He comes across as too affable—to the point of seeming contrived and disingenuous. He didn’t get to where he is today by being a true non-partisan nice guy inside. He also knew that keeping many of his opinions to himself was the expedient way to assure future options. But he has left some bread crumbs for us to examine in some of his rulings so far.

He has been a low profile networking Republican for years- but no principled, neutral bystander. He was involved in the Bush campaign in Ohio when anti-gay legislation was placed on the ballot to lure as many low lifers out of their lairs as possible to help win the presidential election in that state. This is no naïve Gomer Pyle nice guy and no Leave it to Beaver Ward Cleaver. The truly effective people who pull this kind of show off are career deceptors. They cloak their ideology in pastor-like demeanors, like Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham; these folks got more blatant as time went by.

Gorsuch’s mother, Anne, a Republican ideologue, got canned in 1983 as Reagan’s head of the EPA when she became a mismanagement icon while attempting to gut that ‘overreaching’ ‘big government’ agency (Another incompetent Bush “Brownie”). She couldn’t even swing a clean meat axe. In the true spirit of Reagan, she firmly believed that government was always the problem, rather than a solution. She was a deconstructor. Her reputation was as a hard-ass, but unskilled, administrator.

Anne’s demise most certainly helped to shape her son Neil’s view of regulation. Her firing must have bit hard. He was a student in a private prep school while mom was going down the drain, working his way towards becoming a skilled lawyer. He had a comfortable growing up, and didn’t have to sweat little things like tuitions and living expenses. A chain smoker, Anne died of cancer at age 62 in 2004.

Gorsuch was noticeably affected by the questions posed by Senator Al Franken, particularly when quizzed about the devastating ruling on a truck driver’s firing which destroyed his livelihood. He can be seen taking a deep breath after several pointed questions by Franken.

The Hobby Lobby case was a small taste about what he believes the balance of power should be between employers and workers. The Green family’s religious rights to deny contraceptive benefits in the company health care plan outweighed the religious and employment rights of all of its employees. Gorsuch is the kind of person who will put his thumb on the scale of justice when it resonates with his person beliefs, and he will be ever so smooth in justifying that with minute technicalities of law and the constitution that he can paper over his thumb with.

The real question we seem to be left with is whether he will use a thumb or an elbow. Given his adoration of Antonin Scalia, I would bet on elbows.

One question that has been missed in the hearings so far is raising the question of conflict of interest. Scalia, his idol, was not shy about cavorting with people like Dick Cheney at a time when matters could come before the court that affected Cheney and his associates. Scalia essentially gave anyone the finger if they brought that to his attention. Both Scalia and justice Thomas have been unapologetic about their failure to recuse themselves when the conflicts were glaring.

Is Gorsuch no more than a Scalia in Ward Cleaver clothing? From the security of his life time post on the Supreme Court, his world view will probably be offered with much less regard for what anyone else thinks of it.

We have all known a bland co-worker who shows their true personality only when they experience the power of a promotion.

This appointment is not his to have. It was stolen and will forever cloud his tenure on the court. All Dems should vote no. Receiving stolen property is a crime.


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zapdam 2 years 17 weeks ago

If democrat's could just remember that right wingers will say ANYTHING to achieve their objective and mean not one word of what they are saying, but by the time arrives that Americans realize it , its usually too late ,they already have themselves in in a position of power. The cult of republicanism trumps everything.

Coalage3 2 years 16 weeks ago

Ha ha...you guys should go down to the local clubs for amateur comedy hour.

Please say hello to your next Supreme Court justice. The dems got nothing, and they know it.

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PhilfromOhio 2 years 16 weeks ago


Thank you for the compliment. Remember, however, that he who laughs loudest usually missed the nuance of the joke. There is still time to come into the confessional and repent, Coal man. You too can be saved.

Incidentally where are the thousands of coal mining jobs that your imposter in chief promised? And where will all of your miner relatives get their health care in the future? Surely you will kick in a few $$ to help them out. I hope you are not a closet mine owner who is just tugging at my vestments.

There is still time for redemption and for foregiveness. I think your friends are trying out the motto "COPD for Free".

