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Sotomayorisms: You, Like, Suck at Talking, Your Imminence; UPDATED With More Idiotspeak

Filed under: General,Judiciary — Patterico @ 6:52 pm

We are in eminent danger of confirming a Supreme Court justice who no speak so good da language:

But, under New York law, if you’re being threatened with eminent death or very serious injury, you can use force to repel that, and that would be legal. The question that would come up, and does come up before juries and judges, is how eminent is the threat. If the threat was in this room, “I’m going to come get you,” and you go home and get — or I go home. I don’t want to suggest I am, by the way. Please, I’m not — I don’t want anybody to misunderstand what I’m trying to say. (LAUGHTER)

In case you thought it was a transcription error, think again:

Yikes. She very much bad talker.

If I must suffer death, may it be an eminent death.

Oh — Ed Whelan adds that Sotomayor says “providence” instead of “province” — and “story of knowledge” instead of “store of knowledge. Here’s the transcript on “providence”:

SOTOMAYOR: All questions of policy are within the providence of Congress first.

And here’s the transcript on “story of knowledge”:

Judges — and I — I’m not using my words. I’m using Justice Ginsberg’s words. You build up your story of knowledge as a person, as a judge, as a human being with everything you read.


(Thanks to Allahpundit at Hot Air, who is already denouncing himself as racist for having noticed this. Hey, Allahpundit? You’re sexist too. Deal with it.)

UPDATE: I guess she was just caught up in the vagrancies of the moment.

Road Rage With a Twist

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 4:59 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Road rage has become commonplace in the last decade but here’s something different:

“According to an arrest affidavit, 24-year-old Joshua Taylor was driving a white pickup when he cut off Amon Lewis, who was delivering food to a house at the 2800 block of Inridge Drive in South Austin. After being cut off by Taylor a second time, Lewis gave Taylor “the finger,” and then Taylor started following him, the affidavit said.

Lewis pulled into the driveway of the delivery address and Taylor parked his car there, blocking Lewis’ vehicle, the affidavit said. An argument ensued where Taylor waved a knife at Lewis, who had a hatchet to defend himself, the affidavit said.

As Lewis tried to call 911, Taylor rammed the rear of Lewis’ car with his truck, pushing it into a parked 1968 Pontiac LeMans, the affidavit said. Taylor then fled the scene, the document says.”

I guess a hatchet makes a pretty good weapon if you don’t have a gun and concealed carry permit. But I admit it reminds me of Ed Ames’ Tonight Show appearance with his classic tomahawk.


What if Obamacare fails?

Filed under: General — Karl @ 11:32 am

[Posted by Karl]

The cloud of gloom over Pres. Obama’s efforts to take over the US healthcare system is expanding beyond the Center-Left. Even Ezra Klein is occasionally allowing himself to realize that people do not want to pay higher taxes to get less healthcare (both in terms of treatment and innovation). The House bill will bite almost every small business in America. Moreover, people making under $50,000 and families making under $90,000 could pay higher taxes and still remain uninsured. As people learn “what’s in it for them,” the effort will become even more unpopular. Leading with the House bill — and the Kennedy-Dodd markup in the Senate — was probably a mistake by the Democrats.

As for the supposed benefits, Pres. Obama has been selling healthcare “reform” as a cost-cutting measure. But when the L.A. Times is reporting that even Obama supporters are dubious, you know there is trouble in River City.

Some on the Left are increasingly agitating for Obama to get more involved in pushing a bill, especially through the Senate. But the president’s political capital is ebbing every day. A steady stream of bad economic news these days is eroding Obama’s standing. It also appears to be draining support on the heathcare issue. Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg posited that rising unemployment would boost the chances of passing Obamacare, which had a certain logic to it. However, overall, healthcare reform is losing support. This dynamic adds urgency to the effort to ram bills into a House-Senate conference. Yet “the fierce urgency of now” approach will only fuel suspicion of the effort among the electorate.

Indeed, the Democrats’ increasing willingness to publicly pursue a partisan bill — now tacitly supported or accepted by Obama — may have tipped the Left’s hand a bit early. Moderate Democrats have already voted for a stimulus package that is leaving a sour taste in the mouths of voters and is being portrayed as a failure by the media. A number of moderate House Democrats were bribed or threatened into supporting a cap-and-trade bill that will likely die in the Senate. These legislators may be less likely to back a bill voters see as higher taxes with few benefits, just to please a president with waning popularity.

The question then becomes what happens if Obama and the Democratic leadership cannot secure enough support from their moderate colleagues. The most believable talking point from the Obama administration on this issue has been that failure is not an option. After all, the White House strategy on this issue all along has been to try to avoid failing like the Clinton administration did, in no small part due to the political consequences of that failure. For Obama to fail now would be even worse, as Bill Clinton could make Hillary the scapegoat, whereas there is no obvious fall guy or gal today. In 1993-94, the Left could also blame people like Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh for leading the opposition. But neither Gingrich nor Limbaugh has been as active this year. Moreover, a lapdog press that has been touting Obama as the Great Man of History would be loathe to have him felled by the likes of Limbaugh, especially after Dick Cheney stalemated Obama on national security issues earlier this year.

Accordingly, it seems increasingly likely that Obama will take whatever he can get on healthcare, declare victory, and try to move on without answering too many questions about the result. While the Left hopes to hand the the moderates a fait accompli, the moderates may already be figuring out that they hold the upper hand.


Sotomayor: Did I Say That? I Didn’t Mean That. Or That.

Filed under: General,Judiciary — Patterico @ 7:38 am

A fairly brutal AP analysis via Bookworm via Instapundit:

Fingers splayed, palms flat, hands bouncing up and then deliberately pressing down to the table, Sotomayor elaborated, clarified, expanded, retracted.

She drew loopy circles on her paper; she ran rhetorical circles around her past words.

“I didn’t intend to suggest …” she explained.

“What I was speaking about …” she offered.

“As I have tried to explain …” she parsed.

“I wasn’t talking about …” she demurred.

She was a tough critic at times.

“I was using a rhetorical flourish that fell flat,” she averred.

“It was bad,” she said. Of her own words.

What a bunch of nitpicking. It’s not like she’s applying for a job where the exact wording of the English language is import — [man leans onscreen, whispers in Patterico’s ear] . . . oh.

Never mind.

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