April 21, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen: your “moderate,” “mainstreet” Republicans

The “Main Street” Republicans want to redefine conservatism as “center-rightism,” all while trying to paint actual constitutionalists as either secretly liberal (and they are, though only in the classical sense). This is what the big money establishment backers have come up with as a strategy to beat back uppity candidates they believe won’t play the game of pretending we have a two party system rather than what we actually have, a ruling elite the vies for control over an ever-growing federal government and is at its heart committed to cronyism and corporatism.

It’s one thing for moderate Republicans to attack conservatives as hypocrites or as purists who want to purge the party. It’s quite another for them to misquote conservatives on purpose to try to make them look like they’re really liberals.

The moderate Republican Defending Main Street SuperPAC is using footage from a recent AEI debate to imply that Club for Growth President Chris Chocola is a liberal who runs a left-wing group and loves Nancy Pelosi.

The footage appears in a new ad defending Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, against a Club for Growth-backed challenger, Bryan Smith of Idaho Falls. I was at the debate, which was moderated by the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney on Ash Wednesday at AEI. Chocola debated the Defending Main Street PAC’s boss, former Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio. Chocola said during the debate that he respected Nancy Pelosi because she had been willing to sacrifice her majority in Congress to advance her ideological goals.

His point was that he wished Republicans would be that dedicated to advancing conservative ideas. The Main Street ad takes the “respect for Pelosi” part of Chocola’s comments out of context to make it look like he’s simply praising Pelosi. The implication is that the Club for Growth is a liberal group backing Simpson’s challenger, Idaho Falls attorney Bryan Smith.

Main Street PAC today reported dropping $112,000 on this ad in Idaho’s Second Congressional District, according to FEC filings.

Taking quotes out of context, reconfiguring meaning — we expect this from the progressives, because the only way they can garner support for their agenda is to misrepresent its goals and policies.

And so really, we shouldn’t be surprised by “moderate” Republicans taking that same tack in their efforts to defeat constitutionalists. After all, they are themselves statists, and so they are more committed to damaging constitutionalists than they are progressive democrats.

Those types they can bargain with, you see. Whereas the troglodytes backed by “fringe” ultra-right wing free market fetishists? They’re just so damn unyielding, and as a result, they need to go. Like, yesterday.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:46am
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April 21, 2014

California is big enough to form its own country. Let’s insist it do so.

Because this kind of thing isn’t American in any traditional meaning of that designation:  “Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts”:

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In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would end the group’s exemption to anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group.

“The Committee’s invitation ignores the fact that the change also encompasses other youth organizations whose membership is limited on the basis of gender, e.g., the Girl Scouts, as well as the military, which continues to practice ‘discrimination’ on the basis of gender,” wrote Catherine Short, legal director of the pro-life group Life Legal Defense Foundation, in a letter to the Committee obtained by TheDC that predicts possible implications for pro-life judges in the future.

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“This proposed amendment has as its overtly-stated purpose the branding of the BSA as an organization whose members must be assumed to be biased and thus unfit for the bench. The Committee states that ‘eliminating the exemption… would enhance public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary,’” Short said.

“On the contrary, by promoting a hierarchy of politically-favored ‘victim’ status through pointlessly impugning the integrity of members of a venerable American institution, the proposed Amendment will communicate to the public that judges are being told by the California Supreme Court what to think, whom they may associate with, and what are permissible opinions to hold, and that only those who toe the line will be allowed to sit on the bench. The public can hardly expect impartiality from the judiciary in such a climate of intolerance,” Short wrote.

Asks Weasel Zippers,

Will California be banning the following people for their connections to the Boy Scouts?

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) – youth member
Bill Clinton (Democratic President) – Cub Scout
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) – youth member
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) – adult volunteer
VP Joe Biden – youth member and adult volunteer
Bill Gates – youth member
Michael Moore – Eagle Scout
Stephen Spielberg – Eagle Scout

Barack Obama was a Cub Scout…but in Jakarta. However, the President of the United States is considered the President of the Boy Scouts, and I don’t believe he has declined. So is Barack Obama allowed in California?

– Which is a silly question, really, because everyone knows that most of these people merely posture, and that when push comes to shove, they’ll always back the politically correct version of “equality” and “discrimination” that grievance groups upon whom they rely for their coalition voting bloc insist upon.

That we’ve now reached a point where an ethics committee is essentially telling judges that their rulings must only occur within the confines of predetermined outcomes — then reasoned back from there — we have surrendered the idea of equality before the law, and an impartial judiciary, all by creating a veneer of “fairness” that is a bastardizing of that term.

