Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Our “Independent” Judiciary

First it was Dick Cheney and Justice Scalia going on a duck hunting trip, which led to a Supreme Court ruling that was very favorable to Dick Cheney. Well, before that, of course, the Supreme Court had SELECTED George W. Bush over Al Gore; and this had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that George W. Bush’s father had appointed two of those Supreme Court justices.

And now, a corporate foundation called FREE (Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment) has been wining and dining federal judges. During a luxury vacation of horseback riding and God knows what else, these federal judges are “educated” and “advised” on how to make environmental rulings that are beneficial to the VIPs who have just wined and dined them.

FREE is funded by — among others — Exxon, Texaco, the Koch Brothers, General Electric, Monsanto and Shell. And FREE’s board of directors includes three U.S. Court of Appeals judges: Edith Clement of the Fifth Circuit, and Alice Batchelder and Danny Boggs of the Sixth Circuit. (Disgraced former Attorney General Ed Meese is also on the board of directors, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.)

After a fun-filled weekend, courtesy of Monsanto and Big Oil, these judges will return to the bench and make objective rulings. “That vacation cabin had the best view of the Rockies I’ve ever seen. Lobster, smoked venison, 18-year-old single malt Scotch — those oil execs sure know how to party. OK, what’s next on the docket — Exxon versus some treehugger…”

Didn’t this used to be called bribery? Jury tampering?

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Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Societies as corrupt as this one usually implode. Our time has come.

December 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

What sucks is with all of our modern technobabble, the film version just won't have the same pizazz as the old days.

December 10, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: No doubt, the implosion is coming soon.

Randal: And when we go down in flames, we want to do it with pizazz, damn it.

December 10, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

I just told someone it's incredibly sad watching our country in it's death throws. Meanwhile I'm watching Bernie Sanders filibustering for hours now. I want to nudge Obama and say..see that's what courage is..Try it you'll like it..

December 10, 2010 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Tim: That's good advice for Obama, but he probably wouldn't take it.

December 10, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Is this surprising anyone? Bueller..Bueller.

December 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: It shouldn't be surprising, and yet every time I see another story like this, I go "WTF???"

December 10, 2010 at 5:39 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

The rich and corporations intend to have the best government their money can buy. Why should the judicial branch be left out?

There used to be something called the judicial canon of ethics. Judges who even gave the appearance of corruption like this were in deep doo-doo. But that was before 30 years of Republican and Republican-lite presidents filled judicial ranks with about what you'd expect.

December 11, 2010 at 12:23 AM  

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