Quotes of the day

posted at 10:31 pm on July 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

[A]s John J. Dilulio Jr., the first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, writes over at Brookings, “Love it or loathe it, the Hobby Lobby decision is limited in scope.” It’s about how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to this particular objection from Hobby Lobby and other “closely held” companies, or businesses that are mostly owned by a small group of people who also happen to run them. And the Court went out of its way to clarify that their ruling does not apply to other possible medical objections, like blood transfusions and vaccinations.

Most importantly, this ruling won’t necessarily prevent women who work at Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, or other religious companies from accessing birth control through their insurance plans. In the majority opinion, Alito specifically suggests that the government could use the same kind of exemption it has set up for non-profit organizations: Companies would have to sign a short document certifying that they object to providing birth-control coverage, and then the government would take over coverage from there. Several separate court cases about this accommodation are still pending in lower courts, but the point is that the Court doesn’t think bosses should get to deny affordable birth-control access to their employees—they just shouldn’t necessarily have to pay for it.

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Roy continues: “[W]hile the government can’t compel Hobby Lobby to finance abortifacients, it can compel taxpayers to do so. Isn’t that a distinction without a difference?” I think there is a difference. The government can let pacifists out of military service without letting them out of paying taxes to support the military, and nobody believes that distinction meaningless. Pro-lifers should object to having their tax dollars spent on abortifacients. But it’s worse for pro-lifers to be forced to offer insurance that covers them. It’s worse because it requires more direct cooperation on their part, and because it carries a greater risk of communicating an untruth about their moral conviction.

Roy’s arguments and mine bear a family resemblance to ones that got aired during the debate over the individual mandate. Most opponents of it argued that there was a difference in principle between being forced to pay taxes that are then used to provide insurance and being forced to buy insurance. If you think that argument holds up (as I do, and most conservatives do), the distinction holds up here as well.

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Ginsburg’s dissent begins by calling the decision one of “startling breadth.” The high court ruled that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the government cannot require “closely held” corporations–those with most of their stock owned by fewer than five individuals–whose owners possess “sincerely religious beliefs” against the use of contraception to provide health insurance to employees that covers birth control. Ginsburg fears that the majority has “ventured into a minefield” with the decision, which could allow corporations to “opt out of any law” that “they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”…

Ginsburg’s opinion, some legal experts say, may turn out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. By stating that the opinion is much broader than the majority claims it to be, she may be providing lower-court judges with a stronger foundation to provide more religious exemptions in the future.

“If the dissenters had simply taken Kennedy at his word in his concurrence, and simply agreed it was narrow, the lower court judges would have had to work very hard to say this applies broadly,” said Eric Segall, a professor at Georgia State University College of Law. “Now they can just cite Ginsburg, and say she thought it applied broadly.”

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The court cited the government’s ability to meet women’s need for affordable access to contraception in other ways, specifically pointing to government provision of birth control as an option. But in the current reproductive rights environment, that will never happen. Opponents of reproductive rights are trying to limit access to comprehensive women’s health care from all directions. At the federal level, they have attempted to defund Title X, which provides funding for family planning for our poorest sisters in community clinics. At the state level, in Texas for example, there are attacks on government money for contraception and clinics that offer abortion care. There is a movement to prohibit government support not only for abortion services—which, with a few exceptions, has existed for three decades—but also for emergency contraception and certain forms of birth control. Even a woman’s ability to pay for her own coverage is under attack: Some states’ exchanges and the federal exchange are prohibited from providing insurance that covers abortion care.

In sum, the anti-choice movement wants to limit not just affordable access, but all access to abortion and birth control, whether it is backed by the government, by employers, or purchased by private citizens. It is an attack at all levels, and today’s decision is just another success in these efforts.

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I like to think that I care about both the women and the religious conservatives who share this great nation of ours. It seemed to me from the beginning that being made to pay for something that someone views as deeply morally wrong (or to facilitate the transaction for same, if you take the general view that employee health insurance ultimately comes out of employee wages) was going to be a giant burden on people of conscience. And because the loss to women was small, it seemed fairly obvious to me that we should grant the freedom of conscience to people who clearly have some very deeply held beliefs — not because women’s health is not very important, but because this was not going to have a very important impact on women’s health.

