George Stephanopoulos: ABC’s In-House Spin Doctor

From Media Research Center:

George Stephanopoulos became a political celebrity for his high profile slot as a spin doctor in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, a role glamorized in the documentary The War Room. After the election, Stephanopoulos served four years as a top presidential aide, championing his own liberal views on issues such as affirmative action and the Supreme Court.

Leaving the White House at the end of 1996, Stephanopoulos joined ABC News as not just a liberal political analyst, but as someone who would soon begin to report the news as a supposedly unbiased reporter. According to the December 12, 1996 New York Times:

Mr. Stephanopoulos will contribute to various programs, but at the outset he will appear most often as a political analyst on This Week, the Sunday morning news program with Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson as co-hosts. Eventually Mr. Stephanopoulos is expected to do some reporting as a correspondent, the network said.

Susan here again. We need to know where all these people come from. Full disclosure. Something the left wing psyco commies scream for and never deliver themselves. This is very important folks, because how can you make an informed decision about who you will listen to, who you can believe is telling the truth or who you vote for if you don’t have all the facts. Yea, I can hear those who will make excuses for everyone that “people can change”. But if you don’t know where they started from; how do can you know if they “changed”. These are shakey times, and we need to be Uncooperative Readers,Uncooperative Listeners,Uncooperative Watchers, and Uncooperative Citizen’s of this great United States of America. Oh, and have a Tea Party. 🙂

Judge orders homeschoolers into public district classrooms

Susan here. Yet another commie activist Judge peaks his head out from under his gavel.

From WND:

A North Carolina judge has ordered three children to attend public schools this fall because the homeschooling their mother has provided over the last four years needs to be “challenged.”

The children, however, have tested above their grade levels – by as much as two years.

The decision is raising eyebrows among homeschooling families, and one friend of the mother has launched a website to publicize the issue.

The ruling was made by Judge Ned Mangum of Wake County, who was handling a divorce proceeding for Thomas and Venessa Mills. A statement released by a publicist working for the mother, whose children now are 10, 11 and 12, said Mangum stripped her of her right to decide what is best for her children’s education.

The judge, when contacted by WND, explained his goal in ordering the children to register and attend a public school was to make sure they have a “more well-rounded education.”

“I thought Ms. Mills had done a good job [in homeschooling],” he said. “It was great for them to have that access, and [I had] no problems with homeschooling. I said public schooling would be a good complement.”

The judge said the husband has not been supportive of his wife’s homeschooling, and “it accomplished its purposes. It now was appropriate to have them back in public school.”

You should go to the web site and check it out and show support. I love it when the “state” shows it’s real ugly face.
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‘Death With Dignity’ Law Takes Effect in Washington State

With the way the government is taking over our lives and taking away states rights, there is no way this will fly. By the by, how is that medical marijuana law working out for the sick that need it in their respective states?

From Fox News:

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live will soon be able to ask their doctors to prescribe them lethal medication in Washington state.

But even though the “Death with Dignity” law takes effect Thursday, people who might seek the life-ending prescriptions could find their doctors conflicted or not willing to write them.

Many doctors are hesitant to talk publicly about where they stand on the issue, said Dr. Tom Preston, a retired cardiologist and board member of Compassion & Choices, the group that campaigned for and supports the law.

“There are a lot of doctors, who in principle, would approve or don’t mind this, but for a lot of social or professional reasons, they don’t want to be involved,” he said.

But Preston said discussions about end-of-life issues between doctor and patient will increase because of the new law, and he thinks that as time goes on more and more doctors who don’t have a religious or philosophical opposition will be open to participating.

“It will be a cultural shift,” he said.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that it was up to states to regulate medical practice, including assisted suicide, and Washington’s Initiative 1000 was passed by nearly 60 percent of state voters in November.

Folks, in this political climate. And this new age of judicial activism, there isn’t a chance on God’s green earth (yes, it’s still green) that this is going to pass the muster. Look this up, think for yourselfs, and stand up in your state for state’s rights.
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Judge Allows Ban of Book Depicting Happy Cuban Communist Children

Now Toto, is this a good ban or a bad ban!!!

