What is "the anti-abortion movement's next target," according to Kiera Butler at Mother Jones? Birth control, of course. After all, the "reasoning" Justice Alito used -- that rights not specifically listed by our Constitution should be "deeply-rooted" in order to enjoy Constitutional protection -- would form the basis for overturning Griswold, which allows birth control and is only eight years older than Roe. I fail to see how privacy isn't a "deeply-rooted" value in America, though; one would think the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would ring a bell. Anyway, read the article to discover (among other things) how well "suspicion of vaccines" maps onto "suspicion of birth control."
Did we all get a good laugh over the guy who painted Mr. Trump's face on his lawn winning the Republican primary for Ohio's 9th U.S. House district? Well, note well that Ohio recently redrew that district so that it's now one Mr. Trump would have won by three points. Marcy Kaptur's a good egg, the sort who has long won over independents and right-leaning voters, but in the meantime, let's discover which nuclear power corporation Mr. Majewski worked for as an executive, if any, and let's also see his text messages leading up to January 6. After all, Ginny Thomas also said she "left before the riot."
Looking to blue states as abortion havens in a post-Roe world? Not so fast: not every state has laws that guarantee that right fully. Parental notification laws still apply in many of them, and not every state makes health insurance corporations cover them (or lets Medicaid cover them); even in California, abortion after fetal viability is illegal. And while judges don't often deny a minor's request to bypass parental notification laws (Texas judges denied 7% of such requests last year), that won't be much comfort to those who do get denied, because it just happened to 100% of them.
Does PayPal have the right to shutter accounts of left-wing media organizations, as they've done to at least two media outlets lately? Depends on the contracts those outlets signed, of course, but broadly, yes. Do we have the right to shame and shun them for it? Hell yes we do! Nobody buys that "some potential risk associated with this account" rubbish with Consortium News, right? Yeah, I may not agree with everything Consortium says about Russia and Ukraine, but PayPal cutting off their ability to collect money doesn't exactly attest to PayPal's confidence.
In another post-redistricting Rep-on-Rep House race that always leads you to wonder who pissed off whom, avid Trumphole Rep. Alex Mooney leads actual moderate Rep. David McKinley by 15 points in West Virginia's 2nd House district Republican primary. David McKinley may not be the only Republican politician I still like, but I can't remember any others at the moment. If he took on Joe Manchin in 2024 and won, I wouldn't be heartbroken, but chances are another Trumphole would beat Mr. McKinley in that primary, too. Anyway, Mr. McKinley's relative lack of success in touting his Joe Manchin endorsement should maybe caution the Penguin about that 2024 race.
Finally, when I hear that Gov. Greg Abbott (E-TX) wants to challenge our Supreme Court's 1981 ruling that all children in America, including those of undocumented immigrants, must get public education -- mainly because THEREZ AREZ SO MANYZ OFZ TEH IMMIGRANTZ NOWZ!!!!! -- I feel compelled to note that more folks routinely came over the border in the '80s and '90s than now, drama and hysteria over the "crisis at the border" notwithstanding. Indulge me in my belief that saying so means something, even though I expect that fact to "elude" Sam Alito, too.