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Quote of the Day

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June 5, 2016
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Hillary Clinton (whom I can’t believe I’m quoting):

I found this so disturbing. If our president doesn’t believe in the rule of law, doesn’t believe in our Constitution, with the separation of powers and an independent judiciary, that is one of the most dangerous signals that we are dealing with somebody who is a demagogue, who would rip up our most valued beliefs.

It makes no sense to me. The judge was born in Indiana; yes, he’s of Mexican heritage! Donald Trump is apparently of German heritage. What does that mean? We’re all Americans.

And, when I think of everybody that he has attacked — he would try to disqualify any woman who is a judge because he has said terrible things about women? Any Muslim American who is a judge anywhere — you can go down the list of who he insulted.

How to Avoid the Next Donald Trump

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June 4, 2016
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Everyone assumes that Elon Musk is a car guy who dabbles in space stuff. But it’s the other way around. Musk will be the Christopher Columbus of our time, and lead us to colonize Mars (really! I kid you not!)

Well, some form of government will be needed on Mars, and, in keeping with SpaceX’s radical thinking, Musk has some ideas that sound wonderful:

“The form of government on Mars would be a direct democracy, not representative,” Musk explained without missing a beat. “So it would be people voting directly on issues. And I think that’s probably better because the potential of corruption is substantially diminished in a direct versus a representative democracy.”

Simple enough. Musk doesn’t want politicians voting on his behalf. He also had a few recommendations for how laws should be created — and maintained — on the Red Planet.

“It should probably be easier to remove a law than create one,” Musk explained, suggesting that 60 percent of people would need to vote in a law, but only 40 percent of voters would be needed to later remove it.

Also, laws will come with a “sunset provision,” meaning they will automatically expire after a certain amount of time. “If it’s not good enough to be voted back in, maybe it shouldn’t be there,” he said.

Love it!

Poll: Which Other Americans Should Donald Trump Accuse of Bias Because of Their Ancestry?

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June 4, 2016
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More Bonus Quotes of the Day

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June 4, 2016
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From Judge Curiel’s responses to the Senate judiciary committee when he was being confirmed:

Q. In your view, what is determinative as to who wins or loses?
Response: The admissible evidence and applicable law in a case determines who wins or loses.

Q. In your opinion, what is the role of the judge in protecting the interests of the “little guy?”
Response: A judge protects the “little guy” (and the “big guy”) by applying the law fairly and evenhandedly to all of the parties whether they are “little” or “big.”

Q. What is the most important attribute of a judge, and do you possess it?
Response: In my view, respect for the judicial process is the most important attribute of a judge. Respect for the judicial process entails: (1) providing the parties a fair opportunity to be heard; (2) determining and faithfully applying legal precedent; and (3) explaining a court’s reasons for its decisions. I strive to attain this attribute in my work every day.

Bonus Quote of the Day

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June 4, 2016
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Paul Ryan, fresh off a Trump endorsement:

“Look, the comment about the judge, just was out of left field for my mind. It’s reasoning I don’t relate to, I completely disagree with the thinking behind that.”

Quote of the Day

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June 4, 2016
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From a Trump “University” script:

“When asked for your income, take your current income and add $75,000 from your real estate enterprise.”

Ah, but the “real estate enterprise” doesn’t yet exist. This is called fraud, and it’s what Trump also does when discussing his own “wealth.”

Trump: The Latest in a Long Line of Potential Tyrants

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June 3, 2016
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History demands our attention:

It’s what Berlusconi sounded like, what Chávez sounded like and what Perón sounded like — for that matter, it’s what Sulla and Caesar and the others who helped destroy the world’s first great republic sounded like: I am bigger than the law, I AM THE LAW.

Bonus Quotes of the Day

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June 3, 2016
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From Judge Curiel, when he was being considered for confirmation during the Senate:

Q: To what extent should U.S. judges consider foreign law in making rulings or decisions?

Response: First, foreign law does not constitute binding precedent for a U.S.judge. Second, in general, foreign law should not be considered in making decisions or rulings. However, in certain limited circumstances, such as international commerce cases involving contracts governed by laws of other countries, it may become necessary to consider foreign law to properly decide a
case.

[…]

Q:To what extent does empathy have a place in the judicial process?

Response: The judicial process must be administered fairly without regard to a person’s background, economic situation or personal situation. Cases must be decided based upon admissible evidence and the applicable law. Empathy does not play a role in the judicial process.

Judge Curiel set Trump’s trial date for late November, after the presidential election. He could easily have set it for October, if he wanted to derail Trump’s candidacy.

Donald Trump should be ashamed.

Who is Judge Curiel?

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June 3, 2016
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He put his life at risk to stop Mexican drug traffickers:

His work against drug kingpin Arellano Felix and his Tijuana-based cartel in Baja, California, — once thought to supply up to 40 percent of the cocaine entering the U.S. — put a price on his head, forcing Curiel to live under tight federal security by U.S. marshals.

