Thursday Open Thread | Something doesn’t add up about Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation

Mythe says Anthony Kennedy was forced out. She says republicans know what’s coming down the pike and forced him out because the fraud is going to prison and they wanted Kennedy out so the poser could appoint someone. Something sure is suspect. I wouldn’t put anything past them. They play hard & dirty.

As much time as I spend providing evidence-based political analysis, I’ve never been a fan of empty speculation based on nothing, and I detest empty conspiracy theories that are at odds with the facts. When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – an elderly obese man whose doctor had recently declared him to be in poor health – passed away, some conservatives floated conspiracy theories about his death that were utterly ridiculous.

When it comes to today’s stunning resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy, I have no interest in floating empty conspiracy theories about what might have happened. I do, however, feel compelled to point out the ways in which this simply does not add up. It was weird enough yesterday, when Kennedy went against his own track record on these matters and voted that Donald Trump’s Muslim ban was constitutional. He even spelled out in his decision that he was morally opposed to it, as if he were apologizing for casting what he knew was an incorrect vote.

Trump’s hidden back channel to Justice Kennedy: Their kids

Anthony Kennedy was appointed by a Republican President, but he’s always been a moderate, which is why he’s usually the swing vote on 5-4 decisions. His opinions have always been very lacking when it comes to understanding the law and the Constitution. But what he’s lacked in smarts, he’s generally made up for with heart. If you’ve read his opinion on the gay marriage ruling, you know what I’m talking about. The idea that he would vote in favor of the Muslim ban was completely out of character for him.

Even as I was scratching my head today and trying to figure why Justice Kennedy was going off the rails, suddenly he announced today that he’s retiring. So in a period of twenty-four hours, Kennedy has cast a vote he didn’t even agree with in order to hand Donald Trump a major policy victory, and he’s decided to let Trump pick his successor. I don’t know why this is happening, but it sure as hell doesn’t add up. Kennedy owes us an explanation, and short of that, there needs to be a full scale investigation.

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124 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Something doesn’t add up about Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation

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    Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) Tweeted:
    BREAKING: For 100 years SCOTUS has ruled that there is no double jeopardy in being charged with the same crime by Federal prosecutors and State prosecutors. Today, they have suddenly decided to take a case challenging that. SCOTUS has no intention of protecting anyone but Trump. https://twitter.com/WilDonnelly/status/1012335714938376193?s=17

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  7. Milo Yiannopoulos just two days ago…………………….

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  9. rikyrah says:

    THREAD

    Adam Jentleson 🎈 (@AJentleson) Tweeted:
    The first thing all Dems need to do is get a firm mental grip on the new rules.

    McConnell annihilated every norm of the nomination process to deny Garland a hearing or vote and steal the Court for a generation.

    If you play by the old rules, you’re playing a fool’s game. https://twitter.com/AJentleson/status/1012042524561690625?s=17

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  11. Who’s gonna hold the thug accountable for inciting violence? Or does the white man get a pass? #Annapolis

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  12. #Annapolis 5 people confirmed dead

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  13. rikyrah says:

    Why is a co-worker playing a cd of tv theme songs?

    And, why are all the rest of us singing/humming along (if instrumentals)?

    LOL

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  14. rikyrah says:

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), with infant, just rolled into the middle of the immigration-policy protest at Hart and got a rock-star reception.

    “What would it be like to have my breast-feeding child ripped away from me? This is deeply personal as a mother.” pic.twitter.com/5aiSvZtoUE

    — Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) June 28, 2018

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  15. rikyrah says:

    Chris Hayes
    ‏@chrislhayes
    5m5 minutes ago
    More
    The President once again defending Russia’s innocence in electoral sabotage that *helped him get elected*, as he sets up a summit w Putin is the same as his “Russia, if you’re listening” moment. He’s telling them to keep going! He’s rooting them on.

