Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Last Call

A certain segment of the GOP is well aware of the fact they can't effectively oppose Sonia Sotomayor without coming across as misogynist racist old white men.

Too bad for the GOP that the rest of the party doesn't mind being misogynistic racist old white men, and this group is clearly holding the bullhorn.

Good luck getting that Hispanic and women's vote in 2010, guys.

Defending The Village

You know, I have my own personal problems with the Village and many of the idiots in it. But I certainly would never advocate specifically targeting them in military actions like NY Post columnist Ralph Peters.
n his latest essay, in a segment titled "The killers without guns," Peters suggests that the media is responsible for "saving" Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, but that media had "failed to defeat" the U.S. government's charge toward Iraq.

"Rejecting the god of their fathers, the neo-pagans who dominate the media serve as lackeys at the terrorists’ bloody altar," he gallingly charges.

It culminates:

Pretending to be impartial, the self-segregating personalities drawn to media careers overwhelmingly take a side, and that side is rarely ours. Although it seems unthinkable now, future wars may require censorship, news blackouts and, ultimately, military attacks on the partisan media. Perceiving themselves as superior beings, journalists have positioned themselves as protected-species combatants. But freedom of the press stops when its abuse kills our soldiers and strengthens our enemies. Such a view arouses disdain today, but a media establishment that has forgotten any sense of sober patriotism may find that it has become tomorrow's conventional wisdom.

Because, of course, in Peters' mind America can do no wrong:

The point of all this is simple: Win. In warfare, nothing else matters. If you cannot win clean, win dirty. But win. Our victories are ultimately in humanity’s interests, while our failures nourish monsters.

Jason Linkins over at Huffington Post evicerates this stunning outpouring of hatred.

And that's exactly what it is. Peters is certifiable. Dehumanizing Muslims as the faceless Enemy was one thing, but adding Liberals, Democrats, and even journalists to that same group is intolerable.

But then again, we torture people for false intel and the media ignores it. What moral authority do they have to complain, especially when the same journalists are the ones enabling the GOP to lie in the first place?

Maybe the Steno Pool will finally take notice that the GOP hate them almost as much as minorities, liberals, Democrats, atheists, gays, lesbians, and people who make less than six digits a year.

That Word Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

Mark Halperin on the Sotomayor non-fight:
President Barack Obama knows how to avoid a fight — and still do what he thinks is right. The media and conservative activists might be spoiling for a Supreme Court nomination battle, but the choice of Circuit Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill a high court vacancy is a classic Obama decision that makes the chances of political smooth sailing a near lock. Obama was clearly inspired by his selection, but he just as obviously kept an eye on the politics of his pick.

Assuming nothing surfaces in Sotomayor's background that causes controversy, expect her to be seated when the court opens for its new term in October, after thorough confirmation hearings that will seem more like a lovefest than a legal firing squad. By both design and luck, Obama faces a Supreme Court–pick process that has been drained of the tension and combat that has characterized such moments in the past several decades.

The fundamentals of the environment in which Obama has made his choice account for much of this reality. Democrats have a solid majority in the Senate, and Obama is seeking to replace one reliably liberal vote with another, meaning the balance of the court will not shift, lowering the stakes. And the social issues that used to fire up the right when it came to judicial disputes have lost some of their power, with the economy in the dumps and younger citizens drifting toward the left.
Has Halperin been, you know, actually paying attention to Republicans in the last four months? How they have been doubling down on obstructing everything Barack Obama is trying to do just because he's Barack Obama?

And he's counting on the support of his own party? The one that knifed him in the back over Gitmo, cramdown, and still can't get Dawn Johnsen past a filibuster? The Senate led by Harry "Chickenshit" Reid? You're counting on these guys to do the right thing?

"Near lock" my ass. By the time the new court session starts in October, it will start with either justices or Souter will still be there, twiddling his damn thumbs.

[UPDATE] Via BooMan, we see Charles Krauthammer basically call Sotomayor a racist. How many ConservaDems will buy this argument even though it's not the truth?

[UPDATE 2]Why does Type 1 Diabetes supposedly disqualify her from the position? Are you serious?

The Tyranny Of The Majority

As widely expected, California's Supreme Court has ruled to uphold Prop 8, but to also affirm the legality of the marriages done before the proposition went into effect.

Expect another proposition vote on the books this fall to overturn prop 8, will be my guess. It's nice that the people can overrule "activist judges" according to other "activist judges".

