The Senate's lone independent, Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont warned, "The addition of Judge Alito would unacceptably shift the balance of the court on many critical issues facing our country."
There was also a small fissure in the otherwise-monolithic Republican line-up behind Alito. Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee became the only GOP solon to come out against the nomination. In a statement published on his web site, Mr. Chafee said he was "concerned about (Alito's) philosophy on some important constitutional issues", including "Executive Power, women's reproductive freedoms and the commerce clause..."
Just before mid-day, four chickenshit Democrats joined the majority to approve the selection of Samuel Alito to replace the legendary independent-thinking Goldwater conservative Sandra Day O'Connor who is retiring.
(Photo) DAPPER & DOUR!
Bob Novak lost ALL respect for the CIA when Robert Hamilton was busted... which led to his taking perverse glee in outing Valerie Plame!
ANOTHER SEAT TO OPUS DEI ...
In an 11-th hour effort to stir up civil libertarians of all kinds, American Atheists e-mailed the following:
SO - IS IT
...As the nomination vote looms... new charges have surfaced regarding possible ties between Alito and the secretive Roman Catholic
group known as Opus Dei.
Writing in today's issue of the web-based "Counterpunch", journalist Michael Carmichael reports, "A Senate staffer confirmed that the (Senate) Judiciary Committee received numerous 'notes and letters' stating that Judge Samuel Alito is a member of Opus Dei.' "
While most Americans know of the group through the fictional book "The Da Vinci Code," the organization does in fact exist as an independent
"prelature" within the Roman Catholic Church answerable directly to the pope, and wields considerable power within the Vatican and in
international affairs. It was formed in 1928 by Spanish Catholic priest Josemaria Escriva, and received official protection and support
from dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco.
The group maintains offices and missions throughout the world, including a lavish American headquarters in Manhattan. Senators Rick
Santorum and Sam Brownback are known to be associated with Opus Dei, and there are reports that Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas maintain lay membership in the group as well. (And don't forget turncoat CIA agent Robert Hamilton, member, Opus Dei - along with other private "gentlemen's clubs... also Bob Novak, Prince of Darkness, gumpy old Opus Dei member).
"The identities of lay members are not matters of public record, making it appear to be a secret organization," says Carmichael. This, and the strident, orthodox teachings of the group including opposition to abortion, robust civil liberties and the separation of church and state leave "a question mark over those markedly conservative Catholics with political prominence."
The allegations of ties between Alito and the Opus Dei movement likely come too late for a thorough probe by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the final vetting stop prior to a full up-or-down vote.
Democrats with an eye on the 2006 and 2008 elections may not wish to even investigate these sorts of charges, fearing the taint that questions about the organization may reflect "hostility" to Catholicism and religion in general. Party leaders continue to explore ways of courting religious groups for leverage at the ballot box. Indeed, Democrats in Georgia and Alabama have even taken up the call to promote "Bible study" classes in public schools based on materials from the ecumenical Bible Literacy Project.
...Alito's impact on the ideological complexion of the high court could prove to be devastating for a range of civil liberties, and a boon for government support and "accommodation" of religious groups and practices...
"HILLARY IN '08"? -
OR IS THERE AN UN-HILLARY TO BE NOMINATED LATER?
It's WAY too soon to know who will enter the fray to gain the Dem nomination in 2008. Yes, Hillary is best known. BUT the Rethuglickers are just a little TOO anxious to run against Hillary. Y' know, I seem to recall the Dems forming the same misconception about a potential matchup against Reagan back before the '80 election.
Mark Warner - a Southern governor
Wes Clark - a military hero AND an economist
Bill Richards - Western governor with foreign policy credentials
Russ Feingold - passionate reformer
Barack Obama - he's almost perfect
John Edwards - an attractive, seasoned populist
McCain, for all we see of him on TV several times each week, is largely unknown. His positions on many issues that count with Democratic and Independent middle-class Americans are as harshly reactionary as Dick Cheney's.
IN THE SOLID, ENLIGHTENED, GENTEEL DAYTON BEDROOM COMMUNITY OF OAKWOOD - BAMBI'd BETTER NOT GET CAUGHT IN THEIR HEADLIGHTS!
n Ohio, the deer herd is a state-managed resource. The logical response to numerous deer roaming beyond available appropriate habitat is to adjust the number of deer that may be taken by licensed hunters during hunting season, or extension of the season. Management has failed to keep the white tailed herd from invading the aforementioned Oakwood, just south of Dayton.
I agree with the decision of officials in Oakwood to permit some property owners to shoot nuisance deer. I hope there is sufficient oversight to ensure the safety of everyone in the community while this temporary program is in effect. And I hope no placard-waving, bleating PETA demonstrators are taken down in the process.
(I considered joining PETA once - 'cuz I misunderstood their purpose. I thought their acronym stood for "PEOPLE EATING TASTY ANIMALS"!)
Obviously, hunting awakens primal feelings in some folks more than others. Other folks may indulge primitive urges that don't involve killing animals. In the longer, broader libertarian view that I always try maintain, one is no better or worse than the other.
(By the way - there's a family of coyotes who moved into Kettering, Ohio about 6-7 years ago. They set up den-keeping right behind the Meijer's Supermarket on Stroop Road.)
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