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: sidneyames on 2/16/10 at 2:18

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

Mama, in reply to your inane post, I made an error. Meant to say D7. He was posting and talking to you and I was in a hurry. Be tolerant please, I'm older and not as WIZE as you.

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 11:54
"A Whiter Shade of Pale"...the most racist song ever? You decide...

House! Funny. I keep waiting for the NAACP to ban all songs such as this, especially White Christmas. Who wrote that song? It's a great song.

And I hope you all know I'm joking. Mama didn't but honestly I mistook her name when I should have said D7.

By: sidneyames on 2/16/10 at 2:22

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

Mama, I am hurt by your tone? waaaaaaaa, waaaaaa. Just kidding.

D7, I'm gonna show up; I will have on, oh never mind. I can't see to drive at night. So I guess you're lucky; I won't show up. But have a beer on me. I"ll buy the first round. Tell them to put it on my account. On account of!

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

Dusty's grandson here - is anybody around?

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 2:37

Sid: If it goes according to plan, maybe you can get a ride?
My guess is, no one wants to be seen or see the others' "face-to-face".
So, it won't happen. Maybe just me, gdia, and House & Co.
Maybe a few stragglers.

By: DustyU on 2/16/10 at 2:45

i guess not - nobody to give the bad news too :(

By: sidneyames on 2/16/10 at 2:48

D7 wow! thanks. Hope mama doesn't hate me for my mistake.
I won't come out in the brrrrrrr-cold for anything. EXCEPT work. I worked 3 hours today; had to drive to B 'wood and Franklin. Scared of other crazy drivers. Got home safely.

Would love to meet everyone. How about on a 72 to 90 degree day?

see ya'll. Got to do housework - finally!

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 2:53

D-7's here...I can only assume Dusty, Sr. passed?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 2:59

We're here!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 3:00

gosh, i hope not.

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 3:08

What's up with Dusty?

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 3:26

I'm not Madame Sylvia, but by the tone of his last post at 2:45pm, with the .:( I don't think the news is good. Especially when he said they weren't going to try to wake Dusty for another week.

By: bfra on 2/16/10 at 3:44

Hope Dusty's grandson will see all the post and give us an update. Maybe JimmyU will be on later.

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 3:50

Now, Sarah Palin is "insulted" and "offended" due to some episode on "The Family Guy". Isn't that a cartoon? Oh, yeah, she's ready for the Big House, and it ain't "White".

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 3:54

If Dusty has passed, I'd like to know if there will be a local service for him.
If so, I'll be there.

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 4:10

House, I'm with you. We can all meet up at the funeral/ wake instead of the Predator's game.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 4:12

no guns, though.

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 4:15

Good idea, Blanket. Knives, then?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 4:16

cross bows.

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 4:18

Nazix2: I have a strict policy to never carry in a funeral home. That's an initiative on November's ballot, and it's about time.
Those Morturary Science majors were always staring at me in Chem 101.
I always hung out with the Animal Husbandry group.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 4:20

By: dargent7 on 2/16/10 at 4:18
Those Morturary Science majors were always staring at me in Chem 101.

Maybe gain a little weight and invest in facial moisturizer? And get a little sun?

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 4:29

One of the guys at the VU morgue looks like he would "sample the product",
if you catch my drift.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 4:32

yikes! lol does he like to crack open a cold one?

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 4:36

Can't say for sure.
You ask him...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 4:38

uh, i have enough weird friends......

By: gdiafante on 2/16/10 at 4:38

Oh man, I hope Dusty's still with us.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/16/10 at 4:38

yeah, me too. i hope his son or grandson posts something soon.

8~(

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 4:44

I'm gonna hang around for a while.

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 4:55

d7, those broads that conquered the men's room at the Silverdome...urinals?

By: gdiafante on 2/16/10 at 4:55

Maybe he just meant "bad news" as in he needed further surgery...

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 4:58

I don't think so, man...this has been a good chunk of time since we heard from any of his kinfolk. I'm still pulling for him, though.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/10 at 5:27

I think I'll keep checking back too...

By: bfra on 2/16/10 at 5:33

g - I had rather go with your theory. Will keep hopeing for the best.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/10 at 5:34

Ok...team USA beat the Swiss 3-1...I believe that Suter may have been in on a power play goal...not sure though...USA women were beating Russia 5-0 after the first intermission.

Yeah, I ramble when I'm nervous...

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 5:39

China proved to be quite the powerhouse in women's hockey...

By: sidneyames on 2/16/10 at 5:47

You guys (and gals) hold out hope for DustyU. Sometimes the medical team puts people into coma to heal. So just hope and pray. He's gonna be O.K. either way cause he sounded like an awesome human being with an awesome spirit.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/10 at 5:55

There's a woman on the USA team that I would want on the Preds. Had a hat trick in the game the other day, had at least one today.

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 6:01

Nah, the body checks might take a romantic turn.

By: gdiafante on 2/16/10 at 6:06

Other than Tootoo, I'm not sure no one would notice...if you know what I mean...

By: house_of_pain on 2/16/10 at 6:14

"...and there's a powerful hip check...and another...and another..."