This is States’ Rights?

A Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas halts the FDA’s two-decade-old approval of medication abortion pills.

This showcased GOP hypocrisy on two fronts. A federal judge ordering all states to bend to his will is the sort of judicial activism Republicans say they oppose. And what happened to their passion for states’ rights?

As the saying goes, if hypocrisy was a virus they’d all be dead.

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Author: craigcrawford

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25 thoughts on “This is States’ Rights?”

  1. Didn’t see this coming–but should have.

    The threat against Trump’s life, Bout suggested, is not from an assassin or some unknown plot against him. Instead, he said, it comes from Trump’s own government and is a result of the Manhattan district attorney’s probe of allegations that Trump falsified business records to hide a hush money payment to former adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
    The legal process which has now begun in New York won’t just end in Donald Trump being convicted and barred from the [2024] election,” Bout said on the Russia-24 news channel.
    Most likely he will simply be eliminated there,” he continued. “Therefore, I think it’s in the best interests of all of humanity and primarily all of the American people to invite Donald Trump here, to Russia, to give him security and protection here so that he leads this uprising against the globalists and, most importantly, does not allow the elimination of the American people.”

  2. hypocrisy not limited just to judges


    Image result for hypocrisy thy name is


    and as for states’ rights, it’s alive and worn proudly by the G(uns) O(ver) P(eople) politicians

  3. duelling judges


    The Hill:

    A federal judge in Washington state issued a ruling on Friday prohibiting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from changing the availability of the abortion drug mifepristone.
    The decision came out almost concurrently with a separate opinion by a federal judge in Texas that ruled to block the approval of the same drug after seven days.
    District Judge Thomas Rice granted an injunction requested by a dozen Democratic state attorneys general who asked that the FDA be prohibited from removing mifepristone from the market.
    The attorneys filed their lawsuit against the FDA in February, alleging the agency was not doing enough to ensure accessibility to mifepristone.
    Rice, who was nominated by former President Obama, barred the FDA from taking “any action to remove mifepristone from the market or otherwise cause the drug to become less available.”
    “Based on the public health and administrative considerations at issue in this case, Plaintiffs have shown the balance of the equities sharply tip in their favor and the public interest favors a preliminary injunction,” Rice wrote.
    With this decision essentially in opposition to the one made by District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk earlier, the status of mifepristone is now up in the air.
    The FDA appealed the Texas decision to the conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals later on Friday.

  4. Gee, Let’s see….. what would be a great way to cause an ACTUAL civil war in the usa?

    Hope those secret service guys are really on the ball.

  5. Mahar has achieved irrelevance.  Gives me a laugh now and then, but no great shakes.    
    He might be relevant to some, but I can’t see to whom.

  6. Sturgeone – the “warning” might be for real.  KGB/GRU/SVR/FSB (whichever one or mixed) has little use for agents once they have been identified or gone beyond usefulness.  SFB is probably reaching end of usefulness for mother russia now.  Some who have moved to Moscow to live in an approved apartment can live a longer life.  Others just drink tea and are buried.  The possibility of having russian agents identified is a very good reason to say goodbye and goodnight. 
    With the current release of documents there will be heightened scrutiny of people with access to things, legit or stolen.  We can be sure SFB did not release the Ukraine documents because those contain information after he was cut off, the documents were photographed, again something he is not capable of. 

    I keep adding KGB to the list because puttie started to revive the agency a few years ago so it should be considered active.

  7. sturge & BB,

    yep, the “warning” isn’t just speculation.  there are any number of folk who might try something along those lines.  besides mother herself (plug in here not only putie but the intel communities a la james bond), this is like those old-fashioned murder mystery movies of dinner guests with grudges, co-conspirators or victims and crime witnesses.  you also have the usual suspects: the family members.  also there are the mob connections, shady  financiers and mega donors in dark money.  throw in of course the nutball who just wants his moment of fame.

  8. whodunit movies like clue, knives out, murder on the orient express and gosford park all come to mind.

  9. ~Because the judge is a medical expert, who understands and believes in science.~

    “This is the first time a judge has unilaterally, against the FDA’s objections, removed a drug from the market,” said Greer Donley, a University of Pittsburgh law professor who studies FDA law. “A judge who has … no scientific expertise, overruling the agency that has a ton of scientific expertise.”

    “…a former attorney for a religious liberty legal group with a long history pushing conservative causes.”

    “Kacsmaryk, a former federal prosecutor and lawyer for the conservative First Liberty Institute, was confirmed in 2019 over fierce opposition by Democrats over his record opposing LGBTQ rights.”

    “He’s the sole district court judge in Amarillo — a city in the Texas panhandle — ensuring that all cases filed there land in front of him. And since taking the bench, he has ruled against the Biden administration on several other issues, including immigration and LGBTQ protections.”

    “…the number of conservative lawsuits filed in Amarillo has spawned accusations of “judge shopping” or that right-wing plaintiffs are seeking out Kacsmaryk because they know they’ll get a sympathetic ear.”

    “Legal experts warned of questionable arguments and factual inaccuracies in the suit for months, but Kacsmaryk essentially agreed with all the plaintiffs’ major points, including their contention the FDA didn’t adequately review mifepristone’s safety. Medical groups, by contrast, point out mifepristone has been used by millions of women over the past 23 years, and complications occur at a lower rate than with other routine procedures like wisdom teeth removal and colonoscopies.”

    He sounds like an activist judge, and a bigot, and a misogynist, and a fascist…

    “During confirmation hearings before he took the bench, Kacsmaryk told lawmakers it would be “inappropriate” for a judge to allow their religious beliefs to impact a matter of law. He pledged to “faithfully apply all Supreme Court precedent.”

