Morning Must Reads: June 26

In the news: Supreme Court, Australia, college graduate taxi drivers, Wendy Davis, Ed Markey, and the "best presidential address on climate change ever."

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Supreme Court rolled back the 1965 Voting Rights Act
  • Obama will return to Africa this week as a prodigal son.
  • Rep. Ed Markey wins the Massachusetts special election filling John Kerry’s Senate seat over Gabriel Gomez with 55% of the vote.
  • Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis stood for eleven hours to filibuster a bill in the Texas State Senate that would place new restrictions on abortion clinics and ban the practice after 20 weeks of pregnancy. She stood long enough to kill the bill, Texas’ Lieutenant Governor ruled at 3:01 a.m.
  • The vanishing IRS scandal.
  • Peter Orzag: Why are so many college graduates driving taxis?
  • The former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday pulled off one of the most sensational political comebacks in the country’s history, ousting in a party vote the woman who replaced him as leader of the Labor Party in a 2010 party coup, Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
  • Immigration bill faces tough odds in the House.
  • White House attempts to make Obamacare cool.
    • Shalala: What Americans need to know about Obamacare.
  • Al Gore thought Obama’s speech at Georgetown was “The best presidential address on climate change ever.”
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forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Australian Prime Minister ousted by party leadership vote.  Kevin Rudd is once again Prime Minister of Australia

retiredvet
retiredvet

Here in Massachusetts we have one Kris Mineau of the Anti-Gay Massachusetts Family Institute. This character was not a MA resident when he arrived back when we were hashing out same sex marriage. Well, he was on a local talk/news show tonight and is convinced (or would have us convinced) that repeal of part of DOMA is a speed bump to banning gays (not just gay marriage.) He appears to have a large number of grandchildren (15 or so.) I can't help thinking that one or more of those kids are actually gay. What a terrible place to be for a young gay person.

ahandout
ahandout

Werfel continues the IRS lie.  Obama continues to be head of the most corrupt regime to occupy the White House.

There are a lot of numbers out there. Some say Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status averaged 27 months for approval, while applications from liberal groups averaged nine. In one extreme case, according to the Washington Post, the IRS granted the Barack H. Obama Foundation tax-exempt status in a speedy one-month timeframe. Yet some conservative groups waited up to three years, and some still haven’t received approval. 
 
But there can be only one reason for the stalled-out approval process for conservative groups. The IRS was trying to put them out of business. Thus far, there’s not one wit of contradictory evidence. 

http://www.nysun.com/national/criminality-appears-to-lie-at-the-heart-of/88307/

Sue_N
Sue_N

And Goodhair just called a second special session starting Monday. Guess what's on the agenda?

La_Randy
La_Randy

"The Supreme Court's Constitutional Hypocrisy"

"In his dissent in theDefense of Marriage Act casetoday, Justice Scalia wrote: “We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation.”

Justice Roberts wrote in his concurrence: “I agree with Justice Scalia that this Court lacks jurisdiction to review the decisions of the courts below… I also agree with Justice Scalia that Congress acted constitutionally in passing the Defense of Marriage Act.”

Yet that reasoning didn’t stop Justices Roberts and Scalia from striking down the centerpiece of the Voting Rights Act yesterday, a hugely important civil rights law that has been passed by Congress five times with overwhelming bipartisan approval. Why didn’t the court defer to Congress on the VRA, which has a far more robust Congressional history/mandate than DOMA? And how did Roberts and Scalia reach such contradictory conclusions in the different cases?

