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Jul 24 2014

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Calls Constitution “Flawed”

We rely on the Supreme Court to defend the Constitution from the endless assaults on it that chip away our liberty. Too bad Supreme Court Justices don’t have a higher opinion of the document. Ruth Bader Ginsberg has denounced it, recommending instead the socialist constitution of South Africa. The odious Stephen Breyer appears to attack it at every opportunity (e.g., here, here, and here). Now we hear this from swing vote Anthony Kennedy:

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking at the annual conference of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Monterey, waxed eloquent on the deficiencies of the Constitution and implied that those who believe in the original intent of the Constitution by swearing fealty to the original, literal meaning are misguided.

Most of Kennedy’s nearly hour-long speech focused on the Magna Carta, originally signed in 1215 and due for its 800th anniversary next year. But he couldn’t resist taking a swipe at the Constitution, noting, “The Constitution of the United States is a flawed document,” its “thinly veiled language… basically reaffirmed the legality of slavery.” Kennedy was referencing the section of the Constitution in which each slave was defined as three-fifths of a person in the estimation of how many congressional delegates each state was allotted. He added that the soldiers who died in the Civil War were “one of the things it cost for having a Constitution that was flawed.”

At the time the Constitution was written, the economy of the southern states was totally reliant on slave labor. A constitution forbidding slavery would never have held the nation together, because no southern state would have agreed to it.

As liberals tend to forget, slavery was a nearly ubiquitous feature of civilization throughout the world until it was largely ended by Anglo-Saxons in the 19th century, the British navy playing a major role.

Presenting a constitution forbidding slavery in 18th century America would have been a waste of everyone’s time.

That doesn’t mean the Constitution is flawed. It means that it sometimes needs to be amended to keep pace with changing times — as it has been. This is a relatively superficial process, very different from proclaiming the whole thing to be flawed and rejecting it in favor of a “living constitution” that says whatever the prevailing majority wants it to say at any given moment.

Unsurprisingly, the main person the Supremes need to defend the Constitution against also regards it as “deeply flawed.”

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Don’t count on Kennedy to stop him.

On a tip from Henry.

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Jul 24 2014

The One in Five

Funny how the numbers line up.

CNN did a poll on ObamaCare and grudging admitted that

only 18% of the public say they or their families are better off now that the major provisions of the health care law have been implemented.

That is a bit below 23% — the proportion of Americans who regard themselves as liberals, even during an era conspicuous for liberal dominance politically and culturally:

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About midway between the numbers,

Nearly one in five adult Americans has experienced mental illness in the past year, according to a new government survey, with women, the unemployed, and young adults more likely than others to be affected.

That data is from 2010, when the percentage of liberals was also 20% (several years of open borders may account for the rise to 23%).

The overlap between these three groups is likely to be considerable. We are ruled by a small, delusional minority with mental problems.

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This Venn diagram illustrates tight overlap.

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Jul 24 2014

Gaza Eruption Makes It Obvious: Obama Regime Backs Hamas

Ted Cruz asks an excellent question regarding the major victory Obama’s FAA handed to Hamas terrorists by forbidding flights to Tel Aviv:

“If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights are still permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?”

Here’s another excellent question: Since Hamas is appropriately designated as a terrorist group by the State Department, why is the government sending it an extra $47 million of our money (in addition to the fortune this enemy already receives from us), evidently as a reward for firing 1,600 missiles at Israel until it managed to evoke a response?

Obama gave us the answer even before his catastrophic election: “I will stand with the Muslims…”

This goes beyond the betrayal of an ally.

Whose side did you think he was on?

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.

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Jul 24 2014

Rashid Polo, Righteous Young Crusader Against Storekeepers Who Don’t Like Being Robbed

The bizarre moral inversion implicit in progressivism has become so engrained in our culture, people hardly even notice it anymore. Here’s an example:

Footage of shop workers following a black teenager because they ‘presume he’s stealing’ have become a viral sensation after being shared more [than] 20,000 times.

The two videos posted on Vine by Rashid Polo show him walking around convenience stores with ‘racist’ employees behind keeping a close eye on his movements.

