Run, Sarah, run (set the pace, too)

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her publicity-seeking stunts have finally achieved the attention she deserves: One- or two-paragraph stories that run with those that warn us that sheep on the remote Scottish island of Hirta are gradually shrinking because of global warming. Global warming’s shrunk our interest in her, too.

Are pickups prejudiced? Two Dalton people were killed when the motorcycle they were riding was sideswiped by a motorist who apparently crossed the center lane. A motorist driving a car could have done the same thing. Yet pickup drivers — I am one — are presumed to be aggressive and when a lesser vehicle is involved, it’s always noted that the offending vehicle was a pickup.

Not surprising that among the big cities with the lowest unemployment rates is Washington, D.C., with 6.2 percent. Atlanta ranks 18th, at 9.6 percent. The stimulus creates jobs. For government workers.

Atlanta businesses about to be hit with a sharp increase in city property taxes fall into two camps: those who pass on the entire levy and the mom-and-pop operators who can’t, and therefore take it out of salaries and services. The latter are the kinds that get taxed out of existence.

The cheating by officials at four elementary schools on the CRCT is so dishonest to children and their parents that nobody found to be involved should ever be allowed to set foot on public school property again. The schools are Deerwood Academy in Atlanta, Atherton Elementary in DeKalb, Parklane Elementary in Fulton and Burroughs-Molette in Glynn County. It is simply appalling that despite the evidence Atlanta Public Schools officials still pretend otherwise. “They’re taking the position that there’s no confession, so it didn’t happen,” a state official told the state school board.

A study finds that Georgia ranks 14th nationally in percentage of fat adults and third nationally in fat 10- to 17-year-olds. Georgia is criticized in the report by the Trust for America’s Health for not having strict nutrition standards for school lunches and vending machines. It ain’t the school’s fault. Children eat at the same tables with fat mommas and daddies. The place to start reforming America’s health care system is at the TV snack tray.

Fat Georgians are in training to reclaim a title lost last week. Three circus elephants defeated three humans in an eating contest, downing 505 hot dog buns in six minutes. Humans downed 143.

Take the dog, you take the fleas. The Securities and Exchange Commission votes unanimously to require companies requiring a bail-out to allow shareholders to vote on executive compensation. I agree with the principle. It is, however, an instance of regulators using the bail-out to meddle in management’s business.

Run, Sarah, run. Actually, all candidates should resign to run for higher office. All four of the presidential and vice presidential candidates last year, including Palin, held onto their jobs until they got something better.

If North Korea launches a cyberattack on Thinking Right, I’m drafting every fierce liberal who camps out on my blog and assigning them to Kim Jong II’s blog, Thinking Nutty.

Vice President Joe Biden announced that hospitals have agreed to forgo $155 billion in future government payments so the nonexistent money can be diverted to partially “finance” a new health care entitlement that Democrats want to ram through Congress this year. First of all, the money is an illusion. Secondly, Biden is not authorized to speak for the administration.

The pot smokers have the same solution to California’s budget woes that the Underground Atlanta gambling interests have for Georgia’s: Legalize something objectionable. Surely somebody’s convinced that prostitution is some state’s budget savior.

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EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 12th, 2009
5:00 pm

I`M SO GLAD THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SCREWED OVER ITS REDNECK STUPID BASE,HOW DOES IT FEEL NOT BEING ABLE TO PAY FOR YOUR TRAILOR HOUSE AND YOUR 4X4 PICK-UP TRUCK,WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU HAD WHEN CLINTON WAS IN OFFICE? YOU STUPIDS VOTED 2 TIMES FOR SUPER STUPID BUSH AND THIS IS THE RESULTS,AND I`M GLAD OF THE RESULTS,BECAUSE RURAL DUMB REDNECK GEORGIA IS SUFFERING THE MOST!

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:04 pm

Will someone please put that EVIL LIBTARD out of its pathetic misery once at for all? That would be great, thanks.

Anyway, MHS: this nation is not majority libtard left. It is center to center right. There are more self-proclaimed Conservatives than self-defecating libtards (hehehe – that was good). Those mindless mouth breathers honestly believe they are the future of this nation and that Conservatives and Conservatism is dead (note how said libtard mouth breathers continue to defecate on this blog since we’re so meaningless these days..).

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
5:04 pm

That’s not all you said you dumbass anti-American.

Having trouble remembering your exact lies?

I used your very words LAIR (and the entire context changes nothing).

“BUT WE BOMB EVERYBODY THAT CANT BOMB BACK”

That is what YOU said YOU ANTI-AMERICAN LAIR!

