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  • Remembering Rich Blumenthal's Vietnam Deception

    01/16/2017 5:37:17 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 16, 2017 | Lloyd Billingsley
    Senate smear never paid a price for claiming he served. In the confirmation hearings for Jeff Sessions, president-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Attorney General, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, proceeded as though David Horowitz had been the AG choice. David Horowitz was not present but Blumenthal cited his statements that all the major Muslim organizations are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, that 80 percent of the mosques in America are filled with hate against Jews, and that too many blacks are in prison because too many blacks commit crimes. Senator Blumenthal, an attorney, had not taken the trouble to investigate...
  • Democrats denounce GOP 'pińata' comment on Supreme Court

    03/08/2016 2:44:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2016 5:41 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    Democrats accused Republicans on Tuesday of taking their cues from Donald Trump after the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court should expect to be treated like a “pińata.” Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Republicans were “acting like big, tough people threatening to destroy the reputation of a Supreme Court nominee they haven’t even met yet.” Reid and other Democrats denounced a comment by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, who told reporters late Monday that anyone nominated by Obama to the high court “will bear some resemblance to a pińata.” Reid...
  • FLASHBACK--Q&A With Judge Robert Bork: Moral Life of Nation Could be Decided by One Judge

    06/28/2015 12:07:43 PM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | June 28, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    [Editor's Note: In this interview with in 2009, Judge Robert Bork warned that just "one judge"--Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy--effectively had the power to decide "the moral life of the nation.” Bork made the assertion after warning: "But we are going to see in the near future a terrible conflict between claimed rights of homosexuals and religious freedom. You are going to get Catholic hospitals that are going to be required as a matter of law to perform abortions. You are going to get Catholic or other groups’ relief services that are going to be required to allow adoption...
  • Bad Judgment

    10/13/2013 8:19:21 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | OCTOBER 28, 2013 | John Fund
    It’s been over a quarter-century since Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court became a defining moment in the confirmation of federal judges. Since the distinguished judge and former Yale Law professor was “borked” by demagogic personal attacks and blocked from the Court, confirmation battles have grown uglier and more protracted. John Lott, an economist who has written thought-provoking books on everything from gun control to the federal budget, says the pitched battles over court nominations are having real-world consequences. He argues that our federal courts are being intellectually degraded as politicians in both parties try to keep the brightest...
  • Borked

    01/03/2013 7:09:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | January 3, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Most of us would be honored to have our name become a verb. Especially those of us in public life. But that is not how Judge Robert H. Bork got into the dictionary. He was "borked" when President Reagan nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court. No sooner had the announcement been made by the White House on July 1, 1987, than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) raced to the Senate floor to denounce the distinguished judge and former Yale Law Professor. In Robert Bork's America, Kennedy roared, blacks would once again sit in the back of the bus, rogue...
  • Lessons From The Bork Debacle

    12/25/2012 9:23:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 25, 2012 | Bill Murchison
    It's always best, I find, not to talk too rapturously about Ye Olde Days: days which, on careful inspection, yield evidence of problems aplenty. I won't assert, therefore, that no public figure ever received in earlier times a public evisceration comparable to that inflicted on the late Robert Bork, presidential nominee in 1987 to a seat on the U. S. Supreme Court. I will make just two claims: 1) The political-journalistic assault on Judge Bork was indecent, slanderous, and hysterical -- a disgrace to ethics and standards all across the board; and 2) it ought to have warned us what...
  • Robert Bork Dies and Rachel Maddow Smears Him With Ancient Slander

    12/25/2012 12:35:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 24, 2012 | 17:02 | Jack Coleman
    It’s not enough that liberals sought to destroy a good man’s reputation when he was nominated to the Supreme Court. Their efforts at character assassination continue after his passing. One of the most contemptible examples of this came from Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Dec. 19 in talking about the death of Robert Bork and his influence on American jurisprudence and politics over the last four decades. As to be expected, Maddow focused on Bork’s thwarted nomination to the Supreme Court in the fall of 1987, the opening salvo in our decades-long culture war. …
  • Robert Bork: More Influential Off the Court

