Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Where's that gang of fourteen now?

A list of judicial appointments by President Obama, compiled by Wikipedia. Four federal justices--out of about twenty--have been confirmed. David Hamilton's been waiting for seven months now for an up-or-down vote. I realize that healthcare is important and is taking up a lot of time, but surely there's a few hours somewhere to clear out some of these nominations, right?

Oh, and the few that have been confirmed have been nearly-unanimous choices. Somehow, I don't buy that these can all be contentious choices. The holds and filibusters are getting a little tiresome here.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.