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You call yourself a journalist, you son of a bitch?

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

Trey Gowdy kneecaps The Media™ in about 3 minutes:

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Yet another further, different ObamaCare SCOTUS post

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Having now read more teeth-gnashing opinions from conservative pundits on how the Right really got its clock cleaned with the Sebelius decision, I have a few additional thoughts.

First, the idea that Chief Justice Roberts ruled as he did in order to curry favor with Left-leaning opinion-makers and the Georgetown cocktail party set seems really feeble.  If Roberts was truly a “stealth” liberal, why did he rule the way he did in Citizens United?  The Left’s equivalent of Roe v. Wade would have seemed to be a worthy candidate for a decision to obtain for Roberts the approbation of the Left.   Why did he wait until now to reveal his colors?  Anyone espousing this view needs to provide more support for it than simply claiming that Roberts is a “traitor.”

Second, if this is decision such a disaster for the Right and such a huge win for the Left, why were the liberals on the Court –  particularly Ginsburg – so peeved by the decision?  They issued a concurring opinion roundly criticizing the Chief Justice’s reasoning, but nonetheless had to swallow their distaste and sign on to Roberts’ opinion in order to obtain the result they so clearly desired – the upholding of the ACA.

What this appears to me is a fixation among conservatives with the outcome at the expense of the reasoning.  Roe v. Wade is roundly (and rightly) criticized for slipshod legal reasoning in Justice Blackmun’s opinion.  If the result of the case – overturning states’ abortion laws – had been done by an act of Congress, conservatives would still be unhappy, but not as unhappy has having a specious “right” created out of thin air where none exists under the Constitution.  It is more important in my opinion to focus on how the Court reached its result, rather than simply foam at the mouth about how bad the result was.  Really, does any conservative want to be seen as the same kind of mewling, whiny, punk-ass bitch as the Wisconsin Weeping Boy? (“This was the end of democracy. [sniff] The end of the USA as we know it just happened. [sniff]”).  To those on the Right, I say: MAN UP!

Here, conservatives are unhappy that ObamaCare has been ruled constitutional and direct their ire at the Court for allowing it to stand.  Forget that it took one vote – Republican Olympia Snowe’s – to send the bill out of Senate committee to a vote.  Forget that it took arm-twisting and bribes by the President to get it passed by the Senate, which Republicans were unable to prevent.  Forget that it took parliamentary shenanagins to get the monstrosity passed by both houses of Congress.  Conservatives failed politically, and were looking to the Supremes to save them – never a safe bet (See, e.g., McConnell v. FEC, the Supreme Court decision that initially upheld the McCain-Feingold assault on free speech.  George W. Bush signed that POS law assuming that the Supremes would overrule it, thus allowing him to appear to be for it when he was really against it.  Well played, W. /s).

Fix the problem with the ballot box.

Kwitcherbellyakin.

(For a more thoughtful analysis in concert with my view, read this: The Chief Justice Done Good.)

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SCOTUS Update: John Roberts – Caterpillar Wasp?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

By now I have read most of the commentary from the Right regarding Justice Roberts’s ObamaCare opinion – ranging from “he’s a traitor” to “crazy like a fox” or something like that.  I am tending toward the latter view.

Here’s what is clear from the decision:

ObamaCare is constitutional.

The “mandate” is not a mandate – it’s a tax.

Congress does not have the power to compel U.S. citizens to buy products or services, unless it is enforced through a tax rather than a penalty.

The Commerce Clause can not be used to force a citizen to engage in commerce.

ObamaCare is constitutional because it is based on a tax, not a penalty.

I am beginning to wonder whether Justice Roberts is playing the “long game.”  Has he read his Sun Tzu?

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.

By basing  the constitutionality of ObamaCare on the taxing power of Congress under the Constitution, he has done several things:

 –  By upholding the statute on a 5-4 non-partisan basis, he has emasculated any argument from the Left that 5-4 decisions of the Supreme Court are inherently “political” and improper.  Whenever the Left raises Bush v. Gore, conservatives can respond with National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius.

–  The Court has established that Congress CANNOT use the Commerce Clause to exercise unlimited power – this is now the law of the land.

–  ObamaCare will now be a centerpiece issue in the 2012 Presidential campaign, something that Obama would dearly love not to be the case.

– Any future gross exercise of power by Congress will have to be framed as a tax to survive constitutional scrutiny.  Voters are not terribly inclined toward extensive tax increases.

–  The Court’s opinion has given the Republicans a perfect campaign ad: Obama in 2009 insisted that the mandate was not a tax.  Now that the Court has ruled that the only way ObamaCare is constitutional is if the mandate is a tax, Obama is shown to be a craven liar.

The tiny caterpillar wasp lays its eggs inside a caterpillar.  The larvae then eat their way out, consuming the caterpillar from the inside out.  Does the ObamaCare decision do the same to the Left’s plans to remake America through the power of unlimited Commerce Clause-based legislation?  They “won,” but did they really?

 

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Being There.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

One theory floating around is that Obama has never released his college and law school transcripts because they would show that he applied as (and received student aid as) a foreign student.  That would be, ahem, decidedly inconvenient, if true.  I now believe that the explanation is much, much simpler:

Obama was a shitty student whose grades sucked nine kinds of ass, and who was given a pass throughout his school career because no one wanted to be called a racist for exposing his pathetic academic performance.

