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The Liberal Fallacy
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Title 18, Section 1507 of the U.S. Code
I'm not going to plant my flag on a yay or nay hill with respect to abortion, but there's more at play here worth talking about.
Let's start with the protests outside the homes of SCOTUS justices. They’re illegal. There's nothing ambiguous about this, and the fact that the White House has refused to acknowledge that IT’S ILLEGAL is a tacit endorsement of extralegal measures—but only if wielded against the baddies, of course.
Chuck Schumer is a dunce. He’s also an elected official; article III judges are not. It doesn't matter if these are “peaceful protests.” Demonstrating in front of the homes of justices, especially when an official vote on this case is still months away, is a thinly veiled threat and a form of political intimidation. It’s inherently anti-democratic.
The question to ask is not whether you think the tactic is justified for your cause. The question to ask is whether you think it's justified for the other side. Because the growing embrace of these tactics means they'll be deployed against your allies, not just your enemies. I call this the Liberal Fallacy: Is it not obvious that the unconstitutional ploys you’re trying to adopt under benevolent pretenses (i.e. the Ministry of Truth) will be used against you by those dastardly RepubliKKKans as soon as your stint in power is up? Let's say Trump runs again and wins, which everyone knows is a prospect that haunts lefties 24/7; you think you'll be alright with the Ministry of Truth being his thing for four years? Or are you planning on winning (stealing?) every election going forward?
If you normalize stuff like this — permitting round-the-clock unlawful demonstrations at the private residences of Supreme Court justices because they could very well rule against your political agenda — which, again, is illegal and therefore we shouldn't even be talking about this but master dissembler Jen Psaki apparently has an unlimited number of ways to avoid giving a real answer when questioned by reporters — it's not going to end well. It'll escalate. Guaranteed.
“I know that there’s an outrage right now, I guess, about protests that have been peaceful to date, and we certainly continue to encourage that, outside of judges’ homes. And that’s the president’s position.” — Jen Psaki
A few things I'd like to point out:
I distinctly recall parents doing a hell of a lot less at school board meetings, and yet the DOJ tried investigating them as “domestic terrorists.” Speaking of which—little update today. Looks like Garland might've lied under oath. Per the NY Post: “Attorney General Merrick Garland stands exposed as a liar or a fool. He testified to Congress last month that he didn’t order the targeting of parents who criticize schools policies, let alone treat them as domestic terrorists. Now an internal Justice Department memo shows just that is under way.”
I don't understand the “Men shouldn't be making laws about a woman’s body!” argument re Roe v. Wade. The law was literally set as precedent by an all-male SCOTUS in 1973; you're protesting for a law that was created by men to be upheld because “men shouldn't be making laws about a woman’s body.”
I don't have a firm stance on the abortion issue. Frankly, I'm too ignorant of the debate's finer nuances to even pretend otherwise, and it's such a contentious issue that taking a stance with my limited understanding doesn't seem right. However, I will say this: You motherfuckers have a lot of nerve to be yelling “MY BODY, MY CHOICE!” when many of you were, and presumably still are, tyrannical ignoramuses calling for people to lose their livelihoods because they believe in the same exact principal vis-à-vis the vaccines.
About the SCOTUS leak: It’s certainly true that a clerk for one of the conservative justices might've leaked the opinion, but I'm inclined to believe it was carried out by a rogue left-wing fundamentalist-type clerk, probably some social-justice-warrior from yale law school who minored in Grievance Studies and is so ideologically brainwashed they’d rather see one of our most important, bipartisan institutions undermined and tarnished than have a divisive civic issue fall in favor of the other side. I also say this because, while there’s no doubt that both sides of this debate have their fair share of neurotics and spazzes and psychos and such within their ranks, I get the sense that the pro-choice crowd fields most of the crazies, and there are some Cerebral Candy examples below that seem to support this.
Here's what I care about, though.
First and foremost, anyone who’d betray the confidentiality of the Supreme Court, which really is a sacred and integral institution that's always remained honorably above the idiocy that consumes way too many political junkies nowadays, over a decision they don't like is the same breed of person who’d walk all over the Constitution in order to ensure a decision they do like.
