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Holy Biased Article, Batman! (4, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154462)

Consensus to people like Barack Obama means to reverse your opinions and agree with him.

Seriously? Well I guess that's what you get when you link to "America's Watchtower." Check out his About Me [americaswatchtower.com] page for some clues.

Here's Reuters for some less biased sanity [reuters.com].

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154502)

Is he a Jehovah's Witness?

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (3, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154640)

Is he a Jehovah's Witness?

As an agent of the WPP I can't answer that, but let's just say Jehovah did some pretty nasty things and he may not have been as careful as he thinks.

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (3, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154590)

Reuters? Pfft!

I always get my news from actungjudenverboten.com. I like their arts coverage.

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (4, Insightful)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154662)

Less biased, but says nothing about the nominee. Very shallow article (I haven't read the one in the submission).

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (5, Interesting)

nomadic (141991) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154924)

Not much to know. She's managed to get quite far in her career without making it known what she believes in.

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (3, Interesting)

hvm2hvm (1208954) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155236)

That seems a good thing for being at the supreme court, no? Yes, she might have a secret agenda but it's more likely she's just not very biased about stuff.

RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY! (4, Funny)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154688)

Slashdot has been rundown by PolySci Majors!! RUN AWAY! Run of the hills!

Re:RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154756)

Slashdot has been rundown by PolySci Majors!! RUN AWAY! Run of the hills!

Slow news day, and throwing some politics into the mix always generates some page hits. It's either that or the umpteenth "iPad defeats netbooks, AIDS, and communism" article.

If you're hungry for science and tech, Physorg.com (4, Interesting)

Bananatree3 (872975) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154878)

PhysOrg.com [physorg.com] offers REAL science and tech news, interesting science factoids etc, not just fanboi stuff. Let's see what some of today's front page headlines are...

New evidence for quantum Darwinism found in quantum dots
Masses of common quarks are revealed
Psychologists say babies know right from wrong even at six months
QUT physicist corrects Oxford English Dictionary
Funnel vision: New info about how cells in the eye help guide light into the retina
Suppressing activity of common intestinal bacteria reduces tumor growth
Scientists create mouse grimace scale to help identify pain in humans and animals
Chemist stitches up speedier chemical reactions
Next generation hard drives may store 10 terabits per sq inch: research

Re:RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY! (0)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154994)

Slashdot has been rundown by PolySci Majors!

No, see, that makes no sense. PolySci majors would be lefty liberal elitists, 'cuz, they're like, educamacated and stuff, and come from hippy universities.

No, Slashdot has apparently been overrun by the Tea Party folks... you know, those good ol', down home, middle American folk who just want to, you know, live in peace and stuff (when they aren't throwing rocks through windows and cutting propane tank lines), free from government intervention and stuff (unless it's Medicare or the military, anyway... well, or roads, or the police, or firemen, or...)... you know, The Real America.

Sanity? (-1, Flamebait)

TheMeuge (645043) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154692)

Apparently, for some Slashdot readers, political sanity means supporting a fully-Goldman Sachs administration.

Is that enough change for you? Cause it certainly doesn't inspire much hope in me.

Re:Sanity? (-1, Offtopic)

TheMeuge (645043) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154864)

Why Flamebait? Because I disagree with the direction our government is continuing to pursue, regardless of countless promises to do otherwise? Because I bring to the attention of others the fact that President Obama's administration is pursuing the same destructive policies that were criticized by candidate Obama during the campaign?

So basically I get modded down because I try to bring some reality into the fanclub? Or simply because I disagree?

Re:Sanity? (1, Flamebait)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154898)

Because it's flamebait, jackass. Hell, I'd argue the comment "Apparently, for some Slashdot readers, political sanity means supporting a fully-Goldman Sachs administration." is nothing but shallow trolling... though it looks like you might actually believe it, so flamebait is probably appropriate.

