Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: Blog for Relief DayThursday, September 1,2005.

In conjunction with other Blogs, 391, at the moment, I am soliciting donations for the relief of Hurricane Katrina victims.

Different Blogs will choose a charity, I have chosen the Society of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

SVdP Katrina link.

St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) was founder of the Congregation of the Mission, Daughters of Charity, Confraternities of Charity and Ladies of Charity. A man of deep faith, keen intellect and enormous creativity he has become known as the "The Apostle of Charity" and "Father of the Poor." His contributions to the training of priests and organizing parish missions and other services for the poor shaped our Church's role in the modern world.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is an international charity founded in 1833, it's origin in the United States goes back to Missouri in 1845.

All donations will go directly to to the Society's offices in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana,


Instapundit Round-Up.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

“‘Railroading Roberts' wanted to deny Legal representation to the Poor and Indigent!"


The second issue concerning the Legal Service Corporation and John Roberts comes about as a result of a request by Texans to abolish the L.S.C due to their relentless Liberal social- engineering –by- lawsuit.

Roberts penned a response on behalf of the White House Council, Fred Fielding, which could be contorted in the febrile imagination of your run of the mill Leftie along the lines of:

“Roberts supported Ronald Reagan’s slash and burn budget cuts against the poor, attempting to deprive them of legal representation, and packing the Legal Services Corporate board with Conservative Ideologues to protect the powerful from citizens speaking truth to power!”

The Legal Services Corporation is a Nixon era institution set up by congressional statute to “to promote equal access to the system of justice and improve opportunities for low-income people throughout the United States by making grants for the provision of high-quality civil legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford legal counsel."

Like many well meaning programs run by the Government or private institutions, it’s agenda was hijacked by left wing activists who then used it to promote their own ideas of “social justice, like the Endangered species Act and the E.P.A being used to stifle private development, or Boy's and Girl's clubs in New York being used as a slush fund for Air America.


The situation got so bad in Deaf Smith County in Texas, which in 1982 The Commissioners of that County, and several local legal associations wrote to President Reagan to complain, asking him to abolish the Legal Services Corporation.

They stated that instead of aiding the poor and indigent with legal assistance, the L.S.C in their county was instead “attempting to force their views of needed social change on local government.” And that they had “spent untold local funds defending ourselves in Federal Court in poorly founded cases.”

In response John Roberts drafted a letter on behalf of White House Council Fred F. Fielding, he writes “The President has…. often expressed concern about potential abuse in Legal Services programs” and he (the President) “proposed substantially greater reductions in federal funding…”and “The President has tried to appoint to the national Board persons who share his concerns that publicly funded legal assistance programs serve the needs of the indigent for legal counsel and do not become vehicles for political and social lobbying and other abuses of taxpayer dollars.”

The Legal Services Corporation is still in existance.
Box O' HillaryBox 31, Thomas (not Captain Ed) Morrissey Item One.

Legal Services Corporation, Et All. (Circa 1982)Appellants,
Vs.
Howard H. Dana JR., Et All...Appellees

The Box, all sorts of things come in boxes, presents, shoes, Nantucket Red shirts, this one sat menacingly in a dark corner, a muffled rustling emanating from it's interior, I could not place the sound, hauntingly familiar, I drank another Guinness to fortify my courage and grasped the lid, it seemed cold, almost calculating and lifted it violently.

My heart jumped into my throat as I beheld the source of the dreaded sound, a swish, swish that could not be stopped, and to my horror I beheld............

A Pantsuit.

Forgive my week attempt at drama, but legal papers are mind-numbingly boring, the demented ravings of Paul Krugman or the spinsterly cattiness of Maureen Dowd would be preferable, if only for a laugh.

A synopsis of the case:

The crux of the matter is an appeal, specifically dealing with the question of "whether or not a District Court abused it's discretion by not granting a preliminary injunction to former members of the Board of Directors of The Legal Services Corporation ( which injunction would have permitted the former directors to serve on the Board in place of their successors ) on the grounds that the former Directors did not make a strong showing that they were likely to prevail on the merits of their claim that the Presidents recess appointment of their successors were invalid."

TheLegal Services Corporation is a Government agency that is "As defined by the Legal Services Corporation Act, LSC's mission is to promote equal access to the system of justice and improve opportunities for low-income people throughout the United States by making grants for the provision of high-quality civil legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford legal counsel."

The argument putt forth by the plaintiffs (a bunch of Carter holdovers, including one Hillary Rodham) is that the President did not have the authority to make recess appointments to this specific entity, they claimed that members of the board were not "officers of the United States" as the Constitution defined that term, and that they could only be appointed by the Advice and Consent of the Senate.

Seems simple, they were wrong, as the Court found, but nothing in D.C is simple, there's a twist.

The twist, in the usual Democrat fashion of insisting that rules apply to others and not to them, Hillary and her pals were themselves Carter recess appointments.

So I guess her argument was " we recess appointments deserve to keep our recess appointments because the President cannot make recess appointments."

Thank goodness the D.C Circuit Court, of which Robert Bork was a member was able to cut through this Gordian knot of Demo-lawyer-crat thinking and Hillary went on to bigger and better things.

Roberts’s involvement is unclear; his name was not listed as an Administration legal official participating in the conclusion.

Roberts does give his opinion of the Legal Services Corporation, in a letter.

Upcoming:

Part 2 “‘Railroading Roberts' wanted to deny Legal representation to the Poor and Indigent!"
I forget which of the months is the cruelest, but August certainly deserves to be it.

Ungodly heat, extended vacations, if I never see, or wear Nantucket Red ever again to the end of my days, I'll depart this veil of tears a degree happier.

Boredom

Hockey is back, which is a great thing as is Eklunds Hockey Rumors.

Nothing in the news has piqued my interest, I shan't debase myself to comment on the pathetic nonsense occurring outside the Presidents Ranch other than my preceding assessment.

Boredom, until Deus Ex Machina in the form of The Blogfather Hugh Hewitt, and his adopt a box of documents program, I have received Box 31, not the box 31 currently being reviewed by Captain Ed at Captains Quarters.

Thanks to Generalissimo Duane for being so quick to respond.

My box has Hillary.