Saturday, February 13, 2016

On Scalia's "Originalist" Nonsense

Antonin Scalia was only an ‘originalist’ when it was convenient:

...But I wonder whether the people that Scalia seeks to channel for this understanding, using his historical originalism theory to divine what the people in the state ratifying conventions of the Constitution in 1788 or the Bill of Rights in 1791 understood those words to mean, would agree? Under the Bill of Rights, would those Founding-era people have agreed with the majority in Hobby Lobby that the religious rights of the owners of corporations trump the constitutional rights of their workers to exercise their personal autonomy privacy right to choose their own form of family planning? In Scalia’s historical originalist terms, if there had been a tea shop run by two former employees of the British East India Company in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1791, would Thomas Jefferson and James Madison have agreed that under the First Amendment religion clauses its owners could have imposed their Church of England religious views on their American employees in opposition to a federal law dealing with the personal autonomy choices of their workers? Of course not. It is hard to imagine that the same people who fought and won a revolution against the economic enterprises of King George III and Parliament, believed that the Bill of Rights were intended to protect the free speech and religion rights of such corporations...

The Middle Must Hold

Hillary Clinton shouldn’t apologize for being a moderate.:

Most liberals think the Republican presidential race is nuts. Those right-wing candidates are sucking up so hard to the Tea Party and the Bible thumpers that they’ve lost touch with reality. But a similar problem is happening on the Democratic side. Sen. Bernie Sanders is pulling the party to the left, Hillary Clinton is chasing him, and the issues and positions under discussion are drifting away from the political center...

Young Clinton Supporter

Bernie bros won't shout down Hillary backers:

...Bernie’s candidacy is no revolution. Every smart woman knows what it feels like to have a man yell at her when she says something smart. This is why I’m supporting Clinton, and there are many other girls like me who know exactly what she’s up against.

We live Clinton’s experience every day, even though our struggles against ordinary sexism are not “sexy” to report. We understand, and nod, thankfully, when Madeleine Albright stands onstage with Clinton and says “there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” or when Madeleine Kunin writes in the Boston Globe about the sexism she had to deal with when Sanders ran against her in Vermont. We recognize the sexist tropes launched against Clinton and repeated uncritically in the media...
The comments on this post make her point perfectly as a host of loudly critical Bernouts swarm.

The Blame For It All

driftglass: Today In Both Sides Do It: Charles Craphammer And The Very, Very Last Remake Of Beau Geste:

...It is also happens to be an article of faith among Major American Media Corporations that not letting stale frauds like Charles Krauthammer peddle their perfidy in Major American Media Corporations would ruin "balance" and destroy the First Amendment or something.

For the benefit of future historians, the incestuous relationship between the dangerous and deluded Right and the Major American Media Corporations whose business model includes giving those dangerous delusions the widest and most uncritical platform possible in the name of "balance" is what wrecked this country.

Ruly Teachers Become Un

Huh. A victory for the little guys against one of the masters of the universe? (i.e. a higher ed CEO) My bold.

President Tries To Gut Catholic College, Sparks Revolt | The Daily Caller:

"Our community is suffering,” the faculty letter says. “We have come to the sad conclusion that this state of affairs cannot be resolved while you continue in your current office. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart, in a loving spirit of compassion and forgiveness, that we appeal to your generosity of spirit and ask that you resign your position for the good of our community by 9:00 AM on February 15, 2016.”

Whether the faculty will get their wish is unclear. Thus far, the school’s board has steadfastly stood behind Newman, instead suggesting that unruly faculty are to blame for tensions at the school.
It's always labor that is responsible for "tensions" since they are also in charge of management. Somehow. As one of my colleagues remarked years ago, "I'm not in charge of my own morale if I'm not in charge of my environment."

SOS Albright On Gender

Madeleine Albright: My Undiplomatic Moment - The New York Times:

...The battle for gender equality is still being waged, and it will be easier if we have a woman who prioritizes these issues in the Oval Office and if the gender balance among elected officials reflects that of our country. When women are empowered to make decisions, society benefits. They will raise issues, pass bills and put money into projects that men might overlook or oppose.

Despite decades of progress, women still make less money than men for equivalent work. Paid family leave remains an elusive dream. Sexual abuse against women continues to plague our communities. And many politicians still act as though the top threat to our national security is Planned Parenthood...

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Marco Plan

Marco Rubio's Tax Plan Does Not Compute:

There is no con more neocon than Young Marco Rubio. And there is no more laughable specimen on the Laffer Curve, either. Because he has not had an original thought since the onset of puberty, Young Marco has been stuffed full of Reaganaut mythology. I fully expect that, any day now, he'll turn up in Berlin, saying, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall," over and over again until a kindly passerby nudges his brain into the next groove.

