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Judge Sonia Sotomayor – MENSTRUATING OR SOMETHING ?

sotomayor_052609ggord-angryG. Gordon Liddy has continuously launched verbal attacks on Judge Sonia Sotomayor.   First Liddy slammed Sotomayor’s affiliation with the civil rights group La Raza — and referred to the Spanish language as “illegal alien”.

 

LIDDY: I understand that they found out today that Miss Sotomayor is a member of La Raza, which means in illegal alien, “the race.” And that should not surprise anyone because she’s already on record with a number of racist comments.

Finished with the race-based attack, Liddy moved on to denigrate Sotomayor’s gender:

LIDDY: Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then.

Finally, Liddy disputed the entire idea that there’s anything wrong with the paucity of women and total lack of Hispanics on the Court:

LIDDY: And everybody is cheering because Hispanics and females have been, quote, underrepresented, unquote. And as you pointed out, which I thought was quite insightful, the Supreme Court is not designed to be and should not be a representative body.

 

I don’t by any means try to portray myself as the smartest rock in the box but isn’t it very unprofessional for him to make statements about her “menstruating or something”?  And if he truly did have a concern about her ability to make clear and rational decisions during her time of of month, shouldn’t it have been handled with a little more tact?

I don’t really know that much about the La Raza but I will be doing more research into the subject.  From what I understand so far the civil rights groups them is “All for the race and none for the rest”!  If this is true, I can see how her affiliation with this group could spark some uncomfortable questions. 

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May 31, 2009 Posted by | Political | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Judge Sonia Sotmayor, WHAT WAS OBAMA THINKING !

sotomayor_052609I have personally stayed away from this subject of  Judge Sonia Sotomayor being nominated for Supreme Court by none other than President Obama.  I do know that many people instantly started defending her against racial and gender biased comments before any comments had even been made.  In my experience this usually happens in an attempt to hide unfavorable information and to warn anyone who may speak negatively about a particular subject.  From the research that I have done, Judge Sotomayor is a very intelligent and well edjucated woman with the experiance and “cohoonas” to match!  There is no doubt that she is extremely qualified for the position for which she has been nominated. 

When I first began debating with my co-horts over this subject I was uneducated about Judge Sotomayor’s  judicial record, therefore felt unqualified to form opinions concerning her capabilities.  I do, however, have a fair understanding of  right from wrong.  Since this matter had already been divided along lines of race and gender, I debated that there was no question that this nominee was qualified for the position but was she the “most” qualified.  I asked if there was another candidate that was possibly overlooked that was more qualified because of their gender or her ethnic heritage.  I was then bombarded with slurs from those who support her nomination.  Since a debate consists of presenting opposing views I held my ground.  Otherwise it would have turned  into a conversation rather than a debate. 

I presented that a team is only as strong as its weakest link.  America is after all a team. If we start accepting people of lesser qualifications due to their gender or racial background we all suffer. There is no substitution for quality in any aspect of your government.  

There are some racist people out there in the world, sure!  However, there are a lot of people that are not racist that have legitimate concerns about the direction that the direction that our country is heading. Not just the government but the whole United States.

If you have two people that are ( equally ) qualified for a position, I can see selecting someone who is of a minority race or the gender that is not equally represented in that forum. However, when you have two people that are not ( equally ) qualified for a position and the person who is less qualified receives the job because of their race or gender then it is wrong.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, in a written statement, said Tuesday he’s concerned Sotomayor has shown “personal bias based on ethnicity and gender.” 

“Judge Sotomayor will need to reassure the country that she will set aside her biases, uphold the rule of law and interpret the Constitution as written, not as she believes it should have been written,” said Smith, who will have no vote in the matter, as the confirmation is a Senate matter.

Perhaps Sotomayor’s most controversial decision was in Ricci v. DeStefano, in which she was part of a panel ruling against a group of white firefighters in New Haven, Conn. — they objected after the city threw out the results of a promotion test because too many white firefighters, and not enough minority firefighters, scored high. 

