Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Takes Oath As Supreme Court Throws Another Tire On The Dumpster Fire

"In the midst of death, life persists. In the midst of untruth, truth persists. In the midst of darkness, light persists." — Mahatma Gandhi, 1931

Almost a century later, we are in the midst of a lot of fuckin' darkness, with much of it coming from the Supreme Court. In just the past week, six robed lunatics with life tenure have stolen women's right to bodily autonomy, overruled Americans' expressed desire to prevent their neighbors from walking around with murder sticks strapped to their hips, and gutted the EPA's ability to regulate carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of the boiling cauldron we've turned the planet into for our children. And for next term, they're taking up a case designed to let gerrymandered state legislators seize the ballots and cast electoral votes without regard for the will of the citizens.

It's not good.

And yet, in the midst of so much death and untruth and darkness, light does persist. Today Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson took the oath of office at the Supreme Court. Justice Jackson, the first Black female justice on the nation's highest court, and only the third Black justice ever, has been holding it together her whole life. After graduating from public school in Miami, she attended Harvard College and Harvard Law, then clerked for three federal judges, including Justice Stephen Breyer, whom she replaces today. She's been a federal public defender and an advocate for sentencing reform as vice chair of the US Sentencing Commission. And she's been a federal district and circuit court judge in DC, before being elevated to the Supreme Court.

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Raphael Warnock MAYBE POSSIBLY Doing Very Well But Maybe He Isn't, You Don't Know

Look, there are a whole bunch of disclaimers, and this is news that should make absolutely nobody relax and go eat a peach and forget to vote in November, but it is possible Senator Raphael Warnock is doing very well in Georgia.

A poll (ONE POLL) from Quinnipiac University (ONE QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY) says Warnock is 10 points ahead of professional robot ballerina rocket scientist cowboy porn star Power Ranger spaceman Herschel Walker.



This would be very good! But again, it is one poll (ONE POLL) and it doesn't look like this race has been polled very much, and this is definitely the biggest lead that's manifested for Warnock, but on the other hand this is the only major poll taken after the past month of total fucking embarrassment for Herschel (who's got multiple personalities? JESUS OUR LORD), so maybe that's really the way the numbers are trending.

But on the other other hand, secret Wonkette operative "Florida numbers guy" says Quinnipiac polling blows a whole goat in the South.

So who knows?

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Liz Cheney Just Saying GET YOUR ASS IN A CHAIR, PAT CIPOLLONE, YOU F*CKER

Lately during public hearings of the House January 6 Select Committee, Liz Cheney takes time to very personally put former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on blast over his refusal to testify publicly. At the end of last Thursday's hearing, Cheney said, "Our evidence shows that Pat Cipollone and his office tried to do what was right. They tried to stop a number of President Trump’s plans for Jan. 6." So come on over here, Pat, and let Liz Cheney put a gold star on your Trapper Keeper!

After Cheney said that, sources started telling journalists that Cip was already being really very cooperative, but blah blah blah "serious institutional concerns and privilege issues" blah blah blah. Fuck off.

Dude knows everything, and Cheney knows it, and everybody else knows it.

We know Cipollone threatened to resignmultiple times over Trump's coup attempts, and that he called the letters former DOJ douche Jeffrey Clark wanted to send to the states instructing them how to toss out their election results a "murder-suicide pact."

According to Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony, on the morning of January 6, Cipollone was freaking the fuck out trying to make sure nobody would take President Ketchup Smears to the Capitol, because they would get "charged with every crime imaginable" if he went there. He said "please keep in touch with me." From the same testimony, we know Mark Meadows reportedly told Cip during the riot that Trump believed Mike Pence deserved whatever was happening to him in the Capitol that day.

During yesterday's hearing, Liz Cheney asked Hutchinson if the White House Counsel's Office was concerned about the things Donald Trump planned to say in his speech to the buck-toothed hordes that day, the hordes we now know Trump was well-fucking-aware were armed to the teeth. (He knew they weren't there to hurt him.) Yes, the White House Counsel's Office did have concerns about that!

He knows everything. As Charlie Sykes wrote this morning, if "Hutchinson’s testimony wasn’t the John Dean moment, she made it clear that the testimony of the former White House counsel just might be."

