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Old 07-11-2009, 05:56 PM
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Default Sotomayor backers target firefighter


WASHINGTON Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are quietly targeting the Connecticut firefighter who's at the center of Sotomayor's most controversial ruling.

On the eve of Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing, her advocates have been urging journalists to scrutinize what one called the "troubled and litigious work history" of firefighter Frank Ricci.

This is opposition research: a constant shadow on Capitol Hill.

"The whole business of getting Supreme Court nominees through the process has become bloodsport," said Gary Rose, a government and politics professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.

On Friday, citing in an e-mail "Frank Ricci's troubled and litigious work history," the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way drew reporters' attention to Ricci's past. Other advocates for Sotomayor have discreetly urged journalists to pursue similar story lines.
With his awards for bravery, some 17 years of fire department service and history of overcoming dyslexia, Ricci has become a compelling human character in the Sotomayor confirmation drama. Senate Republicans have summoned him, along with Lt. Ben Vargas of the New Haven Fire Department, as two of their 14 witnesses next week.

Though even Republicans concede Sotomayor appears poised to win confirmation, the hearing and Ricci's part in them could be exploited politically. The case is symbolic of race-based preferences, which conservatives have long rejected.

"Affirmative action remains a potentially useful issue for the GOP," Rose noted, and "this case has the potential of perhaps mobilizing the Republican party again."

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina added that many Americans can identify with Ricci, making him an especially attractive witness for the GOP and potentially dangerous for Democrats.

"He took on a second job and worked hard, but was denied due to the same legal concepts" that were designed to protect people's rights, Graham said.
How low can they go? This is an average guy that is trying to get a deserved promotion and they are out to ruin him. It reminds me of "Joe the Plumber" and the media going after him. This is further proof that the media is biased. I wish the media spent half this much effort trying to vet our current president.
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Old 07-11-2009, 06:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Play The Man

How low can they go? This is an average guy that is trying to get a deserved promotion and they are out to ruin him. It reminds me of "Joe the Plumber" and the media going after him. This is further proof that the media is biased. I wish the media spent half this much effort trying to vet our current president.

Oh, "they" can go a lot lower than this...

The media is MORE than just biased...it's the epitome of soul-less greed and lies in our society. Joe the Plumber seemed like a decent guy, but he was asking for it by getting so involved. That's how it works when you step in the public eye.
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:49 PM
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This is crazy, it's only a matter of time before he starts receiving threats.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:07 AM
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Look at it from the lefts point of view. How dare anyone ask for fairness,justice or oppose Obama!
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:30 PM
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Don't you all know that this is America? Which means that anyone who disagrees with a Liberal MUST be destroyed.

The left-wing is kind of like the Nazi Gestapo that way:

We have Freedom of Speech, as long as you never disagree with the liberal talking points.

We have Freedom of Choice, as long our choices line up with liberal values.

We have Freedom of Religion, as long as our chosen religion takes a back seat to secular humanism and the liberal power elite.

We have a right to a fair trial, unless you're rich, or a Christian, or a man; then you must be punished for your crimes to the fullest extent of the law.

You can be patriotic and love your country, as long as you agree that America is pure evil and is solely responsible for all the ills of the world (The world was a perfect utopia, before our evil, greedy country came along).

Those are just a few pre-requisites if you are to be allowed freedom in liberal America..... just like our Founding Fathers described.
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:50 PM
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American Dream promises the persuit of...the ability to...opportunity...and chance.

It says nothing about Guarenteed success, nothing about results.

This is what work place politics is all about. He should be doing the same to her. That is how you get into office. Morality has nothing to do with it. You cover your own skelletons and you expose the skelletons of others.

Persuit of YOUR life, YOUR Happiness, YOUR Freedom, YOUR Liberty. Not His. Not your Competitors, Not the person who strives, but doesnt quite make it. Nor, incidently should they be helpped back to their feet.

This is what Capitalism is all about. Selfishness....and before you say they are Government, and not buying or selling...the principles are the same. Money and Power...thats what makes Fortune...everyone has the chance to obtain both and thus complete there dream.

Nietzsche...would say that you should only be in persuit of your becoming IF it doesnt have an adverse effect on Others. Capitalism says...use your opponent and your competition to further and advance your own becoming.

She is not acting outside of the Norm. THATS the travisty.
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