    12/21/2012 5:04:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Mona Charen
    The last time I saw Bob Bork was the Sunday before Election Day. His familiar baritone was faint. You had to sit close to hear him, and he seemed to have a little difficulty following the conversation. At one point, his son Bob directed his attention to an Obama ad that was running on the Internet. It warned darkly that if Romney was elected, he would nominate Robert Bork for the Supreme Court! Bob, who has inherited his father's wry sense of humor (as well as his intellect), played the ad on an iPad. Bob Sr. didn't react at first,...
  • We're Still Paying the Price for the Borking of Robert Bork

    12/20/2012 8:34:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 12/20/2012 | Jeffrey Rosen
    In the summer of 1987, right out of college, I was a summer intern for Senator Joe Biden, who was chairing the Robert Bork confirmation hearings. My contribution to the epic battle was modest: I helped with research for a speech on the history of the confirmation process, in which Biden argued that the Senate had the duty to scrutinize not only the legal qualifications but also the constitutional views of nominees. This was a controversial proposition at the time; today it has been taken to extremes that neither Biden nor Bork, who died today at 85, could have imagined....
  • Remembering Judge Bork

    12/20/2012 12:31:35 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 20, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    America truly lost one of its sages this week with the passing of Judge Robert Bork. The country’s loss was all the greater in that he never got to occupy the seat he so richly deserved on the U. S. Supreme Court. That he did not was largely the handiwork of political hacks not fit to judge a man of his caliber, or just about anybody else’s, for that matter. One of these politicos now serves as vice-president of the United States. The Republican operatives who undertook the task of packaging him for the consumption of these worthies were equally...
  • Joe Biden Was Behind The Robert Bork Nomination Smear

    12/19/2012 6:42:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12/19/12 | Staff
    Law: A quarter of a century ago, a good and great man was slandered to maintain liberal judicial power. It was Vice President Joe Biden, who as a senator, led the injustices committed against Judge Robert Bork. The Wednesday morning death of Bork, Ronald Reagan´s failed 1987 Supreme Court nominee, should make us think how much freer and better this country would be if Bork´s intellectual power and constitutional integrity had been present within the justices´ deliberations over the past 25 years. Had Reagan nominated Bork to replace retiring Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1986, when Republicans
  • Robert Bork, known for contentious Supreme Court nomination, dies at 85

    12/19/2012 1:00:58 PM PST · by Mozilla · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/19/12 | by Bill Mears
    Former federal judge and conservative legal scholar Robert Bork died early Wednesday at his Virginia home, his family confirmed to CNN. He was 85. Perhaps best known for his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Bork was rejected for the post after a contentious confirmation battle led by left-leaning groups that opposed his conservative judicial philosophies. Bork had recently served as a senior legal adviser to Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. He was a solicitor general during the Nixon administration and first gained notoriety for carrying out the president's order to fire the special prosecutor...
  • Robert H. Bork 1927-2012, RIP

    12/19/2012 6:20:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 118 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/19/12 | Roger Kimball
    Judge Robert H. Bork, one of the the greatest jurists this country has ever produced, died early this morning from heart complications in a Virginia hospital near his home. He was 84. Bork was a national celebrity. Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Borks in Maine where they had taken a summer house off Somes Sound. I cannot count the times that total strangers would approach us at a lobster shack or park asking to shake the Judge’s hand and to assure him of their admiration and support. Bork’s celebrity was only partly conferred upon him by...
  • The Loss of Robert Bork

    10/13/2012 2:29:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | Tuesday, 09 October 2012 | Hadley Arkes
    Tuesday, 09 October 2012 The Loss of Robert Bork By Hadley Arkes    The crisp chill of October has brought memories of Octobers past. Writers on law have now been noting that this month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the hearings that demeaned the U.S. Senate and denied to Robert Bork his place on the Supreme Court.The Reagan Administration had been caught unprepared for the kinds of calumnies that were showered on this accomplished jurist and this generous, large-natured man. The Assailant-in-Chief was Sen. Edward Kennedy, first out of the box with the most unmeasured denunciation:  “Robert Borks’s America,”...
  • Hard Truths About the Culture War - Robert Bork

    03/17/2012 10:43:47 AM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 56 replies · 6+ views via Orthodoxy Today ^ | June/July 1995 | Robert Bork
    Moral liberalism and the decadence of culture. What began to concern me more and more were the clear signs of rot and decadence germinating within American society-a rot and decadence that was no longer the consequence of liberalism but was the actual agenda of contemporary liberalism. . . . Sector after sector of American life has been ruthlessly corrupted by the liberal ethos. It is an ethos that aims simultaneously at political and social collectivism on the one hand, and moral anarchy on the other. -Irving Kristol, "My Cold War" Equivocation has never been Irving Kristol's long suit. About the...
  • One leftist's 'borking' remorse

