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  • It Is MOST Important To Nominate (and approve) Good Judges

    08/06/2016 11:03:31 AM PDT · by knarf · 7 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | August 6, 2016 | knarf
    Here is a pretty good treatise about Supreme Court Judges.Note the things to do BEFORE approving a judge. "The Court has elevated itself to a level that seems almost unreachable. It makes pronouncements and all of America bows down. But Paulson insists remedies exist, and he identifies six actions that can serve to check Supreme Court overreach. Full substantive ideological review at the appointment and confirmation stage of a judicial candidate’s judicial philosophy, including the posing of “litmus test” questions. Control over the Supreme Court’s appellate jurisdiction through aggressive use of the Exceptions Clause power (“jurisdiction stripping”). Manipulation of the...
  • Several GOP delegates working to block Trump's nomination: report

    06/17/2016 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 165 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    At least 30 delegates are mounting a longshot attempt to deny Donald Trump the GOP presidential nomination on the convention floor, The Washington Post reported Friday. The delegates hope to change party rules next month to take away delegates who are pledged to the presumptive nominee but who may not actually support him. The attempt comes on the heels of a tough stretch for Trump, who has seen his favorability plummet and any lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton evaporate over his attacks on a Hispanic federal judge, comments this week about banning Muslims and other controversies.
  • Marco Rubio Turns Home to Florida, Laying Down a Marker

    03/03/2016 12:48:09 PM PST · by abb · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 3, 2016 | Jeremy W. Peters
    MIAMI — Confident just two weeks ago that he could win Ohio and cement his path to the Republican nomination, Marco Rubio now plans to spend almost no time or money there at all. He is resigned to hunting for smaller prizes like Puerto Rico, where he will campaign this weekend. He talks of driving around the country asking for votes in his pickup truck if it comes to that. And his senior aides, who once spoke in a self-assured way about the race’s quickly narrowing to a two-man contest between Mr. Rubio and Donald J. Trump, now privately concede...
  • Flashback: In 2007, Schumer Called For Blocking All Bush Supreme Court Nominations

    02/14/2016 1:39:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/14/16 | Blake Neff
    During a Sunday morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer decried the intent of many Senate Republicans to prevent President Barack Obama from appointing the successor to deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But less than a decade ago, Schumer advocated doing the same exact thing if any additional Supreme Court vacancies opened under former President George W. Bush. Almost immediately after Scalia’s death was announced Saturday evening, Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates began arguing the appointment of his successor should be left to the next president. Schumer lamented this outlook as pure obstructionism. “You know, the...
  • 2016 Oscar Nominations Full LIst

    01/14/2016 9:05:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    MJSBIGBLOG ^ | 01/14/2016
    The 2016 Oscars nominations were announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills by directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee, 13 Hours actor John Krasinski and Academy President Cherly Boone Isaacs early Thursday morning.ABC will broadcast the Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 28. Best PictureThe Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoomSpotlightPerformance by an actor in a leading roleBryan Cranston, Trumbo Matt Damon, The Martian Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs Eddie Redmayne, The Danish GirlPerformance by an actress in a leading roleCate Blanchett, Carol...
  • Dems try to OK Obama picks; funding deadline nears

    12/13/2014 12:27:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST | David Espo and Donna Cassata
    Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama’s nominees, and several Republicans blamed tea partyer Ted Cruz for creating an opening for the outgoing majority party to exploit. The weekend session unfolded as measures that could prevent government operating funds from running out at midnight remained in limbo. Even so, there was little apparent concern about a shutdown that Democratic and Republican leaders said they wanted to avoid. Republicans tried to slow the nomination proceedings, but several voiced unhappiness with Cruz, R-Texas. One likened his actions to his role in...
  • Zoeller favors major changes to U.S. Senate elections

    05/05/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies ^ | April 27, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers never again would vote in a primary election for U.S. Senate candidates if the decision were up to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Zoeller is among a growing number of state's rights conservatives who favor a so-called "soft repeal" of the 17th Amendment that would empower members of the General Assembly, instead of voters, to nominate each party's U.S. Senate candidates. Voters still would have the final say on who represents Indiana in the Senate. But Zoeller, a Republican, believes giving the General Assembly's control of selecting candidates could revive the idea that U.S. senators are ambassadors...
  • Graham says he'll block (ALL) nominations over Benghazi ("Where are the #Benghazi survivors?)