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    Martha Jackovics (@BeachPeanuts) Tweeted:
    Seems pretty clear by this tweet that Republicans are keeping Trump up to date on what they learn from the Russia investigation. Aren’t hearings closed for a reason? https://t.co/u5QY3q0NVx https://twitter.com/BeachPeanuts/status/1012406227576414208?s=17

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  19. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    digby (@digby56) Tweeted:
    Ilyse Hogue: 20 Ohio legislators have signed on to a measure requiring capital punishment for women who have abortions.

    Tell me again to stop referring to Handmaid’s Tale. https://twitter.com/digby56/status/1012101708648869889?s=17

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    Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) Tweeted:
    Trump gleefully predicts death of two women on Supreme Court https://t.co/NHgXvZCpMU #AmericanSociopath https://twitter.com/docrocktex26/status/1012062570189131776?s=17

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    😠😠😠😠

    Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) Tweeted:
    This is a disgraceful surrender of Congressional power to Trump’s illegal use of a loophole to raise tariffs. Now Democratic senators agree Canada is a national security threat. Shameful. Complicit. This is the Democrats’ senate low point. https://t.co/i1OFlGataR https://twitter.com/Lawrence/status/1012369427092922369?s=17

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    Sam Stein (@samstein) Tweeted:
    Pruitt has been personally directing oppo campaigns against former epa aides https://t.co/OFEacp2LEs https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1012309302571421697?s=17

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    Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) Tweeted:
    Before taking a job at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Benjamin Cassidy worked as an @NRA lobbyist, collecting an annual salary of $288,333. But the public wouldn’t know that by looking at Cassidy’s government financial disclosure report. https://t.co/qyAZIUe9pG https://twitter.com/shannonrwatts/status/1012333571170684929?s=17

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    Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) Tweeted:
    Today, I introduced the Restoring Oversight for Members of Congress Act with @RonWyden which would allow Members of Congress immediate access to federal facilities including those under contract or lease. https://t.co/8gIvjgvuHU #FamiliesBelongTogether https://t.co/yZxHpbuj5Q https://twitter.com/JoaquinCastrotx/status/1012366499917500416?s=17

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    John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) Tweeted:
    nothing demonstrates GOP tribal extremism better than GOP lawmakers attacking GOP law enforcement appointees for holding GOP president accountable to the rule of law https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/1012352214441037824?s=17

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    Jonathan O’Connell (@OConnellPostbiz) Tweeted:
    I’ve seen worse economic development deals but not many. Wisconsin not projected to break even for 25 years. https://t.co/7KIbFmTAG1 https://twitter.com/OConnellPostbiz/status/1012389244315295749?s=17

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    🇵🇷 Lin-Manuel Miranda 🏳️‍🌈 (@Lin_Manuel) Tweeted:
    This Saturday, 2600 Puerto Rican families will be kicked out of FEMA funded temporary housing on Sat, many in Florida. The same program for those displaced by Hurricanes #Katrina & #Rita were extended to 26 months.
    PR victims have only been given 9 months.
    https://t.co/u14urCGaZ2 https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel/status/1012335478631170048?s=17

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  28. Liza says:

    Oh, I’m shocked. Flake caved. What a shock.

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  29. rikyrah says:

    Catherine Rampell (@crampell) Tweeted:
    White House is proposing to reduce by nearly 40% the uniformed public health professionals who deploy during disasters and disease outbreaks, monitor drug safety and provide health care in some of the nation’s most remote and disadvantaged areas https://t.co/cloEFD4oLm https://twitter.com/crampell/status/1012317613492404225?s=17

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  30. rikyrah says:

    No, they’re the final moments of a President under CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, installed by RUSSIA.

    McConnell is on Putin’s payroll, and will change the rules to the point only HIS vote counts on judicial appointments.

    We should all be in the streets NOW.

