There's a new Pope Leo. He owns the Supreme Court. And now, he has more money than God.
How very depressing.
Ugh. This is more depressing than anything else I've read this morning, and I've been reading some depressing stuff. Have a lovely weekend, and thanks for paying attention.
You know you’re living in an corrupt dangerous Republican religious alternate universe when six well bred groomed Catholic moneyed lawyers lie under Oath and face no consequences to Equal Justice under Law emblazoned over the damn building they sit in. Never mind Kavanaugh, ACB, Roberts were always the secret Republican political grenade to push through their fascist agenda by hijacking 2000 Bush v Gore legal case throwing it to Thomas to legitimize the pure stench of another stolen election and richly rewarded. They are all filthy fascists.
Depressing, true, but unmistakable and therefore urgent. Greg: Brilliant!
I’m truly amazed at what rich dudes get away with! The average person who saves a little money in their 401k has to start spending the money at the age of 72. It’s required because the government wants their tax money! But we let theses ffers take 1.6 billion dollars off the table w/o paying taxes on it. I read Nina’s article excellent piece of writing on Barre Seid. From what I’ve been taught in the catholic community Leo and Barre and the Koch brothers will be last to enter the kingdom of God. That’s our consolation prize! 🤬🤬
Thanks for highlighting this abomination. Doubly depressing that Leo's a Jersey guy...but as you point out, this money will long outlive even that incubus.
Disturbing, disgusting, and despicable. Saying Seid is Jewish is like saying Hitler was Christian. (I know, I know: Moore’s Law here.)
[ I should wait until my much smarter (high-energy particle theorist), way funnier, and most clever Heb hub wakes up to give this a proper answer. He does not like to be disgusted early in his day. ]
What does Mr. Seid know of the history of Catholicism? Is he some authoritarian a__hole? He seriously needs to be schooled. My blood is boiling--so I need to find his address to write him and ‘plain to him a different understanding of this sin he is perpetrating upon humankind.
Religion: Uggh: Organized Superstition. JFC at this.
They knew about this. Explains their 'Supreme' confidence. That is why they wouldn't resign.
Could be. We are fucked.
It might seem hopeful if we had a billionaire that was interested in funding the truth, but I don't think that would solve the problem. We need a grass roots way of getting fact based information to the masses, and it has to be corruption proof. The challenge ahead seems impossible, but it's either wake up or go extinct. Thanks for a cheery start to the weekend!
I haven't completely lost my political optimism, but it's getting harder to maintain. We need some loud billionaires to step up and make themselves known to the masses (that's us). The Leos are in hiding, like children who think, if they cover their eyes, we can't see them.
Are we sure Seid is sane and not a prisoner of Leo?
I'm not convinced for Leo irs about god but rather about BEING a god.
As to outing Leo; his activities have been there for the knowing for years. But 90 percent of the population dosen't know or want to know.
30 percent dont even read. So its up to us 10 percent to kick butt.
I learned the 10 percent rule when i was president of employee union as was my father.
"Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America. There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America. The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States. There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America."
I remember it well. It's a portion of Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention. I also remember WANTING it to be true, while, even then, knowing that it wasn't. There are TWO Americas, and there has been since at least Richard Nixon. One of them is us, the "normies," who try to go about our daily lives, just living and doing things we're able to because we're currently in a free society -- this is the America Obama was describing even though it wasn't real. It's even less real now. The other America is headed up by the likes of people like Leo, Seid, the Federalist Society, the SCOTUS, and the Republican Party, who are all trying to WILL into existence their own utopia of forced birth, a Supreme Court that makes rulings based on Old Testament law, and a President and Congress who are subject to the will not of the People, but of the moneyed interests making everything else possible. I've ALWAYS remembered that Republicans and the theocrats in the US play the LONG game. "Citizens United" was one of the first steps to where we are now. It makes the BILLIONS that are invested into changing laws and norms for EVERYONE by a few, possible.
I 100% agree with Greg. SUNLIGHT is the best disinfectant. People need to know who Leonard Leo is, and Barre Seid especially, who seems to be a shy boy who doesn't want any publicity for his "donations to social causes." One of the first things a Democratic Congress and president should do after 2024 is rework and code into law the abolition of "Citizens United," and the rules surrounding 501(c)(4) donations. As an American citizen, I want to be able to find out WHERE money used to bribe, oh, wait, I mean DONATE to candidates and organizations being used to try and change MY life are coming from. What is the deal with SECRET donations anyway? Is it shame? Embarrassment? I'm more than happy for everyone to know that I donated $10 to Colin Allred for Senator of Texas, running against the disgusting Ted Cruz, and I live in Illinois! This stuff has to either be stopped or brought out for all to see. Seid's "donation" is dangerous to the Republic, especially in the hands of the odious Leonard Leo. Ugh, I just can't anymore with these people, but at least now we know, with 99.9% certainty, who paid off Kavanaugh's credit cards. Also, I've used Tripp Lite power strips and UPSs, and they are known far and wide in the IT community as being the shittiest products of that sort you can buy. They fail pretty consistently, and I haven't used anything made by them in more than a decade. Better to just plug delicate computer components into a wall socket and hope for the best!
Thank goodness we balance the scale with the good guys money. 💰
At the end of the day, the only questions I will ask myself are …
Did I love enough?
Did I laugh enough?
Did I make a difference?
“Dark” indeed! I’m feeling the tension between the old saw “ignorance is bliss”—I was certainly happier before I read about Seid than after—and the idea that knowing about danger helps us deal with reality. Fortunately I have a firmly held spiritual belief—and admittedly it’s also a defense mechanism against despair—that the Light will ultimately prevail. In time to save our democracy? I guess we’ll see.
I fled for my health already,I'm thinking a NEW FEARLESS JANE FONDA type..needs to do a Presentation