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Scum Of The SCOTUS

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Everyone has their daily ritual they have to complete, and for me, that means checking Cracked’s daily articles. Today’s article on how the political machine is rigged  brought up some concerns. notably what or who they answer to.

The Supreme Court of The United States is considered the highest power in all the land; every lower court in the country has to answer to at least one higher power, with SCOTUS being the top of this particular pyramid of power. However, the supreme court doesn’t seem to have anyone they have to answer to, not even the president. In theory, this should mean that they have one more safeguard to prevent a corrupt administration from making them a puppet to their policies; in practice, however, we see the same issues we see in any self-regulating organization. The human with the greatest legal mind in the country is still human after all, and humans are so prone to corruption, roughly half of our classic literature deals with this reality (The Tempest, The Ring of Gyges, The Lord of the Rings, and Who mourns for Adonis, to name a few) and yet, we somehow think of our elected officials as being incorruptible.

SCOTUS, and judges in general, are supposed to recuse themselves from any suit that presents a conflict of interest to them for whatever reason. While there are checks and balances abound for lower court judges, it’s essentially up to each justice to decide whether a case provides a conflict of interest, which works about as well as you’d expect. Examples of this self-regulating system failing are: Clarence Thomas  presiding over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act while his wife actively campaigns for its repeal, the king of bloated trolls Antonin Scalia going duck hunting with Dick Cheney before presiding over a case involving his energy task force, and just general clownfuckery.

With the possibility of corruption so high, and the instances of such possible corruption coming to light, this brings some troubling issues to light. While everyone has their eye in a microscope trained on the president, and quite a few of us want to view our senators only through a rifle scope, no one really seems to keep an eye on the supreme court these days. As my opener asks, when there’s no higher power to answer to, who watches the watchmen?

Hawaii Becomes 16th State to Legalize Marriage Equality

On Tuesday, the Hawaii legislature voted 19-4 to bring Marriage Equality to the Aloha state. The governor, A Democrat, is expected to sign it into law on Wednesday.

This begs the question: How many more states have to legalize marriage before we get a Supreme Court ruling that will completely do away the state constitutional amendments that deny equality to millions? At this point, we have 16 states with marriage equality, and Illinois makes 17 with a start date of June, 2014. Additionally, we have civil unions in Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, and Wisconsin. This means we have some form of legal recognition in 21 states plus the District of Columbia. This is almost half the country. How much longer do we have to wait?

The Supreme Court Will NEVER Overturn Roe v Wade But Not For The Reason You Think

Glenn Dewar, The Fat Smug Bastard, has a theory that Supreme Court Justice Roberts will never, in a million years, vote to overturn Roe v Wade. In fact, Glenn is convinced that he was put on the court to make sure it never happens. Looks like we’ll be able to put his theory to the test and soon:

WASHINGTON — A steady stream of abortion cases are heading toward the Supreme Court, making it only a matter of time before the justices are likely to consider a new wave of state restrictions.

Although the justices have refused to consider two major cases from Oklahoma in the past two weeks, more states are seeking the high court’s blessing for restrictions that have been struck down by state and federal appeals courts.

Let’s be honest, the conservative wing of the SCOTUS is so used to reinterpreting a case to reach any conclusion they want, they could take any one of these and simply overturn Roe v Wade.  But, according to Glenn, they won’t.

Why?

Simple.

The Republican electoral strategy relies on one thing and one thing only: wedge issues. The establishment doesn’t give a rat’s ass about “protecting the unborn,” they care about enraging religious voters so they’ll vote Republican. Take away the social wedge issues and suddenly people might notice that the GOP’s entire economic plan is designed to crush the middle class and working poor.

This has been true for decades.

Knowing this, Roberts will, according to the FSB, never vote to overturn Roe. Place your bets, people.

Correction: the original article listed Justice Kennedy as the vote to watch. The article has been updated to reflect the target of the FSB’s theory: Justice Roberts

Supreme Court Unamiously Rejects Corporate Greed

In case you missed this:

WASHINGTON — Human genes may not be patented, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The decision is likely to reduce the cost of genetic testing for some health risks, and it may discourage investment in some forms of genetic research.

The case concerned patents held by Myriad Genetics, a Utah company, on genes that correlate with an increased risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The patents were challenged by scientists and doctors who said their research and ability to help patients had been frustrated.

