Patterico's Pontifications

7/17/2015

“Vote for Me Because I’m Black” Judicial Candidate Is Appointed to the Bench by Governor Brown

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:03 pm

Remember Songhai “Sunny” Armstead? I told you about her in this post. She ran for office telling black audiences things like this:

And you guys have seen who — I’m sure we all know who’s in our jails and who comes before our judges in court, right? It’s people who look a lot like the people in this room. People who look a lot like me. . . . There are 15 open seats right now. I am the only African American running. There’s only one Chicana running. Can you guess who else is running? Are there people who care about the people in this room? Probably not. I can’t speak before them, but probably not. . . . I’m a judge for you. . . . We have black legislators, we have a black president. We don’t have black judges.

and this:

I walk around in an environment that’s mostly white males and they’re looking for me to fall every single day.

She will now be a judge. She was appointed to the bench yesterday by Governor Jerry Brown.

Brown appointed eight new judges in Los Angeles: Supervising Deputy City Attorney Songhai Miguda-Armstead; private practitioner Timothy Dillon; Burke, Williams and Sorensen partner Ronald Frank; Deputy District Attorney Julian Recana; Steptoe and Johnson LLP partner Lawrence Riff; Irell & Manella partner Laura Seigle; Second District appellate court attorney Natalie Stone; and Farmers Insurance Group attorney Lisa Sepe-Wiesenfeld.

Usually, judges pledge to be a judge for everyone, not just for one racial group. Usually, judges don’t tarnish entire groups of people (like white males) by saying they are “looking for me to fall every single day.”

But Songhai “Sunny” Armstead was not the usual judicial candidate.

Let’s hope she develops a sense of judicial fairness on the bench.

I am not optimistic.

On a positive note, congratulations to my friend Julian Recana. He’ll be great.

Hillary Clinton Believes 1st Amendment Rights Controversial, But “Crushing” Fetal Baby Parts, Not So Much

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:49 am

[guest post by Dana]

Hillary Clinton, darling of Planned Parenthood, has not commented on the harrowing video released this week which shows PP Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Nucatola discussing the harvesting of fetal baby organs and PP’s involvement in profiting from the practice. Clinton has not come to the defense of either Dr. Nucatola or Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. And, of course, this self-proclaimed life-long advocate for human rights has not come to the defense of the smallest and most fragile who are unable to defend themselves.

Further, as well as being revered by Planned Parenthood, Clinton has greatly benefited from contributions made by the organization:

Clinton won Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award in 2009. She received more than $10,000 from the organization during two Senate runs and failed 2008 primary against President Barack Obama. She opposes limits on late-term abortion. As president, Bill Clinton vetoed a ban on partial birth abortion methods that Nucatola appeared to discuss in the video.

“The overarching mission of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the cause of reproductive freedom that you continue to advance today is as relevant in our world now as it was 100 years ago. So, I thank you,” Clinton said in a release upon winning the award. A campaign spokesman did not return a request for comment.

As of today, Clinton has not returned campaign money from Planned Parenthood.

It’s instructive to see this self-proclaimed leading human rights advocate determine what is – and isn’t – “controversial”:

Famed porn mogul Larry Flynt contributed the maximum allowed dollar amount to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign but had his $5,400 returned by the campaign, according to Federal Election Commission documents filed Wednesday night.

Flynt, who grew famous through Hustler magazine, made two contributions worth $2,700 to the Clinton campaign during the month of June. Later in the month, both contributions were returned.

Flynt had voiced his support for Clinton’s candidacy earlier this year, telling Bloomberg’s John Heileman emphatically that he was “endorsing Hillary Clinton for president!”

Flynt also said in the interview that he didn’t think Clinton needed his help, admitting that Clinton will likely want to keep her distance due to his controversial business.

“Hillary doesn’t need no help from me,” Flynt said. “All she needs to do is start fighting back.”

The Clinton campaign agreed.

(Note: I have changed the title post, thanks to kishnevi. Ed.)

–Dana

As A Reminder

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:13 am

[guest post by Dana]

Heard this on Rush this morning. Sadly, still makes a solid point.

–Dana

Huffington Post Picking And Choosing Which GOP Candidates Qualify For Their Politics Page

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:06 am

[guest post by Dana]

Say what you will about Trump. He’s a nut, he’s a loud-mouthed braggadocio billionaire who has never been elected to public office and is currently mucking up the political waters on the right. While all of this is true, he’s also a declared GOP candidate campaigning to be president of the United States. And, like it or not, Trump now leads the Republican pack at 17% over Jeb Bush’s second-place at 14%.

Today, Huffington Post announced that Trump, a declared candidate, does not meet the standards to be on their politics page:

After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.

–Dana


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