July 10, 2009

On VDARE.com: My questions for Sotomayor

My new VDARE.com column about the Sotomayor hearings scheduled to start on Monday are up.

Once again, my best suggestion for dramatizing Ricci v. DeStefano is for the Republican senators to call Mayor John DeStefano of New Haven as a hostile witness.

The witness lists released today includes Frank Ricci and Ben Vargas, the Hispanic plaintiff in the suit who was violently assaulted and knocked unconscious in 2004 in a racial assault for standing up for his legal rights. But no mayor of New Haven.

The Democrats are calling as witnesses the mayor of New York and a baseball player, whose most famous legal experience was getting sued for $1.8 million by three women to whom he exposed himself while in the bullpen.

Here are a few of my questions for Judge Sotomayor:
- Much as Chief Justice John Roberts asked during oral arguments over Ricci… Can you assure us, Judge Sotomayor, that your decision in Ricci for the City of New Haven would have been the same if minority firefighters scored highest on this test in disproportionate numbers, and the City said, "We don't like that result, we think there should be more whites on the fire department, and so we're going to throw the test out?"

- On the South Wall of the Supreme Court Building’s courtroom are carvings of the "great lawgivers of history." The second earliest lawgiver depicted is Hammurabi, king of Babylon, who is honored for carving the laws in stone and putting them up in public—which meant that even the king couldn’t change the laws after the fact to suit his convenience. Why should Mayor DeStefano enjoy the privilege that King Hammurabi denied himself: to see what the final score turned out to be, then change the rules of the game?

- In the Obama Administration’s friend of the court brief to the Supreme Court on the Ricci case, the Obama Administration called for your decision for summary judgment in favor of Mayor DeStefano to be overturned and the Ricci case to be remanded to local district court for retrial on the facts. Why did you vote for a more extremist outcome than the Obama Administration later called for?

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51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is she Jewish? I've done digging, thought I found something, need more to corroborate. She does not look, or think, or act, or speak, like a latina. She looks, and sounds, and thinks, and acts Jewish.

king obama said...

Uh...sorry to break it to you, Steve, but the Repub Senators are not going to ask any tough questions.

Sotomayor is getting easily confirmed.

Shouting Thomas said...

I've got to agree with king obama.

I appreciate your enthusiasm, Steve, but you're beat.

There's nothing to do here. It's a waste of time.

Anonymous said...

anyone remember how easy ginsberg sailed through?
As King O said, the repubs aren't going to ask any tough questions, or if they do it will be some stupid issue like torture GITMO, or some other neocon agenda question.

James Kabala said...

Wasn't Cone exonerated? Or did the incident just disappear down the memory hole? It's hard to get a straight answer from Google, and his Wikipedia entry (incredibly) does not even mention the incident.

"Is she Jewish? I've done digging, thought I found something, need more to corroborate. She does not look, or think, or act, or speak, like a latina. She looks, and sounds, and thinks, and acts Jewish."

Latinos are pretty liberal, despite what Karl Rove may think. And is there any appreciable Jewish community in Puerto Rico?

Anonymous said...

I forwarded Steve's suggestions to Jeff Sessions's Senate Web page, but
I'm not a resident of Alabama so I think they probably got shunted to a junk mail folder.

Any Vdare or iSteve readers out there from AL?

AMac said...

Over at Radio Venceremos, Nina Totenberg is giving Sotomayor a warm, fuzzy tongue bath. Santa Sonia's life story is truly without blemish, in every way.

Seems likely that Nina and other members of the inner party visit here to preview the hatefacts that eastasia is concocting. It would be amusing to note those traces of awareness that couldn't be completely airbrushed out of their reporting.

Stopped Clock said...

One thing's pretty sure: Sotomayor is not Jewish.

Stopped Clock said...

Oops. Sorry for posting an imcomplete comment. Here's a link that at least shows she's Catholic, even if not an actively practicing one:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/us/politics/31catholics.html

(And with her being apparently 100% Puerto Rican on both sides it's unlikely she's Jewish even by descent.)

Anonymous said...

