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A Tweet Or Two: SCOTUS Edition

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150 Responses to “A Tweet Or Two: SCOTUS Edition”


  1. 8 criquet
    June 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hello all

  2. 15 criquet
    June 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    It’s speedy Chips at the front of the line and it’s usually a long line too.
    Congrats on the new 26m mark and the starring role in the Washington Post.
    Hope they carry some of the posts from time to time since it would certainly add balance and truth to their “reporting”.

  3. 17 Dudette
    June 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm

  4. 19 nospin
    June 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    can I express just how pissed off I am with SCOTUS on this ruling? smdh!

  5. 20 Dakota
    June 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg…

  6. June 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

  7. June 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I am so outraged at this Supreme Court. Women everywhere need to stand up and vote out the GOP thugs, then push for impeachment of Scalia and Thomas for their improper actions with the Koch Brothers, and then Pres. O can appoint 2 new justices. This Supreme Court is downright scary!!!

  8. June 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Great choice of relevant tweets. They get to the heart of the matter for women.

  9. June 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Finally ….

  10. 47 Nena20409
    June 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Two Gold :star: :star:

    Chips & Criquet.

    Congrats.

  11. June 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

  12. 51 Nena20409
    June 30, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    When more of Us women vote in larger numbers and start Voting out the GOPer during Mid-Term elections consistently, then Men lawmakers would learn To Stop Legislating Our Bodies.

    Roberts. Alito. Thomas. Kennedy. Scalia.

    Karma waits you. Your presents will be delivered. Time is of the essence.

  13. June 30, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I just chipped in $50 after another request from our President a while ago. I so hope this fundraising quarter blows the doors off!

  14. 56 Ladyhawke
    June 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Supreme Court Breakfast Table

    For a hands-off court, this one sure is hands-on.

    By Dahlia Lithwick

    ————————————

    Yes, corporations win big today. And women lose, huge, again. As the court extends the personal protections of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to for-profit corporations, like the one belonging to Hobby Lobby’s Green family, with its more than 500 craft stores and more than 13,000 employees, it does so with the promise (pinky swear) that it will not ripple into a series of disastrous outcomes when employers decline to afford their workers vaccinations, or psychiatric care, or equal pay, based on similarly strongly held religious convictions. Nor will it implicate corporations that aren’t closely held, although—as Larry notes—Justice Alito seems unable to pinky swear to that either.

    ————————————–

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_breakfast_table/features/2014/scotus_roundup/supreme_court_hobby_lobby_decision_where_was_antonin_scalia.html

  15. 57 a4alice
    June 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    there is something that hasn’t gotten a lot of airplay today – my husband pointed it out. SCOTUS also made a ruling on unions and fees.

    here’s an article about from the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/business/supreme-court-ruling-on-public-workers-and-union-fees.html?_r=0

  16. June 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Unilateral cease fire is over …

  17. 61 Dudette
    June 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm

  18. 62 Nena20409
    June 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    • 63 hopefruit2
      June 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      I’m not impressed. She waits to see the overall reaction and then gives her “scathing” remarks. Because it’s
      “popular” to be against it. Meanwhile, she’s silent on the union ruling, among other things.

      • 64 Mela in TX (@bluetexasmoon)
        June 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm

        Exactly. This is what I dislike the most about her. She take a strong stand on anything until she’s sure it’s safe. So different from our courageous PBO.

        • 65 jackiegrumbacher
          June 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

          Also, Meal, I’m not seeing any solutions offered by her. How about talking about expanding remedies for these women under the Affordable Care Act or other ways that Congress can address this terrible decision. How about addressing the problem of a Supreme Court majority that puts corporations before people.

      • 66 jacquelineoboomer
        June 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

        You nailed it, for me.

  19. June 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Just imagine what a BLUE #114th Congress could do to those five #SCOTUS misogynists ….

    #LandslideDEMS2014

    Yes WE MUST

    • 68 Nena20409
      June 30, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Yes Doc Bobfr, SCOTUS individual Justices can be impeached. However, the impeachment process must start by the John Boehner’s controlled house. A Never, never gonna happen while the Rusty Orange Crush is residing as Speaker……., unfortunately.

      Your Tweets are much needed. A true rally tweets that hopefully would get Us to the Polls in Nov and beyond.

      • June 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

        Thank you, Nena. That’s why I linked the fact that #SCOTUS Justices can be impeached with #LandslideDEMS2014. We take control of the House and Senate in the 114th Congress and Scalia, Thomas and Alito are all targets given their numerous conflicts of interests.

