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June 21st, 2015 - 9:08 pm § in Uncategorized

Clarence Thomas was deciding vote against Confederate license plates

Clarence Thomas is one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative justices, but he’s also a black who grew up in the South’s bitter racial culture, so it’s hardly shocking that he voted for his own people in last week’s 5-4 ruling upholding Texas’ refusal to issue C[...]

June 21st, 2015 - 11:23 am § in Politics, Repugnants

Book Review: Rightwing myths about the Constitution

Wrong and Dangerous: Ten Rightwing Myths About Our Constitution by Garrett Epps, professor of law, University of Baltimore “The primary purpose of the United States Constitution is to limit Congress. There is no separation of church and state. The Second Amendment allows citizens to threaten t[...]

February 9th, 2015 - 9:01 pm § in Misc.

Clarence Thomas has hissy fit over Alabama gay marriage order

Clarence Thomas wants SCOTUS to let states keep banning same-sex marriage the court decides the issue. The court isn’t going along with that, and today refused such a request from Alabama, the latest of such orders against states that have tried to ban gay marriages. It was too much for poor C[...]

February 5th, 2015 - 3:25 pm § in Misc.

Arizona claims teacher working in prison assumed risk of rape

“The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is asking for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was brutally assaulted and raped after being left in an unguarded prison classroom with a convicted sex offender. The AG’s reasoning is essentially this: the woman knew she was in a [...]

February 4th, 2015 - 10:04 pm § in Misc.

The Supreme Court responds to the vaccination controversy …

… over a hundred years ago: “The defendant insists that his liberty is invaded when the state subjects him to fine or imprisonment for neglecting or refusing to submit to vaccination; that a compulsory vaccination law is unreasonable, arbitrary, and oppressive, and, therefore, hostile to[...]

January 15th, 2015 - 6:07 pm § in Misc.

Would you execute this inmate?

Barry Van Treese, a Tulsa motel owner, was brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat in a motel room. His killer, Justin Sneed, was sentenced to life imprisonment. The prosecutor dropped the death penalty against Sneed in exchange for his testimony that Richard Glossip hired him to kill Van Trees[...]

December 25th, 2014 - 3:12 pm § in Schools & Colleges

If You Moaned, You Weren’t Raped

Summary: If you’re seduced by a Heisman-winning FSU quarterback, moaning during the encounter transforms it from rape to consensual sex. At least, that’s what star player Jameis Winston’s lawyer argued at FSU’s hearing on whether Winston violated the school’s code of co[...]

December 17th, 2014 - 5:20 pm § in Misc.

Republican Legal Thug Says CIA Perps Could be Charged

  John Yoo: If the Torture Report Is True, CIA Officers Are at Legal Risk By Conor Friedersdorf A surprising admission by an attorney who was instrumental in enabling the Bush Administration’s brutal interrogation practices[...]

December 14th, 2014 - 9:52 pm § in Misc.

Cops bullied girlfriend of Ohio WalMart police shooting victim

On August 5, 2014, a 22-year-old African-American man named John Crawford III was killed by police in a Dayton, Ohio, WalMart store. Another customer had called 911 and reported a man was “waving” a gun and “pointing” it at customers. Surveillance video and eyewitnesses don&#[...]

December 14th, 2014 - 5:34 pm § in Misc.

Scalia is only the latest conservative to assert that torture is OK

Now that it’s been definitively established the Bush regime tortured terrorism suspects, conservatives are rallying around a theme that goes roughly like this: Torture is, at worst, morally ambiguous; and using it is sometimes okay to prevent greater harm. It sounds like a talking point manufa[...]