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July 1st, 2013
thesmithian

When President Obama unveiled his program to tackle climate change last month, he…sidestepped Congress as a hopeless bastion of obstruction, relying completely on changes that could be imposed by regulatory agencies. A two-year study by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, released today, illustrates what might be one of the reasons why he had to take this circuitous route. Fossil fuel magnates Charles and David Koch have, through Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group they back, succeeded in persuading many members of Congress to sign a little-known pledge in which they have promised to vote against “legislation relating to climate change unless it is accompanied by an equivalent amount of tax cuts”…the pledge essentially commits those who sign to it to vote against nearly any meaningful bill regarding global warning…

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October 20th, 2010
thesmithian
really. wtf is going on with the Supreme Court?
we have one of them passive-aggressively mouthing stuff.  which was all about them etching into stone stuff like this. and now we have:

ThinkProgress’ Lee Fang revealed several documents outlining the details of one of right-wing billionaire Charles Koch’s secret convenings of corporate political donors. As Koch revealed to the Wall Street Journal in 2006, the purpose of these meetings is to recruit “captains of  industry” to fund the conservative infrastructure of front groups,  political campaigns, think tanks and media outlets. Buried in this  document, however, is a surprising revelation about the role two  supposedly impartial jurists have played in these extended fundraising  solicitations: “Past meetings have featured such notable leaders as Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.”

to go on:

Scalia and Thomas’ participation in these fundraising gatherings also  call into question whether they can be impartial in any number of cases  brought by Koch-aligned groups seeking immunity to the law. Most  significantly, the Koch brothers have contributed significantly to efforts to stop the Affordable Care Act from going into effect, and a number of attendees at the Koch’s secret meetings include health industry moguls with a direct financial stake in the litigation challenging health reform (Justice Thomas’ wife, of course, actively lobbied against the Affordable Care Act).

plus we have we have a Justice’s wife leaving vmails like a smug, well-funded, savvy teenager.
lots more, here.
p.s.
last i heard, the Supreme Court was about “Equal Justice Under the Law”:

These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution. 

yes, yes: bold mine.

really. wtf is going on with the Supreme Court?

we have one of them passive-aggressively mouthing stuff.  which was all about them etching into stone stuff like this. and now we have:

ThinkProgress’ Lee Fang revealed several documents outlining the details of one of right-wing billionaire Charles Koch’s secret convenings of corporate political donors. As Koch revealed to the Wall Street Journal in 2006, the purpose of these meetings is to recruit “captains of industry” to fund the conservative infrastructure of front groups, political campaigns, think tanks and media outlets. Buried in this document, however, is a surprising revelation about the role two supposedly impartial jurists have played in these extended fundraising solicitations: “Past meetings have featured such notable leaders as Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.”

to go on:

Scalia and Thomas’ participation in these fundraising gatherings also call into question whether they can be impartial in any number of cases brought by Koch-aligned groups seeking immunity to the law. Most significantly, the Koch brothers have contributed significantly to efforts to stop the Affordable Care Act from going into effect, and a number of attendees at the Koch’s secret meetings include health industry moguls with a direct financial stake in the litigation challenging health reform (Justice Thomas’ wife, of course, actively lobbied against the Affordable Care Act).

plus we have we have a Justice’s wife leaving vmails like a smug, well-funded, savvy teenager.

lots more, here.

p.s.

last i heard, the Supreme Court was about “Equal Justice Under the Law”:

These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. As the final arbiter of the law, the Court is charged with ensuring the American people the promise of equal justice under law and, thereby, also functions as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution.

yes, yes: bold mine.

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