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Problems like ‘Should leukemia patients have to work during a flu epidemic?’ Answer: Yes.

We thought we’d heard almost all the Neil Gorsuch is a dick who always rules in favor of employers stories already, but darned if another one didn’t come along! Sure, we knew he thought a trucker should have frozen to death in order to comply with the law, and that he doesn’t think women have a right to slut pills, because employers have a right to not allow sluttery, and that he was quite sure Congress only required schools to educate disabled kids a little bit more than “not at all.” But during debate on the Gorsuch nomination in the Senate today, Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin mentioned another fine example of Gorsuch’s strictly limited reading of the law, a 2014 ruling against Grace Hwang, an assistant professor recovering from leukemia who was fired by Kansas State University after the school refused to extend her sick leave. Hwang died last summer at the age of 60.

In an op-ed, Hwang’s family explains how their mother first fought breast cancer, then was later diagnosed with leukemia. After receiving a stem cell transplant, Grace Hwang was near the end of a six-month leave of absence and preparing to return to work, but her doctors advised her not to, since her immune system was compromised and the university was undergoing a flu outbreak. Hwang requested an extension of her sick leave, but KSU refused the request, and wouldn’t let her work from home. When she stayed at home to follow her doctors’ recommendations, she was fired.

Hwang sued Kansas State, arguing that federal law required reasonable accommodation of people with disabilities — such as a short extension of sick leave for someone whose health would be endangered by a viral outbreak at the workplace. But Gorsuch sided with the university, because aren’t employers supposed to be the ones who decide what’s “reasonable”?

In writing his decision, Gorsuch said the purpose of federal law is “not to turn employers into safety net providers for those who cannot work.” He said that Grace’s six months of leave were “more than sufficient,” and that attendance was a basic expectation of employees. But Grace wasn’t asking for a vacation. She was asking for what the law provides: a reasonable accommodation so she could work from home instead of going to campus and potentially dying.

When she heard about the court’s ruling, she couldn’t believe it. We couldn’t either.

Stupid takers and their insistence that going to work not actually kill them!

The ACLU calls attention to Gorsuch’s outright snottiness toward Hwang’s situation: He wrote that “showing up” to work is a condition of employment, and that Hwang hadn’t shown up, so of course it was only just and right that she lose her job — even though she’d shown up for 15 years prior to her illness. The ACLU says Gorsuch’s ruling “contravened Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance, every other circuit decision on the issue, and reasoning from the Supreme Court” in a landmark case; far from asking for a “safety net,” Hwang was simply asking for a brief extension of her sick leave. But it was apparently too much of a burden for Kansas State, so the hell with the lazy professor who thinks a bit of leukemia should excuse her from work.

So hooray, if this guy is confirmed, we can look forward to all sorts of new frontiers in cruelty to people who have the poor taste to go and get sick. That’ll teach ’em a lesson about not being a burden on society.

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  • Remember all those rights you had? Turns out you didn’t need them!

  • Nounverb911
  • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

    Supply Side Jesus approves that decision, otherwise why would he give people cancer, eh?
    http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/0/0b/Jesus-salesman.jpg/revision/20070209132819

  • Fartknocker

    I’ll bet Neil is just a hoot when it comes to the Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground. Is his mind it’s OK to bullet in the back of a dog’s head because it shit on his yard. Obviously the owner failed to train the dog and equip it with Fido Pampers to wit, the dog is public health nuisance and the threat was abated. What a repugnant fuck.

    • Iron Monkey

      Hell, its probably OK with Judge Fucknutz to shoot the owner of the dog who craps on his yard.

  • SayItWithWookies

    There’s a new twist in the Gorsuch nomination story — Oliver.

    • PubOption

      But the article claimed he was cruel, not gruel.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Vincent Ricola

      More like secret Aliens trying to eliminate life on planet Earth.

    • Anna Rompage

      Until the day that Ivanka’s line is carried by WalMart & The Dollar Store, I’m afraid her and Jared will be seen as snooty, over edumacated, liberal elites by the fight wing…

    • TJ Barke

      Except these are the sort of people think Eisenhower was a communist.

  • goonemeritus

    Allow one professor to extend their leave and the next thing you know everyone will want cancer.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I mean, if cancer means you get tons of free vacation time, where is the incentive for people not to get it?

      • Undocumented Skwerl!

        I hear that pancreatitis…

        Nope not going there. Would not wish it on anyone even in jest.

      • Anna Rompage

        Unfortunately it’s unpaid vacation time…

        If you’re luck, you’ll qualify for disability and get paid 1/2 of what you were making at your job, all while you put out $1000s in out of pocket medical expenses, non-covered supplements, etc….

        • Shanzgood

          I should really quit smoking.

          • Anna Rompage

            Me too, but it’s soooo goooood!

          • Meccalopolis

            my one remaining vice

          • Lascauxcaveman

            Yes, do. I have never (fortunately) been addicted, but I have many friends and relatives who, since they kicked, have a much better outlook on life.

            And their noses and tastebuds work again, too. And can walk up two flights of stairs without taking a breather.

        • h4rr4r

          1/2 of your standard income capped at some very low amount, and first 6 weeks unpaid. That was the terms for my wife’s leave, the cap was so low that even 1/2 of minimum wage would max it out.

      • Querolous

        If she had come down with prostrate cancer there would not have been a problem.

        • BearDeLaOursistance

          Prostrate cancer is one disease you don’t take lying down.

    • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

      Ooooo, I can get six months off, and all I have to do is be in constant misery? Sign me up, brother.

      • Undocumented Skwerl!

        Chemotherapy has “therapy” in the word, which means its wonderful and relaxing.

        • (Major_Major_Major)ly_Pissed

          I know my Grandfather and stepdad sure loved it. Apparently, though, it was soooo much fun that my grandfather decided if the cancer ever came back, he was gonna let it.

        • bobbert

          Um, no

        • Ill-Advised

          “Chem”o is just a modern way of “better living through chemistry.”

  • Nounverb911

    I read on the internets that Gorsuch wanted to rule that Gov. Greg Abbott’s wheelchair ramps were unconstitutional until he remembered that Abbott was a republican.

    • Riley Whodat Venable

      We call him Rolling Blunder here in Houston.

  • Anna Rompage

    And this is the guy many are saying is going to be good as it gets, in regards to Trump’s SCOTUS prick..

