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Newsflash: Obama Picks Sotomayor

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In an unsurprising move, the White House announced this morning that President Obama has picked Second Circuit Court Of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter.

Sotomayor, a New York native born in a housing project in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, is the child of Puerto Rican parents. As such, if confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first Hispanic to sit on the nation’s highest court.

A graduate of Princeton and Yale Law School, Sotomayor has experience as a prosecutor and as a private attorney. She was appointed to the federal bench in the Southern District of New York in 1992.

Though ironically first appointed by President George H.W. Bush, Judge Sotomayor was named to the Appellate court by President Clinton. One of her first significant decisions, which is widely credited with saving Major League Baseball in 1995, was to rule in favor of the players against the owners in their strike which resulted in the cancellation of the World Series.

In another decision, she sided with the principles of affirmative action and identity politics by deciding against white firefighters suing the city of New Haven, CT, in a discrimination case brought by them after the city scotched the results of a promotion exam in which only one minority individual (ironically a Latino) had a high enough qualifying score. In yet another irony, this case is now before the Supreme Court.

Her nomination is the first by a Democratic President in 15 years. With four months to go before the October opening of the Court’s fall session, the Senate will have more than sufficient time to discuss and confirm her.

Republicans are sending mixed signals as to their reactions to the nomination of Judge Sotomayor. Some have indicated they will filibuster if they consider Obama’s appointee too liberal, while others, perhaps mindful of the large Latino voting population, are taking a more moderate stance.

If confirmed, she will become the second female Justice on this Court, joining sitting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

About Clavos

Raised in Mexico by American parents, Clavos is proudly bi-cultural, and considers both Spanish and English as his native languages. A lifelong boating enthusiast, Clavos lives aboard his ancient trawler, Second Act, in Coconut Grove, Florida and enjoys cruising the Bahamas and Florida Keys from that base. When not dealing with the never-ending maintenance issues inherent in ancient trawlers, Clavos sells yachts to finance his boat habit, but his real love (after boating, of course) is writing and editing; a craft he has practiced at Blogcritics since 2006.
  • roger nowosielski

    I don’t remember the grapefruit in particular. What sticks to mind are strawberries and sweet cream. I like Mickey.

  • roger nowosielski

    Anyway, just wanted to say I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings, and if I did, I’m sorry. We just seem to have certain irreconcilable philosophical differences.

  • Jordan Richardson

    So what’s your point? That Cindy is a female?

    Yes. My point is that Cindy is a female…


    and I don’t really care for your fucking characterization of either my content or motives

    I didn’t offer you either, champ.

    it arises out of the discussion of issue

    Yeah, everything arises out of the “discussion of issues.” Way to be incredibly general!

    I have my own coterie of acquaintances and friends

    Are they aware that you refer to them as a coterie?

    Honestly, Roger, lighten up. You appear to have no problem directing your opinions about others towards others, including going so far as to suggest to people what they should write and how they should write it, yet you have a major problem with somebody coming in after 5902348950345 posts with you arguing the same childish nonsense that you claim comes up as the result of a “discussion of issues.”

    Honestly. You have no sense of persons.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Sorry I am amusing myself at the expense of boring Jordan, et al, silly.

    No no no. Now it’s getting good!

  • Cindy

    Indeed. Good, we’re all made up.

    (p.s. Mickey is a sadist.)

    Now I’m only left to get over being mad at Mark.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Ah shit, now I feel guilty for #103. Ignore all of that except for the following words:


  • roger nowosielski

    Simply that there are plenty of heated arguments between guys – and you’re also in the midsts of them (and I, too) and no one makes a big deal out of that, unless the comments’ policy re personal attack is violated. That’s all.

    When I engage Cindy in these thread, I engage her irrespective of her gender. And if our exchanges get heated at times, they have to do (for my part) with the subject matter, nothing else.

    Why are they more heated than with some others? Again, for my part, because she’s articulate and intelligent above the average cut, and we do (again, speaking for myself only) have great many points of intellectual agreement.

  • roger nowosielski

    I wouldn’t worry about Mark. Mark is a pussy cat. On my better days, however, I’m a teddy bear. I know you’d find it hard to believe, though.

  • roger nowosielski

    I’m not going to respond to your long comment, Jordan. And you are entitle to your opinion. But if you have problem with some of my postings, I have two suggestions. Either complain to the editors or just ignore them. But don’t give me lessons on how and what should I post.

  • Cindy

    I won’t worry. I’m not very mad at him. I’m sure I’ll get over it. :-)

  • Cindy

    I think Jordan and Roger should get a room. Oh, sorry! I had to try it just once! (lol)

  • roger nowosielski

    I just knew you were gonna say that before I even read the remark. Too bad Jet ain’t here to object.

