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clarice

And who's the NYT SCOTUS reporter married to a frequent civil rights litigator before that court, a relationship never disclosed to the paper's readers even as she takes her husband's positions over and again on these cases? The gal who famously spun the lie that the Roberts court was ignoring stare decisis?


Sue

ABC radio is reporting Sotomayor was overruled.

Sue

Overturned.

Sue

5-4. Usual split.

Mark O

More empathy, please.
White folk need not apply.

What happened to the post-racial era? It seems to have intensified.

Jane

Kennedy wrote the opinion. I suspect he didn't slam Sotomayor. What's with the 4 votes against?

Sue

What's with the 4 votes against?

AA

Danube of Thought

Jane, would you actually have expected any of those four to vote any other way?

Once again, one need not have read a single case or statute to know exactly how eight of the nine justices would vote. And you can read all the cases and statutes in the world and not know what Kennedy is going to do.

Danube of Thought

Sorry to go so far OT, but would someone explain just what the hell Obama and Hillary are doing with respect to Honduras? LUN

I sure hope somebody will roast that fool Gibbs over this one.

Extraneus

I think it's best that the four voted as they did. Easier to make the case against Soto and 0bama.

Polls show majorities pretty consistently opposed to this type of racial preference sleaze.

Sue

I sure hope somebody will roast that fool Gibbs over this one.

Tapper is on vacation. That leaves, well hardly anyone, willing to ask a tough question. Maybe Major Garrett, if he is called on.

Porchlight

That leaves, well hardly anyone, willing to ask a tough question.

Sue,

I'm sort of hoping the little spat between Dana Milbank and Nico Pitney might spur Milbank on to a more vigorous line of questioning. To prove his fearless reporter creds and all.

I know, probably wishful thinking.

matt

continuing Tom's baseball thread, does Sotomayor get sent down to the minor leagues now?

narciso

The events in Honduras, seem to be more
line with Mossadegh, who had ticked off
virtually every institution. Taheri, is
the only one who really played up that
angle.

clarice

I just did a PM piece on the Ricci case and the nomination--I think she can't hide behind the cover of pending case now and the panel can remind voters that one more vacancy in the majority under Obama and the racial bean counting will be back if she's confirmed.

clarice

The Court asked for a rehearing on the Hillary movie's ban where lower courts interpreted McCain Feingold to block the showing of the movie during the primaries as a campaign contribution.

The rehearing will take place on Sept 9 when many believe Sotomayer will be in place to rule on this...The Act is clearly unconstitutional--hold up her hearings, Reps if you can--OTOH it all depends once again on that blows with the wind Kenndy, doesn't it?

Jack is Back!

You mean common sense is actually alive in judicial decisions? 3 Cheers for the Robert's Court in arriving at a pragmatic non-pc decision that will take some of the wind out of the diversity-at-any-price thugs.

Sue

Obama has scheduled 2 more town halls. Apparently his ABC infomercial didn't do the trick. Via ABC.

Jack is Back!

What did Lincoln say about fooling some of the people some of the time but not all the people all of the time. Well, I think that admonition is catching up with, as Clarice calls him, Ibama. Funny how Sanford just got kicked to touch by Jacko and now he is kicked to touch by Ricci and Bernie. Hell, Warhol has been deflated from 15 minutes to 5, just like the dollar.

bunky

Wow gun rights and non-discrimination won by one vote in the last couple of years. Scary.

matt

can this clown please stay off the television for at least 3 days in the next week? Watching his mug on the tube is becoming Stalinist in its intrusion into daily affairs.

narciso

It's chavismo without the beret, Matt.

PeterUK

"can this clown please stay off the television for at least 3 days in the next week? Watching his mug on the tube is becoming Stalinist in its intrusion into daily affairs."

No,he's an arriviste wit no class.Obama won the toy and he is going to play with it.

Ricci Don't Lose That Number!

