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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:42 AM
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Judge Alito and the use of a broomstick to anally violate a "retarded" man
Why is the word about Alito's extremism not reaching a broader audience? Is it too academic? Here is an example that less academic types may appreciate:

In the strange case of Kenneth Pirolli v. World Flavors, Inc., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission intervened on behalf of Pirolli, a retarded man who complained of his workplace and presented "evidence that another one of Pirolli's co-workers, Harley Strauss, 'attempted to push a broom pole into (Pirolli's) behind as other staff watched." <http://www.eeoc.gov/briefs/pirolli.txt>.

What was Alito's reaction? "Pirolli's brief never asserts that his work environment was one that a reasonable, non-retarded person would find hostile or abusive." <http://www.supremecourtwatch.org/Pirolli2.pdf >.

Since Sam Alito was confirmed as a judge, he has come out as an out-of-the-mainstream radical. Since 1990, extremist Alito has

(1) broke his vow to Congress made during his 1990 confirmation hearing to disqualify himself from cases involving Vanguard (which he owned nearly a million in) when he failed to disqualify himself in violation of judicial ethics rules and, instead, decided a case in favor of Vanguard despite his prior admission in writing to Congress that he had a conflict of interest (which he did not disclose to the parties);

(2) ignored 70 years of Supreme Court precedents about the scope of congressional authority in order to try to re-write the laws regulating submachine gun sales and the Family Medical Leave Act;

(3) ignored 40 years of Supreme Court precedents about reproductive privacy and freedom in order to try to install the government as the policeman of your bedroom;

(4) repeatedly excused outrageous corporate misconduct from the legal penalties for racial and gender discrimination;

(5) revealed his 1985 Regan administration job application where Alito disclosed his politically motivated opposition to 40 years of Supreme Court precedents guaranteeing equal protection at the ballot box to protect the one-man-one-vote constitutional principle and admitted having adopted this activist agenda at least five years before he was appointed to the court of appeals (so he can no longer plausibly deny that his personal views have not corrupted his pattern of result-oriented judicial decisions).

Here are the details of several reasons why Alito is unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

First, Alito has a history of ethical violations and misleading Congress. In 1990, when Alito was seeking US Senate approval for his nomination to be an appeals court judge, he was asked to answer the same questions that other judicial nominees are asked in written questionnaire. Specifically, Alito was asked how he would resolve potential conflicts of interest, and he responded: "I do not believe that conflicts of interest relating to my financial interests are likely to arise. I would, however, disqualify myself from any cases involving the Vanguard companies." When a Vanguard case later came before Alito he did not disqualify himself as he promised Congress he would; instead, he broke the promise to Congress and ruled in favor of Vanguard without ever disclosing his ownership of approximately a half million to a million dollars in Vanguard.

Alito's failure to disclose this obvious conflict of interest and his failure to disqualify himself puts Alito in an extreme fringe of judges who take an out-of-the-mainstream lax view of the judicial ethics rules. However, Alito's failure to disqualify himself in violation of his express contrary promise to Congress puts Alito in an bad ethics category all by himself: before Alito there was no prior history of judges failing to disclose conflicts of interest and then also failing to disqualify themselves in situations where they had previously acknowledged the specific conflict and then promised Congress to disqualify themselves. Alito's ethical breach is an extreme one-of-a-kind breach of judicial ethics.

Second, Alito's views are very radical and far outside the judicial mainstream, and his legal history demonstrates a pattern of judicial activism where Alito has repeatedly chosen to ignore decades of prior court decisions to reach his own politically-motivated result. For example, the scope of congressional authority to regulate nationwide solutions for nationwide problems is an issue that was decided about 70 years ago. But Alito would ignore these past 70 years and thousands of well-decided legal precedents to re-open this settled legal matter because it does not suit his personal philosophy.

In Alito's dissenting opinion in United States v. Rybar, 103 F.3d 273 (3d Cir. 1996), he ignored these past 70 years of judicial precedents to reach the extremist ruling that Congress does not have the authority to regulate the ownership of submachine guns. Fortunately, even Alito's Republican colleagues on the court of appeals disagreed with this type of judicial activism and the Republican-dominated Supreme Court also rejected Alito's radical view.

