Kirk Israel's commonplace and blog. Quotes and links daily since 2001.
feedthebunbunšŸ° - latest joint with Cora

(yes the eyes are clipped from Snowball of "The Secret Life of Pets" at her insistence...)
Witches probably have black cats because they don't want to deal with white fur on their clothes

If SCOTUS accepts The Independent State Legislature doctrine, state legislatures can award their electoral college votes to whichever candidate they want. Republicans are making up bullshit about a "stolen election" in 2020 because they are exploring plans to absolutely highjack elections -- completely dropping any idea of any vote mattering (except for whatever votes, gerrymandered or otherwise, produced the majority of state legislators.)
July 1, 2022

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Wow. "Independent State Legislature" doctrine says "hey if we read "the times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof" like a baby , then we can say checks and balances just don't exist!

As far as I can, this RI-FUCKING-DICULOUS interpretation means a legislature could say "ok ballots are now just a big checkbox for the Republican". Like, literally there is NOTHING preventing that! If a loony Republican can get a bare majority of slate legislators to agree, they never have to have an actual election again, because they are uncheckable by the governor or by the courts.


And all that needs to fall for SCOTUS to sign off is Amy Coney Barrett?

Sleep well.

Human beings were invented by water as a device for transporting itself from one place to another.
Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction
Happy 50th Birthday Atari - Quick interview with Nolan Bushnell by Benj Edwards

Proof that we don't understand death is that we give dead people a pillow.
Jerry Seinfeld
Our poor kitty Dean has a touch of a small cell lymphoma - the prognosis is decent but his meds schedule (especially on top of his asthma, and wanting to track how we're feeding him) is intense!

I made a simple printable pill schedule generator webapp, I describe it in detail on my devblog.

June 27, 2022
un week-end rapide entre amis Ơ MontrƩal, Melissa et moi avec Anna Kellie et Matthew.

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Just a woman walkin' her pig.

Waffle cones done right.


cool street art


Pub Le Sainte-Elisabeth - loved the courtyard between tall buildings, a bit of verdant coolness on a hot day.

Pre-fireworks synchronized drone show was cool to see...



so many chips!

botanical garden...

"historical practices and understandings" is the most bullshit justification of white power SCOTUS has ever come up with.

Christians: Palms 139:13-18 talks about being knit together - a gradual process. And Numbers 5:11-31 provides instructions for abortion, if the parents weren't right.

I know the movement has leaned pretty heavily into "abortion is murder" but it's just not. Roe v Wade had a compromise built in with trimesters. In earlier centuries, "quickening", human-detectable motion in the womb was the standard. "Life begins at conception" is just a misthink of the both theology and science.

In this country, we respect individual choices and bodily autonomy - like thousands of lives would be saved if we made organ donation mandatory, but we don't, because the bodily autonomy of people is critical.

By hunting down Supreme Court nominees willing to perjure themselves in front of the Senate and say Roe v Wade was settled law when they were just chomping at the bit to throw it away (and also Republicans in the senate breaking the court, ironically for 9 months, and refusing to review perfectly qualified SCOTUS nominees) you got your group will to destroy half a century of legal tradition and look for precedents from times when blacks could be owned as property and women couldn't vote. But yours is a victory for politics, not for justice or mercy.