    10/28/2013 12:48:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/28/13 | Pauline Jelinek - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened Monday to hold up all nominations for federal government positions until survivors of last year's deadly attack on the diplomatic post in Libya appear before Congress. "Where are the #Benghazi survivors?" the South Carolina Republican said on his official Twitter account. "I'm going to block every appointment in the US Senate until they are made available to Congress."
  • Obama to nominate Democrat, Republican to FEC

    06/22/2013 3:30:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2013 7:30 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama intends to nominate two lawyers with government experience to become commissioners on the Federal Election Commission, the agency that oversees and enforces campaign finance laws. One of the nominees would fill a Democratic vacancy on the commission and the other would replace the Republican vice chairman, the White House said. Obama’s nominee to replace Republican Donald F. McGahn is Lee Goodman, who served as a top aide to former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia. Obama’s Democratic nominee is Ann Ravel, the chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. She would fill the seat vacated earlier...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administration’s version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standard’s Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...
  • Obama's Hackneyed Hypocrisy

    05/13/2010 5:33:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies · 404+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 5-13-10 | Quin Hillyer
    Who the hell does Barack Obama, this morally preening, arrogant hypocrite, think he is? His vacuous, demagogic shtick about helping the "people" fight "the powerful" is getting so old from his lips, and already was so hackneyed even before he expropriated it, that it's a miracle that even he himself can say it anymore without getting nauseated by his own oleaginous triteness. Obama spewed the same old effluvia Monday when introducing Elena Kagan as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Let us count the inanities and dishonesties in his introductory remarks: "Behind law there are stories -- stories of people's...
  • Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring

    04/09/2010 7:41:55 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 221 replies · 5,552+ views
    AP ^ | 4/9/2010 | MARK SHERMAN
    <p>WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, he is retiring. President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill.</p> <p>Stevens said Friday he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July. He said he hopes his successor is confirmed "well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term."</p>
  • For Obama judicial nominees, confirmation is slow process

    11/15/2009 10:19:29 PM PST · by Saije · 5 replies · 442+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/16/2009 | David Savage
    Despite a solid Democratic majority in the Senate, President Obama is on pace to set a record for the fewest judges confirmed during a president's first year in the White House. So far, only six of Obama's nominees to the lower federal courts have won approval. By comparison, President George W. Bush had 28 judges confirmed in his first year in office, even though Democrats held a narrow majority for much of the year. President Clinton put 27 new judges on the bench in his first year. The slow pace of approving judges has gotten little attention while Democrats and...
  • Obama vs. Catholicism: divide and conquer tactics worry the faithful

    08/20/2009 10:39:13 AM PDT · by WildReeling · 10 replies · 455+ views ^ | 8/20/2009 | Paul Nowak
    A pattern of subversive activity towards the Roman Catholic Church by President Obama’s administration has been noticed by Catholic commentators during the past several months. On May 17th, President Obama spoke at the commencement ceremony for Notre Dame University, despite protests and condemnation by several U.S. Bishops. The opposition to Obama’s speaking at a Catholic university was due to his promises to remove restrictions on abortion, a practice considered morally wrong by the Roman Catholic Church. While it may be difficult for non-Catholics to understand the severity of refusing to accept Catholic teachings on abortion and contraception while claiming to...
  • Presidential Picks Deserve a Vote

    04/21/2009 10:18:11 AM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 2 replies · 371+ views
    WSJ ^ | Apr 20, 2009 | WALTER DELLINGER
    On the eve of George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001, I cautioned fellow Democrats against "delaying or denying confirmation of nominees to cabinet and subcabinet posts." I argued on these pages that blocking executive nominees would weaken the presidency and be counterproductive for the opposition: "If a president cannot promptly place his chosen people in key offices, he can hardly be held fully responsible for the missteps of the administration." In the past few years, many Republican senators have agreed, saying that it is unacceptable to filibuster a nominee submitted to the Senate for its "advice and consent." Some Republicans...
  • Failed Nominations Were Failed Intelligence-Gathering Operations

