Monthly Archives: April 2010

Fantasy Politics League

THE PROBLEM WITH the Imperial Presidency as she is constituted — limited public access, the Praetorian S.S. Guards, the bulletproof gas-guzzling motorcade — is that there doesn’t appear to be any analog to Caesar’s chariot slave. You know: the guy whose charge it was to ride with Caesar in triumphal marches and whisper in the Great One’s ear, “Remember, Caesar, you are but a man.”

Nobody, when the Won floats one of his whoppers, to ejaculate, “**chough**BULLSHIT!**cough**”.

And you wonder if The O can see through the Red Curtain of Hubris (RCOH) to understand that it’s HIS loss.

OK, I’m Just Overhearing

BITS AND PIECES of the brouhaha over the fines the FAA proposes to levy on airlines whose planes sit on the tarmac for unconscionable periods prior to actual — you know — takeoff.

As if airlines prefer to have their capital equipment sitting idle and, indeed, burning money at brazilians the hour.

Why isn’t the FAA being fined for doing such a crappy job running the air traffic control system?

Hmmm?

Quote of the Day

Firearms are more prevalent in our society than cars and have an even better track record when it comes to safety. Yet people still listen to the anti-gunners as if they have anything truly intelligent to say.

–Robb Allen

RTWT.

Physicist to Government

PUT UP or STFU.

My only problem with the letter is that it is addressed to the Department of State. Not Congress. Or the EPA. Or the President. Which, absent unlisted cc’s, gives those “worthies” license — or at least an excuse — to ignore it, or to plead not having seen it.

Pressure should be brought to bear on Republicans (and, for that matter, Democrats) in Congress to demand HARD proof of CAGW before a single jot or tittle is put down on any “climate” bill.

Funny He Should Mention

BEING ASKED FOR PAPERS… (the President, that is).

Remember what we said about leftists and projection.

By Popular Request

DA DOLL IN FULL

I First Heard the Word

“LIBERTARIAN” at a very early age — perhaps age nine (1963) — from a precocious friend. (He skipped the Sixth Grade and graduated from High School a year ahead of our contemporaries.) He and I were discussing politics (yes, we were) and he asked me if I favored a regime of “live and let live.” I had heard the phrase, and allowed as how it resonated with me, and answered honestly, “Yes.” And he told me then, “Then you’re a libertarian.”

I didn’t hear the word again until the ’80s. But when I realized it was the grownup version of my juvenile political philosophy, and when it resonated with me the way modern liberalism couldn’t, I accelerated my own personal Long March back from the abyss of collectivism that had begun with the fall of Saigon.

OK, with the ’72 Presidential election in which I voted for Nixon. OK, bad example. But I knew McCarthy wouldn’t be good for the nation, even if I couldn’t articulate the brief against progressivism then.

I — and millions of my contemporaries — made the same journey made a generation or two earlier by a familiar figure in American letters.

… [A]s Lane saw it, there was no American political party committed to individualism. “In 1933,” she wrote, “a group of sincere and ardent collectivists seized control of the Democratic Party, used it as a means of grasping Federal power, and enthusiastically, from motives which many of them regard as the highest idealism, began to make America over. The Democratic Party is now a political mechanism having a genuine political principle: national socialism.” Another way of saying this was to say that, again in Rose’s words, “[a] vote for the New Deal approves national socialism.” Unfortunately, however, the Republican Party was “a political mechanism with no political principle. It does not stand for American individualism.” [Amazing how little has changed. –MPA] Therefore, lamentably, “Americans (of both parties) who stand for American political principles … have no means of peaceful political action.” What was needed, Rose believed, was a political movement, which would unite writers, activists, teachers, propagandists, and politicians in favor of individual liberty. A “libertarian movement” – that was her phrase. Brian Doherty reports in his book Radicals for Capitalism (an indispensable resource, by the way, for anyone interested in the history of the libertarian movement) that he found Rose using this phrase — “libertarian movement” — as early as 1947. He calls it “the first example I’ve found of the phrase in its modern sense.”