    — bardgal (@bardgal) June 28, 2018

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  31. rikyrah says:

    Please Read This Through. He’s Right.
    By Josh Marshall | June 28, 2018 10:54 am

    I woke up in the middle of the night last night thinking about something that had been eating at me since Tuesday. Many of our assumptions about the course of the Mueller investigation are based on the premise or the backstop that Supreme Court will enforce the Nixon-era precedents about the rule of law and presidency. This seemed less clear to me after Tuesday’s decisions, though I didn’t return to that issue after yesterday’s news. I did last night at 3 a.m. The Mueller probe is the most immediate issue but it’s really just a proxy for our democratic institutions. I’ve said before that Trump is an autocrat without an autocracy. But he’s working on it and the question is whether there will be any check.

    Looking through my email I found this from a former federal public corruption prosecutor …

    I am deeply concerned that the Kennedy retirement will put the rule of law and our democratic institutions at graver risk than ever before. The President of the United States is the subject of a serious federal criminal investigation into (1) whether he conspired with a foreign adversary to help him win a narrow electoral college victory; and (2) whether he has obstructed that very investigation by, among things, firing the FBI director in charge of the investigation. The President will now be able to choose the person who, in a very real sense, may be the ultimate arbiter of whether or not he and others are ever held accountable.

    Consider that the Supreme Court may be called upon to decide, for example, whether the President can pardon himself or others to protect himself, whether a sitting President can be indicted, whether a sitting President can be compelled to testify before a federal grand jury, whether the appointment of the Special Counsel somehow violated the Appointments Clause (as some conservatives absurdly assert), and whether a President can ever obstruct justice. Even beyond the Mueller investigation, the Supreme Court may be called upon to decide whether the President’s acceptance of significant foreign funds through his businesses violates the Emoluments Clause. We have no idea how Justice Kennedy would have ruled on these questions (he hasn’t exactly distinguished himself in the last two days). But we have no doubt how a Trump appointee will. Never before has the selection of a Supreme Court nominee been so thoroughly compromised by the President’s profound personal interest in appointing a judge the President can count on to protect the President. This is DEFCON 1 for the rule of law in this country.

    Democrats in the Senate seem to have missed this point, or are too feeble to effectively prosecute the basic conflict of interest case. Instead, they have fallen back on the “McConnell rule” as a justification to delay a vote. Make no mistake, the treatment of Judge Garland and the theft of President Obama’s nomination power was an outrage and a terrible precedent. But Democrats should not endorse it. They should not let McConnell’s mendacity become the norm. It should stand on its own in history as the flagrant abuse of power that it was. In any event, Democrats have a much stronger case to make: no vote should be taken until after the Special Counsel has submitted a report to Congress, or closed the investigation of the President. A President under federal criminal investigation for stealing an election should not be able to nominate the person who may decide his fate. There will be a cloud over the legitimacy of this nomination unless and until the cloud of the Mueller investigation has been lifted.

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  32. eliihass says:

    LOL..

    There’s your ‘poor, abused, held against her will, wilting flower’ folks..

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  34. rikyrah says:

    Before Trump could almost be funny, with his wild insults and accusations.

    Now, not so funny anymore.
    Before, at times it felt like they were winning.
    Now, it feels a little like they’ve won.
    Let that feeling settle, for a moment. Let it register. Then shake it off.
    Because these setbacks are also a fire bell in the night to those Democrats still fretting over public comity and how nice they should be. Whether they can attempt the tactics that have worked so well for so long for Republicans. This is smoke in the air. There is no room for indecision anymore. This is disaster that must be battled. The Right is coming to burn up your freedom your livelihood, everything. No one can pretend to be confused or uncertain any more.
    That is the bad news. The good news is the union faithful, the American patriots, have suffered worse defeats. Bruised, battered, humiliated, they never gave up. Neither can we. The battle isn’t over. It has just begun in earnest.

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  36. eliihass says:

    Now fam, watch this bit where Rod responds to Sheila Jackson re: whether Mueller has vindicated the buffoon.. polite, and a look that appears to say, ‘stay tuned Sheila J..’

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  37. #Rosenstein to GOP lawmakers………..

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  38. eliihass says:

    Rod Rosenstein is seriously punking that Kremlin-owned by way of Ohio complicit Jim Jordan..

    LOL..

    Something’s changed in Rod… He’s not scared any longer fam..