Because, you know:  some pigs are more equal than others.  So shut up, homophobic hater.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:32am
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April 21, 2014

Fascistbook: “Facebook Shuts Down Everytown for Gun Safety Page”

That’s right:  those who created pro-2nd Amendment, pro-safe gun usage facebook pages for Everytown for Gun Safety — before billionaire nannystatist and petty liberty molester Michael Bloomberg, who launched a campaign of the same name which has nothing to do with gun safety and everything to do with trying to have a natural right heavily regulated or even rescinded, could create his own page for his own organization — were just asking for it, “stealing” what rightfully belongs to the asshole who didn’t have the foresight to secure the page name on facebook:  he’s brilliant enough to run our lives, but his brilliance didn’t extend to making sure he had rights to the group name on facebook.

Which evidently didn’t sit well with Bloomberg, or with the facebook mafia (who, by the way, are helping fund some “conservative” comprehensive immigration reform groups); so the original creators of the page removed the accounts, feeling that a costly lawsuit would be the likely outcome.

It’s facebook’s business, so I guess they can do what they want with it; and there’s no doubt with whom they would side in this matter should the Bloomberg group go on the legal attack.  But just because they own the business doesn’t mean we can’t point out their obvious political biases, their attempts to control speech and direct discourse, and their heavyhanded tactics in doing so — usually under the rubric of some nebulous “violation of community standards,” as reporter Todd Starnes of FOX found out when one of his posts, in support of rancher Cliven Bundy, was removed:

“Rancher Bundy should’ve told the feds that those were Mexican cows – who came across the border illegally to seek better grazing opportunities. It was an act of love.”

Any late-night comedian would have delivered this line and got lots of laughs. It satirized all the liberal clichés about immigration and liberal double standards.

Apparently it was too much for the folks at Facebook. Starnes was told, “We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.” Of course, he was never told what “standard” he had violated. This is classic liberalism.

Starnes went on to write, identifying the real sin against Facebook: getting out the message to a broader audience.

“Thousands of you posted comments and many more shared that message. It’s now gone — blotted out by anonymous redactors.

“I reached out to Facebook to find out which part of the message violated their standards. Never heard back. I suspect I should’ve used the term ‘illegal alien cows.’”

The king can’t be reproached in any way.

None of this should surprise us since that the BLM/Bundy standoff, the government put up “Free Speech Zones.” These were the only places where the First Amendment applied.

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Liberals can’t stand contrary thought. They are all about it when they are not in control of the process and means of expression. They use the First Amendment as a wedge to get in the door, and then once in the building they close it to shut out all competitive speech. It’s a common tactic. [...]

Many colleges and universities have speech codes. Writing in Forbes, Greg Lukianoff, identifies the appalling course our nation’s schools have taken when it comes to free speech:

“We found that an appalling 62 percent of institutions surveyed maintain policies that restrict a substantial amount of speech protected under the First Amendment — what we call ‘red light’ speech codes. Such schools include Harvard, Columbia, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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“Speech codes come in many forms. The University of North Dakota bans student speech that ‘feels offensive’ or ‘demeaning.’ The University of Missouri at St. Louis boasts a policy restricting speech that will ‘discredit the student body.’ Texas’ Sam Houston State University broadly prohibits ‘abusive, indecent, profane or vulgar language.’”

So what has been a mainstay of liberal bullying on college campuses is now affecting major social media companies. Much of this has to do with the fact that there has been almost a god-like allegiance to Barack Obama. His candidacy was viewed as messianic. The liberal utopia was about to dawn, and they had found their leader.

As a result liberals have done everything to protect him and his policies, and free speech, logic, and facts be damned.

As I’ve been writing on this very thing for over a decade now — the deconstruction and re-imagining of traditional, liberty-minded values such as “tolerance” or “equality” into concepts that reflect the inverse of how such values were viewed by the Founders and Framers  — I don’t have much more to add, save the gentle reminder that allowing the left control over meaning, by allowing the control over the process in which meaning is determined and legitimized, is a bad fucking idea.  And pointing it out in great detail is neither “fundamentally unserious” as a matter of politics, or pseudo-intellectual as an epistemological endeavor.

Beyond that, I’ll just go to my reprise:  This is the progressive left.  It’s who they are.  It’s what they do.

(h/t JohnInFirestone and geoff B)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:16am
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April 20, 2014

Al Sharpton and the meaning of Easter

Turns out, it goes something like this: Obama, like Christ, has been crucified. But like Christ, he has risen! Long live the martyred Obama, Lightbringer and secular savior!

So much for that whole lefty separation of Church and State canard I guess, huh?

The only thing missing was a condemnation of the Jews. But then, Sharpton has banked plenty of that, so we’ll just find it in the penumbras and emanations.