And yet the logic of politics, and the culture war, made this sort of fine distinction-drawing impossible. As I see it, this case should never have made it to the court; the Barack Obama administration should have pre-empted the issue by quietly allowing exemptions for nonprofits and closely held corporations that had clear and deep religious beliefs that existed outside of the desire not to pay for contraception. (Hobby Lobby, for example, is closed on Sundays in observation of the Sabbath, even though this costs them sales; I think we can all agree that the Little Sisters of the Poor have demonstrated a fair amount of commitment to demanding religious principles.)

Instead, the administration chose to pick this fight — and got a definitive ruling that will probably have much broader impacts than quiet exceptions. Nor is this surprising; it was pretty predictable from earlier rulings like Citizens United, in which the court also held that people don’t lose their First Amendment rights simply because they have come together in a group or legally organized that group as a corporation.

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Conspicuously absent from yesterday’s post-Hobby Lobby hullabaloo was the acknowledgment on the left that the decision was the product of a court. Distilling into a single line what was a popular and widely disseminated critique, the New York Times’s Nick Kristof tweeted a picture of Justices Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito, sardonically labeling the quintet as “The experts on women’s health on the Supreme Court who ruled today against contraception coverage.” A few hours later, Senator Harry Reid’s office pushed out an assessment that was cut from the same unlovely cloth. “It’s time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women,” Reid tweeted. Among the hysterical, that sentiment was ubiquitous.

One cannot help but wonder whether Kristof and Reid are aware of what the Supreme Court actually does — which, as anybody who has even a fleeting grasp of American civics knows, is not to set American policy, on health or anything else, but to interpret and uphold the law. In this particular case, the justices were called to judge whether a mandate that was pushed out by the Obama administration in 2012 was in conflict with another law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that was added to the books in 1992. This being so, the degree to which those who decided the case are “experts on women’s health” is wholly immaterial. The justices are jurists not doctors — they are nine appointed attorneys whose role in the American settlement is to provide legal answers to legal questions. Man or woman; straight or gay; handsome or ugly; Jew, Catholic, or protestant — the law must remain the law, regardless of in whose name its intricacies are decided. The alternative would be disastrous. Does Harry Reid aspire to see Roe v. Wade, which was decided by nine men, overturned?

Identity politics notwithstanding, the central implication of the Kristofs and Reids of the world — that the very involvement of the Court in this area is uncouth — is a rather strange one. The only way that such questions will not end up in the courts is if a political accommodation is reached: If Congress moves to reconcile its incompatible laws; if the Obama administration elects not to push the state into hitherto unthinkable areas; or if the Constitution is amended to render moot the question of what governments may require of the religious. In the absence of such action, the courts will inevitably be asked to intervene. Does the pair have a better way of resolving legal disputes? Is Marbury v. Madison to be reconsidered each time the result of a Supreme Court case is not to the liking of the New York Times?

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[H]uman nature being what it is, loss aversion is generally more potent than the joys of winning, and even a string of victories doesn’t necessarily satisfy; if anything, it can just sharpen the appetite for further victories still. This is why ascendant parties, no matter their ideology, are rarely magnanimous to the defeated or the disfavored: Where a transformative agenda is being pursued, one set of gains is more likely make the next set of items seem that much more necessary, more essential, more inarguably correct. And under such circumstances, residual, rear-guard resistance can actually inspire more outrage than a stronger opposition, because the winning side comes to feel that it’s offensive that anyone is still fighting — don’t they know the battle’s over, don’t they know that history’s verdict has been rendered? Will no one rid me of this troublesome craft store?

This last impulse, I would suggest, is particularly potent in cases where the transformation in question is not necessarily delivering on its promises, and where there’s a felt need to find someone outside the enlightened community/the holy Catholic empire/History’s vanguard to blame for that falling-short. Where our current kulturkampf is concerned, for instance, I think most contemporary liberals are aware that post-1960s America is not quite the liberated and egalitarian utopia that was promised … but many of them are quite determined to believe that their own ideology is blameless, that there aren’t actually any internal contradictions in social liberalism, and that contemporary social problems must always and everywhere be the fault of something called “conservatism,” in all its varied guises. The revolution hasn’t failed or fallen; it’s just been resisted and disrupted by wreckers and reactionaries; etc. Which is how you end up with the sense, palpable in the liberal Twitter reaction to the Hobby Lobby decision, that if it weren’t for Catholic Supreme Court justices and evangelical-owned craft stores, all sorts of problems would gradually be washed away, like tears in a soft progressive rain.

