Sunday, June 12, 2011

Random Political Observations Sunday (Vol. 2)

Ginni Thomas, wife of SC associate justice Clarence Thomas, received a salary of $150,000 in 2010 from Liberty Central, which she helped found and which supports repeal of Obamacare. "ProtectOurElections.org, run by Kevin Zeese, argued in a letter sent last week to the FBI that Thomas deliberately excluded his wife's income over the past 20 years and 'engaged in judicial corruption' by receiving $100,000 in support from Citizens United during his nomination in 1991.

"The group alleges that Thomas then paid up on a quid pro quo 19 years later when the court voted in favor of Citizens United in a campaign finance ruling that enables corporations and unions to donate to candidates without naming its contributors."

[Okay, besides the obvious idiocy in the "20-year quid pro quo" claim, anybody but me notice the inference that Ms. Thomas can't have an opinion separate from her husband's? Either that, or he's so hen-pecked he can't have an opinion separate from hers?]

"'We knew that Justice Thomas' family had a financial stake in opposing health care reform. Now we know even more,' Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. 'It's pretty clear the justice has one option here: recusal.'" [Sorry, Tony, your credibility on judicial ethics questions is sub-par right now. Talk to us when you come out of counseling.]

"Public Citizen is working on behalf of Harry Cason, a Ph.D. student at the City University of New York who filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the CIA in 2009 for research he was doing on the U.S. role in Spain’s Franco regime, where Opus Dei allegedly played some part." [Serving coffee and doughnuts for the Falange, perhaps.]

Empire, Nevada, is the last example of a "company town", where every square acre and every building on each acre is owned by one company: United States Gypsum. Back in December, USG, which has posted over $1.5 billion in losses over the last three years, had to make the tough decision to shut down the gypsum mine and drywall factory. On June 20, the town will officially cease to exist, even as a ZIP code; the 136 acres will be sealed off by a chain-link fence and barbed wire. [Please offer some prayers for the people of Empire, Nevada, and their families, that they may all find new homes and new jobs very soon. Some already have ... but prayer never hurts.]


Obama Administration backs Argentina over UK on Falklands dispute
Here are two puzzling questions: 1) Why is Pres. Obama so bound and determined to p*** off one of the few allies we have left? 2) If there weren't a commercially viable oil reserve offshore, would anyone care who had title to the islands?

Some gay-rights foes claim they are bullied ["Claim"?]

"'They lost the argument on gay people, and now they are losing the argument on marriage,' said lawyer Evan Wolfson, president of the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. 'Diversions, scare tactics and this playing the victim are all they have left.'


"He added: 'There's been a shift in the moral understanding of people: that exclusion from marriage and anti-gay prejudice is wrong. Positions that wouldn't have been questioned in the past are now being held up to the light.' ...

"'If we made it such that no law firm would defend the indefensible, then good for us,' said Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaign's vice president for communication. 'When you have people talking about the fact that it's no longer politically correct to be anti-equality, it's a show of progress.'"

[In other words, "Shut up, you homophobic whiners." Guess the cult of victimhood only admits of liberal victims.] 


Too much coffee makes you hear voices, study suggests 
Wonder how long it will be until P. Z. Myers or Sam Harris claims coffee is responsible for Christian revelation? There's no naturalistic explanation so stupid that some atheist won't claim we must believe it rather than Scriptural accounts.