Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Historical Ignorance

Does anyone in the media even know how to do research at all?
  • President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, selecting a woman who would be the court's first Hispanic justice and a liberal who is unlikely to change its ideological balance.
Without a single deviation from the party line, every news outlet we followed today ran with this storyline. Obama had to have some sort of first...even if it's wrong:
  • Benjamin Cardozo (1870-1938), Supreme Court Justice 1932-1938, was of Portuguese descent. He holds the distinction of being nominated by a Republican president even though he was a lifelong Democrat. Hoover actually took the advice of both parties and nominated a man named the most qualified jurist in the nation.
The wikipedia entry has been altered extensively all day today, casting all sorts of aspersions on his ancestry, concentrating on the fact that his relatives fled Portugal for Holland during the Inquisitions due to Jewish heritage in an effort to make Sotomayor the first true "Hispanic" nominee. We guess if you aren't from this side of the Atlantic, your historical contributions to the American experience don't count for spit.

It'd be amusing if it wasn't so "1984" in terms of altering past events to fit the present narrative.

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Blogger Phil Schitz here said...

"It'd be amusing if it wasn't so "1984" in terms of altering past events to fit the present narrative."
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Altering past events is scary. Altering current events is scarier. We're witnessing the end of print media in America. Instead of a couple of hundred printing presses producing a daily newspaper, we are getting our news from one souce: The internet. Initially, it looks like a good deal; you get your news for free. But if we get our news from only one source, we only get one opinion from the same source. Imagine a news world of only Neil Steinberg columns. Imagine a news world without the voices of Kass, Novak, Roper, Marin, Laney and Brown. Whether you liked the columnists or not, they gave us different ideas to argue or agree about. In time, internet news will have one opinion: The state's; and all you will get is propoganda.

5/27/2009 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More important is that she is a racist. She believes in throwing out promotional exams when the numbers don't have enough non whites. She is known to rule on cases due to her beliefs rather than the constitution, which is perfect for the Obamy.

5/27/2009 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wag the Dog

5/27/2009 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't mean to be a jerk, but...

a. they speak Portuguese in Portugal

b. Portugal is in Europe

His·pan·ic (hĭ-spān'ĭk)
adj.

1. Of or relating to Spain or Spanish-speaking Latin America.
2. Of or relating to a Spanish-speaking people or culture.

n.

1. A Spanish-speaking person.
2. A U.S. citizen or resident of Latin-American or Spanish descent.

5/27/2009 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait for her Latina wisdom. Her "Life Experiences", that even she so breathlessly talks about, are about as credible as Beatrice Cuello's growing up with brothers "experience".

Are you experienced?

Jimi Hendrix should have been President with all his Experience!

5/27/2009 03:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you just love the media? Last I checked, Judaism is a religion and not a nationality! So typically, word of advice to our friendly media, take your head out of Obama's ass, you would think their giving him a colonoscopy how far they're up there.

5/27/2009 03:17:00 AM  
Anonymous George Orwell said...

"It'd be amusing if it wasn't so '1984' in terms of altering past events to fit the present narrative".
Man, you've got that right SCC!

5/27/2009 03:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hello, you have reached the Supreme Court of the United States, please press one for English...."

5/27/2009 05:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were never at war with Eurasia...

5/27/2009 06:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHO CARES IF SHE'S FROM PEW YORK, PUERTO RICO, PUERTA VALLARTA OR PORTUGAL?

5/27/2009 06:23:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

Based on Judge Sotomayor's role is the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Ricci v. DeStefano, 530 F.3d 88, reverse discrimination, originally intended as a "temporary" solution back in 1973, has now become a damn entitlement BIRTHRIGHT.Fortunately, the Supreme Court will be announcing their decision in the New Haven firefighters promotion debacle shortly.

Take "political correctness" and reverse discrimination to Hell. America has thrown out excellence in favor of mediocrity.

The damn flaming libs won't be happy until over 12 percent of all brain surgeons and rocket scientists are black, regardless of their lack of skills.

That makes as much sense as mandating that most NBA players must be white.

This must also enrage our most talented professionals who just happen to be a "minority".
Despite their excellence, society will continue to label our best and brightest minorities as "quota" selections.

Also go to www.YouTube.com and enter "Sotomayor" and "Duke" for a brief clip of her outrageous radical activist statement on the courts "making policy".

God, I love Australia!

5/27/2009 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sotomayor and the chosen one are huge supporters of affirmative action. All you white fools who voted for him, I hope your kids get screwed on every job and college application.