    02/07/2009 4:38:45 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies · 803+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What’s tougher for an American president: 1. Determining the status of highly-secret operations in an enemy state that is one of the world’s most closed societies; or 2. Checking someone’s tax returns submitted to an IRS that reports to you? The answer speaks for itself. But that answer has profound implications. Barack Obama is a president who rode to power in part on excoriating Pres. Bush for getting it wrong on WMD in Iraq. And yet . . .
  • Bum nominations hard to avoid, history shows

    11/20/2008 12:51:10 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 22 replies · 520+ views ^ | By NANCY BENAC
    WASHINGTON – No matter how careful he is, sooner or later President-elect Barack Obama is likely to make a bum nomination or two. "It's unavoidable," says Paul Light, a New York University professor and expert on presidential transitions. It may happen because a nominee has lied about his or her background to Obama's team, or because something that was dismissed as minor turns out to be a big deal. Whatever the reason, "These things are likely to pop up at any time — even though they are trying their darndest to make sure that doesn't happen," says George Mason University...
  • Just One Judge: Why the Supreme Court is the Key Issue For the 2008 Election

    10/21/2008 1:19:41 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 508+ views
    JustOneJudge ^ | October 2008 | n/a
    What's At Stake: Why Just One Judge? Because the nine justices on the Supreme Court only get there when the official YOU election appoint and confirm them. The next President will appoint the deciding vote on the Supreme Court to either overturn or continue Roe v. Wade... to restore the Constitutional guarantee of Life, or to allow the killing of innocent unborn children to continue. This election is America's last hope in this generation to reverse Roe v. Wade and send the issue back to the states, paving the way for parental notification laws before a teen has an abortion,...
  • Bush makes nominations to FEC, seeks to break deadlock

    05/06/2008 5:01:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 93+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/08 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush nominated two new Republicans and one new Democrat to the Federal Election Commission Tuesday in an attempt to break a Senate confirmation deadlock that had paralyzed the regulatory agency. Bush resisted efforts to withdraw the nomination of Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department official whom he nominated in 2007 but who had not been able to win votes in the Senate to get confirmed. The White House said the latest compromise would permit a separate vote on von Spakovsky. The stalemate over von Spakovsky had left the six-member FEC without a quorum to conduct business...
  • Freeper Question About Party Nominees

    02/04/2008 4:25:14 PM PST · by LS · 31 replies · 111+ views
    self | 2/4/08 | LS
    Since Freepers know the answers to just about everything: What happens in modern times (as I know what used to happen, pre-Civil War) if a party's clear nominee---after the convention---has to drop out due to health, whatever? New primaries are not possible: do the party leaders pick someone new, or does the veep candidate automatically ascend to the top spot?
  • Democrats Ready to Politicize the Fed

    01/19/2008 10:21:28 AM PST · by muffaletaman · 9 replies · 106+ views
    Thoughts from the Frontline More BLS BS ^ | January 18, 2008 | John Mauldin
    Democrats Ready to Politicize the Fed (condensed) ... David Kotok recently brought a very disturbing item to my attention, and feel I need to pass it on. Senator Chris Dodd, Democrat from Connecticut, ... is seriously hampering the ability of the Fed to respond to the current crisis and threatening the independence of the Fed in the process,... Basically, there are two vacant seats on the Fed. President Bush has nominated two very qualified people with distinguished records and backgrounds who have hands-on experience in real-world banking... Dodd refuses to allow these nominations, or any others, to move forward. Plus,...
  • Senators: Perry evading law with expired appointments

    08/30/2007 6:16:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 415+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 30, 2007 | Polly Ross Hughes
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry's campaign Web site touts public education as a long-standing "top priority" of his, but the school year began this week with teachers and administrators still wondering who will be the next commissioner of education. That question mark is one among many with nearly 400 expired gubernatorial appointments this year alone to state boards, commissions and universities. Senators — worried that Perry is dodging their constitutional role of confirming most gubernatorial appointments — are crying foul. By Friday, 388 of Perry's appointments will have already expired so far this year, but only one in eight have...
  • Gen. Pace's Collateral Damage

    06/12/2007 10:00:19 PM PDT · by gpapa · 15 replies · 990+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 13, 2007 | Kathleen Parker
    Gen. Peter Pace -- the first Marine Corps officer to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- is being precipitously let go. In a surprise announcement last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Pace wouldn't be renominated to a second term. In his place, Adm. Mike Mullen, current chief of naval operations, would take over when Pace's term expires Sept. 30. As the highly qualified, deeply respected Pace is being ushered out the door, it is reasonable to wonder why.
  • America Supports You: 2007 Newman’s Own Awards Open for Nominations

