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Sotomayor Belongs To ‘Women Only’ Club

Buried at the bottom of this (all too typical) Associated Press article:

Top Republican rips Democrats for Sotomayor ‘rush’

By Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 10

WASHINGTON – Republicans accused Democrats Wednesday of moving too hastily on Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination, warning that the decision could imperil her confirmation as they pressed the judge for more documents from her past. The top Senate Republican blasted Democrats’ decision to schedule mid-July hearings for Sotomayor’s confirmation, while another senior GOP senator floated the possibility of a filibuster by angry Republicans against President Barack Obama’s first high court nominee.

"They want the shortest timeline in recent memory for someone with the longest judicial record in recent memory," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader. "This violates basic standards of fairness and it prevents senators from carrying out one of their most solemn duties."

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said many Republicans may end up voting against Sotomayor because they feel they haven’t had time to learn enough about her. Others, he said, might decide to protest what they see as unfair treatment with stalling tactics in the Judiciary Committee or on the Senate floor to block her from being confirmed…

Democrats want to complete the process for Sotomayor by the time the Senate breaks for a month-long vacation on August 7. That would be 73 days after Obama nominated her. Republicans point instead to the 92 days it took to get a confirmation vote on Justice Samuel Alito.

Still, it’s clear that Democrats are using Sotomayor’s nomination to stoke and expand their political base. The Democratic National Committee launched a feature on its Web site called "Sign Judge Sotomayor’s Virtual Cast," where supporters can leave a note for the judge, who broke her ankle in an airport stumble Monday.

Meanwhile, Judiciary Republicans called on Sotomayor to cough up more documents they say she left out of her response to a detailed questionnaire on her background, writings and rulings.

The seven senators wrote to Sotomayor Wednesday asking her to supply a long list of additions "as soon as possible," according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Associated Press. GOP aides have noticed a number of "apparent omissions," the senators wrote, and some of the responses provided are "incomplete."

Among the items they requested are articles Sotomayor edited while a student at Yale Law School and internal documents from organizations she was involved with, including the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, a legal advocacy group for Hispanics.

The letter also questions Sotomayor’s membership in the Belizean Grove, an elite private club comprised of high-powered women that’s the female answer to the secretive, 130-year-old Bohemian Grove.

In her original response to the questionnaire, Sotomayor noted that the group discriminates on the basis of gender, but wrote that, "I do not consider the Belizean Grove to invidiously discriminate on the basis of sex in violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct."

What, pray tell, is the Belizean Grove?

From their own website, via a pdf file:

Mission Statement:

The Belizean Grove is a constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, non-profit and social sectors; who build long term mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same.”

Headquarters Office:

Susan Schiffer Stautberg Founder and President
Belizean Grove/TARA
Adventures for the Mind and
The Adventures for the Mind Foundation
17 East 89th Street, Suite 7D New York,
New York 10128
212.987.6070 (phone)
212.996.5151 (fax)

Introduction and Background:

THE BELIZEAN GROVE

Having observed the power of the Bohemian Grove, a 130 year old elite old boys’ network of former Presidents, businessmen, military, musicians, academics, and non-profit leaders, and realizing that women didn’t have a similar organization, Susan Stautberg and 26 other founding members created the Belizean Grove, a constellation of influential women who are building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships to both take charge of their own destinies and help others do the same.

Members are highly accomplished leaders in a wide venue of fields, are dedicated to giving back to their communities, have a sense of humor and excitement about life and are willing to mentor and share connections. With this vision in mind, members are invited not only for their professional accomplishments but also for their generosity and compatibility.

The Grove is an international nurturing network that helps women pursue more significant dreams, ambitions, purposes, transcendence, and spiritual fulfillment, while also opening up more leadership opportunities to these women of diverse backgrounds, talents, ages, and skills. The Grovers are leaders from 5 continents, from profit, non-profit and social sectors. They are heads of major government agencies, businesswomen, military officers, academics, non-profit leaders, musicians, authors, diplomats, design gurus….

If the Associated Press had discovered that a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court was a member of a highly exclusive all male club would they an article like this?

Would they highlight instead the Democrats (pathetic) attempts to try to get more documents? Would they bury the news about the club in the story’s final two paragraphs?

Of course they would not.

But the AP doesn’t work for the GOP. They work for the DNC.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Sotomayor Belongs To ‘Women Only’ Club”

  1. canary says:

    Sotomayor says her elite secret club discriminates against gender, not sex.