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:07 pm

Speaking of Ohio, maybe Bidenplugs, who didn’t even know what in the hell the website was for the “Stimulus” bill, can help Ohioans understand exactly where the F their tax dollars went. Side note: Obama’s approval rating has dropped 13 points in the last two months in Ohio – one of the key states in the election.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/07/wonder-where-all-those-stimulus-are-going-maybe-biden-knows.html

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:14 pm

Bidenplugs: Real Men Of Genius. LMAO……….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toorZ2X8PyE

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
5:19 pm

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:04 pm

I’m very well aware of that fact. We are in very point of fact a center-right nation 40% Conservative 39% Centrist 21% Liberal. Obumer and these liberal socialist Dem-beciles were not elected by liberal or ethnic minority votes. That happened because of frustrated majority centrist electorate and a few fed-up conservatives with no better candidates on the ballots to elect that voted for write-ins.

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:20 pm

So, The Teleprompter In Chief urges “patience” with the so-called stimulus bill and Bidenplugs continues to backpedal and say they “miscalculated” the economy. One has to wonder: did these incompetents urge as much “patience” in going through what was IN the special interest spending…. err I mean stimulus bill? Like HELL.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31877228/ns/business-us_business

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
5:36 pm

As I live and breath… call it having a good read on people or whatever.

Weep your crying heart out Jay Bookman. :lol:

Palin Says She’ll Stump for Conservative Democrats

Palin Would Campaign for Conservative Democrats Who Share Her Values

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=8064710&page=1

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 12th, 2009
5:40 pm

YOU CAN`T FIGHT THE TRUTH WITH YOUR MADE UP REPUBLICAN LIES MICHAEL H. SMITH,WHY DONT YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT COUNTRIES LIKE RUSSIA AND CHINA SUPPLYING COUNTRIES LIKE NORTH KOREA AND IRAN WITH WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION,YOU ONLY GO AFTER THE SMALLER COUNTRIES INSTEAD OF GOING STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE WHICH IS RUSSIA AND CHINA? BOMB THEM BIG AND BAD NEO-CON?

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:40 pm

“LOL, the only people that get upset about the prospect of an extra $2,700 in taxes each year are the ones that listen to Hannity and would miss $2,700 if they lost it. The people that would actually have to pay the extra money in taxes spend more than that on a golf weekend.”–deegee

It’s THEIR money, you mindless left wing libtard neo-communist WRETCH, NOT YOURS.

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:41 pm

And what’s up with AJC’s servers? How come posts appear and then disappear? From the incompetence of the Urinal Constipation to the incompetence of running blogs. No surprises.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 12th, 2009
5:44 pm

NEVER DO YOU HEAR THE GOP HICKS ON THESE BLOGS ADMIT THAT THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION PUT AMERICA IN THE WORST SHAPE IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA,THESE SUPER STUPID HICKS WILL BLAME OBUMER FOR BUSH RECORD JOBLOSS NUMBERS.

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:51 pm

“Palin Says She’ll Stump for Conservative Democrats”

Well shucks, the cat is out of the bag now! It will be interesting to see what she has to say about Indiana’s Evan Bayh. Well have a good Sunday evening MHS, and keep the heat on the libtards – they deserve hell. Time for a nice quiet evening of steak, the wife, and a good Blu-Ray movie. Freedom to own and eat anything in this nation is the greatest thing ever. Too bad libtardism doesn’t agree with freedoms…… Peace out.

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
5:54 pm

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 12th, 2009
5:40 pm

Truth is something you know very little of as facts reveal. Telling a few more lies will not cover up the rest of your anti-American lying trash.

Just to inform YOU I speak as I choose to speak and on what I choose to talk about, when I’m ready to say it at my convenience. Those who know me have heard a great deal of what I’ve said on Russia, China, India, both Koreans, the Middle East and the Americas.

Keep lying, YOU will never lie enough to cover YOUR last big anti-American lie.

“BUT WE BOMB EVERYBODY THAT CANT BOMB BACK”

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
6:02 pm

Freakenstein

July 12th, 2009
5:51 pm

And the best to you my friend on this fine Sunday evening. Supper is nearly on the table and I’ve better things to do with myself than yammer with this left-wing loony that can’t keep the lies “IT” has told, straight.

Alex Neill

July 12th, 2009
6:34 pm

It’s not true that Palin can’t read. That’s just cruel and unfair. My understanding is that she does read, until her finger gets sore.

Northern Songs LTD

July 12th, 2009
7:02 pm

EVIL, Michael, Palin(s) -A bigger pile of horse doo-doo have I ever had the joy to scroll over.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 12th, 2009
7:36 pm

MICHAEL H. SMITH WE BOMB ON PEOPLE THAT CAN`T BOMB BACK,SADDAM WAS TRAPPED IN HIS OWN COUNTRY,AND COULD NOT LAUNCH ANY NUCLEAR WEAPON WHICH YOU REDNECKS LIED ABOUT,SO MIKE WE DO STILL BOMB ON COUNTRIES THAT CAN`T BOMB BACK!

