Evening PUMA

My earlier PUMA inspired me to look for more. Native Americans Against Obama:


He’s going to take away your guns, tax you, kill 25 million of us, and bankrupt the coal industry.


I watch videos like this and my first reaction is: WTF? Why did this woman support Hillary in the first place? Was she laboring under the peculiar mis-impression that Hillary was a Paultard?

@Serolf Divad: I’ll be interested to see what RML makes of this.

Oh wow another youtube masterpiece, plz to note that it is actually “Native American‘s Against Obama” which is fitting because there seems to be exactly one of her. Quotation marks around the word “presents” this is off to a great start! And then she starts talking and then my eyes glaze over and I’m all tl;dw. She needs to bring more crazy if she wants to get anywhere.

@drinkyclown: Didn’t you get to that bit about the estimate of fatalities?

@blogenfreude: ssssoooooo booooring oh man she just sits there! Where’s the hand waving? Where’s the crazy eyes? My attention span is way too short, she should at least cut to some stock photos every now and then, newspaper clippings, hand drawn pie charts, anything!

@Benedick: That’s not some kind of code word for sexytimes, is it? Someone’s gotta get an “I’d hit it” joke in here, somehow.

Little help, please. Will someone read the answer to question #64 (starts on page 40) in this application and tell me what you think?

@Jamie Sommers: Two and a half pages, and I’m not sure what to think. Despite the details, I have this nagging suspicion that the question wasn’t answered.

Then again, she wants to learn Hebrew and play the violin.

It’s fascinating how many people you would dread being stuck in a room with.

@Jamie Sommers: I did read it, and I don’t know what to think. But then I did not go read the appendix (her statement re the hate crimes legislation). I’m lazy this morning (as I am every morning), and my computer scrolls painfully slowly.

I will say that it strikes me as odd that she chose to become a Jew. Guess she must have a husband firmly wedded to his faith to whom she wished to be firmly wedded. I’d be interested (slightly) to know what sort of Christian she was raised as.

@redmanlaw: Probably a good move – that seven plus minutes of your life you’d never get back.

@Jamie Sommers: Not the sort of answer one might expect from a Repub former sorority girl probably voter suppression abetting attorney as regards the gender issue. Did her work on the redistricting commission involve minimizing the impact of minority communities? The “Cherokee grandmother”-type claim always kinds of bugs me little. She has suffered some slights at the hand of the old boy network, but she willingly plays on their side.

I agree with nojo in that her non-law interests make for a more intriguing look at the person. One of my standard interview/party conversation questions is “what do you do for fun”? I think that reveals a lot about the person.

It just occurred to me that the applicant’s search for identity is a big part of her internal make up and that she latched on to established institutions to help define that identity but may not feel as if she fits in entirely, which may explain her embracing a conservative philosophy that is apparent through a review of her work history and affiliations.

ADD: So what does that mean for her as a justice? How significant is her insecurity? Probably would keep her in line with an established principle or institution. She won’t be staking out any new ground or setting progressive prescedents . How might she respond to a clear injustice? Tell the aggrieved to suck it up because that’s the world we live in?

Samll world: I’m going up against David Jordan (p.10) before the Navajo Nation Labor Commission on Monday, and I might know Daniel Ortega on p 18 if he is the guy who was with Nordhaus in Albuquerque.

@Jamie Sommers: It seems a tad opportunistic and out of sorts, trying to please those with the power to decide with what she thinks they want to hear.

ADD: I just read RML’s response. Yes, that.

@SanFranLefty: “Fight Tha Power” is *not* on her iPod.

@redmanlaw: I knew you would get the Cherokee grandmother bit!!!! (Is there any Native who hasn’t heard that at one time or another?) It just absolutely floored me that she would use that cliche fantasy as a means to advance her career. It’s clear this woman doesn’t understand the reasoning behind the question which is to find people who represent different experiences and backgrounds. The absence of a heritage is not an applicable experience unless one sought out to reconnect to that heritage. She obviously didn’t since she can’t even name a tribe. I think what pissed me off most was the whole “land and other benefits to which she was entitled.” What kind of asshole thinks being a Native American is a series of entitlements first and a culture, heritage, language, way of thinking and living second?

And then the mention of the Holocaust. Oy vey indeed, baked! There have been plenty of Jews who have applied for judicial positions in this state who mentioned their faith as part of the “diversity” question but managed not to invoke the memory of millions of murdered men, women and children to get a job.

I think SanFranLefty is absolutely spot on. This is blatantly opportunistic.

@redmanlaw: I don’t think that’s the same Danny Ortega but I could be wrong. His profile is the fifth one on this page..

@Jamie Sommers: Yup. Different guy. Looks like an interesting small firm.

@Jamie Sommers: Everything everyone else mentioned, plus she writes for shit.

@Jamie Sommers: I’d like to claim my prize of $24 in beads, please. And how come there’s never a Cherokee grandfather?

@SanFranLefty: I think that explains my disconnect. She’s not engaging the question. She doesn’t seem to understand what the question is asking. The answer reads like something you might find on a college application.

Besides, her answer to the next question is a lot more interesting:

In reviewing my application, you may question why involvement in Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) seems to overshadow the customary bar activities. I will try to explain.

Following which she doesn’t.

Hey, my mom’s been involved in her sorority alumni all my life. I know the answer to that question. It’s not provided here.

@redmanlaw: I’ve always wondered that too. Maybe to avoid some sort of stereotype about male Indians?

