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.

And with that, more perverts sign up to “serve and protect”

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.

via Justices Approve Strip-Searches for Any Offense –

In separate concurrences, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. emphasized the limits of the majority opinion. Chief Justice Roberts, quoting from an earlier decision, said that exceptions to Monday’s ruling were still possible “to ensure that we ‘not embarrass the future.’ ”

Too late asshat, you are an embarrassment to the future, past, and present.

The “final?” word on Leo Donofrio….and the Natural Born Citizen

[Alternate post title….Wah vs Leo]

Some of you may remember my efforts to help a fellow human being stop making a fool of himself a few days ago.  That post, and argument, is here.

As the Supreme Court today made it official that there is no constitutional crisis regarding the definition of a “natural born citizen.”  It seems they are comfortable with the case law as it stands, born here (like Obama) or born to two “active” Americans abroad (like McCain).  Chief Justice John Roberts will do his duty to swear in Barack Hussein Obama on January 20th, 2009 to the office of Presidnet of the United States.

Knowing this was going to be the case, Leo Donofrio’s mind fell to pieces and he wrote this post on Saturday…

I have archived it in the event that he follows the advice of a large number of posters who suggest he should delete it, as it makes him, and them, look crazy (he already knows he is [1], which is why he’s comfortable leaving it up…).

After he made that post, I did a bit of googling and reading and found the real motivating factor for his quest.   He is pretty sure that Obama is the literal Anti-Christ.  He tries to claim that the post linked above, where he hopes “That One” gets assassinated by the beast (yup, Leo, the Secret Service *will* be visiting…they don’t take that stuff lightly) is satire.

Sadly for Leo, the Internet has a long and literal memory.  Once you get a couple of the search terms right, the Truth opens before one like a flower in springtime.

To wit…and this is a repost of a comment on my original thread in response to another avid follower of these shenanigans….

Actually, Leo posted the bad news yesterday in this rather stunning admission that he is totally off his rocker, as I suggested in the title of this post….

After he posted that, I was able to find out a couple of his other online aliases and a bit more about him, and read some of his other “work”.

Like his stringent defense of the golf skills of Michelle Wie….

He goes by the name “Jet Wintzer” sometimes according to this the blurb about his band, Schizo Fun Addict.  His World Series of Poker bio, thoughtfully linked in the meltdown, mentions the band name.  Reading the bands background leads us to “Jet Wintzer”  [note: He says “Jet Schizo” in the meltdown, but the band bio says othersie.]

All of this leads to the final nail in the coffin of crazy….

He also considers himself to be an embodiment of the “Holy Spirit” in his post under the pseudonym “the Paraclete.” [ ] and is tasked with telling of the coming of the Messiah.

To wit…and this is long….and incredibly revealing….note the “failed lawyer” part…


The following are liner notes to the film I’m submitting to Trigger Street in the next cycle. I think you’ll be into it

I am the author of internet cult phenomenon “ONELOVESTORY”, written under the alias BURNWEED. In 1994 I was at a low point in my life, a failed law career led to me being a singer in a failed rock band inspired by the 89/90 Manchester Rock/Rave explosion.

In 1994 my band broke up and I was in a bad way. Angels intervened.
I was led by dream to the music, art and lyrics of my fav band, Manchester icons, The Stone Roses.

I began to recognize a hidden concept within their work leading me to believe they were angels of the apocalypse and I was called to break the story, something like “Paul is Dead” by The Beatles or the Publius Enigma (Pink Floyd).

I spent 1995-1999 trying to break the story to the UK music press by using art terrorist tactis. In 1998 I realized I was The Paraclete and that my purpose was to prophecy the return of the Messiah. The angels led me to one ALLAN(Reni)WREN, reclusive drummer of The Stone Roses. Needless to say I never had a chance of getting ONELOVESTORY or my music any press as they all thought I was insane and trying to ride on the shoulders of another band’s dream as a charlatan.

So I changed my name and reincarnated myself as Jet Wintzer, leader of a fledgling New York City art noise lofi psychedelic group, SCHIZO FUN ADDICT.