    02/05/2007 3:50:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 146+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2007 – Newman’s Own, the Fisher House Foundation, and the Military Times Media Group are inviting volunteer organizations that serve military families to compete for a share of $75,000 in grants. The Fisher House Foundation is a member of America Supports You, a Defense Department program that highlights and facilitates support among Americans and the corporate sector for the nation’s servicemembers. The volunteer organizations are asked to present an innovative plan to support military families. The plan garnering the most votes from the judges will earn $15,000 to put that plan into action. The judges will...
  • Saad withdraws name for seat on 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

    03/23/2006 3:18:06 PM PST · by Cboldt · 19 replies · 697+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2006 | KEN THOMAS
    WASHINGTON (AP) Michigan Appeals Court Judge Henry Saad has withdrawn his nomination to the federal appeals court, ending a long quest to be seated on the bench amid a partisan fight over judicial appointments. Saad, of Bloomfield Hills, was nominated to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals four times, most recently in 2005, but a Senate agreement reached last May made no commitment to ending the filibuster blocking his nomination. He had been opposed by Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. Saad, 57, informed the White House on Wednesday that he was withdrawing his nomination, said Michigan Republican...
  • Rights push on judges is resumed

    02/15/2006 7:26:23 AM PST · by Cboldt · 8 replies · 752+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2006 | Alexander Bolton
    Conservatives on and off Capitol Hill are urging Senate Republican leaders to renew the push to nominate and confirm right-wing jurists to the federal bench just two weeks after Samuel Alito's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Three conservative members of the Judiciary Committee, Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and conservative activists are growing impatient with the pace of judicial nominations. Sessions and Republican activists say that there is a backlog of vacancies and that the Bush administration needs to act more quickly in sending conservative nominees to the Senate for consideration. In addition, they...
  • John Rutledge: A Case Study in Senate rejection of a SCOTUS nominee

    10/12/2005 8:03:39 AM PDT · by Huck · 29 replies · 675+ views
    University of Maryland ^ | August 1994 | John Anthony Maltese
    Look at George Washington's nomination of John Rutledge to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1795. If one were to play the qualification (rather than the DISqualification) game, Rutledge should have been easily confirmed. He had chaired the South Carolina delegation to the First Continental Congress in 1774, served as governor of South Carolina in 1779 (after serving as president of the South Carolina Republic from 1776 to 1778), was chosen by the state legislature to serve as the chief judge of the South Carolina Court of Chancery in 1784, and attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787 where...
  • Fear and Loathing in Washington, DC (Over Harriet Miers)

    10/10/2005 5:55:27 AM PDT · by JamesP81 · 22 replies · 415+ views
    Southern Pundit ^ | 9-10-2005 | James P
    I am a bit confused. Bush was re-elected by his conservative base on the understanding that he would appoint strict constructionist judges with traditional values. Bush chose Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O’Connor. Miers is pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, and is definitely not a judicial activist. Exactly the kind of person Bush’s base wanted. And all I have heard over the last week is wailing, crying, moaning, sulking, and general hell-raising from conservatives...... -- excerpt --
  • Applying the Principles of War to Harriet Miers SCOTUS Nomination

    10/06/2005 12:42:21 PM PDT · by Mr.Atos · 6 replies · 421+ views
    My Sandmen ^ | 10.05.05 | Major Mike
    MOOSEMUSS. Yes, MOOSEMUSS. That is what came to mind when the discussion amongst the right about the Harriet Miers nomination went into full tilt yesterday…MOOSEMUSS. Hat tip to Mr. Atos for planting the seed with his Bangalore Torpedo piece, and after all the rancor yesterday, I thought, MOOSEMUSS. I don’t buy the theory that in an instant, that the President, who incidentally, got the GWOT right, and the John Roberts nomination right, who has Dick Cheney as his VP and Condi Rice as his SOS…blew a gasket and has gotten this completely wrong. I thought…maybe …MOOSEMUSS. I think that the...
  • Filibuster Bluster