She and two other judges summarily dismissed the case without tackling the complex issues outlined in stacks of briefs and debated in extended oral arguments. Instead, the court issued an unsigned, one-paragraph opinion. Sotomayor’s colleague, Judge Jose Cabranes, was so concerned that he wrote a lengthy dissent highlighting what many saw as an attempt to bury the case. 

“This perfunctory disposition rests uneasily with the weighty issues presented by this appeal,” he wrote. 

The discrimination case was later kicked up to the Supreme Court, and a decision is expected by late June. 

Sotomayor has a record of being rebuffed by the high court. Of the six decisions she was a part of that came before the high court, five were reversed. In the sixth, the court disagreed with Sotomayor’s reasoning. 

Senior administration officials said they have no concerns about the reversal rate or Sotomayor’s position in the firefighter case. But that and other cases are now ripe for analysis. 

— In one case reversed by the Supreme Court, Sotomayor and the majority on the appeals court ruled that an inmate could sue a private corporation for injuries he suffered in a halfway house run by that company. Though the company operated the house on behalf of the Bureau of Prisons, Sotomayor argued that the company was not shielded from liability. The Supreme Court reversed the appeals court decision in 2001. 

— In another case, Sotomayor dissented in a 2006 opinion that rejected a challenge to a New York law denying convicted felons the right to vote. She argued in her own dissenting opinion that the state law “disqualifies a group of people from voting.” 

— Sotomayor, in 2003, also wrote an opinion that reversed a district court decision that a Muslim inmate’s rights were not violated when he was denied a holiday feast. Sotomayor argued that the inmate’s First Amendment rights were violated because the feast was important to his religion. 

— In 1999, Sotomayor dissented in a decision to dismiss a case in which a black student claimed his school discriminated against him by transferring him mid-year from first grade to kindergarten. Sotomayor argued that the “lone black child” in the class was not given an “equal chance.” 

— In 2007, Sotomayor wrote an opinion holding that the Environmental Protection Agency could not perform a cost-benefit analysis to determine the “best technology available.” She wrote it could only consider cost as a factor in more limited ways. This decision, too, was overturned by the Supreme Court. 

— In 1993, Sotomayor threw out evidence obtained by police in a drug case, because a detective lied to obtain the search warrant — prosecutors agreed to a plea bargain. However, during sentencing Sotomayor made controversial statements by criticizing the five-year mandatory sentence, calling it an “abomination” that the defendant did not deserve.

I am glad to lve in America.  As a woman I have the opportunity to become whatever I may want to become.  I look to Sonia Mayor as both a roll model and in inspiration not only to me but to all women.  She stands as a shinning example of what a woman and someone of a minority heritage can achieve in America.  After reading and researching many of her cases, however, I must question the validity of her nomination to the Supreme Court and the intentions of President Obama who chose her.  It doesn’t seem logical to me that a “person” not a “woman or Hispanic” who has had to have so many decisions overturned and that is obviously bias should have been nominated.

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May 28, 2009 Posted by | Political | , , , | 2 Comments

Alec Baldwin, Opens mouth and Inserts Foot!

Alec Baldwin’s new motto should be  “Open Mouth Insert Foot”!  If you haven’t seen it yet, Alec Baldwin was on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’.  David asked Alec if he would like to have more kids?  He responded that he would but he might need to get a Filipino or Russian mail order bride first.  And the shit hit the fan! 

Hot assed, Alec Baldwin has been slammed and damned for his comment.  Supposedly, even some Filipino officials took offense to his statement.  And we all know how Filipino’s love their ‘Late Show’!  NOT!

Wednesday, poor Alec, with tail tucked between his legs, issued an apology for joking that he might expand his family by getting  a Filipino or Russian mail-order bride during his appearance on “The Late Show”.

His apology is as follows, “I’d like to offer an apology and a clarification to remarks I made recently, While on the David Letterman program.  I joked that I might need a “mail-order bride'” to achieve the goal of having more children in my life.  I believe that most people understood that this was a joke and took it as such. (A dated reference, no dobt, and another sign of my advancing age.)  However, I do apologize to anyone who took offense.”