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 12th, 2009
7:49 pm

I read a few idiotic pubtard posts. What I said idiot with Palin’s lack of reading ability is that I never read pastes or links from the pubtards here and I don’t.

It’s hilairous that the pubtards have never, can never, will never be able to argue an issue. They always turn their childish anger towards people who don’t agree with their primitive ignorant ideas.

Wonder why your ass gets handed to you in Elections and votes? There’s your answer.

What’s on tap for next week. Dems will make a fool out of the pubtards on Judiciary committee (some of the dumbest) and new Senator Al Franken will make his debut on Judiciary.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 12th, 2009
7:51 pm

The US doesn’t dare bomb countries with the nukes. That’s why North Korea and Iran have ‘em over a barrel. Moron Bush suspended all intelligence operations and pulled all assets from Iran. Boy that worked well.

FreedomOfInformationAct

July 12th, 2009
8:07 pm

Whats the one thing the GOP and the neoconservatives cannot afford? The ever grown group of disenfranchised voters forced off the unemployment lines since their dear leader bush left office. That will cause sarah to bow out once and for all.

Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Will Lose Unemployment Benefits Soon
By Marie Cocco, Washington Post Writers Group. Posted July 10, 2009.
http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=93531

You might be interested in:
Unemployed and on the Verge of Losing Everything: “I Don’t Know How I’ll Make It”
Abyss of Joblessness: The Economy Can’t Improve Unless We Put People Back to Work
Unemployment Is Hitting Men Particularly Hard — and Both Sexes Are Losing Out
This Crisis Is Way Bigger Than Dead Banks and Wall Street Bailouts

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 12th, 2009
10:22 pm

“Palin Willing To Campaign For Democrats”

She’s been doin’ that since you first heard her name. Just be your stupid self Sarah and parade your moron followers. That’s all we need from ya.

Davo

July 12th, 2009
10:59 pm

“Run, Sarah, run. Actually, all candidates should resign to run for higher office. All four of the presidential and vice presidential candidates last year, including Palin, held onto their jobs until they got something better.”

Run, JW, run with that crazy idea that Palin is your savior. The times havent changed so much as your beloved GOP has. You guys had your chance and blew it…entirely. Consevative values will eventually win out….but not under the GOP.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 13th, 2009
12:30 am

Palin’s Missteps and Ignored Advice

ANCHORAGE — In late March, a senior official from the Republican Governors Association headed for Alaska on a secret mission. Sarah Palin was beset by such political and personal turmoil that some powerful supporters determined an intervention was needed to pull her governorship, and her national future, back from the brink.

The official, the association’s executive director, Nick Ayers, arrived with a memorandum containing firm counsel, according to several people who know its details: Make a long-term schedule and stick to it, have staff members set aside ample and inviolable family time to replenish your spirits, and build a coherent home-state agenda that creates jobs and ensures re-election.

Like so much of the advice sent Ms. Palin’s way by influential supporters, it appeared to be happily received and then largely discarded, barely slowing what was, in retrospect, an inexorable march toward the resignation she announced 10 days ago.

Ms. Palin had returned to her home state from the presidential campaign as one of the hopeful prospects in her struggling party, even if she had much to prove to her detractors. Standing before the Legislature in January, she vowed to retake her office with “optimism and collaboration and hard work to get the job done.”

But interviews in Alaska and in Washington show that a seemingly relentless string of professional and personal troubles quickly put that goal out of reach.

Almost as soon as she returned home, the once-popular governor was isolated from an increasingly critical Legislature. Lawmakers who had supported her signature effort to develop a natural gas pipeline turned into uncooperative critics. In mid-spring, as the country grew alarmed over the swine flu, Ms. Palin skipped a briefing for administration officials on the outbreak by her chief medical officer, Dr. Jay C. Butler. A spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow, noted that the teleconference took place about a month before the first case of the flu was reported in Alaska and that at the time the governor was meeting with top staff on the issue of federal stimulus funds. Since then, the state has had 122 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu.

Dr. Jim Wooten has stated that concern overe H1N1 is “completely overblown”, which ignores the history of several double phased viral pandemics.

Liar's lair

July 13th, 2009
9:21 am

Michael’s ignorance is cute.

Churchill's MOM

July 13th, 2009
9:29 am

Why are the northern liberals and the NYT always against our next President?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/us/politics/13palin.html?hp

****Handel 2010*****Palin Sanford 2012**********

clyde

July 13th, 2009
10:07 am

Obama wants slavery taught in the U.S. schools.I don’t believe he wants it all taught.Just the whites are bad part.Blacks owned slaves here in the U.S. He probably won’t want that mentioned.Blacks sold blacks in Africa.Keep that as quiet as possible.If you’re going to teach it,teach it all.If not,let sleeping dogs lie.

getalife

July 13th, 2009
10:08 am

“I’ve Seen 1,200 Torture Photos” :

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/13/752875/-Ive-Seen-1,200-Torture-Photos

Oh geez.

