I’m still feeling quite stiff and sore, and I have an early morning appointment that could last all day. I’m current with replies. Today’s appointment will also involve quite a bit of walking, so whether or not I’m back on schedule tomorrow will depend on how long it takes, and how I feel.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:47 (average 5:31). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From NY Times: They trim trees, mow lawns, care for the elderly, clean up and rebuild after hurricanes and floods — and they defend the Constitution, too. Immigrant day laborers, who are so often the targets of local laws meant to sweep them off street corners, keep battling in court to defend their right to seek work, and they keep winning.
On Monday, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a decision by a federal district judge to block the parts of Arizona’s immigration law that criminalize day laborers, calling those provisions an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.
It was the latest in a series of defeats for Arizona, which enacted its crude and spiteful law in 2010 for the express purpose of hounding undocumented immigrants out of the state.
The Arizona Death Angel, Jan Brewer, Crazy Joe Arpaio, and other Republican white supremacists must be diluting their InsaniTEA with their own tears.
From The New Yorker:
At the Supreme Court today, Justice Antonin Scalia told his fellow Justices how privileged he felt to serve on the highest court in the land, adding, “I can say stuff here that got me fired at Kinko’s.”
Responding to quizzical looks from his fellow Justices, Scalia related a little-known chapter from his career, when he briefly worked for the copying establishment in the mid-nineteen-seventies.
“They were pretty uptight,” he reminisced. “It seemed like every time I opened my mouth I got hauled into H.R.”
According to Justice Scalia, “The gal in Human Resources told me, ‘Nino, you can’t just go around insulting blacks and women and whatnot. There’s not a workplace in the country that will tolerate that.’ ”
“Well, guess what? She was right—until I got this job,” he chuckled.
Obviously, this satire is not true, but what is true is that virtually any company that deals with the public would fire Scalia, if he displayed the same racism he does now.
From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is floating a plan that would force Medicare cuts onto people aged 56 and younger, tweaking a pledge not to touch benefits for those older than 55.
The tweak is under discussion as part of the Wisconsin Republican’s fiscal 2014 budget plan in order to meet an important GOP pledge to balance the federal budget in 10 years, people familiar with the plan said Tuesday.
Ed has more.
Lyin’ Ryan demands that seniors’ earned benefits be taken away to provide more welfare for the 1%. Medicare is the most efficient health care delivery system in the nation. That’s why Republicans want to destroy it.