The same out-of-the-mainstream pre-1937 view of congressional authority was at the heart of Alito's poor decision to rule that Congress did not have the authority to require state employers to comply with the Family Medical Leave Act in Chittister v. Department of Community and Economic Development. Again, the Supreme Court was there to keep Alito's judicial activism in check by overruling his radical views against the congressional power to enforce the Family Medical Leave Act across the nation, but there would be no higher court to check his extremism if Alito was promoted to the Supreme Court.

The same judicial arrogance lies at the heart of Alito's dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 947 F.2d 682 (3d Cir. 1991), where he once again demonstrated his willingness to ignore several decades of well-established judicial precedents to re-write the accepted view of the Constitution simply because his personal philosophy runs contrary to the established rule of law. Again, Alito's Republican colleagues on the court of appeals disagreed with his judicial activism and the Republican-dominated Supreme Court rejected his radical view.

Judge Alito has also demonstrated equally extremist views on gender and racial discrimination where he would make it nearly impossible to police corporate discrimination if the law followed his dissenting views in Sheridan v. Dupont, 74 F.3d 1439 (3d Cir. 1996), and Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 110 F.3d 986 (3d Cir. 1997). Here are two more cases where even the Republicans on Alito's own court of appeals disagreed with his radical views.

If anyone was left to wonder whether Alito's out-of-the-mainstream decisions are the result of his personal bias, this issue was recently resolved by the uncovering of Alito's application to work for Reagan administration Attorney General Ed Meese. In Alitos statement of his radical right-wing judicial philosophy, Alito admitted he has a personal "disagreement with Warren Court decisions, particularly in the areas of criminal procedure, the Establishment Clause, and reapportionment" and he was "particularly proud" of his work arguing "that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion." When Alito confessed that he disagrees with the Supreme Courts decision regarding reapportionment, he was principally referring to Baker v. Carr and Reynolds v. Sims, two critical decisions which rejected racial vote dilution in favor of the one-man-one-vote principle under the equal protection guarantees of the Constitution. Everyone in America should have the gravest concern about Alitos eagerness to disagree with over 40 years of Supreme Court precedents establishing equal protection at the nations ballot boxes.

Alito's 1985 job application also addresses his membership in the Concerned Alumni of Princeton ("CAP"), a fact which Alito trumpeted with great pride. CAP was dedicated to protesting the fact that women and minorities were being admitted to Princeton, not only opposing affirmative action, but demanding quotas that favored white men. CAP fought Princeton's admission policies in the pages of its magazine, "Prospect," where co-founder Shelby Cullom Davis wrote "In my day, (Dean of Student Affairs) Andy Brown would have been called to task for his open love affair with minorities." Another "Prospect" article titled "In Defense of Elitism" lamented "People nowadays just don't seem to know their place." It's pages also whined, "Everywhere one turns blacks and hispanics are demanding jobs simply because they're black and hispanic, the physically handicapped are trying to gain equal representation in professional sports, and homosexuals are demanding that government vouchsafe them the right to bear children." Similarly, according to The Daily Princetonian, "In 1973, CAP mailed a letter to parents of freshmen implying that their sons and daughters were living in 'cohabitation,' rather than simply coeducational dorms. In 1975, a CAP board member tried to disrupt Annual Giving by writing to alumni in the business community to consider whether their gifts were 'being used to undermine, subvert, and otherwise discredit the very businesses which are helping fund private education.'" Stephen Dujack, former Associate Editor of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, observed that "In 1985, Alito belonged to a group that was dedicated to pointlessly interfering with the functioning of a university because its student body had representative numbers of women and minorities, as required by law. A group which, for its entire existence, used as its only tactics dissembling and dirty tricks; the list above doesn't begin to do justice in describing the organization's destructiveness." Well into his mid-30s, Alito chose to brag about, not apologize for, his membership in CAP.

Recently, in the questionnaire Alito submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he wrote this about CAP: "Concerned Alumni of Princeton . . . was a group of Princeton alumni. A document I recently reviewed reflects that I was a member of the group in the 1980s. Apart from that document, I have no recollection of being a member, of attending meetings, or otherwise participating in the activities of the group. The group has no current officers from whom more information may be obtained." In 1985, Alito's CAP membership was one of his distinguishing qualifications for the government post he applied for, and now 20 years later he supposedly has no recollection of that membership.

