Vote. Vote. Vote.










134 Responses to “Vote. Vote. Vote.”

    • 2 Ycin
      June 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Good morning Chipsticks, Danny and TOD Family!

      Wishing everyone a BEAUTIFUL DAY!

      Catching up on the news; very disappointing but the way to conquer ugly is to defeat it by “VOTING.”

      VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! Not like our lives depend on it but because our lives depend on it.

      YES WE CAN!


    • 3 hopefruit2
      June 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Congrats on #1 and I agree – VOTE!

      • 4 Ycin
        June 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

        Thank you hopefruit2!

        I hope that you will have an ENJOYABLE DAY, in spite of the crap that we must endure but for a moment, we all have the power to make change……VOTE! This has to be the theme for “every Dem.”


  1. 5 sherijr
    June 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This SCOTUS decision is despicable.

    • June 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Stomach-churning sherijr.

      • 7 sherijr
        June 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

        agree chips, just sickening and shameful.. they are so anti-women this and last weeks decision. oh and Good morning to you & Danny.. and thank you Nerdy for this: vote.vote.vote. That’s what it all comes down to.

  2. 8 japa21
    June 30, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Yes indeedy.

  3. June 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

    A perfect post title for today Nerdy, thank you Legend so much.

    • 12 Nerdy Wonka
      June 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Thanks, Chips.

      A bunch of conservative nut job men telling women that birth control is frivolous but hey, keep paying for our viagra so we can get off in 4 hours or less.


  4. 13 GGail
    June 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Oh My Goodness NW – these tweets are awesome!

    Yes, please donate to Planned Parenthood – they will need all the support we can give them!

    I wonder what’s the percentage of women who work at Hobby Lobby? How many are in Management positions?

    If anyone with a brain has any doubts about which way the majority of SCOTUS leans…

  5. 16 Ladyhawke
    June 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

  6. June 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

    • June 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

      • 22 Ycin
        June 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

        Morning to you meta,


        Thank you for the tweets!

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        June 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

        Meta, it’s the result of the heinous decision in 2000 that judges had the right to “install” a president. Alito would not have happened under Al Gore, nor would Roberts. That day in 2000 has caused endless tragedy for the US.

        • 25 nathkatun7
          June 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

          Absolutely, spot-onm Jackie G! To hell with all these deluded emoprogs!

          • 26 nathkatun7
            June 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm

            meant “spot-on.” I am so angry with the so called progressives who do not vote or vote for self indulgent people like Ralph Nader by claiming that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans.

  7. 27 Nerdy Wonka
    June 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

  8. 28 Nerdy Wonka
    June 30, 2014 at 11:17 am

    • 29 Ycin
      June 30, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Good morning Nerdy Wonka,

      HAPPY MONDAY TO YOU! In spite of the SCOTUS BS we can’t let them steal our joy!

      Thank you for the post and your tweets.

      Have a WONDERFUL DAY!

  9. 31 hopefruit2
    June 30, 2014 at 11:19 am

  10. June 30, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Salutations NW…TODers!!!!

    Just as Boehner’s intention to sue POTUS resulted in a boost in donations at Democratic political sites, I suspect the Hobby Lobby decision may spur donations.

    Sad to say that the decision doesn’t surprise me. If this isn’t *another* call to vote — especially for women — I don’t know what is.

    • 33 jackiegrumbacher
      June 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      SW, it should also be a call to boycott Hobby Lobby. Don’t go there people–it’s a crappy store that doesn’t deserve a dime of your money. Let them rot in hell.

  11. 35 Linda
    June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The RATS strike again….someone grab the D-CON


  12. June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

    OMG, people in my TL are already crowing that this means a lock for Hillary Clinton. I COULD SCREAM. It’s as if they could give a sh*&%$t about 2014 because they think their fairy princess will save us all in 2016. ARGHHHH

  13. June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This is the real legacy of George W Bush.

  14. 45 Ladyhawke
    June 30, 2014 at 11:27 am

  15. June 30, 2014 at 11:28 am

    This is the RFRA referred to in the Hobby Lobby decision.

    • 47 Linda
      June 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Gawd ! Clinton did as much damage to our country as a Republican.

      When will people wake up about the Clinton’s ?