Many witnesses, informants or Mexican officials working with his task force were tortured or killed, including a Mexican counterpart whose head was crushed by an industrial press in 2000, according to the Los Angeles Times. Curiel wasn’t immune to the threat: in 1997, the alleged cartel hitman was taped discussing his murder as Curiel sought extradition of cartel leaders from Mexico.

“This was a huge deal to many people,” Curiel told ABC News’s “Nightline” in 2002. “I think a lot of people in Mexico had lost confidence in the ability of their government, their institutions to make a difference when it came to this violent and ruthless organization.”

When Curiel’s nomination was up before the Senate, even Republicans praised him for his fight against the cartel.

“We thank you for your work and personal sacrifice,” now-Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), told Curiel during his confirmation hearing, referring to the threats.

Donald Trump should be ashamed.

The Other Problem with Attacking that Judge…

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June 3, 2016
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… is Trump’s rationale:

Trump could just as easily be arguing that a Jewish judge is against him because he refuses to be beholden to Jewish donors. Or an American Asian judge is against him because he wants to get tough on China. Or an Irish Catholic judge is against him because of his attacks on Pope Francis. Effectively, anybody who isn’t a white Protestant of European ancestry can be a target of Trump’s ethnic and racial attacks.

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Well, it’s hard to think of anything more antithetical to the American Idea than the view that a child of immigrant parents who rises to become a federal judge cannot stand in judgment of a white American of European ancestry purely because of his parent’s national origins.

Every Republican who endorses Trump has hate on their hands.

Quote of the Day

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June 3, 2016
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David Post, a retired law professor who now writes for the Volokh Conspiracy, a conservative-leaning law blog:

“This is how authoritarianism starts, with a president who does not respect the judiciary. You can criticize the judicial system, you can criticize individual cases, you can criticize individual judges. But the president has to be clear that the law is the law and that he enforces the law. That is his constitutional obligation.”

#NeverTrump

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June 1, 2016
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By threatening that judge hearing the lawsuit against Trump “University”, Donald Trump helped me decide whether I can support him in the presidential race: I cannot.

I’m forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. In one corner, we have Hillary Clinton. She’s plenty evil, and belongs in jail rather than the White House. If Hillary is elected, the Supreme Court will be liberal for the next thirty years. The Hildebeast will doubtless continue Obama’s executive amnesty, which will be upheld by whichever ultra-liberal extremist she appoints to SCOTUS. Hillary will raise taxes, increase regulations, and otherwise attempt to “fundamentally transform” America into a Third-World country. While she’s doing all that, Bill Clinton will rape a few more women.

But America has survived FDR, LBJ, and Obama. Liberal presidents can only do so much damage before their policies create a backlash and are rolled back. America will survive a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Now consider Trump.

I wasn’t born in America. I chose to come here and make it my home. I did not do so merely because America is prosperous; if that were the sole criterion, a highly-educated immigrant like me would have found a more welcoming home in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. No, I came to America because America is different in fundamental ways: It is the only country in the world where the government cannot ban books (yet), it is a nation of laws, not men, and its constitution restrains its government, not its citizens.

Donald Trump would destroy all of that single-handedly, and turn America into a Third-World country.

For starters, Trump would amnesty tens of millions of illegal aliens after making a big show of “deporting” them. He would bully and browbeat the Republican Congress into going along, something Hillary can’t do. Trump’s amnesty would permanently alter the electorate, and make it impossible for any conservative to be elected president again.

More insidiously, Trump has shown no qualms about threatening a businessman and a judge before he’s president. If he’s actually elected president, who will he threaten, why, and how? I checked my imagination. It boggles.

Trump would turn America into just another tin-pot dictatorship. Every American would live in fear of presidential power, hoping it won’t be directed against them.

In thus threatening ordinary citizens, Trump has proven that he’s a greater threat to America than any presidential candidate since George McGovern (who would have destroyed America in other ways, for other reasons.)

Trump is the Nelson Muntz of politics – a stupid, mean bully who hides deep insecurities by attacking other people. For such a man to occupy the office held by Washington and Jefferson would be a disgrace. I won’t help make that happen.

But should I stop there, or should I vote for his opponent? Should I (gasp!) donate to her?

I’m not ready to jump off that bridge yet. But one more threat from Trump against an American citizen will push me over the edge into the Hillary camp.

Nelson_Muntz

See the resemblance?

Quote of the Day

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June 1, 2016
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The Dalai Lama:

“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country. Germany is Germany.”

If Donald Trump Becomes President

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May 31, 2016
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Cats and Dogs Sleeping Together

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May 28, 2016
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As PoliPundit quotes Communist news agency to counter Obama’s latest apology tour:

The death of Japanese civilians in the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack deserves global sympathy, but the tragedy was of Japan’s own making. Its then militarist government turned the city into the site of military headquarters, arsenals and camps and a vital part of its war machine that killed tens of millions in other countries.