“The comments of some Philippine government officials come as no surprise to me, either, ” Baldwin wrote.  “even the one by a former action film star-turned-Senator who beckoned me to come to the Philippines so he could ‘beat’ me over my comment.  Such anger and frustration about the issue of sex trafficking is understandable.”

For the sake of argument, lets imagine for a moment that Alec did mean what he said.  I am sure everyone knew what he said was in jest, but some people saw it as a way to target someone and beat them down just to be mean in our “Politically Correct obsessed society”.  What if he did mean it?  So what?  If that is his opinion he shouldn’t have to lie and be forced to apologize because someone else disagrees!  Maybe he likes those kinds of women.  Who are we to dictate who someone can or can not date or marry. 

I know you are all probably thinking no, its about sex trade.  But he didn’t say anything about the sex trade.  Some people may have assumed that was what he was referring to.  But again, then he would be apologize for what someone else assumed? 

Obama made a “Politically Incorrect” crack about kids in the Special Olympics on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and didn’t get as much flack as Alec Baldwin has over something that could just be his opinion.  I want to hear what you think.

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May 23, 2009 Posted by | Celebrity Gossip, Political, Politically Correct | , , , | Leave a comment

Children Trying to Understand Gay Marriage

This is a video that I got from one of my favorite blog.  I know that I love my friends that are gay but I love children even more…  What is right and what is wrong?  I know that I want my friends to be happy and to be able to experience life to its fullest.  But how will effect the kids…   I teach my children to love everyone for who they are, but what if their situation was different?

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May 19, 2009 Posted by | Bad Parenting, Political | , , | 1 Comment

AFRICAN, it’s not just for blacks anymore!

afro4I’m sorry if I am about to offend anyone.  That is never my intention.  I found this article on ABC.com and had to share it with you.  For those who don’t know me, I’m not one to mince words.  I believe in truth, justice and the American way.  I believe that political correctness is the enemy of truth.  Here is an example. 

Paulo Serodio ( not pictured above ) says he was born and raised in Mozambique and now is a naturalized U.S. citizen.  Serodio has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey medical school, claiming he was harassed and ultimately suspended for identifying himself during a class cultural exercise as a “white African-American.”

“I wouldn’t wish this to my worst enemy,” he said. “I’m not exaggerating. This has destroyed my life, my career.” The lawsuit, which asks for Serodio’s reinstatement at the school and monetary damages, named the Newark-based University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and several doctors and university employees as defendants. Filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, the lawsuit traces a series of events that Serodio maintains led to his 2007 suspension, starting with a March 2006 cultural exercise in a clinical skills course taught by Dr. Kathy Ann Duncan, where each student was asked to define themselves for a discussion on culture and medicine.

After Serodio labeled himself as a white African-American, another student was offended by his comments and that, because of his white skin, was not an African-American.

According to the lawsuit, Serodio was summoned to Duncan’s office where he was instructed “never to dscribe himself as an African-American again”… because it was offensive to others and to people of color for him to do so.”

“It’s crazy,” Serodio’s attorney Gregg Zeff told ABCNews.com. “Because that’s what he is.”

Serodio, who lives in Newark, said he never meant to offend anyone and calling himself African-American doesn’t detract from another person’s heritage.

Neither the American Civil Liberties Union nor the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People responded to messages seeking comment on the meaning of African-American.

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines African-American as “an American of African and especially of black African descent.”

“There are people of all races who are African,” Serodio said, adding that he’s never had a problem identifying himself as an African-American until that day in Duncan’s class.

Zeff pointed out that Serodio only labeled himself after his instructors asked him to do so and was then penalized for it.

This sort of reminds me of the Carrie Prejean fiasco. Maybe they need to meet! 

