We are getting screwed on judges.
It’s looking bad for Haynes, who is probably not going to make it out of committee — even though the controversy over the torture memo ignores the facts. You can thank John McCain and Lindsey Graham — especially Graham.
Boyle, who was nominated in 2001, can’t seem to get a vote, even though his supposed ethical problem — oversights in conflicts checks — is overblown, and has been shared to a much greater extent by Justice Ginsburg. And she is far from the only one — by a longshot.
Myers has been filibustered since July 2004.
Jonathan Adler says Republicans have lost the chance to make judges a real issue in the upcoming elections, which is a terrible oversight. Sean Rushton says the GOP ignores the issue of judicial nominations at its peril.
But the Gang of 14 deal was great . . . right? We’re all still “chillin'” . . . right?
Meanwhile, the White House isn’t doing its job on the nominations front. That doesn’t help either.
Allah has the goods on Mel Gibson’s letting loose with the anti-Semitic remarks after getting busted for DUI on PCH. He has links to the police report, as well as to a Daily News story with an amusing picture of crazy Mel.
The way the Sheriff’s Department has tried to cover up for Gibson bothers me. According to the Daily News piece, the stuff about his anti-Semitic remarks was redacted from the original police report — so that Jews wouldn’t be upset, you understand. And Lee Baca won’t release Gibson’s booking photo, even though law enforcement routinely releases booking photos.
He’s not special. He’s a movie star. Big deal. Treat him the same way you’d treat anyone else.
UPDATE: Gibson, some of whose antics were videotaped and undeniable, has apologized:
“I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable,” the statement said. “I am deeply ashamed of everything I said.”
He added: “Also, I take this opportunity to apologize to the deputies involved for my belligerent behavior. They have always been there for me in my community and indeed probably saved me from myself. I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry.”
Gibson further said he has long battled alcoholism, and “I apologize for any behavior unbecoming of me in my inebriated state and have already taken necessary steps to ensure my return to health.”
He added: “But I would have gotten away with it, if it hadn’t been for those meddling Jews.”
OK, maybe not. But he was thinking it.
UPDATE: Here’s a South Park clip about crazy Mel.