Finally, do not believe the Republican effort to rewrite congressional history regarding the filibuster of judicial nominees and the Supreme Court. In 1965, the Senate easily confirmed Judge Abe Fortas to the Supreme Court. Just three years later, when President Lyndon Johnson nominated Fortas to serve as Chief Justice, there was obviously no question about his qualifications because Fortas was already serving on the Supreme Court. Based only on Fortas's judicial views, however, the Senate Republicans launched a successful four-day filibuster of Fortas's nomination in September of 1968. Whenever you hear some Senator saying that there is no history of filibustering a Supreme Court nomination based on his out-of-the-mainstream judicial views, ask them to look up the front page of the Washington Post from September 26, 1968:

"A full-dress Republican-led filibuster broke out in the Senate yesterday against a motion to call up the nomination of Justice Abe Fortas for Chief Justice."

The New York Times ran as similar story that day, and many news outlets around ran the story later that week.

Alito must not be confirmed, and if necessary, his nomination must be filibustered. Please tell your Senators.

Please help spread the word and keep this kicked if you don't mind.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:55 AM
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1. Very useful. Kicked and recommended.
Edited on Fri Jan-06-06 02:56 AM by Hissyspit
Even if Bush is impeached and/or removed from office, his SCOTUS appointments will be a true legacy that we will have to deal with for decades.
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Trevelyan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 10:54 AM
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21. Please help the Impeachment along by signing Rep. Conyers' letter
supporting the beginning of Impeachment Inquiry into bush and cheney and Congressman Conyers uses the I-word several times on his action site.

http://www.johnconyers.com Conyer's Action Items
http://www.conyersblog.us/
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Bluesplayer Donating Member (660 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:44 PM
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36. Alito expounded privately on anal "brooming"
After this ruling, it is said that Alito went even further in his private comments, including, "Since when is a broom up the ass a problem? I'd call it a fringe benefit!"; and, "Hell - you'd think those liberals wouldbe pleased that a retard wouldbe getting his share of gay sex. That's what they all want, isn't it?"; and, finally, "He should be glad it was just a broom and not a vacuum cleaner!"

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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:48 PM
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38. Please cite your source.
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Bluesplayer Donating Member (660 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:50 PM
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39. "...it is said..."
that's all it took to get whitewater started, that's all I need here.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 04:55 PM
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46. It is not "actionable" intelligence. I would love to see proos, but
heresay doesn't cut it.
Furthermore, it reduces our credibility. I fully understand the sentiment, I just do not want this all to backfire.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:56 AM
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2. Democrats & Moderate Republicans need to see this guy as he is
and it's not pretty.
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GrpCaptMandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 03:21 AM
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3. Will spread the word via my show tomorrow night
How much more must the evidence against Sammy BadBreath (Malito in Italian is "bad breath") be before it is finally deemed damning?

Will wear it out Friday night on "Head-On." www.whiterosesociety.org/Kincaid.html
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 03:31 AM
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5. Thanks. That would be great.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 03:31 AM
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4. Kicked, Recommended and bookmarked. Thanks! n/t
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ArbustoBuster Donating Member (956 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 04:29 AM
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6. What I would love to see
I would love to see a Senator tell Alito, "Answer my damned question or I swear before God and man that I will fillibuster your nomination until either you or I die of old age." I imagine that getting some answers out of Alito - real truth, about the awful things he did and the awful things he believes - will sink his candidacy for the SC.