Sue

Did y'all see Ibama's latest press conference? He used California as an example of how we will all benefit from the cap-n-tax. I almost fell out of my chair. California. The state that is bankrupt and issuing IOUs because they don't have any money.

Chris

CA? Really? Well, everything is a-ok here. We'll trade our carbon credits to prosperity, 2.0. With the profit, we can pay off our budget dificits and provide free health care to North America. Probably have enough left over to cover part of Brazil as well.

Neo

Put Sotomayor on that bus at the end of "Traitor"

Porchlight

He used California as an example of how we will all benefit from the cap-n-tax.

Another day, another jawdropper from the Obama administration. How many times can we go through the looking glass, anyway?

jimmyk

This specific issue has been around for a long time. Maybe someone else can recall the specifics, but around 30 years ago there was a case--I believe in Detroit, involving the police officers--where a test for employment or promotion was deemed "racist" because blacks failed it disproportionately. Some frustrated (presumably white) police officers anonymously put out a fake "non-racist" replacement test that was full of ebonics, and other such things. It was funny but arguably crossed a line. There was a huge uproar. I don't recall what happened, either with the case or whether the authors of the spoof test were tracked down and punished. Anyone (PD in Detroit?) recall this?

DebinNC

Justice Alito's response to Justice Ginsburg's dissenting opinion:

The dissent grants that petitioners' situation is "unfortunate" and that they "understandably attract this Court's sympathy." But "sympathy" is not what petitioners have a right to demand. What they have a right to demand is evenhanded enforcement of the law--of Title VII's prohibition against discrimination based on race. And that is what, until today's decision, has been denied them.


Amen

sylvia

Well I can see both sides of the story. A test does have to be fair and relevant. For instance, whites tend to test better in certain ways, such as SAT type tests. Is that type of testing relevant to all situations, where other factors might come into play? I mean what if a black boss decides to give all the apllicants tests on sprinting or basketball dunking ability, and then used that to pick his applicants. Chances are a lot of black people would get accepted over whites, and probably the whites might complain too. So the tests have to directly relate.

Danube of Thought

Thought y'all would be interested in this:

"Frank Lombard is an associate director at Duke University's Global Health Institute and a homosexual who was charged last week with the molestation of his adopted 5-year-old black son and actively trying to sell him for sex on the internet.
The 40 words above are 40 more than the Main Stream Media has said on this horrible story."

Gotta go online to find out some pretty basic facts about the Duke matter. Seems race and sexuality count for everything is some media stories, and for zero in others, depending on who is made to look bad.

Danube of Thought

My source was Newsbusters. LUN

hit and run

Well, this was a terrible oversight on my part, for which I feel awful.

But in disconnecting from all online activity for the weekend, I missed an important date on Saturday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VERNER!!!

PeterUK

"I mean what if a black boss decides to give all the apllicants tests on sprinting or basketball dunking ability, and then used that to pick his applicants."

Then Obama would be screwed.

Soylent Red

Does this mean it's finally Obama's economy?

If not, maybe a good follow up question would be, "When exactly does the President take responsibility for his actions?"

PeterUK

"The US economy will feel a substantial boost from the Obama administration’s emergency spending package over the next few months, says Christina Romer, a senior White House official, who has warned against tightening monetary and fiscal policy before recovery is well established.

Ms Romer, chairman of the US president’s council of econ­omic advisers, told the Financial Times in an interview she was “more optimistic” that the economy was close to stabilisation."

