You won’t believe how entertainingly John Oliver loses it over learning state legislatures matter!

That John Oliver video on state legislatures was remarkably bitter, in that highly entertaining ‘I’m going to say things that are funny because the alternative is to cry’ way.  And, indeed, I laughed.  But as many, many people have noted: we have state legislatures for a reason.  And just because Northeastern progressives (and their carefully-trained Motley Fools*) have suddenly discovered that state legislatures matter doesn’t mean that the rest of us haven’t noticed it all along. We also seem to be doing a decent job about doing something about it, as the video in the linked article rather petulantly reveals.  Seventeen minutes’ worth of tantrum would be impressive from my five year old; in a grown man it’s practically epic.

There’s not much else to say here, except: if you were wondering whether the Left really hated ALEC** or not, the video in the above article would confirm it once and for all. And John Oliver gives the game away, kind of inadvertently: it’s not that ALEC promotes and provides support for a consistent political and economic agenda.  It’s that ALEC is actually rather good at it.

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ALEC protesters show off their education, empathy, and ability to function without keepers.

ALEC, for those wondering, is the American Legislative Exchange Council, which is one of the current hate objects of the Left because… well, because some very smart people told the Activist Left to pick up their signs (which the Activist Left made themselves!) and go over and protest them! And never mind why: only dirty little wreckers in the service of the One Percent argue with their betters. They aren’t dirty little wreckers, are they? No, of course not: the Activist Left are real live activist …Leftists. So there!

Look, if you have a problem with my categorization of these winners, watch this Revealing Politics clip from Wednesday’s anti-ALEC protest in Salt Lake City before you judge me. These people ain’t all that bright.

…Well, they’re not.

Moe Lane (crosspost)



The Left’s expected, contemptible, and blatant hypocrisy over ALEC and stand-your-ground laws.

I’m not really all that into blogging about the Zimmerman/Martin shooting.  From what I can tell, what happened was that there was an confrontation that might have very well been avoidable; it ended with a genuinely tragic ending; and that there were actually pretty much no wider partisan implications at all, despite the attempts of the Online Left to fit a Latino Democrat onto the Procrustean bed of WASP Tea Partier.  All of which is contemptible of the Online Left, by the way.  Expected, but contemptible.

Still, the news that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has decided to stop working on criminal bill advocacy because of liberal push back on ALEC’s work on stand-your-ground laws is of interest.  Said laws, for those unaware of them, essentially confirm the right of a citizen to defend themselves if attacked; and (as Clayton Cramer and Glenn Reynolds note) such laws are very important from a feminist perspective.  Particularly when we’re talking about, say, battered women.  Amazing how quickly people on the Left stop caring about that sort of thing when it gets into the way of going after perceived Righty groups, right? Again: expected, and contemptible.



#rsrh The Lefty War on ALEC.

I’m not exactly a fan of Bill O’Reilly, but I share in his disapproval of this attack against the American Legislative Exchange Council by the shadowy group Color of Change.

Particularly since I’m a McDonalds’ stockholder myself. It’s not that groups like Color of Change are being activists when they attack groups like ALEC; it’s that they’re being hypocritical activists. You’d think that a group from the side of the spectrum that is supposedly so big on transparency would be more transparent about their own funding.

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