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Gentlemen, we need to have a conversation about feminism, privilege, and ourselves.
The Supreme Court last Friday issued their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, removing all laws and state amendments denying marriage licenses to gay couples. Voices in the religious right, from Republican presidential hopefuls to public officials to religious leaders, all lined up to claim the decision violates their religious liberties. The ACLU announced it would no longer defend religious freedom laws like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because "religious liberty doesn’t mean the right to discriminate or to impose one’s views on others."
This morning, the Supreme Court decided King v. Burwell, the second legal challenge to the PPACA, aka ObamaCare, that the highest court in the land has heard. Again, the Court upheld the law, and again Roberts penned a head-scratcher of a majority decision.
Over at The Atlantic's CityLab, they present a chart and some thoughts on a Brookings Institution analysis of losses-per-passenger in U.S. subway and metropolitan rail projects. Unsurprisingly, they all lose money. Surprisingly, some of them lose a lot of money. They note that the small, dense, center-of-the-city operations tend to fare better than those systems with tendrils stretching out into the suburbs.
The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC prompts my liberal interlocutors to start frothing at the mouth. It's clear to anybody of any political bent that the very cozy relationship between big business and big government corrodes our republic, that the channeling of money and favors to lawmakers and decision makers merits labels like bribery and corruption. But I don't see the Citizens United decision the way they do.
CNN International wrote a piece romanticizing slum tourism in Cuba this morning, lamenting that with the weakening of the US' embargo against Cuba and the inevitable end to that embargo, the timeless 1950's vintage character of Havana will wither away once American investors begin developing and modernizing the island nation. From the article:
Those of us who pay attention to the criminal-justice/police-militarization blogosphere all just... gasped... at this:
The Indiana version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has gotten far more attention than I'm sure its crafters anticipated. The pro-GLBTQ left excoriated Indiana as having passed a law thinly veiled to support individual bigotry against homosexuals and other non-heteronormative identities by invoking the tenets of religion.