Today's Note From a Madman
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
The US Supreme Court today
said that Title IX, which bans schools from discriminating on the basis of
gender, also protects whistle blowers from retaliation.
On the surface, this sounds like a good thing, but look a little deeper and you'll see two things that can make you shake your head in disbelief.
First, a law like Title IX that doesn't protect whistle blowers would make itself moot. If someone who sees something wrong knows that they will be admonished or fired for doing the right thing, then there is no incentive to do that right thing. That would be like witnessing a crime, then being arrested yourself for bearing TRUE witness on your fellow man.
"Retaliation against a person because that person has complained of sex discrimination is another form of intentional sex discrimination."
-Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the Majority opinion
She might as well have said, "Duh!" instead.
Second, the Supreme Court decision was 5-4. Are you kidding me? What were the "4" thinking about?
I can answer that in seven words: Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the dissenting opinion.
"...because (the) retaliatory conduct (against the male coach, Roderick Jackson, who was fired as a girls' basketball coach after he complained that his team had to play and practice in worse conditions than the men) is not discrimination on the basis of (Jackson's own) sex."
-Justice Clarence Thomas, writing the dissenting opinion
Using Justice Thomas' "opinion", it would be okay for Coach Jackson to lose his job because he is male. Is this guy the worst member of the US Supreme Court ever, or what?
Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer joined O'Connor in the majority. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony M. Kennedy joined Thomas in dissent. What Yutzes.
A Bad Way to Spend a Day Off - Thanks to Doug
I took a day off on Tuesday. For most people, a day off means
sleeping late, a little work around the house and other stuff like that.
I decided to spend the day reading and writing. So I looked at The Newark Star-Ledger online and Doug Forrester came to mind. I did a little research on Doug. From 2002 to 2004 Doug and his wife Andrea spent $187,213 on various Republicans running for various office, including his very own PAC, Liberty & Prosperity, Inc. But while I was scouring Mr. Forrester's records, I noticed something a little strange. Doug took $2500 back from The Republican National Committee last April 28th.
Now why would Doug Forrester do that? Did he need a loan from the RNC? Did Doug lose count of how much money he is allowed to give to the RNC? Or is he just another rich guy looking out for his self interests.
Doug Forrester bellows that he wants to restore integrity to the New Jersey Statehouse. Maybe you should explain the "refund" Dougie.
By the way, if anyone wants to see something funny, check out Doug Forrester's "Message from the President" on his Benecard site: http://www.benecard.com/greeting.html
"The future of health care in the 21st Century is focused on effective Pharmacy Benefit Management."
Doug Forrester, from the President's Greeting on the Benecard Website (That's President Doug Forrester of Benecard Services)
And this is the guy who wants to be governor of New Jersey? Shouldn't we be focusing the "future of health care in the 21st century" on new cures for horrible diseases? Maybe we could talk about Stem Cell Research.
Mr. Forrester, we know what is important to you: making money by being the middle man between the health insurance industry and the consumer, and in that situation, we all know who foots the bill.
Headlines from the Heartland
According to Columnist Sid Satler of the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi's Medicaid Poverty Level, Aged and Disabled program, or PLAD is going to be cut.
Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah... EVERYWHERE, including the RED STATES.
Republican Governor, and former Right-Wing Washington Lobbyist, Haley Barbour suggested cuts in 2004 and the Mississippi state legislature went along for the ride. They felt they that they had no choice and they might have been right.
So what happened next? The state legislature, after first standing beside Barbour are now feeding him to the wolves, or crawfish, or alligators, or whatever they have down there.
If it weren't for a federal lawsuit, 50,000 Mississippians (did I say that right?) would have lost their benefits, and their right to see a doctor, but the state would have saved $41 million dollars.
So you CAN put a price on the nation's health after all.
Reading this column, you'd have thought that the Democrats, who control the state assembly were behind all the bad things that are being said about the governor. What Mr. Satler fails to tell everyone, however, is that the Mississippi state senate, the Upper House, is controlled by the Republicans.
So here we have a state with an unpopular Republican governor who is in over his head, a Republican upper house and a Democratic lower house ticking off the people of one of the poorest states in the Union. And just like Bush administration does, they blame the Democrats, the minority party for all their woes.
Why is this important? Because this is the dribble that people in the Red states read.
Did you expect anything else?
"The occupation, in my view, was a mistake... We should
have turned Iraq over to the Iraqis soon after Sadaam Hussein fell."
-Richard Perle at Pacific University
You know, I don't remember Mr. Perle banging on the White House door telling President Bush to go forth with General Jay Garner's plan which would have put a new Iraqi
government in place 90 days after the "Mission Accomplished" banner was hanging from the bridge of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and George W. Bush was taking a
hundred-thousand dollar joy ride on a jet fighter.
"It was information from our security services... Some of this information was wrong. I did not know this at the time,"
"We were sometimes too loud, too direct, perhaps we made too much noise. That certainly shocked the Europeans sometimes."
-Former Secretary of State Colin Powell to a German magazine, Stern
Isn't it amazing how General Powell gets ticked off now, after the loss of 1500 American Soldiers lost their lives. These members of the Bush administration, former or present,
have this wonderful way of looking at a horse that has already left the barn. The time for telling the truth has past, Mr. Powell. It is time to take responsibility for your own
actions. Go write a book or something and fade into oblivion where you belong.
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