From the AP:

ATLANTA — Miami school officials can remove from library shelves a book about Cuba that depicts smiling children in communist uniforms but avoids mention of problems in the country, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Miami-Dade County School District wouldn’t be infringing freedom of speech rights by removing 49 copies of “Vamos a Cuba” and its English-language version, “A Visit to Cuba,” from its libraries. The board has argued that the books, for children ages 5 to 8, present an inaccurate view of life in Cuba.

The board voted to remove the book in 2006 after a parent who was a former political prisoner in Cuba complained. A federal judge in Miami later ruled that the board should add books of different perspectives instead of removing offending titles.

However, the panel of the 11th Circuit sided with the school board in a 2-1 ruling.

“There is a difference between not including graphic detail about adult subjects on the one hand and falsely representing that everything is hunky dory on the other,” Judge Ed Carnes wrote.

Circuit Judge Charles R. Wilson wrote in dissent that it appeared the book was banned for political rather than educational reasons.

Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said the two judges managed “to twist the law into a pretzel.”

“But what can’t be evaded is censorship, is censorship, is censorship. I’m sorry, there is no way to evade that,” Simon said. He promised “further legal action to prevent the shelves of Miami-Dade school libraries from being scrubbed of books that some people find to have an objectionable view point.”

The 2001 book by Alta Schreier is one of a series on different countries. It contains images of smiling children wearing uniforms of Cuba’s communist youth group and celebrating the country’s 1959 revolution. In discussing daily life, the book says children work, study and play the same way children in other countries do.

Juan Amador, whose complaint prompted the board to pursue the book’s removal, was outraged that the book made no mention of lack of civil liberties, political indoctrination of school children, food rationing or child labor. He said in his complaint to the school board that the book “portrays a life in Cuba that does not exist.”

ACLU attorney JoNel Newman had argued at a 2007 hearing that political discussions need not be required for books for elementary students. She questioned whether a book about the Great Wall of China must mention Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong.

I am against censorship in all of it’s forms but when our tax payer money is involved don’t “we the people” have a say in what crap is forced down our children’s throats? I know I keep posting with questions and it must be annoying to some, but shouldn’t we be asking questions now?

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Judicial nominations and the Constitution

Correction: All references to Missouri in the quoted CNS article should say Mississippi

Here we go again…

From CNS News:

Twenty years after President Ronald Reagan’s failed nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, another fight is brewing in the U.S. Senate over a judicial nominee – this time, over Leslie Southwick, a nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.Southwick’s nomination is to a seat – previously held by Judge Charles Pickering – that has been declared an “emergency vacancy.” Pickering faced opposition from Senate Democrats and was recess-appointed by Bush in 2004. He withheld his name for consideration for another attempt at confirmation and retired from the bench when his term expired.

The American Bar Association has unanimously ranked Southwick as “well-qualified” for the Court of Appeals.

But as Cybercast News Service reported earlier, a number of liberal groups oppose Southwick, accusing him of bringing conservative views into his court rulings.

The controversy stems from two cases Southwick became involved with, one regarding the use of a racial slur in a workplace and the other dealing with the parental rights of homosexuals.

Though Southwick did not write the opinions, in a May 30 letter to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, People for the American Way President Ralph Neas stated that “the opinions that a judge chooses to join, or elects not to, can be just as revealing of his judicial philosophy as those that he writes.”

Neas added that Southwick “may lack the commitment to social justice progress to which Americans are entitled from those seeking a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.”

One can only HOPE he lacks commitment to “social justice”. A judge is supposed to apply the law as intended by the legislators, not apply “social justice”. There it is one of my three deadly words for our country social justice, diversity and political correctness.

In Richmond vs. Missouri Department of Human Services, the Mississippi Appellate Court Southwick ruled that a white state employee should not be terminated for derogatorily referring to an African-American co-worker.The racial slur was made outside of the recipient’s presence, she later made an apology that was accepted, and the workplace was not significantly disrupted. The Mississippi Supreme Court concurred with the result of the decision of Southwick’s courts but found that more detailed reasoning for its conclusions was required.

sounds perfectly reasonable to me, what ever happened to free speech under the First amendment?

