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  • Let Us Litmus: Judicial nominees must be held to standards

    02/29/2016 6:35:53 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 5 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 29, 2016 | Daniel Clark
    Let Us Litmus: Judicial nominees must be held to standards by Daniel Clark To the dismay of conservatives everywhere, President Obama will appoint a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Just as surely, there will be calls from the Democrats and therefore from the news media that Republican senators refrain from applying a "litmus test" to the nominee. It's an absurd expectation, with which the Jellyphants of the GOP often absurdly comply. You might remember conducting a litmus test in middle school science class, by applying a substance to a piece of litmus paper, and discovering from...

    10/09/2015 7:21:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 10/7/15 | Right Scoop
    Well this is a bit of troubling news on the Carly Fiorina front: POLITICO – California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina told a group of conservative journalists yesterday that she probably would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, handing conservatives an issue to use against her in the primary against state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore: In what would turn out to be the biggest news emerging from the breakfast, Fiorina said that, while she did not study Sonia Sotomayor in great deal (“I was battling cancer at the time”), she probably would have “voted for her” confirmation to...
  • No Evolution Deniers in the White House

    02/19/2015 12:10:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | February 19, 2015 | Law Professor Charles J. Reid, Jr., University of St. Thomas
    The 2016 presidential campaign is already upon us and the debate is heating up over an unexpected issue -- the theory of evolution. Of course, in an ideal world, evolution would never really become a campaign issue. But the anti-science wing of the Republican Party continues to voice skepticism. Apologists for this wing would dearly like to distract the media and the voting public from what is, frankly, a national if not a global embarrassment. In truth, the President of the United States needs to be scientifically literate. For the federal government has an important role to play and it...
  • Here's where 16 potential presidential candidates stand on (homosexual) marriage

    01/07/2015 11:16:53 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 28 replies
    Time ^ | 1/7/2015 | Tessa Berenson
    For the most part, the gay marriage debate now falls along partisan lines: Democrats support it, But within the crowded field of likely 2016 presidential contenders, there’s a lot of room for nuance. The would-be candidates have made much different arguments and have varying records on the issue. Meantime, the issue continues to change. On Jan. 6, Florida became the second-largest state to recognize gay marriage, bringing the total to 36. And on Friday, the Supreme Court will meet privately to decide whether to consider cases that could lead to a more definitive ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Here’s...
  • Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir

    03/21/2014 8:04:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | March 20,2014 | CNN's Dana Davidsen
    Rush Limbaugh - radio host, conservative firebrand and... children's book author of the year? The Children’s Book Council and its Every Child a Reader program released on Thursday their author-of-the-year finalists for their annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. Limbaugh is one of the four finalists, and his nomination has prompted outrage on social media, given the host’s often-incendiary nature. Limbaugh's book is titled, "Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans" – a time-traveling tale of colonial America and the latest of two books in the "Rush Revere Series" published last year by Simon &...
  • Episcopal Church Weighs Ban on Straight White Males

    07/13/2013 11:03:47 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 58 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 7-13-13 | David W. Virtue
    Episcopal Church gays and lesbians are weighing a resolution to be put forward at the next General Convention making it illegal for straight white males to be admitted to the priesthood. LA Bishop Mary Glasspool, an avowed lesbian and one of many lesbians and gays supporting the "no white males resolution", crafted her resolution after hearing a straight white male preaching a sermon condemning homosexual behavior last month. "I was shocked, stunned, blown away and mortified. I have never heard such homophobia coming from a pulpit. That was my moment to say enough is enough. "This comes down to a...
  • Administration "litmus test": will you obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens?

