Thursday Thoughtful Open Comments

From a website I stumbled across while hanging ten on the ‘net:

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary. — Richard Harkness, The New York Times, 1960

With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress. — Ransom K. Ferm

Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.

The graduate with a Science degree asks, “Why does it work?” The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, “How does it work?” The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?” The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants. — A. Whitney Brown

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. — William James

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it – and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore. — Mark Twain

When cryptography is outlawed, bayl bhgynjf jvyy unir cevinpl.

668: The Neighbor of the Beast

Some mornings, it’s just not worth chewing through the leather straps. — Emo Phillips

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. — F. P. Jones

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. — Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. — George Carlin

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. — John F. Kennedy

Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove. — Ashleigh Brilliant

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right. — Ashleigh Brilliant

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

Once at a social gathering, Gladstone said to Disraeli, “I predict, Sir, that you will die either by hanging or of some vile disease”. Disraeli replied, “That all depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.”

A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what’s left of your unit. — In the August 1993 issue, page 9, of PS magazine, the Army’s magazine of preventive maintenance

G: “If we do happen to step on a mine, Sir, what do we do?” EB: “Normal procedure, Lieutenant, is to jump 200 feet in the air and scatter oneself over a wide area.” — Somewhere in No Man’s Land, BA4

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. — Plutarch

The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad. — Salvador Dali

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?” Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.” — Charlie Brown, _Peanuts_ [Charles Schulz]

Calvin: People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world. Hobbes: Isn’t the zipper on your pants supposed to be in the front?

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93 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughtful Open Comments

  1. Gus McCrae: Well we don’t rent pigs and I figure it’s better to say it right out front because a man that does like to rent pigs is… he’s hard to stop

  2. A huge tragedy has struck Bluegrass music; Earl Scruggs the most influential banjo player of all time has passed away.

    RIP Earl Scruggs, you will be missed.

  3. Tell your friends to stop fretting over high gasoline prices. Ali Naimi the Saudi Minister of Petroleum had this to say.

    Yet fundamentally the market remains balanced. It is the perceived potential shortage of oil keeping prices high – not the reality on the ground. There is no lack of supply. There is no demand which cannot be met. Total commercial stocks for OECD nations are within target, and there is at least 57 days forward cover, enough to handle almost any eventuality.

    I typically read the Oil & Gas Journal on a weekly basis and everything I read there indicates that we have ample supply and decreasing demand. Having both of these indicators going in their current direction means we should not be seeing these prices going up, but rather down.

  4. “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…. if you have one.”
    — George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.”
    — Winston Churchill, in response

  5. Other than providing ample raw material for satire, my interest in politics has waned to the point where even my cat cares more about it than I do. That’s fine, but I needed the scanner this morning and he told me I would have to wait until he’d finished faxing his congressman.

  6. Obama’s budget was rejected in the House as the joke it was.

    Minutes earlier, the House also defeated Mr. Obama’s own budget, submitted last month,

    on a 414-0 vote

    arranged by Republicans to embarrass the president and officially shelve his plan.

    So let’s review: JugEars submits a budget and can not get even a single D to vote for it and then he blames the congress as “do nothing”? Perhaps if he would remove his cranium from his rectum he may see things a little more clearly.

  7. ‘beetle-kill lumber’? Maybe they can incorporate beetle kill loggers into one of those shows.

  8. Betcha OBH is about as testy as a dog passing peach seeds right now.

    If the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare’s individual mandate (which is very likely after yesterday), will it also strike down President Obama’s entire 2,700-page law? The justices signaled they might do so during the third day of Supreme Court arguments.

  9. Put Spike Lee in that peach seed line, too

    A couple who say they were forced to leave their home after director Spike Lee re-tweeted their address to his Twitter followers has hired the Morgan & Morgan law firm to represent them….

  10. #12 OTL: It was this song that caused me to love the banjo before I was 5. I wish I would have really raised H3!! about it then and gotten a banjo and some lessons then, it would have made learning much easier.

