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The Roberts Court will likely go down in history as one of, if not the worst Supreme Court in our relatively short history.

Today, we were anticipating the final four decisions for this session. But this ego-maniacal set of justices are prolonging our misery for one more weekend. Today, they gave us two unanimous decisions that make any reasonable person ask what these idiots are smoking!

The first decision offered today was written by one of the "liberal" justices, Stephen Breyer. In NLRB v. Noel Canning,   SCOTUS decided the fate of "recess appointments." At issue:

(1) Whether the President’s recess-appointment power may be exercised during a recess that occurs within a session of the Senate, or is instead limited to recesses that occur between enumerated sessions of the Senate; (2) whether the President’s recess-appointment power may be exercised to fill vacancies that exist during a recess, or is instead limited to vacancies that first arose during that recess; and (3) whether the President's recess-appointment power may be exercised when the Senate is convening every three days in pro forma sessions.

The court in this case held  that recess appointments made during pro forma sessions of the Senate are invalid. In plain English, this means:

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Barack Obama's recess appointments to fill slots on the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 were unconstitutional.

The unanimous opinion, written by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, said that Congress, and only Congress, decides when it is in session and when it is in recess. It ruled the Senate was not in a formal recess when Obama made the 2012 appointments — therefore, they were illegal.

Oy. If that wasn't bad enough, the second and final decision offered today should satisfy anyone's perverse need for something horrendously sickeningly abusive and dead wrong.
In McCullen v. Coakley, the justices were considering the question of buffer zones at Women's Reproductive Health clinics

:(1) Whether the First Circuit erred in upholding Massachusetts’s selective exclusion law – which makes it a crime for speakers other than clinic “employees or agents . . . acting within the scope of their employment” to “enter or remain on a public way or sidewalk” within thirty-five feet of an entrance, exit, or driveway of “a reproductive health care facility” – under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, on its face and as applied to petitioners; (2) whether, if Hill v. Colorado permits enforcement of this law, Hill should be limited or overruled.

In this miscarriage of justice- and by unanimous decision(!), the court struck down the buffer zone law. In plain English, as the NY Times explains:

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that barred protests near abortion clinics.

The law, enacted in 2007, created 35-foot buffer zones around entrances to abortion clinics. State officials said the law was a response to a history of harassment and violence at abortion clinics in Massachusetts, including a shooting rampage at two facilities in 1994.

The law was challenged on First Amendment grounds by opponents of abortion who said they sought to have quiet conversations with women entering clinics to tell them about alternatives to abortion.

The court was unanimous about the bottom line but divided on the reasoning. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote a relatively narrow majority opinion. He was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. He suggested that the state could pursue other alternatives.

Justice Antonin Scalia, in a concurrence joined by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Clarence Thomas, said the majority’s approach was too tentative. The law, he said, is “unconstitutional root and branch.”

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. filed a separate concurrence.

In 2000, the Supreme Court upheld a similar Colorado law in Hill v. Colorado. That law established 100-foot buffer zones outside all health care facilities, not just abortion clinics. Inside those larger zones, the law banned approaching others within eight feet for protest, education or counseling without their consent.

Massachusetts experimented with a similar law but found it inadequate.

That leaves two more cases for them to weigh in on, including the Big Kahuna on religious rights of corporations to impose its owners religious beliefs on its employees in Sebelius v Hobby Lobby, which will be handed down on Monday.

Today, in response to the buffer zones (McCullen v Coakley), I was joined by Katie Klabusich who blogs about her work as a dedicated activist who helps establish clinic defense escort programs, providing logistical and moral support to reproductive access groups at KatieSpeak.com

Needless to say, this was not the decision they'd been counting on. While the groups fighting for women's rights regroup and decide up a proper response and course of action, Katie suggests following the Clinic Vest Project on Twitter. While you're at it, add NARAL and the Center for Reproductive Rights to you follow list too. And stay tuned...

