Bay Area leaders praise Obama's nominee to Supreme Court State, National, International, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on May 28, 2009 at 9:46 am
Bay Area political leaders Tuesday praised President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Justice David Souter and become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.
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Posted by Choenlai, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm
You can argue politics, but its a dead end street, just like arguing religion. You're right from your side and I'm right from mine. The people of America voted for socialism, and that's what they got so nothing that Obama says or does should come as a surprise to anyone. Just sit back, save your money, and wait for the next election.
Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin, on May 28, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Choenlai, first please look up the word "Socialism."
There may be elements of socialism in this country as there elements of capitalism in the old USSR and Red China but you could hardly call USA a socialist country and USSR/Red China capitalist countries.
Wasn't it Sec. "Trust Me, I am a Wall Street Banker" Paulson that started the ball rolling with the government owning some of our country's companies. So, don't point the finger at President Obama.
Posted by Choenlai, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm
IT IS SOCIALISM and I don't need to look up the definition. Yes, my finger is pointed directly at Obama just as it was pointed at Bush AND Paulsen, because he is now the man in charge and he is not putting a stop to the problem, he's only making it worse.
Pres. Clinton started this debacle when he nad Barney pushed Fannie and Freddie and the banks to give minority loans to people who couldn't afford them...Bush and the Republicans knew the bubble was growing, but they didn't do anything to stop it because they were making money and now Obama is doing the same thing. Obama wanted the job, now he gets the FINGER.
Posted by FYI, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on May 28, 2009 at 8:09 pm
Justice Alito said the exact same thing about considering his background when he made judicial decisions. Is it OK for a conservative justice, but not a more moderate to liberal justice to make the comment. Do your own research and don't rely on the the shadow GOP (Cheney, Limbaugh, and Rove). Here are Alito's remarks during his confirmation hearing discussing his own empathy on discrimination and immigration.
Posted by LaRaza, a resident of the Carlton Oaks neighborhood, on May 29, 2009 at 2:42 pm
West Side Observer: Implying LaRaza, an organization that promotes the civil rights of hispanic, is a blatant racist attack. Do you know anything about LaRaza? I hope the staff deletes your outwardly racist implications!!!!!
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on May 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm
Facts, people, facts. . .
Sonia Sotomajor is a member of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), which is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy group for a specific ethnic and cultural group - Hispanic Americans.
Is that why you're calling NCLR a racist organization? Because they work for the good of one particular ethnic/cultural group of Americans? Is the NAACP a racist organization? How about the American Indian Movement (AIM)? Or the Sons of Italy, Erin, or Poland organizations? Maybe we should take it one step further and stop celebrating Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick's Day since they're Mexican and Irish holidays respectively?? I think not!
What, is it sour grapes that we're finally getting a chance to add another woman on the Supreme Court instead of one more white male?
You may be confusing NCLR with La Raza Unida, the political party.
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on May 31, 2009 at 10:57 am
What exactly do you consider racist about her comments? I'm guessing you are referring to the lecture Judge Sotomajor gave in 2001 at the UC Berkeley School of Law, titled "A Latina Judge's Voice". I challenge you to read the entire speech and point out specifically what you consider racist about her comments.
Anyone who believes that any and all decisions, life or law, are not impacted by gender, race or life experiences is fooling themselves. If every law could be interpreted only one way, with a single outcome, we wouldn't have so many levels of court for appeal . . . and those courts would never overturn or modify a decision made by a lower court.