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(NPR)   For some reason, the Supreme Court might be having second thoughts about its Citizens United decision. Can't imagine why. Truly baffling. Yup   (npr.org) divider line 19
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2012-06-18 10:03:16 AM
5 votes:
You mean dumping unlimited and untraceable money into elections might mean that some folks might try to buy officials?

I, for one, am shocked. Shocked and appalled. I mean, the next thing you know, we'll start looking at how charities are run. If Hannity's Support the Troops didn't organize his Freedom Concerts, how could he donate 8% of the profits to college funds for the children of vets? Yes, a good deal of that money goes to "administrative" costs, but some of it goes into scholarships, and that's money that wouldn't go to them at all, right? Next thing you know, folks will be looking at Zig Ziglar's events or other patriots like Michelle Bachmann or Newt Gingrich or even Sarah's PAC...

Shameful, really to doubt that patriots would use the flag to scam Americans. They put the flag right on their events, so if you doubt them, you doubt the flag, you Commies...
2012-06-18 03:39:01 PM
2 votes:

adiabat: Funny how when campaign finance laws benefit liberals we hear crickets...


Agreed, if by"crickets" you mean the sound of ten million pudgy effeminate conservatives being raped by post-hole augurs. A weird sound indeed, made up of agonized screaming, the clatter of small bore internal combustion engines, and quite a lot of ecstatic moaning.

I'm trying to be fair here. Not all conservatives are closeted gays.

Some are out.
2012-06-18 12:24:49 PM
2 votes:

andersoncouncil42: This is probably the biggest reason to make sure Obama has a 2nd term. The court needs to move back to the center.


To the center? His track record so far says otherwise. A lesbian, a Hispanic? Every pick has been a pandering to specific liberal groups. If Obamao gets his next term, who knows, we might actually get a Muslim on the bench and before you know it, Sharia Law will be forced on us all. Citizens United will be a footnote in history after Burquas United gets codified.
2012-06-18 11:03:48 AM
2 votes:
FTA: "Hasen predicts Citizens United will be overturned by a less conservative Supreme Court someday."

Which, thanks to Citizens United, we'll never get.
2012-06-18 10:38:15 AM
2 votes:
In other news, Stephen Colbert has been voted the most influential Supreme Court Justice.
2012-06-18 02:21:45 PM
1 votes:

RexTalionis: You know, Conservatives would probably favor Citizens United until some billionaire decides to troll the GOP by setting up a $5 billion SuperPAC to favor a Democrat and then buy out all advertising time for the 2 months leading up to the election.


Or the cheaper option, which is have Obama come out publicly in support of CU. Conservatives always disavow their own ideas when Obama supports them.
2012-06-18 12:46:59 PM
1 votes:

Gyrfalcon: Cue up all the Fark GED lawyers to tell us how this is or is not a violation of some constitutional principle they know nothing about.


It's a pretty clear violation of the 2nd amendment.
2012-06-18 12:16:34 PM
1 votes:

Noam Chimpsky: ghare: Noam Chimpsky: cameroncrazy1984: Noam Chimpsky: but the corporations shouldn't be allowed to use the same process to defend themselves?

Corporations are not people. They are things.

Things can't use the process. Corporations are using the process. Therefore, corporations aren't things.

You'd have to ban the anti-corporatists from using the process to attack the corporatists before you could ban the corporatists from using the process to defend themselves.

What does need to happen is that the government must be banned from using the process to promote government. You start with abolishing all public parasite unions. Things are going in the right direction in that instance DDDDEEEERRRPPPPPPPPP.

Why are Republicans so jealous of people who make more money than them by being in unions? I mean, just because you can't keep a job that pays well, why do you want to stop those who are making a living from being successful? Pure class warfare.

Can't afford it? But are you sure you have the right talking point in claiming that the public union parasites make more money than Republicans? If they do make more money than Republicans, and if they are being forced to pay that wage, then that is the argument for abolishing the unions.


Yeah...fark free assembly! But we should only ban them if they're working. Or something.

What's it like being the kind of guy who was accidentally lobotomized during a rectal exam?
2012-06-18 11:42:22 AM
1 votes:

EvilEgg: FlashHarry: adiabat: Funny how when campaign finance laws benefit liberals we hear crickets...

such as?

The laws that let dead people and illegal aliens vote, you only hear crying about the minorities and college kids.




You probably would have looked less stupid if you just went with "I got nothing."
2012-06-18 11:39:30 AM
1 votes:
Didn't part of the decision entrust Congress with making transparency laws?

Oops.
2012-06-18 11:35:04 AM
1 votes:

Kevin72: cameroncrazy1984: Noam Chimpsky: but the corporations shouldn't be allowed to use the same process to defend themselves?

Corporations are not people. They are things.

Corporations are not people. They are legal entities. FTFY.


Corporations are property. Maybe they should have 3/5 speech.

OK now I feel bad
2012-06-18 11:31:30 AM
1 votes:
Also, interesting timing, this.

Citizens United was handed down just in time to flip the House, break Democratic supermajority in the Senate, and attempt to flip the Senate and Presidency via cash avalanche in 2012. Just now in the eleventh hour is the Supreme Court apparently looking at maybe revisiting the case, after the damage is already done, and in such a timely manner that any resulting decision will come down after the 2012 election.

After a two-year stretch of record union busting and electoral disenfranchisement. And at a point after which liberal Justice appointments, should Obama win, be blocked by the Senate, and conservative Justice appointments, should Romney win, get the rubber stamp. During a Presidential term that could see two and perhaps three Supreme Court justice appointments, particularly to replace Justices of the liberal wing.
2012-06-18 11:30:49 AM
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: Noam Chimpsky: but the corporations shouldn't be allowed to use the same process to defend themselves?

Corporations are not people. They are things.


RACIST!!!one!
2012-06-18 11:07:56 AM
1 votes:
A few million dollars in the right places might influence their ruling, if you get what I'm saying.
2012-06-18 11:06:45 AM
1 votes:

sweetmelissa31: adiabat: Funny how when campaign finance laws benefit liberals we hear crickets...

Liberals don't get money from Super PACs?


Of course not. There are no such things as union thugs. Wait. Which side are you on?
2012-06-18 11:03:39 AM
1 votes:
Please god. If this does get reversed, i'll take back -most- of what i said about the insidiousness of our species, the inevitability of societal freefall into oligarchal tyranny, and the destruction of all hope for the future.

Most, not all.
2012-06-18 11:01:06 AM
1 votes:
Casting one vote? Government picture ID required

Buying 5 million votes? No problem, anonymity protected

What the fark?
2012-06-18 10:03:06 AM
1 votes:
Yes, the Supreme Court is clearly about to send out a mea culpa and reverse its decision.
2012-06-18 09:51:27 AM
1 votes:
Yes. PLEASE revisit this decision. It's been a freaking nightmare.
 
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