    01/24/2013 12:36:23 AM PST · by Errant · 11 replies
    TruNews ^ | 23 January, 2012 | Rick Wiles
    Rick's guest on today's broadcast, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jim Garrow shockingly claims he was told by a top military veteran that the Obama administration's "litmus test" for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens. "I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new "litmus test" in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders." You need to hear this interview folks! Streaming audio linkMP3 file download
  • Obama Asks Military Leaders If They Will “Fire On US Citizens” ["Litmus Test"]

    01/24/2013 1:05:36 AM PST · by TXnMA · 76 replies ^ | January 22, 2013 10:35 pm | Not Listed (CITES Jim Garrow)
    [Emphasis added...] 2009 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jim Garrow shockingly claims he was told by a top military veteran that the Obama administration’s “litmus test” for new military leaders is whether or not they will obey an order to fire on U.S. citizens. Garrow was nominated three years ago for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize and is the founder of The Pink Pagoda Girls, an organization dedicated to rescuing baby girls from “gendercide” in China. Garrow has been personally involved in “helping rescue more than 36,000 Chinese baby girls from death.” He is a public figure, not an anonymous voice...
  • Hmm… Shock Claim: Obama Only Wants Military Leaders Who ‘Will Fire on U.S. Citizens’

    01/22/2013 3:45:43 PM PST · by george76 · 191 replies ^ | January 22, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Dr. Jim Garrow, the author of The Pink Pagoda: One Man’s Quest to End Gendercide in China, made the following claim . ... I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed. So, who is the source? Garrow replied: “The man who told me this is...
  • Litmus test for judges? abortion rights, gay marriage.. -- or be rejected.

    11/04/2012 4:07:51 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 12 replies
    Mmass Resistance ^ | Nov. 3, 2012 | Mmass Resistance
    Litmus test for judges? You must support abortion rights, gay marriage, affirmative action -- or be rejected. It could happen in Massachusetts after Tuesday's vote! Leftist former Springfield mayor vs Republican Mike Franco POSTED: Nov. 3, 2012 Who will be choosing your judges? It could be people more radical than you ever imagined. This is what could happen when the conservative establishment starts to go soft. In Massachusetts, the eight elected members of the "Governor's Council" decide on who will be your judges. Are they looking out for you -- or for the special interests? [MassResistance photo] As we've repeatedly...
  • Obama orders new plan to diversify federal workers

    08/18/2011 2:21:45 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 199 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 18, 2011 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order directing the federal government to design a new strategy for hiring, promoting and keeping workers of diverse backgrounds. The three-page order released Thursday directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget and two other agencies to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to implement it. An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.8 percent...
  • Video: University makes diploma contingent on supporting gay rights

    07/28/2010 2:19:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    CNN has an interesting roundtable on the case of Jennifer Keeton, who has sued Augusta State University to keep from getting expelled for not repudiating her statements about homosexuality. Keeton expressed her biblical perspective on the subject in and out of class while working toward a degree in counseling, and the school mandated a “remediation plan” that appears to have required her to renounce her Christian doctrine in order to gain a diploma from the school. The school has responded that a bias against homosexuality would disqualify Keeton from certification, a position that would put most Christians in Keeton’s position.Does...
  • Pro-Life Groups Condemn Obama Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court Pick

    04/23/2010 8:25:04 AM PDT · by julieee · 2 replies · 263+ views ^ | April 23, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-Life Groups Condemn Obama Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court Pick Washington, DC -- Leading pro-life organizations are awaiting the upcoming Supreme Court battle and fully expect President Barack Obama to name a pro-abortion replacement for retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens. They say Obama, despite his protests to the contrary, issued an abortion litmus test this week.
  • White House Rep Can't Defend Obama's Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court

    04/22/2010 8:33:25 AM PDT · by julieee · 13 replies · 457+ views ^ | April 22, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    White House Rep Can't Defend Obama's Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court Washington, DC -- The top spokesman for President Barack Obama was stymied by the press Wednesday afternoon after Obama said in a morning meeting that he would have no abortion litmus test for the Supreme Court and then proceeded to outline how any nominee must support unlimited abortions.
  • Obama Claims No Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court, But Establishes One

    04/21/2010 10:53:13 AM PDT · by julieee · 14 replies · 331+ views ^ | April 21, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Claims No Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court, But Establishes One Washington, DC -- President Barack Obama met top Senate leaders today to discuss is upcoming Supreme Court nomination and he promised he will have no abortion litmus test. However, most of the potential nominees said to be on his short list to replace pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens also back unlimited abortions.
  • Obama's Supreme Court Test: Fall In Line