During the clips, they appear to check the shelf Rashid has just browsed, making sure everything is still there.

But when he pans the camera and catches the employees, they quickly change their tact and act as if they are simply straightening Dorito bags, flipping hot dogs or rearranging displays.

Some of them are seen running off and hiding behind the shelves to avoid suspicion.

That is, to avoid being suspected of trying to prevent shoplifting in their stores.

But their furtiveness proved useless. Now they have been exposed to the world as thought criminals.

Rashid decided to record the shopping experiences after employees repeatedly trailed him.

With his second video, he posted a message saying: ‘It happened again… this time I’m not even mad… I’m used to it now.’

It’s too bad that Rashid isn’t mad. He should be furious — not at storekeepers for trying to protect their livelihood, but at the thieves who have given his race a bad name with a parasitical entitlement mentality according to which they have a right to steal other people’s property.

The entitlement mentality goes beyond the thievery that makes life so difficult for storekeepers. Not only are certain people supposedly entitled to steal to make up for historical injustice or whatever, the owners of the property are not allowed to notice who is doing it, much less object. They are supposed to sit frozen in terror of being denounced as “racists” as young hoodlums rob them blind.

From the liberal point of view, when storekeepers surreptitiously keep an eye on someone who is acting suspicious and looks similar to people who steal from them on a regular basis, it is done out of pure racial malice. But if the point were to hurt people’s feelings, why would they be secretive about it?

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Rashid exposes the cowering racist storekeepers.

On a tip from Wiggins.

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Jul 24 2014

Pregnant Woman Prevented From Reaching Hospital by Obama’s Fundraising Motorcade

A leaderless country isn’t the worst price to be paid for Obama’s never-ending fundraising even in times of crisis. After all, there is no reason to believe he could be an effective president if he tried, or even that he means the country well. But there are other costs to be paid:

President Obama’s scheduled arrival in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon will mean two things: big bucks for his fundraising tour and traffic headaches for commuters as his motorcade hopscotches across the city.

When whole cities are forced to sit in traffic jams so that Obama can sweet-talk more cash out of his limousine liberal supporters, secondary problems are caused:

Witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was prevented by authorities from crossing a Los Angeles street to a hospital Wednesday because the road had been closed for President Barack Obama’s impending motorcade.

The unidentified woman was barred from walking the few hundred feet to the hospital for at least 30 minutes as authorities waited for the president’s motorcade to pass by, witness Carrie Clifford told TheBlaze early Thursday morning.

“I felt bad for her,” Clifford said. “It does happen when Obama comes to L.A. or I’m sure anywhere else. It paralyzes the city, it does make it complicated.”

Since Obama constantly crisscrosses the country to attend the fundraisers that are his top priority as president, you could say the whole nation has been paralyzed.

If ever an event was emblematic of this lamentable presidency, this is it:

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Jul 24 2014

Thomas & Friends Denounced as Thought Criminals

The reason moonbats can never rest in the quest to impose ideological homogeneity is that racism, capitalism, colonialism, sexism, heterosexism, anti-environmentalism, et cetera, ad nauseam are everywhere, always waiting to infect the children. Tracy Van Slyke sounds the alarm regarding a cartoon called Thomas & Friends:

My son, now three-and-a-half years old, thankfully never never went through a manic train fascination like so many other children. But once in a while, he’d get a bug in his brain to watch Thomas, and every time I sat and watched with him…

But not anymore. Thomas has been convicted of numerous thought crimes and is now verboten.

Thomas and those friends are trains that toil away endlessly on the Isle of Sodor – which seems to be forever caught in British colonial times – and, on its surface, the show seems to impart good moral lessons about hard work and friendship. But if you look through the steam rising up from the coal-powered train stacks, you realize that the pretty puffs of smoke are concealing some pretty twisted, anachronistic messages.

“Anachronistic” means associated with times when Western Civilization was growing rather than dying.

