June 29, 2015
— Open Blogger If you like this blog so much why don't you marry it?
June 28, 2015
Exchanges established by the federal government are exchanges established by the state. Rachel Dolezal is black. Iran will honor an agreement not to develop nuclear weapons. ISIS is a JV team. There's an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. Michael Brown had his hands up and pleaded "don't shoot." Caitlyn Jenner is a woman. Obamacare is working. 2+2 doesn't necessarily equal 4. The polar ice caps are disappearing. The IRS is doing a decent job. The border is secure.We've ended two wars responsibly. Hillary Clinton turned over all work-related e-mails. An $18,200,000,000,000 debt can grow without mention. People who burn down buildings and overturn cars aren't thugs. The OPM hack is manageable. We've reset relations with Russia. Entitlement reform can be kicked down the road. We're more respected around the world.
-- Peter Kirsanow in Reality Is Now Discretionary
Two plus two equals five. A severed head plus "Allahu Akbar!" equals "Nothing to do with Islam." Network screenings of Gone With The Wind plus Uncle Ben's rice equals blatant incitement to mass murder. A nice chichi gay couple at 27 Elm Street and a firebreathing imam and his four child brides at 29 Elm Street equals the social harmony of a multiculti utopia.
Where is this story headed? The warriors of the caliphate divide the planet into the dar al Islam and the dar al harb - the house of war. In reality, it's a struggle between the dar al Islam and the dar al Gay: Liberty in the fin de civilisation west means sexual liberty and nothing else - which is why one consequence of yesterday's decision is that freedom of expression and freedom of religion will increasingly be confined to what Justice Alito called the deepest recesses of your home.-- Mark Steyn
After all, the greengrocer was a threat to the system not because of any physical or actual power he had, but because his action went beyond itself, because it illuminated its surroundings and, of course, because of the incalculable consequences of that illumination. In the post-totalitarian system, therefore, living within the truth has more than a mere existential dimension (returning humanity to its inherent nature), or a noetic dimension (revealing reality as it is), or a moral dimension (setting an example for others). It also has an unambiguous political dimension. If the main pillar of the system is living a lie, then it is not surprising that the fundamental threat to it is living the truth. This is why it must be suppressed more severely than anything else.
In the post-totalitarian system, truth in the widest sense of the word has a very special import, one unknown in other contexts. In this system, truth plays a far greater (and, above all, a far different) role as a factor of power, or as an outright political force.-- Vaclav Havel in the Power of the Powerless
Meanwhile the Gleischaltung immediately rolls on:
Here former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy argues that we should just admit that the Supreme Court has now become a supra-legislature and treat it as such.
Did you notice that there was not an iota of speculation about how the four Progressive justices would vote?
There was never a shadow of a doubt. In the plethora of opinions generated by these three cases, there is not a single one authored by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, or Sonia Sotomayor. There was no need. They are the Left's voting bloc. There was a better chance that the sun would not rise this morning than that any of them would wander off the reservation.
...And it is not so much that they move in lockstep. It is that no one expects them to do anything but move in lockstep - not their fellow justices, not the political branches, and certainly not the commentariat, right or left.It is simply accepted that these justices are not there to judge. They are there to vote. They get to the desired outcome the same way disparate-impact voodoo always manages to get to discrimination: Start at the end and work backwards. Guiding precedents are for the quaint business of administering justice. In the social justice business, the road never before traveled will do if one less traveled is unavailable. But there's a problem. Once it has become a given that a critical mass of the Supreme Court is no longer expected, much less obliged, to do law, then the Court is no longer a legal institution. It is a political institution.
So forget Constitutional strict constructionalism and all that and simply strive to get conservative electors into our third legislative body to start voting against the progressive bloc.
John Hinderaker of Power Line suggests that if we're now in a post-constitutional era, the conservative justices should start discovering new 'fundamental rights' more to our side's liking:
For example, how about a "fundamental right" not to pay income taxes in a percentage exceeding that which other Americans are charged? Why isn't the progressive income tax a violation of the equal protection clause? That is a much stronger argument than the one the Court has just accepted on gay marriage. Or, how about a theory that the Internal Revenue Service is violating Americans' right of privacy-that same right of privacy that the Court found among the emanations and penumbras of the Constitution's actual provisions-in seeking extensive information about taxpayers' finances?more...
