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June 29, 2015

Overnight Open Thread (6-29-2015) – Surprise Early Edition

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day

"How can something like this happen without prior warning?" asked Angeliki Psarianou, a 67-year-old retired public servant, who stood in the drizzle after arriving too late at one empty ATM in the Greek capital.

Le Sigh. How Did We Come to The Point Where Even the Serious 'Elite' Are Such Unserious Fools?

unseriousfools

Report: US, Partners Won't Be Allowed to Inspect Iran's Nuclear Weapons Facilities Under Agreement

WTF. So in what sense is this actually a nuclear inspection agreement then?

The P5+1 countries led by the United States under Barack Obama have caved in to Iranian demands and will not insist on inspections of nuclear installations as part of a deal on Iran's nuclear weapons program, Channel 1 reported Sunday.

Alternative theory from the article: Iran already has nukes in the form of a couple crude Hiroshima type bombs so it's game-over.

Meanwhile the State Department kicked out unfriendly US reporters at a Vienna briefing on the imminent nuclear agreement.

George Will: A Greek Default Would Be a Valuable Lesson in Basic Economics

It cannot be said too often: There cannot be too many socialist smashups. The best of these punish reckless creditors whose lending enables socialists to live, for a while, off other people's money. The world, which owes much to ancient Athens's legacy, including the idea of democracy, is indebted to today's Athens for the reminder that reality does not respect a democracy's delusions.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 09:55 PM Comments



#TheRevolutionWillBeLiveStreamed: Flynn/LaHood "Candidate Forum," on YouTube, at 7 PM Eastern

—Ace

Andrew Breitbart's Wartime Consiglierte goes up against Establishment/US Chamber of Commerce/Main Street Partnership scion and Boehner Water Carrier Darin LaHood.

Watch (not just listen) below.

If the channel gets stuck, it might also be available here.

Also, it's the top story at Breitbart.


Update: I'm told that Mike will be appearing on Mark "The Great One" Levin's show at 8:30, or thereabouts. You can listen live here.


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Posted by Ace at 06:57 PM Comments



The New York Times, Which Refused to Run Any Mohammad Images Claiming They Simply Would Not Run Pictures That Offended Any Religious Group, Runs Picture of Pope Made Up of Condoms

—Ace

You might say, how do they know this offends the religious?

Easy. Their own article says the picture is drawing complaints from Catholics in Milwaukee.

Their headline:


Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI Made of Condoms Draws Complaints in Milwaukee

Here was their transparently-false claim in January:



Here's the truth you won't hear in the New York Times:

The New York Times' stock-in-trade is silly, transparent dissembling unworthy of adults or even educated children.


Note: Mike Flynn will have his last "candidate forum" with LaHood (who won't agree to a debate) tonight at 7 eastern, livestreamed at sj-r.com. I will be covering it, or, well, listening to it and commenting it.

He'll then be on the Mark Levin show afterwards -- but as the debate is 90 minute (I think), it's going to be tough to squeeze him in. Ah well, we'll see how long he and Mark Levin get to talk.

Posted by Ace at 06:27 PM Comments

Hillary Clinton, Get This, Edited the Emails She Turned Over to State to Delete Embarrassing References to Oil, Terrorism

—Ace

Another story the media won't discuss.

I saw someone note that altering official federal records -- which Hillary's emails are -- is a felony.

Hillary Clinton withheld Benghazi-related emails from the State Department that detailed her knowledge of the scramble for oil contracts in Libya and the shortcomings of the NATO-led military intervention for which she advocated.

Clinton removed specific portions of other emails she sent to State, suggesting the messages were screened closely enough to determine which paragraphs were unfit to be seen by the public.

For example, one email Clinton kept from the State Department indicates Libyan leaders were "well aware" of which "major oil companies and international banks" supported them during the rebellion, information they would "factor into decisions" about about who would be given access to the country's rich oil reserves.

Remember, this is as she's taking $100 million from Canadian oil-and-uranium mining magnate Frank Guistra.

The email, which Clinton subsequently scrubbed from her server, indicated Clinton was aware that involvement in the controversial conflict could have a significant financial benefit to firms that were friendly to the Libyan rebels.

She thanked Sidney Blumenthal, her former aide and author of dozens of informal intelligence memos, for the tip, which she called "useful," and informed him she was preparing to hold a meeting with Libyan leaders in Paris in an exchange that suggests the flow of information went both ways.

State Department officials admitted Clinton had withheld all of nine emails and parts of six others after Blumenthal provided 60 emails to the House Select Committee on Benghazi that the agency had failed to submit earlier this year.

There's more. I can't quote it all.

Twitchy complied some earlier reaction.

The White House is putting out the word that they're "disgusted" by the email scandal, but this is par for the course for this White House, which tacitly approves of actions but puts out claims about how "angry" they are.

There's a way a president can show his anger about remorseless law-breaking: Appointing a Special Prosecutor with the power to investigate and bring criminal charges, if warranted.

But they won't do that, will they? No, they'll keep their Democratic apparatchiks busy covering it all up, then putting out the word they're "disgusted" at having to clean up Hiilary's filthy, stinking leavings.

Apparently Hillary Clinton's Yoga Routines consist of Downward Dog Graft and Crescent Moon Crony Militarism.


Posted by Ace at 05:07 PM Comments

Politically Corrupt, Devoutly Anti-American Supreme Court Reaches Randomly Into Its Grab-Bag of "What's Hot" and "What's Not" Rulings, Puts Texas Abortion Restrictions on Hold
Update: "Gay Reparations?"

—Ace

This isn't a full ruling on the merits, but rather a restraining order to keep the situation in place while the Supreme Court has a nine-man political debate about it and Elects a New Law.

The part of the Texas law being estopped is always the one I thought was most problematic and likely to result in court action -- the one that basically shutters abortion clinics, I think the ones where they have no doctor on staff with privileges at a nearby hospital.

Although sold as a "health" measure, I think it's pretty obviously put in there to keep the number of abortion clinics low, which may be a problem.

But the Supreme Court is basically spinning the Wheel of Made-Up Law lately, randomly guessing the consonants and letters that will spell out its opinions, so who knows.

And yes, Obama solicitor general David Verelli has already admitted that tax exemptions for religious institutions opposed to gay marriage are officially under jeopardy under the Supreme Court's latest lawmaking without the consent of the governed, so you have that to look forward to.

BTW, a guy I trust says that he was speaking to an informed source on the Gay Marriage side of things, and he says that "gay reparations" are going to be a live issue in 2016, and something that all candidates will have to take a position on.

Posted by Ace at 03:53 PM Comments

Lawless, Politically-Rotten Supreme Court Randomly Rules that Obama's EPA Rule is "Unconstitutional"

—Ace

Oh, I'm happy about the ruling.

But I'm not going to pretend the Supreme Court is ruling on the law or Constitution any longer.

This particular EPA rule bothered a majority of the Supreme Court, as it would bother any person voting in a political election. So they had their own nine-man political election, and said "Nah."

I'm with Andy C. McCarthy -- and with Drew M Tips. I'm done with the ruse. The Supreme Court is just a political organ -- but one we don't get to vote on.

