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Thursday, December 2. 2021
Can SCOTUS Draw a New Line on Abortion? The "viability" rule is arbitrary. So are the alternatives.
Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Backing Charter Schools. The public school system is failing. My philanthropy will give $750 million to a proven alternative.
Australia's quarantine camps
See No Murder. Despite its obsession with race, the media are blind to the nonwhite victims of rising violent crime.
The Pall of Politics Descends Upon American Medicine
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It's a better use for Bloomberg's money, as it is merely useless rather than damaging.
Despite its obsession with race, the media are blind to the nonwhite victims of rising violent crime. THIS is one reason why I despise, detest, and totally DISTRUST the "media". It/they LIE to us.
The Pall of Politics Descends Upon American Medicine: I'm presuming this is in the big cities, and I am quite happy living in a rural area.
Re: Bloomburg's money. It's just an announcement to make himself feel good.
Re: What is the name of the guy who drove the SUV through the Christmas parade. Do you remember this story? Funny, how the media can change the story just by merely not reporting.
Re: The Republicans don't get it yet. Roe V Wade was passed nearly 50 years ago. How many elections do you think have been lost by the R candidates across those years because they refuse to just "move on" and focus on other more important local issues? How many times have the R's lost a debate in congress because they have all been lumped together under the "anti-women's rights" banner? How many times has their focus took too much energy, too many opportunities away?
In the end brothers I blame all the great "social/family"losses we have suffered over the years to this simple fact: if you focus on destroying the right to abortion--you loose on so many other issues. Title 9 being the first one to jump to my mind. What about not being able to keep our schools at the top level because "the party" wants to tell every woman in America she can't have the freedom to choose? IMHO the Republican party has failed this country because it won't let this issue be decided by the woman, her God, and her doctor. Heck--if you really want to maintain individual freedoms just make sure every doctor in America has the right to choose whether he will/will not perform abortions. There that's a win/win for everyone!
The other thing the R party can't do is help to organize community response. No 100,000 person marches on DC for the R party. Not over any issue. They just have not figured out yet that you have to be able to organize the boots on the ground.
80 House Republicans Help Pass Bill to Fund Federal Vaccination Database
Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL), who was one of the 130 Republicans to vote “no,” told Breitbart News exclusively on Wednesday that the legislation would enable the federal government to “track” unvaccinated Americans who “will be targeted and forced to comply with Biden’s crazy ‘global vaccination’ vision.”
“These systems are designed to allow for the sharing of crucial information and maintenance of records. Do we really trust the government to protect our medical records?” Miller said. “The bill’s author even bragged in her press release that these systems will help the government remind patients when they are due for a recommended vaccine and identify areas with low vaccination rates to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines. This was clearly a legislative tool to enforce vaccine mandates and force their Orwellian rules onto those who do not comply.”
I lived in Indiana a few years ago and James Baird was then my state senator. He was forever a squishy progressive rino that ducked anything of a conservative nature. He even presided over declining to impeach the states supreme court members who voted to allow law enforcement to ignore the 4th ammendment. In addition, it seemed that each year Constitutional carry would be introduced and he and other rinos would keep it from coming to a vote. Indiana is an old rust belt state in which the politicians, such as old Richard Lugar can find a haven. The Indianapolis Star used to brag that Lugar was Ted Kennedy's favorite republican. It is also the home state of Pence, who was always useless, and also Dan Coats who managed to undermine Trump in the intelligence position. Young, the current fed senator, is a McConnell rino. Indiana is a lost cause in the republican political arena.
It's almost like there are some well heeled puppet masters pulling strings behind the curtain.
SCOTUS TRIVIA CONTEST:
How many times in its 232-year history has the SCOTUS overturned its own prior decisions?
A] Fewer than 50 times
B] Between 50 and 100 times
C] 100-150 times
D] 150-200 times
E] More than 200 times
I'll take a complete ignorant guess and say, fewer than 50.
To give everyone a fair chance, I'll not indicate any answer as right or wrong until maybe later tonight, or tomorrow morning...
I'll take a dart board guess at more than 200.
My reasoning is that the arrogant ego maniacal characters that have populated The Bench down through the ages always think they are the smartest, most competent jurors to date. So why wouldn't they be overturning previous decisions?
I am oversimplifying this but my disgust for them knows no bounds.
I'd be careful with too high a guess because the answer will very much depend on the meaning of 'overruled.' IIRC neither Dred Scott nor Korematsu have every been explicitly overruled but both are dead as a door nail as a matter of constitutional law.
In Dobbs I expect much the same thing to happen. The opinion likely won't explicitly overrule either Roe or Casey but as a practical standard the SC will give much more latitude to the states to restrict abortions without mentioning the magic word.
I was also thinking this might depend on definition.
Korematsu was explicitly overruled in Trump v. Hawaii.
I think even if you looked at times the Supreme Court has EXPLICITLY overruled prior precedent you would have over 200 cases.
My guess would be over 200 times as the Court has gone through several "re-imaginings" as to their role, notably on the issue of slavery, FDR's scientific socialism, and LBJ's religious socialism, that would require wholesale repudiation of their previous pronouncements on what is legal and what is not.
(It seems almost quaint of Thomas to be suggesting that the Constitution only grants specific powers and forbids all others to the federal government when the general understanding of the Constitution these days is that the government has all the powers not specifically prohibited to it.)
Those of you who went high would be correct. I asked the good people at The Supreme Court Historical Society this question and they sent me a document titled "Supreme Court Decisions Overruled by Subsequent Decision". Last updated after the 2010 SCOTUS session, it lists 233 separate instances in which the Supreme Court either expressly overruled a prior decision, or cases in which the overruling is deduced from the principles of related cases. So, roughly one decision per year since the 1789 founding of the SCOTUS. I wish I still had that document, but it is at least one computer crash ago...
This is a list of decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States that have been explicitly overruled, in part or in whole, by a subsequent decision of the Court. It does not include decisions that have been abrogated by subsequent constitutional amendment or by subsequent amending statutes.. As of 2018, the Supreme Court had overruled more than 300 of its own cases.
THe abortion cutoff will eventually be at the point that the fetus can be shown to be cute, with sonograms or other imaging.
Preserving the inclination to care for cute things is a worthwhile goal for society to encourage, and is likely the point at which there's enough votes to meet in the middle. So it's stable, both against the body autonomy side and the single cell soul side. Assuming there's a vote allowed, of course.
The original Roe vs Wade decision was wrong and totally political.
It should be overturned not simply because killing babies is wrong, not simply because of religious beliefs BUT simply because it was based on a lie. There is simply no constitutional right to an abortion.
It won't be overturned or even reined in because that would take guts and I simply don't see anyone in our government with guts never mind 5 or more supremes.
R v W was totally political and predictable. Remember that The Fourth Turning did show that the Boomer generation was the one to break all the rules. Politically it was just an extension of the original Marxist doctrine of class warfare that was modified by Gramsci, Marcuse, and gang to include race and gender warfare as class warfare wasn't cutting it in the US.
Roe will never be overturned. Too much money making selling body parts and with powerful people like gates on the gravy train? Never going to happen, much to my sorrow. The USA has already moved on to the extermination of the old and the frail ala coumo (d) and baker (r). God knows what little puppets the combination of kneeling in submission and accepting the toxin vaccine will produce. And i"m waiting to find out what money making possibilities the slaughter of our older citizens will provide.