Retire, Breyer: another September 2021 US Politics thread

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professional anti- (Karl Malone), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:26 (two weeks ago) link

I like this name better.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

Much better, thanks KM

Profiles in Liquid Courage (WmC), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:41 (two weeks ago) link

good thread title, b

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

justice breyer's book, about how the supreme court is not political, drops next week

— Law Boy, Esq. (@The_Law_Boy) September 2, 2021

caddy lac brougham? (will), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:44 (two weeks ago) link

Time to retire, Breyer
It's time to leave, Steve
There must be 50 ways to leave your judgeship

Robert Cray-Cray (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:46 (two weeks ago) link

no need to discuss much!

sleeve, Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:49 (two weeks ago) link

Just stick it to Gorsuch!

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:50 (two weeks ago) link

MANCHIN op-ed: “I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs.” https://t.co/1RAXOmCdBt

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 2, 2021

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:35 (two weeks ago) link

Sara Gideon, Cal Cunningham, you let us down, you let us down real bad

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:37 (two weeks ago) link

🐦[justice breyer’s book, about how the supreme court is not political, drops next week
— Law Boy, Esq. (@The_Law_Boy) September 2, 2021🕸]🐦


Would be a shame to sign up for this and just flood the chat with “Justice Breyer resign asshole” https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252332?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086

Derek and Clive Get the Horn Street (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 2 September 2021 23:32 (two weeks ago) link

omg i love teens

pic.twitter.com/VvrVBL1VR7

— Elizabeth Pancotti (@ENPancotti) September 2, 2021

criminally negligible (harbl), Friday, 3 September 2021 00:15 (two weeks ago) link

oh i meant to post that on the supreme court thread, whatever

criminally negligible (harbl), Friday, 3 September 2021 00:15 (two weeks ago) link

Hurricane Ida obliterated the offices of conservative undercover operative James O'Keefe and his Project Veritas group. Even "Retracto," the stuffed alpaca O'Keefe uses as his mascot, was destroyed. pic.twitter.com/nC5M1BD3id

— Will Sommer (@willsommer) September 3, 2021

"the fancy things" being his nads, etc (stevie), Friday, 3 September 2021 13:55 (two weeks ago) link

"someone very technical, very handsome"

lmao hire this kid immediately, A+ team member

a gentle push against my Wonder Bread face (DJP), Friday, 3 September 2021 13:59 (two weeks ago) link

They IP-banned him so he turned his bot into an iOS browser shortcut anyone can use

People are amazing. This guy made a bot to overwhelm that horrible tx site and when it banned his IP after 300ish entries, he made an iPhone work around that anyone can use https://t.co/4v6YQnOZ34 pic.twitter.com/aZpeyY2AT9

— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) September 2, 2021

a gentle push against my Wonder Bread face (DJP), Friday, 3 September 2021 14:03 (two weeks ago) link

that kid is a gd hero

caddy lac brougham? (will), Friday, 3 September 2021 16:23 (two weeks ago) link

Jim Jordan’s office denied this but Lordy there are tapes. https://t.co/Nimukavt8w

— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 3, 2021

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Friday, 3 September 2021 16:31 (two weeks ago) link

well not hearing from him for ~8 months was pretty nice. at least he won't have twitter, at least for awhile (?). verdict is still out on if the ban is permanent, right

global tetrahedron, Friday, 3 September 2021 16:45 (two weeks ago) link

We all know that D.J. Trump, Sr. is a man of his word. I can't imagine that he would ever mislead Jim Jordan by blurting out whatever vagrant intentions he had wandering through his head, as if it were a settled fact.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Friday, 3 September 2021 16:50 (two weeks ago) link

I'm sure they'll reverse it as soon as he announces with some mush-mouthed statement about how it is "news worthy" or whatever. Fuck, I'm not ready for him to be omnipresent again.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 3 September 2021 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

I really don't understand why people don't think he'll run. Of course he fucking will, it's a guaranteed gravy train for milking his legions of slack-jawed enablers.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 3 September 2021 16:52 (two weeks ago) link

too kind

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 3 September 2021 16:53 (two weeks ago) link

if he gets COVID again somehow, can someone stab him with a huge syringe that says REGENERON but it's really like, a liquid form of Raid roach killer

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Friday, 3 September 2021 16:54 (two weeks ago) link

I mean, c'mon, even if he were 100%, bulletproof barred from serving as prez again he would still run, insisting it's all a big lie and he would still froth to packed arenas with folks more than happy to fork over more money.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 3 September 2021 16:57 (two weeks ago) link

“I have been and continue to be a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade, number one,” Biden said Friday morning."

good, good, that's #1, yes...

