Writing about the recent Arizona v. United States Supreme Court decision, University of Colorado law professor Paul Campos says: “Scalia, who 25 years ago had a certain gift for pointing out the blindness and hypocrisy of certain versions of limousine liberalism, has in his old age become an increasingly intolerant and intolerable blowhard: a pompous celebrant of his own virtue and rectitude, a purveyor of intemperate jeremiads against the degeneracy of the age, and now an author of hysterical diatribes against foreign invaders, who threaten all that is holy. . . . Scalia seems headed down the path previously trod by those justices who clearly didn’t know when to hang up their robes.”
Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also weighed in: “After twenty-five years on the Court, Scalia has earned a reputation for engaging in splenetic hyperbole—but he outdid himself this time.”
- I think the Affordable Care Act is deeply flawed
- I think it will reduce the quality of my care or increase its cost — or both
- I think the “crisis” was manufactured by Democrats during the Clinton years
- I think the healthcare industry will make even more money thanks to the ACA
The way I see it, Democrats might screw me because they’re incompetent, but the Republicans will screw me because they want to.
On the question of legalizing marijuana, NJ Gov. Christie says he’d veto such a bill, saying “the state should be in the business of undercutting the federal government on that policy.”
But on sports betting, Christie favors legalization: “I don’t think any of us are of the illusion that betting on NFL games isn’t happening every week in New Jersey.”
For the Gov’s hypocrisy, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show took New Jersey’s Biggest Bully to task. Read all about it here: ‘The Daily Show’ calls out Gov. Christie over differing stances on legalizing gambling, pot | NJ.com.
Your Bitemaster, being a bit of a prude, doesn’t approve of either marijuana use or gambling. But he REALLY disapproves of self-righteous hypocrites.
OK, it’s old news, but your Bitemaster was musing today about the SCOTUS decision of 2010 in United States v. Comstock, wherein the majority held that sex offenders in federal custody could be incarcerated indefinitely after the completion of their sentences. The amazing thing is that the only two black-robers who voted against were Scalia and Thomas. I never would have thought they would be our guardians of liberty. Go figure.
Also, our resident constitutional expert, Mr H.O. Hell says that the 8th Amendment protection against “cruel and unusual punishment” supersedes the “Necessary and Proper” clause that the majority used as a basis for their decision.
Chuck Norris is again trying to shore up his heterosexual cred, this time by attacking Obama for supposedly promoting a gay agenda at the Boy Scouts. But it’s all in Norris’s head: Obama has no pro-gay agenda for the Boy Scouts. Clearly Norris needs professional help. In the mean time, he can Bite Me.
Every report I can find says that Bernie Madoff’s brother Peter will have to give back $143 billion as part of his plea bargain. It sure seems like a typo in U.S. Attorney Preet Bharar’s papers, recently filed in Manhattan federal court.
The total Madoff fraud — the imaginary profits — was estimated at $60 billion. The amount investors lost was estimated at $20 billion. The court-appointed trustee for the Madoff victims, Irving Picard, claimed that Peter Madoff received at least $60 million during the fraud.
So where did Bharar get the $143 billion dollar figure? He either made it up, or he doesn’t know the difference between a million dollars and a billion dollars, or he’s trying to inflate his successes.
Either way, he can Bite Me.
A working paper released this week by the National Bureau of Economics Research found that states that have passed controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws, such as the one George Zimmerman is using as his defense to charges that he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida this February, actually ended up seeing more homicides after the laws were passed.
Kevin Costello complained to police about money missing from his bank account. An investigation revealed that he had received a $545,384 refund after filing four fraudulent state tax returns in 2008, according to authorities. He’s been indicted on money laundering, theft and tax charges.
And the bank teller? She’s been charged with theft by deception for taking nearly $100,000 over a two-year period after making a duplicate debit card for Costello’s account.
After years and years of the right wing holding every kind of useful or necessary legislation hostage to their narrow sectarian beliefs, one of their leaders now has the temerity to charge that Obama is denying funds to organizations that help foreign sex workers.
Totally not true.
All the administration wants is that organizations which receive federal funds provide sex-trafficking victims with contraception. This should be a no-brainer, but it’s clearly beyond the grasp of Steve Wagner, the prominent “theoconservative” and follower of Robert P. George.