Supreme Court, Etc Open Thread

Never thought a Supreme Court vacancy could make so many people lose it – but if you were on Twitter yesterday, you watched the most epic leftwing meltdown, ever. Not excluding election night, 2016. However, as they say, there’s more! Or, at least, there may well be more…I saw a blurb on a recent poll showing that Millenial men have swung 23 points to the GOP since 2016…something like a 12 point Democrat advantage has now become an 11 point GOP advantage. If this holds true, then 2018 (and 2020) won’t be like anyone is expecting.

Another bit of polling supposedly shows a big jump in Latino support for Trump – which isn’t actually surprising. I think that Democrat Latino support is mostly concentrated among Latinos who are overtly Progressive plus immigrants/children of immigrants. By the time you get to the grandchildren of immigrants, you’re just dealing with everyday, average Americans for the most part. And such people have other concerns on their minds than what happens to illegal immigrants at the border.

Getting back to the vacancy: people who know seem to believe that any of the possible Justices on Trump’s list would be an excellent, strict Constitutionalist on the Court. You can’t know for certain, naturally: you never know when the itch for a legacy ruling will get hold of a judge. But, I think we can rely on it there’s a very good chance that whomever replaces Kennedy won’t have his talent for specious reasoning when it is time to ratify whatever the Progs are whining about in social issues (on things like the First and Second Amendments, on the other hand, Kennedy was pretty solid). The Democrats are all in a tizzy about losing Kennedy’s near-certain vote in favor of their social policy changes, but the real crisis will hit them when Ginsburg leaves the Court – which she is bound to do voluntarily or perforce before too many more years have passed. If she makes it to 2024, she’ll be 91.

But all that may become a moot point – remember, the Courts are only there (for our Progressives) as a last resort: what to do when they can’t get their policies through Congress. But if things go as they might, Democrats might be so bereft of power a couple years from now that the makeup of the Court won’t really matter too much…the real action will be in Congress. One of the rulings this week as the striking down of the requirement that government employees belong to – and pay for – government employee unions. This is what happened in Wisconsin now on a national scale. You can rely on it that a very large number of government employees will opt out of unionization. This will cause a gigantic loss of Democrat political funds – direct and indirect – and thus crimp their ability to influence politics. I note that Wisconsin went red in 2016 after Walker’s government employee reforms…it hadn’t gone red since 1984; and even then, only because it was the Reagan landslide.

We might be living in a very different political America as soon as January.

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31 thoughts on “Supreme Court, Etc Open Thread

  1. Cluster June 29, 2018 / 9:06 am

    The Supreme Court is a BIG reason why Trump is President. The thought of having another Sotomayer on the bench did not resonate well with Americans in fly over country who know the role of the judiciary is to be sure all legislation is Constitutional and in line with the intent of the founders, and not the social wishes of a “wise Latina”.

    Have you noticed that the Democrats have all but abandoned Unions? Of course with the SC decision on Wednesday, the union money train will dry up but just a few short years ago, unions were entrenched with Democrats. Now? They are with Trump, and it seems that the only constituency left for Democrats are illegal aliens and snowflake progressives.

    • Amazona June 29, 2018 / 10:28 am

      OK, Cluster, now you’re just messin’ with them. Not enough Lefty heads exploding, you have to point out that Sotomayor is the reason Trump got elected?

      Or at least A reason?

      I like it.

      So millions of people said to themselves “I’m not really that crazy about the big orange comb-over but DAMN it, I just can’t face seeing another lightweight like Sotormayor on the bench”? Sounds logical to me……………..

      • Cluster June 29, 2018 / 11:25 am

        “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion.”

        A better conclusion than who?

      • Amazona June 29, 2018 / 1:50 pm

        And why?

        And, as Spook pointed out at the time, wouldn’t someone so proud of being a “Latina woman” know the phrase is redundant, as “Latina” means female? Is it “wise” to misuse the language of the ethnicity you are claiming somehow, magically, imbues wisdom?

        And wouldn’t that comment now be derided as bigoted because it is gender-specific?

  2. Cluster June 29, 2018 / 9:26 am

    After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary for the district of the Bronx and Queens in New York City, the media dramatically championed the Democratic Socialist’s cause, pushing her into the public eye as “an instant political rock star,”

    Socialist countries with Hispanic leaders have been so successful that it’s no wonder why the Democrats are excited for Ocasio-Cortez. Let’s not just flirt with being a banana republic, let’s become one!!

    • Amazona June 29, 2018 / 10:22 am

      LOL

    • Amazona June 29, 2018 / 10:25 am

      And what could be better for the country than an INSTANT political “rock star”? At least Obama had a few years of fake, concocted, rigged “experience” behind him.

