Thursday, May 26, 2005

Owens: A Moron on the Bench

So the egregious and not over-bright Priscilla Owens has been confirmed to a lifetime seat on the Fifth Circuit. Here are the kind of asinine decisions we can expect from this woman stuck somewhere in the ninth century:

She chose opinions overturning rulings in favor of a child born with birth defects, a worker injured on an oil rig, a nurse fired for blowing the whistle on a drug-dealing co-worker, a family with an interest in an oil field that had been drained by a nearby company, asbestos and breast-implant plaintiffs and a student whose school made him cut his hair.

"She represents a part of the Texas culture that is basically a frontier mentality," said Linda S. Eads, a law professor at Southern Methodist University and a former deputy attorney general of Texas who supports Ms. Owen's nomination.

"You don't cry about your hardships, you just keep moving forward," Professor Eads said. "In some ways, it's a very empowering philosophy, and in some ways it can be seen as cold. I guess it depends on which side of the outcome you are."

It's another expression, a particularly brutal one, of the Republican "winner take all" mentality. In one case she delayed and delayed and delayed a monetary award for a crippled young man until he died. With the money and proper treatment, he might have lived, and at least would have lived with more security and comfort. Instead, she made his life, and his family's, a living hell. This is the kind of vicious bitch Bush has appointed and the Democrats made a phony deal to permit her confirmation. What crap.


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