Right Thinking From The Left Coast
The Government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. - Mark Twain

Monday, January 31, 2011

DOH! Well, not really.

Those of us that knew better expected this to happen.

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional on Monday in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the reform law’s so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void,” he wrote, “This has been a difficult decision to reach and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications.” Referring to a key provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Vinson sided with governors and attorneys general from 26 U.S. states, almost all of whom are Republicans, in declaring the Obama healthcare reform unconstitutional.

“Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals in passing the act, Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution,” Vinson, who was appointed to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan, ruled.

Really? Congress must remain within the limits of what the Constitution tells it is allowed to do? How novel an idea! These democrats don’t care much for the constitution unless they can use it as an excuse to expand the power of government and take over 1/5th of the US economy is just too rich a bounty to let pass. Their response?

The Obama administration said it would appeal Vinson’s ruling and believed it would prevail on a highly politicized issue likely to end up at the Supreme Court. “We strongly disagree with the court’s ruling today and continue to believe—as other federal courts have found—that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional,” Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said.

That means they intend to force the judicial branch to ignore the constitution and wholesale invent another new “right” that you won’t find in the Constitution, and as usual it benefits the statists over the people, at the expense of their freedoms and all for a false security that will evaporate if these crooks ever get their way. And they are pulling out all the stops:

“This lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt by those who want to raise taxes on small businesses, increase prescription prices for seniors and allow insurance companies to once again deny sick children medical care,” said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.

“Healthcare reform is the law of the land and, now that Americans see its benefits, a majority of them oppose Republicans’ dangerous plans to repeal a law that put patients in control of their own healthcare,” he said.

The CHILRUN! If you don’t want government to control healthcare you hate children, the poor, seniors, puppy dogs, and are a shill for insurance companies. The same companies that the left helped create this fooked system where our costs are out of control in BTW. No Harry, this lawsuit was an attempt to stop government from owning us as if we were its serfs. And the only Americans that like this plan seem to be the ones that don’t have to be covered by it or the usual group that thinks they are entitled to everything at other people’s expense. Pfeh to both of them. The usual suspects in the MSM won’t tell yout judge is right BTW, but he is.

UPDATE: This is just to good to be true. Hope it was entered into the record. I expect a “What’s the memaning of these words” lawyerese defense like the whole Clinton “What’s the meaning of IS” moment. The beast can only live if they force us all to purchase insurance. Without that power, they are doomed.

UPDATE 2: Not surprised at all. In fact I suspected these morons would end up acting like total tools once the law bitchslapped this thing silly:

Liberal pundits who have consulted liberal law professors about liberals’ great achievement—ObamaCare—are pronouncing the ruling by Judge Roger Vinson to be much to do about nothing. The ruling is. . . um. . . thinking of a case liberals hate. . . um. . . just like Bush v. Gore ! (Except it has nothing to do with the Equal Protection Clause or any other aspect of that case.) It is, we are told, “curious,” “odd,” or “unconventional.”

These are complaints, not legal arguments. And they suggest that the left was totally unprepared for the constitutional attack on their beloved handiwork. After all, the recent mocking by the left of conservatives’ reverence for the Constitution suggests they are mystified that a 200-year old document could get in the way of their historic achievement. They are truly nonplussed, and so they vamp, not with reasoned analysis but with an outpouring of adjectives.

Liberals are particularly perturbed by Judge Vinson’s ruling on severability, the determination as to whether the individual mandate is so central to the law as to make the law unrecognizable and unenforceable without it. But here, the left has only the administration and the Democratic Congress to blame. From the opinion (the defendants are the Obama officials):

Having determined that the individual mandate exceeds Congress’ power under the Commerce Clause, and cannot be saved by application of the Necessary and Proper Clause, the next question is whether it is severable from the remainder of the Act. In considering this issue, I note that the defendants have acknowledged that the individual mandate and the Act’s health insurance reforms, including the guaranteed issue and community rating, will rise or fall together as these reforms “cannot be severed from the [individual mandate].”

