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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Nominee Is Pressed on Her Abortion Views

See the NYT report here.

And moreover, also from the NYT:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 - By Monday, even the staunchest allies of the Bush administration could no longer deny that the nomination of Harriet E. Miers to the Supreme Court was in deep, deep trouble.

The conservative rebellion had not subsided. Her individual courtesy calls to senators had failed to quiet the doubts about her constitutional expertise. Her performance in rehearsals for her confirmation hearings worried some White House officials. And Republican senators were agitating for documents from her work in the White House.

On Tuesday, Senator Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican who is a conservative stalwart on the Senate Judiciary Committee, vented his concerns in a conversation with former Senator Daniel R. Coats of Indiana, who was escorting Ms. Miers through her meetings with senators.

"I was uneasy about it, and I just explained my unease," Mr. Sessions said. "I shared with Dan my observations, the good and the bad. I think the American people at this point in time would desire a person who is steeped in constitutional jurisprudence, particularly the people who supported President Bush."

With support slipping on Capitol Hill and the White House preoccupied with an array of problems like Iraq and the C.I.A. leak case, the endgame had begun.

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Astros Get Sox'd

The Chicago White Sox cleaned house and still didn't have one scuff mark on their Sox, unlike what happened in 1919. Congrats to the White Sox, who swept the World Series with four consecutive victories!

Shoeless, if you dream it, sometimes it becomes true.

Picture and caption courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.

Monday, October 24, 2005

You Will Be Missed Rosa

From the AP via Yahoo:

The Montgomery, Ala., seamstress, an active member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People' name, was riding on a city bus Dec. 1, 1955, when a white man demanded her seat.

Mrs. Parks refused, despite rules requiring blacks to yield their seats to whites. Two black Montgomery women had been arrested earlier that year on the same charge, but Mrs. Parks was jailed. She also was fined $14.

Speaking in 1992, she said history too often maintains "that my feet were hurting and I didn't know why I refused to stand up when they told me. But the real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long."

Mrs. Parks died at her home of natural causes, said Karen Morgan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Conyers , D-Mich.


Along with Betty Friedan, Martin Luther King, and Harvey Milk, Rosa Parks' stand against mistreatment of people regardless of color, religion, race, or class is one of the primary reasons why I have a decent career; why I can sit on the bus anywhere there is space, and give it up for any tired person, if I choose; and why some of my gay friends can be together most of the time without hassle.

We all want respect.

Thank you, Mrs. Parks.