The simple fact is the article is horribly, ridiculously biased. I don't give a shit if you disagree with the thesis, those are the facts. Pointing that out doesn't mean you support this administration or it's policies (whatever you believe they are). It simply means you desire journalistic integrity.

You, apparently, don't feel that way. Fine. But take your trollish flamebait elsewhere, we don't need it here.

Re:Sanity? (0, Offtopic)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155252)

Well pretty much everything you post is flamebait (certainly everything in this article), so you're really just the pot calling the kettle black, here.

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (0, Redundant)

poena.dare (306891) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154724)

This article has no business on /. because TFA has nothing to do with tech. I mean, seriously, just one damned paragraph about Kagan and technology or information infrastructure or even games is all I ask. Or if Kagan was/is a well-known technology luminary, sure I'd be interested even if tech wasn't mentioned in TFA.

Taco, for crying out loud, we have other news feeds. What's next? Slashdot Weather Reports?

Weather For Nerds. Stuff that Confuses (4, Funny)

Fauxbo (1393095) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154850)

See that big bright ball in the sky? Thats the sun.

This wet stuff? It's called rain.

None of this happens in basements...

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (2, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154938)

Sorry, but this is the Politics section. The only reason the politics section exists is to generate page hits by getting people into a huge partisan flamewar while generating ad revenue for Slashdot. It was started in 2004 as a transparent attempt to profit from the increasingly politicized populace that loves to argue endlessly over this crap online. Given the number of comments these articles tend to get, I'd say it's paid off handsomely for Slashdot's corporate overlords. It is no more "news for nerds" than the Idle section is.

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (3, Informative)

scotch (102596) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155006)

Choice quote from the About Me page:

"... if it contradicts religious beliefs it should not be legal."

Re:Holy Biased Article, Batman! (1)

sorak (246725) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155174)

Choice quote from the About Me page:

"... if it contradicts religious beliefs it should not be legal."

Nice...So, under his thinking, marriage is a violation of the First Amendment.

!newsfornerds (0, Troll)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154474)

I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot. I come here for tech news that has some bearing on the world. This story is specifically about American politics and should have no place on this site.

Re:!newsfornerds (4, Insightful)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154516)

This is a US centric site, managed by Americans about technology.

You're going to have a lot of US bias here. If you don't like these stories, don't read them.

I mean, looking at the title, what exactly did you think you'd find in this article?

Re:!newsfornerds (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154578)

I mean, looking at the title, what exactly did you think you'd find in this article?

A new BSG spin-off?

Re:!newsfornerds (4, Insightful)

Kabada (1436459) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154610)

Really? You think we're unaware of the American-heavy story selection around here?

The point here is clearly that a purely political story is misplaced on /.

That said, I would love for somebody to analyse Kagan's positions on tech issues here (or provide some pointers to places doing that).

Re:!newsfornerds (3, Insightful)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154712)

Actually, near elections there are a lot of political stories on /. I recall that there was an actual "Politics" section created in 2004.

Let's fact it, U.S. elections have a huge effect on the technology world and a Supreme Court appointment directly effects many issues as well. Many YRO stories are closely tied to what the leadership of the U.S. is choosing to do with respect to technology, the policies they pursue and the laws they pass.

Now I would have expected to see a story relating something in Kagan's past that related to technology and might reflect her views on something relevant to our interests. Nevertheless, her choice can be very important to "News for Nerds", but since she has not been a judge I think it will be very interesting trying to decide what kind of judge she will be. Non-judges have been appointed before, there's no problem with someone who's never been a judge but has other relevant experience, but there's no paper trail of judgements or decisions.

Re:!newsfornerds (4, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154764)

That said, I would love for somebody to analyse Kagan's positions on tech issues here (or provide some pointers to places doing that).

Or at least tell us which type of phone she has and what her favorite desktop theme is.

Re:!newsfornerds (5, Insightful)

Reckless Visionary (323969) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154524)

Great, block politics from your home page. This is not a tech news site, it is a news for nerds site. If you don't like politics, feel free to modify your preferences. This appointment could have very significant consequences on dozens of issues to be decided at the Supreme Court level. Many of those, no doubt, will be news for nerds as well.

