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Politics / Former astronaut mulling Senate run in North Carolina
« on: Yesterday at 08:58:21 AM »
Former astronaut mulling Senate run in North Carolina

Joan Higginbotham, the third Black woman to go to space, is considering running for the state's open Senate seat.


03/05/2021 07:53 PM EST

Joan Higginbotham, a former NASA astronaut and the third Black woman to go to space, is seriously considering running for Senate in North Carolina as a Democrat, according to multiple people familiar with her deliberations.

Higginbotham, 56, has never run for political office before and would be entering what is expected to be one of the most expensive and high-profile Senate races in the country next year. North Carolina is an open race and is among Democrats top targets, alongside Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as they seek to protect their fragile 50-50 majority.


Politics / Re: Joe Manchin This MF!
« on: Yesterday at 08:05:47 AM »
It is always about the pork.  That is not a surprise especially with the compromising (article).  This was about Manchin own ego.  Heck, the republican governor differed from Manchin's opinion (article).  We were supposed to have $2000 checks last month, and there is no minimum wage increase.

I have gone after Manchin and Sinema but have not forgotten about the republicans.  Though the democrats "control" the Senate, it is only 50-50 with Harris as the vice president.

I want to see how they, the Senate especially, act when they get to voting rights (H.R. 1 For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act).  Remember.  We still have the filibuster, and Manchin and Sinema along with the republicans support keeping it.

Politics / Re: Joe Manchin This MF!
« on: March 05, 2021, 11:58:12 PM »
When the Dems don’t win in 2022, this day will be the infection point.

I will not go there yet, but with more weeks like this one, many voters, fair or unfair, will remember it.

Actually, some are calling for Amy Klobuchar or Elizabeth Warren to be majority leader.  Many diverse voices (moderate, liberal and progressive) are growing tired of Schumer.

Twitter trend Klobuchar

Twitter trend[/url ]Warren

I am not surprised either.

???^^^boss, please forgive me, but your response to me was still silent on the simple question raised.  As a matter of fact, you REITERATED the point in your response to which I was requesting a response.  So let's try it again.  The VERY LAST SENTENCE in your LAST post states as follows: I do not trust Chief Justice John Roberts.

My VERY simple question to you.  You don't "trust" John Roberts to do WHAT?  :shrug:

Perhaps some one else whose cranial synapses are functioning more effectively than mine this morning might shed light on just what is it that EB does not "trust" Mr. Roberts to do.

Here is my feeling on Roberts.  I do not trust him on voting rights and a number of other things.  I would trust Hugo Black, a Senator and SCOTUS justice, and Robert Byrd, a Senator, before I would trust Roberts.  Black and Byrd were klansmen.

Roberts may get religion on voting rights when he is in his 70s or 80s, but we cannot wait.

We all know what the racist majority is going to do.

I do not trust John Roberts.
???.........forgive me, but you don’t trust Roberts to do WHAT? Vindicate the political and civic rights of black folks and other people of color?

No disrespect bruh, but whatever made you think dude was an ally for us on the Supreme Court bench?   :shrug:

I will stick to voting rights since the topic is about voting. 

Many who knew about John Roberts said that he would rule for the government or corporation over the individual.  They said he was very conservative, and he has fit that bill very well.

Earl Warren was a conservative governor of California during the Japanese internment.  Eisenhower nominated him to the SCOTUS and thought he had a conservative court.  Yet we know what the Warren Court did and the legacy it left.  Eisenhower had regrets.  Those on the bench do not always rule as expected.  (Bush did not have regrets about Clarence Thomas.)  Compare the Warren Court's legacy to the courts that ruled on Dread Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson.  We not only talk about Brown v. Topeka but also Dread Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson.

Roberts did not rule to overturn the ACA/Obamacare, a republican plan similar to Romney and Nixon care, that Trump and the GOP wanted the court to do.  I would not doubt that he wants to leave a legacy.  (Liberal legacies are viewed more positively than conservative ones.)  Note this a person who has been very hostile to the Voting Rights Act (article1, article2).

Despite what has happened throughout the court's history, my feeling is still the same.  I do not trust Chief Justice John Roberts.

One hundred years ago (1920s), the klan's highest membership was in Indiana.  Pence, a former Indiana governor, is a political descendant in my opinion (Pence column).  He continues to miscalculate as I said earlier despite how Trump has treated him (again the Pence column).



Readers were both appalled and incredulous given the danger Mr Pence was in on 6 January and his apparent refusal to connect that with unfounded claims concerning electoral fraud.

“These are the types of lies that almost got you lynched. Some people never learn, I guess,” tweeted one.

“You got chased out of Congress by the mob your boss sent for you. Yet, you still couldn’t take off your weird Victorian chastity knickers and stand up to the guy,” said another.

“People lack confidence in our elections because you just spent the past year allowing them to be lied to, right up until they tried to kill you over it,” added a third.

Mr Pence further wrote: “After a year in which our nation has endured a global pandemic, economic hardship, and a contentious election, now is not the time to further inflame passion and division. It is time for our nation’s leaders to help America heal.”


General Discussion Forum / Re: CPAC 2021
« on: March 03, 2021, 07:40:51 AM »

Note that the Arizona territory was a part of the Confederacy.  There were Civil War battles in present day New Mexico.  The furthest west Civil War battle is in present day Arizona.

The filibuster must go.  Of course the republicans are an obstacle.  So-called democrats in Manchin and Sinema need to get in line and on board.

We all know what the racist majority is going to do.

I do not trust John Roberts.

A New Form of Jim Crow: Ari Berman on the GOP’s Anti-Democratic Assault on Voting Rights
March 02, 2021

The Republican-led House in Georgia has passed a sweeping bill to make it harder to vote, in a move aimed to prevent Democrats from winning future elections. The bill limits access to absentee ballots, limits weekend early voting hours and curbs ballot drop boxes, among other provisions. Across the U.S., Republican lawmakers have introduced more than 250 bills in 43 states aimed at restricting voting access. Ari Berman, author and reporter for Mother Jones, says Republicans are “breaking democracy” with their push to restrict voting. “The Republican Party has no interest in appealing to a majority of Americans. Instead, they are doubling down on anti-democratic tactics so they can get a minority of votes but wield a majority of power,” says Berman.


The courts matter.


Conservative Supreme Court majority gets another crack at the Voting Rights Act

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter

Updated 8:53 PM ET, Tue March 2, 2021
Hear Supreme Court justices argue controversial Arizona voting law

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court is poised on Tuesday to hear a case that supporters of voting rights fear will lead the court's new conservative majority to weaken a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits laws that result in racial discrimination.

The dispute comes in the aftermath of a contentious election which prompted former President Donald Trump to make unfounded claims of voter fraud and inspired his supporters to storm the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election.


Eight years ago, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 5-4 majority opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, effectively gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, a provision that required states with a history of discrimination to obtain the permission of the federal government or the courts before enacting new laws related to voting.

Since that decision, challengers to voting restrictions have increasingly turned to Section 2 of the law, that holds that no voting regulation can be imposed that "results in a denial or abridgement of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." (Unlike a challenge brought under Section 5, a Section 2 challenge occurs after the voting rule is in place.)

Now the court, with its strong 6-3 conservative-liberal majority, will consider the standards courts will use to determine if a rule violates Section 2.


They need to kill the filibuster, which is not a part of the Constitution and was used primarily by slave holders and segregationist for over a century.  Joe Manchin and Krysten Simena need to get in line.

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