    10/01/2005 3:54:19 AM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 45 replies · 1,665+ views
    Opinion WSJ ^ | Saturday, October 1, 2005 | BY JAMES TARANTO
    Twenty-four hours before Chief Justice John Roberts's confirmation, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York took to the Senate floor and issued a threat: If the president, when replacing Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, "sends us a nominee who is committed to an agenda of turning back the clock, . . . there will likely be a fight." Like John Kerry's "Bring it on," this may turn out to be all bluster and no bite. After all, Republicans hold a majority in the Senate. Not since LBJ's abortive elevation of Justice Abe Fortas to chief 37 years ago has a Supreme Court nominee faced...
  • One-Sided 'Balance'

    09/28/2005 8:07:42 AM PDT · by joyspring777 · 6 replies · 573+ views
    Wall Street Journal Opinion ^ | 9-28-05 | Manual Miranda
    As soon as Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement in June, Democrats called on the president to name a moderate "consensus" replacement that would preserve the balance of the court. Now they are at it again. By her voting record, Justice O'Connor was toe to toe with the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist 80% of the time, but where she parted with him, on key social issues such as Roe v Wade, is exactly where politically-minded Americans draw the battle lines. So naturally she has become the judicious voice of moderation for liberals. The president probably should have left...
  • Bush Immigration Pick Criticized

    09/22/2005 2:19:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies · 1,343+ views
    Newsmax | September 22, 2005 | Newsmax
    Julie Myers is 36 years old, a lawyer and a political appointee to the Bush administration with limited executive experience. Yet, she is slated to become head of one of the nation's most critical security-related agencies, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Myers appointment, in the wake of FEMA's disastrous handling of the Katrina Hurricane and the resignation of its chief, Michael Brown, has people from both sides of the political aisle raising hackles. "The Bush administration has barely rebounded from the resignation of horse show organizer Michael ‘Heck...
  • 'Catholics need not apply’ must not become motto for government candidates, says Hyde

    08/02/2005 9:39:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 69 replies · 631+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 08-01-05 | Catholic News
    'Catholics need not apply’ must not become motto for government candidates, says HydeWashington DC, Aug. 01, 2005 (CNA) - In a letter sent to Senator Richard Durbin regarding what many see as a “religious litmus test” for Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts, Congressman Henry Hyde warned that ‘practicing Catholics need not apply’ must not become the motto of ‘religious bigots’ operating in the public square. As Judge Roberts faces what many see as an unjust line of scrutiny centered around his being Catholic, largely led by Senator Durbin, (himself a Catholic), Hyde said that “No one of our...
  • The Federalist Society

    07/29/2005 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Paige · 12 replies · 562+ views ^ | July 28, 2005 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- With the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to the Supreme Court by President George W. Bush, Democrats and liberals -- usually one and the same -- are again fastening their attention on a national organization composed mainly of libertarian conservative lawyers and judges called the Federalist Society. The Society is not open solely to adepts of the law. Others too can join. I myself have been a member in good standing for some years and can report that the Society exerts no secret demands on its members. I have not had to learn any secret handshake...
  • Anita Hill and White Males - (tried to sink Clarence Thomas, now back fighting John G. Roberts)

    07/28/2005 6:31:22 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 15 replies · 1,175+ views
    RIGHT SIDE.COM ^ | JULY 26, 2005 | Chris McDaniel
    Refusing to relinquish her extended fifteen minutes of fame, Anita Hill is back in the news. After doing all she could to prevent a black man, Clarence Thomas, from becoming a Supreme Court Justice, Hill is now attacking President Bush's nomination of John Roberts, saying she fears his selection could lead to "an all-white-male Supreme Court." God forbid. Sadly, hardly anyone noticed her racist and sexist comments. The liberal press simply yawned, since white males remain the primary targets of abuse by journalists, academics and feminists. They have been victims of affirmative action, quotas and reverse discrimination. Hill knows this,...
  • (Virtual) Cracker Barrel Wisdom

    07/24/2005 6:21:45 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 2 replies · 418+ views
    The Morning Paper | 07/24/05 | vanity
    (Virtual) Cracker Barrel Wisdom A reluctant glance in the mirror tells me my “pecs” have turned into drecks; my “abs” into flabs. “Hair today – gone tomorrow” is no longer a joke. I am - unequivocally and indisputably – an Old Geezer ; and, as such, am entitled to impart Cracker Barrel Wisdom. I see some of you young whelps are looking a mite puzzled , so I’ll explain. Back in the olden days,they used to have something called “General Stores”,and old-timers would sit around a pot-bellied stove, and dip into a big barrel of crackers while they swapped information,advice,...
  • Won't They Ever Learn? Black Activists Chide Knee-Jerk Liberal Reactions to Roberts Nomination

