Kavanaugh: ‘You Knew The Job Was Dangerous When You Took It’

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.

Because SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has left a rather immense paper trail (and was in Chimpy’s Reign of Error in some legal capacity, so therefore his legacy is available for perusing from a FOIA perspective), there is a lot we can learn about him.

Everyone it seems is convinced that as a practicing Catholic that he is going to tear up abortion rights and marriage equality, but what about the poor, over-regulated amusement park industry?

The Big Think:

“[Judge Brett Kavanaugh] was also one of three judges who oversaw SeaWorld’s appeal of citationsthe company received because of the death of killer whale trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, when she was drowned and dismembered by a killer whale named Tilikum after a performance.

“…In a telling bit about who this man is and how he thinks, Kavanaugh argued in a dissenting opinion that those who train killer whales were basically no different than professional athletes and racing drivers; basically, their jobs were risky by design, so they deserved no such protection.”

Kavanaugh concluded that the Labor Department should not implement onerous regulations that to prevent trainers from being eaten in front of paying customers. He was hungry, what’s an Orca to do?

“When should we as a society paternalistically decide that the risk of significant physical injury is simply too great even for eager and willing participants? And most importantly for this case, who decides that the risk to participants is too high?”

Right. When will the Mommy-state stop demanding that killer whales stop eating humans in amusement parks? Maybe those customers will feel cheated if Willy doesn’t nom-nom-nom on its trainer. Free Market!!1!

“It did not appear in Kavanaugh’s dissent that he considered the fact that this was the third human death that this particular killer whale had been involved in while in captivity.”

Perhaps the whale thought it was a buffet?

But, you know, this kinda gives us an insight on how Kavs (may I call you that, Brett?) might rule on workers injured, killed, or raped elsewhere, like on oil rigs or coal mines, or dancers in strip clubs, etc., but at least the dead and injured will know that J. Ambrose McFatcat the Third will still be able to pay his club dues at Merde-a-Lardo.

You knew the job was dangerous when you took it will be the law of the land.


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21 Responses to Kavanaugh: ‘You Knew The Job Was Dangerous When You Took It’

  1. Bruce388 says:

    In the words of FatNixon: “He knew what he signed up for.”


  2. Dennis Cole says:

    May I suggest a nickname for our esteemed Jurist? How does Cravenmaw strike you?


  3. ming says:

    Kavanaugh aside, I must say that I support Tilikum’s right to dismember and eat his tormentors. Wild animals do not belong in captivity for our entertainment.

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    • tengrain says:

      I’m with you on this Ming. I’m opposed to SeaWorld and have been since I went there once in 7th Grade.

      I feel bad for the trainer(s), though not for the amusement park.



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  4. donnah says:

    Tilikum knew what he was getting into when he signed…oh, right.


  5. Reblogged this on aunt polly's rants and commented:

    Tells ya everything you need to know about this asshole


  6. jimbo57 says:

    “I said SWIM with the dolphins! Swiiiiiim!”


  7. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Cool, we can save a lot on golf car rentals if we eliminate Dotard’s security detail.


  8. RWW says:

    Something about this prissy little prick tells me he’d be the first one to demand damages over getting a paper cut.


  9. Redhand says:

    The film Blackfish, about this incident, is a must-see. The “assumed the risk/shudda known” legal theory in the OSHA citation litigation is almost as creepy as the disgusting (criminal) acts of Sea World that made the deaths possible.

    But I digress? That Kavanaugh found as he did in the regulatory litigation is partial proof of my pet theory (pun intended) that Dotard and the Rethugs want to take us back to the legal and social environment of the late 19th Century and “the fellow servant rule.” It’s a no-brainer that Kavanaugh would adopt it again, if he could.


  10. Oneofthebobs says:

    “You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.” Super Chicken sure was a lot more fun than this.

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  13. A.J. says:

    And who was the attorney representing Sea World before the court – and Kavanaugh?

    Why, is was Eugene Scalia! Son of Antonin “Vaffanculo” Scalia. But I’m sure – SURE I tells ‘ya – that had nothing to do with the Kavanaugh being the only member of the court to vote in favor of SeaWorld over OSHA.


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