We should. We need retention votes. If these motherf***ers want to be political, we get to vote on them, and run campaigns against them.

So here's how the third House of Congress voted, the House of Congress that gets to make All the Laws in this country.

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the costs of the regulation.

In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that the EPA should have taken into account the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before even deciding whether to set limits for the toxic air pollutants it regulated in 2011.


...


In the majority ruling, Justice Antonin Scalia concluded that the EPA "unreasonably" interpreted the Clean Air Act when it decided not to consider industry compliance costs and whether regulating the pollutants is "appropriate and necessary.”

While the agency is afforded a certain level of power to interpret the law, the court wrote, "EPA strayed well beyond the bounds of reasonable interpretation in concluding that cost is not a factor relevant to the appropriateness of regulating power plants."

Oh but by the way this is the same Third House of Congress that just sagely informed us that an executive agency could reasonably read "established by the state" as "established by the federal government," and also, that the right to gay-marry was established 150 years ago by the 14th Amendment, but no one realized that until last Thursday.

Posted by Ace at 02:41 PM Comments

Three Essays on Post-America America

—Ace

Charlie Martin: The Know-Betters Will Bring You Morlocks to Heel.

In the 1850s there was an active political movement that became known as the "Know-Nothings," because they considered themselves semi-secret, and members, when questioned about the group, were supposed to say "I know nothing." Of course, a secret political party doesn’t have much effect, and quickly the Know-Nothings were pretty overt about telling everyone around them that they knew nothing, over and over again.


It seems to me there’s a semi-secret political party at work in the U.S. now: the People Who Know Better.

...

[T]he Know-Betters would never come to the conclusion that conditions in places like Colorado simply aren’t suited for wide-scale mass transit.

Instead, the Know-Betters have decided that we should use government to impose greater population density, with utopian city plans that push people into small, "walkable" communities with mass transit hubs.

And if people prefer to live on half-acre lots with lawns and space between houses, well, they Know Better.

...

I keep finding myself coming back to a passage from Thomas Jefferson that I put up on Tatler a long while ago. Here’s Jefferson:

Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests. In every country these two parties exist, and in every one where they are free to think, speak, and write, they will declare themselves. Call them, therefore, Liberals and Serviles, Jacobins and Ultras, Whigs and Tories, Republicans and Federalists, Aristocrats and Democrats, or by whatever name you please, they are the same parties still and pursue the same object. The last one of Aristocrats and Democrats is the true one expressing the essence of all.

– Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Henry Lee, 1824)


Rod Dreher writes of the need to now live as expatriots in our own country. Internal exiles, as the Soviets termed them.

It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision-- and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.

Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives a realistic sense of how weak our position is in post-Christian America.

The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision "a threat to democracy," and denounced it, shockingly, in the language of revolution.

...

The warning to conservatives from the four dissenters could hardly be clearer or stronger. So where does that leave us?

For one, we have to accept that we really are living in a culturally post-Christian nation. The fundamental norms Christians have long been able to depend on no longer exist. To be frank, the court majority may impose on the rest of the nation a view widely shared by elites, but it is also a view shared by a majority of Americans. There will be no widespread popular resistance to Obergefell. This is the new normal.

For another, LGBT activists and their fellow travelers really will be coming after social conservatives....


It is time for what I call the Benedict Option. In his 1982 book After Virtue, the eminent philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre likened the current age to the fall of ancient Rome. He pointed to Benedict of Nursia, a pious young Christian who left the chaos of Rome to go to the woods to pray, as an example for us. We who want to live by the traditional virtues, MacIntyre said, have to pioneer new ways of doing so in community. We await, he said "a new — and doubtless very different — St. Benedict."

Throughout the early Middle Ages, Benedict’s communities formed monasteries, and kept the light of faith burning through the surrounding cultural darkness. Eventually, the Benedictine monks helped refound civilization.

I believe that orthodox Christians today are called to be those new and very different St. Benedicts.

Tim Carney's piece is tangentially related, but it expresses a very important point.

Buzzfeed Ben was asked to reconcile his shitty listicle site's stated claim of being "neutral" with its all-in rainbow-color theming for the gay marriage ruling. He said that he was being perfectly neutral and objective -- it's just that there aren't two sides to the gay marriage question. There's only one.

This is a frightening thought, and LOLCats Ben isn't the only one pushing it. In order to claim the high road of being liberal and tolerant of ideas, while at the same time actually being as illiberal and intolerant as any zealot or hooded klansman, it is necessary to deem contrary positions unpositions, which therefore can only be held by unpeople.

By claiming an idea simply does not exist in civil society, one must, perforce, also claim that those holding that idea do not, or must not, themselves exist in civil society.

Something must be sacrificed in order to maintain these two contradictory claims -- and the thing most easily sacrificed is any acknowledgement of you as a human being and American citizen.

But Buzzfeed Ben is a nice, open-minded guy. Just ask him. He'll tell you so.

Posted by Ace at 01:50 PM Comments

So, Donald Trump

—DrewM.

Republicans are starting to get kind of freaked out about this whole Trump thing.

“Donald Trump is like watching a roadside accident,” said former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer. “Everybody pulls over to see the mess. And Trump thinks that’s entertainment. But running for president is serious. And the risk for the party is he tarnishes everybody.”

Those risks were amplified this week after a trio of polls showed him likely to earn a coveted invitation to the party’s debates, which ironically were restructured with the very goal of avoiding the circus-like atmosphere of 2012. Giving Trump a major platform just as the country is tuning in is not exactly the Big Tent the party’s bigwigs had in mind..

“I’m not excited about somebody as divisive as Trump or somebody as obnoxious as Trump being on the debate stage,” one RNC member confessed.

First, a bit of throat clearing: Trump is an ass. He's a liberal. He's not going to be President or even the nominee.

With that out of the way, contra that RNC member, I'm giddy at the prospect of the GOP having to deal with Trump.

He's very valuable in one key way, holding a mirror up to what is wrong with the GOP. The "serious" candidates are awful. They are milquetoast.

John Kasich and Marco Rubio...hey, SCOTUS ruled on gay marriage, move on.

Jeb Bush...nuke the filibuster to get rid of ObamaCare? Gee, I don't know let me think about that.

Scott Walker says he'd nuke the filibuster to repeal ObamaCare but his personality isn't exactly...electrifying.

Trump is a clown but he's says things people are feeling. I know conservatives hate the whole "I have feels!" thing but guess what...people do. You need to acknowledge them, reflect them and connect with them.

Republican candidates are far more at home in the boardroom or the congressional hearing room than the living room and it shows in the candidates they keep picking.

Remember how Romney got crushed on the very important "cares about people like me" metric? I bet Trump, for all his money, scores off the charts on that.

Rubio probably comes closest but as you saw in his reaction to the SSM decision, he's really most passionate about amnesty, how much he loves America and a hawkish foreign policy. He never really talks about smaller government or out of control government. He just wants to be the rationale manager of it.

