Friday, January 30, 2009

Wrap-Up of CRW Court Date

I got an email from someone who had been in court this morning for the CRW's big lawsuit, and explained what happened. I asked them if I could use their text and have not received a response, so I am going to paraphrase. This is not an official account, but this person is a trustworthy friend of TTF and I'm sure this is pretty accurate.

Turns out the Citizens for a Responsible Whatever had filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to dissolve or suspend the new gender-identity nondiscrimination law, 23-07. The case was heard in Judge Rubin's court at 8:30 this morning. I am told he was "a bit incredulous at the audacity of the showernuts" but allowed the legal process to play out.

The whole thing was over in a half hour. The CRW's new attorney, Daniel Cox, was said to be "clearly out of his league." Their argument was that they would suffer irreparable harm if the court allowed the new law to stand. Also, since they didn't have a fair chance to get their referendum, they should have another shot at it. (You will remember that the county Board of Elections told them they needed the wrong number of signatures, the Court of Appeals threw out nearly half the signatures they had gathered, etcetera.)

According to my information, the judge said it was “well-nigh” impossible that any further litigation would succeed based on the High Court’s rulings, that in spite of it being 4-3, the matter had been settled already.

There will be another hearing on summary judgments, date not set.

The CRW is out of gas. The law has been in effect for a long enough time now, it is clear that none of the horrible effects they told us about are going to happen. Men do not lurk in ladies rooms in Montgomery County, there has not been a big surge of sexual predators moving here so they can dress as women and prey on innocent women and children, little girls have not "started showing up dead all over the county," as the local Republican Party leader had predicted. There is no reason to relegalize discrimination against transgender people in our county, no one wants to do it, and there is no legal ground for allowing do-overs on the referendum. They had their chance, they failed. In the meantime, America has turned a corner and moved on.


Anonymous Robert said...

Always hunting for that activist judge.

January 30, 2009 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Derrick said...

A bigoted activist judge is kinda hard to find in MoCo. Not too many of them exist as we are a diverse county and embrace that diversity rather than loathe it.

The thing is, most of citizens of MoCo actually care for each other (except the nuts!).

January 30, 2009 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Citizens for Reactionary Repression (or Whatever).

January 30, 2009 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curmudgeons for Retrograde Griping.

January 30, 2009 10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twinkle Toe Freaks

January 30, 2009 10:41 PM  
Blogger Tish said...

Oh, Thank you! I didn't think anyone was going to notice my new shoes! ;)

January 31, 2009 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with glittery toe nail polish showing?. . .wow. . .you work hard to play the part.

January 31, 2009 10:42 AM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

It's good to know that the CRG is doing its part in these difficult economic times to keep lawyers employed. (You don't know how hard it was for me not to use the full name which includes "Curmudgeons.")

As for toe polish, I'm 41 -- well past the glitter phase. I nice dark burgundy color works best for me.



January 31, 2009 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to the moral character of the Democratic Party?:

"Most Americans would probably be surprised to know that Sen. Edward Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, and former Vice President Al Gore all were once solidly anti-abortion.

That seems almost incomprehensible now, but the record is clear -- and the pattern is chilling.

By the time Jesse Jackson and Al Gore came onto the national stage, abortion rights represented a major plank in the Democratic Party platform.

Jackson had actually written attacks on the abortion culture, pointing to the disproportionate number of aborted African-American babies as evidence of racism.

Al Gore ran for both Congress and the U.S. Senate on a pro-life record. When both men launched campaigns for the presidency, they changed positions on the abortion issue.

As for Ted Kennedy; he was pro-life as late as 1971, after New York had already legalized abortion.

As Anne Hendershott documents in her article, "How Support for Abortion Became Kennedy Dogma," in 1971 Sen. Kennedy wrote to one of his Massachusetts constituents with these words: "When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception.""

January 31, 2009 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't try to change the subject my friend.

January 31, 2009 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon -- Thanks for posting the information about the abortion turn around of Jackson, Kennedy and Gore. It's amazing -- if they'll turn their backs on innocent children for political gain, just imagine what else they'll do for political gain....I think it's called selling your soul to the devil.