5/27/2009 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

History is written by the winners of wars. It doesn't make it the truth.

5/27/2009 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it myself."

Winston Churchill

5/27/2009 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"History is a set of lies agreed upon."

Napoleon Bonaparte

5/27/2009 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she is a gun grabber,from my cold dead hands bitches.

5/27/2009 08:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Obama's intro of Sotomayer yesterday

"Sonia’s mom bought the only set of encyclopedias in the neighborhood, sent her children to a Catholic school called Cardinal Spellman, out of the belief that with a good education here in America all things are possible.

With the support of family, friends and teachers, Sonia earned scholarships to Princeton"

So is he admitting that in a big city kids don't get a good education in public school?

5/27/2009 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure Portuguese does not count as "Hispanic".

As an attorney, one thing of which I am sure is that Benjamin Cardozo was one of the greatest legal minds in this country's history and should not be mentioned in the same breath as Sotomayor who hasn't done jack, regardless of where her political affiliations may lie.

5/27/2009 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous True Story said...

"The damn flaming libs won't be happy until over 12 percent of all brain surgeons...are black..." - Northside

Dude gets shot in the abdomen in 011 and hauled to Mt. Sinai. As he's lying conscious on the gurney, an African American surgeon walks into the ER.

Dude shouts out "Oh lawdy no! Get me one of them Jew doctors!"

5/27/2009 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuit said...

More Bullshit..I mean Change you can believe in...

5/27/2009 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They sure know about putting that cable T.V. in.

5/27/2009 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
More important is that she is a racist. She believes in throwing out promotional exams when the numbers don't have enough non whites. She is known to rule on cases due to her beliefs rather than the constitution, which is perfect for the Obamy.

5/27/2009 01:10:00 AM

if the faln terrorist little luis guiterrez supports her it is obviously a bad choice! Is she a legal citizen?

5/27/2009 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
From Obama's intro of Sotomayer yesterday

"Sonia’s mom bought the only set of encyclopedias in the neighborhood, sent her children to a Catholic school called Cardinal Spellman, out of the belief that with a good education here in America all things are possible.

With the support of family, friends and teachers, Sonia earned scholarships to Princeton"

So is he admitting that in a big city kids don't get a good education in public school?

5/27/2009 09:17:00 AM

Yep! And a full free ride "only in amerika"!

5/27/2009 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She beleives in the nonsensical concept of "white privilege" and that the playing field must be leveled for out collrctive guilt, as was evidenced by her dismissal of the fireman case in NY. She's also not the least bit hesitant about legislating from the bench.
She must be the most qaulified jurist because Obama and his staff of historical revisionist have told us so.

020 Beatslug

5/27/2009 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimi Hendrix should have been President with all his Experience!

5/27/2009 03:03:00 AM


Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things just dont seem the same
Actin funny, but I dont know why
scuse me while I kiss the sky
******************Jimi Hendrix

5/27/2009 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A more accurate statement would be that Sotomayor would be the first Latina supreme court justice. The Portuguese and the Spanish view themselves ethnically and racially as white.

5/27/2009 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The wikipedia entry has been altered extensively all day today, casting all sorts of aspersions on his ancestry, concentrating on the fact that his relatives fled Portugal for Holland during the Inquisitions due to Jewish heritage in an effort to make Sotomayor the first true "Hispanic" nominee."

Having a little trouble with this sentence, SCC -- it says that the effort to put Sotomayor on the Supreme Court began in the 1500s.

?

5/27/2009 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sotomayor's mother was a Puerto Rican Catholic. Her father was a Portuguese Jew.

There.

She seems to be highly thought of by Jewish groups...

"Life story, Israel trips tie Sotomayor to JewsBy Ron Kampeas · May 26, 2009

"WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Jewish groups don't endorse U.S. Supreme Court nominees, at least in writing.

The tears and choked sobs when "Sonia Sotomayor accepted President Obama's nomination on Tuesday told another story.

"Packed into the room along with Sotomayor's family, friends and colleagues were representatives of Jewish groups that have consulted with the White House about prospective replacements for David Souter..."

http://jta.org/news/article/2009
/05/26/1005436/life-story-israel
-trips-tie-sotomayor-to-jews

...and I don't know enough about her politics, etc. to comment further right now. Loads of material, should be interesting to dig.

5/27/2009 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
More important is that she is a racist. She believes in throwing out promotional exams when the numbers don't have enough non whites. She is known to rule on cases due to her beliefs rather than the constitution, which is perfect for the Obamy.