    I can only hope this man experiences some sort of life threatening disease like ass cancer, or brain cancer at some point in his life…

    I would normally never wish anything like this on anyone, but it’s starting to seem the only way that many of these folks will learn, is to experience it themselves…

    • TJ Barke

      Yup. They are incapable of putting themselves in other people’s shoes. At least in a realistic way.

    • cmd resistor

      I was going to say the same thing, that it wouldn’t be nice to wish illness and disease on people even if the universe were to decide it was the right thing to do, but DAMN.

      • Hmmm. I do all the time.

        Not sure what that says (other than i always wanted to be a witch).

    • jodyleek

      Even when faced with a problem, “conservative” types like these think they are the only ones who deserve special treatment because they have special circumstances. Everyone else can go to hell. Someone a while back did interviews with women seeking abortions. A huge number of women who considered themselves “pro-life” still considered abortion wrong but because they felt they had extenuating circumstances in their personal abortion, gave themselves a pass but felt others shouldn’t seek abortions. The breath used to reason with these people is truly wasted.

  • Vincent Ricola

    He said that Grace’s six months of leave were “more than sufficient,” and that attendance was a basic expectation of employees.

    Fuck Kansas State and Neil Gorsuck in the rusty chainsaw of votes kind of way.

    • cmd resistor

      Sort of like Trump saying he’d paid the various contractors he stiff that they had been paid “enough” when he decided he wasn’t going to make the last installment or so.

  • Sardonicuss

    “So Neil Gorsuch, at 49, will ride onto a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court on a Banzai Pipeline of lies and misdirection, of which we will be reminded down the line when he writes the majority opinion upholding the Let ‘Em Freeze in the Dark Act of 2025.” – Charlie Pierce
    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54269/neil-gorsuch-confirmation/

  • Crystalclear12

    Could someone wake up Karma, I think she has a client that needs attention?

  • Msgr_MΩment

    It’s only Monday, so take a deep breath and get your mind off this nonsense.
    https://youtu.be/L4ttVP2cyK4
    Spoiler alert: Happy ending not included.

    • The Wanderer

      OMG! That is hilarious, especially the bit about aligning the opossum’s chakras. Mind you, a coworker was just watching this with me and talking about cooking the critter with sweet potatoes and carrots.

      • therblig

        proper massaging = tenderizing

        • The Wanderer

          LOL

        • Rags

          Kobe possum!!!

    • Lefty Frizzell

      Is that the thing they ate in the Elvis song “Let’s have a party”?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Was it canned?

        • MynameisBlarney

          Monster?

    • Jeffery Campbell
  • JoeChristmas

    There is a “tea” bagger in their though.

  • Nightcrawler

    I guess it’s true.
    Obama: If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.
    Trump: If you like your disease, you can keep it.

  • MeerkatsRMammals

    I’m so sick of these heartless maggots :( Employees should all die because the shareholders & business big wigs need more money? Go shove that gavel in your ballot box, sir…

  • Swampay

    Can I do the “devil’s advocate” thing here? You guys know me, right? You know I’m not an asshole, right?

    So, ok, KSU was a bucket of teeny diseased salted rat dicks when they decided to fire Hwang. The legal question to the court is, “Does KSU have the right to be a bucket of teeny diseased salted rat dicks?” and I’m kinda thinkin’ yeah, there may not be a law that compels them to be decent human beings, however horrible the results.

    • writersbloc

      Yeah, that’s basically what happened with the frozen trucker case as well, no? Seemingly the law doesn’t have exemptions baked in for extraordinary circumstances like compassion and common sense.

      • keenanjay

        But isn’t that why we have human judges rather than law-bots?

        • Undocumented Skwerl!

          Yep. they judges are not supposed to be the lawbot.

      • Iron Monkey

        Which is, of course, one reason that compassion and common sense exist–for compassionate and sensible people to make exceptions to the laws.

    • Shanzgood

      The ADA “reasonable accommodation” law was the thing.

    • Undocumented Skwerl!

      “Does KSU have the right to be a bucket of teeny diseased salted rat dicks?”

      Depends of the nature of KSU’s charter, and what is “reasonable”. Was she being paid directly from KSU at this point? How much was it costing KSU? do they not have the infrastructure to allow her to collaborate from home?

      And if showing up is a component of any job, why is Trump still president?

    • HogeyeGrex

      If you start reading the amicus brief (click on “contravened” above) it goes over some of this. KSU may have a right to be shitty, but there are actually laws that determine how shitty. I’m not a lawyer, and I’m not going to read the whole thing, but it covers quite a bit in the beginning. Like the fact that she had sufficient leave accrued to cover the requested time, which just makes the whole thing worse.

    • proudgrampa

      Forget, Jake. It’s Kansas.

    • Swampay

      Thanks all for indulging me. Consider me better educated.

    • Thaumaturgist

      Kansas State University is in Kansas. They have a governor in Kansas who compels state agencies to be buckets of teeny salted rat dicks.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • The Wanderer

      Yes, let’s talk impeachment, notably the fact that it will not happen in this Congress. The current crop of hyenas won’t allow it, or will only do a show trial that will completely exonerate and absolve Trump. Now, if their own phony-baloney jobs are on the line, you MIGHT see the process start, but I see this clearly – until Trump actually does shoot someone dead, or get caught banging his son Barron, they are not going to allow impeachment hearings.

      • proudgrampa

        Oh, we can dream, can’t we?

        • The Wanderer

          Yeah, I suppose.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I really don’t think they’re gonna have a choice.

        • The Wanderer

          There are too many variables right now to get a clear estimate.

      • “M”

        “Now, if their own phony-baloney jobs are on the line”

        This needs to happen. Period.

    • proudgrampa

      Maxine for President!

      • Parakeetist

        Yes!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      She’s so cute the way she thinks the trumpanzees will be able to “understand” what a danger he is to the country. Um, I don’t want to make Maxine take her earrings off, but Congresswoman Walters, these are the same people who think wrestling is real, the ACA and Obamacare are two different things, and eating Hardee’s anusburgers will make supermodels want to fuck them.

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Let’s hope the Dems will filibuster. They could start out reading Maurice Sendak books aloud.

  • exinkwretch

    Also, too, she was an Affirmative Active hire and don’t slut pills give the gals boob cancer anyway? She got what she deserves!

