I just listened to the whole of Sonia Sotomayor’s now-famous remarks at Duke Law School in 2005 and can reliably inform you that they are not taken out of context.
First, I must say that this video (at the link above) is my first extended acquaintance with Sotomayor of any kind. I find her to be suitably cerebral, although she protests too much that she is less engaged than her colleagues, even if more intellectually sloppy.
Second, the soundbite that Big Media took from her complete answer is quite fair. She was comparing and contrasting the roles of district and circuit courts when she committed her Kinsleyan gaffe: she blurted out the truth. But she does elaborate. And she does see her job as policy-making or “developing the law,” as she puts it. Is that a necessary evil of the higher courts? Probably, although sound law is its own arbiter. But there’s no question that she relishes the opportunity to make her justiceship a vehicle for “social progress,” either.
Third, it will take a whole hell of a lot more than remarks like these to stay her from her appointment, so back to the drawing boards, you fading patriarchical oppressors! That whitey tape’s gotta be out there somewhere!
I don’t like seeing Hillary Rodham Clinton flitting about the globe like the incorporeal being she has become —and this thing with the North Koreans is especially bad. She simply doesn’t have anything to say about it. She’s in a job that does not suit her in the least because the authority has been drained from it.
Incidentally, North Korea is a client state of China. If and when China decides to “do something” about the Kimchi Pot, it will. Until then, it is absurd to pretend that there is any solution to whatever the problem is that does not involve the full approval of our newest instructors in capitalism. America’s opinion is a distant second, if that, to Kim.
Hillary should do more stuff with cultural exchanges and forget the power-broking.
I woke up this morning with a song in my head that I believe I heard for the first and only time about a week ago. It was from My Morning Jacket’s appearance on Austin City Limits, which is thankfully still in my DVR.
Anyway, I think that “Librarian” is a stunningly beautiful song. The lyrics are rich and wistful and the steel guitar is reminiscent of Dylan’s “Lay, Lady, Lay.” In fact, this song is that song’s precocious but dutiful lovechild.
What beautiful harmonies to awaken to. Thank you, gentlemen.
Just think about all the eerie similarities between the Religion of Global Warming and certain monotheisms we know:
There’s certainly prophecy.
As well as eschatology.
And a seemingly inexhaustible measure of zealotry.
Did I mention disputes over doctrine and the constant striving for orthodoxy, generally?
Could also mention tithing and rituals and martyrdom and all the lying.
Lying? You bet. There’s a lot of nonsense that one is obligated to believe. Credo quia absurdum. But the hippies don’t see it my way. Instead, they believe themselves to be heroic saviors of the Earth because of where they come down on the “issue” of carbon dioxide.
This carbon tax that Henry Waxman and other discredited Californios are trying to implement is a giant fucking Socialist power grab. Wherever you live, tell your Congressman that you don’t want to fork over a mortgage payment’s worth of taxes every year to some United Nations-managed treasury of carbon-meritoriousness. This is a scam, dude. A post-American economy-destroying scam intended to enrich the Democratic Party and its collaborators.
The excremental Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has apparently decided to put his country ahead of party, according to this poorly-edited AP report:
President Barack Obama’s allies in the Senate will not provide funds to close the Guantanamo Bay prison until the administration comes up with a satisfactory plan for transferring the detainees held there, top Democrats said Tuesday.
And in a further break with Obama, the Senate’s top Democrat said he opposes transferring any Guantanamo prisoners to the United States for their trials or to serve their sentences. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said 50 to 100 Guantanamo detainees may be transferred to U.S. facilities.
“I can’t make it any more clear,” Reid said. “We will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States.”
I think it was Mitch McConnell who said Sunday last that no city in this country would welcome being the venue for the trials of these Mohammedan savages (my term, not his) because it would make those cities targets for al-Qaedists and other representatives of the Religion of Peace. I think that’s a great point. Giving them any sort of domestic profile also gives the filthy hippies who apologize for them a chance to do some of their performance art for the cameras. And I don’t care to see these jihadists exalted by the post-American neo-socialists, so nuts to that, fella.
I wonder what got into Reid, though. It’s not like him to consider the American point of view in the War against Islamofascism, so there must be an interesting backstory.
Or a sudden premonition of his own domestic dhimmitude.
The basic problem facing the Democratic Party elites with regard to torture is that they don’t know what to do with it now that it’s served its purpose in fundraising and in vilifying the former Administration. To go as far as they have with hyperbole and self-righteousness against Bush the Younger is to leave them deeply vulnerable. After all, these people have hitched their wagon to a narcissistic liar who makes Bill Clinton seem a model of partisan fidelity and personal loyalty. If they’re stupid enough to do that, then they’re stupid enough to persist with their moral preening and untenable hypocrisy.
I don’t care what happens to Pelosi or what these truth and reconciliation committees do about anything. I don’t care about so-called “torture” because I don’t believe that waterboarding or sleep deprivation or any humiliation inflicted on criminals defines American Civilization as these filthy rodents in the Democratic Party would like you to believe it does. To them, History exists to be abused and to serve self-abuse. Let’s talk about scalping Indians and lynching negroes. Let’s talk about pandemics and genocide, deliberately caused or not. Let’s live in a perpetual fog of self-loathing nonsense and never take stock of what this civilization has done to improve the lot of all mankind.
Incidentally, it’s important to remember that when Democrats talk about how evil and un-American waterboarding is, they’re actually defending mass murderers from the fear of death by drowning. They’d like to leave it as a more abstract accusation, but we’re talking about actual Islamofascist murderers, including Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Mohammed. Yes, we did make those men fear for their lives. And what of it? The moral perversity of Americans apologizing for these murderers at the expense of our national security and the dignity of those who have chosen to defend us is disgusting.
If you’ve got some money to invest —and who doesn’t?!— I would recommend following and supporting any company that’s got a plan to launch a space trash removal service. They don’t have that already, do they? Oh. Launch platforms and interorbital rockets and guidance systems, even? But with camera systems for ID’ing all that junk and laser systems for destroying it, there’s got to be a great many markets out there.
In other news, I love the Hubble Space Telescope and I wish everybody up there this week great success and safety.
I am proud of this Pope for his brave actions today, and I wish him long years and mazel tov.
I saw a pregnant woman smoking today. I think I actually gasped at the sight of it. WTF?! I might as well have caught a glimpse of a chimp doing calligraphy for all my disbelief.
I know it’s not illegal for an expectant mother to do such a thing, but it is still shocking to the conscience. At least mine.
As a very fat man, I realize that self-mortification comes in many forms, but this isn’t just about her. Very obviously.
More I shall not say.
Here’s a Friday night news dump for you:
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2009 – The director of the White House Military Office has submitted his resignation in the wake of an April 27 aerial photo shoot with a presidential aircraft over New York City.
Louis Caldera, who served as secretary of the Army during the Clinton administration, resigned his office effective May 22.
“I have concluded that the controversy surrounding the Presidential Airlift Group’s aerial photo shoot over New York City has made it impossible to effectively lead the White House Military Office,” Caldera wrote in his letter of resignation.
Unreported as yet is who cooked up such a thoughtless caper. My guess is that the answer lies somewhere in the world of
Faye Resnick David Axelrod. This was a decision made by the image cultivators. It was a lousy one at that.
It’s a hoot to hear how angry Obama is said to have become upon hearing of the incident. In fact, this is the only issue that’s been reported by his propagandist lapdogs in Big Media that has referenced his anger even a little.
So now we know what gets this President mad: stepping on your own dick while scuffing up his.
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