Neas said that Southwick’s decision “effectively ratified a hearing officer’s opinion that the slur was only ‘somewhat derogatory’ and was in effect calling the individual a ‘teacher’s pet.'”

What? How did this idiot equate this ruling with saying it is like calling someone a teachers pet? But you know what, what difference does it make what derogatory word you call someone and why should some words and some people be treated differently? What ever happened to the concept of “sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me”? Now all I here is words hurt! We have become such a weak, self centered society. Now we want judges to say if you call someone a name, or you hurt my
FEELINGS, you have to be punished! This is more Left wing lunacy that wants hate speech laws in this country. Learn the Constitution people PLEASE, the first Amendment is designed to protect against such nonsense.

So what did Southwick have to say?

In his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Southwick called the term “always offensive,” “inherently and highly derogatory,’ and that there was “no worse word.”

Yup it is an offensive word, unless a black person uses it of course.

The second case, S.B. vs. L.W., Neas says that the Mississippi Court of Appeals repeatedly used “gratuitously anti-gay” terminology in describing lesbians. The court awarded custody of a child to its biological father rather than its mother, who was living with a woman in a homosexual relationship.

A gratuitously “anti-gay” phrase? I wonder what that could be?

The term in question, “homosexual lifestyle,” has been used in previous decisions ruled by both the Missouri and U.S. Supreme Courts. The court also considered a variety of factors in awarding custody to the father, including the quality of the father’s job and residence, his income and his roots in the community.

Now we cannot use the term “homosexual lifestyle”? Maybe we should just call it perverted or queer? Political correctness is going to destroy our society.

Last Tuesday, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, took to the floor to urge senators to move forward with the nomination. Specter said Southwick had “an impeccable record” and called him “a mild-mannered professional who is a confident man” and “a solid lawyer” who “has been a solid judge.”But at the Judiciary Committee business meeting two days later, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D.-Vt.) lambasted his Republican colleagues for backing Southwick.

“This is not a partisan fight that needs to be waged,” Leahy said. “We can work together to fill this Fifth Circuit vacancy. I hope the president and Senate Republicans will work with us.”

No vote was held on Southwick at Thursday’s meeting.

Here go the democrats again blocking judicial nominations. Leahy wishes to steal the power of judicial appointments from the executive branch. Congress seems to think they are the Roman Senate! Don’t let that pesky Constitution get in your way Leahy, just tell the uninformed massses it means something different than the people who created says it means. “Advise and Consent” Does not mean the Senate gets to tell the President who to appoint! It means you can advise the President on people you would like to RECOMMEND, the President makes his choice and you CONSENT to ANY qualified judge. This is a real dangerous game they are playing, we have too many open judicial seats and if both parties go down this road it will only get worse. The Republicans nominated almost 400 of Clinton’s judicial nominees and most of them they did not like for their political ideology. Frankly no “liberal judge” should be appointed anywhere. By definition of how liberal judges behave on the bench they are unqualified to be judges. They tend to legislate from the bench., not apply the law equally and in the way the legislators who wrote the law, or Constitution intended. Noah Webster (the founder responsible for article I, section 8, paragraph 8 of the Constitution wrote. In the lapse of two or three centuries, changes have taken place which…obscure the sense of original languages…The effect of these changes is that words are… now used in a sense different from that which they had… [and thus] present a wrong signification or false ideas. Whenever words are understood in a sense different from that which they had when introduced… mistakes may be very injurious. #1

As you can tell he is warning us that words change in meaning over time and we must understand people’s words at the time they were written, not based on their meaning today. This was back in the 1800s and our language has changed much more dramatically over the centuries than back then.

But let us look at what other had to say:

James Wilson, an original justice on the Supreme Court: The first governing maxim in interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it. #2

Justice Joseph Story (appointed by President James Madison): The first and fundamental rule in interpretation of all is to construe them in according to the sense of the teerms aand intentions of the parties. #3

To avoid such “injurious mistakes” President Thomas Jefferson admonished Supreme Court Justice William Johnson:

On every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented aginst it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed #4

James Madison agreed:
I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that be not the guide in expounding it, there can be no security for a consistent and stable, more than for a faithful, exercise of it’s powers… What metamorphosis would be produced in the code of law if all its ancient phraseology where to be taken in its modern sense. #5

I saved the two best for last, as you can see the “Liberal/Progressive” concept of a living breathing document that changes over time is completely false, as is interpreting the legislators laws anyway they chose to view and apply them.

