Archive for ‘Sonia Sotomayor’

July 16, 2009

Instant Blog Classic: ‘Wise Latina'(To The Tune of ‘My Sharona’)

Music by The Knack, Lyrics by Dan Collins:

When you gonna give it to me, give it to me?
It is just a matter of time, Latina?
Judicial philosophy, philosophy?
Or is it just a game in your mind, Latina?

Read the whole thing, you racist!

July 16, 2009

Franken’s other Senate Judiciary appearance

by Smitty (h/t The Corner)

Kathryn Jean Lopez at the NRO Online links an SNL sketch transcript of the junior Senator from Minnesota’s initial appearance in a Senate Judiciary Committee setting.
As a full-service blog, it is our pleasure to dig up the clip over on Hulu for those with an Attention Defici–I think I’ll make some coffee.
At the time, Al Franken played Paul Simon (D-IL) and comes in at 5:00 to talk about a woman at Criminal Justice, and whether Thomas thought Franken had any chance with this famous “Sandy”.

Can’t figure out if the number of gasbags present in this sketch who are still cluttering public office is a bug or feature.
OK, enough of the Sotomayor spin: they’re bugs.

July 13, 2009

Complete Moral Authority! (BUMPED)

I’m watching Sen. Amy Klobuchar singing paeans to the authentic experience of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. One notes that liberals never seemed particularly impressed with the authenticity of the World War II experience of, inter alia, Strom Thurmond or Joe McCarthy.

Authentic experience only matters when it leads someone to endorse the regnant liberal consensus.

UPDATE 6:50: Never has a blogger been named with less irony than Instaputz, which gives me “Quote of the Day” status, links a 2002 Atrios post quoting League of the South founder Michael Hill and then misattributes Hill’s quote to me, all of which is cited as proof that I am “an unrepentant white supremacist.”

As to the matter of whether defending Trent Lott makes Michell Hill a “white supremacist” (unrepentant or otherwise) I’m content to let Hill speak for himself. The related question of Theodor Adorno, the Frankfurt School and cultural Marxism is something else entirely. Instputz apparently believes that his own confusion justifies dragging me into a seven-year-old controversy in which I was not a participant, so that he can accuse me of being “unrepentant” of an ideology I never espoused.

What infuriates me is that idiots who can’t even get their facts straight, who play mix-and-match quotes in the process of assembling their “Ransom Note” smears, nevertheless consider themselves so much my moral superior as to authoritatively condemn me based on their own ignorant misconceptions, and then act astonished that others don’t do the same.

FWIW, in referencing Klobuchar’s paeans to Sotomayor, I chose the examples of Thurmond and McCarthy — prominent figures in the liberal demonology — specifically to highlight how liberals use “heroic” narratives to justify their own allies, as if a heroic biography proves political virtue. At age 38, Thurmond volunteered with the 82nd Airborne and participated in the Normandy invasion, yet none of the liberals who enthusiastically praised the Vietnam service of John Kerry ever counted Thurmond’s service as evidence of virtue. Perhaps if Strom had thrown away his medals . . .

By what weird manner of Rorshach association this reference caused Instaputz to invoke Michael Hill and Trent Lott, I can only speculate. But given the universe of wild-assed things I’ve actually said — hey, I’m a four-time Malkin Award nominee! — this misguided attempt to indict me for something I never said shows the bizarre lengths to which liberals will go in their permanent campaign to convince themselves of their own moral superiority.

UPDATE: Linked by that unrepentant green supremacist, Instapundit. Y’know, I feel kind of guilty not jumping on board the green-for-Iranian-democracy blog bandwagon. But my failure to color coordinate my blog doesn’t mean I hate either Iranians or democracy. It shouldn’t be necessary to say that, but silence sometimes leads to bizarre interpretations, so I figure I’ll get ahead of any rumors accusing me of fearmongering the Persian Menace.

Also, while I’m at it, I’m OK with women wearing trousers, but am willing to extend multicultural tolerance to Sudanese who feel otherwise. However, this should not be interpreted as an endorsement of flogging.

When did it get so complicated to be a bien-pensant?