    He even has something of a daring glint in his eyes, and a twist to his lips …and a glare and half-bitten tongue look that seems to say “if I were you Jim Jordan, I’d shut the f’ up.. You better shut it before I tell on you..”

    Find the tape our Ametia …you sleuth..

    Hello fam.. Stepping back in after taking a quick mental health break..

    An absolute necessity …especially when one begins to feel such hate …that I’ve never felt in my life …and didn’t even know I was capable of feeling..

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  39. BURN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    @Jim_Jordan got served‼️

    IT WAS SWEET!

    More! More! More!……………………

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    • eliihass says:

      Jinx my SG.. LOL..

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      • eliihass says:

        Please find and post the bit before this, sleuthing Sis..

        And while you’re at it, could you please find the video of MSNBC’s other buffoon insider/fluffer – Hallie Jackson – interviewing my fave ‘this treasonous buffoon will never be legitimized’ John Brennan this morning..

        The little Becky asked John Brennan why he refuses to address the treasonous buffoon by the honorific..

        It’s clear Hallie Jackson was put up to it by her ‘connection’ in the treasonous buffoon’s inner circle.. she even had a slightly disapproving look as John Brennan responded.. I suspect those who put her up to it were trying to get Brennan to at a minimum, start using the honorific.. but Brennan only dug in..

        John Brennan’s refusal to assign that treasonous buffoon that honorific is killing the buffoon..

        Told you fam, if everyone would just follow John Brennan’s lead, the buffoon would lose his mind.. His supporters too..

        As long as that honorific is endlessly and breathlessly invoked while speaking of him, no matter the insult, it puffs him up..

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      • Ametia says:

        Hre you go, eliihaas.

        Start @ the 7 minute mark.

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      • Ametia says:

        :fanning the flames of mistrust? John Brennan? GTFOH Hallie Jackson.

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  41. Rosenstein slapping down Jim Jordan and it’s a beautiful thing. Made him look like a clown. KAPOW! 💥💥💥💥💥

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  42. rikyrah says:

    It’s very simple: Trump doesn’t get another Supreme Court pick until the investigation of his alleged treachery against the U.S. is complete.

    No man suspected of conspiring with America’s enemies should be given a second stolen SCOTUS seat until he’s been exonerated.

    Full stop. https://t.co/t4AEWf54TY

    — Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 27, 2018

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  43. rikyrah says:

    Aside from holding all Ds and persuading at least 1 R (if McCain doesn’t vote), there is a way Ds can stop the travesty & hypocrisy of Trump nominating another SCOTUS Justice -by not showing up, there’s no quorum. https://t.co/1vOh8TTG2Q. What do constitutional scholars say?

    — Jill Wine-Banks (@JillWineBanks) June 28, 2018

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    • Liza says:

      The Democrats better defeat this by any means necessary is all I can say.

      They are our representatives. All we can do is protest.

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    • Liza says:

      Also, our Democratic representatives who are supposed to our voice between elections were not raising hell about the SCOTUS appointment that Mitch McConnell was openly stealing from President Obama because they believed HILLARY WOULD WIN and it would all turn out okay.

      Stealing is stealing. Corruption is corruption.

      YOU NEVER LET A BAD GUY WIN.

      And, of course, they were wrong about Hillary winning. And here we are.

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    Judge to Trump: Give the children back!

    Rachel Maddow reports on a federal judge who has ordered the Trump administration to reunite the children taken at the border from their parents, giving Trump 30 days to do so, 14 days for children under five.

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    Trump SCOTUS threat to abortion rights prompts wave of organizing

    Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Americans are already organizing to protect abortion and reproductive rights in the face of Donald Trump’s likely replacement for the retiring Justice Kennedy.

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  48. rikyrah says:

    Kennedy sacrificing legacy to Trump surprises court watchers

    Dahlia Lithwick, legal correspondent and senior editor for Slate, talks with Rachel Maddow about Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his retirement from the Supreme Court and the civil rights at stake for Americans if Democrats are not able to block Donald Trump’s next pick.