Oops. Not some crazy judge, but the administration was the source of the notion that the individual mandate can’t be severed from the rest of the law.

Emphasis mine. Obama’s team defended this idiotic mandate to force people to buy insurance on the ground that it was integral and not to be separated from the rest. Now the libs are claiming the judge is CRAZY! for keeping them to their word in his opinion that the entire law is thus bad. Can’t have it both ways libs. If you had not been playing asshat, you would have known this shit wasn’t going to fly. I guess now they will have to rely on a Rham Emmanuel maneuver where some corrupt court gives them a chance. Me, I bet this gets three strikes all the way up to the SCOTUS unless we have some activist judge inventing shit as the left always does.

UPDATE 3: More bad news for the left after this ruling. It seems the NYT and the WaPo are trying hard to pretend this isn’t so, but they are basically pulling shit out of their arse according to the facts as they exist.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/31/11 at 04:33 PM in Deep Thoughts   Elections   Election 2010   Health Care   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Can You Hear Me Now?

As before, we see that good will always triumph because evil is dumb:

A “Black Widow” suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year’s Eve but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early, according to Russian security sources.

The unnamed woman, who is thought to be part of the same group that struck Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on Monday, intended to detonate a suicide belt near Red Square on New Year’s Eve in an attack that could have killed hundreds.

Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house.

Apparently, using cell phones in this fashion is pretty common.  It’s not clear how many terrorist have figured out the “do not call” thing.

We’ve heard stories like this before: from terrorists setting off bombers with group hugs to terrorists poisoning or exploding themselves trying to assemble bombs (the latter being the pinnacle achievement of the Weather Underground).  I realize this might have gone very badly had she been successful in her attack.  But I think of some ideology-addled idiot sitting in a safe house and the moment of panic that must have hit in the split second between the ring tone and the explosion, I can’t help but laugh.  It sounds like something out of the Simpsons:

Terrorist 1: Hold on.  I just want to send a message to Osama wishing him good luck on his suicide bomb.  {Hits ‘send’.  Explosion in distance} Oh, yeah, right.  Um ... we got any more volunteers?

And these guys think they’re going to take over the world.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/31/11 at 12:01 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Nickels and Dimes on the Brain

You know, there are some liberal pundits whose influence I can understand.  Paul Krugman, for example, is frequently wrong but at least won a Nobel Prize and has said some right things about trade.  So I can understand why people pay attention to him.  Ezra Klein is at least honest and brings facts to the table—it was his writing that brought Paul Ryan to my attention.  There are others—Ta-Nehisi Coates, Matthew Yglesias, Glenn Greenwald—who I profoundly disagree with but have a least a modicum of respect for.

But there is a group of liberal pundits—people like Naomi Klein and Thomas Frank and Michael Moore—who are so frequently wrong, so frequently idiotic, so easily debunked that I’m puzzled why anyone pays attention to them.  Well you can throw Barbara Ehrenreich into that pile.  She continues to prove that her book Nickled and Dimed (or How to Stay Poor and Fail in America by Really Really Trying) was just the tip of the idiot iceberg:

Why are Americans such wusses? Threaten the Greeks with job losses and benefit cuts and they tie up Athens, but take away Americans’ jobs, 401(k)s, even their homes, and they pretty much roll over. Tell British students that their tuition is about to go up and they take to the streets; American students just amp up their doses of Prozac.

Well mainly, because Americans aren’t as stupid as the Greeks and certainly not as stupid as college students of any nationality.  These people believe that governments can be an endless source of money—that all we need to is raise taxes or “cut waste” and more money can magically appear. Most Americans do not believe this.  Their over-riding concern right now is debt—personal debt, national debt, future debt.

Second of all, what the fuck is Ehrenreich talking about?  The Greeks and Brits are responding to ... actual budget cuts.  Our problem is this country is that our budgets are not being cut.  Bloated civil service payrolls, massive pensions and endless entitlements remain.  Ehrenreich wonders why college students aren’t protesting.  Well, that’s probably because they have nothing to complain about.  The Fed has increased education aide massively over the last decade, resulting in bloated university administration, incredible amenities and a declining personal cost at a bargain price of $100 billion a year.

