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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: ‘Sometimes You Have To Do the Unexpected’
Der Spiegel ^ | April 02, 2014 – 12:43 PM | Samiha Shafy

Posted on 04/04/2014 1:22:24 PM PDT by Olog-hai

“You know, it’s almost a life motto (‘Well-behaved women rarely make history’). If you read the book (My Beloved World), you know I’m very law abiding. But I make it very clear that, like all people, there are exceptions. I like driving fast. I’m a pure New Yorker and I jaywalk. None of us is perfect. Sometimes you have to do the unexpected.” […]

“In the United States, certain segments of society played with quotas for a number of years. What ended up happening is that the larger population got angry. And the Supreme Court ultimately said that quotas were not acceptable under the US Constitution. I think that some of it is driven by the American concept that success should always be based on merit. The problem with that concept, I think, as most people know, is that success is not always about merit.” […]

When the Supreme Court takes a case, it’s because there is a disagreement among the courts below. It means that the issues are not clear under existing law. All of that lack of clarity is usually around issues that are important to the society—like Obamacare, same-sex marriage—and every decision we make is final. Every time we decide, even when I’m in the majority and I think we’re right, you know that there’s a loser. There is another side who is going to feel something negative about what has happened. And that makes this job harder. Once we decide, there is no more hope.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Society
KEYWORDS: judicialactivism; meritocracy; narcissist; nomorehope; nomotehopehowtrue; scotus; sotomayor; wiselatina
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1 posted on 04/04/2014 1:22:24 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: BuckeyeTexan

In case you want to ping the list.


2 posted on 04/04/2014 1:24:51 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Olog-hai

So she’s an activist, on the SC, ,,,,,, isn’t that wonderful.

At least we have Roberts. /puke


3 posted on 04/04/2014 1:26:51 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Olog-hai
Because enforcement of the law should be unexpected.

How else can you keep the peasants cowering in their hovels?

5 posted on 04/04/2014 1:27:48 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; a man who respects it has earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: Olog-hai
"...driven by the American concept that success should always be based on merit. The problem with that concept, I think, as most people know, is that success is not always about merit."

Oh, boy. So, what should success be based on? Skin color? Somebody's idea of who or what should be successful?

6 posted on 04/04/2014 1:27:57 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Olog-hai

The unwise Latina is a racist joke.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 1:28:39 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Olog-hai

No, sometimes you have to do your job and uphold the oath you took regardless of your personal beliefs you stupid, left wing liberal b****.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 1:28:42 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Their chief weapon is surprise.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 1:29:01 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Former Proud Canadian

The lefts scorecard for success is nothing but a misery index.


10 posted on 04/04/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT by formosa
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To: Olog-hai

“Every time we decide, even when I’m in the majority and I think we’re right, you know that there’s a loser.”

There is so much banal ignorance conveyed in that single sentence, it’s astounding. A junior high-school debating team captain is now sitting on the USSC. Put there because of her nationality and despite her inadequacy and unsuitability for the job. What a disgrace.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 1:31:42 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I believe it was Scalia who once said something like “Sometimes the little guy isn’t supposed to win”


12 posted on 04/04/2014 1:31:49 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Olog-hai
It means that the issues are not clear under existing law

you mean like when Justice John Roberts inserted his own language into the ACA and replaced Fine with Tax? Is that what you mean Justice Sotomayor? You activist POS.

13 posted on 04/04/2014 1:32:19 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Her mind is so twisted by the liberal disease that she takes affirmative action as axiomatic, thus success is meritorious if it is gifted for no merit just affirmative action, as in affirmation of liberalism’s disease state. Affirmative action is ‘affirmation of liberal rot’ to/in the minds of once normal babies, put into action to ‘transform the society’. Or, as little barry bastard Soetoro put it ‘Transforming Americ ah’.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 1:33:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

“Oh, boy. So, what should success be based on?”

Supporting the “correct” agenda.


15 posted on 04/04/2014 1:34:07 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Olog-hai
I agree... she should do the unexpected... and starting voting with Thomas every time :)

It would be hilarious to see the liberals heads explode if such a thing came to pass

16 posted on 04/04/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

“...driven by the American concept that success should always be based on merit. The problem with that concept, I think, as most people know, is that success is not always about merit.”

We can tell that is true as that is how she got her job on the SC. It’s about who’s arse she kissed!!! That’s not merit!!


