The Bishop and the Butterfly: Murder, Politics, and the End of the Jazz Age

    Scalia Rises from the Grave, Age 49

    Only took less than 2 weeks and the Republicans have risen Scalia from the grave.

    Not only alive, but 25 years younger. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Son of Anne Gorsuch Burford who tried under Reagan to gut the EPA.

    Gorsuch, ready and eager to guide America to the right for 30 or more years.

    A sainthood for the miracle for Trump?

    Senator Schumer on Gorsuch:

    "The burden is on Judge Neil Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and, in this new era, willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the executive branch and protect the constitutionally enshrined rights of all Americans," Schumer said in a statement. "Given his record, I have very serious doubts about Judge Gorsuch’s ability to meet this standard," Schumer added. "Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly sided with corporations over working people, demonstrated a hostility toward women’s rights, and most troubling, hewed to an ideological approach to jurisprudence that makes me skeptical that he can be a strong, independent justice on the Court."

    Defender of Hobby Lobby religious exemption, more conservative than Scalia according to the New York Times. (is that possible?)

    Believes Scalia was "a lion of the law". Lions sometimes eat people. So can the law if you're poor. Especially in America, where everything is for sale.

    Guardian quote from Gorsuch:

    “A judge who likes every outcome he reaches is very likely a bad judge,” Gorsuch said, “stretching” for rulings he desires instead of reading the law on the page.

    Sounds like the stern conservative father/male so worshipped on the right.

    'Not liking outcomes'? Sounds sinister. Probably is sinister.

    Is it like making abortions illegal when a mothers life is in danger, because of 'fetal pain', too many months pregnant, fetus non-viable at xx months/fetus already dead but must let God and nature take its course? As lethal toxins are building?

    And then the outcome becomes many women dying from complications?

    So Gorsuch says, Sad outcome!! But that is my reading of the text written 250 years ago! Can't stretch it!

    Since abortion is not in the text of the Constitution, and Gorsuch is a strict text judge......well, Roe vs. Wade is in danger as far as I can see.

    Oh, and Justice Gorsuch wrote an entire book on assisted suicide. The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia . Fascinating....What a pleasant topic, when he's not contemplating embryos. I don't think I would want him or any right wing zealot legislating rules on the doctor patient relationship.

    Why any woman (or man) votes for the liars and creeps of the Republican Party, who spend half or more of their legislative efforts on regulating women's private parts, and the rest scheming to lower taxes on the rich, is beyond me. And Republican politician's daughters, wives, second wives, concubines can always get abortions, of course. Republicans make and interpret laws, and the laws do not apply to Republicans. Ever.

    Meanwhile two key liberals on the court are at or over 80.

    Statement on this nomination by Senator Merkley (D) Oregon:


    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    “The most fundamental thing that must be understood about tonight’s announcement is that this is a stolen seat. This is the first time in American history that one party has blockaded a nominee for almost a year in order to deliver a seat to a President of their own party. If this tactic is rewarded rather than resisted, it will set a dangerous new precedent in American governance.

    “This strategy of packing the court, if successful, could threaten fundamental rights in America, including workers’ right to organize, women’s reproductive rights, and the rights of ordinary citizens to have their voices heard in elections rather than being drowned out by the corrupting influence of dark money from the richest Americans. 

    Elections matter. There is a corrupt monopoly, run by the GOP, not a 'corrupt duopoly'. Both sides are not the same. Vote in 2018.

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