The Real Downside to Re-Electing Bush (Alito, Roberts)

The most remarkable thing about the Supreme Court’s opinions announced Monday was not what the justices wrote or said. It was what Samuel Alito did.

The associate justice, a George W. Bush appointee, read two opinions, both 5-4 decisions that split the court along its usual right-left divide. But Alito didn’t stop there. When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, Alito visibly mocked his colleague.

via Dana Milbank: Justice Samuel Alito’s middle-school antics – The Washington Post.

Around the 2004 election there were a number of arguments about re-electing someone the SCOTUS selected in 2000 to be President.  One of the big issues was going to be a couple of Supreme Court appointments the newly elected (in 2004) President was going to be able to make.

If you’ll recall, Bush first tried to get his personal lawyer  (Harriet Myers) appointed.   When that got laughed out of Congress, Bush wen to Alito…who it turns out was worse.

Bush also appointed Roberts as Chief Justice, and given Roberts young age, Bush’s decisions are going to be with us for a long time.

So when it appears the SCOTUS is more and more out of touch with what is happening in reality, it is perfectly correct to the person who made it that way accountable.

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A Couple Republicans Remember Jesus Liked the Poor (and they claim to love the Jesus)

“When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. You’d better have a good answer,” Kasich, a Christian conservative, says he told one Ohio lawmaker last week.

“I can’t go any harder than that. I’ve got nothing left.”

Most Republicans oppose Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a costly, ineffective and unnecessary expansion of government. But some Republican governors, like Arizona’s Jan Brewer and Michigan’s Rick Snyder, have broken ranks to embrace the law’s Medicaid expansion as a practical way to help the poor while infusing their state budgets with billions of dollars in federal funding to pay for it.

via Republican Battles Over Medicaid Turn To God, Morality.

The rampant hypocrisy (approaching schizophrenia) on the right on these issues (“we love unborn babies, but hate anchor babies”, and “lazy good-for-nothings popping out kids for more welfare”) is becoming so odious there’s really not an argument against it…it’s just flat out wrong.

Maybe they think people’s hypocrisy meters will simply asplode or something, and not notice there is not moral consistency to the GOP*.

* This was also clear in the recent SCOTUS ruling striking down part of the Voting Rights Act and 2nd Amendment rulings.  For the VRA, the change in voter landscape from 40 years ago is so much the rules don’t matter anymore…but for the 2nd Amendment, 200+ years of technological advancements in the lethality of handheld weapons means nothing and shouldn’t be taken into consideration.

 

IRS Scandel Dead (Except for Derposphere)

That “be on the lookout list” used to flag Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny of their tax-exemption applications?It turns out it wasnt the only one the Internal Revenue Service had been using.There were also other lists, covering a “broad spectrum” of categories and cases, according to a preliminary IRS report released Monday.

“Once we came to that conclusion, we took immediate action to suspend the use of these lists in the Exempt Organizations unit within IRS,” said Danny Werfel, the new acting chief of the IRS, in a conference call with reporters.

via IRS Chief: No Evidence Of Intentional Wrongdoing So Far | WUTC.

So this thing is pretty much dead and buried…outside the idiot brigade,which will ride it hard until 2014, endlessly saying acronyms as if they are a mantra that means anything to anyone outside not active in the brigade. (NSA, IRS, Benghaszi, NSA, IRSA, Behnghazi, NSA, IRS, Benghazi).