Not that she is biased in anyway. Nor does being Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California Berkeley reflect on her judgement.

glasater

Great--

Zero is now an">http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D994I12O2&show_article=1">an authority on the Honduran Constitution.

clarice

HB, Verner

Reports of loud evening demos in Iran (twitter, unverifiable)

Ignatz

--Did y'all see Ibama's latest press conference? He used California as an example of how we will all benefit from the cap-n-tax.--

What a dolt.
What benefits did he cite?
99.9% of our cap and trade crapola has not even been implemented yet.
IOW, they have managed to utterly screw this state up from Oregon to Mexico BEFORE they drive our energy prices sky high and burden business and consumers with even more onerous regs and taxes.

jimmyk

"The US economy will feel a substantial boost from the Obama administration’s emergency spending package over the next few months, says Christina Romer

I like this: “We always knew we were not going to get all that much fiscal impact during the first five to six months. The big impact starts to hit from about now onwards,” she said.

"As I've always said...."

Captain Hate

My source was Newsbusters.

LUN for Liestoppers, who've been on this for days and have links to the police report pdf (pretty graphic). From the MSM: Look, a pony!

matt

as the power drunks in Sacramento drive the Prius off the cliff, Ogabe uses them as an example...what a buffoon.

Today's LA Times reported that the GM/Toyota joint venture plant in Fremont, the last automobile plant in California, will probably shut down shortly. Automotive used to be one of the leading employers in the state. One more victory for the Left.

DebinNC

Romer: "We always knew we were not going to get all that much fiscal impact during the first five to six months."

What about this chart she/they produced back then predicting with Porkulus unemployment by now would have leveled off and be dropping v. what's actually happened?

DebinNC

I'd say the odds of Lombard surviving long in prison are very low. I hope that scares him to death.

Sue

Zero is now an authority on the Honduran Constitution.

At least he is an authority on someone's constitution. He sure isn't an authority on ours.

glasater

As Krauthammer points out--Zero is aligning himself with Chavez who could take military action against Honduras. It's within the realm of possibility. What would Zero do then?

RichatUF

Is it really true that California is going to start paying its bills with IOUs? Not cash, not bonds, but IOUs...is that even legal?


Janet

On the Lombard story -

the AP read - "A Duke University official has been arrested and charged with offering his adopted 5-year-old son for sex."

the Washington Post read - "A Duke University official has been charged with offering a 5-year-old boy for sex."

Who chooses to change the news service story? Hiding FACTS from the story.

The depravity that is more and more on display in our country is sickening, and terribly sad.

A quote by Mark Hitchcock - "Any arguments against sin, especially sexual sin, are turned on their head, and the one who speaks out is made to appear narrow, ignorant, intolerant, and unloving. Evil is approved and encouraged while truth is mockingly scorned."

Danube of Thought

I think the opinion helps Sotomayor. The guy she's replacing and three others would have affirmed her. That's more cover than she needs with this Senate.

Ignatz

--What would Zero do then?--

Send him a dear commandante letter?

What more evidence does anyone need about the rigididty of this left wing idealogue?

Our dictatorial, mortal enemy Iran totters on the brink and he dithers while the opposition withers.

Now a friend and democratic ally tries to defend itself from one of Chavez's proteges and he actually takes the side of the guy trying to highjack their democracy.

America is the enemy to this knee jerk creep of a President and her friends are to be undermined while her enemies are placated.

Ignatz

--Is it really true that California is going to start paying its bills with IOUs? Not cash, not bonds, but IOUs...is that even legal?--

Not sure if it's legal, Rich but it won't be the first time they've done it.

PeterUK

"A quote by Mark Hitchcock - "Any arguments against sin, especially sexual sin, are turned on their head, and the one who speaks out is made to appear narrow, ignorant, intolerant, and unloving. Evil is approved and encouraged while truth is mockingly scorned."


That is the true essence of liberalism,"Do what thou well'st is all of the law". Except being conservative.

BTW,Has there been any word from Sully on this?

JM Hanes

TM:

Back during our long dance with Judges Walton, Tatel et al, I started noticing that all the really good stuff landed in the footnotes. In fact, it almost seemed like that's where all the really important stuff ended up. Apparently it's judicial custom. From time to time, I actually read the footnotes first.


Clarice:

"I think she can't hide behind the cover of pending case now...."

