I wrote to my Senators about the Kavanaugh nomination. This is from Chuck Schumer’s reply:

In considering a candidate for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, I have three main criteria: legal excellence, moderation and diversity. Judge Kavanaugh was picked from a list of 25 people who were vetted and approved by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation — special interest groups devoted to overturning Roe v. Wade, the court case protecting a woman’s right to choose. These groups have also made it their main mission to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Judge Kavanaugh was nominated because he passed these litmus tests, not because he will be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans. So, I will oppose his nomination and continue to fight for a bipartisan rejection of this nominee and urge the President to put forth a moderate selection that both parties could support.”

Just in case you can’t tell the difference between a centrist Democrat and a Republican.

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Comment by Ron Powell on September 6, 2018 at 6:49pm

Schummer's lips are dangerously close to Trump's ass because of Trump's stand re Jerusalem being recognized as the capitol of Israel...

You should have asked him why he agreed to 'fast track' fifteen lower court nominations...

Comment by alsoknownas on September 6, 2018 at 7:10pm

We're all reminded here at times in vitriolic hyperbole that we need to write to congress and voice our concerns to be as wise as the advocate.

Then if you do and are open enough to disclose to whom you corresponded and the content, it results in an immediate attack .

It's a common occurrence online, and an ongoing example of a cultural meme of controlling speech, thoughts and affiliations unless one ascribes to narrow definitions and ineffective strategies.

It's the stuff of simpletons to do so.

It is not caring, informed concerned people who do such, but out right bigots cloaking their opinions in a false cover of superior intelligence.

If you see yourself described, please, step up and say so.

Comment by koshersalaami on September 6, 2018 at 9:22pm

Ron, Are you arguing that we'd be just as well off if Schumer's seat were Republican?

Comment by Ron Powell on September 6, 2018 at 9:48pm

Making no such argument or case....

However, the statement you provide in quotation marks appears to be somewhat disingenuous when juxtaposed against Schummer's agreement to fast track the LIFETIME APPOINTMENTS of judges in the lower courts of the federal judiciary.

Why did he do that without getting anything in return from either McConnell or Grassley?

My question to you is apt and legitimate...

Comment by Ron Powell on September 6, 2018 at 10:24pm

@AKA;  Maybe you can answer the question re Schummer's willingness to fast track 15 or so lifetime appointments to lower courts in the Federal Judicial System....

The fact is, Schummer appears to be putting his interests and concerns re Israel way ahead of the concerns he should have about the impact of the LIFETIME appointments of 15 Circuit Court Judges on the Federal bench....

Circuit Court appointments are operationally and functionally no less important than the appointment of a judge to the Supreme Court...

In this regard, I have every reason and right to question the motives of the leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee....

Calling me a bigot and a simpleton is precisely where you and I part ways...

I did not call you , Koshersalaami, or anyone else here an name...

But you chose to attempt to demean me by being gratuitously disrespectful and  insulting...

You weren't being addressed or targeted in any way whatsoever. Yet you saw fit to jump into the middle of an exchange with unsolicited and unprovoked invectives and epithets at the ready. Clear indication and manifestation of shallow thinking and limited rhetorical skills...

My suggestion here is: leave it alone, before you get your feelings hurt...

Go pick on someone your own size, if you can find someone small enough...

You have no right or reason to complain about Amy tearing you a new asshole with the bombasts she levels at you...

You get as good as you give...

It may well be that she isn't tearing you a new one at all...

It may well be that she is simply providing you a way for you to relieve yourself of the self induced constipation you seem to suffer, as it is quite possible to ascertain and determine that you are, indeed, full of shit...

I bid you adieu...

Comment by koshersalaami on September 7, 2018 at 6:23am

Thus far I have not been able to find the rationale for the fast tracking. At this point I assume whatever deal is involved is not public. 

I can find that Schumer praised Trump for his Jerusalem decision. What I can’t find is evidence that the Jerusalem decision and the fast-tracking are linked. Maybe you’ve seen something I haven’t. If so, please direct me to it. 

The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a Trump campaign promise. It is also an issue supported strongly by the evangelical community. The lack of recognition is also a rather odd anomaly in that Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital, meaning its national government is located there, since 1948 (not 1967). Israel’s governmental buildings are by necessity within 1948 borders. Can you think of any other example in the world where other nations refuse to acknowledge where the capital of a country is? This is not aspirational, it has been actual for seventy years. 

This has nothing to do with whether a Palestinian state eventually has its capital in East Jerusalem. This is a question of where Israel’s capital is, not where Palestine’s future capital isn’t. Anyone who thinks Palestine’s capital should be the whole of Jerusalem is not in favor of peace there. 

That being said, Trump’s timing in his decision was not good. He would have been far better off having done it upon taking office when it would have been more buried in the shock of the fact of his Presidency rather than having its own impact later. By the way, the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been American law for about twenty years, but the President has always had the option to delay implementation. 

All of this is sort of a tangent. My question for you is why you assume that whatever deal hasn’t been revealed involves Israel. After all, Schumer has publicly opposed Trump’s decision to back out of the Iran deal. While Schumer opposed the deal itself, he thinks the United States would not be served by unilaterally backing out of an agreement assembled with so many allies. 

(I needed to present his rationale because there are people here for whom the concept of changing circumstances leading to different decisions on the same policy is beyond them. See Hillary’s switch on TPP when the final agreement contained a clause allowing any company in the involved countries to override American environmental policy on that grounds that it interfered with their profits. Neither case involves flip-flopping; both involve supporting what appeared to be best for the country at that moment. I happen to agree with both of these switches on exactly the rationales they used and would have done the same thing in both cases had I been a Senator at the time - based entirely on the merits of policy.) 

I hope my comment hasn’t buried my question. In case it has, I’ll present it again:

What leads you to believe that whatever deal hasn’t been announced involves Israel?

Comment by alsoknownas on September 7, 2018 at 6:30am


Soak your feet and those sensitive toes you think I stepped on will feel better.

I wasn't calling you a bigot or a simpleton but I can see that you saw yourself in that description. 

Kosher wrote a post and it was immediately followed by a post using part of his title that was typical of the screeching retorts that have ruined the site. 

Take allegiance where you wish. I don't grant you that, I am just acknowledging your right to do so.

However, were I a former professor and lawyer I would exercise caution that it not be with those who do not vet their comments and assertions, who accuse others of egregious acts without basis ( Amy has called me a white supremacist without any response from anybody, you included), and who even attacks you knowing full well that some ingratiating response will follow soon.

Who do you say is full of what?

Funny stuff professor.

Comment by Ron Powell on September 7, 2018 at 8:29am

@AKA; There is no way to determine that you were reacting to a completely different post here...

No, I don't see myself in your tirade, hence my response...

BTW, Defense of self requires no allegiance....

Comment by Ron Powell on September 7, 2018 at 8:40am

@Kosh, I am no expert on US foreign policy in the Middle East, so I won't engage in an exchange on the matter here...

Schummer's actions appear to wholly unsupported by a quid pro quo arrangement that benefits Democrats or a Democratic constituency....

Secret deals with the devil are the classic foundations of political demise....

Schummer had better come up with a good explanation or he'll be on the way out the next time he faces a primary challenge from a young up and coming left leaning challenger...

Comment by alsoknownas on September 7, 2018 at 8:58am

"BTW, Defense of self requires no allegiance...."

That's a fair response and understood. I was overly cautious and perhaps then a bit obscure and needn't have been. I hadn't even read your response when I wrote mine.

Since you bid adieu I'll reply que sera. 


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