Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. (Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified 1865)
Now, over a hundred years later, perhaps it is time to ask, “is it time to repeal the 13th Amendment?”
From a purely corporate, profit-driven motive, the answer must be a resounding “NO”!
The Average Cost of Living in the U.S. is $20,194 per person per year according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour; a person working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, makes $15,080.00.
Minimum wage is less than the cost of living.
Now, perhaps, one can understand why Republicans are seeking to eliminate the minumum wage: it’s cheaper than owning slaves.
thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes, videos & cake. You’re all the best!
(by the time I was able to post this, all the critters had gone nite-nite.)
Thanks again, friends.
This one slipped by the Mainstream Media. Beginning 1/1/2014, every one will have to fill out a new W-2 form for their employer. It will be identical to your old one, except that there will be a box where you can indicate whether you are Pro Life. Those that do, will have an additional 1% withheld on their taxable income. The money raised will go to fund orphanages and other services related to unwanted children. But no where on the W-2 form will it indicate that by checking the box, your taxes will go up.
That’s because poll after poll has indicated that those who are the most vocal Pro-Lifers are also the most adamantly opposed to any taxes. But this hidden tax has wide bipartisan support. Those on the left see it as necessary to support the increased population of unwanted children born as a result of stringent anti-abortion laws. Studies show unwanted children leads to higher governmental costs in the form of truancy from school, counseling and crime. Those on the right see this as a way of decreasing the deficit without raising taxes, since the increased withholding is not really a tax; it’s just that people won’t get that increased withheld money back when they get their tax refunds. And it will show up on their paycheck as a “Pro Life Deduction” instead of a tax, which will enhance its popularity among the Pro-Life crowd.
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Recently someone (a good guy?) fired off some celebratory shots at a birthday party in a house crowded with teenagers. Someone else (another good guy) took it upon himself to open fire in response. Result: 2 dead and more than a dozen injured. By a good guy with a gun.
With so many guns per capita in the U.S. you’d think good guy vigilanteism would stop most of the mass killings. But, no. A survey of mass murders over the years reveals a surprising number of “bad guys with guns” kill themselves.
2013: A bad guy with a gun opens fire at a Naval Yard, kills a dozen people before he is killed.
2012: Sandy Hook Elementary; 27 killed; gunman commits suicide.
2012: Aurora, Colorado; 12 killed; gunman dressed in head-to-toe protective gear is taken into custody.
2011: Seal Beach, California; 8 killed; gunman wearing body armor is arrested without incident trying to leave the scene.
2010: Manchester, Connecticut; 8 killed; gunman commited suicide.
2010: Appomattox, Virginia; 8 killed; gunman surrenders to police the next morning.
2009: A bad guy with a gun kills 13 people at Ft. Hood. Lots of good guys with guns. Bad guy not shot, is sentenced to death. Hmmmm….the death penalty didn’t stop this guy.
2009: Binghamton, New York; 13 killed; gunman commits suicide.
2009: Alamaba; 10 killed; gunman commits suicide.
2009; Carthage, North Carolina; 8 killed; gunman convicted of second degree murder, sentenced to 141 to 179 years in prison.
2007: Virginia Tech. 32 killed; gunman commits suicide.
2007: Omaha Nebraska; 8 killed; gunman commits suicide.
2005: Red Lake High School, Minnesota; 8 killed; gunman commits suicide.
1999: Columbine High School; 13 killed; gunmen commit suicide.
1999: Atlanta, Georgia; 12 killed; gunman commited suicide.
1993: San Francisco; 8 killed; gunman commits suicide.
1991: Killeen, Texas; 23 killed; gunman commits suicide.
1989: Louisville, Kentucky; 8 killed; gunman commtis suicide.
1984: San Ysidro, California, McDonnalds; 21 killed; Police sharpshooter kills gunman.
1984: Manley Hot Springs, Alaska; 8 killed; gunman is killed in a shootout with police.
1982: Miami Florida; 8 killed; gunman shot in the back by a witness who pursued him.
