Obama Pick for Bench Blocked by GOP For First Time

This might be good news. I really don’t know enough about Goodwin Liu to make any comment but it’s good to see the Republicans fight, for a change.

According to the article in Yahoo News, he seems to be an ultra-liberal loon, so he’d fit right in with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

To most Democrats and liberal backers, Liu is the type of nominee they want for a lifetime appointment on the federal bench. He supports liberal social issues such as gay marriage and affirmative action. He was given a top rating of unanimously well-qualified by the American Bar Association. He was a Rhodes Scholar and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He received numerous awards for academic and legal achievements, including the highest teaching award at his law school.

He seems to be qualified, except for a habit of opening his mouth and having venom pour out. About Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito he had this to say;

Liu had said Alito’s vision was an America “where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy … where federal agents may point guns at ordinary citizens during a raid, even after no sign of resistance … where the FBI may install a camera where you sleep … where a black man may be sentenced to death by an all-white jury for killing a white man, absent … analysis showing discrimination.”

He sort of apologized, when he had to face the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm his appointment. Funny how that happens.

I know I am a dreamer, but it would be nice to have Justices who tried to follow the laws and the Constitution, instead of using their positions to advance their political agendas.

Heaven is a ‘fairy story’, says Stephen Hawking

NASA StarChild image of Stephen Hawking.
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From Breitbart. Stephen Hawking believes that the idea of Heaven is a “fairy story”

British scientist Stephen Hawking has branded heaven a “fairy story” for people afraid of the dark, in his latest dismissal of the concepts underpinning the world’s religions.

The author of 1988 international best-seller “A Brief History of Time” said in an interview with The Guardian published on Monday that his views were partly influenced by his battle with motor neurone disease.

“I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first,” he told the newspaper.

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

Stephen Hawking is a great scientist and if I had any questions about Cosmology or Physics I would defer to his greater knowledge and expertise. On this subject, however, he is not an expert. Hawking has a right to his opinion, of course, but I wonder that his opinion on a subject out of his area should be regarded with the same respect as opinions about Physics.

It occurs to be that the computer may stop working, but the part that makes us “us” is the software, which can be copied by its Programmer and installed in a new and better computer.

Will o’ the Wisp

If you go out into a swamp at night, you might see a strange flickering light, in the distance, the will o’ the wisp. This light recedes if approached, and according to folklore, if you follow it, it will lead you to the deepest parts of the swamp and leave you stuck in a quagmire.

U. S. Presidents have followed the will o’ the wisp, since at least Nixon. Each president has followed the ghostly light and wound up stuck in the mud. The reason for this is quite simple. In order to have peace, both sides must want peace, and the Muslims do not want a peace that includes the continued existence of Israel.

Now, Obama has decided to go into the swamp, in a particularly foolish and amateurish way. He has essentially taken the Palestinians’ side and demanded that Israel withdraw to its borders of 1967.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians’ opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This is not going to work. Whatever anyone may think of the Arab-Israeli situation, the fact of the matter is that Israel will not withdraw to borders it considers indefensible, without some guarantee that the Palestinians will refrain from further attacks. Since the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly shown that they cannot be trusted to keep their word, there is just no way Israel can or will withdraw back to the 1967 borders, and no amount of bullying from the Obama administration can make them.

Also, by endorsing the Palestinians demands, he has placed the Palestinians in a bad position. They can’t back down or accept less than their first demands, even if they were interested in making concessions. I’m afraid Obama will be lost in the swamp now.

The Taking

Dean Koontz has become one of my favorite writers in recent years. I enjoy the good, sympathetic heroes, the well-plotted stories, and the sense of humor found in all of his novels. I expected to really enjoy “The Taking”, but somehow I did not.  I don’t know why I couldn’t get into this book. It had all the features of a good Koontz novel, but somehow the parts did not come together for me. Maybe it was the deus ex machina ending in which the Aliens are revealed to be the Devil and his angels, here to sift the population of the Earth for Hell. Maybe, it was because The Taking was more a horror story than Koontz usual suspense stories. While reading The Taking, I did sometimes feel as if I were in a nightmare.

In all, the Taking is good, especially at the beginning, but it could have been so much better.