This week we saw the Supreme Court, on at least in two major instances, outright ignore plain language and substitute what they thought the "intent" was.
Regarding ObumbleCare, the word "states" doesn't mean, well, "states."
Regarding the Arizona state legislature's right to draw legislative districts, the word "legislature" doesn't mean "legislature."
The latter is even worse, arguably, because the words are not in a mere law, but in the Constitution itself.
As I recently opined, how long will it be before we're told that "the right to bear arms" doesn't mean "the right to bear arms"?
... but keeps Brian Williams and worse, allows Al Sharpton his own show.
From the Colossus time machine:
Recent refresher: The SCOTUS held that "The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. "
Turns out it was a complete fabrication. Y'know, to get some popular will for the law.
Then there was this:
Then he "evolved" on the issue. So much so that we got this the other day:
So, remember this:
But there was always stuff like this prior to 2008, too. And, just like the above, we were treated to "palatable" answers necessary for election. The press didn't seem concerned about it (why would they? Stealth gun control fits their agenda), and just like the situation with Reverend Wright, in whose church Obama sat for twenty years, words speak louder than actions.
So get ready, America. The Second Amendment is next. If anything happens to a member of the conservative bloc of the SCOTUS, or even Anthony Kennedy, and Obama or Hillary get to nominate a new justice, watch out. McDonald v. Chicago will be revisited and overturned.
Or perhaps, the way things are going, Obama or Hillary won't even try to wait for that. There is a GOP-majority Senate, after all, which still has to approve a president's nominee. There still is that form of checks and balances. For now.
Would it really surprise anybody today if Obama (or Hillary) tried something like this? Sure, Kennedy (and Roberts, in one instance) gave 'em what they wanted this week.
But their palates have only been whetted.
ADDENDUM: Just to be clear, of these three items, I believe the (rightful) gay marriage conclusion was inevitable, either via the SCOTUS or the states. Obama's (and Hillary's) supposed "evolution" on the issue, while obviously brazenly politically calculating, no doubt hastened the settlement of the issue.
If you're a gay member of Sons of the Confederacy who bought Obamacare, you're actually having an okay week.— daveweigel (@daveweigel) June 26, 2015
Looks like Brandywine Creek State Park may have to cease those Civil War re-enactments soon.
Read the whole thing. Delaware's entry is brilliant.
If this were the 1950s it might be a story: FBI Files Reveal Valerie Jarrett’s Father, Grandfather, Father-In-Law Communists, Connection To Soviet Agent
Remember, to the Left in the 50s, to denigrate someone, cost him his career, ostracize him ... just for his political beliefs was negatively referred to as "McCarthyism."
To the Left in the 2010s, to denigrate someone, cost him his career, ostracize him ... just for his political beliefs is positively referred to as "racism."
Because he dared to state that Spider-Man "should stay white and straight."
Based on Marvel Comics' Brian Michael Bendis's claim that the new Spider-Man isn't one "with an asterisk," here's what his Avengers roster and TOS Star Trek crew would look like:
The "half" asterisks for the Hulk and Spock are due to the former being a plain 'ol white guy only some of the time, and the latter being only half (white)-human.
It truly is amazing the mindset that Marvel Comics has these days.
It was recently announced that the "new" Spider-Man will be Miles Morales, a teen of black-Hispanic descent. Co-creator of the character Brian Michael Bendis appears to have a very warped idea of how young kids play:
The enormity of Miles Morales’ place in comic book history didn’t really hit Bendis, a father who has two kids of color among his four children, until recently. His 4-year-old adopted African-American daughter found a Miles Morales Spidey mask in the toy aisle of a department store, put it on and said, “Look daddy, I’m Spider-Man!” he recalls.
“I started crying in the middle of the aisle,” says Bendis. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor.”
Many kids of color who when they were playing superheroes with their friends, their friends wouldn’t let them be Batman or Superman because they don’t look like those heroes but they could be Spider-Man because anyone could be under that mask.
As Douglas Ernst (to whom the hat tip goes for this story, and who totally shreds Bendis's insanity) says:
What? What neighborhood did Mr. Bendis grow up in, where little white kids were telling black friends they could pretend to have been bitten by a radioactive spider, but they couldn’t pretend to look like Steve Rogers?
What neighborhood did Mr. Bendis grow up in, where a white kid’s imagination allowed him to be a green ninja turtle, but not James Rhodes?
It must have been a neighborhood that cultivated a mindset which comes up with this sort of logic: “Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.”
This is just like the "bigotry of soft expectations" that many (white) "progressives" harbor with respect to minorities. Just as blacks and other minorities can't, and shouldn't, be expected to conform/do/behave/etc. as the majority population does, they also now can't identify with white superheroes.
But ... whites can identify with minority superheroes, you see!
Does it surprise anyone that a rich, white liberal like Bendis has just inadvertently reinforced white supremacy?
