Archives for: April 2012, 14
The Heathen Republican holds forth on judicial activism, defining the term as going against the plain language of the Constitution in ruling for or against constitutionality "purely through interpretation of the Constitution." Since pretty much any reading of anything, even of "plain language," involves interpretation, his definition tends toward the cloudy. Partway through, after Heathen posits that judicial actions do not automatically connote judicial activism, you can get a sense of his drift with this: "If so, no one can rationally argue that overturning a law is automatically judicial activism, as President Obama has argued." It is hard to believe that even a partisan would reinterpret in that way the plain language of anything President Obama has said. Kind of like blogging activism. What the President actually did was to explicitly remind conservatives of their own long held definition of "judicial activism." We know Heathen can do better than this, because he so frequently does. At least that's been my interpretation.
Chuck Thinks Right finds an article published by AP that is devoted to a thin, low benefit, low cost, alternative within Obamacare. The theme of the article, backed by quotes, is that the Supreme Court oral arguments did not seem to reflect the existence of this part of the program. Chuck is upset. Thinks it should have been published as an opinion, not as news. Many journalists agree with Chuck's ethic, that balance between viewpoints is the goal of news, and that facts and documentation should go to the opinion pages if those facts fail to support both sides equally.
Betty Cracker at Rumproast poses an obvious question about Ms. Rosen's recent critique of Ann Romney. I suspect the real point should be that it is rarely good form to attack a candidate's spouse. A better commentary, one completely open to Hilary Rosen, might have been Mr. Romney's definition of their domestic relationship. He has his wife report to him regularly on women's issues. It would have been fair for Hilary Rosen to speculate on whether Governor Romney requires his wife to salute.
A conservative officeholder unwittingly answers Ms. Taylor. Papamoka at Papamoka Straight Talk has video of an annoyed Republican legislator who offers to speak to a woman reporter using simpler words. It's not really a war on women. More of a cold war. On. Women.
Slant Right's John Houk reminds us of a conspiracy to have the UN remove humans from the earth. The plan is called Agenda 21. This sort of thing went viral in 1992, before the internet became ubiquitous. President George H. W. Bush and 177 other leaders started an initiative to help local governments promote economic growth. John brought this up last year as a plot to take over the world's farms, and the year before as a conspiracy to control international commerce. Next year, John will discover it again as an evil plan to commit something just awful. He tries to believe something new and amazing every day, but sometimes he runs out. When his crazed aunt forgets to tell him what she has read in the Globe, he has to recycle.
Manifesto Joe of Texas Blues is back. (Yaaayyyy!!) He vivisects Allen West's poor attempt at faded McCarthyism. "I believe there are about 78 or 81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party."
James Wigderson recounts the story of a conservative whose writing appeared on a racist website. Attacks by liberals followed. Problem is the article was not itself racist, the writer did not know the racist website would be carrying the article since it had been written for another site, and the author attempted to get it removed. Lessons for leftists like ... well ...me: Let's be careful. Let's apologize when we get it wrong. Life is hard enough. OH! One more thing. Good work, James.
An old falsehood of the extreme right contrives a connection between President Obama, Eric Holder, and the New Black Panthers. Tommy Christopher of Mediaite takes notice when Sean Hannity claims to have a photo of a face to face meeting, which he keeps promising to show to his audience. Tommy finds the photo explodes the story and explains why Hannity isn't showing anything. Anything. But, hey! They're all black, so how can there not be a connection? Good work, Tommy.