1982: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; 13 Killed; gunman committed to mental institution.
1973: New Orleans; 9 killed; police snipers kill gunman.
1966: University of Texas; 18 killed; police officers killed gunman.
So there we have it. Of the 20 deadliest shootings in U.S. history from 1965 to now, only once has a good guy with a gun taken out a bad guy with a gun (not counting the police, who are supposed to be the good guys with guns).
What’s the solution? Some throw up their hands in despair, there’s too many guns out there, there’s no way to stop it. Others point to Australia, that decided after one horrific incident that enough was enough, and had a massive gun riddance campaign. Others wrap themselves in the flag and flack jackets and openly brandish their firearms, threatening to use them if anyone dares impinge upon their “Second Amendment Rights.”
We’re coming up on the anniversary of Sandy Hook. Nothing has changed. Not enough kids have been slaughtered yet for Americans to say “enough is enough.”
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT:
Photo © 2013 Briseadh na Faire
The Washington Redskins, plagued with calls for political correctness, earnestly tried a new name in practice this week. Well, not exactly new…for the week, they referred to themselves as the Washington Senators, drawing from the name used by the D.C. football team back in 1921. Problems soon arose.
The Right Guard immediatly began to filibuster every huddle. The entire defensive line shutdown practice, demanding cuts to special teams. The full back refused to give the ball to the tight end, because, well, that just sounded too gay. And the wide receivers? Well, they got along with the tight ends, but that’s just about it.
On the brighter side, the offensive line blocked everything from getting to the quarterback. But then they wouldn’t let him pass anything unless they approved of the play, after sending it to committee. It got to where every huddle in their practice scrimmage led to a delay of game penalty.
Management soon realized calling the team the “Washington Senators” would lead to Gridiron Gridlock. Still, they would like to rename the team to something that would strike fear in the hearts of their opponents. This coming week, they’ll call themselves the Washington ObamaCare.
(note, the poll results won’t show what you write-in for “other”, so please let us know your suggestions in the thread below.)
AT THE TONE, THE TIME WILL BE
OPEN THREAD TIME
The Zoo’s underground reporter recently dug up the dirt on the Tea Party’s next objective: Shut Down Thanksgiving.
Frustrated that the deal to shut down the shutdown of the federal government kicked the shutdown can down the road until after Christmas, the rebels in the Tea Party seized on the closest national holiday as their new cause du jour.
“Thanksgiving has long been thought of as an American Holiday” said one anonymous spokesperson, “but it’s not. It’s nothing more than a liberal plot to get real Americans celebrating alongside with them savage Indians.”
The spokesperson continued, “We won the war against the Indians. We drove them off the land by giving them smallpox, and bullets. And if that didn’t work, we conned them into one treaty after another. We took this continent away from them, fair and square.”
“So to celebrate, we should be calling this Holiday “Thanks-Taking”, cuz that’s the American way!”
Tea Party activists have circulated petitions, seeking to have major retailers change their advertising to “Thanks-Taking Day” sales. Macy’s, sponsor of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, adamently refused to change its stance. So far, only the NRA is on board. A spokesperson put it succinctly, “What better way to say “Thanks-Taking” than with a Smith and Wesson”?
OK, YOUR TURN.
10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…we have ignition…2…1…we have lift-off.
Anticipation. That time between ignition and lift-off when an irreversable process has begun, but its effects are not yet felt. Like being in the front car on a rollercoaster ride as it crests that first big hill and you’re looking at the long drop ahead…there’s no stopping now. All you can do is scream.
That’s where we’re at now. It’s already too late to stop the economic train-wreck caused by those who want smaller government. They’re going to get what they wanted.
An article on FoxNews.com, of all places, mapped out the timeline for getting something through the Senate and House, and it looks like, barring unanimous consent in the Senate, the soonest something could get to President Obama’s desk is October 23, and then ONLY if Boehner lets it go to a vote. But by then, we will have defaulted.
