December 5, 2013

By the way:

If you go back and listen to liberal law professor Jonathan Turley’s critiques of imperial Executive overreach during his Congressional testimony yesterday, you’ll reach a point wherein he notes that, with respect to the President’s positions on immigration enforcement, he agrees; but yet that doesn’t matter. Because how Obama went about turning his positions into practice violated the Constitution.

Or, to put it in a way that may sound familiar, to you: how you get there matters.

I rest my case, Mr ADA.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 12:29pm
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  1. First the gun-grabbers lost prominent anti-gun constitutional scholars when the text of the Second Amendment, in context with the rest of the document, made its meaning undeniable. Now this.

    It’s no wonder the progfascists hate the Constitution; it keeps getting in their way, leaving them with the paranoid suspicion that’s what it’s for, or something.

  2. Jeff and I just finished debating a chap on Twitter who asked in earnest whether the gubmint was acting beyond its Constitutional restraints.

    Hardly knew where to start.

    He also accused us of harboring free-floating anger that we were misdirecting at the gubmint.

    So I included @yesnicksearcy in the convo and watched the fireworks.

  3. Jonathan Turley was emerging as the last honest lefty in that hearing yesterday.

  4. So I included @yesnicksearcy in the convo and watched the fireworks.

    You’re an evil lass.

  5. Hmmm, seems almost like a technological update of a certain sort.

  6. “It may be that there have been many moonstruck and misleading ideals that have from time to time perplexed mankind. But assuredly there has been no ideal in practice so moonstruck and misleading as the ideal of practicality. . . . . Nothing in this universe is so unwise as that kind of worship of worldly wisdom. A man who is perpetually thinking of whether this race or that race is strong, of whether this cause or that cause is promising, is the man who will never believe in anything long enough to make it succeed. The opportunist politician is like a man who should abandon billiards because he was beaten at billiards, and abandon golf because he was beaten at golf. There is nothing which is so weak for working purposes as this enormous importance attached to immediate victory. There is nothing that fails like succes.”

    –G. K. Chesterton

  7. You’re an evil lass.

    I’m nearly famous. This is my story…

  8. Via Twitter: “Illinois high school requires parents to self-identify as liberal or conservative

    Back in my day, such a survey would have not raised many eyebrows, but that’s been fundamentally transformed.

  9. That’s a bad link, dicentra. Has an extra in the front.

  10. Actually it just lacked the necessary “http://”, which causes browsers to prefix the URL of the domain you’re clicking from.

  11. There are many portions of forms that come home from school for the youngest that I intentionally leave blank.

    No one has called me out on it.


  12. Quite a few years ago, I overheard a conversation between my three about a questionnaire they had to fill out at high school. (yeah, I had three kids in high school at the same time.) The questionnaire covered some topics that I thought the school had absolutely no business asking. (parental/ child drug use, sexual orientation/experience, abortion, etc.) I went ballistic, called the school and told them in no uncertain terms I wanted the questionnaires filled out by my kids pulled and destroyed. The school principal tried to talk me out of it, but, in the end, gave in, because they knew it would become a lot larger issue if I really started to make noise.

  13. How long before Professor Turley winds up trying to rehabilitate himself, due to the constant attacks he is going to receive?

  14. Good for you Blake.

    The only one that really hacks me off is the mandatory/random drug testing the athletes have to put up with. In the meantime, the dope-smokers are zombie walking through the halls and nada. They only track the jocks and cheerleaders.

    Thank god there’s only one more year and he’s off to college.

  15. Turley has made a point of noting his admiration of the Wan several times in the last day.

  16. Kids don’t look up to zombies, slackers and munchers, so if everybody knows they’re using it won’t matter. Jocks, though — everybody wants to feel up a cheerleader be a jock.

  17. So what’s up in sports? Why, whaddaya know: Nelson Mandela has died.

    Kinda makes Jeff’s Satchel wrestling vids all the more worthwhile.

  18. Sidney Crosby is playing his 500th game tonight.

    That’s what’s up.

  19. OT: I finally gave up watching the FauxNewz talking heads every day. Every time I did one of the “conservatives” on the panel would say something “pragmatic” and make me yell at the teevee.

    Maybe I’ll check in again some day to see if they have wised up. I don’t expect it to happen, though.

    In the mean time, they’ll nominate that bastion of conservatism Chris Christie and probably lose again when I and many others like me write in Mike Rowe for president.

    No mas, GOP. No mas, GOP boosters.

