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Is this the American Way? (The Left Goes After Frank Ricci)
Power Line ^ | 7/132009 | Paul Mirengoff

Posted on 07/13/2009 10:43:33 AM PDT by mojito

People for the American Way, the left-wing smear machine, is (In the words of McClatchy press service) quietly targeting Frank Ricci, the Connecticut firefighter whose successful lawsuit for racial discrimination has proven to be so inconvenient for Judge Sotomayor. Specifically, People for the American Way, along with other such drive-by hit artists, is urging reporters to scrutinize Ricci's allegedly "troubled and litigious work history." So far, the lefty blogosphere, at least, has taken up the call.

Ricci is on the list of witnesses Republican Senators will call at Sotomayor's confirmation hearing. But does this make his "litigious work history" an issue that deserves scrutiny? It does so only if that history has some relevance to Judge Sotomayor's fitness to serve on the Supreme Court.

And plainly, it has no such relevance. No matter how many actions Ricci may have filed in the past, the only one that pertains to Sotomayor is the one she decided. That suit, in which a substantial number of other plaintiffs joined, was found to be meritorious.

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Ricci has leveled no personal attack on Sotomayor, and surely will not do so in his testimony. All he did was file a lawsuit that eventually found its way into a courtroom where she happened to be sitting. To be sure, this ended up exposing Sotomayor as too intellectually dishonest to write a real opinion and too ideologically committed to reverse discrimination to reach a decision that a single Supreme Court Justice could agree with. But that's not Ricci's fault. I'm certain that when he filed his suit, he hoped that all judges who heard his case would get it right, or at least treat it seriously.

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: discrimination; firefighters; frankricci; lawsuit; leftwing; mcclatchy; powerline; racial; ricci; smearcampaign; smearmachine; sotomayor; workplace
Joe the plumber meet Frank the fireman.
1 posted on 07/13/2009 10:43:33 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

I thought lefties liked litigious workers.


2 posted on 07/13/2009 10:45:39 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane
And the thing is, if you read the entire article, Ricci is not in any way “litigious.”

Just a smear, like any other smear.

3 posted on 07/13/2009 10:49:30 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito
I'm surprised it took this long for the Left to cook up this smear campaign. It's part and parcel of the Age of Obama.
4 posted on 07/13/2009 10:51:12 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: mojito

The left are like the Daleks... “terminate, terminate”


5 posted on 07/13/2009 10:51:28 AM PDT by GeronL ( Patriotic Insurrectionist at http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: mojito

White oppressors. Hoe DARE they pass the test when the homies could not?


6 posted on 07/13/2009 10:52:01 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: mojito

Yes, this is the “Joe The Plumber, Part II” and the public is going to be outraged. This will blow up in the Democrats’ face.


7 posted on 07/13/2009 10:52:15 AM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: mojito
I'm not shocked. This is politics. It is about power. That is first and foremost in any battle involving any type of politics.

Sean Connery said it best in the Untouchables. That is the Chicago way.

8 posted on 07/13/2009 10:52:34 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (We do what we have to do.)
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To: mojito

And BOTH of you meet Sarah Palin, American.

The leftist smears comnig out of these people have to be directed by a common intelligence and I believe that intelligence is from the mind of George Soros, backed by his dollars.

I hope Soros’ plane crash lands in Waziristan.


9 posted on 07/13/2009 10:53:46 AM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Tublecane

“I thought lefties liked litigious workers.”

That’s right, but I seriously believe by my observations of the Leftists only if it is themselves as the litigious.

The market on litigiousness is to be theirs only. Conservatives, or other than Lefties are not encouraged to participate. That would be unfair.


10 posted on 07/13/2009 10:55:07 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Darren McCarty

I usually refer to the scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid where Lerch challenges Butch to a knife fight, and Butch wants to get the rules straight.


11 posted on 07/13/2009 10:55:56 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: mojito

“All he did was file a lawsuit that eventually found its way into a courtroom where she happened to be sitting”

AND SHE NEEDED NO HELP SHOWING EVERYONE IN THE U.S. SHE CANNOT BE TRUSTED IN MATTERS OF JUSTICE.


12 posted on 07/13/2009 10:56:08 AM PDT by Finop (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.)
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To: mojito

Joe the plumber.......

