UPDATE 2:35pm CT: Senator John Kyl got into the very issue I expound on below, and things became heated quickly. He called her on her disingenuous characterizations of her speeches, Patrick Leahy got his panties in a wad, and gavelled an unexpected break in the hearing.
As I expected, today’s continuing Senate confirmation hearings on Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court saw Democrats pitching softball questions to the judge about some of her controversial statements and rulings. Their strategy is to get the dirty laundry aired out in a way where Sotomayor has the opportunity to “clarify” herself before Republicans (hopefully) hammer her on the issues.
Senator Patrick Leahy began the kid-glove treatment this morning by revising her “wise latina” statements from what Sotomayor actually said numerous times. He softened them up, and tried to slide through his version: that a “wise latina would make a judgment that was as good as a white male’s.” Sonia promptly swung for the fences with this, quite disingenuous reply:
I want to state up front, unequivocally and without doubt, I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge regardless of their background or life experiences.
What — the words that I use, I used agreeing with the sentiment that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was attempting to convey. I understood that sentiment to be what I just spoke about, which is that both men and women were equally capable of being wise and fair judges.
That has to be what she meant, because judges disagree about legal outcomes all of the time — or I shouldn’t say all of the time, at least in close cases they do. Justices on the Supreme Court come to different conclusions. It can’t mean that one of them is unwise, despite the fact that some people think that.
So her literal words couldn’t have meant what they said. She had to have meant that she was talking about the equal value of the capacity to be fair and impartial.
O’Connor’s famous statement was that “a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases.” Of COURSE, O’Connor meant that men and women shouldn’t reach different conclusions because of their genders. But Sotomayor created a diversion by focusing on O’Connor’s statement and it’s meaning, and her subsequent answer to the committee was a falsehood. In the controversial “wise latina” statement(s) Sonia made, she was disagreeing with O’Connor. A snip from her 2001 speech:
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am not so sure Justice O’Connor is the author of that line since Professor Resnik attributes that line to Supreme Court Justice Coyle. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.
Let’s hope this blatant dishonesty doesn’t escape the Judicial Committee. I was screaming at the television yesterday when Lindsay Graham told Sotomayor that “barring a meltdown, you’re going to get confirmed.” Senators: don’t roll over so easily.
The hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor have begun in the Senate judiciary committee, and the liberal/conservative divide has begun. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in her opening remarks, allowed that a woman on the court may have a different methodology/perspective and that this was OKAY. GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions countered that if he as a white male came before the court, he would expect the same treatment as any other American citizen…and that he was concerned that this would not be the case if Sotomayor was on the bench.
Some pundits wondered how long it would take before Sotomayor’s controversial comments on being a “wise Latina who would make a better decision than a white male” would arise. It took about 5 minutes.
One of the witnesses during the hearings will be Frank Ricci, lead plaintiff in the suit against the Connecticut fire department who discriminated against firefighters in a test for promotions. Sotomayor ruled against the firefighters who passed the test, and for the African Americans who failed. This decision was overruled about a month ago by the Supreme Court. Already, a movement to smear Frank has begun, and the gloves are off.
The hearings are airing on most cable news networks, or you can watch the Sotomayor hearings live here.
Obama’s New “Science Czar” Advocates Forced Abortions, Sterilizations, Elimination of “Undesirables”4 Comments »
John Holdren. Remember his name, but I hope by Monday it will be famous. Holdren is Obama’s latest czar (we’ve lost count what the “czar” total is, but it’s well into the 30’s.) Holdren has been chosen to be our dear leader of Science and Technology. A better title for Holdren would be “Totalitarian Eugenicist.”
See, John has expressed some unusually radical ideas about stemming population growth. Ideas he published in a book, which he LISTED on his Curriculum Vitae. Ideas like forced abortions and mass sterilization. “Solutions” to population growth that give total power of life and death to the government. It’s doubtful that Obama discussed Holdren during his kumbayah with the Pope this weekend.
Holdren is now the “Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology,” and is informally known as the United States’ Science Czar. In his book Ecoscience, he wrote that:
• Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not;
• The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs intentionally put into the nation’s drinking water or in food;
• Single mothers and teen mothers should have their babies seized from them against their will and given away to other couples to raise;
• People who “contribute to social deterioration” (i.e. undesirables) “can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility” — in other words, be compelled to have abortions or be sterilized.