“And the most pernicious thing about the Texas law, it sort of creates a vigilante system where people get rewards to go out and to …”

ok, yes, say it!!

He did not finish the thought.

aaah. shoot.

He added that “it’s almost un-American, what we’re talking about"

using logic, i determine that it is therefore American, what we're talking about.

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:28 (two weeks ago) link

i think i'll do one of my bi-weekly depresso rageouts real quick. i'll just be honest.

on one hand, when someone commits an act of terror and it's a muslim, i do not expect the "muslim world" to condemn the attack, or for individuals to do so. i get that concept. it's not fair.

here's where i'm just a big fucking hypocrite, and one of the reasons i hate myself: when white evangelicals in america repeatedly go out of their way to ruin everyone else's lives, and they're totally full of shit, and they lie, and they try to convert young gay people to "straightness", and they fill small children's heads with real imagery of eternal damnation and screaming and burning alive, and they describe the smells and the wailing, and the agony of begging to be let out, the darkness, the heat, the ice, the cold, the flaying, the skin peeling off, the rest of the family watching sadly (but not too sadly) from heaven, that gay people have a disease, pushing their 14th century views on conception and abortion on everyone else, demanding and pushing for Christian Theocracy at every opportunity, eagerly agreeing that yes they are a one issue voter, it's abortion, and it really doesn't matter what else is happening:

i want every other Christian who is NOT like that to stand up and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, YOU FUCKING COWARDS. WHAT CHRISTIAN HEAVEN DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO? FUCK YOU

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:33 (two weeks ago) link

all of this stuff - "this stuff" - is being done with the approval of white evangelicals. They fucking LOVE GOP officials!!!

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:34 (two weeks ago) link

it's the GOP's only constituency!!

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:35 (two weeks ago) link

well, everything i said is 100% true and very reasonable, no holes in that one. time to go get high and pretend like i'm not on this planet

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:35 (two weeks ago) link

i'd like to see some statements from hypothetical "cool christian churches" that they are NOT OK with white evangelicalism and what it stands for. Or rather, i'd like to see some of them "take the lead" in fighting back against this bullshit! i guess they're worried about starting a Christian civil war, Reformation II, but maybe they need to have a fucking internal war

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:37 (two weeks ago) link

say what you want about john brown but he was that guy

Left, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

One very big solid that my parents did for us was not dragging us into organized religion. It's made me feel weird and out of place any number of times over the years of living in the Religious States of America but it's a weird and out of place that I can handle.

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Friday, 3 September 2021 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

xp

exactly

all the john browns that i know today aren't christian

why

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

if i ever have children (i won't, i don't think) i will definitely take them to church. i'll take them to a crazy ass church like i grew up in. i want them to see that. when they're old enough, and with a parent with them that actually cares about their wellbeing (me). then i'll take them to a catholic church, and a synagogue. then a unitarian church. then a methodist, then a baptist. a black evangelical church. then back to the white evangelical church, one more time. it should be obvious by then what's wrong

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:44 (two weeks ago) link

one of those churches will be passing out literature about zionism and trying to create the conditions for the apocalypse in israel so that they can all finally go to heaven

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:45 (two weeks ago) link

hello child, the one i'm not trying to fuck up, answer me one thing kid: "which one of these churches seems to HATE everyone else that's not like them?"

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

fuck cowardly christians, especially the ones that consume their sense of persecution like it's manna

/rageout

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:47 (two weeks ago) link

here's where i'm just a big fucking hypocrite

I don't think you're a hypocrite, I think it's different because it's the community you personally grew up in and you very naturally have some feeling of responsibility for it that you don't have for other groups of people. It's not a community you're part of anymore, but it's still part of you.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 3 September 2021 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

I don't think it really matters to the "true believers" if other believers speak out against them, for example, the Pope says people should get vaccinated but a lot of conservative Catholics still go on claiming that the vaccine has tissue from aborted fetuses in it and they say that Joe Biden shouldn't be allowed to receive communion because of his views on abortion. You would think that the freaking pope would be considered an authority on what is and isn't acceptable Catholic behavior, but no, they're convinced that the one true God is speaking to them through Russian bots on Facebook and that the pope has somehow been mislead.

