Category Archives for language / intentionalism

July 17, 2014

End game: the left, illegal immigration, and the ongoing coup

TweetProgressives have always detested the founding and have long embraced the self-serving assumption (insofar as it gives them the rationale for counter-revolutionary impulses) that the US is an illegitimate, colonialist nation built on stolen land and stolen labor.  And Obama, … Continue reading

17. July 2014 by Jeff G.
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June 18, 2014

Intentionalism, redux: Redskins and textualism

Tweet“Trademark board rules against Washington Redskins name”: The U.S. Patent Office has ruled the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling announced Wednesday comes after … Continue reading

18. June 2014 by Jeff G.
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April 4, 2014

Radical identity politics, homosexuality, and the irony of the new jihad

TweetI had planned to pen a long blistering attack on both the radical pro-gay political orthodoxy, and the cowardly risk-averse actions of Mozilla, whose CEO resigned when it was learned — and some say, leaked, by way of an increasingly … Continue reading

04. April 2014 by Jeff G.
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October 3, 2013

How intentionalism can save us from Obamacare: addressing the left’s big canard

TweetWe’ve all heard it by now:  “ObamaCare is the law of the land!” — the implication being, even from some Republicans (and John McCain), that a law passed using parliamentary gimmicks and tied to budget reconciliation cannot possibly be dealt … Continue reading

03. October 2013 by Jeff G.
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May 3, 2013

“And that’s the difference: intent”: on “racist” goats and racialist hermeneutics

TweetFinally. Someone with some journalistic balls points to the naked emperor and makes it quite clear, in a loud and unshakable voice, that what we’re all looking at isn’t a “smallish, fur-lined scepter.” Perhaps what’s been missing all these years … Continue reading

03. May 2013 by Jeff G.
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May 2, 2013

Who stole America, redux

TweetIt was by all accounts an experiment gone wrong, though not desperately so.  It involved the mixing of household chemicals in a bottle.  Which I’m not terribly interested in other than to expose how the school and school board reacted.  … Continue reading

02. May 2013 by Jeff G.
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April 30, 2013

“Native Americans incensed over pro-gun rights billboard in Colorado”

TweetMe, I’m amused at their being incensed. But then, I tend not to let PC culture turn me into a ridiculous scold. Denver Post: Two billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument … Continue reading

30. April 2013 by Jeff G.
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March 18, 2013

A Nazi salute? It depends. What was the intent?

TweetWho needs hypotheticals?  Here, what we have — at least, if you listen to the principals and their various positions — a real live instance of calling your dog “boy” within ear shot of a hyper-sensitive elderly black man. USA … Continue reading

18. March 2013 by Jeff G.
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March 4, 2013

“Pickle Company to Distraught Mom: Yes, We’ll Change Our Name”

Tweet“Cains Pickles removes a derogatory term from its labels after a mother’s protests,” Andri Antoniades informs us by way of editorializing — that “derogatory” term being “midget”, for those of you who didn’t know that any pickles short of, say, … Continue reading

04. March 2013 by Jeff G.
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March 1, 2013

Homophobolicious! Or, hatred, deliciously prepared, and laid lovingly on a bun

TweetI’ve been warning about this for years:  the surrender of meaning to committed and politicized interpretive communities — which can only come about once we as a society have legitimated an incoherent idea about how language functions — will lead … Continue reading

01. March 2013 by Jeff G.
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