Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
First of all I want to say that the CCAC approval of a permit for entertainment at the El Dorado Bar, 7 nights a week, is probably a fair decision. I went to see the place, 11th & Broadway, and meet the owner, Nathan Stanton. I noticed that the surrounding area is all open space, empty fenced lots. There are virtually no residents that would be bothered by potential noise. IF that changes, the permit will need to be revisited. Mr. Stanton was forthcoming and I just may wander in one night when the place gets jumping.
What in the world is going on with our government? "According to Brent Budowsky, a well-known Washington insider, "The Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited corporate cash to buy unlimited political power through unlimited political spending is one of the greatest single attacks on democracy in the history of jurisprudence, and one of the single greatest demonstrations of contempt for legal precedent in the history of the United States Supreme Court."
This is precisely backwards from what should happen: Make lobbying ILLEGAL. This is from Business Week: "last week's Supreme Court decision in the case Citizens United vs. FEC overturned over a century of precedent and opened the floodgates for unlimited amounts of corporate money to flow into our political system. Shockingly, the court's decision may even allow foreign corporations and large multinationals to manipulate our elections."
WE THE PEOPLE have faded away. Our nation's heirachy hardly ever give any real consideration to the constituency that put them in office. Things are going haywire in the USA. How in the world can anyone in their right mind justify basically wide open lobbying??? WE THE PEOPLE do not even get a say because the people we elect do NOT represent us. We can TRY to get it right by letting our elected 'officials' know what we think. WE THE PEOPLE are tired of being ruled by GREED. Write to President Obama, write to your Congressional representatives, write to the Supreme Court. The poor get poorer while the rich and greedy become even more rich & greedy.
Write, e-mail, call. Make your voice heard.
This comment is from a Courtside website: "Then there was the juicy Pleasant Grove Park case. Pleasant Grove Park had posted the Ten Commandments and the Summum religion wanted their Seven Aphorisms posted there too. The Court ruled that the Ten Commandments were 'Government Speech' and you can't regulate 'Government Speech'." The government can say anything it wants to but we can't? Huh?
And one more to finish it off for today: It is from a blogger who writes about the Supreme Court. "jury members after his trial held a reunion and gave the judge in the case a present of genitalia-shaped chocolate. "The Supreme Court decided that if you are going to put someone to death, chocolate-shaped genitalia should not be involved."