Just Saying

Supreme Court has no power in the words of the Constitution to uphold, reject or rule on anything about state or federal laws, executive orders.

Alito saying abortion rights not in Constitution means judicial review invalid, because it’s also not in Constitution.

In Marbury v Madison (1803) the Supreme Court gave itself the right to do judicial review. No “strict constructionist” can honestly justify that.

Biden could say Marbury was wrongly decided and by Executive Order I am protecting abortion rights, which is not reviewable by Supreme Court under a strict interpretation of the Constitution.


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69 thoughts on “Just Saying”

  1. talk about upsetting the apple cart or should i say “appeals court”


    craig, they don’t seem to mind being inconsistent (euphemism for hypocritical) nowadays nor otherwise cognizant of the damage they’ve done or doing to themselves or the institution. 

  2. today’s today in history lesson:

    what happened to the french on cinco de mayo sounds a lot like what’s happening now so far to the russians in their ukraine invasion

    [btw, please excuse the hint of a commercial herein]

    Sponsor Content produced by Insider Studios and Tequila Cazadores Cinco de Mayo is typically celebrated in the United States with margaritas and guacamole. But, how many of us actually know what we’re celebrating?

  3. as to what’s happening in the current war

    the guardian:

    Another 344 people have been rescued from the besieged city of Mariupol in a second evacuation operation, Volodymyr Zelenskiy confirmed in his latest national address. However, the Ukrainian president said civilians will need to be dug from bunkers by hand under the Azovstal steelworks as heavy equipment cannot be used.
    “The second stage of our evacuation operation from Mariupol was completed today. 344 people were rescued – from the city and its suburbs. That’s how many people departed to Zaporizhzhia today…
    They all receive the necessary help. All of them will receive the most caring treatment from our state.”
    Zelenskiy said negotiations continue to rescue people trapped in the Azovstal steel works. “There are still civilians. Women, children,” he added.
    “To save them, we need to continue the silence. The Ukrainian side is ready to provide it. It takes time to just lift people out of those basements, out of those underground shelters. In the current conditions, we cannot use special equipment to clear the debris. Everything is done manually.”
    Zelenskiy also asked the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, for help evacuating people still trapped in the plant.
    “The lives of the people who remain there are in danger. Everyone is important to us. We ask for your help in saving them,” he said.

  4. I musta been prescient yesterday when I posted that telemedicine and online pharmacies would make states violate the ECPA if they tried to prevent women ordering abortion meds online.

    Abortion pills by mail pose challenge for officials in red states

    Remote prescribing and overseas generics are among options as women manage their abortions

    By Christopher Rowland,
    Laurie McGinley
    Jacob Bogage

    The end of a national right to abortion could trigger a surge of interest in a method of pregnancy termination that has become popular in states that already restrict the procedure: Abortion pills by mail.

    Many Republican legislatures have tried banning the pills from being shipped or prescribed. But some women have been able to circumvent the restrictions by getting their pills online from overseas pharmacies that can’t be reached by U.S. laws. The five-day regimen of tablets usually comes in an unassuming envelope, making it hard to police. With the Supreme Court possibly poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, people seeking abortions in the United States will probably flock to these sources, experts say.

    “This is just not going to be stoppable,” said Gerald Rosenberg, a law professor emeritus at the University of Chicago law school.


    Great minds..?  Maybe I should have aimed higher in law school…

  5. pogo, but what about those who don’t have or know how to use the requisite device to order or the wherewithal to pay for such items?  what about those who help such folk by informing them about the pill existence/availability or even ordering it or accessing it for them in cases of disability?

  6. aside from the real derby, the oaks, the kenDUCKY derby, the bed races, Thurby and more there is also the KY turtle derby.  could it possibly have been inspired by or in honor of sen mcmyrtle?

