Various & Sundry, 3/6/15

– Patrick Archbold has an excellent response to the Gang of Four joint editorial on the death penalty.

They are specifically calling on a Court to override the proper legislative authority of the states.  They are willing to grant plenary legislative power to a group of black-robed oligarchs that is specifically reserved by the U.S. Constitution to Congress and the States if they prefer the policy outcome. Remember, it is this very same power which these editorial boards grant so freely that unconstitutionally nullified the ability of state legislatures to protect the lives of the unborn over forty years ago.  As a result of the same unlawful exercise of power they espouse today, millions upon millions of babies have perished with God-fearing Christians in many states unable to do anything about it.

This is the same mistake that the USCCB makes time and time again in this case and in others. The USCCB willingly feeds the Federal beast even when every reasonable person understands that the federal government is the single greatest threat to life and religious liberty in America.

The USCCB got in bed with the Federal Government to force universal government healthcare on Americans even though many Catholics in good standing opposed it on prudential and constitutional grounds while warning of the dangers of federal interference with life and religious liberty.  The ink wasn’t even dry on that particular power grab before the very same federal government with which the Bishops allied in support of their preferred healthcare policy turned on Catholics and tried to force them to violate their religiously informed consciences.  This outcome was entirely predictable, but the lessons clearly are not yet learned.

– The national GOP may be a mess, but on the state level they continue to do things like this:

The West Virginia legislature on Friday voted to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) veto over banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The move comes after Republicans in Congress also tried to pass a 20-week abortion ban but had to drop the effort in January after a revolt from female members and centrists.

Can we get one of these guys in West Virginia to be the next Speaker of the House?

– Surely slippery slope arguments against same-sex marriage are invalid, right? Right?

Ummm, about that . . .

Three gay men from Thailand have tied the knot in what is thought to be the world’s first three-way same-sex marriage.

Happy newlyweds Joke, 29, Bell, 21 and Art, 26, took the plunge on Valentine’s Day after exchanging their vows in a fairy-tale ceremony at their home in Uthai Thani Province, Thailand.

– Trust in Hillary starting to wain in light of the email scandal.

I kind of don’t get this. She’s been in the national spotlight for over two decades, has been embroiled in scandals since the beginning, has shown herself to be every bit as much a pathological liar as her husband, and this is what finally gets the public to start doubting her truthfulness? Better late than never I guess.

– With Hillary slumping, you know who’s waiting in the wings? Martin O’Malley.

Excuse me a second . . .

– And with that, I’ll remind you that Saturday evening is arbitrarily turn your clocks forward so we can pretend to save energy although every study under the sun shows that this doesn’t save a lick of energy but we’re gonna keep doing this anyway even though it means that we get less daylight in the morning but who cares about people who work for a living we get an extra hour of sunlight in the evening to theoretically do stuff who are we kidding we’re just gonna watch television anyway so really this is a complete waste and eventually we’ll probably expand it so that it lasts the entire year time.

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  1. I think it’s revealing that even with Hillary Clinton’s slump in the polls,
    nobody, nobody nobody is seriously proposing that Biden make a run for
    president. Man, even his friends in the donkey party know he’s already
    way out of his league as veep…

  2. Shhhhhh! Lets us not gloat over the demise of Her Hillaryness because Chelsea might just decide to carry…Clinton torch, or Boehner might decide to run in her place.

  3. Shhhhhh! Lets us not gloat over the demise of Her Hillaryness because Chelsea might just decide to carry…Clinton torch

    Chelsea is 34 and has never settled on a career, having had short stints in a series of professions. She’s not ambitious in the manner of her mother and father and has yet to demonstrate any of their absence of scruple.

    Chelsea’s uncles are a trio of seedy characters, but they also lack the will to power of Bilge and Hildebeeste and only Uncle Tony has been at the center of any sexual or amatory scandals. Bilge also had a brother he did not grow up with who could not have been more salt of the earth – career military turned small town tradesman (and Elk). Bilge has a sister in Tucson who has kept an exceedingly low profile. The previous generation of Clinton’s, Rodhams, and Blythes bear little resemblance to either Bilge or Hillary (bar coarse manners). Bilge and Hildebeeste are sports, resembling no one among their relations, and its a good thing to. In any case, 2d acts are an uncertain business in American politics. Joseph Kennedy’s more capable grandchildren stayed out of politics (and the remainder had indifferent performances outside the Boston media market) and no Roosevelt has been elected to public office since 1962.

  4. “black robed oligarchs” is spot on; for what I call the “SCtUberLegislature”. They have become like those judges pictured in German courtrooms in the late 1930s finding Nazi laws just, valid, and directed to the common good. Guy McClung, San Antonio

  5. To bad Archbold is wrong about calling for the complete abolition of the DP, I would have expected better from him.

  6. Steve D: You are correct. Only God gets to define the punishment for homicide. It is up to the state to deliver the murderer up to God and “May almighty God have mercy on his immortal soul” The rest is atheism imposed by the state, a violation of the First Amendment.
    Art Deco: Enjoyed your post very much, especially Bilge and Hildebeeste. Must write book. I’ll buy.

  7. I hear you on DST. For the last two, two and a half weeks, I’ve been driving with the sun in my eyes when I drop my kids off at school in the morning. And now that the equinox is just about here –and the pain in the eyes about to stop for six months– they roll the clock ahead an hour so I can do it all over again!

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