The Tax Policy Center got ahold of Young Marco's economic plan—titled, I believe, "Fck Math. An F-35 In Every Pot." Apparently, as a result, most of the Center's experts can be found under sedation in the emergency ward of Our Lady Of The Magic Asterisk Hospital...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Daily Flashback: Bernie Forclosure Edition

Daily PUMA: Why Hillary Clinton treads lightly when responding to Bernie Benedict Sanders Inane accusations about Wall Street and Hillary Clinton.:

...Where was Bernie Sanders in 2008 regarding Parallel Foreclosures? If Bernie Sanders was protesting Parallel Foreclosure as being unethical and even constitution busting back in 2008, then Bernie knows it was Barack Obama who was complicit to Wall Street, not Hillary Clinton. If Bernie Sanders does not know about parallel foreclosure in 2008, then he's a social activist fraud who was oblivious to over a million homeowners losing their homes to parallel foreclosure tactics...
Update from linked site (Daily Puma):

Alessandro Machi said...
Bob, I just thought I would let you know that I was meaning to update my article. Barack Obama does not deserve all or even most of the blame. Ultimately, there are only a few candidates in the 2016 race who can be completely absolved from their role in Parallel Foreclosuregate of 2008 through 2011.
Among those with any chance of winning either the Republican nomination or democrat nomination in 2016 who can't be blamed, Donald Trump would be one, simply because he was not an elected official back in 2008 through 2011, and Hillary Clinton, lost her Wall Street support to Barack Obama because she stood with the homeowners instead of Wall Street.
And the media was the most complicit of all by ignoring the parallel foreclosure issue altogether.
Note that last sentence. The media never adequately addressed this issue, nor did they expand on the urgency of people losing their homes. My own family was very nearly caught in this web of thievery. 

Couldn't Happen To A Nicer Bunch Of Terrorists

Report: The Trump Campaign Is Tearing Apart Fox News | Blog | Media Matters for America:

New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman highlighted the "confusion" at Fox News about the network's role in the "altered media ecosystem going forward," in particular over the coverage of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Trump has been a regular fixture on Fox News since 2011, which paved the way for his presidential run. The relationship between Trump and Fox became tumultuous following Fox's first GOP primary debate in August 2015, during which moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Trump about his history of sexism. Yet, Fox continued to give Trump more than double the airtime of any other candidate. Trump ultimately skipped Fox's second primary debate in January after the network released a mocking statement in response to his demand that Kelly be removed as a moderator. Fox chairman Roger Ailes and network personalities have since struggled with their coverage of Trump...

SCOTUS Helps Kochs And Hurts Earth

SCOTUS Puts The Brakes On Obama's Clean Emissions Rule | Crooks and Liars:

Well, thanks for that, Supremes. While we've got Flint kids poisoned and Porter Ranch people exposed to all sorts of carcinogens and other toxic fumes, the United States Supreme Court brought the President's Clean Power initiative to a screaming halt...

Monday, February 08, 2016

Cruz Channeling Rove

Ted Cruz' Newest Dirty Trick: Phony Check Enclosed Fundraising Mailer | Crooks and Liars:

Ted Cruz has apparently shrugged off the criticism he took In Iowa over his shame-baiting mailers along with his Ben Carson "dirty tricks" during the caucus itself and immediately implemented a new Rovian dirty tactic to the voters of New Hampshire...

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Rubotic Seizure

Cannonfire--Rubio's BSOD moment:

...Marco Rubio is now the official candidate of Uncanny Valley. The funniest response I've seen so far appeared here: "I think Christie caused some sort of divide by zero error in the Rubot's operating system. Rubio is acting like one of those Star Trek robots that go all explodey when presented with a simple contradiction in logic..."

Cop Sues Victims

Chicago police officer suing estate of teen he fatally shot | US news | The Guardian:

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.
Families of two people killed by Chicago police seek answers: 'When does it end?' The unusual lawsuit was filed on Friday amid Chicago city leaders’ efforts to win back the public’s trust after several cases of alleged police misconduct.
Stories of orphans pleading for mercy after killing their parents spring to mind.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

More Material For The GOP Slime Machine

I said it before and I'll say it again--- the GOP will skin Bernie alive and eat his flesh. The swift-boating of a true American war hero like John Kerry will be nothing compared to the Bernie roasting, because this time they have some actual facts to propagandize. 

Uppity Woman | I'm just one of those Uppity Women. Live with it.:

...Bernie also despised JFK. He said JFK “Made me sick”. The reason Bernie despised JFK had to do with one of his heroes: Fidel Castro. Bernie declared that Castro “Transformed Cuba”. Bernie was right. Castro sure did transform Cuba. Oh yes, indeed he did. Castro was just one more example of how easily Socialism “For The People” can evolve into Fascism under a “Charismatic” leader...

Jobs And Unemployment Improve

...and of course the praise for President Obama immediately rose up in a heavenly chorus from the hallowed halls of Congress--- in an alternate universe.

Wages Rise as U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5% - The New York Times:

Is the American worker finally getting a raise?

After years of scant real gains despite steadily falling unemployment and healthy hiring, wages picked up significantly last month, a sign the job market could be tightening enough to force companies to pay more to attract and retain employees...

Friday, February 05, 2016

The Ever Expanding Police State

In a classic case of give them an inch, the NYPD has turned a nuisance abatement ordinance into a mighty weapon to use against the poor and minorities. It is our shame that this practice, among so many others, is allowed in a civilized, so-called Christian country. C&L's reporting on this issue is outstanding. The NYPD Is Kicking People Out Of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed A Crime | Crooks and Liars