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jcitybone

Let’s put a dog back in the White House!

phatkhat
phatkhat

It would be interesting to know who all the dog presidents were, and who the cat ones were, and the no pet ones, too. People who do not have pets (unless they are allergic or live in tiny no-pet apartments) are weird, IMHO. And have not got a lot of warmth. I can’t imagine not having the kittehs and the dog.

orlbucfan

tRump diseased krewe have no pets.

magsview

I don’t either orl! 🙁

I’d love to have a dog, badly, but cannot afford it, and don’t have the time to do all the necessary walking with work.

(I’m allergic to cats but couldn’t afford their vet bills anyway)

phatkhat

That’s a valid reason not to have any. And yeah, the vet bills. I took in a poor, pitiful stray who was living under our shed. $1K later, he’s fat, happy and has taken over. But what do ya do? At least we had enough on the credit card to pay the bill. Guy was in the ICU for a week – had horrible dehydration, anemia from a zillion ticks, plus some sort of antibiotic resistant infection.

I had just lost my bestest baby a month before, and when I coaxed this guy out from under the shed and we looked at each other, it was like instant bond. He will never replace the other one, but he is a worthy successor. I think the old one hung around and brought him here to help my heart heal.

magsview

I’m so glad you found each other!

Years ago, when I had a bottom floor apt, a beautiful soft-grey cat would scratch at the screen until I let him in, he’d make himself right at home, strolling around, then settle on the warm tiled bathroom floor until ready to leave.

I was in love with that beauty! Started buying kitty treats of course. Since he didn’t tend to stay too long, and I had bare floors, and I USUALLY was able to resist petting him, I didn’t get too affected. SIL has a kitty that loves to plunk her favorite cord on your feet so you throw it so she can run and retrieve it, needless to say that kitty is allowed to rub my legs all it wants! 😉 coolest cat ever.

polarbear4

same. bella gave moana her blessing.

orlbucfan

How about a couple of purebred hunting Beagles (and good watch dogs)?

polarbear4

iirc, LBJ had a beagle or 2.

Benny

U.S. Supreme Court allows inmate to sue prison officers after he was forced to spend six days in unsanitary cells with human waste

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Texas psychiatric prison inmate left for days in cells covered in either feces or sewage can sue six prison officers. That decision overturned an appeals court ruling that the officers had “qualified immunity,” a legal doctrine that protects public officials from civil cases and only allows lawsuits where there are clear violations of constitutional rights.

The high court has previously refused to hear several qualified immunity cases. The doctrine has been used to stop civil cases against police and correctional officers. But in Monday’s ruling, the justices called the facts in Trent Michael Taylor’s case “particularly egregious” and said that any officer should have known that the conditions he was placed in “offended the Constitution.”

Taylor is suing six officers from the John T. Montford Psychiatric Facility Unit in Lubbock. Taylor alleged in the federal district court in Lubbock that he was naked when he was forced into a cell whose floor, windows, walls and ceiling were covered in feces. The faucet in the cell was also covered with feces and Taylor said he could not drink water. After three days, Taylor was transferred to a cell with a clogged drain overflowing with raw sewage. That cell had no bed or a toilet. Taylor claims he was told to urinate on the floor.

phatkhat

And this is different from medieval dungeons… how?

jcitybone

Here are some of Bernie’s guests from last night—the ones I’ve been donating to.

polarbear4

thank you so much, jcb, for researching candidates and for donating to them and sharing them with us.

magsview

times 27!

jcitybone

Benny

This was the number in 2016: 138,847,000

I’m not certain we’ll break it…or the US does, maybe not that much. I think more have just voted early, period.

Benny

The million-dollar question on the election’s eve: Who is left to vote?

Advocates remained nervous about the volume of mail ballots requested but not yet returned — and about fresh reports Monday of mail service delays in several battleground states. In Homestead, Fla., south of Miami, Postal Service executives announced that 62 ballots were found in a backlog of 180,000 pieces of mail over the weekend. All the ballots except one have now been delivered.

