Judicial Hearings - page 2

I'm listening to the first Judicial hearing for Roberts and I couldn't help but notice that Ted Kennedy spent like 5 minutes on a political rant about Katrina, civil rights..etc.. before asking his... Read More

  1. by   URO-RN
    Quote from fab4fan
    That was really uncalled for; Mr. Kennedy has long since been sober. People here get upset when someone refers to the president's past drug and aclohol abuse...this is no different.

    As far as TOS, politicians and celebrities are fair game. So, no it's not uncalled for.
  2. by   VeryPlainJane
    After two days of confirmation hearings, senators did manage to get John Roberts to admit he occasionally watches movies and under some circumstances, may favor some over others.

    http://www.kpax.com/Global/story.asp?S=3852189
  3. by   fab4fan
    Quote from URO-RN
    As far as TOS, politicians and celebrities are fair game. So, no it's not uncalled for.
    Fine. I will remember that in the future.
  4. by   fab4fan
    Quote from VeryPlainJane
    After two days of confirmation hearings, senators did manage to get John Roberts to admit he occasionally watches movies and under some circumstances, may favor some over others.

    http://www.kpax.com/Global/story.asp?S=3852189
    I was so glad to hear him give definitive answers on movies he favors. That provided great insight as to how he thinks.
  5. by   Mkue
    It came out as New York Senator Charles Schumer expressed unhappiness with Roberts' refusal to answers questions with any specificity.Schumer said if he asked Roberts about movies, the answer would deal with cinematography and "Casablanca" is considered one of the greatest movies.Instead, Roberts answered flat out, bringing laughter from the audience and senators alike
    http://www.kpax.com/Global/story.asp?S=3852189
    I loved his answer to Schumer's question. "Dr. Zhivago" and "North by Northwest." two of my favorites. :wink2:
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Man, Ted Kennedy is either not doing his homework or relying too much on "talking points" from his friends.



    This morning Mr. Roberts very kindly made toast of Kennedy's assertion that Mr. Roberts had said that the EEOC was un-American. Uh, no. It was a client who said it. Even Kennedy's Democratic colleagues had to ask Kennedy to give it up.



    I'm sorry - I do have respect for some Democrats but Kennedy is a laughingstock.

    steph
  7. by   Roy Fokker
    Uhhh... the Washington Post is by no means a "liberal" newspaper.

    There is a definite difference between the Post and the NY or LA Times.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Uhhh... the Washington Post is by no means a "liberal" newspaper.

    There is a definite difference between the Post and the NY or LA Times.
    It depends on where you are sitting hon.

    steph
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Granted.

    Hey, since we are spaking judical nominations and the likes here, how 'bout we answer these questions?

    1. What are "enumerated powers" ?

    2. What is the purpose of the Constitution is? Why it was created.

    3. What rights the Bill of Rights grants to citizens?
    Last edit by Roy Fokker on Sep 15, '05
  10. by   fergus51
    So which newspapers are fair and balanced?
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from fergus51
    So which newspapers are fair and balanced?
    Very good question.

    It is funny - our local paper, The Redding RecordSearchlight, has been called liberal and conservative. I think it is right in the middle. Equal number of liberal/conservative columnists on the editorial page. Equal number of liberal/conservative letters to the editor. My husband, on the otherhand, thinks it is liberal and gets so mad sometimes when reading something.

    So, as I said, it just depends on where you sit. I'm not sure how you can judge something like that fairly and independantly.

    steph
  12. by   rn/writer
    Quote from fab4fan
    mr. roberts seems to be quite adept at giving non-answer answers. and when questioned, he appears to look irritated that he should have to give any accounting at all, sort of like he has a divine right to the position because w wants him there.

    i heard one comentator describe his "boyish good looks and bright blue eyes..." like those are qualifications for the position.
    that's funny. i have heard several commentators talk about how roberts is taking the questioning in stride and seems remarkably good natured when asked repetitive questions or even irritating non-questions as in the case of ted kennedy.

    as far as non-answers, you have to look at the kinds of questions being asked. roberts has consistently given information about how he will make decisions, what weight he will give to such things as precedent, the framers' intent, etc. but the dems keeping pressing him to reveal what he will decide and that is where he rightly draws the line.

    over the years, i have moved farther and farther from the left because i see relativism chipping away at the boundaries of critical thinking and moral standards. i have watched democrats turn from a party of idealists into one of "aginners" who can go on instant rants about all the things they are "agin" but don't seem to know what they are for. perhaps this is because so much is relative and they need to hear what the right is proposing in order to have something to react to. at any rate, while observing screaming diatribes, outraged screeds, and speeches loaded with touchy-feely buzzwords, i have come to see that much of what passes for dem philosophy arises out of personal opinion and emotional response. i don't suppose they know what to do with someone who says, "my personal beliefs are not relevant to this hearing because i will not be relying on them, but on the law, to guide me."


  13. by   rn/writer
    as biden points out, roberts in one memo writes "...and i strongly agree," making the obvious point that this sure sounds like a staffer's personal opinion.

    i actually saw this portion of the hearing. roberts said that the phrase, "strongly agree" referred, not to his personal opinion on the issue itself, but rather to his professional opinion that the item was legally on point and, as such, would be useful in building their case.

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