Thursday, March 1, 2012

Another Racist Email

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Richard Cebull is a federal judge, and in fact is the chief judge for the District of Montana.  He is also an excellent example of why people with obvious intellectual limitations, like George W. Bush, should never be allowed to appoint judges.

This week Judge Cebull sent out one of those knee-slappingly funny racist emails about the President that certain types of Republicans seem to enjoy so much.  He sent it from his chambers and it included his personal email address.  Here is the text of that email:

"A little boy said to his mother, 'Mommy how come I'm black and you're white?'  His mother replied, 'Don't even go there, Barack!  From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark!'"

Judge Cebull said that he received the email from his brother and forwarded it to six "old buddies."  Apparently at least one old buddy sent it on, and the disgusting email eventually landed in the inbox of someone at the Great Falls Tribune.  Whoops!

Judge Cebull acknowledges that the subject matter of the email was racist, but adds that the email was supposed to be a private communication and was not intended to become public.  (Doesn't he understand just how non-private email is?)  Judge Cebull added that even though his email was racist, he does not consider himself to be racist.  (Here's betting that Bull Connor and Orval Faubus did not consider themselves to be racists either.)

The judge said that he is not a fan of the President and sent it out because it was "anti-Obama."  He said that it was intended as a private thing and was "very bad judgement on my part."  Ya think?

Can a federal judge with that level of animosity toward the President reasonably be expected to interpret federal law in a fair and balanced manner - particularly laws that might have originated with President Obama?

President Obama has been in office for nearly four years and still these racist emails keep being passed around by public officials - almost always Republicans and often on government computers and on the public's dime.  Can people really be so dumb as to expect that those emails won't keep getting forwarded until they eventually land in the hands of someone who does not see the humor?

Maybe Judge Cebull is hoping that by flying his partisan flags a President Santorum will notice and elevate him to the Supreme Court, but that is a bit far-fetched, even for Little Ricky.

What needs to happen - really needs to happen - is that Judge Cebull atone for his actions by resigning from the federal bench, or, failing that, face impeachment charges in the House of Representatives.   Judges impose consequences on others, and they should not be immune from consequences themselves.

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