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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Institutional bias

This is one that isn't readily explained away by right-wing disinclination or incompetence:
Of the fourteen honorary degrees bestowed by Ivy League institutions to living Supreme Court justices twelve went to those on the left of the Court. Justice Ginsburg is the champ: she has an honorary degree from every Ivy League university except Cornell and Cornell does not award honorary degrees. And she is by some political science measures the farthest to the left on the Court. Justice Sonia Sotomayor has two such degrees (Princeton, Yale) and Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens and David Souter have one each (Penn, Princeton, and Harvard respectively). While I am not knowledgeable about all foreign judges, the two I did recognize from the Ivy lists, getting two honorary degrees each, were Albie Sachs of South Africa and Aharon Barak of Israel—two of the most famous left-leaning jurists from abroad. Indeed, some of Barak’s opinions make those of William O. Douglas seem modest and lawful.
It's interesting how all of these coincidences invariably favor the left. Of course, the left doesn't understand statistics or probability, so they don't understand how obvious their cleverly sneaky actions are.

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Blogger Nate July 30, 2015 12:06 PM  

oh Vox... these people just all happen to be brilliant. That's why they all have these awarded degrees! that's what degrees mean right? Brilliant?

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 30, 2015 12:09 PM  

The AZA Girls need Medals of Honor, ya know.

Woe to Wicked Witches and Warlocks, some of whom are without peer.

Woe unto to the prideful abusing the letter of the law and cruelly using the power of pen to hurt, marr, ruin the innocent, meek and indigent.

Such silly awards are like awarding someone with a medal of honor for attending an excel course. All to the dustbin of history.

The SCOUTUS of compromised weridos are continually amusing and meaningless.

Blogger Dexter July 30, 2015 12:10 PM  

"Yes but they get those degrees because they are SMARTER than the right-wing idiots on the Court!"

Blogger LysanderSpooner July 30, 2015 12:12 PM  

The degrees are oh so emotional.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 30, 2015 12:18 PM  

Next you're going to tell me Elvis wasn't really an Eighth Degree Black Belt! I need my illusions.

Blogger dc.sunsets July 30, 2015 12:21 PM  

Headline: "Collectivist Institutions Celebrate Collectivist Jurists."

Yawn.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 30, 2015 12:21 PM  

Nate @1 I believe the degrees are all Doctorates of Thinkology.

Anonymous BGS July 30, 2015 12:24 PM  

Isn't Sotomayor's degree she graduated with honorary as well, Best Latino We Could Find degree?

Blogger Tiny Tim July 30, 2015 12:28 PM  

They know they are weighted left leaning with all of their bull crap.

They can count on the stupid drug addled Americans not to catch on, or even care.

Just like F-obamas peace prize. It was to give the moron the appearance of gravitas when all he had ever done was put posters on telephone poles when not in the Chicago bath house scene.

Blogger dc.sunsets July 30, 2015 12:30 PM  

While those ruling us often come from these repositories of pure sophistry, who in his right mind respects anything they produce? When quality emerges it's the same as when the Fe'ral Government produced a good thing...pure accident.

The rot is deep; explaining collectivism to anyone these days is like trying to discuss "being wet" with a fish. Both left and right see a monopoly organization of approved violence as a means of rendering a society whose sum is better than its parts, forgetting (of course) that the mean are the ends.

Silk purses, sow's ears. When the purse-maker uses a hammer, not even a sow's ear purse emerges.

Blogger bw July 30, 2015 12:32 PM  

how all of these coincidences invariably favor the left

Those damn basement dwelling Coincidence Theorists...

Anonymous Anonymous July 30, 2015 12:32 PM  

Don't forget Al Gore has an Oscar, and Barack, Hill & Bill AND Jimmy Carter all have Grammys. On the merits of their work.

Blogger Rabbi B July 30, 2015 12:32 PM  

"Best Latino We Could Find degree?"

Best WISE Latina We Could Find . . .

Anonymous FP July 30, 2015 12:33 PM  

"Albie Sachs of South Africa and Aharon Barak of Israel"

So cliche.

Anonymous anonymous coward July 30, 2015 12:34 PM  

"Sneaky"?? No, leftists have no shame in claiming that they are "on the right side of history". In fact, they won't shut up about it.

This statistic will only reinforce their beliefs in their own exceptionalism.

Blogger Rabbi B July 30, 2015 12:36 PM  

What is the criteria for receiving an honorary degree? Does it vary by institution?

Blogger Pseudotsuga July 30, 2015 12:49 PM  

@16 RabbiB: the criteria are clear as day for these honorary "degrees": be a leftist figurehead.

Blogger Rabbi B July 30, 2015 12:58 PM  

@Pseudotsoga

So they don't have to *do* anything?

Blogger LysanderSpooner July 30, 2015 12:58 PM  

They are the bestest and the brightested, why Dorothy that's all you need to build Utopia.

Blogger Pseudotsuga July 30, 2015 1:03 PM  

@18 Rabbi B:
That is apparently the deal-- honorary degrees (and Nobel Peace Prizes) are not awarded for DOING but for BEING. It is apparent that this has leaked into other awards such as the Grammys, the Oscars and....the Hugos.

Anonymous BGS July 30, 2015 1:05 PM  

moron the appearance of gravitas when all he had ever done was put posters on telephone poles when not in the Chicago bath house scene.

It was his work on the poles in the bathhouses that got him his senator position.

"Best Latino We Could Find degree?" Best WISE Latina We Could Find

Did you look under the robe to verify? Does anyone else think De Plane Boss De Plane when seeing pics of Jeb and his wife? Even cleaning ladies in Telanovas are more feminine than that. Its funny that Sammy Sosa's rookie card and deflategate Brady both have smaller arms than Serena Williams.