Which scummy Democrat bureaucrats are going to leak information on Frank Ricci?


13 posted on 07/13/2009 10:57:17 AM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

They’ve been doing it long before O came along.


14 posted on 07/13/2009 10:58:03 AM PDT by rwa265 (Christ my Cornerstone)
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To: ZULU

Stalinists using Pravda for propaganda here in the USA.
Different names _ same game!


15 posted on 07/13/2009 10:59:40 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I'm surprised it took this long for the Left to cook up this smear campaign. It's part and parcel of the Age of Obama.

Just like Clinton.

16 posted on 07/13/2009 11:00:24 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: mojito

Welcome to the new era of American fascism. We won’t kill you for your opinions against the elite, nor will we even imprison you. We’ll just ruin your reputation and smear your name using modern media techniques as punishment for speaking out. You’ll be the example for others. An atmosphere of intimidation - or, to borrow a phrase from the earlier fascist incursion, creating a hostile cultural environment - is enough to silence most people into obedience. Hey, we’re Americans, not Germans or Russians. We can show the world that you don’t need camps or gulags to handle dissent. It can be done with discretion. At least he still has a job - for now. Keep speaking up and the boss might find something which requires dismissal. You’ll get unemployment, though, and after a few meetings with a counselor, even a new job, where you’ll no doubt be much quieter.


17 posted on 07/13/2009 11:02:37 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: Tublecane

LOL spot on! Except you’re missing the key to open-minded Libbies that they only like XYZ IF THEY AGREE WITH THEM ON EVERY ISSUE!!

For those who don’t know just how much Ricci embodies the American dream, check this out
http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=328492543737693


18 posted on 07/13/2009 11:04:10 AM PDT by ActrFshr
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To: mojito
Let's just all concentrate on BEN VARGAS, the hispanic firefighter who also sued to get his promotion, and scored even higher than did Ricci on the test. Vargas is Puerto Rican like Sotomayor, and has denounced her support for quotas, saying "as I look at my sons, I don't want anyone to think they didn't deserve the job they worked for. that's no way to live".

BEN VARGAS. A great American, who will testify against Sotomayor. Tell everyone you know about him.

19 posted on 07/13/2009 11:07:47 AM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: tflabo

Exactly.

Truth is the universal solvent for all social problems which is why the left is so invested in propagandizing lies.


20 posted on 07/13/2009 11:09:35 AM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: FreepShop1

Word!


21 posted on 07/13/2009 11:10:09 AM PDT by Clock King
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To: redpoll

What kills me most about Sotomayor and Ginsburg is that if ANYbody should have difficulty on a written test, the average non-dyslexic “black” man should have much LESS difficulty than the average dyslexic “white” man.

But the white man’s pigmentation inferiority gives them an unfair advantage on written tests?

So who now is racist?


22 posted on 07/13/2009 11:11:26 AM PDT by ActrFshr
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To: Tublecane

Certain types.


23 posted on 07/13/2009 11:16:29 AM PDT by Biggirl
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To: mojito

INTREP


24 posted on 07/13/2009 11:26:49 AM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: mojito

The way I read this he filed 3 lawsuits and won them all.

That should tell you something.

When you win , you were right.


25 posted on 07/13/2009 11:37:25 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: mojito

I’m sorry, can you please remind me again: What is “Reverse-racism” ?

Because I was thinking for a moment that it was a way to legitimize anti-white sentiment if spawned from the mouth of someone who isn’t white. But I _must_ be wrong, because that’s just plain ol’ “racism”.

So this reverse racism must be good ? It must be the end of racism as we know it ! Reverse Racism, by it’s very nature, will balance out “racism” and make the earth correct !

And has Barack pushed back the rising oceans yet ?

:)


26 posted on 07/13/2009 11:42:33 AM PDT by Celerity
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To: mojito

Liberals CANNOT argue the rational and legal merits and demerits

of the case upon which the SCOTUS recently ruled

in Ricci’s favor,

as part of any approach to judging the Sotomayor judicial appointment,

so they have no choice

but to try to demonize the litigant who won the case,


27 posted on 07/13/2009 3:43:45 PM PDT by Wuli
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