How else to explain the utter failure of Mr.ConstitutionalLawProfessor™ to understand the central holding of Marbury v. Madison, the 1803 Supreme Court case that established the principle of judicial review of Congressional actions for constitutionality?  Maybe he skipped con law class that day to blaze up a doob.  Didn’t he supposedly teach a constitutional law seminar at a highly reputable university?  His preemptive claim that the Supreme Court should not strike down ObamaCare because it would be “unprecendented?”

You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.

Now, a panel of judges of the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has handed the Administration a smackdown, ordering the lawyers in yet another case challenging ObamaCare to write a three-page, single-spaced letter explaining to the Court whether the Administration actually believes that the Federal Courts do not have said power.  This is like being given a detention assignment to write an essay on “why I will not act up in class.”

It’s all clear to me now.  Obama is Chauncey Gardner, only not as guileless.  Art truly imitates life.

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What if?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this short but thoughtful essay, Judge Andrew Napolitano asks; “What if the Constitution no longer applied?”   Well worth your time to read.

(h/t Lew Rockwell)

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God Bless Texas

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

– Elphaba

The other day I was feeling really down while reading the news headlines.  Casey Anthony walked for murder, the GOP caved in on their pledge not to raise the debt ceiling, the ATF gun running scandal was unearthing more widespread corruption, and the Obama Administration was trying to use the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene with the planned execution of a Mexican national who had brutally raped and murdered a 16 year old girl in 1995; internationally, liberal bed wetters were crying for a stay to the execution on the basis that the long-time illegal alien (had lived here since he was 2)  was denied access to the Mexican consulate.  I’m thinking, America, what the fuck?!

Well, the execution took place as scheduled.  That evil son of a bitch will never hurt another person again in this life.   Texas basically told Mexico, the U.N. and the administration to butt out and mind their own business.  I love this state, and ideologically, it loves me.  In the words of Lyle Lovett, “that’s right, you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway.”

Humberto Leal takes the eternal celestial dirt nap. Are you hungry?  Justice is served, Baby!

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The law of unintended stupidity

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

– Wiccapundit

Actually, the Law of Unintended Consequences, but when talking about Congress, same diff.

Dodd-Frank Already Having Unintended Consequences? You Don’t Say!

Parts of the bond market are shutting down because the three big ratings agencies will not allow their ratings to be used by their clients, pending the agencies’ determination of what their legal liabilities will be under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law just signed by the Obaminator.  Without ratings included in their documentation, some bonds involving assets such as mortgages, auto loans, student loans and credit cards cannot legally be sold.

From NRO Online, via the Ace sidebar.

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Black Hole Stupid

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

– Wiccapundit

Just how stupid can you be and still be a member of Congress?

Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

(h/t Lemur King)

Gee, Nancy, if what you say is true, then why don’t we simply fire EVERYBODY in the whole country, give them all unemployment benefits, and then spend our way out of this financial morass?

How stupid is this?  As stupid as a cup of dirt?  My vaunted powers of expression have deserted me.  I must defer to this description of stupid that I found somewhere back sometime ago on some blog, I think:

Annie Potts,” or whatever her real name is, broke all known measurements for stupidity. It was unabashed stupidity. Dumber than grandpa’s claw hammer stupid. Stupid to the bone stupid. Blazing hot mid-day summer sun in Qatar stupid. So stupid it goes past mushrooms on the scale of stupid. It is stupid collapsed on itself – black hole stupid. The event horizon of her stupidity prevents so much as the beginnings of an idea or a rational thought to penetrate the singularity of stupid perched on the top of her emaciated torso. Her grasping to form an idea was some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Pulsar stupid, spinning like an insane dervish spewing more stupidity in one pulse than an entire galaxy of stupid, stupid. She emitted more pure stupidity per second than Congress emits in a year. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by rational thought as to be beyond the ability of intelligent beings to classify it’s stupidity.”

I think I got that from Boortz.

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“Hey, honey, let’s pack the kids in the wind car and take a trip!”

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

Congress can’t repeal the laws of physics, as much as it tries or would like to.  This is why “green energy” is a scam and a political sinkhole.  As this article from Forbes notes, the reason alternative fuels have not garnered a larger share of the U.S. energy market (they have actually lost market share over the past 50 years) despite billions being dumped into wind, solar, and ethanol generation schemes, is that they don’t produce enough energy for the investment in land or money.  In other words, they are profoundly inefficient.  To lefties, though, physics and energy are just a South Park Underpants Gnomes equation:

1. Pass laws requiring use of alternative energy

2. ?????

3. Energy independence!

Via Hot Air, via Ace.

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Idiocy Overload

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

– Elphaba

It’s not that I’ve had nothing to post about, it’s that there is too much to post about, and real life gets in the way of sitting down and composing my thoughts.  Too much nasty shit is coming down the pike, and it sometimes gets overwhelming to to contemplate it all.  For instance:

Honestly, it just goes on and on and on and on.  No time for a breather.  We are swimming hard just to keep our heads above water, and it would be nice to see the tide turn in our favor.

But enough about what’s bothering me.  Let’s talk about you.  What’s going on with y’all right now?

Oh, and Aggie,  what do you think of these?

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