President Obama took a bit during the State of the Union speech to agree with me that corporations should not not have unlimited free speech.
Nobody yelled “you lie” but a Supreme Court justice clearly mouthed the words, “not true.”
What a frickin’ dipshit!
Even if he is right, can’t a Supreme Court justice keep his damn trap shut and sit quietly without injecting his opinion?
…the behavior of Justice Alito at last night’s State of the Union address — visibly shaking his head and mouthing the words “not true” when Obama warned of the dangers of the Court’s Citizens United ruling — was a serious and substantive breach of protocol that reflects very poorly on Alito and only further undermines the credibility of the Court…
He kept shaking his head during the applause. Take a look at Bader-Ginsberg. You think that scowl woman’s scowl didn’t scare Barry more than Alito.
Alito’s action reinforces that this Supreme Court is an activist one and chose this First Amendment case to make a political point: corporations should control more of the political process.
Heres some old fun posts
- Republicans and Supreme Court are Carrying U.S. to Hell in a Remember when a simple majority was enough to get a law made? Remember when the money you spent at Domino's couldn't be used to defeat a lawmaker or an issue? Gone. The Super-majority is now needed in congress to get a law passed. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky now decides which laws will get passed because he is in control of the 41 Republican Senators. One man, one vote. One man, 41 votes. So the legislative branch of government is paralyzed. Does a corporation have to defeat every politician they dislike? Nope. Only a couple. The rest will get the message: What's good for GM is good for Congressional campaign funds. The Supreme Court, in a pure activist move, reached out and grabbed a First Amendment case because the conservative judges wanted to give more power to the very very rich and powerful corporations. Corporations now have the same rights as the rest of us when it comes to influencing Congress. What about unions you ask? Big difference. Unions get to elect their leaders, so presumably the leaders speak for the majority of the people who are providing the money to influence elections and referendums. The framers of the Constitution could not have foreseen how big corporations could become. “Under the majority’s view, I suppose it may be a First Amendment problem that corporations are not permitted to vote, given that voting is, among other things, a form of speech.” - Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the dissent on the opinion giving corporations the same freedoms as people. Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino's, is a hard-line activist Catholic. He doesn't run Domino's anymore, but if he did there is no reason to believe that he would not have spent a fortune to advance his causes. Money that wasn't his, it's shareholder money. I am a strong believer in the First Amendment. But the First Amendment protects a person's rights. Nineteen years ago a precedent was set on a case because the court said "the corrosive and distorting effects of immense aggregations of wealth that are accumulated with the help of the corporate form and that have little or no correlation to the public’s suport for the corporation’s political ideas.” So there you have it, 19 years ago corporations were corrosive and distorting. Today they are just another person. Where does this leave the those of us that are trying to stop big coal from removing the tops of mountains in Eastern Kentucky? Where does this leave those of us that think cigarettes should be more heavily regulated because they are the only product that will kill you when used in the manner prescribed? Where does this leave those of us who think health care reform needs to happen sooner rather than later? Where does this leave those who work for a company that doesn't have the same political or societal beliefs? Up shit crick.
- Sarah Palin Needs Another Load of BS "If you can't dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your bullshit." Even the mayor of a small town should know this. The last couple of Couric questions that are embarrassing Palin et al are easy to handle with the old Curly Shuffle. Couric: Where to you get your news? Her answer: "all of them." Palin's answer should have been: "Wall Street Journal, Wassilla Daily Bugle, USA Today, Time, online, Anchorage Daily Bazoo, lots of places, Newsweek, Vogue, O, Maxim, Moose Outdoors, Todd... May not be true, but who's going to care or check up? It's an acceptable and reasonable answer. Couric: Which Supreme Court decision do you disagree with? Her answer was rambling and disjointed and she didn't have a clue. Should have said Palin (adorable little pause) "Let's see, since I'm not a lawyer and didn't study constitutional law, let me think. I'm not OK with them on abortion, but OK on gun control, censorship, civil rights, interstate commerce, gee Katie, I think I'm OK with every Supreme Court decision except The One. The Supreme Court does an excellent job with the difficult decisions that come before them. Tell ya what Katie, you name an issue that has come before the Supreme Court and I'll tell you my position. K?" See how easy that is Failin' Palin? BTW: have you voted for the Best Name for the Palin Porno?
