Monday, June 26, 2017

Gorsuch making a difference

Supreme Court Rules Religious School Can Use Taxpayer Funds For Playground

Supreme Court to take case on baker who refused to sell wedding cake to gay couple

A straw in the wind?

Supreme Court reinstates Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it.

The action Monday is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.

Trump said last week that the ban would take effect 72 hours being cleared by courts.

The justices will hear arguments in the case in the fall.

Supreme Court Revives Parts Of Trump's Travel Ban As It Agrees To Hear Case

The case centers on the president's move to block new visas for travelers from six majority-Muslim countries for 90 days, and to suspend the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. 

Challengers to the ban said it would harm people who have legitimate reasons to be in the U.S. — including through family ties, work and education.

The justices removed the lower courts' injunctions against the ban "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States," narrowing the scope of two injunctions that had put the ban in limbo.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Another season of Luther

My wife just told me one of our favorite shows is coming back.

Idris Elba, the Brit Denzel, is wonderful in it.

And the mad redheaded girl is great fun.

Rod Dreher, professional Christian, finds contemporary pop culture desperately alienating.

Well, contemporary culture altogether.

What must white nationalists think?

Can Pat Buchanan, Steve Bannon, or Ann Coulter stand to watch any TV at all?

Reruns of Father Knows Best and Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A comparison chart

At KOS.

Key differences among Obamacare, the House plan, and the Senate plan.

About labeling and the American right

Any American individual, group, or publication calling himself or itself conservative, a patriot, or patriotic is a radical, fringe individual, group, or publication that absolutely hates the America we have today and wants to profoundly and radically change it.

Decades of polling consistently show that the political center is supportive of all the achievements of progressivism since the end of the 19th Century and hopes for further improvement along the same lines.

That means liberals and Democrats are centrists on these issues, on which they (we) share exactly that outlook, while so-called conservatives and Republicans are radicals on the fringe.

And that means, too, according to the proper political meaning of the term, that America's liberals and America's Democrats are in fact America's conservatives.

Those who call themselves that are liars.

Reversing Ataturk

Turkey to stop teaching evolution in high school

Turkish high school students will no longer be taught the theory of evolution.

The subject has been cut from the curriculum under changes made to eliminate "controversial" topics, the head of the national board of education, Alpaslan Durmus, announced in a video address.

"If our students don't have the background, the scientific knowledge, or information to comprehend the debate around controversial issues, we have left them out," Durmus said.

The new curriculum will go into effect for the 2017- 2018 school year.

It was crafted to emphasize national values and highlight contributions made by Turkish and Muslim scholars, Durmus said.

History classes will look beyond "Eurocentrism" and music classes will focus on "all colors of Turkish music," he said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan survived a coup attempt last year and solidified his power in April in a referendum that handed him sweeping powers.

Critics view the changes in the education system as another step in the ruling Justice and Development Party's ambitions to make Turkey more conservative. 

Erdogan has been vocal about wanting to raise "a pious generation."

Hmm, maybe not

How to Fix Gerrymandering

Make state legislatures bigger.

He thinks larger legislatures would be more representative of the ideological compositions of the states and that would make them unwilling to gerrymander.

But the first claim is questionable and the second groundless.

The constitution does not require that we elect house members by single member districts.

So don't.

Elect them at large, statewide, according to any one of the several formulae available.

Heck, there's no reason all the states need even use the same formula.

The Liar in Chief supports a plan that breaks all his promises

Trump's previous promises on health care

Trump has already thrown his weight behind the plan, tweeting: "I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill. Look forward to making it really special!"

He promised health care for all, but the senate bill is health care for a lot fewer.

He promised no harm to Medicaid and this guts Medicaid.

He promised lower costs and deductibles and this delivers higher costs and deductibles.

His lies are masking and thus enabling the standard Republican agenda that America always overwhelmingly rejects in polls, gut the welfare state to allow gigantic tax cuts for the rich.

More lies from the Asshole in Chief

In a complete flip-flop, Fyodor now admits there was Russian meddling in the election.

But only in the context of more lies about Obama and the Democrats crafted to shift blame onto them.

Trump: Obama 'did nothing' about Russia election meddling

President Donald Trump questioned former President Barack Obama's response to Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election in an interview airing Sunday morning, saying Obama didn't do enough to address the situation.

"Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it," Trump said in an excerpt of his interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" released Friday. 

"But nobody wants to talk about that."

Everyone including Bozo (who immediately began his months of denial which continued until this interview) heard about Russian interference well before the election, and the Obama administration did what it could and what seemed appropriate at the time.

WAPO has a story about this that I can't get to because it's behind a pay wall.

Clearly, a bipartisan response would be nice, and O was right that there was no way in hell to get that from the GOP, and especially from Bozo who firmly and volubly insisted at the time that there had been no interference and the whole thing was a Democrat and media hoax, before the election nor, indeed, at any time since.

Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election

The first involved establishing personal contact with Americans perceived as sympathetic to Moscow — such as former Defense Intelligence Agency chief Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and eay Trump foreign-policy adviser Carter Page — and using them as a means to further Russia's foreign-policy goals.

The second involved hacking the Democratic National Committee email servers and then giving the material to WikiLeaks, which leaked the emails in batches throughout the second half of 2016.

The third was to amplify the propaganda value of the leaked emails with a disinformation campaign waged predominantly on Facebook and Twitter, in an effort to use automated bots to spread fake news and pro-Trump agitprop.

And the fourth was to breach US voting systems in as many as 39 states leading up to the election, in an effort to steal registration data that officials say could be used to target and manipulate voters in future elections.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The most astonishing hogwash

Benjamin Truman's report to President Johnson, April 9, 1866.

The contrary of Schurz's report in every way.

Hence, a tissue of arrant, white supremacist lies.