Unless and until the GOP can find a candidate who hits the sweet spot of being seen as a plausible President and caring about people's lives, it's going to be in big trouble.

Posted by DrewM. at 12:18 PM Comments

We're Living In The United States Of Calvinball. It's Time The Right Got In The Game.

—DrewM.

"Other kids' games are all such a bore!
They've gotta have rules and they gotta keep score!
Calvinball is better by far!
It's never the same! It's always bizarre!
You don't need a team or a referee!
Excerpt from the Calvinball theme song"

The imaginary game from the great Calvin and Hobbes comic strip series seems eerily like what liberals have made of what is supposed to be our constitutional republic.

The right is behind in this game because we don't want to admit we're playing it but we are. I'll admit I'm late to the game. While I still don't think it's time to go full Obama it is time to embrace a hybrid game that allows us to live within the Constitution while fighting back. Well, we could if there was a party willing to play for us.

Let's pretend for a moment the GOP wakes up one morning and realizes it stands for something beyond "win seats, hire loyalists, and pay consultants" (hey it's Calvinball, anything is possible), what would want them to do?

Assuming there is a GOP Congress and President come 2017 there are a few things they can do that would shake up the fundamental nature of our current political system while still staying with the Constitutional system we cherish.

1- Eliminate the filibuster.
It is neither ordained by God nor required by the Constitution. Mostly what it serves to do is lock Democratic wins into place and make it impossible for conservatives to pass anything.

The GOP has never held a filibuster proof majority in the Senate so it's not a positive tool for passing things and locking them in. Yes, the Democrats will some day have a majority and pass spectacularly horrible things but they do that anyway. All the filibuster really does is make it easier for liberal Republicans to collaborate with Democrats to create and save programs.

Removing the filibuster would create a balance of terror that is lacking now. Democrats know they can pass programs and there's nothing the GOP can do in response. Make them fear what the next GOP majority will pass when they are helpless.

Once the filibuster is gone, what should the GOP do?

2- Create two or four new Supreme Court seats.
Yes, pack the court to the gills. Again, there's nothing magical about having nine justices at a time. If the Court is going to serve as a Super-Legislature it should be larger.

Liberals want to play games and make SCOTUS the center of the government, fine. That's there move now it's our turn to play come Calvinball and change the rules.

Harry Reid nuked the filibuster to pack the DC Court of appeals so the precedent,
not that government by Calvinball requires one, has been set. Game on.

None of the new justices should be older than 50 or so and all should be
unabashed conservatives. They don't even have to be lawyers. Justice Charles C.W. Cooke has a nice ring to it, no?

3- Eliminate withholding.
Again, there's nothing sacred about the way we collect our taxes. If people want big, crushing government, fine. Make them feel it and let them see how much it costs them.

I think hiking taxes is bad policy and economics but it can be good politics, so if as a sop to independents and even Democrats I'd support a 15 or 20% surcharge on the net worth of the top 1% to sweeten the pot. The "donor class" has been spending lots of money pushing big government types. Fine, pony up even more.

4- Repeal ObamaCare and a whole host of other laws.
Hey it's Calvinball, you can do whatever you want! Have at it.

Will the GOP, especially a Mitch McConnell led Senate, do any of these things? No.

Even if the GOP wins the presidency, the Senate majority will probably be smaller. Faced with the usual mid-term losses of the party in power, McConnell will retreat even further into a shell to protect his useless members. For them, it's about winning to stay in office,, not to do anything with those wins.

Even if the GOP was willing to "pack the Court" there's no reason to believe a GOP President wouldn't just appoint a bunch of Souter, Kennedy and Roberts types.

Could all of this backfire at some point in the future even if it payed dividends in the short and/or medium term? Sure but we know for a fact that if we keep playing by the rules of the game as they exist we'll lose more now AND in the future.

I understand these ideas are not temperamentally conservative. One should not rush to throw old systems away on a whim. The problem is the old systems we love have been thrown away. We simply need to accept that.

Everything I've advocated, while disruptive are within the bounds of the Constitution. They don't require us to ignore laws or invent new rights. We just need to be willing to take advantage of the moves we are allowed to make now.

But the GOP will do none of this. They will either promise you unattainable Constitutional amendments or suggest you meekly assent to liberal usurpations.

And my guess is, that will be good enough for most conservatives.

Enjoy the decline. But hey...Go GOP, right?

Posted by DrewM. at 10:33 AM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


George Inness, "Kearsarge Village" (1875)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:10 AM Comments

Morning Open Thread

—BenK

If you like this blog so much why don't you marry it?

Posted by BenK at 08:06 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (6-28-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I - Our New Reality

Exchanges established by the federal government are exchanges established by the state. Rachel Dolezal is black. Iran will honor an agreement not to develop nuclear weapons. ISIS is a JV team. There's an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Michael Brown had his hands up and pleaded "don't shoot." Caitlyn Jenner is a woman. Obamacare is working. 2+2 doesn't necessarily equal 4. The polar ice caps are disappearing. The IRS is doing a decent job. The border is secure.We've ended two wars responsibly. Hillary Clinton turned over all work-related e-mails. An $18,200,000,000,000 debt can grow without mention. People who burn down buildings and overturn cars aren't thugs. The OPM hack is manageable. We've reset relations with Russia. Entitlement reform can be kicked down the road. We're more respected around the world.

-- Peter Kirsanow in Reality Is Now Discretionary

Quote of the Day II - dar al Gay Edition

Two plus two equals five. A severed head plus "Allahu Akbar!" equals "Nothing to do with Islam." Network screenings of Gone With The Wind plus Uncle Ben's rice equals blatant incitement to mass murder. A nice chichi gay couple at 27 Elm Street and a firebreathing imam and his four child brides at 29 Elm Street equals the social harmony of a multiculti utopia.

Where is this story headed? The warriors of the caliphate divide the planet into the dar al Islam and the dar al harb - the house of war. In reality, it's a struggle between the dar al Islam and the dar al Gay: Liberty in the fin de civilisation west means sexual liberty and nothing else - which is why one consequence of yesterday's decision is that freedom of expression and freedom of religion will increasingly be confined to what Justice Alito called the deepest recesses of your home.

-- Mark Steyn

Quote of the Day III

After all, the greengrocer was a threat to the system not because of any physical or actual power he had, but because his action went beyond itself, because it illuminated its surroundings and, of course, because of the incalculable consequences of that illumination. In the post-totalitarian system, therefore, living within the truth has more than a mere existential dimension (returning humanity to its inherent nature), or a noetic dimension (revealing reality as it is), or a moral dimension (setting an example for others). It also has an unambiguous political dimension. If the main pillar of the system is living a lie, then it is not surprising that the fundamental threat to it is living the truth. This is why it must be suppressed more severely than anything else.

In the post-totalitarian system, truth in the widest sense of the word has a very special import, one unknown in other contexts. In this system, truth plays a far greater (and, above all, a far different) role as a factor of power, or as an outright political force.

-- Vaclav Havel in the Power of the Powerless

Meanwhile the Gleischaltung immediately rolls on:

Politico Mag Writer Says 'It's Time to Legalize Polygamy.'

