Vox Populi, our weekly live chat about the week’s events begins tonight at 7pm PDT. Hope to see you then! AdLib 3 hours ago

I’m here, but may not be ABLE TO contribute much. Am OK, just sailing race duties. pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

Hey PPO! Got it! AdLib 2 hours ago

Hey TW! AdLib 2 hours ago

Hey Ad twilson117 2 hours ago

Is ppo still with us twilson117 2 hours ago

Kind of an eventful week. AdLib 2 hours ago

Yes it has been and it’s not over yet twilson117 2 hours ago

PPO is out at a sailing clinic so his wifi is spotty. AdLib 2 hours ago

Ah the life twilson117 2 hours ago

The dam has now officially broken. The Repubs are full speed ahead in turning the US into a theocracy. AdLib 2 hours ago

Hey PPO twilson117 2 hours ago

Hey PPO! You’re back! AdLib 2 hours ago

Ad yes I agree twilson117 2 hours ago

Hi1 . TW pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

They are going full blast on doing what they have always wanted to do twilson117 2 hours ago

I kind of feel like this Nov is the last shortcut we have to getting back to a democracy. We have to hold onto the House and win 2 net seats in the Senate who will end the filibuster (at least for constitutional rights issues) and pass laws to allow choice, voting rights and adding seats and reforming the SCOTUS. AdLib 2 hours ago

Otherwise, I see terrible and oppressive times ahead for a very long time. AdLib 2 hours ago

Sadly I agree. twilson117 2 hours ago

I don’t see another way and if this doesn’t happens, I think there is a real prospect of anarchy across the country in 2024/2025 when Repubs steal the presidency. AdLib 2 hours ago

I have been trying to get to the leaked SC decision, but other things have been getting in the way twilson117 2 hours ago

We are in a de facto civil war when some states band together declaring women are their property and other states say they are free. AdLib 2 hours ago

Yes, it is becoming very concerning. twilson117 2 hours ago

I still haven’t read the full leaked decision but I’ve seen plenty of analysis on Alito basing his ruling on a 17th Century Judge who put women to death for being witches and declared that women who are raped by their husbands have nothing to complain about. AdLib 2 hours ago

I’ve been trying to scope it out mentally. twilson117 2 hours ago

Yes, everyone over at MSNBC have been running with that. But, I think we need to dig deeper and when we do what we will find will scare the crap out of us. twilson117 2 hours ago

What Alito declared is that stare decisis and legal precedent is dead. And that the only precedent is very old precedents of the original Constitution and what they included. SO since those elite men didn’t mention a single right for women, they have none as precedent. AdLib 2 hours ago

To borrow a phrase from a very famous person, “forgive them father, for they know not what they do.” twilson117 2 hours ago

Also, Alito declared that there is no right to privacy so government can make any laws it wants to infringe on our privacy and deny any rights, unless specifically prevented such as the 4th Amendment. This is madness and dictatorship. AdLib 2 hours ago

When you lose the courts you lose your democracy, with what Alito wrote was the death knoll of the court and the dagger in the heart of democracy. twilson117 2 hours ago

Man I wish CL was here I would love the hear her take. twilson117 2 hours ago

One comment the fascists use, as Alito did, saying that making it democratic is the only fair thing is saying that a majority in one state or city can “democratically” deny rights to any group of people. Rights are not an entitlement, they are only based on majority votes as to who gets them. More insanity. AdLib 2 hours ago

How is CL doing? twilson117 2 hours ago

Hey Glenn twilson117 2 hours ago

I just reached out to her today and haven’t heard back, will let you know when I know. AdLib 2 hours ago

Okk twilson117 2 hours ago

Hi glenn! Hope you’re using the voice recognition again, it worked very well last time. AdLib 2 hours ago

I think Dems need to march forward with a coordinated campaign against these theocrats. They are pro-rape and pro-pedophile, I don’t think Dems should be shy about saying so. AdLib 2 hours ago

Repubs have been in the news a lot lately for pedophilia, one Repub who is in jail for murdering his wife just won his primary! AdLib an hour ago

Schummer is going to pass a bill that will not get enough votes but will serve as notice where Repubs are along with Manchin and my guess the lady from AZ twilson117 an hour ago

Hi TW, Hi Ad–using my computer tonight, but if my fingeers mess up too much, I’ll go backto the voice recognition on my Kindle. glenn an hour ago