–From a transcript found at
Ludwig Von Mises Institute

No, Reverend

YOU’RE NOT AUTOMATICALLY suspect because of the color of your skin. You’re suspect because you’re that lying, eggsucking, mortarforking, corksocker, Al Sharpton.

Get over yourself.

Sorry to Say

ALL THE POSTS I was planning for this edition sucked dead donkey dicks. So you get bupkis from me today. Deal.

Buncha Who-Struck-John

OVER THE ANTI-ILLEGAL law recently passed in Arizona. (Kevin has commentary and links.)

One of the objections to so-called comprehensive immigration reform is that it somehow would confer constitutional rights on non-citizens.

This embeds a fallacy. True constitutionalists should be able to spot the … oh, politically incorrect and odious — yet somehow apposite — colorful phrase involving a stack of firewood.

The Constitution does not grant rights — it merely affirms them. The assumption is that said rights inhere naturally to all human individuals. (That whole “…all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights…” thing, doncha know.) Therefore, all humans, whether their presence in America conforms with immigration law or not, possess these “constitutional” rights.

Nor is the list of rights in the Bill of Rights exhaustive. Says so, right there in Number Ten. (Check it out.) But affirmed, not granted. So you do, for example, have rights to Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happy-ness, despite the Declaration of Independence’s not having ever been incorporated into statute law, although you could hardly get a clearer statement of Original Intent if you tried.

Clever fellows, those Founders.

The Problem With Paleocons

IS THAT THEY seem to forget that we’re in a war. OK, Pat Buchanan seems to remember. But too many on the Right (as opposed to IN the Right) seemed to make a festish of ecumentiy.

Wrong!

Democrats are the enemy. They have made their intentions clear, declared — as it were — war on the People and Constitution of the United States. There can be no honest accomodation with them.

I’m talkin’ ta YOU, Ben Stein.

A Feature, Not a Bug

OVER AT NRO Grace-Marie Turner takes note of a report by “the Administration’s Own Actuary(!!!)” detailing a series of supposedly fatal flaws in the Obamacare law, of which — now that it’s passed — we can finally see the contents.

The report details a laundry list of failings in the law which would seem to be dispositive reasons for not passing it. If only one were a simple-minded member of the proletariat. In Washington, everything is the opposite of what it is in the rest of the country, and therefore these are — in the parlance of computer tech support — not bugs, but features. Not fatal flaws, but desiderata.

Because, you see, they give the power-mad collectivists in DC excuses to re-visit the bill. And now it becomes clear — if you ever had any doubt — that the bill was only a placeholder. The real work of cementing central control over your petty, picayune lives comes in the “fixes” to the law. And, now that it’s law, Congress cannot fail to act to make those fixes.

Oh, Aitch-Ee-Double-Hockey-Sticks

I KNEW ABOUT the Boobquake thing. I really did. And, being boobalicious myself, I’m the perfect participant and test case. If my rack won’t cause an earthquake, then that idiot Mullet in Whereveristan shouldn’t show his face … well, anywhere from terminal embarrassment.

I mean, seriously, folks.

But so I forgot. Sorry.

Quote of the Day

I’m getting tired of that shit. Tired of that shit. Tired! I’m tired of fucking Earth Day! I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists; these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet. They don’t care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don’t. Not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me.

–George Carlin

–Spotted at American Digest.

I Don’t Intend That

THE A.A.R.P. get one thin dime of my hard-earned. I suspect I’m not alone.

Toni has expressed a desire to take advantage of the discounts AARP offers. I submit such discounts are illusory at best, considering that the socialist Left in this country has its greedy eye on the wealth of seniors and would see us stripped of our means and wherewithal, and allowed to die uncared-for in its Brave New Medical World, where our actuarial worth to the state is the deciding factor as to whether we get treatement.

If you seek an organization for seniors without a socialist bent, try American Seniors.

