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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Mike Pence and Dan Quayle. Now there's a meeting of minds for the ages.
     
     
    He and DeSantis appear to be vying for the status of, "out-Trump's Trump."
     
    They seem to consider this a winning re-election strategy. The way their approval ratings are dropping, they might want to rethink that.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Ternaugh in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    So now Texas has passed, and Abbott has signed, a bill allowing people to sue social media platforms when they're tossed off for violations of their terms of use.
     
    OK, this is apparently largely similar to a Florida law that's been blocked on clear First Amendment grounds, but damn.  This is beginning to feel a lot like the abortion restriction tactics.  Throw up wild, overly broad bans at first, but keep pushing and pushing and tweaking and pushing until you get 80% of what you wanted in the first place.
     
    QAnon has to be dancing with glee.  My gosh, social media is bad enough NOW.
     
    Is Abbott trying to take over the Trump Train?
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Also, had this 1982 Supreme Court case pointed out to me.
     
    LARKIN ET AL.
    v.
    GRENDEL'S DEN, INC.
     
    https://h2o.law.harvard.edu/cases/5577
     
    Apparently, a state can't in all cases delegate regulatory duties to private individuals or private organizations because it violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. It has to pick and choose when it can according to whether the private organization is substantially doing the regulatory duty using the same standard as a state agency would.
     
    In the Texas abortion case, however, the state is attempting to devolve regulatory power onto private individuals or private organizations which no state agency even has. That's violating the precedent which Larkin v Grendel set up.
     
    Which makes any court challenge to the Texas law much easier since the Supreme Court has already set up guidelines for how to a state may do such a thing. And how it may not....
     
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Undoubtedly. Vigilante lawsuits against "Critical Race Theory" as a way to prevent teachers from teaching any history or law that might challenge White Supremacy. Or block evolution from biology classes while mandating "Creation Science."
     
    Yep, it's the New Redemption, only carried out by lawsuits instead of lynchings. But -- as with the laws criminalizing even the tiniest error in restering as a voter -- the aim is still to terrify a targeted populace into compliance and so protect the privilege of a particular class.
     
    Dean Shomshak
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Hugh Neilson in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Is a lawyer required to bring a lawsuit forward, or can a cottage industry of self-represented litigants making their living as abortion law bounty hunters develop? How many cases, especially of that nature, would be settled by paying a claim to the individual initiating the lawsuit?  "Well, you can spend your resources to fight the claim, or pay me $1,000 now to make me go away, knowing that, if you lose, I get at least $10,000, plus my legal bills."  5 settled claims a  month on that basis is a $60,000 annual living. I suspect the Courts will take some action if they start to see huge numbers of such cases taking resources away from their other responsibilities.
     
    I'm still waiting for a law to ban abstention.  "Those poor kids didn't even get a chance!"
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from Cygnia in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It's legalized warfare against other classes, starting with women. 😕
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It's legalized warfare against other classes, starting with women. 😕
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It's legalized warfare against other classes, starting with women. 😕
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It's legalized warfare against other classes, starting with women. 😕
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    One thing I can way about this anti-abortion bill is that it's well-written. I could think of several things off the top of my head which would allow it to be overturned or limited but they'd preemptively stopped all of those possible leaks (like the existing legislation against frivolous lawsuits doesn't apply to this law and you can't change the venue to find a more friendly judge).
     
    And that's including being overturned by the US Supreme Court. 
     
    The legislation is written to that the various provisions are expressly severable from each other. 
     
    So if the Supreme Court objects to the law based on one, two, three, or eight provisions, those individual provisions would be repealed but the rest of the law would remain in place.
     
     
    The only hole I've thought of that the legislation didn't plug is the one where the Trump election lawyers are getting into trouble for filing lawsuits which have evidence or no basis and the lawyers knew that going in. So the lawyers could lose their license to practice law by filing ridiculous lawsuits using this law.
     
    For example, there's no dedicated abortion clinics in Texas. All that exist are multipurpose women's health clinics. 
     
    So if the only evidence a bounty hunter has is that a woman walked into a health clinic and the lawyer filed a lawsuit with that as his only "evidence", a hostile judge could rake him over the coals for that. And honestly, should rake him over the coals for that.
     
