With the completion of her two days of confirmation testimony, one fact is now clear: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson insists that she has no judicial philosophy other than a judicial methodology that is essentially identical to her oath of office. Putting aside the legal and linguistic problems with that position, most of the media and legal experts have simply shrugged and moved on. That is curious because just a week ago, many of these same figures went ballistic when I noted that we have little evidence of a judicial philosophy in past decisions by Judge Jackson and it would be one of the key issues in her confirmation hearings.
Indeed, it was treated as racist to even note that Jackson’s record does not offer a clear judicial philosophy on the interpretation of the Constitution or statutes. Democratic senators like Sheldon Whitehouse have now recognized the “fact that Judge Jackson said ‘I do not have a judicial philosophy.’” (3:45) It is not clear if we can now take Jackson’s word on the subject.
CNN legal analyst and law professor Steve Vladeck was one of the commentators who objected to my column that the record is thin on Jackson’s judicial philosophy on interpreting the Constitution or statutes. (For the record, I have previously criticized Vladeck for false legal claims).
Vladeck declared that the claim that the record on a judicial philosophy is “bunk” and noted that she has hundreds of decisions. Notably, Vladeck only responds to my reference to a “comparably thin record” despite the fact that it was a reference made “in terms of her judicial philosophy.”
Vladeck suggested that I was saying that she had little experience. I not only raised the record solely in terms of her judicial philosophy but previously discussed in writing and on television Jackson’s experience on the court.
Are you following the confirmation? I am not. I'm following it through Turley's commentaries. Otherwise, not really at all. I don't care all that much. It's not as though the woman has demonstrated any great reason for me to cheer her on.
That's not an attack on her. That's an attack on the Democratic Party today that will not go all out and back an actual left nominee. So we get the center-right and then we whine in a few years about how the Court tilts right. The Republcians aren't afraid to nominate a conservative. It's a shame that Democrats won't demand Joe nominate a real leftist.
I'm sure the nominee will be confirmed and I'm sure she'll be a middle of the road justice. I'm also sure that we need real left justices on the Court.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Thursday, March 24, 2022. Moqtada al-Sadr wasnt his inexperienced relative to be prime minister of Iraq as Mad Maddie Albright slips away to that special place in hell that she spoke so often of.
We're live on the Blood Runway, awaiting the latest arrival. Look, there he is, Mad Maddie! She's sipping throug purgatory as she heads straight to hell. Mad Maddie! Mad Maddie! Can you stop a moment to speak to us!!!
Madeleine Albright :Yes, what is it?
Is there anything you'd like to say to our viewing audience?
Madeleine Albright : Just that I've always believed that hate is eternal and if you spend your life focused on that, you can do a lot real damage and kill a lot of innocent people. The only wasted life is a life dovted to love and peace.
Some people consider you a buthcer.
Madeleine Albright :: A butcher? No, a utcher does much more honest work. I'm an excutioner. I am a destroyer. I used my time on earth ensuring others wuffered and I'm really, really proud of that. My only real regret is that I couldn't have killed more.
Mad Maddie could you speak up, some people in purgatory are starting to boo.
Madeleine Albright : Yes, and I hear them. All I can say is you hate me, you really, really hate me. It makes all I did worth it to feel so much hate and repulsion.
What are you most grateful for?
Madeleine Albright : A lifetime of destrution. Probably right after that would be the press..I've always insisted, ''Give me a whorish press and I can kill millions." They whored for me while I killed Iraqi children. They whored for me out of office. Kisses to Katrina vanden Heuvel who ran Naomi Klein's GUARDIAN report on James Baker profiting off the Iraq War but refused to let THE NATION run the article about me profiting off the Iraq War. Katty, you cheap whore, let's bump one last time when you join me in hell! But seriously, even now the press whores for me, even in death. They won't hold me accountable. They'll talk about me being the first -- and theyll shortchange me. "The First and The Worst!" -- that's how I always billed myself. Give me the credit I'm due!!!!
Last question, Mad Maddie, what are you wearing?
Madeleine Albright :: It's my 100% pure civilian coat, made from the skins of many of the actual children I condemned to death. All murders matter but there's something especially soft and warm about knowing that your kill was a child, you know what I mean? Now excuse me, I have to go. The Haliburton wing of Hell has a strict check-in policy and I don't want to lose my suite. Tell Condi [Rice] to keep giving Hank [Kissinger] all the love that I did and, Dick [Cheney], I know you'll be joining me soon!
