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Retired corporate paralegal.

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Since the make-up of the SC is for life,

even a changing of Congress and/or the Presidency will do nothing to change the outcome of their decisions. We see increasingly that members of Congress (both houses) vote corporate interests and rarely in the interests of the population as a whole. The President can nominate a replacement when a vacancy comes up, but it is up to Congress to approve -- and as we have seen, Republicans not only will cater to their regular base, but they increasingly cater to the crazies. To make a major change in the Supreme Court, vacancies would have to come up frequently and in short succession. If all of the media was owned by progressive interests, it still wouldn't result in a major overhaul of the Supreme Court. So we are stuck with them for now.

I agree with you that the propaganda emanating from the right is a threat to democracy, but without a Supreme Court on our side, there is absolutely nothing that can be done to stop them. When election results are set aside (Bush v. Gore) and when carte blanche is given to the oligarchs (Citizens United) and when decisions (Burrell v. Hobby Lobby) create a de facto state religion (in this case, Catholic), what can "we the people" do to stop the madness?

I worked in the field of law my entire adult life and always respected the rule of law. I'm now sickened by it.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 02:21 AM (2 replies)

I agree with you but

the final decision was made by the Supreme Court, thereby thwarting the will of the nation's (not just Florida's) voters. The decisions handed down by the Court in the intervening years proves their Republican (and Catholic religion) preferences. Without them, we wouldn't have had a poor Citizens United decision, paving the way for even more election tampering. And, we certainly wouldn't have the current Hobby Lobby debacle.

Yes, Gore conceded way too soon for my liking (just like Kerry conceded way too soon for my liking), but the selection of the President wasn't dependent on Gore conceding. The corporate media and the vote theft by Republicans were factors, but in the end, it was the Court that made the presidential selection. Since they stopped the counting of Florida votes, the Supreme Court made a decision WITHOUT knowing the will of the people. The were furthering their own personal agendas. My scorn rests mainly and heavily on the Supreme Court -- the Justices on the Court in 2000 and as they are now.

I fear for the future of the country now that even the Supreme Court is partisan and uber-religious. Five of the 9 are Catholics so it is no surprise their ruling was against the best interests of women. It just makes me want to puke and never stop.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:44 AM (1 replies)

The PEOPLE actually did elect Gore

Here's the stats:

Bush: 50,546,002 popular votes 47.87%
Gore: 50,999,897 popular votes 48.38%
Nader: 2,882,955 popular votes 2.74%

Gore did not lose the popular vote -- people did vote for him to be president.
The Supreme Court, by stopping the counting of votes in Florida, assured that the ELECTORAL votes went for Bush, thereby making him president, despite the opposite result of the popular vote. This is the argument for abolishing the Electoral Vote; it is outdated and results in an inaccurate representation of the will of the people.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:19 AM (1 replies)

A lawer for Hobby Lobby proudly stated that

Hobby Lobby pays minimum wages to their workers as required by the various states in which they have stores. To my mind, the decision today amounts to a cut in pay for their female workers who now will have to pay full price for birth control. Way to go HL ---- NOT!
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:16 AM (0 replies)

I don't care what their propaganda is

I will NEVER eat anything that came out of the Gulf. The oil tar is layered on the bottom of the Gulf and the water has been treated with millions of gallons of Corexit which is outlawed in Europe as a carcinogen. The liars don't care what happens to your insides -- by the time you get cancer, they will demand proof it was from the spill and good luck with that. Best to avoid anything coming from the Gulf area.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jun 27, 2014, 05:26 AM (0 replies)

I think the idea of reparations is fraught with problems

How would payments be made, individuals or communities?
If individuals, must they be able to trace their ancestors to slavery in the US.
Not all black people are descendents of slaves -- President Obama isn't, for example.
If not required to trace ancestors to slavery, how would individuals be singled out for payment?
How black do they need to be? President Obama is 50% (one parent).
How about someone who has only one grandparent who is black?
Or one great-grandparent?
If payable to a community, what would be the criteria for the community to be eligible for reparations?
Percentage of black population in the community?
Percentage of black unemployment in the community?
Percentage of black-owned businesses?

My personal preference would be to create scholarships -- full ride -- room, board and tuition -- for kids who graduate from high school.
Or, if the child prefers, full tuition, plus living expense, for a technical or trade school.

A check-in-hand would be gone in no time, but an education would pull people out of poverty for life.

P.S. It occurs to me that some may object to my use of the word "black". My wonderful, but now deceased, friend always referred to himself as black. He and I discussed reparations once. He wasn't sure how it would actually work.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 04:37 AM (2 replies)

275 troups

the very definition of "slippery slope". I'm so disappointed in the deployment of troops I could cry. Have we learned NOTHING from history? The lesson is: there is no "right" side in a religious war. No matter which side we support, we're wrong.

