Friday, June 29, 2012

It's The Only Thing That Makes Sense

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hmmm....Well, At Least It's Something....

"Oh, and as I mentioned earlier, because John Roberts concluded it was a tax, the Democrats cannot filibuster its repeal because of the same reconciliation procedure the Democrats used to pass it."

ObamaCare Ruling Actually Worse Than I Thought

America lost big on this one. Tom Scocca at Slate argues that Chief Justice John Roberts actually puts limits on the Commerce clause now and that while Obama won today, the proponents of unlimited Commerce clause power actually lost. The main problem with the Commerce clause was always that presidents or congresses were always trying to stretch the definition of what commerce was. Thanks to this ruling, the Commerce clause is weakened but the power of government to tax now applies to the ability to compel commerce. You don't have to buy a buggy whip or a typewriter, but you can be taxed if you don't. The power of taxation becomes limitless. FU America.

ObamaCare Upheld

No, I Changed My Mind, I Think ObamaCare Is Going Down

Yeah, I know, jinx, but I went back and listened to the arguments in front of the Supreme Court and their reaction to it and I think they'll undo it. Yeah shut up, I don't care. I want to think that their arguments actually have something to do with how they are going to vote. Call me crazy. But anyways, after re-listening to some of their arguments, they (and I'm including some of the Liberal justices) didn't seem to like the mandate. Especially when it was argued that the government can do this because they have the power to tax. I also forgot how badly the Solicitor General did. So 5 to 4 against the mandate and the entire bill. And Justice Breyer is painful to listen to.

Update 6/28: 5-4 and ObamaCare and the mandate is upheld. Except it's not a mandate, it's a tax. Weird, I thought Congress went out of it's way to avoid it being a tax. Anyway, like most people, I thought if it went in support of ObamaCare, it would be Justice Kennedy who would be the squishy vote, which is why I changed my mind about the ruling because he didn't sound terribly squishy in his questioning. Who would have thought the major consideration in this ruling would be someone's legacy rather than the constitutionality of a government power grab?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Obama Decides To Only Enforce The Laws That Don't Interfere With His Reelection

Like his usual dickish self, Obama is now choosing to not deport illegal immigrants because there's an election this year and he needs to rub it in someone's face. Here's a lovely quote.

When asked if Arizona will be forced to release illegal immigrants once the federal government refuses to pick them up, the officials declined to respond. “Only the federal government may enforce the law,” said one official, citing the Supreme Court’s June 25 decision.

So proud. Allahpundit thinks that he's just being a political opportunist trying to excite the Hispanic vote but if there's one thing we've learned in four years of the Imperial Presidency it's that Obama is no smart pol (ask the Catholics). I keep going back to my maxim for Obama; If you want to understand why Obama is doing something, just think less of him. Obama could have suspended immigration agreements with Arizona a long time ago. In fact, he could have made it some big deal along with his amnesty thing from a few weeks ago. He could have called it The Obama Doctrine On Immigration And Republican Grandma Abusers. It also would have mooted the Supreme Court ruling today. Now it looks like another loss for Obama on the most controversial part of Arizona's immigration law when he could have just told Hispanics a long time ago that he was going to do this and that he had their back or whatever. Instead, he did it today right after the ruling which makes me think it has more to do with the Supreme Court than it does with Arizona and Hispanics. And speaking of Hispanics...

I don't understand Obama's policy on "amnesty" that he offered a bit ago to buy some votes. He's allowing work visas for illegal immigrants that have to be renewed in two years. And while the mainstream media has been trying to put Romney on the spot by asking him if he will renew their immigration status, not a single reporter has asked if Obama will renew these work visas. And before you say, "But, of course he will! He's magic!", just remember the amnesty he offered (to get votes) when he was first running for president. He had a filibuster-proof Congress and where did that go? In two years, Obama won't need Hispanic votes anymore if he's reelected. And don't think that's been forgotten by Hispanics. But anyways...

Obama has demonstrated more than a few times that he's a prissy little girl when it comes to dissent, and winning three provisions of SB1070 but losing the fourth in today's ruling must have seemed like some outrageous lèse-majesté to him. Which is why I think this was more a middle finger to the Supreme Court in anticipation of the ass-handing-to that he's going to get on Thursday. He's telling the justices that if things don't go His Majesty's way he's just going to find a way to ignore them. Either that or he's just being a dick.

The White Album Was Too Long

So I shortened it.

