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In the midst of weariness of bigger and bigger threats looming to our autonomy and civil rights in a democratic country, tonight I'll take the smile at seeing Heather's lower case disdain for "justice Clarence Thomas," as she uses for former "president Trump," while holding full and righteous regard for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

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Amen. In the meantime, one has to wonder how stupid Mike Braun thinks the public are. The absolutely clear message of his original statement in re Loving was unmitigated racism. You can't walk that kind of in your face bigotry back. I'm gobsmacked.

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Why on earth do republicans like Mike Braun think they should be able to control people’s intimate behavior, but corporations in the public square can run amuck all over everyone? Why is it anyone else’s damn business if someone decides to use birth control or other intimate behavior? Talk about freedom; let’s discuss unrestrained GREED for money, power, and control.

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Let's face it-they're pushing this agenda now that the Federalist Society has bought the conservative members of SCOTUS. Those members have been doing their best to kick almost everything back to the states and are IGNORING the Federal Supremacy clause in the Constitution. So much for "originalism".

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We can thank the reactionary sociopath Leonard Leo

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Hi Roland. Referencing what I’ve learned from HCR over the past year, why do you think it’s called the Federalist rather than the Antifederalist Society? Isn’t this the same contest that dates back prior to the ratification of our Constitution?

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Russia is a federation. I don't want to be part of anything that smacks of Russia.

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Roland!! 👋🏻

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Saint Scalia was such an originalist that he rewrote the second amendment to fit the gun lobby demands!

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Specifically, control of society. The power to control the laws, to bring back the Stone Age society of whites first, men first, straights first, and everyone else persecuted. If I didn’t have my dad and our years of conversations, I wouldn’t understand this thinking (auto-correct wrote down “the stinking,” probably more to the point).

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This has long been my husband's observation about the Rs and we both find it repulsive.

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VOTE THEM OUT!

VOTE INTELLIGENTLY!

DO IT!

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Mine too

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They get dark money, and I am sure lots of it! They are related to Putin! Or maybe we might say in bed with Putin!

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Republicans are all for “Family Values” as long as they’re theirs alone.

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Daria I too am gobsmacked by this unmitigated racism. I would be delighted to contribute to a fund to provide DNA tests of all southern members of Congress. Through DNA it was found that many of Thomas Jefferson’s progeny had Black ancestors. According to Mary Chestnut’s Civil War diary, this was also true of numerous ‘distinguished’ southern families.

Since, under historical southern racial laws, one drop of Black blood renders a person Black, I would imagine that a number of southern members of Congress should be proud that a highly qualified Black woman soon will be voted onto the Supreme Court.

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And aren't the peculiar questions and/or rantings of the southern white men on the senate panel extraordinary in this day and time? Maybe being televised so FOX can play clips to Trump's base isn't such a great public service.

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By design

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If cotton and blackburn and lindsey graham and all the others took DNA tests, they would be like Lady Macbeth, in the shower constantly trying unsuccessfully to wash the blackness out.

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Roland If they were unsuccessful in washing the blackness out, perhaps they would realize that Black Is Beautiful.

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Black is certainly an evolutionary protection. When we heat the earth to resemble hell, maybe whities will decide that tanning beds just won’t do it.

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Tanning beds. Honest to God, what utter folly and madness. White people don't understand that tanning doesn't increase the production of eumelanin but increases Skin DNA photodamage significantly. Another disconnect from reality.

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Indeed.

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Very unfortunate that they were born without a "shame" gene

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If they knew anything about ancient DNA, they would know there is no such thing as lily white.

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Another form of their bigotry, Eh!?

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Even in Jefferson's time people were aware of his children by Sally Hemming. Since her grandfather and father were white (she was Jefferson's wife's half sister), it must have been obvious to those visiting Monticello. It was used to criticize him publicly. The DNA wasn't enough for his white descendants to allow people from this liaison to be buried in the Jefferson cemetery. I don't know if this has changed or not. Southern women were well aware of trips out to the slave quarters. And we have the whole phenomenon of "passing".

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Michele After DNA proved conclusively the Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemming extended relationship, I recall reading of a reunion of this mixed Jefferson ‘family.’ I don’t know if any Jeffersons refused to associate with the Hemming branch.

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Lucian Truscott IV called that meeting, and it pissed off some Jefferson descendants and Monticello docents. I subscribe to Lucian’s substack page, TCinLA turned me on to him. Click on my profile photo.

Here is the story of that fascinating event

https://luciantruscott.substack.com/p/you-cant-rewrite-history-that-is-1d9?s=r

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Roland

What a marvelous insight to history by Lucian Truscott IV (seems like an uncommonly fine individual). Obviously some of the Jeffersons were less than thrilled to meet their Hemming ‘cousins.’ And the docent who blamed Truscott for destroying everything by seeking to get the expansive Jefferson/Hemming family together—-as a long-time docent, my reaction is that he/she is a docent living in a time warp.

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Hey, Roland. My "heart" doesn't work. So ❤❤!