    04/14/2010 9:08:47 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 2 replies · 162+ views ^ | 04/14/10 | CaroleL
    In the latest example of President Obama's confrontational approach to his opposition, a senior White House official said of plans to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, "The president recognizes that regardless of who he picks, there will be a fight. So the prospect of a fight with Republicans doesn’t factor into his decision about one candidate over another, whether one candidate is going to galvanize Republicans or whether another is a more risky choice in some way."
  • Reagan's litmus test vs. GOP's new "purity test"

    11/24/2009 11:45:54 AM PST · by ikeonic · 63 replies · 1,245+ views
    Ikeonic ^ | 11/24/09 | Ikeonic
    Predictably, Charles Johnson is up in arms over the GOP's proposed "purity test".  Chamberlain-esque RINO candy ass Allahpundit has a more, balanced sane opinion. My two cents:  the purity test is wrong because if Reagan was their inspiration (someone who agrees with me 80% of the time is my friend, not an enemy), then this litmus test from Reagan should have been their guide: “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual...
  • VIDEO: Matt Lauer to Miss California: Some Compare You to Sarah Palin

    Miss California vs. pageant officials: It’s war - Group blasts Miss USA runner-up as she campaigns against same-sex unions and Matt Lauer says some compare you to Sarah Palin. Video:
  • Obama Repeats Pro-Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court

    10/31/2008 3:32:10 PM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies · 318+ views ^ | October 31, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- In a Thursday interview with NBC News, Barack Obama repeated the pledge he's made throughout the campaign. Obama indicated he would only appoint judges to the Supreme Court who support unlimited abortions, in what is a clear pro-abortion litmus test for federal justices. The differences are clear, with McCain saying he wants judges who won't make up law form the bench but who will respect the rights of the people and their elected officials to make the law on abortion.
  • Record number of gay, lesbian Dem delegates cited (Get this Denver RAT party started!)

    08/05/2008 6:00:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies · 260+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | 8/05/08
    Record number of gay, lesbian Dem delegates citedAssociated Press Vail, CO Colorado DENVER, Colorado — A Democratic group says a record 358 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered delegates will attend the party's national convention in Denver this month. **SNIP** Natalie Wyeth, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, says she can't yet confirm the numbers because the committee is still compiling demographic data on delegates. **SNIP**
  • Obama pledged to Planned Parenthood: “I will not yield” to pro-life concerns

    02/28/2008 9:39:45 AM PST · by BGHater · 47 replies · 293+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 28 Feb 2008 | CNA
    On Wednesday a full transcript of Democrat presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama’s July 2007 speech to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in which he vigorously defended legalized abortion became available. In the July 17 speech, Obama attacked the Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal partial-birth abortion ban and the nomination of Supreme Court justices who favor overturning Roe v. Wade. In the speech the senator said, "There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield."...
  • The Gay Shibboleth - Opposition to homosexual behavior may now be a bar to high office

    07/14/2007 12:24:48 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 146 replies · 2,183+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | August 2007
    As a member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, physician James Holsinger voted with the majority to affirm Methodist teaching that bans practicing homosexuals from ordination. Holsinger also wrote a white paper for the denomination 16 years ago on the health hazards of gay sex and on the biological complementarity of the human sexes. Should that bar him from serving (as President Bush desires) as U.S. surgeon general? It's not surprising that homosexual-activist groups like Human Rights Campaign think so. But most of the major Democratic presidential candidates agree. [snip] The Bush administration didn't exactly rush to Holsinger's defense. "That...
  • Judicial Speech Code - Opposing a nominee for words he never said.

    06/06/2007 9:42:32 PM PDT · by gpapa · 4 replies · 396+ views ^ | June 7, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    Move over, Roe v. Wade. The latest liberal judicial litmus test is whether the nominee is willing to repudiate the phrase "homosexual lifestyle." Believe it or not, that's one of the two raps against Leslie Southwick, whose nomination for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals comes before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
  • Rudy Firm on Weapons (Rudy Has a Litmus Test: The Assault Weapons Ban)

    04/20/2007 3:07:31 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 46 replies · 983+ views
    Mayor Giuliani yesterday said he would find it hard to back any Republican presidential candidate who favors repealing the federal assault-weapons ban, further distancing himself from GOP front-runner Robert Dole. "There should be very, very few litmus tests, but someone who now voted to roll back the assault-weapons ban would really be demonstrating that special interest politics mean more to them than life-or-death issues," said Giuliani, who irked GOP leaders by appearing with President Clinton to support the gun legislation. Giuliani said he would consider candidates' overall presidential platforms, but he said their position on the ban "should bear very,...
  • Let's Make a Deal - Social conservatives, Rudy Giuliani, and the end of the litmus test.