For one, these trains perform tasks dictated by their imperious, little white boss, Sir Topham Hatt (also known as The Fat Controller), whose attire of a top hat, tuxedo and big round belly is just a little too obvious.

Bad enough Sir Topham Hatt is white; he may also be a capitalist.

Tracy describes the episode that resulted in the Black Maria coming to take Thomas off to the gulag as far as her household is concerned:

It revolved around James, a red engine who is described in the opening credits as “vain but lots of fun.” (Wait, it’s OK to be vain if you can show others a good time occasionally? Great – that’s going in my Parenting 101 book.) [Lighten up, Tracy!] In the episode “Tickled Pink”, poor vain James, is ordered by Topham Hat to get a new coat of paint. But while James has only had an undercoat of pink slathered on, Topham Hatt interrupts and demands that James go pick up Hatt’s granddaughter and deliver her and her friends to a birthday party right now.

James is mortified that he has to travel while pink and proceeds to hide from all the other trains along the way. When he’s caught, the other trains – including Thomas – viciously laugh and mock him.

“What are you doing James? You’re a big pink steamie,” says Diesel, the bad-boy engine. (For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they are all pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.)

Not hard for Tracy, anyway. Impossible for any sane person. The association of light with good and dark with evil, as Breitbart points out, “far predates the Equality Commission.” However, as far as progressives are concerned, civilization starts with them, and everything preceding them must be discarded and forgotten.

But once James gets back on the rails and picks up Granddaughter Hatt and her friends, all seemingly ends well because the girls love pink.

Well guess what? It’s not OK. You think a little boy watching Thomas is going to file away the lesson that pink is OK for boys? No, what kids remember is that James was laughed at, cruelly, over and over again, because he looked different and was clad in a “girly” pink color.

Ms. Van Slyke is further enraged that not enough of the characters are female. Evidently the creators are so brazen in their political incorrectness as to tacitly acknowledge that a show about trains will primarily appeal to boys.

The only hope for the future is that a generation of kids brought up by humorless moonbat totalitarians with ramrods up their rectums like Tracy Van Slyke will reject everything their parents shrieked at them and grow up to undo their pernicious liberal works.

Thomas-And-Friends
Thought criminals, all of them.

On tips from Henry and Wiggins.

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Jul 23 2014

Open Thread

proud whopper

Via Liberal Logic 101, on a tip from TED.

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Jul 23 2014

Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst on the Border Crisis

Since the federal government refuses to perform the fundamental duties that justify its existence, states must step forward. It is a matter of self-preservation. Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst brings us up to date on the situation in Texas, where National Guard are being deployed to the border not on orders from the Vacationer in Chief, but the Governor:

Attempts by Texas to defend its territorial integrity from foreign invasion will inevitably bring an intrusive hostile reaction from the federal government; Arizona has already been down that road.

Texas split off from a tyrannical regime to form its own nation once. If things deteriorate much further without Obama being removed from power, it could happen again.

On a tip from Byron.

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Jul 23 2014

Why the Public Does Not Sufficiently Adore Shrillary

Why are the American people not impressed with Shrillary Rotten’s dismal reign as Secretary of State? Liberal elite propagandist Mike Barnacle I mean Barnicle explains. It’s because we are stupid:

That was quite a sight to behold: the liberals running the media sniveling because they themselves are not aggressive enough in promoting Shrillary — who would be laughed off the public stage by objective journalists faster than you could say “Benghazi.”

On a tip from TaterSalad.

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Jul 23 2014

What Our Children Will Be Faced With Because We Didn’t Defend the Border

The highly civilized land of Goethe and Beethoven resorted to industrial-scale genocide on the basis of race. The land of Checkov and Tchaikovsky killed several times more on the basis of class. What do you suppose the Third World savages our treasonous government is using to displace the American population will be capable of in the near future, when they have the demographic leverage? Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas professor and founder of La Raza Unida (similar in both name and outlook to National Council of la Raza, which is now extremely influential in Washington), offers a clue:

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It isn’t your imagination. Victor Davis Hanson confirms that Obama’s La Raza friends sound just like fascists.