And perhaps, if current trends persist for long enough, we will get to actually test that proposition. But not yet, not yet.

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Via the Right Pundit.


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Ratso!

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM

HONESTLIB!!

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Bishop Lobby…!!!

JohnGalt23 on July 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

*snap!*

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Howdy!

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

blah blah blah! it’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

[sets out "We Reserve The Right To Serve Whomever We Dang Well Please, Dammit!" signage...activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service...usual caveats apply...tosses bar keys to OC...]

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons and trolls…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Great news!
We don’t have to hear about Men’s Kickball again until June of 2018.

Galtian on July 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Meanwhile Sarkozy faces corruption charges while our own party of crooks and thieves continues to go untouched, boosted by a propagandist media.

And heaven forbid they’re ever denied a bit more power, as they were here, then its the mother of all hissy fits.

Gingotts on July 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

…liberal heads keep exploding!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Evening, all you wonderful people!!! You, too, coolrepubica…

bimmcorp on July 1, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Evenin’.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Looks like the gang is all here.

crankyoldlady on July 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Howdy! Howdy! Howdy!

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Did you know a liberals head can explode repeatedly? It’s just amazing….

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Must be the lack of a safety valve… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Doc, you might appreciate this one… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Did you know a liberals head can explode repeatedly? It’s just amazing….

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Very entertaining.

crankyoldlady on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

BRB…Kitchen Dooty…

[tosses bar keys to Doc, ALT and Bimm...]

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

President obama is the worst President in US History. Bar none. He’s an incompetent idiot. Anyone that still support this imbecile is an idiot too.

An absolute booger eating moron.

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Yeah, Bill Ayers and some of his more well known buddies are still searching for that Progressive Utopia…and it doesn’t matter how many have to die to get there.

d1carter on July 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Israel bombs the wrong country

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

I haven’t heard this much frank stupidity from the in a good while–probably not since they declared the world was ending when Scott Walker made his collective bargaining adjustments in Wisconsin.

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Hmmm

Not much so far on how the GOP betrayed you all in MS so far huh?

There have been more revelation on the depth of betrayal

Was I right? Of course. I’ve been right for years, whereas Hot Air has been cheerleading the team

Three sure things in life. Death. Taxes. And…
The GOP will betray you

True_King on July 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Okay in follow up to my other post about the dumb liberal on my facebook feed. This was part of his last post to “close” the argument.

I know I’m right, when you all realize birth control for everyone is a great thing this country things will get better. The choice is no BC and crime or BC and lower taxes.

I need a mega face palm

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

An absolute booger eating moron.

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

ROFL. Tell us what you really think, hawk ;-)

You still traveling back and forth to GA?

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Evening All

Had over an hour of lightning, boomers and rain. Arthur is showing himself :(

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

An absolute booger eating moron.

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

LOL…Yup!

d1carter on July 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Had over an hour of lightning, boomers and rain. Arthur is showing himself :(

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Stay safe all of you Floridians, and prayers are ascending…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

At 52, I’m old enough to remember when feminism was important, when we fought for equal pay, for the opportunity to work in male dominated professions, to be treated as something other than sex objects. I remember when women were first allowed to march in the Penn State Blue Band-1972.

Apparently now feminism has the goal of making women totally dependent on others to provide for our basic needs. I am appalled to see Democrat politicians, including a female Senator, the first female Speaker of the House, and a former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, come out and say women are too helpless to get birth control unless a bunch of old white men pay for it for them.

I guess we haven’t come a long way, baby.

talkingpoints on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Evening All

Had over an hour of lightning, boomers and rain. Arthur is showing himself :(

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

The rain is all south of us but it’s humid. Tomorrow should be better.

crankyoldlady on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Wow. Not a single story about the Cochran campaign paying black democrats to vote for him in the republican primary. Huh.

rjcylon on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Yeah, you do need one. ROFL. Seriously, that’s what he said?

Okay, so it sounds like his line of logic is falling to the side of population control. Has he ever mentioned anything of that sort before?

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Hannity was talking about the MS situation. I didn’t listen to all of it.

crankyoldlady on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Late but heartfelt…Congrats on the new addition to the family.