- “Tough Shit” Says Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning… Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning isn't running for re-election. Seems he is retiring as a bitter old man who is taking it out on the people whose unemployment benefits may end today. "Tough Shit" he said to the Democrats that asked him to reconsider. Supporters say the bill is an emergency measure, extending the programs only a month until a longer-term solution can be found. Bunning, is a former major league Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, and apparently inhaled too much resin while on the mound. He has cussed out reporters during a telephone call and said the results of a poll he commissioned were "none of your "god damn business." He said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was being treated for pancreatic cancer at the time, would be dead by year's end. During the 2004 campaign, Bunning said that Democratic challenger looked "like one of Saddam Hussein's sons." Carl Hulse and Robert Pear reported: As the fight drew to a close, Mr. Bunning complained he had been ambushed by the Democrats and was forced to miss the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game... "I’m trying to make a point to the people of the United States,” Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Jim Bunning. I'm just so damn proud of our Kentucky Senators.
- Bloom Is Right. Iowa is for Idiots. 41% Undecided? Whuck? The latest Des Moines Register (a largely irrelevant Iowa newspaper) has taken a poll of cauci and found 41% are calling themselves undecided with just a few hours until they cast a ballot for a Republican candidate to run for President. Whuck? Undecided? Bloom is Right. Iowa is for Idiots. Insular Iowa is also home to the most conservative, and, some say, wackiest congressman in America, Republican Rep. Steve King, who represents the vast western third of the state. Some of King's doozies: calling Senator Joe McCarthy a "hero for America"; comparing illegal immigrants to stray cats that wind up on people's porches; and praying that Supreme Court "Justice Stevens and Justice Ginsberg fall madly in love with each other and elope to Cuba." Keith Olbermann named King not only the worst congressman in the U.S., but the Worst Person in the World six times. So Iowa cauci can't decide which Republican should run against The President? I guess they were so busy smoking meth and dating their hogs they didn't have time to watch any of the debates? Too busy praying to St. Hawkeye and worshiping the oblate spheriod (football) not to watch some news - even cable news? Knob on the radio stuck on the farm report so they can't to tune in Rush or NPR for some guidance? Undecided? Who are these people and how can they remain so friggin' ignorant with hours left until they caucus? Here's a clue... Each isolated Iowa homestead is marked off by a stand of trees (usually maples, cottonwoods, sometimes basswoods), as much windbreak as shade grove from the blazing sun. Just about everyone wears a hat; farmer's tan is a condition every Iowan knows -- a blanched forehead above a leather-cured face. Ailing windmills stand unsure next to sturdy no-nonsense homes and dilapidated peeling-red barns, often with freshly tilled beds of Black-eyed Susans or gladiolas in front. Blogging last week for The Washington Post, Matt Miller wrote, “As the breathless, panting political class turns its eager eyes to Iowa, every sane American needs to step back and ask the obvious question: Is this any way to pick a president? Our country is essentially coming to a halt to watch what 120,000 idiosyncratic voters in an idiosyncratic state do.” Idiosyncratic. Idiots is the term I use. Undecided? Jumping Jehosaphat.
- Vote for Murray Hill Inc. in Maryland Congressional Race Murray Hill Incorporated has just announced its intention to run for Congress in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. Murray Hill Inc. is believed to be the first “corporate person” to exercise its constitutional right to run for office. As Supreme Court observer Lyle Denniston wrote in his SCOTUSblog, “If anything, the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission conferred new dignity on corporate “persons,” treating them — under the First Amendment free-speech clause — as the equal of human beings.” Murray Hill Inc. plans on spending “top dollar” to protect its investment. “It’s our democracy,” Murray Hill Inc. says, “We bought it, we paid for it, and we’re going to keep it.” The campaign’s designated human, Eric Hensal, will help the corporation conform to antiquated “human only” procedures and sign the necessary voter registration and candidacy paperwork. To emphasize its point, this liberal public relations firm will file to run in the Republican primary.