Monday :: Mar 27, 2006

Nixoning Tony The Fixer


by pessimist

American Royalist Antonin 'Tony The Florida Fixer' Scalia has a special message for those of us who dare to disbelieve his obvious superiority:

Just Telling Them They Are Number One With Me

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia startled reporters in Boston just minutes after attending a mass, by making a hand gesture some consider obscene. He was attending a special mass for lawyers and politicians at Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and afterward was the keynote speaker at the Catholic Lawyers' Guild luncheon.

A Boston Herald reporter asked the 70-year-old conservative Roman Catholic if he faces much questioning over impartiality when it comes to issues separating church and state.

"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia replied,
making the gesture and explaining "That's Sicilian."

Such respect! Could it be that is why five retired generals sent a letter to the Court with the request that Scalia withdraw from participating in the Hamdan case?

They say Scalia appears to have prejudged the case. The retired generals said that the justice may have "personal animus" to the Hamdan case because he has a son who served in the military in Iraq.

What Scalia said in Switzerland that indicates bias:

I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son and I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial.

Just give 'em the finger, Tony - just like you did to America when you invented the excuses needed to block Al Gore's victory in 2000.

The legal expert observers lean toward the position that Scalia is biased:

"As these things mount, a legitimate question could be asked about whether he is compromising the credibility of the court," said Stephen Gillers, a legal-ethics expert.

"This is clearly grounds for recusal," said Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a human-rights group that has filed a brief in behalf of the Gitmo detainees. "I can't recall an instance where I've heard a judge speak so openly about a case that's in front of him — without hearing the arguments."

Just give 'em the finger, Tony.

I have to level with you, Tony. It's crap like you are pulling with the Sicillian Salute, literal or figuarative, that is making it hard for your protege to look like a Reel Leedur:

Bush in Cleveland: Signs of the Apocalypse

QUESTION: Thank you for coming to Cleveland, Mr. President, and to the City Club.

My question is that author and former Nixon administration official Kevin Phillips in his latest book, American Theocracy, [Read the review.] discusses what has been called radical Christianity and its growing involvement into government and politics. He makes the point that members of your administration have reached out to prophetic Christians who see the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism as signs of the Apocalypse. Do you believe this, that the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism are signs of the Apocalypse?

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I don't know about the rise of terrorism being a sign of the Apocalypse, but the rise of religious terrorism in the name of the Apocalypse - something you aprove of, Tony - is certainly frightening:

More than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth landed Friday in San Francisco for a two-day rally at AT&T Park against "the virtue terrorism" of popular culture ...

Military metaphors abound in Ron Luce's descriptions of the struggle. Luce, whose Teen Mania organization is based in Texas, kicked off a three-city "reverse rebellion" tour Friday night intended to counter a popular culture that he says glamorizes violence and sex. The $55 advance tickets for two days of musical performances and speeches were sold out, but walk-up admission was available for $199.

He tells young people of how "an enemy has launched a brutal attack on them." At a pre-Battle Cry rally Friday afternoon on the steps of City Hall, Luce told his mostly teenage audience that "terrorists of a different kind" -- advertisers -- were targeting them and that they were "caught in the middle of the battle."

But Luce! (Short for ... Lucifer?) What of those Americans literally "caught in the middle of the battle"?


WAR HAWKS SHOW CALLOUS DISREGARD FOR WORKING-CLASS TROOPS

If it is a given that a draft would have been so unpopular that it would have ended support for the war in Iraq, what does that say? Doesn't it suggest that many of those who so easily supported this war in the beginning did so because it didn't affect them or their families?

Military recruits are pulled largely from the nation's working class -- from those whose economic prospects are less than stellar, from high school graduates who know they have little chance of affording college tuition, from young parents whose civilian jobs don't come with health insurance. Enlisted men and women tend to come from households earning between $32,000 and $33,500, according to a 1999 Defense Department study. (The median American income is $43,300.)

We don't want to admit that we've left the burden of defending an affluent nation
to those who enjoy less of its affluence.