    11/08/2011 4:52:45 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | November 8, 2011 | Editorial
    Late last month, as America was ignoring the 24th anniversary of the Senate's rejection of conservative jurist Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court, something extraordinary happened: New York Times columnist Joe Nocera admitted the borking of Judge Bork spawned today's toxic political culture. "(R)arely has a failed nominee had the pedigree — and intellectual firepower — of Bork," Mr. Nocera wrote. Judge Bork held conservative opinions, but none could be "fairly characterized as extreme." That didn't deter then-Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who denounced "'Robert Bork's America' as a place 'in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks...
  • Borking Elena Kagan: Kagan Loves Borking

    06/23/2010 7:48:46 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 17 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | June 21, 2010 | Maggie M. Thornton
    When President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Robert Bork for the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the most offensive and dishonest assaults against a man by the U.S. Government was launched, and Ted Kennedy hurled the first and immediate lethal blows. Kennedy's successful telling of lies about Judge Bork from the floor of the U.S. Senate was wildly successful, and it was one of the most shameful days in the history of American government. Elena Kagan, Obama's Supreme Court Nominee, is on the record saying she "loved" borking Bork.
  • Robert Bork to Oppose Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

    06/21/2010 12:44:50 PM PDT · by julieee · 4 replies ^ | June 21, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Robert Bork to Oppose Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Washington, DC ( -- Robert Bork, the pro-life Supreme Court nominee who abortion advocates derailed during his confirmation process, will publicly oppose pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Wednesday. Bork will appear in a conference call sponsored by Americans United for Life.
  • Robert Bork to Oppose Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

    06/21/2010 12:44:41 PM PDT · by julieee · 3 replies ^ | June 21, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Robert Bork to Oppose Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Washington, DC ( -- Robert Bork, the pro-life Supreme Court nominee who abortion advocates derailed during his confirmation process, will publicly oppose pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Wednesday. Bork will appear in a conference call sponsored by Americans United for Life.
  • Say Barnicle: Ever Heard Of Bork?

    04/12/2010 6:22:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 739+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle just wrapped up the Obama Parrot of the Week. That's the award I hand out on my local TV show to the MSMer doing his sycophantic best to parrot the Obama party line. Barnicle gave his award-winning performance on today's Morning Joe, in the course of tossing two super-softballs to David Axelrod. Barnicle's first lob was about the difficulties of governing in this hyper-partisan, cable-TV age. His second softball chastised Republicans for their announced intention to oppose Pres. Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Which raises the question: do the names Robert Bork—or Clarence Thomas—mean anything to Mike Barnicle? View...
  • The Wrong Way to Remember Ted Kennedy

    08/29/2009 11:04:56 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 5 replies · 346+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 29, 2009 | Joseph Klein
    We do not honor Ted Kennedy's memory by perpetuating his mistakes. Despite all of the live prime time cable TV coverage last night of speeches extolling his legislative accomplishments and willingness to reach across the aisle on occasion, Kennedy's extreme views on foreign policy, judicial appointments and health care are not worthy of emulation. Unlike his brother John F. Kennedy who understood the Soviet menace and America's special mission to carry the torch of liberty throughout the world, Ted Kennedy was a moral relativist when it came to dealing with our enemies. An anti-war and nuclear freeze advocate to the...
  • Shuster: Kennedy 'Didn't Dabble In Small Personal Attacks'

    08/26/2009 2:13:59 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 50 replies · 2,665+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back alley abortions, blacks would sit in segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of million of citizens." -- Sen. Edward Kennedy, floor of the U.S. Senate, 1987. I'm all for remembering a man's good qualities upon his death. But not at the price of ignoring—and denying—history. Yet that's just...
  • Edward Kennedy's America

