TheÂ American Family Association has issued a call claiming two liberal Supreme Court justices should recuse themselves from ruling on the same-sex marriage cases the Court just accepted Friday.
“Kagan and Ginsburg: Recuse Yourselves!” reads the press release. “Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should recuse themselves from making any same-sex marriage decisions because they have both conducted same-sex marriage ceremonies,” it adds.
Other Supreme Court justices have officiated at different-sex weddings, so its unclear why officiating at a legal same-sex wedding should make any difference.
â€œCongress has directed that federal judicial officers must disqualify themselves from hearing cases in specified circumstances,” Wildmon writes in the release. “Both Kagan and Ginsburg have not only been partial to same-sex marriage but they have also proven themselves to be activists in favor of it. In order to ensure the Courtâ€™s integrity and impartiality, both should recuse themselves from same-sex marriage cases. Congress has an obligation to Americans to see that members of the Supreme Court are held to the highest standards of integrity. The law demands it, and the people deserve it.”
The only problem with Wildmon’s statement is it’s inaccurate. Supreme Court justices are not bound by any rule or law to recuse themselves, although many have at different times, including Justice Kagan, out of a sense of propriety and duty.
But Wildmon also insists that “concerned Americans write a letter to their members of Congress urging them to call on Justices Kagan and Ginsburg to recuse themselves from any same-sex marriage cases, as their previous actions in performing same-sex ceremonies raise more than a reasonable doubt regarding their impartiality on this issue.”
Of course, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, at the very least, have made quite clear how they will rule on same-sex marriage, so by Wildmon’s reasoning, as flawed as it is, they should recuse themselves as well.
Calling it a “desperate attempt,” Jeremy Hooper at Good As You notes that Justices Ginsburg and Kagan “don’t have some sort of unfairly obtained knowledge, financial investment, close relatives involved in the cases, or other conflicting interest. The judges are Americans who have every right to participate in society. They are perfectly free to have opinions about existing law. And of course they are just as allowed to enjoy and engage in lawful activities as any other American.”
Via Twitter, Hooper and others offered these comments:
If the American Family Ass. is unsuccessful at getting Kagan & Ginsburg to recuse,I hear Plan B is to pull the fire alarm during the hearing
â€” Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) January 19, 2015
To be clear, the claim that they should recuse themselves is absurd and will go nowhere and a political move, not a legal one.
â€” Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) January 19, 2015
@chrisgeidner Scalia has openly disapproved of Gay marriage and has clearly prejudged the matter. Should he recuse himself?
â€” Gordon G. Forbes (@ggforbes) January 19, 2015
Apparently AFA doesn’t see difference between finding a right to same-sex marriage and officiating a legal ceremony http://t.co/kWVWTdyXxt
â€” Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) January 19, 2015
â€” Clint Martin (@clint015) January 16, 2015
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Neo-Nazi Shared Plot With Followers to Use Snipers to Bring America ‘To Its Knees’: Report
A former Marine who encouraged fellow neo-Nazi’s to move to Maine and make a “white future” for themselves by creating a white ethnostate, also shared a video with his followers with a proposal to use snipers to bring America “to its knees,” Vice News is reporting.
According to the Vice report, the plan by Chris Pohlhaus, 34, involved shooters targeting the nation’s truck drivers in the hope that it would create economic chaos.
According to Vice’s Ben Makuch, the ex-military man sat before a Confederate flag in his video and detailed his plan.
Writing that Pohlhaus described his proposal as one that could “easily disrupt the United States’ supply chain,” Makuch quoted the self-proclaimed Neo-Nazi telling his fans, “It’s easy to stop trucks. You don’t need anybody; you barely need anyone. Twenty five dudes. Twenty five dudes trained with a (rifle),” before adding, “Each one of those guys shoots and moves and hides, shoots two truckers a day. That’s 50 truckers (shot) every day.”
According to the report, “Pohlhaus denied telling followers to shoot truckers and said the full context of the video was discussing historical hypotheticals involving whether or not epic figures like Ghengis Khan or Alexander the Great could conquer the modern world. He said the trucker analogy was meant to show that it’s easy to attack a society he considers on the brink of demise.”
In a text message to Vice, Pohlhaus wrote, “This system is incredibly fragile and what I did was show a way 25 men could bring it completely to its knees. And I am right, as always. They could,” before warning, “It is only a matter of time before something happens and this fragile little world falls apart. You need to come to terms with this reality and prepare for the absolute hell that is coming for us.”
You can read more here.
Image: Chris Pohlhuas/Twitter
‘Insidious and Evil’: Fox News Host Goes Off on Crazed Rant Attacking Biden Child Tax Credit ‘Hike’
Fox News Business anchor Charles Payne made a staggeringly false series of statements attacking the Biden child tax credit expansion, which goes into effect July 15. Parents could see up to $600 more monthly, with the federal government effectively paying forward the credit so families don’t have to wait until they file their annual income tax returns to get the funds up to a year later.
Not according to Payne, who somehow managed to link the child tax credit to critical race theory, falsely claimed it is only for parents who are “not working,” suggested it will breed a cycle of poverty for generations while “young ladies” to have more children so they can “make” more money, rather than develop their “God-given gifts.”
