Judge Priscilla Owen: Likes Puppies. Contorts Rulings.
In the attention that we are rightly giving to the fact that Bill Frist is going to violate the rules of the Senate in an attempt to force through a handful of judges too controversial to otherwise be confirmed, we shouldn't forget the particular judges that, through their re-nominations once rejected, started this controversy. In this case, Judge Priscilla Owen.Oh, there's more. There's always more.
THE ENRON AND HALLIBURTON CASES: Two notable past corporate-friendly cases ruled on by Owen involve very publicly known corporations - Halliburton and Enron - both of which had donated to Owen's judicial campaign. In the case of Sanchez v. Halliburton, a Halliburton field worker "won a $2.6 million verdict after the jury found that a company supervisor had framed him to test positive for cocaine." After an appeals court ruling overturned the verdict, Sanchez tried to bring the case to the Texas Supreme Court. In the months during which the case was before the Court, Halliburton made its only campaign donations to Texas Supreme Court justices that year, giving thousands of dollars to three justices: Priscilla Owen, Nathan Hect, and Alberto Gonzales. Result: the court declined to hear the case and the ruling overturning Sanchez's case stood. In Enron Corp. v. Spring Independent School District, Owen "authored the opinion for a unanimous court [decision] that ... saved Enron $225,000 and resulted in lost revenue for the school district."GOP Strategy - Bankrupt The US
Because really, who's paying attention to things like $2 Trillion in income -vs- $8 Trillion in debt?
As the Associate Press's Glen Johnson reports:Galloway speech? What Galloway speech?House Republicans are moving to super-size President Bush's Social Security overhaul with measures aimed at breaking Democrats' united front against it - such as bolstering private pension plans and improving non-retiree benefits for widows, children and the disabled.
Oh, the one I posted about the other day with video from Crooks & Liars?
DailyKOS:rudepundit Strikes Thrice!Funny how the official government site of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs doesn't have a link to video of Galloway's testimony. They have a link to everyone else's testimony.Hands up - who is surprised when the GOP completely ignores anything that doesn't fit into their perceived reality?
Maybe they should point to the Crooks and Liars feeds of the testimony.
If my blog were only limited to political discourse and savagery, this is what it would look like.
The "Fuck History" OptionO'Reilly: "9/11 was the genesis of ALL the action that we've taken"The Rude Pundit isn't sure 'cause, you know, he's no etymologist or Congressional historian, but it seems that overturning 200 years of history, tradition, and procedural precedent would be, well, shit, the exact opposite of "conservative." 'Cause, even if you buy the lie that Senate Democrats' filibusters of a Bush-nominated judge here and there is "unprecedented," the Democrats are still playing by the rules of the Senate.George Galloway's Bitch SlapA really good bitch slapping is a balletic work of art and motion. It's a series of gestures, postures, and movements. You see, an angry pimp grabs the bitch by the neck slams the bitch up against a wall, and slaps the bitch backhand, forehand, and backhand again. It's what makes a bitch slapping special. See, when a bitch fucks up - say, shorts you on a couple of johns or steals some extra crack from your stash - sure, sure, a simple smack would do. But if you're a business-minded pimp, you wanna make sure that not only that bitch knows he/she's been slapped, but that all the other bitches know it, too. And watching Norm Coleman slammed up against the wall of his Senate subcommittee's hearing room while British MP George Galloway bitch slapped him so hard that Coleman's perfectly coifed hair actually jiggled, well, that was a sight to behold.Flushing Credibility Down the ToiletNewsweek shouldn't have fucking retracted a goddamn thing about guards at Guantanamo giving the Koran a swirlie, which coincided with explosions of violence in Afghanistan. The press has become so used to being the Bush administration's crack whore that it doesn't realize when it's being fucked in the ass and the mouth by herpes-ridden cocks. And this is one of those times. What Newsweek has done is give Bush and the entire war apparatus a pass on torture. Dan Rather's "apology" on the Killian memo story effectively killed any questioning of Bush's Vietnam War punk out because those questions were tainted by the not-quite-checked-out documents rushed on the air.More on the Newsweek retraction.
Yes, O'Reilly actually said those words.
Thanks, Bill, for explaining why a lot of FOX viewers still adhere to the false notion that the Iraq War is somehow connected to 9/11. Such honesty and lack of spin is rare on the FOX News Channel!How Stupid Is Santorum? This Stupid
Did Rick Santorum really just say that?
Late Update: It seems he really did. Amazing.
Said Santorum: "What the Democrats are doing is "the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 saying, 'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's mine.' This is no more the rule of the senate than it was the rule of the senate before not to filibuster."