    08/26/2009 9:52:54 AM PDT · by lasereye · 6 replies · 420+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | August 26, 2009 | Scott Johnson
    The death of Senator Edward Kennedy from a malignant brain tumor superimposes somber intimations of mortality onto a frequently frivolous political scene. It puts us in mind us of what Wordsworth called the "fallings from us, vanishings" that ultimately reconcile us to our own mortality. As a young man Senator Kennedy became, as he is today, the pillar of a large extended family. We extend our sympathies to his family upon his death. Senator Kennedy became the lion of the Senate and of American liberalism. For better or worse, his legislative accomplishments have done much to shape the United States...
  • Some important lessons from Ted Kennedy

    08/26/2009 9:18:28 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 31 replies · 2,200+ views
    PAjamas Media ^ | August 26 | Roger Kimball
    I am deeply grateful for the contribution that Ted Kennedy, who died last night, made to my education. Until Kennedy delivered his intemperate tirade against Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court in the summer of 1987, I hadn’t known that a United States Senator could brazenly lie to his colleagues and the American people and get away with it. I’m not talking about little fibs, or broken promises, or private dissimulations: all that I took as standard operating procedure in a fallen world. No, Ted Kennedy raised — that is to say, he dramatically lowered — the standard by...
  • ABC News Special Report: Senator Ted Kennedy has died.

    08/25/2009 10:14:50 PM PDT · by Gigantor · 754 replies · 34,592+ views
    Senator Ted Kennedy has died.
  • In Praise of Robert Bork on Law and Culture

    05/04/2009 2:16:23 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 33 replies · 1,227+ views
    Part 3 of a symposium on the career of Judge Robert Bork and the publication of A Time to Speak. Part 1. Part 2.When Slouching Toward Gomorrah appeared, it bore on its dust jacket a few words of mine praising the book and its distinguished author: “The ideological triumph of liberalism among American elites, far from bringing the individual and social enlightenment it promised, has produced unprecedented decay. The principal victims of this decay are the poorest and most vulnerable among us, those most in need of a healthy culture. Bork courageously and boldly states these truths. A judge as...
  • Study concludes a well-worn gripe may be right: ABA ratings are biased against conservative nominees

    03/18/2009 8:22:49 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 15 replies · 863+ views ^ | 3-18-09 | Marcia Coyle
    Controversy over the American Bar Association's ratings of potential judicial nominees is likely to continue with the announcement that the bar group will resume its role of evaluating candidates before their nominations. In fact, a soon-to-be-released study by political scientists concludes what conservative groups have long charged: The ratings are biased against potential conservative nominees. Political scientists Richard Vining of the University of Georgia, Amy Steigerwalt of Georgia State University and Susan Smelcer, an Emory University doctoral candidate, will present their findings next month at the Midwest Political Science Association's 67th Annual National Conference. The three academics, all of whom...
  • Robert Bork: Obama Will Move Courts Left

    12/13/2008 2:40:16 AM PST · by GonzoII · 39 replies · 1,320+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, December 10, 2008 | By: David A. Patten
    Former Supreme Court Justice nominee Robert Bork predicts that President-elect Barack Obama’s judicial nominees will orchestrate a profound sea change in U.S. jurisprudence, legalizing same-sex marriage, restricting or eliminating the death penalty,...
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine? No

    11/29/2008 10:02:38 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 7 replies · 463+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 11/29/08 | Purple Mountains
    I have decided to keep posting articles I think should be brought to the attention of my readers, but I have to suspend publication of new posts that I write until I get my anger under control. As a respecter of truth and (I think) as a decent person, I don’t want to act in the mean-spirited way that so many liberals do. For eight years now, we have had to contend with a concerted drive by liberals to destroy the reputation and the moral authority of President Bush through a campaign of lies and smears, and even a book...
  • Obama Demeans Thomas and Exposes Own Shortcomings

    08/18/2008 10:24:24 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 10 replies · 112+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/18/08 | Purple Mountains
    Clarence Thomas, the only black member on the Supreme Court and a highly respected jurist, was demeaned and insulted for political gain by Senator Obama in Saturday's forum. As a conservative nominee, we well remember the "high tech lynching" that took place by Democrat senators and operatives at Thomas's hearing because he had the gall to be a black conservative who also believed that abortion is wrong. Using a playbook that was originated at a previous hearing for Judge Bork, Thomas was smeared and lied about and private detectives went through his garbage.
  • Liberal Blog Baiters