  11. #16 OTL: Paying the penalty for grossly irresponsible actions; it’s about wissin time:>)

  12. #17 Bones

    Yea on that. I have bunches of his favorite. (I have a coupla CD’s I play on the highway. Sure makes the fly when you’re on the interstate

  13. Start ’em young

    Fraud roils UH election
    By Monica Rhor

    The saga, rife with accusations of judicial bias, romantic rebuffs and blackmail, has played out like a stormy soap opera.

    It has featured charges and counter-charges, hearings that lasted well past midnight, allegations of journalistic vendettas and even a contentious appearance by former Houston City Councilwoman Jolanda Jones.

    At the center of the turmoil: claims of election fraud in the University of Houston’s Student Government Association races.

    President-elect Michael McHugh, Vice President-elect Mohammed Aijaz and senators-elect Laxmi Ramana and Brandon Balwant were accused of collecting student ID numbers, birthdays and names through a fake petition, then using that information to cast votes for McHugh and Aijaz without the students’ knowledge.


    A student government Court of Appeals on Wednesday found McHugh, Balwant and Ramana guilty of election fraud and disqualified the three from office. Aijaz, who was not found guilty, also was disqualified because he was on a joint ticket with McHugh.

  14. The Russians are skeptical about Obama being more flexible on missile defense after he’s re-elected..

    They’re not confident of their ability to rig two presidential elections in one year.

  15. Texpat,

    From your #81 of yesterday.

    You implied the racist inclinations of the dominant forces in the Democratic Party of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s were somehow understandable because the poor racist bastards had nowhere else to go given that the GOP was still regarded as a Northern interloper not to be trusted. If only the Yankee Republicans had been socially and culturally acceptable, the poor bigots could have jumped ship to the Republicans and purified the embarrassed Democrats.

    Understandable and acceptable are two different things, but I was pointing out that the Democrat Party included some pretty diverse groups. Think about it.

    Irish & Italian Catholics + Eastern European Immigrants versus Southern Dixiecrat Klukkers. I’ll bet the behind the doors party meetings were interesting. You do remember that at one time that the Dixiecrats held Catholics, Eastern Europeans, and Jews with the same high regard as they did blacks. I don’t condone it, but a lot of politicians were either KKK members or gave it tacit approval to get elected, which by the way wasn’t strickly a Southern or Democrat practice.

    The Northern and MidWest Kluckkers tended to be (gasp!) Republicans. The KKK in the North embraced Prohibition as well as their other toxic beliefs. Indeed, I believe the Indiana State government was controlled by the Klan or their Republican minions in the late twenties and early thirties.

    My own parents were German Catholic Immigrants to this country and they were Yellow Dog Democrats. I remember all too well my Pops complaining about some of the Texas Democrats were “sheep in wolves” clothing. He thought they should have been Republicans.
    As it turned out …he lived to see some of them jump ship to the other side.

  16. BTW, on the Obamacare thing:

    No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words “no” and “not” employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights. — EDMUND A. OPITZ

  17. #23: You have touched on something really significant; limited government. The Founders recognized that some government was necessary but by the very nature of humans in positions of power, the scope, reach and power of the government had to be chained down to stay with certain realms otherwise it would become the untenable mess we have today. One of the worst avenues through which the government has been allowed to illegally grow is through the unreasonable, illogical, and contextually inaccurate rendering of the Commerce Clause. The other avenue is the ridiculous concept that the Constitution is a living and breathing document that magically changes with the times. This is more accurately described as changing with the whims of a morally corrupt judge who refuses to read and understand what the Constitution actually says and means according to those who wrote it.

  18. Earl, Gary & Randy singing an Elton John song. Accompanied by my grandfather’s cousin, The Kissimmee Kid, Vassar Clements.

