During the past two weeks, both political parties made their case for why African Americans should stand with them in November. The difference is that Democrats can’t win without the Black vote. Republicans just pretend as though they care.Regardless of how much Donald Trump claims to have done for African Americans, he isn’t going to get a substantial share of the Black vote in November. He garnered only about 8% in 2016, and it’s unlikely he will get much more this time.Trump’s racist tweets and divisive rhetoric aren’t the only reasons African Americans won’t vote for him. Blacks have a lon...
In a Twitter post this Monday, prominent evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made a plea for help to find witnesses to an incident where a "psycho" cyclist allegedly damaged his Tesla in an unprovoked attack.
"Witnesses?" Dawkins wrote. "Cowley Rd, Nov 29 c 1.50 pm? Crazed cyclist launched unprovoked attack on blue Tesla 3 heading SE. Smashed back window with D-lock. Then pursued us, fell off his bike in his fury, then tried to smash driver’s side front window. Witnesses pls phone Oxford police."
According to the Oxford Mail, police confirmed they were investigating the incident.
In a subsequent tweet, Dawkins shared a picture showing what he says is the damage to his car.
Here\u2019s a photo of the damage done by the psycho smashing the window with repeated blows from his D-lock.pic.twitter.com/a6asqROjvT— Richard Dawkins (@Richard Dawkins) 1638217358
“In current climate-change crisis, I’m bewildered by hostility to Tesla: electric vehicle pioneer," Dawkins wrote.
'Things are all on fire over there': QAnon cultists tear each other apart over Lin Wood and Mike Flynn feud
Some of Donald Trump's extremist allies are tearing each other apart in a MAGA civil war that's spreading throughout the QAnon conspiracy world.
Right-wing attorney Lin Wood has turned on fellow attorney Sidney Powell and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne, and set them against one another by releasing a recording of Byrne trashing Powell, and he released a recording of Michael Flynn disavowing QAnon as a CIA-backed plot, reported The Daily Beast.
“There has been a good amount of infighting and backstabbing recently, stuff that amounts to very high-school-style drama,” said Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer on the "Fever Dreams" podcasts he co-hosts.
“QAnon’s been very good to Michael Flynn,” Sommer added. “Some of them believe he’s Q… I mean this is a guy who is thick as thieves with QAnon. But privately, [he calls it] a ‘CIA operation. It’s nonsense.’ So this is a pretty big break from what he does publicly.”
Conspiracists are choosing sides between Wood and Flynn and sniping at one another on Telegram and other right-wing social media platforms.
“This has basically started a big civil war," Sommer said, "including, I should say, the JFK Jr. people in Dallas. So they’ve all sided with Lin. Michael Flynn, obviously, has his own adherents — but this has really, like, started a lot of drama."
“They’re calling it a civil war but maybe it’s more like a prison riot," Sommer added. "This has also set off a lot of people who have beefs with people on the other side, but that are totally unrelated to this. But now they’re seeing this as their opportunity to settle scores with their rivals… things are all on fire over there.”
As the Supreme Court hears an important reproductive rights case, legal experts lined up to criticize some of the questions and arguments in the right's efforts to end medical abortions in the United States.
Among the arguments facing criticism were that women are doing well enough and that they can simply offer children up for adoption, as an alternative to abortion.
Adoptions would require women the undue burden to pay $30,000 for an uncomplicated vaginal birth to $50,000 for a C-section, the possibility of death and health dangers, medical leave, and whatever costs incurred from being forced to carry and deliver the child.
The lawyers and legal scholars believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned.