    03/04/2008 8:16:23 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 12 replies · 190+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 3/5/08 | Purple Mountains
    An honest disagreement is one thing, but there is a phenomenon going around the internet, mostly at the expense of conservative bloggers like me, known as baiting. These are liberals who get some kind of perverse pleasure by visiting conservative blogs and trying to harass them or tie them in knots. Their favorite technique is to seize on some trivial point or side issue and argue with it, completely disregarding the main point of the article. Another technique is to hunt for some reference that disputes something you have said – easy to do in a world where the liberal...
  • Bork v. Bork

    06/15/2007 12:00:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,006+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2007 | Editorial
    There are many versions of the cliché that “a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged,” and Robert Bork has just given rise to another. A tort plaintiff, it turns out, is a critic of tort lawsuits who has slipped and fallen at the Yale Club. Mr. Bork, of course, is the former federal appeals court judge who was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987 but not confirmed by the Senate. He has long been famous for his lack of sympathy for people who go to court with claims of race or sex discrimination, or other injustices. He...
  • Where Have All My Reasonable Liberals Gone?

    11/04/2006 6:23:50 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 11 replies · 364+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 11/04/06 | Purple Mountains
    My weblog started as an e-mail discussion group of friends about three years ago. About a year and a half ago I converted it to a blog that has a moderate-right, conservative slant on political and social issues of the day. I still e-mail my original group, which includes both liberals and conservatives, to notify them whenever I post a new article. One thing I have noticed that has become very clear: the liberals in my group have stopped making (usually opposing) comments on my posts. I still get plenty of comments from conservatives and from liberals who just happen...
  • The Homosexual Movement (2)

    05/08/2006 4:56:13 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 27 replies · 743+ views
    Slouching Toward Gomorrah ^ | 2003 | Robert Bork
    One issue posed by the normalization of homosexuality, which Lawrence largely accomplishes–the only step remains is the creation of a constitutional right to homosexual marriage–is whether as a society we want a significant increase in the number of homosexuals. Other arguments are largely beside the point. Homosexuals argue that allowing them all the rights of heterosexuals, including the right to marry, is simply a question of justice, of the equal protection of the laws. That argument leaves out of the account the effects of normalization on individuals and on society. It would have force only if there were no serious...
  • The Homosexual Movement (1)

    04/11/2006 4:20:39 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 15 replies · 918+ views
    Slouching Toward Gomorrah ^ | 2003 | Robert H. Bork
    How should parents react when a son or daughter announces that he or she is "gay?" The Supreme Court has adopted a principle that, by its own logic, suggests that the parent should be indifferent, that the question of sexual "oreintation" is nobody's business but the son's or daughter's, and that any contrary attitude is nothing more than bigotry. That answer is not only morally perplexing but has absolutely no plausible connection to the Constitution the Court claims to be interpreting. The Court's answer, however, has everything to do with the modern liberal attitude toward sexuality. That answer was given...
  • Issues Raised by Robert H. Bork in Coercing Virtue

    04/04/2006 4:32:39 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 15 replies · 633+ views
    How liberals are using international law to promote their agenda and create a boomerang effect in the United States:  By creating novel new international laws, the New Class hopes to outflank American legislatures and courts by having liberal views adopted abroad (by foreign governments and organizations such as the United Nations) and then imposed on the United States.This approach is working. These new laws boomerang back to the United States; courts now cite the decisions of foreign courts in “interpreting” our Constitution.  Radical decisions on social issues, values, religion, and speech that are made by foreign legislatures and courts...
  • Robert Bork on Scalia & Capital Punishment

    04/04/2006 4:09:13 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 14 replies · 1,113+ views
    FIRST THINGS ^ | Oct. 2002 | Robert H. Bork
    Justice Scalia’s argument about the death penalty has two aspects. The first concerns the duty of the judge; the second has to do with the respect owed by Catholics to the Pope’s call for the virtual abolition of the penalty in Evangelium Vitae. As to the first, the duty of the judge, there can, it seems to me, be no reasonable disagreement. The Constitution several times explicitly recognizes capital punishment, leaving legislatures free to choose or reject that sanction. Most American legislatures have chosen it. By what warrant, then, can a Justice of the Supreme Court abolish what the Constitution...
  • Rep. Taylor's office caught in obvious lie in attempt to smear John Armor