Or how about a fundamental right to affordable energy-or, rather, to be free of government policies that unreasonably raise the cost of energy? If the Supreme Court discovered such a right, the EPA's anti-coal regulations would be unconstitutional. You could write a decision in support of such a "fundamental right" that would be at least as persuasive as Justice Kennedy's "fortune cookie" travesty. What is more fundamental than heating your home and driving your car? To paraphrase Justice Kennedy, what if a voice cries out in the night, saying, "Honey! Can you turn the heat up?"If conservatives are willing to abandon the archaic notion that the Supreme Court is a court and not a super-legislature, there is no telling what conservative policies might be advanced.
— Open Blogger In the wake of the SCOTUS decision WRT gay “marriage”, I had a thought. I wondered if the decision was destined to be a gain in the long term for gay folks, or a negative. Thinking it over I came to the conclusion that if the forces that got us to this point are successful, ultimately it'll be a moot decision.
The term “Cat's Paw” entered the English language from a 16th century French Fable, The Monkey and the Cat. A monkey and a cat are sitting before a fireplace, staring longingly at delicious chestnuts roasting in the embers. The monkey convinces the cat to dig the chestnuts out of the fire, promising to share the bounty. The cat does so, but as each chestnut is batted out onto the hearth, the monkey gobbles it up, promising the next one to the cat. Suddenly the maid shoos them both away, leaving the monkey satisfied, his hunger sated, while the cat is left with nothing but burnt paws for his troubles. A “Cat's Paw” then is something or someone used for another's advantage and then discarded once an objective has been achieved.
This push for “marriage equality” that we've seen lately has nothing to do with “fairness” or “equality”, and it most certainly is not a response to “oppression”. All of this has been just another arrow in the vast quiver of the totalitarian left aimed at destroying the existing social fabric. You think the Communists, Socialists and Progressives give a rat's ass about the “dignity” of a gay couple? In a pig's eye. All they are concerned with is the destruction of the existing order so it can be replaced with their imaginary Utopia.
If the current social order and American culture collapses, one of two movements will fill the vacuum where it once stood, and neither of these movements will likely be friendly to homosexuals. Either the leftists will get their totalitarian state, which will (going by past history) immediately liquidate all of the gay folks they can find in the name of public decency or fighting perversion or some other rot (they always have, can anyone name one totalitarian regime that has NOT clamped down on homosexuality); or the Islamists will come to hold sway. If Radical Islam gains power, gay folks will have bigger things to worry about than same sex marriage. Someone wanting a same sex marriage will find the Imams very willing to hold a ceremony....on a rooftop. The bad news is that the trip to the reception is a short one and it ends abruptly.
Given all that, I think the benefits of last week's ruling for gay people will be transient at best, unless we can right the ship of state and reinvigorate American Culture as a source of pride. Hell, if we can accomplish that, gay marriage is a price I'll gladly pay!
Open thread until the ONT rolls around.
— Open Blogger
And Open Thread....
— Open Blogger No, I don't mean this kind of issue.....
Rather, What we want when we walk into a particular restaurant, and hope to see on the menu, but rarely do.
Obviously, specialty restaurants don't count. When we want sushi, we go to sushi joints; when we want Italian-American food, we go to the local trattoria. When we want fried hobo cheeks in a cream sauce we....uh, never mind. more...
— Open Blogger
Good song, from a group I have never heard of.
And below the fold, some Yes..... more...
— Open Blogger I did some traveling last week to two states that I'd never visited before, Tennessee and Kentucky. (Most of my time was spent in Kentucky.) It was interesting to spend a couple of days in a "new" (to me) part of the country, particularly during the Confederate battle flag brouhaha. It got me thinking about the impressions we form of different parts of this country and how those impressions are formed.
In my own loosely thought out way, I categorize the qualities we ascribe to different regions of the country into three groups: stereotypes, first impressions, and lasting impressions. I think of stereotypes as strong impressions (occasionally negative, but not always) that are often formed on limited (and sometimes indirect) evidence. They're the things everyone "knows" but far fewer know from direct, protracted experience. For example, we all KNOW that Philadelphians are rude. Why? Because they attacked Santa! We also all KNOW that Californians are free spirits. Why? Because of Haight-Ashbury!
