Saturday,

In 1924 Virginia ordered Ms. Buck, 18 years old, unmarried and pregnant, to be forcibly sterilized. Her legal guardian appealed, and the case made it to the Supreme Court. The winning argument blamed her pregnancy on hereditary weaknesses — in particular, her presumed feeblemindedness. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s majority opinion entered history: “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

Let me just say: SCOTUS giving the government the authority to permanently sterilize people sure makes them telling us to buy health insurance look tame by comparison. But what do I know.

Anyway, here’s the thing. The Affordable Care Act was a crappy law, we all knew it. I think I called ita “shit sandwich.” But it was a starting place. It did a couple of good things, like end pre-existing conditions and lifetime benefit caps and yada yada. But really, it’s a Band-Aid on a serious problem which has had massive repercussions across the landscape of America’s economy and competitiveness. That’s the thing no one is really talking about: the problem is real. No one made up the50.7 million uninsured or the fact thatthe U.S. spends moreon healthcare than any other industrialized nation yet we have less to show for it. These are very real issues and they have very real ramifications. And they won’t go away by calling Obama a socialist.

Typically, Republicans are in denial. Take Mitch McConnell, for instance: all in favor of repealing “Obamacare” .. and then what?

But he doesn’t favor comprehensive legislation to replace it. “We would want to more modestly approach this with more incremental fixes,” he told me. “Not a massive Republican alternative.”

Two ideas McConnell mentions are allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines and reforming medical-malpractice laws. Neither idea would do much to increase coverage, and McConnell didn’t mention one idea — changing the tax treatment of health insurance — that would, perhaps because his party hasn’t reached a consensus on it.

These tweaks the Republicans continually mention are not solutions to our massive healthcare crisis. They are baubles to corporations. They are not up to the task of solving a massive problem 100 years in the making and they will solve nothing. In some cases, they will make things worse.

If healthcare reform is repealed, there is no reset. We aren’t going back to the good ol’ days when doctors made housecalls and people didn’t have to choose between buying heart medication or paying the light bill. No, we’re going back to a really sucky, unworkable, crisis situation. This is obvious to anyone doing business in this country. I see repeal making “Medicare For All” that much more inevitable, and that will be a shiv in the heart of the private, for-profit insurance industry. They will only have themselves to blame for working so hard to undercut what was really a lifeline Congress threw their dying industry.

Mind you, I’m not hoping for failure. I want a win because I think Obama and the Democrats need this win, and I also think the law does some good things that people really, desperately need. But it’s just postponing the inevitable. Our healthcare system is massively fucked up and the private, for-profit insurance model is unsustainable. It’s going to change because it has to. Like the Dred Scott decision, a SCOTUS ruling against the Affordable Care Act could be the impetus that drives the change we didn’t get from Congress.

So, if we lose, fine. I’ll be singing this song:

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – SCOTUS live thread edition

OK, everyone – you knew this was coming, so suit up.

BioHazardSuits

AirlockDoor
.

Let the games begin!

Affordable Care Act SCOTUS Decision–Live Thread
SCOTUSblog ^ | June 28, 2012 | SCOTUSblog

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 6:56:21 AM by John W

To: John W

In before the ouster of communism…

4 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:00:17 AM by IrishPennant (Are you behind a “Blade of Grass?”)
Вы бы хотели некоторые соли для вашей раны , comrade twatwaffle?

To: John W

I wanna see Obagumby break down in tears today.

5 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:00:56 AM by nhoward14

ObamaLauging
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To:John W

Man I hope this dies – I don’t think I can stand hearing the term “ObamaCare” the rest of my life.

6 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:01:19 AM by mike_9958

Which is what this is all about, of course – let your family and friends fall by the wayside, just as long as you don’t have to hear the O-word for the rest of your life.

To: All

Watch how the stock market reacts too. This will have a major economic impact.

81 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:47:02 AM by OrangeHoof (Our economy won’t heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)

Yeah –20 whole points down at the end of the day Thursday.
I’ve seen bigger hits to the Dow when Bernake wears his tie crooked.
Maybe a delayed reaction? Hasn’t had time to sink in yet?
Nope – Dow closed at 277.83 up at the end of Friday.
Can’t you morons get anything right?

To: OneVike

My prediction is 8 to 1 to throw the whole thing out… the senile old bag will be the only dissention..

This thing is just soooooo blantantly unconstitutional, even the damn libs should be able to see it

95 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:06:37 AM by joe fonebone (I am the 15%)

Forget I asked.

To: unixfox
This along with the Holder contempt vote today. Could be a bad day for the commie/marxists.

I can’t wait to taste the tears of their sorrow!

109 posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:20:51 AM by freebird5850 (Just don’t have a tagline today. This administration makes me quite sad.)

Paging Scott Tennorman!
Please report to below the jump…

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