5/27/2009 01:10:00 AM

if the faln terrorist little luis guiterrez supports her it is obviously a bad choice! Is she a legal citizen?

5/27/2009 12:24:00 PM


Hey jerk, she is an American. Can you understand that? I am so fucking tired of the racists assholes like you on this board who give all cops a bad rap.

Did you care to read her basic biography? She was born in the South Bronx.

I don't like the woman's politics. But I admire her for being a great American success story. She reminds all of us; cops, civilians, black, white, Asian, etc... that America is a great country and one can start off with every disadvantage possible and yet reach tremendous heights. Only in America.

5/27/2009 07:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger NorthSide said...

Based on Judge Sotomayor's role is the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Ricci v. DeStefano, 530 F.3d 88, reverse discrimination, originally intended as a "temporary" solution back in 1973, has now become a damn entitlement BIRTHRIGHT.Fortunately, the Supreme Court will be announcing their decision in the New Haven firefighters promotion debacle shortly.

Take "political correctness" and reverse discrimination to Hell. America has thrown out excellence in favor of mediocrity.

The damn flaming libs won't be happy until over 12 percent of all brain surgeons and rocket scientists are black, regardless of their lack of skills.

That makes as much sense as mandating that most NBA players must be white.

This must also enrage our most talented professionals who just happen to be a "minority".
Despite their excellence, society will continue to label our best and brightest minorities as "quota" selections.

Also go to www.YouTube.com and enter "Sotomayor" and "Duke" for a brief clip of her outrageous radical activist statement on the courts "making policy".

God, I love Australia!

5/27/2009 07:17:00 AM

And I suppose white people don't benefit from "white privilege"? Tell me, would any white man or white woman in America change their race to a black man or black woman? Do you as a white person benefit from being in the majority in our country? Are the disadvantages of being white in America greater than the advantages? If so what are they?

5/27/2009 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC,

You are really interesting and I enjoy reading your site. However, you have a tendency to fly off the handle a bit when it comes to national politics. Portugese is not hispanic. You are wrong. You should correct yourself when you are proven wrong.

5/27/2009 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did you use wikipedia?

Any moron can edit that....even from the 5th floor

5/27/2009 08:40:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

Portugese is not hispanic. You are wrong. You should correct yourself when you are proven wrong.==============

Prior to the marriage of Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon in 1469, the four Christian kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula, namely the Kingdom of Portugal, the Crown of Aragon, the Crown of Castile, and the Kingdom of Navarre, were collectively referred to as Hispania, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula.

We await your apology for being wrong.

5/27/2009 08:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why did you use wikipedia?

Any moron can edit that....even from the 5th floor

5/27/2009 08:40:00 PM"


Read the rules.

For every moron there is the opportunity for non morons to do the same.

Open format promotes dynamic participation.

Do you want the morons to not reveal themselves?

5/27/2009 09:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"5/27/2009 08:57:00 PM"


To some, history is defined as what they can remember.

Keeps it simple, for the simple minded.

5/27/2009 09:51:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

7:15 PM

Homey don't play that "white guilt" bullshit (yawn).

For your own well being, I hope you can keep it real and gracefully lose that big chip on your shoulder.

5/27/2009 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We await your apology for being wrong.

5/27/2009 08:57:00 PM"


I'm sorry I was wrong about you being right.

5/27/2009 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As they used to say in the old Soviet Union, "The future stays the same, it's the past that's always changing".

5/27/2009 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Northside, please get a new photo. That one you're using makes you look like Lurch. It's freaking me out!!!

5/28/2009 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet the encyclopedias were those colored ones that everyone's mom got for free at the grocery store. Remember those? Every week a new one. Pictures of naked people in the Congo? 1960's 12yr old porn.

5/28/2009 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a portugese friend. I'll ask her if she's hispanic.

5/28/2009 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's freaking me out!!!

5/28/2009 12:04:00 AM"



Task accomplished.

5/28/2009 01:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC said...
Portugese is not hispanic. You are wrong. You should correct yourself when you are proven wrong.==============

Prior to the marriage of Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon in 1469, the four Christian kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula, namely the Kingdom of Portugal, the Crown of Aragon, the Crown of Castile, and the Kingdom of Navarre, were collectively referred to as Hispania, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula.

We await your apology for being wrong.

