Monday Morning Open Thread

Uppity Woman’s graduation. Spot Bill, find Uppity.


Here’s a clean thread to play with until SCOTUS releases a decision or two. We’re waiting on Obamacare and the Arizona Immigration law rulings. If they don’t drop today they drop Thursday.


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76 Responses to Monday Morning Open Thread

  1. myiq2xu says:

    What is more radical?

    1. A law requiring people to purchase health insurance from private companies whether they want to or not.

    2. A court ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

    • elliesmom says:

      I don’t remember the name of the Supreme Court case, but I’d like to see them go back and revisit the one that said that it was interstate commerce for a farmer to grow wheat on his own property for his own use. But somehow I don’t think dakinikat would like that either. I haven’t read anything she’s written in a long time, but the anti-Catholic, anti-Mormon dig at the end didn’t seem like her. It caught me by surprise.

      • angienc says:

        That’s the Wickard v. Filburn case. Scalia has a new book out where he writes that decision was wrong because it expanded Commerce Clause beyond all reason & should be overturned. So, if it was any secret, we can count him as voting against the Obamacare mandate (and probably in favor of striking down the entire act).

    • WMCB says:

      One of the problems with Mormon scare-mongering is that there exists a state that Mormons almost wholly control, and have for decades.

      Have you heard what a horrible Taliban-like state Utah is? Look how those Mormons have passed all kind of repressive laws and forced their Mormonism on everyone! They rove in brown-shirted Mormon Gangs in the streets, cracking down on evil coffee shops! Theocracy!

      It’s laughable. Last time I checked, Utah was a pretty pleasant place to live.

      • SophieCT says:

        In fact, you can only buy alcoholic beverages in state stores (which are not near the ski slopes and close two hours before planes from the east can get there). Furthermore, they don’t have real bagels or pizza.

        • propertius says:

          <blockquote<In fact, you can only buy alcoholic beverages in state stores

          You mean, like the other well-known Mormon theocracies: Alabama, Idaho, New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina – all of which have state liquor store monopolies? Hell, I can recall when a national restaurant chain (Steak and Ale) was forced to rename its Virginia restaurants because of a state law banning the *mention* of alcoholic beverages in the name of a business.

          I think it must have been awhile since you’ve been to Utah. You actually *can* buy a drink in Utah. Liquor laws were liberalized in Salt Lake City prior to the Olympics (at the behest of some guy named Romney), and were further liberalized statewide in 2009. They’re still a bit quirky, though:

          http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/20liquor.html

          AFAIK, you still can’t get a cup of coffee on the BYU campus, though 😉

        • SophieCT says:

          OMG!!! They’re spreading!!!

          Yes, it has been quite a while…like two decades ago, when my knees could still tolerate skiing.

          BTW, that was snark. Sorry I didn’t use the special font, but I thought it would be more obvious.

          P.S. They still don’t have real bagels or pizza. And those mountains are really too tall, unlike the trees in Michigan, which are just the right size.

        • elliesmom says:

          Hell, we don’t have real bagels or good pizza in the bluest of the blue states, and I haven’t had a decent hot dog since we moved back from Chicago. I hate coffee.

        • Elliesmom- you are in MA correct? Is Zeppy’s bagel bakery in Randolph no longer there? 😦 They used to have THE BEST bagels evah! And I used to love the pizza at Nantasket Beach- when the old Paragon Park was there. Tony King of Pizza on Wahsington St in Boston had good pizza as well- but alas- they are long gone.

        • SophieCT says:

          elliesmom: You gotta go to New Yawk!!

    • T says:

      When Dakinikat and her fellow bloggers realized that the Democratic Party wasn’t the party for them anymore it took them out of their comfort zone. Instead of finding a new comfort zone, they just went back and accepted the Democratic Party as their own once again…This is denial.

      I love the story about the Republican war on women….that, as opposed to the 2% less evil Democratic war on women…LOL.

  2. it’s hard waiting on these decisions!!

  3. LOL got up this morning to a tv with no picture- (it is about 20 yrs old lol) so I won’t get to see the exploding heads. Of which there will be many no matter which way they rule.

  4. SophieCT says:

    I think Uppity’s the one obscured by the closest woman leaning forward. Do I win a Penguin?

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Obama’s schedule today:

    10:30 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    11:00 am || Meets with Secretary of State Clinton
    12:05 pm || Departs the White House
    1:35 pm || Arrives Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    2:05 pm || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Oyster River High School, Durham, New Hampshire
    4:05 pm || Departs Portsmouth
    4:30 pm || Arrives Boston
    5:10 pm || Attends a fundraiser; Hamersley’s Bistro
    7:35 pm || Attends a fundraiser; Symphony Hall
    9:25 pm || Attends a fundraiser; private residence

    All times Eastern

  6. I think MKBill is the 6th cat back from the front of the pic- and can’t tell which woman has his leash. Of course.

    • SophieCT says:

      Yup, that’s the one I thought. I had to zoom in on the pic. I’m not sharing my Pengy.