More gop should pull a palin and go bailin like palin and Jim.

Quit.

Pat

July 13th, 2009
10:16 am

Ralph Reed is a lesbian. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. She should just stop pretending to be a man.

James Malone

July 13th, 2009
11:30 am

Since when does bald assertion and out of context snippets of information qualify as “commentary.” Who the hell at AJC gave this clown a job?

Chris Broe

July 13th, 2009
11:31 am

I plan on supporting Ralph Reed. He had me at “Halo”.

Chris Broe

July 13th, 2009
11:45 am

I also plan on supporting my favorite muse ever, Sarah Palin. (How do I trap a muse who traps moose?) She won’t get embarrassed by wardrobe indiscretions this time. I know how to dress a muse.

Sarah Palin is the face that launched a thousand Bill Shipps, you know.

Hilary

July 13th, 2009
11:57 am

Capitalism creates prostitution.

clyde

July 13th, 2009
12:15 pm

Today is the beginning of the hearings on a biased Justice for The Supreme Court.Thankfully she has only one voice and one vote and she replaces one of her own.Her vote will be left always,and the constitution will never get in her way of her decisions.Yes,she will easily be confirmed.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 13th, 2009
12:29 pm

I disagree with Mr. Wooten in most political respects, but Mr. Wooten did not have a career where he went “bailin’”. Mr. Wooten worked every day at different publications, and as far as I can tell, he is still blogging at the rate he was before he retired. That’s a far cry from bailin’.

He should enjoy retirement and in the best health possible.

Says Tzu

July 13th, 2009
12:52 pm

Sessions sure knows how to say it:

‘But Republican leaders nevertheless launched a sharp political attack on her record, hoping to highlight what they say are Obama’s plans to use the Supreme Court to drive social change. “I believe our legal system is at a dangerous crossroads,” said Senator Jeff Sessions, the top ranking Republican on the committee. “Down one path is the traditional American legal system, so admired around the world, where judges impartially apply the law to the facts without regard to their own personal views. “Down the other path lies a Brave New World where words have no true meaning and judges are free to decide what facts they choose to see. In this world, a judge is free to push his or her own political and social agenda.”‘

Oh it’s much more than just being at a crossroads in the Justice system. The libDims at the helm are destroying corporations, selling this nation out to tax hell under some junk science of global warming bill (Cap-n-Trade) while allowing China and India to spew emissions unchecked, destroying our defensive nukes, and wanting to rip away 20% of the US economy known as health care and turning it over to government control. And you know what? Those people and their mindless supporters are going to blame Bush & Cheney for THEIR commanded ride to economic hell.

Says Tzu

July 13th, 2009
1:19 pm

Yeah, here’s sheer genius on how the libDims think about the SKY FALLING if that pathetic Cap-n-Trade isn’t passed:

“WASHINGTON — If the Senate doesn’t pass a bill to cut global warming, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer says, there will be dire results: droughts, floods, fires, loss of species, damage to agriculture, worsening air pollution and more. She says there’s a huge upside, however, if the Senate does act: millions of clean-energy jobs, reduced reliance on foreign oil and less pollution for the nation’s children.”

Who out there really believes that these libDims commandeering the USS Titanic really believe in reducing foreign energy? The Obamanation has already stated it will kill off coal and the rest of the incompetents at the helm won’t allow drilling, won’t allow nuclear power plants development, and honestly believe that we can windmill and solar our way into the future at our current (and future) power demands. To say out of touch of reality, which as we all know liberalism is, is an extreme understatement. But, that’s what they constantly prove to us on a daily basis. One can only hope and pray that this nation wakes up from its coma and look around what these libDims are doing to this nation.

clyde

July 13th, 2009
1:50 pm

Remember Barbara Steisand,that world renowned environmental scientist?The oe that studied and studied how the weather and other elements affect the carbon emissions of this planet.She’s wailing about carbon dioxide again.Why do these freak shows get quoted? Slow news day?

I question why nuclear power is being left out of the equation in favor of biofuel,that turning of the world’s food supply into diesel.Biofuel would be very attractive if the world’s population was somehow limited,but it won’t be limited.China tried population limiting with a questionable outcome.People outside China didn’t like the results.Or the methods.

I could use a small electric vehicle with a 60 mile range for 80%of my driving.I need this plugged into a cheap source of power.Nuclear fits the bill.Solar and wind power would do nothing to help me as I drive during daylight hours .Repeat:Small electric vehicle,60 mile range,cheap nuclear power,45 mph top speed.80% of my driving.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 13th, 2009
3:10 pm

For the record, Alito and Roberts have never ruled against a corporation in a single opinion in the Supreme Court since they came.