BrianB, Friday, 3 September 2021 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

I started out as a Methodist (Protestant). Their view was more pragmatic. The people there occasionally drank, smoked, didn't believe in biblical inerrancy, and acted very human. Yeah, many were pro-life, but a lot (including my own folks) weren't. There was more room for individuality - nowadays, you can find plenty of similar churches who are pro-LGBTQ, even possibly pro-gay marriage. Not everyone IN the church would be cool with it, but you're more likely to run into someone there who speaks up and says "come on, this is fucked up". They taught us that flawed folk could be forgiven and get to Heaven.

When we left and started going to a Young Earther, Fundie church in high school, the differences were stark. They did NOT believe the fun little Methodist belief that you could get to Heaven by just recanting on your deathbed. they treated it like the Good Place, you had to do good works and would like get points for it or something and that VERY FEW people would get into Heaven. Even if you begged forgiveness and tried to turn your life around - they were very much like the US penal system.

and yet, despite these odds, none of them ever thought THEY were in jeopardy of missing out on Heaven. Even though they would say out loud that few people would make it there, including Christ-fearing believers, they mostly meant, like, Catholics, or people within their church that were secretly having sex before marriage. It's not *them*. same with all the conservatives who aren't afraid of COVID cos they think the people who die from it are 'weak', and ergo, it won't be them.

but they were often pants-shittingly afraid of pissing off their bigoted, despotic God, and since they believed in some kind of mystical unknowable points-system, and they're convinced God hates abortion and gay people, they always want to be visibly seen as supporting pro-life and anti-LGBTQ causes. Almost like they have to be performatively hateful - it's not enough to just BELIEVE gays and abortion are bad.

but nobody is a monolith, not even in churches like that. unlike the Methodist church, which was more casual, with families coming and going, a lot of people in this fundie church were like, lifers. Generations that had all gone to church together for years and years, often in that same building, children who'd been indoctrinated and given no agency of their own since birth. MOST of them were home-schooled a religious-themed curriculum.

by the time any of these fuckers encountered an alternative thought, they'd already been programmed for years and years. Not common for them to start questioning their beliefs the moment they got challenged because they never really had their beliefs challenged before, because they grew up in a bubble. so they never had to think critically about it. and the shit other people say starts to make sense, particularly pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ beliefs.

that cognitive dissonance is often overwhelming, so they get rid of it by doubling down. they're afraid that even thinking it's ok to be pro-choice = eternal damnation, so saying out loud THAT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN TEXAS IS BAD doesn't even come into question. they can't. even if they think the mechanism for enforcing it is fucked up despite supporting pro-life legislation - they won't say that, because it'll hurt their point total and keep them out of Heaven.

it's like a vice grip on your behavior. I didn't really have that problem because I grew up in a more liberal Protestant church, so when I realized how crazypants everybody was there, it was easy for me to peace out. but if you grew up in a Fundie environment your entire life - these fuckers are programmed to think that even TREATING GAY PEOPLE WITH DIGNITY or quietly accepting abortion are eternal life-threatening beliefs. that's why they support stores refusing to serve gay people, even though obviously Jesus wouldn't support refusing service to people based on something like that. they think they have to outright AVOID gay people and have no transactional relationship with them, lest their point total be harmed. they can't just allow abortion to happen, they have to attend rallies, post about it 24/7, full-throated support it. even if they secretly are questioning these approaches.

this is obviously a great oversimplification but I can pretty much guarantee you if I was attending my same Young Earth church right now, in 2021, precisely ZERO people would be objecting to the Texas legislation, and we'd probably be taught how it was a major victory for our faith. and any minority opinion would get dogpiled (it was definitely a thing - I was usually that opinion).

I have a lot of Christian friends who are pro-gay, pro-transgender, pro-choice, but they tend to belong to more liberal-minded sects like the Unitarian church, or Methodist branches. But the crazypants sects (ie Southern Baptists, Fundies, etc) literally view this as an assault on their SimHeaven video game score and just won't back the fuck down. and the mechanism doesn't matter. they won't even speak up about murders of abortion clinics. like, they'll give lip service to "thou shalt not kill", but they'll mention abortion is murder and that while the people who murdered them were wrong, the abortion providers were equally wrong.

so glad I left that life behind.

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Friday, 3 September 2021 18:59 (two weeks ago) link

(btw don't think I'm letting Protestant sects off the hook, I realize the KKK emerged from Protestantism)

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Friday, 3 September 2021 19:00 (two weeks ago) link

i'd like to see some statements from hypothetical "cool christian churches" that they are NOT OK with white evangelicalism and what it stands for.