  • This means Neil Gorsuch is simply too sick in the head to show up for work.
    https://media0.giphy.com/media/lA1UjqWVdmmpq/giphy.gif

  • Jgb979

    Solution for all:
    They do away with only the vote filibuster and make Democrats have to “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” on the senate floor.

    This guarantees absolutely nothing gets done and Democrats will have full access to do things such as “repeatedly draw attention to Trump’s Russian connections” 24/7

  • BosGrl

    Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl using the bathroom?

    Because the P is silent!

    Ehhh, got nothing… I can’t stand these people and don’t know why they enjoy seeing others in pain.

    • The Wanderer

      Conjecturing that pterosaurs were like birds in that they can shit midflight, I’d hate like hell to be under a Quetzalcoatlus (which was about the size of a Piper Cub) when it lets its bowels go.

      • Shanzgood

        They nest in the trees in my neighborhood every October and drown my poor car in an avalanche of shit. It’s disgusting.

        • Anna Elizabeth

          A young Naval Aviator was taking his lunch in the park as usual, when he decided to sit by a statue of Revolutionary War hero General “Light Horse Harry” Lee.

          Suddenly, the statue spoke:

          “Hello there son. Don’t those Wingsof Gold on your tunic mean that you fly airplanes?”
          “Holy Crap! Can all statues talk? Why are you talking to me?”

          “Envy, Son. If I were a pilot, I could fly over a bird. That bird would learn a lesson.”

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      BosGrl, how you been, sugar? Been thinking about you. {{{{hugs}}}}

      • BosGrl

        Hugs back!! <3

  • Oblios_Cap

    Well, he certainly is heartless enough to gain the Republicans’ favor, that’s for sure,

  • Christ, what an evil fucker.

  • Anna Rompage

    So in other words, corporations are people too, just like Newt Gingrich, who left his wife while she battled cancer…

    • writersbloc

      ….or John Edwards.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        “Asshole” does not have a party affiliation.

  • The Wanderer

    He’s fucking Vogon – bureaucratic, officious, and callous. Does he pull the wings off flies as a hobby?

    • WotsAllThisThen

      What’s the status of the lower court’s ruling to save his own mother from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal? Has it been properly filed?

      • Crystalclear12

        How long was the request buried?

      • The Wanderer

        In quadruplicate, filed, lost, recovered, chopped into bits, mixed with paraffin and sawdust and sold as fire lighters.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      I believe there are a truckload of forms you must fill out before you can begin wing-pulling.

    • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

      No, but he does write poetry.

  • GoutMachine

    It’s easy, people: Just don’t get cancer. What part of that can’t you understand?

    • Jim Johnson

      Ronnie says: “healthcare isn’t the solution, healthcare IS the problem.”

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    OT, but wanted to share that while Russian hackers are good, ours are better:

    https://twitter.com/ericgeller/status/848933366212808705

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Go team USA! Maybe that’s how they got the pee tapes.

  • Mavenmaven

    Standard post stem cell transplant recovery is at least a year, as is practice in Seattle, City of Hope, MD Anderson (as a person in the field), and particularly for leukemia after cancer therapy. Gorsuch will undoubtedly rot in hell.

  • OneYieldRegular

    “In writing his decision, Gorsuch said the purpose of federal law is ‘not to turn employers into safety net providers…'”

    Oh, but employers (and Gorsuch by extension) are just fine when government serves as a safety net provider for employers, through tax breaks, subsidies, bailouts and plain old Trumpian style corruption.

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • Shanzgood

      Damn, I’m still hot for her shoulders!

  • snigsy

    Serious question: when did selfishness become a virtue?

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      See Ayn Rand.

      • Jim Johnson

        See Ayn. See Ayn hate.
        See Paul. See Paul read. See Paul Ryan reading Ayn Rand.
        See Paul. See Paul hate. See Paul Ryan hating like Ayn.

    • vivian

      Nov 4, 1980. Didn’t you get the memo?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        11/4 #neverremember. #hedidn’t

        • GoutMachine

          Was that the date of the Bowling Green Massacre?

          • vivian

            St. Ronnie’s date of canonization.

          • Shanzgood

            I can #neverremember

      • Jim Johnson

        Yeah, the “government” is the problem since then and not the racist, selfish, sociopathic, malignant narcissists that get elected to “decontstruct” our government.

      • snigsy

        I remember that day, and the quiet but lengthy oh-shit pause it gave me and others. In hindsight Nov 4, 1980 now seems like the foretaste of last November.

    • Juan de Fuca

      I’m spitballing it but would guess sometime around 1943?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fountainhead

  • canes_pugnaces

    It is a basic tenet of conservative juris prudence that cruelty, racism, misogyny, corporatism and all manner of unfairness be hard-baked into decisions. It was Scalia’s way. And so, with the Robert’s court soon filled out with a rightwing nut job, we can expect a generation of GOP cruelty.

    I wonder now about all those Jill Stein voters who couldn’t be bothered to vote for Hillary because of those emails and her pantsuit. Hope you’re happy.

  • Sardonicuss

    Around the year 2100, right after we climb out of the ruble and narrowly win the “Sentient Cockroach War of 2075”; some grad student will write a paper estimating the number of people who needlessly died in the next few years because one of the political parties in this country is just fucking insane.
    It will be in the millions.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      one two of the political parties in this country is are just fucking insane

      I think the People’s Front of Moscow are just as culpable as the Moscow People’s Front.

      • Sardonicuss

        When the democrats start adopting policies and positions that actively lead to the deaths of people I will go along with that.
        Until then, both siderism is what got us here.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          I was talking about the Greens.

      • Rags

        Front for the People of Moscow libelz!!

      • Hizzoner

        Splitters!

    • Vecchioivan

      That’s the spirit!

    • therblig

      I, for one, welcome our new Blattidae overlords.

    • Thaumaturgist

      If they take us back to the Stone Age, there won’t be any grad students in 2100.

      • Sardonicuss

        Yes. That is the glaring fault of that scenario.
        Also, we probably won’t have access to enough Raid!

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      “Climb out of the ruble”… ISWYDT!

  • Iron Monkey

    He said that Grace’s six months of leave were “more than sufficient,”

    Where did you get your medical degree, asshole? Jerry Falwell School Praying to be Healed?

    And what IS with these idiots in Kansas. My sister’s husband–a lovely man and the smartest person I know–is fighting leukemia. He has been away from work for the maximum amount of time for sick leave but his boss called to let him know that they are switching him to a different type of leave with all the same benefits. He works for a state university–but not one in Kansas.