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May 16, 2009 Posted by | Political | | 4 Comments

White House or Waffle House?

ht_choi_scan_090512_mnIt’s becoming increasingly disturbing to the democratic base that Obama is repeatedly waffling (flip-flopping) on so many of his campaign promises.  His recent blocking of over 2000 abuse photos (after saying that he would release them) joins many other decision reversals.  Where’s the transparency??  I can’t see it…  What about his “no one is above the law” statement?  Maybe I missed the fine print that said that didn’t include the prior administration….  Closing Guantanamo?  Oops, gonna need more time on that one….  Military tribunalsare halted!!  But now maybe they’re ok after all…  Add these to his promises for universal health care, immigration reform, troop withdrawal, and about a dozen others, and it’s starting to look like the “change we can believe in” is his change of mind.
 
Now, I realize that some of these decision reversals make sense.  I want a president who can think on his feet and make good decisions for our country.  One recent waffle, however, makes no sense at all.  Remember when he promised to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the military?  Guess he hasn’t had time yet…  In the meantime, Lt. Daniel Choi, a graduate of West Point, twice deployed to Iraq, founder of “Knights Out” (an organization to advocate for gay and lesbian soldiers), and Arabic Linguist has been fired for publicly admitting he’s gay, along with over 12,000 other troops, 54 of whom were also Arabic Linguists.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t we NEED guys who are fluent in Arabic?
 
There’s a debate going on as to whether or not we need to keep water-boarding as one of the tools in our arsenal to keep our country safe.  I’m not so sure of that, but there’s one thing I AM pretty sure of.  You can water-board these guys over 183 times and make them confess to the kidnapping of the Lindberg baby or the Sharon Tate murders if that’s what you want, but you can’t make them say it IN ENGLISH!!!
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May 15, 2009 Posted by | Political, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Enhanced Interrogation or torture?

CHENEY 2000Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive…

Now, for those of you who turn on the news occasionally, and especially those with a political inclination, we have a heated controversy between the left and the right about these “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on accused terrorists during the last administration. For the sake of brevity, I’ll stay with waterboarding for this opinion.

What we know: Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times. Kalid Shaik Muhammed was waterboarded 183 times. They gave up valuable information, and they’re terrorists anyway. So far, sounds pretty good. Hey, the whole country was scared shitless and we did what we had to do, right? Not so fast…

Our former VP Dick Cheney (the one who spent most of his 8 years in office in a “secret, undisclosed location”) is now on various talk shows (FOX news, Face the Nation, State of the Union, and even a small time talk show in North Dakota or Montana) at least once every few weeks, and twice so far this week alone. He’s admitted that he authorized these “techniques” but disputes that they’re torture. His lawyers wrote legal memos saying so. Others who side with him go so far as to say that even if they’re torture, they were effective in extracting vital information from our enemies and thus justified — despite the fact that they are prohibited by the Geneva conventions, and that “it worked” is expressly forbidden as a defense to committing these crimes.

Yesterday began the first of many congressional investigations to come. Who’s testifying? One of the first was an FBI agent directly involved in the interrogation of both Abu Zubaydah and KSM. According to him and his records, virtually ALL of the information was gained in the first few hours by the FBI using traditional techniques. Enter the CIA (under orders of Cheney). They began to waterboard them, and they immediately shut down and would give no further information. In case you aren’t up to speed, the FBI withdrew from the interrogations about 4-6 months after the CIA came in with the head telling all agents to steer clear of this, it’s not going to turn out well. More to come later….

So, how does everyone feel about what was done in the name of our country? Is waterboarding torture? Jesse Ventura, a former governor, former wrestler, and former Navy SEAL who was voluntarily waterboarded in the SERE (survive, evade, resist, escape) program says it absolutely is. He describes it as the complete sensation of drowning, even though he knew it was unlikely to cause his death in those controlled circumstances. If it was done to a member of your family, would you call it torture?

If it is torture (which it has been determined to be by the Red Cross, official authority as per the Geneva conventions), was it ok for us to do it to these horrible people who attacked us? If so, why? Because it kept us safe? No, that’s being debunked as I type. Then maybe it’s ok because we hate them so much? If that’s justification, then why did we prosecute our own soldiers when they waterboarded prisoners of war in Viet Nam? Why did we put to death those who did it to our soldiers in Japan? Why were our soldiers in Iraq prosecuted (one still in jail today) for doing this at Abu Ghraib? The government said they were “a few bad apples” to justify punishing them, while we now know the orders came from Rumsfeld who got them from Cheney.