    Kentucky Turtle Derby returns for annual race on Derby Day | Derby 148 | wdrb.com

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The slowest two minutes in sports is back.
    Old Forester’s Kentucky Turtle Derby is returning this year.
    The turtles are scheduled to race at 4 p.m. on the first Saturday in May. It will be streamed on YouTube and on the video boards at Churchill Downs.
    “Hiding in Plain Sight” is the morning line favorite. Longshots include “Out of the Bog” and “Snappy and You Know It.”
    The Kentucky Turtle Derby was resurrected by Old Forester in 2020 when the Kentucky Derby was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Turtles first raced in Louisville in 1945 during World War II, the only other time the Derby ran on a date other than the first Saturday in May.


  7. The Founders wanted to exclude religion from governance but without hurting their feelings.  

    It’s time to hurt their feelings.  The religious zealots just want to keep peeing their waste into the punch bowl.

    Yes, it’s time to tell them to go to hell. They would kill people if they could just like they always have every time they get any kind of power. 

    Zero Tolerance for the evils born of religion.

  8. patd,  there is no doubt that there will be folks who won’t know how to or be able to access the abortion pills sold online.  I think you’d find that the percentage of teenage girls who don’t have some sort of access to the internet either by themselves or through a friend or family member is exceedingly small, but I could be wrong about that. 

  9. Poobah, of course they did.  Ya pays your money and ya takes your chances. Shows that even the strictest pre-event protocols don’t prevent virus spread at events where masks aren’t practical.  Vaccines don’t prevent the spread (although they do lessen the incidence) and tests are not 100% accurate.  

  10. So due to a series of inconvenient events I learned that consistent with WV and Joe’s suppression of alternative energy use to preserve the WV carbon based industries, registrations for hybrid and electric vehicles in WV carry an additional fee of $100/year for hybrids and $200/year for electrics to offset lost gasoline tax revenues that go to road repairs.  What a state.

  11. I gotta hand it to Steven Colbert when he quipped, I understand why John Roberts is so upset. The Supreme Court’s right to privacy has been violated.

  12. Colbert has been great on the issue:

    “Decided by four dudes and a woman who thinks “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a romcom.”

  13. Today and Tomorrow for entries

    Craig Crawford – Happy Jack

    Blue Bronc – Epicenter

    Jamie – Zandon/White Abarrio/Epicenter

    RR – Epicenter/White Abarrio

    Patd – White Abarrio/Charge It/Barber Road

    Pogo – Tiz The Bomb

    KGC – Happy Jack

    Sturgeone – Charge It

    OldSeaHag – Mo Donegal


    Bink – Didn’t understand which horse you wanted

  14. Craig… that Gaetz statement is said by a man who has to pay underage girls to have sex with him…

  15. According to the Google tubes

    In a nutshell, Bumble is a location-based dating app that follows the “swipe right or left” format that Tinder made so famous. When two people “like” each other’s profile by swiping right, a “connection” (match) is formed and messages can then be exchanged.

    And according to Dudehack, Bumble is

    …one of the hottest online dating apps of the last few years. It’s a location-based dating and social app, which has some very unique features compared to other dating apps like Tinder.

    And keeping with the Colbert accolades – commenting on that Gaetz tweet (or whatever it is) he said (paraphrasing here) “Of course for Matt Gaetz, an over-educated woman is anyone who finished high school.”

  16. Poobah, after the Derby runs maybe someone will invite you, me, Sturg and patd (for her ‘”show” pick) to their Julep party. Unless the oddsmakers are wildly wrong (and they seldom are) we aren’t going to be hosting any party.

  17. The gimmick on bumble is that the woman initiates contact, so i don’t know how that bucktoothed creep’s “tweet” makes sense, but i’m not trawling the internet for women like he is

  18. How many months away are we from this minority of fundamentalist christian weirdos forcing me to pray to Jesus in public?

  19. i blame Constatine, that short-sighted motherfucker🥁
    ok, render unto your waitress what belongs to your waitress


  20. No Bumble matches: That was Gaetz way of calling women fugly/un-eff-able.     
    He may also have been calling them old, as millennials have aged out of his dating pool. 