My recommendation for saving US lives and treasure:
If they are so stupid that they will kill each other over religion, LET THEM. We can negotiate with the winner.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Jun 17, 2014, 01:09 AM (1 replies)

I fear this more than terrorism

First Amendment rights dispensed with
Second Amendment would be enshrined
Third Amendment -- how would you like to have soldiers stationed in your home to house and feed at your own expense
Fourth Amendment -- search and seizure without warrant for probable cause
Fifth Amendment -- no Grand Jury rights
Sixth Amendment -- right to speedy trial and other defendant rights. Can you say "kangaroo courts"?
Seventh Amendment -- right to trial by jury -- see above re kangaroo courts
Eighth Amendment -- say hello to excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishments
Ninth Amendment -- protects rights not specifically enumerated by the Constitution. Used in Griswald and Roe v. Wade
Tenth Amendment -- state's rights

Each of these would be revoked by a GOP-lead state's convention. Other rights, minority voting, women's right to vote, would also be at risk. Do you really trust that there would be enough "blue" states to stop the wholesale removal of all of the rights that the current Constitution afford us all?
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed May 28, 2014, 10:04 PM (1 replies)


I love the picture!!! The white building to the side was the restaurant. They took down the fancy ironwork we put up along the top edge of the balcony. They took out the flower gardens in the front. Hated weeding those flowers - I was always afraid of funnel webs!! It also looks like they built another building to the left. Wonder what they did with the small carriage house which would have been in back of that building. Are the motel units still there? We only served breakfast to the motel units; we were open for lunch and dinner, but not afternoon tea. I remember cooking turkeys in the wood-burning stove for Christmas dinners for the restaurant. It was terribly hot and we had the fire going for hot water and the oven. We stood out on the front porch singing "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" and laughing like hell.

I spent a perfectly lovely day in Canberra; it was spring -- took the train. I had a friend who lived in Flynn -- we exchanged Christmas cards for many years but I've lost contact with her now.

I had a ute and drove all around buying old things from peoples' sheds. I had an antique shop in Mittagong. One of my favorite memories was when a friend of mine from the US came to visit and we spent the night in the pub in Young with the entire rugby union team. Just them and the two of us. They didn't toss us out at closing time. That was back in the day when the pubs were segregated - men in one room and women in another. We always went into the men's side and just as the bartender was going to toss us out, he heard our American accents and said, "bloody yanks don't know better" and let us stay. We went to a Bachelor's and Spinster's Ball in Condobolin (I think). It was held in a huge tent on a pig farm. Men in tuxedos, women in fine clothes. Men climbing the tent poles after a few beers.

Yes, I have wonderful memories of Oz!! Thanks for letting me share them with you.

Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed May 14, 2014, 05:35 AM (0 replies)

Yes, it was the White Horse Inn

My family owned it from 1968 to sometime around 1986 (don't remember exactly). When my mother bought it, it was run down and had layers of lino over beautiful wood floors. All of the interior wood trim was painted with many layers. She stripped and refinished all of the wood in the place and restored the beautiful wood floors. She then set out to furnish the whole place with lovely antique furniture. There were four motel units in the back which were clean but unremarkable in decor. The kitchen for the restaurant was a real challenge. There was a wood stove that heated the only hot water supply in the place. There were a couple of electric flat-tops and an electric stove with oven. We had a refrigerator and a freezer. Some time before she sold it, there was an electrical fire in the kitchen which necessitated total replacement of fixtures. There were three 1,000 gallon water tanks outside that collected rain water which was used in the kitchen and bathrooms. The rain water was better than the Berrima city water supply which had "wogs and beasties" in it. There was, of course, no central heating but every room had a working fireplace. When I lived there, I took the ute to the local lumber mill and got scraps for the wood stove and the fireplaces. I was taught to NEVER reach into the woodpile, but to use a rake to pull off a piece before picking it up -- snakes, of course. We had a number of kerosene heaters -- a couple for the dining rooms and one each for our bedrooms. If you look at a picture of the White Horse Inn, my bedroom was on the 2nd floor, the window on the right; my sitting room was behind it. My sister's room was a double room and had the two windows on the left. My daughter's room was behind my sister's room. My brother's room was the "penthouse", the two attic rooms. Mother's bedroom and sitting room were on the first floor, to the left of the front door. Oh, and the story about a ghost isn't exactly as it has been told. The ghost wasn't a convict who died when it was built. Jim, the ghost, was the husband of the woman my mother bought the place from; he had committed suicide in the dining room. It probably makes a more interesting story if they say it was a convict.

Oops, sorry, this is too much info -- don't want to bore you with details. But, I wanted to convey that I loved that old house and the town was very quaint. I'm in fact glad to see that the highway bypassed it -- less traffic and less noise. I very much enjoyed my time in Oz and would go back there to live, if I had the chance. My sister and brother still live in Oz.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue May 13, 2014, 08:39 PM (2 replies)
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