Affirmative Action Supreme Court

Clarence Thomas Gushed About Affirmative Action In 1983: ‘God Only Knows’ Where I’d Be Without It 

Theoretically speaking, 40 years is not a long time, especially when you consider that the planet we live on has existed for an estimated 4.5 billion years and Homo sapiens have walked the face of Earth since 190,000 B.C.E.

So it comes as somewhat of a surprise to learn that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said as recently as 1983 that he’d have been a different person were it not for affirmative action in the United States.

In an illuminating piece he wrote for The Washington Post, Timothy Bella quotes Thomas telling staffers in 1983 at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (which he was chairman of):

“God only knows where I would be today” if it wasn’t for affirmative action.
“These laws and their proper application are all that stand between the first 17 years of my life and the second 17 years.”

God only knows, and yet Thomas happily took a wrecking ball to affirmative action protections this week in Students For Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College despite having been helped by them to the extent that he now sits on the highest court in the land and was admitted to Yale University in part because such policies were in place at the time.

Of course, this change of heart and mind in Clarence Thomas has been clear for years, such as in the 2013 concurring opinion he wrote in Fisher v. University of Texas when he took previous rulings and stood them on their heads, declaring, “The argument that educational benefits justify racial discrimination was advanced in support of racial segregation in the 1950’s, but emphatically rejected by this Court.”

“And just as the alleged educational benefits of segregation were insufficient to justify racial discrimination then … the alleged educational benefits of diversity cannot justify racial discrimination today.”

So what happened to that 1983 Clarence Thomas?

Well, it likely had a great deal to do with the privilege he has enjoyed and continues to benefit from as he sits on the Supreme Court and hands down decisions while simultaneously accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fancy travel and vacations from wealthy Americans who often have business before the court he sits on. That’s the very definition of quid pro quo, and yet Thomas was enraged when anyone dared to report on such matters, suggesting that he had done nothing wrong despite appearances to the contrary.

What does all of this tell us at the end of the day?

First of all, it tells us that Clarence Thomas is, by his own words, a hypocrite of the highest order.

Secondly, it suggests that today’s Supreme Court has lost nearly all of the legitimacy it once had.

And, from a political perspective, it tells us that the 2024 election will be devastating for Republicans, and it will turn out that way largely as a result of the wildly unpopular opinions that have been handed down by Thomas and his five fellow conservative justices over the past couple of years.

What does that mean for the Supreme Court? Hopefully that one day the number of justices will be expanded and in time it can reclaim a modicum of respect.


Capitol Insurrection Crime January 6 Justice Department

J6 Rioter Facing Quadrupled Prison Sentence After Calling Prosecutors A ‘Clown Show’

A New York man convicted for taking part in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol could soon be facing a long time in prison as the result of an angry tirade he directed at federal prosecutors after he was convicted.

Frank Giustino was originally sentenced to three weeks incarceration for actions, but is now likely to get four months because he couldn’t keep his big mouth shut.

Scott MacFarlane of CBS News reports that Giustino showed “no remorse for his conduct on January 6” and instead presented “himself as the victim,” all the while referring to “the prosecution as a ‘clown show’ and a ‘nuisance.'”

“Giustino’s behavior in Court further evinces his belief that the attack on the Capitol was righteous… necessitating a sentence that will deter him from similar conduct,” prosecutors argue.

While it’s rare for prosecutors to call for an increase in a sentence, Giustino appears to have given then exactly the proof they need that an enhancement is justified.

Giustino previously proved his complete lack of respect for the law by firing his attorney and demanding that he be allowed to represent himself even though the judge in the case informed him that a lawyer could help him negotiate a lower sentence.


Crime Donald Trump

Next Indictment From Jack Smith Will Include 30-45 Charges Against Trump: Report

Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith is preparing to file what’s known as a “superseding indictment” against failed former president Donald Trump in the coming weeks, and the filing could include up to 45 new charges against the ex-president, according to Andrew Feinberg of The Independent.

The new indictment would include even more serious charges than the ones Trump is already facing.

