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Monday, July 07, 2014

Richard Kopf, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, wrote this about the Hobby Lobby decision on his blog Saturday: "Five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a 'person' entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate because that corporation was 'closely held' by family members. To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse. ... Next term is the time for the Supreme Court to go quiescent -- this term and several past terms has proven that the court is now causing more harm (division) to our democracy than good by deciding hot button cases that the court has the power to avoid. As the kids say, it is time for the Court to STFU."

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"Federal judges in particular have to adhere to a Code of Conduct, which says in part they "should respect and comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary."
Moreover, it also says they must avoid even the appearance of impropriety. This prohibition covers professional and personal conduct."

But members of the Supreme Court don't have to adhere to these standards and some of the present members don't even bother to try.

"Last week, a meme made its way around the Internet asking why Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was planning to rule on the healthcare law when his wife, a conservative lobbyist, has made so much money challenging the law.

Now, just days after healthcare law was upheld (with Clarence Thomas dissenting), new financial forms show that Thomas's wife, Ginni, continued to rake in a profit from opposing healthcare reforms in 2011 -- even after she previously came under fire for doing so."

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#1 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-07 08:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Thomas should have been impeached and convicted for, amongst other reasons, failing to recuse himself from Obamacare cases.

Maybe if he had lied under oath about his sexual conduct the GOP would have cared. Oh wait, he did and the GOP did not.

#2 | Posted by censored at 2014-07-07 08:55 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

LOL!

Dear Judge Kopf,

Please stop.
herculesandtheumpire.com.

#3 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-07-07 09:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

Americans don't agree on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Forty-six percent of Americans said they approved of the high court's decision that "closely held" companies, such as those controlled by families, cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees if doing so violates the owners' religious beliefs. Forty-one percent disapproved.

#4 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2014-07-07 09:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe it's the loud and obnoxious minority that should STFU.

#5 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2014-07-07 09:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Talk about the appearance of impropriety: you've got the five Rethugs circumventing a vote count and appointing the Shrub; you've got Thomas refusing to abstain from a vote for his former employer, Monsanto's monopolistic seed practices; like no other Thomas has used his position for family profits by voting favorably on matters which his wife is paid handsomely promoting similar causes under the guise of various "non-profit" organizations. He is the worst of the group of five partisan hacks that could not care less whether they create the appearance of impropriety. They know they are untouchable for all intents and purposes and intend to profit handsomely from their position of power. Just like the revolving door in Washington. The five have sold out to the Oligarchy.

Conservative but honest Paul Craig Roberts has commented on this problem noting that many of his former classmates have piled on the riches by simply going along to get along instead of pointing out the moral and logical inconsistencies inherent in the garbage put out by Conservative Think Tanks designed to direct money into the pockets of a select few.

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-07 09:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Now that corporations can have religious beliefs what will their next right be? Seems this court makes them more "human" with every decision they make, I sure hope they don't decide they can be drafted into the military or executed if they commit murder. Wouldn't want to dear corporations to have to face the same responsibilities and justice as human citizens.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-07 09:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

#7 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-07 09:08 PM |

My guess is that the Court will happily grant corporations suffrage but decide that subjecting corporations to the draft or death penalty would be silly. The Court would then let that particular configuration of corporate personhood stand so long as it works to the detriment of Democrats.

#8 | Posted by censored at 2014-07-07 09:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Maybe it's the loud and obnoxious minority that should STFU."

Maybe you should have listened to us before we invaded Iraq. Perhaps, it is the small thinkers like you who would do well to shut up and listen for a change. You've been wrong about everything for a very long time, being louder will never make you right. Majorities favored invastion in Vietnam and Iraq, how did that work out for you?

#9 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-07 09:23 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 5

Horrible conduct by a sitting federal judge. What would the parties think were a case controlled by Hobby Lobby appear in his court? Certainly, he would be requested to recuse.

#10 | Posted by et_al at 2014-07-07 10:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

But would he take a cue from Thomas and refuse?

#11 | Posted by squinch at 2014-07-07 11:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

Different rules to use.

#12 | Posted by et_al at 2014-07-07 11:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Maybe it's the loud and obnoxious minority that should STFU.

Only if you promise to stay quiet when a non-Christian uses this ruling to do something you think is wrong.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-08 12:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

Term limits are way overdue in the Supreme Court.

Money should be taken out of politics.

There should be no pensions for government employees.

And you should be required to pass an IQ test to be eligible for political nomination.

#14 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-07-08 04:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

Majorities favored invastion in Vietnam and Iraq, how did that work out for you?
#9 | POSTED BY DANNI

And Obama ..... .... hmmmm maybe you are onto something.....

#15 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-08 06:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

Thomas should have been impeached and convicted for, amongst other reasons, failing to recuse himself from Obamacare cases.

Maybe if he had lied under oath about his sexual conduct the GOP would have cared. Oh wait, he did and the GOP did not.

#2 | Posted by censored

Don't look now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! many people feel the same about the Roe vs Wade decision.

Just because YOU don't like it doesn't make it wrong.

#16 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-08 09:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe you should have listened to us before we invaded Iraq.

#9 | Posted by danni

They did listen to many on the dem party. Do I have to post hillary's speech AGAIN?

#17 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-07-08 09:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

A Federal Judge telling the Supreme Court to STFU because the vote was carried by:

"all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party,"

Cry me a river, then resign. Fool.

#18 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-07-08 10:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

The lying, draft-dodging, chicken-hawk Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife's income from a think tank on disclosure forms for FIVE YEARS. Mrs Thomas, earned $650,000++ from the anti-Obama-care, Heritage Foundation, checking a box labeled "NONE" where "spousal non investment income" would be disclosed. ..FIVE TIMES


#19 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-07-08 11:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

**** That's Right...the Criminal SLEAZE BAGS known as the US SUPREME COURT should STFU...and then ALL be Thrown In PRISON!!!

#20 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-07-08 02:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe it's the loud and obnoxious minority that should STFU.

#5 | Posted by mysterytoy

Atheists?

So you are all for the tyranny of the majority?

A Founding Father just lost his wings.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-08 07:51 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

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