I am sooooo relieved, because I was seriously worried that the Supremes might remand. And that was before I found out that TeamObama was so desperate for precisely that result that they actually filed an amicus brief recommending it to the Court! So much for taking the politics out of justice as well as science.


Deb:

Gotta love Alito on this one! Usually it's Scalia stirring the pot, but it looks like Alito is no slouch when it comes to spotting opportunities. It would be hard to make his opinion of Obama's judicial philosophy clearer, wouldn't it?

sylvia

glaster, I think this story is very important because it shows how people can fight back against Chavez/Iranian style vote fraud that is taking over around the world. We might have to support military interventions more, because as we see in Iran, once the evil doers get power, unde the guise of a "vote" it's hard to get rid of them.

Obama gave a troubling statement, but on Breitbart Hillary seemd to dial it back a tad, so that's good.

sylvia

Here's a quote I somehow never heard before:

"It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes." - Josef Stalin

JM Hanes

Ignatz:

Don't know whether you checked back or not, but I posted a response to your invitation at the tail end of the Fitness Thread. Loved your comment!


sylvia:

This one is really simple. When your house is burning down with you in it, which guy do want showing up? The one who passed his firefighter's exam, or the one who flunked it? Those are the two sides of this story. We're not talking aptitude tests here.

Extraneus

Zero is aligning himself with Chavez who could take military action against Honduras. It's within the realm of possibility. What would Zero do then?

Take some credit for it?


Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands

Extraneus

Hugo had a nice smile, too. Does this work?

Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands

Extraneus

Ah, sorry. It's good without him, too, though. I always liked the handshake, but I hadn't really noticed before just how nice a smile our man had.

sylvia

And by the way, I saw on the news that Sanford's mistress said her email was hacked into and that's how they got the love letters. I think that is another hard left power tactic that we might need to look out for. I don't think that Repubs cheat more than Dems, but someone on the left is doing more opposition research on the matter.

sylvia

That pic is crazy. Makes me realize, contrasting Iran and Honduras reactions, that Obama might be more on tha dark side than we had hoped. I hope Obama took a lesson away from the Honduras thing.

I'm noticing little commentary on the Honduras situation on TV. Only a little on Fox. Odd.

Extraneus

Yeah, I saw that too, sylvia. Didn't they hack into Sarah Palin's account, and find nothing she wouldn't say on TV?

Yes, they did.

Extraneus

Hugo? There you are, bud.

April 18: President Obama and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez shake hands at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (AFP photo)

DebinNC

At least BO is consistent. Ours is not the only constitution he's willing to ignore at will. To BO, his definition of "legal" is the only one that counts.

PeterUK

"but someone on the left is doing more opposition research on the matter."

It's called espionage. Doesn't America have a Data Protection Act,or other privacy laws?
Isn't there some Federal offence that will see that some little Democrat fulfils their life ambition to be prison bitch?

Extraneus

Great point, PUK. I've always wondered why the Republicans don't start some major privacy offensive. There's so much ammunition.

clarice

DoT, I think it would be stupid to suggest she's stupid when the decision was 5-4, but now that the case is decided I think the panel has broader range to question her on her views on AA..If nothing else--that is, even if it does not stop the nomination--it may remind the country which by a wide majority hates AA.

She apparently neglected to turn over 300 boxes of docs to the committee and they are trying to use that to play for time..It would be nice if she weren't sworn in by Sept when the Ct rehears the Hillary film case (CFR).

Captain Hate

BTW,Has there been any word from Sully on this?

I think he's preparing an article stating that Trig Palin should've been adopted by Lombard; does anybody think The Atlantic wouldn't publish it?

Thomas Collins

1. Letter to Medvedev offering to trade Euro missile defense for help with Iranian nukes. Medvedev in diplomatic terms basically gave Obama the finger.