    Dr. Hwang died because of an administrative decision. There is no place dark, hot or painful enough in hell for these people.

    • Anna Rompage

      6 Months leave is too much for cancer treatment?

      My sweetie was on chemo for 4-1/2 months, then had a 3 week break before surgery (which was somewhat minor compared to many), then another 2-1/2 weeks down time for recovery before she was able to return to work…

      Chemo messed her head up so bad that she was unable to drive for close to 6 months, during and after treatment…

      • Old town Urbandale

        Employers being dicks about cancer treatment is legendary. I was going to stay at a Hope Lodge for five weeks while undergoing radiation, and since my days would be free except for the hour it took to go to/from the hospital and get the 30 seconds of radiation, I asked my employer to be allowed to telecommute from the Hope Lodge. Figured I might as well fill my days with useful activity and save my sick time. You’d have thought I was asking to be allowed accommodation to spend five weeks at a French bordello on the company’s dime. So I drove a 220-mile round trip every day, and went in early and stayed late to keep my sick time down to two hours a day. Eff employers, eff ’em, eff ’em, eff ’em.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        My mom got done with her radiation 2 years ago and she still has stomach problems from it. Fortunately, she is retired and didn’t have any work to return to, other than volunteering for… our town’s Cancer Care facility.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Any Democrat that votes for this POS ain’t no Democrat and needs to be turned out at the first opportunity.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    I’m pretty sure this was an episode on “The West Wing”. Someone tell the administration to stop plagiarizing.

  • Bebecca

    I heard at lunch (listening to Sirius leftwing radio) that Gorsuch is even more conservative than Scalia. How is that even possible?

    • therblig

      apparently, nino’s friendship with Notorious RBG accorded him some fragment of a soul.

  • weejee
    • msanthropesmr

      What does the egg own? Or is it a contraction?

      • GoutMachine

        And wouldn’t grandma be out of eggs by this point?

        • thixotropic jerk

          Grandma’s ovaries are still egg-full just not eggsactly viable.

      • Shanzgood

        Grandma is sucking Egg’s what?

        • BearDeLaOursistance

          Only if Grandma’s name is Edie.

  • proudgrampa

    Wow. This guy is really pro-life, eh? Just don’t get sick.

    What an asshole.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      Cancer cells are life too! *wails* Won’t someone think of the Influenza Viruses!?!

  • therblig

    “If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, “the law is a ass—a idiot.”

  • It sounds like they are trying to put Mike Pence’s better looking, but still sociopathic brother on the supreme court.

  • msanthropesmr

    Just in. Filibuster on like donkey Kong.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      yup, Coons committed- we’re at 41 announced

      • msanthropesmr

        Need to primary those that do not stand with

        • h4rr4r

          Which needs to start now.

          Schumer needs to announce that as a fact.

          • Schumer cannot announce attacks on demon senators, that could be construed as influencing the election. In think that violates the Hatch act. One of the Trumpanzees may be in trouble for threatening someone from the freedom caucus in the same way.

          • h4rr4r

            Huh?
            I am pretty sure he can say as leader of his party that they do not intend to support for re-election anyone who does not vote with the party.

          • Actually, I just looked it up. The Hatch Act only applies to executive branch employees, not elected officials. So I am wrong on that, but I still don’t like the look of threatening party members in public that won’t put the party line above their personal beliefs. It feels to trumpian to me. edit: that sort of threat should come from their constituents and voters.

          • h4rr4r

            If they won’t be democrats, why let them claim to be?

          • We have been criticizing republicans for putting their party over the country and supporting Trump. We would be doing the exact same thing if we require every democrat to vote the democratic line every time. If a rep or senator is not representing the people in their district/state it is the job of those voters to put them out. But if each party enforces a lockstep vote on every issue, then we are completely fucked as a country.

          • h4rr4r

            Voting for Trump was putting Russia over the USA. Another republican candidate would have been party first.

            Who said anything about every time? If the party can’t ever count on its members, it might as well dissolve.

          • Look, I don’t want that asshole in the supreme court and I think anyone putting country before party should be voting against him. But, it is flat out hypocritical to threaten democrats with the party trying to knock them out of office for voting their conscience after criticizing republicans for doing the same damn thing. They are called representatives because they should be representing their constituents, not their political party.

          • h4rr4r

            Then why even have parties at all?

            Do you think their constituents voted for them in spite of their party affiliation?

          • I would be happier if we didn’t have parties, or at least reduced their influence a bit. And quite a few people do not vote straight party tickets.

          • Sunnyhorse

            If ever a situation demanded a lockstep vote, it is this one.

          • Lordpnut

            “…then we’d be bogus too…” – Jeff Spicoli

          • bupkus23

            “The Hatch Act only applies to executive branch employees, not elected officials.”

            Kinda like Rump’s “social media director”, Dan Scavino, tweeting a “threat” to primary Freedon Caucus member Justin AMash in 2018?

            Link: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-amash-freedom-caucus-primary

            “…Legal experts, including former White House lawyer Daniel Jacobson, say Scavino may have violated the Hatch Act with this tweet. The 1939 law explicitly forbids White House staff from using their “official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with an election or affecting the result thereof.”….”

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          Some are in red states and need the political cover if they can get it. If the dem’s have the 41 no’s, then the red state dem’s should use the cover to bolster reelection. We need to spend the red stater’s when we MUST not when we want.

          • msanthropesmr

            Eh? I duño. Not sure that hitching the wagon to the red is going to help anyone…

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            It’s not that they want Gorsuch. The dem rep’s in red states sometimes have to appease the haters in their voting base. If the fillibuster is going to happen anyway, should the dem’s in those red states anger their district voters anyway?

          • JustDon’tSayKingLeo

            It’s the Senate. “District” = entire state.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            You are right, of course. Been thinking about the House. The argument still applies though, why not give blue’s in red states cover for 2018 if we’ve got the votes for the filibuster already?

          • Tennessee Rain

            I’m okay with them not joining as long as they have enough support for the fillibuster without them. This is particularly true of anyone up for re-election in 2018. Anyone up in 2020 should consider joining in regardless because the American people have long term memory issues.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            I agree. And I’m also in Tennessee where I hope, some far off day, to see a representative that actually represents my views.