But even if something gets rammed through in a day, damage is already being done. Stocks are down. Our borrowing costs will go up, just for having gone through another round of fiscal attempted suicide.
“I will remind you that this group of renegades that decided that they wanted to break from the crown in 1776 did great damage to the economy of the colonies. They created the greatest nation and the best form of government, but they did damage to the economy in the short run.”
So, now we have a Southern State Representative comparing the actions of the Tea Party with those of the leaders of the Revolutionary War.
Is this their “exit strategy”? First, destroy the economy of the United States, then break off and form their own government?
It seems no one in the Tea Party movement really looks down the road and asks themselves, “What if?” What if they succeed?
What if they create a Theocratic Confederacy of Southern and farm belt states?
What if they prevent women and the working poor from getting affordable health care?
What if these States have to live within their means, and can no longer receive more from Washingon than they pay in taxes?
What if these States had to pay for their own military?
Having destroyed the U.S. and Global Economy, how will they convince other nations to trade with them?
The Tea Party does not have any answers to these questions, primarily because they don’t ask these questions. To them, it’s all about getting their way, whatever it is at the moment, without compromise. To them, compromise means the other side must realize the Tea Party way is the Right way. They are like spoiled children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD and bipolar disorder all wrapped into one big God-fearing hate-filled package.
And this past weekend, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz rallied outside the Whitehouse with a Confederate Flag, protesting the government shutdown by taking down the barricade around the WWII monument. Start the revolution without me.
The College of Cardinals, unhappy with the liberal bent of Pope Francis, have shut down the Catholic Church.
Church bells were silenced this morning as Parish Priests around the globe sullenly posted the shut-down notices on cathedral doors. For the first time in centuries, no Mass was held this morning. Vatican City was closed to all visitors as an erie silence descended upon its streets and halls.
The shutdown notices stated:
Until His Eminance returns to the traditional values of the Catholic Church, these doors will remain closed. The College of Cardinals regrets any inconvenience this shut down has caused. Hail Mary, Hail Mary, Hail Mary.
The effects of the shutdown were not immediately felt outside of Vatican City. In the United States, parishoners simply went back home and watched football. Some stopped long enough to comment.
“Frankly, I thought going to confession was stupid. I mean, I had to do it every week. Most of the time I just made something up so the priest wouldn’t think I was hiding anything.”
“This is all Pope Francis’ fault. If he hadn’t started embracing atheists and gays we wouldn’t be shut out of our place of worship.”
“The Pope is supposed to represent God here on earth. For the past two thousand years, God hated gays and atheists and Protestants. Why change now? This is the Devil’s work. We’re at the end of times for sure.”
Economists warn this shutdown, if it lasts more than a couple of weeks, could have a direct effect on the global economy. Millions of dollars that used to flow to the Vatican every Sunday will now be spent locally. On the other hand, charity and missionary work will run out of funds before the end of the year.
Michelle Bachmann took to the morning talk show circuit this morning, praising the shutdown. “The Catholic Church is nothing more than a massive socialist government disguising itself as a religious organization that redistributes wealth from the job creators to the poor. It’s about time someone shut it down so the people will be free to practice their own religion and come to know that Jesus Christ is coming down to Earth and save all true believers. We’re living in the End Times now. Praise Jesus for this blessed shutdown!”
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Due to the Federal “slimdown” government workers in charge of shredding documents have been furloughed. Walker, The Zoo’s top underground reporter dug up some interesting memos indicating President Obama plans on raising the stakes in the on-going showdown with Republicans over funding the government.
“They want to f— with me? F—them.” one note read, apparently in Obama’s handwriting.
A partial email string read “They want to negotiate? What? Get rid of Obamacare and they’ll let the government stay open 6 weeks at a time??? How about this: How about I say I’m not going to sign any continuing resolution unless it restores taxes back to the levels under Eisenhour?”
“Right on, Boss!”
“Hey, why not throw in “end all big oil subsidies”? “
“You should f’n refuse to sign anything that doesn’t defund Halliburton!”