Have a blessed day with your black lung and new health care freedom. ​I am sure that Neil will defend your right to be sick. Oh, but then you already have your socialized Medicare already, so you are all set.

Monsignor Phil from Ohio

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Dianereynolds 2 years 16 weeks ago

I love the complaining from leftie/socialists that nothing has been done by the new Trump administration. You need to do homework. Trump has worn out pens undoing many Obama regulations, is still getting cabinet positions filled, and as those are filled the promised changes are taking place. Notice I have not yet whined the "the democrat party and media is trying to block his every move".

That should, and will forever be your excuse for wasting 7-1/2 years of the American publics time with a president that never learned how to work with the opposition. You guys are great at making excuses. Trump just keeps rolling on and it's time for the democrat party to shit, sweat, or move on out of the way.

As for Gorsuch, please continue to make fools out of yourselves with washed up comedians like carpet bagger Al Franken.

Gorsuch will be the next to sit on the SCOTUS. One down two more to go. Thanks Joe, and if the democrats are completely crazy, Harry.

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zapdam 2 years 16 weeks ago

"Gosh, Golly, My Goodness, Shucks: The Gorsuch Performance." The make being 1960's Fred MuMurray goes to Washington.

Legend 2 years 16 weeks ago

For Diane:


Today is his first test to see if he can deal with his own party. Even if it passes today it has to pass the Senate.

Executive orders cannot be stopped by the Democratic Party. Hope you like the coal flyash that they can now legally dump in your streams and rivers.

Coalage3 2 years 16 weeks ago

I don't remember Trump "promising thousands of coal jobs". But I do remember Hillary bragging about shutting the industry down (which of course she tried to walk back). No surprise she lost this part of the country.

And this has what to do with Gorsuch????????

Legend 2 years 16 weeks ago

You keep hanging on to coal even when it is an energy of the past.


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Dianereynolds 2 years 16 weeks ago
Quote Legend:

For Diane:


Today is his first test to see if he can deal with his own party. Even if it passes today it has to pass the Senate.

Executive orders cannot be stopped by the Democratic Party. Hope you like the coal flyash that they can now legally dump in your streams and rivers.

Why do you keep forgetting Donald Trump is not a Republican.

This is no test for Trump. He cannot lose. It passes OK. It fails, you get to keep a failing healthcare system. President Trump has a lot of judges to appoint and executive orders to be overturned. Busy, busy, bust.

As for your flyash concerns,

We won't dump it into the river, we will use it to built the wall.

"Fly ash is used as a supplementary cementitious material (SCM) in the production of portland cement concrete. A supplementary cementitious material, when used in conjunction with portland cement, contributes to the properties of the hardened concrete through hydraulic or pozzolanic activity, or both."




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PhilfromOhio 2 years 16 weeks ago

Hi Diane, I wondered where you went, my child.

I was sure that you would show up again soon to point out that Don's stock market dropped 500 points since you last crowed about it. I must have missed your post while attending to my spiritual duties counseling the TrumpTrodden. I can hardly keep up with these converts. They are feeling so let down.

I do agree with one thing you just said about his schedule, "Busy, busy, bust." I understand that Guantanamo is thinking about getting wifi so you can Facetime him soon.

Please deposit your pennance in the box on the way out the door.

Have a blessed day,

Monsignor Phil from Ohio

Coalage3 2 years 16 weeks ago

My time in the coal industry has passed but thanks for asking. The news that other energy sources are coming of age is "old news" to those of us from the industry. My interest in coal was of the metallurgical variety anyway, not thermal coal.

And what does this have to do with Gorsuch? Is he an ex-coal miner?

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PhilfromOhio 2 years 16 weeks ago


You need to keep up with the news. Trump promises everyone everything, including bringing back thousands of coal mining jobs. He believes in the mythology of "clean coal."


Legend 2 years 16 weeks ago

Yes Diane I know that you can use flyash in Concrete. I used to work in construction and in the 70's worked at coal plants. It also has a few other uses. But the fact is:

In the United States about 131 million tons of fly ash are produced annually by 460 coal-fired power plants. A 2008 industry survey estimated that 43% of this ash is re-used.