      • 48 57andfemale
        June 30, 2014 at 11:41 am

        Much of what Clinton did (and the laws he supported and passed) has caused great harm. In all fairness, this was a virtually unanimous law in both Houses, meant to protect Indian tribes. It was quickly seized by the Religious Right to further their Christian Sharia Law.

        This is one of the few times I can’t blame Clinton. Of course, he could have been a decent lawyer and seen the pitfalls of making religious freedom standard higher than general applicability. But he was very busy. (snark).

    • 49 57andfemale
      June 30, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Told ya!

      As I said on the last thread, this was a law meant to Indian tribes, but it quickly was seized by the Religious Right. It was a virtually unanimous vote in both Houses.

      It does pit General Welfare and General Applicability against ‘religious freedom’.

      This is an incremental step to destroying our pluralistic, secular society. Make no mistake.

      The irony: Scalia fought the Indians’ use of peyote on ‘general applicability’ grounds in an earlier decision. But ‘general applicability’ does not apply to women’s health. Unconscionable.

      • June 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

        I view it as weak on its premise:

        In the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Congress states in its findings that a religiously NEUTRAL law can burden a religion just as much as one that was intended to interfere with religion.

        And yes, an outrage that Scalia can interpret “general applicability” to suit his own warped perspective.

        • 51 57andfemale
          June 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

          I think it was Spandan who put this law on my radar. It’s threat to general applicability will destroy the premise of this nation.

          Push back on twitter on the ‘narrow ruling’ salve that SCOTUSBLOG and others are pushing. This is a serious breach of individual rights and we have to gain control of the message. This is how incremental changes have all but eliminated access to abortion, even if the ‘right’ exists.

          We’re in Plessy v. Ferguson territory here. History will not be kind to Roberts and his ilk.

          What does it take to get Dem’s to vote in droves, meta?

          • June 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm

            Agree with all your excellent points.

            I wish I knew what it takes for people to feel passionately about what’s happening right now. Both the creeping incrementalism and the outright dismissal of our basic rights to vote, to healthcare and equal pay are screaming alarms. I will do my part to GOTV but I can’t say I’m not worried. A lot.

            • 53 desertflower
              June 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

              Read this morning where someone referred to this creeping eroding of rights as “The Boiling Frog Strategy”…If you do it slowly enough, they won’t even notice they are boiling to death until it’s too late. Terrifying.

              • 54 57andfemale
                June 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

                Voting rights. Abortion rights. Union rights. This is precisely the path the RWNJ’s have taken, and now the implications are breathtaking.

                But will we VOTE?

  16. 55 japa21
    June 30, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Well, the SC just guaranteed an increase in abortions. Way to go SCOTUS!

    • 56 desertflower
      June 30, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Yes.They.Did. So sad they just don’t get it… I have to get out my frustrations with a chain saw on my tree branches….

  17. 57 BigDaddyRich
    June 30, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Over at TPV last week, I said this in response to Spandan’s post http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2014/6/27/boehners-lawsuit-begins-to-blow-up-on-gops-face-dems-get-windfall:

    I’m starting to believe, bit by bit, that we’re all in for a surprise in November. Of course, all the pundits keep saying Dems are in for a beating, but to my “untrained” eyes, there are some good signs for us: 1.) Obamacare’s recovery from the botched rollout to a raging success, which appear to be helping so-called “endangered” Dems; 2.) the Moral Mondays movements in North Carolina and Georgia; 3.) the potential fallout among the Tea Party over the McDaniels loss (see Marshall, Josh: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/e… 4.) a few hardcore GOP governors are in REAL trouble this year (see Brownbeck, Kansas Gov. Sam: http://www.politicususa.com/20… Scott, Florida Gov. Rick: http://www.realclearpolitics.c… LePage, Maine Gov. Paul:http://www.realclearpolitics.c… and more importantly, 5.) “The Bear” is loose: he’s going out, he’s fired up and ready to go (https://theobamadiary.com/2014/…. All I can say is, we’ll see…we will see.

    And now, after today’s jacked up rulings (and the #sosueme Twitter trend), that feeling is growing stronger and stronger.

    These guys just f*cked with the wrong coalition. Keep Calm…and VOTE IN NOVEMBER.

