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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 28, 2005 / 21 Tammuz, 5765

Let's Review What the Left Has on Judge Roberts

By James Lileks

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's been a few weeks, and we still don't know exactly what John Roberts — if that is his real name — was doing when Roe v. Wade was decided. Working quietly in a college classroom? Playing pinball at the student union? Sitting in a darkened dorm mapping out escape routes for abortion clinic bombers? We just ... don't ... know.

Oh, sure: We've heard from the people who say they know him; we've heard about his charm and intelligence. (Like that means anything! Hitler was intelligent!) We've heard from both sides of the aisles about his temperament, rigorous sense of fairness and devotion to the Constitution. But other than that, and his previous extensive confirmation hearings, what do we know? NOTHING. Let's go through the objections.

1. There's something wrong with the way he looks. He doesn't have the scary mustache-dipped-in-flour like John Bolton; he doesn't have the dreaded Face of Bork, the scowl of which could strip paint from a battleship at 50 paces. Roberts looks mild, content, genial, at peace. What's he repressing? Well, as some high-profile lefty bloggers have noted, he attended an all-boys school; he wrestled — with MEN; he participated in choir, and wore fashionable pants in the early '70s. Plus, his kids are ... adopted. Nudge nudge. Wink wink. Say no more (cough GAY cough).

Response: What is it with the fringe left and gay-baiting? They have this peculiar assumption that playing the gay card makes the faithful reel back in horror and shield the children's eyes. As if there's anything about wanting a lower marginal tax rate or a 500-ship Navy or a paste-the-jihadis strategy that says thou must also hate the sodomites. Nuance, people! Nuance.

2. There's something very wrong with the way Roberts thinks. For example, we need only turn to a memo he wrote while deciding a case:

"Every night I pray to G-d — and I mean the big bearded Caucasian guy in a robe who speaks English — and ask His strength to overturn Roe by any means necessary, up to and including Jedi mind tricks."

Well, we don't actually know whether he said that exactly, but until this appallingly secretive White House releases all his notes, correspondence, Post-its and transcriptions of thoughts he might have had while gardening, we must assume he's hiding something.

Response: So some Democrats want to see notes that have been heretofore off limits. If they're fair game, then so are Sen. Charles Schumer's e-mails. Key search words: "Go to war. Extremist. Plaid pants. Religious. Wife. Judy Garland."

3. He wants to send little kids to jail for eating french fries. Too bad the kid arrested on the Washington Metro wasn't a fetus!

Response: Ooooh. Head shot. Yes, of course, that's exactly what animates the man: a desire to see children handcuffed and imprisoned, seeing as a six-year sentence in the cotton mills is no longer possible. Look: Roberts was behaving like an appeals court judge should, and found no error in the lower court's decision. He had the opportunity to impose his personal sensibilities from the bench, and didn't, preferring to uphold the law — however stupid it was.

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Upholding the law. You gotta hate that in a judge.

4. He belonged to the Federalist Society. Its members probably get together under a full moon, strip naked, smear their faces with ashes ground from the bones of Thomas Jefferson's slave-born progeny, and chant Latin oaths to an idol that represents the Constitution in Exile, which is in a safe deposit box in the Caymans.

Response: This is a sure-fire strategy for sweeping to midterm victory in '06: "There remain doubts about the clarity of his response regarding his membership in an organization dedicated to a particular view of constitutional law." Start handing out House committee chairmanships, boys!

5. He's a stealth candidate designed to make the Democrats look like automatic obstructionists. When a hard-core conservative minority is appointed to fill William Rehnquist's spot, the Dems will look like they're recycling the same old arguments. It's devious strategy of the most Rovian sort!

Response: It's pronounced "strategery."

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