June 9, 2009

David Brooks shovels Democratictalking points on Sotomayor

Just what we needed, a “conservative” columnist pushing Democratic Party agitprop for a woman he admits is a “poster child for identity politics”:

More than any current member of the Supreme Court, she worked her way up through the furnace levels of the American legal system. . . .
She is quite liberal. But there’s little evidence that she is motivated by racialist thinking or an activist attitude.

As I said, I’m not apoplectic about her Jet-All-The-Way “wise Latina” shtick, but the fact that Brooks is pro-Sotomayor should be all the reason anyone needs to be anti-Sotomayor.

A basic life principle: Always do the opposite of whatever David Brooks says, and you can’t go too far wrong.

Via Memeorandum, more at Michelle Malkin and Legal Insurrection. And please hit the tip jar, either for the “David Brooks Fisking Fund,” the “Emergency Fireworks Fund” or to help NTC “bloggregate” the news.

It’s For the Children!

June 9, 2009

Keeping Sonia’s speeches together

by Smitty

  Take a moment to admire the photoshoppery over at No Sheeples Here. As Sonia Sotomayor breaks a leg to get to her confirmation, it’s nice to zoom in on the office supplies. See what’s really stapled into the speeches, besides the errant finger.
  What I would do in the hearings, if they gave me mike time, is pull an elaborate prank. I’d parody the worst of the crappy, grandstanding Biden/Kennedy speeches of confirmation debacles past in a way that playfully mocked the original nitwit Senators, while at the same time communicating that I’m not playing that game. Then treat Sonia with dignity.
  The Sotomayor confirmation may be inevitable. So use the opportunity to tweak the Left for being a pack of clowns, say I.

June 6, 2009

Southern By the Grace of God

Kaitlin Beard of the Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune covered my Thursday speech:

You can’t know who you are without first knowing something about your ancestors, a speaker told the Rome chapter of Sons of Confederate Veterans on Thursday night.
Stacy McCain, a former Rome News-Tribune reporter who also worked as an editor for the Washington Times, spoke to the group at the Rome-Floyd County Library. . . . McCain’s topic for the night was “Beyond the Flag: Defending Our Honor in the 21st Century.” He said that it is a sin for people to forget their past.
“A personal connection is what leads to a love of history. That connection makes all the difference in the world,” said McCain. . . .

You can read the whole thing. The lovely Miss Beard, a junior at Berry College who is interning this summer at the RN-T, slightly garbled one of my quotes. What I actually said was that when you go to defend the South, you had better be prepared to defend it “down to the last boll weevil on the last cotton patch beside the last tar-paper shack on the last dirt road in Mississippi.”

As I told my friends in Rome, it’s like the song from “West Side Story”:

When you’re a Jet,
You’re a Jet all the way.
From your first cigarette
To your last dyin’ day.

When somebody puts down the South, I’m a Jet all the way. This has had terrible consequences for my reputation and frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. I’d rather be denounced by the Southern Poverty Law Center than to be a coward who apologetically cringes for fear of being called names. Call me what you will, just don’t ever call me a scalawag.

This is why I was more amused than outraged by Sonia Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” remark. To me, ethnic chauvinism is entirely comprehensible and, in most circumstances, inoffensive. Man is by nature tribal. Edmund Burke’s famous observation about the “little platoons” that make up society eloquently expresses how every person’s natural loyalty to their own particular group constitutes the mortar that bonds them to the larger society.

If you’re Jewish, be a proud Jew, if you’re Italian, be a proud Italian, and if you’re a Newyorican, be a proud Newyorican. A proud Southerner doesn’t mind that at all.

Damned Yankees, Damned Theories
The problem occurs when someone tries to turn their own ethnic pride — a natural and admirable trait — into a larger, universalistic theory, as the Damned Yankees have always done.

Where I come from, “damned Yankee” is not considered cursing. In fact, most folks down home count “damnyankee” as one word. I have frequently described the widespread prejudice against the South as boreal supremacy, the belief that everything about the North is superior to everything about the South. Such prejudice against the South is so common that some people don’t even notice it, but I do, and I resent the hell out of it.