      But I am thrilled about Ocasio-Cortez’s launch into political superstardom. It couldn’t happen to a better party.

  3. Retired Spook June 29, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    I saw a blurb on a recent poll showing that Millenial men have swung 23 points to the GOP since 2016…something like a 12 point Democrat advantage has now become an 11 point GOP advantage. If this holds true, then 2018 (and 2020) won’t be like anyone is expecting.

    We’ll know at least part of the answer to that in 130 days. I may be applying logic where it’s misplaced, but I’m trying to put myself in the shoes of someone in the 18-30 age demographic who has never paid much attention to politics before. Looking at the language and actions coming from each side, which side is more attractive from a practical standpoint? It would be interesting to sit down with a random group of Millennials and ask them that question. Personally I’m feeling a lot more positive about the future than I was a couple years ago, and a lot of that can be attributed to Trump and his policies.

  4. Amazona June 29, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    On a hot day like today one might be tempted to make a nice adult beverage, dangle ones’ feet in the pool, and speculate on something meaningless, such as whether Libs are lying dishonest pieces of crap or just really that stupid. Setting aside the obvious fact that the two are not only not mutually exclusive but usually found conjoined in the average Lib loudmouth pundit or politician, there is plenty to discuss.

    Soon after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Rachel told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that the retiring jurist is “probably the reason we have abortion rights in this country, and I think within a year, abortion will be illegal in half of the United States.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/kennedys-retirement-about-abortion-thats-not-all-its-about

    I am intrigued by the inadvertent admission by Rachel Maddow that without federal protectionism, abortion might become illegal in half the nation. Hey, the woman praised often for her intellect has actually finally figured something out! That is, that at least half the people in this country don’t think it is moral or decent for pathologically selfish females to kill their unborn children because they are inconvenient. She hates this, it really really bothers her, but at least she has, indirectly, finally said something related to the truth.

    Then there is the Cultural Appropriation Queen Who Would Be President, explaining her ignorance of how the Supreme Court works and what its rulings mean.

    Thursday on MSNBC’s “All In,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy would be someone who “will criminalize abortion and try to punish women.”

    Warren said, “Let’s talk about what we know for sure is at stake and some of the questions that the nominee is going to face. Donald Trump has already said that he’s going to pick somebody who has been prescreened off a list that that was put together by a group whose number one job—an extremist group—is to make sure that Roe versus Wade gets overturned.”

    She added, “This means that he’s looking for a nominee who will criminalize abortion and try to punish women. That’s what’s at stake in this one. And then from there, so much more.

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/06/28/dem-sen-warren-unnamed-trump-scotus-nomineewill-criminalize-abortion-and-try-to-punish-women/

    Yes, Fauxcahontas has too many feathers in her brain. She actually thinks, or at least is bold enough to state, that Roe v Wade made abortions legal. Why else would reversing Roe “criminalize” abortions?

    And “punish women”? True, Saint Obama stated that in his mind a child is a punishment for being sexually active, and she is pretty loyal to the dogma. But still, her twisted world view, combined with her ignorance of the Constitution and the functions of the branches of government, do make her an ideal Dem candidate.

    I think the most blatant example of “Just How Stupid Do You Think I Am, Anyway” is Kamala Harris, who explained:

    When asked what a Trump pick would look like, Harris said, “We are looking at a destruction of the Constitution of the United States based on all the folks he’s been appointing thus far for lifetime appointments. He’s been appointing ideologues. He’s been appointing people who have refused to agree Brown v Board of Education is settled law.

    After making the claim that Trump appointees represent the “…destruction of the Constitution of the United States..” she actually goes on to explain this to us, explaining that “…He’s been appointing people who have refused to agree Brown v Board of Education is settled law….” Yeah, well, uh, Kammie, no he hasn’t, and no they haven’t. Nominee Vitter was asked if she agreed with the way the Court ruled on Brown, not whether she thought it was now “settled law” or if she agreed with the outcome. Later in the hearing she was asked if she thought segregation of schools based on race is immoral, and she said yes.

    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/06/27/kamala-harris-dem-colleagues-ready-to-play-hardball-to-save-constitution-from-trump-scotus-pick/

    Ask Kammie if she knows the difference between thinking the matter was actually within the scope of the Court to rule—– if the ruling was compliant with the Constitution—and agreeing with the end result, and she will cock her head to one side with the same confused look the basset hound had on the Dog IQ challenge when asked “Where did the treat go?” (it was under the paper cup) and be unable to answer because the entire premise would be so far beyond her limited range of knowledge. Vitter’s refusal to second-guess and possibly critique the methods of the prior Court had nothing at all to do with her feelings on school integration, but that would be a distinction far beyond Kammie’s skill set, or integrity level. Or both.