  19. I must retract my complaint directed at ATT about slow downloads on 3s iPhone.
    If you have the same problem, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

  20. I may just have to wander over to North Dakota for a while…

    “The result: unheard-of wages for able-bodied men willing to live and work in this modern Wild West. Got a commercial driver’s license? You can make six figures. Unskilled labor pulls in $18 an hour, and the job often includes lodging and all the mancamp food you can eat. That’s like making $70,000 a year — for unskilled labor. Kel, a driver for Flint Energy in his 50s, told me he spent only $60 in three weeks.”

  21. Lovely came over this morning to help me prep for my retreat. While here, I modeled the three potential Mother of the Bride dresses I found. The blue one is going to be the rehearsal dinner and back-up reception dress. The other two, more formal, dresses are harder to decide. One is pale lavender-pink, with a formal crushed satin scoop collar, and the other is a more vibrant purplish color with an sewn-in overlay with beading. The pink one is cooler and seems more formal, but everyone seems to like the style and color of the darker one on me.

    I guess I take the beautiful pinky one back. Dang, it’s a hard choice. We looked for weeks for a MOB dress and couldn’t find a single one. Then, in one day, I find three possibles that are almost impossible to choose from.

    That’s what happens when I go shopping without Lovely. Shopping is just harder.

  22. #30

    If’n I’d of been single, I would have jumped on going to work in Iraq. 150K minimum. Course that’s butler salary for Texpat.

  23. Catching up a bit…

    The other day Katfish mentioned the leftover hydraulic hammering in his head.

    I’ve tried to tell him to quit buying that cheapo tequila.

  24. I spent the first few hours of my day in the yard. I amended one one of my veggie beds that was supposed to be comprised of “compost” material, but turned out to be more sand than anything. I removed almost half of the dirt and put my compost material in it, then planted some white squash and beans. I left some space for future plantings. The other bed was hoed and weeded, the put in a half row white globe onions and a half row of Italian onion seeds from Aggie Beau last Christmas. Lovely showed up as I started moving dirt from the Mirkwood pile, so I stopped to show her what she could do to help me prep for my retreat. I moved a few more loads of dirt and decided I needed to get to shower, model dresses, then get to work.

    I noticed after my shower that it got a lot more cloudy. I’m glad I got the veggie beds in this morning. We’re already getting some rain and it’s gettin’ darker out there.

  25. After three+ years of putting up with the numerous deficiencies and quirks of my ‘dumb’ phone, I finally got an iPhone and am very impressed with its functionality and ease of use. Most of all, I like the voice recognition personal assistant, “Siri.”

    Me: What are you wearing?
    Siri: Alumininosilicate glass and stainless steel. Nice, huh?

    Me: What are you wearing?
    Siri: Why do people keep asking me that?

    Me: What are you wearing?
    Siri: I think you need a different personal assistant.

    Me: Where can I find some Marijuana?
    (I’ll be back in about half an hour…)

  26. I’m still hangin tough with this Blackberry er Crackberry……………..I held firm until Verizon gave me the semi smart Crackberry FREE & I’m committed to the same scenario for a smart phone someday…………..FREE or no thank ya!

  27. #11
    Hey, Bones, was it the “composting toilet” that got you so riled up and negative about the tiny house?

    “It’s just a five-gallon bucket that you put peat moss and sawdust in,” Smith said. “You’d be surprised how well it works

  28. #47 Shannon, is there a problem with the iP4? Also…

    I need a a personal assistant with legs.

    Don’t get me started on the stories I could tell about my awesome weekend in Amarillo!

    #49 Katfish, I’ve had several free phones that were worth the price. The iP4 was the first time I paid for one. It’s only been a couple of months, but I’m pleased so far.

  29. #50: It is the lack of space that drives me nuts. With that little bit of space, EVERYTHING must be put away as soon as it is used, there is no place to spread out a project, a puzzle or practically a newspaper. My biggest frustration with woodworking is that I always have to move a bunch of stuff just to get started and nothing can be in its place and still be usable. The space of their home would make a good woodshop if there was nothing else in there and it was not used for any other purpose.
    As far as the “toilet” goes, no problemo as long as there is a place close by to dump and frequently.

  30. #33 Tim

    What are those things hanging down, breast warmers?