February 01, 2009 12:43 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Let's hear it for the GOP! They elected moderate African American Michael Steele to lead the RNC, on the sixth ballot. He defeated South Carolina GOP Chair Katon Dawson, a Southern white man with a troubled history when it comes to racial issues. The final vote was 91-77.

Salon reports:

"Steele's a questionable choice. He hasn't displayed a ton of political acumen -- he's won elected office only once, and he didn't head that ticket. He lost the aforementioned Senate race, and, before that, couldn't even win a GOP primary for state comptroller; he placed third, in fact. His tenure as head of the Maryland party wasn't brilliant, either, and he repeatedly had trouble recruiting candidates. (In his defense, it's not easy to be a Republican in the state.) Along the way, he's made some serious missteps: He got in trouble in 2006 for making some unguarded remarks disparaging then-President Bush to a group of reporters. His name was supposed to be kept off the comments, but when it quickly became obvious who was responsible, Steele tried to lie his way out of the gaffe. Also in 2006, he attracted unwanted attention when, speaking before a Jewish group, he compared stem cell research to medical tests that the Nazis conducted on prisoners during the Holocaust. The GOP better hope this victory is a sign that he's learned some hard lessons --he already has a tough fight ahead of him in trying to win over the party's conservative wing, which doesn't fully trust him because of his membership in the more moderate Republican Leadership Council.

[Michael Steele said, "What I’m saying is lets build this relationship amongst ourselves because people are watching and there are a lot of people who would join us and be a party of our efforts who are pro-choice but they love our message on money; they love our value system on family values broadly speaking so then how do we cross appeal, how do we make ourselves relevant to the 21st century electorate which is clearly of a different mindset on a host of issues.”

And while Steele's personal resume looks impressive from afar, it's not nearly as pretty up close. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and then got a law degree from Georgetown University, true. That said, though, he initially flunked out of Hopkins, and while he did pass the bar in Pennsylvania, he failed it in Maryland. His record as a businessman wasn't stellar, either. A consulting firm he founded never turned a profit, and was a serious drain on his finances. Shortly after he began his run for lieutenant governor, Steele ran into trouble because of a $25,000 loan his sister had given to his campaign for comptroller that he'd never paid back. Then, there were revelations of an additional $35,000 in personal debt, as well as more than $100,000 he'd taken out of two retirement accounts in order to support his family, leaving a balance of less than $600 at the time the news broke. He suffered further embarrassment over his finances when it was revealed that the Republican Party was paying him a consulting fee of $5,000 a month during his campaign for lieutenant governor."

February 01, 2009 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinatin', Bea.

This is not a government position so the Republican party is not really to the public for who holds it. Sorry if he didn't do well enough for you in college but this is the real world. Hopkins and Georgetown might disagree that their degrees just look impressive from afar. They like to create the impression that they only give degrees to those who've succeeded in mastering their field. Since you're not a Republican, what's it to you?

February 01, 2009 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"while he did pass the bar in Pennsylvania, he failed it in Maryland"


Do you think Pennsylvania lawyers aren't any good?

February 01, 2009 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

No need to wonder why the GOP is disintegrating. Its leadership wants to reach out to pro-choice people to join the party, but it's radical right base does not.

Do you wonder, Barryos what else Michael Steele will do for political gain?

February 01, 2009 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, he won't be wearing burgundy toenail polish and heels to win TTF over.

February 01, 2009 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Since you're not a Republican, what's it to you?

What are you saying here, Barryo? Republicans can talk about Democrats' stances on abortion, but Democrats can't mention the newly elected GOP chairman's willingness to troll for pro-choice members.

Thanks for providing such a crystal clear case of hypocrisy there, Barryo.

February 01, 2009 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andrea-not anon
I will remember Steele- not for being lt gov to Bobby Haircut but for playing dirty during his Senate race. He lost- good riddance. I hope Mike doesn't have to fight with Princess Sarah- we saw the kind of racist support she stirred up and got during the last campaign.

Hey, I missed a few days
President Barack Hussein Obama!

February 02, 2009 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I missed a few days

President Barack "hey-I've-got-no-experience-so-I'm-gonna-let-Nancy-Pelosi-handle-this-one" Obama!

February 03, 2009 6:31 AM  

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