Secondly, and this is something I'm talking about in my next post as well: This incident is another that should be added to the Left’s running tally of authoritarian schemes they've used to subvert democracy in the name of saving it. If that sounds ass backwards that's because it is. Ever since the 2016 defeat of the rightful heir to the White House throne, Hillary Clinton, the Left has adopted a ideological framework that basically absolves them of their descent into tyrannical authoritarianism.1
That's why they've taken to characterizing everything as existential crises:
“This is a super serious Stage V Crisis, guys! The RepubliKKKans are trying to destroy our democracy! Remember The Insurrection™!? It was worse than 9/11! #resist! #covidisnotover!”
This doomsday talk is the rhetorical refuge of a political party worried it cannot win without criminalizing the other party, fictionalizing grave peril, and conjuring irrational fear in the populace.
Progressive politics in a nutshell: “Our side is democracy; Republicans are a grave threat to it.”
It's delusional. Hubristic. And it legitimizes the same sclerotic dogmatism which encourages fundamentalists and zealots alike to up the ante and become extremists. Voltaire once said, “Anyone who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” This remains as prescient as ever. Democrats, particularly rank and file Democrats, have convinced themselves that their “cause” transcends mere politics because Republican victories = #Fascism, and so anything goes. Green light. The rules no longer apply. The Constitution? Irrelevant. No measure is too extreme; the “noble” ends justify the ignoble means.
Leaking SCOTUS decisions. Threatening to stack the courts. Spying on political opposition. Using the IRS against political opponents. Politically-motivated prosecutions. Endorsing political violence.
During the Syrian war, an Assad supporter infamously declared, “Assad or we burn the country.” This is the ethos of left-wing politics, and they convince millions otherwise — that what they're seeing isn't in fact what they're seeing — because they enjoy a true cultural hegemony, and they have a genuine knack for rationalizing the abhorrent into something more palatable.
Sabotaging the Supreme Court by leaking an opinion is an implicit endorsement of mob politics.
That "Jim Crow on steroids" stuff in Georgia is working out really well.
Remember when Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed an election law last year to improve voting security and the media spent more or less the entire month in a state of schizo apoplexy and Biden went as far as to declare the arrival of Jim Crow in the 21st century? MSNBC host Joy Reid, whom I despise and have no qualms about admitting so, tweeted that "Jim Crow is alive and well in Georgia. Somebody call Jim Eagle.” It's incredible she still has a show. I would seriously rather take a swift kick to the groin from Lionel Messi wearing a steel-toed boot than watch an entire episode of her pontificating.
And remember when the media pressured the MLB to move its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Coors Field in Colorado, costing the city of Atlanta an estimated $100,000,000?
If Jim Crow has been reenacted, as Biden and his party declared, why has there been record turnout for early voting in Georgia? According to local ABC News affiliate WTVM, "Officials say more than 27,000 voters cast their ballots early, in-person Monday." That’s 3x the number of people who voted on the first day of the 2018 primary election and nearly double the number for the June 2020 primary. According to Gabriel Sterling, "Early in person [voting] has seen 97,168 GOP, 69,136 Dem & 1,284 nonpartisan votes. Mailed Absentee has seen 6,107 GOP, 6,696 Dem & 229 nonpartisan."
New White House press secretary seems like quite the obnoxious piece of work, let me tell you.
Correction from yours truly:
A couple posts back, I said that Elon Musk doesn’t own a home. Turns out that he does in fact have a home, though it’s not exactly what you’d expect from the richest man in history. Per the Daily Mail:
Elon Musk's Boca Chica, Texas home has been revealed for the first time in exclusive DailyMail.com photos
Musk, 50, has claimed his 'primary' abode is a $50,000 rental property near the SpaceX Starbase after downsizing and pledging to 'own no home' last year
Neighbors confirmed the billionaire does indeed reside in Boca Chica – at least some of the time – in a three-bed, ranch-style home a block away from his space firm's production facility
Musk - who last month agreed to pay around $44billion for Twitter - has whitewashed the walls, planted new trees and covered the entire roof in high-tech Tesla-made solar roof tiles
His security entourage lives next door and the 1970s property is guarded with a dozen or so cameras, several nestling high above the street in the tops of palm trees
The tech founder, who recently had his seventh and eighth children with on-off partner Grimes, has also built a custom-made playhouse and swing in the back yard that closely resembles a SpaceX rocket
Presented without comment.