Glenn what ever works for you. twilson117 an hour ago

Glenn what are your thoughts on this weeks happenings? twilson117 an hour ago

Ad any chance Murph will be on? twilson117 an hour ago

TW – Yes, the vote is necessary to put it on record as to who is standing up for women and who is fine with letting them become owned by their states but more needs to be done. Dems are historically pretty bad about pulling together a focused and hard hitting national campaign. But we need that now. Dems should promote Nov as the last chance to save democracy in our lifetime and voting Dem is voting for Roe, voting rights and fixing the courts from being religious dictators. AdLib an hour ago

glenn – Sounds good! AdLib an hour ago

TW – You never know with Murph, sometimes he’s early, sometimes he comes later. We’ll see. AdLib an hour ago

Ad== I agree. Dems need to start speaking out forcefully! Seems to me that only a few have spoken out. We need a coordinated condemnation like repubs do. Of course, we need the media to cover those Dem voices,instead of the glenn an hour ago

…instead of the stupid treasonous, lying bully’s stupid cult meetings. glenn an hour ago

Did you see that Thomas had the gall to make a speech today claiming that people are hurting the country by not accepting decisions from the court? This coming from a man who supports his wife trying to overthrow the presidential election??? AdLib an hour ago

I didn’t see that, but are you surprised? twilson117 an hour ago

Ad, you know Thomas’s statement makes no sense. It was the people who worked to strike down the Dredd Scott SC decision. So what the F*** is he talking about? twilson117 an hour ago

And for pete’s sake, can someone tell me why repubs are so upset about the leak? Why aren’t they shouting from the rooftops about their victory? What difference does it make if we find out about the decision now or in July? glenn an hour ago

glenn – I completely agree. Gilibrand made an effective speech, other Dems have too but there doesn’t seem to be a coordination, just the weak calculating of people like Schumer that Dems’ chances in Nov have gotten better so let’s all just be happy with that and not voice the outrage most of America is feeling. We don’t want to see political calculations now, we want our politicians like Warren who came out swinging too, to be fierce in defending our rights from being stolen by a religious extremist minority. AdLib an hour ago

Ad Okay for the moment, given the backlash the court is getting on the leaked decision, what do you think the odds are it will get modified? twilson117 an hour ago

glenn – It is astounding that TFG’s “rallies” are still covered by the MSM instead of shunned! But I am amused at how both MAGAs and Dems can’t stand Dr. Oz, Trump’s pick for PA Senate. I think he loses big there. And hoping Tim Ryan kicks butt in OH. AdLib an hour ago

Ad–exactly? Where is the outrage? Dems’ outrage should be at least equal to repubs’ outrage about the leak. glenn an hour ago

Ad how is that quack running he doesn’t even live in PA. twilson117 an hour ago

TW – IMO, Thomas is not a bright man, just an ideologue with little that passes for reason going on in his head. This Alito decision states the same basis for ending women’s rights to their bodies as Dredd Scott, that is, that rights not specifically detailed in the Constitution don’t exist. We have over a century of laws that say that’s just plain wrong and unconstitutional. AdLib an hour ago

The SC has problems. twilson117 an hour ago

glenn – My take is that Repubs always exaggerate any cause to claim they’ve been victimized, especially when they want to distract from something really bad politically for them as this decision is. It’s another manufactured distraction from the real awfulness and a way to whip up the morons that follow them and are constantly howling about what victims they are. AdLib an hour ago

TW–That’s a good question. I know you asked it to Ad, but I’m going to chime in with my 2 cents’ worth, and say “no”. I think the rightwingers who voted to overturn are doing exactly what they were put on the court to do. And the backlash will just make them dig in their heels more. glenn an hour ago

TW – I think the decision will be very modified now but in a dishonest way, to backwards engineer the same conclusion but cherry pick other reasoning because using a witch-killing, wife-raping 18th century monster as justification isn’t working. AdLib an hour ago

glenn – I think this is the problem with having no youth in the Dem leadership, the reaction of these long term Dems is to regroup behind expectations that the public’s natural outrage is sufficient to go against this aggressive theocratic campaign for control of the country. No, we need to fight this war with generals, not marketing consultants. AdLib an hour ago

Ad–Agreed. They’ll just come up with what they think is better justification for the decision, but not change the decision. glenn an hour ago

TW – I don’t know what the PA rules are on residency but apparently, Oz has found whatever loophole needed to qualify. But I think he will lose badly, so many clips of him supporting Covid protections, women’s right to choose, voting in Turkey against being America First, he is so terribly flawed as a candidate. AdLib an hour ago