The church I was baptized in, the United Church of Christ, explicitly supports pretty much everything white right-wing churches are against.

Notes on Scampo (tokyo rosemary), Friday, 3 September 2021 19:09 (two weeks ago) link

You would think that the freaking pope would be considered an authority on what is and isn't acceptable Catholic behavior

PINO

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 3 September 2021 19:18 (two weeks ago) link

i determine that it is therefore American, what we're talking about.

oh, it's absolutely American. violent oppression has always been acceptable to a large swath of Americans. "American" is not a synonym for "admirable".

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Friday, 3 September 2021 19:21 (two weeks ago) link

it’s almost un-admirable, what we’re talking about

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 19:23 (two weeks ago) link

actually, maybe this is a more focused question for Christians who are not fundamentalists:

would you support a Christian theocracy in America?

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 19:24 (two weeks ago) link

(by the way, you may get an opportunity to put this question to the literal test, depending on how the next few years go)

Karl Malone, Friday, 3 September 2021 19:25 (two weeks ago) link

The church I was baptized in, the United Church of Christ, explicitly supports pretty much everything white right-wing churches are against.

see also: Unitarian Universalists

a gentle push against my Wonder Bread face (DJP), Friday, 3 September 2021 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

we shouldn't celebrate the fact that Covid took him; rather, we should lament the fact that Covid made us read about him in the first place

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 02:15 (three days ago) link

Trump's one core trait was that he was profoundly lazy; war requires a lot of work. like can you see him doing any Situation Room type bullshit that wasn't massively staged and made-for-TV

Even when they did it, it was slapdash and lazy. Never Forget

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 02:18 (three days ago) link

Ah hell---this is so opposite of Enyart and his ilk, so refreshing, gotta repost it from ILM:
Non-covidiot in music: exemplary, and points out some things I hadn't thought of in this context---https://www.al.com/life/2021/09/jason-isbell-on-the-road-hummingbirds-fan-requests-and-the-need-for-critical-thinking-in-america.html

dow, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 02:53 (three days ago) link

How many "right-wing talk show hosts" are there?? Is there a farm growing them?

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 03:46 (three days ago) link

it's infinite

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 04:09 (three days ago) link

BREAKING: 3 centrist Democrats just tanked the party's signature drug price negotiation bill after a marathon 3-day markup, complicating efforts to pass the whole 3.5T social spending bill. While Dems say they can still include the policy, it's a blow to D efforts to stay united.

— Alice Miranda Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) September 15, 2021

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 22:53 (three days ago) link

3 centrist corrupt Democrats

DJI, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 23:00 (three days ago) link

Starting to think a third party might be a good idea.

DJI, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 23:01 (three days ago) link

The most likely viable third party would be a centrist party that looks a lot like the Clinton years.

Taliban! (PBKR), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 23:07 (three days ago) link

Fuck that shit. Just take all the Democratic voters to a party that isn't full of useless corrupt stooges. Low-dollar donations only.

DJI, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 23:34 (three days ago) link

I understand I'm being naive. Leave me alone.

DJI, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 23:36 (three days ago) link

" 3 centrist Democrats just tanked the party's signature drug price negotiation bill after a marathon 3-day markup..."

Can't remember what standup said the line, but I do think they should make a rule that the politicians have to have patches on their coat like a NASCAR driver showing who donated money to their campaign.

I'm guessing these 3 are drug industry pets.

earlnash, Thursday, 16 September 2021 10:59 (two days ago) link

Your guess is correct.

https://www.dailyposter.com/follow-the-pharma-money/

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 16 September 2021 14:22 (two days ago) link

Can we stop calling them "centrist Democrats" and call them pharma tools instead?

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 16 September 2021 14:24 (two days ago) link

Last December, House Democrats’ steering committee voted to put Rice on the Energy and Commerce panel instead of progressive New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
On Tuesday, Rice explained that she opposes the drug pricing measure because “I do not support advancing policies that are not fiscally responsible and jeopardize the bill’s final passage.”


Ffffffffffffff u

DJI, Thursday, 16 September 2021 14:30 (two days ago) link

I know we're still 'living' in the T___p era, but could people in positions of power at least try to be less transparently debased? If you're so intent upon fucking over your constituents, at least have the decency to maintain some plausible deniability about the fact.