And today Cheney is reiterating her calls for Cipollone to GET IN A CHAIR FUCKER NOW FUCKING NOW OH MY GOD JESUS FUCK.


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Kamala Harris Knew Kavanaugh And Gorsuch Lied To Her Face, Jesus Christ, Duh

In case you've been wondering where President Joe Biden has been this week, he's in Europe, doing things like "G-7" and "NATO stuff" and "King of Spain." (Well, he's not doing the king of Spain. Probably.)

But Vice President Kamala Harris is back home in America, and she's got some words to say about Samuel Alito and his lunch table full of Opus Dei creeps overturning abortion rights in a desperate bid to get the Virgin Mary to go to prom with them.

Before they murdered Roe, Harris was loudly shouting "How DARE they." Now they have dared. To NPR, Harris put it in perspective:

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SCOTUS

I'm The Independent State Legislature Theory, And I'm Here To F*ck Up American Democracy In 2024!

The Supreme Court will hear a case about a radical legal theory that could render our democracy deader than John Calhoun.

Hi there, folks! I’m a radical constitutional proposition called the independent state legislature theory, and I am the instrument the conservatives on the Supreme Court just announced they will use to run a train on American democracy!

Man, this is exciting! The Supreme Court hasn’t even toweled off from all the democracy-fucking it did this term, and it’s already announcing all the ways it plans to fuck democracy next term, after it has rested and hydrated and guzzled a metric fuck-ton of those 5-Hour Energy Drinks that are made up mostly of corn syrup and amphetamines.

So how will they do it? What is the instrument by which the half-dozen wingnuts currently turning the Supreme Court building into the Legion of Doom headquarters will hurry along America’s descent into a one-party banana republic? What is the case that Thomas and Alito and the others plan to reach around and tickle with their hefty, uh, intellects?

Allow me to introduce you to Moore v. Harper, from that zoo full of brainless inbred gerbils known as the state of North Carolina.

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2020 presidential election

Merrick Garland Brought AZ Sen Prez Karen Fann A Present, It Is This 'Fraudit' Subpoena!

It's FIND OUT Friday.

The bill for the Arizona fraudit is finally coming due. The recount (not an actual recount!) of the 2020 presidential ballots cost about $6 million, much of it funded by Trump supporters hoping to claw back Joe Biden's electoral votes and falsely claim that Trump won the state. Since then, taxpayers have forked over another $5 million for expenses associated with this public act of onanism, including half a million dollars in legal fees and $3.7 million to replace the voting machines damaged by letting the Cyber Ninjas rub their nasty bits all over them.

Remember the Cyber Ninjas? That was the team of "auditors" hired by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and her colleague Kelly Townsend to "prove" Trump actually won the state by aiming UV lights at Maricopa County's ballots to figure out which ones were Chinese knockoffs made of bamboo. The team had zero election auditing experience, but chief ninja Doug Logan had already proved his bona fides by appearing in a film about the 2020 election called "Deep Rig," so it was perhaps unsurprising that his team compiled lists of voters with the same last name, first initial, and birth year, then breathlessly announced they'd caught J. Smith (or some such) voting more than once. Wasn't 2021 the best?

But it's not over yet, because Uncle Merrick just entered the chat! And he brought presents.

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Abortion

Poll! People Suddenly Realizing Abortion, Women's Rights Kind Of Important

There's been a real uptick!

A recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that ever since the Supreme Court of the United States voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, Americans have increasingly considered abortion and women's rights some of their top political priorities — a feeling that might have been just a tad more helpful before people across the country lost their reproductive rights.

Support for these issues has more than doubled since December, with a whopping 22 percent of Americans who now say these issues are one of their top five priorities for government — although to be fair, this also includes those on the other side who would prefer for abortion to be even more illegal.

While the AP says the vast majority of those who consider women's rights a top priority tend to be liberals who disagree with the court's decision the way things are going these days, we'd hardly be surprised to see that more than a few who would just really like to see the government crack down on them, feeling that we've really gone a little overboard with the whole being allowed to own property, vote and have our own credit cards and what have you.

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