The Things I Do For You People: Liveblogging Justice Sunday

Proposed “Justice Sunday” drinking game: One tequila shot per three mentions of “liberal.”

This is one amateurish TV production, I have to say. And the stream sucks. Tena will have to post later, and by the time I get through, Dr. James Dobson’s already talking.

Dobson: “Let me go back to my own childhood.” But Mommy, you told me you burned all those pictures!

“The founding fathers intended for those two branches to check the judiciary and they haven’t done it Well, your party’s in power, dude, maybe you should send them a candygram or something.

“The media rises up like a mighty shield.” I wish.

Tequila shot count: 2.

“What’s an Oligarchy?” Well, it’s this crap Italian place but supposedly their salad dressing causes women to go into labor. You might want to check it out.

He’s talking about abortion: 44 million deaths, biggest holocaust in the world history. And there’s applause. For the holocaust? The hell? Tequila again.

The court is on a “campaign” to limit religious freedom. Unspoken: for Christians.

Can’t post the 10 Commandments ON SCHOOLS. Sure you can. Put them on the schools. Put them on the roof or the parking lot for all I care.

This is the whitest crowd I’ve ever seen outside of Old Country Buffet.

Dobson: “We have a right to participate in representative government.” Yes, you do, but what bugs the shit out of you is that other people get to participate also.

He keeps saying The Court, The Court, The Court … WHICH court? Supreme? 9th Circuit? County? State? It’s all just one big pudding to them, isn’t it?

Hee. Unintentional funny: “Call your elected officials and tell them you don’t want to delay.” That I can promise you I will do, Mr. Dobson.

The emcee here, Tony Perkins, is calling out the Republicans now. I have to say this is the part I’m really enjoying. Because can you imagine this army of people hopped up on Aqua Net, with time on their hands, with nothing to do but call Republican senators?

Perkins: “Call them before you have your first cup of coffee.” Now THAT would be high comedy.

Perkins: “If you don’t know who your senator is …” Mr. Athenae: Then leave this church immediately and enroll in citizenship classes.

“Pray for our nation and the judicial system and your senators.” Well, I will, sparky, but I can’t promise I’ll be using the words you’d like.

Dr. Al Mohler: “So much that is precious to us essentially to this civilization is in the hands of the courts. Much is at risk. We’ve been watching and learning. Christians have been conderned to elect the right people and then go home. Learned the importance of the electoral process. Also discovering third branch of government.” Well, bully for you, kidlet. Let’s not focus on the fact that you’re 200 years late to the party and embrace the fact that you showed up at all.

Abortion. “There’s nothing in the constitution about abortion.” I’m cheating a bit, but … tequila!

Oooh, and Sodomy. The Supreme Court found a “constitutional right to sodomy.” Whoopeee! The judges “read into” the constitution. It asn’t there, but was constructed there. How dare those judges study the constitution and extrapolate its meaning.

“The Bible is the inherent and infallible word of God, it is what God said it is.” People jump to their feet and scream.

“Radical secularists invalidated him from serving on the bench. WE oug to see that as a wakeup call because if it’s Judge Pickering now it could be you and me tomorrow.” More screaming. Look, there’s a fine line between being prepared to endure persecution for the sake of your faith and inventing hardships in a vain attempt to make yourself look important.

He’s speaking on behalf of CATHOLICS now? Raise your hand, all Catholics who want to party with this bunch. Yeah, you, over there. The six of you go have fun now.

Perkins keeps bringing up the Senate Switchboard number: 202 224-3121

Do me a favor. If you’re reading this, call the Senate Switchboard and just rap with the operators for a while about what a shitty night they must be having, what with humorless, stonecold sober religious lunatics calling them up every ten seconds.

FRISTIE! Somebody, get a cat ready! Set up the spit!

Frist is a “friend of the family in this country.” Not a family of tabby cats, that’s for sure.

“Reveals to us the need for greater civility in public life.” BWAH! Oh, that’s the best laugh I’ve ever had. Hey, Billy, go ring up Dick and ask him what he said to Leahy the other day, I hear it’s a corker.

This is really boring. “Democrats threaten to shut down the Senate and obstruct government itself.” Frist, that ain’t a selling point. Most people could take or leave government.

He’s kind of breathy and annoying here. “I’ve been trying to work out a compromise. It’s not easy. My Democratic counterpart, Sen. Reid, calls me a radical Republican.” Sticks and stones can break my bones but words really, really, really hurt me.

Is it creepy that I don’t think he’s entirely unattractive? I mean, as far as a guy I wouldn’t touch with the tip of Tena’s umbrella can be unattractive.