5/27/2009 08:57:00 PM

You are wrong. In Euorpe, people of Portugese decent are NOT Hispanic. They are refered to as Lusitanic or Lusophones just like people from Brasil. The term Hispanic in Europe and America refers to people of Latin American and/or Spanish speaking decent. If I'm not mistaken the term Hispanic was first used by Richard Nixon for census taking. So YES she would be the first Hipanic American and he was the first Luusophone on the Supreme Court.

5/28/2009 01:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prior to the marriage of Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon in 1469, the four Christian kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula, namely the Kingdom of Portugal, the Crown of Aragon, the Crown of Castile, and the Kingdom of Navarre, were collectively referred to as Hispania, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula.

We await your apology for being wrong.
====================================
Sorry SCC you are completely off base. Portugal is not Hispanic by any use of the definition. Come call my Portugee wife a hispanic and see what she gives you! Your desperate attempt to avoid an apology (see above) is ridiculous. No big deal, it's a common misconception. There are not more than 1500 people of Portuguese descent in Chicago. I know this sounds amazing, but it is true. When I first met my wife, I had to research Portugal because I realized that I had never met anyone from there living in Chicago where we have almost every type of nationality under the sun. According to your logic then, Americans are British as much more recently in history say 1175 (you cite back to 1469!) the United States was a British Colony.

LUSOFONOS!!!

5/28/2009 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger SCC said...

Sorry SCC you are completely off base. Portugal is not Hispanic by any use of the definition..
.
Um...we just demonstrated one instance of how Portugal can be considered of Hispanic origins. Did you even read our rebuttal?

Modern interpretations aside, we'll stick with the Roman naming of the Iberian Peninsula's inhabitants. We like Romans. Very organized.

5/28/2009 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would someone PLEASE tell me what "white privelege" is???

I for one have never been given anything free just for being white.

Job wise, I applied for every job, dressed well, spoke well, showed respect during the interview then got the job. No matter what the job was.

My family came to this country, worked menial jobs, saved money, because back then there was no free handouts given, taught manners and rules of society.

The "priveleged" white people lived in slums, worked their way out of them, and went on to build the greatest nation in the world.

Now we are told we are bad, that the blacks deserve what our families struggled to attain.

Well what you people have to do is stop using your God given skin color as a damn crutch every time things dont go your way. Blame yourselves for your own problems.

In the white world there is no break given for laziness, we are accountable for ourselves. White trash has no place or compassion in the hard working white community. We work together for a goal, the slackers are quickly filtered out. That is what made this country what it is.

Start acting like Americans, none of you people were slaves, not every act against you was racist, you are not entitled to something just because you're black, welfare and public housing is supposed to be temporary.

Until you stop hating yourselves you are going nowhere, and the rest of society has to deal with your bullshit.....ah whats the use.

5/28/2009 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Romans were conquered by the Germans. The US defeated the Germans. Let's go with the modern definition as it stands in the US.

From wikipedia: "The U.S. Office of Management and Budget currently defines "Hispanic or Latino" as "a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race".[14] This definition excludes people of Portuguese origins, such as Portuguese Americans or Brazilian Americans."

Maybe you were right in 1469. You are wrong now.

In the end, it doesn't really matter, but doesn't it seem to have been a weird thing to get up on a high horse about in the first place?

5/28/2009 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry SCC you are completely off base. Portugal is not Hispanic by any use of the definition..
.
Um...we just demonstrated one instance of how Portugal can be considered of Hispanic origins. Did you even read our rebuttal?

Modern interpretations aside, we'll stick with the Roman naming of the Iberian Peninsula's inhabitants. We like Romans. Very organized.

5/28/2009 10:10:00 AM

Scc once agian this blog amazes me. Regardless of how you try to twist it, your argument and premise was that she would not be the first "Hispanic" on the Supreme Court and that's completely wrong. Even based off your statement the Romans named the Inhabitants of Iberia then you must also know that the Romans called the modern day people of Portugal Lusitanics not Hispanics.

5/28/2009 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I asked my portugese friend and she said you're all wrong. A portugee is portugese. Then she said I was a dumbass.

5/29/2009 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Post titled "Historical Ignorance;" that's the subject, right?

Question posed "Does anyone know how to do research?"

Source used is wikipedia.

Look up wikipedia's definition of Hispanic. Consider whether the Supreme Court of the U.S. existed prior to the middle ages. Note the difference between Hispanic and Hispano-Roman.

Admit your error and gain credibility.

5/29/2009 06:08:00 AM  

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