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Elena Kagan played Chicago-style 16-inch softball at U of Chicago.

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A Chicago Sun-Times exclusive look at Elena Kagan, who President Obama on Monday will nominate for a seat on the Supreme Court. She's a slugger. While at the University of Chicago Law School, Kagan played on a 16-inch softball team. Playing 16-inch softball is as Chicago as deep dish pizza. Fielders do not wear gloves and the "Clincher," before it turns to mush is a finger breaker. My Chicago Sun-Times colleague Abdon Pallasch passed along the photos below of Kagan at bat; they come from University of Chicago Law School student and staff directories.

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Elena Kagan softball photo from University of Chicago Law School, 1994-95 directory of faculty and students

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Elena Kagan, upper left, softball photo from University of Chicago Law School, 1993-94, school directory of faculty and students.

The man pitching to Kagan was the then Dean of Students, Richard Badger. Professor Richard Epstein in the bottom right picture.

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Played software? That clinches it, she's a carpet muncher!

Elana Kagan is a bit of a disappointment. Although she has more-than-a-few positives that qualify her for that position, she is hardly the Liberal firebrand I was hoping for to counterbalance the the five extremist twits on that court who are trying to destroy American democracy.

The good news is that she does not have much of a paper trail so there won't be much for the Conservatives to complain about....What am I saying? Of course they'll find something to complain about. They always find something to complain about. They complain a lot. Did you ever notice that?

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Tom Degan
Goshen NY

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but she has a law degree but no experience as a judge. Is that not unusual? And her initial answers are if not dodgey. How can you call her leftist or conservative when you can't get a straight answer?

That's funny, Tom, since your whole post is complaint after complaint.

[quote]What am I saying? Of course they'll find something to complain about. They always find something to complain about. They complain a lot. Did you ever notice that?[/quote]

Is this 2004 or did I step into a time machine and George W. Bush is still president?

Tom,

So the fact that she has no previous cases to base her qualifications on as well as a paper trail isn't the problem. It's the fact that people find something errily similar to the Presidents resume that's the problem?

Birds of a feather I guess.....

"They always find something to complain about," he complained.

Is that you Mr. Degan complaining about someone complaining?

The criticism of her is that she's NEVER worked as a judge. At any level. Anywhere. What does this administration have against experience?

Tom are you really that blind?

I am politicaly against both parties for your very reasons.

BOTH Parties complain about the other parties nominations for all positions. the "They" you refer is both the Left and the Right (ever hear of Robert Bork?) Give it a rest already.

As for the American Democracy...that died during the 60s.

Just a note: in New Orleans, we play the same game but call it cabbage ball. Pretty much every girl in the Catholic school system grows up playing it in PE and there are adult leagues as well. Nice to see that Chicago is just as awesome in their intramural sports.

Once again, I'd like to thank the conservatives who didn't vote for McCain. As bad as he was, at least we wouldn't get this idiot for a supreme court nomination.
Kagan is:
Just another socialist extremist twit nominated by that idiot community organizer from Chicago. Oh well, what's that song about the gales of November? After the elections, we can start the impeachment hearings. God Bless Blago, he'll reveal the truth.

By Neil Slocum on May 11, 2010 12:44 PM wrote:
Maybe I'm in the minority here, but she has a law degree but no experience as a judge. Is that not unusual? And her initial answers are if not dodgey. How can you call her leftist or conservative when you can't get a straight answer?

Well, Neil, those in "the know" understand completely what Elena Slocom's judicial/political views are - it doesn't matter that she has never been a judge or never published any (she did publish 3) articles in law reviews.

Here's her qualifications:

She's from New York, born and raised through high school.

She's a New Yorker.

She's Jewish

She's a Lesbian

She's been promoted, excelled in hard core Liberal, Jewish Universities - such as Harvard Law School where all of the Liberal Supreme Court Justices and most of the Liberal Left US Senators went.

So to sum up Elena Kagan

She's a New York Jewish Lesbian from Harvard Law School.

I can confidently state that 99.9% of New York Jewish lesbians from Harvard law school are hard core PC Liberal/Leftists. Oh, she'll also probably support any and all Neo Conservative wars for Israel, so I guess many Fox News true believers will think she is "conservative".

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