Day: October 23, 2010

Ex-Companion Details ‘Real’ Clarence Thomas

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The New York Times

Lillian McEwen is not one of the women whose name is generally associated with Justice Clarence Thomas and his contentious confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court seat.

But now, at age 65 and retired from a long legal career, with nothing to lose and a book to sell, Ms. McEwen is ready for that to change.

This week’s news that his wife, Virginia, had left voice mail for Anita Hill, asking her to apologize for “what you did with my husband” at the confirmation hearings, gave Ms. McEwen an unexpected opportunity to talk about Justice Thomas, the man she was romantically involved with for “six or seven years” in the 1980s. The phone call, she said in an interview Friday, makes sense to her.

For Ms. Thomas, she said, the accusation of sexual harassment made by Ms. Hill “still has to be a mystery, that he is still angry about this and upset about it after all these years, and I can understand that she would want to know why, and solve a problem if she could — I mean, acting as a loyal wife.”

But Ms. McEwen said she knew a different Clarence Thomas, one whom she recognized in the 1991 testimony of Ms. Hill, who claimed that he had repeatedly made inappropriate sexual comments to her at work, including descriptions of pornographic films.

Ms. McEwen said that pornography for Justice Thomas was “just a part of his personality structure.” She said he kept a stack of pornographic magazines, “frequented a store on Dupont Circle that catered to his needs,” and allowed his interest in pornography to bleed into his professional relationships.

“It starts inside,” she said, tapping her head during a 30-minute interview inside her three-story condominium in Southwest Washington. “And then your behavior flows from what it is that’s important to you. That’s what happened with him, certainly.”

Justice Thomas, through a Supreme Court spokeswoman, Kathy Arberg, declined to comment.      Continue reading…

Julian Assange WALKS OUT Of CNN Interview (VIDEO)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walked out of an interview with CNN in London.

Huffington Post

Julian Assange, who was being interviewed to discuss the 400,000 pages of documents WikiLeaks released about the Iraq War, grew upset when interviewer Atika Shubert asked about his personal legal issues. Assange was investigated in Sweden on charges of sexual abuse that were then dropped, but the investigation was re-opened shortly thereafter.

“This interview is about something else,” Assange told Shubert. “I’m going to walk if you’re going to contaminate us revealing the deaths of 104,000 people with attacks against my person.”

Assange repeatedly threatened to walk off, calling Shubert’s questions about his personal life “completely disgusting.”

As Shubert persisted, Assange apologized, removed his mic and walked off the set.

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Politico’s: The week’s Top 10 quotes in American politics

“Some of you look a little more Asian to me.” — Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle, talking to a bunch of Hispanic high school students. 

“He did express some regret that he wasn’t able to use explosives, which is our normal stock and trade.” – Jamie Hyneman, a co-host on Discovery’s “MythBusters,” recounting his conversation with President Obama, who will appear in an upcoming episode. 

“Maureen Dowd — O’Dowd — whatever the heck her name is.” — Former Gov. Sarah Palin, snapping at The New York Times columnist for calling Palin the “queen bee” of “mean girls.”

“Did you actually leave the stage because you needed the facilities?” — WOR’s John Gambling, asking a question of gubenatorial candidate Carl Paladino after he abruptly walked off a debate stage to use the men’s room. 

“There really are none.” — Levi Johnston, when asked what qualifications are required to be mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a position he hopes to obtain. 

“Barack Obama is really cool. No, he’s not coming today, but he’s really cool.” — Vice President Joe Biden, to a bunch of California third-graders. 

“I can tell you I certainly am not going to be a witch.” — Delaware Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell, discussing her Halloween costume options. 

“I want all the press to be clear, they were saying ‘Wu.’” — President Barack Obama, clarifying what sounded like a “booo…” sound from an audience in Portland, Ore. (Rep. David Wu was in attendance.) 

“I have written a book. This will come as a shock to some of the elites. They didn’t think I could read a book, much less write one.” — Former President George W. Bush, discussing his forthcoming book, “Decision Points.” 

“And I don’t actually think the president thinks they’re drinking a lot of Slurpees — sorry.” — White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, elaborating on a frequent line by Obama about Republicans drinking Slurpees.

Why Clarence Thomas owes African-Americans an apology

The Grio

When Ginni Thomas — the Tea Partying wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — left Anita Hill a voicemail message asking for an apology, she got it all wrong. It’s really Clarence Thomas who owes the apology, to the black community that is.