@Jamie Sommers: I think it’s to show dominion over the homies, as in “we came and slew the braves and took they wimmins.”

Remember in 25 USC there are archaic provisions for Indian women achieving citizenship upon marrying a white man (pre-1924), but white men did not get access to tribal assets by marrying Indian women. The law did not address the situation in which an Indian man marries a white woman.

@redmanlaw: @Jamie Sommers: At least half of the e-mail I got about the Kappler Indian Laws and Treaties website at OSU was of the “My grandmother was a Cherokee Princess” ilk. I had a standard “this is not a genealogy website” response that also included the information that “BTW there’s no such thing as a ‘Cherokee princess’.”

@Jamie Sommers: @redmanlaw: Re: The “Cherokee princess grandmother” – don’t forget the related tendency.

I had an insufferable professor in grad school who was an annoying ’60s white male with the NPR ponytail (nothing on top, straggly rat-tail) and sandals who was always trying to show how much he was down with the peeps and La Raza [pronounced with great ethnic r-rolling, natch] (to much eyerolling by black and Latino classmates). A Native American student who was in the class with me and grew up on 2 rezs in OK and NM was greeted on the first day with “I went on a vision quest 10 years ago and was made an honorary member of the Navajo nation.” My classmate (who was not Navajo) said loud enough for all the students to hear “Fucking Navajos. They’ll make anyone an honorary member for 200 bucks.”

@nojo: The answer reads like something you might find on a college application.

YES! That’s it. That’s the other part of it that rubs me raw. It sounds like the bad cover letters I get all the time from students looking for jobs. There’s no shame in growing up in a comfortable upper middle class home in the suburbs with two parents who didn’t beat the shit out of each other or you and who loved and supported you. Don’t try to create some sort of life of suffering or oppression if it’s not there. You can be empathetic to and work for and think of marginalized people in your decisions from a position of power, even if you personally have never experienced being on the short end of society’s stick. You can still speak with authority and knowledge, it just requires respect and some fucking humility that you haven’t experienced the true emotional slings and arrows. And it insults people who have experience real racial/ethnic/socio-economic discrimination to pretend that you have when you hadn’t, or to equate marrying a Jew to being the object of pogroms.

@SanFranLefty: I went on a vision quest 10 years ago and was made an honorary member of the Navajo nation.

“Dear Native Americans…”

@SanFranLefty: My other comparison was “beauty-contest answer”.

@redmanlaw: Interesting. I hadn’t thought of an actual legal reason for that just because I assume such asshats wouldn’t know anything about federal Indian law.

@SanFranLefty: Someone like this woman isn’t going to be empathetic to other people, though. If she were, she would be doing some volunteer work (besides getting Republicans elected) that demonstrated a concern for the poor or needy. Instead, she’s trying to game the system to fool people into thinking she’s one of the marginalized. It’s gross, really. But what else would you expect from someone who worked on Dubya’s team in Bush v. Gore?

@Jamie Sommers: Well, exactly. Why bother to pretend? Your gal Janet is off to DC, so why should this wanna-be judge even pretend to care when you’ve now got a kooky-pants running the state?

@lynnlightfoot: I will say that it strikes me as odd that she chose to become a Jew. Guess she must have a husband firmly wedded to his faith to whom she wished to be firmly wedded.

Walter Sobchak: I’m saying, I see what you’re getting at, Dude, he kept the money. My point is, here we are, it’s shabbas, the sabbath, which I’m allowed to break only if it’s a matter of life or death…

The Dude: Will you come off it, Walter? You’re not even fucking Jewish, man.

Walter Sobchak: What the fuck are you talkin’ about?

The Dude: Man, you’re fucking Polish Catholic…

Walter Sobchak: What the fuck are you talking about? I converted when I married Cynthia! Come on, Dude!

The Dude: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…

Walter Sobchak: And you know this!

The Dude: Yeah, and five fucking years ago you were divorced.

Walter Sobchak: So what are you saying? When you get divorced you turn in your library card? You get a new license? You stop being Jewish?

The Dude: It’s all a part of your sick Cynthia thing, man. Taking care of her fucking dog. Going to her fucking synagogue. You’re living in the fucking past.

Walter Sobchak: Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax… You’re goddamn right I’m living in the fucking past!

[The Prosecution rests.]

@SanFranLefty: Because they’re convinced that the appointments committee is filled with libtards who won’t let a republican pass unless they’re an affirmative action type and/or she knows she doesn’t have the brainpower to beat out the frontrunners for the job (a female Republican court of appeals judge and a male Hispanic Republican court of appeals judge).

@nojo: The Gospel according to The Dude. Amen.

@Jamie Sommers: Have you guys seen
You Can’t Please Everyone? One-star amazon reviews of classic works. They picked up some obvious trolls, but overall it is just hilariously stupid.

“How can people like a movie in which every other word is the “F” word? If simple minded people get a kick out of watching a guy named the Dude smoke a “J”, I’m worried about this country. Spend your time elsewhere, because this is not a thinking man’s flick.”

“Okay, seriously, who the heck are these Spinal Tap fellas? I’m an expert on music (I studied the art form for four years, know every artist of the last 40 years, and scored an A+ on my math test…which really doesn’t have anything to do with music, but it shows you that I am intellegent),”

Heh… Too much fail in one sentence.

@ManchuCandidate: My fave, for Kerouac’s “On the Road”:

it really sucke

@drinkyclown: Sucke is Ye Olde English version of Suck, doncha know?

i.e. “Wench, get to thou knees and sucke my Johnson!”

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