Patterico's Pontifications

6/27/2015

Disgusting Hypocrisy

Filed under: General — JD @ 1:05 pm

[guest post by JD]

After hundreds of Court cases, and 1 Supreme Court decision, Hillary Clinton is calling on opponents of SSM to give up, and move on. This despite the fact that until after she left her failed job as Sec State, she had been adamantly against SSM, saying on the Senate floor that marriage is solely for a man and a woman. 

Just like with ObamaCare decisions, once the Left gets their desired outcome, the debate is over, the science is settled, and no further debate and dissent will be tolerated. 

This same metric does not play out with SC decisions they don’t like, only the ones that advance their agenda. You don’t see them backing away from unconstitutional gun control efforts despite Heller. After Citizens United, they want to gut 1st Amendment protections. 

Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. 

—JD

6/26/2015

News Outlet Will Now Very Strictly Limit Op-Eds And Letters In Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage (ADDED: Ironic That Same News Outlet Publishes Op-Ed Scolding People For Needing Safe Spaces) UPDATE: Editor Apologizes

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:49 pm

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The writing is on the wall, or rather in an editorial, “The Supremes got it right – It’s no longer ‘gay marriage.’ It’s ‘marriage.’ And we’re better for it“:

On Friday, the United States crossed a similar threshold, continuing a long road to acceptance of same-sex unions.

And this news organization now crosses another threshold.

As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.

These unions are now the law of the land. And we will not publish such letters and op-Eds any more than we would publish those that are racist, sexist or anti-Semitic.

We will, however, for a limited time, accept letters and op-Eds on the high court’s decision and its legal merits.

The march of progress is often slow, but it is always steady.

On Friday, the United States took another step toward the ideal of equality envisioned by its founders. And we are all more free as a result.

PennLive reaches 3.3 million readers weekly.

Dana

ADDED: Op-ed from PennLive wherein the writer identifies those needing safe spaces from dissenting views:

For myself, when I think of a university, and reflect on my personal experiences, I think of a place to interact and share ideas to become a more educated and cognizant person.

Students can enter these “safe places” to take their minds off of whatever they just saw or heard. These rooms contain items often found in daycare centers, including coloring books, bubbles, play-doh, and videos of puppies.

I may sound inconsiderate, but if you really need to blow bubbles or play with play-doh to handle a different opinion, then my suggestion would be to not attend the event, and furthermore, maybe college isn’t the place for you either.

An educational setting should be a place where people are free to express their viewpoints without fear that someone might need to relapse back to childhood in order to deal with an opinion.

These safe spaces prevent growth. If you are attending a university, then you should expect to encounter different opinions and viewpoints. If not, then in reality it is you who is small-minded.

Even if you do not go to college, there are an estimated 7 billion people in this world, 300 million in the United States alone, it’s safe to say not everyone is going to agree with you, and it’s OK.

In fact, different viewpoints and life experiences is what makes life so interesting. It’s when people try to discount one’s experience and become intolerant to different held beliefs and values that we have trouble.

UPDATE: Editor John Micek, feeling a bit of push back for his decision to censor letters and op-eds in opposition to gay marriage, apologized this morning. After citing his exultation at the decision, and then noting the reaction to his tweets and op-ed regarding the new policy of censorship, Micek tells readers:

What almost immediately followed was an object lesson in the law of unintended consequences. And, sadly, the strongly worded message included in our editorial was lost.

By day’s end, I’d received dozens of emails and several phone calls — not to mention the hundreds of comments appended to the editorial — accusing me (and this news organization) of being “fascists” opposed to both the First Amendment and the right to freedom of expression.

And those were just the polite ones.

And as I rolled it over in my head yesterday, after hearing from professional colleagues and good friends on the right and left who questioned our policy, I reached a number of conclusions:

First: No one at PennLive and The Patriot-News is an opponent of the First Amendment. It’s a right that’s foundational to us as a people. And it’s a right for which many brave and noble men and women have given their lives. And I would never trample on that legacy or dishonor their sacrifice by limiting our readers’ right to express themselves in a civil way.