Stand Up And Be Counted

GO. NOW. Watch. Sign up.

Yes, it is a naked appeal to emotion. And your point is…?

Quote of the Day

One thing that should be clear from the experience of the last 40 years is that the most significant environmental problems are in the developing world, and that economic growth is the key — not the enemy — of environmental improvement. For example, not a single American or European city ranks among the World Bank’s top 50 most polluted cities in the world.

Steven Hayward

Hat tip: Mark J. Perry

I Will Now Assume

THE GLENN BECK “idiot arguing” voice.

<glennbeckidiotarguingvoice>

Well, it would be just stoopid to send in more taxes than you have to pay if nobody else was doing it!

</glennbeckidiotarguingvoice>

Ladies and Gentlemen

I RECOMMEND TO YOU…

Mike Vanderboegh, “Oh HELL no!”

I Really Like

MARCUS LUTRELL’S alleged comment on the 9/11 Truther idiocy. If the WTC was imploded on purpose by the US Government, where are all the dead janitors? The ones who would have seen what was going on in the months it would have taken to wire the place and would have had to have been silenced.

Meantime, idiots keep being idiots.

Shut up and sing, Willie.

A Bit of Staircase Wit

AS I HAVE THESE attacks of l’esprit d’escalier with embarrassing frequency, perhaps I ought to make a regular department of them. Or not.

Monday was an anniversary of many sorts. Some more somber than others. I didn’t think in advance to prepare anything appropriate, but, sauntering down the old spiral stair afterwards, I got this flash of wit. By way of groundlaying, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn” runs…

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

A relative handful of men stood firm against the army of the most powerful empire on earth at the time… and won.

And yet, the nihilists on the side of government would have us believe that determined American patriots could not stand against military units composed of their fellow citizens — fellows of a greater patriotic bent than the average — and hope for anything but induction into speedbumphood.

It’s hackneyed perhaps to say, “Don’t give up your dreams.” But still…

And you know some tumblefuck is going to point out — as though nobody’d ever considered it — that the 18th Century American rebels were “only” facing muskets (.54 cal, muzzle velocity 1800 fps, energy 1700f/p, “will penetrate the front and back plate of a pikeman’s armor” — lethal enough), whereas — doncha know — we’ve developed machine guns and suchlike in the meantime.

To which I riposte, we’ve also developed Roger Young in the meantime.

And you just KNOW the same tumblefuck will go: “So what?”

So we’ll have to say the obvious: that decisions are taken in human affairs as matters of will, and a technological advantage can usually be surmounted by a sufficiently motivated force. Nukes from orbit excepted.

After all, much of what the military does is a matter of accomplishing what would appear to be otherwise impossible in the service of directing force at the appropriate point. As a matter of will.

But then, your standard issue Mk1-A tumblefuck probably will never get that.

There’s a Cat in the Window

MY DESK IS RIGHT BY the front window. When I built in the drawer cabinets and bookshelves on that wall, at Toni’s request and suggestion, I made a space for the cats to hang out. There’s a window seat, about 14 inches deep and two feet off the floor, where the cats can lounge about and watch reality television in our front yard.

(L-R) Sky, Loki, Aqua, Belle, and Jazz.

It has a tab-topped cafe curtain on sprung rods between the bookshelves that lets me close away the view, if I don’t feel like being on display, which provides the kittehs a little secret hideaway.

Quote of the Day

Government medicine is bad medicine. Why anyone would want to dismantle our health care system and replace it with the disaster that is socialized medicine is beyond me.

John Hinderaker

There speaks the naivete that’ll get us all killed or enslaved — unwilling to believe that evil, greedy, power-mad bastards are, well… evil, greedy, power-mad, and bastards.

Funny, Isn’t It

HOW ALL THE biasses in the temperature record are in favor of warming. And yet, no reasonable person would assume automatically that this is the result of a deliberate policy or anything.

Whatever Happened

TO THE Monroe Doctrine?

