The old “head of state” defense. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Dragged deeper than ever into the clerical sex abuse scandal, the Vatican is launching a legal defense that it hopes will shield the pope from a lawsuit in Kentucky seeking to have him answer attorneys’ questions under oath.
Court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press show that Vatican lawyers plan to argue that the pope has immunity as head of state, that American bishops who oversaw abusive priests weren’t employees of the Vatican, and that a 1962 document is not the “smoking gun” that provides proof of a cover-up.
Right. Those bishops were working for the Pillsbury Dough company.
The Vatican is seeking to dismiss the suit before Benedict XVI can be questioned or documents subpoenaed.
I’ll bet. Wouldn’t want the Pope to be accountable or to have to answer in a court of law. Mumbling to his invisible friend is much preferable to having to tell the truth under oath.
Lets see how this all turns out.
Comes this religious gibberish:
The brainwashing begins in the crib. These future Christian militia warriors against the anti-Christ are getting a good start.
Thanks parents. You are creating mindless Jesus bots.
Repeal the Health Care Bill and Social Security!
The GOP is all set to rally around “Repeal Health Reform!” for the 2010 midterms. Why not let the throttle loose on the crazy train and run against Social Security as well?
Because they may be crazy but they aren’t totally stupid.
The government is taking over the federal student loan program! Wait…what?
Senator Lamar Alexander (Retard-TN) seems to have the same problem as those that rail against the government taking over their Medicare. A government-run program.
More needy college students will have access to bigger Pell Grants, and future borrowers of government loans will have an easier time repaying them, under a vast overhaul of higher education aid that Congress passed Thursday and sent to President Barack Obama.
The legislation, an Obama domestic priority overshadowed by his health care victory, represents the most sweeping rewrite of college assistance programs in four decades. It strips banks of their role as middlemen in federal student loans and puts the government in charge.
One would think that was a good thing. But here comes ol’ Senator Lamar “Yeehaw” Alexander to warn us of the horrors of the government taking control of a government program.
“The Democratic majority decided, well look, while we’re at it, let’s have another Washington takeover,” said Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and a former federal education secretary. “Let’s take over the federal student loan program.”
You tell ’em Lamar. You don’t need no stinkin’ government in this government-run program.
This will give the Tea Baggers even more wet gunpowder for their revolution.
One thing that must attract the Tea Baggers to Sarah Palin and vice versa is that they are mutually stupid and oblivious to the irony of their talking points. At a recent Tea Bagger gathering in Nevada, with resplendent displays of the constitution, constitutional references in signs, speakers pointing to the relevance and importance of the constitution and so forth, we have Sarah Palin verbally ejaculating this assault on our President’s knowledge of the….constitution. And the crowd went wild.
We don’t need no stinkin constitutional scholar tellin us nothin! We got us some Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.
Yes, who’s combined IQ is that of your average salad tomato.
Then get a lawyer.
The Detroit News reports:
At least seven people, including some from Michigan, have been arrested in raids by a FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana as part of an investigation into an Adrian-based Christian militia group, a person familiar with the matter said.
The suspects are expected to make an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Monday.
On Sunday, a source close to the investigation in Washington, D.C. confirmed that FBI agents were conducting activities in Washtenaw and Lenawee counties over the weekend in connection to Hutaree, a Christian militia group. Detroit FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold told The Detroit News the federal warrants in the case are under court seal and declined further comment.
Sources have said the FBI was in the second day of raids around the southeastern Michigan city of Adrian that are connected to a militia group, known as the Hutaree, an Adrian-based group whose members describe themselves as Christian soldiers preparing for the arrival and battle with the anti-Christ.
These groups are so tiresome. They also have no understanding of history. The anti-Christ has been thought to be so many different individuals from various Ceasars and Popes, Saladin and Suleyman, Saddam and Ahmadinejad, Clinton and Obama and a host of other individuals over two thousand years. Of course, in order to have an anti-Christ, there had to have been a real Christ which there clearly was not. But I digress…
Lackomar said he heard from other militia members that the FBI targeted the Hutaree after its members made threats of violence against Islamic organizations.