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan sent an email today asking his staff to "respect differences of opinion" on abortion rights. Then he wrote five paragraphs about his two cats' birthdays, their habits, and his desire to get a dog.
“Patron” the EOD doggo gets a medal.
You know, something tells me that what you just said isn’t going to go over very well. Also, it's incredibly racist. Also, you're a halfwit.
Full discloser: Wesley Hunt is a West Point grad. But he’s also correct, so.
Kathy Barnette would probably beg to differ too:
Robert Wadlow, tallest human in recorded history (8 ft 11.09 in), with his parents and siblings, 1935.
Oh heaven forfend!
Do you not understand what free speech is?
I mean, what kind of mental gymnastics does a person have to perform in order to publish something so flagrantly wrong and easily disprovable…?
Not entirely incidentally, sounds like Russia might hate Elon Musk more than the mainstream media:
Great. Liberals are about to go ape shit again:
How is that funny?
FYI: Inflation dropped from 8.5% to 8.3%. But go ahead, queens; you do you. And the baby formula shortage you’re laughing about is very real, you scumbags. The Biden administration has known about the shortage for months, according to MSNBC White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
The arc of history at WaPo:
NPR did a fact-check claiming to debunk 7 abortion myths, but at least 5 of their responses are wrong or deceptive. This is why the media “fact-checking” genre is such a joke. It’s spin in service of political partisanship.
See below. This is the "true, but inconvenient, so we’ll label it false" approach.
Yup. Malcolm Nance is definitely slinging lead downrange with the UFL. Absolutely.
The guy is on Twitter 24/7. Take a look at the time stamps on his page. A complete and utter farce. This is what “grifting” is.
Before the SCOTUS leak vs. after.
“A fire broke out…”
The headquarters of Wisconsin Family Action in Madison was attacked with a Molotov cocktail thrown through a window. There was also graffiti spray-painted on an exterior wall that made it very obvious it was arson. Oh, and the pro-choice group that did it said they did it.
But, according to Politico, “a fire broke out.”
See what I mean?
4000-year-old writing board by an Egyptian student with teacher's spelling corrections in red.
Dude casually listens to ATC explain how to fly and land a plane, pulls it off in 5 minutes. No big deal.
Eisenhower to War Office London:
“The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241, local time, May 7, 1945.” The German high command signed an instrument of unconditional surrender to the Allies at Reims.
I don't watch cable news, but I can still appreciate Tucker Carlson's chyrons.
A Coca-Cola delivery truck in 1909.
Utah's public health officials were warned by law professors that a plan to prioritize the allocation of a covid drug by race likely violated federal law, but went ahead with it anyway, citing the blessings of the Biden Administration.
Two loggers hold a cross-cut saw in front of a giant Sequoia tree trunk in California, 1917.
Mark your calendars, folks.
A “queer” HuffPo writer tries to hire a sex worker, can’t find a willing mark, and then complains about it to the public.
Can’t forget to say something about those damn “white cisgender men” of course:
Rush hour in New York City, 1909.
Men waiting in a line for the possibility of a job during the Great Depression.
The woman leading protests outside Kavanaugh’s home is a “neighbor” who’s had two abortions and now has a 12 year-old who uses they/them pronouns because of course.
This is the caption that The Washington Post included with this photo: “Lacie Wooten-Holway protests near the Chevy Chase home of her neighbor Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”
Near. It’s literally right in front of his house.
Yeah but why though.
The Empire State Building under construction, 1929-1931.
Barbie to G.I. Joe
Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The U.S. was clearly doing better under Trump.
They really got rid of that man and replaced him with a puppet because he upset some people's feelings and made them feel bad. Those darn mean tweets—a pervasive threat to democracy, indeed.
Millions of people would rather have a plummeting economy, sky high inflation, and awful foreign policy.