News Roundup for 6/29/09

Supreme Court group photo
Gaveled Sonia Sotomayor to death earlier today

-Headline of the day-

Eek! Racist wise Latina Sonia Sotomayor got smacked down by the entire Supreme Court when they overturned one of her decisions. Proof positive that she's a bad judge. In overturning the Ricci decision -- in which white firefighter geniuses were discriminated against in favor of illiterate hobos from inferior races -- SCOTUS also ruled that Sotomayor should be shot out of a cannon back to Mexico or Puerto Rico or Cuba or wherever-the-hell she's from.

"Frank Ricci finally got his day in court, despite the judging of Sonia Sotomayor, which all nine Justices of US Supreme Court have now confirmed was in error..." writes Wendy E. Long for the totally nonpartisan (but entirely Republican) Judicial Confirmation Network. "What Judge Sotomayor did in Ricci was the equivalent of a pilot error resulting in a bad plane crash. And now the pilot is being offered to fly Air Force One."

So don't let Sonia near a 747, because she clearly has no idea what she's doing and would totally crash it. You want to chase around on a tropical island fighting smoke-monsters like the people on Lost? Because I don't.

Of course, there's a problem with JCN's press release here -- it's all complete horseshit. The decision was a 5-4 decision, not a unanimous one, with Justice Ginsburg writing in the dissent that the majority's opinion did "untold damage" to the work of the civil rights movement. She's not really a fan. You've got to assume that the three other judges who signed on to her decision aren't either.

Add to that the fact that, as an appeals court judge, Sotomayor and the rest of the panel (that's right, she wasn't the only judge to reach the same conclusion) were bound by precedent. The ruling they handed down had to be handed down. And it was, unanimously. It was the Supreme Court that ignored precedent and set a new standard for evidence of discrimination that isn't in the statute. Normally, you'd call that "judicial activism," but the five in the majority are conservative judges, so that's just silly. Only liberal judges are activist judges -- it's in the Bible or something.

So, Wendy Long is a ridiculous bullshit artist. She's also not very smart. "Sotomayer" is her spelling, not mine. And in a blogpost for the National Review, she spells Ginsburg's name "Ginsberg." But it's not like you have to know stuff to be an expert or anything.

Still, let's not let little things like the truth or knowledge get in the way of proving that Sonia Sotomayor is a terrible, terrible judge. (Judicial Confirmation Network, via Talking Points Memo)

-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, want to stay in power -- even if your people want you out? Then you should try...

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RIP, Billy Mays. Those picture hooks may have sucked, but he never sold anything this bad. (MarkFiore.com)

-Bonus HotD-
"More than 200 people show up for bring-your-gun-to-church day."

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!

No word on whether there were any survivors. (Think Progress)

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