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Supreme Disgust

The next time I hear the phrase "5-4" I am seriously going to start hoping that one or two of the current "five" on the Supreme Court ... aaargh; no. I can't, I can't wish for bad things to happen to someone, not even Scalia, Alito, Roberts, or Thomas - but I can and do wish to slap anyone who suggests that these miserable people have anything but the basest of political motives when they make the majority of their decisions.

And yes, this is about the
goddamned Hobby Lobby decision. I can't even bear to look at it, at least not now.

Hey, guys - thanks for reminding me how little you think of women. Oh, and how much you're turned on by sexy, sexy corporations.

You slimy excuses for decent human beings.




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eve11
Jun. 30th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
"But it's not all religious freedoms and not for all religions because aside from our own sacred religious ideals, there is some scary religious shit out there!

It's just that we think some corporations who are indistinguishable from their highly conservative Christian owners shouldn't pay for abortions birth control that might every once in a while keep something with less cellular diversity than a slug from attaching to a uterine wall."

Assholes.
kaffyr
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)
Assholes

Ah, right. That was the word I was searching for. Except that assholes, are a necessary part of the human anatomy, and therefore both more useful and more excusable than the people we are using the word to describe.

Gah.
masakochan
Jun. 30th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
Those folks in Supreme Court need to be replaced, and there needs to be an established balance between how many of them are Democrats & Republicans.
eve11
Jun. 30th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
There are nine of them, most usually split 5-4 in one direction or the other as regards political ideology. You can't get "fairer"-- the point is that they are not supposed to be beholden to political whim, hence appointment for life. Seems they nearly always vote on party lines anyway though.
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a_phoenixdragon
Jun. 30th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Fucking disgusting. Every last bit of this...

I am so enraged, I can't even -

OMFG...

*CRIES*
kaffyr
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
I know. I keep trying to think of things to make the day seem brighter, and to mitigate my rage.

I'm not finding anything, except perhaps the sunshine.

I've donated a few bucks to Planned Parenthood and a progressive political PAC (CREDO). I hope others do. And I hope to god Obama and Congress address the weakness in the already weak-ass ACA to plug this Supreme Court-drilled hole in our rights.
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supergee
Jun. 30th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
I can.
kaffyr
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I want to. I very much want to. But the most I can do is wish debilitating illness on the four worst of them; you know, the kind where their doctors tell them, "you have to step down, or your medical condition will kill you."

Now that I can get behind.
time_converges
Jun. 30th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Just, ugh. I anticipated their decision, but the reality is worse.
kaffyr
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:43 pm (UTC)
The reality is always worse. And none of these yobs seems to be in ill enough health for their doctors to be telling them to get the fuck off the bench and go fish somewhere. Which I would dearly love to happen to the four that I mentioned. And then I would learn so damned hard on Obama to appoint some decent Justices, and even harder to Harry Reid to ram them through in the Senate. So very, very hard ....
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davesmusictank
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a load of misogynist nob-heads ruled by the Christian right.
kaffyr
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
I think I love you.
flowsoffire
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
*shakes head*

This is just… shameful.
kaffyr
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
Shameful. Absolutely. This makes the U.S. once again, the laughing stock of the First World justice community.
houseboatonstyx
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
Typo? You only named four of five. I'm too disgusted to look it up anywhere.
kaffyr
Jun. 30th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I named the four that I consider the worst. Kennedy occasionally sides with Reality, so, although I hold little respect for him, I decided to avoid putting him in the leaky boat with the quadruplet trolls.
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jessalrynn
Jun. 30th, 2014 09:33 pm (UTC)
I can't even tell you. I've been in a shouting match with locals all day about this, and I refuse to stop, even though I've been handed everything from the Bible to my so-called obvious amorality to account for the fact that this is the worst decision since DRED FREAKING SCOTT!
kaffyr
Jun. 30th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry that you're surrounded by people who don't understand the extreme evil of telling a corporation that it can indeed have religious beliefs, and that, sure, it's OK to threaten women's health because of those beliefs.

DRED FREAKING SCOTT!

You know I think I agree with you. The Roberts court (which is really the fucking Scalia court, let's make no bones about it) is the worst threat to actual justice we've seen recently.
wendymr
Jun. 30th, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
Even though I was born in Ireland, where abortion is still only available in a very limited fashion (and a 12-year-old girl was almost prosecuted around 15 years ago for travelling to England for an abortion after being raped), I still continue to be utterly horrified on a regular basis by the attacks on women as women in the US, whether it be contraception, abortion, childcare, or just general healthcare. This decision once again prioritises the prejudiced, hypocritical opinions of (no doubt) a small number of white males against the freedoms and rights of women.

And didn't I read somewhere that Hobby Lobby's investments include holdings in companies that manufacture contraceptives?