During his confirmation hearings in 1991, America was introduced to Thomas. And his handlers and boosters created a Horatio Alger, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps story of a black man who emerged from a meager upbringing in Pinpoint, Georgia to become an embodiment of the American dream. We learned that he had Gullah roots. As someone with Gullah ancestry myself via Charleston, South Carolina, I must ask what happened to Thomas to make him run away from his people and forget from whence he came. Justice Thomas is part of the high court’s conservative majority (led by Justices Roberts and Scalia), and often is regarded as the most rightward judge among his peers. His record on the bench tells the story:

An originalist, Justice Thomas believes in the original intent of the framers of the Constitution. That is bad news for black folks, and presumably for Thomas as well, given that under that judicial philosophy, he and all other blacks should be in chains on someone’s plantation.     Continue reading…

NEWSWEEK Poll: Obama Approval Rating Jumps, Democrats Close ‘Enthusiasm Gap’

The mainstream media didn’t predict this…

Newsweek

As the president’s numbers climb sharply, results suggest that Democrats may be succeeding in firing up their base.

Despite doom-saying about Democrats’ chances in the midterms, the latest NEWSWEEK Poll (full results) shows that they remain in a close race with Republicans 12 days before Election Day, while the president’s approval ratings have climbed sharply.

The poll finds that 48 percent of registered voters would be more likely to vote for Democrats, compared with 42 percent who lean Republican (those numbers are similar to those in the last NEWSWEEK Poll, which found Democrats favored 48 percent to 43 percent).

President Obama’s approval ratings have jumped substantially, crossing the magic halfway threshold to 54 percent, up from 48 percent in late September, while the portion of respondents who disapprove of the president dropped to 40 percent, the lowest disapproval rating in a NEWSWEEK Poll since February 2010. However, his approval rating, which is notably higher than many recent polls of the president’s popularity, may be evidence of a closing “enthusiasm gap” more than a sea change in voter attitudes, and may not substantially affect Democrats’ fortunes come Election Day. In 1994, NEWSWEEK Polls showed a similar steep climb in President Clinton’s approval between late September and late October, but Democrats still suffered a rout in the midterms.   Continue reading…

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Howard Fineman On Tightening Key Senate Races (VIDEO)

Huffington Post

HuffPost Senior Political Editor Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Friday to analyze key Senate races and the ways in which campaign momentum may be shifting.

“Pennsylvania voters — as you know, Chris — are not philosophers. They’re not into ideological experiments,” Fineman told host Chris Matthews, referring to GOP Senate candidate Pat Toomey. “They may grouse about corrupt politicians, but they don’t mind government in Pennsylvania.”

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Rep. Peter DeFazio Investigating Impeachment For Chief Justice John Roberts

I hope they include Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia as well.  In my opinion, this is the most corrupt Supreme Court I have seen in my lifetime.

Huffington Post – Amanda Terkel

With Democrats increasingly outraged over the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections — a change conservatives have been more successful at taking advantage of — a Democratic congressman is raising the prospect of impeaching the Supreme Court’s chief justice over the issue.

“I mean, the Supreme Court has done a tremendous disservice to the United States of America,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. “They have done more to undermine our democracy with their Citizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They’ve opened the floodgates, and personally, I’m investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn’t be a judicial activist, and he wouldn’t overturn precedents.”

In his 2005 confirmation hearings, Roberts famously said, “Judges and justices are servants of the law, not the other way around. Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules; they apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ball game to see the umpire.”

According to DeFazio, Roberts hasn’t stood by his own doctrine. He pointed to former Justice John Paul Stevens’s dissent in the case, in which he said the Citizens United case was not properly brought before the Supreme Court. “This procedure is unusual and inadvisable for a court,” Stevens said of the process. “Our colleagues’ suggestion that ‘we are asked to reconsider Austin and, in effect, McConnell,” ante, at 1, would be more accurate if rephrased to state that ‘we have asked ourselves’ to reconsider those cases.”

“Justice Stevens makes the point that Roberts decided a case that wasn’t even before the Court, and invited the issue before the Court,” said DeFazio. “It was the most extraordinary condemnation I’ve ever read of a perverted majority on the Supreme Court, at least in recent years.”

The last Supreme Court justice to face impeachment hearings was Samuel Chase in the early 1800s, who faced charges that he was being too partisan on behalf of the Federalist Party. The House of Representatives impeached him but the Senate did not convict, and he remained on the bench. Legal scholars doubt that impeachment hearings against Roberts would go anywhere.   Continue reading…