Open Thread 6/28

- The individual mandate is Constitutional.

– I doubt it, but maybe this ruling will tamp down on other nonsense from the GOP.

Of Flooding and Fetus-Americans

Coyote hunter in West Seattle

Religious institutions are not the only entities that can or should work towards providing for basic human needs, but now that the consent decree has expired, private entities do not have a way to host an encampment.

– I was surprised to learn that there hasn’t been a Nordstrom in New York until now.

Masters of the Universe-ity


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    Steve spews:

    “But if you’re angry at all the wasted time and energy to pass a law that only got overturned, setting us back to Square One — but behind four years from where we were before — the blame lies with the Democrats, not with the people who stood up against an unconstitutional law and got it overturned.”

    Heh. Pudge got it wrong. Again. As always.

  2. 2

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    @1, Funny. Wasting time and energy is pudgey’s forté.
    Wonder if he’ll come back and let us all know that all the time and energy consuming wanking he and the teatards have done for the past 2 years means they are to blame? No. No, I don’t wonder.

  3. 4

    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie spews:

    pudge fits the description I’ve heard of Newt Gingrich:

    He is what a dumb person thinks a smart person sounds like.

  4. 5

    biggerbox spews:

    Hey, is Rob McKenna now going to pay us all back for spending all that money fighting a law we all told him was constitutional?

  5. 7

    rhp6033 spews:

    Prediction: McKenna will reference the Medicare limitation in the ruling, and then argue it was all about saving money for Washington taxpayers. In doing so, he will ignore the fact that Washington adopted the reforms anyway (Medicare funding regardless), so that means nothing at all in Washington State.

  6. 8

    The Real Fake Pudge spews:

    Rand Paul, “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so.”

    Take that, you liars. You may think that today’s SCOTUS decision spells the end of the days of corporate death panels and having insurance companies get between you and your doctor, but this decision does not mean that ObummerCare is constitutional.

  7. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    J. P. Morgan Chase Bank now admits its bungled derivatives trade could cost the bank $9 billion, not $2 billion as previously reported.

  8. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Sucky Politics finally has something up on the PPACA ruling. Here’s pudge’s header:

    “Supreme Court Rules Federal Government Essentially Unlimited”

    And here’s his “reasoning” (attenuated to satisfy “Fair Use” posting rules) —

    “Yes, it’s true: Chief Justice Roberts ruled … that the Supreme Court has essentially no limits when it’s exercising its taxing authority. He … said that when the law says it is requiring us to have insurance, or else be penalized, it was really just saying it’s optional to have insurance, and you can be taxed arbitrarily.

    “This means, of course, that the federal government can write a law that says, ‘Everyone shall have a Chevy Volt, or be taxed $10,000.’ The Democrats and Obama want the federal government to have this power. They fought for that power, and won. And make no mistake: if they win the elections this year, they will continue to use that power in new and creative ways.

    “We never should have been trusting the Supreme Court to do our work for us. We need to secure our own liberty against such tyranny as a government that would create for itself the power to force us to do whatever it wishes.” [Emphasis added]

    I kid you not:

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: I wonder if pudge is saying that if they lose in the Supreme Court they should settle with us in the streets? Sure sounds like it.

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    Liberal Scientist is a a dirty fucking hippie spews:

    I wonder if pudge is saying that if they lose in the Supreme Court they should settle with us in the streets?

    That’s what they’ve always said. Sharon Angle’s “2nd Amendment remedies” was just a dropping of the veil, revealing their commitment only to their own agenda, and willingness to entertain violence to achieve this.
    These people revel in a bunker mentality, with paranoid thoughts of ‘jack-booted government thugs’ (they love the word ‘thug’ don’t they?) coming to take their FRREEEEEEEEDOMZ!
    That’s why they need free access to howitzers.

  10. 12

    Steve spews:

    “they love the word ‘thug’ don’t they?”

    “Thug” Bob’s description of Trayvon Martin and his hoodie.

  11. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Here’s an example of why I think 401(k)s are a bad deal for Average Joe:

    “A two-income American family with an average income that dutifully invests in a 401(k) plan using typical strategies will lose $155,000 – or about 30 percent of what they should have saved for retirement — to Wall Street fees, according to a study by an economic justice advocacy organization.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: This is an election year, so it may be self-helpful for you to remember the GOP’s plan for your retirement — (1) take away your employer-funded pension; (2) turn your Social Security taxes over to Wall Street; (3) force you into a 401(k). So my question is, why on earth would you vote for Republicans?

  12. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Here’s another example of how utterly corrupt our “it’s-not-what-you-know-but-who-you-know” society has become:

    “Shera Bechard, the Canadian-born former girlfriend of … Hugh Hefner, would not be an obvious candidate for the special visas that the U.S. government reserves for ‘individuals with extraordinary ability.’ Playboy magazine named Bechard Miss November in 2010, and she also started an online photo-sharing craze called ‘Frisky Friday.’ Neither seems quite on the level of an ‘internationally recognized award, such as a Nobel Prize,’ which the government cites as a possible qualification. But Los Angeles immigration lawyer Chris Wright argued that Bechard’s accomplishments earned her a slot. The government ultimately agreed. That kind of success has put Wright on the map as the go-to visa fixer for both Hollywood and Silicon Valley. It also highlights the use of so-called genius visas known as O-1s and EB-1s ….”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: It isn’t the government that’s corrupt; it’s private individuals exploiting the system who have turned our society into a corrupt cesspool of favoritism and privilege for the rich and well-connected.

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    No Time for Fascists spews:

    Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

    I also found these gems to be insightful

    Workers’ Compensation – We urge the Legislature to resist making Workers’ Compensation mandatory for all Texas employers.
    Minimum Wage – We believe the Minimum Wage Law should be repealed.
    Prevailing Wage Law – We urge the Congress to repeal the Prevailing Wage Law and the Davis Bacon Act.

    So keep the populace stupid AND broke. Wow. Just wow.