• Scalia Dined at the Great Trough of Corruption

    February 29, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    Antonin Scalia was the longest-tenured justice on the current Supreme Court, and a great friend to conservatives in his opinions. It turns out he also ate his share at the great trough of American corruption.


    Though the information was somehow not exposed to the public over the decades Scalia was making decisions that affected all of our lives, now, just two weeks after his death, we learn that he was a frequent traveler, all paid for by private “sponsors.”

    When Scalia died, he was staying, for free, at a West Texas hunting lodge owned by a businessman whose company had recently had a matter before the Supreme Court.

    Then we learned that over the last ten years Scalia took 258 subsidized trips (2004 to 2014), with at least 23 privately funded trips in 2014 alone to legal hotspots like Hawaii, Ireland and Switzerland. A few weeks before his death, he was in Singapore and Hong Kong, all expenses paid. The information on all this comes from the New York Times, who either knew about it all for some time and just never got around to publishing it, or who did a helluva lot of research in the last few days.


    No Ethics

    Ethical standards supposedly prohibit judges from accepting gifts from anyone with a matter currently before the court. But those guidelines presented no barrier to John Poindexter, who invited Justice Scalia to stay at his West Texas ranch. One of Poindexter’s companies, the Mic Group, was a defendant in an age discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee who unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court for a review last year. Funny thing, that the Court refused to hear the case and thus let Poindexter off the hook.

    Maybe it was an open-and-shut case.

    Scalia is not alone in his piggery. The Times also dutifully reports in 2011, a liberal advocacy group, Common Cause, questioned whether Justice Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas should have disqualified themselves from participating in the landmark Citizens United case on campaign finance because they had attended a political retreat in Palm Springs, sponsored by the conservative financier Charles Koch. The disclosure report filed by Justice Thomas made no mention of the retreat. It said only that he had taken a trip, funded by the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, to Palm Springs to give a speech.



    Swine

    There is no such thing as a free lunch. People do not give away trips to Hong Kong, or pay $200,000 for a short speech, for nothing. They are buying influence and access. Simple test: do you think you could get a Supreme Court justice on his cell phone this afternoon? Do you think West Texas rancher John Poindexter can?

    Anyone who believes these payments, in cash or in air tickets, are anything other than bribes is an utter fool. Our democracy has been bought, and damn cheap, too.




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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Ain’t Murika great? I mean, where else can you get appointed to a Supreme money machin…er…court just by knowin shit…er…people?

      Fuck that scumbag. And fuck the SCOTUS. The day they upheld the 16th Amendment was the day this country was doomed. All because.. one Secretary of State said it was ratified. Not. Meanwhile, he was the lead council for Carnegie and Vanderbilt. Whudda thunk..

      http://www.givemeliberty.org/features/taxes/philanderknox.htm

      Corruption in this country is a massive understatement…

      But this pretty well sums it up…

      https://www.facebook.com/thefreethoughtprojectcom/videos/vb.1425604894326440/1715339162019677/?type=2&theater

      02/29/16 8:45 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      btw..the video at that last link is going viral. Pass it on.

      02/29/16 8:46 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Peter said:
      ” Our democracy has been bought, and damn cheap, too.”

      Cheap?? My ass. How many generations will it take to pay off a TWENTY FUCKING TRILLION DOLLAR AND GROWING NATIONAL DEBT????????

      http://www.usdebtclock.org/

      At the rate it’s going..they never will. And that my friends is the point. Indentured slavery forever by virtue of continuous wars. Of course, you gotta have a job.

      Hahaha. If Trump has it his way..working will become mandatory or else. No job? Off to a private prison. Cause.. debtors prisons. I have no doubt.

      02/29/16 9:08 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      The government’s idea seems to be if they can pass the debt off to someone else’s kids, it IS cheap.

      02/29/16 9:10 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps..if Trumps latest mindboggling statements regarding the KKK doesn’t wake this country up…nothing will.

      02/29/16 9:10 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Lemme save us some time here: Nothing Will.

      02/29/16 9:23 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps 2.. Imagine who Trump would nominate to the SCOTUS? And with a GOP Senate…fuck.

      “It can’t happen here” will go down in infamy.

      02/29/16 9:14 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Plus, werent Poindexter and Scalia members of the same secret society, the International Order of St Huburtus, who were having a gathering at the lodge when Scalia died, and then flew out once law enforcement showed up

      Is this John Poindexter related to the Admiral John Poindexter from the Iran-Contra scandal? They are not the same guy but they have some similar characteristics

      02/29/16 9:46 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      02/29/16 10:04 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “Our democracy has been bought, and damn cheap, too.”

      Hope the government chokes on APPLE.

      02/29/16 10:05 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Plus, werent Poindexter and Scalia members of the same secret society, the International Order of St Huburtus,….?”

      You mean the one where they wear green robes emblazoned with crosses and a Latin phrase that translates as ..”Stupid old rich men who like to Honor God by Obliterating his Creatures with Shotguns”…or something to that effect? That secret society? From what I gather, there’s no proof Scalia belonged to it. He just likes to kill things…like..the difference between corporations and human beings.

      “Is this John Poindexter related to the Admiral John Poindexter from the Iran-Contra scandal? They are not the same guy but they have some similar characteristics.”

      They both share characteristic genetics of cesspool pond scum.

      02/29/16 10:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Secret like “Eyes Wide Shot” but with male prostitutes.

      02/29/16 2:34 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      This is shaping up to be a GREAT year. First, Fat Tony finds his homo on the range and then Donald Trump destroys the Republicants. Nominate The Donald for the Nobel Peace Prize.

      03/2/16 5:02 PM | Comment Link

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