    03/03/2007 1:05:48 PM PST · by gpapa · 316 replies · 2,825+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 12, 2007 | Noemie Emery
    Next year may see the party of the Sunbelt and Reagan, based in the South and in Protestant churches, nominate its first presidential candidate who is Catholic, urban, and ethnic--and socially liberal on a cluster of issues that set him at odds with the party's base. As a result, it may also see the end of the social issues litmus test in the Republican party, done in not by the party's left wing, which is shrunken and powerless, but by a fairly large cadre of social conservatives convinced that, in a time of national peril, the test is a luxury...
  • Angry tourists break mugger's neck

    02/23/2007 1:55:00 PM PST · by bjc · 31 replies · 1,369+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Fri Feb 23, 10:29 AM ET | Wire
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A group of U.S. tourists, including a former Marine, killed a Costa Rican mugger by breaking his neck after he pulled a gun on them in a Caribbean port, a local police official said on Thursday. ...
  • Tremoglie: An Interview With Congressman Duncan Hunter

    01/26/2007 9:41:44 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 59 replies · 939+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 01/26/2007 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter may be the one true Republican running for President. He has got all the right beliefs. Here is the link or cut and paste this URL into your browswer:
  • Weather Channel Climate Expert Calls for Decertifying Global Warming Skeptics

    01/17/2007 6:05:23 PM PST · by Pontiac · 139 replies · 3,469+ views
    United States Senate ^ | 1/17/07 | Marc Morano
    The Weather Channel’s most prominent climatologist is advocating that broadcast meteorologists be stripped of their scientific certification if they express skepticism about predictions of manmade catastrophic global warming. This latest call to silence skeptics follows a year (2006) in which skeptics were compared to "Holocaust Deniers" and Nuremberg-style war crimes trials were advocated by several climate alarmists. The Weather Channel’s (TWC) Heidi Cullen, who hosts the weekly global warming program "The Climate Code," is advocating that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) revoke their "Seal of Approval" for any television weatherman who expresses skepticism that human activity is creating a climate...
  • Governor (Arnold) taps ex-Davis aide as chief of staff (Gay rights activist married her partner)

    11/30/2005 10:46:30 AM PST · by churchillbuff · 99 replies · 1,811+ views
    Chronicle ^ | Nov 30 05 | Chronicle
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- attempting to regain his political footing after a devastating special election defeat this month -- has begun a shakeup of his administration by replacing his chief of staff with a former state Democratic Party official and top adviser to former Gov. Gray Davis, Democratic and Republican sources said Tuesday. The hiring of Susan Kennedy, widely respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Sacramento as a workhorse operative for Davis, is expected to be announced officially as early as today. The move could kick off major protests from conservative Republicans. Appointed by Davis to the California Public...
  • Senate Democrats Establish Abortion Litmus Test for State Dept Refugee Job

    10/29/2005 7:53:35 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 7 replies · 228+ views ^ | Oct 28, 2005 | C-FAM
    It appears that US Senate Democrats intend to impose an abortion litmus test on a State Department job that has nothing to do with abortion. Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey came under fire by Senate Democrats who charge that she has a history of opposing abortion at the UN. Sauerbrey has been nominated by President Bush to head the $700 million State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. At Sauerbrey's confirmation hearings on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, California Sen. Barbara Boxer chastised Sauerbrey, charging her with being pro-life. "I question the wisdom of putting someone in that...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Clinton Promised Pro-Abortion Judges

