Judge Charles Pickering - I Just Can't Quit Ya!
All I need now is a good woman to show me just how sweet heterosexual loving can be.
11:50 a.m. I walk into the WMC (sure, many are Jews, but the right sort, not too grasping) and taste the greatest love of all -- gossip about Cathy Seipp's latest breast implant. She's now a 34E, which is entirely disproportionate to her intellectual calibre.
Why do Beverly Hills doctors have to deal with a disproportionate number of kvetchy patients? Because Beverly Hills is more than 50% Jewish, and as any rabbi will tell you, Jews are difficult.
Raising the awareness of my table, I empower the composer next to me by asking if he got molested at his posh British public school.
I believe my right-wing mates appreciated the diversity of my material.
the photos be BOLD
Michael Finch, WMC's executive director, says David Horowitz can't make it today because he gave two talks last night at U.C. Santa Barbara. "Listening to David can be exhausting," says Michael.
The dean of the Chapman Law School gives a lengthy introduction. He says Charles has three kids and 21 grandkids.
Pickering tries to give three talks in one -- his own story, and two discussions of jurisprudence.
"How could they do this to me?" was his plaintive cry about the Democrats filibustering of his judicial appointment.
Pickering was accused of being soft on cross-burners even though his kids went to school with Missississippi blacks.
I gather he supports the rule of law rather than the rule of judicial opinion. And that we should never give up this fight.
"Liberals don't trust democracy. They want five [Supreme Court] justices to tell us right and wrong."
Pickering says that if it was not for the Left's judicial activism (for gay marriage, etc), John Kerry would be president. If there was not a ballot measure defining marriage as a male-female thing, Bush may've lost Ohio.
The judge said a mandatory textbook in Massachusetts told the story of a prince and a prince falling in love.
His talk feels like a constitutional law class.
I gain sympathy for the Democrats who tortured him.
It would've been better if he'd concentrated on the funny bits of his struggle against secular humanists.
As I leave, I see two people in line for Pickering to autograph his new book -- Supreme Chaos: The Politics of Judicial Confirmation & the Culture War.