        Yes WE MUST

        #FORWARD Together

  20. 70 globalcitizenlinda
    June 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    • 71 99ts
      June 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      As they decided to side with Bush over Gore. The SCOTUS has done immeasurable harm to democracy in the US in the past 14 years – I think you are the most wonderful group of folks because you pick yourselves up, dust yourselves down and look to the ballot box to resolve the issues. It happened in 2008 and will happen again in 2014.

      The day HAS to be coming when only white men over 55 vote for the GOP – no amount of gerrymandering or voter suppression can resolve that problem for the republicans.

      • 72 Nena20409
        June 30, 2014 at 9:13 pm

        Indeed. The left today are No Longer like the Left from the 1960s and the 1970s who would never have tolerated these unjust rules. They would have been on the streets and marching, making noise and holding GOP accountable alongside SCOTUS.

        • 73 99ts
          June 30, 2014 at 9:38 pm

          I think it is hard for many to believe the battles won in the 60s & 70s have to be refought – add to that the RW media – so many do not even know about these decisions – may discover it when the pharmacy wants payment for the script – or their pay drops because the union – to which they do not belong – folds.

      • 74 nathkatun7
        June 30, 2014 at 9:24 pm

        Exactly, 99ts! This was Bush v. Gore all over again! Notice how they restricted their ruling’s applicability. Not all religiously held beliefs are valid in denying insurance in other situations like blood transfusion. Religion only matters when it’s about women using contraceptives. The court in Bush v. Gore also said that their decision was not to be used as precedent. The right wingers on this court are all about ideology. They could care less about justice. They don’t even pretend to be consistent.

        • 75 99ts
          June 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm

          Hi nath

          I enjoyed a post of yours I read late yesterday (my world) as to the Presidents you have known – we are of an age – my father (having served in WWII) lectured us on Eisenhower – but President Kennedy was the first to attract my conscious political mind.

  21. 76 jacquelineoboomer
    June 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    First the unraveling of civil rights. We see it every day. Then the complementary unraveling of women’s rights.

    We don’t want women to work or get equal pay – we want them home as they were pre-World War II, without separately earned resources so they could move about at will? Then push home-schooling for children, especially in the Bible Belt – kill two birds with one stone. Don’t let women and children out of the house, and they won’t be influenced by the modern world. Get rid of the abortion providers FOR WOMEN, even the buffer zones that surround the clinics. Get rid of covering contraception charges FOR WOMEN under medical benefit plans. Many women can’t afford contraception without the coverage.

    There was a huge struggle for civil rights – still is, IN AMERICA – we all know what that entailed and still entails. Women, too, only got the vote in 1920, a year before my own mother was born. A YEAR BEFORE MY OWN MOTHER WAS BORN. IN AMERICA. Police looked the other way on domestic abuse, “back then.” Used to be women couldn’t get credit under their own names and salaries, IN MY LIFETIME. Used to be women had no defense against sex discrimination in the workplace, which includes sexual harassment. And don’t get me started on LGBT rights.

    Many of us here lived through the 20th-Century battles for civil rights and women’s rights. All for nothing?

    • 77 dotster3
      June 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      You just made me think of something. I remember when all married women signed their name and were identified as Mrs. (man’s name)——as if they belonged to their husbands, did not have a separate identity. I don’t see anyone doing that any more, thankfully.
      Yes, I see what they’re trying to do—–go back to the old ways—-old days—–women have become way too independent for this radical religious segment, much prefer their women submissive and dependent.

    • 79 Betsy
      June 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      What you say is powerful and compelling. I try to inform my female students about what is happening but I teach in a very upscale, but tea party/GOP town, so I have to be careful what I say. You’ve expressed, so clearly, the frustration that I feel. I’m sure Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Mott sisters, as well as Susan B. Anthony are turning over in our graves to see us regress like this.

      • 80 jacquelineoboomer
        June 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        Well, thank you so much. Keep teaching your male and female students. They are lucky to have you. Keep fighting the good fight!

        You just gave me an idea for Twitter – #RegressionIsNotGovernance

        • 81 Betsy
          June 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

          Of course the young men are also listening to my passionate “soap-box” moments, which they all seem to appreciate as I link them to the values of liberty and equality this country was founded on. I also tell them that I am biased as I am a woman, which they usually laugh in response. As I was born in Holland and grew up in a Dutch home in a French-Canadian province (Quebec) in Canada, and then immigrated to the United States in 1999 and became a citizen in 2009, I have quite a different perspective on American History (which is what I teach) which many students seem to appreciate. I am teaching American History (Gr 11) in high school right now for summer school and am loving it.

          I am very frustrated with all the negativity that the Republicans in Congress are causing towards the role of the Federal government and I am thankful to PBO that he is offsetting that by his speeches and actions.

          I also love your hashtag, so I will retweet that when I find it.