Practice Does Really

MAKE PERFECT. I’m continually amazed at the contrasts between the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party organization here in the Greater Cincinnati area and elsewhere — places you’d expect to be light years ahead of us, such as New York and/or Seattle.

By contrast with those smaller, hesitant, and rough-hewn efforts in large, major coastal port cities, this little midwestern burg has a TPO that’s virtually a roaring juggernaut. They’re training candidates and grassroots party orgoids from the level of precint captain on up — building an entire machine from the ground to the top-off tree. Hell, we even had Sean Hannity here (not to mention Glenn Reynolds) for the April 15th rally until Fox News got cold feet and yanked him back to New York.

Which might make other locales feel a tad inadequate. But it shouldn’t.

You see, as I should probably tire of repeating, but I can’t, the genesis of the Cincinnati TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party goes back almost twenty years, to the first year of the Clinton administration, with ex post facto tax hikes and Hillarycare in the offing. A local talk radio host, Mike McMurray (WCKY), organized a rally down on the riverfront, with guest speakers ranging from Rob Portman to Walter Williams to Willy Cunningham. And the TEA Party and the True Blue Patriots were eager participants.

So, when the the recent resurgence of grassroots energy began to flow, we already had the habit. So, of course our first tax day rally drew 7,000 and the one last week drew 10,000 paid attendees to the UC campus.

It was not an overnight success, is what I’m saying. The same names appear on the roster boards now who were in the van in ’93. So, if your city’s a bit lackluster today, remember it took us almost 20 years to get here. Cut your locals some slack. Give ‘em some time.

Better yet, jump in and give ‘em a hand.

Update: It looks as though the whole flap over Hannity’s sudden departure was due to Fox bigwig Roger Ailes’ being taken in by a Media Matters disinformation attack, which it looks to me like Debbie Schlussel is helping along. Thanks, Deb. With friends like you, who needs enemies?

Schlussel’s demands sound a lot like leftist agitprop, in the “When did you stop beating your wife?” vein, and evidence what looks to me like a desire to get a sniff of used underwear, rather than any reasonable questions. All parties involved should not only stonewall Schlussel, they should steamroll her until SHE demonstrates some loyalty to the cause. These matters of cost and expense accounting are none of her business, but are subject to regulatory review, which they will no doubt receive.

Ailes isn’t clear of fault on this by a long shot. An operative as experienced and savvy as he should know better than to get sucked into a George Soros black hole. If anybody’s done damage to the Fox brand in this matter, it is — as Insty regular, C.J. Burch observes — Ailes himself.

Censurious

IS IT JUST ME or does anybody else seem something … unseemly in the let’s-all-divvy-up-the-loot theme to the Census’s TV ads urging compliance? Not one I’ve seen yet mentions the actual, constitutional reason for the Census — to apportion representatives to Congress. Instead, it’s all about “one for you, two for me” with stolen goods.

My only reason for hope for the American people is that large numbers of us have always been greedy parasites. That never changes. Which makes me think the patriotic individualists can prevail once more.

To Leftists

WHO ARE ALL SO inauthentic that every man-jack of them has to “invent” himself, Obama’s self-invention is remarkable only for its rapidity.

Sincerity. Once you learn how to fake that, you’ve got it made.

Indeed, Baby Doll. Indeed.

(Hat tip: Insty.)

They DO Exist!

SPOTTED FRIDAY MORNING RUSH HOUR at the light at Berry and the Avenue, Bellevue, Kentucky:

A black Lincoln Town Car, “official” plates, driver in front, toff in back…

Obama/Biden sticker on the bumper.

Limousine liberals DO exist! Who’d ha’ thunk it?

Prolly descending from the Big House on the Hill to another day among the hoi polloi.

No doubt.

Yeah. Right

HE FITS right in.

You’re kidding me! That’s a setup. That guy can’t be a fer-real provocateur. NOBODY could fall for anything so…

Transparent? Remember, Dolly, we’re talking about the media, here. You know, Dapper Dan and the MagicalWord Processor? No, that’s not a Photoshop? We believe everything that terrorists, dictators, and other evildoers tell us, but have to verify what the Israelis tell us?