Second: And I cannot stress this one enough — that’s in a civil way. More than once yesterday I was referred to as “f****t-lover,” among other slurs. And that’s the point that I was trying to make with our statement: We will not publish such slurs any more than we would publish racist, sexist or anti-Semitic speech. There are ways to intelligently discuss an issue. The use of playground insults is not among them. And they are not welcome at PennLive/The Patriot-News.

Third: I fully recognize that there are people of good conscience and of goodwill who will disagree with Friday’s high court ruling. They include philosophers and men and women of the cloth whose objections come from deeply held religious and moral convictions that are protected by the very same First Amendment that allowed me to stick my foot in my mouth on Friday. They are, and always will be, welcome in these pages, along with all others of goodwill, who seek to have an intelligent and reasoned debate on the issues of the day.

These pages, I remind myself finally, belong to the people of Central Pennsylvania. I’m a conduit, I recognize, for them to share their views and to have the arguments that make us better as a people. And all views are — and always will be — welcome.

My mom — and probably yours too — once told me what the road to hell was paved with. Yesterday, I was reminded of the truth of that lesson.

I stand with my gay and lesbian friends who, on Friday, were extended the same protections under the law that the rest of us take for granted.

But for those of you who were offended by what was intended as a very genuine attempt at fostering a civil discussion, I apologize

Which is all fine and well, but PennLive already had an established policy for commenting on its pages, so why the need to go beyond that and actually censor commentators? Unless, of course, Micek’s original reaction was entirely about Something Else other than civil speech in the comments section. In which case, that would make the apology less than noble. And would reveal a dishonest heart.

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: From Alito’s dissent:

Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences.

It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. E.g., ante, at 11–13. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.

Perhaps recognizing how its reasoning may be used, the majority attempts, toward the end of its opinion, to reassure those who oppose same-sex marriage that their rights of conscience will be protected. Ante, at 26–27. We will soon see whether this proves to be true. I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.

And newspapers.

That didn’t take long.

Terror Attacks In France And Tunisia

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:01 am

[guest post by Dana]

A gruesome terror attack at a factory in France:

The severed head had Arabic writing scrawled across it and was found on a fence next to two jihadi banners.

Two other people were hurt in the explosion at the factory near Grenoble , said French President Francois Hollande.

The explosion in France was triggered when two attackers deliberately crashed a car into gas canisters, according to police.

One Islamist had been killed at the premises in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, southeastern France. The main suspect, named as Yassin Salhi, 35, has been arrested.

Salhi was known to intelligence officials, and may have been radicalized.

President Hollande referred to it as “terrorism”, not “workplace violence”:

“The attack was of a terrorist nature since a body was discovered, decapitated and with inscriptions,”

Further, Interior Minister Cazeneuve, speaking from the scene, described the attack as “barbarous” and a “terrible terrorist crime”.

According to a reporter for the the Daily Telegraph:

“The person arrested was allegedly carrying a flag of the Islamic State and he said he was a member of the IS.”

This attack came shortly before “militants, feared to be from ISIS”, opened fire on sunbathers at a resort in Tunisia popular with Europeans, killing 28 people and injuring 36 others:

Witnesses said the terrorists used a jet ski and a boat to access the beach and hid their machine guns in parasols while dressed in Western clothing.

About the sole surviving gunman:

A Tunisian student, previously unknown to the security services, is the prime suspect in the massacre, Tunisia’s Secretary of State for Security, Rafik Chelly revealed.

Mr Chelly told Tunisia’s Mosaique FM radio station: ‘He is Tunisian, from the Kairouan region [in the centre of Tunisia]. He is a student. He was not known [to the security services].

‘He went to the beach, dressed like someone who is going for a swim and he had a parasol [sun umbrella] inside which he had his weapon. After he arrived at the beach, he used his weapon.’