Can you tell I'm still very angry that they let Roberts get away with not answering anything at his confirmation hearings? :)
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 08:38 AM
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10. I'm also still angry about the free pass Roberts received.
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enough already Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 08:42 AM
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11. Yep, I can tell
I said at the time that our "leaders" let Roberts slide that it was a huge mistake. Roberts needed to be stopped at all costs because NOT doing so made him look like acceptable, which makes it tougher to take out nazis like Alito. If this pig isn't filibustered, we're all fucked.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 04:43 AM
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7. I believe he will be filibustered,
and that is why the Dems are waiting until the Abramoff scandal ripens to weaken them. Alito has registered some really shocking opinions on a number of issues, but the truth is all the Republican base really cares about is overturning Roe v. Wade. And that works out quite nicely for the Republicans politically since they are interested in Alito's cozy corporate leanings.
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debbierlus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 11:32 AM
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23. I hope Dems are biding their time


It would make perfect sense, if the dems were keeping quiet about their intentions to kill this nomination, to avoid the right's accusation of not letting the review 'process' unfold.

Buzzflash blasted the dem Senators for not stating their intent to stop this nomination. And, if the dems aren't planning on using the filibuster, then Buzzflash is right.

HOWEVER, if they are planning to use it, it would be much more prudent for the dems to expose Alito's extremism in the initial hearings and THEN come out and block it. It would avoid two week's worth of constant mainstream media coverage of how the dems:

Have no respect for the hearing process

Are blocking without even questioning the nominee

Are blocking him because he is a 'conservative' Republican

And, that is ALL we would here. Even, though NONE of it would be true. Why hand them ammunition when you can bide your time and get specifics that people will agree with to fillibuster him on?

Politically, it seems a wiser move to question him and then BLOCK him. I am hoping this is what the dems are doing.

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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:50 PM
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40. They need to scream out about this one as do all the disability groups.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 04:53 AM
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8. Maybe someone should give old Sam the broomstick test.
This is bizarre beyond words.

Holy shit, we're in serious trouble.
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PurpleChez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:18 PM
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33. Grab your ankles, Sammy.
Edited on Fri Jan-06-06 02:18 PM by PurpleChez
And just relax. It'll only hurt for a little while.

Good lord, these people are vile. And a third of the population still thinks that they are all doing the work of Jesus.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 08:01 AM
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9. k & r
this puts a spin on the aba giving alito it's highest rating, doesn't it?
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Marnieworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 09:31 AM
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12. I think he should be confirmed
Only if he agrees to have a broomstick shoved up his ass everyday. That's not abusive and hostile right? :sarcasm: :mad:
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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 12:05 PM
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26. Not Abusive & Hostile At All
It's like a fraternity prank, right? They were saying he's just one of the guys, right?

:eyes:
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savemefromdumbya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 09:34 AM
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13. Links to the Mob
I read in a few places on the web that he had links to the Mob is this true?
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Bluesplayer Donating Member (660 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 03:55 PM
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44. I heard that he kicks puppies too
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 09:39 AM
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14. Stop Alito nm
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Ninga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 09:45 AM
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15. We all must CONTINUE and not back down informing our Senators
our email network, and local papers.

Diligence takes patience, action and will.
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enough already Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 12:52 PM
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31. Maybe we need to stop "informing" and start doing some replacing
If this group of gutless wonders won't stop Alito by any means necessary, we need to be moving on.
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:53 PM
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41. Scream at your Senators, the media, everyone. This could cook Alito
but only if we scream bloody murder!
Send it to your senators, Howard Dean, Randi, everyone!
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 09:45 AM
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16. There was a time when Italians faced discrimination
for jobs and education and even to live in this country. And now Scalito wants to do that and worse to the mentally challenged, women, and minorities. Alito hates Americans, because he hates himself. For the sake of our Democratic Republic, I oppose Sam Alito. And the Republicans will say "oh you know those Democrats just hate Italian-Americans, that's why they oppose Alito".


:patriot:


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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 10:08 AM
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17. I am really trying to figure out just what the fuck is wrong with the
Edited on Fri Jan-06-06 10:11 AM by buddyhollysghost
people in this administration who so desperately want to rule the world.

There has to be some new psychological classification for the NeoCon: devoid of conscience, devoid of empathy, calling good evil and evil good. Alito and Rice and Bush have done more to prove that "god" is an illusion than anyone in the history of mankind.

It will be up to we normal people to play "god" someday, and I am currently of the firm belief that people such as Alito are as mind-fucked as serial killers and rapists, and that we will be best served locking Alito up forever or simply sentencing him to death in a court of law for his crimes.

