Quotes of the day

posted at 10:11 pm on June 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

1) The government must provide religious accommodations to for-profit companies

Corporations aren’t people, but they are owned by people, and the religious beliefs of those people must be protected regardless of how those people choose to incorporate their businesses. The court ruled today that the accommodations provided to non-profit religious organizations by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act also apply to for-profit companies.

“[W]e hold that a federal regulation’s restriction on the activities of a for-profit closely held corporation must comply with [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Alito wrote in the majority decision.

It’s a big win for religious liberty and against the belief that your faith no longer matters once you decide to open a business.

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Just as notable is what the Supreme Court’s ruling did not do. Women who work for the plaintiffs, Hobby Lobby, remain able to use their employer-provided insurance coverage to finance the most popular forms of contraception. They remain free to use their wages to finance the ones Hobby Lobby will not cover. They remain free to find other jobs, too, if they want employer-provided insurance coverage that includes the abortifacients to which Hobby Lobby objects. Congress remains free to enact a new law that requires employers to cover abortifacients and contraceptives and explicitly rules out any RFRA exemptions. It remains free, for that matter, to repeal RFRA altogether.

The ruling does not even make it clear whether the Little Sisters of the Poor will, in the end, remain free from the requirement that they authorize another party to provide contraceptive coverage. That question will be answered in a different case. The Court’s ruling today, in short, is an extremely limited one. It does not even restore the full scope of freedom employers had in these matters as recently as 2012. Nobody then, you may recall, was agitated over the fact that throughout the entire course of American history up to that point, their supposed “rights” to free contraceptive coverage from employers had been continuously violated.

It can be safely predicted that any change in birth rates and rates of contraceptive use based on this ruling will be undetectable. All that has changed is that employers are a little freer to refuse to engage in conduct they consider religiously objectionable. That this increase in freedom makes some people so very upset tells us more about them than about the Court’s ruling.

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The Supreme Court had already granted all kinds of other special rights and powers to corporations — including “corporate personhood” or the right for businesses to be treated as people under the law. And because corporations are people, the Court has ruled that corporate spending to influence elections is equivalent to speech and cannot be infringed. At a time when economic inequality is reaching record highs and support for big business is at an all time low, the Supreme Court has consistently seen fit to confer more and more power and privilege to already powerful and privileged corporations. At a time when we should be putting more checks and balances in place for corporate America, the Supreme Court is loosening the reigns.

Moreover, this case is a perversion of religious freedom. Our values of religious freedom and tolerance were meant to protect individuals in our nation from the tyranny of government and business. Recall that in the earliest days of American history, it was not only the King of England but the powerful East India Company out from under the mutual thumb of which American colonists were trying to crawl. Moreover, as I have written previously, freedom of religion explicitly includes not only the freedom to practice one’s religion but to be free from the imposition of someone else’s religion. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cannot be allowed to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.

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[The reaction is] instructive because it demonstrates the extent to which the Left is emotionally and ideologically committed to the power of the regulatory state. For some time, the Left has been selling the public and the courts on the notion that somehow the act of forming a corporation and opening for business operates as an effective waiver of your most basic liberties, including free speech, free exercise of religion, and virtually the entire panoply of property rights. In effect, your business is not “your” business at all, but instead all aspects of its operations exist at the whim of the state, and if the state wants to draft you into its child-killing abortion crusade — or wants to muzzle you during political campaigns – then you best salute and fall in line…

The desire to make money does not act as a waiver of constitutional or statutory rights, nor is it morally suspect, but it certainly is indispensable to a system of free enterprise that all too many on the Left view as the enemy of “social justice.” As one of my colleagues at the ACLJ stated (full disclosure: We filed seven lawsuits against the mandate, filed an amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby case, have two mandate cases before the Supreme Court now, and have filed more than a dozen amicus briefs against the mandate nationwide), “If anything rivals the Left’s passion on the abortion issue, it’s their commitment to the regulatory state.”

When a case combines elements of both issues, for the Left a loss is cataclysmic. And if much of your public “argument” depends on creating a sense of cultural inevitability, then a dramatic halt to the latest leap forward of the allegedly unstoppable sexual revolution and regulatory state is a cause for leftist weeping indeed.