So, what are everyone’s thoughts on this period in our country’s history? Did we do what we needed to and had to do? Did we overstep our bounds, sacrifice our morals for our safety? Are we, as Al Quada claims, a nation of hypocrites?

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May 14, 2009 Posted by | Political | , , , , | 4 Comments

New “Buy Black Experiment” May Become a Nationwide Movement

Buying BlackI usually do not write about subjects that may have the possibility of becoming racially charged, but this time, I must make an exception.  As reported on Fox News.com this morning, a Chicago family has begun what they are quoted as calling an “Empowerment Experiment”.  Maggie and John Anderson of Chicago vowed four months ago that for one year, they would try to patronize only black-owned businesses.  This “Empowerment Experiment” is why John had to suffer for hours with a stomach ache, Maggie no longer gets that brand-name shampoo to wash her hair  and a grocery trip is a 14-mile excursion. 

Mrs. Anderson was quoted as saying  “It’s like, my people have been here 400 years and we don’t even have a Walgreens to show for it.”  The Andersons are following up with 4,000 people who signed up to join the experiment on their Web site to gauge their commitment and set up online accounts to track their spending. Hundreds have also joined the experiment’s Facebook page. 

Dallas Smith, who owns a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta, said “We’ve still got that ‘the white man’s water is colder’ mentality,” he said. “We can’t take us for granted. When we go to our establishments, it’s almost like we’re doing a favor. That ought to be a given for us.”

Maggie Anderson says ” The response has been so huge. “We think so much can come out of this. We’re in movement-making mode now.”

I have to agree with Maggie Anderson.  They are in a making mode now.  Making the United States even more racial and making it  a worse place to live.  I’m sorry, but I thought the whole point of being in American was to help each other and do away with things that make us different.  This couple and the people who follow their example seem to revel in the things that make them stand apart.  They make the argument that their is not enough black businesses.  I took this as meaning that there are not an equal amount of black businesses as there is white owned businesses.  According to what I have read, however, blacks only make up 12 to 13% of the current U.S. population, so how could is it possable to have equal representation? 

I personally frequent my favorite market that is owned by a very nice, professional Iranian gentleman who has gotten to be friends with my whole family.  His patrons are an equal mix of whites and blacks.  We go to our favorite Chinese restaurant probably once a week.  Their customers seem to be mostly white and Hispanic.  I get my nails done at a shop that is owned by Vietnamese.  Most of her customers are an equally white and black.   And I purchase beauty supplies from Sally’s which is black owned and most of her customers an equal mix of black and white.

That being said, what if white people were to start an “Empowerment Experiment” and only made  purchases from white owned business?  Wouldn’t that just hurt the people that are of  Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern decent that came to America to work hard and make a better life for themselves and their families?  Wouldn’t this also hurt the black community?  After reading this article and noticing all of the references to “the white mans water” and “white stores” I do not believe that the intentions of this “experiment”  is about black empowerment at all.  I think its more about hurting businesses that are not black. 

Read it for yourself:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,519965,00.html

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Political | , , , | Leave a comment

OBAMA, WTF?

What the hell is going on with Obama? I personally like the man. I think that he is very handsome. He is personable, charismatic and knows how to woo an audience. I am interested in seeing what all he is going to be able to do.

I did watch the Elite dinner tonight. I also saw him when he made the comment about the Special Olympic Children when he was on the Tonight Show. I think he has a great personality and a wonderful sense of humor. However, a great sense of humor does not a President make. If he were any other President in the history of the United States of America, the comments that he has made would not be taken so lightly. So why do Americans take what he says so lightheartedly when they would have chewed up and spit out any other man?

I can’t wait to read your comments!ad your comments……

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Political | , , | Leave a comment