EMBARRASSING SECRETS  12:17 pm May 27, 2009

Supreme Court Nominee Is A Poor

by Sara K. Smith

Monopoly Man is shocked.What is wrong with this Sonia Sotomayor, that she is not sitting on a fat pile of cash like most upstanding citizens? Her financial disclosure forms suggest she’s got in the neighborhood of $100,000 socked away, which is not terribly impressive for a fancy judge who has had her fancy judging job for a while.

Sure, most of us would not turn up our noses at $100,000, because that would be nearly enough to get us out of credit card debt and maybe buy some groceries besides! But doesn’t this gal want to save up for retirement, or the apocalypse or whatever?

Long-lost boyfriend Nate Silver explains why it would be dumb for her to save a lot of money: she’s got a fat federal pension to look forward to when she retires; there’s virtually no chance of her ever losing her job; and really well hookers and blow do take a bite out of the old finances.

At least she does not live in a simple backwoods shack like SOME Supreme Court justices.

Sotomayor Reports Financial Assets of Around $100,000 [Wall Street Journal]
Grandmother of World’s 23rd Best Economist Posthumously Offended by Sonia Sotomayor’s Spending Habits; Will Obama Withdraw Nomination? [FiveThirtyEight]

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Custerwolf May 27, 2009 at 12:20 pm

She knows she can always borrow money from me if she needs it.

nappyduggs May 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

She has around $300million in dubloons socked away somewhere in the new Yankee Stadium also.

S.Luggo May 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Plus, she doesn’t recycle her crack vials.

Rush May 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Maybe she can’t make financial decsions as good as a white man can.

NoWireHangers May 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Sure, most of us would not turn up our noses at $100,000, because that would be nearly enough to get us out of credit card debt and maybe buy some groceries besides!

I’d laugh if I wasn’t already crying.

sevenrepeat May 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm

i have $17.52 in my checking account right now.

Serolf Divad May 27, 2009 at 12:28 pm

She sends most of her money as donations to Hamas, I bet.

V572625694 May 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Now I see what the wingnuts are talking about: anybody who worked in as a corporate lawyer for ten years or whatever and never bothered to get rich has got to be mentally deficient.

At least, that’s the way Republicans see it.

Larry Fine May 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

A switchbalade hidden in your pointy shoes comes in handy when you needs more money.

Cape Clod May 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

We’re supposed to have more than $100,000 in cash on hand, available at a minute’s notice? Oh, what a spendthrift I’ve been!

widget09 May 27, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Atlas has shugged again! let the “looting begin”.

SayItWithWookies May 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm

This is going to sink her nomination for sure. No Republican can approve of a judge who manages to live on her own salary.

Servo May 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Just a little token of appreciation from her favorite Isla de Vieques terrorists.

charlesdegoal May 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm

If she’s so smart, how come she’s not rich?

Lionel Hutz Esq. May 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Thank God we have Roberts and Alito to show empathy for millionaires.

McGomer May 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Ai Yay Yay! No me gusta!

user-of-owls May 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm

[re=325428]sevenrepeat[/re]: Up against the wall, you bourgeois parasite.

Custerwolf May 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

My girlfriend jus sent me this one:

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.
The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.
The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.
Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.

ph7 May 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm

She sleeps on a king size mattress made entirely of $1,000 bills.

voyetra8 May 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Yes, but have they assessed her stockpile of government cheese?

Lascauxcaveman May 27, 2009 at 12:48 pm

No, no, no. She’s just taking the long view here. You know how much it costs to bribe a district court judge? $10,000 maybe $20,000.

Once you reach the Circuit Court, it’s more like $100,000 to $300,000.

The Supremes? You’re talking $2 to $4 million.

Mustang May 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Oh come on. She’s obviously immoral because she’s a lib. She has spent all her money on abortions. And The New York Times.

american mutt May 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Am I the only one thinking, “student debt”? All you spoiled people who went to school on daddy’s money, bugger off!

/end chip on shoulder

theo May 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

She lost it all playing cards with her clerks.

Her poker face is terrible.

choinski May 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

She’s spendin it all in teh insulenz.

V572625694 May 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm

[re=325449]Custerwolf[/re]: Now, don’t go raising the (OT) we-don’t-need-no-stinkin-single-payer-healthcare-system bugaboo here. We libtards want Medicare expanded to the whole population.

And if you don’t think you like “socialized medicine*,” just ask anybody who has it if they’d like to give it up.

Good yarn, though!

*which is what the wingnuts call a Canadian-style single-payer system

gjdodger May 27, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Have we all forgotten?

“Everything free in America!
…for a small fee in America…”?

sezme May 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

[re=325461]V572625694[/re]: Note, though, that the Canadian system fails to provide coverage for baby seals.

PsycGirl May 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm

[re=325458]american mutt[/re]: I hear you. I have two friends who got their Ph.D’s at least 15 years ago and are still paying off debts. $100,000 would probably take care of them and let them buy groceries and pay the car off, even. Luckily for me, North Carolina had a good public university system that was dirt cheap for in-state through ’92 at least.

V572625694 May 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

[re=325468]sezme[/re]: Eat your heart out!

Custerwolf May 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

[re=325461]V572625694[/re]: I just try to keep the issue off the table by staying as healthy as possible and taking care of myself. While I could suture up one of my dogs, I don’t think I could do the same for myself, unfortunately. I’d still prefer to have a scar instead of an overblown doctor bill.

19kevin8 May 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I love the first sentence from the WSJ article… “Federal judges are said to lead a monastic life, but Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor appears to have taken a vow of poverty too.”