–Dana

Gay Marriage Now Legal in 50 States

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:43 am

5-4, Kennedy in majority, as expected.

The evisceration of originalism and textualism continues apace. Five justices can rewrite literally anything.

6/25/2015

When The Solid Strength Of A Candidate Just Isn’t Enough

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:09 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Word:

We should never underestimate the Democrat/American/human capacity for manufactured enthusiasm, and people persuading themselves that their preferred candidate isn’t merely the best choice among the options, but is the living, breathing embodiment of all good qualities. Hero worship, cult of personality, a refusal to acknowledge any flaws in the Great Leader . . . this habit won’t go away anytime soon, it seems.

Ain’t that the truth.

“From sea to shining sea, she’ll fight for liberty, she’s sexy and she’s strong, we’re gonna vote for Chelsea’s mom . . . ”

–Dana

Laws Now Mean Whatever We Wish They Mean, Not What They Actually Say

Filed under: General — JD @ 7:20 am

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The Supreme Court is where you go to amend or pass legislation that you can’t get through the Legislature. 

6-3. 

—-JD

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Intentionalism has beaten textualism, and we will now pay the price.

6/24/2015

You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up: At White House LGBT Pride Event, President Obama Is Heckled By Illegal Immigrant Trans-Woman Activist For Over Two Minutes Before She Is Finally Escorted Out

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:35 pm

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It’s crazy town at the White House. Trans-woman and illegal immigrant activist Jennicet Gutierrez heckled and hollered at the president during his LGBT Pride address today for two minutes before the Secret Service showed up to escort her out. Gutierrez is also the founder of immigrant rights group Familia TQLM, which seeks to end all deportations of LGBT detainees.

The president attempted to quiet Gutierrez, but she wouldn’t listen:

“Hey, you’re in my house. … You know what, it’s not respectful, when you get invited to somebody,” before being cut off again.

Gutierrez was finally escorted out by Secret Service agents, and continued yelling as she went out the door.

An obviously annoyed Obama commented:

“You’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me.”

“Shame on you, you shouldn’t be doing this,” Obama said before the crowd began chanting his name.

“As a general rule, I am just fine with a few hecklers, but not when I’m up in the house. You know what I mean?” he said, turning to Vice President Joe Biden after the woman was removed from the room. “Because, you know, my attitude is, if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres … And drinking the booze, I know that’s right. Anyway, where was I?”

Gutierrez later posted her thoughts about the ruckus:

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She later added:

‘The White House gets to make the decision whether it keeps us safe,” Gutiérrez said in the Not1MoreDeportation press release. “There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country. If the President wants to celebrate with us, he should release the LGBTQ immigrants locked up in detention centers immediately.”

Joe Biden, who was also on the stage with President Obama, was clearly, and most amusingly, frustrated.

Only in the this White House can a known illegal immigrant activist be welcomed into the White House and allowed to heckle and holler at the the President of the United States for two minutes before finally being escorted out of the room!

–Dana

White House Continued To Cover Up Extent Of OPM Hack

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:17 pm

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In a report from today’s Wall St. Journal, we learn that the OPM hack of U.S. data may have impacted upwards of 18 million social security numbers and that the agency misrepresented the breach. This is much different than what obfuscating White House officials originally led us to believe.

Obama administration officials avoided immediately disclosing the severity of the government employee data hack by defining it as two distinct breaches, according to people familiar with the matter, in an incident that underscores the tensions within the government over what officials have described as one of the worst breaches of U.S. data.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspect China was behind the hack of Office of Personnel Management databases, and those hackers accessed not only personnel files but security clearance forms, which contain information that foreign intelligence agencies could use to target espionage operations, according to officials. Chinese officials have said they weren’t involved.