They’d buy it, huh?

Yea. And verily, evennn.

If This Intel Can

BE VERIFIED THEN it seems to me that the appropriate response to this provocation would be a decapitation strike. Regime change. Glassy fields.

The Russians seem to be good at that. Maybe they’d school us.

The little teapot dictator-slash-Hitler wannabe, Achmed-Dinnerjacket, keeps mouthing off. And the closer they get (so they’d have us believe) to having their very own personal nukes, the more belligerent the mouthoffs seem to get. Almost like they were trying to hide something. Like… maybe their nukage isn’t as far along as they want us to believe?

Trouble with that is, you start making threats, people start taking you seriously.

They tell you not to even joke about bombs or hijackings at airports. Same rule ought to apply here. Don’t start nothin’, won’t be nothin’.

I REQUIRE You

TO GO and read this essay.

It is your patriotic duty.

If you take nothing else away from it, let it be this: there is no validity, no justice, no righteousness in ANY position taken by the so-called Democratic Party (of wannabe tyrants), its myrmidons and fellow travellers.

NONE.

They. Are. Wrong.

They. Are. Not. To be. Tolerated.

If You Remember

THE ’60s…

You weren’t really there.

That always was bullshit. If you don’t remember the times, you were probably too stoned to have participated much. But that doesn’t mean everybody else was, too.

But if you do remember, you’ll remember the period was infused with a kind of optimism — a hopeful belief (however naive) that a mass movement of people could affect real, lasting change.

I see the same kind of hope, albeit closer to being fulfilled, in the Tea Party movement.

Just a Reminder

THE MAN DESCRIBED at Power Line Monday morning (here) is NOT a liberal, but a statist monster.

Keep it in mind.

That is all.

Happy Birthday Toni!

Labor Unions Are Despicable

THEY VITIATE rights of property, free association, movement, and commerce. They utilize coercion to gain their ends. They exercise monopoly power in the most unnatural way possible — with state connivance. Even in those situations made of hard choices where they have claimed to have come to the aid of the downtrodden, there was state connivance and the kind of dirty power politics exhibited today by the AFL/CIO. While my heart aches for the wage slaves that unions purport to aid, I can’t escape the fact that they seek to right one sin by committing another, greater one. That, now, as their power and influence wanes, they seek to expand their base by ever-more-despicable methods only serves as an appositive.

Look for the union label, then buy the other one.

This Layman’s Perspective

ON JUDGE DIANE WOOD is that, on the basis of the decision discussed here, not only is she absolutely unsuited for the Supreme Court, she should be impeached and removed from the bench instanter.

It needs to be made crystal clear to all in the Senate that we will not stand for a statist replacement for Justice Stevens. Any Senator who fails to apprehend and internalize this will not only be defeated at the ballot box, he will be subject to whatever other methods available to the people exist to remove him or her from office. Nor should a replacement be approved in advance of the 2010 election. Attempts to ram one through on any basis should be met with a full-court press of resistance.

This is an absolute. Binary. Black-and-white. No more statists on the Supreme Court. Ever.

There Is No Such Thing

AS A CONFLICT within the Constitution. There are only mis-readings of the text. It is hilarious, however — as pointed out by Mike Vanderboegh here — when statists strain mightily to find conflict where one only exists between the founding charter and their unconstitutional desires.

A Textbook Example

OF THE FATAL FLAW inherent to the fatuous notion that “there are two sides to every story.”

To paraphrase the song (There are two sides to this great big world/And one of them is always night), while there may be two sides to every story, one of them is usually, objectively wrong.

Mark my words: leftists will insist that the replacement for the retiring leftist — a so-called (scorn quotes) “liberal” — Supreme Court Associate JusticeJohn Paul Stevens be someone of a similar stripe to “maintain balance” on the court.

