Jun
30
2014
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Jun
30
2014
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Add the Washington Post to the list of those who never researched Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.

Sheesh.

Neil’s comment is apropos, here:

Seriously, we may have to start an affirmative action program to force academics and the media to take in actual conservatives and religious people, just so that the Left can learn to appreciate the Other.

Moe Lane

PS: You cannot force a clear-cut First Amendment case to be about whatever the hell the Democrats need this week to avoid an electoral blowout. Reality doesn’t work that way.

Jun
30
2014
3

Tweet of the Day, It’s Clearly A Matter Of Bork Bork Bork edition.

This makes perfect sense to me.

As well it should, obviously. (more…)

Jun
30
2014
9

Two kinds of people commenting about the Hobby Lobby case…

…the people who are familiar with the case and what was being argued; and then there’s the Activist Left.  The people who are familiar with the case understand that while Hobby Lobby did in fact get the ruling it wanted – to wit, that the company was not required to provide access to drugs that it considered to be abortifacients* – it is not all that broad a ruling.  Privately held companies have more protection here than publicly traded ones like, say, Wal-Mart or Boeing; it’s a win for religious liberty, but not a grand slam home run.  Again, those are the people who are familiar with the case.

And then there are these people:

scotusblog

(more…)

Jun
30
2014
6

First thoughts, Harris v. Quinn, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.

Basically:

  • ‘Constitutional law scholar,’ my white Irish middle-aged tuchis.
  • That being said, both decisions are relatively narrow. The Right was looking for grand slams; we got RBIs.
  • But remember: the people who won wanted RBIs. Harris wanted to stop getting dinged for useless union dues.  Hobby Lobby didn’t want to go out of business because the alternative was paying for drugs that they considered to be abortifacients.  They both got their wish.

And that’s it for right now.  Gotta go clean the living room.

Jun
30
2014
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Rooting For Injuries Watch: Hillary Clinton vs. Ashley Madison.

I don’t give a tinker’s dam who wins this one, as long as it’s a messy fight.

 

…And I could go on in the vein of ‘I am happy to see a Democratic Presidential candidate and a company that explicitly bases its business model on encouraging adultery fight it out,’ but the Supreme Court beckons.  See you on the flip side!

Jun
30
2014
2

Today is another SCOTUS Day!

Two big ones today: the forced dues for public sector unions one and the religious liberty with regard to abortificants one.  It is, of course, a mug’s game to predict Supreme Court decisions before they happen, but I will make this one: most of the people I read will be paying attention to SCOTUS Blog. Festivities start at 10 AM!

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Jun
30
2014
4

Valerie Jarrett is truly unlikely to run for office, alas.

I presume that she knows this: it’s just that admitting that Hey, I am the insider-public face for the most incompetent, feckless, and downright ineffectual Presidential administration in living memory would probably be too personally embarrassing.  I mean, sure, we all know that once Barack Obama is out of office there’s going to be a lot of people in Valerie Jarrett’s own party that are going to settle some scores, with malice aforethought. And I presume that Jarrett knows that, too.  But the woman has her own personal pride; she’s not going to want to talk in public about how poor her life choices have been.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane

PS: I don’t care if it’s a school board election: we would make the race a national issue.

Jun
29
2014
5

Israel inching towards recognizing Kurdistan, whether the White House likes it or not.

An independent Kurdish state is becoming more likely to happen all the time.

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has voiced support for Kurdish statehood, taking a position that appears to clash with the US preference to keep sectarian war-torn Iraq united.

Pointing to the mayhem in Iraq, Netanyahu on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region…

I hope that the White House is prepared for the possibility. Because if it happens, it will happen fast.

Jun
29
2014
1

‘Anthony Brown – The Most Incompetent Man in Maryland.’

And oh, my, but Maryland Democrat Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is. This is the first ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan:

If you need a primer on why Lt. Governor Brown is incompetent, one can be found here. Executive summary: the Maryland Obamacare exchange was an utter disaster. And I don’t use the term ‘utter disaster’ lightly: we’re talking about almost $126 million being spent on a state exchange that didn’t work and had to be replaced.  And, in case you’re wondering: the replacement is scheduled to cost at least $43 million more dollars of my tax money. Three guesses if that project is going to come in under budget, and the first two don’t count. (more…)

Jun
29
2014
2

Quote of the Day, This Is Amusingly Obvious About Wendy Davis edition.

Well, it’s certainly not painful. At least, for me:

“[Erstwhile Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is] not doing as well as people had hoped, expected or wanted,” said Bill Miller, an Austin lobbyist who works with both Democrats and Republicans and who is a friend of Ms. Davis’s. “I think there were unrealistic expectations.”

Gee, you think? – Not that I mind national Democrats throwing 20 million down the money pit that is the Wendy Davis campaign.  It fuels economic activity – and better that it be spent on doomed Democratic campaigns than on viable Democratic ones.  But I do wonder if anybody on the Left is going to take a hit to their credibility for encouraging this wasted effort in the first place.  Probably not – and that’s not really a partisan slam; accountability for failure is rarely taken, and even more rarely offered.  Shoot, I have gotten it wrong on more than occasion.

I’ve also never set on fire 20 million of my own party’s money in the process, mind you.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane

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