Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Wednesday morning, the sixteenth day of February, 2011, fresh back from a trip to my favorite island, Nantucket, as seen above, a business trip, well, if you consider photography a “business” trip. The lighthouse you see in that image is one of Nantucket’s signature houses of LIGHT, dating back to the Revolutionary War, Brandt Point, named after the Brandt geese that adorn our waters here on the Cape and Islands, and has also been named, “the lighthouse with nine lives,” as it has been blown down by storm after storm over the centuries, only to be rebuilt, better than ever. It also holds a special place in the hearts and minds of true Nantucketers, who remember the stories that have been passed down through the generations, regarding the importance of this particular light, as it steered it’s seagoing brothers and sisters away from danger when entering a harbor that has not always been kind to vessels attempting to navigate around treacherous rocks and sand bars that have destroyed many a ship over the years. Nine seems to be the number today, as new evidence seems to indicate that the Supreme Court and more to the point, Justice Clarence Thomas may be “on the take”…“can you say conflict of interest? Sure I knew that you could.” (credit the late, great Fred Rogers of PBS) The Supreme Court, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in particular, is now suspect on the highest order. Special interests groups should not be on the dinner menu for these sacredly appointed members of the highest court in the land, but that is what drove the “Citizens United” case, a case that is now determining our future in this country, very quietly, I submit, but determining it nonetheless, as the 5-4 decision favoring the corporate lobbies now allows those corporations, such as Koch Industries, a major polluter, to donate as much money as they wish to candidates of their choice, 96% of them republican, thereby navigating legislation, via the now bought puppet politicians, dressed up in their new ‘tea party’ $99 dollar suits bought off the rack at the nearest Men’s Warehouse, and thus, policy and “progress” in a nation that seems to be going backwards. On the “Rachel Maddow Show”, airing every week night at 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., only on MSNBC, last night, news broke that major ethics issues may have been violated via ‘conflicts of interests’ committed by Justices Thomas and Antonin Scalia, exposed via the FACT that Justice Thomas, as well as Scalia, attended, not as a previously reported ‘drop by’, but attended several secret corporate retreats, one for four days, all expenses paid by the Koch brothers, who hosted the events in both Palm Springs and Aspen, Colorado. This highly unethical move on Thomas’ part came right before the historic vote, infamously known now as the “Citizens United case”–going down as the single largest contributor to the ongoing corporate takeover, hijacking really, and the possible ultimate demise of the United States of America. As Rachel put it, “The Supreme Court, as an institution, has very few rules that govern it, because they are expected to have good judgement enough to not need them. Our whole system of having a Supreme Court that cannot be appealed, at the pinnacle of our Judiciary, depends on us, as Americans, to believing in the integrity of that court. What do we do if the court just decides they don’t care if they’re seen as biased?” Bob Edgar, President and CEO of “Common Cause”, appeared on TRMS, and is petitioning the Supreme Court for some kind of an explanation, as well as the Justice Department, for some answers…take it away BOB! “I think there’s an arrogance in the Supreme Court right now. When foreign diplomats have diplomatic immunity, they’re not tried, I think the nine members, Scalia and Thomas in particular, think they have an ‘ethical immunity’, that they think the American people won’t see what they’ve done. ‘Common Cause’ has decided to call them out, to shine some LIGHT on it, to ask the Attorney General to specifically look, that there have been two judges who go in ‘07 and ‘08, to a very secretive meeting of the Koch brothers, (David and Charles) they come back to the Supreme Court, in ‘09, they do an extra-ordinary thing, they hold off the Citizens United v. FEC, for a whole new term, they come back in September, as the Supreme Court normally comes back in October, they come back in September, have an extra-ordinary session, then, a year ago, when they come out with their decision, a 5-4 decision, they take a very narrow issue and they BROADEN it, and they give corporations and labor unions the ability to dip into their corporate treasury. Justice Thomas’ wife sets up something called ‘Liberty Central’ (not to be confused with Comedy Central for if this was not so sad it would be funny) and automatically benefits from what has been provided.” Rachel: “Benefited from?” Bob: “She’s benefited by taking corporate money for the first time in our history, where corporations that were surrounding conservative political ideologies, were now able to use that money in independent expenditures. The KOCH BROTHERS, for example, would give legal contributions to a candidate, maybe 3,4 or 5 thousand dollars, and then spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to trash their opponents in independent expenditures. ‘Common Cause’ believes that it is time for the nine members of the Supreme Court to disclose their conflicts of interests, to have openness and transparency (not too much to ask from our highest court in the land), we think the Judiciary committee of both the House and the Senate ought to investigate, we think the Attorney General ought to figure out whether there is real conflict of interest, and by accident we discovered Justice Thomas not filling out a very simple form, and he surprised all of us when he said, “it’s too complicated”, when it was simply a box to check. We are going to stay on top of it, we will let you know what the Attorney General says, we’ll also keep the pressure on, because, there are a lot of issues like health care, and environmental issues that are going to come before the Supreme Court, over the next year, and it is really, really important that we have a real sense, as Americans, conservative, moderate or liberal, that these judgements are being made in the best interest our our nation, not in the best interest of corporations.” I could not have put it better myself sir. May the forces of creative intelligence be with you on this quest for REAL JUSTICE, before it is too late for this country. Before insidious companies like KOCH INDUSTRIES, famous for ‘fracking’ it’s way into the blood streams of millions of American citizens by way of the 596 poisonous chemicals they use in their extraction of “natural gas”–destroying sources of fresh, clean drinking water, while they simultaneously pollute the very fabric of our 236 year old institution called the Supreme Court of the Untied States of America. Wake up America to the FACT that, for the most part, the republican party has become a dirty little word with many, many dirty little secrets, designed to create the Plutocracy the corporate milieu desires, while it de-humanizes the poor, the disenfranchised, and the disappearing middle class, the backbone of our society. If something is not done to change this vicious tide of down right deceit and moral bankruptcy on the behalf of several Justices that hold our highest TRUST, the concept of “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” will only be available to “persons” who don’t actually breathe in the air, drink the water or eat the food, and our rights as citizens will disappear in this country faster than the thousands of glaciers that are melting right before our very eyes. Have a wonderful day folks and may GOD bless you and yours today, tomorrow and on into the setting sun. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
February 16, 2011
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