17 posted on 04/04/2014 1:35:32 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Olog-hai

What a self-involved dolt.


18 posted on 04/04/2014 1:36:16 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Not a word about the Constitution being sacred in any way, notice. The Constitution is mentioned only once, too, with respect to the SCOTUS decision on quotas (not “unconstitutional”, but “not acceptable under the US Constitution”, which is weasel language).


19 posted on 04/04/2014 1:37:34 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: trisham

The amount of “me, me, me” in the interview is (almost, i.e. if you weren’t already expecting it) astounding.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 1:39:08 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Once she started talking about being a “wise Latrina” I kinda lost interest. Race based wisdom doesn’t appeal.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 1:39:50 PM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Olog-hai
Once we decide, there is no more hope. …

We'll see about that.

22 posted on 04/04/2014 1:40:30 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Olog-hai

The wise Latina just told us she’s all about picking a team. To my mind, our only hope is to prove Obama wasn’t eligible to nominate her or Butch. I realize there are those who will say, ‘but they were confirmed’ but they would never have come up for confirmation in the first place. Obama stole someone else’s opportunity to nominate.


23 posted on 04/04/2014 1:42:45 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Olog-hai
success is not always about merit

And every time it isn't we should hold it up for contempt. Whether the success is based on political pull, family name or just dumb luck we should always state that the reason isn't for merit. Success without merit for some also taints those who are in the same group who did merit that success.

The left are more than willing to make those arguments when claiming that the majority of inheritances should be taken by the government because the heirs didn't earn that money based on merit. Odd, but they never seem to feel that way about their favorite family of drunkards and pill-poppers from Boston, believing that every new generation should exert even more power.