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Thank you for this link, Roland. I've known of the Hemmings, of course, but loved reading Lucian Truscott's beautifully and righteously written piece. As I think you know, I too am from a black/white family, both side. I wish I could subscribe, but in this critical election year, that is where I feel I must donate what I can spare this year. I have snagged the link, though, so that if I repost, the attribution will go to Lucian as it should.

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I haven't kept up with this. Thanks for the update. I do wonder about burial in the Jefferson cemetery. Have they relented on that?

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Reading the post below, I now remember reading about Lucian Truscott IV.

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This may be new news to Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and the others making veiled accusations of our newest SCOTUS nominee. To say nothing of Gym Jordan, Mo Brooks and David Purdue. Otherwise, how to explain their rants (aka concerns)?

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Genealogy can prove that all the racist bull Schitt is just that. It will make fools of the foolish, educate the ignorant, but can’t do a damn thing for the greedy, stupid bastards with their power agenda.

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Often not said is that Jefferson’s mistress, Sally Hemings, was also his wife’s half-sister.

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Yes, and i have often wondered if that was part of attraction.

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In th e early 70’s the Ranger came out to my work station on Lolo Creek. He had a fellow with him that I was already familiar with. This fellow was to have my job because we needed to integrate the workplace. Six foot five Michael Ray Richardson and I had shared a locker room at U of M. Unbeknownst to the world we also had a wrestling team. He was a super star stellar athlete. I was just an athlete. He said he wouldn’t take my job if would cause me grief. I liked him pretty much so I helped him get things figured out that first week. A week went by and the ranger called me in to come hold down the station as ole Sugar Ray got lonesome 40 miles from town. I was glad to have my job back. That old ranger came back with a woman in tow and before he could say a word I said “Wait a minute here, she’s not black!” Yup we needed women too. I quit him then but not race or gender wise. My dream job had come through at the Jump Base in Missoula. I remember trying to be mad but I couldn’t really get anything going.

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Sounds like a good idea. Many marriages among the members of Congress would turn out to be interracial. What then?

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Yes, Senator Braun and his remarks cannot be taken back nor forgotten. The GOPs march backward to pre-Civil War days continues. Now interracial marriage and desegregated schools are out there on this party's chopping block. How dangerous are these days? No one can afford to not pay attention.

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To Sen Braun and the pseudo lawmakers: “Senator, you’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, Have you left no sense of decency? Joseph Welch

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quite a few Americans appear to be of his ilk.

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Somewhere around 45%. Everyone who voted for reelection in 2020.

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Good point Roland. It’s about 44% of Americans that hold “creation” as a Worldview. That means we are more religiously radical than Turkey! And btw, per capita the US is more armed than Yemen. Let that those two facts sink in for a moment.

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Sadly, I have more friends like that than I would care to admit, and most of them have kids in school too. Those kids are at risk of school shootings. Their kids. My kids. All of our kids. And we choose as a country to do nothing. What a disgrace. Just another example of looking at the metrics of murder, of kids, at school, and only in 'merica we falsely believe "nothing can be done".

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Mainstream repubs love it, that’s the point.

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Jeri, I agree but would add that I think the line that separates Far Right Radical Republicans from "mainstream" Republicans is just about gone. Braun and Blackburn are only a breath away from the oldest turtle in the pond, McConnell. While we were all padding Amazon's bank account and wallowing in the convenience of buying toilet paper in bulk without leaving the house, the world was changing, the balance of power shifting. Did I see it or even have a vague sense of discomfort? Maybe, but by then it was already too late. I don't see the way back. Thank you for pointing out that the mainstream, a word much in use, hardly exists anymore. As you say, they love it.

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Dean I delight in your reference to ‘the oldest turtle in the pond, McConnell,’ though I have never seen a chinless turtle. He has a bevy of shameless snapping turtles in his swamp. I have a craving for turtle soup, if anyone knows how to really clean those suckers.

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Clean them? Not possible.

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Keith, I'm always thrilled to find someone who appreciates the rich language of my Deep South (Alabama, Georgia) homeland.

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You are on a roll!😂

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Marlene Skewering Republicans is like shooting clay pigeons at 15 feet or fishing with a hand grenade. So easy that it quickly becomes boring, until I bore once again into these boring blackguards.

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(to go w/the turtle soup? LOL!)

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Time for this if any “mainstream” R’s interested “This is, I say, the time for all good men not to go to the aid of their party, but to come to the aid of their country.” Eugene McCarthy.

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I'll bet I'm not alone when I confess that some mornings I wake up and still miss Eugene McCarthy.

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And they all lament the way downtown used to be. I also know people who should know better who buy from Amazon. We won't if we can help it. And now we have that loathsome ad on TV in the wedding party.