Re:!newsfornerds (3, Insightful)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154900)

I like political news as it pertains to technology (e.g., DMCA, ACTA, George W. Bush's daughter giving him an illegal mix CD for his birthday). I'd rather not block all stories filed under politics to avoid non-tech stories such as this one.

Re:!newsfornerds (1, Funny)

gumbi west (610122) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154528)

I don't come to the comment page for this type of article to read this kind of comment. I read these comments to see flame bait and trolling.

Re:!newsfornerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154534)

How she would vote on certain issues most certainly has an affect on the tech world. Just because it isn't about having your toilet bowl post tweets doesn't mean it isn't tech news.

Sorry if you don't like American news, but we do make up quite a large portion of readers on this site.

Ok then do this (4, Informative)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154566)

Help and Account >> Classic Index >> Sections >> Politics >> Click checkbox corresponding to red circle with line through it >> Press Save button

Re:!newsfornerds (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154608)

What if Ms Kagan runs Linux?

Re:!newsfornerds (2, Funny)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154928)

What if Ms Kagan runs Linux?

Wow, I knew Linux was platform-agnostic but had no idea the kernel was compatible with flesh and blood architecture. Or are they patching in the spleen and circulatory system drivers later?

Re:!newsfornerds (3, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154998)

Don't be silly, he was clearly talking about Kagan's computer.

Unless...maybe this is a subtle way of saying Kagan is a robot! Is Obama poised to nominate the first female robot Supreme Court Justice? This could indeed be a historic moment! Not only that, it would finally balance the court in terms of robot justices. Finally the liberal side of the court will have its own robot justice to balance out Clarence Thomas.

Re:!newsfornerds (5, Insightful)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154646)

I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot. I come here for tech news that has some bearing on the world. This story is specifically about American politics and should have no place on this site.

I know right? What possible impact could the LIFETIME appointment of a 50 year old have on the world. It's not like that appointment will have anything to do with directing the behavior of US law. And US law never has had any impact other countries.

Ok, snark off...

But understand, that a young Supreme Court Justice can have an impact on the United States and its laws an policies that go well beyond that of even the President. Obama is gone in 8 years at most, and as we have seen the first year, the fourth year, and potentially the 8th year will mean nothing. At most you will see 5 years of him effecting change and quite possibly only 2.5 yrs. Considering we see these justices approaching 90 years of age, and they don't have to campaign, this appointment will likely have 30+ years of influence on US law that will likely resonate around the world.

I'd place a US Supreme Court justice as one of the top 100 most powerful people in the world. They don't get to wield their power in the typical manner like a show of force, but they when they use it, it would take 3/4ths of the United States to overrule them.

Re:!newsfornerds (0, Offtopic)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154962)

I'd place a US Supreme Court justice as one of the top 100 most powerful people in the world. They don't get to wield their power in the typical manner like a show of force, but they when they use it, it would take 3/4ths of the United States to overrule them.

Perhaps, but that's not the kind of story I come to Slashdot to read. I'm sure they don't cover this article on Epicurious or Disney.com either, however crucial this individual's appointed role may be.

Re:!newsfornerds (4, Insightful)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155130)

Perhaps, but that's not the kind of story I come to Slashdot to read. I'm sure they don't cover this article on Epicurious or Disney.com either, however crucial this individual's appointed role may be.

I was waiting for this article to appear on Slashdot actually. For me, this appointment will inevitably touch on several issues which I would like to hear discussed from a tech perspective.

1. With the FTC and the FCC engaging the issues of network neutrality, are they authorized to wield the power necessary to implement such rules on the telecom industry?
2. Communities are being blurred with respect to the internet. As many laws are written based on community standards, if I were to say something 'obscene', is the item evaluated by your communities standards, my communities standards, or the internet's standards? What is the community?
3. We are seeing more and more functions of electronics hidden behind 'DRM' and the protections of the DMCA, I'm sure we will see more cases regarding that soon.
4. If the United States enters into an agreement to share ALL of the information it collects about UK citizens with the UK, and the UK shares ALL of the information it collects about US citizens with the US, were any wiretap laws broken if neither country spied on its own citizens?