Can you assure us, Judge Sotomayor, that your decision in Ricci for the City of New Haven would have been the same if minority firefighters scored highest on this test in disproportionate numbers, and the City said, "We don't like that result, we think there should be more whites on the fire department, and so we're going to throw the test out?"

That's an idiotic question. The point is to get more minorities on the force. In an HBD world racial discrimination simply makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Steve, I agree with you about digging up LaRaza. In all of my blogging what I have noticed is that the left fastidiously avoids ever mentioning the Nation's largest ethnic advocacy group unless it is regarding "immigrants rights". She is or was member. Why not hold her accountable for their positions and then watch her try to distance herself as politely as possible.

Alan Stewart said...

Best part of the advice, Steve, is this:
"Will they forego their best opportunity to point out that Obama not the post-racial uniter of David Axelrod’s imagination, but is merely Sotomayor with a more oleaginous prose style?"

Sotomayor is just the front woman here. Pin the evil effects of judicial liberalism on Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. Don't ask her what she thinks of the constitutionality of racial preferences. Ask her what she thinks of the constitutionality of Obama Administration's and Democratic Party's mandated racial preferences. Don't ask her whether she agrees with the reverse discrimination imposed by "disparate effect" doctrine; ask her whether she agrees with the reverse discrimination imposed by the supported disparate effect doctrine as enacted by the Democratic Party and supported by Barack Obama. When discussing the Wise Latina comment, pause to generously acknowledge that the statement is a fair reflection of the Obama Administration's judicial philosophy.

Mr. Anon said...

I especially liked your last question. "What does 'La Raza' mean in English".

Anonymous said...

Six years ago, in the previous major affirmative action case, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote in her majority decision in Gratz, "We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today. " (That’s now only 19 years from 2009.) Do you agree?
============


Racial preferences will no longer be needed bec White Male Heteros will be out of all positions of power by that time.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Is she Jewish? I've done digging, thought I found something, need more to corroborate. She does not look, or think, or act, or speak, like a latina. She looks, and sounds, and thinks, and acts Jewish.

7/10/2009



It's beb she is from Nooow Yooooork

Lucius Vorenus said...

king obama: Sotomayor is getting easily confirmed.

I dunno - they could win this fight if they wanted to fight it [or - maybe more importantly - if they had every had any fight in them to begin with]:

Parsing Sotomayor's Declining Poll Numbers
Michael G. Franc
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Posted at 08:51 AM
corner.nationalreview.com

...Women: In the May poll women supported Sotomayor’s confirmation 45% to 24%. Now they oppose it 31% for to 40% against. Feminists take note. That’s a dramatic, and unexpected, 30-point turnaround...

Maybe TheMacallan99 could take a shot at those Rasmussen numbers.

RKU said...

Is she Jewish? I've done digging, thought I found something, need more to corroborate. She does not look, or think, or act, or speak, like a latina. She looks, and sounds, and thinks, and acts Jewish.

This has GOT to be one of the most peculiar comments I've ever read here.

She looks (reasonably) Puerto Rican, she acts (reasonably) Puerto Rican, she came from Puerto Rico, she attended Catholic school and married someone named Noonan.

I really, really think she's Puerto Rican/Latino...not Jewish or even "Scots-Irish" like our friend Testing99.

Anonymous said...

1st question is a zinger. It causes her to either a) once again publicly endorse a law that promotes racial discrimination, or b) squirm and twist herself into a pretzel.

She will be confirmed, but that doesn't mean her legal and moral philosophy shouldn't be exposed to the public. Make her her say it. Explicitly. On TV.

John Anello said...

This could be a golden opportunity for Olympia Snowe and/or Susan Collins to endear themselves to conservatism. As women, they could ask her tough questions without worrying as much as about media backlash. But don't hold your breath.

Anonymous said...

Great work, Steve. I gave you some props as Brutus over at Half Sigma.

testing99 said...

No anon she is not Jewish. She's Puerto Rican.

Yes she will be confirmed easily. Republicans will not fight on this.

Steve Sailer said...

