Yes, it’s that time again, and boy howdy has the world stepped up in keeping me chock full of rage. I shan’t waste any space discussing Paris Hilton’s release from jail, except to point out this gem of a quote from Barbara Walters regarding the bidding war that erupted over who would get the first post-jail interview with America’s pride and joy:
“When all that pay-for-play stuff happened, I suddenly felt this was not up to my standard. … It felt tawdry. … The whole thing somehow was beneath me.”
Really, Barbara? Paying an obscenely wealthy individual for the privilege of discussing their 23 days in jail was suddenly not up to your standards? Yet a telephone interview with the jailbird fit right in that stack of standards? I’m pretty sure celebrity ‘journalism’ ranks right up with carny barker in the ‘holy crap, that’s classy’ pantheon.
Dick Cheney continues his deconstruction of the Constitution by first repeating the assertion that the Vice President office exists in a nebulous nether dimension that exists somewhere between the Executive, Legislative, and Narnia branches of the government, and now has moved on to stating that the revised executive order Bush signed in 2003 was not meant to apply to the VP’s office while being unable to pinpoint any language in the order that supports this newest load of bullshit.
If that’s not bad enough, Rep. Rahm Emanuel has decided to up the childish antics by introducing legislation that would de-fund the VP office’s 4.8 million dollar budget since there’s no point funding “something that doesn’t exist”.
Kinda makes you glad the Founding Fathers aren’t around to see this mess, huh? Let’s be double happy they weren’t around to see the new and improved Supreme Court lay down two diametrically opposed views on Free Speech in Morse vs. Frederick and Federal Elections Commission vs. Wisconsin Right To Life, Inc. . To be fair, at least Morse vs. Frederick gave us the timeless image of Chief Justice Roberts solemnly intoning the phrase ’Bong Hits 4 Jesus‘ into the microphone, but it still managed to perfectly illustrate the 5-4 make-up of the court. What’s particularly galling is that the Morse case (aka Bong Hits) ends in a ruling stating that a student who is not on school grounds, nor attending a school event has limited Free Speech protections when said protections are trumped by the school’s desire to suppress ‘disruptive’ speech (a logic reached by a torturous reading of the ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ message), while the WRTL case leaped in the other direction by studiously ignoring the message in the interest of protecting political speech.