I guess she would agree that all Amendments to the Constitution are unconstitutional and should be thrown out, including the 2nd Amendment (the right to keep and bear arms) and the 19th Amendment (the right of women to vote).
That seems to be what she's saying here:
Amy Coney Barrett on originalism: "That means that I interpret the Constitution as a law... I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified it. That meaning doesn't change over time and it's not up to me to update it or infuse my policy views into it."
But when she says in this quote that she "interprets" the Constitution, wouldn't that suggest logically that its meaning is up to interpretation and that different people could interpret it in different ways?
If its meaning were all cut and dried, there would be no need for the Supreme Court at all. Everyone would understand exactly what it means. Wouldn't that be nice? No Supreme Court, no appellate courts, maybe even no lawyers!
Okay. I just gave myself a headache. Or added to the one I've had since 2016.
Regeneron, the miracle "cure" that Typhoid Trump is now raving about, was developed from fetal tissue.
From the Regeneron website:
Currently, there are limited research efforts
employing human-induced pluripotent stem cell lines derived from adult human cells and
human embryonic stem cells that are approved for research use by the National Institutes of
Health and created solely through in vitro fertilization.
Just felt the need to post some encouraging news:
Researchers have developed a synthetic molecule, inspired by naturally occurring "nanobodies" found in llamas and other camelids, that could possibly be effective in preventing Covid-19 infection.
It would be administered as a nasal spray, which they are calling "Aeronabs." It's not a vaccine, but rather, another way to help prevent the virus from entering the body through the nose, which seems to be its favored entry point. According to the article:
Far more effective than wearable forms of personal protective equipment, we think of AeroNabs as a molecular form of PPE that could serve as an important stopgap until vaccines provide a more permanent solution to COVID-19, said AeroNabs co-inventor Peter Walter, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
Of course, it could still enter through the mucous membranes in a person's mouth or eyes, but this might provide some protection.
The article says they hope to begin human trials soon. Here is the article:
Get Trump, Pence, Biden, and Harris all up there on stage. Either member of a team or both members would be allowed to respond to the other side's statements.
This just occurred to me, so I haven't thought it through all the way. But it could either be another free-for-all, cluster-you-know-what melee, or it could be extremely revealing and informative.
Or! I would love to see Kamala debate Trump and Biden debate Pence. That would be exquisite!
Miracles do happen, but it looks like Crazy-Eyes Coney Barrett will get ram-rodded through the Supreme Court Justice nomination and confirmation process and end up on the Supreme Court despite our Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen's best efforts to block this monumental act of hypocrisy and sweep-the-leg, do-anything-to-win power grab on the part of Republicans.
But Supreme Court Justices can be removed by Congress through impeachment. A good article on this is found on the Brennan Center for Justice website:
The article describes the grounds for impeachment:
The United States Constitution provides little guidance as to what offenses constitute grounds for the impeachment of federal judges: as with other government officials, judges may be removed following impeachment and conviction for Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors, otherwise, under Article III, Section 1, judges shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.
The article does add that impeachment of judges is very rare:
Impeachment of judges is rare, and removal is rarer still. With respect to federal judges, since 1803, the House of Representatives has impeached only 15 judges an average of one every 14 years and only 8 of those impeachments were followed by convictions in the Senate. Justice Samuel Chase is the only Supreme Court Justice the House has impeached, and in 1805 the Senate acquitted Chase.
But if Coney Barrett is the wild-eyed religious fanatic that she appears to be, AND we win the Senate and keep the House, then we just need to catch her in an act of Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors, (perhaps helping her lawyer husband get a case dismissed for one of his corporate criminal clients) and impeach her bony ass (with a nod to that climactic scene in the movie Working Girl when Melanie Griffin sends her evil boss Sigourney Weaver packing).
So what if a Supreme Court Justice has only been impeached once in our nation's history, and one has never before been removed? We have been taught by none other than our "favorite" president (sarcasm) that one must never shy away from violating norms and standards in pursuit of one's goals (sarcasm).
Let's find an excuse (a legitimate excuse; after all, we ARE still Democrats) and impeach her. AND Kavanaugh. AND expand to 11 justices. AND make DC and Puerto Rico states. AND eliminate the filibuster. AND, most importantly, get rid of the Electoral College. The Republican Party must pay a political price for what they have done to our country.
