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“There is some precedent for having a vice president of the same gender...”


TRUMP Sums Up His Own Campaign: "I don't care. I Do Me"



“You want to see goofy, look at him in that hat,” Warren said.

She then made fun of Trump’s big golf course trip to Scotland over the weekend and mocked the idea that he was really a “man of the people.”

“When Donald Trump says ‘great,’ I say, ‘Great for who, exactly?’ For families that don’t fly to Scotland to play golf?” she asked rhetorically. “When he says ‘Make America Great’ he means make it great for rich guys just like Donald Trump… Watch out, because he will crush you into the dirt to get what he wants.”

The speech wasn’t just about Trump, however, as she also praised presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for being a tough fighter who has what it takes to beat Trump.

“She knows you beat a bully not by tucking your tail and running, but by standing your ground and fighting back,” Warren said of Clinton. “She doesn’t whine, she doesn’t run to Twitter to call her opponents ‘fat pigs’ or ‘dummies.’ … Hillary has brains, she has guts, she has a thick skin.”


Trump statement hitting warren does so without "Pocahontas"



Texas Abortion Limits Struck Down by U.S. Supreme Court

Source: Bloomberg

A divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that had threatened to close three-quarters of the state’s abortion clinics by putting new requirements on facilities and doctors.

The 5-3 ruling is the court’s first abortion decision in almost a decade. It invalidates a law that required clinics to meet hospital-like surgical standards and forced abortion doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Texas said the rules safeguarded patient safety, while opponents said the real aim was to reduce access to abortion

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-27/texas-abortion-limits-struck-down-by-u-s-supreme-court


SCOTUS slams Texas for failing to show evidence of "even one woman" receiving better treatment under abortion law:

Second holding: Both the admitting privileges and surgical center requirements place a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, constitute an undue burden on abortion access, and thus violate the Constitution.

RBG’s Concurrence:

The Texas law called H. B. 2 inevitably will reduce the number of clinics and doctors allowed to provide abortion services. Texas argues that H. B. 2’s restrictions are constitutional because they protect the health of women who experience complications from abortions. In truth, “complications from an abortion are both rare and rarely dangerous.” Planned Parenthood of Wis., Inc. v. Schimel, 806 F. 3d 908, 912 (CA7 2015). See Brief for American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists et al. as Amici Curiae 6–10 (collecting studies and concluding “abortion is one of the safest medical procedures performed in the United States”); Brief for Social Science Researchers as Amici Curiae 5–9 (compiling studies that show “(c]omplication rates from abortion are very low”). Many medical procedures, including childbirth, are far more dangerous to patients, yet are not subject to ambulatorysurgical-center or hospital admitting-privileges requirements. See ante, at 31; Planned Parenthood of Wis., 806 F. 3d, at 921–922. See also Brief for Social Science Researchers 9–11 (comparing statistics on risks for abortion with tonsillectomy, colonoscopy, and in-office dental surgery); Brief for American Civil Liberties Union et al. as Amici Curiae 7 (all District Courts to consider admitting privileges requirements found abortion “is at least as safe as other medical procedures routinely performed in outpatient settings”). Given those realities, it is beyond rational belief that H. B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law “would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions.” Planned Parenthood of Wis., 806 F. 3d, at 910. When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners, faute de mieux, at great risk to their health and safety. See Brief for Ten Pennsylvania Abortion Care Providers as Amici Curiae 17–22. So long as this Court adheres to Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973), and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833 (1992), Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers laws like H. B. 2 that “do little or nothing for health, but rather strew impediments to abortion,” Planned Parenthood of Wis., 806 F. 3d, at 921, cannot survive judicial inspection.


Thomas quotes Scalia to kick off his dissent in TX abortion case


Hillary’s statement from her FB page:

The Supreme Court’s decision striking down Texas’s dangerous, politically-motivated, anti-abortion laws this morning is a victory for women not just in Texas, but across America. By overturning restrictions that made it nearly impossible for Texans to exercise their full reproductive rights, the Court has rightfully upheld every woman’s fundamental right to safe, legal abortion, no matter where she lives.

To everyone who flooded the Texas Capitol to speak out against these attacks on women’s health, to the brave women and men across the country who shared their stories, and to the health care providers who fought for their patients and refused to give up: this victory belongs to you. I applaud you, and I thank you.

