Sources Say Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To Supreme Court

Obama appears to have settled on Elena Kagan as his nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

Fox News has learned that President Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court this morning at 10am, Eastern. Kagan arrived at the White House shortly after 8am so it is possible we’ll see her standing by the president’s side at the announcement.

If confirmed by the Senate, the relatively young Kagan– 50 years old– will fill the gap left by the imminent retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens.

The pick is hardly a surprise; as speculation over a handful of choices finally settled on Kagan over the weekend. Liberals and conservatives alike speculatively staked out positions on her nomination.

Hurdles for Kagan in her confirmation process could include the fact that she has never been a judge and her push to oust military recruiters from the Harvard Law School campus when she was dean. Kagan opposes the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

What is often unreported as a follow-up to her ousting of military recruiters is the 8-0 smack down from the Supreme Court upholding the the law (which Kagan and other colleges challenged) to strip colleges of federal funding for banning recruiters.

In my opinion the Left has much more to lose than the Right over this pick.  There is no judicial paper trail to bolster her liberal bona fides so nominating her to a lifetime seat on the Court is a leap of faith for the Left.

Harvard University Has Received $121 Million In Porkulus Funds

Obama’s alma mater was only second to UMASS in its porkulus cash. 

Massachusetts’ top universities and hospitals are getting a healthy dose of federal stimulus spending, leaving some hard-hit blue-collar workers wondering where the money is for “shovel ready” construction jobs

The University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and Boston universities, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital all ranked within the top 20 list of state recipients of federal stimulus funds last quarter – hauling in a combined $554 million in government grants, according to a Herald review. 

The vast majority of the money to universities and hospitals is slated for cutting-edge scientific and medical research as well as purchases of high-tech lab equipment, according to federal data.

A large chunk of UMass’ money went to general operations, to avoid hundreds of layoffs at the system’s schools, while tens of millions of dollars is earmarked for medical and scientific research.

It’s hard to complain about hospitals such as Children’s or Dana Farber receiving funds that will go toward advancing medical research for curing cancer or juvenile diabetes, but this is not what we were told the money was for.

Sorry, Husky Blogger. The Nutty Professor Is A Far-Left Extremist.

What’s this? A left-leaning, Harvard-educated professor lost her sh*t (for at least the second time) and went on a shooting rampage?  But the Husky Blogger told me it’s always tea-bagging, racist, homophobic, right-wing extremists who commit such acts. 

A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children – the youngest a third-grade boy – was a far-left political extremist who was “obsessed” with President Obama to the point of being off-putting.

I know the type.  

Can we all agree that people who snap do so because they are nuts and not because of their political ideology?  I know this dispels the theory of the Husky Blogger and others, but they have plenty of other storylines (e.g.: raaaaacists) to write about ad nauseum. 

 I wonder if she’ll request to be buried in her Obama t-shirt after she is fried by the state of Alabama?

Bill Delahunt, Braintree P.D. Have Some ‘Splainin To Do

Scroll for updates

Amy Bishop, the nutty professor who went on a killing spree at the University of Alabama at Huntsville on Friday, has killed before.  And not just anyone.  In 1986 she fatally shot her brother after an argument.  What happened next has all the makings of a coverup.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘coverup.’ I don’t know what the thought process was at the time,” said Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier yesterday at an explosive press conference, adding later, “It reflects poorly on the department. This would not happen in this day and age.”

On Dec. 6, 1986, Frazier said, then-20-year-old Amy Bishop blasted her brother, Seth Bishop, 18 – described in newspaper reports at the time as a talented violinist and science student – with a shotgun during an argument, fled the family’s Victorian manse and was later arrested by cops at gunpoint.

So she was then taken into custody, booked, charged and arraigned right?  Wrong.

According to Frazier, then-Chief John Polio ordered cops to release Bishop – whose mother, Judith Bishop, Frazier said was a public official sitting on the Personnel Committee.

“I spoke with the retired deputy chief who was . . . responsible for booking Ms. Bishop. He said he had started the process when he received a call from then-Police Chief John Polio or possibly from a captain on Chief Polio’s behalf,” Frazier said.

“He was instructed to stop the booking process. At some point Ms. Bishop was turned over to her mother and they left the building via a rear exit. . . . The release of Ms. Bishop did not sit well with the police officers.”

The former police chief is claiming that there was nothing unusual about releasing Bishop before any charges were filed and says he turned the case over to the D.A.  now U.S. Congressman, Bill Delahunt.  

But Mr. Polio, 87, reached at home on Saturday, called even the suggestion of a cover-up laughable and said that the case had been handled lawfully. He said he remembered there being a shooting and recalled that Dr. Bishop and her brother had been “horsing around.”

“Everything was done that should have been done under the circumstances,” Mr. Polio said in a phone interview. “She was questioned, and then turned over to her mother. The determination was made that we were going to turn the inquiry over to the district attorney.”

Delahunt has developed amnesia.

Delahunt, now a congressman, yesterday said in a telephone interview that he did not recall the case.

I’m not ready to say this definitely was a cover-up, but there are many questions that need to be answered.  The Braintree PD needs to determine, who it was that called in the orders to release Bishop.  Delahunt needs to be more forthcoming and work with the current DA to determine what role (if any) that his office played.  And yes, any connections between the Bishop family and any members of the Braintree PD or Delahunt’s office in 1986 need to be sought.  If nothing else, the handling of this case was severely bungled and there are now three families in Alabama who may not be planning funerals for their loved ones had Bishop been prosecuted.