    03/17/2006 1:10:58 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 43 replies · 2,083+ views
    The North Carolina Conservative ^ | 17 March 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    An Open Letter to the Press in Western Carolina From: John Armor, Candidate for Congress, 11th District Date: 16 March 2006 re: certain comments by Deborah Potter on behalf of Congressman Charles Taylor Ladies and Gentlemen, Below is an exact and complete copy of an e-mail that Charles Taylor's Press Secretary, Deborah Potter, sent to Don Yelton, a friend of mine. (For those who don't know me, I'm a lawyer and author who lives in Macon County, and I'm running against Taylor in the Republican primary.) The Potter e-mail refers to me as "Armor and his bunch of left-wing radicals...
  • Enforcing a “mood”

    02/07/2006 11:43:35 PM PST · by LibertarianInExile · 9 replies · 634+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | 2/1/2006 | Robert Bork
    It ought to be a major intellectual event in constitutional law when a Justice of the Supreme Court comes forward publicly to explain his theory of judging. Explanation is needed, for by now nobody familiar with the work of the Court believes it confines its rulings to the principles of the historic Constitution. There have always been instances when the Court voted its sympathies rather than anything resembling the Constitution, but over the last half century the divergence between the document and the decisions has sharply increased. Indeed, the criticism that the Court routinely departs from the Constitution’s principles, as...
  • Democrats Have No Shame

    01/16/2006 7:16:57 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 23 replies · 1,179+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 17 January 2006
    Old blowhards don’t fade away, we learned again last week, they just serve as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was almost two decades ago that Sen. Joe Biden (D.-Del.) chaired the confirmation hearings that gave America a new verb: to Bork. When President Reagan nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, it was Biden who led his Democratic committee colleagues Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Patrick Leahy of Vermont in what was then the unprecedented trashing of a nominee of unquestioned professional qualifications and unblemished character. In 1991, in a committee still chaired by...
  • The culture war begins during your child's school day

    01/06/2006 4:37:49 PM PST · by KevinNuPac · 22 replies · 1,052+ views
    Renew America ^ | January 5, 2006 | Kevin
    The culture war begins during your child's school day By Kevin Fobbs The new year brings a new round of assaults upon our nation's families who are sitting in their homes — possibly quite unaware that the very framework that our Constitutional framers crafted together is being splintered apart by a movement that has undertaken an almost unholy war against every possible touchstone that reflects our values in the public place, in the courthouse, in the legislature, but more importantly, in the classrooms that dot the landscape of our nation's neighborhoods. The Culture War is not a phenomenon that is...
  • Flashback October 21, 1987: Reagan Letter Before Bork Senate Vote

    01/03/2006 2:33:09 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 7 replies · 796+ views
    Source: This letter is taken from Chapter 17, page 571 and 572, of the book Reagan – A Life in Letters which is Edited with an Introduction by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson with a Foreword by George P. Shultz. Editor’s Note: Robert Bork, a distinguished legal scholar and member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was nominated for the Supreme Court on July 1, 1987. The confirmation proceedings were protracted and contentious. The nomination was defeated in the Senate 58-42 on October 23, 1987. The Democratic majority in the Senate made...
  • Martini's Founding Fathers: Original Intent Debatable

    12/13/2005 8:22:25 AM PST · by harpu · 27 replies · 586+ views
    An email from a colleague... | 12/13/05 | Robert H. Bork
    The following is an email that I received from a friend regarding Judge Robert Bork's letter to the Wall Street Journal... "Eric Felten's essay on the dry martini is itself near-perfect ('Don't Forget the Vermouth,' Leisure & Arts, Pursuits, Dec. 10). His allusion to constitutional jurisprudence is faulty, however, since neither in law nor martinis can we know the subjective 'original intent' of the Founding Fathers. As to martinis, the intent may have been to ease man's passage through this vale of tears or, less admirably, to employ the tactic of 'candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.' What counts...
  • A Country I Do Not Recognize: The Legal Assault on American Values

    11/08/2005 4:51:25 PM PST · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 49 replies · 1,545+ views
    Hoover Institution ^ | Robert Bork
    What has long been true has now become obtrusively apparent: There exists a fundamental contradiction between America’s most basic ordinance, its constitutional law, and the values by which Americans have lived and wish to continue to live. That disjunction promises to become even more acute as the United States, along with Europe, moves toward the internationalization of law. Several things are to be observed about these developments. First, much constitutional law bears little or no relation to the Constitution. Second, the Supreme Court’s departures from the Constitution are driven by “elites” against the express wishes of a majority of the...
  • Robert Bork: A Narrowed Rift (President Bush and conservatives and the future of the Court)