    That’s a faux fur capelet, you bozo.

  31. I came across an article where a guy was composting using a bucket. He put a layer of whatever fiber he was using between “sits”. He said there was no smell, and he had a separate composting pile for his own waste. As long as you process the liquids separately from the solids, he said there was no problem. His neighbor was totally unaware of what made his compost pile so “special”. The urine he diluted 10:1 with water and put it right on his plants.

    He said he hadn’t flushed a toilet in his house in years.

  32. 55 mharper42 says:

    March 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    #38 Sarge
    You locked out of the Hammock Forum? Or just me?

    Oooops. Its a post in the donating member section.

    Lets try this

  33. George Mason University law professor, David Bernstein, collected some recent responses by members of Congress on the constitutional authority of the House and Senate to pass legislation, specifically the Obamacare bill.

    Most of us know that when then-Speaker Pelosi was asked where the Constitution gives Congress the power to enact an “individual mandate,” she replied with a mocking “are you serious? Are you serious?”

    Here are a few more pearls of constitutional wisdom from our elected representatives.

    Rep. Conyers cited the “Good and Welfare Clause” as the source of Congress’s authority [there is no such clause].

    Rep. Stark responded, “the federal government can do most anything in this country.”

    Rep. Clyburn replied, “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do. How about [you] show me where in the Constitution it prohibits the federal government from doing this?”

    Rep. Hare said “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest […] It doesn’t matter to me.” When asked, “Where in the Constitution does it give you the authority …?” He replied, “I don’t know.”

    Sen. Akaka said he “not aware” of which Constitutional provision authorizes the healthcare bill.

    Sen. Leahy added, “We have plenty of authority. Are you saying there’s no authority?”

    Sen. Landrieu told a questioner, “I’ll leave that up to the constitutional lawyers on our staff.”

    Something to keep in mind when someone argues that the Supreme Court should defer to the constitutional wisdom of its coequal branches.

    UPDATE: Links to sources for each quotation added. Also, the point is not that leading Democratic politicians are especially ignorant or dismissive of the constitutional bases for what they do. I doubt Republicans would do better. The point is, as suggested above, that this ignorance/dismissiveness undermines the argument that the Supreme Court should defer to Congress as a co-equal branch making independent constitutional determinations. For such deference to make sense, members of Congress have to actually be making such determinations.

    Good grief.

    It’s comforting to know the country is in such good hands. I listened to Michael Medved interview Arlen Specter this week about legislation in general and the Obamacare bill. What was most striking was his apparent indifference to the constitutionality of anything he ever did in DC. The Founding documents seemed to represent nothing more than an irritating obstacle to whatever his goals might have been. It was pathetic.

  34. #60 Texpat, there’s nothing new there. The Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, PATRIOT Act, and DOMA are three that pop to the top of my brain without need for thought. Schlesinger’s The Imperial Presidency comes to mind as a backdrop to the current state of affairs. Since then, we’ve seen a willingness from every executive branch administration to not mind at all when the legislative branch oversteps its constitutional bounds (as long as it’s the agenda they support, of course.)

    I don’t see that changing.

  35. Actually, I’m surprised if that isn’t illegal. Oh wait — is this in Flarda?

    Coincidentally, there’s a Tiny Home builder in Deland that has some pretty neat houses. I could see buying/building one if you had some property out in the country somewhere and needed a weekend shelter. Full time? Nah.

  36. Ifn I was gonna live in a space that small it would have to be on a boat and anything less than 120′ is still way to wissin small.

  37. Coincidentally, there’s a Tiny Home builder in Deland that has some pretty neat houses. I could see buying/building one if you had some property out in the country somewhere and needed a weekend shelter. Full time? Nah.

    There’s a guy in Texas who is building more than just good looking trailer houses. No two are alike.

    His look neat and are made from 99% salvaged material.

  38. “When we set out it was to show that a normal person, who never built anything before, can take on a project like this and finish it,” Smith said.

    Idiot. You built a frikkn hut with a bucket as a toilet.

