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September 2019
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Aerden [userpic]
Hallowe'en Monday

Work: My caseworker B. told me that the RA who previously held my job used to get something like 20 new referrals in a day. Oh my God...And she's still sane.

People who call here at noon, demanding to speak to their caseworkers and refusing to leave them voice mail, tick me off. Wake up, people. It's noon. Where do you think your caseworker might possibly be at this hour, if she's not at her desk? Get a clue before I hand you your sign.

Supreme Court: Judge Samuel Allito of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals (I think) is the newest nominee for the Supreme Court. The man's nomination is only hours old, but already, his opponents are declaring that this means war.

*rolls eyes* I suspect that Judge Allito, if he indeed becomes a Supreme Court Justice, will not be nearly the horror that I see some people shrieking about. He at least seems to be a respected and competent jurist among his peers, so I'm willing to hear what he has to say.

TV: New episode of House on tomorrow night. I'm looking forward to it.

Family: No word on whether we're going to the funeral for my brother-in-law's foster-son yet or even when it's to take place.

Hurricane Aftermath: baghdaelf is still without power, but at least she and her family are okay. My sister and her hustand said they had very little effect from Hurricane Wilma, and they opened their pet store at 3pm that Saturday. They even sold a dog. (g)

Hallowe'en: I'm looking forward to Hallowe'en tonight. I hope we don't have too much rain.

Writing: NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. *whimpers*

Also, Yesterday (the 30th) was my character Paul's birthday. I am so lame for not remembering! :D


What I've heard about Alito so far gives me pause for concern:

* He supported the rights of cops to strip search a ten-year old girl who was not named in a search warrant because, as he stated, "[I]t is a sad fact that drug dealers sometimes use children to carry out their business and to avoid prosecution," which also means that it's a sad fact that the girl's got no rights to unreasonable search and seizures. Which means, really, none of us do if we happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

* Alito dissented from a decision that upheld the legality of a ban on the sale or ownership of machine guns manufactured after 1986 in the United States v. Rybar. Rejecting the use of the Commerce Clause as a means to overturn the law that banned the guns, the majority said that it was joining with decisions made in half a dozen other circuit courts. (This would demonstrate his vaunted respect for precedent.)

* On September 24, 1986, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Sam Alito helped author a Justice Department policy that "said that discrimination based on insufficient medical knowledge was not prohibited by federal laws protecting the handicapped. Employers, it said, may legally fire AIDS victims because of a 'fear of contagion whether reasonable or not.'" (Quote from the Washington Post)

Short answer? He's pretty much what I expected from a Bush nominee.