    • 58 vcprezofan2
      June 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Your take adds to my own feeling, BigDR, even though my eyes are more untrained than yours. The pundits can say what they will; SCOTUS can continue to show its underbelly with its partisan activism; ‘the Bear’ is loose and I suspect he has a plan which he has been subtly, and not so subtly guiding along. I’ll agree with you …’We will see… Keep Calm…and VOTE IN NOVEMBER.’

      • 59 GGail
        June 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm

        I second your addition vc. And thanks BDR for your insight and I love your tag…Keep Calm…and VOTE IN NOVEMBER.

    • 60 MightyPamela
      June 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm


  18. 61 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 11:39 am


    “One way to look at it is this: The whole point of establishing a corporation is to create an entity separate from oneself to limit legal liability,” he writes. “Therefore, Hobby Lobby is asking for special protections/liability limits that only a corporation can get on the one hand, and special protections that only individuals, churches and religious organizations get, on the other. It seems awfully dangerous to allow corporations to have it both ways.“

    • 62 57andfemale
      June 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Exactly! I’ve been trying to articulate this (albeit badly). This is the fundamental flaw in the RWNJ Court’s ‘reasoning’.

  19. 63 Judith Fardig
    June 30, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Get even – VOTE and help others do it! Sam Wang of Princeton who is even better at forecasting than Nate Silver says you make the most difference with small donations by donating “at the margins”, i.e. close contests we must win. Right now that would be AK – Begich, CO – Udall, IA – Braley, GA – Nunn, KY – Lundergan-Grimes, LA – Landrieu. Throw in AR – Pryor. We need to keep an eye on these races.

  20. June 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

    remember, Hobby Lobby wasn’t the only case decided by SCOTUS today. It also basically destroyed public labor unions by ruling they can’t force non-members to pay union fees, even though unions represent those employees as well in contract negotiations.

    • 65 japa21
      June 30, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Not exactly true. The ruling only applied to part-time, non fullfledged employees. The case specifically dealt with hiome health workers in Illinois reimbursed by Medicaid. They are considered workers only when they are working Medicaid cases, not when they are doing other home health work.
      To some degree, I understand that ruling.
      My concern is what happens when a case comes before the court that does involve “full-fledge public employees”?

    • 66 57andfemale
      June 30, 2014 at 11:54 am

      I think it was much narrower than that. I need to look into it. It was not a blanket right that union dues not be paid. At least that’s what I read at first.

      Of course SCOTUSBLOG also says Hobby Lobby is no big deal. So I need to do some serious reading.

      I also have to get some work done for one of those ‘sociopaths’ whose corporation is now free to pick and choose health care for his employees. After he’s done fighting providing any health insurance at all.

  21. 72 Linda
    June 30, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Instead of Creating Jobs, John Boehner Has Been Planning To Sue Obama For Six Months

    Obama and congressional Democrats are calling the move a political stunt because of the timing of the announcement, which came less than five months before the midterm elections.

    But Boehner actually started putting the lawsuit together in January.

    Six months ago, at the speaker’s direction, House leadership aides began consulting with legal scholars and Republican staff on the House Judiciary Committee in preparation to jumpstart legal action.

    During the intervening period, Boehner has leaned on Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, and Reps. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Trey Gowdy of South Carolina for advice on how to put the House’s case in the best position to be heard and decided favorably by the courts.


  22. 73 Nerdy Wonka
    June 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

  23. 74 Ladyhawke
    June 30, 2014 at 11:56 am

  24. 75 Linda
    June 30, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Here’s a well-timed poll:

    Americans’ confidence in the Supreme Court stands at 30% in the survey – the lowest since 1973 when Gallup started tracking confidence in the institution.

    Its highest ratings came during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. In 1988 and 1985, confidence in the Supreme Court stood at 56%. That number dropped significantly (to 34%) in 2007, during President George W. Bush’s second term.


  25. 77 dotster3
    June 30, 2014 at 12:01 pm

  26. 78 Nerdy Wonka
    June 30, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  27. 81 Linda
    June 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Koch Industries is a ” closely held private company “

  28. 82 Jewelz
    June 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Speaking of football, I am side-eyeing FIFA right now for pitting two European football powerhouses against the only two African teams left in the tournament. I say it’s a conspiracy lol. Go Nigeria & Algeria!! It’s time for a non-European team to finally win the World Cup after more than two decades of European donaties. Go African team, and the North & South American team. This is your time to shine. Sorry to all the European TODers, but my loyalty goes to the underdogs.

