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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 10:20 PM
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Democrats mobilize over Clarence Thomas ethics investigation
Source: The Ticket

Democrats mobilize over Clarence Thomas ethics investigation


Forty-six House Democrats have joined forces this week to ask the chamber's Judiciary Committee to investigate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for ethics violations. The Democratic lawmakers' complaint argues that reports of Thomas' actions--including those related to the high-profile political activism of his wife, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas--have raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

"Public records clearly demonstrate that Justice Thomas has failed to accurately disclose information concerning the income and employment status of his wife, as required by law," Democrats led by Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) wrote in a letter (pdf) Wednesday to leaders of the Judiciary Committee. The Democrats also question whether Thomas accurately reported gifts and inappropriately solicited donations.

Blumenauer's office confirmed to The Ticket Thursday afternoon that 46 lawmakers have signed on.

Liberal watchdog group Common Cause recently reported that Thomas' wife earned around $1.6 million between 1997 and 2011--and that Justice Thomas did not report her income over the same time span. Thomas said he "inadvertently" failed to file information on wife's employment "due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions."



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YAHOO HEADLINE IS -- 'DEMOCRATS TARGET THOMAS' --


TODAY - October 06, 2011


Democrats target Clarence Thomas Forty-six House members want to investigate the Supreme Court justice for ethics violations
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 10:23 PM
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1. Pleased to read that the Dems. are working together...
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 10:43 PM
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3. And Clarence will play the race card and it will all be over.
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 12:09 AM
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9. He can't, not with Obama president. It will be seen as one Black man vs. another.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 06:46 AM
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20. Sure he can. Thomas has no shame, especially when it comes to his reputation or advancement.
Anyone who compares a SCOTUS nomination hearing to a lynching has no shame.

And then, there's waht he did to Anita Hill in his book.
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 09:21 AM
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23. Thomas is willing to go in the gutter. He is a self serving
political hack and will go to any lengths to shift the blame.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 05:39 AM
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26. "Everybody is picking on me. Whine." - Coke Can Thomas (R - Family Values)
What an amoral whackjob Republicon.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 06:43 AM
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19. They seem to manage that when they are in the minority
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 10:43 PM
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2. It's great that they're doing this, but
presumably nothing will come of it, given Republican control of the House.

Still, I hope they keep this issue alive. Maybe the press will finally start giving them good coverage.
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 10:49 PM
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4. "Make no mistake: IOKIYAR"
For the parody-challenged: that's not an actual quote.
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Kingofalldems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 10:50 PM
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5. Look for another diversion tomorrow
Edited on Thu Oct-06-11 10:52 PM by Kingofalldems
Bad things about Democrats will be the order of the day.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 10:52 PM
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6. Suuuure. This story broke over 256 days ago and nothing has been done. This, such as it is, is...
Edited on Thu Oct-06-11 10:55 PM by Poll_Blind
...very little more than a half-lit stick of We're Doing Something incense which will be waved around the room just long enough to flavor the air, then extinguished.

PB
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FreeBillClinton Donating Member (222 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 05:58 AM
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18. I concur
They don't have the votes to do anything about it.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 06:49 AM
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21. They WAITED until they were in the minority? I had not realized it's been that long.
I am so tired of kabuki.
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bbgrunt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-06-11 11:44 PM
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7. only 46? this is a no-brainer. Get on board NOW dems.
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cosmicone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 12:00 AM
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8. If Thomas wasn't black, he would be gone by now.
His African-Americanness is what made Democrats support his nomination even though he was a ultra-conservative uncle Tom.

Also Joe Lieberfuck was the first democrat to support his nomination back then.
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SomeGuyInEagan Donating Member (872 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 12:30 AM
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10. Doubt it. The corrupt in power in our society tend to stay in power.
Edited on Fri Oct-07-11 12:31 AM by SomeGuyInEagan
In part because Republicans in positions to do anything tend to protect (and celebrate) this sort of behavior and the few Democrats who actually care and in positions to do anything about it don't have two balls among them. But, IMO, that group is a very small number within the Dem party anymore. Too many are R-lite, simply watching out for themselves, their masters and whoever their masters tell them to care about. At least at the federal level, IMO.
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 04:20 AM
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17. Joe-mentum needs to have Thomas' pubes put on HIS Coke can
Motherfucker! :mad:
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red dog 1 Donating Member (307 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 12:54 AM
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11. Who put this pubic hair on my Coke?
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 01:07 AM
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12. Gooooooooooood!!!! About damn time! nt
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 01:11 AM
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13. If Clarence can lie on his tax return, can we do it too?
He must pay for this! Should be run out of town.
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Hulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 01:41 AM
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14. Bang those pots and pans....
...and get their attention!! This is bigger than the media wants to let on. It's up to US to make it public!
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RandySF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 02:43 AM
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15. File Articles of Impeachment
We have more on Thomas than the Republicans had on Clinton.
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lbrtbell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 04:18 AM
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16. Reminds me of an old Steve Martin routine
Remember when he did that bit about how to get out of paying income tax by saying, "I forgot"?

I guess Justice Pubic Hair thought that was genuine advice.
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callous taoboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 06:55 AM
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22. They have about a year to get the bastard, IMHO.
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PurityOfEssence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-07-11 09:40 AM
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24. Can you imagine what the Republicans would have done if this had been done by a liberal justice?
We have to learn to call them out for what they are and stop playing nice.
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buckrogers1965 Donating Member (515 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-11 02:57 AM
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25. Impeach and disbar him
He is guilty of knowingly violating the law. And if he didn't know he was breaking the law, then that is an even better reason to get rid of him.

He is either corrupt, or incompetent.

In either case, he needs to resign, or be fired.
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