And just who is this mysterious agency taking away people’s “jobs, 401(k)s, even their homes”?  My 403(b) is diminished, but no one has “taken” it from me (and its value was inflated by a bubble anyway).  If I lose my home, I’m going to lose it to the bank—you know, the people who actually own it.

Now what Ehrenreich may be trying to get at—it’s always hard to tell with her muddled writing—is that Americans should be mad that the banks that contributed to the bailout and the politicians who created the situation have gotten off scott free.  The banks got bailed out but didn’t have to fire anyone.  Congressmen got re-elected.

That is something to be mad about.  And indeed, Americans have protested against that.  You may have heard of it—it’s called the Tea Party.  I mean, I know the Tea Party are a bunch of racist redneck goobers.  But the bailouts and the economy are a big part of what they’re angry about.  And two of the biggest architects of our financial catastrophe—Chris Dodd and Barney Frank—were not exactly favorites of the Tea Party.

Ah, but as we will find out, Ehrenreich’s real purpose is to, in fact, bash the very Tea Party that is producing the protests she wants.  She goes on about how Glenn Beck’s listeners have been giving hell to Frances Fox Piven.  Piven, a college professor, penned an essay that is what Ehrenreich’s opening salvo would like to be when it grows up.  In it, she calls for mass protests of the jobless for public works programs.  Fox has been getting a heavy dose of threats and harassment.  (As Jim could tell you, Left wing pundits never ever highlight obscure commentators so that their followers can harass and threaten them).  So Ehrenreich argues, I think, that this is chilling any protests that might arise.  Gun ownership comes in for a requisite bashing as well.  And the Gabby Giffords’ shooting is used as ... actually, I’m not sure what it’s used as.

It’s ridiculous that Beck has focused on an otherwise obscure academic and labelled her “an enemy of the Constitution”.  And it’s terrible that people are threatening her.  But this has nothing to do with anything, as Conor Friersdorf demonstrates:

– The subset of Glenn Beck Web commenters who issue threats is perhaps the shoddiest data set in the history of bullshit extrapolation. Really, this is embarassing.

– Decades later, it’s easy to romanticize protests where American laborers took to the streets in times of economic turmoil. But as I well know from reading up on Depression-era labor strikes in California alone, those events were often driven by the desperation of people without anything resembling the safety net Americans enjoy today, and they often turned violent, sometimes due to rabble rousing protestors, other times because of overzealous riot police. Street protests themselves signal a failure of politics and policy, not a triumph.

– Say what you will about Glenn Beck, but it’s odd to criticize him for lessening the grass-roots mojo of Americans: he’s the guy who filled the national mall with his fans, a huge backer of Tea Party rallies all over the United States, and the inspiration for the Jon Stewart counter-rally for that matter. What a weird moment to write a long piece about how Americans aren’t taking to the streets anymore.

– Given the membership of the NRA and the profile of Tea Party demonstrators, it sure seems to me like gun owners are more likely to engage in politics in addition to buying guns, not less likely because they feel as if they’ve already said their piece by arming up.

“Really, this is embarrassing.” Too right.  But it’s become a more and more common meme among the Left.  Why are here no big protests?  Oh, sorry, we meant Left wing protests.  We need rabble rousing!  Oh, but not Glenn Beck’s rabble rousing.  Sigh.  We wish we’d been born back when America was a more desperate, more impoverished and more violent place.

It’s a bunch of crap. To fix our economic situation, we need a stable debt situation, a streamlined tax and regulatory structure and less politicization of investment and development. Americans, thankfully, know this will not be achieved by screaming and yelling and rioting.  It will be achieved the way Americans usually achieve things—by putting our shoulder into it and working our asses off.  It will be achieved by competent leadership.  And it will especially be achieved by ignoring over-educated Lefties pining for a bygone age of political activism that never existed.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/31/11 at 07:41 AM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Is Winston Smith working for Time now?
by HARLEY

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Yes, this is a real time magazine cover.
The GREAT COMMUNICATOR, photoshoped with the GREAT BLUNDER.

