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August 03, 2005

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Michelle Malkin
Air America & the race hustlers

If a conservative radio network had been entangled in a scam to steal from black children to line the pockets of wealthy white con artists, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would already be staging hunger strikes in protest. But both have hefty political and financial stakes in Air America's success – and the big mouths aren't about to badmouth their friends.


Jill Stanek
NOW's faces of death

It's interesting that this emergency alert about "safe" abortions comes from a group that fights abortion clinic safety regulations to the point that many mills have lower standards than animal clinics and also fights to keep women barefoot and ignorant about abortion risks.

Likewise, NOW's sacrosanct concern for "women's privacy" falls flat when considering it has no problem making a spectacle of dead women for its propaganda campaign who had no say in the matter.


Walter Williams
Human rights vs. property rights

Creating false distinctions between human rights and property rights plays into the hands of Democrat and Republican party socialists who seek to control our lives. If we buy into the notion that somehow property rights are less important, or are in conflict with, human or civil rights, we give the socialists a freer hand to attack our property.


Edwin Meese and Todd Gaziano
The Ginsburg Rule

Ginsburg, while a smart lawyer, had been a radical activist. Her record as an ACLU litigator placed her far outside the mainstream of American law. She had argued for legalizing prostitution, against separate prisons for men and women and had speculated that there could be a constitutional right to polygamy.

Some Republican senators wanted to know whether she still held such extreme views. On question after question, though, she refused to answer: The Biden rules stipulated that she had no obligation to answer questions about her personal views or on issues that might come before the court. Despite her silence, the Senate confirmed Ginsburg, 93-3.

Yet as President Bush and Judge John Roberts left the White House podium last month, three Democrat senators -- Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin and Chuck Schumer -- were already promising to violate the "Ginsburg Rule," not to mention the Model Code of Judicial Conduct.

Canon 5 of the Model Code, among others, forbids judges or judicial candidates from indicating how they will rule on issues likely to come before the courts or making any statement that would create the appearance they are not impartial. This rule is critical to an independent judiciary. Justices must remain open-minded when an actual case comes before them. They must not even hint how they would rule.

The obstructionists' ploy will be either to twist Roberts' arm to make him answer unethical questions or, if he refuses, to make hay with his (appropriate and ethical) silence. Yet Ginsburg's confirmation hearing entirely deflates this argument.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 3, 2005 09:05 AM

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