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Kagan Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice…

Good afternoon, Netizens…

It comes as little to no surprise, but Elena Kagan has been confirmed as a member of the Supreme Court, the third woman to serve on the current Supreme Court bench.

I don’t claim to have any knowledge of Mz. Kagan, nor do I expect in my remaining years of life to ever sit down and have a conversation with her over tea, not that I would turn down an offer were it made. Somehow, despite having been grilled by the news media and members of the committee who vigorously screened and grilled her about her qualifications for her job, there appear to be a few unanswered questions that, over time, will probably be answered.

The question that keeps poking at my consciousness, that has bothered me since Mz. Kagan was first put forth as the potential next member of the Supreme Court is, would they have asked the same questions if she were a man, hinted slyly with little jabs here and there about her philosophy and her personal past? Would they speculate on the Internet about a man in the same way?

Partisan politics aside, I cannot help but wonder if Kagan were unfairly treated as a woman.

I do, of course, remember all the dirt that was dug up during previous times when new members of the Supreme Court were selected, so perhaps in this case nothing has changed. Perhaps time will tell.


Closed minds…

Good morning, Netizens…

I have been accused of spending far too little time on Spokane issues, spending time instead on whatever regional or national news stories that happen to catch my eyes. Part of this is because I simply do not have the disposable time I normally would have to dedicate to writing this blog. It is summer, my busiest time of the year at my “good day job”, but the economy reminds me of a asthmatic aging horse attempting to climb a long, steep hill towing a fully-loaded wagon. While the poor old nag’s heart might be in it, and despite all his perseverance, he simply cannot make it all the way up the hill. All I can do is make the best of what time and energy allows me.

With the Fourth of July looming on the horizon, and all the frantic activity that implies, there are simply far too many distractions.

However, in seeing the incredible story of Elena Kagan being grilled prior to being installed as the next member of the Supreme Court I thought today’s cartoon by David Horsey seemed quite apt. Lacking anything they could really find objectionable, party Republicans have struggled to find some means of keeping Ms. Kagan from becoming a Supreme Court member, and it does seem certain that she will be eventually confirmed as the next member of the highest court in the land.

However, pitting Senator Jeff Sessions with Elena Kagan could have gone a lot deeper, in my opinion. Sessions has a history of racist statements, for one, and Kagan’s largely-unknown personal life both cry out to me to be heard. However, it does appear that David Horsey has captured some of their thoughts, for good or ill.

However, as always, your thoughts may differ.


Elena Kagan for Supreme Court Justice?

Good morning, Netizens…

Thank God we have gotten David Horsey back from his vacation in time to shine his creative cartoon flashlight on the the nomination of Elena Kagan for Supreme Court Justice. Some members of the Republican Party, according to Horsey’s cartoon this morning, may have called Kagan a witch. However, that may be the least of the problem.

Other groups, some of whom are on the fringe of political thought, even have laid the allegation that Kagan is a lesbian. However, no one has truly stepped forward to take credit for such a preposterous statement.

So long as one bases their opinions upon the facts of Kagan’s past history. President to two distinguished law schools, Solicitor General, to name just a few of the notable positions Kagan has held, we might be safe. As some of the detractors have stated, however, Kagan has never been a judge. However, don’t let that tie your panties in knots, cherubs. If you look back in the history of the Supreme Court, particularly at Judge Renquist, you will see others have already set that precedent.

Is it possible that those potentially in charge of deciding Kagan’s future at the Supreme Court are playing politics with Kagan, striking out at President Obama’s political beliefs? Say it isn’t so!

A lot of political commentators are suggesting that Kagan will probably be ratified as the next member of the Supreme Court, but will the public be aware of all the facts? That remains to be seen.


Cartoon credit: David Horsey,,

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