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I don't watch tv, so I have at least been spared the wedding party ad. But re: the ethics of shopping with Amazon. I resisted for many many years but I woke up one day and was 75 years old, with a collapsing spine and lungs that were working badly, and I couldn't drive. I have a friend who does grocery pickup and takes me to medical appointments , but when it came right down to a choice between living with a violation of my No-Amazon Ethics Code and re-useable bamboo paper towels at bulk prices, delivered to my door in two days, I decided in about two seconds. I literally cringe every time I place an order and am aware that my moral distaste helps no-one. I also know that my struggles about shopping or not-shopping with Amazon are very much First World Problems, but I'm afraid that we earnest liberals and socialists have done a great deal more damage than buying toilet paper from Jeff Bezos. Still, I shop, I cringe, I am aware. The terrible thing about all this is that, if we could have had this conversation even four decades ago, it might have made a difference. Today I am grateful to Dr. Richardson for posting these remarkable essays and providing a space of women and men of good faith to share their thoughts in an open forum.

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I'm putting this Braun right next to that political stupidity out of tennessee - blackburn...

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Indiana, my home state. Tennessee, the state where I’ve lived most of my adult life. Sigh.

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Indiana is my home state also....sigh. I live happily in Oregon.

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Rjs Only at the Bs! It will be a long senatorial political stupidity list. And then on to the stupids in the House!

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Yes you are correct …. Seems to be a collective mindset

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Yes, Rjs, it's great that you used a lower case b for the first letter of blackburn's name. I recommend you do the same with braun's last name.

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You shouldn't be, Sen. Braun believes the public to be every bit as stupid as he is.

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So true... I know better.. These politicians are increasing their noise. It's very dangerous and I am outraged

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Braun and others do this all the time. They let their base know that they share their racism and will work to impose it by law, but then deny it to deflect the inevitable backlash.

But make no mistake, they are coming for us — Heather shined a bright light on their agenda. And reading today's installment, I immediately thought of my interracial marriage, which would was illegal in our home state of Oregon until 1951.

I write from Victoria, British Columbia, where we're wrapping up a tour of universities here and in Vancouver that our son, Atticus, might attend. In June, he visits schools in Montreal and Toronto. He's attracted to education and life in a diverse and civil society.

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Best wishes to Atticus! I hope he attends the school of his choice. Too, I hope his experience in Canada will be far better than what he's grown up with in the US.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Republicans are interested in promoting as much racism as possible. The things they fly up the flagpole to get a quick read of public sentiment gets more outrageous by the day.

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But they DO think the public is that stupid! After all, it elects people like Braun and many others, especially locally.

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I am no longer gob smacked, I expect it. I know it’s coming. But I certainly understand your shock and amazement and dismay, Daria

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Roland, what shocks, amazes and dismays me is the ever more pernicious lengths these people go to in order to wreck the Union!

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They are so utterly committed to the white male society. Relentlessly, deeply committed. Look what happened in the 2000 presidential election in Florida. They pulled out everything, every slimy maneuver, to force the outcome of putting Bush in the WH.

What has changed is that you and I are no longer OK with that. Voter suppression, abortion rights, civil rights, MeToo, George Floyd, all front page news every day. Everyone who can read is paying attention, and that is a beautiful thing for justice and democracy. January 6 is etched in stone now. Everyone in this country, and I do mean everyone who isn’t burying their head in the sand, knows the drill. The turnout in November 2020 broke all records because everyone in the country knows the stakes now. Democracy 🌹 or death ☠️

Remember California, Daria. The 2018 blue wave election washed through Orange County, the racist bastion that gave us Reagan and Schwarzenegger, and now the Republican Party no longer has any significant power in the state. Democratic supermajorities in every department. The racists have been completely marginalized, they no longer matter politically. In danger of extinction, no power. (after the California 2018 midterms, someone remarked, “you can fit all the Republican House members in a minivan.“)

As goes California, so eventually goes the nation. As goes the two miraculous Georgia Senate seats, so goes the South, eventually. Democracy and diversity will prevail. The writing is on the wall. That’s the way I see it.

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Roland, I truly hope, with all my heart, that you are right. The anger, disappointment and sadness I feel every time I read an article or opinion piece that describes or bolsters the right's intentions to grab more power overwhelms me. I hope you are right.

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As a fellow California Democrat (and resident of the OC) I do hope you are right! Although in 2020 the Republicans did manage to regain a seat in this county, let's see what happens in the new districts this year. Katie Porter is looking strong. I want to keep her in Congress, but sadly I am not in her district.

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I love Katie Porter so much!! We need more of her. I’d like to see her as a Presidential candidate one day… and Senator Whitehouse would be an excellent running mate.

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You would be correct. Given a long enough time line, we win … my concern is that time line …

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The Republican cheating has soared to the stratosphere, not a prediction, a reality

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I would see it that way too IF so many states hadn't put laws in place that enable Republican-controlled legislatures (and their ilk in offices that administer elections at the county level). That's the thing that scares me the most. A huge turnout electing Democrats in those states will likely have their votes nullified, resulting in never-ending litigation which will further immobilize effective governance.

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It’s been done before, many times, hasn’t it? There’s no shame involved in paid performances. Seems like the deep level Federalist Society is intent on un-democratizing our democracy.

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They are. And they've been at it since their founding in 1982.

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The only explanation -- and it makes sense to me -- is that he is convinced he is not racist (because he knows that's a "bad" thing), so none of his beliefs, attitudes, statements, or actions can possibly be "racist." Because they come from him, you see? And he's NOT a racist. Because that's a bad thing to be.