“Hey, any chance of this leaking out?”
“No way. NSAs shutdown”
“ummm….guys….I’ve been blind ccing biden on all this…keeping the vp in the loop.”
“Don’t worry about Joe, he knows when to keep his mouth shut most of the time”
“I wanna be there when BO tells JB to STFU. No deal without a tax increase on the 1%.”
“Should we have paramedics on standby with a defib?”
I wonder what these folks would say, if Republicans succeed and ObamaCare is delayed or repealed, if you ask them, is it worth it?
Yosemite closure plan
October 3, 2013TO: Board Of SupervisorsFROM: Rick Benson, County Administrative OfficerSUBJECT: Discussion, direction and possible actions in response to the closure of Yosemite National Park.On October 1, 2013 the Federal government ordered the shut down of all nonessential operations due to Congress not authorizing expenditures beyond that date. Currently there is a stalemate in Congress regarding funding measures and it is unknown how long the government “shut down” will continue. In the category of nonessential expenditures are all National Parks, including Yosemite.
Since Yosemite is closed it is anticipated that there will be nearly a complete loss of tourist visitation to the area. This will result in drastic if not total reduction in transient occupancy tax (TOT) revenues. If Yosemite were to be shut down for the entire month of October the revenue loss to the General Fund is expected to be between $800,000 and $1 million. Closure beyond October will result in similar loss of revenue to the County.
Good News! The End of The World is Nigh!
In just eight more days, the United States of America will not have enough money to pay for all of its obligations. Technically, the world’s greatest superpower will be bankrupt.
This is going to really tick off a lot of people: China, Europe, Israel, all those countries we gave foreign aid to so they could buy U.S. made arms and seeds from Monsanto. Basically everybody who got any kind of benefit, directly or indirectly, from the U.S. Goverment.
Just think, no more government subsidies to Big Oil and Agribusiness. Oh, and all those Red States that received more in federal dollars than they paid to the U.S. Treasury? Not any more.
But the really good news, according to no less an authority than Michelle Bachman, is the end of the world. That’s right. Jesus himself will come down and all of His True Believers will be Raptured and go to heaven. And not a moment too soon.
With all those evangelical christians finally out of the way, the rest of us can get to work cleaning up the mess they’ve made of this planet.
THIS JUST IN:
Earlier this morning, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced he will not bring a clean debt ceiling increase bill to a vote in the House of Representatives, guaranteeing that the nation will default in its debt obligations.
President Obama was swift in his response. “This is like terrorists invading a bank and threatening to kill every hostage unless we negotate with them, meaning, we give the terrorists everything they want, knowing that the terrorists will be back in a couple of months, taking more hostages, making more demands.”
“We don’t negotiate with terrorists.” the President was visibly agitated. “Under the Authorization to Use Military Force, I have the authority to use all means at my disposal to deal with terrorists, and can even invade, if absolutely necessary, capture and detain in Guantanamo any suspected terrorists, whereever they are, anywhere in the world.
“And so, I have ordered an invasion of the House of Representatives and the immediate incarceration in Guantanamo every member of the Republican Party. They will be held indefinitely, and treated no different than the current detainees at that facility.”
With that, the Presdent left the Rose Garden without taking any questions.
More to follow as events unfold.
ObamaCare was debated, crafted, negotiated, compromises made, meetings held, input given and finally passed over about a two-year period. It is not Universal Health Care, it is not Single Payer or Medicare for all. It is a huge gift to the insurance industry as now everyone must buy insurance or pay a tax to cover their medical costs. And it was upheld as constitutional by the Roberts Supreme Court.
And Republicans shut down the government unless ObamaCare is delayed until just before the 2014 congressional elections (at which time they’ll do this all over again). And if Republicans get what they want, the government gets to stay open for a few more weeks, when they will have new demands.
These same Republicans got fewer votes, but got a majority of the House thanks to their gerrymandering of congressional districts after the 2010 census. They represent a minority of the American people, but insist the country bow to their demands.
