Between gay marriage and President Obama singing Amazing Grace at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s memorial, today feels like a West Wing episode that Sorkin didn’t write because it was too far outside the realm of possibility.
been a real season finale kinda day
Well, that answers the question “What Kind of Day Has it Been?”
From the beginning of the 16th century to the 19th, slave merchants transported more than 10 million enslaved Africans to the New World. This eye-opening animation condenses over 20,528 voyages down to three agonizing minutes.
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'Scalia did not mince his words, joining Roberts' dissent in full, but writing "separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy."'
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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, followed by Justice Antonin Scalia, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in 2013
Updated at 11:49 a.m. ET
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. Those dissenting were the court's four conservative justices: Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito.
The chief justice notes that the Constitution does not take a position on "any one theory of marriage" and says the court's decision orders "every State to license and recognize same-sex marriage." Here are two striking excerpts from his dissent.
Scalia: 'Constitutional Revision'
Scalia did not mince his words, calling the majority opinion a "judicial Putsch." He joined Roberts' dissent in full, but wrote "separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy." Scalia, widely regarded as one of the most conservative justices on the court, wrote that "it is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me."
Here's more from his dissent:
Scalia wrote that the years-long, robust debate over same-sex marriage is "exactly how our system of government is supposed to work" and noted when the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, "every state limited marriage to one man and one woman, and no one doubted the constitutionality of doing so."
Scalia called the majority opinion "a naked judicial claim to legislative — indeed, super-legislative — power." And, he added, the court's "highly unrepresentative panel of nine" violated "a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation." Here's more:
Scalia lashed out at the style of the majority opinion, calling it "as pretentious as its content is egotistic."
"It is one thing for separate concurring or dissenting opinions to contain extravagances, even silly extravagances, of thought and expression; it is something else for the official opinion of the Court to do so," he wrote, calling the opinion's "showy profundities ... often profoundly incoherent." Here's more:
Thomas: Decision Will Likely Cause 'Collateral Damage'
"The majority's inversion of the original meaning of liberty will likely cause collateral damage to other aspects of our constitutional order that protect liberty," Thomas wrote.
Alito: Constitution Leaves It To States
In his dissent, Alito wrote: "For today's majority, it does not matter that the right to same-sex marriage lacks deep roots or even that it is contrary to long-established tradition. The Justices in the majority claim the authority to confer constitutional protection upon that right simply because they believe that it is fundamental."
Alito added the court's decision will also have "other important consequences." Here's one he fears:
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The Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality.
Hey, guys… I need to tell you something.
Mike Huckabee is already out with a defiant statement declaring that he will not “acquiesce to an imperial court.” Here's our rundown of all the threats of civil disobedience and open defiance from conservatives over the anticipated gay marriage even before the Court's ruling today.
In a single week, the rebel flag is toast, Obamacare is vindicated, marriage equality becomes law. It's a trifecta for Obama and he hasn't even declared his Caliphate yet.
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When I lived in L.A. I had a drawer full of vintage slips and nighties. These were all items I had picked up from thrift store over the years. These items were exclusively from the 1950’s onward. This meant that while they were pretty, they were synthetic.
When I made the move from Los Angeles to Portland, many of these items got donated. I felt sad as I drove away from my favorite charity shop. I just kept telling myself it is good thrift store karma, right?
I kept 2 pieces, on a handmade silk charmeuse full slip, and a vintage black half slip. These are gorgeous garments but they are both made of woven fabric. As a result, they can feel fussy and binding for everyday use. I love the idea of creating a knit slip that’s comfortable and easy to wear.
In February when the Florence bra was released, I knew that it could be easily hacked into an amazing knit slip. The addition of a skirt to Florence only adds 30 minutes to the project, but drastically changes to look of the piece, transforming it into an entirely different type of garment.
Make your Florence slip out of a slinky rayon knit, a silk jersey for a luxurious but comfortable slip. Or make this hack out of a light-weight cotton for a pretty nightie for warm summer nights.
Thank you to our lovely model, Solanah, and to Christine for the photography.
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State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala.
The Confederate battle flag and three other symbols of the Confederacy were taken down Wednesday from the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, Ala., after their removal was ordered by Gov. Robert Bentley amid a growing backlash against the symbols following last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina.
Two workers walked out of the Capitol building and took the flag down shortly after 8 a.m. without any fanfare. Bentley told AL.com it was his decision to bring the flag down, calling it "the right thing to do." AL.com adds:
"Bentley said before he made the final decision he checked to see if there were any impediments in the law or state policy that would prevent him from taking down the flag and found none, so he acted."
Dan Carsen of member station WBHM in Birmingham tells our Newscast unit that Bentley said he didn't want the flags to become a distraction as Alabama grapples with issues including a massive budget deficit. Dan adds:
"The four flags removed from the memorial were the first, second and third national confederate flags, and the better-known battle flag. They were put up in the early '90s after then-Gov. Jim Folsom removed the battle flag from the state Capitol."
Reporter MacKenzie Bates of Alabama Public Radio notes Montgomery was named the first capital of the Confederate States of America in 1861 before the capital was moved to Richmond, Va. The first White House of the Confederacy sits across the street from the Capitol.
The move comes a day after the South Carolina House voted to allow debate on removing the battle flag from outside the Statehouse. Any changes to the flag in that state requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.
Efforts to remove symbols of the Confederacy are also underway in Mississippi, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and other parts of the former Confederacy.
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"What the fuck, Massachusetts, I thought this was fucking North Korea"
architect: and remember - spaces are for people!brutalist: and remember - those people have Sinned and must be Punished
Hey look, it’s… wait, is that Boston City Hall? What the fuck, Massachusetts, I thought this was fucking North Korea.
Meanwhile, look at the beautiful building behind it…
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