For my part, I’m just going to say Happy Easter to all my Christian friends and leave it at that. If any of them feel the need to add Obama to the holy trinity, that’s up to them. Make it a foursome. So they can golf more traditionally in Heaven.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 11:33am
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April 20, 2014

Justice Scalia “The government has the right to tax …” [Darleen Click]

“… but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”

h/t Bob Belvedere who wonders if this makes Scalia an #OUTLAW

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April 20, 2014

A Happy and Blessed Easter to you [Darleen Click]

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April 19, 2014

Oh look! People have ObamaCare, but no doctor! Unexpectedly [Darleen Click]

And they call it, “medical homelessness”

While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.”

Rotacare, a free clinic for the uninsured in Mountain View, is dealing with the problem firsthand.

Mirella Nguyen works at the clinic said staffers dutifully helped uninsured clients sign up for Obamacare so they would no longer need the free clinic.

But months later, the clinic’s former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. “They’re coming back to us now and saying I can’t find a doctor, “said Nguyen. [...]

Those who can’t find a doctor are supposed to lodge a complaint with state regulators, who have been denying the existence of a doctor shortage for months.

Meanwhile, the sick and insured can’t get appointments. [...]

Experts said the magnitude of the problem is growing, and will soon be felt by all Californians. But those on the front lines, like the free clinic, are feeling it first.

More than 3 million Californians are newly insured. At the same time, a third of our primary care doctors are set to retire.

So, it will be interesting to see if certain Leftist apparatchiks extolling the virtues of cheap, accessible medical care under ObamaCare have anything substantive to say …

But I won’t hold my breath.

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April 19, 2014

CA Gov Jerry Brown’s ‘prison realignment’ racks up more victims [Darleen Click]

Here’s just another example in the long line of “non-violent offenders” being released from state prison under AB109.

A man on probation as a “non-violent offender” under California’s prison realignment program has been charged with kidnapping, raping, and torturing a 16-year-old girl in South Los Angeles, and detectives suspect he may be connected to three other recent murders.

Robert L. Ranson, 30, was arrested in late March after the girl escaped from a U-Haul van in an alley near Imperial Highway and New Hampshire Ave., according to police and booking records.

The girl was covered in gasoline and said her attacker, later identified as Ranson, had tied her hands and taped her mouth, and was trying to light her on fire when she ran away, naked. [...]

Now, LAPD detectives are looking for evidence that could link Ranson to the murders of two women and a child.

On March 2nd the body of a 19-year-old woman was found near 93rd St. and Grand Ave. She had been tied-up and set on fire.

On March 5th, 28-year-old Grisella Yauli and her 1-year-old son were found dead after a house fire on E. 50th St. Yauli had been tied up and her mouth was taped shut. [...]

He was considered a non-violent offender because his most recent prison term was for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Ranson had previously served time for two carjackings and an assault with a firearm, prison officials said.

Yet Californians are poised to re-elect Moonbeam.

#headdeskheaddeskheaddesk

Posted by Darleen @ 10:30am
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April 18, 2014

Pethokoukis: “Jacking up investment taxes to reduce income inequality is a bad idea”

Me: no shit.*

A million economic monkeys banging away on a million Keynesian typewriters. That’s the only way an idea like this can be produced. Because it’s certainly not the product of anything sentient.

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April 18, 2014

BREAKING: “Obama administration delays Keystone XL decision, potentially until after Nov. elections”

Just like he pushed back a number of ObamaCare provisions until after the elections in order to shield vulnerable Democrats.

Here’s the blunt truth that leftist apologists will never admit: Obama knows Obamacare is a coup, a wedge that effectively eviscerates individual rights and, perhaps too, religious freedom; Obama knows that domestic energy production drives down costs, increases industry, frees up capital, and allows people to escape from governmental dependency. He knows these things and he wants these things.

That’s what fundamental transformation has always been about, that’s what Alinsky’s Marxism, which our President supped on throughout his academic career has always been dedicated to — eradicating the middle class — and that’s what Obama and his progressive ideologues want to see happen: the end of America’s reign as a superpower and its relegation to just another bureaucraticly-run social welfare state, with the ruling class determining winners and losers, and no uppity Bill of Rights to block their way.

They are weakening the military, weakening the currency, arming their bureaucratic agencies, and driving up debt and cost in order to strain the system.

Cloward-Piven.

Everything this President and his cabinet does is politically motivated and based upon the “pragmatism” of the ends justifying the means.

The cynical endgame with every move toward Marxist utopianism is liberal fascism — a ruling elite and its preferred business partners colluding to form a permanent symbiotic relationship that drives off competition and entrenches power and wealth.

That they are able to sell this as “social justice” or “compassion” is one of the great ironies of our times, particular given the historical record the world provides us.

Useful idiots are abundant. But mostly, takers take — and so long as they get theirs, the immorality of their support for usurpers, thieves, and tyrants doesn’t much bother them.

Which is awfully sad.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 2:00pm
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