    11/03/2005 4:51:55 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 817+ views
    National Review ^ | November 3, 2005 | Robert H. Bork
    It is premature to pronounce the job completed, but with the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for a seat on the Supreme Court, George Bush has substantially narrowed the rift with his conservative base he created with his nomination of Harriet Miers. Ms. Miers, a woman of many fine qualities, was perceived as simply lacking the constitutional sophistication to withstand the pressures of a liberal Court majority and its allies in the academy and the media sufficiently to help bring the Court back from its self-assumed role as a political rather than...
  • Some Get 'Borked,' Others Get 'Miered'

    10/27/2005 1:05:48 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 97 replies · 1,344+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 27, 2005 | NAHAL TOOSI
    Is "miered" the new "borked"? Robert Bork's failed nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987 spawned the verb "borked," defined loosely as getting rejected in an unseemly, even unfair, manner. Now there is talk online about whether Harriet Miers' withdrawal of her nomination to the high court will give rise to the term "miered." While liberals led to the opposition to Bork, it was conservatives who brought down Miers' nomination. A contributor to The Reform Club, a right-leaning blog, wrote that to get "borked" was "to be unscrupulously torpedoed by an opponent," while to get "miered" was to be "unscrupulously...
  • Bork v. Bork (Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing)

    10/19/2005 10:46:45 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 82 replies · 1,292+ views ^ | October 19, 2005 | Hugh Hewett
    Ten days ago I wrote about the Miers nomination in light of Judge Bork's introduction to a new book of essays on SCOTUS. In this morning's Wall Street Journal, Judge Bork weighs in with a denunciation of the Miers nomination, which includes the fairly astonishing sentence: The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq aside, George W. Bush has not governed as a conservative (amnesty for illegal immigrants, reckless spending that will ultimately undo his tax cuts, signing a campaign finance bill even while maintaining its unconstitutionality). This is the same as arguing that "Except for opposing Hitler and later warning of...
  • A self-imposed Borking

    10/19/2005 12:08:34 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 13 replies · 766+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/19/5 | Terence Jeffrey
    "I am convinced, as I think almost all constitutional scholars are, that Roe v. Wade is an unconstitutional decision, a serious and wholly unjustifiable judicial usurpation of state legislative authority. I also think that Roe v. Wade is by no means the only example of such unconstitutional behavior by the Supreme Court." This bit of public truth-telling was committed by Robert Bork, then a professor at Yale Law School, when he testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on June 1, 1981. Ironically, Bork made this statement about Roe in the midst of testimony in which he explained why he opposed...
  • Slouching Towards Miers [Robert Bork]

    10/18/2005 9:43:27 PM PDT · by Stellar Dendrite · 204 replies · 4,699+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-19-2005 | Robert Bork
    Bush shows himself to be indifferent, if not hostile, to conservative values. With a single stroke--the nomination of Harriet Miers--the president has damaged the prospects for reform of a left-leaning and imperialistic Supreme Court, taken the heart out of a rising generation of constitutional scholars, and widened the fissures within the conservative movement. That's not a bad day's work--for liberals. There is, to say the least, a heavy presumption that Ms. Miers, though undoubtedly possessed of many sterling qualities, is not qualified to be on the Supreme Court. It is not just that she has no known experience with constitutional...
  • "To Bork" vs. "To Miers" (new SCOTUS verb time)

    10/13/2005 7:06:11 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 209 replies · 1,865+ views
    NationalReviewOnline - The Corner ^ | Oct. 13, 2005 | Kathryn Jean Lopez & Kate O'Beirne
    TO BORK VS. TO MIER [Kathryn Jean Lopez] Yesterday on air Hugh Hewitt suggested to me that we here were trying to Bork Miers. No. This is new SCOTUS verb time. Andrew Breitbart just came up with over IM: to MIER: to put your own allies in the most untenable position possible based upon exceptionally bad decsion making. Secondary defintion: While steadlily going in reverse in the driveway of your own home, intentionally abruptly pressing gas pedal as to crash into garage door for no apparent reason. They'll be teaching this in AP Government classes before long. Posted at 02:26...