(I hope those two examples illustrate my point: stereotypes CAN be true, but very often are not true.)
About a year ago, an interesting study was published about stereotypes and how they are formed:
...our minds are hard-wired to categorize information and create mental shortcuts (attribute A is associated with behavior B). This helps us retain knowledge using minimal mental effort, and provides a needed sense of structure to an otherwise chaotic universe.
We take complex webs of information and, in the process of sharing what we've learned, create "a progressively simplified, highly structured, and easily learnable system" of stereotypes.
In doing so, however, nuances and complications tend to be discarded.
Often, the researchers write, stereotypes begin with a "kernel of truth" that subsequently gets inflated into a widely held truism regarding a group of people. But other times, they can spring up seemingly from nowhere.
Follow the link above to read more about the study.
Earlier this year, Voice of America published a piece on the stereotypes Americans apply to their fellow Americans. The results are based on a YouGov poll and are illustrated graphically below: more...
— Open Blogger Apparently, some of you cannot take even Sunday off, bless your hearts.
— Open Blogger
Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread. The only AoSHQ thread that is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Or kilts. Serious you guys. Kilts are OK, too. But not tutus. Unless you're a girl.
Book thread TRIGGER WARNINGS for holding that Hillary! Clinton is the most corrupt politician since LBJ and the only thing keeping her from being laughed out of politics is an equally corrupt MSM, that government employees should not be allowed to vote due to the obvious conflict of interest, and the near absolute risibility of feminism.
Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.
Yesterday, A Spooky Day
And not because of anything the Supreme Court did. No, June 27th is the date a very famous short story takes place. It starts out like this:
The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people that [it] took two days and had to be started on June 26th ....”
Can you guess the story? I'll have the answer way down at the bottom of the thread. Note that the word in bracket is my replacement, the original words are a dead giveaway.
Someone Is Going To Have To Be A Hero
Here's a story that, in light of recent events, should be very familiar to us:
1. Church gets planted in San Francisco
2. Church hires musician to do the church music
3. Subsequently, it comes to light that said musician is a practicing homosexual
4. Musician is informed by the church that his lifestyle is not in accord with church doctrine
5. Musician tells church that he is not going to change
6. Musician is dismissed by church
7. Church gets sued for violation of local "gay rights" ordinance.
This might have happened just last week, but the series of events I'm referring to took place in 1978, nearly 40 years ago. It's detailed in the book
When the Wicked Seize A City written by the minister and his wife, Charles and Donna McIlhenny
WORLD magazine has excerpted an early chapter that you can read here. I read it back in the early days of the internet, and I'm talking sometime around 1997-1998, when it used to be available for free for online reading on the old iUniverse site (before that self-publishing company had been bought out by Author Solutions), and the McIlhennys ordeal made for frightening reading: vandalism, threatening phone calls, violent protests complete with property damage while officers from the SFPD stood around like potted plants, etc.
The pastor did not ask for this fight. Rather, it was thrust upon him as he was trying to follow the dictates of his conscience, informed by the Bible. And not only did he have to fight the homosexual activists in San Francisco who had sworn to destroy his church, but his decision to stand up placed him at odds with some members of his own congregation and denominational leaders who were frightened because of what might happen. I want to sympathize with them, but sometimes, someone has to step up and be a hero, because heroism is what the situation absolutely requires.
And, not a very long time from now, in according with a plan arranged by homosexual activists, predominantly, a white, evangelical church (note: it will not be a black church or a mosque) that refuses to marry homosexual couples will have its tax-exempt status threatened, citing this week's Obergefell decision as precedent. What is happening in that day is that that pastor, that church, whoever it is who is being bludgeoned by the lawfare while the MSM and the rest of the culture applauds, is being called upon to be heroes.
Of course, many don't want to be heroes. Fighting is hard and dangerous. And what's even worse, we have guys on our side who are telling us, once again, that this is not the hill to die on, that we just need to move on. To the next defeat.