      • WMCB says:

        My big fat 20 lb ragdoll Titus is definitely not there. He’s easily twice the size of any of those kitties.

    • WMCB says:

      That one looks a bit stoned on catnip, so you may be correct. 😀

  7. myiq2xu says:

    !st up – Montana campaign is summarily reversed, five to four.

  8. myiq2xu says:

    The Court holds that the Eighth Amendment forbids a scheme of life in prison without possibility of parole for juveniles.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Decisions/Opinions scrolling on the liveblog now. nothing big yet.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    They are announcing a bunch of cert. granted cases for next term.

  11. myiq2xu says:

    Arizona immigration is reversed in part and affirmed in part. Justice Kagan does not participate.

    Looks like no Obamacare today.

    • myiq2xu says:

      The Court rules that Section 3, 5, and 6 are preempted.

      Most of the key provisions of SB1070 (3 of 4) are invalidated. One provision is held not to be proved preempted; it must be construed.

      It was improper for the lower courts to enjoin Section 2(B), which requires police officers to check the legal status of anyone arrested for any crime before they can be released.

    • myiq2xu says:

      As part of Scalia’s statement in dissent, he is commenting on the president’s announcement about suspending deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — something that was not part of the case.

  12. Had a feeling they would not announce the health care ruling til the last damn day of the term
    Fucking cowards.

  13. myiq2xu says:

  14. So on the AZ thing- oblowme and his thugs win? AZ has to put up with illegals and the fraud gets lotsa new voters?

  15. myiq2xu says:

    The Court will sit again on Thursday to announce the rest of the opinions. So there you have it.

  16. WMCB says:

    Looks like SCOTUS looked most carefully at fed vs state powers in AZ. So forbidding illegals to seek work is stepping on the fed’s toes. Checking immigration status (and notifying feds) after picked up for some state crime is not.

    Makes sense to me. State cannot usurp fed role in actual enforcement/punishment, but CAN determine status in a “helping out the feds with info” role?

    • angienc says:

      State cannot usurp fed role in actual enforcement/punishment, but CAN determine status in a “helping out the feds with info” role?

      Yes, that is basically what I’m getting too.

  17. HELENK says:

    a peaceful just because to start an eventful week

    http://129.164.179.22/apod/ap120625.html

  18. myiq2xu says:

    I’ll be back later. Y’all behave.

  19. HELENK says:

    since this an open thread
    I know you are all just dying to know the lowdown on backtrack and meeescheles first date
    of course you will want to send a donation for that knowledge

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/06/25/obama-campaign-releases-video-of-president-detailing-how-he-romanced-mooch-he-was-hip-cutting-edge-cultural-sensitive/

    • elliesmom says:

      That was an arranged marriage if ever there was one.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Yuck, aren’t they special 😛 Spike Lee movie, harumpfh I’ve got them beat … first date with hubby, a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western triple feature.

      I think the most compelling First Couple interview was with the Bushes and how Laura helped GWB stop drinking, “Me or the bottle, you can’t have both”. Love’em or hate’em, it was a genuine moment.

    • SophieCT says:

      Oh gag me.

      A commenter over there agrees with you, elliesmom:

      They made that “first date” shit up to sound like a regular normal couple instead of an arranged unit, brought together by rev wrong who hooked up ‘down low bros’ with beards.

      • elliesmom says:

        LOL I was thinking more that the people behind Obama were looking for a wife for him who had the proper political creds and “authentic blackness” to shore him up. It was Michelle who hooked him up with Jarrett.

  20. WMCB says:

    Great piece on how crony capitalism and rent-seeking works in DC. For all the bleating about how “corporations buy our govt”, it is equally true that our govt makes it almost impossible for them NOT to do so.

    Because the lesson here isn’t whether Microsoft’s bundling practices were a violation. They may have been. The lesson is that if you play ball and suck up to DC, you get better outcomes.

    http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/carney-how-hatch-forced-microsoft-to-play-k-streets-game/article/2500453/?page=1&referrer=/politics

  21. HELENK says:

    site to follow supreme court schedule

    http://www.scotusblog.com/

    • Lulu says:

      The Democratic party is falling apart. Obama is blaming everyone but himself. Might we hope for an outright rebellion? Probably not but the WH is developing a bunker mentality. She ought to say screw it I quit.

  22. HELENK says:

    http://terrellaftermath.com/

    just because they always seem to have such great pictures and captions

  23. HELENK says:

    http://freebeacon.com/obamas-secret-sugar-daddy/

    hey backtrack so who’s paying your way???????

  24. Pips says:

    OT. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble tells Obama to mind his own business … before minding the EU’s.

  25. HELENK says:

    megan kelley is going to have a guy on who was with eric holder when he found out about fast and furious. should be any minute now

  26. HELENK says:

    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/06/25/arizona-partial-victory-is-a-trap-for-obama-supreme-court-illegal-immigration/

    what happens in Nov when citizens with LEGAL voting rights get tired of being treated as less then illegal immigrants ???

  27. HELENK says:

    I got this from a commenter at No Quarter

    http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=275164

    take a look at this picture and think of last weeks picture of backtack and Putin

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