He doesn't think the public is stupid. He thinks he's smart. And moral. And not a racist.

Bah.

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And he is a joke!

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Do they really believe that all the “Rights” they want to do away with only affect Democrats ? If that was the case it’s highly unlikely they would be “ Rights “ in the first place.Talk about cutting off you’re nose to spite you’re face.But the more they put both feet in their mouths the less chance they have at winning Elections. This is nuts !

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Well, Marcia, here's the thing, Yes, yes they do believe that they personally will be excluded from any purge or revocation of civil/human rights, because they're special. They don't believe that they, their likeminded family or friends will be touched by the madness. It is a puzzlement.

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They plan to rule and rulers can protect their own. Ginni Thomas has not a worry.

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I live in Indiana and as far as I and many others are concerned both Todd Young and Mike Braun are a disgrace to our state and our country! There are many others sitting in the US Senate that are just like them!

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Yes, these cretins that are supposedly representing their constituents which in reality they are doing no such thing, they need to be booted out. We here in Ohio have the execrable Gym Jordan in the House. These people get elected a lot of times by gerrymandering and by voter suppression tactics. If we don't get these voting rights acts passed, our very votes may be seriously compromised.

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Indiana is heavily gerrymandered!

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Grew up in Indiana. Have family still there. I do understand Politicians just as awful here in Texas…..

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daria:

No slip of the tongue for sure. Did anyone take him to task? They will continue doing this until someone does. Once challenged, they will scurry back into their holes in the ground.

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Like Joseph Welch to Joe McCarthy. Can’t find republican decency with a microscope. Five minutes of the hearing is proof

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Being from Indiana and hearing a chorus of racism growing up, I'm not. Keep in mind that Indiana had the largest number of KKK members in the 1920s and that nonsense is not gone. I remember a friend of mine from southern Indiana (Bedford) saying the racism was so thick, you could cut it with a knife. And that hasn't changed. Also a lot of them are knee jerk Rs. I have another friend who lives just south of Indy and she likes to joke about being different by being a D.

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I lived in south central Indiana (Bloomington) for 9 years. I always heard that Martinsville, just up the road apiece on the way to Indy, was the "birthplace" of the KKK, at least in Indiana. Bloomington was one of those college-town blue "islands" in that part of the state, so it tended to look askance at the seas of "red" that surrounded it. It is an area that was apparently heavily settled by people originally from Appalachia, especially rural Brown county (just to the east of Bloomington and Monroe county), which is one of the only "mountainous" areas in the entire Midwest. (It prompts the question: "Why do hills seem to attract rednecks?"...y'know??) One can even hear vestiges of this in the accents and speech patterns one finds there. Coming there from Georgia in 1976, I guess it wasn't SO different from the area I grew up in, but I was struck, even then, by how fiercely conservative the area was. I can't imagine what it's like now.

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I hear you. My friend from Bedford told me about Martinsville. And although I am from Indiana, I do not have the Hoosier twang as I grew up in Elkhart to the far north. All my Indy cousins have it and my sister's family although she would have had to acquire it along the way. Indy and south....and it is like Appalachia in culture and speech. My friend also told me that there were places in certain Indiana counties there that she would not go.

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Michele Per capita the ratio of KKK members in NJ in the 1920s was quite high. Even where we go on the North Fork of Long Island, there was a second floor room in the village auditorium where KKK held meetings. I recall hearing that the KKK even paraded in Washington. Fortunately, the KKK leader was such an ass hole that the movement faltered—but its embers are still glowing today.

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I am not surprised. The KKK was strong here in Oregon in the legislature in the 1920s. Their ire was directed at Catholics since Oregon was not at all friendly to blacks and even now we do not have a large population. And the KKK burned a cross in the yard of a Catholic in Niles, Michigan....this from a person whose grandfather suffered this indignity. I also heard lots of biased talk about Catholics growing up. Then there was the prejudice against Native Americans in my husband's paternal grandmother. As it happens through his mother he has Lakota ancestors. We became engaged while we were in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and she was worried that I might be black. When we first met, her initial comment reflected on my weight... beautiful in Sierra Leone, but not here and i wish I still weighed that....my husband was offended. I thought it was funny.

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This is a chilling podcast from This American Life about a

closeted kkk cop in Muskegon MI. It is scary and unbearably sad that these people walk among us and freely dispense their cruelty.

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/760/a-city-walks-into-an-investigation

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The episode I referenced was in Niles, Mi, which is not that far from Muskegon. One of my uncles was from Muskegon and evidenced the racism that is there. This is a conservative part of Michigan historically.

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KKK was also very active in Maine in the 1920s, targeting Catholics and immigrants with violence, burned down a church.

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Gobsmacked and stunned! I sometimes wonder if I am living in a parallel universe!