I could go on for hours on the number of topics that can come up before Kagan, and when she now represents 1/9th of any vote on a subject, you can be certain that her opinions and background will matter a great deal to everyone.

Re:!newsfornerds (-1, Offtopic)

jimbolauski (882977) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155204)

and as we have seen the first year, the fourth year, and potentially the 8th year will mean nothing

I wish that was true, Obama has managed to do a lot of damage in his fist year.

Re:!newsfornerds (3, Insightful)

japhering (564929) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154656)

I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot. I come here for tech news that has some bearing on the world. This story is specifically about American politics and should have no place on this site.

And if the position of the court swings to support more ridged software patents or towards supporting what is proposed in the ACTA treaty.. won't that have an extreme impact on the technological realms ?

Re:!newsfornerds (1)

spyrochaete (707033) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155032)

And if the position of the court swings to support more ridged software patents or towards supporting what is proposed in the ACTA treaty.. won't that have an extreme impact on the technological realms ?

That's the thing about "if". If it happened it would be Slashdot-worthy news and I wouldn't have whined publicly about it. If didn't happen this time which is why I'm reaching for my tissues and bon bons.

Re:!newsfornerds (1)

Mashhaster (1396287) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154658)

I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot. I come here for tech news that has some bearing on the world. This story is specifically about American politics and should have no place on this site.

http://politics.slashdot.org/ [slashdot.org]

Slashdot is not exclusively for tech nerds, politics nerds can hang out too.

Re:!newsfornerds (2, Insightful)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154676)

Elena was having a torrid affair with Stallman. So, you know, we got that angle.

Re:!newsfornerds (4, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154718)

I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot. I come here for tech news that has some bearing on the world. This story is specifically about American politics and should have no place on this site.

And yet, look at the most active stories [slashdot.org]:

5687 Kerry Concedes Election To Bush by timothy
4183 Strike on Iraq by CmdrTaco
3709 Barack Obama Wins US Presidency by CmdrTaco
3468 Six Bomb Blasts Around Central London by Zonk
3451 Equal Time For Creationism by Zonk
3360 Creationist Textbook Stickers Declared Unconstitutional by CowboyNeal
3315 The Pseudoscience of Intelligent Design by Hemos
3314 Saddam Hussein Arrested by CmdrTaco
3265 Fahrenheit 9/11 Discussion by CmdrTaco
3212 What's Keeping You On Windows? by Cliff

Which of those were "News for Nerds"? The editors here sure know what attracts eyeballs and "discourse."

As others have pointed out, you can disable politics [slashdot.org] by adding "politics" to your exclusions on dynamic or unchecking it in classic. Keep in mind that will block everything filed in politics both here and abroad [slashdot.org].

Whether you like it or not, nerds are often very opinionated about politics because they know it affects them and therefore it is important to them. It is not a bad thing, it is not a good thing. It's just the way I am and many of my friends are.

CmdrTaco is editing right now, it's his site originally and he prefers to keep discussions diverse daily. If it annoys you just avoid it altogether.

I come here for tech news that has some bearing on the world.

Also, not to sound like an elitist but I would posit that high profile court cases in privacy (warrantless wiretapping), patents (re:Bilski) and technology regulations that make it to the supreme court actually do have some bearing on the rest of the world.

Re:!newsfornerds (5, Funny)

chill (34294) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154942)

3314 Saddam Hussein Arrested by CmdrTaco

All I've got to say is how Cmdr Taco found time to head over to Iraq and arrest Saddam Hussein is beyond me. What with all the attention paid to editing Slashdot submissions...

Wait a minute. I think I just figured it out.