On an ironically related note, Republicans have long fought for the right of the mentally disturbed to buy assault rifles with 100 round magazines. If you don’t see how these are related and the impending irony, you haven’t studied enough history.
This is the best explanation of where we are, and why there’s no realistic hope of things getting better:
How do House Republicans end up convincing themselves of unrealistic plans, particularly when they’ve seen them fail before, and when respected voices in the Republican and even conservative establishment are warning against them?
RC: When you get the members off the talking points you come to a simple conclusion: They don’t face consequences for taking these hardline positions. When you hear members talk candidly about their biggest victory, it wasn’t winning the House in 2010. It was winning the state legislatures in 2010 because they were able to redraw their districts so they had many more conservative voters. The members get heat from the press but they don’t get heat from back home.
It will take years before new districts are drawn. By then, it will be too late.
A lady asked Dr. Franklin “Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy.”
“A republic” replied the Doctor “if you can keep it.”
Class warfare came to a head a hundred years ago when the labor movement spawned the advent of Unions. Workers joined in solidarity to help each other against the capitalists, the ruling class of their day.
Their gains have been slowly but surely chipped away. The ruling class has been working n the halls of power for decades. They took Lincoln to heart – they didn’t try to fool all the people all the time, just enough of the people at election time. They succeeded.
When a republic is no longer represented by the majority, but by the wealthy few, it ceases to be a republic and is instead an oligarchy. This is where we are now. And the oligarchs will not give up their power willingly.
I recall a time in the not-to-distant past when anyone who dared vote against the President was a traitor.
The more interesting question is, can a group of persons, elected on the promise to destroy the federal government, who then act on their campaign promise, be traitors? I don’t think so. I think that’s part of representative democracy & the right to change our government – even write a totally new Constitution, if we so choose.
Remember, these tea-party representatives would get nowhere if not for the support of some 200 other Republicans in the House.
These Republicans are quite willing and able to destroy the country to get their way – They’ve been using the budget and debt ceiling limits to their “advantage” for years now, passing authorizations only enough to keep the government and the economy limping along for a few weeks at a time.
Matters have now come to a head. If any Republican breaks ranks. s/he will be branded a loser & will be “primaried” by a tea party candidate. The divide will get worse before it gets better.
Now, some 8 million mothers and babies have lost minimal nutrition support. Millions of fathers are directly feeling the results of the government “slimdown” as Fox puts it. Odds are good that some of these millions are avid gun owners.
Nearly 1 million government and private workers are on an unpaid vacation. Odds are good that most live paycheck to paycheck. They are directly impacted by this “slimdown” (and yes, I use that term precicely because its use is like fingernails on a chalkboard). Their creditors will be impacted soon, as they won’t be paying their credit cards, rent, home and/or car payments.
Point being, an extended “slimdown” will lead to gun violence and people getting killed. This is on top of the looming global market crash. Michelle Bachmann cheered the shutdown, and she was joined by the rank and file tea party members.
But it’s all Obama’s fault. He won’t negotiate with them. But what’s there to negotiate? They haven’t come up with a better health care solution. Negotiations with the Tea Party means give them everything they want, when they want it, or they will shut the government down.
It used to be majority rule, so long as it does not trample the rights of the minority. But now the minority is an intransient sect, hell-bent on imposing their will, and religious beliefs, on the majority.
We have the best government money can buy. And now, it appears, no government is the best government for the aristocracy.
Government Shutdown, Day Two.
Republicans now blaming shutdown on France.
If not for France, we wouldn’t have the Statue of Liberty.
If not for the Statue of Liberty, we would not have the poem:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
If not for the poem, we would not have the wretched refuse, the tired, poor, huddled, homeless masses.
If not for the wretched refuse, the tired, poor, huddled, homeless masses, we would not have ObamaCare.
If not for ObamaCare, we would not have to shut down the government.
It’s all France’s fault.
POST NOW, BEFORE THE INTERNET CLOSES.
