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The line was almost identical every time

During debate over the political amibtious racist (and Supreme Court nominee) Sonia Sotomayor, one of her apologists argued that she only said it “in a private context, once in their life.”

Of course, the ‘private function’ was an invited lecture, and as to being only said once… CNN disagrees

The line was almost identical every time:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion.”

That sentence, or a similar one, has appeared in speeches Sotomayor delivered in 1994, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2001. In that speech, she included the phrase “than a white male who hasn’t lived that life” at the end, which sparked cries of racism from some Republicans.

Those instances were included in documents Sotomayor sent Thursday to Capitol Hill, part of her response to the lengthy questionnaire sent to her by the Senate Judiciary Committee before her Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Sonia Sotomayor is looking to be as disasterous a nominee as Tim Geithner. Let’s hope she’s stopped.

The Law, Obama, and You

Good news, the Supreme Court will revisit business method patents. Business method patents are anti-competitive devices that create artificially high barriers to competition.

Unfortunately, Obama may add Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor supports very high damages when it comes to personal information activities, such as backing up your DVDs (because you don’t want your disks scratched) or ripping your CDs to your computer (because they cannot be played in some modern DVD players).

Ironically, intellectual property lobbyists are themselves guilty of plagiarism. However, unlike you, they can afford a team of lawyers, and so are effectively above the law. In a system where major policy decisions are chosen by lawyers, and judges like Sotomayer side with monied interests, there is little room for either justice or competition.

Happily, Sotomayer appears to be a uniquely bad move by the Obama administration. Elsewhere, the DOJ is going after IP racketeers in the film industry. Looks like I was wrong about Holder!

Now, if Obama would only drop Sotomayor and prosecute Geithner, we could have an Administration that all Americans could be proud of!

Sotomayor: Back to the past

Racists support Sotomayor:

Gary Marx, executive director of the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network, said he saw a playbook for the campaign against Judge Sotomayor in the successful attacks on Lani Guinier, whose 1993 nomination to a top Justice Department post was withdrawn after an outcry over her writings arguing for alternative voting systems intended to better represent minorities.

“We will see ‘racial quotas’ become a much bigger issue than they might have been had another nominee been brought forward,” Mr. Marx said.

But civil rights advocates, including Ms. Guinier, say times have changed in their favor, also citing Mr. Obama’s election. In an interview, Ms. Guinier said she saw the debate over Judge Sotomayor’s nomination in part as an opportunity for civil rights advocates to push back against the kind of criticism that had thwarted her own nomination.

“It is easy to understand the idea of viewing an individual on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin,” Ms. Guinier said, but race also is a social phenomenon of politics, history and economics that demand deliberate policy responses.

This is not surprising, as Sotomayor is well known for racist remarks that she thought better of after White House officials criticized her for them, years later.