James Kabala asks:

"Wasn't Cone exonerated?"

It's confusing because Cone's name comes up in connection with three sex scandals:

- The flashing lawsuit

- The accusation of rape the night before he struck out 19

- And his name got involved in sexual assault accusations against three teammates.

I think he got out of the last two. I don't know what happened in the first one. My guess would be an out of court settlement with the record sealed, but that's purely a guess.

Commodore said...

Wouldn't even a better final question be:

What's the best translation for La Raza into German?

Anonymous said...

And is there any appreciable Jewish community in Puerto Rico?

Of course there is! I've been waiting for someone to bring up Juan Luis Pedro Philippo DeHuevos Epstein

Anonymous said...

Instead of asking her what LaRaza means, ask her to recite the LaRaza motto:

"All for the race, nothing for anyone else."

Anonymous said...

"No anon she is not Jewish. She's Puerto Rican."

The two are hardly mutually exclusive. The SteveOsphere is easily learned enough to know that there has been a Jewish community, albeit a secret one for much of the time, in PR for a long time, and that the original colonialists would have included many Marranos.

"The Jewish immigration to Puerto Rico began in the 15th century with the arrival of the marranos (variously called conversos, Crypto-Jews, or Secret Jews) who accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second voyage.
...
The first large group of Jews to settle in Puerto Rico were European refugees fleeing German–occupied Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. The second influx of Jews to the island came in the 1950s, when thousands of Cuban Jews fled after Fidel Castro came to power.

Puerto Rican Jews have made many contributions in multiple fields, including business and commerce, education, and entertainment. Puerto Rico has the largest and richest Jewish community in the Caribbean, with 3,000 Jewish inhabitants. It is also the only Caribbean island in which all three major Jewish denominations—Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform—are represented."

Freddy Prinze - Jew. Geraldo - Jew. Joaquin Phoenix - Jew. David Blaine - Jew. All of Puerto Rican decent. The 3,000 doesn't include the several times that who were of Marrano descent and intermarried, or are closet Jews still.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_immigration_to_Puerto_Rico

"This has GOT to be one of the most peculiar comments I've ever read here."

Get serious. The ethnic background of a Supreme nominee is always an issue, and ten times so for Miss Wise Latina who makes it an issue.

She can give a DNA swab or perhaps her family tree to clear the matter up. The Marranos intermarried, but what's bred in the bone will out of flesh, as they say.

I'll call it right now: she's a Jew.

Steve Sailer said...

Or maybe she's just a New Yorker.

sj071 said...

Steve, do you really think that the Outer Party will suddenly develop a pair of...and challenge The Candidate? Lol.

eh said...

Some good questions there, that unfortunately are not likely to be asked. Be nice to get a list of questions for Obama before the next election. Plenty of time for that though.

RKU said...

There was a big WSJ op-ed by Floyd Abrams, a very smart lawyer, explaining his personal encounters with Sotomayor.

She's obviously a liberal, but she really seems pretty sharp, those smears by neocon Jeff Rosen notwithstanding...

anony-mouse said...

"She does not look, or think, or speak, like a Latina. She looks, and sounds, and thinks, and acts Jewish."

Yesss. That's one reason I love reading your commenters Steve. Hey, I'll give them help: Michael Bloomberg will be a witness for her, and she once visited Israel.

She doesn't look Latina? Compare her looks to the well known Jew, Evo Morales of Bolivia.

She doesn't sound like a Latina? She speaks Spanish in the same way other New York Puerto Ricans do.

She doesn't think like a Latina? She votes Dem, supports Affirmative Action and (I'm sure) open borders. What's so un-Latina about that?

She doesn't act Latina? She smiles easily and eats and enjoys lots of pork dishes.

Freddie Prinze-part Jewish on his non-PR father's side, not Jewish on his PR mother's side

Geraldo Rivera-Jewish on his non-PR mother's side, not his non-Jewish PR father's side

David Blaine-non Jewish PR father, Jewish non-PR mother.

But hey, you got me on the crazy Phoenix family

But never mind about all that. Please, paleos, please make it a point to talk about how Jewish Sottomayor is. As much as you can.