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  50. rikyrah says:

    Democrats aim to hold Trump to McConnell’s Garland standard

    Senator Chris Murphy talks with Rachel Maddow about the Democratic strategy to block Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court pick until at least after the midterm elections.

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    Democrats face Day 1 of winnable fight for Supreme Court’s future

    Rachel Maddow outlines the position Democrats are in and what it will take for them to block Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court pick, noting the feasibility of a four-month plan to make it through the election.

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  53. rikyrah says:

    YES…
    THIS IS WHO THEY ARE.
    THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE…
    Stop pretending otherwise, and we need to not let others pretend.

    Kay says:
    June 28, 2018 at 9:41 am

    No one., not a state, not a city, not a private adoption agency- NO ONE takes custody of someone else’s children and does not track them.

    The Trump Administration did. They don’t believe those children are human. They treated them as having less value than property. They had no system in place to protect those children and return them to their family – they didn’t bother to put one in. You can only do that if you believe the 8 month old is not really a human being.

    They knew NOTHING about those kids. Not a medical history, nothing. That 8 month old could have died in their custody. They don’t know anything about him. What if he had health problems, heart or lungs or an intolerance for baby formula? They didn’t care. They grabbed him anyway and shipped him hundreds of miles away.

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  54. rikyrah says:

    Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) Tweeted:
    An ICE whistleblower who resigned because his administration superiors told him to lie to the public had his CBS News interview interrupted by government agents https://t.co/y6YJWcpGPL https://twitter.com/PhilipRucker/status/1012310101351333888?s=17

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    • eliihass says:

      We are living in a real banana republic..

      Soon, entire families will go missing because the patriarch or matriarch dared cross the treasonous buffoon or the complicit enablers and mediocre group of greedy faux-henchmen he continues to cultivate and string along by throwing them all manner of bones..

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  55. rikyrah says:

    Kennedy’s retirement is about abortion (but that’s not all it’s about)
    06/28/18 09:22 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Soon after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Rachel told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that the retiring jurist is “probably the reason we have abortion rights in this country, and I think within a year, abortion will be illegal in half of the United States.”
    That may have struck some people as a bold, almost inflammatory, prediction. It wasn’t. This is simply a matter of being about to count to five.

    Clarence Thomas is the only sitting justice who has publicly declared opposition to the ruling, having joined the dissent in the court’s 1992 landmark ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld much of Roe. That dissent explicitly argued that Roe was “plainly wrong.” […]

    But many advocates and some legal scholars nonetheless predicted that the three other conservatives on the court – Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch – would likely join the new Trump-appointed justice in rulings that would target abortion rights and chip away at the protections of Roe.

    Indeed, the likely scenario is already in sharp focus: Trump will keep his promise to nominate a justice who opposes abortion rights; Senate Republicans will confirm him or her; the Supreme Court will take up an abortion case; and Roe v. Wade will be overturned before the next presidential election.

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    • eliihass says:

      Nope..

      To the faux-christian racists who use abortion as cover for what really motivates them, perhaps..

      But to the treasonous buffoon, it’s all about his treasonous shenanigans with a hostile foreign entity…and one more grateful, greedy, beholden vote on the court in his favor..

      He gives you a peanut, you owe him.. forever..

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  56. Liza says:

    Check this out.

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  57. rikyrah says:

    I can’t disagree with this. I told you – a lot of players are just out there, with absolutely no guidance from Elders who have ‘been there, done that.’ But, Winston – he’s had all kinds of Elders trying to hip him to the game and show him the ropes, and he’s done nothing but repeatedly spit in their face.

    ………………..

    Keyshawn Johnson says ‘there’s something wrong mentally’ with Jameis Winston
    Mike Florio

    As the Court of Big Shield continues to ponder the fate of Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, the court of public opinion continues to issue verdicts, one pundit and/or former player at a time.

    Enter Keyshawn Johnson, a former Buccaneers receiver who at one point was so disruptive he was sent home for the rest of the season with pay, has chimed in, aggressively.

