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U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland Overturns North Dakota Abortion Ban Law As Unconstitutional!

By Bobby Ragoon In another enlilghtened women's rights victory, a federal judge Wednesday overturned as unconstitutional a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy. ................................................................................................................................................. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled that the law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge." .................................................................................................................................................   As fascist right wing state legislatures continue to curtail women's rights, sabotage or destroy unions, implement voter suppression strategies in the name of fighting "voter fraud", hating on minorities, resisting minimum wage increases, unemployment and campaigning to eliminate or decrease food stamps regardless of need or possible catastrophic effect on the poor, it is with a welcome breath of fresh air and momentary respite that enlightened, progressive Americans watch as a judge here and a judge there roll back these draconian, undemocratic, and in most cases unconstitutional laws being passed by the right wing fanatics! ................................................................................................................................................... Supporters of the bill have described it as a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 ruling that legalized abortion up until a fetus is considered viable, usually at 22 to 24 weeks. Abortion rights advocates call the heartbeat law the most restrictive in the country. .................................................................................................................................................. The bill was one of four anti-abortion bills passed overwhelmingly by the state's Republican Legislature and signed last year by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple. .................................................................................................................................................. Victories against these right wing despots are hard fought for and are going to get even harder with the recent Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.  We need a few Super Pacs set up just to fund these banal but necessary legal battles with these extremists.  There is no question that the "war for America" is on and that we must fight hour by hour on every front to fight these bastards off in their last defense of a dying paradign -- before democraphics move so demonstrably against them that they enter their violent death throes -- which I think is the phase they are sl0wly entering now.  These corporatist religious nuts realize that their days are numbered unless they can do something to radically reverse the course of progress in America.   I say we whack-a-mole them back in the muck under the rocks they live under every chance they get.  

Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney Both Cry Out That the Reputation, Trust In, and Opinion Of the United States Has Fallen During the Obama Administration -- And They Are Wrong!

By Bifford Caulfied -- Every time a bottle rocket or a cap gun goes off somewhere within a few thousand miles of Dick Cheney or Mitt Romney -- they run to the first place they can get their faces on TV and criticize the Obama administration and predict the immanent collapse of civilization.  They say outlandish things -- like America's prestige has fallen around the world -- or -- "now the world just can't count on us -- can't trust us! -- since Obama became President.  Again, they are wrong -- just plain lying -- or both. ..................................................................................................................................................... Dick Cheney -- who was wrong about everything foreign policy related -- continually goes on the national airwaves and tries to undermine President Obama's foreign policy -- domestic policy -- and maybe even his food preferences (he's thinner than Dick, now isn't he?) -- acting every bit as if he was John McCain, the warrior from on high, and got to go before the world for nearly a decade and spew his crap, lie when the truth would work better -- and allege that the torture he and George Bush presided over wasn't really torture -- because the guy they paid to write the memo for them saying "torture wasn't really torture",  actually did indeed (surprise!) write a memo saying "torture" was simply "enhanced interrogation", and was absolutely necessary to get the information Bush and his gang needed to protect Americans. And of course, it was quite benign. ....................................................................................................................................................  First of all -- Let's get this straight!  Bush and Cheney didn't protect Americans.  They killed Americans.  And Iraquis.  And Afghanis.  In the first place, Cheney, the anti-terrorist csar in the first Bush administration did not even convene a meeting to discuss terrorism until the day before 9-11.  And he only did  it then because I suspect he knew 9-11 was coming and that meeting was just his "fat, old, white guy" routine attempting "plausible deniability".  Then, of course, Bush and Cheney fabricated and leaked the story that Al Queda was in Iraq.  And that Niger was providing Saddam Hussein "yellow cake" to make nukes with.  And of course, WMD were rampant in Iraq.  The war wouldn't cost Americans anything, because we would just caputure and use all that Iraqi oil to pay for the invasion and the occupation.  Oh, and that's right.  They would greet us a liberators --  with bouquets of flowers --  and no doubt,  a few Iraqis who had experienced Saddam Hussein "justice" first hand, may very well have felt that way.  Until our "shock and awe" started killing Iraqi men, women and children by the tens of thousands. ..................................................................................................................................................... As to international respect and prestige -- let's begin with the fact that by  invading Iraq (and probably Afghanistan) we violated Article 50 of the United Nations resolution forbidding one country from invading another unless the country invaded presented an "immediate threat"  to the United States -- which it did not -- at least not unless you count "hey, there's bad guys  out there somewhere" --as a specifically identifiable clear and present danger -- and immediate threat -- to the United States. ................................................................................................................................................... Every country in the world knew Bush, Cheney -- and Powell -- lied about WMD, lied about Al Queda in Iraq, lied about "yellow cake" and the mysterious tubes that enable Iraq to build WMD and nuke it.  Every country and every world leader knew we "cooked the books" on the Iraq war -- and that we were exhorting them to join us in the invasion to legitimize was was actually a United Nations defined "war crime".  Now Republicans vilify the United Nations and put out the BS that the UN is taking over America and wants to dictate to Americans how Americans live and conduct business.  I guess you could argue that.  I guess you could give reasons why we shouldn't not be in the UN -- or that the UN is ineffective -- or is working against American interests around the world.  And that may all be true -- to varying degrees. .....................................................................................................................................................   But the fact remains that we are signatories to the United Nations charter.  If we didn't like the idea of the United Nations, we should simply not have become a signatory to it -- nor have supported it from the start.  To sign it, and then willfully disobey its precepts  -- or ignore them -- and posit the "greater good " of the United States doing whatever the  hell it wants -- and then to drag other countries before the UN to try and get the UN body politic to sanction or control -- for take up arms against entities that won't do what we want the do it absurd -- and hypocritical.  Not that we ever cared about that, as a country.  Or the Republicans as a political party, for that matter. ...................................................................................................................................................   But the bottom line is -- the United States is more trusted, better like, and more respected around the world now than at any time since George W. Bush was illegally appointed President by the Supreme Court in 2000.  These neo-con cretins like Cheney and his yapping lapdog minions frantically chasing around every day of their lives trying to find -- or start -- another war (anywhere, with anyone, for any reason) in order for them and  their defense contractor benefactors to get richer and richer by exploiting and killing people -- is the disgrace and moral bankruptcy of our time -- without equal and without parallel! ......................................................................................................................................................   So Cheney -- Dick and Liz --  and your countless, limitlessly ignorant,  and corrupt lackeys --  quit yapping about Obama and how "unsafe" he has made all of us.  Stay off television and out of sight and out of hearing range - please  -- and pray like mad men to whatever greater powers you believe in -- that your souls will not spend eternity in hell -- burning endlessly for the crimes against humanity you've committed and for the tens of thousands of people you've murdered in the name of America, freedom, security  -- and oh yes -- for the few dollars more all this murder and mayhem in our name  has put securely in the Swiss bank accounts of you and your war monger cronies.  You're disgraceful.  And you're  an ugly stain upon the reputation, dignity and honor -- of the United States. .....................................................................................................................................................   In fact, the reputation and good opinion of the United States is at its highest point since George W. Bush and Dick Cheney came to power.  Every reputable survey, poll, and inquiry shows this to be the case.  Over and over again.

