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October 29, 2013

Supreme Court Cases For Dummies: US History Review - VIDEO

Pretty neat little video.

Someone probably should have sent it to Sarah Palin before she was asked about Supreme Court cases during one of the debates - LOL

June 4, 2013

Regarding the Federal Courts of Appeals

As of June 1st there are currently 16 vacant seats in the Federal Courts of Appeals

Circuit - Republican/Democrat/Vacancy

1st - 2 / 3 / 1

2nd - 5 / 8 / 0

3rd - 6 / 8 / 0

4th - 5 / 10 / 0

5th - 10 / 5 / 2

6th - 10 / 6 / 0

7th - 7 / 3 / 1

8th - 8 / 3 / 0

9th - 9 / 18 / 2

10th - 5 / 4 / 3 (nominations pending in Senate: 2)

11th - 4 / 6 / 2 (nominations pending in Senate: 1)

DC - 4 / 4 / 3 (President Obama will nominate three Tues, 10:15 am ET)

Federal - 5 / 5 / 2 (nominations pending in Senate: 2)



Note regarding the First Circuit:
Judge Michael Boudin took senior status on June 1, 2013 leaving one seat vacant - thus leaving the Democrats with the majority of ‘active’ judicial seats on the First Circuit.

The numbers up above do not include the semi-retired judges that continue to serve on senior status and hear cases from time to time.
Regarding only the senior status judges: 11 of the circuits have a Republican majority and 2 of the circuits have a Democratic majority.

May 16, 2013

Eric Holder's sister-in-law was Vivian Malone Jones

Malone registering for classes at University of Alabama

Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision regarding the case called Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, in which the plaintiffs charged that the education of black children in separate public schools from their white counterparts was unconstitutional.

Brown v. Board of Education meant that the University of Alabama had to be desegregated. In the years following, hundreds of African-Americans applied for admission, but all were denied. The University worked with police to find any disqualifying qualities, or when this failed, intimidated the applicants. But in 1963, three African-Americans with perfect qualifications—Vivian Malone Jones, Dave McGlathery and James Hood—applied, refusing to be intimidated. In early June a federal district judge ordered that they be admitted,[3] and forbade Governor Wallace from interfering

On June 11, Vivian Malone and James Hood arrived to register. Wallace, attempting to uphold his promise as well as for political show,[4] blocked the entrance to Foster Auditorium with the media watching. Then, flanked by federal marshals, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach told Wallace to step aside.[5][1] However, Wallace cut Katzenbach off and refused, giving a speech on States' rights.[4] Katzenbach called President John F. Kennedy, who federalized the Alabama National Guard. General Henry Graham then commanded Wallace to step aside, saying, "Sir, it is my sad duty to ask you to step aside under the orders of the President of the United States." Wallace then spoke further, but eventually moved, and Malone and Hood registered as students.


Vivian Juanita Malone Jones (July 15, 1942, in Mobile, Alabama – October 13, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia) was an African-American woman, one of the first two African Americans to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963 and the university's first African American graduate. She was made famous when Alabama Governor George Wallace blocked them from enrolling at the all-white university


Eric Holder is married to Dr. Sharon Malone, an obstetrician; the couple has three children. Malone's sister was Vivian Malone Jones, famous for her part in the [link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stand_in_the_Schoolhouse_Door |Stand in the Schoolhouse Door] which led to integration at the University of Alabama...


In 1963, Vivian Malone and James Hood successfully integrated the University of Alabama. In 2003, 40 years after the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door, Malone talked about the experience.

James Alexander Hood: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hood

April 14, 2013

Poll: Who would YOU like President Obama's next pick for the Supreme Court to be?

Long list of candidates mentioned in the past here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama_Supreme_Court_candidates

Article from 2012 with a list of possibilities here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/30/politics/court-obama-list/index.html

UPDATE: A new article from May 2013 with additional possibilities (some not on the below poll) here: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/05/23/2044771/ten-potential-democratic-supreme-court-nominees-who-arent-named-sri-srinivasan/
(Jane Kelly, Alison Nathan, Deval Patrick, Pam Karlan, Paul Smith, Neal Katyal, Tom Perez)

Kathryn Ruemmler, born 1971, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathryn_Ruemmler
Goodwin Liu, born 1970, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodwin_Liu
Sri Srinivasan, born 1967, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Srinivasan
Paul Watford, born 1967, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Watford
Caitlin Halligan, born 1966 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caitlin_Halligan
Kamala Harris, born 1964, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris
Lisa Madigan, born 1966, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Madigan
Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen, born 1965, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Hong-Ngoc_Nguyen
Harold Hongju Koh, born 1954, bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Hongju_Koh

Poll below...