• A transnational “Planetary Regime” should assume control of the global economy and also dictate the most intimate details of Americans’ lives — using an armed international police force.
And so very much more. Untouched scans of the book can be found at lefty-bashing Zombie Time, along with photos of the full pages from which all of the above nightmarish “solutions” were taken… to eliminate any doubts that they are absolutely real, and to snuff out any claims that the quotes were taken “out of context.”
Ready? Brace yourself. And prepare to be shocked.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for a global currency to replace the dollar by pulling from his pocket a sample coin of a “united future world currency.” The coin bears the words “unity in diversity,” was minted in Belgium and presented to the heads of G-8 delegations.
The Russian leader has repeatedly called for creating a mix of regional reserve currencies as part of a solution for the global financial crisis- and has questioned our dollar’s future as a global reserve currency.
At the G-20 meeting in April, Russia’s proposals included the creation of a global currency. At the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) meeting last month the U.S.’s request for an invitation was denied, while trade agreements excluding use of the dollar were forged between the attending countries.
Medvedev’s coin, which bears the words “unity in diversity,” was minted in Belgium and presented to the heads of G-8 delegations. He declared:
The question of a supranational currency concerns everyone now, even the mints. The test coin means they’re getting ready. I think it’s a good sign that we understand how interdependent we are.
This is coming, dear readers, and will be another irreversible legacy of the Obama administration. Our sovereignty is being slaughtered on the alters of global parliaments.
Call In Conservative on July 30!
That’s right, don’t go to work. Since the mainstream media won’t, we need to show our out-of-control government the numbers we have, and that we can act with unity. This isn’t a partisan event, it’s an American one. Join us, and check out Tea Party Nation.com for more info, and to connect with your fellow patriots!
Congressman Ron Paul’s bill to TRULY audit the Federal Reserve (HR 1207) has wide support in the House of Representatives, but it’s companion bill (S 6055) is facing trouble in the Senate.
The secretive central bank operates with impunity, and is not, as many Americans believe, an agency of the United States Government. It is an immensely powerful private bank which has virtually complete control over our money supply. For decades, the Fed (and the Treasury Department) have been led by Goldman Sachs alumni. It has the power to inflate or deflate our economy via interest rate increases and decreases. It is printing a fiat currency, backed by NOTHING. With this fiat currency, it is buying our own Treasuries…our debt.
Despite this hyperinflationary insanity and the Fed’s zero-accountability, Obama wants to give it even more power by ceding it vast control over our publicly traded companies.
This is not a partisan issue…it is an anti-capitalist, economic control issue. The auto bailouts are about control over the auto industry. The TARPs are about control over the banking and financial services industries. Universal Health Care is about control over the health care industry. Cap and Trade isn’t about energy or pollution, it’s about consolidating control over our energy industry in the Executive branch, and ultimately in global parliaments.
Barack Obama is about control. He and Nancy Pelosi are fighting a full audit of the Fed (one where it has to actually open it’s books) tooth and nail. Senator Jim Demint elaborates:
Tick, tock, America. Time is running out.
Right Soup readers are some of the most active citizens around, and are very faithful when it comes to “You Know The Drill”… our call-to-arms for citizens to take action with their Reps in Washington. Here’s another great way to voice your opinion- many House Reps and Senators now have their own Youtube channels. Most of the channels have the Congressman’s website as well! Now you can easily:
1-Send the Congressman an email.
2-Post your views on their personal page.
3-Or, my favorite… post them right in their Youtube commentary.
(This is the most damaging tactic. They don’t like being exposed in public, folks. Trust.)
This morning I’ve compiled a list of Senators on Youtube, as debate on Cap and Trade has begun (click here to watch on CSPAN-2), with universal health-care nipping at it’s heels. Just click your Senator’s link below to go to his or her channel.
I know many of you use the “email this post” option at the top of a story to spread the word, and use the Facebook and other social networking buttons to easily share important news (you need to click on the individual story title to use these options.) This post is a great resource to send to everyone. We’ll be putting links in the right-hand margin of the site to it and to a similar one for House Reps who have Youtube channels. Give ’em hell.