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Theme of the day at the hospital—overdoses. I think there have been 6. I’ll have to ask if they’re upset about the Hobby Lobby decision.

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

ROFL. Tell us what you really think, hawk ;-)

You still traveling back and forth to GA?

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

We’re giving this class first stage checkrides in the morning and then leaving directly after for NC. I’m having the better part of my family all in the compound for the 4th.

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Hey, CL {waving} How are you tonight?

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Theme of the day at the hospital—overdoses. I think there have been 6. I’ll have to ask if they’re upset about the Hobby Lobby decision.

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

An absolute booger eating moron.

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

… and a Doo-Doo head!

(well, it was the ultimate put down back in my youth)

PolAgnostic on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Yeah, you do need one. ROFL. Seriously, that’s what he said?

Okay, so it sounds like his line of logic is falling to the side of population control. Has he ever mentioned anything of that sort before?

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Yep word for word.

I think is wife is a raging liberal and he just spouts what she says. He can never back up his argument with sound facts and logic.

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Israel bombs the wrong country

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Why should you care?

Electrongod on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Wow. Not a single story about the Cochran campaign paying black democrats to vote for him in the republican primary. Huh.

rjcylon on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Yeah, a lot of conservative sites are ignoring it.

Anyone want to guess when Hot Air might start to cover the scandal?

Apparently the FEC is now looking into the Barbour Super PAC.

cat_owner on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Good for you on the plans for the 4th, hawk. Well deserved, I have no doubt. Be careful coming home, okay?

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Russian Pilots are set to fly over Iraq within days.

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Let me say again…..

Electrongod on July 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Do you comment over @ truthrevolt?

annoyinglittletwerp on July 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Hmmm
Not much so far on how the GOP betrayed you all in MS so far huh?
There have been more revelation on the depth of betrayal

True_King on July 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Sean Hannity just devoted most of his prime-time show to this.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

crankyoldlady on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Yes, Hannity had 2 segments on it.

OC

Waiting on the 11:00 update. But it’s North of me already. I just get the headaches from the pressure. So far so good thankfully.

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

It is 64 and chilly out on my front porch. I had to wear my bomber jacket for my last smoke and there is hardly any humidity out there…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Thank you very much! We are all grateful that things went well and that Parker is a healthy little fellow!

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

President obama supports wrong side of Syrian War.

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I don’t expect Obamugabe to support the Syrian Christians, but I sure wish my Pope would speak out against killing Christians in the M.E. on a daily basis instead of weird jokes about Commies trying to help the poor. WTF was that?

8 weight on July 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Waiting on the 11:00 update. But it’s North of me already. I just get the headaches from the pressure. So far so good thankfully.
CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I’m glad he’s leaving your neck of the woods, CL! I’m also praying you’ll be your Usual Cheery Self by morning ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

It is 64 and chilly out on my front porch. I had to wear my bomber jacket for my last smoke and there is hardly any humidity out there…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Isn’t it great! It’s going to be in the 70′s here the rest of the week.

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

One of my cousin-in-laws(a nice person) posted a meme that wished muslim a ‘profiling-free’ ramadan.
Since we agreed not to comment on each others political posts…
*headbang*
*she lives in your state*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Sean Hannity just devoted most of his prime-time show to this.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Yes, kudos to Sean for doing that. I only heard part of Mark Levin, and it was about the illegals. So I don’t know if Mark talked about it later.

Apparently Rush mentioned it near the end of his show and will be discussing it more tomorrow.

Still nothing on Drudge and many other conservative sites are pretending it doesn’t exist.

cat_owner on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Hope you feel better soon, CL…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Meanwhile our southern border is being overrun with diseased people who are being taken to camps inside the U.S. on public transport.

We’re being invaded and the treacherous fools who run our government are concentrating on whether or not some dimwit can figure out how to buy a condom on their own.

Bishop on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Waiting on the 11:00 update. But it’s North of me already. I just get the headaches from the pressure. So far so good thankfully.
CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Yeah for the good news on that.

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Isn’t it great! It’s going to be in the 70′s here the rest of the week.

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

quit bragging.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I am appalled to see Democrat politicians, including a female Senator, the first female Speaker of the House, and a former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, come out and say women are too helpless to get birth control unless a bunch of old white men pay for it for them.