Update #1 – 2/14/10 @ 11:33 a.m.:

The Boston Channel reports that it was Delahunt who made the call to Polio resulting Bishop’s release.

Braintree officers who remember the 1986 shooting said that former police Chief John Polio dismissed detectives from the case and ordered the department to release Amy Bishop after a telephone conversation with former district attorney William Delahunt, who is currently a U.S. congressman from Massachusetts.

“The police officers here were very upset about that,” said Frazier, who was a patrolman at the time and spoke to officers who remembered the incident that day, including one who filed a report on it.

 When contacted Saturday, Polio, now 86, said that there was no cover up in Seth Bishop’s death, though there were questions about whether the shooting was an accident.

 “I remember Judy Bishop and that she had two children and I know that they got into an argument one day and somehow a shot got involved, or a weapon of some kind, and it went off, according to them by accident. According to the mother and to the daughter, by the daughter,” Polio said in a telephone interview with The Patriot Ledger.

 Polio told NewsCenter 5 he has no memory of telling officers to go home. He said there was an inquest by Delahunt’s office and that the district attorney found that the shooting did not warrant charges. Polio said he doesn’t know how the records would have gone missing.

Amy Bishop and her husband, James Anderson, were questioned after a package containing two bombs was sent to the Newton home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, a professor and doctor at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.[…]

Bishop surfaced as a suspect because she was allegedly concerned that she was going to receive a negative evaluation from Rosenberg on her doctorate work, the official said. The official said investigators believed she had a motive to target Rosenberg and were concerned that she had a history of violence, given that she had shot her brother to death in 1986.

Investigators conducted a search of the home where Bishop and Anderson were living and questioned the couple, the official said. Anderson was questioned about whether he had purchased any of the components used to make the bombs, the official said.

During a search of Bishop’s computer, authorities found a draft of a novel that Bisthop was writing about a female scientist who had killed her brother and was hoping to make amends by hoping to become a great scientist, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation and spoke to the Globe on the condition of anonymity.

The US attorney’s office in Boston did not seek any charges against Bishop or Anderson, and no one was ever charged with mailing the bombs to Rosenberg.

“The police officers here were very upset about that,” said Frazier, who was a patrolman at the time and spoke to officers  who remembered the incident that day, including one who filed a report on it.

Did Delahunt broom the case?

Update #2 – 2/14/10 @ 6:40 p.m. via Ace of Spades

Amy Bishop Was a Suspect in 1993 Unsolved Bombing Attempt

Amy Bishop and her husband, James Anderson, were questioned after a package containing two bombs was sent to the Newton home of Dr. Paul Rosenberg, a professor and doctor at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.

[…]

Bishop surfaced as a suspect because she was allegedly concerned that she was going to receive a negative evaluation from Rosenberg on her doctorate work, the official said. The official said investigators believed she had a motive to target Rosenberg and were concerned that she had a history of violence, given that she had shot her brother to death in 1986.

Investigators conducted a search of the home where Bishop and Anderson were living and questioned the couple, the official said. Anderson was questioned about whether he had purchased any of the components used to make the bombs, the official said.

During a search of Bishop’s computer, authorities found a draft of a novel that Bisthop was writing about a female scientist who had killed her brother and was hoping to make amends by hoping to become a great scientist, according to a person who was briefed on the investigation and spoke to the Globe on the condition of anonymity.

The US attorney’s office in Boston did not seek any charges against Bishop or Anderson, and no one was ever charged with mailing the bombs to Rosenberg.

(emphasis mine)

This was seven years after she killed her brother without being charged with so much as involuntary manslaughter by then D.A., Bill Delahunt.

Stupid is as stupid does

When asked about the Henry Gates arrest at last night’s presser, Obama said he didn’t know all the facts.  Of course that didn’t stop him from making up his own set of facts and bringing racial profiling into the mix.  He capped his comments by saying:

“the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.”

Sgt. Crowley and his union are not happy that Obama couldn’t resist commenting.

You know what I think is stupid?  Talking out of your a** about something you didn’t witness, nor have taken the time to research and turning it into a platform to rail against a completey unrelated issue.

I wonder if Barry bothered to read the police report which clearly states that the police officer (Crowley) did not enter Gates’ home as has been erroneously reported and repeated.  Officer Crowley asked Gates to step outside to which Gates responded “why, because I’m a black  man in America?”

You tell me who was being racial.

Further, Gates was not arrested “in his own home” as has been reported – erroneously again.  Gates was arrested on his porch after he ceased to scream and yell at Crowley as he walked down the steps and onto the sidewalk.

Crowley says he won’t apologize and he shouldn’t.  Obama should apologize to him and the rest of the men and women of the Cambridge Police Department whom he disparaged with his self-serving comments.

Finally, chew on this juicy nugget.  When Gates was being escorted to the cruiser, Crowley asked him if we would like an officer to take his key and secure his door.  Gates told Crowley the key wouldn’t lock the door because there had been a previous break-in attempt at his house.

Update:  Worst Press Secretary evah issues lame statement on Obama’s stupid “stupid” comment:

Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday that Obama felt “cooler heads on all sides should have prevailed” once the officer realized Gates was in his own home.

On Wednesday Obama said the police “acted stupidly” when they arrested Gates even after it was clear that he was not a burglary suspect. Gibbs said that Obama did not regret the remark, but wanted to clarify that he was not calling the arresting officer stupid.

Mmkay.

Update #2: Officer Crowley is a profiling expert. And he was hand picked for the job by a black man.

(Via Ace of Spades)