Alabama Shelby, Richard
Alabama Sessions, Jeff
Alaska Murkowski, Lisa NOT FOUND
Alaska Begich, Mark
Arizona McCain, John
Arizona Kyl, Jon
Arkansas Lincoln, Blanche
Arkansas Pryor, Mark
California Feinstein, Dianne
California Boxer, Barbara
Colorado Udall, Mark
Colorado Bennet, Michael
Connecticut Dodd, Chris
Connecticut Lieberman, Joe NOT FOUND
Delaware Carper, Tom NOT FOUND
Delaware Kaufman, Ted
Florida Nelson, Bill
Florida Martinez, Mel
Georgia Chambliss, Saxby
Georgia Isakson, Johnny
Hawaii Inouye, Daniel NOT FOUND
Hawaii Akaka, Daniel
Idaho Crapo, Mike
Idaho Risch, Jim NOT FOUND
Illinois Durbin, Dick
Illinois Burris, Roland NOT FOUND
Indiana Lugar, Richard
Indiana Bayh, Evan
Iowa Grassley, Chuck
Iowa Harkin, Tom
Kansas Brownback, Sam
Kansas Roberts, Pat NOT FOUND
Kentucky McConnell, Mitch
Kentucky Bunning, Jim
Louisiana Landrieu, Mary
Louisiana Vitter, David NOT FOUND
Maine Snowe, Olympia NOT FOUND
Maine Collins, Susan
Maryland Mikulski, Barbara NOT FOUND
Maryland Cardin, Ben
Massachusetts Kennedy, Ted NOT FOUND
Massachusetts Kerry, John NOT FOUND
Michigan Levin, Carl
Michigan Stabenow, Debbie
Minnesota Klobuchar, Amy NOT FOUND
Minnesota Fraken, Al NOT FOUND
Mississippi Cochran, Thad NOT FOUND
Mississippi Wicker, Roger
Missouri Bond, Kit
Missouri McCaskill, Claire
Montana Baucus, Max NOT FOUND
Montana Tester, Jon
Nebraska Nelson, Ben
Nebraska Johanns, Mike
Nevada Reid, Harry
Nevada Ensign, John
New Hampshire Gregg, Judd NOT FOUND
New Hampshire Shaheen, Jeanne NOT FOUND
New Jersey Lautenberg, Frank
New Jersey Menendez, Bob
New Mexico Bingaman, Jeff
New Mexico Udall, Tom
New York Schumer, Chuck NOT FOUND
New York Gillibrand, Kirsten
North Carolina Burr, Richard
North Carolina Hagan, Kay
North Dakota Conrad, Kent
North Dakota Dorgan, Byron
Ohio Voinovich, George NOT FOUND
Ohio Brown, Sherrod
Oklahoma Inhofe, Jim NOT FOUND
Oklahoma Coburn, Tom
Oregon Wyden, Ron
Oregon Merkley, Jeff
Pennsylvania Specter, Arlen
Pennsylvania Casey, Bob, Jr.
Rhode Island Reed, Jack NOT FOUND
Rhode Island Whitehouse, Sheldon NOT FOUND
South Carolina Graham, Lindsey
South Carolina DeMint, Jim
South Dakota Johnson, Tim NOT FOUND
South Dakota Thune, John
Tennessee Alexander, Lamar
Tennessee Corker, Bob
Texas Hutchison, Kay Bailey
Texas Cornyn, John
Utah Hatch, Orrin
Utah Bennett, Robert NOT FOUND
Vermont Leahy, Patrick
Vermont Sanders, Bernie
Virginia Webb, Jim
Virginia Warner, Mark
Washington Murray, Patty
Washington Cantwell, Maria NOT FOUND
West Virginia Byrd, Robert NOT FOUND
West Virginia Rockefeller, Jay NOT FOUND
Wisconsin Kohl, Herb
Wisconsin Feingold, Russ
Wyoming Enzi, Mike
Wyoming Barrasso, John NOT FOUND
UPDATE: 2pm ET: Hearings have just resumed in the Senate Energy Committee. This morning, suggestions were tossed about that included using wood pellets, 14 solar energy plants that would employ a whopping 50,000 people, and the deforestation of our national parks to provide more biomass energy sources. Brainiacs!! Watch the hearings live on CSPAN here.
The asinine Cap and Trade bill (HR 2454/HR 2998) could come to the Senate floor today for debate. If passed, your energy costs will go through the roof. Anecdotal accounts on the web from those who have already been fitted with “smart meters” for their electric service, say that their bills skyrocketed after the installation. Contact your Senators NOW and tell them to vote NO on Cap and Trade, or you will vote no to them in the coming elections.
