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The Supreme Court has taken up several cases that asks if it’s legal to fire someone because they are gay. This will be a big story when the Supreme Court delivers their ruling. :boom:

The cases Tuesday are the court’s first on LGBT rights since Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement and replacement by Justice Brett Kavanaugh. A decision is expected by early summer 2020, amid the presidential election campaign.

The issue is whether a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bars discrimination in employment because of sex covers LGBT people.

A ruling for employees who were fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity would have a big impact for the estimated 8.1 million LGBT workers across the country because most states don’t protect them from workplace discrimination. An estimated 11.3 million LGBT people live in the U.S., according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA law school.

Kennedy was a voice for gay rights and the author of the landmark ruling in 2015 that made same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States. Kavanaugh generally is regarded as more conservative.

The Trump administration has changed course from the Obama administration and now supports the employers in arguing that the civil rights law’s Title 7 does not prohibit discrimination because of sexual orientation or transgender status.


Must read!

(David Bythewood) #545

US wants to block tribes from protecting historical and cultural areas on public lands

(David Bythewood) #546

Trump accused of 26 new cases of ‘unwanted sexual contact’

Donald Trump Allegedly Hid Behind a Tapestry to Grope a Woman at Mar-a-Lago in the Early 2000s

At the New Year’s Eve party, [Karen] Johnson, wearing a black Versace dress, danced with her friends. Shortly after glittering balloons fell from the ceiling at the stroke of midnight, her husband said he wasn’t feeling well and the relative was ready to go. Johnson decided to make a quick trip to the restroom before they headed home. “I hadn’t seen [Trump] that whole entire night,” said Johnson, who was in her late thirties at the time. “I was just walking to the bathroom. I was grabbed and pulled behind a tapestry, and it was him. And I’m a tall girl and I had six-inch heels on, and I still remember looking up at him. And he’s strong, and he just kissed me,” she recounted to us. “I was so scared because of who he was… I don’t even know where it came from. I didn’t have a say in the matter.”

Johnson said Trump then grabbed her hand and said, “You have to help me greet these guests out,” explaining that Melania was upstairs. “So I stood next to him while he greeted some guests out the door,” Johnson said. She didn’t let on that anything was amiss because she didn’t want to create an awkward situation. “I was afraid to say what had happened,” she said. “I didn’t even know how it happened.”

Documentation and photographs corroborate Johnson’s general description of the evening. A friend also said Johnson told him about the encounter years before Trump ran for office.

In the days after the incident, Trump began pursuing Johnson. “He started calling me. I answered my phone and he said, ‘Do you know who this is?’ And I knew his voice. And I was wondering how he got my phone number,” she said. He called her regularly for the next week or two, she told us, offering to fly her up to New York to visit him. Johnson told Trump she couldn’t because she was taking care of her dying husband. “Don’t worry about it, he’ll never know you were gone,” she said Trump told her. “He said he’d have me back by six o’clock. This was like crazy. He was going to fly me to New York for the day to see him. I said, ‘No, no, no.’” But Trump persisted. When he was in Florida, he called and said he would send a car to bring her to Mar-a-Lago. “I kept saying, ‘No, no, no,’” she said. “I was scared. I didn’t know what to do.”

(David Bythewood) #547

I just… can’t find words for this. I can’t find words for how evil this is. All for money and power.

Also posted here:

A running tally of tweets and other sources showing the damage and bloodshed the Turkish invasion is causing, which is also prompting ISIS to seize its opportunity and attack on other fronts.

Two children among first deaths of Turkey’s offensive into Syria

Eight civilians have been killed in the first wave of Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish forces in Syria, according to a monitoring group.

Actually, President Trump, some Kurds did fight in World War II

This tweet has video. It is graphic. It is gruesome. It will not be the last such video to come out of Syria.


Highly visible and walking her talk…

After pledging to hold weekly demonstrations over climate change, Jane Fonda was arrested on Friday as she was among those protesting in Washington, D.C. on the Capitol. Video of the actress being placed in handcuffs and escorted to a police vehicle was posted to social media.

“Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol,” Eva Malecki, spokeswoman for the Capitol police told The Hollywood Reporter . All were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, she said.

The actress was protesting with the group Oil Change International over the climate crisis. “I will be on the Capitol every Friday, rain or shine, inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created,” Fonda wrote on her own website on Thursday.


Tonight’s rally in Lake Charles. LA It reminds me of where the Wizard of Oz was hiding…behind the curtain. For T, hiding behind the flag despite his duplicity of being a lying crook.


Bill Barr is positively messianic…adding more to the chaos

(David Bythewood) #551

12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit: Russia.

The Russians saved Bashar al-Assad’s government. A trove of Russian Air Force recordings obtained by The Times shows how bombing Syrian hospitals helped them do it.

ISIS Rears Its Head, Adding to Chaos as Turkey Battles Kurds

A prison break and a bombing claimed by the Islamic State punctuated fears that the Turkish invasion, now in its third day, was sowing mayhem.

At least 750 Isis affiliates escape Syria camp after Turkish shelling

Trump went on a four-tweet spree about Turkey this morning, denying culpability, insisting that we had been smart to avoid getting involved, ignoring that he just sent soldiers to Saudi Arabia and that there would not be any fighting if he hadn’t directly allowed it. He also has ignored the return of ISIS and had the gall to talk about “sanctions” as if that would anything and he wasn’t directly responsible for all of this.

