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Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:07 pm

When I read the story in USA Today coming out of the U.S. Supreme Court, I couldn’t help but hear any one of a number of venerable judges giggling as they rendered their verdict.

At some level, you’ve got to wonder who in the world is sitting on juries and federal appeals courts in Washington, D.C., to allow something like this to ever get to the Supreme Court, but it is the state of radicalized liberal judges and whacked out citizen juries in some parts of the country.

Here’s what Justice Thomas, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Breyer, Kagan and Alito were attempting keep a straight and unreddened face over as they threw both lower court rulings out the window.

A woman named “Peaches” was host to what was termed a “bachelor party,” that included alcohol, drugs, strippers and some form of either prostitution or (at the worst) gang rape. Testimony showed Peaches didn’t know who the bachelor was at this party and when police entered the home because of complaints from neighbors, she said the home (that was essentially unfurnished except for a mattress upstairs) was owned by a friend of hers.

Later, the owner of the house said he had never heard of Peaches. Those attending the makeshift strip club were arrested for trespass, disorderly conduct and various drug and intoxication charges.

At any rate, those arrested, sued the Washington, D.C. police for illegal entry and a federal jury awarded $680,000 to the partygoers. Incredibly, the award was affirmed in a federal appeals court.

Judge Thomas wrote the opinion for the unanimous court in throwing out the award, stating the police were correct in making “several common-sense conclusions about human behavior.” It would have been better had he said something about running an illegal cathouse, but he is, after all a Supreme Court judge. Weirdo justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor agreed with the unanimous opinion, but had to place a caveat on the whole deal, stating they didn’t necessarily back the police department version of events. Of course they couldn’t believe a cop’s story.

Judge Samuel Alito asked the most penetrating question. “Just out of curiosity, who is the bachelor at this bachelor party?”

Crickets.

Peaches, it seems, was hostess to this bachelorless party and was making a pretty good living on dollar bills tucked in her g-string and a condom concession on the side.

Silly police.

So the news is filled with this sort of social insanity. On Wednesday, NPR reported a Philadelphia Republican Congressman Patrick Meehan is being investigated because he allegedly used taxpayer money to try to pay off a sexual harassment complaint by a former female staff member. First of all you need to know the guy claims to be happily married. That may have been true before this scandal broke, but I’m guessing now he is unhappily stupid and on the couch for a very long time.

The charge from the female staffer (who said she considered Meehan a father figure) said that when she became involved in a serious relationship with another man, Meehan became insanely jealous, making the work place toxic for her. Here’s the kicker, Meehan wrote the young aid a letter attempting to break up her new romance. In an interview (aired on NPR) the guy said he wasn’t looking for a sexual relationship, wanted to tell her of his feelings for her and only wanted to warn her away from this new squeeze. The letter said he thought the two were “soul mates.”

Right.

First of all, any married man (outside a professional counselor) who writes to another woman (not his wife) about romance of any kind is not smart enough to serve the public in any capacity. I wouldn’t want my garbage hauler caught doing something that dumb. Actually, I could be offending garbage haulers comparing them to Congressmen.

I have never sought out, nor had handed me any sort of political power, unless you consider a 30-year chairmanship of a public library political or a six-year sentence on my church board, so I don’t know what the enticement of power brings to a man. But I clearly remember the advice of an old and wise friend who said there are two organs a man can think with. The one directly under your hat will likely keep you out of trouble.

On a more local front, I’m trying to follow this scandal that has led to a near million dollar settlement with the former HR director of the Waukee school district and for the life of me I can’t figure it out. My suspicion is this Waukee Chief Operating Officer Eric Rose has something really salacious on either the superintendent or school board.

It’s the only way I can understand how the guy still has a job at Waukee.

The district agreed to pay out $985,000 to its former human resources director Terry Welker, who was fired for…let’s see…doing his job. He reported to several upper administrators, including the superintendent of Rose misusing district funds, shaking down school vendors to raise money for his son’s hockey team, taking a district snowblower home (to test out for an entire winter) and generally mismanaging school resources.

Welker, to people like Sen. Charles Grassley, friend and protector of all whistleblowers, and most normal Iowans who take extreme care of property and resources not their own, is a public service hero. Good for him to be exonerated and paid for his pain. But how in the world is this Rose character still employed by the Waukee schools?

See, this can be the problem with people hanging around government too long. They start to think the money and public resources they are managing are their own to do with as they please. And it’s not the kind of sound, Puritan ethic that says an employee should treat his employer’s property like it is his own, with care and honor, with total trust and honesty. It’s a total self-centered, ego-centric attitude that says, “I was elected (and or appointed) by the people, therefore I own all that is in front of me and can use it to pleasure myself…money, young interns, airplanes to take me on lavish vacations, snowblowers, whatever.”

This does two things to me. First it makes me extremely cynical about multi-term politicians. Secondly, it makes me extremely appreciative of long-time public servants who treat public property with honor.

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