But of course, it isn’t racist to be racist against whites. In fact, the only sure way to eradicate racism is to eradicate whites.

Only when the world sinks back into the darkness that preceded European Civilization will progressives be done progressing. That’s why liberals don’t have a problem with folks like Gutierrez, and why they are importing a vast army of conquest on their behalf.

Via Western Rifle Shooters Association, on a tip from DJ.

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Jul 23 2014

Separated at Birth?

Elizabeth Warren has finally produced evidence that she deserves the special Affirmative Action advancement she presumably got from Harvard for supposedly being part Indian. Note the remarkable similarity between her exaggerated grimace and Chief Wahoo’s:

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Actually, the only connection between Senator Warren’s ancestors and Indians appears to be her great-great-great grandfather, who helped round up Cherokees for the Trail of Tears. But as the saying goes, that’s close enough for government work.

Via The Looking Spoon, on a tip from TED.

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Jul 23 2014

Requiring Toy Guns to Be Cased

From every direction, restrictions on guns draw incrementally tighter — even on toy guns:

Burlington, Iowa is looking into an ordinance to make it illegal to openly carry a toy gun or conceal one with clothes.

According to the ordinance, that includes any spring-loaded, compressed-air, or other BB gun, airsoft gun, paint ball gun, pellet gun, or replica of a firearm. The law would prohibit taking those guns on or into any public street, alley, highway, sidewalk, public way, public ground or public building, or within an automobile on a public roadway, without written consent of the council unless the gun is carried in a way authorized for concealment by the Iowa Code pertaining to firearms.

A person who would violate that would receive a simple misdemeanor.

“It’s a proposal to conceal these guns in a proper case. They make those cases at all the department stores and whether you’re walking or in a vehicle, you would be expected to case these guns,” said Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird.

It must be down in unseen basements that “all the department stores” make cases for toy guns, so that they have manufacturing to fall back on in case the retail business goes soft.

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Be sure to case replica firearms while walking or riding on your tricycle.

On tips from Stormfax and Jester.

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Jul 23 2014

Jerry Brown Cracks Down on Football Practice

No one should be surprised to see California’s infamous Governor Moonbeam take a leading role in further wimpifying America by wimpifying sports:

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules.

That is, a law isn’t even necessary, since schools are reducing practice anyway due to the general metrosexualization of our culture. But coercion is an end in itself for Democrats.

Under the legislation taking effect in 2015, drills involving game-speed tackling are prohibited in the offseason. They are limited to 90-minute sessions twice a week the rest of the year. The rules apply to public, private and charter schools.

Big Government now tells football teams how many minutes per week they are allowed to practice, even if they play for private schools. We let it reach this point, yet we still call ourselves Americans.

Some lawmakers questioned whether the issue merits state regulation and whether the proposal puts students at a competitive disadvantage when competing against students in other states.

Actually, some other states have even more repressive restrictions on football practice. California hardly holds a monopoly on nanny state authoritarianism. But no doubt someone in Washington is planning federal legislation, just to be fair.

Why do liberal politicians want us to be as unmanly as possible? I’ll answer that question with another: What kind of man would vote for someone like Jerry Brown?

He might run for president, by the way. If Obama is presidential material, why not Governor Moonbeam?

Jerry Brown
Creating an America fit to be ruled by libs like himself.

On a tip from Shawn R. Hat tip: Barstool Sports.

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Jul 23 2014

Liberal Totalitarians Set Their Sights on Beef

The moonbats are coming for our steaks, our hamburgers, even our beef hotdogs.

You know when a blitzkrieg is on the horizon when they soften up the target with a bombing offensive. Instead of sending out the Luftwaffe, modern statists rely on studies by pointy-headed experts (usually funded by the government). This one should alarm anyone who enjoys a hearty meal:

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption, said lead author Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New York.

Eshel used U.S. government figures to calculate air and water emissions and how much water and land were used in the lifetime production of beef, pork, poultry, dairy and eggs.