Bishop Harry Jackson: Talks about the need to bring the black evangelical and the white evanglical communities together, and says, “Let’s start with this issue.” Sure. Okay. Ignore the starving kids, never mind the cities around your churches crumbling. Let’s talk about Senate procedures and federal bench vacancies. Forget the food pantries. Forget the HIV rates skyrocketing in black neighborhoods. Forget the unemployment in your own community, about police brutality, about child care, about the shortage of affordable housing, about pay equity, let’s worry about the unemployment rate among underqualified judges.

Muted applause. Most people are wondering what this guy’s doing upt there.

202 224-3121. Call them. Offer them a drink.

Hey, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is up there now. What a shill this guy is.

“If I had a choice between a room of Ted Kennedy Catholics like myself and you I’d choose you any day.”

Donohue says it’s impossible for Christians to get on the federal bench. A cookie to the first person who can supply to First Draft the numbers of Christians on the federal bench, please. He also just called a former mentor a “Jewish atheist.”

Oh GOD. Donohue just called for a Constitutional amendment saying, “No act of Congress can be overturned by the Supreme Corut unless it’s a unanimous decision.”

And he just made a crack about “disobedient altar boys.” Which is not at all funny anymore. Jokes about altar boys were recalled three years ago and this guy forgot to turn his in.

“The secular left,” he says. “Who are they to say I don’t have a right to free speech.” Another cookie to somebody who can find anybody, I mean anybody, left of center saying Donohue shouldn’t say exactly what he pleases wherever he likes.

Donohue: “What are we, the Taliban?” Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

“They practice intolerance against us!” Again, examples, please.

He’s ranting now, completely deranged, screaming about “the most insane idea I’ve ever heard in my life, two guys getting married. That’s something I expected to see in an asylum, frankly.” He’s silent on the issue of lesbians. I don’t know if it just hasn’t occurred to him, or he likes lesbians more, or what. He’s waving his arms around and shrieking like a banshee.

He says Catholics are concerned about “The right of children to be born and Terri Schaivo to have feeding tubes.” That’s really about it, isn’t it? That’s all they care about. What happens to the kids after they’re born, what happens to Sun Hudson?

“We are a threat.” And I have 911 on hold over here.

Perkins is lashing Senators’ pictures up. A list of the disloyal. The imagery here is really kind of frightening. It’s like a neverending row of targets here.

“These are real people. They have real families.” So do I, jackass, that doesn’t qualify me for the federal bench.

Video of Pickering plays now. Perkins: Judge, please tell me how sexy and powerful you are. Because I know you’re sexy, and you’re powerful. Tell us how, tell us all about it.

Pickering: Voulez-vous couchez avec moi?

Perkins: “What about the CHILDREN of FAITH who someday long to be JUDGES? What about THEM?”

Pickering (looking confused): I think if they want to be judges they should be.

I have a flash of liking for Pickering, which is quickly dispelled. Tequila!

Pickering, now speaking to the crowd in person: “Our confirmation system is broken and threatens to weaken the judicary. It needs to be fixed.” Well, you’re not proposing an overhaul of the confirmation process, Your Honor. You’re just asking for a job. Didn’t Donald Trump just boot somebody off The Apprentice for acting like Trump owed him a job? This is sort of like that.

Dobson prays in closing: “I think of the assault on marriage. I think of the pornography.” Oh, man, I just laughed so loud I scared the ferrets.

Country star John Conlee just dragged the military into this. It’s the typical Republican hash: God, soldiers, flags, hating gays, babies, some other stuff. It’s kind of a nice hash, I mean, except for the gay hating. I like God and soldiers and the flag and babies. Hey, maybe I could join the Republican party.

I’m kind of digging this song Conlee sings. Yeah! Tequila!

You know what this particular Baskin Robbins flavor of Christian does that’s pretty interesting? They claim persecution where there is none, and make you disprove it by being nicer than you would otherwise. It’s not enough to refrain from discrimination and persecution. You need to actively suck up. It’s like the religious equivalent of Black People Love Us. You have to make note of how far backwards you’re bending over. They want preference. They want there to be no doubt that they are the chosen people. I think it’s time for me to go pester the priest on the corner about the Pharisees again. It’s been a couple of weeks.

And … it’s over! I don’t know. I thought I would be enraged and upset and frightened. Actually I’m kind of amused and hopeful now. I want to see these people riled and frustrated. I want to see them call in their debts.

Remember, call the Senate switchboard and see if you, if you’re in DC, can send them a fruit basket or something. Poor bastards.

Tequila! You’ve been a great audience.

A.