Redneck bigoted thugs spotting the anti-Christ? I have a better chance of growing a third eye in the center of my forehead.
“They are more of survivalist group and in an emergency they withdraw and stand their ground. They are actively training to be alongside Jesus,”
Well send them on up there with him then. If He needs help from these ass hats He isn’t much of a God though. Why would he need rednecks with guns to help battle His powerful arch-enemy anti-Christ? CNN says:
Mike Lackomar, a county leader for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, said the target of the raid was a Christian militia group called the Hutaree. The group proclaims on a Web site that it is “preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.”
Yes. I can see into the future clearly. I see small clans living amongst the rubble of the End Times Battle, huddled around campfires as clan elders tell of the brave Christian militia in Michigan that kept the testimony of Jesus Christ alive and that is why it still exists. Now go stone thy neighbor, we think he’s gay….
Or, why do conservatives hate democracy?
I’ve been commenting on the over-the-top rhetoric and reaction by the right-wing to the passage of the health care bill. However, this piece in the NYT by Paul Krugman does the subject much better justice. Some highlights:
I admit it: I had fun watching right-wingers go wild as health reform finally became law. But a few days later, it doesn’t seem quite as entertaining — and not just because of the wave of vandalism and threats aimed at Democratic lawmakers. For if you care about America’s future, you can’t be happy as extremists take full control of one of our two great political parties.
Yes, the fringe of the right has now become the mainstream of their party. Perhaps their new slogan should be “All Aboard the Crazy Train!”
To be sure, it was enjoyable watching Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican of California, warn that by passing health reform, Democrats “will finally lay the cornerstone of their socialist utopia on the backs of the American people.”
Interesting in that the same sort of hyperbole was used by the GOP at the passage of Medicare and Social Security legislation. I still have not been issued my little red Mao book. Still waiting….
A side observation: one Republican talking point has been that Democrats had no right to pass a bill facing overwhelming public disapproval. As it happens, the Constitution says nothing about opinion polls trumping the right and duty of elected officials to make decisions based on what they perceive as the merits.
But democracy is only worth using as a talking point when it benefits Republican issues. How dare the Democrats use the exact same legislative tactics that the Republicans have so many times before!
But back to the main theme. What has been really striking has been the eliminationist rhetoric of the G.O.P., coming not from some radical fringe but from the party’s leaders. John Boehner, the House minority leader, declared that the passage of health reform was “Armageddon.” The Republican National Committee put out a fund-raising appeal that included a picture of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, surrounded by flames, while the committee’s chairman declared that it was time to put Ms. Pelosi on “the firing line.” And Sarah Palin put out a map literally putting Democratic lawmakers in the cross hairs of a rifle sight.
All of this goes far beyond politics as usual. Democrats had a lot of harsh things to say about former President George W. Bush — but you’ll search in vain for anything comparably menacing, anything that even hinted at an appeal to violence, from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials.
Even though the right-wing is doing a full court press pushing the line that “both sides” are guilty of this incendiary rhetoric and propaganda, I have yet to see or hear it.
For today’s G.O.P. is, fully and finally, the party of Ronald Reagan — not Reagan the pragmatic politician, who could and did strike deals with Democrats, but Reagan the antigovernment fanatic, who warned that Medicare would destroy American freedom. It’s a party that sees modest efforts to improve Americans’ economic and health security not merely as unwise, but as monstrous. It’s a party in which paranoid fantasies about the other side — Obama is a socialist, Democrats have totalitarian ambitions — are mainstream. And, as a result, it’s a party that fundamentally doesn’t accept anyone else’s right to govern.
The GOP hates the democratic process. They talk as if the “government” were an evil thing that will devour all that is sacred, is too obtrusive and will turn us all into communist zombies. But for some reason they strive like hell to get elected and work in the government.
No, this visceral response to the whole process of trying to pass health care reform legislation has nothing to do with the specifics and facts of the legislation. It is all the right’s response to a) losing and b) losing to a black man. Frank Rich has an excellent op-ed on this subject also at the NYT and can be found here.
And one more thing. Mr. Boehner, not only could we, we did.