It doesn’t seem like the Chief Justice has a very sound grasp of the Constitution when it comes to the VRA. Richard Posner, an esteemed conservative legal theorist at the University of Chicago and a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, wrote in Slate that Roberts struck down Section 4 of the VRA for violating the “fundamental principle of equal sovereignty,” which, as Posner writes “is a principle of constitutional law of which I had never heard—for the excellent reason that…there is no such principle…The opinion rests on air.” The extensive record developed by Congress, most recently in 2006, Posner writes, “should have been the end of this case.”


forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Calgary: 83 year old woman found dead in her home from drowning.  Total confirmed deaths from floods is now 4.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@retiredvet 

Using 2.5% as the percentage of population that's gay, I get only a 32% chance that at least one of them is gay.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@retiredvet 

Maybe they can blame SCOTUS for killing DOMA for their inaction. I mean all the inaction and fake outrage they have to go through first.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@Sue_N Goodhair just cements his unworthiness as a presidential candidate . You can't walk this stuff back after the fact. Their only hope will be voter suppression which I think will backlash on them like it did in 2012. Intelligent people are getting tired of this stupidity.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@ahandout A faith healer and self-proclaimed prophet? Really?

What's next, snake handlers?

ahandout
ahandout

@Sue_N  Why don't you just move to California and join the rest of your cult?

retiredvet
retiredvet

@La_Randy It's not a "marriage definition" issue. It's an equal rights issue. It seems that the court is only interested in taking rights away.

Tero
Tero

@Sue_N 

Oh snap! Who is Carol Baker and where do I send money?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@forgottenlord That's awful. How is the flooding? (Because, you know, America. Our media can't be bothered to cover someplace as far away and furren as Canada.)

Tero
Tero

@forgottenlord 

That is terrible, that poor woman :(  4 deaths is still too many.

ahandout
ahandout

@retiredvet @ahandout Your fairy tale doesn't explain why conservative groups applications were held up for 2 or 3 years, why people were harassed, and why liberal groups like the one in the article I posted received 501c4 status in a month.

But it's Media Matters so what did you expect?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

They are so upset that the House will probably have to have another vote on overturning ACA.  Haters have to hate and since most of the House members have the intelligent level of a rock, even if it says law degree, they have to get it out of their craw!  It would be nice if we could get some real Americans in the House and not just Repubicants.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@retiredvet @La_Randy 

You'd think one on the highest court would get that but that implies that he's some kind of legal super mind. And if a person like Scalia can't figure such a simple thing out, then don't expect the mob who worship his inanity to get it. I guess they better all get a divorce tomorrow since it's apparently the bane of heterosexual marriage.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Sue_N

Medicine Hat's waters have receded so floods look good all the way until they hit Manitoba in a week or two at which point Gimli - former capital of a Icelandic colony - is at risk from Lake Manitoba spilling its banks.  Edmonton actually got flash flooded yesterday but nothing major - we've got an actual river valley - but it's all part of the same river network so Gimli is screwed when it hits.  Apparently nothing in Saskatchewan really sees itself at risk.

As for Calgary itself, they just declared that they're extending the emergency state an extra week 'cause they're still trying to get everything drained and fixed.  There's still about 11K displaced - mainly downtown  - but they're getting there and the downtown electrical grid is almost repaired.  Train systems aren't looking as good - downtown is shut down for at least another week while it looks like the south line (which has both the train depot and the Stampede grounds - which start late next week) might be down for quite a while - two tunnels flooded and one bridge right next to one of the Stampede stations looks like a rollercoaster. I didn't know you could bend those rails like that.

They also mentioned that one of the three water treatment plants had to dump its waste water back into the river 'cause the tanks were flooded.  Amazingly, all three of the plants are fine and no boil water orders have been issued.

And the zoo (second biggest in Canada) announced that it lost three animals - smaller ones - and almost lost the hippos.

High River south of Calgary is still completely evacuated.  The water is gone but it blanketed the town so completely that there's absolutely no infrastructure - areal shots don't even show roads, just dirt, buildings, the river, the bridge and that's it.  Tensions are starting to mount because residents want to go back - the water is clearly gone - and officials are saying "there's no infrastructure and its too dangerous".

Tero
Tero

@Sue_N @forgottenlord 

I saw it mentioned (briefly) on CNN the other night... the Red Panda got more airtime though...