There is no sense in anything Alito supports. A sick, sick human whom

our society has NO use for....


FWIW: I AM Italian
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Trevelyan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 10:51 AM
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20. I agree these people are psychopaths - Please sign petition to stop Alito
nomination. Once you start reading about what skull and bones is and "The Secret Ivy League Corridors to Power" and the Illuminati connection with creating Hitler, you do begin to believe the Bible and the last book of Revelations of the battle between good and satanic evil. Keep writing Congress and the media and signing petitions, it indirectly supports those who can do something about this evil.

Dear Senator,

President Bush has handed the far-right special interests a special gift by nominating Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Alito's extremist record makes him a threat to civil rights protections, environmental protections, privacy rights, religious freedom, and workers rights.

I ask you to vote not to confirm Samuel Alito to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court of the United States.
http://www.democrats.org/page/petition/rejectalito

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/1/4/82550/12447
Dean calls for rejection of Alito (Petition link inside)
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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 10:39 AM
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18. Sounds like a fucking judge who would support torture!!!!
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Julius Civitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 12:23 PM
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28. Heck! He sounds like he would push the broomstick himself! -- n/t
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Trevelyan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 10:41 AM
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19. Kick - Thank you for taking the time to let us know just how appalling
another of the bush nazi nominees are. I hope the Senate will filibuster this time. Everybody, please write to your Senators and send them a copy of this article.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 10:58 AM
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22. how did he get the vanguard case, is what i want to know.
maybe it was just a coincidence, but i wonder.
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greiner3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 11:49 AM
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24. I'm against Italian fascists;
I'm against German fascists and especially, I'm against AMERICAN fascists!
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 12:00 PM
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25. Bush has an uncanny talent...
for finding the scariest candidates for every position.

:scared: :scared: :yoiks:
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 03:35 PM
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43. Just what I was thinking. At some point anyone associated with him will
be forever tainted. Roberts first. It'll be interesting to see how his position is handled.

I think that point is coming soon.
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Julius Civitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 12:22 PM
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27. Just like Abu Grahib! -- Innocent frat-house hazing, nothing more
What is it about Republicans and torture, forced sodomy and broomsticks?

Really, it's starting to seem pathological.

:spank:

PS: Alito is one scary mofo.
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gulfcoastliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 12:43 PM
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29. K&R
nt
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 12:48 PM
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30. Word of Alito's extremism reached me!
But maybe I'm not a broad audience. lol
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 12:57 PM
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32. This is great information to have...but I'm afraid many people won't
bother or have time to read the full post. Any way you could post it in a little more concise manor without changing his intentions?
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:30 PM
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34. Here is the summary (238 words, a good length for a letter to the editor):
Since Sam Alito was confirmed as a judge, he has revealed himself as an out-of-the-mainstream radical. Since 1990, extremist Alito has

(1) broken his vow to Congress made during his 1990 confirmation hearing to disqualify himself from cases involving Vanguard (which he owned nearly a million in) when he failed to step aside in violation of judicial ethics rules and, instead, decided a case in favor of Vanguard notwithstanding his prior admission to Congress that he had a conflict of interest (which he failed to disclose to the parties);

(2) ignored 70 years of Supreme Court precedents about the scope of congressional authority in order to try to re-write the laws regulating submachine gun sales and the Family Medical Leave Act;

(3) ignored 40 years of Supreme Court precedents about reproductive privacy and freedom in order to try to install the government as the policeman of your bedroom;

(4) repeatedly excused outrageous corporate misconduct from the legal penalties for racial and gender discrimination;

(5) revealed his 1985 Regan administration job application where Alito disclosed his politically motivated opposition to 40 years of Supreme Court precedents guaranteeing equal protection at the ballot box to safeguarding the one-man-one-vote constitutional principle and admitted having adopted this activist agenda at least five years before he was appointed to the court of appeals (so he can no longer plausibly deny that his personal views have not corrupted his pattern of result-oriented judicial decisions).
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 07:40 PM
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47. That's great! Thank you very much.
Now all I have to do is find the nerve/courage to send a LTTE. I've never done that before.
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 10:30 PM
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49. If you are having a hard time getting up the nerve, try sending your first
LTTE to a neighboring town's newspaper.
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renie408 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:43 PM
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35. Gee...I think I would find being anally raped with a broomstick by a
co-worker both hostile AND abusive.