Blogger Alexander July 30, 2015 1:06 PM  

I for one would award the written body of work of Justice Ginsburg 451 degrees.

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 30, 2015 1:18 PM  

BHO got his peace prize for being 'not George Bush'. And maybe for being a Numinous figure. They did always photoshop him a halo for a while.

Blogger Jack Ward July 30, 2015 1:22 PM  

7. Donn #0114 July 30, 2015 12:21 PM

It should be doctors of screwology. At least when the time comes to populate the American gulags we can put SC justices with those degrees at the head of the line.

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 30, 2015 1:34 PM  

@20 Pseudotsuga,

That is apparently the deal-- honorary degrees (and Nobel Peace Prizes) are not awarded for DOING but for BEING.

That is essentially how eugenics is done. Think about all the sound and fury surrounding horse breeding.

What qualities they are breeding for, I honestly haven't figured out yet. It might just be an instinctive behavior that continues despite having any clear goal. But I'm leaning toward the belief that it's a Satanic thing where they're fattening people up for the big ITZ.

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 30, 2015 1:39 PM  

@24 Jack Ward,

At least when the time comes to populate the American gulags we can put SC justices with those degrees at the head of the line.

A fun thought, but that's not how you do it. Remember, they have lots of practice.

First you go for the fringe intellectuals, because they're "dangerous". Then you go for the associates of those fringe intellectuals, because they have "dangerous" ideas and associate with "dangerous" characters. Then you go for anyone who has entertained "dangerous" ideas, and then anyone who doesn't denounce the "dangerous" ideas strongly enough. 4th degree of separation means it's pretty much open season on everybody.

At that point you can pretty much accuse anyone at any time, because nobody with a spine is still alive. The organs of the state don't make mistakes.

Anonymous Jonathan July 30, 2015 2:09 PM  

BGS @21

It seems very unfair to allow Serena Williams to compete against "normal" women. She even makes the butch lesbians on tour look feminine and girly.

Blogger Jew613 July 30, 2015 2:43 PM  

Aharon barak was always a tyrant but by the end of his term in office there was t even the pretense of any legalor logical basis for his rulings except would it hurt the Jews, especially the religious, and would it benefit our enemies.

Blogger YIH July 30, 2015 3:11 PM  

@18 Rabbi B:
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Usually there's some sort of previous writing that becomes 'the doctoral thesis'. See MLK, Bill Cosby (who got his EdD for Fat Albert - I kid you not).

Anonymous Whitey McWhite July 30, 2015 3:20 PM  

Congratulations to Justice Ginsburg of the United States of America, Albie Sachs of South Africa, and Aharon Barak of Israel.

Blogger Rabbi B July 30, 2015 3:25 PM  

@29 YIH

So, it's basically the "No Award" of academia.

Anonymous Whitey McWhite July 30, 2015 3:27 PM  

"Albie Sachs of South Africa and Aharon Barak of Israel"

FP: "So cliche."

What do they have in common?

Blogger Sam Lively July 30, 2015 4:05 PM  

And of course Sandra Day O'Connor is the only "conservative" to fetch any.

Seems to go Jewish Liberal Woman, Liberal Woman, Mostly Liberal Woman, Liberal White Dudes, No Award, Conservative Men

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 July 30, 2015 5:56 PM  

23. "BHO got his (Nobel) peace prize for being 'not George Bush'"
That's kinda funny.
Ronald Reagan got the "Um, yes sir!" Religion of Peace prize for NOT being Jimmy Carter.
On the DAY he became Not Jimmy Carter.
CaptDMO

Anonymous Whitey McWhite July 30, 2015 7:35 PM  

There is also a direct head to head comparison of justices: Samuel Alito graduated from the same college and law school as Sonia Sotomayor and has been on the Court longer, but both schools have honored her and not him with honorary degrees.

That's conclusive if you think there are only two factors in play: competence and ideology. Obviously leftist ideology rules. It determines who gets the highest intellectual credentials academia can bestow, and who does not.

But 21st Century "leftist" politics is mostly anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-male ethnic coalition politics. From that point of view, a wise Latina (wise, in her own view, because she is a Latina) is above a white man.

Justice Thomas -- who is not even mentioned -- is a better case for showing that rewards and intellectual credentials are not being given to right-wingers, despite their being otherwise qualified.

Anonymous Geoff July 30, 2015 8:39 PM  

"It seems very unfair to allow Serena Williams to compete against "normal" women."

Hey, Serena identifies as a women. Accept it.

No, celebrate it.

Anonymous bgs July 30, 2015 10:21 PM  

"Hey, Serena identifies as a women. Accept it."

A-Rod and Marian Jones identified as steroid free accept it.

Blogger frigger611 July 30, 2015 10:31 PM  

Leftists are like fish who are incapable of ever knowing that water is wet.

So, living in their "water world," with no hope or desire to view things in the Great Beyond, real human struggle and achievement forever remain foreign concepts to them.

Leftists are not quite as bright as fish, but you already knew that.

Leftists only recognize (as worthy living creatures) those who live and breathe the same dogmas that they do. Ergo, of course, awards only go to their fellow gilled and fish-faced tribe. No surprise here. Laugh at the guppies giving awards to guppies.

Blogger David-2 July 31, 2015 12:55 AM  

"she is by some political science measures the farthest to the left on the Court".

The other political science measures (where she isn't the farthest left on the Court) are hopelessly broken.

Anonymous Bz July 31, 2015 4:44 AM  

At at least one venerable institution, recipients of honorary degrees were nominated and voted on by the faculty members of the various university departments. No thesis or anything like that required, of course. I can't off hand recall what the restrictions were (number of doctorates awarded, any quotas between the various faculties, etc).

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