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@Tero

IMO: 4 deaths from a flash flood that practically wiped out two near-city sized towns and targetted prime hiking and camping territory is just short of a miracle

ahandout
ahandout

@ARTRaveler  Your knowledge of tax law is limited to the advice H&R Block's $10 PH employees give you, and of course the MSM who aren't even worth $10 an hour.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Because they should have been rejected outright since no one wearing a Tea Pot brain label has ever explained what their "social welfare" purpose is.  They were just trying to hide their donor list.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Well, tell Flortida that they don't need to accept the money to raise their highways to get above the ocean rise since Key West would probably like to become its own nation when the land connection is gone.  Ignoring facts doesn't get rid of facts, just makes you look liker the rear end of an ostrich!  Frankly, I am hoping that a large tropical storm hits the smug red faces in the southern states since they seem to want everyone else to go it alone and they will surely get the favor returned.  And no sense rebuilding military bases with damage, just close them and more the units elsewhere.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@ahandout @MementoMori And what does Al Gore have to do with your misogynistic little rant? And I say "misogynistic" because you obviously feel youknow what's good for women better than women do. But hey, run with it.

And seriously, your source is a faith healer's blog. Using a charlatan to make your point doesn't help your credibility.

ahandout
ahandout

@MementoMori @ahandout  What does DOMA have to do with planned parenthood.  You're off the map.

If an unwed young girl goes into planned parenthood, she's nothing but another abortion statistic.  Now the narrative is, "you want to force women to give birth."  That's an insane argument against nature, since it's a perfectly natural result of the process of sex, fertilization, and hence birth.  But hey, run with it.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@ahandout @MementoMori What does that have to do with faith healers ranting about Planned Parenthood?

You're all over the road. The DOMA thing really upset you, didn't it?

ahandout
ahandout

@MementoMori @ahandout  Albert Gore, the false prophet of Global Warming.  The guy who made millions selling the left his spooky stories of 20 foot sea level increase, and showed you all those loveable polar bears in the fake photo. 

MementoMori
MementoMori

@ahandout @MementoMori "prophet Gore"?

What does that even mean? Who brought him up? 

Perhaps you need Father Jose to lay hands on you. After a healthy donation.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Hey Tero,

If you want to understand frustration with CBC and Toronto-centric news, here's an example.  I did a search of CBC's database for Canmore, no news (well, a personal expose but that was it).  I did a search of CTV's, found new info on Canmore and found absolute gobs of information about highways, smaller communities that got hit, etc, etc, etc.

One of the stories I hit was how Highway 22 is closed between Black Diamond and Turner Valley.  Now, you've probably never heard of Black Diamond or Turner Valley - I bet most Calgarians have never heard of either of these places - but they're two small towns south-west of Calgary maybe 45 minutes out.  The highway between them is 4km long and half of that is going north because Black Diamond's main street is much further north than Turner Valley's.  You could probably fire paintball guns from one town to the next.  The river (I'm not sure which one) runs right along Black Diamond's west and north borders between the two towns and is hemmed in on the outer curve by a large hill.

Oh, and if you're ever driving along Highway 22, make sure to fuel up in Black Diamond.  Turner Valley doesn't have much but south of Black Diamond, there's exactly one town until you get to Highway 3 in the far South (which is the only reason to be on Highway 22) and that is Longview with the most annoying cop in south west Alberta - he sits in the School's parking lot and waits for all that highway traffic to go just 5 over the limit before he roars out and pulls you over - and the dirtiest Esso I've ever seen.  Though someone once filmed a cowboy movie there back in the 80s (which, incidentally, is when they last cleaned that bathroom)

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

After writing that, I realized that I don't have a single update on Canmore.  They got hit first and were the other town that was devastated by the floods and they're actually bigger than High River but I've heard absolutely nothing about them since....well....since the flood waters made it to Calgary.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@outsider2011

Sad, yes, but I hate seeing the words "too many" as it implies that something could be done to reduce them.