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Archive for 4 March 2010
Even his critics describe him as “brilliant,” but President Obama’s newly minted judicial nominee — law professor Goodwin Liu — will not have an easy time getting to the 9th Circuit bench.
Not have an easy time? Is there an assumption he WILL make it to the bench?
At age 39, Liu has compiled an impressive resume: Rhodes Scholar, Supreme Court clerk, top grades at both Stanford University and Yale Law School and now law professor University of California, Berkeley.
I don’t care if he there are people who think this guy is the ‘second coming’ of Earl Warren!
Liu has also aligned himself with progressive legal groups, including the American Constitution Society, where he is chairman of the board of directors. That’s prompting opponents to argue that Liu is “too far outside the mainstream” to take a seat on a court just one step below the Supreme Court of the United States.
If you are not familiar with the American Constitution Society, you should REALLY do some investigating, especially the “Constitutional Interpretation and Change” page. Scroll down for some real interesting reading.
“He believes the Constitution is something judges can manipulate to have it say what they think culture or evolving standards of decency requires of it in a given day,” said the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
He “believes” what he’s been force fed by his fellow progressives, aka SOCIALISTS, prominent in all areas of education these days. He believes WRONG!
Ed Whelan, a one-time clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and now president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, echoed those concerns.
“Liu believes that judges have the authority to impose their views … using clever verbal camouflage to disguise what they’re doing.”
Unfortunately, judges have been going this route for WAY too long, and have handed up the mess we find ourselves in now. Judges have stripped away societal norms, to be replaced with the destruction of the family, life, and morality.
Others who know Liu point to what he’s accomplished, starting as the son of Taiwanese immigrants who didn’t speak much English.
Well, that’s real nice. There are a WHOLE lot of successful people who are in this country who parents, or grandparents came here speaking little, or no English at all. I wouldn’t want the majority of them sitting on the bench either.
“He embodies the American dream,” said Doug Kendall, president of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC).
How does the embodiment of the American dream involve the destruction of that dream?
If it is within my small realm of influence, I will do everything I can to remove ANY Senator who votes FOR this man’s confirmation, ESPECIALLY those with an “R” behind their name!
If ya didn’t know, I went to see the doctor today. Now, that has absolutely nothing to do with this post, other than the fact I’m a bit on the, shall we say “woozy” side of life right now, and even though there are things I’d like to post on, I know full I might come off sounding a bit, well, either utterly irate, or… Well, let’s leave it at that.
So, what do I do? Well, I snooped for ‘toons, and checked out interesting visitors to my site.
I’ve had a few lately, including the “U.s. Senate Sergeant At Arms” but when I looked closely at what brought Mr Gainer’s office to my humble site, I almost fell off my chair.
Just in case, the actual link is here.
Now, why did I find this so amusing? Well, I did NOT use the tag “tea party” on the post at all, which you can check for yourself. Or, just perhaps, they have ME ‘tagged’ with Tea Party? Heh.
Ok, maybe it’s just the medication.
The typical rundown:
Go into examination room.
Doc comes in, chats 30 seconds, leaves.
Vampire enters, sucks blood.
Doc returns – pokes and prods, leaves.
Nurse returns. Shot…..in hinder.
Doc returns to write prescription.
Nurse returns, final instructions, gives you chart.
Go to window….Johnny on the spot! No waiting!
They sure don’t make ya wait when asking for payment, do they?
….and that was how I spent the middle of my day.
How was YOUR day?
You may have received a forwarded email, or saw a forum posting, siting a Dr from Mississippi addressing the ‘health care’ issue. I had received it previously, but after reading, deleted it, because there was no back up info. Well, I received it again this morning, with the necessary clarification. I clicked on the link to Snopes, and found not only the “letter to the editor” at the Clarion, correctly attributed, but a rebuttal from another reader.
Dr Roger Starner Jones’ letter:
Why Pay For The Care Of The Careless?
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.
While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as “Medicaid”! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.
And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman’s health care? I contend that our nation’s “health care crisis” is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a “crisis of culture”, a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that “I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me
Once you fix this “culture crisis” that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you’ll be amazed at how quickly our Nation’s’ health care difficulties will disappear.
While Dr Starner Jones is on to something, obviously, this wouldn’t solve ALL the problems, but it’s a darn good start. Get rid of the dependency mentality. No one OWES you a damn thing!
The “rebuttal” is also quite telling:
Health Care Reform is Not “Us vs Them”
I’ve been stewing about an Aug. 23 letter to the editor (“Why pay for the care of the careless?) in which which Dr. Starner Jones questioned the worth of a patient to receive Medicaid because of her gold tooth, tattoos, R&B ring tone on a new cell phone, cigarette-smoking and beer-drinking.
This kind of personal attack is nothing new with the hateful rhetoric of late. But it’s a real slippery slope when one questions whether another human merits support for health care because of appearances and choices. There are a lot of folks in this state who make less-than-perfect choices about finances and health. We are the poorest, fattest state, after all.
We need to turn off our TVs and radios and do our own research on health care reform. All the Fox-fed and MSNBC-led masses are out spewing the same language the pundits are using.
Look at entities who, bottom line, want to raise their rating and celebrity, not facilitate a meeningful or productive discourse.
This country deserves more. Read the health care reform bill. And learn the real issues of our entire community. We’re all Americans.
This is no “us vs. them” issue. We are all in this together.
Wow. It seems that Mzzzzzz Sigrest totally missed the point of the good Dr’s letter. It was NOT a “personal attack” on the patient. The letter simply points out what many of us our here in the real world realize……if you CHOOSE to pay for a gold tooth, numerous tattoos, expensive sneakers, and a cell phone bill, you could damn well CHOOSE to get your own health care insurance, instead of relying on the taxpayers. This kind of mentality is breaking the bank, and it’s not a health care issue….it is a SOCIETAL issue.
Which one of those items listed are necessary to this person’s health, and well being? Is it the sneakers? No, you find a perfectly good pair of shoes at any number of places that are reasonably priced, even if they aren’t the latest ‘must have’ for the streets. How about the tattoos? I don’t have any tattoos, and won’t, for personal reasons, but if you can afford them, and you think it’s the right thing for you, who am I to say you can’t? A decent tattoo, from what I gather, could cost from $100 on up, depending on quality, placement, etc. $100? For having someone poke needles in your bod? How many tattoos does it take to pay for the cost a health insurance premium?
I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture.
One other thing that was brought up in Mzzzzzz Sigrest’s letter – the talking heads. Well, I, for one, have read a large majority of this piece of crap legislation. Has she? And I certainly do not base my opinion on someone who is yapping at me from the idjit box, or radio!
It’s way past time for the people of this country to turn off the spigot! The well has run dry!
How Many States Plan To Disarm?
A Gun Ban in the US is Impossible
by J. D. Longstreet
Text of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
What part of “SHALL NOT” do the gun control advocates NOT UNDERSTAND?
This time, the US Supreme Court has been asked to decide if the states have the right to take your guns away. We’re talking about the state governments – not the federal government.