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Re:!newsfornerds (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155250)

3314 Saddam Hussein Arrested by CmdrTaco

All I've got to say is how Cmdr Taco found time to head over to Iraq and arrest Saddam Hussein is beyond me.

Facing this disturbing visage [web-hostin...letter.com], you'd surrender too.

Re:!newsfornerds (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155060)

...including nerds...kind of stuff that matters (though behind...Obama's announced he was nominating Elena Kagan already...).

Re:!newsfornerds (5, Informative)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154780)

From her Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org]

The New York Times paraphrases Kagan as saying "that someone suspected of helping finance Al Qaeda should be subject to battlefield law -- indefinite detention without a trial -- even if he were captured in a place like the Philippines rather than a physical battle zone.

- New York Times, 17th February 2009 [nytimes.com]

There you go! An article on her view regarding detention and human rights, two hot topics on any news website. If you want a nerd angle, consider the word "cyberterror."

Re:!newsfornerds (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154818)

While it may not affect you now. It will.

These dudes decide MANY of the constitutional things. Such as is the DMCA constitutional. Who is in charge of copyright (the congress). How long is 'too long' for copyright (any time just so long as it is limited).

Then it will get pushed on other countries as being 'congruent'. Which I disagree with.

Re:!newsfornerds (1)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154826)

"I don't want to read this kind of stuff on Slashdot."

Then don't read it, move on to one of the many other articles that get posted here. There, problem solved, move along...

the most commented stories in slashdot history (2, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154832)

are political

the reason for this is that people are interested in politics, techie or not. and there's nothing wrong with a roomful of techies talking politics. you don't have to go there if you don't want. so leave us on slashdot who are obviously interested in politics (based on the most commented stories in slashdot history) to our politics, and go away

in fact, a political discussion on slashdot, theoretically, might be a more useful political discussion than a roomful of other classes of careers: as engineers, techies have minds which are designed to root out a problem and solve it. politics needs more of this, certainly

i really wish there were a class of "political engineers" sometimes when i hear certain mindless discussions: "the political engineering union has deemed this political topic pointless and, by the power vested in us, we are closing down this issue and erasing it from national attention. that is all"

well.. maybe that isn't such a great idea ;-)

but when i see some of the propaganda wallowing out there, the idea of "political engineers" becomes momentarily attractive

Agreed (1)

Weezul (52464) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154880)

I've seen far better links and discussion elsewhere already, slashdot should wait for an article that covers her views on imaginary property.

Re:!newsfornerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32155132)

Congrats! You just successfully trolled half of Slashdot. Good work!

Blah blah blah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154484)

I don't come to slashdot to read politics unless it is related to technology in some way.

What does this article have to do with anything. (-1, Redundant)

JDmetro (1745882) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154512)

And why is it on Slashdot?
Worst story ever.

Re:What does this article have to do with anything (4, Insightful)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154542)

Well, hypothetically... if she is confirmed, and any RIAA/MPAA/intellectual property/copyright/file sharing/patent/wiretapping/etc. cases ever make it to the Supreme Court, this might be important. Your Rights Online and all that.

Re:What does this article have to do with anything (5, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154666)

Hi. Please turn in your internet license.

This may not be strictly technology news. However it is most definitely news that matters. In the U.S., this represents a huge deal to the political process: one-ninth of one branch of our government. You can damn well be sure this will impact many hot button topics that relate to technology.

And if you are outside the U.S. the impact is less... but the United States still sets the tone on many privacy and technology issues. It would be smart to have at least SOME idea about what is going on in this regard.

So, sorry that this isn't your third daily update on the iPad. But maybe, just maybe, this is more relevant.

Re:What does this article have to do with anything (2, Interesting)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154950)

In the U.S., this represents a huge deal to the political process: one-ninth of one branch of our government.

