Friday, July 25, 2014

Insult

The only thing more insulting to it's own audience than reality TV is cable news.

This morning, the hysteria over Ukraine and the onslaught of Russia and Putin bashing continue unabated.

The military-industrial complex never takes a day off.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The First Amendment

On second thought . . . . .

Part of what I wrote here no longer seems right to me.

The New York Times is not a person, nor is the Catholic Church.

Does the former enjoy the protection of the First Amendment?

Then why not the latter?

If the Times enjoys First Amendment protection, why not other corporations, organizations, or collectivities?

Not just press and speech freedom but free exercise rights?

It is one thing to say individuals are protected by the First Amendment, but quite another to say only individuals are protected.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Not a word of the text justifies such a restriction.

Re Hobby Lobby.

All the same, the amendment is admittedly stupid in a number of ways.

Start with free exercise.

Requiring you to do what your religion forbids is not the same as forbidding you to do what your religion requires.

But the latter is clearly ruled out of bounds.

Congress, anyway, cannot prevent you doing whatever your religion requires, and federal laws that cross your purpose cannot prevail against you.

Peyote and bearded, turbaned soldiers are only the tip of the iceberg.

Genital mutilation, animal and human sacrifice, whatever floats your religious boat.

Jihad, for example, or the killing of blasphemers, unbelievers, and disrespectful daughters.

As to speech and the press, abridging your freedom to pay others to speak or to publish is not abridging your freedom to speak or to publish.

But federal authority can neither prevent nor punish the Times or anyone else publicly or privately speaking or publishing the most dreadful and dangerous secrets, military or otherwise, to anyone, on any occasion.

Federal enforcement of non-disclosure agreements is not permitted, nor federal privacy laws, nor laws prohibiting slander or lies.

Nor may federal authority abridge the right of the 50,000 punk rockers to assemble anywhere of their choosing, any time of their choosing, for as long as they like, for any peaceable purpose.

See what I mean?

Do you really want the constitution seriously adhered to?

Update 7/25.

The common view, of course, is that exercise of religion includes both doing as it prescribes and abstaining from what it forbids. 

So understood, the amendment is even more egregiously lunatic. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Putin hatred is a left thing, too

Propaganda ministers

See the comments.

Pussy riot, gays at the Olympics, Orthodoxy - and that all folds up nicely into the current Washington propaganda wave directed against Zbig's favorite enemy in the continuing, totally stupid game of Risk.

The struggle against Russia never stopped.

Never even slowed down.

The language of politics

Netroots Nation

EW quotes Rev. Barber's speech.

"It is extreme and immoral to suppress the right to vote,” Reverend Barber said. 

“It is extreme and immoral to deny Medicaid for millions of poor people especially people who have been elected to office and then insurance simply because they’ve been elected. 

It is extreme and immoral to raise taxes on the working poor and cutting earned income taxes, and to raise taxes on the poor and the middle class in order to cut taxes for the wealthy. 

It is extreme and immoral to use power to cut off people’s water in Detroit.  … 

It is extreme and immoral to end unemployment for those who have lost jobs for no fault of their own. 

It is extreme and immoral to re-segregate our schools and underfund our public schools. 

It is extreme and immoral for people who came from immigrants to now to have a mean amnesia and cry out against immigrants and the rights of children. 

It is mean, it is immoral, it is extreme to kick hardworking people when they are down. 

That’s not just bad policy. It’s against the common good and a disregard for human rights. … 

In fact, this kind of philosophy rooted in the policies of immoral deconstruction, if you look at them carefully, they are historically inaccurate, they are constitutionally inconsistent, they are morally indefensible, and they are economically insane.”

Cuss words of menace.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ownlife, pain

My pain is an object of experience.

Yours is an object of faith, along with your entire inner life, your supposed consciousness.

The example of old women

Old men die quickly after retirement, especially widowers.

Many are suicides.

Old women live on for decades, reading, puttering around the house, having lunch with friends, lifelong or newly made.

A lesson to us all.

Provocateurs

Sejanus sends provocateurs to the house of Agrippina to entice her and her friends into treason of one sort or another against Tiberius.

Reading Ben Jonson, Sejanus.

Perfectly routine for the FBI.

Draw your own conclusions.

And what do you make of the trendy leftist disparagement of classical learning and the long trail of Western literature, especially French and English, especially but not only drama, based on it?

Even Camus and Giraudoux?

Even Robert Graves?

Perhaps Bloom just put up a target.