The problem with this should be obvious once you understand this (if you don’t already):

The justices on the Right insist that the law be interpreted to mean what it says, whereas the justices on the Left insist that the law be interpreted to mean what they believe it should say. Given that the law is meant to say what it says, it can be readily seen that the leftist perspective is perverted, and that there is no justice in their positions.

Keep that in mind as you listen to the debate in the coming months.

Drinking the Nyquil

I’M NOT EXACTLY THE BEST person to give advice on blogging. After all, I’ve been at it for eight years this month, and — check it out — still triple-digit traffic. Weekly. But I would offer this one: if you have a brand, you owe it to yourself — and the brand — to have your own storefront. Yes, it’s wonderful to have a forum with wider circulation than you could get on your own to showcase your stuff. But at the same time, you should make a place that’s yours and yours alone. Get your own blog.

I’m talking to YOU, Robin of Berkeley. Who gets more traffic for a single essay than I get in a month of frantic blogging.

Who has coined a phrase worthy of wide and far distribution.

Drinking the Nyquil

Perfect.

We in the Right have long spoken of Drinking the Kool-Aid for senseless loayalty to an apparently suicidal ideological sticking point — a sly reference to the Jonestown suicides of Jim Jones’s cult followers. The cyanide-laced Kool-Aid will kill you quick, but you are forced by your beliefs to drink it nonetheless.

But the Nyquil doesn’t kill you. It merely dulls your senses, makes you dopey and amotivational, and colors your world-view.

Brilliant.

But get a blog.

What a Free Press is For

I HEARD IN PASSING that a court somewhere had granted an appeal on First Amendment grounds of a wonderful jury verdict against the despicable and odious Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church congregation in the matter of the family of a fallen Marine. I didn’t pay it much mind because, well — check it out — First Amendment and free speech and all that. It’s an uncomfortable fact of life in a free country that the really hard cases at the margins of liberty involve people worthy of your and my despite. Nazis in Skokie, and the like.

Well, nazzo fast, Guido, as the saying goes. Thursday morning comes the lovely and gracious Ann Coulter.

In an opinion that may have been written by Heidi Montag, a federal court of appeals recently threw out a jury verdict in favor of a father, Albert Snyder, who had sued protesters at his son Matthew’s funeral for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Solely because Matthew was a Marine, a Kansas-based cult, consisting mostly of members of a single family, traveled to Maryland in order to stand outside Matthew’s funeral with placards saying things like, “God Loves Dead Soldiers,” “God Hates You,” “You’re Going to Hell,” “Semper Fi Fags,” “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “Thank God for IEDs” and “God Hates Fags.”

But wait, it gets funnier.

The cult’s leader/father is Fred Phelps, who calls America a “sodomite nation of flag-worshipping idolaters.” Since you won’t read it anyplace else, Phelps has run for public office five times — as a Democrat.

Yes. Right. THAT bunch. As I have observed elsewhere, it apparently never has occurred to these cranks that perhaps God hates Fred Phelps. But that’s almost irrelevent to the story.

And here’s the part where, if the press were doing its job, there is a central fact of which not only you and I, but also the idiot judge(s) who wrote that decision would have been painfully aware, and had that awareness brought front-and-center in our daily thoughts: Congress — nor any legislature — may not make any law barring in advance any particular speech or type of speech, it is true. This is a bedrock principle of our republic. But, equally true is this: all rights bear with them responsibilities. And primary among those responsibilities is that one bear the consequencs of one’s actions.

For example, and has recently been tardily acknowledged by the courts, you have the right to go armed in your own defense. But you must plan for and consider the consequences should you choose to use your arms to prevent your being “carried by six,” for you will inevitably be “tried by twelve.” No, they won’t bury you, but your choices will be tried as matters of fact before a jury of your peers. Be sure what you do with your right is … the right thing to do.

