Goodbye Sally Brampton

Wanting to die (or ‘suicidal ideation’as the experts would have it) goes hand in hand with the illness. It is a symptom of severe depression, not a character failing or moral flaw. Nor is it, truly, a desire to die so much as a fervent wish not to go on living. All depressives understand that distinction.”

Get Over It, Miss Thing

A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.  Justice Antonin Scalia.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia tells Lesley Stahl that the 2000 Bush v. Gore decision wasn’t political and that folks need to get over it.

In his gay marriage dissent, Scalia laments that the majority decision gives the Supreme Court legislative super powers that subjugates the democratic system to the will of the nine justices:

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Scalia sings, “I feel pretty,” from Westside Story while in Chambers this morning.

“This is a naked judicial claim to legislative—indeed, super-legislative—power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government. Except as limited by a constitutional prohibition agreed to by the People, the States are free to adopt whatever laws they like, even those that offend the esteemed Justices’ “reasoned judgment.” A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy. ” Justice Antonin Scalia on the Courts decision about same-sex marriage.

We will have no subjugating the People to a committee of nine unelected lawyers unless it’s stealing an election eh, Tony?
Why this brazen partisan who doesn’t understand the function of the Supreme Court of the United States still sitting on the court?

My usual response to angry bigots is…

…Get over it, Miss Thing!

‘We Have to Do Better’: A Reading List on the Charleston Church Massacre

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Yesterday, Marc Lamont Hill tweeted, “I’m going to need all White people to denounce this ugly act of racist domestic terrorism.” This reading list is me denouncing the actions of a white supremacist terrorist, who visited a Wednesday night Bible study at one of the most important, sacred sites of Black religious and political freedom with the exclusive intention of killing attendees in cold blood. White people: we have to do better. We can’t deflect responsibility for this tragedy; we can’t blame this on mental illness (many of my friends and I deal with mental illness every day; none of us have murdered anyone). We have to demand accountability from one another and stand up for people of color—in the streets, in our Facebook feeds, in our offices and homes.

1. “Charleston Church Massacre: The Violence White America Must Answer For.” (Chauncey Devega, Salon, June 2015)

White Americans will not…

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