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It does seem like a good idea really.

Some Legal Scholars Push For Justice Sonia Sotomayor To Retire

Paul Campos, a law professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, remembers how this story went last time, and he’s begging for a different ending.

“Sotomayor has been an outstanding justice,” he said. “But the Ruth Bader Ginsburg precedent ought to be extremely sobering. … The cost of her failing to be replaced by a Democratic president with a Democratic Senate would be catastrophic.”

At 69, Sonia Sotomayor is the oldest justice on the Supreme Court to have been picked by a Democrat. And now, Democrats may be about to lose the Senate, White House or both. But on the left, there is little open debate about whether she should retire.

The relative silence recalls the almost total lack of pressure on Ginsburg to retire exactly one decade ago. Ginsburg, seemingly betting she would outlive a Republican-held Senate and then Donald Trump’s presidency, died of pancreatic cancer at age 87, just weeks before Joe Biden won the 2020 election. When Trump nominated her replacement, Amy Coney Barrett, and she was confirmed on Oct. 26, he cemented the 6-3 conservative majority that then took less than two years to fully overturn Roe v. Wade, among other seismic jurisprudential shifts.

Fearing a repeat of history, a handful of people who were critical of Ginsburg’s judgment, are wearily reprising their warnings ― including Lucas Powe Jr., a Supreme Court historian at the University of Texas at Austin.

“I would love to see Sotomayor retire,” Powe said. “I would love to trade her for a 50-year-old justice.”

Outside of a handful of commentators and journalists, though, few others are eager for Sotomayor to go. Her fierce dissents and willingness to speak sharply about her frustration with the conservative majority have made her one of the most admired voices on the left. She is also the first and only Latina on the court, a milestone Democrats are wary of sullying by pressuring her to step down.

What's to stop McConnell or his successor just straight up blocking the replacement AGAIN?

It's long and complicated, so I spoilered it.

Spoiler:

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Jonman wrote:

What's to stop McConnell or his successor just straight up blocking the replacement AGAIN?

Assuming the Dems keep the Senate that won't be in his power (I don't think).

Honestly I'd rather Alito and Thomas just died than Sotomayer retire. It solves a lot of problems.

Thomas could go to jail with his wife for insurrection plotting and bribery.

Stele wrote:

Thomas could go to jail with his wife for insurrection plotting and bribery.

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How a viral $22 burrito explains inflation in the US

Ricardo Lopez’s taqueria is famous for a melt-in-your-mouth birria recipe that takes three days to prepare. Every week, hundreds of customers flock to La Vaca Birria in San Francisco’s Mission District for a taste of the slow-braised beef served over rice and beans or tucked into a crispy taco with a side of rich dipping broth.

Lopez recently hiked the price of his signature birria burrito to $22, an eye-popping figure even in the pricey city. The move rankled some customers, with one posting a scathing review that expressed disbelief at how the burrito’s price had doubled from $11 just two years ago.

In a detailed response that quickly went viral, Lopez argued that the price tag was justified due to the runaway costs of ingredients such as beef and onion, as well as rising labor costs.

His plea felt like a microcosm of the pain experienced by restaurant owners across the US as food prices remain stubbornly high despite cooling inflation. Many items have yet to return to pre-pandemic prices, leaving small food businesses – already operating on thin margins – with limited options beyond passing the increase to customers.

Lopez, 31, talked to Guardian about the factors that helped push his burritos from $11 to $18 to $22, and why he hopes “every damn Mexican restaurant in the Bay area raises their prices”.

Prederick wrote:

How a viral $22 burrito explains inflation in the US

Ricardo Lopez’s taqueria is famous for a melt-in-your-mouth birria recipe that takes three days to prepare. Every week, hundreds of customers flock to La Vaca Birria in San Francisco’s Mission District for a taste of the slow-braised beef served over rice and beans or tucked into a crispy taco with a side of rich dipping broth.

Lopez recently hiked the price of his signature birria burrito to $22, an eye-popping figure even in the pricey city. The move rankled some customers, with one posting a scathing review that expressed disbelief at how the burrito’s price had doubled from $11 just two years ago.

In a detailed response that quickly went viral, Lopez argued that the price tag was justified due to the runaway costs of ingredients such as beef and onion, as well as rising labor costs.

