Takes One To Know One

The Death of the Media

clarence.jpgFrom Juan Williams writing in the Wall Street Journal, who sings the praises of Clarence Thomas as a race healer:

 

“Justice Thomas, who has been on the court nearly a quarter-century, remains a polarizing figure—loved by conservatives and loathed by liberals. But his “free”-thinking legal opinions are opening new roads for the American political debate on racial justice.

His opinions are rooted in the premise that the 14th Amendment—guaranteeing equal rights for all—cannot mean different things for different people. As he wrote in Fisher v. University of Texas (2013), he is opposed to “perpetual racial tinkering” by judges to fix racial imbalance and inequality at schools and the workplace. Yet he never contends racism has gone away. The fact that a 2001 article in Time magazine about him was headlined “Uncle Tom Justice” reminds us that racism stubbornly persists.

…Justice Thomas, meanwhile, is reshaping the law and government policy on race by virtue of the power of his opinions from the bench. Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American on the Supreme Court, stood up as a voice insisting on rights for black people. Justice Thomas, the second black man on the court, takes a different tack. He stands up for individual rights as a sure blanket of legal protection for everyone, including minorities.”

That the Uncle Ruckus of the Supreme Court is reshaping the law and government policy on race is by dismantling The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act clause-by-clause, of this there can be no doubt. Thomas’ fix to all societal problems is telling minorities to pull themselves up by their own societal bootstraps, even though (as Williams points out) he knows that racism exists. He gives a fig leaf of coverage to institutional racism.

Thomas’ one-size-fits-all world view will be put to the test with Marriage Equality this term, and I suspect he will absolutely be against it.

Why Fox News contributor Juan Williams is writing a mash note to Clarence Thomas is the real question here. Or maybe it’s not.

The DFHs Were Right (Again)

Bill Kristol does the Grand Slam

It’s getting to be a trope, but it seems that we dirty-freaking-hippies are almost always right and after it is too late, then they admit it:

“We had the votes in ’09. We had a huge majority in the House, we had 60 votes in the Senate,” Harkin told The Hill, saying that the first Congress of President Barack Obama’s administration should have passed “single-payer right from the get go or at least put a public option (which) would have simplified a lot.”

“We had the votes to do that and we blew it,” he said. He decried that the law as it exists is “really complicated” and benefits the insurance companies, though he praised its prevention health funding.

“We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified health care, made it more efficient and made it less costly and we didn’t do it,” Harkin told The Hill. “So I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all.

–Retiring IA Sen. Tom Harkin, who helped oversee the drafting of the Affordable Care Act.

I repeat myself:

Max Baucus surreal

I don’t mind sending Max “Single Payer” Baucus to China. It’s the return trip I object to:

President Barack Obama formally announced Friday plans to nominate Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) as ambassador to China.

“For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China,” Obama said in a statement Friday morning. “The economic agreements he helped forge have created millions of American jobs and added billions of dollars to our economy, and he’s perfectly suited to build on that progress in his new role.”

(Livewire)

The Morning Quote

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“I’m sure that our enemies are cheering now as a result of this decision.”

Former Senator –Traitor Joe, on Fox News (of course) talking about The Kenyan’s decision to seek Congressional approval instead of just attacking Syria. Traitor Joe is now a practicing attorney and frequently whispered candidate to replace Janet Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security.

(Raw Story)

In his own words

“No.”

–Weepy McDrunky answers the question, whether Republicans were “eventually going to have to raise taxes in some way” if the president wins in November.

One down… 99 to go

Ben Nelson announces his retirement.

“Public office is a place for public service, not personal profit. It’s about promoting the common good, not the agenda of the radical right or the radical left. It’s about fairness for all, not privileges for the few. And, it’s about protecting the rights of individuals, even if it angers the majority. I hope and believe I have fulfilled these principles to the best of my ability.”

To which I can only reply, “Thanks for the finger-f***, Superman.”

(TPM)

Sunday’s Talkies

Looks like someone at ABC is going to be fired:

–NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Speaker John Boehner; Rep. Michele Bachmann; Romney campaign surrogate Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC); roundtable with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and Republican strategist Mike Murphy

–ABC’s “This Week”: “Great American Debate” on the subject: “There is too much government in my life,” roundtable with Rep. Barney Frank, former Clinton Labor Secretary and University of California at Berkley professor Robert Reich, Rep. Paul Ryan and ABC News’ George Will (live, with a studio audience, from the Newseum)

–CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Newt Gingrich

–“Fox News Sunday”: Mitt Romney; roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Republican strategist Ed Rollins and Fox News’ Juan Williams

Oh, Peggington Noonington is going to be poured onto set at CNN.

Quote of the Morning

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We need to encourage those on the top income scale to create more jobs. We are about income mobility and that’s what we should be focused on to take care of the income disparity.

–Eric Cantor, mendacious turd

Really, Eric? We need to count on the 1% to reform income inequality?

The Best GOP President Ever Comforts Ryan

There is no end to the perfidy of Bill Clinton. “Give me a call.” Indeed.

Really Bill? God, I loath than man.

(Gawker)

It is to laugh

Yeah, you do that President Carebear. We’ll just add that to your long list of broken promises and outright lies, you douchebag. I wouldn’t trust you to give me two nickles for a dime.