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I read a lot, think a little, and now and then write down a few things.

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  1. 1 day ago on Jeff Stahler

    I think the right to a woman’s privacy is stated in the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” I would think “persons” would refer to the human body. I would think any law that meddles in any "persons’ " consultations with their doctors amounts to “unreasonable searches and _seizures.” Communications between doctors and patients are (I’m sorry, “used to be”) privileged, even to a court order. But the SCOTUS seems to think that personal privacy, personal autonomy, is a now a privilege reserved for the “rich and famous.”

  2. 2 days ago on Jeff Stahler

    I have learned from my betters. Take a bow.

  3. 2 days ago on Nick Anderson

    If Lincoln’s government “Of the People, By the People, and For the People” was the "Great Experiment, the last two decisions of the SCOTUS have deemed the experiment a failure.

  4. 2 days ago on Nick Anderson

    But – but weren’t those “DARK AGES” when America was GREAT? /S

  5. 2 days ago on Clay Bennett

    How to Become A Supreme Court Justice in Two Easy Steps:

    1. Assume an air of piety and of being persecuted at your confirmation hearings.

    2. Lie to your colleagues, Congress, and the American People.

    That’s how Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett did it.

  6. 2 days ago on Jeff Stahler

    I must give credit where credit is due. I had previously believed that jurists elevated to the highest court in the land, once there, could put party affiliations aside and make decisions based on law and precedent, as they have done for over two centuries. But yesterday’s decision, coupled with Thursday’s overturn of New York’s concealed weapons law, has shown me the error of my ways. Both decisions put aside “law and precedent,” instead relying on their versions of “history and tradition.” I especially thank Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch and Amy Coney Barrett, key votes in both decisions, for showing me that deliberate lying to Congress and to the American People is how we will Make America Great Again – just as soon as we can bring all those undesirable, disruptive elements of our society (i.e. women, gays, persons of color, immigrants, dissenters, the press, and a few others) under control, or failing control, eliminating them entirely. Now I understand, fully and completely, that conservatism, once the bastion of less government and law and order, has become just another word for Fascist Tyranny. Thank you. I have been enlightened. /S

  7. 3 days ago on Non Sequitur

    Not much. Only your soul and conscience. Assuming a candidate had either prior to his or her appointment.

  8. 3 days ago on Mike Luckovich

    I find Thomas’s referencing “history and tradition” as the basis for the majority opinion to be ironically laughable! Justice Thomas, historically your ancestors were legally chattel property until 1863. And after that yoke was removed, traditionally those chattels became legally second-class citizens under Jim Crow laws. Were those times the times that “America was Great” that the conservatives wish us to return?

  9. 4 days ago on Jeff Stahler

    I quite agree that “They literally saved our Democracy.” For the moment, at least. But too many are still pushing the Big Lie, and too many people are still listening to them. I hope the collective American memory will call to mind the events of January 6, 2020, come the mid-term election of 2022.

  10. 4 days ago on That is Priceless

    It won’t take long to analyze this, / I think it’s a price that would bite us. / Somewhere in all Dante’s hells / Is an unending ringing of bells, / Infernal, eternal damnation of extreme tinnitus!