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Not a parallel universe. We live in a universe that through the ages has produced, along with good people, murderers and liars as well, some of whom often have taken charge of things. When everyone else wises up and boots them out, they crawl back into their holes, only to later re-emerge and again take charge, until they are again booted out, driving them back into their holes, from which they eventually emerge again, and then the whole cycle takes place again, and again, and again. Not a parallel universe; it's the universe in which we live. How else do you explain Biblical stonings, crucifixions, the Inquisition, human slavery, the Holocaust, Rwanda, the Rhohinga genocide, Hitler, Putin, etc. along with those, too many to name, capable of producing the brilliance of the Enlightenment and the Renaissance?

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I’d like to share here, Ellie, Senator Cory Booker’s questioning of Judge Jackson late in the day yesterday. Will not get the coverage that senators Cruz, Hawley, and Cotton got or Blackburn today, but I certainly wish it to be so.

I am posting it because it soothed and tempered my outrage at what was on display yesterday from the clown car. Such vitriol and barely disguised hatred and fear.

If not moved by the conversation, if you will, between Sen Booker and the Judge, one does not have a love of We the People.

https://youtu.be/C32oMd22DTI

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Senator booker’s remarks soothed my soul. After such vitriol from Cruz, Cotton, Hawley and Graham I was ready to gross a brick. Then along comes Booker and my BP came back to normal.

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I agree! Booker is my new hero

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Yes, I thought Booker was so effective also and he added some much needed normalcy and decency after the embarASSing questions from marsha, josh, teddy, ms. lindsay, and little itty bitty tom.

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It was, indeed, balm for the heart and soul. There is SO MUCH to be angry and sad about; it felt good to cry over witnessing truth sown with kindness and humor.

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Exactly! Thank you for posting! After 11 hours, I was too tired to watch and happy to have the link this morning. I plan to share the link with friends & family today, as I know many are exhausted by the 'creepy republican questioning.

Hope this sooths their souls as well💙

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Thanks so much for posting clip. I applaud Sen. Booker’s generous (and productive?) way of handling Sen. Graham’s predictable line of questioning, despite how privately irritating and disappointing I find the Senator from the south to be these days.

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I thought she did well answering all these foolish attempts at gotcha. Since they made no secret of their ploys, she was very prepared.

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Hear, hear!

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Thanks for passing this on- the attacks and insinuations by Republican senators are shameless.

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Thank you Christine - Cory Booker always brings it home!! I'll post this here ... please listen to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's session with Judge Brown-Jackson ... I doubt that anyone will hear it anywhere else - possibly the most important presentation of the day:

WATCH: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse questions Jackson in Supreme Court confirmation hearings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHIc1iOcZGU

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Yes Kathleen. He “lightened” with force the subject of dark money.

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I can't follow these conversations now, Christine - thank you and others who are up to the task - I will tune in and pitch in when able ... by the way, did you see this?

Damn: A sobering note from Finland about America's role in all of this

Published Saturday by Josh Marshall for Talking Points Memo, an accusation and a plea.

Translated into rough English, from a Finnish TPM member who believes that the U.S. has yet to come to terms with the role we’ve played in providing the backdrop for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. His thesis is that Russia has viewed the U.S. as a “back door” towards weakening Europe and NATO in its reaction to the invasion.

"I understand you would like to see your heroic country as the navel of the world and as the main focus of any operation, but I am sorry to inform that, in this case, you are only cheap tools. You had to be weakened (and Britain manipulated to Brexit etc) in order to facilitate invasions to Ukraine, Belarussia and a list of other neighboring pieces of land in Putin’s future Menu.

"So, as a KGB officer would plan, they came exactly from the opposite direction than where they were expected. They professionally built an operation web among the rural redneck cowboys, evangelical christians, the NRA, the most republican of all republicans, your law enforcement, some military people, big business etc etc. They popped up to the surface from within the “core americans”, but their long dive before that was planned and had started from the Kremlin’s operation board."

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/3/19/2086972/-Damn-A-sobering-note-from-Finland-about-America-s-role-in-all-of-this

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Yes Kathleen. I read it with a depth called for. I find it important to include opinion of our country from those that are “looking in” from outside. Revelatory. We are a global world, not merely separated by geopolitical boundaries.

“We the People” means all humans. By the hand of our Creator.

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Serious perspective.

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Thank you for posting this link! It was a great 30 minute respite from the chorus of deplorable, self serving, racist members of the committee.

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Thank you for this link!!

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Indeed, Janet!!!

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As always, he makes it clear about how SCOTUS has been corrupted by Dark Money. He also did NOT get into the weeds about her rulings. He did clearly point out how important civil juries are-i.e. talking about Juris Prudence itself.

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Yes indeed!

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Thank you, Kathleen. This link was very informative.

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Thank you for posting the link. This is such an enormous, critical, foundational issue we must address.

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While I'm at it, here is Brian Tyler Cohen on Blackburn's race agenda:

https://www.facebook.com/briantylercohen/videos/1038760010321953/

It really boggles my mind (and breaks my heart) how adept some people are at speaking politely and pretending to show respect while subtly insulting you and stabbing you in the back ... I wonder if they realize that what they project is what they invite ...?

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"... [I]f you are going to say that the states should be able to do as they wish without the federal government protecting civil rights on, say, the issue of abortion, you must entertain the principle that the entire body of decisions in which the federal government protects civil rights, beginning with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending segregation in the public schools, is illegitimate.