Republican Racist Louis Ghomert, R-Texas -- Accuses AG Eric Holder Of "Casting Aspersions On His Asparagus!"

By Richard Sexton -- Now,  I am not exactly sure why crazy Louie Gohmert was worried about his asparagus, anyway, in his verbal sparring match with AG Eric Holder.   To look at him, you'd suspect he doesn't eat much asparagus, anyway, much less be concerned about having aspersions cast upon it.   In a vitriolic "tet-a-tet" with Attorney General Holder, Gohmert referenced a partisan contempt of Congress resolution engendered and engineered by the Tea Party faction of the House of representations against Holder in the "Fast and Furious" so-called investigation, and stated that he knew it wasn't a big deal to Holder -- but it still happened and was deserved.  Holder told Gohmert, "You don't want to go there, buddy!"  They bantered back and forth, and then Louie Gohmert went off into a rant about how he was getting sick and tired of AG Holder casting aspersions on his asparagus.  Dead silence ruled the room as the assembled politicians on both sides of the isle went through a collective WTF moment, trying to figure out what beyond crazy and inexplicable thing the Texas Republican had uttered.   ................................................................................................................................................. Like I said, I have no idea why he said it -- and even worse -- I think it"s possible that Gohmert himself didn't even realize what he had said -- or why he said it.  Disengage brain - engage mouth.   But what is clear is that cretinism, tea party-dom, racism, mental disfunction moral bankruptcy  is alive and well in the Republican party.  What is also clear is that these moronic tea party politicians are still in shock that "black" men are in the "White House" and the Attorney General''s office, and they are not a bit shy about laying it out there.  The "Birther" phenomenon was nothing more than a poetic way to remind white racists that a black man who knew nothing about money and power in white American politics and business had somehow illegitimately insinuated himself into the sacred old white man sanctum -- the White House.  It makes them crazier than their defective genes had already predisposed them to be -- to realize one of "those" black guys is in the White House -- and that enough brain-washed Americans accept his Presidency on it face that the odds of impeaching him or otherwise getting rid of Barack Obama is an unlikely proposition.  Consequently, they can't keep them selves from insulting him and lobbing thinly veiled racist slurs his way --- the attitude evidenced is the result of their confidence that the white American public is 100% behind them in their horror and astonishment that politics in America has come to this.  And they are sure Americans want them to continuously remind them that he has no business being there.