  39. Filed under “Dude” @ Hot Air:

    After watching the bear family for a few minutes he decided to leave them be and turned to walk back up the trail. As he turned, a mountain lion pounced on him grabbing hold of his backpack with all four paws.

    “They usually grab hold of your head with all four paws, but my backpack was up above my head and (the mountain lion) grabbed it instead,” Biggs said. “It must have been stalking the little bear, but it was on me in seconds.”

    He wrestled with the cat, striking it in the head with a rock pick. The cat screamed when it was hit with the pick, but didn’t let go, Biggs said. Before he knew it, the mother bear came from behind and pounced on the cat, tearing its grip from the backpack.

    The bear and the cat battled for about 15 seconds, Biggs said, until the cat finally ran away. The bear went on its way as well. Biggs ended up with bite marks, scratches and bruises to his arm, but was otherwise uninjured.


    Man claims attack by lion, saved by a bear

  40. #72 I reckon I’m gonna have to find me a new courier. It shouldn’t be too hard. The innovative free market always finds a way. 😉

  41. OK from the land of Fruits and nuts; San Francisco Subway customers lose $5 footlong deal.

    Subway customers in San Francisco may be disappointed when they get to the counter and find out that the everyday selection of $5 footlong sandwiches has been scrapped, reportedly in response to a recent increase in the minimum wage. A story in local media outlet SF Weekly blamed the ban on $5 footlongs in local stores to the higher cost of doing business.
    According to workers interviewed by SF Weekly, it’s because of the local $10.24-per-hour minimum wage. San Francisco has a minimum wage that adjusts annually according to the Consumer Price Index. Business groups regularly decry automatically adjusting minimum wages, but usually don’t tie their labor costs as explicitly to the price of their goods.

    The San Francisco city council are IDIOTS!!!….Spits

  42. #70 Darren: I’m sure that momma bear saw the cougar as an ongoing threat to her cub and knew that the man was not. She saw the cougar engaged and was going to kill it if possible to spare the future threat to the cub.

  43. Pithy thayings Thursday ……….

    I’ve always liked:
    Don’t let the sound of your own wheels turning drive you crazy
    I heard that one from a girl in Winslow, Arizona …………….

    I’ve always been fond of the Churchill anecdote quoted here previously:

    After dinner Lady Astor presided over the pouring of coffee. When Churchill came by, she glared and said. “Winston, if I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee.” “Nancy,” Churchill replied to the acid-tongued woman, “if I were your husband, I’d drink it.”

  44. Daniel Doherty gave two reasons Rubio endorsed Romney.

    First of all, do those same individuals casting aspersions have any idea why he endorsed Mitt Romney in the first place? Put simply, Rubio explained in a recent interview that President Obama’s offhand comments to Dmitry Medvedev, in which he explicitly stated that he would have more “flexibility” to negotiate with Russia after his “last” election, were deeply disturbing. In essence, President Obama was suggesting that if elected to a second term, he would make concessions to the Kremlin that would otherwise be politically unpopular in an election year. All things considered, this course of action could jeopardize the national security interests of the United States. And so, failing to nominate a candidate who has the qualifications, experience, and above all, the appeal to galvanize voters will virtually ensure President Obama’s reelection. Following this logic, the best way to maintain a strong foreign policy and protect American lives is to nominate – and subsequently elect – Mitt Romney.

    Indeed, some will argue that his decision was contrived and opportunistic. However, let us not forget that while a brokered convention (the only possible way the remaining three candidates can clinch the nomination) would certainly make for interesting politics, it does little to prepare the Republican nominee for the fall campaign. In fact, as some argue, it may have devastating consequences. Basic math suggests that Rick Santorum – the most viable Romney alternative – cannot garner the requisite 1144 delegates. Moreover, according to a recent poll, he’s in danger of losing his native state. Rubio argues, in other words, that the Republican primary has gone on long enough and that the party can – and should – coalesce around a single candidate. (Incidentally, he is not the first person to do say this publicly, but that’s beside the point). In the end, obviously, Rubio believes that candidate is Mitt Romney.