SPOILER ALERT: there's good news and bad news here. The good news is that McIlhenny actually won his case, on 1st Amendment grounds. But the bad news is that the main reason for this is perhaps, uncharacteristically for the progressive strategy of endless lawfare, the musician dropped the subsequent appeal. So the usual outcome, i.e. the Kabuki theater of a more liberal appellate court pretending to uphold the law while sticking it to the wrongthinking defendant, never played out. more...
— Open Blogger "Hey, I'm new here. Where can I get some good fried chicken?"
Yes - I was once almost physically attacked for asking that question to the only other people on a job site when I had a craving for fried chicken.
Luckily for everyone, the old man in the group grabbed some arms and told me where KFC was.
This was years ago. I presume today I'd be arrested at the end of the melee.
June 27, 2015
— CDR M
Welcome to the circular firing squad. According to feminists, "trigger warning" is now also a trigger.
Admiral Josh Painter: "This business will get out of control! It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it!"more...
Very surreal atmosphere in press room here in Brussels. One journalist in tears. Most reporters shocked euro rupture is happening. #Greece— Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) June 27, 2015
What is surreal is these Political Priests crying over the failure of an ideological technocratic structure that never worked and has made the people under it fairly unhappy.
But zealots care little for three-dimensional human beings and their silly three-dimensional feelings; their only concern is for the Heavens built in the fourth dimensional world, abstracted away from this rotten world of matter and spirit.
This could all just be the latest round of bluffing and brinksmanship, but this could finally be the long-awaited end.
This statement was just issued:
Here's that full statement.
Note that the Gardening Thread is below, and it's a good one. But this seems like Breaking News. I hope Y-Not, Weirddave, and KT will excuse the stompenation.
— Open Blogger Y-not:
Good afternoon (evening?) gardeners! Today's late edition of the Saturday Gardening Thread is brought to you by Fess Parker:
Another light week of posting from yours truly, I'm afraid, owing to some unexpected travel. Fortunately as you will see, KT came through #LikeABoss and I think even Weirddave has something for us this week.
Long-time moron Gordon tipped me off to this excellent website that might be of interest to many of our tropical morons, Florida Survival Gardening. It looks like a great site, chock full of helpful and interesting content.
Gordon goes on to say the following about the proprietor of Florida Survival Gardening:
A friend of mine, David the Good, has published a book called Compost Everything. You can find it on Amazon as an ebook or paperback. David, while he may not be aware of it, is kind of a supporter of the moron lifestyle. His book is funny, entertaining and very educational.
As you'll see on David's website, he also has another booklet, Create Your Own Florida Food Forest that I bet would interest many of the horde. (Make sure to use Ace's Amazon store thingy if you order one of these books. Flea dips are quite pricey these days and the alternative, dipping in kerosene followed by exposure to a flamethrower, is not very pleasant!)
I hope we can get David to comment here and perhaps set up a future guest post or two on some topics of interest to the horde. Please let him know of your interests in the comments. (And be gentle because he may be a noob!)
And now, let's see what KT has for us this week: more...
— Open Blogger My husband, dear man that he is, has one weakness. He loves those dumb "fails" videos. I always know when he's watching them because he sounds like this:
— Open Blogger
It's been a difficult and demoralizing time, in no small part because Ace has been curiously unforthcoming about the new Batman game. To tide us over until he provides a short, pithy 9,000 word review, I have dug up one of his first public appearances.
First to identify Ace gets a Platinum AoSHQ Membership with ampersands and bonus Wack-A-Mole™
— DrewM Marco Rubio....pro-intervention and nation building, pro-amnesty, but indifferent to SSM ruling.
While I disagree with this decision, we live in a republic and must abide by the law. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood
I firmly believe the question of same sex marriage is a question of the definition of an institution, not the dignity of a human being. Every American has the right to pursue happiness as they see fit. Not every American has to agree on every issue, but all of us do have to share our country. A large number of Americans will continue to believe in traditional marriage, and a large number of Americans will be pleased with the Courts decision today. In the years ahead, it is my hope that each side will respect the dignity of the other.
