Archive for the ‘SCOTUS’ Category

>It doesn’t matter, stop whispering

May 10, 2010

>President Obama has nominated Solicitor General and former Harvard Law School Dean, Elena Kagan to replace liberal Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

(Lions and tigers and bears, oh my)

There have been whispers about her sexual orientation, and remarks range from Ben Domenich, “I have to correct my text here to say that Kagan is apparently still closeted — odd, because her female partner is rather well known in Harvard circles,” to Sam Stein writing “The White House reacted strongly to the assertion, relaying that Kagan is, in fact, straight.”

(Lions and tigers and bears, oh my)

More important than her sexual orientation are her views on sexual orientation. The Human Rights Campaign issued a statement, saying “The U.S. Supreme Court decides cases that intimately affect the lives of all Americans. We are confident that Elena Kagan has a demonstrated understanding and commitment to protecting the liberty and equality of all Americans, including LGBT Americans.”

Some progressives are saying she is not far enough to the left, that her confirmation will move the court further to the right, especially on the issues of executive (presidential) power and (Bush-Cheney view of) war.

My view is that Obama knows her views on the issues and that during the vetting process he determined that she has beliefs similar to his. One cannot expect a president to nominate someone who has views greatly dissimilar to their own (although they sometimes do).

People for the American Way just released a statement and said “We look forward to finding out more about this nominee and sharing our take with you.”

I look forward to learning more about her too. And you can be assured that I will share my take with you also.

Here’s a little song by Vertigo Smyth, “Comfort Me.”

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>Catching up on the craziness

April 14, 2010

>There is so much craziness going on, and all of it seems to be coming from the Party of No, at various levels.

The picture is not of Republican crazies, more on this group later.

First, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed a bill that restricts abortion to less than 20 weeks based on the assertion that fetuses feel pain after that.

Based on that logic, shouldn’t he also be signing a bill that bans circumcision? I’m just askin’.

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Hillary Clinton’s name is being tossed around as a possible nominee to SCOTUS to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. A Republican friend of mine is promoting a conservative Internet “poll” which so far has 91% of respondents voting “no” to the possibility of a Clinton appointment. I would love to see Secretary Clinton appointed.

Also a lot of talk is being generated about Obama has to pick a “mainstream” nominee. What in the world does that mean? Republicans want a a progressive president to pick a conservative Supreme Court Justice. Ha! Obama could pick Mother Teresa (were she still alive) and Republicans would fight the nomination. So, President, pick whoever you want, because you are going to get a fight anyway, so you might as well fight for someone that fires up your base.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell want the big banks to fail. In fact, he says we can’t get out of this recession until they do.

Not only is the GOP the Party of No, they are the Party of Fail. Rush Limbaugh wants the president and the country to fail, now their senate leader is wanting the banks to fail.

Sorry, Mitch, but the President’s plan (that rescued us from economic meltdown) is working. I hate to get all “economics” on you (maybe in a later post), but we need to be hoping for the banks to succeed, just as we need to be hoping for small businesses to succeed.

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And John McCain. What can I say? He is just a poor old man that should have quit while he was ahead. Americans used to love and respect him. Many Democrats and independents supported his presidential bid in 2000. You know, when he was making his name known as a maverick.
Now he has just gone Borneo it seems (that’s an old college phrase for “whacko”).

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Speaking of old college days and such, I’m sure glad that there are still some hippies entertaining us.

Enjoy this video by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

>A Wise Latina Woman…

July 14, 2009

>…knows how to handle a foolish, white racist.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/31906428#31906428

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Jeff Sessions’ past use of the words “boy” and “white folks” (read this) takes me to the “wayback” when I already knew not to use such terms, but apparently he was comfortable with them.

And this? “Sessions was heard by several colleagues commenting that he ‘used to think they [the Klan] were OK’ until he found out some of them were ‘pot smokers.’”

In an interview prior to the hearings Sessions said (referring to the upcoming hearings), “I hope the people of Alabama feel like I conducted myself in way they can be proud of, a fair way, but in a way that didn’t shy away from defending the great legal principles that made America the freest and most prosperous country in the world. It’s difficult to do.”

Nothing you do makes us proud, Senator. Including, well, you know.

Earlier nominee Sotomayor had addressed the Wise Latina comment…

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/31905789#31905789

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She is sailing through the process, but it is still informative to watch. I don’t have time to watch it all, but it sure is interesting.