    07/21/2005 4:21:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 480+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Initial liberal reactions to the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. bear a striking -- and amusing --resemblance to the left's reaction to the nomination of then-Judge David Souter in 1990, say members of the black conservative network Project 21 "This kind of reaction just goes to show that the liberals harbor a lot of preconceived notions about anyone nominated by a conservative president," said Project 21 member Donald Scoggins. "They'd probably have the same complaints about Ted Kennedy if President Bush nominated him to the High Court." In the July 25 Weekly...
  • A Good Woman Isn't Hard to Find - ( Janice Rogers Brown, to name just one!)

    07/16/2005 9:09:48 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 604+ views
    LAURA BUSH APPEARED ON NBC'S Today show last Tuesday, speaking from a classroom in Cape Town, South Africa. She answered a couple of questions about the Supreme Court vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, volunteering that she "would really like for [her husband] to name another woman." Asked later that day about his wife's comment, President Bush replied that he had "talked to her yesterday. And listen, I get her advice all the time. I didn't realize she put this advice in the press. She did? Well, good. We're definitely considering people from all walks of...
  • A Guide to Liberal Supreme Court-Speak - (yes-s-s! Bush is a great Texas poker player! He'll win!)

    07/12/2005 9:48:27 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 741+ views
    Certain seasons or events have historically spawned their own lexicons which are unique to those events and used almost exclusively to describe them. Late in the college football season, some games have what are unfailingly called, “serious bowl implications.” Likewise vice-presidential candidates must possess ''gravitas'' and Super Bowls oddly acquire roman numerals. So. too. does the Supreme Court nomination process require its own terminology, especially when the president is a Republican. Over the next several weeks there are a number of ordinary words and phrases that will be used ad nauseam in reference to whomever President Bush submits to the...
  • Email from re: SCOTUS nominations

    07/12/2005 4:34:51 PM PDT · by leezard · 47 replies · 1,009+ views | 7/12/05 | leezard
    An email I received today from Dear (leezard), With the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the President faces a choice - further divide the country by succumbing to the pressure of his allies on the right, or unite the country by working with both parties in the Senate to appoint a consensus nominee, as Justice O'Connor was when President Reagan nominated her. We know the American people want this county to move forward, not backward, in terms of protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms that make our country great. Because the Supreme Court is often the last line...
  • The Democrats Fight Against Democracy and the Constitution - (Bush must ignore them!)

    07/12/2005 1:21:11 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 528+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | JULY 12, 2005 | GEORGE C. LANDRITH, President Frontiers of Freedom
    With Sandra Day O’Connor’s recent resignation from the U.S. Supreme Court and the expected resignation of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, there is no shortage of talk about who should replace them. Senate liberals demand that the President “unite America” by nominating a moderate, consensus candidate. They further demand that the President consult with them and allow them to pre-approve the nominee. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) argues that these nominations are “an opportunity for President Bush to bring the country together.” By this, Schumer means that the President should appoint the sort of judge that John Kerry would have appointed had...
  • Senators: We're Ready for Two High Court Nominees

    07/10/2005 9:24:55 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 456+ views ^ | 11 July 2005
    WASHINGTON — The Senate can handle more than one Supreme Court nomination at a time if Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist decided to join Sandra Day O'Connor in retirement, a leading senator said Sunday. O'Connor has announced her retirement and speculation swirls about the future of the 80-year-old Rehnquist, who has thyroid cancer, and Justice John Paul Stevens, who is 85 and healthy. The Senate has had dual confirmation hearings before and "frankly, it can be done," said GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on President Bush's picks....
  • Worth Fighting For - (no more "Borking" of presidential SCOTUS nominees; denounce Ted Kennedy et al)

    07/08/2005 7:08:38 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 505+ views
    A historic meltdown occurred in the summer of 1987. Washington, D.C. became a kiln of sweltering heat, smothering both man and beast. The blinding sun seared skin, the inside of noses singed with every breath, and anything within 50 feet of the sizzling sidewalks seemed to bake. But the truly toxic heat bellowed from the chambers of the U.S. Senate as Ted Kennedy took the floor. That summer found me “popping pregnant” -- 7 months and counting -- so I remember the heat well. I also was expectant with hope when President Reagan nominated Judge Robert Bork to fill a...
  • America's Future Depends on Supreme Court Nominee(s)- (Pres can shape Court for decades to come!)

