|—||Mark Berman of the Washington Post, on Syracuse University uninviting 3-time Pulitzer-winner Michel du Cille, because du Cille had been to Liberia recently.|
Asked which SCOTUS justices they like: Udall firmly declared “Sonia Sotomayor!” Cory Gardner named CJ Roberts, Alito, and Kennedy.
Justice Sotomayor and the equally awesome Justice Ginsburg wrote blistering critiques against the rulings by Justice Alito and the other conservative male justices against women’s reproductive freedom in Hobby Lobby and Wheaton - THIS YEAR.
Mark Udall will ensure more justices like Sotomayor, Kagan, and RBG will be appointed to SCOTUS. Cory Gardner will appoint more Alitos, Robertses, and Scalias.
The Denver Post may tell you that there is no war on women’s reproductive rights. But between 2011 and 2013, 205 restrictions on abortion rights have been passed by GOP state governments - more than in the previous *decade*. These GOP legislatures were elected in the same Tea Party wave that elected Cory Gardner for the first time. And the conservative tilt on the Supreme Court - led by Alito and Roberts - could very well uphold these restrictions, like in Hobby Lobby and Wheaton.
Cory Gardner, after deciding he wants to be a Senator, came out in favor of over-the-counter birth control, though he voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare, which ensures most contraception is free with health insurance. Free is way better than “maybe cheaper” (see: Politifact; Policy.Mic). Gardner leaves out women who don’t use the pill for medical reasons or choose other methods.
Gardner flip-flopped on the Colorado Personhood Amendment (which has repeatedly lost by 40 points), but still cosponsors a federal Personhood amendment, even if he denies such a bill exists. (Gardner’s untruthfulness - video below - has been called out by Colorado’s own Eli Stokols, Kyle Clark, and Brandon Rittman, and various independent fact-checkers.)
Cory Gardner is just a suave version of Ken Buck; at least Buck was honest about what he believed. Gardner has shown time and again that he is just as much a social conservative as Ken Buck, but Gardner will lie and flip-flop to try and get elected when Colorado (rightly) chose not to send Buck to the Senate. If Gardner gets to the US Senate, he will do everything in his considerable power to erode the right to choose, and appoint judges who will overturn or greatly restrict Roe v Wade.
I end with this paragraph from Garrett Epps writing in The Atlantic:
The right to choose, then, isn’t what The New York Times’s Linda Greenhouse calls “a right like any other.” It’s more like a role on a reality-TV show—the chance to stumble through a growing, onerous, and senseless set of demands designed to exhaust and bully any woman who tries to exercise it. It would be nice to imagine that the Supreme Court might set this topsy-turvy doctrine straight. But looking at the five members of this Court’s majority—the five who voted in Hobby Lobby to ignore female employees’ reproductive-health needs—I remember some words of Justice Harry Blackmun as he watched the tide on the Court turn against abortion rights in 1989. “The signs are evident and ominous,” he wrote, “and a chill wind blows.”
Just amazing. Gardner’s co-sponsors of the federal Personhood amendment, his opponents, independent fact-checkers all agree what the bill does. Except Cory Gardner. Props to Kyle Clark and Brandon Rittman.
And FTR: Mark Udall backs marriage equality, period. Not like Gardner’s “no Personhood at state level, but let’s have a federal Personhood amendment” two-way position.
|—||Brian Beutler shines a light on the hypocrisy of gun nuts like Rep. Jason Chaffetz.|
|—||Cotton also voted against Hurricane Sandy relief. LINK|
|—||Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I agree - see Elena Kagan.|
|—||Daniel Gross on the fossil fuel divestment push. LINK|
[Gifset: James Franco asks Nicki Minaj a series of questions: “Was it easy for you to break into the music business, or did you have to come in through the back door? Have you ever hit… bottom? When did you first realise you were sitting on a gold mine?” Nicki, looking hurt and angry, replies “..I know what the fuck you’re doing.”]
Yo Nicki is legit fed up with people talking about her ass, though. Look at her face yo. She is genuinely INSULTED and not having it.
Like this is a woman who just likes what she does and all anyone can ever focus on is her fucking ass and the fact she got ass shots or whatever. She’s not stupid. Give it a fucking rest.
A YouTube video of the full interview is here.
Later in this “interview,” Nicki is thoroughly fed up and says: “This is what you brought me here to do? I need— I need— where’s my publicist? I’m not gonna sit here and take this shit.” And, unless my judging of people is very, very off, everyone— including the two other gross white dudes who provide rude commentary throughout, including her ‘publicist’— everyone— except Nicki was in on this farce.
She is clearly hurt, disappointed, angry and distressed. She is obviously incredibly uncomfortable. This blatant display of misogynoir isn’t remotely funny.
Ugh James Franco.