    [From the Associated Press:]

    Top Republican rips Democrats for Sotomayor ‘rush’

    By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS June 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON – Republicans accused Democrats Wednesday of moving too hastily on Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination, warning that the decision could imperil her confirmation as they pressed the judge for more documents from her past. The top Senate Republican blasted Democrats’ decision to schedule mid-July hearings for Sotomayor’s confirmation, while another senior GOP senator floated the possibility of a filibuster by angry Republicans against President Barack Obama’s first high court nominee….

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090611/ap_on_go_co/us_republicans_sotomayor;_ylt=AtRvkdqB6GrPv6pMU4KeUtys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTJxdGRuZ283BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwNjExL3VzX3JlcHVibGljYW5zX3NvdG9tYXlvcgRjcG9zAzMEcG9zAzEwBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3RvcHJlcHVibGljYQ–

    • canary says:

      Sotomayor’s the Belizean Grove good ole girl’s secret network club

      …..It will have been 4 years since the Grove returned to our home – a special place with magnificent natural attractions such as the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere, Great Blue Hole, ancient Maya civilization,…

      Having observed the power of the Bohemian Grove, a 130-year-old, elite old boys’ network of former Presidents, businessmen, military,… and realizing that women didn’t have a similar organization, Susan Stautberg and 26 other founding members created the Belizean Grove, . With this vision in mind, members are invited not only for their professional accomplishments but also for their generosity and compatibility.

      The Grove is an international nurturing network that helps women pursue more significant dreams,… The Grovers are leaders from 5 continents,… They are heads of major government agencies, businesswomen, military officers..design gurus..

      http://www.belizeangrove.com/

    • canary says:

      The paradise Grove members & board. Powerful women to include many Fortune top 50. Says a few of the 115 in all. Names with Diner’s Club International Global, a Major General who is Commanding General of the U.S. Army-Combined Arms Support & Commander Fort Lee. Founder Institute for Equity in Marriage, NBC Universal, Target, Nordstrom, Texaco, State Farm Bank, Citi-bank Canada, Bell South, Office Depot, N.Y. Stock Exchange, Ameritrade, Coca Cola, State Farm Bank, NASDAQ, CH2M, Winn-Dixie, CIGNA, U.S. Panama Central, Business Week editor, microsoft, Universities, Proctor and Gamble. Publishing Clearing House, General Mills,PLC Corp. Daffy’s, K-Mart, Kennedy Center, Holcim, Xerox, CIGNA, Harley Davidsons, Victoria Secrets. former, award winning CNN anchor, Don’t think I saw Walmart USA on the list. I wonder if Michello is a member of these elite powerful women.

      member Lorna-Wendt-Founder Institute for Equity in Marriage closed her site
      found this article, by editor of NewsWeek, by Toddi Gunter saying she was only
      reporter invited to retreat, but that’s because she forgot to mention she is a member. duh. They need to update her profile, that she also writes for the Wall Street Journal. Lot’s of media in control.
      http://www.businessweek.com/2001/01_08/b3720156.htm
      partial list of names
      http://www.belizeangrove.com/grove_overview.pdf

      Then this link
      http://belizeangrove.org/

      takes you to their last retreat in Peru, photo’s and comments by Judge Sotomayer, and other members discussing 2010 retreats in and a plug for Obama from other member, telling of next year’s at Belize and then the Grove.

      “The Grove is an extraordinary grouping of talented, compassionate and passionate women. I am deeply honored to have been included. The joy of participating in your fun in Peru was wonderful.” ~ Sonia Sotomayor

      another member~ Theo Schwabacher (Taffy’s) cries: a few thoughts from my opening comments in Peru :
      As President Obama has said, “The world has changed and we must change with it”. We are all in this together. The Grove wants to wave the whole earth flag. Americans want a national and international agenda, not a partisan one, as we move forward.
      There are now millions of us facing the psychological and social pressures of downward mobility. It won’t only be material deprivations that bite. It will also be the loss of a social identity, the loss of social networks, and the loss of the status symbols. These reversals are bound to produce alienations and a political response around the globe. Wounds that can’t be seen are more painful than those that can be seen and cured by a doctor.
      The recession is bad enough, but, a relentless news cycle is making it worse…”
      sniff. sniff.
      You can understand poor Theo (Taffy’s) crying over the recession, and social status, she was just named Barron’s Top 100 Women in the U.S. Here she is in her life-style of the rich and famous.
      http://www.examiner.com/a-459859~Lives_of_Style__Theo_Schwabacher.html

    • U NO HOO says:

      I’m not against sex either.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”The Grove wants to wave the whole earth flag…..”