    “Under-loved” Gross, Matt, just gross.

  21. Colbert also came up with this one:  “I can’t believe how gullible Susan Collins is. But Susan Collins can.”

  22. How do we boycott the SCOTUS?  Well, companies are going to help women get what they need, even if the Republicans want to control the lives of women.  


    Of course, if a woman is forced to carry to term, that hurts their businesses, so…

    Maybe all males should have forced vasectomies until they reach an age of seniority and can be means tested to support any/all offspring. 

    Maybe the rich, white men who want to overturn Roe (and they are on the record) should be forced to pay child support to any woman not allowed to make a decision to end a pregnancy. 


    Who is going to pay the medical bills? Who is going to do the work? Who, in the Republican Party, is going to care when some of these women die because they weren’t allowed to make their own choice?

  23. Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that Texas would consider challenging a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring states to offer free public education to all children, including those of undocumented immigrants.
    “Texas already long ago sued the federal government about having to incur the costs of the education program, in a case called Plyler versus Doe,” Abbott said, speaking during an appearance on the Joe Pags show, a conservative radio talk show. “And the Supreme Court ruled against us on the issue. … I think we will resurrect that case and challenge this issue again, because the expenses are extraordinary and the times are different than when Plyler versus Doe was issued many decades ago.”


  24. https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-rick-scotts-tax-plan-extreme-most-maga-things-are-2022-5

    Meanwhile, while Republicans are whipping up the culture wars…

    “…Scott’s tax provisions, which would require all Americans to pay some
    income tax
    so they “have skin in the game.” The Tax Policy Center found that the plan would raise taxes on mostly lower-income households. Households that make below $54,000 would pay for over 80% of such a tax increase. Under a plan with a minimum tax of $100, the lowest-earning Americans would have paid nearly $1,000 more in taxes in 2022, according to the analysis.”

    “.. Scott’s proposals for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other social programs. The Florida Republican’s plan would require Congress to reauthorize such programs every five years. Biden said seniors have paid into Social Security for “their whole life. And it has to be reauthorized?”

    Republicans are coming for your Medicare and Social Security. Get your parents/grandparents to the polls to vote Dem.

  25. If Roe is overturned and a woman dies because she was denied her right to choose, can her family sue the government?

  26. ‘They Deceived Us at Every Step’: Troops Say Russia’s War Is in Shambles

    Troops sent into Ukraine to back up Russian forces say they had no choice but to leave because Russian military was in shambles and “they deceived us at every step.”
    Soldiers from the breakaway state of South Ossetia—speaking to South Ossetian leader Anatoly Bibilov at a meeting publicized by the independent news outlet MediaZona—rattled off a list of complaints about faulty equipment, lack of leadership and intel, and brainless tactics.
    South Ossetia, which relies heavily on military and financial aid from Russia, sent troops to Ukraine in late March to “defend Russia.” Ukrainian military officials said at the time that some 150 South Ossetian troops were joining forces with Russia, but Tskhinvali never gave any official figures.
    Many of the soldiers are said to be part of Russian military units based in South Ossetia; Moscow and Tskhinvali struck a deal in 2017 to partially incorporate their armed forces.
    But reports soon surfaced of many of them refusing to take part in the fight, vowing not to become “cannon fodder.”

  27. Death Toll During Pandemic Far Exceeds Totals Reported by Countries, W.H.O. Says
    Nearly 15 million more people died during the first two years of the pandemic than would have been expected during normal times, the organization found. The previous count of virus deaths, from countries’ reporting, was six million.

