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Bush opens with the sissy card

News broke late this afternoon that the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee has passed on two of Bush's nominees for the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, both women. Nomination of William Myers -- Bush's anti-environment nominee for the 9th Circuit -- already had been approved by the Judiciary Committee. However, it appears that Myers has been by-passed, apparently so that the Republicans could lead with two women nominees.

Clearly, the Republicans hope to gain some advantage by playing the sissy card. The Republican leadership has made a decision for the showdown to come over nominees Brown and/or Owen, both women.

Bush's two women nominees are not only anti-environment and pro-corporation, they are anti-feminist!
Known for her judicial activism against the Civil Rights Act and affirmative action, Janice Rogers Brown, nominated for the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, has been summed up by the Black Commentator as "a female Clarence Thomas" -- see, "A Female Clarence Thomas for the DC Federal Court?" at --

 http://www.blackcommentator.com/54/54_female_clarence.html
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Priscilla Owen, nominee for the 5th Circuit and currently an Associate Justice on the Texas Supreme Court, is opposed by the National Organization of Women (NOW), as follows --

* NOW opposes extremist judicial nominees—regardless of gender.

* Owen has been criticized as being on the "far right wing" of the Texas court, further to the right than Bush's own appointees to that court when he was governor.

* Owen supported the elimination and narrowing of buffer zones around reproductive health care clinics in Houston.

* In every judicial bypass case that came before the Texas Supreme Court last spring, Owen voted against granting the young woman a bypass.

* Owen supports "stricter interpretation" of the state law that Bush signed requiring girls younger than 18 to inform their parents before obtaining an abortion.

* Enron's political action committee gave Owen $8,600 for her successful Supreme Court bid in 1994. Two years later, Owen wrote the majority opinion that reversed a lower court order and reduced Enron's school taxes by $15 million. Since 1993, Enron contributed $134,058 — more than any other corporation — to Owen and other members of the Texas Supreme Court. A study by Texans for Public Justice found that the court ruled in Enron's favor in five out of six cases involving the company since 1993.
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Report by the National Women's Law Center --

"Janice Rogers Brown: A Troubling Record on Issues of Critical Importance to Women"

available in pdf format at

 http://saveourcourts.civilrights.org/search/details.cfm?id=16890
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Both Owen and Brown are known to embrace the extreme states' rights (when it suits the pro-corporte agenda) positions of the Federalist Society, the organization of lawyers and judges working to push the law far to the right. Only Owen, however, is actually a member of the Federalist Society -- a mostly white male organization. (Owen is a member of the board of the Houston Chapter of the Federalist Society.)
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From a list of organizations opposing the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown:

National, State, and Regional Organizations
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American Association of University Women

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Center for Medicare Advocacy

Clean Water Action

Clean Water Action Council

Coast Alliance

Committee for the Preservation of the Lake Purdy Area\

Community Rights Council

Congressional Black Caucus

Defenders of Wildlife

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Earthjustice

Earth WINS

Equal Justice Society

FamiliesUSA

Feminist Majority

Friends of the Earth

Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest

Gray Panthers

Hurricane Creekkeeper

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Abortion Federation

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Bar Association

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of Jewish Women - California

National Council of Women's Organizations

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

National Health Law Program

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women and Families

National Senior Citizens Law Center

National Urban League

National Women's Law Center

Natural Resources Defense Council

Northwest Environmental Advocates

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund

Oilfield Waste Policy Institute

Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology

People For the American Way

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Progressive Jewish Alliance

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Service Employees International Union

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

Washington Environmental Council

Wildlaw
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California State and Regional Organizations
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Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles

California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

California Association of Black Lawyers

California Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

California National Organization for Women

California Women's Law Center

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics

Chinese for Affirmative Action

Environmental Defense Center

Environmental Law Foundation

Equality California

John Muir Project

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of California

National Council of Jewish Women - California

National Council of Jewish Women - Los Angeles

National Women's Political Caucus of California

National Institute for Women's Health

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

San Francisco La Raza Lawyers

SEIU Local 99

Sierra Club Southern California

Stonewall Democratic Club of Los Angeles

Unitarian-Universalist Project Freedom of Religion

Western Law Center for Disability Rights

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project
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From a list of organizations opposing the nomination of Priscilla Owen:

AFL-CIO

Alliance for Justice

American Association of University Women

Americans for Democratic Action

Clean Water Action

Coast Alliance

Community Rights Counsel

Defenders of Wildlife

Earthjustice

Endangered Species Coalition

Feminist Majority

Friends of the Earth

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

MoveOn.org

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

NARAL Pro-Choice America

National Abortion Federation

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Council of Jewish Women

National Employment Lawyers Association

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women and Families

National Women's Law Center

Natural Resources Defense Council

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund

The Ocean Conservancy

Oceana

People For the American Way

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Service Employees International Union

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

The Wilderness Society

List from Leadership Conference on Civil Rights/Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education

"For many Americans, the federal judiciary is the first line of defense against violations of dearly held constitutional principles. Because of the impact that lifetime appointments of judges hostile to civil rights may have on the rights of millions of Americans, LCCR/LCCREF will continue to monitor the integrity of the processes for nominating and confirming judicial appointments."
right 21.Apr.2005 22:58

left

On a different subject entirely,

it's glaringly obvious how Putin likes to toy with america on the honesty
and integrity issue, as his recent comments make clear:

"We in russia look forward to condoleeza rices presidential bid in the future"

making a glaringly comic jab at America over the issue that America will
never have a negroid or female or negroid female president.

The fact is that while Putin may very well be just another NWO shill,
he does like verbally abusing Bush and his administration.

The people ain't buyin' it ! 21.Apr.2005 23:13

Progressive Democrat

According to Associated Press report, a Republican survey has found that few Republican rank and file back Sen. majority leader Frist's plan to eliminate the Senate rule that allows filibusters to stop judicial appointments.

In a story dated as of this evening, Jesse J. Holland and David Espo, Associated Press Writers, have released the results of private Republican polling on the issue of the filibuster battle and Bush's nominations for the Federal judiciary.

"Private Republican polling shows scant support for a plan to stop minority Democrats from blocking judicial nominees, officials said Thursday, as two of President Bush's most controversial appointments advanced toward a possible Senate confrontation.

"These officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a recent survey taken for Senate Republicans showed 37 percent support for the GOP plan to deny Democrats the ability to filibuster judicial nominees, while 51 percent oppose.

"Additionally, the survey indicated only about 20 percent of Americans believe the Republican statement that Bush is the first president in history whose court appointees have been subjected to a filibuster, a tactic in which opponents can prevent a vote unless supporters gain 60 votes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, noting the survey data has not been made public."

Story available at Yahoo News --

 http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&u=/ap/20050422/ap_on_go_co/filibuster_fight&printer=1

Yer right, left 22.Apr.2005 01:50

Wallowed

He is like the straight man in a sinister comedy.

That's very good: 22.Apr.2005 13:05

The Grand Narrator

"like the straight man in a sinister comedy"

Janice Rogers Brown is also a member of the Federalist Society 18.May.2005 14:18

tahitinut@democraticunderground.com

Both Owen and Brown are members of the ultra-rightwing Federalist Society.