Svigor said...

There was a big WSJ op-ed by Floyd Abrams, a very smart lawyer, explaining his personal encounters with Sotomayor.

She's obviously a liberal, but she really seems pretty sharp, those smears by neocon Jeff Rosen notwithstanding...


Hey, as long as the range of consent is kept within the family - that's what's really important here.

:)

Anonymous said...

She can give a DNA swab or perhaps her family tree to clear the matter up. The Marranos intermarried, but what's bred in the bone will out of flesh, as they say.

DNA swabs to test her for Jewishness? How Nurembergian. I presume you're joking...right?

Anonymous said...

LOL I had to laugh at the "weird" discussion about Sotomayor being Jewish. As a New Yorker of Puerto Rican ancestry, it seems crazy to me that anyone would think she is Jewish. I'm in no way implying the person who brought this up is stupid or anything; on the contrary, if I wasn't a native New Yorker with Puerto Rican roots I'd imagine that such an idea wouldn't seem so ridiculous to me.

The idea isn't totally absurd though since it is possible she has some Marrano ancestry from way back.

Although I have so much in common with Sotomayor(it's possible we are even related), I do not support her nomination. She doesn't represent "my" interests at all. I do not identity as "Latino" in any sense, whatever that means.

Me and my family are very white and very assimilated, to the point that none of us call ourselves "hispanic" or "latino". However, some Hispanics feel betrayed by my political stance, as if somehow being born into a Puerto Rican family means I "should" be some far left-wing lunatic or at least vote Democratic. Nonsense I say.

White American guys like me with ancestry from Latin American countries notice more than anyone else that the various latino and hispanic political causes almost always better reflect the interests of the mulatto, mestizo and various mixed-race hispanics than the white hispanics. The exceptions are mainly those white hispanics who are involved in politics, who have a lot to gain by loudly proclaiming their hispanic heritage. Nothing is more ridiculous and paradoxical to me than these blond, blue-eyed white people I've known who just happen to have ancestry from Latin American countries, claiming to belong to an oppressed "hispanic" minority group. The way these people conflate language with race is truly disturbing and shameful at times, especially if they get special breaks through affirmative action just because they have a Latin sounding last name. I'm often not sure if they even know what they are doing. Back in their native Latin American countries, the white elite and the rest of the "hispanics" aren't one big happy family. I personally think that with the way "hispanic" is often used, we might as well throw the term out.

- Been reading Steve Sailer for nearly a decade now. Thanks Steve and keep up the good work!

gay bowel syndrome said...

'Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans.' -Milton Himmelfarb

So why can't a Puerto Rican talk like a Jew?

gay bowel syndrome said...

'Call Sotomayor
That's the name
And away goes justice
down the drain.
So-to-may-or."

Ballard said...

Yes, it is relevant if she is Jewish (though I assume she's not remotely Jewish).

SCOTUS currently has two Jews and five Catholics on board. That is a joke and another sign that this country has been deconstructed by Marxists.

Why not just go for it and make everybody on SCOTUS non-Christian and/or non-Protestant? Just drive this civilization straight into the ground and stop beating around the bush.

What do you get when a bunch of racial and religious aliens interpreting the US Constitution? In a word: hostility. And gigantic amounts of identity bias and ethnic power tripping and an overall inability of the aliens to "relate" to the Founding Fathers on any level. Because white European Protestants are an extended family who - for all their internal disputes - exhibit similar traits and temperaments. Ben Franklin was right, of course.

Soon we'll get to a situation in the USA similar to modern day Greece where a majority of the modern residents of the physical land have no cultural, religious or genetic connection to the heroes who built the civilization. Hip hip hooray.

Henry Canaday said...

Question: Wasn't the New Haven fire department, in rejecting objective standards for promoting firemen because these yielded unsatisfactory results for minorities, acting like lenders that, under government pressure, tossed out objective standards for home loans because these yielded unsatisfactory results for minorities? Do you now understand that there are rather major costs to such a policy, in the trillions of dollars, paid by everybody, minority and otherwise?

