Supreme Court Rebukes Sotomayor’s Dismissive Approach to Basic Fairness

More important than the fact that Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's appellate ruling simply was overturned yesterday was that her ruling was that she treated the meritorious (and ultimately victorious) claims of the New Haven fire fighters so dismissively. It seems that in Sotomayor's world race-neutral, merit-based promotion systems are scarcely even worthy of consideration as legal and legitimate. For her, a subjective standard of judicial "empathy" trumps not only basic fairness but also the need to give basic fairness any serious consideration. Below the fold is a video response from the Colorado Judicial Network: … [Read more...]

Mark Steyn: Burst Bubbles of Big Government and Political Soap Operas

With his usual eloquence and wit, the venerable Mark Steyn on National Review Online makes a terrific point about the connection between centralized state spending & power and bizarre behavior by politicians:The real bubble is a consequence of big government. The more the citizenry expect from the state, the more our political class will depend on ever more swollen Gulf Emir–sized retinues of staffers hovering at the elbow to steer you from one corner of the fishbowl to another 24/7. “Why are politicians so weird?” a reader asked me after the Sanford press conference. But the majority of people willing to live like this will, almost by definition, be deeply weird. So big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits. … [Read more...]

UNCRC – Imminent Threat

Susan Rice, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, declared last week that the Obama administration is looking for ways to ratify the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). The Obama administration's operational strategy is to appeal to peer pressure.  We are embarrassed to be the only nation besides Somalia that hasn't ratified the treaty, aren't we?  No. The mistaken focus is on the means, rather than the end.  If there are facts about how American and Somalian children are poorly treated due to the countries not ratifying this treaty, please come out with them. Otherwise, this argument doesn't explain why we should ratify this treaty.  (And by the way, ParentalRights.org explains that Somalia doesn't … [Read more...]

Bill Ritter’s Car Tax Hits Home

A few days ago Mr. Bob reminded us that Bill Ritter's car tax was a-comin'. Well, count me among the lucky ones who has a vehicle due to have the license renewed in July, and be hit by the tax first. Yesterday the notice came in the mail from the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder. Usually, as the car ages and depreciates, the registration fee drops from year to year. This time it increased by more than 31 dollars. We'll find out what the damage is on the family van in a couple months -- probably about the same, methinks. The signs of Bill Ritter's sagging popularity should only proliferate at this point -- especially among those with newer cars and/or farm tractors. In the meantime, Bill Ritter is soliciting applications for more … [Read more...]

“There are more things in heaven and earth…”: Brooke Greenberg’s Story

I like to visit Fox News from time to time, because the site tends to feature some unusual stories that may or may not go unnoticed. But this one I read today really struck me as something almost too bizarre and incomprehensible for your run-of-the-mill supermarket tabloid:Brooke Greenberg continues to baffle her family and doctors. At 16-years-old, Brooke weighs 16 pounds and stands 2 feet, 6 inches tall, MyFOXChicago reported. She can’t speak, but she can express frustration and happiness. In other words, Brooke’s body and mind are that of a toddler. According to the story, the Maryland girl has her original baby teeth and the bones of a 10-year-old. All three of her sisters are normal. Doctors are "baffled" but hypothesize … [Read more...]

Wrong, Ed Perlmutter: Waxman-Markey Would Harm 7th District Jobs, Economy

Earlier today Representative Ed Perlmutter responded to my letter urging him to vote against the Waxman-Markey massive energy "cap and tax" (no doubt with boilerplate language):As you may know, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is important legislation to help build a new clean energy economy. This bill will create millions of clean energy jobs, put America on a path to energy independence, and help limit carbon emissions which contribute to global warming. As a supporter of green energy initiatives, I am fortunate for the opportunity to represent Colorado's 7th Congressional District, which is home to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) located in Golden. I am a proponent of wind and solar energy as well as other … [Read more...]

New Video: The Raw Deal of Barack Obama Health Care Mandates

Watch the one-minute animated explanation why the mandates in Barack Obama's health care plan are bad for so many Americans, especially the young and healthy: Viewer warning: Exposure to pictures of Justin Longo in spandex may be harmful to your health. But, of course, exposure to Obamacare would be much worse. … [Read more...]

Tell Your Representative to Sink the Bad Idea Known as Waxman-Markey

Lovers of liberty, it's not time to be resigned or downtrodden. It's time to stand up and be heard. This week the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the massive energy tax sometimes known as the Waxman-Markey bill or "Cap and Trade". FreedomWorks not only tells you why this bill is bad but provides easy links for you to take action and contact your representative. I already contacted Rep. Ed Perlmutter's office. (Of course, we also have the problem of an already very long piece of legislation that has suddenly added several hundred pages. Unlike the stimulus bill, will our Congressman be able to read it all in time? Consider me skeptical.) As it turns out, the timing of the House vote is proving to be quite … [Read more...]

Guvs Mark Sanford and Bill Ritter: Comparing International Travel Plans

Update, 1:00 PM: Not surprisingly, as Politico reports, there is more to the story: With news of the affair and bizarre cover-up, down goes Sanford. Very sad. Republican South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford did what? For eccentricity's sake, I almost want to hear someone uncover more to the story than the governor of a state dashing off to South America on a whim without telling anyone. Or maybe we're just left to wonder why his staff told the media he really was hiking along the Appalachian trail (and may have "flat out lied" about the Argentina story). To think, just last week I was musing about a possible presidential candidate to support for 2012, and Mark Sanford by default rose to the top of the unofficial and utterly … [Read more...]

New Ryan Frazier Video Effectively Sells “A New Way Forward” Message

El Presidente has posted the slick new video from the Ryan Frazier for U.S. Senate campaign. Check it out. It's really worth the 2+ minutes to view. Kudos both to the person(s) who recorded the raw video footage of Ryan's speech and to the person(s) who edited it into a high-quality product. It looks like "A New Way Forward" is going to be the theme for the Frazier campaign, and if continued to be presented as in this video, it will be effective. After all, who can deny that the Republican Party needs to forge a new way forward? On a side note, this afternoon only 20 minutes after I received the Frazier campaign email announcing the release of the video I received a fundraising "personal message" from another Republican U.S. Senate … [Read more...]