One thought on “The Things I Do For You People: Liveblogging Justice Sunday

  1. Most species (eg humans) do not last very long. U R in big trouble.
    The Impact of Tax Corruption in the United States
    Section 1 – Annihilation by Taxation
    Terrorists blow up a building in New York. The government blows up the economy with an expensive foreign war, and padded tax bills. The concept that taxes can be limitless and do not need to have any relationship to services provided is very old. History has repeated itself again.
    Most people have no idea of the devastating impact of uncontrolled taxation. They also get hit with indirect taxes in the form of inflation and businesses overcharging for their products. Each one percent tax reduces the population that can be supported by the economy by two percent (see the example below).
    The following is a typical (hypothetical, but accurate) tax situation in Stonetown, Maryland, year 2006, in the Washington area.
    1-1 TAX BASE EROSION
    Like other big cities, the Washington area politicians are addicted to overtaxation. They lie awake at night thinking up ways to get the excess revenues into the right bank accounts. The population of Stonetown is 36 percent of what it would be without taxes.
    1-2 HOW TAX IMPACTS THE AVERAGE RESIDENT
    Stonetown has 6433 households, and a $250,000 average house value.
    Stonetown tax – Needed for garbage collection:……$450 Paid: $2,000
    County taxes – Needed for public schools, etc: $1,750 Paid: $4,000
    The padded property tax bill is $6,000. The unpadded tax bill would be $2,200.
    The exact tax burden formula is 1-(1-tax)(1-tax). The burden of a one percent tax is 2 percent (double the rate). A one percent tax on income lowers income by one percent and increases the price of goods and services by one percent (1+1=2). With tax amounts greater than 10 percent, accuracy requires that taxes be added together and the formula used.
    The average household income is $50,000
    Property tax rate: 12 percent of income
    Income tax rate: 28 percent of income
    Total tax:. . . 40 percent of income, $20,000
    The tax is .40; 1-(1-tax)(1-tax) equals 1-(.6)(.6) equals 1-.36 = .64
    A 64 percent tax burden that wipes out 64 percent of the population.
    A rising population indicates that actual wages are rising relative to the actual cost of living. With skyrocketing taxes and actual cost of living, this will not continue for long.
    1-3 IMPACT OF A SUDDEN $1,000 RISE IN PROPERTY TAX
    An additional $1,000 increases the tax burden to 66.36 percent. This will cause a drop from 6433 to 6011 households (assuming a stable population). The impact is disastrous for the 422 households that were destroyed. Padding tax bills is a criminal activity that never should have been allowed to expand to the present level.
    Tax and price controls are long overdue. Establishing tax control commissions and price control commissions is no different than any other government or business organization. There is a constant influx of subversives whose only
    goal is the subversion of operations and defrauding of the public. Just as a rest room must be cleaned on a regular basis; crooks have to be removed from an organization on a regular basis.
    Section 2 – The Proliferation of Billionaires
    Top 10 countries, 2003/2007, billionaires
    Rank Country Number
    1 United States 269 (416 in 2007)
    2 Japan 29
    3 Germany 28
    4 Italy 17
    5 Canada 16
    6 Switzerland 15
    7 France 15
    8 Hong Kong 14
    9 Mexico 13
    10 England 12
    11 The rest 41
    The world total was 453 billionaires in 2003, and 946 total in 2007. The US total is 416 in 2007. The lucrative nature of government/industry spending on overpriced software can be seen in that a number of the top 25 come from Microsoft corporation. The 946 are worth $3.5 trillion, an average of $3.7 billion each. As determined by the last US census, total assets in the United States are on the order of $30 trillion dollars. This is distributed among 92 million households; an average of $325,000 each. The top 10 percent of households own more than 90 percent of all assets.
    There is a simple problem with the use of taxes to redistribute $3 trillion in assets from the masses to an American aristocracy that already has $27 trillion. When they already have it all, there is nothing left to redistribute. But they won’t let that stop them. 90 percent isn’t good enough – they want it all.
    If you are one of the 147 people who became billionaires in the United States over the past four years obviously you do not have a problem. However if you are a victim of asset redistribution, you need to change your life style. Move into a one room apartment shared with five other families, make sure everyone has a job, sell your SUV and get a used motorcycle, limit driving to a maximum of 2000 miles per year, live on bread and water, wear a loin cloth, and forget about wasting any money on health care. Unfortunately, the current culture in the United States is the result of 230 years of progressively expanding corruption. A reversal of the trend is not expected anytime soon.
    Section 3 – Defeating the Global Tradition of Making Wrong Decisions.
    Training, careful planning, and regulation are not sufficient to prevent disasters; whether deliberate or accidental. When deliberate they always want to do it again. If accidental, they want to sweep it under the rug. Although solutions to problems usually create ten new problems that are ten times as bad as the original problem, it is considered OK since those involved make lots of money off it. The satanic comedy is coupled with a love of junk and nonsense. The unceasing pattern of progressive degeneration must be stopped.
    Section 4 – The Inflation Tax