The team of federal prosecutors working under Special Counsel Jack Smith is currently prepared to add an “additional 30 to 45 charges” in addition to the 37-count indictment brought against Mr Trump on 8 June, either in a superseding indictment in the same Florida court or in a different federal judicial district. In either case, they would do so using evidence against the ex-president that has not yet been publicly acknowledged by the department, including other recordings prosecutors have obtained which reveal Mr Trump making incriminating statements.

Smith is also planning to bring charges against several of Trump’s attorneys, including those who helped him spread lies about the 2020 election being stolen, which would include Rudy Giuliani, who has met with Justice Department investigators about what role he played in attempts to overturn the last presidential election.

A source familiar with the matter has said Mr Smith’s office will “most definitely” bring some charges against Mr Giuliani for his work on Mr Trump’s behalf in the weeks between the November 2020 election and the 6 January 2021 attack on the Capitol.

In addition to the laundry list of federal charges Trump is facing, he is also expected to be indicted in Fulton County, Georgia by District Attorney Fani Willis, who is also looking into efforts by Trump and his surrogates to have him declared the winner despite the fact that President Joe Biden won in an electoral landslide.

That probe, which is being conducted by Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis, is expected to result in multiple indictments which could be unveiled as early as next month. Ms Willis, who last year oversaw a special purpose grand jury probe into efforts by Mr Trump and his allies to reverse his loss to Mr Biden in Georgia, is reportedly considering indictments against the ex-president, his former attorney, top Republican figures in the state, as well as Mr Trump’s final White House chief of staff, ex-North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows.

In his home state of New York, Trump has already been indicted for falsifying business records to hide hush money payments made to adult film Stormy Daniels. And his company, the Trump Organization, is also being put under the microscope by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is expected to use civil charges to dismantle the company and dissolve its assets.


Elections GOP Social Media

Ron DeSantis Gets Thoroughly Mocked For Posting Photoshopped Images Of Him Walking On The Beach

If there actually is a reset button for political campaigns, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis needs to smash the damn thing ASAP and pray for a miracle.

The latest humiliating misstep from DeSantis’ 2024 presidential campaign comes in the form of photos posted online by his wife, Casey, showing the two walking on the beach.

But are they really on the beach, or is the image just a result of digital manipulation?

The Independent looked into the matter and came to some interesting conclusions.

The image was taken for Mr DeSantis’s brief campaign for Senate in 2015 ahead of the 2016 election when incumbent Florida Senator Marco Rubio was running for president before campaigning for re-election to the upper chamber.

A Flickr account called “DeSantis for Senate” has a small number of images publically available showing Mr DeSantis speaking to voters as well as the image of Mr DeSantis walking on the beach alongside his wife.

Can you say Photoshop? Twitter users certainly could, and they also did some editing of their own.


Business Crime Donald Trump Social Media

Three Major Truth Social Investors Arrested On Charges Of Insider Trading

Three Florida men have been arrested by federal authorities and charged with insider trading involving $22 million they made prior to former president Donald Trump’s failing Truth Social media company being taking public, the Associated Press reports.

The three men — Michael Shvartsman, 52, of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida; Gerald Shvartsman, 45, of Aventura, Florida; and Bruce Garelick, 53, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida — will make their first court appearance Thursday in Miami.

Michael Shvartsman, the AP reports, was the owner of Rocket One Capital LLC, a venture capital firm. His brother, Gerald Shvartsman, was Rocket One’s chief investment officer, according to court papers.

The indictment alleges that between June 2021 and November 2021 the men bought securities after Garelick was given a seat on the board of Digital World Acquisition Corp., which was created to take Truth Social public. Authorities also allege that Garelick then began sharing insider information with others.

According to the indictment, the men were invited to invest in the special purpose acquisition company, Digital World Acquisition Corp., and were provided confidential information that a potential target of DWAC and another acquisition company, Benessere Capital Acquisition Corp., was Trump Media & Technology Group.

Even though Trump isn’t implicated in the scheme, this is the latest blow to the former president’s attempts to merge DWAC with Trump Media, meaning the stock price may collapse and result in a death spiral for Trump Social, which still has fewer than 2 million users, compared to Twitter’s 353 million and Facebook’s 2.96 billion.

In recent weeks, there have been rumors that Trump may be rejoining Twitter as he ramps up his bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.