November 19, 2012

President Obama DID NOT control Congress for Two Years! (timeline, photos, and chart)

President Obama DID NOT control Congress for Two Years!

Here: http://www.thepragmaticpundit.com/2011/12/obama-did-not-control-congress-for-two.html

The page/link above is a GREAT page to bookmark. I just now came across it and I love it.

It pretty much has all the things that I've been typing out the past couple of years, but it includes a full timeline, photos, and a chart

November 6, 2012

Obama in 2008: Four years ago, the night before the 2008 election


Four years ago, in 2008, the day before the election Pres Obama's grandmother died.
That night in 2008 Obama gave his final campaign speech in North Carolina and spoke of his grandmother dying earlier that morning.
She was the grandmother that he grew up with.
His sister Maya was by her side in Hawaii when she passed away.

YouTube video description below...
Nov 3, 2008

In North Carolina, Barack Obama speaks about his grandmother, Madeyln Dunham or "Toot," who passed away just this morning, one day before the election.

"She was a quiet hero," Obama said.

Toot, short for Tutu (grandmother in Hawaiian) died from cancer at 86 years old.

Obama stated, "She's gone home."

Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, issued the following statement:

"It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.

Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer."

We are thinking of you Toot.

September 20, 2012

Mitt Romney dyed his face brown for his Univision interview - 'Real Photo'

Photo from Wednesday at Univision:

How he normally looks:


When Romney got off of the plane Wednesday in Miami 'BEFORE' going to Univision his face was already brown,
so in my opinion no one should blame it on a Univision make-up person.

You can see in the photo below a vertical line on his neck - 47% of his neck is white and the rest is brown.

The photo below is from Wednesday and shows how his face looked when he got off of the plane in Miami:

Edited to add...

There are more photos below down in the comments and also a video.

h/t bushisanidiot

August 22, 2012

A LIST of LINKS to 2012 Presidential Electoral Vote Forecast Maps

Five Thirty Eight: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/
(on the right side of the page)

Electoral-Vote: http://www.electoral-vote.com/

Election Projection: http://www.electionprojection.com/2012elections/president12.php

Talking Points Memo http://core.talkingpointsmemo.com/election/scoreboard

Cook Political: http://cookpolitical.com/

Frontloading HQ: http://frontloading.blogspot.com/p/2012-electoral-college-map.html

Sabato's Crystal Ball: http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2012-president/

Real Clear Politics: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electoral_college_map.html

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/ecalculator#?battleground

270 to Win: http://www.270towin.com/

Huffington Post: http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2012/romney-vs-obama-electoral-map?hw

Rasmussen http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/archive/2012_electoral_college_scoreboard

Princeton http://election.princeton.edu/electoral-college-map/

New York Times http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/electoral-map

LA Times http://graphics.latimes.com/2012-election-electoral-map/

Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/election-map-2012/president/

DemConWatch: http://www.demconwatchblog.com/
(Note: when DCW starts posting presidential forecast compilations there will be a link at the top left side of the page)

Votamatic: http://votamatic.org/

Election Analytics: http://electionanalytics.cs.illinois.edu/election12/index.html

Utah Valley University: http://research.uvu.edu/DeSart/forecasting/


p.s. If you know of any others, please post a reply with a link in the comments section.


2012 Early Voting Statistics
Here: http://elections.gmu.edu/early_vote_2012.html

July 30, 2012

Back in 2007 Senator Obama spent a day as a home health care worker (updated)

Back in 2007 Senator Obama spent the morning in a home of an elderly man: sweeping/mopping the floor, making his bed, making his breakfast, doing the laundry, etc.
The first video below shows Senator Obama working in the home - and the second video is an update.

Walk a day in my shoes: Barack Obama/Pauline Beck

Here's a two page article and SEVEN PHOTOS regarding Obama's day of volunteering...

Sen. Barack Obama on job with Alameda County home health worker
August 9, 2007

A Promise Kept: Pauline and Homecare Workers

In 2007 then-Senator Barack Obama spent a day with Pauline Beck, a homecare worker. He worked alongside her, getting to know the daily life and concerns of a homecare worker. Now, as President, he has taken action that will require homecare workers recieve at least a minimum wage and overtime protections - which many were previously exempt from.

Something that Rmoney would NEVER do!


Edited to add the first 2007 VIDEO - I found it

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