Allah took exception to my characterization of Rubio as "indifferent" but had the decision gone the other way, what would he have said differently? "While I'm thankful for today's ruling and understand the passions on both sides, we live in a republic....blah....blah...respect the decision....blah...blah...respect each other...blah....blah...conservative judges."
Why so tepid Marco? Oh, right....donors.
Oh and while we do live in a republic (theoretically) it's important who and how laws are made. If judges do it, it's not a republic. Marco should probably think on that for a bit.
This is your guy GOP? Swell.
Ted Cruz has a fundraising idea, I mean, a response....let Congress vote on keeping Supreme Court judges every 8 years. Odds of passing that amendment to the Constitution? Yeah.
Anyone selling a "solution" to this that requires an amendment is simply blowing smoke up your ass.
So what is the solution? I have some ideas and will have a post on Monday about it.
In the meantime the short answer is....stop protecting people from the big government they support. Too many people who have spent years and decades advocating for bigger and bigger government have to be made to enjoy it as much as we have been.
For me it starts with the Catholic Church. They and any other church that discriminates against gay couples will find up being sued and forced to perform ceremonies or will lose their tax status.
My reaction: Oh well.
US bishops have spent decades advocating liberal big government programs (ObamaCare, as long as they are exempted and amnesty spring to mind) all while enjoying an exemption from its effects or sharing in the burden of the costs via their tax exemption.
Well they are going to get a taste of what they've been building and they aren't going to like it one bit.
While I will lament to loss of an important American value, it won't be the first progressives have killed. But I will laugh as they and others like them are shocked that the government they are so happy to sic on others turns on them.
I keep being told there isn't a critical mass of people who support big government. Fair enough. So now it's time to create one. No more exemptions and safe harbors from which people safely sell me and my values down the rive to protect theirs.
Big government is the best salesman for small government. It's time we let it loose on it's supporters.
Added: In the interest of interfaith comity I should note I'm looking forward to synagogues and mosques being taxed as well.
90-95% of your congregants vote for Democrats? Well, then I'm sure you'll be happy to be subject to even more of what they impose on the rest of us.
— Open Blogger Ever since SCOTUS decided King V Burwell, I've been in a bit of a daze. Yesterday morning I realized I was just sitting on the edge of my bed, one sock on, my toes tucked into the other, just...staring out the window. My wife was behind me calling my name."Dave?....Dave?....Dave?..". I shook it off, but in truth I feel quite a bit like Private Hudson. more...
— Open Blogger Good morning horde.
Well, that was a pisser of a week, wasn't it?
What I found most discouraging about last week's events was the rejection of the right, embodied by the 10th amendment, of all Americans to decide for themselves what their local community standards should be. Although the Obamacare (excuse me, SCOTUScare) decision is probably the more devastating one in terms of immediate economic impact (and the "logic" behind the majority decision was quite Orwellian), I found the same sex marriage decision to be the most disheartening.
Hale Razor summed it up very well on Twitter:
1 "All we want is to be out of the shadows." 2 "All we want is acceptance" 3 "All we want is equality" 4 "Your view belongs in the shadows."— Razor (@hale_razor) June 26, 2015
It certainly seems as if there is no "truce" possible with these people. They are intent on rounding up Americans who hold opposing views into ideological "camps," figuratively if not literally.
I was traveling during most of the week, which was probably a blessing given what transpired. There was so much political news last week, most of it bad, that I don't think today is a good day to continue with our regular candidate series. Instead, I thought we could try something different -- that is, try a brain-storming session on what, if anything, we can do in the political arena to try to steer the ship of state back on course.
One idea comes from commenter Ben Had who contacted me yesterday: more...
June 26, 2015
— CDR M
So what's the over/under on a gay couple forcing a mosque to perform a gay wedding? I'd say it is zero. They don't have the stones to do something like that (kind of like how that douche Deray never protests acutal white supremacist groups) and the politicians will cook up some special exemption for them anyway. more...
— Ace I was going to step out for dinner, so I thought I should put up a post.
However, I think the Happy Post -- what you are thankful for -- might be more important.
Below is a thread about the corrupt grifter who has taken the position of Tyrant of America. You may post there about politics.
But use this one to continue the Happy Thread.
Now I'm going to get some bbq.
I'll be back for one last post, later.
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