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Song Parodies -> "Sotomayor (English Version) (US Supreme Court)"

Original Song Title:

"Cara Mia"

Original Performer:

Jay and The Americans

Parody Song Title:

"Sotomayor (English Version) (US Supreme Court)"

Parody Written by:

Tommy Turtle

The Lyrics

Sung to this video of all-time fave cover. Jay trained for opera before deciding rock held more opportunity (caught him live in concert a few years ago). .... and the ability to hold the 16-beat note on "die", then go right into the next line without a breath, separates the non-smokers from the smokers :)

Sotomayor? Why?
Hates that you're a guy
Says Whites not smart
Does racism fly? [1]

'Bama', hear my prayer
Get her out of there
Justice Supreme till the end of life? [2]

Sotomayor? No!
Court up higher? No!
Sotomayor? No!
Robe, attire? No!

Sotomayor: my!
Senate, please deny
"Richness of life"? [3]
The facts, she'll decry

'Bama, don't you care
'Bout a judge unfair?
Raise her above? That's an endless crime!

Sotomayor? No!
Prospect dire, oh!
Sotomayor? No!
Legal mire? No!

No, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no
Whites' rights depart; importance, slip by- y- y- y- y- y- y- y- y- y- y- y- y- y- y- y [4]
'Bama, don't you dare
Leave us in despair
Don't smear our Court, letting bias climb!

Sotomayor? No!
Law: inspire? No!
Sotomayor? No!
Should retire! Go!
Sotomayor, slime!

[1] Sotomayor said she could make better decisions than any white male. Imagine a WASP candidate saying that he could make better decisions than any female Hispanic. O, holy breastbeating!

[2] US Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life, unless they step down voluntarily.

[3] In her 2001 lecture at the University of California at Berkeley, she said that the "richness of her experiences"
would lead to said better decisions, as opposed to relying on such trivial details as the "facts" and the "law".

[4] Ricci v. DeStefano: Judge Sotomayor upheld the decision of New Haven, Connecticut to throw out a promotional exam for city firefighters when no African-Americans passed it. The white firefighters who brought the suit said that they were denied the promotions they had earned, because of the color of their skin. The decision "was devoid of legal reasoning" ... "a curious dismissal for a case that represents significant questions of law and the Constitution." Her mentor, Judge José A. Cabranes, who was appointed to the circuit by President Bill Clinton. denounced the cursory nature of the review: "The opinion contains no reference whatsoever to the constitutional claims at the core of this case . ... "This perfunctory disposition rests uneasily with the weighty issues presented by this appeal."

Quotes from The Washington Post. All else © 2009 Tommy Turtle. All rights reserved. E-mail:

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alvin - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
thanks for providing the english version as well
Timmy1000 - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I read about the Ricci v. DeStefano - a little scary. Your point number one on a WASP staement is all too true. I think she was chosen so that when the hearings start, any hard hits by the right will be held up as racism. The choice seems to be very political in nature.
Mark Scotti - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Ahhh, now I understand! Cinco, Cinco, Cinco. Bien!!!
AFW - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
May not agree, politically, but par'dic'lly, I do
The Ghost of Libation'otarians Passed (out) - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Some excellent points sir! I believe she may be the anti-Bork as adumbrated by 666 Gary Hart-shaped succubi capering thru Times Square last midnight! Wonderful phrasing and use of a phenominal OS. 5 lush rim-jobs for you, Sire!
Christie Marie M - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Great song, Tommy Turtle! Your fluency in Spanish is very impressive, in the Spanish version you wrote before. You have lots of life experience, especially with current events and linguistics. Genius! 555. Do you raid newsstands and libraries often? I'm impressed with your knowledge and how you write a parody in a term paper style, especially when you add footnotes to the bottom comments. I took the liberty of using once again to help me with Spanish! 555! PS. I heard this song and even though it was way before my time, I found this song so romantic and beautiful! Sotomayor is a real b***h!
PMS - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Muy Bien Senor Tortuga
Wufpakgrl - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
while I actually like Sra. Sotomayor, this is pretty me the favor and check out what I just posted would ya please?
Melanie Lee - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
If Sotomayor is such a racist as you say and she really judges as unfairly as you suppose, at least you "inexperienced" white men will get a taste of what we women and people of color have put up with for centuries. Really, what are you guys so afraid of? Revenge? I'm not rating this song, at least not yet.
Melanie Lee - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
BTW, I really want to share with you guys what the Sotomayor nomination means to people like me. While race and gender are not the qualifiers for the Supreme Court, for too long they've been the DISqualifiers. Take a look at this cartoon from May 27, 2009; I hope the URL works (cut and paste, of course):
Tommy Turtle - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
alvin: you're welcome. there's an english translation at the spanish one, which is somewhat different from this one (rhyming and pacing in Spanish, the translation didn't, so they're two dif songs with the same idea.) thanks for v/c.

Timmy1000: Think your analysis was spot-on. Thanks for v/c.

