Monthly Archives: November 2008

Saturday Night Songs: Where I Stood

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When Justice Flashed Her Partisan Panties

UPDATE: Ann Coulter, with her characteristic sarcastic wit, has a few words to day about one of the innocent, Gitmo victims: Terrorists’ Restless Leg Syndrome

I recently had one of my infrequent brushes with Alameda County Superior Court. After boring hours of sitting in the gallery listening to proceedings, I was treated to a rare moment when the judge flashed her partisan panties. The judge was explaining how the U.S. court system was different from that in most countries. In the U.S., of course, the defendant is considered innocent and the government (District Attorney in this case) has to prove that the defendant is guilty. She contrasted this to “some” unidentified countries where a person could be snatched off his farm, shackled, imprisoned and brought before a tribunal. Then the poor, uneducated, unsophisticated defendant must somehow prove that he is innocent.

Pause for effect…

“And, unfortunately, there are some people in our current government who think that this treatment is perfectly reasonable.” (read: Guantanamo)

Bada-bing, bada-boom.

This elicited several snide anti-Bush remarks among members of the gallery.

That a judge in Alameda County should be a liberal, Democrat Party shill is not surprising. That said judge would be feel emboldened enough to make such a partisan remark from the Bench is disturbing.

Everyone is to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Jurors are expected to keep open minds until they hear the facts of the case. But, the judge gets to advocate political opinions from the Bench without backing them up with evidence, without having opposing views being presented. That’s not bullying, is it? Why of course not. It’s only abusive power when a conservative judge or a Republican administration does it.

Justice is no longer blind. She’s been given a set of bionic eyes, programmed and controlled by her liberal, partisan masters.

EXTRA READING:

Judicial Activism Reconsidered, Thomas Sowell

Behind The Bias: A Drive For ‘Social Justice’, Dennis Praeger

Debate: Difference of principles on judiciary, HotAir.com

Clear and Present Danger, Weekly Standard

One of NYT’s Guantanamo Bay ‘Innocents’ Turned Suicide Bomber on Release, NewsBusters.com

Judging the Judges, American Spectator

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Saturday Night Songs: Rissi Palmer

Yes, I’m still here… too distracted by the business of living to blog. Enjoy!

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Dead Parrots: The ObamaNation Speaks

Ok, it’s viral so I can’t pass it up…

The producer, John Ziegler, also commissioned a Zogby poll to supplement his video “findings” and has a recap at this website www.howobamagotelected.com.

Here’s a sampling:

512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points

97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates

Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions

57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

81.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

How are people so ignorant? Although the mainstream media tried to ignore or downplay much of this information, it was readily available. It was available on the Internet. It was available from Conservative Talk Radio. I know some intelligent people who DID know all of this, but chose to ignore it. It made them feel all warm and fuzzy and non-racist to vote for Obama, despite what they knew.

That, my friend, is the root of the problem: people make decisions with their “hearts” and not their “heads.”

Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route. ~ Elizabeth Kenny

EXTRA READING:
Video: How Obama Got Elected; Update: Zogby confirms poll, denies “push polling”, HotAir.com

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C’est La Vie: Saturday Night Songs

One of my all-time favorite songs against an anime background….

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Card Check: Renewed Push for Unionization at UC

It’s already started. The solicitations to unionize administrative professionals. The election was only a week ago. Obama isn’t President yet (although from the media attention he’s getting you’d think he was already running the country). But, Congress still has unfinished business to pursue and my guess is that “Card Check” legislation (Employee Free Choice Act) will be one of those items. Under current procedures, a secret ballot vote has to be conducted so that employees can vote yes/no to unionize. Card Check circumvents that secret ballot, allowing union members to ask employees directly–up close and in person–to sign ballot cards. This lends itself to coercion, with people agreeing to unionize out of fear of retribution.

I received an email from the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) Union yesterday, soliciting my membership, even though I’m employed in a non-covered position. My guess is that they’re gearing up for another attempt to unionize the remaining non-union staff (lower level administrative positions are already covered by the Coalition of University Employees). While I don’t make as much money as some of my colleagues in private industry, I do have significantly better benefits (selection of health care options, dental, vision, legal, dependant care, vacation package, more paid holidays, etc.). I’m not the least bit unhappy with my job or how the University treats me as an employee. I have no grievances and no interest in unionization.

Back in 2001/2002, the Union made an attempt to organize the administrative professionals and were voted down by a 3 to 1 margin. If I had any good will towards the union before then, that experience left me as one of their bitterest enemies. I was never solicited directly by anyone from the Union. What the organizers did was to have pro-union employees go through the campus phone directories and call everyone in the prospective covered positions. I was called by a colleague in another department who asked if I was interested in helping to organize. I said “no.” No explanations, no political diatribes, no anti-union screed… just a simple “no, thank you.”

Almost immediately afterward, certain colleagues in my unit stopped talking to me. They wouldn’t respond when I walked past them in the hallway and said “hello.” They gave me the cold shoulder in the break room. Several changed seats when I sat next to them at meetings. One even overtly tried to sabotage a project I was working on. I had no idea why or what I had done/said. So, I asked a trusted co-worker. She informed me that these people were all pro-union and were pissed off at me for refusing to help their unionization efforts.

No need for Vinnie to drive up in his pink Cadillac and cap you in the knees with a baseball bat to get you to vote for the union, just get the co-workers to ostracize you, sabotage your work, and make your life miserable.

Welcome to Card Check.

Welcome to hell.

EXTRA READING:

How the Employee Free Choice Act Takes Away Workers’ Rights
, Heritage Foundation

Unions Creepy Push Against Secret Ballots, Froma Harrop, RealClearPolitics.com

The price of a money machine: Obama would owe more favors than any president in history, HotAir.com

Bring Back the Union Label? , American Thinker

In Their Haste to Scrap Democracy, Unions Ignore the Facts, RedState.com

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Lindsey Graham Leads The RINO Parade

Tonight, this from CNN:

Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd said he thinks Emanuel is a “great choice.”

“I know that he and Barack Obama have a very good relationship going back a long time. So it touches all of the critical elements, it seems to me, in beginning that kind of transition we’d like to have. So I think it’s a great choice, and I think the president-elect will be well-served with Rahm Emanuel,” he said.

Republican Lindsey Graham sided with Dodd and called Emanuel a “wise choice.” [emphasis mine]

I hold in my hand a blank voter registration card. If the Republican Party leadership doesn’t repudiate self-serving, aisle-crossing, Liberal-in-Conservative-Clothing RINOs like Lindsay Graham, Olympia Snow, Susan Collins, et al, I will re-register as “Decline to State.” Then, the RNC, NRSC, and all the other scum-sucking, money grubbing Republican PACs will never see a dime from me again.

P.S. – If Sarah Palin hadn’t been on the ticket, I would never have voted for John McCain.

P.S.S. – I’m tired of my Party’s representatives being geriatric dinosaurs or pasty white men who have to use a can of hairspray each day to keep their comb-overs in place.

Extra Reading:

Leadership questions in the GOP, HotAir.com

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