Archive for June, 2009

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Note: I just posted this opinion in a blog on motherjones.com anonymously. I’m curious to find out more. I’ve found the most recent string of Supreme Court decisions to be quite discouraging. Me, posting on the following blog:
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/06/kenneth-starr-endorses-sotomayor

“Unfortunately the current composition of the Supreme Court has resulted in a string of decisions that are hostile to even the most fundamental of enumerated rights and appear to be supportive of an authoritarian corporate ruled police-state. Whether it’s Justice Antonin Scalias specious contention that torture is not cruel or unusual punishment, Justice Clarence Thomas’s contention that it is OK to knock prisoner’s teeth out while they are in handcuffs (there was a New York Times editorial earlier in his career on the youngest cruelest justice), Justice Samuel Alito’s total disregard of the exclusionary rule and hostility to the most fundamental rights of privacy intended to be preserved with the 4th Amendment, or Justice Roberts’ specious argument that the 6th Amendment due process rights are best left to the States (contrary to the specificity in both the body of the Constitution and in the 14th Amendment that the enumerated individual rights in the Federal Constitution were the bare minimums which could not be denied by any State), it is apparent that even a centrist Supreme Court appointment would be better than allowing the current crew to keep piling on oppressive precedents. Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor is, it would seem, not an aggressive defender of the Bill of Rights, but I suspect she could at least both take and administer an oath of office “…to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States…” without flubbing it. I can only hope her appointment was not more of a compromise with totalitarians than we are already aware.
So what do you think?

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Bigotry regarding sexual-orientation and marriage

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

There are many excuses people use for their own bigotry. If only it were just that people were bigoted. Unfortunately so many of them try persecute people they don’t like and take away their rights. The LGBT community has been the target of a lot of this lately. Fortunately the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU http://www.aclu.org/ ), The National Organization for Women ( NOW http://www.now,org/ ) have joined with many other groups to try to protect and appeal for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, and other minorities from legal attacks like California’s Proposition 8 and similar legislation around the country.

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The struggle for equal rights and privileges for women

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Not all slavery ended when the thirteenth amendment was passed. First nation peoples (referred to as indians) continued to be used as slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation. Women still haven’t gotten the equal rights and privileges under the law promised by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. When the simple straight-forward constitutional amendment was proposed specifying that women should get this equal treatment the requisite number of States failed to ratify it. That denial is the epitome of gender-bias at work. See the photo of the T-shirt below having the simple wording of the Equal Rights Amendment itself printed on it, and then ask yourself: How could anyone oppose that (the E.R.A.) unless they are biased? ERA-T-shirt-equal-rights-under-law-shall-not-be-denied-or-abridged-on-account-of-sex

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“must-read” BOOKS

Monday, June 1st, 2009

These are “must read” books written by some brilliant women who delve deep into some of the most emotionally wrenching issues faced by women everywhere. Some different feminist perspectives on individual women’s struggles for equality and respect in a world where so many of us have been treated like children or second class citizens.

“Defending Pornography - Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights” by Professor Nadine Strossen, Esq.
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“Chess Bitch - Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport”, by twice United States Women’s Chess Champion, Women’s Grandmaster, and the USCF’s Chess Life on-line Editor, WGM Jennifer Shahade. Amazing insights. A great read.
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you can read WGM Jennifer Shahade’s blogs USCF’s Chess Life on line ( http://www.uschess.org ) where she’s the on-line editor. Her brilliant, concise and illuminating blog there is at http://www.uschess.org/main/content/category/15/28/343/ and her very interesting personal blog (especially for chess-players and other games-players) is at jennifershahade.com Jennifer_Shahade Chess-Bitch-Women-in-the-Ultimate-Intellectual-Sport-by-Jennifer-Shahade-back-cover

“Pregnant By Mistake - the stories of 17 women” by Katrina Maxtone-Graham (front cover) Pregnant-by-Mistake-the-stories-of-seventeen-women-by-Katrina-Maxtone-Graham-front-cover “Pregnant By Mistake - the stories of 17 women” by Katrina Maxtone-Graham (back cover) Pregnant-by-Mistake-by-Katrina-Maxtone-Graham-back-cover An Adopted Woman” by Katrina Maxtone-Graham - front cover” An-Adopted-Woman-by-Katrina-Maxtone-Graham-front-cover “An Adopted Woman” by Katrina Maxtone-Graham - back cover An-Adopted-Woman-by-Katrina-Maxtone-Graham-back-cover Birthmark by Lorraine Dusky (front cover). The wrenching experience and perspectives of a natural motherBirthmark-by-Lorraine-Dusky-front-cover Birthmark by Lorraine Dusky - back cover Birthmark-by-Lorraine-Dusky-back-cover The Search for Anna Fisher by Florence Fisher - the story of her search The-Search-for-Anna-Fisher-front-coverThe Search for Anna Fisher by Florence Fisher (back cover) The-Search-for-Anna-Fisher-back_cover

There are a number of “Must Read” BOOKS I’d like to add to this list, one of which was mentioned in a comment below: It’s entitled: “The Tyranny of the Majority by Lani Guinier. More info about that book may appear here in the future. Also of note are the three books on our financial mess by Nomi Prins. There is a link to her site http://www.nomiprins.com/ on the right hand side somewhere by the other links.

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