Category Archives for language / intentionalism

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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January 13, 2013

“A conspiracy so immense”: ideological commitment and the timidity of pragmatic politics

Tweet“What will it take for the mainstream media to cover the progressive movement?” Washington Free Beacon: Let’s pretend that in the spring of 2012 Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, John Engler of the Business Roundtable, Tim Phillips of … Continue reading

13. January 2013 by Jeff G.
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January 10, 2013

The curse of right-wing textualism

TweetRevealed, yet again — and yet again by a “conservative” lawyer.  Starting to see a trend? [H]ere’s what we’re talking about. 31 U.S.C. § 5112(k): The Secretary may mint and issue platinum bullion coins and proof platinum coins in accordance … Continue reading

10. January 2013 by Jeff G.
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