  20. yeah, sdferr, Nelson Mandela died. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that President Obama managed to make the death of Mandela about Obama.

  21. that bastion of conservatism Chris Christie

    he’s a regular bulwark, that one is

  22. OT: “I Can’t Believe They Let You Do That!” – Bill Whittle leaves the LA area and visits America (in the form a Texas), and is once again amazed by the contrast… and what the Left has done to destroy what was formerly one of the most ‘fun-oriented’ states in the nation.

  23. lying liars what lies


  24. Since I can’t comment on Fernandez’s piece on PJMedia’s website.
    Obama falls into the fourth category:

    unknown known.

    i.e. you’ve known it all along (Peggy, Charles, pajamaclad assorted others not worthy of mention), you’ve just refused to admit the truth, lest somebody say something hurtful about you. (Or perhaps even take a reader poll!)

    This is also known as doublethink.

  25. In other words, it is all true.*

    Also, wretchard has cancer.**

    *or at least it would behoove us to act as if it were all true until it’s proven otherwise

    **scroll down to the comments –linky thingy not work so good for dummkopf kraut

  26. leigh

    The only one that really hacks me off is the mandatory/random drug testing the athletes have to put up with. In the meantime, the dope-smokers are zombie walking through the halls and nada. They only track the jocks and cheerleaders.

    IIRC the law doesn’t support random testing of students since they are compelled to attend school; however, participation in extra-curricular activities is voluntary so they are allowed to throw up as many hoops as they wish for kids to jump throw. Drug testing being one.

    I don’t like it either.

  27. mr ernst it is the top rated comment

  28. Also, wretchard has cancer.**

    God Almighty.

    Stop taking our peeps!

  29. Here’s the link to wretchard’s comment.

    Each comment at a PJM site has a link at the bottom that says “Link to Comment.” When you click it a text box opens with the URL. Therefore right-clicking and looking for “Copy Link Location” won’t work on them.

  30. “in the form a Texas”

    That’s how I’d say it.

  31. Hey! I gotta uncle that lives in Taxes!

  32. Reading it again, I don’t think wretchard is saying he has cancer. He’s just providing the analogy of why being right can totally suck.

    In other news, I just tried to listen to the latest Richochet podcast but had to switch it off because Rob “writer for Cheers” Long went off on a tirade about how talk of impeachment is BAD:

    I left him this little message:

    Dear Rob: I had to shut off the podcast whilst you were mid-tirade about impeachment. Here’s why:

    “It makes us look crazy”

    TO WHOM? If you’re embarrassed to hold a position, time to wonder who’s this vaunted audience that is going to laugh at you. Here’s a clue: doing the right thing will ALWAYS earn you jeers. Learn to endure ridicule and you’ll be a free man.

    “We have this great opportunity to show that big gubmint doesn’t work.”

    Even if Ocare were going swimmingly it would be wrong on account of IT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. You missed that? How?

    “As if it’s going to happen.”

    Please tell me: what recourse does the citizenry have against a POTUS who so brazenly oversteps his bounds? We should refrain from proposing that he be turfed because your idiot friends will sneer? Because it’s hard to do? Because it’s Just Not Done?

    Do write up that script, where the heroes come up against impossible odds and go home, relieved that they won’t be mocked for trying and failing.

    You’re positively inspiring.

  33. “It makes us the framers who put it in the Constitution look crazy”

  34. Given Rob’s peer group, I have no doubt they’d laugh at Jefferson and Madison, too.

  35. I think Lileks came as close to dissenting wrt Rob as he felt he could without destroying comity.

  36. as he felt he could without destroying comity.

    Reason#1 I don’t comment much at Ricochet. What fun is it if you can’t deliver a proper smackdown?

  37. Obama, a fictional construct? Damn, who’d ah thunk it?

    Where the interest lies is at the point of agency and authorship. For if Bill Ayers has indeed ghostwritten at least portions of Barack Obama’s memoirs, as some are alleging, then it is fair to say that the “Barack Obama” of those memoirs is more even than a construct: he is at least partially a fictional character, given that it is “his” words that ostensibly create “him” — making it follow that, if the words creating him are not his own, then “he” is really a kind of living literary portmanteau, a blend of influences, an ontological hybrid insofar as he exists publicly.


    If the charges are true, and Obama’s memoirs were in fact written by Bill Ayers, at least in part, than it is clear that at least in part, Barack Obama is a creation of Bill Ayers, not with respect to the historical events of Obama’s life, but with respect to how those events are presented, and how the presentation itself speaks to the “person” doing the presenting.