    …and a liar (under oath).


    “Mr. Kacsmaryk has dismissed proponents of reproductive choice as ‘sexual revolutionaries,’ and disdainfully criticized the legal foundations of Roe v. Wade,” Collins said in a 2019 statement. “Such extreme statements reflect poorly on Mr. Kacsmaryk’s temperament and suggest an inability to respect precedent and to apply the law fairly and impartially.”


    And, the case was brought to Amarillo by the Alliance Defending Freedom (that’s full-on New Speak).

    “The Jesus-focused “He Gets Us” ads that aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl LVII were funded in part by groups that donated sizable sums to anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion efforts…”

    “The ad campaign promoting Christianity is part of the Servant Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provided more than $50 million to the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom from 2018 to 2020…”

    “Alliance Defending Freedom is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “hate group” that’s spread lies about the LGBTQ community and supported laws against LGBTQ rights…”

    “We characterize anti-LGBTQ hate groups as those that demonize LGBTQ people and spread false and dangerous rhetoric that portrays LGBTQ people as threats to children, society and public health. Notably, we strongly respect diverse religious beliefs. We would not, for example, list an organization that simply holds the view that being LGBTQ is unbiblical or opposes marriage equality as an anti-LGBTQ hate group.”

    “In fact, ADF precisely fits the bill because, as SPLC has extensively documented, the group:

    • Supported the recriminalization of LGBTQ adults in the U.S. (Mr. Lorence wrote a supportive brief to this end) and criminalization of them abroad.

    .Defended state-sanctioned sterilization of transgender people abroad who simply want to update their government-issued identification documents.

    • Crafted and advocated legislation that restricts and even criminalizes gender-affirming health care.

    • Argued that LGBTQ people are more likely to be pedophiles.

    • Trades in divisive and conspiratorial rhetoric that a “homosexual agenda” will destroy Christianity and society.

    Sounds like a bunch of nazi garbage.

  12. And, as it Easter weekend, I’m hearing a lot of moaning about how “they” are coming for Christianity.  “They” being anyone that doesn’t conform to their ideals.   This happens as Christmas approaches, too.

    In fact, several of my female relatives just took (and paid for) a weeks-long Bible course studying Isaiah. I find it interesting that this course was targeted to women.

    Isaiah 3:12
    As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

    Trying to convince women that God didn’t intend for them to be leaders/hold power/have autonomy, is what it seems to me.


    “The future of American Christianity is neither white evangelicalism nor white progressivism,” Warren wrote. “The future of American Christianity now appears to be a multiethnic community that is largely led by immigrants of the children of immigrants.”

    “Church leaders in the US also have fretted about the rise of “nones.” These are people who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular” when asked their religious identity.”

    “The interest of the nones will soon outweigh those of the religious right in just a matter of years,” Wray says. “Nones are going to vote as a bloc and they’re going to be pretty powerful. White evangelicals will eventually be eclipsed by the unaffiliated.”

    “The world’s largest megachurch, for example, is not in the US. It’s in South Korea. The Yoido Full Gospel Church has a weekly attendance of about 600,000 members…the church is not perceived in South Korea as an instrument of oppression, but one of liberation. When South Korea was colonized by the Japanese in the early 20th century, the church aligned with Koreans to protest. Christianity was looked at not as a religion of empire and of the colonizers, but as the religion of the anti-colonial movement and of pro-democracy…”

    “This migration is known as the “Browning of America,” a phrase describing a demographic shift that is expected to make White people the minority in the US by 2045. Christianity could rebound in America if White Christians embrace this one change…”

    “The influx of Black and brown Christians from places like Latin America and Asia collides with another trend: a burgeoning White Christian nationalist movement that insists, incorrectly, that the US was founded as a White, Christian nation. It is hostile to non-White immigrants.”

  14. Count me among those who believe that Biden should pardon dipshit for any crimes being prosecuted by Bragg (but not for any potentially being prosecuted in Georgia).  Too much upside not to

  15. Ah, damn, i thought i had a good political chess-move, there
    Sorry, dipshit, you’re own your own 🤷‍♂️ 

  16. Well, you know what they say, the best laid planes of many mice, something-something.    


    “Gov. Greg Abbott directed the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to consider recommending a pardon for Daniel Perry on Saturday, one day after a Travis County jury convicted the U.S. Army sergeant in the 2020 murder of Austin protester Garrett Foster.”

    “The Texas Constitution, he said, requires the parole board to recommend a pardon before a governor could act.”

    “Perry, found guilty of murder but not guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, killed Foster during a protest against police brutality on July 25 — one of many that were happening across the country after George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer in May 2020.”

    “According to Austin police, Perry was driving for Uber when he stopped his car and honked at protesters as they walked through the street. Seconds later, he drove his car into the crowd, police said.”

    “Foster, who was a 28-year-old white man and an Air Force veteran, had been seen openly carrying an AK-47 rifle at the time, which was legal. There are conflicting accounts as to whether Foster raised the rifle to the driver before Perry, who was also legally armed, shot and killed Foster and fled the area, police said. He called the police and reported what happened, claiming he shot in self-defense after Foster aimed his weapon at him. Perry is also a white man.”

    “Perry’s defense argued that the shooting was justified under the state’s “stand your ground” law, which allows deadly force to be used by those who feel they are in danger.”


    More guns won’t make the world safer.

    Orange Adolf should’ve committed business fraud in a red state, where there would be a sympathetic Governor.

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