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Bush Nominates "Scalito" to Supreme Court

SamuelalitoDubbed "Scalito" because his extreme conservatism mirrors that of Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Samuel Alito has been nominated by President Bush to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court.

Democratic Senate leaders immediately lashed out at the judge, whose past decisions have supported placing restrictions on abortion that included parental and spousal notification.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said: "The Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people."

Senator Edward Kennedy slammed the choice: "Rather than selecting a nominee for the good of the nation and the court, President Bush has picked a nominee whom he hopes will stop the massive hemorrhaging of support on his right wing. This is a nomination based on weakness, not on strength."

Planned Parenthood called for the Senate's rejection of Alito.

An expoitative photo op was quickly planned: "Wasting no time, the White House arranged for Alito to go to the Capitol after the announcement.The schedule called for Senate Majority Leader Bill First to greet him and accompany the nominee to the Capitol Rotunda to go to the coffin of the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks."

Parks is probably turning in her grave, as Alito's past decisions show that he would protect racist employers, among other things.

road.jpg Harry Reid: President rejected opportunity to find "consensus" nominee.

road.jpg GW University Law Professor Jonathan Turley: "There will be no one to the right of Sam Alito on this Court."

Prepare for battle, folks. This one's gonna get ugly.

Nomination Likely to Please G.O.P., but Not Some Democrats [nyt]
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  1. This is a sad day for America. In picking Antonin Scalia's ideological Mini-Me, Bush has caved to the radical right and divided the nation even further.

    I sincerely hope that every woman or minority or gay person who voted for Bush in 2004 will reflect on the wisdom of his or her decision now. They’ll be the first to feel the effects of this appointment.

    Posted by: fastlad | Oct 31, 2005 11:27:08 AM


  2. They are not going to reflect. They will somehow blame the left.

    They voted for GWB out of economic self interest and allowed themselves to believe that Bush was protecting us. They are getting what they voted for. And the rest of have to live through it.

    Posted by: Donald | Oct 31, 2005 11:41:31 AM


  3. Did you see the press conference this morning? What's up with that guy's dye job? It looks like he used black shoe polish.

    Posted by: Robbie | Oct 31, 2005 11:46:46 AM


  4. And Bush sounded like he was just handed the speech as he walked in the door. I heard it on the radio. Was he hungover?

    Posted by: Donald | Oct 31, 2005 12:18:48 PM


  5. Hey Mr Towle why did you close the Comments section to your "Halloween Blind Item"?

    Posted by: max | Oct 31, 2005 1:06:25 PM


  6. This is why I can't be a Democrat. Harriet Miers was the PERFECT choice for them. She was viewed as moderate to liberal and some Dems had even recommended to Bush that he nominate her. Yet, because of their hatred for Bush, they just couldn't support her. Now we get this.

    I don't blame Bush, I blame the Democrats - he put someone up whom they should have supported and he didn't get their support. Now, payback is a bitch.

    Posted by: Cyd | Oct 31, 2005 2:00:03 PM


  7. Cyd
    Most national democrats were holding their fire on Miers until the hearings. I suspect they would have voted for her.

    Bush's problem was the republican senators. She did not have enough votes from them.

    You can not blame the democrats for this. If you voted for George Bush you need to blame yourself.

    Posted by: Donald | Oct 31, 2005 2:32:23 PM


  8. The man has been UNANIMOUSLY confirmed by the senate TWICE already, and served 15 years on a Federal bench. I doubt there will be a struggle to get him confirmed.

    Schumer and a few others will object to anyone Bush nominates, but I think in the long run, Alito's decisions will prove to be even-handed and resonable. He is almost everything the Miers protesters said they wanted in a Judge. Too conservative for some, too liberal for.... almost nobody, but with impeccable and easily researched credentials.

    It's going to look like the godddamned Mafia up there, but IMHO, Judge Alito will be confirmed.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 31, 2005 3:30:45 PM


  9. Speaking of exploiting Rosa Parks:

    "Like Rosa Parks, Judge Alito will be able to change history by virtue of where he sits. The real question today is whether Judge Alito will use his seat on the bench, just as Rosa Parks used her seat on the bus, to change history for the better, or whether he would use that seat to reverse much of what Rosa Parks and so many others fought so hard and for so long to put in place. Judge Alito's visit to Rosa Parks this morning was appropriate. His record, as I'm sure Rosa Parks would agree, is much more important." - Chuck Schumer

    Hey Chuck, let's put her in the ground before you use her name to score political points.

    Posted by: Mitch | Oct 31, 2005 3:36:23 PM


  10. Ah, what a perfect day for Mitch to climb out of his hole—Halloween.

    Posted by: Leland | Oct 31, 2005 3:40:12 PM


  11. Senate Democrats were holding their fire until they could get more information about what Miers was about. Frankly, since she had never even been a judge before or even handled constitutional issues as an attorney in the past, her nomination seems like an astoundingly boneheaded decision at best, and a red herring at worst. Now we have a man whose opinions include supporting the search of young children when it's thought that an adult "might have hidden drugs" on them, requiring women to inform their husbands of a pregnancy before having an abortion (regardless of the individual situation), as well as a decision supporting the firing of people with HIV/AIDS "out of fear of contamination, whether that fear is reasonable or not".

    Of course he'll be confirmed. There's no question about that. Unless he does a quick "about face" and turns out to be more socially progressive than his record indicates.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 31, 2005 6:04:57 PM


  12. Brian,

    You are incorrect about the abortion decision. The Pennsylvania statute, which Alito ruled on had provisions for "specific situations." I can't find anything on the HIV/AIDS ruling. Could you provide a link? The Washington Blade says there are no records of Alito ruling on an AIDS case.

    http://www.houstonvoice.com/blog/index.cfm?blog_id=3247

    Posted by: Mitch | Nov 1, 2005 12:19:13 AM


  13. I find it highly ironic that conservatives rally around the memory of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. because they would have been likely the same type of traditionalists who have (intellectually and legally) defended segration fifty years ago. Would conservative jurists like Scalia and Alito have stood up for civil rights? Highly doubtful.

