The Sloppy Mermaid

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Law Students want to Be Mothers

Socrates advocated the equality of men and women, but "What does concern me," said Peter Salovey, the dean of Yale College, "is that so few students seem to be able to think outside the box; so few students seem to be able to imagine a life for themselves that isn't constructed along traditional gender roles."

There is, of course, nothing new about women being more likely than men to stay home to rear children.

I wonder why women are more likely to bear children? Socrates thought we could overcome this delimma, maybe he was wrong (or joking)!


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Oklahoma O'Connor

Rumors have now confirmed that the most surprising member of President Bush's short list to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is an obscure young lawyer from Oklahoma. A mere journeyman by modern standards James Dee Graves could be the fulfillment of a trend in judicial appointments that has many Americans very alarmed ... he's perfectly qualified:

We know nothing about him.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Thank You, William Rehnquist

by Phyllis Schlafly
Posted Sep 7, 2005
Source: http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=8932

William Rehnquist was the most unlikely of appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court. He had no experience as a judge, and his boss Richard Nixon would embarrassingly refer to him as "Renchburg."
But after serving over 33 years on the Supreme Court, the last 19 as Chief Justice, Rehnquist proved to be among the greatest justices ever. He set the judicial standard at a very high level.
Rehnquist took his seat on the Supreme Court on January 7, 1972. A mere two months later, he brazenly disagreed with all the other justices and issued his first lone dissent.
He went on to establish his reputation for dissenting alone, earning him the nickname "the Lone Ranger." Rehnquist was never one to seek accolades from the media or his colleagues, and penned more than 410 dissenting opinions over his marvelous career.
One of his early dissents, in 1973, was to a majority decision invalidating state laws allowing maintenance grants for nonpublic and religious schools in Committee for Public Education & Religious Liberty v. Nyquist. Rehnquist had joined a Supreme Court that was almost unanimously hostile to all things religious, as well as liberal in many other ways.
Nearly 30 years later, Rehnquist prevailed with his 5 4 decision in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris upholding school vouchers that parents could use to attend religious schools. Rehnquist's view became mainstream, to the benefit of all Americans.

From Best of the Web 9/7/05

Chief Justice Roberts
Well, our dream did not come true. President Bush announced yesterday that Judge John Roberts, originally his nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is now his nominee to replace the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist. The Senate delayed Roberts's hearings from today until next Monday, in part to allow for Rehnquist's funeral, which is tomorrow.

This means the Supreme Court will live to see another Day, as O'Connor's retirement does not become effective until the Senate confirms her successor, which almost certainly won't happen before the court's term opens in October.

Democrats are worried. "Before the Senate acts on John Roberts' new nomination, we should know even more about his record, and we should know whom the president intends to propose to nominate as a replacement for Sandra Day O'Connor," Reuters quotes Sen. Ted Kennedy as saying.

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

The conventional wisdom is that the president will appoint a woman or a member of an ethnic minority. We have a favorite or two who would qualify, but we won't mention them for fear of jinxing the thing.