You now have some tools to combat this cancerous way of thinking. We need true constructionist judges that we call Conservative.

Foot Notes:
1. Noah Webster, The Holy Bible…with Amendments of the Language(New Haven: Durrie & Peck 1883) p. iii
2. James Wilson, The Works of the Honorable James Wilson, Bird Wilson, editor (Philadelphia: Bronsoin and Chauncey, 1804) Vol. I, p.14, from “Lectures on Law Delivered in the College of Philadelphia; introductory lecture: Of the Study of the Law in the United States.”
3. Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States (Boston: Hilard, Gray, and Company, 1833) Vol I, p.383 & 400.
4. Thomas Jefferson, Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, editor (Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1830) Vol. IV, p. 373, to Judge William Johnson on June 12, 1823.
5. James Madison, Selections from the private correspondence of James Madison from 1813-1836, J.C. McGuire, editor (Washington, 1853), p. 52, to Henry Lee on June 25, 1824

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Dems Target Administration as Libby Found Guilty

From CNS News:

Former vice presidential aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby was found guilty Tuesday on four of five counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and lying to investigators probing who leaked the identity of CIA operative.

Libby was found not guilty on one count, that of lying to the FBI.

This was just ridiculous, how could an intelligent jury come to this conclusion? I followed the trial enough to know that everyone’s testimony was confusing and contradictory. It is ok for everyone else to be wrong when talking to the FBI or the Grand Jury, but he could not possibly have just been mistaken? Between this and the Campian/Ramos trials and I have lost all trust in the jury system.

The Left and Democrats are loving it of course…

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid welcomed the verdict.

“It’s about time someone in the Bush Administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics,” the Nevada Democrat said in a statement.

“Lewis Libby has been convicted of perjury, but his trial revealed deeper truths about Vice President Cheney’s role in this sordid affair,” he added. “Now President Bush must pledge not to pardon Libby for his criminal conduct.”

In her response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took a similar line.

“This trial provided a troubling picture of the inner workings of the Bush Administration,” she said in a statement. “The testimony unmistakably revealed – at the highest levels of the Bush Administration – a callous disregard in handling sensitive national security information and a disposition to smear critics of the war in Iraq.”

Libby could face up to 25 years in prison, although he’s expected to receive a shorter sentence under federal sentencing guidelines.

This trial showed nothing, no one was charged or convicted for leaking the name of a covert operative, because Plame was not a covert agent as defined in the law!

I love it Bill Clinton admitted to lying under oath and nothing happens to him. Not only that, the Left came to Billy boy’s defense! But over this stupidity an individual might go to jail over nothing and they are estatic! Why, because it is a Republican and better yet part of the Bush administration.

Report: Anna Nicole Judge Offered Job on CBS

From FNC:

The judge in the Anna Nicole Smith case may have a future at CBS, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Monday.

The senior producer of the network’s “Saturday Early Show” wrote a letter to Broward Circuit Judge Larry Seidlin, who has been presiding over the former playmate’s case, asking if he would be interested in hosting a new segment on the program called “Morning Justice,” in which he would tackle viewers’ problems.

“I have been extremely impressed by your compassion in the Anna Nicole case and I would love to discuss with you the idea of being our judge on a new segment, ‘Morning Justice,'” Michael Rosen, the show’s senior producer, wrote in a letter Friday to the judge, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Seidlin’s judicial assistant, JoAnn Gallo, confirmed he received an offer and said she has been fielding hundreds of calls a day for the judge.

I also heard that he was seeking his own show BEFORE this case. That might shed some light on his grandstanding for you.

The Uncooperative Radio Show Podcast 02-21-2007

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The armed citizen report, “Chocolate city” mayor Nagin and CentCom news.

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