UPDATE 7 Sept
I am watching the third day of hearings for SCOTUS nominee Judge Kavanaugh. Today there are panels, with members pro and con his approval by the Senate. I thought that the previous two days were going to have a lot of pyrotechnics. They were relatively calm. I didn’t expect much to happen today, but I turned to CSPAN anyway. I had some ironing to do. I hate ironing. Which, as Preserved Killick would assert, CSPAN and ironing somehow go together, like blue pill and black draught.
Today I have seen examples of pure ideological fanaticism from Dems, who are savaging Kavanaugh on the issue of abortion (Priests for Life v. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services figures in this). The people whom the Dems chose to savage Kavanaugh are quite capable, well-rehearsed and entirely committed to the culture of death.
Listening to dialogues between Senators Harris (D-CA – nasty), Booker (D-NJ – ambitious self-promoter), Blumenthal (D-CT – how is it that he gets elected?), Hirono (D-HI – eye-roll) with the likes of very smart and practiced Prof. Melissia Murray of NYU … it’s chilling.
It’s like a trip into bearded-Spock universe.
It’s fascinating and horrifying that there are people who hold with such fanatical commitment certain positions.
Anyone else have the same reaction?
There was one moment that stood out. Abortion fanatic Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) with that deceptively calm demeanor, had made a claim about the number of deaths of women from illegal abortions. She had said that in the 50s and 60s there were from 200,000 to 1,200,000 deaths per year. She corrected her erroneous statement saying that those figures were for estimate of illegal abortions per year: “I said ‘deaths’ – That is not correct.”
Except, Senator, that each of those abortions do, in fact, represent deaths, if not of the women, of the babies who were aborted.
I remain amazed at the systems and structures we have developed wherein difficult issues can be debated and determinations can be made.
I’ve now watched the Dems weaponize children and bring in convicted felon, and apparently memory challenged, John Dean. How desperate are these Dem-agogues? Dean, the disbarred convicted felon, even impugned Justices Rehnquist and Thomas as liars (the implication being that so is Kavanaugh?).
Originally Published on: Sep 6, 2018
I admit it. I am a nerd.
I’ve been watching the Kavanaugh hearings. I wanted to go into law, but I was thwarted. Really. Canon Law, but I was talked into Patristics. Also, did GREs but I didn’t have the money. But my interest continues. I am such a nerd that I tend to read SCOTUS opinions.
Here are some of the opinions I should (and have in the last few days started) to review:
Marbury v Madison
Morrison v Olson
Plessy v Ferguson
Roe v Wade
Planned Parenthood v Casey
Brown v Board
US v Nixon
Chevron v NRDC
Obergefell v Hodges
Washington v Glucksberg
Hamdan v Rumsfeld
Humphrey’s Executor v US
Chevron v NRDC
District of Columbia v. Heller
McDonald v. City of Chicago
These are cases that came up again and again because of the burning issues today. It is good to a) review or b) learn what they say.
For example, Kavanaugh and J. Kagan say that the late (O please come back) J. Scalia’s dissent on Morrison v. Olson was amazing. I read it. AMAZING.
The proceedings also got me to go look at the descriptions of various SCOTUS Justices, such as Harlan 2nd.
BTW… I also, in watching the hearings, come to loathe newly or to renew loathing of some Senators. I really mean loathe.
Have any of you been watching the hearings?
Fully? On and off? Only news accounts?
CSPAN has everything. Boring? Not so much.
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