24 posted on 04/04/2014 1:43:48 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: Olog-hai

~~~that success is not always about merit~~~

You know, like being on the Supreme Court for purely political reasons.


25 posted on 04/04/2014 1:43:50 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Olog-hai

lol


26 posted on 04/04/2014 1:44:35 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Olog-hai

This is great news since the “unexpected” from her would be to actually uphold the constitution. Unfortunately, that’s probably not what she means.


27 posted on 04/04/2014 1:45:08 PM PDT by Armando Guerra
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To: Olog-hai
It's not your job to be interesting.
It's not your job to make new laws.
It's not your job to make justice a crap shoot.
Your job is to interpret the law and explain and clarify when it's unclear.


28 posted on 04/04/2014 1:48:18 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Olog-hai

With a capital “C”


29 posted on 04/04/2014 1:50:41 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Olog-hai

Noticed like I’d notice being hit in the head with a baseball bat.

No, she’s high on her own celebrity; being interviewed by a foreign magazine. What’s important is her feelings about exercising her power sitting on the court and her feelings about thereby producing a “loser”. Me, me, me. Wise Latina indeed.

Abysmal, disgraceful.


30 posted on 04/04/2014 1:52:55 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Olog-hai
"Once we decide, there is no more hope."

Well, not anymore since Traitor Roberts went to the Dark Side. Now that 0bama et. al. don't follow The Law, no one else has any need to either.

31 posted on 04/04/2014 1:53:21 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Olog-hai

In case you want to harf up your lunch.

THey are not the ultimate deciders. Future courts can overturn their verdicts. Congress can pass laws putting topics out of reach of SCOTUS. The People can say eff off to SCOTUS.


32 posted on 04/04/2014 1:54:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Olog-hai

She could follow the law and apply the true meaning of the Constitution in her opinions. That would sure as hell be “unexpected.”


33 posted on 04/04/2014 2:06:06 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: Olog-hai; All
And the Supreme Court ultimately said that quotas were not acceptable under the US Constitution.

This is a dishonest, PC statement concerning the Constitution. Not that I agree with the Constitution's quotas, but the Founding States and post-Civil War constitutional lawmakers enumerated quotas as evidenced by the following clauses.

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34 posted on 04/04/2014 2:07:46 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Olog-hai

While I agree that her success was without merit, I don;t agree that “Once we decide, there is no more hope.” While I temporarily lost hope after their terrible and lawless ObamaCare decision, she is fundamentally wrong. Government derives it’s powers from the consent of the governed. Lawless decisions squander that consent and the loss of consent can restore hope - it’s ugly but it will eventually work.


35 posted on 04/04/2014 2:11:53 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Olog-hai

You know, she defines herself as a person with the opposite character traits that define a “judicial temperament”. A judicial temperament requires someone to be deliberate, careful, logical, not impulsive, slap-dash and emotional. Judges should be predictable in the sense that they will conform their thinking and decisions to established case precedent and principals of jurisprudence. In this sense, judges who consider being unpredictable a part of their role are stripping the rule of law of its central components: a known system of laws and a known system of interpretation and application of laws. The worst thing a lawyer has to tell his litigation client is that there is no way of knowing what the judge might do, something that happens all too often.


36 posted on 04/04/2014 2:35:22 PM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Olog-hai

Can she name one unexpected thing she’s don on the SCOTUS? I can’t. She’s a wise Latina.

(She does have large, uh, tracts of land!)


37 posted on 04/04/2014 2:41:56 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Olog-hai
Sometimes you have to do the unexpected

Has she ever NOT voted in the expected liberal way? I can't think of any.

38 posted on 04/04/2014 2:43:04 PM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I think she was talking about affirmative action, and in that case she might have meant “legacy acceptances” or other reasons that have to do with pull of some kind, which do not depend on merit..


39 posted on 04/04/2014 2:45:20 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Olog-hai
"I have a style that is Sonia, and it is more assertive than many women are, or even some men."

Assertive, but DON'T CALL HER BOSSY!

40 posted on 04/04/2014 2:45:28 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Olog-hai
"I have a style that is Sonia, and it is more assertive than many women are, or even some men."

Assertive, but DON'T CALL HER BOSSY!

41 posted on 04/04/2014 2:45:28 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Olog-hai

‘’Every decision we make is final,’’ declares Sonya Sotomayor of the Supreme Court, ‘’Once we decide, there is no more hope.’’ No more hope? Tell that to Dred Scott. Tell that to today’s African-Americans who are permitted to drink from the same water fountains as white people, thanks to the overturning of Plessy v Ferguson in the 1890s.

In fact, the Supreme Court constantly changes laws. Why else does Sonya Sotomayor think Barack Obama chose her for the Supreme Court except because he expected her to change laws according to their shared liberal ideology?

If Justice Sotomayor were paying attention to her job instead of spending her time giving misleading interviews to foreign publications, she would know that the Supreme Court is currently considering changing a law which she and the Supreme Court have already ruled constitutional — the Affordable Care Act. An affirmative ruling in the Hobby Lobby case would change the ACA by removing requirements deemed contrary to employers’ freedom of religion.

Nothing is forever, except maybe the ignorance of liberal justices, who have no reason to spend much time studying the law because they care more about advancing liberal causes than upholding judicial standards.


42 posted on 04/04/2014 2:54:14 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: Olog-hai
Proverbs 16:18 much, Sotomayor?
43 posted on 04/04/2014 3:00:08 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Olog-hai

She couldn’t even make her marriage work after only seven years. How can we possibly expect her to protect the constitution for life!


44 posted on 04/04/2014 3:04:35 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: Randy Larsen
She couldn’t even make her marriage work after only seven years. How can we possibly expect her to protect the constitution for life!

I'm not defending Sotomayor or this interview, but that's a cheap shot. Clarence Thomas's first marriage only lasted 10 years.

45 posted on 04/04/2014 3:31:22 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Olog-hai

I am always impressed by how unimpressed I am when these people speak (Obama, Michelle, Sotomayor, Clintons, etc). They attended the top schools and their intellect is astoundingly vapid.


46 posted on 04/04/2014 3:42:35 PM PDT by mom.mom
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To: Lurking Libertarian

Well, “Justice” Soderme.. got her job like any other politician...for her being a reliable partisan political hack, not for be qualified to be a judge of any court, let alone the Supreme Court.

How is she any different than say, Harry Reid would be, in the same job. Any political operator can wear the clothes and sit in the chair...and these days, too many do. For sure all of Obaba’s appointees do.


47 posted on 04/04/2014 3:47:06 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
"...driven by the American concept that success should always be based on merit. The problem with that concept, I think, as most people know, is that success is not always about merit."

I guess I missed the part of the constitution that talked about the right to be successful.

48 posted on 04/04/2014 4:05:26 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Senator_Blutarski

Right

It can be about EEOA or other fascist dicta


49 posted on 04/04/2014 4:08:23 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Olog-hai

True, why don’t you retire?


50 posted on 04/04/2014 4:21:22 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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