Price Drop

The Case-Schiller Index numbers are in for 1Q 2009, and home prices dropped a staggering 19.1% in America's major metro areas.

"Declines in residential real estate continued at a steady pace into March," said David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at Standard & Poor's in a prepared statement. "All 20 metro areas are still showing negative annual rates of change in average home prices with nine of the metro areas having record annual declines."

The ugly report was somewhat unexpected, according to Mike Larson, a real estate analyst for Weiss Research.

"The market was anticipating better results," he said. "There had been some signs of increased sales in post-bubble markets."

But that sales increase has not translated into higher prices. Bargain hunting - bottom fishing really - for foreclosures and other distressed properties has driven sales volume up while further depressing prices.

In other words, people are buying foreclosed homes at the bottom end, but not at the top. Since high-priced homes have a lot further to fall still, that's knocking down the prices for the entire market in these areas and indeed America as a whole.

Plus, new home starts will continue to depress the market as the supply of homes continues to increase. People are buying dirt-cheap homes...but that's all they are buying.

We still have a long way to go, and another wave of foreclosures to come that will only continue to depress housing prices well into 2010, maybe longer.

Zandar's Thought Of The Day

If a minority is a conservative from a lower class or even a lower-middle class background, they are proof that America is a land where hard work is rewarded.

If a minority is a liberal from the same background, it's just affirmative action and they don't really deserve the success.

Suddenly Sonia

Obama's SCOTUS pick is Sonia Sotomayor, several news outlets are reporting this morning. Considering the sandbag job on her began three weeks ago, it's nice of Obama to go ahead with her selection anyway.

The Wingers are going to trip over themselves trying to see which idiotic conclusion they jump to first, that Obama picking a Hispanic judge makes him a racist (because of course she can't possibly be a good judge), or that picking a female judge makes him a sexist for the same reason.

To quote Kenneth Brannagh in Wild Wild West, "Let the pahrty....begiyun!"

[UPDATE] The "Sonia Sotomayor = Harriet Miers so she should just withdraw now" train has already left the station.

This would have been the case no matter who Obama picked. After all, none of US are smart enough to be Supreme Court justices, so clearly we should rely on the opinions of people who are not smart enough to be Supreme Court justices to tell us Obama's pick is not smart enough to be a Supreme Court justice.

But as Amanda Terkel notes at Think Progress:
Coming from a housing project in the Bronx, Sotomayor ended up graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton. She also was a co-recipient of the M. Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest honor Princeton awards to an undergraduate. Sotomayor then went to Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order. Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) said on Fox News this morning that of all the nominees, Sotomayor “brings the most in terms of judicial experience — in terms of serving on a federal court — in 100 years.”

SCOTUS Blog has pointed out that women and minority candidates for the Supreme Court are often portrayed as not being smart enough for the job. As Matt Yglesias has also written, underscoring this point, “I recall a lot of issues being raised during the Samuel Alito confirmation fight, but at that time I don’t remember anyone raising questions about the intelligence of a Princeton/Yale Law graduate who’d done time on an Appeals Court.”

But the "not too bright Latina" meme will roll on...

Can You Hear The Wingers Scream, Clarice?

With North Korea, Obama's Supreme Court pick, and California's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, our favorite wingnuts are in full-blown meltdown mode, wondering why we haven't bombed Pyongyang Tehran (Iran is behind everything bad in the universe because our good friends the Israelis who would never lie to us say so) yet and how Barack Ocarter has just failed failed failed failed failed. After all, it's his fault we haven't won in the Middle east yet, he's had four whole months now.

Look guys, let's be honest here. Are we ready to declare war on the Norks right now? If we weren't still tied down in Iraq and Afghanistan after seven years, perhaps the rest of the world would take our military might seriously. But the Wingers are correct in their assumption that Kim Jong Il is laughing at us. He knows we're wayyyy too busy with Iraq, Afghanistan, and oh yeah, Pakistan, to be worrying about what he's up to.

It's no secret. Bush dug us into a quagmire and we're stuck. We were wrong on Iraq, we all but abandoned Afghanistan, and we ignored Pakistan until it almost became too late. Yes, North Korea is going to kick us while we're down...but let's remember why we were down in the first place: Bush failed to prevent 9/11.

Would we be in Afghanistan, Iraq, or sending drones into Pakistan right now if Bush hadn't dropped the ball eight years ago?


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