One way to look at it in terms of impact. Take the US Federal budget, divide it by three(3 branches), then divide that by 9. $3.6 trillion dollars/3 = $1.2 Trillion dollars. divide by 9, and this very gross approximation of her influence is on the order of:

$130 billion per year. Assume she sits for 28 years (78 yrs old?) and somehow the US budget doesn't increase and she will have a total lifetime impact of $3.64 Trillion. Of course, she doesn't determine the budget in a way where she has at her disposal that much money, but when you consider that is how much of the government she represents, it kind of puts the weight of this appointment into perspective.

LMonkey (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154520)

Obama Bemoans 'Diversions' of iPod, iPad Era

- read - we must shutdown the internet.

"With iPods and iPads . . . none of which I know how to work..." - we're so impressed.

Can't run an ipod or pad yet good to go on Supremes nominations - Alright! You betcha!

Obama confirms his right-wing credentials (-1, Troll)

crush (19364) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154546)

Another right-wing move [democracynow.org] by President Hope. I guess the lobbyists really got what they paid for when they backed Obama.

Re:Obama confirms his right-wing credentials (1)

angelwolf71885 (1181671) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154722)

umm your a little wrong with posting that article and more wrong for thinking its true Obama DOESN'T have anyone who disagrees with him in his cabinet nor has he made any right wing moves hes still the socialist in chef the person Obama has nominated is all about social Justice just like wetback Sonia Sotomayor im not racist just hate illegals and socialists

Re:Obama confirms his right-wing credentials (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154754)

You know, this sort of thing has always confused me...I've heard people accuse Obama of being right-wing, and I've heard him accused of being a socialist.

wtf.

Re:Obama confirms his right-wing credentials (0, Flamebait)

crush (19364) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154840)

It's easy. If you're left-wing and anti-authoritarian then you're against unrestrained capitalism and government. From that vantage point Obama is a right-wing shill that implements the policies that benefit the health-care industry, the military industrial complex and the beltway insiders that benefit from all that.

If you're right-wing then he hasn't started lynching all the "coloreds" yet and hasn't dropped enough bombs on the non-Christian "savages" and so obviously he's the second coming of Marx.

Read/watch the link if you want to know why moderate leftists are worried that this appointment does not counteract the right-wing drift the court has taken over the years. If Obama wanted to leave a left-wing legacy then he'd have appointed a counterbalance... not a "moderate" "consensus-builder".

Re:Obama confirms his right-wing credentials (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154912)

You know, this sort of thing has always confused me...I've heard people accuse Obama of being right-wing, and I've heard him accused of being a socialist.

wtf.

Really. [photobucket.com]

Re:Obama confirms his right-wing credentials (2, Insightful)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154926)

It's because, from an American politics standpoint, he's actually a centrist, and that really pisses people off. To quote Stephen Colbert: We're at war, pick a side!

Re:Obama confirms his right-wing credentials (2, Funny)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155014)

Don't let the spin fool you. It would be impossible for Obama to find someone to the left of justice Stevens. Therefore, even replacing him with a fire breathing, man-hating lesbian liberal would be a move to the right.

Re:Obama confirms his right-wing credentials (1)

bigbrownepaul (794162) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155048)

Its all about balance, Your man is trying run a steady course where he doesnt have to fight and keeping his powder dry until the real fights he wants.

Good politics.

News for political fanatics... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154548)

...stuff that doesn't matter!

In other vaguely tech-related news... (5, Funny)

dohzer (867770) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154568)

Today Paris Hilton walked past an internet router.

Re:In other vaguely tech-related news... (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154614)

Well, don't leave me hanging! What kind of router was it? I have to know!

Re:In other vaguely tech-related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154772)

An unlucky one, tinkerbell marked his territory on it.

Re:In other vaguely tech-related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154786)

probably a nightvision router

Re:In other vaguely tech-related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154778)

Today Paris Hilton walked past an internet router.

And said router crashed with a severe Virus

What the fuck is with this political trash? (-1, Redundant)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154582)

A retarded blog post about a Breitbart story? What's next, embedded YouTube of Glenn Beck?

Taco, be a fucking editor. Employ some editorial discretion.