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All signs Monday pointed to the fact that Democrats would rather stage a political fight over the issue than quickly resolve it for the affected women. Both the Democratic Party and the White House Twitter accounts spend much of the day rallying people to outrage on social media over the decision. “It’s time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women,” tweeted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Legal observers say it would not be difficult for the Obama Administration to resolve the situation unilaterally. The Department of Health and Human Services has already taken unilateral executive action to ensure that women employed by religious nonprofits get contraception coverage in cases where the employer declines to pay. “There was nothing in the statute that specifically allowed them to create the exemption for non-profit organizations so I don’t see why they couldn’t extend that to for-profit corporations,” said Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University and an expert on the Affordable Care Act’s regulations. “I don’t know why they couldn’t do it themselves.”

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The communications director for EMILY’s List said the ruling will motivate women to cast ballots come November.

“Ninety-nine percent of women of women aged 15-44 have used birth control – this should not be controversial,” Jess McIntosh told CNN. “But conservatives in every branch of government are determined to undermine our ability to make our medical decisions on our own – just like men do. Women have decided every election in recent memory. Women were watching today, and it will absolutely be a motivating factor in November.”
Some conservative women rejected the notion that the ruling will motive female voters to support Democratic candidates come November.

Concerned Women for America, a socially conservative group, said that it preserved “religious liberty for everyone, including the women represented by the other side.”

Alison Howard, the group’s communications director, said the ruling would motivate women in a different way: “This is so affirming to those women who believe in freedom and that’s bigger than those who believe that taxpayers should fund abortion inducing drugs and contraceptives.”

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2. “President Obama believes that women should make personal health care decisions for themselves, rather than their bosses deciding for them.”

Agreed, but there was nothing in the Supreme Court’s decision that took the decision away from women and gave it to their employer. Women are still free to obtain contraceptives.

Hobby Lobby wasn’t telling its employees that they couldn’t seek those contraceptives, just that the company wouldn’t pay for them through its health insurance.

That’s not the bosses deciding women’s health care decisions, that’s the bosses deciding not to cover something that wasn’t previously a required health care service.

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There is one way that House Republicans can stay a step ahead, however. That is following the lead of Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., and more recently, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. (who is now running for U.S. Senate). That is, they should support a bill to allow oral contraceptives to be purchased over the counter

Philosophically, it’s consistent with limited government principles. It removes unnecessary government regulations and increases choice.

It doesn’t impose new burdens on businesses or religious institutions, nor does it require an increase in government health care spending.

And politically, it would also be beneficial to Republicans. It would make it a lot more difficult for Democrats to portray the GOP as being only interested in obstructing Democrats rather than supporting their own ideas, and harder to accuse Republicans of being broadly against access to birth control.

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The obvious solution to this dilemma is to take health insurance away from employers altogether. In a very, very limited way, the Obama administration has already done that by arranging for separate contraception coverage, via third party insurers, for churches and other truly religious organizations that object to such coverage. In principle, it could do the same here. And, over the long run, it’s easy enough to imagine a world in which employers were truly out of the health insurance business altogether—a world in which all people got health insurance directly from the government or tightly regulated insurers.

But the people and groups who oppose government’s providing insurance directly tend to be the same people who object to the contraception mandate. That’s not a coincidence. While I don’t doubt the religious objections to birth control are sincere, I do think they are masking another belief conservatives bring to this debate: As a general rule, conservatives don’t think government should be compelling them to pay for other people’s medical expenses. Voluntary insurance arrangements are fine, they say. But government shouldn’t be making them pay for other people—or for services they might not like, want, or use.

The Hobby Lobby case raises a whole bunch of important and complicated questions—about religious freedom, the definition of corporations, and so on. But fundamentally this is also a case about the responsibility each of us has for the well-being of our fellow man—and, yes, for our fellow woman.

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Via NRO.

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Via RCP.

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JONATHAN TURLEY: It’s a huge blow to the Obama administration. You know, this has been an awful ten days. They were previously found to be in violation of the Fourth Amendment and privacy. Then they were found to be in violation of the separation of powers, and now they have been found to be in violation of the First Amendment and the religion clauses. I mean, you just don’t want to get out of bed after a week like that.