Alito and Roberts have ruled against the defendant in every criminal case before them since taking the S. Ct. bench.

It is amusing to see pronouncements from the Wingnuts here who have no understanding of the basics of federal appellate law, and on health care who have no understanding of the basics of medicine with the same rambling generalities as Palin while they mimic what they hear from Faux News or Rush Bimbaugh.

C-Span 3 will carry the hearings which will be a dog and pony show as usual as will its website and MSNBC’s web site. Faux news will carry no hearings but select exerpts of losing Republican senators grand standing.

It is difficult to believe Sessions has even been to law school.

A study by New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice has analyzed 1,194 constitutional cases decided during Judge Sotomayor’s tenure on the Second Circuit and found her to be solidly in the mainstream of the bench. On the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor has voted with the majority in 98.2% of constitutional cases and 94% of her constitutional decisions have been unanimous.

In a letter received today by the Senate Judiciary Committee, more than 1000 academics expressed their support for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

A number of signatories with diverse specialties and political leanings discussed via conference call Judge Sotomayor’s qualifications and strongly rebuked any characterization of her as a liberal ideologue. The professors believed Judge Sotomayor to be a moderate, pragmatic, and incrementalist jurist across all areas of law.

she has split evenly in ruling for plaintiffs or defendants in business cases: Columbia Law School Professsor John C. Coffee called her a “standout” for businesses in the field of class action certification (citing her participation in In re IPO Securities Litigation), while Arthur Miller, a New York University Law School professor, said she also has shown concern for consumers and public safety in litigation.

Hopefully, Obama’s next two appointments will be constitutional law scholars like Pam Carlin or Kathleen Sullivan of Stanford, or Dawn Johnsen who will soon be confirmed to take over the leadership of OLC.

What the bimbos here don’t realize is that every single word of Obama DOJ’s appellate briefs have been to the right of Bush DOJ’s in total violation of civil liberties with respect to torture, State Secrets (the bimbos don’t understand the concept), illegal wiretapping, and holding individuals in solitary confinement without charges or trial indefinitely with limited access to an attorney, no complete attorney client privilege, and no discovery whatsoever that follows FRCrP (Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure) and the admission of heresay evidence that would be illegal in a federal trial court with rare exception.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 13th, 2009
3:18 pm

From former federal appellate law clerk Dahlia Lithwick:

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have announced that Frank Ricci, the firefighter who recently prevailed in his “reverse discrimination” lawsuit against the city of New Haven, Conn., will testify at Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings. Ricci has become a sort of folk hero for white men everywhere, having dared to stand up against the evils of affirmative action and race-based employment preferences. Next week, he will be called on to make the point, as David Paul Kuhn put it, that Sotomayor, for all her talk of empathy and the real-world impact of judicial decisions, “demonstrated no empathy for the ‘real-world consequences’ of affirmative action on Ricci.”

Ricci is invariably painted as a reluctant standard-bearer; a hardworking man driven to litigation only when his dreams of promotion were shattered by a system that persecutes white men. This is the narrative we will hear next week, but it somewhat oversimplifies Ricci’s actual employment story. For instance, it’s not precisely true, as this one account would have it, that Frank Ricci “never once [sought] special treatment for his dyslexia challenge.” In point of fact, Ricci sued over it.

According to local newspapers, Ricci filed his first lawsuit against the city of New Haven in 1995, at the ripe old age of 20, for failing to hire him as a firefighter. That January, the Hartford Chronicle reported that Ricci sued, saying “he was not hired because he is dyslexic.” The complaint in that suit, filed in federal court, alleged that the city’s failure to hire Ricci because of his dyslexia violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Frank Ricci was one of 795 candidates interviewed for 40 jobs. According to his complaint, the reason he was not hired was that he disclosed his dyslexia in an interview. That case was settled in 1997 with a confidential settlement in which Ricci withdrew his lawsuit in exchange for a job with the fire department and $11,143 in attorney’s fees.

In 1998, Ricci was talking about filing lawsuits again, this time over a dispute with his new employer, Middletown’s South Fire District—which had hired him in August of 1997. According to a Hartford Courant report of Aug. 11, 1998, Ricci was dismissed from the Middletown fire department after only eight months. He promptly appealed his dismissal, claiming that fire officials had retaliated against him for conducting an investigation into the department’s response to a controversial fire. A story in the Hartford Courant dated Aug. 9, 1997, has Ricci vowing “to pursue this to the fullest extent of the law.”

In August of 1998, a state Department of Labor investigation cleared Chief Wayne S. Bartolotta of any wrongdoing in the firing. The Aug. 3, 1998, letter from the state Department of Labor indicated that the case was closed with a finding of no violation. “After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the South Fire District did not discriminate against Mr. Ricci.” Ricci’s response? According to the Courant, Ricci contended “Their decision was political, it has nothing to do with who was right and who was wrong.” He told the paper he would “pursue the matter in civil court.”