    10/20/2005 5:21:42 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 75 replies · 8,444+ views ^ | 10/20/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    Snerdley looked it up. He found it. April 5th, 1992, this is during the campaign, Bill Clinton said, "And I will appoint judges to the Supreme Court who believe in the constitutional right to privacy, including the right to choose." So there Clinton did establish his litmus test. So it's okay for the libs to say, "We're going to get a pro-choice nominee. They're going to be pro-Roe vs. Wade," but somehow Republicans can't say this. Republican nominees say it. Republican presidents can't say it. "Weeeell, I have never talked to our nominee about that! You know, I don't have...
  • Roberts' presentation fails senator's abortion test

    09/22/2005 10:13:47 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 10 replies · 823+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 September 2005 | Charles Hurt
    In the end, it all came down to the issue of abortion for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who yesterday voted against federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr.'s nomination to be chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. "I'm the only woman on this committee and when I started, I said that was going to be my bar," she told colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. "And he didn't cross my bar." Mrs. Feinstein is usually among the first from her caucus to buck party loyalty and vote for a Republican nominee, but yesterday she refused even as...
  • Oh, God, Sen. Feinstein's at it again

    09/16/2005 3:00:29 AM PDT · by highlymotivated · 9 replies · 1,515+ views
    Townhall ^ | September 16, 2005 | Jonas Goldberg
    During the first day of questioning at his Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court chief justice, John Roberts was asked about his religious views by Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif.
  • The JFK Question, Sens. Specter and Feinstein impose an unconstitutional religious test

    09/15/2005 9:49:14 PM PDT · by Coleus · 37 replies · 1,021+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 09.15.05 | MANUEL MIRANDA
    The JFK QuestionSens. Specter and Feinstein impose an unconstitutional religious test.BY MANUEL MIRANDAThursday, September 15, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT They should be ashamed. We should be ashamed. We have not progressed much in 45 years it seems, and we appear to be traveling in the wrong direction. Article VI of the Constitution prohibits a religious test from being imposed on nominees to public office. The clause was motivated by the experience of Catholics in the Maryland colony and Baptists in Virginia who had been the targets of Great Britain's two Test Acts. These infamous laws of intolerance sought to prevent...
  • Roberts Should not Have to Submit to Religious Litmus Test, says Catholic League

    07/27/2005 6:58:09 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 7 replies · 292+ views
    EWTN Newslink ^ | Catholic News Agency
    NEW YORK, USA, July 26 (CNA) - Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts should not have to submit to a religious litmus test, says Catholic League president William Donohue. But Donohue adds that informal discussions Roberts has had with some senators last week are "cause for alarm." The Senate Judiciary Committee is not expected to hold hearings on the nomination for some time, "but already there are signs that he will be asked to submit to a religious litmus test," said Donohue. Donohue referred specifically to Sen. Tom Coburn's complaint last week that Roberts was reticent when asked to explain...
  • Charles Schumer Seeks New Supreme Court Standard

    07/24/2005 11:53:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 90 replies · 1,943+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/24/05 | NewsMax
    Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee point-man Charles Schumer said Sunday that he wanted to use confirmation hearings on Judge John Roberts to establish a new standard for the kinds of questions a Supreme Court nominee must answer to be confirmed. "I'm trying to set the predicate for future nominations," Schumer told WCBS TV in New York, "by asking and making sure that everyone agrees it's okay for us to ask a whole lot of questions and for him to answer them as a prerequisite for getting the nomination." The New York Democrat complained that "some on the hard right" don't want...
  • The State GOP's Circular Firing Squad (Jill Stewart On Conservative Litmus Test Alert)

    06/26/2005 11:57:37 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 545+ views
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | 06/26/05 | Jill Stewart
    Think of 1958, so distant in the past that the Los Angeles Times ran front page stories about Alaska finally being voted the 49th state and Russia launching a rocket that nearly reached the moon — "farther than any object man has sent from the Earth." Something that didn't make headlines — because the reality of it wouldn't become clear for years — was the fact that 1958 was the last time Republicans controlled the state Legislature, aside from an occasional oddball year or two. It was the year California went Democrat, and never went back. I mention 1958 because...
  • Nominations, Heritage, Article VI and Shoes - (anti-religion hypocrisy of liberal Democrats)