On Thursday mornings, we have two regular segments, both of which were quite fitting for today.

Amy Simon, cultural herstorian and the woman behind She's History joined us to talk about some fabulous females who challenged religious zealotry - from Katie Kelly, a lifelong Mormon who was trying to become a Mormon minister and was expelled from the church this week, to Anne Hutchinson back in the 16th century who dared to challenge the the authorities who charged her with violating the "Fifth Commandment"!

And, as was truly needed today, Stephen Goldstein joined in for the No More Bullshit Minute! The author of  The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit  joins in every Thursday morning to help us extricate the bullshit from American politics. Today, in response to the bullshit from the Supreme Court, we examined the bullshit surrounding "The Constitution" and "activist."

If you'd like to review a copy of The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit for Amazon just send me a note with your name and address. We'll send them out to the first five who request!

And that's it for a Thursday. Back tomorrow for Flashback Friday when we'll dig into my archives for my first interview with Ray Davies of The Kinks. That's one you don't want to miss.  See you tomorrow... radio or not!

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6-19-14 Nicole Sandler Show - From Rio with Love...and Balls

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This is the lead banner for Sunday's protest that was gassed by Brazil’s military police. June 15, 2014. (Photo by Dave Zirin)

I am not a soccer fan. That makes me in the distinct minority among the world's population, as most of the planet is is in the throes of fútbol mania as the "FIFA World Cup" is underway in Brazil.

My favorite sports writer, Dave Zirin of The Nation, has been ready for this global event for a while now, as he'd been working on his new book, Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy in anticipation of the agony and ecstasy now underway.

His dispatches at The Nation are fascinating and required reading and, as is the case every time I speak with Dave, it was a fascinating conversation that also covered the racist name of the Washington DC NFL team, and the latest news surrounding the calls for the team's owner to change it!

For more background information on FIFA, we turn to John Oliver:

I started the show today with a two-fer of awards for the World's Biggest Asshole.

Award #1 went to former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer who, in a far-reaching profile called "The Gonzo Option" at National Journal, said some pretty unbelievable things!

The first one that got people asking, "Did he really say that?" was this, in response to Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia last week:

"Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this ... men in the South, they are a little effeminate," he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, "They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he's not, I think, so I don't know. Again, I couldn't care less. I'm accepting."

And another, this on the subject of Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein

She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees," Schweitzer says of Feinstein, "and now she says, 'I'm a nun,' when it comes to this spying I mean, maybe that's the wrong metaphor—but she was all in!"

Wow!

For the second day in a row, we had to call out the biggest Dick of 'em all, Cheney. He and his daughter Liz co-penned an op-ed published yesterday by the Wall Street Journal in which the war criminal actually wrote, among other incendiary statements

Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.

When asked about it by ABC's Fox correspondent wannabe Jonathan Karl, outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney merely responded by asking

Which president is he talking about?

Hell froze over for a second day in a row, as Megyn Kelly challenged the evil Cheney duo about their self-righteousness in an interview last night

"But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir," Kelly said. "You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes, back in 2005. And you said that after our intervention extremists would have to 'rethink their strategy of jihad.'"

"Now with almost a trillion dollars spent there, with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?" she asked.

"No, I just fundamentally disagree, Reagan -- Megyn," Cheney responded. "You've got to go back and look at the track record. We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody's mind about the extent of Saddam's involvement in weapons of mass destruction."

Kelly continued to grill the Cheneys on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. At one point Liz Cheney said that Kelly's line of questioning demonstrated why she and her father formed a nonprofit organization, the Alliance for a Strong America, to combat Obama administration policies they believe undermine American security.

"There's no surprise, frankly, that there are a lot of people now who would like to say let's blame the Bush-Cheney administration for what happened," she said. "That's a pretty routine thing we hear from this administration."

That sound you hear is heads exploding all over Faux News land!

