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Friday, November 4, 2005

A couple of follow-ups

It's been a most hectic week. But now that some of the hubbub has subsided, it's time to catch up on the latest developments on a couple of topics discussed here in recent months.

First, my old law school chum Chris Cox, now the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was being talked about in connection with the Supreme Court vacancy. He would have been a good pick. Maybe next time -- and yes, my friends, I'm afraid there will be one more next time for W.

But you know what bugs me most about Alito? He's a guy. So now we're back to playing "Where's Waldo?" on the gender front. The only woman in the country that Bush could think of who was qualified for the nation's highest court was Harriet Miers? That's so pitiful.

On a different front, my old buddies at Marqui -- who paid me and some other bloggers good money on a regular basis to mention them on our blogs last winter -- have come out with a blogging software product. It's supposed to be for corporate blogs, and they're charging a hefty fee for it, but I sure do wish they needed an individual blogger to try it out and write about it.

Oh, how I miss those checks. Every time I go by the bank branch in the Fred Meyer store, I feel the pangs of nostalgia.

(Thanks to Snethen for sending me the news about Cox.)

Comments (17)

I don't know where your pitiful link was really pointing, but the lead story I got was:

THE PRESIDENT: Your Royal Highness, it is a great honor for Laura and me to host you and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall at the White House.

I mean...didn't we fight a revolution against these pompous and parasitical pretenders to thrones and titles? And isn't "Her Royal Highness" the one His Royal Highness aspired to be her royal tampon?

What's it going to take to get these people off the world's stage and left alone to tend their gardens?

Be nice, Frank. Sir Paul's in town. And my link of the word "pitiful" to the White House is an attempt to get another Google bomb started against W. Other bloggers, hep me out on this one...

Bro, FYI

Sam Alito is an Essex County guy, with impecable credentials. A former colleague of mine and Judge Alito coached their sons in Little League, and the Judge's efforts were remarkable in the eyes of all of the boys' parents. Another colleague of mine also volunteered to run a Moot Court program at Caldwell High School with the Judge in 2001 through 2003. The Judge's volunteer efforts at giving young people a sense of our legal system, without fanfare or publicity, should be a lesson to us all.

A former US Attorney for New Jersey, a valued contributor as a volunteer in our community, and a noted intellect and jurist, that's the nominee.

There is nothing wrong or unpatriotic in disagreeing with his views on the Constituion. Character assasination, demeaning name calling and Anti-Italian or Anti- Catholic bashing, however, is both low rent and transparent, when it comes from his detractors. A valid debate on the issues and a vote by our elected officials is what our democracy demands.Game playing delays or political tricks do nothing but cheapen the system. We elect our leaders, and we abide by the results. Like it or not, more people in our country voted for the Republicans, and they deserve a debate followed by a vote on the nominee.
Leave the name calling to the third graders where it belongs. And while you are at it, pull Chuck Schumer off the ceiling and have him get Teddy another drink.

I was aware of the Alito Newark connection. Glad to hear he's a good man.

Now if you'll turn down that junkie Rush Limbaugh for a minute and read what I actually wrote, you'll see that all I said it was that it's a shame that the genius you voted for for President couldn't find a decent woman nominee.

Character assasination, demeaning name calling and Anti-Italian or Anti- Catholic bashing, however, is both low rent and transparent, when it comes from his detractors.

Pull out the Kool-Aid IV for a moment. You've been mislead by Rush and Sean and Drudge again--Drudge invented, out of whole cloth, the thing about the Anti-Italian bashing, and some of the less reputable (read: not smart, hence FOX) organizations ran with it.

Hey Dave
I personally watched some left wing, man-clothes wearing lady from Planned Parenthood call the Judge "Soft on Organized Crime" ten minutes after the nomination, citing his Italian heritage.
Seems like Anti-Italian sentiment to me. I'm surprised she didn't note New Jersey as the home of the Sopranos.
FYI, I don't watch Rush, Sean or Drudge. Put them in a barrel with Dan Rather and throw them over the falls.

Just because one nutcase says something like that doesn't mean everybody who opposes the guy is a bigot.

From my perch, once we elected Bush, we deserve whatever we get. I just wish the nominee were a woman. Yes, even one who wears pants.

I personally watched some left wing, man-clothes wearing lady from Planned Parenthood call the Judge "Soft on Organized Crime" ten minutes after the nomination, citing his Italian heritage.

Link, please.

Or, if I could put it more plainly: I think you're lying.


I saw the article in the Tribune and pulled up your site for the first time today. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the decision by the 9th circuit this week. Judge Stephen Reinhardt said in that opinion that ... "there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children . . ." I am actually encouraged that the pendulum is swinging back to a someone like Judge Alito. The 9th cicuit decision appeared to be limited to those students who are enrolled in public school, but if the higher court confirms this decision, how long until the state extends that authority to home schoolers and private institutions? What do you think?

Before Jack bans me for being rude in my "I think you're lying" comment (which was rude, so apologies to brother gary), let me explain. I find it almost impossible to believe that someone from a nationally known organization like Planned Parenthood would make a reference to Alito being "soft on organized crime" while simultaneously referencing his Italian heritage.

This is the problem: Drudge started the meme that calling Alito "Scalito" was an Italian slur. In fact, Alito has been called that for years, because his name is similar to Scalia, and because he is also ultra-conservative. But calling him "Scalito" is hardly "anti-Italian."

Like I said, I'd love to see some link to this representative from Planned Parenthood pointing out his Italian heritage while calling him soft on organized crime.

I don't think it exists.

Links? Just for the record. If we are talking about anit-italian rehoric I think we can start with the DNC

Alito wrote a very interesting note on the released-time cases during law school. sorry, no link but its online at the yale law journal site. I could see him adding a lot to the court's jurisprudence. Since it appears that he has the integrity to follow the law where it leads, I have high hopes that he will be less results-driven than the justices he is replacing.

As for the sex-survey case, the irony of the conservative criticism would be funny if it didn't reflect so poorly on popular understanding of the Constitution. Another great example of right-wing hypocracy ... judicial activism (bad unless court refuses to invent new right to satisfy right wingers). See also the right's abandonment of principles of Federalism. It also bears noting that Alito's opinions strongly suggest he is not a strict constructionist. So, another campaign promise appears to have been broken.

Brother Gary -- I respectfully add my voice to the request for the link in question (though my purpose for wanting to see it is higher and more important than Dave J's) -- for without seeing her how can all us left-leaning ladies know whether we should be wearing our pants with a boot-cut, or pencil-leg style this year? And, shoes, you said nothing about her shoes. Were they boots? Ankle-high or higher? Lace-ups? What height on the heel?

Was she wearing a jacket? Was it a softer blouse style or did it feature stern lapels? Did she wear a little flag pin? And, the blouse? What of the blouse?

Style is everything.

I await your response.
Yours, just another femi-nazi fashionista

Did I mention that she had a Franky Valli haircut???

It's Frankie Valli.

In (attempting to) use such an out-of-date reference you date yourself as no fashion-fadster ever should. A more contemporary example of such a haircut would be, oh, how about a "Tucker Carlson" due?

Nice blog, Have a good day.

Nice blog, Have a good day.


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