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April 05, 2018

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Ian

F*cking hell.

How did she *get* the job in the first place?

David

And note the line, “None of you should even know whether I go to work.” I.e., for months at a time, on account of being drunk and repeatedly violating probation, or being investigated for misconduct, or being in jail, etc.

Because she’s “all about our community.”

Hector Drummond, Vile Novelist

It's unreasonable to expect her to work though, because that would be forcing her to appropriate white culture.

David

And there’s the anecdote, presented as an excuse, regarding a judge who, we’re told, was too obese to get to work and still got paid her full salary, for four years. That this is supposed to make everything okay does, I think, reveal something about the mindset.

Surreptitious Evil

"How did she *get* the job in the first place?"

Elected unopposed after defeating another couple of Dems in the primary.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

If you don't like me and still watch everything I do...You're a fan"

For some unknown reason I am reminded of the line from and unnamed Officer Efficiency Report:

His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity to see what he'll do next.
David

I get the impression, quite strongly, that Ms Astacio isn’t naturally inclined to reflect on her own behaviour in a remotely critical way. On top of which, she has what is for some a ready-made excuse for any professional shortcomings, one that she’s apparently quite willing to use, thereby making the prospect of self-awareness even more remote.

MC

I do appreciate the malicious joy she takes in her own uselessness. So many of the middle-class black Americans featured on these pages just moan, rather than sit back and enjoy the benefits of inhabiting a protected class. An easy route to university and then - even if you don't make it in something as tough as the law (she must have done some work at some point surely?) - the warm arms of the state offer many many highly-paid opportunities to skive.

R. Sherman

Not that we need the reminder, but New York is controlled by Democrats who believe the taxpayers exist to fund politicians' sinecures and should otherwise just shut up about things like showing up for work or avoiding criminal prosecution.

[+]

Plot thickens.

http://www.whec.com/news/astacio-shotgun-dicks/4851568/

Jonathan

Boy, that white privilege and sense of entitlement sure are strong in her...sees picture of subject..oh.

Paul Bell

Looked at the facebook page and saw this:


Theodore Graham · 7:56 What happened to your car?
Manage

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Leticia Astacio · I'm not really sure. I think the engine blew? The oil light was blinking, it sounded like a bomb was in it. It was making crazy screeching noises then there was a big clunk that sounded like something fell out. The check engine light started flashing.. Thenstarted smoking and slowing down until I pulled over, turned it off and called somebody to come get me

Clearly this woman is a genius.

Sam

*acts like welfare queen*
*acts like welfare queen*
*acts like welfare queen*
*complains about being called welfare queen*
*acts like welfare queen*

David

I suppose you have to marvel at a judge, a supposed figure of rectitude and public trust, who routinely blames others for her own irresponsibility and criminal behaviour, and who openly and repeatedly disdains the terms of her own probation and the law in general.

Spiny Norman

Plot thickens

...a woman believed to be Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio tried to buy a shotgun at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Henrietta.

Investigators said that employees refused to sell her a gun based on store policy.

Perhaps it was the old song she was singing at the time...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF9HyOMV5h0

Joan

Facebook video rants and ankle monitors. That's one classy judge.

David

That’s one classy judge.

While watching all the hair zhuzhing and lip-balm applying, and listening to the endless likes, I was struck by how much she sounds like a self-involved teenager, rather than, say, a figure of gravitas, sobriety and acute legal discernment.

Hal

His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity to see what he'll do next.

Ah, yes. Possibly apocryphal, but just the same . . .

His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of curiosity.
I would not breed from this Officer.
This Officer is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definitely won't-be.
When she opens her mouth, it seems that this is only to change whichever foot was previously in there.
He has carried out each and every one of his duties to his entire satisfaction.
He would be out of his depth in a car park puddle.
Technically sound, but socially impossible.
This Officer reminds me very much of a gyroscope - always spinning around at a frantic pace, but not really going anywhere.
This young lady has delusions of adequacy.
When he joined my ship, this Officer was something of a granny; since then he has aged considerably.
Since my last report he has reached rock bottom, and has started to dig.
She sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.
He has the wisdom of youth, and the energy of old age.
This Officer should go far - and the sooner he starts, the better.
In my opinion this pilot should not be authorized to fly below 250 feet.
This man is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.
The only ship I would recommend this man for is citizenship.
Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.

pst314

I was struck by how much she sounds like a self-involved teenager, rather than, say, a figure of gravitas, sobriety and acute legal discernment.

That may appeal to the people who voted for her.

Adam

Meanwhile,those pillars of legal rectitude - Muldoon's Goons - intercept deplaning Russians and scan all the data from their electronics. But don't worry: They had a warrant.

Rosenstein retroactively approves Muldoon's 5am SWAT raid on cooperating witness Manafort. The authorizing memo is scrupulously redacted to conceal all the relevant information.

And Trump's FBI Director fights the release of the unredacted memo to the Congressional committee having Constitutional authority over it..

Somehow a Judge wearing an ankle bracelet pales in comparison...

Trevor

How did she *get* the job in the first place?

You're way ahead of me. I'm still trying to process the fact that she was admitted to an institution of higher education.