In closing, here's Doug again:
One of my favorite G.I. Joe characters as a kid was Roadblock. When I watched the Rocky movies I loved Apollo Creed. My brother introduced me to Marvel’s Iron Man, and I took a liking to James Rhodes. My favorite football player was Marcus Allen. Likewise, I loved G.I. Joe’s Flint, Rocky’s “Italian Stallion,” Iron Man’s Tony Stark, and the New York Yankees’ Don Mattingly. My “heroes” weren’t heroes because they were black or white — they were heroes because they were just “cool.”
According to Bendis's logic, it's perfectly OK for Doug to have liked all the minorities he mentioned. However, if Doug were black, Stallone, Stark, Mattingly, et. al. would all have to have asterisks after their names -- because Doug would not be able to relate to them.
Because of their white skin.
Every time a crazy person shoots up a place, the press demands Republicans -- who had nothing to do with it -- answer for the crime.— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 20, 2015
What the press won't ask (as in Hillary Clinton) is this: As Governor, Bill Clinton Honored Confederacy On Arkansas Flag.
In contrast, Jeb Bush had the stars and bars taken down in Florida when he was governor. Haven't heard much about that, either. No surprise.
Mr. Gabriel nails it closed on the media with this:
It's been this way for years. A Soviet-loving Oswald murdered JFK. The press asks, "But what about the climate of hate in Dallas?"— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 20, 2015
Just like Memory Lane from Colossus two years ago.
Check out this screencap from a CNN show today:
Now, look at the liberties the network took with the actual data. Since when do "non-jihadists" equal "right-wing extremists"?
Answer: When the mainstream media wants to further the NARRATIVETM.
(h/t: Mark Hemingway)
Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore had a fit yesterday due to some of Fox News's talking heads not immediately diving in with the "racist" label to describe the horrific church shootings in South Carolina.
Saying the network's coverage “makes my fucking head explode,” Wilmore was miffed at
Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggest[ing] the violence was an “attack on faith,” her co-host Steve Doocy also suggest[ing] it had something to do with religion, guest E.W. Jackson outright disput[ing] race-based suggestions about the crime, and anchor Jenna Lee later sa[ying] that despite the “hate crime” designation it’s too early to know what happened.
Since it was pretty clear early on that the killer's motivation was racial hatred, I get Wilmore's angst.
HOWEVER -- how many times have we seen the mainstream media equivocate over other instances of such violence?
Answer: Many. Here's but one (very good) example.
If the MSM -- and the Obama administration -- were consistent, here's how they'd have played out the coverage of the S. Carolina shootings:
In addition, despite the now-silly sounding comments by some at FNC, at least they weren't immediately sucked into a narrative like, say, "Hands up, don't shoot" which still persists among some MSM types despite it's (proven) falsehood.
Why? It enables them to feel socially and politically superior. Case in point. It fits in with their "America is incorrigibly racist and gun-loving" narrative.
Keep in mind these are the same people who write (recent) stuff like this: "If you are around me when Cheney kicks the bucket, the PARTY IS ON! I’m buying.
And, of course, never forget this: "You f***ing Republicans are all to blame. Your advocacy of deregulation for the last 30 years is responsible. The greed that underlies your policies and that invades your supporters was your motivation. You put yourselves and your wallets first, and our country last. You should all be round up and shot. Seriously."
There were two films of that era that in retrospect are particularly of note: 1997's Air Force One, which starred Harrison Ford as a 50-something American president who knew his way around the cockpit of a jet aircraft, refused to take any guff from terrorists, and had a woman as a vice president to boot. And 1999's Three Kings, which starred George Clooney, and denigrated George H.W. Bush for not toppling Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
No wonder Hollywood has been so miserable after 9/11; they got everything they had previously wished for in a president and as a result, thoroughly hated his guts.
The News Journal's Carron J. Phillips chastises Rachel Dolezal's self-identification as black.
As "progressives" would say in any other case, "Who is HE to judge, hmm??"
Maybe that Politically Correct Hierarchy Handbook will eventually come out so us average peons will know how to, well, navigate it.
Also be sure to get a chuckle out of Phillips' "cultural appropriation" nonsense. Good to see the News Journal is hiring some "original thinkers!"
Speaking of "progressive" comicbook morons, here's Gail Simone who apparently prioritizes forms of self-identification:
Oh, my god, these are hilarious. #RachelDolezalMemoirTitles— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) June 16, 2015
Hey, here's a thing! How about we go five minutes without making a transphobic joke while discussing Spokane NAACP ladies?— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) June 16, 2015
Got that, everyone?
Someone who identifies as a certain race: laughable.
Someone who identifies as a certain gender: inviolate.
I'd ask Simone to explain the lack of consistency, but there's no concept of the "C" word among "progressives."
Lesser comicbook guy Mark "Go F*** Yourself" Waid shows he is "better" than greater comicbook guy John Byrne:
.@JohnByrneSays Wow. WOW. Did Byrne really just say the transgendered were MENTALLY ILL? Wow.— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) June 10, 2015
Of course, Byrne just pulled that idea out of his ass, right? Oh, wait ...
