Another Brick in the Wall


Celina Durgan reports at NRO that the Secular Coalition of America is asking folks to knit bricks to show their outrage over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. The knitwits at the SCA want to send hundreds yarn bricks to the Court to express concern for the “wall of separation” between church and state being breached.

Uh, huh.

If the knitwits had ever read Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists (the source of the phrase), they would know that he intended it to mean that the government should keep its nose out of the business of religion and not the other way around. I doubt that Jefferson would approve of a law or regulation that mandates that one must violate his conscience.

 

Another Rube Self-Indentifies


Thomas Frank writes at Salon, calling Barack Obama “an ineffective and gutless” president.

Perhaps there will be an architectural solution for this problem. For example, the Obama museum’s designers could make the exhibit on the movement into a kind of blind alley that physically reminds visitors of the basic doctrine of the Democratic Party’s leadership faction: that liberals have nowhere else to go.

Read the whole thing.

Central American Kids and Carroll County


There’s an old Army Reserve building here in Westminster that hasn’t been in use for around 20 years. It’s been under consideration as a place to house some of the flood of illegal immigrant kids from Central America. Politico has a story about our governor’s reaction that includes this:

But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House was looking at. It’s a conservative part of the state, he warned. The children were at risk of getting harassed, or worse, he said.

Yes, Carroll County is probably the most conservative area in the state. After all, Alan Keyes and Michael Steele carried the county by huge margins when they ran for Senate. We didn’t vote for the white liberals who won. <sarc>So it’s obvious that we must be redneck haters.</sarc>

The actual reaction in the county has been mixed. Almost everyone thinks using the old armory is a bad idea. The building is not properly configured for that purpose, and the cost of modification could be quite high. However, as soon as the news of the possible use of the Army Reserve facility broke, local groups, such as churches, began looking for ways to provide services to the children while they might be here. We’re mostly conservatives around here, but that does not prevent us from caring for those in need.

I guess that makes us compassionate conservatives. Maybe we should put a gun rack in Mrs. Hoge’s Volvo.

Holder’s Batting Average


While I was researching cases to cite as authorities in a motion to dismiss that I’ve been writing this weekend, I found a useful case that lists Eric Holder as one of the parties. It turns out be a case where he came out ahead.

The Attorney General has taken a real drubbing in the Supreme Court. In a piece in the NY Post John Fund and Hans A. von Spakovsky point out that if Holder were a baseball player, he’d have been benched or cut from the team a long time ago. Holder not only loses cases in the Supreme Court, but he’s lost many 9-0.

Holder and Obama have argued that we as Americans don’t have the right to free speech, the right to privacy, the right to due process or the freedom of religion.

Thankfully, the Supreme Court has become the last defense for those who still believe in those rights.

Read the whole thing.

Speaking of 501(c)(3)


The Gentle Readers who have been following the progress of the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness will remember that a big chunk of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s allegations rest on his claim that the National Bloggers Club never applied for recognition of its 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Given the fact of NBC now being listed by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) entity, one can safely assume that such an application was made.

Indeed, it was. In 2012.

The Gentle Reader may also recall that back in 2012/2013 some organizations experienced unusual delays with the processing of their 501(c)(3) paperwork. NBC’s took almost two years to get through.

So as I spend a bit of this holiday weekend working on court papers for the RICO Madness, I’m pleased to learn that there are some IRS lawyers who may also be spending time prepping for court cases related to 501(c)(3). Stephen F. Hayes reports:

On July 10, IRS lawyers will appear in federal district court to explain why they never reported the emails missing in the context of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch. And the following day, the IRS legal team is expected to try to block outside access to the evidence that Lois Lerner’s computer crashed—if such evidence exists.

Heh.

It’s not the crime that gets you … it’s the cover up.

—Richard Nixon

UPDATE—Nixon only lost 18 minutes worth of data.

 

Presidential Micromanagement


There’s a bit over in The Corner about the President joking that he would issue an executive order requiring boys to play fair with the girls at recess. The scary part is that he might have the authority to do so under Title IX.

Folks who used to complain about Jimmy Carter being a micromanager should remember that some of us forecast Carter II as the best case scenario for the Obama Administration.

Disaster Du Jour


Bret Stephens discusses the fruits of Obama’s foreign policy over at WSJ.

Yet when it comes to leadership, we have our very own Clement Attlee at the top, eager to subtract the burdens of international responsibility so he can get on with the only thing that really animates him, which is building social democracy at home. Actually, that’s unfair to Attlee, who could count on a powerful ally to pick up England’s dropped reins, rescue Europe, stop the Soviets. Mr. Obama’s method is to ignore a crisis for as long as possible, give a speech, impose a sanction, and switch the subject to climate change or income inequality.

Read the whole thing.

A Majority Leader Falls Behind


Wow! I go out for a haircut, dinner, and some shopping, and when I get home, the House Majority Leader is looking for a new job. Eric Cantor lost in the Republican primary tonight.

Smitty has coverage from Virginia.

UPDATE—Hold it! Didn’t John McCain just say that the Republicans would be toast if they didn’t get behind immigration reform? NRO opines on that here.

An “Assault Weapon” in New Jersey?


The New Jersey legislature has passed a bill that would classify any semi-automatic rifle with a fixed magazine that hold more than 10 rounds as an “assault weapon.” That would include such evil firearms as my old .22, a Remington Nylon 66.1959_remington_nylon_66My brother’s little .22 pump action rifle would be covered too if it were a semiauto. But it’s OK because he has to rack the slide between shots.Rossi62<sarc>I’m sure New Jersey will be much safer if Gov. Christie signs the bill.</sarc>