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Talking While Stupid: White Evangelicals, Dr. Gates and President Obama

Date: 07/25/2009

I think President Obama was right to soften the tone of his statement the other day on the Gates arrest incident; the word "stupid" wasn't a helpful word choice. But the word, I think, accurately describes the reaction of a lot of white male commentators to the incident. Let's assume (for a minute, anyway) that Sgt. Leon Lashley, the African American officer who was present at the arrest, ...

Related Topics: Prof. Gates, Srgts. Crowley, Apologies, Skip Gates, Racism, President Obama, Race And Christianity


We need to move forward (Erin)

Date: 07/15/2009

The Sotomayor confirmation hearings continue, and one of the exchanges between the nominee and Senator Tom Coburn has attracted some attention : WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of Sonia Sotomayor's Senate interrogators had a joking response Wednesday when she talked hypothetically -- and humorously -- about getting a gun to shoot him in self-defense. "You'll have lots of 'splainin' to do," replied GOP ...

Related Topics: Maureen Dowd, Race Relations, Senate, Sotomayor, Tom Coburn


Sotomayor: Clearly Qualified

Date: 07/16/2009

Let me try to figure out your position on what Judge Sonia Sotomayor has said about a couple of issues. I have a few questions. First, you noted in your last post that she said that Roe v. Wade was "settled law."   Is this a bad thing? I thought conservatives were supposed to like the doctrine of stare decisis, the idea that absent extraordinarily compelling reasons, the Supreme Court d ...

Related Topics: Abortion, News, Politics, Richard Land, Roe V. Wade, Sen. Ben Cardin, Senate Confirmation Heartings, Sonia Sotomayor, Southern Baptist Convention, The Supreme Court, Blog 93


Judge Sotomayor: Time for Tough Questions

Date: 07/13/2009

The much anticipated hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor commence before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Barry, I am hopeful the Senators will ask the tough questions about her view of the Constitution and her judicial philosophy.   The Senate has a constitutional role in providing advice and consent for nominees and it's only appropriate that the Senators ask the in-depth questi ...

Related Topics: Senate Judiciary Committee, Judicial Philosophy, John Roberts, Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor, Politics, Constitution, President Obama, Samuel Alito, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen. John Cornyn, Senate, News, Blog 93


The Sotomayor Lovefest...

Date: 07/13/2009

Otherwise known as the confirmation hearing, can be viewed here . I listened to it for a second and then had to mute it, Feinstein's gushing was making me nauseous. ( via ) Update: Of course muting the confirmation hearing means I missed the excitement of a protester. Thankfully, I have Twitter: Protestor yells: "What about the unborn?! ... Stop the genocide of unborn Latinos!"

Related Topics: Protester, Pro Life, Confirmation, Senate Hearing, Legal Times, Supreme Court, Politics, Abortion, Sonia Sotomayor, Justice, Genocide, C-SPAN, Congress


Jay Sekulow & Barry Lynn debating the Sotomayor confirmation hearings

Date: 07/14/2009

They are the Church and State bloggers at Beliefnet. Their first posts for the hearings can be found here (for Sekulow) and here (for Lynn) .

Related Topics: Barry Lynn, Beliefnet, Blog, Blogging, Christianity, Confirmation Hearings, Jay Sekulow, Justice, Politics, Religion, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court


Can the Supreme Court Be Pure Again? (Was It Ever?)

Date: 07/15/2009

The confirmation hearings for Judge Sotomayor are a foregone conclusion, with the dust raised by Republicans barely masking the bald fact that the Democratic majority can vote in whomever they want. In any case, a ritual that resembles liar's poker more than a serious interrogation of judicial philosophy will stay true to form, with much dodging and weaving on the nominee's part. This time around ...

Related Topics: John Roberts, Miranda Rights, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court


Good Questions: Yes; Pontifications and Disruptions: No

Date: 07/13/2009

Jay, of course senators on the Judiciary Committee should ask thoughtful questions about what we often refer to as "judicial philosophy" during the hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  There is only one problem: some members of the committee have already made it clear they are planning ideological bloviations which will take up valuable time that ought to be spent on serious qu ...

Related Topics: Abortion, Diane Feinstein, Jeff Sessions, John Cornyn, Mitch Mcconnell, News, Orrin Hatch, Politics, Senate Confirmation Hearings, Sonia Sotomayor, The Supreme Court, Blog 93

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