Confronted with the assumption of Northern superiority, some Southerners will react by attempting to ape Northern ways and adopt characteristically Northern attitudes, and start “putting on airs,” as Alabama folks would say. Next thing you know, they’re espousing Buddhist economics and shopping at Whole Foods like some kind of effete pansy. But I digress . . .

There is a right way and a wrong way to deal with being the object of prejudice. Michael Steele thinks that Judge Sotomayor’s response to prejudice is the wrong kind and, given his own experiences with prejudice, Steele’s views certainly deserve consideration.

For the past week, some people labored diligently to convict the judge of “racism.” Having experienced the same kind of treatment, I would be inclined to hear Judge Sotomayor testify to the Judiciary Committee before judging her fitness for the Supreme Court. There may be other controversies — including her judicial decisions — that would be more relevant than her “Jet all the way” Newyorican pride.

Perhaps Judge Sotomayor’s experience of being condemned as a “racist” will enhance her Latina wisdom. It might cause her to re-examine the liberal presumption of inherent “white male privilege” that is the theoretical justification for much of the malicious social engineering practiced in the name of “diversity.”

Redneck Privilege?
When I think of my own ancestors — hard-working people who toiled from dawn to sundown on the red clay hills of Alabama — I am quite naturally filled with pride. The suggestion that I should be ashamed of my ancestors is an insult I deeply resent. And to suggest that I am the beneficiary of an undeserved “privilege” is another sort of insult.

Certainly I have been less “privileged” than the Ivy League-educated Sotomayor, and any suggestion to the contrary amounts to an assertion of my own inferiority. This is an insult to me, and is compounded by an insult to my intelligence if you deny that you have insulted me.

If you say that the descendant of Puerto Ricans is deserving of a privilege that no descendant of Alabama rednecks could ever deserve, you implicity assert that my ancestors were inferior to Sotomayor’s. When I point out the self-evident insult involved, and someone then tells me, “Oh, you don’t understand . . .” or otherwise denies the insulting nature of their argument, they have then asserted that their own understanding is superior to mine.

“Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s rainin’.”
The Outlaw Josey Wales

There may be legitimate arguments in favor of having a “wise Latina” on the Supreme Court, but insofar as those arguments deny similar consideration to an Alabamian — say, someone like Sen. Jeff Sessions — an entire class of Americans has been thereby disadvantaged by your presumption of their inferiority. No one ever points this out, because the prejudices of boreal supremacy are so universal in elite culture.

Justice Clarence Thomas represents me as well as, if not indeed better than, any of his white associates on the court. From his own experience, Justice Thomas learned that the liberal’s claim of “tolerance” and “civility” is a vicious lie — a lie I discovered through experiences of my own.

It has long been my opinion that, whatever their disagreements and differences, black Americans and white Southerners share the experience of being the objects of prejudice. After years of encountering the patronizing condescension of one’s alleged superiors (a certain bowtied fops’s insulting contempt has been noted), one’s skin grows thick enough that it is no longer a constant struggle to withstand the urge to punch those arrogant bastards right square in their stuck-up noses. If nothing else, one can simply walk out of the room when David Brooks walks in.

Be a Good Jet, Jeff
At some point, however, such insults pile up so high that you feel compelled at least to mention the insult, lest the damned Yankee suppose that you are such a cowardly scalawag as to be insulted with impunity. I consider it beneath my dignity to defend myself against the accusation of “racism” — not even to point out that some of my best friends are Newyorkican — since I understand the accusation as an invitation to crawl in abjection before the shrine of boreal supremacy.

Therefore, I hope that Judge Sotomayor will not withdraw her nomination before she’s had a full hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and further hope that Senator Sessions will ask her whether she believes a “wise Latina” is inherently superior to a wise Alabamian.

Down home, there is a popular bumper-sticker slogan, “American By Birth, Southern By the Grace of God,” and no Southerner should condemn Judge Sotomayor for proclaiming herself “Newyorican By the Grace of God.” But if she’s trying to insult and disadvantage the people Senator Sessions represents, a matter of honor is involved, and she ought to expect a rumble.

You’ve got to be a Jet all the way, Senator.