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I was wondering all day what the subject of tonight’s QOTD would be.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Hello?

listens2glenn on June 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Bishop?

NOMOBO on June 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Evenin’ all :)

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

To think that ANY company has to approach the SCOTUS in order to stay open just boggles my mind.

pambi on June 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Rats! Too late. Stinking Nook tablet

NOMOBO on June 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

My head is spinning from everything that has taken place today.

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

I was wondering all day what the subject of tonight’s QOTD would be.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

heh…

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Hello.

crankyoldlady on June 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

NOBODY is stopping these abortion addicts from going and purchasing their babykiller pills themselves. Nobody. Nobody is preventing them from buying birth control pills or condoms, and nobody is saying they can’t keep their damned knees together if they can’t afford any of the above.

I’m sure planned parenthood is also eager to pay for babymurder pills as well, so they can lay off the taxpayer funded crap any time now.

I hope every one of these scummy liberal abortion addicts gets reincarnated as an asian cockroach, right next to a roach motel.

Diluculo on June 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I hope every one of these scummy liberal abortion addicts gets reincarnated as an asian cockroach, right next to a roach motel.

Diluculo on June 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

You think they deserve a promotion?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

To think that ANY company has to approach the SCOTUS in order to stay open just boggles my mind.

pambi on June 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

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Nonsense … they didn’t have “to approach the SCOTUS in order to stay open”.

All they had to do is pay for infantic- … I mean post-conception birth-control.

listens2glenn on June 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

The equivalent of apartheid.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on June 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Evening All. Have to admit I so enjoyed watching the liberal heads explode today.

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Diluculo on June 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

How about a nasty little german cockroach eh? ;D

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I should be happy about the rulings-but instead I’m grieving over those 3 boys.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

listens2glenn on June 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

;-)

pambi on June 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Reading the scrolling FB comments on the Ed Pigeyes show clip are funny too, chock full of angst and obvious ignorance about the decision and Hobby Lobby itself.

Bishop on June 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Evening All. Have to admit I so enjoyed watching the liberal heads explode today.

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

That was fun. Almost makes me feel happy.

crankyoldlady on June 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

http://tinyurl.com/pfmwuac

Exploding heads for CL!! {{waving}} ;D

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

We wouldn’t be having this discussion had the federal government not inserted itself into the civil society by forcing individuals to provide health insurance for others.

That fact the we are having this discussion is symptomatic of a dying Republic.

Meat Fighter on June 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

How about a nasty little german cockroach eh? ;D

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

OMG yes. Those nasty things are straight from hell, just like liberals. I wouldn’t want them to come back as german roaches though, those things seem to be immune to death.

Diluculo on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

… and obvious ignorance about the decision and Hobby Lobby itself. (On OUR FB, too)

Bishop on June 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Been schoolin’ ‘em all day !!!
Getting taaaahrd.

pambi on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Evening All. Have to admit I so enjoyed watching the liberal heads explode today.

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

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That was fun. Almost makes me feel happy.

crankyoldlady on June 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

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They probably didn’t use any “Glenn Beck” duct tape, either.
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At least I didn’t end up with any of them on me.

listens2glenn on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Good evening all you wonderful people….you, too, coolrepubica… (I know you’re lurkin’)

bimmcorp on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Evening folks.

gh on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I just got called ugly names.
I swear you’d think that 9 months from today another baby boom will start.
Morons.

ORconservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

You think they deserve a promotion?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Hehe, good point. I guess I’d prefer that when they die they just pass through a black hole, never to be seen or heard from again at any level.

Diluculo on June 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

crankyoldlady on June 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

not quite happy either but a wee bit vindicated.

Exploding heads for CL!! {{waving}} ;D

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

:) Well done Scrumpy (waving back)

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Or this maybe better eh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI3NoBeNwfk

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Evening All. Have to admit I so enjoyed watching the liberal heads explode today.

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

I think jim56 is still pleading his baseless case in the hopes of finding someone who doesn’t believe him to be astoundingly stupid…

bimmcorp on June 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

This is what he wants.