          • thixotropic jerk

            My magic 8 ball just said your wish will be granted in 3032 so nope, not very far off at all WTF!

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            So about the time we begin to recover from the nuclear war?

          • Lefty Frizzell

            Not to say it couldn’t happen, but I can’t even get into the headspace of a person wavering between Democrat and Republican, let alone one for whom a Gorsuch filibuster would be the defining issue sending them Republican.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            It’s not that the red state dem’s lurv them some Gorsuch. It’s that they’ll be voted out by their district if they openly oppose him. It’s truly a weird space to be in.

        • Rags

          As much as I sympathize with the concept, I believe that the political calculus is to get just enough nays to force the R’s to either abandon him ( unlikely) or initiate the nuclear option (politically embarrassing). This provides cover for other D’s who may need it.

          • Meccalopolis

            maybe in nort dakota but mancin gets a primary along with that indiana asshole. oh and cardin, what’s your excuse?

          • bupkus23

            Cardin’s support for the filibuster was reported at the same time as Coons’ ( i.e. Monday morning )

        • Biel_ze_Bubba

          SOP is to secure the votes you need, and let those who need cover on the issue (generally, red-state Dems) vote otherwise.

      • Tennessee Rain

        Thank you, Christine “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell for hand delivering Chris Coons on a silver platter. We owe you one, Witchy-Poo

    • And Pence can’t help because that might require him to be alone with the princess if he can jump all the barrels.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Is this true, WaPo link?

      Senate Democrats secured enough votes Monday to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, increasing the likelihood that Republicans will enact a rules change to ensure his confirmation and pushing the battle into its climactic final act.

      Four more Senate Democrats confirmed they will support a filibuster of Gorsuch’s nomination, giving the minority party the requisite 41 votes to maintain their procedural roadblock under pressure from Republicans.

      The announcements came as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee gathered to vote on the high court nomination. While the outcome of the panel’s vote is not in doubt — Republicans hold a majority of seats on the committee — the testy hearing foreshadowed what is likely to be a combative debate over Gorsuch on the Senate floor this week.

      Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) indicated they would vote “no” to end debate on the Senate floor and would oppose Gorsuch in a final vote.

      About time, Senator Feinstein, but better late than never. Yes!

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Angus King may well back filibuster as well, just hasn’t announced.Not sure about Menendez.

        ETA not sure about Ben Cardin, either. But he appears to be leaning against. Bennett from Colorado won’t vote for filibuster but would probably vote against the nomination

    • The Wanderer

      Filibuster, followed by nuclear option, followed by Gorsuch getting sworn at – er, in.

      • h4rr4r

        Fine, let them remember that when they lose the majority.

        • The Wanderer

          True.
          Whenever that happens.
          Aren’t I a fucking sunbeam today?

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            They’re going to use the nuclear option the first time they need to- whether it’s now or next time. We probably have a stronger case to filibuster now, given them stealing the nomination from Garland, than we will next time when it will be strictly an issue of them nominating (another) unacceptable judge without the cloud of illegitimacy hanging over the nomination. Keeping our powder dry serves no purpose- they’ll just whine that we’re being partisan no matter when we do it- at least now the optics of Garland helps our side look like the good guys.

          • Thank Allah they can’t gerrymander the Senate without a constitutional amendment.

          • Ill-Advised

            Aren’t we all. I’m a bleedin’ ray of sunshine myself.

        • ZAmazingProfessionalCrastinatr

          Then they change the rules again in their lame duck session.

      • gamera23

        This nuclear option sounds so thrilling!

    • Tennessee Rain

      I have no fucking clue how they can proceed with the potential life time appointment of a SCOTUS by a douche bag under FBI investigation for alleged sedition.

  • Does this mean Gorsuch will have to pray to God to cure the failing health of his supreme court nomination?

  • Greyhame

    It was all the “gosh” and “golly-gee-willikers” language popping up in his confirmation hearing that raised the red flag for me. Anyone making that much of an effort to sound like an extra on Leave it to Beaver is bound to be masking a truly psychotic world view.

    • schmannity

      Judge Eddie Haskell

      • SigDeFlyinMonky

        You look really nice today, Mrs. Cleaver.

        • Iron Monkey

          You look really nice today, Mrs. Cleaver. I like the way your housecoat emphasizes the subtle swell of you decolletage. I would really like to have sexual intercourse with you but Stifler’s Mom (ur-MILF Jennifer Coolidge) won’t show up for another 39 years.

    • Maria Sewell

      Never trust those Pillars of Society… they are the ones who bugger their own children at night.

  • Nounverb911

    OT
    Somebody in the trump administration finally woke up and said something about the attack in St. Pete….

    https://twitter.com/evanmcmurry/status/848959475922997251

  • tomamitai

    The perfect replacement for Antonin “executing the innocent isn’t against the Constitution” Scalia!

  • cheetojeebus

    Today’s late lunch break theme track.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix03e1O1qD0

  • Ilgattomorte

    Hey, what do you expect? Gorsuch is just an old-fashioned sort of guy.
    Haven’t you heard all of those old, wonderful expressions about work? What do you think happens to a nose once it’s been put to a grindstone? Who comes out on top, the shoulder or the wheel? I’ve got to believe that you can’t pull yourself up by the bootstraps without, at the very least, spraining something. According to folksy wisdom, isn’t work supposed to kill you?

    • yyyaz

      Don’t forget the biggest whopper of all time: “Hard work (mining, construction, farming, ocean fishing) never killed anyone.”

      • Thespian Pony Ron

        No-one who has ever said that to me has ever been working hard themselves.

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    She stayed home and died any way so Gorsuch was right.

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Slacker.

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    GOP Sens taking victory lap on teevee bemoaning the politization of the process. Ha. By the time they let Ted Cruz make words, I grew tired of punching myself in the face.

    • Woe-be-Gone Daze

      They all needed their sound bite for their horribly misguided constituents. I had to shut it off when they got to Hatch on account of my blood pressure.

      • Lordpnut

        Orrin Hatch has always been an out-of-touch egomaniacal self parody, but was considered at the extreme end of the spectrum. Sadly, he doesn’t even stand out in the crowd these days.

  • William
    • Meccalopolis

      I will believe the dems growing a spine trend when I hear one reply with this riposte to a talking head

      • HooverVilles

        Don’t hold your breath.