Ask someone in Europe how much of their income goes to energy bills…you’ll be in for a real shock. Obviously, energy prices affect every inch of our economy, so this idiocy would be one more cause of future hyperinflation (as if printing and borrowing money like drunken thieves, and the Fed buying our own Treasury bonds wasn’t Zimbabwe enough.) Al Gore, GE and Goldman Sachs will be the beneficiaries of our largess if Cap and Trade is passed.
This legislation will have powerful negative consequences on those from the middle income groups on down while the wealthy will be able to use offsets and credits to in many cases turn a carbon profit. This legislation will force us to pay a Value Added Tax as they do in the European Common Union…which goes straight to the UN. Taxation Without Representation and Global Government are not Constitutional, and are and detrimental to the People and what remains of our Republic.
The feature of this plan that has special appeal to speculators is that the “cap” on carbon will be continually lowered by the government, which means that carbon credits will become more and more scarce with each passing year. Which means that this is a brand-new commodities market where the main commodity to be traded is guaranteed to rise in price over time. The volume of this new market will be upwards of a trillion dollars annually for comparison’s sake, the annual combined revenues of all electricity suppliers in the U.S. total $320 billion.
Goldman wants this bill. The plan is (1) to get in on the ground floor of paradigm shifting legislation, (2) make sure that they’re the profit-making slice of that paradigm and (3) make sure the slice is a big slice. Goldman started pushing hard for cap-and-trade long ago, but things really ramped up last year when the firm spent $3.5 million to lobby climate issues. (One of their lobbyists at the time was none other than Patterson, now Treasury chief of staff.) Back in 2005, when Hank Paulson was chief of Goldman, he personally helped author the bank’s environmental policy, a document that contains some surprising elements for a firm that in all other areas has been consistently opposed to any sort of government regulation.
Paulson’s report argued that “voluntary action alone cannot solve the climate-change problem.” Few years later, the bank’s carbon chief, Ken Newcombe, insisted that cap-and-trade alone won’t be enough to fix the climate problem and called for further public investments in research and development. Which is convenient, considering that Goldman made early investments in wind power (it bought a subsidiary called Horizon Wind Energy), renewable diesel (it is an investor in a firm called Changing World Technologies) and solar power (it partnered with BP Solar), exactly the kind of deals that will prosper if the government forces energy producers to use cleaner energy. As Paulson said at the time, “We’re not making those investments to lose money.”
The bank owns a 10 percent stake in carbon credits will be traded. Moreover, Goldman owns a minority stake in Blue Source LLC, a Utah-based firm that sells carbon credits of the type that will be in great demand if the bill passes. Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, who is intimately involved with the planning of cap-and-trade, started up a company called Generation Investment Management with three former bigwigs from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, David Blood, Mark Ferguson and Peter Hanis. Their business? Investing in carbon offsets, There’s also a $500 million Green Growth Fund set up by a Goldmanite to invest in green-tech…the list goes on and on. Goldman is ahead of the headlines again, just waiting for someone to make it rain in the right spot. Will this market be bigger than the energy-futures market?
“Oh, it’ll dwarf it,” says a former staffer on the House energy committee.
Well, you might say, who cares? If cap-and-trade succeeds, won’t we all be saved from the catastrophe of global warming? Maybe but cap-and-trade, as envisioned by Goldman, is really just a carbon tax structured so that private interests collect the revenues. Instead of simply imposing a fixed government levy on carbon pollution and forcing unclean energy producers to pay for the mess they make, cap and trade will allow a small tribe of greedy-as-hell Wall Street swine to turn yet another commodities market into a private tax-collection scheme. This is worse than the bailout: It allows the bank to seize taxpayer money before it’s even collected.
I implore you not to sit on the couch. Contact your Senators now, via calls, emails AND letters. Contact other Senators, especially Democrats. Do it all, for our own sake, the sake of our children, and that of our increasingly fragile country. It is more important than most anything else you could do today. Keep it up until we (hopefully) defeat this insanity…when the genie is out of the bottle we will be unable to undo the damage.
Sarah Palin has just resigned as governor of Alaska. She will step down from office in just weeks on July 26th, handing over the office to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.
Does this mean she will or will not go for 2012? What do you think?
In the video below, Gov. Palin quotes General MacArthur: “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.” If she is applying that personally then I’d say there is definitely a 2012 run. But others point out it’s questionable to resign rather than just decline to run for re-election when pursuing the national stage. I’m bummed.