     
    Also federal HIPPA rules still apply so the patient's medical records are confidential. So a lawyer would have to request to subpoena the medical records, the patient would be notified and have a chance to refuse, then a judge would have to decide whether there's enough justification to let a third party look at someone's private medical records (beyond a sheer fishing trip through someone else's private medical information.) And the Texas law has no method of altering that. 
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I'm waiting on the legislation which will allow people to sue if they think you aren't contributing to climate change.
     
     
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Cygnia in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    GoDaddy is cutting off Texas Right to Life’s abortion ‘whistleblowing’ website
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    https://www.newsandsentinel.com/news/local-news/2018/10/councilman-blasted-for-coat-hanger-comment/
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to DShomshak in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It makes me think of "Redemption," the White Southern aristocracy's campaign of political violence and violent politics to force Black people back into de facto slavery after Reconstruction ended. But this time aimed at women, or at least women outside of a particular class and ideology: As mentioned, white women of a certain income and social standing will still be able to do as they please. There have always been different rules for aristocrats and commoners. What continues to baffle me is how so many "commoners" approve of this, too.
     
    Dean Shomshak
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to unclevlad in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    "Stand" isn't quite correct, as I understand it.  They didn't block enforcement, but that isn't a ruling on the merits.  It is, however, bad enough, and will create a total mess.  I can still hope they change their mind later.
     
    I will admit to pessimism on that score, however.  But that's joining a litany now...this, voting rights, anti-vax madness, the VERY likely situation that no matter what climate change legislation might get passed now, it'll be tossed out by the next Republican triune...and thus, nothing effective will happen.  It's hard to be sure where we'll be in 10 or 15 years, but I can't see how it's a LOT worse place than now.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Cygnia in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I want my uterus GONE.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Ragitsu in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    What's the saying? "One step forward, two steps back."?
     
    I'm waiting on the "one step".
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I've been reminded that abusive husbands and boyfriends will absolutely have their GFs/wives investigated/attacked for having a miscarriage (a 'suspected abortion'), so they can net a 10k reward check.
     
    We are going to see violence/behavior against women that will make Russia look friendly.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN: LESSONS FROM TWENTY YEARS OF AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION
    by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
     
    https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/lessonslearned/SIGAR-21-46-LL.pdf#page=1
     
    If you've ever wanted to read a 140 page official report detailing everything we got wrong in trying to nation-build in Afghanistan, you've come to the right place.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Well that didn't take very long:
     
    Al Qaeda Kingpin Resurfaces In Afghanistan Surrounded By Taliban Security
     
    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42189/al-qaeda-kingpin-resurfaces-in-afghanistan-surrounded-by-taliban-security
     
    https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/amin-al-haq-who-helped-osama-bin-laden-escape-us-capture-once-returns-to-taliban/ar-AANVMr7
     
     
    Edited to add a backgrounder on the Al-Qaeda and Taliban ties. This article was written shortly after Trump in 2018 announced he was willing to meet and negotiate directly with the Taliban:
     
    https://warontherocks.com/2018/09/deadly-cooperation-the-shifting-ties-between-al-qaeda-and-the-taliban/
     
     
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Pattern Ghost in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It says "during the Afghan war," on the site. Doesn't say that the chart shows only expenses tied directly to Afghanistan.
     
    Still, I wonder what else that money could buy. One estimate of the cost of total student loan forgiveness is 1.6 trillion dollars, so you'd still have some pocket change left over for other stuff too, like infrastructure.
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    TrickstaPriest got a reaction from GM Joe in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    https://stephensemler.substack.com/p/the-top-5-military-contractors-ate
     
    Just for the Afghan war.
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Lectryk in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Um, you mean they won't carry stories like this one?  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/25/us/politics/sidney-powell-election-sanctions.html?searchResultPosition=1
     
    I'm with grailknight; what are you reading?  I can't look at a regular media site without seeing stories critical of Trump or his policies or his business dealings...
     
    I mean, One America News (or whatever it is) fellates him at every opportunity, but any credible and wothwhile site tears into him (Fox is neither, and the many net based sites are at best questionable if not out right shills also).
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    TrickstaPriest reacted to Simon in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    side note: was highly amused that one of the concerns was with people that may argue the mask mandate in the building. My response:  we're blacksmiths.  We have 2000 degree steel and hammers, there is no argument.  Also, if they try to say that they have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing  a mask, they definitely should not be in a forge with coal smoke.  
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