And, yes, one does have the right — pace idiotic conventional wisdom — to shout “FIRE” in a crowded theater. Indeed, circumstances are imaginable in which such utterance would be considered mandatory — to the extent where failure to do so might bring down the full weight and majesty of the law on one’s head. However, if one’s utterance were to cause a panic, with subsequent loss of life in a stampede, rather than the safe and timely exit of the inhabitants of said theater, one might be equally responsible. A cautious, prudent, moderate course, informing the audience, players, and crew of the danger in a manner calculated to elicit the desired response — that safe and orderly exit of the premises — is the desired social end. A free, self-governing people will, in times of extreme peril, bring forth individuals who can tread that path. It is left up to the people, therefor, to govern themselves.

Just so in the case at hand. As la Coulter explains:

Snyder [the father of the fallen Marine] has appealed his case to the Supreme Court, and now the court will have to decide whether the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED) can ever exist in a country with a First Amendment.

Unlike many legal concepts, the tort of IIED is not an obscure legal doctrine written in pig Latin. It means what it says: speech or conduct specifically intended to inflict emotional distress. The usual description of the tort of IIED is that a reasonable man viewing the conduct would react by saying, “That’s outrageous!”

The Second Restatement of Torts (1965) defines IIED as conduct “so outrageous in character, and so extreme in degree, as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.”

As a respected New York judge, Judith Kaye, described it, “The tort is as limitless as the human capacity for cruelty.” Inasmuch as IIED claims are made based on all manner of insults, rudeness, name-calling and petty affronts, the claim is often alleged, but rarely satisfied.

But if a group of lunatics standing outside the funeral of a fallen American serviceman with hateful signs about the deceased does not constitute intentional infliction of emotional distress, then there is no such tort recognizable in America anymore.

Have you heard of IIED in the popular press, or even on the chin-pulling Sunday shows on broadcast and cable TV, or on NPR radio? I’d bet you haven’t. And yet, the stalwarts of those fine institutions would be pleased to inform you, were you to ask, that their job includes inquiry into such matters, as a bulwark of American rights and freedoms. The People’s Right to Know, don’t you know.

And you would be right to call bullshit on them.

Too many times, the reporter — in any medium — tries to pass off a cheap and trite he-said/she-said as a report of the facts, when that is merely the statements of the contending parties. Too often, the actual facts of the matter — which would instantly (in more cases than not) render the words of one party or the other irrelevant — are left to the listener’s or the reader’s imagination. Or prior knowledge.

So I ask you: at what point does the right of freedom of the press carrying with it the concommitant responsibility to speak objective truth, become a mere license? What is the purpose of a free press but to inform a free people? And, while, yes, the right to publish freely includes the right not to publish, who is to judge whether the responsibilities bundled with the right are properly discharged when the press fails to inform the people? Where is the jury of the media’s peers?

Cross-posted at Eternity Road.

Wull

If the models are as flawed as critics say, Schmidt said, “You have to ask yourself, ‘How come they work?'”

Wull… They don’t. That’s kinda the point.

(Hat tip: Tom Nelson.)

Our Irony Challenged President

READS DR. SEUSS’S Green Eggs and Ham to a crowd of children, apparently unaware that allegory is still an accepted form of satire.

WHAT!? (She said, with a sinking feeling she suspects the answer already.)

Attend me, now, Dolly.

::AHEM::

I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
I do not like
green eggs and ham.

I would not like them
here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.

I do not like
green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

I do not like them
in a house.
I do not like them
with a mouse.
I do not like them
here or there.
I do not like them
anywhere.
I do not like
green eggs and ham.
I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.

Not in a box.
Not with a fox.
Not in a house.
Not with a mouse.
I would not eat them
here or there.
I would not eat them anywhere.
I would not eat green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

But, says Barack Sam-I-am Obama, you will eat them, like or not.

Now ya get it?

Gee. How could I be any less surprised?