The administration disclosed the breach of personnel files on June 4 but not the security clearance theft. The security theft was disclosed a week later, but investigators probing the theft already knew about it.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta is investigating the matter:

[S]he believes 4.2 million personnel records of current and former government employees were stolen as part of one breach, but she said the estimates were much less precise on the hack of background check investigations that took place over a number of years.

“It is my understanding that the 18 million [number] refers to a preliminary, unverified and approximate number of unique Social Security numbers in the background investigations data,” she said. “It is a number I am not comfortable with.”

After a heated three-hour hearing earlier this month regarding the hack – when the number being reported was only at 4 million – Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called for Archuleta and her chief information officer to resign given that “OPM was warned repeatedly by the agency’s inspector general to make computer security upgrades, but took too long”. It’s not like anyone will actually be fired over this egregious breach. And in spite of President Obama has making his priorities known, the White House claims he is weighing out his options in response to the hack.

On a side note: Earlier this month, Mona Charen, who writes for National Review, announced that she had received a letter from the OPM informing her that her information had been compromised. She shared her favorite part of the letter with readers

“. . . nothing in this letter should be construed as OPM or the U.S. Government accepting liability for any of the matters covered by this letter or for any other purpose.”

But of course.

–Dana

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The Media Just Can’t Help Themselves

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:03 am

[guest post by Dana]

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Promoting a story on Bobby Jindal yesterday, the Washington Post tweeted this:

“There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal.”

The article itself discusses the Americanization of Piyush Bobby Jindal (naming himself after Bobby Brady from the all-white Brady Bunch), his conversion to Christianity, and infers that at a result, his cred as a “conservative of color” is questionable. Because, if “many see him as a man who has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots” while chasing the American dream, how can he possibly be viewed as “Indian enough”?

As Allahpundit suggests, the real problem, of course, is: Jindal assimilated. He happily and willfully embraced Americanism and all its glory. It just doesn’t get much worse than this, right?

In yet another bit of race-focus nonsense, a misguided article at The Hill discussed Gov. Nikki Haley’s “shrewdly mapped play” which called for the removal of the Confederate flag, and how that prompted a GOP turnaround on the issue:

And after years of happily whistling political Dixie as part of its mad racial plan for Southern domination, the Republican Party backed away from this in an unprecedentedly humble about face.

It’s packed with tiresome claims which you can read for yourself, but as with most political and cultural issues of the day, there is an obligation to massage and spin so that race takes center-stage:

This was some very smart, very intelligent and very long-term strategic maneuvering on the part of South Carolina’s governor, a move that may have just secured her a new political life and a fresh national stage. She’s still very popular. In terms of image, she’s suddenly transformed herself into Republican Wonder Woman of color, who took a stand against racism even though the GOP hates talking about it.

(h/t JWF)

–Dana

ADDED: It is certainly no coincidence that the Washington Post published their story questioning Bobby Jindal’s authenticity as a “conservative of color” just one day prior to his announcement that he is a candidate for 2016. As with Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and now Bobby Jindal, the MSM will do all it can to portray the Republican candidates in an unfavorable light.

6/23/2015

Pope Francis: Weapons Manufacturers, Don’t Call Yourselves Christians

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:34 am

[guest post by Dana]

During a meeting with young people on Sunday, Pope Francis condemned those who manufacture weapons as well as those who invest in the weapons industry:

“If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address.

“It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to applause.

He also criticized those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”

A quick perusal of Wikipedia confirms that the Papal Swiss Guard aren’t carrying slingshots to protect the Pontiff:

The Swiss Guard use traditional weapons, such as a sword and a halberd, as well as modern weapons such as the SIG P220 and Glock 19 pistols, the Steyr TMP machine pistol and submachine guns like the Heckler & Koch MP5A3.

Pope Francis also mentioned the Holocaust and wondered why weapons were not used to stop the trains that took prisoners to the camps and their eventual deaths:

“The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, homosexuals, everybody. Why didn’t they bomb (the railway lines)?”

–Dana

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