Letters to the Editor: No one would ‘help us with Normandy’ after Trump abandoned the Kurds

What The Fuck Happened Over The Weekend?

Walter Michael Shaub Jr. is an American attorney specializing in government ethics who, from January 9, 2013 to July 19, 2017, was the director of the United States Office of Government Ethics (wiki)

He left government service because he saw that this administration could not care less about erhics.


Ex Rep Trey Gowdy was NOT hired, nor did he want that position. @Windthin

For 24 hours last week, Trey Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman best known for leading congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton, was the new face of President Trump’s outside legal defense and a symbol of a streamlined effort to respond to a fast-moving impeachment inquiry.

A day later, the arrangement fell apart, with lobbying rules prohibiting Mr. Gowdy from starting until January, possibly after the inquiry is over. Now, according to two people familiar with events, Mr. Gowdy is never expected to join the team. And Trump advisers are back to square one, searching for a different lawyer.

How a celebrated announcement quickly ended in disarray offers a rare public glimpse into the internal posturing — and undercutting of colleagues — that has been playing out in the West Wing on a daily basis since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry last month. Even as the White House confronts a deepening threat to Mr. Trump’s presidency, it has struggled to decide how to respond, and who should lead that response.

This article is based on interviews with a half-dozen aides and other people close to Mr. Trump.

(David Bythewood) #554

US troops believe Turkey deliberately fired artillery at an American commando outpost in Syria

How Dangerous Is Turkey’s Military on the Battlefield?

The US is rethinking the 50-plus nuclear weapons it keeps in Turkey

I’ve also been told that CNN reported today that Turkish planes buzzed a US base and now the US has air power up guarding its bases, but I can’t find that story. Anybody have it?

What The Fuck Happened Over The Weekend?
(David Bythewood) #555

That is nuts. First we were told he turned them down, then we were told he’d act as outside counsel, and now we’re back to this? WOW.


Looks like Turkey is constantly threatening to cut off US Air Base in Turkey - see July 2019 article.

Can not find current article.


I can’t even…


(David Bythewood) #558

In any other presidency this alone would be a bombshell.

In Trump’s, it’s just one more sick, sad example of his hateful, amoral malignancy.

“The most violent clip shows Mr. Trump’s head superimposed on the body of a man opening fire inside the ‘Church of Fake News’ on parishioners who have the faces of his critics or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies.”

Having just watched it, it’s worse than I’d heard. It has him killing dozens of news outlets, a person labeled as Black Lives Matter, and I notice that the creator reserved the more gruesome deaths for individuals, including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, Schiff, Rosie O’Donnell, Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow, Bernie, George Soros, John McCain, Joe Kennedy III, James Comey, and Mitt Romney.

(David Bythewood) #559

Giuliani was always a fraud. Just ask the FDNY

As the image of “America’s Mayor” was being rehabbed, 9/11 families saw how his malfeasance killed their loved ones

A story on how Rudy Giuliani’s actions contributed heavily to the loss of life during the 9/11 tragedy in NYC, due to a lack of proper communications equipment.

(David Bythewood) #560

::Sighs:: Trump finally did it. Since the 80s he’s tried to turn the US into a protection racket. I have a thread on that…

And here he is doing it:

I recommend reading the full transcript. It’s uniquely horrifying.

Too little too late; Trump is imposing sanctions on Turkey.

The situation in Syria has been rapidly deteriorating.

Kurdish forces near the northern Syrian border have struck a deal with the Syrian government, marking a major shift in the country’s eight-year war.

Trump just drove the Kurds to our enemies.

Russian shadow falls over Syria as Kurds open door for Assad

With the US gone, the implications of their departure is beginning to sink in across the Middle East

As Trump scurries away like a coward, Russia steps in to take control.

Trump has delivered what Russia wants in Syria — at zero cost — and ‘Putin likely can’t believe his luck’

As World Frets Over U.S. Missteps in Syria, Russia Grins and Pounces

President Trump’s erratic moves are letting Russia seize the role of peacemaker — and deal-maker — in Syria.

Russia patrolling between Turkish and Syrian forces after U.S. troops withdraw

(David Bythewood) #561

So, there are no threads I can post this in. It could come up in this, but if you can think of a better place for it, please move it.

That said…

If you’re gonna come at the king, you best not m- wait, what? Ronan Farrow? Yeah, okay, he’s doomed.

American Media, Inc. and the National Enquirer shredded sensitive Donald Trump-related documents that had been held in a top-secret safe right before Trump was elected in 2016, according to fresh allegations made in a new book by journalist Ronan Farrow.

Impeachment Inquiry into Trump 2019

Going after Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao ( also McConnel’s wfe) for her influence campaign to benefit her husband’s constituents and her family.

A senior House Democrat has asked the Transportation Department’s internal watchdog to investigate whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao showed undue favoritism to Kentucky constituents of her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On Friday, Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the top Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, wrote the DOT’s inspector general asking him to probe any conflicts of interest Chao has. Specifically DeFazio cited two POLITICO stories, one detailing Chao’s disproportionate number of meetings with Kentucky officials during her first year in the position, and another suggesting she had designated a member of her senior staff to serve as a point person for Kentucky issues, which the agency denies.