  • roger nowosielski

    What I should have added to my long laundry list in #107 is that I care what you think (about issues, that is). Perhaps it’s hard for some to understand. And it’s got nothing to do with gender. (For example, I also care about what Mark thinks).

    So there! Let anyone put it in their pipe and smoke it.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Dearest RJ (Going back in time to #60 for a moment, kids):

    I’m guessing you’re an atheist then?

    You’d be guessing wrong, but I’m dying to see the relevance.

    Because ALL religions sound bizarre to those who do not practice them.

    Is that why I’ve been studying religion both in and out of university for around 11-12 years now? Because they “sound bizarre.” Hardly. They fascinate me.

    Leftists attack Mormonism simply because it’s an easy target: a minority religious group composed primarily of socially conservative White people. That’s all.

    “Leftists” may, in fact, do that. I couldn’t really be bothered with what “leftists” do because I’m not all that interested in the idea of being so dismissive. While I do examine vested interests, like why it might be convenient for a pharmaceutical company to sponsor a study showing why certain drugs are effective, I don’t really care that much about political stances. I find agreement with Clavos more often than I’d like to admit, for instance, and this sometimes scares me nearly as much as the clown under my bed. Nearly

    Point being, RJ, that I wouldn’t dismiss what I said about Mormonism as simply something from the Left.

    If Mormons were “progressive” and had better tans, leftists who be praising them endlessly and trying to give them special “minority rights.”

    Yeah. Maybe they’d even get their own state…

    RJ, is your point about Romney’s faith honestly to say that it’s so complex and beautiful that outsiders won’t understand it? Mormonism is one of the most ridiculous religions known to man. There is some ridiculous stuff in all religion, sure, but Mormonism has the market cornered in North America. Golden plates? Having a secret handshake for heaven? Having a “real name” that only your spouse(s) can know? Having children so that you can give the souls access to human bodies so that those souls in human bodies can go to heaven?

    Shall I go on or are you getting my point about Romney’s success in the context of Arch’s discussion. Because, really, I can go on. I LOVE Mormonism. It’s awesomely hilarious.

    [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

    Right back at ya, slick.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Who brought up gender, Rog? I’ve been looking back in the thread, sadly, and I can’t quite figure out how that came into it.

    By the way, I apologize for my interjection here. I’m just being a jerk.

  • Jordan Richardson

    I think Jordan and Roger should get a room.

    Only if there’s ice.

  • roger nowosielski


    I didn’t mean to suggest that YOU would find that to be the point of difference, but believe you me, that matter had come up plenty of times before.

    So I guess I just threw it up, “for general consideration,” you might say. Sorry.

  • Cindy

    LOL Jordan.

    (Roger, whooops, correction: Mickey’s character was a sadist, of course. I’m sure you understood. But I’d hate to leave that mistake like that.)

  • roger nowosielski

    BTW, I do like your picture with a wine glass, either half-full or half-empty. It’s a decent red, I hope.

    And no, it’s not a come-on.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Jen and I make our own wine. I believe the picture is a strawberry Riesling.

  • roger nowosielski

    I should hope so. Mickey is quite a womanizer – at least that’s the reputation – and way more popular in Europe and Japan than in the US. Recently though, I’ve seen him gain way too much weight.

    My favorite picture though – “Year of the Dragon,” where he plays “the most decorated cop in NYC – a polish-extraction.

  • roger nowosielski

    And “Barfly” of course!

  • roger nowosielski

    Just watch out for the whites. They’re addictive. Joyce’s favorites though. But he was half-blind and it had carried him through the Ulysses.

    Small price to pay for immortality.

  • Cindy


    I think Roger might be a bit bewildered where I’ve made assertions that gender bias might be relevant to past difficulties we’ve had. Why I would say such things may be an enigma to him. But that sort of gives me an insight. I can’t imagine it sounds much different to him when I bring it up, than it does to you where he just did. No wonder he thinks I’m irrational.

    (Egads, strawberry wine?! *shudders*…Um, I mean, right…sounds delicious!)

  • roger nowosielski

    No, I don’t. But then again, you think I’m a fascist chauvinistic pig, so I guess I’ll have to remain one.

  • Cindy

    Sorry Roger, I was just going by your post #117. It struck me as being innocent that way and it was funny. I’m just in a mischievous mood. Poor you and Jordan, Mark.

  • Cindy

    [and] Mark.

    (they’re just nerf grapefruits anyway)

  • roger nowosielski

    Well, I was just going to withdraw all I have said in #107 and #113 in the interest of consistency – surely the highest of all virtues.

    So shall I do it or shall I let those silly little things stand?

  • roger nowosielski

    Never mind! I’ll let it stand for as long as the mood strikes.

  • SJ

    “This should be fun. She has a history of statements which suggest she believes in large scale judicial activism.



    Like what statements?