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  •  I think one of Movement Conservatism's (7+ / 0-)

    fatal flaws is its hubris.

    I'm not a lawyer, but if I understand this correctly, and I'm not saying I do, maybe I am wrong, but I don't think you have to be a lawyer to get where this might be the sort of move that comes back to haunt your ass.

    The pro-bankruptcy faction asked for the five minute delay in the emergency proceeding, and then blatantly used that granted very-brief delay to file their bankruptcy play while everybody else waited for them to finish whatever they were doing before they could finish up, knowing that, if it was green lit and good to go, the hearing that was delayed because they asked for the time-out to send the word to file would then be moot.

    How do you spin this? I don't think you can.

    It's one thing to try and rub salt in the wounds of a city full of poor disenfranchised people who have no power just because you can.

    But when you start treating judges with the contempt that you typically use to treat poor black people you are screwing over with 21rst century poll tax Voter ID laws, you know you are mainlining arrogance like it's heroin.

    I'm wondering if they all wore Cheshire Cat grins as they walked back into the courtroom and broke the news, post Brooks Brothers riot in Florida style college Republican conservative smug, that it was all over.

    I'm picturing the looks on people's faces.

    Who thinks this is a good idea? How dumb do you have to be to think this is not going to provoke a response?

    If that happened in an episode of "LA Law" about a political case that the whole city media was watching, people might have scoffed at how moustache-twirlingly cartoonish the legal heavies were written for that episode.  

    I'm drinking that shit in, imagining what the judge who graciously issued the five minute delay, never dreaming that this would go down the second the the judge granted the request, must have felt when news reached the bench of what had just happened.

    That's the sort of Scott Walkerism that is never going to stop blowing up in these idiots faces.

    I remember a few months back there was a YouTube video of a young lady who was being flippant with a judge, like that judge just had to take it or something. And how shocked she was when it blew up in her face.

    This was asking for a hardline blowback of a response, and sustained, and probably unwanted, deeper scrutiny of the pro-bankrupty factions actions.

    The arrogance is pretty stupifying.

    This is the sort of thing you do because you are either really really stupid, or you are such a total big flopping dick of a dickhead that you think you are bulletproof.

    The Right used to be so much better at playing games. Muddying the water. Static. Now, they just think they don't have to pretend to be doing anything else but whatever they want to do.

    It's like a ratfucker calling the person being ratfucked and telling the person what was being done and who was doing it.

    That's about as boldly holding a fully-extended middle finger about an inch away from the emergency hearing judge's face of a 'fuck you, what, you gonna cry, you want a binkie, what, what, are you gonna do something about it' as you get and not get tackled by a gaggle of court officers.

    If you are then going to go out and argue to the media that this was done for no other consideration than the fiscal health of Detroit, and that partisan politics had nothing to do with what you did, you have already gone above and beyond to scream 'bullshit' to your own spin.

    It's like they wanted RedState and FreeRepublic to cheer as much as they wanted to crush what is left of the city of Detroit.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 02:16:56 AM PDT

    •  You're missing two things: (0+ / 0-)

      First for actual poor people in Detroit bankruptcy is godsend. Detroit sucks because the crime rate is hideous which leads to low property values (and thus no tax money for the schools), high insurance rates (if you buy car insurance with a Detroit address you will pay $1,000-$2,000 more, that's roughly 10% of a Detroiter's annual income), frequent need to buy shit that got stole, and actual physical danger from all the bad guys who aren't caught. The retirees being screwed by bankruptcy are not rich, but they're a hell of a lot less poor then some kid who just got his first part-time job are McDonald's.

      Second, who gives a shit whether the state judge is pissed? She doesn't get to order Federal Judges around. Ever.

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