  28. If “my body, my choice” applies to vaccines, it applies to abortions too – New Statesman

    …. While little can be said about the positives of the past two years in the pandemic, one thing that did emerge was a discussion about individual rights and privacy in relation to mask and vaccine mandates. Republican strongmen such as Ted Cruz were quoted making admirable speeches in favour of bodily autonomy. “I think you ought to have the choice to make your own medical decisions with your doctor,” he told CNBC in August 2021. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson described vaccine mandates as akin to a “medical Jim Crow”. Protesters from Arizona to Indiana walked the streets brandishing signs saying “my body, my choice”. To abortion rights activists, this all should have sounded familiar.
    Instead of parading in Margaret Atwood-inspired clothing – references to The Handmaid’s Tale have become a common sight in protests against abortion – those of us who want to defend women’s freedom to make choices about their own bodies need to start boxing clever. This renewed interest in individual freedom among the right, which deplores the idea of state intervention in private lives, provides a way in for discussions about abortion. The original ruling of Roe was in part based on a decision that outlined that the “right of privacy… is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy”. The Fourteenth Amendment and this belief in privacy is a principle held dear by many Americans on both the left and the right – an aspect of the fight for abortion rights that is often overlooked.
    …. We must convince those with a newfound love for bodily autonomy of the need to extend this passion to a defence of women’s freedom. The moral case for abortion is one of liberty, freedom of choice and a defence of privacy. These are American values as old as the US constitution itself – perhaps it’s time to start reminding people of them.

    Image result for cartoon anti-vaccine "my body my choice"

  29. US is clearly at war against Russia

    What war?  Who is “Russia”?  🤫 

  30. What if this is the russian’s dramatic exit, and he just disappears into the sunset to his private little dacha in the woods.  All according to the script.    Yeah, maybe he’s pulling an Elvis.

  31. Then all the russians shrug and go “What for you sanction on we peoples?  It was all THAT guy.”

  32. Pogo –
    The short little Jewish guy is this picture  Mick Rosen, once stood about 10 inches in front of my face as I was eating a hot dog.   His eyes following the dogs every move.  After the second bite , he looks me straight in the eye and says, “Do you know what’s in that” ? 
    I say “No”. 
    He says, “Pig Lips”. 
    To this day every dog I ever ate,  the first bite is always with  this thought, Bob it’s “Pig Lips”.  

  33. Rosen was also fond of  reminding us that Baloney  had beef assholes in it. 
    I still love olive loaf though. 

  34. Considering that the only way to save a woman’s life in case of an ectopic pregnancy (roughly 100,000 per year) is an abortion, who will the government convict:  The dead woman or the doctor who saved her life? 


  35. So, I’m still watching the price of food.  Wheat that is. 
    Russia is #1 , the Ukraine  is #6  on the export list. 
    India may dodge their heatwave bullet.  And they’ve had 5 good years of surplus. 
    But there is too little supply thanks to this little war of Mr. Putin. 

  36. https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/05/europe/russia-ukraine-grain-theft-cmd-intl/index.html

    “Russian forces are stealing farm equipment and thousands of tons of grain from Ukrainian farmers in areas they have occupied, as well as targeting food storage sites with artillery…”

    “The actions of the Russian forces may threaten the harvest this year in one of the world’s most important grain-producing countries.”

    “Chechen soldiers, fighting for Russia, act like criminals in the 1990s. First they offer to buy grain for a ridiculously low price. But if you don’t agree, they take everything from you for nothing.”

    “The scale of looting is simply overwhelming,” he said.

    “For Ukrainians, the seizure of grain recalls a dark period in their history, when Stalin forcibly removed food stocks from Ukrainian peasants in the 1930s, leading to the deaths of millions of people. Known as Holodomor (to kill by starvation) it is considered an act of genocide by many Ukrainians.”

    Nope. Can’t blame it all on that one guy.

    “For the occupiers, grain is an attractive commodity. The price of wheat is about $400 a ton on world markets and has moved sharply higher this year. It’s difficult to trace its origins and can be easily shipped.”

    Sanctions? What sanctions?