    When I read the gay neo-cons post, I can't help but recall the activities of Roy Cohen and others.

    Posted by: Joe | Nov 1, 2005 2:15:15 AM


  14. Here's hoping that Alito is as far right as possible. With any luck, within five years Roe v Wade will be overturned. Bowers v Texas will be overturned. DOM will be upheld. Whatever new legislation outlawing same sex benefits will be in place. And pretty much any agenda that gives benefits to anyone else besides ex-Halliburton CEO's (how in god's name can a sitting US Veep earn $8 million dollars from a company that he creates wars for..sorry..I digress...)..will be eliminated. Of course the rt wing gay apologists will cry overreaction. With any luck, we're gonna be the country that they want us to be. Because, THEN the fun's gonna begin.

    Posted by: PSMike | Nov 1, 2005 11:49:13 AM


  15. >>I find it highly ironic that conservatives rally around the memory of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.

    It was Republicans, led by President Lincoln, who freed the slaves. It has always been Republicans at the forefront of social change. Democrats have traditionally been resistant to change, and supportive of labor unions, which have always maintained racist attitudes, even while publicly espousing 'equal opportunity' policies.

    BTW Joe, neo-con is not a term you seem to understand, and I suggest you stick to language at your grade level.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Nov 1, 2005 8:24:06 PM


  16. hiv/aids ruling: http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?hint=1&DR_ID=33495

    you could argue he was just being ignorant like a lot of the conservative constituancy was at that time, playing into a hysteria over the possibility of casual transmission which there was absolutely no medical evidence for. but it fits into a pattern of insensitivity to civil liberties, especially with regard to discrimination. And considering the many issues we continue to face on that front, especially in relation to invasion of privacy and termination of employment based on personal issues... he doesn't deserve a position in any high court, much less the supreme court of the u.s. abortions are going to occur inside or outside of the law, although it is safer when inside. really, there's a larger range of issues to consider, and hopefully the hearings will tap into that. His record will work against him as in case after case he has taken a moderate to extreme right-wing stance, with enough of the latter to have dug a hole large enough to prevent supreme court appointment.

    Posted by: one45 | Nov 5, 2005 3:54:58 PM



  17. Program on the emergence of civilization.

    "14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
    13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
    None from the sub-Saharan African continent. "
    Favor.
    And disfavor.

    They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

    The roots of racism are not of this earth.

    Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.


    The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

    AIDS in Africa.


    Organizational Heirarchy
    Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

    1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"
    2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
    3. Evil/disfavored aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

    Terrestrial management:

    4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
    5. Romans - they answer to the egyptians
    6. Mafia - the real-world interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
    7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

    Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
    1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

    Many Muslims are being used like the Germans and Japanese of WWII::being used to hurt others and envoke condemnation upon their people.

    They can affect the weather and Hurricane Katrina was accomplished for many reasons and involves many interests, as anything this historical is::
    1. Take heat off Sheenhan/Iraq, protecting profitable war machine/private war contracts
    2. Gentrification. New Orleans median home price of $84k is among the lowest in major American cities, certainly among desirable cities.


    Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying "He has more money than god." There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says "I'm too old and rich for this."

    This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.
    god is evil because of money.

    I don't want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe.


    But they have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won't help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help me.

    The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, market domination being one clue, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

    I offer an example of historical proportions:::


    People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".

    Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family's problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
    Unions serve to empower.
    Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems.
    Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people's belief that Walmart is evil (disfavored).
    I believe the coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to just this.
    The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no hope.


    Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals. Malcontents.
    Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they "decided" who they didn't want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
    The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren't their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.


    Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. These seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
    And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.


    Since Buddism doesn't recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
    It was set up this way. Perhaps dyanstic thrones had a say, but maybe not.
    Budda was the Asian's Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. "They came up at the same time for a reason."

    Simpson's foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. "Last one you ever suspect."
    "You'll see lots of nuns where you're going:::hell!!!" St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
    Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.


    Jews maim the body formed in the image of "god", and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ. I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians and cooperating Jews who attack "god's" most favored people will pay for it dearly one day.

    Posted by: Ewxploited | Nov 6, 2005 1:16:53 AM


  18. Here's a great idea: stack the court by having all nine justices Catholics!

    It would guarantee one thing:

    Just give me first crack at all those young choir boys and the governement can do whatever it wants...

    i be happy!

    Posted by: HisHolynessDPope | Nov 26, 2005 11:19:08 PM


  19. Please tell me you're all writers from The Simpsons, trying out your next script!
    PLEASE......cause if this is the extent of the American public's opinions, that the Democrats caused Harriet Miers to resign her nomination to the Supreme Court, and that made Bush so angry, that he nominated Alito.
    Jews made all white people get circumcized,(no blacks or hispanics, huh?) and that Islamics are God's favorite people (even the ones that blow themselves up in the name of Allah, get 20 virgins and a seat aside of Allah in Heaven), so BEWARE, GOD WILL GET YOU WHITE JEW BASTARDS, you've got me so scared, I'm gonna build a bomb shelter, take my family, and my cat and seal ourselves in until the radiation is over, then come out in a hazmat suit and see what you've all finally done to each other, in your love of all humanity.

    Posted by: Harvey Toenail | Nov 27, 2005 11:46:31 PM


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