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Supreme Scumball-- Clarence Thomas-- More Ethical Issues Emerge

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First time I heard the word "scumball" was from President George Herbert Walker Bush-- the man who appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. 
Thomas Testifies before congress-- something he should be doing a lot more of

Now, the NY Times reports another example of what has become a cascade of reports of Clarence Thomas' unethical behaviors. The man is, as Bush provided us with the word, a Scumball, at the least. 

Thomas has a friend whose treatment is raising a lot of questions. Real Estate Magnate Harlan Crow has done a lot of expensive kindnesses for Thomas. 

Crow gave Justice Thomas a $15,000 bust of Lincoln, gave Thomas wife Virginia $500,000 to help her start a Tea-party group that has opposed Obamas health care program and Crow  helped finance a Savannah library project dedicated to Thomas. And there's more. 

Crow is the son of Trammell Crow, who was the largest landlord in the US. The NY Times says those properties are worth hundreds of millions. Hard to believe it's not billions. And Crow has given a lot of money to Republican causes, including $100,000 to Swiftboat Veterans for Truth and gave $500,000 to a group that supported Dubya's appointees to the Supreme Court. It's no accident he's buddying up with scumball Thomas. 

 Crow. While he may not have had, yet, cases in front of the Supreme Court, his companies have had cases in front of the appellate court. 

This is not just "scumbally" behavior on Thomas' part. DailyBeast points out, " Many of these gifts, as well as vacations on Crow's yachts and jets, were not disclosed, as all federal officials are required to do. "

The Times article also reports that Crow is heavily involved, spending millions of dollars on a project close to Thomas's heart. Since the money is not going directly to Thomas, reporting it is not necessary. 

There's a lot more-- ties to the Koch brothers that should have led Thomas to recuse himself from Citizens United, and Earl Ofari Hutchinson reports, in his article Clarence Thomas Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief with Weiner Downfall, that Weiner was working on investigating Thomas, an investigation stymied by the Republican take-over of the house. 

It's time the media put pressure on whatever powers Obama in the White House, the majority Dems in the senate and Eric Holder in the DOJ can exert to investigate Thomas and his unethical pattern of operating. 

By the way. I've added a directory tag for Harlan Crow. It's a name that should be on the radar. We'd like to see a lot more articles about who he is and what he does. Comments providing info about him will be good too.


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if we can't get this kind of corruption off the co... by Kip Anderson on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 11:47:38 AM
All the info that explains Harlan Crow:Who he is -... by Ed Martin on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 11:52:27 AM
a trustee of the George H W Bush library along wit... by Michael Shaw on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 2:09:25 PM
Thomas and his wife's involvement with and af... by Jillian Barclay on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 2:45:06 PM
A shame pole was erected in 2007 against Exxon d... by Michael Shaw on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 3:00:19 PM
Thomas is an embarrassment to himself an... by kenneth sibbett on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 3:52:23 PM
If the Supreme Court stands for justice and repr... by Dennis Kaiser on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 5:10:24 PM
c... by Disillusionist on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 6:06:15 PM
Looks like they sold some of the real estate in 20... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 6:38:56 PM
Scumball or scumbag?... by Don Smith on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 10:52:49 PM
Of course, I know the other derisive term as well,... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 10:56:57 PM
that the difference between a scumbag and a scumba... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 7:28:25 AM
" The man is, as Bush provided us with the wo... by Rixar13 on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 8:42:01 AM
"It's time the media put pressure on whatever powe... by Rixar13 on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 8:46:30 AM
called him a scumball? Well now, he's obviously co... by Archie on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 3:36:09 PM
Confronted with a corporatist Court, Roosevelt wen... by Larry Kachimba on Monday, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:47:28 PM