Also on the show today, Amy Simon of She's History with some fabulous pacifist female facts about Jeanette Rankin, Bella Abzug and Barbara Lee.   If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can go see a reading of the new version of the play "She's History"

And we wrapped things up with our weekly NO MORE BULLSHIT MINUTE with Stephen Goldstein, author of The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit.   Today, we discussed the truly bullshit term "Boots on the Ground." It's not boots we're concerned with, it's human lives.

We'll be back tomorrow with the Friday edition of the show, featuring your calls and, from the archives, my interview with Randy Newman, plus performance, from 1999. See you then, radio or not!

 

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Susan Rice was right, John McCain "living in fantasyland"

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As former ambassador and U.S. diplomat in Iraq Joe Wilson (married to Valerie Plame) and Chris Hayes said on All In, "fall person" (now National Securtiy Advisor) Susan Rice was absolutely on target when she appeared on Sunday talkers and referred to the video that inspired the Benghazi attacks. To combine quotes from Wilson and Hayes, "All this time later, Susan Rice was actually right. They just make things up."

And all those self-righteous Republicans in DC were dead wrong. They were dead wrong as they smeared Rice, tried to destroy her career, and eventually managed to prevent her nomination as the next Secretary of State.

Susan Rice deserves an apology. The Congress members and right wing talking heads who did this should start berating their own incompetence and disgraceful tactics instead of sabotaging our national security efforts.

As Joe Wilson said, "It is really dishonorable what these people are doing up on the Hill, and the right wing echo chamber." Watch:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Joe Wilson:

"For John McCain to say we somehow had won the [Iraq] war, he's living in fantasyland. It was a time bomb waiting to go off and it's now going off.

"My view is we should just stay out of it. We've killed enough Arabs for a lifetime."

Also included in the video is an interview with Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

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Cutting Through The Bullshit: Podcast: Laffy on the Nicole Sandler Show

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RadioOrNot

Bullshit Forbidden

From the RadioOrNot website:

“Political discourse” and “Bullshit” are synonymous these days. It often feels like we need a dictionary to decipher and unpack some of the drivel that comes out of politicians mouths. Enter my old friend Stephen Goldstein. He’s an op-ed columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and author of a number of books including one of my favorites, Atlas Drugged: Ayn Rand Be Damned.

And now, he’s back with The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit! It’s a must-read, especially in today’s political climate.

Stephen joined in for a spirited discussion about bullshit this morning, and we had a spirited debate about the Florida Democratic primary for governor… just to show that on the left, we can disagree and still get along!

In the second hour, as she does every Tuesday morning, GottaLaff joined in from The Political Carnival to have fun with the news.

Here's ya go: the podcast

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Boehner tweets pic of Benghazi Committee. So where's the photo of the fundraising letter?

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Republicans are so darned proud of their new Benghazi Committee that they could just burst. They were climbing all over each other to be included. Well, now, thanks to the Twitter Machine, we get to see exactly who won the Big Benghazi Committee Prize:

I tweeted my response: Got a pic of the fundraising letter? Boehner's costly and time-consuming witch hunt at the expense of four dead Americans, highlighting the GOP's blatant disregard for the deaths of four Americans, is appalling. Here are more tweets reacting to his Benghazi!!!! Ad that he'll likely robotically ignore (as he did questions about the fundraising) or never read:

From 2008:

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) is standing by the remarks he made yesterday that the Obamas are part of an “elitist-class…that thinks that they’re uppity.” According to the AP, Westmoreland says that he was unaware that the word was offensive...

Here are a few more Moments of Outrage:

David Spellman left out "exploitation" movie billboard. Moving on:

tv benghazi

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Video- GOP Rep Tom Price: Obama, Dems Don't 'Want To Have To Talk About' GOP's Obamacare Alternatives

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Really?

laugh

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Video- Sarah Palin Rejects Moderation: 'Stand in the Middle of the Road, You're Gonna Get Hit'

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Boy HOWDY, I've missed Sar.

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