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Judge Taylor Gets "Fringed"

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No, Judge Anna Taylor Diggs did not vote for Ned Lamont. Apparently she has done something even worse. She had the audacity to defend the Constitution of the United States of America, ruling that President Bush's "terrorist surveillance programs" were illegal and a direct violation of the first and fourth amendment, not to mention the FISA legislation passed by Congress.

But rather than challenge her ruling on the law, in a tone similar to that used by the President in describing "islamo-facists," the Republican Party immediately labeled her a "liberal Democrat judge." Trying to make political hay, the RNC website screamed the headline "Liberal Judge Backs Dem Agenda To Weaken National Security." Conservative bloggers were quick to call her an "Icon of the Lamont Party" and we soon learned that Judge Taylor had been appointed by that liberal "nut-ball" Jimmy Carter. The administration' mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh weighed in saying she was "as dangerous as the enemy," accusing her and Carter of "traitorous" behavior. Immediately, the dirt began to fly with a report zooming across the Internet that Taylor's former husband, a congressman name Charles C. Diggs had been indicted and convicted on charges of taking kickbacks from his staff. Worse, it seems that Taylor had been a supporter of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King. No doubt about it, she was a member of the liberal fringe, and probably a "commie" to boot.

All this ire is aimed at a 73-year-old woman who has been a respected federal judge for nearly 20 years. One of the first female African American graduates from Yale Law school, (as many thoughtful conservative websites point out – "a two-fer") she has had a distinguished legal career serving as a county prosecutor, assistant US attorney, and as an attorney in other government agencies and private practice, eventually rising to become Michigan's first Black Female Federal Judge. As to her involvement in the civil rights movement, she is apparently guilty as charged. It seems she participated in such nefarious activities as registering voters in Mississippi.

But in ruling against what she called the administration's assertion that the president "has been granted the inherent power to violate not only the laws of the Congress but the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution itself " Judge Taylor, "Terrorist Sympathizer" that she is, has apparently crossed the line. She has joined the fringe.

As one conservative blogger wrote, her ruling is "a shocking reminder of why Democrats must never be entrusted with power at any level. Apparently, he has a different interpretation of the Constitution as well.

But it gets worse. The conservative blog-way spewed forth to call her an "Unpatriotic," "America Hating," "Crazy b*tch," "Jihad Judge," who should be "immediately impeached." She is "insane" and must be a "black" or "f*cking a sand n-word." Judge Taylor deserves, as one blogger writes, "to have the first bomb that comes here dropped on her head."

And from the outlying edges of the real fringe comes this, as reported by the Huges for America Blog citing comments from Free Republic: " This traitor should be taken out back and SHOT. Period. Not a joke, not sarcasm. I'm tired of this terrorist-allied judicial legislators. (Note: That's not in the Constitution either.)

As for the President Bush, he say's "Those who herald this decision simply do not understand the nature of the world in which we live."

He is right about that.
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