08 May 2009

The Week In Review

regular blogging will resume soon

so anyway, yet another week has sped by, and I'm left with a yard's worth of links and very little time to address them properly. As soon as I can figure out the whole "life / blog balance" dealio, I'll let you know.

As I'm sure you're aware, R.S.McCain declared this week National Offend A Feminist Week, and in the spirit of the occasion offers up a wide ranging post on How to Argue with A Woman. He's all over the map and spot on with this one; this line stuck with me:

Just because you don't know what I'm doing, don't jump to the conclusion that I don't know what I'm doing.
Well played, Sir! Read the whole thing.

Over on the OUTLAW fields, Protein Wisdom (actual) opines on the pending SCOTUS vacancy in his post "Obama wants a social engineer for high court":

".....Perhaps you’ve heard me mention this before, but it matters when some literary theorist or lawyer argues that context, rather than intent, grounds meaning. Context is ever shifting — giving interpreters license to argue that meaning, too, shifts with context, and that it is therefore their job to determine meaning rather than to interpret what was intended and apply that interpretation as a matter of law.

I’ve described that kind of “interpretation” as a rewriting of the original text by the interpreter, who then replaces the original text with his or her new text. And these new texts, under the guise of interpretation, pretend to attach themselves to the law as written, even as they often times are merely deconstructing the law’s original intent in terms of reach and use, if not extending it to the point where it becomes unrecognizable.

Such a maneuver enables “interpreters” to take control of that which is not theirs....."
Jeff is glossing a Washington Examiner piece by Chris Stirewalt:
When legal scholars talk about a pragmatic justice, they’re talking about someone who isn’t bound by the law as written. In rendering a decision, he or she considers the context of the case and outside factors, like the greater social good.
Goldstein's emphasis, I concur.

I do not concur with Jeff's lament "Hell, we hardly even get links anymore." I realize that for a blog of his size, SupplySidePolitics 2.0 is well below the radar (OK, he'd need an electron microscope to find me), but I link him often. When I'm actively blogging. Which has been a bit thin, of late. I'm working on it.

Moving on, we come back to R.S.McCain on Joe the Plumber:
The elite recoil in horror whenever some Ordinary American type (e.g., Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck) gets anywhere near the levers of power. What the elite are trying to do to Joe Wurzelbacher, they have done to many others: Joe McCarthy, Barry Goldwater, Pat Buchanan, to name just a few.

What they're trying to do is to imply that Wurzelbacher's beliefs are dangerous, that he is ignorant and guilty of a "hatred" that endangers his fellow citizens. Nonsense. There are tens of millions of decent, law-abiding Americans who believe exactly like Joe the Plumber believes, and none of them has ever harmed anyone.

I'm Joe the Plumber.

On the scary side of the news, I'm sure you've all seen this running 24/7 on CNN, Fox, MSLGBT, and all the other breathless "news" outlets:

“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all…”

What? You haven't seen this story? Curious....
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.....

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said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.....

.....That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.

The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.

“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window”

There's a happy ending buried in the opening 'graph: "shot and killed". doG, I do so miss Kim du Toit on days like this.....although it's not mentioned in the linked story, the second, undead perp was apprehended shorty thereafter.

A brief pause, whilst I do the Happy Dance™.

On the lighter side; Ace snarks about Dijon-gate:

I'm pretty sure Dijon mustard has made it to the Heartland by now and ordering it is not necessarily considered a homosexual act.

And in closing, probably the most erotic thing that James Lileks has ever written:

Look at the way the base of shaft undulates to echo the form of the shell.

It just struck me as weird; although taken in context, it makes perfect sense. Still waitin' for the next "Diner". Just sayin', that's all.....I understand the concept of "free ice cream"

Oh! It just struck me that I've made no effort to offend a feminist in this post. Please let me give it a go: I could trot out Rush's old "So, you're a feminist....isn't that cute?" line, but I'd rather offer up my favorite male chauvinist pig joke:

Q: Do you know why men back in to parking spaces?

A: Because they can.

more soon

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