His plea felt like a microcosm of the pain experienced by restaurant owners across the US as food prices remain stubbornly high despite cooling inflation. Many items have yet to return to pre-pandemic prices, leaving small food businesses – already operating on thin margins – with limited options beyond passing the increase to customers.

Lopez, 31, talked to Guardian about the factors that helped push his burritos from $11 to $18 to $22, and why he hopes “every damn Mexican restaurant in the Bay area raises their prices”.

I walked by this place 2 weeks ago after this news dropped locally and it was packed. We were debating going to this place versus a seafood place a block away (we opted for the seafood) As he mentions, there are 2 quite famous tacquerias on the same block with the cheap prices that people are accustomed to, and a whole bunch more within 2 or 3 blocks of that. Within a mile of that you have Valencia Street with some of the hippest hipstery restaurants in the city, and another 0.5 miles from that you have Noe Valley where some of the most expensive housing in the City is.

Honestly that's all we should ask for. No one is forcing anyone to eat a $20 burrito, and I'm pretty sure neither of its neighbors are going to suddenly double (triple?) their prices.

Beef, onion, and labor prices haven't risen 100%. I agree that it doesn't really matter because prepared restaurant food isn't a staple and no one will go hungry because this one trendy burrito doubled in price, but also, spare me the sob story. You doubled your price because you could, and that's fine, but inflation didn't "force" you to raise them that much.

I know racism is inherently absurd, but it's still amazing to see the online right loudly declare that somehow, the Baltimore boat crash/bridge collapse is somehow the Black People's fault. (They're calling us DEI now, which I don't get because there is ZERO evidence Elon would ban them for calling us n**gers.)

Again, I keep wondering if some of this is due to slave owner, advocate for slavery, and attorney who went after abolitionists Francis Scott Key having his name attached to the bridge. Then I realize it could have been called the Martin Luther King And Medgar Evers And Malcolm X Against Institutional Racism In America Bridge and we'd have the same white supremacists saying something slightly different but effectively the same.

Prederick wrote:

I know racism is inherently absurd, but it's still amazing to see the online right loudly declare that somehow, the Baltimore boat crash/bridge collapse is somehow the Black People's fault. (They're calling us DEI now, which I don't get because there is ZERO evidence Elon would ban them for calling us n**gers.)

It's not just the racism. They have to also complain about having to attend diversity meetings and wokism, too. Double duty culture warfighting.

The reason why Obamacare isn’t single payer is finally dead.

The former US senator Joe Lieberman, who ran as the Democratic nominee for vice-president in the 2000 election and became the first Jewish candidate on a major-party ticket for the White House, alongside presidential candidate Al Gore, has died at the age of 82.
Lieberman died in New York due to complications from a fall, according to a statement from his family. He was a Connecticut senator for four terms.

And of course he was behind the group No Labels. Good riddance.

Clarence is at it again...
(NY Times Gift Article)

The email went out to members of Justice Clarence Thomas’s law clerk network late last month celebrating his newest addition to an exclusive club. The justice’s selection needed no introduction.

“Crystal Clanton’s clerkship for OT ’24 was announced by Scalia Law today!” wrote an assistant to Virginia Thomas, the justice’s wife, who is known as Ginni. The email referred to the 2024 October term of the court, and the tone was jubilant: “Please take a look at these posts of congratulations and support. Consider reposting, replying or adding your own!”

The Thomases and Ms. Clanton, a 29-year-old conservative organizer turned lawyer, have built such a close relationship that the couple informally refer to her as their “nearly adopted daughter.” Ms. Clanton, who was previously accused of sending racist text messages, including one that read “I HATE BLACK PEOPLE,” has lived in the Thomas home, assisted Ms. Thomas in her political consulting business and joined her in a “girls trip” to New York.

In 2019, at the Thomases’ urging, Ms. Clanton enrolled at Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Virginia, where Justice Thomas has taught. She received a full merit scholarship, according to another judge who later hired her.

Her upcoming Supreme Court clerkship, one of the most coveted jobs in the American legal profession, is the latest triumph in her redemption from a highly publicized 2017 controversy over the racist messages. The blowup led to her departure from a group she helped build, Turning Point USA, which seeks to increase the influence of conservative students on college campuses across the country.

