Category Archives for language / intentionalism

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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October 18, 2012

Immersion criticism, intentionalism, and textualism

TweetThis is the first time I’ve heard the term immersion criticism, but as a descriptor of the interpretive methodology it’s trying to capture, it’s perfectly apt.  Essentially, immersion criticism is nothing more, really, than intensive close reading of a text … Continue reading

18. October 2012 by Jeff G.
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October 16, 2012

“Justice Stevens: Second Amendment is ‘no obstacle’ to banning automatic weapons”

Tweet…and that’s because to “liberal” Justices who practice a form of Living Constitutional textualism whereby the intent of the founders and framers can be ignored and the application of signifiers can legitimately be rewritten — that is, turned into new … Continue reading

16. October 2012 by Jeff G.
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October 14, 2012

“Stealth Jihad: New York Review of Books calls for criminalizing of criticism of Islam”

TweetAtlas Shrugs — who the respectable right has learned to run from — argues persuasively against the stances being adopted more and more by the self-appointed sophisticates on the left who, at heart, follow an ideological path that as I’ve … Continue reading

14. October 2012 by Jeff G.
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October 5, 2012

On intentionalism and “boys”

TweetKevin Baker, Harper’s: [Obama]didn’t show a spark of anger, even when Romney slyly found a way to call him a boy, comparing Obama’s statements to the sorts of childish lies his ‘five boys’ used to tell.  How the right’s hard-core … Continue reading

05. October 2012 by Jeff G.
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September 28, 2012

Intentionalism, distilled

TweetCourtesy of zamoose, via Twitter, and found here:

28. September 2012 by Jeff G.
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September 26, 2012

My “mental health” problems, revealed!

TweetNote:  Inside baseball. Read at your own peril. **** Some folks on Twitter yesterday expressed concern/confusion/dismay over my repeated and pointed attempts to contact both Michelle Malkin and Allah Pundit — with limited success. Actually, it went further that just … Continue reading

26. September 2012 by Jeff G.
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September 24, 2012

The rape of intent: “Austin Man Hangs Empty Chair From Tree Symbolizing President Obama”

TweetThe proof of your racism is the fact that we see it.  You can deny it — as “investigative journalists” we’ll fight for your right to burn a flag or shit on a police car or burn Bushhitler puppetes in … Continue reading

24. September 2012 by Jeff G.
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February 27, 2012

Racism is how you made me feel. At least, for an hour or so. Or until I’m satisfied that you are good and cowed, and maybe embarrassed

TweetComing soon to an area outside a “free-speech zone” near you, official policing of “racism” and intolerance, as determined by…airline officials, speech police, and people who just feel wronged. In the UK, for instance, some things are just not said: … Continue reading

27. February 2012 by Jeff G.
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