Christmas came early for hundreds of thousands of federal workers as the Tea Party Caucus successfully shut down the Federal Government. This, to be sure, is a White Christmas. Except for Father Christmas, John Boehner. He’s orange.
The Speaker of the House used the power of his position to prevent a clean funding bill from coming up for a vote. He is dedicated to spending any amount, incurring any hardship, just to see that millions of Americans don’t have health insurance. Except that he’s spending taxpayers’ money, and he’s not having to get by without a paycheck. The same goes for the Tea Party Caucus. They know, thanks to gerrymandering, they’ll get re-elected.
The Republican Party has long run on the mantra of a smaller federal government and now, they’ve succeeded in their goal. Only functions deemed “essential” are operating. Everything else is shut down, or shutting down. Everything else, we can get by without, on a permanent basis. National Parks? nope. Government regulators? Who needs them. Research grants? Let the free market take care of it.
If the Tea Party wants to, they can make sure that a total economic collapse, worse than the Great Depression, starts on Obama’s watch. All they have to do is…nothing. And they’ll still get their full paychecks.
Now what?!? Some headlines & news stories that ended up on the cutting room floor:
Syria wants to give up its chemical weapons, but Halliburton has a strict “No Returns” policy.
Putin will ease up on Russia’s anti-gay policy during the Olympics, if all male athletes agree to forego wearing shirts.
The Napa California Hot Air Balloon Contest sported a hot air balloon that looked like Rush Limbaugh. No one could tell the difference.
Now that Gay marriages are legal, Gay divorces are on the upswing.
With recreational marijuana now legal in some states, pot sales hit new highs.
Koch-BlockBusters deal falls through.
Netpics picks hit flix.
Ted Cruz picks up endorsement from Sarah Palin, goes down in polls.
Congress shut down for two weeks last summer. No one noticed the difference.
Republicans want to shut down the government if they don’t get their way. Oh, wait. That’s not news.
OPINE THREAD TIME.
Well, another mass shooting is in the news. Ho–hum—
Time to go out and buy more guns, because, you know, if 3,000 members of the Naval armed forces cannot stop one guy before he kills a dozen people, you have to buy more guns to protect yourself and your family, because, you know, Obama’s gonna take your guns away.
Except he isn’t.
According to sources deep within the Obama Administration, the President is considering an entirely different tact. Instead of calling for registration of gun owners, the President will be asking for all citizens who do not presently own a gun to register their non-ownership status with the Federal Government.
“Non-ownership of guns has never presented a 2nd Amendment problem” a source revealed, on condition of anonymity. “The President’s idea is beautiful in its simplicity. All non-gun owners will register their non-gun ownership with the federal government. Then, if we get a call about gun violence, they won’t have to worry about a SWAT Team taking them out by mistake. Anyone who doesn’t register as a non-gun owner will be presumed to be armed and dangerous, and will be treated accordingly.”
Early reports from the NRA seem to indicate the Association is in an absolute quandry over how to respond to the inherent double-negative in the President’s proposed program. Although instinctively the NRA opposes everything Obama proposes, no one clear voice of opposition to a non-gun-owner registration has emerged, except for that of Sarah Palin, “I think that those Americans who don’t want to own a gun to protect their freedoms should be free to not own a gun free from governmental interference and regulation and every true American who owns a gun should be free to own a gun without having to not register as a non-gun-owner in order to protect the basic liberty that is, to not delcare what someone does’t have.”
In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court upheld the nations most onerous voter restriction laws. Dubbed the “Freedom and United Citizens Kinship Young-Old-Undocumented Act” the Ohio law requires everyone to re-register to vote by showing not only photo ID, but certified birth certificates of themselves, their parents and grandparents. The following requirements will go into effect July 1, 2014:
People who lack the proper photo ID may obtain one, free of charge, at their local DMV. They must produce a certified copy of their birth certificate to obtain the legally required ID.