    “When I saw [the Jameis report] I thought, ‘Man, you just can’t stay out of trouble,’” Johnson said on KSPN 710, via JoeBucsFan.com. “And there’s something, and I’m not a doctor, nor do I plan on being, but there’s something wrong with you. If this is in fact true, the fact that you keep coming up with some type of sexual behavioral problems towards women, there’s something wrong mentally. I don’t care what anyone says. There’s something wrong.”

    The Buccaneers have yet to say or do anything to suggest that their opinion about Winston has changed. That could change if/when the NFL issues a suspension letter to Winston listing the various things that the NFL has concluded that he did. If a local or national groundswell ever emerges against Winston, the Buccaneers will at least have to consider that factor when making decisions about Winston.

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    • Liza says:

      I always thought the college rape allegation was suspicious and I also thought that the accuser’s lawyer didn’t seem quite right, like she was about to win the lottery.

      But this isn’t good. One would have hoped that Jameis Winston would be a model of good behavior after that.

      I think there are always potential problems for people who are singled out to be the BIG STARS in athletics and entertainment. They are treated as though they really are different from the rest of us and it’s not hard to see how some of them will believe that rules don’t apply to them. They think there will always be a fixer no matter what they do.

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  58. rikyrah says:

    The Left’s Politics of Self-Destruction

    Say what you wan about Right wing dingbats. But they vote. They fall in line. They don’t spend every waking moment of friendly presidencies trying to discredit the captain of their own team.

    Do you know why? This is why:

    Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Supreme Court, a move that gives President Trump the chance to replace the court’s pivotal justice and dramatically shift the institution to the right, setting up a bitter partisan showdown on Kennedy’s successor.

    The Supreme Court is the single most pivotal institution in setting law that is not subject to popular will. It can broaden the scope of Constitutional rights, or it can outright sanction racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, and other forms of bigotry. The Supreme Court can prevent discrimination against working people, or it can codify an employer’s right to bust unions and dictate the type of health care its employees can receive.
    ……………………………….

    But all of that did not satisfy those on the Left who demanded that President Obama wave a magic wand and usher in liberal utopia. It did not satisfy those on the Left who wanted the banks to be nationalized. It caused the loudest supporters of single-payer health care to call President Obama a weak sellout and assert that the Affordable Care Act, by working within the existing system, would make it more difficult to make the case for a single-payer system (under the theory that one must burn down a village in order to build it). Some of them even went on Fox News to denounce President Obama.

    The efforts of President Obama and Congressional Democrats were ridiculed as too little and ineffective by the ideological Left as much as it was the radical Right. If President Obama’s historic efforts to expand the role of diplomacy was slammed by the Right, his commitment to orderly withdrawals of troops from wars begun by his predecessors earned him the title of warmonger from militant pacifists.

    No sooner had the Democratic party had gained uniform control of the elected branches of the federal government than the Left’s loudest ideologues began a fight against the team with the best possibility in decades to deliver on progressive priorities. Instead of confronting racist right wingers who challenged the citizenship of the country’s first black president, the predominantly-white ideologue Left found ways to pile on Obama using their own offensive language. Rather than fight the unified Republican opposition to President Obama, the hysterical Left found ways to trash Democrats. Instead of defending the president and the Democratic Congress, they focused on making the ideological case that no real difference existed between Republicans and Democrats. Heck, they even called for people to stay home and protest non-vote.

    ………………………

    The blocking of Merrick Garland should have been the equivalent of a thousand sirens for the Professional Left. McConnell made it clear that he was holding the vacant seat open for the possibility – however unlikely it may have seemed at the time – that Donald Trump would become president and nominate an archconservative to the bench with the backing of a Republican senate.

    No such sirens ensued. The Left’s clickbaiters not only used their own indignation to trash the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, both before and after she had secured the nomination, they full-on subscribed to the Russian Trump-friendly propaganda machine in the form of Wikileaks. The overwhelmingly white Bernie Sanders ideologues not only papered over mounting evidence of Sanders’ ignorance – if not willful negligence – of race as a defining issue in America, they were so busy indignant about Clinton that they couldn’t be bothered to rally against Trump’s fast-moving racist election train. Some (I’m looking at you, Susan Sarandon) even equated Hillary Clinton with Donald Trump and claimed their conscience required abstinence in the 2016 election.