  29. June 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  30. 87 JER
    June 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      June 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      I’m sure by “we’ve” he means our country in general, but at first glance I thought he meant “we men,” since I’m just a tad bit sensitive today. Politicians might want to be extra cautious in their choice of words as they respond to these decisions, because everything sounds like a dog whistle to some of “us.”

  31. 89 Nena20409
    June 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Hello TOD.

    I am exhausted. In 2014, in USA, the ONLY group with Equality according to SCOTUS: White Christian Men. The rest: SCOTUS says; Drop Dead!

    Women are 53/54% of the electorate. 51.8% of the population.. Our bodies in 2014 are regulated by Men.

    The Constitution gives Citizens right to Vote, yet minorities are severely regulated. In TX, that included women who changed their names due to marriage.

    Had this suit been filed by a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, Jehovah Witness, Sciencetologist, Mormon, Jewish, etc……Would the 5-4 ruling today be as ruled? I doubt it very much.

  32. 93 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Entire statement by Harry Reid..


    Reid: SCOTUS Men Need To ‘Stop Deciding What Happens To Women’ THISTHISTHISTHISTHISTHIS!!

    • June 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      • 96 Nena20409
        June 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        That is nice. But Nothing will change what SCOTUS has done. The House TBGOPers will make sure of that. The grassroots have got to locally start petitions, referendums, winning local elections to change the dialogue. The Women groups of the late 1960s and the 1970s left the vacuum for many decades while the right mobilized and are 24/7 chipping away all our rights state by state.

        Gov’t will pay. But that is costly. If women start divesting from Hobby Lobby and stop voting for those who restrict our rights……then more institutional changes will over come the knee-jerk attitude by the GOPers.

  33. 98 JER
    June 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  34. 99 vcprezofan2
    June 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Is anyone around who has a copy of the photo where PBO is sitting in the chair with ‘President, jan. 2009’ on the back? I’ve been trying to find it online for about 8 minutes without any luck. I NEED it 😉 …….please?

    • June 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      • 101 vcprezofan2
        June 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm


        Meta ❤ THANK YOU! 🙂 🙂

        Can't think why I hadn't asked here first before frustrating myself trying to find it via the Google!!! Thanks.

          • 103 vcprezofan2
            June 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

            I wish I had space to tell Jindal *he* won’t sit in this chair.

            • 104 Linda
              June 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

              He is an ass…..and he smells like curry and sweats profusely .

              • 105 vcprezofan2
                June 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

                I gather you live in his jurisdiction. I don’t envy you. Can you organize to help get him out of office or is he entrenched?

                • 106 Linda
                  June 30, 2014 at 1:44 pm

                  No… Sadly… I live in Georgia which is almost as bad. My saving grace is that I live in a Dem district….there are only 5 in the entire State and 3 of them tend to vote with the Republicans way to much.

                  John Lewis and Hank Johnson are the two real Dems

                  • 107 vcprezofan2
                    June 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

                    It is sad when people/voters cannot see when their elected officials do not truly care what happens to them. I mean, it’s hard to fight the herd mentally in this situation. I’m hoping though as the #ACA gets more and more known more citizens in these red states will have their eyes opened.

  35. 108 Nena20409
    June 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Ages of the CONservative Activists:
    Scalia is 78
    Kennedy is 77 will be 78 in 3 weeks.
    Thomas is 66
    Alito is 64
    Roberts is 59.

    Other than death, there is No condition that is Permanent. These SCOTUS members have only a small space in Time and their longevity is limited and The USA as a nation will out live them.

  36. 113 JER
    June 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  37. June 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    • 115 Linda
      June 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Will there be a suit now claiming discrimination based on Freedom From Religious overreach in the workplace ?

      I would love to see that.