WTP

I'm still trying to process the fact that she was admitted to an institution of higher education

Well, exactly. As I was relating this to my wife, this person went through 12 years of (likely) public education, 4 years of (likely) public university, and a couple more years of law school. Moved along the way, etc. etc. etc. Many, many people came in contact with her without sufficiently challenging her. Must have had some experience in a law firm to become a judge (maybe I’m wrong), and gets chosen by the party to represent them, and then gets elected. She makes over $175K a year. And then she gets a raise. A rising star…and we paid for it. Especially those in NY/Rochester/etc.

I really have a hard time putting too much blame on these specific people. They are only the problem because soooooo many others enabled them. Note, I am not excusing the end result but if there is 100 pounds of problem here, I place 75 pounds of it at the feet of the numerous enablers. And a pound or two belong to us schmucks who paid the bills along the way.

R. Sherman

I'm still trying to process the fact that she was admitted to an institution of higher education.

You have to understand that judicial appointments/elections are ultimately political in this country. It has very little to do with merit or qualifications. Perhaps in the past, yes. Not any longer.

And I will stop here, so that my license is not in peril.

neal

If she was a bit more sadistic with more baggage she could be a contender.
Circuit Court. Hang with the Kennedys. Beachfront property. And buried bodies.

ComputerLabRat

I'm still trying to process the fact that she was admitted to an institution of higher education.

It's called Affirmative Action. She ticked at least 2 boxes, the main box being the color one.

It would be racist to flunk her out of high school, so she graduates.

The university to which she was accepted may have been quite a bit short of that color and were probably overjoyed she applied just so they could tick that box and continue getting their funding from the federal government.

Once in, like WTP described, she passes every class because to fail her would be racist, no?

And for the judge job, it probably only required a law degree, and the rest was a political process as R. Sherman said.

Quite the oppressed, she is.

bgates

When she was 17 years old, Astacio, then single, gave birth to a daughter.

That's the leadoff of the Astacio section of the coverage of the Democratic primary election which she won in 2014.

The daughter of parents who held multiple jobs, ranging from her mom's postal work to her dad's roofing jobs, Astacio was insistent that she would be a role model for her child.

Sigh.

She worked her way through Monroe Community College and the University of Buffalo, where she received a master's in social work and her law degree.

After school, she joined Monroe County Legal Assistance Center, helping low-income residents needing legal representation with civil issues, such as a denial of public services. She found a niche there, she said, because she could relate to some of the clientele who were trying to keep themselves afloat.

I'll bet.

"I was always interested in being in close proximity to people who are similar to me," she said.

Crooks, that is.

But the crunch of student loans, and the fact that her job was grant funded, prompted her to look for something with a more reliable income.

Well done there.

She joined the Monroe County District Attorney's Office in 2007, moving to the drunken driving bureau in 2009

oh come on

-and then there's the mention of the competition:

Gargan is the candidate endorsed by the Democratic Party.

Three legal organizations — the county Bar Association, the Rochester Black Bar Association, and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys — all ranked Gargan "highly qualified." Lopez and Astacio received "qualified" ratings, except for a "highly qualified" for Lopez from the RBBA.

The close reader will note that Astacio stands alone as the only candidate not considered "highly qualified" by anybody - except:

The RBBA also rates candidates' "sensitivity" toward issues involving minorities and the disadvantaged. Astacio and Lopez were ranked "highly sensitive" and Gargan "moderately sensitive."

She was also the only black person in the race.

pst314

I'm still trying to process the fact that she was admitted to an institution of higher education.

The politics of "racial justice" have grossly distorted education and employment:

Children who have not learned anything are nonetheless given passing grades in class and are allowed to graduate from grade school and high school. Colleges and universities water down their admission standards in order to accept kids who are unprepared and unqualified. Then they demand that professors water down their grading standards so that these kids pass with acceptable marks. Going further, they create courses and entire departments in which academic excellence is irrelevant. Eventually these kids graduate with impressive degrees, and enter the working world where you would think they would finally run up against cruel reality. But no: corporations, under pressure from government lawyers and extortionist "social justice" advocacy groups create places for these unqualified and underqualified people...

champ

Clearly this woman is a genius.

Yes, but was she drunk at the time?

Sporkatus

I'd warrant the only kind of institutes of a non-penal nature she's worthy of admittance to are the involuntary Baker Act kind.

ftumch

Thread, as the cool kids say.

https://twitter.com/drawandstrike/status/981615586659749888

W Krebs

Life imitates art....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FiOmiiX48I

JuliaM

@ftumch: From that thread:

"The reality is gov't is full of blazinging stupid INCOMPETENT people who can't pull off the complex deceptions you're claiming. "

Why am I reminded of the so-called 'Novichok nerve agent attack' over here...?

TomJ

On Annual Confidential Reports, I once read a list of allegedly true ACR comments which, as well as some of the standards listed above included a couple that stuck in my memory:
Sgt Bloggs does not suffer fools gladly; he needs to learn to exercise more tact when fools are of higher rank.
SAC Smith has a history of unfortunate incidents involving alcohol and bicycles. Thankfully this has improved, both because Smith has developed a more responsible attitude towards alcohol and because people are no longer willing to lend him their bicycle.

TomJ

On the thread looked to by ftumch above, the school curricula really ought to include Hanlon's Razor alongside the more famous one from Occam:

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

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