ACA Upheld by Supreme Court; NPR Obfuscates on The Takeaway
June 29, 2012

The Supreme Court did uphold the ACA yesterday, with Chief Justice Roberts voting with the ‘liberals’ to uphold the law on the grounds of tax law rather than on the commerce clause. The consensus of the talking heads is that he did this in order to preserve the appearance of the Court’s integrity, apparently not realizing that all three people who believe the Court actually has any integrity left are locked up in an asylum somewhere in northern Maine.

I still hold that the Republican branch of the court is corrupt and that they have not the best interests of the people. Their interests are political, almost solely political, aimed at increasing the power of the right wing, the so-called conservatives who are rapidly morphing into authoritarians modeling fascism.

Immediately following the ruling the congressional Republicans announced that they would do everything they could to repeal the law, starting with a vote in the House July 11 to repeal, a vote that will undoubtedly succeed, and will do nothing other than set the stage for their assault of lies and deceit for the next four months. They have nothing to offer Americans that would contain the howling rise in health care costs or that would give everyone a fair shot at getting good healthcare. The Republican prescription is to let the insurance companies continue their vile predation on the people. That fellow from Florida, former Representative Alan Grayson, said it best: The Republican health care plan – Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.

That’s pretty much the sort of thinking that Romney uses in his plan for the country. Cut taxes on the wealthy, raise taxes on the middle class and the working poor, cut social and medical programs and benefits, and spend trillions more on the already bloated military. Oh, yeah, and one more thing – pick a fight with Russia, because they’re, you know, the real enemy. There’s no room in the Republican mind for providing for the common good of all the people – just the rich people. So their plan for the first glimmer of a program that moves toward universal health care, which every other advanced society on the planet has in place, is to kill the program – and any number of people who might otherwise live useful, productive lives.

One might expect a serious and useful discussion of this matter on National Public Radio, and perhaps somewhere on NPR such discussion occurs. But not on their morning flagship show.

NPR’s inept morning show, the Takeaway, performed its usual useless stunt of bringing in a liberal supporter and a conservative opponent of the law, letting hostess Celeste Headlee breathlessly bounce them against each other, thus guaranteeing we would hear spin and opinion rather than dispassionate, informed discussion of the facts of the law and the situation. Fortunately her co-host, John Hockenberry, was off today so we didn’t get both barrels of thoughtless, breathless nonsensical broadcasting. I do wish NPR would dump that show and provide some useful news and discussion in its place. The show is a waste of air time and bandwidth, fit for adolescent mindsets at best. With a little bit of effort, just the tiniest bit, the producers could tip the show into a bad parody of shows that parody news shows. The Takeaway is just another reason why the country has tipped into a civil war. It’s only a matter of time until the shouting and name-calling are replaced with bullets, at which point the complete inadequacy of health care in this country will be fully apparent.

Of course the Republicans, mindless and vicious in their pursuit of power and their worship of wealth, would welcome the sort of violence some of their members propose. The Republicans figure they can count on the blithering insanity of Wayne LaPierre’s NRA to provide them with the manpower and the weaponry to fight an actual shooting war, while the Democrats will spend their time blithering nuances and policy distinctions while they’re being lined up in sports arenas to be shot.

Perhaps Headlee and Hockenberry might provide bullet by bullet commentary. Or perhaps they might commentate on cage fights featuring liberals versus conservatives. That’s more their style, seasoned with reading tweets and emails which they pretend are actual useful news.

One can only hope that NPR decides to take them away. Perhaps with a nice severance package that includes health care.

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The Persecution and Assassination of Democracy as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Washington Under the Direction of the Supreme Court
June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court decides on the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’) today – well, they’ve already decided, they’re just going public today. I suspect they’ll uphold it because the ‘conservative’ justices are intellectually corrupt, if not in fact corrupt in other ways. It would have been better for the country and the world if the right-wing justices had been strangled in their cradles and never been allowed to hold high office. They crossed the Rubicon into corruption when they savaged the 2000 election to put their choice in office. That decision cost thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives and the loss of trillions of dollars from the U.S. treasury.

Later, their Citizens United decision broke the back of democracy in this country. The supporting Montana decision Monday sealed the fate of freedom and sold the United States to its most venal, morally bankrupt citizens, people like the Koch Brothers and the financial backers of the Tea Party, as well as the corporate barons whose only interest in America is how to corrupt democracy to line their pockets.

It is likely that the Court will support the ACA, if for no other reason than that it puts vast sums of money into the pockets of the insurance companies and the already wealthy elites who will then buy more politicians and judges, ensuring that corruption will become absolute. These so-called conservative justices curry favor with the wealthy and the powerful. Their corruption ensures that their decisions conserve nothing of democracy, conserve nothing of liberty, conserve nothing of the Constitution, conserve nothing of what it means that the United States has existed at all.