He might get it, too.

wolly4321 on June 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons and trolls…

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Diluculo on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Just need a heavy foot or bug spray ;)

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Poisoning Pigeons In The Park

Just felt like it.

gh on June 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I just got called ugly names.

I swear you’d think that 9 months from today another baby boom will start.

Morons.

ORconservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

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Yeah, but you’re from Oregon … for the love of Pete.
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I’d call that “par”.

listens2glenn on June 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

The Government has no business, in Voters Bedrooms,

er,

I mean, in a Woman Baby Production Centre, er, Area,.er, Facility,
er, Zone, er, …..

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Moreover, as I have written previously, freedom of religion explicitly includes not only the freedom to practice one’s religion but to be free from the imposition of someone else’s religion. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cannot be allowed to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.

Really, AP?? If the employees don’t like the working conditions, they are free to seek employment elsewhere.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

ewww!!!

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

The vote buying in the MS senate election is being blown wide open!

tetriskid on June 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

HotAir readers are probably turned off by the small handful of rude regulars who gossip about other commenters and chat endlessly on here about off-topic music. I wouldn’t be surprised if HotAir eventually puts a stop to the inappropriate use of this space by people who think it’s a chat room.
bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 2:58 AM

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

NOBODY is stopping these abortion addicts from going and purchasing their babykiller pills themselves. Nobody. Nobody is preventing them from buying birth control pills or condoms, and nobody is saying they can’t keep their damned knees together if they can’t afford any of the above.

I’m sure planned parenthood is also eager to pay for babymurder pills as well, so they can lay off the taxpayer funded crap any time now.

I hope every one of these scummy liberal abortion addicts gets reincarnated as an asian cockroach, right next to a roach motel.

Diluculo on June 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Correct sir. The employee/patient is free to discuss these topics with their doctor at the time of a checkup, and the doctor is free to prescribe the drug chosen to the patient. The only difference is that when the statement comes to the patient from the insurer, the amounts in the “paid” and “unpaid/uncovered” columns will be slightly different.

When the patient takes the prescription to the drugstore, they will present their health insurance card as usual. When the next statement goes to the patient, the amount for the prescription will be in the “uncovered/unpaid” column.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Funny if it were like Native Americans protesting that they have a right to consume illegal psychedelics in their rituals, the libs would be all over that saying that that is their religious right, Or they’d support Muslims as having a right to set up aspects of Sharia law in this country (that run counter to the actual laws). But as far as Christians… crickets.

anotherJoe on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I’m sick of the left’s argument that “corporations aren’t people.” Alito, in his opinion today, quoted 1 U.S.C. § 1, which states in part:

In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, unless the context indicates otherwise—

words importing the singular include and apply to several persons, parties, or things;

words importing the plural include the singular;

words importing the masculine gender include the feminine as well;

words used in the present tense include the future as well as the present;

the words “insane” and “insane person” shall include every idiot, insane person, and person non compos mentis;

the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals;

TarheelBen on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Just because… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Evening All. Have to admit I so enjoyed watching the liberal heads explode today.

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

CL:Evening CL,….ProgressiveTard Ka-Blewys!!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

lol

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Send the Marines

gh on June 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Why do you have to link Sally Kohn? She really is just the dumbest person on the face of the earth.

PetecminMd on June 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

ewww!!!

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

It’s what we really really really wanna see tho innit eh yeah?!!! ;D

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Hello my great Northern friend! How goes it? (waving at ya)

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Let me fetch the whole thing over here… ;)

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Pollution

gh on June 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

US contraceptive mandate
10h

Hobby Lobby co-founder on Supreme Court decision: ‘Our family is overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision. Today the nation’s highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of our country’s founding principles’ – via @NBCNews

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Moreover, as I have written previously, freedom of religion explicitly includes not only the freedom to practice one’s religion but to be free from the imposition of someone else’s religion. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cannot be allowed to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.

Waiting for the proof that HL is ‘imposing their religious beliefs on their employees’ via this ruling.
Setting sundial.

pambi on June 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

HotAir readers are probably turned off by the small handful of rude regulars who gossip about other commenters and chat endlessly on here about off-topic music. I wouldn’t be surprised if HotAir eventually puts a stop to the inappropriate use of this space by people who think it’s a chat room.

bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 2:58 AM

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OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

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Too bad, bluegill. “Severely vacuums” to be you.

