Daily Archives: November 15, 2011
I agree Mario Piperni…
Pathetic but not surprising is how I would describe Herman Cain’s latest ‘oops’ moment. So blatantly ignorant was Cain’s inability to respond directly to a question on Libya – as current a major event as is out there – that if this doesn’t end his presidential run, I’m not sure what will.
Conservative media is turning against him (“Cain makes Rick Perry look like a Mensa president“), while diehard fans point fingers at the usual bogeymen and in the process prove once more that stupid is never pretty.
…this is more to do with the media, technology and media bias, than Cain’s lack of knowledge.
Today, almost everything is done under the eagle eye of camera and sound. When the MSM does the interviews, the MSM decides what the public will see or hear or read.
Cain’s error was in not knowing his limits, when to say yes to interviews and when to cancel and rest up. Two weeks of intense attacks and responses certainly would have put him off his game.
Fewer of those biased eagle eyes trained on Cain and the man would be doing great.
The man with “a lot of stuff twirling around in his head” is a moron. End of story. The Tea Party’s attempt to prove they’re not a racist bunch was slightly amusing and fun to watch for a while. Unfortunately for them, they chose an idiot and a creep who practices sexual harassment on women in his employ, to play the role of Black Republican. Failed. Time to move on.
- Responses to Herman Cain’s “Libya” embarrassment (boingboing.net)
- Herman Cain Stumbles On Libya Questions (VIDEO) (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Herman Cain’s Wife: He ‘Totally Respects Women’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Highlights From A Bewildering Interview With Herman Cain [Herman Cain] (jezebel.com)
- Herman Cain – Bye, Bye – Should There Ever Have Been a Hello?! (thehill.com)
- Slipping in the polls, Herman Cain brings out his wife, Gloria (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)
- Herman Cain’s Wife Jokes He Might Have A Split Personality — Is That A Real Thing? (huffingtonpost.com)
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge sided with New York City Tuesday afternoon, declining to extend a previous restraining order against the city and the NYPD that had temporarily stalled the operation to clear Zuccotti Park, the home of the protests. Protesters had circled the park awaiting a ruling and claimed to reoccupy as soon as they were allowed. The city has said it will allow the movement back into the park, but will forbid any further camping out.
- BREAKING: OCCUPY WALL STREET – Judge Backs City’s Ban on OWS’ Tents at Zuccotti Park 11152011 5 PM (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
- Rational Second Judge Michael Stallman Denies Occupy Wall Street Request to Return to Zuccotti Park (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- N.Y. judge rules against Occupy Wall Street protesters, upholds decision to dismantle Zuccotti Park encampment (nj.com)
- Occupy Wall Street Awaits – And Tweets – Court Ruling on Zuccotti Park Eviction (mashable.com)
“The police came out in riot gear”… but the only people rioting were the police!
Hundreds of police officers in riot gear descended on the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration in New York City’s Zuccotti Park not long after midnight Tuesday.
Police handed out letters to protesters ordering them to immediately remove their possessions from the park. The letter claimed that the demonstration posed a health and fire safety hazard, and would be cleaned after the protesters left.
“If you fail to immediately leave the park, you will be subject to arrest,” the letter said.
Once work in the park is complete, the demonstrators can return to the park but cannot bring back tents, tarps or sleeping bags, according to the letter.
“Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world, is presently being evicted by a large police force,” the demonstrators said in a statement.
Police surrounded the park and refused to allow anyone in, including reporters.
While some of the protesters gathered their belongings and left, a core group rallied near the center of the park and refused to leave, according to the New York Times. They chanted, “Who’s park? Our park! No retreat. No surrender!”
Meanwhile, dozens of officers walked through the park, removing tents and other materials.
Fifteen people were arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Police spokesman Paul Browne.
The eviction comes as the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration against economic inequality neared its two-month anniversary. The protesters had planned a provocative “day of action” to shut down Wall Street.