At some point these, or other, justices may decide that Citizens is a bad decision and seek to overturn it. By then it will be too late. Their decision will be ignored by the corporate lackey government that Citizens is right now creating. Future justices who seek to right the wrongs of Citizens will either be ignored or they will be spoken to harshly by the new barons ruling the country or they will be assassinated, either physically or in reputation.

Fair repayment indeed for the Supreme Court’s persecution and assassination of democracy in America.

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Black and White in America…
July 18, 2007

On page one of the Globe is a large top-of-the-page picture of four burly black men spreading bedsheets on cots for the white senators debating the war during the all-night session called by Harry Reid.

Makes me wonder if these guys know that most of these same senators confirmed the Supreme Court justices who are going to make blacks think Africa looks like a fun place to live.  Hell, the way these closet sheet wearers are going, even white people are going to think Africa’s an improvement.

Leahy Apologizes For Supporting Roberts’ Confirmation. Thanks A Lot, Pal!
July 1, 2007

Senator Leahy’s apologia this morning on Russert’s show for his support for Roberts as Chief Justice doesn’t cut it. Everyone knew Roberts was a right-wing ideologue. And anyone with half a brain knows you can’t put political ideologues in positions of power without paying a price, usually a heavy and harmful price.

Now the Supreme Court, run by wingnut ideologues led by Roberts, can spend the next twenty or thirty years turning back the clock to the 19th century, thanks to Leahy and his credulous colleagues in the Senate.

A suitable punishment would comprise locking Leahy in a room with Ann Coulter for a year or two. It would be interesting to see who comes out alive. My money’s on the witch – she’s burdened with neither conscience nor empathy.

Supreme Court: Cowards Shafting Citizens
June 26, 2007

The Bush-appointed Conservative Supreme Court demonstrated once again that it has no clue as to the meaning of the words “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Five of the Nine Lords of Wisdom and Intellect stopped a lawsuit, by taxpayers, against the Faith-Based Psychopath’s faith-based initiative that has funneled 1.7 billion dollars to 159 religious groups, who have virtually no accountability for how they use the money.

The reason given by the bright lights of the Conservative majority on the court: taxpayers have no standing to sue.

According to the Globe today:

Writing for the majority, Alito said the federal budget is so big “it is a complete fiction to argue that an unconstitutional federal expenditure causes an individual federal taxpayer any measurable economic harm. And if every federal taxpayer could sue to challenge any government expenditure, the federal courts would cease to function as courts of law and would be cast in the role of general complaint bureaus.

Let’s see now. The feds are giving money to religious groups. Taxpayer money. Your money. Your taxes. Despite the First Amendment. Despite the express separation of church and state. You have absolutely no recourse. And before the religious troglodytes get on their high horse about my comments, perhaps they should consider how it would look to them if the government was funding atheist groups and agnostic groups, and slighting religious organizations.

And there’s yet more weaseling from Alito:

Alito noted that the Supreme Court had previously made an exception under which taxpayers could sue if Congress appropriates funds in a way that violates the separation of church and state. But in this case, Alito wrote, the faith-based initiative funds were “paid for out of general Executive Branch appropriations” and therefore were not directly funded by Congress.

No, you bloody-minded twit, they were funded by taxpayers! Who now have no recourse in law or the courts because Alito et al think it’s a good thing to drag the country back into the Dark Ages when Conservatives ruled like the oligarchical barbarians they aspire to be.

I call these men cowards because rather than address the central issue of the separation of church and state, they simply gutted the taxpayer’s rights, allowing the Little Psychopath’s programs to continue unimpeded by reason, by law, by accountabilty, by sanity. Destroying the rights and liberties of the citizenry is exactly where the right-wing radicals and extremists of the Bush era intend to keep going.

The direction is fascism. Men like these are plunging us into it. And most Americans don’t care, or don’t see it because they don’t want to see it, or don’t see it because they want to be safe and secure in their little adult cribs.

There’s no security without freedom, and the Lords of the Court and their masters in the White House are determined that we shall have neither. They will take our freedom in the name of security and then they will invade our homes and arrest us in our beds for daring to speak against them.

Come home, America. The danger you fear lies in the very heart of the country.

Neat Legal Term
June 16, 2007

The Massachusetts Supreme Court used the word ‘patfrisk’ in a ruling. It means pat and frisk.

It’s just so cute, though I doubt anyone enduring a patfrisk from a cop would think so.