We’ve Got Clearance, Clarence

Who knew that Eddie Money’s song, Two Tickets to Paradise, was really about a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court? “For more than two decades, Clarence Thomas has accepted luxury trips virtually every year from the Dallas businessman without disclosing them, documents and interviews show. A public servant who has a salary of $285,000, he has vacationed on Crow’s superyacht around the globe. He flies on Crow’s Bombardier Global 5000 jet. He has gone with Crow to the Bohemian Grove, the exclusive California all-male retreat, and to Crow’s sprawling ranch in East Texas. And Thomas typically spends about a week every summer at Crow’s private resort in the Adirondacks. The extent and frequency of Crow’s apparent gifts to Thomas have no known precedent in the modern history of the U.S. Supreme Court.” ProPublica on Clarence Thomas and the Billionaire. If only we had some clue that Clarence Thomas wasn’t a great guy during his confirmation hearings… (Clarence and Ginni are the first family of the new rules for the Supreme Court, and they’re the first family of ignoring stories like this one. They’ll be On the Road again before you know it.)

+ “Leonard Leo, a rightwing legal activist, has raked in more than $73m over six years from non-profit groups that may be diverting money illegally to his businesses.” (Considering how this effectively guy re-architected the makeup of the Supreme Court, I’d guess most of his donors would say he deserves to embezzle that and more.)

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