People who lack certified copies of their birth certificates may obtain them, free of charge, by applying in person the county clerk’s office in the county where they were born. The must provide the county clerk with a valid Photo ID described above.
The Ohio Republican Central Committee has spent millions ahead of the effective date of this legislation providing those currently registered as Republicans with certified copies of the required birth certificates and photo IDs.
The law also denies residence status to college students living away from their parents home, and renters.
“The Constitution does not expressly grant the right to vote.” Scalia’s opinion began. The opinion noted that the “implied ‘right to vote’” could not be restricted based on race, color or condition of servitude (XV Amendment), sex (XIX Amendment), nor conditioned upon any poll tax or other tax (XXIV).
Scalia emphasized the importance of the language of the 24th Amendment and the fact that it applied only to voting for the President, Vice-President, Senators and Representatives, suggesting strongly that a poll tax for state and local elected officials would pass Constitutional muster.
The decision then went on to state that by providing the required documentation free of charge, the Ohio law was not a poll tax or other tax, no matter how onerous the condition. And residency requirements are not prohibited by the Constitution.
Within hours of the Supreme Court decision, States with Republican-held legislatures moved immediately to enact their versions of the Ohio law, adding poll taxes for State and Local elections.
The decision, Fit v. Shan, ___ USC ___ can be found HERE*.
*not an endorsement.
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In other Gnus, President Obama, unable to get Congressional approval for a strike against Syria, is planning on invading EBay.
Mars Candy, makers of M & M candy, is going through a corporate breakup, will only market M from now on.
Walmart is going solar. By 2015 all stores will be powered solely by solar energy. Company plans to discontinue rain checks.
Gay marriage has hit an unexpected snag. Picking out bridegroom outfits is apparently more contentious than anyone ever anticipated.
Astronomers finally figured out why the world did not end as the Mayan Calendar predicted. The Mayans forgot to account for Daylight Savings Time.
The House of Representatives recently suffered an invasion of dung beetles. It was bound to happen sooner or later.
Diana Nyad became the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Key West Florida without a shark cage. She used a lawyer as a decoy.
HPPY HMP DY.
Newton could have been a sociologist:
- I. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
- II. The relationship between an object’s mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F isF = ma.
- III. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
A couple of hours after the Supreme Court struck down certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act, certain states began to implement their long-suppressed voter
restriction registration laws.
Emboldened by their re-masculation, white males are coming out of the closet in impressive numbers. Bigotry, once lampooned in the TV sitcom “All In the Family”, is now quickly becoming mainstream.
White men who “stand their ground” are now heroes,
even if especially if they started the altercation. Not only are they heroes, they are the true victims, as their life is put in the spotlight just because they killed someone who “threatened” them.
Misogyny is also on the rebound, as men, long victimized by cries rape are now fighting back. Women who accuse a man of rape are once again branded as sluts, whores or just plain liars, and shamed into committing suicide. Those who get pregnant from rape must have given their consent. They can’t get an abortion, the government won’t provide pre-natal care, and if they have miscarriage, they may be convicted of manslaughter. If the baby is born, the father/rapist gets visiting rights, maybe even custody, meaning the mother will have to pay child support for the next 18 years.
Meanwhile the professional class, Doctors and Lawyers, etc., are slipping into the middle class; the middle class is becoming the working poor; and the poor are becoming destitute. The rich are becoming the aristocracy.
This is the direction we are heading, and will continue down that path until acted upon by some external force. Force is mass times acceleration. The masses, slow to start moving, are picking up energy, as surely as a tropical storm gathers in strength as it moves across the ocean. Everywhere Republicans, emboldened by majority control, enact legislation to destroy unions, to limit the vote, to further take money and power away from the people and give it their rich overlords, the storm continues to gather strength.
The ruling aristocracy will be met with an equal and opposite reaction: REVOLUTION. it is but a whisper on the wind now, but it is like a force of Nature that cannot be dispelled. It must run its course. And in its wake, balance will be restored.
HAPPY HUMP DAY, EVERYONE!