Kennedy, DOMA and ‘Equal Liberty’

Another fascinating aspect of Justice Kennedy’s ruling in the DOMA case is its dependence on the “equal liberty” guaranteed by the 5th Amendment. Not the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause? Well, kind of. The 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, Kennedy says, helps us understand the 5th Amendment guarantee of liberty better:
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Thomas’ Perverse Opinion on Affirmative Action

If you haven’t read Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion in Fisher v University of Texas, the case involving affirmative action in college admissions, you really should read it. It makes one of the most staggeringly illogical and hypocritical arguments I have ever heard from a Supreme Court justice. He actually equates the arguments for affirmative action with the arguments for slavery and segregation. You think I’m joking?
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WND Still Beating the ‘Obama Got to Roberts’ Drum

The Worldnutdaily is following its usual modus operandi when it’s really got a claim they want to hammer into the empty heads of their readers, printing a “new” article on the subject every day with almost nothing new in it. They’re doing that with Sen. Mike Lee’s book that claims Chief Justice John Roberts was “intimidated” into changing his vote in the health care reform case. Here’s the latest bit of dishonesty.
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Tell Time to Stop Dismissing Secular Generosity

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about Joe Klein’s awful cover story in Time magazine last week, which took an entirely inaccurate and gratuitous cheap shot at the atheist and humanist community. His article focused on Team Rubicon, a wonderful organization of veterans that does crisis relief work after natural disasters. And he said this:
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The Audacity of Obama

Before he took office, President Obama wrote a book called The Audacity of Hope. He might well have named it the audacity of Barack Obama. Take a look at this clip from All In with Chris Hayes about the search for Edward Snowden. Pay particular attention to what the president says around the 5:00 mark, that we are seeking the return of Snowden to face trial “to make sure that the rule of law is observed.”
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Scalia’s Predictable Hypocrisy

One of the things that has always irritated me about conservative judges and thinkers is their entirely incoherent application of the concept of judicial restraint. They rail endlessly about the evils of “judicial activism” whenever the court overturns a law they favor — and only then. Here’s Justice Scalia turning the outrage up to 11 in his dissent in the DOMA case:
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Beck’s Man in the Moon Trailer

In case you’re waiting with great anticipation to see what Glenn Beck’s much-hyped “man in the moon” 4th of July extravaganza, which he claims is going to change the course of the country and the way we celebrate the 4th forever, is going to be like, here’s the trailer. It appears to be just a tour of all the Bible myths, like the Tower of Babel and Noah’s Ark, along with Beck’s melodramatic narration.
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Awww. Amway Wasted Their Money.

The Grand Rapids area, where I live, is home to some staggeringly rich wingnuts, including the DeVos and Van Andel families (founders of Amway) and the Prince family (founders of an auto parts fortune and Blackwater). The local paper reports that they spent a ton of money on causes that the court’s marriage equality rulings negated.
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Glenn Compares Anti-Gay Bigotry to MLK

Gary Glenn is the head of the American Family Association of Michigan. As such, he is predictably a bigot and, quite frankly, not all that bright. Here he is claiming that if the Supreme Court strikes down laws banning gay marriage, state governments should ignore it — just like Martin Luther King would want them to do.
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Deace Fantasizes About Killing Jason Collins

Jason Collins coming out of the closet has really driven the bigots crazy, hasn’t it? They’re so infuriated by it that they’re openly fantasizing about assaulting and even killing him if they could, while completely ignoring the reality of how homophobia has affected him and every other gay person. Here’s lunatic Steve Deace on his radio show:
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