    On that meta level, “Obama,” as we’ve come to know him through his memoirs, is more Ayers than he is Obama. Because from the perspective of “literariness” (if such a thing can be said to exist), the presentation is equally as important as the presented.

    Meaning that Obama’s ties to Ayers go even deeper than we’ve previously surmised. Because if true, these revelations over authorship strongly suggest that Ayers is, in a very real sense, “Obama’s” creator.

    “Unknown known” indeed.

  38. Reading it again, I don’t think wretchard is saying he has cancer. He’s just providing the analogy of why being right can totally suck.

    And I’m telling him he has cancer, analogically. Sorry if that was too laconic on my part.

    Each comment at a PJM site has a link at the bottom that says “Link to Comment.” When you click it a text box opens with the URL. Therefore right-clicking and looking for “Copy Link Location” won’t work on them.

    Now he tells me.

    I’m jus’ a poor fisherman, I don’ know abowd dese dings
    /John Qualen impression

  39. I notice that Zero is walking back the claim that he never even met Uncle Omar, nope, not one time. Of course, since Uncle Omar himself outed Zero as a liar in open court, there wasn’t much choice.

    Maybe Zero was too high on coke to remember? They should try that story and see how it plays.

  40. Okay, click first, then post. Didn’t realize that the PJM piece was the same story.

  41. Okay, click first, then post.

    how you get there matters

  42. Sometimes I can only get there in the company of a little bit of Faure, and sometimes even that won’t do.

  43. Gounod is more apropos.

  44. I suppose one thing we can do is start a petition on the dumb white house website to get the President to apologize to Joe Wilson.

    Or would that just make it even easier than it already is for the Thought Police?

  45. “Of all men living, only Karla had seen the last little doll inside Bill Haydon”.

    One part of what Obamacare is about is for the ruling class to be able to see that last doll inside of everyone else but reveal only the one of themselves that they have built for public viewing.

  46. About the impeachment thing: I think the odds are excellent that the next Republican president will be impeached and removed from office, unless of course he (she?) resigns first.

    I base this on the assumption that he will repeat Nixon’s error, which was, in Nixon’s case, to think he could get away with acting like Johnson.

  47. Hayden was Karla’s mole, yes?

  48. i put juliette’s berceuse op. 16 in my cloud it’s on the playlist right after anna kendrick’s cups song

  49. my aunt is a fabulous flautist she flauts like a motherfucker

    she lives in iowa and she’s a fucking bad-ass

  50. one time she had bell’s palsy but did it fuck up her flautings?

    hell no

    cause she’s a fucking bad-ass

    there may have been a wee lil bit of drool involved though but eggs and omelettes bitches

  51. Heh, I likes that Gounod. Whilst we ride a forgotten war-horse or two into battle, here’s another oldie but goodie.

  52. forgetting to close links is a sure sign that it’s time to call it a day

  53. I tend to prefer to encounter that adagio in its original setting and context, but I’m uselessly picky that way.

  54. Impeachment = President Joe Biden

    and then Tel Aviv gets it.

  55. Wouldn’t a successful impeachment of necessity imply an uprising and demand from a large — if not vast — majority of the people, the like of which has hardly been seen, but which is not therefore to be considered an impossibility? But if that, then also necessarily a scary political phenomenon to be feared by the low-lifes in DC, again, the like of which they have never seen in their public lives ? (But then, the low-lifes have made this bed, so let them attempt to sleep in it.) As well as, in a sort of self-reinforcing political mechanism acting on the people, a thing (the success) likely to propel them on to further actions on their own behalf against a runaway government? Seems to me something like that. It may appear improbable, but improbable isn’t impossible, though an incessant focus on the question of probability is surely more likely than not to doom any effort to do what’s right.

  56. There are areas where the interests of modern-day liberals and conservatives become common, e.g. both Larry Lessig and Mark Levin are calling for an Article V Convention. Which is not to say that both men and their supporters have long-term objectives that overlap to a large degree, but rather that the degree of dysfunction present in our current government is sufficiently severe that it’s something that committed citizens of widely varying political views can agree on.

    But you have to ignore the hailstorm of shit that will be emitted by both party establishments and their media enablers, because what is in place wants badly to preserve the status quo. Even if party establishments put on the appearance of agree to disagree that government is broken, they can put on a show of disagreement from widely separated ideological points of view, which lets them mutually condemn the rebels from the opposing party/political persuasion.

    Because the real objective is to make sure that pockets get lined, and to open up new opportunities for pocket-lining.

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