Archive for February 4th, 2010
Clarence Thomas is upset that many people have leveled intense criticism at the U.S. Supreme Court in light of the Citizen’s United decision:
Questioning the Supreme Court and other government branches needs to stay within the range of fair criticism or “run the risk in our society of undermining institutions that we need to preserve our liberties,” Justice Clarence Thomas said Thursday.
Dear Justice Thomas:
If you don’t like the criticism, there are several things you can do about it. You can resign. Or you can quit supporting the conservative wing of the Court when it makes decisions that undermine the institutions that we need to preserve our liberties.
What did you possibly think would occur when you invited corporations to pour unlimited money into the elections of our politicians (as if it weren’t bad enough already). Consider, too that Citizen’s United will allow corporations to purchase state judges too (and consider this revealing look at the “judicial philosophy of John Roberts, with whom you’ve aligned yourself). Didn’t it occur to you that you could have invoked stare decisis, and at least not made the problem worse? And answer this: Why should people continue to have respect for the United States Supreme Court when it delivers repeated crippling blows to the ability of the People to run their own government? Do you think that letting corporations buy politicians was the “original intent” of the Founders? Can you think of any liberty that is more fundamental than the ability of the Citizens to elect representatives who will be honestly responsive to them, not corrupted by huge amounts of money?
But you really don’t want to hear any of this. You’d rather that people simple pretend that you are doing a great job now matter how badly you screw up.
Check out this powerful video reminding you to use your seatbelt. Amazingly, 25% of people from Missouri (my home state) don’t use a seatbelt while driving. Nationwide, 17% of people don’t use their seatbelts.
Via The Daily Dish.
According to The Onion, an American bald eagle has spoken out, frustrated that so many people assume that he is pro-war.
Frustrated by the widely held assumption that he unequivocally endorses the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a bald eagle said Monday that his thoughts on the conflicts were far more nuanced than many Americans might expect. Speaking to reporters from his nest in the upper branches of a 175-foot ponderosa pine tree, the eagle explained that each member of his species was different and none should be taken for granted as a lockstep supporter of American military policy.
Planned Parenthood plans to run this pro-choice ad on Superbowl Sunday to counter an anti-abortion ad featuring Tim Tebow. This is a sophisticated spot that gets its point across without being confrontational. I do admire the work done to put it together. Then again, I suspect that tens of millions of people will see these two ads and not a single person will change his/her opinion on the issue of abortion.