Alito Sworn In – 5 States Readying Abortion Bans

Same-day service. Alito sworn-in, 5 states readying abortion bans.
Moonie Times, Sweeping anti-abortion laws proposed,

Legislators in at least five states are proposing bold anti-abortion measures as the Bush administration reshapes the U.S. Supreme Court, a report said.
With the goal of challenging the Roe vs. Wade ruling that ensured a woman’s right to an abortion, lawmakers in Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee propose banning all abortions except when the woman’s life is in danger, Stateline.org reported.
If enacted, legal experts said the laws would be the first absolute abortion bans since the landmark 1973 ruling.

As I said earlier, don’t be fooled by Senators who voted ‘No’ on Alito today but voted to end the filibuster. They put Alito on the court.

Alito “Cloture”

The Senate voted 72-25 to stop any filibuster of Alito. I fear that putting this guy on the court, with his strong belief in absolute Presidential power (as long as it is a Republican) might be a, if not the, “tipping point” in the erosion of our democracy.
Bush says he “is pleased” that so many Democrats voted against a filibuster,

“I am pleased that a strong, bipartisan majority in the Senate decisively rejected attempts to obstruct and filibuster an up-or-down vote on Judge Sam Alito’s nomination,” Bush said in a statement.

Kerry and Kennedy led the fiulibuster. Others ran like little mice from the idea of doing anything that might make Rush Limbaugh say bad things about them.

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John Kerry: ‘The vote of a lifetime’

ohn Kerry: ‘The vote of a lifetime’,

Many people seem curious or even skeptical why United States Senators believe it’s so important to take a stand against the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court — why we’re willing to take on a fight that conventional wisdom suggests we will lose.
The reality is simple. We care about the future of our country. We care about the millions of Americans who expect Congress to stand up and fight for their rights and their freedoms, and we also know that the Supreme Court, again and again, is the battlefield on which those rights and freedoms are decided.

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Call Senators

I’m linking to a post at firedoglake, asking you to go there and get the numbers to call enators and encourage them to support the filibuster of Alito. Go visit Strip Search Sammy Fax Fest Continues to get some numbers to call. Sending FAXes is also good.
This “Get to work” post by Georgia10
has phone numbers, advice on what to say, and updates.
(I was on this call, but only now am starting to have a chance to be on the computer…)

Always Add the “Because”

I added my two cents to the discussion following Kos’s post The showdown finally arrives. Kos says that the Right is forcing a showdown over this new Supreme Court pick, and,

This is a gift to Democrats. Katrina, massive budget deficits, and continued economic hardship have proven that Republicans can’t govern. Iraq, Plame, and Osama Bin Laden have proven that Republicans can’t run an effective foreign policy or protect our nation. Now Scalito, along with Bush’s social security debacle, will prove to the American people that conservative ideology doesn’t have their best interests at heart.
Let the debate begin.

I agree, but we need to do it right. I left the following as a comment:

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Leaving Rove In Place To Divide the Nation and Destroy People

From Time Magazine this week, Joe Klein: The Perils of the Permanent Campaign,

Last week there was more of the same, according to a prominent Republican, who told me that the White House had sent out talking points about how to attack Brent Scowcroft after Bush the Elder’s National Security Adviser went public with his opposition to the war in the New Yorker magazine. “I was so disgusted that I deleted the damn e-mail before I read it,” the Republican said. “But that’s all this White House has now: the politics of personal destruction.”

On the nomination of Alitio to the Supreme Court, People For the American Way President Ralph Neas,

He has chosen to divide Americans with a nominee guaranteed to cause a bitter fight.

“Rovism”: Destroy people, and set people against each other for political gain. Karl Rove is still in the White House, and Rovism continues.

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