Ricci also tried to discredit his former boss, Chief Bartolotta, by disparaging his professional credentials. His fight over access to Bartolotta’s professional training records was resolved between the two of them a week before the matter was slated to be taken up with the state Freedom of Information Commission, according to a Jan. 13, 1998, report in the Hartford Courant.

Eventually, Ricci made his way back to the New Haven Fire Department, where he famously aced his promotions test, then sued, yet again, in 2004.

Ultimately, there are two ways to frame Frank Ricci’s penchant for filing employment discrimination complaints: Perhaps he was repeatedly victimized by a cruel cadre of employers, first for his dyslexia, then again for his role as a whistle-blower, and then a third time for just being white. If that is so, we should all be deeply grateful for the robust civil rights laws that protect Americans from unfair discrimination in the workplace. I look forward to hearing Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s version of that speech next week.

The other way to look at Frank Ricci is as a serial plaintiff—one who reacts to professional slights and setbacks by filing suit, threatening to file suit, and more or less complaining his way up the chain of command. That’s not the typical GOP heartthrob, but I look forward to hearing Sen. Cornyn’s version of that speech next week as well.

When Frank Ricci testifies against Judge Sotomayor, it will be worth recalling that under any other set of facts he would have looked to his GOP sponsors like the kind of unscrupulous professional litigant Rush Limbaugh lives to savage. Is America’s conservative movement really ready for an anti-affirmative action hero who has repeatedly relied on the government to intervene on his behalf to win him—and help him keep—a government job?

Michael H. Smith

July 13th, 2009
4:10 pm

One more time for all the liars that think this anti-American crap is cute:

“BUT WE BOMB EVERYBODY THAT CANT BOMB BACK”

Did Japan bomb America? Did Al Qaeda bomb America?

America is not a cowardly aggressor that goes around the world to bully people and nations because they are weaker than us. The two above examples makes it very clear “LIAR” that we don’t bomb EVERYBODY that can’t bomb back, as YOU said. In fact, in both cases cited above they chose to bomb us.

Michael H. Smith

July 13th, 2009
4:44 pm

Ah woo, affirmative bigotry suffered a monumental Supreme Court loss, in the Ricci case. Make that a second landmark loss now for affirmative bigotry. Sotomayor’s so-called empathy harbors a deep ethnocentric prejudice, which she has voiced on numerous occasions where she chose to serve identity politics in lieu of displaying the quality of good character and the better judgment expected from a potential Supreme Court Justice.

No longer will employers be forced to discriminate against a skin color or those of certain ancestries based purely on the threats of ethnocentric legal actions being brought wrongly against them.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 13th, 2009
5:06 pm

The Ricci case, unknown to ignorant yammerers here, was decided per curiam in the Second Circuit according to Second Circuit precedent. nThe Supreme Court made new law in a 5-4 activist judge opinion. There was no opinion written, and none of the three judges on the panel took ownership of either an affirmative or a dissenting dopinion. It’s vote foltlowed 2nd circuit precedent and it simply affirmed the city of New Haven’s action in 8 sentences stating it affirmed.

Further, Ricci was a chronic litigator since age 20, often suing because of special circumstances and handicaps the very example of affirmative action he now claims he wants no part of. He first sued because he alleged he didn’t get a job because he was dyslexic.

The case in the Supreme Court was voted along political lines 5-4.

Justice Sotamayor’s confirmation is a foregone conclusion. You put the sick moron Palin up for election, and we crushed her.

Meanwhile, Republicans put more nails in their 2012 and 2010 coffins by attacking 11 year old Malia Obama on multiple Right Wing websites with hate speech and racist epithets. These will make great commercials for us, and will bring Hispanic and African American voters who hate Republicans out in even greater record numbers.

Ricci will be easy to attack in the Dems so choose to chop him up in the dog and pony show on Wednesday bringing up the several affirmative action law suits he himself filed since he was age 20 as I’ve already pointed out in detail.

Sotamayor is a done deal at the Supreme Court. We’re looking for the other two justices or more. Time for Scalia and Thomas to say adios.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 13th, 2009
5:19 pm

The Ricci case, which is far from a landmark case, was narrowly opined by Justice Kennedy and it had nothing whatsoever to do with what this legally ignorant moron “Smith” claims that it did. Obviously this twit didn’t read the opinion, and couldn’t understand it to save its life.

The Ricci case was not a major civil rights case as depicted by the above twit Smith–far from it. It was about the claim of danger of future affirmative action litigation by the City of New Haven, and Kennedy’s entire opinion and the dissents centered on this. Of course the yammering twit above did not read the opinion and stupidly claimed it was a “major landmark civil rights case.” It was nothing of the kind.

