New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a powerful member of the Democratic leadership, said Friday the Senate should not confirm another U.S. Supreme Court nominee under President Bush “except in extraordinary circumstances.”Republicans were also "hoodwinked" by Bill Clinton when he nominated ultra-liberal Ruth Ginsburg to SCOTUS in '92, but she still got in by a vote of 96-3. I'm sure one more Ginsburg clone on SCOTUS would give Chuck that "balance" he desperately so craves.
“We should reverse the presumption of confirmation,” Schumer told the American Constitution Society convention in Washington. “The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito.”. . . Senators were too quick to accept the nominees’ word that they would respect legal precedents, and “too easily impressed with the charm of Roberts and the erudition of Alito,” Schumer said. “There is no doubt that we were hoodwinked,” said Schumer, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Despite safety warnings from NASA doctors, astronauts were allowed to fly after drinking heavily, an independent panel said in a report released Friday.
The report said it happened twice but gave no names and did not say when the drinking occurred, how many astronauts were involved, or whether they were flying on the space shuttle, the Russian Soyuz spaceship, or aboard NASA's training jets.
NASA officials let them fly even after flight surgeons and fellow astronauts raised concerns that safety might be jeopardized, according to the report, done by a panel created by NASA after the arrest of astronaut Lisa Nowak in February on charges she tried to kidnap her rival in a love triangle.
In a statement Friday, NASA said that it is unaware of any astronauts who were drunk before a flight but that it is investigating. It said the panel failed to give the space agency any details of the allegations.
Now this is something the Bush administration deserves some criticism for. I mean driving drunk is one thing, but . . .
Wouldn't be surprised if you asked most kids, force to live in gay households, shared similar feelings. But of course, for liberals it's never about the children.
Rupert Everett says he is against gay men adopting. The openly homosexual actor doesn't believe two men would make good parents, because he believes it could have negative implications for the child.
He is quoted by Britain's Daily Express newspaper as saying: "Oh God, I could never do that to a child. Can you imagine what it would be like, having your two dads coming to school speech days? And hearing those awful queeny rows while you are trying to get to sleep?"
Thursday, July 26, 2007
"I don't think Hillary Clinton could get elected president of France with her platform. France is moving toward us . . . I'm convinced that America is going to change course and the question is which way it is going to go: Are we going to take a sharp left turn represented by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and John Edwards, or are we going to march forth with the American values that have always helped us be the strongest nation on earth. And I believe we'll do the latter."
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Swiss branch of the environment group Greenpeace is recruiting hundreds of volunteers to pose naked on a glacier to draw attention to global warming. The group has commissioned photographer Spencer Tunick to take the photographs next month.
The campaign is aimed at drawing attention to melting Alpine glaciers.
Volunteers are being promised that they will not be naked for very long. Tunick is known for his photos of people in the nude, with his latest taken just last month in Amsterdam, where some 2,000 volunteers stripped down for the shoot.
More proof that when liberals don't get their way, they bully, smear and get downright treacherous:
ALBANY, July 23 — Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s aides, including one of his closest advisers, improperly used the State Police to gather information about the governor’s chief rival, Joseph L. Bruno, the State Senate majority leader, in an effort to plant a negative story about Mr. Bruno and damage him politically, according to a report on Monday by the attorney general’s office.
Spitzer aides, chiefly his communications director, Darren Dopp, concocted a false story for why the information was being gathered, saying the governor’s office acted after receiving a press request seeking details of Mr. Bruno’s use of state aircraft, the report said.
Mr. Dopp later made misleading statements about the involvement of the governor’s office in the effort, the report indicates. The report concludes that Mr. Bruno’s use of the helicopters — on trips that included both political and legislative events — was proper.
Minutes after the report was made public, Mr. Spitzer announced he was suspending Mr. Dopp indefinitely without pay. He said he was also dismissing his liaison to the State Police, the assistant secretary for public safety, William Howard, and moving him to an unspecified job outside the governor’s office.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
During the course of tonight's CNN/YouTube Dem debate, Barack Obama got off this zinger at Hillary's expense. (h/t Newsbusters)
BARACK OBAMA: One thing I have to say about Senator Clinton's comments a couple moments ago: I think it's terrific that she is asking for [Iraq withdrawal] plans from the Pentagon [A+ for condescension there, Barack!], and I think the Pentagon response was ridiculous. But what I also know is that the time for us to ask how we were going to get out of Iraq was before we went in. And that is something that too many of us [like you, Hillary] failed to do. We failed to do it.
That stare is classic. You just know that Slick Willie's been on the opposite end of it quite a few times.
You can go HERE for a good spin on yesterday's silly Democratic YouTube debate.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Don Imus Is Coming Back
How Rudy Giuliani Exploited Race for Political Gain
Anti-AIDS Measure Backfires In Africa
Jimmy Carter, The Muslims, And Other Catastrophe's
Final "Harry Potter" Book Sells 8.3million Copies In 24 Hours
John Edwards: "First Female President"?
The True Story of Liberal Hero Che Guevera Revealed