- Police arrest 70 Wall Street protesters (boston.com)
- NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez Arrested During Zuccotti Park Raid (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- You: Occupy Wall Street: New York police begin clearing Zuccotti Park (guardian.co.uk)
- Wall Street protesters ousted from Zuccotti Park (mercurynews.com)
- Wall Street protesters told to leave Zuccotti Park (sfgate.com)
- ‘Occupy’ protesters ousted from Zuccotti Park – USA Today (usatoday.com)
- New York police begin clearing park of Occupy Wall Street protesters (theglobeandmail.com)
- #OccupyWallStreet – Police has started to clear Zuccotti Park (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Police arrest 70 Wall Street protesters (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean slammed Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Monday over his latest book about the assassination of President Lincoln.The official Lincoln Museum at Ford’s Theatre has refused to sell the book because it is riddled with factual errors and lacks proper documentation.“I stopped counting at 12 serious errors,” Dean said on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.He said the book was an insult to “serious” writers who attempt to show scholarship in their work.Watch video, courtesy of Current TV, below:
The Supreme Court of the United States has decided to hear a challenge to the POTUS’ Health Care Law. Having said that, what the hell are Justices Scalia and Thomas doing dining with the probable attorney who will argue the case against the Health Care law?
The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question of whether it would hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law, two of its justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, were feted at a dinner sponsored by the law firm that will argue the case before the high court.
The occasion was last Thursday, when all nine justices met for a conference to pore over the petitions for review. One of the cases at issue was a suit brought by 26 states challenging the sweeping healthcare overhaul passed by Congress last year, a law that has been a rallying cry for conservative activists nationwide.
The justices agreed to hear the suit; indeed, a landmark 5 1/2-hour argument is expected in March, and the outcome is likely to further roil the 2012 presidential race, which will be in full swing by the time the court’s decision is released.
The lawyer who will stand before the court and argue that the law should be thrown out is likely to be Paul Clement, who served as U.S. solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration.
Clement’s law firm, Bancroft PLLC, was one of almost two dozen firms that helped sponsor the annual dinner of the Federalist Society, a longstanding group dedicated to advocating conservative legal principles. Another firm that sponsored the dinner, Jones Day, represents one of the trade associations that challenged the law, the National Federation of Independent Business.
Another sponsor was pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc, which has an enormous financial stake in the outcome of the litigation. The dinner was held at a Washington hotel hours after the court’s conference over the case. In attendance was, among others, Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican and an avowed opponent of the healthcare law.
The featured guests at the dinner? Scalia and Thomas.
It’s nothing new: The two justices have been attending Federalist Society events for years. And it’s nothing that runs afoul of ethics rules. In fact, justices are exempt from the Code of Conduct that governs the actions of lower federal justices.
If they were, they arguably fell under code’s Canon 4C, which states, “A judge may attend fund-raising events of law-related and other organizations although the judge may not be a speaker, a guest of honor, or featured on the program of such an event.“
Nevertheless, the sheer proximity of Scalia and Thomas to two of the law firms in the case, as well as to a company with a massive financial interest, was enough to alarm ethics-in-government activists.
“This stunning breach of ethics and indifference to the code belies claims by several justices that the court abides by the same rules that apply to all other federal judges,” said Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause. “The justices were wining and dining at a black-tie fundraiser with attorneys who have pending cases before the court. Their appearance and assistance in fundraising for this event undercuts any claims of impartiality, and is unacceptable.”
Scalia and Thomas have shown little regard for critics who say they too readily mix the business of the court with agenda-driven groups such as the Federalist Society. And Thomas’ wife, Ginni, is a high-profile conservative activist.
Moreover, conservatives argue that it’s Justice Elena Kagan who has an ethical issue, not Scalia and Thomas. Kagan served as solicitor general in the Obama administration when the first legal challenges to the law were brought at the trial court level. Her critics have pushed for Kagan to recuse herself from hearing the case, saying that she was too invested in defending the law then to be impartial now. Kagan has given no indication she will do so.
- Will Raich bite Scalia? This has everything to do with Obamacare. (ricrx.wordpress.com)
- The Loyal Opposition: Scalia, Thomas, and the Federalist Society (loyalopposition.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Justices Scalia And Thomas To Attend Federalist Society Fundraisng Dinner, Demonstrating Ongoing Lack Of Respect For Judicial Ethics (yubanet.com)
- Nearly Everything You Need to Know About the Health Care Decision (blogs.wsj.com)
- Doug Kendall: A Disastrous Day for the Tea Party (huffingtonpost.com)
- Health Care Law Headed to U.S. Supreme Court for Review (inquisitr.com)