The fact that the Court’s four more liberal members would affirm the Second Circuit shows that Judge Sotomayor’s views were far from outlandish and put her in line with Judge Souter, who she will replace.

The Court indicates that the state of the law before today’s ruling was “a difficult inquiry,” and that its “holding today clarifies how Title VII applies.” It rejects the plaintiffs’ outright attack on the Second Circuit’s decision as “overly simplistic and too restrictive.”

Justice Ginsburg’s dissent in passing takes the view that the panel’s opinion followed prior Second Circuit precedent. Then the dissenters (in a footnote noted by Jonathan Adler that cites the district court’s discussion of existing Second Circuit precedent) elect not to remand — which would have made the reversal 9-0 — and instead explain why the city should prevail, albeit on a slightly different ground. But they avoid making their disagreement with the court of appeals particularly explicit (the difference is the thin one between whether the city reasonably believed it would be engaging in disparate impact discrimination and whether a court would agree with that belief), and they clearly agree with the bottom line of the Second Circuit,

Michael H. Smith

July 13th, 2009
5:20 pm

“unknown to ignorant yammerers here”

That fits you to the “T”. Rattle on!

Michael H. Smith

July 13th, 2009
5:37 pm

Oh but yes Ricci was a very monumental case. Keep rattling on, since that is all you have.

I paraphrased basically what the court said: You can’t discriminate against a person’s skin color or ancestry based on fear of an affirmative bigotry (action) lawsuit. The firefighters will rightly get their hard-earned promotions. The court sent a clear message to employers, they no longer have to tolerate the threat of ethnocentric intimidation.

Michael H. Smith

July 13th, 2009
5:51 pm

“The city rejected the test results solely because the higher scoring candidates were white,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority, adding that the possibility of a lawsuit from minority firefighters was not a lawful justification for the city’s action.

“Fear of litigation alone,” Justice Kennedy wrote, “cannot justify an employer’s reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions.”

The 5-to-4 ruling, which reversed an appeals court decision joined by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, now a Supreme Court nominee, will have broad impact, lawyers specializing in employment discrimination law said.

“This decision will change the landscape of civil rights law,” said Sheila Foster, a law professor at Fordham.

The new standards announced by the court will make it much harder for employers to discard the results of hiring and promotion tests once they are administered, even if they have a disproportionately negative impact on members of a given racial group.

Public employers that use civil service examinations and similar tests will be most directly affected, but the principle announced by the court applies to all employers and all sorts of procedures used to rank and sort potential and current employees.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/us/30scotus.html

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 13th, 2009
7:07 pm

Yep the Supreme Court rejected the city’s position. The vote was 5-4 as are most votes. No constitutionial law scholar writing in one single law review has in fact discussed Ricci as a “major landmark case” nor in fact have the discussed it as a major racial statement of the court.

Ricci’s opinions–all of them including Kennedy’s and the dissent written by Ginsberg centered on whether New Haven’s concern for further lawsuits over affirmative action were a valid reason for the Second Circuit to rule for New Haven. Second Circuit precedent indicated it was.

Not only is Ricci not a major landmark case which Smith would never have heard of nor be talking about if it weren’t a right wing straw they cling to, but the impact of Ricci on Justice Sotamayor’s being on the bench in October is the impact of a gnat on a freight train. It will be zero.

Every major law prof blog and constitutional law blog has supported exactly the points I’ve made. None of them support what the twit Smith yammers about.

And Smith never makes a post without referencing me personally. I find that hilarious. We have crushed the Republicans. We are crushing them. We will continue to crush them because they are an extreme base poorly educated, and out of touch with 72% of American voters. This number continues to grow daily.

Republicans are the party of racial bigotry which was displayed this morning when their blogs began to attack eleven year old Maliah Obama with racial epithets because she wore a T Shirt that said “Peace.”

This is because the Republicans are racial and religious bigots, and they sponsered a war that hemorrhage a significant amount of money and killed what is pushing toward 5000 soldiers, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis with more than 2000 Iraqi women homeless who have lost their husbands.

The US is doing zero to find homes for these refugees and is not admiitting any of these displayed Iraqis to the US.

Michael H. Smith

July 13th, 2009
8:44 pm

No constitutionial law scholar writing in one single law review has in fact discussed Ricci as a “major landmark case” nor in fact have the discussed it as a major racial statement of the court.

Reiterating one scholar

This decision will change the landscape of civil rights law,” said “Sheila Foster, a law professor at Fordham”.