And that is off-the-charts huge."

YES!

It is also "off-the-charts huge" that Heather, you are calling out racism and bigotry for what it is more and more emphatically! In your earlier LFAA, your words were far less pointed about the bigotry committed. And, I must say that I admire that tremendously!

The discrimination, Jim-Crowism, provincialism, unreasonable prejudices, fanaticism, and, quite frankly, injustices, spewed and displayed by the right, have to be called out for what they are: bigoted inequities and putrid moral compasses. They know nothing about ethics, values or life-giving compassion and empathy for they build their fortresses with the mud of disdain.

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Good catch, Ellie. And, justice Thomas is still hospitalized with an "infection." He's been receiving intravenous antibiotics. Seems he should be better after 4+ days. What's the truth here?

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His “infection” might be named Ginni.

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Marcia that’s brilliant 🏆🏆🌺

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Thank you, Roland!

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Anyone else hoping it might lead to a new judge appointment? I am not wishing death on him, but is it possible he might decide to step down if his illness is something serious? I know RBG worked with Pancreatic CA, but not sure he is of the same fortitude as she was.

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I’ve heard a few rumblings underneath.

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Care to share those rumblings?

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Thanks, Ellie ! You and Heather, great minds, thinking alike :)

Contact for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. I plan to call today to voice my support and admiration.

https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/home.nsf/content/VL+-+Judges+-+KBJ

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Thanks for that link, Kathy. I'll call Judge Brown's office, too, in sppirt, and then Booker's, to say thank you.

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Good Morning Ellie! Thanks for making me smile today, by highlighting the use of a couple of lower case letters and an important capital letter😊 Not much to smile about these days.....

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is a bright light and she's doing a remarkable job 🌟

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Morning, Lynell! I capitalized your name but from now on, i will use lower case on those I am not fond of…Repubs! Nice catch, Ellie and bravo for HRC!

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Love your phrase "lower case disdain!"

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...yet she uses it correctly. :)

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I’m very glad that I’ve always been a student of, and teacher of critical thinking skills. These skills are based on only critical “theory” of thinking I find relevant in pedagogy that guides the common good of educating our children in this country.

I’d tell every student that is watching the confirmation hearings of nominee Judge Ketanji Jackson for the Supreme Court to remember their critical thinking skills….especially the subskills of compare and contrast.

To watch this morning the two senators Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse and then compare and contrast them is an excellent task for learning.

Sen Graham…a buffoon. Histrionics, hyperbole, rudeness, poor listening skills, inability to reframe a statement correctly… Difficult to watch without squirming or gritting teeth. Embarrassing for America, in my opinion.

Sen Whitehouse….a dog with a bone. He makes no bones about dark money in politics and that it has shaped the present court. He also makes no bones about suggesting nefarious intent of some of his colleagues.

I would ask my students also what regard they hold for Judge Jackson. The high regard you mention, Ellie, is the most outstanding characteristic of this nominee.

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How fortunate your students were to have you as their teacher! Sen.Whitehouse reminds me of another of his colleagues - Katie Porter with her charts & graphs that so clearly painted a picture.

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As you reference the threats to our freedoms looming, I reference a response that I find quite provocative in its approach and typical of our younger gens.

https://mobile.twitter.com/cathynottoday/status/1505901335438319617

Apparently no fly zone for oily Russian oligs not established in West Palm Beach, FL. This is reported to have been the day (March 19, 2022) that gov DeSantis happening to visit Mar-a-Lago.

It is quite interesting what details that young global tech rebels of “Technya”, as some refer to them, are following and dispersing to social media. I understand from speaking with some of them locally (some of this kind have been former students and they speak frankly) that they consider it “alt humanitarian warfare”. A most prolific example is the impact that the group Anonymous is making. I find myself with a strange regard for these efforts. I see how there can be examples of two sides of the coin…Light and dark. At the same time, I have a great respect for technology and science threading throughout our history. If not used as an altar, it is an amazing tool of discovery and communication. Many of the clear-eyed younger gens are using the tool backed by what I consider compassionate and humanitarian values. They will not be deterred.

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The pen is mighty. I salute Her.

United, Ellie. 🙋🏻🙋🏼🙋🏽🙋🏾🙋🏿

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I missed that! LOL! Thanks for the smile!

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Thanks for that observation, Ellie.

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As it should be, Ellie!! Right?

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The dignified poise of Judge Brown Jackson is inspiring. It stands in sharp contrast to the shallow demagoguery of her detractors.

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Jonathan, I'm not sure her detractors know what demagoguery is. Too many syllables...

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I don’t know how she can keep her poise as she is interrogated by several Republicans. The questioning and commentary by Kennedy from Louisiana was particularly offensive. I couldn’t believe how many times he said how impressed he was as by how “articulate” she was. He would never comment on how articulate a white person is!

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Too bad the republican scary clowns are not thoughtful and well spoken. Their stupid, inane remarks,meant for Faux News, say so much more about how pathetic they are than they say about Judge Jackson.