Time Writer: Now's the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions

Politico Writer Says Gay Marriage is Superior to Regular Marriage

Dailybeast Writer: Did The Four Dissenting Justices In Gay Marriage Case Just Suggest Treason?

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Andy McCarthy: It's Time To Give Up on the Supreme Court as a Court

Here former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy argues that we should just admit that the Supreme Court has now become a supra-legislature and treat it as such.

Did you notice that there was not an iota of speculation about how the four Progressive justices would vote?

There was never a shadow of a doubt. In the plethora of opinions generated by these three cases, there is not a single one authored by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor. There was no need. They are the Left's voting bloc. There was a better chance that the sun would not rise this morning than that any of them would wander off the reservation.

...And it is not so much that they move in lockstep. It is that no one expects them to do anything but move in lockstep - not their fellow justices, not the political branches, and certainly not the commentariat, right or left.

It is simply accepted that these justices are not there to judge. They are there to vote. They get to the desired outcome the same way disparate-impact voodoo always manages to get to discrimination: Start at the end and work backwards. Guiding precedents are for the quaint business of administering justice. In the social justice business, the road never before traveled will do if one less traveled is unavailable. But there's a problem. Once it has become a given that a critical mass of the Supreme Court is no longer expected, much less obliged, to do law, then the Court is no longer a legal institution. It is a political institution.

So forget Constitutional strict constructionalism and all that and simply strive to get conservative electors into our third legislative body to start voting against the progressive bloc.

John Hinderaker of Power Line suggests that if we're now in a post-constitutional era, the conservative justices should start discovering new 'fundamental rights' more to our side's liking:

For example, how about a "fundamental right" not to pay income taxes in a percentage exceeding that which other Americans are charged? Why isn't the progressive income tax a violation of the equal protection clause? That is a much stronger argument than the one the Court has just accepted on gay marriage. Or, how about a theory that the Internal Revenue Service is violating Americans' right of privacy-that same right of privacy that the Court found among the emanations and penumbras of the Constitution's actual provisions-in seeking extensive information about taxpayers' finances?

Or how about a fundamental right to affordable energy-or, rather, to be free of government policies that unreasonably raise the cost of energy? If the Supreme Court discovered such a right, the EPA's anti-coal regulations would be unconstitutional. You could write a decision in support of such a "fundamental right" that would be at least as persuasive as Justice Kennedy's "fortune cookie" travesty. What is more fundamental than heating your home and driving your car? To paraphrase Justice Kennedy, what if a voice cries out in the night, saying, "Honey! Can you turn the heat up?"

If conservatives are willing to abandon the archaic notion that the Supreme Court is a court and not a super-legislature, there is no telling what conservative policies might be advanced.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 11:08 PM Comments

Cat's Paw [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

In the wake of the SCOTUS decision WRT gay “marriage”, I had a thought. I wondered if the decision was destined to be a gain in the long term for gay folks, or a negative. Thinking it over I came to the conclusion that if the forces that got us to this point are successful, ultimately it'll be a moot decision.

The term “Cat's Paw” entered the English language from a 16th century French Fable, The Monkey and the Cat. A monkey and a cat are sitting before a fireplace, staring longingly at delicious chestnuts roasting in the embers. The monkey convinces the cat to dig the chestnuts out of the fire, promising to share the bounty. The cat does so, but as each chestnut is batted out onto the hearth, the monkey gobbles it up, promising the next one to the cat. Suddenly the maid shoos them both away, leaving the monkey satisfied, his hunger sated, while the cat is left with nothing but burnt paws for his troubles. A “Cat's Paw” then is something or someone used for another's advantage and then discarded once an objective has been achieved.

This push for “marriage equality” that we've seen lately has nothing to do with “fairness” or “equality”, and it most certainly is not a response to “oppression”. All of this has been just another arrow in the vast quiver of the totalitarian left aimed at destroying the existing social fabric. You think the Communists, Socialists and Progressives give a rat's ass about the “dignity” of a gay couple? In a pig's eye. All they are concerned with is the destruction of the existing order so it can be replaced with their imaginary Utopia.

If the current social order and American culture collapses, one of two movements will fill the vacuum where it once stood, and neither of these movements will likely be friendly to homosexuals. Either the leftists will get their totalitarian state, which will (going by past history) immediately liquidate all of the gay folks they can find in the name of public decency or fighting perversion or some other rot (they always have, can anyone name one totalitarian regime that has NOT clamped down on homosexuality); or the Islamists will come to hold sway. If Radical Islam gains power, gay folks will have bigger things to worry about than same sex marriage. Someone wanting a same sex marriage will find the Imams very willing to hold a ceremony....on a rooftop. The bad news is that the trip to the reception is a short one and it ends abruptly.

Given all that, I think the benefits of last week's ruling for gay people will be transient at best, unless we can right the ship of state and reinvigorate American Culture as a source of pride. Hell, if we can accomplish that, gay marriage is a price I'll gladly pay!

Open thread until the ONT rolls around.

Posted by Open Blogger at 09:09 PM Comments

Yeah....Gun Pron [CBD]

—Open Blogger

And Open Thread....

Posted by Open Blogger at 07:05 PM Comments

Food Thread: The Perfect Restaurant Menu: A Fable [CBD]

—Open Blogger

No, I don't mean this kind of issue.....

bad-Chinese-menu-translation.jpg

Rather, What we want when we walk into a particular restaurant, and hope to see on the menu, but rarely do.

Obviously, specialty restaurants don't count. When we want sushi, we go to sushi joints; when we want Italian-American food, we go to the local trattoria. When we want fried hobo cheeks in a cream sauce we....uh, never mind.

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Posted by Open Blogger at 04:00 PM Comments

At least there aren't any videos this week (gaming thread)

—Gang of Gaming Morons!

Typical post E3 lull but there were a few things. Apple added a notch in their hamfisted treatment of gaming by pulling wargames that had a Confederate Flag and WB pulled sales of the PC port of Arkham Knight.

There won't be a gaming post next week as I get to spend a bunch of time with my parents in the same car as we head down south to a family gathering for the Fourth of July. If I'm lucky, I'll get blown up by a firework

Also when writing, remember to save often

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Posted by Gang of Gaming Morons! at 03:34 PM Comments

Sunday Music/Open Thread [CBD]

—Open Blogger

Good song, from a group I have never heard of.

Open thread.....

And below the fold, some Yes.....

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Weekend Thread: Stereotypes, First Impressions, and Lasting Impressions [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

I did some traveling last week to two states that I'd never visited before, Tennessee and Kentucky. (Most of my time was spent in Kentucky.) It was interesting to spend a couple of days in a "new" (to me) part of the country, particularly during the Confederate battle flag brouhaha. It got me thinking about the impressions we form of different parts of this country and how those impressions are formed.

In my own loosely thought out way, I categorize the qualities we ascribe to different regions of the country into three groups: stereotypes, first impressions, and lasting impressions. I think of stereotypes as strong impressions (occasionally negative, but not always) that are often formed on limited (and sometimes indirect) evidence. They're the things everyone "knows" but far fewer know from direct, protracted experience. For example, we all KNOW that Philadelphians are rude. Why? Because they attacked Santa! We also all KNOW that Californians are free spirits. Why? Because of Haight-Ashbury!