The total lack of historical perspective is evident here. Reagan made major pushes to slow the growth of government, when he could, the Media and democrats labeled him as a monster trying to kill old people ad strip them of there social security and such, my how times change. NOW, it seems the media is trying to play Obama off as a protege of Reagan, any one see the irony?

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Egypt In Chaos

Rather than post one selective slice of the story, I’ll point you at Sullivan’s blog.  As with the eruptions in Iran and Tunisia (and now, possibly, Yemen), there are few websites doing a better job of keeping on top of this rapidly developing story.  It’s interesting how good his blog is when it involves subjects other than Sarah Palin’s uterus.

I have no idea what’s going to happen here.  Mubarak might remain in power.  Or the Mulsim Brotherhood might take over.  Or maybe, just maybe, the Egyptians will navigate between the Islamist Scylla and Mubarak Charybdis and emerge sane on the other side.

Tyrants, semi-tyrants and elected thugs are shaking all over the Middle East right now.  And it’s all their own fault.  It’s not just the oppression; it’s the huge baby boom they encouraged among their people.  The age distribution in these countries is so skewed toward the young that it’s only a matter of time until, one by one, they fall.

I’m also relieved that Obama is reacting to these events the way he should—by keeping us the hell out of it.

Update: Mubarak has apparently dissolved the government.  Hold onto your butts.  That two regimes in two weeks that have fallen, both of which were kinda-sorta helpful in our WOT.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/28/11 at 09:43 AM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Just to piss off muirgy, some truth about our economic problems..

I probably should not be doing more of this because all it gets me is insane and irrelevant rants from muirgy, but CATO has an awesome piece that shows that the problem is the crazy spending that demcorats have pushed, and that spending cuts are key to returning to fiscal sanity. Get that? S-P-E-N-D-I-N-G C-U-T-S!. And these numbers come from the CBO itself.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/28/11 at 05:13 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Elections   Election 2010   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WH to politicize the Giffords targedy, anyway!

In order to better take control of the populous, a tyrannical government’s first action is to deny law abiding citizens the right to bear arms, right before you then confiscate the things outright.

At the beginning of his State of the Union address, President Obama tipped his hat to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who’s now recuperating in a Houston medical facility. But throughout the hourlong speech, he never addressed the issue at the core of the Giffords tragedy—gun control—and what lawmakers would, or should, do to reform American firearm-access laws.

Don’t let a crisis go to waste. When the MSM couldn’t blame the Tea Party for this and help the left score points, the WH was forced to do a conciliatory speech. But they aren’t letting go, and fully plan to use this tragedy to screw us over some more.

But in the next two weeks, the White House will unveil a new gun-control effort in which it will urge Congress to strengthen current laws, which now allow some mentally unstable people, such as alleged Arizona shooter Jared Loughner, to obtain certain assault weapons, in some cases without even a background check.

And who decides who’s mentally unstable? People like that creep of a democrat sheriff that immediately politicized the tragedy – guess what party affiliation he has – in what I believe we will sooner or later find out was a weak ass attempt to cover the fact he had been massively negligent about the danger Jared posed? Have no doubt about it: Dupree is culpable in this instance. Or will it be more government lackeys, always left leaning turds, that will then claim anyone they don’t like, mostly the conservatives, are not qualified? How about we freaking enforce the laws we already have and hold the people that don’t do so responsible for their actions in the first place, huh?

Besides, Laughner could just as easily obtained a gun illegally. See criminals, sane or insane, don’t much care about these kinds of laws. Also have no doubt that this is an attempt to give the rabid left some red meat. The giant “All you can eat” shit buffet the American people have been feeding these morons for their disastrous policies and incompetent ways, defeat after defeat, has made them desperate. They hope to politicize this issue. It’s about power, deviding the people, and not about protecting anyone. Don’t buy it.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/27/11 at 02:43 PM in 2nd Amendment   Elections   Election 2010   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Blame it on the rain!