We're honestly probably like half a decade from seeing political ads that are nakedly like 'I despise you all personally, elect me so that I can get rich while actively subverting your interests' (which naturally lead to those fuckers winning in a landslide).

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Thursday, 16 September 2021 14:30 (two days ago) link

the prob is that they *are* Democrats tho. And any attempt to unseat them in a primary would be heavily criticized and completely undermined by leadership

caddy lac brougham? (will), Thursday, 16 September 2021 14:31 (two days ago) link

What is consistently sad and shocking is what a good return on their investments their corporate daddies make. Spend $1.6M on Congressmen, get hundreds of millions in profits guaranteed.

DJI, Thursday, 16 September 2021 14:32 (two days ago) link

They have so little of an opinion of us peons that they can say with a straight face that paying lower prices for drugs is "not fiscally responsible".

Porking level G4 (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:08 (two days ago) link

It’s disgusting.

DJI, Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:22 (two days ago) link

Primary these fuckheads

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 16 September 2021 15:39 (two days ago) link

With who's money? Where do think the 'primary' money comes? This is why it takes millions instead of thousands to run for a house seat. Campaign money is like water, you dam it up one place, it finds another place to go. With those 501 groups, they got the ultimate invisible hand to ad bury anyone on a grass roots level.

It's kinda why the GOP has gone totally batshit crazy, as they don't even really need the PARTY at all to do what they want. The money made it pretty much irrelevant. Democrats have been pretty much GOP light since the late 70s...same game just like the Billy Beane's Oakland A's trying to live a "Burt Reynolds lifestyle on a Mac Davis budget".

It's as f'n dirty now as it has ever been ever and that is truly saying something. Scary thing is that this money buy is just going lower and lower into the US political system...it's getting rotten to the core.

earlnash, Thursday, 16 September 2021 17:43 (two days ago) link

This thing continues to blow my mind and I am sure is much more rampant than just this event. And I think many people don't even know it even happened.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohio_nuclear_bribery_scandal

earlnash, Thursday, 16 September 2021 17:47 (two days ago) link

Ten months after Senate election loss, Sara Gideon still has $10 million in unused campaign funds https://t.co/uGii5Ct5zk by Nathan Bernard

— Jon Schwarz (@schwarz) September 16, 2021

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 16 September 2021 19:09 (two days ago) link

Well don't I feel stupid.

Taliban! (PBKR), Thursday, 16 September 2021 19:36 (two days ago) link

it's her mad money for a rainy day

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 16 September 2021 19:37 (two days ago) link

a million here, a million there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 16 September 2021 19:51 (two days ago) link

things the Supreme Court and their Justices are not, according to Thomas, Barrett, and Breyer:

"like a politician"
"junior league politicians"
"a bunch of partisan hacks"

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Justice Clarence Thomas defended the independence of the Supreme Court on Thursday and warned against "destroying our institutions because they don't give us what we want, when we want it."

Thomas, the longest serving justice, acknowledged that the high court has its flaws, comparing it to a “car with three wheels” that somehow still works. But he said the justices are not ruling based on “personal preferences” and suggested that the nation’s leaders should not “allow others to manipulate our institutions when we don’t get the outcome that we like.”

The justice’s remarks came during a lecture at the University of Notre Dame in which he talked about traveling by RV in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee with his wife, Ginni. Thomas reflected on his childhood in the segregated South and his religious faith. He also alluded several times to the political polarization in the United States.

“We’ve gotten to the point where we’re really good at finding something that separates us,” Thomas told the crowd of more than 800 students and faculty gathered at the school’s performing arts center.

Thomas is the latest justice to add his voice to the mix and publicly come to the court’s defense in the face of growing criticism that the nine justices are merely politicians in robes.

“I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are antiabortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” Thomas said in response to a question about public misconceptions of the court.

“That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.”

In recent weeks, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, during a book tour, has emphasized that he and his colleagues are not “junior league” politicians. Last week, the court’s newest member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, told a crowd in Kentucky that justices are not a “bunch of partisan hacks” and that their divisions are based on competing judicial philosophies, not partisanship.

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Thomas was warmly received by hundreds of students and faculty. At the end of his talk, a group of three protesters erupted into chants of “I still believe Anita Hill,” a reference to his contentious 1991 confirmation hearings that included Hill’s allegations that he verbally harassed her.

The protesters were swiftly escorted out of the auditorium, prompting another standing ovation for Thomas.

