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The New Haven Firefighters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 2, 2009 by jamesqwon

The liberal media, led by the New York Times, have been crying foul at the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling {Ricci v. DeStefano} in favor of the white New Haven firefighters whose careers have been unfairly harmed by the officially sanctioned policies of reverse discrimination practiced by their department and many others like it throughout the country. The Times went so far as to call the decision “a blow to diversity in the American workplace,” although if anything it was a blow for equality in the American workplace–i.e., all individuals deserve fair and equal treatment under the law.

In a lame attempt to defend the faulty reasoning and radical agenda of Judge Sonia Sotomayor (who wrote the lower court decision that the Supremes overturned), the Times tried to spin her desire to treat white people like second-class citizens as a form of conservative jurisprudence: “On another point, the ruling underscored the emptiness of the ‘judicial activist’ label that Republicans like to use in debates over nominees to the federal courts, including Judge Sotomayor. In the firefighters’ case, she actually refused to second-guess the city’s decision — an act of judicial restraint. It was the court’s conservatives, including Chief Justice John Roberts, who voted to overturn the decision of an elected government.”

However, as columnist Ann Coulter pointed out in rebutting a similar defense of Sotomayor’s reasoning:

Concerned that Sotomayor’s famed “empathy” might not shine through in cases such as Ricci v. DeStefano, the Democrats are claiming — as Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said on MSNBC — that she was merely applying “precedent” to decide the case. You know, just like conservatives say judges should.

This was an interesting claim, in the sense that it was the exact polar opposite of the truth.

To be sure, there is “precedent” for racial discrimination by the government, but Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned in 1954 by Brown v. Board of Education.


Corrupt Self-dealing at the NYTimes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2009 by jamesqwon

From Fascinated Curiously:

Bioimage Lynn G DolnickSeveral blogs we follow have been howling about sleazy behavior at the oh-so-high-brow New York Times Book Review. Lynn Dolnick, a member of the ruling Sulzberger family and a director of the Times corporate board, appears to be receiving more than her share of deference from the supposedly independent editors of the book review. They’ve gone into overdrive promoting a mediocre biography of an art forger by Lynn’s husband Edward Dolnick, even though everyone from The Chicago Tribune to the New Yorker says that another new book on the same subject–totally unmentioned by the Times’ book reviewers–is far better. Gawker, which is the real newspaper of record as far as we’re concerned, seems to have broken the story first, but it’s also gotten play in the NY Post, Galleycat, Litopia, etc. The story has even made it into 2nd Life, where a totally hot virtual-reality avatar named Lillie Yifu has read both books and weighed in against the Times nepo-tome. Personally, we’re always willing to take a book recommendation from a slinky cartoon girl with a truly banging bod.