Start from the premise that the people that wrote this article seem to be seriously concerned with the daunting task of pointing out there are problems, but then in a way that doesn’t make everyone realize the problems are so huge and ingrained that they make the whole exercise, if not outright futile, destructive, and you can see that the real victims here are the American tax payers.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/27/11 at 08:16 AM in Decline of Western Civilization   Deep Thoughts   Health Care   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Life for Ghailani

Incidentally, something that got missed with yesterday’s pep rally:

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was sentenced Tuesday in New York to life in prison for his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa – making him the first terrorist to be plucked from the prison camp at the U.S. Naval Base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and successfully prosecuted in a civilian court.

That’s life without parole (the US was not seeking the death penalty).

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/26/11 at 06:01 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

If Boosh-Hitler was president….

You know that it would be front page news today, especially considering the piss poor SOTU address last night that the usual MSM people are trying to sell as Obama going centrist - what a joke that is - and thing suddenly going better, as if this song and dance over the last 2 years hasn’t turned us all tone deaf, if news like this came out:

Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group largely focused in recent years on Google’s privacy practices, has called on a congressional investigation into the Internet giant’s “cozy” relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration. In a letter sent Monday, Consumer Watchdog asked Representative Darrell Issa, the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to investigate the relationship between Google and several government agencies. The group asked Issa to investigate contracts at several U.S. agencies for Google technology and services, the “secretive” relationship between Google and the U.S. National Security Agency, and the company’s use of a U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration airfield in California.

I already suspect that Google has been rigging their search results to hide the stuff that’s unfavorable to the left while pushing the crap promoting that nonsense to the front, and I will admit I am not surprised to hear that Google is working with the NSA, but I am kind of disgusted at how the MSM is going about this revelation. Do you doubt we would be hearing accusastions of loss of freedom and comparisons to facist/Nazi Germany if we had a guy with an (R) next to hsi name in the WH. Going by MSM coverage of such things during the 8 years of Bush, not whatever libs will tell you they want things to be, that is. Could you imagine the reaction to something like this?

“We believe Google has inappropriately benefited from close ties to the administration,” the letter said. “Google is most consumers’ gateway to the Internet. Nonetheless, it should not get special treatment and access because of a special relationship with the administration.”

Heh, just look at the coverage of the SOTU and the difference between what people thought of it and the MSM does, and you have your proof.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/26/11 at 08:53 AM in Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

A Quick Fix

I repeat what I said last night: I wish Woodrow Wilson had kept the SOTU as a written report.  The State of The Union Show has so little substances these days, so many promises and so much self-congratulatory applause, it’s really just a campaign event.  But I thought I’d respond to a few things the President said:

Update: For more reactions, try Friersdorf, Cato, de Rugy and Gillespie and Reason.  de Rugy points out that Obama basically said the same things Bush always said.  Cato’s live blog was simply outstanding, debunking much of what the President said in real time.  Favorite quotes, both from Sallie James:

“We will ...pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians.” Given the “we” he refers to are, in fact, politicians, I’m not sure how that would work.

When was the last time you were subject to a pat-down, Mr President? Until you’ve been “felt up for freedom”, keep your jokes to yourself.

Gene Healy described the SOTO as “a giant Presidential pep rally”.  That’s an excellent description.  Healy’s book, The Cult of the Presidency, is an excellent read, incidentally.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/26/11 at 07:00 AM in Politics   Cult of Personality  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hatin’ on the SOTU

The State of the Union is conflicting with Sal 11000 Beta bedtime, so I won’t be live-blogging it.  But I have to say that this is one of those things I least look forward to.  The build-up ("What should the President say? How can he re-connect with middle class voters?"), the aisle hogs, the endless applause, the shopping list of new spending, the promises that will never be kept.  Jefferson was right.  This should be a written report.  Or, at the very least, much shorter.

I’ll post thoughts as events warrant.

Update: I did get to watch Ryan’s response.  Meh.  I like Ryan a lot but the response was full of rhetoric and little substance.  I don’t expect much more of a response speech.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/25/11 at 08:04 PM in Politics   Cult of Personality  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

The Philly Butcher

I’ve gone back and forth on posting about this horrific story out of Philadelphia.  I know it’s going to provoke an abortion fight.  But damn it, I need to vent.