And don’t be thinking ’bout leaving here, either … I forbid it.

You have stay right the hang here, and read ALL of it.

listens2glenn on June 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Wonder how many HL’s will be vandalized tonight.

Midas on June 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Let me fetch the whole thing over here… ;)

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Go for it darlin’

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

TarheelBen on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Interesting read–and the findings mostly predate Republicans ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on June 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

should be happy about the rulings-but instead I’m grieving over those 3 boys. annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I think Bibi will probably exact some revenge.

He said so. And he is a Man of his word.

wolly4321 on June 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 2:58 AM

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Yet she, and lourdes, still have their defenders.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

should be happy about the rulings-but instead I’m grieving over those 3 boys. annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I think Bibi will probably exact some revenge.

He said so. And he is a Man of his word.

wolly4321 on June 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

You know it…

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

wolly4321 on June 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Now I’m even more certain that i want to make Aliyah.
NEVER AGAIN!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Heard the music, and remembered this .. One of my ancestors, actually.
Should I be proud ?? :-/.

http://youtu.be/AGVGQnjQc0I

pambi on June 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

This could blow the lid off the Cochran election……

d1carter on June 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

…I really ^ really hope this is true! ^

JugEarsButtHurt on June 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Yet she, and lourdes, still have their defenders.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Boggles the mind…

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

OC:

I’m tired of the handful of trolls trying to destroy this Conservative Oasis!!!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

gh on June 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

My parents own that album.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Is it just me or has there been an overall dropoff in comments recently?
Judge_Dredd on June 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

HotAir readers are probably turned off by the small handful of rude regulars who gossip about other commenters and chat endlessly on here about off-topic music. I wouldn’t be surprised if HotAir eventually puts a stop to the inappropriate use of this space by people who think it’s a chat room.
bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 2:58 AM

non-nonpartisan on June 30, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Libfree is smarter than you and leaves more worthwhile comments than you ever do. I don’t agree with him/her on most things, but he/she obviously has a brain and can contribute to discussions. What do you do? Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a comment of yours that was worth remembering. Actually, I don’t think I ever even noticed you until a month or so ago when you started making idiotic claims about me. Are you a relatively new commenter? Do you ever post in other threads much, or do you prefer to spam the QOTD threads with your “trolls are everywhere!” hysteria and links to YouTube videos that would be better posted on a personal Facebook page and not on a news and commentary site.
bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 3:21 AM

I have an idea. Let’s put it up to a vote of the posters here-you and libfree against me for whom should get voted off of Hot Air Island. You up for it? If not, why not, you mental case? lmao
You need therapy really bad. Go get it instead of disruptively trolling and making a fool of yourself, ok?
non-nonpartisan on June 30, 2014 at 3:25 AM

non-nonpartisan on June 30, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Put it up for a vote? To see who gets voted off HotAir island? Have you lost your marbles?
Look, you agitate to get people who don’t agree with you banned. We’ve all seen it. You have a problem with anyone who has a different opinion. You even tried to start something with Cindy Mumford (!) the other day. If anyone here deserves to get called out, it’s YOU for your buffoonery and obsession with trying to silence and badmouth anyone who disagrees with you. You want me to start quoting all the times you’ve called for the “mods” to ban people? Or maybe the time when you started your little hissy fit with Cindy? I could easily do it, just as you endlessly quote other people, and it would be obvious to all what a joke you are, but I don’t feel like wasting any more time on a pointless spammer like you.
bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 3:35 AM

bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 3:35 AM

I am sane enough to know that you are too cowardly to take me up on my offer, lying troll. =)
You, your hypocrisy, your siding with other trolls, and your anti-free speech bent have made very unpopular here at HA-does it make cry that people despise you so? lmao
Here is a reminder of your “excellent” discernment, little “girl.” From the same thread, by the way, you moron.