Rep. Kurt Schrader defends pharmaceutical donations he's received: "They just want to have access to at least plead their case."https://t.co/FKfq9vdaI6 via @KGWNews

— Faiz (@fshakir) September 17, 2021

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 17 September 2021 01:56 (yesterday) link

Rep. Kurt Schrader is my rep and I apologize to the entire country for this obscene fact.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Friday, 17 September 2021 03:08 (yesterday) link

Meanwhile, from the endless cringe that is sure to be Nick Kristof's gubernatorial run:

this is deeply embarrassing https://t.co/pZpMCvM7hE pic.twitter.com/z5yfnj9J5m

— libby watson (@libbycwatson) September 16, 2021

* This article has been updated.

Taliban! (PBKR), Friday, 17 September 2021 11:04 (yesterday) link

Nick Kristof is an absolute piece of shit. Hope he crashes and burns.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Friday, 17 September 2021 16:21 (yesterday) link

for those without a mental database of why particular opinion writers are bad & hated, is there a Cliffs Notes version of why he is bad & hated?

Richard Marxist (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 17 September 2021 16:41 (yesterday) link

He's an anti-sex crusader, or at the bare minimum a credulous mouthpiece for right-wing anti-sex crusaders.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 17 September 2021 16:54 (yesterday) link

Despite what seems like truly valid concern for the way that many rural white people have been left behind by a global economy to rot in Oxycontin and meth-addled hellholes, Kristof is one of the main visible supporters of laws like FOSTA and SESTA, ostensibly because he is opposed to child trafficking and child pornography, which...who isn't? But his very vocal support of such initiatives (and similar) has essentially gone on to further criminalize sex work in the US, driving the most vulnerable of sex workers to the streets...where they're more likely to be jailed, killed, harassed, or trafficked.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Friday, 17 September 2021 16:58 (yesterday) link

xpost

anti-sex trafficking crusader I'd say, which sometimes co-incides with right wing anti-sex work agendas.

It's his savior complex that many have a problem with, and the self-righteousness. In response to a reader's letter asking him to write more about domestic issues rather than Darfur: “So, Marguerite,” Kristof writes, “look Halima in the eye [a photo of her sits atop the column], and decide if you’re willing to turn away as she is slaughtered, or how many more times you’re willing to allow her to be raped.”

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 17 September 2021 17:00 (yesterday) link

Looks like a nerd

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 September 2021 17:01 (yesterday) link

This is why "sanctity of the child" discourse always makes me suspicious, in that it often ends with some asshole with an agenda that says I can't buy a satanic metal record or watch completely banal twink porn.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Friday, 17 September 2021 17:03 (yesterday) link

His hobbyhorse before being anti-SW was being pro-sweatshop.

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 17 September 2021 17:05 (yesterday) link

Yeah, didn't he argue that sweatshops lifted up local economies so they were good? What a fucking joke.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Friday, 17 September 2021 17:08 (yesterday) link

now he's the one covered in flopsweat

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 September 2021 17:09 (yesterday) link

what the hell is a 'communitarian' anyway? (ILX spellcheck just told me that's not even a word)

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 17 September 2021 17:16 (yesterday) link

Yeah, didn't he argue that sweatshops lifted up local economies so they were good? What a fucking joke.

I thought that was Yglesias. Or were they both on that kick at the same time? Some researcher should find out who was cutting checks back then.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 17 September 2021 18:46 (yesterday) link

Kristof's been on that since Matty was still collecting Pokemon cards.

https://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/24/magazine/two-cheers-for-sweatshops.html

papal hotwife (milo z), Friday, 17 September 2021 18:52 (yesterday) link

xp to aimless' apology. As a constituent as well, Schrader is an embarrassment. He lost his way from being a good (but moderate) state legislator to this.

And sorry about Kristof, too. At least he has no chance of winning.

righteousmaelstrom, Friday, 17 September 2021 19:31 (yesterday) link

Lol at first I thought Bill Kristol was running for governor.

Porking level G4 (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 17 September 2021 19:35 (yesterday) link

BTW a Washington Post ad for one of their awful digital panel discussions labeled his head shot as "Billy Kristol."

Porking level G4 (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 17 September 2021 19:36 (yesterday) link

righteousmaelstrom, may I suggest you email him and tell him what an embarrassment he's become? I did immediately after posting my apology here. It felt good.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Friday, 17 September 2021 20:13 (yesterday) link

surprised he hasn't named his column Kristolnacht.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 September 2021 20:16 (yesterday) link


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