Letters to the Editor

Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:37pm

Not withholding judgement

In the wake of a recent 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court [Citizens United vs FEC] regarding the right of corporate political expenditures, the public wonders once again if our courts are politically motivated in their decisions. Such cases test the "indefeasible" constraint of Constitutional law and define the cornerstones of our democracy and its rule of law.

Here in Tennessee none perhaps more demonstrative of this concern occurred recently in the case of John Jay Hooker vs. The Board of Professional Responsibility. Hooker, an attorney, unrelentingly has challenged the constitutionality of the State Supreme Court's right to their seats on the bench under the retention-election statute, where they run opposed. In his appeal, the Supreme Court refused to recuse itself in matter.

The BOPR, as the Supreme Court's appointed agent suspended Hooker's law license for what it termed "frivolous litigation." Common sense dictates that extreme self-interest held by members of the Supreme Court would require their recusal from such a decision yet they declined to withdraw and quashed Hooker's civil right to challenge their authority.

With public trust of politicians and attorneys at nearly the bottom of any ranking, I am reminded once again that judges are a combination of the two supposedly venerable professions.

Tony Gottlieb, 37077

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139 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 10:27

I like......"It's so cold today I saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets".

By: bfra on 2/16/10 at 10:28

d7 - And my opinion of this mayor we have now is no better than I had of Boner. Two wannabes in the same pod!

By: govskeptic on 2/16/10 at 10:37

John Jay will be remembered for both "Minnie Pearl Chicken" and his
cause of "Only Tn residents should be able to donate to those running
for office in Tn.". Not so sure his unsuccessful runs for public office
will rank very high, but being a truly lively character will be the key
thing on this reader's memory page.

By: MamaG on 2/16/10 at 10:42

Don't forget Hooker's Hamburgers, govskeptic! They were actually pretty good as was MP chicken.

Good morning everyone! Hope I didn't miss too much yesterday...played hookie--sort of!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 11:00

Good morning MamaG. How are you today?

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 11:01

MamaG: The board has to ramp Jimmy up on hockey and "sliders".
Needs to know if he asks for a "White Castle", if it's being racist.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 11:06

A change of subject. Did anyone see this?

Officials: Taliban's top military commander captured

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-02-15-taliban-capture_N.htm

By: brrrrk on 2/16/10 at 11:08

Lawyers and earmarks have one thing in common, they're both bad news until YOU need one.

By: sidneyames on 2/16/10 at 11:15

Mama, what about "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"? Should we ban that song?

NOT! I'm off to work. Hope I don't "slide" into anyone.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 11:20

Speaking of earmarks, how about Sen. Shelby attempt at extortion?

Obama made his comments a day after Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced that he was backing away from the controversial "holds" he had placed on more than 70 Obama nominees, including some for positions in national security agencies.

Shelby placed the holds last week in an attempt to win funding for two programs for his state - an Air Force tanker project and a counter-terrorism center. His office said in a statement that he was releasing "all but a few" of the holds because he had succeeded in "getting the White House attention on two issues that are critical to our national security."

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/02/obama-considers-recess-appoint.html

By: brrrrk on 2/16/10 at 11:27

Captain Nemo said

"Speaking of earmarks, how about Sen. Shelby attempt at extortion?"

Yeah anyhow, good thing the GOP is made of such good upstanding people.

Earmarks are a big fat red herring anyway, they account for only about 1% of our total budget.... it's only a position that the GOP can stomp and moan about in order to prove that they're fiscally relevant while turning a blind eye to their own abuses.

By: Kosh III on 2/16/10 at 11:49

John Jay, John Jay Hooker. John Jay Hooker's the Man!!!!!!!

By: idgaf on 2/16/10 at 11:55

What we need is more judges in front of the bencvh rather then on it.

Or in jail.

By: brrrrk on 2/16/10 at 11:58

Here's a quiz for you, who was it who said.....

"among other things, (we) will:

Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers;

Continue and further perfect its programs of assistance to the millions of workers with special employment problems, such as older workers, handicapped workers, members of minority groups, and migratory workers;

Strengthen and improve the Federal-State Employment Service and improve the effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system;

Protect by law, the assets of employee welfare and benefit plans so that workers who are the beneficiaries can be assured of their rightful benefits;

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex;

Clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to federal wage standards on Federal and Federally-assisted construction, and maintain and continue the vigorous administration of the Federal prevailing minimum wage law for public supply contracts;

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with persistent and substantial unemployment

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public."

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 12:05

John Jay Hooker is nuts!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 12:18

Hello Blanket. I have just caught up on Lost.

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 12:25

By: idgaf on 2/16/10 at 10:55
What we need is more judges in front of the bencvh rather then on it.

Or in jail.
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Shall we start with these four by placing them in jail?

Antonin Scalia
Anthony Kennedy
Clarence Thomas
Samuel Alito

BTW what is bencvh?

By: bfra on 2/16/10 at 12:29

Nemo: That's a bench with a v in it. (G)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 12:34

Are you watching it tonight, Nemo? Who do you think is good/bad, Jacob or the other dude?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 12:35

I know bfra. I just like to point out id's typos as he has done to me many times. :- )

By: Kosh III on 2/16/10 at 12:35

Nemo re Lost
What do you think?

Once again Jack is being an arrogant control freak. Skip the alternative time line when nothing went wrong.
And who cares about Kate???