An estimated 29.9 million requested ballots had not been returned by Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. Elections Project, and the campaigns were urging their supporters to return ballots immediately, preferably by dropping them off in person, to make sure those votes count.

In many cases, voters requested absentee ballots but then changed their minds about voting by mail, election officials said.

In Harris County, Tex., for instance, home of Houston, about half of the 90,000 ballots that haven’t been returned were surrendered by voters who chose to cast their ballots in person instead.

And in Florida, where 1.35 million mail ballots had not yet been returned, Republican consultant Rick Wilson estimated that voters planning to cast ballots in person accounted for about half of those.

orlbucfan

T and R, LD!!😊☮️👍 Today is V(ote) Day.☮️🇺🇸🗽✊

orlbucfan

Also sending out get well vibes to wi62 and phatkhat.😊👍

phatkhat

Thanks! I am afraid, though, that some of the lingering malaise will end up permanent. Like bad knees, something you just live with.

magsview

I hadn’t heard phatkhat 🙁

I hope you regain at least most of your energy!

orlbucfan

Same here.

wi62

Lots of nap time so far, another symptom kicked in 🙁 . I figure Benny will “open the bar” tonight for extended hours 🙂

magsview

Oh no!

polarbear4

sleeping through it, if you can, seems very legit.

polarbear4

idk if you ever listen to soothing music, meditations or visualizations, but if you do, Insight Timer is a free app with TONS of different things–music (some with frequencies to help you sleep, among other things), visualizations, meditations. I have a condition that wakes me up at night, among other things and my three favorites are Release Anxiety Deep Sleep Meditation (Glorious Presence). 1 hr. 11 min. sooo relaxing. Being With Physical and Emotional Pain, Stephan Pende Wormland, 18 min. (sometimes play this when i wake up) and Yoga Nidra for Restful Sleep, Kimber Lee Jacobsen, 1 hr. 12 min. Yoga Nidra is totally lying down and relaxing. not yoga as we think of it.

NO ADS. you might see an invitation to subscribe if you click on something extra, like pausing and rewinding something, or a class that isn’t free, but just hit the “x” on the top right and you’re back to freebie wonderland.

plus it’s like a big candy store of stuff for everyone. i ask every workshop client to download it and we use the ocean waves one (nature sounds: the ocean owen jenkins) and then they have it for life. :O)

if not, of course, just disregard. lol

phatkhat

Yes, it’s a great app! My old therapist turned me on to it. One of my problems is falling asleep at odd times, but being totally insomniac when I try to go to bed. Never used to be that way, but I’ve read that inability to sleep is another one of Covid’s leftovers. I should try some of that sleep music…

polarbear4

oh goodie! a fellow IT (haha) lover. yeah, they say it works better with earphones, but it works for me without, too. but i take melatonin and sometimes some other lightweight helpers. sleep herbs, too.

phatkhat

I’m taking 4000 iu of D3, plus B-Complex, C, and CoQ10/ALC. I don’t know if I should add any more! I take the B/C in the AM, along with half the D, and the rest of the D and the CoQ10 at dinner.

Since signing on with Misfits Market, I’m eating a lot more fresh veggies/fruits. Easier when it comes to the door, LOL. And there are all these cookable radishes! Who knew?

orlbucfan

You’re a mess, wi62. You know she will open the bar especially for tonight!! Double VV Day–one for Voting and one for Victory for all of us!

phatkhat

Take care of yourself!!!

polarbear4

what’s the new symptom? if you don’t mind.

jcitybone

Poor Village People!

NYCVG

lol

He looks like his feet are encased in cement

orlbucfan

He sounds like the corncob up his arse is finally poisoning him.

magsview

There’s no way I’m watching that vid lol

phatkhat

I did. And WalMart is all out of brain bleach!!