I don’t agree with libfree on most things, but at least he/she appears to be a sincere commenter who is part of the discussions.
bluegill on June 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I have said many times that I post here for gags, stunts and shows.
libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Face it, you are a total idiot and loser, bg.
non-nonpartisan on June 30, 2014 at 4:39 AM

Get lost, Frank.
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200.
Just get lost.
novaculus on June 30, 2014 at 4:01 AM

“She” won’t leave-she needs to the attention.
She’s a very delusional, emotionally disturbed person. How else could you explain why she’d think massively unpopular posters like herself, uncoolrepublica, and an admitted troll like libfree are some kind of good commenters here? lmao
non-nonpartisan on June 30, 2014 at 4:45 AM

bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 2:58 AM

All this time – and endless explanations – and you’re still incapable of understanding what goes on in the QOTD.
I really expected you to show more intelligence than that. I am truly disappointed in you, bg.
Solaratov on June 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

HotAir readers are probably turned off by the small handful of rude regulars who gossip about other commenters and chat endlessly on here about off-topic music. I wouldn’t be surprised if HotAir eventually puts a stop to the inappropriate use of this space by people who think it’s a chat room.
bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 2:58 AM

How obtuse are you, really?
Who intimidated you on HA?
Schadenfreude on June 30, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

gh on June 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

My parents own that album.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

‘Owned’.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

A perfect reply to all the whining libs….

Yo, low Info, logic free Progressives:

Why did none of you complain about employers not providing abortions and birth control before BHOcare was passed?

Did not women have these “RIGHTS” before BHOcare?

Ya, that’s what I thought: You are all idiots.

Barred on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

What is so funny about that comment is that she and her other “friends” are a reason I don’t post as much in some threads. LOL makes me giggle when thinking about it.

gophergirl on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

bluegill on June 30, 2014 at 2:58 AM

Just for the r-tard that thinks she owns HotAir.

Diluculo on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Now I’m even more certain that i want to make Aliyah.
NEVER AGAIN!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

ALT: Bad News,….F**KERS:)

The Associated Press @AP · 4h

RAW VIDEO: Israel finds bodies of kidnapped teens http://apne.ws/1iTJFtn

https://twitter.com/AP
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Gaza, PS
56m

Israel Air Force strikes 34 ‘terror targets’ in the Gaza Strip, IDF spokesperson says – @haaretzcom
Read more on haaretz.com

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I have an idea. Let’s put it up to a vote of the posters here-you and libfree against me for whom should get voted off of Hot Air Island.

non-nonpartisan on June 30, 2014 at 3:25 AM

I thought about that, once.

I figure I have PO’ed so many people that I might actually loose that vote.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Red State has vote buying scandal up in Cochran race….this is going to blow it up..

d1carter on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

From that piece:

With all of that said, if the evidence is produced and validated, I don’t know how much longer Thad Cochran will be a Senator.

With all of that said… this guy is a f*cking idiot for having posted *anything* until AFTER the evidence was produced and validated. With every minute that goes by, anyone think people aren’t exerting pressure on this ‘reverend’ to ensure this evidence never sees the light of day?

Midas on June 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Red State has vote buying scandal up in Cochran race….this is going to blow it up..

d1carter on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Johnson is doing Pulitzer-worthy work there.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I have an idea. Let’s put it up to a vote of the posters here-you and libfree against me for whom should get voted off of Hot Air Island.

non-nonpartisan on June 30, 2014 at 3:25 AM

I thought about that, once.

I figure I have PO’ed so many people that I might actually loose that vote.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Not a chance in hell.

Midas on June 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

OC:

I’m tired of the handful of trolls trying to destroy this Conservative Oasis!!!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Yep…

What is so funny about that comment is that she and her other “friends” are a reason I don’t post as much in some threads. LOL makes me giggle when thinking about it.

gophergirl on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Please don’t let them push you away, darlin’
We love you…

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Red State has vote buying scandal up in Cochran race….this is going to blow it up..

d1carter on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it.

crankyoldlady on June 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

You are safe Cozmo :)

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM
Hello my great Northern friend! How goes it? (waving at ya)

CoffeeLover on June 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

CL: Doin geat, waiting for rain:)

http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=APX

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:46 PM

MUST SEE VIDEO OBAMA JOKES WHITE HOUSE PASTRY CHEF PUTS CRACK IN HIS PIES

Monday at the White House while hosting a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month, President Barack Obama call his White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses “the crust master” because the president said, “I don’t know what he does—whether he puts crack in them.” But the president continued he had to adopt a no weekday pie rule.
Laughing and applauding, the first lady Michelle Obama added, “Theres no crack in our pies.”

