Monday, June 19, 2006

Nemo's World: "Vaffanculo, America!"

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Having already demonstrated its utter contempt for the Bill of Rights and civil liberties in general, Bush's "New, Improved" (NeoConNazi-packed) Supreme Court now appears poised to scuttle all manner of long-established *environmental* regulations -- what's left of them, anyway, after the Fuehrer's own malicious "tinkering".

It seems that, roughly THIRTY YEARS after the fact, the High Court's Cabal has suddenly determined that the Clean Water Act was being "misinterpreted" all that time by environmental scientists, legislators, government regulators, academics, and other knowledgeable persons who just happen to know what they're talking about (unlike these astoundingly bent Fascist shills).

Even the AP's coverage of this farce makes it exceedingly clear that partisan racketeers like Antonin "Vaffanculo" Scalia and his Right-wing cronies lack even the most rudimentary scientific knowledge needed to assess what properly constitutes a wetland. But that ignorance certainly didn't deter the Court's NeoConNazi Contingent from its quest to bend over backwards in support of Business by seeking to effectively ABOLISH an essential environmental law passed *decades* ago.

Gee, I'm ~SO~ glad Bush didn't appoint any of those overzealous "activist" judges about whom we used to hear such vociferous condemnation from outraged "Conservatives". (Aren't you?) Instead, the American people have been graced with the installation of an outright Republican WRECKING CREW in our Highest Court!

"God bless America!" Because we SURELY need something resembling "Divine intervention" now.

(YES, Supreme Court Justices *can* be impeached. NO, it's never actually been done.)

Top Court Split Over Wetlands Protections

The Supreme Court clashed Monday on whether the government can extend protections for wetlands miles away from waterways, in its first significant environmental ruling under Chief Justice John Roberts.

Justices decided on a 5-4 vote, split along ideological lines, that regulators may have misinterpreted the federal Clean Water Act when they refused to allow two Michigan property owners to build a shopping mall and condos on wetlands they own.

But on a separate 5-4 vote, they refused to block the government from restricting access on distant wetlands. ...

The court's four most conservative members wanted a more sweeping ruling, clearing the way for development of land unless it was directly connected to waterways.

The court's four most liberal members said that such a ruling would reject three decades of practice by the Army Corps of Engineers and threaten the environment. ...

Kennedy wrote his own opinion to explain why he was not joining the main opinion. "Important public interests are served by the Clean Water Act in general and by the protection of wetlands in particular," he said. Scalia's opinion, Kennedy said, "seems unduly dismissive of the interests asserted by the United States in these cases."

Scalia had said the Corps of Engineers misinterpreted the term "waters of the United States."

"In applying the definition to 'ephemeral streams,' 'wet meadows,' storm sewers and culverts, ... man-made drainage ditches, and dry arroyos in the middle of the desert, the Corps has stretched the term 'waters of the United States' beyond parody," he wrote. ...
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[Obviously, "Fat Tony" is not at all above deliberately muddying the waters and wielding wild hyperbole to advance his own dubious agenda.]

Hey, Antonin: "Vaffanculo", right back at ya!

~ Nemo

3 Comments:

Anonymous Nemo said...

All: Please pardon my absence here lately. I was sick for the past several days, and fairly "out of it". But -- hopefully, at least -- I'm now recovering nicely.

Tue Jun 20, 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

great to see you back, hope, you're fine now

felt like monologuing - not that good, when i want to discuss ;-)

Tue Jun 20, 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

[Scalia] the Corps has stretched the term 'waters of the United States' beyond parody

wow - nemo, more and more i guess, we both are wrong, comparing your current "leadership" to the Nazis. At least Hitler et al were something like "common people" - here, i guess, we see the Comeback not only of the monarchy, but of the kind of elites of the absolute monarchy of the Roi de Soleil

for me, that "waters of the United States" are the american version of Marie Antoinettes "bread"

the american version of "you don't have enough bread for your children? let them eat cake" seems to be "you don't have clean water for your children? let'em drink Budweiser"...

Wed Jun 21, 12:30:00 AM  

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