Madeleine Albright has left the earth. The whorish press is attempting to sweep up and conceal the mess she left behind. Some will insist don't speak ill of the dead but did Mad Maddie follow that practice regarding the Iraqi children she killed?
From Elaine's "Mad Maddie leaves this earth:"
Madeleine Albright died today. Do not worry about the former Secretary
of State. As she long noted, there is a special place in hell . . . for
people like her.
She infamously said there was a special place in hell for women who didn't help other women. Since she took pleasure in the deaths of so many Iraqi girls (and boys) you can be sure her destination is already booked and they have a room ready.
"We think it was wroth it." That's her infamous remark from 60 MINUTES when Lesley Stahl asked her about the crushing sanctions she oversaw as part of Bill Clinton's administration -- sanctions that led
Liz Sly (WASHINGTON POST) noted in 2017 that a more recent study had found that it wasn't 500,000 children who died.
But that was what the figure was thought to be when Mad Maddie was asked. And she said it was worth it.
She was a bloody thirsty War Hawk. Unlike the bulk of the deaths she caused, she lived to the age of 84. She profited off of the Iraq War. She was a merchant of death. I hope she will be very warm in her after-life. Very, very warm.
Former secretary of state Madelyn Albright said killing 500,000 kids was "worth it." I watched the interview and thought she'd find a way not to answer, obfuscate, blame Saddam, or change the subject. Nope. She went all in. Killing kids was ok with her. Now she's dead. Oh well.
Ajamu Baraka Tweets:
In Iraq, the political stalemate continues. October 10th elections were held. The country still waits on a president and prime minister all these months later. ARB WEKKLY reports:
Partisan and personal loyalties have decided the fate of Iraq's presidency and premiership, despite all previous vows by populist leader Moqtada al-Sadr to base his nominations for leadership posts on the national interest only.
Instead, Iraq seems to be moving away from a system of political quotas to one based on the accommodation of various players, if not indeed, plain nepotism.
Sadr chose to nominate Riber Ahmed, the Kurdistan region’s interior minister and director of the office of party leader Massoud Barzani, for the position of president of the republic. He has also nominated Mohammad Jaafar al-Sadr, one of his cousins, to serve as the country’s prime minister.
Iraqi political analysts said that Sadr, who had claimed to be motivated by a desire to free himself from the yoke of the pro-Iranian Shia Coordination Framework, has fallen under the control of Massoud Barzani and accepted his conditions. These included endorsing the latter’s nominee for the presidency of Iraq, despite the fact that the candidate is virtually unknown to most Iraqis. Moreover, Ahmed will have a hard time filling the shoes of a figure of the stature, connections and overall record of the incumbent Barham Salih.
Analysts said that by agreeing to be swayed by the game of political accommodation and by choosing a relative with no political record nor experience as nominee for prime minister, Sadr has shown he is no different from the rest of the political players who have assumed leadership positions in the country since the 2003 US invasion. His opposition to quotas, nepotism and his advocacy of the “national majority” now ring hollow, they add.
Three days before the appointment of a new president for Iraq, the tripartite alliance (the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Sadrists) announced the formation of the largest bloc in parliament under the banner of “Saving the Country”. The new alliance officially announced the nomination of Riber Ahmed for president and Mohammad Jaafar al-Sadr as prime minister.
The buffon the western press called a "kingmaker" is revealed as the fraud so many of us already knew he was. In fact, the western press itself was smarter about Moqtada in 2004 than they are now (excepting Paddy Cockburn who was always an idiot when it came to Moqtada -- then and now).
March 25th is when Parliament is set to meet next and they should be voting on the issue of president. There are dozens of nominees. After the president is voted on, the next step would be for the new president to name a prime minister-designate. That person would then have 30 days to form a Cabinet. It's supposed to be a full Cabinet. No one's ever been held to that. They should be. It's the only measure you have to meet to move from prime minister designate to actual prime minister. The point of the test is to demonstrate that you will be able to govern. And the more empty Cainet spaces a designate has had, the harder it was for them to govern once they were prime minister. So the test does serve a prupose.
We'll wind down with a few more Tweets regarding the thankfully dead Mad Maddie:
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