  37. Jamie –
    I once knew a beautiful young woman in Estes  Park , she had met her man . life was good.  Then she was gone, it was the first time any of us had heard the term –
       ectopic pregnancy

  38. Blue –
    This war will  kill millions beyond  the battlefield.  Mostly the  poorest children on Earth.  
    Ukraine was the world leader in exporting sunflower oil. 
    Hard to be in the “Pro Life Party” and hold Putin’s coat. 

  39. Turkey  eats lots  of Black Sea Wheat –
    ISTANBUL, May 5 (Reuters) – Turkey’s annual inflation jumped to a two-decade high of 69.97% in April, according to data on Thursday, fuelled by the Russia-Ukraine conflict and rising energy and commodity prices after last year’s lira crash.
    The surge in prices has badly strained households just over a year before presidential and parliamentary elections that could bring the curtain down on President Tayyip Erdogan’s long rule.

  40. Glad that got a rise, Bob. I did one of those snort things when I saw it. I’m not so put off by by products.  Not many sausages and pressed meats I don’t like, and I don’t have any little lies I have to tell myself about what they are in order for me to enjoy them.  As a kid I loved, really loved, fried chicken gizzards – kind of a gateway thing for me, and I could take of leave the livers.  But taking it up a notch I’ve had and liked Italian cuisine (as opposed to just food) made from the organs of pigs and beefs.  I caught one of the Stanley Tucci programs where he was in the Testaccio neighborhood in Rome, a part of the city where the poorer people who lived and worked in the slaughterhouses couldn’t get the better cuts of the animals to cook, so they and the Jewish folks in Rome developed this offal cuisine that is quite the cut above chitlins (which done right aren’t too bad).

  41. The most chilling thing this week –
    In Vance’s  victory speech . if Trump comes to power in 2024 –
    He fires every mid level worker in the entire Federal Government,  and replaces them with “Our People”. 

  42. News that picketing the homes  of the SCOTUS.
    Go home  and organize for  the next  election.  get out the vote. 
    This vote is going to be one of the biggest  one’s we have ever seen .
    They are after the offices of who runs the elections. 
    If they win , then we will have stolen elections. 

  43. Try scrapple.  After everything is used from the pig and what is left is made into sausage, this is where the other remains go to be made into breakfast food.  At least it does not squeal (which is the only thing not used in a pig).

  44. God Bless   Del Mc Coury  he has made American music  fresh again.
    Playing  old hippy songs, with a Blue Grass  Orchestra 
    Del  has invented  a whole new thing.  Like Phil Spector. 
    The Wall of Blue Grass. 
    And it is magic.  

  45. Hey, it is Cinco de Mayo, a cold rainy day here in the Ozarks, a perfect day menudo, and no you probably don’t want to know what those chunks of protein are floating in your soup. But it is well known cure for the morning after.
    Some tequila and music to dance too. 

  46. The Wall of Blue Grass.
     Blue Grass  Orchestra 
    You heard it here first. 
    Del  has  changed  his music, and his world. 

  47. https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/05/politics/susan-collins-democrat-abortion-rights-bill/index.html

    Susan Collins is just the worst.

    “Sen. Susan Collins, a rare GOP supporter of abortion rights who is under scrutiny for her key role in confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid fears that Roe v. Wade may soon be overturned, signaled to reporters on Thursday that she would oppose a bill that Democrats plan to bring to the Senate floor next week to codify abortion rights.”

    “Collins voted against a previous version of the Women’s Health Protection Act in February for similar reasons. The bill she has put forward with Murkowski is narrower, which Democrats such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, an author of the Women’s Health Protection Act, have criticized as having “loopholes” for states to continue restricting abortion.”

    I think Craig had the answer this morning. EO.

  48. Cinco de Mayo – America’s favorite Mexican holiday. Dos mas tequilas pot favor. 

  49. Pogo
    I kinda view it like St Paddies day, a reason to celebrate the fact that you made it through another winter.

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