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?
“[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.