Daily Archives: October 22, 2010

Rachel Maddow- Suppression of Black vote emerges as tactic

This is just one of many apparent tactics for The Right to get their desired results from  both the 2010 midterms and ultimately the 2012 presidential election.

I have enough faith in our Democracy to know that their plan won’t succeed.

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Filed under GOP Agenda, GOP Greed, GOP Obstructionism, Voter Disenfranchisement, Voting

Clarence Thomas’ Ethics Problems, Then and Now

Justice Clarence Thomas has been noted for having the least to say during arguments before the Supreme Court.  It seems he never asks questions of the plaintiff nor the defendant when any given case is argued before The Court.

One has to wonder…is he that stupid or does he have something to hide, knowing that if he made one mistake, he’d be held up to scrutiny by the press and by a country full of bloggers, like myself.

Let me be clear, I do not like Clarence Thomas.  I do not like how Senate Republicans did everything they could to undermine Anita Hill and make HER look like the guilt party at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings nineteen years ago.  Having said that…

The Nation

Why now? What, after almost twenty years, prompted Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to leave a message on Brandeis professor Anita Hill’s office voicemail asking her to apologize for accusing Justice Thomas of sexual harassment during his 1991 confirmation hearings?

The timing was interesting. Ginni Thomas placed her call to Hill the morning after the New York Times reported that Virginia Thomas’s new Liberty Central organization accepted “large, unidentified contributions” totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Those untraceable dollars came in the flood of right-wing funding following the Citizens United campaign finance decision, in which Justice Thomas voted with the majority. The Times reported that a wide range of legal ethicists said Liberty Central’s financing raises “knotty questions” about a conflict of interest for Justice Thomas.

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It is now nearly forgotten that Thomas’s ethics record gave Hill’s accusation traction. Briefly a federal appeals judge, and before that a Reagan operative charged with undercutting civil rights enforcement, Thomas had a long habit of telling untruthful stories. As the late civil rights scholar Haywood Burns, dean of the law school at City University of New York, testified during the ’91 hearings before Hill’s accusations surfaced, Thomas’s testimony and record were marked by “a lack of candor, compassion and ethical judgment.”

Reporting to Congress as head of the EEOC, Thomas misrepresented his agency’s nonenforcement of age discrimination law. As a federal judge he sat on an appeals court review of the criminal conviction of Col. Oliver North, despite having spoken out in support of North’s actions in the Iran/Contra scandal. He failed to recuse himself from a case involving his political patron, Senator John Danforth.

To score points, Thomas even lied about his sister: falsely describing her in speeches as pathetically welfare dependent, a mocking depiction utterly at odds with the proud and hard existence of a woman who worked a series of minimum-wage jobs for most of her life to support her family.

Perhaps Ginni Thomas’s phone call was a smokescreen—an attempted distraction from the reporting on Liberty Central’s funding. Maybe it was unrelated. Either way, twenty years later it bears remembering that Hill’s accusations were not just a matter of “she said, he said.” Hill, in 1991, testified as a credible witness of unquestioned probity.

Thomas had a documented ethics problem then—and, it appears, an ongoing ethics problem now. Back then, Thomas’s truth problem obscured his shameful role in undoing the very civil rights tradition that made his nomination possible. Today, the Thomases’ evocation of that old episode obscures an ethically challenged Supreme Court justice complicit in handing American politics over to corporations and anonymous far-right donors—that is the real scandal.

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Filed under Ethics, GOP Hubris, GOP Hypocrisy, Virginia Lamp Thomas

Teabagger Logic

H/t Joeymac

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Filed under Tea Party Ignorance, Tea Party Nuts, Teabaggers

Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers

Cenk breaks down the  Koch brothers’ recent meeting with the country’s most elite including Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

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Suspicious package sent to Arizona congressman

Fear and loathing in America…Thanks Fox News, Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, et al!

The Washington Post

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson office of U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., was evacuated Thursday after an envelope containing a white powder was discovered in the office’s mail.

The congressman, who is seeking a fifth term, wasn’t at the office when a staffer discovered the envelope, Grijalva spokesman Adam Sarvana said. The envelope had swastikas either written or stamped on the front.

Tucson police responded and evacuated about a dozen people from the office. An FBI spokesman said the substance has been taken to Phoenix for further testing.

Authorities said it’s not immediately known who sent the envelope to Grijalva, who has been threatened previously.

Sarvana said Grijalva was at another Tucson office Thursday – his campaign office – and was made aware of the envelope’s discovery.

A Phoenix man was indicted in June for allegedly threatening to assault, kidnap and murder Grijalva and his aides. In July, a bullet was fired into Grijalva’s Yuma district office shortly after he reversed his call for a convention boycott because of Arizona’s new immigration law.

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Obama’s Most Powerful Enemy

In the history of the United States, I don’t think that any president has ever been confronted by a more powerful enemy than the United States Chamber of Commerce and those top companies that comprise the USCOC.

The Daily Beast 

A new analysis of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s donations show just why Obama has been attacking the group so hard. The chamber, which is the world’s largest nonprofit lobbying group, receives millions of donations from big businesses and then turns the money into a powerful tool to fight regulation of those industries. For example, insurance companies poured at least $10 million into the chamber’s coffers while the Obama administration was fighting for health-care reform. Now the group has turned to electoral battles, spreading its largesse almost exclusively to Republican candidates. Its donations are anonymous.  

Read it at The New York Times

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Filed under National Fear and Loathing, Politics, Politics News, President Obama, Southern Strategy

What You Missed: Midterm Elections in Seven Minutes

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