Monthly Archives: August 2010

Kagan heads to The Court

So, finally, Elena Kagan has been confirmed as the newest Justice of the Supreme Court – “only the 4th woman to serve on the court, the only justice to have not been a ‘real judge’.” Well, good for her! Was there ever even a doubt about her confirmation? Let’s see, nominated by a Democratic President and sent to the Democratic-majority Senate for confirmation … hmmmmm … NOPE!  Done Deal! 

Aside from the embarrassingly political maneuvers and sparring back and forth over qualifications that the politicians and media pundits seem to think is important for the position, it is a brilliant choice.  She’s former dean of the Harvard Law School, a legal adviser in the Clinton administration and solicitor general in the current White House – not a bad resume for a 50-year old lawyer, who happens to be a woman.  

What does it matter that she hasn’t been appointed as a judge, or whether her personal views are liberal or conservative? You and I have our own personal views of a lot of things – but do we let those get in the way of making a rational judgment in our business decisions?  Her job on the Supreme Court is to make independent and impartial decisions about cases that come before the Court based on legal facts and compliance with the Constitution! Doesn’t Ms. Kagan’s impressive background qualify her to do that?  Does the title “judge” really determine that someone can or will make a better legal decision than someone who is a legal scholar?  Keep in mind that, by the time a case gets heard by the Supreme Court, guilt/innocence or the finite details of the case are NOT at play anymore.  Legal precedents and constitutional law is the basis of the appeal – or should be.

I don’t care whether a Supreme Court nominee has been a judge or not; I want to feel confident  that the nominee knows what the law is and how to apply the facts of the case before him or her  to the law. I don’t want justices legislating – that’s Congress’ job!  I don’t want justices “interpreting” the law; I don’t want justices ruling because of political ideologies; I want justices to look at the merits of the case and rule according to existing law and the Constitution.  Is that too simple or too much to ask of The Court?!!

How times have changed!

I remember going on a high school class trip, back in the day, to our local IBM office … you remember “big blue” IBM? THE computer giant of its time. This was back when a 20-meg office computer was the size of a room, complete with built-up floors with circulating air conditioning underneath, generators for backup power, and media storage was on a disk the size of a 78-rpm record … uh, we’re not gonna go THERE!

So, anyway, our business ed class went to the “big city” of Jefferson City, in central Missouri, to tour the IBM facility.  The office standard for the era was the electronic typewriter, the IBM Selectric if you will, with little round typewheels that could be interchanged for Elite, Pica, and Script typestyle.  (OMG, somebody get me my cane and oxygen!) The “newest and best” technological breakthrough at the time was the wordprocessor, basically, an electric typewriter that had a 200-page memory on a vinyl “floppy” disk the size of a 45-rpm record – that would be something like a salad plate.  Boy, were we excited that we got a chance to see this modern marvel and to sit down at this wordprocessor and type a letter, correct it as we go, and watch it print out when we were done with a picture-perfect business letter!  How much easier could it be?!!

Advance to today … and I don’t even KNOW most of the electronic advances that have come out recently … We have memory chips the size of a post-it note that can hold gigabytes of storage (that’s, like, millions of billions of electronic bits of binary information) on hand-held computers that can connect with people worldwide.  Those same computers can order and ship products worldwide, buy and sell billions of dollars of investments in less than a second, transfer funds from one country to another, connect you with family and friends throughout the world, and, literally, run countries (or destroy them) with the touch of a button or a single keystroke!

Yes, we’ve come a long way … and all we focus on is what somebody in the public eye said to a group meeting 25 years ago, whether or not somebody’s blue dress is stained, or if a want-to-be celebrity is in or out of rehab!

We’ve come a long way … or have we?!!

Drunk woman called 911

HERE’s a good one …

NORWOOD, Ohio, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Police in Ohio said they arrested a woman accused of drunkenly dialing 911 and telling dispatchers she was looking for a date.

Norwood police said Bernadette Music, 43, called 911 four or five times July 26 to ask dispatchers to go out with her, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday.

Music faced disorderly conduct charges.

THIS IS NUTS!

Did you see this in the news the other day?

“Accused Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan Can’t Find a Bank Willing to Cash His Checks … According to Army records, Hasan stands to receive a check for about $6,000 every month. He is also eligible for what the Army calls an “incentive pay” that could be as much as $15,000 annually.” WHAT?!! This is CRAZY!  This MURDERER is still being paid by OUR military after having MURDERED several servicemen last year!  It’s not like nobody was around to see it … he did it in broad daylight with eye witnesses all around!!!  It’s CRAZY! So now what do we do?  First, C-O-U-R-T-M-A-R-T-I-A-L this guy to stop his pay, and PROSECUTE him in criminal court and go for the death penalty! Forget the ACLU and all the other do-gooder acronyms that will attach to this case … the United States is PAYING this guy while he sits in jail, and thus providing funding for his legal defense!

“He is a major in the United States Army and will therefore be paid until he is no longer a major,” said Lt. Col. Chris Garver. “So yes, he’s still receiving payment.”

THIS IS NUTS!

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