Such as those who couldn't afford the $199 walk-up admission to Lucifer Luce's event?

We as a nation just give them all The Scalia Sign. This would include a lot of veterans, who can't seem to find employment once they leave active Bu$hCo duty in the Cru$ade For Crude. Maybe these soldiers are so full of military ego-boost that they have lost all sense of reality:

"Everyone says 'awesome job' and pats you on the back,
but nobody steps up to the plate and offers you a job."

As our wrong-wing friends like to point out, no one is going to just give you a job - you have to earn it. Maybe these soldiers could get jobs as policemen! They are in short supply all over the nation

From this seaside Southern California city to Washington's suburbs, more than 80 percent of the nation's 17,000 law enforcement agencies, big and small, have vacancies that many can't fill, police officials estimate. "I was just at a conference of police chiefs," said William Bratton, the chief of police in Los Angeles, which has 720 openings. "It was all everybody was talking about."

Considering what the students of such veterans are doing in Iraq, maybe hiring them as policemen isn't such a good idea. Their youthfulness might indicate that they don't have the maturity to be in Iraq, much less as cops on the American beat, which would explain the viciously violent excesses going on there.

What to do? Recruit the elderly!

Sonia Goldstein was flattered by the nice recruiting letter asking her to consider becoming one of "the few, the proud." The letter told her the corps could use her unique language skills, but also warned that life as a Marine would test her physical and mental abilities "beyond anything you've ever known."

But at 78, she thinks she's just a little old to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. "I'll do whatever I could for this wonderful country we live in," she said. "But you know, this is kind of stretching it a bit."

"I couldn't believe it," Goldstein told KCAL-TV last week. "My girls were sitting here ... we were in hysterics, we laughed so hard."

"There I am with my walker. I can't maneuver from here to there without it," said Goldstein, who added that her only language is English.

Just speak to them in the language that Tony Scalia understands, Mrs. Goldstein! It's the same language that the corporate media which presented you to the world uses to speak to those who would remove such sorry excuses for Americans from positions of power, those who wouldn't be there without the powerful Tony The Fixer:

Polls show that nearly a majority of Americans favor impeachment. Despite all this advocacy and sentiment for impeachment, corporate media have yet to cover this emerging mass movement. The corporate media is ignoring the broadening call for impeachment - wishing perhaps it will just go away.

If political action through the earthly media doesn't work, it's time to call upon a Higher Power:


Tell ABC to Open its Sunday Talk Show to Mainline Church Leaders

ABC's refusal to air the new television commercial by the United Church of Christ is the latest in a series of actions that show a bias in favor of the Religious Right. Over the years, Religious Right political leaders like Jerry Falwell, James Dobson and Pat Robertson have appeared on ABC's This Week at the exclusion of other mainline religious voices.

Tell ABC to stop catering to the Religious Right.

And while we're at it, maybe religious types should begin to follow other leaders - one's whose religion doesn't blind them to science:


Archbishop: stop teaching creationism

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has stepped into the controversy between religious fundamentalists and scientists by saying that he does not believe that creationism - the Bible-based account of the origins of the world - should be taught in schools.

The debate over creationism or its slightly more sophisticated offshoot, so-called "intelligent design" (ID) which argues that creation is so complex that an intelligent - religious - force must have directed it... under pressure from the religious right, some states are considering giving ID equal prominence to Darwinism, the generally scientifically accepted account of the evolution of species. Most scientists believe that ID is little more than an attempt to smuggle fundamentalist Christianity into science teaching.

"I think creationism is ... a kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories ... My worry is creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than enhancing it," he said.

Take that, Tony! An archbishop - who outranks you in religious terms - doesn't believe in creationism, something that you want to force down our throats through the Fruit of your version of the Immaculate Electoral Conception, Georgie.

You can take the Sicillian Salute and blow on it while you dance the Devil's hornpipe. It would keep Bubba and Bruno entertained until it's time for lights out.

Then you can blow soemthing else.


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