Mark Scotti: See comment to alvin. Thanks for v/c, Mark.

AFW: Once again, thank you for being a shining paradigm of the ability to separate your personal political views and the rating of a parody. Here's twenty cents for your paradigms (lol), and thanks for v/c. Ummm... would ya mind havin' a little chat with Melanie Lee? lol.

The Ghost of Libation'otarians Passed (out): Say wha? lol! ....DK where you learned to write such lyrical prose comments, metaphors, met-a-whores who succubi kneeling, etc., but relieved this parody wasn't a-dumb-rated one. Thank you, Sire!

Christie Marie M: TT quit reading newspapers and magazines when they got rid of proofreaders, editors, and fact-checkers, under the delusion that spell-check could replace them all, and when they replaced "journalism" with entertainment and advocacy. Glad you liked TOS -- been a fave of mine ever since.... and I do believe you're the first person who actually "enjoys" TT's footnotes! ... Um, see if ya still feel that way on Wednesday's posts, where the term paper-type footnotes *really* kick in :) .. thanks for v/c, in English y espaňol!

PMS: Muchas gracias para voto y comentario.

Wufpakgrl: Did that before responding here. You go to the head of the impartial-rating class taught by Prof. AFW, and hoping you can entice ML to join you. Thanks for v/c, WPG.

Melanie Lee: If I'm understanding you correctly, "two wrongs make a right", and "revenge" is the proper function of the Supreme Court of the US? And yes, she made it clear that revenge would be a motive, both by her words (the "richness of experience" would color her decisions at the expense of fact and law), and her actions/decisions, as in Ricci v. Steffani. My great-great-etc. grandparents didn't own any slaves; in fact, they were pretty much serfs themselves, fleeing serfdom in the Old World for the freedom of America. Even if they had been slave-owners, racists, sexists, etc., I'm not. So why should I be punished for sins committed a hundred years before I was born, or for sins committed by other people who share my gender and general racial "class"? Are we to stereotype all white males? I had a higher estimate of you than that. Yes, I'm afraid of her using the highest power in the land to take revenge on me for something of which I'm not guilty, but of which I have been the victim: E. g., having to work for minority supervisors, one of whom was promoted on merit and was competent and a joy and pleasure to work for; and one who was promoted to meet quota goals, didn't know here job, corrected me when the rules plainly said she was wrong and I right, etc.. That's just my work supervisor (from years ago). Supreme court? Scary.

Rate it how you like. It's a free country for the moment, though it's heading in the opposite direction. If the pacing sucks, rate it 1 for pacing. Or whatever. If you don't think it's funny, well, de gustibus non disputandum est. If you disagree politically, then vote 1 on "political agreement". ...oops, no such button ... you could email ChuckyG and ask him to add one. Or you could rise to the level of the high road taken by AFW and Wufpakgrl, or stay down at Sotomayor's level. Your call. ... whatever.

While composing reply, saw your link. Don't really "get" it -- even dogs can sit on juries now? And you're wrong: There has been a de facto Jewish seat" on the Bench for decades, and a de facto "female seat" for quite a while, too. Meaning that no President dares fill such seats with a WASP male. And an African-American joined the club a while back. I guess you wholeheartedly supported Alberto Gonazales as Atty Gen? ... and, who appointed the first African-American Secretary of State? The first female African-American Secretary of State? George W. Bush, not that I'm particularly fond of him. ... did you just say you don't like Condoleezza Rice? Hmmm... maybe W. was just trying to make up for all of the previous discrimination by picking an incompetent (in your view) black female? Cuts both ways, you know. Cheers, TT.
adagio - June 02, 2009 - Report this comment
TT, while not as prolific as you, I simply liked it and the message. :)
Tommy Turtle - June 02, 2009 - Report this comment
adagio: yeah, TT does tend to run off at both the mouth and the pen/keyboard.... lifelong habit.. thanks for v/c, adagio, and nice to have you back :)
Jay on PBS - June 03, 2009 - Report this comment
EVERYONE: Just caught TOS on PBS Doo-Wop Special. Jay Black, at age 62, still hit the high notes -- and *still* held the 16-beat note and continuation. Surely the show will be repeated -- part of the PBS regular pledge drive -- he's on at about 45-50 min. into the show. Hope ya catch it! -- TT.
Melanie Lee - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Tom: I am capable of giving good ratings to songs with which I disagree, if I find the song clever and funny. I'm also aware of my own biases. I know I can't give this particular song a fair rating, but if I had to, I'd try my best to be fair. I doubt that I will ever one-bomb a parody. However, if you can't even begin to understand the cartoon, if you can't even begin to imagine what it's like to be a female of color in a society designed for white males...let me put it this way. Do you think a little white boy might feel inspired by Larry Bird or Eminem? BTW, I do admire Condoleeza Rice somewhat, in spite of her Bushiness, and I admire Colin Powell almost without reservation, though I don't like all of the choices he's made.
Tommy the Green Turtle Part 1 - June 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Melanie Lee: I had no idea who Larry Bird was. Am I supposed to feel inspired because he's a white basketball player or something? Or by a white rapper? Are those positions equivalent to Justice of the Supreme Court? I'm missing the analogy, but if your question was not rhetorical, the answer, if he were my little white boy, is "no".

