Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Week in Review - June 29, 2013

A day after the disappointment of the Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act, SCOTUS turned around and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 in California. She could very well help turn the state purple. Crazy times we live in. Anyway, here are some graphics that reflect some of the merry go round week we had.

Yes, Virginia, "The Gays" are People Too...
The Supreme Court ruled that gay people are, in fact, equally protected under the constitution and shouldn't be discriminated against. Weird that the same guy who helped gut the voting rights act helped overturn discrimination against gay people, but that's how things work here in 'merica.
...but Not According to the Great Scalian Bloviator
Of course, one guy who can't stand the gays, had to pipe up about his objections in the usual grandiloquent, unhinged way he's become known for. As opposed to, say, sober adjudication. I used to work out at the same health club on Capitol Hill where Scalia played squash. He just would not drop dead from a hearth attack (unfortunately), no matter how intently I glared at him to do so. This guy is seriously unfit to adjudicate a frickin' parking ticket, let alone interpret the Constitution. He doesn't seem to care about logic or even his own train of thought (arguing that the court can't legislate for Congress, when the same week, that's exactly what they did re: the VRA). Read more here, if you can stomach it!
Renewed Hope for Democrats in Texas
Wendy Davis, a Texas State Senate Democrat, stood up for nearly 12 hours without taking a break to pee or eat or lean on anything in a filibuster against draconian anti-choice legislation that was on track to pass when she was joined by screaming crowds of supporters. She successfully derailed an aggressive anti-choice measure. Before she did, however, this moron spoke up the previous day to share her insight into rape kits as tools for abortion:

John Oliver NAILED his summary of what happened during the filibuster here by Wendy :

If Sen. Sanders and a Quarter of the US Senate Don't Trust the NSA, Why Should You?
Whenever the government (and mainstream media) do their best to assassinate the character of a whistleblower, it usually means that the charges being addressed carry legitimate weight. The Snowden drama is another example of this. But not everyone can be easily distracted from the substance of the issue by ad hominem attacks on the young whistleblower, including Bernie Sanders and a quarter of the United States Senate, who sent a letter to the head of NSA demanding some answers. My Senators Bernie Sanders and Pat Lcahy are signatories to the letter.
On Monday, July 1, 2013, Student Loan Rates are Going UP
For folks who are interested in the trillion dollar-plus debtload carried by American college students, the republican controlled House refused to do anything to prevent student loan rates to double, which they're slated to do on Monday. Priorities in this country are suspect, at best. (Of course, that's like saying the ghost peppers have a little kick to 'em.) Elizabeth Warren has been a champion on this issue, and everyone should flood their members of congress with angry email until something is done about it....