2. Bowing to the the Saudi king.

3. Giving insulting gifts to the British Prime Minister.

4. Letter to the Iranian head Ayatollah honcho asking him to make nice.

5. Statement equating Moussevi and Ahmadinejad.

6. Cozying up to Chavez.

7. Apologizing to the world for various supposed US misdeeds.

8. Initial tilt toward the tinpot Honduran leftist thug (hopefully corrected, but we are going to have to wait and see how this one plays out).

I could go on, but you get the idea. Kucinich wouldn't have been a worse national security Prez, and would have been more entertaining!

Old Lurker

Thanks for that graph, Deb. Romer is a fool who giggled her way through the early press conferences, so happy was she to be working for the Won. Clearly she has now adopted his ability to tell absolute lies when the real facts stare them in the eye. That graph pretty much says it all.

"Are you lying now or were you lying then?"

clarice

The Iranian and Honduras responses in the same week show how idiotic this man is.

boris

"start some major privacy offensive"

You know better. Remember Linda Tripp?

Their privacy is sacrocanct, ours ? ... not so much because we are all hypocrites or something.

Old Lurker

That said, it is true Romer had a decent reputation before this appointment and more than a few are surprised that she is willing to sell the koolaid so hard. I think Deb is right that she produced that graph to sell the stimulous bill, and if it was hers, you cannot ignore the impact that was to have occurred by now which did not. So if she is not in fact a fool, she has acted foolishly, and if she is not in fact lying about what she thought back then, she sure seemed to be saying something different then than now. How's that for accuracy?

JM Hanes

Wasn't Obama supposed to meet with Uribe today? How's this for insanity? With the US/Colombia Free Trade agreement sitting on his desk unsigned, Obama has the nerve to ask Uribe to risk letting us plant a US base on Colombian soil. At this point we can only thank our otherwise unlucky stars for Uribe's remarkable forbearance.

All you really need to know about Obama is that he and Labor are the Siamese twins of US policy, both domestic and international. At the bottom of every rabbit hole in this Administration, I'm convinced you'll find a union.

Soylent Red

After last week I thought it was our policy not to "meddle" in the politics of other countries...

Let's try this one on for size (from 15JUN09):

"Uh, obviously all of us have been watching the, uh, news from Iran Honduras. Uh...and I want to start of by being very clear, that...uh, it...it is up to Iranians Hondurans to make decisions about who Iran's Honduras' leaders will be. That...we respect Iranian Honduran sovereignty, and... want to avoid the United States being the issue, inside of Iran Honduras. Which, sometimes the United States can be a handy, uh...uh...political football, uuuuh...or discussions with the United States."

Seems like that, unless he stands on the side of dictatorship (he said coyly), the policy should be clear: Aparta las manos Yanqui!

Captain Hate

You know better. Remember Linda Tripp?

Linda Tripp was the cause of me completely disregarding the opinions of many of my lefty so-called friends who couldn't understand why I would be sympathetic to somebody taking on the POTUS and his MSM lackeys but thought that lying whore Erin Brockovitch was the greatest person in the world.

Porchlight

I like this one, with the Real Big Zero Grin:

clarice

Ain't that the truth, Soylent? Absolutely juvenile and nonsensical.

maryrose

Obama, consistently on the wrong side of history.
Amajdenijad has to go the way of Saddam,we must invade and free the Iranians. Of course that will occur only after obama is out of office. he doesn't have the guts to do the right thing.

Jane

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VERNER!!!

Go Verner! So are you 12 today or 13?

Hope it is the best birthday ever!

Extraneus

She's probably hoola-hooping right now.

Ernst Blofeld

The Sailer piece is pretty devastating to Bazelon, mainly via the technique of quoting from her article.

centralcal

Happy Birthday, Verner. We are missing you here . . . hope you stop by soon. Lots of good wishes on your special day.

Porchlight

Happy Birthday, verner! We miss you - come back soon!

Roy Mustang

WTH did you link to the NYT?

