Thursday, 5/31/12, Public Square

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  1. prairie pond

    Regarding today’s graphic, it seems “so it was, so it has ever been, and so it will ever be” is an appropriate comment.

    I don’t know what it is about human nature that requires a scapegoat. Humans, like dogs, seem to have a thing about pack order, and making sure there is always someone lower in the pack order than themselves.

    I think that is at the heart of all bullying. The need to have someone lower to justify a feeling of superiority over someone. Hell, anyone. I think that is why we find some fringe wingnut christians fighting the anti-bulling laws that many communities and states are trying to enact. They see bullying as their god-given right to make sure someone is lower than they are, even when they are the majority.

    And not allowing them their god-given right to persecute others makes them cry that they are the ones being persecuted. WTF?

    As Prine would say, “some humans just aint human.” Or maybe, they are all too human.

    • One of today’s biggest bully groups are the oligarchs and plutocrats who marshal their forces against the middle and working classes. History should offer everyone insight into the excesses of the Gilded Age, but I guess it’s true, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

      We hear so much about the founders so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that white males still don’t regard any of those who are different — minority races, women… — as equals.

  2. Yet another reason to make sure SCOTUS doesn’t add another ‘conservative’ judge!

    In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it doesn’t give them the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples.

    The court didn’t rule on the law’s other politically combustible provision, which said states without same-sex marriage cannot be forced to recognize gay unions performed in states where it’s legal. It also wasn’t asked to address whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry.

  3. A week or so ago, when this op-ed first came out a link to it was posted here on our blog. If you didn’t read it then, I highly recommend you read it now. It tells you the shenanigans and ‘procedures’ the Roberts court used to end up making the Citizens United ruling. Along with a bunch of history of the court, citations to cases that influenced other cases, it’s a good piece which gives you a great start on understanding the history of judicial activism from both sides — liberal and conservative.

    Money Unlimited
    How Chief Justice John Roberts orchestrated the Citizens United decision.

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/05/21/120521fa_fact_toobin

  4. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
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    As we have seen from these Republicans – they simply rewrite the past as they wish it to be – and VOILA…..it’s been changed so NOW they are correct and the rest of us peasants are wrong.

    Then all they have to do is to put on Foxxies in the Hen House channel and VOILA……it is in the conservative mainstream ….

    What is truly sad is the fact that this practice of rewriting history is being led by these corporate country clubs – aka mega Evangelical churches.

    Just google the Conservative Bible Project and see who is behind that nonsense…

    • prairie pond

      IIRC, Phyllis Schlafly’s son heads up the bible rewrite.

      ‘Nuff said.

    • There is another way to look at the above quote…

      Republicans WANT to repeat their past of sticking the taxpayers with the bill while their ‘right’ buddies on Wall Street get richer – while the oil/coal/natural gas companies do away with those pesky EPA regulations.

      Republicans really do NOT care about anyone or anything but the Almighty Dollar.

      I suspect these folks would run over their own dying mother if she had a dime they wanted…..

      But, never fear, these folks also have their Corporate Country Clubs – aka Mega Church Evangelicals that will give them their golden pass to Heaven – of course, there will be a fee involved………wink-wink….you betcha!!!

  5. prairie pond

    I think if Obama is re-elected and does indeed get to make three appointments, they may indeed take up a case that allows them to reconsider Citizens United.

    Scalia is one of the judges that is always said to be considering retirement since he is currently in his late seventies. I just can’t see him retiring while Obama is president. The old, corrupt bastard will probably hang in long enough to see if a repuke replaces Obama in 2016. If he has to be a non-participating place holder, he will. Not unlike that other famous placeholder, Thomas.

    • placeholder? You’re giving both of these men more credit than I would give them.

      But, then again, a wart on my butt is also a placeholder until it is removed…

    • Scalia; the most intellectually gifted member of SCOTUS, as it is now constituted. I strongly disagree with Justice Scalia on damn near every occasion, but his opinions are brilliant. Unlike Thomas (God knows where his opinions come from), Scalia is a very dangerous “placeholder”. If he goes on, he does run the risk of being the next Justice Douglas, whose later opinions gave credence to the thought he should have retired at least a decade before he did.

  6. It’s immoral to marry someone of the same sex, to use contraceptives, and jerking off spills that blessed seed… Vile snakes in the grass! Makes me sick to know some people respect them as men of God. How brainwashed would you need to be to hold this man as a moral authority!?

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    In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers

    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/us/cardinal-authorized-payments-to-abusers.html?_r=1&smid=fb-share

    • This is just one reason why I believe the Catholic Church has no credibility on any moral issue.

      WWJD………if Jesus lost his temper and threw those money vendors out of the Temple – I feel confident that child molesters would NOT be paid $20,000 to go away…