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Aug 13 2012

The WTF Endorsement of the Day

WTF is the AFL-CIO thinking? They just endorsed Roy Moore, a virulent theocrat, for the Alabama Supreme Court. Roy freaking Moore, man who quite literally wants to put gay people to death. And their excuse for the endorsement is nonsense:

State AFL-CIO President Al Henley said Monday that it’s the first time the union has backed Moore, who was the only Republican endorsed for state office when the organization met in Montgomery to pick its favorites.

Henley said the AFL-CIO doesn’t share Moore’s view on separation of church and state but that he had a record as a circuit judge in Gadsden and as a Supreme Court justice from 2001-2003 of treating the average person fairly in court.

“He’s not controlled by corporate interests,” Henley said.

Oh yeah, he treats the average person fairly. Unless they’re gay, then he demands that their children be taken away from them even if that isn’t even at issue in the case. And he declares that they should be thrown in jail or put to death. And forget being treated fairly if you’re not a Christian. WTF?

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  1. 1
    Michael Heath

    Ed responds to the AL AFL-CIO endorsement of Roy Moore:

    Oh yeah, he treats the average person fairly. Unless they’re gay, then he demands that their children be taken away from them even if that isn’t even at issue in the case. And he declares that they should be thrown in jail or put to death. And forget being treated fairly if you’re not a Christian. WTF?

    One of the biggest attributes of Roy Moore revealed in the Ten Commandment court docs was how then-Judge Moore was an outspoken bigot of Jews. Not merely out-spoken on the street, but in his courtroom during court proceedings. Clients with Jewish attorneys had Judge Moore often focusing not on the facts of the case, but that the client had a Jewish attorney which greatly annoyed him.

    I was very disappointed this repeated demonstration of bigotry by then-Judge Moore went ignored in the stories reporting on the Ten Commandments. Both for the entertaining irony of his hating on the very religion which created the Ten Commandments, but especially given how it directly and defectively impacted the proceedings of trials which involved people who were Jewish.

  2. 2
    jaranath

    “Sure, he kills puppies for a living, but he always makes sure there’s meat on our table”.

    How’s your steak, Mr. Henley?

  3. 3
    ashleybell

    I’m asking this seriously…What procedures are there to remove a judge from their job. I’m not familiar with this process, but it must exist…

  4. 4
    Michael Heath

    ashleybell,

    I would start at Roy Moore’s Wikipedia page and navigate from there to the Wikipedia page for the case which had him get thrown off the court. That case page, or perhaps a related case also probably linked there, should have a link to the document which ruled to remove him from the bench. I remember reading that doc back when he was removed from the bench, that doc provided a wonderful explanation on the hows and whys of removing judges in the state of AL, and specifically why he was removed of course (IIRC, it was failing to follow a federal court order, however it also provides a lot of the dirt Moore kicked around during this whole fiasco).

  5. 5
    wholething

    It may be that Roy Moore really is the lesser of two evils. We are talking about Alabama, after all. His opponent is Harry Lyon, who has called for the public execution of illegal immigrants just to get the attention of the others. The article also says Lyon was shot while pouring chocolate syrup on his neighbor’s car.

    If I had to choose a poison, I would vote for a guy who wants to hang the Ten Commandments over a guy who wants to hang Mexicans.

  6. 6
    Pustulio

    The endorsement is meaningless. They’re just sucking up. Moore is the Republican nominee in Alabama, he’s going to win regardless.

  7. 7
    MikeMa

    The concepts of justice and fair play in Alabama are a bit different from other areas of the country.

    Theocracy is not significantly different from democracy.
    The constitution is subject to the babble.
    Ignorance, bigotry and hatred are in the majority.

  8. 8
    eamick

    One of the biggest attributes of Roy Moore revealed in the Ten Commandment court docs was how then-Judge Moore was an outspoken bigot of Jews.

    In Alabama, that could well be a feature, not a bug.

  9. 9
    Didaktylos

    “Always keep a hold of Nurse/For fear of finding something worse.” (Hilaire Belloc)

  10. 10
    Trebuchet

    @Ashleybell

    I’m asking this seriously…What procedures are there to remove a judge from their job. I’m not familiar with this process, but it must exist…

    The procedure exists, and in Moore’s case has already been followed. He was kicked off the court a couple of years ago. Now he’s running again.

  11. 11
    Area Man

    “Henley said the AFL-CIO doesn’t share Moore’s view on separation of church and state…”

    In related news, the AFL-CIO is endorsing Captain Ahab, even though they do not share his views on the white whale.

  12. 12
    dailydouq

    Unions have been shooting themselves in the foot since the 1960s when they attacked fellow Dem peace demonstrators in NYC. They clinched their sellout when they became “Reagan Democrats”. And now after years of union-busting, outsourcing, benefits-denying, they wonder why they are now sinking in the race to the bottom.

    One of the aspects of coalitions (which unfortunately the Repugs do right) is you probably won’t agree with everything your partners support but you have to realize, on the whole, your partners support your critical interests. Union participation in the grand FDR Democratic Party coalition provided all sorts of economic success for unionists, which they then took for granted, and went all Archie Bunker on the rest of the party.

    The only president (vague candidate at the time) I’ve ever heard at length in person was Ronald Reagan and I remember exactly one thing from him, how awful unions are and how they must be destroyed. Almost his first strike in office was anti-union against the air traffic controllers. Why did these guys fail to see the wolf in sheep’s clothing (social issues, racism)?

    Repugs are opposed to the most fundamental part of unionism, their very right to exist (don’t they read about Wisconsin?). Other Dems may have a few nitpicks or agenda the unions don’t like but they’ve been true partners with unions. But when it’s your very right to exist you simply can not trade that for any support to any member of the party who seeks to destroy you. The old-line union guys understood solidarity, but somehow in their [declining] middle-class complacency they seem to have forgotten it and they are reaping what they sow.

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