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Archive for 25 May 2011
Why Larry King Will Never Be President
by Ann Coulter
Like would-be yentas trying to set you up on dates with their divorced friends, the political class is constantly trying to foist divorced candidates on the Republican Party, authoritatively assuring us that Americans don’t have a problem with divorce anymore. Let’s examine the truth of that claim.
Inasmuch as no serious Republican candidate for president is currently divorced, the facts can be considered without violating the 11th Commandment to never speak ill of a fellow Republican.
(That’s unless you consider Newt Gingrich a serious candidate, which I don’t — although as far as being fodder for late-night comedians, he’s the man to beat.)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected Wednesday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vision for peace as outlined in his speech to Congress on Tuesday.
Addressing a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Ramallah, Abbas said Netanyahu’s vision for peace contained “nothing we can build on.”
Peace is not the objective. Never has been. Never will be.
It might not be front-page news in the mainstream media, but according to a new poll, a large majority of Americans are alarmed at the prospect of U.S. debt continuing to grow past its already astronomical $14.3 trillion limit. They’re right to be worried, as America’s out-of-control spending takes the country down a road to decline. America is on an unsustainable fiscal path, and that’s why The Heritage Foundation has released a plan to tackle the problem: “Saving the American Dream: Heritage’s Plan to Fix the Debt, Cut Spending, and Restore Prosperity.”
A state senator is upset with Tennessee judges who helped stall a bill that would have given the legislature complete control over the state’s system for disciplining judges for ethical violations.
Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, has been trying for three years to reform the Court of the Judiciary, the body tasked with investigating complaints against judges and determining discipline.
I’ve learned a bit about the way the judges are appointed, and honestly, the best way to solve the issue….make them run for the office. No more buddies of buddies getting a rather nice job at the expense of the taxpayers.
Ten of the body’s 16 members are judges appointed by the Supreme Court. Critics say that arrangement is inappropriate and fosters a conflict of interest within the judiciary.
Why should one appointed body appoint another body that is suppose to keep an eye on the appointing body? Does that make any sense, to anyone?
Of the 344 complaints filed against judges last fiscal year, only 13 resulted in a warning or discipline, and only one of the cases was made public. Nine in 10 cases are dismissed.
Court of the Judiciary officials say this is because most complaints don’t set out any facts, are against judges that the Court of the Judiciary doesn’t have jurisdiction over, such as federal judges, or are filed by people simply unhappy with a judge’s decisions.
While I have no doubt there are many who will file a complaint because they are unhappy with a judge’s decision, I find it hard to believe that Just 13 warranted any action. I also find it disconcerting that such complaints are kept secret. Doesn’t the public have a right to know when those with the power over so much are being less than honorable?
Beavers said judges have perpetuated the perception that they are protecting their own by lobbying against her bill to reconstitute the Court of the Judiciary with 12 members, but critics say Beavers is the one who has overreached with a proposal that infringes on an equal branch of government.
I tend to agree with Sen. Beavers. The ‘critics’ apparently don’t like the idea of losing power.
“I thought I had the votes until I got on the floor and realized the members of the Court of the Judiciary were busy on the phone, and so was the chief justice,” Beavers said.
I don’t have a problem with the phone calls. I have a problem with the legislature being so influenced by ANY group. Do they work for us, or for the judges? Makes me wonder.
The Administrative Office of the Courts confirmed that Chief Justice Cornelia Clark spoke with lawmakers, including Beavers and Rep. Barrett Rich, the original House sponsor.
Rich later dropped the bill, but he said he did it because of other obligations and a desire to spend more time on the legislation, not because Clark or any other judge persuaded him to do so.
No offense intended Barrett, but I find that reasoning a tad suspicious. You had enough time when you put your name on the bill, so what changed? Had nothing to do with any persuasion at all, right? Uh huh.
“Many of the proposals that have been made would compromise the independence of” the Court of the Judiciary, said Allan Ramsaur, executive director of the Tennessee Bar Association.
There’s a darn good reason people don’t really trust lawyers. They’re politicians in wigs. Ok, here they don’t wear wigs, but you know what I mean.
According to the state constitution, the General Assembly has the sole power to impeach and remove state judges.
Bivins said it would be a mistake also to give it the sole power to appoint members of the Court of the Judiciary because then it would essentially control every stage of the judicial discipline system.
Why? Since the legislature works for the people of Tennessee, wouldn’t it be in OUR best interest if rogue judges could be removed by OUR will?
But Beavers said the legislature doesn’t have enough information to exercise its obligation to impeach rogue judges because so much of the Court of the Judiciary’s work is kept under wraps.
Case files are made public only in the rare instances when the court decides to publicly discipline a judge.
As we can see, making public any case doesn’t seem to be in the best interest of……..the judges. Who cares about what is in the best interest of the people. Appearances, they say, is everything. Well, this appears to be a bit of cronyism at it’s finest. Whether or not that is actually the case, it looks bad!
“Unless we can get records about what judges are doing, we have no way of knowing whether we need to initiate impeachment proceedings.
“It’s kind of a worst-case situation where the General Assembly has the ultimate responsibility but has been left in the dark about how bad the problem is.”
Sunshine is a great disinfectant.
He said judges are willing to consider sharing more information with legislators and establishing a system for regularly reporting to lawmakers on the Court of the Judiciary’s work, but said it is important to maintain a degree of anonymity to protect judges who get hit with baseless complaints.
Let the sun shine in!