I guess my total net worth of $5,000 means I’m not rich after all. Damn.

Custerwolf May 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

[re=325468]sezme[/re]: And god knows they need it after having their original coverage stripped from them.

jagorev May 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Damn, Nate Silver is starting to get really snarky.

jagorev May 27, 2009 at 1:19 pm

[re=325428]sevenrepeat[/re]: Poor people like you sicken me. I worked hard, went to college, got a degree, have a job, and that’s why I have almost $37 ($36.35) in my checking account right now. Maybe someday, if you really put your nose to the grindstone, and focus on pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, you’ll be as wealthy as me!

problemwithcaring May 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm

But 100K is like being a millionaire in Puerto Rican money, right?

jagorev May 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm

[re=325453]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: I don’t think Diana Ross would take anything less than $10 million. She’s a classy lady, you know.

user-of-owls May 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm

[re=325468]sezme[/re]: Not so. Heart-to-Mouth Transplants are fully covered.

Politicartoons May 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

She sends all of her money to her family in Mexico. I wasn’t born yesterday.

snideinplainsight May 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

It takes a lot of legal fees, to get your name changed from “Maria”.

rambone May 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm

That kind of money will still buy you a lot of tacos y burritos.

x111e7thst May 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

[re=325471]Custerwolf[/re]: I watched a couple of guys sew themselves up. One did his arm, the other his face. The started with large amounts of painkillers and did their work between when the numb set in and the passout began. Didn’t look all that hard. If you get a chance to try it let me know how it works out. (ok that last was a poor attempt at joke)

x111e7thst May 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

[re=325469]PsycGirl[/re]: It’s still possible to make ones way thru the SUNY system without incurring a mountain of debt.

blueconversechucks May 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm

[re=325449]Custerwolf[/re]: Actually, The FIRST is a Golden Retriever (with an owner with plenty of money.)

Other golden retrievers get great health care too, but unfortunately the only procedure they are offered is euthanasia.

Bruno May 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm

When is someone on the Right going to imply some illicit drug habit that sucks up all her cash.

Or she gives it to the Scientologists.

Custerwolf May 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm

[re=325502]blueconversechucks[/re]: ‘Tis true. The difference between working at Westside Veterinary Center in Manhattan and the Sultan Vet Clinic located next to my local feedstore in rural WA, was about an 80% euthanasia rate. Phoebe Cate’s mom (very lovely woman) actually paid for a seat for her dog aboard the Concorde. Not cheap. I remember when her little maltese got sick all the vets were terrified the poor thing was going to die on their watch.

Lord Growing May 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm

My guess: Internet scams and repeat viewings of Harry Potter movies. There’ve been a lot of those goddamn things. Hot dogs and popcorn also.

FormerDCite May 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm

She’s only worth $100,000? That’s nothing if you’re a real U.S. American, but a fortune if you’re a Mexican from Puerto Rico.

DustBowlBlues May 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm

She wasted that old Hispanic chick wisdom she’s so proud of on that crowd in Berkeley. If M-A-R-I-A had taken her ass to Telemundo, she’d be richer than that Judge Judy bitch.

Custerwolf May 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

[re=325494]x111e7thst[/re]: I’ll let you know if I ever try it – seriously. There are certain types of pain I can’t tolerate. Slivers, for instance. I’ll carve a 2-inch deep trench in my hand with a dull knife just trying to evict a sliver. It’s purely a mental aversion, but I just cants stands a silver.

Custerwolf May 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm

The hand was quicker thn the eye – I meant “sliver.”

pondscum May 27, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Can we get a look at her charitable contributions? I bet a few of those would make repub heads asplode.

toooldtocare May 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

[re=325476]problemwithcaring[/re]: So how much is 100,000.00 US in Puerto Rican pesos?

DustBowlBlues May 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Remember when Karl Asshat was going to destroy the Democratic party with evil, nasty deeds?

O’Bama is killing the Republicans with kindness. Bring it, assholes. Make fun of the mescun chick all you can. Alienate the fastest growing demographic in the US of A. Maybe the Republicans will see a silver lining when they lose this fight by taking comfort in what a good example an abortion-loving Supreme will be for the hispanic population.

Shit, that may the meanest thing I’ve ever written, but I doubt it. My mood is black because I’m missing my black cat, who might have finally succumbed to the wild things. First cat (of five) we’ve lost since 9 years of country living. Our record in the city for traffic accidents and cats was much worse. Still, I wish she’d come back.

Mr Blifil May 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Duh. She spent all her moneez on sugary foods and soda. Hence the diabetes and the other ailments (fatness). And there is another word for spitfire latinas drawing hefty government pensions after serving for a lifetime on a high court: Welfare Queens.

Custerwolf May 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

[re=325583]DustBowlBlues[/re]: Oh shit. I’m so sorry for you. I have eleven – and with coyotes and owls frequenting the place – I’d say we’ve been unbelievably lucky. I hope she comes home.

TGY May 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Maybe she can get a subsidy for her robes.

S.Luggo May 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

No be mockin’ la chola. It requires “mucho dinero” to keep your lowrider cherry: http://www.autocult.com.au/img/gallery/full/LowRider6.jpg

bitchincamaro May 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

[re=325586]Mr Blifil[/re]: We here in Queens, take exception to your barb.

Chet Kincaid May 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm

[re=325586]Mr Blifil[/re]: If that was snark, you suck at it. If not, I’m sure you already know you’re a racist.

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