Brat on June 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Israel Air Force strikes 34 ‘terror targets’ in the Gaza Strip, IDF spokesperson says – @haaretzcom
Read more on haaretz.com

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

That’s good, I am glad Israel struck back.

They gots ballz!! :)

Scrumpy on June 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

And down in Mississippi:

BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal

Cochran Campaign Manager, Staffer Busted in Illegal Vote Buying Operation

novaculus on June 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

.
This is interesting …
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A black reverend stiffed by the Cochran campaign has exposed an alleged criminal conspiracy by Cochran staffers to commit massive voter fraud ahead of Tuesday’s controversial U.S. Senate Republican runoff election in Mississippi.
Reverend Stevie Fielder, associate pastor at historic First Union Missionary Baptist Church and former official at Meridian’s redevelopment agency, says he delivered “hundreds or even thousands,” of blacks to the polls after being offered money and being assured by a Cochran campaign operative that Chris McDaniel was a racist. “They [the Cochran campaign] told me to offer blacks fifteen dollars each and to vote for Thad.”

Charles C. Johnson and Joel S. Gilbert @gotnews.com

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I wonder if that’s an “Obamaphone”, he has those messages on?

listens2glenn on June 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

From Redstate on Cochran’s Campaign’s vote buying:

As I said at the beginning, these allegations are no joke. Under MS Code § 23-15-561 (2013) which is a subsection of the Article on the Conduct of Elections, it is unlawful for both the Cochran campaign or outside supporters to “publicly or privately put up or in any way offer any prize, cash award or other item of value to be raffled, drawn for, played for or contested for in order to encourage persons to vote or to refrain from voting in any election.”

Is doesn’t take a genius to figure out that $15 in an envelope with a flier telling you who to vote for might fit into the definitions laid out in MS Code § 23-15-561 (2013).

The statute goes on to note a fine of $5000 and a prescription for candidates found guilty of engaging in any of the above schemes.

(3) Any candidate who shall violate the provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, in addition to the fine prescribed above, be punished by:
(a) Disqualification as a candidate in the race for the elective office; or
(b) Removal from the elective office, if the offender has been elected thereto.

NWConservative on June 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Johnson is doing Pulitzer-worthy work there.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Meggadittos.

pambi on June 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM

IDFVerified account
@IDFSpokesperson

Official Israel Defense Forces Twitter: real-time information and updates from the IDF. (RT, following does not constitute endorsement)

Pinned Tweet
IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 9h

During the search for Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, the IDF discovered 3 bodies near Hebron
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IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 19h

Share: Over 17 days have passed since the kidnapping of #EyalGiladNaftali

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/483523667742048256/photo/1

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Midas on June 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Is that all you read? Or are you ignoring the evidence he produced in the article, which is both convincing and damning?

Unless the vote-buying middleman faked text messages, a Cochran campaign staffer handed out the money to buy the votes.

novaculus on June 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

One of the murdered teens had joint US/Israeli citizenship-yet Zero ‘s concerned about giving rights to *cough*…illegals.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Poll: Most side against Hobby Lobby

A majority of Americans do not think that employers should have the ability to limit coverage for contraception based on religious beliefs, according to a new poll.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was released Sunday in anticipation of rulings on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell, which both asked the Supreme Court to rule on whether for-profit companies have the religious right to withhold covering certain forms of birth control for employees and their families.

Of those polled, 53 percent said they disagree with giving private employers the ability to pick and choose forms of contraceptives to cover under health plans, while 35 percent agreed with Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. Twelve percent said they did not know. Among those who did not side with Hobby Lobby, 40 percent strongly disagreed and 13 percent somewhat disagreed.

Ned Pepper on June 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I figure I have PO’ed so many people that I might actually loose that vote.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

loosing a vote is never a good thing..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Bibi/Palin 2016 !!!

pambi on June 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

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