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.
Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.
And Waid is the author of ... plenty of funny books.
Waid'll probably tell Dr. McHugh never to buy any of them now, too.
Just remember, contrary to the claim that "progressives" are the "party of science": To the radical "progressive" set, it's more important to believe the "right" things than to believe actual facts.
(Note: I could care less what transgendered people do or want, as long as they leave me alone. And, "progressives" are not unique in believing the "right" things over facts. But they're the ones who actually boast about being the party of the latter.)
ABC in 2008: New York City underwater. Gas over $9 a gallon. A carton of milk costs almost $13.
Then-GMA co-anchor Chris Cuomo: "I think we're familiar with some of these issues, but, boy, 2015? That's seven years from now. Could it really be that bad?"
In a word: Nope.
More than 50% of Democrats believe "tax-paying" illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote.
Lead -- lead!! -- story yesterday at Delaware Online.com: Racial diversity down in Delaware state government.
Reaction of typical "progressives": "My God!! We gotta do something!"
Reaction of normal people: "OK. So? Isn't competence more important than skin tone?"
Nuttiest and completely-devoid-of-reality comment of the article: "Racism exists in epidemic proportions in state government," said Silvester Beaman, president of the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council.
Y'know, over the weekend I watch the ESPN "30 for 30" about Richard Jewell -- y'know, the guy falsely accused of being the Atlanta Olympics bomber. The mainstream media f***ed this guy's life up royally.
And that was in the dawning day's of the Internet. News outlets are in a 100 times bigger rush to get the "scoop" these days. And the "racist cop enacting vengeance on hapless black people" is terrific "progressive" mainstream media cause célčbre, without a doubt.
Facts. Be. Damned.
No, not really, but just consider ...
Writer Eli Keel says "And fans who grew up with a certain version of a character have a hard time letting go of the past. (Also, unfortunately, a bunch of fans are way racist.)"
Of course. So why isn't Keel an anti-Semite -- or, why can't we call him such -- based on his article's headline, hmm? Or, why does he want a black guy to become a popular Marvel villain? Why not a hero?
Of course, social justice warriors are anything, if not inconsistent, natch.
You gotta read his ideas for a rebooted X-Men. Is it any wonder why comics are failing? Who the f*** wants to read about Professor X and Magneto embroiled in the real civil rights movement, them following Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. respectively?
Maybe Keel doesn't get that we're dealing with SUPERHEROES. The whole premise of mutants is to write fiction with a civil rights allegory -- super-powered beings with abilities far above those of normal man.
His solution for "erasing" the Jewishness of Magneto? "... make the many other Marvel Jewish characters interact with and respect their heritage and culture more openly."
Yeah, that'll work. After all, the new Muslim Ms. Marvel's pontificating on things Islamic has resulted in a "whopping" less-than-thirty thousand books sold per month. (If you want to see how these sales figures stack up historically, just Google it. Hint: They suck.) So now we should demand characters like Kitty Pryde ramble on about the significance of the seder plate.
In a superhero comic.
Yet another reason I haven't bought a new comicbook in almost ten years. I'll stick with Essentials and assorted trade paperbacks of great stories of the past.
The NY Times goes after Marco Rubio. Actually, his wife. Because she has like 13 traffic violations or something. Marco himself has four.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton refuses to deal with the press, deletes all her emails, operates her own server while head of the State Department, etc. etc. etc. ...
... and the NY Times puts out a piece on traffic violations.
Hey, look at it this way: At least Rubio didn't drive his car into a lake and leave a lady friend in the car to drown. Then he'd be a progressive hero.
The IRS has confirmed to Congress that individuals granted amnesty by President Obama’s unilateral lawmaking ”executive action” will indeed qualify for a refund of back taxes ... even if they never filed a tax return.
"Former Fake Republican Lincoln Chafee Announces His Intent to Embarrass Himself for President" via Ace.
It's a slow news day and Cruz is a Republican, after all
That's all it was -- poorly timed. It was a typical Biden-is-goofy style quip, and there was no reference to Beau at all.
What liberal media??
But ... I thought Boss Obama promised that ObumbleCare would lower costs, by like $2,500 or so?
Like this, you mean?
Politically correct-when-it's-convenient Ron Marz:
Anybody making snarky comments about Caitlyn Jenner: nobody asked you. Shut yer yap.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) June 1, 2015
Speaking of the GOP, expect a lot more of this crap as the campaign season rocks on:
The above was retweeted by Mark "Go F*** Yourself" Waid, natch. Except, as is the case with a lot of what the moonbat comics tweet and retweet, that's not exactly what Walker said.
And here's Kurt Busiek:
There are more Americans today supporting Bernie Sanders for President than support any single GOP nominee. And he doesn’t stand a chance.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) May 31, 2015
Is that so? PLEASE nominate him, then.