"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Obama Nominates "Moderate" Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court Making Senate Obstruction Problematical for the GOP in a Presidential Election Year

So, Obama has a Supreme Court nominee. Quo Vadis America?

The New York Times reports that Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court. Merrick Garland is currently the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He graduated at the top of his class at Harvard University, summa cum laude as an undergraduate and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

If the nation wants the best on the benches of our courts, and not partisan political stooges, then Garland is the type of person the nation needs.

Garland is known to be a moderate, i.e. a political centrist. During his career, Garland was principal deputy to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick and supervised prosecution of the Oklahoma City bombing case, the Unabomber prosecution, and the Atlanta Olympics bombings investigations. His credentials are clear and without serious flaw.

Accordingly, this middle-of-the-road nomination makes it difficult for extremist nihilistic obstructionists in U.S. Congress to argue either that this is a "liberal" nomination that they must oppose or to assert that they are entitled to "postpone" Senate fulfillment of essential Constitutional duties in order to await their illusory hope of the election of a President who better fits their extremist views and who will nominate judges that make decisions by reading Tea Party tea leaves rather than consulting the U.S. Constitution.

The obstructionist hope of an extreme right-wing President is being thwarted by their own actions. We ourselves are political centrists and we are legitimately appalled that obstructionist GOP policies are driving people in the middle of the political spectrum in the direction of a Clinton win, whereas a change of direction might be better for the country. But not by extremism.

If Republican obstructionists want a Hillary Clinton as President, then they just need to continue doing as they have been doing and the end result is pre-programmed: a GOP washout in the coming Presidential election.

Who is going to vote for a political Party dominated by obstructionists?

Not the majority.
And not the political centrists in the middle, who decide the elections.

College Athletes Whose Likenesses Were Used in Electronic Arts Games Settle for $60 Million

At Bleacher Report, featured columnist Matt Fitzgerald has the story in College Athletes Who Appeared in EA Sports Games to Share $60M Settlement.

See also Darren Rovell, ESPN Senior Writer in Athletes whose likenesses appeared in Electronic Arts games will share a $60 million settlement.

See also EA Sports.

The case of the players alleging NCAA antitrust law violations continues.