The Supreme Salient: Decades Of Static Ideological Lines On The Court Could Vaporize With A Kennedy Replacement

JONATHAN TURLEY

Below is my column in the Hill Newspaper on the implications of a rumored retirement by Justice Anthony Kennedy.  If nothing else, it allowed me to discuss the anniversary of the Ypres Salient explosion in World War I — the mining of the German line with massive bombs.  While we often discuss how a nominee could change the Court on issues like Roe v. Wade, the replacement of either Kennedy or Ruth Bader Ginsburg would potentially collapse the long static lines on the Court.  Like trench warfare, the 4-4 split on the Court has moved little in areas like abortion. It could now evaporate in the flash of a confirmation (assuming that Chief Justice John Roberts does not step into the role of swing vote on the Court).

Here is the column:

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Wasserman Schultz Says That Obama Cashing In On Wall Street Speeches Is No One’s Business

JONATHAN TURLEY

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee until last summer, said Tuesday that critics of Barack Obama's six-figure speeches should 'MYOB'

For many voters, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee , is the embodiment of much that is wrong with the Democratic establishment.  She was accused of working to rig the primaries for Hillary Clinton and repeatedly lying to the public.  Given that history, one would think that Wasserman Schultz would avoid any questions that remotely deal with ethics or honesty or influence peddling. However, that is not how Washington works.  Wasserman Schultz’s supporters enthusiastically re-elected her and most folks in Washington view voters as having the attention span of a Golden Retriever.  Thus, Wasserman Schultz was trotted out on CNN to assure the public that President Obama receiving obscene amounts of money from Wall Street interests is none of their business.

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Sexual Orientation is Developed in the Womb

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It all begins here.Despite societal discrimination and religious persecution, homosexuality and bi-sexuality, like heterosexuality, are inborn traits that cannot be changed and are not a choice.  Attempted suppression does not work. It always pushes through.  Human sexuality is very complex.  It is not simply one moment or one single dividing cell, that affects one’s sexuality but a series of changes and combinations of androgens released prenatally at specific times (or not) which establish a person’s sexual orientation.

Many years ago it was believed by some that sexual orientation could be changed or molded based on training and conditioning a child to identify as a male or female, and that they would then be attracted to the opposite gender.  However, this has been proven to be false.

Brian S. Mustanski, reports on a case study in, A Critical Review Of Recent Biological Research On Human Sexual Orientation. In 36 boys surgically made into girls…

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Texas Teacher Fired Due To Prior Work In Adult Films

I find this troubling in the extreme. Generally speaking, people should not be penalized for their past career choices.

JONATHAN TURLEY

lady-jag-logoThere is an appeal filed in Dallas by a teacher, Resa Woodward, 38, who was fired because of her prior work in the adult film industry almost two decades ago.  We have previously discussed such cases, which I find troubling because these are people who worked in a lawful industry.  It is even more concerning when, as here, the individual claims that she was forced into the industry as a form of “sex slavery.”

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Stop Punishing the Poor for Being Poor.

Every year, as soon as I have all my W2s, I file my taxes, usually right around the end of January. I do them online using TurboTax and sign up for direct deposit so I can get my refund sooner rather than later. I like to get my taxes done and out of the way as soon as possible. So I did them two days ago, 1 February. Usually I would get my refund in about a week or under, but not this year. This year my refund won’t be released until the end of February because of a law signed by Obama to screw over poor people by making us go through extra hurdles.

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Over a year ago, Barry Obama signed the PATH Act, which slows down Earned Income Tax Credit refunds. This negatively impacts millions of people who rely on getting their tax refunds early so they can pay down debt, pay their bills and rent, and buy necessities. Now we have to wait weeks more, potentially causing many of us to lose our homes because we can’t pay our rent on time. That’s the situation I’m in right now.

Stop punishing poor people for being poor.

College President Fired For Allowing Homeless Student To Sleep In Library On Record Cold Night

JONATHAN TURLEY

unknownBrian Carroll, campus president at Vatterott College in Kansas City had a human decision to make.  A student of the school was homeless and had no where to sleep on a night with freezing temperature.  Carroll decided to let the young man who is also schizophrenic sleep the night at the library.  For that, Vatterott (one of our growing number of for-profit schools) fired him, according to Carroll.  The young man did not steal anything or damage anything. Vatterott reportedly fired the president for allowing him to come in from the cold.

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Clinton Aide: Hillary Lost Because Women Suffer From “Internalized Misogyny”

Oh for the love of…Who won’t Clintonites blame for last week? This is getting truly ridiculous.

JONATHAN TURLEY

220px-annie_kenney_and_christabel_pankhurst-1We recently discussed how, within minutes of the loss on election night, Clinton aides began to spin the loss and entirely the fault of FBI Director James Comey — a spin picked up by Clinton herself the next day. Many of us have questioned that spin in light of Clinton’s long-standing low polls on truthfulness and her ranking as (with Trump) the most unpopular nominee of a major party for the presidency. Now, former Clinton campaign communications director Jess McIntosh has come up with a new culprit. Of course, it is not the Democratic establishment that engineered the nomination despite ample warning signs in the polls. It was not the campaign that preferred spin to honesty at every turn. And it was not the candidate herself. No, it was the self-loathing and inherent sexism of women.