As usual, they answer part of one question and ask 15 new ones.
I am just glad they are running them without a "hiatus."

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 12:38

Will the final episode be called "Found"?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 12:39

Blanket, I want watch it to night but I will later. Now that I have discovered that I can watch on line.

I don't know, but I think we are watching two different time lines now. The one on the island and the other if the island had never happen. But what I have learned to expect in the pass, is that I am wrong about everything I have seen on Lost. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 12:42

Found but what, house? ;- )

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 12:43

How come the fat guy never seems to lose any weight?
Is there a McDonald's on the island or something?

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 12:48

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 11:43
How come the fat guy never seems to lose any weight?
Is there a McDonald's on the island or something?
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Not all survive on the island, if you know what I mean. wink wink

By: MamaG on 2/16/10 at 12:48

By: sidneyames on 2/16/10 at 10:15
Mama, what about "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"? Should we ban that song?

NOT! I'm off to work. Hope I don't "slide" into anyone.

What the hell do you mean by this sidney? I never said anything that is remotely to do with this inane post.

By: MamaG on 2/16/10 at 12:53

Doing good so far, Nemo--hope you are too.

So, I take it Jimmy U is Dusty's son? Sounds as if things are still going well for them all.

Everyone been watching the Olympics? I've been enjoying a lot of it, myself.

Party like it's Mardi Gras! Laissez les bon temps rouler!!!
I'm gone---gotta do some work today since I was out yesterday. :-)

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 12:54

"A Whiter Shade of Pale"...the most racist song ever? You decide...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 12:56

Later, Mama!

By: Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 1:05

I've got to go myself. Have a good day.

By: brrrrk on 2/16/10 at 1:15

For anyone that is interested, the quotes that I listed above came directly from the 1956 Republican Party platform....

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=25838

Who would have guessed there was a time when Republicans were pro-labor and pro-equal rights? And actually said so.....

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 1:17

"Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs"...double racistism. Disparaging "midgets", ie., "small people" (thus rendering House's "Dwarf Tossing" bowling team unemployed) and exhaulting, "White's Only" for Princesses. "Oh, Jesus...I'll pay for that"...Larry the Cable Guy.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 1:23

dargent, are you going to see the Red Wings play when they come to Nashville?

By: dooley on 2/16/10 at 1:26

Loner John J. is brilliant and it scares the hell out of all the crooked politicians and judiciary here . That is why they , along with the media , have formed a large conspiracy against him to shut him down because he could be dangerous to them . He is a danger to them if he is un leashed because he is armed with and is not afraid to tell The truth in a world of liars.

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 1:27

My wife & I are going to that one, Blanket.

By: dooley on 2/16/10 at 1:31

......"It's so cold today I saw a lawyer with his hands in his own pockets".

Nemo was that a quote of Johnny Carson ,Henny Youngman ,Rodney Dangerfield or an original by Nemo ?

By: dooley on 2/16/10 at 1:34

" Man I'm in trouble do you know a criminal lawyer "
"Do you know one who isn't ?" R. Dangerfield

By: kennyj on 2/16/10 at 1:40

Captain Nemo on 2/16/10 at 7:52
By: Loner on 2/16/10 at 7:39

......"while fondling themselves under their robes".

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You have been peeking Loner?

(Don't know why this came up in red). Loner probably hears the hand hitting the underside of the table and the legs kicking the vanity partitions. Ever wonder why the "bench" is elevated above the rest of the room?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 1:48

that's awesome, house.

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 1:50

...provided we can get a babysitter...if d7 isn't going, I was planning to ask him...

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 1:55

Ever go to Preds games, Blanket?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 1:56

once in a while. they're a blast!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 2:09

During an interview with Paradigms Lost, Dick Cheney took aim at God for what the former Vice President called a “post-New Testament mindset” in dealing with terrorists. Specifically, Cheney said that God’s hesitance to employ his full arsenal of punishments against the terrorists sent what he called a “disturbing message” that empowered the likes of al Qaeda into believing that God was not on the side of the Western powers.

http://trueslant.com/davidknowles/2010/02/15/cheney-god-not-doing-enough-to-fight-terror/

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 2:34

Re: Detroit Red Wings vs. Predators game. Though I've left Detroit never to return in 1988, I guess my rap sheet will always have Detroit, Michigan on it.
I'd love to go and meet everyone (out on bail or parole) the night of the game. Say Rippy's 1 hour before hand.
I floated this idea yesterday.
I think we should all meet, and since Rippy's encourages bringing in one's firearms, we should all be safe.
Any thoughts?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 2:38

how will we know each other?

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 2:46

Walk into Rippy's with a completely blank, lost look on your face. Dress like you just rousted a homeless man for his clothing. Ask the bartender for Bosco in hot milk. Sit in a corner talking to yourself, drinking milk. That will be the "code". We'll find you.

By: Loner on 2/16/10 at 2:47

"By their fruits, ye shall know them."

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 2:52

lol, dargent!

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 3:04

Read the thread (TCP) on Palin having Gore's book removed from her room on her spa day. The bobble-head couldn't just put in a drawer, but has to make a spectacle of it. Why it was there is weird anyway.
She probably called room service for 3 extra copies of Gideon's Bible, just to prove a point. Next time have the Qur'an in her room, bedside. Maybe she'll convert.