June 2, 2009

NTCNews on Sotomayor

Dig the groovy aggregation, people. I love working to keep up with a breaking meme like this one.

Some people talk about “aggregation.” Some of us just jump in and start aggregatin’ like a mofo.

Dibs on the slogan, “Aggregatin’ like a mofo.” Don’t try to ace me out of that one, Trog.

June 2, 2009

Good luck with that, Howard

Howard Dean Says Sotomayor’s Race Comment Taken Out of Context

I’ve been trying to explain this “context” thing for years, and yet some people still persist in the erroneous belief that I am a neo-Confederate lesbian . . . er, NTTAWWT.

June 2, 2009

Cheap shot at Sotomayor’s opposition

Leading conservatives have signed a letter (text in PDF format) asking Republican Senators to filibuster Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Greg Sargent today takes a shot at this coalition:

The organizer of the pressure campaign — which has angered Senate GOP leaders — is identified as one Manuel Miranda, whom the paper only describes as a “former adviser on judicial issues to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.”
There’s a bit more to Manuel Miranda than that, however. Miranda, as longtime Congressional insiders will recall, was the GOP Senate staffer who was nailed in 2004 for hacking into the computers of Senate Dems and downloading thousands of documents relating to the strategies of Dem Senators on judicial nominations. . . .

Read the rest, but this is an idiotic and irrelevant attack. What happened was that there was a glitch in the congressional computer software, allowing Republican staffers to access an area of the system that Democratic staffers thought was private.

Nobody “hacked” anything. Miranda was merely the staffer who discovered the files showing that Democrats were blocking the judicial nomination of Miguel Estrada because he was Latino, highly qualified, and Dems feared the impact if Estrada eventually were nominated to the Supreme Court.

If Manuel Miranda were a Democrat, he’d be celebrated as a “whistleblower,” instead of being smeared as a “hacker.” As it is, Miranda’s involvement in the anti-Sotomayor effort is being used in a ridiculous guilt-by-association smear. Look at a partial list of the other signatories on this letter to Senate Republicans:

Richard Viguerie,
David Keene, American Conservative Union
Gary Bauer, American Values
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America
Dr. Virginia Armstrong, Eagle Forum’s Court Watch
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Mark R. Levin. President, Landmark Legal Foundation
Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family
Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America
Rev. Miguel Rivera, National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders
Dr. Carl Herbster, AdvanceUSA
Donald E. Wildmon, American Family Association
Niger Innis, Congress of Racial Equality
Willes K. Lee, Hawaii Republican Party. Immediate Past Chairman
Ron Robinson, Young America’s Foundation
Michael P. Farris, Esq., Home School Legal Defense Association
Peter Flaherty, National Legal and Policy Center
Kelly Shackelford. Liberty Legal Institute
Dana Cody, Life Legal Defense Foundation.
Susan Carleson, American Civil Rights Union
Phillip Jauregui, Judicial Action Group,
Ilya Shapiro, Esq., Cato Institute
Dean John C. Eastman, Dean, Chapman University School of Law
Dean Mathew D. Staver, Liberty Univ. School of Law (Founder, Liberty Counsel)
Prof. Teresa S. Collett. University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota
Prof. Ronald D. Rotunda, Chapman University School of Law
Michelle Gress, J.D., The Westchester Institute for Ethics
L. Brent Bozell III, Media Research Center
Thomas A. Glessner, JD, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates
Denise Singleton, American Federation of Senior Citizens
Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association
Rev. Rick Scarborough, Vision America
Rev. Louis Sheldon, Traditional Values Coalition
Andrea Lafferty, Traditional Values Coalition
Keith Wiebe, American Association of Christian Schools
Debbie Joslin, Alaska Eagle Forum, Republican National Committeewoman, Alaska
Bruce Ash, Republican National Committeeman, Arizona
Steve Scheffler, Iowa Christian Alliance, Republican National Committeeman, Iowa
W. Ross Little, Jr., Republican National Committeeman, Louisiana
Curly Haugland, Republican National Committeeman, North Dakota
Cathie Adams, Texas Eagle Forum, Republican National Committeewoman, Texas
Kathy Terry, Republican National Committeewoman, Virginia
David Ridenour, The National Center for Public Policy Research
Amy Ridenour, Americans for the Preservation of Liberty
Jeffrey Mazzella, Center for Individual Freedom
William H. Shaker. Rule of Law Committee
William J. Murray, Religious Freedom Coalition
J. C. Willke, MD, International Right to Life Federation
Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute
Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer, Human Life International
Dr. Patricia McEwen, Life Coalition International
Austin Ruse, Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute
Jennifer Kimball, Culture of Life Foundation
Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League
John Jansen, Generations for Life
Mark L. Melcher – The Political Forum
Deal W. Hudson. Catholic Advocate
Brian Burch, Fidelis and
John-Henry Westen,
Tom Shields, Coalition for Marriage and Family
Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach
William Greene, Ph.D.,
Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud
Mychal Massie, Project 21
Linda Harvey, Mission America
David Crowe, Restore America
Sandy Rios, Culture Campaign
Robert Peters, Morality in Media
Dave Bydalek, Family First
Richard Ford, Heritage Alliance
Peter LaBarbera, Americans for Truth
Tim Echols, Teenpact Leadership
Joseph Ureneck, The Fatherhood Coalition, Massachusetts
Daniel J. Cassidy, Editor, Sunlit Uplands, South Carolina
Steve Milloy,
Don Feder, Feder Associates, Massachussetts
Janet M. LaRue, Esq., Jan LaRue Consulting, Texas
Martha Zoller, “The Martha Zoller Show”, Georgia News Network
Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk show Host