I guess we haven’t come a long way, baby.

talkingpoints on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

It’s too bad there are no conservative female politicians to say exactly what you articulated so well.

8 weight on July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I need a mega face palm
gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Take your pick, GG… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

They usually can’t!

Lineholder

Doing ok. Thanks. Hope you are too.

Electrongod on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Hey EG (waving) LTNS

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Theme of the day at the hospital—overdoses. I think there have been 6. I’ll have to ask if they’re upset about the Hobby Lobby decision.

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM


Dress rehearsals for the 4th?

Out here in the hollers … the number of emergency room visits peaks on the 3rd … everybody “test firing” for their big show.

You look at out of our 2nd floor east window on Friday – continuous fireworks from dusk till midnight scattered over an area of 100 square miles.

We literally couldn’t believe it our first July 4th out here.

PolAgnostic on July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Ah, no mind of his own then, eh?

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Isn’t it great! It’s going to be in the 70′s here the rest of the week.

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Yep. Cannot remember the last time I wore a jacket in July…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I don’t remember where this was but there was a single engine plane that couldn’t get one of the wheels down. It was on Fox and they happened at the time to have John Scott who flies and that girl named Lea who used to fly F18′s. Their description was interesting. The plane flew around for awhile and then made a perfect belly landing.

crankyoldlady on July 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

When did the Gaza Strip become a country?

sentinelrules on July 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Japan Moves to permit greater military activity.

This can go really really well or really really bad. No middle ground.

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Isn’t it great! It’s going to be in the 70′s here the rest of the week.
gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I won’t be seeing that until mid-December…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Cant imagine how a Lib would handle a real issue. They created this issue by supporting Obamacare and loved SCOTUS for doing so. Now look at em.

hillsoftx on July 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

PolAgnostic on July 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

I have to work.
We’re not living in a free country anymore anyway. I’ll probably just wear a tea party button and leave it at that.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Gonna be in the mid 50s at night this weekend. That will be nice.

8 weight on July 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

THANKS EVERYONE

From earlier reports it looks like the Outer Banks better duck.

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Maybe they’ll bring out the TA’s, CR.

DemetriusPhalerum on July 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

We’re being invaded and the treacherous fools who run our government are concentrating on whether or not some dimwit can figure out how to buy a condom on their own.

Bishop on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

.
I respectfully disagree. The treacherous POS’s are making the dispersion of diseased illegals their FIRST priority.

The Sandra Fluke level morons are merely a convenient distration.

PolAgnostic on July 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

My butt hurts! Hope my jug ears aren’t the cause.

Judge_Dredd on July 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Did you ask her if she has an eternal flame to Wellstone? Just wondering because I’ve seen those and she could fit the bill as an owner.

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Iran hearts solar energy.

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Apparently now feminism has the goal of making women totally dependent on others to provide for our basic needs. I am appalled to see Democrat politicians, including a female Senator, the first female Speaker of the House, and a former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, come out and say women are too helpless to get birth control unless a bunch of old white men pay for it for them.

I guess we haven’t come a long way, baby.

talkingpoints on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Couldn’t agree more. It’s sickening. The trouble is there are some dumb women who will believe their hyperbole.

And I’m female.

cat_owner on July 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Gonna be in the mid 50s at night this weekend. That will be nice.

8 weight on July 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Front porch sleeping weather as they used to say when I was a kid growing up in the sixties…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Wow. Not a single story about the Cochran campaign paying black democrats to vote for him in the republican primary. Huh.

rjcylon on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

The Cochran campaign has announced that they are preparing to sue the person who made the allegations and the person who wrote the story. (Story might be on The Blaze). They alleged that the writer paid the informant (to which I would have replied and the Enquirer paid for the story about Edwards love child, but that’s me).

I think the dollars for votes story is very plausible, but Hotair, Drudge, etc. may be waiting for better confirmation before running with the story for fear of legal consequnces.

Kind of ironic that Cochran blatantly went after the black vote with promises of delivering money to them in the form of government largesse, but is shocked, shocked that anyone would believe that his campaign would be so crass as to actually pay cash for votes up front.

talkingpoints on July 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

crankyoldlady on July 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I saw that landing. The pilot did awesome.