That is, the figures come from the same federal government that has pushed its hostility to Southwestern cattle ranchers to the verge of armed conflict. Cattle use a lot of land, and Big Government likes to control every inch. In addition, there are cultural issues. The lifestyle of ranchers keeps alive a masculine, freedom-loving aspect of America that the metrosexual authoritarian weenies in Washington want dead.

Cows burp major amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that is dozens of times more potent than carbon dioxide.

A dozen times nothing is still nothing. There is no credible evidence that carbon dioxide, methane, or even the greatest greenhouse gas of them all, water vapor, is the least bit harmful.

Claiming that beef causes global warming is the same as claiming that it is homophobic or offensive to Native Americans. We are in the realm of liberal ideology, not objective reality.

The message from the study is “whenever possible try to replace beef with other sources of protein from animal sources,” said Eshel, who said he doesn’t eat meat now but used to raise cattle on a kibbutz in Israel.

First we will be nudged. Our rulers have already managed to drive beef prices up to a new record high, no doubt in part thanks to bureaucratically engineered droughts. When this does not achieve utopia, we will be coerced. Whatever the real reasons, our liberal rulers have decided they don’t want us eating red meat, so enjoy it while you can.

Steak
Something else liberals plan to take away.

On a tip from Wiggins.

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Jul 23 2014

Eat-the-Rich Socialist Michael Moore Owns Nine Houses

Far left propagandist and rabble-rouser Michael Moore righteously proclaims that he is of the proletariat and not part of the 1% (video). Yet hawking his anti-capitalist B.S. on the capitalist market has earned him enough to buy nine houses. The dumping of Kathy Glynn, his wife of 22 years, is bringing embarrassing details to light regarding his conspicuous consumption:

His hit movies and best-selling books have begat a lifestyle far from most ballcap-wearing, duck-waddling denizens of Flint [a rustbelt hellhole that he falsely claims as his hometown].

Moore and Glynn own nine properties in Michigan and New York, including a Manhattan condo that once was three apartments. CelebrityNetWorth.com pegs their wealth at $50 million.

In legal pleadings, Moore blames his wife for the expansion of the 10,000-square-foot home on Torch Lake [in northwest lower Michigan], which has a value of $2 million.

He listed six media reports from 2011, which poked fun at the defender-of-the-poor for owning such a big house, as exhibits in the divorce case.

“He criticizes capitalism, but capitalism made him rich,” said Gary Tracy, owner of Bellaire Bait and Tackle.

“Why he decided to live in this conservative area, I have no idea.”

Where do you expect him to live, in Flint with the hoi polloi?

Despite the similarity of lifestyle, there is a big difference between Moore and the titans of industry he denounces. Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and even the dorky moonbat Bill Gates didn’t just make themselves rich; they made us all rich by creating wealth where there was none, raising the whole nation’s standard of living. They deserved every penny they made and more.

In contrast, Michael Moore creates no wealth. He is a bloated barnacle on the hull of capitalist society — not to mention the biggest hypocrite imaginable.

Michael Moore House
One of the socialist’s numerous houses.

On a tip from JusttheTipHQ. Hat tips: Progressives Today, Jalopnik Detroit.

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Jul 23 2014

Even the Dictionary Spews Liberal Propaganda

There is no bigot like a progressive bigot, as everyone knows who has listened to them sputtering about how much they hate rednecks, Jesus freaks, white boys, et cetera. Imagine anyone denouncing a protected “victim” group with such unrestrained contempt and malice.

Bigotry so pervades the liberal point of view that it seeps into everything they touch — including even the Merriam-Webster definition of the word “bigotry.” Via Daily Caller:

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Click for full size.

The implication that all conservatives are bigoted is of course bigoted.

Note that “progressivism” is supposedly an antonym of “bigotry.” That means no matter how bigoted progressives may seem, by definition they are never bigots, just as Jeremiah Wright types can never be racist no matter how consumed they are by an ideology consisting almost entirely of racial hatred.

Moonbats suck the meaning out of words just as their ideology sucks the meaning out of life. Like the word “racist,” the word “bigot” has been left with no meaning at all. It is merely an epithet used to express hostility toward non-liberals, having no semantic content.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.

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