For Justice Thomas’s critics, his selection of Ms. Clanton as a clerk is blatant favoritism, if not nepotism, particularly for a justice already under an ethics cloud for revelations about his gifts and travel from wealthy benefactors. To his defenders, Justice Thomas is showing admirable willingness to take in a young conservative and shield her from a firestorm of attacks for text messages that he and other supporters say were fakes designed to malign her.

Either way, his decision is another example of the justice landing himself in public controversy, this time by hiring his wife’s former employee and a virtual family member primarily known outside the justice’s circle for allegations that she sent anti-Black texts. Friends say Ms. Clanton’s hiring also reflects Justice Thomas’s sympathies to a young woman under siege, as he has been, from what he has long viewed as a sanctimonious liberal elite.

Let he who has not texted "I HATE BLACK PEOPLE" cast the first stone!

Seth wrote:

The reason why Obamacare isn’t single payer is finally dead.

The former US senator Joe Lieberman, who ran as the Democratic nominee for vice-president in the 2000 election and became the first Jewish candidate on a major-party ticket for the White House, alongside presidential candidate Al Gore, has died at the age of 82.
Lieberman died in New York due to complications from a fall, according to a statement from his family. He was a Connecticut senator for four terms.

And of course he was behind the group No Labels. Good riddance.

Yes.

Prederick wrote:

I know racism is inherently absurd, but it's still amazing to see the online right loudly declare that somehow, the Baltimore boat crash/bridge collapse is somehow the Black People's fault. (They're calling us DEI now, which I don't get because there is ZERO evidence Elon would ban them for calling us n**gers.)

I'm dying to know the explanation for this. Is there right wing 'science' that indicates large clusters of Black People affect magnetic navigation or something?

Agent 86 wrote:
Prederick wrote:

I know racism is inherently absurd, but it's still amazing to see the online right loudly declare that somehow, the Baltimore boat crash/bridge collapse is somehow the Black People's fault. (They're calling us DEI now, which I don't get because there is ZERO evidence Elon would ban them for calling us n**gers.)

I'm dying to know the explanation for this. Is there right wing 'science' that indicates large clusters of Black People affect magnetic navigation or something?

I think they are confusing Black People with Black Holes.

Agent 86 wrote:

I'm dying to know the explanation for this. Is there right wing 'science' that indicates large clusters of Black People affect magnetic navigation or something?

It's mostly an accusation that DEI means that unqualified people will be hired for "diversity" and therefore anything that goes wrong obviously happened because an incompetent "diversity hire" was in place instead of a competent (i.e. "white") person.

So the same old racist dance with a new name then.

We honestly need a way to remove people who put forward this kind of nonsense from office (aside from the obvious and not terribly civlized way of them dying). Between Jewish Death Lasers, Burisma, J6 Hostages and now DEI-bridge collapses, there needs to be something drawn up as a valid exception to the freedom of speech provision about saying such stupid things publicly that removes your right to say them.

Atras wrote:

We honestly need a way to remove people who put forward this kind of nonsense from office (aside from the obvious and not terribly civlized way of them dying). Between Jewish Death Lasers, Burisma, J6 Hostages and now DEI-bridge collapses, there needs to be something drawn up as a valid exception to the freedom of speech provision about saying such stupid things publicly that removes your right to say them.

Maybe the "fighting words" doctrine could be stretched in some instances to cover that. On the other hand, it's far more likely conservatives would try that approach to ban progressive speach.

Clumber wrote:
Atras wrote:

We honestly need a way to remove people who put forward this kind of nonsense from office (aside from the obvious and not terribly civlized way of them dying). Between Jewish Death Lasers, Burisma, J6 Hostages and now DEI-bridge collapses, there needs to be something drawn up as a valid exception to the freedom of speech provision about saying such stupid things publicly that removes your right to say them.

Maybe the "fighting words" doctrine could be stretched in some instances to cover that. On the other hand, it's far more likely conservatives would try that approach to ban progressive speach.

One thing the last 20 years should have taught us is that worrying about what the other side will do is pointless. They will do it (or worse) no matter what. Democrats worry about banishing the filibuster out of fear that with it gone, the seemingly inevitable Republican-majority Senate will run roughshod over the minority party; but there is zero reason to believe that they won't remove the filibuster themselves as soon as they have 51 votes and do it anyway.