        • Meccalopolis

          I know but the blumenthal explanation was encouraging

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        Don’t start with that shit! They are gonna filibuster Gorsuch. And beyond that, What Exactly Do You Want Them To Do That They Ain’t Doing? … as in, when your enemies are destroying themselves, sit back and let them have at it.

        I’m goddamn tired of this argument.

  • “M”

    Does it look to anyone else that even SCOTUS is trying to help us, the American people, keep him out of there?

    Can someone in authority figure out a way to bang Yertle McConnell over the head with this information so he doesn’t keep trying to railroad this nominee onto the Court while his son DJTJr does the Russians’ bidding in Venezuela … ???

  • Jeffery Campbell

    The GOP – pushing new frontiers of cruelty. That’s some catchy slogan right there.

  • Mister Smith

    Depraved.

    Typical Repug scum.

  • Khavrinen

    Would it be wrong for me to fantasize about Gorsuch getting leukemia?

    ( What can I say, I have a thing for poetic justice. )

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Yes, and it’s against the Commenting Rules for Radicals.

      • What about fantasizing that he gets leukemia, but fully recovers, and then, shaken by his brush with mortality, has a change of heart and dedicates himself to the causes of universal healthcare and equality for all?

        • thixotropic jerk

          And then gets hit with a busload of votes? (Or a vote load of buses?)

  • cats530

    “In writing his decision, Gorsuch said the purpose of federal law is “not
    to turn employers into safety net providers for those who cannot work.”
    He said that Grace’s six months of leave were “more than sufficient,”
    and that attendance was a basic expectation of employees. But Grace
    wasn’t asking for a vacation. She was asking for what the law provides: a
    reasonable accommodation so she could work from home instead of going
    to campus and potentially dying.”

    If there is a gawd, such gawd should smite the condescending prick (otherwise known as Neil Gorsuch) with incurable, painful, suppurating, necrotic dick cancer so that Neil Gorsuch can walk a mile in a cancer patient’s shoes.

    • bupkus23

      …and hopefully step on his suppurating, necrotic dick when it falls off.

  • Let’s be clear who this punk is, geographically and ancestors-wise.

    During that one bullying empty suited asshole’s administration, Neil’s mama defrauded the EPA while working for the EPA’s shutdown during her time running the EPA. Her defense, so powerful in her piggish mama’s boy son’s imagination, was classic negative liberty bullshit. “Technically, there is no ‘law’. Technically,” she cried as she was frogwalked stage-right.

    In later life, a Koch-lubricated Neil added an insight and a non-sequiter to his mama’s noxious justification – “Technically, by generality, christian morality is a kind of proto-law. ”

    Neil grew up in suburban Denver, among many other chalkies. He’s a walking, talking Rocky Mountain stereotype – a libertarian white male in a barn coat. Although inhibited by raging castration anxiety, he probably skis adeptly. You can’t throw a stone on the Boulder campus without beaning such a type and smacking three more on the ricochets.

    • cats530

      Oh no! I have an LL Bean barn coat. But then again I actually have horses too ; )

      • James Lamere

        LL Bean contributed to Trumps campaign .97 % of their products are made in China and elsewhere , not in the USA .Send them a message and stop buying their shit !.

        • cats530

          Not to worry. I only have the one item.

    • I’m about the same age so I’d judge him to have been a preppy in high school but Neil was not in it for the plaid, which always left him porcine beneath even a skiers tan. Oh no – Neil just dug the style’s appeal to reaction.

      Those Nazi Youth rallies were just so dang sexy, amirite, Neil? So clean-cut, details perfect, so virile… wow, I bet dad’s old videos of WW2 fueled many a group or individual wank back in the day.

    • hanadora444

      Proto-law? Wow, that’s just swell. How many more goofy pseudo-laws will this guy try to inject into his decisions?

    • gingerwentworth

      When Sen. Leahy described himself as just a country lawyer from Vermont, Gorsuch chuckled pleasantly and then, his whole Uriah Heep creepiness seemed to overcome him and as Leahy continued in his hoarse voiced, slightly challenging vein, Gorsuch

  • cats530

    I heard Di Fi was vacillating on the Gorsuch nomination, so I sent her a nastygram telling her I was watching. Hope everyone else has done the same. Maybe it will do no good, but it felt good to vent.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Good! She was going to vote for him before people like you spoke up!

    • HooverVilles

      ^^^^THIS^^^^

    • Lambsendbeds

      I thought she’d signed on to the filibuster. Is that not so? I should have sent her a nastygram myself. *slaps self on forehead*

  • sgt. jmk of the résistance

    Holy shit that’s awful.

    How these GOP senators can run around calling this cold-hearted, condescending, misogynistic, anti-worker snake “eminently qualified” is beyond me right at this moment.

    • gingerwentworth

      Hey, he only follows the law!!!

  • Bitter Scribe

    I am so sick of hearing about how “gracious” and “qualified” and “respected” this motherfucker is. Any Democrat who votes for him is a traitor.

  • VirginiaLady

    How come this peach of a guy isn’t a GOP senator yet?

  • Amelia Resists and Persists

    Not only do GOP congresscritters need to quit whining that Tom Perez said they don’t give a shit about people, any Senator who votes for this piece of shit needs to have it tattooed on their fucking foreheads.

  • Rick Hill

    So, our only real hope is that Roberts or Kennedy can’t stomach the vileness of the court swinging further to the right and start voting on the side of the law?

    • Should I start holding my breath now, or wait a little bit?

      • Me not sure

        Go easy on yourself and just tape a plastic bag over your head.

        • LadyLaz

          Oh my! 🙄

          • Me not sure

            I kid, but the next couple of weeks are gonna be agonizing.

          • TakingAmes

            As opposed to the last ten?

          • Me not sure

            Well, I’ll give you that, but this Gorsuch guy will be around a long time.

          • Rick Hill

            You spelled decades wrong

          • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

            It’s always possible that he will get an extended illness, and his own ruling will allow the GST to fire him for non-attendance.

    • lynchie

      Now don’t get carried away. shit like that won’t happen

  • Me not sure

    …and yet he is seeking a lifetime appointment to a job that essentially leaves him answerable to only himself, barring impeachment of course. Sweeeeet!

  • Ducksworthy

    Shorter Gorsuch to Hawng: Drop dead.

  • Alexander Stallwitz
  • HooverVilles

    He is a fine example of a compassionate CONservative.

