Posts Tagged: Clarence Thomas
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White Conservatives On Supreme Court Wondering Whether We Need Laws That Allow Black People To Vote For Democrats

It's tough to keep black people in the South from voting when there are intrusive federal laws trying to let black people vote. Have we learned nothing from the blockbuster motion picture Lincoln? Yes, we have learned nothing, and also the Democrats appear to be on some kind of permanent demographic winning streak, say the old white conservatives on the Supreme Court. So it's probably time to put aside these outdated old laws. Why, racism ended a long, long time ago. Especially in the Deep South.

In today's loaded questioning, the four white conservative justices expressed sincere skepticism about the federal law protecting the rights of black voters in [...]

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1991 Called And It Wants An Apology

"I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed what happened so long ago. That offer still stands, I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended." —Virginia Thomas, right-wing activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, explains why she left a message on Anita Hill's voicemail asking the Brandeis University professor to "consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with [...]

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Supreme Court Justice's Teabagging Wife Not Exactly A Shocker

Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has formed "a nonprofit lobbying group whose website will organize activism around a set of conservative 'core principles,' she said." Here's some reaction to this news: "Really, considering these people threw the goddamned presidential election in 2000, are we now supposed to feign outrage over one of their spouses being a common teabagger?" It does seem rather small potatoes when you put it that way.

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The Most Hilarious Clarence Thomas Opinionating Yet

If you haven't had a chance to read Clarence Thomas' dissent in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, which was decided in late June, you have denied yourself good times! Our Special Correspondent for Supreme Court LOLs breaks it down for us, and it's GREAT STUFF.

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Clarence Thomas: He's the Chief Activist Judge!

Supreme Court nerds should give this lengthy SCOTUSblog run-down on the term a serious read. Most notable to me: "Although some cases are decided five to four, that's no more than twenty percent of the docket this Term (we're running the final numbers now). Roughly half the decisions are nine to zero. Only slightly more than one in ten cases involved the narrow liberal-conservative divide (fewer, if we don't include cases in which we presume Justice Sotomayor would have voted with the left had she not been recused)… Among all the Justices, it is in fact Scalia and Thomas-frequently heralded by conservatives as ideal members of the Court-who [...]

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Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas And The Trouble With The "Up From Poverty" Narrative

The thing with humble beginnings in American life is that one is supposed to leave them decorously as just that-the harrowing, Dickensian prologue to an adult life of implacable success and celebrity splendor. That's why the personal story of Sonia Sotomayor is being tirelessly rehearsed as a classic instance of the American Dream coming true-something that claims its significance on the basis of what the Bronx-bred jurist left behind, as opposed to her much-bruited views on how her ethnic heritage continues to shape her approach to her job.

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Anita Hill Still Entirely Believable, Confirms Clarence Thomas Ex

Clarence Thomas' former lover comes at last out of the woodwork, after two decades of silence, and throws him under the bus real hard, confirming the already-confirmed stories about him asking women in the office about their breast sizes and his obsession with porn. And there's more! A whole memoir of more.

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Only Clarence Thomas Brave Enough To Protect Bigots from Angry Gays

Today's Supreme Court decision in Doe v. Reed is worth knowing about, if you can bear with it. Corrections to what follow are welcome, and yes, I've omitted lots of the arguments in the interest of clarity. So! Last year in Washington State, the Governor signed into law a Senate bill that "ensures that under state law state-registered domestic partners are treated the same as married spouses." Anti-gay marriage forces quickly organized to put up a ballot measure to undo it. They got 137,000 to sign the necessary petition; the secretary of state certified those signatures. And then, when the secretary of state acknowledged that he was bound [...]