Sue

I absolutely hate the term "flat earther". We are going to have to fight back against those terms.

Thomas Collins

Happy Birthday, verner!

Sue

mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi miiiiii....happy birthday to you...happy birthday to you...happy biiiirthday dear Verner...happy birthday to you. Anyone ever watch the Andy Griffith show where Barney wanted to be in the choir? Well, if you did, I sing like Barney! Be glad I typed it. ::grin::

narciso

HB, Verner, seriously where is the tip sheet on all these
birthdays, still tracking down commies

DJ Sly Bri Esquire

We only have 19 years left to worry about race-based decisions and it will be all over with, just like Sandra O'Connor said 6 years ago.

Danube of Thought

It's not just Romer. Lawrence Summers actually knows the pepper from the fly shit, but he's keeping mum about all this economic insanity. Shame on him.

And so today our president stands shoulder to shoulder with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. How long can this kind of thing go on? Can we really be sure that a majority of Americans want anything different?

clarice

rasmussen has him at 0 today..that suggests the act is wearing thin.

Jane

Can we really be sure that a majority of Americans want anything different?

I suspect if you explained it to them, they would choose otherwise. But that gets tedious.

I was at a function tonite where everyone wore hats. (Ever notice that the older the median age is the more like first graders people act.)

At any rate someone brought me a BO hat - 3 pix on top of the flag on my hat. (It doesn't nearly hurt so much if it's on your head and you can't see it)

The hat brought out his supporter who chanted: thing: "We have to give him a chance". That's the mantra people who don't pay attention chant.

Anyone else notice that?

It makes me want to barf - idolization with an ignorance icing. Spare me.

Jane

Oh dear, sorry for the typos - I had to drown my hat sorrows with grey goose.

cathyf

I'm confused by the decision. It sounds like all 9 justices said that the appeals court decision was crap, with 4 voting to send it back to the appeals court to fix it, while 5 justices voted to simply overturn the decision.

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Sontamayer...

Melinda Romanoff

clarice-

Nice one at PJM. Well done.

(LUN)

RichatUF

Happy Birthday Verner;)

 Ann

This will make you feel good:

Obama junks ‘global war on terror’ label

“One of the reasons the nomenclature is not used is that ‘war’ carries with it a relationship to nation states in conflict with each other and of course terrorism is not necessarily derived from the nation state relationship,” she told the Financial Times. “In some respects ‘war’ is too limiting.”

Ms Napolitano’s comments were the clearest acknowledgement by an Obama official of a widely observed change in language. In March, the White House denied reports that an internal memo had been issued banning the term. But Mr Obama has studiously avoided the phrase, which officials see as legally troublesome and politically counterproductive.

Ms Napolitano, who arrived on Monday night in the UK, said she was hoping to learn from her British counterparts, and others, how to improve public “resiliency” to terrorist attacks. “You have got to minimise risk and respond with resiliency – there are lessons to be learned from other countries and the UK is one of them,” she said.

I quess she never heard of the War on Drugs or the War on Poverty! And:

Ms Napolitano dismissed Mr Cheney’s warnings. “Pivoting from closing Guantánamo to the argument that [its closure] could be the causal agent for an attack on the US is, to be charitable, a stretch,” she said. But she conceded the administration needed to do more to persuade Congress to house Guantánamo detainees on US soil.

Ms Napolitano said she also continued to monitor the threat of domestic terrorism following a DHS report in March warning that the declining economy and the return of military veterans meant that there was an increasing threat of rightwing “lone wolf” terrorist activity.

“The fact of the matter is that this threat is very real and is not solely rightwing or leftwing,” she added.

BB Key

I watched the rerun of today's celebration at the WH on CSPAN:

Michelle was late....
O did not give a "shout out" to Frank Lombard.....
and the teleprompter got groped by a Duck......

The only other thing O talked about was that General Jackson from VMI was still alive 40 years ago.

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