On another subject, I thought of you while I was reading the Globe and Mail at Halifax International Airport on Saturday, specifically this comment piece on changes to come within CBC:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/the-cbc-report-is-shall-we-say-unwieldy-in-its-use-of-jargon/article19383562/
kaffyr
Jul. 1st, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh this is most definitely a continuance of the attacks by old white guys against all the non-old white guys who have had the temerity to insist on equality, on rights, on democracy, on ... things that old white guys didn't want to give non-old white guys.

I read the piece from the Globe & Mail and wanted to weep, because the CBC used to be wonderful, and because the Conservative government is gleefully presiding over its dismantling, and because everything she writes about, and the report the CBC wrote, reeks of the same flop sweat I smell around my company and echoes with the same bureaucratic lies that my company tells about itself.

And you were at Halifax airport - I'm sorry my brother wasn't there to be a smiling RCMP face while you were there!

Also, I love your icon.
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pitry
Jul. 1st, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, basically that decision is "corporations have more human rights than women". Fucking unbelievable.
kaffyr
Jul. 2nd, 2014 03:29 am (UTC)
One of the most troublesome things I've heard since this are suggestions that Bader Ginsburg's dissent, by suggesting that Alito's putatively narrow ruling was in fact very broad, may actually backfire. Apparently, after the majority ruled in favor of dismantling a narrow segment of the DOMA last year, Scalia wrote his own blistering dissent, stating that "no, it wasn't a narrow ruling! *gnash of teeth*" - and gleeful lower courts have apparently actually been citing his dissent as they strike down anti-equal marriage laws as unconstitutional. So RBG may wind up doing the same for religious bigots, or at least that's how the argument goes. How awful ....
tardis_stowaway
Jul. 1st, 2014 06:01 am (UTC)
I can't, I can't wish for bad things to happen to someone, not even Scalia, Alito, Roberts, or Thomas

I am trying really hard to hope that these four experience some sort of religious calling that makes them feel like they need to quit the Court to devote their lives to quiet devotion outside of the public eye and worldly influence. Or perhaps a minor heart attack that causes no lasting damage but causes them to want to change their priorities to focus on family or gardening or whatever rather than constitutional law. Or persistent tinnitus that makes it impossible to concentrate on oral arguments at the court but subsides when they take time off...
jessalrynn
Jul. 1st, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
Or their feet get so cold they can't think every time they sit down in the Court. Or they end up having to raise the infant children of their children or grandchildren, and thus have to leave the Court. Or they realize that they accidentally wrote down the wrong thing and meant to say the opposite and resign in shame. Or every time someone talks to them, they sound like Gilbert Godfreed and they have to resign to live in a Monastery...
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jessalrynn
Jul. 1st, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
If they could at least PRETEND they had a legal leg to stand on? I don't understand why the court even accepted to hear this one when they were just going to play right wing rock-paper-scissors with it.

I think the thing that upsets me most is that people honestly think this is a "win" for religious freedom. They don't seem to grasp that giving any company the right to "believe" anything is opening the door to anti-religious discrimination as much as religious discrimination. They're assuming that the next company to pull this little red wagon isn't going to be worshiping Cthulu, and I really don't know why they would dare to assume that.
kaffyr
Jul. 2nd, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
If they could at least PRETEND they had a legal leg to stand on?

It comes down to incredible arrogance, and that just increases my anger. And all the joy over triumphs for "religious freedom" makes me even more furious, because as far as I can tell, the desire for "religious freedom" means, "my freedom to force you to obey my religion." And yeah, any non-Christian iteration of the Levantine monotheistic religions, or Cthulu. I'd love someone to come up with Cthulu.

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clocketpatch
Jul. 2nd, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
I don't know what horrifies me more about this: The blatant lying and discrimination, or the stupendous idiocy with which they've opened themselves up to court case by corporations following the religious command of "though shalt not blankityblankblankblank"

D:
kaffyr
Jul. 2nd, 2014 03:45 am (UTC)
I don't know what horrifies me more about this:

The answer is "Yes."

*cries, just a bit*
azalaisdep
Jul. 2nd, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
Sharing your rage and frustration from afar. Not much Europeans can do except yell "Taxpayer-funded universal health care!!! FFS!!!!" because honestly, since private corporations should have no say whatsoever in their employees' health decisions, they shouldn't be (directly) funding it either. My taxes go to pay for nuclear missiles and tax breaks for corporations and all sorts of crap I don't like, but I don't get to go to the Supreme Court about it, I get to (try to) vote for parties whose overall programme is nearest to the sort of society I would like my taxes to contribute to.

But since I am preaching to the converted and probably just sounding infuriatingly smug, will shut up now. Women of the US, you have my immense sympathy and I wish that wasn't all I had to offer.

Oh, except, this?

kaffyr
Jul. 5th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
Not much Europeans can do except yell "Taxpayer-funded universal health care!!! FFS!!!!

Canadians, too, although the horrible, horrible Conservative government that has managed to cling to the helm in my home and native land is doing its perverted and horrific best to dismantle what Canada has.

Everything else you say is supremely logical. That would make some on our Supreme Court twitch and break out in hives, obviously.
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