See the comments below:
The \u201ccontraception\u201d is accessible arg ignores women who get pregnant with contraception or mistakes or the fact that abortion foes have fought contraception. #DobbsvJackson— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley) 1638377666
He's been waiting a long time for this case ...https://twitter.com/joelockhart/status/1466083542144794627\u00a0\u2026— Shanlon Wu (@Shanlon Wu) 1638378262
I used to believe that the Supreme Court would simply defang Roe rather than overturning it, saying that various intrusions on abortion access don't constitute undue burdens. \n\nI no longer believe this to be true. There are 5 votes to overturn Roe v. Wade.— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@Miranda Yaver, PhD) 1638378044
This seems to be where things are at: A GOP effort to find some way to bring Roberts on board to make this radical decision look less unreasonable.https://twitter.com/ameliatd/status/1466090176548155394\u00a0\u2026— emptywheel (@emptywheel) 1638378257
OMFG HEARING A WHITE GUY ARGUING THAT SAFE HAVEN LAWS TAKE AWAY THE BURDEN OF PREGNANCY I CANNOT FUCK ALL OF THIS— KSV (@KSV) 1638377577
Like countless Americans, listened to oral argument before SCOTUS this morning with horror and disgust.\n\nKey takeaway is that Biden should be swinging for the fences when it comes to judicial nominations. For each and every seat AND especially for SCOTUS.— Leslie Proll (@Leslie Proll) 1638377707
Prelogar rightly says MS is asking SCOTUS to \u201cignore weighty interests of women!\u201d #DobbsvJackson— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley) 1638377176
It\u2019s always so frustrating to hear justices whose jurisprudence has eroded the promise of Brown, cite Brown repeatedly & cynically to justify overturning precedents that (like Brown) strengthened constitutional protections for disfavored groups.— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill) 1638377010
Roberts keeps saying on \u201creliance\u201d on abortion is that 15 weeks doesn\u2019t bar access. Prelogar rightly goes to the reliance on liberty interest on viability. He goes back to no \u201ctotal probibition.\u201d #DobbsvJackson— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley) 1638377064
Justices who gutted the Voting Rights Act invoking Plessy-Brown is a bit much.— Greg Lipper (@Greg Lipper) 1638376689
Equating human freedom and black subjugation is Orwellian.https://twitter.com/hegemommy/status/1466080021034930182\u00a0\u2026— Norm Eisen (@Norm Eisen) 1638376393
I thought the Court was afraid of looking partisan & would want to make it seem as if overruling Roe struck the justices as a hard question. I thought that would mean Roe would be gone in 2023 or 2024 rather than this year.\nI now think I was wrong.— Mary Ziegler (@Mary Ziegler) 1638376598
Is this not unduly burdensome?: Women in 27 cities w 50k ppl have to travel 100 miles for an abortion. Women face 14x the risk to health of being forced to carry to term vs abortions which are very safe. We have 38% fewer providers & 6 states have 1 clinic only. #DobbsvJackson— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley) 1638376245
Justice Thomas ready to overrule the entire line of cases that [checks notes] made his own marriage legal.— KSV (@KSV) 1638375252
This is the angriest I\u2019ve ever heard Stephen Breyer.— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@Miranda Yaver, PhD) 1638376570
Somewhere Susan Collins is being disappointed in him.— Jonathan Selbin (@Jonathan Selbin) 1638375911
37. Miss SG then goes to Kavanaugh saying Ct should be \u201cscrupulously neutral\u201d and Ct should stay out. Again, exactly the right move given what Ct has signaled in the oral argument here.— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal) 1638377644
If the Court leaves Roe on the books, then there is a basic right to abortion under the 14th Amendment, SECTION 1.\nThen Congress can pass a "congruent & proportional" statute to protect that right under the 14th A. SECTION 5.\nBut if the Court overturns Roe/Casey, no 14th Sec. 5.— Jed Shugerman (@Jed Shugerman) 1638377585
Again, this IS neutrality for Kavanaugh: That privilege for people like him is "neutral."https://twitter.com/elizabeth_joh/status/1466080043151462402\u00a0\u2026— emptywheel (@emptywheel) 1638377499
Kavanaugh keeps trying out arguments against Roe/Casey: \nIf Constitution is unclear, why not judicial restraint, defer to states... defer to Congress.\nRemember that: "Defer to Congress." The only recourse is a reproductive rights statute. \nBut that's why Roe is key...— Jed Shugerman (@Jed Shugerman) 1638377452
Kavanaugh - this issue is hard because you can\u2019t accommodate interest of woman and fetus. What does the Constitution say about that? Why not leave it to legislation? Prelogar - SCOTUS recognized fundamental right of women so don\u2019t leave that to States. #DobbsvJackson— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley) 1638377384
Gorsuch asks if there is any alternative line other than viability.\nSG Prelogar gives a good answer: Viability is workable, has been workable for decades, and it's the only workable line.— Jed Shugerman (@Jed Shugerman) 1638377301