Side One
  1. Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  2. Sexy Sadie
  3. Blackbird
  4. I'm So Tired
  5. Don't Pass Me By
  6. Why Don't We Do It In The Road
  7. Helter Skelter
Side Two
  1. Revolution 1
  2. Back In The U.S.S.R.
  3. Dear Prudence
  4. Yer Blues
  5. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I heard the reason the White Album had so many songs on it was that the Beatles' egos wouldn't let them pare it down to a single album. But now that they're all dead their egos can't get in the way so why not mess with what should have been a pretty good album with no filler? George Martin mentioned in his book how he arranged the sides of Beatles albums so I stuck with that. Start each side with two good songs and finish each side with a good (longer?) song and let the other songs fill in the rest. Or something like that. So that's what I did. And no freakin' Revolution 9.

Monday, June 25, 2012

It's ObamaCare Prediction Time

I don't know. That's my prediction. Actually my prediction will be 5-4 whichever way it goes but I learned after the Kelo decision that members of the Supreme Court are functionally illiterate. They can sound out the words but they don't know what they mean. So even though the arguments a few months ago sounded somewhat anti-the-Constitution-is-toilet-paper, I expect unresolving gibberish followed by annoyed caterwauling. Or hysterical caterwauling if they strike it down. In which case I'll need to buy some champagne.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Things I Suddenly Realized All Of A Sudden

  • If man were meant to reattach appendages, he would have been born with a styrofoam cooler filled with ice.
  • Shouldn't 12:00 noon be followed by an M instead of PM?
  • Charlize Theron is African-American.
  • People always do things for the hell of it, but does anyone ever do things for the heaven of it?
  • Atheists don't play chess.
  • There are only three "stars" in any sports league. There can be less, but not more.
  • So Jessica Fletcher just happens to be around all of those murders and no one catches on?
  • John Lennon was a horrible person.
  • There's no such thing as medical marijuana.
  • Lawrence of Arabia is a horribly overrated movie.
  • I really need a soda slave.
  • If horses played basketball, we'd need to change the rules for traveling. Or just not call it anymore like they do in the NBA.
  • Why isn't Batman a vampire?

Hey, Remember That One Scene From The Second GodFather Movie...

The one where Michael Corleone is relating a story about the Cuban rebel blowing himself up with a grenade at Hyman Roth's party?

Corleone: But it occurred to me, the soldiers are paid to fight, the rebels aren't.
Roth: What does that tell you?
Corleone: They can win.

Oh, and on a completely unrelated note, Obama is paying his rebels. He didn't have to do that in the last election. What does that tell you?

And The Award Goes To...

A lot of stuff happened today (now yesterday) and since I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said it's time to do something as pointless as giving awards to millionaire actors; giving awards to random events and the people associated with those events!

And now the technically awards.

Best Recognition Of The Fortieth Anniversary Of Watergate

Barack Obama! What better way to celebrate than to invoke executive privilege to protect his Attorney General from allegations that he allowed guns to "run" to drug cartels which for some reason led to the murder of hundreds of people?

Best Getting Your Hojos Handed To You Award

Barack Obama! For filing a complaint with the FEC because those goshdurn Re-thug-licans were refusing to disclose donor information on the same day he invokes executive privilege to uh.. nevermind. Transpare-licious!

Best Quote Award

This one! - "Even with his fawning press, [President Obama] will pay a price for this one. He knows this, meaning that the documents now to be withheld must be dynamite. They have to show either that Holder knew what was going on with Fast and Furious and approved it, or that he directly committed perjury in his Congressional testimony, or both. I just can’t see any other explanation for such a risky move."

Best Quote In A Video Format

Barack Obama!

Best Misunderstanding Of The Press Award

Everyone! I read in more than a few places that the media will now have to cover Fast and Furious because Holder is being held in contempt of court, but seriously, even with a full House of Representatives' vote next week this news will be shuffled out after the ObamaCare Supreme Court ruling. After all, the LightBringer must be protected.

Best Disappearance Of A Political Figure Award

Mitt Romney! I was going to give it to those Democrats who aren't going to the Democratic Convention because being seen with Barack Obama is so horrifyingly toxic (tell me again how Obama is going to win reelection), but nothing from Romney about Obama invoking executive privilege on the Fast and Furious scandal? Not even a non-comment like, "I find these charges very troubling" or "Congress has a duty to blah blah blah" or something?

Best Analogy For The Obama Administration Award

Barack Obama! His campaign is spending more than it takes in.

Best Impending Doom Threatening To Destroy The World Award

No, it's not SMOD 2012 or the Mayan apocalypse. It's the U.S. economy! Woo!! (And no, Europe or China are not bringing us down. We're falling under our own weight. If Europe was "doing fine" we would still be in deep squid.)

All winners will be awarded with a notification that the author of The Javelina Bomb had the fish and chips at Pete's Fish And Chips in Phoenix, Arizona. Maybe. Unless I get busy with something.