I just had an idea: Trump's base has FoxNews. We have MSNBC and Free Speech TV. Both of "our" channels target an audience of college-educated (or smart enough to go to college, but took another path to a career), liberal viewers.
It's time to outfox FoxNews with a new liberal channel that mimics the whole FoxNews infotainment platform. Call it, oh, I don't know, let's say, . . . "HooterNews: News That Will Keep You UP All Night"! That would grab their attention. Then, once we have piqued their curiosity and they click on our HooterNews Channel, we will bombard them with the truth about Trump and the Republicans, but presented in a way that does not immediately tip them off that it's a liberal channel. There would be:
* Bleached-blonde news hosts in super-short dresses who cross and uncross their legs a lot.
* Interviews with World Wrestling Federation stars who are liberals, if we can find any. If we can't find any, just pay them enough to read a list of truths in an aggressive, macho manner about Trump's aberrant and abhorrent behavior.
* Conspiracy theories that are actually true (such as how the Trump family and friends stole millions from donors' 2016 inaugural funds), but presented in a gossipy way by some flamboyant TV personality, I'm thinking Wendy Williams, but for Trump's base, she would have to be white, 'natch.
* For commercials, show all the same commercials that they would see on FoxNews, even, or especially, the MyPillow guy.
Would this be sinking to the Republicans' level? Would this be propaganda? Would this be manipulative? Yes. Yes. And yes. But it would be like hiding your sick dog's medicine in a spoonful of ice cream. Deceitfulness motivated by love and concern. Because without this kind of sleight of hand, I honestly don't see how we can overcome the brainwashing to which a certain segment of the population has succumbed.
So Don Jr., Jared, and Ivanka weren't supposed to get security clearances in the first place, but Daddy Trump "fixed it" so that his kids got top secret security clearances anyway. Now, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee Report, Don Jr. and Jared were found to have, indeed, worked with Russia to get Trump elected in 2016 and were given criminal referrals (that won't be acted on until Trump is pried out of the White House). And it was recently reported that Ivanka pushed the Trump campaign to release tweets promoting the Wikileaks emails prior to their release and she helped arrange the Trump Tower meeting.
And these three traitors still have top secret security clearances? And Trump, too?!
And, yes, I know, nothing will be done to take away their clearances until William Barr is pried from his position as AG. So this is really just a rant, but my God. I hope once Dems are back in control that they institute a rule that anyone seeking office must FIRST as a candidate, be able to pass a security clearance. And stronger nepotism laws, not guidelines, laws, and, and . . .
Okay, rant over!
I wrote that in an earlier post this morning, wondering if demanding schools to reopen might be Trump and DeVos and ALL Republican politicians' grand, evil scheme to destroy public schools once and for all, while simultaneously killing off the children and families of everyone who cannot afford to send their kids to a private school. Biological class warfare.
I don't think anyone's kids should go back to school until Barron goes backto a PUBLIC school, and one that is experiencing the kind of ill-preparedness that has been reported from teachers as of late.
And then delivering it in person to our local election board? When we deliver our ballot in person, an official there would check our name off their list of registered voters. This would be a way around all the postal service sabotage that the Mango Menace is trying to pull off.
Plus, I think ALL of us are ready to vote NOW. We don't need to see a presidential debate. We don't need to see another political ad on TV or online.
Anyway, I just thought of this and thought I'd throw it out there. I'm probably not thinking of some large loophole that the Republicans would use to cheat anyway if ballots were downloadable.
The wonderful Maya Angelou famously said, "When people tell you who they are, believe them."
I had run across the story of the snake years ago, but not in poem form. When I found this video of Trump reading a poem based on the story, my skin literally crawled. Lincoln Project people, if you're listening, please have a look and use parts of this video in your next anti-Trump ad:
If you can't stand to watch the video, I don't blame you. The gist of it is that a woman sees a poisonous snake. The snake begs her to take him in. She says, "No! You'll bite me!" The snake reassures her that he won't. So she takes him in. Sure enough, he bites her. The woman is shocked and angry. The snake goes, "Stupid woman! You knew damn well I was a snake when you took me in!"
It is so creepy and repulsive and infuriating to see Trump actually revealing his true nature at a campaign rally and his gullible supporters don't realize that the snake is Trump.
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