      WTF is that supposed to mean? I’ve got their ‘whole earth flag’. It’s sewn in the shape of a straight jacket, complete with concrete cuff links.

      Idiots!!!

  2. Steve says:

    An editorial on the subject from the Washington Times:

    Sotomayor’s club for women only

    The Washington Times
    Thursday, June 11, 2009

    It was revealed Friday that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor belongs to the Belizean Grove, a highly selective club for women only. Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont announced Tuesday that her confirmation hearings will begin on July 13. If this judge were a man, the nomination would never make it to the Senate for hearings.

    The Belizean Grove, founded in 1999, is modeled on the Bohemian Grove, a secretive, elite club for men only. The 125 members of the Belizean Grove include Army generals, Wall Street executives and former ambassadors. Ms. Sotomayor joined after becoming a circuit court judge.

    We don’t care if nominees belong to all-male or all-female clubs, but a double standard is in play. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s supposed membership in an all-male eating club while an undergraduate at Princeton became an issue during his 2006 Supreme Court confirmation hearing. When Judge D. Brooks Smith was nominated to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 2001, his confirmation was held up for almost a year in part because he belonged to an all-male fishing and gun club.

    The opposition to all-male clubs isn’t anything new. The American Bar Association’s Canons of Judicial Ethics stipulates that judges “shall not” be members of any organization that unfairly discriminates based on gender.

    In June 1990, Arlen Specter, then a Republican from Pennsylvania, and all but one of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary committee sponsored a resolution warning nominees that having belonged to such clubs could be enough to deny them confirmation. The resolution claimed that membership in such organizations “conflicts with the impartiality, and the appearance of impartiality” expected of judges and that it will be held against the nominee unless they “actively engaged” in efforts to get underrepresented groups into the organizations.

    Sens. Leahy, Specter and Herb Kohl, Wisconsin Democrat, supported the resolution and are still on the Judiciary Committee. Joseph Biden, who was the committee chairman at the time, is now vice president. None of them has expressed any concern over news that Ms. Sotomayor belongs to an all-female club. Despite inquiries to all of the above, only Sen. Specter’s office responded, noting that Ms. Sotomayor’s “club memberships and affiliations are appropriate topics for inquiry.”

    Privately, Democrats on Capitol Hill tell us that the Belizean Grove is not objectionable like all-male clubs such as Judge Smith’s fishing and hunting club, where “wining and dining was happening” and business networking advantaged men who belonged to the club. But the Belizean Grove is all about networking too. Business Week reported in 2001 that panels at club meetings included topics such as “how to obtain money and power.” The article noted that the expectation was that women in this group would “help one another in any way they can.”

    More than a few men would appreciate the help that the high-powered corporate chief executives and other leaders in the Belizean Grove could offer, but they’re not allowed in Ms. Sotomayor’s club. This association compounds concern about her gender bias, which has been exposed in her numerous statements about women’s judgment being superior to men’s, especially that of a “wise Latina woman” over a white man. There’s no guarantee that a judge with these opinions will treat everyone equally from the bench.

    We hoped that President Obama’s election would bring an end to identity politics. Picking Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court has re-emphasized race and gender as central issues in politics today.

    http://tinyurl.com/l3862q

  3. Right of the People says:

    I guess it’s okay to discriminate when you’re the “minority” but wrong and immoral when you’re not. I’d like to see a bunch of white republicans push to be included in the Black Congressional Caucus and if they are denied, file a discrimination suit. I doubt if any of them have the stones to try it.

  4. proreason says:

    “significant dreams, ambitions, purposes, transcendence, and spiritual fulfillment”

    wow.

    Now that’s the kind of gravitas I’m looking for in a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

    What next? SCOTUS seances?

  5. tranquil.night says:

    “Get well soon Judge Stumbles – ‘Even the wisest woman you talk to is ignorant of something you may know, but an elegant woman never forgets her elegance.’ — Oliver Wendell Holmes (Some Old White Guy)”

  6. badcrow says:

    Hmmm… I wonder, do the ladies don black hooded robes, worship “Molach” the Owl god, participate in occult rituals and engage in gay orgies like the male members at the Bohemian Grove?

  7. Lurkin_no_mo says:

    Finally a Repub speaking out! Go team, go!! Win in 2010 and again in 2012!


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