    I do wonder, however, how Kammie would define “hardball”. I have a feeling it involves threats to conservatives and their families, publication of their addresses and info about where their children go to school, physical confrontations which may involve actual violence or just the threat of violence, and in general the gamut of traditional Leftist mob approaches to taking power when they can’t win it.

    And BTW, a big talking point for the hysterical Left (an oldie but goodie from the Department of Redundancy Department) is the fact that Trump might be making his choice from—-get ready for this—-A PRESCREENED LIST !!!! This is, I guess, supposed to be a negative, as in “OMG, THIS CEO HAS ACTUALLY FORESEEN THE NEED TO NAME SOMEONE AND DONE HIS RESEARCH IN ADVANCE SO HE CAN BE, YOU KNOW, LIKE PREPARED !!!!

    They’ll need to explain the horror of that to me.

    • Cluster June 30, 2018 / 8:52 am

      What in the hell did you drink yesterday? I want some!!

      • Retired Spook June 30, 2018 / 10:12 am

        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. One of her best rants ever.

      • Amazona June 30, 2018 / 3:05 pm

        Ah, it was just a mood. A little Hendrick’s, a lot of Lib high-volume stupidity, it was a perfect storm.

        I do wish I had that pool, though. That part was pure wishful thinking.

      • Retired Spook June 30, 2018 / 6:27 pm

        We’ve spent a good portion of the last 3 days in and around our pond. Water temp is in the low 80’s, and we’re in a prolonged stretch of day-time highs in the high 80’s and low 90’s. Perfect swimming weather and great escape from the Leftist irrationality — no TV or phone, just the rustling of the leaves and the chirping of the birds.

      • Amazona June 30, 2018 / 8:16 pm

        Now you’re just messin’ with me……

      • Retired Spook June 30, 2018 / 10:53 pm

        Well, not intentionally, but yeah, kinda. You know you’re welcome to visit any time.

  5. Cluster July 1, 2018 / 9:25 am

    This is what has become of the democrats and the Left. In the name of “anti fascism” – they shut down a peaceful gathering. And notice how the author labels and accuses the Patriot Prayer group as “protestors” and “far right”.

    https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/06/portland_police_revoke_permit.html

    Physical confrontations will increase and will become more violent if the Left keeps this up. And I guarantee it will not turn out well for the metro sexual, gender bending, open border, anti-gun violence Democrats

    • Amazona July 2, 2018 / 11:48 am

      The mobs who employ fascist tactics including harassment, intimidation and violence are constantly identified as “anti fascists”.

      This is part of, and an inevitable outcome, of a mentality that says anyone is whatever he or she claims to be at any given time. The Left, which set the standard for dishonest and misleading self-labeling when they started to call themselves “Liberals” has learned how gullible stupid most Americans are when it comes to analyzing what they are told, and realized they could get away with labeling a fascist group “anti-fascist”

    • Amazona July 2, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      And if you want to see REAL hysteria from the Left, wait till the Right approaches the Left’s usual level of violence.

      I still remember the total hair-on-fire total freakout by the Left when a handful of Republicans, in their white dress shirts and loosened neckties, dared—-DARED !! I tell you!—-to push past the Dem mobs trying to physically block access to the rooms where votes were being counted during the Invented Crisis of the Florida 2000 vote mess. They absolutely lost it, in three part full throated shrieking harmony.

      We saw their reaction when some ranchers stood up to government thugs in Nevada—–this was simply unacceptable. (The revisionist story is that they were refusing to pay grazing fees. Certainly something, even if it was true, justifying a death sentence after calling in big guns. Just ask the Branch Davidians.)

      They are fine yelling “resistance is futile” as they try to force us all into the Borg, but they have wild-eyed wall-kicking hissy fits when it is tried. And when hired Antifa thugs with rocks and baseball bats run into some people with guns who understand that an Assault Rock or Assault Bat can be lethal, there will be no place to get away from the screeching.

  6. Cluster July 1, 2018 / 9:29 am

    This was posted yesterday on a local social media site. …….. but remember, they were all separated from their parents and just looking for a better life ….

    Early Thursday Morning, The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit attempted to stop a vehicle suspected of DUI. The car failed to stay in a lane. Deputies initiated a traffic stop at mile marker 190 along I-10 W. The driver of the vehicle refused to pull over, and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit went on for 20 miles with speeds reaching as high as 105 miles per hour. DPS assisted, spiking the suspect’s vehicle, forcing the car to come to a stop at a gas station just off of Riggs Road.

