Archive for August 26th, 2022

August 26th, 2022 - 11:42 pm § in Politics

Should a candidate’s photo in Confederate attire matter?

I think it depends on the context and purpose. Doug Mastriano is a Pennsylvania state senator who represents a district that includes Gettysburg. If he dressed up for a reenactment, a popular tourist attraction there (see video below), I don’t necessarily have a problem with it. Somebody has t[...]

August 26th, 2022 - 10:52 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Does a law’s provenance matter?

I never thought I’d defend a Jim Crow law, but here goes. In a ruling on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a section of Mississippi’s state constitution that bars people convicted of certain felonies from voting (read story here). The 5th Circuit han[...]

August 26th, 2022 - 9:50 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Judge upholds Arizona’s use of voting machines

The GOP nominees for Arizona governor and secretary of state, both of whom baselessly claim the 2020 election was stolen, and face uphill battles to win in November, lost their federal lawsuit to compel Arizona to count ballots by hand. (See story here.) What they tried to do in court, Republicans i[...]

August 26th, 2022 - 5:48 pm § in Politics

GOP’s new campaign strategy: Deleting their candidates’ remarks

In a campaign season when GOP grassroots voters have nominated a motley collection of quacks, cranks, election deniers, and toxic organisms to run for important public offices, Republican handlers are adopting an insanely rational strategy: Deleting what their candidates said. In Colorado, a local R[...]

August 26th, 2022 - 5:20 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

Capitol rioter gets 4 years for beating cop with flagpole

Howard Richardson, 72, of Pennsylvania was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for repeatedly striking a Metro police officer with a flagpole until it broke during the Capitol riot (read story here). Richardson is a Vietnam veteran and his son his a police officer. On that basis, apparently, he[...]

August 26th, 2022 - 4:36 pm § in Law and Courts, Religion

A Handmaid’s tale: Who really killed Roe v. Wade?

Roe v. Wade was overturned by a single vote. The case that overturned it was decided 6-3, but Chief Justice Roberts only concurred in reversing the lower court decision on narrower grounds, and wasn’t in favor of completely scrapping Roe v. Wade. Without Amy Cony Barrett’s vote, Roe v. W[...]

August 26th, 2022 - 2:05 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Humor, Law and Courts, Politics

Will Hunter Biden go to jail?

Rightwing claims that Joe Biden’s surviving son is getting special treatment because of his father’s position don’t make sense. If you think about it, and not very much, it seems obvious his dad would be better off with him in a secure facility under responsible adult supervision. [...]

August 26th, 2022 - 12:35 pm § in Donald Trump, Humor

Chrissy vs. Ivanka, ding, Round 1

Whooo boy. While we weren’t watching, Chrissy Teigen and Ivanka Trump were going at it, with Chrissy throwing (and scoring) most or all of the punches. At least, that’s what Jared is saying now. Trying to land some blows of his own, he’s calling Chrissy a “nasty troll” [...]

August 26th, 2022 - 12:25 am § in Politics

Is Marco Rubio trying to commit political suicide?

Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been a U.S. Senator for 11 years now, and over that time he’s committed to being mealy-mouthed about abortion (see article here). He’s also flip-flopped. Back in 2013, he sponsored a Senate bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, with exceptions for the life of the mo[...]