  • The Flaming Carrot
    • Tiny kaiju

      It looks like his arguement against assisted suide is the same arguement that gay marriage leads to marrrying dogs and having gay sex 24/7.
      “the legalization not only of assisted suicide and euthanasia, but of any act of consensual homicide.” Posner’s position, he writes, would allow “sadomasochist killings” and “mass suicide pacts,” as well as duels, illicit drug use, organ sales and the “sale of one’s own life.”

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        He’s only against the sale of lives because they haven’t found a way for DuPont to own them yet.

  • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

    This is probably not a super wise non comment to make, but part of what I have to know as part of my job are Federal Leave laws, and what employers can and can’t do when someone has a disability. By federal law, 6 months IS enough time because people only get 12 weeks of job protection in a year, with an additional 2 week ‘try to get back to work’ period. Some states give much longer, but KS isn’t one. So… keeping her job for 6 months is generous by the standards of the laws we have in our country about disability and time off work.

    Which is why we need better job protections for workers in the US. Perhaps it is also why we should not to elect weird lawbots with no ability and/or desire to work outside of the lawbot rules and consider basic human decency to SCOTUS.

    It is still a wonderful example of how compassionate Gorush is not, because while the law is the law, I’ve also see myriad exceptions be made, and this would be a case where employers I work with 100% WOULD Have made an exception and not fired her (because that’s just what’s morally right) every single time. However, I work with companies who employe high wage earners with degrees. His decision on this is not beyond the pale in general for sick workers in the US. I do see it often for those who make lower wages/have entry level type jobs. Doesn’t matter if they have cancer, 12 weeks and your job is gone, which is legal.

    • Lordpnut

      Indeed. The time has come directly confront the simple-minded, equivocal, and venal appeal to”free-market economics” and “capitalist principles”. Unfettered capitalism fosters gross inequality – of wealth, of opportunity, of fundamental rights. Nuanced analysis and delicate balance of competing interests require fine-tuning and deep contextual understanding to best align with American core ideals like liberty, justice, and expression. Neil’s “bright line, black letter” approach to jurisprudence is both disingenuous and far too shallow to adequately address the issues considered by the Supreme Court.

      • Resistance Fighter MausFeet

        I truly love that there will always be someone here smarter than I who can put things in a way where I think – YES THAT.

        So.. YES THAT.

  • Tiny kaiju

    How utterly delightful. This cock splat is going to determin the law of land in the strictest, most corporate way possible for the next 30 fucking years.

    • James Lamere

      The Nile River Crocodile can live to be 115 years old . A reptile like Gorsuch , given proper care , may well exceed this figure .

  • gkshenaut

    A mostly Solomonic decision on Gorsuch’s part, except he forgot the part about waiting a beat or two for the true mother to offer to give the baby to the other claimant before slicing it in half.

  • themidniteskulker

    What I tend to dwell on is the fact that he didn’t nominate himself. Putin’s bitch Trump, and every elected republican in DC who hides behind him, is guilty as hell.

    • Keith Taylor

      Hmm. I sort of tend to worry about this. Join the club, get in the queue, I know. My worry, as other people have already expressed it better, is that I doubt Trump was actually placed in the Oval Office by Russian interference in the election, or not direct meddling, anyway. Russian hacking of the electoral computers, Dem and Rep both, to spy on the way things were going? Hell, yes. Donald Trump involved up to the eyeballs with dirty Russian money, borrowed and laundered and rolled in a la Scrooge McDuck? Hell, yes, again. Since years before he even dreamed of going into politics. Half to three-quarters of the GOP (practically all of the very richest GOP members) gazing in lustful ecstasy at the thieves’ picnic that is the current Russian government and yearning to copy it in the U.S.A.? Hell yes again. Trump deep in Russian pockets over God knows what creepy and even illicit deals, rattling around there with the loose change, very likely subject to blackmail from Vladimir and thus a serious security risk to his country as its (gag, choke, regurgitate) new President? What’s more emphatic than “Hell, yes”? Insert it here.
      But. I still believe based on the facts I’ve been able to check out (I’m no expert, not even an expert’s bootlace) that Trump was placed in the Oval Office by the GOP’s stealing the election for him, with the deft skill of practice, particularly in voter suppression. Putin didn’t have to intervene directly or in any detectable way. And probably didn’t. But he loved it.
      I have no quarrel with the description of Trump as “Putin’s bitch”. Most likely he is just that. And aware that he’d better dance to Vladimir’s balalaika tune or else. My concern is that the media is a bit too enthusiastic and, as they said in the Old West in laconic cowboy drawls, “a mite previous” in saying or implying the Russians did a blatant or direct steal of the presidential election. It may turn out that they didn’t, and what then? All the Trump supporters and Trump team members will jump on that premature assertion like fratboys on a hundred-dollar prostitute and squeal, “See, slander, falsehood, base canards traducing our great leader Donald who is the Lone Ranger and Garibaldi and Lincoln combined, just like left-wingers! Who lie and lie and lie unlike us! And Fake News and lying media too!”
      Might be a sound idea to ease back on the throttle where the Russians-stole-the-Presidency-for-Trump belief is concerned, and wait on solid evidence for crooked GOP involvement with Russian money, as with that 50 million smackers overpayment on a Russian real estate deal with Trump, and the Alfa Bank and Bank of Cyprus connections, and who knows what else? Without any doubt there is plenty of that kicking around to be discovered, and the arrogant bastards may not even have bothered to cover it in a smart fashion.

  • Keith Taylor

    I hope Neil Gorsuch gets leukemia himself. And leprosy too. It won’t be nearly as bad for him if he does; he will certainly get all the medical attention and compassionate breaks from his place of work that he asks for. And they can treat leprosy these days. Besides, if the Republicans are the party of God as they keep saying, isn’t there some scriptural story about Gehazi the servant of Elisha who (Gehazi, not Elisha) pulled a mean heartless swindle using a man’s gratitude for having been cured of leprosy, and ended up a leper himself?
    We need to get tougher on wrong-doers in authority! God was! In the old days!

    • mardam422

      When are you libturds gonna get it through your thick skulls that Bibble and Jeebus quotes only count when they can twisted to favor your betters?

      • Keith Taylor

        We are having a tough time doing that. Stubborn. Maybe irreverent also.