This is a HUGE victory. What was happening is that companies would patent an important gene and then no one would allowed to use that information without paying very expensive fees to the company that discovered it if they allowed it at all.

Yes, companies that invest money into research should benefit from it but not at the cost of human lives. The BRAC test based on the the gene in dispute costs $3000. Can’t afford it? Too bad for you. Try not to get cancer, yeah? This is clearly not in the best interest of the public’s health.

Now, critics (Republicans) will cry that the Supreme Court will scare off investment in research. Bullshit. There’s still money to be made in discovering the genes that cause disease and misery and, not for nothing, there’s a quite a lot of government money being poured into medical research as well. Companies relying a little more on that instead of their own is perfectly fine so long as the populace benefits in the end. That’s what government is for: to use our collective resources to improve our lives.

Now who would object to that? Hmmmmm…..

Liberal ‘Fearmongering’ Validated (Again)

During the run up to the election I posted an article about a picture made by Occupy:

I got a fair amount of push back from liberal third party voters (or, as I like to call them: “idiots”) who insisted I was just fearmongering:

Fear mongering won’t get Obama my vote. I’d still rather throw my vote away to a third party then vote for either of those clowns.

Not enough to redeem Obama in my opinion.

The Facebook comments had a similar bent. Now, let me present THIS picture for your consideration:

Here’s the next step in the GOP’s assault on Democracy. Combined with the insane Republican gerrymandering of these states, what you have is a country potentially ruled by a minority. Even if the overwhelming majority of citizens vote Democratic, a Republican can still win, the hell with the popular vote. You will now be counted as less than a full person while Republican voters will be counted as more.

When this heads to the Supreme Court, and it will, what do you suppose they will say? Remember, this is the 5-4 radical conservative court that decided all on their own that corporations are people and money is free speech. Want to leave it up to them? In a few years, one or two of those conservative justices will retire (or die). My question for those accusing us “Obamabots” of fearmongering: Can you honestly say that President Obama will be putting more far right ideologues on the court? How about a hypothetical President Romney? Would you care to continue betting your future on that or will you finally concede that there is a substantial difference between the two parties and maybe, just maybe, you should get your head out of your ass?

And let me address the childish argument of “I don’t wanna vote for the lesser of two evils!” with an example put forth by Sam Seder: If you are presented with the choice of voting for 5 concentration camps and 10 concentration camps you are morally obligated to choose the “lesser of two evils.” To throw your hands up and say “I prefer pink unicorns” does not absolve you of the responsibility of your vote. By turning your back on reality, you are allowing the greater evil to advance. That is on you no matter how hard you stick your fingers in your ears and scream.

Romney Might Have Just Lost The Election

But I thought the Supreme Court was on MY side!

From The Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is siding with Democrats in refusing to block early voting in the battleground state of Ohio.

The court on Tuesday refused a Republican request to get involved in a dispute over early voting in the state on the three days before Election Day.

The campaign of President Barack Obama and Ohio Democrats sued the state over changes in Ohio law that took away the three days of voting for most people, but made exceptions for military personnel and Ohioans living overseas. Democrats say nearly 100,000 people voted in the three days before the election in 2008.

The Romney campaign and the GOP in general must be screaming bloody murder right now. I guarantee they were assuming that the conservative Roberts court would take the case and rule in favor of voter suppression “election integrity.”

So look for this going forward: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will ram through some “emergency measures” that will be blatantly illegal. This close to the election, the idea will not be to keep those measures in place but to muddy the waters enough that a full scale suppression effort can be enacted with legal cover. “We didn’t know that was illegal!” or “We were confused!” will be the excuses given by conservative citizens that just happen to target minority districts and minorities in swing districts.

Romney MUST win Ohio. Without it, he has to take 6 of the remaining 8 swing states, only two (Florida and North Carolina) of which he is leading in. Not exactly an outcome to bet on. This is why so much effort has gone into limiting early voting; it overwhelmingly benefits the Democratic Party. Can’t have that!

As I’ve said, if you live in Ohio (or any other swing state), do not vote and go home, watch for people to attempt to jam up the lines. Take their picture and demand their ID. Let everyone on line know who they are and what they are doing. Don’t say who they are working for (that might be considered electioneering at a polling place, hence, illegal) but make sure everyone knows that they are there to run out the clock. They want to discourage people from voting by making it take too long. They are literally trying to take away your vote.

It cannot be stated often enough: cockroaches scatter in the light. Make sure you expose them for the vermin they are.