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Japan Moves to permit greater military activity.

This can go really really well or really really bad. No middle ground.

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

They don’t have a choice. We aren’t supporting them anymore and they have China breathing down their necks.

crankyoldlady on July 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Ok… Watch out, the bat shite crazy lunatic is at it again. This time, I think he is trying to piss off every liberal in America and half of the conservatives as well.

oscarwilde on July 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Israel bombs the wrong country

coolrepublica on July 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Shut up and eat your chicken.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

ow—–Error: Unable to find site’s URL to redirect to.

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

‘Maybe you all can quit complaining about “activist” judges now? Never before have people been more miserable in victory.’

- libfreeordie on July 1, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Activist judges??? lolz

Do you realise that it was Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and almost every Democrat in Congress that gave us the RFRA? It passed the Democrat-controlled House on a voice vote and passed the Senate 97-3 with only 2 of the dissenters being Democrats.

Do you even know why the RFRA even became a gleam in two of its fathers’ (Look, Ma! I’ve got two dads!!!) – Schumer and Kennedy – eyes?

It was Scalia’s opinion for the majority in Employment Division v Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990), which held that the law, when applied to the population at large, could not sustain carve-outs for religious reasons. And, this pizzed off a whole lot of people, especially those on the Left.

Why?

Because Manifest Destiny, racism, and genocide against Native Americans or something. Oh, and drugs!!!

You see, Mr Smith was a Native American, who smoked peyote as part of his ‘religious’ rites, but he wanted unemployment insurance and the State of Oregon had a law that prohibited the payment of such benefits to individuals that smoked the illegal drug. Well, we couldn’t have that. I mean, shit, we gave them smallpox and took their land. Soooo, Democrats, especially, led the charge up Religious Freedom Restoration Act Hill.

Later, the Supreme Court ruled that a city in Florida couldn’t prohibit the ritual slaughter of chickens by practitioners of Santería. See: Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v Hialeah, 508 U.S. 520 (1993).

And, the Court, again relying on RFRA, held that the Federal government failed to prove a compelling interest (strict scrutiny applies in cases that infringe upon Constitutional rights) in seizing the Schedule I tea that was used for sacraments by members of a New Mexican branch of the Brazilian church União do Vegetal. See: Gonzales v O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, 546 U.S. 418 (2006).

Instead of this being a decision by ‘activist judges,’ the Court was actually relying on legislation overwhelmingly supported and driven by Democrats. If Democrats hadn’t pushed for the RFRA and let Scalia’s opinion in Smith stand, the Obama administration may very well have prevailed yesterday.

So, tell us again, liveenslavedthendie, just exactly who the ‘activists’ were?

Call it Scalia’s Scimitar or something. He warned you. You didn’t listen. And, yesterday, he, along with Justices Kennedy, Alito, Roberts, and Thomas, used Democrats’ own law to hack off their heads.

Amusing really.

Mr Progressive, I understand that you know your hoist, but please allow me to introduce you to Monsieur Petard.

Resist We Much on July 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

talkingpoints on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I hear you on that! All excellent points. It embarrasses me to watch/hear these “women.”

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

President obama supports wrong side of Syrian War.

hawkdriver on July 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

If Insane Hussein and Juan McInsane are on the same side, which is most of the time, you can pretty much make book that it’s insane.

VorDaj on July 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

(in lurking mode)

lineholder on July 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Front porch sleeping weather as they used to say when I was a kid growing up in the sixties…

OmahaConservative on July 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

It’d have to be a screened front porch, else I’d have a million mayflies on me.

8 weight on July 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Link didn’t work oscarwilde…

Doc Holliday on July 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, check out the following spectacle that came to me via email.

Chinese Fireworks

>ThisHunan Province town is where fireworks were invented,
> and the show has never been equaled in the West
>
> The Chinese are not only the inventors of the fireworks they
> are still the masters.

>
> &autoplay=1″>http://www.youtube.com/embed/_LpMB1OZ53g?feature=player_detailpage%22%20frameborder=%220%22%20allowfullscreen%3e%3c/iframe%3e&autoplay=1

onlineanalyst on July 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

gophergirl on July 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

We can’t discuss politics. She lives in the Twin Cities-so she might.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Resist We Much on July 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

(waving at ya)

Excellent as usual!

CoffeeLover on July 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

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