  • Gregory Brown

    Hooray! I found the perfect Neil Gorsuch quotes. They were written before he was born, but the shoe fits:
    “Are there no prisons?”
    “Plenty of prisons…”
    “And the Union workhouses.” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”
    “Both very busy, sir…”
    “Those who are badly off must go there.”
    “Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”
    “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

  • sundaytrucker

    Bravo, Neil. Someday your rulings will be recited by every college sophomore competing in an Ayn Rand circle jerk throughout this great nation. Ask not for whom the limp biscuit tolls, it tolls for you sir.

  • Zyxomma

    My mother, of blessed memory, was the EEOC head for the Philadelphia region of the post office. We threw her a surprise party when she turned 75, and many of the attendees were people she had helped through her work at USPS. She would have hated Neil Gorsuch with the power of 1000 suns.

  • Panika MCD

    next he’s going to say if a federal justice’s heart stops, but they recover, they have technically died so they have vacated their office.

    • HooverVilles

      The Trump appointed ones too?

      • Panika MCD

        they’re different. of course.

      • Dudleydidwrong

        They have no hearts so that’s not an issue.

  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    This last election that people sat out because emails and Bernie, or because Susan Sarandon said we’d usher in the revolution if we turned the country over to the reactionaries?–well, iit wasn’t just about the Supreme Court. The genuinely evil Mitch McConnell refused to allow votes on dozens of Obama nominees to the federal bench as well, holding those slots in the appellate system for right wing ideologues owned by the fossil fuel oligarchs, for Federalist Society loons and anti-democrats committed to destroying constitutional order and ushering in an open plutocracy.

    Gorsuch–who is a monster without redeeming characteristics– is the least of our worries. That fragile protection still being afforded our democracy by a handful of federal judges who’ve made it into the headlines lately, finding against some of the Republican Party’s more psychotic legislation, plus Donald’s attack on immigration?–that’s gonna be gone in a matter of months, as the legacy judges attrit out and these devils from reactionary hell begin to make their presence felt.’

    It turns out that both parties AREN’T exactly the same, after all.

    • ♚ King Leo ♚

      Sarandon just said it’s good that Trump got elected because people are energized now.

      You know, in case you wanted to hate her more.

    • rachelmap

      They are from the chair she sits in. It’s not like she has to worry that anything the Repubs do will harm even her little finger.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      I’d say “fuck Sarandon” but I’m not interested in getting anywhere near that close to her. Cooties is catching; I learned that eight decades ago.

    • AKRNC

      No, both parties aren’t the same. They complain about what was done by Harry Reid, although he didn’t employ the nuclear option until the GOP had denied 79 of President Obama’s nominees. They’re doing it after only one nominee. How they can stand before the MSM and complain about the Democrats is proof that they are soulless, hypocritical MF’ers.

  • Mike Steele

    Did DWTS go off the air? Thought Tom Bergeron HAD a job…

  • Don Gwinn

    Let’s not make too big a deal out of arguing that she wasn’t asking for a safety net. The law in this case *does* provide a safety net–here defined as “a literal or metaphorical device that is used to keep someone safe in a potentially deadly situation”–and that. Is. OK.
    It is OK to provide for safety. It is OK to ask your employer to accommodate your safety. If they sneer about a “safety net” or a “safe space,” they should be called on that and forced defend the idea that workers don’t deserve safety.

  • MoreHairyThanJesus

    Gorsuch seems like a guy who deserves a meeting with a guillotine.

    • unionthuggery

      The trouble with America is that our revolution did not feature guillotines or their equivalent. The aristocracy has never had anything to fear.

      • BearLeft

        Ours was a revolution BY the aristocracy. Where do you think “the pursuit of happiness” came from? In every other formulation of Anglo-American law, the interests protected, on which the government dare not tread without due process of law, are life, liberty and PROPERTY (e.g., 5th and 14 Amendments).

        But the leaders of the American Revolution did not want to suggest that commoners had any inalienable right to own property. And that’s what these tea party, trumpfuck trash don’t understand about America: Most people’s lives have gotten better and better since the time of the Revolution.

        In 1776 America, if you were not a landed nobleman, you were essentially a serf. Those were not the good old days. Average life expectancy was 34, and those were 34 painful, shitty years for most. Try pursuing happiness wearing the same clothes until they fell off, with no teeth, untreated boils and unhealed broken bones, knowing the next case of the runs will probably kill you. Rally ’round the flag, boys!

        The good old days were made of social security, Medicare and Medicaid, federally protected civil rights, OSHA, free public education — needless and oppressive guvmint regulations and taxes. And the people who don’t want you to know that are the same ones who didn’t want you thinkin’ you had any right to property in the first place.

        • unionthuggery

          Preaching to the choir here. The biggest problem with ignorant tea party types is that they are too stupid to recognize class warfare for what it is, and are all too eager to fight for the side that’s holding them down.

        • Strepsi

          interesting take, thanks BearLeft 🐻

        • Don Gwinn

          Yup. And the good old jobs in the good old days were good mostly because of safety rules, pay and benefits that employers literally fought against with machine guns. They were union jobs.

  • hanadora444

    I notice that the advertising blitz telling us that Gorsuch is the swellest judge ever and should be approved immediately has started up again, at least in my area. Lots more of that dark money in play.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    Doesn’t the phrase “nom Neil Gorsuch” require the disclaimer “with votes”? Plus, all that corporate favoritism just ruins the meat anyway.

  • afelinefan

    Another soulless Republican monster. Great.

    • AKRNC

      In order to be Republican in this day and age, being soulless is mandatory. Look at the GOP, denying passage to a healthcare bill because it didn’t hurt enough people. They wanted to insure that they had even less coverage while paying more for their insurance.

      • davidhollenshead

        Yes, they want to remove the protections for those of us with a pre-existing condition, because I was so irresponsible for being thrown thru a car door, thanks to a member of the 1%’s habitual drunk driving / attempted hit and run.

        • Maybe

          You should be more sympathetic to the 1%. They suffer terribly from affluenza. And it is a pre-existing condition for those unfortunate people born filthy rich.

    • Maybe

      I’m not sure they actually sell their souls. They may just rent them out to the highest bidder.

  • Maybe

    If “showing up” to work is a condition of employment then the entire House should be fired.

    • davidhollenshead

      Except that it’s better, for us, if half of them don’t show up.

      • Maybe

        So true.

        It used to bother me when Obama was President that the House Repubs stopped anything from getting done. Now, unfortunately, that’s the good news.

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