A review that clearly calls Ricci a landmark in reference to Justices citing:

Richard Primus Professor of Law: Richard Primus teaches the law, theory, and history of the U.S. Constitution. In the landmark 2009 Supreme Court case Ricci v. DeStefano, Justices in both the majority and the dissent cited his work.In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on the relationship between history and constitutional interpretation. Primus graduated from Harvard College with an A.B., summa cum laude, in social studies. He then earned a D.Phil. in politics at Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and the Jowett Senior Scholar at Balliol College. After studying law at Yale, Primus clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He then practiced law at the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block before joining the Michigan faculty in 2001. He has taught as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, New York University School of Law, and the University of Tokyo.

http://cgi2.www.law.umich.edu/_FacultyBioPage/facultybiopagenew.asp?ID=145

Nah, no one, not a one single review. You wouldn’t accept the facts before YOUR EYES even when they’re running over YOUR BLIND DUMB BUTT like a fleet of Mack trucks.

And Smith never makes a post without referencing me personally.

Alas, truly I’ll have to make amends. My apologies for abusing and misusing the good name of DUMB-ASS on this brain-dead socialist ethnocentric elitist jerk that is personally an insult to the intelligence of all DUMB-ASSES everywhere.

Keep on lying and keep dreaming, 2010 is not that far away. Maybe you’ll crush the Republican again, like you crushed them in 2000 when all America saw was RED. :lol:

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 13th, 2009
10:24 pm

These right wing hicks cited at 5th tier crap law schools don’t fit the definition of constitutional law scholars, and when you pick their names off right wingnut websites written by people with no federal appellate law experience, you’ll quote idiots like Sheila Foster and Richard Primus. Ricci is not a landmark case, and the only reason the Wooten Wingnut hicks have even hears of it is that it’s a thin straw being grasped by losing pubtards who can’t stop any Obama nomination for any court period–supreme, appellate or trial. Neither of these named wingnut flacks argue cases before the Supreme Court or publish in significant law reviews. The vastmajority of constitutional law scholars don’t view Ricci as that big a deal. Further, Ricci can easily be overturned when Obama or the next Democrat replaces the old fart Scalia, or changes the composition of the court with two probably additional appointments he’ll get during the next seven years if not more. If not the next Democratic President elected in 2016 will replace Scalia. No Wooten wingnut can even find the 2nd circuit opinion on Ricci except the 8 sentences that tells how they voted ’cause their ain’t no published opinion. That’s the crappy milieu of per curiam opinions. Both parties litigate and spend many thousands of dollars and hours of time, and they get no opinion to read that analyzes the case or the precedent in the circuit.

Ricci is one of many Title VII cases, and the concensus of the vast majority of con law scholars is that much work and definition of Title VII remains to be done in the next few years.

It isn’t as the twit here reprecents that Ricci hatched 5-4, and that’s it for 50-100 years. That ain’t the way things are in the hood. Sotomayor got it right when she concluded that an employer did not discriminate by refusing to make promotions on the basis of a flawed test that disproportionately screened out minority test-takers.

And what did all the judges at the Second Circuit say when asked to say she got it wrong?

They said they weren’t rehearing the case–she and her two collegues applied 2nd circuit precedent correctly.

The grant or denial of in banc review is governed by 16 Fed. R. App. P. 35, which says that in banc rehearing is disfavored–unless such review is needed for coherence of the Court’s decisions or “the proceeding involves a question of exceptional importance.” Fed. R. App. P. 35(a). Accordingly, the next subdivision of Rule 35 requires the petition to explain why the case falls within one or both of these categories. See Fed. R. App. P. 35(b).

The Second Circuit voted 7-6 not to rehear Ricci and in so doing it affirmed the 3 judge panel’s opinion. In fact then, there were seven judges, a majority of the 2nd circuit who voted to affirm Sotamayor and her panel, and 6 other judges besides Sotamayor including the MAJORITY OF THE 2ND CIRCUIT. WHEN THE CASE GOT TO THE SUPREME COURT, THERE WAS A 5-4 SPLIT.

MANY OTHER CASES COULD RESHAPE RICCI PARTICULARLY WHEN OBAMA AND HIS 2016 SUCCESSOR WHO WILL BE A DEMOCRAT BOTH RESHAPE THE COURT.

By the way which of you wing nut twits–I ask every day wants to tell me who you think is going to beat Obama in 2012? I can’t hear you.

Sotomayor was one of 3 judges who affirmed a 2nd circuit opinion as a per curiam. There is no text of an opinion by her or the other two to critique. The Supreme court had four justices that affirmed Sotomayor and her panel. It wasn’t a 9-zip opinion at SCOTUS, and Ginsberg wrote a strong dissent for the 4 justices that agreed with the panel where Sotomayor was one of 3 people in an 8 sentence opinion which was not even a published opinion.

Further what the ditzbrained non-attorney hicks here don’t know and wouldn’t understand is you’re not just talking one judge Sotamayor in that Ricci per curiam. When the panel decided Ricci in the Second Circuit, the firefighters’ attorney immediately, following FRAPS or Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure petitioned the entire Second Circuit for a rehearing en banc