(I hope those two examples illustrate my point: stereotypes CAN be true, but very often are not true.)

About a year ago, an interesting study was published about stereotypes and how they are formed:

...our minds are hard-wired to categorize information and create mental shortcuts (attribute A is associated with behavior B). This helps us retain knowledge using minimal mental effort, and provides a needed sense of structure to an otherwise chaotic universe.

We take complex webs of information and, in the process of sharing what we've learned, create "a progressively simplified, highly structured, and easily learnable system" of stereotypes.

In doing so, however, nuances and complications tend to be discarded.

Often, the researchers write, stereotypes begin with a "kernel of truth" that subsequently gets inflated into a widely held truism regarding a group of people. But other times, they can spring up seemingly from nowhere.

Follow the link above to read more about the study.

Earlier this year, Voice of America published a piece on the stereotypes Americans apply to their fellow Americans. The results are based on a YouGov poll and are illustrated graphically below:

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Open Thread for Politics and Misery [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Apparently, some of you cannot take even Sunday off, bless your hearts.

Here's your thread for doing things like this:

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-28-2015: The World Turned Upside Down [OregonMuse]

—Open Blogger


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Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Serious you guys. Kilts are OK, too. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.


Book thread TRIGGER WARNINGS for holding that Hillary! Clinton is the most corrupt politician since LBJ and the only thing keeping her from being laughed out of politics is an equally corrupt MSM, that government employees should not be allowed to vote due to the obvious conflict of interest, and the near absolute risibility of feminism.


Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.
-J.K. Rowling


Yesterday, A Spooky Day

And not because of anything the Supreme Court did. No, June 27th is the date a very famous short story takes place. It starts out like this:

The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people that [it] took two days and had to be started on June 26th ....”

Can you guess the story? I'll have the answer way down at the bottom of the thread. Note that the word in bracket is my replacement, the original words are a dead giveaway.


Someone Is Going To Have To Be A Hero

Here's a story that, in light of recent events, should be very familiar to us:

1. Church gets planted in San Francisco
2. Church hires musician to do the church music
3. Subsequently, it comes to light that said musician is a practicing homosexual
4. Musician is informed by the church that his lifestyle is not in accord with church doctrine
5. Musician tells church that he is not going to change
6. Musician is dismissed by church
7. Church gets sued for violation of local "gay rights" ordinance.

This might have happened just last week, but the series of events I'm referring to took place in 1978, nearly 40 years ago. It's detailed in the book
When the Wicked Seize A City written by the minister and his wife, Charles and Donna McIlhenny

WORLD magazine has excerpted an early chapter that you can read here. I read it back in the early days of the internet, and I'm talking sometime around 1997-1998, when it used to be available for free for online reading on the old iUniverse site (before that self-publishing company had been bought out by Author Solutions), and the McIlhennys ordeal made for frightening reading: vandalism, threatening phone calls, violent protests complete with property damage while officers from the SFPD stood around like potted plants, etc.

The pastor did not ask for this fight. Rather, it was thrust upon him as he was trying to follow the dictates of his conscience, informed by the Bible. And not only did he have to fight the homosexual activists in San Francisco who had sworn to destroy his church, but his decision to stand up placed him at odds with some members of his own congregation and denominational leaders who were frightened because of what might happen. I want to sympathize with them, but sometimes, someone has to step up and be a hero, because heroism is what the situation absolutely requires.

And, not a very long time from now, in according with a plan arranged by homosexual activists, predominantly, a white, evangelical church (note: it will not be a black church or a mosque) that refuses to marry homosexual couples will have its tax-exempt status threatened, citing this week's Obergefell decision as precedent. What is happening in that day is that that pastor, that church, whoever it is who is being bludgeoned by the lawfare while the MSM and the rest of the culture applauds, is being called upon to be heroes.

Of course, many don't want to be heroes. Fighting is hard and dangerous. And what's even worse, we have guys on our side who are telling us, once again, that this is not the hill to die on, that we just need to move on. To the next defeat.

SPOILER ALERT: there's good news and bad news here. The good news is that McIlhenny actually won his case, on 1st Amendment grounds. But the bad news is that the main reason for this is perhaps, uncharacteristically for the progressive strategy of endless lawfare, the musician dropped the subsequent appeal. So the usual outcome, i.e. the Kabuki theater of a more liberal appellate court pretending to uphold the law while sticking it to the wrongthinking defendant, never played out.

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Early Morning Thread 6/28/15 Banned in 57 States Edition [krakatoa]

—Open Blogger

"Hey, I'm new here. Where can I get some good fried chicken?"

Yes - I was once almost physically attacked for asking that question to the only other people on a job site when I had a craving for fried chicken.

Luckily for everyone, the old man in the group grabbed some arms and told me where KFC was.

This was years ago. I presume today I'd be arrested at the end of the melee.

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Overnight Open Thread (27 Jun 2015)

—CDR M

Welcome to the circular firing squad. According to feminists, "trigger warning" is now also a trigger.

Admiral Josh Painter: "This business will get out of control! It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it!"

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It Sure Looks Like Greece Will Exit the Euro

—Ace


What is surreal is these Political Priests crying over the failure of an ideological technocratic structure that never worked and has made the people under it fairly unhappy.

But zealots care little for three-dimensional human beings and their silly three-dimensional feelings; their only concern is for the Heavens built in the fourth dimensional world, abstracted away from this rotten world of matter and spirit.

This could all just be the latest round of bluffing and brinksmanship, but this could finally be the long-awaited end.

This statement was just issued:


Here's that full statement.

Note that the Gardening Thread is below, and it's a good one. But this seems like Breaking News. I hope Y-Not, Weirddave, and KT will excuse the stompenation.

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Saturday Gardening Thread: Tropicana Edition [Y-not, KT, and Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

Y-not:

Good afternoon (evening?) gardeners! Today's late edition of the Saturday Gardening Thread is brought to you by Fess Parker:

Another light week of posting from yours truly, I'm afraid, owing to some unexpected travel. Fortunately as you will see, KT came through #LikeABoss and I think even Weirddave has something for us this week.

Long-time moron Gordon tipped me off to this excellent website that might be of interest to many of our tropical morons, Florida Survival Gardening. It looks like a great site, chock full of helpful and interesting content.

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A tropical moronette. I can neither confirm nor deny that this is Niedermeyer's Dead Horse.

Gordon goes on to say the following about the proprietor of Florida Survival Gardening:

A friend of mine, David the Good, has published a book called Compost Everything. You can find it on Amazon as an ebook or paperback. David, while he may not be aware of it, is kind of a supporter of the moron lifestyle. His book is funny, entertaining and very educational.

As you'll see on David's website, he also has another booklet, Create Your Own Florida Food Forest that I bet would interest many of the horde. (Make sure to use Ace's Amazon store thingy if you order one of these books. Flea dips are quite pricey these days and the alternative, dipping in kerosene followed by exposure to a flamethrower, is not very pleasant!)