Now first, please enlighten me on why "colored person" is a no-no, but "person of color" is PC. The semantic difference is lost on me. I admit to being old enough to remember vaguely, as a tiny child, water fountains labeled "white" and "colored". If they'd been labeled "persons of color", would that be OK/PC? :-) Actually, I'm a person of color myself. It's sort of an orangey-tan where the sun hits, and a paler beige where the sun don't shine. Only true albinos are not "persons of color". (although, actually, white is a color, or the sum of all colors).

OK, I've had my not-entirely-facetious little fun. On to brass (literally!) tacks: Despite differing with certain of his actions, I have a great deal of respect for Colin Powell, born in Harlem of Jamaican immigrant parents and raised in the South Bronx, who became a four-star general, the youngest and only African-American to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and first African-American to become Secretary of State.

Despite differing with certain of her actions, some of which might have been out of loyalty to her boss, an admirable trait under some circumstances, I have great admiration for Condoleezza Rice, the first female African-American Secretary of State. Born in the Deep South (Birmingham, Alabama), the descendant of sharecroppers/slaves, she started learning French, music, figure skating and ballet at age three. As Rice recalls of her parents and their peers, "they refused to allow the limits and injustices of their time to limit our horizons". At age 15, she began classes with the goal of becoming a concert pianist. Rice was a Democrat until 1982 when she changed her political affiliation to Republican after growing averse to former President Jimmy Carter's foreign policy. She cites influence from her father, John Wesley, in this decision, who himself switched from Democrat to Republican after being denied voting registration by the Democratic registrar. In her words to the 2000 Republican National Convention, "My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did."

During the violent days of the Civil Rights Movement, her father, Presbyterian minister Reverend John Wesley Rice, Jr., armed himself and kept guard over the house while Condoleezza practiced the piano inside. Segregation hardened her stance on the right to bear arms; Rice has said in interviews that if gun registration had been mandatory, her father's weapons would have been confiscated, leaving them defenseless against Ku Klux Klan nightriders.

As Provost of Stanford University, Rice drew protests when she *departed from the practice of applying affirmative action to tenure decisions* and unsuccessfully sought to consolidate the university's ethnic community centers. In other words, be completely unbiased, unite everyone, and draw protests for it.
Tommy the Chelonian-American Part 2 - June 12, 2009 - Report this comment
White females? I had great admiration for Janet Reno's strong anti-crime stance as State Attorney of Turtleville, though I differed with some of her actions under President Clinton (possibly also out of loyalty, like Rice.) Reno enrolled at Harvard Law School in 1960, one of only sixteen women in a class of more than 500 students. She received her LL.B. from Harvard three years later. Rumors abounded about the sexuality of this six-foot-tall, never-married woman, but even the police officers in the district, a group not normally noted for open-minded tolerance, admired her stance enough to ignore the rumors, or, if true, the fact, in favor of her support of their crime-fighting efforts.

Latinos? I differ with some of his positions as well, but Melquíades Rafael "Mel" Martínez is currently a United States Senator from Turtleville, and served as Chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 until October 19, 2007, the first Latino to serve as chairman of a major party. Previously, Martínez served as the 12th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George W. Bush. Martínez is a Cuban-American and Roman Catholic.

***As far as I know, none of the above has ever said that their life experiences inherently would give them the ability to make better (military, judicial, political, legislative) decisions than a non-Latinic, not-of-color male.***

In other words, ***neither Powell, Rice, Reno, nor Martinez is a racist or sexist -- unlike Sotomayor.*** Spin it any way you like, to say that her life experiences inherently make for better judicial decisions than any uncolored andro-American is racist and sexist, and cannot be explained away.

Role models are where you choose to find them. You can wish to emulate the careers (if not the political positions) of the above, or of steroid-using, dog-killing athletes or murderous rap stars, if that's what society glorifies. Feeling joy at seeing *any* of some racial, ethnic, religious, etc. group promoted without regard to qualification (80% of her decisions reversed on appeal), or "whtewashing" (what a pun!) her statements that would be unacceptable from a WM, makes you .... racist. You're seeing the gender and ethnicity, not the person. Are *all* Latinas the same? All women? All Blacks are the same? All whites are the same? All men are the same? (well, maybe in one respect .... TT not capable of long essay without comic relief).

White Males are today's new ni**ers. If that makes you feel some joyous sense of revenge or get-even-ness, go for it -- but that also puts you at the same level of the slave-owning, wife-owning, Chicano-exploiting scum that you decry. May you find peace instead of returning wrong for wrong.

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