    Deficit spending is a euphemism for an inflation rate higher than a Latin American dictatorship. It is not true that inflation hits everyone equally. Intangible assets such as cash, stocks and bonds are all devalued equally. However, tangible assets such as precious metals and real estate rise in cash value by an amount equal to the rate of inflation. Not only are tax controls and the control of the overpricing of products (such as the notorious price gouging on software products by companies such as Microsoft) long overdue; but an honest inflation plan is needed. Politicians act as if inflation is something that just happens without any cause. Inflation is caused by a variety of fiscal policies such as deficit spending and allowing companies to raise prices without limit. The rate of inflation can be fixed at any desired level with proper economic controls.
    A negative inflation rate means that the supply of cash and negotiable securities is being reduced. This is as insane and as damaging as a national policy of runaway inflation. A mentally sane policy is considered to be an actual inflation rate in the range of 4.8 to 5.2 percent per year.
    The current situation is one of no controls at all. The dollar is declining in value by 50 percent every four years:
    Section 5 – Understanding Psychopaths
    5-0 ABSTRACT: Psychopaths are characterized by destructiveness. A good example is Adolph Hitler. Failure to control their exploits leads to disaster. As much as ten percent of a workforce may be made up of psychopaths. This article provides detailed diagnostic criteria in addition to the obvious observation that “He (she) thinks he is Adolph Hitler.”
    5-1 Location
    Psychopaths (sociopaths) are as terrifying as any villain from a horror movie. Many of them function incognito in high-powered professions like the law, politics, entertainment, the church, the military, trade unions, the media and the arts. They go all the way to the top. They look and dress the same way as most businessmen. Many people think they are fun to be around. It may take a long time before you can figure out that something is very wrong. The modern work place and corporate environment is one where psychopathic behavior is flourishing and richly rewarded.
    They may be viewed as toxic bosses, irrational CEOs, back stabbing co-workers, serial bullies and malignant narcissists. They can be arrogant, charismatic, charming, erratic, insensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others, insincere, manipulative, parasitic, persuasive, remorseless, selfish, shallow, unreliable, unfocused, and untrustworthy. They like to blame others for things that go wrong. They may take advantage of the goodwill of the people they work with as well as that of the company itself.
    5-2 Diagnostic Criteria
    1. Does your boss or fellow worker come across as smooth, polished and charming?
    2. Do they turn most conversations around to a discussion about them?
    3. Do they discredit or put others down in order to build up their own image and reputation?
    4. Can they lie with a straight face?
    5. Do they consider people they’ve outsmarted or manipulated as dumb or stupid?
    6. Are they opportunistic, ruthless, and play to win?
    7. Do they come across as cold and calculating?
    8. Do they sometimes act in an unethical or dishonest manner?
    9. Are they conning and manipulative?
    10. Have they created a power network in the organization, and use it for personal gain?
    11. Do they show no regret for making decisions that negatively affect the company, shareholders, or employees?
    12. Would they be characterized as a snake in a suit?
    13. Is morale low and conflict high?
    14. Is their overall style one of creating disasters?
    While common criminals are people who find themselves unwilling to do anything right; the psychopath is oriented towards destructiveness. Most will never get caught or convicted of criminal activity. They can and will do immense amounts of damage to those who fall under their power. The collapse of a company costs investors billions of dollars, causes the loss of thousands of jobs and leaves employees without a retirement fund.
    5-3 Damage Control
    Knowing how they think makes their behavior predictable, and therefore subject to control.
    The modern high pressure environment frequently degenerates into one of exploiting victims to the maximum. With short sighted management, an organization can degenerate into a culture resembling that of a NAZI extermination camp. Employees are asked to deliver far more than they can possibly do. Not only are they expendable, but they are disposable as well. Employees come in one door and soon go out the loading dock with the rest of the trash. The victims are victims of grand larceny conducted at a high level, as opposed to robbery on the street.
    Appearances are important, but frequently become the only criteria for evaluating employee performance. They want someone who has charm and charisma, someone who can command respect, someone who is a great story teller and someone who is larger than life. An exceptional employee is someone who can be entertaining while weaving a lot of facts into a powerful story to serve as a corporate bible. Business leaders need to be cast as great heroes and great saviors. A psychopath is very prone to be able to meet those requirements.
    The overall modus operandi of a psychopath involves a lack of control. There is a lack of concern for the consequences of actions taken. Therefore deterrence is useless. Prosecution after the fact ensures a disaster. Controls have to be put into place that stop criminal behavior before it starts, not after. The psychopathic scenario is one of “Lets have fun messing this up, lets mess that up, lets mess something else up. Just how much can we do that is wrong? There is no limit to opportunities.” If it is not broken, they will break it. The despot and tyrant reign supreme. When the NAZI high command takes over they have to be ousted even faster than they got into the system or all is lost.
    (c)2007, Ned D. Smartword, tax consultant, please copy and distribute.

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