I hope we can get David to comment here and perhaps set up a future guest post or two on some topics of interest to the horde. Please let him know of your interests in the comments. (And be gentle because he may be a noob!)

And now, let's see what KT has for us this week:

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Open Thread: Summer Is Here [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

My husband, dear man that he is, has one weakness. He loves those dumb "fails" videos. I always know when he's watching them because he sounds like this:

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Saturday Video: Find The Ewok [CBD]

—Open Blogger

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It's been a difficult and demoralizing time, in no small part because Ace has been curiously unforthcoming about the new Batman game. To tide us over until he provides a short, pithy 9,000 word review, I have dug up one of his first public appearances.

First to identify Ace gets a Platinum AoSHQ Membership with ampersands and bonus Wack-A-Mole™

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Current Conservative Presidential Darling Pretty Indifferent On Same Sex Marriage Ruling

—DrewM.

Marco Rubio....pro-intervention and nation building, pro-amnesty, but indifferent to SSM ruling.

“While I disagree with this decision, we live in a republic and must abide by the law. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood…

“I firmly believe the question of same sex marriage is a question of the definition of an institution, not the dignity of a human being. Every American has the right to pursue happiness as they see fit. Not every American has to agree on every issue, but all of us do have to share our country. A large number of Americans will continue to believe in traditional marriage, and a large number of Americans will be pleased with the Court’s decision today. In the years ahead, it is my hope that each side will respect the dignity of the other.”

Allah took exception to my characterization of Rubio as "indifferent" but had the decision gone the other way, what would he have said differently? "While I'm thankful for today's ruling and understand the passions on both sides, we live in a republic....blah....blah...respect the decision....blah...blah...respect each other...blah....blah...conservative judges."

Why so tepid Marco? Oh, right....donors.

Oh and while we do live in a republic (theoretically) it's important who and how laws are made. If judges do it, it's not a republic. Marco should probably think on that for a bit.

This is your guy GOP? Swell.

Ted Cruz has a fundraising idea, I mean, a response....let Congress vote on keeping Supreme Court judges every 8 years. Odds of passing that amendment to the Constitution? Yeah.

Anyone selling a "solution" to this that requires an amendment is simply blowing smoke up your ass.

So what is the solution? I have some ideas and will have a post on Monday about it.

In the meantime the short answer is....stop protecting people from the big government they support. Too many people who have spent years and decades advocating for bigger and bigger government have to be made to enjoy it as much as we have been.

For me it starts with the Catholic Church. They and any other church that discriminates against gay couples will find up being sued and forced to perform ceremonies or will lose their tax status.

My reaction: Oh well.

US bishops have spent decades advocating liberal big government programs (ObamaCare, as long as they are exempted and amnesty spring to mind) all while enjoying an exemption from its effects or sharing in the burden of the costs via their tax exemption.

Well they are going to get a taste of what they've been building and they aren't going to like it one bit.

While I will lament to loss of an important American value, it won't be the first progressives have killed. But I will laugh as they and others like them are shocked that the government they are so happy to sic on others turns on them.

I keep being told there isn't a critical mass of people who support big government. Fair enough. So now it's time to create one. No more exemptions and safe harbors from which people safely sell me and my values down the rive to protect theirs.

Big government is the best salesman for small government. It's time we let it loose on it's supporters.

Added: In the interest of interfaith comity I should note I'm looking forward to synagogues and mosques being taxed as well.

90-95% of your congregants vote for Democrats? Well, then I'm sure you'll be happy to be subject to even more of what they impose on the rest of us.

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Fundamental Concepts - Game Over [Weirddave]

—Open Blogger

Ever since SCOTUS decided King V Burwell, I've been in a bit of a daze. Yesterday morning I realized I was just sitting on the edge of my bed, one sock on, my toes tucked into the other, just...staring out the window. My wife was behind me calling my name."Dave?....Dave?....Dave?..". I shook it off, but in truth I feel quite a bit like Private Hudson.

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Saturday Morning Politics Thread: Now What? [Y-not]

—Open Blogger

Good morning horde.

Well, that was a pisser of a week, wasn't it?

What I found most discouraging about last week's events was the rejection of the right, embodied by the 10th amendment, of all Americans to decide for themselves what their local community standards should be. Although the Obamacare (excuse me, SCOTUScare) decision is probably the more devastating one in terms of immediate economic impact (and the "logic" behind the majority decision was quite Orwellian), I found the same sex marriage decision to be the most disheartening.

Hale Razor summed it up very well on Twitter:

It certainly seems as if there is no "truce" possible with these people. They are intent on rounding up Americans who hold opposing views into ideological "camps," figuratively if not literally.

I was traveling during most of the week, which was probably a blessing given what transpired. There was so much political news last week, most of it bad, that I don't think today is a good day to continue with our regular candidate series. Instead, I thought we could try something different -- that is, try a brain-storming session on what, if anything, we can do in the political arena to try to steer the ship of state back on course.

One idea comes from commenter Ben Had who contacted me yesterday:

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Overnight Open Thread (26 Jun 2015)

—CDR M

So what's the over/under on a gay couple forcing a mosque to perform a gay wedding? I'd say it is zero. They don't have the stones to do something like that (kind of like how that douche Deray never protests acutal white supremacist groups) and the politicians will cook up some special exemption for them anyway.

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The Happy Thread, Part Two

—Ace

I was going to step out for dinner, so I thought I should put up a post.

However, I think the Happy Post -- what you are thankful for -- might be more important.

Below is a thread about the corrupt grifter who has taken the position of Tyrant of America. You may post there about politics.

But use this one to continue the Happy Thread.

Now I'm going to get some bbq.

I'll be back for one last post, later.

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Video: Your Remorselessly Dishonest President Pisses In Your Mouth And Tells You It's Soda Pop

—Ace

AllahPundit cannot believe how this shameless grifter pretends he didn't claim, just a few years ago, how opposed he was to gay marriage -- "God's in the mix," you'll remember.

Contrast the two videos.

Many can lie. But most liars still possess a conscience, which keeps them from swaggering when they lie. Indeed, it's that conscience trying to come out that makes them stumble over words and look away from you -- and give themselves away as lying.

But check out the Sociopath below.

No human conscience present.

President Look At My Pretty Poopies is just so damn proud of his lies.


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What Is Still Good In Life? What Is Still Good In America?

—Ace

My mood is dark, but commenters lifted my spirits by reminding me there are still good things in life, like gambling strippers who let you spin The Wheel of Anal.

What is still good in your lives?

What is still good in this country?

It doesn't have to be big things. Like, I just got a Police greatest hits album. The Police are really good, and I had forgotten that.

So that's good.

That, and the Wheel of Anal.

Which was actually a song on Regatta de Blanc I'm pretty sure (La Roue d'Anal).

Here's Something Nice: via Jane D'Oh:


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TIGTA: Lois Lerner's Hard Drive Crash Was Most Likely Caused by an Impact of Some Sort
Inspector General: The Tapes Were Deleted Due to an "Unbelievable" Series of Coincidences, Not Intent

—Ace

Via Hot Air, oh yes, they're just destroying evidence in blatant fashion now, and daring you to do anything about it.