If you know anything about the infrastructure of the Right, you see that this represents a very broad coalition, from libertarians like Cato’s Ilya Shapiro to a veritable Who’s Who of Christian conservative activists. No doubt, there are many others who would have signed — and I could name some that come to mind — if they weren’t worried about getting their educational non-profits entangled in this controversy.

So the fact that Manuel Miranda was the guy the organizer — helping draft the letter and soliciting signatories — is pretty doggone irrelevant, given this array of heavy hitters who signed up.

May 31, 2009

It’s Time for ‘Girl Stuff,’ WithYour Hostess, Little Miss Attila

Dear Attila: Your post about icky girl stuff was very amusing, in the “a-ha” smile-of-recognition way that only a man who has been married for 20 years could be amused.

My bachelor friends are mystified by my assurance that they don’t know what love is. When your wife sends you to the store, when you stride boldly into the feminine hygiene products aisle in search of the specific brand and style, when you find it and then go to the cashier and purchase that package of Always[TM] Ultra Thin Regular without embarrassment or explanation — well, that, my friends, is love.

And let’s talk hormone-induced mood changes, shall we? I realize we’re already well past National Offend A Feminist Week, but doesn’t this inescapable biological reality argue strongly against the kind of sexual “equality” (identical and therefore fungible) that is the basis of feminist ideology?

As blatantly reactionary as it was for my friend G. Gordon Liddy to discuss Judge Sotomayor’s nomination in this light, it’s not as if the G-Man was just makin’ stuff up. We’re talking about a genuine, biologically-based difference, are we not?

Even a wise Latina from the South Bronx could have a bad day or two every so often. If one were disposed to entertain dramatic hypotheticals, what might happen if one day Associate Justice Sotomayor decided, mid-conference, to put an end to an argument from Chief Justice Roberts by . . . well, putting an end to Chief Justice Roberts?

Even if her aim were imperfect, an 11-round clip in a 9-mm Glock semi-auto would give her sufficient margin of error that the next ruling surely would be issued by a uninamous court, because the deceased Associate Justice Scalia could not write a posthumous dissent (in which the dearly departed Chief Justice and the late Associate Justice Thomas would certainly concur from The Great Courtroom in the Sky).

Well, as I said, if one were disposed to think hypothetically, such a ghastly scenario could be imagined, just as a hypothetically-minded person might ponder what might happen if one day a PMS-afflicted female pilot at NAS Pensacola decided to download the GPS coordinates for Rush Limbaugh’s home in Palm Beach and . . .

Fortunately, I never entertain hypotheticals, nor do I have any imagination. And shame on those who do!