Where fly ash is stored in bulk, it is usually stored wet rather than dry to minimize fugitive dust. The resulting impoundments (ponds) are typically large and stable for long periods, but any breach of their dams or bunding is rapid and on a massive scale.

In December 2008, the collapse of an embankment at an impoundment for wet storage of fly ash at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant caused a major release of 5.4 million cubic yards of coal fly ash, damaging 3 homes and flowing into the Emory River. Cleanup costs may exceed $1.2 billion. This spill was followed a few weeks later by a smaller TVA-plant spill in Alabama, which contaminated Widows Creek and the Tennessee River.

In 2014, tens of thousands of tons of ash and 27 million gallons (100,000 cubic meters) of contaminated water spilled into the Dan River near Eden, NC from a closed North Carolina coal-fired power plant that is owned by Duke Energy. It is currently the third worst coal ash spill ever to happen in the United States.[40][41] A 48-inch (120 cm) pipe spilled arsenic and other heavy metals into the river for a week, but was successfully plugged by Duke Energy. The U.S. federal government plans to investigate, and people along the river have been warned to stay away from the water. Fish have yet to be tested, but health officials say not to eat them.[42]

New regulations published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2015, stipulate a comprehensive set of rules and guidelines for safe disposal and storage.[43] Designed to prevent pond failures and protect groundwater, enhanced inspection, record keeping and monitoring is specified. Procedures for closure are also included and include capping, liners, and dewatering.

Fly ash contains trace concentrations of heavy metals and other substances that are known to be detrimental to health in sufficient quantities. Potentially toxic trace elements in coal include arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, barium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, radium, selenium, thorium, uranium, vanadium, and zinc.[45][46] Approximately 10% of the mass of coals burned in the United States consists of unburnable mineral material that becomes ash, so the concentration of most trace elements in coal ash is approximately 10 times the concentration in the original coal.[47] A 1997 analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that fly ash typically contained 10 to 30 ppm of uranium, comparable to the levels found in some granitic rocks, phosphate rock, and black shale.[47]

In 2000, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that coal fly ash did not need to be regulated as a hazardous waste.[48] Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey and others of radioactive elements in coal ash have concluded that fly ash compares with common soils or rocks and should not be the source of alarm.[47] However, community and environmental organizations have documented numerous environmental contamination and damage concerns.[49][50][51]

A revised risk assessment approach may change the way coal combustion wastes (CCW) are regulated, according to an August 2007 EPA notice in the Federal Register.[52] In June 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives held an oversight hearing on the Federal government's role in addressing health and environmental risks of fly ash.[53]

Crystalline silica and lime along with toxic chemicals represent exposure risks to human health and the environment. Although industry has claimed that fly ash is "neither toxic nor poisonous,"[citation needed] this is disputed. Exposure to fly ash through skin contact, inhalation of fine particulate dust and ingestion through drinking water may well present health risks. Fly ash contains crystalline silica which is known to cause lung disease, in particular silicosis. Crystalline siilica is listed by the IARC and US National Toxicology Program as a known human carcinogen.[54]

Lime (CaO) reacts with water (H2O) to form calcium hydroxide [Ca(OH)2], giving fly ash a pH somewhere between 10 and 12, a medium to strong base. This can also cause lung damage if present in sufficient quantities.

Material Safety Data Sheets recommend a number of safety precautions be taken when handling or working with fly ash.[55] These include wearing protective goggles, respirators and disposable clothing and avoiding agitating the fly ash in order to minimise the amount which becomes airborne.

The National Academy of Sciences noted in 2007 that "the presence of high contaminant levels in many CCR (coal combustion residue) leachates may create human health and ecological concerns".[1] From Wikipedia.

I also live a few miles from the Burlington Northern rail line and see the coal trains. Over 100 cars per train, 225,000 pounds of coal net per rail car, 24 trains per day serving southern colorado, texas, New Mexico and part of Arizona. Fly ash content is about 35%. It is not returned.

Legend 2 years 16 weeks ago

Amazing how facts shut them up.

Coalage3 2 years 16 weeks ago

What does coal mining jobs have to do with the next SC justice?

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