    04/28/2005 6:39:33 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 413+ views
    If a sentient being from a different universe were to observe and assess the cultural debate in the United States, it would likely conclude that proponents for the various sides are locked in a life and death struggle for supremacy, and the being would not be far wrong. In a recent speech, one of President' Bush's Judicial Nominations, Justice Janice Rogers Brown of the California Supreme Court asserted that the cultural divide in the United States is as marked as anytime since the Civil War. The ACLU is reported to have severely criticized her for her "intemperate" remarks. This raises...
  • Rush Limbaugh: The Left's Church of the Judiciary

    04/16/2005 9:33:44 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies · 978+ views ^ | 4/15/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    This is a New York Times story. "As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmation, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as against people of faith for blocking President Bush's nominees. Flyers for the telecast, which have been organized by the Family Research Council and scheduled to originate at a Kentucky Mega Church on the evening of April 24th call the day 'Justice Sunday,' and depict a young man holding a Bible in one hand and a gavel in the...
  • Religious Litmus Test for Judges?

    04/08/2005 7:47:16 PM PDT · by Liberty Wins · 8 replies · 576+ views
    Family Research Council ^ | April 8, 2005 | Tony Perkins
    Yesterday, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) spoke on the judicial nomination process. I have little doubt that if his speech were given by a someone on the other side, it would quickly be denounced as hate speech. Throughout his press conference in support of the Democrats' unprecedented judicial filibuster, Senator Schumer denounced groups that disagree with him as "a bunch of extreme fringe ideological groups who want to take America back to the 1930s or the 1890s." If you recall, Senator Schumer was one of the first senators to call for an "ideological litmus test" for judicial nominees. This ideological litmus...
  • Cardinal Urges Senate to Reject Pro-Abortion Test

    01/06/2005 7:19:07 PM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 497+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/6/05 | PR Newswires
    Cardinal William Keeler wrote to members of the U.S. Senate today in anticipation of their being called upon to advise on and consent to presidential nominations for the Federal bench, including the U.S. Supreme Court. In the letter, Cardinal Keeler rejected the view that "nominees who oppose the purposeful taking of innocent human life" are "unfit for judicial office in the United States." "By any measure," he said, "support for the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is an impoverished standard for assessing judicial ability." Cardinal Keeler is Chairman of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of...
  • Bill Frist Update (e-mail from Sen. Frist)

    11/12/2004 7:26:38 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 36 replies · 2,398+ views
    e-mail | 11/12/04 | Bill Frist
    Subj: Bill Frist update Date: 11/12/2004 6:05:45 PM Central Standard Time From: It’s Friday afternoon and we are preparing to proudly welcome the new senators to an orientation (under the leadership of Lamar Alexander and George Voinovich, working with Sec of the Senate Emily Reynolds) that begins on Sunday. Then we follow with a week that includes our leadership elections, a Senate bipartisan dinner at the Supreme Court, retirement dinner for our departing Republican senators (to which one prominent retiring democrat senator is invited!!), our lame duck session (which we will complete before Thanksgiving). We will be addressing the...
  • Say What?

    05/23/2004 7:17:02 AM PDT · by miltonim · 10 replies · 176+ views ^ | 5/21/2004 | Greg Pierce - Inside Politics
    "Democrats fretting over fumbles by John Kerry's campaign have something new to agonize over — his bizarre flip-flop [Wednesday] on abortion rights," the New York Post's Deborah Orin writes. "After months of saying he'd have a litmus test as president and only pick pro-choice Supreme Court justices, Kerry did an about-face and said he might name some right-to-life justices after all. " 'I will not appoint somebody with a 5-4 [Supreme] Court who's about to undo Roe v. Wade,' Kerry told the Associated Press. " 'But that doesn't mean that if that's not the balance of the court, I wouldn't...
  • Wesley Clark -- Extremist

    01/12/2004 5:50:37 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 6 replies · 125+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 01-12-04 | Farah, Joseph
    Wesley Clark – extremist Posted: January 12, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 If you see judicial activism as a major threat to your freedom, Wesley Clark has just revealed himself as perhaps one of the most dangerous men in America, as well as an extremist on the issue of abortion. In an interview with the Manchester Union Leader in New Hampshire, Clark said he supports abortion right up until the moment of birth. Few politicians have dared to be so outspoken on this subject in the past. Though many in his party take positions that, in effect, lead...
  • Catholics Need Not Apply (ARTICLE VI ALERT)