Anonymous said...

Depressing how prominent the Jew-obsessive fantasists are on Steve's comment threads.

Svigor said...

Depressing how prominent the Jew-obsessive fantasists are on Steve's comment threads.

Bah, think on human nature long enough and it won't be depressing any more. Illusions to burn!

I mean, look at it this way, nutty anti-Semites are doing a Mitzvah. If they didn't exist, Jews would have to invent them.

Boxer Rebellion said...

God, the Jew lurking in the shadows meme is tired and weird. Isn't it possible that other peoples in the world hate the Eurovolk and will act against them in order to bring about favorable environments for their own people? Isn't it possible that your particular people - loosely termed - are riddled with traitorous types who despise you and act against your interests? Must you create a magic Jew everywhere, wickedly wringing his hands, up to nefariousness? Is it really dastardly blood within them, a dash of which turns you evil forever, like some Tolkienish fantasy tale?

So what if Sotomayor supports La Raza? Shouldn't you guys be doing the same in your own way, no matter the current clime? It is healthy and normal to support your tribe. Do you know how much clearer your position would be if there wasn't a single "white" on the Supreme Court, and everyone of the non-whites who'd taken their place was hardcore voting for the interests of their bigger tribe? That's the state of affairs you should be shooting for, not perpetuation of bland, aracialized Souters.

Also, please, please, lose this naive assessment of politics in America (and "democratic" politics in general) - there's no valiant party called "Republicans" who are concerned about the genetic interests of a broad group of people generically called "white". There are a bunch of opportunistic individuals who will do whatever they're told by more tenacious, courageous, and economically powerful groups. More respect should be given to race-culture affirming Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Chinese, and Hindoos than the bevy of sterile white Republican drones blabbing about the horrors of "big government" as their people are mastodoned out of existence.

Just because someone's white doesn't mean they're on your side. And just because someone of another race supports that race doesn't mean it works against you in the long term.

I want Sotomayor. I wanted Obama. I wanted Bernanke. I don't want any more illusions.

ben tillman said...

And with her being apparently 100% Puerto Rican on both sides it's unlikely she's Jewish even by descent.

That is just ridiculous. Most of the "smart fraction" in Puerto Rico has Jewish ancestry.

Sideways said...

Is she Jewish? I've done digging, thought I found something, need more to corroborate. She does not look, or think, or act, or speak, like a latina. She looks, and sounds, and thinks, and acts Jewish.

This makes me wonder if, somehow, some posters here have never actually seen a Jew. She looks like Manuel Noriega in drag with paler skin.

stari_momak said...

Over at Radio Venceremos, Nina Totenberg

That made me, as they say, laugh out loud.

Lucius Vorenus said...

Is that post by "Boxer Rebellion" supposed to be serious, or is it supposed to be a parody?

Because if it's serious, then it's kinda scary [albeit with a refreshingly honest "Mein Kampf" sort of horrifyingness].

But on the other hand, maybe it is a parody - I dunno - I tend to be pretty gullible and not very good with the facetious stuff.

Josh said...

Email these to your senator - here are their addresses.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Anonymous said...

Grown men shouldn't be scared of words, Lucius.

Anonymous said...

I guess the Majority Rights guys have gotten tired of talking amongst themselves. Can't say I blame them.

Lucius Vorenus said...

Anonymous: Grown men shouldn't be scared of words, Lucius.

But "Boxer Rebellion" is using words to describe his preferred vision of a society ripped apart at the seams by tribal fascism.

Sort of a Bolsheviks -vs- Kulaks -vs- Ottomans -vs- Armenians -vs- Hutus -vs- Tutsis darwinian bloodfest.

Which is why I ask again: This is a parody, right?

Anonymous said...

She acts and talks just like my (Irish Catholic) MOM. It's NEW YORK, you retards.

Anonymous said...

I guess the Majority Rights guys have gotten tired of talking amongst themselves. Can't say I blame them.

Eh?

Are you mistaking this thread for another somewhere?

If not, your comment appears to have no informational content at all.