To make it "post a news story": https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/...

“This is what happens when you have governors who prioritize diversity over the wellbeing and security of citizens,” said Lyman, a Republican running for governor, said in a post on X.

Lyman’s post included a retweet of the Young Conservative Federation, which wrote: “Let’s meet the Commissioners for the Port of Baltimore, starting with Karenthia A. Barber. She knows nothing about Ports, but she is a ‘diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) auditor and consultant.’”

Of course, when called on it he blamed his social media staff.

The same folks who scream DEI are the ones all butthurt about the injustice of being called nepo babies.

Baltimore Mayor Taunts Right-Wing Trolls With Brutally Honest New ‘DEI’ Definition

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott provided a new meaning for the acronym “DEI” after conservative critics linked him to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in response to the deadly Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse.

“I know, and we know, and you know very well, that Black men, and young Black men in particular, have been the bogeyman for those who are racist and think that only straight, wealthy white men should have a say in anything,” said Scott on Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut.”

He continued, “We’ve been the bogeyman for them since the first day they brought us to this country, and what they mean by ‘DEI,’ in my opinion, is duly elected incumbent.”

Scott weighed in on the attacks after an X account called him “Baltimore’s DEI mayor” in response to a clip of him asking people to pray for families of those impacted by the collapse. The post has gained 25 million views, 13,000 likes and 5,900 shares.

Host Joy Reid informed viewers that Scott was elected with “70% of the vote” back in 2020 by a city with a predominantly Black population.

“So by right-wing logic, a ‘diversity hire’ would have been a white man,” Reid said.

Scott later told Reid he knows what those critics “want to say.”

“But they don’t have the courage to say the N-word, and the fact that I don’t believe in their untruthful and wrong ideology, and I am very proud of my heritage and who I am and where I come from, scares them,” Scott said.

He continued, “Because me being at my position means that their way of thinking, their way of life of being comfortable while everyone else suffers, is going to be at risk, and they should be afraid because that’s my purpose in life.”

DEI has become a frequent target for right-wing attacks in recent years including in Florida, which has banned the use of state and federal funds for DEI programs at public colleges, and Texas.

Others such as Florida congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini declared “DEI did this” in response to the collapse while Utah Rep. Phil Lyman, a GOP gubernatorial candidate in the state, took aim at Maryland port commissioner Karenthia A. Barber, the first Black woman to hold the title.

“This is what happens when you have Governors who prioritize diversity over the wellbeing and security of citizens,” wrote Lyman, who later posted that “DEI=DIE.”

Lyman told The Salt Lake Tribune that the post was “not our best moment” and described it as a “knee-jerk reaction to some of the things others were putting out there,” adding that someone on his team made the comments without his approval.

Lyman’s posts are still online as of early Thursday morning.

Big talk from an asshole who inherited his dad's business.

This is unconstitutional. Well, we don't have a better solution so we're going to let it ride...

sure... seems totally legit... What the ever loving F#@#$@#....?

South Carolina to hold 2024 congressional elections with map previously ruled unconstitutional

And yes, this is from the same judges that originally found the maps unconstitutional. So basically... Doing nothing is a winning strategy in SC.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal court on Thursday ruled that this year’s congressional elections in South Carolina will be held under a map that it had already deemed unconstitutional and discriminatory against Black voters, with time running out ahead of voting deadlines and a lack of a decision on the case by the Supreme Court.

In an order, a panel of three federal judges from South Carolina wrote that “with the primary election procedures rapidly approaching, the appeal before the Supreme Court still pending, and no remedial plan in place, the ideal must bend to the practical.”

South Carolina’s primary elections are June 11, and early voting starts May 28. The deadline for overseas absentee ballots is April 27, ahead of which the judges wrote that it’s “plainly impractical” to make changes to the maps.

Well then the states electors can't be given to any candidate because they will have been "won" by unconstitutional means.
Unless the supreme court just lets the results stand - which would set the precedent that unconstitional wins are binding.
which basically means the constitution is pointless.

I am not saying they won't do it just that it will be a pretty big nail in the coffin of the 'American experiment'

Just another step down the slippery slope of the insane reactionary plan to dismantle the US, state, and local governments.