      • 84 jacquelineoboomer
        June 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

        h/t Betsy

    • 87 nathkatun7
      June 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      Excellent comment, JOB! One thing that history teaches us is that things can go backwards if people don’t remain vigilant! It happened when the progress of Reconstruction period was replaced by the regression of the Jim Crow period. It’s time for all of us to wake up! We must not allow all the sacrifices that got us where we are to be ” all for nothing.”

    • 89 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      JO’B, are you here? Is it okay to share your summary on twitter?

  22. June 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

  23. June 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Organizeeeeeeee!!

  24. 98 Dudette
    June 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Interesting…

    • 99 Dudette
      June 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      I wondered…

    • 100 99ts
      June 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Wasn’t this the solution to the catholic churches when they complained about the contraception coverage? Not to mention – 99% of catholic women that I have known since the 1960s – use oral contraceptives – or just gave up on sex. Maybe the latter will sort out some of the insane white men.

      Sooner or later a Pope will stop the anti birth control movement with ONE statement – and all of these fools will be lost

      • 101 arapaho415
        June 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm

        99ts,

        Shocked and dismayed to hear about Rolf Harris’ conviction for assault against children today.

        Along with seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago, I fondly remember Rolf Harris’ “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” song — so much so that I had the album — my favorite line from that song was “Mind me platypus duck, Bill…”

        • 102 99ts
          June 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

          Not unexpected at this time – we watched him on TV in the 70s – but he wasn’t a favorite at later times – thought he was above the “common folks” in many ways – a diva.

          My favorite song was “six white boomers” – Australia’s answer to the reindeer – it was the Christmas song for little ones – sad I won’t be singing it to the grandbabe.

          • June 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

            Yes, my only knowledge of Rolf Harris is from the 5th grade, so I know nothing of what he’s been up to for the past 50 years.

            I was surprised to hear his name on the radio as I was driving today, and then doubly surprised to hear why he was making news in the US.

    • 105 0388jojothecat
      June 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      So this lawsuit was a waste of time and money. If 90% of companies are privately held I wonder if they would advise their employees that they will no longer have an insurance plan that covers contraceptions. I am hoping that PBO and the new DEM house & senate will pass an extension of Medicare by allowing people to buy into it with a subsidy if their employers are being dicks.

  25. June 30, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    According to Ha’aretz, the IDF is attacking Gaza.

  26. June 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Netanyahu wanted his casus belli after Hamas and Fatah formed a unity govt. Somebody gave it to him.

  27. June 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Organizeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  28. June 30, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    That’s our guy!

  29. June 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I was fired up before, but now I feel implacable! Looking forward to seeing Boehner cry when he hands the gavel over to Speaker Pelosi. I will do all I can for red to BLUE candidates. So much of it is name recognition as well as encouraging voters anywhere in the country. We can tweet about them, like on Facebook, donate, write articles, we can even phone bank from a distance if we know the issues. I wanted to add another great tweet to your Hobby Lobby/SCOTUS collection. I just LOVE this image! Women have already been organized and a force in getting Dems elected. It’s going to become even greater. I’m IN! Pres Obama is amazing and I want to see what he can do with a congress he can work with.

  30. 119 arapaho415
    June 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Over the weekend, TODville correctly predicted today’s SCOTUS’ decisions.

    It’s appalling that certain companies can deny their employees access to contraception, something that is used by nearly all women of childbearing age, whether single or married.

    The decision on Union dues was not surprising, and for the record, a4alice, is getting about equal air time on CBS radio news today. It means that Unions need to re-evaluate how they operate and recruit members in the 21st century.

    Wednesday, July 2nd, marks the 50th anniversary of President LBJ’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    Here’s a very brief audio of Kamala Harris speaking at an event in Los Angeles marking this anniversary. It may be shallow of me, but I appreciate a President who sounds calm and reasonable (like PBO), and Kamala Harris’ voice has that quality. Check it out.

    Kamala Harris needs a bit more seasoning before she runs for President, but I would love to see her as our first female President. If my man Joe Biden doesn’t run in 2016, I’m ready for a Martin O’Malley-Deval Patrick ticket.

    • June 30, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      I’m with you about Kamala Harris. I’ve seen her in person a couple of times and she is wicked smart, deeply conversant in the issues of the day and a very warm person. She kicks it BIG TIME in her job and I have no doubt she will go far in politics if she so chooses.