  38. 116 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 1:05 pm


    We must consider ways to re-establish the definition of religious liberty that our founders intended. Freedom to exercise one’s religious beliefs must protect both individuals and religious institutions, but the right must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.
    An important first step in this effort is for Americans to consider legislative fixes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, and state-based RFRA-like legislation that provides for religious exemptions from generally applicable laws. Federal lawmakers should consider adding language to RFRA that brings it to the level that Congress intended—providing strong religious-liberty protections for those who deserve it but ensuring the provided exemptions do not burden others. In states with existing RFRA-like legislation—or in states considering RFRA-like legislation—advocates and policymakers should seek to introduce language that will put reasonable restrictions on religious-liberty protections, ensuring that religious liberty is not used as a tool to discriminate or deny needed medical care.

    Today’s Supreme Court decision gives for-profit corporations a power that no employer should ever have—the right to impose a burden on their workers by coercing them to adhere to religious beliefs that are not their own. It is time to re-establish religious liberty protections to what they have been throughout our nation’s history: a strong shield that protects individuals’ rights to believe according to their conscience not a sword used to impose those beliefs on others.


  39. 117 Anna
    June 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Just made my first call to Hobby Lobby, thought they would like to know will never ever go in another Hobby Lobby. Next letter to Mr. Green to ask if he covers Viagra, etc. Boycott, boycott, women be heard.

  40. 118 carolyn
    June 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Thinking about the SCOTUS decisions today and in the near past, somehow Democrats need to make clear the connection between voting Democratic and changing the court. I know many people in their ignorance do not understand this. This connection needs to be made immediate and urgent. It can’t be something far out in the future, and it must be made completely relevant to lives, yes, even rich Republican women’s lives.

    Looking at the court, I feel there is a good chance one or two of these justices will be gone in the next two years. The President needs a good solid Democratic Senate to approve good progressive justices. This immediate connection to lives needs to be made. I don’t know how to do this, or even whom to contact. I’ll try emailing the DNC to start. However, I know there’s someone who can also put this urgent idea into a tweet.

  41. 119 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm


  42. 120 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The Supreme Court #HobbyLobby ruling proves once again that Scalia Law is a lot like Sharia Law.
    Reply Retweet Favorite More

  43. 121 Linda
    June 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Watched this yesterday

    “Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution”

    Laurence Tribe

    About the Program

    Laurence Tribe argues that the Roberts Court is quietly rewriting constitutional law in areas such as free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power. He looks at prominent cases handled by the Supreme Court going back to Citizens United. Professor Tribe spoke at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    About the Authors

    Laurence Tribe

    Laurence Tribe is a professor of constitutional law at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author of “The Invisible Constitution,” “Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes,” and other books.


    Chief Justice Roberts was his student.

    • 122 Nena20409
      June 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      He is well respected. I will be surprised to see ONE TV, Cable or Respected Print Media call on him for his expertise.

      Since Jan 20th 2009, the Courts are going CRAZY…..leading Us back to the late 1800s right after the 10 yrs after the Civil War.

  44. 123 JER
    June 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Will Hobby Lobby pay for a man’s vasectomy?

  45. 125 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Another great toon!

  46. 126 Nena20409
    June 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  47. 127 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Oh..the irony..it hurts!! They have no idea…do they??

    John Fugelsang @JohnFugelsang · 3h
    I’m a conservative Christian shopping at #HobbyLobby so my $ can go to Chinese state-funded abortions.
    ReplyReplied to 0 times RetweetRetweeted 478 times478 FavoriteFavorited 334 times334

    • 128 Nena20409
      June 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm


      NW taught me to click on the time, ie, “3h” and then copy the https//twitter link and post.

      • 129 57andfemale
        June 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

        right click on the time stamp. Choose ‘Copy link address’. ‘Paste’ in a Reply window at TOD. DO NOT ‘Paste as plain text’.

        I haven’t had any issues getting my tweets to show up.

  48. 130 JER
    June 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  49. 131 desertflower
    June 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    And the guns over people crowd will just keep telling themselves that this is just fine…Freedumb and all that…


    A boy has died after shooting himself in the head Monday at a Boy Scout camp in San Diego, officials confirmed.

    The 11-year-old shot himself in the head at the camp on Fiesta Island in the middle of Mission Bay, a San Diego police crisis intervention officer told NBC 7. She did not have details on when or where the shooting took place.

  50. 132 JER
    June 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm

  51. 134 globalcitizenlinda
    June 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    one of those days when one feels one’s head is reeling from the goings on in the world

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