Maybe I am not non-retarded.
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 10:07 PM
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48. Peculiarly nonjudicial views about sexuality is something Alito and Scalia
have in common. Recall back in in 2004 Scalia made news when he gave a speech at Harvard and commented about the ideal number of people who should be involved in group sex and then suggested that "sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged."
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 02:47 PM
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37. Send this info to every member
on that committee who will be at the hearing(s) who are democrats.
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 03:10 PM
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42. Link to related thread:
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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-06-06 04:30 PM
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45. If Alito was on the Surpreme Court, Volpe would be walking his beat in NY
Instead:
New York City police officer was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for what prosecutors have called one of the worst acts of police brutality in city history. Justin Volpe, 27, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Eugene Nickerson for sodomizing prisoner Abner Louima with a broken broomstick two years ago.

http://archives.cnn.com/1999/US/12/13/volpe.sentencing/
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-06 12:03 AM
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50. Great post by Constitutional scholar Sandy Levinson
...The Alito nomination was part of a plot designed to reinforce Executive power and ... an article in today's Washington Post that focuses on Alito's views of executive power offers some support for this view of connecting the dots and explaining, for example, why the relatively obscure Judge Alito was selected instead of the substantially more distinguished Judge McConnell. The most important paragraph is the following:

"Since the president's approval is just as important as that of the House or Senate, it seems to follow that the president's understanding of the bill should be just as important as that of Congress," Alito wrote. He later added that "by forcing some rethinking by courts, scholars, and litigants, it may help to curb some of the prevalent abuses of legislative history." <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/01/AR2006010100788.html>

... This may suggest that Alito is less of a Scalia clone than has been suggested and that he is in fact more dangerous, at least if one fears Executive supremacy.... The ultimate question, of course, is what happens when the Court tells the President that there is indeed something that he/she cannot do, however much the President believes, in entirely good faith, that it is "necessary" (in some sense of that slippery word) to safeguard some important public value, including national survival. I don't know that Judge Alito has ever spoken to this question directly. It should be enough, though, that there is now fairly dispositive evidence that he was, while in the Reagan Administration, a full-scale adherent of what might be termed the "liberated" (and possibly "unfettered") Executive, and it would be astonishing if the Justice-pickers in the Bush Administration did not believe that this represents his view today.

...If Senator Specter exhibits some backbone, the nomination is in big trouble. If not, then it will be up to the Democrats.

<http://balkin.blogspot.com/>
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-06 06:31 PM
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51. Link to related thread:
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tirechewer Donating Member (280 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-08-06 01:32 AM
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52. I already asked them....
I already asked Boxer and Feinstein to push for a filibuster on Alito. They were just logging in calls on that and a lot of other things. The Woodchucks in the White House are keeping them pretty busy lately.

The assertion he made that it was OK to abuse the retarded worker and the reason he gives are just sickening. It might explain a lot about why he looks so strange though. Maybe in Alito's normal work environment he does walk around with a broom handle up his ass. He wouldn't be the first Republican who did.:grr:
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 02:18 AM
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53. Thanks for calling on your Senators to stand firm.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 02:32 PM
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54. kick. n/t
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 02:40 PM
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55. So why is abortion being touted as the litmus test for Alito?
It sounds as though his record and qualifications are inferior. Do Dems plan to object based on those reasons alone, instead of the abortion issue?
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 08:29 PM
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56. OzarkDem
If Democrats openly debate on that issue it will tend to unify an ever-weakening right-wing religious constituency that Rep. needs to win mid-term elections. Alito, is good strategy because of this single issue. I've even seen a televised discussion about the nomination that went into gun-control, another right wing rallying cry. The Christian guise of the repuke leadership is falling away in light of Delay scandals and an unpopular war that cannot be supported by the religious right on Christian ideals.
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Czolgosz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 03:54 PM
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57. You're seeing that it's not only about abortion.
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-06 11:21 AM
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58. So, now that the hearings are over...
...did anyone actually manage to bring this case up when grilling Scalito?
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