    The investigation revealed, 20-year-old Makensie McKeller of Sierra Vista, was the driver and registered owner of the vehicle. Six passengers were in the vehicle. Five of those passengers in the car were undocumented aliens.

    “Makensie McKeller claimed the five undocumented immigrants were her friends, yet she did not know any of their names. She picked them up at a fast food restaurant in southern Arizona and was heading to Phoenix.” Said Sheriff Mark Lamb, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. “McKeller not only put the lives of those undocumented aliens at risk, but she put the lives of law abiding American Citizens at risk as well as she attempted to flee from law enforcement.”

    Mckeller is charged with Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, Exceed 85 MPH on a Highway, and Failure to drive in one lane. The five undocumented immigrants were transferred over to Border Patrol. The sixth passenger in the vehicle was released.

    There’s a very good chance that Makenzie had a drug debt and this was how she was paying it off – human smuggling …….. it happens all the time here in Phoenix.

    • jdge1 July 2, 2018 / 1:31 pm

      Great article – Well stated. Unfortunately the left is not totally dead and probably won’t be for some time, if ever. They are however becoming exposed and falling apart as they thrash to regain their losses that kept them in power. As that power is stripped, their ability to survive will melt like the wicked witch of the west.

  7. Cluster July 1, 2018 / 9:55 am

    And now the left is going back to segregation:

    Kassen – who made $403,039 in 2016 – shared with parents that the policy was born after discussions with grads proved for a need to ‘create greater opportunities for connection and support.’

    He pointed to the school’s handbook that states: ‘Research points to the academic, social, and emotional benefits to being in a classroom with others who share racial, ethnic, linguistic, and/or cultural backgrounds.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5905299/West-Village-school-fire-parents-learn-policy-students-segregated.html

    • Amazona July 2, 2018 / 12:50 pm

      Not just back to segregation, which is now, oddly enough, being promoted by black racists more than by whites, but back to supporting the idea of using abortion to control the black population.. (See my post on Rachel Heid Evans, below.)

      For decades we understood that gender-specific education led to better education. Women in women’s colleges praised the lack of distraction by men and jockeying for male attention as enabling them to focus on their studies. Men in military schools tended to experience the same benefits of removing sexual competition and distraction from the system. For all of the praising of the benefits of having women in men’s colleges and vice versa, those benefits are real. I think the biggest benefit to educating men and women together is making the advantages of having attended a specific institution available to both genders.

      But separating people by ethnicity, culture, race or language would do nothing to advance anything but more divisiveness, more prejudice, and more ignorance of the others. I can see why this would appeal to a system which bases so much of its success on dividing people into discrete demographics and then pitting them against each other.

  8. Retired Spook July 1, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Excellent article. Three of the best parts:

    Likewise, gender is declared a social construct but gayness is said to be natural. But if gender is artificial and fluid, there is no basis for gayness, since neither masculinity nor femininity exist. Gender-fluidity also destroys feminism, for women cannot be oppressed because they can simply become men.

    —-

    In effect, the left is structured for failure because it always pursues the imaginary and then justifies everything by manipulating language.

    —-

    These words of Simone Weil sum up what the left is — rootless and unhinged from reality, promoting either lethargy or a violent hatred of those rooted.

    • M. Noonan July 1, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Someone Tweeted out today, “if gender is a construct, how can they march for women’s rights?”. The answer was simple: “come on: you know they can’t put two idea together.”

      Remember: they don’t believe in truth. This means they don’t believe in facts. And if you’re thinking they’ll make an exception for science, you’re wrong: there are already a host of Progressive opinions out there saying that our science is just part of the Patriarchy’s plan of oppression and we have to make room for non-science science…which might not work out for anyone trying to build a bridge, but will work out well in allowing a whole bunch of Progs with useless degrees to claim they are the same as real scientists (only better, because they aren’t slaves to Dead White Male Science).

      Know what really killed the old order? Allowing people with no real intellectual ability to go to college. You know why this happened: more butts in seats means the college makes more money. But putting people into college who couldn’t hack it meant that, to keep them there (and keep them coming), we had to invent a sort of college which didn’t require any ability. Trouble was, those who went that route massively outnumbered those who were mentally fit for college, and so dragged down the institutions. As little as a hundred years ago, being college educated, regardless of ultimate career, meant you knew Latin and Greek and had at least some education in match, science, law, philosophy, history and theology. Many college graduates today are barely literate.