    10/22/2003 2:54:37 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 5 replies · 190+ views ^ | 10/23/03 | By Ken Concannon
    Last month, Miguel Estrada, who had been nominated by the Bush administration over two years ago to fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington DC, threw in the towel. He had had enough. His nomination had been blocked first by liberal democratic senators who controlled the Senate Judiciary Committee — and the confirmation process — throughout 2001 and 2002, and then finally by the same liberal coalition whose filibuster of his nomination throughout 2003 prevented the full Senate from voting on his nomination. Fed up, the conservative nominee withdrew his own nomination. Following the withdrawal, two...
  • The Litmus Test for American Conservatism (The paloeconservative view of Abe Lincoln.)

    09/06/2003 9:14:08 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 991 replies · 4,377+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | January 2001 | Donald W. Livingston
    Abraham Lincoln is thought of by many as not only the greatest American statesman but as a great conservative. He was neither. Understanding this is a necessary condition for any genuinely American conservatism. When Lincoln took office, the American polity was regarded as a compact between sovereign states which had created a central government as their agent, hedging it in by a doctrine of enumerated powers. Since the compact between the states was voluntary, secession was considered an option by public leaders in every section of the Union during the antebellum period. Given this tradition — deeply rooted in the...
  • NOMINEE NIGHTMARE - A WAKE UP CALL (by Mrs. Clarence Thomas)

    09/05/2003 5:50:56 AM PDT · by Elkiejg · 43 replies · 487+ views
    WSJ ^ | 9/5/03 | Virginia Thomas
    <p>We failed Miguel Estrada and allowed Senate Democrats to erect a glass ceiling.</p> <p>Not only is this a sad day for Miguel and Laurie Estrada, but we have all let something unfortunate occur in Washington. We allowed the U.S. Senate to erect a "glass ceiling" in our courts--you can do all the right things in America, but if you do not agree with Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, you need not apply as a federal judge. This is the message that Democrats hope minorities, in particular, get from their victory as they succeeded in repelling a talented man, who happens to be Hispanic, from public service. For the hard left, Miguel Estrada was not qualified to be a federal judge because he would not march to their drumbeat.</p>
  • Judicial Appointments, Litmus Tests, Article VI, and Torcaso (need your opinions here)

    09/03/2003 3:34:06 PM PDT · by jmstein7 · 18 replies · 265+ views
    Judicial Appointments, Litmus Tests, Article VI, and Torcaso (need your opinions here)   I’m sure that I’m not the first to come up with this, but I have a legal theory that I would like to run by my fellow FReepers. Your opinion is invited.   Article VI of the Constitution reads, in relevant part, “. . . no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”   In Torcaso v. Watkins, the Supreme Court stated:   “We repeat and again reaffirm that neither a State nor the...
  • Legal Scholars, Religious Leaders Decry 'Litmus Test' for Judges

    09/03/2003 2:32:34 AM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 241+ views ^ | 9/03/03 | Jeff Johnson
    Capitol Hill ( - A panel of law school deans, religious rights advocates and a former Democratic mayor of Boston convened Tuesday to condemn what they see as a "religious litmus test" being imposed on some of President Bush's judicial nominees by a minority of Senate Democrats. "Article Six of the U.S. Constitution specifically states that, ' religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust,'" recalled Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which sponsored the discussion. "A growing number of Americans are now asking this question:...
  • Senate Dems exposed the rotten heart of the Party

    08/17/2003 9:16:34 PM PDT · by luv2ndamend · 5 replies · 144+ views ^ | Monday 18 August 2003 | Addison Ross
    Watching hardcore Democrats trying to tear down Bush by whatever means possible, even at the expense of encouraging our enemies to attack US troops makes one realize how morally depraved their party has become. But no one should be surprised by their behavior. The public were given a taste of the Dems' malice when Kennedy interrogated Ashcroft. The man who while under the influence drove off a bridge into six feet of water and then left his helpless passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, to drown while he swam to safety, pompously sat in judgment on Ashcroft and presumed to publicly question...