    07/05/2005 6:34:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 468+ views
    The Supreme Court decision in the Kelo v. City of New London case and the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor provide both the reason and opportunity for the president to nominate and Senate Republicans (and fair-minded Democrats, if there are any of them anymore) to confirm a true constitutional constructionist to the Supreme Court. The Kelo case, which has been the subject of numerous editorials in the past week, is possibly one of the most egregious rulings to be handed down by the Supreme Court since the 1857 Dred Scott decision. The court’s decision in that case excised a...
  • So What's the 'Right' Pick? (and which type of judicial conservative the President choose?)

    07/03/2005 7:07:25 AM PDT · by M. Dodge Thomas · 37 replies · 904+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 3, 2005 | By Jeffery Rosen
    (The president) is widely expected to appoint a judicial conservative, but the crucial question for the country is what kind of judicial conservative. Judicial conservatism, after all, is not a monolithic movement: It is a catchphrase for very different approaches to constitutional interpretation that often lead to dramatically different results in cases ranging from affirmative action to abortion and states' rights. Several of the leading candidates said to be on Mr. Bush's short list - like Judge J. Michael Luttig of Virginia and Judge John Roberts of Washington - defy easy categorization. But it's clear that justices from each philosophical...
  • Reversing the Bork Defeat - (Bill Kristol has this one nailed cold!)

    07/02/2005 8:04:07 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 59 replies · 2,162+ views
    ON OCTOBER 23, 1987--a day that lives in conservative infamy--Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by a Democratic Senate. Now, 18 years later, George W. Bush has the chance to reverse this defeat, and to begin to fulfill what has always been one of the core themes of modern American conservatism: the relinking of constitutional law and constitutional jurisprudence to the Constitution. The restoration of constitutional government has been the one area in which modern conservatism has had the least success. From Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, conservative economic policies have been (more or less) pursued,...
  • What the Founders Really Meant by "Advice & Consent"

    07/02/2005 11:48:50 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 1,002+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | 7-2-05 | vanity
    In light of the current Supreme Court vacancy to be filled and those upcoming, and since the words "advice/advise and consent" are being bandied about with veiled and blatant threats by the Democrats, the Founder's actual deliberations and decisions on this subject need to be recalled and re-stated. The Senate is Supposed to Advise and Consent, Not Obstruct and Delay I. The Framers of the Constitution Assigned to the President the Pre-Eminent Role in Appointing Judges. A. The President Alone Has The Power to Nominate Article II of the Constitution provides that the President "shall nominate, and by and with...
  • Supreme Court Short LIst

    07/01/2005 8:40:50 AM PDT · by JBW · 93 replies · 7,464+ views
    Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy ^ | July 1, 2005 | Jonathan B. Wilson
    Justice O'Connor is retiring. Speculation on her replacement began long ago.

    05/24/2005 2:28:31 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 8 replies · 381+ views
    HOUR 9 ^ | 5/24/05 | Watlaw
    Senator Frist; "We have the constitutional option still on the table and I will take them to them floor. I will get this tradition restored. I will not compromise that principle period. I think the judicial principle is advice and consent...
  • The filibusters were unfair, Dems admit - Owen, Brown, and Pryor should never have been filibustered

    05/24/2005 8:50:00 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 22 replies · 1,260+ views
    NRO ^ | 5/24/05 | Senator John Cornyn
    Conservatives have good reason to be unhappy with the agreement announced last night concerning the Senate’s judicial-confirmation process. The agreement does not guarantee up-or-down votes on all of President Bush’s judicial nominees, nor does it restore the Senate’s unswerving 214-year tradition of majority vote for all judicial nominees. In addition, the agreement attempts to rewrite Article II of the Constitution, by giving the Senate an advise-and-consent role in the nomination, as well as the appointment, of judges (see here and here for more). Our objectives are still within reach, however. As one of the signatories to the agreement made clear...