    I’m behind Rubio’s thinking.

    In Defense of Marco Rubio’s Endorsement

  45. Bonecrusher;

    She saw the cougar engaged and was going to kill it if possible to spare the future threat to the cub.

    That’s what mamma bears do. We need to be more like mamma bears (civilly).

  46. The House passed a nother 90-Day extension to the transportation bill today, the Senate approved by voice vote and it is on to the President. This is the 9th extension and renewss the 11.8 cent federal tax on gasoline. I was kinda hoping that this was a tax that the Republicans wouln’t support, but they are the majority in the House.

    The President is expected to sign.

    House Republicans made the best of a bad situation Thursday and easily passed a 90-day extension to the Highway Bill, sending it to the Senate just two days before a potential shutdown of federal transportation programs and a suspension of the gas tax.

  47. Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) is expected to certify that enough people have petitioned to recall the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and four state Senators starting in early May. Potential candidates have 10 days to get their nomination petitions together, if more than one candidate from a party files, then the May date is a primary and the recall vote moves to June. The recallees are automatically on the ballot unless they quit.

    Based upon its findings of March 12, 2012, formally certify the recall elections in four State Senate Districts, which will result in elections being scheduled on May 8, 2012. If more than one candidate in any political party qualifies for the ballot, a recall primary election will be held in that district and the recall election will be held on June 5, 2012. A list of Senate officeholders and districts affected is attached.
    2. As reflected on the attachment, determine that the recall petition submitted on January 17, 2012, against Governor Scott Walker contains a sufficient number of valid signatures and certify the sufficiency of the petition, which will result in a recall election based upon the same May 8th and June 5th schedule.
    3. As reflected on the attachment, determine that the recall petition submitted on January 17, 2012, against Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch contains a sufficient number of valid signatures and certify the sufficiency of the petition, which will result in a recall election based upon the same May 8th and June 5th schedule.

  48. Perhaps I should be paying more attention to the society pages.

    It sounds like a bad rom-com book and movie, which no doubt its author hopes it will be — society reporter for a big-city newspaper by day, stripper by night.
    That’s apparently the life being led by Sarah Tressler, who began writing society stuff for the Houston Chronicle after Douglas Britt left the paper to begin his own very odd double life.
    Tressler blogs, Facebooks and tweets about her life as an “angry stripper.” It’s all pretty much what you’d expect — writing in the style that really, really wants to be described as “fearless” and “intelligent” and “funny” and “sexy.”

  49. #63 Hammy

    a Tiny Home builder in Deland

    It wasn’t the tiny house that I wondered about the legality thereof… it was the DIY toilet.

  50. Interesting article here surmising just who killed Obamacare. The conclusion? Bloggers, particularly The Volokh Conspiracy.

    One congressional floor speech seemed to mark a tonal turning point for Volokh, the moment its writers realized their power to shape debate. On December 22, 2009, Democratic Senator Max Baucus quoted the post by Jonathan Adler mentioned above. Adler clearly resented that Baucus had taken his lawyerly evaluation of the case, stripped out the interesting part (that a pure reading of the Constitution weighs against the mandate, even if precedent weighs in its favor), and used it in a political context — and he responded on Volokh directly to the senator. If the world was going to use Volokh as a political tool, then he could, too. There followed months of posts by various Volokh bloggers, alongside increasingly sophisticated legal arguments, about just how reasonable, how comfortably within bounds the legal arguments against the mandate were. By the following year, a district court judge had cited Barnett in his opinion striking down health care reform, and Barnett himself had left behind his March 2010 conclusion that the Supreme Court would need to risk its credibility in a politically charged case, Bush v. Gore-style, to overturn the mandate. The answer had become clear to him under existing precedent; he now felt certain that the mandate was a goner.

  51. Shamaal#87;

    Go ahead, show the second post.

    You could have. And i’ve been known to say here that posters at Breitbart do go off the hinge somethimes but frankly, I find that second post much more sarcastic than racial.

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