      • Amazona July 2, 2018 / 12:31 pm

        The old concept of valuing a college education was that if you were a farmer, or a plumber, or in management, you would be a better person for knowing history, the classics, some Greek or Latin, something about the world around you. There was the belief that education benefited us all, as individuals and as a nation. College was not necessarily job training, except for some professions like law and medicine, but was education for the sake of education, to expand the mind and spirit.

        When that concept of the value of higher education moved from the “education” aspect, and the shift Mark points out occurred, “higher education” became an oxymoron. Coupled with the fact that the standards for admission were constantly being lowered—-a natural consequence of the deterioration of lower education—– and the standards of the course work naturally lowered as well, we had the takeover of the teaching part of the equation by radical Leftists who viewed their students as captive audiences for political indoctrination. Colleges were no longer centers of learning, of intellectual stimulation and acquisition of knowledge, but were merely petri dishes for the culturing of toxic political positions. Not political theory or philosophy, which remain mysteries to nearly all on the Left, but mere training of people to affiliate themselves with a system they don’t understand or even know exists, through emotional manipulation.

        The fact that so many Americans have been able to overcome these factors is amazing. There seems to be an innate BS detector in enough people, and enough innate need for liberty and rationality, to overcome those focused efforts of the Left.

  9. jdge1 July 2, 2018 / 11:51 am

    If it isn’t already obvious, the left is preparing to move into full battle mode to restrict “free speech”, something they championed only a few decades ago.

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/01/williams-why-liberals-have-flip-flopped-on-free-speech

    This is typical of their ranting: Catharine A. MacKinnon, a law professor at the University of Michigan, goes further still, declaring that free speech reinforces and amplifies injustice because it is now being used to defend ideas she finds distressing.

    So now we’re supposed to find out what the left finds distressing, then adjust our actions to sooth their feelings. Anyone wonder whether the left will get more violent or not? Question I have is, what will be done when they do? What form of deterrent will be placed at their feet? When the crap hits the fan will the general public see the left for what it is or will the left and the complicit media twist truth and logic once again to change the narrative that all the problems stem from the right? Time will tell, but this is why it’s important for the DOJ to get their act together NOW.

    • Amazona July 2, 2018 / 12:20 pm

      Well, I suppose they could start forming mobs to fight free speech, harassing and intimidating and threatening those who have opposing points of view. They could try to disguise these fascist mobs by calling them “ant-fascist”. Maybe they could come up with a cutsie name, like Antifa, to gull the ignorant.

  10. Amazona July 2, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    Yet another radical Lefty inadvertently blurts out a truth they try to hide—their support for the agenda of Margaret Sanger

    Leftist Rachel Heid Evans tweeted a series of unintentional outing of some pretty racist radical thought.

    ”… when I see conservatives celebrating the “millions of lives” that will be saved if Roe is overturned I wonder if they realize a significant percentage of these lives would be in poor communities of color..”

    Yes, we do. And we celebrate that. We have been identifying abortion as a form of controlling the black population for years now. We see human life as inherently sacred, without regard for skin color.

    Of course, she goes on to explain that anti-abortion people will be experiencing an Unintended Consequence as in her mind we will then be burdened by people we hate and want to oppress, but the core of her message is the admission that poor black people are the largest pool of abortion victims in the country…….and that killing people is an acceptable way of dealing with poverty, and if most of those lost lives are black, well, that’s fine.

    https://1eternitymatters.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/the-lies-and-slander-of-faux-life-christian-leftist-rachel-held-evans

    • jdge1 July 2, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      …I wonder if they realize a significant percentage of these lives would be in poor communities of color..”

      She’s stuck in a mental quandary of her own making, not knowing how to square the hole. She likely believes with all these additional “poor people” government will be further burdened with more welfare costs, more education costs, more healthcare costs, more of our sacred earth resources, more burden on climate, and so on, something “we” can hardly deal with now, with our current population. What to do? Plus, the unintended consequences of eliminating these children will also be eliminating future votes for leftist politicians. What to do?

      Her only fallback answer is to follow her handlers hoping they have the answers she’s looking for. Unfortunate for her, they couldn’t care less and are only in this game for themselves. What happens to a leftist when they realize they’re just pawns having played due to their ignorance?

      • Amazona July 4, 2018 / 12:30 pm

        Actually, when she started to try to walk back her comments, she “explained” that more black and brown babies would only be a problem for us racists. She was explaining that a rise in minority births would not be a victory for people who respect human life, but an Unintended Consequence for those nasty racists determined to strip women of health care and “reproductive rights”.

        It’s a creepy unwelcome peek into the fever swamp of a Leftist mind, but I think it occurred only when the innate racism of the author was called out.

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