WaterCooler, Tuesday! 9/6/2016 - Open Thread - Blind Justice, Menstruation, Conservatives

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Congress: The State of Menstruation

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Three waste of time, energy and money bills have been introduced in the House by a relative new-comer (2013 – ) Congresswoman from New York, Rep. Grace Meng [D-NY-6].

  • Menstrual Products for Employees Act of 2016: “The Secretary shall by rule promulgate a requirement that each employer provide menstrual hygiene products free of charge for employees in the bathrooms of the employer.” An amendment to OSHA of 1970 is requested.
  • Menstrual Products Tax Credit Act of 2016: “There shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this subtitle with respect to each eligible individual for whom the taxpayer is allowed a deduction under section 151 an amount equal to $120.” An amendment to IR code of 1986 is requested.
  • Accurate Labeling of Menstrual Products Act of 2016 (Summary): “This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to require menstrual cups, menstrual pads, tampons and therapeutic vaginal douche apparatuses to include a list of ingredients on the label.”

Meng’s bills have about as much chance of passing in the House and the Senate as Trump’s lost audits from 2002 – 2008 finding their way into public record: < 2%.


Supreme Court: Blind Justice?

BUCK V. DAVIS

In July 1995, Duane Edward Buck, shot and murdered his ex-girlfriend, and her friend. Buck was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to death. During the penalty phase, his attorney’s attempt to deflect lethal injection by calling an “expert” witness went horribly wrong and his witness/psychologist testified that because Buck has black skin, he was more likely to re-offend, thereby proving the prosecution’s case.

Under Texas law, a person may be sentenced to death in lieu of life imprisonment only if a jury decides that he or she is likely to commit future acts of violence that would be a continuing threat to society.  – The Constitutional Accountability Center

Hard to argue Buck’s attorney is a moron, right?  Apparently, in Texas, an appeal based on ineffective counsel is narrowly defined and therefore rarely granted.

In a nutshell, the question to the Supreme Court is, if Duane Buck had been tried without the “expert” testimony introduced by his own attorney, would Buck have received the death penalty.

The larger, more impactful discussion is racial intolerance in our justice system.

Duane Buck’s death penalty case raises a pressing issue of national importance: whether and to what extent the criminal justice system tolerates racial bias and discrimination.                – SupremeCourt.gov

SCOTUS will hear arguments for this case 6 October 2016.


Conservatives v. Fox News

Given the past two days high mountain of bad news for Fox News (Gretchen, Greta, Trump TV), I offer more of the same. The Washington Post wrote yesterday about conservatives growing discontent with Fox content and those who disseminate it.

But in the Age of Trump, Fox is drawing disapproving, even scathing, critiques from an unlikely source: conservatives.


[David] French’s essay echoed another National Review piece last month by Matthew Sheffield, who noted that Fox has little reach beyond a relatively small segment of conservatives. “The seeming success of Fox News and talk radio has made many conservatives think they now have a massive media empire,” he concluded. “In truth, they have constructed an intellectual ghetto that no one else wants to visit.”


Lesser-known figures have joined the brawl, too. Steve Deace, a talk-show host, ripped Fox for its alleged pro-Trump tilt, writing in Conservative Review in April: “Here lies Fox News, formerly known as the definitive standard-bearer for conservative media. Born: 1996. Died: 2016. Cause of death: Shilling for Donald Trump.”

At the end of the day, Fox might fair ok. But at the end of the day, whether Trump loses or not, they’ll have a hard row to hoe with the “cuckservative,” “RINO,” “establishment” folks they have derided for a year and a half; most notably Sean Hannity. I mean, where does this guy think he’s going to hide? Oh, right, Trump TV. Good luck with that, Sean.


 

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