The Roberts Court, which just concluded its ninth term, was officially launched on September 29, 2005, when Justice John Paul Stevens administered the oath to the newly confirmed chief justice, John Roberts. In a more significant sense, however, the Roberts Court’s birth—or at least conception—should be dated five years earlier, to December 12, 2000. That’s the day the Supreme Court decided Bush v. Gore, ending a recount of the too-close-to-call Florida presidential vote, and ensuring that George W. Bush would become president with half a million fewer popular votes than Al Gore. The Court’s five conservatives—William Rehnquist, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Clarence Thomas—relied on a wholly unprecedented theory of the Constitution’s guarantee of “equal protection of the laws,” which they announced would apply this one time only, to block the Florida recount, and President Bush took office.

The Anti-Court Court by David Cole | The New York Review of Books

Putting the final nails in the coffin of our democracy.

Rumors began circulating back in February, and now they’ve been confirmed by the automaker: America’s first hybrid, the Honda Insight, is dead.

It’s not like we didn’t see it coming. Compared to its closest rival, the Toyota Prius, the Insight’s sales stats have been deeply underwhelming. Last year, Toyota sold more than three million Prius vehicles worldwide. During those same 12 months, Honda sold 280,629 units of the Insight, less than 5,000 of which were bought in the U.S. Dealers quietly stopped taking orders for the Insight in November.

It’s Official: Honda Kills The Insight & Fit EV

An over-priced piece of crap and not much of a hybrid.

Circa 1905. “Front piazza of Kittatinny House, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania.” An up-to-date inn catering to the automobilist with such amenities as cafe and public telephone.

This photo chills me.

Circa 1905. “Front piazza of Kittatinny House, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania.” An up-to-date inn catering to the automobilist with such amenities as cafe and public telephone.

This photo chills me.

I don’t mean to sound like a cultural imperialist — although I seriously doubt that the people in rural Sierra Leone are acting out of what they know about the Tuskegee experiments, or what happened in Guatemala in the 1940’s — but snatching an Ebola patient out of the hospital doesn’t sound like a very good way to fight the disease, family networks notwithstanding. (The purloined patient eventually died.) This thing is one airplane flight away from being an international catastrophe, but there is no boom-boom, and without boom-boom, there is no news. However, you know, Americans are getting sick now. Hey, Wolf! Over here?

Now Judge Jeanine Pirro jumped into the act, but instead of her usual unhinged attacks on Obama, she went after Pope Francis for not using his ‘bully pulpit’ to make those terrorists come to Jesus and leave the Christians alone.

Loony Judge Jeanine Goes After Pope Francis | Crooks and Liars

So opines the pundit whose public career was powered by her crooked husband — whose crookedness she was completely unaware of despite being a lawyer and signing joint returns.

Today in Billionaires Bonus: the New York Post has the sordid tale of construction billionaire Bruce Elieff’s lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend. Elieff apparently gave her $850,000 for tuition and medical bills while they were dating, and he’s now suing her for the money, saying the money wasn’t a gift, it was a “short-term loan.” The girlfriend and her lawyer call it “sour grapes” after she gave birth to twins by another man.

British doctors have found that working in rotating shifts, rather than consistent daytime “office” hours increases one’s risk for type 2 diabetes. Apparently it’s all about keeping regular sleep-wake cycles.

Daily Bafflements | The Baffler

What’s the problem?

The sooner we die, the sooner our masters replace us with someone cheaper. Or they’re relieved of the expense of firing us and incurring the cost of unemployment insurance.

So for our masters, it’s all good. Our sickness improves their health. Nothing’s more important than that.