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Mar 23, 2022·edited Mar 23, 2022

The most offensive thing about Senator Kennedy's cornpone attitude and his white patriarchal patronization is that he, of all the collective dimbulbs in the Senate, ought to know better.

Kennedy is, after all, a former Rhodes Scholar; his deep South affectations are all for the base--total put-on--and it is disgusting in the extreme, I must say.

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Kennedy, doesn’t he remind you of a cow chewing its curd? When a white person uses the word “articulate” in their description of a black or brown person, they are simply astonished that someone other than them can speak with any clarity. What a crock!

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I believe he is under the impression that HE is articulate - NOT!

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If Kennedy wasn't play-acting with his base in mind, he would be fairly articulate--he is a former Rhodes Scholar and the cornpone act is exactly that--an act.

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Isn’t it beyond absurd how voters choose the most superficial, shallow people on the planet to make important decisions that affect everyone, well mostly everyone?!

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I'm aware of his education - but I dont think I have ever heard him actually being "articulate".

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That was pointed out by Nebraska Republican(!) Senator Sasse. Frat boys teasing each other.

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Out of all those R scammers - Sen Sasse & even Sen Lee stood out. Not of course that they would ever come down on the side of Judge Jackson, but at least they seemed to actually think & ask questions - not accusations.

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Did not see Sen. Kennedy nor Hawley's interrogations - didnt miss them. Caught a video of Sen.Cottons. The contrast between Dems & repubs couldnt have been sharper. Kennedy's whining about the Chairman's so-called editorializing was laughable - and Sen. Durban made that clear. Each of the Dems "editorializing" made very clear the "other sides" deliberate scams.

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Sort of the picture "if they go low, we go high"!! Which I grant doesnt always work, but it sure does in her case - she certainly comes out on the high side of these jerks.(polite title)

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She comes off as wise. The rethuglicans come off as the performative fools that they are.

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To us thats the case - really sad that there are those who will believe the performances.

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As I noted in yesterday's thread before closing down, I had just had the curious experience of seeing criminals questioning a judge.

Our world turned upside down.

No one and no place on Earth will be safe for as long as this state of affairs continues. The future of free people everywhere will be under threat for as long as these men stay free to strut and subvert.

If they have their way, America's system of justice will go the way of Putin's courts, tightly following the dictates of the Executive -- THEIR Executive, shoehorned in against the wishes of the people -- through perjured rubber-stamp judges.

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Yes, criminals questioning a judge and my reaction too when president Zelensky spoke (remotely) to Congress and those hypocritical republicans stood and clapped. Through their cult and undying support for trump, IMO they have blood on their hands regarding Ukraine.

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I believe tfg only pulled the scab off what was already underneath.

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I don't disagree; but I'm not sure I think it was the election of tfg. The "audacity" of the American people electing a Black man is what tore the scab off the poorly healed wound of enslavement and instead of a healing wound, opened up an infected and pus-ridden injury crawling to the light of day (or riding down a golden escalator).

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Yes, I agree. I also think that is at least in part why so many ppl were hostile toward Hillary. First a Black man and THEN a woman??

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Specific image.

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Ukraine is just the beginning

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Succinctly put.

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Peter. Also rubber stamped governors. I question if my eyes are seeing correctly when I read such an article referenced below appearing in my newspaper this morning. I’m surprised the dang paper did not erupt in flame.

https://sarasotaheraldtribune-fl.newsmemory.com/?publink=233a0d050_13483c7

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WATCH: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse questions Jackson in Supreme Court confirmation hearings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHIc1iOcZGU

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Thank you, Kathleen. That was most enlightening.

And, when it comes to Dark Money, and to corporate interests working to sideline recourse to civil juries, I found it painfully enlightening.

I'm reminded of that old joke about the New York police being "the best that money can buy".

And if I were one of the Justices who was a beneficiary (?) of such activity -- especially if I took my oath of office seriously -- I'd be squirming in discomfort at this kind of publicity... that I might be regarded by anyone as "the best judge that money can buy".

I'd be squirming, yet firmly resolved to let my judgment be guided by my conscience and understanding alone, never by the money spent on raising me to the Bench.

A judge must be free and beholden to no outside influence.

In Bruges, Belgium, there are horrific paintings by Gerard David: The Judgment of Cambyses. I am sure many judges will be familiar with these. So they should be.

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Whitehouse is not afraid of the truth - he gets my vote, whatever he does - not in it for glory or gain!!

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👍🏼

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As far as I'm concerned, the Republican Party is a white supremacist political association.

Moreover, the GOP has no interest in governing or helping this country.

The GOP mantra is power for power's sake, which is why instead of concentrating on viable policy solutions, these feckless neoconfederates prefer hot-button, nonsensical issues like CRT, book-banning, and the like.

If this pack of jackels regains electoral power in 2022 and 2024, the country is doomed.

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DOOMED, I fear. Because the cult rules in too many hearts and minds

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But mainly because of misrepresentation in Congress & the Electoral College. Throw in propaganda media like Fox & Sinclair +++ & the unregulated dark money manipulation allowed in the U.S. & the extreme fundamentalism that many churches have sunk to & we have a country that is stymied by an extremist minority controlling the majority.

