Sunday, May 31, 2009


Ann Althouse: Yet it was not an unguarded spontaneous outburst. It was a carefully written speech delivered to a particular audience. Sotomayor was saying the things that would be well-received by her audience. . . . — because I've been immersed for a quarter century in the kind of law school environment that she addressed. Here, we sympathetically smile and nod at such things. We nurture racial analysis. We create a school of thought and hire people to write about Critical Race Theory. What Sotomayor said was actually a weak, feel-good version of the kind of racial talk that is widespread in the legal academy.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I think these are good questions to ask Sotomayor (or other nominees for that matter).

1. Do you believe that judges should use "empathy" to decide cases?

2. Do you believe that interpretations of the Constitution should evolve to keep up with the times?

3. Should Supreme Court justices be bound by precedent?

What is the court's role when interpreting ambiguous laws?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I hope this isn't true. The Chrysler dealers that were closed had owners who either gave money to Republicans or to Obama's opponents in the Democrat primary.

Friday, May 22, 2009


From Mickey Kaus:

I don't want to sound like Veronique de Rugy here, but who will pay the price if when this half-baked "restructuring" fails? In normal "capitalism at work," those who would pay the price will be those who made the deal and put up their money--the capitalists. (Query: Would Scott Sperling invest his firm's money in this dubious proposition?) If When Obama's plan fails, the monetary loss will fall not on Obama, but on the taxpayers. It will likely be made up somehow by the taxpayers (via higher tax assessments or inflation). That's not "capitalism at work." It's something else at work. But I'd be all for it, if I thought it really would work. It won't, and it will be Obama's fault. (He'd certainly get credit if it succeeded.)

What will happen if GM and Chrysler still go bankrupt after all of this money has been poured into them? Obama has saved Chrysler and the UAW, but pension plans which invested in Chrysler bonds are having problems because bondholders were sacrificed in the restructuring--how is this helping the economy? Somehow wealth and jobs have to be created--I don't see spending billions on downsizing GM and Chrysler doing it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


From ABC News. Not a confidence builder about how government money is being spent.

Thursday, May 07, 2009


Democrats are more likely to blame Jews for the financial crisis than Republicans.

A survey conducted by the Boston Review in its May/June issue shows that nearly 25% of American non-Jews blame “the Jews” a moderate amount or more for the financial crisis.

They found that Democrats were significantly more prone to blaming Jews than Republicans: while 32% of Democrats accorded at least moderate blame, compared to only 18.4% of Republicans.