Our investigation determined that on Saturday, June 11, 2011, between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Ms. Lerner’s IRS issued laptop computer stopped communicating with the IRS server system. The IRS server system sends messages out to all of the network-connected computers every two hours. The last communication between Ms. Lerner’s laptop and the server system occurred around 5:00 pm, and at that time, based on consistent network reporting for more than a week, the laptop computer was likely located in Ms. Lerner’s office. The laptop failed to respond to the server at 7:00 pm.

On Monday, June 13, 2011, Ms. Lerner reported that she found her computer inoperable when she entered her office, and the malfunction was reported to the IRS Information Technology (IT) staff. The assigned IT specialist determined the hard drive had crashed, and following standard protocol, he placed a new hard drive in Ms. Lerner’s laptop. In addition to the hard drive, a Hewlett Packard (HP) contractor replaced the laptop’s keyboard, track pad, heat sink, and fan. When interviewed, both the IRS IT technician and the HP technician reported that they did not note any visible damage to the laptop computer itself. When asked about the possible cause of the hard drive failure, the HP technician opined that heat-related failures are not seen often, and based on the information provided to him, the hard drive more than likely crashed due to an impact of some sort. However, because the HP technician did not examine the hard drive as part of his work on the laptop, it could not be determined why it crashed.

On July 19, 2011, Ms. Lerner requested IRS IT to attempt to recover data from her crashed hard drive because, according to her, she had “personal information” on the drive. The IRS IT management agreed and requested assistance from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI). After receiving the hard drive from the IT technician, the IRS-CI technician attempted, but was unsuccessful in recovering data, so he returned the hard drive to the IT depot at the IRS headquarters building for its ultimate destruction. According to the IRS-CI technician, he noted some scoring on the top platter of the drive, and he believed there were additional steps that could have been taken to attempt to recover data.

Oh, and then they deleted the back-up tapes -- which by law they're supposed to keep.

As AP reports, according to the IG's deputy Timothy Camus, two "lower-graded" employees at the IRS center in Martinsburg, West Virginia, erased 422 computer backup tapes that contained as many as 24,000 emails to and from former IRS official Lois Lerner.

It gets better: the tapes were erased in March 2014, months after congressional investigators requested all of Lerner's emails, and months after Zero Hedge, among many others, said to simply track down the server backups.

And the punchline: according to George, who before "investigating" IRS crimes, was a page for the 1980 Democratic National Convention and a founder of the Howard University College Democrats, the workers might be incompetent, a lead investigator said Thursday, but there is no evidence they were part of a criminal conspiracy to destroy evidence.

Don't worry, though. The IG has cleared the IRS -- see, it was all just an "unbelievable series of coincidences."

The IRS erased backup takes with Lois G. Lerner's emails even after the messages were subject to a congressional subpoena, but it was an "unbelievable" chain of coincidences rather than a malicious intent to subvert Congress, the tax agency’s inspector general said Thursday.

As many as 24,000 emails may have been permanently lost, but the inspector general has managed to recover about 1,000 messages from the tapes because the IRS only "degaussed" the tapes but didn't destroy them.

Still, the move to erase the tapes after they had been requested by Congress didn’t sit well with Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who accused IRS chief John Koskinen of obstructing Congress‘ investigation into the emails and tea party targeting.

"They destroyed evidence. That’s what they did," Mr. Chaffetz, Utah Republican, said.

He wondered whether it was a “coincidence” the erasure came just a month after President Obama dismissed the tea party-targeting scandal as a nonissue.

I concede -- it is in fact "unbelievable." Look that word up in the dictionary, and the come back to me, because I have some follow-up questions.

Jim Jordan and other Republicans are considering impeaching IRS Fixer Jon Koskinen.

Um, that's a start.

I really object to Ed Morrissey's deprioritization of this to talk up James Clapper.

Can we actually talk about impeaching this guy without having the peanut gallery diver us into talking about other people?

So, the government is officially just an outlaw now, huh?

Then what basis is there for any of us to obey it any longer?

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AoSHQ Podcast: Guest, @BenKAoS84

—Andy

Coblogger Ben K. joins Gabe, Drew and John to talk King v. Burwell, Bradley Cooper and the Batman game. And some other stuff.

Intro: Drowning - Hootie and the Blowfish
Outro: The End - The Doors

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Browse (and even search!) the archives

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Don't forget to submit your Ask the Blog questions for next week's episode.

Open thread in the comments.

Enjoy [ace]: I couldn't make the show last night -- felt kind of bad, then later, felt kind of Batmanny -- so I offer this in apology.

(The special snowflake has now protected her tweets.)

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It's Already Starting: Top Clinton Advisor Won't Commit to Protecting Churches' Tax Exempt Status, Given Gay Marriage Ruling

—Ace

Don't be paranoid.

I mean, just ten years ago they swore Lawrence would not lead to gay marriage, and then two years ago swore that gay marriage would not lead to you being forced to bake them a cake.

So if a top Hillary advisor dodges the question of tax exempt status for churches who refuse to perform gay marriages -- you can take her non-answer to the bank, Bigots.

Karen Finney, a top advisor for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, declined to answer if she believes churches that refuse to perform same sex marriages should lose their tax exempt status. Responding to a question from Breitbart News, Finney dodged with, "honestly today just thinking about what this means for my LGBT friends."

AllahPundit has a substantive post on what Kennedy says about this issue -- he spends a whole paragraph on it! It's also dicta -- statements which are not compelled by the decision at hand, but are speculations about future cases which are not yet before the court -- so none of his very weak reassurances are even binding, or precedent.

The dissenting justices notice this.

Clarence Thomas:

Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect. …

In our society, marriage is not simply a governmental institution; it is a religious institution as well. Id., at 7. Today’s decision might change the former, but it cannot change the latter. It appears all but inevitable that the two will come into conflict, particularly as individuals and churches are confronted with demands to participate in and endorse civil marriages between same-sex couples.

The majority appears unmoved by that inevitability. It makes only a weak gesture toward religious liberty in a single paragraph, ante, at 27. And even that gesture indicates a misunderstanding of religious liberty in our Nation’s tradition. Religious liberty is about more than just the protection for "religious organizations and persons . . . as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths." Ibid. Religious liberty is about freedom of action in matters of religion generally, and the scope of that liberty is directly correlated to the civil restraints placed upon religious practice.7

That is -- religious conscience is more than just what we do in the two hours a week we spend in church. Though Kennedy reassures you that for those two hours, you are free to "advocate" for your bigoted, unsupportable, and evil views.

For now, anyway.

By the way, "Gay Star News" says only the "homophobic" could be upset by the video below of a young boy in whore make-up twerking to a song which seems to be chanting "I'm gay."


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Mike Huckabee to "Imperial Court:" Go F*** Yourselves

—Ace

Well, this could get interesting.

You go, Huck!

"The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

"This ruling is not about marriage equality, it's about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court’s most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny."

"The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment."