But our fight is far from over. In Texas, throughout the South, and across the country, a woman’s constitutional right to make her own health decisions is under attack. In the first three months of 2016, states introduced more than 400 measures restricting access to abortion. We’ve seen a concerted, persistent attack on women’s health and rights at the federal level. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has said women should be punished for having abortions—as if women, particularly low-income women and women of color, didn’t already face enough barriers to exercising their basic rights. He also pledged to defund Planned Parenthood and appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Today’s decision is a reminder of how much is at stake in this election. We need a president who will not only defend women’s health and rights—including appointing Supreme Court justices who recognize Roe v. Wade as settled law—but expand them, by overturning the Hyde Amendment, protecting funding for Planned Parenthood, and building on the Affordable Care Act and its benefits for women’s health. Above all, today and every day, we need to continue to protect access to safe and legal abortion—not just on paper, but in reality.



Wise Words

At times like this you can't improve on the wise words of the former permanent secretary of the MoD

Jesse Williams Powerful Speech At BET Awards: "Because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real"

Jesse Williams gives powerful speech on race in America at BET Awards
'The thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real,' says the actor

Williams added: “We know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm, and not kill white people every day, so what’s going to happen is, we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.”

Bringing up the fact that Saturday would’ve been Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday, Williams said, “I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad day light, killing him on television, and then going home to make a sandwich.”

Speaking to a standing ovation from the crowd, Williams also referenced Sandra Bland and Eric Garner. He continued: “There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of, there has been no job we haven’t done, there has been no tax they haven’t levied against us and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. ‘You’re free,’ they keep telling us. ‘But she would’ve been alive if she hadn’t acted so free.’”

He added: “Freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But, you know what, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.”

Rounding out his powerful speech, Williams finished by saying, “We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people — out of sight and out of mind — while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil, black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strained fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”


When the only tool you own is a gun, every problem is a target.

This week's Good Gal with a Gun

Yesterday raging gun nut Christy Sheats chased her two daughters into the street with a gun. One of the daughters, Taylor, was already wounded and collapsed in the street. Sheats' husband, Jason, shouted, "Don't do this, they're our kids!" Sheats went back inside, reloaded, and returned to the street where she shot the unwounded daughter, Madison, in the back as she tried to flee. When police arrived they found Christy Sheats standing in the street, holding the gun she'd used to murder her children. They ordered her to drop the weapon and surrender. She didn't. Fearing that she would shoot the children again, they shot her dead. One of the daughters was pronounced dead at the scene, the other died later in the hospital.


Why did this happen?

Because this is what gun nuts do.

This is how people who are obsessed with guns solve their problems. This is how gun nuts resolve disputes. For gun nuts, this is the ONLY solution, every time. The gun gives them power and that power warps their thinking. They dream of using the power, being the hero, forcing others to do what they want. The gun makes them mighty. The gun makes them brave. The gun makes them ten feet tall. The gun makes them right. The gun makes them righteous. The gun makes them GOD. You do what I say or I'll fucking kill ya.
That's how obsession works.

This is why gun nuts like Christy Sheats are so utterly terrified somebody will come to take away their guns. Because to them guns are power, the One Ring, My Precious, and the thought of losing that power terrifies them.

It's an obsession. And this is how it always ends, right here.

When people are fed a constant diet of fear, anger, and rage and are enabled by a culture of violence and paranoia and exceptionalism and told over and over that guns are the answer to every situation then THIS is how they solve their problems.

This isn't an accident, or a moment of insanity, this is NORMAL in America and you can see it reflected in every aspect of our society from those who are afraid to go to the grocery store without a gun to TV shows that solve EVERY problem with a gun to sovereign citizen militias that intend to shoot down the rest of us with their guns to average citizens who believe they have a right to overthrow their government with guns to our police forces who increasingly resolve every confrontation with guns to our nation's foreign policy which is largely based on guns. It's all part of a set piece.

This, right here, is who we are.

When the only tool you own is a gun, every problem is a target. Couple that to a constant state of rage and insecurity and easy access to firearms and the end is inevitable.


People are replacing Calvin with Donald Trump in Calvin And Hobbes strips AND ITS AWESOME


Manafart: “We have a candidate who doesn’t need to figure out what’s going on"

MANAFART: And the good thing is, we have a candidate who doesn't need to figure out what's going on in order to say what he wants to do. So our campaign is organized. We're ready, we're going to have a good convention, and we're confident that we are not behind the Clinton campaign. They're muscle-bound. We're not.


WHAT PLAN? - Sky News Journalist, Says Pro-Brexit MP Told Him ‘Leave Campaign Don’t Have A Plan’

‘It sounds like I’m making that up. That literally happened two hours ago.’

“I said to him, so where’s the plan? Can we see the Brexit plan now?” Islam told Botting, without naming the MP specifically.

He said the pro-Leave Tory replied: “There is no plan. The Leave campaign don’t have a post-Brexit plan.”

According to Islam, the MP then pointed toward the Houses of Parliament and said: “Number 10 should have had a plan”.

“It sounds like I’m making that up. That literally happened two hours ago,” Islam said, pausing in apparent disbelief.

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