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  • We still can't quite believe this, but the Supreme Court issued this very brief order on Tuesday, re-opening about a dozen of Texas's abortion clinics that had been shut down by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month while the lower court decides the underlying case:

    The application to vacate stay of final judgment pending appeal presented to Justice Scalia and by him referred to the court is granted in part and denied in part. The Court of Appeals’ stay order with reference to the district court’s order enjoining the admitting-privileges requirement as applied to the McAllen and El Paso clinics is vacated. The Court of Appeals’ stay order with reference to the district court’s order enjoining the ambulatory surgical center requirement is vacated. The application is denied in all other respects.

    Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas, and Justice Alito would deny the application in its entirety.

    That last line isn't a surprise, but what is surprising is that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the liberals on the court. Neither of them are known for giving a damn about women's access to health care. In fact, the 5th Circuit relied heavily on Kennedy's 2007 opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart, upholding the "Partial Birth Abortion" ban (grrrrr, argggggh, anger anger ANGER), so it's extra bizarre that he was on the "nuh-uh, you gotta open those clinics" side this time. Maybe he has had a change of heart? That must be it.

    And as Kennedy himself would say, while we find no reliable data to measure the phenomenon, it seems unexceptionable to conclude some justices come to regret their choice.

  • No, Nazi is not in fashion:

    Sears has apologized and removed a men’s swastika ring that was briefly for sale on its Marketplace website.

    The “.925 Thai silver Swastika ring” was listed under the “men’s punk rock style” jewelry category.

  • Stephen Hawking was right:

    A whisper from a lab-manufactured black hole may confirm the existence of radiation predicted by University of Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking four decades ago. If validated by further research, the finding would offer evidence that particles blinking in and out of existence can rob black holes of mass.

    "It's amazing, groundbreaking work," says Daniele Faccio, a physicist at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. The work "demonstrates something that everyone thought was impossible."

    For decades, scientists thought of black holes as everlasting objects from which nothing, not even light, could escape. But in the mid-1970s, Hawking proposed an amendment to that rule with huge implications. [...]

    After initially expressing skepticism, physicists have largely embraced the idea of Hawking radiation, and today it lies at the heart of the quest to unify general relativity, the theory that explains the very large stuff in the universe, and quantum mechanics, which dictates the very small[.]

  • Speaking of people who were right, here are two guys who have never been:

    Sitting down with neoconservative pundit William Kristol for a nearly two-hour interview, Cheney discussed at length what the sycophantic Kristol called his “distinguished,” “exemplary,” and “model” career. Most notable was Cheney’s brazen defense of the Bush administration’s post-9/11 national security policies, for which he asserted “I don’t think we have any apologies to make.”

    Employing the Bush White House’s Orwellian phrase of choice to describe torture, the former vice president hailed “enhanced interrogation techniques” as key to the administration’s anti-terrorism efforts.

    “[W]hat are you gonna do?” Cheney asked. “Just say ‘please, please, pretty please, tell us what you know’? That’s not gonna work.” [...]

    “We’ve got no choice but to be involved in [the Middle East],” Cheney said. “And if we’re not actively involved there, some very bad things are gonna happen.”

    Regardless of how embroiled the U.S. is in the region, Cheney expects a “mass casualty attack” at some point that will be even worse than the 9/11 attacks.

  • Mean Obama Twitter account sticks it to idiots, idiots outraged:
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A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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