Saturday, May 07, 2005

Stop the Insanity

There is a belief, largely prevelant amongst the chattering classes that judges come to the bench carved in ideological stone that is impervious to change.

This is, what we call in the law world, bullshit.

Judges are human beings, and they change - often times at the peril of those who supported their appointment. Not that anyone whose been drinking the present Lefty Kool Aid is going to believe me, but here goes:

When asked is he made any mistakes that he truly regretted as president, Eisenhower remarked "Yes, and they're both sitting on the Supreme Court." He was referring to none other then "Impeach" Earl Warren who defined 'judicialactivism' and Brennan, who served until the age of 150 when he died suddenly in 2054.

Jimmy Carter appointed Judge Shabazz to the bench in Madison. Shabazz is a relative of none other than Malcom X. He is generally regarded as a maverick - inasmuch as he follows the law. He's a politically active Democrat, but a judicial conservative. Probably not the touchy feely guy that Carter was hoping for.

Justice Kennedy? Oh, there's a rock of modern conservatism. Justice O'Connor? Yeah, she's in my corner on abortion - when the wind is blowing right - err, left.

Tell me, Mr. "I'm Just Concerned For The Future Of The American Judiciary", without Googling an answer, are Federal Sentencing Guidelines a Republican or a Democratic Issue when it comes to selecting Judges? That is, how should a candidates stand on this issue (which is so important that it gets 0 coverage in the media - 'cuz it's boring, y'know) effect your support for him if you were sitting in the Senate awaiting a vote for him?
If we shouldn't vote on Bush's selections, who should we vote on? Oh, that's right, the other side doesn't actually have to make suggestions, it only has to obstruct.

I'm sorry, but what is the problem supposed to be?

Republican appointees now constitute a majority of judges on 10 of the nation's 13 federal appeals courts. As few as three more lifetime appointments on key courts would tip the balance in favor of GOP appointees on all but one appeals court - the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. [Christian Science Monitor]

I'm sorry, but this is too much. Is the suggestion then that conservatives appoint more judicious, thoughful, fair, and balanced judges? That conservative judges are more qualified? Better represent the will of the people?

No way. No freaking way. I'm writing a letter to every Dem to encourage them to filibuster on this issue. Heck, filibuster on every issue. Republicans are showing that nothing short of complete single party ideological domination will suffice. For that, they deserve to be overthrown. "E pluribus unum", not "Regnat majorum".

It could just be the same as the relationship between college professors and liberals: yes, the balance tips that way, but it's a free market.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Defeat the French and Drink More Tequila

From Encyclopedia Britannica Online edition:
1862: Battle of Puebla commemorated as Cinco de Mayo
On this day, the Mexican army of the government of Benito Juárez, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, repelled the invading French forces of Napoleon III at the Battle of Puebla. Napoleon was attempting to establish a French satellite in Mexico. In honour of its defender, the city of Puebla was officially renamed Puebla de Zaragoza. The event came to be celebrated as Cinco de Mayo (5th of May), a national holiday in Mexico.

I'll drink to that.
But after my Tequila-fuelled performance at last week's Bar Assocaition meeting, I'll probably have to pass

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

I didn't want to have to do this, but you made me

> > On 5/3/05, Brian X. XXXXXXXX wrote:
> > > Oh, and for the record - nobody has ever tried to grab my shit in or
> > > out of uniform. What the hell is the matter with you? You got
> > > super voodoo shit that no one can keep their hands off of?
> > >
> > > B

Maybe, maybe not. In the span of twelve hours, I have received two overtly sexual emails from people I know, one from a man and one from a woman. In neither case did I do anything to provoke such a response.

The origin of the super voodoo shit is thusly revealed...

Super Voodoo Shit

I got it and others want it.
Nobody said that it couldn't be posted to my own website


I was going to post this as a comment to Brian's previous post, but what the hey.

As a representative of the Dr. Pepper company, I will personally write a check to Pvt. England for $1M in exchange for her solemn promise to never be seen with our product again.

What would we change the motto to? "It tastes so good, it will torture you."

Actually, you know how it goes. New mother, producing milk, baby-daddy in jail and you just somehow failed to convince a judge that that you knew it was wrong to put a human being on a leash. You get a little parched.

So glad to know that the wrong-doers are being punished and that this will never happen again.


Can the little white trash girl go more then five minutes without a freaking soda?

Guy walks into a store and says "I'll have an RC Cola and a Moon Pie." The proprietor says "You must be from Texas!" The guy says, "You know that because I ordered an RC Cola and Moon Pie?" "No, because this is a hardware store, you idiot."
I know, she's from West Virginia, but the joke is too good.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

How can you charge for a Pot Luck?

Here at XYZ Corporation we are doing a fund raiser for our local Performing Arts Foundation. This comes from an email sent to all associates:

Don’t forget to bring a dish to pass for the PAF Potluck tomorrow. Food can be brought to the Warehouse at 11:30. Remember if you bring a dish to pass you will be entered to win fabulous prizes!

Cost to enjoy lunch is only $2.00!

What if I remember the Taco Salad, but forget my $2.00.

Close the Borders to all Third Worlders

Monday, May 02, 2005

Penalogical Interest

I don't post much about my job here - none of us do - but occassionally you bump into something that's so outrageous, you have to tell the world.

On the phone with a juvenile client at the local kiddie prison. We're talking about my last correspondence with him and he tells me that the guards had removed some of my letter to him. The letter was attached to copies of the evidence (discovery) in his case. Enraged, I spoke with the director of security for the facility. He tells me that they have a "penological interest" in preventing contraband in getting to the kids through the mail.

"What, in heavens name, could possibly be considered contraband in privileged correspondence from his attorney?" I asked so drily that three bottles of vermouth recoiled in horror.

"Well, the package contained a picture of the victim (a guard) and his home address. That's not information that we give out to the kids. They could use that to harm the guards or their families when they get out."

My next three questions were all answered with the phrase "penalogical interest" so I terminated the phone call. Motion and Demand for Injunctive Relief to follow.

Oh, and the guard's home address? It's in the fucking phone book.

Nobody familiar with the penal system was surprised by the abuses at Abu Ghraib:

[Judge] Pohl asked if she [Pfc. England] thought the leash was a legitimate way to control the detainee.

"I assumed it was OK" because he was an MP, England said of Graner. "He had a background as a corrections officer."

Pat Robertson said something monumentally stupid today - but that's no longer blogworthy.