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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

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

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

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

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 15, 2009 23 Tamuz 5769

No Diversity With Sotomayor

By Roger Simon

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Aside from intelligence and experience, we are told that one of the best things Sonia Sotomayor will bring to the Supreme Court is diversity.

To which I say: Baloney. She brings no diversity at all.

I offer the following as proof. Here are the justices of the Supreme Court and the law schools they went to:

John G. Roberts, Harvard.

John Paul Stevens, Northwestern.

Antonin Scalia, Harvard.

Anthony Kennedy, Harvard.

Clarence Thomas, Yale.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Columbia.

Stephen Breyer, Harvard.

Samuel Alito, Yale.

David Souter, who just retired, Harvard.

Sonya Sotomayor, who is due to replace him, Yale.

That's diversity?

True, there is one justice not from an Ivy League school. But Northwestern is the only private school in the Big Ten. And there is a cookie-cutter similarity to the law schools the justices attended.

Harvard's motto is: Veritas (Truth).

Yale's motto is: Lux et Veritas (Light and Truth).

Northwestern's motto is: Quaecumque Sunt Vera (I Couldn't Get Into the University of Chicago).

This is not change we can believe in. Why didn't Barack Obama (Harvard Law) cast his net more widely? He certainly could have. He didn't even have to choose a lawyer. The Constitution sets no qualifications for Supreme Court justices.

That's right. None. The person does not have to be any particular age or a citizen or even live in the United States. In theory, Obama could have selected from any of the 6.77 billion people on the planet.

So, who does he come up with? A Yalie.

I have nothing against Yalies. And they have nothing against each other. One Yalie, George H.W. Bush (Yale undergrad; he didn't go to law school) appointed Sotomayor to the federal district bench. Another Yalie, Bill Clinton, Yale Law, appointed her to the federal appeals bench.

I assume that when Sotomayor is confirmed, the three will get together and sing the Yale fight song, written by Cole Porter and containing the immortal words, "Bulldog, bulldog, bow wow wow." (It took Cole Porter to write that?)

While it is true that a president can appoint anyone to the court, the Senate can reject that person, which did limit Obama's choices somewhat. But only somewhat.

I think it is wonderful Obama chose a Latina for the job, but he could have been even more daring and appointed a Latina who doesn't have an Ivy League degree. That would have shown real diversity. And it would not have been that risky. After all, Democrats hold a comfortable 12-7 majority on the Judiciary Committee and a comfortable 60-40 majority in the Senate.

Further, Sotomayor is assured an easy confirmation because she is not a game-changer. She is a liberal replacing a liberal. So with her appointment, the court stays the same, ideologically.

That is why the Judiciary Committee hearings have been so dull and pro forma so far. Republicans know they don't have the votes to block Sotomayor, and they know that approving her will not change the makeup of the court anyway.

There are Republicans opposed to her, but they are not very passionate about it. Which is not to say the White House didn't prepare Sotomayor for each and every possible question.

A White House official recently told ABC's Jake Tapper, "We've spent most of the past two weeks in extensive mock hearings, so she gets a good feel for the questions and can hone her answers."

And how she has honed. Faced Tuesday with her first "hostile" questioner, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Sotomayor was forced to hone way back on a very controversial statement she made in 2001.

Sotomayor had said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

But on Tuesday, Sotomayor said: "I was using a rhetorical flourish that fell flat. … It was bad."

Sessions, by the way, went to the University of Alabama law school. And he got a Yalie to admit she had used a bad flourish.

Bow wow wow.

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