Benny

The Courts Were Always Bad. Now They’re Fundamentally Illegitimate.

During the forty years of the Lochner era, spanning from the late nineteenth century through 1937, the Supreme Court advanced a deeply regressive view of the Constitution and the definition of freedom, striking down child labor laws, laws protecting organized labor, minimum wage laws, legislation regulating the coal industry, and other important protections. The least democratic branch of government gave itself sweeping powers to invalidate the work of progressive elected officials.

The end of this era only came after Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s late-1930s court-packing threat.

Now, with a 6–3 majority on the Supreme Court that is not only conservative but filled with justices hand-picked by the deeply reactionary Federalist Society, we risk entering a new Lochner era. Almost immediately, the Affordable Care Act will be put at risk. But threats do not end there. This majority on the court could hamstring any efforts to confront the threat of climate change and to challenge monopolies, and it will directly threaten our democracy.

For too long, conservatives have been permitted by the media to make the absurd claim that the court was filled with judicial activists, while the conservative justices were just calling “ball and strikes.” They were the originalists, with a Ouija board that could divine the true intent of the Founding Fathers, whose blessing would be magically bestowed on their decisions.

Over the years, this has led even previous courts to issue some deeply radical decisions. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court overturned a long-held precedent to rule that the Second Amendment gives Americans an individual right to bear arms as opposed to one bestowed on a “well-regulated militia.” This was used to strike down Washington, DC’s handgun ban. But, then as a judge on the DC circuit court, Brett Kavanaugh’s opinion in the case also declared that banning semi-automatic assault rifles would also likely not pass constitutional muster.

In the Citizens United decision, which in and of itself was deeply flawed, Clarence Thomas’s concurrence separates him from the rest of the court, declaring that disclosure of political donations itself is an imposition on free speech rights. This was a lone view in 2010 but could increase in prominence with the current Supreme Court.

The fundamental reality is that, for too long, liberals have been overly invested in the legitimacy of the courts. At the same time, conservative advocates continue to advance completely bad faith arguments, protected by the sheen of the judiciary being above politics.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Conversation Thom Hartmann
(1/14) This election proves the need for a right to vote
9:56 AM · Nov 3, 2020·Stormcrow

(2/14) America needs an absolute right to vote, like most other major democracies.

(3/14) One legacy of slavery is that our Constitution does not contain an absolute right to vote for all citizens who have achieved the age of majority.

(4/14) Our property rights are totally intact. If the government wants to take away your house or your car because, for example, you didn’t pay your taxes, they have to go to court to do it.

(5/14) Our gun rights are strong. If the government wants to take away your guns, they have to go to court and prove their case in front of a judge.

(6/14) Our marriage rights are solid, at least until Amy Coney Barrett weighs in on the Supreme Court. If a government official tries to deny you a marriage license, that person can be sued or, in some states, even go to jail.

(7/14) Our free speech rights have been so expanded that the Supreme Court has ruled that if billionaires want to buy politicians, that is totally legal and considered “free speech.“

(8/14) Our right to due process is still respected in America. If the government wants to put you in jail, they have to go before a jury of your peers and prove their case.

(9/14) Voting, however, is not and never has been a right in America. Which is why the largest part of the Republican election strategy this year has been to prevent people from voting, and to try to block their vote from being counted after it’s been cast.

(10/14) Because we do not have a right to vote, the Postmaster General can delay your ballot without worrying about going to jail, and Republican politicians across the country can pass laws making it harder and harder for you to vote or have your vote counted.

(11/14) Taking away our votes should be as tough a job for Republicans as taking away our homes or our guns.

(12/14) America needs a 28th Amendment that establishes an absolute right to vote for all citizens who’ve achieved the age of majority.

(13/14) While we’re working on that, we need laws that assert the right to vote in such emphatic language that courts can enforce it and reverse decades of Republican voter suppression.

(14/14) Only then can America call itself a functioning democratic republic.

Torabs
Torabs

It would be a start.