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Clinton: It Wasn’t Me, It Was Comey

JONATHAN TURLEY

hillary_clinton_elizabeth_warren_manchester_nh_october_2016Jcomey-100As I discussed over the weekend, the Democratic leadership appears to be spinning its snatching of defeat from the jaws of victory this electoral season.  Various Democratic leaders have been blaming the results not on their engineering Hillary Clinton’s victory over Bernie Sanders but FBI director James Comey. Now Clinton herself is advancing that same spin despite every objective measure to the contrary. It is precisely why Clinton was never able to seriously improve the overwhelming view of being less than honest. Her campaign would continually spin events and scandals rather than deal directly with obvious problems. In the meantime, Clinton’s controversial friend and close advisor Sidney Blumenthal is raising yet another vast conservative conspiracy theory — that it was not the candidate but a cabal of secret agents directed by Rudy Giuliani that caused the defeat.

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Told You So.

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Well, Dems, don’t say you weren’t warned well in advance that this was going to happen. You had your chance to nominate a candidate, Bernie Sanders, who would have beaten this clown in a landslide. But no, you broke your own party’s rules to interfere in the primaries, and used the same dirty electoral fraud tactics used by the Bush-Cheney campaign in two consecutive presidential elections, all in order to run the ONE candidate you KNEW could lose to whichever troglodyte the GOPhers ultimately nominated, because you’d rather have lost with another Republican-wannabe than let a liberal head the ticket. Your candidate and your party leadership got caught doing things that are, at BEST, highly unethical, and in many cases outright CRIMINAL, but still you plodded along, ignoring the very real problems this created for you in the eyes of the public. You childishly kept pointing the finger of blame at Russia whenever a new scandal arose, accusing everyone who dared criticize you of being an agent of the Kremlin. This included even people you had, months earlier, praised because they’d abused the power of their office to let your candidate off the hook for crimes anyone else would have been prosecuted for. You alienated, ignored, and bullied your own party’s dwindling base, cynically, hubristically, STUPIDLY thinking you could win by pandering to the GOP base while assuming your own would shut up and follow you no matter what. You ditched the fifty-state strategy Howard Dean implemented that won you Congress and the White House in 2006 and 2008, hoarding all your party’s resources for Clinton and leaving the down-ticket candidates to fend for themselves, because the Clintons couldn’t care less about the party as a whole, only themselves and their own electoral prospects.

And the bitch of the whole mess is, everyone saw this coming but you. Hell, even Michael Moore, who has this weird blind spot when it comes to Clinton, saw this coming. He predicted it. He stated quite clearly the reasons why: That Americans are fed up with policies that favor only the super-rich, that Democrats are rightly seen as contributing to and propping up those policies, and that the candidate you rammed down all our throats wasn’t popular with the electorate.

So don’t you dare blame this on Green Party candidates or millennials. They are not the ones who fucked us all over. You are. YOU did this, Democrats. You damn well better own it. Stop trying to fob off responsibility for YOUR misdeeds on everyone else. No one forced you to rig the primaries to favor a right-wing extremist politician best described as Dick Cheney in a pantsuit. Americans have longer political memories than you think. We were just as fed up with neoconservative policies this year as we were in 2006 and 2008, and instead of opposing those policies, you embraced them wholeheartedly. Harry Truman famously quipped, “Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will choose the real Republican every time.” How many decades has it been since he said those words, and you STILL haven’t gotten the fucking hint?

Well, if there are any good things to come out of this electoral farce, it’s these: 1. With any luck, this year marks the end of both the Democrat and Republican Parties. The left will need to spend the next four years turning the Greens or some other organization into a real political force capable of smashing barriers and winning elections. But no one wants the two establishment parties anymore. 2. The anti-war, anti-Wall Street movement, which largely disappeared and went silent under Obama and the Democrats, may crawl back out from under whatever rock it’s been hiding under, and make itself heard once again. Of course, having proven that they only oppose wars and Wall Street when GOPhers are in charge, and are perfectly fine with them when Democrats run the show, they’re going to have a real credibility problem. Those of us who never tossed our principles out the window will have to take charge and shape the movement into something of real integrity and influence.

As always, it’s up to the left to clean up the mess created by you posers. Pray it’s not too late, because right now, it’s looking pretty bad for humanity.

Light in the Dark

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I am heart sick tonight.

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Not because of the election.

Not because there’s a rumor that Drake and T. Swift are dating.

But because of a piece of news I heard just the other night.

Over the weekend, at my cousin’s university, there was a tragedy. His roommate: a kind, loving, and incredibly smart young man, passed away after being the victim of a hate crime.

For being Muslim.

He was jumped and ended up in a coma. He passed a day later.

How truly tragic.

I did not know this young man, but my cousin was his best friend and roommate. And it just pains my heart to think that someone could act out in hate towards another person like that.


There’s a lot of rhetoric going around lately about immigrants and muslims and walls and whatnot. It’s nauseatingly pervasive.

And to be quite honest, I don’t exactly know 

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