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Yes, there are some denominations that would quite happily like to see contraception made unavailable, interracial and gay marriage illegal, etc. It would suit their narrow brand of white, male, “Christian” supremacy, forcing their (God-ordained) beliefs on others.

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I believe dystopian is the word that would describe what you are saying.

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Correct me if I'm wrong in any way here, but I found the religion line of comments by L. Graham particularly lame. The Catholic religion DOES have rules that conflict with our laws. That's the reason Barrett was questioned the way she was, why religion came up. If she's a Catholic, she is probably against abortion. It's relevant. I can't think of an instance where being protestant would be relevant. You are not REQUIRED to believe anything.

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You are correct that there are certain conflicts. However a savvy questioner finds other ways to ask questions. A person could have a tightly held moral belief, apart from a religious belief, that could also be an obstacle.

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European’s perspective of the Ugly American is becoming more widely accepted by Americans at large. Recognizing that how the rest of the world sees us, is not off base; comes as an awakening

We are all judged by the behaviors of the GOP, until such time as the GOP dissolves

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You nailed it, Deborah

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Well said!

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Yes, and when that happens, 74 million white supremacists will be delighted. The 74 million are the problem. Republican politicians get their votes by espousing beliefs held in common with the 74 million.

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Mar 23, 2022·edited Mar 23, 2022

The hearings today for the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson, that should be a celebration, were heartbreaking. I cannot believe the lack of respect and civility by the repubs during their grilling of a most qualified candidate. She was dignified, patient, articulate and prepared. Blatant racism and harassment, hours of asking the same questions, by what appeared to be a practiced and orchestrated plan by a party afraid of change and losing their control. CRT and leniency in sentencing were big topics. Hours of repub attack. And more tomorrow. Gratitude to Dem senators who questioned with respect and genuine interest. What a contrast. I’m not sure I want to spend another day in front of the screen, except to show my support. What strength Judge Brown Jackson must have to not just walk out. But she’s a professional, highly experienced and educated and no doubt, been here before. America 2022 on display.

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sen Tom Cotton was the worst. The unmasked look of hate on his face was appalling. All I can say is that Judge Jackson did not wither a bit under his gaze. She even allowed a few pauses and returned a gaze with compassion.

She gets us.

United!

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“ The unmasked look of hate on his face was appalling. “

Didn’t have a chance to watch yesterday, too much going on at home, but I am convinced you are correct. The racists in Congress looking at her are constantly going through severe mental contortions in their head: “How do I criticize and attack her, in a society which will butcher me if I say something too obviously racist.”

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There's a 2 minute video embedded here that captures Cotton's contempt. I watched it for the Booker exchange.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/22/booker-brings-out-emotion-during-jackson-hearing-00019507

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That article concludes with Sen. Durbin's heartfelt and touching response to Sen. Booker:

After Booker wrapped up his time, Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) took a moment to talk about Booker and his ability to bring out the emotional side in people.

“There are a lot of politicians on this committee, 22 of them,” Durbin said. “There’s only one Cory Booker. And when he does his cross-examination on the human side, I always wait and see, can the witness get through this without a little emotion? There was a little there, as there should’ve been, as he talked about your family and your parents and your children.”

“Cory, you’re one of a kind,” Durbin added. “We love you.”

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I agree Christine. It sounded to me like either he was pushing for police state, or trying to get Judge Jackson to make one wrong step so he could accuse her of wanting it.

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Mar 23, 2022·edited Mar 23, 2022

I have remained disgusted by Cotton, ever since he led the gang of 46 (46 R Senators) in signing that letter to the government of Iraq in 2015, as so much spittle on President Obama's efforts at negotiation.

Cotton is no patriot nor is he what Claremont Institute's Glen Ellmers' essay calls "authentic Americans' (In Ellmers opinion, only a minority of citizens--those from the 'heartland' (i.e. Bible Belt) are what he chillingly calls "authentic Americans") regardless of the state Cotton supposedly represents.

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"America 2022 on display." Irenie, well said.

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Mar 23, 2022·edited Mar 23, 2022

I was driving while listening to Ted Cruz (probably not the safest combination!) go on and on down a line of "questioning" that was dubious at best and overall appalling. My visual of him is always the devil incarnate. Judge Brown Jackson should have been confirmed on the spot!

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Cruz is probably the most hated member of the Senate, within its ranks. What a greasy little weasel.

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I always feel like I need a shower after seeing/hearing him - slime all the way!!

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Hey...don't insult weasels. Even they are disgusted by Cruz.

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At this point, we all should know exactly what’s coming whenever anyone other than a white man is being considered for a position of authority. Attacks. Racism, sexism, and if there’s an opening for it, gender identity opposition. The R (acism) Party is so completely predictable. I knew with complete conviction what type of behavior would show up for these hearings. You have an African-American woman, and on top of that, she’s married to a white man. What comes next out of these mongrels is to be expected.

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You have an African American woman, extremely smart and well-spoken, married to a white man …

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Precisely. That’s all you need to know, in order to be able to predict (in general terms) what happens next.

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