You can imagine how I, an agnostic, feel about that bit about "the laws of nature and nature's God." I disapprove.

But I do approve of the rest of it -- We did not agree to be ruled like subjects.

Our agreement, constructive as it was, is that we shall abide by the laws of a government assuming we have a say in the laws of that government.

The Overclass which rules us has torn up that part of the agreement.

I am not anti-gay. My snarky but truthful answer to all this is that I am more in favor of gay sex than gay marriage.

I do not dispute that gay people should be able to love whom they want. My dispute is this: there is no compelling state interest in recognizing Love. Love is not eternal. Love is not even terribly uncommon. I've been in love a dozen times. Sometimes I've fallen in love in five minutes.

Love is a wonderful feeling, but it is in fact so wonderful the product does not need to be sold. Hollywood makes billions of dollars on stories about love -- they put love stories into shoot-'em-up action movies -- because love itself is such a desirous thing that people will pay actual money to watch other people merely pretending to fall in love.

What the state actually has an interest in -- what is transcendent -- what is eternal, or at least connects one to the cycle of the eternal -- is, get this, childbirth.

It is the bearing and raising of children that actually propagates the species, propagates all species, and has done so now for, checking my watch, about 100,000 years for humans and about 100 million years for animals.

Promoting a stable environment in which children can be cared for and raised to adulthood -- a very time- and money- intensive proposition -- is something the state has a huge interest in. Not only is there that whole Survival of the Species consideration in play, but there are also grubbier concerns like ensuring that there are enough productive citizens in the next generation to cover the massive debts and massive retirement costs of the previous ones.

Tell me-- what interest does the state have in recognizing "Love" absent the expectation that that love will result in children?

I've been in love most of my life. I've had many relationships. None have produced children -- I avoided it.

Why does the State not have a compelling interest in recognizing my past loves and current ones?

Simple: Marriage is not about love, and the state interest in marriage has nothing to do with love.

Love is a lovely thing, and something I wouldn't deny to anyone.

But the idea that it there is no conceivable non-bigoted grounds to say that loves which, per the rules of biology, simply cannot produce anything other than some (usually transient) pleasure for two people is simply not a compelling interest of the state, and hence does not need to be supported or encouraged by marriage laws?

That idea is false.

Only an idiot, frankly, can think that his or her "love" is of any especial interest to anyone else in the world.

The state's only interest in love is frankly the same interest it has in any of us: In taxpayer units.

So, sorry. I respect gay people and don't mind their relationships at all. I do not believe their relationships to be sinful or "in revolt against God" or even all that weird. (Though, being a straight guy with 100,000 years of evolutionary instinct in me: I find gay male relationships a little weird. But I know this is a personal thing and not something I should impose into the code of the law.)

But what they are not, and will never be, is transcendent in the way I mean it, connecting one generation to the next, propagating the species, filling the earth with human life.

And thus there is no state interest in "gay marriage," and thus it cannot be the case that the Constitution demands that which the state has no compelling interest in.


I'm Listening:


This tweet has since been deleted. I assume Spierling simply made a typo -- though an amusing one that I'd like to see discussed more.

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BY 5-4 VOTE, SUPREME COURT IMPOSES GAY MARRIAGE ON ENTIRE NATION

—Ace

It is done.

Now come the knock-on cases, where they ban federal funding of religious schools that don't recognize gay marriage.

You Will Be Made to Care.

Here is the mere opinion of five transient cultural Marxists.


Scalia: Threat to Democracy; No Social Transformation Without Representation:

TFG:


They Will Not Stop, Ever:


Of course, it could be fun:


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Mark Levin's Huge Endorsement of Mike Flynn for #IL18
At the 93 minute mark, about... Levin mistakenly says Illinois 8, but it's the 18th. Vote, volunteer, and support!
Should There Be Different Degrees of Rape, or Sexual Assault, According to Intent?
I've argued before there should be a difference between knowing rape and what might be called "criminally negligent sexual assault" (where one is so negligent in making sure the other party has consented that we could say it is a crime of some kind... similar to criminally negligent homicide, in theory)
Study: Listening to Heavy Metal Might Make Dark-Mooded People Feel Better
Um... I think that's the whole point of it, no?
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Through the looking glass. National Park Service removes Confederate flag from its bookstores and gift shops....at Gettysburg. [Weirddave]
Jawa Report: Islamic Terrorist Attacks Air Products Plant in St.-Quentin-Fallavier France Beheading One Worker. "Air Products was picked specifically because it is an American company. The murdered employee's head was posted on the gate of the plant." [Y-not]
CNN: Hundreds injured in explosion at Taiwan water park. Sounds like a big accident, not terrorism, based on this: the fiery explosion occurred during a "Color Play Asia" party put on by a separate marking company that leased out space at the park. [Y-not]

AP: Deformed mutt is crowned World's Ugliest Dog
Good boy! Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

Conor Friedersdorf: 'It's Time for Good Cops to Do Something About Bad Cops'
"Law-and-order conservatives are happy to acknowledge Baltimore’s criminals but ignore the part of local police culture that is thuggish, brutal and lawless because it is incompatible with how they want people to think of authority." [rdbrewer]


Sharks strike back with "People Week"
Ilya Shapiro, Time: Justice John Roberts’s Obamacare Decision Is an Orwellian Mess
"Roberts combined two unholy strains of judicial agency: liberal activism and conservative pacifism." [rdbrewer]
Aurelius Pundit, The Social Memo: Univ. of WI Releases List of Microaggressions; Saying 'Everyone can Succeed' Now Racist
"The title of the document is 'Examples of Racial Microaggressions' and outlines types of 'racist microaggressions,' examples of them, and what they are 'actually' saying." Yes, microaggressions: because when you're free of racist aggression, something must be manufactured in order to keep calling you a racist, since accusations of racism are a source of power. Conveniently, it's something you don't even know about: unconscious microagressions, you racist. [rdbrewer]
Mike Flynn Plays the Adorable Cat Video Card
Oh yeah -- he goes there. But if you've had your fill of fat-cat crony corporatism, and want something better for your children -- contribute to Mike Flynn.
National Journal: Why Four Justices Were Against the Supreme Court's Huge Gay-Marriage Decision
"The majority began its opinion with the line: 'The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity.' Scalia wrote that if he ever were to join an opinion that began with that sentence he 'would hide my head in a bag,' saying such language was more like the 'mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie'...." [rdbrewer]
Interesting GQ Interview With Pierce Brosnan (From Last Year)
He grew up very poor and fatherless. He liked to box. He's got mixed feelings on Bond.... when the Bond people decided to go in a different direction (as they say), Brosnan's press agent advised him to "resign," to make it seem like it was his idea to quit. Brosnan refused: "No, I don't want to do that, because that's a lie. It's a lie onto myself; it's their decision. Let it be their decision, and however you want to look at it, however it will be defined, then let it find its own course." I like him for that.

Timothy Carney: Second Roberts rewrite turns courts and the IRS into legislators
"Chief Justice John Roberts has built a legislative record to rival Sam Rayburn." [rdbrewer]
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