Robots Only; No Humans

For security reasons, Off on a Tangent is now a “robots only” website. Human use of the site is prohibited. I’m sorry that it has come to this.

Visitors attempting to access the website will now be given a security prompt and will have to disprove their humanity by failing at least two “CAPTCHA” tests before being granted access.

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Random Photos

I need to make posts of my “random photos” more often. It has been almost five years since the last one, and so I’ve built up quite a backlog. Sorry.

If you’re friends with me on Facebook you very well might have seen some of these before. Some are just “artistic” photos, some are cute or weird pics of my pets, and some are just funny or unique things I’ve found while I have been out and about. Enjoy.

Biden to Nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson

President Joe Biden (D) will nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court. Jackson is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Jackson would replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced last month that he intends to retire at the end of the court’s current term. Breyer is part of the court’s “liberal” wing and an advocate of the living constitution school of jurisprudence. Jackson is also generally considered to be a “liberal” judge, so her nomination is unlikely to shift the ideological balance of the court.

Jackson worked as a law clerk for Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, for Judge Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also worked in private practice.

In 2009, Jackson was nominated by President Barack Obama (D) to serve as vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and she was confirmed by unanimous consent in the Senate. In 2012, Obama nominated her to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and she was later confirmed by voice vote. Biden nominated Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2021 and she was confirmed in a 53-44 vote.

The U.S. Senate is likely to hold hold hearings and a vote on confirmation some time in the coming weeks and months. The U.S. Constitution charges the Senate with providing “advice and consent” on presidential nominations to the Supreme Court.

Endorsement Statistics, 2004-2021

Do you like pie graphs? I hope so. This post is going to have pie graphs.

I started making formal political endorsements on this website in 2004, a little more than four years after I turned eighteen and gained the right to vote. Since then I have evaluated in-writing every candidate and every issue that has appeared on my ballot. That’s 227 candidates for 95 offices and 61 yes/no ballot issues. So there’s plenty of stuff that you can go back and read and get me “canceled” for.

Every so often, I look back at my statistics to see if I can discern any trends or interesting tidbits. That’s what this post is about. So if you have no interest in a bunch of statistical data about my personal politics, you should probably just click away now. I’ll have something else for you to read soon.

Scott Bradford has been putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.