Literally not one word of that is true.
“Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy introduced the segment, and appeared to be in support of the program. Payne quickly turned the conversation on its head, politicizing what most American families will welcome as extra money to help with child care, or food, rent, health care, or maybe even starting a business.
“This aims to pay people extra money for not working,” Payne said, which is false. Fox News’ sister outlet, the New York Post reports the expanded child tax credit “is available for couples who earn $150,000 or less a year, heads of households who earn $112,500 or less and individuals who earn $75,000 or less.”
Payne immediately likened giving those parents – 36 million families – to what can only be described as the racist “welfare queen” rhetoric of Ronald Reagan. The chyron called it a “tax credit hike,” which could easily be misconstrued by those not paying complete attention as a “tax hike.”
“And this is where it becomes very dangerous,” Payne alleged. “It doesn’t replace anything. If you’re on Medicaid, if you’re on SNAP, if you’re on WIC, if you’re a food stamps, if you get Section 8 housing, it doesn’t impact any of that. You don’t have to work, you don’t have to try to work. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to get young women, you know, young ladies who are going to be sitting around maybe saying, ‘I’m not sure what my economic opportunities are,'” he claimed, which is false and sexist, given that the payments are to parents, not just “young ladies.”
Payne went on to say the child tax credit “becomes a very attractive alternative to try to make it in a society and you guys have known these stories all morning long with CRT,” he said, somehow linking it to child race theory, because that’s the stated the goal on the right, to link critical race theory to anything conservatives don’t like.
“But if I go down this path, every time I have another child, I get more money, every single time,” he complained. Republicans for years have been falsely claiming that they are “pro-family,” yet don’t enact policies that support families.
“Now of course this is what breaks my heart because I saw it I saw the Great Welfare Society, firsthand, I lived in the midst of it,” Payne said, calling it “a heartbreaking, insidious and evil thing.”
There is no such thing as the “Great Welfare Society.”
The Great Society was a set of programs under President Lyndon Johnson that expanded on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal.”
Payne falsely claimed “the people that you argue that you’re helping, you’d never give them an alternative to say, ‘Hey, I was born with some God-given gifts. I want to dig in, I want to find what they are. I want to cultivate them. I want to I want to nurture them.’ Now you’d never do that.”
Except that’s exactly what the child tax credit program does, helps parents focus on working and focus on their families.
Fox host ramblingly connects child tax credits to what he calls “critical race theory,” whining that people make money for every kid they have so they won’t cultivate their talents into success. Just a bunch of verbose, confused, unhinged nonsense. pic.twitter.com/D9cjvpDiqr
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) June 22, 2021
Thanks to Media Matters’ Bobby Lewis for the video.
Trump Tried to Sic Dept. of Justice Attorneys on SNL Because They Ridiculed Him: Report
According to a report from the Daily Beast, Donald Trump pressed aides to get government lawyers to go after late-night TV shows like Saturday Night Live for the way that they were treating him.
Trump, whose blustery style was recreated by actor Alec Baldwin, was reportedly obsessed with how he was mocked by late-night comics and reportedly asked administration officials to bring legal pressure to bear to stop it — only to be told there was no legal mechanism available.
According to the report, in 2019, Trump tweeted, “It’s truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ‘the other side. Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows. Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?”
That tweet was not just the president ranting to his base — he was serious.
“It was, on its face, a ridiculous question and threat, as SNL is obviously satire, and therefore a form of protected speech in America that pissed-off commanders-in-chief have no authority to directly subvert. However, then-President Trump went farther than simply tweeting his displeasure with the late-night comedians and SNLwriters’ room,” the report states. “The internal discussions that followed, between the former leader of the free world and some of his political and legal advisers, once again underscored just how much Trump wanted to use the full weight and power of the U.S. government to punish his personal enemies.”
According to the report, those on the receiving end of Trump’s complaints considered the problem trivial and not worth the time to investigate it, with one insider claiming, “It was more annoying than alarming, to be honest with you.”
“According to two people familiar with the matter, Trump had asked advisers and lawyers in early 2019 about what the Federal Communications Commission, the courts systems, and—most confusingly to some Trump lieutenants—the Department of Justice could do to probe or mitigate SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and other late-night comedy mischief-makers,” the Beast reported.
“In early 2019, Trump had to be repeatedly advised that the ‘equal-time’ rules to which he appeared to refer wouldn’t even apply in this situation, given that late-night shows and NBC sketch comedy are clearly staged satire, and thus not bound by the same requirements of other forms of broadcast TV and radio,” the report continues. “The other source, who has a law degree, said that when they briefly discussed this with Trump more than two years ago, they made a point of saying that the Justice Department, in particular, doesn’t handle these matters, anyway.”
That advice reportedly infuriated the ex-president who replied, “Can something else be done about it?” only to be mollified by an aide responding “with some version of ‘I’ll look into it.’ (This person says that to this day, they have not, in fact, ‘looked into it.’)”
You can read more here.
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