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    • Liza says:

      This right here. Not hindsight, not even close. The Democratic leaders thought it would be okay, Hillary would win.

      But this was a STOLEN APPOINTMENT! STOLEN!

      Corruption in government that is unchallenged simply leads to more corruption. And here we are.

      “The blocking of Merrick Garland should have been the equivalent of a thousand sirens for the Professional Left.”

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    • eliihass says:

      The dishonorable Neil Gorsuch will always be an interloper …a man with no integrity or character.. he’ll always have a couple of asterisks automatically assigned …

      And hopefully, his undeserved spot on that court, will be rightly, short-lived..

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  59. rikyrah says:

    From another poster:

    @oldgold: The effort will be to invalidate Roe by eliminating the right to privacy. This will allow Griswold and Lawrence to be overturned. At that point, there is no equal protection argument for gay marriage, since the central behavior in a gay marriage will not be consistently legal across all 50 states.

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  60. Liza says:

    Check this out. Trump tweeting this AM from his alternate universe. Good Lord, this is surreal.

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  61. Liza says:

    Pervasive.

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  62. Ametia says:

    E.J. Dionne Jr.

    Don’t want a right-wing Supreme Court? Do everything you can to stop it.
    Trump’s pick is likely to be another in the mold of Gorsuch.

    Read more » https://s2.washingtonpost.com/7938da/5b34b8b6fe1ff6646395087e/YXdhcmVvZjQxMUBnbWFpbC5jb20%3D/7/85/3a569220054ddfca9b49a25bb24a75b5

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  63. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : June 28, 2018

    Ostensible play
    adjective ah-STEN-suh-bul

    Definition
    1 : intended for display : open to view
    2 : being such in appearance : plausible rather than demonstrably true or real

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/ostensible-2018-06-28?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=ostens01&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=wotd&utm_content=pron

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  64. Liza says:

    I don’t disagree…

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  67. Liza says:

    A major part of the problem right here…

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  69. rikyrah says:

    @benchmarkpol: Throw out all of the Senate polls from red states. The Supreme Court issue and what happens after July 31st and the retir… https://twitter.com/benchmarkpol/status/1012046697105625091?s=17

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    @SteveSchmidtSES: Anthony Kennedy has ended his tenure on the Supreme Court by giving Trump the greatest political gift imaginable in 20… https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1012053315012775937?s=17

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    @chrislhayes: There is something just so perfect about Anthony Kennedy, one of the most morally vain figures in American public life, ha… https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1012100207994134529?s=17

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  75. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) Tweeted:
    RT @ezraklein: McConnell is politically ruthless in a way few politicians are. He’s not popular and he doesn’t care that he’s not popular.… https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/1012068746620530688?s=17

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    • eliihass says:

      He’s not ruthless as much as he’s soulless and heartless …an emotionless, empathy-deficient, cold-blooded sociopath ..

      But, Karma will get round to him ..sooner than later..

      He was looking rather off yesterday as he took to the floor ..

      And after this crazy, there ought to be a law that bans spouses of legislators from being appointed to positions, or working for the executive branch in any capacity..

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  76. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) Tweeted:
    RT @NormOrnstein: Anthony Kennedy has now cemented his legacy. Not as a “centrist” or “swing vote.” As a partisan Republican who single-han… https://twitter.com/NormOrnstein/status/1012042190393151488?s=17

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  77. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) Tweeted:
    RT @ABCPolitics: ANALYSIS: Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement could have the biggest impact on abortion and gay marriage https://t.co/AJU… https://twitter.com/ABCPolitics/status/1012290023859900416?s=17

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  83. rikyrah says:

    You are not wrong. Something about this shyt stinks😠😠😠

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  84. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😐😐😐

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