A West Philadelphia abortion doctor, his wife and eight other suspects are now under arrest following a grand jury investigation.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman following a botched abortion at his office, along with the deaths of seven other babies who, prosecutors allege, were born alive following illegal late-term abortions and then were killed by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors.

“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law. A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”

Hot Air has been covering this quite heavily, putting up details from the grand jury indictment.  The second link details just how horrific Gosnell’s practice was and how little the state did to reign it in.  Pennsylvania’s new Republican governor is promising an investigation.

Of course, as with any tragedy, there are those using it for their political advantage. Pro-lifers (like Morrissey above) have an obvious axe to grind, but pro-choicers are determined not to be left out.  Libertarian basher and communion-wafer stomper PZ Myers says this isn’t about abortion but can’t resist arguing the pro-choice view, saying this is what all abortions would be like in back alleys (although Gosnell’s practice was not, in any way, a back alley practice).  Probably the weirdest argument comes from XX, which purports to represent “what women really think” although I really hope it doesn’t.  They blame this on the pro-life movement.  Seriously.

That shady abortion providers get patients at all is something we can safely blame the anti-choice movement for. Most doctors in this country are pro-choice, and many would like to provide abortion, but as Slate’s Emily Bazelon demonstrated in the New York Times, the stigma of doing so makes it that much harder to do.  Good medical care costs money, but very few women seeking abortion can get coverage, in no small part because of anti-choice initiatives like the Hyde Amendment.  If you’re seeking an abortion but can’t afford it, going to a doctor who provides substandard care on the cheap is certainly going to be an attractive option.

First, I doubt that “most doctors” want to perform abortions.  Maybe a lot of OB/Gyn’s do. But I seriously doubt that most proctologists dream of opening a sideline in abortion.  Even doctors I know who perform abortions don’t “want” to do it.  They see it as necessary.

Second, Marcotte tries to dismiss the allegations earlier in the article by noting that Jill Stanek made similar, since disproved, charges during the Presidential campaign.  But those were the allegations by one activist; this is a grand jury investigation, meaning some credible evidence has been presented.

Third, Marcotte forgets that Gosnell was making millions off his shady practice, charging more than Planned Parenthood and was a legal abortion provider.  So the “this is about poor oppressed women” line is complete garbage.

And finally, the most troubling allegations are that Gosnell killed babies that survived abortions—illegal late-term abortions.

Now maybe you could argue that part of the horror wouldn’t have happened without the ban on late-term abortions, which made women seeking them go to Gosnell.  But you’re not going to find many people who agree with you.  Late-term abortion bans are in place in 36 states and have been upheld by the Supreme Court.  The ban is, in fact, perfectly consistent with Roe, which only forbad states from outlawing abortions in the first semester. A ban on partial birth abortion was passed by by veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress.  And Gosnell appears to have also violated the BAIPA, which was passed by voice vote in the House and unanimously in the Senate.  There is simply no twisting of the politics that could produce a situation in which Gosnell’s actions were remotely legal, even if we had nine Democrats on the Court.

Now it’s true that when you outlaw things, you push them into the hands of criminals.  I myself have made that argument regarding the legalization of guns, drugs, gambling and even abortion.  If you outlaw late-term abortions, only outlaws will perform them.  But there are some things we want to keep illegal.  No one wants to see kiddie porn or contract killing in the hands of “legitimate” providers.  And late-term abortion—according to a big majority of even pro-choice Americans, Congress and the Supreme Court—is one of those things that we, as a country, are happy keeping in the hands of outlaws.

Personally, I think the only real political lesson here is utter failure of the state to properly regulate abortion clinics and investigate complaints. Were the authorities undermanned?  Was there political pressure not to properly regulate the clinics (from Left or Right)?  Gosnell was in business for 30 years and his clinic had not been checked in almost 17 years.  The grand jury investigation has revealed a long line of people trying to alert the authorities that something was deeply, seriously wrong with his practice.  Why was he not shut down two decades ago?

