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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

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

  • nappyduggs

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

  • S.Luggo

    Plus, she doesn’t recycle her crack vials.

  • Rush

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

  • NoWireHangers

    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

    i have $17.52 in my checking account right now.

  • Serolf Divad

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

  • V572625694

    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

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

  • Cape Clod

    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

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

  • SayItWithWookies

    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

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

  • charlesdegoal

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

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

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

  • McGomer

    Ai Yay Yay! No me gusta!

  • user-of-owls

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

  • Custerwolf

    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

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

  • voyetra8

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

  • Lascauxcaveman

    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

    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

    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

    She lost it all playing cards with her clerks.

    Her poker face is terrible.

  • choinski

    She’s spendin it all in teh insulenz.

  • V572625694

    [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

    Have we all forgotten?

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

  • sezme

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

  • PsycGirl

    [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

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

  • Custerwolf

    [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

    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

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

  • jagorev

    Damn, Nate Silver is starting to get really snarky.

  • jagorev

    [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

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

  • jagorev

    [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

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

  • Politicartoons

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

  • snideinplainsight

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

  • rambone

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

  • x111e7thst

    [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

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

  • blueconversechucks

    [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

    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

    [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

    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

    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

    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

    [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

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

  • pondscum

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

  • toooldtocare

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

  • DustBowlBlues

    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

    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

    [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

    Maybe she can get a subsidy for her robes.

  • S.Luggo

    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

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

  • Chet Kincaid

    [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.