  31. 121 JER
    June 30, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  32. 125 jacquelineoboomer
    June 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm
  33. 126 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/24694-the-supreme-court-thinks-corporations-are-people-but-women-arent

    In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby can discriminate against their female employees by denying them birth control coverage as required under Obamacare as long as those corporations believe that doing so “violates” their religious beliefs.
    According to the Court, “closely-held” corporations like Hobby Lobby are protected by a 1993 law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – a law that protects people – let me repeat, PEOPLE, as in homo sapiens sapiens – from having “substantial burdens” placed on their religious beliefs.
    There are a lot of things to talk about when it comes to the Hobby Lobby case – the fact that Hobby Lobby’s arguments weren’t based in scientific fact, the fact that Hobby Lobby actually invests in companies that make the very same birth control it says goes against its religious beliefs, the fact that it’s more than ready to pay for male birth control procedures like vasectomies, the fact that much of what they sell comes from China, the home of forced abortions – you name it.
    All of these things are important and show just how insane and fundamentally hypocritical the Court’s decision really was.

  34. 127 donna dem 4 obama
    June 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  35. 129 Allison
    June 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  36. 130 Dudette
    June 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  37. 131 Ladyhawke
    June 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/06/best-lines-hobby-lobby-decision

  38. 132 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    What in the Wide World! http://truth-out.org/news/item/24668-how-stressed-out-people-impact-election-results

    Why aren’t more people showing up to vote in elections? Perhaps they’re too stressed out. Seriously: new research has found that citizens who are most prone to anxiety are more likely to skip the polls.
    The study specifically looked at cortisol, a stress hormone in the human body. Head researcher Jeffrey French explained the significance: “Our study is unique in that it is the first to examine whether differences in physiology may be causally related to differences in political activity.”
    Normally, cortisol increases in the body during stressful situations. However, certain individuals have naturally occurring heightened levels of cortisol, generally indicating that they are more anxious people overall. The research confirmed that people with higher base levels of cortisol had significantly spottier voting records than those with less present in their systems. Even after factoring in differences like party affiliation, age, income, ethnicity, etc., high levels of cortisol seemed to make a significant difference throughout these demographics.
    While the researchers acknowledge that stress is hardly a major factor in determining whether someone will wind up voting, it still plays a measurable role. Besides, as they point out, given America’s consistently low voter turnouts, it’s important to discover all of the many reasons that people aren’t showing up at the polls so that they can be addressed.

    Think you’re stressed NOW??? The only way to get rid of it is to VOTE, otherwise you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!!

  39. 133 hopefruit2
    June 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    On Sunday I told Chips that I had a feeling that the MSM had taken notice of the #SoSueMe hashtag. LOL!

    http://theobamadiary.com/2014/06/29/early-bird-chat-282/#comment-1067164

  40. 134 Dudette
    June 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Ah! Sweet respite from the madness…

  41. 135 hopefruit2
    June 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    HEADLINE: President Barack Obama: #SoSueMe

    // A photo of President Obama, laughing with Pope Francis. First Lady Michelle Obama, pictured wiping tears of laughter from her eyes. A screen grab of Obama from the night he announced US commandos had killed Osama bin Laden.

    They’re all new memes sprouting up on Twitter attached to the hashtag, #SoSueMe – mocking House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that he intends to sue the president. No one knows precisely why Boehner’s taking the president to court, so Obama supporters on Twitter are filling in the blanks. //

    http://bluenationreview.com/president-barack-obama-sosueme/

  42. 136 Dudette
    June 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  43. June 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I just donated to our Prez via OFA. With all the crap flying around today, that made me feel a little better.
    Anyone who can, please donate before midnight and lets send a message to the GOP that we are not
    sitting around passively taking their BS. #FORWARD.

    • June 30, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      I did the same with OFA for POTUS, Hope. I’m getting ready to donate to DCCC. I’m so glad to do it today! It’s not only amounts, they are proud of the number of people who donate. The small donors making a big difference together.

      • June 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm

        Honestly, I have lost track of who/how many donations I’ve made today, including state (senator). All have been small–$10 or 15 with some of them being tripled in match. We have to do this!!

        I spent an hour this afternoon sending membership renewal reminders to folks in our local Dem party. Every little thing helps.

      • June 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        TME, yes we the non-millionaires will make the difference. I was never happier to donate than I was today.
        Donated to DNC last week. We will ignore the noise and do our grassroots ‘thing’…one dollar at a time.

  44. 143 jacquelineoboomer
    June 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm

  45. June 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    “The New Testament never—not one time—applies the ‘Christian’ label to a business or even a government,” he writes. “The tag is applied only to individuals. If the Bible is your ultimate guide, the only organization one might rightly term ‘Christian’ is a church. And this is only because a church in the New Testament is not a building or a business, but a collection of Christian individuals who have repented, believed on Christ, and are pursuing a life of holiness.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/30/3453598/no-a-win-for-hobby-lobby-is-not-a-win-for-religion/

    I think it’s a conservatives vs the world thing.

  46. 145 Dudette
    June 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm

  47. 146 donna dem 4 obama
    June 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

  48. 147 donna dem 4 obama
    June 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm


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