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Dinnae ye pretend lik’ ye cannae unnerstand me, boy

On Decency and Chicken

This explains it, top to bottom:

“This isn’t about mutual tolerance because there’s nothing mutual about it. If we agree to disagree on this issue, you walk away a full member of this society and I don’t. There is no “live and let live” on this issue because Dan Cathy is spending millions to very specifically NOT let me live. I’m not trying to do that to him.”

And really, it’s helpful to see what kind of people will go out of their way to support bigotry.  It’s more than one might guess, nevermind might hope.

Midweek Makeover: Bruce Highway Edition

So, there was this original, by Bob Dylan.  Secret?  I’d never really paid attention to it, before 2009.

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It’s great, isn’t it?  But in that weird way that makes the first time you heard a song stick as the original, I’ll always associate this with the Whitlams.  I was rolling north on the Bruce Highway in Australia when I first heard it:

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Bonus Bruce Highway music –

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By the time I get to Arizona . . .

As an Arizona- born native?  I think Gov. Jan Brewer and these law enforcement clowns should be ashamed of themselves.  You’d hope that they’d want to do something useful with their lives.  But, no. The guy in this video?  Helps illustrate what a bunch of halfwit clowns they are:

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If it’s July . . .

it’s Le Tour:

I do not take calls during HC climbs or the last 5k.

Continuing Legal Education

Shocker. I sometimes wonder what I could have done with all that time I spent in law school trying to square Scalia’s “principles” with his outcomes, had I just realized that his outcomes were his only principles.  To wit:

Now, within days of the historic ruling, Scalia is releasing a new book in which he finds fault with a Roosevelt-era Supreme Court decision that forms a critical part of the legal undergirding for the health care reform law. For Scalia, that’s a dramatic turnaround, because he has previously embraced the premise of that decision in an opinion he authored in 2005 that supporters of the Affordable Care Act have frequently cited.

In Scalia’s new book, a 500-page disquisition on statutory construction being published this week, he says the landmark 1942 ruling Wickard v. Filburn — which has served as the lynchpin of the federal government’s broad authority to regulate interstate economic activities under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause — was wrongly decided.

You know how people sometimes describe the embarrassment of losing their religion?  I sometimes feel the same way about the faith I used to have in the US Supreme Court.

 

The Neverending Fake Victimhood of Gun Advocates

The lengths to which politicians like Rep. Mica (R-Fl.) will go to mine for votes amongst the perpetually under-imaginary-siege gun enthusiasts is astonishing.  Or at least it was in the first few years it happened.

Look – the national gun control lobby has been effectively dead for more than a decade now.  But that doesn’t stop fundamentally dishonest organizations like the NRA from attempting to undermine our ongoing civic conversation in the service of their own membership-building activities.

It’s time to call bullshit on these liars.  In exactly those terms.

And as I note almost every time I write about the NRA’s fear-mongering: I’ve owned a gun all of my adult life, and my first encounter with the NRA was with a hunter safety class I took when I was 12 years old.  I don’t hate guns.  I hate what dishonest liars like the NRA and John Mica are using guns to do.

Washington, DC

Immigration march, 2006

Philadelphia, USA

Girl in front of fountain, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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