Weekend Quick Takes

Some interesting news items to start off the weekend in this version of ‘quick takes’, including a promise to sue the Supreme Court…

NY Governor Promises to Sue the Supreme Court (?!)

The premise of Thinking Man’s Politics is that individuals should reject rhetoric, soundbites, mindless backing (or rejection) of any party or candidate regardless of what is said or done and actually think when they discuss and decide on politic issues and what they believe.

In this increasingly partisan and emotional environment, it is surprising some of the things that come out of people’s mouths. The latest example is NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. In talking about his opposition to the recently nominated candidate for the Supreme Court and his fear that it may lead to overturning Roe v. Wade and abortion, Cuomo said “I will sue when the Supreme Court acts.”

How do you sue the Supreme Court? And this coming from a law school graduate….(which goes to show that a degree does not necessarily equate to intelligence).


We Were Just Saying That…

Along the same lines of mindless talking points and soundbites, it has become politically correct recently to issue a press release or give a speech and call for the abolishment of ICE, the governmental agency that, among other things, enforces immigration laws passed by Congress.

Give credit to House Speaker Paul Ryan who decided to call some of those lawmakers on their hyperbole.  He has said that he will schedule a vote on a bill filed by lawmakers that would do just that—abolish ICE.  But now, the story has changed.  Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Adriano Espaillat of New York told The Hill and other news outlets. “If Speaker Ryan puts our bill on the floor, we plan to vote no and will instead use the opportunity to force an urgently needed and long-overdue conversation on the House floor.”

So at least three members of Congress who filed a bill to do away with ICE now have said they will vote against their own bill.  Huh?!


“Ban Bags Not Bombs”

Al Shabab is a terrorist group in East Africa that has control of significant swaths of territory, where it rules according to its strict interpretation of Islamic law.  Over the years, it has banned such things as movies, satellite dishes and music.  Recently, they added a new item to the list of banned possessions:   plastic bags.

Yes, the terrorist group has banned plastic bags.  In statements released on its social media sites, the radical group says that the plastic bags for environmental reasons because they “pose a serious threat to humans and animals alike”, according to reports of monitoring groups.

Among the things that are still legal are suicide bombings, killing innocents of any age, assassinations and random acts of violence against anyone they don’t like.

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