That’s the question we need to be asking.  And, thankfully, that’s the question Governor Corbett is asking.

As for Gosnell ... word fails me.  I can’t imagine ever doing even a fraction of what he is accused of.  If these allegations are born out, this isn’t some nobel guy providing outlawed services to desperate women.  This is an irresponsible anti-doctor butchering women and killing infants.  There’s no excuse for him.  There will never be any excuse for him.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/25/11 at 03:39 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Tax payers to foot legal bills for left’s shenanigans

Should surprise no one that we the tax payers are now set to foot some $160 million in legal bills from the horribly botched and obviously rigged legal case against the management of Freddie and Fannie courtesy of those liberal champions, Chris Dodd and Barney Franks. Yeah, the same idiots that told us that there was nothing wrong with the whole security trading scheme and ludicrous money laundering scams Freddie and Fannie were engaged in, in order to keep alive the even more crazy and destructive idea the left had to force lending institutions to make homeowner loans to bad and real bad risks as long as they met with some government imposes special interest group status. We all know how well that worked out for us. Well, those of us that are smart enough to do the research and see the fundamental and underlying problem that caused our economic meltdown - that over $480 billion out of a nearly $5 trillion pot of money regulated by these two entities was pure shit and just doomed to bring down the housing market, Wall Street, and of course the US economy - instead of the usual “Boosh-Hitler and his wars & tax breaks only for the rich did it!” meme bandied by the very people responsible for our economic collapse. So, after paying out hundreds of billions in TARP bailouts and the many accompanying fund government redirection schemes to their special interests like the take over of GM, followed by a patronage bill that will cost us over $1 trillion dollars when all is said and done, a dysfunctional regulatory scam masquerading as strong regulation that basically only serves to allows the same crooks that gave us this recession to use the now much more expanded power of government to pick who will be the winners & losers instead of us the people, all for some nice payback of course, and all while leaving the biggest underlying problem entities - Freddie & Fannie - completely unregulated, compounded with several special bailouts for Freddie & Fannie, to the tune of some hundreds of billions more in tax payer cash, we now get to pay the legal bills of the crooks that ran these institutions! All because a rigged court let them off with a slap instead of throwing away the key after locking them up forever.  SQUEEL LIKE A PIG!

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/25/11 at 09:20 AM in Deep Thoughts   Left Wing Idiocy   Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

That’s the way to respond

Say what you want about Putin - I think the guy is a dangerous ex-KGB operative throwback of the “good ole days” of the USSR ,and a manipulative bastard - but he, sure as hell knows how to repsond to terrorist scum:

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed “retribution is inevitable” for the suicide bombing that killed 35 people at Russia’s busiest airport, while President Dmitry Medvedev demanded robust checks at all transport hubs and lashed out at the airport for lax security. Putin has built much of his reputation on harsh statements, but he did not elaborate on what kind of retribution he had planned or against whom in his comments Tuesday carried by Russian news agencies. No claims of responsibility have been made for the attack Monday at Domodedovo Airport, which also left 180 people injured. Suspicion is likely to fall, however, on Islamist separatist insurgents from Chechnya or elsewhere in Russia’s restive Caucasus region who have been battling Russian authority for over 15 years.

The people behind this attack only understand and respect violence. Put asside the fact that security at this airport was piss poor according to the Russian officials own statements, the fact remains that these radicals attack where they see weakness. At least it is kind of Kharmic justice that the Russians are reaping some of that Islamic radicalism they helped foment back in the days that the KGB decided to teach Arraft’s goons how to be master terrorists so they could screw with the West. Maybe it will even make them worry about their cozy relationship with not jobs like the ones that are running Iran right now and getting help from the Russians to build nukes. I am sure nobody in Russia is right now saying how great of an ooporunity this tragedy is for Putin & Medvedev to look presidential, though I suspect they will take advantage of it too.

Posted by AlexinCT on 01/25/11 at 08:16 AM in Deep Thoughts   The Religion of Peace™   War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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