Re:What the fuck is with this political trash? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154696)

Few people outside of the tech industry have as much influence on the tech industry as a Supreme Court Justice. I'd say this is meta-tech news, so it has a place here.

Elena Kagan, sung to Badger Badger Badger... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154624)

Commie commie commie commie commie commie commie commie commie commie commie commie
LESBO LESBO

Seriously, folks, this is just another far left goon appointed by the fascist hopenchange asshole trying (and succeeding*) to run the country into the ground.

* 9.9% unemployement
* Quadrupled the deficit
* Face it, slashbots, your guy Obama sucks worse than Bush did.

Welcome (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154730)

I, for one, welcome our new man-suit wearing overlords.

A Jewish lesbian chickenhawk? ORLY? (4, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154782)

That squicking noise you're hearing is political talking heads and late night comedians the length and breadth of the nation literally creaming their pants. Warm gushes of pure joy as their jobs are secured for the next 3 months.

Synopsis of the candidate: the rule of law is like, the foundation of our society and stuff, and should totally apply to absolutely everyone except for Bad People.

Not, let me grab some popcorn before the shrieking begins from both sides. What a perfect compromise candidate - everyone will hate her.

Re:A Jewish lesbian chickenhawk? ORLY? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154858)

LOL at most of what you said, but I have it on extremely close and good authority she's not actually gay.
I know someone who *knows* her, if you catch my subtly inferred reference to a certain religious book and the sort of "knowing" of people contained therein...

Krogans in Supreme Court? (4, Funny)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154790)

I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to put Krogans in the Supreme Court. After all, they were genetically engineered as a weapon and so it might not be safe for the other members of the court. On the other hand, it might give me and Obama Paragon points that might open interesting conversation options later. What do your think?

Keep this crap of off the dot (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154796)

WTF does this have to do with Slashdot?

Keep this junk news off here. The liberals can read it somewhere else. The rest do not want to see Obama worship at all.

This article only serves to cause flame wars.

Fine Story, Wrong Link (1)

Cogneato (600584) | more than 3 years ago | (#32154842)

Why isn't this article linked to the source AP story instead of a lol-atarian blog? I wonder if the owner of the blog submitted this story hoping to jack up his page rank.

Re:Fine Story, Wrong Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154996)

AP source spends 98% of the time quoting Obama and those who think it's a great idea. Halfway says "some think it's not a good idea but here's everyone who disagrees"

Chas? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32154882)

Wow, Chas Bono nominated???

I, for one, welcome our man-suite wearing overlords.

Obstructionism (1)

Zot Quixote (548930) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155022)

The linked blog suggests this will be a wonderful opportunity to obstruct getting anything else done. The presumption is, there is nothing they will agree with, their will be no common ground and they want none.

These attitudes are bad for the country. I may not like what Obama does concerning IP law (I think the whole concept of IP is a flawed construction), but other stuff needs to get done and doing nothing is fairly destructive.

Skipping towards oblivian (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32155198)

Durka Durka! Obama Jihad!

Of course... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32155212)

The far left 'President' with no experience nominates a far left person with no experience to one of the highest positions in the country...

BRILLIANT... ... If you want to aid in the destruction of the American Society and the Constitution of the United States.

A good choice, open to different viewpoints (5, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#32155262)

I agree with this article [volokh.com], that while she may be a liberal candidate, she seems to be very willing to seriously consider alternative viewpoints.

You have to expect a liberal candidate is going to nominate someone with a liberal bent, so to nominate someone who can truly work with diverse viewpoints on an issue is, I think, a pretty thoughtful and intelligent nomination.

As to those wanting this story off Slashdot - just who do you think is going to be involved in the end-game of various copyright and FCC regulation? The largest issues will all end up in the supreme court. Like it or not, the future of what is possible with technology is intertwined with the laws that define what CAN be realistically presented to the market. In an ideal world, wouldn't you love to have her views on copyright extension, and the constitutionality of the ACTA treaty brought up?

You can chose to ignore politics and focus only on technology - but politics is in no way going to ignore YOU.

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