Our music, not obviously tied to ONELOVESTORY because of our going under cover, finally captured media attention breaking through with rave reviews in major magazines such as UNCUT, Q, NME, and NEW YORK PRESS. Only after we released two critically accalimed CDs did I let the media know I was BURNWEED/PARACLETE, author of ONELOVESTORY. EVERET TRUE, Legendary journalist from England’s now defunct MELODY MAKER, having already sung our praises with a blistering rave of our second album “Diamond” in New York Press, finally broke ONELOVESTORY in print in the October 2001 issue of MOJO Mag, the UKs biggest rock publication.

Bizarre as this may sound, it’s all true and has been documented in Usenet newsgroup since 1996.

In the next Trigger Street I will present a 10 minute film we’ve made about my life and the metamorphosis I’ve gone through as a result of following the angels and trusting them. The film is called BIPOLAR PHOENIX. There are two ten second trailers for it at our site

Love on you all day


Yes…the internet never forgets. Something that will most likely come back to bite *me* some day as well, but there ya go.

He’s a nut. A well-meaning nut, I think, but one who has got this weird idea that Obama is the Anti-Christ stuck very, very deep in his mind. He has been on a holy mission, which is why he’s put so much effort into his windmill tilting and why he totally frickin’ lost it when he lost that battle.

I tried to let him know that I was on to him in the thread on Saturday.  He deleted my first couple attempts at congratulating him for leading so many people astray(?), so I quickly crafted a couplet that would both castigate him for deleting my previous responses, while simultaneously appearing to his other readers that it actually supported his position.  He posted it, along with high praise….

RoPiNi Says:
December 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm

To be even more clear, denying the right of another to speak does not a stronger argument make.

Eh, “the Paraclete”?

[ed. If I don’t think somebody is being genuine, and is trying to confuse people for the sake of confusion just because they know how to play with words… they don’t get to speak on my blog. As to what’s posted here, I am the boss. If you don’t think I’ve been fair, leave. Word up.]

I got a hearty laugh out of that one, as MY ENTIRE PURPOSE for engaging in this argument was to keep Leo from trying to confuse people by playing with the Word. And yes, I am extremely adept at it.

C’mon Leo….you’ve had ten years….don’t you know who it is yet?


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SCOTUS: Ping the Whales!

The Supreme Court, dividing 6-3, upheld the Navy’s power to use sonar in military training exercises, even though environmentalists claim that the technology threatens marine life in the training zone off the Pacific Coast.  Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., wrote for the majority; there were two full dissents and one partial dissent.   The decision, the Court’s first ruling of the Term, came in the case of Winter (Navy Secretary) v. National Resources Defense Council, et al. (07-1239).

[full story]

The back story here is that Navy exercises off the coast of Cali have been purported (ha) to have adverse effects on marine mammals.

This is being studied….

Using satellite-linked and underwater listening tags to monitor movement and behavior, NOAA and partnering scientists tagged more than thirty individual marine mammals of four different species. They measured how deep-diving marine mammals feed, interact with one another, dive and respond to sounds in their environment in this pioneering pilot project carried out in conjunction with the Navy’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 exercises. 

[full story]

…but ultimatey the Court found that the results of the study don’t really matter.

Roberts wrote that “the Navy’s need to conduct realistic training with active sonar to respond to the threat posed by enemy submarines plainly outweighs” the environmental concerns raised by advocacy groups. “We do not discount the importance of [the challengers’] ecological, scientific, and recreational interest in marine mammals,” the opinion remarked.

It added: “Of course, military interests do not always trump other considerations, and we have not held that they do.  In this case, however, the proper determination of where the public interest lies does not strike us as a close question.”

So given that no data on the effect of active sonar on the whales or other marine life was considered, it can probably be assumed that nothing, up to and including extinction level interaction, really matters in this case.

Personally I would have like to see the Court wait until the data came back from the study to make a ruling, but as that would have gone beyond the time limit for the exercises [“The Court had heard argument in the case on Oct. 8, and moved comparatively rapidly to prepare the opinions because the specific round of sonar exercises the Navy is conducting are to be finished by January, at the latest.” ] this is just a “move-along, nothing to see here” ruling. 

The Court didn’t say whether or not the Navy should do such a study and to what degree it could affect their exercises, but then again, that’s not really what the SCOTUS does….usually