Quote of the Day

The incomparable success of Marxism is due to the prospect it offers of fulfilling those dream-aspirations and dreams of vengeance which have been so deeply embedded in the human soul from time immemorial. It promises a Paradise on earth, a Land of Heart’s Desire full of happiness and enjoyment, and — sweeter still to the losers in life’s game — humiliation of all who are stronger and better than the multitude. Logic and reasoning, which might show the absurdity of such dreams of bliss and revenge, are to be thrust aside. Marxism is thus the most radical of all reactions against the reign of scientific thought over life and action, established by Rationalism. It is against Logic, against Science and against the activity of thought itself — its outstanding principle is the prohibition of thought and inquiry, especially as applied to the institutions and workings of a socialist economy. It is characteristic that it should adopt the name “Scientific Socialism” and thus gain the prestige acquired by Science, through the indisputable success of its rule over life and action, for use in its own battle against any scientific contribution to the construction of the socialist economy. The Bolshevists persistently tell us that religion is opium for the people. Marxism is indeed opium for those who might take to thinking and must therefore be weaned from it.

–Ludwig von Mises
Socialism

Doc Merc Over at Maggie’s

FARM HAS GOT the NCIS bug, and he’s fallen for it bad. (That’s good.) He puts up a thoughtful essay every week. (Here’s the latest.) The essays insight (pun int) a brief if lively discussion from fans of Maggie’s who are also NCIS fans. Yes, you can get at least two circles on any Venn diagram to intersect on the Innertubez.

I mention that to mention this:

In a past episode, Mossad Director Eli David (Michael Nouri), the father of hot-cha Mossad assassin, Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), asks NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), “Tell me, Leon. Are we winning?” Meaning the fight of free societies against the howling darkness of nihilism and chaos, but more generally the fight of good against evil.

Vance’s answer dances on the edge of being cute.

The real answer, I think, is that “we” are not, cannot, and will never be “winning.” The best we can expect is to fight evil to a draw. Evil, like the poor, is with us always. But what is definitely for certain is this: if we stop fighting, we will most assuredly lose.

And that’s your thought for this, the first day of the rest of your life.

Spotted In Passing

AT CLIMATE DEPOT … and it set off a train of thought. OK, well, a quick spark of snark, m’kay?

Algore wrote (in February) on his blog (no I’m not going to link) that John Kerry should encourage anger.

“I want you to go out there and start knocking on doors and telling people this has to happen,” Kerry said during a conference hosted by labor, farming, military veteran and environmental groups. “You know if the Tea Party folks can go out there and get angry because they think their taxes are too high, for God’s sake, a lot of citizens ought to get angry about the fact that they’re being killed and our planet is being injured by what’s happening on a daily basis by the way we provide our power and our fuel and the old practices we have. That’s something worth getting angry about.”

“They’re being killed…” Hmmm. TO borrow a trope from Doctor Zero, Did you die yesterday? No? Didn’t think so. Neither did I. So,obviously, Kerry is being ridiculous and is off his rocker.

<loucostello>SAME AS YOU!</loucostello>

Reducing Our Dependence

ON “FOREIGN” OIL… (scorn quotes). Tell me, Mr. Soetoro, which “foreign” regime threatens American interests? Canada (Number 1 supplier)? Mexico (Number 2)? Your good buddy, Oogo Chavez in Venezuela (Number 3)? Russia (number 4)?

OK. I’ll give you the last two. But, for the sake of comparison, Canada sells us — that’s right, sells us — more than the entire Persian Gulf region combined. Almost twice as much.

And you know — you must, the way you’ve been insulting them lately — that the Canadians are sworn enemies of the U.S.

Ucking fidiot.

Look. You people who claim Obama is smart need to get your heads examined. First, he embraces collectivism: prima facie evidence of weak-mindedness. Second: just because he’s a glib smooth talker does not necessarily mean he’s intelligent. It just means he’s memorized his lines. Sort of. ::cough::teleprompter::cough::

Doctor Zero

“WE SHOULD WAIT TO SEE what happens … when we put it into place.”

Because, you know, we’re utterly bereft of the imagination and intelligence necessary to noodle the outcome beforehand.

Care to double down on that “smart” thing?